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Tacoma City Council Meeting - April 26, 2016



Resolution No. 39428 A resolution authorizing the execution of a grant agreement with the Washington State Department of Transportation, in the amount of $270,000; accepting and depositing said sum into the General Fund, to develop trip reduction programs in the

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Eat Good, Do Good With Dining Out for Life 2016

So you want to do something good, but you don't have a lot of time or energy? Great, Dining Out for Life is the perfect event for you. All you have to do is show up at one of 50 participating restaurants, order food, and automatically the restaurant will donate 25% of the cost of your meal to

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Tacoma City Business Preview for the Week of April 26, 2016

Tacoma Smelter Plume

At this week's city council Study Session, the council will hear a presentation from the Washington Department of Ecology on the progress of the Tacoma Smelter Plume project, including the following:

  • Progress of soil replacement on residential yards and child play areas;
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Tacoma Water Takes Steps to Find Where There’s Lead in the Water

With the unsettling revelations around high lead levels in the water in Flint Michigan still very much in the news, citizens around the country are asking questions about what comes out of their own taps.

Tacoma Public Utilities is taking some initial steps to address these fears. In an update

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Local Revitalization Funds for Tacoma

An ordinance adopted by the City Council this week would allow the City of Tacoma to access a pot of up to $12.5 million in funds for public infrastructure improvements associated with private development. 

The money comes with some strings attached, but give Tacoma a way to keep a bit more of its

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - April 19, 2016



Ordinance No. 28354 An ordinance vacating the south 125 feet of the alley between Union Avenue and Puget Sound Avenue, north of South 40th Street, to consolidate the properties and facilitate future development.

The consent agenda was adopted without

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NWIW Halts Methanol Plant Development in Tacoma

TACOMA - Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) is terminating its lease for a site on the tide flats with the Port of Tacoma. After careful review and evaluation during the pause of the environmental review process, the company met with Port staff to deliver the news this morning.

“While we do not see a way forward with the Port of Tacoma to realize this vision at this location, we remain committed to building facilities that offer a cleaner way to make products necessary for daily life, and to investing billions in local communities in the Pacific Northwest,” said Vee Godley, NWIW President. “We thank the Port of Tacoma Commissioners and staff for their consideration and interest, as well as the many business and community members who demonstrated their support for our project.  We also want to thank the people of Tacoma for their consideration of our project.”

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NWIW Releases A New Economic Impact Report on the Proposed Methanol Plant

Conversations about the proposed methanol plant in the Port of Tacoma continue to be ... lively. The environmental review was paused in February. The lease extension between the Port of Tacoma and NWIW is under consideration at this very moment. Then, today, NWIW published an economic analysis of

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Suggest A Story Upcoming Events

8th Annual Tacoma Bike Swap

University of Puget Sound April 30, 2016 at 10:00 am

Come join us for the 8th annual Bike Swap, the largest bike event in the South Sound! Whether you are looking to buy, sell, or simply looking to find other riders, join us for this exciting community event! Event highlights:

  • Free Bike Corral for anyone with just one or two bikes to sell—with
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After Bike Swap Bicycle Ride (Velofemmes)

University of Puget Sound -Thompson Parking Lot (Union & N 14th St) April 30, 2016 at 2:15 pm

Maybe you just bought a new bike or some new gear or just heard about the Velofemmes. Here is your opportunity to check out that new purchase and meet some Velofemmes. We will do a little ride of the North End of Tacoma.Sign up on Facebook (link below) for most up-to-date info.

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BikeroBrew Tacoma

Downtown Tacoma April 30, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Take a BikeroBrew tour, see the city in a unique way, learn something new through an offbeat history.

What you need: A bicycle and helmet Verification that you are 21+. A thirst for adventure…and also a thirst for beer.

With your registration, you get: Visit four breweries + one whiskey

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April Bike to A Business

Gigi Pop April 1, 2016 at 5:30 pm

Biking can be a great way to save money on transportation. Each month Downtown On the Go highlights a different local business that offers an additional way for customers to save when they arrive by bike.This month we are highlighting a great business in downtown!

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...And All That Jazz

Pantages Theater April 30, 2016 at 7:30 pm

TACOMA CONCERT BAND presents “. . . And All That Jazz,” featuring Jazz Vocalist of the Year Eugenie Jones! The award-winning Tacoma Concert Band concludes its 35th
Anniversary Season with something very special: the TCB’s first ever concert
highlighting the world of jazz and swing! Our

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Threepenny Opera

The Rialto Theater April 30, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Tickets start at $30.00. Friday April 29th 7:30pm Saturday April 30th 7:30pm Sunday May 1st 2:00pmEpic theater and timely social commentary: The Threepenny Opera is a gritty tale about a sex addicted outlaw, Mack the Knife, who marries the daughter of an underworld boss, is soon betrayed and is

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10th Annual Michelob ULTRA Tacoma City Marathon

Tacoma Narrows Airport May 1, 2016 at 7:00 am

Experience the most beautiful sights Tacoma has to offer!
Point to Point courses over the Narrows Bridge and along the waterfront.

