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TACOMA: City wrongly embroiled in union battle

Letter by Jerry M. Thorpe, Tacoma on April 1, 2014 at 10:26 am with No Comments »
April 3, 2014 12:25 pm

Re: The sale of two lots to the Murano Hotel (TNT, 3-30).

Hopefully something positive will come out of the unfortunate mess that the City of Tacoma became embroiled in when a past City Council, without thinking wisely, became involved in a union battle connected to negotiations between the Hotel Murano and Hollander Investments.

Hotel developer issues and issues concerning the unions should not be the obligation of the City Council to solve.  Business negotiations should be between the parties involved – in this case it was between Hollander Investments and Hotel Murano – and then resolved if necessary by our courts.

The City Council was burned in 2012 when poor decisions were made to put city money into the development of a garage next to the Old Elks Temple. Now there is a belief that the road to downtown Tacoma’s success is tied to more and more hotels being built, to draw more conventions into our city – despite past studies showing that convention space is way overdeveloped in our state.

Perhaps the City Council should look for ways to solve more pressing problems facing the citizens of Tacoma and let the business world do its own development and solve any problems that may surface.

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