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Whitney Brady’s website is now up and can be found at http://whitneybradycampaign.com He is the only candidate who has grown up his whole life on the HillTop. Its truly his community and he cares deeply for it and the unique issues it continues to face. Other candidates are busy racking up endorsements from the political elite of Tacoma. Whitney will continue to seek endorsements from his neighbors, community leaders, long time small business owners, social justice activists etc. He needs your

April 25 2015 Tacoma City Council District 3 Race Gets Going

I love non-profits like the next person but they generate no property tax revenue for the City and the City currently has a big problem where over 50% of Downtown generates no tax revenue for the city because of government agencies and non-profits.  Normally, this land would be the largest generating, but it is a testimony of why we have a tenuous budget each year.

April 24 2015 Hey Tech Companies: Move to Tacoma ...

Interested individuals can learn more about all the related developments at https://www.facebook.com/groups/clickfans/ ... join the group and stay informed.

April 24 2015 Tacoma-Based Rainier Connect Matches Wave Broadband Offer to Run the Click! Network

Tacoma needs to stop force feeding the rest of the world why Tacoma is cool and start remembering that there are people here that are willing to make it a better place and are tired of the stupidity of our city council and the neglect of our safety and human decency.  Enforce code, increase law enforcement and pay attention to the small details, it is not that hard, beautification is key. 

It blows my mind that skeleton signs are still not banned, dirty rotten fencing along bridges and parks

April 24 2015 Hey Tech Companies: Move to Tacoma ...

Attending an event 2 weeks ago in Puyallup I spoke with about 12 people over a 2 hour stretch.  8 of them live in pierce county and work in downtown seattle.  That’s 9 including me.  One guy works for a San Fran based co and works out of his house in Lakewood.

I work by the space needle - almost 1/2 of the people here live in pierce county.  @anonymous - Have you been to Pike st. area lately?  Belltown?  Pioneer square?  Homelessness and open air drug dealing are rampant in downtown Seattle. 

April 24 2015 Hey Tech Companies: Move to Tacoma ...

Shhhh!  Pt.  Defiance is getting crowded enough!

April 24 2015 21 Cities That Were Made For Running

Any jurisdiction that can no longer afford to provide weekly garbage collection is on a downward trajectory. Any jurisdiction that longer proactively places rat poison in sewer manholes is on a downward trajectory.  Any jurisdiction in which street maintenance can no longer keep pace with deterioration is on a downward trajectory.

Tech Companies are by their very nature looking toward the future.  If a company is already here the cost of relocating may keep them here, but it takes forward

April 24 2015 Hey Tech Companies: Move to Tacoma ...

Tacoma’s not doing well on the state, regional, or national non-profit office front.  It really ought to be a sector from which the city can attract some new (albeit mostly small) employers.  A non-profit salary is liveable here (increasingly less so in Seattle), and the vibe in Tacoma is decidedly not bland and corporate unlike more and more parts of Seattle.  Also, Tacoma’s not a bad location for those needing to be in both Seattle and Olympia regularly, as many non-profit issue advocates do.

April 24 2015 Hey Tech Companies: Move to Tacoma ...

We don’t do glass recycling?  Who’s driving that truck that picks up my glass bin every other week?  I understand changes may be on the way, but I doubt doing away with curbside pick-up will be acceptable to TPU customers.

Also, since voluntarily moving to Tacoma from Seattle and based on frequent visits to both downtowns these days, our “bum” problem is nothing compared to Seattle (or SF).  Hopefully you’ll find the grass as green as you hope elsewhere.  Personally, having lived a few places

April 24 2015 Hey Tech Companies: Move to Tacoma ...

There is a lot more to this fair city than downtown. You’re right about one thing…. downtown is a big money loser. Almost 50% of all the real estate is tax exempt. The rest of the city gives downtown money to keep it going. Downtown does have some nice white collar jobs, but much of that money ends up in Puyallup or Gig Harbor.

So here’s the real deal with high tech jobs… workers can live anywhere they want to! I know a couple of guys who work for big tech firms who live in North Tacoma by

April 24 2015 Hey Tech Companies: Move to Tacoma ...

For a whole bunch of reasons, Tacoma simply isn’t going to be able to compete with Seattle/Bellevue for tech companies.  It just ain’t gonna happen right now people.  And that’s ok.  We don’t need to.  I think Tacoma’s focus for the next decade-plus should be higher education.  Lets make UWT a destination university.  Apparently Spokane is going to be home to WSU’s new medical school.  Good for them. 

What’s next for UWT?  Urban Waters is great.  The Milgard Business School is great, as are

April 24 2015 Hey Tech Companies: Move to Tacoma ...

