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Although it can be entertaining lampooning those who endeavor to inject race as a wedge issue into a discussion regarding creating a conservation district, what people should understand is that there is very little that is brought up for discussion these days in which a certain pernicious element does not try to play the race card. 

Unfortunately there will always those who engage in identity politics as a means to ends which they desire.  There is nothing I can do about that, but I

April 15 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

“For true posterity maybe a mandatory monthly housing tour as a provision to the conservation district should be instated so the masses can enjoy these relics of the past? Maybe a rebuild/restoration of the Asiatic and African servants quarters with informative didactic displays for the children to take away how innovative this era really was?”—-Xeno

DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY 6th Avenue Chapter
Annual Teriyaki Chicken & Watermelon Luncheon for Freed West Slope Maidservants and Manservants

April 15 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

FOR SALE: Genuine Circa Mid-20th Century Tacoma West Slope Nobleman Essentials.
“Eli Whitney” brand Cotton Gin
Paperback guide: “How To Bid At Tobacco Auctions”
Cash offer, or trade for healthy youth of African or Asian descent; trained to operate California Trimmer RL20 reel mower.

April 15 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

At a March 1925 international birth control gathering in New York City, a speaker warned of the menace posed by the “black” and “yellow” peril. The man was not a Nazi or Klansman; he was Dr. S. Adolphus Knopf, a member of Margaret Sanger’s American Birth Control League (ABCL), which along with other groups eventually became known as Planned Parenthood.

Sanger’s other colleagues included avowed and sophisticated racists. One, Lothrop Stoddard, was a Harvard graduate and the author of The

April 15 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

For true future posterity perhaps students at Wilson HS should be assembled once per month to have Woodrow Wilson’s words regarding RE segregation read to them.  And to place Woodrow Wilson in proper context within the Progressive movement the students could also be introduced to Margaret Sanger by having the speeches she and other “progressives” and Fabian socialists delivered to the Kinghts of the Klu Klux Klan advocating the near genocide of blacks, jews, Catholics, asians and others read to

April 15 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

For true posterity maybe a mandatory monthly housing tour as a provision to the conservation district should be instated so the masses can enjoy these relics of the past?  Maybe a rebuild/restoration of the Asiatic and African servants quarters with informative didactic displays for the children to take away how innovative this era really was?  But who knows what the half-life of a 1950’s mid century modern rambler is actually?  Future generations may not be able to experience the marvels of

April 15 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

•Streets and road repair:  “Residents and businesses are tired of potholes in this city,” said Blondin.  “We need to cooperatively work to find real solutions.”
•Public safety:  “We need to ensure the city has the right level of police officers, firefighters and other first responders to eliminate crime and protect our residents.”
•Quality of life:  “The Third District best captures the spirit of Tacoma,” said Blondin, “due to being centrally located in the heart of

April 14 2015 Kris Blondin Announces Tacoma City Council Candidacy in District 3

Only two more days.  I can’t wait.  I go to Chic Fil A when in Phoenix and it is Great!

April 14 2015 A Chick-Fil-A For Tacoma?

Thanks Thakerspeed.  ROFLMAO!

April 14 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

It is totally fair to draw the conclusion from Kris’s MANY public statements that she is anti-worker. You don’t get to be anti-sick leave and anti-raising the minimum wage and get to claim to be pro-worker at the same time. Kris’s ideologies are not inline with the district she wishes to represent.

She acts like she’s a victim of her own choices and takes no responsibility for her situation. Let’s let a quote from a recent Tacoma Weekly feature show us what kind of person she is, “People

April 14 2015 Kris Blondin Announces Tacoma City Council Candidacy in District 3

There is absolutely no connection between this ancient covenant that has not been enforced in decades prior to it being ruled unconstitutional and any racism (or anything else happening now) “happening now.”  This is a classic example of Aninskyite tactics being put into play as a wedge issue.  What I am pointing out is the blatant and overt hypocrisy of those who are bringing this to the table.  What the opponents object to is that there are people who do want the CHOICE of living in Tacoma in

April 14 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

JD Hastey - Wow. Your conversation took a weird turn.  I read through everything again, and all tartan asked was what is the value to people who live in Tacoma, and yet you couldn’t answer.  This has been my issue through it all: no one seems to be able to articulate what makes this neighborhood worth preserving using everyone’s tax dollars.  Unfortunately, there is no denying there are other examples of racism still around.  But why does that mean we can’t make things better when we see them

April 14 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

At one time, Bill Cosby and Connie Chung planned to open a business on the West Slope. The neighbors protested. The venture was advertised as the Afro-Asian Tennis Club, “Where The Only Thing White Is The Ball.”

For unknown reasons, the partnership failed and Chung later alleged that Cosby slipped her a mickey.

April 14 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

I’m concerned that the proposal involves firing all CLICK! workers and making them reapply for their jobs (humiliating at best.) WAVE is non-union and IBEW 483 members might incur difficulty in retaining their jobs.  Union wages benefit Tacoma businesses as well as taxpayers.

April 14 2015 Public-Private Partnership Considered to Improve Click!

Did You Know?...

For 74 consecutive years, the promoters of Ethnic Fest have refused to site their carnival on the West Slope.

April 14 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Or even better, how about you explain how the residents of South Tacoma or the Eastside, particularly those residents who need temporary shelter, benefit from the City Council contributing $1.5M to fund construction of luxury condo units that cost north of $275K/unit.

April 14 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

How about you explain how the residents of South Tacoma or the Eastside benefit from an extension of light rail that will serve 2-3% of Tacoma’s population MAX.  How about you explain how the residents of South Tacoma or the Eastside benefit from the City of Tacoma continuing to underfund existing municipal infrastructure maintenance while funding pet projects like ditch trails and such?

April 14 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

The selective outrage is telling.  To be outraged by something that does nothing today to define this neighborhood while simultaneously looking the other way when there is a high school that is named in honor of an avowed racist whose policies impacted millions of blacks and Asians, and a man who also hated Catholics is the height of hypocrisy and points to opportunism as what motivates them.

April 14 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

WTF! Who revised the district map? Now there’s no White Street, WASP Lane, Aryan Way, or Master Avenue.

April 14 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Wilson High School has always been a hotbed of activism. That’s somewhat understandable since part of the student population is comprised of the West Slope neighborhood. Prior to the 1968 Civil Rights Act, when the school mascot was changed to the ram, the administration was pressured to change the mascot three times. During the first ten years of the high school’s opening, the symbolic names used were the Wilson Cotton Pickers, Wilson Rice Eaters, and Wilson Crackers.

April 14 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

thackerspeed,

This Tartanski et all are nothing but an Alinsky disciples who have but a few pages in their tattered and dog-eared playbook.  So far we have seen an appeal to racism trotted out followed by appeals to resentment and envy.

These are not individuals who are concerned one iota buy past racism on the part of the developers except as it might be exploited as a wedge issue used to advance the progressive agenda.  If this were not the case they would be absolutely incensed that an

April 13 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

That’s a lot of businesses…At the very least, it seems only fair that if some kind of amnesty is going to be extended to the rule avoiders/breakers that those businesses who have been operating in compliance with the regulatory landscape be granted some kind of tax break or recognition.

April 13 2015 Tax Amnesty for Tacoma Businesses?

Tartansky, until you make an effort to understand Western Civilization, the basis of its system of principles and processes which guide and govern society, including Tacoma, then you will have no reason to defend or subvert the system.

That’s where a large part of Tacoma is today—-Strangers living in a strange land. No point of reference. No compass. No convictions of the serious thinkers who have engaged in the pursuit of ideas and affairs which are rationally defensible.

April 13 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Well, that is another answer and certainly prosaic. Maybe you can define what makes this neighborhood part of Tacoma’s “...intellectual and cultural heritage” because I am at a loss to see what it is they are trying to preserve and why the rest of Tacoma’s citizens will benefit from it?

April 13 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

The descriptive truth underlies the prescriptive truth. The value of this neighborhood stands in relation to the theoretical soundness of the design, and on its authenticity—-socially and culturally the district has proved itself stable and influential, and the architecture is genuine to the historical period.

There has always been, and always will be a demand for good, limited resources. The goal of man, according to the ancient philosopher Socrates, is to find out what the “Good” is. I

April 13 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Can’t answer my question eh?

April 13 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

It is transparently obvious that what you and your cohorts have been up to here, and in other places, is attempting to inculcate a sense of resentment and fostering envy.  Don’t play innocent with me, anyone reading the rhetoric here can see right through your BS and discern your motives.

April 13 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Wow. I seem to have hit a nerve. Please don’t assume I am trying to divide anything except the fact from fantasy. I hear and understand your praises for how you appear to perceive the value of the neighborhood, but other than a questionable benefit to the property owners there please explain how the residents of South Tacoma or the Eastside benefit from a conservation district in that neighborhood? What are we preserving for them?

April 13 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Yes, I am able to assess the character of people who attempt to divide us through recourse to the bitter politics of envy.

This unique neighborhood impresses me as adding to the diversity of the community by having a neighborhoods that appeal to differing segments of a community that is made up of residents with diverse wants.  There is obviously a demographic that is willing to work hard and make the sacrifices necessary to raise a family in what appears to me to be a very appealing

April 13 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Yes, I can assess the character of people who attempt to divide us through recourse to the bitter politics of envy. 

