State of the City Auxiliary Address 2011

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posted May 24, 2011
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Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury, Esteemed Vegetables, Pitbull owners, Bail-bondsmen... my fellow Tattoo Artists and Tacomanians,  THE STATE OF THE CITY is upper-lower middle-class screwed (at least all the bits nothing else but the Tacomic cares about).  

1. Things are not looking good for our future starship Kalakala.  

2. Old City Hall is still owned by a do-nothing clown who sabotaged the bank foreclosure sale by paying his bills. Water and power were just switched off again, but building ownership is not going anywhere fast.  It was pointed out to me today this owner's other condo/apartment property, in Seattle, is also sitting empty, but is special because one of the previous tenants, unhappy about the mass eviction notice burned himself alive to death in his condo/apartment.  Nobody is burning themselves alive in Old City Hall (way too soggy). 

3. Daniel Blue still missing from the urban fabric of Tacoma, yet his band MOTOPHONY just released a new music video

5. Digital Billboard Moratorium PASSED. Very small victory... lets keep the pressure on the politicians! 

6. Are we still a dumping ground for the State of Washington?  I don't know. 

7. Luxury Condos in Tropical Downtown Tacoma are becoming apartments faster than you can say Meconium.

9. Zina Linnik Cover-up still churning butter.

10. Tacoma Trash Can going strong in the Tacoma Weekly. 

11. Frost Park Fountain is still broken. 

12. More rounds at the News Tribune of staff reductions, repackaged as fond farewell retirement parties. Reports coming in about overwhelming numbers of employees looking to take the early retirement package to save jobs of the younger/cheaper news persons. 

by Erik on 5/24/2011 @ 2:28am
Lippens seemed a little frustrated that, perhaps for the first time, the council was not willing to capitulate so readily to her demands as it had in the past:

Pages 3 through 7 are especially instructive: they are the Code Change outline list of demands to the City.

Just to finish off the set, here is Schafer's testimony before the council:

by Erik on 5/24/2011 @ 2:43am
Also see the transcription of the testimony via the Index:

by NineInchNachos on 5/24/2011 @ 8:05am
thanks Erik ! Forgot to put the Murray Morgan Bridge in here.. too. shucks!

by NineInchNachos on 5/24/2011 @ 8:43am

by NineInchNachos on 5/24/2011 @ 10:10am
this is also a new an interesting development

by cisserosmiley on 5/24/2011 @ 12:57pm
there's problems at tnt?

by NineInchNachos on 5/24/2011 @ 1:32pm
from my inbox:

On June 1, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. the Planning will be holding a public hearing regarding the interim moratorium on billboards adopted by the City Council last week. The hearing will be held in the City Council Chambers on the 1st Floor of the Tacoma Municipal Building (747 Market Street). Please see the attached public notice.

At the City Council meeting on May 17, 2011, Ordinance No. 27982 was adopted, which put in place an emergency moratorium on the acceptance of applications to install or construct new billboards or to alter, modify or replace existing billboards anywhere in the City for 180 days. The purpose of the moratorium is to provide additional time for the City to review and consider changes to its billboard regulations. As required, the moratorium has been referred to the Planning Commission to develop findings and recommendations for submittal to the City Council regarding the emergency moratorium. The Planning Commission is seeking public comment to assist them in formulating those findings and recommendations.

You are invited to come and testify at the hearing or provide written comments using the return address below no later than 12:00 pm on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 or by facsimile at (253) 591-2002 or via e-mail at
If you have additional questions please feel free to contact Shirley Schultz, Principal Planner, at (253) 591-5121

Additional information, including the complete text of the moratorium ordinance adopted by the City Council, is available from the Community and Economic Development Department at the address below, and on the Planning Division website ( - click on “Billboard Moratorium”)

Please feel free to share this notification with anyone who may be interested.

by NineInchNachos on 5/24/2011 @ 2:32pm
ha ha poaching !

