Central Subarea Planning meeting didn't go as planned in Lake Forest Park

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Meeting rooms at City Hall do not accommodate 200 people
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
By Donna Hawkey

The City of Lake Forest Park felt an unexpected big blow of wind at the October 11th Central Subarea Planning and first community wide input session.

Things just did not go as would be expected.

People started out in a general good mood, especially after being welcomed by the sight and smell of a bright red food truck serving wood fire pizza (some wondered though, but why not our own Mod Pizza?).

Inside city hall, it seems a large turnout was underestimated.

Almost 200 people showed up and many residents had to stand out in the hall and down the stairwell. The heat from so many people in the chamber room was overwhelming. It was uncomfortable, but residents were eager to hear what the presentation was about, so most were bearing with it, and some making jokes to lighten it all up before the meeting began.

Then the presentation happened without a real presenter.

There was no introduction speech with the overall concepts or goals, nor much in the way of useful and clear specifics either. There were plenty of other officials in the room, such as representatives from Sound Transit and LFP Town Center property owners, Merlone Geier. They were introduced by name and company, but did not address the residents with any substance. It left the audience questioning, 'who is who and what part do they play in all this, and why did they not present any information to us?'

The outside hired firm began with a series of new resident directed survey questions. From the first question, the confusion among the crowd was palpable. The questions were too open ended and were presented in the wrong tense. One resident wrote, “The presentation wasted valuable time and energy, especially at the beginning, leading us through some sort of ridiculous survey that had unclear statements and purpose.”

Now the uncomfortable citizens became increasingly frustrated and the contractor staff lost their patience, showing verbal disrespect to the entire community. “It seemed almost akin to an attempt at group brainwash with statements boiling down to things like ‘We should all collaborate, right,” said a resident.

There were some productive outcomes at the small group resident sessions lead by individual facilitators later in the evening. However, the Mayor and City Council were clearly dismayed by the overall outcome that night. They tried to arrange immediate meetings with the Sheridan Beach and Brookside communities, the two neighborhoods feeling most affected by any Central Subarea Plan, but the scheduling did not work out.

This is clearly an evolving process and we will keep you informed as it unfolds.

Mayor Jeff Johnson and Deputy Mayor Catherine Stanford issued the following statement in response to the October 11th meeting.

It is our sincere hope that, as we move beyond this first meeting, future workshops are conducted and received in a collaborative fashion. We want to know what your vision is for the Central Subarea. We want to make sure the outcome is what the community wants.



King County contributes $1 million for a new detox facility on Beacon Hill

King County has contributed $1 million in capital funds to help open a new detox facility that will offer integrated treatment for mental health and substance-use disorder – including opioid addiction – that prioritizes bed space for people who are homeless.

The facility, located in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, will offer 33 detox beds and 40 intensive inpatient treatment beds. It will welcome residents who are at the city of Seattle’s Navigation Center, a dormitory-style facility for people who are homeless and need treatment for substance-use disorder.

"The partnerships we are creating will save lives and connect more people to the effective treatment they need to once again live a healthy, productive, meaningful life,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. 
“We are doing more than providing additional beds. We are connecting entire systems so we can better confront challenges in mental health, addiction, and homelessness throughout our region."

 More information here


2017 Election: Budget statements from an LFP incumbent and challenger

By Evan Smith

Lake Forest Park City Council incumbent John Wright and challenger Benjamin Gonzalez O'Brien recently sent these statements about their approach to considering a city budget:

City of Lake Forest Park, Council Position 3

John Wright
John Wright

In 2010 LFP citizens were told that we HAD to pass the property-tax levy lid-lift known as ‘Prop 1’ or the City would face draconian cuts and greatly diminished services. Since the voters replied with a resounding NO to prop 1, the city had to streamline and reorganize its operations and I believe that this resulted in a far more efficient and well organized government than existed before. The city has developed a grant-match fund to bring a greater percentage of revenue in from outside sources, and I think we need to keep expanding our ability to secure grant funding by dedicating staff to that purpose. We’re making great progress!

Benjamin Gonzalez O'Brien
Benjamin Gonzalez O'Brien

I believe our city should prioritize maintaining a balanced budget, and seek opportunities for new revenue that do not include increases in property taxes. Thoughtful collaboration with the Town Center on its redesigns could help generate more revenue through sales tax. This would not only give the city more funds for improving our infrastructure, it would create benefits, instead of burdens, for the homeowners in our city. I will also advocate for more open and transparent discussions with the community about the city budget, the community’s priorities, and paths to generate more revenue that will allow our city to continue to thrive.


Five Ways of Paying For College Oct 26 at Shoreline Library

Five Ways of Paying For College

Come learn tips and tricks for paying for college, obtaining scholarships, and avoiding student debt from the financial aid, grant and scholarship experts of Shoreline Community College.

There will be a short presentation, followed by a question and answer session.

Thursday, October 26, 2017, 6 - 7:30pm in the Shoreline Library Large Meeting Room, 345 NE 175th, 98155.


2017 Election: Issue statement from a Shoreline Council incumbent and challenger

By Evan Smith

Shoreline City Council incumbent Keith McGlashan and challenger Jin-Ah Kim recently sent statements about their views on the most important issue or issues in the November 7 city election. Here are their statements:

City of Shoreline, Council Position 1

Keith McGlashan
Keith McGlashan

Safety: I prioritized prevention and we lowered crime. I will continue to give police tools to get the job done.

Parks: I supported expanding parks, including 2 dog parks. I will prioritize 40 more acres, replacing our pool, and senior/recreation center.

Services: As a community volunteer, I fight for a safety net for neighbors in need. I support Shoreline schools; education and opportunity are vitally linked.

Growth: I worked for developments that marry housing, retail and transit to reduce congestion, pollution, and neighborhood crowding. I will fight to protect our environment.

Taxes: We must attract businesses that generate sales taxes (and shopping options!), to fund services AND stabilize property taxes.

