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...10 year $6.8 million + possible value contract ...the Northwest Detention Center.
The Tacoma contract brings in big bucks…

EDIT:
Sorry, I forgot to see the decimal point and therefore got the total potential value of the contract wrong.

The contract annual value works out to be $68,040,000
                                            x 10 years equals $680,400,000.

Not bad for a prison.

December 19 2014 Looking Forward to Development in 2015

Today is the last day to get your bids in for the new 10 year $6.8 million + possible value contract with the Department of Homeland Security for running the Northwest Detention Center.
The Tacoma contract brings in big bucks for the current operator, primarily because of the lack of any local or state requirements for cost recovery, reimbursables, or compliance oversight.

December 19 2014 Looking Forward to Development in 2015

PS ~ ... and I truly doubt that this will draw people to Tacoma.  It’s not something to be experienced close-up but rather from afar, which is best done via photo… in which case has already been done by photo-shop saving us the cost, effort and eventual garbage, anyway.  Or why not project images on the dome - - changing images per city events, historical dates and (eventually, unavoidably) sponsor advertisements which would be inexpensive to produce, money-generating, non-polluting, and just

December 18 2014 Warhol Flower for the Tacoma Dome Update

As an artist, I much more appreciate the current local nature-inspired soft mountain color gradation than Warhol’s garish flower… and as an environmentalist, I can’t believe we may be creating miles and tons of plastic which will one day end up in our city landfill.  How ironic we’re considering banning plastic shopping bags but are considering this monstrosity.

December 18 2014 Warhol Flower for the Tacoma Dome Update

I think the city needs to invest into creating a University district. If you wait for the UW trustees, it will be 20 years from now until the school grows to it’s potential. Dorms and campus owned apartments are most important. Without the housing units it will feel like a more mature community college. A true campus needs to be formed. Tacoma should go the direction of the UC system schools, creating their own identity not just staying as a branch for the main Seattle hub. honestly its just

December 18 2014 Co-Producing the City: UW Tacoma as Anchor Institution

I think the Warhol Flower for Tacoma is a great idea.  Why?  Well, Andy Warhol, especially since his death, has gained notoriety as a unique American artist.  He claims, in his death, the largest museum in the country that only concentrates on one artist.  Think about that.  That means people travel to that museum because they’re big fans - and they also fund it.

What does that mean for this project?  Having the largest Warhol on the planet will not only cause some tourism to Tacoma but it

December 17 2014 Warhol Flower for the Tacoma Dome Update

I used to eat their chicken in FL whenever ai could! I recently moved to AK and we don’t have a single Chik-fil-la, nor very many other establishments. I go to school to WA, and I love the local flavor, but sometimes it’s so nice to be reminded of the taste of home. Please put aside your prejudices and let Chik-fil-la be a part of your life.

December 17 2014 A Chick-Fil-A For Tacoma?

UWT is a real blessing and a great community partner for Tacoma.  I say Tacoma should support them, their vision, and make their growth and success a top priority… Is thete anything more the city or county can do to help them grow even faster?

December 16 2014 Co-Producing the City: UW Tacoma as Anchor Institution

Unity is a thing of many degrees. Given the cultural context of Tacoma, placing a Warhol inspired veil over the Tacoma Dome, and the local Walmart, and especially City Hall, would offer a far greater value per dollar risked. The social democrats of Tacoma have distinguished themselves as aesthetes loitering among the gleams in a fading city. Let their passions find their release in the glorification of their temples.

December 16 2014 Warhol Flower for the Tacoma Dome Update

Do they? I thought it took an anonymous donor giving half a million for the city to wash the roof last year.
And anyway a colored vinyl surface will require more frequent cleaning, as per the point of the article. That’s the additional cost that the city should not be on the hook for.

December 16 2014 Warhol Flower for the Tacoma Dome Update

Subversion of individual freedoms is alive and real in Tacoma.

It should be plain and simple to understand that using the legal system to force the transfer of wealth from private employers to employees will not improve the condition of workers or employers. Denying people their right to self-determination sounds like a scheme to promote unhappiness in people, if not outright rebellion.

What about the worker’s right to sell his labor at the price he determines? Suppose one is willing to

December 16 2014 $15 Now Tacoma?

Warhol’s artwork is unique and priceless. I believe the Warhol Flower will boost tourism, grow our economic base and create new jobs for Tacoma which in turn will create funding for Tacoma’s improvements.

Personally, I think the proposed image is quite ugly.  If I didn’t know it was supposed to be a flower, I’d say it looks more like a giant yellow mushroom… maybe it’s supposed to be a psychedelic mushroom?

