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Tacoma City Council Meeting - March 24, 2015

CONSENT AGENDA

FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES (First and Final Reading)

Ordinance No. 28288 An ordinance providing for the formation of Local Improvement District No. 8662, for pervious asphalt concrete paving, concrete banding, and modification of the existing storm drain lines and storm water

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Old City Hall - Sometimes Love Isn’t All You Need

Once again there are concerns about pieces falling off one of Tacoma's historic landmark buildings. Once again there's a Facebook group.

It's not the first time we've heard this bad news for Old City Hall, and in light of the fate of past similarly threatened buildings (ahem, Luzon...), it is

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of March 24, 2015

Puget Sound Clean Air

At this week's city council Study Session Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Executive Director Craig Kenworthy will provide an update on the status of solving the area's fine particle pollution problem. Kenworthy will also share what's next in efforts to protect air quality in

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The Boys in the Boat at the Museum of Glass

If you've been down to the Foss Waterway lately, you may have noticed a new work of art in the long water feature between the Foss and the Museum of Glass. If you haven't, next time you're down that way, stop to check it out.

The long oars, jutting at angles out of the pool, are a piece called

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Tacoma Trestle Comment

Sound Transit is ready for another round of public comment on the Tacoma Trestle project that will replace the existing wooden, single-track train bridge to the east of Freighthouse Square and extend the passenger platform for increased capacity and improved reliability of passenger service.

The

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Tacoma City Council District 3 Race Gets Going

The race for Tacoma's District 3 City Council seat is getting pretty crowded. Current District 3 Councilmember Lauren Walker reaches the end of her term this year, and campaigns for her would-be replacements seem to be kicking off left and right.

This week we received announcements from "Hilltop

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - March 17, 2015

CONSENT AGENDA

RESOLUTIONS

Resolution No. 39132 A resolution authorizing the execution of an Interlocal Agreement with the Pierce County Flood Control Zone District, in the amount of $6,000,000; accepting and depositing $1,000,000 annually for six years, for the years 2014 through 2019, into the

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Suggest A Story Upcoming Events

USGA and the Global Game of Golf Lecture

University of Washington Tacoma March 26, 2015 at 12:00 am
Lakewood native John Bodenhamer is the USGA’s Senior Managing Director, Rules, Competitions and Equipment Standards and will talk about conducting international championships and governing the game in the modern era. This event is free but registration is requested. Register now!
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New location for Point Defiance Park public meetings

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Education Building March 26, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Metro Parks Tacoma planners invite citizens to discuss the Point Defiance Park Master Plan. Because the turnout to the January 29 meeting was so high, future meetings will take place at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Education Building.The 2014 Capital Bond is the catalyst to advance additional

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Point Defiance Master Plan Public Meeting #3

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium March 26, 2015 at 6:00 pm

You’re invited to join us to discuss the Point Defiance Park Master Plan and affirm the vision and direction for the park.

Since 2005, we have been working with the public and community partners to craft a Master Plan to guide the park well into the future.

This winter and spring, we’ll

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“The Portage: Time, Memory, and Storytelling in the Making of an American Place,”  by William Cronon

University of Puget Sound Schneebeck Concert Hall March 26, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Part I of a two part series titled: At Home in the Anthropocene: Human Place(s) in Nature by William Cronon, Frederick Jackson Turner Professor of History, Geography, and Enviromental Studies, University of Wisconsin
Part II: Friday afternoon at 3pm
Free
Brown and Haley Lecture Series

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Attack on Titan, Vol. 1 discussion at Destiny City Comics

Destiny City Comics March 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm
In March, on the fourth Thursday of the month we’ll be discussing Attack on Titan, Vol. 1 by Hajime Isayama. Review on GirlsLikeComics.com: http://girlslikecomics.com/attack-on-titan-vol-1-review/ The book can be purchased at Destiny City Comics minus a 15% book club discount! Stadium
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“Saving Nature in Time: The Environmental Past and the Human Future, by William Cronon ”

University of Puget Sound Schneebeck Concert Hall March 27, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Part II of a two-part series titled: At Home in the Anthropocene: Human Place(s) in Nature by William Cronon, Frederick Jackson Turner Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin

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Vintage Station Wagons in the Route 66 Gallery

LeMay - America's Car Museum March 27, 2015 at 12:00 am
Come see the grand opening of ACM’s newest exhibit: Vintage Station Wagons.

