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Tacoma: She once regretfully called Republicans “racist,” now Strickland will speak at GOP conference

A year and a half ago, Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland created a political stir when she told a group of Pacific Lutheran University students that Republicans have trouble courting the black vote because “they’re racist” — a remark that a student photojournalist later opined about in the campus newspaper.

Now, Tacoma’s mayor is set to be a guest speaker on racial issues at the Mainstream Republicans of Washington’s annual Cascade Conference this weekend in Leavenworth.

Strickland is scheduled to speak Saturday as part of the conference’s “Bridge Building Presentations,” a series of discussions aimed at introducing conference attendees to

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Tacoma: Council adopts TBD spending plan, city identifies street repairs to be funded by new vehicle license fees

Tacoma’s City Council on Tuesday unanimously adopted a $4 million spending plan for the city’s newly created Transportation Benefit District, with the bulk of the money to be spent on local street repairs.

As part of the TBD budget — to be funded by revenues generated from the city’s soon-to-be imposed $20 vehicle license fee —  city officials provided a tentative list of $3.6 million worth of local roadway improvements.

(The streets to repaired under the program can be found here, though a few projects may change, officials said.)

The remaining money in the spending plan will go toward repairing

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Tacoma: City Council formally chooses downtown-to-Hilltop route for extending Tacoma Link

In the end, Tacoma’s City Council formally selected the same downtown-to-Hilltop route for its preferred choice to extend the city’s Link light rail system that it tentatively picked last week.

But the council’s action Tuesday hardly resembled an exercise in rubber-stamping. 

It came only after heart-felt testimony offered by about 20 Tacoma residents and a failed amendment at compromise floated by East Side Councilman Marty Campbell.

“This is the one resolution that unites us, it doesn’t divide us,” Campbell said in proposing the measure. “It doesn’t pit communities against each other.”

The amendment, which

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UPDATED Tacoma Link: As City Council prepares to vote on Link extension route, stakeholders’ group recommends hybrid route; Campbell set to float alternative proposal

UPDATE 7:45 p.m.

The City Council chose a downtown-to-Hilltop route as its preferred choice for extending Tacoma Link.

The council’s choice came after a failed amendment by Councilman Marty Campbell that sought support for a hybrid route that would have included the Hilltop extension plus an additional stub extension along Portland Avenue.

After the amendment failed, 5 to 4,  the council voted 8 to 1 in favor of the so-called E1 route — a 2.3 mile corridor connecting downtown to MLK via Stadium Way.  The council’s recommendation will be sent to the Sound Transit board, which is expected to make

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Tacoma: Van Dyk challenges Lonergan for 5th District city council seat

A second candidate has emerged to challenge an incumbent in this year’s Tacoma City Council races.

Justin Van Dyk officially filed his candidate’s registration with the state on April 5, declaring his intent to run for the council’s District 5 seat representing south Tacoma now held by Joe Lonergan.  

Shortly after Van Dyk registered, Lonergan himself filed his own candidacy paperwork and today officially announced in a press release that he’s seeking re-election.

In a phone interview today, Van Dyk, 25, said he is

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Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland kicks off her reelection campaign Wednesday at the Pantages

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland has formally announced her reelection campaign and will hold a kick-off Wednesday at the Pantages Theater.

Stickland was elected in 2009, defeating Jim Merritt by 1,100 votes. She had served two years of a term as a city councilman before winning the mayor’s job. Under term limits she can serve a second term as mayor if elected this fall.

“Tacoma is a great city with a compelling story to tell,” Strickland said in a campaign announcement. “From our museum district to our unique neighborhoods and waterfront, people from the region and around the country are discovering

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Tacoma: At Council’s request, Broadnax formally asks Sound Transit to analyze “hybrid corridor” as part of Link expansion study

Hold everything. Wait a minute. Not so fast. 

Just as Sound Transit was set to end nine years of study by identifying a short-list of preferred routes for expanding Tacoma Link, City Manager T.C. Broadnax this week requested the regional transit authority to take more time to analyze a new “hybrid corridor” as a possible extension for the city’s transit system.

“While the City is eager to complete the alternatives analysis and select, at minimum, two corridors as preference, we recognize that the expansion of the Tacoma Link is a significant and important investment in our

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Tacoma: City officials explain Council’s new “compensation philosophy” won’t affect employees’ current pay

As we reported today, the Tacoma City Council this week approved a new “compensation philosophy” that drops the target pay ceiling for city employees.

The council’s action reduces the city’s current standard — which targets paying city employees  better than about 70 percent of employees doing similar work — to a standard that’s now above 60 percent of the market.

What city officials didn’t readily say during reporting for the story Wednesday was how exactly the new approach would affect current employees.

Today, City Manager T.C. Broadnax and Human Resources Director Joy St. Germain said it won’t affect them

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