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“...tackle the REAL issues that plague this city.”—Sid

The realm of opinion by which most people define reality and make judgments and decide actions is a REAL issue, and a worthy target of philosophical inquiry.

The central issue of this debate is the nature of authority.

Let’s consider the testimony posted so far by the secular humanists—a political faction that is opposed to God and hostile to Christianity. No evidence has been put forth that proves the Christian worldview is

July 28 2014 "In God We Trust?"

Incredible that you are all up in arms over this, yet you continue to let our city council destroy this city with the poor decisions they make that ACTUALLY have an effect on the people that live here.  This is utter nonsense and all of you should be petitioning for so many other things that can help our city.  Who gives a rats butt about this when you have crack heads and heroin addicts shooting up in our neighborhoods and meth heads pimping young girls in our alleyways.    Where is your help

July 28 2014 "In God We Trust?"

The service is pickup of trash and that pickup is half as frequent.  Ergo the service has been cut in half.  I suppose you could try to make the case that if there were some way for them to preventing your toilet from flushing until you had made two deposits that since the waste is eventually removed from your toilet bowl the service has not been cut, which simply isn’t the case.  I, for one, don’t like two weeks of diapers sitting around before being hauled to the dump. 

If LeMay were able

July 28 2014 Every-Other-Week Trash Pick-Up Update

Everyone either got a replacement container double their original size or a second container of what they already had. So they did not cut the service in half while keeping the same price. There is no reason why your original garbage amount is now insufficient with the larger or additional can.

July 28 2014 Every-Other-Week Trash Pick-Up Update

Amazing But True! Secular Humanism is a religion.

July 28 2014 "In God We Trust?"

“Only a christian deals in absolutes.”—Brad Tankersley

Is that true? Are all mathematicians Christians?

July 28 2014 "In God We Trust?"

If you’re interested, we’re going to be presenting an open letter to the county at tomorrow’s meeting.  I would suggest writing directly to your councilmember as well, as they have been making a big deal about not hearing from locals.

http://humanistsofwashington.org/open-letter-to-pierce-county-council/

July 28 2014 "In God We Trust?"

This is the comment Margi Nowak sent to the Council, and gave me permission to repost broadly:

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The national “In God We Trust” organization may sound innocuous or even appealing to many people, but here is why it worries me deeply.

Looking at their website (http://www.ingodwetrustusa.org) one finds such sentiments as these:

“While the Obama Administration continues its quest to drive anything even remotely reli­gious out of American public life, In God We Trust is

July 28 2014 "In God We Trust?"

For those who can attend tomorrow’s full-council meeting, the Pierce County Council meets Tuesdays at 3pm on the 100th floor of the County-City building; 930 Tacoma Ave. S. room 1045, Tacoma.

For those who cannot attend the full council meeting tomorrow, you can submit comments to them via the Contact Council form here - http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/FormCenter/County-Council-19/Pierce-County-CouncilContact-Us-212 - be sure to reference Resolution No. R2014-80.

Forewarning - CM McCune tends to

July 28 2014 "In God We Trust?"

This is being pushed by the In God We Trust organization, who wants it in EVERY public place/space.

KIRO video - http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/pierce-co-councilman-wants-god-we-trust-displayed-/ngpTL/to/vCkhwz/

MyNorthwest.com Radio Segment - http://mynorthwest.com/11/2574731/Tom-Tangney-Pierce-County-Council-resolution-to-display-In-God-We-Trust-irrelevant-and-political

KING 5 News video - http://www.king5.com/news/local/In-God-We-Trust-display-considered-in-Pierce-County-268829651.html

July 28 2014 "In God We Trust?"

As for who is, or isn’t doing the work they were elected to do, and instead spending time on the issue of displaying the “In God We Trust” motto on the Council Chambers walls—while being paid $110,000 a year plus mega benefits:

Note the year each Councilmember was elected (E), taking into account they were not seated (S) until the follow January:

McDonald (R) - 2008E/2009S & 2012E/2013S (currently serving her 2nd & final term,  while running for Congress)
Flemming (R) - 2010E/2011S
Roach (R)

July 28 2014 "In God We Trust?"

Please! Religion and the belief in deities have changed countless times over the centuries to adapt to changes in society.  If you think the most recent manifestation of god, within the minds of its followers, hasn’t changed in even the last 25 years you don’t know much about religion. Religion and the belief of deities is in constant flux.  As for “good” that is yet another idea that changes with society. At the onset of our nation it was “good” to own slaves and treat wives as second class

July 28 2014 "In God We Trust?"

The facts are there, developers are voluntarily putting this conduit in the ground.  Get with the times gramps, people are making sound investments in EV conduit because it is the future.  I don’t make necessary sacrifices to build sidwalk but the City does require businesses and developers to build it if they want to do business in the city.  Sheesh, you’re clueless, none of your hyper-conservative libertarian ethic actually makes sense in the real world.  Ayn Rand would drive an EV car, you

July 28 2014 Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 22, 2014

That third grader would fail microeconomics.  While it is true that subsidies help fuel demand amoung complimentary vehicles, prices have fallen substantially from intial EV offerings, well below the subsidies offered thus proving demand exists with or without the subsidies.  Also, car companies have been producing these cars before the legislation was in place to offer the subsidies.

