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It’s a building, not a boat. I love the direction this is going in now, but from a structural design standpoint, it’s starting to sail in an odd direction. Hope they reel it back in and remember that it’s an insertion into a historic warehouse district, not the party deck of an ocean liner. Simple, thoughtful structures can be beautiful, without resulting to nautical motifs. Keep the structure simple and keep the “organic” elements to those elements that people touch: handrails, furniture,

September 30 2014 Share Your Thoughts on Freighthouse Square Amtrak Station Design Options

So you’re saying we might be losing the “Aroma of Tacoma”?  What will Tacoma do without that welcoming mill smell when you enter our great city??? :)

Love it or leave it right?

September 30 2014 On the Market: Simpson Lumber

I like the options shown here too. Taking the survey, I can’t believe they’re even considering the one with virtually no street level windows. It’s a train station - which means a lot of people waiting to see their trains - something that’s hard to do with no windows facing the tracks. I hope that design option is tossed out immediately.

As for the interior, I think all of the designs would be fine - the wood is much better than the metal from the original design.

September 30 2014 Share Your Thoughts on Freighthouse Square Amtrak Station Design Options

I think the two design options shown in this article are the best of the ones offered in each part of the survey. I’d like to see a little more creativity in the waiting area; like curved benches and some unique lighting. The arcade should also include an art installation on the long blank wall.

Overall, I’m very excited for this project. I’m looking forward to this location and no longer needing to catch a cab to the station when I want to take a weekend trip to Portland. Just one transfer

September 29 2014 Share Your Thoughts on Freighthouse Square Amtrak Station Design Options

Why is it fair that I subsidize other people’s bu rides.

That would be the “public” part of public transportation.  You already subsidize much of the cost through taxes…

As for the fare evasion, this report [http://metro.kingcounty.gov/am/reports/2010/fareevasion04-10.pdf] puts King County fare evasion at 5% - not insignificant, but certainly not closing any budget cuts they’re experiencing.  I’d image Sound Transit is quite a bit better due to fewer boardings where people can just hop in

September 29 2014 Sound Transit Proposes Fare Changes

Why is it fair that I subsidize other people’s bu rides.  Hey, were all working trying to get ahead right.  Every year they want to raise taxes or fares to make up shortfalls.  How about simply collecting the fare from people who already ride the bus.  This is the only city I’ve ever lived in where you can pay your fare with an excuse as to why you cant pay your fare or give some long drawn out BS story about why you dont have money, had money but lost it, got robbed, just got out of

September 26 2014 Sound Transit Proposes Fare Changes

That is an awesome looking hotel! Keep in mind, those are conceptual renderings. Nothing will ever look that soft, white, fuzzy or transparent. Nor will you look at it from most those angles, unless you’re a drone. In terms of hotels, that’s a huge investment and a great looking building. I’d consider doing some wind studies, given the open-air first floor breezeway (wind tunnel). But I’m sure that they’ll suss all that out.

In the way of local materials, you do see wood (on walls between

September 26 2014 Latest On Plans for Chambers Bay Resort

The Elks did a nice job of fitting into the PNW style with their new lodge. There’s no reason to make this so boring and out of place. could it be the same basic building with a different look?

September 26 2014 Latest On Plans for Chambers Bay Resort

Cardiovascular Disease is the largest cause of death by far and so are other many other medical conditions/diseases.

September 25 2014 City Council Will Discuss Supporting Increased Gun Sale Background Check Requirements

The graph of the new proposed hotel on Chambers Bay does NOT integrate with the Pacific NW.  If you want to know how resorts external should look go to Canada BC.  Preditor Ridge and others in BC appeal more to the look color feel and materials of the NW.  Rock exterior, NW colors, large wood beams, very majestic look and feel.

Who ever this LA architect is just flipped a photo from his album and gave it to the County.  This is not a good fit for Chambers Bay.

September 25 2014 Latest On Plans for Chambers Bay Resort

Off topic, but thanks for contributing.

September 25 2014 Fiscal Home Rule for Tacoma?

Looking at this from a transit service perspective, Route 53 will have to be extended to this complex and we’ll have to switch out routing along W 40th.  Otherwise there won’t really be service of this complex within a mile. 

There’s the same problem with Point Ruston.  We don’t currently have service that’s easily extended.  Route 10 and 11 both approach Point Defiance and the ferry terminal from the south, but would have to double-back to Point Ruston and find an appropriate turnaround.

September 25 2014 Latest On Plans for Chambers Bay Resort

@Xeno- Dude… You reek of self-importance! Although I may not have your command of the English language- and I MAY not have come from a gentrified upbringing- I do have a voice… and I’m gonna (look it up) make it known. I think you’re full of SHi7. You attempt at justifying why we shouldn’t save a neighborhoods’ identity because it’s proximity runs adjacent to a freeway is like saying “let’s just put a WalMart opposite Gettysburg” - because according to you “it’s progressive”.. and people will

September 25 2014 West Slope Neighborhood Conservation District?

Remake the Tacoma Hotel.  A hotel there needs to be grand enough to match the world class golf course there, mean something to the community, and be built with views in mind.  A Tacoma Hotel redux qualifies.

