City of Tacoma News: Tacoma City Council

Tacoma City Council
Study Session
Noon, Tuesday, February 11, 2003
Room 16
Tacoma Municipal Building North
733 Market St.

Economic development update
Tacoma Economic Development Director Juli Wilkerson will provide an overview of the department’s 2003-2004 Business Plan. The presentation will include a review of the department’s goals and what work staff will do over the next two years to achieve those goals, especially in the areas of business retention and expansion, business recruitment, arts, culture and tourism, housing, business districts and neighborhoods.

Tacoma City Council
Regular Meeting
5 p.m., Tuesday, February 4, 2003
Council Chambers
Tacoma Municipal Building
747 Market St.

Youth program funding
Youth and family crime and violence prevention and curfew supporting programs in Tacoma could get a boost – to the tune of $426,000 – if the City Council approves a resolution. The resolution designates the budgeted funds to several crime and violence prevention organizations, including:

– $52,000 to the Tacoma-Pierce County Employment and Training Consortium Youth Internship project. The organization applies city funds to support wages of at-risk youth working in city departments for eight weeks in the summer.

– $93,000 to the Metropolitan Park District’s Family Recreation program, operating out of the Eastside Neighborhood Center, Portland Avenue Center and Peoples Center. The program provides evening and weekend activities to build family relationships.

– $19,361 to the Metro Parks School-Based recreation program at Gault and Jason Lee middle schools. This program provides lunchtime and after school activities and clubs along with more intensive mentoring services.

– $40,000 to the Metro Parks Youth Outdoor Adventures, which provides hands-on outdoor experiences for youth to develop and expand leadership, decision making and team building skills.

– $75,000 to Safe Streets’ Community Mobilization program. This program organizes and supports collaboration among police, schools, residents and community-based organizations to develop ways to successfully combat drugs, crime, illegal gang activity and violence.

The resolution also calls for money to go to curfew supported programs, including:

– $55,000 to the Metropolitan Development Council for the Curfew Advocacy program, which provides curfew accountability workshops and support services to youth in violation of the curfew ordinance.

– $61,000 to Boys and Girls Clubs for Late Night Recreation on weekend evenings as an alternative to gang, drug, violence and other delinquent behavior.

– $29,000 to Boys and Girls Clubs for Smart Moves, which provides weekend evening programs to help youth resist alcohol, tobacco, other drug use and premature sexual activities.

The council will take public testimony before voting on the resolution.

Public hearing: Name changes

Residents who want to share their thoughts about proposed name changes to three Tacoma parks and a senior center may do so at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12 at the Tacoma Municipal Building North, conference room 16, 728 St. Helens Ave. Citizens can voice their opinions about the proposed names of three parks, including:

– Old Tacoma Gateway Park at North 30th and Starr streets;

– Washington Hill Park at North 10th and Washington streets; and

– North Slope Historic District Park at North Eighth and K streets.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission will also take comment on the proposed name change of the Ruston Senior Center to the Olga Scott Memorial Building. Citizens who do not attend the meeting may send written comments until March 14 to the Historic Preservation Officer, 747 Market St. Room 1036, Tacoma, WA 98402-3721.