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STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS TO BE BROADCAST LIVE

Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards will host the 2018 State of the City Address on Wednesday, April 11 at 6 p.m. in the Lincoln High School Auditorium (701 S. 37th St. in Tacoma). During the free community event, Mayor Woodards will speak on the theme “Our Tacoma: Our City, Our Success” while reflecting on her first 100 days in office. While there are no more seats available, there is now an option to join the event waitlist.
The event can be viewed live from anywhere on a device with Internet access at cityoftacoma.org/stateofthecity and on TV Tacoma, which is carried on both the Click! and Comcast Cable systems.

On Click! – High definition on channel 512 in Tacoma and Pierce County; standard definition on channel 12 in Tacoma and Pierce County; standard definition on channel 21 in University Place

On Comcast – High definition on channel 321 in Tacoma and Pierce County; standard definition on channel 12 in Tacoma; standard definition on channel 21 in Pierce County.
Not available in University Place

The event can also be viewed on Facebook Live at facebook.com/cityoftacoma. Event attendees and members of the public can post about and follow the event using #SOTC253.

Registered event attendees are asked to bring proof of their Eventbrite registration and a valid photo I.D., and encouraged to allow ample time for travel and parking or the use of public transportation. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Registered event attendees should aim to arrive by 5:45 p.m. Because the event will be streamed and broadcast live, it will begin promptly at 6 p.m.

Questions, or requests for special accommodations, may be directed to Melanie Harding at melanie.harding@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5156.

SOUTH SOUND 911 LAUNCHES REDESIGNED WEBSITE

South Sound 911 is proud to launch its redesigned website, www.southsound911.org. The website was redesigned to better meet the modern needs of those looking for the agency’s most sought-after service information or for those submitting an online police report or requesting public records.

The public is encouraged to explore the site and learn about South Sound 911, its services, and its major projects, such as the building of the future public safety communications center. Visitors may also subscribe to receive South Sound 911 news and information sent by e-mail or text message.

The refreshed website was created by AndiSites Inc., of Chapel Hill, N.C., in collaboration with South Sound 911. The AndiSites team researched South Sound 911’s website traffic, visited its facilities, and got to know staff. The result is an efficient, friendly website that provides content in ways that truly reflect the agency’s image and vision.

PINWHEELS RAISE AWARENESS FOR CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH

The Pierce County Juvenile Court is recognizing National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the “Pinwheels for Prevention” campaign, where pinwheels will be planted across the Juvenile Court lawn and throughout Pierce County during the month of April. The pinwheels symbolize the fun and carefree childhood that every child deserves.

We will also be taking the time to show our appreciation for the work that Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) and Guardians ad litem (GAL) do for our communities’ most vulnerable youth and to encourage others to consider becoming a CASA volunteer. April is National Volunteer Month.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are trained volunteers who ensure that children in the foster care system are heard and that their best interests are served. We currently have more than 250 CASAs who advocate for children and we hope to raise awareness about child abuse as well as gain more volunteers to help prevent child abuse and neglect.

CASA Kelsey was the advocate for four children between the ages of 4 and 9. They were placed in foster care because their mother Lily’s addiction to methamphetamine overpowered her ability to be an attentive parent. All four children told Kelsey over and over how much they loved their mom and wanted to go home. Kelsey truly believed that the very best thing for these kids was to be back home with a healthy, drug-free mom, so she set about advocating for such. Kelsey removed any obstacles that were preventing Lily from getting into treatment. As the mom put it, “Kelsey made me feel like she believed in me before I believed in myself and I held on to that feeling throughout the case.”

Ultimately, all four children were returned to Lily, who now helps other parents make their way through the Child Protective Services and foster care system on their way to reuniting with their children. Lily says, “I know Kelsey was my kids’ CASA, but I call her ‘my CASA’ because without her on my case, we would not be together now.”

CASAs receive at least 30 hours of pre-service training, as well as ongoing training, and they serve under the supervision of a CASA coordinator. CASA trainings are held nearly every month throughout the year. The CASA program invites you to visit their website at piercecasa.org and on Facebook – Pierce County CASA.

For more information about the CASA program, please call Carrie Appling at (253) 798-3837.

PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT BEGINS ON LIGHT RAIL EXTENSION

Sound Transit has kicked off public involvement for the Tacoma Dome regional light rail extension, with an early scoping period that runs through May 3 and three upcoming open houses:

  • Tacoma: Tuesday, April 17, 6-8 p.m. at Best Western Plus Tacoma Dome Hotel, 2611 E. E St.
  • Federal Way: Wednesday, April 18, 6-8 p.m. at Todd Beamer High School, 35999 16th Ave. S.
  • Fife: Tuesday, April 24, 6-8 p.m. at Fife Community Center, 2111 54th Ave. E.

Community members unable to attend an open house can offer project feedback through an online portal at https://tdlink.particpate.online.

The early scoping process kicks off project development and the environmental process for a regional light rail extension opening in Tacoma in 2030. As part of early scoping, members of the public are invited to provide input on the proposed route and stations outlined in the Sound Transit 3 (ST3) Plan approved by voters as well as potential alternatives, benefits and impacts. The public will also be able to provide feedback on a potential location for an operations and maintenance facility in the south corridor.

During alternatives development, staff will assess the representative project and, based on additional public engagement and technical analysis, further refine the route, station locations, and other project elements. The representative project itself is based on extensive planning and public involvement work, including high-capacity transit studies, the process to update the agency’s long-range plan, and the work to develop the ST3 Plan.

Through mid-2019, staff will engage the public and stakeholder groups in an intensive public involvement process that will lead to the Sound Transit Board identifying a preferred alternative, as well as other alternatives to evaluate in an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). An outline of the Community Engagement Plan is available at www.soundtransit.org/tdlink.

Identifying a preferred alternative earlier in the EIS process will jump-start public conversations about project decisions, reveal areas of broad agreement, and help focus project leadership on areas needing problem-solving and consensus building. This streamlined process is also intended to reduce overall project delivery time by reaching early public consensus on the preferred alternative and reducing the risk of new alternatives being introduced late in the environmental review process or after the environmental process is complete. The Sound Transit Board will make a final decision on the project to build after completion of the environmental review.

The representative project for the regional light rail extension to the Tacoma Dome includes 9.7-miles of elevated and at-grade light rail from the Federal Way Transit Center to the Tacoma Dome with a new rail-only fixed span across the Puyallup River. It includes four new stations in South Federal Way, Fife, East Tacoma and at the Tacoma Dome.

More information, including maps of the representative project, is available at www.soundtransit.org/tdlink.

DANIEL KEY APPOINTED INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DIRECTOR

With the Tacoma City Council’s confirmation of the appointment of Daniel Key to the position of information technology director, Key joins the City of Tacoma this week from Seattle City Light, where he had served as information technology director.

“In his new role as the City of Tacoma’s information technology director, Mr. Key will be responsible for establishing the City’s technological vision and advancing our capabilities in support of our broader mission and objectives,” said Assistant City Manager Tadd Wille, who directly oversees the work performed by the Information Technology Department.

As the City of Tacoma’s Information Technology Director, Key will spearhead the development of Information Technology Department strategy, program and portfolio planning, telecommunication services and digital government services, business applications services, governance and risk management, and cybersecurity and infrastructure operations.

“I am honored to have been selected for this leadership role, and I look forward to working with Information Technology Department staff to deliver innovative solutions that help drive the City of Tacoma forward,” said Key.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Key believes in helping community members live healthier and more sustainable lives through the application of information technology.

In his role as the City of Tacoma’s Information Technology Director, Key will earn an annual salary of $190,486.40.

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