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When Biot meets Tacoma something beautiful happens LOOK FOR BLOG UPDATES, PHOTOS AT GLASSSISTERS.TUMBLR.COM By Kathleen Merryman I have never met so many people eager to come see all the delights that Tacoma has to offer as I did at the start of the
month. They live in Biot, the south of France, a few miles from Nice, with a view of the Mediterranean on the Riviera. And they want to come here. Biot and Tacoma are embarking on a sister city relationship,
and our new French sister city residents are eager to see our glass art scene, our museums, and sample our history and food. Their delegates, who visited last October, went home with See BIOT / page A5
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SAY ‘FROMAGE’. The American delegates and their French hosts posed for their official group shot in front of one of Fernand Leger’s mosaics on the grounds of the museum built in his honor.
Questions remain as council primes for Link endorsement vote MORE ONLINE: View the route matrix and summaries by visiting the online version of this story. By Steve Dunkelberger firstname.lastname@example.org
Gray skies do nothing to dampen Grand Floral Parade Festivities continue with Junior Daffodil Parade and Daffodil Marine Parade By John Larson
light drizzle did not dampen any spirits during the 80th annual Daffodil Festival Grand Floral Parade as it rolled down Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma on April 13. Popular floats were the entries from Puyallup Tribe of Indians and the Daffodil Festival, which carried Daffodil Queen Kenna Erhardt and her court. Other floats came from around Washington, Portland and British Columbia. Marching bands from high schools around Pierce County performed. The Seafair Pirates were on hand with their pirate ship-themed float, while some pirates walked along the sidewalks interacting with parade viewers. More than 150 entries, including car clubs, mounted See PARADE / page A10 TOP PHOTO BY JOHN LARSON / LEFT PHOTOS BY JOE MICELI/DIGIMAGERY1@YAHOO.COM
FLOWER POWER. The Daffodil Queen and her court (top photo) looked stunning for the parade, which attracted all kinds of characters to entertain the crowds including pirates (left) while cheer squads from area high schools (bottom left) kept spirits high.
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Investors would have done well if they’d copyrighted the phase “Good question. I’ll get back to you” and its derivatives prior to the Tacoma City Council’s latest – and last – study session before the officials endorse a route for the Link light rail expansion. The April 16 chat with Sound Transit officials was chock-full of the otherwise money-making phrase. Councilmember Marty Campbell questioned the ridership projection of 3.5 million users a year given that the projections seem larger than the full capacity of the system of just 2 million. The answer lay in the definition of “a rider.” He also worked Sound Transit spread sheets on cost projections and wondered how a straight light rail line along Portland Avenue from East 25th to 44th streets would cost $20 million more than running a rail line from the Theater District Station up a hill and onto Stadium Way to 6th Avenue. Answer unknown, outside of that is the projected cost. Councilmember David Boe had a flurry of questions, including how the routes were judged on their economic potential, since one route would front some of the largest swaths of open commercial space in the city that are zoned high density and industrial yet ranked lower than one route that is more built out. The answer was in the difference between commercial development and residential development, but that was “fuzzy.” “I don’t see how these are put together because they seem contrary to our zoning code,” Boe said, also noting that the 6th Avenue route ranks high on economic development potentials when it has a lack of open and under-developed land when compared to other routes. Another Boe question involved the potential success of a local improvement district (LID) along whatever route is chosen. The higher the assessed property values along the route translated to a higher rate of success to tax those property owners to raise the $50 million needed in a “local partnership” to make the route funding package pencil for federal grants. One trouble with that is that the routes have nonprofit and governmental offices along them that are tax exempt, notably MultiCare Health System on the Martin Luther King Jr. routes and Puyallup Tribal See LINK / page A5
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GOT AN AWESOME KID? PROVE IT.
Enter contest to win tickets to see Sesame Street Live at Tacoma Dome By Steve Dunkelberger Stevedunkel@tacomaweekly.com
very parent believes, or at least should believe, their children are the most brilliant and adorable creatures on the planet. In that vein, Tacoma Weekly is holding another contest to win more Tacoma swag. The contest is simple: Send us a photo (yes, just one) of your child (or children) with no more than 100 words about why he or she (or they) are awesome. The deadline is April 22.
