100 YEARS AGO TODAY
February 20, 1913
City home-rule proposals were wiped off the calendar in the Senate this morning with a case that demonstrated the unpopularity of the move, led by Seattle and Spokane. The session featured attacks on the public service commission, telephone companies in the state and the vagaries of municipal government. Pierce County representatives kept entirely out of the debate. Sen. Pliny Allen of King County was a leader in a fight against the home rule bills.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
February 20, 1963
The boundaries of the city’s first downtown urban renewal project probably will be revised to indicate the site downtown groups favor for a civic auditorium, the City Council indicated yesterday. The council pondered the boundaries and the hiring of a small army of consultants on the project in a “steady session” preceding its regular session last evening. Mayor Harold Tollefson said he favors a change in the boundaries.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
February 20, 1988
In an extraordinary effort to relieve record jail overcrowding, Pierce County is putting offenders on the street who otherwise would be behind bars. Under an agreement approved by Tacoma Municipal and Pierce County District courts, sentences are being reduced for some people convicted of misdemeanors. In addition, the Tacoma Police Department and Pierce County Sheriff’s Office are being encouraged to issue citations rather than arrest people suspected of shoplifting or other low-level property crimes, according to sheriff’s inspector Paul Pastor.