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Tacoma City Council Meeting - December 16, 2014

This was the longest City Council meeting in our recent memory, and the bulk of the four hours was taken up by one topic - paid sick leave.



Resolution No. 39078 A resolution setting Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 9:00 a.m., as the date for a hearing by the Hearing

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Co-Producing the City: UW Tacoma as Anchor Institution

This time of year it can be hard to think past all the holiday parties and vacation plans, but here's something to put on your calendar for after the lights are down and tne New Year's resolutions are made: UW Tacoma's 2015 Urban Studies Annual Debra Friedman Lecture this year will feature Portland

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of December 16, 2014

Charter Amendment Next Steps

A discussion of the next steps for Charter amendments approved by the voters in November is on the agenda for this week's City Council study session and Government Performance and Finance Committee meeting. 10 of the 12 amendments sent to the voters were approved.

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    Paper or Plastic? Or Maybe Not…

    A plastic bag ban for Tacoma? It could happen in 2015.

    The Sustainable Tacoma Commission has been exploring the possibility of implementing a plastic bag ban - studying other jurisdictions and the possible implementation and impacts of a ban on single-use plastic bags. Last week the commission

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    Grand Opening: REVIVE Opens in the Dome District With 5 Local Furniture Makers

    Here's a grand opening to put on your calendar: REVIVE, a collective of local furniture makers is opening in the Dome District. This latest Spaceworks project will fill that now colorful building at the corner of Puyallup Avenue and D Street.

    It's the latest building in the strip renovated by Jori

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    Improvements for Tacoma’s Chinese Reconciliation Park

    A shoreline permit has been approved for proposed improvements to Chinese Reconciliation Park. The park belongs to the City of Tacoma and is managed by Metro Parks.

    According to City planning documents, this is phase 3 of the construction of the park on the Ruston Way Waterfront near Old Town. The

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    Update: Plans for High-Priority City-Owned Properties

    In 2012 the City of Tacoma established a framework for disposing of properties that it owns, but which are either unused or under-utilized. That framework involved assigning surplus City-owned properties to three tiers, with Tier 1 being those viewed as the highest priority to be transitioned to a

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    Warhol Flower for the Tacoma Dome Update

    On Tuesday the Economic Development Committee of the Tacoma City Council voted unanimously to move forward a proposal that would give City Council support to a plan to put an enormous flower designed by Andy Warhol on the outside of the Tacoma Dome.

    The idea of covering the Tacoma Dome with a

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    Teen Late Nite Free Dinner

    Lakewood Family YMCA December 19, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    The Lakewood Family YMCA’s Late Nite program for local teenagers is hosting a free dinner on Friday, December 19 from 9:30-11:30 p.m. Carrs Restaurant is catering the free meal. Anyone ages 13-18 is invited to attend.
    Teen Late Nite is a free program offered by the Lakewood Family YMCA. It

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    Free Saturday 5k for December 20, 2014

    Point Defiance Park December 20, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Tacoma Runners’ Saturday 5k is great family fun for all ages, so roll them out of bed and get their weekend (and their holiday break) started right with a little cardio (and some coffee for the grown ups).

    This week we’re at our home course in beautiful Point Defiance park. Join us for the

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    Downtown Winter Solstice Ride

    UWT to Thea's Park December 21, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Ride with us on the shortest day of the year and let the countdown to summer begin! Meet-up at 10:30am across from The Swiss. We’ll roll-out at 11am for a 3-mile roundtrip ride to Thea’s Park on Dock Street. We’ll finish the ride with cookies and hot chocolate at School of the Arts with the SOTA

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    The Santaland Diaries

    Tacoma Little Theater December 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Back by popular demand, The Changing Scene Theatre Northwest, the Kitsap peninsula’s only fringe theatre, in partnership with Tacoma Little Theatre, presents David Sedaris’ irreverent holiday one-man show, The Santaland Diaries about a starving actor in New York City who reluctantly takes a job as

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    Andrew Lippa’s A Little Princess

    Tacoma Musical Playhouse November 28, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    November 28 - December 21, 2014
    Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Saturdays & Sundays at 2:00 PM
    A Little Princess is the story of a beleaguered young girl with an unbridled imagination. Separated from her father and the open-hearted Africans who have helped him raise her, young Sara Crewe is

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    Santa Visits ACM

    LeMay - America's Car Museum December 13, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Santa and Mrs. Claus are driving in to ACM this holiday season to upgrade their ride!