December 15 2014 Warhol Flower for the Tacoma Dome Update

We should use that money and blow up that ugly thing. I’m sorry I just never got the emotional attachment to the dome. Painting it isn’t gonna change the fact that it’s in old ugly hunk of concrete…

Actually, the Tacoma Dome is the largest WOODEN dome structure in the world.

December 15 2014 Warhol Flower for the Tacoma Dome Update

Meh. So we get paper instead of plastic but now we have to pay for the privilege and I have to buy small plastic garbage bags where I never did before.  I already use reuseable grocery bags to the extent possible; what I object to is the city paying business consultants for projects to implement mandates the city has no business coming up with in the first place. If the city wants to ban plastic bags then fine, ban them, but why not let businesses implement their own plans for phasing them out,

December 15 2014 Paper or Plastic? Or Maybe Not...

This:

http://www.reuseit.com/facts-and-myths/facts-about-the-plastic-bag-pandemic.htm

• The solution is not a plastic bag ban, which is an emotional response which fails to strike at the heart of the issue; instead of a market-based solution, a ban shifts production to paper bags and compostable bags, both of which have heavy environmental consequences.
• The solution is not switching to paper bags or compostable plastic bags. A study on the life cycle of three types of disposable bags

December 15 2014 Paper or Plastic? Or Maybe Not...

I confess I am a strong advocate for the ban on plastic bags!  Especially so for grocery shopping.  This is not simply a convenience issue, it’s an environmental and serious energy mis-use issue.  They are one of the most wasteful products we use.  Grocers’ plastics bags are so cheaply made they barely hold more than 3 or 4 Light-Weight items and require Double bagging.  (don’t get me started on the bag suppliers reduction of quality for profit and the Grocers’ passing on the cost to Consumers

December 15 2014 Paper or Plastic? Or Maybe Not...

This would be a minor, but good environmental step for Tacoma.  Seattle has had a similar policy in place for years; the sky has not fallen. 

It’s 2014: people probably have a plethora of canvas bags lying around the house nowadays.  The world’s oceans are teeming with plastic waste.  We should all do our part to address the issue.

The Sustainable Tacoma Commission is to be commended for moving this forward.

December 15 2014 Paper or Plastic? Or Maybe Not...

There is no way anyone on this forum can justify one penny going to this project, instead of it going to programs that are in desperate need of funding to help human beings.  If you would rather see a flower on a roof instead of helping others, great, no problem at all, it is your choice and your wallet, I am with you it would look great, but just don’t ever try to justify it because it makes you look very ignorant.  How can anyone argue that this is better than helping a human being in need.

December 15 2014 Warhol Flower for the Tacoma Dome Update

The city should pay for the maintenance as they DO NOW, right?  Let’s not let them off that easy.

December 14 2014 Warhol Flower for the Tacoma Dome Update

The city should pay for the maintenance as they DO NOW, right?  Let’s not let them off that easy.

December 14 2014 Warhol Flower for the Tacoma Dome Update

OK then…. that means the T-dome flower project, (along with all other public art) never happens? Because Tacoma will always have more than it’s share of down-out-people and never enough money to provide for them. Homeless are always going to be camping under the freeway off ramps, and I feel a great deal of compassion for them. But they are not art. They are not beauty, They are not Tacoma. (because the homeless live in EVERY city). Have some vision here… feel some pride! Support the T-dome

December 14 2014 Warhol Flower for the Tacoma Dome Update

What a dumb idea. Wasting people’s money with a promise of increased jobs while we have people in our city who are going hungry every day. Donna has it right. Take care of our citizens first and do the flower thing second.

December 13 2014 Warhol Flower for the Tacoma Dome Update

It’s true! Downtown and Point Defiance are already connected! But the sidewalk is in bad shape and subject to landslides. We are at the point when all the trails… the Puyallup river/Orting trail, the Water Ditch, Prairie Line and the whole Water Front need to be connected. The “repair the streets…..in front of my house” NIMBY crowd needs get on board.

December 13 2014 Improvements for Tacoma's Chinese Reconciliation Park

Another good article to read that just came out this December about increasing the minimum wage. It was a lot smaller increase than the one $15nowtacoma is pushing and it shows some very bad effects of employment. Just think if the number was $15?
http://news.yahoo.com/study-2007-minimum-wage-hike-161001779.html

December 12 2014 $15 Now Tacoma?

http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_27094248/minimum-wage-dissent-san-joses-law-resulted-lost
I just read this article about how the minimum wage law affected San Jose’s economy. It is also a good read.
It is a current tale. Of course no one has gone to $15 overnight like this—which most economists woulds tell you would be a economic disaster.

December 12 2014 $15 Now Tacoma?

Downtown and Point Defiance are already connected.

