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and the twins were jealous of the lions…

February 05 2016 The end of the Monkeyshines cycle. Or is it?

sometimes it is better to look UP rather than down….. :-)

February 05 2016 The end of the Monkeyshines cycle. Or is it?

Ms. Monkey, we love what you have started…oh the magic of lunar new year in TTown!  Mystery, anticipation, beauty, art!!!

February 04 2016 Thanks, Ms. Monkey - UPDATED

I’m getting the impression that they’re releasing them over multiple days, and that they’ve already started. When in doubt, they’ve said there’s still ones from past years that no one has found, so there’s some well hidden ones still out there year round.

February 04 2016 Thanks, Ms. Monkey - UPDATED

That’s all part of the fun. No one other than the organizers knows when the Monkeyshines will go out.

February 04 2016 Thanks, Ms. Monkey - UPDATED

Are monkeyshines happening on the 8th this year ? I keep trying to find some confirmation of when I should go on the prowl to find some. :O Help?

February 04 2016 Thanks, Ms. Monkey - UPDATED

Attended last evenings wrap-up/progress report and glad to report the City listened closely to what the community would like for this area and may be on a path to a very nice solution.

February 04 2016 Tacoma Mall Neighborhood Plan Enters New Phase

Thanks Marbleman, found 2 early morning. So glad the rain took a break

February 04 2016 The end of the Monkeyshines cycle. Or is it?

“...commerce fled to the malls, as gov’t subsidized cars and malls had parking when downtowns didn’t.”—-Donde

Government subsidized cars? Which government and what brand of cars are you talking about?

Let’s frame the debate within the time frame of the Tacoma Mall operating circa 1963 until 1983—a generally referenced period of retail decline in downtown Tacoma. But first, a prelude. Prior to that period, in the mid 1950’s, the U.S. was experiencing a recession and as a consequence of

February 03 2016 Tacoma Mall Neighborhood Plan Enters New Phase

There is also a free talk about methanol plants on campus of UPS on February 25th:
http://www.pugetsound.edu/news-and-events/campus-news/details/1455/

February 03 2016 Methanol, Tacoma, Process, Politics, Facts, Fears

My little monkey found a small marble this evening.  They were so excited we spent an hour or so out in the dark and wind and rain.  We had a great time.  Thank you!!!

February 03 2016 The end of the Monkeyshines cycle. Or is it?

One of the reasons for building the Tacoma Mall south of downtown was to attract shoppers from Lakewood. Location, Location, Location—to quote an old business axiom.

What do you mean by white? What do you mean by brown immigrants? And how do you know it?

February 03 2016 Tacoma Mall Neighborhood Plan Enters New Phase

Let’s look at a little Tacoma history to sort this out. In 1970 the mall was 5 years old, there where 154,000 people in Tacoma, over 90% White and redlining kept the minorities out of the North and West End of town.

So in the next 40 years, Tacoma would gain 50,000 minorities and lose 3,000 White people. The neighborhoods South of the freeways grew with Brown immigrants form around the globe, and because Old White Tacoma shut them out, they lived in South and East Tacoma, bought homes, raised

February 03 2016 Tacoma Mall Neighborhood Plan Enters New Phase

Well, you were SO helpful! My kiddos are so giving…THEY want to leave treasures for other people to “make them feel happy too”...I was thinking parks would be the best bet…I hope we will have luck Monday…because someone’s may be playing hooky…looking for Shines! ;)

February 03 2016 The end of the Monkeyshines cycle. Or is it?

If you have some time today, look through some of the old posts here: http://www.exit133.com/articles/monkeyshines

There is a ton of good spots to be found in there where people have found them. Your best bet are public parks, water features (fountains, etc), chinese influenced areas/businesses. If you need to trespass, you’re probably not in a good spot, especially with kids ;) I’ve gotten a little anxious at times and find myself in places I shouldn’t be and need to remember that they

February 03 2016 The end of the Monkeyshines cycle. Or is it?

That’s because it killed downtown and kept it down and created many of the unfortunate realities that now seem “true and blue” to some people.

February 03 2016 Tacoma Mall Neighborhood Plan Enters New Phase

hi all,
First off a huge thanks to Ms Monkey for continuing this Tacoma tradition! its a huge undertaking! To celebrate another cycle of monkey shine adventures,  there are some very special art glass marbles to be found. here’s a sampling of what will be out there for anyone to find. THANKS MS. MONKEY!!

February 03 2016 The end of the Monkeyshines cycle. Or is it?

Newbie this year, I have some littles that are in awe of the Monkeyshine story! Can someone suggest a place to look that’s slightly kid friendly? They are super excited!!

