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Archives: April 2012

April
30th

O’Ban to try again for newly open 28th District seat

Attorney and Republican activist Steve O’Ban announced today he will run again for the 28th District House seat he sought in 2010.

Unlike two years ago, O’Ban won’t be up against an incumbent. State Rep. Troy Kelley, who won re-election in 2010 with 52 percent of the vote, is running instead for state auditor.

In a statement, O’Ban said Democrats have held the 28th District’s House seats for too long.

“We have not replaced the failed leadership in Olympia that created a perennial financial crisis and continues to raise taxes on working families and small business,” said O’Ban.

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April
30th

No Van Halen party for Tacoma Dome cleaning crew

The burning question (for me, at least) out of the news that the Tacoma Dome cleaning is complete was: Will Van Halen throw the six-man crew a bash in appreciation?

When reporter Stacia Glenn interviewed the crew’s foreman earlier this month, Dave Yeisley told her that cleaners planned to present a spick-and-span roof by Saturday – with a tiny hope that Van Halen, which is performing at the Dome then, would be so impressed they’d throw the crew a celebratory party.

Yeisley’s tongue may have been firmly planted in cheek, but the crew did end up beating its

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April
30th

Tacoma: Deputy City Manager Arellano to leave city

Rey Arellano, Tacoma’s deputy city manager for the past six years and interim manager for six months, will be leaving the city on May 4,  an email sent to city staff by City Manager T.C. Broadnax announced today.

“Rey is leaving the City of Tacoma to actively pursue opportunities to serve as a city manager in a different organization,” Broadnax’s email said.

In December, the City Council selected Broadnax, an assistant in San Antonio, Tex., over Arellano and Lakewood City Manager Andrew Neiditz in the city’s search to replace ousted manager Eric Anderson.

Shortly after the council

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April
30th

Newcomer Bill Driscoll enters race for Norm Dicks’s seat

The announcement could reshape the race for the open 6th Congressional District seat. Driscoll joins several other Republicans vying to take on state Sen. Derek Kilmer, the lone Democrat, but the newcomer immediately showed off a potential advantage: He can spend plenty of his own money.

Driscoll, a Republican and Marine Corps veteran, said he would immediately donate $500,000 to his own campaign.

Driscoll comes out of the timber industry. He said he is the great-great grandson of Frederick Weyerhaeuser, who founded the Weyerhaeuser company in 1901. He worked in that and other forest-products companies.

Here’s his news release:

Bill

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April
30th

Another candidate seeks Puyallup-area state House seat

Democrat Eric Hingsberger acknowledges he’s not politically well-connected, but says he will take on a former lawmaker and the local chamber-of-commerce president in a race for the Legislature.

Hingsberger will run for the seat being vacated by Rep. Bruce Dammeier, who’s running for Senate. He said he’s a full-time student at Tacoma Community College where he studies health information management.

Here’s the e-mail the Puyallup resident sent to The News Tribune:

My name is Eric Hingsberger and I am a democratic candidate for State Representative for the 25th Legislative District. This area includes Puyallup, South Hill, Summit, parts of Fife

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April
27th

More on capital-budget grants for wine, water

I wrote earlier this week about Gov. Chris Gregoire signing the capital budget, with more than $1 billion for projects around the state. That includes money for so-called Innovation Partnership Zones that capitalize on a regional specialty.

Apparently, Pierce County is to cleaning water what eastern Washington is to making wine.

Here’s what the Department of Commerce said in a news release today about the $3.6 million for the Tacoma Urban Clean Water Technology Zone:

Three new labs will be created with the Tacoma grant. Existing space at the University of Washington Tacoma will be converted into the Clean

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April
27th

City of Destiny award winners to be honored May 8

The City of Tacoma will honor some of its top volunteers at the 26th annual City of Destiny awards ceremony on May 8 at the Stadium High School auditorium.

A committee appointed by the City Council picks the award winners. Nominees must have volunteered their time and energy without financial compensation and within Tacoma’s city limits. Winners in the Leadership and Group categories are recognized for work within the past 12 months.

This year’s winners are:

Kyoung Mo Im (Adult Leadership): Just shy of 80 years old, Kyoung Mo Im volunteers in Catholic Community Services’ Foster Grandparent Program of Pierce

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April
26th

Ethics board dismisses complaint against Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland

As we reported in February, Tacoma dismissed an ethics complaint against former Public Assembly Facilities Director Mike Combs after a review found he did not violate Tacoma’s ethics code when he worked last year to seek a publicly-funded study about the Tacoma Dome.

Now comes the unsurprising sequel to that dismissal: A finding that Mayor Marilyn Strickland didn’t violate the ethics code either.

The twin complaints against Combs and Strickland, filed by local gadfly John Hathaway, were prompted by a News Tribune story that misstated part of the city’s ethics code that prohibits former employees’ participation

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