September 25 2014 Latest On Plans for Chambers Bay Resort

Granted the images don’t lend themselves to good insight regarding design elements, but it looks like a gigantic motel. There needs to be a little more style or local materials incorporated than a purely functional space with bland/drab 60’s facade. It looks as though it will maximize the spectacular views, which is good. Nevertheless, I get the sense there will be continued tension on access through the full detail design stage; a lot of people appreciate being able to use the space down

September 25 2014 Latest On Plans for Chambers Bay Resort

Tacoma is a city whose residents have a history of electing politicians that govern using the Detroit model.  This not the way to win friends and influence people who are looking to locate, or relocate, their business.  It just isn’t.

September 25 2014 Fiscal Home Rule for Tacoma?

Tacoma’s B&O tax didn’t drive TOTE from Tacoma. The overbuilt acres of empty suburban office “parks” that is the soulless city of Federal Way were simply offered at far too attractive a rate. Seattle has B&O tax, high property taxes and high development fees and very expensive parking but none of that prevented Weyerhaeuser from moving there. Tacoma has flailed and failed in downtown redevelopment for years because it kept trying to imitate gawd awful places like Federal Way while denying its

September 24 2014 Fiscal Home Rule for Tacoma?

For sure this Mayor and council will continue their pattern of undermining and subverting the Bill of Rights. Long ago suppressed 1st amendment activities, continue to blow holes in the 4th and 5th amendments with pervasive use of STINGER II and LARIAT, and now the 2nd and 10th amendments get put in the shredder. Bravo Tacoma!

September 22 2014 City Council Will Discuss Supporting Increased Gun Sale Background Check Requirements

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the manufacture and distribution of arms is a significant economic driver.

Likewise true, sometimes bad things happen to good Tacoman’s.

Let modern science and technology record the confused intuitions of uncivil servants in favor of capitalism under an authoritarian regime.

September 22 2014 City Council Will Discuss Supporting Increased Gun Sale Background Check Requirements

Just exactly what is unethical to ask a cousin to borrow a hunting rifle?  Why should it be illegal for this transaction to take place?

Ya’ wanna’ know something, I bet more mayhem happens with borrowed automobiles than happens with borrowed firearms.  I had Mustang Mach 1, Boss 302 and Mercury Cyclones when I was in my 20’s, if a 16 year old had asked to borrow one   ...I would have said “No F******g Way.”  I owned my first Mach 1 hen I was 17, but I bought it.  I also damn near killed

September 20 2014 City Council Will Discuss Supporting Increased Gun Sale Background Check Requirements

I had a cousin move here about twenty years ago and he had an opportunity to go elk hunting, but didn’t have a rifle.  I loaned him a Remington 30-06 and he left to go hinting with his boss the next morning and he returned it two weeks later along with a couple rolls of summer sausage. 

As for whether or not he had a hunting license, I assume he did or intended to get license and tags.  I trusted that he wasn’t going out poaching.  As far as my loaning him the rifle, that was my business and

September 20 2014 City Council Will Discuss Supporting Increased Gun Sale Background Check Requirements

You’re assuming I’m talking about trust.  I am not necessarily.  I’m mainly talking about the fact that if someone needs your gun in a fast enough manner as to skirt the background check and training, then they shouldn’t have a gun. 
Why is it ok to loan someone a dangerous object like a gun without license?  I wouldn’t loan out a helicopter, plane, race car, sword, or any other dangerous object to someone untrained and unwilling to try and obtain one legally and ethically.  Why a gun?

September 20 2014 City Council Will Discuss Supporting Increased Gun Sale Background Check Requirements

Jesse,

There are a lot of people who have been raised in families that teach responsibility and they also chose friends who are worthy of being trusted.  If you cannot relate to that it says a lot about what kind of family you were rased in and even more about the company you keep.

September 20 2014 City Council Will Discuss Supporting Increased Gun Sale Background Check Requirements

That would be the final nail in the coffin for The Proctor District.  Your monstrosity will have the effect of transforming that neighborhood from being overwhelmingly owner occupied residents into a neighborhood that is more transient and does not have a long term investment in that particular neighborhood.  Another development of this nature and the Proctor District will have been fundamentally transformed from what it has been into something entirely different.  The Proctor District has

September 20 2014 Work Begins Soon on The Proctor

Seems like commenters think that loaning your gun out to friends and relatives is considered responsible gun ownership.  Scary.

September 20 2014 City Council Will Discuss Supporting Increased Gun Sale Background Check Requirements

How about we start will tearing down every billboard between MLK and Stevens on 6th, including the monster, Mt. Tacoma-blocking billboard towering over Memo’s Tacqueria.

September 20 2014 Tacoma Billboard Removal / Redux

Even if you support background checks this flawed initiative goes way beyond background checks. If they wanted to expand background checks to private sales they could do that with a clear and concise document. Instead they have 18 pages of confusion. The issues with transfers are one of the weaknesses of this initiative. Not only does this go way beyond what the supporters describe it as, it goes beyond the federal laws are. I feel that the supporters have been less than honest with the public

September 20 2014 City Council Will Discuss Supporting Increased Gun Sale Background Check Requirements

You can’t change criminal behavior by criminalizing lawful behavior. 594 is punitive to lawful firearms owners. Proponents want you to “pass it so you can find out what’s in it.” Before you vote, consult your attorney to see how it criminalizes your behavior. Want to lend your sister-in-law a gun to protect herself? Want to loan your adult sons shotguns to go hunting? 594 makes you a criminal! A police officer who loans a personal firearm to a fellow officer would face criminal

September 20 2014 City Council Will Discuss Supporting Increased Gun Sale Background Check Requirements

Word on the street is that plans are moving forward to put up another apartment building just north of Metropolitan Market.

