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Category: Pierce County


Proposition 1, the Pierce Transit funding measure, still trails with 90 percent of the vote now counted

Proposition 1 – the Pierce Transit funding measure – gained 92 votes after Saturday’s ballot tallies, but it’s still failing.

As of the latest counts, the measure is being rejected 50.2 percent to 49.8 percent with 90 percent of the vote counted.

More results are expected to be posted Sunday and Monday at 5 p.m., the Pierce County Auditor’s Office reported on Saturday.

In all, “rejected” votes on the ballot measure are beating “approved” votes by 823.

The 0.4 percent difference does not ensure a recount. Ballot measures are not subject to the automatic recount rules that apply to elected

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Pierce County: Council rules committee moves forward with proposal seeking new strip club regulations

A proposal to beef up rules for strip clubs in unincorporated Pierce County is still dancing.

The Pierce County Council’s Rules and Operations Committee on Monday unanimously advanced to the full council a measure that, among other things, calls to increase licensing fees and ramp up lighting requirements for adult entertainment nightspots.

But the committee opted not to act on a recommended amendment that would loosen language in the measure that aims to hold strip club managers liable for dancers who break the rules.

Councilman Rick Talbert suggested the amendment is best left for all council members to consider.


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Pierce County selects Jennifer Joly as government relations director, replacing longtime county lobbyist George Walk

Jennifer Joly has worked in state government, both the executive and legislative branches, for 20 years and until she resigned to take the job with Pierce County served as the chair of the state Public Disclosure Commission.

While her appointment to lead the government relations office for the county must be confirmed by the council, that is considered ministerial. She was chosen by a committee that included County Executive Pat McCarthy, Council Chairwoman Joyce McDonald and Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.

Jennifer Joly

“This is a very important position that works on Pierce County’s priorities with decision makers at every level of government,” McCarthy said in a statement sent out today.

Joly, who has lived in Tacoma for a decade, will replace longtime liaison George Walk, a former state legislator who ran the government relations operation for 22 years before retiring in June. Joly will represent the county with other government entities, especially the state and federal governments.

After graduating from the University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University) in 1993, Joly went to work with the Legislative Transportation Committee as an analyst. In 1997 she took the first of three positions with then-Gov. Gary Locke. She was transportation policy advisor, legislative liaison and counsel.

She was a PDC commissioner for two years and is a board member of YMCA Youth and Government and Group Health Cooperative.

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County Council committee removes changes for appointing judges

A Pierce County Council committee today removed proposed changes to the District Court judicial appointment process that would have given a strong say to Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.

Facing an uproar from District Court judges and other prominent attorneys, the council’s Rules and Operations Committee voted 3-0 today to strike down proposed revisions. They would have eliminated all outside input from the legal community, replacing it was a panel of five county employees – including the prosecutor.

The council committee forwarded the revised ordinance to the full council for approval Nov. 6. The seven-member council could make further

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Former state legislator Lorraine Wojahn dies at 92

Former state legislator Lorraine Wojahn died Saturday evening in Tacoma at age 92 from congestive heart failure, according to the adult care facility where she was living.

The Tacoma Democrat is known for helping create the Department of Health and supporting the Equal Rights Amendment.

She served as one of seven women in the House starting in 1969, and one of seven women in the Senate starting in 1977.

She served 32 years in total.

Wojahn served as President Pro Tempore of the Senate. She was the first woman to preside during a session adjourning sine die.

Locally, she helped develop the

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School retirees host legislative breakfast

The Pierce County School Retirees’ Association will sponsor its annual Legislative Breakfast on Thursday, Oct. 18 at the La Quinta Hotel, Interstate 5 and Portland Ave., Tacoma.

The breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $10.00.

The purpose of the event is to allow those who are interested in education to meet with local lawmakers and discuss legislation that affects them.


Pierce Transit drivers vote to freeze pay

Pierce Transit employees ratified an agreement Wednesday night that freezes pay for most employees and requires workers to take on more health care costs.

A proposed contract was finalized Aug. 17  after 15 months of negotiation.

A release from Pierce Transit and the employees’ union said employees “voted to ratify the agreement that has no wage increases and redesigns medical and dental benefit plans over a three-year labor contract.”

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 758 represents 708 Pierce Transit bus operators, mechanics, mechanics’ supervisors, customer-service staff and some administrative staff.


ATU Local #758 Members Approve Contract

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Grassi advances in recount for Pierce County Council race

University Place Mayor Ken Grassi advanced in a recount today to the November general election for the District 4 seat on the Pierce County Council.

Grassi, a Republican, finished 43 votes ahead of Tacoma real estate agent Sharon Benson, a Democrat. The recount added two more votes to the 41-vote margin Grassi had over Benson in last week’s final primary returns. That margin between the second- and third-place finishers was small enough to trigger a mandatory machine recount by the Pierce County Auditor’s Office.

Grassi, who trailed Benson in early election returns, finished with 4,543 votes in the recount.

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