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Go online and read the comments on KOMO, KIRO, The News Buffoon.  Tacoma politician have no credibility on this issue.  It is not just me.

February 28 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

Since a month has about 30 days we will let the exponent equal 30. This means that after a month we will have 2^30 - 1 pennies. 

Well, 2^30 - 1 = 1,073,741,824 - 1 = 1,073,741,823 pennies. That’s more than a billion pennies!

If we divide this number by 100 (remember, there are 100 pennies in a dollar), we can find how many dollars this is:

1,073,741,823 divided by 100 = $10,737,418.23. That’s almost eleven million dollars!

If you cannot follow the math, you just have to believe me on

February 27 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

I know that I have been monopolizing this topic, but I have been fighting this fight for a long time and with the education and background to add considerable insight to the subject. 

On top of that I am in contact with recently retired City staff and present City staff who let me know what is bothering them.  Do you think I went on the “Prop1 offensive” about a month ago just out of the blue?  I did not, I knew this latest campaign was coming.

I am not a pavement technician, but I am a

February 27 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

Good evening all! Well I got the chance to get back out this afternoon. Boy do I know how to pick em! It was raining when I startes at firemens park, then it got colder and super windy. Very cold for a Texas gal like me lol. Thank goodness for Starbucks

February 27 2015 The Year of the Sheep - Monkeyshines 2015

I do believe that some are hidden well, to be found by surprise when least expected, stumbled upon by chance. Don’t give up they can be found when least expected and always in public places!!

February 27 2015 The Year of the Sheep - Monkeyshines 2015

Using motor vehicles is not sustainable (for a long term future here) because petroleum fuels are finate (they will become extremely rare and expensive by the mid 21st century)  and electrical energy is limited as well so you can’t replace hugely energy wasting inefficient ICE motor vehicles with huge energy wasting inefficient electrically powered ones.
There should be a big sin tax on motor vehicles because they are so destructive to the environment (major source of human based CO2

February 27 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

I accept that the majority have been found, but i cant give up hope. Were any of them hidden really well, like you would have to move stuff around to find them, or are they pretty much visible from at least one vantage point?

February 27 2015 The Year of the Sheep - Monkeyshines 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJx-uGRsiNU

February 27 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

So you prefer mass extinction in the short anthropocene due to everyone having and using Motor vehicles
.Here is a different set of better ideas and why the car culture is insanity.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pX8zZdLw7cs

February 27 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

I hear a number of the members of the Board of Public Health may be willing to host the needle exchange in front of their homes in their neighborhoods.  (Put another way, this is why you have a needle exchange in front of your home.)

http://www.tpchd.org/about/board-health/board-health-members/

February 27 2015 County Services Building Faces Another Challenge, a Possible Referendum

Yes sir!  Without absolute, 100% constraint on what the funds can be used for this type of measure will fail. 

And yes, if undergrounding were done concurrent with rebuilding streets Utility Ratepayers could and should pay a FAIR share.  That fair share part of the equation is important to remember though, the Utility share will be commensurate with undergrounding on streets that are in a certain existing condition and on a completely failed street it will be relatively modest contribution. 

February 27 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

Terry,

Take it from a person who has forecast this for well over a decade now (and tried to get the City to appreciate what they were setting us up for) - we simply cannot fix our pavement infrastructure problems with existing revenue sources. 

I wish we could, but it is an impossibility at this point.  When I first started pointing out to Council members, then Mayor Baarsma and City staff that while the money they were raiding out of City maintenance budgets is finite and falls within a

February 27 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

A combined street utility combined with the current utility is a great idea.  Maybe we could get a few power lines buried during street reconstruction so Tacoma can bring herself into the 1960’s finally.
For such a big measure to pass, the funds collected will have to be locked away in a fund exclusive to streets.  Otherwise, this type of measure will probably fail.

February 27 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

I agree JohnSherman, I totally see the City funneling the new street money to Pt. Ruston. I still don’t understand how the City thought it would be a good idea to build new condos and retail on the water with a whole bunch of vacant places spread around town already. I’m betting the new movie theater pushes an older one under….why can’t we just fix what we got? Without a tax increase?

February 27 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

They are operated independently and can be moved if enough people ask.

February 27 2015 County Services Building Faces Another Challenge, a Possible Referendum

I would also like to see a Street Utility created and placed under the purview of TCU. 

I agree with the idea of a new ‘public streets utility (“Streets PU”) but such a new Tacoma Streets PU must have, I think, complete separation from present City of Tacoma Council, all other City Public Utilitie(s), and all sharing of any resources or oversight or computer systems with our present City of Tacoma governance.

Since, apparent to me, present City of Tacoma Utilitie(s) have shared money and

February 27 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

I have made a PDR for the most current Pavement Assessment and Report.  Once I get my hands on that document I will be able to break it down and explain in layman’s terms what it is saying. 

That assumes that Tacoma actually has had a comprehensive Pavement Assessment and Report done and are not just pulling a number out of their ass.  Like they did in 2013. 

