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FINAL LNG ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT ISSUED Report does nothing to quell fears among opposition


According to the report, PSCAA carefully considered all comments submitted, developed responses to the comments, and included changes and supporting documents due to some of the comments received.


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(PSCAA) has released the 57-page report supplements the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Tacoma LNG facility issued by the City

of Tacoma in November 2015. This FSEIS evaluates greenhouse gas emissions impacts associated with the construction and operation of an LNG liquefaction and marine bunkering facility within the City of Tacoma on land leased from the Port of Tacoma, and construction of segments of a natural gas pipeline in the City of Fife and unincorporated areas of Pierce County. The report also reiterates that the natural gas supply will be piped in from Canada. The public was given numerous opportunities to provide feedback to PSCAA, including a public comment period that extended for 45 days last year. PSCAA received thousands of letters, e-mails, postcards, petitions, and more in addition to oral testimony at public hearings held last October. PSCAA says that it received approximately 14,820 comment submittals. According to the report, PSCAA carefully considered all comments submitted, developed responses to the comments, and included changes and supporting documents due to some of the comments received. Based on the analysis presented in

the FSEIS, the following major conclusions were drawn: • The use of LNG produced at the facility is predicted to result in an overall decrease in greenhouse gas emissions, as LNG would replace petroleum-based fuels for marine vessels, trucks, and peak shaving. The report states that the greater the replacement of other petroleum-based fuels with LNG, the greater the overall reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. • The overall reduction in greenhouse gas emissions is dependent upon the sole source of natural gas supply to the facility entering Washington through British Columbia. The SEIS analysis supports the recommendation that the facility’s air permit, if approved, include the condition regarding the sole source of the natural gas through British Columbia as a requirement so the analysis and this conclusion is consistent with the proponent’s project description.

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Citing declining attendance and lack of big-name entertainers, the city of Tacoma will issue a request for proposals (RFP) for organizations interested in staging Freedom Fair as of 2020. Tacoma Events Commission (TEC), which has produced the 4th of July festival on the waterfront since 1984, is in the final year of its current contract with the city. A letter dated April 1 was sent to City Manager Elizabeth Pauli and Mayor Victoria Woodards regarding the RFP. It was sent by Kim Bedier, venues and events director for the city. The letter explained how her department is collaborating with Metro Parks to issue the RFP. The letter indicates that the RFP will be distributed widely to professional event producers. TEC Executive Director Gary Grape

learned of the city’s plans to issue the RFP during a meeting last July with Woodards and Pauli. He said no specific reason was given, although the existing contract is set to expire after the 2019 event. “It was probably done for fairness, to allow other organizations to apply,” he observed. As a free event, it is impossible to determine how many attend Freedom Fair. According to Bedier’s letter, attendance has decreased from an estimated 150,000 in the 1990s to 70,000 in the past few years. Grape said Tacoma Police Department estimates the number of attendees. He said receipts from vendors have been up the last few years. Grape can observe the crowds as he rolls along Ruston Way on a golf cart on July 4. They have seemed smaller recently, which he attributes to the lack of military aircraft in the air u See FREEDOM FAIR / page 7


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MORE THAN 750 TO GATHER FOR SALMON RECOVERY CONFERENCE IN TACOMA More than 750 scientists, salmon recovery experts and interested citizens from Washington and Oregon will meet in Tacoma for the seventh biennial Salmon Recovery Conference, marking the 20th anniversary of the Salmon Recovery Act. The two-day conference runs April 8-9 at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce in Tacoma. See the complete schedule at salmon_recovery/2019-SalmonConference/ConfSchedule.shtml. For other conference details, visit the conference web page at “By bringing together our state’s field biologists, engineers and policymakers, we’re providing a forum for information sharing and networking that’s critical to finding solutions to some of the big problems facing salmon recovery,” said Kaleen Cottingham, director of the Recreation and Conservation Office, home to the Salmon Recovery Funding Board. “It’s going to take innovation and collaboration to build up salmon to sustainable levels so they can support our environment, our economy and those who rely on them, including our beloved southern resident orca whales.” “Recovering salmon is perhaps the single most important conservation issue in Washington,” said Kelly

Susewind, director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. “The plight of the southern resident orca has highlighted the key role that salmon play in the environment, and it’s encouraging to see so many partners coming to the table with new energy and greater determination. There’s a lot that this agency and others can do to support salmon recovery, and we’re actively participating to ensure that our expertise and willingness to collaborate is helping to turn the dial in a positive direction.” “I’m encouraged that 20 years after passage of the Salmon Recovery Act, our commitment to recover Washington’s wild salmon runs is just as strong today, with growing public support in also protecting our atrisk orcas. We’re proud to partner with the Recreation and Conservation Office in this conference and applaud their leadership,” said Maia Bellon, director of the Washington Department of Ecology. Conference highlights include keynote addresses by Gary Locke, former Washington state governor, and Cecilia Gobin, a Tulalip Tribes member and the conservation policy analyst with the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission. Other conference highlights include remarks from the Governor’s Southern Resident Killer Whale Task

The two-day conference runs April 8-9 at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center. Force co-chairs Les Purce and Stephanie Solien and a panel on tribal treaty rights. The conference is co-hosted by the Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board, Washington Department of Ecology and its Office of the Chehalis Basin and Office of Columbia River, and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Created by the Legislature in 1999, the Salmon Recovery Funding Board provides grants to projects that restore and protect salmon habitat across the state. Learn more at the board’s Web site. Follow the conference on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at #salmonconf.

PLAYGROUND COMING TO CHARLOTTE’S BLUEBERRY PARK THIS SUMMER Plans for the park developed in partnership with The Trust for Public Land


Thanks to community engagement and design planning completed in partnership with The Trust for Public Land, the playground is fast on its way, with expected completion in summer 2019. Charlotte’s Blueberry Park has long been a popular spot for picking blueberries, but residents have expressed hope for a children’s play area to make the park more inviting. Thanks to community engagement and design planning completed in partnership with The Trust for Public Land, the playground is fast on its way, with expected completion in summer 2019. The playground, situated next to a community garden that Metro Parks recently installed, will have slides, a small climbing structure, balance beams, music play and more.  An elevated lookout will let children see over the blueberry bushes. Subdued colors will help the play area blend in with its surroundings. This project was possible thanks to a generous grant from Kaiser Permanente. 

“It’s a great addition in a part of town that needs a great addition,” said President Aaron Pointer of the Metro Parks Board of Commissioners. “Thank you to The Trust for Public Land for their interest in the people of Southeast Tacoma.” The 20-acre park, named after longtime advocate Charlotte Valbert, was Berg’s Blueberry Farm from 1952 to 1968. Today it includes more than 3,000 bushes representing five varieties of blueberries, all free for the picking by any visitors. The park serves more than 3,600 residents within a 10-minute walk, including more than 900 children.  Learn more about the park, and learn how to volunteer to take care of it  online at www.metroparkstacoma. org/charlottes-blueberry-park.



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ONLINE OPEN HOUSE BEGINS FOR FEDERAL WAY TO TACOMA DOME RAIL EXTENSION Sound Transit is seeking additional public feedback on route alternatives and station locations for extending regional light rail from Federal Way to Tacoma. Public input during this public comment or “scoping” period will help the Sound Transit Board and the Federal Transit Administration determine which alternatives to study in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to be prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). An online open house is available now through May 1 at Comments may also be submitted via e-mail atTDLEScoping@ or by mail at: Sound Transit, Elma Borbe, 401 S. Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98104. You can also leave a voicemail comment at (206) 903-7118. In-person open houses are taking place in April at the following locations: • Fife: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 at Fife Community Center, 2111 54th Ave. E. • Tacoma: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 at Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St. • Federal Way: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 at Performing Arts and Events Center, 31510 Pete Von Reichbauer Way S.

