The headlines can give us a quick look at the day's news, but sometimes
the headlines aren't enough. Sometimes we need to take a few extra
minutes to consider the facts, understand context and weigh options.
Pierce County Talks
is PCTV's talk/discussion program that explores topical
issues with the people involved.
Episode 33 - Homeless Crisis / Real Estate Boom
Pierce County's homeless survey numbers give us a glimpse of who is homeless and why.
And real estate in Pierce County is booming...how are buyers and sellers affected and what it means for the County’s planning department.
We discuss the details of the new South Hill Neighborhood Plan, and learn about improvements coming to Puyallup's Shaw Road.
Plus, what's an ad hoc committee, and how does it influence County Council decisions.
The Pierce County Council recently adopted new flood plain maps. If you live next to water, your home might require flood insurance.
Plus - you may have received a property assessment recently from the County Assessor-Treasurer. We'll look at 2017 trends.
2017 brings some changes to Pierce County government. We have a new Pierce County Executive and leadership team and a brand new member of the Pierce County Council. We'll hear from them about their visions, goals and perceptions as they begin the work of their new positions.
Funding for public safety and court services takes priority in Pierce County's 2017 budget. Find out what your tax dollars will pay for, including more sheriff deputies. And Tourism is big business in Pierce County. Learn about promotional plans for 2017 and beyond.
Some weather forecasters have predicted a more windy and wet winter. We discuss how to prepare for winter's inevitable curve balls. Plus our lahar warning system is getting some technological upgrades over the next couple of years.
On the show we visit with the candidates for Pierce County Executive. Bruce Dammeier and Rick Talbert talk about their views and plans.
With police involved shootings and the targeting of police officers by gunman, citizens and law enforcement across the country are feeling tense and insecure. How do we rebuild the communication and trust between the community and police?
Chambers Creek is a great regional park and now the acreage on the south is set for development.
And the Pierce County Fair has a new manager, we'll talk about what's new for 2016.
Making a real difference in the lives of domestic violence victims, the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center celebrates it's tenth anniversary.
Also, Puyallup citizens and officials discuss homelessness in the city.
Pierce County looks at a project in the Lincoln District to save money, while also helping South Sound 911 and the Health Department.
We'll examine the cost, common questions from public meetings, and what it means for the neighborhood.
Burglary and theft top the list of Pierce County crime and a new Sheriff's unit is tasked with bringing those numbers down.
Also, new Homeland Security rules have record numbers of people applying for passports - what you should know.
The Pierce County Council is prioritizing the issues they'll address this year. Hear from Council Chair Doug Richardson and Councilmember Rick Talbert.
Then, what is the Charter Review Commission and what power do they have to change your local government? We'll speak with two commissioners and learn how you can get involved.
Pierce County has a new budget for 2016. Erich Ebel talks with County Council Chair Dan Roach about what programs and services got funding.
Plus, Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park. We've got the inside scoop on what's new this year and when to arrive to avoid the crowds.
Is Pierce County prepared for an active shooter? Erich Ebel speaks with Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor and Mike McCaffrey from the Department of Emergency Management.
Then, hear about the Pre-Trial Services Program that lets low-risk defendants out of jail early.