December 12 2014 Improvements for Tacoma's Chinese Reconciliation Park

Thanks for the update on this stuff.  This looks like a lot of hard work by the E133 crew.

I am somewhat surprised and delighted to see Park Place North is only worth about $2m.  I think the City should give the top half of it, and air rights over Commerce Street to the Broadway Center instead of the cash they’re thinking about giving them.  Then, the Broadway Center could build a modern movie theatre on the top floor and over Commerce Street that has it’s main entrance on the Theatre on the

December 12 2014 Update: Plans for High-Priority City-Owned Properties

Don’t worry.  The nine story county consolidation site is going in directly across the street.  They claim it will revitalize the area!  Considering that is one of the only vacant lots nearby, and it’s infilled with trash, you should get some nice low-rise apartments there… eventually. 

$176k worth of land will finally be SOLD instead of multi-million dollar high density infill in the downtown core!  Way to go Pierce County!

December 12 2014 Update: Plans for High-Priority City-Owned Properties

As long as all the money comes from private donors and none comes from the city, I’m cool with this.  The design doesn’t move me, but others seem to be excited by it.  If they want to pony up the money to make it happen, I wouldn’t object.

I have a better idea, though.  Let’s fill in all of our potholes with mosaics.  Functional and artistic.  If you want to fundraise for something this is something I could get behind.

http://www.boredpanda.com/pothole-mosaic-jim-bachor/

December 12 2014 Warhol Flower for the Tacoma Dome Update

Warhol’s artwork is unique and priceless. I believe the Warhol Flower will boost tourism, grow our economic base and create new jobs for Tacoma which in turn will create funding for Tacoma’s improvements.

December 11 2014 Warhol Flower for the Tacoma Dome Update

I gotta think that with a big Warhol flower on the dome, several companies would line up to pay a couple million for the naming rights. “FTD Dome” or “Flowers.com Dome” sounds good, if they cover the installation and cleaning costs. Tacoma then gets the noteriaty and beauty for free.

December 11 2014 Warhol Flower for the Tacoma Dome Update

Honestly, you can’t imagine how eerily prophetic this might be.  Thanks for posting this.  I’m gonna reach out to these folks and chat with them.  Take care, mjl

December 11 2014 Introducing Tacoma

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minimum_wage#Empirical_studies

Link to Wikipedia article section talking about the data we have on the effects of minimum wage laws. It’s worth a look if anyone should want facts instead of speculation.

tl;dr It’s a complicated subject and both sides can point to studies that appear to support themselves. But the best research with the best data seems to say that there is no negative effect on jobs as a whole. Although there is a consistent pattern of minimum

December 11 2014 $15 Now Tacoma?

We should use that money and blow up that ugly thing. I’m sorry I just never got the emotional attachment to the dome. Painting it isn’t gonna change the fact that it’s in old ugly hunk of concrete. Makes it worse is that the inside is in poorer shape. Take that money, fix some sidewalks, restore the old street lights and put the rest toward fixing the road by the hospital. Gotta put make car in 4 wheel drive everytime I go by….

December 11 2014 Warhol Flower for the Tacoma Dome Update

Ah, I agree that Tacoma has more than it’s fair share of broken roads, crumbling public buildings, and down and out people, but this is beautiful idea. I like to work on things that make this fair City better and unique. This flower would belong to us and no other city would have it!

December 11 2014 Warhol Flower for the Tacoma Dome Update

While I have heard that “putting a flower on it” will increase Tacoma’s attractiveness to new businesses and artists, the only thing I can think is what a WASTE it is to use all of this money on redecorating the Tacoma Dome.

Imagine all of the good this money could do to shelter our homeless, or fill our potholes. 1.5 million dollars - we could do so much REAL good in Tacoma!

I challenge every person who is considering donating to this cause to donate an equal or larger amount to charities

December 11 2014 Warhol Flower for the Tacoma Dome Update

The City needs to find some private developer to do something with the Pacific and 35th vacant lots soon. I fear that there will be pressure to build cheap, low income housing there in the next 5-7 years as Downtown growth pushes out most of the public housing—starting with the Winthrop Hotel. East Tacoma shouldn’t be a dumping ground.

December 11 2014 Update: Plans for High-Priority City-Owned Properties

To make up that cost? From everything I have read, most small businesses do not produce that much profit in one year to begin with. My guess is you would have to double business to make up for that. That would not happen.

December 11 2014 $15 Now Tacoma?

You would also have a whole lot of new people in your neighborhood who could then afford to patronize your business.

December 11 2014 $15 Now Tacoma?

I would think every business would be different. I would not want to decide the fate of a business and the employees working for that business when I do not know the business model and margin it is operating on. I do know a more than 60% increase in labor costs would amount to a whole lot of money.  If you took say a restaurant that employed 13 people and they were all making minimum wage. If they all together averaged around 30 hours per week—that would total up to 20,280.00 hours for the

December 09 2014 $15 Now Tacoma?

