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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of October 21, 2014

Budget talk continues to be the biggest topic this week, with conversations around the general fund, and funding for the Foss Waterway Development Authority. We'll also get to learn more about the new Seaport Alliance and plans to make the West End Alcohol Impact Area permanent, among other things.

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Tacoma City Charter Amendments: Arguments For & Against

Our Voters' Pamphlet showed up yesterday, and from what we hear ballots are in the mail headed to mailboxes everywhere. The big items for Tacoma voters on this November's ballot will be the 12 proposed amendments to the City Charter.

Some of the items fall more into the category of "housekeeping"

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Miko the Cat of King’s Books Passes Away

If you've shopped at King's Books, you have probably crossed paths with Miko the cat as he patrolled the stacks, kept an eye on the register, or napped on any available surface. King's is a special bookstore and Miko has been a part of it for a long time. We have some sad news from sweet pea at

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Could the New Seaport Alliance Go Beyond Ports?

At a joint meeting on Tuesday, the ports of Tacoma and Seattle agreed to enter into a partnership in which many operating decisions for shipping traffic will be made jointly. Although both ports will retain their own commissions, the new Seaport Alliance will have them operating as partners - quite

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - October 14, 2014


October 16, 2014 was proclaimed as Conflict Resolution Day. The Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution has been mediating and settling a wide range of disputes for 20 years now. The Center has an 80% settlement rate, with a 90%

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Point Defiance Tap & Grill: A Northwest Centric Pub-Meets-Bistro

A new restaurant is in the works for Ruston. The corner unit at North 51st and Pearl, across from the Antique Sandwich Company, has sat empty for quite a while now, but soon its doors will open as a new Northwest-focused Point Defiance Tap and Grill.

Owner Bill Bonnie has been operating Stadium

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of October 14, 2014

Utility & Environmental Services Budgets

This Tuesday the Tacoma City Council and Tacoma Public Utility Board will hold a joint study session at which TPU will present its preliminary 2015/2016 budget. Immediately following the joint session, the City Council will hold a work session on another

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2015-2016 City Budget: Balanced, With Subtle Undertones of Optimism

On Tuesday Tacoma City Manager T.C. Broadnax presented his proposed budget for the City for the 2015-2016 biennium to the City Council.

Broadnax's budget is balanced, covering on-going expenses with recurring revenues - no small feat considering the challenges facing the City budget.


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Grand Cinema Tuesday Film Series

The Grand Cinema October 21, 2014 at 3:30 am

Grand Cinema Tuesday Film Series Watch a different new or classic film. Most films never before shown in Pierce County.

Approximately 2 PM & 6:30 PM

$9.50 general, $7.50 matinee/senior/student/military, children 12 and under

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Delivering humanitarian assistance and supporting regional stability

University of Washington Tacoma October 21, 2014 at 5:00 pm

A symposium on the United States’ Strategic Rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region

This is the third in a series of symposia that focuses on President Obama’s foreign policy of a “strategic rebalance” to the Asia-Pacific region and “whole of government” approach to stability and security.

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Banned Book Club

Doyle's Public House October 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Join the scandalous Banned Book Club as we discuss books that have been banned or challenged.

October’s selection is The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende, books available for purchase at King’s Books or below. We meet the third Tuesday of every month at Doyle’s Public House. Come join the

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An evening with Barbara Ehrenreich

Main Library October 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm

The author of Nickel & Dimed talks about her book and why it is still relevant after 14 years.

Determined to find out how anyone could make ends meet on $7 an hour, Barbara Ehrenreich left behind her middle class life as a journalist except for $1000 in start-up funds, a car and her laptop

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Pacific Lutheran University Music Department Fall Choral Concerts

Pacific Lutheran University October 21, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Pacific Lutheran University Music Department Fall Choral Concerts Features four PLU ensembles: Choir of the West, University Chorale, University Singers, and Men’s Chorus.

$8 general, $5 senior/alumni, free PLU community/students/youth 18 and under.

Call 253.535.7411 for tickets

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Open Mic @ The Antique Sandwich Co.

The Antique Sandwich Co October 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm

This is Victory Music’s oldest acoustic open mic (22 years!!). No alcohol, non-smoking, all-ages venue. Each show is also broadcast on Tacoma internet radio station Tacoma.FM.

Sign up 6 to 6:30 pm to perform or just attend to hear regional talent.

Music 7 PM - 10 PM

Victory Music


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Hoptoberfest 2014

Bates Technical College Downtown Campus Auditorium October 22, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Love beer? Love food? Then this is the perfect event for you! Bates Technical College has partnered with Diamond Knot Craft Brewing for a fun evening of local craft beer and mouthwatering cuisine at this year’s Hoptoberfest. All proceeds go toward helping our students succeed.


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Community Budget Input Meeting

Wheelock Public Library October 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm

The Proposed 2015 – 2016 Biennial Budget has been transmitted to the City Council, and members of the community are invited to participate in budget input meetings now through Oct. 30.

6 – 8 p.m.

Detailed information is available at budget.cityoftacoma.org.

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Infographic: A National-Level Look at FDI in the United States

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Foreign Direct Investment seems to be popping up with increasing frequency in conversations about Tacoma's economic outlook - from the recently-formed Mayor's Commission on International Relations, to the new Tacoma-Seatle Seaport Alliance, to the EB-5 investors interested in develooping a new hotel next to the Convention Center.

In light of increased attention on the importance of international relations for Tacoma, it seems good to know what we're talking about - and where the opportunities and potential benefits lie. Benefits go beyond the jobs directly created when foreign investors come to town.

Subnationally, FDI builds pipelines between US clusters and theiry global counterparts, increasing the flow of economically productive knoledge and forging important trade and investment relationships in the process.

An infographic is a pretty easily digestible way to approach a topic, but it still provides a little food for thought on the possibilities for Tacoma...

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Why the South Sound IPA Festival is important & why you should go

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The question posed by this article seems like a no-brainer, if you ask us, but there may be more to it than we thought.

Tacoma's newest beer festival, the South Sound IPA Festival (not in any way affiliated with the defunct Craft Beer Festival), is put on by the Washington Beer Commission, which hosts large-scale beer events, including the Father's Day Washington Brewers' Festival in Redmond, and Belgianfest in Seattle, to name a couple.

The SS IPA Fest is the WA Beer Commission's first foray into Tacoma. From the sound of it, they're gauging interest in a larger beer festival in Tacoma. They may be interested in a large-scale Tacoma beer festival, but they want to see community support for it.

So, if you care about the Tacoma beer scene, it seems like it might just be your civic duty to drink some IPA this weekend...

Read more at Washington Beer Blog

Report: Postal Service leaves areas in the dark on changes to 95 facilities

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Tacoma's US Post Office mail processing center over by the Mall is one of 80 the USPS would like to close beginning early next year. Operations of the Tacoma location would be consolidated with the Seattle processing center

The closures will increase delivery times overall, and eliminate overnight delivery for most mail. That being said, USPS doesn't know exactly what those changes will look like for the communities affected by the consolidations, because they haven't yet completed impact studies.

A couple years ago Tacoma's station was listed for closure, and a letter writing campaign was organized. We hadn't heard an update in a while, but it looks like Tacoma is still on the chopping block.

Is it time to let the Tacoma ... close? Or is it worth fighting to keep it open?

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State says no funds available for proposed Amtrak pedestrian bridge

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Tacoma's new Amtrak station at Freighthouse Square will likely get a higher roofline, and larger ramps and doors on the north side. It's also possible that East 25th Street will be converted to a one-way street to accomodate added train station-related activity.

It is unlikely that the station will get a pedestrian bridge connecting it to the Sound Transit parking garage over South 25th Street, at least not paid for with WSDOT project funding. The State likes the idea, it just doesn't have funding for it.

It also unclear whether there is funding for a clock tower at the station, as suggested by the advisory committee - again, the state likes the idea, but isn't sure of funding. Well, maybe there's a solution for that - isn't there a spare clock tower hanging out up on Tacoma Avenue...?

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Tickets Now Available for Adaptive Reuse Open House and Harmon Brewery Tour Nov. 14

The public is invited to an Adaptive Reuse Open House and Harmon Brewery Tour presented by the City of Tacoma's Community and Economic Development Department and Planning and Development Services

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Winter’s on its way; make sure you and your vehicle are prepared

OLYMPIA – Winter will be here before you know it, so now’s the time to make sure you—and your vehicle—are ready for snow and ice. 

The keys to emerging from the winter-driving season unscathed: slow

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Collaborating to Build Resilience: Views on the Pacific at UW Tacoma

TACOMA, WASH. — The U.S. shift in foreign policy focus to the Asia Pacific region is the subject of a seminar series at UW Tacoma called “Views on the Pacific.” The third installment in the series,

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Next Budget Input Meeting at Wheelock Public Library on Oct. 22

The Proposed 2015 – 2016 Biennial Budget has been transmitted to the City Council, and members of the community are invited to participate in budget input meetings now through Oct. 30. 

The next

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Week-long SR 7 ramp closure to I-5 in Tacoma begins Oct. 20

Motorists who take State Route 7 and Interstate 705 to I-5 in Tacoma will encounter multiple ramp closures the week of Oct. 20 as crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation

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