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  1. Council Schedule Highlights Week of December 11th, 2017

    Tuesday, DECEMBER 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
  2. Building Strong Cities, Protecting Rural Lands

      Weighty public safety and health issues have dominated much of our discussions in recent months, so it was nice to get back to my roots with a week that seemed to have a land use theme. Red Tape Reduction Proposal This week was the first...

    DerekYoung
  3. Planning for the future of our Port

    I have a unique district in Pierce County, as everything in my district is incorporated. In other words, I have cities or parts of cities – Tacoma, Fircrest, and University Place. I also have the west side of the Port of Tacoma, which is a crucial...

    ConnieLadenburg
  4. Making progress in behavioral health

    As winter sets in and the generous spirit of Christmas seems to transform us, perhaps you are like me and want to do something more than just buy a cup of hot cocoa for that mentally ill woman who hovers near your favorite coffee shop, or sleeps in...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  5. Zoolights

      A dazzling display of Christmas lights that illuminates the Zoo and highlights South Sound landmarks is a go to holiday tradition with my nieces. Whether it is ogling the Narrows Bridge display or wondering how many lights they really use, it...

    DerekYoung
  6. Council Schedule Highlights Week of December 4th, 2017

    Monday, DECEMBER 4th, 2017 1:30pm Community Development Committee Derek Young, Chair Douglas G. Richardson, Vice Chair Rick Talbert Jim McCune Pam Roach This meeting will be broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and Click! Network) and...

    DerekYoung
  7. Our Team

    Four year ago I was beginning the process of transitioning into office and called one of my predecessors, now PenMet Parks Director Terry Lee, to ask for advice. As we were wrapping up he told me something along the lines of “you’re going to love...

    DerekYoung
  8. Santa on the Firetruck

    Santa visiting on the fire truck is my all-time favorite holiday tradition. As a kid growing up in Gig Harbor, I remember the sirens and loudspeaker announcing that Santa was in our neighborhood. Even today, I get a kick out of seeing kids in the...

    DerekYoung
  9. Is it biennial or biannual?

    While many of you were picking up turkeys and baking pies for Thanksgiving, late into last Tuesday night our Council was approving the 2018 budget that will provide our spending plan for next year. I’m excited for the new year and new initiatives to...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  10. Point Ruston

    This holiday season Point Ruston will be hosting the Frozen Fountain Ice Skating Rink where you can strap on your ice skates and show off your moves. After twirling around on ice, head over to any of the fantastic restaurants where you can enjoy a...

    DerekYoung
  11. Gig Harbor Lighted Boat Parade

    The Gig Harbor Lighted Boat Parade, sponsored by the Gig Harbor Yacht Club, has been going on since I was a kid and is one of my favorite seasonal activities. There aren’t many more uniquely Harbor traditions than watching the holiday decorated boats...

    DerekYoung
  12. Christmas by the Bay Concert

    Have a great time listening to my favorite local band, Steve Stefanovich & Too Many Cooks, while also giving back to the Chapel on Echo Bay! One hundred percent of ticket proceeds for this concert will be put towards replacing the aging hardwood...

    DerekYoung
  13. Festive Christmas Revelry

    The Bluegrass Minstrels are hosting a free concert at the Lakebay Community Church Hall and are accepting donations to support The Mustard Seed Project’s Senior Housing Campaign. Come and enjoy food, music and carols while supporting this outstanding...

    DerekYoung
  14. Being Thankful

    Today, the first work week after Thanksgiving, I am trying to get in the groove of being back at work. I actually started this blog before the holiday but then finalizing the 2018 Pierce County budget and holiday preparations interfered. Here are my...

    ConnieLadenburg
  15. Thanks & giving!

    Lauren and I are hosting our extended family for Thanksgiving.  When 33 of my relatives get together in one home, it will be fun and a little crazy.  I am very excited to have my sister and her family in from Vermont for the first time in a few...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  16. Validating the victorious and vanquished

    Election Day has come and gone and nearly all the races are decided (Even as I write this, two contests are still too close too call!).  As a community, we just finished one of the most important things we do as citizens of the U.S. – we selected...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  17. Another chance to voice your opinion on housing at Chambers Bay

    A number of weeks ago we had a proposal to accept the Master Plan for Chambers Creek properties. There was language within the plan that would allow extended stay housing as part of the golf resort – leased housing for 30 days or more with no limit...

    ConnieLadenburg
  18. Saluting those who have served our Country!

    In this week’s blog I want to turn the mirror around and focus on some of you – our veterans working at Pierce County. You may not realize it but we have about 100 employees who wore, or are wearing, the uniform. We asked a few of them about how they...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  19. To those that get it done

    For many weeks, the County Council has been focusing on the Pierce County 2018 Budget. I will write about the budget when all is said and done at the end of this month. Today, I want to speak about those that get it done and thank them for doing it –...

    ConnieLadenburg
  20. Creativity

    How would you go about trying to raise awareness around the importance of conserving resources and encourage people to change their driving habits?  And, do it without making people feel guilty or annoyed? That’s the challenge Ryan Dicks, our...

    Pierce County Executive Blog