Latest Blog Posts

  1. Council Schedule Highlights Week of June 24th, 2019

    – Derek Young, Pierce County Council Monday, June 24th, 2019 10:00 am Rules Committee Douglas Richardson, Chair Connie Ladenburg, Vice Chair Dave Morrell, Executive Pro Tempore Regularly scheduled meetings are broadcast live and replayed on channel...

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  2. A human touch

    Every day, I have challenging conversations with our colleagues and those outside the County about our work to build a brighter future for the people of Pierce County.  Many of those conversations revolve around more and better jobs, safeguarding and...

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  3. Council Schedule Highlights Week of June 17th, 2019

    – Derek Young, Pierce County Council Monday, June 17th, 2019 10:00 am Rules Committee Douglas Richardson, Chair Connie Ladenburg, Vice Chair Dave Morrell, Executive Pro Tempore Regularly scheduled meetings are broadcast live and replayed on channel...

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  4. Counting everyone once, only once, and in the right place

    Counting everyone once, only once, and in the right place. It’s easy to see the parallels between election administration and the decennial census. That’s one reason I’m so passionate about the 2020 Census. The April 1, 2020 event is just around the...

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  5. Council Schedule Highlights Week of June 10th, 2019

    – Derek Young, Pierce County Council Monday, June 10th, 2019 1:30 pm Public Safety Committee — Cancelled Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 9:30 am Economic and Infrastructure Development Committee Douglas G. Richardson, Chair Connie Ladenburg, Vice Chair...

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  6. In tribute

    Whether serving our country, our community or our county, we have many reasons to pause this week and express our gratitude to our public servants. Much will be written this week in memory of the thousands of men and women involved in World War II’s...

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  7. A New Division of Sustainability for Pierce County

    – Derek Young, Pierce County Council Like the rest of the region, we’re facing two major environmental crises in Pierce County — global climate change and local issues related to Puget Sound recovery. Without immediate action, the place we love...

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  8. Valued and respected

    My friend and mentor, Lyle Quasim, was awarded the KBTC 2019 Community Impact Award this week.  It is quite an honor, and he is more than deserving. I’ve known Lyle for decades and we have shared countless coffees talking about our community – be it...

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  9. Council Schedule Highlights Week of May 27th, 2019

    Monday, May 27th, 2019 Office closed — Memorial Day Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 9:30 am Economic and Infrastructure Development Committee Douglas G. Richardson, Chair Connie Ladenburg, Vice Chair Marty Campbell Dave Morell Pam Roach This meeting will be...

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  10. Answers

    On December 18, 2017, Amtrak 501, on its inaugural run, left the tracks near DuPont at 7:34 a.m. Several  passenger cars landed on southbound I-5.  Tragically, 3 people died, 57 passengers were injured, as were 8 occupants of cars on the freeway....

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  11. Broadband Focus of County Council Meeting

    The Pierce County Council will hold an in-district Council meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28 in the Gig Harbor High School Auditorium, 5101 Rosedale St. NW in Gig Harbor. This in-district meeting will be chaired by Councilmember Derek Young,...

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  12. Council Schedule Highlights Week of May 20th, 2019

    Monday, May 20th, 2019 1:30 pm Community Development Committee Derek Young, Chair Dave Morell, Vice Chair Marty Campbell Jim McCune Douglas G. Richardson Regularly scheduled meetings are broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and Click!...

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  13. The other Washington

    While I enjoy traveling occasionally, I am biased toward what we have to offer here in Pierce County.  I love our South Sound, our mountain, our people and living “Like the Mountain is Out.”  There are more things that I would like to do here in...

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  14. Respect for what we do

    Recently, my husband and I watched, “On the Basis of Sex,” the story of Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s (RBG) first precedent setting case on gender discrimination. RBG continued to work on cases that overturned 100 years of gender discrimination. At the time...

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  15. Hello, Sunshine!

    It’s been quite a week in Pierce County! On Tuesday, the Council approved the ordinance that allows the Chambers Bay resort to move forward.  I appreciate the due diligence and review completed by the Council as they performed their work.  They had a...

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  16. Explaining My Vote on the Resort at Chambers Bay

    My vote today is difficult because we’re given a choice between a flawed proposal presented by the Executive and continuing to lose money on a luxury golf course accessible to few Pierce County residents. Even the other respondent to our request for...

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  17. A new chapter

    As you know from previous blogs, I’ve been an avid reader my entire life.  Books have taken me to far-off imaginary lands and transported me back into fascinating historical events.  A great book can be a relaxing vacation without leaving home and a...

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  18. The Power of Stories Retold

    This week I once again heard two powerful and horrific stories about domestic violence in our community.  Both stories were difficult to listen to and comprehend.  They describe a world that I fervently wish did not exist.  Unfortunately, in this...

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  19. Placing children at the center

    While it wasn’t the first time I had visited Baby Court, the case I watched unfold in the courtroom last week had a strong impact on me. For those not familiar with the program, Baby Court is an innovative approach to working as a community...

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  20. Early Intervention

    It was 2016 when Taylor first noticed that her 12-month old baby, Kael, may be experiencing some delays in his development. From the beginning, Kael was upset by loud noises and did not like being around crowds. When he wasn’t babbling or making some...

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