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Tacoma City Council Meeting - August 26, 2014

August 28, 2014 - 14:55



Resolution No. 38991 A resolution setting Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at approximately 5:30 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the draft North Downtown Subarea Plan and proposed amendments to the Municipal Code Chapter 13.06A, Downtown Tacoma.

Walmart Developer Sues Tacoma

August 28, 2014 - 08:12

The development company that bought the former Union Avenue Elks Lodge property where the Tacoma Walmart now stands is suing the City of Tacoma for delays in the permitting process.

According to the Business Examiner, Allenmore Medical Investors LLC is suing the City of Tacoma, as well as

Is TPD Playing Big Brother?

August 27, 2014 - 10:40

There's some news out today that is a little disturbing to some people on a few levels. It appears that Tacoma Police Department has technology that allows it to collect cell phone information on the public. They've had it for several years, and have been keeping it up to date with the latest cell

Now Reading: WATCH: Boaters wowed by dolphin’s backward backflips in Puget Sound

August 27, 2014 - 10:34

We weren't fortunate enough to see the dolphins that visited the waters off Point Defiance over the weekend, but someone was, and they caught a video of it.

It's not often that these creatures make an appearance so close to Tacoma, and when they do, it's always special.

Safe Streets Turns 25, Looks to Next Quarter Century

August 26, 2014 - 12:31

Tacoma's Safe Streets program celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

Begun in 1989 as a response to violence and gang activity in Tacoma's neighborhoods, Safe Streets was a call for collective action. The response to that call came from 125 neighborhood groups over the last quarter century,

A Quick McMenamins Update

August 26, 2014 - 11:09

We wrote last December that McMenamins would be indefinitely delaying its Tacoma Elks Lodge project to focus on a Bothell project. Due to the way development agreements were set up differently in the two cities, McMenamins would be focusing on the Anderson School project in Bothell before turning

Now Reading: One Poet’s Vision To Celebrate The Beauty — And The Warts — Of Tacoma

August 26, 2014 - 08:19

Tacoma's Poet Laureate, Lucas Smiraldo, wants to hear your poetry, and to share it with others. Smiraldo is collecting poetry by Tacomans about Tacoma for his new Laureate Listening Project, funded by a Greater Tacoma Community Foundation Spark Grant.

He will record Tacomans reading their poetry,

Reimagine Public Space on Park(ing) Day 2014

August 25, 2014 - 12:55

Park(ing) Day is an annual event that asks you to reimagine the possibilities that lie in the boundaries of an ordinary parking spot. Downtown On the Go has been hosting our local Park(ing) Day in downtown Tacoma for several years, but it's only one of many across the country and around the world.

Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of August 26, 2014

August 25, 2014 - 12:25

Every Other Week Garbage Collection

At this week's study session Council will hear the final report on the implementation of the every-other-week garbage pick up program, which rolled out last year. The report will include data on customer "right-sizing" (adjusting can size to fit household

Now Reading: The 10 most expensive U.S. earthquakes

August 25, 2014 - 09:50

As we watch all the pictures and details of the damage coming out of the Napa earthquake over the weekend, it's clear that the cleanup is going to be pretty costly. CNN Money has an interesting list of the top 10 most expensive past earthquakes in the U.S., in terms of damage to homes and other

City Still Working on Getting For Hire Transportation Regulation Right

August 22, 2014 - 14:46

The City of Tacoma is working to develop regulations to cover both traditional taxi companies and new rideshare businesses like Uber and Lyft.

At its meeting this Wednesday the City Council's Government Performance and Accountability Committee heard from City staff on progress so far to craft

Drone Technology Makes For an Awfully Pretty Video of Tacoma

August 22, 2014 - 09:31

Tacoma, the drones are coming for you... and for now at least it seems like they're here to make you look pretty good.

A new video on the internets shows off a very picturesque Tacoma (and other parts of Washington) from above. It was filmed by Just 2 Guys Creative, the team that put together a

Now Reading: What Smart Cities can Learn from the Luddites

August 21, 2014 - 09:38

Conversations about so-called "smart cities" focus on the potential for technology to revolutionize life in our urban centers, but often ignore questions of equity and access.

A recent piece from a British author asks another question, though; what if we reframe the idea of "smart" cities to think

Fall Garden Festival to Celebrate Local, Sustainable Gardening

August 21, 2014 - 08:05

A new garden event is coming to Tacoma this fall from Metro Parks. In the tradition of the Point Defiance Flower and Garden Show, the new Fall Garden Festival will celebrate and inspire local farmers, gardeners, and anyone who's thinking about getting in to gardening.

The Fall Garden Festival at

Peoples Community Center Pool is Getting a Makeover

August 20, 2014 - 14:22

Peoples Pool in Tacoma's Hilltop neighborhood is getting a makeover. Makeover might actually not be a strong enough word for the improvements coming to the Metro Parks facility at 9th and MLK.

The Peoples Community Center was known as Malcolm X Center until it got a name change in 1978 ...

Mayor & Others Ask Public to Lobby Against JBLM Cuts

August 20, 2014 - 11:59

Mayor Strickland, Councilmember Thoms, and other public figures are asking the public to help lobby to keep reductions at Joint Base Lewis-McChord to a minimum in upcoming military cuts. Last week the Mayor issued a request for public involvement, which Thoms echoed at last night's City Council

Tacoma City Council Meeting - August 19, 2014

August 20, 2014 - 09:30



Resolution No. 38987 A resolution authorizing the execution of an Interlocal Agreement with the Port of Tacoma to clarify the rights and responsibilities of the City and the Port relating to jointly-owned real property commonly referred to as Julia’s Gulch located in

Now Reading: Tickets about gone for U.S. Open

August 19, 2014 - 15:17

A little less than a year out, and the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay is already starting to sell out.

Individual tickets for Saturday and Sunday - the final competition days of the big event - are sold out. Apparently that's an earlier date than usual for the US Open. 

There are still a few ways

MDC Celebrates Opening of Randall Townsend Apartments

August 19, 2014 - 14:34

For too long the old Baywatch apartments sat empty at the corner of 7th and Fawcett. But soon the nearly 100 year-old apartment building will again be home to residents.

MDC, a long-time Tacoma nonprofit focused on addressing root causes of poverty, has spent the last year, and $4.1

SWAT Presence at McKinley Hill Street Fair Draws Mixed Reactions

August 19, 2014 - 08:19

Over the weekend the McKinley neighborhood held its first street fair in several years. There was a great turnout, with perfect street fair weather and lots of family fun. 

We also heard that Tacoma's SWAT team turned out - mostly via several lively conversations on various social networks. To say