Mayor Strickland's Ribbon Cutting and Mystery of the Murray Morgan Bridge Copper Bandits

When local budgets face biblical cuts, you get creative or else!
posted Dec 21, 2010
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IN THE NEWS: Our state faces record austerity measures thanks in part to Tim Eyman and other tax dodging freeloaders looting all our historical bridge copper and bringing the gears of civilization/industry to a complete face-plant stop. Luckily, individuals who see a benefit in our great NATION OF LAWS™ have found a COMMON SENSE™ solution, that is namely, exploitation of the mentally handicapped

previously on Tacomic: Murray Morgan Bridge

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by NineInchNachos on 12/21/2010 @ 1:54am
note: Ugas mole man hands.

by tacoma1 on 12/21/2010 @ 7:23am
Hopefully we can retire those spare cranks real soon.

by captiveyak on 12/21/2010 @ 7:40am
Good thing the bridge isn't privately owned.

by NineInchNachos on 12/21/2010 @ 7:48am
**alternate reality where bridge is privately owned**

CITY COUNCIL: The people are telling us we need to do something about this ramshackle bridge!

CITY MANAGER: It is privately owned. There is nothing we can do "LEGALLY" but I can recommend we build a parking lot for the owner at our expense.


by cisserosmiley on 12/21/2010 @ 10:23am
in the future, i recommend all parking lots built by the city should be covered in catepillar like moon roof. just think how cool the 11th street bridge would be permanently closed and covered by a lemay style roof. until then,, a young woman from dale's office measured my property this week (kymm) with a y and 2-m's, nice job, thanks everybody, it's still the same size as it has been since 1918, but i feel measuring it again was good. amazing management skills for a guy locked in the control room.

by fredo on 12/21/2010 @ 1:50pm
"Our state faces record austerity measures" RR

you make austerity sound like a bad thing. from wikipedia:

Austerity measures are typically taken if there is a perceived threat that government cannot honor its debt liabilities.

by Jesse on 12/21/2010 @ 7:06pm
Are we cutting another ribbon before something is done?

by NineInchNachos on 12/21/2010 @ 7:29pm

to John Hathaway
date Tue, Dec 21, 2010 at 7:18 PM
subject Breaking News -- Pierce County Auditor's Tacoma cop ex charged with DUI
hide details 7:18 PM (11 minutes ago)
Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson’s ex-husband, Tacoma police officer Sgt. David Alred has been charged with driving under the influence after a crash last week while off duty.

According to the Tacoma News Tribune, Alred was charged Dec. 16 with one count of DUI, a gross misdemeanor. His blood-alcohol content was .227. The state's legal limit is .08.

The newspaper says Alred, a 23-year veteran, was placed on paid administrative Dec. 13 and will be arraigned on the charge Jan. 4 in Pierce County District Court. He'll remain on leave until an internal department completes its investigation.

The Tribune said Alred cut off a car and then slammed into the back of another car stopped at a red light at the intersection of South Pine and Center Street.

by NineInchNachos on 12/21/2010 @ 7:44pm

by JesseHillFan on 12/21/2010 @ 7:50pm
You should do a cartoon NiN about drunk Tacoma Police Officer's.
Perhaps a cross between Barney Fife and Otis Campbell (the town drunk).

by captiveyak on 12/22/2010 @ 8:27am
the key thing will be to keep this much engagement and momentum for preservation projects when money starts flowing into the coffers again. Once focus shifts to Foss development, brewery district revitalization, LIDs, etc -- all of which are good things. I think, given the circumstances, we're doing a relatively good job keeping our eye on the ball at the moment. Though, at some point, we may need to organize a broader coalition by actually indentifying a comprehensible Tacoma aesthetic. Otherwise, the preservationist instinct appears reflexive and disorganized.

by NineInchNachos on 12/22/2010 @ 8:45am
Does steampunk count as aesthetic ?

by The Jinxmedic on 12/22/2010 @ 8:59am
Yes, it does.

by captiveyak on 12/22/2010 @ 9:02am
i think we need the professionals at JayRay to figure that out!

by jenyum on 12/22/2010 @ 11:09am
I think most of our historic buildings were constructed between 1890 and 1930, and share some similar aesthetics. The Murray Morgan went up in 1913.

Old City Hall (1893)
Old City Hall

Union Station (1911)

Stadium High School (1906)

Lincoln High School (1913)

Rialto Theater (1918)

Elks Temple (1905-ish?)

