STRICKLAND, LOCAL LEADERS
CALL FOR PASSAGE OF DREAM ACT
Mayor Marilyn Strickland joined local Dreamers and leaders on Nov. 20 to discuss why a legislative solution for Dreamers is so urgent for Washington and America, and to call on Congressman David Reichert (WA-08) to support the passage of a clean Dream Act before the end of the year.
“The passage of a clean Dream Act before the end of the year is essential,” Strickland said. “This is not only an issue of social, but also economic justice. Too many young people who are part of our workforce and our families need certainty about their ability to fully participate in our society. We must ensure that these young people, who know no other home than the United States, can continue to go to school, go to work, and live their lives without fear of deportation. We call on Rep. Reichert and our entire Congressional delegation to show leadership and pass a clean Dream Act. We want to emphasize the urgency to Congress that it is imperative to pass a clean Dream Act in 2017 and not put this off.”
Karen Fierro, Bonney Lake DACA recipient (WA-08), said, “I call on Congressman Reichert to support the passage of a clean Dream Act before the end of the year. Every day that Congress doesn’t act, another young person is detained by Trump’s deportation agents and separated from their families. If Congress fails to act, every detention and deportation is on their hands.”
“We are pleased with Rep. Reichert’s leadership and strong words at a recent press conference, but it is time to move past that,” said Paul Quiñonez Figueroa, political director, Washington Dream Coalition and DACA Recipient. “We need to hear whether or not he will co-sponsor and push for the Dream Act to be passed by December. Immigrant youth and all of Washington deserve an answer to this question, and we will be persistent in getting one because our lives are on the line.”
In Washington, there are nearly 18,000 DACA recipients whose futures and opportunities to fully contribute to their communities are threatened by President Donald Trump’s decision to end the popular and successful DACA program. In Rep. Reichert’s district alone, there are more than 3,300 DACA-eligible residents, and the annual GDP loss from removing DACA workers would amount to approximately $121 million in the district.
The Center for American Progress estimates that Washington has 42,000 Dream Act-eligible individuals in the workforce and would see annual state GDP gains of $562 million from passage of the Dream Act.
This call comes as 22,000 Dreamers will now lose DACA because of the arbitrary October 2017 deadline created by the Trump administration for some Dreamers to renew their status. Every day that passes, 122 Dreamers are losing their status and becoming at risk of deportation. That is 851 per week between Oct. 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018.
If Congress can’t pass the Dream Act, then it must be included in the bill that funds the government in December.
METRO PARKS ISSUES RUNDOWN OF HOLIDAY HOURS
Metro Parks Tacoma parks will be open during upcoming holidays, but many indoor facilities will close or limit hours of operations. A full list is online. The district also has plenty of holiday-themed events throughout the season.
Here are the details:
Metro Parks Tacoma headquarters will be closed Nov. 23, Nov. 24, Dec. 24, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
- The Center at Norpoint will be closed Nov. 23, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. It will be open from 5:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 24 and from 9 a.m. until noon on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31.
- People’s Community Center will be closed Nov. 23, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. It will be open regular hours on Nov. 24 and open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. On Nov. 24, the People’s pool will be open from noon until 5 p.m. The pool will be closed from Dec. 18 until Jan. 1.
- Portland Avenue Community Center will be closed Nov. 23, Nov. 24, Dec. 24, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
- STAR Center will be closed Nov. 23 and Dec. 25; open from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. Nov. 24, Dec. 24, and Dec. 31; and open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. from Dec. 26 to Dec. 30. On Jan. 1, STAR Center will be open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
- Eastside Pool will be closed Nov. 23 and from Dec. 4 through Jan. 1.
- Fort Nisqually Living History Museum will be closed Nov. 23, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
- Meadow Park Golf Course will be closed Dec. 25. On Nov. 23 and Dec. 24, it will be open from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Golf shop winter hours are 7 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.
- Northwest Trek Wildlife Park will be closed Nov.
- 23, Dec. 24 and Dec. 25. From now until Dec. 25, Trek is open Fridays through Sundays from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. From Dec. 26 through Jan. 1, Trek will be open daily from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.
- Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium will be closed Nov. 23 and Dec. 25. Between now and Dec. 15, the Zoo is open Thursdays through Mondays from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. From Dec. 16 through Jan. 1, with the exception of Dec. 25, the Zoo will be open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Tacoma Nature Center’s building will be closed Nov. 23 and Dec. 25. The Snake Lake trails and Discovery Pond remain open.
- W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory in Wright Park will be closed Nov. 23, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. It also will be closed from Nov. 28 to Nov. 30 for holiday decorating.
CITY REQUESTS PROPOSALS
FOR STREETSCAPE DESIGN
The City of Tacoma is requesting proposals from organizations for assistance in gathering community input from residents, businesses and other stakeholders through outreach activities along the Tacoma Link Extension route.
The selected organization will interpret and incorporate the input gathered into recommendations for design which could inform the Links to Opportunity Project streetscape design project, an enhancement to the Tacoma Link Extension Project. The anticipated term of this agreement will be six months, subject to the termination provisions of paragraph L of the agreement. At the City of Tacoma’s sole discretion, the agreement may be extended for one six-month term based upon mutual agreement. Any extensions would be made at the same pricing structure as stated in the original contract.
The City of Tacoma has an expected budget of $50,000 for this body of work. Due to federal procurement requirements, members of the Hilltop Engagement Committee or the organizations they represent will not be eligible to compete for this project nor may they be partners with a proposer.
The request for proposals, along with written answers to all questions, will be posted on the City of Tacoma’s Purchasing website at tacomapurchasing.org. The City reserves the discretion to group similar questions to provide a single answer or not to respond when the requested information is confidential. The answers are not considered an addendum.
Questions about this request for proposals can be directed to Kimberly Ward at email@example.com or (253) 502-8250.
SOUND TRANSIT ORDERS FIVE
ADDITIONAL LIGHT RAIL VEHICLES
The Sound Transit Board of Directors has approved an order for five additional light rail vehicles from Brookville Equipment Corporation for the Tacoma Link Extension. The new cars will begin arriving in the third quarter of 2020 and complete delivery by the first quarter of 2021.
The five new light rail vehicles will supplement the existing fleet of three vehicles that now operate on a 1.6-mile, six-station line between the Tacoma Dome and Theater District. The 2.4-mile extension will expand service to the Stadium and Hilltop neighborhoods, serve six new stations and one relocated station, and include an expanded operations and maintenance facility where cars will be stored. Construction on the extension begins next fall, with service starting in 2022.
“Ordering more light rail cars for the Tacoma Link Extension will ensure sufficient fleet capacity to run trains on the expanded line,” said Sound Transit Vice Chair and Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland. “By ordering these cars now, we will have the equipment we need to begin service to the Stadium and Hilltop communities when construction is complete.”
“This order for five new light rail cars is an exciting milestone for a project that has undergone years of planning and community input and is now in the final stages of design,” said Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff. “As Sound Transit works hard to bring more regional mass transit to Pierce County, the investments we’re making now to help Tacoma residents and commuters get around the city will serve many generations to come.”
The $26.5 million contract with Brookville Equipment Corporation includes options to procure up to five additional LRVs. The amount approved under this action does not include funding for these options.
In a separate action, the Sound Transit Board also approved the following station names for the Tacoma Link Extension: Theater District (formerly the Commerce Street Station), Old City Hall, South 4th, Stadium District, Tacoma General, 6th Avenue, Hilltop District and St. Joseph.
Trains on the Tacoma Link Extension will travel at-grade, in-street with traffic along Stadium Way, North 1st Street, Division Avenue, and Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Service will run every 10 minutes during peak periods and 20 minutes during nonpeak periods. The project was approved by voters in 2008.
South Sound 911 public counter closures – Nov. 23, 24 and 27
South Sound 911’s public counter will be closed for the holiday later this week, and will be closed an additional day for lobby repairs and improvements. Beginning Thursday, the counter will operate on the following schedule:
- Thursday, Nov. 23 – Closed for holiday
- Friday, Nov. 24 – Closed for holiday
- Saturday, Nov. 25 – Open 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (fingerprinting services end at 2 p.m.)
- Sunday, Nov. 26 – Closed per usual schedule
- Monday, Nov. 27 – Closed for lobby repairs
- Normal business hours resume on Tuesday, Nov. 28.
South Sound 911’s Records department operates the public counter weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., excluding holidays. It is located at 945 Tacoma Ave. S. in Tacoma. Commonly requested public counter services include concealed pistol license (CPL) application processing and fingerprinting.