Latest Blog Posts

  1. Fair winds and following seas

    Late last week I learned that Lowell Porter, our director of the Department of Emergency Management (DEM), is retiring from Pierce County.  While I appreciate his decision, it’s always hard to say goodbye to a trusted and talented colleague. Those of...

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  2. Planes, trains and automobiles – and buses and feet, too!

    I wrote this blog from BWI Airport (Baltimore-Washington International) waiting for my 7:20 p.m. flight back to SeaTac.  The last two days have been non-stop, including traveling on nearly every kind of transportation: bus from the airport to/from...

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  3. You care for them. We care for you.

    When you think of a caregiver, what image do you see? You might imagine someone dressed in scrubs, most likely a woman, helping an elderly patient get dressed, use a walker, or take medications. Perhaps you see them at the end of their work shift,...

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  4. Learning from the past

    I hope you had a fun and relaxing Fourth of July celebration with your family and friends this week! My celebration was colored by two people I met this past week.  In last week’s blog, I highlighted meeting an amazing 98-year-old WWII nurse who...

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  5. Honoring service with hope and healing

    Those who have served us in the military should never be without a roof over their heads. I’ve written in past blog posts about the Betsy Ross Project housed at the Washington Soldiers’ Home in Orting. A refurbished dormitory for wartime nurses has...

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  6. In a fight for lives

    Earlier this week I read a story in the News Tribune about a teenager who broke into a woman’s home in the early hours of Saturday morning.  Her husband was gone on travel, so she was home alone when awakened by her dogs to alert her to a...

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  7. A new adventure!

    Can you imagine traveling seventy miles on the water under your own power – no motor or sail? Me, neither! But, earlier this week about 120 teams of intrepid – and maybe a bit crazy – people took on that challenge for the first time in the South...

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  8. Aging is natural. Abuse is not.

    The mornings were still a bit cold in her house, even though spring was right around the corner. As she sat in her chair to enjoy a cup of tea and read the newspaper – the same routine she has enjoyed for the past 25 years – her phone rang. She...

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  9. Pierce County Graduates

    Ok, I am warning you…I am about to brag! Our granddaughter, Justice, whom is a graduate from Spanaway Lake High School,  graduated last Sunday from the University of Washington-Seattle, Foster School of Business in Accounting. She has a summer intern...

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  10. Community

    Community. You take a collection of people in a geographic area and call that a community. But being a community is a continuous endeavor. It’s that feeling of belonging, that members matter to one another, and everyone is committed to the greater...

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  11. Second Chances

    22,800. More than 3 sold out games at Cheney Stadium. Enough people to fill the Washington State fairgrounds in Puyallup 2 times. And nearly enough to fill the Tacoma Dome. What is it? The estimated number of people in Pierce County who are...

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  12. A clear view

    We owe the residents of Pierce County as much insight into how their government operates as possible.  That’s why a team of County employees have spent the better part of the last few months designing and developing a suite of online platforms for...

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  13. City of Tacoma’s Stability Site

    There has been a great deal of focus on homelessness for a number of years and effort by government on how we can eliminate this problem. When we think of homelessness, more often than not we think of the people on the corner or in an encampment....

    ConnieLadenburg
  14. Unprecedented

    Messages matter.  And, the message we were sending last Tuesday during a press conference was that we want more family-wage jobs for our residents and good businesses are an important part of a vibrant Pierce County! Standing shoulder-to-shoulder...

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  15. Oh, baby!

    Did you know that in 2016, Pierce County had the highest number of children entering foster care in Washington State? Of the 1,700 children currently in foster care in the county, nearly half of them are under the age of 5. While we have many...

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  16. Now, that’s ironic!

    As you might suspect, I am frequently asked to give greetings/welcome/opening comments to groups that meet throughout our County. They can range from the Pierce County Prayer Breakfast, to the South Sound Military Community Partnership Elected...

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  17. The voice of the customer

    Hearing our customers – that is, the residents of Pierce County – gives us the opportunity every day to adapt and improve our work. Their feedback helps us see were we can improve, what investments we need to make, and how we can work together more...

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  18. This page quiet until November

    County ethics rules prohibit the use of County communication resources on behalf of a candidate for office after April 30th. As a result, this blog will be going quiet until November. I will continue providing regular updates on my own blog, campaign...

    DerekYoung
  19. Council Schedule Highlights Week of April 30th, 2018

    Programming note… County ethics rules prohibit the use of County communication resources on behalf of a candidate for office after April 30th. As a result, this blog will be going quiet until November. I will continue providing regular updates...

    DerekYoung
  20. At a crossroads

    Pierce County has come to a crossroads, with two potential routes ahead of us. One path leads us to being a bedroom community for King County. In fact, that is already a reality for about 33% of our citizens who live in Pierce County but work up...

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