Photo: Bright spots in the gray

Sunday, December 5, 2021

 
Photo by Jan Hansen

Looking more like a painting than a photograph, these two birds perch confidently on tiny branches.



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Sno-King School Retirees donate to Shoreline PTA Council clothing room THE WORKS

SKSR Board member Jim Siscel presents the check to The WORKS Chair Jill Steinberg

Sno-King School Retirees (SKSR), representing active and retired teachers in Shoreline School District, Edmonds, and Northshore School Districts, donated $500 to The WORKS clothing room sponsored by the Shoreline PTA Council.  

The WORKS clothing room provides high quality, clean, gently used children's and teen clothing to Shoreline School District families. The donation will allow the purchase of needed clothing items.



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Call for entries for 2022 Shoreline Short Short Film Festival


2022 Shoreline Short Short Film Festival Call for Entries!
Deadline: January 3, 2022

It's that time again! The Shoreline Short Short Film Festival is seeking Washington made short films for our 6th season. All genres are accepted and must be between 3-13 minutes in length. Films can be submitted via FilmFreeway.

Learn more and submit your film here: https://filmfreeway.com/ShorelineShortShortFilmFestival

$10 for student submissions and $15 for all other films. Filmmakers may only submit one film. Films must have been completed after January 1, 2020.

The event is planned for March 5 at the Shoreline Community College Theater with a matinee and evening showtimes.

Cash prizes and a Golden Sasquatch will be given to the Best Picture Award and the People's Choice Award.

More event info available here: https://www.shorelakearts.org/short-short-film-fest

Questions? Email Kevin at publicity@shorelakearts.org

ShoreLake Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate creativity and inspire our community through the arts. Established in 1989.



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Cartoon by Whitney Potter: In disguise ?

 

Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter HERE



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The LFP Demonstration Garden is decorated and ready for visitors

Photo by Linda Holman

On Saturday, December 4, 2021 Rotarians, Master Gardeners and Interact members gathered at Animal Acres park to decorate the Demonstration garden.

We would like to invite the community to visit the garden and enjoy the display. 




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Shop with a cop 2021 in Lake Forest Park

Lake Forest Park police officers have their Santa Hats on stand-by for the 7th Annual Holiday Hero’s “Shop with a Cop 2021”! 

This Christmas tradition comes alive on December 21, 2021. Through the generosity of LFP Rotary, Albertsons and the many volunteers, LFPPD is able to host 10 families from LFP and Shoreline Elementaries. 

With Christmas waves of magic, sugar and laughter, we look forward to continuous building of positive relationships during this joyous season. It is really hard to say who is more excited ... the children or the officers!
 
"The joy of brightening other lives becomes for us the magic of the holidays." – W.C. Jones


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Register for the Winter Porch Light Parade


Visit https://bit.ly/winterporchlightparade to find light displays or to register your display and help our community shine a little brighter.

Displays registered before December 13, 2021 are eligible to win prizes, but you can add your display to the map until December 19. 

Whether your display is large or small, silly or serious, or something in-between, let your neighbors know where they can find some holiday cheer! #shinebrightshoreline

The parade is a joint project of the cities of Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, and Bothell.



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Walk-in vaccines at ICHS on Wednesday and Fridays

ICHS Shoreline
Photo courtesy ICHS
ICHS continues to administer walk-in Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for children (5-11) and adults (12+) at their Shoreline clinic pharmacy on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Due to high volumes, please be prepared to wait in line as our dedicated pharmacy staff complete prescriptions and administer vaccines.

You do not have to be an ICHS patient to receive a vaccine with us. Visit for details! #ThisIsOurShot #VaccinateWA #SleeveUp

16549 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133

Click this link to see a copy of the pharmacy's consent form.



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Case updates December 3, 2021: Three Omicron cases in Washington state

Saturday, December 4, 2021

The Delta variant is the immediate threat but the
omicron variant is now present in the state
Public health officials have confirmed three cases of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus in Washington state. 

Gov. Inslee says that "It remains as important as ever to get vaccinated, get boosted, and wear a mask. 
"We cannot yield an inch to this virus and have the power to keep our communities safe."

COVID-19 Updates 

 

United States

  • Total cases 48,918,251 - 149,222 new     
  • Total deaths 784,893 - 1,492 new   


Information from the Washington Department of Health (DOH) about omicron:

DOH and the UW Virology Lab have confirmed three cases of omicron variant, one each in Thurston, Pierce, and King Counties — two men, one woman, ages 20 to 39.
 
