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Tacoma Billboard Removal / Redux

A community working group has been assembled to develop regulatory alternatives, for Planning Commission and City Council consideration, regarding billboards in the City of Tacoma.

It's the next phase in a fight between the City and advertising giant Clear Channel that has been going on for what

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Help Promote Tacoma’s History, Plan Preservation Month 2015

May is a ways off on the calendar, but planning is already beginning for Tacoma's May 2015 Preservation Month. Interested parties are being invited to join the Preservation Month planning committee, and to begin brainstorming ideas for an exciting month of programming.

The Historic Preservation

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - September 16, 2014



Ordinance No. 28243 An ordinance approving and confirming the Assessment Roll for Local Improvement District No. 3966 for the construction of an 8-inch sanitary sewer main extension from South Madison Street, south of South 69th

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Fiscal Home Rule for Tacoma?

There's a conversation going on at the City about the ways Tacoma receives revenue. With a significant structural imbalance to address in Tacoma's budget, City staff are considering not only short-term adjustments to fix the budget for the next biennium, they're also looking at ways that long-term

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Conversations Re:Tacoma 2014: Destiny Realized

Re:Tacoma is back with their annual urban design conversation series. Every year they invite you to join in thoughtful conversations focused on design issues relevant to Tacoma's urban neighborhoods and downtown core. It's an ongoing conversation meant to lead to thoughtful action. 

Each of the

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Cleaning Up Schuster Slope

The City of Tacoma and Metro Parks have begun to discuss what to do about the Schuster Slope, and how to best manage it for both positive environmental impacts and pubic access. The Schuster Slope is 16-acres of open space above Schuster Parkway, running from the I-705 off-ramp to the south, north

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of September 16, 2014

Undergrounding Power Lines

If you're interested in getting rid of overhead power lines in Tacoma, you might want to tune in to this Tuesday's joint study session between Tacoma City Council and the Tacoma Public Utility Board. The main topic of discussion will be undergrounding of power utilities.

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Help Fix Tacoma’s Residential Parking Permit Program

The City's Parking Technical Advisory Group is a group of citizens that reviews City parking policy and recommendation improvements to the City Manager. The group has been working on improving Tacoma's Residential Parking Permit program, which a press release this week calls "broken." Now they're

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The Hot Shop Live Show: A Celebration of Lino Tagliapietra

Museum of Glass September 19, 2014 at 12:00 am

Live from the Mueseum of Glass Hot Shop, join host Greg Owen along with co-host Katie Phelps for the next episode of Hot Shop Live. In this episode, learn about Venetian glass Maestro Lino Tagliapietra.

$12 adult, $10 senior/student/retired military/veteran/AAA, $5 children 6 - 12

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Museum of Glass 11th Annual Bird Lovers Weekend

Museum of Glass September 19, 2014 at 12:00 am

Birds by Toikka glass bird-making demonstrations by artists from Iittala in the Hot Shop.

Live bird visits from Pt. Defiance Zoo & Aquarium from 11 am - 12 pm.

Lecture by Walt Lieberman on Scandinavian design at 2 pm.

12 PM - 5 PM

$12 adult, $10 senior/student/retired military/veteran/AAA,

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Tacoma Park(ing) Day 2014

Downtown Tacoma September 19, 2014 at 10:00 am

Save the date on the 3rd Friday in September for Park(ing) Day 2014!Providing temporary public open space…one parking spot at a time! Park(ing) Day is an international event meant to promote thoughtfulness about how we use physical space in a way that is fun and engaging to the community. In

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Free Saturday 5k for September 20, 2014

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

It’s time again for the Tacoma Runners free Saturday 5k. What better way to start your weekend?

This week we’re at our home course in beautiful Point Defiance park. Join us for the weekly free Tacoma Runners Saturday 5k.

Are you new to Tacoma Runners?

Register at

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Free Saturday 5k for September 20, 2014

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

Join Tacoma Runners this Saturday for the last free 5k of summer. Fall officially starts on Monday, which means leaves will begin to turn, and before you know it the busy holiday season will be upon us. So come out and give summer running one last hurrah.

