TPD ACHIEVES FIRST FOR WASHINGTON STATE
The Tacoma Police Department (TPD) has received certification of its Child Abduction Response Team (CART) through the U.S. Department of Justice and Fox Valley Technical College CART Certification Program. CART certification consists of meeting 47 standards of identified best practices and an on-site assessment of the Mock Child Abduction Exercise. The TPD CART is a multidisciplinary team comprised of individuals with training and experience related to the investigation of child abductions. The TPD is the 20th agency in the country to obtain this certification and the only agency in the state of Washington.
CART is a tool to provide law enforcement with an effective and efficient response to a missing child incident in which a child is believed to be endangered or abducted. Since 1961, there have been 16 children abducted in Tacoma. The CART Program identifies best practices, better leverages resources, provides guidance through training, and allows for an efficiently managed investigation.
On Sept. 11-12, 2013, CART assessors conducted an on-site review of the TPD's policies and procedures and an assessment of its Mock Child Abduction Exercise. The exercise involved the use of more than 130 police and civilian personnel.
On Dec. 20, the TPD received official notification from the U.S. Department of Justice of its certification.
UW Tacoma Presents Unity Breakfast
The 8th Annual MLK Unity Breakfast will be held on Jan. 20, 2014 to recognize and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. This event is co-sponsored by the Black Student Union and the Division of Student and Enrollment Services at the University of Washington Tacoma. This year's theme is “Freedom to Learn: 60 Years after Brown v. Board of Education.”
To recognize this important event in the civil rights movement, the landmark Supreme Court decision that de-segregated public education, the organizing committee has invited Cheryl Brown Henderson to give the keynote address at this year's MLK Unity Breakfast.
The MLK Unity Breakfast was established by the Black Student Union to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King, and inspire members of the campus community to continue to work to make his vision of an equitable society a reality. The program recognizes students, faculty, and community members for outstanding service to the community through the Dream Awards which are presented during the program. The breakfast showcases area/student performers and is planned with a strong connection to a week of service opportunities and inclusion of area youth.
This year the committee would like to showcase and display artwork from students at local schools as part of the celebration. Students who create art around the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy are invited to contribute pieces to be displayed during the event. Artwork could include paintings, drawings, poetry, collages etc. Artwork could also be put together as a class project. UW Tacoma would like to include the creative talents of the youth of the community as part of this celebration.
For more information on contributing art to be showcased at the event, call (253) 692-4501 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for the Unity Breakfast is now open at http://www.tacoma.uw.edu/mlk.
TACOMA EXCEEDS EMISSION REDUCTION GOAL
In 2008, a group of Green Ribbon Task Force volunteers created Tacoma’s Climate Action Plan calling for community-wide emission reductions of 15 percent below 1990 levels by 2012. Tacoma’s Office of Environmental Policy and Sustainability reports that as of 2012, Tacoma not only met but exceeded this goal. Community-wide emissions achieved an overall 16 percent reduction, with per person emissions down by 27 percent.
Tacoma’s 2012 emissions were calculated at 1.51 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents. That’s comparable to 6,488 railcars of burned coal. The community-wide emissions measure includes landfilling at 2 percent of total emissions, building energy use at 40 percent and transportation at 58 percent. City staff attribute the community reduction to drops in building energy use, particularly industrial facilities and a significant decrease in how many miles people are driving.
The City is doing its part to lead by example. Since 2008, when reduction efforts began receiving greater focus, the City organization has achieved a reduction of 7 percent. Municipal emissions include buildings, fleet, employee commutes, streetlights and traffic signals, waste and wastewater, and landfilling. The most significant municipal reductions came from fleet and wastewater treatment plant operations.
Office of Environmental Policy and Sustainability staff are quick to point out that this inventory doesn’t account for emissions associated with materials shipped here from elsewhere. Including Tacoman’s consumption-based emissions would increase current emissions by an estimated 400 percent.
FORT’S SEWING EXHIBIT HIGHLIGHTS ‘MODERN MACHINE’
An 1860s sewing machine is featured at a new Fort Nisqually exhibit highlighting its revolutionary impact on the daily lives of women in those times. “Turning Drudgery into a Pastime” is on display through April 5, 2014.
“Everything a family and house needed – clothes, sheets, drapery – women and girls sewed by hand,” explained exhibit curator Chris Fiala Erlich. “The sewing machine dramatically shortened the amount of time women needed to spend sewing.”