Tacoma Armory (1909)

Washington Hoyt (1905-ish)

What does Tacoma's aesthetic look like? I see a lot of continuity. Castles, cornices, towers, rounded turrets, bricks, curved and domed roofs. The Murray Morgan fits in, it has a sort of turn of the last century castle moat drawbridge thing going for it.

by NineInchNachos on 12/22/2010 @ 12:47pm
Which building would be best defended in a zombie apocalypse ? Lincoln High-school? the Armory?

by The Jinxmedic on 12/22/2010 @ 1:06pm
The Luzon.

by NineInchNachos on 12/22/2010 @ 2:46pm
no no no I mean in the event of a zombie apocalypse, which of these historical buildings will offer the best defense to a rag tag group of survivors?

by The Jinxmedic on 12/22/2010 @ 3:00pm
Of the historical buildings, the Armory is your best bet. They were actually designed to repel 19th century zombie attacks.

by cisserosmiley on 12/22/2010 @ 4:36pm
i'd use union station...fortify the front and just pick them off as they try to crawl up the big back wall. there will be a pit of zombie's in the rear parking lot.

by jenyum on 12/22/2010 @ 6:37pm
Although it is aesthetically less pleasing than the other options, have to go with the Armory. Fewer windows, pretty decent capacity for ragtag survivors and families.

I guess that's what's always bothered me about the TPS Central Administration Building (formerly Central High School). There's only one tower and with all the lower level windows the lower level employees don't stand a chance. (in the event of Zombie Apocalypse) Dr. Jarvis and his staff will survive in the tower, though.

Lincoln and Old City Hall both have floor and basement level windows, as well as possibly entrances through the vaults under the sidewalks.

by NineInchNachos on 12/22/2010 @ 7:27pm
yes... yes... just as I suspected. Are there arms in the armory?

by NineInchNachos on 12/22/2010 @ 8:27pm
MEANWHILE powerful forces are coming out against old man washam .. .!/derekmyoung/status/177178...

Learn how you can change the course of history!

and sign up at the facebook group:

Sean Robinson from the TNT was interviewed on 97.3 FM tonight. The audio of Sean starts at 19 minutes and 30 seconds. It is very low key...but it is interesting that Seattle is starting to take an interest in the local politics here....

(full disclosure: Sean Robinson purchased my invasion washam tacomic)

by The Jinxmedic on 12/22/2010 @ 10:18pm
My new office has no exterior windows, so that should provide some protection from the armies of the undead...

by tacoma1 on 12/22/2010 @ 11:52pm
The radio interview is an interesting indictment on Dale Washman and ranked choice voting. Dale Washam could never have gained office without RCV, and thankfully we no longer have it. Unfortunately, we are still stuck with the voters collective third choice. A gadfly and wack job that is apparently highly incompetent, abusing employees, violating state laws, and a complete waste of Pierce County tax dollars.

I will be a happy signer of the recall petition. And I would like to take a moment to say FU to everyone that voted for a) RCV, and or b) Dale Washam as a first, second, or third choice for Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer.

Of course, to blame Dale Washam for being who he is is missing the point. The ultimate blame has to rest on the voters that were willing to make an uninformed second or third choice for a position as important as our Assessor-Treasurer.

btw, who's gonna get stuck paying Alber Ugas' legal bills? If it's Pierce County tax payers, I'm gonna get really pissed.

by NineInchNachos on 12/23/2010 @ 7:44am
from my facebook!

Redorblack Nigelbottom commented on your link.
Redorblack wrote: "Aurgh... Sean sure can twist and make up shit when 'explaining' Dale's banging his head against the wall about Ken Madsen's falsifying physical inspections. Expanded that to claim an investigation was pointless because it couldn't be proven and nothing could be done... usually there is an investigation before coming to a conclusion. And the hating of RCV annoys me. Just dances around the fact that the statistical inspections being done in place of required physical inspections wasn't a technical decision, it was breaking state law. And the claim that taxes were lower because of it is just 180 out is wrong also... the residential properties were paying more than the commercial properties. And the bit about the employees asking about the legality and getting the answer that the State authorized it was a lie in that the State did NOT give that permission. And on and on ad nauseum."

by fredo on 12/23/2010 @ 8:48am
"I would like to take a moment to say FU to everyone that voted for a) RCV, and or b) Dale Washam as a first, second, or third choice for Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer." tacoma1

And yet, the bumbling Mr. Washam discovered an incredible and complex scam being perpetrated on the taxpayers by his predecessor, Mr. Madsen. Had Mr. Washam not been elected this scam could concievably have been continued for decades. Oh well, Christ was crucified so I guess Dale is in good company.

by NineInchNachos on 12/23/2010 @ 9:11am
could also blame the 3 big name career politicians (democrats) who all piled on this job opportunity and split the votes 3 ways allowing washam and his core supporters cult a win.

by fredo on 12/23/2010 @ 9:18am
"could also blame the 3 big name career politicians (democrats) who all piled on this job opportunity and split the votes 3 ways allowing washam and his core supporters cult a win." nachos

LOL, you know pigs end up in the slaughterhouse.

by NineInchNachos on 12/23/2010 @ 9:59am
maybe it was 2 democrats and 1 bunney... cant remember.

by thriceallamerican on 12/23/2010 @ 10:07am
Blaming Washam's win on RCV is disingenuous.

