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  1. District Office Hours in Key Center

    After months of budget and legal wrangling, I’m finally ready to start having district office hours in the Key Peninsula Community Council office. It’s in the Key Center Corral, 9013 Key Peninsula Hwy N Ste D Lakebay WA 98349. I had just...

    DerekYoung
  2. Council Schedule Highlights Week of April 16th, 2018

    Monday, APRIL 16th, 2018 1:30pm Community Development Committee Rick Talbert, Chair Dan Roach, Vice Chair Douglas G. Richardson Derek Young Jim McCune Regularly scheduled meetings are broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and Click!...

    DerekYoung
  3. Changing perspectives

    I strongly believe that you can learn a lot – and some of the most important things – by asking questions and listening to others’ perspectives.  This principle is even more critical as the County Executive.  Whether it is touring local...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  4. Pierce County Council passes 2018 supplemental budget with emphasis on public safety

    Yesterday the Pierce County Council voted unanimously to adopt Ordinance 2018-11s, the 2018 supplemental budget as amended. The additional $3.7 million appropriation focuses on supporting public safety, parks and community infrastructure...

    DerekYoung
  5. Council Schedule Highlights Week of April 9th, 2018

    Monday, APRIL 9th, 2018 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) and on...

    DerekYoung
  6. This week’s blog brought to you by the letter “P”

      Pinwheels always make me smile.  The bright blue pinwheels spinning in the breeze look festive on the lawn outside of Juvenile Court this time of year. But, the reason for their annual appearance is far from happy. Juvenile Court is...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  7. A Ray of Sunshine

    About this time every year, the Council is honored to be visited by the Daffodil Princesses and I am always impressed. For those of us that grew up in this area, springtime is a time for daffodils and the Daffodil Parade. We have seen the Daffodil...

    ConnieLadenburg
  8. Modest change to construction impact fees for schools

    It wasn’t nearly what we had hoped for, but the Council passed a small change that will increase the Maximum Fee Obligation for construction impact fees for schools. Rather than using the Consumer Price Index to adjust the maximum fee school...

    DerekYoung
  9. Council Schedule Highlights Week of April 2nd, 2018

    Monday, APRIL 2nd, 2018 10:00am Rules Committee Douglas G. Richardson, Chair Connie Ladenburg, Vice Chair Dan Roach, Executive Pro Tempore Regularly scheduled meetings are broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and Click! Network) and on...

    DerekYoung
  10. Standing in the gap

    Thankfully, I’ve never been in a real active shooter situation.  But yesterday, we had an intense training exercise in a courtroom on the 5th floor of the CCB to help prepare our court personnel, our Court Security Office, and our SWAT team if the...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  11. Council Schedule Highlights Week of March 26th, 2018

    This week I’ll be speaking at a couple events: Tacoma Chamber West Side Wake Up Friday, March 30th, 7:30am Salvation Army 1110 S Puget Sound KP Lion’s Club Citizen of the Year Awards Saturday, March 31st, 6:00pm Key Peninsula Civic...

    DerekYoung
  12. Biochar and cavy!

    Last weekend I had the honor of co-hosting the Volunteer Recognition Brunch with Council Chair Doug Richardson. It’s amazing and inspiring to meet the hundreds of people who volunteer on behalf of programs they are passionate about. I told those in...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  13. Pierce County’s Picture of Health: 2018 County Health Rankings

    I found this article interesting and thought I would share with you. Cindan Gizzi works at the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and uses data to tell compelling public health stories. The story below talks about the health of Pierce County...

    ConnieLadenburg
  14. Council Schedule Highlights Week of March 19th, 2018

    Monday, MARCH 19th, 2018 10:00am Rules Committee Douglas G. Richardson, Chair Connie Ladenburg, Vice Chair Dan Roach, Executive Pro Tempore Regularly scheduled meetings are broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and Click! Network) and on...

    DerekYoung
  15. Increasing Impact Fees for Schools

    It’s been almost 20 years since I worked with the Peninsula School District to adopt the City of Gig Harbor’s first construction impact fee for schools. Since then I’ve heard one consistent theme. Whether it’s participating with Peninsula School...

    DerekYoung
  16. Albert Einstein and my Week

    One of my favorite quotes is from the renowned physicist, Albert Einstein: “Once you stop learning, you start dying.”  I could not agree more and work hard to reflect this in my life.  I am naturally curious, which is why my visits with County...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  17. Council Schedule Highlights Week of March 12th, 2018

    Monday, MARCH 12th, 2018 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) and...

    DerekYoung
  18. Watch out, Chip and Joanna!

    Have you ever watched one of those “house flipping” shows on TV?  You know, the ones where over the course of 30 minutes stars like Chip and Joanna Gaines renovate an old decrepit house and a disaster of a yard and turn it into a beautiful country...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  19. Life after death

    For thousands of years, quilting has brought people together.  Spanning centuries and cultures, groups of people have gathered to make quilts to stay warm, to preserve their history and to decorate their homes.  It is an important part of our...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  20. Aloha and farewell

    Executive Dammeier asked me to reminisce over my last 30 years at Pierce County as I’m preparing to retire.  I’ve been doing a lot of that as I clean out files and turn projects over to various folks.  I’ll start at the beginning . . . One of the...

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