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Tacoma: David Rowlands, City Manager during Tacoma’s tumultuous ’60s, dead at 97

For 13 years as city manager, David Rowlands helped lead Tacoma to national prominence amid an “Urban Renewal” movement aimed to revitalize decaying inner-cities across America.

He landed millions in federal grant dollars to launch a municipal bus system, develop sewage treatment plants and build two downtown parking garages in the 1960s.

He also tore down dozens of buildings, saw Weyerhaeuser leave Tacoma and eventually supported a new mall that gutted the downtown retail core.

“It was a heady time for Tacoma, and Dave was right at the center of it,” said former Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma, a longtime friend

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Tacoma: City manager finalist Malin withdraws candidacy, three finalists remain

And then there were three.

Craig Malin, Davenport, Iowa’s city administrator and one of four finalists for Tacoma’s city manager job, has bowed out of the running.

“I emailed the executive recruiter this afternoon, asking him to inform the mayor and city council to withdraw my candidacy,” Malin told The News Tribune shortly after 4 p.m.

Asked why he was backing out, Malin declined to say.

“I don’t think that’s appropriate for me to discuss,” he said. “…I am not certain that (recruiter) Colin (Baenziger) has passed this information on yet, and I want to respect the process.”

Baenziger said

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“Appearance issue” arises in bidding process for Cheney Stadium renovations

After a selection committee tentatively chose a winner last month from three design-build teams bidding to handle major renovations to Cheney Stadium, allegations about potential improprieties in the bid process have emerged, stalling the city from awarding the contract, city officials said.

Cheney Stadium

But Tacoma City Manager Eric Anderson said the city’s legal department has since reviewed the claims, and the city is standing behind the integrity of the process despite the “appearance issue.”

“While I regretfully must acknowledge the potential of an appearance issue, based on our due diligence inquiry, I am confident in the integrity of the selection process and have concluded that the selection process can move forward unimpeded,” Anderson wrote in a memo to council members released yesterday.
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