Tacoma Urbanist

Oct. 26, 2013 at 12:01am

Paper and Lumber Companies Pour Thousands Against Tacomans' Efforts to Repair Their Streets Via Prop. 1

Follow the Money.

Given the flyer against Proposition 1 spamming Tacoma, one would think that Tacoma's seniors were the ones mounting the effort to defeat Tacoma's effort to rebuild and repair their roads. 

Today's flyer in the mail against Prop 1.

Hardly.  In fact, Tacoma Public Utilities offers a discount rate for low income and seniors. 

Many seniors support repairing Tacoma's streets and Proposition 1 as they know dangerous and unpleasant they are to drive on. 

See Eastside resident and retiree Edwina Magrum discusses why she will be voting YES to support Prop 1 to Fix Tacoma Streets.




Let's see who is really funding the effort to derail Tacomans' effort rebuild their streets.

Here is a paper/pulp company on the tideflats who made a $10,000 donation.


From the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission:


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Here is a lumber company who made a $10,000 donation.  Yet, you won't find these entities on the anti Prop 1 material.


In contrast, here is a list of supports of Proposition 1:

Organizational Endorsements

FIX TACOMA STREETS – YES! on Prop. #1

 

SAFETY & CIVIC ORGANIZATIONAL ENDORSEMENTS

Tacoma Education Association

PTA of Tacoma, Parent Teacher Association

Ministerial Alliance

Tacoma Firefighters, Local 31

Tacoma Police, Local 6

Pierce County Democrats

27th Leg. District Democrats

Young Democrats, Pierce County

Black Collective, Tacoma Pierce Co.

Urban League, Tacoma

Stand for Children, Tacoma

Conservation Voters, Pierce Co.

Sierra Club, Pierce Co.

Transportation Choices Coalition

Washington Conservation Voters

 

LABOR & BUSINESS ENDORSEMENTS

 

Central Labor Council, Pierce Co

Tucci & Sons

AHBL

Tacoma Joint Labor Council

Pacific Grill Tacoma

Building  & Construction Trades Council, Pierce Co.

MC Construction

Lucas Xitco

Electrical Workers, IBEW 483

Electrical Workers, IBEW 76

Professional Technical Employees, Local 17

SEIU LOCAL 775

ILWU Local 23

Miles Resources

Realtors Earling Kuester & Leslie Young

Teamsters 117

Parametrix

Operating Engineers, Local 612

NW Cascade

Print NW

TRANSPO GROUP

Bruce  Dees & Associates

Grette Associates

APPLY-A-LINE

Doyle's Public House

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Here is the list of honorary co-chairs backing Proposition 1:

Our Coalition - Honorary Co-Chairs

Honorary Co-Chairs, YES! on Prop. #1

Last update – October 21, 2013

 

OFFICIAL CO-CHAIRS, YES ON PROP. 1

Clare Petrich, Port of Tacoma Commissioner

Harold Moss, Former Mayor of Tacoma

Mark Martinez, Building & Construction Trades Council

NEIGHBORHOOD, PUBLIC SAFETY, CIVIC

Dr. Jane Moore, Tacoma Transportation Commissioner

Jacki Skaught, Tacoma Transportation Commissioner

Kristina Walker, Tacoma Transportation Commissioner

Andrew Strobel, Tacoma Transportation Commissioner

Yoshi Kumara, Tacoma Transportation Commissioner

Don Ramsdell, Tacoma Police Chief

Leslie Young, Safety & Street Improvement Council

Tom Hilyard, Fmr. Tacoma Public Utility Board Member

John Thurlow, Northeast Tacoma Neighborhood Council Chair

Justin Leighton, Central Neighborhood Council Chair

Liz Burris, New Tacoma Neighborhood Council Chair

Skip Vaughn, South End Neighborhood Council Chair

Mike Tucci, Tucci and Sons

Nathe Lawver, Pierce County Democrats, Former Chair

Beverly Smaby, 27th LD PCO

Silvia Reyes, 27th LD PCO

Jeff Maki, South End

Kaelah Maki, South End

John Messina, West End

Dustin Lambro, Teamsters 117

Ken Peachy

Bob Myrick, Cycle Advocate

Kevin Grossman, Local Developer

Russ Heaton, Doyle's Public House

Jason Alexander, Small Business Owner

John Truman, Small Business Owner

Robyn Murphy, Small Business Owner

Rev. Arthur Banks, Ministerial Alliance

Rev. Gregory Christopher, Shiloh Baptist

CURRENT & FORMER ELECTED LEADERS

State Sen. Jeannie Darneille (27th LD)

