Council Schedule Highlights Week of January 16th, 2017

Monday, JANUARY 16th, 2016

Pierce County offices are closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day.

I’ll be attending Tacoma’s MLK Day celebration at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center.

Tuesday, JANUARY 17th, 2016


Douglas G. Richardson, Chair 
Connie Ladenburg, Vice Chair 
Dan Roach
Pam Roach
Jim McCune
Rick Talbert
Derek Young

Last week I mentioned the Executive Committee meeting of the Transportation Benefit District. This is the full body which is really the County Council. And yes, this is all very silly. We’re the Board of Governors or BOG for short.

Since it’s technically an “outside board” you won’t see the agenda in the normal place, but here’s a link to the TBD site and here’s one for this week’s meeting packet.

Discussion: 2017 Transportation Benefit District Overview and Work Program Refresher

This district was created prior to my time on the Council, and I can’t quite figure out what its purpose is other than passing a tax that I won’t support. I’m told there are other purposes, so hopefully we’ll hear something at this meeting.

Discussion: Notice Process Standards for Executive Committee and Board of Governors Meetings

This is part of an ongoing effort of mine to align these separate districts (like the TBD and the Flood Control Zone District), created and operated by the Council, with the Charter and state law’s open government standards. A frustration of mine is that we’re frequently asked to take action on matters that have almost no public notice or ability to comment.

3:00pm County Council Meeting

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Proposal No. R2017–1, A Resolution of the Pierce County Council Making Appointments of Councilmembers and Staff to Positions on External Boards, Commissions, Committees, and Other Organizations for the Year 2017.

Sponsored by: Councilmember Douglas G. Richardson Council

I haven’t seen it yet, but the Chair will be making recommendation on our external board assignments soon. This is the resolution for the Council to adopt them.

Proposal No. R2017–2, A Resolution of the Pierce County Council Establishing the Council’s Standing Committees; Naming the Committee Memberships; and Setting Meeting Times for Standing Committee Meetings for 2017.

Sponsored by: Councilmembers Douglas G. Richardson and Connie Ladenburg

Same as above, but these are for our regular standing committee assignments.

I believe the plan is to begin the committee schedule on the week of January 23rd, but no confirmation yet.

Wednesday, JANUARY 18th, 2016

4:00 pm Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health


  • Motion for 2017 BOH Chair
  • Motion for 2017 BOH Vice Chair

We’ll definitely have a new Chair as former Tacoma Councilmember Victoria Woodards has stepped down from her seat.


Anthony L-T Chen, Director of Health
* Foundational Public Health [Nancy Sutton, Deputy Director]
* Tobacco 21 [Frank DiBiase, Environmental Health Division Director]

These two issues are legislative requests in Olympia for the Board’s discussion. The first is an effort to increase the flexible dollars that county health departments receive from the state. Federal and state investment in public health have declined significantly in recent years and it shows.

The second is a proposal to increase the age tobacco can be purchased at to 21.

Friday, JANUARY 20th, 2016

12:00 pm Key Peninsula Business Association

I’ll be the speaker at next week’s KPBA lunch meeting. It’ll be a review of the last year and look forward into this one, focused particularly on Key Peninsula priorities.

If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s my year end video update for 2016.

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