Jin-Ah Kim
Jin-Ah Kim

East Shoreline:

Save Hamlin Park took over two months for a decision. It’s was a no-brainer decision, don’t cut 4 acres from Hamlin. I vow to protect the environment and improve communication regarding changing infrastructure, for example the 5th Ave bike lanes.

West Shoreline: Point Wells

In short: I would resist any agreement from a developer that would exceed a 4,000 daily trip capacity for Richmond Beach Road. Under my opponent's administration, an agreement was made with developers that supported 11,587 trips. All indications point that he would support an agreement that would exceed this. I will fight for the people of Shoreline and for responsible development.


Chamber forum had the best seats in town

Chamber of Commerce President Dale Sutton
welcomes audience and candidates to the forum
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

By Diane Hettrick

The Shoreline Chamber of Commerce candidate forum audience had the best seats in town. Literally. The forum was held at the Crest Theatre on Tuesday where attendees relaxed in comfortable theater seats to enjoy the show.

Dale Sutton, President, Shoreline Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the crowd and introduced the council candidates.

The forum was moderated by Ellen Barton, League of Women Voters.

Candidates participating:

Position 1
  • Jin-Ah Kim
  • Keith McGlashan (Incumbent)
Position 3
  • Will Hall (Incumbent, Unopposed) 
Position 5 - open position
  • Carolyn Ahlgreen
  • Susan Chang
Position 7
  • Chris Roberts (Incumbent, Unopposed)

Each candidate was given time to introduce themselves.

The following five questions were posed to all the candidates, who were given equal time to answer.

The questions dealt with the following topics:
  1. Economic Development in Shoreline, what will you do?
  2. City implementation of a B/O tax, Yes or No
  3. What role, if any, does the city council play in rezoning?
  4. Do you support the maintenance of parks and the tree canopy in Shoreline?
  5. What are your ideas for creating available low income housing in Shoreline?

At the end of the question/answer period each candidate was given one minute to make a concluding statement.

After the forum, many of the candidates and audience moved to the Ridgecrest Pub across the street, sponsor of the event. Candidates met with attendees in small groups, answering individual questions and listening to ideas and concerns.


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Letter to the Editor: Candidate forums empower and hopefully inspire residents

To the Editor:

As organizer and sponsor of the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce candidate forum on Tuesday, I am responding to the “Letter to the Editor: Candidate forums silence concerns of residents.”

The author was disappointed that the forums didn't include questions from the audience, and asks, “exactly what is the point of holding a candidate forum?”

The point of our forum was to encourage more Shoreliners to see and hear their candidates in person, and be better equipped to vote their values - whatever they are - on November 7. There is scant coverage of Shoreline’s elections in newspapers. The voters’ pamphlet and candidate websites have short statements that often fail to differentiate candidates. For example, everyone loves adding sidewalks and hates increasing taxes, but the test is how to balance the two.

Our five questions could have been cleverer. At times I wanted to yell out a follow-up question, and probably many others did too. But they were deliberately broad and open-ended, and they created sufficient opportunity for the six candidates to speak to their values and the issues in 1.5 hours.

So when do residents have the chance to speak? Right after the forum, all six candidates came to the nearby bar and started conversations with small groups of people. But any day, we can write letters to Councilmembers. We can also serve on a Citizen Advisory Committee, call and email city staff members, go to open houses and the City Manager's office.

But in a city with little local independent journalism, the trick is figuring out what is happening that we want to speak about. I hope City Council selects timely and effective communication of emerging issues as a major goal in 2018. I'll write them a letter about it!

Megan Kogut PhD


LFP business donates dictionaries to LFP fourth graders

4th graders at LFP pose with donor Douglas Carl
and their new dictionaries
Photo by Frank Kleyn

On Wednesday, October 18th, Douglas Carl, owner of "A Better Day Salon" at the Lake Forest Park Town Center visited the school library to deliver new dictionaries to every fourth grader at Lake Forest Park Elementary School.

Teachers and students look forward to using the dictionaries in the classroom and at home.

LFP staff say, "Thank you, Douglas Carl and 'A Better Day Salon.' Our students love their new dictionaries!"

A new dictionary for every LFP 4th grader
from A Better Day Salon owner Douglas Carl
Photo by Frank Kleyn

Updated 10-19-17


Letter to the Editor: Join the Nortons in supporting Jill Brady

To the Editor:

Leaves are falling and yard signs are popping up. That means it is election season! A time when we, as a community, make choices about who will represent us and, through those choices, set our collective priorities. This year, it is an opportunity for the broader community to get to know someone I value as a leader and advocate for our kids and community - Jill Brady.

Jill and I served on the Shoreline Public Schools Foundation together, worked on bond and levy campaigns together, and, perhaps most important to any who know the Nortons, sat through many Shorewood and Shorecrest wrestling matches together. Jill always asks the tough questions, thinks practically and creatively, and finds compromise and solutions.

In the coming years, our District will face some exciting opportunities and some significant challenges. Four new schools will be built, and we will be grappling with new laws around education funding. Jill has the background and experience to ensure that we use tax-payer dollars appropriately while continuing to advocate for a fully-funded education system.

As a former School Board member, I know Jill has what it takes and is exactly what our District needs. Thus, it is no surprise that Jill is endorsed by community leaders throughout Shoreline and Lake Forest Park, including School Board President Debi Ehrlichman, Representative Ruth Kagi, LFP Mayor Jeff Johnson, Shoreline Councilmembers Doris McConnell and Will Hall, LFP Councilmembers Semra Riddle, John Resha, John Wright and Mark Phillips.

Even more importantly, Jill is endorsed by parents and educators throughout the District, all of whom, like myself, know that we will be stronger as a community with Jill on the School Board.

Join the Nortons in supporting Jill and continuing the legacy of excellence in our Shoreline Schools.