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MBDA CENTER EARNS REGIONAL RECOGNITION The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Tacoma Business Center recently earned regional recognition from the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC) for its continued excellence in advocating, including, promoting, and contracting with Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs). MBDA Tacoma Business Center Program Director Linda Lee Womack accepted Northwest Mountain MSDC's Special Recognition Award for her team’s collaboration on Amazon Business’ year-long Global eCommerce Platform pilot project for MBEs. This project also involved establishing a working partnership with MBDA’s office in Washington, D.C. “Fifty-five MBEs have been selected to participate in Amazon Business’ pilot project, effectively introducing them to hundreds of government and public agencies across the country,” said Womack, who also received a Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney Award nomination on behalf of the MBDA Tacoma Business Center from the Northwest Mountain MSDC. The Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney Award is presented to individuals employed by a Northwest Mountain MSDC government agency member who exemplify commitment and dedication to creating business opportunities and advancing minority business successes through the Northwest Mountain MSDC and the community. More information about the MBDA Tacoma Business Center is available at

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Following the scoping period, which ends May 1, the Sound Transit Board will consider comments received and other information to identify a preferred alternative for routes and stations, as well as other alternatives, to evaluate in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The final EIS will respond to comments received on the Draft EIS. The EIS process will document the Tacoma Dome Link Extension’s potential impacts on the natural and built environment and will take about three years to complete. The regional light rail extension from Federal Way to the Tacoma Dome will be 9.7-miles of elevated and at-grade light rail from the Federal Way Transit Center to the Tacoma Dome with a new bridge crossing the Puyallup River. It includes four new stations located in south Federal Way, Fife, east Tacoma and the Tacoma Dome. The new regional light rail line is schedule to open in 2030. More information on the project and public involvement process is available at www. In addition to the Tacoma Dome Link Extension, Sound Transit is simultaneously working to extend regional light rail north, south and east, opening new stations every few years to form a 116-mile regional system by 2041. The agency is on track to open extensions to Seattle’s University District, Roosevelt and Northgate neighborhoods in 2021, followed by service to Mercer Island, Bellevue and Redmond’s Overlake area in 2023. Additional extensions to Kent/Des Moines, Federal Way, Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and downtown Redmond are planned to open in 2024. Further regional light rail extensions are scheduled to reach West Seattle in 2030; Seattle Center, South Lake Union and Ballard in 2035; Paine Field and Everett in 2036; and South Kirkland and Issaquah in 2041.

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A mixed-use project under construction in the Dome District will provide a housing option in close proximity to mass transit systems. Located along Puyallup Avenue about a block away from Freighthouse Station, the parcel had a building on it that was demolished last year. In its place is rising a building that will contain retail space on the street level and apartments above. The developer of the project is Koz Development, which is based in Snohomish and has projects from Everett to Salem, Ore. The company has another project along Tacoma Avenue in downtown. The building will have 152 apartments of various sizes. According to Cathy Reines, president and CEO of Koz Development, two-bedroom units will rent for somewhere in the range of $1,500-$1,700 a month. Some will be one-bedroom units. Studio apartments will rent for around $850 a month. Some of the smaller apartments will be lofts, with sleeping quarters above a kitchen and bathroom area. The top of the building will have a deck and be available as a common area, a feature found in some of the other newer apartment and condominium structures in the city. Reines said rent on the studio units will include some utilities, such as electricity and Internet. They will also be furnished, allowing for an easy movein process. “They can literally move in with their clothes and cell phone,” Reines observed. The retail space can be configured in different ways, depending on the client who leases the space. Reines said her company will work with people in the neighborhood to help determine what type of business would be a good fit. She imagines a coffee shop or restaurant would be a likely tenant. One tenant could occupy the entire ground floor, or it could be split into smaller sections to allow for more than one business. “We have the ability to divide it,” Reines remarked. The project qualifies for the City of Tacoma’s 12-year Multi-family Property Tax Exemption Program. At 80 percent of the average median in-


This rendering shows what the building will look like when completed. come in Tacoma, the rent on studio apartments, as of April 1, including utilities, cannot exceed $1,046. Reines said none of the rents on studio apartments is projected to be above that figure. The proximity of the building to light rail, Sounder commuter rail and the Tacoma Dome Station, which serves numerous bus routes of Pierce Transit and Sound Transit, was appealing to the developer. Many of the future residents will likely use mass transit in their commute to work. Framing is currently being done. Reines said on a typical day, 30 to 40 construction workers are on the site. The primary contractor is Geacon Construction. Reines said there is already a waiting list for apartments. The building should be ready for residents and a business tenant by the fall.

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BULLETIN BOARD CAREGIVING FILM EXPLORES DIFFICULT CHOICES FOR ILL FAMILY MEMBERS Families always want the best for their loved ones. When it comes to caregiving, most decisions are made out of love, concern and the desire to respect the wishes of the partner. Occasionally, that sense of commitment and devotion can cloud judgment on what may be best in the long run. Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources is offering another film in our caregiving series. “What they Had” will show on Saturday, April 13, at the Grand Cinema, located at 606 S. Fawcett Ave. in Tacoma. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and the film begins at 10:45 a.m. Complimentary popcorn will be provided. The film is free, but tickets must be obtained in advance online or by calling the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) at (253) 798-4600. “Most caregivers are incredibly dedicated,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources manager. “But that dedication can sometimes cloud good judgement. Over time things change and different levels of care are needed. It can be challenging to see those changes and adjust expectations and assurances that were made earlier.” “What They Had,” starring Hilary Swank, Blythe Danner and Robert Forster, is about a family in crisis as progression of a disease and the need for care reach a tipping point. It is rated R for language, including a brief sexual reference. This film explores the crisis that can happen when family members find themselves caught between the bonds of love, promises for care and now the realities of declining health. Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources offers this film as part of our Family Caregiver Support Program. The program helps unpaid family caregivers with a variety of supports including education, counseling, adaptive equipment, housework and errands services and respite care. People can learn more about the program by calling the ADRC at (253) 798-4600.

t LNG From page 1 • The report demonstrates that greenhouse gas emissions are predicted to overall decrease with the completion of the LNG facility if the sole source of the natural gas supplied to the facility is through British Columbia. “The (report) re-iterates that the Tacoma LNG project will result in a net reduction in greenhouse gases,” said Puget Sound Energy Director of Communications Grant Ringel in a statement. “We’re very hopeful the FSEIS will clear the way for an efficient issuance of the necessary air permit, which will allow the facility to move forward to begin achieving its full array of environmental benefits.” As for what the next steps will be in getting the LNG facility completed, according to Steve Van Slyke, director of compliance with PSCAA, “…the FSEIS represents the completion of this part of the review process and will be used to support the review of the air permit application, which will resume.” He said that while schedule information regarding the air permit review status and processes are not presently available, updates would be provided as they are known and would include a public involvement process.  Those wishing to know the schedule for future permit review work are invited to subscribe to the project e-mail list at “We will notify everyone on that list when we have schedule updates,” he said.   TRIBE CONTINUES OPPOSITION

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians rejects the flawed findings in the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) published today by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. By finding that an 8 million gallon fossil fuel project with fuel shipped from hundreds of miles away, would not cause significant adverse climate impacts, this project strains credulity. “Puget Sound Energy’s fracked gas project is sited on our homeland in an area we have inhabited since time immemorial, and where many of our tribal members live today,” said Chairman Bill Sterud. “It is a direct threat to our well-being and our way of life.” Today’s FSEIS does not address the absence of legally required consultation with the Tribe. From the beginning, the Puyallup Tribe has been systematically ignored by Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and the government agencies responsible for reviewing the project, in blatant violation of their legal obligations. The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency was delegated its authority from the US Clean Air Act and from Washington state’s authority under that Act. The obligation to consult with the Tribe held by both the federal government and the State of Washington was delegated to the Clean Air Agency, yet it has not conducted meaningful consultation with the Tribe.   Today’s FSEIS document does not address the project’s many safety risks.  PSE’s fracked gas LNG facility is clearly unsafe, for both the people of Tacoma and the global climate. PSE fought the release of the safety, fire, and siting studies until a year or more after the final EIS was issued, which was well after comments were allowed on the analysis. The Tribe had provided permitting au-

