Last farmers market and holiday craft fair Sunday brought in the crowds

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Photos by Jerry Pickard

Lake Forest Park had a combined Farmers Market and Craft Show Sunday, December 10, 2017. The  Market was set up in 3rd Place Commons and the Craft Show in the lower level.

Upstairs there were stands of beautiful produce and crisp apples. Other vendors sold wreaths, wine, caramels, honey, jam, and other fresh foods.



The hallway on the lower level was full of craft vendors selling jewelry, pottery, art objects, clothing, and gardening items - every booth was different and all were hand made and beautiful.


Santa was buried in children, with a long line waiting for photos and a quick chat. One little boy was more interested in the beautiful Christmas tree.


There was music. The Dickens carolers roamed the hallways, singing carols. A busker stood at the front door, playing her violin.

This the was last market of the year. The outdoor markets will resume in the spring.



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LFP Council will discuss Safe Highways recommendations Thursday

Safe Highways Workshop 3
Photo courtesy City of LFP
On December 4, 2017 the Lake Forest Park Safe Highways consultant team held the third outreach event for this project, this one at Brookside Elementary.

The Safe Highway project is looking at the two state highways within city limits— Bothell Way NE (SR 522) and Ballinger Way NE (SR 104)— and exploring ways to make them safer, more accommodating to transit, and more walkable and bikeable.

Workshop 3, attended by approximately 100 citizens, included an overview of the process to date and presented several preferred recommendations, which public input had helped to shape.

In a couple of instances, new ideas were floated for both the 178th/Ballinger intersection and the 145th/Bothell Way intersection.

The next step in the process will be to present the final preferred options to Council at the Work Session of December 14, and taking feedback.

The council meetings are held in the Council Chambers at City Hall, in Town Center 17425 Ballinger Way NE, Lake Forest Park 98155. Meetings are streamed live, then archived and both can be viewed online.



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Youth lacrosse teams forming in area - meeting Thursday


A new group of parents and volunteers are restarting the Lake Forest Park - Shoreline lacrosse club for youth and high school players in the area.

Registration is open, the fields are reserved and we’re rounding up more coaches. 

Come to the high school team meeting this Thursday, December 14th at 7pm at the Shoreline Fire Station #61 main meeting room, 17525 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133

Organizers have been busy!

We have coordinated with the WSHBLA to set up our season - Game schedule is set and posted on the website. Games start with a home game Thursday, March 15th at 8pm, Snohomish HS visiting.

Shorecrest HS fields are scheduled for all home games and all Tuesday / Thursday practices throughout the season. We have secured Shoreline Parks Department lighted fields for additional practices, Mon/Wed/Fri during the season.

Most importantly we have a great, engaged Coach - Matt Buffaloe, a former UW Lacrosse player with extensive playing and coaching experience.

Additionally, we have recruited several other coaches with college LAX playing experience as (unpaid) coaching volunteers.

For the kids, no experience is necessary and uniforms are provided. Some loaner equipment available.

We are looking forward to an active, engaged organization with teams at all age levels. Come check us out!



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Blue Christmas at Richmond Beach Congregational


Blue Christmas Service, December 20, 2017, 7pm at Richmond Beach Congregational Church, UCC.
1512 NW 195th St, Shoreline 98177.

All are welcome.



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Urban Forest Restoration last work parties this weekend

Twin Ponds stream
Photo by Vicki Westberg

Join Master Native Plant Stewards from the Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS) and volunteer to restore urban forests across the City of Shoreline. Help is needed to install native plants in these beautiful and ecologically profound urban parks. This weekend is the end of the work parties for the season. 

Hamlin Park
Saturday from 10am to 1pm
December 16

§ 16006 15th Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155
§ Meet at the far north end of the park, next to the NE 166th Street stairs
§ Contact Hamlin.Restoration@gmail.com to RSVP or for further information

Shoreview Park
Sunday from 9am to 12pm
December 17

§ 700 NW Innis Arden Way, Shoreline, WA 98177
§ Meet at the south end of the Shoreview Park Off Leash Dog Park, (at the stairs) just off the Shoreline Community College campus
§ Contact ShoreviewRestoration@gmail.com to RSVP or for further information

Twin Ponds (North End)

Saturday from 10am to 12pm
December 16

§ 16501 N 155th St, Shoreline WA 98133
§ Meet at the north end parking lot at N 155th St and 1st Ave NE
§ Contact NorthTwinPondsRestoration@gmail.com to RSVP or for further information

Twin Ponds (South End)
Saturday from 10am to 1pm
December 16

§ 16501 N 155th St, Shoreline WA 98133
§ Meet at the south end parking lot along 1st Ave NE, but north of N 149th St
§ Contact TwinPondsSouthHabitat@gmail.com to RSVP or for further information



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Opportunity to learn how local government works

Have you ever wondered who maintains our roads, how the City creates a budget or plans for the future of our parks?

Curious citizens will have an opportunity to learn how local government works in the second Shoreline CityWise Project, a series of eight interactive classes starting in January 2018.

Classes will meet at City Hall on Tuesday evenings starting January 23, with a Parks visit on a Saturday morning.

The number of participants is limited.

Applications are available online. The deadline to apply is January 5.

For more information, contact Neighborhoods Coordinator Constance Perenyi at 206) 801-2253

Program
Presentation order subject to change
Class 1Tuesday, Jan. 23
City Council
City Manager's Office
City Government 101:
Organization, Vision, Mission
Class 2Tuesday, Jan. 30Shoreline Police DepartmentKeeping Citizens Safe
Class 3Tuesday, Feb. 6Community ServicesBuilding our Community's
Resilience and Strength
Class 4Saturday, Feb. 10
Morning tour around City parks
and facilities
Parks, Recreation, and Cultural 
Services
Creating the Community
through
Parks, Recreation, and the Arts
Class 5Tuesday, Feb. 13Planning and Community Development Planning and Building for Today andTomorrow
Class 6Tuesday, Feb. 20 Public Works Maintaining the City
Class 7Tuesday, Feb. 27Finance and Economic
Development
Getting Down to Business
Class 8Monday, March 5 GraduationRecognition with the Shoreline
City Council



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Jullekstuga Friday at Cedar Valley Grange

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Seattle Spelmanslag will play for Jullekstuga
Photo by Martin Ng

Friday, December 15, Skandia Third Friday Dance and Jullekstuga at the Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave W, Lynnwood 98036.

The evening starts at 8pm, with NO teaching beforehand.

We will have the great dance sound of the Seattle Spelmanslag to dance to. At about 9pm, we will have a short Annual Meeting, and then dancing will resume until 11pm.

There will be extra goodies, too, so don't miss a holiday evening of good fun! Dance, 8–11pm $15 (Skandia members, $10); kids, free.

Email for more information or call 425-954-5262.



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In the midst of a crumbling world, 220 Shoreliners learn how to Heal the Hate

220 people heard Rais Bhuiyan speak in Shoreline Dec 3
By Rick McClurg, David Matthews, and Chris Adams

On Sunday, December 3rd, 220 people came to the Shoreline Center to hear Rais Buiyan tell his story of being shot-gunned in the face by a white supremacist in the days immediately following 9/11. 

Rais, who is Muslim, drew on his faith and on his mother’s teachings and was able to respond to this violent act with forgiveness and empathy for his attacker, eventually deciding to dedicate his life to teaching empathy through his organization, World Without Hate (WWH).

The event was planned and facilitated by Communities Rising!-Shoreline as a way to introduce and promote WWH as one of the ways that ordinary citizens can respond to their sense that something is broken and crumbling in our world.

One attendee said, “It feels like the world is in the midst of great and frightening changes that can lead to a sense of despair. But at the same time that everything seems to be falling apart, there are events like this one and people like Rais Bhuiyan that give us a reason for hope and inspiration to know that as things fall apart, we can do something to make things better.”


Many other organizations joined this effort as co-sponsors, with the goal of helping to find ways to work in our community to make it a more caring, loving, and compassionate place.

These included Meaningful Movies (Seattle), Communities Rising!-Seattle, Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Church, Lake Forest Park for Peace, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, Muslim Association of Puget Sound, American Muslim Empowerment Network, Racial Justice Group of Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Congregation, City of Shoreline, Bethel Lutheran Church, and the Interfaith Community Sanctuary.

Most inspiring of all were the students from Shorewood High School Associated Student Body and their Amnesty International Club, who helped in a variety of ways throughout the afternoon, demonstrating their passion and willingness to work for change.