September 19 2014 Work Begins Soon on The Proctor

People wake up, registration always leads to confiscation.  Confiscation to democide.  The largest cause of death in the last 100 years.  Go to ballisticburial dot com and get ready you will need this.

September 19 2014 City Council Will Discuss Supporting Increased Gun Sale Background Check Requirements

Thank you so much for creating this post!  My husband and I are moving our family to Tacoma in March 2015.  I know this is probably going to be a really stupid request, but can someone draw a map of all of these neighborhoods?  LOL!  I have no clue where the start and end, etc.  We are looking to rent a 3BR with a basement (he is a potter) and I have a home based business.  I have been hitting it heavy on Trulia…lots of affordable cute places.  We currently live in the 10th most dangerous city

September 19 2014 Advice on Moving to Tacoma

Maybe the city should stop leaving giant flashing VMS (variable message signs) in place for a month every time a street is closed for one day, or stop planting “wayfinding” signs pointing the wrong way to I-5 with what appear to be permanent neon orange flags affixed to the top.

In other words, start practicing what they preach in terms of visual environmental pollution.

September 18 2014 Tacoma Billboard Removal / Redux

Too many neighborhood folks in Tacoma bash efforts in general at downtown redevelopment.  But some are right in this regard:  while public places and civic squares can be important and, in the instance on the southern Thea Foss Waterway, have spawned comercial developments that enhances the property tax base, too many surface lots in general remain downtown where private tax-producingcommercial blocks should be built.  As an example of a firm left Seattle for new offices, Totem Ocean Trailer

September 18 2014 Fiscal Home Rule for Tacoma?

SPOILER ALERT.
There is no Smokey Bear. Smokey does not exist. Literally speaking, everything we say about Smokey is false. Smokey does not work for the U,S. Forest Service. Smokey does not roam the wilderness wearing a campaign hat, blue jeans, and carrying a shovel. Smokey is not a messenger of fire prevention.

But, we can say that there is a story we tell about Smokey Bear; and in that story it’s true that Smokey has those characteristics.

However, if someone thought that in the story,

September 18 2014 Black Bear Captured Near Puyallup Avenue & Dock Street in Tacoma

The point is that this city is no more competent than Detroit to manage anything.  If that is not apparent to you then you are not paying attention.  They cannot manage to accomplish such mundane chores as preserving our existing pavement infrastructure or picking up garbage on a weekly basis - which by the way were the early indicators that Detroit was entering a death spiral

September 18 2014 Fiscal Home Rule for Tacoma?

Grandpa, I don’t really get your analogy but effectively we’re currently siphoning someone, somewhere to the tune of 7 million dollars.  Wouldn’t you rather have those funds stay at home?  I get the idea of home rule where you’re promoting the taxation to stay within the community rather than from someone in Walla Walla.  We have much to gain to support our own taxes by design rather than by the design of the state.  It isn’t ludicrous, it is empowering to raise our own taxes at a local level

September 17 2014 Fiscal Home Rule for Tacoma?

Of course the solution is NOT more taxation, it is to control spending.  The statement you make is ludicrous at best, are you aware that analysts at Mint.com report that 60% of NBA players file bankruptcy within five years of retirement. Football players are even worse. More than 78% of NFL stars will file for bankruptcy within five years.  Major League Baseball (MLB) players have only mildly better luck, filing for bankruptcy four times more often than the average U.S. citizen.

Why don’t you

September 17 2014 Fiscal Home Rule for Tacoma?

Rob, it impresses me that you would object to responsible programming and budgeting of City revenues because you benefit from the status quo.  Tacoma does nto suffer from a revenue shortage, Tacoma suffers from profligacy, waste and graft.  You and your buddies don’t want to discuss the latter because it leads right back to the usual suspects. 
 
What I do on my own time is really none of your business business.  My employer understands that it is none of there business what I do on my

September 17 2014 Fiscal Home Rule for Tacoma?

This issue is about city/state taxation authority and incentivizing the state to give up its powers to the city at the cost of revenue sharing in which the state provides Tacoma something to the tune of 7 million dollars.  Effectively the purpose here would to tax something to offset those losses but not be restricted to come up with liquor taxes, going beyond utility tax caps, ect.  I think it provides more flexibility to have the City come up with solutions to its problems, but of course the

September 17 2014 Fiscal Home Rule for Tacoma?

You would think that someone like Mr. Hasty would get over his years-long diatribes about things like the local improvement district process and actually concentrate on doing his taxpayer funded job when he is supposed to be working, rather than commenting on Exit133. At least he doesn’t work in Tacoma.

September 17 2014 Fiscal Home Rule for Tacoma?

Tacoma was one of the primary driving forces behind lessening the restrictions placed on how State Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax revenues could be spent by cities and counties.  That is how it came to be that simultaneous to our pavement deteriorating to third world status Mayor Baarsma was tapping that revenue stream to fund the alley behind his residence. 

