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Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 22, 2014

CONSENT AGENDA

RESOLUTIONS

Resolution No. 38960 A resolution authorizing the execution of an Interlocal Agreement with the Port of Tacoma; accepting $601,949 in grant funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, for the replacement of one switcher locomotive. [Alan Matheson, Chief

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of July 22, 2014

Construction Projects

At this week's study session, Tacoma City Council will hear an update on the various construction projects currently underway around Tacoma, as well as recently completed projects. ...

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Another Tacoma Totem Pole Comes Down

Another totem pole in Tacoma is coming down, although so far this one has drawn less controversy than the Tacoma Totem Pole in Fireman's Park did.

The totem pole at Portland Avenue Park is not nearly as old as the Fireman's Park pole, nor does it play a prominent role in Tacoma's history. It does,

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Bob’s Java Jive Added to National Register of Historic Places

Bob's Java Jive, the classic coffee pot-shaped building on South Tacoma Way, has been placed on the national register of historic places.

The News Tribune reports that the uniquely shaped 85-year-old landmark has officially been added to the register for its architectural significance. The Java Jive has been on the Tacoma Register of Historic places for a number of years now, a designation which has protected it from demolition. This adds...

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 15, 2014

PROCLAMATIONS/RECOGNITIONS/PRESENTATIONS/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mayor Strickland read a recognition for Simpson Kraft and RockTenn in recognition of Simpson’s civic and business leadership in its decades in Tacoma, and RockTenn’s intent to continue that legacy. The recognition acknowledged Simpson’s

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VeloFemmes Wednesday Night Ride

The Goddess Statues at Wright Park July 23, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Our summer weekly Wednesday ride! Meet us at the goddesses at Wright Park for a 10-15 mile ride and social at a nearby watering hole.Ride Rating: Movin’ Up Molly (2 out of 3 bikes)

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REI Village Run from the Parkway (SPECIAL)

The Parkway July 23, 2014 at 6:30 pm

For more than 4 years we’ve always run on Thursdays. Here’s an opportunity to do a special Wednesday run too. Imagine that ...

Our friends at REI asked if they could could join us for a drink sometime, and maybe a run. They have a fancy new REI truck that they’ve driven cross-country that they

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Knights of Veritas: The Science of Swordfighting at the Main Library

Main Library July 24, 2014 at 11:30 am

The program includes discussion of leverage, geometry, physiology, chemistry, physics and more, delivering a surprising program which demonstrates that real science was alive and well in the combat arts of medieval knights!

Two knights wearing museum-quality replicas of the clothing and armour of

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This Run Will Bowl You Over

Chalet Bowl July 24, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Bowling after running makes this a multi-sport event, right? It absolutely makes sense to us.

Tacoma Runners will break into new territory July 24 as we do our first-ever run from Chalet Bowl. Yep, you read that right - sweaty runners and bowling. What could go wrong? You know the routine - an

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Women and LGBTQ Night

2nd Cycle Tacoma's Community Cycle Center July 24, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Women & LGBTQ Night is a safe and supportive night that strives to primarily serve people who identify as female, queer, genderqueer, gay, lesbian, asexual, andro, and/or transgender. Patrons are invited to come work on their bikes; volunteer mechanics are available to lend guidance as needed. All

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Community Budget Input Meeting #3

Birney Elementary School July 24, 2014 at 6:00 pm
The City is currently planning for the next two years by developing its 2015-2016 Biennial Budget. For the 2015-2016 Biennial Budget, revenues are projected to grow at 2 percent, but expenses are projected to grow at a faster rate. In order to maintain the levels of service provided by the
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Friday at the Fort

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum July 25, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Invite your friends, neighbors, and family to enjoy a great time at Fort Nisqually! This 21-and-over only event will feature the music of The Shy Boys along with tasty craft beers, Washington wines, and yummy treats. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the gate. All proceeds from this event

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Free Saturday 5k for July 26, 2014

Point Defiance Park July 26, 2014 at 8:00 am

Join the Tacoma Runners Free Saturday 5k every Saturday. Fast, slow, or somewhere in between, all are welcome, so bring a friend. This week we are again at our home course in Point Defiance.

Go to tacomarunners.com/runners/register to register, complete your profile, print your barcode, then come

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Would someone please articulate an economic plan for Tacoma?

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Ken Miller has a kind of dark take on Tacoma's economic outlook in an op-ed piece in The News Tribune.

From where Miller sits, Tacoma is doing okay for now - not great, but okay - but all that could change. Miller looks at the uncertain future of what he identifies as Tacoma's two big economic engines, the Port and JBLM, and sees dark clouds on the horizon, and no one knows where the umbrellas are.

As he puts it, "as we approach an economic moment of truth, I don’t understand our plan for winning ... please, will someone, anyone, articulate our economic development strategy in terms of measurable results?"

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Shaw House: A Tacoma architect’s home and idea lab could soon be a local historic landmark

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The 113-year-old home of Tacoma architect Stanley T. Shaw is being considered for inclusion on the Tacoma Register of Historic places.

It's not a big piece of history, but sometimes it's the little stories, not the big ones that really give you a sense of place. Todd Matthews over at the Tacoma Daily Index wrote a nice piece on the home and the architect who built it, as well as some other buildings still standing around town.

Whether or not the home is included in the list, it's an enjoyable tour of a little corner of Tacoma's history.

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Tacoma rebounds

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Althought Tacoma's economy took a bigger hit with the economic downturn, and although it has recovered more slowly, things are improving.

A Seattle Times article over the weekend takes a look at current economic conditions in Tacoma and Pierce County, and compares them to Seattle and King County, and the rest of the state.

The conclusion? "Tacoma faces some big challenges," but "Tacoma and Pierce County are essential elements of the Puget Sound economy. And the significant improvements there are good for the entire region."

Does the Tacoma described in the Seattle Times piece sound like the Tacoma you know?

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How machine learning is saving lives while saving hospitals money

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The Center for Data Science may be one of the less well-known departments at UW Tacoma, but it's doing some interesting and valuable work that is really putting the University on the map.

One project is a machine learning program developed in partnership with Multicare that could help hospitals significantly lower the rates of readmission for heart failure - improving patient health outcomes, and saving hospitals money. The Risk-o-meter analyzes more than 100 factors, producing risk scores that help doctors make decisions on patient care throughout the treatment process, and even after the patient has left the hospital.

You don't have to be much of a techie to know that big data is a big buzz word these days, and with an Affordable Care Act emphasis on reducing hospital readmissions, this technology hits a couple of hot topics right now.

It's exciting to see UWT getting attention for this innovative project.

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READING ARCHIVE    

Upcoming Chip Seal Road Closures

The City of Tacoma is reminding drivers to slow down and be alert for upcoming road closures and chip seal road maintenance efforts. 

Chip sealing involves laying down a layer of hot liquid asphalt,

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Tacoma Kids Avoid “Summer Slide” at KBTC Kids’ Camp

Tacoma’s PBS Station Partners with Tacoma Public Schools to Provide Free Ready To Learn Day Camps in Tacoma’s Salishan Neighborhood

TACOMA, WA,  July 14, 2014 --  KBTC Public Television is providing

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City of Tacoma and Community Partners Collect Shoes for Domestic Violence Awareness Event

The City of Tacoma is partnering with local nonprofit organizations to collect gently worn shoes now through the beginning of August in preparation for October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Decaying Totem at Portland Avenue Community Center Scheduled for Removal

A totem pole located at Portland Avenue Park is scheduled for removal from its current location due to public safety risks on July 22, 2014.

The pole, carved by Lummi tribal member Joseph

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Downtown On the Go: July 18, 2014 Photo of the Week

A good time was had by all during our Family Walk this week, culminating in a finish line cross at the Tacoma Dome Station before a Link light rail ride back to the start. About 70 children and

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