Maren Norton


Contextured: MiYoung Margolis & Loreen Matsushima at City Hall Gallery Oct 26

Sand/Glass detail
MiYoung Margolis
The City of Shoreline Public Art Program is proud to welcome a pairing of two artists who both explore texture by varying treatments of the surface.

MiYoung Margolis and Loreen Matsushima's show Contextured, will open on Thursday, October 26.

Loreen Matsushima
Through layered paint, mixed media collage elements, press techniques, and unorthodox tools like knives.

The imagery in Contextured is dreamlike and ethereal, abstract but frequently figurative. In addition to paintings and monotypes, the exhibition will also include some experimental surprises in sculpture and video.

An opening reception event will occur Thursday, October 26, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30pm at the Art Gallery at Shoreline City Hall, 2nd Floor, 17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline 98133.

Free and open to the public. Normal gallery hours 9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday, through January 20, 2018.


Coach Dave Morehouse retires after 30 years at Shorecrest

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

After 30 years, Dave Morehouse is retiring as head volleyball coach at Shorecrest High School. He was recognized before the game on October 12 with these remarks from David Harrison. The last game of the season is a home match on October 24.

Current and past players honor Coach Morehouse

As many of you know, this is Dave’s 30th, and final season at Shorecrest in his role as head coach. I doubt, Dave, that when you were hired in 1987 you envisioned you would still be guiding the volleyball program at Shorecrest three decades later. And I know this is a very bittersweet night and season for you.

My name is David Harrison. I met Dave Morehouse in 1999 when my oldest daughter Chelsie was a freshman at Shorecrest. She played four years for Dave. Four years later her younger sister Brittney came to Shorecrest and she too played four years for Dave. In Brittney’s senior year, 2003, Chelsie joined the Shorecrest coaching staff, and over the next nine years, Chelsie, Brittney or I, sometimes all three, were all part of the Shorecrest coaching staff.

As part of my introduction this evening I want to give a shout out to a good friend of Dave’s, Ed McKnight. Ed has assisted Dave with the varsity team for more than twenty years.

Some of you here tonight have played for Coach Morehouse. Many of you here tonight have sat over the years in these bleachers and cheered for Shorecrest volleyball. You have all been part of the history and legacy of Shorecrest volleyball. You have been privileged to share a snapshot in time, if you will, of this program. But Dave Morehouse owns the photo album. He has contributed to the history and legacy of this program in a way that few coaches ever will or ever do.

I realize my fondness for statistics is not necessarily shared by many people so I’ll share just a few. It should be noted that these statistics do not include Dave’s first four seasons, 1987-1990. They were unavailable. Evidently Dave’s tenure as head volleyball coach predates the collection of statistics.

During his tenure, Dave has guided Shorecrest volleyball to (6) First place finishes in Wesco with two of those seasons, 1999 and 2006, finishing undefeated in league play. SC finished in the top five of Wesco an additional eight times.

Shorecrest made ten appearances at the State Tournament, placing sixth in State in 1994, fourth in state in 2004 and 2007, and the best in school history of 3rd in state in 2006.

Dave was named Wesco South Division Coach of the Year in 1996. Excluding the aforementioned period of 1987-90 and the current 2017 season, Shorecrest won 197 matches and lost 137. Just shy of a 60% win percentage.

But as much as I like statistics, they only tell part of any story. In addition to coaching at Shorecrest, Dave has also coached club volleyball for twenty years, most of that spent with the Washington Volleyball Academy, one of the top volleyball club programs in the state.

The high school season runs from August to early November. The club season runs from early November to July 4. Here’s what that means in practical terms. It means that Dave has been on a volleyball court eleven months out of the year for the past twenty years.

While I have no statistics to back it up, that dedication and commitment of time to this sport and to the hundreds of players he has coached, in my opinion, puts him in a very elite group of coaches. I have been around this sport most of my life and still feel like a novice next to Dave. His knowledge of the game, the mechanics, the rules, the ebb and flow of a set and match… unbelievable.

His ability to evaluate young players, correct their mechanics, whether a goofy footed server, an improper arm swing, poor footwork on their approach, or the incorrect hand position of a setter, it didn’t matter. Dave knows volleyball and constantly pushed his players to perfect their mechanics and thus become the best player and teammate they could be.

Would you all please join me in recognizing Shorecrest Head Coach Dave Morehouse in this his 30th high school volleyball season.


Power outages in LFP

10-18-2017  11pm

Trees are starting to cause problems with the power lines, even though it doesn't seem like there is much wind. 127 households are out around 40th Place NE and 30 just east of 25th NE.

City Light doesn't expect to have the power on before 4am, so pile on the blankets.

The candidate forum at Third Place Commons was not affected, but the Scots volleyball game at Mountlake Terrace High School was cancelled when the power went out.


Kruckeberg fall tree and shrub sale this weekend Oct 20-22

Kruckeberg Botanic Garden entrance
Photo by Steven H. Robnson
Celebrate Autumn with Kruckeberg's Fall Tree and Shrub Sale.

All trees and shrubs will be discounted 40% off.

Add trees and shrubs to your garden landscape when they will have the most success with the onset of fall rains. Their root systems and your garden will be well-established by spring!

Kruckeberg Botanic Garden is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 10 am - 5 pm, admission is always free!

20312 15th Ave NW, Shoreline 98177 - 206-546-1281


Tapas and Topics with the League of Women Voters of Snohomish County

The League of Women Voters of Snohomish County invites the public to attend an informal gathering for “Tapas and Topics”, to network, discuss current issues, and learn about the activities of the League.

At these two membership events, tapas will be provided and attendees may order their own beverages. Topics will include voting, transportation, healthcare and other items of interest to the group.

The first event will be held at Arnie’s Restaurant on the Edmonds waterfront at 5pm on Tuesday, October 24, 300 Admiral Way, Edmonds 98020.

A second will be held at the Vintage Café, 1510 Hewitt Ave in Everett at 5pm on Wednesday, October 25. Women and men who are interested in the purpose and work of the League of Women Voters are welcome to come.

