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Posting a Sign on a Utility Pole or Street Light Could Cost You $250

An improperly posted sign for a lost pet or garage sale could cost its owner $250.

In an effort aimed at "cutting the visual clutter" along our streets and public rights of way, the City of Tacoma is making an enforcement push aimed at signs taped, stapled, or otherwise attached to utility poles,

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Minimum Building Code Changes

The City of Tacoma is in the process of updating its minimum building and structures code, and they're accepting feedback from community members, and property and business owners in Tacoma.

The City’s Code Compliance Group needs your help to make sure our codes continue to affectively (sic) hold

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 29, 2014



Resolution No. 38972 A resolution setting Thursday, September 18, 2014, at 9:00 a.m., as the date for a hearing by the Hearing Examiner to confirm the Assessment Roll for SCF-11 for the reconstruction of unfit or unsafe sidewalks at 91 locations throughout the City.

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of July 29, 2014

Equity & Empowerment Budget Planning

At this week's City Council study session a representative from the Local and Regional Government Alliance on Race & Equity will provide an overview on what equity is, and how to use the information in the budgeting process for the 2015-2016 biennial budget.

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“In God We Trust?”

Pierce County Councilman Jim McCune wants to make Pierce County the first in Washington State to put the words "In God we trust" on the wall of its council chambers.

McCune's proposal comes as a California group is working to get the national motto displayed in government buildings across the

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Rum, I Mean Run, From Tacoma Cabana

Tacoma Cabana July 31, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Join us July 31 as we hold our first-ever run from Tacoma Cabana in downtown Tacoma. The run will feature everything you would expect - an easy-ish 3-mile run with a hundred or so friends, a route that tries to make the most of Tacoma’s terrain, and a chance to order post-run drinks with those

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Friday Morning Movies at Main!

Main Library August 1, 2014 at 10:00 am

Hollywood comes to Tacoma Public Library every Friday morning at 10 a.m. This week join us for one of 2014’s blockbuster films about an unlikely World War II platoon tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners. Call the Main library for more details,

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Breaking Hunger Trap Shooting Tournament

Gig Harbor Sportsman's Club August 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm

This fundraising Trap Shooting Tournament benefits Emergency Food Network, providing emergency food for low-income children, adults and seniors. Teams of five shooters will make a difference in their community by putting much need food on the tables of those in need. Each shooter will have the

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Spaceworks Quadruple Grand Opening

10th and MLK August 1, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Spaceworks Tacoma invites you to celebrate the grand opening of four new businesses at the corner of 10th and Martin Luther King Jr Way. We partnered with property owner Paul Okner to help activate this previously vacant building.

Spaceworks and the owners of Concrete Market, The Tshirt Men

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Free Saturday 5k for August 2, 2014

Point Defiance Park August 2, 2014 at 8:00 am

Join the Tacoma Runners Free Saturday 5k every Saturday. Fast, slow, or somewhere in between, all are welcome, so bring a friend. This week we are again at our home course in Point Defiance.

Go to tacomarunners.com/runners/register to register, complete your profile, print your barcode, then come

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Tea Ceremony - China

August 2, 2014 at 10:00 am

​The Chinese have enjoyed tea for millennia. Scholars hailed the brew as a cure for a variety of ailments; the nobility considered tea consumption a mark of status and the common people simply enjoyed its flavor. Although Tea drinking started in China; Korea, Japan, India, and other Asia Pacific

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Tacoma Narrows Half Marathon

Tacoma Narrows Airport August 2, 2014 at 7:30 am

Run or walk one of the most unique race courses in the Puget Sound Region! This point to point course starts at the Tacoma Narrows Airport, crosses over the majestic Tacoma Narrows Bridge, runs on the warning track at Cheney Stadium (where you will see yourself on the jumbo tron), and finishes in

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Woofstock 2014

University of Puget Sound August 2, 2014 at 10:00 am

Come find your new best friend at Woofstock! The Humane Society will be present with lots of adorable shelter pets who can go home with you today! Not only will there be tons of shelter pets to get excited over, there will be great music too. We’ll see you there!

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Do rain gardens work at industrial sites?

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In 2011 Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE) built an industrial rain garden at their location in the Port of Tacoma. In 2012 that rain garden project got them recognized as an environmental champion. Two years after that, the rain garden is still succeeding at filtering stormwater run-off before it hits Puget Sound waters.

TOTE had been having difficulty meeting stormwater management standards for heavy metal contaminants in their run-off, and the rain garden turned that around. It was so successful that the company was able to close one of its existing traditional stormwater outfalls. And it turns out that the rain gardens are significantly cheaper than installation of a traditional industrial-scale filtering facility.

Cheaper. More efficient. More attractive. Sounds like we could start seeing more industrial rain gardens.

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When Cities Become Science, Where Does Art Fit In?

A recent piece from NPR explores a Rochester, New York project that brings the work of urban artists to the walls of its public spaces. It doesn't sound all that different from Tacoma's Mural Project.

With the movement to make city planning quantifiable and predictive, with measurable outcomes, and a focus on sustainability and efficiency, where does art fit in? Can an objective and quantified model of urban development find room for something as subjective and qualitative as public art?

Imagination and whimsy can seem at odds with a world governed by scientific models and big data. As we seek successful models of economic development, it's easy for efforts to foster creative expression in a city to be forced into the background. Is there, though, an argument to be made that our public spaces can only be at their best when they make room for art, as well as science?

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After a century, Tacoma-based Lucks Food Decorating Co. has become a respected, international brand

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There are some Tacoma businesses that we hear about all the time, and there are some we seldom, if ever hear about. That doesn't mean that we're not interested, it just means that they're quietly going about their business.

Lucks Food Decorating Company is one of them. Apparently they've been quietly going about the business of developing, producing, and innovating edible, decorative foods for a century. And they're growing, and looking to international markets to expand.

If you hadn't heard of them before, maybe it was because they were trying to be the best-kept secret in town. But now you know.

You can also see some of their products at Lucks.com or on the Lucks Facebook page.

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Would someone please articulate an economic plan for Tacoma?

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Ken Miller has a kind of dark take on Tacoma's economic outlook in an op-ed piece in The News Tribune.

From where Miller sits, Tacoma is doing okay for now - not great, but okay - but all that could change. Miller looks at the uncertain future of what he identifies as Tacoma's two big economic engines, the Port and JBLM, and sees dark clouds on the horizon, and no one knows where the umbrellas are.

As he puts it, "as we approach an economic moment of truth, I don’t understand our plan for winning ... please, will someone, anyone, articulate our economic development strategy in terms of measurable results?"

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Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Issues Ratings for Judicial Candidates

TACOMA (July 31, 2014) - The Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association (TPCBA) has announced its ratings for judicial candidates seeking election to the position of Pierce County District Court, Position

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Pet of the Week: Goose

Are you a cat savvy person, looking to bring love and joy to a kitty in need? If your answer is “yes”, you’ll instantly fall in love with our girl, Goose.

This sweetheart has been with us since June

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Purple Reigns at Cheney Stadium

TACOMA, WASH. — On August 9, 2014, Husky fans and University of Washington Tacoma supporters will descend upon Cheney Stadium, decked out in school colors, for the annual Paint the Park Purple

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You Think You Know Tacoma? Test your historic trivia knowledge on August 8

The City of Tacoma Landmarks Preservation Commission and Tacoma Historical Society are hosting a history of Tacoma free trivia night at The Forum, 815 Pacific Avenue, beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday,

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“Be Our Guest: Tacoma Hotel 1884-1935”

Tacoma Historical Society to Open New Exhibit

WHAT: Tacoma Historical Society will open the “Be Our Guest” exhibit recalling the grandeur of the former Tacoma Hotel, its colorful cast of characters,

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