Latest Blog Posts

  1. Vox populi

    This week’s blog is titled “Vox populi.”  For those of you who don’t know Latin, it means “the voice of the people.” Our community and our government depend on the active involvement of “the people” for support and vitality.  They are volunteers,...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  2. Disappointment for Chambers Bay

    I have to admit that I am very disappointed with most of the County Council. I have written before on the development at Chambers Bay. For those that may be first time readers or may have missed previous blogs here is a little background. It has been...

    ConnieLadenburg
  3. Council Schedule Highlights Week of September 11th, 2017

    Monday, SEPTEMBER 11th, 2017 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)...

    DerekYoung
  4. Last Week at the Pierce County Council — September 9th, 2017

    Tuesday Study Session Chambers Bay Resort Development — At the August 29th Council meeting the Chambers Bay Master Plan update failed to get a majority to pass and was postponed until the September 12th Council meeting. As a result, we met with Dan...

    DerekYoung
  5. Fire and flood – what’s next?

      Our Department of Emergency Management (DEM) could not have asked for a better setup for Emergency Preparedness Month.  Flooding in Texas, fires near Crystal Mountain with the ever-present smoke in the air, an 8.0 earthquake in Mexico and now...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  6. Professionalism – Respect – Compassion

    There are some who equate being professional with dispassionate detachment. Furthermore, there are more who characterize government as uncaring and without regard for individuals. On Wednesday, I witnessed two occasions where our employees’ actions...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  7. Total eclipse – and more!

    Where were you when the sky turned dark?  Okay, let’s be honest.  Around here, the sky didn’t look dramatically different but the eclipse was still a cool rarity to witness. I was at the STOP facility filming a video on emergency preparedness for DEM...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  8. All Politics Are Local…?

    As a County Councilmember I have the wonderful opportunity to write a column in the University Place Press. I often address local issues facing Pierce County and in this particular column I take a look at how the national political agenda impacts us...

    ConnieLadenburg
  9. Seeing a brighter future

    I’ve been offended and disgusted by the racist language and horrible imagery on display in Virginia.  When you add to it North Korea developing nuclear missile capability and another horrific vehicle attack in Europe, it’s no wonder that folks on...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  10. #TalbertTalks about County Council Activities

    Hi District 5,  I am coming to you from Earthwise Architectural Salvage in East Tacoma to give you an update on Pierce County Council activities. Here is my first of hopefully many video blogs to come!

    ricktalbert
  11. Will townhomes be the new look on Chambers?

    The Pierce County Council is in the process of approving the Chambers Bay Master Plan for the next 10 years. There is language that will allow for “extended-stay housing” or multi-family residential housing on the Chambers Bay site of the park.  This...

    ConnieLadenburg
  12. Thinking about the unthinkable

    I have just returned from vacation, rested from a peaceful few days on the waters of Puget Sound and parts north. Despite the smoke from the B.C. fires, I can assure you that a terrorist attack was not in the forefront of my mind as we anchored at...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  13. Council Schedule Highlights Week of August 7th, 2017

    Monday, AUGUST 7th, 2017 10:00am Rules Committee Douglas G. Richardson, Chair Rick Talbert, Vice Chair Dan Roach, Executive Pro Tempore This meeting will be broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and Click! Network) and on channel 20...

    DerekYoung
  14. Making a difference

    While the Executive is out on vacation, it gives me a chance to step in and share my perspective on Pierce County. When Bruce returns next Monday, he will be devoting much of his time to putting together a budget proposal for 2018. It will be a lot...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  15. Excessive heat expected this week

    Stay cool this week! Below are tips from the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management on how you can beat the heat. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued an excessive heat warning for parts of the Puget Sound area this week....

    ConnieLadenburg
  16. Council Schedule Highlights Week of July 31st, 2017

    Monday, JULY 31st, 2017 1:30pm Community Development Committee Derek Young, Chair Douglas G. Richardson, Vice Chair Rick Talbert Jim McCune Pam Roach This meeting will be broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and Click! Network) and on...

    DerekYoung
  17. Gone fishin’

    To be clear, I am not a fisherman.  My grandfather was a legend out of Horsehead Bay in the late 60’s and early 70’s.  Many folks would see his boat heading out and see it as a sign that fish were running.  I chose this week’s blog title because of...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  18. Council Schedule Highlights Week of July 24th, 2017

    Monday, JULY 24th, 2017 11:00am Monday Study Session Integration 2020 Mid-Adopter Binding Letter Discussion Presenter: Steve O’Ban, Special Assistant on Behavior Health State law requires full integration of Pierce County’s Behavioral and Physical...

    DerekYoung
  19. Happy new year!

      Although we’re only seven months through the year with a recently approved Supplemental Budget for 2017, we are already keenly focused on the 2018 budget. For 6 to 8 hours each week, members of our Executive and Finance teams are meeting with...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  20. Regional Strategy for Economic Development

    Grow local jobs for our local workers. For a number of months, the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) has been in the process of developing a regional strategy for economic development. The PSRC has committees to address growth management,...

    ConnieLadenburg