by The Jinxmedic on 5/24/2011 @ 2:57pm
Do you feel good about making Brown and Haley feel unwelcome in their own town?

by cisserosmiley on 5/24/2011 @ 3:01pm
i don't understand how rob mcnair huff could say there is no affect on tacoma's economy...but fife chamber of commerce guy says it is in line with fife's economic goals? who is lieing?

by NineInchNachos on 5/24/2011 @ 3:04pm
I feel vindicated actually. Quitters!

corporate poaching: economic development at its lowest. Not creating new jobs... shoving around scraps on your dinner plate in race to the bottom.

by NineInchNachos on 5/24/2011 @ 3:07pm
see ACT 3

by NineInchNachos on 5/24/2011 @ 3:12pm
here is a funny podcast about urbanists mustering to repel a Mcdonalds in their town good tips for our holy martyr resistance clear channel front.

by cisserosmiley on 5/24/2011 @ 3:34pm
this american life piece basically says all these folks:
are not needed. i agree.

by NineInchNachos on 5/25/2011 @ 8:13am
BREAKING: commenting on TNT "Retirements" (wink wink) has been disabled THANKS ANONYMOUS TIPSTER!

by NineInchNachos on 5/30/2011 @ 9:29pm
if you can't make it in person... to the LAST BEST CHANCE TO SPEAK OUT ON CLEAR CHANNEL BILLBOARD BLIGHT...(June 1st TUESDAY 4pm City Council Chambers)...

provide written comments no later than 12:00 pm on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 or by facsimile at (253) 591-2002 or via e-mail at !

tell your friends!

rumor has it that Clear Channel is going to pack the room with supporters so very important for litter-free activists to TURN OUT!

by NineInchNachos on 5/31/2011 @ 1:37am

by NineInchNachos on 5/31/2011 @ 8:59am

by NineInchNachos on 6/4/2011 @ 2:45pm
Just got an email from Ian Demsky... brief and cunning database mining reporter for the News Tribune. He left to become a librarian/poet or something few years ago. CHECK IT OUT!

IAN DEMSKY, a longtime investigative newspaper journalist, often draws from public records in his poems to help make visible what J.G. Ballard called the "invisible literatures" of our society. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

by NineInchNachos on 6/9/2011 @ 12:07pm
Daniel Blue links!

by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2011 @ 7:58am
Dear Tacoma City Representatives,
The people are with you. The "Lamestream Media" are with you.
Do the right thing and re-election will be a breeze !

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Clear Channel Outdoor demands the City of Tacoma decide the future of billboards by Aug. 15. City leaders should oblige the company and not drag out the city’s moratorium on billboards any longer than necessary.

There’s no reason to hesitate if the City Council’s response to Clear Channel is the right one: Come get your 193 illegal billboards and cancel any plans to erect digital signs within city limits.

The message from Tacoma residents has been clear. They want as few billboards in the city as possible – and if Clear Channel wants to sue, that’s a fight the taxpayers are willing to have.

Read more:

by NineInchNachos on 7/5/2011 @ 8:38am
Digital Billboards are the future

by NineInchNachos on 7/11/2011 @ 12:40pm
reminder! Be in the City Council chambers tomorrow at 5 pm

by NineInchNachos on 7/11/2011 @ 1:22pm
BREAKING: City Manager evaluation! pages 186 - 204


by NineInchNachos on 7/11/2011 @ 1:28pm
"Needs Improvement:
• The CM and communications staff appear to take a reactive, not
proactive approach to media relations. The recently revealed information about the Zina Linnik tragedy, and the CM's handling of it caused confusion, seemed to erode public trust and was perceived as damaging to the City's reputation."

by cisserosmiley on 7/11/2011 @ 2:56pm
at the "city manager" level, a needs improvement is grounds for a hiring committee to form and start searching...

by NineInchNachos on 7/11/2011 @ 2:58pm

REMINDER: special Citizen's Auxiliary City Council ribbon cutting ceremony at the Eric Anderson Memorial Car Park this WED at NOON