100 YEARS AGO TODAY
February 19, 1913
Advocating that the city offer to the Sunset Telephone company an indeterminate franchise which would allow the municipality to take over the system at any time the council should see fit, C.M. Fassett, head of the public utilities department of the city of Spokane, and one of the strongest opponents to the Bell Telephone company in the state, addressed the city council this morning in Mayor Seymour’s office.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
February 19, 1963
Duplication in financial and accounting functions between the general city government and its utilities has been criticized by the city’s independent auditing firm. The firm, Knight, Vale & Gregory, Tacoma certified public accountants, recommends a special study to resolve charter interpretation differences between the two arms of city government in its 1962 report, filed yesterday with the City Council.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
February 19, 1988
Forward Together, the Tacoma area’s latest economic development fund drive, got its official start Thursday by announcing it is more than one-third of the way to its goal. Advance pledges total $750,000, said general campaign chairman W. Ray Highsmith Jr., executive vice president of Puget Sound Bank. The goal for the two-month campaigning is $2 million. The money will be used in an economic development effort to secure as many as 4,000 additional jobs – 2,000 from new businesses and 2,000 from existing ones – and up to $34 million in new payrolls, among other economic stimulants, over the next four years. Forward Together is part of a continuing effort to bolster the region’s business atmosphere, promoters said. Highsmith announced the rolling fund-drive start at the close of the invitation-only kickoff breakfast at the Sheraton-Tacoma hotel.