WWH has recently moved to the Seattle area, and their executive director Jessica Carso stated, “We are inspired by the Shoreline community’s response, and look forward to carrying on our good work in collaboration with schools and other organizations in Shoreline and the Puget Sound area”.

Rais Bhuiyan told his story as the best possible example of how one person can make a difference. A video recording of his talk can be found here.



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Jobs: SCC Tenure track positions

Shoreline Community College is recognized for inclusive excellence in teaching and learning, student success, and community engagement. Moving into our 8th quarter of strong enrollment growth, we are recruiting for positions with start dates in the 2018-2019 academic year. 

Full-time Tenure-Track Positions:
  • Studio Art
  • Photography
  • Health Informatics and Information Management
  • Nursing (two positions)
  • BioTech/Biology
  • Adult Basic Education
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Chemistry
Academic Administrative Positions:
  • Academic Dean of Humanities
  • Academic Dean of Health Occupations, Physical Education, and Business
  • Associate Dean of Nursing
Check website for details, postings, and to apply.



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Tickets on sale for January Shorewood Chef's dinner

Chef Rachel Yang from Relay Restaurant Group, Chef/Owner of Joule, Revel, and Trove in Seattle is the presiding chef for the Shorewood Culinary Arts program dinner on January 11th.

Chef Yang has put together a delicious menu with her vision of Asian flavors with classic technique. Peruse the menu and book your tickets here.

Menu:

First Course
Winter green salad, miso cumin vinaigrette, smoked tea egg

Second Course
Shrimp and bacon dumpling, mushroom xo, herbs

Third Course
Pot au feu, brussel sprout, misozuke carrot

Dessert
Fig upside down mochi cake, blue cheese whip

Check out The Relay Groups website for more information about Chef Rachel Yang.



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Reminder: Parks Open House Wednesday

Join parks department staff for an open house on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 6-7:30pm at City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N. Check out design plans for 13 parks in Shoreline and give your ideas for activities for each park.




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Christmas Singalong Dec 20


7th annual Christmas singalong on Wednesday, December 20 at 7pm at the Phoenix Theatre in Edmond's Firdale Village, 9673 Firdale Ave, Edmonds 98020.

Free admission but bring food or cash for the Edmonds Food Bank.



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Dickens Carolers at LFP Library Saturday

The Dickens Carolers, Saturday, December 16, 2-3pm at the Lake Forest Park Library, Town Center, Ballinger and Bothell Way. All ages welcome.

Adorned in elegant Victorian dress, an a cappella quartet of two ladies in luxurious velvet and two gentlemen wearing handsome tailcoats and top hats sing your holiday favorites, both traditional and contemporary, in beautiful four-point harmony.



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Sandy Hook Shootings: Public Memorial in Shoreline marking five years

The Shoreline Group of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America will hold a public memorial for the 26 victims lost to gun violence five year ago on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.

The memorial will be held at Briarcrest Elementary School, The Briar Patch outdoor garden, 2715 NE 158th St., Shoreline 98155 on Saturday, December 16th, 2-3pm. Please RSVP

The group is donating a tree to the garden in commemoration, which will be dedicated by hanging 26 handcrafted ornaments; one for each of the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy. The event also will include speakers, a recitation of the names, a time for reflection and music written for the occasion.

The event is part of a nationwide tribute in partnership with the Newtown Foundation, Newtown Action Alliance, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Everytown Survivor Network, Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Organizing for Action, States United to Prevent Gun Violence, St Mark's Episcopal Church and Women's March.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a grassroots movement of American mothers and fathers fighting for public safety measures that respect the Second Amendment and protect people from gun violence. Moms Demand Action campaigns for new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our children and families.

For more information or to get involved Follow us on Facebook at or on Twitter at @MomsDemand



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BECU awards $15,000 to Turning Point

Monday, December 11, 2017



BECU announced $500,000 in awards to member-nominated non-profits for its 2017 People Helping People recognition.

At a ceremony held on December 5, 18 non-profit organizations received awards ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 across five categories, including Open Doors for Multicultural Families, First Washington, Friends of the Children – Seattle and Outdoors for All Foundation.

This year, more than 230 BECU members nominated their favorite, local non-profits serving the Puget Sound region, Spokane and beyond. The recognized organizations are tackling a broad range of important issues including homelessness, healthcare, education, poverty and hunger.