The best protection from Omicron and other variants comes from getting vaccinated and getting boosters as soon as possible. This is especially important for children and adults with chronic conditions that place them at higher risk for severe disease from COVID-19.

And continue practicing preventive measures that work to slow the spread of COVID:
  • Wearing masks indoors
  • Avoiding crowds and large gatherings
  • Testing when you have symptoms & staying home when you’re sick
  • Using WA Notify
Confirmation came in midday Saturday, and patients are still being informed. Details about their conditions are unknown to DOH. Samples were collected between Nov. 29 and Dec. 1, 2021 and confirmed at an in-state lab.

This is early in the investigation, DOH does not believe the cases are related, but the travel history of the patients is unknown.

Little is known clinically about the omicron variant at this time. Researchers are working to learn more about it, but it was found here quickly thanks to increased surveillance efforts; lab specialists have been looking for omicron through PCR testing and genomic sequencing. The state also increased its lab capacity to detect genetic markers associated with new and existing variants.

Sequencing has been prioritized for anyone with travel history or close contact with a confirmed case. Case investigation and contact tracing among those at higher risk for contracting and spreading omicron has been prioritized. Travelers who have been to a country or state with omicron, or anyone identified as a close contact receive that prioritization.

“We knew that it was a matter of time before omicron was sequenced in our state and so we were anticipating this very news,” said Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, Secretary of Health. “We strongly urge people to get vaccinated and get their boosters as soon as possible to maximize their level of protection from any variant.”

The best protection from this variant and others comes from getting vaccinated and getting boosters as soon as possible. This is especially important for children and adults with chronic conditions that place them at higher risk for severe disease from COVID-19.

“Even with a highly mutated virus like omicron, we are not going back to square one of the pandemic,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer, Public Health – Seattle and King County. 
“Omicron may pose new challenges that we will need to respond to, but compared to the early days of the pandemic, we know much more about COVID-19, and we’re better prepared for it. We know layered protections work together to maximally reduce risk, and that will continue to be the case for delta and for omicron if that becomes a dominant strain circulating in our community.”

“If there is room for improvement in how we are using our current tools and strategies, this is a good time to make those improvements, especially vaccination and booster doses when eligible, good-quality masks indoors, improving indoor air quality and avoiding crowded indoor spaces along with other COVID-19 prevention measures,” said Duchin.

“We suspected that the omicron variant was circulating in our region, and now our laboratory has confirmed the first three cases in Washington state by viral genome sequencing in the last 24 hours. 

"Throughout the pandemic, it's been a huge team effort by the UW Medicine Virology Laboratory, requiring development and implementation of several diagnostic and sequencing assays to detect and confirm the variety of COVID-19 variants that have surfaced in Washington state,” said Dr. Geoffrey Baird, chair of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at UW School of Medicine. 

To date, the laboratory has tested approximately 3.8 million COVID-19 samples.  



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Reforesting Grace Cole Nature Park

Volunteers and restoration stewards at Grace Cole Nature Park

On Saturday November 20, 2021 a work party of ten restoration stewards and eight volunteers increased the biodiversity in Grace Cole Park. They planted 128 conifers and shrubs including: Sword Ferns, Salal, Western Red Cedar and Western White Pine trees. 

Joy Wood of RAD teaches volunteers how to plant spruce trees

Planting trees was the tip of the iceberg in the restoration process. Six months of prep work went into this effort. There was site planning and evaluation to determine what areas to work on. 

Next, several months of removal and composting of noxious weeds such as ivy, holly and blackberry. Plants were selected and placed at five restoration sites in the park. These areas will be monitored to control weeds and ensure the health of the new trees and shrubs.  The cycle of restoration will repeat in other areas of the park. 

Volunteers and stewards at Grace Cole Nature Park

For the restoration stewards, this planting marked the halfway point in a year-long training program that started in June 2021. The program has two major goals. First, stewards work together to reach site-specific ecological decisions within Grace Cole Park. In addition, work with the Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation and the City of Lake Forest Park to equitably  recruit, retain, and work with a diversity of community volunteers.

A restoration steward demonstrates how to plant to ensure survival

The restoration stewardship training program is a partnership with the King Conservation District (KCD), the City of Lake Forest Park, the Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation (LFPSF), and Restoration Analytics and Design LLC (RAD), Cory Roche from City of Lake Forest Park along with Jean Robbins, Jim Mead, and John Brew from LFPSF to support the training program. 

