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I know the City wants to do a pavement assessment that is current, but it is unfunded.  Would such a proposal include your pavement assessment?  All signs point to yes.

March 05 2015 State of the City: "More Than Potholes... Deep Repairs..."

Without a current pavement assessment there is no estimate of the revenues needed to address the problem.

March 05 2015 State of the City: "More Than Potholes... Deep Repairs..."

Does the City of Tacoma have a recent pavement assessment or does it not?  If not, exactly how does the dollar amount the Mayor is asking for relate to valid need?  Is the Mayor asking for unconstrained dollars or is the Mayor asking for dollars that are 100% legally constrained re: what they can be spent on? 

In Prop 1 the dollars were totally unconstrained and could be spent on any project that was tangentially related to transportation.  When called on this the City tried to hoodwink the

March 05 2015 State of the City: "More Than Potholes... Deep Repairs..."

Well the ideas were sort of discussed earlier.  This secondary posting by Exit133 attracts the long term trolls that have been spouting the same things since Prop 1.  The Mayor is an easy target and probably none of the people here sit on a City Commission or go to City Council to actually voice their opinions.  Unilateral dissention is easy.  Tacoma is full of arm chair critics and conspiracy theorists and unfortunately they’ve been attracted to this site.  The New Takhoman hasn’t been updated

March 05 2015 State of the City: "More Than Potholes... Deep Repairs..."

Without money, there is no need for a current pavenent assessment.  Chicken or egg anyone?

March 05 2015 State of the City: "More Than Potholes... Deep Repairs..."

Just trying to interject some positivity. 

When you have massive amounts of responsibility as the Mayor does, it is impossible to be personally involved in everything.  Her efforts have to me multiplied through others.  What she has been involved in (or not) is not something somebody on the blogosphere can be sure of.

March 05 2015 State of the City: "More Than Potholes... Deep Repairs..."

Without an accurate current pavement assessment there can be no work plan.  Without a work plan there is nothing to consider.

March 05 2015 State of the City: "More Than Potholes... Deep Repairs..."

Again, financial details of the proposal have yet to be released.  I’ll hold my judgement for it until then.

March 05 2015 State of the City: "More Than Potholes... Deep Repairs..."

You are delusional, up implies moving towards a sound fiscal footing.  Have you checked the City’s bond rating recently.

March 05 2015 State of the City: "More Than Potholes... Deep Repairs..."

That is consistent with my experience.  She was incredibly rude and condescending toward those who attended Prop 1 outreach events.

March 05 2015 State of the City: "More Than Potholes... Deep Repairs..."

You actually want to go there do you? 

Well you can call it a conspiracy or you can call it a poached egg on toast, irrespective of what you call it it Tacoma’s Mayor went before the public pleading poverty and introducing a push towards a half BILLION dollars in unconstrained new revenues that would be put under the purview of the City’s Public Works Director to budget and program as he and the Council see fit. 

This same Public Works Director who has got where he is today by going through

March 05 2015 State of the City: "More Than Potholes... Deep Repairs..."

Jesse, I worked for a major employer in downtown Tacoma and when it came to converting the parking garage into Pacific Plaza the mayor wanted nothing to do with it. And for the grand opening of Pacific Plaza and Projecting Drop (the art installation) she was over an hour late so the ceremony’s were held up waiting for her and her little dog. She did not fix the ills of Tacoma Schools - Tacoma Schools did, she did not fund a streetcar because it came before her term, and she did not fill the

March 05 2015 State of the City: "More Than Potholes... Deep Repairs..."

No.  I’ve been against plenty of things.  Thanks.

March 05 2015 State of the City: "More Than Potholes... Deep Repairs..."

And just in case Jesse wants to know:  Yes I am accusing everyone involved in the decisions leading up to spending limited public dollar that are used to house families in need temporarily and spending those dollars on luxury condo units costing north of a quarter million dollars/unit of being self-serving and having absolutely no regard for either the tax paying public those dollars are extracted from or for the families who are in need.

March 05 2015 State of the City: "More Than Potholes... Deep Repairs..."

The only thing you miss is that there is today there is actually a dialog going on that includes voices that question how public money is programmed and budgeted and spent.  You pine for the good ol’ days when it was spend, spend, spend being discussed in an echo chamber.

March 05 2015 State of the City: "More Than Potholes... Deep Repairs..."

Well part of the money went toward funding luxury condos that cost north of a quarter million dollars per unit (Hillside Terrace) under the guise of providing housing for a vulnerable population.  This is a disservice to the community, especially those who need that housing but are not among the very few who actually get to move in. 

Everywhere you look in Tacoma there is spending from the public treasury that is wasteful and/or directed toward the benefit of the favored few.

March 05 2015 State of the City: "More Than Potholes... Deep Repairs..."

Okay Jesse, let’s kick around some ideas. The video of the address records more than a couple of audacious moments, but at least two which at best could be dismissed as high drama.

