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Saturday, September 05, 2015 This Week's Paper
Police help seniors to be safe at home

Local communities have become much more accessible and senior-friendly. Even so, when it comes to personal safety, older adults and people with disabilities need to take special precautions at home as well as out and about.

Together with local police departments and Safe Streets, Pierce County Community Connections Aging & Disability Resources will host a series of five public presentations on simple things individuals can do to maintain their personal safety.

Sept. 14 – Lakewood Police Department, 9401 Lakewood Dr. SW from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 15 – Tacoma Police Department, 3701 S. Pine St. from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 16 – Gig Harbor City Hall, 3510 Grandview St. from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 17 – Sumner Senior Center, 15506 62nd St. Ct. E. from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 19 – Graham Pierce County Library, 9202 224th St. E. from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

“There is no doubt that seniors and people with disabilities are often targeted,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Aging and Disability Resources. “Criminals see this vulnerability as an opportunity for quick gain with less risk on their part. But people can take some simple steps to improve personal safety both at home and in the community.”While prime time television and other media constantly exaggerate violent crime, it is nevertheless a serious problem. Nationally the ratio of property crime to violent crime was higher for the elderly (13 to 1) than for younger persons ages 25 to 49 (3 to 1). The rates of violent crime (3.6 per 1,000 persons) and property crime (72.3 per 1,000) against elderly persons remain high. In addition, the rate of violent victimization for persons with disabilities (36 per 1,000) was more than twice the age-adjusted rate for persons without disabilities (14 per 1,000).

The five presentations scheduled in September will be presented by officers from the Lakewood, Tacoma, Gig Harbor and Sumner Police Departments as well as the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. Participants will receive practical tips for personal safety, hear about crime in their neighborhoods and understand how best to interact with local police. The event is free and no RSVP is required. For additional information about “Making it Safe at Home,” call the Aging and Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600.

Council reconsiders, approves behavioral health study proposal

Having voted on the prevailing side in the Pierce County Council’s rejection of a proposal to take stock of the county’s behavioral health system on Aug. 25, Councilmember Doug Richardson called for reconsideration at the Sept. 1 council meeting.

R2015-91 was originally proposed by Councilmembers Connie Ladenburg and Derek Young and would have directed the county’s Performance Audit Committee to conduct a thorough, countywide inventory of services in order to identify where gaps exist, what their impact on county services are, where investments should be made, and what success should look like. However, the measure was defeated on a 4-3 vote.

“There was certainly bipartisan support for the measure’s underlying intent, however I don’t think the proposal was quite in its best form when it came before the council last week,” said Ladenburg, who represents the 4th Council District. “So I’ve been working on amending the language to make acceptable to a majority of the council. In this new form, I’m confident the county can now proceed with this needed study which will hopefully reveal to us potential solutions to Pierce County’s behavioral health crisis.”

The amendment to R2015-91 affirms the council will engage the services of an independent consultant to conduct the study sometime in 2015, and asks the county executive to include funding for the study in her 2016 budget proposal.

“We said last week that this was a vitally important issue to Pierce County and we wouldn’t give up on it that easily,” Ladenburg added, “and we didn’t.”

Ladenburg’s proposal – upon reconsideration – was approved 6-1.

Eyes of the Totem Grand Re-Premiere Weekend Sept. 17 – 20

Team Totem—in conjunction with Tacoma Historical Society, the City of Tacoma, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, and other local partners—is presenting the Eyes of the Totem Grand Re-premiere Weekend Sept. 17 – 20.  Lost since 1927, residents are invited to celebrate the film’s return to Tacoma at these scheduled events:

Willow Frost, H.C. Weaver & Me - An Evening with author Jamie Ford: Thursday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Tacoma Public Library (1102 Tacoma Ave. S.)
Re-premiere of H.C. Weaver Production’s Eyes of the Totem: Friday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. at the Rialto Theater (310 S. 9th St.)
Eyes of the Totem Reception - 1920s Speakeasy and Washington State History Museum Gold Rush Exhibits: Friday, Sept. 18, from 6 p.m. to midnight at Tacoma's Historic Pythian Temple (924 1/2 Broadway). Enter through Court C and give the password "H.C. Weaver sent me!" Hosted by Commencement Lodge, Knights of Pythias
Eyes of the Totem Matinee Screening - Followed by “Suffering Heroines and Leering Villains: Eyes of the Totem and Silent Movie Melodrama” by Professor of Film Studies Claudia Gorbman from the University of Washington Tacoma: Sunday, Sept. 20, at 2 p.m. at the Rialto Theater (310 S. 9th St.)

Tickets are now on sale for opening night and the matinee shows at the Rialto Theater for $15 per person, through the Broadway Center Box Office or by calling (253) 591-5894.

For more information, visit

City Council Seeks Applicants for the Citizen Police Advisory Committee

The Tacoma City Council is looking to fill six positions on the Citizen Police Advisory Committee.

The Citizen Police Advisory Committee is an advisory panel to the City Council as it pertains to Tacoma Police Department policy. Members of the Citizen Police Advisory Committee are recommended by the Public Safety, Human Services, and Education Committee and appointed by the City Council. The Committee consists of 11 members – one member from each City Council District, five members from the general community and one youth member. The membership term is three years (one year for youth), and will include no less than 40 percent of its members to be individuals representing traditionally underrepresented communities.

The Committee is responsible for conducting policy review, reviewing trends in complaint investigation and statistical reports, and engaging in community outreach.

Qualified applicants will be screened by a criminal background check and must: be a registered voter, have lived in Tacoma for at least two years immediately before applying, not hold any other elective public office, not currently serve as a member of the Tacoma Police Department, or be an immediate family member of a department employee. Women, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, persons of color and immigrants are encouraged to apply.

Additional information is available online or by calling India Adams at or (253) 591-5142.

Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. More information on how to apply, including the option of applying online, is available at or by contacting Amanda Punsalan at (253) 591-5178,, or the City Clerk’s Office, Room 11, Municipal Building North, 733 Market St., Tacoma, WA 98402.

Road Closures for Asphalt Repairs This Week

Starting Tuesday, Sept. 1, through Friday, Sept. 4, the City of Tacoma’s Street Operations Division will perform street repairs at the following locations:  

Sept. 1 – 3: East Roosevelt Avenue from East 32nd to East 44th streets

Sept. 4: Portland Avenue East from East 64th Street to Waller Road East 

The repairs will involve grinding and repaving portions of the street, and result in a smoother and better preserved street. On these dates these roads will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. with detours in place and local and emergency access allowed. All repairs are weather dependent and rescheduling may be required, updates will be posted on pre-construction signs. Those with questions or concerns may contact Project Supervisor Rich Barber at or (253) 591-5497. For more information, visit

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