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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 -- 4:16 pm PNW Open returns for 124th http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Match. One of the longest-running tennis tournaments in the United States returns for its 124th year at the Tacoma Lawn and Tennis Club. From July 22 to the champion- ship matches on July 26, some of the best players from around the State of Washington, as well as talent from around the country will hit the courts for a share of $22,000 in cash winnings.Read more...
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 -- 11:57 am Mark your calendars: Tim Allen http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Catch "Home Improvement" star Tim Allen as he delivers a stand-up comedy set at the Emerald Queen Casino on Oct. 24. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 24, with prices ranging from $40 to $100. For further details, visit http://www.ticketmaster.com, which is also where you can find more info on these other upcoming shows, except where otherwise indicated.
Imagine Dragons with Metric: 7 p.m., July 31, Tacoma Dome, $26.50 to $56.50.
Martina McBride: 8:30 p.m., Aug. 1, Emerald Queen Casino, $45 to $115.
Chris Young: 8:30 p.m. Aug. 14, Emerald Queen Casino, $40 to $90.
Christopher Titus: 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Aug. 21 and 22, 8 p.m. Aug. 23, Tacoma Comedy Club, $27.50 to $37.50, http://www.tacomacomedyclub.com.
Pain in the Grass with Slipknot, Lamb of God and more: 2 p.m. Aug. 23, White River Amphitheatre, Auburn, $32 to $72.
Sinbad: 8:30 p.m., Sept. 25, Emerald Queen Casino, $25 to $65; on sale at 10 a.m. June 26.
Heart: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15, Washington State Fair, Auburn, $30 to $90, http://www.thefair.com.
Michael Ian Black: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 to 19, 10:30 p.m. Sept. 18 and 19, $17.50 to $37.50, http://www.tacomacomedyclub.com.
Iggy Azalea: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22, Washington State Fair, Auburn, $55 to $85.
Queen - It's Kinda Magic starring Giles Taylor: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26, Pantages Theater, $29 to $79, http://www.broadwaycenter.org.
Lewis Black: 7 p.m. Sept. 27, Pantages Theater, $59.50; http://www.broadwaycenter.org.
Juan Gabriel: 8 p.m., Nov. 20, Tacoma Dome, $73.50 to $229.50.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 -- 11:49 am Montero back to Tacoma? Good thing for us http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - For lifelong Mariner fans, this rough season should come as no surprise. After decades of toil and trouble, with a few glimmers of sunshine sprinkled around, one would think we had become accustomed to the usual excitement and anticipation, followed by the usual (and often dramatic) letdown.
This season it just seems different.
Following an off-season filled with hype from the national media and a rosier outlook on offense with the addition of homerun king Nelson Cruz, Mariner fans were buoyed with high expectations and what seemed to be maybe the promise of a new era in Seattle baseball.
Without getting into too many nasty details, this season is beginning to feel like a dagger between the ribs and somebody keeps on twisting the knife. Let's take a look at the most-recent twisting. It's time to have a little chat about Tacoma Rainiers first baseman Jesus Montero.
It's been a long time since a single player in the Mariner organization has caused as much division amongst Seattle baseball fans. After a difficult, and ultimately embarrassing, 2014 campaign, Montero returned this season with what looked like a chiseled frame and a new lease on life. The only problem seems to be his inability to extract himself from Mariner manager Lloyd McClendon's doghouse.
For Tacoma Rainier fans, McClendon's doghouse is a fine place to be for Montero, since our team has fed off the slugger all season. When Montero is in the lineup, the Rainiers look like a much better team than their 45-52 record shows. As much as this Mariner fan thinks Montero deserves to be playing every night with Seattle, if they decide to continue throwing sub-200 hitters at opponents, while keeping Montero down here in Tacoma, most of us Tacoma fans will gladly take it.
But let's get real about how ridiculous this situation is.