It is often the case with regards to formal speeches and informal discourse, that the parties involved in an exchange seldom remember the content offered at the midpoint of a communication. It is the content at the beginning, and at the end which is usually remembered.

Assuming that is true, how should one

March 04 2015 State of the City: "More Than Potholes... Deep Repairs..."

Is E133 now a conspiracy blog like the New Takhoman or The News Tribune?  I miss the days of talking about ideas on here.  *sigh*

March 04 2015 State of the City: "More Than Potholes... Deep Repairs..."

It does make one wonder, where does all the money go that is grabbed?

Let’s look at current taxes (2013) “Utility Tax This tax is similar to the gross receipts business and occupation tax except it is imposed on utility businesses. The business activities affected by this tax are telephone, cellular, gas, electric, water, sewerage, drainage, cable, and garbage. The rates are as follows: A. Power 6% B. Cable 8% C. Water and Rail Systems 8% D. Solid Waste 8% E. Sale of Electricity or Natural

March 04 2015 State of the City: "More Than Potholes... Deep Repairs..."

John,

I have used Tacoma’s reported number of lane miles and multiplied that by the cost/lane mile of full depth structural overlay on every street in Tacoma and it totals about half of what she is asking for. 

Given, I am using 2009 figures, but in case you missed it the price of oil is way down since 2009.  That is what drives cost.

I have told people that people with inside connections have warned me this was coming, but I had underestimated the brazenness of the money grab. 

I also

March 04 2015 State of the City: "More Than Potholes... Deep Repairs..."

It depends on your address.  If you live amongst the freeloaders in the particular District of Tacoma that is receiving far more back in tax revenues than they put in - of course you think that the future is coming up roses.  As for those who are footing the bill for this - not so much. 

Now herhonner wants additional unconstrained dollars.  That is a non-starter. 

I shared this with people in the field and a couple asked me:  what is a “two on two overlay?”.  When I said the City of

March 04 2015 State of the City: "More Than Potholes... Deep Repairs..."

So the “Mayor did say that it will cost roughly $15 per household per month over those 10 years. . . .”, but did the Mayor forget to tell Tacoma about Tacoma utility(s) ratepayers fees increase proposed: Let’s not forget to add the City of Tacoma taxes added on top of the utility services rate increases money collected. Tacoma City Ordinance No. 28286 Electric rates up 3% in April and Tacoma City Ordinance No. 28285 water rates increased 4% year 2015 and again 4% year 2016?

 

March 04 2015 State of the City: "More Than Potholes... Deep Repairs..."

“They” have pissed every dollar they can get their hands on away.  If the truth be known.  “They” have absolutely no interest in our infrastructure, “they” are interested in a new funding mechanism for discretionary capital projects.  “They” were hoping to hoodwink the residents into giving them unconstrained dollars to piss away while our existing infrastructure slides into the abyss.

March 04 2015 State of the City: "More Than Potholes... Deep Repairs..."

The city is on its way up. Period. That isn’t without missteps, but we unquestionably have momentum in places it matters, such as business and education.

March 04 2015 State of the City: "More Than Potholes... Deep Repairs..."

Tacoma is lucky to have Mayor Strickland.  She has seemingly fixed many ills of Tacoma’s schools, almost funded streetcar completely, landed a fill-in for Russell, numerous infrastructure projects, and worked to land the biggest skyscraper built in Tacoma since the early 1980’s.  If she can crack the code for a path toward beautiful and functional infrastructure in Tacoma, she’ll go down as one of Tacoma’s finest Mayors. 

BTW, the news said Expedia is leaving Bellevue and considering Tacoma

March 04 2015 State of the City: "More Than Potholes... Deep Repairs..."

Maybe you should try to get on an appropriate committee for your passion here.  Sounds like they could use a hand and maybe both parties could learn a few things while you’re at it.
All in all, I bet they haven’t budgeted the money for a yearly pavement assessment because they don’t currently have the money to do anything about the conditions they find.

March 04 2015 State of the City: "More Than Potholes... Deep Repairs..."

“The Mayor promised that her new proposal would touch every street in Tacoma in some way. Streets rated “excellent” or “good” will get routine maintenance and crack seal. Streets rated “fair” will get chip seal and surface treatments. Streets rated “failed” or “poor” will get a new street, grind and overlay. And Tacoma’s remaining gravel roads will get a “two on two overlay.””


Streets rated “fair” will get chip seal and surface treatments.

Chip seals:
When NOT to Use!
-  Structurally

March 04 2015 State of the City: "More Than Potholes... Deep Repairs..."

I got it, here is my response:

Gee, I would be interested in what level of confidence the City of Tacoma put in a single stand alone pavement assessment done ~ a half decade earlier as the sole basis for these 2010/2011 predictions which are described as being used to “simulate deterioration based upon the pavement management life cycle?” 

