City of Tacoma News: Tacoma City Council

Tacoma City Council
Study Session
Noon, Tuesday, September 16, 2003
Room 16
Tacoma Municipal Building North
728 St. Helens Ave.

Neighborhood councils, sales tax
How did Tacoma’s neighborhood councils get their start? How have they changed and grown in 11 years and how will they progress in the future? Neighborhood Council Coordinator Elton Gatewood, along with representatives from Tacoma’s neighborhood councils, will address those questions at the Sept. 16 City Council study session. The group also will present information about a proposed Leadership Institute – which, if implemented, will give citizens a chance to take an in-depth look at Tacoma’s government in a classroom setting. The second portion of the study session will focus on the funding available for public safety, should voters approve a sales tax increase on the Nov. 4 ballot. The council recently sent a letter to the Pierce County Council expressing its support for the ballot measure. The public may attend the study session, but the council will not take comment.

Tacoma City Council
Regular Meeting
3 p.m., Tuesday, September 16, 2003
Council Chambers
Tacoma Municipal Building
747 Market St.

Domestic violence policy
How employees respond to domestic violence issues brought up in the workplace may become part of the city’s formal policy manual. The City Council will take public comment and vote on a resolution that expresses the council’’ desire for a comprehensive domestic violence policy. The city’s Human Rights and Human Services Department staff has started researching policies from outside organizations such as the state of Washington, Tacoma Community House and TJ Maxx and have discussed a potential city policy with domestic violence advocate groups such as the Pierce County Commission Against Domestic Violence, Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the YWCA. The group that may be charged with putting together a formal city-wide policy would work hand-in-hand with the group currently drafting a policy specific to the Tacoma Police Department.

Matricula Consular as ID
Mexican immigrants with concerns about accessing city services because of a lack of acceptable identification may soon be able to use their Mexican Consular Identification Card (Matricula Consular) as proper ID. The City Council will take public comment and vote on a proposal, introduced by Councilmember Rick Talbert, to accept the Matricula Consular as an acceptable form of identification in Tacoma. If passed, Tacoma would join at least four other Washington cities – including Seattle, Renton, Bellevue and Yakima – that have adopted similar measures. The Mexican government began promoting the new Matricula Consular cards following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Ousting unsightly boats
Two derelict vessels in Commencement Bay could be history if the City Council agrees to contract with Global Diving & Salvage for $238,810. If the salvage company wins the contract, it will remove and dispose of the Cactus and the Victoria M., two large, unsightly boats moored off the Olympic View Resource.

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