State Rep. Laurie Jinkins (27th LD)

State Rep. Jake Fey (27th LD)

State Sen. Steve Conway (29th LD)

State Rep. David Sawyer (29th LD)

 

Mark Lindquist, Pierce County Prosecutor

Aaron Pointer, Metro Parks Tacoma Commissioner

Erik Hanberg, Metro Parks Tacoma Commissioner

Andrea Smith, Metro Parks Tacoma Commissioner

 

Catherine Ushka, TPS School Board Member

Scott Heinze, TPS School Board Member

Karen Vialle, TPS School Board Member

Willie Stewart, Former TPS School Board Member

Kim Golding, Former TPS School Board Member

 

Mayor Marilyn Strickland, Tacoma

Deputy Mayor Marty Campbell, Tacoma

Councilmember Ryan Mello, Tacoma

Councilmember Anders Ibsen, Tacoma

Councilmember Victoria Woodards, Tacoma

Councilmember Lauren Walker, Tacoma

Councilmember David Boe, Tacoma

Former Mayor Bill Baarsma

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comments [10]  |  posted under Tacoma

Comments

by Erik on 10/26/2013 @ 12:33am
Also see the voting guide published:

Full size:

comics.feedtacoma.com/tacomic/tacomic-ta...

by fredo on 10/26/2013 @ 7:12am
1.  Erik, you state that Tacoma Public Utilities offers a discount for low income ratepayers.
How will this discount help low income people who end up having to pay higher natural gas bills and higher telephone service bills because of the prop. 1 tax increases?




2. Won't the higher utility rates cause some employers to look at other locations?


3. You point out some businesses don't like the tax. Is that really such a revelation? What if the council was placing a new sales tax on legal services? Would you be OK with that?


4. Please explain to us again why last years tax proposal which was expected to hurt local businesses was unacceptable, but this years tax proposal which will hurt local businesses is entirely acceptable.



by fredo on 10/26/2013 @ 7:20am
What a revelation!

The folks who support the new tax are mostly the same people who always support every tax proposal, the ultra left, tacoma's limousine liberals, the labor unions, the building tradespeople and various groups of government employees and non-profit government grant recipients.

by tacoma_1 on 10/26/2013 @ 11:38am
In today's TNT:

Broadnax has said Tacoma Power customers were not likely to feel the full impact of the utility earnings tax hike because the city-owned utility could bear most, if not all, of the added $8 million annual cost through “mitigation.”

Mitigation appears to be a code word for all TPU has to do to keep rates down is to forgo planned raises to TPU executives.
www.thenewstribune.com/2013/10/25/285644...

by fredo on 10/26/2013 @ 12:45pm


Well if Tacoma Power has the ability to "mitigate" $8,000,000 right now, then why haven't they done so and asked the city council for permission to lower the utility rates on behalf of the customers? It sounds like they knew all along they were overcharging everybody.

by tacoma_1 on 10/26/2013 @ 4:37pm
"why haven't they done so and asked the city council for permission to lower the utility rates"

The answer to that is pretty obvious. TPU execs would rather have their raises. 


A no vote for prop 1 is a yes vote for TPU exec raises and status quo for Tacoma's deteriorating streets. 



by fredo on 10/26/2013 @ 5:13pm


Now that we know TPU has extra money, this is time to say no to the tax increase and have the council lower the existing utility tax rate. Lower utility taxes will be beneficial to a large share of Tacoma's lower and middle class citizens and many of it's employers as well. 

by fredo on 10/26/2013 @ 6:48pm
"...Tacoma's deteriorating streets"

Our local streets will deteriorate at approximately the same rate every day from now until the end of time. Passing a miniscule tax isn't going to prevent the streets from deteriorating.