The sewing machine on display was purchased in 1862 by then-Fort Nisqually manager Edward Huggins for his wife Letitia. Sewing machine manufacturers highlighted that, with a machine, a man’s shirt could be sewn in about an hour – far faster than the 14 hours it took by hand, Erlich said.
For more information, call (253) 591-5339 or go online to http://www.FortNisqually.org.
PEOPLE FOR PEACE, JUSTICE AND HEALING HOLD FUNDRAISER FOR WHISTLEBLOWERS
On Friday evening, Jan.10, People for Peace Justice & Healing will be having a fundraiser to help with the significant expense of bringing two whistleblowers from Washington, D.C. to Tacoma (including air fare, accommodations and extraordinarily reasonable honorarium – not to mention venue rental and publicity).
On Jan. 10, People for Peace Justice & Healing will put on an evening with: appetizers, wine, the option of watching some or all of the Robert Greenwald film "War on Whistleblowers" (including popcorn), live local entertainment, including Tacoma's Poet Laureate Lucas Smiraldo, a gaming table (not gambling, but some sorts of games), door prizes, possibly a silent auction of political, peace and justice memorabilia from the closets and attics of aging-hippie activists, and last but not least, a good-time and community-building party.
The event will take place at Tacoma Urban League at South 27th and Yakima, 7:30 p.m. at a cost of $20 per person (more gladly accepted; no one turned away for lack of funds).
Tickets are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/542076
Then, on Saturday evening, Feb. 8, former NSA Senior Executive turned NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake, along with former ethics adviser to the Justice Department Jesselyn Radack who is also a whistleblower, will speak in Tacoma at the Washington State History Museum. Both Drake and Radack are featured in “War on Whistleblowers.” They will speak on: “A Dangerous Act: Blowing the Whistle on Secrecy, Surveillance & National Security”
The speech will take place at the History Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave, at 7:30 p.m. and admission is free.
Seating is limited. Buy tickets at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/542180
WASHINGTON, TRUMAN GET SPRUCED UP FOR 2014
Many exciting developments have occurred at the Washington Elementary School since construction began in July. This month, steel has been erected in the northwest corner of the site where students will eat their lunches and participate in gym class. The northern exterior of the lunch room will be transparent and pay homage to the historic building. Shallow foundations and stem walls are being poured in the side of the addition, which faces the Wheelock Library. This addition will house the new library and instructional activities wing. Along the western exterior, the windows have been enlarged to provide ample light for the main office and lobby areas.
The new kindergarten wing is well underway along the northeast area of the site. This wing will be connected to the historic building at the northeast stairwell, nine feet below the lower level of the building.
Future work includes rebuilding the ventilators on the roof, reroofing, relining the existing gutters, replacing the downspouts, painting the window frames and cornice and cleaning of the sandstone and brick. Though there's much work to be done, Washington Elementary School is on schedule to open September 2014.
At Truman Middle School, students and staff members are rejoicing over the new track and field. Inclement weather usually made it challenging to use the previous track and field. Now that's all changed.
Thanks to funding from the $500 million bond issue approved by Tacoma voters last February, Lyon Landscape Architects installed a synthetic turf athletic field and an all-weather track with a rubberized surface that will improve the students' physical education and athletic experience at Truman.
In addition to the 14 major school replacements, district-wide school improvements, which include safety, security and health upgrades, will be made at nearly all neighborhood schools.
FREE CLASSES OFFERED FOR ASPIRING U.S. CITIZENS
People will find help with becoming a U.S. citizen during free classes at Pierce County Libraries. Participants will prepare for the citizenship exam, and learn about American history, democracy, interviews and vocabulary.
Registration is required. To sign up, contact Tacoma Community House, 1314 S. ‘L’ St., in person, by phone: (253) 383-3951 or by email to email@example.com.
Tacoma Community House offers help in Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese. They will help people with completion of Application for Naturalization N-400, fee waiver information and class requirements, including registration, information session and English level testing.
Citizenship classes at Pierce County Library will take place at Lakewood Pierce County Library, 6300 Wildaire Rd. S.W., on Saturdays from Jan. 11 to March 15, 8:30-11:30 a.m. and at the University Place Pierce County Library, 3609 Market Place W., Suite 100, on Tuesdays from Jan. 7 to March 18.
Locations and times will be announced later for sessions on the following dates: April 7–June 19, July 7–Sept. 11, and Sept. 29–Dec. 11.