Among those continuing to oppose the LNG facility is the Puyallup Tribe, which issued a lengthy statement, as follows. Tacoma Weekly reached out to the tribe with a list of pertinent questions, but received no response. When asked about the tribe’s opposition and whether legally required consultation with the tribe has occurred, PSCAA and PSE declined to comment.

thorities with safety concerns identified by an expert, but received no response from the State or City. Today’s FSEIS document does not address all the changes made to the project after it was subjected to environmental review.  The Puyallup Tribe has documented no fewer than seven major alterations to the project since the draft EIS was conducted—changes that have happened without our review, input, or agreement. In fact, the FSEIS relies on several of these substantial changes to make its determination, finding a net benefit for greenhouse gases emissions if gas for the project is sourced from western Canada. These changes should be addressed in a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement as required under the law by the City of Tacoma or the State of Washington or both. The FSEIS published today wrongly concludes that the project would not be harmful, based on outdated assumptions, limited scope and flawed methodology – errors that were pointed out during the public comment period. Fracked gas infrastructure like Tacoma LNG is far more harmful than previously thought because climate-damaging methane leaks are so prevalent and because fracking drives so much gas production today. “Today, we call on Governor Inslee and the Washington Department of Ecology to initiate a supplemental review. On behalf of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians,” said Sterud. “We demand a legitimate review that honors the Tribe’s legal rights to consultation, that evaluates the many changes to the project, and that fairly weighs the science of methane leaks from fracked gas infrastructure.

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“I HAD A STROKE AT 38” BY LAURA PUGH Never in my imagination would I have dreamed that I would go to bed one person and wake up another. I am a wife, daughter, sister, runner, world traveler and fulltime career woman. A few years ago, I went to bed confident that I was living a healthy life. But I woke up as a stroke survivor. At age 38, I had a stroke in my sleep. That morning, my plan was to head to the airport and fly to Colorado, where I would meet up with my husband. When the alarm went off, I got out of bed and when I stood up, my right leg wouldn’t support my weight. It just gave out. I looked in the mirror and saw that the right side of my face was drooping. I knew that something serious had happened. I researched the warning signs of stroke online and it said to call 911. But I did the absolute worst thing you can do. I called my mother. It was another hour and a half before she arrived and the look on her face terrified me. We then rushed to the hospital where doctors ordered tests and a neurologist confirmed what I feared. He said, “Young lady, you’ve had a stroke.” I was devastated. I had no use of my right arm. Someone else had to cut my food. I couldn’t put my hair in a ponytail, and I could barely walk on my own. If you’re not familiar with stroke, think of it as a brain attack. Most strokes are caused by a blood clot that impedes the supply of blood to the brain, affecting speech, movement, and even emotions. For those of us lucky to survive a stroke, it’s a fight to regain independence. There was another patient at the hospital who shared the room with me, and it was she who gave the first advice that changed my life. She told me not to make the mistake she made of feeling sorry for herself and staying in bed for weeks instead of doing her therapy. She also advised me to never give up and stay positive. At 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve, I was discharged from the hospital and my amazing husband has been instrumental in my recovery ever since the day I had the stroke. Taking the advice of my physical therapist, he immediately went about treating food as medicine and changing the way we ate. Doctors told me that I would be lucky to get to 65 percent of where I was, but I was determined. I am happy to say that I pretty much fully recovered. Some days are not great, but overall I am 100 percent. Since my stroke, I have returned to my full-time career and even completed my first full marathon! I wanted to be a positive survivor statistic. Today, I’m paying it forward as a fitness coach, speaker and volunteer for the American Heart Association. On March 13, I had the honor of sharing my story


F – facial droop. Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? A – arm weakness. Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? S – speech difficulty. Is speech slurred or is the person unable to speak? T – time to call 911. at the South Sound Go Red for Women Luncheon in Tacoma. It’s very moving to see 350 women and men supporting the fight to end heart disease and stroke through the American Heart Association. Stroke doesn’t know age, race, wealth or gender. I want others to learn from my experience. Stress-related high blood pressure may have triggered my stroke and I want everyone to understand that strokes can be prevented. For women, I want them to understand that taking care of themselves is putting our families first. One more thing: time lost is brain lost. I urge you to know the stroke warning signs. An easy way to remember them is through the acronym F.A.S.T. (see green box)

Calling 911 is important because medical treatment can begin upon arrival by paramedics. Stroke used to be the fourth-leading cause of death in the country; now it’s the fifth. Advances in treatment have helped many stroke survivors, but time is still of the essence. Knowing the warning signs and getting help quickly can make a huge impact on the outcomes for a stroke patient. Laura Pugh is an ambassador for the American Heart Association’s Puget Sound Division and part of the 2019 class of Real Women for the national Go Red for Women campaign.


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t Freedom Fair From page 1 show. With the announcement that they will return this year, Grape expects an increase in attendance. A document that identifies criteria for the RFP suggests the event needs “a headliner that will attract attendees from outside the area.” The vast majority of musical acts that perform during the event each year are from the local area. Grape said a major touring artist was considered one year, but the idea was scrapped due to the high cost. “That is not in the cards right now.” Grape said TEC plans to submit a bid for 2020. He said the organization’s knowledge of the event and the logistical challenges it poses make it an ideal candidate to continue. “There is no reason to think we would not be the frontrunner.” Tony La Stella, president of the TEC Board, thinks Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission has an interest in staging the event. That organization recently merged with Travel Tacoma + Pierce County. Both are non-profit organizations. Dean Burke, who had been the leader of the commission, became president and CEO of the merged entity on Jan. 2. La Stella said he saw a TVinterview with Burke, who stated that Tacoma lacks a signature event. La Stella, who has been involved for 10 years and has been on the board for several years, considers Freedom Fair to be a signature event. When contacted, Burke said his organization is not planning to bid for the RFP and he noted it does not organize such events. He said Pierce County has about 150 marquee events. “Freedom Fair is one of them.” La Stella explained how TEC was cre-

ated by the City Council. It began as a citizen committee, such as the one that organizes the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration. While that group is under the authority of the city, TEC became an independent, non-profit organization. La Stella said the city has tried to insert more control into its contract with TEC, in manners he said could be in violation of laws regulating non-profits. He said TEC owns the name of the event. The vendor list and donor list are also an asset owned by TEC, rather than the city. Any other group that may get this contract would have to start over at square one, he observed. La Stella said the event broke even last year. He is hopeful it can turn a small profit in 2019. La Stella claims the city has an anti-business agenda, from the mayor on down. He said ideas proposed by TEC to make the event more profitable and appealing to sponsors have been met with resistance. “Community festivals throughout the year, especially during the summer, are activities that are family-friendly and so many Tacomans look forward to,” said City Councilmember Ryan Mello. “It is in everyone’s interest to ensure these are vibrant, accessible, safe and interesting festivals for a diverse audience. I am excited that the recently approved Tacoma Creates ballot measure will help in a big way to support and curate these kinds of family-friendly festivals. We will use some of those resources to support business districts, non-profits and community organizations who come together to make these highly-anticipated events successful and financially viable for the long-term.”