This week we’re at our home course in

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Planning and Planting a Winter Garden

City of Tacoma EnviroHouse September 20, 2014 at 10:30 am

Learn about food plant choices and reliable garden resources

for winter gardens plus winterize your garden for healthy growth:
> Plant hardy greens and vegetables for winter harvest
> Fall plants for summer harvest (such as garlic)
> Winter cover crops, green manures and mulches

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South Sound AIDS Walk

Cheney Stadium September 20, 2014 at 9:00 am

Join us for the 23rd annual South Sound AIDS Walk!

This year’s theme is Walk + It’s more than just a walk.

An event where friends and supporters gather in community and solidarity on the day of the Walk, but the impact of those few hours has a far reaching influence throughout the year,

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Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

University of Puget Sound, Collins Memorial Library September 20, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Please join students, faculty and community members for a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on September 20th, from 2-4pm! The goal of the event is to encourage individuals to improve Wikipedia using the resources available at the library, and to make the community more aware of the value of using the activity

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2014 Women of Influence named

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Every year the Business Examiner names a short list of South Sound Women of Influence. The list recognizes

This year the Women of Influence awards go to five women from around the South Sound region. Two special awards go to two Tacoma women: the Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Lois Bernstein from Multicare, and the Rising Star Award goes to Rosie Martinson of the TacomaWorkingMom.com blog and Sound Physicians.

See the full list of Women of Influence, and watch for their stories from the Business Examiner in coming weeks.

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TWOKOI: Outstanding Sake Program Led by Level One Certified Sake Sommelier

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For years now Twokoi has been serving quality sushi from their little corner on South 17th across from UWT and Tollefson Plaza. Their expert sushi chefs put together some pretty stunning rolls, both traditional, and more creative concoctions. 

They've got a pretty good sake selection too - the largest in the Northwest, and one of the top two sake tasting programs in the US, according to at least one magazine.

A sake tasting at Twokoi can take you through the different kinds of sake - hot, cold, and butty - with more than 40 different sakes to choose from. And if you're looking for something special, they offer sake dinners called omakase, which pair multiple courses with the perfect sake.

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Coast to Coast Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run

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Watch out Tacoma, a group of pretty hardcore bikers are headed your way. The annual Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run stretches nearly 4,000 miles from the start in Daytona Beach, Florida to the finish right here in Tacoma.

The motorcyclists participating make the run in 17 days. They left Daytona Beach on September 5. They'll see some of America's most beautiful scenery on their trip, before finding their way to the finish at the LeMay America's Car Museum, where you can welcome them to Tacoma. Expect them to roll into town sometime mid-afternoon next Sunday, September 21.

We won't claim to be endurance motorcycle riders, but we're guessing they'll be ready for a cold drink and a hot meal when they get here.

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When Adding Bike Lanes Actually Reduces Traffic Delays

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As multimodal transportation options become a regular part of planning conversations, the animosity between (some) drivers and (some) cyclists and pedestrians means many debates come down to dogma, rather than actual facts - drivers don't want to be slowed down by sharing the road with cyclists, while cyclists feel unsafe by having to share lanes with motor vehicles.

But maybe there's a way to design multimodal streets that are safer for bikes and keep cars moving as fast or even faster than before. 

A new report from the New York City Department of Transportation looks at protected bike lanes installed in the city and discovers examples of those new lanes leading to an increase in both car speeds and bike safety.

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Volunteers still needed to count bicyclists and pedestrians

Spokane, Tacoma among cities with greatest need for help

OLYMPIA – Calling all volunteers: It’s not too late to help with Washington’s seventh annual bicycle and pedestrian count taking place Sept.

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Historical Societies Join Forces to Commemorate WWI Centennial

Lakewood Historical Society (LHS) and Tacoma Historical Society (THS) host “SALUTE PIERCE COUNTY” to celebrate its rich military heritage

WHEN: Sunday, October 19, 2014, 4-8pm

WHERE: American Lake

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LOCK & UNLOAD for Gun SafeT Week September 22-26

Gun SafeT: LOCK & UNLOAD is a City of Tacoma initiative to help raise awareness and bring safety education around firearm use, storage and safe surrender to residents.

The City is making gun safety

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Cast Your Vote for the Best of Western Washington

Each year Western Washington consumers join together to vote for their favorite local businesses on the KING5 Best of Western Washington. 

The polls opened last week and nominees include several

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Couple charged for Lakewood bank robbery

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Michael David Winston, II, 27, and Brittney Winston, 26, with attempted robbery in the first degree. Michael was shot by an armored

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