This unique neighborhood impresses me as adding to the diversity of the community by having a neighborhoods that appeal to differing segments of a community that is made up of residents with diverse wants.  There is obviously a demographic that is willing to work hard and make the sacrifices necessary to raise a family in what appears to me to be a very appealing traditional

April 13 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

So you are able to make a character assessment because I ask you questions? BTW- you didn’t answer my previous question; what is the benefit to the residents of TACOMA, not just the residents of the neighborhood? That is one of the requirements in establishing a conservation district overlay.

April 13 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

What??? Has Sean Jackson disappeared from the E9?

April 13 2015 E-9 to Open New Barrel House

Not at all.  The character of the neighborhood is worth preserving because some people would like to live in such a neighborhood.  If you don’t then live somewhere else, but stop trying to destroy what others enjoy.  The opponents are trying to foment envy and that alone tells me what I need to know about their character.

April 12 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

I think everyone needs to take a deep breath and slow down.

Yes, Kris Blondin is against the 15 NOW, but that does not mean she’s against increasing the minimum wage. Someone could do a bit of research before it is decided what someone else thinks.

Anti-union and anti-worker? Wealthy? Right-wing? Clearly you don’t know her. Please speak to the candidates before you decide where they stand on the issues, you may learn something.

April 11 2015 Kris Blondin Announces Tacoma City Council Candidacy in District 3

So, I’m sensing that you are in fact a resident of this neighborhood? Can you tell me what makes it unique from a historical perspective, and more importantly what is worth preserving for all of the other residents in Tacoma?

April 10 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Just what Tacoma needs. Another anti-Union, anti-worker, wealthy “small business owner” out to protect her own interests at the expense of the working people.
Ask where she stands on increasing the Minimum Wage, Paid sick leave, the B&O tax and Capital Gains taxes.
Another right wing talking head that cares for her interests and nobody else’s. PULLLEEEASE!

April 10 2015 Kris Blondin Announces Tacoma City Council Candidacy in District 3

Interesting the the author inserted an addendum to his original post following the outcry from those of us who Tacoma calling him out….

April 10 2015 Engine House 9 Tacoma: The Changing Face of Washington Brewing, Part One

Unfortunately for your position the news doesn’t support your anecdotal evidence. 
http://www.thenewstribune.com/2015/04/09/3732841/roman-meal-sells-us-bread-licensing.html

This story reads much the same as as the 2009 news regarding Nalley’s Fine Foods.  This has become a recurring theme in Tacoma. 

Prepare to read more stories of companies who hire blue collar workers moving out of State if the $15/hour minimum wage proponents gain a critical mass of support.

April 10 2015 Are King County Ex-Pats Turning Pierce County Into a Permanent Bedroom Community for Seattle?

“If this goes though every block of the North End is going to apply to be a Conservation District”

I would be in favor of that.  Residents of these neighborhoods worked hard and sacrificed a lot to be able to afford to raise their families in these neighborhoods consisting of detached, primarily owner occupied, single family residences.  That is how they want to live.  If that is not how you want to live the government will even subsidize your lifestyle choice.  If future residents want to

April 10 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

IMHO, the area in question doesn’t impress me as being exclusionary int eh least.  It impresses me as being an area with a certain character that would be an attractive neighborhood for all people, from all races, to live in.  I live in a neighborhood that is characterized by single family, primarily owner occupied, detached residents and prefer to live among others who share that desire.  I don’t want to live in the shadow of buildings that are out of scale with the existing residences and I

April 10 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

@tartansky
April 9, 2015 at 9:48 pm

Actually, I believe you are right. That HS name should be changed. How do you propose we do that?

In the meantime, why perpetuate and enshrine other racist legacies by legitimizing them in a conservation district?

I would think that this is something that one or maybe (hopefully) all of the advocacy groups purporting to stand for inclusiveness would advocate for.  The fly in the ointment is that many such advocacy groups are not so much (if at all)

April 10 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Actually, I believe you are right. That HS name should be changed. How do you propose we do that?

In the meantime, why perpetuate and enshrine other racist legacies by legitimizing them in a conservation district?

April 09 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Actually, I believe you are right. That HS name should be changed. How do you propose we do that?

In the meantime, why perpetuate and enshrine other racist legacies by legitimizing them in a conservation district?

April 09 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

What you describe makes the terra-formed TERRAIN unique, not the homes that populate it. Agreed that taxpayers often are required to fund things they don’t agree with, but those things benefit the majority of the city and not just a few homeowners who are afraid of change.

Also agreed that the explicit intent is not to celebrate the racist legacy; it’s to protect THEIR views. They are just using one of the developer’s names as a talisman to try and garner some “historical” value to their

April 09 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

I happen to like the neighborhood as well, but here’s my problem. If this goes though every block of the North End is going to apply to be a Conservation District…. and City lawyers will be fighting endless battles over any development that is ever tried, and no zoning changes will ever be possible. No thank you.

April 09 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Kris is running to protect her own interests and further her agenda of being anti-worker. Did y’all just reprint her press release verbatim?

April 09 2015 Kris Blondin Announces Tacoma City Council Candidacy in District 3

What makes this neighborhood unique, to me, is the way the lots and streets are terraced down the hillside and the abundance of midcentury modern style. The streets are narrow here so I understand the neighborhood’s apprehension at having some developer come in and subdivide properties as has been going on lately. I don’t believe their intent is to celebrate the original developer’s racist legacy, as someone else pointed out on this page that argument could be made about pretty much anything

April 09 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

I like it.  lots of indoor kite and airplane/drone potential

April 09 2015 Asking For More From a New McCarver Elementary School Library

no anti $15 now issue bullet point ?

April 09 2015 Kris Blondin Announces Tacoma City Council Candidacy in District 3

We live in a culture dominated by collective group rights.

April 09 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

I have always been told that when there’s a covenants document in a neighborhood, and someone breaks the rules without anyone objecting, than those covenants are then broken.  I mean, I’m no realtor or attorney but if the original ones had redlining rules drawn right in the rules, and any of those rules were broken, than that document isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.  Tell me if I’m wrong…  So can you see where the racist issues are issues today?  If the old covenants were withheld, they

April 09 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

I am pointing out just how hypocriticalthose who are trying to make this issue about race are.  They are attemptint to set this debate up in such a way as to give them the opportunityto point and claim that people who don’t agree with them are racists.

April 09 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Are you arguing with yourself?

April 08 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Thomas Woodrow Wilson (December 28, 1856 – February 3, 1924) was the 28th President of the United States from 1913 to 1921 and leader of the Progressive Movement.

April 08 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

What’s the matter, cat got your tongue? 

If you are going to make the racist element of this covenant a centerpiece of your objection to this application for Conservation District status, how can you not be at the forefront of getting the name of this virulent racist removed from the high school? 

When you consider that the school was named in honor of a virulent racist and published anti-Semite this isn’t a difference in degree, it is a difference in kind.  The neighborhood has a past and

April 08 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

He was more than an amusing local character, a sort of roving genius loci. I hope he will always be remembered with a small notice in Tacoma history.

April 08 2015 RIP Jack Falk - Bicycle Artist Extraordinaire

“I do approve of the segregation that is being attempted in several of the departments,” President Wilson wrote in his first year in office. “I think if you were here on the ground you would see, as I seem to see, that it is distinctly to the advantage of the colored people themselves that they should be organized, so far as possible and convenient, in district bureaus where they will center their work.”
Economist Bruce Bartlett unearthed the Wilson missive in his new book Wrong On

April 08 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

It impresses me that some here are focusing on that aspect of the covenants to inject race as a wedge issue.  I don’t personally see the correlation between recognizing this area as having unique and historically significant architecture with that particular covenant.  But it is your argument to make and given Tacoma’s affinity for racial identity politics, perhaps that is a winning issue for them.

That being said, if you all are sincere, and not just trying to exploit past institutionalized

April 08 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

A lot of people misunderstand Tacoma, and life in general, because they’ve been misled by tabloids.

I was born and raised in Tacoma. All things are not bad. All things are not good. All things are not equal.

April 08 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Terrible idea.  If the homeowners there want a homeowners’ association, then they need to band together and create one.  The City needs to be encouraging urban density and native landscape, which both happen to be in direct conflict with this “preservation” proposal.

April 08 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

I am saying that it was possible to have a Progressive Republican or a Conservative Democrat before Reagan re-defined the parties.  Before 1980, a politician could be a Conservative Democrat (Southern Democrat), a Liberal or Progressive Democrat (Democrat), or a Conservative or Progressive (not Liberal) Republican.  Remember that “Progressive” and “Liberal” have separate meanings.
Ever heard of a “Reagan Democrat?”  They were basically factions of the old Southern Democrats.  As the Republicans

April 08 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Is that you Dr. William Mount?

April 07 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

I’m concerned at Wave’s ability to provide a decent product.  Not a fan of a 40 year lease either.

I’d be interested in focusing on gigabit for sure by either means of selling the whole cow to Google Fiber for some added benefits like burying above ground utilities, school/library/city connections, and whatever else cities like Provo, UT have gotten or simply a bond measure to invest in the better infrastructure like Chattanooga, TN did.

I think our future lies in those two models.  No matter

April 07 2015 Public-Private Partnership Considered to Improve Click!

Things change in a real city? I wonder how much we taxpayers are paying for growth and progress in other areas of Tacoma, for example Salishan, over on East Portland Avenue—-Police, Fire, ATF Special Agents, Swat Teams.

Does it really make sense to criticize the Narrowmoor Conservation District?

April 07 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

That is pretty amazing Stella.  I guess everything about this reeks.  I’m sure every neighborhood will want a conservation district and a $40k Historical Survey for how significant their neighborhood is.

April 07 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Huh? No mention of flamboyant types?

April 07 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

So what you are saying is that today’s Democrat Party is the heir to the political philosophy of the progressive movement since its beginnings, through the last century and up to today and Republicans have not identified with the progressive movement since very early on?  Is that correct?

April 07 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

This is from the original covenants which are on all plat maps recorded at the county.
First Addition of the Covenants for the Narrowmoor Additions, recorded March 13, 1944 which states:  “No part or parcel of land or improvement thereon shall be rented or leased to or used or occupied, in whole or in part, by any person of African or Asiatic descent, nor by any person not of the white or Caucasian race, other than domestic servants domiciled with an owner or tenant and living in their

April 07 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Things change in a real city. I’m all for zoning enforcement, but there is no way I want city tax money paying lawyers to fight growth and progress because of some imagined conservation district. The condos are going up kids, just get used to it, it’s not the same place it was in 1940.

April 07 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Remember that, before Reagan, there was such a thing as a Progressive Republican.  It was the Southern Democrats who were the Conservative bigots pre-Reagan.  Southern Democrats, in the old school way, are extinct.  Reagan changed the definition of the Republican party to be mostly Conservative therefore pushing the old Southern Democrat guard into extinction.

April 07 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Wow.  Thanks for the info. 

So, they “redlined” that neighborhood upon the start of construction.  I bet you’d find a bigot at the helm of almost all construction companies before 1960-ish.

April 07 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

“put in the covenants and on the plat maps that no one would be allowed to live there if they were a person of color”

I’m not so sure about that.  His sons are principals in Berger Abam and Concrete Tech.  From what I have been told he was a big mover and shaker in Tacoma and Pierce County politics who commonly wrote checks for thousands of dollars supporting Democrat Party candidates.  I guess anything is possible, but accusations of racism are not consistent with anything I have ever heard

April 07 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

The area was developed by a guy who made his money off war time government contracts, was an accused blackmailer and used bribery to get his contracts.  He put in the covenants and on the plat maps that no one would be allowed to live there if they were a person of color - unless they were a servant.  Disgusting.  I don’t think this is what the people of Tacoma think about when they think of a Historical and Preservation Society.  Also, there is already a view sensitive overlay (city code) that

April 07 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

What exactly makes the neighborhood unique?  And, taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay to make sure someones personal property view stays the same as it did in 1940.

April 07 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

I think this is a unique neighborhood and applaud the people putting this proposal forward. Conservation doesn’t just mean trying to preserve historic structures in neighborhoods that have already declined around them, does it?

April 07 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

I don’t understand… Why is it a white only?  I’m genuinely curious.
As to the covenants, I can see why these homeowners are concerned.  They paid for a view property and want it to stay that way.  The views these people paid for have real monetary value.

April 07 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

I agree, this is planning at its worst.  Retired lawyers that have nothing better to do than harrang City staff on creating a laughable excuse of a conservation district to protect the most unconservation oriented development of the modern era supportive of multiple car garages, 75%+ area water intensive landscaping, and the like.  This is an HOA in sheeps clothing and the City will be responsible for enforcement when someone uses the wrong pitch color on their roof.  “Enclave Planning” is a

April 07 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

It’s deceiving that they always use the same picture in any article written.  You just have to drive around the neighborhood and see how much change there has been since the 1950’s.  The small group of neighbors that have been wanting the district, want the City to take on the responsibility of enforcing neighborhood covenants, since there is no HOA for the area.  That means everyone who lives and pays taxes in the City will be paying for lawsuits and staff to “preserve” their neighborhood. 

April 07 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

I’d prefer to set up a 3-martini lunch with Wave and directly negotiate my interests with a proposition in which a partial settlement may be reached through a stock swap.

April 06 2015 Public-Private Partnership Considered to Improve Click!

Great idea! Homes of this era and style are beautiful, and so is this neighborhood – worthy of protection from McMansionization and other visual renovation runamuckasses. Hope the proposal is accepted.

April 06 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

The future Click! success or failure depends on a utility customer money spending choices.

What will persuade Internet access customers money spending choices between services—-CentryLink, Comcast,  or Click! (TPU)? It’s the monthly cost.

April 06 2015 Public-Private Partnership Considered to Improve Click!

And while we are on the subject of hilariously amusing ways that the powers that be have been spending from the public treasury - I bet the families in need of emergency temporary housing who will be left out in the cold because “Tacoma” spent that money on a few luxury condo units instead of far more units of modest units are getting a belly laugh out of that.  And if you due your due diligence you will find a Senior Fellow at The ALF in charge of that fiasco.

April 06 2015 Are King County Ex-Pats Turning Pierce County Into a Permanent Bedroom Community for Seattle?

Hardy, har, har.  You are a regular comedian.  But can you name a single scandal in the last two decades that has not involved Senior Fellows at the Pierce County Chapter of The American Leadership Forum?  I can name reel off a whole litany of scandals that have involved the same.  Evidently you think the City not dealing with an exploding population of sewer rats is something to laugh about, well it is about as funny as allowing our pavement infrastructure to deteriorate to the point at which

April 05 2015 Are King County Ex-Pats Turning Pierce County Into a Permanent Bedroom Community for Seattle?

Dude.  I count 41 paragraphs so far.  Get with it!!  :)

April 05 2015 Are King County Ex-Pats Turning Pierce County Into a Permanent Bedroom Community for Seattle?

Homework tonight is 3 5 paragraph rants about contrails, Tammany Hall vs. Tacoma comparison, and how ALF is a secretly putting rats with cameras in our houses.  The truth is out there!

April 05 2015 Are King County Ex-Pats Turning Pierce County Into a Permanent Bedroom Community for Seattle?

Tech-oma 2.0

In 1998, Tacoma Public Utilities’ invested in a 100-Mbps high speed fiber optic network in order to get better service for local residents and bring down prices by injecting an alternative into the marketplace. It was a noble idea and received some great press for the city.

Today, the cable landscape has drastically changed. Mega-mergers have created huge cable companies that dominate the market and have significant scale advantages over small regional players. Local providers

April 04 2015 Public-Private Partnership Considered to Improve Click!

I would like to clarify some of what I said about a Utility’s obligations above.  I was distracted with a toddler on my lap while typing last night.  I lost my train of thought a number of times and this lead to somewhat misleading info regarding pavement restoration. 

A Utility is only obligated to restore the pavement to the condition it is in prior to the work being done.  Utilities frequently go above and beyond and do a half street instead of just a trench restoration.  This is fairly

April 04 2015 Are King County Ex-Pats Turning Pierce County Into a Permanent Bedroom Community for Seattle?

Territorial conflicts with rats, broken roads, dysfunctional public servants—-

Welcome All Peoples From Third World Countries. Tacoma Is Open For Business!

April 04 2015 Are King County Ex-Pats Turning Pierce County Into a Permanent Bedroom Community for Seattle?

OK, so you want to make the assertion that Tacoma is not following in the Detroit model.  You are entitled to your opinion, but I beg to differ.  The City of Tacoma no longer budgets money for weekly garbage collection, you all know that.  But what you may not, probably are not aware of is the City of Tacoma no longer budgets money for routinely placing rat poison in sewer manhole either.  How do I know this?  I awoke one morning and found a dead rat floating in my downstairs toilet bowl.  Had

April 03 2015 Are King County Ex-Pats Turning Pierce County Into a Permanent Bedroom Community for Seattle?

The City claims that there is $500,000,000 in currently unfunded deterioration to our City’s pavement assets.  I say nobody knows the extent to which our roadways have been damaged. 

There are municipally owned utilities buried beneath that pavement that are being damaged as a result of the underlying roadway base no longer being to support the loads of heavy vehicle traffic i.e. busses, garbage trucks, cement mixers, moving vans, dump trucks.  As things stand today, the City of Tacoma has to

April 03 2015 Are King County Ex-Pats Turning Pierce County Into a Permanent Bedroom Community for Seattle?

“Moody’s Upgrades City of Tacoma’s Bond Rating”

From Jan 27, 2015.  About 8 weeks ago, Tacoma was looking pretty good.  Tacoma’s bond rating is A1.

http://www.cityoftacoma.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=74661

Another more detailed analysis linked below says Tacoma is AA+ and is on strong footing for the future.  Everything I can find about bond ratings contradicts you Hasty.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150130005918/en/Fitch-Assigns-AA-Tacoma-Sewer-Revs-Outlook#.VR82w_n4dbY

April 03 2015 Are King County Ex-Pats Turning Pierce County Into a Permanent Bedroom Community for Seattle?

Tacoma should sell the network to Google Fiber, just like Provo, UT did.

April 03 2015 Public-Private Partnership Considered to Improve Click!

LOL Too bad our bonds are like Aaa2 and Aaa1.  But yes, JD just needs to contact Moody’s or Fitch to convince that Tacoma looks like Stockton or Detroit.  We’re really on the cusp of bankruptcy as all of our bond ratings are improving as we speak.

April 03 2015 Are King County Ex-Pats Turning Pierce County Into a Permanent Bedroom Community for Seattle?

So you have no proof.  That’s all I needed to know.  Doomsay away.

April 03 2015 Are King County Ex-Pats Turning Pierce County Into a Permanent Bedroom Community for Seattle?

Will Wave Kirkland be fair to Tacoma?

That appears to be questionable…

http://www.yelp.com/biz/wave-broadband-kirkland

April 03 2015 Public-Private Partnership Considered to Improve Click!

If Tacoma is on the “cusp” of bankruptcy as JD asserts, then is there any way that I can short Tacoma municipal bonds that the rating agencies have rated investment grade (Baa3/BBB- or better)?  JD - instead of making such information public can you keep it between us insiders? - just send me an email or something.  You probably knew about the Lumber Liquidators formaldehyde problem before 60 minutes did too.

April 03 2015 Are King County Ex-Pats Turning Pierce County Into a Permanent Bedroom Community for Seattle?

Tacoma is on the cusp of bankruptcy. 

Tacoma politicians and “movers and shakers” have made exactly the same promises that Detroit’s rah rah chorus were making.  Not one of the economic prognostications that have been made by these jerks have come to fruition.  The City’s credit rating has gone into the toilet in the last two decades.  Credit worthiness is based on forecasts of future economic ability to repay debt, and the professionals in the field of municipal creditworthiness are not all

April 03 2015 Are King County Ex-Pats Turning Pierce County Into a Permanent Bedroom Community for Seattle?

Couple of thoughts:

1) From my observation, the conversation thus far has been confusing the dying cable TV network with broadband access. Click! Cable is dying and from my guesstimates will go under within a couple of years regardless of this current offer due to changing technology, demographics, and customer options. This has nothing to do with Click as Council seems to be steering the blame. Instead this is out of their control and reflects the industry reality- the only way cable

April 03 2015 Public-Private Partnership Considered to Improve Click!

Tacoma is not Detroit.  Detroit was the rust belt, had an undiversified economy set solely into car manufacturing and clothing manufacturing, both industries exported to other parts of the world.  After having lived in the area, the economic structure is completely different.  Tacoma is diversified, has AA+ Bond ratings, pretty much the same unemployment rate of similar cities like Vancouver & Spokane.  The Port of Tacoma is booming, exceeding container traffic of Seattle. 

We all enjoy a

April 03 2015 Are King County Ex-Pats Turning Pierce County Into a Permanent Bedroom Community for Seattle?

If Tacoma passes a $15/hour minimum wage you will no longer have to worry about this dynamic.  I have said quite a few times that Tacoma’s ambition is (to borrow from an Auburn advertising campaign from the 1980’s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MqmaT8otHc) to become the “Little Detroit of the West.”

Tacoma is a few decades behind Detroit, but has been following the “Detroit model” of neglecting existing infrastructure, electing racial identity politicians, focusing on museums and amenities,

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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
QUEEN - It’s a Kinda Magic September 26, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
APCC Kimchi Workshop Series 2015: Kimchi Dishes September 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm Edit
Parkway IPA Fest 2015 August 29, 2015 at 12:00 am 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
APCC Kimchi Workshop Series 2015: White Kimchi August 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm Edit
Brew Five Three: Tacoma’s Beer & Blues Festival August 8, 2015 at 1:00 pm Edit
BREW FIVE THREE: Tacoma’s Beer & Blues Festival August 8, 2015 at 1:00 pm 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
American Sign Language for Beginners August 4, 2015 at 10:00 am Edit
Courage Classic Bicycle Tour August 1, 2015 at 12:00 am Edit
The Parkway’s 80th Anniversary July 25, 2015 at 12:00 am Edit
Wonder Woman Chronicles, Vol. 1 discussion at Destiny City Comics July 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm Edit
Tacoma Maritime Fest 2015 July 18, 2015 at 10:00 am Edit
APCC Kimchi Workshop Series 2015: Water Kimchi July 17, 2015 at 6:00 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
Brian Regan July 10, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Fleet Feet Matterhorn Madness 5K June 27, 2015 at 9:30 am Edit
Batman: the Killing Joke discussion at Destiny City Comics June 25, 2015 at 7:00 pm Edit
1st Annual Tacoma Waterfront Crab Feed! June 25, 2015 at 5:30 pm Edit
Bike Train: Bike Me Out to the Ballgame June 24, 2015 at 5:30 pm Edit
Defending the Caveman June 21, 2015 at 3:00 pm Edit
Defending the Caveman June 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Defending the Caveman June 20, 2015 at 3:00 pm Edit
What’s Cooking June 20, 2015 at 11:00 am Edit
Wheels to Meals June 20, 2015 at 7:00 am Edit
Defending the Caveman June 19, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Defending the Caveman June 18, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Walk Tacoma: Architecture Walk (After Work) June 17, 2015 at 5:15 pm Edit
Walk Tacoma: Architecture Walk (Lunchtime) June 17, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
Drunken Telegraph June 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
APCC Kimchi Workshop Series 2015: Cucumber Kimchi June 12, 2015 at 6:00 pm Edit
Charles Wright Academy is proud to host Recess Monkey as part of our Family Concert Series. June 12, 2015 at 6:00 pm Edit
Recess Monkey as part of our Family Concert Series. June 12, 2015 at 6:00 pm Edit
Public Meeting on Paid Leave June 10, 2015 at 5:30 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
Anderson Island Ride May 31, 2015 at 1:45 pm Edit
BikeroBrew Tacoma May 30, 2015 at 2:00 pm Edit
Tweed Ride May 30, 2015 at 10:30 am Edit
Puget Sound Starts Here Family Fun Day May 30, 2015 at 10:00 am Edit
Great Pacific, Vol. 1: Trashed! discussion at Destiny City Comics May 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm Edit
CLAW Bike Helmet Draw May 27, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Bike Train: Downtown to King’s Books May 27, 2015 at 5:30 pm Edit
Mountain Biking Work Party at Swan Creek May 24, 2015 at 10:00 am Edit
Bike to a Better Pierce County in Sumner May 21, 2015 at 5:30 pm Edit
Zeit Bike: Inky Spokes May 21, 2015 at 5:00 pm Edit
Walk Tacoma: Military History Walk May 20, 2015 at 5:15 pm Edit
The Beer/Bike GoldSprints Cups May 18, 2015 at 6:00 pm Edit
Citizens for a Healthy Bay 25th Anniversary Auction May 16, 2015 at 5:00 pm Edit
Cinderella May 16, 2015 at 3:00 pm Edit
BikeroBrew Tacoma May 16, 2015 at 2:00 pm Edit
Queen Victoria’s Birthday May 16, 2015 at 11:00 am 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
City of Destiny Poetry Slam: Hilltop Edition May 15, 2015 at 6:00 pm Edit
Poker Run Alleycat May 15, 2015 at 2:00 pm Edit
Public Meeting on Paid Leave May 14, 2015 at 5:30 pm Edit
Bike to a Better Tacoma May 14, 2015 at 5:00 pm Edit
Bike Month Book Discussion May 13, 2015 at 7:00 pm Edit
Ride with Elected Officials May 13, 2015 at 5:30 pm Edit
Innovating Waste-to-Profit in Tacoma & South Sound May 12, 2015 at 11:30 am Edit
CycloFemme with VeloFemmes May 10, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
Humane Society Kitten Shower May 9, 2015 at 11:00 am Edit
Northwest Playwrights Alliance: Bootleg May 8, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
NOURISH Dinner & Auction May 8, 2015 at 6:00 pm Edit
APCC Kimchi Workshop Series 2015: Radish Kimchi May 8, 2015 at 6:00 pm Edit
May Green Drinks May 7, 2015 at 6:00 pm Edit
Bike to Market Day May 7, 2015 at 10:00 am Edit
Whole Foods Market Chambers Bay Opening Day! May 7, 2015 at 8:30 am Edit
Bike Trivia Night May 6, 2015 at 6:00 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
Guinness World Record Hopscotch May 3, 2015 at 10:00 am Edit
Sousa! May 2, 2015 at 7:00 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
Bike to a Business: King’s Books May 1, 2015 at 11:00 am Edit
NYC’s Small’s Jazz Club in Tacoma April 30, 2015 at 6:30 pm Edit
Schuster Slope Public Meeting April 30, 2015 at 5:30 pm Edit
2015 South Sound Dining Out for Life April 30, 2015 at 12:00 am Edit
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Water Flume Line Trail April 29, 2015 at 5:30 pm Edit
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Water Flume Trail Line April 29, 2015 at 5:30 pm Edit
Fun Times With New Belgium April 29, 2015 at 5:00 pm 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
Wayzgoose! Letterpress and Book Arts Extravaganza - Day 2 April 26, 2015 at 11:00 am Edit
Calling all Change Makers April 25, 2015 at 6:45 pm Edit
Wayzgoose! Letterpress and Book Arts Extravaganza April 25, 2015 at 11:00 am Edit
Hamlet by William Shakespeare April 24, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
University of Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra April 24, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
DISCOVER ALL THAT CHARLES WRIGHT HAS TO OFFER April 24, 2015 at 9:00 am Edit
DISCOVER ALL THAT CHARLES WRIGHT HAS TO OFFER April 24, 2015 at 9:00 am Edit
Revival, Vol. 1 discussion at Destiny City Comics April 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm Edit