July 28 2014 Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 22, 2014

Perhaps you would be able to save even more if the service were opened up to competition.  Maybe trash pickup every three weeks suits your lifestyle better than every other week service.  Weekly service suites me better and I would like that option and am willing to pay for it.  As things stand today it is a one size fits all service that does not please many customers.  What I said is that it is not a win-win for many residents and the solution to that is simple: Throw the door open to

July 28 2014 Every-Other-Week Trash Pick-Up Update

“Obviously car companies are building them if there is demand.”

A third grader could figure out that car companies would not be building there were not huge subsidies underwriting the cost of producing them.  The only “demand” for them is created by subsidies.

July 28 2014 Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 22, 2014

The Constitution and Bill of Rights is not a self-existent, unchanging, good that illuminates the world and provides a point of reference by which other things may be understood.

Plato is rolling over in his grave.

July 28 2014 "In God We Trust?"

I do not support it, I wrote my objections to the online comments at the proposal’s website:

Written in opposition to the Pierce County Council Resolution R2014-80

Hello Sirs and Madams,

I oppose this proposed resolution on a few grounds.
First, the ultimate authority of law in the United States is our Constitution and Bill of Rights. The erecting of a display quoting a national motto detracts from that ultimate authority.
Second, by sponsoring this resolution Councilmember Jim McCune is

July 28 2014 "In God We Trust?"

I’m surprised there aren’t more ideas on here! 

You can find a few of my ideas at Utopia Tacoma on Facebook.

July 28 2014 Envisioning Tacoma

There is plenty of demand for electric vehicles.  It takes a rudementary knowledge of economics to know many people base their vehicle choice and mode of travel based off of fuel expenses and obviously electric vehicles being superior to all others in that category.  It has only been recently that the cars have been able to prove their reliability and extending the mileage of the technology.  Obviously car companies are building them if there is demand.  A fourth grader could figure that out.

July 28 2014 Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 22, 2014

I’m quite happy with the every other week pick up schedule. We were able to downsize our can and save a few bucks that way, and there are fewer mornings where noisy garbage trucks run down our alley.

It’s a win-win in my book, especially if it’s saving fuel costs, and probably ultimately man hours.

July 28 2014 Every-Other-Week Trash Pick-Up Update

Utter and complete nonsense.  There was expressed demand for trains by the general population, there isn’t demand for Nissan Leaf cars except from the far reaches of the lunatic fringe.  There is NO demand whatsoever without the subsidies that underwrite the cost of producing them.

July 27 2014 Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 22, 2014

And Now This Special Report From The Mofo News Network:
(MNN Staff. Tacoma WA.)
A manufactured financial crisis may result in reduced consumer spending. Consequently, the redistribution of product waste including packaging, from seller to consumer to landfill, may decline in excess of 50%.

The reliability of municipal scheduling of waste collection from consumers may be suspect as an indicator of economic conditions, however, the opportunity to herald a municipal good deed should never be

July 27 2014 Every-Other-Week Trash Pick-Up Update

“the writing is on the wall that you want the conduit in the ground for when the demand is there”


No, it is YOU who want something YOU are not willing to make the necessary sacrifices to pay for and YOU want someone else to pay for what YOU want.

July 27 2014 Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 22, 2014

Yes…amazing. Way down the line the Water Flume trail presents a different tale of a trail.

After years of asking, pleading, and lobbying, a controlled street crossing was finally put on 56th Street. Finally a safe way to cross the street and connect 2 Council-manic districts with lights that actually respond when one pushes the shiny button and proper pavement and warning markings.
Of course no attempt was made to coordinate this with future plans so now that we want to beautify the 56th

July 27 2014 Prairie Line Trail Plans Move Forward, With a Few Unexpected Issues

Is this really a 1/3 of a mile of trail for $2 million?  And we got the original plan wrong and it was low by 18%?

July 26 2014 Prairie Line Trail Plans Move Forward, With a Few Unexpected Issues

Yeah, I know it’s tough….. the Hilltop is the down-in-out hood of choice for your City elite… as well as the big project hoods to our Southeast. The Lincoln District isn’t really on the City radar, But Puget Sound Hospital is coming down and the County is building a bunch of new offices. That will help more than anything the City ever did.

July 26 2014 Prairie Line Trail Plans Move Forward, With a Few Unexpected Issues

Quite the opposite, I think this is great, but not when other parts of our city are being neglected due to poor city performance.  Stop cheerleading and do something for our district, maybe one day this blog will actually address the serious problems in our district for all of Tacoma to see how deficient our business district is and how neglectful our city people have and continue to be on our side of town.  I spoke with three different agencies in order to address some issues this week.  Not

July 26 2014 Prairie Line Trail Plans Move Forward, With a Few Unexpected Issues

Come on, don’t be hater. I’ve lived in the Lincoln District for a long time and have witnessed the long decline (some of it fueled by city policy). But I love UWT and the whole area. I’m happy something is going right.

