The Daily Mash-Up

Saturday, April 29, 2017 This Week's Paper
County Council votes down Behavioral Health Sales and Use tax

The Pierce County Council voted 4-3 against a set of ordinances that would have authorized a one tenth of one percent sales tax. A supermajority of five members was needed to pass the tax. The sales tax proceeds would have been directed to behavioral health services in Pierce County.

This vote comes after months of information gathering and public feedback on behavioral health issues facing Pierce County. Had the tax passed, Pierce County would have been one of 23 counties that currently collect the tax. It is estimated that in 2018, the average amount paid by each person in Pierce County… Read More

Cops will be out in force for DUI patrols this holiday season

Washington State Patrol Troopers and other law enforcement agencies will conduct extra drunken and impaired driving patrols across the state this holiday season The extra patrols will target impaired drivers that are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Every December in the state, at least 40 people die in traffic crashes.

There is an increase in the number of fatal crashes involving drivers under the influence.  The greatest increase involves drivers with a combination of alcohol and drugs or a combination of drugs. This number went from 78 fatalities in 2011 to 146… Read More

Woodards resigns from council to run for mayor

Tacoma City Councilmember Victoria Woodards has announced her resignation from the council to run for mayor in 2017.

Woodards, 51, is a U.S. Army veteran who currently works as president and CEO of the Tacoma Urban League. She resigned from the council to provide a "gap in service" after being elected to two consecutive terms, as required by the city charter. 

“I will be gone the whole year,” Woodards said. “I want to respect the wishes of the voters.”

Tacoma's current mayor, Marilyn Strickland, is term limited from another term.

Woodards’… Read More

Metro Parks selects Sylvia for top post

Park Board appoints Shon Sylvia as executive director
Commissioners praise longtime staff member’s connections to community, proven record

The Metro Parks District Board of Park Commissioners voted Dec. 12 to appoint Shon Sylvia as executive director of Metro Parks Tacoma, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Board members praised Sylvia’s and the district’s record of accomplishments, with President Erik Hanberg calling out management of the strategic 2017-2018 budget process as the latest example of Sylvia’s leadership. The budget passed unanimously the same night.… Read More

Water line break closes outer loop of Five Mile Drive

A break on a six-inch water line near Point Defiance Park’s Vashon Viewpoint forced a temporary closure to vehicles of the outer loop to Five Mile Drive. Metro Parks hopes to reopen the loop as early as Wednesday afternoon, but the repair could take several days.

Access to the rest of the park, including Fort Nisqually Living History Museum and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, was not affected. The outer loop portion of Five Mile Drive includes several scenic viewpoints and is a popular place to drive, bicycle and walk.

As of late Tuesday morning, the road near… Read More

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