To reserve a place, call Janet Chalupnik at 425 776-5544.


Ronald Wastewater transfers to City on Monday

Ronald Wastewater District Office
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
On Monday, October 23, 2017, the City of Shoreline will begin providing sewer service to the community under a service contract with the Ronald Wastewater District.

Under the arrangement, the City will operate and maintain the utility while the Ronald Wastewater District Board of Commissioners will be responsible for addressing policy matters, setting rates, and managing capital improvements for the utility.

Once the service contract expires, the second phase of the unification will occur, with the City assuming responsibility for operations, policy, and governance of the utility.

The wastewater utility will operate in much the same way as the City’s current surface water utility, under the direction of the City Council.

What does this mean for customers? Not much. 

All of the same great service provided by Ronald will continue. You can still report customer service issues using the utility’s phone number – 206-546-2494.

Paying your bill will also not change, unless you pay in person or use the District’s payment drop box.

All utility business conducted in person, including paying a bill, using the payment drop box, addressing a customer service issue, or receiving a permit, will now be conducted at Shoreline City Hall - 17500 Midvale Avenue N. The new payment drop box will be located on the top floor of the City Hall parking garage.

More information about this change, here.


Salmon dinner in Woodinville for American Legion

2017 Salmon dinner fundraiser for American Legion Post 127, Woodinville, on Sunday, October 22, 2017.


Nile Nightmares returns to deliver the screams again in 2017

Prepare to experience your worst nightmare as the Nile Shriners present their 7th annual haunted attraction, Nile Nightmares.

Screams will be heard across the county line from 12 terror-filled shows, including October 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 29, and 31.

Shows run from 7pm to 11pm on Friday and Saturday nights and 7pm to 10pm on Thursday and Sunday nights. Tickets are $20 or $28 for a faster VIP line and can be purchased online or on-site at the box office. Purchase tickets online. Special pricing will be available this year for Thursday shows.

Food and Fear Garden
Those who survive the various haunted houses will love catching their breath in the Food and Fear Garden. Exclusive Nile Nightmares merchandise and photo-ops will be available as well as plenty of food, sweets, and beverages (including frothy evil elixirs for our guests 21 and over).

Nile Halloween Family Funfest
Mark your calendars for the Nile Halloween Family Funfest on Sunday, October 29th. From 2pm to 5pm, the Nile Nightmares creatures retreat to their coffins, caves and crypts, allowing families to enjoy a much tamer haunted house experience. Admission is just $10 per child, parents/guardians get in free! Halloween candy awaits those children brave enough to experience the various haunted attractions.

New this year, a Trunk or Treat event with decorated vehicles and even more Halloween goodies. Enjoy bouncy houses, cotton candy, face painting, vendor booths, and plenty of great food.

Fright Light Night
Darkness sets the stage for the return of the ever-popular “Fright Light Night” on October 31st. On this final night of haunting, the Nile’s haunted grounds go pitch-black, leaving you with only your cunning and a special finger flashlight (available at the box office) to guide the way.

Nile Nightmares is a volunteer-driven, non-profit event benefiting the Nile Shriners.

The haunted house is located adjacent to I-5 off Exit 177 at Nile Shrine Golf Center - 6601 244th St SW, Mountlake Terrace 98043.


LFP residents - clear leaves from storm drains

Recipe for flooding
Leaves blocking drain
The City is prepping for this week’s weather event. It looks like we’ll have some pretty stiff winds combined with heavy rain.

With most of the leaves still on the trees generally that’s a recipe for trees falling and limbs breaking.

The city of Lake Forest Park is urging residents to prepare for the first heavy rainfall of season by cleaning leaves away from storm drains.

The National Weather Service has issued a heavy rainfall outlook for Western Washington extending through the weekend.

---LFP Police


Cheer on the Einstein Tigers Wednesday afternoon

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Looking for some fun on Wednesday afternoon?

Come out and cheer on the Einstein Tigers Middle School football team as they take on Meadowdale.

The game starts at 3:45pm, at the Einstein field, 19343 3rd Ave NW, Shoreline 98177.

It’s a lot of fun and a great way to support your local school community. Go Tigers!!!


Local firms have projects in Remodeled Homes Tour

Map of remodeled homes in the tour
The annual Remodeled Homes Tour is this weekend, October 21-22, 2017, and local companies are represented.

Irons Brothers Construction Inc. of Shoreline and Chermak Construction Inc. of Edmonds both have homes on the tour.

Both companies are regular participants in Rampathon where they volunteer to build a ramp for someone unable to leave their home because of mobility issues. Both have built ramps in Shoreline, Edmonds, and Seattle.

  • 16905 Talbot Road Edmonds, 98026 Chermak Construction Inc.
  • 807 N. 50th St. Seattle, 98103 Irons Brothers Construction Inc.

Here's the complete list of addresses.

Presented by the Remodelers Council of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, the Remodeled Homes Tour invites visitors to experience firsthand the finest craftsmanship and most innovative ideas in home remodeling.

See and feel what it's like to live in a gorgeous remodeled home and meet the building professionals who make it all possible. Perfect for those dreaming of remodeling their own home, the tour is an exclusive opportunity to visit some of the finest custom-remodeled private residences throughout our region.

Free tickets here


Lake Forest Park candidate forum Wednesday

Reminder: Wednesday, October 18th - LFP Candidates Forum

Meet the candidates for School Board and LFP City Council at Third Place Commons on  Wednesday, October 18th at 7:00pm.

The Forum will be moderated by The League of Women Voters.

Bring questions for the candidates.

Town Center, Lake Forest Park, Ballinger Way


Jes Kilpatrick to represent Shoreline in the 2018 Miss Washington competition

Miss Shoreline
Jes Kilpatrick
Amazon Customer Service rep Jes Kilpatrick was scouted by "Miss USA Pageant" to partake in the upcoming 2018 Miss Washington competition, as Miss Shoreline.

