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FREE s Friday, November 2, 2012 Elections 2012: You Have Spoken: HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL A9 Tacoma Weekly Poll Results Page A6 DOWNTOWN NIGHTLIFE B1 TACOMAWEEKLY 24 YE A R S O F SE R V I C E BE C A U S E CO M M U N I T Y MAT T E R S CITY OF TACOMA BUDGET ‘TWEAKS’ EXPECTED FOLLOWING COMMUNITY FORUMS By Steve Dunkelberger Being the bearer of bad news is never fun. But it has to be done. Such is the case with the latest round of community budget talks working their way around Tacoma, which are the city’s effort to “touch bases” with residents after a previous round of talks this summer that helped direct municipal spending and cuts as Tacoma officials work to fill a $63 million projected gap over the next two years. “The second round of community budget input meetings will provide an opportunity for the community to see how their initial input (from this past summer) was incorporated into the budget,” said City Manager T.C. Broadnax. “I want to hear their thoughts on any adjustments they feel are necessary so that the city council can consider those during their review of the proposed budget.” City staff keeps notes on the meetings to summarize residents’ comments into specific themes. The Oct. 22 meeting at Gray Middle School, for example, had 26 attendees and eight speakers. Of those, one supported the police department’s community liaison officers, six worried about the deteriorating streets, three complained that taxes are already too high and oppose the $20 vehicle tab proposal and advocated for the selling of naming X See BUDGET / page A8 WHAT’S RIGHT WITH TACOMA Tribal planner gets in Coyote’s ways LIBRARY HITS GLITCH, BUT SYSTEM NOW UPGRADED Cuts coming for new materials, staffing and main library hours but programs being added By Steve Dunkelberger A n unforeseen trouble with transitioning the Tacoma Public Library System’s 140,000 records into a new cataloging system prompted a few extra days of library closures to allow technicians to fix the computer bug. All branches were set to reopen last week, but the glitch in the computer code meant they were closed through the weekend as staff went all-hands-ondeck to clear the issue. The main downtown branch reopened on Oct. 29, while the neighborhood locations reopened on Oct 30. “It all works,” said Library Director Susan Odencrantz. “But it was a lot of work for us and a lot of work for them to do, but it all works.” Library staff had been successfully testing the massive data migration since September and hit a snag last week when the final uploading failed to complete successfully. The California-based software company Innovative Interfaces, which provides Integrated Library Systems to thousands of libraries of all types in more than 50 countries, reworked some code during the marathon work session last weekend and found the issue. During the library closures the system neither had the ability to check Referendum 74 A5 CREATIVE YOUTH: Tacoma students show their artistic side. PAGE A7 PHOTO BY ED CURRAN COYOTE STYLE. Poet David Whited appreciates Coyote’s mythic mission to upend order, snicker at folly then sing the stories to the stars. He has translated those stories into a book of poetry that Tacomans will appreciate. “Instead of saying, ‘Why can’t we do stuff?’ it’s ‘Can we do this together?’” – David Whited By Kathleen Merryman PHOTOS BY STEVE DUNKELBERGER BOOKING. The Tacoma Public Library System was shut down for a few extra days when a computer upgrade went a bit wonky over the weekend. The system is now ready to go however, with a host of new features. out materials to its patrons, nor could patrons access the online library catalog. The new system adds several features that will make checking out, returning and searching for books and materials more user friendly. Patrons are now Crusaders top Crosspoint A9 Pothole Pig ...............A2 City Briefs ................A3 able to create their own reading lists, read reviews of books, share book suggestions, do renewals by phone, receive text alerts and conduct deeper searches on specific topics. Searches on specific topics, for example, will now include X See LIBRARY / page A2 Back when David Lloyd Whited moved to Tacoma, it was Old Man Coyote’s kind of town. Coyote could lope along Pacific Avenue downtown, past a life sentence of bars and strip joints punctuated by card rooms. The trickster could find all the mischief, make all the mischief, his reputation demanded. Out on the East Side, out on the tribal lands, he could spice up his diet with a prowl through the backyards and thickets, snacking on uppity cats and lying about love. Whited the poet appreciates Coyote’s mythic mission to upend order, snicker at folly, then sing the stories to the stars. He has translated those stories into poetry for us in “Olde Man Coyote Goes to Towne,” published this fall by nine muses books ($15, Whited the numbers man, the Puyallup tribal planner and grant writer, appreciates Coyote’s real-world cost. He has, for some 30 years, used numbers, good partnerships and proven programs to get in Coyote’s way. Tacoma is not so easy anymore for Olde Man Coyote. Born 61 years ago in the doctor’s bedroom in Canyonville, Ore., Whited claims Native American, Finnish and Norwegian ancestry, and that Lutes prevail A10 Sports ......................A9 A&E ....................... ..B1 X See WHITED / page A4 Funny lady B5 Make A Scene ........ B7 Calendar ................. B8 Look for daily updates online! VISIT US ON FACEBOOK Two Sections | 24 Pages


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