February 03 2016 The end of the Monkeyshines cycle. Or is it?

if I remember right, i think you just post a URL and it automatically does it. But since you’re asking, I can’t be sure, even though I posted an image a few comments above, haha.

February 03 2016 The end of the Monkeyshines cycle. Or is it?

I am having issues to marbleman… I have been looking for marbles, but no luck yet. Seems to give me luck when I find a marble to find a shine… Please tell me you are putting them out…

February 03 2016 The end of the Monkeyshines cycle. Or is it?

Found a key last night with ribbon tied to it. About 3 inches long, that was painted. Old church style key…

February 03 2016 The end of the Monkeyshines cycle. Or is it?

So excited for this years hunt..  Has anyone seen or found anything as of yet??

February 03 2016 The end of the Monkeyshines cycle. Or is it?

Tacoma shot itself in the foot when it didn’t cater to WINTERGRASS!  Now Bellevue is rockin’ it… They built new venues just for the purpose, encouraged and marketed it with zeal. WE lost WINTERGRASS and we lost a LOT of revenue! The city could have marketed it with much more flair, as they do with “First night” and “Ethnicfest”... but they didn’t… and we lost. Just saying…Building another arena would not be the answer. Tacoma has the venues to handle larger crowds- Tacoma Dome, Stadium High

February 03 2016 Maxwell's Speakeasy Closes

I would like to post a picture…. help please?

February 03 2016 The end of the Monkeyshines cycle. Or is it?

“Where are the community leaders who want to promote family-oriented development? How about stability-oriented development? How about personal responsibility-oriented development?”

You are talking about Tacoma, those considerations will not even register.  The powers that be in Tacoma have induced and coerced The Old Spaghetti Factory into moving into the basement of a parking garage.  They have no understanding of and nothing but contempt for family-oriented, stability-oriented or personal

February 03 2016 New Transit-Oriented Development Could Be Coming to 11th & MLK

The most powerful center of retail activity in Tacoma is ZIP code 98409, the area of South Tacoma that includes Tacoma Mall. Those of us living here have suffered the “planning” from downtown before and now will endure another make-over/urban planning experiment. We continue to haul the sales tax water for all the government/non-profit/non-revenue areas downtown and elsewhere in the City with little return on our contribution.
I can still recall the derisive laughter on the bus as City planners

February 03 2016 Tacoma Mall Neighborhood Plan Enters New Phase

Y’all are awfully quiet. Been out and about the last couple of mornings and it sure is nice out there. Fun exploring some new locations, seeing some of my personal favorites, even ones I’m sure have never seen a monkeyshine, but it’s still fun to check in :) Also met a nice girl this morning at firemans park, watched the sun rise, chatted a bit about monkeyshines (her friends hides them is what she said) and about the superbowl. Random strangers, talking, so crazy anymore!
Enjoy the

February 03 2016 The end of the Monkeyshines cycle. Or is it?

Transit-Oriented Development? The assumption is that the real problem with Tacoma is that it needs governmental-oriented money to develop and maintain the city; and there is no form of expediency which should be ruled out.

Where are the community leaders who want to promote family-oriented development? How about stability-oriented development? How about personal responsibility-oriented development?

February 02 2016 New Transit-Oriented Development Could Be Coming to 11th & MLK

People are talking about the Hilltop like it’s still 1989. That Hilltop is gone.

February 02 2016 New Transit-Oriented Development Could Be Coming to 11th & MLK

But the name of the street is why the light rail is there. Name a street for MLK and get light rail, it’s simple, worked for Seattle and worked for us :)

February 02 2016 New Transit-Oriented Development Could Be Coming to 11th & MLK

One thing to understand is that cooling water at industrial facilities that deal in flammable materials doesn’t come straight from the municipal pipes. It receives further treatment to ensure that there are no possible contaminants in it that might interfere with the chemical reactions, or might ignite if the water evaporates away. The treatment process is expensive - so facilities have separate supply and return lines so that they can reuse most of it.

February 02 2016 Methanol, Tacoma, Process, Politics, Facts, Fears

Because the Port of Tacoma is not nearly as close to populated areas as the Port of Seattle is. That said, it might be better to locate something like this in the Cherry Point area northwest of Bellingham

February 02 2016 Methanol, Tacoma, Process, Politics, Facts, Fears

I’m guessing China is putting it here because we are just a little bit better and running these things safely than China is.

February 02 2016 Methanol, Tacoma, Process, Politics, Facts, Fears

I don’t buy this stuff about malls killing downtown. Sure, in many cities, all the commerce fled to the malls, as gov’t subsidized cars and malls had parking when downtowns didn’t. But government never left downtown, museums never left, performing venues never left, in any city. And this master plan is all about making Tacoma Mall area more like downtown and less suburbia anyways.