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LNG SQUABBLES REVEAL POLICY OF SILENCE TOWARD PUYALLUP TRIBE With the release last week of the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility on the Tacoma Tideflats, Puget Sound Energy’s next step is to move forward with the air permitting process. Step by step, the project is coming to fruition yet it seems that no matter what studies are done or analyses made, the naysayers just won’t quit. Ever since the beginning of the LNG saga, local “water warriors” have done their best to throw up roadblocks at every turn and have been defeated each and every time. The sad truth is that they cannot grasp the fact that the LNG plant is going to be built no matter what they do to try to stop it. Fear mongering, rhetorical “What if?” scenarios and exaggerated claims of LNG “dangers” are sounding like a broken record at this point. Truth is that LNG is far better for the air and environment than the dirty bunker fuel currently being used to fuel marine vessels and trucks at the Port of Tacoma. As the FSEIS report states, the use of LNG rather than petroleum based fuels will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “The greater the replacement of other petroleum based fuels with LNG, the greater the overall reductions in greenhouse gas emissions,” as stated in the report. Still, such scientific findings are not enough for anti-LNG groups that continue to level complaints against the facility and those who are working to get it established. Case in point: the Puyallup Tribe, which sent out a long and accusatory statement immediately after the FSEIS was released. Interesting timing, too, seeing as tribal council elections are currently happening and stirring up LNG squabbles makes for the ideal sideshow issue for candidates to hang their hat on. Never mind that the tribe owns and profits from half a dozen gas stations in town. (What is involved in gasoline production? Fracking!) Never mind that Puyallup Tribal Council Chairman Bill Sterud, who is currently up for re-election, receives a great deal of money in the form of dividends from oil refineries on his Midwest tribal homelands. The tribe seems to have great concern for the environment, but relies on petroleum byproducts, gambling, alcohol and tobacco for income. Now they continue complaining about LNG – something that will improve the environment and air quality while the tribe’s very economy rests largely on selling petroleum products. What “green” elements are being incorporated into the tribe’s glitzy new

casino set to open soon? What will be done to counter-balance the heavy increase in traffic pollution brought to the area and tons of trash that the casino will generate? And what happens when the media tries to speak with major players like Puget Sound Energy, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and the City of Tacoma about the tribe? We’ve asked them all if the tribe’s apprehensions toward LNG are legitimate or false and we get no comment. No one will talk about it. No one wants to confirm or deny the tribe’s reactions to LNG, much less the tribe’s hypocritical stance on the environment, nor anything at all that may criticize or challenge the tribe on any level. This begs the question, “Why?” Are our local leaders afraid of the tribe? Afraid to rock the boat by speaking truths or even suggesting that the tribe needs to check itself? Or maybe it’s a lip-service thing – invite the tribe to take part in big, important projects, pat them on the head and walk away knowing that they’ve done their legal duty with all the feel-goods for bringing native tribes to the table without ever really intending to take them seriously. In the end, it all spells a big disservice to the public, as sovereign tribal nations should be held just as accountable and transparent as all other levels of government. If it’s allowable to examine and question the actions of county, city, state and federal government, why is it such a no-no to do the same for the fifth government entity among us: tribal nations? They are a major player in everything that goes on around them, so why should they be permitted to exist outside of the standards applied to all other government entities? Treating them with kid gloves is just plain wrong and does nothing to further candid conversations or foster open and honest government across the board. The Puyallup Tribe needs to wake up and stop with digging their heels in over LNG. They need to remember that 99 percent of their revenue comes from across their borders – customers spending paychecks at their casino and fueling up at tribal gas stations. Business at the Port drives our local economy in big ways that the tribe benefits from, too. Don’t disrupt a good thing for the rest of us. This also should serve as a wake-up call to tribal youth. The old ways of doing things, with public protests rather than joining in to find solutions together, puts the tribe on the outside looking in. Times have changed, and the old methods simply don’t fly anymore. Better to be part of the solution than part of the problem.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Dear Editor, Finally got a print copy of the Tacoma Weekly from March 10 and read “Changing with the Times.” I smiled as I read this paper from my hometown, now owned by the workers and moving forward, still available on street corners, perhaps in newly artistically decorated boxes. I remember picking up a copy at my granddaughter’s elementary school years ago and deciding to write a letter to the editor. (She graduates from Stadium this year!) Over the years I have written letters about issues connected to hunger and poverty in America and the world. From protecting programs like SNAP (food stamps), advocating for increasing the Child and Earned Income Tax Credits, to supporting the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria; Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; and the Global Partnership for Education. As a volunteer with RESULTS (results. org), when my letters are printed I send them to my representatives and senators to help make a difference. I have had front pages of the Weekly on my walls touting the importance of education, how hate won’t win, and pictures from Dr. King’s celebration in Tacoma. So reading this article about the changes, I say “Bravo, Tacoma Weekly, and thanks!” And look forward to many days in the future when I will pick up a paper, at the gas station, in Old Town, or the Proctor District, to find out what matters and what is going on in Tacoma. Willie Dickerson Snohomish, WA Dear editor, Thank you so much for continuing to print Tacoma Weekly! I used to subscribe to The News Tribune, but had so many delivery issues (most days it never arrived). I love reading about local events and sports. Sheila Pudists Tacoma, WA

LEGISLATURE COULD CAUSE A WASHINGTON EXODUS, ESPECIALLY IN THE EAST BY CHRIS CARGILL Legislative leaders recently asked Eastern Washington business leaders an important question: “How are people over there feeling about what we are doing this session. Good?” Frightened might be more accurate. I have been the Eastern Washington director of Washington Policy Center for a decade, and never before have I heard so many people genuinely concerned about what is happening in Olympia. Never before have I heard so many seriously considering moving their family or business out of state. It’s no longer just mild frustration. The concern is now deep, real and problematic. It is expressed by families living on a fixed income, wondering how they will pay to heat their homes with the legislature’s massive carbon tax. Workers across the state worry about the renewed push by Seattle, and some in the legislature, for an income tax – starting with taxing capital gains. Moms and dads are scared, wondering how they will afford to get to work or get their kids to baseball practice with another 12 percent increase in the gas tax. The worry spreads to local proper-

ty taxpayers, who after enduring a 50 percent hike in state property taxes for schools, are being told they must pony up more through higher local levies. Farmers are furious, after being told by Seattle-based legislators they may be engaged in “slavery” and they must file a report on each farm employee with the state. The disabled and disabled advocates are dismayed, now being told they cannot use the clean plastic straws they depend on for daily nutrition without asking permission first. Beauty salon owners are still weary, having to fight against an anti-worker bill that could effectively put many out of business. Accountants, lawyers, and those who pay a business and occupation tax on services are rightly objecting to a proposed 70 percent increase in their tax rate. The diagnosis is not positive from patients and the health care industry itself, thanks to lawmakers imposing a single-payer health care bill that would lead to waiting lists, the rationing of health care, and the denial of care to the sickest and most elderly patients. All Washington workers will be in for a surprise when they are subject to another new payroll tax – this time for a

state long-term care program they will likely never use. There is an unease by historians, told by Seattle legislators that statues of Christian missionary and state founder Marcus Whitman should be gone, while a statue of Soviet dictator Vladimir Lenin stands in a Seattle neighborhood. Rural homeowners are upset, when Western Washington legislators, serving populations with no interaction with dangerous wildlife, propose stopping predatory wolf kills. And there is a regional concern about the relentless attack on Eastern Washington’s clean, renewable hydropower – our economic engine and the reason our state has such low carbon emissions. One of the problems legislators face is the simple lack of knowledge about what life is like on this side of the mountains. Few if any legislators from King County spend much time in Eastern Washington, whereas Eastern Washington legislators travel to Western Washington for, at the very least, the duration of the legislative session. Whether you are on the left or right side of the Cascade curtain, Washingtonians have a history of at least trying

to listen to the other side – both geographically and politically. But now, an analysis in The Atlantic magazine shows the Seattle area is one of the least politically tolerant regions in the country. Policies have consequences, even more so in Eastern Washington, where lower taxes and fewer government burdens are waiting just a few miles away. Consider that in 2016, Washington was the 17th highest state in state and local tax collections per capita. Idaho was the fifth lowest. Thanks to the high tax, regulatory and government burden on daily life, states like New York, Illinois and California are losing hundreds of thousands of residents. Washington does not have that distinction yet, but the alarm bells are sounding. According to a North American Moving Services, migration patterns now show Washington is a top outbound state. People, and businesses, can vote with their feet. That sound you hear might be citizens starting to put on their shoes. Chris Cargill is the Eastern Washington director of Washington Policy Center.