July 26 2014 Prairie Line Trail Plans Move Forward, With a Few Unexpected Issues

Meanwhile in the South End, the citizens that continue to work hard at improving their homes to make the area more attractive for the good of Tacoma, will continue to deal with A home for delinquents within arms reach of a high school, drug addicts dependent on the Methadone clinic also within close proximity of a high school that funnels them to 38th street to shoot up behind businesses and the endless code violations that have been ignored for years in the Lincoln District that plague our

July 25 2014 Prairie Line Trail Plans Move Forward, With a Few Unexpected Issues

Back then the alternative was a horse.  I don’t think anyone’s ready to compare the Nissan Leaf to the transcontinental railroad just yet.

July 25 2014 Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 22, 2014

It helps combat anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions (awesome) and saves money.
My only beef with it is the dilemma if one forgets to put out the garbage (big trouble as it won’t be picked up for another two weeks.Same thing with the recycling.One has to be very vigilant and not make a mistake Before forgetting to put out the weekly garbage was a darn I missed it but workable.Now it can be a bigger smellier hardship.
I have downsized my garbage service to save money on my utility bill but

July 25 2014 Every-Other-Week Trash Pick-Up Update

I vote Pugnetti Park in downtown Tacoma at Pacific and 21st.  That is a horribly hostile (surrounded by major traffic and roads) park that almost nobody uses anyways.

July 25 2014 Bob's Java Jive Added to National Register of Historic Places

Why did the US government invest in transcontinental railroads in the 1860’s? Nobody even rode trains to the west coast back then.

July 24 2014 Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 22, 2014

The place needs to get moved to 6th Ave and restored.
It would be an awesome addition to the 6th Ave bar / restaurant scene. With the potential business from the new location, it would make financial sense to restore / preserve the place. BUT…. now that it is on the National Register.. they’re screwed… I’m sure it can never be moved and any attempt at restoration would be so full of red tape, its not worth it. The place will be closed within two years and completely deteriorated within 6 - 8.

July 24 2014 Bob's Java Jive Added to National Register of Historic Places

Of course they’re saving money! They cut residents service in HALF and are still charging FULL PRICE.
Name any other business that could do something like that…. give half the service and charge full price. If a vendor did that to the City, they would cancel the contract immediately. But, the residents don’t have any choice in trash service providers, so we’re stuck with getting screwed.
The idea that people have been able to “downsize” their containers is total BS. Twice the amount of trash

July 24 2014 Every-Other-Week Trash Pick-Up Update

This is for new development of commercial buildings between 1 and 3% of their total parking, capped at what 12 spaces?  Most new development and redevelopment are voluntarily putting EV stations in already because the writing is on the wall that you want the conduit in the ground for when the demand is there.  Also when you’re building a 10-100 million dollar project we’re talking budget dust here for a station at 2.5-6k a pop.  This is as burdensome as requiring businesses to have doors or

July 24 2014 Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 22, 2014

Can’t trust the city to believe that fuel costs would be reduced via cutting the pickup times in half?  Still amazed you can operate the internet.

July 24 2014 Every-Other-Week Trash Pick-Up Update

Here’s the correct link

http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2014/images/07/22/rel7c.pdf

July 24 2014 Every-Other-Week Trash Pick-Up Update

Why anyone would take the City of Tacoma’s word is beyond me.  The federal government is saying that many people are saving money under the Affordable Care Act, what they fail to include in that statement is the CNN Poll: Twice As Many Americans Were Hurt By Obamacare Than Helped.

Here’s the data:

If the City wants a fair and accurate assessment of how this nonsense is being received, throw the door wide open and let Lemay and other garbage collection service compete for resident’s

July 24 2014 Every-Other-Week Trash Pick-Up Update

I used to own a business in Tacoma, a very well known one for that matter.  I can tell you first hand that Tacoma gets an F.  When I write things in this blog, it is not because I am an angry old man pointing things out just because.  I have lived it and continue to see the stupidity that takes place here on a daily basis.  What Mr. Campbell has done is tell businesses that might have been considering coming here, not to.  Why in the world would I want to set up a business here where some clown

July 24 2014 Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 22, 2014

If you click through to the link for that study, it doesn’t seem to be a very precise measure - most of the questions ask about state and local conditions, or just about state conditions. On top of that, it’s not very transparent about their methodology, and the site appears to be primarily designed as link bait.

I’m not saying the overall conclusion would necessarily be very different if a more trustworthy study was done, but that website doesn’t give me much faith in the “grades” it

July 24 2014 Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 22, 2014

http://www.pluginolympia.com/evcarstats.htm

https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=population+of+pierce+county

Since the registration stats were by county I’m using the county’s population for the calculation although I realize the majority of the owners are probably in town:  one one-thousandth of one percent.  That’s the number of county residents that registered an EV from 2010-2013.  I appreciate Councilman Boe’s public candor on the issue.

