Walk to the Future on Saturday - register now - or just donate

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pinky's Passion Presents our 5th Annual Walk to the Future . . . . a future without Parkinson's

Just two days to go to the 5th annual Walk to the Future. 

Parkinson's disease affects over a million Americans and millions worldwide. Exciting research is being done right now - but it is costly. Let's do all we can to get rid of this dreadful disease. The disease that never stops taking! Come and walk and give Parkinson's disease the boot!! Bring along a friend or two and form a team. 

Condor Airlines has generously donated a $750 travel voucher as grand prize for the person bringing in the highest dollar amount of donations. Our costs have been totally covered by our sponsors - every penny you bring in will go to helping people with Parkinson's. We are a 100% volunteer organization!! Your donations will never go to salaries or office space!!

It's going to be a fun-filled day. We have games for the kids, face painting, a balloon man, games for the big kids, lunch and PRIZES all day long.

We do take registrations up to and including the day of the Walk but if at all possible PLEASE register today so that we can make sure we have a lunch & T-shirt for everyone. You can register now and pay later - but we really need that headcount! 

Click on the "Register Now" to register now! 
If you can't attend, you can still participate with a donation by clicking "I can't make it". You will be directed to PayPal. 


Times endorses McDermott for re-election to Congress

Our news partner, The Seattle Times, has endorsed incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott for re-election in the 7th Congressional District, noting he has no credible challengers in the Aug. 5 primary.

A Feb. 15 Times editorial said that none of the challengers to McDermott or to 9th District Congressman Adam Smith make a strong case for replacing either incumbent.

“Twenty-six years in office is a long time,” the Times said, “but McDermott grasps issues important to the 7th District better than his four fringe challengers. 
“Trained as a psychiatrist, he provides an important voice in the uphill battle to fix, not repeal, the Affordable Care Act. McDermott specifically wants to negotiate prices on pharmaceuticals, change how medical education is paid for so doctors serve areas that need the most help, revise the Medicaid payment system and cut down on fraud. 
“Though an unabashed liberal, McDermott is working across the aisle by co-sponsoring a bill with U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Penn., to reform aspects of the nation’s troubled psychiatric crisis response system. 
“Seattle voters would probably benefit from a fresh perspective in Washington, D.C., but with no viable challengers in this race, they ought to stick with McDermott.”

Joining McDermott on the primary ballot are Republicans Craig Keller and Scott Sutherland, independent Doug McQuaid, and Goodspaceguy, who lists his party preference as “Work and Wealth Party.”

The top vote getters in the primary qualify for the November ballot, regardless of party.

The 7th Congressional District includes Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Edmonds, Woodway. most of Seattle and some of Seattle’s southwest suburbs.


Meridian Park Classic Car Show has another great event

Photos courtesy Meridian Park Classic Car Show

Shoreline Classic Car Show racked up another great event on Sunday, July 20 at Meridian Park Elementary School.

Approximately 200 cars were in attendance, even on a rain threatened day.

Organizer Martin DeGrazia reports that "More than $7000 was raised for the students and staff of Meridian Park Elementary thanks in part to a great class of 35 sponsors." 

They had only 50 trophies to hand out but with all the wonderful cars, they needed a lot more.

Elvis was in the house, thanks to the skills of Danny Vernon and his wife Marcia with their "Illusion of Elvis" show.

Martin says, "We'd like to thank everyone for coming out and supporting this wonderful event."

The show was sponsored by Meridian Park PTA and more photos can be seen at their website. This was their fifth annual event. It is an official SeaFair activity.


Attorney General sues deceptive mortgage rescue firms

Ferguson targets two scam “rescue” operations

Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed lawsuits against two mortgage rescue scammers that target struggling homeowners in Washington state.

Ferguson alleges Delay My Sale Date and US Recovery Program have taken advantage of homeowners by falsely promising they can delay or prevent foreclosure.

The two lawsuits are part of a joint federal-state sweep by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 15 states to crack down on mortgage rescue scams operating across the country. These scams take advantage of homeowners in crisis, wreaking havoc on the victims’ finances, and often leaving them at an even greater risk of losing their homes.

“As long as mortgage rescue scams threaten Washington homeowners, my office will hold offenders accountable,” said Ferguson. “These fraudulent operations not only victimize people who need help, they also harm legitimate businesses that play by the rules. Consumers need to know that foreclosure assistance is available from legitimate service providers.”

The Attorney General’s Office encourages all homeowners who are facing foreclosure to call a certified home counselor for free help at 1.877.894.HOME (4663).


32nd District Republicans endorsed Reedy, Rutledge for state senate, house

The King County 32nd Legislative District Republicans have endorsed Robert Reedy for state senate and Alvin Rutledge for one of the district’s seats in the state house of representatives.

Reedy and Democrat Chris Eggen are challenging incumbent Democratic 32nd District State Sen. Maralyn Chase in the Aug. 5 primary, with the top two vote getters qualifying for the November general-election ballot, regardless of party.

Rutledge will meet incumbent Democratic 32nd District State Rep. Ruth Kagi in the primary, with both certain to qualify for the November ballot.

The King County 32nd District Republicans – in Shoreline and northwest Seattle – make endorsements separately from Snohomish County 32nd District Republicans – in Lynnwood, Woodway and nearby unincorporated areas of southwest Snohomish County, and parts off Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace.  