I am representing Shoreline as I have lived here now for the past 3.5 years and do not plan on leaving anytime soon. I am originally from South Seattle, moved up North to go to Western Washington University and after college planted my roots in Shoreline and have been calling it home ever since. 
Jes works full-time as a customer service representative at Amazon in downtown Seattle. In her spare time, she is a freelance model, and model coach and mentor.

Read her story here


WeatherWatcher: Wind Advisory, Forecast: Seasonal stormy weather

Storm damage in Shoreline August 29, 2015.
Photo by Carl Dinse

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a high wind advisory for the greater Seattle area, including the Shoreline and Lake Forest Park areas. The advisory is in effect Wednesday 11am - 11pm. Southeast winds are expected to increase to 20-30mph with gusts as high as 40mph.

The latest forecast models indicate that winds will be gusting up to 35mph over Shoreline and Lake Forest Park, 40mph along the water. The strongest winds are likely between 2pm and 8pm.

Winds this strong and early in the season are likely to down trees, snap branches and cause power outages. 

The National Weather Service also warns to make sure you have flashlights and batteries in case of a power outage, and to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. In particular, barbecue grills, gas grills, and generators do not belong inside the house.


Wednesday. Along with the winds gusting to 40mph, we are looking at rain at times with steady rain increasing in the afternoon and evening. Here's where it gets tricky. Models show Shoreline and Lake Forest Park right at the southern edge of the Olympic Mountain rain shadow during this storm.
  • Seattle south is expecting 2.5 - 4 inches of rain Wednesday and Wednesday night. 
  • Rain shadow area (north of 145th street about) is expecting a storm total of 0.5 -1.5 inches of rain. 
So Wednesday and Wednesday night could see anywhere from half an inch to 4 inches of rain. Temperatures will remain in the upper 50's to near 60.

Thursday will start with steady rain decreasing to showers in the afternoon, with another half inch of rain possible. Showers to continue until Friday night. Highs in the mid 50's and lows in the 40's.

Weekend: Saturday steady rain returns lasting through Sunday night. Things look like they'll start calming down a little Monday and Tuesday with Tuesday being just partly sunny. Highs near either side of 60 and lows in the 40's.

For current weather conditions and resources visit www.shorelineweather.com


Halloween yards: ghosts and purple trees

Photo by Seattle Poppy

This decorated yard is on 11th NE, just south of NE 170th. This family also decorates for Christmas - and probably a few other holidays as well!


Letter to the Editor: Worried that an injection site in Shoreline would bring crime

To the Editor:

I read Shoreline city council candidate Jin-Ah Kim’s recent letter to the editor where she states:

“I support Safe Sites – But not in Shoreline. Locations are chosen based on crime anyways (sic), Shoreline is not a top choice”.

When candidate Kim first filed her intentions to run for office, I checked her website and at that time her website stated that she favored safe injection sites for Shoreline. Her website has since been changed, but the website still contains a video of a King 5 news story about her candidacy and the interview that she gave King 5 news just a few months ago. The news story tells us what Ms. Kim’s priorities for Shoreline are:

“Kim is pushing for detox centers and mental health services in Shoreline, she favors safe injection sites and an income tax on individuals making more than a quarter million dollars a year” (King 5 News “Recovering Addict Running for Shoreline City Council” May 25, 2017, 01:15-01:29)

The county council is placing one injection site in Seattle, and looking for the placement of a second injection site. With many of the other cities in King County voting to exclude injection sites where will the other one go? I am worried that although not a “top choice”, Shoreline could be the “only choice” according to candidate Kim. I am very concerned that a site in Shoreline will bring more crime and homelessness as addicts stay near the site in order to use it multiple time each day. I believe prevention and treatment are better options for our city.

Pam Cross


Big Pumpkin Bash carnival at Bitter Lake Saturday

The Big Pumpkin Bash Carnival will take place this Saturday evening, October 21, 2017, from 6-8pm. The event is at the “Bitter Lake Annex”/ gymnasium at Broadview-Thomson K-8 school, 13040 Greenwood Ave N Seattle, 98133.

Bring the entire family out for a night of ghoulish-good fun! We will have carnival games, the always popular cake walk, face painting, and much more!

Please bring a can of food to donate to our local food bank. Don't forget to wear your costumes.

Volunteer hours are available during this event, call 206-684-7524 for more details.


Letter to the Editor: Candidate forums silence concerns of residents

To the Editor:

As Chair of the 32nd Legislative District GOP I encouraged our Precinct Committee Officers and Captains as well as neighbors and friends to attend the two previous Shoreline City Council candidate forums.

I am extremely disappointed to hear that the organizers of these forums chose to disenfranchise Shoreline residents through a biased selection of questions favoring a liberal agenda and completely omitting questions from conservatives.

Now we hear that the Chamber of Commerce candidate forum this evening will not allow audience questions at all.

Exactly what is the point of holding a candidate forum if the concerns of residents are silenced?

Lori Theis


Third Place Books to donate 20% of Saturday sales to Puerto Rico

20% of Saturday sales for Puerto Rico
Photo by Jerry Pickard

This Saturday, October 21, 2017, Third Place Books will donate 20 percent of sales at all three of its store locations (Lake Forest Park, Ravenna, and Seward Park) to relief efforts in Puerto Rico, which has been devastated by Hurricane Maria.

Proceeds will go to Unidos Disaster Relief Fund, sponsored by the Hispanic Federation, an organization that Consumer Reports says “has been reviewed and received high ratings from two of the watchdogs, Charity Navigator and BBB Wise Giving Alliance.”

The donation is the idea of Christina Bearer, a bookseller at Third Place Books Ravenna. “We all know that the individual can be way more powerful when joined together with others,” Bearer said in an email to the company’s management.

“I feel galvanized to turn to my community and ask, what can we do together to address a terrible need? It feels very natural for me to turn to Third Place and hope that maybe we can all do something together, and make a difference that way.”

