The Daily Mash-Up

Friday, May 27, 2016 This Week's Paper
Cantwell Applauds $1.5 Million Grant for Tacoma Minority Business Center

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), the former Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, applauded the U.S. Department of Commerce’s $1.5 million, five-year award to the City of Tacoma to support operation of a Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center.

The grant program aims to support minority-owned firms create jobs, develop businesses, and compete in a global economy.

“This grant is an important step to drive new economic opportunities in Tacoma,” said Cantwell. “Promoting inclusive growth benefits the entire… Read More

Puget Sound Starts Here Month challenges residents to adopt Sound-healthy behaviors

Pierce County is teaming up with hundreds of organizations across Puget Sound to challenge residents to commit to at least one Sound-healthy action during May’s Puget Sound Starts Here Month.

“Pierce County is characterized by its beautiful views and natural areas from Mount Rainier to Puget Sound,” said Pat McCarthy, Pierce County Executive. “If each of us takes a small action to protect this place, the impact could be great.”

Some simple Sound-healthy actions you can take:

  • Fix auto leaks right away and take any used fluids to a recycling… Read More
Avoid a DUI Cinco de Mayo:  Get a Free Ride To and From the Bar

As part of the Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force’s continuing push to zero out traffic fatalities by 2030 and reduce the number of drivers who leave a bar impaired, it’s furthering its partnership with Uber.

Uber, the rideshare company, will be offering new users who are either Pierce County residents or visitors two free rides up to $10 each to get to a bar and back home again. Bar hoppers anywhere in Pierce County who might otherwise opt to stay home because they don’t have a designated driver can download the Uber app and key in 253HOMESAFE in the promotions… Read More

May is Puget Sound Starts Here Month

The City of Tacoma is teaming up with more than 750 organizations across the region to celebrate Puget Sound Starts Here month. During the month of May, a calendar of events offers activities to help residents experience the benefits of living near the Puget Sound and engaging in Sound-healthy behaviors.

Local events in Tacoma include:

  • Workshops on composting, green cleaning, rain barrels, native plants and more, weekends at the EnviroHouse (3510 S. Mullen St.). For more information and to pre-register, visit
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Unsheltered homelessness up 37 percent in Pierce County

Pierce County has seen a dramatic rise in homelessness over the last 12 months. Based on the 2016 Point in Time homelessness report, the number of people and families living outside, in cars or other places not meant for habitation has risen 37 percent since last year.

“This is clearly a sobering report,” said Doug Richardson, Pierce County Council Chair. “It is particularly upsetting to learn that so many of those who are homeless are without a home due to domestic violence. My colleagues on the Council and I intend to use the results from the gap analysis currently underway to… Read More

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