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In the Oct. 2 presentation of the City of Tacoma’s 2019-2020 Proposed Biennial Budget, City Manager Elizabeth Pauli outlined a recommended plan to enhance public safety, protect and expand access to affordable housing, and support youth and young adults experiencing homelessness, while addressing long-deferred maintenance needs and expanding key services for Tacoma and its residents over the next two years.

The City’s 2019-2020 Proposed Biennial Budget is $3.5 billion, of which $515 million is allocated to the General Fund. The City has met its goal of having 15 percent of annual expenditures set aside in reserves and estimates that it will end the 2017-2018 biennium with surplus savings to help fund one-time expenses in the 2019-2020 biennium.

“Thanks to careful, ongoing reviews of expenses along with targeted reductions, the City will maintain or expand existing core service levels in the 2019-2020 Proposed Biennial Budget,” said Pauli. “The 2019-2020 Proposed Biennial Budget reflects the City’s ongoing commitment to meeting its goals in a fiscally responsible way.”

Details about the City’s 2019-2020 Proposed Biennial Budget, as well as the latest updates on opportunities for community members to learn more and engage in the budget development process, are available at cityoftacoma.org/budget.



Town hall meetings with City Council members are scheduled in October 2018. Community members are invited to learn more about the City’s 2019-2020 Proposed Biennial Budget. Thoughts shared by community members will help inform the way the City utilizes its resources.

  • 8, 6-8 p.m. at Stewart Middle School, 5010 Pacific Ave.
  • 11, 6-8 p.m. at Center at Norpoint, 4818 Nassau Ave. NE
  • 22, 6-8 p.m. at Wilson High School, 1202 N. Orchard St.
  • 27, 2-4 p.m. at STAR Center, 3873 S. 66th St.

Food, childcare and Spanish language interpretation will be provided at this event.



This fall, design-builder Skanska will modify the existing Interstate 5/South 38th Street interchange to allow right- and left-turns at the top of the loop ramp. To enable this change, the South 38th Street east ramp will close to all traffic as early as Oct. 12 for 30 days. Closing this ramp will prohibit southbound I-5 and eastbound State Route 16 travelers from reaching South 38th Street east. The following detour will be in place:

  • Eastbound SR 16 drivers going to South 38th Street east or west will detour to South 56th Street to northbound I-5 to exit 132.
  • Southbound I-5 drivers going to South 38th Street east will detour to South 56th Street to northbound I-5 to exit 132.

The southbound I-5 exit 132A to South 38th Street west will not be affected.

Once work is complete in early November, South 38th Street will have a new traffic signal that allows eastbound and westbound access to all drivers. This temporary configuration will remain in place through the end of the project.

As early as Oct. 12, eastbound SR 16 drivers headed to southbound I-5 will also temporarily relocate to the newly built SR 16 HOV lanes. This change will affect South Sprague Avenue travelers going to southbound I-5. South Sprague Avenue drivers will use the following detour: South Sprague Avenue to southbound I-5 will detour to westbound SR 16, South Union Avenue and back to eastbound SR 16 to continue on southbound I-5.

The South Sprague Avenue to southbound I-5 detour will be in place until the South 38th Street east loop ramp reconfiguration is complete.

These temporary lane configurations allow for the rebuilding of the SR 16 and southbound I-5 exits to South 38th Street. This work is part of the I-5/SR 16 HOV Structure and Connections project.

Visit the Tacomatraffic.com web page for updated HOV construction information. Real-time traveler information is available from the WSDOT app and by following the WSDOT regional Twitter feed.



It’s old news that the Pacific Northwest is primed for a major earthquake. It’s equally old news that the Pacific Northwest is unprepared for that impending disaster. Recent earthquake and volcanic activity around the Pacific – from Guatemala to Hawaii and beyond– has reinforced the potential we have for a major seismic event here.

