Councilmember Ladenburg Spring 2016 Newsletter
We’re well into 2016, and there’s much on the docket for the Pierce County
Council. I want to take this opportunity to share what I plan to focus on this year.
Information about Zika Virus
Misinformation, hype and concern about a disease threat can spread much more rapidly than the
disease itself. I want to help ease the hype created
by provocative and persistent news coverage.
Unless you are traveling to an affected region, the Zika disease should not concern you. People
who’ve returned from Zika-affected areas and are pregnant or experiencing symptoms of Zika illness
should contact their healthcare provider.
Join me at my In-District Meeting February 23
Please join me for an in-district Council meeting on Tuesday, February 23 at 5:30 p.m. We will be meeting at the University Place City Council Chambers.
Winter 2015 Mailed Newsletter
The year has come to an end and I’d like to share some noteworthy
accomplishments in 2015. I have completed my third year on the council and am proud to continue serving my district. By working together, we continue to make
Pierce County a great place to live, work and play.
Local scholarship opportunity for students
Let your voice be heard this Wednesday!
This Wednesday, I'm hosting a meeting of the Pierce County Council in our district and I'd like to invite you to attend. It'll be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 28, at The Evergreen State College's Tacoma Campus. The address is 1210 6th Avenue Tacoma, Washington.
Among other topics and regular county council business, we will have a budget presentation that you won't want to miss. There will also be a public forum portion of the meeting, where you are encouraged to address the council with any comments, questions or concerns. Mark your calendars now, and I hope to see you there!
Join me for a free giveaway at Bass Pro Shops on Saturday!
This Saturday, I'm volunteering at an event sponsored by Seattle Children's Hospital, Mary Bridge Children's Hospital, SafeKids Pierce County, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, Lok It Up, and Bass Pro Shops. I'm going to be handing out free gun safes and trigger locks between 10 am and 1 pm at the Bass Pro Shops on Hosmer Street just off I-5.
Making the case for behavioral health services
Councilmember Derek Young and I proposed R2015-91. It’s clear that we need to conduct a comprehensive and thorough evaluation of where service gaps exist, what their impact on county services are, where investments should be made, and what success should look like. Our proposal doesn’t even go so far as to suggest solutions to these problems or how to
pay for them. It is merely a study, meant to frame the conversation so all sides know the
full scope and dimensions of the issue.
The first step toward improving mental health services
We've introduced a resolution - R2015-91 - calling for a comprehensive audit of Pierce County’s behavioral health system in order to identify gaps in service, where investments would be appropriate and what success should look like. The mental health crisis in our community is not currently being addressed by existing efforts. An audit would allow the Council to determine its role in responding to this crisis and to make informed decisions about a comprehensive approach to providing needed services.
A fairway farewell...
The sun has set on what will surely go down in history as the greatest sporting event in
our area to date...and what an amazing experience it was!
Everything you wanted to know about the U.S. Open (but were afraid to ask)
Well, the wait is finally over and the event we've all been pining for has arrived! As you
can see from the photo below, the massive tents are up, the grandstands are decorated
with USGA flags and our own Chambers Bay Golf Course is set to host the greatest
golfers in the world come Monday, June 15th.
Come share your thoughts on public safety communications
I wanted to make sure you were invited to two public meetings on the new Public Safety Communications Center. The first will be Wednesday, May 13th, at 6 p.m. in Fircrest City Hall (115 Ramsdell St. in Fircrest) and the second will be Tuesday, May 26th, at 6:30 p.m. in the STAR Center's Voyage Studio (3873 S. 66th St. in Tacoma). The proposed Public Safety Communications Center was approved by Pierce County citizens in 2011.
Know before you go: USGA announces traffic, spectator plans
Want to know more about how the host city is preparing for the throngs of spectators, media and players who will descend on University Place in June? Mark your calendars for May 19th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Curtis High School Cafeteria.
Council Chair attempts to waste millions of taxpayer dollars
The majority of Pierce County Council members are abdicating their responsibility to lead on the issues they were elected to consider. On April 13, 2015, Council Chair Dan Roach – along with Councilmembers Jim McCune and Doug Richardson – attempted to pass an ordinance that would have required a public “advisory” vote on the construction of a new county building. This is a project that the council has voted to support. In other words, it PASSED, but these three individuals were on the losing side.
Programs available for seniors and the disabled
I thought you might be interested to know that Pierce County offers several programs to provide assistance to our senior citizens and disabled residents. There are property tax exemptions and deferrals available. You may also qualify for a discount on your sewer bill. Please click on the links for more information about some of the programs offered by the county.
February 2015 E-Newsletter
On February 17, with a vote of 4-3, the Pierce County Council decided to proceed with a major consolidation of county services into a new General Services Building. Here is a summary of my reasons for supporting this new building.
New Building Public Forum Invite
Please join me – along with Council Members Rick Talbert and Derek Young – for a public forum to provide you with another opportunity to learn about the proposed general services building currently under consideration.
Winter 2014 Mailed Newsletter
We are a county that cares...about safer communities, homeless youth, behavioral health, human trafficking, and more. We are also a county that works, as you can see by the Chambers Creek shoreline, the wastewater treatment facility and our 2015 budget.
Summer 2014 E-Newsletter
The Pierce County Council recently considered a resolution to post the phrase, “In God We Trust,” in our Council chamber. I would like to share with you my response to the correspondence I received from numerous individuals in our community. Also, our recent budget retreat provided a report on the county’s revenue and expenditures as well as projections on our local economic outlook.
Summer 2014 Mailed Newsletter
Keeping you up to date on Pierce County Jail’s budget; pros and cons of constructing a new building for county government; one year until the best in golf visit Chambers Bay in University Place; how best to proceed with mental health & dependency issues; and the general fund budget
for the year 2014
Spring 2013 E-Newsletter
Pierce County is moving right along. There are a couple of items that I want to share with you right off. First, I will host an in-district meeting on June 27, at 5:30 pm, at the County’s Environmental Services Building. Second, I have been working on some legislation (Ordinance No. 2013-8s) that will change the time of our regular Council meetings, which are currently held on Tuesdays at 3 p.m.