February 02 2016 Tacoma Mall Neighborhood Plan Enters New Phase

The Tacoma Mall is 50 years old….. and unlike Downtown, it’s never needed to suck up tax dollars to re-invent itself. In fact, bucket loads of the money that’s helped out our Downtown came from sales taxes paid at the Mall. It’s not fair to go hating on the cash cow of T-Town. I love all of this City…. I visit 6 Ave, Proctor, Downtown on Pacific and the Mall. Of all these places, the Tacoma Mall is far the most diverse in both class and race. The Tacoma Mall is really the truest and bluest

February 02 2016 Tacoma Mall Neighborhood Plan Enters New Phase

Tacoma Mall killed downtown   ;-(

February 02 2016 Tacoma Mall Neighborhood Plan Enters New Phase

Tear it all down… it’s a ghetto hell-hole. It will be like Mogadishu in 2040

February 02 2016 Tacoma Mall Neighborhood Plan Enters New Phase

Tear it all down, make it a big park, and send the retail downtown.

February 02 2016 Tacoma Mall Neighborhood Plan Enters New Phase

You think anything about mass transit in Portland has much value to mass transit here in Tacoma? This might be hard for the Downtown crowd to understand, but many, many folks in Tacoma rarely go Downtown. From talking with Eastside residents about what they would like from transit, the idea of a local circle route from McKinley to Pacific Ave and back is really popular. I’d like to see Sound Transit get out of town and a local, user friendly and community controlled bus system take it’s place.

February 01 2016 Are You Prepared to Pay to Park at the Tacoma Dome Transit Center?

Why blame the status quo on capitalists who produce private transportation for the purpose of personal liberation? I think Jim C is saying that we could build a glorious city, a fantastic utopia (translation: nowhere); but why isolate the reality of Tacoma from the surrounding world?

I’m all for a city where citizens could develop and flourish through exercising their intellectual and moral faculties. That’s the classical view put forth by the ancient Greeks. There is today the opportunity to

February 01 2016 What Makes a Place Livable?

Thirty five years ago, the newly established county-wisde Pierce Transit decentralized the old Tacoma Transit routes that all ended downtown by creating regional bus terminals (i.e., T.C.C., Tacoma Mall, Puyallup, Lakewood, 72nd and Portland, etc.).  Today, the Tacoma Dome Station is THE regional transportation center for Pierce County, not only serving riders bound for Seattle but also those with business or other activities in downtown Tacoma along the Sound Transit’s Tacoma Link line.  Now,

February 01 2016 Are You Prepared to Pay to Park at the Tacoma Dome Transit Center?

Here’s the problem with this line of thinking, Jim.  No city is stagnant.  We have a choice right now.  As the population of Pierce County grows, we have a choice of giving up our wide open spaces, forests, and farms to sprawling development and terrible traffic.  Or, we can increase the density of the City, by infilling the many vacant lots with high-density affordable housing, yes, with no parking requirements.  We can improve our transit network so people don’t need to drive everywhere,

February 01 2016 What Makes a Place Livable?

My garbage can has a lid on it, so I can only smell it when I open it to take out trash, every few days.  You should invest in lids for your cans.  It is a pretty nominal cost.

February 01 2016 What Makes a Place Livable?

I understand that a lot of people will be upset about this, but things have changed, and it is time for this to happen.  In the decade that I have lived in the Puget Sound region, I’ve seen park and rides go from reliable places where you could count on a parking space to catch a bus to a luxury amenity that one can only afford if they are willing to pay the cost of arriving prior to 6:30 am, or after 4:00 pm.  What about the person who has different working hours?  Maybe you are a UW student

February 01 2016 Are You Prepared to Pay to Park at the Tacoma Dome Transit Center?

This is what we pay taxes for.  I am seriously tired of being nickeled and dimed for tolls and parking in addition to the taxes we already pay, which are supposed to cover this sort of thing.  Also, if they start charging for the garage, they’re going to find a *lot* of people trying to park on the street to avoid paying, and what kind of a mess is *that* going to cause?

Didn’t we just go through this with them trying to charge for the Link light rail to downtown???

My captcha is had77.  Yes,

January 30 2016 Are You Prepared to Pay to Park at the Tacoma Dome Transit Center?

We should charge a very nice price per gallon for every drop of water this plant converts. The massive exploitation of our water supply, for me, is the worst aspect of this scheme. We are fortunate that we have an adequate and quality water supply that makes for a sustainable future for our City if we are good stewards.

January 30 2016 Methanol, Tacoma, Process, Politics, Facts, Fears

I won’t like paying for parking, but I know it’s a necessity. At least I’m paying for what I’m using. How else is the parking garage maintained? Who is paying for it because it’s not the people parking there now. If we have to pay for parking at the hospital why not at a public transit hub.

