COMMUNITY MEETINGS COMING
UP FOR RAIL CROSSING PROJECT
The City of Tacoma is holding community meetings regarding rail crossings in the Dome District, Old Town and the West End. This is the first of two rounds of meetings being held to discuss various topics including safety, traffic operations, noise, and pedestrian/bicycle mobility. The City will incorporate community feedback to help develop a framework and ranking process that can be used to evaluate potential crossing improvements at these sites. The dates and locations available for community members to provide input include Tuesday, Jan. 23, 4-6 p.m. at Titlow Lodge, 8425 6th Ave.; Wednesday, Jan. 24, 4-6 p.m. at LeMay: America’s Car Museum, 2702 E. D St.;
Thursday, Jan. 25, 4-6 p.m. at Old Town Music Society, 2101 N. 30th St.
To view a map showing the general location of the rail crossings being evaluated, provide comments through an online survey or for more information, visit cityoftacoma.org/railcrossings, or contact Project Manager Mark D’Andrea at firstname.lastname@example.org,or call (253) 591-5518.
NEW CITIZENS’ COMMISSION TO
BETTER ENGAGE IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES
On Dec. 12, 2017, Tacoma City Council adopted Resolution No. 39892, which established a Commission on Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. The purpose of the Commission is to better engage Tacoma’s immigrant and refugee communities and to work with community partners to identify and advance positive outcomes for members of this diverse population.
The City Council is looking to appoint 11 positions and one alternate to the Commission, including one youth or young adult member under the age of 25. All members shall demonstrate experience or expertise with immigrant issues.
Additional information on the Commission on Immigrant and Refugee Affairs is available online at www.cityoftacoma.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=141157, by contacting Alison Beason at (253) 591-5124 or e-mail email@example.com.
Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by Monday, Jan. 22. Interested individuals can apply at cityoftacoma.org/cbcapplication or by contacting Jessica Jenkins at (253) 591-5505 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or by stopping by the City Clerk’s Office, Tacoma Municipal Building North, 733 Market St., Room 11, Tacoma, WA 98402.
EXECUTIVE SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR ETHICS COMMISSION
The Pierce County Executive’s Office is accepting applications to fill one Ethics Commission position. The citizen commission is responsible for promoting and upholding ethical conduct in Pierce County government.
Applicants must be registered to vote in the State of Washington, reside in Pierce County, and employed in or retired from the private or public sector. Ethics Commissioners also may not hold or campaign for elective office, be an officer of any political party or political committee, be a lobbyist, assist a lobbyist, or employ a lobbyist. (Pierce County Code 3.12.070 B, C, and E)
Members of the Ethics Commission are volunteers who meet the second Wednesday of each month at 4:30 p.m. at the Wheelock Library, 3722 N. 26th St. in Tacoma. The Commission determines the merit of reported violations of the Code of Ethics for Pierce County employees.
Request an application by emailing email@example.com or by calling (253) 798-7477.
The deadline for submitting completed applications is Feb. 2.
DANCE THEATRE NORTHWEST
OFFERS OPPORTUNITIES FOR DANCERS
Experienced dancers with classical training are needed for upcoming performances of Arts Are Education, Art Inspires Art, and other community arts performances. Positions are open for company members, junior dance ensemble members and guest performers.
Jan. 20, 8:50 a.m. is the next audition for junior dance ensemble members (ages 9-18). The audition requires advanced completion of a junior dance ensemble performing member application and consists of participation in an intermediate-level youth ballet class. No prepared variation or solo is required. Girls are asked to wear pink tights and ballet shoes, a black leotard, waistband, and to arrive with their hair secured up; they should bring pointe shoes if they are dancing on pointe. Leg warmers, extra shorts, jewelry, and skirts are not permitted in the audition class. Boys should wear black shorts or tights and a white T-shirt or leotard. White shoes and socks are preferred. Please pick up your applications as soon as possible. Be prepared and arrive early.
Jan. 16 to Feb. 10 (by appointment) for regional performing company members and guests artists (teens/adults ages 16-35). The audition requires advanced completion of a performing company member application and consists of participation in an intermediate-advanced-level ballet class. After the class, a prepared variation or solo is required. All dancers should have a strong double pirouette and be able to perform adagio combinations at or above the 90-degree level as well as petite and grande allegro combinations. Girls are asked to wear pink tights, black leotards and pointe shoes, and to arrive ready to do a pointe barre and center with their hair secured up; they should also bring soft ballet and/or jazz shoes. Leg warmers, extra shorts, jewelry, and skirts are not permitted in the audition class. Boys should wear black tights and a white leotard or T-shirt. White shoes and socks are preferred. Active professional company members – not including apprentice members – who are available to perform and are in compliance with company contracts will be provided with a modest artists fee/stipend and other company benefits. All dancers should have previous performing experience. There may be some exceptions to the age rule if dancers are strong enough and attend daily classes.
Call (253) 778-6534 for an application and audition appointment or send DVD audition and resume to: DTNW, 2811 Bridgeport Way W., #24, University Place/Tacoma, WA 98466.
Scholarships are available for dancers ages 12-21 with five or more years classical ballet training and also for boys age 11 and up who want to train in the intensive program. Please call (253) 565-5149 for an application and an audition appointment.
KILMER SEEKS VETERAN FOR D.C. FELLOWSHIP
Congressman Derek Kilmer (WA-06) is seeking a wounded warrior or medically retired veteran for a fellowship position in his Washington, D.C. office.
The fellow will manage a policy portfolio, work with the military and veteran constituents to handle veterans-related casework, and act as a facilitator between constituents and government agencies at the federal, state and local level.
“Veterans bring a unique and valuable perspective to the workplace,” Rep. Kilmer said. “Working on legislation and advocating for veterans and military families who ask for assistance from my office is a great way to continue serving the country.”
The fellowship is funded through the Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program, which was established by the House of Representatives to provide employment opportunities for wounded or disabled veterans within congressional offices.
The program is limited to veterans who meet all of the following requirements: Honorably discharged, released from active duty within the last five years, terminal pay grades at or below E-5 or O-3, 20 percemt or greater service connected disabilities (waived if you have a Purple Heart). Veterans who are in receipt of a 20-year or Temporary Early Retirement Authorization (TERA) retirement are not eligible for the program.
Interested veterans should visit www.usajobs.gov and search “Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program” for more information and to apply.
COUNTY LAUNCHES ONLINE PORTAL
TO TRACK CODE ENFORCEMENT COMPLAINTS
Pierce County has launched a new online portal to accept, process and resolve complaints about code enforcement violations.
The new portal, available at piercecountywa.org/codeenforcement, allows customers to submit complaints online. Customers can also use an interactive map to search for properties, and access violation records to view the status of a complaint and the associated documents.
“Abatement of nuisance properties is a top priority for the Council,” said Doug Richardson, County Council chair. “In May 2017, the Pierce County Council passed Ordinance 2017-22s requiring that all reported and confirmed nuisance properties be resolved within 90 days. The ordinance also directed the creation of the online portal.”
Customers will also be able to sign up to receive notifications and updates on confirmed violations, and view all violations in an area by using regional and community mapping tools.
“The new portal allows us to streamline how complaints about code enforcement violations are handled,” said Dennis Hanberg, Planning and Public Works director. “We are pleased to improve customer service and transparency thanks to this new tool.”
Pierce County code enforcement officers investigate complaints about code enforcement violations, such as junk vehicles, abandoned unsecured homes, garbage on private property and more. Once an investigation finds a violation, code enforcement officers work with property owners to resolve the issues and get their property back into compliance.
“The new portal will streamline administrative tasks and functions, allowing our officers to focus on reaching a resolution within the 90-day window,” Hanberg said.
CALL FOR TEEN PHOTOGRAPHERS
Hey, Tacoma teens! We are currently looking for photographers to join the Teens In Tacoma group. In case you are not familiar with Teens In Tacoma here is a short summary:
Purpose: To reveal the artistic potential of teenagers in Tacoma, while extending a museum’s long-term benefits to artists who are not always expressed in a holistic way
Need: Teenagers are not always highlighted, or included in artistic projects, or artistic viewings. Art museums, especially, are not always advertised to teenagers. With our project, teenagers can only benefit from the networks and connections they will build.
Short term: To establish a point in Tacoma where teens can offer their artistry to a greater cause.
Long term: Build connections with other teen artists, extend networks, change the perception of an art museum’s audience, and to inspire others to build ideas for Tacoma.
The photographer’s role on the Teens In Tacoma group would be to take high-quality photos of artwork, the people we interview. We are looking for passionate teens who want to help us create a stage for teen artists.
If you are interested in this role or have any questions e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to also see our latest interview with Giovanni Monarrez on www.teensintacoma.com
RED CROSS ISSUES URGENT CALL
FOR BLOOD, PLATELET DONATIONS
This January, National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to make an appointment to give now and help address a winter blood donation shortage.
Severe winter weather has had a tremendous impact on blood donations already this year, with more than 150 blood drives forced to cancel causing more than 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. This is in addition to seasonal illnesses, such as the flu, and hectic holiday schedules collectively contributing to more than 28,000 fewer donations than what was needed in November and December.
“Even temporary disruptions to blood and platelet donations can diminish the availability for hospital patients,” said Neil Tosuntikool, donor recruitment director of the Pacific Northwest Blood Services Region. “It’s the blood on the shelves that helps save lives in an emergency, and that’s why we’re asking eligible individuals to make an appointment to give blood or platelets today.”
While serving local hospitals is the first priority, the Red Cross can move blood products to where they’re needed most. This allows generous donors throughout the country to contribute to the national blood supply and potentially help patients locally and in storm-affected areas.
While all blood types are urgently needed, there is a more critical need for the following blood and donation types right now:
Platelets: The clotting portion of blood primarily given to cancer patients during treatment and always in great demand.
Type O negative: The blood type that can be transfused to almost everyone and is what doctors reach for in trauma situations.
Type B negative: The blood type that can be transfused to type B Rh-positive and negative patients.
Type AB: The plasma type that can be transfused to almost everyone and can be donated through a platelet or plasma donation, where available, or during a regular blood donation.
Eligible donors can find a blood or platelet donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free blood donor app, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1 (800) Red Cross (1-800-733-2767). Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass are encouraged to help speed up the donation process. RapidPass lets donors complete the pre- donation reading and answer the health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, by visiting redcrossblood.org/rapidpass from the convenience of a mobile device or computer, or through the blood donor app.