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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

@ Chris: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Viola!  Kids will play in it. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I would take your business to Gari of Sushi

November 18 2014 Twokoi Will Close for the Winter

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

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

3 days? 

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

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

This is great. Way overdue. More trail connections!

November 16 2014 Finishing the Historic Water Ditch Trail

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

November 16 2014 Tentative Deal for New Tacoma Convention Center Hotel

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

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

November 15 2014 Tentative Deal for New Tacoma Convention Center Hotel

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

November 15 2014 Finishing the Historic Water Ditch Trail

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

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

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

November 15 2014 Tentative Deal for New Tacoma Convention Center Hotel

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

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

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

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

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

WOW

November 14 2014 Tentative Deal for New Tacoma Convention Center Hotel

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

November 14 2014 Tentative Deal for New Tacoma Convention Center Hotel

How about “Keep Tacoma Beered”

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

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

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

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

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

November 14 2014 Drafting a Transportation Master Plan

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

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

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

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

November 14 2014 Tentative Deal for New Tacoma Convention Center Hotel

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

November 14 2014 Drafting a Transportation Master Plan

Tacoma, one step forward, two steps back

November 13 2014 Tentative Deal for New Tacoma Convention Center Hotel

Straight out of the TNT comments

“What is going on in the city I left? I am with the Mayor. Invest in business development. Did the people who have commented below read the article? The investors are from China. In exchange for this project, there will be an agreement for citizenship? Do the commentators know there are entire cities in China sitting empty? Watch the 60 minutes show about how this might bankrupt China. This will bring jobs? In the short-term, yes. Construction jobs. Then the

November 13 2014 Tentative Deal for New Tacoma Convention Center Hotel

Best news of the year. Hope for Tacoma to start filling in the sea of parking lots and dead zones where there used to be buildings.

Here is the current condition nearby the site:

November 13 2014 Tentative Deal for New Tacoma Convention Center Hotel

Did you know that most of those empty buildings downtown are owned by investors from Seattle, Gig Harbor and other cities?  Do you know why they remain that way?  Because the square footage they are asking for businesses to move in is insanely high for Tacoma.  Prospective businesses look around and cannot figure out why the rates are so high and look elsewhere.  The owners shrug their collective shoulders and write off the vacancy on their taxes.  Is that what we want?  More of the same

November 13 2014 Chinese Investors Propose 2-Tower, 30-Story Downtown Development

The Mayor does know about the human rights track record of the Chinese right?  Oh wait there’s money involved so it does not really matter.  We’ll just let them abuse their own people and then welcome them here to capitalize on our way of life, so they can keep oppressing their own.  Here is a reminder:

http://www.hrw.org/world-report/2014/country-chapters/chinahttp://www.amnestyusa.org/our-

work/countries/asia-and-the-pacific/china

November 13 2014 Tentative Deal for New Tacoma Convention Center Hotel

Sorry, 16 or more floors:  http://www.techzone360.com/news/2006/08/18/1816308.htm

November 13 2014 Plans for New Pierce County Admin Building

I don’t think the question is which neighborhood should get the new admin building but why do we continue to get poorly design buildings in Tacoma.  This building is apparently designed specifically to fit in this count. in other words it would look much better if it was in the designer hometown since its obviously better than Tacoma.  If the local government agencies would hire local talent who take pride in the Pierce county and Tacoma community the outcome would match the aspirations of the

November 13 2014 Plans for New Pierce County Admin Building

There is one other alternative I thought of that I’d like to throw out there.  What about building at the Ervin Haub lot at 13th and Pacific Avenue (the big surface level parking lot there) but create a deal with Haub that the County BUY floors in the building he wants to build there.  He wants, so I hear, a 34 story (or about) building there right in the middle of Pacific Avenue in downtown.  The County could purchase floors out of the building kind of like a condo.  That way the County owns

November 13 2014 Plans for New Pierce County Admin Building

Really short survey.

Here’s my vision in one sentence:
“Sustainable mobility that supports a vibrant urban city, without dependence on personal vehicles.”