As of this writing, Jesus Montero is batting .330 in 85 games with the Rainiers. He's hitting left-handed pitching for a .362 average, meanwhile he is hitting right-handed hitting (supposedly a big weakness) for a .317 average. Throw in 15 homeruns, 12 doubles, 68 RBI and we're talking about Triple-A All-Star numbers here.
Actually, we absolutely are talking about Triple-A All-Star numbers, as Montero was named to the Triple-A All-Star team earlier in July. All the hard work and dedication finally paid-off for Montero, and he was set to take a trip to Omaha for Triple-A's biggest spectacle of the season. It would have been a nice reward had he not been called up for the first time this season to the play for the Mariners.
Ten at-bats later, Montero was shuttled back to Tacoma. Sure, he had three hits in those chances and even scored a run and drew three walks, but it just wouldn't be a proper 2015 Mariner season without a continuous run of disappointing roster decisions.
Montero is still young and, in fact, looks like he has a big future in front of him. The big question is whether it will be as a Seattle Mariner, a Tacoma Rainier or will he be shipped off Read more...
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 -- 11:48 am Star-studded 7th Annual Auction for Lindquist at King's Books http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist's seventh annual Signed Book and Spirits Auction will be held at King's Books, 218 St. Helens Ave. in Tacoma, on Thursday, July 30, at 5 p.m. Auction items include Garth Stein's novel, "The Art of Racing in the Rain," and Maria Semple's "Where'd You Go, Bernadette." New York Times bestselling authors Stein and Semple are both expected to attend. Last year, Semple auctioned off her own book, coaxing bidders into paying top dollar.
Other signed books on the auction list include bestsellers by Ann Rule, Bret Easton Ellis, and Lindquist. Music fans will have the chance to bid on signed CDs donated by Peter Buck of R.E.M. and actress/singer Molly Ringwald. And a surprise star or two usually appear at the event - so keep any eye out.
For those who like libations with their literature and music, wine and whiskey bottles are up for auction and open for drinking. The Harmon Pub will provide beer. You can nibble light appetizers between stacks of used books as King's remains open for business during the festivities.
This signature fundraising event for Lindquist typically includes local celebrities. Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland, Sheriff Paul Pastor and Sonics Guy Kris Brannon are guest star auctioneers this year. Detective Ed Troyer will once again be the emcee. Last year, some guests from the audience, including former Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma, were brought on stage to hawk auction items.
"The books, wine and whiskey are top notch," says Lindquist, "but it's the people who make this event enjoyable and memorable every year."
Lindquist, after being elected by a landslide in 2010, ran unopposed in 2014. Under his leadership, the office vigorously and effectively prosecutes violent offenders, collaborates with local partners and protects the community. Read more...
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 -- 9:45 am Arts & Entertainment: Abstract painting featured at B2 Fine Art http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - It was not that long ago that abstract art was the dominant trend in painting. Devotees of the so-called New York school taught the tenants of abstraction from positions in the art departments of the universities and a generation of painters was suckled on the milk of abstraction. The arc art of history was seen as the story of how artists came to free themselves from the tyranny of the outer subject and became liberated - able to immerse themselves in a world of pure paint. Painting was pared down to its most basic elements: color, texture, tone, line, gesture.
The history of art did not end with the abstract expressionists, however. The pendulum swung the other way, and now the majority of painters do not work in the abstract. Once opened, though, a door cannot be closed, and abstract art is now a viable avenue of pursuit for any painter that wants to go in that direction.
B2 Fine Art Gallery (that celebrated its 5th year in business last weekend) is currently hosting a show of works by a trio of local painters that traffic in abstraction. Called "Driven to Abstraction," the exhibition shows off the work of Tacoma artist Vic Wade, Seattle artist Elmore Williams Jr. and Olympia artist Becky Knold.
