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Tag: Eric Anderson


Convention center puts Tacoma finances in even deeper hole

This editorial appears in Sunday’s print edition.

Three years ago, the manager of Tacoma’s convention center was so concerned about the facility’s financial condition that he wondered whether he should start preparing to shut it down.

Today, the situation is still grim. Besides presenting a huge budget problem for city officials, it’s become the subject of an investigation by the State Auditor’s Office.

A report today by News Tribune business reporter C.R. Roberts homes in on how the $80 million Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center sank into its financial morass. Although it was never expected to break even – that’s rare among such facilities – it’s not earning nearly as much through bookings as early supporters had projected. And its two other main funding sources – from the hotel-motel tax and a cut of the state sales tax – decreased during the recession. Read more »


Wanted: Strong Tacoma city manager, strong council

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

Six years is a pretty good run for city managers, public officials who live in the cross hairs and tend to accumulate criticism until their city councils fire them.

But Tacoma’s Eric Anderson probably would still be going strong had he not sped his own departure, mostly through sins of omission. The Tacoma City Council – which voted Tuesday not to renew his contract – now has a chance to find a new executive and redeem its own mistakes in dealing with Anderson.

As the council majority concluded Tuesday, he was the right person to run the city 2005 but has ceased to be the chief executive Tacoma needs.

Anderson’s successes are undeniable.

A highly competent administrator, he helped stabilized a city government still shaken by the David Brame scandal.

Initially, he did much to restore fiscal reality to a city on a ruinous spending trajectory. His anti-crime initiatives made streets safer; his community-based partnerships of volunteers, police and code-enforcers helped clean up blighted neighborhoods.
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Honesty took a nap after Zina Linnik’s murder

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

Almost four years after the fact, the public has learned why the Tacoma Police Department took so long to put out an Amber Alert for a missing and murdered Tacoma girl: The officer asked to do it fell asleep.

The outrage isn’t the 12 hours it took to issue the alert after 12-year-old Zina Linnik was abducted on July 4, 2007. It’s the more than three years the police department took to acknowledge what happened – a coverup that deliberately misled the public and is still being soft-pedaled by City Manager Eric

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LeMay museum dispute needs closer council look

This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

The City of Tacoma and the LeMay Automobile Museum find themselves at an impasse that serves no one.

City officials say it would be imprudent for them to allow the museum to borrow against property donated by the city. Museum officials say that restriction comes as a surprise to them – and a threat to their project.

The crux of the controversy is contract language drafted in 2007.

LeMay CEO David Madeira says the agreement anticipated the museum’s desire to use the donated property as collateral. City Manager Eric Anderson, who signed the 2007 agreement, disagrees, saying that it would never be the city’s intention of giving away first position on land donated to a project.

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