“In 2006/2007, the City of Tacoma collected pavement condition data in order to inventory and assess the condition of its streets. The data in the

March 04 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

The City has “responded” to my PDR with a phony baloney cobbled together “pavement assessment” that is totally useless,  Here is what I have to say bach to the City: 

Gee, I would be interested in what level of confidence the City of Tacoma put in a single stand alone pavement assessment done ~ a half decade earlier as the sole basis for these 2010/2011 predictions which are described as being used to “simulate deterioration based upon the pavement management life cycle?” 

“In 2006/2007,

March 04 2015 State of the City: "More Than Potholes... Deep Repairs..."

“And I say to you, ladies and gentlemen, the solution to Tacoma’s problem today is the SAME SOLUTION to any problem of any city at any place and at any time: MO MONEY!”

March 04 2015 State of the City: "More Than Potholes... Deep Repairs..."

Whoa.  Just went to the TNT and found an article about this lawsuit.  It’s real.  I can’t believe the County would do that.  Where do I sign Jerry Gibb’s referendum?  Where?

March 03 2015 County Services Building Faces Another Challenge, a Possible Referendum

Word in the street is that the County has filed a lawsuit against Jerry Gibbs for filing the referendum.  Is that true?  Does anyone know any details?

March 03 2015 County Services Building Faces Another Challenge, a Possible Referendum

“Why doesn’t the City just cough up the pavement assessment and report?  Is it that the Mayor was just using a number she pulled out of thin air?”—JDH

The Mayor is simply a politician—-someone who is paid to say things that people want to hear. The implication of the street repair proposal, regardless of the lack of/or supply of adequate reasoned evidence, is that whatever the cost for street repairs, citizens will witness one of the largest “make work” programs in Tacoma’s history.

We

March 02 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

If at first you can’t find a Monkeyshine….

March 02 2015 A Monkeyshines Proposal

Nice,  Lincoln District coming around.

http://www.tacomaweekly.com/dailymashup/view/lincoln-international-business-district-lights-up-with-upgrades/

March 02 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

Cost/lane mile is average cost provided to do various treatments as provided to CRAB by Washington cities and counties through 2009. 

Again, what I used for cost would be FULL DEPTH STRUCTURAL OVERLAY on every lane mile in Tacoma.  We are not at that point YET.  Give Tacoma voters a few more election cycles and I am sure they could ensure that the Council will get us there.  Not every lane mile will need full depth structural overlay, quite a few won’t.  BUT there are a percentage of streets

March 02 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

Not calculated in your above figure; center turn lanes, turn lanes at intersections, parking lanes that make a street twice as wide, sidewalks, trees, and everything else that goes with a street reconstruction.
A street may be one lane in each direction, but add two patking lanes and a center turn lane and you now have five lanes in width but only two “lane miles.”

March 02 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

What do we know about CRS (Citizens for Responsible Spending), and how do we know it? The shadowy arena of subversion is often populated by self-proclaimed consumers of leisure. Gig Harbor resident Jerry Gibbs, who represents CRS, described the grassroots committee as “retired guys with too much time on our hands.”

Is this true? CRS is a bunch of retired guys living an unstructured life? Fair warning, my fellow Tacoma and Pierce County citizens: Chaos wastes a tremendous amount of time

March 02 2015 County Services Building Faces Another Challenge, a Possible Referendum

Tacoma is not responsive in providing a current pavement assessment, so I am going to use some 2006 data I have which the City provided to FHWA when seeking funding in the past for this number:

Total paved and unpaved lane miles 2006—2,186

In 2009 it cost $130,240/lane mile to do a full depth structural overlay on an arterial street and $109,237/lane mile on an access street.  Let’s just use $120,000/lane mile average cost.

2,186 lane mi x $120,000/lane mile = $262,320,000

That is about

March 02 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

Keep looking everybody! I went to Jefferson Park yesterday at about 3 o’ clock and found the mysterious blue bottle in a recess between a part of the tree base of the grand Sequoia tree! Haven’t opened the bottle yet! Keep looking everybody!

March 02 2015 The Year of the Sheep - Monkeyshines 2015

It is extremely rare to have a string of positive comments at The News Tribune period. 

The News Buffoon destroyed the vibrant community of people who visited it’s website throughout the day to comment on stories, editorials and opinion.  It censored the comments it did not agree with, it banned anybody who pointed out the FACT that almost without exception, every time scandal visits Tacoma or Pierce County Senior Fellows from the American Leadership Forum are among the actors and it’s own

March 02 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

Jesse,

The date at which it was beyond irresponsible to concede “good intentions” on the part of City elected and appointed leaders and senior staff was behind us by the late 1990’s.  I am in constant contact with people in the transportation field and also frequently have conversations with recently retired City staff and current employees.  That is how I was aware that the City was scheming at a new source of revenues to fund purely discretionary capital projects. 

As far as conspiracy

March 02 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

A lot of money could be saved on this project if it were designed by a Tacoma architectural firm (instead of Seattle). It would also bring in local contractors and create jobs for Tacoma citizens who are so badly in need of work.  Just sayin…...