Theoretically what is proposed would allow local governments the flexibility to better program their own revenues, but in the real world there

September 17 2014 Fiscal Home Rule for Tacoma?

That was Jake Fey’s strategy and until we exposed it for what it was that is the strategy the City was using to get TPU Utility ratepayers who live outside of Tacoma to absorb a large percentage of the cost of dealing with Tacoma’s neglect of it’s own transportation infrastructure.

The game was to get the Utility to pay a “fair share” of restoring the pavement, but a fair share of RESTORING pavement that has already failed, as well as the under lying base courses which have also failed, is

September 17 2014 Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of September 16, 2014

Would help also if we had a “democratic” city government where the elected official actually ran the city instead of the bureaucrats.  Note in your story where all the ideas are coming from….

September 17 2014 Fiscal Home Rule for Tacoma?

A “family,” Goldilocks is a fairy tale.  The bears are used as a metaphor and contain both human and beastly characteristics.  These fables can be used to teach children life lessons but are not a good place to learn about the biological world.

A new study by University of Toronto researchers has found that kids’ books featuring animals with human characteristics not only lead to less factual learning but also influence children’s reasoning about animals.

A new study has found that kids’

September 17 2014 Black Bear Captured Near Puyallup Avenue & Dock Street in Tacoma

How about the City focus on restoring our pavement and if they do a good job at that then maybe they can have this discussion at some later date.  If the City government cannot demonstrate that they can manage basic services and tasks they certainly are not competent to manage something as complicated as implementing a vision.

September 17 2014 Conversations Re:Tacoma 2014: Destiny Realized

uhhhhhh, so the bear is all alone with no family??? chances are she has a family, maybe even cubs. so they are going to relocate her and then leave the rest behind?? I very highly doubt she is a rogue bear that traveled hundreds of miles to get to Tacoma.

September 17 2014 Black Bear Captured Near Puyallup Avenue & Dock Street in Tacoma

When I first moved to Tacoma in 2005, I had never seen so many overhead power lines in a city in my life.  They still have them in the downtown grid!  Underground them while replacing the 100 year old streets while you’re at it.

September 16 2014 Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of September 16, 2014

Whew!  This is a loaded idea.  I mean, are you saying that Tacoma could have freedom to actually govern itself, capitalize on it’s strengths, and narrow it’s liabilities via tax/rate code?  What a concept!

Does “rates” also mean adjusting TPU rates inside and outside the city limits?

September 16 2014 Fiscal Home Rule for Tacoma?

If you’re on the fence about going to these events, know that they’re really good. 

I wish I could make the September 18th meeting as they take a look at what Portland did to re-vamp itself.  I sold a lot of the Portland Streetcar, Pearl District, and South Waterfront construction materials back in the late 1990’s-2000’s.  I saw the plans for every project from that era.  It’d be interesting to know the point of view of experts on these things.

September 16 2014 Conversations Re:Tacoma 2014: Destiny Realized

Now I understand why your username isn’t RHTCCSarcasmfan.

September 16 2014 Help Fix Tacoma's Residential Parking Permit Program

Nice to see Narcissus has the time stop by to offer one way enlightenment to the benighted.

September 16 2014 Help Fix Tacoma's Residential Parking Permit Program

Unless you’re badly physically handicapped 5 blocks should be an easy short distance walk maybe between a quarter and a third of a miles distance.At 2 miles per hour walking that would be merely a 10 minute walk (should be easy for normal people).
Just buy your own personal shopping cart like many Pierce Transit bus passengers do.Need to carry more for your family get your wife and kids their own carts too and have them come along.Either that or just purchase less groceries more often with your

September 15 2014 Help Fix Tacoma's Residential Parking Permit Program

I’m all for cleaning up Schuster Slope and making better use of the area for recreation (including a high quality Downtown to Defiance path), but shouldn’t the plan for the area be on its way toward implementation before it’s cleaned up?  As is, it seems likely it will get cleaned up and then messed up again, while the City takes a while (Months?  Years?) to devise and fund a plan.  Will anything be in place to prevent that?

September 15 2014 Cleaning Up Schuster Slope

If cars are outlawed, then only outlaws will have cars.

September 15 2014 Help Fix Tacoma's Residential Parking Permit Program

I recommend resident only parking passes for Proctor Safeway. I have the hardest time finding parking after having driven 5 blocks to get there. And don’t even get me started on Met Market! These are MY grocery stores. Get outta my way.

September 15 2014 Help Fix Tacoma's Residential Parking Permit Program

Sorry about that - the meeting will be held in the Wheelock Student Center at UPS.

Here’s the event: http://www.exit133.com/events/details/residential-parking-permit-revamp

September 15 2014 Help Fix Tacoma's Residential Parking Permit Program

Cool story, bro.

The obvious solution is that we all scrap our cars and take turns riding your high horse.

September 15 2014 Help Fix Tacoma's Residential Parking Permit Program

It would be helpful to know Where the meeting is taking place.

September 14 2014 Help Fix Tacoma's Residential Parking Permit Program

“The bear is currently sleeping off the tranquilizer dart in the Metro Parks parking lot.”

Special care was taken to not disturb nearby employees sleeping off recreational tranquilizers.

September 14 2014 Black Bear Captured Near Puyallup Avenue & Dock Street in Tacoma

The problem is Tacoma is destructively,excessively motor vehicle dependant leading to a soon future of a devastating catastrophe of absolute ruination when petroleum fuels will become scarce in a few decades from now.It will happen and there won’t be enough electricity if everyone had an electric car instead.
What would you do if gasoline cost $150 per gallon and there were immobile junkers parked on the street blocking any traffic?
In that time cars will be the ugly unwanted garbage heaps of

September 12 2014 Help Fix Tacoma's Residential Parking Permit Program

It might be useful to have something like this for the residents in the neighborhood around Multicare and Stadium District, but I worry about how complicated it would be to have a guest pass or whatever they end up with, every time someone drops by for a visit.

September 12 2014 Help Fix Tacoma's Residential Parking Permit Program

Jack the Bear is back!  He lived in the TACOMA HOTEL for years as a guest of the owners. He drank beer with the tourists. Check it out at the TACOMA History Museum, 919 Pacific Avenue. The current exhibit is about The Tacoma Hotel from 1893-1935 - “BE OUR GUEST.”

September 12 2014 Black Bear Captured Near Puyallup Avenue & Dock Street in Tacoma

We can come up with our own utopian top ten lists?  Who knew?!  It sounds fun, so I’m in.  Here’s my top ten list:

1.  An inverse B&O tax with three levels; level one being a negative tax that also covers the state B&O portion to eliminate all B&O taxes in target high density business areas, level two being a neutral or same as today B&O tax rate for appropriate areas where businesses are, and level three as a doubling of current B&O rates in places not deemed appropriate for businesses or

September 08 2014 10 Ways Tacoma Can Improve Its Economic Outlook

Look no further than The American Leadership Forum if you want to know who the puppet masters are.  I have written volumes on why this organization should be run out of town.  They operate as a shadow government, kinda’ like a Tacoma version of Tamany Hall.  And yes The News Buffoon is among the favored few who have a voice in how this City operates.

While I would tend to agree with your solution as maybe a step in the right direction of motion, on a relative scale, of course. They are a

September 07 2014 TPD Surveillance Update: Plenty of News, But Not Much New Information

Smart questions, real questions should lead us well into the more practical problem: How can Tacoma acquire more public money to rebuild with style, finesse, and with a flourish?

September 07 2014 10 Ways Tacoma Can Improve Its Economic Outlook

Look no further than The American Leadership Forum if you want to know who the puppet masters are.  I have written volumes on why this organization should be run out of town.  They operate as a shadow government, kinda’ like a Tacoma version of Tamany Hall.  And yes The News Buffoon is among the favored few who have a voice in how this City operates.

September 07 2014 TPD Surveillance Update: Plenty of News, But Not Much New Information

This is why building anything in western Washington cost so much.  It is as if any parent who was saving for a new family vehicle had to also factor in “mitigation” i.e. bribery money to purchase toys for the children.  This is a good reason Tacoma has a stagnant economy.

September 07 2014 10 Ways Tacoma Can Improve Its Economic Outlook

The police chief assassinating his wife in front of their children was not a sufficient illustration of the venial practices of Tacoma’s master elite to get any lasting remedies instituted.
Maybe this time this is an example of something strong enough to bring to light what Tacoma really is. You can count out the feds. Our pres, is to similar in ethics to see any action there. Maybe if some minorities civil rights was being violated sufficiently it would be enough to get something done by the

September 06 2014 TPD Surveillance Update: Plenty of News, But Not Much New Information

Oh, and by the way,

Wounded Warrior Project is a scam.

58 percent of donations collected went to pay for the salaries of the top three executives, retired veterans administration mid level managers, of that 501c3 organization.

Only 9 percent of donations contributed to the programs that wounded warrior Project sponsored, not funded, were donated to other top heavy expensed scam charity organizations. All other donations went to other scam charities that promoted, advertised, non veteran

September 05 2014 10 Ways Tacoma Can Improve Its Economic Outlook

Wonder if they will ask her about Tacoma PD spying on her voters. Remember to vote for those who represent you next time.
Do not accept being a crooked politicians victim.

September 05 2014 10 Ways Tacoma Can Improve Its Economic Outlook

I know we should campaign to have Walfart charge admission to the ‘Wounded Warrior” parking spaces in their lot. I am sure the moneygrubbers would love the idea.

That way the spot would be occupied by those who deserve them instead of the welfare queens who park there now and yell vile obscenities at those who earned them and would like to use the spots.

When asked the Walfart manager stated, “We have no control of the use of the spots in our parking lot.” Even the handicapped spots? “Yes.” 

September 05 2014 10 Ways Tacoma Can Improve Its Economic Outlook

I couldn’t agree more - Chris should run for city council.  If 167 is built, the community should extract a big pile of mitigation commitments, such as a road diet for River Road (the existing 167) and funding to complete a bike/ped trail to Puyallup from Tacoma, as well as funding to improve the crappy trail between downtown and Old Town (so you can safely get to the trail along the river from Point Defiance).  As far as I’m concerned that kind of mitigation would make the project a plus for

September 05 2014 10 Ways Tacoma Can Improve Its Economic Outlook

Thanks for your voice in all of this Ken.  Actually, I found it quite ironic that that some of the issues that impact Tacoma’s livability and desirability, violent crime and air quality, are actually the flipside of the same economic powerhouses you mentioned.