Call to Artists: Small Works and Gift Items for The Gallery at Town Center in Lake Forest Park

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is looking for local artists to display their handmade small works and gift items at The Gallery at Town Center in Lake Forest Park. They carry a variety of items and mediums – jewelry, sculpture, cards, miniatures, pottery, glass, metal, wood, scarves, purses, etc.

Artists are invited to submit the following via email

  • Resume including where you’ve shown your work 
  • Artist statement with website address, if applicable
  • 5-10 digital images that reflect your work with an image list that includes medium and retail price 

If your items are accepted into the store, all work must be able to be hand-delivered and you agree to rotate items seasonally, every 3-4 months.

Applications are taken on an ongoing, year-round basis. To apply to be in the galley for the 2014 holiday season however, there is a deadline of September 5, 2014. They are looking for unique, small gift items - jewelry, glass, ceramics, wood, metal, fiber and wearables. 

The Gallery at Town Center features a not-for-profit gift shop that has artist-made small works and jewelry. The gallery also has two person exhibits on the walls that rotate every six weeks. Applying to be on the wall is a different process. See the website for more information. 

All work in the gallery must be original and for sale. Commission on sold work is 50% with a maximum commission of $80. The Gallery is located inside, on the lower level of the Lake Forest Park Town Center at 17171 Bothell Way NE. You are encouraged to stop by and view the space. 

Application Deadline: Ongoing, applications are accepted year-round. 
Holiday Season Deadline: September 5, 2014

If unable to submit via email, send materials to: The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council, Attn: Gallery Director, 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155

Questions: 206-588-8332 (Wed or Thurs only 12pm-5pm) or email 

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture all of the arts in the community through programs and events, arts education, advocacy, and support for artists and arts organizations.


Live and Local this weekend

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Here's where to find live music this Friday and Saturday

Music at NW SolarFest
Shoreline Community College campus
16100 Greenwood Ave N

Saturday, July 26

Solar Stage 

10:15-11:00 Wes Mai
11:15-12:00 Jeff Haggard
2:00-2:45 Marcus Metz
3:00-3:34 Brittany Collins with Tyler Alumbaugh
4:00-5:00 JPATA - John Paul and the Apostles

Seattle City Light Green Up Stage noon-2
The Hollers, the Highlife Band, and Ayron Jones

Darrell's Tavern
18041 Aurora Ave N - central Aurora
Free pool all the time
Possible cover charge

Friday, July 25 - 8pm $7 cover
Ronnie Earl Porter
Whiskey and White Lightnin'
Highway 9

Saturday, July 26 - 9pm $7 cover
Le Shat Noir
Date Night with Brian
The Snap

Easy Monkey Tap House
17537 15th Ave NE in North City

Friday, July 25
Released From Quiet is playing from 8-10pm. 

Saturday, July 26
Donating 50% of ALL beer purchases ALL DAY on Saturday, July 26 to Pinky's Passion for a Parkinson's Cure!

North City Bistro and Wine Shop
All ages all the time
Jazz venue - Cover charge
1520 NE 177th St in North City
Serves Small Plates, Entrees, and Desserts 4:30- 10:30pm

Friday, July 25
The George Bullock Trio, featuring Kristy Fammartino and Billy Brandt on vocals. 1st time at North City Bistro as a showcase, though all perform frequently at our monthly Jazz Jams.
Playing from 8:30-10:30 for $8 Cover.

Saturday, July 26
The Bottom Line Duet, featuring the husband and wife team of Spencer Hoveskeland and Traci Winters, performing from 8:30-10:30 for $8 cover. 

Third Place Commons
Family venue
3 restaurants
17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park 98155
Live music is free

Friday, July 25
Dixie Kings Brass Band play Dixieland Jazz 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Saturday, July 26
Stickshift Annie and the Fugitives play the Blues 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


New voters can register for primary election through Monday

New Washington voters can register through Monday, July 28, to vote in the Aug. 5 primary election, but they must register in person at either the King County elections office in Renton or the County Voter Registration Annex in downtown Seattle. The elections office in Renton is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. The annex is open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4:30 p.m.

The deadline for registration by mail or online, or for previously registered Washington voters to file a change of address, was July 7.

Voters who register in person can either get a ballot by mail or vote on accessible machines at the elections office if they choose to wait for their registration to be validated through the state voter registration database, a wait that typically takes a short time, officials say.


Crews Restore Power in Lake Forest Park, Shoreline

City Light repair crews restored power for about 4,400 homes and businesses in Lake Forest Park and Shoreline by about 2:30pm today.

The general boundaries of the outage were 244th Street on the north, 61st Avenue on the east, Wallingford Avenue on the west and 165th Street on the south.

Crews believe that trees near 185th Street and 8th Avenue NE contacted power lines, causing electricity to arc and open breakers that cut power.

The outages, coupled with heavy rain, standing pools of water at Cromwell Park, and the threat of lightening strikes, caused the cancellation of Swingin' Summer Eve, which included a concert, inflatable playground, and Council of Neighborhoods used book sale.


Crews Responding to Power Outage in Lake Forest Park, Shoreline

Seattle City Light repair crews were responding to a power outage affecting about 4,400 homes and businesses in Lake Forest Park and Shoreline just after noon today.

The general boundaries of the outage were 244th Street on the north,61st Avenue on the east, Wallingford Avenue on the west and 165th Street on the south.

The cause of the outage was not immediately known. An initial estimate for restoration of service was set for 4pm.

There are currently 7 outages, involving 4718 customers.


Shoreline Pool closed due to power outage

The Shoreline Pool is currently closed due to a power outage. Seattle City Light anticipates restoring power later this afternoon. However, before coming to the pool, check the City's webpage at shorelinewa.gov/pool to see if the pool is open or call (206) 801-2650.


Swingin' Summer Eve concert event is CANCELLED

Tonight's Swingin' Summer Eve concert event is CANCELLED
Due to the wet condition of Cromwell Park from the ongoing rain, and because of the threats of thunder and lightning later in the day, tonight's Swingin' Summer Eve concert event is CANCELLED. The City will work with its partners to possibly reschedule the event later in the summer.


Traffic Alert: Standing water on I-5 at bus barn

According to our news partner King 5, a drainage problem is leaving standing water on both directions of I-5 at the bus barn (about NE 175th) during the Wednesday morning commute. WSDOT maintenance crews are on the job but drivers need to exercise extreme caution.

King 5 actually had photos of cars plowing through the water and creating wakes. Even in the WSDOT traffic camera photo above, you can see the amount of water on the road (and on the camera lens), especially as compared to the shot at 145th just four minutes later.


Have fun at NW SolarFest this Saturday

11th Annual NW SolarFest: Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair, 10am – 5pm at Shoreline Community College, Saturday, July 26, 2014, Free parking, free fun

Here's just some of what you will find at SolarFest:

KIDZone, the first 300 kids who take an energy pledge get a free mini solar car. Yoga at 10:15, music circle at 10:30, Different Drummers drumming circle at 11, Shoreline’s own Bubbleman at noon, Professor Phillip Photon at 1, Solar Powered Kidz Rock Concert at 4.

NW EcoBuilding workshops, hourly from 11am-4pm, Sustainable Home Makeover,  Rainwater Harvesting,  Passive House strategies,  Electric Cars,  Whole House Solutions for Homeowners, Passive Solar Home Design

Seattle City Light Solar Powered “Green Up” stage, speakers and music featuring sounds from The Hollers, the Highlife Band, and Ayron Jones (noon-2)

Trash Fashion Show where dogs will model fashionable outfits created from recycled garbage sponsored by ShoreDOG (2pm)

Barter Fair, bring your home grown or homemade items to trade (2-4pm)

“Momenta” documentary film screening about coal exports in the Pacific Northwest (2:30pm)

Urban County Fair: Creative ideas for sustainable living. People’s Choice Award

Solar Music Stage, Wes Mai, Jeff Haggard, Marcus Metz, Brittany Collins with Tyler Alumbaugh, JPATA 

Transportation Zone features 100% electric vehicles; Nissan Leaf and Tesla S Model

Enter to win Little Library

Over 75 exhibits, solar cooking demonstrations, live music, and good food.


Learn how to create and care for bonsai Saturday at Sky

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Saturday, July 26 – 1pm – 3pm

What you need to know to create and care for your bonsai
With Robert Cho of Asia Pacific Gardening

Let Robert introduce you to the wonderful art of bonsai. These living sculptures are surprisingly easy to create and maintain once you master a few basic techniques and learn how to work with your tree’s natural growth habits.

Sky Nursery 18525 Aurora Ave N Shoreline WA 98133 206 546-4851 


Author of The Boys in the Boat to speak at Lake Forest Park Monday

All three local libraries - Lake Forest Park, Shoreline, Richmond Beach - have groups reading and discussing the same book this summer: The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics by Daniel James Brown, the remarkable story of the University of Washington crew team, as seen through the life of Joe Rantz.

The author himself, Daniel James Brown, will join the Third Place Books Discussion Group on Monday, July 28, from 7-8:30pm on the stage at Third Place Commons in Lake Forest Park Town Center.

The event is open to the reading public. Town Center is at the intersection of Ballinger Way and Bothell Way.


Brown Bear “Free Car Wash Day,” August 21

Brown Bear will be giving away free “Bear Essential” car washes August 21 to celebrate its 57th anniversary at all of their automated “tunnel wash” locations in the Puget Sound area, including the Shoreline location at 16032 Aurora Ave N.

Brown Bear Car Wash will add sparkle to thousands of cars and trucks as the Seattle-based, family-owned company offers free washes to celebrate its 57th anniversary.

Visit Brown Bear for a list of participating locations and hours.


Learn to download library books to your eReader or computer

Learn how to download King County Library electronic Books to your eReader device or computer during a digital downloads demonstration at the Lake Forest Park Library on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, from 4-5pm.

The KCL has a large selection of digital books which you can check out with your library card.

The library is located on the lower level of Lake Forest Park Town Center, behind the escalator. Town Center is at the intersection of Ballinger Way and Bothell Way.


Seattle Times: Construction threatens beloved Grinders shop

The Seattle Times food blog wrote a column about the difficulties that Grinders Restaurant is facing during the construction of the final mile of Aurora.

Even though Grinders is a destination restaurant, it is challenging for even regulars to find the driveway. You have to ignore the people behind you, drive slowly, and look for the blue Business Access sign.