November 13 2014 Drafting a Transportation Master Plan

On last nights episode he was on the losing team and he got sent home. If you are going to be a total jerk on one of these shows, then you better be able to bring it. I did not see that skill level in him. Also stop whining that you did not get breaks and go to culinary school. There are many chefs who worked their way up in the kitchen. Boo Hoo. He was so unlikeable. He is a thug at heart. Will not miss him. The rest of the group seems talented and nice. Thank goodness.
Update: Looks like he

November 13 2014 Aaron's Behavior: Following former Dirty Oscar's chef Aaron Grissom on "Top Chef"

I agree Dan. It’s important to remember that this a County office and not a City one. The site has excellent freeway access, so it’s easy to get to from Gig Harbor, Eatonville or Puyallup. Tacoma is lucky to get this project, I’m sure space could be made in Parkland for it. (but the Pacific Ave site is really the best for everyone)

November 12 2014 Plans for New Pierce County Admin Building

I backed the Kickstarter and I am glad that they’re opening.

I wish permitting would not take this long.  I have heard anecdotally that this is not uncommon.

November 12 2014 Infinite Soups 2nd Location Set to Open

Nine story buildings containing 1300 employees belong downtown - not in a comminity center - which is basically meant to be smaller than a business district and bigger than a convenience store.

November 12 2014 Plans for New Pierce County Admin Building

So…when it is Downtown, it is a “catalyst”, and when it is in a neighborhood directly adjacent to Downtown, it “will ruin the neighborhood”. This location is in a Community Center as identified in the comprehensive plan for Tacoma.

“The community center is to be a concentration of commercial and residential development…The community center should provide a focal point for many nearby neighborhoods and may often include a unique attraction that will occasionally draw visitors from throughout

November 11 2014 Plans for New Pierce County Admin Building

Ah, how come when anything nice is built in Tacoma, it’s almost never on the Eastside?  The Downtown and the Northend have gotten enough toys (starting with the light rail to nowhere). I live next to this project and I love it. It’s just a big office building, ample parking, good freeway access and money for one of the poorest sections of the City. Or would the Downtown and Northend power brokers want to take this away from the Eastside and build some more @$#%^& public housing projects on this

November 11 2014 Plans for New Pierce County Admin Building

Interesting that all those folks could have taken the light rail to work, on the same avenue they are attempting to revitalize.  Tacoma is so backwards.

November 11 2014 Plans for New Pierce County Admin Building

I agree with the posters’ take on the looks of this building… it is HORRIBLE!  Like a jail. Which design firm did the rendering? In keeping with this theme of nasty-looking design work, why are we hiring out-of-town Architects to design what should be designed by some exceptional Architects native to the PNW? My upset is with the new golf ‘resort’ planned for Chambers Bay! OMG.. this thing is a monstrosity. I hope that the planners or the city visionaries or whoever has the final say on it do

November 11 2014 Plans for New Pierce County Admin Building

A ghastly looking thing, reminiscent of Soviet and Nazi architecture.  Why is the county leaving the downtown core?  How does this bring increase density downtown Tacoma? Whee will 1300 employees eat their lunches, shop?  It looks like something deliberately designed to seem imposing, block out light, and separate people from their government.  A terrible design and an even worse location.  A monolithic disaster.

November 11 2014 Plans for New Pierce County Admin Building

Consolidating is great but the proposed site at the hospital is out of context, away from the City-County building, and will ruin that neighborhood.  Injecting 1300 county employees inside the downtown grid, within walking range of shopping, restaurants, and rail transit would cause so much more development.  I would love to see a head to head economic impact study for both sites.  I mean, State Farm, with it’s 900 call center jobs was the catalyst for many new developments finally breaking

November 11 2014 Plans for New Pierce County Admin Building

Looks a bit like the German Politburo on a wedge of cheese and a courtyard as aimless as the colorless denizens walking about it.

November 11 2014 Plans for New Pierce County Admin Building

The comments by paolo are wonderful and spot on. George Weyerhaeuser and families impact on Tacoma are as equal to Charles Wrights contributions. We should take time to honor this individual and the company’s contributions to our community.

November 11 2014 Proposal Would Rename a Tacoma Waterfront Park Weyerhaeuser Park

It seems to me that if Pierce County has 90 million to spend or commits to 90 million to spend, on a new county seat, then the priorities are backwards in this county. With the amount of social service issue that need addressing, from the homeless to domestic abuse, combined with the plethora of other social issues in our county, that a new county hall, would be the last item on the agenda. Understanding the savings from consolidating of staffing,, this still makes no sense to construct a

November 11 2014 Plans for New Pierce County Admin Building

About as welcoming, approachable and transparent as the black monolith in Space Odyssey 2001 was to the trembling hominids.