July 24 2014 Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 22, 2014

When a Council member decides to purchase a vehicle that is not supported and subsequently gets his fellow Council members to strong arm a third party into footing the bill it naturally follows that Tacoma is a hostile place to set up a business in.  Large companies can absorb the incremental cost of all the add-on expense, but start up businesses and especially sole proprietorships cannot.

July 24 2014 Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 22, 2014

“A study performed by Kansas City-based nonprofit The Kauffman Foundation and Thumbtack.com has given Tacoma a “C” grade for overall friendliness to small business.”

“Tacoma received a C- for overall regulatory friendliness, including a C grade for its zoning laws.”

I wonder why.

http://www.businessexaminer.com/blog/July-2014/Tacoma-gets-C-in-small-biz-friendliness/

July 24 2014 Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 22, 2014

It is not developers business to provide support for every useless toy that Councilman Marty Campbell or any other individual buys.  He bought a vehicle that is not supported, it is up to he and other like minded individuals to pay to for the infrastructure necessary to support it.

July 23 2014 Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of July 22, 2014

“Tacoma to require electric vehicle charging stations”

Great, now we can tell potential commercial developers of other reasons why they should not build here.

//www.thenewstribune.com/2014/07/22/3299062/tacoma-to-require-more-electric.html?sp=/99/289/&ihp=1

July 23 2014 Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of July 22, 2014

Jealousy is both reasonable and belongs to reasonable men, while envy is base and belongs to the base, for the one makes himself get good things by jealousy, while the other does not allow his neighbor to have them through envy.
Aristotle

Envy is an insult to oneself.
Yevgeny Yevtushenko

July 22 2014 Weyerhaeuser Mansion Event Space Draws Appeals on Both Sides

Hmm unfortunate, does seem like an expensive property to manage.  Without a tenant the property will go into disrepair.  Hopefully some sort of middle of the road solution can be reached.

July 22 2014 Weyerhaeuser Mansion Event Space Draws Appeals on Both Sides

Envy is very unbecoming and is one of the least productive of emotions.  Bertrand Russell said that envy was one of the most potent causes of unhappiness.

Something for you to think about.

July 22 2014 Weyerhaeuser Mansion Event Space Draws Appeals on Both Sides

The thing is, they must have only had 12 or so students - why they were not able to sustain the seminary college.  We did get invited to the Tea they held (under NW Baptist Seminary) about 6 years ago.  The building is just wonderful, the organ takes up a huge room.  One of the seminary students played the Harp during the tea - it is something that we still talk about to this day.  After the kidnapping of the youngest Weyerhaeuser, secret passages were built (hidden door in a book case).  The

July 21 2014 Weyerhaeuser Mansion Event Space Draws Appeals on Both Sides

How did the neighborhood handle a University there?

July 21 2014 Weyerhaeuser Mansion Event Space Draws Appeals on Both Sides

Clown college. Problem solved.

July 20 2014 Weyerhaeuser Mansion Event Space Draws Appeals on Both Sides

McMenamins would be WONDERFUL!!!  They would 1) take care of the parking issues - like they did at Kennedy School in Portland.  2) deal with sound issues - like they do at all of their sites.  and 3) restore the buildings -  Anyone seen the greenhouse along Stevens?  What an eyesore!

July 20 2014 Weyerhaeuser Mansion Event Space Draws Appeals on Both Sides

So, everyone knows that this is a R2 zoned residential neighborhood, right?  That means lots and lots of houses.  This is a giant party house (150 - 250 guests) on a location with 11 parking spots.  Yep, 22 people per car is not a problem.  :)

July 20 2014 Weyerhaeuser Mansion Event Space Draws Appeals on Both Sides

Wow!  Most of the comments people are leaving regarding not only the situation at the Weyerhaeuser Mansion but also its neighbors are just sad.  Yes, I am one of the “privileged” people that live by the mansion.  No, one day I don’t think that I will want my “spoiled brat daughter” to have her wedding there. Why should we “suck it up”?  How sad is it that people feel that fighting for a decent neighborhood is wrong.  I find myself wanting to comment out of anger but have decided it isn’t worth

July 20 2014 Weyerhaeuser Mansion Event Space Draws Appeals on Both Sides

So, as someone that is making money off the events at the Mansion, perhaps you may have a conflict of interest?  Let me guess, you were allowed to park on site, in one of the 11 parking spots allowed for event staff?

July 20 2014 A (Conditional) Green Light for Blue Ribbon Parties at the Old Weyerhaeuser Mansion

As a neighbor within 2 blocks of this venue, things have changes under blue ribbon.  250 people at a wedding is more than this neighborhood can handle on 100 year old wide roads.  Last summer, an ambulance was unable to get to a house due to parked cars on both sides of the street.  Blue Ribbon has no intent to add a parking lot to limit parking to on-site, due to the cost. 

