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City News: November 1st, 2013


Pot smokers unite. Tacoma City Council has approved regulations of marijuana production and retail sales that largely mirror state rules issued by the Washington State Liquor Control Board earlier this fall.

Marijuana growing and processing operations will be allowed in the city’s tideflats, the Nalley Valley and heavy industrial zones. Retail sales will be allowed in all commercial and mixed-use zones that allow other retail operations, as long as they are not located within 1,000 feet of schools, parks, playgrounds, day care centers, transit centers, drug treatment centers, jails or courthouses. That pretty much leaves parts of Westgate, areas around the Tacoma Mall, strips of Sixth Avenue and Marine View Drive for possible retail locations for up to eight marijuana stores allocated to the city by state regulators.

The need for marijuana rules comes after voters opted to legalize recreational marijuana with the passage of Initiative 502 last fall. The 25 percent tax on marijuana sales will be split between the state’s general fund and educational spending. The city will receive its standard portion of the sales and B&O taxes associated with the emerging industry that is projected to support some 300 to 400 local jobs. Even with the state tax on marijuana in licensed retail stores, prices are expected to be about $10 to $12 a gram. That is roughly the street price on the illegal market, without the quality and production oversights.

Business licenses will be accepted in November and will likely be issued after the first of the year after state and local reviews of the applications.

The rules governing medical marijuana will now likely change to mirror retail shops, but that will likely be taken up during the next legislative session.


The Pacific Avenue Streetscape Project is nearing completion and construction orange is transforming into new sidewalks, pavement, trees, rain gardens, way finding signs and pedestrian improvements.

Visitors might also notice fleeting splashes of green here or there – duct tape and performance contributions from the Project’s Green Flash, local artist Daniel Martin.

"While construction is ongoing, Downtown Tacoma is open for business. We’re working to keep Pacific Avenue welcoming through the last of the work,” said Community and Economic Development Program Specialist Debbie Bingham. “We have cheerful greeters helping guests navigate the district. We’re offering discounted parking. We’re putting posters up to remind people of all there is to do here. Pacific Avenue is better than ever.”

“Don’t be turned off by the work,” Learning Sprout Toys manager Angel Bennett said. “All of your favorite Pacific Avenue stops are still open.”

As work wraps up in November, visitors will also begin to see new landscaping, crisscross overhead street lighting between South 7th and South 9th streets and public art instillations – rain garden tiles were installed just last week.

Bennett hopes people will be motivated to check out the improvements for themselves, “Come and see us soon, we’ve always got amazing things going on.”


On Nov. 11 at 11 a.m., Tahoma National Cemetery will be celebrating their 16th Veterans Day. They will be honoring our veterans and are inviting the community to join in on this special day in honoring veterans past and present and those who are still in harms way.

The ceremony will be about an hour long. Parking at the Cemetery is limited but there is plenty of parking at Tahoma Senior High School.

Bring the family, as it is a great experience for all, especially the children, to learn why freedom is not free because so many have given their lives so we can honor them on this day. Cameras are a must, as it is an impressive sight to behold with all the flags lining the Cemetery Streets of Heroes.

The keynote speaker will be Rear Admiral Bette Bolivar, U.S. Navy Commander of Navy Region NW. Also speaking will be Congressman Dave Reichert, Congressional 8th District. The U.S. Navy Band will be there conducted by Chief Petty Officer Nate Bissell, the first time a military band will be playing at the cemetery. The Allrego Women’s Ensemble led by Kathy Lundberg will be entertaining everyone with their beautiful voices honoring veterans.

Tahoma National Cemetery, “Where Heroes Rest,” is a sacred and reverent place and it also can be a glorious time to pay tribute to those men and women who have scarified their lives for our freedom. It can be sad but also it can make you feel proud that your loved ones are being so well cared for.

Thanks to Director Tom Yokes and the staff for the great job they do in keeping the Cemetery so Beautiful and to the Support Group led by Chairman Al Rasmussen and the 200-plus volunteers that give their time at the cemetery.


With a decided focus on talented individuals or groups aged 25 and under, the City Events and Recognition Committee is accepting audition applications now through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 13, for the 26th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration event.

“The theme for the 26th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration is ‘Youth Continuing the Legacy,’ and we’re looking for performers skilled in dance, music, vocals, drama, spoken word, media production or visual arts,” said Committee Chairwoman Roslyn Smith. “Those wishing to be considered should present creative, original work highlighting their commitment to the continuation of Dr. King’s legacy of social justice and equality.”

Live auditions will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. A non-returnable CD or DVD – or a link allowing committee members to preview work online – may be accepted by the committee, on a case-by-case basis, as a substitute for a live audition.

Those selected will be expected to attend mandatory event rehearsals on Saturday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Jan. 11.

The event – scheduled to take place on Monday, Jan. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center (1500 Broadway) – is expected to draw between 2,000 and 3,000 attendees.

Applications can be submitted online at Hard copy applications are also available at the TacomaFIRST Customer Support Center (Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St., 2nd Floor) or requested by mail or fax through Christina Watts at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (253) 594-7925. Applications not submitted online at can be emailed to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), faxed to (253) 591-5123, or mailed to: City of Tacoma, Attention: City Events and Recognitions Committee, 747 Market St., 12th Floor, Tacoma, WA 98402-5788.


Duchess of Downtown Tours is partnering with the City of Tacoma for Art at Work studio tours. Two days in November every year dozens of artists throughout the Tacoma area open their studio doors to the public to share the how-to's of their craft.

