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February 5, 2008 at 7:48am

Super Tuesday celebrity fun


The Weekly Volcano usually counts down the hours until Super Tuesday but not for the obvious reasons of gorging on bowls of clam dip and getting pie-eyed on cheap beer. Nope, we usually love Super Tuesday because while folks are cloistered away screaming at their TV sets, the city is our oyster.

Not this year.  We’ll be glued to our TV sets seeking celebrities for guidance.

LINK: Alternet.

Filed under: Politics,

February 3, 2008 at 12:32pm

Yes We Can


Filed under: Politics,

April 5, 2007 at 11:53am

Catherine Ushka-Hall interview

Catherineushka The Weekly Volcano caught up with Marty Campbell’s campaign manager, Catherine Ushka-Hall, right after her trip through urbanXchange and Embellish Multispace Salon. Campbell is running for Tacoma City Council position eight, the city-wide seat that will be vacated by fellow small business owner Bill Evans, whose term will expire in 2008.

WEEKLY VOLCANO: How did you land the job as Marty Campbell's campaign manager?

CATHERINE USHKA-HALL: As it turns out, Marty and I have been living almost parallel lives in Tacoma, both Neighborhood Council Chairs, both recipients of the Business Examiners 40 Under 40 Awards, both committed to a better Tacoma. But Campbell has significant experience solving issues in our community and in the arts, he’s been in the trenches here for a long time, while I have significant experience involving campaigns. To make a long story short, he was looking for a campaign manager, and I was helping him go through the process. At some point, Pactrica Laci-Davis, owner of Embellish Multispace Salon said, “Why don’t you do it?”  It took a day or two to consider, but it struck me that I love doing campaign work for the right people and the right issues. Marty is the right person. He's one of us. So I emailed him my resume, and the rest is history.  

VOLCANO: What are Campbell's major platform points?

USHKA-HALL: Commerce, Community and Conversation.

Commerce: There are many good things going for Tacoma, but it can be so much better. We must invest in our existing small businesses so that they can grow. We must encourage entrepreneurs and provide opportunity for real success right here in Tacoma. By investing in local business, we will grow our job base, our wages, and our quality of life.  Our tax dollars should be spent here first. As a result, we will retain our best and brightest, as well as our young families â€" Our city needs both of these to thrive.

Community: Our neighborhoods need to be safe, walk-able and attractive â€" not just for some Tacoman’s, but for all of us. There must be laws and ordinances that have real enforceability to keep criminals off our streets. And then we must actually enforce them.  Tacoma is maturing as a city, and that must include our existing businesses and community. Investment in the arts is paramount.

Someone once wrote that the true measure of the quality of a city is its arts Community.  Tacoma is a great place to be an artist, but it can be so much better. Marty will work to create an arts incubator to support budding artists and teach them to be successful as artists in our community.

Conversation: All of our 204,136 citizens deserve a voice. City services should be equitable, transparent and accessible. Campbell will insure transparency in the processes, and that the community is involved in the conversations that affect our daily lives. The citizens are the customer â€" city services should serve the citizens and respond, not react.  It's time to look to the future, and the future is now.

VOLCANO: Did you receive free videos and CDs from Campbell's businesses?

USHKA-HALL: Well, Marty let's me have free rentals at Stadium Video, just like employees do. However, there are still late fees. That means it's still challenging for me because bringing video’s back is a special challenge. The good news is that I can simply hand him the DVD at the office. I would never even ask for a free CD, I mean, he's got to make a living doesn't he? Marty is constantly giving CDs and gift certificates to auctions for different charities all over town.

VOLCANO: What excites you about Tacoma?