March 02 2015 County Services Building Faces Another Challenge, a Possible Referendum

Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

Plan Cancelled After Whole City Dies Laughing

March 01 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

Where did you find your little treasures…. We did Ruston Waterfront from Chinese bridge to the Lobster Shop. And also parts of the Wapato Park near the playground and waterfall. We started late… so want to do this next weekend with my daughter.

March 01 2015 The Year of the Sheep - Monkeyshines 2015

Wren we found a three small treasures. My sons each kept one and re-his the third for someone else to find.

March 01 2015 The Year of the Sheep - Monkeyshines 2015

If I were you guys I would search the Pagoda, maybe you’ll find a treasure I left behind, (hint hint)

March 01 2015 The Year of the Sheep - Monkeyshines 2015

Going out to scour downtown Tacoma with the whole family on this beautiful day! We still have hope!

March 01 2015 The Year of the Sheep - Monkeyshines 2015

Conspiracy theories and personal attacks destroy your integrity.  You’ve proven you can share real, good, and important ideas.  Do that instead.

March 01 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

It is extremely rare to have a string of positive comments at The News Tribune.  In fact, just the other day there was an article about Over the Moon Cafe where the comments were about 75% nasty.  An article about Over the Moon is about as non-policical and “feel good” as a newspaper can get but still the vitriol… Even though that restaurant may indeed be Tacoma’s best.

March 01 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

Hello from Hvar,

Just saying hi and we are here with lots of information about our island for those interested in your imminent new twin town.

http://www.total-hvar.com/index.php/hvar-blog/item/connecting-the-hvar-diaspora-new-twin-town-in-tacoma-washingon-state

cheers Paul

March 01 2015 Tacoma City Council Meeting - February 24, 2015

Just found out about monkeyshines on Monday, went looking for 3 hours and found mine in the crotch of a tree in Wright Park! Right after my roommate and I spend the next 5 hours scouring Tacoma parks, I’m looking to find one for his 31st birthday tomorrow and surprise him with it. He was sooooo stoked that I found one, he said it gave him hope. He found a moonsnail shell with a poem in it in point defiance by the pagota shrine in a Japanese maple. Dunno if that was something left behind by

February 28 2015 The Year of the Sheep - Monkeyshines 2015

Let’s say I go to my relatives and ask for enough money to fix my roof i.e. put a new roof on our home before the rain destroyed the structure beneath it.  Would my relatives not have knots in their head if they handed me cash needed for a new roof?  Of course they would.  I have a history to consider, all bets are that I would have minimal repairs done to ward off the immediate danger and then would say Ya Hoo I have money to fund a trip to the Emerald Queen on Fridays and when I finally hit I

February 28 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

What the Mayor is proposing is a new “funding mechanism,” a new tax that will be sold as a way to fund what every poll they have commissioned in the last decade that asks residents what they see as our number one concern.  Pavement restoration.  Madam Mayor is setting up a “sucker play.” 

What has been being bandied about at City Hall is how to get voters to approve unconstrained “transportation” dollars that they can siphon off a percentage of and program any way they see fit. 

They are

February 28 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

Found one of the 14 art cards today on 6th Ave.

February 28 2015 The Year of the Sheep - Monkeyshines 2015

Go online and read the comments on KOMO, KIRO, The News Buffoon.  Tacoma politician have no credibility on this issue.  It is not just me.

February 28 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

Since a month has about 30 days we will let the exponent equal 30. This means that after a month we will have 2^30 - 1 pennies. 

Well, 2^30 - 1 = 1,073,741,824 - 1 = 1,073,741,823 pennies. That’s more than a billion pennies!

If we divide this number by 100 (remember, there are 100 pennies in a dollar), we can find how many dollars this is:

1,073,741,823 divided by 100 = $10,737,418.23. That’s almost eleven million dollars!

If you cannot follow the math, you just have to believe me on

February 27 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

I know that I have been monopolizing this topic, but I have been fighting this fight for a long time and with the education and background to add considerable insight to the subject. 

On top of that I am in contact with recently retired City staff and present City staff who let me know what is bothering them.  Do you think I went on the “Prop1 offensive” about a month ago just out of the blue?  I did not, I knew this latest campaign was coming.

I am not a pavement technician, but I am a

February 27 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

Good evening all! Well I got the chance to get back out this afternoon. Boy do I know how to pick em! It was raining when I startes at firemens park, then it got colder and super windy. Very cold for a Texas gal like me lol. Thank goodness for Starbucks

February 27 2015 The Year of the Sheep - Monkeyshines 2015

I do believe that some are hidden well, to be found by surprise when least expected, stumbled upon by chance. Don’t give up they can be found when least expected and always in public places!!

February 27 2015 The Year of the Sheep - Monkeyshines 2015

Using motor vehicles is not sustainable (for a long term future here) because petroleum fuels are finate (they will become extremely rare and expensive by the mid 21st century)  and electrical energy is limited as well so you can’t replace hugely energy wasting inefficient ICE motor vehicles with huge energy wasting inefficient electrically powered ones.
There should be a big sin tax on motor vehicles because they are so destructive to the environment (major source of human based CO2

February 27 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

I accept that the majority have been found, but i cant give up hope. Were any of them hidden really well, like you would have to move stuff around to find them, or are they pretty much visible from at least one vantage point?