Here is where this is going:  The Report is going to lay out a number of scenarios and the funding necessary to achieve each

February 27 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

You mean to clean up the ASARCO site?  I’d say getting rid of a superfund site takes priority, especially if you have a contractor like Point Ruston that is going to build roads as part of the financing plan.  I’d also prioritize public health before roads funding.

The EPA Asarco Superfund Project the protects the Tacoma and Ruston people from dirt health hazards. Yes. The Asarco site building construction stuff under construction absent building permits at issue. See generally,

February 27 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

The only math that can really be attacked is the peripheral costs of this project; adding transit lines to support it, a parking spot for every employee, reconstructing all the streets around it to accommodate traffic, the huge opportunity costs vs downtown, etc.

February 27 2015 County Services Building Faces Another Challenge, a Possible Referendum

According to the Health Department website, the needle exchange is located right outside the their office.  Haven’t you advocated for the Health Department to stay in Lincoln?  I’m confused…

February 27 2015 County Services Building Faces Another Challenge, a Possible Referendum

Sorry Sid, I you don’t have to tell me how all of this tough to take here in the Lincoln District. Look me up in real life. We’ll come up with a plan to shut down the needle exchange.

February 26 2015 County Services Building Faces Another Challenge, a Possible Referendum

Ok great, so when can we expect the 25,000 signatures to remove the needle exchange clinic that is causing way more damage to our neighborhood than this project ever will?  Any takers?  I love how you all speak negatively about Tacoma, yet you are the epitome of hypocrisy.

February 26 2015 County Services Building Faces Another Challenge, a Possible Referendum

I hope your right, but I think Jerry Gibbs already has the political machine to do so.

February 26 2015 County Services Building Faces Another Challenge, a Possible Referendum

Good luck getting 25,000 signatures lol I’m not worried…

February 26 2015 County Services Building Faces Another Challenge, a Possible Referendum

Hi Karen, this isn’t a vote to move the County GS office Downtown. That was never going to happen because it’s likely politically impossible for the County Council to Kowtow to the Downtown Tacoma elite. This is a move for the County voters to vote the whole project down and tell Tacoma to go to Hell. I’m guessing it’s toast. There won’t be a new GS County office anywhere.

February 26 2015 County Services Building Faces Another Challenge, a Possible Referendum

We do not have enough parking downtown as it is.  I know.  I live and work downtown.  Are these bus/Link/bike riders that think moving county administration downtown is a better idea?  The current location plans make more sense to me because it is unused property put to good use.  The spread of county offices across Tacoma is ridiculous.  A one stop shop for all things county just a few blocks from the so-called downtown core is a better idea than cramming it into already dysfunctional downtown

February 26 2015 County Services Building Faces Another Challenge, a Possible Referendum

Sounds like a past Utopia is calling:

They sought paradise in a Scottish field — and found hunger, boredom and mosquitoes
http://www.spectator.co.uk/books/9435652/they-sought-paradise-in-a-scottish-field-and-found-hunger-boredom-and-mosquitoes/

This one didn’t work out so well, but nature abhors a vacuum, and I am sure there is a place like this that you would feel right at home in.

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

A reliable transportation network is also necessary to get food to the store, you to the hospital if you fall and break your back, new carpet delivered to your home, garbage and recyclables picked up etc.

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

Property owners should be responsible because streets are a shared resource.  We all use them for bike, pedestrian, car, transit oriented travel.  Taxing one mode is akin to making it a sin tax to drive.  Sin taxes being unsustainable (see liquor, cigarettes, ect).  We need somethign sustainable.  We already tax property taxes for parks rather than ask for admission through a users fee.  Roads are a common good, everyone should pay for them.

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

Great points here. Without jobs, “growth” is a hollow concept. I sometime marvel at the ability of the local government to acquire and spend gobs of money on projects meant for idlers like walking trails and bikeways while at the same time doing very little, appreciably, to transform the downtown core from a dumping ground for transients and criminals into an employment center.  It’s as if the citizenry’s leisure time is of more importance to the city than our ability to support ourselves by

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

$500 million dollars is basically $2,500 per every man,woman,child and infant in Tacoma.Motor vehicle infrastructure is insanity.Save all that money instead and abandon the lunatic automobile centric model.It is unsustainable for any future.
The streets should be only for humans and human powered vehicles.No need for huge 4 lane streets anymore.
Here is the answer.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9qUvTTlF2Y

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

Why should property owners be responsible for the taxes on restoring the streets.
It should be directly the motor vehicles owners that are responsible since they are using it and creating the problems like potholes and sometimes driving with winter chains that wreck the streets.There are property owners whom don’t own motor vehicles.

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

Tacoma has to be desireable before it will be profitable.  The downtown crumbling core looks quite nice now but more needs to be done.  There just needs to be a plan to extend the wealth out to other neighborhoods.  Amazon, Microsoft, ect. would never locate here because our sewer system is made out of wood and concrete and the roads look like those used in Mad Max.  Investments need to be made to attract business here.