Turning Point Seattle received $15,000 through the People Helping People Awards to continue their work in the community by investing in at-risk youth and underserved families.

Turning Point says about themselves:
We believe in partnering with local agencies to combine resources that strengthen and support low-income and disadvantaged families, and we have partnered with the City of Shoreline, Shoreline School District, Center for Human Services, YMCA, and many other organizations to that end. 
We do basketball camps, teen nights, and partner with Ballinger Homes Family Support to provide tutoring and afterschool programs. We adopted an after-school program that was being cut due to budget restraints at the Center for Human Services. We offer summer day camps, staff a summer lunch program, send youth to YMCA leadership camps. We cultivate the Twin Ponds local giving garden. 

Since 2013, BECU has donated $970,000 to local charities through the program.

Funding for the People Helping People Awards tripled this year due to BECU’s “Make a Purchase. Make a Difference” campaign. This two-month initiative encouraged BECU members to embrace the people helping people philosophy by helping to raise funds by simply using their BECU Debit Mastercard. For every purchase made with the card, BECU donated one cent toward the People Helping People Awards.

In addition to the funds given to the 2017 award winners, BECU is also granting $3,000 to all past People Helping People Award recipients for a total of $153,000 in further giving.

BECU is a not-for-profit credit union owned by its members. With more than 1 million members and over $17 billion in assets, BECU is the largest credit union in Washington.



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Home sales in Shoreline during November

The following is a sampling of homes at each price point that sold in Shoreline during the month of November 2017 from data compiled for the Shoreline Area News by the Shoreline Windermere office.





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LFP Council work session and general meeting Thursday

LFP City Hall
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
At the work session of the LFP city council, at 6pm on Thursday, December 14, discussion items are:

  • Draft safe highways plans
  • Parks, recreation, and community events proposal
  • Building code revisions
The regular meeting at 7pm will begin with three public hearings (see previous article)

Following the consent agenda of meeting minutes and expenditures, the council has a long list of ordinances and resolution to approve:
  1. Resolution 1666/Authorizing the Funding of an Additional Fulltime Temporary Employee Position for the Police Department and Ordinance 1170/Authorizing Budget Amendment to the 2017-2018 Biennial Budget
  2. Resolution 1665/Confirming Judicial Appointment and Authorizing Mayor to Sign an Employment Contract
  3. Ordinance 1164/Amending the Capital Improvement Fund 2017-2018 Budget Established by Ordinance 1144
  4. Resolution 1648/Amending the 2017-2022 Capital Improvement Plan
  5. Resolution 1651/Creating a Limited Term Line of Credit Not to Exceed $1,000,000 from the Sewer Capital Fund to the Capital Improvement Fund
  6. Ordinance 1163/Adoption of 2015 International Building Code and Other Construction Related Codes
  7. Ordinance 1169/Amendments to Section18.34.020 LFPMC, Relating to Permitted Uses in the Neighborhood Business (BN) Zone
  8. Resolution 1661/Authorizing Mayor to Sign Amendment No. 1 to Agreement for Consultant Services with ELM for Tree Canopy Study for PROS-T Planning
  9. Resolution 1662/Authorizing Mayor to Sign Street Light Transfer Agreement: North City Water District to City of Lake Forest Park
  10. Resolution 1663/Authorizing Mayor to Sign Interlocal Agreement for Long-Term Watershed Planning and Conservation – Lake Ballinger/McAleer Creek Forum
  11. Resolution 1664/Authorizing Mayor to Sign Agreement for Public Defender Services with Hawkins and Crawford

Up for discussion is a proposal to create a Parks, Recreation, and Community Events board.




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Three public hearings at LFP's Thursday Council meeting

LFP City Hall
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Upcoming Public Hearings for City Council's December 14, 2017 Regular Business Meeting

At the Regular Business Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 14, 2017, the Lake Forest Park City Council is holding three public hearings:

  • Ordinance 1169/Amendments to Section 18.34.020 LFPMC, Relating to Permitted Uses in Neighborhood Business (BN) Zone
  • Resolution 1648/Amending the 2017-2022 Capital Improvement Plan
  • Ordinance 1163/Adoption of 2015 International Building Code and other Construction Related Codes

Public hearings are a chance for the City Council to hear comments from members of the public before significant decisions are made. Lake Forest Park City Council meetings are open to the public.

