The Daily Mash-Up

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 This Week's Paper
Pierce Transit holding open houses to gather public input on system improvements

Pierce Transit is in a time of transition from a route system designed four decades ago to one that better meets the traveling needs of the region today and into the future. To meet that goal, the agency is conducting a comprehensive analysis of its existing bus service to help form recommendations for improvements and efficiencies. Since public input is an important part of the process, Pierce Transit is seeking citizens’ input into changes it might make and how the agency should prioritize service enhancements in 2017 and beyond.
Pierce Transit will hold three open houses to give citizens… Read More

Dorn Files Lawsuit Against Districts over Local Levy Spending

State Superintendent Randy Dorn has filed a lawsuit against several school districts, including Tacoma PublicSchools, over their use of levy dollars for teacher salaries.

DornI filed the lawsuit against seven school districts, demanding that they stop using special levies to pay supplemental contracts for teachers.

"This is not a step I want to take," he said in a statement. "But four years after McCleary v. Washington, the Legislature has failed to provide adequate education funding and it has failed to create an equitable funding system.

Using local levies… Read More

Pierce County Airport-Thun Field’s runway to be closed at night for electrical work

Pierce County Airport-Thun Field’s runway will be closed Monday to Thursday at night from Aug. 1 to Sept. 9 while crews install new wiring and replace runway edge light lamps. The runway will be closed from 10:30 p.m. to 9 a.m.

The work will take place Tuesday to Friday the week of Labor Day, Sept. 6-9. Work will continue Monday to Thursday Sept. 12-19, although the runway closures will not be needed.

Crews will also replace light transformers, install new energy-efficient runway end identifier lights on both Runway 17 and 35, refurbish the lighting on the existing wind tee with… Read More

Plastic bag ban to come in 2017

The Tacoma City Council voted in an 8-1 decision to enact a citywide ban on the sale of single-use plastic bags starting next summer. The ban also includes a per-bag charge of at least five cents for paper bags as a way to prompt shoppers to bring their own ways of carrying out their purchases and cut down on the litter created by discharged bags that find their ways into bushes and waterways. Businesses will keep the fee to offset the cost difference between plastic and paper bags.

Only Councilmember Joe Lonergan voted no after proposing an alternative that would allow the use of plastic… Read More

City Council Members to Lead Neighborhood History Walks

The City of Tacoma’s Historic Preservation Office is partnering with several Council members to encourage residents to experience the city’s historic neighborhoods. Throughout July and August, Council members will lead neighborhood history walks in different parts of the city and share why they love their neighborhoods.

  • On Saturday, July 23, from 10 – 11:30 a.m. Council Members Marty Campbell and Victoria Woodards will lead an Eastside Neighborhood History Walk around the McKinley Hill Business District starting at Winner’s Gym (3523 McKinley Ave East).
  • On Wednesday,… Read More
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