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

Neighborhood folks are irked about big public investments in downtown-area improvements.  Their irritation should be to wonder why almost every major private sector project, like the State Farm/Russell Investments Building and Pacific Plaza, required a public subsidy for a parking garage while the Tacoma Financial Center and Hotel Murano and Norton Clapp/Rhodes Center were only made viable with the infusion of federal Urban Development Action Grants.  The bottom line is that as America has

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

If I have said it once I have said it a thousand times - Tacoma residents, particularly residential property owners, are going to have to pay to restore our asphalt and that is going to cost residents a bundle.  I accept that, and have made it clear that I would support a new funding mechanism if the new revenues are 100% legally constrained, AND a large portion of our existing transportation revenues, are dedicated exclusively and constrained by law to restoring, preserving and maintaining

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

The issue I have with chip seal is two fold, one objection is that the City is funding improvements to make Tacoma more bikeable community while simultaneously making it less comfortable to ride a bicycle. 

The other objection I have is that chip seal and other thin surface treatments are being used for applications where they are not appropriate.  Once a roadway has extensive longitudinal cracking thin surface treatments are not going to anything to prolong the life of the roadway by one

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

It is all part of the problem of instituting a mileage fee for roads improvement.  People don’t like it and it limits commerce.  I always see this coming in as something attatched to property rather than use.

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

I’d say there is a distinct difference on distance cyclists and urban commuters as well.  Most of these comments on 410 are recreation distance cylists.  My urban tires could deal with any aggregate on the road.  There is more resistance than a pothole ridden road that hasn’t been looked at for years, but it just requires the average cyclist to put on thicker tires.

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

If the referendum language was specific to a protected tax or set aside that couldn’t be offset somewhere else, you’d be fine with it I’m hearing.  I don’t see how this is unattainable.  A roads excise tax would be the solution.  It is sort of the route to go given the declinging revenues of the gas tax.  It is just really in your face unpopular though to add new specific taxes.  A couple states have made this variable to the weight of the vehicle, so freight is more heavily penalized.  I

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

You could do both. 

You’re obviously very emotional about your opinions, you commit a lot of time and energy to making them known here.  Why not develop your ideas in long form on a blog, rather than bitch and moan on a comment board?  If what you have to say is so important, isn’t it worth explaining in full?

You’d still come here and comment, but you could include a link to a full article to back you up.

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland to Announce Plan to Fix Potholes

Yeah, Tacoma was a “great place” for Sound Physicians to defraud the federal government out of what was most likely hundreds of millions of dollars, admit no wrongdoing, and pay a fine amounting to a fraction of what they stole to get off the hook.  I, for one, am not proud that Tacoma is home to an organization that steals from Medicare as a business model.

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/tacoma-wash-medical-firm-pay-145-million-settle-overbilling-allegations

 

February 26 2015 Sound Physicians signs lease for Umpqua Bank Building

Even though I was very much against the super lazy and utilitarian site choice that the County selected, I am not a fan of the “attacking the math” method of killing this project.  Nobody has really come out against the math on this thing; it’s the lack of real leadership that has been the most troubling - and that this project has been purely managerial in nature.  To attack the math on this project is sorta dumb because it can be easily qualified. 

Managers make decisions out of

February 26 2015 County Services Building Faces Another Challenge, a Possible Referendum

Or I could continue to comment in various forums and people who want to consider what I have to say can read what I write and those who are not interested in what I have to say can skip over it.

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland to Announce Plan to Fix Potholes

He was calculating miles/dollar instead of dollars/mile.  So if he is driving a car that gets 34 mpg what this means is that he would be paying the same amount in taxes as if he were to pay an additional 50 cents/gallon at the pump.

For a person on fixed income it is a big hit no matter where it comes from.

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

“Any proposal that addresses the issue and locks the funding for road improvement should be pursued.”

If by “locks the funding for road improvement” you mean 100% legally constrained for use restoring, preserving and maintaining existing pavement I would have to say:  Ding, ding, ding - we have a winner here. 

My objection has been and continues to be that the City has tried every which way to bamboozle the public into voting to fund a new revenue stream that is NOT LEGALLY constrained and

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

You know Hasty, you’re an interesting character on these boards.  You seem to dedicate a lot of time to investigating city issues and to commenting here. 
Most of the time, I think your contributions are negative.  Most comments read like a curmudgeonly old man.  You claim to speak “for the people” like in this comment above, for instance, or you “have it on good authority” as you say elsewhere on this thread.  You drop references to the “Concord Fallacy” or some conspiratorial leadership

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland to Announce Plan to Fix Potholes

You are correct in the sense that “Using fine aggregate solves this problem typically.”  That being said, you don’t get to have your cake and eat it too.  Once an aggregate fine enough aggregate to “solve this problem” is used it defeats the purpose the chip seal is being proposed to address in the first place. 

The best aggregates for chip seal are one-sized (about 3/8” or 9.5 mm) and cubic in shape to provide good stability and maximum contact with tires. Hard aggregates with good

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

I think you got the math on that one a bit messed up.  At $180 & 3,000 miles per year you’d be paying 6 cents per mile.

