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Category: Tacoma


Tacoma Dome naming rights: Potential suitor in own back yard?

As we wrote about in today’s newspaper, the City of Tacoma is now soliciting bids for selling the naming rights to the Tacoma Dome.

The effort is part of a strategy to draw new revenues from corporate sponsorships being sought for both the T-Dome and the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center.  Both venues are meant to be self-sufficient enterprises, but each still garners subsidies from the city’s General Fund.

The city has sent its formal request for proposals to nine consulting and marketing firms. They include:  Premier Partnerships of Santa Monica, CA;  Legends Sales & Marketing of Plano,

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Tacoma Landmarks Commission, Arts Commission now agree – 110-year-old Tacoma Totem Pole should be restored

No formal action was taken Wednesday night but the Tacoma Landmarks Commission directed city staff to pursue a plan to restore the city’s historic totem pole and keep it standing in Fireman’s Park in the northern section of downtown.

The commission’s support for saving the pole follows a June 10 meeting of the city Arts Commission during which members approved a recommendation to keep the pole in the city’s arts collection. The arts commission then approved a recommendation that the pole be stabilized and remain upright rather than be removed for restoration and displayed elsewhere. The commission also called for

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Tacoma: Broadnax warns city “will pursue legal action” against vigilante crosswalk painters

Last month, we wrote about a rogue crosswalk that someone painted at a confusing intersection in the Theater District, shortly after some local business owners had complained to city officials about pedestrian safety on St. Helens Avenue.

Then last week, at least four new unauthorized crosswalks appeared — including three at the intersection of Tacoma Avenue and Division Street and one across 6th Avenue from Wright Park.

Shortly after the vigilante street markings appeared, city officials told The News Tribune they were aware of them.  On Wednesday, Interim Public Works

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Tacoma Totem Pole tidbits

As we reported Tuesday, a specially convened deaccession review panel charged with deciding whether to remove the city-owned totem pole in Fireman’s Park from the municipal arts collection recommended that it remain part of Tacoma’s collected public artworks.

Now, the Landmarks Preservation Commission is expected to separately determine what should be done with the aging pole that has become a falling hazard and is temporarily fenced off and braced.  Such options could include shoring the pole in place, preserving and cleaning it, taking it down,  finding a place indoors to display it and/or even commissioning a

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Tacoma: Review panel unanimously agrees that totem pole should not be removed from city’s arts collection

They mulled over its decrepit condition, speculated about who carved it and discussed its historical and cultural significance – both as a potential sacred artifact and a beloved object of commercial kitsch.

But in the end, all voting members of a specially convened review panel agreed Tuesday: Tacoma’s totem pole should remain part of the city’s art collection.

“I think it’s important to keep it,” said Jack Curtright, a longtime Tacoma dealer of Native American art. “It’s been here, I grew up with it. It’s been an icon of this community.”

Tacoma’s Arts Commission took the unusual step of convening

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UPDATE Tacoma: Who’s on the totem pole review panel?

Update 11:45 a.m. Tuesday June 4

The city’s revamped website mistakenly states that the totem pole deacession review panel today starts at 5:30 p.m.

The meeting actually will begin at 2:30 p.m.  City spokeswoman Maria Lee provides this explanation:

(T)his was a technical issue where all times on the site were displaying in the Eastern Time Zone. The issue has been resolved on the back end but it may take a while for some servers to reflect that.

Original post

As we wrote about here,  Tacoma’s Arts Commission will take the rare step of convening a so-called “deaccession

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Tacoma: New city website to debut this weekend

After more than 18 months of fits and starts on upgrade work, the City of Tacoma’s new website is nearly ready for a public unveiling.  

Tacoma plans a “soft launch” of its new site this weekend, for the first time making it functionally live to the public, the city’s spokeswoman said Friday.

“It’s a soft launch so that our web team can test it in a real environment,” spokeswoman Gwen Schuler said. “They’ll be testing for any bugs and making sure the functionality is there.”

If all goes well over the weekend, she

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Tacoma: Slevin officially named head of city’s Environmental Services Department

The city announced today Mike Slevin has been named the permanent director of Tacoma’s new Environmental Services Department.  Slevin had been interim director of the newly created department for the past eight months.

The department operates Tacoma’s solid waste, wastewater and surface water utilities.

Here’s the city’s press release:

Michael P. Slevin III Appointed Environmental Services Director

City Manager T.C. Broadnax announced the appointment of Michael P. Slevin III to the permanent position of Environmental Services Director. Slevin has been serving on an interim basis for the past eight months, and will step into his new role effective June 3,

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