Thirteen people are participating in the restoration stewardship program. They spend one Thursday each month learning about invasive plants, native plant selection, leading effective work parties and the details of soils. 

First you have to remove the invasive species

Joy Wood (RAD) and Mike Lasecki (KCD) are the lead facilitators. Joy and Mike have tapped other restoration subject matter experts to teach in their area of expertise. For example, Britt Le of EarthCorps taught the stewards how to lead and manage large volunteer events, tool safety, and planting techniques. 

The  following Saturday, the tools meet the dirt as lessons are applied within Grace Cole park along with a group of community volunteers. Stewards and volunteers work with enthusiasm and great spirit; rain or shine. All share the goal of increasing the biodiversity and restoring the natural beauty of Grace Cole Park. 

All volunteers are trained and mentored by restoration specialists

If this sounds like fun, please come join a work party at Grace Cole Park from 9 to noon on the third Saturday of each month. Please contact the Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation at info@lfpsf.org for more info on work parties at Grace Cole. Residence in  Lake Forest Park is not a requirement to join the fun. 

Grace Cole Nature Park is located in Lake Forest Park.

--John Brew and Jean Robbins


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Attorney General’s task force recommends reforms to improve state’s response to sexual assault

OLYMPIA — The Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) Advisory Group convened by Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office released a report recommending reforms that will improve the state’s response to sexual assault. 

The recommendations include:
  • Addressing the shortage of sexual assault trauma nurses to ensure sufficient and appropriate care for survivors;
  • Increasing victim-centered, trauma-informed training for prosecutors to improve interactions with survivors of sexual assault who are asked to testify; and
  • Establishing consistent statewide process for collecting DNA from offenders who will not serve a term of confinement. Earlier this year the Attorney General’s Office identified hundreds of registered sex offenders from whom a DNA sample was never collected.

Additionally, the report highlights the progress made by Attorney General Ferguson’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) and legislative appropriations aimed at clearing the state’s rape kit backlog. The report details several examples of cold cases solved as a result of testing the kits that, until the initiative, languished in the evidence rooms in local law enforcement agencies.

The report is available here.

More information here, including stories of rapists who were convicted as a result.



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Classifieds: Shoreline Fire Commissioners' board meeting rescheduled


NOTICE OF MEETING RESCHEDULED

As required by RCW 42.30, the Open Public Meetings Act, you are hereby notified that the Board of Commissioners of the Shoreline Fire Department has rescheduled the regular meeting from January 20, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. to January 19, 2022 @ 5:00 pm. due to schedule conflicts.

Notice posted by: Beatriz Goldsmith
Executive Assistant
December 3, 2021



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Take your donations for the Hopelink food drive to the Richmond Beach Library by December 15

The Richmond Beach Library is helping Hopelink with its food drive by serving as a collection point for donated foods.

Richmond Beach Library, 19601 21st Ave NW, Shoreline, WA, 98177. 206-546-3522.

Open Tuesdays and Wednesdays 1p-8p, and Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 10a-5p.

Donations can also be taken to Shoreline Hopelink, located behind Ronald Methodist Church 17839 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133.

This food drive ends on December 15, 2021. Hopelink is planning to reopen its grocery store type food bank in 2022.




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Case updates December 2, 2021

Delta variant
Booster shots encouraged for all who are 18 and over. Contact your local pharmacy or clinic or check their website for scheduling. UW Med locations are taking names for a call-back. 
Call 844-520-8700 for all their clinics and vaccine locations. 

The omicron variant is now present in the U.S. Scientists are evaluating how much of a threat it poses and still urging people to be fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 Updates 

 

United States

  • Total cases 48,767,329 - 138,489 new     
  • Total deaths 783,215 - 1,235 new   


Washington state - a data improvement effort resolved a small number of duplicate hospitalizations
  • Total confirmed cases 686,549  - 1,619 new     
  • Total hospitalizations 43,188  -  -29 new    
  • Statewide ICU occupancy by COVID-19 patients - 18.8%
  • Total deaths 9,413  - 33 new  

Levels of Community Transmission:
based on the number of new cases per 100,000 residents in the past 7 days:

High: ≥ 100
Substantial: 50-99
Moderate: 10-49
Low: < 10

December 1, 2021: There is currently an issue with the WA Department of Health data system, resulting in a large number of duplicate records. Public Health Seattle King County has manually removed 1,600 duplicate case records from today’s counts of COVID cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. There may be additional duplicates reflected in today’s COVID Daily Summary Dashboard.

