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AMENDMENT 13: Background Checks On All Internet Based Illustrators. VOTE YES.
“It’s A Matter Of Visual Justice.”

October 25 2014 How to Vote on Charter Amendments, A Few Opinions

I’m encouraged by this plan; I’ve thought Tollefson could be used more frequently with a permanent open-air roof. I’d also like to see the Broadway Center continue the kind of programming it did the last two years with a wider range of performers and types of entertainment. This year’s slate is a bit stodgy by comparison. The content matters as much as the context.

October 24 2014 Broadway Center Vision for the Future

I think it would be awesome if they could cap part of Commerce Street and Park Place North with a modern cinema.  Have the doors open onto Theatre on the Square.  Move the proposed stage to the south end of the square.  More people, more entertainment, and attraction of more peripheral businesses that way.

Heck, give the top floor (or two) of Park Place North and air rights over Commence Street to The Broadway Center.  Have them attract a modern cinema to this spot and let them lease or sell

October 24 2014 Broadway Center Vision for the Future

Amendment 12 concerns repealing the provision in the charter that requires employees live in city limits.  From what I recall this provision is unenforceable, so the amendment would do away with the language.

October 24 2014 How to Vote on Charter Amendments, A Few Opinions

#12 Living Here:  You can only work for the city if you live in Tacoma?  Huh.  Isn’t that a bit limiting to attracting talent?  I would think the HR department would work to identify the best candidate for a position and go after them instead of waiting for a somewhat relevant application from within Tacoma to come in.  Tell me I’m misunderstanding this or something…

October 24 2014 How to Vote on Charter Amendments, A Few Opinions

“Forever mayor” my butt.  The charter amendments should have abolished term limits and respected voters’ intelligence, but no. 8 is a step in the right direction.

October 24 2014 How to Vote on Charter Amendments, A Few Opinions

The paranoid right and the paranoid left are united in their opposition to the charter changes.  My read is that they’re all either innocuous or provide agencies like TPU with a little more accountability.

October 21 2014 Tacoma City Charter Amendments: Arguments For & Against

No doubt the charter review process seemed a bit tainted, but as stand alone provisions to the City Charter I think the term limit extension makes sense.  The Mayor and the Council are in fact two different positions, but subject to a provision that limits a good Councilperson running for Mayor as far as term limits are concerned.  It is hard to have a good advocate/face for the city under these rules.  Besides The New TaKKKhoman is against all 12, couldn’t the choice be any more clearer?

October 21 2014 Tacoma City Charter Amendments: Arguments For & Against

I read the News Tribune viewpoint by Seago and Seinfeld, and found it helpful in defining the issues. Their conclusion is that the current council-manager form of government, if abandoned, would lead to a submersion of quality service for citizens.

Regarding Proposal 8, is it possible that the council sees a need to extend term limits because history shows that Tacoma’s individual council members rarely represent the form of a vigorous independent character who has the experience of a

October 20 2014 Tacoma City Charter Amendments: Arguments For & Against

6. Council Confirmation of the Director of Utilities:  Any TPU CEO is ultimately incentivized to grow the utilities department in number of customers.  That is, if they only service Tacoma proper, that cuts out the current outlying towns and cities being serviced by TPU thus cutting the overall power usage and customer base.  That’s why the CEO makes over $300k a year; they’ve added to their operations and now it takes that salary to get someone to run it.  However, Tacoma CAN generate enough

October 20 2014 Tacoma City Charter Amendments: Arguments For & Against

I think it’s interesting that one of the proposed changes would eliminate the requirement of the publication of the document where we, the citizens, are supposed to be informed of the details of such changes offline. I do read the pamphlets when they come out, BTW. Although it *was* the County that issued the pamphlet outlining the Charter Amendments, right?

I think the editorial piece on this in Sunday’s paper was pretty clear and concise. It’s unsurprising that a review process governed by

October 20 2014 Tacoma City Charter Amendments: Arguments For & Against

The Bar and Grill look wonderful, you have done a wonderful job doing All that work in there Donn. Cant wait to see it again and eat and drink some good stuff. Love from us both.

October 20 2014 Point Defiance Tap & Grill: A Northwest Centric Pub-Meets-Bistro

Great comments on the charter amendments btw.

October 20 2014 Tacoma City Charter Amendments: Arguments For & Against

The solution is to STOP electing Council members who are beholding to an insider led cabal.  We need elected representatives who say to the City Manager YOU are going to start listening to and responding to the people who are paying your salary or you are FIRED.  No severance pay, no termination package - just pack up your crap and leave and take your staff with you.

The City Council should make this one statement and make sure it comes through loud and clear:  YOU as City Manager have polled

October 20 2014 Tacoma City Charter Amendments: Arguments For & Against

I cannot wait to visit this new spot! Congrats to Bill and it is nice to see Ruston coming along so well.

