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July
17th

Public Disclosure Commission filings: Puyallup campaign updates

After two Planning Commission members who are running for Puyallup City Council were criticized for their conduct, a heated political debate broke out at Tuesday’s regular council meeting. 

Part of that debate focused on contributions to competing candidates. Below is an updated list of all the Puyallup City Council candidates and their most recent financial records with the state Public Disclosure Commission.

DISTRICT 1, POSITION 2:

John Hopkins* $5,100 (Personal contributions; Hopkins’ campaign is self-financed)

Corry Glucoft $200 (Donor Joan Cronk)

DISTRICT 2, POSITION 2:

Steve Hastings** $0 (Self-financed: Doesn’t intend to

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July
17th

Puyallup City Council discusses conduct of Planning Commissioners, council members as election season heats up

In a long and heated discussion at Tuesday night’s regular meeting, the Puyallup City Council members exchanged barbs on the ethical behavior of city officials during an election season that’s in full swing.

The discussion started after Council members John Palmer and Kent Boyle requested an addition to the meeting agenda regarding controversial conduct involving two Planning Commission members and an applicant seeking to rezone land near Shaw Road.

Several residents have expressed concern that chairman Steve Hastings and vice chairman Chris McNutt attended a private meeting that included a senior representative from Schnitzer West, a developer that has an

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July
11th

State revenue collection ticks up $7.5 million above forecast in July monthly report

Washington’s state government revenues held up for another month, ticking $7.5 million higher than the June forecast which had furnished  enough new revenue to let lawmakers settle their differences and pass a budget.

You can see the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council’s full monthly revenue-collections report on June 11 to July 10 collections here. 

The improved revenue comes as state jobless rates are still falling and retail sales are growing, despite slowing job growth overall and a recent decline in aerospace industry jobs. The additional money is actually

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July
10th

Monique Trudnowski appointed to Tacoma Public Utilities board

Monique Trudnowski, Tacoma restaurant owner and chairwoman of the Tacoma Regional Convention + Vistor Bureau, has been appointed to serve a five-year term as a member of the Tacoma Public Utility board. She will attend her first board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

In her role as co-owner and operator of Adriatic Grill Italian Cuisine & Wine Bar, and as a community activist, Trudnowski recently received congressional recognition for her service to the greater Tacoma area and the state.

“I am interested in adding another layer of knowledge and advocacy by serving the customers of Tacoma Public Utilities,” Trudnowski

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July
10th

Rep. Marcie Maxwell leaving state House for education adviser job with Inslee administration

State Rep. Marcie Maxwell put out a statement Tuesday saying she is resigning her seat in the Legislature to take a senior education-adviser role in Gov. Jay Inslee‘s executive policy office later in July.

Maxwell, a Renton Democrat serving the 41st District, was the House Democrats’ deputy majority leader for education and opportunity, and her House committees included Education, Appropriations and Appropriations Subcommittee on Education. The Governor’s Office confirmed the appointment.

Here is the statement issued by Maxwell:

State Representative Marcie Maxwell is announcing her resignation from elected office to accept a new position in statewide service. This month,

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July
10th

Fife takes next step toward feasibility study of proposed sports complex

The Fife City Council, after much discussion at its regular meeting Tuesday night, recommended that staff move forward with a lodging tax application to possibly fund a feasibility study for a proposed sports complex.

The next step comes after the California-based company Sportsplex USA released its preliminary report on the market demand for a multi-use facility, which could include several softball and soccer fields and an on-site restaurant for national and international events.

The city authorized the $7,500 preliminary review as a first step before spending $45,000 on a full, traditional feasibility study. If a full study occurs, it would

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July
8th

Fife City Council could extend moratorium on medical marijuana collective gardens

The Fife City Council will likely take action on an ordinance that would extend a ban on collective gardens for medical marijuana at its meeting Tuesday night.

The city first passed a moratorium on collective gardens in August 2011, after the state Legislature authorized qualifying patients to create and participate in the gardens for medical purposes.

Collective gardens allow people with diagnosed terminal or debilitating illness to share responsibility for acquiring and supplying the resources required to produce and process cannabis for medical use.

The state’s law is subject to guidelines, which limit the number of

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July
8th

Fife City Council to review pre-feasibility study of proposed sports complex

The Fife City Council will review findings from a preliminary feasibility study on a proposed sports complex at its meeting Tuesday night.

The study is a compilation of data gathered in April, when executives from the California-based company Sportsplex USA visited Fife and surrounding cities to gauge the market for a multi-use sports facility in the Interstate 5 corridor.

The city authorized the $7,500 review as a first step before deciding whether to move forward with a full feasibility study, which would cost an additional $37,500.

Should the city decide to complete a full study, one funding source could be

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