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Singing in the May

Wright Park May 1, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Welcome lovely May with singing, dancing, and flower-crown-making. All ages. Free.

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Tacoma History

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We like Tacoma, and we like stories about its history - the quirkier, the better - so a newly revamped Tacoma History website is a great place for us to spend some time when current events get to be just a bit too much.

Posted by local historian Michael Sullivan, each story features some episode of Tacoma's past - big and small - told in word and picture.

Sullivan recounts public episodes like the story behind the 40-foot red neon pegasus (complete with animated gold lightning bolts) that once graced the top of Tacoma's tallest building. He also tells more personal stories, like the one of an Oregon woman who followed her Army boyfriend to Tacoma, where she robbed a theater for the money to follow him on to Alaska. and of course, we get the history of that long-gone theater, too.

It's fun to dip into a story or two, and get a snapshot of moments in Tacoma's history - 

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Council Member Blocker’s March 2016 Newsletter

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Tacoma City Council Member Keith Blocker took his place representing the people of Tacoma's Ditrict 3 in January.

To communicate with members of his district and others, Council Member Blocker will be publishing a regular e-newsletter focusing on issues relevant to his constituents. This month's edition includes a look at the Safe Routes to School program, as well as a feature on a "youth of the month," and tidbits on a short list of "District 3's Top 3" individuals and organizations. And there's a good list of ways for Tacoma residents to get involved with their city.

If you're a resident of District 3, or if you just like to keep an eye on what's going on, it's worth a read. If you want to keep up with the newsletter, you can sign up to receive it in your inbox, or just read it online.

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Steve Prefontaine left mark on Tacoma running scene before his death

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Today we find ourselves thinking about the legendary distance runner Steve Prefontaine, who should have turned 65 this week, and enjoying re-reading a 2015 TNT article about Tacoma's (multiple) Prefontaine connections. 

You may know that the 1997 movie about his life was filmed, in part, here in Tacoma, on the track and around the campus at UPS. Fewer people know that Pre visited Tacoma back in 1974, just months before the car crash that cut his life short at age 24. While here, he ran with the locals, visited a few (pretty divey sounding) bars, and said of Point Defiance, "This is the most beautiful place I’ve ever run. You don’t know what you have here.”

Tacoma today has a pretty special running community. We'd like to think that if Pre was around, he would still enjoy running here.

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Pierce County Official Local Voters’ Pamphlet

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We're down to the wire, and it's time to cast those votes! If you haven't done so already, grab your ballot, your pen, and your voters' pamphlet, and get to work.

What's that you say? Your dog ate your voters' guide? Or maybe it disappeared into the pile of political mailers and other junk mail? That's not going to get you off the hook - the Pierce County Auditor has you covered with an online version.

So make your choices, and get that ballot in the mail on November 2, or to a ballot dropbox no later than November 3. Find locations for those on the Auditor's website as well.

Happy voting!

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County Council Member Derek Young’s statement on homelessness in Pierce County

Like many others, I was saddened, but not shocked to see the sharp spike in both sheltered and unsheltered homelessness in Pierce County. Our citizens have been sounding the alarm for some time now,

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Unsheltered homelessness up 37% in Pierce County

On Jan. 29, 2016, nearly 2,000 people in Pierce County were homeless.

Pierce County has seen a dramatic rise in homelessness over the last 12 months. Based on the 2016 Point in Time homelessness

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Walk Tacoma’s Historic Theatres

Tacoma, Wash. – Learn about Tacoma’s rich theatre history on the Walk Tacoma Theatre Walk on Wednesday, May 4 at 5:15 p.m. sponsored by Spaceworks Tacoma.  This free walk, led by David Fischer,

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Historic Preservation Awards Nominations Accepted Now Through May 10

The Tacoma Landmarks Preservation Commission is seeking nominations for the Historic Preservation Awards. Nominations are open now and are being gathered here until May 10th.

Award categories

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Friends of 88.5 FM Makes Formal Bid to Purchase KPLU from Pacific Lutheran University

13,000 donations and $4.4 million propel station to June 30 deadline

(Seattle-Tacoma) Friends of 88-5 FM, a local non-profit formed to ensure the future of public radio station KPLU (88.5 FM),

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