Exit133 is about Tacoma
Budget talk continues to be the biggest topic this week, with conversations around the general fund, and funding for the Foss Waterway Development Authority. We'll also get to learn more about the new Seaport Alliance and plans to make the West End Alcohol Impact Area permanent, among other things.Read more
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"Read more
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 atRead more
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 - quiteRead more
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%Read more
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 StadiumRead more
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 anotherRead more
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.
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.
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 underRead more
A symposium on the United States’ Strategic Rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region
This is the third in a series of symposia that focuses on President Obama’s foreign policy of a “strategic rebalance” to the Asia-Pacific region and “whole of government” approach to stability and security.Read more
Join the scandalous Banned Book Club as we discuss books that have been banned or challenged.
October’s selection is The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende, books available for purchase at King’s Books or below. We meet the third Tuesday of every month at Doyle’s Public House. Come join theRead more
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 laptopRead more
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 ticketsRead more
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
Bring your music to the stage at our weekly open mic.
Foreign Direct Investment seems to be popping up with increasing frequency in conversations about Tacoma's economic outlook - from the recently-formed Mayor's Commission on International Relations, to the new Tacoma-Seatle Seaport Alliance, to the EB-5 investors interested in develooping a new hotel next to the Convention Center.
In light of increased attention on the importance of international relations for Tacoma, it seems good to know what we're talking about - and where the opportunities and potential benefits lie. Benefits go beyond the jobs directly created when foreign investors come to town.
Subnationally, FDI builds pipelines between US clusters and theiry global counterparts, increasing the flow of economically productive knoledge and forging important trade and investment relationships in the process.
An infographic is a pretty easily digestible way to approach a topic, but it still provides a little food for thought on the possibilities for Tacoma...Read more at Brookings
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...Read more at Washington Beer Blog
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.
Is it time to let the Tacoma ... close? Or is it worth fighting to keep it open?Read more at Washington Post
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...?Read more at The News Tribune
OLYMPIA – Winter will be here before you know it, so now’s the time to make sure you—and your vehicle—are ready for snow and ice.
The keys to emerging from the winter-driving season unscathed: slowRead more
TACOMA, WASH. — The U.S. shift in foreign policy focus to the Asia Pacific region is the subject of a seminar series at UW Tacoma called “Views on the Pacific.” The third installment in the series,Read more
The Proposed 2015 – 2016 Biennial Budget has been transmitted to the City Council, and members of the community are invited to participate in budget input meetings now through Oct. 30.
Motorists who take State Route 7 and Interstate 705 to I-5 in Tacoma will encounter multiple ramp closures the week of Oct. 20 as crews working for the Washington State Department of TransportationRead more
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 theRead more