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FREE s Friday, November 8, 2013 LINCOLN TOPS FOSS A6 HELP LOCAL MOM IN NEED A4 B1 Y YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER - 26 YEARS OF SERVICE ELECTION RESULTS POTHOLE PLAN DIES INCUMBENTS RETAIN SEATS By Steve Dunkelberger L ocal politicos did some party hopping Tuesday night, with a roster of election night parties dotted around Tacoma to watch the vote counts roll in over beers and mixed libations of every sort. The ground zeros for elected officials included three spots downtown. State Representative Jake Fey and district Senator Jeannie Darneille hosted a gig at B Sharp Coffee House along Opera Alley Court C to mark Election Day with Patricia Lecy-Davis and her supporters. Deputy Mayor Marty Campbell hosted a re-election party at the nearby Tacoma Cabana X See ELECTION / page A10 WHAT’S RIGHT WITH TACOMA PHOTO BY STEVE DUNKELBERGER ROAD RASH. Even though Mayor Marilyn Strickland retained her seat in a challenger-less race, she and other supporters of Proposition 1 were disappointed as the votes were counted on election night. Tacoma Weekly’s Pothole Pig, who lost his leg in one of Tacoma’s moon crater potholes, stopped by to share his condolences. Public invited to give input on future of SERA ų By Steve Dunkelberger TOP PHOTO BY ED CURRAN / BOTTOM IMAGE COURTESY OF PLANTING SEEDS GIVING THANKS BY GIVING. Planting Seeds organizers Stephanie, Timothy Dillon, Stella Maris Vera, Marlene Carrillo, Tasha-feisty Decottle, Shantee Moorehead and Nick Fediay planned the food drive at Soul in Proctor. PLANTING SEEDS WILL FILL THANKSGIVING NEEDS BARBERS UNITE TO HELP By Kathleen Merryman Tacoma is throwing a new kind of food drive for Thanksgiving. It’s a city-wide collaboration aimed at feeding hungry school kids and their families, and, in doing so, letting them know that this whole city cares for them. It started with barbers. At the beginning of the past eight school years, Hasani Fredericks of Legends has corralled his pals in the hair business to fill backpacks and food baskets for Lincoln High School’s “Rock The Rim” back-to-school festival. Each year, more than 50 barbers participate. This September, the drive brought a basketball tournament to Lincoln High School, plus 1,000 stuffed backpacks. Now they’re out to stuff turkeys. BUSINESSES PITCH IN CITY-WIDE FOOD DRIVE LAUNCHED To do that, Timothy Dillon, owner of Tacoma’s Finest Clippers, founded Planting Seeds. “I wanted to find a way to continually give back to the community,” Dillon said. “Yes, there are resources available for people to take advantage of, but the ultimate goal of Planting Seed is to give education outside of the classroom such as mentoring programs, summer lunch programs, food drives, toy drives, clothes drives, job fairs, and apprenticeships. Why? Because we perish from the lack of knowledge and the seeds we sow today are the fruit we bear tomorrow.” It may seem odd that business competitors would work so closely together but, on Tacoma’s East Side, it’s as natural as growing up, said community activist Marlene Carrillo. A proud Eastsider, a lifelong volunteer and one of Tacoma X See DRIVE / page A10 Health Care A5 HONORED VISITOR: Mount Tahoma High School students talk politics with U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer. PAGE A4 Lutes outlast Loggers A7 Pothole Pig ...............A2 Crime Stoppers.........A3 Tribute to Lou Reed B4 With the anchor STAR Center up and running in South Tacoma, Metro Parks officials are gathering ideas about what attractions and activities the rest of the 75-acre parks campus will have in the years to come. Changes there are in the works as at another community center elsewhere in Tacoma. The SERA Campus Master Plan update will be outlined at 6 p.m. on Nov. 13 at the STAR Center, 3873 S. 66th St. to show what a 2009 plan suggested for the site as well as to gain thoughts about what other sports or activities the area could offer even as features are being added, including an outdoor playground, outdoor event spaces and a spray ground. “That master plan could change based on what information we get,” said project manager Kristi Evans. “There could be some updates. We certainly want to hear from people.” Some suggestions already under discussion concern thoughts of keeping the park as natural as possible rather than developing the campus for sports fields, and having an indoor sports field for winter activities. Comments and suggestions from the meeting will be presented to the Metro Parks board in February, which will then select projects to submit for grant funding during the next twoyear budgeting cycle. “Generally, we don’t design things unless they are funded,” Evans said. While the SERA site discussions work their way to planning boards, so too does talk about a community center on Tacoma’s Eastside. The City of Tacoma, Metro Parks, Tacoma Housing Authority and Tacoma School District are developing a feasibility study for what could be a destination community hub in the underserved neighborhood. A community meeting was held in October that began formal discussions of the project that would provide community gathering and recreational spaces that have been absent since the Boys and Girls Club sold, the neighborhood library closed and a neighborhood elementary school and a middle school were mothballed. “We need to create some gathering points that create community,” Deputy Mayor and Eastside Councilmember Marty Campbell said. The draft feasibility study should be done by late November and provide a framework of what the community needs and how the partners could develop plans to offer programs. Facebook: Twitter: @Tacomaweekly Tumblr: Pinterest: Flickr:ÁLFNUFRPWDFRPDZHHNO\ Sports ......................A6 Make A Scene ........ B5 A&E ....................... ..B1 Calendar ................. B6 Look for daily updates online! Two Sections | 20 Pages

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