King county 
  • Total confirmed cases 164,167 -  353 new  
  • Total hospitalizations 8,828 -   7 new    
  • Total deaths 2,100 -  4 new   2100
  • Level of community transmission SUBSTANTIAL  

Seattle 
  • Total confirmed cases 40,579  -  94 new  
  • Total hospitalizations 1,868  -   -2 new    
  • Total deaths 517  -   0 new  
  • Level of community transmission SUBSTANTIAL  

Shoreline  
  • Total confirmed cases 3,591 - 9 new    
  • Total hospitalizations 248 -   1 new   
  • Total deaths 112 - 0 new
  • Level of community transmission: SUBSTANTIAL

Lake Forest Park 
  • Total confirmed cases 555 - 4 new   
  • Total hospitalizations 23 -    0 new
  • Total deaths 5  - 0 new
  • Level of community transmission: SUBSTANTIAL


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Chabad of Shoreline to hold a public Chanukah lighting at City Hall Sunday


Chabad of Shoreline will hold their annual Chanukah Menorah Lighting Ceremony at City Hall in Shoreline on Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 5:30pm.

The event will include a 9-foot tall menorah, remarks from city officials, delicious Chanukah treats, live music, and a Grand Chanukah “Gelt Drop”!

The event is sponsored by Chabad of Shoreline and is free and open to the public.



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Jobs: City of Shoreline fitness instructors, surface water engineer, grant accountant

The City of Shoreline has published three new job openings.

GENERAL SUMMARY
Shoreline is an inclusive City that endeavors to build a work culture which embraces diversity, encourages participation, and promotes equity. 

The City's mission is to fulfill the community’s vision through highly valued public service. Our employees work relentlessly to achieve organizational goals while embracing the City’s values. City Mission, Values, and Goals

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: A candidate selected and offered the job must demonstrate proof of vaccination against Covid-19. A list of acceptable documents to provide verification can be reviewed here.

Employment is contingent upon successfully passing State/Federal pre-employment background checks.


City of Shoreline
Extra Help Instructor - Fitness


CLOSING DATE: 01/01/2022 11:59 PM

We are seeking two (2) Fitness Instructors. This is a non-benefited, average 10 hour a week position.

Hours stated below are ‘typical or anticipated’ and are flexible based upon incumbent availability. Incumbents will not work all listed hours.
  • Monday - Friday mornings: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM (2-3 mornings per week)
  • Tuesday - Thursday evenings: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (2 to 3 evenings per week)
DEFINITION

The City of Shoreline’s Recreation, Cultural and Community Services Department is hiring two (2) fitness instructors to teach various types of group and/or individual exercise classes and activities. Fitness instructors will lead, instruct, and motivate individuals or groups in exercise activities, including cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and stretching. Instructor will work with people of all ages and skill levels.
Job announcement and application

City of Shoreline
Engineer II – Surface Water


CLOSING DATE: 12/19/21 11:59 PM
NOTE: Pay rate for this position includes the COLA adjustment effective January 1, 2022.

The City of Shoreline takes a holistic approach to surface water management and is a regional leader in the field. In commitment to excellence in surface water management, Shoreline became the first Salmon Safe-certified city in Washington State in 2019. The City’s Surface Water Utility staff are engaged in multiple innovative and forward-looking programs, including addressing climate change vulnerabilities, and evaluating opportunities to increase the equitability of Utility services.

The Surface Water Utility is a small close-knit team within Shoreline’s Public Works Department. Each Surface Water team member possesses a unique skill set, leading and managing a specific portfolio of programs and projects, while also supporting and being supported by the other Utility and City staff.

The Surface Water Engineer II position is the Utility’s expert resource for engineering knowledge related to stormwater system design, standards, operations and maintenance, and related regulations. The position’s primary activities include stormwater system planning, design review feedback for capital and development projects, managing the Utility’s capital program and infrastructure repair and replacement programs, managing hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, assessment of drainage problems, managing an on-call engineering contract, and overseeing the City’s stormwater design standards and related regulatory compliance. The ideal candidate is a collaborative team player who self-manages and takes ownership of their work. Creative problem solving and a drive to improve are welcome in our team. Training and professional growth opportunities are provided and encouraged.

Employees Working Remotely: The City is implementing a remote work policy that will allow staff to work up to three remote days a week, however during the 6-month probationary period your supervisor may establish an alternate schedule of work performed at City Hall. Full-time remote work is not an option. Once hired, employees must reside in the State of Washington.