I run a small business with 7 employees. Our starting rate for most positions is $15/hr. Most employees earn more than that, though.  I look at this from two perspectives. As a business owner and as a resident of Tacoma.

As a social policy, I generally favor a strong minimum wage. From the actual data I’ve seen, if you look at new business starts, job market growth, and general effect on the local economy, minimum wages don’t seem to have the disastrous effects opponents warn about, while at

December 09 2014 $15 Now Tacoma?

I happen to know of a certain restaurateur who claims to support this ballot. But pays his dish machine operators minimum wage with no tip out from the front of the house. I’d name names but I’m employed by said restaurateur. Not as a DMO though.

December 09 2014 $15 Now Tacoma?

Does anyone have recent figures on Tacoma employers by annual revenue?  I’d like to see those numbers.

December 09 2014 $15 Now Tacoma?

Ring-a-ding-ding

December 09 2014 Coming to Tacoma: Original House of Donuts

About time, 15 now!!

December 09 2014 $15 Now Tacoma?

This is not a good idea. If you want business to continue to grow in Tacoma and you want local restaurants to pop up and new restaurants to continue to trickle in from out of town (Seattle), then you vote no on this.

December 09 2014 $15 Now Tacoma?

One hour of earned sick leave per 40 hours of work, in a 52 week year, equals 52 hours of sick leave each year.  The article and the Council keep saying 24.  Have they used this new math to calculate how much more it costs a company to do business in neighboring communities with no B&O tax, regulations up the ying-yang, and now mandated days off versus Tacoma?  Keep on adding to that overhead figure… Next up: $15 minimum wage.
If these things were mandated County or State wide, I’d be ok with

December 09 2014 Paid Sick Leave: A Draft Ordinance

Kathleen Olsen, director of Tacoma Humane Society, Tacoma, WA, gave spayed and neutered, social pet bunnies to an animal broker last Friday. He was also given 4 chinchillas, 1 ferret, 10 guinea pigs, several hamsters and parakeets in October.  Not very HUMANE.  If you ask me this woman is a monster.

December 08 2014 Kathleen Olson To Leave the Zoo?

I read that paragraph to my wife last night because it struck me funny too.  I’m making assumptions here, but here’s what I think…

I live on Fox Island.  Literally 90% of ALL roads from here to Gig Harbor have been either chip sealed or repaved in the last few years.  ALL major roads on Fox Island were chip sealed, with some repaved, this past summer - as well as many power lines buried.  None of these roads looked as bad as 75% of the streets in downtown Tacoma.  I’m saying that the emphasis

December 05 2014 Stan Flemming Concedes to Derek Young for County Council District 7

I totally agree.  Pierce County has created sprawlvilles like South Hill, Fredrickson, and the coming soon Tehaleh.  Notice no cities will annex them and they stay away with a 10 foot pole.  Then people complain of the traffic commuting to Orting.  We do ourselves no favors planning communities in the rural areas with no jobs then having some of the worst traffic on rural county roads.  The County is addicted to suburban sprawl and growing its tax base than planning a smart community to be

December 05 2014 Stan Flemming Concedes to Derek Young for County Council District 7

I hope all businesses located outside Tacoma but doing business in Tacoma take time to read this. They will have to keep track of employee hours within the City and comply with this policy.

Since when did Tacoma become the leader in social engineering?

December 05 2014 Paid Sick Leave: A Draft Ordinance

I like the idea of converting the now concrete plaza to a grass area… also in the elevated café- However? Which stores will SERVE the café? If those stores use the outside seating as an extension of their own restaurant- I would hope that they would be taxed appropriately for upkeep of the area? Just a suggestion… I welcome businesses using the area, but the expense should not be placed on the taxpayer to pay for the extension of a business; rather the other way around. I love the idea of the

December 05 2014 Plans for the Future: Tollefson Plaza & Prairie Line Trail

Alternative 1, please. Keep bikes away from traffic as much as possible. I ride daily. A separate graded bike path would be safer for all involved and would lead to greater use. I’d love to take my kids on a seperate trail, but wouldn’t put them on the street next to speeding traffic.

December 05 2014 Water Ditch Trail: Share Your Thoughts

I’m puzzled by the second to last paragraph of Flemming’s statement. It almost sounds like he’s saying because I live in Tacoma I have less interest, or less at stake, in my county representation? No wonder he lost the Tacoma vote.