The Port is as much a part of the air quality problem as woodstoves or car emissions - although its contribution to small particulates is less than that of others.  There are benefits of JBLM’s presence as an employer near Tacoma, but

September 05 2014 10 Ways Tacoma Can Improve Its Economic Outlook

Hey I have a great idea, let’s turn TPU over to the same cabal that has done such a great job at preserving an maintaining out pavement infrastructure.  Strip all of maintenance budgets and transfer the money to a bunch of pie in the sky dreamers and then raid the reserve funds to build another museum.  Oh yea that ‘s the ticket.

The sole reason that Tacoma has not already suffered municipal bankruptcy is because TPU is a semi autonomous entity.  Let these fools get their hooks into TPU and

September 05 2014 10 Ways Tacoma Can Improve Its Economic Outlook

My suggestion is very simple; re-introduce drinking fountains all over the city.

It is a cheap, memorable and welcoming gesture. Plus our water is good!

September 05 2014 10 Ways Tacoma Can Improve Its Economic Outlook

C’mon, people. Irony is part of a balanced diet.

One issue in the editorial is how high - or low - the bar is set. Expectations matter.

People focused on economic development, whether in government or in nonprofits, have tended to set the bar pretty low. Their goals are about activity rather than results.

Partly this is their fault. And partly it’s ours. The public is intolerant of failure, and so a rational person in government avoids setting ambitious goals.

Unfortunately few “great”

September 05 2014 10 Ways Tacoma Can Improve Its Economic Outlook

Thank you for taking the time to share constructive ideas without profanity. A new benchmark of civility!

September 05 2014 10 Ways Tacoma Can Improve Its Economic Outlook

Ah yes, a mockery.  That’s exactly what Tacoma needs.  This kind of crap is what we get from the Tribune.  Be more serious if you’re going to editorialize.

Here’s my own top 10 list of what Tacoma should do.

1) Establish a street utility to pay for the $800m backlog of road maintenance
2) Implement gigabit fiber Internet service using the Click! Network
3) Use TBD sales tax authority to buyback bus service past 7pm in Tacoma
4) Implement paid sick leave and a pathway to a $15 minimum wage for

September 05 2014 10 Ways Tacoma Can Improve Its Economic Outlook

Brilliant! Why not think outside the box, or outside of reason for heaven’s sake? Make it crazy, make it loud, do it proud.

Number 8 is my favorite. Of course this would only feed the persecution syndrome in which he already wallows.

September 05 2014 10 Ways Tacoma Can Improve Its Economic Outlook

Or just have our damnable fool Mayor appear on Meet the Press this Sunday

September 05 2014 10 Ways Tacoma Can Improve Its Economic Outlook

I really thought these were all a joke.

1.  Cash cow, really?  How do you monetize this? 
2.  An admission fee to a farmer’s market… How far do people who work in downtown walk for free parking?  Who carries cash to pay say a $1 admission fee?  How much do you pay the fare collectors?  What about the businesses on Broadway or restaurants?  What if I lie and say I’m going to a restaurant and really I’m going to the farmer’s market?
3.  No

I’ve made it to number four and have come to two

September 05 2014 10 Ways Tacoma Can Improve Its Economic Outlook

Let’s not make the same mistakes Seattle/Sound Transit have made with the SLUS and upcoming First Hill lines - the lack of an exclusive ROW and no traffic signal priority. The initial segment of the TLink is a good example of how a streetcar should operate - segregated from regular traffic.

September 04 2014 Overall, U.S. Streetcars Just Aren't Meeting the Standards of Good Transit

To some degree, the horse is already out of the barn on this one.  The alignment with the greatest mobility benefits was 6th Avenue because of the direct geometry of the route that cuts through swaths of dense, mixed use Central and North Tacoma.

The good news is that MLK shared about 2/3 of the same route as 6th Avenue so it doesn’t preclude investing in a 6th Avenue expansion in the future.

Where we can make real impact is to advocate for higher speed dedicated right of way, real traffic

September 04 2014 Overall, U.S. Streetcars Just Aren't Meeting the Standards of Good Transit

Reducing garbage pickup to third world status is not an improvement. 

We have a trash can full of diapers and I would like them picked up on a weekly basis.  If the City of Tacoma believes that most residents see reduced service as an improvement then let’s have them put up or shut up and open up garbage collection to private competition.  I would cancel my City provided service on day one and hire a service that provides weekly pickup as would everyone I talked to about having options to the

September 04 2014 Solid Waste Improvements

CJ ... please stop ranting without facts and reality.  You sound like a typical libertarian/teaperson/repub.

September 03 2014 Solid Waste Improvements

What City committees do you sit on or have attempted to even sit on?

September 03 2014 Metered Parking on Tacoma Ave & the Possible End of Paid Juror Parking

And the members of the “Tacoma’s citizen Parking Technical Advisory Group” are?  Let’s see who they are.  My guess is that they are not at all reflective of the community at large, in fact I would bet a hundred bucks that they are not made up of a representative a cross section of the community.