USHKA-HALL: The diversity. The energy. The opportunity. Tacoma has come a long way in a short time and we have this wonderful mix of people, those that grew up here and people from all over the world. I can't start a conversation in the grocery store without learning something new.  My mother's Day present last year was a "Gritty Tacoman" tee shirt. We are still small enough to do whatever we want, and large enough to truly support new ideas and affect changes.  Yes, Tacoma has its host of issues, but when I compare them to communities like ours around the country â€" we are not just ahead of the curve, we frequently define it. That's pretty darned exciting. â€" Brad Allen

Filed under: Politics, Tacoma,

March 21, 2007 at 7:16am

Marty Campbell kicks off in Tacoma

Martycampbell The Tacoma City Council campaign kick-off party for Marty Campbell, held in the lobby of the Pantages Theater, started off with familiar faces: Pat Nagle, Derek Young, Rusty George, Julie Bennett, Patricia Lecy-Davis, Jennifer Johnson, and James Hume (who said he was representing “the underbelly of Tacoma”) as well as a wide variety of local business movers and shakers were present showing support for the businessman and community leader as he kicked off his campaign, after announcing his intent to run in early February.

Martycampbellrusty Martycampbellhume “I’m a communicator,” he said, as he spoke about his intent to support the business and arts communities, as well as the youth of Tacoma.

Position eight, which Bill Evans is vacating, has four candidates running; while the polls in August and November may focus more heavily on the election of a new president, this race could be as interesting to watch.

Among the things that I found exceptional about the event was the food â€" catered by the Harmon, and the music â€" nice touch! â€" by Craig Hoyer, as well as the conversations and connections made.  New Volcano friend Jesse Holder, looking smart in his Rocky and Coco’s velvet suit, made me realize how lame I was when I was his age, and the chocolate covered strawberries were just perfect.

I was just bummed not to be able to join the group at the after event at the Harmon â€" responsibilities as a parent, and scribe, beckoned. â€" Jessica Corey-Butler

Filed under: Politics, Tacoma,

March 1, 2007 at 1:05pm

Lecy-Davis succeeds Campbell

This just landed in the inbox at the Weekly Volcano World Headquaters. â€" Suzy Stump

Tacoma â€" Patricia Lecy-Davis was elected President of the Downtown Merchants Group at the March 1 general meeting. Lecy-Davis succeeds Marty Campbell who was term limited out after his two terms as President. Ken Grassi was added to the executive board as Vice President.

“I will make the conservation about ‘you and I’ verses ‘you or I’. I am committed replacing opposition with collaboration.”  said Lecy-Davis. 

Lecy-Davis is the owner of Embellish Multi-space Salon at 1121 Court ‘D”. She has served as the Vice Chair of the Downtown Merchants Group for the last year. Before joining, Lecy â€"Davis spearheaded the Theater District Banner project. Lecy-Davis was honored for her service by receiving the 2006 Art Popham Award for Downtown Sprit. She is a leader in the Tacoma Arts Community and has over ten years of teaching experience in the cosmetology industry. Lecy-Davis is proud downtown resident with her husband and daughter.

“Patricia is an amazing leader who brings a diverse set of skills and connections to continue to make us a leader in the conservation about the future of Downtown. I can not think of anyone else who I would want in the position more.”  Said Campbell

Marty Campbell was recognized for his two terms as president and received the Downtown Merchants Group award for “Outstanding Leadership and Dedication 2005-2007”

“Marty’s leadership has given the Downtown Merchants Group a strong and respected voice for issues facing businesses, residents and visitors downtown. Those are some big shoes to fill and I have a lot of shoes.” Said Lecy-Davis

Ken Grassi Joins the team after ten years of serving with the Downtown Merchants group. Owner of Grassi’s flower and gifts at 1702 Pacific Ave. Currently a member of the University Place City Council, Grassi brings a strong leadership background to the Group.

Full slate of officers elected:

President â€" Patricia-Lecy Davis
Vice President â€" Ken Grassi â€" Grassi’s Flowers and gifts
Treasure â€" Valerie Coty â€" Moss Adams
Sectary â€" Rose Calvin, Learning sprout.

Filed under: Politics, Tacoma,

November 7, 2006 at 7:50am


Heavy drinking will begin at 3:30 p.m. today at The Swiss as Bobble Tiki watches the numbers come in. Over the years Bobble Tiki has found the Swiss the largest gathering place for politically astute Tacomans needing to get their drunk on.  Bobble Tiki has planned a vacation day tomorrow. It's key since he could wake up in the holding cell at county.  Get out and vote! â€" Bobble Tiki

Filed under: Politics, Tacoma,

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