The Daily Mash-Up

Friday, March 24, 2017 This Week's Paper
Tacoma homeless man pleads guilty to BB gun killing

The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office haa accepted a plea agreement from Sergio Jesus Suarez, 36. Suarez pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter in the second degree while armed with a deadly weapon. Suarez shot and killed Dustin Reed Kopp, 32, with a BB gun last October.

“This death was a freakish result from a BB,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “BB guns are not generally thought of as deadly weapons but they can be.”

On Oct. 18, 2016, Tacoma police responded to a report of a body on a steep embankment near the Highway 16 overpass over South Cedar Street. The body… Read More

TPU board set to approve new power, water rates

Tacoma PublicUtilities recently finalized its 2017-2018 budget that will cost $1.2 billion over the next two years to provide services that customers want and need, operate the utility, maintain assets, and meet regulatory requirements.

Budget setting is a year-long process. It includes things like reviewing and projecting revenues, prioritizing expenses and identifying ways to operate as efficiently as possible.  Each of the divisions develop their budgets together with the challenging goal of minimizing rate impacts while making the power, water and rail systems even more safe… Read More

Tacoma observes President’s Day with closures

Administrative offices in the Tacoma Municipal Building complex (747 Market St. and 733 Market St.) and in other City of Tacoma facilities will close on Monday, Feb. 20, in observance of President’s Day.

The Tacoma Recovery & Transfer Center (3510 S. Mullen St.) will open as normally scheduled on Monday, February  20, from 8 AM - 6 PM, and garbage, recycling and yard/food waste pick-ups will not be affected.
Police and fire personnel, along with animal control personnel, will be on duty on Monday, February  20, as normally scheduled.

Following is a list of… Read More

Blocker to host Hilltop Forum

District 3 Council Member Keith Blocker will host a community forum in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood on Thursday, March 16, from 6 – 8 p.m., at the freshly updated People’s Community Center (1602 Martin Luther King Jr. Way). The event will provide community members with an opportunity to discuss any issues of importance to them and ask questions of City of Tacoma staff.

“This is a great chance for community members to come out and personally connect with some of their neighbors as well as their public servants,” said Blocker.  “It is very important to me that the diverse… Read More

City’s financial reporting get association nod

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of Tacoma by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada for its comprehensive annual financial report.

“This reflects the City of Tacoma’s continued commitment to sound financial practices and transparency,” said Finance Director Andy Cherullo. 

The City’s comprehensive annual financial report was judged by an impartial panel to meet the GFOA of the United States’ standards, which include a demonstrated constructive "spirit… Read More

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