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3-1-1 & Tacoma First App: Get your questions answered!

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Now, you can even download the Tacoma First App on your smartphone and use the app to do many of these functions you would traditionally call or email in for service or answer. Check it out and use it often like I do to improve your neighborhood and community! Did you know? 3-1-1 is a centralized telephone number that provides live and ... Read More »

It’s Time to Review the Proposed 2015-2016 Budget


The City Manager has transmitted his proposed 2015-2016 Budget to the Council. Now, it’s our job to review it, ask questions, and make any necessary adjustments to ensure it meets the policy goals of the Council. There is a lot to like in the proposed budget, and I believe the City Manager did a very good job of listening to the priorities ... Read More »

Tacoma Charter Amendments: I am urging you to support the 12 Amendments


Once every 10 years, the City reviews its local constitution called the City Charter. This is a basic governance document that spells out the powers reserved for the people. It also includes the job description and expectations for elected officials and certain staff functions at the City. A dedicated group of citizens from across the City reviewed the City Charter throughout the ... Read More »

Working Hard for YOU: Greenroads


One of the big projects I’ve been working on lately is the Greenroads Policy. Greenroads are a way to take our various planning documents and desires for the kinds of streets, sidewalks and public spaces we want and turn them into a reality. On July 8, the Tacoma City Council passed a resolution that I proudly co-sponsored to ensure that our future roads ... Read More »

The City of Tacoma’s 2015 – 2017 Budget


We’re in the midst of developing the City’s upcoming 2-year budget, and we’re holding a series of public Budget Input Meetings from July 14 – August 7. I want to hear about what is important to you! Some things to consider: What should the City be investing in? What should we be doing less of? What ideas do you have about things ... Read More »

Community Murals: Seeking Local Artists!

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The City of Tacoma is dedicated to improving the beauty of our city while providing local artists with a way to showcase their work. There are several mural options for artists, from location to subject matter. Whether you are a community group looking to beautify an area or an artist looking to produce a mural, check out the artists page on ... Read More »

Residential Rain Garden Program


Has “install a rain garden” been on your To-Do list for awhile now? Well, now is the perfect time to act! The City is promoting rain gardens by offering free soil testing, technical assistance and even rebates up to $2,000 for installation. If installing a rain garden isn’t something you’ve considered before, we encourage you to visit the City’s website ... Read More »

Tacoma First: Helping Citizens Improve Their Neighborhoods


Have you had a chance to check out the new City of Tacoma website? We’re excited to announce that there’s a brand new component to the site— a new customer service section, Tacoma First! This one-stop page offers a place where residents can go to get their questions and problems solved. We are dedicated to making it significantly easier for citizens ... Read More »

Improving Our Community One Sidewalk & Crosswalk at a Time

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Over the next year and a half, the City of Tacoma will be investing $2.5 million to improve sidewalks, crosswalks and other pedestrian areas in every neighborhood. You can make a difference! Help the City identify which areas need the most attention by attending a community meeting. Take a look at the Crosswalk Forum schedule. We hope to see you there! Read More »

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