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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of April 21, 2015

Freighthouse Square Amtrak Station

Last we heard WSDOT had decided (after significant public process) to locate the new Tacoma Amtrak station in the middle section of Freighthouse Square, and was taking public comment on design options. During this week's study session they will brief Tacoma City

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Coming Soon: Food Truck Fridays (and Saturdays and Sundays Too) in Tacoma

Food truck fans, put this on your calendar: Three days a week for at least three months this summer it looks like you'll have a fun new option for lunch (and breakfast and dinner two days a week). A new program from the City of Tacoma will give local food trucks a place to set up for breakfast,

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - April 14, 2015



Wednesday, April 14, 2015 was proclaimed as Rock Paper Scissors Foundation Day in the City of Tacoma. The RPS Foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness of mental, physical, and emotional abuse, creates

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Tax Amnesty for Tacoma Businesses?

There are currently 4,600 businesses in Tacoma with delinquent tax returns, license fees, or penalties on their account. Those delinquent fees and taxes are estimated to total in the neighborhood of $1.4 million. There are another estimated 2,000 businesses that the City of Tacoma knows of

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Asking For More From a New McCarver Elementary School Library

Plans are moving forward for the remodel of Tacoma's historic McCarver Elementary School in the Hilltop. But there are some in the school, and in the neighborhood who would like to see a little more.

Plans for the remodel, available on the Tacoma Public Schools website, include seismic upgrades

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - April 7, 2015



Resolution No. 39161 A resolution approving the final plat of Applewood West, a 14-lot residential subdivision located at 4033 East Howe Street.


Ordinance No. 28292 An ordinance vacating a portion of Jefferson Avenue south of South 17th

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RIP Jack Falk - Bicycle Artist Extraordinaire

It is with heavy hearts that we learn of the passing of Jack Falk on Easter Sunday. Jack was born December 6, 1946. He arrived in Tacoma in 1987 and found himself at the Rescue Mission. He volunteered at the Washington State Historical Society from 1998 until he became ill in late 2014.  Most

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of April 7, 2015

Click! Town Hall Meetings

Following the announcement that TPU is considering entering a public/private partnership to address problems with Click! network, two town hall meetings will give the public the chance to learn more about the proposed partnership, which would have Wave Broadband of

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2nd Annual Earth Day Bike Ride

Harmon Tap Room April 22, 2015 at 3:00 pm

​Join us for our 2nd Annual Eath Day Bike ride, lead by the Cycle Saloon!

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Public Meeting on Paid Leave

Tacoma Public Library Main Branch April 22, 2015 at 5:30 pm

—Draft Rules and Regulations Now Available With Draft Notice to Employers and Employees—

Paid Leave rules and regulations as well as a notice to employers and employees have been drafted and are available for community members to review. The City will hold the following public meetings to seek

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Comprehensive Organic Gardening Course

Bates Technical College April 22, 2015 at 5:00 pm

This is a six week course that will meet Wednesday evenings from 5-7pm at the downtown Tacoma Bates College Main Auditorium on these dates: 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27

Urban Advanced Gardening is not meant for advanced gardeners, it’s designed to create advanced urban gardeners. It’s for

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Bike Train: Geolography of Tacoma

Meet at 11th and Pacific April 22, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Join Garrett from the Downtown On the Go Bike Committee to celebrate the Year of the Bike with a group ride out of downtown Tacoma. We will meet at 11th and Pacific Ave and ride the Foss Waterway, Tacoma’s waterfront, and up North 36th (adjacent to Puget Creek), making stops along the way where

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International Student Host Family Information Night

Language and Performing Arts Center April 23, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Share your home with one of Charles Wright‘s international students for an academic year! Benefits include:• developing a lifelong friendship with an international student and his or her family• learning about another culture and language• acting as a mentor of American culture and

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Final Point Defiance Park Master Plan public meeting

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Education Building April 23, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Metro Parks Tacoma planners invite citizens to discuss the Point Defiance Park Master Plan. Because the turnout to the January 29 meeting was so high, future meetings will take place at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Education Building.The 2014 Capital Bond is the catalyst to advance additional

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Point Defiance Master Plan Public Meeting #4

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium April 23, 2015 at 6:00 pm

You’re invited to join us to discuss the Point Defiance Park Master Plan and affirm the vision and direction for the park.

Since 2005, we have been working with the public and community partners to craft a Master Plan to guide the park well into the future.

This winter and spring, we’ll

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Revival, Vol. 1 discussion at Destiny City Comics

Destiny City Comics April 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm
In April, on the fourth Thursday we’ll discuss Revival, Vol. 1, which has words by Tim Seeley (Batman Eternal, Hack/Slash, Grayson) and art by Mike Norton (Runaways, Battlepug). Check out a review here on Bloody Disgusting:
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Matt Driscoll: It’s time to come to terms with Tacoma’s shrinking grit

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Just how gritty are we anymore?

That's what Matt Driscoll asks in his latest column for the TNT. His answer? Tacoma's grittiness is "increasingly overstated." The blue collar jobs that have so long formed a major pillar of Tacoma's identity are shrinking in numbers, replaced by low-wage service jobs.

What can we do to replace those vanishing blue collar careers? How about an education that prepares those young men and women who are dropping out of the labor market for the next generation of jobs? And don't forget the need for businesses to offer them those jobs - even if they don't fit the gritty image. Maybe the next generation of middle class jobs comes with a cap and gown, rather than a blue collar, but maybe they can serve the same purpose.

Is it time to let the grit take on a bit of a polish? Can we hold onto the grit, and make room for what's next?

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Restless crowd wants Tacoma to keep control of Click network

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It's not every day that a public meeting to discuss the future of a branch of a public utility involves shouting and throwing things at the stage, but that's part of what happened at this week's first town hall event on the future of Tacoma's Click! network.

The crowd that showed up for the open house hosted by TPU didn't like the "instant polling" method TPU wanted to use to gather input. The general sentiment about the proposed deal to lease Click! to Wave Broadband didn't seem to get much support either.

If you missed this week's action-packed meeting, you still have one more chance to join the conversation. The second of two town halls on the proposal will be held on Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m. at the Tacoma Public Utilities headquarters at South 35th Street.

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Neighbors ask court to halt Weyerhaeuser mansion events

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We've written numerous times about the battle between the owners of the old Weyerhaeuser Mansion on North Stevens and the neighbors over whether or not the large historic property can be used for events like weddings.

The matter could have been wity a recent compromise ruling from the Hearing Examiner granted the property owners a conditional use permit, along with a list of conditions.

Apparently those conditions weren't enough for the neighbors, who are now suing at the County level. They're challenging the premise that the whole property is a historic site, which qualifies it for adaptive reuse. They also complain that the Hearing Examiner's solution of requiring the estate owners to erect a sound barrier wall would be unattractive, and still insufficient to block noise from wedding festivities on the other side from their third floor. 

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Weyerhaeuser mansion neighbor loses most arguments in bid for event venue reconsideration

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If you've been following the ongoing fight over the use of the Weyerhaeuser Mansion, here's the latest chapter:

Tacoma Hearing Examiner Phyllis MacLeod has more or less reaffirmed her previous ruling, with only minor modification. This, despite the protests of neighbors to the historic property. Those neighbors had made several requests for reconsideration of the earlier ruling by the Hearing Examiner.

The latest decision does modify the ruling to require that the off-duty police officers required to act as security for the event space would also be required to walk the property boundary. The examiner turned down requests from the neighbors to have their approval for design and placement of a noise-buffering wall between the two properties.

Will this ruling finally settle the matter and allow the sale of the property and the booking of events to move forward? 

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2015 Green Partnership Fund Awardees Announced

Pierce Conservation District sponsors 11-conservation projects throughout Pierce County

Puyallup, Wash. – Pierce Conservation District is proud to announce support for 11 conservation projects

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City of Tacoma Begins Pilot of Food Truck Program on May 1

-- Market Street, Tollefson Plaza and Ruston Way to Serve as First Sites --

Market Street – between 9th and 11th streets in downtown Tacoma – is about to get livelier starting at 6 a.m. on May 1.

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Clouded leopard pregnant with at least two cubs, magellanic penguins are nesting on eggs

We’re expecting! clouded leopard pregnant with at least two cubs, and magellanic penguins are nesting on eggs at point defiance zoo & aquarium

Animal babies could arrive around Mother’s Day


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Significant night lane closures ahead for I-5 in Tacoma

Beginning the week of April 20, continued demolition of the Pacific Avenue overpass in Tacoma will require night closures of the northbound Interstate 5 collector/distributor lanes. Later in the

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Man sentenced to eight years for vehicular homicide

TACOMA, WA – Today Jason Raynaldo Tamayo, 45, was sentenced to eight years in prison for hitting and killing Mark Nigh, 56, with his vehicle in downtown Tacoma last year. In March, Tamayo pleaded

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