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Earned Sick Leave Amendments

Tonight the Tacoma City Council is scheduled to take a final vote on paid sick leave, but they won't be doing it without offering a few amendments to the already amended ordinance.

The original ordinance required employers in town to provide their employees with paid sick leave, earned at a rate

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of January 27, 2015

A Regional Center for Foreign Direct Investment

In November the World Trade Center Tacoma presented an update on their strategic plan to the Port Commission, one element of which is greater involvement in foreign direct investment opportunities. 

This week's Tacoma City Council study session will

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Annexing Point Ruston

Ruston is generally a pretty sleepy little town, but this week things are really heating up. Frustrated with trying to work with city officials in Ruston, the developers of Point Ruston have taken a step toward asking Tacoma to annex the portion of their property that falls in the smaller city's

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2015 Will Be the “Year of the Bike” in Tacoma

2015 is the year of the sheep (we know you Monkeyshines fans knew that). We knew that. Now Downtown On the Go and the Tacoma cycling community are launching an effort to make it the Year of the Bike as well. And you can help.

As the number of cyclists in town has gradually increased, Downtown On

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Share Your Thoughts on the Future of Point Defiance

Metro Parks is asking for public feedback in the ongoing master planning process for Point Defiance Park. Destination Point Defiance sets a vision for the future of the crown jewel of Tacoma's parks system.

Metro Parks invites the public to join the process to complete the master plan in several

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Food Trucks in Tacoma

We haven't talked about food trucks much in a while...

Where can I eat from a food truck right now?

We don't see a lot of food trucks out and about in Tacoma during the winter months, but one truck, Kerry's Caribbean Takeout, is braving January to show up at UW Tacoma on ...

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Historic Water Ditch Trail: New Name, New Alternative

As work continues on Phase 2 of Tacoma's Historic Water Ditch Trail, a new design alternative has been proposed for Phase 3, and a new name is being dicussed for the whole trail.

A new Phase 3 alternative

At a recent open house, City staff shared four possible alignment alternatives for the Water

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Farewell, Kalakala - A Drone’s-Eye View

The news that the Kalakala would be scrapped by the end of the month came as no surprise, but it's still sad to see an iconic piece of Puget Sound history dismantled. If you never got the chance to see the historic ferry up close in person, chances are now you never will.

This drone-filmed tribute

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Fairest Book Launch with Marissa Meyer

Olympic Room, Main Library January 27, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Celebration, readings costumes, prizes and a book signing.

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Memorial for Babe Lehrer at the Pantages Theater

Pantages Theater January 29, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Please join us to honor the life of Babe Lehrer, who passed away just a few days short of her 94th birthday.

The public memorial tribute will be hosted at the Pantages Theater on Thursday, January 29 at 4:00 p.m.

Babe was a life-long resident of Tacoma, an accomplished businesswoman, and–in

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Together We Can Get There: Tacoma’s 2014 Active Transportation Successes

Tahoma Rm, Commencement Hall, University of Puget Sound January 29, 2015 at 6:00 pm

The City of Tacoma welcomes the community to the semi-annual presentation by Diane Wiatr, Active Transportation Coordinator, on the City’s 2014 accomplishments for pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as plans for 2015.
Formal presentation begins at 6 PM, and will include plenty for questions and

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Point Defiance Park Master Plan Public Meeting

Point Defiance Pagoda January 29, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Metro Parks Tacoma planners invite citizens to review the 2008 Concept Plan for Point Defiance Park and discuss it in a public meeting at the Point Defiance Pagoda.Several years ago, Metro Parks Tacoma engaged the public in discussions about the future of Point Defiance Park. Their work culminated

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Movie Night at Club Auto Kirkland

Club Auto Kirkland January 29, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Join us for The World of Amateur Racing: Fast Cars, Lots of Passion movie night at Club Auto Kirkland. This is an Open House format, so join us when you can.

Movie snacks and beverages are provided.

Members: Free

Guests & Visitors: $7 per person

Space is limited, RSVPs are requested.

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Explore! Urban Studies at UWT

University of Washington Tacoma January 30, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Interested in a degree in Urban Studies or Sustainable Urban Development from UWT?