Last week, the solution was to have guests park at a nearby elementary school via valet parking.  The neighbors around

July 20 2014 A (Conditional) Green Light for Blue Ribbon Parties at the Old Weyerhaeuser Mansion

Low income housing…... North Tacoma needs to suck it up and take it’s fair share of the Great Unwashed. Or just let Blue Ribbon Cooking have marriages/parties there. Honestly, the same sniveling North Enders who are block this today….. will rent the place for their spoiled brat daughter’s wedding next Summer.

July 20 2014 Weyerhaeuser Mansion Event Space Draws Appeals on Both Sides

I have little sympathy for these new tenants, coming in and riling up the neighborhood. They’re in the wrong spot for what they are doing. Go somewhere else.

July 19 2014 Weyerhaeuser Mansion Event Space Draws Appeals on Both Sides

I love both places and I really dig that Chris and all his talent will only be a mile away at Marrow. Of course, I will continue to both establishments as Hilltop Kitchen is at the top! If they both stay, two of my top three choices for drink and food reside in these two fun and active venues. Marrow could not be in better hands, thanks to all who brokered this deal!  Signed… A loyal guest of both places, john a

July 18 2014 Jaime Kay passes Marrow’s torch to Hilltop Kitchen’s Chris and Matt

Simpson-Kraft had a tendency to do excess after hours “stink generation” when WA Ecology inspectors were going home for the day or early in the morning.  Hope RockTenn has a better way of doing business.

July 18 2014 Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 15, 2014

RockTenn should have a goal of zero stink by 2018.  If they fail to meet it, the Council should pledge that there will be no more resolutions celebrating an industry that couldn’t adequately clean up its act and demonstrate compatibility with operating in proximity to a growing residential population. 

Anyone who believes the aroma is no longer an issue harming Tacoma’s reputation and economy doesn’t drive I-5 past the Tacoma Dome or disembark from the Sounder or ST Express at the

July 17 2014 Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 15, 2014

I’m sure they have fantasies of a future where such an estate is once again feasible as a single family residence. Keep out those undesirables and their tacky weddings. Bring back the landed gentry!

July 16 2014 Weyerhaeuser Mansion Event Space Draws Appeals on Both Sides

That place would make for a really cool McMenamins or the like with a bar open until 2 a.m.  Or maybe me and a group of my hippie friends could move in there and make it a decadent commune.  In other words, the estate’s privileged neighbors probably should have thought about how a wedding/party venue with reasonable hours stacks up against other possible uses for the property if their NIMBY effort fails.

July 16 2014 Weyerhaeuser Mansion Event Space Draws Appeals on Both Sides

Absolutely it’s a good thing.  I agree.  But, I’ve seen things like this implemented in a way that makes a patient’s care tied to a mathematical equation - which is notoriously done in hospital systems to create formulary.  There’s so much more to a patient than that.  Mathematical equations ignore the reality of a patient’s lifestyle, psyche, ability to cope with disease, and on and on.  Things like this are a pitfall for people with engineer brains who make management decisions at hospitals -

July 16 2014 How machine learning is saving lives while saving hospitals money

The very idea of a machine learning based system is that it isn’t “one size fits all” as you describe it. Sure, it’s only a tool. But it is one that can track a lot more variables in real time than any individual can keep track of themselves.

I see this as a good thing.

July 15 2014 How machine learning is saving lives while saving hospitals money

I work in the healthcare field and talk to hundreds of providers every month.  I know the industry.  This tool, in theory, is good.  But, the most important thing about medicine is that it is practiced; one size does not fit all.  That means that every patient is different.  Their tolerance for pain, anguish, or whatever else ails them is different from patient to patient.  This allows or disallows medical providers to choose their line of therapy tailored to the patient.  This tool is a way

July 15 2014 How machine learning is saving lives while saving hospitals money

Mission accomplished.

July 15 2014 Vote for Tacoma Fire Department's Chicken en Croute

The City maintenance and preservation backlog is a liability. 

Deferring maintenance and preservation on transportation and surface water Utility assets and extending the service life of the City fleet are classic examples of a bureaucracy Robbing Peter to Pay Paul.   

Unfortunately over the last two plus decades Tacoma has taken this practice to the nth degree and as a result all of our infrastructure, save that which is under purview of TPU, is in such a dilapidated state that it is

July 15 2014 Learn About the City's Budget, Submit Your Own Recommendations

Technically the City is solvent.  It is paying all its debts.  It has however deferred maintenance of facilities.  Which just means it has expanded the life cycle of said facilities beyond their normal maintenance schedule.  I think the smoothing plan for the vehicle fleet is innovative and other measures can be taken to deal with deferred maintenance. 

I think ZBB is draconian and its use is not to be a budget solution but to be used in budget freefalls, which we are not in that situation. 