Third Place Books joins other literary bookstores nationwide that have made similar efforts, like Webster’s (State College, PA) and Island Bookstore (Outer Banks, NC), and publishers like Fireside and Restless Books, as well as the ad hoc group Publishers for Puerto Rico.

The decision to donate a portion of Saturday’s proceeds came quickly: one of the benefits of being a community-based, independently owned business. With little time to organize, we hope that coverage of this fundraiser inspires Seattleites to take part— perhaps by taking care of some early holiday shopping— and that other bookstores and Seattle-based businesses will also participate.


Shoreline welcomes City Meditation Crew for art walk focusing on mindfulness

City Meditation Crew
A member of the nationally-recognized performance art group “City Meditation Crew” (CMC) will lead two 1.5 hour walks in the urban forest of Hamlin Park (16006 15th Ave NE) in Shoreline on Saturday, October 21 (9:00am-10:30am; 2:30pm-4:00pm).

An imaginary city department complete with its own uniforms, CMC “travels the U.S.to work with local groups… to call attention to local water ways, landscapes, and community interests via silent, moment-to-moment experiences rooted in the arts, culture and well-being for planet and society.”

As a guest of the Shoreline Public Art Program and Shoreline Walks Program, CMC developed Many Colors of Green, a collaborative project that involves contemplation in the forest and the use of smartphones to capture different colors of green. 

CMC will sample workshop participant photographs of greenery to create large scale banner artworks in the coming months.

The program is free and open to a limited number of participants. To be a part of Many Colors of Green, contact Marianne Johnson, City of Shoreline Recreation Assistant at 206-801-2638. Let us know your name, number of participants and event time(s) you would like to participate in. The walks begin at the 2nd parking lot by playground in Hamlin Park.

In case of rain, date will be rescheduled to Sunday, October 22nd (same times and locations).

Funding for City Meditation Crew’s Shoreline Walks event is made possible, in part, with a generous grant from 4Culture’s Tech-Specific Program and Michigan Technical University.


Thornton Creek Alliance meeting Thursday in North Seattle

Thornton Creek Alliance (TCA) invites you to its upcoming meeting, open to the public!

Come and learn all about Natural Drainage Systems with Luis Ramirez of Seattle Public Utilities. These projects collect street runoff in swales for biofiltration into the ground, and already exist in parts of Pinehurst and other locations in Seattle.
Thursday, October 19 at the Maple Leaf Lutheran Church 10005 32nd Ave NE, Seattle 98125 

Social time: 6:30 pm
Meeting begins: 7:00

Following the presentation will be a short business meeting.

The Thornton Creek headwaters and watershed are in the City of Shoreline



Halloween yards

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

This homeowner at 1631 NW 198th St in Richmond Beach had a lot of fun decorating for Halloween.


Letter to the Editor: Response to previous letter

Editor's note: Any public figure specifically called out in a letter is allowed a letter in response. This is in response to a previously published letter.

To the Editor:

The moderators at the candidate forums filtered out “gotcha” questions. And I think [the letter writer] has made up your mind about me, otherwise call my cell - it’s on all of my literature: (206) 707-9220

Diane gave me 300 words to solve crime and addiction so I’ll try:

I am not talking about active Heroin addicts – I mean people in long-term recovery.

I support Safe Sites – But not in Shoreline. Locations are chosen based on crime anyways, Shoreline is not a top choice.

We can’t help everyone using drugs. We can help those willing. The unhappy truth is that there will never be enough resources to help everyone. That means getting rid of the stigma and bullying them further into the shadows. These are people who need rehabilitation not further penalization, they are already incarcerated enough in their addiction.

Addicts are sick people and need treatment for a disease.

My opponent, Keith McGlashan believes that the Methadone Clinic on Aurora is enough to address the problem. We don’t offer detox at that clinic. Everyone is put on that program for life (unless they detox elsewhere). Also, you can get high on top of Methadone.

Suboxone is an Opioid blocker - meaning that you can’t get high on top of it. Doctors are limited to the number of patients they can have. Governments can lift this cap.

There is only one not for-profit detox center in all of King County, it has 16 beds.

You can’t die from a Heroin withdrawal. Only from alcohol and Benzodiazepines. They told me to drink a six-pack to up my chances and I still didn’t get in. Expanding existing treatment is not enough.

We are going to deal with addicts regardless. It is our duty to educate ourselves, prepare to help those who want it – and help the rest get there.

Jin-Ah Kim
Candidate for Shoreline City Council


Shoreline Planning Commission continues review of Comp Plan

Shoreline Planning Commission regular meeting Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 7pm. Shoreline City Hall Council Chambers 17500 Midvale Ave N 98133

2017 Comprehensive Plan Docket - Continuation #3

Full Agenda and documents

Comment on Agenda items here


Raising awareness around teen anxiety - Angst Oct 22

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Shoreline Community Movie project and the Movie Mamas will be screening “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety” on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 4pm at Shoreline Auditorium.

Prior to the movie we will have a brief introduction to get us tuned into our Resilience and a practice for working with Stress. Following the movie we’ll keep growing our skills and connections (30 minutes) so we leave knowing more about what is happening with our kids/teens, simple practices for working with our own stress and local resources for learning more and getting help.

This film helps start a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety with an emphasis on youth and families. The film features candid interviews with children and young adults discussing their anxiety and its impact on their lives, along with a special interview with Michael Phelps, a mental health advocate and one of the greatest athletes of all-time. The documentary includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, as well as help, resources and tools.

"We felt it was important to make a movie that could raise awareness to open up the conversation and provide hope," said producer and IndieFlix CEO, Scilla Andreen. "So many people struggle with anxiety and have trouble talking about it. We want to change that."

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health challenge in the U.S., impacting 54 percent of females and 46 percent of males, with age seven being the median age of onset, according to the World Health Organization. While anxiety disorders are highly treatable, only one-third of those suffering receive treatment. Everyone involved in the development of “Angst” has a personal experience with anxiety – from the producers to the interviewees.

