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FREE s Friday, July 5, 2013 Paula poundstone TCC TOURNAMENT A6 SUMMER CAMPS B1 A9 Y YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER - 26 YEARS OF SERVICE STATE BUDGET FAILS TO INCLUDE SR 167 FUNDING Legislature guts public works funding pool, maintains social services By Steve Dunkelberger The state budget is now law. The twoyear deal was passed by lawmakers on June 28 and got a gubernatorial signature PHOTO COURTESY OF PORT OF TACOMA SHIPPING. Expectations were for legislators to approve funding to complete SR 167 that would connect Puyallup Valley industrial areas to Port of Tacoma, which is increasingly attracting tourists for its waterway tours. PARKING CHANGES on June 29. The signature came just hours before the old budget was set to expire and kick off a government shutdown last weekend. Anyone thinking the legislative session that included two special sessions would have done more than craft a two-year budget would largely be wrong. The state’s two-year operating budget weighs in at $33.6 billion and had been bogged down since April, when it was originally set for passage but what bogged down with fights over proposed tax breaks See FUNDING / page A10 WHAT’S RIGHT WITH TACOMA Repeat offenders could get the boot PHOTO BY STEVE DUNKELBERGER PARKING. Tacoma’s Parking Technical Advisory Group has issued a list of recommended changes to the city’s parking policies around University of Washington-Tacoma as a way to open up more parking spaces to more cars. By Steve Dunkelberger Downtown Tacoma has a parking problem, with street parking largely “at capacity” around the County-City Building on Yakima and Tacoma avenues and around the Museum District along Pacific Avenue up to Jefferson Avenue. At issue is that the street parking stalls aren’t “flipping” enough to feed local businesses, concluded Tacoma’s Parking Technical Advisory Group at a meeting of the City Council’s Economic Development Committee. The recommendations are the first proposed changes since paid street parking went into effect in 2010. The last citywide parking plan was conducted two decades ago. The city has slowly seen increases in paid parking since then, from 993,000 in 2011 to a projected 1 million this year. That level of activity will likely jump as State Farm moves into the former Russell Investments building later this year and the economy continues to improve after years of sluggish business activity. “People who say downtown is dead haven’t been downtown lately,” City Council member Marty Campbell said during the briefing. Recommendations to fix the issues include changing signs to boost the use of transit See PARKING / page A4 HILLSIDE TERRACE READY FOR REDEVELOPMENT By Kathleen Merryman E RENDERING COURTESY OF TACOMA HOUSING AUTHORITY / PHOTO BY KATHLEEN MERRYMAN LOVELY IS CONTAGIOUS. (Top) Hillside Terrace will feature a mid-rise apartment building, park and playground. (Above) Steve Clair, left, and Michael Mirra (in one of his signature hats), stand amid the groundbreaking’s golden shovels. On trial A5 EVERETT SLUGGER: D.J. Peterson having success in Northwest League. PAGE A7 Sounders U23s A6 City Briefs ................A2 Pothole Pig ...............A3 Triple Play B4 Sports ......................A6 A&E ....................... ..B1 arth movers provided the happy background music on a sunny Thursday for Tacoma Housing Authority’s groundbreaking for Hillside Terrace. The 104 crummy apartments and outbuildings that once festered on the 2500 block of South Yakima Avenue are already gone – knocked down, recycled where possible, and hauled away. Workers are laying the foundation for a new community center and shoring up the hillside that will border the grounds of the 140 new apartments they will build in two phases. Thanks to thoughtful planning, the apartments will have more open space than the old layout, with gardens, parking and playgrounds all laid out to meet Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design standards. Phase I, on the 1.88 acres on the 2500 block between South Yakima Avenue and ‘G’ Street, will include the 6,925-square-foot Community Education Facility, a mid-rise building with 54 apartments and five town home buildings with 16 apartments. They’ve been designed by GGLO, are being built by Absher Construction Co. and will cost $15.8 million when they’re completed next July. Those 70 homes will be part of See THA / page A10 Facebook: Twitter: @Tacomaweekly Tumblr: Pinterest: Flickr: Make A Scene ........B5 Calendar .................B6 Look for daily updates online! Two Sections | 20 Pages

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