For what it's worth, every town in the US which has streets also is experiencing deterioration every day. This is a natural phenomenon which is not preventable.

 If you look around town you will see many examples of infrastructural deterioration. They abound. This is a city which prides itself in deferred maintenance... all in service of the mighty "pet project".

by Erik on 10/27/2013 @ 3:18pm
Enough talk.  Time to repair Tacoma's streets,

Here is the current condition of the identified Pothole Pig potholes:


<img src="http://www.tacomaweekly.com/assets/tacomaweekly/ce_img/assets/tacomaweekly/upload/article/10-25-13_A2_PHP_East_T_St_and_East_Columbia_AVE_500_500_80_s_c1.jpg">


Tacoma has a tremendous pothole problem, and the city knows it.
Over the past couple of years, the city has acknowledged this
issue by spending close to $4 million in a major arterial repairs with
the council’s "pothole initiative," and in 2010, routine maintenance by
Tacoma’s Grounds and Maintenance division completed street repairs on
229,638 square feet of road. For 2011, the city projects to repair about
150,000 square feet of road riddled with holiness.
And while that may sound like a lot of ground, new holes pop up –
or return – each and every day, which means a pothole-free road might
never exist in Tacoma.







Pothole Pig List


LocationStatus



East T St. and Columbia Ave
Unrepaired

South Tacoma Way and Washington Street
Unrepaired

2nd and I Street Tacoma
Unrepaired

s 37th and s Park
Unrepaired

2nd & I st Tacoma
Unrepaired

2nd and I Street Tacoma
Unrepaired

2nd and I st Tacoma
Unrepaired

2nd and I st Tacoma
Unrepaired

2nd and I st Tacoma
Unrepaired

7th and J St Tacoma
Unrepaired

17th and Fawcett
Unrepaired

So. Washington and So. 45th
Unrepaired

So. 74th and So. Oakes
Unrepaired

Puyallup Ave and McKinley
Unrepaired

North 6th and North C
Unrepaired

Center and Monroe
Unrepaired

C Street and East 26th
Unrepaired

6th and Skyline
Unrepaired

S. 5th and Sheridan
Unrepaired

23rd and South C Street
Unrepaired

S. 20th and S. J
Unrepaired

74th and Ainsworth
Unrepaired

23rd and Pacific
Unrepaired

3rd and G Street tacoma
Unrepaired

G Street and Division Street
Unrepaired

Court C and 9th
Unrepaired

S. Helens and 2nd Street
Unrepaired

28th and E Street Tacoma
Unrepaired

North 2nd and North G Street
Unrepaired

11th and Fawcett
Unrepaired

21st and court G
Unrepaired

3rd and J Street Tacoma
Unrepaired

3rd and J Street Tacoma
Unrepaired

Jefferson and Broadway Tacoma
Unrepaired

3rd and G street tacoma
Unrepaired

8th and G Street tacoma
Unrepaired

21st and Commerce tacoma washington
Unrepaired

10th and A Court
Unrepaired

10th and A Court
Unrepaired

21st and G Street
Unrepaired

4th and Broadway
Unrepaired

Clay Huntington Way
Unrepaired

7200 and Wilkeson Street
Unrepaired

Clay Huntington Way
Unrepaired

7200 and Wilkeson Street
Unrepaired

2nd and St. Hellens
Unrepaired

7600 S Wilkeson St
Unrepaired

74th and L Street
Unrepaired

Sheridan and 74th
Unrepaired

76th and L Street
Unrepaired

15th and Fawcett
Unrepaired

21st and Jefferson
Unrepaired

76th and Wilkeson Street
Unrepaired

45th and Winnifred Street
Unrepaired

Tacoma Ave and Ernest Brazil
Unrepaired

Highland and Seaview
Unrepaired

South Tacoma Way and 50th Street
Unrepaired

South Tacoma Way and Werner Street
Unrepaired

South Tacoma Way and Wener Street
Unrepaired

South 31st and Adams
Unrepaired

South 31st and Adams
Unrepaired

82nd and Hosmer
Unrepaired

5th and cushman
Unrepaired

Division and G Street