December 04 2014 Stan Flemming Concedes to Derek Young for County Council District 7

Flemming’s statement makes me even more thankful he lost.  The people of Tacoma are ready for a county council that believes in centering Pierce County’s growth where it belongs:  in the City of Tacoma.  Time to end pro-sprawl county policies that harm the environment, Tacoma’s tax base and Tacoma’s future while preserving the quality of life on the peninsula for its permanent residents as well as its carpetbaggers.

December 04 2014 Stan Flemming Concedes to Derek Young for County Council District 7

I am sure that Derek Young of Exit 133 supplied those extra votes to take the former City Councilmember Derek Young to a victory over Stan Flemming. Can’t wait for NPR to do a story on this!  Great job to both Derek’s.

December 04 2014 Stan Flemming Concedes to Derek Young for County Council District 7

Alternative 5 - Restore, preserve and maintain Tacoma’s existing pavement infrastructure before spending so much as another single dime on any discretionary project.

December 04 2014 Water Ditch Trail: Share Your Thoughts

The trend in design of bikeways today is in buffered connections, preferably with grade separation.  The sidewalks along South Tacoma Way nowadays are strewn with roadway debris.  That would need to be factored into the design to prevent damage to bicycles and encourage a safer experience.

Truck traffic on South Tacoma Way is likely to discourage new cyclists if we opt for generic bike lanes on either side of the roadway.

December 04 2014 Water Ditch Trail: Share Your Thoughts

I love the idea of an interactive water feature.  I hope they plan on making it something kids can play in so it attracts families.  Metro Parks does a great job with their water parks and a water feature that fit this particular park would be great.

I would love to see a permanent coffee stand.

I would like to see the 16 foot high plaza and cafe extend some sort of platform, while avoiding it being dark or cavernous underneath, over Pacific Avenue.  This would enable views up and down

December 04 2014 Plans for the Future: Tollefson Plaza & Prairie Line Trail

Once a jurisdiction no longer provides such essential services as weekly garbage pickup it indicates that the jurisdiction is in decline.  Other cities are welcoming major players to do business in their communities and Tacoma’s Mayor is sending out press releases featuring her attendance at the grand opening of pot shops.

December 03 2014 Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of December 2, 2014

While TPU bills for Environmental Services, it is overseen by City Manager & downtown, not TPU itself. Good question though, unsure where the savings went, or clear breakdown of large budget.

December 03 2014 Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of December 2, 2014

With a new ten-year contract from Immigration and Customs Enforcement worth millions now up for bid on the operation of the nefarious Northwest Detention Center, one would think the council would request more from the State (which used Economic Development Fund Activity bonds for construction costs) and the Federal Government for oversight and reimbursable costs based on the impact to City Fire, Police, and Social Services.

December 02 2014 Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of December 2, 2014

So how’s that every-other-week trash pickup working out for us?  TPU must be spending that money somewhere.  Our environmental services budget is $288M, granted not all of that was solid waste, but according to the city the program has resulted in a 44% fuel cost savings (approx. 163K per annum), which means about 5 one thousandths of a point on the overall budget (%.05), if our individual costs keep increasing by 5% per year, WHY and *was the change worth it*?

December 02 2014 Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of December 2, 2014

We are selling our national security.  This is crazy, 180 immigrant visas to millionaires from a country that hates us.  Who usually has millions of dollars in countries that are known for human rights violations?  People very well linked to government, that’s who.  This is a very bad idea.

“At 10 jobs per investor, about 90 investors at the $500,000 level would be allowed. That would raise almost $45 million – about $11 million more than they’re required to have for the equity component,

November 28 2014 City Signs Off on Development Agreement for Convention Center Hotel

Glad to hear it! Congratulations to your wife, and thanks to her for serving.

November 24 2014 Tacoma City Council Meeting - November 18, 2014

I agree - we visited on a weekend, found parking less than a block away, and enjoyed the atmosphere very much. It’s not meant to be a coffee shop, so wifi and comfy couches would be out of place. We found both the food and atmosphere sophisticated, and a nice contribution to the dining scene around here.

November 24 2014 Point Defiance Tap & Grill: A Northwest Centric Pub-Meets-Bistro

Hi Jamie. These photos were taken at Derek’s request well in advance of the opening to try to give folks a sense of what the place would look like upon completion.  Updated photos are available on the PDT&G Facebook page.  Check them out! And, if you have’t already, stop in to get a closer look at the artwork, which was designed by a local artist to reflect Ruston’s nautical heritage.  A note about parking: it is indeed street-only but spaces are abundant.  It’s rare for anyone to have to park

November 24 2014 Point Defiance Tap & Grill: A Northwest Centric Pub-Meets-Bistro

Hey guys, thanks for the audit advisory board community volunteer position FYI you posted on Twitter a couple of months ago. I forwarded that to my wife and she was appointed on 11/18 to that position. Wouldn’t have happened without your post.