The images will be posted on April 23. The most “likes” on Facebook or votes on our contest gallery at TacomaWeekly. com by the end of the contest, May 3, will win a four-pack of ticket vouchers to see Sesame Street Live at Tacoma Dome, May 10-12. The runner-up will receive two ticket vouchers. “Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing” tells the story of Elmo as he gets his furry fingers on Abby Cadabby’s magic wand and finds there is something in the air. Sesame Street becomes a nonstop, all-
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The power of Community
Local Life, Go Local and Tacoma Farmers Market will host a movie night and conversation around the theme of grass roots community efforts at the Grand Cinema on April 29, 6:30pm. The movie, “The Power of Community,” has strong themes of local food, sustainability and walkable neighborhoods – all through the lens of neighborled efforts. The night will also kick off Go Local and Local Life’s 2013 City of Neighborhoods Campaign. “The Power of Community” is a documentary filmed in Cuba and focuses on what’s known as “The Special Period” in Cuban history. When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba’s economy went into a tailspin. Oil imports were cut by more than half and food by 80 percent. This film shows how Cuban communities pulled together, created solutions and ultimately thrived in spite of their decreased dependence on imported energy. The interviewees share how they transitioned from highly mechanized agriculture to using organic farming and urban gardens. They also share how their communities reoriented their lives around walkable neighborhoods and alternatives to
oil-dependent transportation. After the movie, representatives from the three organizations will host a conversation about the hidden assets found in relational and neighborlevel collaboration. For Go Local and Local Life, this will be the kickoff of their City of Neighborhoods Campaign. The campaign will be a series of monthly events that center around the City of Neighborhoods Conference on May 18 and last through the summer. The conference will be at the historic Downtown Post Office building and will feature keynote speaker Jim Diers, returning by popular demand. “Jim was inspiring and fun to listen to. He always has lots of interesting stories from his work with neighborhoods around the world,” said Mayfield. Many workshops and presentations from about 40 local and grassroots leaders are also expected as part of the day. The Power of Community showing at the Grand Cinema will cost $5. City of Neighborhoods is $20. Tickets for both can be found online at BrownPaperTickets.com. More information is available at CityofNeighborhoods2013. com.
singing, all-dancing musical montage with the who’s who of the famous neighborhood. Before the show, Play Zone at Sesame Street Live will be in full swing, where children can experience their favorite street by sitting in Big Bird’s nest, popping up in Oscar’s trash can, twirling in Zoe’s dance studio or visiting Elmo’s World. Play Zone opens one hour before the show and is free with your Sesame Street Live ticket. Visit www.tacomadome. org for more information.
City Briefs CANTWELL URGES FAA TO NOT CLOSE CONTROL TOWER
In a new letter, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell and a bipartisan group of six other Senate and House aviation leaders urged the Federal Aviation Administration to prevent the closure of 149 air traffic control towers across the country. The 149 contract towers – which are operated by contractors for the FAA – are scheduled to close on June 15. Five contract towers in Washington would be among the contract towers closed under the current plan: Renton Municipal Airport, Tacoma Narrows Airport, Yakima Air Terminal/McAllister Field, Felts Field in Spokane, and Olympia Regional Airport. The letter, sent April 11 to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, was led by Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV) and Ranking Member John Thune (R-SD). The letter was also signed by Cantwell and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), the Chairwoman and Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety and Security. It was also signed by House commerce and aviation leaders: Representatives Bill Shuster (R-PA), Nick Rahall (D-WV) and Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ). “We are profoundly disappointed with the decision of the FAA to target 149 FAA contract control towers for closure on June 15,” the Senators and Representatives wrote. “We ask that you identify lower priority spending elsewhere in the FAA’s budget for reduction.”
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PUBLIC NOTICE / PUYALLUP TRIBAL SEX OFFENDER MONITORING AND REGISTRY The Puyallup Tribal Council has chosen, for the safety and security of its membership and our community, to create a sex offender registry that monitors sex offenders who reside, work, or attend school within the exterior boundaries of our Reservation. Therefore certain individuals who have been convicted of speciﬁed offenses will now need to register with the Puyallup Tribal Police Department. Therefore; All Native Americans who are enrolled in a federally recognized tribe, who: • Currently are registered as a sex offender by conviction in any jurisdiction, or convicted of an offense with registration requirements by the Puyallup Tribal SORNA Code, or are • Currently are un-registered as a sex offender, but have been convicted for certain offenses speciﬁed in the newly established Puyallup Tribal SORNA code, who • Currently reside, work, or attend school within the exterior boundaries of the Puyallup Reservation.