Unrepaired

17th and fawcett
Unrepaired

Puyallup Ave. and c st.
Unrepaired

Puyallup Ave. and c st.
Unrepaired

E 26th and East E Street
Unrepaired

26th and ‘E’ Street
Unrepaired

‘I’ street and Division
Unrepaired

Broadway and Jefferson
Unrepaired

19th and Fawcett
Unrepaired

19th and Fawcett
Unrepaired

Broadway and Division
Unrepaired

Broadway and Jefferson
Unrepaired

North Fife and 8th Street
Unrepaired

North I and 3rd
Unrepaired

North Oakes and 11th
Unrepaired

North 11th and Steele
Unrepaired

North Pine and North 8th Street
Unrepaired

South 21st and G Street
Unrepaired

North Stadium Way and North 6th Street
Unrepaired

23rd Street and C Street
Unrepaired

South 52nd and Wapato
Unrepaired

11th Avenue and Oak Street
Unrepaired

South 15th and Alder Street
Unrepaired

South 74th Street and South Park Avenue
Unrepaired

South 13th and Madison Street
Unrepaired

South 16th and G Streets
Unrepaired

South 13th Street and Puget Sound Avenue
Unrepaired

S. 21st Street and G Street
Unrepaired

North 9th and Ainsworth Street
Unrepaired

Stevens Street near South 12th
Unrepaired

South 50th and Pine Streets
Unrepaired

South 45th and Cushman Street
Unrepaired

South 12th and Verde Street
Unrepaired

North 7th and Oakes St
Unrepaired

East 35th and T Street
Unrepaired

South 64th and J Streets
Unrepaired

North 8th and Oakes Street
Unrepaired

South 9th and Washington Streets
Unrepaired

Earnest S Brazill and Sheridan Streets
Unrepaired

South 14th Between Union and Puget Sound
Unrepaired

South Prospect and South Tacoma Way
Unrepaired

South 45th and Junett
Unrepaired

South 7th and Martin Luther King, Jr. Way
Unrepaired

South 8th and Mason
Unrepaired

6th and Puget Sound
Unrepaired

South 34th Street and Madison
Unrepaired

South 18th and Lawrence Street
Unrepaired

North 21st and Cedar Streets
Unrepaired

Thurston Street
Unrepaired

South 60th and Junett St
Unrepaired

North Cushman and 5th
Unrepaired

South 49th and Pine Street
Unrepaired

North 11th and Pine Street
Unrepaired

North Fife St. and 15th St
Unrepaired

North 35th, Between Shirley and Bennett
Unrepaired

South 21st and South Hosmer
Unrepaired

North 24th and Huson
Unrepaired

North 27th and Huson
Fixed

Orchard and S. 9th
Fixed

South 12th and Ferry Street
Unrepaired

South 8th and Anderson
Unrepaired

South 50th and Oaks
Unrepaired

North 5th and I
Fixed

6th and Warner
Fixed

North 9th and Howard
Fixed

South 15th and G street
Fixed

South 59th and Sheridan
Unrepaired

South 12th and Pearl St.
Fixed

East J and Harrison
Unrepaired

South 19th, Between J and MLK
Fixed

North 11th and Union
Unrepaired

South 12th and Gove
Fixed

South 19th St. and Stevens
Fixed

North 6th and L
Unrepaired

East 35th and D Street
Unrepaired

South 45th and Lawrence
Fixed

South 67th and South Fawcett
Unrepaired

52nd and Pine
Fixed

South 21st and G Street

www.tacomaweekly.com/potholepig/

Unrepaired







by fredo on 10/27/2013 @ 6:49pm
Let's not blame our local paper companies for the pothole problems.

The potholes are a function of the councils decisions over many years or decades to underfund maintenance of the city. Funding that was supposed to be used to keep our streets maintained has Been siphoned off to pay foe pet projects and overly generous labor arrangements. Time for council to put its affairs in order, the NewsTribune had quite an exhaustive examination of the issue and recommended a NO vote. Your list of streets with potholes really is off point Erik. Even the prop 1 opponents would agree the streets are bad.