November 22 2014 Tacoma City Council Meeting - November 18, 2014

Anyone who is concerned that the the Amtrak station will create parking problems needs to look at an aerial photograph of the the Dome District. There is more land devoted to parking in that area than there is land devoted to everything else combined. There should be market based solutions to any parking “issues”. The Tacoma Dome includes massive seas of asphalt that are an under utilized. They sit empty all but a handful of hours each month. Someone should be able to make money off of this new

November 22 2014 Parking could be an issue when Amtrak moves to Tacoma’s Freighthouse Square

There isn’t enough parking at Tacoma Dome Station as it is - try getting there after 10a on a weekday…aside from the 3-hour parking on the bottom, there are days where there is literally not a single spot to be found. This is a really bad idea.

November 22 2014 Parking could be an issue when Amtrak moves to Tacoma’s Freighthouse Square

Great project idea.  In 1885, prior to the their expulsion from the newly organized City ofTacoma (founded 1884), China-born people who were important laborers in the effort to complete the the Northern Pacific Railroad’s Prairie Line into New Tacoma, operated stores and laundries along business blocks in the area of what is now the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center.  The big challenge now for city government as due diligence for the planned high-rise hotel project is engaged is to

November 21 2014 City Signs Off on Development Agreement for Convention Center Hotel

I’m really excited to have the station located right there with Link, Sounder and Local/Express Bus services. I’ll use one of these services as a connecter from home so that I don’t have the added worry and expense of leaving my personal vehicle near the station. Or I’ll bike to the Amtrak station and take my bike with me on the train!

I often see people taking cabs to the current station, perhaps because it isn’t as well served by transit. I think the current parking lot is only “convenient”

November 21 2014 Parking could be an issue when Amtrak moves to Tacoma’s Freighthouse Square

I’ve never seen anyone get everything so wrong. Clearly your problem is that foreigners are doing it and you’re desperately trying to justify that. Skyscrapers in cities aren’t eyesores. Whichever hotel group takes this over isn’t going to let a 4-star hotel become a bunk house for Chinese laborers. No one has ever complained about the density in LA. The major complaint is that it’s too spread out.

November 20 2014 City Signs Off on Development Agreement for Convention Center Hotel

@ Chris: 

While I agree with some of your take on this, I disagree with you on some… I CARE whether or not a large business like this is run by foreign investors and the EB-5 program! While I think that encouraging foreign $ to invest in U.S. soil to encourage “jobs” naïve- Do you really think those “Jobs” generated will go to the vast majority of native-born Americans to assist with keeping money in-City/State/Fed?  NO! The money that is generated will most likely see it’s way overseas- via

November 20 2014 City Signs Off on Development Agreement for Convention Center Hotel

As I’ve said on the TNT’s site,  hotels are the absolute best type of business one could have.  They bring in tourists who eat at restaurants, drink at bars, shop at stores, tip waiters, waitresses and bartenders.  Hotels replace parking lots or other blighted areas, collect room occupancy taxes, take care of their own garbage, don’t sent kids to the school system, provide good construction jobs in the short term and hospitality jobs in the long term. It WILL put people to work….the list goes

November 20 2014 City Signs Off on Development Agreement for Convention Center Hotel

The city should borrow against future property tax revenue to do a makeover of the surrounding streets once this project is completed.  This will all be “new money” so to speak, and wouldn’t be missed.

What I’m saying is, I hope the city is scheming ways/deals to amplify this investment while not jeopardizing the deal they have in hand.  I have faith… (?)

November 20 2014 City Signs Off on Development Agreement for Convention Center Hotel

You’re right about Tollefson Plaza.  It’s easily fixable though. 

1. Turn the fountains waterfall 90 degrees toward Pacific Avenue
2. Make the water visible by putting in something at the crest of the waterfall to make it “white water” as it falls to the pool
3. Create a shallow pool that gradually gets deeper (total of about 9 inches) near the waterfall splash - so you can walk into it like at the beach
4.  Allow food carts and tables on the upper deck

Viola!  Kids will play in it. 

November 20 2014 City Signs Off on Development Agreement for Convention Center Hotel

I couldn’t disagree more with Karen—this development will add a lot of life to this already nice part of downtown if it happens.  Even Tollefson’s going to “work” better soon with the completion of the Prairie Line Trail, the straightened 17th, and the much improved TAM entrance across the street.

I have to admit, however, that I’ll be (pleasantly) surprised if in five years this new building, the planned hotel on the Foss, and the refurbished Elks/McMenamins are all actually complete or even

November 20 2014 City Signs Off on Development Agreement for Convention Center Hotel

No one goes to Tollefson Plaza. It’s one of the dumbest corners in downtown.  You bake in the summer and it’s too cold and wet in the winter.