Must now register as a sex offender with the Puyallup Tribal Police Department. Registration must be completed at the Puyallup Tribal Police Department located at 1638 East 29th Street, Tacoma, WA 98404. Failure to register is now a criminal offense and punishable by incarceration of up to one year in jail and or a $5,000.00 ﬁne. For further information please contact; • Detective Jason Wrolson (253) 680-5614 Email Jason.email@example.com or • Lieutenant Todd Wescott (253) 680-5623 Email firstname.lastname@example.org • Puyallup Tribe Sex Offender Web Site http://puyallup-tribe.nsopw.gov/ A public information meeting is scheduled for May 1, 2013 at the Spanish Church located at 2919 East Portland Ave, Tacoma, WA 98404. Meeting will begin at 5:30 PM. and all residents and community members are encouraged to attend. Light snacks, refreshments and Housing Transportation will be provided. 1 6 3 8 E A S T 2 9 T H S T R E E T • TA C O M A , WA 9 8 4 0 4 P H O N E ( 2 5 3 ) 6 8 0 - 5 6 5 6 • FA X ( 2 5 3 ) 6 8 0 - 5 6 5 8
A 17-year-old boy has been charged with vehicular homicide related to an automobile wreck that occurred in Point Defiance Park on April 12. A 15-yearold boy, Alex Ramirez, died at the scene. According to court documents, witnesses told police that four teenagers were drinking. They got in a car, which did not halt for a stop sign on Five Mile Drive and hit a tree. Firefighters responded to a crash. The suspect told police he was the driver and had drank beer before the crash. Empty beer cans were found at the scene, along with an empty wine bottle. The charge was filed in juvenile court. A hearing will take place on April 25 to determine if he will be charged as an adult.
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MAY 10 - MAY 12 The FAA had initially planned to begin the closure of the contract towers on April 7, but on April 5 the FAA announced the closures would be delayed until June 15. Cantwell had raised concerns with Huerta about the impact of the potential closures in Washington state and around the country. “It is deeply troubling that the agency seems intent on proceeding with the closure of key air traffic control assets absent adequate safety and study. We recognize that the FAA faces difficult choices, but in this instance we remain opposed to the FAA’s actions and will continue to urge action to keep contract towers open and operational,” the letter continued. A Commerce Committee hearing on aviation safety was held on April 16 at which FAA Administrator Huerta testified. The hearing examined the consequences of sequestration on the FAA and the agency’s efforts to implement safety provisions in recent FAA reauthorizations.
WESTBOUND SR 16 CLOSURE AT NARROWS BRIDGE DELAYED
Drivers who were preparing for the April 26 weekend closure of the westbound State Route 16 Tacoma Narrows Bridge can take a breather. A project to replace a problematic expansion joint has been delayed a few weeks. The Washington State Department of Transportation and its contractor, Mowat Construction, learned April 12 that the new expansion joint, which is being fabricated specifically for this bridge, will not be ready in time. The work and associated traffic restrictions will more likely occur in mid-May. A new closure date will be announced once WSDOT can verify a new schedule with certainty.
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Police Blotter BOY CHARGED WITH FATAL CRASH
Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has charged Erik Lee Bryan with robbery, attempting to elude police, vehicular assault and hit and run in connection with an incident that occurred on April 5. A woman was preparing to lock up her business when she was approached by a man. He asked if he could collect cans from her recycling bin, which she agree to. He then entered the office, pulled a guy and demanded cash. He took the victim’s cell phone, keys to her van, about $25 and the business’ bank deposit. He fled in the van and the victim called police. Officers spotted the van at a nearby intersection. While it was stopped at a red light, they ordered the driver to exit. He sped away with police in pursuit. The van hit a car driven by a woman with six of her children. The car flipped upside down. The van driver fled on foot. A K-9 unit located him. He told officers he fled because the Department of Corrections had issued a warrant for his arrest. He denied driving the van. Witnesses to the crash and the robbery victim identified the defendant. The women and children were taken to a hospital, where the mother was treated for a minor injury and one child for a cut to her head. The defendant pleaded not guilty and his bail was set at $1 million.
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1963 studebaker avanti #1001 By Steve Dunkelberger email@example.com
Car maker Studebaker Avanti was in trouble in the late 1950s. Sales were tanking. It needed a big win. Car designer Raymond Loewy was handpicked in 1961 to deliver. And he did. Loewy hired the best and the brightest in the business, namely John Ebstein, Robert Andrews and Tom Kellogg for the task. Without time for focus groups or market studies they, quite literally, locked themselves in a house and set out to design their dream car that would make the Studebaker company hip again with young car buyers. They had a clay model of their design in just 10 days. It was presented to Studebaker, and production started within months. Their car was designed to be a personal luxury coupĂŠ and was marketed as â€œAmericaâ€™s only fourpassenger, high-performance personal car!â€? The two-door Avanti had a radical fiberglass body that was mounted on a modified Studebaker Lark Daytona 109-inch convertible chassis with a modified 289 Hawk engine that
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packed a 240-horsepower engine. The car was fitted with British Dunlop designed front disc brakes and a special option pack that included a Paxton supercharger that added 50 horsepower to the car. The Studebaker Avanti has been described as â€œone of the more significant milestones of the postwar industry.â€? But the car was too little too late to save Studebaker. The car was only produced for about two years under the Studebaker name. Avanti replicas, however, were produced by a series of
other companies until 2006. The Avanti in the LeMay collection is confirmed by Avanti documentation as being #1001 â€“ the first Avanti sold. The car was donated to the museum from the collection of Dr. Daniel Cook of Lakewood. Museum researchers are trying to figure out when the car was painted the current â€œpsychedelicâ€? colors and are working to bring it back to its original look. LeMay-Americaâ€™s Car Museum has the Avanti 1001 Rescue Project to make sure the work is done correctly.
Charlieâ€™s Dinosaur drive deadline extended South 28th and â€˜Eâ€™ Street By Kathleen Merryman Kathleen@tacomaweekly.com
We had a plan for the Charlieâ€™s Dinosaur drive. At first, we established a timeline to collect necessities for new foster kids through the Daffodil Festival (April 13). It seemed a natural break in life in Pierce County. Weâ€™ve changed our mind. This is a new drive for a new non-profit, a citywide idea we havenâ€™t tried before. It took a while to explain it, to get people collecting those hoodies and jammies, those toiletries and backpacks. Now weâ€™re rolling. Weâ€™re hearing from bars and bistros that have signs and collection sites. People who have had a pint or two of excellent beer are, it turns out, generous. Imagine how generous they might be if they had a friendly competition with another establishment. Weâ€™ve heard of a tweener girl whoâ€™s planning a pajama party, and inviting her friends to bring new PJs to donate. Rite in the Rain, the people who make paper you can â€“ yep, write on in the rain â€“heard about the drive on Saturday, and had a sign up on Monday.
So we are ditching our plan. Weâ€™re adding a month. We have posters to share, and we can make more. Weâ€™ve found that, instead of a box, a piece of rolling luggage, duffle or backpack makes a great donation site. Stop by the Tacoma Weekly office at 2588 Pacific Hwy. on your way to Pick Quick Burgers for lunch and pick up a poster, or put a donation in our girlie suitcase. Stop by any police or sheriffâ€™s substation and donate. Or save the trip, and shift into the drive. People in Tacoma are doing good things for the kids who need it most. Why stop now?
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Dinosaur as a non-profit to help children moving out of abuse and into foster care. Thereâ€™s an awkward time in that process, said Det. Sgt. Theresa Berg. The children rarely have clean clothes, toiletries or anything to pass the time in the few days when they are in meetings, hearings and temporary care. Charlieâ€™s Dinosaur fills in that blank with a backpack or rolling suitcase filled with new necessities. The detectives are allowing us to help fill those bags during Tacoma Weeklyâ€™s Charlieâ€™s Dinosaur Drive for Foster Kids. The list of things the children need, and the places to bring them are next to this story.
Child abuse and neglect cases are some of the hardest on Pierce County Sheriff â€™s deputies. Though they are all awful, the deaths of Charlie and Braden Powell at their fatherâ€™s hand was one of the worst. Who could make sense of a parent murdering his own boys? After they found a picture Charlie made of a happy dinosaur, five detectives saw it as the mascot of an effort to help the kids they still can. They founded Charlieâ€™s
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