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Tacoma City Council Meeting - February 24, 2015

There was a full-ish chamber this week, but nothing like what we saw last time Point Ruston annexation was up for conversation.



Resolution No. 39119 A resolution authorizing the execution of an Interlocal Agreement with the Port of Tacoma, for the design and future

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Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

$500 million raised over 10 years at $50 million per year. That's what Mayor Strickland proposed in her State of the City address yesterday to fix potholes on Tacoma streets. 

Strickland says the ballot measure to repair Tacoma streets will fix all of them, but official details of the plan haven't

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Mayor Strickland to Announce Plan to Fix Potholes

We know not everyone camps out overnight to get tickets to Tacoma's State of the City address, but if potholes are your thing, you may want to pay attention this year.

When Mayor Strickland gives the big annual speech at 11:30, she will talk about Tacoma 2025, economic development, education,

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of February 24, 2015

Smelter Plume & Government Relations

At study session this week the Tacoma City Council will hear an update from the Washington Department of Ecology on the Tacoma Smelter Plume Project. Ecology will share progress on soil sampling and yard and park cleanups so far, and on upcoming work to

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6th & Pine Starbucks Closes

If you've been down 6th Avenue in the last couple days, you may have noticed that the 6th and Pine Starbucks is closed. Not just closed, but gone. Signage, fixtures, and all.

We've read a few rumors on the social networks... That the store didn't make enough money. That they couldn't come to

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The Question of Development in the South Sound

Economic development is a term that gets tossed around a lot. Every city and region wants it, and a lot of projects and initiatives claim it as both their driving force and ultimate outcome. But how do we know real economic development when we see it? What are the factors that contribute to and

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - February 17, 2015

Mayor Strickland opened the meeting with a clarification that it’s the County Council who would be voting on the new County services building, not the City Council, as you might have read somewhere. The City Council meeting was quite quick, compared to a few we've sat through in the last few

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Kidical Mass Tacoma: Not a Leap Year Ride

Legendary Donuts February 28, 2015 at 9:00 am

We heard that the Mayor has proclaimed that 2015 is the Year of the Bike in Tacoma! Unfortunately this year is one day shorter than others, so we’re celebrating this misfortune with donuts a bike ride. ;)
Meet up at Legendary Donuts (2602 6th Ave) on Saturday, Feb. 28 around 9 or 930. We’ll

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Bike to a Business: Hop Coffee

Hop Coffee February 1, 2015 at 6:00 am

Bike to Hop Coffee during the month of February and receive $0.50 off your beverage order. Start the day off right at your new neighborhood coffee shop located inside the Harmon Tap Room! Featuring Harmon ale infused syrups and flavors revolutionizing everything you know about coffee.
Try their

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Oscars, Classics and Cartoons

Pantages Theatre February 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm

A variety of music from popular movie themes to great classics for band. 18 and under admitted FREE! Presenting Andrew Rink from Emerald Ridge High School, winner of the Tacoma Concert Band student soloist competition.

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University of Puget Sound Faculty Series: Back to the Future—featuring Beethoven, Martin, and Vine

University of Puget Sound Schneebeck Concert Hall March 1, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Piano recital by Joeen Pak
Tickets: $15 general; $10 sr. citizen, military, students
Tickets available at Wheelock Information Center, 253-879-6100, or online at tickets.pugetsound.edu

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Seussical TYA

Tacoma Musical Playhouse February 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm

SEUSSICAL TYA is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! The story centers around Horton the Elephant, who finds himself faced with a double challenge. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant; in a story that makes you laugh and

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Tacoma Buddhist Temple Sukiyaki Dinner

Tacoma Buddhist Temple March 1, 2015 at 11:00 am

Enjoy sukiyaki, teriyaki chicken, beef kabobs, mochi (sweet rice) cupcakes and mochi ice cream at this popular community event. Temple members prepare the sukiyaki to order within view of diners. Sukiyaki is a one-pot meal of thinly sliced beef, saifun noodles, tofu, green onions and other veggies.

