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April 20, 2016 Comments (0) journal

Hear Ye, Hear Ye…

Written in the almost-giddy afterglow of NWIW’s announcement that they will hie away for easier targets, that the methanol plant once lauded by the Governor, the Mayor and most of the Port Commission is as stupid and dead as O’Leary’s cow. It feels good, when bad ideas are abandoned in the face of so much common sense and common purpose coming from the people who call this place home. There is a new wind blowing in T-town and it is a good thing. If you live here, you’re lucky.

town-crier-july-22-2013-getty-andrew-cowie-afpAnd, don’t look now, but that other idea may all be starting to come together as well. The idea that a reusable bag initiative might take hold in Tacoma, that it would include an outright ban on single-use grocery bags, it all seems like it’s been such a long, strange trip. Because it has been.

But now there’s this, and the scuttlebutt is that they have the votes and they’ve found the will. (I remain, ever skeptical, yet… hopeful all the same.) Bottom line is that in order to move forward with this legislation, it’s your body that is needed. Your body, at the meeting on April 27th. Show up and let the committee know which side you’re on, and help them as they make the right decision. Here’s the official invite…

The Office of Sustainability is presenting to the IPS Committee on the City’s Material Management Plan, including the results of the disposable bag survey.

The Sustainable Tacoma Commission will be recommending that the City Council vote to move a reusable bag ordinance out of the subcommittee, and on to the City Council for a vote.

Please show your support by writing your city council member before this event, or attending on the day with your reusable bag!

The meeting will be held at the Tacoma Municipal Building North (733 Market Street), Room 16 and will begin at 4:30pm on April 27th. The staff presentation on this topic will begin at 5:00pm.

For more information on this topic visit: www.cityoftacoma.org/shoppingbags.