Wade's large paintings are of two types. There are dense, busy paintings that cover the surface somewhat uniformly like a mash-up of Jackson Pollock and Willem De Kooning. And then there are paintings with big, geometric areas of bold color that have just the right amount of fuzz around the edge to give them a gritty feel. In "Your Average Saturn Saturday," Wade lays down some cosmic cartography with concentric circles and orbs in vibrant orange, green, blue and red.
Williams Jr. is much influenced by the masters of cubism, Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. Some of his smaller pieces venture into pure abstraction, but most are an Afro centric exploration of classical cubism. Originally from South Carolina, Williams Jr. has a lifetime of experience as a painter and an arts educator. His use of cubism to depict African American heroes like the poet Phillis Wheatley gives the gravitas of the modern to these subjects.
Knold is a late bloomer as a painter. It was not until her retirement as an instructor in the International Studies Program at Saint Martin's University that Knold followed the calling of the way of the brush. With confident strokes Knold sets free a pent-up inner power. Knold works in sweeping strokes of toned-down color to create paintings that are both energetic and bashful. Her work is an interior designer's dream: amiable to a tastefully furnished room while able to maintain visual interest.
"Driven to Abstraction," is a good reminder of the power and potential of abstract art. The show runs through Aug. 15. For further information visit http://www.b2finearts.com.Read more...
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 -- 9:44 am Bengals can't match Kings' intensity and fall from unbeatens http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - It was billed as the championship rematch, and it played out like a statement game for the Puyallup Nation Kings. After struggling through an early season that saw two coaching changes and some surprising non-league losses, Puyallup set its sights upon the league-leading and unbeaten Pierce County Bengals and put the Western Washington Football Alliance on notice with a 33-8 handling of the defending WWFA champions.
In front of one of the biggest crowds ever at Chief Leschi Stadium, Puyallup made the most of several Bengal miscues and stifled Pierce County's offense from start to finish. The Bengals would put eight points on the board off of a fumble return; meanwhile, their offense would be kept off of the scoreboard.
It took four plays for the fireworks to start flying in Puyallup. After holding Pierce County on their opening possession, Puyallup made the most out of a bad Bengal bounce and put a touchdown on the board before most fans had a chance to bite into their hot dogs. After a Pierce County three-and-out, Bengal punter Junior Meade launched a punt off the side of his foot that fell nearly five yards behind the line of scrimmage. The ball took a Puyallup turn, bouncing backward and right into the arms of Puyallup's Sergio Brown, who sprinted down field, juked Meade at the 15-yard line and crossed the goal line for a Kings' touchdown with just over two minutes off the clock. After a Nick Rhodes field goal, the Kings led 7-0.
The Kings pushed the Bengals back on the next possession, forcing a punt on fourth-and-15. This time Meade launched the ball downfield and Puyallup would have to start on their own 25-yard line. Seven plays later, the Kings were knocking on Pierce County's door again facing a second-and-one from the 18-yard line. After handling several high snaps to start the game, quarterback Justin Southern could only get a finger on the next snap, tipping the ball into the air. Running back Isaac Syph got a few fingers on the ball as well just before the Bengal defensive line crashed into the scene. Pierce County's J.R. Ala burst from the pack with the ball and began rambling down the field with Kings hot on his heels. Just as he was about to be taken down, Ala pitched the ball back to teammate Robert Edwards at the 25-yard line and two heartbeats later the Bengals were on the scoreboard. Following a two-point conversion pass from Octavus Walton to Pierre Culliver, the defending champs took the lead 8-7 with 3:40 left in the first quarter.
The two teams would then trade the ball back and forth three times over the next four plays from scrimmage.
Puyallup's Southern was intercepted at the Bengals 43-yard line, which was then answered by a fumbled pitch by Pierce County that was finally recovered by Puyallup's Kevin Graves at the Bengal seven-yard line. On the very next play, Corey Newton took a handoff from Southern, was stripped of the ball as he hit the Pierce County defensive front and the Bengals came out of the pile with tRead more...
