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FREE s Friday, February 21, 2014 GOLDEN GLOVES RETURNS A8 TAKE THE POLAR PLUNGE City Life TEDx Tacoma B1 A3 Y YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER - 26 YEARS OF SERVICE CHARTER REVIEW LOOKS TO TACOMA’S PAST TO FORM ITS FUTURE By Steve Dunkelberger T acoma’s Charter Review Committee got an earful of issues to ponder on its task at the Feb. 12 public hearing through a parade of former city council members and former mayors taking to the stand to give their thoughts. The committee interviewed Mayor Marilyn Strickland, former mayors Karen Vialle, Harold Moss and Doug Sutherland, as well as former council members Connie Ladenburg and Rick Talbert as part of the committee’s efforts to draft a list of changes to the city’s charter to then be reviewed by the city council in May. Three main issues arose again and again during the discussion. A possible shift to a “strong mayor” system filled most of the testimony with the balance covering the oversight of Tacoma’s utilities and the level of independence of the city council. “I am of the camp that it isn’t the what; it’s the who,” Strickland said about her neutral stance on the city’s current council-manager form of government, adding that the current calls for a system that has Tacoma’s mayor playing more of an active role in policy making could be done under the current system as well. Phoenix, San Antonio, Dallas and Sacramento have Tacoma-like council-manager forms of govern- ment, while Spokane and Federal Way recently changed to a “strong mayor” system found in Seattle. Both systems have proven records of working and both have evidence of failures, which shows that talking about any change in government is worth the committee’s effort. “It is worthy of examination X See CHARTER / page A4 GIVING BACK Assistance League donates 150 uniforms to Stanley Elementary PHOTO COURTESY OF MARK BRADY GOOD DEED DO-ERS. Mark PHOTO BY MATT NAGLE HONORING GREATNESS. Members of the Dr. Gordy Klatt Recognition Project committee, managers from Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park and Crematory and Relay for Life supporters gathered Feb. 18 to celebrate the funeral home’s donation to the project. Pictured here are: (front row, left to right) Stewart Maier, Tony Anderson (committee), Beth Ravitz (project artist) and Barbara Patterson (committee); (back row, left to right) Paul Friden (Mountain View), Pat Flynn, Sandy Snyder, Dr. Gordy Klatt, John Forkenbrock (Mountain View), Clarke Thompson (Mountain View), Dan Lasham (Mountain View) and Harvey Rosen (committee). DR. GORDY KLATT RECOGNITION PROJECT RECEIVES BIG DONATION By Matt Nagle T he Dr. Gordy Klatt Recognition Project took a giant leap forward on Feb. 18 when Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park and Crematory presented the project committee with a check for $20,000. These funds will go toward the construction and installation of a permanent memorial in honor of Klatt to be installed at Baker Stadium on the University of Puget Sound campus. This location is significant in that it was on the stadium’s running track where Klatt singlehandedly started the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life 30 years ago. Today, this fundraising event for cancer research has surpassed the $5 billion mark and is firmly established as a worldwide movement to end cancer. To formally present the check, a gathering of project committee members, managers from Mountain View and Relay for Life supporters gathered at Water Concepts on South Tacoma Way for a meet-and-greet with Klatt and Beth Ravitz, the artist tasked with creating the memorial. “He is a local hero who has touched the world over,” said Clarke Thomson, general manager of Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park and Crematory. During the check presentation, Thomson praised Klatt – Clarke Thomson General manager of Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park and Crematory for his passionate vision. “Cancer is something that has impacted all of our lives in one form or another. I look back at the years that I’ve been a part of Relay for Life and not knowing that one day I’d be standing in the same room with the very person that kicked it off for the entire world. It is a great honor for me and the entire staff of Mountain View to publicly thank you for your work.” In 2012, Klatt was diagnosed with cancer of the stomach. As a survivor, he continues to push forward in working for a cure for cancer. He addressed this at the Feb. 18 event. “Even though we are making some progress, we’re seeing more cancer cases because there are more people in that age group now. It touches all of us. “It’s a real struggle, but we are making progress. It’s just a matter of time.” Klatt thanked those who are helping to make the memorial possible. “I really thank the community and UPS for their involvement to do this for me and for the American Cancer Society.” Committee member Tony Anderson agreed. “UPS has been fabulous to work with. We can’t commend them enough for their cooperation.” Longtime Relay for Life supporter and UPS alumnus Harvey Rosen is one of the key movers behind the memorial, as it was his brainstorm to permanently recognize and celebrate Klatt’s personal contribution to the fight against cancer and the inspiring achievement of this one individual. The idea for a permanent marker on the UPS campus came to him before Klatt was diagnosed, making the Dr. Gordy Klatt Recognition Project all the more important now. “They honor people after they’re gone and that’s always bothered me,” Rosen said. “This piece of art will be the cornerstone to the new entrance and walkway (at X See KLATT / page A10 Lady Abes win playoff opener A7 ARIES (March 21 – April 19) Fight the impulsive urge to get too involved. Things will smooth out after next week when Mercury moves forward. Plans will be clearer and fall into place. Share your honest thoughts with your partner or a close friend. Avoid selfish interests. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) You have a great support group of friends and loved ones that are happy to help you. Utilize this when needed without taking them for granted. Your advantages are being revealed to you. This week may be emotionally demanding as you try to connect to that special person. Keep it light and lively. GEMINI (May 21 – June 20) Change is coming so get ready. This week may be confusing as leads may turn up as dead ends. Clarity will surface when Mercury moves forward. Hold onto your receipts and hold off on any major purchases if you can. Surprising news comes from an unlikely source. Keep a positive mindset. CANCER (June 21 – July 22) You may feel full of ideas. Friends can help you sort through them. Dragging your feet does not make problems go away. Support your partner and try to understand how they are feeling. You both are growing in a parallel journey, and when you intersect it is like magic. Keep communication open. LEO (July 23 – August 22) Share your secret desires with one you trust. You are in touch with deep feelings this week pondering the past. This will help you sort out what has been missing for you all this time. Things surface so we can deal with them, allowing us to move forward. Satisfy your soul. VIRGO (August 23 – September 22) Too much wishful thinking can get in the way of progress. Misunderstandings can manifest easily this week so be very aware of how you present yourself with others. Siblings or friends may not understand your intentions that may be viewed as selfish. Be aware of others’ needs. LIBRA (September 23 – October 22) Push for what you want although you may have to move in an opposite direction. Reexamine CHARTER REVIEW: Learn from the past to build a stronger future. A guest editorial by Bill Baarsma. PAGE A5 By Derek Shuck When donating to schools, most groups go the route of supplies and money. Few people think of donating underwear en masse, but that’s exactly what one Tacoma non-profit did for Stanley Elementary School, and the students and staff couldn’t be happier. The Assistance League of South X See DONATIONS / page A4 “He is a local hero who has ų WHAT’S RIGHT WITH TACOMA touched the world over.” HERB GODDESS HOROSCOPE Stadium advances to regionals A6 Brady (left), Courtney Teddy (left center) Biance SandersBeach (right center) and Rebecca Nelson represented the Assistance League at Stanley Elementary School, both delivering uniforms and working with children one-onone. Pothole Pig ...............A2 Crime Stoppers.........A3 an important relationship with clear eyes without falling into too much self-doubt. Your assertive side may come out this week giving you the courage to say what’s needed. Balance your feelings with sound judgment. SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21) Try to have patience this week as disappointments could be in store for you. Things may not go the way you want. You may feel bottled up or restless, which will pass when Mercury moves forward next week. Take this time to look within to find other opportunities. Walk tall and hold your head up. WORD SEARCH I L A F O G M S U J D C F M F J A S W W Y E L I M U L U D Q N M A S I A P A C I F I C J K I L S T O Y K W K C Q V H U D T C O V U K T Q V Q T M A H T O G L O G D I C R U S A D E R S X N Q I F M Y F Y V E N I M R A L L E B R K I T T R E D G E G A L L E R Y A N N J T E N A D U B E R R Y I S C M G Z I Q S Y O I U C L C Z Y R E D N E S O T N R U T E R U J L I G H T R A I L G G I L G F D G S S G N I K R E W T R C K T SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21) This may be a fun and busy week for you. Others rely on you for guidance and solutions. Delegate to those who may do a better job. Remember that it’s the end result that matters. Jealousy is in the air so avoid sending mixed signals. Keep an open mind to change. CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19) Re-establish peace on the home front. Taking your work home doesn’t solve anything. Not everyone works as hard as you do! Present viable solutions to your boss or partner. Decompress from the office allowing you to recharge your batteries. Exercise and take good care of yourself. AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18) Don’t waste your time trying to make fast changes. Focus on what’s really important and prioritize your work assignments or projects. Write down your important ideas for future execution. All things happen in their own time. Meaningful connections spark your creative side. PISCES (February 19 – March 20) You are charming and sincere. Someone may try to take advantage of that. Treat yourself to a movie or read that book you have been putting off. A shopping spree may be tempting. Budget your finances and avoid large purchase this week. Exercise regularly and avoid overeating. ANAGRAM CHIEF LESCHI O Q N L O C N I L U W I N X Y V R A H T B H N L N W T B C A G L S D R A G L I M L O R A C Y E V Horoscope, word search and more B6 WE NEED YOU! Be a part of ‘The Lucky Woman’s Guide to Breast Cancer’ By Kathleen Merryman I have met the machines, and they have made me love them. Mammog rams, ultrasounds, an MRI, a PET scan and heart scans – and the people who conduct them – located the lump I didn’t notice. They searched out cancerous lymph nodes. They located the outlier cells building up for an attack behind my breastbone. The machines triggered the response that is saving my life X See CANCER / page A10 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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