    Join the Claus family for a photo op in a 1906 Cadillac and receive a free slot car voucher for the ACM Speed Zone! Santa photos are included in ACM admission. Mrs. Claus will also visit to read stories to

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    A Very Merry Creative Colloquy

    B Sharp Coffee House December 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Santa will visit us for this very merry edition of CC for some Stories by Santa. He’s not yet the merry old soul we are used to but come get to know him and listen to some festive stories narrated by him.

    Featured stories include those penned by:

    Titus Burley
    Ellen Miffitt

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    A Charlie Brown Christmas

    Location Name December 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Dec 20 - 24, 2014 Dec 20, 11:00AM; Dec 21, 6:00PM; Dec 22 & 23, 7:00PM; Dec 24, 2:00PMThe award winning, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS special, debuted in 1965, on CBS and has aired during the Christmas season every single year since. A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS has a been awarded both an Emmy and a

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    No gentrification in Seattle? A new study makes the case

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    When new development comes to an established neighborhood, there's a pretty good chance you'll hear the word "gentrification" enter the conversation at some point. 

    It's not a word that is often defined in objective numbers - it's more likely to be a subjective response to a situation - but one recent study from City Observatory tries. The City Observatory study defines gentrification as the displacement of low-income households within a census tract - they must start with a high rate of poverty (>30%), and end with a low one (<15%). 

    The report finds that no Seattle neighborhood meets that gentrification test - in fact very few neighborhoods from the 50 cities surveyed do. Basically the trend is that nicer neighborhoods have always been pretty nice, and poorer neighborhoods have always been pretty poor.

    If there's doubt around whether Seattle is seeing gentrification, does that hold true for Tacoma too?

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    Fuzhou builds up links to US cities

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    The Chinese port city of Fuzhou is one of Tacoma's 12 sister cities. Fuzhou continues to show strong growth, with its port as a major engine driving its economy. Tacoma and Fuzhou have been sister cites for 20 years now.

    Leaders from Fuzhou are currently visiting a few US cities. They began in Tacoma, before heading down to San Francisco. Now those leaders are headed to Boston to meet with leaders there, where they plan to sign a new sister city agreement with them.

    So if we're sister cities with Fuzhou, and Fuzhou becomes sister cities with Boston, does that make Tacoma and Boston step-sister cities?

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    Recount 101: how Pierce County Elections handles a close race

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    Last week Pierce County Council candidate Stan Flemming conceded the race to his challenger, Derek Young. After nearly a month of recounting ballots, the final numbers showed Young just 93 votes ahead of Flemming.

    That's enough to call the race, but it's close enough that a hand recount was necessary. These recounts happen from time to time, and the hand recount is a higher standard, and much more involved process than the machine recount. If you're curious about the recount process, Pierce County TV has a behind the scenes look.

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    Introducing Tacoma

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    Tacoma is now a video game... well, not really, but it's the title of a video game. On Friday at the (video) Game Awards, Portland gamemaker Fullbright announced its next big project, Tacoma, with a teaser trailer.

    According to a blog post from Fullbright, the game was originally slated to be set in Tacoma, but ended up set at a lunar station 200,000 miles from earth in the near-future. But at least they kept Tacoma for the name of the space station (and the name of the game).

    Tacoma is scheduled for a 2016 release.

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    First Sunday Music at MOG Series Kicks Off January 4, 2014

    Featuring The Kareem Kandi Band 

    Tacoma, Wash. — The first Sunday Music at MOG debuts with the Kareem Kandi Band at 11 am on January 4, 2014. The music series will be presented on the first Sundays

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    Get warm and give back at Museum of Glass

    In the spirit of giving back this holiday season, Kids Design Glass™ creature Sockness Monster and Museum of Glass invite the public to warm up by the Hot Shop fire in exchange for donating items of

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    Bates Technical College a STEM Jobs-approved college

    TACOMA, Wash. –Victory Media, a creator of educational and career resources aimed at connecting students interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), announced this month that

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    Celebrating 10 Years of Collaboration: New Kids Design Glass Exhibition

    Open at Museum of Glass with Fresh Gang of Creatures on January 17, 2015 

    Tacoma, Wash. — Donut Ninja, Pig in a Blanket, and Blinky the Crab are just a few of the most recent Kids Design Glass™

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    PSRC Seeking Public Comment on Special Needs Transportation Projects

    SEATTLE - The Puget Sound Regional Council is inviting public comment on special needs transportation projects recommended for funding.

    The projects will become eligible to receive funding through

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