To demonstrate skills and interest, please complete the application. Please complete the Supplemental Questions in lieu of the cover letter. (This application does not allow for attachments. Providing complete responses in the Supplemental Questions section will help us determine your qualifications for the job.)

DEFINITION
To provide responsible professional and technical engineering, analysis, and project management in support of the City's Surface Water Utility including managing projects, preparing feasibility studies and technical reports, managing consultant contracts, developing and meeting project/program budgets, establishing and maintaining cooperative relationships with co-workers, departments, outside agencies and citizens, and preparing and/or reviewing design of projects in support of development and/or capital projects.
Job description and application

City of Shoreline
Grant Accountant (30 hour)


CLOSING DATE: 12/26/21 11:59 PM
NOTE: Pay rate for this position includes the COLA adjustment effective January 1, 2022.

The City of Shoreline is recruiting for a 30-hour per week Grants Accountant to work with the Financial Operations Division of the Administrative Services Department. The Grants Accountant works closely with our operating Departments to ensure compliance of the City’s local, state, and federal awards. The Grants Accountant will assist in the year-end audit process by preparing and reviewing audit schedules and account analysis; provides documentation and support for periodic state and federal grant-related audits; prepares schedules and supporting documents for financial management oversight reviews and compliance reviews; responds to auditor questions, demonstrating compliance with governing guidelines and regulations. The position will also provide payroll assistance and serve as back-up for other Financial Operations functions.

The City has a strong financial position with a general fund balance that exceeds our policy requirements and a fully funded “Rainy Day Reserve”. The City has received only one finding on its financial statements in its 25-year history. We recently completed a major upgrade to its financial system, Central Square Finance Enterprise. The successful candidate must be committed to continuous improvement and collaboration to implement enhanced features available in the software and evaluating processes for efficiencies, internal controls and social justice and equity.

Employees Working Remotely: The City is implementing a remote work policy that will allow staff to work up to three remote days a week, however during the 6-month probationary period it is expected that all work will be performed at City Hall. The schedule for this part time position will be mutually agreed upon but will have some mandatory days each month. Full-time remote work is not an option. Once hired, employees must reside in the State of Washington.

To demonstrate skills and interest, please complete the application Please complete the Supplemental Questions in lieu of the cover letter. (This application does not allow for attachments. Providing complete responses in the Supplemental Questions section will help us determine your qualifications for the job.)

DEFINITION
To assist in the oversight, protection and compliance of the City's financial resources; maintain and control accounting records, analyze accounts and prepare financial statements; audit financial records; assure City is in compliance with GAAP, BARS, State laws and regulations, and department policies. This position receives only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise, and is fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit.

Job description and application



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Winterfest Maker's Market Sunday has the perfect gifts for the holiday season

Friday, December 3, 2021


Over 20 vendors (kids, small businesses, school organizations, etc.) will be selling perfect gifts for the holiday season at the Winterfest Maker's Market Sunday, December 5, 2021 from 11am - 4pm at the Lake Forest Park Civic Club.  

The event is sponsored by Lake Forest Park Elementary PTA and features vendors from the community.

The Civic Club address is 17301 Beach Dr NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155. It is located at the end of Ballinger Way, on Lake Washington.



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Third Place Commons Music moves to Friday and Saturday nights in December


Weekend Music at Third Place Commons is officially moving back to evenings in December. Head to the Commons every Friday and Saturday night from 7-9pm through Saturday, December 18, 2021 for the best in local live music.

Here’s the line-up:
  • Friday, December 3rd – Honky Tonk Sweethearts
  • Saturday, December 4th – 85th Street Big Band
  • Friday, December 10th – Michele D’Amour and the Love Dealers
  • Saturday, December 11th – Seattle Solid Gold Classic Hits Band
  • Friday, December 17th – Ranger and the Re-Arrangers
  • Saturday, December 18th – North Seattle Jazz Orchestra
After that, Weekend Music will take a couple weeks off for the holidays, but will return in 2022!

Per state and county mandates, masks remain required inside the Commons at all times when attending performances (except when actively eating or drinking) and vaccination verification will be required to sit in the enclosed seating area near the stage.

Unfortunately, dancing – a high contact, high exertion, and close proximity activity – is still not something that can be safely managed in the Commons space. Therefore, dancing is not permitted at this time in the interest of public health and for the protection of Commons staff and performers.

