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Tag: Ryan Mello

May
1st

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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Feb.
20th

Hacked: Mello, Connelly among Tacomans with infiltrated Twitter accounts

Count City Councilman Ryan Mello and former state Senate candidate Jack Connelly among prominent Tacomans who’ve been hacked.

During a rash of social media hackings in recent days, Twitter accounts for both Mello and Connelly have been tweeting direct messages to followers that contain links to so-called “phishing” sites designed to trick people into relinquishing personal and financial information.

The suspect tweets from @RyanMello and @ConnellyJack  seem personal in nature, directing recipients to a link with a question: “Did you see this pic of you? lol.”

But the attached link ends up taking unsuspecting followers on a phishing

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July
25th

While Tacoma considers how to regulate medical cannabis firms, LA bans them

Tuesday, while the City of Tacoma was detailing a new proposal to regulate medical cannabis grow operations, the City of Los Angeles unanimously voted to ban medical pot businesses in that city.

From the LA Times:

In what could be a turning point in the city’s seemingly unending battle to regulate the distribution of medical marijuana, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to ban all pot dispensaries, while also opening the door to possibly let some remain.

Under the ban, all of the 762 dispensaries registered in the city will be sent letters

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Sep.
29th

A thousand words: Wayward cart finds way to councilman’s parking spot; photo op

Earlier this week, ace TNT intern Stephanie Kim wrote about a controversial proposal from City Councilman Ryan Mello that aims to “get abandoned shopping carts under control” to help reduce neighborhood blight.

The measure would impose fines on large grocery stores and retailers that don’t take steps to prevent carts from being taken from their property.  (Wayward carts are a real problem, some community proponents say, because they end up littering streets, parks and yards — sometimes miles away from the stores where they came from.)

But after some criticism from business reps and fellow council members who

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March
30th

Tacoma: Mello officially announces council bid

First-term Tacoma City Councilman Ryan Mello, appointed last year to serve the final two years of a vacant at-large seat, officially announced today he’s running for the seat’s next four-year term later this election year.

Mello (who already filed his state candidacy paperwork in January and has begun raising campaign funds) noted in this press release today that he’s garnered some key support in his election bid:

In building his support for the campaign, Mello has already secured endorsements from key local organizations such as the Tacoma-Pierce County Association of Realtors, Tacoma Firefighters, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers as well as several elected officials including Mayor Marilyn Strickland. Mello also has strong support from neighborhood and community leaders, environmental leaders, minority leaders, and the faith community.

In little more than a year on council, Mello, 32, is among a small faction of current members who consistently and publicly question (and occasionally disagree with) City Manager Eric Anderson about some of his budget actions and policy recommendations.
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Aug.
27th

Suspicious blaze torches Tacoma city councilman’s condo

Tacoma City Councilman Ryan Mello spent his day last Saturday on a ride-along with Tacoma police, seeing first hand what officers deal with on a routine work shift.

But after an officer dropped Mello off for the night, his experiences with the city’s first-responders were only getting started.

While Mello dozed in his home about eight blocks away, someone was setting fire at an occupied Central area condominium that he owns. Formerly his home, the councilman now rents out the apartment in the 800 block of South Fife Street to a tenant.

“I was dozing off when my renter called about 11:30,” Mello told me yesterday. “I thought it was a little late for a call, so I didn’t answer. When he called again, I picked up and he was saying, `Ryan, the apartment is on fire.’”

Mello raced over to the condo, which, by then, was engulfed in flames.

“The flames were as big as trees in the neighborhood,” Mello said.
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