TNT: Pierce County budget beefs up behavioral health services

"Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier will get his mental-health vans after all — at least one of them.

A four-month debate over local behavioral health funding ended Tuesday with a unanimous vote from the County Council, locking in a supplemental budget that includes about $3 million for services related to behavioral health and homeless programs.

The 6-0 vote represented a legislative victory for council Chairman Doug Richardson, who wrangled support from the council’s conservative and liberal wings."

Continue reading more of Sean Robinson's story at The News Tribune.

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TNT: County Council leaders like what they hear from Dammeier

"Pierce County Council leaders saw common ground with new county Executive Bruce Dammeier following his state of the county address Wednesday.

The speech highlighted Dammeier’s priorities, including a proposal for a $10.7 million supplemental budget adjustment, more than half of it targeted toward beefing up local behavioral health services.

'What we saw today was the executive’s priorities align with ours, and that certainly is good for us and for the county going forward. We’re looking forward to being able to work with him,' said county Councilman Rick Talbert, who sought the executive’s seat in last November’s election, won by Dammeier."

Continue reading more of Sean Robinson's story at The News Tribune.

 

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KING 5: Pierce County Executive proposes $750k for homeless veterans

"Pierce County is dealing with an exploding homeless population, and the newly elected Dammeier said he wants to focus the county’s efforts on the challenges faced by homeless veterans.

'It is unconscionable to me that anyone who has served our country in the military would not have a clean, safe place to live,' he said.

Dammeier proposed an appropriation of $750,000 to house and serve homeless veterans at the Washington Soldiers Home in Orting. A portion of that money, $250,000 would help run a facility for homeless women veterans at the Betsy Ross Project in Orting."

Continue reading Jenna Hanchard's story at KING 5. 

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TNT: So far, so good with new Pierce County executive — now what?

"There’s something gutsy about Bruce Dammeier choosing this Wednesday to deliver his introductory State of the County address, which apparently will mark the first time a Pierce County executive has given the speech favored by presidents, governors and mayors.

By sheer coincidence, Dammeier will go public with his vision for the county on March 15, also known as the Ides of March — a day that any student of Shakespeare knows is associated with dramatic political downfalls, not coming-out parties.

The former state legislator from Puyallup is not famous for making enemies, a la Julius Caesar; rather, he has a reputation as a solid moderate and a level-headed diplomat. But he also doesn’t strike us as the type to be daunted by history or tradition."

 

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Matt Driscoll: After tough campaign, Dammeier now has a more important task – to lead

"...[I]t is safe to say that the gestures Dammeier has made since the certification of the election have left his new colleagues on the County Council hopeful about what his leadership will mean.

Several of them I spoke with applauded the diverse group of seasoned advisers he appointed to his executive team, led by former Democratic state treasurer and lawmaker Dan Grimm. And Councilmen Rick Talbert, D-Tacoma, and Dan Roach, R-Bonney Lake, said Dammeier has spent time in recent weeks listening to county staff and council members."

Click here to continue reading Matt Driscoll's column at The News Tribune.

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TNT: Your last-minute guide to Election Day in Pierce County

"So the big day is almost here. Soon, we’ll likely know the outcome of the presidential race, along with dozens of others contests, near and far.

In the meantime, what do you need to know to participate, monitor or celebrate/berate the election?"

Click here to continue reading The News Tribune's last-minute guide to Election Day.

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TNT: There’s no excuse not to vote in the 253 - over and out

"In the 253 area code, we will decide whether to invest a princely sum in our grandchildren’s mass-transit future, and whether to make it easier for citizens to put do-it-yourself laws on the ballot. We will choose people to lead Pierce County out of King County’s shadow and into the dawn of 2020.

No vote should be taken for granted, no ballot left unmarked on the kitchen counter."

Continue reading the Editorial Board's Opinion at The News Tribune.

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Let Your Voice Be Heard!

Friends,
 
We are only three days from Tuesday’s election, and it is critically important for us to submit our ballots! If you have not voted yet, now is the time to mail your ballot or return it to a postage-free drop box location. Submitting your ballot before November 8th will help ensure your vote counts toward the initial returns on election night.

For those who have already voted, thank you! Please encourage your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers to participate as well. I am incredibly grateful for everyone’s support over the last thirteen months. Let’s finish strong!
 
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TNT Letters: Quality more important than party affiliation

". . . [Many Democrats in Tacoma] may be like my good friend who announced to me upon seeing my Dammeier sign that she planned to vote for both Bruce Dammeier and Bill Bryant. She watched Dammeier at work on the Puyallup School Board and highly respected his professionalism, work ethic and decisionmaking process."

"I sincerely hope that many Democrats will vote for the best candidate, not just a straight party ticket. Change can be healthy."

Continue reading Jan Fisher's Letter to the Editor at The News Tribune.

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