Watch the trailer

Suggested donation: $5 per adult; students free. Advance tickets can be purchased online. For more information contact Mary Hart at 206-353-1901.


Hamlin Halloween Haunt Friday

Hamlin Halloween Haunt 
Friday, October 20 from 6-8:30pm at 

Bring the kids for spooky songs and stories as you toast marshmallows around a campfire, ride the hay wagon, play Halloween games, and have your face painted.

Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight.

For more information, contact Shoreline Parks 206-801-2600

This family event is free.


Shoreline’s Youth and Teen Development Program awarded $543,355 grant

King County has awarded Shoreline’s Youth and Teen Development Program (YTDP), in partnership with the Center for Human Services, a $543,355 grant.

It was the largest of 32 grants totaling $12.2 million awarded by the County as part of the six-year Best Starts for Kids levy.

YTDP will use the grant to reach underserved youth through a youth employment program. The new positions will provide outreach, leadership training, and peer–to-peer mentorship skills.

The grant will also enable the Center for Human Services to provide much needed mental health services informally and unscheduled to teens on-site at two youth centered locations, the City of Shoreline Teen Center being the biggest.

As Shoreline grows and changes, so do the needs of its youth. Some of these changes have translated into more youth struggling to find a place to feel safe, take ownership, connect with caring adults, and challenge themselves.

The Shoreline community is seeing marked increases in homelessness and substance abuse, and in the number of youth who need mental health services, many for depression and anxiety.

Shoreline has a strong record of supporting youth through programs offered by YTDP, which hosts activities at seven different locations, spanning six days per week with programs operating from one to five days per week. The nexus of programming has been at YTDP’s Teen Center, which offers teens a place outside of school to be engaged in activities and leadership at no cost.

In addition to services offered at the Teen Center, the City also collaborates with the Center for Human Services and King County Housing Authority to support youth at Ballinger Homes. Ballinger Homes is a King County Housing Authority apartment complex with large immigrant and refugee populations.

Grant funding will allow the City to expand services levels considerably to address the growing needs of youth in the Shoreline community.

About Best Starts for Kids

Voters in 2015 approved a six-year levy proposed by King County Executive Dow Constantine to fund Best Starts for Kids, an initiative to help put every baby born and every child raised in King County on a path toward lifelong success.

It invests in promotion, prevention, and early intervention strategies that promote healthier, more resilient children, youth, families and communities. It is considered the most comprehensive approach to early childhood development in the United States, starting with prenatal support, sustaining the gain through teenage years, and investing in safe, healthy communities that reinforce progress.


DisneyNature’s: Wings of Life - free movie event Nov 4

Free Community Movie
DisneyNature’s: Wings of Life
1:00pm – 4:30pm
Saturday, November 4
Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N 98133

Diggin’ Shoreline invites you to a free community showing of the environmental documentary, DisneyNature’s Wings of Life, narrated by Meryl Streep. Doors open at 1:00pm, and the movie will play twice (1:15pm and 3:00pm).

Come early; get your bag of free organic popcorn. There will be kid-friendly activities and admission is free!

With unique photography, this movie vividly connects the crucial role that all pollinators have in our food production cycle, and what we can do to help protect them and restore their habitat.

Before, during, and after the movie, experience the interactive exhibits in the lobby and learn from local environmental experts about the many characteristics and benefits of pollinators, and how we can ensure their abundance for future generations.

Featured exhibitors include Insect Safari and Puget Sound Beekeepers Association.

This presentation by Diggin’ Shoreline is made possible through partial funding by a City of Shoreline Environmental Services Mini-Grant.


County Council honors Filipino History Month - veterans to receive Congressional Gold Medal

Surrounded by community members and Filipino veterans, the members of the
King County Council proclaimed October Filipino American History Month in King County.
Photo courtesy King County Council

National Recognition Highlights Filipino American History Month

This year’s recognition by the Metropolitan King County Council of Filipino History Month has special meaning for many families throughout the County. The recognition presented by the Council today not only celebrates the rich tradition and heritage of King County’s Filipino community, it also recognizes the bravery and sacrifice of the Filipino soldiers who fought in World War II in support of the United States and to liberate their island nation.

“This year we recognize and celebrate history and heritage, as well as honor and sacrifice,” said Councilmember Larry Gossett, the sponsor of the proclamation. 
“The Filipino community has been active throughout King County for over one hundred years, so we recognize their impact on the region. This year we celebrate those WWII soldiers who are finally being honored for their service to a country that didn’t recognize their sacrifice for over a half century.”

Filipino Veterans to receive Congressional Gold Medal for their service during WWII

On October 25, the members of the Philippines Commonwealth Army and the Special Philippines Scouts who joined the Allied Forces to fight in the Pacific as part of the United States Armed Forces of the Far East, will be recognized for their service. Those soldiers, representing the more than 280,000 Filipino citizens drafted by President Franklin Roosevelt to fight in the war, will receive the Congressional Gold Medal for their service in the Pacific along with those Filipinos who served in the US Armed Forces.

The congressional ceremony is the culmination of an effort that has spanned over seven decades to have the service of the Filipino veterans recognized by the United States.

“We secured the Congressional Gold Medal to honor our veterans and demonstrate our deepest gratitude for their supreme sacrifice,” said FilVetREP Chairman Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba (Ret). 
“We will ensure that our national celebration of this historic achievement is one that treats our veterans with the utmost dignity and respect. We are, therefore, calling on all our supporters to make this important event happen. It’s for our veterans and they deserve to have a memorable event.”

Along with recognizing the bravery and sacrifice of these veterans, the recognition highlights the history of the Filipino residents on this continent, which predates the arrival of the colonists in what has become the United States by close to 50 years.

Over the last five centuries, Filipinos have become a vital part of the American history, especially on the West Coast and in the Pacific Northwest. In Washington, Filipinos have worked in a number of industries, but were prominent in the state’s maritime, service, agricultural and fishing industries.

