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Council Member Chris Beale on Morgan Motel Licensing Decision

Council Member Chris Beale on Morgan Motel Licensing Decision


May 21, 2019



Lynda Foster, Office of Council Member Chris Beale, lfoster@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-5166

District 5 Council Member Chris Beale’s Statement on the Morgan Motel Licensing Decision


“The May 20, 2019 affirmation of the summary suspension of the Morgan Motel’s license is a welcomed step in providing relief to a neighborhood exhausted from the impacts of this disruptive property. The affirmation will remain in effect for 12 months from the date of the April 18, 2019 summary suspension and the business may appeal the decision within 10 days of the date of the letter to the Hearing Examiner, whose role is to review the summary suspension to determine if there is enough evidence to support it. The 12-month license suspension is the direct result of legislation my Council colleagues and I passed in 2018 that gave our City Manager and City staff the tools to properly address these situations. We have so many dedicated and committed neighbors who are trying their hardest to keep the neighborhood clean, safe and healthy. I am hopeful this results in a productive discussion on how we can all work together to achieve our shared goals. While suspension of the current business owner’s license will not address the root causes of these issues, it will provide some relief as I work with the City Manager and my Council colleagues to address the long-term public safety concerns of Tacoma residents.”