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Archives: July 2012

July
25th

While Tacoma considers how to regulate medical cannabis firms, LA bans them

Tuesday, while the City of Tacoma was detailing a new proposal to regulate medical cannabis grow operations, the City of Los Angeles unanimously voted to ban medical pot businesses in that city.

From the LA Times:

In what could be a turning point in the city’s seemingly unending battle to regulate the distribution of medical marijuana, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to ban all pot dispensaries, while also opening the door to possibly let some remain.

Under the ban, all of the 762 dispensaries registered in the city will be sent letters

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July
25th

PEBB lowers health premiums for many state employees in 2013

The Public Employees’ Benefits Board voted Wednesday to set health-premium rates for 338,000 state workers, dependents and retirees in 2013. In a bit of a surprise, rates are going down for participants in the most popular plan, Uniform Medical.

Details are scheduled to be posted Thursday morning here on the state Health Care Authority’s site. Update: The complete chart is here.

In the meantime, the Washington Federation of State Employees put out an alert to members that hailed lower costs for Uniform Medical Plan enrollees but objected to rates going up for Group Health

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July
25th

Flemming, Muri clash over attendance at a County Council study session


Flemming

Stan Flemming and Dick Muri are both Republicans and Pierce County Council members, they both come from military backgrounds, and they’re both about the same age.

They’re also bitter rivals in the battle for the new 10th Congressional District seat — and that tension occasionally shows up in their jobs on the County Council, which pays them an annual salary of $107,602.

Their latest disagreement centers on a schedule conflict.

The two men had to choose between attending a July 10 County Council study session or a campaign-related event. Muri opted to go to the lunchtime study session. Flemming missed it and drove south to “spend a few brief minutes with the Republican Women of Thurston County.”

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July
25th

State pension contributions to rise; state cost $390 million

UPDATED: Washington state’s Pension Funding Council voted Wednesday to recommend higher contribution rates for several state pension plans. The moves ultimately affect state and local government employers as well as workers, and the changes had mostly been assumed, according to Matt Smith, state actuary.

Smith had outlined options in an earlier report. You can see the many new rates here. Option B was selected, which means rates go up for most plans but remain the same for the Washington State Patrol Retirement System and Public Safety Employees Retirement System (which had faced

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July
25th

Tacoma: Broadnax names four finalists for city’s top economic development post

Tacoma City Manager T.C. Broadnax has named four finalists seeking to become the city’s next top economic development chief.

The finalists — among 69 candidates nationwide who applied to fill the city’s vacant Community and Economic Development Department director’s job — include:

Ellen Miller-Wolfe, economic development manager for the City of Kirkland;

Ricardo Noguera, former housing and economic development director for the City of Visalia, CA;

Eric Anthony Johnson, executive director for University Park Alliance in Akron, OH;

and Steven J. Anderson, former president and chief executive officer of Lake County Partners in Lake County,IL.

The winning candidate will

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July
25th

TACOMA: Council names Patterson to Public Utility Board

Here’s the press release from TPU:

Attorney Mark Patterson joins Tacoma Public Utility Board

Mark Patterson, a lifelong Tacoma resident, will serve a five-year term as the newest member of the Tacoma Public Utility Board. The Tacoma City Council appointed Patterson to the board at its July 10 meeting. He will attend his first meeting as a board member at 6:30 p.m. today.

Patterson is an attorney and shareholder with the law firm Vandeberg, Johnson & Gandara, with an emphasis on business law. His areas of focus include corporate and partnership issues, taxation and securities law, mergers and acquisitions, commercial

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