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 -- 9:43 am South Sound FC brings home national championship trophy http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Sometimes the third time isn't a charm. Sometimes a team needs to raise several thousands of dollars and venture east for a fourth time before magic will strike.
In the case of the South Sound FC U-23 team, it worked out to be less magic and simply way more talent and firepower that would drive the boys from Tacoma toward their first-ever United States Adult Soccer Association U-23 national championship.
After making an impressive run in the 2014 tournament in Pennsylvania, it looked for a while like the Shock would bypass this year's tournament in Virginia Beach after the organization had already pumped out large amounts of money in the previous three years, as well as ramping up operations here at home.
It wasn't setting right with South Sound head coach Adam Becker though.
"I just knew we could bring back the championship and I told (owner) John Crouch that," said Becker. "I knew this was the team that could win it all this time."
With a roster that included two all-stars from fellow Evergreen Premier League teams, Becker was more than dead-on in his assessment of the team's chances. South Sound would play four games, twice playing two full 90-minute games on the same day, and outscored some U-23 heavies by a combined 19-4, not counting the 3-0 win they were awarded due to a forfeit by Maricopa FC Saturday morning.
South Sound kicked off their tournament run on July 17 against Brooklyn United FC. Scotty Hanson kicked off the championship scoring run with a goal just seven minutes into the match on a nice feed from the Vancouver Victory's Timur Zhividze, who was on loan from South Sound's friendly league rival. Tyler John would follow with a header from J.J. Schmeck that found the back of the net for a 2-0 lead before halftime. Zhividze would get into the scoring act 10 minutes into the second half with a one-on-one breakaway goal for a 3-0 Shock lead. Goalkeeper Evan Munn was denied a shutout by a late deflection, but the game was South Sound's at the final whistle at 3-1.
Six hours later, the Shock would take to the pitch once again. Facing the New Jersey Knights FC, South Sound poured it on heavy from the get-go. Isidro Prado-Huerta scored just four minutes into the game and followed it up with a second goal six minutes later on an assist from Max Harvey. Eleazar Galvan would make it 3-0 just eight minutes later. Galvan is the leading scorer in the Evergreen Premier League and was on-loan to the Shock from Wenatchee FC. Five minutes later, John would take a feed from Galvan and the score was 4-0. A Brandon Madsen header would make it 5-0 before halftime and the Shock would cruise to a 6-1 win over the Knights.
The third scheduled game was cancelled the following morning as Maricopa FC failed to show up for the tournament. With the three wins, South Sound would advance to the semifinals at 6 p.m. later in the evening. The game would end up being postponed due to a lightning storm and the team was faced with an early semifinal kick-ofRead more...
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 -- 9:42 am Be Well - Inside & out http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Our sleep is vitally important to maintaining good health. In fact, it has now been shown that the lack of sleep can be connected to every major health problem that can affect us, including cancer. Evergreen Dental (253-474-3223) may be able to help you achieve the sleep you so desperately require.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is one of many sleep disorders that can occur and can be life- threatening. This condition occurs when the tongue and soft palate collapse onto the back of the throat, this blocks the upper airway causing airflow to stop. When the oxygen level drops low enough the brain moves out of sleep and you will awaken. The airway then opens causing the throat obstruction to clear. The flow of air starts again and you fall back to sleep. This process can happen hundreds of times per night without most people knowing it. The combination of low oxygen levels and fragmented sleep are the major contributors to most ill effects that Sleep Apnea patients suffer. These effects often include heart problems (heart attack, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure), strokes, arrhythmias and is even associated with diabetes. Of course, patients with poor sleep have a higher incidence of work related and driving accidents also.
Snoring is very often a precursor to OSA. It has been estimated that 60 percent of men and 40 percent of women between the ages of 40 and 60 years of age snore. If you or your partner snore, it would be advisable to get that checked out. Since both snoring and OSA can be serious medical conditions, they must be diagnosed by a physician. Your regular physician can either refer you for the appropriate diagnostic testing or refer you to a sleep physician depending on your symptoms. Other symptoms the patient may or may not have are excessive daytime tiredness and witnessed pauses in breathing during sleep.
Once you have a diagnosis, treatment options can include good sleep hygiene and weight loss (if appropriate). However, medical and dental treatments include Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), Oral Appliance Therapy (OA) and possible surgery.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is pressurized air generated from a bedside machine connected to a mask covering the nose and sometimes the mouth. Although this is very effective treatment for many patients, many cannot tolerate this method. Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) consists of wearing an appliance in your mouth to treat snoring and OSA. These devices are similar to orthodontic retainers or sports mouth guards. Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) involves the selection, design, fitting and use of a custom oral appliance that is worn during sleep. This appliance helps keep the airway from closing. Oral Appliances (OA) can often be used alone but sometimes they are used in combination with other treatments. Both CPAP treatment and OA Therapy are treatments that must be used for the rest of the patient's life. Very rarely can Obstructive Sleep Apnea be reversed wRead more...
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 -- 9:40 am Council slates $12 wage proposal for fall ballot http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Tacoma City Council last week slated a plan for the November ballot that would boost the city's minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2018. The council's proposal will ride the same ballot as a citizen initiative that would set the minimum wage at $15 on Jan. 1, 2016.
The $12 package comes after the city organized a Minimum Wage Task Force to research wage issues in the city as $15 Now organizers began gathering signatures for its initiative. The task force presented largely split recommendations about rates and timelines but agreed that any measure should be phased in over several years and include studies about the impacts wage increases would have on the working poor and the city's business climate.
The council's plan would increase the minimum wage in Tacoma to $10.35 an hour early next year, as the state minimum wage would only increase to $9.67 because of the state's annual increases to the Consumer Price Index. Tacoma's wage would then go to $11.15 in 2017 before increasing again to $12 on Jan. 1, 2018. It would then increase annually at the same percentage of the CPI for the region. It does not take into account any tip credits or tax breaks for businesses that pay minimum wage but also offer health insurance or retirement plans, something business groups supported.
The $15 Now effort raised enough signatures to put a plan on the ballot to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 on Jan. 1, 2016, making it the highest minimum wage in the nation.
The dueling ballot measures will appear as one item in two parts. Part one will ask if either measure should become law, while the second part will ask which option the voter supports.
"It's confusing," Mayor Marilyn Strickland said. "I admit that."
State law and the City Charter, however, require that proposals on a single issue appear together, she noted during a public hearing on the issue where she also mentioned that the $12 plan is similar to a failed proposal state Democrats floated during the last legislative session that would have bumped the state's minimum wage to $12 by 2019. The city's plan reaches that a year earlier, through a 25-month, phase-in period.
About 40 people testified at the public hearing, roughly split between people blasting the $12 plan as a pro-business plan to derail the $15 plan and businesses worried about how they would be able to cover increased expenses borne from wage increases.
Don Hansen talked about the 250, largely fixed-income residents of his Cascade Park assisted living facilities. He said their rents would have to jump to cover an overnight increase to $15 an hour. The facilities would not be able to simply absorb the added expense and would likely just close.
"We could not exist on that basis," he said.
Councilmember David Boe was the lone no vote on the $12 plan, noting that any discussion about solutions for wage inequality should be done on the state and federal levels since a city-by-city approach creates a competitive disadvantage for economic deRead more...
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 -- 9:39 am Rock and Rally for the troops coming Aug. 1 http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Tacomans looking to find entertainment for a good cause can check out the fifth annual Rock and Rally for the Troops, presented by Lyon Pride Music at the Cheney Stadium Parking lot on Aug. 1 from 6-10 p.m., with doors opening at 5 p.m.
The event will feature live bands, a motorcycle ride and a silent auction to raise funds for Operation Ward 57, a non-profit organization serving veterans across the country.
The silent auction will include things like autographed memorabilia and motorcycle gear, and will be taking place from 5-7 p.m. This is a fantastic way to get some unique swag while supporting an important cause.
The rally will feature its annual motorcycle ride, sponsored by the Brothers In Arms Motorcycle Club, a group of riders that bond over being veterans. The ride is self led, meaning you can go at your own pace and the group won't be cramped up riding down the road. The journey will last for 84 miles and will hit locales like the Milton Tavern and Captain Jack's in Sumner.
Registration for the ride will take place at Rock the Dock Pub and Grill, 535 Dock St, at 11 a.m. on Aug. 1. The suggested donation is $20 per bike and $10 per additional rider. This will also cover admission into the concert.
The ride will finish just in time for the music, headlined by Eve to Adam. Other bands that will be performing include Klover Jane, Van Eps and JP Hennessy.
"The biker community has always been a big supporter, and so have bands, and we thought let's put the two together and let's have a fun day and raise some money and help educate some folks that may not know about veterans' issues," said Britteny Hamilton, executive director of Operation Ward 57.
Not only will it be a great time but it's also a strong show of support for both the military and Ward 57.
"I think there's kind of two reasons (to attend) - an overall general show of support for our military and veterans and a great way to be there and show support, but also to be there and raise support for ward 57," Hamilton said.
Operation Ward 57's mission statement is to support wounded, injured and ill service members, veterans, their caregivers and those that aid in their recovery by providing assistance and outreach in their recovery, comfort and morale, and through advocacy, education and promotion of their circumstances. Ward 57 began in Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Maryland and has since spread nationwide. Rock and Rally for the Troops is one of the few fundraisers the non-profit puts on every year.
This is the fifth year the rally will be taking place. The idea came to Hamilton after support from local Seattle band Fall From Grace inspired her to use music as a fundraiser.
"I thought 'I'm a big music fan and I know a lot of veterans that use music for healing, so let's do some kind of concert,'" Hamilton said.
The guest speaker this year will be Mary Dague, a U.S. Army Veteran and member of the Army's Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team. On Nov. 4, 2007 she lost both Read more...
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 -- 9:37 am Completion of State Route 167 finally gets funded http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Gov. Jay Inslee formally signed a transportation package last week that will flow $16.2 billion toward roads and transportation packages around the state for the next 16 years.
Funding for the transportation package comes from an increase to the state's gas tax. The per-gallon tax will jump 11.9 cents in phases starting with a 7-cent boost in August, putting state taxes on gas at 46.5 cents per gallon.
On the roster of projects slated for those dollars is the final leg of State Route 167 that would provide a roadway between the distribution and warehouse hubs of Kent and Auburn to Port of Tacoma waters.
The package includes $1.85 billion to continue the current SR 167 roadway, which ends at Interstate 5. The roadway had been first pondered back in the 1970s. Construction started in the 1980s only to stall ever since. It was called a "top priority" for lawmakers for the last generation only to go unfunded year after year for the last 25 years. Even the new transportation plan won't spark a construction boom to finish the project since further engineering and design work will take several years to finish. But its impact will be felt sooner.
The project will receive $2.5 million between now and 2017 and then ramp up to a peak of $395 million between 2021 and 2023 during the main construction period, with a final $200 million between 2029 and 2031 to finalize the work. Washington State Department of Transportation estimates a completed SR 167 could fuel job growth to the tune of $10.1 billion.
"We are thrilled to see the Legislature finally present an investment plan to finish what was begun so many years ago," Port of Tacoma Communications Director Tara Mattina said. "The project is at about 30 percent design and still needs about 30 percent more of the right of way. Would we have preferred to see it happen years ago? Of course. We'll take it now - and gratefully."
Port officials, business groups and transportation boosters have lobbied for the roadway as a way for the state to be competitive for international shipping traffic, which could avoid transportation delays found through the Puget Sound by routing cargo through Canadian ports and eventually route larger ships through the Panama Canal, which is currently being considered for widening.
"Washington farmers, manufacturers and businesses of all sizes need an efficient transportation system to reach global markets," said Port of Seattle Commission Co-President Courtney Gregoire in a statement. "This package means jobs and economic development across our state, and we thank our senators and legislators for recognizing the need to invest in transportation infrastructure."
International trade through Tacoma waterways generates more than 29,000 jobs and nearly $3 billion in economic activity each year. Washington is the most trade-dependent state in the nation, with 40 percent of jobs related to international trade. Pierce County is the most trade-dependent county in the state, so any threRead more...
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 -- 9:35 am It's official: Pothole plans to be on Nov. 3 ballot http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ -
Tacomans will vote in November on two street repair and maintenance packages that would increase a host of taxes to raise as much as $325 million during the next decade to fix a backlog of about $800 million in road repairs in the city that was created by underfunding street repairs since the 1980s.
The packages were approved last week by the City Council and by the Transportation Benefit District, which is solely comprised of members of the City Council but is required under state law. The council approved a package that would levy a 1.5 percent tax on power, natural gas and phone service earnings as well as charge a levy of 20 cents per $1,000 of assessed value on property tax. The council, acting as the Transportation Benefit District board moments later, approved a second measure that would increase sales tax by one-tenth of a percent. Both measures would sunset after 10 years.
"We are already putting $10 million a year toward city streets," Mayor Marilyn Strickland said. "It's still not enough."
Both measures were unanimously approved with last-minute amendments that required annual collection and expense reports to show residents the added money is being used as promised, which is also a requirement of state law.
The measures are stripped down versions of a rough plan Strickland mentioned in her "State of the City" address in February which called for $500 million in additional roads spending during the next 10 years at a cost of about $15 per family per month. The measures now call for about $325 million over 10 years at a cost of $7.50 per family per month. The added taxes would actually raise only about $175 million, while the rest of the total, $120 million, would come from federal and state grants and $3 million a year from the city's General Fund.
"It's pay as you go, so we don't go into debt by doing this," Strickland said.
The added roads dollars will rebuild and maintain up to 70 percent of the residential street network, and address projects included in the Transportation Master Plan and six-year Comprehensive Transportation Program such as pothole repairs, street overlays, walking or biking paths and improved freight access projects.
"Now is the time to take action and raise dedicated funds to fix Tacoma's streets," said Strickland. "This plan holds us accountable for delivering results and will create more than 400 direct and indirect family wage jobs."
Over the next three months, city staff will provide opportunities to learn more about these ballot measures so citizens can make an informed decision on Nov. 3.
"If we do nothing, the $800 million hole just gets larger," Councilmember Robert Thoms said.
The next step on the road to the ballot box comes Aug. 4, when the city selects the "for" and "against" campaign committee members.Read more...
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 -- 9:34 am Bulletin Board http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ -
KILMER ANNOUNCES GRANT FOR TCC CYBERSECURITY TRAINING
U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) has announced that Tacoma Community College (TCC) won a National Science Foundation grant to educate and train cybersecurity professionals. The investment of $599,790 will bolster TCC's successful Networking and Cyber Security associate degree program that prepares students for cybersecurity jobs. The award comes as the Office of Personnel and Management recently announced that two separate hacks of their system compromised the records of more than 25 million Federal government employees, contractors, and those close to them.
"Recent breaches have shown that hackers know how to punch through our cyber defenses," said Kilmer. "This huge threat proves how important it is to continue building a cybersecurity system that can protect everything from our personal records to the electrical grid. Tacoma has recognized this and continues to build a thriving cybersecurity hub that can create jobs and play an essential role in beating back attacks. This grant allows TCC to expand a program that is already training a new generation of cyber professionals and proves that the nation is taking notice of what is happening in our region."
"TCC is delighted to receive this grant from the National Science Foundation," said TCC president Dr. Sheila Ruhland. "At a time when cyber security has become such an important part of our everyday lives, this grant will enable TCC to expand capacity to train cyber security professionals. The timing could not have been better, particularly as we target separating or retiring military personnel and veterans."