January 30 2016 Are You Prepared to Pay to Park at the Tacoma Dome Transit Center?

Good point - there should be a block of (higher) paid long-term parking for train passengers and even overnight trips to Seattle.  That will be made workable by daily pricing.  Better, more frequent Pierce Transit service to the T-Dome transit center would help too.

January 29 2016 Are You Prepared to Pay to Park at the Tacoma Dome Transit Center?

I don’t wanna pay more money just to get to work, so I can pay income tax, then come home and pay my mortgage and pay property tax.

I want people to be encouraged to take mass transit, not encouraged to drive in single passenger cars.

So, I’m again’ it.

January 29 2016 Are You Prepared to Pay to Park at the Tacoma Dome Transit Center?

Actually I am arguing that it has improved quality of life.  Less noise, less heavy vehicle traffic, less spillage litter, less diesel exhaust.  That’s all improvement.

Neither of our experiences are universal.  But the overwhelming majority of people in Tacoma do not live close to their trash.  Just travel down any alley and see where people put their garbage cans: typically far away from living areas. 

Apparently your can is where you can see it and this bothers you.  Weekly pick-up

January 29 2016 What Makes a Place Livable?

I would not be happy about this - I take public transit to work and with the poor bus connections from my home to the transit center it would add another hour to my daily commute if I did door to door bus commute.  I work in Seattle because try as I might to find a job in Pierce county - it hasn’t happened.  I drank the Kool-Aid about taking public transit and now they are proposing a parking fee on the free parking they dangled as an incentive to take public transit?  Not happy.

January 29 2016 Are You Prepared to Pay to Park at the Tacoma Dome Transit Center?

Raked leaves in my back yard a few weeks back.  Could only fit 1/2 of them into the yard waste bin.  Had to leave a few piles on my lawn for 2 weeks.  Lawn is not happy.  I would burn the sticks but can only do so when it’s not raining AND when there’s no burn ban. 

Back to the topic of what makes a city livable:

Choice of restaurants - check
Choice of places to go for great beer - check.
Beautiful scenery - check.
Proximity to grocery stores - check.
Places to run and cycle - check.
Not

January 29 2016 What Makes a Place Livable?

Ground floor of what? That’s exactly my point, statements like “we can make the city into whatever we want” seem arrogant and presumptuous to me. Tacoma already is something - maritime-based industry, a hub of interstate hauling, affordable single-family housing, a solid middle class town, a good place to raise a family across generations. Efforts to shoehorn large-scale multifamily housing into every single-family neighborhood in the city and to eliminate parking requirements for this

January 29 2016 What Makes a Place Livable?

Well congratulations to you that your trash sits far from your home where almost never have to see it or smell it. Due to the layout of my property and where my pickup location is, mine is in my backyard where I see it all the time, and yes there is a negative impact to not having it picked up every week. Two weeks worth of festering trash smells more, especially in the summertime, than one weeks worth, and now there are two cans full of it instead of one. I also have kids in diapers, no dogs

January 29 2016 What Makes a Place Livable?

I know about kids, I’ve got three.  Two in diapers.  Even with the absurd waste that comes with that, we manage to have enough space in a average bin for two weeks.

It’s not that hard, right?

January 29 2016 What Makes a Place Livable?

Are they taking into consideration the addition of the new Amtrak station being relocated to Freighthouse Square without any additional parking being added? What happens if you buy a month parking pass and like me, aren’t due in the city until later in the morning due to early morning meetings in Tacoma? I often find myself not able to park as it is.

January 29 2016 Are You Prepared to Pay to Park at the Tacoma Dome Transit Center?

A home that has kids makes more trash.  I got tired of playing human trash compactor so made all of my kids leave home.  In addition, I invite myself over to my neighbors homes all the time thus offloading my own trash burden on them. 

Now I’m as happy with our new trash laws as plug.

January 29 2016 What Makes a Place Livable?

There is nothing original or unique about Tacoma, Tacoma is following the Detroit model.  The City of Tacoma raided the budget of every maintenance shop in the City and allowed all of the City’s assets to deteriorate to the point that the City can no longer keep pace with the deterioration.  The tipping point has been past and Tacoma’s fiscal trajectory is on a down trend and without a paradigm shift in how revenues are budgeted and programmed this only ends one way - municipal bankruptcy.

January 29 2016 What Makes a Place Livable?

I don’t understand this complaint about bi-weekly trash pick up.  Objectively, what actually happens is that 1 weeks worth of trash stays in your garbage can for 1 extra week. 

Seriously now, what are the consequences of a bi-weekly v weekly pick up schedule?

One weeks worth of my household waste sits in my garbage can for one extra week. 

My can sits far from my home where I rarely even think about it, I almost never have to see, smell or move it.  The negative impact on my life is

January 29 2016 What Makes a Place Livable?