Duchess of Downtown Tours (best known for their monthly Tacoma Art Bus tours) gives you a 3.5-hour tour of several of the participating artists studios. There are two tours, one on Saturday, Nov. 2 and one on Sunday, Nov. 3, both beginning at 1 pm. The Nov. 2 tour will enjoy the company of KING 5 News meteorologist Rich Marriott as celebrity tour guide. Artists’ studios on that day will include Throwing Mud Gallery, Dorothy and John McCuistion, LeeAnn Seaburg, Perry and Elayne Vogel, Manitou Art Center, Hilltop Artists in Residence and Jet Artist Cooperative.

On Sunday, the tour will be visiting Throwing Mud Gallery, Lynn Di Nino, Victoria Bjorklund, Dorothy and John McCuistion, Merit Burg, LeeAnn Seaburg, Perry and Elayne Vogel and Manitou Art Center. 

Tickets are $10 for regular or $20 for VIP, which includes a swag bag of exclusive offers and gifts from local businesses and raffle opportunities. Buy tickets online and see full details at the following links:

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This is a fabulous opportunity to connect and mingle with local artists. Who knows, you may walk away feeling newly inspired!

Check out more details about Tacoma's Art at Work Month at


Warrior Photo project teaches photography skills to veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress and other military service injuries. Organizers of the project have in the past asked for and received generous camera donations from the community. They are in need of any digital cameras that take good pictures. Sorry we have no need for film cameras. Contact Gordon Swetland at (253) 326-2909.


Yehuda Shaul, founder of Breaking the Silence (BTS), will talk about the Israel/Palestine conflict from the perspective of an Israeli soldier who served in a number of communities in the occupied West Bank. He is visiting the United States to introduce “Our Harsh Logic,” a new book from BTS. He will speak Nov. 12, 7 p.m. at the University of Puget Sound rotunda in the Wheelock Student Union.

Breaking the Silence was established in Jerusalem in 2004 by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) veterans who have served in the beginning of the Second Intifada and have taken it upon themselves to expose the public to the horrors and realities of everyday life for Palestinians in the occupied territories.

Shaul was born and raised in Jerusalem in an ultra-Orthodox family. After graduating from a yeshiva high school in a Jewish settlement on the West Bank, he served in the IDF achieving the rank of commander and platoon sergeant and was posted in the Palestinian towns of Bethlehem, Hebron and Ramallah on the occupied West Bank.

In 2004, Yehuda founded Breaking the Silence with a group of fellow veterans; he serves as the organization’s Co-Director and Foreign Relations Officer.

This event is being sponsored by the University of Puget Sound Chapter of J Street U and the Associated Students of the University of Puget Sound. For additional information, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Riot In Rhythm, Riverwise, Tim-Me, Not From Brooklyn and G Dub Star will donate their performances on Nov. 30 at the Triple Play in Tacoma all in an effort to raise funds for Mowvember. Movember encourages men to join the movement by growing a moustache for the 30 days of November in an effort to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health. Through the power of the Mo, vital funds and awareness are raised to combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges. 

The event is being presented by KISW's Loud & Local, Comune Productions and Mental Itch Music Group. 

In addition to live music, there will be raffle items and a mustache contest.

Doors are at 8 p.m. with the show starting at 9. A suggested donation of $5 at the door is appreciated. Triple Play is located at 3829 Sixth Ave. More information on Movember can be found at


A new art exhibit featuring photography by Tacoma Community College art instructors Alice Di Certo and Kyle Dillehay opened Oct. 30 in The Gallery. A reception will be held in The Gallery, Nov. 4, 4-7 p.m. The exhibit runs through Dec. 18.

Di Certo’s work tells the stories of children who have been bullied.

"This series of photographs depicts children and young adults who have experienced bullying, taunting, verbal and or physical harassment,” wrote Di Certo in a statement about the exhibit. “When they see their own portraits, I hope each of these individuals see themselves the way I see them: brave, strong, smart, beautiful, and worthy of respect.”

The photos are paired with narratives derived from interviews. Di Certo notes that she did not take a “journalistic” approach and interview all parties involved in the incidents.

“What I have learned is, bullying can be about perception as well as ‘facts’ reported,” wrote Di Certo. “Not everyone is annoyed or hurt by what we are annoyed and hurt by and vice versa; there are many situations that would make one just shrug that are outright plain painful for others.”

Dillehay photographed couples in which partners feel “opposite” to one another in some way, and posted the images adjacent to the couple’s own handwritten notes.

“As we all know, different countries have different cultures, culture is the collective programming of the mind which distinguishes the members of one category of people from another,” wrote Dillehay in a statement about the exhibit.

“This opposing background between partners will be the catalyst that I will use to obtain revealing and expressive portraits of what would otherwise be seen as the perfect relationship between two people; the adage that opposites attract will be the emotional cornerstone for this project.”

Dillehay used a time-intensive process to create contact prints from film negatives using platinum-based emulsions and sunlight exposure.

“Because platinum is chemically stable, the prints are estimated to last more than 1,000 years if properly stored,” wrote Dillehay.

The Gallery is located in Building 4 at Tacoma Community College, near the corner of 12th and Mildred. Marked visitor’s parking spots are available in lots F, G, and H. The Gallery is open noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday on days the college is open.


The award-winning Pierce County Television (PCTV) is now available in high definition to Click! Cable TV subscribers on channel 522.

PCTV provides transparency for local government by televising meetings of eight jurisdictions. The EMMY-nominated channel was recently awarded first-place accolades by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) for its productions of “Pierce County News” and the “Rainier Country” news magazine. PCTV has been in discussion with Comcast about moving into the HD tier for over a year.

PCTV airs meetings and special programming for Pierce County, University Place, Puyallup, Sumner, DuPont, Fife and Orting, as well as Sound Transit and the Port of Tacoma. Programming is available on the following channels and platforms:

Click! Cable TV: channel 22/522 HD

Comcast Cable: channel 22

Rainier Connect: channel 20

Live stream and archives: