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Community Solar Project


As our region and world begin to see the drastic consequences of greenhouse gas pollution and global climate change, we know that cities play a critical role in addressing this urgent issue. In Tacoma, thanks to our clean, renewable hydropower, we know our most effective strategies include transforming our transportation infrastructure and methods by investing in more convenient and frequent ... Read More »

Transportation Master Plan


What will the next 20 years of transportation look like in Tacoma? The Tacoma Transportation Commission and the Tacoma City staff have worked together to develop a Transportation Master Plan. We plan to examine the city’s transportation system and determine what its needs will be (including funding) over the next 20+ years. Join us for one of the meetings on ... Read More »

Neighborhood Clean-Up Schedule

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Help to make your neighborhood a more safe, clean, and beautiful place! You and your neighbors can work together, and the City is here to support you with free access to dumpsters. Between April 18th and August 29, the City’s Solid Waste Management Division will be making their rounds through Tacoma neighborhoods. Check out the calendar to see when they’ll be ... Read More »

The Future of Cable & Internet

Ryan Mello

There are many significant decisions facing the Tacoma City Council in the upcoming months and years. One of them is the future of Tacoma’s Click! Cable. While I believe that the utility staff has worked up a solid proposal to consider, I am highly skeptical that this is the right deal for Tacoma. While the cable TV business is changing by the ... Read More »

2015-2017 Budget Approved


In mid-December, we passed a balanced City Budget for the next 2 years that meets all of our current obligations and brings our rainy-day fund to a responsible level. My colleagues and I participated in over 9 budget workshops with Department Directors and listened to the public, all who provided input in many different ways. Some highlights of this budget include: Maintains ... Read More »

Help Protect Jobs & Services at Joint Base Lewis-McChord


A huge number of our local jobs are connected to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and much of the success of cafes to rental housing to restaurants and retailers depends on the presence of the JBLM community. Currently, the federal government is looking at reducing the nation’s 510,000 active duty force by 90,000 over the next several years. Up to 11,000 of those ... Read More »

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 »

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