October 19 2014 Point Defiance Tap & Grill: A Northwest Centric Pub-Meets-Bistro

I did not know that about 2 weeks ago was the last time I would see Miko. I’m glad I had the chance to give him a scratch.

October 19 2014 Miko the Cat of King's Books Passes Away

I just reread my comment and it sounds snarky, which I did not intend.  I did know about this cat and am truly sorry for the owners.  The story caught me off guard considering all things Exit 133 are usually about serious business matters, real estate, and development.  I haven’t seen any great celebratory news for Tacoma in a while… all little stuff for a long while now.  It’s been slow.

October 16 2014 Miko the Cat of King's Books Passes Away

You obviously didn’t know this cat. Also, it’s on the front page of the TNT today. It’s not just us.

October 16 2014 Miko the Cat of King's Books Passes Away

Poor kitty… But it must be a slow news month for all things Tacoma when someones cat dies and it makes Exit 133.  No big ideas on the horizon for T-Town?

October 16 2014 Miko the Cat of King's Books Passes Away

As a new home owner in the area, I am excited to see a quality Northwest dining and drinking spot open within walking distance !  Best of luck! Can’t wait to check it out.

October 15 2014 Point Defiance Tap & Grill: A Northwest Centric Pub-Meets-Bistro

There is still time brother! https://www.facebook.com/events/351512038341675/

October 15 2014 Miko the Cat of King's Books Passes Away

Indeed, it seems when Bill does something, he does it exquisitely…I can’t wait to dive into the menu!

October 15 2014 Point Defiance Tap & Grill: A Northwest Centric Pub-Meets-Bistro

Godspeed to open a business in Ruston, where there are more vacant businesses spaces than actual businesses.

October 14 2014 Point Defiance Tap & Grill: A Northwest Centric Pub-Meets-Bistro

Even thought the Northern Pacific railroad made Tacoma its western terminus in 1873, the first passenger station was an unremarkable wood frame barn. The Portland based president of the railroad at the time Henry Villard wanted valuable freight and people to stop where his investments and loyalty were based, in Oregon. He quipped that the Tacoma station was good enough for the immigrant trains that ran to the end of line. Not surprisingly, in Tacoma the NP station was referred to for 30 years

October 14 2014 State says no funds available for proposed Amtrak pedestrian bridge

With BB at the helm, this place will be great, guaranteed.

October 14 2014 Point Defiance Tap & Grill: A Northwest Centric Pub-Meets-Bistro

Let’s see, each and every iteration of the City Council and/or City Manager commissioned polling of the public in an effort to “find out” what citizen’s priorities are the #1 priority as expressed by “the folks” is always the same - restore our pavement which has failed and preserve and maintain that which has not yet failed.  So what do they do with this (which the taxpayers paid for) information: 

NOT in the budget
Money for for citywide residential street construction

IN the budget

October 13 2014 2015-2016 City Budget: Balanced, With Subtle Undertones of Optimism

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October 12 2014 Pierce Transit Board Meeting

It’s hard to picture how a clock tower would fit well with the Freighthouse Square building as modified for the new train station.  Hopefully there will be some public vetting of potential designs if this is a serious proposal.  Maybe it will be easier to integrate than I’m imagining…

October 11 2014 State says no funds available for proposed Amtrak pedestrian bridge

The City may or may not have to kick in as much for Tacoma Link as is stated here.  Mayor Strickland has been pretty adamant about Sound Transit potentially kicking in more, since the ST2 program in Pierce County was pretty limited and revenues have been increasing over the last year.  What really limits us is when a potential TIGER grant or Small Starts grant could be available from the FTA.

October 10 2014 2015-2016 City Budget: Balanced, With Subtle Undertones of Optimism

Nick,

What you are talking about is what is known as geographic equity, or location allocation. 

You are absolutely 100% correct, the City of Tacoma views certain neighborhoods and Districts as little more than revenue sources.  Your own west slope is an outstanding example of neighborhoods are full of families who contribute far more to the public coffers than is spent on government services that directly, or indirectly benefit them.

The reason that you feel you are being used as a revenue

October 10 2014 Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of October 7, 2014

What kind of goofball gives a thumbs down to an innocuous and cheerful neighborhood-boostery comment like Arash’s?  Is there a “down with Hilltop” contingent out there that I should know about?

October 09 2014 Hilltop Development Update

How exciting!  All this development, plus the real possibility that the Tacoma Link will go through here soon.  This is a neighborhood on the move.

October 09 2014 Hilltop Development Update

People say satire is dead, sometimes I think they may be right.

October 08 2014 Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of October 7, 2014

One more reason to leave Tacoma!!!

