Pierce County Talks

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Pierce County Talks

is PCTV's talk/discussion program that explores topics of interest to you. Join us as we take time to look at all the facts, understand context and weigh the issues.

2020 Census

The 2020 Census is underway but do you know how to participate? Learn about the direct impact the Census has on your community and hear about the ways you can respond to the 2020 Census.

Previous Episodes

South Sound 911

South Sound 911 is consolidating call centers into one new building. Learn more about its location in Pierce County - and what it means for the future 911 services you depend on.

Meet the Newest Pierce County Councilmembers

Grab a cup of coffee and join us as we meet Councilmembers Dave Morell and Marty Campbell. Learn about their hobbies, their top priorities and some funny stories as they navigate the first few months on the job.

2019 County Budget

br>Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier and County Council Chair Doug Richardson cover funding priorities like behavioral health, affordable housing, and biennial budgeting.

Job Credit Program

Are you tired of the long commute to Seattle? New companies and jobs could be headed to the South Sound in 2019, with an opportunity to grow the technology sector. We'll dive into the decision by Pierce County leaders to offer a $275 job credit to employers.

Foothills Trail

There is 21 miles of Foothills Trail to enjoy in Pierce County. See the coolest parts of the new section from South Prairie to Buckley. And hear the latest construction plans for other trail connections in Puyallup, University Place and Tacoma.

Drowning Prevention

Lake Tapps is a fantastic spot for boating and swimming, but its frigid water is responsible for drownings nearly every year.  Hear from experts to find out what to know before you head to the lake.

Opioid Crisis

Pierce County isn’t immune to the Opioid Crisis. For County officials and medical professionals, the challenge of stopping this problem is daunting but not out of reach. Find out what new strategies Pierce County is trying.

Amtrak Train Derailment

Hear from the mayor and fire chief of the City of DuPont, as they debrief major decisions happening behind the scenes in the city, after an Amtrak train derailed over Interstate 5 in December 2017, on an inaugural route between Tacoma and Olympia.

Business Boom

Puyallup, Sumner & University Place are experiencing an economic boom as new businesses move in. Find out what’s coming and the planning that happens behind the scenes.

Winter Preparedness/Fife City Manager

Ways to prepare for winter weather and natural disasters.

And meet the new Fife City Manager, and learn about the city’s future transportation plans.
Nuisance Properties/Outdoor Sports Council
A derelict property that welcomes drug activity and crime - the Pierce County Council passed a new ordinance to speed up the cleanup process.

And Councilwoman Pam Roach formed a new Outdoor Sports Council to increase access to outdoor recreation.

Opioids/Sumner Bridge

Prescription pain killers and heroin are at the center of an opioid crisis. See what the Pierce County Council is doing at the local level.

And Sumner is replacing a 90 year old bridge, and planning for other changes in the city.

Puget Sound Hospital Demolition/Budget Season

What’s the timeline for the Puget Sound Hospital demolition?

And what are the big-ticket items as Pierce County’s budget season gets underway.

New Election System/Lake Tapps

Pierce County Elections has a new election system. Does that change how you vote and how ballots are counted?

And if you enjoy using Lake Tapps, what you need to know about more boating patrols this summer.

Fireworks/Farmers Markets

Do you love fireworks, or hate them? They're a popular part of celebrations on the Fourth of July, but tougher restrictions are changing where and when we can use them.

Plus, there's 10 farmers markets in Pierce County. From cooking demos to live entertainment, see the newest trends at your local market.

Homeless Survey/Housing Market

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.

Shaw Road/Ad Hoc Committees

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.

Flood Plain Maps/Property Taxes

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.

New Pierce County Leadership

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.

2017 Budget Priorities/Tourism

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.

Lahar Warning System

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.

Pierce County Executive Candidates

On the show we visit with the candidates for Pierce County Executive. Bruce Dammeier and Rick Talbert talk about their views and plans.

Police and Community Relationships

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/Pierce County Fair

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.

Domestic Violence/Homlessness

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.

New South Sound 911 Building

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.

Crime in Pierce County/Homeland Security

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.

Pierce County Council/Charter Review Commission

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 Budget/Fantasy Lights

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.

Active Shooter/Pre-Trial Services Program

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.