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Tragedy led to positive public changes

This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.

Ten years ago Friday, the South Sound was stunned by news that Tacoma’s police chief had fatally shot his estranged wife and then himself – with their two young children nearby.

The tragedy was an intensely personal one for the families of Crystal Judson and David Brame, leaving two children orphans and loved ones distraught. But it was also a very public crime, taking place in a Gig Harbor parking lot and involving a high-ranking police officer.

It touched off weeks of investigation and soul-searching by city officials and police seeking the answers to two overarching questions: Read more »


Police union concessions welcome, but are they enough?

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

Tacoma police union members did the right thing Monday. They voted – in “overwhelming” numbers, according to their president – to approve concessions they hope will preserve jobs in the face of an estimated $32 million budget shortfall.

The city’s firefighters should do the same when they vote Jan. 26 and 27 on budget savings their bargaining unit says it has identified.

Although neither union disclosed what concessions it is prepared to make, it’s probably safe to say they involve a combination of things, perhaps including compensation givebacks and lower pension contributions. Interim city manager Ray Arellano will decide whether to accept the concessions. Read more »