Rainier Connect is a great service. They have no bandwidth caps and great pricing. They are a local company with local employes. If Tacoma goes a different route then Rainier Connect, they are missing out!
Good Luck Rainier Connect

April 24 2015 Tacoma-Based Rainier Connect Matches Wave Broadband Offer to Run the Click! Network

The Nose: Please pass the Prozac because Tacoma area is rather sad

Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2015/04/23/3755738/the-nose-please-pass-the-prozac.html#storylink=cpy

No company wants to locate where optimism is lacking.  This is the market place talking and the politicians are not listening.

April 24 2015 Hey Tech Companies: Move to Tacoma ...

And today we discover Tacoma is on the top 21 list of cities to run in around the world. That sounds like something to promote when businesses look at us.

April 24 2015 Hey Tech Companies: Move to Tacoma ...

No, it won’t work.  Look at the place.  Admittedly, it probably isn’t as scary are violent as many Seattlites make Tacoma out to be.  But, here’s the thing: vacant lots, bums sitting around on street corners, vacant and rundown buildings galore, crumbling streets, all make Tacoma look like the last place you want to be.  Add to it the fact that Pierce County is so stuck in the past that glass recycling is still not available, come on!  You have a glass museum but don’t offer glass

April 24 2015 Hey Tech Companies: Move to Tacoma ...

“Just as investors in the renovation of McMenamin’s Anderson School in Bothell will not have an actual ownership in the McMenamin’s business…”

These two mountebanks have gotten rich the old fashioned way, by bilking others into capitalizing their business enterprises.  Personally I could not care any less what causes people want to donate their own money to… if it only ended there,  but whenever McMenamins show up on the scene it is the taxpayers who frequently end up holding the short

April 23 2015 McMenamins Finishing Bothell Project, Tacoma's Elks is Up Next...

McMenamin’s vision for the old Elks Temple is likely the basis for the Stratford Company’s decision to keep Old City Hall in mothballs for better uses (unfortunately evidence of moth infestation comes with crumbling masonry on the buiilding).  Just as investors in the renovation of McMenamin’s Anderson School in Bothell will not have an actual ownership in the McMenamin’s business, Stratford Company might consider a partnership lease with Tacoma booster/developer Erivan Haub’s Sun Mountain

April 23 2015 McMenamins Finishing Bothell Project, Tacoma's Elks is Up Next...

Unforunately, an ad that reminds us of the 70’s probably won’t resonate with techies.  In fact, they don’t ever look at print. I hope I’m wrong…..

April 23 2015 Hey Tech Companies: Move to Tacoma ...

If you want to be great, you have to prepare for it.  Tacoma isn’t prepared for an economic boom of any sort.  How do you prepare?  Just like a job interview.  Offer more than the competition, look “put together,” give the perception that others want you, and ask what the companies need and deliver it… don’t go in to the interview and guess what their concerns are.  Talk, preferably face to face.  Don’t email or text when you can meet up. 

When I say Tacoma isn’t prepared for a boom, I mean

April 23 2015 Hey Tech Companies: Move to Tacoma ...

Fingers crossed!

Since the new County building on Pacific and 35th is probably going to die via ballot, they’ll need a new populist approach.  Maybe doing Old City Hall and building a new building across Commerce street would be the ticket.  What a shot in the arm that’d be!  Actual real walkability and transit options… Imagine that!  (I can dream, right?)

Anywho… this is great news!  I’ll leave you with a video of some more awesomeness from the Elks site: 

April 23 2015 McMenamins Finishing Bothell Project, Tacoma's Elks is Up Next...

Having put most businesses in the Town out of business, including their largest taxpayer they are living on the proceeds of a land sale and grants.  When the property fund reaches zero they are goners and their long term goal of becoming a “bedroom community” will be fulfilled.

April 22 2015 Point Ruston Threatens City of Ruston with $150 Million Lawsuit

You have listed about half of the great local restaurants.  I suspect that the problem with “Engineer” is that as a general rule of thumb engineers’ taste in restaurants is on par with engineers’ fashion sensibilities and I say that as an engineer who is all to familiar with what the average engineer considers a great restaurant.

April 22 2015 Coming Soon: Food Truck Fridays (and Saturdays and Sundays Too) in Tacoma

Stanley and Seafort’s, Vuelve a la Vida, Silk Thai, Indochine, El Gaucho, Asado, Original Pancake House, Boathouse 19, Pacific Grill, Over the Moon Cafe, Marzano’s (Parkland), Europa Bistro, Red Hot, Adriatic Grill, Hilltop Kitchen, Top of Tacoma, The Matador, Dirty Oscars Annex, Pomodoro, Maxwell’s, Cloverleaf Pizza, and Smoke and Cedar.

Let me know when you’ve hit all my faves here.  Then we can talk about hitting more great places in Tacoma or even Gig Harbor…

April 22 2015 Coming Soon: Food Truck Fridays (and Saturdays and Sundays Too) in Tacoma

What would be even better would be some good actual restaurants in Tacoma.  The pickings are slim.

April 21 2015 Coming Soon: Food Truck Fridays (and Saturdays and Sundays Too) in Tacoma

Btw, I would be willing to help put a Saturday Market together.  I have extensive non-profit experience with events and am easily found if you ask the usual suspects.