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There is a lot of excitement these days around Cheney Stadium. With spring just around the corner and the off-season acquisitions of the parent club Seattle Mariners, the Rainiers are poised for a great season in 2019. The 60th season of Pacific Coast League baseball in Tacoma will feature Justus Sheffield, the hallmark of Mariner General Manager Jerry DiPoto’s off-season trade activities. A stocky lefthander with a lethal four-pitch arsenal, Sheffield brings a high 90s fastball to go with a hard slider to go with a developing changeup and a curveball. The Mariners organization will be his third in three years after stints with the Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees. “It’s been a whirlwind these last three years but I am very excited to be with the Mariners. I can’t wait to get that opportunity in Seattle,” said Sheffield. With a great spring training under his belt, that opportunity could be in the very near future. “What I do in Tacoma will go a long way in determining how fast I get back to the majors,” he said. The Tacoma starting staff will feature another Yankee farmhand who also brings a good high 90s fastball in Erik Swanson and veteran lefthander Tommy Milone, who keeps hitters off balance

with a good sinker/slider mix. On the infield, the Rainiers will have Joey Curletta at first base. A strapping 6-foot, 4-inch, 245-pound first baseman, Curletta will be the main power source with 23 home runs and 94 RBIs last season at AA Arkansas. At this point, second base will be in the hands of the capable Shed Long. Acquired last January from the Yankees, Long brings plenty of versatility to go with a good line-drive stroke that produced a 261 average with 12 home runs and 56 RBIs at AA Pensacola last year. “I was brought up as a catcher but was moved to second base early in my career,” said Long. After a great spring training, DiPoto sat down with Long and talked about his future with the organization. “Your versatility and bat should carry you a long way in this game. Keep working hard and good things will happen for you with the Mariners.” The Tacoma outfield will consist of centerfielder Braden Bishop, whose speed and ever-improving bat has him looking at a possible call up sometime during the 2019 season. The former Washington Husky standout is coming off of a solid .284 season with eight home runs and 33 RBI at AA Arkansas last season. The other three spots are up for grabs between Ian Miller, Tito Polo and the recently acquired Eric Young, Jr., who was let go by the Anaheim Angels during


After finishing their opening series on the road in Sacramento, the Tacoma Rainiers will return to the friendly confines of Cheney Stadium for their home opener on April 9. spring training. “I did not have a very good season last year but feel I have some good mileage left in the tank,” said Young, who is looking forward to a good start here in Tacoma with a possible call up by Seattle later in the year. “Jerry DiPoto told me that I just need to go out and play and everything could fall into place. I will give everything I got and hopefully I could be in Seattle sometime in the near future.” Behind the plate, David Freitas has

the edge going into game one. The veteran catcher, who spent some time in Seattle in 2018, gives the Rainiers a solid defender and a good handler of pitchers. With a good collection of veterans and good young talent up and down the roster, the Rainiers are poised for a good run for the postseason. Taking into consideration the call ups and send downs at different points of the season, summer time at Cheney Stadium could be the place to be in Tacoma in 2019.

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TACOMA SISTER CITIES FILM FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 17TH YEAR Festival runs for four continuous days, April 25-28

Now celebrating its 17th year of bringing culturally diverse and eminently fascinating films from afar to the City of Destiny, the Tacoma Sister Cities Film Festival takes place April 25-28 at the Blue Mouse Theater in Proctor District. Designed to increase awareness of the Tacoma Sister Cities program, the film festival highlights cultural activities and works to educate the Tacoma community about the linkages to countries and cities around the world. Featuring 10 international films, documentaries and cultural performances, this year the festival has changed its format to a four-day continuous event kicking off with opening night on Thursday, April 25 celebrating the 60th anniversary of the TacomaKitakyushu Sister City relationship. The festival wraps up on Sunday, April 28 celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Tacoma-Gunsun Sister City relationship. Port of Tacoma Commissioner Clare Petrich is also chair of the Tacoma Sister Cities’ Stari Grad Croatia Committee. Having been involved in the Sister Cities program since its beginning, she is delighted that the film festival is celebrating its 17th year. “The successful film festival shows how interested Tacomans are in learning about the world and experiencing culture. The film festival includes world cuisines and cultural performances and discussion, so it has always been about more than just a movie!” She is particularly excited that the film “The Flying Friar” will be shown this year (Saturday, April 27, 2 p.m.) and that its subject, Father Zvonko Martich, will be

there as well “Members of our committee met Zvonko Martich, a cultural anthropologist and prior of a Carmelite monastery, a few years ago. In October, the Margaret Mead Film Festival in New York showcased a documentary about his work in keeping cultural heritage alive in Croatia, Bosnia and the Croatian diaspora. We are excited to bring that film to Tacoma and also to invite Father Zvonko himself to Tacoma to share his stories with our community,” Petrich said. “And we are showing a second documentary (“Mike the Shipbuilder”) about a local fisherman and boatbuilder, Mike Vlahovich, who now lives in Croatia teaching boatbuilding skills to youth in the town where his father was born. It’s a great story.” ON THE PLAYBILL Thursday, April 25: Cultural program starts at 6 p.m., movie starts at 7 p.m. “Her Love Boils Bathwater,” directed by Ryôta Nakano, subtitled drama/comedy, (125 min.), 2016. Committee: Kitakyushu, Japan. A strict, but caring mother has an awakening when she is told she has terminal cancer and has only a few months to live. With her new perspective on life, she hopes to reunite with her estranged husband and bond with their teenage daughter. Info: www.atsui-ai. com Friday, April 26: Each movie will be followed by 20-30 minutes of cultural activities. • 5-7:15 p.m. “Black Mexicans” (“La Negrada”), directed by Jorge Pérez Solano, subtitled drama (104 min.), 2018,


Opening night film “Her Love Boils Bathwater” won “Best Picture” and “Best Screenplay” at the 41st Hochi Awards, 26th Japanese Movie Critics Awards, and “Best Actress” (Rie Miyazawa) and “Best Supporting Actress” (Hana Sugisaki) from the 40th Japan Academy Prize, to name a few. Sister City: Boca del Rio, Mexico. “Black Mexicans” is the first Mexican feature film about the Afro-Mexican community, filmed entirely with people from different towns around the Costa Chica region in Oaxaca. In Mexico, the afro communities represent only 1 percent of the total

“Leading Ladies: Twenty-one of Tacoma’s Women of Destiny” REVIEW BY JOHN LARSON “Leading Ladies: Twenty-one of Tacoma’s Women of Destiny,” by Deb Freedman, Michael Ann Konek and Tacoma Historical Society, profiles significant women in Tacoma’s history, from the mid-1800s to the modern era. Some of the women were born and raised in this area, while others moved here from around the nation. Some blazed their trails in the halls of law and politics, while others made their mark in education and the arts. Some were members of pioneer families such as Clara McCarty Wilt, whose parents were the first couple to get married in Pierce County. They were forced to leave their home in Sumner during the Indian Treaties Wars of 1855-56 and took refuge at Fort Steilacoom, where Clara was born in 1858. Every other page introduces the next woman with a trivia question. The reader can take a guess about what each woman did to become noteworthy, in four categories. For example, Elizabeth Shackleford: Was Elizabeth a leader in A.) architecture, B.) law, C.) politics

or D.) social work? A flip of the page reveals the answer to be B., as Shackleford was a lawyer, justice of the peace and a judge. In 1952, she was elected to serve on Tacoma Freeholders Committee to craft a new charter for the city government. Each individual is introduced with such a trivia question. Some of the more recent women profiled include Debra Friedman, a chancellor at the University of Washington-Tacoma who passed away in 2014, and Judie Fortier, an activist for women’s rights who died last year. A former president of the Tacoma and state chapters of the National Organization for Women, she was hired by the city in 1974 as coordinator of the new Women’s Rights Division. A list of 21 other significant women in Tacoma history is found on pages 46-47. Each gets a sentence or two, with an invitation to the reader to learn more about them. Indeed, some of these women are featured in the new exhibit at Tacoma Historical Society, a companion to the book that See BOOK REVIEW/ page 11


population. They have never been recognized as an ethnic group, nation or culture, suffering discrimination as an outcast group. “Black Mexicans” is the first Mexican fiction movie filmed entirely in one of those black communities, with