July 15 2014 Learn About the City's Budget, Submit Your Own Recommendations

EXACTLY why “not now?”  Please be specific. 

The City’s finances are upside down.  Expenditures are forecast to exceed revenues with no end in sight. 

Zero Based Budgeting would impact current stakeholders in the status quo who cannot justify the dollars programmed and budgeted.  It would either free up funds for projects and programs that can be justified or would cut the cost of government overall. 

Zero Based Budgeting will come up against fierce resistance.  Tacoma politics is owned

July 15 2014 Learn About the City's Budget, Submit Your Own Recommendations

The Biennium budget is off 2% it does not require something as draconian as zero based budgeting.  You could cut Police and Fire 5% and you’d have a 1% surplus.  ZBB is a good way to deal with a freefalling budget.  Perhaps it would have been a good measure in 2008 but not now.

If anything I’d like to see Public Work’s budget increased since their budget was wiped out in the previous biennium.  I’m sure that the offset could be found in the “other” but it is important to find out what the

July 15 2014 Learn About the City's Budget, Submit Your Own Recommendations

The City has budget analysts and finance professionals on the payroll.  This lame tool has been part of every charlatan politician’s bag of tricks for decades.  It is hauled out in front of gullible audiences to give the impression to citizens that there is nothing that can be cut from a jurisdiction’s budget without severe impact on what residents consider indispensable to their quality of life.

This is not how financially sound Cities are managed at all.  What Tacoma probably needs is to

July 15 2014 Learn About the City's Budget, Submit Your Own Recommendations

Haters gonna hate.  You could give them every opportunity to provide input or completely not involve them and their reaction would be the same.  See above.

The exercise was fun but I wish the “other” category was explained more considering it is one of the largest categories.  Overall too simplistic to get honest indepth feedback from the public other than you know roads come from Public Works, so give them more budget.

Also, I swear I know that voice doing the overview of the budget stats,

July 15 2014 Learn About the City's Budget, Submit Your Own Recommendations

What happened to “Back to Basics” TC?  You stood in front of the community and tied your credibility to implementing a strategy that moves the City into a mode that “focuses like a laser on delivering basic government services.” 

Tacoma government is incapable of even picking up trash on a weekly basis, but can “find” money to fund every discretionary project that comes along. 

Take your propaganda campaign back to Texas. 

 

July 15 2014 Learn About the City's Budget, Submit Your Own Recommendations

Amazing!  Not only do we have to deal with the out-of-place scale of this development, a beautiful old tree on N 28th has been cut down to accommodate it.  Really?  At a time when the City is trying to increase the tree canopy city-wide?  In my opinion, this is just another slap in the face of local residents who are asking for something, anything, to make this inevitable monster fit within our community.  Thanks Ehrling and Bill!  For nothing.

July 12 2014 Work Begins Soon on The Proctor

I think that the Tacoma City Council will be safe for a while (again) from Gadfly Robert Hill as I just looked upon his name at WA Courts online and saw a Robert Jesse Hill booked in the Kitsap County Jail on a Felony Promoting Prostitution charge with a $150,000 bail.Not 100% sure but I think that it’s him.

http://www.kitsapgov.com/sheriff/incustody/jailwebsecond.asp?charges=700098065

However I do miss the local comedy viewing on TV Tacoma

July 12 2014 Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 8, 2014

Hi Ken, If you click on the “Open house” link in the story, it should take you to the event details, or follow this link: http://www.exit133.com/events/details/schuster-slope-open-space-open-house

July 11 2014 City & Metro Parks Partner on Schuster Slope Open Space

Is there a posted location for the open house on Wednesday, July 16 or a link to the original announcement from the City and Metro Parks?

July 10 2014 City & Metro Parks Partner on Schuster Slope Open Space

KOMO 4 just said that Tacoma won the votes and will be facing off with a few other Fire Departments in a trivia and physical challenge soon.  A new opportunity to vote, they said, is in the near future.  Good job Tacoma Fire… and thanks for keeping us safe and sound!

July 10 2014 Tacoma Fire Department Struts Its Stuff

Loved it….voted for you Tacoma. ..that for protecting us

July 10 2014 Tacoma Fire Department Struts Its Stuff

Voting buttons are up now.  Try Internet Explorer to get the poll buttons.  They did not appear in Chrome.

July 10 2014 Tacoma Fire Department Struts Its Stuff

That never came to mind. With his hair I thought he looked like he was the victim of a cartoon-type explosion.

July 09 2014 Tacoma Fire Department Struts Its Stuff

Anyone else see the guy with blackface? That’s messed up. I know it’s supposed to look like smoke or ash or whatever, but to me I just saw blackface.

July 09 2014 Tacoma Fire Department Struts Its Stuff

‘been a lot of trouble in my neighborhood, and I welcome someone to watch over me.  As long it is that driver, I mean.  ;-)

July 09 2014 Tacoma Fire Department Struts Its Stuff

Made by the Guys and GAL at Station 12… :)

July 09 2014 Tacoma Fire Department Struts Its Stuff

Fixed. Thanks for catching that.

July 09 2014 Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 8, 2014

Correction: In first paragraph, Out in the Park is erroneously located at Wright Park.  The actual location (correctly named in your related article) is Pierce Transit Park between 9th & 11th on Broadway.

July 09 2014 Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 8, 2014

Nice work!

July 09 2014 Tacoma Fire Department Struts Its Stuff

If you don’t like multiple choice questions, do please go to

http://engagetacoma.mindmixer.com/

which is the city’s attempt to get input from people who weren’t surveyed and can’t turn up to meetings.  The input is much more flexible, and there is even opportunity to comment!  Since I designed surveys for a living for many years, I know how tricky they can be, and welcome unstructured discussions.  Enjoy!

July 07 2014 How Do You Feel About the Quality of Life & Services in Tacoma?

“Furthermore, there should be some thought for making the sidewalks welcoming for pedestrians, with a dedicated bike lane, both screened from freeway sounds by concrete noise barriers.”—paolo

Historically, the Right To Silence groups have been underserved.

July 07 2014 Pacific Avenue to Close Over I-5

One hopes on either end of the new Pacific Avenue overpass that smaller boulevard trees will be placed in the median.  Furthermore, there should be some thought for making the sidewalks welcoming for pedestrians, with a dedicated bike lane, both screened from freeway sounds by concrete noise barriers.  This could be a means of opening a vital link between the downtown area and the S. 38th and Pacific business district.  The question arises with Pierce County’s proposed administration complex

July 07 2014 Pacific Avenue to Close Over I-5

If you or I attend a public meeting we will more likely than not not see these Senior Fellows in attendance, there is no need and they understand that public outreach in Tacoma/Pierce is for show.  Senior Fellows don’t take advantage of the “public comment” periods at council meetings where time available to comment is strictly controlled, and why would they, they have our elected officials and senior City and county staff on speed dial and you had better believe that when they tell senior

July 06 2014 Chamber New Tacoma Awards Recognize Outstanding Contributions to Downtown Tacoma

What I firmly believe is that The ALF functions in the same capacity as did Tamany Hall under Boss Tweed. 

Public policy is conceived of therein, it is debated among Senior Fellows (including a quorum of Council members) both face to face and in online chat rooms, votes are traded and whipped up and the outcome is decided - all before the public even has an inkling that the subject is on the table for discussion. 

Potential candidates for public office are also identified and vetted from

July 06 2014 Chamber New Tacoma Awards Recognize Outstanding Contributions to Downtown Tacoma

@JDHasty DO you think that there is enough connectivity between ALF, City of Tacoma and Pierce County governments and the local media for a RICO case?

July 05 2014 Chamber New Tacoma Awards Recognize Outstanding Contributions to Downtown Tacoma

I loved ALF that was such a great show in the early 90’s.

July 05 2014 Chamber New Tacoma Awards Recognize Outstanding Contributions to Downtown Tacoma

We could use this model from Somerville , MA.  We would gain revenue and address pedestrian safety/crosswalks at the same time.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=de5_1404543319

July 05 2014 Tacoma's Budget Outlook

I see they forgot The Chief Brame Award for the company, organization or individual that has done the most to trash Tacoma’s image in state, national, and international media.

I would nominate The American Leadership Forum [ALF] for that award.  Nine times out of ten when Tacoma has made the national news it has been coverage of some scandal and I cannot recall a single time over the last fiften or so years that a single one of these scandals has not involved at least one ALF Senior Fellow. 

July 05 2014 Chamber New Tacoma Awards Recognize Outstanding Contributions to Downtown Tacoma

I see they forgot The Chief Brame Award for the company, organization or individual that has done the most to trash Tacoma’s image in state, national, and international media. This year’s winner (for the 8th year running) is The GEO Group, Inc owner and operator of the Northwest Detention Center and the starting point of a wave of protests and hunger strikes that went global over the failed immigration policies of the USA.

From Time:

