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And some of it is complimentary

Hathaway Harangues Human Rights Commission into Acquiescence says Frank Gavaldon

On July 2, 2014, we gratefully commemorated 50 years since the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This important event was acknowledged by President Obama, the U.S. Congress, Governor Inslee, and the WA State Human Rights Commission. There were innumerous local and national news stories and editorials dedicated to the importance of this legislation that also denoted a major victory in our nation’s pursuit for civil rights. Despite this fanfare and the nationally shared moment of reflections, the jurisdiction that failed to acknowledge the civil rights act was our own City of Tacoma.

Despite several telephone calls, emails, and an extremely well written article in The New Takhoman, Neighborhoods and Community Services Director, Tansy Hayward, and Tacoma Human Rights Commission Chair, Freddie Schuneman, initially failed to respond to these requests for some type of celebration, proclamation, or public acknowledgement of this important law. And yet, it’s ironic that Ms. Hayward and Chair Schuneman head the very agency that is responsible for enforcing these rights within the City of Tacoma.

Once again, they acted in a manner that has become NCS standard procedure – they allowed their personal feelings towards the messenger to interfere with their duty to the public.

With the same diligence and belief in humanity that has made The New Takhoman a discerning person’s journal, we are now proud to announce that our persistence has had an impact on both Ms. Tansy and Chair Freddie. As a result, on Saturday July 26, 2014, they will publically acknowledge the Civil Rights Bill of 1964 at Ethnic Fest this Saturday and Sunday in Wrights Park.

“Without action, you aren’t going anywhere.” -- Mahatma Gandhi

Tacoma to require electric vehicle charging stations

There is not a demand for electric vehicle charging stations or the developers would include them without being required to do so. There is however a demand for the City to do something about our failing pavement.  What did out elected officials do about that?

They also had the damned nerve to issue this statement: "The charging station requirements won’t extend to residential projects. But the City Council is recommending — not mandating — that new multifamily housing projects set aside 50 percent of their parking spaces for electric vehicles."

Here is my response to that:  If you drive an electric vehicle don't park even 50% of it it anywhere on any of my properties unless you want it towed. -- "JDHasty"  

Tacoma City Councilman Marty Campbell said electric vehicles are going to only increase in popularity in the coming years, and Tacoma needs to be able to accommodate them. He said soon the vehicles will become more affordable to buy and could help low-income people save money on fuel. That in turn could help raise people out of poverty, he said.

“I think we really need to take a look at what the future is going to be,” said Campbell, who drives an all-electric Nissan Leaf.

So Councilman Campbell buys a vehicle that is not supported and then campaigns for a regulation transferring the burden of providing fuel for his own choice of vehicles from himself to developers.  What a guy. -- "Self-serving in Tacoma"  

In other news:

Tacoma goes to pot says Wall Street Journal

Shelley Kerslake (1966 - 2014)

Shelley Marie Kerslake, a major player in the City of Tacoma 2003 David Brame scandal, 47, of Tacoma, WA passed away on July 13, 2014, after a 2˝year battle with colon cancer. Shelley was born on December 12, 1966, in Seattle, WA to Rod and Nancy Kerslake. In 1968 Shelley moved to Tacoma with her family. Shelley attended school in the University Place and Tacoma School Districts, graduating with honors from Wilson High School in 1987.

After graduating high school, Shelley enrolled at the University of Washington from which she graduated with a Bachelor's degree after three years. Following graduation from the UW, Shelley began studying law at the University of Puget Sound School of Law and later graduated with honors, receiving her juris doctorate degree. Shelley, after being admitted to the Washington Bar, began her legal career as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Tacoma where she worked until 2003 when she began working for the Kenyon Disend law firm, a law practice specializing in municipal law. Shelley became a partner in the firm in 2007 and continued working for the firm until her passing. In her work with the firm, she served as the City Attorney for the City of Tukwila, WA.

In 1995 Shelley married Dennis H. Ball. Their son Ian was born in 2002. Shelley and her family enjoyed traveling and she was always planning the next trip. She also enjoyed cooking and good food and many times planned travel based on culinary consideration. Shelley is survived by her husband, son, mother, father, sister, mother-in-law and a number of nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held celebrating Shelley's life on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 3:00pm. The service will be held at Annie Wright School, 827 North Tacoma Avenue, Tacoma, WA. Following the service family and friends are invited to an informal reception at Annie Wright School where attendees can tell Shelley stories and otherwise celebrate her very special life. A life that was way too short but oh so well lived. Shelley has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Seattle Children's Theater at www.sct.org.


 

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