The Daily Mash-Up

Thursday, September 29, 2016 This Week's Paper
Fitch Upgrades Tacoma’s Financial Future

Fitch Ratings has upgraded its outlook for the City of Tacoma two notches, from ‘A+’ to ‘AA’, signaling its comfort that the city's financial future is on a sustainable fiscal path. According to a recent statement from the national ratings firm, the upgraded credit rating is supported by positive revenue trends, well-managed expenditure growth, low long-term liabilities and solid operating performance.

“Tacoma has worked diligently to improve our operating performance, and revenue growth over the past few years has been strong, outpacing both overall U.S. economic performance… Read More

Point Defiance Visitors Center continues weekend operations mid month

The increasing popularity of the Point Defiance Visitors Center this summer has prompted Metro Parks Tacoma to extend its operations past Labor Day.

The center will continue to welcome and offer information to visitors from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 18. The Visitors Center will reopen for Memorial Day weekend next year.

“Building off the great success we’ve had so far, we very much look forward to the 2017 season,” said Phedra Redifer, Metro Parks… Read More

Tacoma cops serve warrants as part of prostitution sting

Tacoma Police Department served several search warrants within the City of Tacoma on Sept. 1 as part of an ongoing prostitution investigation. The service of the warrants was completed  in cooperation with members of law enforcement and community service entities from the Puget Sound region. Multiple arrests were made. This investigation is ongoing, additional information will be released when appropriate.

Supporting agencies included: FBI, ATF, Homeland Security Investigations, South Sound Child Exploitation Task Force, Missing & Exploited Children’s Task Force, Washington… Read More

Feeling a bit flighty? Go bird watching—with a purpose

The new season of Seattle Audubon’s landmark Puget Sound Seabird Survey kicks off on Oct. 1, and the group is currently recruiting enthusiastic, skilled, and dedicated volunteers to help monitor the status of local wintering seabirds.

This truly regional effort provides significant information about marine bird populations from the south end of Puget Sound all the way across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The work will strengthen Audubon’s bird census database and serve as a foundation to support the implementation of a new strategic plan.

Volunteers should be able… Read More

City shifts funding process for community needs


The City of Tacoma’s Neighborhood and Community Services Department has made changes to its services contracting and funding processes to help ensure a more systematic approach to addressing complex social needs.

“The changes are more strongly based upon Maslow’s hierarchy of needs,” said Pamela Duncan, Neighborhood and Community Services Human Services Division Manager.” So we are doing our first round of investing focusing on those basic needs – addressing homelessness and household stability- and building… Read More

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