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

It is pretty clear at this juncture that the existing budget is not going to catch up to deferred maintence needs on city streets.  Any proposal that addresses the issue and locks the funding for road improvement should be persued.  If we have no plan to deal with the status quo, we deserve the streets we have.

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

$180 a year is a bit steep for those on fixed incomes.  Last year I added a bit less than 3,000 to my odometer.  Under the Mayor’s proposal, it means I would be paying approximately $17 for every mile I drive.

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

You mean to clean up the ASARCO site?  I’d say getting rid of a superfund site takes priority, especially if you have a contractor like Point Ruston that is going to build roads as part of the financing plan.  I’d also prioritize public health before roads funding.

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

Using fine aggregate solves this problem typically.

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

According to Mayor Trickland:  “Roads in fair condition will receive a chip seal and surface treatments.”
Read more here:
http://www.thenewstribune.com/2015/02/25/3657529_mayor-proposes-500-million-voted.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

For all you bicyclists out there who may be reading this, there is a lot of technical information regarding how chip seal is not consistent with increasing bicycle use for commuting and other.  It is on the internet.  As for anecdotal information regarding how chip

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

No. I would not be willing to pay, additional money to City of Tacoma, to fix all the present potholes that the City of Tacoma makes not attempt to find and fix right now. As a Tacoma Taxpayer I must report every pothole to get it added to the listing of potholes to be fixed by the City.

The Tacoma residents do not seem to understand the City of Tacoma does not look around the town to find streets needing repair. You the Tacoma Taxpayers must report every pothole necessary to be fixed fixed.

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

If the truth be known I have known about this scheme for about a month now and have been commenting on it. 

The City is trying to extract additional revenues to continue to fund Tacoma’s version of the Concord Fallacy by stating that new revenues will be used for pavement rehabilitation, maintenance and preservation.  The problem is these revenues would once again be UNCONSTRAINED in the legal sense and could be used in any way for any project. 

57% of voters understand what that dynamic

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland to Announce Plan to Fix Potholes

Your comment above is three hours before any details of the proposal were made to the public.  Interesting how you’re against the Mayor’s proposal before she even had a chance to explain what she wanted to do.

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland to Announce Plan to Fix Potholes

Correction: passenger cars and light trucks can make thre, four, five or even greater order of magnitude number of trips over the same asphalt roadway without causing deep structural damage. 

February 26 2015 Mayor Strickland to Announce Plan to Fix Potholes

For anyone who wants to understand more on this subject type three words: fatigue, failure and asphalt into a search engine and there is a lot available that a lay person can follow.  There is a lot that is not something a lay person will be able to fully appreciate too, but you will be able to follow concepts such asphalt fatigue failure being most definitely a function of strain and the number of cycles being inversely related to the point of failure.  If strain is great then the number of

February 25 2015 Mayor Strickland to Announce Plan to Fix Potholes

Using your calculation public transit riders would be taxed at near the highest rate.  You are correct in that heavy vehicles are responsible for a greater share of the damage than are lighter vehicles - but you are leaving out the fact (all too conveniently, for the sake of your proposition I might add) that passenger cars and light trucks cause practically no deep structural damage what so ever to asphalt roadways and even less to concrete streets.  Busses, on the other hand are a major

February 25 2015 Mayor Strickland to Announce Plan to Fix Potholes

The City just grabbed another $20/year on car tabs and will piss that down the same downtown redevelopment district rathole as they have every stinking dollar they could raid from each and every maintenance shop in the City for the last two decades.

You are living in a dream world if you think this is about revenue for pavement restoration, preservation and maintenance.  It’s not, they are looking for a fresh revenue stream to fund more nonsense. 

Go and check out the link top the Prop 1

February 25 2015 Mayor Strickland to Announce Plan to Fix Potholes

Any tax to care for streets should be on cars and trucks.  They were doing this in Hampton, Virginia when I was stationed at Langley AFB in 1969.  If you use it you should pay for it.  It is the reason I voted against the last proposal and I am generally a “yes” vote on infrastructure etc.  Why should road repair be on a utility bill - stupid!

$10 fee/year when you renew your tabs…easy to do and easy to collect….cheap sticker on the window.

But hell - that’s too simple for the bureaucrats in

February 25 2015 Mayor Strickland to Announce Plan to Fix Potholes

Those responsible for creating the potholes should be the ones whom should be taxed for repairing them not like landline phone users or others.
Heavy commercial and construction vehicles should be taxed the most since they are responsible for much of the damage,then heavy trucks,vans and SUV’s. Lighter passenger vehicles should be taxed less.Motocycles and scooters the least.
Tax by vehicle weight and be fair tax especially more if its’s for business (commercial) reasons as they are heavy

February 25 2015 Mayor Strickland to Announce Plan to Fix Potholes

New newspaper news: The Tacoma City Council decided to move forward with the annexation of some of the Town of Ruston with the force of Washington State Legislature bill to get the annexation forced as presented in article by Kate Martin, Staff writer, “Tacoma Oks first step in Point Ruston annexation,” The News Tribune, Feb. 25, 2015, at A1 A12 available at http://www.thenewstribune.com/2015/02/24/3656329/tacoma-council-votes-to-continue.html.

According to the Tribune article this Wash. Leg.

February 25 2015 Point Ruston Updates

Does the City even have a current pavement condition assessment?  If so, let’s see it.

February 25 2015 Mayor Strickland to Announce Plan to Fix Potholes

And Jesse is trying to make it sound like Jesse is paying a “fair share” of what it costs to support local government services by stating that Jesse is paying “the highest possible tax bracket,” what ever that means.  What Jesse’s claim of paying “the highest possible tax bracket” has to do with the program the City of Tacoma offers regarding property tax exemption is anyone’s guess.  As for me, it impresses me that there is an attempt by Jesse here to side step the issue of freeloading.

As

February 25 2015 Mayor Strickland to Announce Plan to Fix Potholes

Make no little plans.

http://www.thenewstribune.com/2015/02/25/3657529/mayor-proposes-500-million-voted.html

February 25 2015 Mayor Strickland to Announce Plan to Fix Potholes

Exit133.com should create an article about how Tacoma streets potholes make the list to become repaired after reported—-for example; pothole not reported by citizen then no pothole repair! That’s it ... street problems must be reported first, because the City is not looking for your poor potholed streets.

See City of Tacoma street pothole repair reporting process available at http://1drv.ms/1BWkC1h

February 25 2015 Mayor Strickland to Announce Plan to Fix Potholes

Winners talk about ideas.  Losers talk about other people.

February 25 2015 Mayor Strickland to Announce Plan to Fix Potholes

Jesse, he’s only accused you of living in a home with real estate tax abatement. That’s nothing! He suggested that I was a convicted felon on a previous thread. Enlightened individual. Can’t say that I’m not entertained.

February 25 2015 Mayor Strickland to Announce Plan to Fix Potholes

So Ms. Monkey and Tacoma.  Thank you!  My girls and I were out on our Saturday morning hunt.  We found a very cool medallion on the bridge in the Chinese Reconciliation Park.  The bridge we had just walked across and did not see anything.  We were excited to have found something.  We returned home to a sad phone call.  Grandma had just passed away.  She passed pretty much the same time we found that medallion according to the nurse.  A beautiful moment stamped forever in our memories.

February 25 2015 The Year of the Sheep - Monkeyshines 2015

Thank you for the personal attack. 

Btw, I pay the highest possible tax bracket.

February 25 2015 Mayor Strickland to Announce Plan to Fix Potholes

Furthermore, this irresponsible buffoon is so negligent with her own family budget that when she was found to be the first Tacoma Mayor to have been in violation of ethics rules and ordered to repay a modest amount (somewhere between $1,500 and $2K IIRC) she announced to all and sundry that she would repay the money, but would have to wait for her tax refund to do so.  This woman has absolutely no concept of what it means to be fiscally responsible.

February 25 2015 Mayor Strickland to Announce Plan to Fix Potholes

Whatever source the revenue comes from is irrelevant, I have it on good authority that what Tacoma’s politicians and the City management have been up to, once again, is to try to hoodwink voters into thinking they are voting to increase taxes in order to fund restoration, preservation and maintenance of our existing pavement infrastructure.  The problem is the same as it was last time around, they are looking at a new “funding mechanism” to fund new capital projects other than restoration,

February 25 2015 Mayor Strickland to Announce Plan to Fix Potholes

would love to see the best for Tacoma.  Hopefully her street maintenance proposal is something that can actually pass.
I wish they could use the utility to raise rates outside of Tacoma to get the money needed to do lots of big projects.  Current rates at TPU are about 30% less than surrounding utilities - so there’s opportunity there to keep rates below competitors but cash in on it enoughto raise the big money needed for Tacoma’s horrible roads.

February 25 2015 Mayor Strickland to Announce Plan to Fix Potholes

There is a reason responsible cities do not allow pavement to deteriorate and allow it to go unrepaired until the street itself fails.  Once you do that you have to go in and pick up the existing asphalt and recycle it, then you have to excavate down and remove all of the base course material (and since you cannot sort it on site in an urban environment) haul it away and replace it with fresh base course material. 

This City’s moronic policies of the last two to three decades have destroyed

February 25 2015 Mayor Strickland to Announce Plan to Fix Potholes

What she is proposing is analogous to putting down fresh carpet over a rotten floor.  It is designed to last as long as the current crop of politicians are in office and provide them cover.  In this case, it will not even last that long, too many of our streets are in such pathetic condition that placing fresh asphalt on top of what lies beneath is a waste of asphalt. 

The problem is that as a direct result of neglect (deferred maintenance) Tacoma’s streets have failed and cannot be

February 25 2015 Mayor Strickland to Announce Plan to Fix Potholes

Wow! Thank you for the information, Ms. Monkey! You and your crew have done so much work! It is appreciated and so much fun. Thank you, thank you, thank you! We will definitely keep looking. I’ve found mine, but my husband hasn’t found his yet.

February 25 2015 The Year of the Sheep - Monkeyshines 2015

We would just like to share we found a goat head clay medallion and a Monkey Ball today! The Medallion was found on 6th Ave. and Union and the Monkey Ball in the ivy over at Mary Bridge Hospital. 
We would like to give a “BIG THANK YOU” to everyone who helped make this event such a success!  You’ve given our family the opportunity to create memories that will last for years to come.

February 24 2015 The Year of the Sheep - Monkeyshines 2015

Great question! https://www.facebook.com/groups/friendsoflincoln/

Hope to talk with you soon.

February 24 2015 Pierce County Council Approves Lincoln District General Services Building Plan

Late post…went out again in search of the elusive orb/medallion…did a LOT of walking, talking, had a great time & even found a great Mexican restaurant! Got a lot of mileage in…and finally found an orb by Tacoma Mall ;-)

February 24 2015 The Year of the Sheep - Monkeyshines 2015

Try thinking…“where would I hide something”?
Lol, At this point I would hide it on the tip of my own nose.

I absolutely LOVE this event!
However:
It’s the 12th yr, unknown number of hrs, days and nights and still I have never found anything. But I now have not only my children, but also my grandchildren super excited about trying to find a Monkeyshine.

February 24 2015 The Year of the Sheep - Monkeyshines 2015

Please….no more Pot Shops. There are enough already. Our property values will go down…......and so will the Ave. It is a cool area…............but…..........please no more Pot Shops.

February 24 2015 6th & Pine Starbucks Closes

A friend found a Monkeyshine today in a parking lot on the waterfront. It was hidden in plain sight! It was really important to her because she was born in the year of the sheep. I went out on Thursday with two other people and we were lucky enough to find Monkeyshines in the hilltop/downtown area. I went out Friday night with my boyfriend and he found a clay pot in Old Town (his first time looking). Thank you Ms. Monkey for the years of memories, adventures, and the occasional treasure.

February 24 2015 The Year of the Sheep - Monkeyshines 2015

Thank you Ms. Monkey! That gives me hope that my daughter can still find a treasure, she is a ram and turning twelve soon, she’s says it’s her year. My treasure is that I get to search with her and see our amazing city.

February 24 2015 The Year of the Sheep - Monkeyshines 2015

Dustin is correct.  About 2000 assorted “Monkey Balls” (called that by Monkeyshiners, no matter the year) and medallions went out.  200 glass bottles.  about 1000 clay items, 500 paper Ram ornaments, countless 12th Man Sister’s Rams, Octopi, Marbles from Marbleman, and LOADS of community-driven gifts to the magnificent community members of Tacoma.  Try thinking…“where would I hide something”? 

And don’t worry if you come up empty handed…the treasure is what you make of it.

Keep hunting,

February 24 2015 The Year of the Sheep - Monkeyshines 2015

I think the number is closer to 2,000 glass pieces. A Naughty Monkey went over some of the numbers on twitter with me. 200 teacups, 115 of the other pots, 200 goat head clay medallions. That doesn’t count the bottles and the grant school kids.
I think you’re safe to keep looking, but the longer you wait, the harder it will become. Think outside the box a little and dig deep (not literally, I hope….). My first find, last year, was from a previous year, in a somewhat easy to see spot on thea

February 24 2015 The Year of the Sheep - Monkeyshines 2015

It was fascinating to hear on NPR the other day as I drove past that location, that living within a 1/4 mile of a coffee shop (any coffee shop) increases home values, and that more specifically living within a 1/4 mile of a Starbucks increases home values at a higher rate.

Here’s the interview. Start at the 8:00 mark.
http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2015/01/28/zillow-new-rules-real-estate

February 24 2015 6th & Pine Starbucks Closes

As an all around coffee lover I can say that I’m quite happy to see Starbucks closing shop in certain areas. They can take their burnt beans and bland overpriced everything somewhere else. I hope to everything that is good in this world that they don’t plan on reopening anything in that area again any time ever. Metronome is good coffee and worth the walk even from downtown.

February 24 2015 6th & Pine Starbucks Closes

Without a better analysis it’s hard to know what this means. One interpretation is that they just couldn’t compete with local coffee, which I don’t think is an entirely bad thing. I live in the neighborhood, and never would go there when satellite is right across the street, bluebeard is down the street in one direction and metronome in the other, both of which I love going to.

February 24 2015 6th & Pine Starbucks Closes

Terry: Where does one come to be part of the neighborhood planning process?

February 24 2015 Pierce County Council Approves Lincoln District General Services Building Plan

We were thinking it was a total of 3000ish pieces, not 3000 glass pieces. I think I got that idea from the News Tribune. Last year I think I read 500 orbs and 500 medallions which was double the year before if I am remembering my details correctly so 3000 glass pieces seems like more than they would do especially if the other art pieces are being produced. I’m betting there is still glass to be found though!