October 08 2014 Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of October 7, 2014

This is the structure necessary to accomplish what ultimately needs to be done:  Allow the Seattle terminals to focus on cruise ships and turn the Duwamish waterway area into what it wants to be anyway, an entertainment/sports/recreation district while directing 90% of cargo/container traffic to Tacoma.  Tacoma then can capitalize on what it should be, a shipping/working maritime city;  finally shucking its pulp mill town image and morphing into something that retains its gritty character while

October 08 2014 Ports of Tacoma & Seattle Form Alliance

Boo hoo, Jackson Street doesn’t look as nice as UP’s Bridgeport.  I mean I can still drive and walk on both sides of the fully functional street but it isn’t a boulevard with seasonal Mums planted in the landscape strip like on the other side of the city boundary.  And oh my goodness, utility poles everywhere! Do they give me cancer?  I mean I live in an affluent neighborhood that pays more taxes than poorer neighborhoods, shouldn’t my concerns be addressed first and foremost?  I propose a 5

October 08 2014 Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of October 7, 2014

Well reading that the City of Tacoma is now giving $1M to the UW Law School and all these other puff-and-stuff projects just proves my point that this city has no common sense or economic acumen to manage our tax dollars. The west end including the west slopes pays a hell of a lot in property taxes and gets zero improvements from this city!  We’ve got no business district and have to put up with a second Narrows Bridge with constant noise from the joists. You’d think the impact would cause the

October 08 2014 Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of October 7, 2014

Nick,

When the politicians were out pumping Pop 1 I asked a simple question of the Council persons present at the Fern Hill Library iteration of that summer long dog and pony show: Mr Lonergan, do you have any idea what so ever how many dollars have been spent in each of Tacoma’s districts? 

I then asked if he was interested in whether the District he represented was getting an equitable share. 

Mr Lonergan promised to find out and report back to me.  I am still waiting. 

Here is the

October 07 2014 Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of October 7, 2014

Thanks for posting as a Stephen Colbert-esque character, Nick.  Good parody.

October 07 2014 Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of October 7, 2014

Why is the city proposing to spend $4.2M on Lincoln Business community while the entry to Tacoma from UP looks terrible?  How much does the city spend on the Narrows business district?  People pay $7000 a year in taxes on the West Slopes and are getting ziltch as far as any return on investment.  Many also are wondering why we have to fork over $50,000 to UWT a year for a law school too! 

Time for the city to start giving $1 for $1 for taxes paid by tax inflated neighborhoods.

October 07 2014 Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of October 7, 2014

“Tacoma and no city or county has ever “lobbied” for changing the constitutional restrictions on the gas tax.”

Yes they did.  Tacoma lead the effort.  The restrictions were lessened.  The Mayor subsequently tapped this revenue stream to fund rehabilitation of the alley behind his residence.  This revenue stream was also used for such things s a Stadium Banners and Business District Beautification that primarily benefited people like former Councilmen Evans and Phelps.

And yes Tacoma is

October 06 2014 Fiscal Home Rule for Tacoma?

And why exactly cant the vacant lot on the other side of the tracks be a part of this?

October 05 2014 Share Your Thoughts on Freighthouse Square Amtrak Station Design Options

What major employers left between the first half of 2013 and 14?  Does ST think time passes more slowly in Tacoma and it’s still 2010 here?  Maybe people figured out that you can sometimes beat the Link on foot.  I’m looking forward to it being long enough that it becomes more useful for more people who live here.

October 03 2014 Sound Transit Ridership Up, Tacoma Link Ridership Down

You know, just because you repeat this “Tacoma follows Detroit” example over and over doesn’t really make it so. Cities and counties already have “control” over the motor vehicle fuel tax, better known as the gas tax. The state shares a portion of that tax with cities and counties and they can use it as determined by local elected officials within the confines of the constitutional requirement that it is used for roads. Tacoma and no city or county has ever “lobbied” for changing the

October 03 2014 Fiscal Home Rule for Tacoma?

Detroit is in receivership after having bankrupted.  Go that thy proved to the world that they are not competent to program and budget revenues.  Tacoma’s politicians have followed the Detroit template and are not immune from the same irrational and incoherent practices and policies.  Turning over additional control of how State Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax revenues are spent to cities and counties, something Tacoma lobbied for by the way, resulted in Tacoma politicians siphoning off even a greater

October 03 2014 Fiscal Home Rule for Tacoma?

That is an excellent idea! I vote for a second Corina or similar bakery. After a trip to Paris this spring I’ve been thinking about how Tacoma needs more places for fresh breads and croissants. It might even pull in a few commuters who need to pick up bread on the way home. I know the commuters are a tough crowd, but I believe that the right kind of place could pull in a few of the thousands of Sounder riders. The food court might be able to grab a few with a convenient system for ordering and

October 01 2014 Share Your Thoughts on Freighthouse Square Amtrak Station Design Options

I think that’s a great idea - I would love a nice place to grab a coffee and hang out while still being able to watch for my train. Maybe a second Bluebeard location? Or a second Metro Coffee might be a good fit.