But great music is still great music, and this line-up can’t be beat! So mark your calendar and make a plan to join the fun every weekend through December 18th!

Check the Third Place Commons online calendar for more info on the December bands, as well as other upcoming events including the LFP Holiday Farmers Market and Crafts Fair on Sunday, December 19th!

Third Place Commons – a community supported 501(c)3 nonprofit organization – has been building real community in the heart of Lake Forest Park for over 20 years. In addition to presenting its largest program, the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market, Third Place Commons now also fosters real community in digital space with TPC At Home programs. 


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Jobs: Cook (full or part time) at the Drumlin

Cook (part or full time) wanted at the Drumlin

We are hiring for a part or full time cook to join our full time kitchen manager and our part time cook/baker at the Drumlin in Shoreline.

We are an all ages music venue with 32 beer and cider taps and a dozen wines. Our small kitchen creates a growing menu of snacks, entrees, desserts, and Sunday brunch items, and we’ve been experimenting with limited seatings for prix fixe meals. We use products from local bakeries and create many items from scratch.

The kitchen is new, clean and organized, with large windows to the backyard. Our staff is very friendly, fun, and experienced, and the local owners are supportive and engaged.

The cook does the following:
  • prep: making batches from house recipes (slicing, chopping, pressure cooking, parboiling)
  • assembly: heating and plating to order for Drumlin and Ridgecrest Public House next door
  • support: dishwashing, cleaning, organizing, food safety

We are looking for solid experience with and strong interest in cooking and food presentation, but not necessarily commercial kitchen experience. 

We strongly prefer the professional experience and a personal ability to prioritize, organize, communicate, and work efficiently, under moderate pressure at times. 

We require the ability to work well in teams and alone (although there is always a bartender around the corner.) We appreciate a sense of humor and a tendency to tidiness.

This position is not necessarily customer-facing, but can be occasionally.

Pay is at least $16/hour DOE plus tips. Full time employees also receive paid health benefits. This position includes 3-5 evening assembly shifts on weeknights and weekends with some flexibility in schedule for prep.

If interested in this position, please send a cover letter and your resume to megan@drumlin.pub. We start reviewing applications on Friday 12/10/21.

The Drumlin is located in the Ridgecrest business district at NE 165th and 5th NE in Shoreline.



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Help Shoreline PTAs make the holidays merry and bright - donate to the Holiday Baskets gift card and donation drive


GIFT CARD and DONATION DRIVE
Now until December 17, 2021

DONATIONS AND GIFT CARDS WILL GO TOWARD HOLIDAY FOOD AND GIFT SUPPORT FOR SHORELINE STUDENTS and THEIR FAMILIES

If you prefer to donate actual gift cards ($25 preferred), these are needed most: Fred Meyer, Amazon, Safeway, QFC, Target, Amazon, Walmart, Old Navy/Gap

TO DONATE: drop off any donations at Dale Turner YMCA, 19290 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133

Questions? Email: HolidayBaskets@shorelinepta.org



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Case updates December 1, 2021

Delta variant - still the biggest threat
Booster shots encouraged for all who are 18 and over. Contact your local pharmacy or clinic or check their website for scheduling. UW Med locations are taking names for a call-back. 
Call 844-520-8700 for all their clinics and vaccine locations. 

The omicron variant is now present in the U.S. Scientists are evaluating how much of a threat it poses and still urging people to be fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 Updates 

 

United States

  • Total cases 48,628,787 - 129,818  new     
  • Total deaths 781,963 - 1,546 new   


Washington state  
  • Total confirmed cases 684,930  - 3,648 new     
  • Total hospitalizations 43,217  - 305 new     
  • Statewide ICU occupancy by COVID-19 patients - 18.3%
  • Total deaths 9,380  - 77 new   

Levels of Community Transmission:
based on the number of new cases per 100,000 residents in the past 7 days:

High: ≥ 100
Substantial: 50-99
Moderate: 10-49
Low: < 10

December 1, 2021: There is currently an issue with the WA Department of Health data system, resulting in a large number of duplicate records. Public Health Seattle King County has manually removed 1,600 duplicate case records from today’s counts of COVID cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. There may be additional duplicates reflected in today’s COVID Daily Summary Dashboard.