Join KING-5 science reporter Glenn Farley for “Shift Happens,” where he will discuss how our region has prepared, the gaps in those preparations, and how families can survive not only a disaster but, more importantly, up to six weeks following before countywide infrastructure is restored.

“Shift Happens” will be presented on Tuesday, Oct. 16 in the Rotunda (Building 3) at Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW in Lakewood. Doors open at 6 p.m. Experts will have resources on insurance, preparedness kits, home retrofit, the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, and door prizes. The featured presentation by Glenn Farley will start at 6:30 p.m.

“Shift Happens” is free and open to the public. Anyone of any age can attend. No RSVP is required. The presentation is sponsored by Pierce County Emergency Management and Aging and Disability Resources.

For ADA accommodations contact Emergency Management Access & Functional Needs Coordinator Serina McWha at (253) 798-2203 or serina.mcwha@piercecountywa.gov.



The Green Tacoma Partnership invites businesses, community groups, families and individuals to participate in Green Tacoma Day and Arbor Day, on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants can volunteer at one of 11 sites to plant trees, remove weeds and litter, connect with the community, and provide a helping hand to local green spaces.

Green Tacoma Day is the celebration of the partnership’s work to restore urban green spaces, while Arbor Day celebrates the planting, growing, and caring of Tacoma’s trees. For 24 years, the Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Tacoma as a Tree City USA for the City’s commitment to maintaining a healthy tree canopy.

Residents interested in keeping Tacoma green in their own backyard are encouraged to check out the Tree Coupon Program. The program is open now through April 1, 2019, to Tacoma and Pierce County residents. For more information, visit cityoftacoma.org/treecoupon.

Project sites include Alling Park, China Lake, Franklin Park, Garfield Gulch, Gog-le-hi-te Wetlands, Julia’s Gulch, Mason Gulch, Mason Middle School Tree Planting, Oak Tree Park, Rhone-Poulenc Salt Marsh and Tacoma Community College.

Green Tacoma Partnership members include Pierce Conservation District, City of Tacoma, Metro Parks Tacoma, Forterra, EarthCorps, Tacoma School District and Tacoma Community College.

To learn more about the event or to register online, visit greentacomaday.org.



The Pierce County Workforce Development Council (WDC) has unveiled its latest workforce strategic plan draft for the region, and is holding a community convening in October to share its plan for preparing local people for local jobs.

The council wants to hear from Pierce County community members.

Read the draft plan at http://workforce-central.org/2018/10/01/community-convening-for-strategic-plan-draft.

Through federal legislation, the WDC is charged with leading and overseeing the local workforce development system in Pierce County, called WorkSource. This means that the WDC must ensure that the workforce development system provides exceptional services that include providing workers and job seekers with training and resources to help them find meaningful work, and helping Pierce County businesses recruit, screen and hire local talent to fit their needs.

There are individuals in Pierce County who historically have not been served as effectively or served at all by the workforce development system. The WDC has identified two important groups: young adults who are not working and are not in school, and adults without a high school diploma or equivalent.

WDC’s goal is to effectively address the barriers these individuals face in accessing education and training and finding meaningful work that offers a living wage. You can help: Join a community conversation on Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or from 3:30-5 p.m. to learn about the strategic plan draft, ask questions and offer feedback. The conversations take place at Workforce Central, 3650 S. Cedar St., Tacoma, WA 98409.



The Tacoma City Manager is currently seeking three members and one youth member to serve on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Technical Advisory Group, each for a three-year term.

The group advises the Transportation Commission on active transportation-related matters, such as short-term and long-range bicycle and pedestrian priority projects, and compliance with local, regional and federal transportation regulations. In addition, the group provides expertise and makes recommendations on the implementation of the Transportation Master Plan including wayfinding, design, connectivity and encouragement for active transportation. The group will also provide guidance on the reprioritization of bicycle and pedestrian projects as new networks are implemented.

The group consists of 11 members appointed by the City Manager who are Tacoma residents, bringing a range of perspectives and expertise that focus on the City’s long-term vision for bicycle and pedestrian enhancements throughout the city. It is recommended that the members appointed reflect the following categories of special interest/discipline: pedestrian and bicycle sector, youth sector, health sector, metro parks and ADA community.

Regularly scheduled meetings are on the fourth Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Tacoma Municipal Building (747 Market St., Room 243). To find out additional information on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Technical Advisory Group, please visit their website.

To apply, fill out the application form at this link. Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, Oct. 17 to Active Transportation Coordinator Meredith Soniat at MSoniat@cityoftacoma.org or call (253) 591-5380 for more information.



The Tacoma City Council is looking to fill five positions on the Citizen Police Advisory Committee, including three at-large positions, one youth position and one City Council District 5 position.
The Citizen Police Advisory Committee is an advisory panel to the City Council as it pertains to Tacoma Police Department policy. The committee is responsible for conducting policy review; reviewing trends in complaint investigation and statistical reports; and engaging in community outreach.

Members of the Citizen Police Advisory Committee are recommended by the Community Vitality and Safety Committee and appointed by the City Council.

The committee is comprised of 11 members – one member from each City Council district, five members from the general community and one youth member. At least 40 percent of its members are representative of traditionally underrepresented communities.

Qualified applicants must be residents of Tacoma, not hold any other elective public office, not currently serve as a member of the Tacoma Police Department, or be an immediate family member of a department employee. Women, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, persons of color and immigrants are encouraged to apply.

Additional information on the Citizen Police Advisory Committee is available at cityoftacoma.org/government/citizen_police_advisory_committee or through Bucoda Warren in the City Manager’s Office, who can be reached at bwarren@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 594-7925. Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by Friday, Oct. 12.
One can apply online at cityoftacoma.org/cbcapplication. Those with questions, or who are in need of a hard copy application or other accommodations, may contact the City Clerk’s Office at (253) 591-5178, servetacoma@cityoftacoma.org or Tacoma Municipal Building North, 733 Market St. Room 11, Tacoma, WA 98402.



Pierce College’s Lakewood Computer Clubhouse will continue to inspire local youth through innovative STEM programming thanks to a $9,500 community grant awarded by Best Buy on Oct. 2. The grant will support the operation of the college’s after-school program, allowing the organization to revamp its space and purchase new equipment.

The Lakewood Computer Clubhouse, based at Lochburn Middle School, is a free after-school drop-in center open every weekday from 3:15-5:30 p.m. The program provides activities designed for youth ages 8 to 18.

Clubhouse members explore cutting-edge software, collaborating with others in an informal learning environment. The clubhouse is supported by the Pierce College Foundation in partnership with the Clover Park School District and the City of Lakewood. Mentors from Pierce College and beyond spend time at the clubhouse working with youth on a variety of projects, while also exposing them to higher education.

With this grant, Clubhouse Coordinator Stella Kemper hopes to bring even more STEM education opportunities to youth who many not have access to technology at home. “Many kids are just looking for a place where they belong, and some of them come from complicated family backgrounds,” Kemper said. “The clubhouse gives them a chance to be challenged in a safe environment where all kids are comfortable.”



Friendships can last a lifetime. When childhood friendships continue into adulthood, they can evolve into something more, such as a tremendous support system offering encouragement, and even growing into caregiving. Not all caregivers are family. Many caregivers are friends and neighbors close by or far away.

Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources is offering another free film in our caregiving series. The film “Miss You Already” will be shown on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Grand Cinema, located at 606 S. Fawcett Ave. in Tacoma. The film begins at 10:45 a.m. with doors opening at 10:30 a.m. Complimentary popcorn will be provided by Advanced Healthcare. The film is free, but tickets must be reserved online through Brown Paper Tickets or by calling the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) at (253) 798-4600.

“Miss You Already” centers on two women who have been best friends forever. They have shared everything since they were kids – secrets, clothes, laughs, substances, and boyfriends. As adults, one has a great job and lives in a townhouse with her wonderful family. The other has a less glamorous job and lives with her boyfriend on a houseboat in London. Although their friendship is rock solid, it is put to the test when life throws them curveballs that affect their health and happiness.

“There is nothing more special than a lasting friendship,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources manager. “They can support us through thick and thin. Deep, lasting friendships are vital when the need for caregiving arises. While family is important, drawing on the support of close friends can complement the assistance that others are able to provide. This film definitely shows how important friends are in offering care.”

Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources offers this film as part of our Family Caregiver Support Program. The program helps unpaid family caregivers with a variety of supports including education, counseling, adaptive equipment, housework and errands services and respite care. The program offers support to families of all incomes.

For more information about the program or to reserve your tickets, call the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600.



Come meet your match at the 7th Annual Statewide Shelter Open House, hosted by Pawsitive Alliance. More than 25 – and counting – shelters in every region of the state are participating for this exciting event. Local participants include the Tacoma Humane Society at 2608 Center St. and Sunny Skies Animal Rescue in Puyallup, 1102 E. Main Ave.

“This year many of the shelters involved are choosing fun, new activities to get their community involved and to showcase their animals,” says Amy Ferguson, executive director of Pawsitive Alliance. “Blue Mountain Humane Society in Walla Walla is encouraging everyone that come through their doors to walk a shelter dog. Seattle Area Feline Rescue in Shoreline is showing their ‘catucopia’ of cats of all ages.”

The Pawsitive Alliance website at www.pawsitivealliance.org has a list of the shelters participating. The Shelter Open House Facebook event page will list all of the promotions planned by the shelters for this fun, annual event. Follow #shelteropenhouse during the event for exciting shelter updates and heartwarming adoption stories.

Special thank you to our sponsors Martha Faulkner–RSVP Real Estate, Canine Behavior Center, Petcurean, Good Neighbor Vet, Pet Connection Magazine, and DML Insurance.



October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. We encourage you to save the date for Goodwill’s WE ARE: Bright Shining Stars event on Friday, Oct. 19. The event will highlight the work of Goodwill’s Disability Services team and the people they serve.

The event takes place at the Goodwill Milgard Work Opportunity Center, 714 S. 27th St., Tacoma, and includes:

3 p.m. – Event begins in the Bistro, art viewing, WE ARE viewing, live music

3:05 p.m. – Welcome

3:30 p.m. – First presentation/experiences from employers and employees about importance of employment

4 p.m. – Cake and wish list – how you can help

4:30 p.m. – Second presentation/discussion of the employment landscape from the self-advocacy and legislative community

5 p.m. – Mingle

For more information and to RSVP, contact Disability Services Program Manager Jamie Stout at (253) 573-6629 or email jamies@goodwill.org.



More than 800 people showed up on Sunday, Sept. 16 for the South Sound Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Tacoma. The event, which is hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter, raised more than $200,000 for Alzheimer’s research and to provide care and support services for local families impacted by the disease.

The opening ceremony for the event was canceled due to heavy rain, but that didn’t stop people from walking in honor of their loved ones. It also didn’t stop people from donating – this year’s Walk raised nearly 40 percent more than the previous year.

The top fundraising team was Hope4Nancy, which raised over $27,000. The team is led by Joel and Nancy Johnson of Auburn. Nancy was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2013 at the age of 52. She and her husband Joel have been staunch supporters and advocates for the cause ever since.

This year’s South Sound Walk to End Alzheimer’s was emceed by Drew Mikkelsen, the South Bureau Chief for KING 5. The event was sponsored by nationally by Edward Jones and locally by Fieldstone Communities and Tacoma Subaru.

In Washington State there are more than 110,000 people living with Alzheimer’s and another 340,000 unpaid caregivers providing their support. It is the six leading cause of death nationally, and the third leading cause of death in Washington State. It is the only leading cause of death that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s disease, and is held annually in over 600 cities nationwide.

Donations for the event will be accepted through Dec. 31. For more information or to make a donation, please visit alz.org/walk or contact Stephanie Budrus, the event coordinator, at (206) 529-3861 or sbudrus@alz.org.



Fright fans in the Pacific Northwest don’t need to wait for the release of the new “Halloween” movie to start having nightmares. Wild Waves Theme & Water Park is providing tons of fear and mayhem at Fright Fest, now open through Oct. 28.

Fright Fest boasts three ultra-scary haunted attractions plus the return of Freak Show Deluxe Side Show and a nightly Parade of Ghouls. Brave thrill seekers can navigate more than 25 rides in the dark while little goblins enjoy the family-friendly Booville for kids.

Fright Fest is open every Friday from 6-11 p.m., Saturday 5-11 p.m. and Sunday 5-10 p.m.



Many families feel like they have been thrown into the fire when the need to find a care facility for themselves or a loved one. There are scores of long term care facilities throughout Pierce County – adult family homes, assisted living, skilled nursing, memory care and more. No two are alike. Each has its strengths and weaknesses. The key is knowing what to look for and how to find it.

Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources is offering a free presentation called “If I Only Knew Then,” which provides a thorough introduction to the process families should consider when looking for a care facility. The discussion will cover how services are provided, costs of care, what residents can expect, how to read surveys, reports and contracts, and more.

“When the need arises, we all want the best care possible,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources manager. “The reality is that most facilities provide very good care and have staff that are dedicated to their work. Yet, no two long term care facilities are the same and many have a special focus. It’s important that families do their homework before moving into a facility.”

Presentations will be held three times in October:

  • 8 – 12:30 p.m. at the Pierce County Annex Building, 2401 S. 35th, Tacoma
  • 8 – 6:30 p.m. at the Lakewood Branch Library, 6300 Wildaire Rd. S.W., Lakewood
  • 9 – 6:30 p.m. at the Sumner Branch Library, 1116 Fryar Ave., Sumner

“If I Only Knew Then” will focus on identifying needs and defining the total cost of services. The presentations will also discuss how to research available options, investigate quality of care, understand contracts, and ask the right questions. Presenters will share examples of good choices, as well as examples of common mistakes that cause the most problems. There will be significant time for questions and answers.

These presentations are sponsored by Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources, and will feature long term care professionals and advocates who understand the process and who regularly help families with these difficult decisions. They will also explain what options exist if promised services are not available.

Sessions are information only and no sales are offered or allowed. Events are free and open to the public. No RSVP is required. For more information about the presentations, call the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600 or 1 (800) 562-0332.



Dine Out for Disabilities is a month-long series of events that bring together local residents and our nonprofit in a spirit of inclusion and support. By dining or shopping at a participating restaurant or store on certain days throughout Oct. 5, 20 percent or more of your bill will go to Centerforce of Lakewood.

Celebrating its 50th year of service this year, Centerforce is a private, not-for-profit 501 (c)(3), social service organization that provides employment training and assistance to over 300 individuals (adults and students) with developmental disabilities in the greater Puget Sound area. The individuals we serve have a wide range of disabilities and a number of barriers to traditional employment.

Centerforce is proud to support National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Held in October, NDEAM aims to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. Centerforce is participating in these October events to educate the community on disability employment issues and the role they play in fostering a disability-friendly work culture.

Support one of these partnership events in October:

  • Thursday, Oct. 18, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Whole Foods Market Chambers Bay, 3515 Bridgeport Way W., University Place. When you shop on this day, 5 percent of the store’s net sales from Oct. 18 will be donated to Centerforce of Lakewood.
  • Thursday, Oct. 25: 4-9 p.m. at Carr’s Restaurant, 11006 Bridgeport Way SW, Lakewood. Dine out this day and 10 percent of the restaurant’s sales will be donated to Centerforce of Lakewood.

For more information regarding Centerforce and its services, contact Debby L. Graham, M.A., Executive Director, at (253) 426-1860 or Rickard Guild, Development Director, at (253) 426-1862.



CHI Franciscan Health and GE Healthcare have joined forces to implement a NASA-style “Mission Control” command center to effectively and efficiently synchronize all elements of a patient’s hospital experience. The artificial intelligence (AI)-powered system will support caregivers to enhance patient safety, orchestrate seamless care delivery and, ultimately, get patients back home sooner.

CHI Franciscan will be the first hospital system in the state of Washington – and the fifth globally – to utilize the leading-edge technology to improve patient care.

“We’re leading the way in Washington with our state-of-the-art Mission Control Center, which will allow CHI Franciscan to provide a much higher level of sophistication and efficiency in our hospitals,” said Ketul J. Patel, CEO, CHI Franciscan Health. “We will be able to simultaneously monitor every single patient in our system and utilize real-time data to tailor their experience to provide the highest quality care.”

The Mission Control Center will use the power of artificial intelligence and predictive analytics to optimize care coordination, speed care delivery, and improve the patient experience, while maintaining patient privacy. The powerful system works by looking at each individual hospital as part of a larger system, continually examining real-time data and using machine learning to recommend actions that can predict and prevent risk, balance staff workload, and streamline the discharge process so patients can get home sooner.

“CHI Franciscan’s Mission Control will be among the most comprehensive in all of healthcare, combining virtual hospital, care coordination and new mission controllers working to expedite care,” said Jeff Terry, CEO, Command Centers, GE Healthcare Partners. “It’s an honor to serve CHI Franciscan.”

From the Mission Control Center, licensed providers will monitor and leverage analytic apps, or “tiles,” to optimize patient care operations at each facility, and trigger actions to best leverage resources across the system. Each tile is carefully crafted to solve a specific issue, taking into account the highly nuanced real-world challenges of caregivers and patients. For example, one tile will help streamline the discharge process by monitoring all patients scheduled for discharge and identifying and addressing “pinch points” that can cause significant and preventable delays. The key is that the real-time data in the tiles is predictive and actionable.

“Often, patients scheduled for discharge just need one more test, such as a CT scan, for the doctor to review,” said Jessica Kennedy-Schlicher, MD, medical director for care transformation at CHI Franciscan. “The people scheduling the CTs are running through a list of patients, often as first-come first-served. Mission Control will be able to prioritize the list and flag patients to move up on the list. By optimizing the process, we can speed care delivery and get patients home sooner.”

“The purpose of any new technology in health care is to enable providers to deliver better care, bringing doctors and nurses closer to their patients,” Patel said. “Mission Control’s powerful predictive analytics identify potential issues and allow our care teams to proactively solve problems and improve care rather than react when issues arise. With the AI focusing on the important nuts and bolts of operational efficiency and care logistics, our caregivers can devote more time to providing the best care and delivering the best outcomes for our patients.”

The Mission Control Center will complement CHI Franciscan’s already best-in-class Virtual Hospital, which includes regional telemetry monitoring, virtual companion, virtual ICU, virtual hospitalist, and other services. CHI Franciscan’s virtual care teams complement on-site teams, for example, by providing continuous surveillance of cardiac rhythms for inpatients, which allows on-site staff maximum time at the bedside. The virtual ICU team, which includes physicians and nurses, monitors all CHI Franciscan ICU patients, resulting in shorter ICU stays and better outcomes.

CHI Franciscan Mission Control will be organized with a systemwide Mission Control Center, and smaller centers located at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, and Harrison Medical Center in Silverdale.

CHI Franciscan is the fifth health system to join GE Healthcare’s Command Center Ecosystem, which also includes The Johns Hopkins Health System, Humber River Hospital (Toronto), Oregon Health Sciences University, AdventHealth Orlando, and Tampa General Hospital.

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