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SURVEY PROVIDES UPDATED LOOK AT PERCEPTIONS OF SERVICES

Results from the City of Tacoma’s community survey conducted Jan. 2-12 are now available. Overall, community members had a positive impression of quality of life in Tacoma, with 76 percent rating it “excellent” (24 percent) or “good” (52 percent). Moreover, 84 percent indicated that they were either “somewhat satisfied” (58 percent) or very satisfied (26 percent) with City services.
With regard to public safety and enforcement, community members were most satisfied with emergency medical services provided by the Tacoma Fire Department (82 percent) and fire responses and suppression (80 percent). Key priority areas for improvement, according to statistical analysis, are improvements to code enforcement and parking enforcement.

For services associated with infrastructure, parks, and public works, the highest levels of community member satisfaction related to local parks (92 percent), electric power (91 percent), and drinking water (85 percent). In fact, more than 70 percent of community members reported being satisfied with 11 out of the 14 services in this category of services. Key priority areas for improvement, according to statistical analysis, include street repair, traffic signal performance and timing, walking infrastructure, and street lighting.

With regard to other City services such as libraries, arts and culture, customer service, and economic development services, community members were most satisfied with public libraries, public art, and city events. Key priority areas for improvement, according to statistical analysis, included permitting services, and economic and business development services.

A total of 750 randomly sample households – 150 from each councilmanic district – across Tacoma were surveyed. Results from the survey, administered by MDB Insight, will aid the City’s ongoing planning and improvement processes.
More information on the City of Tacoma’s community-informed goals and data-driven decision-making, is available on the Results253 web portal at data.cityoftacoma.org.

NEW EPISODE OF ‘artTOWN’ NOW AVAILABLE

The City of Tacoma’s Media and Communications Office – in partnership with the Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality – has released a new episode of “artTown,” a cultural documentary-style TV initiative exploring Tacoma’s emergence as a major creative hub in the Pacific Northwest.

The new episode spotlights art in the Lincoln Business District, the 253 Film Festival, Floating Life Forms, and artists Cheryl DeGroot and Antonio Gomez.

Launched in 2013, the series has earned numerous awards and features diverse perspectives on a variety of creative disciplines. Offering a more holistic look at creativity in Tacoma, “artTown” stretches beyond what people might traditionally think of as “creative” – such as fine art, music or dance – to spotlight other creative areas of interest that have flourished in Tacoma like fashion, innovative education practices, architecture and more.
Online, full episodes of “artTown” are available at cityoftacoma.org/artTown and the City’s YouTube account. Portions of the show are also available through the City’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. On TV Tacoma, “artTown” airs on Mondays at noon, Tuesdays at 1 a.m., Wednesdays at 8 a.m., Thursdays at 6 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 5 a.m. It will also be available through Click! On Demand’s TV Tacoma and TacomaArt & Culture menu listings.

CITY SEEKS INNOVATIVE IDEAS FROM NON-PROFITS

The City of Tacoma invites nonprofit providers to submit innovative ideas regarding the creation of life- changing opportunities for individuals who are currently experiencing homelessness. Through engagement with nonprofits, the City’s goal is to connect individuals experiencing homelessness to innovative housing programs paired with services to facilitate their path to stability and independence. This may include connections to supportive services and employment programs.

On May 9, 2017, Tacoma City Council passed Ordinance 28430, declaring a state of public health emergency in response to the growing concentrations of people living in encampments in Tacoma. The City then implemented a three-phased Emergency Temporary Aid and Sheltering Plan.

On Dec. 12, 2017, Tacoma City Council passed Ordinance No. 28477, amending Ordinance 28430 to extend the declaration of a state of public health emergency, which would have otherwise ended on Dec. 31, 2017, to Dec. 31, 2018.

More information regarding the City’s efforts to respond to the challenges faced by individuals experiencing homelessness is at www.cityoftacoma.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=93744.

NON-PROFIT SEEKS LOCAL HOST FAMILIES

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with your community high school, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Japan, to name a few.

ASSE students are enthusiastic and excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also love to share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience.

The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality, and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests.

To become an ASSE Host Family or to find out how to become involved with ASSE in your community, please call the ASSE Western Regional Office at 1 (800) 733-2773 or go to www.host.asse.com to begin your host family application. Students are eager to learn about their American host family, so begin the process of welcoming your new son or daughter today.

APPLICANTS SOUGHT FOR SURFACE WATER MANAGEMENT ADVISORY BOARD

Pierce County is seeking applicants for the Surface Water Management Advisory Board (SWAB). The appointee will fill a term that lasts two years. This position is unpaid.

To learn more about the board and access an application, visitwww.piercecountywa.org/swab. The county is building a registry of applications to fill future vacancies. Applications may be made at any time.

SWAB is a Pierce County executive-appointed, Council-confirmed advisory board on surface water management issues in unincorporated Pierce County. The board meets monthly.

Applicants can contact Melissa McFadden, Planning and Public Works assistant county engineer and surface water manager, at mmcfadd@co.pierce.wa.us with any questions.

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