"Reforming Tacoma's City Charter" is the topic of a panel discussion to be held Thursday, April 24 at the University of Washington Tacoma.
Five panelists, including the chairman of the current charter review committee, will begin with the question: "What impact could change in city governance have on Tacoma's social, economic and political character in the 21st Century?"
The event will be held in William W. Philip Hall, 1918 Pacific Avenue and will begin at 6:30 p.m. The charter review committee is expected to present its recommended changes to the current charter on May 6.
The invited panelists are:
-- Bill Baarsma, former mayor and current chairman of the charter review committee;
-- Michael Sullivan, former Tacoma historic preservation officer and current UW Tacoma history instructor;
-- Lyle Quasim, co-chairman of the Tacoma-Pierce County Black Collective;
-- Lyz Kurnitz-Thurlow, 1st vice president of the Tacoma-Pierce County League of Women Voters;
-- John Ladenburg, former city councilman, Pierce County prosecutor and Pierce County executive.
Sponsors are the UWT Urban Studies Program, the Center for the Study of Community and Society and the Center for Leadership and Social Responsibilities.
Further information is available by calling Urban Studies program director Ali Modarres at 253-692-5706 or community organizer Tom McCarthy at 253-250-9290.