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Walking Papers Walking Papers bring their energetic brand of rock ‘n roll to Alma Mater on April 6 at 8 p.m. Supports acts are the Black Tones and the Bird Hex. PHOTO COURTESY OF WALKING PAPERS


Friday, April 5

AIRPORT TAVERN: Funk jam GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Afrodisiacs (Disco covers) 9 p.m., NC JAZZBONES: Gene Lee, Wesley Holmes, Bilory, 9 p.m., $10-15 LOUIE G’S: Champagne Sunday, Kismit, Xolie Morra & the Strange Kind, Rachelle DeBelle & the Jamfest Miracles, 7 p.m., $10-$12, AA PLAID PIG: Hellbound Glory, The Truck Bed Boys, Cottonwood Cutups, 9 p.m. SWISS: Late September Dogs, Payday Rich, The Double Cross Committee, 9 p.m. UNCLE SAM’S: Rif Raff (Classic rock) 8 p.m. VALLEY: Voidthrone, Goon, Kihalas, Effluvia, 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 6

ALMA MATER: Walking Papers, The Black Tones, The Bird Hex (Rock) 8 p.m., $18-20 GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Rhythm & Brown, 9 p.m., NC JAZZBONES: Petty Thief (Tom Petty tribute), The Neil Youngs (Neil Young tribute) 8 p.m., $15-20 LOUIE G’S: Problem Child (AC/DC tribute), Blistered Earth (Metallica tribute) O’MALLEY’S: Boogie Chillin, 9 p.m. PLAID PIG: Das Helm, Gold Sweats, Deathcave STONEGATE: The Nasty Habits, 9 p.m. SWISS: Prom Date Mixtape (80s covers) 9 p.m. VALLEY: Dust Mob, Blunt Force, Cheap Smokes, Porch Cat, 2 p.m.

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AIRPORT TAVERN: Limit Club, Brainiax, Klondike Kate, Raw Dogs ODD OTTER: Stephanie (Open mic) 7 p.m. REAL ART TACOMA: Flying Fish Cove, Katamine Cat, 7:30 p.m., AA SPAR: Billy Barner (Blues), 7 p.m., NC STONEGATE: Rich Wetzel & Groovin’ Higher Orchestra ( Jazz) 5 p.m. UNCLE SAM’S: Final Notice w/Bob Evans (Country/rock), 7 p.m., NC

Monday, April 8

JAZZBONES: Rockaraoke, 9 p.m., NC SWISS: Chuck Gay (Open mic), 7 p.m., NC UNCLE SAM’S: Lolo & Friends ( Jam) 8 p.m.

Tuesday, April 9

UNCLE SAM’S: SOB ( Jam) 8 p.m.

Wednesday, April 10

STONEGATE: Justin McDonald (Open mic) 8 p.m. UNCLE SAM’S: Subvinyl Jukebox (Rock jam) 7 p.m. VALLEY: Rock ‘n Roll Suicides, 8 p.m.

Thursday, April 11

ROCK THE DOCK: Dustin (Open mic) 8 p.m. UNCLE SAM’S: Jerry Miller (Guitarist) 7 p.m. VALLEY: Tom Bennett, Billy Stoops (Country/blues), 8 p.m.

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are both based on the same research. The list simply mentions that Lou Johnson was a clothing store owner and hat maker. Some of her hats are on display. THS will donate 1,400 copies of the book to Tacoma Public Schools and another 1,400 to various private schools in the city. They will be used as educational tools when children study local history. The profiles of each woman are rather brief at just two pages, so they may not satisfy the more voracious history buffs in town. At 50 pages it is a quick read, and would appear well suited for children in fifth or sixth grade. Another page recognizes the local women who made donations to cover the cost of the book and its distribution. Several organizations also contributed, including General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Tacoma/Pierce County League of Women Voters, the Mary Ball Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Columbia Bank, in honor of its late co-founder and CEO Melanie Dressel. The book can be purchased at Tacoma Historical Society, located at 919 Pacific Ave.

local people, no professional actors. Info: html, • 7:30-9:40 p.m. “A Translator” presented by Cienfuegos – Cuba committee, 7:30 p.m., directed by Rodrigo Barriuso and Sebastián Barriuso, partially-subtitled, drama (107 min), 2018, Sister City: Cienfuegos, Cuba. A Russian literature professor at the University of Havana is ordered to work as a translator for child victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster when they are sent to Cuba for medical treatment. Info: film/un-traductor Saturday, April 27: Each movie will be followed by 20-30 minutes of cultural activities. • 11:30 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. “My Perestroika,” presented by Vladivostock – Russia committee, directed by Robin Hessman, subtitled documentary (88 min), 2010, Sister City: Vladivostok, Russia. “My Perestroika” follows five ordinary Russians living in extraordinary times – from their sheltered Soviet childhood, to the collapse of the Soviet Union during their teenage years, to the constantly shifting political landscape of post-Soviet Russia. Together, these childhood classmates paint a complex picture of the dreams and disillusionment of those raised behind the Iron Curtain. Info: • 2-3:50 p.m. “The Flying Friar” (“Leteći Fratar”), directed by Davor Boric and Ljiljana Sismanovic, subtitled documentary (50 min.), 2018, Sister City: StariGrad, Hvar, Croatia. How does Croatian culture stay alive after years of war? A joyful Carmelite monk, Father Zvonko Martic, dedicates his life to celebrating and preserving traditional Croatian music and costume to bring together long-divided communities. This film reminds us of the true meaning of loving our neighbor – the neighbor who is different from us. Film premiered at the Margaret Mead Festival, New York, October 2018. Also, the additional film “Mike the Shipbuilder” (“Miki Kalafat”). In 2016, Mike Vlahovich left America for his father’s birthplace in SuMartin, Brac. While restoring Dalmatian boats in the local shipyard, Vlahovich reminisces about his past in Tacoma, Gig Harbor and Chesapeake Bay and contemplates his new life in Croatia. • 4:30-6:30 p.m. “The Last King” (“Birkebeinerne”), directed by Nils Gaup, subtitled drama (99 min.), 2016, Sister City: Aalesund, Norway, presented by

Aalesund – Norway committee. In the year 1206, Norway is ravaged by civil war. The king’s illegitimate infant son, Håkon Håkonsson, which half the kingdom wants killed off, is guarded in secrecy by two men. This is a story that changed the course of the country’s history. Info: • 7-8:50 p.m. “Sofia,” directed by Meryem Benm'Barek-Aloïsi, subtitled drama (80 min.), 2018, Sister City: El Jadida, Morocco, presented by El Jadida, Morroco Committee. Sofia, 20, lives with her parents in Casablanca. Suffering from pregnancy denial, she finds herself breaking the law by giving birth to a baby out of wedlock. The hospital gives her 24 hours to provide them with the identification papers belonging to the father of the child before informing the authorities… Info: sofia Sunday, April 28: Each movie will be followed by 20-30 minutes of cultural activities. • 11 a.m. to 1:35 p.m. “Youth,” directed by Xiaogang Feng, subtitled drama, (135 min.), 2017, Sister City: Fuzhou, China, Presented by Fuzhou – China committee. “Youth” chronicles the lives of a group of idealistic adolescents in a military art troupe in the People’s Liberation Army during the Cultural Revolution. They experience love, lust, betrayal, and sufferings in the background of Mao-era songs and dances. The two key characters, Feng Liu and Xiaoping He, also participate in the SinoVietnamese War in 1979 and become heroes for their act of courage. After the war, they are honorably discharged from the Army but struggle to make ends meet in the Reform-era China while they learn lessons from soul-crashing experiences of love, lust, betrayal, and heartbreak. Info: • 2-3:30 p.m. “My Life as a Zucchini” (“Ma vie de Courgette”), directed by Claude Barras, partially subtitled, comedy/drama, (70 min.), 2016, Sister City: Biot, France. After losing his mother, a young boy is sent to a foster home with other orphans his age where he begins to learn the meaning of trust and true love. Info: • 4-6:18 p.m. “Scandal Makers,” directed by Hyeong-Cheol Kang, subtitled comedy/drama, (108 min.), 2008, Sister City: Gunsan, South Korea. A radio DJ/ entertainer in his 30s suddenly learns he may be a grandfather, thanks to a young girl who has a baby son and claims to be his daughter. For further information and to purchase tickets, go to www. or search Tacoma Sister Cities Film Festival on Facebook.

