Council Member Blocker's March 2016 Newsletter


Tacoma City Council Member
Keith Blocker's District 3 Report
March 2016


District 3's Top 3


Goodfellas Barbershop celebrates 14 years of business on the Hilltop this month. 


Peace Community Center’s Bill Hanwalt was honored by the White House last month as a “Champion of Change for Summer Opportunity” for his leadership in the Center’s summer learning program.  


Nativity House on Hilltop is the largest, most comprehensive facility in the County serving low-income and homeless men and women. Services are provided year-round and include hot meals, day and overnight shelter, mental health and chemical dependency assessments and referrals, rapid re-housing and more. Guests are welcome to come in for day shelter and other services.  Doors open at 7 a.m.  For more information call (253) 502-2780.

Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School

When kids can safely walk, ride bikes and skateboard to school, everyone benefits!

Students that have the opportunity to start and end their day with physical activity arrive at school ready to learn. When our kids are able to safely use affordable options to get to school, families save time and resources.

Unfortunately, these healthy, fun and affordable ways to get around too often put young people at risk. Over the past five years, a child has been hit by a car while walking or bicycling every eight days in the City of TacomaThe Hilltop and East Side neighborhoods are seeing a disproportionate number of these crashes. A 2013 study found that students who attend low-income schools are four times more likely to walk to school than those attending higher income schools. We owe it to our kids to improve safety.

A Comprehensive Approach to a Complicated Problem

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs offer a comprehensive way to address this complicated issue. The most effective SRTS programs address six E's: Equity, Education, Encouragement, Engineering, Enforcement, and Evaluation.

Right now, the City of Tacoma is discussing a SRTS implementation plan which would guide education and  infrastructure programs.


Youth of the Month


Miriam McBride is 18 years old and a senior at Lincoln High School. She has lived in Northeast Tacoma, the East Side, the South End and the Hilltop. She says her heart belongs to the Hilltop neighborhood because it is where she was introduced to people who have supported her, and it is where she has had the opportunity to grow as a leader.

Miriam began doing community outreach through College Bound and the Teen Outreach Program. Her community service involves addressing the school to prison pipeline, youth homelessness and issues surrounding Hilltop's food desert. She is passionate about giving back to her community and empowering youth, and is currently a member of the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation's Youth Philanthropy Board and the president of the women’s division of Young Business Men and Women. Her involvement in these organizations has given her the platform to inspire her peers to be active in their community.

Get involved! 

The Tacoma City Council is looking to fill one position on the Transportation Commission to serve a three-year term..

Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by Sunday, March 6, 2016. To apply, please visit or contact Amanda Punsalan in the City Clerk’s Office at (253) 591-5178. 


The City is looking for informed residents to help as it moves forward on bicycle and pedestrian issues by serving on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Technical Advisory Group.

To apply, please visit and search Bicycle and Pedestrian Technical Advisory Group. Applications are due by March 7, 2016. Contact Active Transportation Coordinator Diane Wiatr at or (253) 591-5380. 


The Active Transportation COI is a community coalition working to ensure that everyone has access to safe, healthy and affordable active transportation options. To get involved in ongoing work to bring Safe Routes to School programs to Tacoma, email Liz Kaster at


The Hilltop Action Coalition is looking to fill two positions on their board. Contact Board President Brendan Nelson at (253) 442-8284 or