November 11 2014 Plans for New Pierce County Admin Building

The rendering makes it look like a high class jail.

November 11 2014 Plans for New Pierce County Admin Building

Well, I can certainly see how this site was picked, but honestly? The photos of the place look barely adequate…  Everyone is saying “hoorah” and what a fantastic looking place… Are you seeing something I’m not? The photo of the bar taps- flanked by 2 (unlabeled) wine bottles… are… well….taps!  Where is the decorating here? It doesn’t look ‘inviting’- where is the comfy couch I can sit on? The fireplace? The books??  Is it Wi-Fi accessable? How is the PARKING? When last I checked, it was

November 10 2014 Point Defiance Tap & Grill: A Northwest Centric Pub-Meets-Bistro

“Very little could have been done to control such an overwhelming volume of water falling from the sky in such a short period of time, but it’s still a good reminder to get those leaves out of the gutter in front of your house, and clean out your gutters.”

It is also a good reminder for government officials of the importance of maintaining local infrastructure.  It does little good to keep leaves off the storm grates if the catch basin and conveyance are filled with silt and debris.

November 10 2014 Stadium Bowl Floods, Don't Forget to Rake Your Leaves

The George Weyerhaeuser family’s commitment to Tacoma’s betterment is unparalled.  Their personal civic commitment of several generations motivated Weyerhaeuser Company to build the Tacoma Center complex and restore the Tacoma Building, both in the 1980s.  Sometimes they were unfairly maligned (as with the sale of the law school at the Norton Clapp law center downtown—but one can presume the ABA pressured UPS about moving out of that old department store to build a new law facility, hence the

November 10 2014 Proposal Would Rename a Tacoma Waterfront Park Weyerhaeuser Park

I remember practicing down there once during an epic downpour. Watching water cascade down those steps from inside the bowl is quite a sight.

November 10 2014 Stadium Bowl Floods, Don't Forget to Rake Your Leaves

So did we just have our second “Hundred-Year Storm” in one year this past weekend?  Hopefully when we have the Schuster Promenade rebuild forced down our throats in a couple years (because grant money) they make stormwater management a priority instead of useless loiterer’s amenities and “views” of parked trains and the grain elevator.

November 10 2014 Stadium Way Overlook Benches & Schuster Slope

Click the link below for the complete history of this outstanding school.

http://home.earthlink.net/~davidlperry/stadium.htm

November 10 2014 10 Incredibly Beautiful High Schools That Put Yours to Shame

This is good news. Sure I would love for it to stay at 11am but 10am accomplishes most of the benefits. I love biking through there on weekends, would definitely support moving it later until 2. And car drivers, please never feed the disgusting raccoons!

Altering gate to make it easily wheelchair accessible seems like a great idea if it is a problem, which I can imagine it is.

November 09 2014 Vehicle-Free Hours on Five Mile Drive Continue, With a Slight Modification

The claim is that Click! loses money. So what? Every government service loses money. Streets, parks, police, fire fighters, medic ambulances, and more. The idea is that government provides a service that can only be provided by the group of people to be served. The service is what taxpayers (or rate payers for utilities) agree to spend money to acquire, because we can’t do it individually.

Click! just happens to have a competitor. There are no competitors for streets, roads, police, or

November 07 2014 Click!: Worth Keeping Around?

Originally, the building was built by the Railroad to be a luxury hotel for the Western Terminus of its line.  I don’t remember if the RR was the Milwaukee Road, or the Northern Pacific.  But, when the hotel idea didn’t pan out, they deeded the property to the City of Tacoma for a school, thus Stadium High School was born.  Just to the left of the school is a natural bowl shape which makes the perfect site of a football stadium.

November 07 2014 10 Incredibly Beautiful High Schools That Put Yours to Shame

I have always thought that location would be perfect for just this kind of establishment and Bill Bonnie is just the cat to pull it off.

November 06 2014 Now Open: Point Defiance Tap & Grill

I’m with the other Chris. To boot, why not offer a streaming TV alternative similar to that of which you can find in other countries? You could sell that TV service for a fraction of what the CATV plant costs (not to mention with 100X the content/channels) and then focus your efforts on improving the network.

I’ve got news for you. The “CATV plant” also known as the HFC Plant is what carries the high speed internet. Its the cost that the broadcasters now charge for the content that is

November 06 2014 Click!: Worth Keeping Around?

