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MLK Community Service Award winners announced


At this year’s 32nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration in Tacoma, Mayor Victoria Woodards will present two awards to deserving recipients.

Kiara Daniels, Vice Chair of Tacoma’s Citizen Police Advisory Committee will receive the Emerging Leader Award. A graduate of Evergreen Olympia, Kiara also served on the Hilltop Engagement Committee. She has volunteered with Fab-5 to drive community engagement with Tacoma Housing Authority. 

The Lifetime Service Award will be presented to Tacoma Community House, led by Lauren Walker Lee with a group of staff and volunteers dedicated to providing basic human services to anyone in need of assistance. Their focus areas include Education, Employment, Immigration, and Advocacy services. 

The featured keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Marcia Tate Arunga, Dean of Evergreen Tacoma. An educator, activist, and entrepreneur,. Arunga began her work on July 15, 2019 as the first-ever dean of Evergreen’s Tacoma program. Arunga holds a Ph.D. in Leadership and Organizational change from Antioch University, a Master’s in Human Development with an emphasis in Adult Education and Human Services from Pacific Oaks College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Washington. 

A cast of local students and volunteers will present dramatic and musical performances, including Jenna Hanchard, Jamika Scott, the Lincoln High School marching band, JBLM band and color guard, St. John’s Church choral group, and Tacoma’s Peace Bus. 

The attending public is strongly encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to contribute to the MLK Food Drive.

If you would like another opportunity to submit a nomination, please consider one of ten categories for the City of Destiny Awards. City of Destiny nominations are being accepted through Feb. 7, with the awards ceremony on May 28.

Tacoma’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration happens on Monday, Jan. 20, at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St. Doors open at 10 a.m. for a Community Outreach Fair and the main program beings at 11 a.m. The celebration is also aired on TV Tacoma, which is carried on the Click! and Comcast cable systems.

Learn more details at cityoftacoma.org.

WSDOT gives update on SR 167 completion projects

The SR 167 Completion Project team is preparing to break ground on the first stage of construction in 2020 and continuing to make progress on future stages. Some key highlights include:

Construction starts soon: Construction on Stage 1a of the SR 167 Completion Project starts in February, but crews will be out testing pavement and collecting soil samples as early as the week of Jan. 13. Be prepared for periodic short-term lane closures in Fife during the day on SR 99 between 62nd Avenue East and 70th Avenue East, and also on 70th Avenue East near 20th Street East. 

Over the next 18 months, WSDOT’s contractor, Atkinson Construction, will build a new four-lane bridge over I-5 at 70th Avenue East, and a roundabout at the new intersection of 70th Avenue East and SR 99. You can expect to see crews setting up work zones on both sides of I-5 just west of the existing 70th Avenue East bridge. Construction updates will be posted on the new construction web page at www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr167/completion/construction so you can stay up to date on the latest construction news. 

Attend an open house: Want to learn more about construction and meet the project team? Come to an open house on Thursday, Feb. 27 from 6-8 p.m. at the Fife Community Center. WSDOT will share its schedule and highlight plans to keep people moving on SR 99 and I-5 during construction. 

Progress on the rest of the project: Crews are continuing to work on preliminary design and environmental permitting for our Stage 1b project, which will build a new two-mile connection between I-5 and SR 509 near the Port of Tacoma. For both Stage 1b and Stage 2, more than 88 percent of the needed right of way has been acquired for the planned improvements.  

Reminder: Applicants Sought for the Tacoma Creates Advisory Board

The Tacoma City Council is currently seeking applications for 11 positions on the Tacoma Creates Advisory Board:

  • Council Districts (Five Positions): One community member from each of the Council Districts.
  • Professional Expertise (Six Positions): One community member with professional expertise in each of the following: arts, culture, heritage, science, Pre-K – 12 public education in Tacoma, and expertise in community engagement or community development.

All applicants must be residents of the City of Tacoma; familiar with public programming in arts, culture, heritage, and/or science; and interested in Tacoma Creates goals regarding equity, access, and programs that provide public benefit for residents across Tacoma.

The Tacoma Creates Advisory Board will be comprised of 12 volunteer members recommended by the Economic Development Committee and appointed by the City Council. In addition to the positions outlined above, a representative from the Mayor’s Youth Commission will fill the youth position. For the initial board appointments, terms will be staggered as follows: four members, for a one-year term; four members, for a two-year term; four members, for a three-year term. Thereafter, all terms shall be for three years, with the exception of the youth position which will be a one-year appointment.

The Board advises Tacoma Creates Administration on funding programs to support public benefit in arts, culture, heritage, and science programs throughout Tacoma. Its purpose is to guide program development and approve funding recommendations for the benefit of all residents of Tacoma. The primary responsibility of the Advisory Board is to ensure compliance with Tacoma Creates guidelines and accountability standards. The Advisory Board’s functions are outlined in Tacoma Municipal Code. 

Tacoma Creates strongly supports inclusion, equity and access. People who are members of historically disenfranchised racial, ethnic, cultural, and other identity groups are encouraged to apply.

Individuals who have any financial interest in a cultural organization seeking Tacoma Creates funding may not serve on the Advisory Board. This includes anyone receiving payment as staff, contractor, or any other capacity. Individuals who are affiliated with a cultural organization as a volunteer, but who receive no financial compensation, may apply to serve on the Advisory Board. These individuals will be required to recuse themselves from any vote that impacts an organization with which they are affiliated. 

The Advisory Board will hold its public meetings on the first Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in the Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St., 2nd floor, room 248. Regular attendance at these monthly meetings is required; meetings generally last two hours. Beyond monthly meetings, Advisory Board members will occasionally participate in application review panels and will serve as outreach ambassadors to arts, culture, heritage, and science organizations, and the general public. When requested, Advisory Board members will be issued Pierce Transit bus passes as required to attend monthly board meetings and related board programs and appointments.

Additional information on Tacoma Creates is available on the City’s website or from Lisa Jaret at (253) 591-5161 or LJaret@cityoftacoma.org.

Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by Sunday, Jan. 26. To apply, please visit cityoftacoma.org/cbcapplication or contact Michelle Emery at (253) 591-5178 or servetacoma@cityoftacoma.org.


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