King county 
  • Total confirmed cases 163,814 -  172 new  
  • Total hospitalizations 8,821 -   16 new    
  • Total deaths 2,096 -  2 new   
  • Level of community transmission SUBSTANTIAL  

Seattle 
  • Total confirmed cases 40,485  -  83 new  
  • Total hospitalizations 1,870  -   3 new    
  • Total deaths 517  -   0 new  
  • Level of community transmission SUBSTANTIAL  

Shoreline  
  • Total confirmed cases 3,582 - 12 new    
  • Total hospitalizations 247 -   1 new   
  • Total deaths 112 - 0 new
  • Level of community transmission: SUBSTANTIAL

Lake Forest Park 
  • Total confirmed cases 551 - 4 new   
  • Total hospitalizations 23 -    1 new
  • Total deaths 5  - 0 new
  • Level of community transmission: SUBSTANTIAL


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Jobs: WSDOT - Project Manager, Communications Specialist, Special Projects Engineer

WSDOT
Project Manager - Transportation Engineer 3

Washington State Department of Transportation is seeking multiple engineers to serve as Project Managers responsible for delivering assigned highway projects within scope, schedule, and budget. 

In this role, you will also supervise engineering employees while aiding their development to become future leaders of WSDOT. The Project Manager has high impact to WSDOT's mission to provide and support safe, reliable, and cost-effective transportation options to improve livable communities and economic vitality for people and businesses.
Job description and application

WSDOT
Construction Communications Specialist (CC4)


The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is looking to hire multiple communication and public relations professionals to join our team as Communications Consultants in Shoreline. These positions will create, lead, direct and control communication campaigns and respond to media inquiries with minimal supervision. At times, these positions must also carry an on-call phone and serve as an agency spokesperson on a 24/7 basis. 

The Communication Consultants are responsible for responding to frequent reporter inquiries and assisting media outlets with diverse needs in a timely, effective, professional, and creative manner. These positions will also prepare WSDOT managers and executives for media interviews and speaking engagements with diverse audiences. 
Job description and application

WSDOT
Special Projects Engineer (TE2)


The primary undertaking of this position is to perform field reviews on state highways and develop a recommended response or plan of action to address operational or safety needs throughout the entire NWR. As the Special Projects Engineer, this position resolves new or unique problems that may require coordination with multiple agencies or internal departments. 
Job description and application

WSDOT
Work Zone Traffic Engineer (TE3)


This position will work on WSDOT Design-Bid-Build and Design-Build projects, providing guidance, support, and subject matter expertise related to work zone traffic control design and strategies. As the Work Zone Traffic Engineer, this position will lead to implement traffic control setups in the field to ensure traffic control meets WSDOT, FHWA, MUTCD, and AASHTO standards, resulting in limited congestion and collisions within work zones and easing corridor region operations during closures. 
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Shoreline Police: Three suspects nearly picked this Shoreline pharmacy clean of Oxycontin


On Friday, October 22, 2021 at 12:51am, a trio of burglars set off an audible commercial burglar alarm at the store, in the 600 block of NW Richmond Beach Road.

A deputy responded and noticed the front doors of the store appeared to have been pried open. The deputy called for additional units for a building search. No one was located inside.


Upon further investigation, deputies learned the pharmacy door was also pried open, with damage consistent with the front door of the drug store. A store manager soon arrived to help deputies review the security footage.
 
At around 12:44am on the video, three subjects are seen standing outside the front door of the store. One of them was caught on video prying open the door with a tool. Once the door was forced open, all three entered the building. A fourth suspect then appears and runs in after them.


A camera in the pharmacy shows the suspects pulling the drug baskets out of a locked narcotics cabinet and throwing bottles into a bag. All of them were wearing gloves and hoodies with the hoods pulled up.

Deputies were able to find an empty Oxycontin bottle outside of the pharmacy.
 

We ask anyone with knowledge of this break in, or anyone who can identify the thieves, to please call our 24-hour non-emergency line at 206-296-3311 and reference case #C21033549.

--King County Sheriff's Office



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Tom Whitson retires from Woodway council after 18 years

Councilmember Tom Whitson
Town of Woodway
Councilmember Tom Whitson will be thanked for his service and congratulated on his retirement from the Woodway Town Council meeting on Monday, December 6, 2021 at 6pm. The meeting is virtual.

Whitson is retiring after 18 years of service to the residents of Woodway. He served on the Planning Commission from 2004-2009 and has served on the Council since 2009.

Click here to join the meeting. Connection information is also available in the calendar on the Town's website.



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Notes from Shoreline council meeting November 29, 2021

Pam Cross, reporter
Shoreline City Council Meeting
November 29, 2021

Notes by Pam Cross

Mayor Hall called the remote meeting to order at 7:00pm.
All Councilmembers were present.