I’m with the other Chris. To boot, why not offer a streaming TV alternative similar to that of which you can find in other countries? You could sell that TV service for a fraction of what the CATV plant costs (not to mention with 100X the content/channels) and then focus your efforts on improving the network.

November 05 2014 Click!: Worth Keeping Around?

love it

November 04 2014 Paid Sick Leave Will Be a Conversation at Citizens' Forum This Week

Speaking as someone whose electricity comes from Tacoma Power, but who does not have access to Click! (I live outside the city limits), I think subsidization stinks.  If I’m going to help pay for a service, I should have access to that service.

November 04 2014 Click!: Worth Keeping Around?

As a musician/performer at the previous “Tall Ships” festival- I heartily endorse the return of the ships! When I heard that Tacoma had left 2011 “open-ended”, I could only shake my head in disbelief. Tacoma has been great at a lot of things…re-establishing commerce, revitalizing the city, and on Ruston Way… but on two major levels- Loss of the Sabercats and loss of WINTERGRASS- what a screw-up!! Now Bellevue is getting all the $$ from that fiasco… Don’t screw this one up too, Tacoma!!

November 04 2014 Tall Ships Could Return to Tacoma

If there’s ever a move to sell off Click!, the City Charter requires that the public vote on it.  I don’t see anyone rallying to the cause of selling off infrastructure.

The big loser is cable tv.  It costs too much to maintain.  Click should refocus its efforts on low cost gigabit service, as several have been calling for for a long time.

November 04 2014 Click!: Worth Keeping Around?

Already voted, but in my opinion, if the council didn’t want the provision of changing the charter to a “Strong mayor” system then why would I vote to micromanage the hiring of the City Manager?

Anyone who votes all ” no’s or all yes” votes on the charter issues is a fool, or totally uneducated on the issues.

November 04 2014 Tacoma City Charter Amendments: Arguments For & Against

With that level of support, they should be looking at closing Five Mile Drive on a few weekday evenings in the summer. It would be nice to have car-free hours when the sun is out until 9pm.

November 04 2014 Vehicle-Free Hours on Five Mile Drive Continue, With a Slight Modification

Stadium was featured in a 1946 (I’m guessing) issue of LIFE magazine for the same reason, as a remarkable piece of architecture and hence, the coolest high school in America. Photos, B&W, were part of the story.

November 04 2014 10 Incredibly Beautiful High Schools That Put Yours to Shame

Elderly and disabled are often confined to a bus. Nearly every Retirement Home takes residents out for a Joy Ride in a ADA bus. Most never get off the bus until the trip o\is over. Point Defiance needs to recognize the older generation built the place and deserves convenient access to enjoy the park. Physical restrictions are difficult enough for those folks. Please eliminate the selfish political restrictions to full friendly access.

November 04 2014 Vehicle-Free Hours on Five Mile Drive Continue, With a Slight Modification

Agreed - MetroParks was clearly cowed by a small but loud minority.  If the outer loop is to remain open at all it should open at 1:00 every day.  Permanent closure would be best as long as provisions are made to improve disabled access throughout the park. 

Also, the rollback to 10:00 has been in place for months—I was startled to see cars in there at 10:00 over the summer, but then saw that the signs had been changed on the gates with the new rules.

November 03 2014 Vehicle-Free Hours on Five Mile Drive Continue, With a Slight Modification

It seem the park should be looking into ways to further reduce vehicle traffic perhaps in other areas of the park.  Perhaps devoting an entire lane to bike and pedestrian traffic like in Central Park NYC.  On the ADA issue…. disability access should be encouraged just not with cars… It would be great so see more wheelchair athletes using the park…as in NYC

November 03 2014 Vehicle-Free Hours on Five Mile Drive Continue, With a Slight Modification

Way too much being budgeted for discretionary spending, social initiatives and pet projects.  This council needs to enroll in some sort of 12 step program aimed at getting them to focus on the true priorities. Here are the true priorities: Police, Fire, Infrastructure, Affordable tax rates.

November 03 2014 Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of November 4, 2014

ADA is very vauge, I would shift the burden of proof to show where an ADA provision was actually being violated because several court cases have clarified that as long as part of parks are ADA accessible closing certain parts off is fine.  Additionally,  the use of electric wheelchairs, segways, ect would still be acommodated under the Parks rules so those facilities would theorhetically still be accessible for people picnicing & BBQing at 9:00am in the morning. *snark*  The trails in the park

November 03 2014 Vehicle-Free Hours on Five Mile Drive Continue, With a Slight Modification

They shouldn’t have backtracked from 11:00 on weekdays.

It would be nice to see the closed gates make it easier for wheelchairs to access the closed gates—the able bodied aren’t the only ones who enjoy a car-free stroll or roll.

November 03 2014 Vehicle-Free Hours on Five Mile Drive Continue, With a Slight Modification

Sure would like to see the ADA exception which permits the closure of distinct viewing areas, picnic facilities, and trails to those needing vehicle access.

November 03 2014 Vehicle-Free Hours on Five Mile Drive Continue, With a Slight Modification

Yes.  More than fair.

November 03 2014 Vehicle-Free Hours on Five Mile Drive Continue, With a Slight Modification

Of course it is a great event.  The wrinkle is and always has been the business plan.  Both years we had Tall Ships it lost BIG money and that’s why it hasn’t been back.  Two ways to do it would be to get a very very large title sponsor of the event (at least $500K) or have it be taken on by a group of cooperating municipalities, with the latter being much more likely to happen.

November 03 2014 Tall Ships Could Return to Tacoma

I was at the Tall Ships Tacoma earlier and it was absolutely brilliant!!! I’s be so excited about seeing a return. I’d also talk it up to everyone I know as an incredible opportunity to experience a disappearing/disappeared era.

November 03 2014 Tall Ships Could Return to Tacoma

“The cost of goods and services will increase in order to pay for any cost of doing business, including wages and benefits.”

Actually the cost of goods and services PURCHASED IN TACOMA will increase in order to pay for any cost of doing business, including wages and benefits.  Those who are pushing this are also pushing Tacoma residents to do more of their shopping online.

October 31 2014 City Council May Consider Paid Sick Leave Requirement for Tacoma Businesses

Who wouldn’t want paid sick leave? That’s like saying who wouldn’t want hot lunches for orphans. So whatever the case, the money is not likely coming from some benevolent good witch.

The money is coming from the unwashed masses. That’s right. A vote for paid sick leave is a vote for a cost of living tax—-A regular guy tax. The cost of goods and services will increase in order to pay for any cost of doing business, including wages and benefits. No business owner will pay out one red cent of

October 31 2014 City Council May Consider Paid Sick Leave Requirement for Tacoma Businesses

Suggest you read the Letter to the Editor in The Weekly regarding that opinion piece.  Defines what the Manager-Council form of government really is….undemocratic!

October 30 2014 Tacoma City Charter Amendments: Arguments For & Against

The Mayor is so inept at managing her family’s finances that when she was convicted of ethical violations and ordered to repay the money she had to wait for her tax refund before she could make restitution.  She is demonstrably not even competent to make financial decisions for her own family.

October 30 2014 City Council May Consider Paid Sick Leave Requirement for Tacoma Businesses

Matthew, it seems like you’re doing the right thing and providing your employees with benefits that exceed what Council is proposing, so you wouldn’t be affected by the paid sick leave change of policy.

October 28 2014 City Council May Consider Paid Sick Leave Requirement for Tacoma Businesses

As a business owner who does not pay minimum wage but $12-18/hour starting and paid sick days after 90 days, I find these policies assinine. I pay myself $19200 per year I cannot pay myself any less. I could not arbitrarily increase prices $2-7/man hour to keep my wages above the minimum wages in the amount they are now. Where does the increase come from other than the bottom line and thereby from me. Minimum wages are for people without skills. I do working interviews and scale pay based on

October 28 2014 City Council May Consider Paid Sick Leave Requirement for Tacoma Businesses

We are excited to present this vision to the citizens of Tacoma. As we approach 100 years of convening community at the corner of 9th and Broadway, we are determined to again lead the renaissance of the Theater District where nearly 270,000 visit annually. Our vision of the future includes safety, comfort and function upgrades to the Pantages Theater, Pierce Transit Park, Theater on the Square and the attached buildings. We are asking that the owner of the buildings, the City of Tacoma, work

October 28 2014 Broadway Center Vision for the Future

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
Event Date Make Changes
West Side Story July 10, 2015 at 8:00 pm Edit
Drunken Telegraph June 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Cinderella May 16, 2015 at 3:00 pm Edit
BUDDY The Buddy Holly Story May 15, 2015 at 8:00 pm Edit
Northwest Playwrights Alliance: Bootleg May 8, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
An Afternoon with David Sedaris May 3, 2015 at 3:00 pm Edit
Bill Cosby April 18, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Daffodil 5k Challenge April 11, 2015 at 8:30 am Edit
Evita April 10, 2015 at 8:00 pm Edit
Drunken Telegraph March 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Family Jewels 5k March 28, 2015 at 12:00 am Edit
Songs of the Emerald Isle March 22, 2015 at 2:30 pm Edit
TedX Tacoma March 21, 2015 at 3:00 pm Edit
Southern Troubadours in the Round March 14, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Ain’t Misbehavin’: The Fats Waller Musical March 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
International Guitar Night February 27, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Muh Grog Zoo: A Long-Form Improv Troupe February 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo February 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Fairest Book Launch with Marissa Meyer January 27, 2015 at 6:00 pm Edit
Muh Grog Zoo: A Long-Form Improv Troupe January 23, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Producers Meet and Greet with Whole Foods Market January 22, 2015 at 9:00 am Edit
RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles January 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Peking Acrobats January 17, 2015 at 3:00 pm Edit
Elvis Birthday Bash Dash 10K & 5K Run/Walk January 17, 2015 at 12:00 am Edit
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee January 16, 2015 at 8:00 pm Edit
Resolution Run Series Competition January 1, 2015 at 9:00 am Edit
First Night Tacoma December 31, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Family Workshop at America’s Car Museum December 27, 2014 at 11:00 am Edit
The Santaland Diaries December 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm Edit
A Charlie Brown Christmas December 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
The Santaland Diaries December 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm Edit
The Christmas Revels December 13, 2014 at 2:00 pm Edit
An afternoon concert with Jim Page and Bryan Bowers December 13, 2014 at 2:00 pm Edit
Santa Visits ACM December 13, 2014 at 11:00 am Edit
What Would Mary Ann Do? Book Signing December 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm Edit
“Around the Table”  Supporting Women Leaders In Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia December 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
Introduction to Genealogy December 10, 2014 at 6:00 pm Edit
‘Tis the Season December 9, 2014 at 7:30 pm Edit
Holiday Traditions December 7, 2014 at 2:30 pm Edit
Fair Trade Market December 7, 2014 at 12:00 pm Edit
Beautiful Angle Holiday Party & Benefit Poster Sale December 6, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
An afternoon with The Crime Squad December 6, 2014 at 1:00 pm Edit
Annual Old Town Tree Lighting and Santa Visit December 6, 2014 at 1:00 pm Edit
Seattle7Writer’s Crime Squad Reading & Book Signing December 6, 2014 at 1:00 pm Edit
19th Century Christmas December 6, 2014 at 11:00 am Edit
Holiday Gift Barter Faire December 6, 2014 at 11:00 am Edit
Film Workshop (for kids) to support the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival December 6, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
Victorian Holiday Celebration December 6, 2014 at 10:00 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
Maritime Heritage Swing December 5, 2014 at 6:00 pm Edit
Seattle Men’s Chorus: Our Gay Apparel December 4, 2014 at 8:00 pm Edit
Seaport Alliance Town Hall Meeting December 4, 2014 at 5:30 pm Edit
Imagine I’m Beautiful - Screening and Q&A with Filmmaker December 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
Orientation for the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival December 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm Edit
Downtown Resident Meet-Up December 3, 2014 at 5:00 pm Edit
If Cars Could Talk: Adult Brown Bag Lunch Series December 2, 2014 at 11:30 am Edit
World AIDS Day December 1, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
Bike to a Business: Metro Coffee December 1, 2014 at 7:00 am Edit
Tacoma Resident Free Day at the Zoo December 1, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Gingerbread Jamboree November 29, 2014 at 1:00 pm Edit
Indies First with Creative Colloquy November 29, 2014 at 1:00 pm Edit
3rd Annual Small Business Saturday Celebration November 29, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
The Laureate Listening Project November 29, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
Free Saturday 5k for November 29, 2014 November 29, 2014 at 8:00 am Edit
Andrew Lippa’s A Little Princess November 28, 2014 at 8:00 pm Edit
Let it Snow! November 28, 2014 at 6:00 pm Edit
Honey, The Parkway Ruined Thanksgiving Once Again! November 26, 2014 at 5:00 pm 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