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LANCE BULLER & THE ROADSTARS Sunday, April 14, 5 p.m. Marine View Church, 8469 Eastside Dr. N.E.,Tacoma

Jazz LIVE at Marine View welcomes Lance Buller & The Roadstars. Originally formed in 1987 by Darrell Wagner, now the band’s manager, the Roadstars are led by trumpeter, singer and producer Lance Buller. His recording career has resulted in 24 albums including five with his own band The Monarchs. Sharing the front line with Lance is one of the finest saxophone players in the region: Ted Dortch. He brings a lot of his Georgia roots to his playing – a bluesy, bold, rich sound loaded with expression and energy. Guitarist Chris Spencer is the “brains” of the group. He is considered one of the most versatile guitarists on the scene today. Wayne Bliss has shared his talents on bass for more than 25 years, is one of the most respected music educators in the region, and also serves as engineer and producer at his own studio for artists varying from garage band weekend warriors to seasoned pros. Lastly, after his move from Japan to Seattle while in the Navy Band in 1987, drummer Andre Thomas has established himself as a fixture on the local music scene. He also fronts his own group Quiet Fire. Price: Free to all ages. Info:

FREE EASTER BUNNY PICS Every Saturday until Easter, 1 p.m. Kidz Kaboodle, 6409 6th Ave., #10, Tacoma Bring your adorable kids and a camera/phone and come take pics with the Easter bunny absolutely free! Please invite your friends and come enjoy this free, fun event! Info: events/573703346449001 ‘THE DROWSY CHAPERONE’ Fri., April 5, 12; 7:30 p.m. Sat., April 6, 13; 7:30 p.m. Sat., April 6, 13; 2 p.m. Sun., April 7, 14; 2 p.m. Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 6th Ave., Tacoma With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and “The Drowsy Chaperone” begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theater producer, a not-sobright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight. Price: $31 adults, $29 military/ seniors/students, $22 children 12 and under. Info: ‘THE ABSTRACTION HAIKU’ April 7 to June 28: Tuesday– Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free Thursdays 5-8 p.m. Tacoma Art Museum, Gottfried and Mary Fuchs Foundation Education Wing (3rd floor), 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma “The Abstraction Haiku” brings together seven abstract painters from the Tacoma and Seattle area whose works signify important dichotomies inherent to abstraction. The artists’ intention for this exhibit is “to open the door to a fresh look at abstraction and to invite a dynamic discovery of form, shape, and relationship that can lead museum viewers to greater access to the subtleties and rich layers inherent in each painting on view.” The participating artists of the Northwest Abstractionists include: Deanne Belinoff, Dede Falcone, Teresa Getty, Karey Kessler, Anna Macrae, Angela Wales, and Audrey Tulimiero Welch. An opening reception with artists in attendance will be held during Tacoma’s Third Thursday Art Walk on Thursday, April 18, 6-8 p.m. Info:, (253) 272-4258 GRIT CITY THINK & DRINK Tues., April 9, 6:30-8 p.m. The Swiss Restaurant & Pub, 1904 Jefferson Ave., Tacoma Join Dr. Alexandra Nutter, UW-Tacoma, for “Covered in

Goop: Compulsory Self-Care and Commodified Feminine Bodies.” Motivated by a desire to feel secure in – and in control of – our bodies, many women turn to products that promise youth, peace, productivity, and even sexual satisfaction. In this Think and Drink, Nutter will explore how compulsory self-care and the obligatory pursuit of wellness became big business in an anxious and unpredictable political era. If you’ve ever wondered why putting 17 potions on your face is a prerequisite to self-love and empowerment (but paid maternity leave is not), grab some rosé while we deconstruct the consumer narratives that have come to define healthy womanhood. Nutter has been a lecturer in communication at UWT for six years. With a PhD in mass communications and women’s studies, she teaches a range of courses in critical media studies. Her current research explores commodification, politics, and identity in online spaces. Price: Free. Info: www.facebook. com/events/1139446972881621 GROWING UP COY: A FILM & CONVERSATION Wed., April 10, 5-7 p.m. Tacoma Rainbow Center, 2215 Pacific Ave., Tacoma The Rainbow Center, PFLAG Washington State Council and PFLAG Tacoma, invite you to The Rainbow Center for a showing of “Growing Up Coy.” The film will be followed by a panel discussion. Snacks and drinks will be provided. “Growing Up Coy” is a feature-length documentary about a young Colorado family who engages in a highly publicized legal battle and landmark civil rights case, as they fight for their 6-year-old transgender daughter’s right to use the girls’ bathroom at her elementary school. The film asks a universal question that any parent could face: “How far would you go to fight for your child’s equal rights?” The Rainbow Center is a proudly queer, anti-racist community center. We are committed to providing an inclusive environment that reflects the community we serve. The Rainbow Center is wheelchair accessible and offers ADA-compliant, single stall restrooms. If you need further accommodations, please submit a request to Bre at (253) 383-2318 or, at least three business days prior to the event. Price: Free. RSVP required: events/2330220553927124 TACOMA CREATES COMMUNITY CONVERSATION: FOCUS ON THE SCIENCE COMMUNITY Wed., April 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Check in and mingle: 5:30 p.m. Overview of Tacoma Creates: 5:45 p.m.

Small group discussions: 6:15p.m. RAIN Incubator, 2304 Jefferson Ave., Tacoma Calling Tacoma’s science community. We depend on your unique insights into how Tacoma Creates can help advance the work you are doing to enrich the lives of our citizens. Let’s talk! Tacoma Creates is a voterapproved initiative to expand and financially support arts, culture, heritage, and science experiences throughout Tacoma, reduce barriers to access, and increase offerings for youth after school and in the summer. We’ll start off the evening with a brief overview of what Tacoma Creates is, what funding will support, eligibility, overall process and timeline, and next steps. Then we’ll move to small group discussions with the goal of examining how Tacoma Creates can best be structured to support the unique needs of science organizations as well as learn about the current and future public programming plans of science organizations. Supervised children are welcome; teens and young adults are encouraged to participate. Light refreshments will be served. Presented by the City of Tacoma’s Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality, with special thanks to host RAIN Incubator. Price: Free and open to the public. Info: events/1788740391231037 HILLTOP ARTISTS CELEBRATE TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK Thurs., April 11, 5-7 p.m. Jason Lee Middle School Hot Shop, 602 N. Sprague Ave., Tacoma Teacher Appreciation Week is coming right up so be prepared with a beautiful glass apple for your teacher. In addition to some apple-themed items, we will have a selection of items that would make perfect gifts for the teachers in your life. Teachers, bring your school employee identification and receive 10 percent off your total purchase. Once per month, the Hilltop Artists gallery opens for public shopping hours. Come check out the beautiful student-made glass art – jewelry, vases, fused glass….you never know what unique treasure you might find, as student-made art is always oneof-a-kind. The proceeds from sales go straight back into the programs and help provide tuition-free glass arts instruction for 650 students each year. Price: Free to browse, open to all ages. Info: www.hilltopartists. org/directions-to-hilltop-artists-hotshop-at-jason-lee-middle-school SEWING TO SOWING: CELEBRATE SPRING AT FORT NISQUALLY Sat., April 13, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma

The always popular baby lambs will be visiting and guests can check out our poultry house and visit with our heritage breed chickens and rooster. Families can get their hands dirty in the Fort’s heritage gardens, which include the kitchen garden, a small orchard, and the field crops, by planting their own seed to take home. Visitors can try their hand at making cyanotypes, a 19th-century photo printing process powered by the sun, using objects from nature. The ladies of the Fort will demonstrate various handsewing techniques and guests will have the opportunity to try one of the world’s earliest sewing machines, the Wheeler and Wilson. Visitors can learn to sew sachets filled with real lavender from the Fort’s garden. A fine assortment of needlework by the Fort’s sewing guild will be available for sale with all proceeds supporting the historical clothing collection. As always, there will be several dozen historic interpreters to visit with as they cook in the kitchen, play music on the porch, spin yarn in the Laborers’ Dwelling, and hammer in the blacksmith’s shop. Price: $8-$10, children 3 and

GRAY SKY BLUES MUSIC FESTIVAL Sat., April 20, 1-11:30 p.m. The Swiss Restaurant & Pub, 1904 Jefferson Ave, Tacoma The 12th annual Gray Sky Blues Music Festival is an all-day event presenting a lineup of blues acts featuring headliner The Hank Shreve Band. A prominent band in the Pacific Northwest blues scene, the Hank Shreve band has performed at such notable venues as The Waterfront Blues Festival, Big Sky Blues Festival, Fourth At The Fort Festival, Willamette Valley Blues and Brews Festival, Eugene Celebration, Oregon State Fair and Seattle’s Highway 99 Blues Club, to name a few, and won the Cascade Blues Association’s Muddy Award for Best New Act 2012 and for Best Regional Act 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2018. SCHEDULE / BAND LINEUP 1-2:30 p.m. Little Bill and the Blue Notes 3-4:30 p.m. Mark Hurwitz and Gin Creek 5-6:30 p.m. Maia Santell and House Blend with Jay Mabin 6:45-7:15 p.m. Leanne Trevalyan (solo act) 7:30-9:00 p.m. Hank Shreve Band (Headliner) 9:30-11:30 p.m. Gray Sky All-Star Jam Band (Billy Stoops on guitar, Rafael Tranquilino on guitar, Steve Bailey on harmonica, Chuck Trujillo on bass and Pete Marzano on drums.) Price: General admission is $10, $8 for South Sound Blues Association members and active military. Kids 12 and under free until 8:30 p.m. (no minors are allowed after 8:30 p.m.). Info: SEE MORE COMING EVENTS AT TACOMAWEEKLY.COM


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LEGAL NEWS Tacoma New campaign supports drug pricing measures New legislation would stop Big Pharma from blindsiding residents with price hikes

Patients For Affordable Drugs Now launched a new digital campaign to give Washington residents tools to contact their elected officials in support of measures to address rising drug prices. The bills — SB 5292 and HB 1224 — would shed much-needed light into the pricing tactics of drug companies. By requiring that Big Pharma report and provide explanations for increases in drug prices, the bills are an important step toward ensuring that all patients can afford the medications they need. “Passing this legislation would mean drug corporations won’t be able to blindside patients and taxpayers with arbitrary price hikes,” said David Mitchell, a cancer patient and the founder of Patients For Affordable Drugs Now. “Washingtonians deserve to know why their drugs are so expensive, and SB 5292 and HB 1224 are a step in the right direction.” Each bill is scheduled for key committee votes this

week, and patients have already begun to send letters in support of the bill. Washington’s drug pricing legislation would help protect the state and residents like retired forester Mike Gaffney from price hikes. Gaffney, of Olympia, testified earlier this month that he lives with a rare form of blood cancer called multiple myeloma. The price for his cancer medication, Revlimid, skyrocketed 20 percent in 2017 alone. The drug now costs $250,000 a year. SB 5292 and HB 1224 would: • Require drug corporations to report drug price increases impacting Washingtonians. • Require drug manufacturers to justify those increases to the state. • Mandate that the state analyze the data and provide annual reports to the public. The Facebook ad shown here is part of a five-figure campaign in support of legislation to lower drug


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Lawmakers vote to raise tobacco sales age to 21 Bill now awaits Gov. Inslee’s signature

The Washington legislature has passed legislation to raise the sales age for all tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, to 21. The bill now heads to Governor Jay Inslee’s desk. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Net-

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tween ages 18 and 21, and the longer we can keep tobacco products away from them, the less likely they will start. In fact, 95 percent of adults who smoke begin before age 21. “We’re struggling with an epidemic of youth e-cigarette use, which has risen almost 80 percent nationwide in the past year. By raising the age of sale for all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, we will help keep these products out of high schools so that youth in our state can live longer, healthier lives. Unless current smoking rates in Washington decline, 104,000 kids in our state who are alive today will eventually die from a tobacco-related illness.” If signed into law by Inslee, Washington will become the seventh state – in addition to Washington, D.C. – to implement effective legislation supported by ACS CAN to raise the tobacco sales age to 21.

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McMenamins Elks Temple is now hiring: Line Cooks, Dishwashers, Bartenders, Hosts/Food Runners & Security Staff!

Help Wanted Infoblox Inc. seeks a Salesforce Developer in Tacoma, WA, to work within the IT Applications team to develop code to support changes/enhancements in Saleforce. Masters. deg. in Comp, sci., elec. Eng., IT or related and 2yrs. exp. in IT related fields req. Send res. to M. Edwards, Infoblox, 2106 Pacific Avenue, 6th Floor, Tacoma, WA 98402, w/ref to CUPA. We are an EOE.

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VOLUNTEER MORE, TWEET LESS CHI Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care has some great ways for you to serve the community and make meaningful connections. Those near the end of life need help with living. If you have 1-4 hours a week to read to someone, listen to their stories, run errands, make phone calls, or welcome people to our hospice facility, then we have several opportunities for you. Join us in the new year for trainings scheduled in January and March. Log onto and click “hospice and palliative care” in the “our services” tab to learn more. Or call James Bentley at 253-538-4649 #PROJECTFEEDTACOMA There are about 2,000 homeless in Tacoma and about 1.000 beds. Many are families with children. Please help #PROJECTFEEDTACOMA to provide some basic necessities. All items donated will go directly to people on the street. PROJECT FEED TACOMA is 100% volunteer. This is a true grass roots organization and they really need your help. For more information and to find more go to Can you help with some urgent needs as winter approaches? Here are some suggestions and a huge THANK YOU! Needed: Warm Socks for Men, Women and Children; Warm Hats; Gloves; Peanut Butter and Jam/Jelly; Crackers, Chips and non-perishable snacks; Individually wrapped granola bars or protein bars; cookies; lotion; lip balm; tampons and sanitary napkins; wipes; soap, shampoo and conditioner; gallon sized freezer bags. A BIG THANKS TO THE COPPER DOOR FOR ALLOWING PROJECT FEED TACOMA TO COLLECT DONATIONS THERE.

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Established Pacific Northwest Company, McMenamins, will be hiring for our historic destination, Elks Temple, opening April 2019 in Tacoma! Located near mass transit among downtown arts, shopping, and entertainment destinations, the renovated historic hotel includes a pub, brewery, music venue, game room, and bars. Ideal apps excel in a fast-paced, customer-oriented enviro and possess stellar customer service skills. Flex scheduling available including days, evenings, weekends, and holidays is required. We offer excellent benefits such as medical, dental, vision, alternative care, and more to eligible employees.

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