City of Tacoma http://kplu.org en Copper Thieves Leave Tacoma Streets In The Dark For Months http://kplu.org/post/copper-thieves-leave-tacoma-streets-dark-months <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some streets in Tacoma will be in the dark for at least another six weeks, maybe longer. Thieves have been stealing copper wire from street lamps and city workers haven’t been able to keep up with repairs.</span></p><p>The theft of copper wire is nothing new. But this winter, Tacoma has been especially hard hit. Curtis Kingsolver, director of public works for the city of Tacoma, says for the first 10 months of the year, the city had about one copper wire theft-related street light outage a month.</p><p>“But, in the last two months of 2013, we had 56 outages, so we just had this huge rash of occurances that it’s been very demanding for us,” he said.</p><p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 12675 at http://kplu.org Snail Eradication Leads to Costly Settlement for Port of Tacoma http://kplu.org/post/snail-eradication-leads-costly-settlement-port-tacoma <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An attempt to get rid of tiny pests has proven costly for the Port of Tacoma.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Port and two contractors <a href="http://www.portoftacoma.com/Page.aspx?cid=6418">have agreed to pay</a> a half-million dollar fine and spend more than $4 million to restore and enhance wetlands under a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.</span></p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 23:38:57 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9547 at http://kplu.org Snail Eradication Leads to Costly Settlement for Port of Tacoma Tacoma ranked one of fittest cities in U.S., according to Facebook http://kplu.org/post/tacoma-ranked-one-fittest-cities-us-according-facebook <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tacoma's fitness-obsessed residents are jumping on the social media bandwagon.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At least, that's what Facebook says. Of all cities in the United States that have 200,000 or more Facebook users in a span of three months, Tacoma was ranked No. 9 on Facebook's Fittest Cities. (Portland, Ore., ranked sixth.)</span></p><p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 23:47:06 +0000 Hayat Norimine 9290 at http://kplu.org Tacoma ranked one of fittest cities in U.S., according to Facebook Big city lights to go out for Earth Hour tonight http://kplu.org/post/big-city-lights-go-out-earth-hour-tonight <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="248" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/2UywrjnOaUE?rel=0" width="440"></iframe></p><p>If you see a big bridge or stadium suddenly go dark tonight, don't be alarmed.</p><p>Seattle and Tacoma are joining thousands of cities around the world and turning out the lights for<a href="http://www.earthhour.org/"> Earth Hour</a>, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.</p><p>Landmark buildings will go dark for the hour, and residents are encouraged to take part by turning out all non-essential lights to support the ongoing fight against climate change.</p> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 19:10:03 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8117 at http://kplu.org Seattle, Tacoma rolling out new ‘predictive policing’ software http://kplu.org/post/seattle-tacoma-rolling-out-new-predictive-policing-software <p>Imagine you could predict crime the same way weather forecasters issue storm warnings. &nbsp;</p><p>It’s happening – with new software recently deployed in Seattle and Tacoma. Police precincts in both cities hope it will help them allocate patrols more effectively.</p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 01:49:25 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7875 at http://kplu.org Seattle, Tacoma rolling out new ‘predictive policing’ software Sinking incident points to state’s struggle with derelict vessels http://kplu.org/post/sinking-incident-points-state-s-struggle-derelict-vessels <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two derelict vessels are sinking in a bankrupt marina near Tacoma. Fire fighters have circled them with oil booms to contain any pollutants.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The incident is the latest in a series of stories that show the link between ecological health and the economy.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The two boats in question were chained together when one of them, the Helena Star, began to sink. The other, the Golden West, was listing badly when coast guard and firefighters got to the scene. </span></p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 23:02:53 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7647 at http://kplu.org Sinking incident points to state’s struggle with derelict vessels Tacoma residents face cuts to everything from library hours to fire service http://kplu.org/post/tacoma-residents-face-cuts-everything-library-hours-fire-service <p>Tacoma’s City Council will vote this afternoon to slash the city budget by 15 percent - with cuts to pretty much everything, including the police and fire departments.</p><p>City Manager T.C. Broadnax took the job in February from San Antonio, Texas. He says he knew Tacoma had some cutting to do – but as he dug into the numbers, he realized spending was deeply out of whack and anticipated revenue was not there.</p><p>The housing slump continues to hurt property tax revenue,and&nbsp; money from sales tax hasn’t bounced back. Broadnax says Tacoma had been trying to put off cuts for years.</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 7272 at http://kplu.org Tacoma may have to cut 217 city positions http://kplu.org/post/tacoma-may-have-cut-217-city-positions TACOMA, Wash. — The Tacoma city manager says the city will have to cut 217 employee positions and impose a $20 car license tax to help close a $63 million gap in next year's budget. City Manager T.C. Broadnax delivered the grim news Tuesday to the city council with his $396 million spending plan. The News Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/QXoGmm) the budget will go through public hearings before the council adopts a final plan in December. Wed, 03 Oct 2012 16:40:08 +0000 The Associated Press 6578 at http://kplu.org Tacoma’s finances are even worse than it had predicted, review finds http://kplu.org/post/tacoma%E2%80%99s-finances-are-even-worse-it-had-predicted-review-finds <p>Tacoma&rsquo;s 31-million-dollar predicted budget shortfall might be even worse than expected.&nbsp; An outside review done by Herbert Research has found that Tacoma actually faces a 32-million dollar deficit of the current budget.&nbsp;</p><p>But officials from the research firm say that they did not take into account any of the recent actions taken by the city to generate revenue.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 19:15:11 +0000 Amelia Greim 3698 at http://kplu.org Tacoma’s finances are even worse than it had predicted, review finds Projections gloomy for Tacoma city budget http://kplu.org/post/projections-gloomy-tacoma-city-budget <p>Tacoma is facing a $26 million dollar budget shortfall. That was the <a href="http://www.cityoftacoma.org/Page.aspx?hid=17452">grim news Interim City Manager Ray Arellano delivered to the Tacoma City Council </a>during a 2011-2012 budget update.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 26 Oct 2011 19:50:47 +0000 Paula Wissel 3002 at http://kplu.org Projections gloomy for Tacoma city budget