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Tag: disabled access


PARKING: Where’s compassion in Lakewood for disabled drivers?

It is hard to imagine the mindset of some business owners in our community. Finding a parking spot for the disabled is often difficult due to limited space (and cheaters). In Lakewood it is quite apparent due to the large retired military component over and above the normal population. But disdain for the law which requires businesses to provide such spaces is evident in some locations.

Have you found the space at the 7-Eleven on 100th Street (near Lowe’s) or the Asian market on Bridgeport (behind KFC)? They are located as far from the entrance as is possible in their

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BUDGET: Senate plan would hurt needy people

The state Senate operating and capital budgets proposed in the past two weeks would cut housing, health care and child care for vulnerable citizens in these ways:

• Eliminating the Aged, Blind and Disabled program.

• Cutting state homelessness programs by 52 percent.

• Increasing the number of people experiencing homelessness during the 2013-2015 biennium by 20,400 more people.

• Drastically cutting a variety of safety net programs like Temporary Assistance to Needy Families and Working Connections Child Care.

• Significantly cutting the Housing Trust Fund

While an education-focused budget for K-12 and higher education will help solve many of

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TACOMA: Disabled tag often used by non-disabled

Re: “Save that spot for disabled driver” (letter, 11-29).

In addition to cars and drivers without disabled tags and plates who park in the disabled spots, there are also the cars with disabled tags whose drivers are not disabled using the spots. They are alone in the car without the disabled person that the tag was issued for.

I feel those drivers are no different than the ones without the disabled tags. I wonder if that is against the law?


TACOMA: Save that spot for disabled driver

People often park in disability parking spots without the proper placard (permit). With the cold and rain, those close spots can seem especially attractive. However, if someone who does not need a disability parking spot takes one, it can block those who need them from getting to their destination.

This week is “Walk the Block” Parking Enforcement Week, created by the Tacoma Area Commission on Disabilities in co-ordination with local law enforcement. We encourage drivers to park a bit further away and enjoy the walk. Saving the disability parking spot for someone who really needs it allows everyone to fully

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