Filipino organizers played a vital role in the desegregation of the unions that represented those who worked in the fishing industry including the Alaska Cannery Workers Union, International Longshore and Warehouse Union.


Prep Football: Snohomish Panthers whomp Shorecrest Scots, 42-7

Ricardo Ruiz scores the Scot's only touchdown
Photo by Gordon Stephenson

WesCo 3A football
Friday, 10-13-2017 at Shoreline Stadium
Snohomish 42 - Shorecrest 7
Overall record:  4-3
Conference record: 1-3

Things started out swimmingly for the Scots: Shorecrest kicked off to open the game and Ameer Haq dove on a loose ball that was bouncing on the Snohomish side of the field to take possession for his team.

Mohammed Al-Jabiri forces the fumble against a Snohomish running back
Photo by Gordon Stephenson

Later in the first quarter, on the Panther's first drive, there was another bounce that went the home team's way. Snohomish QB Langdon Ordill's pass, which was collected by his receiver Trenton Brown at the Scot's 12 yard line, was fumbled when Jacob Cruz and James Huffman hammered Brown on the five, and the ball was recovered in the end zone by Gavin McFarlane for another turnover and a touchback.

But Shorecrest failed to capitalize on those early turnovers, and by halftime the home team was facing a 35-0 deficit. Snohomish running back Keegan Stich added three touchdowns to his stellar season's stats and led all runners with 184 yards.

Gavin McFarlane recovers a Panther's fumble in the Scot's end zone for a touchback
Photo by Gordon Stephenson

Ricardo Ruiz finished with 92 yards for the Scots, which puts his total of 897 yards so far this season among the leaders in the conference. His 45 scoring run, a counter trap led by pulling right guard Jackson Jones, and assisted by a well-executed downfield block by Antonio Stillwell, was the offensive highlight of the night for Shorecrest.

Shorecrest's next game is Homecoming! Come root on the Scots this Friday night, at 5:00pm at Shoreline Stadium as they face the Warriors of Edmonds Woodway.

--Gordon Stephenson


Scene on the Sound: Taking the batmobile south for the winter

Seen over the "Shoreline Sea"
Photo by Jan Hansen

There are strange things forming in the October skies. Last Thursday was a huge travel day.

Before seeing them, I heard the calls of several groups of lesser geese migrating to the southlands.

These large groups formed interesting patterns, not just the traditional V.

Here’s one group that must have been traveling in a batmobile.

--Jan Hansen


Why you should go to candidate forums

Sunday, October 15, 2017

By Tom Petersen

Anybody can look good in a brochure. Anybody can print and post signs. But you wouldn't consciously vote for "just anybody," would you?

The idea undergirding our American Republic from the very beginning is that we have a participatory democracy: that an informed electorate selects its representatives and public servants from among those they know, contact them frequently, and return them to office or bounce them as the quality of their service would deserve.

The office holders themselves are assumed to make every practicable effort to stay in touch with their constituents.

If it doesn't always seem to work that way, it's not for lack of opportunity. There have been three forums already this month, with two more scheduled this week.

It's your chance to "get behind and beyond the brochure:" see for yourself what these people who would speak for you are really like.

Equally important, the office seekers get to see you. You are not a poll number, a demographic slice, a category: you are a person with a life and a community and friends and neighbors, and politicians need to see that, feel that, and be reminded of that.

Speaking of neighbors: they see you too. The strongest communities anywhere in this nation are those where people are secure in the knowledge that other people care, too, and people know each other and put some effort into working together and with their public servants to maintain the general welfare and preserve domestic tranquillity. Going to candidate forums in advance of an election sends a powerful message.

Here's hoping to see a great many of you at the events between now and Election Day!


LFP Citizen's Commission group to meet Tuesday

The next meeting of the Lake Forest Park Citizen's Commission will be on October 17, 2017, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in the Stadler Room of Third Place Commons in Town Center at Lake Forest Park

"Human Services" is the theme for October.

We will be entertaining "Human Services" ideas from the community to help address community concerns, including needs, goals, and future plans.

The "Human Services" Spoke is part of the "Community Services" Spoke.

We are organized as a group of spokes working on the four "retired" commission's work plans, goals, and missions.

Our meeting is free, open to the public, and not limited to Lake Forest Park residents.

For more information contact Mike Dee 206-607-9409.

The group is not affiliated with the City of Lake Forest Park.


Letter to the Editor: Getting answers from the candidates

To the Editor,

Last week, I formulated questions for Shoreline's City Council candidates, and attended two candidate forums. At the first, the organizers would not accept questions for specific candidates - only general questions, and only on index cards, and the moderator would decide which questions were "appropriate".

I had brought a question for a specific candidate, and it would definitely not fit on an index card, so I was silenced on two counts.   

But hope springs eternal, so I attended a second forum, with a printed question in hand. I was allowed to put it in the pile for the moderator, but she chose not to ask it. Silenced again.

The upcoming Chamber of Commerce forum will not allow audience questions at all.

The candidate forum formats are extremely disempowering. I wish the organizers would find a way to make them more inclusive, and to remove moderator bias from the equation.

In the meantime, I'm trying again here. Here are my two questions, and I hope the candidates will answer them:

1) for all candidates:

Seattle has a huge problem with street-dwelling heroin addicts. This is a public health and safety disaster, due to the crime required to support a heroin habit, as well as needle litter and human waste in Seattle's public spaces.

How will you ensure that this problem does not take hold in Shoreline?

2) for Jin-Ah Kim:

Three months ago, a Q13 article entitled "Former heroin addict runs for shoreline city council"  quoted you as saying this about active heroin addicts:

"There’s this huge group of people that literally woke up broke every day, and were rich by noon. Every single day. These are the people that can get things done. Use them,"

How, exactly, would you mobilize practicing heroin addicts to solve our city's problems?

Maggie Willson


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