September 03 2014 Metered Parking on Tacoma Ave & the Possible End of Paid Juror Parking

CSC of Tacoma LLC (now owned by GEO Group) in 2009 got a $54.4 million state-aided bond loan to refinance the Northwest Detention Center on top of the original $57 million provided to them in 2003 for the original construction.  A facility originally supposed to be a temporary two or three day waiting area has turned into a 1575 bed long term prison. The legacy of misrepresentation, misdirection, and failure of oversight is known world-wide. Permits flew out of city hall faster than cold patch

September 03 2014 Walmart Developer Sues Tacoma

When former Council man Bill Evans can get permitting the God awful monstrosity he is erecting in Proctor   ...it sends the message to developers that Tacoma is very flexible and plastic in it’s application of development standards.  What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, if Tacoma is going to allow a stinking west coast interpretation of Cabrini Green then it naturally follows that other developers must be allowed to play fast and loose with the development codes.

September 03 2014 Walmart Developer Sues Tacoma

Every time I see these city idiots patting themselves on the back for this sh*ty deal, it sends me into orbit!
What the report should say is…........ We screwed the utility payer, by charging full price and cutting service in half. Because the utility payer has NO choice, we can do whatever we want. Because we screwed the utility payer… we didn’t have to: 1. Cut down on bullsh*t admin staff 2. Negotiate better labor contracts 3. Better manage overhead costs 4. Run operations efficiently 5. Stop

September 02 2014 Solid Waste Improvements

Question…..... Can the City counter sue the developer for fraud? The developer submitted plans for a “medical complex” and changed it to a big box store, due to a “loophole” allowing it. Can someone submit false information, in order to be granted a building permit? It would be easy to show that they never intended to build a medical complex and knowingly presented false information to the City of Tacoma.
Is Tacoma legal council looking into that?

September 02 2014 Walmart Developer Sues Tacoma

... down the slippery-slope.

The bigger question is: how do we get back up that slope?

September 02 2014 Is TPD Playing Big Brother?

Xeno… are you Mike Lonergan? I just hear his voice when I read this.

September 02 2014 Is TPD Playing Big Brother?

beck (although a good artist) = back

September 02 2014 Is TPD Playing Big Brother?

Sorry…I typed “serious” twice and forget they have regulated cannabis in Washington State. Since you’ve never served enough to cherish your freedom, please just go beck to talking about bikes, or parking, or something else that matters less than civil liberties.

September 02 2014 Is TPD Playing Big Brother?

Our Mayor is like the Commander in Chief of the Police right?  I mean she’s supposed to be on a horse at every battle line with a swat vest on and a saber drawn to the sky I suppose.  Who needed a strong Mayor with this system?

Now apparently she has Stingray poolside with the TPD serving her drinks.  Sadly, my homeschool didn’t have a course in Modern Fiction because this is exactly what all this is.

September 02 2014 Is TPD Playing Big Brother?

Should be simple to clear this up. The Mayor and Council should just release all their records on the subject and then have a public hearing to let the residents ask questions and get answers. Broadcast it on TV12. Include the TPD, City Manager, and City Attorney. The have Kathleen Merryman write up a column about it in the Tacoma Weekly to tell us all how to feel good about Tacoma again…and off we go to the next pothole.

September 01 2014 Is TPD Playing Big Brother?

With an issue as serious as this one, would have thought some serious debate would occur. But no. This is what happened when TPD used informants, the Mayor and Council failed in their functions and residents kept their heads in the sand. You must be to young to remember and I am sure they don’t teach about this time in homeschool.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-w7g_8ZCYU&list=PL777BB204FBD5A68C&index=8

September 01 2014 Is TPD Playing Big Brother?

Mayor Strickland is in your files right now! Alert!

August 31 2014 Is TPD Playing Big Brother?

This is what the law allowed them to do with the information collected and still being collected. Good reading for you to understand how the laws have been used.

