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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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Tacoma City Council Meeting - October 7, 2014


Three citizens were presented with Disability Advocate of the Year awards for their work.

Mayor Strickland proclaimed October 11, 2014 as Arbor Day and Green Tacoma Day.

2014 is Tacoma's 20th year as a Tree City USA community, its 10th year

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Suggest A Story Upcoming Events

Northwest Repertory Singers Open Rehearsal

Mason United Methodist Church October 20, 2014 at 9:30 pm

Northwest Repertory Singers Open Rehearsal Love Christmas music? Come for an early taste of choral holiday fun as we prepare for our annual December concerts.


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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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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 computer

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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.


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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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The New Frontier Open Mic Sessions

The New Frontier October 22, 2014 at 4:00 am

Bring your music to the stage at our weekly open mic.


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Hoptoberfest 2014

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

​Wild salmon-wrapped scallops. Beer cheese soup. Crispy chicken bites on cheese jalapeno grits. Yep, that’s what our Culinary Arts chef’s are pairing with brew from Mukilteo’s Diamond Knot Craft Brewing for this year’s Hoptoberfest. Join us for a fun and delicious event that will satisfy your

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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...

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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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A high-poverty public school tries charter-type reforms

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With the first homegrown charter school in Tacoma now enrolling students, the question of whether we can we reform our public schools to work better for all students is as important as ever. 

The answer to that question is up for debate. An article from Al Jazeera America takes an in-depth look at the philosophy behind the innovative public school experiment, its successes, and more recent challenges.

The Lincoln Center has extended hours for students and rigorous academic expectations, along with a focus on working with families and challenges at home, and on building "soft skills" like grit and self-discipline. Those high expectations have paid off with imporved graduation and college acceptance rates.

But the school faces challenges, too, including a lawsuit alleging that some underperforming students were pushed out of the school. Lincoln is also still classified as "failing" under No Child Left Behind. 

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72-hour hold on Lakewood shooting suspect

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist will request that a judge find probable cause to order a 72-hour hold for Skylar Nikolas Bear Nemetz, 20, while the investigation into the

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Metro Parks Tacoma Earns Elite National Accreditation

CAPRA recognizes Tacoma among the best of the best

Metro Parks Tacoma received recognition for national accreditation last night at the National Recreation and Parks Association’s (NRPA) Best of the

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WSDOT releases 2014 Corridor Capacity Report

OLYMPIA – Building on its continuing efforts to improve safety and reduce traffic congestion, the Washington State Department of Transportation released the annual Corridor Capacity Report this week. Read more

‘Tacoma Green Infrastructure Challenge’ is Now Accepting Entries

The City of Tacoma, Metro Parks Tacoma, and the Port of Tacoma invite design teams to participate in the “Tacoma Green Infrastructure Challenge” going on now thru Dec. 18.

This design competition

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Ron Sims to Talk Transportation Equity in Tacoma

Tacoma, Wash. – Ron Sims, Former Deputy Secretary, US Department of Housing and Urban Development and Former King County Executive, will be speaking in Tacoma this Friday about how transportation

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