October 01 2014 Share Your Thoughts on Freighthouse Square Amtrak Station Design Options

Waves in wood is a wonderful concept.  Further inspiration should be taken from the interior design of Doug Fir, a Portland restaurnant and lounge.  Expansive station windows would add brightness to the nighttime street-scape.  The challenge now is for the owner of Freighthouse Square to also devise a plan for a coffee-house space for the western-most part of the old structure that could impliedly expand the public waiting-room area for the Amtrak station where guests could enjoy wi-fi, read a

October 01 2014 Share Your Thoughts on Freighthouse Square Amtrak Station Design Options

Sadly, Simpson sold the pulp mill to another company that will keep the aroma wafting (with updated pollution controls if the new owners want to build good will).  That was several months ago - the stuff they’re unloading now is aroma-free.

September 30 2014 On the Market: Simpson Lumber

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
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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
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
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
Family Workshop at America’s Car Museum December 27, 2014 at 11:00 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
19th Century Christmas December 6, 2014 at 11:00 am Edit
Sing Along with Santa December 6, 2014 at 10:00 am 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
Family Workshop at America’s Car Museum November 22, 2014 at 11:00 am Edit
University of Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra “Born in the U.S.A.” November 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm Edit
Think & Drink November 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
Conversations Re:Tacoma - Destiny Realized - 10 x 10 / Thoughts from the Street November 20, 2014 at 6:30 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
Cleo de 5 a 7 November 19, 2014 at 6:30 pm Edit
Adaptive Reuse Open House and Harmon Brewery Tour November 14, 2014 at 5:00 pm Edit
Happy Thanks for Giving Hour November 14, 2014 at 4:00 pm Edit
Join Us for a Free Screening of HBO Documentary Toxic Hot Seat November 13, 2014 at 6:30 pm Edit
Jennevieve Schlemmer - Fiber and Wire Demonstration November 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
Blue Star Museums Free Military Admission Day November 11, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
Fall Visit Day November 11, 2014 at 7:45 am Edit
!Fiesta, Familia, Folklore! November 9, 2014 at 3:00 pm Edit
Preservation Advocacy Workshop November 8, 2014 at 10:00 am 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
Julia Robinson Math Festival November 2, 2014 at 1:00 pm Edit
Kidical Mass Tacoma - 2nd Cycle Shop Ride through Hilltop November 2, 2014 at 10:30 am Edit
Tacoma Resident Free Day at the Zoo November 2, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
6th Avenue’s Dia de los Muertos November 1, 2014 at 4:00 pm Edit
Tacoma Brewing Company’s Second Anniversary November 1, 2014 at 2:00 pm Edit
Charlotte’s Web November 1, 2014 at 11:00 am Edit
Arts of the Fur Trade November 1, 2014 at 11:00 am Edit
Tacoma Metal Arts Center Beginning Jewelry / Metals November 1, 2014 at 11:00 am Edit
Bike to a Business: Mad Hat Tea November 1, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
Bike to a Business: Tinkertopia November 1, 2014 at 10:00 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
The Magic Flute October 31, 2014 at 7:30 pm Edit
365 Days/365 Plays by Suzan-Lori Parks October 31, 2014 at 7:30 pm Edit
Ballroom- Weekly Friday Night Lesson & Dance October 31, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
The Haunted Theatre: Backstage Tour & Eerie Dances October 31, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
Celebrate Halloween at the Conservatory October 31, 2014 at 4:00 pm Edit
Dial M for Murder October 31, 2014 at 2:00 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
Tacoma Academy of Fine Art Figure Drawing Open Studio October 31, 2014 at 9:30 am Edit
Children’s Museum of Tacoma Wee Ones Weekly October 31, 2014 at 9:30 am Edit
Dial M for Murder October 31, 2014 at 4:00 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
Amtrak: Freighthouse Square Station Design Public Meeting October 30, 2014 at 4:00 pm Edit
Sparking Imaginations Public Lecture October 30, 2014 at 4:00 pm Edit
Museum of Glass Visiting Artist Joe Sircoulomb October 30, 2014 at 4:30 am Edit
The New Frontier Open Mic Sessions October 29, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
AVERY Demons of Brewing 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
Welding 101 October 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm Edit
Ride the Bus with Mayor Strickland October 29, 2014 at 12:00 pm Edit
Walk to Work with Downtown on the Go October 29, 2014 at 7:30 am Edit
Open Mic @ The Antique Sandwich Co. October 28, 2014 at 7:00 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
Citizens’ Comment at Pierce County Council October 28, 2014 at 3:00 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
The New Frontier Bluegrass Sunday October 26, 2014 at 4:00 pm Edit
Romantic Bass Trombone and Friends October 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm Edit