The Christmas spirit is alive and well at Louie G.’s Pizza in Fife. Owner Louie Galarza and professional photographer Bill Bungard (who is also a Tacoma Weekly contributing music photographer) are teaming up to give families a free photo shoot on the Louie G.’s stage. Families are invited to come by tonight (Dec. 19) and Saturday night (Dec. 21) between 5-6 p.m. for this Merry Christmas gift from Louie G.’s and Bungard. Louie G.’s is located at 5219 Pacific Hwy. E. in Fife. Also visit www.billbungard.com.
Tacoma City Manager T.C. Broadnax is "meeting or exceeding expectations," according to his employment review.
His community meetings during the budget troubles of last year and his efforts to involve neighbors in the ongoing battle about street repairs were cited as high points of his term at the city's CEO.
What was interesting is that there were a few "needs improvement" dings on the review concerning keeping the council informed about issues and about communication, particularly with journalists and officials from other cities and agencies. Also of interest were a few comments about how little council members actually talk to city staff or see Broadnax interacting with city workers.
This is the first review Broadnax has had, although they were supposed to be annual. The council delayed the review during the budget crisis last winter. He is set for another review in February.
The full review is available for review through City Hall.
This winter is the perfect time for Tacoma residents to start thinking about gardening. Or, more specifically, about rain gardens. The City of Tacoma has launched a pilot incentive program to help homeowners design and install rain gardens. Residents throughout Tacoma may request soil testing and design assistance now, so they’re ready to plant this spring.
Rain gardens are low areas designed to absorb and filter rainwater running off of impermeable roofs, driveways and sidewalks with the help of highly previous soils and drought- and standing water-tolerant plants.
“We participated in the program first and foremost to be good stewards of the stormwater hitting our property,” said Tacoma homeowner Chris Beale. “So far, the program’s been very supportive and flexible of our needs and design getting the rain garden put in.”
Homeowners in Flett or Leach Creek watersheds, which comprise parts of central and south Tacoma, may qualify for rebates of up to $2,000 to help them with construction and instillation costs. These watersheds are priority areas due to downstream salmon habitat and storm system capacity issues. Lots of smaller rain gardens can minimize expensive storm system expansions.
The residential rain garden program is voluntary and designed to benefit both homeowners and community waterways. Learn more online at cityoftacoma.org/raingardens, calling (253) 591-5588 or by visiting a residential-style rain garden in-person at the City’s EnviroHouse, 3510 South Mullen Street.
Fife City Council made 11 appointments to various open seats on City Commissions at the regular City Council meeting on December 10th. All City Commissions are groups of citizens and interested individuals that advise the City Council on important topics. The decisions reached by these groups are passed on to the City Council as recommendations.
A Council sub-committee received 15 applications for 13 open positions and made a recommendation to the full Council based on each applicant’s experience and the needs of each Commission. Mayor Pro Tem Glenn Hull stated that each applicant showed great enthusiasm and knowledge. Hull said, “We thank the pool of very talented applicants and wish we had an open spot for everyone. Moving forward, we are very excited about the new appointees and ideas they will bring.”
Established in 2011, their mission is to identify and actively encourage the development and sustainability of the arts in the City by serving as the City's primary resource in matters of public art and culture. Appointments: Lily Hu, Dee-Dee Dukes-Gethers Re-appointment: Mizu Sugimura
Lodging Tax Advisory Committee
As a mix of lodging tax recipients and lodging tax payers, this Committee advises the City Council on how to use City lodging tax revenue for tourism purposes. Appointment: Louise Hospenthal
This seven-member Commission reviews staff proposals, hold public hearings, and submit recommendations to the City Council on amendments to the Comprehensive Plan, development plans, and area-wide zoning proposals and text amendments. Appointments: Karla Wayman, Kim Roscoe Reappointment: Kory Edwards ** Parks Board**
They advise the Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department on issues related to parks, community events, community facilities, and recreational programming. Appointments: Carole Sue Braaten, David Holland White Jr., Dee-Dee Dukes-Gethers Reappointment: Cody Geddes
In our next edition we'll be previewing Tacoma singer-songwriter Stephanie Anne Johnson's Dec. 28 date at Jazzbones. But well before she headlines there you'll be able to see her tonight and/or tomorrow on NBC-TV's “The Voice.”
The Pacific Lutheran University alumnus put up the good fight before she was eliminated a few episodes ago; and she was getting ready to fly back to Los Angeles to tape the finale when we caught up with her last week.
“There are a couple of people from the show that I really felt a kinship with,” she said, “ and I'm really excited to see them – especially the folks on Team Christina. We were a big deal this year. I think we were some of the most talented folks to ever come out of 'The Voice.'”
You can't say the lady lacks confidence. At Jazzbones, she'll play cuts from her new CD “Hollatchegurl” and select covers she rocked on the show. Ticket info is available on the club's web site.