April 21 2015 Coming Soon: Food Truck Fridays (and Saturdays and Sundays Too) in Tacoma

City government should work with developer Erivan Haub to establish a dedicated food truck corral on the surface parking lot at 1301 Pacific Avenue.  Haub, a brilliant capitalist with dual passions for culture (e.g., his Sun Mountain Lodge) and Tacoma (look at his donations to the Tacoma Art Museum), should take the risk of giving up a guaranteed revenue stream from renting at least some parking spaces to create an attraction there that draws in tourists and locals alike but that also gives him

April 21 2015 Coming Soon: Food Truck Fridays (and Saturdays and Sundays Too) in Tacoma

“Tacoma plays this bad monkey-see-monkey-do game game with Portland and Seattle.”

Ding, ding, ding - we have a winner here.  Actually it is “Tacoma” who plays that game, not Tacoma residents in general.  The problem with top down direction of the market is that by the time those who are making decisions even recognize market trends, the moment has evaporated and all they ever accomplish is to mimic “yesterday’s news.” 

 

April 21 2015 Coming Soon: Food Truck Fridays (and Saturdays and Sundays Too) in Tacoma

I wouldn’t hold my breath for this to work, but I do think it’s a small step in the right direction. The trouble with Downtown Tacoma is, and might always be, a lack of imagination and vision. This, and most other revitalization projects, aren’t well thought out or home grown. Tacoma plays this bad monkey-see-monkey-do game game with Portland and Seattle. This is Portland-lite food trucks. Here’s the real plan. Let the food trucks take over Tollefson Plaza…. forever. Tell the truck owners if

April 20 2015 Coming Soon: Food Truck Fridays (and Saturdays and Sundays Too) in Tacoma

Hopefully the downtown trucks will mostly be serving local workers and other foot traffic, rather than relying on serving as a lunch destination for people coming from elsewhere.

If the fear of competing with anything at all downtown, and the hope of activating a block that has very little reason to be activated don’t kill this pilot program before it ever gets off the ground, we could have something good on our hands.

April 20 2015 Coming Soon: Food Truck Fridays (and Saturdays and Sundays Too) in Tacoma

I know that in the recent past, Tacoma has been wanting to see a successful ‘Sidewalk Food Vendor / Food Carts’ program happen throughout the city. Portland has a thriving food cart community, apparently, but it has not really caught on here in Tacoma like they had hoped. The big problem I see, with locations like Tollefson Plaza and such is a lack of parking. I don’t think many drivers are going to be willing to stop and get out of their cars to buy from a food truck on the side unless there

April 20 2015 Coming Soon: Food Truck Fridays (and Saturdays and Sundays Too) in Tacoma

Glad to see the Tacoma Mall EIS move forward! Great job by the City on this effort - particularly in securing grant funding to conduct the EIS. I am really happy I played a part in securing the funding too that will hopefully transform this underserved neighborhood.

April 20 2015 Tacoma City Council Meeting - April 14, 2015

“Until now food trucks haven’t exactly thrived in Tacoma and Pierce County, due in part to regulations that differ from those in King County, and are fairly strict compared to other cities with thriving food truck scenes.”

So “Tacoma’s” answer is not to GTF out of the way by backing off on the regulations that the City admits are hurting entrepreneurial enterprise, but to set up a new City program.

April 20 2015 Coming Soon: Food Truck Fridays (and Saturdays and Sundays Too) in Tacoma

What Tacoma needs is a downtown Saturday Market.  A Saturday Market has a food truck/cart corral, entertainment stages, and is focused on art as it’s main piece as opposed to produce like a Farmers Market is.  Art, as in, consumable art and sales of - booths.  Think more like Art on the Ave as opposed to the current Famers Markets.

Maybe Economic Development can get with the City Art Director to make something really outstanding here.

April 20 2015 Coming Soon: Food Truck Fridays (and Saturdays and Sundays Too) in Tacoma

Focus exclusively on restoring our failed and failing pavement for ten years and then we can talk about their vision.  Until then… bugger off with any new capital spending plan.

April 19 2015 Draft Transportation Master Plan Ready for More Public Input

The plan is very promising.  The 20 minute neighborhoods where active movement to get errands done, would improve this city so much!

Priority should be made to facilitate safe walking for students to schools and for safe crossings at dangerous intersections like 38th and Steele and 56th and Tacoma Mall Boulevard.

More access to actively cross freeways needs to be ensured, whether on busy roads like 56 th, 72nd and 84 th or with more separate facilities like the pedestrian brides over 16 and

April 19 2015 Draft Transportation Master Plan Ready for More Public Input

Although it can be entertaining lampooning those who endeavor to inject race as a wedge issue into a discussion regarding creating a conservation district, what people should understand is that there is very little that is brought up for discussion these days in which a certain pernicious element does not try to play the race card. 

