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A Meaningful Paid Sick Days Policy


Everyone gets sick. That’s a fact. Every mother, father or spouse has to take care of their kids or loved ones at some point in their life.
 That’s a fact. The discussion in front of the Tacoma City Council is this: Should working folks go to work sick and infect others, or be able to stay home to get better and ... Read More »

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 »

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