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Urban Hike: Discovering Dometop on Foot

McKinley Park March 28, 2015 at 10:00 am
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Weyerhaeuser mansion neighbor loses most arguments in bid for event venue reconsideration

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If you've been following the ongoing fight over the use of the Weyerhaeuser Mansion, here's the latest chapter:

Tacoma Hearing Examiner Phyllis MacLeod has more or less reaffirmed her previous ruling, with only minor modification. This, despite the protests of neighbors to the historic property. Those neighbors had made several requests for reconsideration of the earlier ruling by the Hearing Examiner.

The latest decision does modify the ruling to require that the off-duty police officers required to act as security for the event space would also be required to walk the property boundary. The examiner turned down requests from the neighbors to have their approval for design and placement of a noise-buffering wall between the two properties.

Will this ruling finally settle the matter and allow the sale of the property and the booking of events to move forward? 

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Engine House 9 Tacoma: The Changing Face of Washington Brewing, Part One

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Steve Body, writing as "The Pour Fool" at the SeattlePI.com has some very nice things to say about the beers Shane Johns is producing over at E-9.  Then there's what he says about Tacoma ... 

He calls Tacoma "one of the most unlikely places in the United States" for interesting beers, and goes on to describe Tacoma ("For those who have never been there"). 

"Tacoma, Washington, is a step into a time machine; a slice of 1958 Seattle that broke off, rolled south, and got snagged on a tree root on the shores of Commencement Bay.

... its people are a wild mix of Northwest Gen-Xers, old hippies, the desperately poor, a thin stratum of Old Money, and the largest concentration of rednecks west of Alabama. It is a city that could be (and probably is) accurately pegged as a hotbed of wallet-on-a-chain monster-truck fans whose beer preference stops at whatever is the current outer parameters of Anheuser Busch’s watery lager continuum..."

It goes on. This doesn't sound familiar to us, and the only thing we can figure is that Body has never gone to the trouble of getting off the freeway and spending any time in Tacoma. We've heard a lot of aggressively ignorant stereotypes about Tacoma ...

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Glassblowers versus skaters

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As you may have heard, the BBC is touring Tacoma this month, recording stories via their new BBC Pop Up project

They've talked to and recorded local storytellers, artists, and others for inclusion in a series that will air for viewers back on the other side of the pond and elsewhere around the world. 

Two of the special Tacoma stories they captured during their time here involve the ongoing renaissance of the Hilltop, and a couple programs that work with youth from that neighborhood and elsewhere. We won't see the full videos on air here in the states, but the BBC Pop Up Behind the Scenes blog has some clips for us. 

Hilltop Artists and Alchemy Skateboarding are ideas that have roots firmly planted in gritty Tacoma soil. And now the rest of the world will have a chance to learn about them.

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Total Hvar

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Last week the City Council made Hvar, Croatia Tacoma's 13th Sister City. We wrote about it in our City Council meeting notes, and it looks like someone in Hvar is paying attention too. This week a website on the other side of the relationship posted about it on the blog Total Hvar. Fortunately it's in English, so we can read it too.

If you're interested in knowing more about Tacoma's newest sibling city (or as the Hvar post refers to us, their new "twin town"), this looks like a great place to start. And Hvar looks like it might be a great place for a trip.

The website shows sailing, cycling, rock climbing, dining, wine tasting, beaches, restaurants, and more, along with some blog-style commentary on local goings-on. We're already looking up ticket deals.

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Pet of the Week: Claudette (The Rabbit)

Claudette is a shorthaired sweetheart who has a coat of gray and a curious streak — she’s often up on her hind legs getting a better look at the world. While timid could be used to describe Claudette

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‘City of Destiny Poetry Slam: Hilltop Edition’ on May 15

Registration is now open for the “City of Destiny Poetry Slam: Hilltop Edition,” which will take place on Friday, May 15, at 6 p.m. at the Sure House Church (901 S. 10th St.)as part of Historic

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Charges filed after search reveals 44 pounds meth, bundles of cash

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Samuel Tafolla Hernandez, 39, and Thomas Servantes Diaz, 34, with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to

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Introducing the Good To Go! Flex Pass and RideshareOnline.com incentive program

BELLEVUE – After more than a decade of planning, the Washington State Department of Transportation introduced the Good To Go! Flex Pass today, reminding drivers that big changes are coming to I-405

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2015 Spring Lu`au Pacific Island Food, Dance, and Music

Everyone is invited to the dinner and show Saturday, April 11, from 5 p.m. on

TACOMA, Wash. – For the 45th year University of Puget Sound students are bringing the warmth, rhythm, and beauty of

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