December 2016 e-newsletter
Joyce's Farewell, Meridian Habitat Park, Pierce College's 50th Anniversary, Farm Tour, Fantasy Lights and more.
Spring 2016 Newsletter
It has been an honor to serve you on the Pierce County Council. I want to thank
each of you for your support. Together we have accomplished much to ensure
that Pierce County is a better place to live, work and raise our families. As you
may know, my last term comes to a close at the end of this year. Click to continue reading.
May 2016 e-Newsletter
April 2016 e-Newsletter
March 2016 e-Newsletter
February 2016 e-Newsletter
Topics include the council's action on Heart Disease Awareness, Health Tips, Flood Preparation, and upcoming events.
January 2016 e-Newsletter
Happy New Year! I hope that your holiday was enjoyable and that you were able to relax with your friends and family. There are several important things coming up that you need to be aware of.
2015 Fall-Winter Newsletter
A breakdown of the 2016 county budget, updates on changes to marijuana legislation and improvements coming to the Foothill's Trail.
Holiday fun in the 2nd District!
As this year comes to a close I want each of you to know how grateful I am that you put your confidence in me as your elected leader. Once again, the council balanced the County’s budget without adding new tax burdens on you, the hard working families of Pierce County. In 2016, we will see a new park in South Hill, a new property crimes unit in the Sheriff's Department and more trail completions. I am confident that next year will bring more challenges for all of us but I look forward to ensuring that your voice is heard and that we can work together to make Pierce County a better place to live, work and raise our families.
Know how to protect yourself from flooding
I'd like to invite you to a flood preparedness open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 14 at Stewart Elementary School, 426 4th Ave. NE in Puyallup.
This free event will feature informational booths and short presentations about flood preparedness. You can drop in any time between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and children’s activities will be available.
Don't forget to vote November 3rd!
November is here and with it comes our yearly In-District Meeting, Pierce County
Elections, Veterans Day, and Thanksgiving. I hope that you take the time to enjoy the
things that make you and your family happy. We have so much to be thankful for in this
great country of ours. This month you will find information on a fun Veteran’s Day event,
free National Park days and information on how to safely prepare your turkey!
October 2015 is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
If you, or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center is here to help. You’ll find all the professional support and resources you need under one roof. Further below in this newsletter, you'll find more information about how to file a police report online, how to trick-or-treat safely, fun-family events, and where to find this season’s flu shot.
Police help seniors to be safe at home
Local communities have become much more accessible and senior-friendly. Even so, when it comes to personal safety, older adults and people with disabilities need to take special precautions at home as well as out and about. Together with local police departments and Safe Streets, Pierce County Community Connections Aging & Disability Resources will host a series of five public presentations on simple things individuals can do to maintain their personal safety.
September brings fun at the fair for the 2nd District!
September is here, our children are heading back to school and the Washington State Fair will be in full swing soon. My family and I have enjoyed the fair for over 20 years now so when I was asked to participate in PCTV's Washington State Fair segment I did not hesitate! It brings family fun, builds the economy and puts Puyallup on the map as a destination city. Check out my website to see the interview in its entirety. In this issue you will also find a free offer from Puget Sound Energy, and information on Dash Point's Fun Run, the Mt. Rainier concert series held at Ashford Park, and many more free, family events. Enjoy!
August heat brings summer fun in the 2nd District!
In this month’s issue, you will also find information on the Pierce County Sheriff’s
Academy, Puyallup’s Spray Park, Fife’s National Night of Safety, and a special salute to
our U.S. Coast Guard for their hard work in protecting our country as they celebrate on
August 4th. There are several other suggestions for free family outings as well, so enjoy! Please remember to contact me if there is anything in Pierce County government that I can assist you with. My staff and I look forward to hearing from you.
Happy 4th of July, America!
The U.S. Open Championship is now behind us. It was an honor for Pierce County to host this historic event. While much effort was put forth by all, I especially want to thank our law enforcement for their professionalism and protection. They coordinated efforts with over 36 agencies to help make this event safe and enjoyable for attendees and players alike. In this month’s issue, you will learn about Free Movies in the Park and see how to turn that old junk into cash at the Pierce County’s Annual Junk in Your Trunk event. There are several other suggestions for free family outings.
The U.S. Open was huge success for Pierce County
After a busy week of spectators, golfers and media occupying Pierce County, the 2015
U.S. Open at Chambers Bay has finally come to an end. The U.S. Open was the largest
event ever hosted by the county, and I couldn’t be more proud. From scenery to food
and the distinctive architecture of the links style course, the beautiful Pacific Northwest
created a unique experience for players and spectators that will keep them coming back
for years to come.