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If Cars Could Talk: Adult Brown Bag Lunch Series

LeMay - America's Car Museum March 3, 2015 at 11:30 am

Each month, our speaker will pick a car and offer a fascinating peek into its history. Join us the first Tuesday of each month, and explore the story of cars with Museum curators, staff, or local personalities over lunch.
Join us for Buick - The Cornerstone of General Motors

Stories from Doug

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“A Month in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” by Captain Charles Moore

University of Puget Sound Rasmussen Rotunda, Wheelock Student Center March 3, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Details from a research voyage aboard Oceanographic Research Vessel Alguita on an
island of plastic.

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Sound Physicians signs lease for Umpqua Bank Building

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New life will be coming to the corner of 15th and Pacific: Sound Physicians has signed an 11 year lease for space in the Umpqua Bank building across the street from Pacific Grill and the United Way Building.

Sound Physicians' CEO Rob Bessler, MD had some glowing things to say about Tacoma: “Downtown Tacoma is becoming a more vibrant city with a nice mix of local offerings for our colleagues with shorter commute times and lower costs than in Seattle— it has been a great place to grow our organization. We’re fortunate to work in such a beautiful spot surrounded by views of Commencement Bay, the Olympic Mountains and Mount Rainier.”

The organization will be moving its 150 employees just a few blocks from its current location at 11th and Pacific to the new space, Which will give it room to grow.

Read the full press release here.

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BBC Pop Up: Behind the scenes in Tacoma

The BBC is in town, and they want to know all of Tacoma's hidden secrets. The BBC Pop Up van is an experimental concept by the BBC. They've been travelling the US, finding cities that don't normally get a whole lot of international media attention, and spending a month there trying to really get to know them. And Tacoma is the last of six cities on the tour.

The BBC Pop Up crew looks for local stories to share with their global audience - preferably things that are unique and off the beaten track.

Their first stories are starting to appear now. What else should they share about Tacoma?

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Parts of the ferry Kalakala find new home in Seattle

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The Kalakala is now dismantled, never to be fully reassembled. But it's not completely gone. Seattle restauranteur Gerry Kingen will be preserving some significant pieces of the historic ferry.

Kingen plans to assemble the pieces - including the wheelhouse, the rudder, and the 30-foot long crank shaft - into a kind of walk-through public art installation near Salty's at Alki Beach, which he owns.

It's not exactly putting the Kalakala back on the water, but this seems like as close as it's going to get.

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Lynnae’s founder on Chick-fil-A opportunity: ‘The right fit’

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Lynnae Schneller, founder of local Tacoma company Lynnae's Pickles, has been named the owner of the new Chick-Fil-A in Tacoma.

Schneller will hand day-to-day operations of the pickle business over to he long-time partner Aly Cullinane, while she focuses on hiring for and building the new chicken business. The new Chick-Fil-A at 38th and Steele by the Tacoma Mall is tentatively scheduled for an April 16 opening.

Apparently Schneller and her husband have been thinking about a franchise for a while now - she says "This one was the right fit."

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Community Leaders Take On Pierce County’s Health Disparities

New Council of Faith, Community Leaders Looks at Why Pierce County Lags in Health Indicators – and How to Overcome Challenges to Our Healthcare System

TACOMA – If you live in Pierce County,

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Pet of the Week: Phoenix

From her calm and quiet demeanor to her striking red and white coat, Phoenix is a special girl indeed. Add in a little training and some good long walks, and this Pointer mix will surely impress you.

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City of Tacoma Launches Bicycle and Pedestrian Awareness Campaign

The City of Tacoma’s Office of Environmental Policy and Sustainability is launching a new pedestrian and bicycle awareness campaign. “This Lane is Your Lane, This Lane is My Lane” will help all road

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More O’Keeffe than Ever Before: The Southwest arrives in the Northwest at TAM

Tacoma, WA –Tacoma Art Museum presents the rare opportunity to view 22 of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings alongside 42 additional works by her New Mexico contemporaries in the exhibition Eloquent

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Prosecutor’s Office receives award for outstanding leadership

On Feb. 6, at its annual Lincoln Day Banquet, the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association honored the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office with the “2014 Law Firm Pro Bono Award.” The office was

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