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Tacoma: Where would recreational pot operations be allowed?

Nearly all of Tacoma’s Tide Flats,  swaths in Northeast Tacoma and along the Narrows in the West End, and pockets here and there throughout the city.

These are the places where, on first blush, recreational pot operations might be allowed in Tacoma. But, under language restricting where such operations are allowed under state law, Tacoma largely resembles a limited pot shop kind of town.

Or that’s what an early draft of an I-502 city planning map seems to suggest.

With the news today from Olympia about the state Liquor Control Board’s draft rules for recreational

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Tacoma: Broadnax could be in city manager’s office by mid-February

By the middle of next month, T.C. Broadnax could be managing the City of Tacoma.

Tacoma City Attorney Elizabeth Pauli said Tuesday her office is now in the midst of negotiating an employment contract with the San Antonio assistant city manager, and the talks are moving along steadily.

“We don’t see any significant issues at this point,” said Pauli, adding the city is working with a consultant to iron out final contract details with Broadnax. “We’re still negotiating, but the potential start date is mid-February.”

The City Council selected Broadnax, 42, as Tacoma’s next city manager from a group of

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Tacoma: City seeks public’s input on new manager

What experience should Tacoma’s next city manager have? What kind of management style should he or she possess?

And what priorities should that person have for the City of Tacoma?

These are some of the questions city officials want the public to weigh in on as the city seeks to find its next chief administrator.

To that end, the city has set up this online survey seeking public opinions to help in the national search for a new city manager.

Next week, the city is expected to hire a firm to conduct the search, with the council expected

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Vialle seeks Tacoma School Board seat

Former Tacoma Mayor Karen Vialle announced Wednesday that she plans to run for a seat on the Tacoma School Board.

Vialle, who served as mayor from 1990 to 1994, has also worked as a substitute teacher in Tacoma Public Schools for nearly nine years. She is a member of the city’s current Mayor’s Task Force on Education.

Vialle plans to run this fall for Position 5 on the board, the seat now held by first-term board member Kim Golding.

Golding said she welcomes the chance to run against Vialle. She said she agrees with many of Vialle’s ideas, such as reducing the dropout rate and the achievement gap, but she said the challenge is to do it without enough resources.
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Heinze intends to run for Tacoma School Board

The chairman of an organization that works with business and community volunteers to support Tacoma schools wants to run for a seat on the Tacoma School Board.

Scott Heinze, board chairman for Communities in Schools of Tacoma, has announced that he will seek the Position 3 seat to be vacated by Jim Dugan at the end of his term, which expires at the end of this year.

Dugan has announced that he won’t run for re-election.

Why declare his candidacy so early in the game, when the election isn’t until November? “I want to get out into the community,” Heinze

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Mayor plans upbeat message for first State of the City

Presidents do it, governors do it and now Tacoma’s mayor is doing it.

Just as President Barack Obama gave a State of the Union address on Tuesday, Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland plans to give a State of the City address on Monday.

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland

Strickland will deliver the speech at the BE Green/Tacoma Shift Happens gathering, which is billing it as the first-ever such mayoral address in Tacoma.

Strickland said she and the city’s community and economic development director Ryan Petty decided shortly after she took office last January that she should give the address after her first year in office. They saw it as an opportunity to highlight grassroots efforts while reflecting on the past year and goals for the coming year.
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Park board seeks applicants

Metro Parks Tacoma is seeking applicants to fill the seat being vacated by Victoria Woodards, who was elected to the Tacoma City Council last month.

The park board will appoint an applicant to serve out the remainder of Woodards’ six-year term, which expires in 2011.

“Desired candidates will have demonstrated leadership skills, including knowledge of and commitment to parks and recreation with experience in policy, planning and budgeting,” according to a district press release. The candidate must be at least 18, a U.S. citizen and be a resident and registered voter within the park district’s boundaries.

Applications are due by

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Ray Corpuz’s ‘questionable history’ comes up in California town

Former Tacoma city manager Ray Corpuz continues to be the center of controversy in his job managing the town of Seaside, Calif. According to a story on the Montery Herald’s Web site today, his city council is standing behind him despite calls for his firing. Residents object to Corpuz’s suspension of the city’s police chief, and are also dredging up his troubles in Tacoma.

“How could you hire a city manager with such questionable history?” said (resident) Andrea Meck. “What were you thinking then and what are you thinking now?”

The controversy that surrounded Corpuz in Tacoma, Wash.,

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