February 24 2015 The Year of the Sheep - Monkeyshines 2015

What I am saying, for the reading comprehension impaired, is that City tax revenues have been flowing INTO the downtown redevelopment zone, are today flowing into that zone and are programmed to keep flowing in that direction with no end of that dynamic in sight.  This is in DIRECT CONTRADICTIONto what was promised when this whole scheme was hatched and it is not what has been promised each time the subject is before the Council looking for additional funding.  It is simply a giant drain on

February 23 2015 Pierce County Council Approves Lincoln District General Services Building Plan

So you’re saying that the downtown could not support itself, tax and revenue wise, if it were cut off from the outlying business districts.  You’re saying that it depends on revenues from outlying areas, even ones where there’s a high rate of poverty (enough to qualify for Medicaid anyways) for most of the dollars spent because it can’t generate enough on it’s own.  Is that what you’re saying?  Really?

It must be a conspiracy… (ALF made me say that)

February 23 2015 Pierce County Council Approves Lincoln District General Services Building Plan

I’m guessing if they hid 3000 glass pieces—and uncounted other pieces, there must be more to find! I wonder what percentage of people write about it?

We hid 14 photo art cards on 6th and near the zoo today. We’re hoping to hear that some were found. :)

February 23 2015 The Year of the Sheep - Monkeyshines 2015

Thoms has trouble knowing what planet he is on

February 23 2015 Pierce County Council Approves Lincoln District General Services Building Plan

Two transients, window shopping in downtown Tacoma, approached each other midblock. The first transient said, “Do you know the difference between capitalism and socialism?”

The second transient said, “Let’s hear it.”

“Well, in a capitalist economic system, man exploits man.”

The second transient shook his head and said, “Ah, but in a socialist system it’s vice versa.”

February 23 2015 Pierce County Council Approves Lincoln District General Services Building Plan

So—-need to know—should I still be looking? Have gone to Pt. Defiance, Wapato, Star Center, Asian Pacific Rec Center, Exotic Gardens, Boat House Owens Beach…..... no luck but a good healthy walk. Thanks this is great. My granddaughter loves the night walks with the flashlight but would love to find something.

February 23 2015 The Year of the Sheep - Monkeyshines 2015

The good news is I think the cycling part of this is already being worked on. The new connector trail between G st and Yakima is nice and well lit and there is more to come. It’s a great location to ride to!

As far as the County and City helping out with some sort of master plan, don’t hold your breath. Read this… http://www.thenewstribune.com/2015/02/22/3651137/tacoma-pierce-county-need-to-recommit.html?sp=/99/447/  I’m not sure Thoms even knows where the Lincoln District is, We have work to

February 23 2015 Pierce County Council Approves Lincoln District General Services Building Plan

Received today via email:

“I found this treasure on my run through Wright Park this morning. Makes those early morning runs worth it!”

February 23 2015 The Year of the Sheep - Monkeyshines 2015

Received via email:

“I found this one the front walkway of our house this Afternoon. It’s puzzling because the image looks More like a clam or scallop than a ram. I wonder What the explanation is? Thanks mrs. Monkey or Whomever put it there.”

February 23 2015 The Year of the Sheep - Monkeyshines 2015
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Friday Forum: Save the Date! November 6, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
Johnny Mathis: A Benefit Concert in Support of Arts Education October 8, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Bike Train: McKinley Hill to the Top of Tacoma August 26, 2015 at 5:30 pm Edit
Tacoma’s Latin Arts Festival August 16, 2015 at 10:00 am Edit
Friday Forum: Save the Date! August 7, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
Walk Tacoma: Scavenger Hunt August 5, 2015 at 4:30 pm Edit
Wonder Woman Chronicles, Vol. 1 discussion at Destiny City Comics July 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm Edit
Walk Tacoma: Family Walk/ Museum Walk July 15, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
West Side Story July 10, 2015 at 8:00 pm Edit
Batman: the Killing Joke discussion at Destiny City Comics June 25, 2015 at 7:00 pm Edit
Defending the Caveman June 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
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Defending the Caveman June 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
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Defending the Caveman June 19, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
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Walk Tacoma: Architecture Walk (After Work) June 17, 2015 at 5:15 pm Edit
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Drunken Telegraph June 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Rollin’ 253 Summer Day Camp June 8, 2015 at 7:30 am Edit
TWBC Peninsula Metric June 7, 2015 at 7:00 am Edit
Walk Tacoma: Public Art Walk June 3, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
Great Pacific, Vol. 1: Trashed! discussion at Destiny City Comics May 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm Edit
Bike Train: Downtown to Point Defiance May 27, 2015 at 5:30 pm Edit
Walk Tacoma: Military History Walk May 20, 2015 at 5:15 pm Edit
Cinderella May 16, 2015 at 3:00 pm Edit
BUDDY The Buddy Holly Story May 15, 2015 at 8:00 pm Edit
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy May 15, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
CycloFemme with VeloFemmes May 10, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
Northwest Playwrights Alliance: Bootleg May 8, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Walk Tacoma: Waterfront Walk and Tacoma’s Maritime History May 6, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
An Afternoon with David Sedaris May 3, 2015 at 3:00 pm Edit
Free Comic Book Day at Destiny City Comics May 2, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
7th Annual Tacoma Bike Swap May 2, 2015 at 10:00 am Edit
Touching Haiti 5k May 2, 2015 at 9:00 am Edit
2015 South Sound Dining Out for Life April 30, 2015 at 12:00 am Edit
Blessing of the Bikes April 29, 2015 at 7:30 am Edit
Star Chefs on Broadway 2015: The World of Wonka April 26, 2015 at 5:00 pm Edit
Revival, Vol. 1 discussion at Destiny City Comics April 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm Edit
Final Point Defiance Park Master Plan public meeting April 23, 2015 at 6:00 pm Edit
TWBC Daffodil Classic April 19, 2015 at 7:00 am Edit
Bill Cosby April 18, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Menopause the Musical April 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Friday Forum: Save the Date! April 17, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
Walk Tacoma: Brewery Walk April 15, 2015 at 5:15 pm Edit
Charles Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette April 12, 2015 at 2:00 pm Edit
Daffodil 5k Challenge April 11, 2015 at 8:30 am Edit
Evita April 10, 2015 at 8:00 pm Edit
Charles Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette April 10, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Walk Tacoma Series Kick-Off: Tacoma’s Famous People and Places April 1, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
“Create Dangerously,” by Edwidge Danticat March 31, 2015 at 8:00 pm Edit
Drunken Telegraph March 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
University of Puget Sound Adelphian Concert Choir March 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm Edit
Family Jewels 5k March 28, 2015 at 12:00 am Edit
“Saving Nature in Time: The Environmental Past and the Human Future, by William Cronon ” March 27, 2015 at 3:00 pm Edit
Vintage Station Wagons in the Route 66 Gallery March 27, 2015 at 12:00 am Edit
Attack on Titan, Vol. 1 discussion at Destiny City Comics March 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm Edit
“The Portage: Time, Memory, and Storytelling in the Making of an American Place,”  by William Cronon March 26, 2015 at 6:30 pm Edit
New location for Point Defiance Park public meetings March 26, 2015 at 6:00 pm Edit
Songs of the Emerald Isle March 22, 2015 at 2:30 pm Edit
Whiskers Wine & Dine March 21, 2015 at 5:00 pm Edit
TedX Tacoma March 21, 2015 at 3:00 pm Edit
Family STEM Days March 21, 2015 at 11:00 am Edit
Member Double Discount Day March 18, 2015 at 12:00 am Edit
Southern Troubadours in the Round March 14, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Pippi Longstocking March 14, 2015 at 2:00 pm Edit
Member Double Discount Day March 14, 2015 at 12:00 am Edit
An Evening with Jake Shimabukuro March 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
University of Puget Sound Organ at Noon March 13, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
Jewelry Making: Hollow Beads Workshop March 8, 2015 at 11:30 am Edit
Ain’t Misbehavin’: The Fats Waller Musical March 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
VeloFemmes Spring Fun March 7, 2015 at 3:00 pm Edit
University of Puget Sound : Jacobsen Jr. A Children’s Concert: Made (Mostly) in the U.S.A. March 7, 2015 at 3:00 pm Edit
8th Annual South Sound Sustainability Expo March 7, 2015 at 10:00 am Edit
University of Puget Sound : Jacobsen Series: Exotic Ensembles March 6, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Meet and Greet: Inspirational Local Author and Brain Injury Survivor Book Reading and Dessert Recept March 6, 2015 at 6:30 pm Edit
Ukulele Sing-a-long Circus March 3, 2015 at 6:00 pm Edit
“A Month in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” by Captain Charles Moore March 3, 2015 at 5:30 pm Edit
If Cars Could Talk: Adult Brown Bag Lunch Series March 3, 2015 at 11:30 am Edit
University of Puget Sound Faculty Series: Back to the Future—featuring Beethoven, Martin, and Vine March 1, 2015 at 2:00 pm Edit
Bike to a Business: Climb Tacoma March 1, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
Tacoma Buddhist Temple Sukiyaki Dinner March 1, 2015 at 11:00 am Edit
Oscars, Classics and Cartoons February 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Kidical Mass Tacoma: Not a Leap Year Ride February 28, 2015 at 9:00 am Edit
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams February 27, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Seussical TYA February 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm Edit
Rollin’ 253 Valentines Day Skate February 14, 2015 at 8:00 pm Edit
Bike to a Business: Hop Coffee February 1, 2015 at 6:00 am Edit
Ford F-Series: The Truck That Grew Up with America January 24, 2015 at 10:00 am Edit
Meditation Hour - Every Monday Evening January 1, 2015 at 7:00 pm Edit
Resolution Run Series Competition January 1, 2015 at 9:00 am Edit
2015: Year of the Bike January 1, 2015 at 12:00 am Edit