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Tag: Tacoma City Council

May
28th

Tacoma: City Council candidate Lecy-Davis dumps local cartoonist from endorsement list

When does an endorser get un-endorsed?

Apparently, when he becomes too much of a rabble-rouser in a “clean” campaign for local public office.

That’s what happened Monday to irreverent Tacoma cartoonist R.R. Anderson.

Anderson, who’s known for his no-holds-barred satirical renderings of local politicians and Grit City scenesters, granted Tacoma City Council candidate Patricia Lecy-Davis permission to use his name on her list of local notables who support her bid for office against District 2 City Councilman Robert Thoms. 

Since mid-April, Anderson’s name had prominently adorned Lecy-Davis’s endorsement list on her campaign website.  

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May
18th

Tacoma: City Council races set as filing week ends

In Tacoma, few surprises and little activity emerged as the candidate registration filing period came to a close on Friday. In all, five seats on the city’s non-partisan council are up for election this year.

Olgy Diaz, a legislative aide to state. Rep. David Sawyer, D-29, formally challenged incumbent Councilman Joe Lonergan for the 5th District seat representing south Tacoma. Meantime, Justin Van Dyk, a former sales consultant who previously had announced intentions to oppose Lonergan, did not file as a candidate.

In Tacoma’s 2nd District – a horseshoe-shaped area that stretches around Commencement Bay from Northeast Tacoma to Old

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May
13th

Tacoma: Diaz announces bid to unseat Lonergan in Tacoma’s 5th District

Yet another candidate has announced a bid to unseat incumbent Joe Lonergan in Tacoma’s Fifth Council District.

Olgy Diaz, an aide to Democratic state Rep. David Sawyer, announced today in a press release she will challenge Lonergan for the city seat representing south Tacoma.

“Government can only be as good as those we elect to serve,” Diaz is quoted as saying in the release. “I want to join the council to make sure they look out for us in the fifth district the way our neighbors look out for each other.”

Diaz, who is also volunteers on

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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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April
30th

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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April
30th

Tacoma: City finance officials “cautiously optimistic” about latest favorable budget figures

Bucking a recent onslaught of grim finance news, Tacoma city officials announced Tuesday its past two-year budget fared $4.5 million better than expected, and its current spending plan so far is $3.7 million ahead of target.

But city finance officials also cautioned it’s too soon to call the positive numbers a trend.

“While favorable variances exist, as the budget officer, cautious optimism is required,” Tad Wille told the City Council Tuesday.

Despite the good news, Wille noted, the city still faces “difficult challenges” ahead – namely, a projected $30 million to $40 million shortfall in its forthcoming 2015-16 General Fund.

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April
23rd

Tacoma: Council tentatively picks downtown-to-Hilltop route as its preferred option to extend Link

Tacoma’s train appears headed to the Hilltop.

After months of process, the City Council on Tuesday finally signaled where it wants the Link light rail line to expand first, with a majority of members tentatively choosing a proposed extension route from downtown to the Hilltop.

Six of the council’s nine members selected as their top or second choice the so-called “E1 North Downtown Central Corridor” – a hook-shaped, 2.3 mile route estimated to cost $133 million. The preferred option would extend the Link from downtown to the Stadium District and around to Sixth Avenue, then south along the Martin Luther

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April
17th

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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