Warmer weather brings more outdoor activities to Pierce County
In this issue, you will also find information on Pierce County’s farmers markets (or visit www.pugetsoundfresh.org for more information). Additionally, you'll find information on the dedication of Ashford Community Park's second phase completion and where you can enjoy Flag Day events. There are several other suggestions for free family outings and let’s not forget to honor dad on Sunday, June 21st!
What's going on in the 2nd District this May
In this issue you will find information on Harvest Pierce County's annual Spring Summit where you can learn about sustainable living and have a free lunch. Also, Pierce County’s Aging and Disability Resources group is hosting a class on travel. Maybe you would enjoy attending the Puget Sound Family Fun Day? There are several other suggestions for free family outings and let’s not forget to honor mom on Sunday, May 10th!
Come to the South Sound 911 meeting in Puyallup
Leaders from South Sound 911 will provide briefings about the agency’s plan to build a new public safety communications center at upcoming public meetings around the county. The 2nd District meeting is being held Wednesday, April 29th, at 6 p.m. in the Puyallup Public Library South Meeting Room, 324 S. Meridian in Puyallup.
Winter gives way to Spring in Pierce County
The old saying is that April showers bring May flowers. I believe that this northwest winter will go down in our record books as one of the mildest that we have ever seen. There were several “balmy” March days with sunshine and temperatures soaring well into the 60s.
We need your help to review our charter
One of the best ways to have your voice heard in local government is to run for office. The Pierce County Charter Review Board is seeking candidates to serve on the board. Here is your opportunity to update and make improvements to the Pierce County Charter. Please read the information below and if you have any further questions feel free to contact my office.
March 2015 E-Newsletter
The U.S. Open is almost here and preparations are underway. Pierce County will be hosting the largest sporting event ever to be held in the Pacific Northwest. We are excited and anticipate business opportunities as well as positive exposure for Pierce County. In this March issue you will find information on the up-and-coming U.S. Open, classes on edible gardening and Pierce County Community Connections Aging & Disability is initiating community input for the creation of the 2016-2019 Area Plan. Also, suggestions for fun family outings, Parks and Recreation Events and more. I hope you find the information useful.
February 2015 E-Newsletter
In this February Issue you will find; heart healthy tips, how to keep your property safe from flooding, classes on edible gardening, suggestions for fun family outings, Parks and Recreation Events and more. I hope you find the information useful.
January 2015 Printed Newsletter
A breakdown of the 2015 county budget, reports on the scourge of human trafficking, the 10-year anniversary of the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center, flooding safety tips, and a photo gallery.
December 2014 E-Newsletter
It’s been a busy year and we just finalized the 2015 budget. I have kept the promises that I made to you and balanced Pierce County’s budget without added tax burdens to our citizens and without compromising public safety. In fact, we will devote more resources to public safety and corrections by funding two new positions in the sheriff’s department and hiring eight additional corrections deputies at the Pierce County Jail.
November 2014 E-Newsletter
November is already here! I’m sure that thoughts are now turned to Thanksgiving celebrations and family traditions. November is also a time for reflection and Veteran’s Day Ceremonies. It’s also Military Family Appreciation Month! I would like to take a moment to thank all of our Veteran’s of years past and present and their families that have kept the home fires burning bright during times of great sacrifice. Without your noble service we would not enjoy the freedoms that we hold dear. Thank you!
October 2014 E-Newsletter
In this newsletter you will find safety tips for your “trick-or-treater” and help in locating a “flu shot near you.” Also, be sure to take advantage of the different programs that our Parks and Recreation department has to offer. Here at the Council, the month of October will be spent working on the 2015 budget. As always, my main goal is to balance Pierce County’s budget without added tax burdens to its citizens and without compromising public safety.
Fall 2014 E-Newsletter
Fall is just around the corner. Our children are returning to school and the leaves are beginning to change. As you settle into the “new normal” be sure to take advantage of the up and coming fall festivities. For your convenience, I have listed several enjoyable free activities below that are available through our Parks and Recreation and of course it’s time for the Puyallup Fair.
2014 Printed Newsletter
A list of area farmers markets, a visit to the first annual Farm Forum, more on the new Puget Sound Fresh app, Faces of Farming and Meet the Farmer on PCTV, rubbing elbows with Daffodil royalty, and a breakdown of the Pierce County general fund budget.
Winter 2013 E-Newsletter
Soon I will be sending you an update on Pierce County’s Budget, but today as we begin to prepare for Thanksgiving and Christmas, I wanted to make sure, before you have made all of your Holiday plans, that you have the information on Fantasy Lights where you can drive through 2.5 miles of animated holiday displays at Spanaway Park.
Fall 2013 E-Newsletter
Fall has come to Pierce County with its cold air, changing leaves and rain. But, this season brings opportunity. Opportunity to participate in actives and adventures with our families and friends, and an opportunity for you to share with me your thoughts on Pierce County. I can’t think of a better place to live than Pierce County.