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Our second guest article this week comes to us from local entrepreneur and cartoonist RR Anderson ...Read more
If Tacoma had zombies - if, I’m saying - and the zombies had a favorite political issue, it would be our form of government. The topic comes up, dies, and returns so often it should have its own show. Imagine ex-mayors Bill Baarsma and Brian Ebersole with stitched faces and blank stares, City Manager T.C. Broadax deploying the camouflaged League of Women Voters.
Now THAT’S entertainment.
Last Spring the City’s Charter Review Committee proposed changing the form of government, from the current council-manager form to the so-called strong mayor form. This was one of a dozen Charter changes recommended to the City Council; it was the only one the Council didn’t forward to the voters for a decision.
We’re raising the question again, this time gathering signatures to put the question on the November ballot. While it’s possible to complicate the form-of-government discussion, it’s really pretty easy. Like A,B,C.Read more
Summer is here. Exit133 just passed its ten year mark. Twenty Tacoma Runners are in China rigt now. So, we've decided to try something different here on Exit133.
As the regular team burns some vacation time over the next several weeks, we've asked for opinions and essays from people in theRead more
Resolution No. 39212 A resolution authorizing the execution of an interlocal agreement with the Metropolitan Park District; accepting and depositing $3,000,000 into the Surface Water Fund, for the reimbursement of costs associated with the excavation of soil for theRead more
Other cities may be having water shortages, but in Tacoma gardeners are facing another kind of shortage: a TAGRO shortage. From the TAGRO web page:
TAGRO Temporarily Closed Due to Product Shortage, May Re-Open Monday, June 22, 2015
Please call ahead to confirm the availability of the products
In recent months Tacoma has been dealing with questions about the future of our municipally-owned Click! Network - its viability, and a potential partnership that would see the publicly-owned network operated by a private company.
Meanwhile, Seattle has been asking its own questions about theRead more
At this week's Tacoma City Council study session, the council will hear a presentation on a year-round, youth development cycling program that uses bicycles to expand experiences and opportunities for youth. The Major Taylor Project, a program of the Cascade Bicycle Club's Diversity andRead more
The main excitement on this week's agenda was around Citizens' Forum...
Resolution No. 39209 A resolution setting Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at approximately 5:30 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the proposed Six-Year ComprehensiveRead more
Come back to the amazing Job Carr Cabin Museum for another hour of free fun! This week at the cabin an activity called Charlie Needs a Cloak, will allow children to learn and create through the Cotton Sheep Craft.Read more
Live Nation and Broadway Center for the Performing Arts present Brian Regan. Brian Regan has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country. Brian’s non-stop theater tour has visited more than 80 cities each year since 2005 and continues through 2015. It is the quality ofRead more
Back by popular demand, our Little Black Dress ride! This will be the VeloFemmes 2nd anniversary. We will meet at the Harmon Tap Room at 6, ride at 7. We’ll ride a loop (no more than 5 miles total) , stop at Broken Spoke for more socializing, ending at the Copper Door back in the Stadium DistrictRead more
9am - 11am Lower Level of Slavonian Hall.
Tacoma Old Town Park
12:00 - 8:00 PM Free to the public
Current list of bands. Final stage schedule is STBD.
Jr Hill Band
Amanda Miller and Friends
The Dean Reichert Band
James King and the South SidersRead more
Visit the Seaport for a “green” day on the water with an amazing amount of paddling experiences right off our dock. The Foss Waterway Seaport in partnership with the Youth Marine Foundation will offer both paddle board and kayak lessons (see times below). Water-based activity classes areRead more
Tacoma’s biggest music and arts festival held every 2nd Sunday in July.
The goal of the this years event will be to join both business and community through visual and audio performances reinforced by collaborative ventures by business owners and community leaders. The newly founded projects willRead more
It’s Walking Wednesday!Join Downtown On the Go and a guest speaker for a fun, family-friendly walk in Tacoma’s Museum District!Read more
Bring your children this week to the Job Carr Cabin Museum where they will have a great time creating quilt scrap designs. These events are recommended for children 3-8 years of age and they are a great way to spend some time in the park.Read more
Gadfly may not be a word we use every day, but it's the most common one we've heard used to describe Tacoma's John Hathaway. Hathaway passed away last week at age 69.
He came onto the public stage around the tragic events surrounding Police Chief David Brame's high-profile shooting of his wife, Crystal, and himself in 2003. Hathaway scooped the story of the couple's divorce, and allegations that the police chief was an abusive husband.
sIn later years Hathaway continued to challenge local government, fostering lively... discussion via his regular email and later on his blog, The New Takhoman. We sat next to him at ...Read more at
If you've been following the happenings around the proposed Tacoma Convention Center hotel project, you may know that Yareton, the Chinese investment group developing the project had another deadline recently.
Yareton completed its first due-diligence phase last month, and will make the second of two "earnest money" payments, pending City approval of development plans. The development group has also started discussions with two hotel chains about operation of the new Tacoma hotel - a 4-hotel boutique operator based in the western U.S., or a global hotel operator with hundreds of properties around the world. The TNT has more details of those two chains, although the conversations are just exploratory at this point.
Whatever the decision is on who will operate the hotel, it's supposed to be "four-star," according to the developer's deal with the City - although it sounds like "four-star" could mean a lot of things.Read more at The News Tribune
Last year it became public that Tacoma Police, along with other departments in the area and across the country had been using technology known as "cell site simulators" to intercept cell phone information from criminal suspects.
The thing was, the technology (the most common brand goes by the name Stingray) also indiscriminately captured information from innocent bystanders, and the police were more than a little secretive about how the technology worked, and what happened to that information.
In November Pierce County placed stronger requirements on the use of the devices, an now Washington State lawmakers have passed a law requiring police not only to have a warrant specifically for each instance in which they choose to use the technology, but that they must be far more explicit about how it will be used. Washington isn't the first state to crack down on the devices, but it may be the most stringent.Read more at Ars Technica
Today a judge will hear arguments on the legality (or illegality) of the referendum on the contentious project to build the new Pierce County General Services Building in Tacoma's Lincoln District.
The judge is visiting from Kitsap County to avoid a conflict for Pierce County Judges. If the referendum is found legal, that means Gig Harbor resident Jerry Gibbs and friends can go back to gathering the more than 24,000 signatures he needs to put it on the November ballot. That would also mean a halt to progress on the County's project until after November.
The judge could also find the referendum illegal, defining the new building project as an "administrative" decision, and thus not subject to referrendum. If this happens it would die there, and plans could move ahead on the new building. That said, Pierce County voters will still get to cast an advisory vote in November on whether or not they support the building project - but that vote would not have any binding weight.Read more at The News Tribune
Nominations for Disability Advocates of the Year Now Being Accepted
-- Annual Event Recognizes Individuals and Businesses for Improving Quality of Life for People With Disabilities in Tacoma --
The Tacoma City Council is looking to fill two positions on its Board of Building Appeals.
Applicants should have knowledge and/or experience in design and/or construction related to building, fire,Read more
Professional artists who live in Washington state’s Pierce, King, Kitsap or Thurston counties can submit applications now through July 30, 2015 to have existing portable pieces of artwork consideredRead more
Remember, personal firework use is prohibited in Tacoma.
On July 4 Ruston Way will once again be filled with activities, airshows, food, vendors, exhibits, rides, and events during Freedom Fair.Read more
City of Tacoma Business Tax Amnesty Program Application Deadline Extended to July 10 --Payment Deadline is Still July 31--
Registered and unregistered businesses in Tacoma can – until July 10 –Read more