Meetings are held at Lake Forest Park City Hall Council Chambers, 17425 Ballinger Way NE, 98155.



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Winter tales on cold nights - Dec 19 at Senior Center


Vicki Stiles, Director of the Shoreline Historical Museum, will provide a collection of historical winter vignettes with historic photos at the Senior Center on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 from 10:30 to 11:30am. 18560 1st Ave NE, 98155.




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Jobs: WSDOT Roadway maintenance - Ballinger

Job Title: Maintenance Technician 2-Ballinger Day Shift

Opening Date: 12/11/17
Closing Date: 12/26/17 11:59PM
Salary: $45,540.00 - $55,476.00 Annually
Job Type: Full time-Permenant
Location: North Seattle
Recruitment #: 17DOT-NWR-10950

WSDOT is looking for an enthusiastic career-minded individual who want to make a difference to join our dynamic team in Seattle, WA (Ballinger area) supporting the vast infrastructure of Northwest Washington. This opportunity is perfect for someone who loves working with their hands, knowing their work is done on roadways and in a variety of weather. This team member will assist with the maintenance and operations of the state highways, and adjacent right of ways to assure they remain in a condition that promotes the movement of traffic, and safety to the motoring public.

View the full posting and apply here



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Support SCC with a membership in Alumni & Friends - end of year discount

Join over 200 friends and neighbors at Shoreline Community College with a lifetime membership to Alumni and Friends. It’s a great way to stay informed and keep up to date with all the happenings at the College.

Alumni and Friends is open to everyone including community members, former and current students, graduates, and anyone who loves Shoreline. Basic and Elite members get special access to a lifetime of great community and campus partner benefits including exclusive hotel and airport parking discounts.

Now through December 31, a special discount rate of $35 for a single Elite lifetime membership or $50 for a joint lifetime Elite membership is available for our Shoreline community.
Thank you and we look forward to connecting with you!

Lifetime Membership Type
Single
Joint
Basic
Free
Free
Elite
$50  $35
$75  $50
Elite (2016-2017 graduates)
$25
$35
Elite (veteran/active service members)
$25
$35





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Sports: Corey Kispert returns to Seattle

Kings alum Corey Kispert #24
plays for Gonzaga
Text and photos by Geoff Vlcek

As the sellout crowd began to make their way inside Alaska Airlines Arena Sunday, the energy and anticipation started filling the remaining space in the building.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs and the Washington Huskies basketball teams were about to face off in the “Battle in Seattle.”

The highly anticipated return of the Zags to the Emerald City also brought to town a former Kings High School alum, Corey Kispert.

His fans were in the stands long before the Bulldogs took the floor for warm-ups. The first person he greeted on the hardwood floor was the UW Chaplain Mike Rohrbach. After a heartfelt exchange of hellos, Corey joined his teammates on the court for pre-game stretches.

Before starting practice shots, he saw an older gentleman in the stands five rows back that had waved to him. Instead of just waving back, Kispert walked up the stairs to shake his hand. Then moments later I noticed a father taking a photo with a cell phone of his son and Corey standing together. It takes a special player to garner that type of fandom.

Corey Kispert is that kind of a player, but he is even more of a special person. Someone who you could be grateful that your child has chosen to be their favorite.



Wandering into the upper stands one could not help but run into former teammates or classmates of his from Kings in Shoreline. They were there just to show Kispert their support. Thankful for the time they got to spend with Corey on and off the court in years past.

When asked how it felt to see so many fans of his in the stands, he said, “So much fun. It’s been a dream of mine to play collegiately in front of all my friends and family. And to do that against UW was something I’ll never forget. I’m really blessed to have a family that always supports me.”

Kispert has been battling back from two ankle injuries that have left him out of the starting lineup lately, but even at approximately 80 percent recovered, he still managed to play 13 minutes in Sunday’s game against the Dawgs of Washington.

After the game he said, “I need to improve mostly on defense. My lateral quickness isn’t where it needs to be I think. Also, defense is more of a mindset thing than anything and being the nastiest, toughest defender on the floor helps a ton and I need to get ahold of that attitude.”



In his four years at Kings High School, he helped lead the basketball team to 4 trips to the 1A State tournament playoffs. During that run they won 2 consecutive state titles and they were a couple of games away from winning a third in a row last year. Corey was a leader in high school, just like many players who move on to higher levels in sports. However, unlike other athletes, he had to face adversity in his career prior to reaching the college ranks. This bodes well for his chances in coming back even stronger from his latest setbacks.

Kispert is always thinking of teammates before trying to steal the spotlight for himself. Case in point, when asked about a moment he will remember from the game, he said, “Zack Norvell’s dunk stands out. I was getting loose on the bike in the tunnel when I saw it and jumped off as fast as I could and went nuts with my teammates.”



While some might say that a freshman making his first return to his home city might garner him a show of support that he probably won’t see the next time he plays here in Seattle, others would say that it is apparent that the number of fans he has continues to grow every day. Will he play at the professional level? Who really knows?

But one thing is very clear. The city of Shoreline has someone to cheer for and his name is Corey Kispert. Number 24 for the Gonzaga Bulldogs.



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Jobs: City of Lake Forest Park

Lake Forest Park has extended the application deadline for City Administrator and advertised a position for City Arborist.

City Administrator - Apply by December 22, 2017

See the recruiting brochure at Colin Baenziger and Associates.

How to Apply: Email your cover letter and resume to Recruit39@cb-asso.com by December 22, 2017. Faxed and mailed resumes will not be considered.

Questions should be directed to Colin Baenziger at (561) 707-3537 or Lynelle Klein at (425) 658-7025.

City Arborist - part time - 20 hours / week

Under the direction of the Planning Director, this position processes tree removal permit applications, issues tree removal permits, completes inspections, manages public outreach and education, supports the tree-planting program, and provides information and advice to the public. This position may also assist in providing support to the Tree Board.




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Evan Smith: Looking back at the November 2017 election

Evan Smith
By Evan Smith

Shoreline part of record-low state voter turnout, but LFP better

The city of Shoreline’s voter turnout in the November 7 election was even lower than the record-low statewide turnout of 37.1 percent.

Lake Forest Park’s turnout, however, exceeded both the state turnout and the King County turnout of 42.7 percent.

Shoreline had a turnout of 36.6 percent. Lake Forest Park had a turnout of 47.7 percent. They combined for a Shoreline School District turnout of 40.6 percent.

Washington’s statewide turnout was kept down because the ballot had no statewide initiatives, referenda or constitutional amendments for the first election in 45 years. King County turnout, however, was kept high by Seattle’s turnout of 49.1 percent.

Shoreline and Lake Forest Park each had four city council positions on the ballot, but two incumbents in Shoreline and three in Lake Forest Park ran unopposed.

Lots of voters skipped school-board races


Nearly 14 percent of voters in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park left the school-board positions blank on the November 7 ballot.

In Lake Forest Park, 11.7 percent of voters skipped the city’s one contested city-council position on the November ballot. The 998 blank ballots was far more than incumbent John Wright’s 94-vote margin over challenger Benjamin Gonzalez O'Brien.

In Shoreline, 7 percent of voters passed over the most hotly contested council race, in which incumbent Keith McGlashan defeated challenger Jin-Ah Kim by a 54.6 percent to 44.9 percent margin.

Evan Smith can be reached at schsmith@frontier.com



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County Council transforms how juveniles are detained in King County

County Councilmember
Rod Dembowski
County Council votes to implement restructure mission of Children and Family Justice Center and juvenile justice in King County 

The Metropolitan King County Council voted Monday to implement the recommendations of: Working to Reduce the Use of Secure Confinement, a report by Dr. Eric Trupin, as policy guidance to transform the County’s approach to juvenile justice and the construction of the Children and Family Justice Center (CFJC).

“Earlier this year, Seattle City Council President Bruce Harrell and I called for a rethinking of the new youth jail,” said Council Vice Chair Rod Dembowski. “This report recommends major changes to the construction and operation of the new youth jail. I hope the Executive and County will take Dr. Trupin’s recommendations to heart and implement them.”

Councilmember Larry Gossett, who played a key role in the implementation of the County’s Juvenile Justice Operational Master Plan (JJOMP), said,

“Over the last decade, we have worked to create a ‘paradigm shift’ in the treatment of young people and people of color in the criminal justice system. Accepting these recommendations is the vital next step in that shift. We must give youth the tools they need to succeed if we’re serious about our goal of zero youth detention.”