RCV was about increasing one's ability to show their preference, which I see as a good thing. If there is a candidate you would be willing to have in office, you rank them appropriately against the other candidates you would be willing to have in office. If there is a candidate you don't want to have in office, you don't make them one of your choices. Simple, and it would work if people understood and used it that way.

If people didn't want to have Dale Washam in office, THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE VOTED FOR HIM.

by fredo on 12/23/2010 @ 10:20am
thrice, agreed.

and an additional footnote.

ironic how many people applaud the intelligence of the voters when they put people like Patty Murray and Chris Gregoire in office, then complain about the stupid voters who turned down the state income tax and pass Tim Eyman's initiatives...apparently oblivious to the fact that, to a great extent, it's the same voters.

by The Jinxmedic on 12/23/2010 @ 10:25am

by thriceallamerican on 12/23/2010 @ 10:39am
Typically in any given race or measure, approximately 50% of the votes come from stupid voters, give or take. I clearly always find myself in the other camp. :-)

What were we talking about again?

by captiveyak on 12/23/2010 @ 11:03am
After i give up on fixing Tacoma to my liking, i'm going to give up on ending Tim Eyman and the entire initiative system.

I mean, for serious. We elect and pay legislators to MAKE LAWS and control the state purse. So why should I be passing laws with no committee wrangling, no interdistrict wars, no sense of connectedness to existing law... WHY? I say, either have an initiative system or have a representative congress. There is no damn need for both. Especially if i have to vote on laws for free when a congressman gets paid to vote for them.

by cisserosmiley on 12/23/2010 @ 11:26am
we have both because the "party" system has left "non-partisans" with O control, effect, or relevance. it is simply too hard to remove a partisan incumbent, so we control their errant behavior through initiative-and some initiatives are stupid.

by NineInchNachos on 12/23/2010 @ 12:43pm
Conservatives have the Tim Eyman Bogeyman
What is lacking is the Liberal/Radical version of Tim Eyman.

you know, making initiatives for the good guys.

by NineInchNachos on 12/23/2010 @ 12:56pm
holy smokes!

that's gotta sting

by NineInchNachos on 12/23/2010 @ 1:02pm
truly amazing...

The meeting took place in September at the assessor-treasurer’s office. During the meeting, Ugas had shown Fitzer an 8-by-10 photograph of Lindquist, with the words “Defeat Lindquist” written in red ink.

Read more:

by Marty on 12/23/2010 @ 1:15pm
There were six people in the race for assessor-treasurer. With out looking, who were the other five?

by cisserosmiley on 12/23/2010 @ 1:39pm
here's how to change city council stuff by a vote of the people...Section 2.19 - Citizens of Tacoma may by initiative petition ask the voters to approve or reject ordinances or amendments to existing ordinances, subject to any limitation on topics in state law, by the following process:

by fredo on 12/23/2010 @ 9:01pm
"What is lacking is the Liberal/Radical version of Tim Eyman" nachos

Did you forget about William Gates Sr.? Gates is the liberal version of Eyman, except he's not especially good at initiatives.

by NineInchNachos on 12/23/2010 @ 10:02pm

by NineInchNachos on 12/24/2010 @ 11:57am
he he

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 12/25/2010 @ 12:49am
That's a lot of junk you put in the Mayor's trunk.

by NineInchNachos on 3/21/2011 @ 3:34pm
I see the grhey bridge and I want to paint it black

by Jesse on 3/21/2011 @ 3:44pm
Black would be cool.

by inbloodyrise on 3/21/2011 @ 4:03pm
yellow would be something else

by NineInchNachos on 3/21/2011 @ 4:41pm
safety orange!

by NineInchNachos on 8/25/2011 @ 10:29pm
more Dale Washam and Ugas greatness JULIE ANDERSON power-moves too ! freaking funny.

by L.S.Erhardt on 8/25/2011 @ 11:21pm

The bridge WILL be painted black.
Furthermore, they are considering renting the bridge out as a venue for parties.

by Rick Jones on 8/26/2011 @ 10:17am
I want the bridge painted silver. A couple of months ago I went to a public forum-type event to discuss the Murray Morgan, its repair and future down on Dock St and expressed my desire for the bridge to be silver rather than black. I was told it was too late. The paint has already been purchased. But it was not too late to express my desire for the repainting. When the sun goes down (when we have sun) in the evening that bridge will really pop if it can reflect the sunlight. If it's black, no reflection. It's better than having no bridge, but it should be silver.