February 27 2015 The Year of the Sheep - Monkeyshines 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJx-uGRsiNU

February 27 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

So you prefer mass extinction in the short anthropocene due to everyone having and using Motor vehicles
.Here is a different set of better ideas and why the car culture is insanity.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pX8zZdLw7cs

February 27 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

I hear a number of the members of the Board of Public Health may be willing to host the needle exchange in front of their homes in their neighborhoods.  (Put another way, this is why you have a needle exchange in front of your home.)

http://www.tpchd.org/about/board-health/board-health-members/

February 27 2015 County Services Building Faces Another Challenge, a Possible Referendum

Yes sir!  Without absolute, 100% constraint on what the funds can be used for this type of measure will fail. 

And yes, if undergrounding were done concurrent with rebuilding streets Utility Ratepayers could and should pay a FAIR share.  That fair share part of the equation is important to remember though, the Utility share will be commensurate with undergrounding on streets that are in a certain existing condition and on a completely failed street it will be relatively modest contribution. 

February 27 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

Terry,

Take it from a person who has forecast this for well over a decade now (and tried to get the City to appreciate what they were setting us up for) - we simply cannot fix our pavement infrastructure problems with existing revenue sources. 

I wish we could, but it is an impossibility at this point.  When I first started pointing out to Council members, then Mayor Baarsma and City staff that while the money they were raiding out of City maintenance budgets is finite and falls within a

February 27 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

A combined street utility combined with the current utility is a great idea.  Maybe we could get a few power lines buried during street reconstruction so Tacoma can bring herself into the 1960’s finally.
For such a big measure to pass, the funds collected will have to be locked away in a fund exclusive to streets.  Otherwise, this type of measure will probably fail.

February 27 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

I agree JohnSherman, I totally see the City funneling the new street money to Pt. Ruston. I still don’t understand how the City thought it would be a good idea to build new condos and retail on the water with a whole bunch of vacant places spread around town already. I’m betting the new movie theater pushes an older one under….why can’t we just fix what we got? Without a tax increase?

February 27 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

They are operated independently and can be moved if enough people ask.

February 27 2015 County Services Building Faces Another Challenge, a Possible Referendum

I would also like to see a Street Utility created and placed under the purview of TCU. 

I agree with the idea of a new ‘public streets utility (“Streets PU”) but such a new Tacoma Streets PU must have, I think, complete separation from present City of Tacoma Council, all other City Public Utilitie(s), and all sharing of any resources or oversight or computer systems with our present City of Tacoma governance.

Since, apparent to me, present City of Tacoma Utilitie(s) have shared money and

February 27 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

I have made a PDR for the most current Pavement Assessment and Report.  Once I get my hands on that document I will be able to break it down and explain in layman’s terms what it is saying. 

That assumes that Tacoma actually has had a comprehensive Pavement Assessment and Report done and are not just pulling a number out of their ass.  Like they did in 2013. 

Here is where this is going:  The Report is going to lay out a number of scenarios and the funding necessary to achieve each

February 27 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

You mean to clean up the ASARCO site?  I’d say getting rid of a superfund site takes priority, especially if you have a contractor like Point Ruston that is going to build roads as part of the financing plan.  I’d also prioritize public health before roads funding.

The EPA Asarco Superfund Project the protects the Tacoma and Ruston people from dirt health hazards. Yes. The Asarco site building construction stuff under construction absent building permits at issue. See generally,

February 27 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

The only math that can really be attacked is the peripheral costs of this project; adding transit lines to support it, a parking spot for every employee, reconstructing all the streets around it to accommodate traffic, the huge opportunity costs vs downtown, etc.

February 27 2015 County Services Building Faces Another Challenge, a Possible Referendum

According to the Health Department website, the needle exchange is located right outside the their office.  Haven’t you advocated for the Health Department to stay in Lincoln?  I’m confused…

February 27 2015 County Services Building Faces Another Challenge, a Possible Referendum

Sorry Sid, I you don’t have to tell me how all of this tough to take here in the Lincoln District. Look me up in real life. We’ll come up with a plan to shut down the needle exchange.

February 26 2015 County Services Building Faces Another Challenge, a Possible Referendum

Ok great, so when can we expect the 25,000 signatures to remove the needle exchange clinic that is causing way more damage to our neighborhood than this project ever will?  Any takers?  I love how you all speak negatively about Tacoma, yet you are the epitome of hypocrisy.

February 26 2015 County Services Building Faces Another Challenge, a Possible Referendum

I hope your right, but I think Jerry Gibbs already has the political machine to do so.

February 26 2015 County Services Building Faces Another Challenge, a Possible Referendum

Good luck getting 25,000 signatures lol I’m not worried…

February 26 2015 County Services Building Faces Another Challenge, a Possible Referendum

Hi Karen, this isn’t a vote to move the County GS office Downtown. That was never going to happen because it’s likely politically impossible for the County Council to Kowtow to the Downtown Tacoma elite. This is a move for the County voters to vote the whole project down and tell Tacoma to go to Hell. I’m guessing it’s toast. There won’t be a new GS County office anywhere.

February 26 2015 County Services Building Faces Another Challenge, a Possible Referendum

We do not have enough parking downtown as it is.  I know.  I live and work downtown.  Are these bus/Link/bike riders that think moving county administration downtown is a better idea?  The current location plans make more sense to me because it is unused property put to good use.  The spread of county offices across Tacoma is ridiculous.  A one stop shop for all things county just a few blocks from the so-called downtown core is a better idea than cramming it into already dysfunctional downtown

February 26 2015 County Services Building Faces Another Challenge, a Possible Referendum

Sounds like a past Utopia is calling:

They sought paradise in a Scottish field — and found hunger, boredom and mosquitoes
http://www.spectator.co.uk/books/9435652/they-sought-paradise-in-a-scottish-field-and-found-hunger-boredom-and-mosquitoes/

This one didn’t work out so well, but nature abhors a vacuum, and I am sure there is a place like this that you would feel right at home in.

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

A reliable transportation network is also necessary to get food to the store, you to the hospital if you fall and break your back, new carpet delivered to your home, garbage and recyclables picked up etc.

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

Property owners should be responsible because streets are a shared resource.  We all use them for bike, pedestrian, car, transit oriented travel.  Taxing one mode is akin to making it a sin tax to drive.  Sin taxes being unsustainable (see liquor, cigarettes, ect).  We need somethign sustainable.  We already tax property taxes for parks rather than ask for admission through a users fee.  Roads are a common good, everyone should pay for them.

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

Great points here. Without jobs, “growth” is a hollow concept. I sometime marvel at the ability of the local government to acquire and spend gobs of money on projects meant for idlers like walking trails and bikeways while at the same time doing very little, appreciably, to transform the downtown core from a dumping ground for transients and criminals into an employment center.  It’s as if the citizenry’s leisure time is of more importance to the city than our ability to support ourselves by

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

$500 million dollars is basically $2,500 per every man,woman,child and infant in Tacoma.Motor vehicle infrastructure is insanity.Save all that money instead and abandon the lunatic automobile centric model.It is unsustainable for any future.
The streets should be only for humans and human powered vehicles.No need for huge 4 lane streets anymore.
Here is the answer.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9qUvTTlF2Y

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

Why should property owners be responsible for the taxes on restoring the streets.
It should be directly the motor vehicles owners that are responsible since they are using it and creating the problems like potholes and sometimes driving with winter chains that wreck the streets.There are property owners whom don’t own motor vehicles.

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

Tacoma has to be desireable before it will be profitable.  The downtown crumbling core looks quite nice now but more needs to be done.  There just needs to be a plan to extend the wealth out to other neighborhoods.  Amazon, Microsoft, ect. would never locate here because our sewer system is made out of wood and concrete and the roads look like those used in Mad Max.  Investments need to be made to attract business here.

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

Neighborhood folks are irked about big public investments in downtown-area improvements.  Their irritation should be to wonder why almost every major private sector project, like the State Farm/Russell Investments Building and Pacific Plaza, required a public subsidy for a parking garage while the Tacoma Financial Center and Hotel Murano and Norton Clapp/Rhodes Center were only made viable with the infusion of federal Urban Development Action Grants.  The bottom line is that as America has

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

If I have said it once I have said it a thousand times - Tacoma residents, particularly residential property owners, are going to have to pay to restore our asphalt and that is going to cost residents a bundle.  I accept that, and have made it clear that I would support a new funding mechanism if the new revenues are 100% legally constrained, AND a large portion of our existing transportation revenues, are dedicated exclusively and constrained by law to restoring, preserving and maintaining

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

The issue I have with chip seal is two fold, one objection is that the City is funding improvements to make Tacoma more bikeable community while simultaneously making it less comfortable to ride a bicycle. 

The other objection I have is that chip seal and other thin surface treatments are being used for applications where they are not appropriate.  Once a roadway has extensive longitudinal cracking thin surface treatments are not going to anything to prolong the life of the roadway by one

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

It is all part of the problem of instituting a mileage fee for roads improvement.  People don’t like it and it limits commerce.  I always see this coming in as something attatched to property rather than use.

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

I’d say there is a distinct difference on distance cyclists and urban commuters as well.  Most of these comments on 410 are recreation distance cylists.  My urban tires could deal with any aggregate on the road.  There is more resistance than a pothole ridden road that hasn’t been looked at for years, but it just requires the average cyclist to put on thicker tires.

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

If the referendum language was specific to a protected tax or set aside that couldn’t be offset somewhere else, you’d be fine with it I’m hearing.  I don’t see how this is unattainable.  A roads excise tax would be the solution.  It is sort of the route to go given the declinging revenues of the gas tax.  It is just really in your face unpopular though to add new specific taxes.  A couple states have made this variable to the weight of the vehicle, so freight is more heavily penalized.  I

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

You could do both. 