What is “being Tacoma”?

Why can’t we emulate other cities? What’s stopping us from choosing to be like Seattle in some ways, take ideas from Portland, and model an aspect of El Paso (or anywhere)? 

I was speaking to someone about Tacoma awhile ago and he said, “In Tacoma it feels like you’re getting in on the ground floor.”  We can make the city into whatever we want. But what is that?  What is “being Tacoma”?

January 28 2016 What Makes a Place Livable?

I think there is a definite distinction between the New Urbanist concept of “livability” and a humanist definition of the measure of the quality of life. Sometimes the two intersect but they are often at odds, I’ve gathered from experience. To use my favorite downed horse as an example: every-other-week garbage pickup. I challenge anyone to argue that picking up trash every other week as opposed to weekly improves city residents’ quality of life; I think it’s pretty clear the policy lowers it

January 28 2016 What Makes a Place Livable?

Is the planned methanol plant a civic nuisance or an worthwhile blue collar job-creation project?  For almost ninety years, with many of them marked by a stinky rotten egg smell, the big pulp mill at the mouth of the Puyallup River symbolized the Tacoma economy, with the nearby downtown area negatively impacted by the factory.  Some rockers performing at the Tacoma Dome refused to sleep in the stinky city while the Tacoma aroma served as a memorable blight on the U.S. Figure Skating

January 28 2016 Methanol, Tacoma, Process, Politics, Facts, Fears

Can anybody even imagine this being proposed in the Port of Seattle?  It would be laughed out of the room for safety concerns.  So, why locate here?

Ironic that the post before this on E133 is about monied people not caring about and exploiting the poor…

January 28 2016 Methanol, Tacoma, Process, Politics, Facts, Fears

Channelcat - its very simple.
You use the methane in the natural gas to convert to methanol. Methanol is then converted to ethylene which is polymerized to polyethylene. It’s the number #1 produced product globally. There are many types of polyethylene. Everything you do is touched by polyethylene - it is a 100% recycleable product.
The issue we have in the US - we don’t recycle because we don’t have sorted collection systems. In Germany for example they recycle glass by the color of glass -

January 28 2016 Methanol, Tacoma, Process, Politics, Facts, Fears

This is basic American monetization 101.
1. Who does the resources under the ground belong to?
2. Does a corporate entity have the legal right to monetize these resources for the benefit of shareholders and contribute corresponding taxes for goods consumed in the process?
3. No one likes a windmill in their backyard, but we all want that toaster to work when we have a craving at 2AM or use that powerwash to clean the concrete garage floor when we see fit.
4. The fundamental story becomes - does

January 28 2016 Methanol, Tacoma, Process, Politics, Facts, Fears

You said, “Groups who have studied the “materials economy” have discovered 95% of plastics produced are for single use convenience items, and 98%-99% of plastics end up in a landfill within 6 months.  The handy useful fleece jacket or cell phone are the 1-5% exception.”

Got a cite for that? Is anyone going to tell the public what products the plastic from NWIW will be used for?

January 27 2016 Methanol, Tacoma, Process, Politics, Facts, Fears

Saying “Plastics made from these olefins are turned into everything from cell phones to fleece jackets.”  is simply repeating one of NWIW’s talking points and not an accurate reflection of methanol use.

Groups who have studied the “materials economy” have discovered 95% of plastics produced are for single use convenience items, and 98%-99% of plastics end up in a landfill within 6 months.  The handy useful fleece jacket or cell phone are the 1-5% exception.

In this sense, all the Port of

January 27 2016 Methanol, Tacoma, Process, Politics, Facts, Fears

Great point Talus!  It’s ironic that China is pushing for this, given their recent history of refinery explosions, especially the one that killed over a hundred people. 
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-33844084

January 27 2016 Methanol, Tacoma, Process, Politics, Facts, Fears

A big question that neither this post nor the Sightline article touches on is the explosive risk associated with this plant, both alone and in combination with other uses of the Tideflats like the proposed LNG plant (definitely a big explosive risk), U.S. Oil refinery, and oil tank farms in a couple of different locations.  What happens to the other facilities if one of these things blows?  Do we get a domino effect?  What about the fact that the methanol plant—along with the other potentially

January 27 2016 Methanol, Tacoma, Process, Politics, Facts, Fears

Nathan Gibbs-Bowling was a student teacher in my 8th grade History class at Jason Lee about 10 years ago.  He was a great teacher.

January 27 2016 Teacher Of The Year Tells It Like It Is

The graphic is minus a few essential details - like paramedics attending to a chronic alcoholic laying passed out on the sidewalk.