July 04 2014 Chamber New Tacoma Awards Recognize Outstanding Contributions to Downtown Tacoma
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West Side Story July 10, 2015 at 8:00 pm Edit
BUDDY The Buddy Holly Story May 15, 2015 at 8:00 pm Edit
Evita April 10, 2015 at 8:00 pm Edit
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee January 16, 2015 at 8:00 pm Edit
Tour Emergency Food Network’s Warehouse December 5, 2014 at 11:30 pm 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
Tour Emergency Food Network’s Warehouse November 7, 2014 at 1:00 am Edit
Tacoma Resident Free Day at the Zoo November 2, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Tea Ceremony - Tonga November 1, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
Tacoma Resident Free Day at the Zoo October 28, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Abundance Dinner and Auction October 25, 2014 at 6:00 pm Edit
Transportation Forum: Transportation Is a Life Determinant October 17, 2014 at 12:00 pm Edit
Tea Ceremony - India October 4, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
Candlelight Tour October 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
Tour Emergency Food Network’s Mother Earth Farm! October 3, 2014 at 3:00 pm Edit
Tour Emergency Food Network’s Warehouse October 3, 2014 at 1:00 pm Edit
Try Transit Month 2014 October 1, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Sunday Parkways: Downtown to Defiance September 28, 2014 at 8:00 am Edit
Shrek The Musical September 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm Edit
Race & Pedagogy National Conference September 25, 2014 at 9:00 am Edit
The Race and Pedagogy 2014 National Conference September 25, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Bike to Work Week 2014 September 22, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Arts and Crafts at the Cabin September 20, 2014 at 1:00 pm Edit
Tacoma Maritime Fest 2014 September 20, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Tacoma Park(ing) Day 2014 September 19, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
2014 Tacoma Open September 19, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Tacoma Resident Free Day at the Zoo September 17, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
You Go Girl Half Marathon & 10K September 14, 2014 at 8:30 am Edit
Moveable Feast 2014 September 13, 2014 at 9:00 pm Edit
Tacoma Moon Festival 2014 September 13, 2014 at 12:00 pm Edit
Tradin’ Past and Present September 13, 2014 at 11:00 am Edit
Transportation Forum: Public Space & Parklet Pecha Kucha September 12, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
DOCK FEST 2014 September 6, 2014 at 1:00 pm Edit
Tea Ceremony - Korea September 6, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
Tour Emergency Food Network’s Mother Earth Farm! September 5, 2014 at 3:00 pm Edit
Tour Emergency Food Network’s Warehouse September 5, 2014 at 1:00 pm Edit
Walk to Work & Win 2014 September 1, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
IPA Fest August 30, 2014 at 11:00 am Edit
Stadium Fare August 30, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer August 24, 2014 at 3:00 pm Edit
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer August 24, 2014 at 3:00 pm Edit
Stadium Fare August 23, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
99 Pieces of Art August 21, 2014 at 6:00 pm Edit
City of Tacoma and Tacoma Public Library Employment Workshop August 21, 2014 at 1:00 pm Edit
Arts and Crafts at the Cabin August 16, 2014 at 9:30 pm Edit
Tacoma Concert Band Summer Series August 16, 2014 at 6:00 pm Edit
Downtown Block Party August 16, 2014 at 4:00 pm Edit
Music & Art in Wright Park August 16, 2014 at 12:00 pm Edit
Sunbust, All Mopar Car show and Swap Meet August 16, 2014 at 9:00 am Edit
Tacoma Concert Band Summer Series August 15, 2014 at 6:30 pm Edit
Tacoma Concert Band Summer Series August 14, 2014 at 6:30 pm Edit
Lance Lambert presents Fenders, Fins, Friends: Confessions of a Car Guy August 14, 2014 at 6:00 pm Edit
Tacoma Concert Band Summer Series August 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
BREW FIVE THREE: Tacoma’s Beer & Blues Festival August 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm Edit
Brigade Encampment August 9, 2014 at 11:00 am Edit
Kidical Mass Tacoma rides to the Ruston Family Fair August 9, 2014 at 10:30 am Edit
Atomic ComicCon at the Main Library August 9, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
History of Tacoma Free Trivia Night August 8, 2014 at 6:00 pm Edit
Tour Emergency Food Network’s Mother Earth Farm! August 8, 2014 at 3:00 pm Edit
Tour Emergency Food Network’s Warehouse August 8, 2014 at 1:00 pm Edit
Community Budget Input Meeting #5 August 7, 2014 at 6:00 pm Edit
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America August 6, 2014 at 5:00 pm Edit
Walk Tacoma - Scavenger Hunt August 6, 2014 at 4:30 pm Edit
Community Budget Input Meeting #4 August 4, 2014 at 6:00 pm Edit
Unleashed at Stadium Bowl August 3, 2014 at 8:00 am Edit
Food Truck Weekend and LIVE music!- Auto Pompa and The Pop Cycle August 2, 2014 at 11:00 am Edit
Tea Ceremony - China August 2, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
Woofstock 2014 August 2, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
Tacoma Narrows Half Marathon August 2, 2014 at 7:30 am Edit
Spaceworks Quadruple Grand Opening August 1, 2014 at 5:00 pm Edit
Breaking Hunger Trap Shooting Tournament August 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm Edit
Friday Morning Movies at Main! August 1, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
Rum, I Mean Run, From Tacoma Cabana July 31, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
Tacoma 2025 Community Visioning Workshop July 30, 2014 at 6:00 pm Edit
Walk to Work with Downtown On the Go! July 30, 2014 at 7:30 am Edit
Tuesday Night Ride July 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm Edit
Young Frankenstein July 11, 2014 at 8:00 pm Edit
Summer Storytime at the Cabin June 25, 2014 at 1:00 pm Edit
Meditation Hour: 1st & 3rd Monday of Every Month June 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit