By John Larson
Harold Moss got quite a present for his 90th birthday – a bridge was officially renamed in his honor. A former mayor and member of Tacoma City Council and Pierce County Council, Moss had plenty of well-wishers on hand at city hall on Oct. 1.
During his tenure as mayor in the 1990s, the 34th Street Bridge had streetlights placed on it. Moss claims it his proudest accomplishment of his career in politics. A section of it is now named after him.
Former Mayor Bill Baarsma, who defeated Moss in their run for the office in 2001, was the first speaker. He said he volunteered in 1969 on a campaign where Moss ran, unsuccessfully, for council. Moss was appointed to a seat by the governor the following year. Other speakers included former City Councilmember Delores Silas and former City Manager Jim Walton.
Moss took the podium and told the council what a deep and rich honor it was to have the structure renamed for him. “Life has been good to me,” he said. “This city has been good to me.”