Well folks, the 9 dwarves have done it again!  We will have a larger than life vacancy within 10 years. I wonder how much property tax we have given away this time?

November 19 2014 City Signs Off on Development Agreement for Convention Center Hotel

Look forward to checking this out, if I can ever fit a U. Bookstore visit into my schedule—as it is, it’s hard to get there by their normal closing time of 6.  8:00 would be much better.  They could also use a better magazine rack—even if hard copy magazines are not exactly a growing industry, it’s just wrong that the city’s best magazine rack is at a grocery store (Metropolitan Market).

November 19 2014 New & Improved UWT Book Store: More Comfortable, More to Offer, & Open to the Public

BTW, we had three days to prep and paint the mill.  They were 16-18 hour days.  Who’s in?

November 19 2014 Up For Discussion: Paid Sick Leave in Tacoma

My Dad was a house painter who owned his own business.  Ya, not a glamorous job or one that made us rich but we got by.  We had to earn all of the year’s money during the sunny days of the summer.  I started working with him when I was eight years old cleaning brushes after he’d get home from the day so he could go out at night to bid more work.

By the time I was in High School we had a contract with a lumber mill to paint the inside and outside every year.  The mill would get beat up bad and

November 19 2014 Up For Discussion: Paid Sick Leave in Tacoma

I would take your business to Gari of Sushi

November 18 2014 Twokoi Will Close for the Winter

The administrative costs of this proposal are higher than what you might think. Every business with a license in Tacoma would have to develop a written sick leave policy and for most of us that would require hiring a lawyer. If your business is outside the city but you still are required to have a Tacoma business license, what would your responsibilities be? Written policy, probably. Keeping track of hours worked within the city, most likely, and then converting those hours into sick leave

November 18 2014 Up For Discussion: Paid Sick Leave in Tacoma

3 days? 

I’m convinced that the City can do more.  Any increase would be better than the current requirement of nothing, but there’s plenty of precedent that indicates that 3 days would not be an effective policy that would improve public health or financial security of Tacoma’s working class.

November 17 2014 Up For Discussion: Paid Sick Leave in Tacoma

This is great. Way overdue. More trail connections!

November 16 2014 Finishing the Historic Water Ditch Trail

I understand it just fine, I simply disagree with you.  Fortunately judging by the other comments here, Tacomans are a practical bunch and don’t agree with you either.

November 16 2014 Tentative Deal for New Tacoma Convention Center Hotel

“The permanent residence obtained by the investor is conditional for two years and can be made permanent upon satisfying USCIS at the end of the two years that the investment proceeds have not been withdrawn and the requisite jobs have been created.” 

Do you really think they would pump that much cash into Tacoma for only a two year stay.  This is why I think it is a bad idea to do this, people like you support things you don’t even understand, just like the Mayor.  If someone wants to

November 15 2014 Tentative Deal for New Tacoma Convention Center Hotel

Kidical Mass Tacoma has ridden the trail twice over the last two years, both times as a large group of kids and parents. The signal crossing at S 56th St alone was a huge improvement, but the best part about the trail is that it connects neighborhoods with schools. We’ve had several kids along on the ride who bike and walk to school with their parents to nearby Edison and Arlington Elementary. We are very interested to see how the trail can safely connect kids and families to downtown. Details

November 15 2014 Finishing the Historic Water Ditch Trail

I looked it up.  The EB-5 program provides a 2 year visa to non-citizens who start businesses in the U.S.  Some rules include being profitable (no zombie businesses) and employing at least 10 people. 

The question you’re implying is should we trade residency in exchange for the business it brings?  To which my answer would be umm… HELL YES!!!! 

I only hope the businessmen and families on the other end of this deal move to Tacoma, but if not I’d still love their business.  Seriously, from

November 15 2014 Tentative Deal for New Tacoma Convention Center Hotel

Tear down the Tacoma Dome and put a soccer stadium there.  Would be cool to have a downtown stadium people actually valued, and it might create pressure to fix the bad air quality in that part of town…

I say tear down the Tacoma Dome and build an arena closer to downtown and near the waterfront. That will force them the push out the sawmills and trainyards adjacent to downtown. Industry is Good (Port, and Shipping) but Dirty industries have no business being in prime waterfront in which

November 15 2014 FC Tacoma 253: A New Soccer Team for Tacoma

I believe that history must actually proclaim, “Keep Tacoma Feared”

November 14 2014 FC Tacoma 253: A New Soccer Team for Tacoma

WOW

November 14 2014 Tentative Deal for New Tacoma Convention Center Hotel

Sooooo we should not develop Tacoma to protest what the Chinese government does?  Many people don’t like what the U.S. government does so I guess that means that they should buy Airbus airplanes instead of Boeing.

