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Saturday, August 29, 2015 This Week's Paper
Wagner vying for Miss Washington’s Outstanding Teen

Carissa Wagner, 16, of Puyallup, will be among 26 of the state's most talented, bright and beautiful young women, ages 13 to 17, to compete in the Miss Washington’s Outstanding Teen competition, the “little sister” to Miss Washington and Miss America.

The competition will take place May 23-24, 2015 at the Highline Performing Arts Center.Promoting scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement for Washington's teens, the MWOTeen contestants will be judged on personal interview, talent, evening wear and on-stage question, academic achievement and lifestyle & fitness in active wear.

Wagner, a sophomore at Emerald Ridge High School, is promoting iDance4aCure – to End Childhood Cancer through dance studios and “virtual dancing” on iDance4aCure.org as her platform issue. Wagner will be performing Modern Ballet en Pointe for the talent portion of the MWOTeen competition.

To purchase tickets to the 2015 Miss Washington’s Outstanding Teen preliminary and final night of competition, visit Brown Paper Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/profile/223199.

Information about the Miss Washington’s Outstanding Teen competition can be found at www.mwoteen.org.

Strickland to open 25th annual conference on ending homelessness

Over 820 participants, an unprecedented number in the conference’s 25 years, are registered to attend the 2015 Conference on Ending Homelessness from May 13-14, at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center.

Each year, the statewide advocacy coalition Washington Low-Income Housing Alliance organizes this conference that alternates between eastern and western Washington. Conference hosts are also honored to have Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland start the conference off with the opening keynote address.

“We were absolutely amazed at the record-breaking attendance rates for this year’s gathering,” said conference organizer Kate Baber. “Based on the attendee list, it appears advocates, service providers, policy makers, and even legislators are extremely interested in new and innovative ways to solve the state’s worsening affordable housing crisis.”

Between 2013 and 2014, Pierce County’s homelessness count rose nearly 7 percent. Pierce County is also currently experiencing an affordable housing shortage. According to the latest state Department of Commerce figures, for every 100 households, Pierce County only has 29 homes available for people with very low incomes. Additionally, the Tacoma School District identified 1,760 homeless students in the 2013-14 school year.

Statewide, homelessness numbers appear to be no better. Last year, in January 18,839 people were found to be without a stable home in Washington State, a 6 percent increase from the previous year. Many officials are predicting a statewide increase for this year. In addition, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction released figures earlier this year revealing 32,494 homeless students for the 2013-2014 school year across the entire state.

The conference features workshops about the latest policy and services innovations to end homelessness and several notable speakers and panelists:
-- Rosette Royale, Former Real Change News Editor
-- Nicole Macri, Director of Housing Programs, DESC
-- Jane Beyer, Assistant Secretary, Behavioral Health & Service
Integration Administration of DSHS
-- Andi Smith, Senior Human Services Policy Advisor, Governor Jay
Inslee’s Legislative & Policy Office
-- Dorothy Teeter, Director, Washington State Health Care Authority

The Washington Low Income Housing Alliance is a statewide member organization leading the movement for creating affordable homes and ending homelessness. We utilize advocacy, education, and organizing to achieve our vision that all Washington residents have the opportunity to live in safe, healthy, affordable homes in thriving communities.

Ports inch closer to forming Alliance

The Seattle and Tacoma port commissions plan to form The Northwest Seaport Alliance to create more jobs for the region jointly rather than operate fully independently.

The alliance will unify management of the two ports’ marine cargo terminals and related functions like marketing and lobbying efforts. The two ports will retain existing port commission governance and asset ownership.

Tacoma and Seattle are the third-largest container gateway in North America, supporting more than 48,000 jobs.

The draft final agreement recently announced outlines The Northwest Seaport Alliance’s governance charter, management and financial structures, a transition plan and business development strategy. The ports will basically form a port development authority to manage the container, breakbulk, auto and some bulk terminals in Seattle and Tacoma.

The two port commissions expect to submit the final agreement to the Federal Maritime Commission at a joint public meeting June 5 at Auburn City Hall. The commissioners expect to hire John Wolfe, current Port of Tacoma chief executive officer, as the CEO of the seaport alliance following approval of the agreement.

Public comment about the agreement are currently being collected. Throughout May, citizens and stakeholders are invited to review and comment on the proposed final Seaport Alliance agreement at town hall meetings, regular commission meetings or through an online form.

One town meeting is slated for Thursday, May 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Rotunda, Building #3, Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW.

City of Tacoma Offers Business Tax Amnesty Program

Registered and unregistered businesses in Tacoma can apply for a one-time program that waives penalties and interest on local City of Tacoma business tax and license fees that were due on or before April 30.

The city's amnesty program includes: Business and Occupation Taxes, Private Utility Taxes, Admissions Taxes,bGambling Taxes, Annual Business License and Regulatory License Fees and Unreported Liabilities.

The program also waives 50 percent of civil penalties.The payment deadline is July 31.

For unregistered businesses, the “look-back” period is limited to four years in addition to the current year. By June 30, they must submit a completed application and pay all unreported tax and license fees due for 2011 through 2015 and 50 percent of any civil penalties due on their account. They must also submit any supplemental information required for regulatory licenses. Lastly, they must waive their right to seek a refund or challenge the amount of taxes paid under the program.

Registered businesses must pay all tax and license fees due, as well as 50 percent of any civil penalties due. They must also submit any supplemental information required for regulatory licenses and pay all tax returns on time during the amnesty period. This includes tax returns due between May and July. Lastly, they must waive their right to seek a refund or challenge the amount of taxes paid under the program.

More information is available at PayMyTacomaTax.org.

2015 City of Destiny Award Winners Announced

Mayor Marilyn Strickland and the City Council will recognize Tacoma’s top volunteers this year during the 29th annual City of Destiny Awards on Wednesday, June 3, from 5 to 9 p.m. This year’s event is being hosted at Cheney Stadium, 2502 S. Tyler St. in Tacoma.

The 2015 City of Destiny Award recipients are:
Youth Leadership: Hunter Fruehling-Thomas
Youth Service: Michelle Crosby
Adult Leadership: Brien Elvins
Lifetime Service: Sharon Winters
Environmental Sustainability: Tacoma Rose Society
Group: Trinity Presbyterian Church TAP
Historic Preservation: Deb Freedman
Equity and Empowerment: James Curtis
Community Health and Wellness: Debra Christnacht
Economic Growth: Jori Adkins and Rick Semple

The June 3 event will include a 5 p.m. reception for 2015 award winners and their guests in Cheney Stadium’s Left Field Party Deck with an awards ceremony immediately following. Recognition will be made to all nominated volunteers and the award winners during several inning breaks during the Tacoma Rainiers – New Orleans Zephyrs game which is scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m.

Since 1987, the City of Tacoma has honored over 200 outstanding local volunteers through its City of Destiny Awards program.

The City of Destiny Awards program is spearheaded by an Events and Recognitions Committee comprised of local community leaders from a broad array of backgrounds and areas of expertise. This committee develops the City of Destiny Awards nomination tools and selection criteria, selects the City of Destiny Awards winners and plans the annual City of Destiny Awards event.

The annual City of Destiny Awards event is also covered by TV Tacoma and aired on both the Click! and Comcast Cable systems.

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