Grinders sandwich
Grinders, home of prize-winning giant sandwiches, is located at 19811 Aurora Ave N, 206-542-0627, on the west side of Aurora. The family friendly restaurant has a large menu of large sandwiches, microbrews, alcohol, and soft drinks.

Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11am to 8pm, until 9pm on Friday and Saturday when there is live music.


Letter to the Editor: Chris Eggen's disingenuous campaign

To the Editor:

Chris Eggen’s disingenuous campaign for State Senate consists largely of unsupported allegations against Senator Maralyn Chase and bragging about his imaginary legislative skills.

Eggen’s real incentive for running: personal pique. Shoreline wants to acquire the Ronald Wastewater District, which could become a source of new revenue and increase taxes. Chase favors a public vote, which angered Eggen.

Eggen’s mailer is not accounted for in his latest PDC reports. It likely cost about $10,000, but he lacks funds reported to pay for it.

Eggen failed to get enough support on the 7-member Council to be elected Mayor, despite his self-proclaimed negotiating talent.

Eggen’s numerous abstentions on important Council votes show his inability to be decisive. Chase studies impending problems and proposes solutions for the toughest challenges

Eggen features a photo of himself standing in front of the Shoreline Solar Project logo, implying their support. But a 501C3 non-profit is prohibited from making endorsements.

Eggen promises leadership in “protecting the rights of women” yet he runs against a women’s rights champion, endorsed by pro-choice organizations, while he is not.  

Eggen claims leadership on education but he has zero experience in educational policy work. Chase garnered funding for local school districts and cities and has been endorsed by the WEA and AFT.

Eggen states he’s worked to “improve the business climate in Shoreline”, but business leaders here say he has done nothing but raise taxes and increase regulation.

Eggen did not stand up for the Richmond Beach community against the Point Wells project, but Chase did!

Eggen has authored virtually no legislation locally and mainly supports whatever City staff wants.  When push comes to shove, Eggen folds.

Chase is a recognized leader whose opinions are regularly sought on major issues not only statewide but nationally and internationally. Chase serves us well!

Janet Way


Shoreline Fire: what happens when the call is not a fire or medical emergency?

Shoreline Firefighters receive hundreds of 9-1-1 calls per year that are not medical or fire emergencies. These calls come from vulnerable elderly, people coping with substance abuse, people dealing with chronic mental illness and high risk individuals who have no medical insurance or connections to social services. 

These calls are extremely challenging for Fire and EMS crews, who are trained to handle life-threatening emergencies, and who are responding to dozens of 9-1-1 calls per day. First responders are forced to walk away from people who require extensive social service interventions. Those people are highly likely to become repeat, chronic 9-1-1 callers. Fire departments like Shoreline are creating community-focused programs to try and connect residents/families with help and resources. 

Shoreline Fire has a Community Services Officer who takes referrals from firefighters and the community and begins the sometimes lengthy process of helping these vulnerable folks get connected with social services. You can contact the CSO at 206-533-6564. 


Wednesday is Swingin Summer Eve at Cromwell Park

Fun for all at Swingin Summer Eve

Celebrate a mid-summer's eve in one of Shoreline's beautiful parks. Enjoy live music, a used book, music, and movie sale, food vendors, games for the kids and more. This is one of the City's treasured annual traditions. Come see what it's all about.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 5:30 - 8:30pm at Cromwell Park, 18030 Meridian Ave N, Shoreline 98133.


Local teen creates safe driving video for contest - counting on local votes

Video and voting on the finalists' page here

Riley Koidahl of Shoreline is one of the finalists in the Teens Drive Smart Video Contest sponsored by Bridgestone Tires.

As one of the top 10 finalists out over 700 entries, he now depends on votes from the public to win the contest. 

You can view his one minute video on the finalists' website here. Riley Koidahl "Safe Driving Saves Lives". To vote for his video, you simply enter your email address and push the Vote button.

You can vote once a day until July 31st. The three top vote-getters will win a scholarship towards school tuition of $20,000, $10,000 or $5,000. Voting is open until July 31 at 8:59pm PST.

Winners will be announced on August 7.

Your email address will not be shared or solicited to any third party, and is only used as verification for the Teens Drive Smart Video Contest voting process.

Riley's video is significantly cropped on Bridgestone's site. You can watch the original version here.


WeatherWatcher: Weekly Report - Cool Down with Some Showers

Monday, July 21, 2014

Last week's data

Forecast: For those of you (myself included) that do not tolerate the heat very well that we've been having lately, there's some good news. As you may have already noticed over the weekend, a cooler weather pattern has taken over. We now have an on-shore flow with passing low troughs to the north of us. We have a mild storm front that will be moving through the area middle of the week, starting late Tuesday through early Thursday time frame. We may actually see some measurable rainfall out of this one for a short time Wednesday. Also there is a slight risk of an isolated thunderstorm with this system. Temperatures will range from lows in the mid-50's to highs right around 70. Later in the week and weekend we will clear up again with a renewed off-shore flow for high temperatures climbing back into the low 80's. As far as looking beyond next week, I think we've had the worst of our summer heat for this year, although I think we will still see many mid 80's days yet to come.