http://cryptome.org/0003/tacoma-homesec.zip

August 31 2014 Is TPD Playing Big Brother?
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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
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
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo February 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Muh Grog Zoo: A Long-Form Improv Troupe February 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Muh Grog Zoo: A Long-Form Improv Troupe January 23, 2015 at 7:30 pm 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
A Charlie Brown Christmas December 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
Tour Emergency Food Network’s Warehouse December 5, 2014 at 11:30 pm Edit
Seattle Men’s Chorus: Our Gay Apparel December 4, 2014 at 8:00 pm Edit
If Cars Could Talk: Adult Brown Bag Lunch Series December 2, 2014 at 11:30 am Edit
Tacoma Resident Free Day at the Zoo December 1, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Andrew Lippa’s A Little Princess November 28, 2014 at 8:00 pm Edit
Empty Bowls November 22, 2014 at 1:00 pm Edit
Think & Drink November 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
10x10 / Thoughts from the Street, part of the annual Conversations RE: Tacoma urban design lecture s November 20, 2014 at 6:30 pm Edit
Conversations Re:Tacoma - Destiny Realized - 10 x 10 / Thoughts from the Street November 20, 2014 at 6:30 pm Edit
Jennevieve Schlemmer - Fiber and Wire Demonstration November 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
!Fiesta, Familia, Folklore! November 9, 2014 at 3:00 pm Edit
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band November 7, 2014 at 7:30 pm Edit
Tour Emergency Food Network’s Warehouse November 7, 2014 at 1:00 am Edit
Cars as Metal Art Part II: Automotive Ornamentation November 4, 2014 at 11:30 am Edit
Tacoma Resident Free Day at the Zoo November 2, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Tacoma Metal Arts Center Beginning Jewelry / Metals November 1, 2014 at 11:00 am Edit
Charlotte’s Web November 1, 2014 at 11:00 am Edit
Tea Ceremony - Tonga November 1, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
The Phantom of the Opera October 31, 2014 at 8:00 pm Edit
The Phantom of the Opera October 31, 2014 at 8:00 pm Edit
365 Days/365 Plays by Suzan-Lori Parks October 31, 2014 at 7:30 pm Edit
365 Days/365 Plays by Suzan-Lori Parks October 31, 2014 at 7:30 pm Edit
The Magic Flute October 31, 2014 at 7:30 pm Edit
Ballroom- Weekly Friday Night Lesson & Dance October 31, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
Rainbow Center Craft & Cookie Day October 31, 2014 at 1:00 pm Edit
Play to Learn at Peace Community Center October 31, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
Children’s Museum of Tacoma Wee Ones Weekly October 31, 2014 at 9:30 am Edit
Tacoma Academy of Fine Art Figure Drawing Open Studio October 31, 2014 at 9:30 am Edit
Play to Learn October 30, 2014 at 10:00 pm Edit
Pacific Lutheran University Schubertiade Student Recital October 30, 2014 at 8:00 pm Edit
Dukesbay Productions: TEA, by Velina Hasu Houston October 30, 2014 at 7:30 pm Edit
Think & Drink October 30, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
Sparking Imaginations Public Lecture October 30, 2014 at 4:00 pm Edit
Welding 101 October 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm Edit
Tacoma Academy of Fine Art Figure Drawing Open Studio October 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm Edit
Vegan Book Club October 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
Comic Books & Pizza Club October 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
Grand Cinema Tuesday Film Series October 28, 2014 at 2:00 pm Edit
Tacoma Resident Free Day at the Zoo October 28, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Northwest Repertory Singers Open Rehearsal October 27, 2014 at 9:30 pm Edit
Creative Colloquy October 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
Tacoma Art Museum Offsite Adventure: Springtide Press Workshop with Jessica Spring October 27, 2014 at 6:00 pm Edit
The Capitol Steps October 26, 2014 at 7:30 pm Edit
Romantic Bass Trombone and Friends October 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm Edit
LeMay-America’s Car Museum Family Zone Fun: Hood Ornament Design October 26, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
Tacoma Symphony Orchestra Opening Spectacular: Dame Evelyn Glennie October 25, 2014 at 7:30 pm Edit
The Joy of Singing October 25, 2014 at 7:30 pm Edit
Tacoma Youth Symphony Association: A Night at the Movies Costume Concert October 25, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
Bonfires, Beaver Pelts and Bogeymen: Halloween Storytelling October 25, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
Abundance Dinner and Auction October 25, 2014 at 6:00 pm Edit
Plasma CNC Router 101 October 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm Edit
Getting in the Door October 25, 2014 at 1:00 pm Edit
Tree Selection: Right Tree - Right Place October 25, 2014 at 1:00 pm Edit
Prune Like the Pros: Landscape Trees October 25, 2014 at 10:30 am Edit
Family Halloween Art Making October 25, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
Puget Sound Book Artists Tools of the Trade: A Primer for Book Artists October 25, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
Proctor Farmers Market October 25, 2014 at 9:00 am Edit
Play to Learn at Peace Community Center October 24, 2014 at 10:00 pm Edit
Coco Montoya at Jazzbones October 24, 2014 at 8:00 pm Edit
University of Puget Sound Wind Ensemble October 24, 2014 at 7:30 pm Edit
Lerner & Lowe’s Brigadoon In Concert October 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
Bonfires, Beaver Pelts, & Bogeymen: Halloween Storytelling October 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
Adult Painting October 24, 2014 at 6:00 pm Edit
Children’s Museum of Tacoma Wee Ones Weekly October 24, 2014 at 9:30 am Edit
Tacoma Academy of Fine Art Figure Drawing Open Studio October 24, 2014 at 9:30 am Edit
Ballroom- Weekly Friday Night Lesson & Dance October 24, 2014 at 4:00 am Edit
Lerner & Lowe’s Brigadoon In Concert October 24, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Play to Learn October 23, 2014 at 10:00 pm Edit
Historic Tacoma Annual Meeting with Art, Architecture, and Music October 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
Rainbow Center Craft & Cookie Day October 23, 2014 at 1:00 pm Edit
Pacific Lutheran University Music Department Fall Choral Concerts October 22, 2014 at 8:00 pm Edit
CLAW Open Swim October 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm Edit
Food Justice Book Club October 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
Tacoma Academy of Fine Art Figure Drawing Open Studio October 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm Edit
Pacific Lutheran University Music Department Fall Choral Concerts October 21, 2014 at 8:00 pm Edit
An evening with Barbara Ehrenreich October 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
Banned Book Club October 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit