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What guarantee is there that all taxes will go directly to road repairs. I’ve lived in north end for 38 years. I’ve voted for additional taxes before.
The blown tire and more recently, bent tire rim, on my 2014 vehicle say roads haven’t improved much.
There has to be a directive attached to props for guarantee and a plan to show what areas are going to be addressed.
Michigan and another state have road repair materials proven to stand up longer, why aren’t we looking into better materials.

July 30 2015 Here's How Much Your City's Crappy Roads Are Costing You

Proctor Farmer’s Market is always on Saturday, not Sunday, as stated.

July 30 2015 What's Fun in Tacoma This Weekend?

Coming soon:
Automation: McDonald’s Introduces Kiosks So Customers Can Have (Money-Saving) Non-Human Food Ordering
http://www.vdare.com/posts/automation-mcdonalds-introduces-kiosks-so-customers-can-have-money-saving-non-human-food-ordering

July 30 2015 Revitalizing Tacoma

Yeah, and it’s even more complicated than that. Currently, many or even most of the big Downtown Tacoma boosters actually live in the ‘burbs (Puyallup, Gig Harbor) or a few small pockets in the North End. Downtown is constantly coming up with revitalization schemes than tax East and South Tacoma in the ruse of bringing in high playing jobs… for white collar folks living in the ‘burbs. The government isn’t every effective on job growth. Quality of life issues are what we need for growth. With

July 30 2015 Revitalizing Tacoma

But c’mon, low paid unskilled labor has historically taken pride in their surroundings and been what led to a city’s revitalization!

July 29 2015 Revitalizing Tacoma

rhtcc is right.  Had it not been for the US seizing precious beer recipes from the Germans in WWII, the US would not enjoy it’s current micro brew boom.  Pretty sure there was a draft by the way.

July 29 2015 Candidates for District 3 council race talk about development in Tacoma

They go and some of them die in wars in a volunteer armed forces to seize global resources (like petroleum).This is a republic by the way.

July 28 2015 Candidates for District 3 council race talk about development in Tacoma

I was doing some reading on the City’s Planning Dept. website and realized I don’t think I saw this reported, either here or in the TNT:

“On behalf of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, I am pleased to forward for the Planning
Commission’s formal consideration a recommendation to establish a new conservation district overlay zone in the West Slope Neighborhood of Tacoma.”

http://cms.cityoftacoma.org/Planning/2015 Annual Amendment/2015-11 PC Review Packet (6-17-15).pdf

July 28 2015 West Slope Neighborhood Conservation District?

People go to wars and die so you can sustain your ability to vote and sustain our Democracy.  Please take it seriously next time.

July 28 2015 Candidates for District 3 council race talk about development in Tacoma

Whom the News Tribune supports I oppose therefore Robert Hill got my vote hands down for every candidate position available even as a write in candidate.

July 28 2015 Candidates for District 3 council race talk about development in Tacoma

“right now they should be doing anything they can to create ANY jobs they can”

That is never going to happen in Tacoma. 

The “they” you reference has run Kaiser out, they have run Hygrade out, they have run ASARCO out, they have run Nalley’s Fine Foods out, they have run Weyerhauser out, they have run Russel Investments out and that is just off the top of my head they have tried to run Sympson Tacoma Kraft out and they will not rest so long as there remains a single good paying blue collar

July 28 2015 Revitalizing Tacoma

I disagree.  Tacoma has a long history of making utilitarian decisions that have negative long-term consequences.  “Cash in right now and screw the future” mentality. 

For instance, did you know the port property was water way south to about 15th street before the railroad filled it in?  That killed off most of the views of the bay from downtown and converted that view into views of factories, tanks, tilt-up warehouses, and trash.

How about the move of shopping to the mall?  Nobody will

July 27 2015 Revitalizing Tacoma

Good post Sid.  I’ve thought the leadership of Tacoma has lacked modern vision for a loooooong time now (though like them I did think that the great condo boom of 2005, with units priced the same as Seattle, would save the city…).  I like the idea of giving away the vacant space, right now they should be doing anything they can to create ANY jobs they can.  I’ve always thought that with the number of colleges in the city’s borders that they should be focusing on programs that will entice those

July 27 2015 Revitalizing Tacoma

Just in case you are not able to get your mind around what Woodrow Wilson was saying re: Monroe Trotter… let me help you out here. 

“If this organization is ever to have another hearing before me it must have another spokesman. Your manner offends me. . . . Your tone, with its background of passion.” 

Basically, what Woodrow Wilson was saying was:  Get this uppity N**** out of my sight and don’t ever let him confront me with the facts of what my Administration has been up to with regard to

July 27 2015 More Buses for Northeast Tacoma

Hmmmm…......  so no one, save myself, is the least bit concerned about this?  Well, if you are ignorant of history and too shiftless to do a little research on your own, let me introduce you to someone you have probably never heard of Mr Monroe Trotter.  http://www.blackpast.org/aah/trotter-william-monroe-1872-1934

Mr Trotter, among other notable civil rights leaders form the Wilsonian era, took exception to the degradation being heaped on his fellow black Americans, and went straight to the

July 27 2015 More Buses for Northeast Tacoma

The business owners are keeping everything dirty because they don’t want their rents to increase?  If there area were cleaner, people would actually go there. 

What does business owner “involvement” look like?  What needs to be done to ensure their “involvement”?  Pick up trash, hose down the sidewalk, sweep up, paint, get rid of graffiti the second it appears.  These are the things that need to be done to attract people to the area.

July 27 2015 Lincoln District Revitalization

Woodrow Wilson brought Jim Crow to the North. He had been inaugurated on March 4, 1913. At a cabinet meeting on April 11, his postmaster general, Albert S. Burleson, suggested that the new administration segregate the railway mail service; and treasury secretary William G. McAdoo, who would soon become Wilson’s son-in-law, chimed in to signal his support. Wilson followed their lead. He had made a bid for the African-American vote in 1912, and he had attracted the support of figures such as W.

July 27 2015 More Buses for Northeast Tacoma

I would not want to live in (now ML) King County at all.
I prefer (Franklin) Pierce County even if was named after a anti abolitionist fugitive slave act enforcing drunkard former President.

So how do you feel about hundreds of Tacoma’s black teenagers who wish to attend high-school in the neighborhood they live in having the no choice but entering a building named after, and in honor of, the most virulent racist and segregationist to occupy the White House in the last hundred-fifty years?

July 27 2015 More Buses for Northeast Tacoma

We were lucky to have a poster and two tickets posted outside our building over the weekend. Thanks to The Cloves and Beautiful Angle!

July 27 2015 The Cloves & Beautiful Angle: Making Magic in Tacoma

I agree with Terry, though that ‘would’ in the first sentence should be a ‘could.’ While economic development may be one of the City’s/County’s goals, they need to keep in mind ‘for whom?’ You can generate ‘economic development’ that drives out a good portion of the current population and there should be an honest discussion of whether that is okay. There is difference between attracting new companies that need higher skilled workers than currently available—so those workers are also brought

July 27 2015 Revitalizing Tacoma

At best, the “Next City” essay is an infomercial for UW; and a diatribe on the good and bad effects of governmental subsidies.

I don’t see the need for describing Tacoma in relation to any other city, in terms of history or economic resources. Tacoma has a free public school system that prepares students to determine which course of action is best for themselves and this city. If the educated and virtuous citizens of Tacoma decide to flee this city, it’s partly because of the need to avoid the

July 27 2015 Revitalizing Tacoma

Terry, open Google maps and look at San Jose, CA and the distance from there to San Francisco, CA.  Then compare side by side where Seattle is and where Tacoma is, even the topography is identical, it’s almost a mirror image of our area here.  Tacoma has and always will have the potential to be great in terms of economic development.  The biggest problem here is leadership, it is very antiquated and stagnant and the politicians here, are well, politicians and taking care of themselves.  We just

July 26 2015 Revitalizing Tacoma

Bringing higher paying jobs to Tacoma would do much more harm than good to Tacoma’s poor. Better paying jobs would drive up rent. The poor don’t have the needed skill sets for getting those better jobs. If you’re in collage, have professional skills or own a home in T-Town, better paying job growth is great for you. If you rent, have a fixed income or flip burgers for a living…. well, not so much.

And Tacoma is just going to become a bedroom city for Seattle anyhow. We’ve had decades to sort

July 25 2015 Revitalizing Tacoma

In the early 1890s, speculators built fabulous business blocks downtown and attracted rootless newcomers from far and wide to invest in a growing railroad terminus city.  Well, the railroad went broke, many newcomers fled, and entrepreneurs suffered. Seattle bounced back from that recession, especially with the Klondike gold bonanza.  Well,  Tacoma’s also story is about the resilience of those people who remained there and reconstructed the city—Union Station is a testament to their belief in

July 25 2015 Revitalizing Tacoma

“Thirsty Travelers”

Last year my wife and I had the pleasure of meeting the crew and patrons at Parkway when we were visiting friends in the area. What an excellent and inviting tavern! I cant remember a more friendly manager and bartender than Sean. We hope to see you all again!
David & Chrissy

July 25 2015 Wishing the Parkway Tavern the Happiest of 80th Birthdays

In 1990 my wife and I rented a house at 6th and Yakima.  One night in August we decided to walk off a gin and tonic or five with a walk around Wright. On out way back we were beckoned by a raucous gathering at the Parkway. It was a five dollar cover for a wet t-shirt contest for MS. Not sure it was an MS sanctioned event, but a lot of fivers changed hands.

July 24 2015 Wishing the Parkway Tavern the Happiest of 80th Birthdays

I not entirely sure what the point of the Next City article was - that, historically, the UW Tacoma campus was a good thing for downtown (well yeah) or about how we can improve housing affordability? My take is that the high concentration of affordable housing units in the downtown core (aka “Western State Hospital II”) is a significant barrier to revitalization. The author either conveniently or ignorantly leaves out the fact that downtown Tacoma is the mental health-crisis and criminal

July 24 2015 Revitalizing Tacoma

Business owners, which are the landlords have had decades to clean up our district, now it’s the homeowners turn to decide what goes in to a business district that does not represent the people that actually have to live with the blight and filth.

July 24 2015 Lincoln District Revitalization

I hope they’re involving the business owners and not just the landlords in this process.  Portland did a LID for it’s “Chinatown” and neglected to involve business owners.  While landlords were all for the LID because of property values, the businesses viewed it as an assault to their slice of Portland and feared much increased rents - you can now find most of these businesses way out on 82nd Ave and a “Chinatown” that’s a shadow of itself even as it’s surrounded on three sides by the Pearl

July 24 2015 Lincoln District Revitalization

I would not want to live in (now ML) King County at all.
I prefer (Franklin) Pierce County even if was named after a anti abolishionist fugitive slave act enforcing drunkard former President.

July 23 2015 More Buses for Northeast Tacoma

“The food truck” serves what are probably the best tacos in Tacoma. Not to say there isn’t anything that could enhance the appearance of that lot as long as whoever owns it isn’t building on it, but it’s worth noting that people travel to the Lincoln District specifically to get food there.

July 23 2015 Lincoln District Revitalization

I’d like to see Tacoma join King County’s bus system—we’d likely get much better service than we do tied into the horribly underfunded Pierce Transit system.  In fact, I wouldn’t mind it if Tacoma was annexed by King County completely…

July 23 2015 More Buses for Northeast Tacoma

This Is a very good neighborhood.  Been here since 99 and have loved it. I graduated from Lincoln high school and have the opportunity to get to know some very nice people. I remember when Frisbys doughnuts was on 38th and little Ceasars pizza was were the lincoln beauty school is now. However I am very confused about the old pool place that is no we’d boarded up and gets graffiti over it once every other week. What are the plans for this building?  Will it to rebuilt,  or torn down? Also the

July 23 2015 Lincoln District Revitalization

I lived in that area for about 4 years.  There is alot of blight but so much potential in that area.  It took me 30 seconds to get to the freeway, 7 minutes to get from my front door to my desk at work, 5 minutes to walk to Gari of Sushi.  2 minutes to drive to Lincoln hardware.  It’s also got great Community Liason officer who eradicated 3 different gangs from 3 different houses during the 4 years I was there.  The city has been and continues to do a great job with this neighborhood.

July 22 2015 Lincoln District Revitalization

I ran into this last week, looks like great things are happening in the district: http://www.lincolndistrict.com

July 22 2015 Lincoln District Revitalization

disagree w/ engineer.  If we don’t look outside of the traditional model in place, Tacoma will continue to suffer from high drop out rates.  The traditional model is not working.  It worked for you…great.  Tacoma is putting forth effort to educate its children.  That’s a major step in the right direction for our city.

July 22 2015 2 New Innovative Schools Proposals for Tacoma

I completely agree with you. I think there should be implementation of classes that allow students to “dabble” in these kinds of fundamentals in design and engineering. That is the only way I went down the path I did as an architecture student and am now finishing my Masters. I found my passion in this design field because of a engineering technical class offered in High School and I think we need more STEM based classes offered. But an entire school certainly gives students the “blue sky” idea

July 22 2015 2 New Innovative Schools Proposals for Tacoma

WONDERFUL! It’s about time!!

July 21 2015 New Permit Processes Encourage Sidewalk Cafes in Tacoma

Anti worker?  Doesn’t Kris employ workers? 

But who the heck is this Junior Anderson who can’t get a job.  Maybe he should apply at Kris’s wine and cheese and salami store. 

July 20 2015 Kris Blondin Announces Tacoma City Council Candidacy in District 3

E.T.was and always will be in my heart. He is what we want in all of our lives.To live with those we love, to be happy, joyful, smart, and giving. There will be no other than you E.T. I will miss you. Thank you my friend, For giving me the opportunity to have known you. Sincerely, Paula.

July 20 2015 Farewell, E.T. the Walrus

$20 per hour minimum wage now!

July 19 2015 Tacoma Minimum Wage: 15 Now? 15... Eventually? 12 Eventually?

If she pulled wild stunts and had crazy antics in the Tacoma City Council meetings like Robert Hill I would consider voting for her.

July 19 2015 Kris Blondin Announces Tacoma City Council Candidacy in District 3

Are you an illiterate, ordo you just play one on television.  He has minimum wage and slightly above minimum wage employees now.  He is replacing them with newer more capable machines and the employees who are not productive enough to be making above the new minimum wage will be let go.  He is not looking to expand in Tacoma or even for new clients and wants to shift most of his clientele base out of Tacoma but he has a pretty large business and lots of customers and that is going to take a few

July 19 2015 Tacoma Minimum Wage: 15 Now? 15... Eventually? 12 Eventually?

Anyone who thinks Kris is not in it for the community doesn’t know Kris.  She isn’t exactly the richest person in Tacoma but she does have her heart in the community.  Be wary of criticisms from people who don’t even know her.  Just because someone owns a restaurant business does not make them fabulously rich.  Do your homework and get to know her before you post.  JD Hasty isn’t even with us anymore.  JR Anderson can’t get a paying job.  Why should their editorials ever get any air time?

I

July 18 2015 Kris Blondin Announces Tacoma City Council Candidacy in District 3

If he has clients in Tacoma, he’ll still be paying the new wage.  They made it a point to set things up that way.

July 18 2015 Tacoma Minimum Wage: 15 Now? 15... Eventually? 12 Eventually?

The Ting looks as though it will fall down from lack of repair long before they ever get this thing finished. Can’t seem to get the riff-raff from spray painting things and tearing down any signs, fences, footing material ect that is humanly possible to destroy! They even rip out the hardscaping stones and benches and throw them in the bay. A serious imbarrising reconciliation if you ask me. How much does a bucket of red paint cost? I’ve been watching for over a month now for the construction

July 17 2015 Improvements for Tacoma's Chinese Reconciliation Park

Politics as usual here

July 17 2015 Strong Mayor Initiative Gets Enough Signatures, But ...

This guy had class. In spades. A little sad that he never saw the big wide ocean, but hopefully realized he had hundreds of friends in all of us.  Sorry to be sentimental, but if you met him, you would be too.

July 17 2015 Farewell, E.T. the Walrus

Who’s driving the clown car here anyway? Strong mayor? Not ready for prime time.

July 16 2015 Strong Mayor Initiative Gets Enough Signatures, But ...

This is an important thing to keep in mind.

A rehabilitation program of this extent IF PROGRAMMED CORRECTLY will look much like a twenty or thirty year home mortgage to residents.  As you track the OCI/PCI for the first third of the program the number is not going to seem to be getting any better.  Just like watching the principal on your mortgage does not go down by much early on. 

That is because the deterioration does not rest.  Now this is very important so pay close attention:  as we

July 16 2015 Utility Tax Increase + Property Tax Increase (Could) = Fixing Tacoma's Streets

Seems like we also line out the Planning Commision (section 3.8) and the Library Board of Directors (sec 3.9)...nice work!
I would think this is asking the voters to change more than one portion of the charter…

July 16 2015 Strong Mayor Initiative Gets Enough Signatures, But ...

love it

July 16 2015 Utility Tax Increase + Property Tax Increase (Could) = Fixing Tacoma's Streets

“because only city government has ambitions to revitalize the city”

As an outsider (though frequent visitor, more or less every other week) but someone who has considered relocating his company there and is still playing with the idea of buying some commercial/mixed use space (basically, I want the city to win) in the city I’d say that it seems like the city government hasn’t done a good job of revitalization over the past 5-10 years.  It seems like there is a lack of unique vision going back

July 16 2015 City of Tacoma to Buy Old City Hall?

ROCKS?!!! Seriously??! 

What the hell is going on here? I have a degree in Landscape Design, and have worked 17 yrs in the landscape industry… If they NEED a designer to produce a FREE design and have someone oversee the ordering, installation and budget control.. I would be happy to help!  But to put ROCKS up and down the street is ridiculous. Here, homeless people.. have a seat rather than sit on the grass… ??  The cost ALONE to import those boulders compared to drought-resistant shrubs

July 16 2015 Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of June 16, 2015

It isn’t my “advice,” it is just common sense.  This Pavement Rating, Analysis and Report will, or at least should, provide us with a number of scenarios that range all the way from “do nothing” to “do everything in a few years.”  Tacoma has first hand experience regarding the former and how that works out for a jurisdiction in the long-term (actually maintenance deferred for any longer than a few short years turns disastrous very quickly and by time you get to mid-term the situation is in

July 16 2015 Utility Tax Increase + Property Tax Increase (Could) = Fixing Tacoma's Streets

I had lunch with a guy that owns a lawn maintenance company.  He is not waiting around, he is moving his business outside Tacoma and he is investing in new equipment that will require less labor.  He will have fewer employees and the ones he keeps will not be making any more than they are today, they already make above fifteen dollars/hour.  His costs are going to go up about 15%, but his efficiency is going to go up north of 25%.

July 16 2015 Tacoma Minimum Wage: 15 Now? 15... Eventually? 12 Eventually?

When I was a kid growing up in the north end (which somehow since got renamed the west end, even tho it is further north than the north end - go figure), the street I lived on (and quite a few of the surrounding streets) was not paved at all. No alleys were paved, and many still aren’t. Dirt ruled. And this was the 1960s, when ‘Merica was at its economic pinnacle.

Nowadays with all the talk of polluted water runoff making its way back into the sound (or sea - dang, they renamed that too),

July 15 2015 Utility Tax Increase + Property Tax Increase (Could) = Fixing Tacoma's Streets

I foresee a future where service businesses have few or no employees, just volunteers or “friends” who help out for free and happen to expect and accept gratuities.

July 15 2015 Tacoma Minimum Wage: 15 Now? 15... Eventually? 12 Eventually?

On the contrary, I think the commenter was trying to make the point that the noise factor and flaunting of rules (already documented in the Weyerhaeuser neighborhood) are indeed a problem.  Neighbors there have had peeing on lawns, vomiting on lawns, condoms and tampons left on the street.  Emergency vehicles have been unable to get to emergencies in the neighborhood.

 

July 15 2015 Compromise on Weyerhaeuser Mansion... Maybe

You should be happy.  They took your advise.  This will create a list of items to tackle first - just like you suggested.  Smile big.  It’s okay, man… you can do it. 

July 15 2015 Utility Tax Increase + Property Tax Increase (Could) = Fixing Tacoma's Streets

The City does not have a current Pavement Assessment or report. 

Work is to start next week on the data collection and by August will be wrapped up. 

It will take a few months to analyze the raw data and put a draft report and analysis together.  So we are talking in October sometime the public will have the necessary information available to make an informed decision whether to support any ballot measure of Council action.

July 15 2015 Utility Tax Increase + Property Tax Increase (Could) = Fixing Tacoma's Streets

Although I reject any concession of “good intentions” on the part of these Marxists behind this 15 Now movement or and am even more skeptical of “good intentions” when it comes to Tacoma’s political class, this quote from CS Lewis pretty well summarizes my assessment of what is motivating this: 

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The

July 15 2015 Tacoma Minimum Wage: 15 Now? 15... Eventually? 12 Eventually?

That won’t faze them.  These people are died in the wool Marxists.  This is the world view you are dealing with. 

“Duranty was a chain-smoking, Scotch drinking vulgar sort of man who made no apologies for his admiration of Stalin. He was held in awe by other journalists, especially young female journalists. He did not fail to use the awe to his advantage, or rather their disadvantage. As Fascism rose in Europe, and Japanese jingoism emerged in the East, Duranty wrote glowing accounts of

July 15 2015 Tacoma Minimum Wage: 15 Now? 15... Eventually? 12 Eventually?

You just put High School age kids out of a job!

July 15 2015 Tacoma Minimum Wage: 15 Now? 15... Eventually? 12 Eventually?

What is Tacoma’s Maximum wage?  What do the top 10% earn?  What do the top 25% earn?  How do these #s compare to Seattle?  What does the path from minimum wage to middle class wage look like?  Is it visible to min wage earners in Tacoma?

These are more difficult questions to answer.  Tacoma needs more creativity and less condemnation from the proponents of 15 now.  Figuring out how to get a measure on a ballot so that an agenda that makes you feel good but does no good for the city is a waste

July 15 2015 Tacoma Minimum Wage: 15 Now? 15... Eventually? 12 Eventually?

According to the calculator, Tacoma’s cost of living is about 80% of Seattle.  $15 x 80% =  $12.  (Gasp!!)

July 15 2015 Tacoma Minimum Wage: 15 Now? 15... Eventually? 12 Eventually?

The thing we really need to ask ourselves is do we really want to support a town full of min wage employers? This measure will surely put pressure on those min wage employers to find residence elsewhere, good. Think about it, if the company already pays over $15 they will be unaffected by this measure. This creates a more gentrified Tacoma, not a less employable one. Yes, it will put pressure on businesses who plan their business model around minimum wage labor. Good riddance, last I checked,

July 14 2015 Guest Article: Know15.com Direct to $15 is too EXTREME!

http://www.exit133.com/articles/view/state-of-the-city-more-than-potholes…-deep-repairs#.VaVoFvlVhBc

This is all a search returns.  Perhaps you can find and provide a link to the article.  As an aside, the objections I raised to the Mayor’s earlier proposal are applicable to her newest scheme.  You can read a few of them at the link. 

July 14 2015 Utility Tax Increase + Property Tax Increase (Could) = Fixing Tacoma's Streets

The City does not have a pavement assessment, ergo the City has no plan.  I am not supporting anything less than a defined work plan that has an achievable OCI rating at the end of the term associated with it.  And if the post workplan OCI rating does not reflect meaningful improvement and the cost is not commensurate with the work being done I still will not support it.  In fact I will actively campaign against the proposal.

July 14 2015 Utility Tax Increase + Property Tax Increase (Could) = Fixing Tacoma's Streets

The city is doing a pavement assessment.  It was in an E133 article about a month or two ago.

July 14 2015 Utility Tax Increase + Property Tax Increase (Could) = Fixing Tacoma's Streets

Why not tie a statewide (so there’s no place for businesses to uproot to) minimum wage hike to the cost of living using Seattle’s $15 wage in 2020 as baseline?  Maybe that’d be just too darn easy…

A typical calculator:
http://money.cnn.com/calculator/pf/cost-of-living/

July 14 2015 Tacoma Minimum Wage: 15 Now? 15... Eventually? 12 Eventually?

Here is all you need to ask the Mayor:

1) What is Tacoma’s current OCI?
2) What is the target OCI the City is aiming for at the end of 10 years?

If she cannot answer these questions then the City has no business coming to the voters looking for new revenues.  Once these questions have been answered then the debate can begin on whether or not to support funding the work plan that is being proposed. 

July 14 2015 Utility Tax Increase + Property Tax Increase (Could) = Fixing Tacoma's Streets

“But why not use Click!...  ...and use the money for roads?”

C’mon, you can’t possibly be so naive as to actually believe that the powers that be intend to spend any new revenues exclusively, or even primarily, on restoring, maintaining and preserving our pavement infrastructure.

“Only $120m?  I thought it was $325m over 10 years?”

It really doesn’t matter how much money they are talking about the issue I have is that what they are asking for is unconstrained dollars and we all know that

July 14 2015 Utility Tax Increase + Property Tax Increase (Could) = Fixing Tacoma's Streets

I have several questions:

1. Only $120m?  I thought it was $325m over 10 years?

2. I don’t understand why the city doesn’t tax or raise utility rates on customers outside of Tacoma and leave Tacoma rates alone.  Is there a law against that or something?  It seems odd that if something goes catastrophically wrong with a dam, Tacomans have the responsibility of fixing it while outside customers in, say, Lakewood or U.P., can just switch electricity suppliers.  Why does Tacoma have all the

July 14 2015 Utility Tax Increase + Property Tax Increase (Could) = Fixing Tacoma's Streets

Well what they are looking for is funding for pet projects.  I would vote to fund restoring, maintaining and preserving our pavement infrastructure, but this is not what this is all about.  It is the Mayor going on a fishing expedition for a new funding source to fund pet projects out of.  The money she is looking for is not legally constrained and we all know what that means.  History is a good indicator of what the money will be spent on if the Mayor gets her way.

July 14 2015 Utility Tax Increase + Property Tax Increase (Could) = Fixing Tacoma's Streets

Well, there is not going to be legally binding constraints on any new revenues…. so at best what you are going to get is pothole patching, chip and cape seal and oil mat streets.  The powers that be want the money to fund a laundry list of new capital projects tat have little or nothing to do with pavement maintenance, restoration and preservation.  The simple fact that they keep coming back with the same old, same old is a dead giveaway.  The only way I would support a new revenue source would

July 14 2015 Utility Tax Increase + Property Tax Increase (Could) = Fixing Tacoma's Streets

Let me get this straight, the voters of Tacoma will pay for a new aquarium, but not to maintain their own streets???  I suppose this keeps cut-thru traffic to a minimum.  My little Civic could barely navigate some of the streets recently as we drove around to open houses and homes for sale.  I really thought that my car was going to get stuck a few times, it is that bad.

July 14 2015 Utility Tax Increase + Property Tax Increase (Could) = Fixing Tacoma's Streets

Last year our property taxes were raised to pay for improvements to the aquarium. I don’t want my taxes raised every year to pay for pet projects. I am all about fixing the potholes, but not at the expense of it being part of a yearly tax increase. Wonder what they will want to raise my taxes for next year. Voting no!

July 14 2015 Utility Tax Increase + Property Tax Increase (Could) = Fixing Tacoma's Streets

They have absolutely no interest in restoring our failed pavement infrastructure.  They are using claim as a way to get their hands on unconstrained dollars that they have already been promising to spend like there is no tomorrow on more capital projects that are at best only tenuously related to pavement restoration.

Do not under any circumstances vote for any new dollars that are not 100% legally constrained.  Furthermore tie any consideration of new revenues to 100% legally binding

July 14 2015 Utility Tax Increase + Property Tax Increase (Could) = Fixing Tacoma's Streets

Even if true the risk is entirely within acceptable parameters. 

The bottom is this:  The American progressive movement is concerned that the ability to develop, transport and market domestic fossil fuel resources will have a negative effect on their allies ability to get top dollar for the oil inventory they are sitting on.  The progressive movement is totally invested in increasing innocent human suffering, misery and death and will oppose any and all domestic energy production, transport

July 14 2015 Tacoma, "NW city most threatened by oil trains"

Crisis is normal. Complexity can be fun. Why shouldn’t Tacoma contribute to the national effort toward energy-independence? Is it mostly because of a lack of confidence in people or technology? Down With Brains! Down With Trains!

Let’s take a head count of who wants to replace Tacoma’s tank farm with a commercial nuclear power plant. Majority Rules!

July 14 2015 Tacoma, "NW city most threatened by oil trains"

Certainly a concern for many residents, and good to surface it for public discussion; however, this was a hack copy-cut-paste job from a questionable source, so I’m going to have to side with David.

For starters, there is little evidence other than the self-generated “research” report to qualify T Town as “...now the Northwest city most threatened by oil trains.” Ok, so the “reporter” is also the primary researcher- not exactly the model of objectivity typically credited with actual

July 13 2015 Tacoma, "NW city most threatened by oil trains"

@fan - those of us who put up w/ the insane commute are not doing it so that we can earn 15/hr.  The 15 now proponents are focused on the wrong end of the income ladder.  Tacoma needs higher end employers not a higher paid unskilled workforce.  Focus on educating Tacoma citizens and attracting employers that pay more.  By the way - there will be a competing initiative on the ballot.

July 13 2015 Guest Article: Know15.com Direct to $15 is too EXTREME!

Fife?  The worst most nonsensical city.  We should be so lucky to watch it be reset by a Rainier lahar.

July 12 2015 Guest Article: Know15.com Direct to $15 is too EXTREME!

Yes, oil trains are hazardous, but the idea that Tacoma faces more danger than any other city is completely false.  The trains are brought to and through Tacoma by BNSF railroad, on the Portland to Seattle main line.  BNSF is a class one railroad owned by Berkshire Hathaway, which has very deep pockets.

Tacoma Rail takes the trains from BNSF across the tide flats a couple of miles to the local oil facilities.  That is done at very low speeds, around 10-20 MPH.  At such speeds, a derailment

July 12 2015 Tacoma, "NW city most threatened by oil trains"

The article presents a terrifying reality. This sounds like a no win situation. I imagine the utility would face huge economic consequences if they refused to pick up oil trains from the BNSF main line, with the refineries certain to sue. Purchasing a $billion+ insurance policy would undoubtedly be well beyond the operating budget of such a small railroad. My guess is that the best we could do is invest in making the track leading to the terminals the highest quality possible, add a significant

July 12 2015 Tacoma, "NW city most threatened by oil trains"

Dave, you may be right (or wrong). However, you need to do the hard work of typing what specifically is inaccurate in the article.  “The whole thing!” etc. doesn’t really count as discourse. Ad hominem only detracts from your position.

July 12 2015 Tacoma, "NW city most threatened by oil trains"

No doubt that there is a secondary economy of non-tax paying, illegitimate business dealings. Many such operations have a legitimate appearance. Other operations are merely overt disorganized crime, which the mass-media reports on daily. In either case, law breakers risk government prosecution and notoriety in the form of public records.

The primary axiom of economics is “Man Seeks Gain.”

Self-determination is an ideal worth pursuing; not subservience. Once the concept of legitimate

July 12 2015 Guest Article: Know15.com Direct to $15 is too EXTREME!

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July 11 2015 Old City Hall - Sometimes Love Isn't All You Need

If we were going after crooks there would probably be much fewer businesspeople
as many of them like to cook the books or have other crooked business practices.Not to say all of them just many of them.

July 11 2015 Guest Article: Know15.com Direct to $15 is too EXTREME!

How about a Petroleum dependence tax to cover a potential $5 billion in a rail disaster insurance rather than the $60 million in what is currently insured for.Petroleum is used for all sorts of things and not just motor vehicle fuels like say for consumer goods,prescription drugs,fertilizers etc.However most of these goods are transported by motor vehicles and purchased by consumers using motor vehicles.If we could lessen our (addiction) dependence the insurance costs would go down.Perhaps a

July 11 2015 Tacoma, "NW city most threatened by oil trains"

It’s disappointing to see Exit 133 incuriously parroting a bunch of histrionic, made-up BS.

July 10 2015 Tacoma, "NW city most threatened by oil trains"

Amazing work by comrade RR Anderson.
If hypothetically a minimum local wage of $15 was implimented here a positive benefit would be the mitigation of the harmful to the environment Tacoma to Seattle commute by many of its residents.Also it would save scarcer fuels and costly infrastructures.
It would be much better if we could work locally as close as possible to home rather than have to have the insanity of long commutes.
It would be better would be if we lived so close to our workplace that

July 10 2015 Guest Article: Know15.com Direct to $15 is too EXTREME!

Sometimes I wonder if Tacoma and Pierce county should restore the Puyallup River estuary, close JBLM, and just completely re-boot its economic strategy.  It would be highly disruptive, but the place would probably end up better off in 20 or 30 years down the line…

July 10 2015 Tacoma, "NW city most threatened by oil trains"

The work ethic is the idea that constructive and directed labor activity inspires personal initiative that changes a community.  All of the public investments downtown and in Upper Tacoma would mean nothing unless businesses opened and created jobs and commerce.  The $15/hour wage initiative is misguided.  Business creation will become anemic and investors will instead direct their attention to the suburbs, ironic because jobs for young people are needed in Tacoma.  Small business is the heart

July 10 2015 Guest Article: Know15.com Direct to $15 is too EXTREME!

Definitely not in favor of the strong mayor form of government, though I had considered it. I prefer having one that is a professional manager with the appropriate education, credentials and experience.

July 08 2015 Guest Article: Thriller

... every argument we’ve heard presented against it is a hot fucking garbage appeal to emotion…

Uh, excuse me?  Pointing out the widely recognized law of supply and demand (“It’s a consensus!  The science is SETTLED!” Recognize that?) isn’t quite “an appeal to emotion”.

The owner of the Cloverleaf is a complete moron…

...who has somehow figured out how to operate a successful business that provides employment to 28 other human beings.  That’s quite a trick for a moron.

Say, what’s the

July 07 2015 Guest Article: Know15.com Direct to $15 is too EXTREME!

I used to be in favor of this idea.  But now that I’ve read this piece, maybe not so much.

July 07 2015 Guest Article: Thriller

Well folks….Starbucks has officially raised their prices.  The inflationary spiral has begun.  No amount of minimum wage increases can help us now.  Before you know it the house you live in will no longer be underwater.  That’s what this is really all about.  Raise min. wage, spark inflationary pressure, sell house that has finally returned to positive equity, move to better city - like Fife.

July 07 2015 Guest Article: Know15.com Direct to $15 is too EXTREME!

Maybe the minimum wage should be higher than $15/hour. Just think of the types of businesses it would dissuade from locating in Tacoma, and the types where such a minimum wage isn’t an issue because they only need skilled labor that is paid much higher. I, for one, can do with fewer nail salons. With an even higher minimum wage you get rid of those low skill jobs and, eventually, you get rid of the low-skill workers. Get the surrounding communities to impose a higher minimum wage, too, and

July 06 2015 Guest Article: Know15.com Direct to $15 is too EXTREME!
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