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Tag: robert thoms

Nov.
19th

POT: Tacoma fails to protect neighborhoods

I am disappointed with Tacoma’s disregard for residential neighborhoods and businesses in its handling of retail marijuana stores and medical marijuana dispensaries.

Why is Tacoma allowing a cluster of four marijuana sellers (two retail and two medical) within three blocks in the Sixth Avenue Business District in the heart of a residential neighborhood? Cities more respectful of their residents’ health, safety and welfare – including Aberdeen, Bellingham and Mountlake Terrace – limit marijuana sales to light industrial or industrial zones.

When the U.S. Department of Justice’s top enforcement priority is preventing distribution of marijuana to minors, Tacoma’s permitting four sellers of

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June
18th

TACOMA: Councilman Thoms gets it

At least one Tacoma City Council member addressed concerns over fiscal implications of proposed charter review amendments. Councilman Robert Thoms displayed care for our taxpayer dollars by questioning potential fiscal ramifications of proposed changes, including the form of government, on already constrained budgets and with hundreds of millions in infrastructure needs.

He repeatedly suggested that the city must focus on core issues versus seeking changes without knowing the cost implications.

Earlier in the day the council was presented a budget forecast that showed the deficit would soar to more than $19 million by 2017 if growth remains slow and the

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Oct.
28th

TACOMA: Thoms responsive to Dome District concerns

The Dome District Development Group, a neighborhood association representing small businesses and residents of the Dome District, is proud to support Tacoma City Councilman Robert Thoms. Since his unanimous appointment in January, Thoms has been incredibly responsive to the Dome District’s concerns and needs.

When an Amtrak station development threatened to block road access to the district, Thoms successfully fought for a solution that protected our neighborhood. He also fought to establish a “quiet zone” for trains passing through the Dome District, cutting down on noise pollution. Throughout, Thoms has been outstandingly receptive to the district’s small businesses and residents.

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Oct.
21st

TACOMA: Thoms worked to clean up flophouse

My wife and I own our home off Sixth Avenue in Tacoma. All in all, it’s been a great place to call home and raise our kids. With the shifting population, though, we have had some problem with rental homes in our area.

Recently, one of the neighboring houses fell into use as a “flophouse” for drug users and criminals. Tacoma police said their hands were tied by private property laws and lack of manpower to adequately patrol the area.

Our city councilman, Robert Thoms, visited our home while campaigning. He listened intently to our concerns. Over the ensuing weeks,

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Oct.
21st

TACOMA: Thoms impresses with responsiveness

I had the pleasure of meeting Tacoma City Councilman Robert Thoms while he was walking our Northeast Tacoma neighborhood, talking to constituents. I shared with him that our block had recently been plagued by an infestation of bees on a city-owned portion of the street.

We’d never even met before, but Thoms promised he’d see what he could do. After weeks of frustration, we were bee-free in a matter of days.

I’m beyond impressed. A lot of promises are made in politics, so it’s nice to see a leader who follows through. There’s no doubt that Thoms deserves to continue

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Oct.
9th

TACOMA: Thoms responsive on streetlight problem

I was pleased to see that The News Tribune endorsed Tacoma City Councilman Robert Thoms in his bid to retain his seat (editorial, 10-7) On both the big and small scale, he’s done great work for Tacoma.

Case in point: This summer, the streetlights in our Northeast Tacoma neighborhood had been off for months. Despite our best efforts, the city hadn’t fixed them.

Frustrated, I emailed Thoms. He replied almost immediately, promising to try for a fix. He even called me one evening, well after working hours, to collect the necessary information. Within days, our lights were back on!

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Oct.
8th

TACOMA: Thoms’ violations aren’t ‘deal-breakers’?

I don’t really know what to think about The News Tribune’s endorsement (10-7) of Robert Thoms for District 2 in the Tacoma City Council race.

According to your editorial, Thoms, who is asking to represent us in a rule-making position, apparently doesn’t think that the current rules and policies apply to him. But since the violations are not “deal-breakers,” the editorial board is happy to overlook the “sins.”

I will be voting for Patricia Lecy-Davis, who is even described in the editorial as having “a deep understanding of the city’s crucial small business sector.” More important for an elected

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Sep.
30th

TACOMA: Thoms impresses with constituent service

As both a Tacoma resident and landlord, I end up interacting with city government – for better or worse – fairly often. I know that it often takes a lot of nudging to get things done. That’s why I was so stunned with the effectiveness of my city councilman, Robert Thoms.

I met Thoms on Labor Day weekend when I was facing difficulties coordinating with the city to get a hedge around my rental trimmed. Thoms promised he’d look into it, and sure enough, I was soon  contacted by the city to set up a date.

I’m impressed by Thoms’

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