Graphs: I wanted to show you some of the Graphs for the month of July so far. First is the average daily temperature compared to historic average, followed by the daily average dew point and daily high and low temperatures. The temperatures clearly reflect that this has been one of our warmer Julys in quite some time. Also, as I initially expected of this summer, dew points have been a little higher than normal, so our weather has felt a little stickier than we're normally used to.

July 2014 compared to historic average.
Graphs by Carl Dinse

July 2014 daily average dew point
Graphs by Carl Dinse

July 2014 Daily high and low temperatures compared to historic average
Graphs by Carl Dinse
Last week's data:
High temperature: 89.3°F (Saturday)
Low temperature: 54.0°F (Friday)
No measurable rainfall
Warmest day: 72.8°F (Saturday)
Coldest day: 64.7°F (Friday)
Average temperature: 69.3°F
Historic average: 62.5°F

For current weather conditions and updates, see:


Urban Pole Walking for Balance and Mobility

Two Sessions of Pole Walking will be offered at the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center. You may attend both if you like:

  • Tuesday, July 29th or 
  • Thursday, August 7th, 
  • 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Walking with poles reduces impact on your knee joints, improves core strengthening, improves posture and helps to promote a functional gait pattern.  There are over 58 research studies on the benefits of walking poles. A recent study found that using walking poles increased stability, balance and posture.

The proper use of walking poles gives you a boost with every step. Build core strength and burn 40% more calories just going for a walk! You will become stronger and walk safer.

Lisa Stubing is the certified instructor. Dress for the weather and bring water. Maximum number of participants is 6. Fee: $7.00 members/ $10 non-members. Pre-registration recommended at the Senior Center Front Desk or by phone with a credit card (no debit cards) : 206 365-1536.


Three new recruits for Shoreline Fire

Three new firefighters are on the streets of Shoreline starting today. Welcome to (from left) Gabriel Mannix, Karl Dreschler, and Amanda Brassfield.

The three will receive their badges at a ceremony at Fire Station headquarters on Thursday, July 24. 

Mannix is from Portland area, Dreschler was born and raised in Shoreline, and Brassfield joins us from North Whatcom County. 


Share your dreams - check out the Lake Forest Park comprehensive plan

The City would like to hear your ideas about Lake Forest Park’s future. According to Assistant Planner Ande Flower, they are reaching out to as many community members as possible to get your thoughts on what you want Lake Forest Park to be like in the coming years.

The best way to get more information and get involved is to visit the Comprehensive Plan Update website. You can share your ideas anonymously. 

Toward the end of summer, the City will review all of the feedback and put together some initial key themes. Everyone will have an opportunity to review these themes and build on them at a big public workshop in September.

Here are the upcoming meetings, posted on the website:

Upcoming Public Events

July 15 - Planning Commission Meeting
What: Discussion with WSDOT on transportation projects 
When: 7pm
Where: City Hall,17425 Ballinger Way NE

August 5 - National Night Out
What: City Commissioners talk with neighbors about Lake Forest Park's future and the comprehensive plan update
When/Where: Various locations throughout City 

August 19 - Planning Commission Meeting
What: Discussion of Land Use Element goals & policies
When: 7pm
Where: City Hall, 17425 Ballinger Way NE

August 31 - Farmer's Market
What: City Commissioners talk with market goers about Lake Forest Park's future and the comprehensive plan update
When: 12-2pm
Where: Intersection of Bothell Way and Ballinger Way 

September 2 - Planning Commission Meeting
What: Discussion of Housing Element goals & policies
When: 7pm
Where: City Hall,17425 Ballinger Way NE


Compromise on Metro service cuts

Compromise plan approved for service reductions

The Metropolitan King County Council today unanimously approved a compromise plan to move forward with certain bus service reductions for Metro, while deferring an additional 200,000 hours of service reductions originally proposed for June and September 2015, pending adoption of the 2015/2016 King County budget.

”I appreciate the broad support expressed by today’s Council vote supporting a measured and budget-based approach to transit service changes,” said Councilmember Rod Dembowski, chair of the Council’s Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee. “We listened to the community and today’s action is responsive to the concerns that have been raised. I thank my colleagues and Executive Constantine for their hard work in forging today’s legislation.”

Following the defeat of proposition 1, the County Executive asked the Council to approve legislation that would reduce Metro bus service by 550,000 hours between September 2014 and September 2015. The ordinance approved today implements ONLY the service reductions originally proposed for September of this year, with a focus on cutting bus routes that are in the bottom 25 percent of productivity in accordance with the County’s adopted Transit Service Guidelines.

The adopted legislation also authorizes 188,000 hours of service to be cut in February 2015, but does not approve the specific routes to be eliminated or revised. The 188,000 hours would be adjusted based upon the recommendation of an ad-hoc committee created to review the July and August economic forecasts and additional financial data from Metro Transit. When the service reductions in February are set, the County Executive would transmit a service reduction ordinance for consideration by the County Council.

“The League of Women Voters is pleased with the Council's action today to move forward with a ‘more measured approach’ to the proposed cuts to Metro Transit and to establish a process that may minimize the impacts of some of the most devastating proposed cuts and restructures,” said Janet Winans, League of Women Voters Seattle-King County Transportation Chair. “We have provided testimony to support Councilmember Dembowski's ongoing efforts on this issue, including the substitute ordinance that was passed. The League supports the Council vote to move forward to postpone the decision making for 200,000 service hours of 2015 transit cuts until further work on a collaborative process can be completed and more information can be available.”   