November 14 2014 Tentative Deal for New Tacoma Convention Center Hotel

How about “Keep Tacoma Beered”

November 14 2014 FC Tacoma 253: A New Soccer Team for Tacoma

I read the tease at the big money investment also.  Do you know what their intentions are in terms of what would be built or on what property?

O! TACOMA!
IS FULL OF GRIT!
O! TACOMA IS FULL OF GRIT!
WE’VE GOT MUSEUMS, BEERS, AND ARSENIC!
O! TACOMA IS FULL OF GRIT!

November 14 2014 FC Tacoma 253: A New Soccer Team for Tacoma

I am glad to see that the plan is finally moving forward! And like the previous commenters, I think that the focus needs to be on multi-modal transportation, with improvements for walkers, runners and cyclists as well as the much-needed street repairs. The more we can do to encourage people to get around without their cars, the better off everyone will be.

November 14 2014 Drafting a Transportation Master Plan

Tear down the Tacoma Dome and put a soccer stadium there.  Would be cool to have a downtown stadium people actually valued, and it might create pressure to fix the bad air quality in that part of town…

November 14 2014 FC Tacoma 253: A New Soccer Team for Tacoma

This is fantastic news and a real win for Tacoma.  The people who are putting this deal together should be proud as this is a big accomplishment.  Great job!  Now, THIS is how you build a city!

The News Tribune article states that 160 surface level parking spots could be displaced and those may need to be replaced by using the sale revenue to build a parking garage.  Here’s an idea; offer to build a City/County owned/leased garage under the Haub lot at 13th and Pacific to ease the costs of

November 14 2014 Tentative Deal for New Tacoma Convention Center Hotel

Agreed.  I drive a car, but more often bike, bus or walk.  Anyone who has been to Portland, Bellingham, downtown Vancouver, B.C., or other similar cities can get a feel for what a bike/walk friendly city could look like here.

November 14 2014 Drafting a Transportation Master Plan
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West Side Story July 10, 2015 at 8:00 pm Edit
Drunken Telegraph June 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Cinderella May 16, 2015 at 3:00 pm Edit
BUDDY The Buddy Holly Story May 15, 2015 at 8:00 pm Edit
Northwest Playwrights Alliance: Bootleg May 8, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
An Afternoon with David Sedaris May 3, 2015 at 3:00 pm Edit
Bill Cosby April 18, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Daffodil 5k Challenge April 11, 2015 at 8:30 am Edit
Evita April 10, 2015 at 8:00 pm Edit
Drunken Telegraph March 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Family Jewels 5k March 28, 2015 at 12:00 am Edit
Songs of the Emerald Isle March 22, 2015 at 2:30 pm Edit
TedX Tacoma March 21, 2015 at 3:00 pm Edit
Southern Troubadours in the Round March 14, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Ain’t Misbehavin’: The Fats Waller Musical March 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
International Guitar Night February 27, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Muh Grog Zoo: A Long-Form Improv Troupe February 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo February 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Fairest Book Launch with Marissa Meyer January 27, 2015 at 6:00 pm Edit
Muh Grog Zoo: A Long-Form Improv Troupe January 23, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Brewer’s Night with Firestone Walker! January 22, 2015 at 5:00 pm Edit
Producers Meet and Greet with Whole Foods Market January 22, 2015 at 9:00 am Edit
RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles January 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Peking Acrobats January 17, 2015 at 3:00 pm Edit
Elvis Birthday Bash Dash 10K & 5K Run/Walk January 17, 2015 at 12:00 am Edit
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee January 16, 2015 at 8:00 pm Edit
Co-Producing the City: UW Tacoma as an Anchor Institution January 15, 2015 at 6:00 pm Edit
Resolution Run Series Competition January 1, 2015 at 9:00 am Edit
Grit City Podcast Presents: 253 New Year’s Eve Bash December 31, 2014 at 8:00 pm Edit
Grit City Podcast Presents: The 253 NYE BASH! December 31, 2014 at 8:00 pm Edit
First Night Tacoma December 31, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Family Workshop at America’s Car Museum December 27, 2014 at 11:00 am Edit
A Very Merry Creative Colloquy December 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
The Santaland Diaries December 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm Edit
Downtown Winter Solstice Ride December 21, 2014 at 10:30 am Edit
A Charlie Brown Christmas December 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
Santa Visits ACM December 13, 2014 at 11:00 am Edit
Bike to a Business: Metro Coffee December 1, 2014 at 7:00 am Edit
Andrew Lippa’s A Little Princess November 28, 2014 at 8:00 pm Edit