You’re obviously very emotional about your opinions, you commit a lot of time and energy to making them known here.  Why not develop your ideas in long form on a blog, rather than bitch and moan on a comment board?  If what you have to say is so important, isn’t it worth explaining in full?

You’d still come here and comment, but you could include a link to a full article to back you up.

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland to Announce Plan to Fix Potholes

Yeah, Tacoma was a “great place” for Sound Physicians to defraud the federal government out of what was most likely hundreds of millions of dollars, admit no wrongdoing, and pay a fine amounting to a fraction of what they stole to get off the hook.  I, for one, am not proud that Tacoma is home to an organization that steals from Medicare as a business model.

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/tacoma-wash-medical-firm-pay-145-million-settle-overbilling-allegations

 

February 26 2015 Sound Physicians signs lease for Umpqua Bank Building

Even though I was very much against the super lazy and utilitarian site choice that the County selected, I am not a fan of the “attacking the math” method of killing this project.  Nobody has really come out against the math on this thing; it’s the lack of real leadership that has been the most troubling - and that this project has been purely managerial in nature.  To attack the math on this project is sorta dumb because it can be easily qualified. 

Managers make decisions out of

February 26 2015 County Services Building Faces Another Challenge, a Possible Referendum

Or I could continue to comment in various forums and people who want to consider what I have to say can read what I write and those who are not interested in what I have to say can skip over it.

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland to Announce Plan to Fix Potholes

He was calculating miles/dollar instead of dollars/mile.  So if he is driving a car that gets 34 mpg what this means is that he would be paying the same amount in taxes as if he were to pay an additional 50 cents/gallon at the pump.

For a person on fixed income it is a big hit no matter where it comes from.

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

“Any proposal that addresses the issue and locks the funding for road improvement should be pursued.”

If by “locks the funding for road improvement” you mean 100% legally constrained for use restoring, preserving and maintaining existing pavement I would have to say:  Ding, ding, ding - we have a winner here. 

My objection has been and continues to be that the City has tried every which way to bamboozle the public into voting to fund a new revenue stream that is NOT LEGALLY constrained and

