The Daily Mash-Up

Wednesday, May 04, 2016 This Week's Paper
Pierce County passes resolution supporting Stepping Up initiative

The Pierce County Council has passed a resolution in support for the national “Stepping Up” initiative. The program will be employed to reduce the number of people with mental illness in the Pierce County jail.

The county plans to convene a team that includes the Sheriff, mental health professionals and multiple agencies to develop and execute a strategy that will result in a measurable reduction in the number of people in jail who suffer from mental illness.

The resolution was introduced by Councilmembers Connie Ladenburg and Derek Young. “The initiative will provide the… Read More

City Enters Into Negotiations With McMenamins to Develop Old City Hall

Over the next several weeks, the City of Tacoma expects to negotiate development and lease/purchase agreements with McMenamins of Portland, Ore. to develop a 60-room boutique hotel; four small, signature bars showcasing the jailhouse, clock tower and rooftop greenhouse; a rooftop restaurant; soaking pools; community/private meeting and event spaces; and a gift shop at Old City Hall in downtown Tacoma.

"We look forward to breathing new life into our iconic Old City Hall," said Mayor Marilyn Strickland. "McMenamins' proposed development is compelling for several reasons.… Read More

Sound Transit to hold public meeting on Tacoma Link Expansion

Sound Transit will hold an open house on preliminary design plans for the expansion of Tacoma Link on Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 4:30- 7:30 p.m. at The Evergreen State College – Tacoma campus, 1210 6th Ave.

An online open house at tacomalink.org is also available Dec.1-20 for people who cannot attend the meeting.

Members of the public are invited to review and comment on 30 percent design plans for the 2.4-mile expansion, which includes one relocated and six new stations from the Theater District through the Stadium Way and Hilltop… Read More

Tacoma Voters Pass Proposition 3 and Proposition A for Street Repair and Improvements

Today, certified results show that Tacoma voters said yes to repairing Tacoma’s streets and passed Proposition 3 and Proposition A.

These propositions will work together to repair and improve city streets through a number of methods including pothole repair, street resurfacing and building missing sidewalks. In addition, Proposition A provides additional funding for transportation projects outlined in the Six-Year Comprehensive Transportation Plan. “Tacoma voters have demonstrated that they want to be part of the solution.

By approving Props 3 and A, they're saying yes to safe… Read More

Tacoma May Consider Disposable Bag Restrictions

In an effort to further the sustainability vision of the community, Tacoma City Council may consider placing restrictions on disposable shopping bag use in 2016. The City of Tacoma’s Office of Environmental Policy and Sustainability is seeking feedback on behalf of the City Council’s Infrastructure, Planning and Sustainability Committee to inform what action, if any, City Council will take on this issue.

To address the estimated two billion disposable plastic shopping bags used in Washington State each year, thirteen other communities within the state have implemented disposable bag… Read More

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