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Letter to City Council re: Library Funding 2021

Read the letter sent by the League of Women Voters of Tacoma-Pierce County to City of Tacoma Mayor and City Council, asking that they not make the reductions in library funding that were proposed by the City Manager here.

State of Washington Aviation Commission Planning Process

In 2019 the Legislature approved formation of a Commercial Aviation Commission, charged with identifying new potential airport sites to relieve congestion at Sea-Tac Airport. The Commission began its work in 2020. The schedule for development of recommendations is as follows:

1. Recommend a short list of no more than six airports by January 1, 2021
2. Identify the top two airports by September 1, 2021
3. Identify the single preferred location by January 1, 2022, by 60% majority vote

Background on the Commission and its purpose can be found here: https://wsdot.wa.gov/aviation/commission/home.htm.

In July, a WSDOT analysis of potential sites was released. This can be found in a more readable form in a power point at https://wsdot.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2020/07/22/CACC-Presentation-July-22-2020.pdf.

One of the sites being analyzed is Tacoma Narrows Airport.

For more information, see the Commission's web site:https://wsdot.wa.gov/aviation/commission/home.htm.

Letter to Puyallup City Council re: Racial Justice

Read the letter sent by the League of Women Voters of Tacoma-Pierce County to City of Tacoma leadership, asking that they develop a unified statement about racial justice and establish a citizen task force for racial justice.

Letter to Puyallup Mayor and Council, September 14, 2020

Letter to Tacoma City Officials re: Civil Rights Investigation

Read the letter sent by the League of Women Voters of Tacoma-Pierce County to City of Tacoma officials asking that they retain the Civil Rights Investigation section of the Office of Equity of Human Rights, rather than eliminating that section as a budget cut. The City has a revenue shortfall as a result of COVID, but the League asks that the City not select this particular function as a budget reduction. Letter to Tacoma officials, July 23, 2020

Open Letter to the Public

Read the open letter to the public from League President Cynthia Stewart regarding protests this week resulting from the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis MN and calling for action to address racial inequality now. Read it here.

League Comment on 5-Year Homelessness Plan

On May 5, 2020, the Pierce County Council will be considering a resolution to approve a proposed 5-year plan for homelessness. After much consideration, the League has submitted written testimony to the Council asking that the Plan not be approved.

See the Plan here.

See the League comments here.

For more information, see the County Council agenda page on this issue https://online.co.pierce.wa.us/cfapps/council/iview/proposal.cfm?proposal_num=R2020-29.

For the most recent information about homelessness in Pierce County see https://www.co.pierce.wa.us/3715/Homeless-Programs (scroll down to see data).

Continuing...Many Faces of Homelessness

The January 30, 2020 Many Faces of Homelessness forum in Puyallup was recorded. Listen to sessions 3, Who's Responsible, and 4, What are others doing, here: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AvPvsD54gzVvKto&id=69F910EB3846C82A%21203493&cid=69F910EB3846C82A

Affordable Housing Update - Pierce County Shelter Study

The League of Women Voters of Tacoma-Pierce County has just completed a study of shelter in Pierce County. The study reflects many of the changes in housing circumstances since the 2008-2009 study of affordable housing was done. It extends "affordable housing" to include shelter. Areas of consensus in the membership discussion of this study will be the basis of an update to the current affordable housing position (http://www.tacomapiercelwv.org/files/position_on_affordable_housing.pdf).

Two membership discussion meetings were scheduled but had to be canceled because of the coronavirus shelter-in-place requirements:

  • Thursday, March 19, 1;00 - 3:00 pm CANCELED
    Wheelock Branch, Tacoma Public Libraries
    3722 N 26th St, Tacoma, WA 98407

  • Saturday, March 21, 10:15 am to Noon CANCELED
    Summit Branch, Pierce County Libraries
    5107 112th St. E., Tacoma, WA 98446 (unincorporated)

THESE WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR EARLY MAY VIA ZOOM.

Any member may attend, and the meeting is open to the public; but only members who have declared that they have read the study may respond to the discussion questions that will lead to consensus and position.

Read the study here

Read the discussion questions here

For a short summary of the study, read this.

Pierce County Proposal for 1/10 OF 1% Behavioral Health Tax

This proposal is before the Pierce County Council for a final vote on March 10, 2020. Read the letter sent as testimony in support of the proposal here.

Read the letter sent to the Human Services Committee in support of this proposal when they deliberated on February 18, 2020 here. The Committee moved it forward without recommendation. For more information about what is proposed, see https://online.co.pierce.wa.us/cfapps/council/iview/committeeMeeting.cfm?committee_cd=hs&meeting_dt=Feb 18 2020 9:30AM

See the mental health study here: http://www.tacomapiercelwv.org/files/report_for_web_10-23-16.pdf

Legislative Proclamation - League Centennial

On the 100th anniversary of the League of Women Voters of Tacoma-Pierce County, February 14, 2020, the Washington State Senate adopted this resolution in honor of the centennial. We were honored to have this recognition.

Centennial Proclamation

Resolution sponsor, Sen. Jeannie Darneille, introduces the proclamation in the Senate on February 14, 2020

LWVT-PC members Susan Eidenschink and Jacki Skaught, along with centennial celebrator Sue Lean, in the gallery during the proclamation ceremony

Sen. Jeannie Darneille with League members and staff member, Noelle Kappert, following the event

PSCAA Clean Fuel Standard

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has proposed a new rule related to fuel that would apply only in the four-county PSCAA region (King, Snohomish, Kitsap and Pierce). See a summary of the proposal here: https://pscleanair.gov/DocumentCenter/View/3944/Clean-Fuel-Standard-Draft-Rule-Summary_December-2019?bidId=

The League of Women Voters of Tacoma-Pierce County submitted a letter during the public comment period in support of the proposal. You can read that letter here.

League Editorial about WA State Tax Structure

Take a look at the editorial published in the Tacoma News Tribune on December 8, 2019, by Katie Baird and Cynthia Stewart.

Taxing Our Way Toward Greater Equality

Katie Baird, primary author, is a member of the League of Women Voters of Tacoma-Pierce County and a Professor of Economics at the University of Washington Tacoma. Cynthia Stewart is President of the League of Women Voters of Tacoma-Pierce County and the Lead on Revenue for the League of Women Voters of WA.

Book Reviews

Suggested Books to Read

Each month, one of our members submits a brief book review to be published in the Voter. The list above provides ideas of books that may be of interest to League members and others. Take a look at our Voter for additional book ideas.

2020 Annual Meeting

For the June 6, 2020 Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting booklet with agenda and materials

Fact-Checking Resources

Here are some reliable resources for fact-checking statements or claims heard on any media sources.

American Library Association, an exhaustive and up to date list of websites, documents, and videos that can help the community evaluate information and fact check: https://libguides.ala.org/InformationEvaluation

Pierce County Library System Reliable Data Bases: https://polariscatalog.piercecountylibrary.org/POLARIS/search/misc/esources.aspx

CSU Chico Evaluating Information: https://library.csuchico.edu/sites/default/files/craap-test.pdf

University of South Australia - Video, Evaluating Information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2U3dkTLjuvE

Austin CC - Fake News and Alternative Facts; Finding Accurate News: https://researchguides.austincc.edu/c.php?g=612891&p=4257736 This guide for students, faculty and staff investigates the phenomenon of fake news, and provides proactive strategies to help them recognize fake news, and identify accurate sources.

Politifact: https://www.politifact.com/

Snopes: https://www.snopes.com/

Annenberg Public Policy Fact Check: https://www.factcheck.org/

Apfactcheck: factcheck@ap.org