The ordinance also calls for a report from the County Executive by September 30, 2014 describing revenue and expense reduction options available to avoid service reductions proposed for 2015. This report will build on existing work to identify further savings and additional revenue already underway by the County Council, including an independent audit of Metro's operations, finances and fund balance policies, changing fare policies to increase revenue, and a peer review of Metro.

The compromise acknowledges the need for additional community input and calls for community workshops on proposed transit reductions with affected communities and stakeholders. It also requires a report to be transmitted to the County Council with any future service reduction proposal, setting forth other options considered.

“The Native American community of Seattle and King County are incredibly grateful to Councilmember Dembowski for his courageous and outspoken fight to preserve the current route to the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center,” said Chris Stearns, Native American attorney and past Chairman of the Seattle Human Rights Commission. “The center is our community’s home, and the bus cuts that were averted today would have hurt our community immensely. We are encouraged that the Council is willing to work with the Native American community and with the help of leaders like Rod, we are going to hold their feet to the fire.” 


Shoreline City Council meets Monday

Shoreline City Council Meetings

Monday, July 21, 2014 – Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. 

Agenda Highlights
  • Motion to Authorize the City Manager to Obligate $246,000 of Surface Transportation Program (STP) Grant Funds for the 145th Street Route Development Plan 
  • Adoption of Res. No. 361 Authorizing Investments in the Washington State Local Government Investment Pool
  • Adoption of Ordinance Nos. 689 and 690 - Concurrency and Impact Fees
  • Discussion of Sound Transit Long-Range Plan Comments

City Council Webpage: watch the meeting live on your computer, or see it in a podcast the next day.


Veterans Association to sell memorial bricks to build veterans' memorial in Shoreline

Correction: The proposal goes before the Shoreline City Council on Monday, July 28. If approved, the Memorial Committee will begin selling the bricks and provide information how to purchase them at that time.

The Shoreline Veterans Association, sponsored by American Legion post 227, has started a fund raiser to build a Veterans Recognition Site at Shoreline City Hall to recognize all veterans who wish to have themselves or a relative recognized for their military service. Funds will be raised from donations and the sale of bricks which will cost $100 each and will have the name, rank, branch of service and dates of service engraved  on the brick.. 

Shoreline Veterans Association Project Chair Dwight Stevens provides the following information about the project:

Prior to 11/11/2013 we were just in the planning stage of a "Veterans Recognition Site" to be located adjacent to the City Hall Council Chamber, on the grass of the Plaza. The site is to be 32 feet in diameter and bordered by a 5 foot wide, white pervious concrete sidewalk, which will surround a flat circle of brick pavers, engraved with veteran's name, rank, service branch, and dates of service. There will be seven 4' high obelisks on the sidewalk, naming the different branches, including the National Guard and Merchant Marine.

Total cost of the project is currently estimated at $65,000, plus our printing, advertising, soliciting   and permitting costs.

Financing will be by business donations and the sale of Veteran's engraved brick pavers and hopefully generous donations from the public and corporate sectors. Solicitations will begin in July and we hope to have our financing completed by year-end and be able to undertake construction in the spring of 2015, estimated at 60 days. King County has pledged $10,000 and Recology CleanScapes has donated $1,000.

Rod Dembowski, Dwight Stevens
King County has pledged $10,000

On the three "flag" days of the year, we will fly seven service flags on 10' poles atop the obelisks during the daylight hours. The lighted center flagpole will carry the Stars and Stripes and the MIA/POW flag.

Large donations will be recognized on a plaque at the Site and there will be individual plaque space on three to seven masonry benches between the obelisks. We will have a "Ring of Honor" for large donors.

The Shoreline Veterans Association is an ad hoc committee of Post 227 of the American Legion, so all donations are tax deductible. We will furnish a copy of our I.R.S. form W-9 to all donors who give more than $1000, for their tax records.

Remember, "ALL GAVE SOME AND SOME GAVE ALL, LEST WE FORGET" is our motto for the site.


Echo Lake Neighborhood Association picnic beat the heat

Activities were provided for children
Melissa Irons and daughters
Photo by Janet Way

The ELNA (Echo Lake Neighborhood Association) had a picnic scheduled for what turned out to one of the hottest days of the year, on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

Normally, this annual event is held at Echo Lake Park. As the park was under construction, the association moved their picnic to Shoreline Park, north of the Shoreline Pool.

The deeply wooded site was a perfect site for a hot day. Neighbors and visitors enjoyed the warm shade under tall trees.

Rep. Cindy Ryu (left) visits with neighbors
at the Echo Lake Neighborhood picnic
in Shoreline Park
Photo by Janet Way

The picnic is held once a year, on the third Tuesday of July. The Echo Lake Neighborhood is bounded by Aurora, 205th, I-5, and 185th, and everyone who lives or works in that area is considered to be a member of the association.

Regular meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month from September through June (except for December), at Shoreline City Hall. For more information check the webpage, Facebook page, or email.


Best Date Night in Shoreline - Brewfest on Aug 9

On Saturday, August 9, join your adult friends and soon-to-be-friends for a beer-tasting, finger-licking, rockin' good time.