Unfortunately there will always those who engage in identity politics as a means to ends which they desire.  There is nothing I can do about that, but I

April 15 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

“For true posterity maybe a mandatory monthly housing tour as a provision to the conservation district should be instated so the masses can enjoy these relics of the past? Maybe a rebuild/restoration of the Asiatic and African servants quarters with informative didactic displays for the children to take away how innovative this era really was?”—-Xeno

DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY 6th Avenue Chapter
Annual Teriyaki Chicken & Watermelon Luncheon for Freed West Slope Maidservants and Manservants

April 15 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

FOR SALE: Genuine Circa Mid-20th Century Tacoma West Slope Nobleman Essentials.
“Eli Whitney” brand Cotton Gin
Paperback guide: “How To Bid At Tobacco Auctions”
Cash offer, or trade for healthy youth of African or Asian descent; trained to operate California Trimmer RL20 reel mower.

April 15 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

At a March 1925 international birth control gathering in New York City, a speaker warned of the menace posed by the “black” and “yellow” peril. The man was not a Nazi or Klansman; he was Dr. S. Adolphus Knopf, a member of Margaret Sanger’s American Birth Control League (ABCL), which along with other groups eventually became known as Planned Parenthood.

Sanger’s other colleagues included avowed and sophisticated racists. One, Lothrop Stoddard, was a Harvard graduate and the author of The

April 15 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

For true future posterity perhaps students at Wilson HS should be assembled once per month to have Woodrow Wilson’s words regarding RE segregation read to them.  And to place Woodrow Wilson in proper context within the Progressive movement the students could also be introduced to Margaret Sanger by having the speeches she and other “progressives” and Fabian socialists delivered to the Kinghts of the Klu Klux Klan advocating the near genocide of blacks, jews, Catholics, asians and others read to

April 15 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

For true posterity maybe a mandatory monthly housing tour as a provision to the conservation district should be instated so the masses can enjoy these relics of the past?  Maybe a rebuild/restoration of the Asiatic and African servants quarters with informative didactic displays for the children to take away how innovative this era really was?  But who knows what the half-life of a 1950’s mid century modern rambler is actually?  Future generations may not be able to experience the marvels of

April 15 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

•Streets and road repair:  “Residents and businesses are tired of potholes in this city,” said Blondin.  “We need to cooperatively work to find real solutions.”
•Public safety:  “We need to ensure the city has the right level of police officers, firefighters and other first responders to eliminate crime and protect our residents.”
•Quality of life:  “The Third District best captures the spirit of Tacoma,” said Blondin, “due to being centrally located in the heart of

April 14 2015 Kris Blondin Announces Tacoma City Council Candidacy in District 3

Only two more days.  I can’t wait.  I go to Chic Fil A when in Phoenix and it is Great!

April 14 2015 A Chick-Fil-A For Tacoma?

Thanks Thakerspeed.  ROFLMAO!

April 14 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

It is totally fair to draw the conclusion from Kris’s MANY public statements that she is anti-worker. You don’t get to be anti-sick leave and anti-raising the minimum wage and get to claim to be pro-worker at the same time. Kris’s ideologies are not inline with the district she wishes to represent.

She acts like she’s a victim of her own choices and takes no responsibility for her situation. Let’s let a quote from a recent Tacoma Weekly feature show us what kind of person she is, “People

April 14 2015 Kris Blondin Announces Tacoma City Council Candidacy in District 3

There is absolutely no connection between this ancient covenant that has not been enforced in decades prior to it being ruled unconstitutional and any racism (or anything else happening now) “happening now.”  This is a classic example of Aninskyite tactics being put into play as a wedge issue.  What I am pointing out is the blatant and overt hypocrisy of those who are bringing this to the table.  What the opponents object to is that there are people who do want the CHOICE of living in Tacoma in

April 14 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

JD Hastey - Wow. Your conversation took a weird turn.  I read through everything again, and all tartan asked was what is the value to people who live in Tacoma, and yet you couldn’t answer.  This has been my issue through it all: no one seems to be able to articulate what makes this neighborhood worth preserving using everyone’s tax dollars.  Unfortunately, there is no denying there are other examples of racism still around.  But why does that mean we can’t make things better when we see them

April 14 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

At one time, Bill Cosby and Connie Chung planned to open a business on the West Slope. The neighbors protested. The venture was advertised as the Afro-Asian Tennis Club, “Where The Only Thing White Is The Ball.”

For unknown reasons, the partnership failed and Chung later alleged that Cosby slipped her a mickey.

April 14 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

I’m concerned that the proposal involves firing all CLICK! workers and making them reapply for their jobs (humiliating at best.) WAVE is non-union and IBEW 483 members might incur difficulty in retaining their jobs.  Union wages benefit Tacoma businesses as well as taxpayers.

April 14 2015 Public-Private Partnership Considered to Improve Click!

Did You Know?...

For 74 consecutive years, the promoters of Ethnic Fest have refused to site their carnival on the West Slope.

April 14 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Or even better, how about you explain how the residents of South Tacoma or the Eastside, particularly those residents who need temporary shelter, benefit from the City Council contributing $1.5M to fund construction of luxury condo units that cost north of $275K/unit.

April 14 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

How about you explain how the residents of South Tacoma or the Eastside benefit from an extension of light rail that will serve 2-3% of Tacoma’s population MAX.  How about you explain how the residents of South Tacoma or the Eastside benefit from the City of Tacoma continuing to underfund existing municipal infrastructure maintenance while funding pet projects like ditch trails and such?

April 14 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

The selective outrage is telling.  To be outraged by something that does nothing today to define this neighborhood while simultaneously looking the other way when there is a high school that is named in honor of an avowed racist whose policies impacted millions of blacks and Asians, and a man who also hated Catholics is the height of hypocrisy and points to opportunism as what motivates them.

April 14 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

WTF! Who revised the district map? Now there’s no White Street, WASP Lane, Aryan Way, or Master Avenue.

April 14 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Wilson High School has always been a hotbed of activism. That’s somewhat understandable since part of the student population is comprised of the West Slope neighborhood. Prior to the 1968 Civil Rights Act, when the school mascot was changed to the ram, the administration was pressured to change the mascot three times. During the first ten years of the high school’s opening, the symbolic names used were the Wilson Cotton Pickers, Wilson Rice Eaters, and Wilson Crackers.

April 14 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

thackerspeed,

This Tartanski et all are nothing but an Alinsky disciples who have but a few pages in their tattered and dog-eared playbook.  So far we have seen an appeal to racism trotted out followed by appeals to resentment and envy.

These are not individuals who are concerned one iota buy past racism on the part of the developers except as it might be exploited as a wedge issue used to advance the progressive agenda.  If this were not the case they would be absolutely incensed that an

April 13 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

That’s a lot of businesses…At the very least, it seems only fair that if some kind of amnesty is going to be extended to the rule avoiders/breakers that those businesses who have been operating in compliance with the regulatory landscape be granted some kind of tax break or recognition.

April 13 2015 Tax Amnesty for Tacoma Businesses?

Tartansky, until you make an effort to understand Western Civilization, the basis of its system of principles and processes which guide and govern society, including Tacoma, then you will have no reason to defend or subvert the system.

That’s where a large part of Tacoma is today—-Strangers living in a strange land. No point of reference. No compass. No convictions of the serious thinkers who have engaged in the pursuit of ideas and affairs which are rationally defensible.

April 13 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Well, that is another answer and certainly prosaic. Maybe you can define what makes this neighborhood part of Tacoma’s “...intellectual and cultural heritage” because I am at a loss to see what it is they are trying to preserve and why the rest of Tacoma’s citizens will benefit from it?

April 13 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

The descriptive truth underlies the prescriptive truth. The value of this neighborhood stands in relation to the theoretical soundness of the design, and on its authenticity—-socially and culturally the district has proved itself stable and influential, and the architecture is genuine to the historical period.

There has always been, and always will be a demand for good, limited resources. The goal of man, according to the ancient philosopher Socrates, is to find out what the “Good” is. I

April 13 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Can’t answer my question eh?

April 13 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

It is transparently obvious that what you and your cohorts have been up to here, and in other places, is attempting to inculcate a sense of resentment and fostering envy.  Don’t play innocent with me, anyone reading the rhetoric here can see right through your BS and discern your motives.

April 13 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Wow. I seem to have hit a nerve. Please don’t assume I am trying to divide anything except the fact from fantasy. I hear and understand your praises for how you appear to perceive the value of the neighborhood, but other than a questionable benefit to the property owners there please explain how the residents of South Tacoma or the Eastside benefit from a conservation district in that neighborhood? What are we preserving for them?

April 13 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Yes, I am able to assess the character of people who attempt to divide us through recourse to the bitter politics of envy.

This unique neighborhood impresses me as adding to the diversity of the community by having a neighborhoods that appeal to differing segments of a community that is made up of residents with diverse wants.  There is obviously a demographic that is willing to work hard and make the sacrifices necessary to raise a family in what appears to me to be a very appealing

April 13 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Yes, I can assess the character of people who attempt to divide us through recourse to the bitter politics of envy. 

This unique neighborhood impresses me as adding to the diversity of the community by having a neighborhoods that appeal to differing segments of a community that is made up of residents with diverse wants.  There is obviously a demographic that is willing to work hard and make the sacrifices necessary to raise a family in what appears to me to be a very appealing traditional

April 13 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

So you are able to make a character assessment because I ask you questions? BTW- you didn’t answer my previous question; what is the benefit to the residents of TACOMA, not just the residents of the neighborhood? That is one of the requirements in establishing a conservation district overlay.

April 13 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

What??? Has Sean Jackson disappeared from the E9?

April 13 2015 E-9 to Open New Barrel House

Not at all.  The character of the neighborhood is worth preserving because some people would like to live in such a neighborhood.  If you don’t then live somewhere else, but stop trying to destroy what others enjoy.  The opponents are trying to foment envy and that alone tells me what I need to know about their character.

April 12 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

I think everyone needs to take a deep breath and slow down.

Yes, Kris Blondin is against the 15 NOW, but that does not mean she’s against increasing the minimum wage. Someone could do a bit of research before it is decided what someone else thinks.

Anti-union and anti-worker? Wealthy? Right-wing? Clearly you don’t know her. Please speak to the candidates before you decide where they stand on the issues, you may learn something.

April 11 2015 Kris Blondin Announces Tacoma City Council Candidacy in District 3

So, I’m sensing that you are in fact a resident of this neighborhood? Can you tell me what makes it unique from a historical perspective, and more importantly what is worth preserving for all of the other residents in Tacoma?

April 10 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Just what Tacoma needs. Another anti-Union, anti-worker, wealthy “small business owner” out to protect her own interests at the expense of the working people.
Ask where she stands on increasing the Minimum Wage, Paid sick leave, the B&O tax and Capital Gains taxes.
Another right wing talking head that cares for her interests and nobody else’s. PULLLEEEASE!

April 10 2015 Kris Blondin Announces Tacoma City Council Candidacy in District 3

Interesting the the author inserted an addendum to his original post following the outcry from those of us who Tacoma calling him out….

April 10 2015 Engine House 9 Tacoma: The Changing Face of Washington Brewing, Part One

Unfortunately for your position the news doesn’t support your anecdotal evidence. 
http://www.thenewstribune.com/2015/04/09/3732841/roman-meal-sells-us-bread-licensing.html

This story reads much the same as as the 2009 news regarding Nalley’s Fine Foods.  This has become a recurring theme in Tacoma. 

Prepare to read more stories of companies who hire blue collar workers moving out of State if the $15/hour minimum wage proponents gain a critical mass of support.

April 10 2015 Are King County Ex-Pats Turning Pierce County Into a Permanent Bedroom Community for Seattle?

“If this goes though every block of the North End is going to apply to be a Conservation District”

I would be in favor of that.  Residents of these neighborhoods worked hard and sacrificed a lot to be able to afford to raise their families in these neighborhoods consisting of detached, primarily owner occupied, single family residences.  That is how they want to live.  If that is not how you want to live the government will even subsidize your lifestyle choice.  If future residents want to

April 10 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

IMHO, the area in question doesn’t impress me as being exclusionary int eh least.  It impresses me as being an area with a certain character that would be an attractive neighborhood for all people, from all races, to live in.  I live in a neighborhood that is characterized by single family, primarily owner occupied, detached residents and prefer to live among others who share that desire.  I don’t want to live in the shadow of buildings that are out of scale with the existing residences and I

April 10 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

@tartansky
April 9, 2015 at 9:48 pm

Actually, I believe you are right. That HS name should be changed. How do you propose we do that?

In the meantime, why perpetuate and enshrine other racist legacies by legitimizing them in a conservation district?

I would think that this is something that one or maybe (hopefully) all of the advocacy groups purporting to stand for inclusiveness would advocate for.  The fly in the ointment is that many such advocacy groups are not so much (if at all)

April 10 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Actually, I believe you are right. That HS name should be changed. How do you propose we do that?

In the meantime, why perpetuate and enshrine other racist legacies by legitimizing them in a conservation district?

April 09 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Actually, I believe you are right. That HS name should be changed. How do you propose we do that?

In the meantime, why perpetuate and enshrine other racist legacies by legitimizing them in a conservation district?

April 09 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

What you describe makes the terra-formed TERRAIN unique, not the homes that populate it. Agreed that taxpayers often are required to fund things they don’t agree with, but those things benefit the majority of the city and not just a few homeowners who are afraid of change.

Also agreed that the explicit intent is not to celebrate the racist legacy; it’s to protect THEIR views. They are just using one of the developer’s names as a talisman to try and garner some “historical” value to their

April 09 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

I happen to like the neighborhood as well, but here’s my problem. If this goes though every block of the North End is going to apply to be a Conservation District…. and City lawyers will be fighting endless battles over any development that is ever tried, and no zoning changes will ever be possible. No thank you.

April 09 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Kris is running to protect her own interests and further her agenda of being anti-worker. Did y’all just reprint her press release verbatim?

April 09 2015 Kris Blondin Announces Tacoma City Council Candidacy in District 3

What makes this neighborhood unique, to me, is the way the lots and streets are terraced down the hillside and the abundance of midcentury modern style. The streets are narrow here so I understand the neighborhood’s apprehension at having some developer come in and subdivide properties as has been going on lately. I don’t believe their intent is to celebrate the original developer’s racist legacy, as someone else pointed out on this page that argument could be made about pretty much anything

April 09 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

I like it.  lots of indoor kite and airplane/drone potential

April 09 2015 Asking For More From a New McCarver Elementary School Library

no anti $15 now issue bullet point ?

April 09 2015 Kris Blondin Announces Tacoma City Council Candidacy in District 3

We live in a culture dominated by collective group rights.

April 09 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

I have always been told that when there’s a covenants document in a neighborhood, and someone breaks the rules without anyone objecting, than those covenants are then broken.  I mean, I’m no realtor or attorney but if the original ones had redlining rules drawn right in the rules, and any of those rules were broken, than that document isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.  Tell me if I’m wrong…  So can you see where the racist issues are issues today?  If the old covenants were withheld, they

April 09 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

I am pointing out just how hypocriticalthose who are trying to make this issue about race are.  They are attemptint to set this debate up in such a way as to give them the opportunityto point and claim that people who don’t agree with them are racists.

April 09 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Are you arguing with yourself?

April 08 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Thomas Woodrow Wilson (December 28, 1856 – February 3, 1924) was the 28th President of the United States from 1913 to 1921 and leader of the Progressive Movement.

April 08 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

What’s the matter, cat got your tongue? 

If you are going to make the racist element of this covenant a centerpiece of your objection to this application for Conservation District status, how can you not be at the forefront of getting the name of this virulent racist removed from the high school? 

When you consider that the school was named in honor of a virulent racist and published anti-Semite this isn’t a difference in degree, it is a difference in kind.  The neighborhood has a past and

April 08 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

He was more than an amusing local character, a sort of roving genius loci. I hope he will always be remembered with a small notice in Tacoma history.

April 08 2015 RIP Jack Falk - Bicycle Artist Extraordinaire

“I do approve of the segregation that is being attempted in several of the departments,” President Wilson wrote in his first year in office. “I think if you were here on the ground you would see, as I seem to see, that it is distinctly to the advantage of the colored people themselves that they should be organized, so far as possible and convenient, in district bureaus where they will center their work.”
Economist Bruce Bartlett unearthed the Wilson missive in his new book Wrong On

April 08 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

It impresses me that some here are focusing on that aspect of the covenants to inject race as a wedge issue.  I don’t personally see the correlation between recognizing this area as having unique and historically significant architecture with that particular covenant.  But it is your argument to make and given Tacoma’s affinity for racial identity politics, perhaps that is a winning issue for them.

That being said, if you all are sincere, and not just trying to exploit past institutionalized

April 08 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

A lot of people misunderstand Tacoma, and life in general, because they’ve been misled by tabloids.

I was born and raised in Tacoma. All things are not bad. All things are not good. All things are not equal.

April 08 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Terrible idea.  If the homeowners there want a homeowners’ association, then they need to band together and create one.  The City needs to be encouraging urban density and native landscape, which both happen to be in direct conflict with this “preservation” proposal.

April 08 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

I am saying that it was possible to have a Progressive Republican or a Conservative Democrat before Reagan re-defined the parties.  Before 1980, a politician could be a Conservative Democrat (Southern Democrat), a Liberal or Progressive Democrat (Democrat), or a Conservative or Progressive (not Liberal) Republican.  Remember that “Progressive” and “Liberal” have separate meanings.
Ever heard of a “Reagan Democrat?”  They were basically factions of the old Southern Democrats.  As the Republicans

April 08 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Is that you Dr. William Mount?

April 07 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

I’m concerned at Wave’s ability to provide a decent product.  Not a fan of a 40 year lease either.

I’d be interested in focusing on gigabit for sure by either means of selling the whole cow to Google Fiber for some added benefits like burying above ground utilities, school/library/city connections, and whatever else cities like Provo, UT have gotten or simply a bond measure to invest in the better infrastructure like Chattanooga, TN did.

I think our future lies in those two models.  No matter

April 07 2015 Public-Private Partnership Considered to Improve Click!

Things change in a real city? I wonder how much we taxpayers are paying for growth and progress in other areas of Tacoma, for example Salishan, over on East Portland Avenue—-Police, Fire, ATF Special Agents, Swat Teams.

Does it really make sense to criticize the Narrowmoor Conservation District?

April 07 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

That is pretty amazing Stella.  I guess everything about this reeks.  I’m sure every neighborhood will want a conservation district and a $40k Historical Survey for how significant their neighborhood is.

April 07 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity
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APCC Kimchi Workshop Series 2015: Kimchi Dishes September 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm Edit
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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
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American Sign Language for Beginners August 4, 2015 at 10:00 am Edit
Courage Classic Bicycle Tour August 1, 2015 at 12:00 am Edit
The Parkway’s 80th Anniversary July 25, 2015 at 12:00 am Edit
Wonder Woman Chronicles, Vol. 1 discussion at Destiny City Comics July 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm Edit
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Walk Tacoma: Family Walk/ Museum Walk July 15, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
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Tacoma Twilight Criterium June 28, 2015 at 12:00 am Edit
Fleet Feet Matterhorn Madness 5K June 27, 2015 at 9:30 am Edit
Batman: the Killing Joke discussion at Destiny City Comics June 25, 2015 at 7:00 pm Edit
1st Annual Tacoma Waterfront Crab Feed! June 25, 2015 at 5:30 pm Edit
Bike Train: Bike Me Out to the Ballgame June 24, 2015 at 5:30 pm Edit
Defending the Caveman June 21, 2015 at 3:00 pm Edit
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What’s Cooking June 20, 2015 at 11:00 am Edit
Wheels to Meals June 20, 2015 at 7:00 am Edit
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Walk Tacoma: Architecture Walk (After Work) June 17, 2015 at 5:15 pm Edit
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Kidical Mass: Lincoln-McKinley Ride June 14, 2015 at 10:30 am Edit
Drunken Telegraph June 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
APCC Kimchi Workshop Series 2015: Cucumber Kimchi June 12, 2015 at 6:00 pm Edit
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Public Meeting on Paid Leave June 10, 2015 at 5:30 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
Anderson Island Ride May 31, 2015 at 1:45 pm Edit
Northwest Sinfonietta fundraiser—Tempo Fusion May 30, 2015 at 6:30 pm Edit
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Tweed Ride May 30, 2015 at 10:30 am Edit
Puget Sound Starts Here Family Fun Day May 30, 2015 at 10:00 am Edit
Great Pacific, Vol. 1: Trashed! discussion at Destiny City Comics May 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm Edit
Point Defiance Park Master Plan Open House May 28, 2015 at 5:00 pm Edit
CLAW Bike Helmet Draw May 27, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Bike Train: Downtown to King’s Books May 27, 2015 at 5:30 pm Edit
Mountain Biking Work Party at Swan Creek May 24, 2015 at 10:00 am Edit
Bike to a Better Pierce County in Sumner May 21, 2015 at 5:30 pm Edit
Zeit Bike: Inky Spokes May 21, 2015 at 5:00 pm Edit
Swing Reunion Orchestra - A Celebration of Swing May 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm Edit
Walk Tacoma: Military History Walk May 20, 2015 at 5:15 pm Edit
The Beer/Bike GoldSprints Cups May 18, 2015 at 6:00 pm Edit
Citizens for a Healthy Bay 25th Anniversary Auction May 16, 2015 at 5:00 pm Edit
Cinderella May 16, 2015 at 3:00 pm Edit
BikeroBrew Tacoma May 16, 2015 at 2:00 pm Edit
Queen Victoria’s Birthday May 16, 2015 at 11:00 am 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
City of Destiny Poetry Slam: Hilltop Edition May 15, 2015 at 6:00 pm Edit
Poker Run Alleycat May 15, 2015 at 2:00 pm Edit
Public Meeting on Paid Leave May 14, 2015 at 5:30 pm Edit
Bike to a Better Tacoma May 14, 2015 at 5:00 pm Edit
Bike Month Book Discussion May 13, 2015 at 7:00 pm Edit
Ride with Elected Officials May 13, 2015 at 5:30 pm Edit
New Deal Ruins: Race, Gentrification & the Dismantling of Public Housing in the US May 12, 2015 at 6:00 pm Edit
Innovating Waste-to-Profit in Tacoma & South Sound May 12, 2015 at 11:30 am Edit
CycloFemme with VeloFemmes May 10, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
Humane Society Kitten Shower May 9, 2015 at 11:00 am Edit
Hilltop Artists SPRING GLASS SALE May 9, 2015 at 10:00 am Edit
Renew Yourself at the Conservatory May 9, 2015 at 9:00 am Edit
Northwest Playwrights Alliance: Bootleg May 8, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
NOURISH Dinner & Auction May 8, 2015 at 6:00 pm Edit
APCC Kimchi Workshop Series 2015: Radish Kimchi May 8, 2015 at 6:00 pm Edit
May Green Drinks May 7, 2015 at 6:00 pm Edit
Bike to Market Day May 7, 2015 at 10:00 am Edit
Whole Foods Market Chambers Bay Opening Day! May 7, 2015 at 8:30 am Edit
Bike Trivia Night May 6, 2015 at 6:00 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
Guinness World Record Hopscotch May 3, 2015 at 10:00 am Edit
Sousa! May 2, 2015 at 7:00 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
Bike to a Business: King’s Books May 1, 2015 at 11:00 am Edit
NYC’s Small’s Jazz Club in Tacoma April 30, 2015 at 6:30 pm Edit
Schuster Slope Public Meeting April 30, 2015 at 5:30 pm Edit
2015 South Sound Dining Out for Life April 30, 2015 at 12:00 am Edit
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Water Flume Trail Line April 29, 2015 at 5:30 pm Edit
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Fun Times With New Belgium April 29, 2015 at 5:00 pm Edit
Blessing of the Bikes April 29, 2015 at 7:30 am Edit
April Creative Colloquy April 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm Edit