Experience UW Tacoma firsthand with an event for prospective transfer students. Learn more about classes with a hands-on workshop with current faculty, talk with an admissions advisor about the transfer process,

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Performance: Inspired by the Folk: The Romance Between the Violin and the Fiddle

University of Puget Sound Schneebeck Concert Hall January 30, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Maria Sampen, violin, with Oksana Ezhokina, piano, guest artist, present works by Brahms, Bloch, Enescu, and Roger Briggs (World Premiere)

Tickets: $15 general; $10 seniors, students, military, Puget Sound faculty/staff; free for Puget Sound students, available at WIC, 253.879.3100, and online at

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The Homestretch Film Screening

Stadium High School Theatre January 31, 2015 at 9:00 am

Right now there are 1.6 million youth in America who struggle with homelessness and the number is growing. The Homestretch follows three homeless teenagers as they fight to stay in school, graduate and build a future. As their stories unfold, the film connects us deeply with larger issues of

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Babe Lehrer, Tacoma businesswoman and philanthropist, dead at 93

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We were saddened to hear of the passing of Babe Lehrer over the weekend. The TNT calls her a "cornerstone of Tacoma philanthropy and business," and that seems like a good place to start.

She made countless contributions to Tacoma over the years including contributions to Tacoma Community College, the creation of the Theater District, and Temple Beth El, where she was a member. A public memorial service is planned for this Thursday at the Pantages.

She's been a fixture of Tacoma and guiding force for so many years. It's very hard to imagine Tacoma without Babe.

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Forbes Ranks Columbia Bank Among America’s Top 20

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For another year Tacoma's Columbia Bank has made the good side of Forbes' list of America's Best and Worst Banks. This year Tacoma-based Columbia shows up at number 17 out of the 100 largest publicly-traded banks in the U.S. That's a jump up from last year's spot at number 31.

The list reflects the health of the banks, based on key financial metrics along with recent growth. Columbia's rankings for this list don't yet reflect recent growth based on the acquisition of Intermountain Community Bancorp, so it's entirely possible they could have an even higher ranking in their future for next year.

Well done, Columbia.

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Jon Kitna resigns coaching, teaching job at Lincoln High to take job in Texas

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After just three years as head coach at Lincoln High School, John Kitna has announced his last day will be Friday. Kitna is leaving Lincoln to take a job as head coach at Class 5A Waxahachie High School in Texas, just south of Dallas.

Kitna describes Lincoln's success as difficult to sustain, and the move as an opportunity for sustainable positions for his assistants, most of whom have already said they will go with him.

Kitna says the comfortable thing to do would be to stay in his position at Lincoln, but that he will follow the path that God has shown him.

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Making ready for the move: Kalakala about to be scrapped

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If you've got some time to kill in the wee hours of tomorrow morning, you might be able to catch a glimpse of the last moments of a piece of Puget Sound history. Sometime around low tide tomorrow morning - between 3 and 5 a.m. - mooring lines will be removed, and the Kalakala will begin its final journey.

Working with the tide and the help of a pair of tug boats, the historic ferry will be guided from her current spot on the Hylebos Waterway, out to Commencement Bay, and back up Blair Waterway, to where she willl meet her fate. The Kalakala will pass under the East 11th Street Bridge (not the Murray Morgan), and travel with a 100-yard security perimeter enforced by the Coast Guard to the appropriately named "graving dock." 

Work to dismantle the ferry could begin as early as Friday morning. Any metal from the process will go to a local scrap yard. There may or may not be souvenirs available at some point.

Read more at The News Tribune

What are your creative space needs? We need to hear from you!

Arts & Culture have been at the forefront of Tacoma, Washington’s revitalization.  As we move into our next phase of development, we want to insure that artists and creatives maintain an active role

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Moody’s upgrades Tacoma, WA’s solid waste revenue bonds to A1 from A2

Rating action affects $21M new issue and $58M outstanding parity bonds

Global Credit Research - New York - January 26, 2015 

Issue: Solid Waste Revenue Bonds, 2015; Rating: A1; Sale Amount:

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Metro Parks Tacoma on track to finish Master Plan for Point Defiance Park

Public input again sought for final phase of process; 4 public meetings scheduled

Metro Parks Tacoma planners are about to begin the final phase of the Point Defiance Park Master Plan process, and

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City of Destiny Awards Nomination Deadline Extended Through January 30

Nominations for the City of Tacoma’s annual City of Destiny Awards, which spotlights exceptional volunteers who have worked to drive Tacoma forward, are being accepted now through Friday, Jan. 30,

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Downtown On the Go January 23, 2015 Photo Of the Week

Riding home on Tuesday, we met Roland, a State Farm employee who bikes to downtown Tacoma from Gig Harbor most days. He mentioned the lockers and showers at his worksite that make this

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