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Tacoma City Council: Exit interviews

Post by Lewis Kamb / The News Tribune on Dec. 16, 2009 at 4:12 pm with 7 Comments »
December 16, 2009 4:12 pm

Last night’s Tacoma City Council meeting marked endings for four members: Connie Ladenburg, Mike Lonergan, Rick Talbert and Mayor Bill Baarsma.

Facing term limits on their current seats at year’s end, each of the two-term elected officials’ experienced their final hours on the dais during the city’s final council meeting of 2009 (Under city charter, each could run again – but would have to wait for two years to do so under term limit rules).

In the waning moments of their colleagues’ council tenures, fellow Councilmembers Jake Fey, Spiro Manthou, Marilyn Strickland and Lauren Walker honored each with proclamations, speeches and gag gifts. The departing members also gave some closing remarks.

CLadenburgLadenburg listed off single words and phrases that described her eight years in office, from “newbie” to “term limits.”

“I’m ready to move on,” she said.

Mike Lonergan told the audience he’d miss the camraderie of the council. “There’s just something special about this group,” he said.MLonergan

RTalbertRick Talbert, now seeking appointment to either of the two open seats on the council, noted the council has experienced some of Tacoma’s most “prosperous times and some the lowest times” during his tenure, and thanked city staffers for their service.

And Bill Baarsma, who previously had served two terms as a council member, received a standing ovation from about 40 people still in attendance during the more than four and a half hour meeting. “We’ve come out stronger than ever, in my view,” he said.Mayor Baarsma

The city council is not set to meet again until January, when a new configuration of the panel, with three new members Marty Campbell, Victoria Woodards and Joe Lonergan) will be ushered in. The 2010 council is expected to make appointments to fill two open council seats sometime next month.

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  1. the3rdpigshouse says:

    You can thank these four and those remaining from the old council for the homes built 6 ft apart in high density developments!!!

  2. norse1943 says:

    What’s Baarsma been smoking? Russell’s gone, Car Museum is holding the Ciyt hostage, Brame scandal, etc. Probably one the city worst mayors and one of the weakest councils.

  3. bigbarb43 says:

    Could it be more obvious why we have term limits!!!

  4. 3rd Pig – Thanks for the reminder — it’s important to thank our councilmembers for forward looking laws like the mixed use ordinance. Would you rather have a denser, more vibrant and walkable Tacoma, or sprawl all the way to Mt. Tahoma National Park?

  5. “A denser, more walkable Tacoma” Sure, so dense that car lanes are sacraficed for bicycles in places where there are no sidewalks.
    Who are these people that want to regress back to a day when trolley cars went up and down and all was right with the world?
    Streetcars don’t work. If they did, then they would have stayed in every city that had them instead of going the way of the dodo. You will get me out of my car and onto a streetcar to downtown when monkeys fly from Bill Baarsma’s back pocket.

  6. FWIW, redeveloping the connection between Tacoma and Mount Tahoma is a goal missing from the current agenda.

    The mixed use center rules are great, including support for the pedestrian. But Pacific is an auto oriented street and will remain so. Bus Rapid Transit is part of the answer but there are many more pieces to this puzzle.

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