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes
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Friday Forum: Save the Date! November 6, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
Johnny Mathis: A Benefit Concert in Support of Arts Education October 8, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Bike Train: McKinley Hill to the Top of Tacoma August 26, 2015 at 5:30 pm Edit
Tacoma’s Latin Arts Festival August 16, 2015 at 10:00 am Edit
Friday Forum: Save the Date! August 7, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
Walk Tacoma: Scavenger Hunt August 5, 2015 at 4:30 pm Edit
Wonder Woman Chronicles, Vol. 1 discussion at Destiny City Comics July 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm Edit
Tacoma Maritime Fest 2015 July 18, 2015 at 10:00 am Edit
Walk Tacoma: Family Walk/ Museum Walk July 15, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
West Side Story July 10, 2015 at 8:00 pm Edit
Batman: the Killing Joke discussion at Destiny City Comics June 25, 2015 at 7:00 pm Edit
Defending the Caveman June 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Defending the Caveman June 21, 2015 at 3:00 pm Edit
Defending the Caveman June 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
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Wheels to Meals June 20, 2015 at 7:00 am Edit
Defending the Caveman June 19, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Defending the Caveman June 18, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Walk Tacoma: Architecture Walk (After Work) June 17, 2015 at 5:15 pm Edit
Walk Tacoma: Architecture Walk (Lunchtime) June 17, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
Drunken Telegraph June 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Rollin’ 253 Summer Day Camp June 8, 2015 at 7:30 am Edit
TWBC Peninsula Metric June 7, 2015 at 7:00 am Edit
Walk Tacoma: Public Art Walk June 3, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
Great Pacific, Vol. 1: Trashed! discussion at Destiny City Comics May 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm Edit
Bike Train: Downtown to King’s Books May 27, 2015 at 5:30 pm Edit
Walk Tacoma: Military History Walk May 20, 2015 at 5:15 pm Edit
Cinderella May 16, 2015 at 3:00 pm Edit
BUDDY The Buddy Holly Story May 15, 2015 at 8:00 pm Edit
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy May 15, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
CycloFemme with VeloFemmes May 10, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
Northwest Playwrights Alliance: Bootleg May 8, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Walk Tacoma: Waterfront Walk and Tacoma’s Maritime History May 6, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
An Afternoon with David Sedaris May 3, 2015 at 3:00 pm Edit
Free Comic Book Day at Destiny City Comics May 2, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
7th Annual Tacoma Bike Swap May 2, 2015 at 10:00 am Edit
Touching Haiti 5k May 2, 2015 at 9:00 am Edit
2015 South Sound Dining Out for Life April 30, 2015 at 12:00 am Edit
Blessing of the Bikes April 29, 2015 at 7:30 am Edit
Star Chefs on Broadway 2015: The World of Wonka April 26, 2015 at 5:00 pm Edit
Revival, Vol. 1 discussion at Destiny City Comics April 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm Edit
Point Defiance Master Plan Public Meeting #4 April 23, 2015 at 6:00 pm Edit
Final Point Defiance Park Master Plan public meeting April 23, 2015 at 6:00 pm Edit
“Un-Thirsty” Garden Workshop –  With Marianne Binetti April 21, 2015 at 6:30 pm Edit
TWBC Daffodil Classic April 19, 2015 at 7:00 am Edit
Bill Cosby April 18, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Menopause the Musical April 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Friday Forum: Save the Date! April 17, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
Walk Tacoma: Brewery Walk April 15, 2015 at 5:15 pm Edit
No Fear Garden Design Workshop – With Sue Goetz April 14, 2015 at 6:30 pm Edit
Charles Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette April 12, 2015 at 2:00 pm Edit
Daffodil 5k Challenge April 11, 2015 at 8:30 am Edit
Evita April 10, 2015 at 8:00 pm Edit
Charles Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette April 10, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
105th Annual Luncheon April 10, 2015 at 11:30 am Edit
VeloFemmes- Elliott Bay Trail Bike Ride in Seattle April 6, 2015 at 12:00 am Edit
Easter Egg Hunt 2015 April 4, 2015 at 10:00 am Edit
Walk Tacoma Series Kick-Off: Tacoma’s Famous People and Places April 1, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
“Create Dangerously,” by Edwidge Danticat March 31, 2015 at 8:00 pm Edit
Drunken Telegraph March 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
University of Puget Sound Adelphian Concert Choir March 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm Edit
Multi Media Art Journaling March 28, 2015 at 1:00 pm Edit
Spring Family Healthy Garden Fest – With Raised Garden Bed And Mason Bee Workshops March 28, 2015 at 11:00 am Edit
Family Jewels 5k March 28, 2015 at 12:00 am Edit
“Saving Nature in Time: The Environmental Past and the Human Future, by William Cronon ” March 27, 2015 at 3:00 pm Edit
Vintage Station Wagons in the Route 66 Gallery March 27, 2015 at 12:00 am Edit
Attack on Titan, Vol. 1 discussion at Destiny City Comics March 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm Edit
“The Portage: Time, Memory, and Storytelling in the Making of an American Place,”  by William Cronon March 26, 2015 at 6:30 pm Edit
New location for Point Defiance Park public meetings March 26, 2015 at 6:00 pm Edit
Point Defiance Master Plan Public Meeting #3 March 26, 2015 at 6:00 pm Edit
Women and LGBTQ Night at 2nd Cycle March 25, 2015 at 4:00 pm Edit
Songs of the Emerald Isle March 22, 2015 at 2:30 pm Edit
Kidical Mass Tacoma: Flume Line Trail Ride March 22, 2015 at 10:30 am Edit
Whiskers Wine & Dine March 21, 2015 at 5:00 pm Edit
TedX Tacoma March 21, 2015 at 3:00 pm Edit
Family STEM Days March 21, 2015 at 11:00 am Edit
Water Flume Line Trail Phase 3 Open House March 18, 2015 at 5:30 pm Edit
Member Double Discount Day March 18, 2015 at 12:00 am Edit
Southern Troubadours in the Round March 14, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Pippi Longstocking March 14, 2015 at 2:00 pm Edit
Member Double Discount Day March 14, 2015 at 12:00 am Edit
An Evening with Jake Shimabukuro March 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
University of Puget Sound Organ at Noon March 13, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
2015 Power of the Purse Luncheon March 11, 2015 at 11:00 am Edit
Selma Solidarity March March 8, 2015 at 2:00 pm Edit
Jewelry Making: Hollow Beads Workshop March 8, 2015 at 11:30 am Edit
Ain’t Misbehavin’: The Fats Waller Musical March 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
VeloFemmes Spring Fun March 7, 2015 at 3:00 pm Edit
University of Puget Sound : Jacobsen Jr. A Children’s Concert: Made (Mostly) in the U.S.A. March 7, 2015 at 3:00 pm Edit
E-9 Bottle Release! March 7, 2015 at 11:00 am Edit
8th Annual South Sound Sustainability Expo March 7, 2015 at 10:00 am Edit
Free Saturday 5k for March 7, 2015 March 7, 2015 at 8:00 am Edit
University of Puget Sound : Jacobsen Series: Exotic Ensembles March 6, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Meet and Greet: Inspirational Local Author and Brain Injury Survivor Book Reading and Dessert Recept March 6, 2015 at 6:30 pm Edit
Bike to a Business: Climb Tacoma March 1, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams February 27, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Rollin’ 253 Valentines Day Skate February 14, 2015 at 8:00 pm Edit
Ford F-Series: The Truck That Grew Up with America January 24, 2015 at 10:00 am Edit
Meditation Hour - Every Monday Evening January 1, 2015 at 7:00 pm Edit
Resolution Run Series Competition January 1, 2015 at 9:00 am Edit