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Tag: Rick Talbert


For County Council: Roach, Talbert, Flemming

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

For the foreseeable future, Pierce County government is likely to be all about making do with less, slogging through the present economic agony while still providing police protection and other essential services for citizens.

The County Council, which writes the budget, is where much of the action will be. Its spending decisions will shape county government, sparing some programs at the expense of others, approving labor contracts and otherwise making ends meet with excruciatingly tight revenues.

County voters are about to pick three fresh faces for the council’s three open positions, which

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Many candidates silent on open government

If government accountability and transparency matter to you (as they should), head over to the Washington Coalition for Open Government’s website to see which candidates have gone on the record about making state and local government more accessible.

WCOG quizzed candidates around the state on 11 key priorities, many of them proposals for changes to state law. Among the 80 or so who responded, I count nine South Sound candidates (in addition to a couple of candidates who were eliminated in the primary election). That leaves a whole lot of questionnaires that have gone unreturned by the people vying

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Let next Tacoma council fill empty seats

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

Departing Tacoma City Council members should resist the temptation to make a final mark (or two) on city government via the appointment process.

The council is debating how to fill vacancies created by this month’s election. Councilwoman Marilyn Strickland is moving to the mayor’s chair, and Julie Anderson is leaving the council to become Pierce County auditor.

Both need to be replaced, and the question before the council is not only who will fill their seats but who gets to do the picking – the three newly elected council members or the term-limited four who are leaving?

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