January 27 2016 New Transit-Oriented Development Could Be Coming to 11th & MLK

I know this is unpopular but if you want to attract money to that area, you’re going to need to change the name of the street.  It’s just how that is.  Every major city well you know…..

January 26 2016 New Transit-Oriented Development Could Be Coming to 11th & MLK

Hilltop Kitchen is not re-opening in Tacoma Cabana. Jason and Robyn have hired some of the HK to work in the Nautilus Room upstairs.

January 26 2016 Hilltop Kitchen Team Finds Temporary Home

Don’t blame me.I voted for a saner candidate for Tacoma Port commisioner or Tacoma Mayor or Tacome City Council member.
I voted for Robert Hill.So if the methanol plant gets approval by these city kooks well at least I didn’t vote for them.

January 26 2016 Tacoma City Business Preview for the Week of January 26, 2016

I’ve been a resident and downtown business owner for 41 years, and have seen so much come and go in Tacoma. Our city is in a long, and unfortunately slow renaissance, but I do think prospects are good, it’s just that so much was lost years ago, and it takes time, money, vision, and patience to bring it back ( and it doesn’t help that Seattle is so close by ). It’s a bit of the case of build it ( all ) and they will come. Which isn’t easy, of course, but I’ve seen many good civic

January 26 2016 Maxwell's Speakeasy Closes

The folks that are renovating/resurrecting The Goldfish Tavern are ready to re-open it as “The Defiant Goldfish”.  Maybe when they open it, they can step in and re-open Maxwell’s.  They were able to raise $$ via a kickstarter.

January 22 2016 Maxwell's Speakeasy Closes

Newsflash all…Maxwell’s closed due to NEW OWNERSHIP. If you have been there in the past three months it was awful. This has nothing to city government and a “Self-esteem” issues ( which I actually do believe). We had our credit card information stolen there in December…Glad they are gone…If I had the capital I would bring it back to the original glory

January 21 2016 Maxwell's Speakeasy Closes

Well, certainly can’t blame the kid any.  I mean the mother should have just let her daughter continue to fuck the guy and everything would be ok.  Now, poor soul will rot in jail and have to endure endless but-fucks from the new friends he will meet in max.  Advice for the boy, try the affluenza defence, it worked in Texas…

January 21 2016 Teen charged in murder of ex-girlfriend’s mother

Lock the little f…. away for life!

January 21 2016 Spanaway teen charged for pointing rifle at students

Getting Central Link connected to Tacoma via Federal Way does a few really good things for Tacoma.  First, it links a lot of suburban dwellers with Tacoma’s central core.  A Link trip from FW to Seattle will be long, very long.  To Tacoma, it will be quite short.  Like it or not, a lot of Tacoma’s workers do not live in the city, and that’s a fact.  I’ll bet less than half of my co-workers have a Tacoma address.  A lot of them actually do live in Federal Way.  As mentioned by others, getting

January 19 2016 ST3 Could Mean More Light Rail in Tacoma's Future... Maybe

Here is my suggestion: “de-criminalize” vandalization of billboards in the same way that Seattle de-criminalized marijuana in 2003, and encourage neighborhood residents to take back their neighborhoods.  I envision toppled billboards and billboards painted over with temporary murals.  LaMar and its advertisers will find that the cost to keep up with maintenance in a neighborhood where a billboard is clearly not wanted will exceed its income, and the billboards will come down.

The City can

January 19 2016 Clear Channel Sells Billboards, Gets Out of Tacoma

Do you have any special insight as to why Maxwells failed or are you just using this as an opportunity to rant about Tacoma not being Seattle?
I never went to Maxwells, but I heard from friends who had that the food was terrible and grossly overpriced.  Maybe that had more to do with their failure than private-sector malaise.

January 18 2016 Maxwell's Speakeasy Closes

I’ve been a resident and downtown business owner for 41 years, and have seen so much come and go in Tacoma. Our city is in a long, and unfortunately slow renaissance, but I do think prospects are good, it’s just that so much was lost years ago, and it takes time, money, vision, and patience to bring it back ( and it doesn’t help that Seattle is so close by ). It’s a bit of the case of build it ( all ) and they will come. Which isn’t easy, of course, but I’ve seen many good civic decisions made

January 17 2016 Maxwell's Speakeasy Closes

New restaurants and new apartments are wonderful.  Museum expansions and historic preservation projects are tremendous.  Yet better-quality joints like Maxwell’s, for all of their style and elan, will likely continue muddling along or failing until city government effectively addresses what developer Grace Pleasants terms a “nose-up/thumbs down” attitude toward investments by outsiders in commercial offices in Tacoma that create long-term higher-paying jobs and spending money to support

January 17 2016 Maxwell's Speakeasy Closes

This would really pencil out if we lifted the retail sales tax exemption provided for prescription drugs and tax them like we tax medical cannabis.