Voters approved the construction of the CFJC in 2012. As the County shifted its focus toward achieving zero youth detention Dr. Trupin, a professor at the University of Washington and Vice-Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, reviewed several aspects of the new facility with an emphasis on:
  • The impact of trauma on youth and the need to incorporate best practices into facility design,
  • Staff training and interactions with youth in detention to better understand our current and future facility needs regarding a therapeutic environment for youth, including services and spaces in the facility,
  • Existing services in juvenile detention and how they could be better aligned with our community alternatives to detention and Safe Spaces proposal.

Trupin’s report made several recommendations in how the CFJC can be used to help the county in its transition into a zero detention future:
  • A continuing focus on alternatives to incarceration,
  • Prioritizing expansion or development of programs to eliminate racial disparities,
  • Incorporating trauma-informed care to all parts of the juvenile justice system,
  • Increasing collaboration with community and faith-based organizations to improve outcomes for youthful offenders. 

The legislation approved by the Council Monday makes the recommendations in Trupin’s report a framework for implementation and calls on the County Executive to work in partnership with our Courts, Prosecutor and Public Defender to deliver on our juvenile justice reform policies and goals.



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Crime in Shoreline week ending Dec 5 - busy, busy, busy

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Selected items from the Shoreline Police blotter, week ending December 5, 2017

11-25  Almost a dozen windows broken out from courtyard area at Ronald Methodist Church. Possible suspect information.
11-25  Panhandler removed from Ballinger Thriftway.
11-25  Man who shoplifted alcohol from Central Market gave false name.
11-27  Male stopped for jaywalking was booked on a Dept of Corrections felony warrant.
11-27  Male arrested on a warrant was in possession of multiple gift cards and IDs.
11-27  Male who was kicked out of the house by his father was found at the end of the driveway at a "narcotics" house at 16xx N 180th. He reportedly deals heroin and has been admitted to rehab seven times.
11-27  Homeless woman was Trespassed from Paramount House after she was found in the recreation room cooking food.
11-27  Reported rape of a ten year old boy which occurred at Westminster Daycare in 2008.
11-27  Someone broke into Taco Bell at 15010 Aurora and tried to open the safe. Settled for helping themselves to food and drink.
11-27  Male arrested at N 175th and Aurora on a drug warrant. Was in possession of Suboxone, heroin, and meth.
11-27  Male attempted suicide by jumping from a second story window. Taken to Harborview for involuntary commitment.
11-27  Residential burglary through unsecured kitchen window at 147xx 22nd Ave NE.
11-27  Husband and wife in an argument. Husband hit his head on the car, denting the car.
11-27  Roommate refuses to give mail to his roommate. Charged with mail theft.
11-27  Residential burglary 17xx NE 147th, forced entry through bathroom window.
11-27  Bicycle violation at N 155th and Aurora - bicyclist arrested on outstanding warrant.
11-28  Mom volunteering at son's school falls asleep; principal suspects drug use. Referred to CPS.
11-28  Stolen mail dumped on road at 158xx Corliss.
11-29  Bicyclist followed a vehicle through locked gate at Artiste Apartments, stole a purse from a vehicle. Then tried to use credit card at nearby store, but it was declined.
11-30  Person stopped for pedestrian violation, then arrested on theft warrant.
11-30  Lover's Package store burglarized.
11-30  Mailbox stolen from post outside residence 200xx 12th NE.
11-30  Resident loses $3000 in fraud scheme by someone pretending to be an Apple employee.
11-30  Male who says he is Jesus Christ was Trespassed again from Days Inn, where he is fixated on room 209 (currently vacant).
11-30  Pressure washer stolen from side of house 147xx 12th NE.
12-01  Shooting in parking lot of Super China Buffet in Aurora Square. Victim shot in chest and stomach and taken to Harborview.
12-01  Residential burglary 20xx NE 147th.
12-01  Package theft 158xx 11th NE.
12-02  Man in tree arrested on felony warrant; in possession of meth. Taken to King County jail where he was declined on medical reasons. Taken to Harborview and released.
12-02  Couple get in fight in their front yard. Both booked on domestic violence charges.
12-03  Graffiti in Hamlin Park.
12-04  Male claimed his female fiancee assaulted him. Unable to find her at time of call.



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