According to TCC Networking and Cyber Security program chair Jeanette Smith -Perrone, the NCS program at TCC is unique. "The program focuses on helping students develop skills for technical acumen, team building, communication, conflict resolution, issue analysis, solution development, project implementation, and ethical decision making. The program has direct articulation to Bachelor degree programs without additional course requirements into Western Governors University," said Smith-Perrone.
TCC will use the grant to:
Increase the number of Networking & Cyber Security Associate in Applied Sciences Degrees;
Support servicemembers looking to apply their military skills in the civilian workforce;
And work with industry partners to directly place students and graduates in professional internships and jobs in the cyber field.
TCC's campus is located near three military installations: Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Naval Base Kitsap, and the National Guard's Camp Murray - which houses a strategic cyber-unit. The college has also been named a Military Friendly School by GI Jobs magazine.
ACU's Amy Tiemeyer Receives JBLM Hall of Fame Award
America's Credit Union's (ACU) Military Relations Liaison Amy Tiemeyer was recognized with the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Hall of Fame Lt. Gen. William H. Harrison Service Award.Read more...
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 -- 9:26 am CRIME STOPPERS: Puyallup vehicle prowl, fraud case http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Jacki Oakes learned a tough lesson when she parked behind the Lighthouse Christian Center in Puyallup where she volunteers. Never leave your purse in the car. Oakes was only inside for a few minutes getting ready for church the next day, but when she came out, she found her SUV's window smashed and her purse stolen. She cancelled her bank card right away but wasn't fast enough.
"By 10:20, they had already made over $800 in transactions on my card," Oakes said.
Puyallup Police were able to obtain surveillance images of the suspects using her card at a nearby gas station. They are asking for the public's help in identifying them. They were driving a 1995 to 1998 green over gray Ford Explorer. The main suspect is a heavy set woman with long, wavy, black hair. She was wearing a blue hoodie with a green graphic, black tights and sandals. Another woman was with her. She has a pear shaped body and reddish hair. She was wearing a red blouse and blue jeans. There was a man with them wearing dark clothing but he wasn't seen clearly on camera.
"For these people to do this and target people at churches to commit credit card fraud, I'm assuming they do this all the time. They're looking for other victims. They need to be stopped. They need to be held accountable for this crime and I want them bad," said Det. Mike Lusk with Puyallup Police.
Oakes says her bank returned her money but it took several weeks plus she had to get her car window fixed.
"They caused me a whole lot of grief and it's sad for them to risk prison over money and I hope they get what's coming to them so they can learn their lesson," she said.
Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 if you can identify the suspects in this case. Call the hotline anonymously at 1 (800) 222-TIPS (8477). This case will be featured along with surveillance video of the suspects on Washington's Most Wanted Friday night at 11 p.m. on Q13 FOX and Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. on JOEtv and 10:30 p.m. on Q13 FOX.Read more...
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 -- 9:21 am Stupid criminal of the week http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ -
It has been said that alcohol is the cure for and cause of most problems. Two incidents last week illustrate that the latter is true enough.
A man was trying to get a bed for the night at the Rescue Mission but was refused entry on July 17 because he was reportedly extremely intoxicated. He then pulled a "shank" made from a piece of bamboo and a four-inch blade tied together by a shoelace. Police were called and found the man outside the mission, waving the knife. The man was arrested and said he wanted to kill the mission staffer who refused him a bed for the night. The man was booked on a list of charges and warrants.
A second lesson about knowing "when to say when" went unlearned the following day, when a man was refused more beer at a convenience store along the 8200 block of Pacific Avenue because he was already intoxicated. The drunkard then began arguing with the clerk when a customer stepped in to calm the situation down. He was rewarded with a punch to the face. The drunk beer seeker was arrested and taken to jail.
Compiled by Steve DunkelbergerRead more...