January 15 2016 New Transit-Oriented Development Could Be Coming to 11th & MLK

I think it is a gross misdemeanor. There are more than a few other issues showing a failure of duty. Failure to provide for required oversight of a $700 million dollar contract for the NWDC continues as well.

42.20.100
Failure of duty by public officer a misdemeanor.
Whenever any duty is enjoined by law upon any public officer or other person holding any public trust or employment, their wilful neglect to perform such duty, except where otherwise specially provided for, shall be a misdemeanor.

January 15 2016 Tacoma City Council Meeting - January 12, 2016

This is a great project that will make the business district stronger and even more attractive to young urbanite types.

The pharmacy across the street needs to return too… and with the shake-up in mental health services and the eventual addition of beds (possibly) nearby, there’s an opportunity to talk to the original pharmacy to get it going again.  I hear that they are still stuck in a lease for the building and that’s why nothing different is being done with it… but if there’s a significant

January 15 2016 New Transit-Oriented Development Could Be Coming to 11th & MLK

That is so fucking exciting.

January 15 2016 New Transit-Oriented Development Could Be Coming to 11th & MLK

I absolutely agree Tim Smith. When will we have a new election to replace our Mayor as well as other city council members?
I can see getting rid of a lot of them out of government jobs for good.Can we have a citizens initiative to openly declare a Tacoma citizens majority censure of our Tacoma City Council including the mayor?
Unless officials took a bribe or something to that effect I don’t see impeachment of officxe as a possibility rather it’s more likely to be neglect of office ( non

January 15 2016 Tacoma City Council Meeting - January 12, 2016

We voted to change the regulations in the last decade of the last century. The business failed to comply. The City has kicked the enforcement can down the road.

January 14 2016 Clear Channel Sells Billboards, Gets Out of Tacoma

“Mayor Strickland clarified that the Port of Tacoma is the key decision maker here, and encouraged all to share their concerns with their elected officials at the Port as well.”

The plant can’t function without water and power from the City of Tacoma. The plant can’t function without approval from the Tacoma Fire Dept. I see our Mayor is already washing her hands of any responsibility. Again she shows a complete inability to lead on important issues and would rather scold and defer. Amazingly

January 14 2016 Tacoma City Council Meeting - January 12, 2016

By that logic, all zoning should go away - do economic rights trump quality of life rights or can there be reasonable regulation?  Obviously, as numerous neighborhoods in countless cities demonstrate, visual pollution can be regulated and billboards can be forced to be sited where communities agree it makes sense.  Which is not anywhere and everywhere.  Duh.

January 13 2016 Clear Channel Sells Billboards, Gets Out of Tacoma

I don’t get the constant uproar over billboards. Why shouldn’t business be able to advertise?  As long as the billboard company maintains the sign and is in compliance with the sign regulations, why try to run them out of town? They are a legitimate business just like everyone else.

January 13 2016 Clear Channel Sells Billboards, Gets Out of Tacoma

Just remember folks Robert Jesse Hill wasn’t the kook who approved this insane facility.It was was your supposedly sane city council members.
Remember that at election time.Look at the LNG hazard area on this page.Wow I am glad that I am not in the blast zone.Too bad for those who are.
https://www.facebook.com/NoWaterForMethanol/

January 12 2016 City OKs New PSE LNG Facility

It’s a scientific fact that many freeway traffic jams correspond to travelers using on-ramps and off-ramps, notably within city limits. More ramps, more likelihood of traffic jams.

Traffic engineers have indulged travelers, including city dwellers, by providing easy freeway access with an increasing and twisting array of ramps.

Now let’s consider the re-engineered traffic flow, for no apparent reason, within the city limits of Tacoma in recent decades, notably downtown. Many once broad main

January 11 2016 ST3 Could Mean More Light Rail in Tacoma's Future... Maybe

One station on what? 20th and Portland, and East Tacoma pays $50? No thanks.

January 10 2016 ST3 Could Mean More Light Rail in Tacoma's Future... Maybe

The Health Dept connected with many prospective buyers, including Dopps and Webb months in advance of deal closing, providing critical info about required hazard mitigation before remodeling and opening. All in the files, indisputable. This info was obviously not fully considered. Fast forward - Indoor air samples found too high for gasoline, gas tanks partially full of fuel, exactly as predicted. These guys did not take seriously the advice from City and Health offices on how to proceed with

January 10 2016 The Defiant Goldfish: On the Market?

PSE, a Bellevue based for-profit utility, is actually owned by the Australian Macquarie Group. Australia’s media calls the group “The Millionaire Factory” .  PSE wants an 8 million gallon liquefied gas (LNG) tank in in the middle of the second largest city on the Sound so they can store cheap summer gas (at minus 260F) and sell it back to us for profit in the fall.
LNG Terminal Sighting Standards (The de facto world authority on LNG terminal siting standards.Virtually the entire world LNG

January 10 2016 City OKs New PSE LNG Facility

Not necessarily true.  One project has a Portland Ave Station that would serve the Central Spine.  East Tacoma has better access to regional transit than the localized Tacoma Link though, that much is true.

January 09 2016 ST3 Could Mean More Light Rail in Tacoma's Future... Maybe

Light rail should be extended to the airport but any more light rail within the city will kill retail projects and tenants (see Los Angeles, CA and talk to the developers there).  Access and traffic are impacted. We need to focus on the bigger picture of light rail replacing cars on the freeway versus simple trips around town.

January 08 2016 ST3 Could Mean More Light Rail in Tacoma's Future... Maybe
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Festival of Sail Tacoma 2017 June 8, 2017 at 11:00 am Edit
Arsenio Hall June 4, 2016 at 7:30 pm Edit
Buddy Guy May 25, 2016 at 7:30 pm Edit
¡Fiesta, Familia, Folklore! May 7, 2016 at 7:30 pm Edit
10th Annual Michelob ULTRA Tacoma City Marathon May 1, 2016 at 7:00 am Edit
BikeroBrew Tacoma April 30, 2016 at 2:00 pm Edit
Marilyn: Forever Blonde April 29, 2016 at 7:30 pm Edit
Aimee Mann & Billy Collins April 22, 2016 at 7:30 pm Edit
Saturday Night Fever April 17, 2016 at 3:00 pm Edit
BikeroBrew Tacoma April 16, 2016 at 2:00 pm Edit
PostSecret: The Show April 1, 2016 at 7:30 pm Edit
106th Annual Luncheon April 1, 2016 at 11:30 am Edit
Peter Frampton: RAW March 26, 2016 at 7:30 pm Edit
An Evening with Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen March 22, 2016 at 7:30 pm Edit
Hawaiian Kings of Swing: Kahulanui March 19, 2016 at 7:30 pm Edit
Little Orphan Annie The Ballet March 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm Edit
Family STEM Day – Robotic Vehicles March 19, 2016 at 11:00 am Edit
Star Chefs on Broadway: Super Superhero Society March 13, 2016 at 5:00 pm Edit
St. Paddy’s Day Run Tacoma March 12, 2016 at 8:00 am Edit
Race Night at ACM March 10, 2016 at 5:00 pm Edit
The Producers March 6, 2016 at 3:00 pm Edit
Sukiyaki Dinner Fundraiser March 6, 2016 at 11:00 am Edit
Pacific Grill & 7 Seas Brewing Beer Dinner March 3, 2016 at 6:00 pm Edit
Private Event & Wedding Open House March 2, 2016 at 5:30 pm Edit
If Cars Could Talk – The Cars of Downton Abbey March 1, 2016 at 11:30 am Edit
Academy Awards Party February 28, 2016 at 5:00 pm Edit
The Lightning Thief February 28, 2016 at 3:00 pm Edit
Drive the Blues Away February 27, 2016 at 8:00 pm Edit
Tacoma Concert Band: Bach To Broadway February 27, 2016 at 7:30 pm Edit
Full STEAM Ahead: A K-12 Educator Workshop February 27, 2016 at 9:30 am Edit
Black Violin at Tacoma’s Pantages Theater February 25, 2016 at 7:30 pm Edit
WORKING ARTIST: DIY Tools for Building your Art Career February 22, 2016 at 6:00 pm Edit
Film Focus: Royal Wedding February 21, 2016 at 1:00 pm Edit
Family STEM Day – Balloon-Powered Car Challenge February 20, 2016 at 11:00 am Edit
Rhythmic Circus: Feet Don’t Fail Me Now! February 19, 2016 at 7:30 pm Edit
Valentine’s Day show! L.A. Theater Works’ Bram Stokers’ Dracula February 14, 2016 at 3:00 pm Edit
Tacoma Opera Presents Die Fledermaus Valentine’s Day February 14, 2016 at 2:00 pm Edit
A Valentine’s Square Dance February 13, 2016 at 7:30 pm Edit
Freedom Train February 13, 2016 at 2:00 pm Edit
Tacoma Opera Presents Die Fledermaus February 12, 2016 at 7:30 pm Edit
Wine and Chocolate February 12, 2016 at 5:30 pm Edit
Plan for the future of Fort Nisqually Living History Museum February 11, 2016 at 6:00 pm Edit
Race Night at ACM February 11, 2016 at 5:00 pm Edit
Gallery Opening - Common Threads: An Overview of Scandinavian Textiles February 10, 2016 at 5:00 pm Edit
Pianist Robin Spielberg February 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm Edit