The party goes from 3-7 pm at the Innis Arden Clubhouse, with your favorite local brewers spread out across the back lawn. Enjoy pulled pork sliders and brats while you engage in lively conversation and hear great rock n' roll courtesy of the Pink Torpedoes.

A fundraiser at its heart, this event benefits the Hillwood, Richmond Highlands, Richmond Beach, and Innis Arden neighborhoods (the 4 corners), and one charity. This year's charity is Shoreline Music4Life, which ensures that our students have instruments to play at school.

Crowds socialize at a previous Brewfest

Tickets are $30 in advance, and $40 at the door. Limited $15 designated drivers tickets are available online only. Tickets are online at Brown Paper Tickets, or you can go the local route and visit Jenni at Beach House Greetings, 626 NW Richmond Beach Road. Online tickets will be held for you at will call.

Gallaghers Where-U-Brew
is the current champion

Brewers confirmed so far include: American Brewing, Gallaghers Where-U-Brew, Salish Sea Brewing, NW Peaks Brewing, Lantern Brewing, Georgetown Brewing, Fremont Brewing, 192 Brewing, Hilliards' Beer, 12 Bar Brewing, Naked City, Diamond Knot, and Mac & Jack's...!!! Can any of these awesome local brewers defeat the Golden Growler Champion Gallaghers Where-U-Brew?? Your votes will decide...

In addition to food, 10 5-oz beer tastes and live music, your inclusive ticket qualifies you for door prizes from Crescent Moon Massage Therapy and Sports Clips Haircuts!

If you are a business and would like to be a sponsor, contact the Board.

Want to volunteer? Join the team! Find your ideal job on Volunteer Spot.
Volunteers get a free ticket in exchange for working a shift!


Crime in Shoreline A-Z - Job description: Serve coffee, ring up sales, handle drunks, panhandlers, and violent customers

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Shoreline Police Station
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Crime in Shoreline A - Z
6-30-2014 to 7-7-2014

Every week - death investigations, suicide attempts, domestic violence, violent people with mental issues, suicide attempts, arrest warrants, drivers with suspended license, credit card identify theft, runaway kids, wandering seniors, well-being checks, natural deaths, driving violations with DUI drivers, tracking sex offenders, stolen cars left on streets - and here's the rest:

A - Attendant at Shell Station 656 Richmond Beach Rd found a credit card skimmer devise installed on gas pump

Alcohol / Drugs - Drunk driver in 180xx block of Aurora runs into something off the side of the road which flattens three of his time, but he pulls back out into traffic / Marijuana confiscated from two juveniles in Innis Arden Reserve - they were cited for being in park after hours / Aurora Village Transit Center - individual provides alcohol to minor who becomes over-intoxicated and requires transport to hospital

Assault - A drunk being taken to detox assaulted the ambulance EMT

Bicycle - Stolen from side of house at 202xx 3rd NW

Burglary, residential - Front door kicked in 21xx N 147th / 12xx NE Ballinger Pl - mostly electronics taken / 3xx NW 182nd tools stolen / 150xx 27th NE forced entry through back door / 198xx 25th NE entered through open back door and used bolt cutters to remove safe / Attempted entry unoccupied home 21xx N 185th - burglar removed window screens - left personal items behind / 21xx N 178 broke downstairs window / 165xx Carlyle Hall Rd entered and ransacked basement

Burglary, commercial - 16549 Aurora - suspect enters Lease Crutcher construction site - video surveillance 

Car prowl - 21xx N 161st Pl broke out rear passenger window / 23xx N 149th / Parking lot at Seattle Golf Club / 155xx 10th NE took iPod Touch / 13xx N 183rd check removed from car / 155xx Midvale / 5xx N 170th took change and a sweatshirt / Paramount School Park vehicle window smashed and bag taken 

Cars and parts stolen – Vehicle stolen 145xx Whitman / Travel trailer stolen from side of road 145xx 12th NE / License plate from Echo Lake Village apt parking / Car stolen from upper deck of City Hall parking garage / Truck stolen 150xx Wallingford / Vehicle stolen at 161xx Stone

Larceny, public places - Shoplift at Costco (twice), Goodwill (twice), Marshalls, O'Reilley Auto Parts on Ballinger, Sears (twice), North City Safeway (alcohol) / Customer's iPod stolen from counter at Ridgecrest 7-11 / Wallet stolen from shopper's purse at Fred Meyer

Mail theft - none this week

Trespass - 2 people trespassed from Aurora Village Starbucks / Person bathing in Shari's restroom trespassed at Manager's request / Goldie's Casino / Person Trespassed from Aurora Safeway had outstanding warrants / A drunk was Trespassed from QFC when he argued with staff about not being sold alcohol / Panhandlers Trespassed from Aurora Village Starbucks / Trespassing warrant arrest at AV Starbucks

Vandalism, parks, schools - Tags at Twin Ponds Park / Tags at Paramount School Park / Tags in men's bathroom Twin Ponds park

Vandalism - Customer argues with Ridgecrest 7-11 clerk and damages glass door on way out

Z  - Thief stole keys from Y locker, opened owner's car in garage and stole his wallet, then used credit cards - all while owner was at the Y

For other weeks of Crime in Shoreline, see the Features section on the front page.


Fix a Leak Week finds 150 leaky toilets

King's Elementary celebrates their win with a pizza party
Photo courtesy North City Water

2014 marks the third year in a row that North City Water District worked with local elementary students in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park on the Annual Fix a Leak Week Challenge.
Briarcrest Elementary, Brookside Elementary, Cascade Elementary, King’s Elementary, Lake Forest Park Elementary, Parkwood Elementary, St. Mark’s Elementary, Shoreline Christian Elementary School and Syre Elementary School all participated.

The challenge was simple: students brought home dye strip tests as part of a special water conservation and awareness program in the classroom. They and their parents would use the strip to test their toilet for leaks, and bring back a signed note verifying the test had been completed. 

Fix a Leak Week not only received an overwhelmingly positive response from both students and teachers, it helped over 150 families find and repair leaks in their toilets. Thanks to the information provided on the challenge form this year, families could find easy instructions for fixing a leaky toilet online

The winning classrooms got a pizza party and their teacher was given a cash grant for school supplies.

13 classrooms with 100% participation from Brookside Elementary, King’s Elementary and St. Mark’s Parish School were eligible for the drawings of the grand prize. The winners were as follows:
  • Pizza Party: Mrs. Severns at King’s Elementary
  • Pizza Party: Mrs. Pilman at King’s Elementary
  • $100 school supplies: Mrs. Dunphy at King’s Elementary
  • $300 school supplies: Mrs. Keck at St. Mark’s Parish School
  • $500 school supplies: Mrs. Benson at Brookside Elementary


Humane Society pet food drive at area Safeways

The Seattle Humane Society and Safeway have teamed up for a Summer Pet Food Drive to help fill the shelves of Seattle Humane's Pet Food Bank, which feeds pets belonging to low-income seniors and people disabled by AIDS.

Look for collection barrels in your local King County Safeway store throughout July. Pick up a few extra cans of pet food or a bag of dry pet food and drop them in! The greatest needs are dry cat food and wet canned dog food.

Ways you can help!

1.  Donate canned or dry pet food at your local King County Safeway store in July. Our greatest needs are dry cat food and wet canned dog food.

 2.  Make it a team effort by holding a pet food drive in your community at your church, synagogue, school or business.

3.  Spread the word: text, blog, wall post and tweet today!

Seattle Humane's volunteers pack, load and deliver pet food to local senior centers, low-income housing complexes, food banks and individual homes. Help Seattle Humane help pets, and people too, by donating to the Safeway Summer Pet Food Drive.

The Drive will go through July.


Plan ahead - the State of Washington offers Tax Payer Relief for seniors and disabled citizens

Saturday, July 19, 2014

State law provides tax relief programs for older adults, the disabled and those on limited income of any age. Income, residency and other criteria apply.

Certain medical and long-term care costs may be deducted to calculate disposable income. The exemption program is a grant and the amount of the tax reduction ranges from full to partial, depending on assessed value of the property and your income.

The two deferral programs require repayment of the tax amount loaned when the home is sold, the applicant passes away (unless there is a qualifying survivor), the home is no longer used as a primary residence or the home owner chooses to leave the program. If you were not aware of the program, refunds for up to three prior years may be submitted.

  • Senior Citizen /Disabled Property Tax Exemption Program - The exemption program provides a property tax reduction to qualified senior citizens and disabled persons. 
  • Senior Citizen/Disabled Property Tax Deferral Program – Under the deferral program, Washington State pays the second installment of your property tax and special assessments, due October 31, after you have paid the first half due April 30. The Department of Revenue oversees the program and gives final approval. Think of this as a loan, allowing the State to pay part of your property taxes and assessments, in exchange for placing a lien on your property until the amount deferred, plus interest, is repaid. 
  • Property Tax Deferral Program for Homeowners with Limited Income- operates similarly to the deferral program for Senior Citizen /Disabled. Department of Revenue approves applications. 

Eligibility Requirements Senior Citizen Exemption Program
  • Annual household income of $35,000 or less. 
  • Own and occupy a house, mobile home, condo or coop 
  • 61 years of age by December 31 of the previous year, or 
  • Retired because of disability or 
  • Veteran with a 100% service connected disability 
  • You are a widow, or widower, at least 57 years of age, whose spouse had an exemption at time of death. 
  • Refunds for prior years are available because of a mistake, oversight or not knowing about the exemption program
  • Must reapply every four years 
Eligibility Requirements Senior Citizen/Disabled Deferral Program
  • 60 or older or retired because of physical disability 
  • Income of $40,000 or less
  • Owned property for five years
  • Have enough equity to secure the interest of the State of Washington
  • The first half of your property taxes, due April 30,, must be paid before applying for the deferral on your second installment due October 31.
  • Must reapply annually 
Property Tax Deferral Program for Homeowners with Limited Income
  • Available to homeowners with disposable incomes of $57,000 or less 
  • Live in home for five years
  • Have enough equity to secure the interest of the State of Washington 
  • State pays second installment of property taxes after homeowners pays first 
  • Must reapply annually 

The application deadline is September 1 of each year for the Limited Income Program and March 31st for Deferral Program. There is no deadline for the senior/disabled exemption application. For further information or to obtain an application, call the King County Assessor’s Office, 206-296-3920. Download applications here

For property tax questions, call King County Treasury at 206-296-0923. For assistance with tax matters, contact the King County Tax Advisor at 206-477-1060. The number for the King County Assessor is 206-296-7300 or visit the web page.


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