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  1. Council Schedule Highlights Week of October 16th, 2017

    Monday, OCTOBER 16th, 2017 10:00am RULES AND OPERATIONS COMMITTEE  Douglas G. Richardson, Chair Rick Talbert, Vice Chair Dan Roach, Executive Pro Tempore Regularly scheduled meetings are broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and Click!...

    DerekYoung
  2. Last Week at the Pierce County Council — October 15th, 2017

    It’s been a busy week but I’d be lying if I said my head was in it. With two tragedies involving Peninsula High School students, my thoughts frequently drifted to their loss, the families they left behind, and the impact on our community. It started...

    DerekYoung
  3. Community

    Community means many things to many people – and it is the heart of why we choose to live where we live.  Community is what binds us together and helps us through the most difficult times.   Our County is big and while we have a common sense of...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  4. In the shadow of the mountain

    Mt. Rainier towers over the small towns at its base – literally and figuratively. Sitting in the shadow of the majestic mountain are rural communities like Elbe and Ashford. Nearly 2 million people flock to the mountain to hike the Burroughs, trek...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  5. Differing perspectives

    I have nine months under my belt as the Executive and I am still visiting with departments and learning about some of the important and interesting jobs we do in the County. We have many employees who are called upon to do difficult jobs.  Working to...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  6. Council Schedule Highlights Week of September 25th, 2017

    Monday, SEPTEMBER 25th, 2017 1:30pm Public Safety, Human Services, and Budget Dan Roach, Chair Derek Young, Vice Chair Connie Ladenburg Jim McCune Pam Roach This meeting will be broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and Click! Network)...

    DerekYoung
  7. Déjà vu?

    The ink is barely dry on the 2017 supplemental budget, but it is already budget season again! A special thanks to Gary Robinson, Jim Dickman, Julie Demuth, and the rest of the Finance team for their great work and amazing commitment to getting this...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  8. A County Agency Provides Hope for Our Youth

    Everyone knows that one of the primary roles of County government is to provide justice services. This includes, law enforcement, the jail, prosecutors, assigned council (public defenders) and the courts. What most people don’t think of in this...

    ConnieLadenburg
  9. Vox populi

    This week’s blog is titled “Vox populi.”  For those of you who don’t know Latin, it means “the voice of the people.” Our community and our government depend on the active involvement of “the people” for support and vitality.  They are volunteers,...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  10. Disappointment for Chambers Bay

    I have to admit that I am very disappointed with most of the County Council. I have written before on the development at Chambers Bay. For those that may be first time readers or may have missed previous blogs here is a little background. It has been...

    ConnieLadenburg
  11. Council Schedule Highlights Week of September 11th, 2017

    Monday, SEPTEMBER 11th, 2017 1:30pm Public Safety, Human Services, and Budget Dan Roach, Chair Derek Young, Vice Chair Connie Ladenburg Jim McCune Pam Roach This meeting will be broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and Click! Network)...

    DerekYoung
  12. Last Week at the Pierce County Council — September 9th, 2017

    Tuesday Study Session Chambers Bay Resort Development — At the August 29th Council meeting the Chambers Bay Master Plan update failed to get a majority to pass and was postponed until the September 12th Council meeting. As a result, we met with Dan...

    DerekYoung
  13. Fire and flood – what’s next?

      Our Department of Emergency Management (DEM) could not have asked for a better setup for Emergency Preparedness Month.  Flooding in Texas, fires near Crystal Mountain with the ever-present smoke in the air, an 8.0 earthquake in Mexico and now...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  14. Professionalism – Respect – Compassion

    There are some who equate being professional with dispassionate detachment. Furthermore, there are more who characterize government as uncaring and without regard for individuals. On Wednesday, I witnessed two occasions where our employees’ actions...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  15. Total eclipse – and more!

    Where were you when the sky turned dark?  Okay, let’s be honest.  Around here, the sky didn’t look dramatically different but the eclipse was still a cool rarity to witness. I was at the STOP facility filming a video on emergency preparedness for DEM...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  16. All Politics Are Local…?

    As a County Councilmember I have the wonderful opportunity to write a column in the University Place Press. I often address local issues facing Pierce County and in this particular column I take a look at how the national political agenda impacts us...

    ConnieLadenburg
  17. Seeing a brighter future

    I’ve been offended and disgusted by the racist language and horrible imagery on display in Virginia.  When you add to it North Korea developing nuclear missile capability and another horrific vehicle attack in Europe, it’s no wonder that folks on...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  18. #TalbertTalks about County Council Activities

    Hi District 5,  I am coming to you from Earthwise Architectural Salvage in East Tacoma to give you an update on Pierce County Council activities. Here is my first of hopefully many video blogs to come!

    ricktalbert
  19. Will townhomes be the new look on Chambers?

    The Pierce County Council is in the process of approving the Chambers Bay Master Plan for the next 10 years. There is language that will allow for “extended-stay housing” or multi-family residential housing on the Chambers Bay site of the park.  This...

    ConnieLadenburg
  20. Thinking about the unthinkable

    I have just returned from vacation, rested from a peaceful few days on the waters of Puget Sound and parts north. Despite the smoke from the B.C. fires, I can assure you that a terrorist attack was not in the forefront of my mind as we anchored at...

    Pierce County Executive Blog