Approval of the Agenda
Agenda approved by unanimous consent.

Report of the City Manager, presented by John Norris, Assistant City Manager

COVID-19 UPDATE

Cautious good news: In King County and statewide, new case rates continue to drop week to week as we remain in the substantial (down from high) transmission category. New cases have decreased in Shoreline from 29 to 23 cases (Nov 22 - Nov 29).

Remember to wear a mask, even if you are fully vaccinated. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated and, if eligible, get a booster shot. Masks are mandated for everyone in indoor public settings and outdoor crowded settings. To find available vaccines and for additional information, visit doh.wa.gov

In accordance with the Public Health Order effective 10/25/21 in all of King County, proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the last 72 hours will be required for: indoor dining, bars, and recreational activities of any size including theaters, gyms (including Spartan), and performances as well as outdoor events with 500 or more people. More information: kingcounty.gov/covid

Vaccine Clinic for adults and children through December 17.


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Council Reports

Mayor Hall offered his congratulations to CM Roberts for his election to the National League of Cities Board of Directors.

Public Comment

Jackie Kurle, Shoreline
I know you’ve heard me before but I just want to reiterate the importance of having maximum transparency for the operations of the advanced shelter. I think it’s a great opportunity to support the homeless folks in our area. I support the cause but want to make sure there is transparency to the public with regular updates of shelter operations, success stories or challenges.

Approval of the Consent Calendar
Consent Calendar approved unanimously

Action Item 8(a) Public Hearing and Discussion on Ordinance No. 951 - Extension of Interim Regulations to Allow for Additional Extensions of Application and Permit Deadlines Beyond Those Provided for in the Shoreline Municipal Code Due to COVID-19 Impacts

Rachael Markle, Director, Planning and Community Development did the presentation

On July 27, 2020, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 893, enacting interim regulations that provide relief for applicants by creating additional extensions of application and permit deadlines due to the economic and health impacts of COVID-19.

This ordinance was extended twice and will expire Dec 20, 2021 (nearly 1.5 years later). The State of Emergency is still in effect for Washington even though some statewide restrictions have lessened.

PUBLIC HEARING is opened
No public comments

DISCUSSION

Do you have any idea how many permits we’re talking about?
  • Reply: These are permits where work has not yet started. They haven’t paid inspection fees and picked up their permit. I don’t have an exact number. There are some in their first 180 days, some in the second, and some in the third extension.
I realize that supply chain is still an issue, but the older ones fall under the older code. If we have to extend this yet again in six months, we should have a discussion of possibly requiring the older ones to meet the new code.
  • Reply: there aren’t that many under their third extension.
The supply chain problem is a real thing. I have personally experienced it, having to wait months for something I could have readily picked up at Lowe’s or Home Depot. People don’t want to pay now when they don’t know when they’ll get the supplies to actually complete a project. I support this ordinance.

No other comments

This will return on Consent.

Action Item 8(b) Public Hearing and Discussion on Ordinance No. 952 – Extension of the Interim Regulations Authorizing Outdoor Seating on Private Property and Within Approved Public Rights-of-Way Due to COVID-19 Impacts

Andrew Bauer, Planning Manager, made the presentation

On July 27, 2020, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 895, enacting interim regulations for outdoor seating areas for existing restaurants and bars due to indoor seating restrictions in place at that time related to COVID-19. The interim regulations have been extended twice and will expire on December 29, 2021, if not extended. Indoor seating restrictions continue.

Five businesses have utilized the registration for seating on private property. There haven’t been any right-of-way applications.

Staffing is looking into permanent regulations for outdoor seating.

PUBLIC HEARING is opened
No public comments

DISCUSSION

I support this ordinance. Is there a plan to take this to the Planning Commission so we can put this into permanent regulations?
  • Reply: Yes. The plan is to bring forward in the near future. We will probably start discussions with Planning Commission Dec 16 to scope out some potential development code amendments that we can make permanent to allow for more flexibility for outdoor seating.
Do you think you will bring this back within this 6 month extension?
  • Reply: That is the goal. It will be close, depending on the scope and the depth of the amendments. It’s possible one more extension might be required.
Recognizing that most outdoor seating is in our nice summer months, it is my hope that we get regulation is place in time for the summer, or figure out some way to bridge the summer. I don’t think too many people are clamoring for outdoor seating at this time (laughter).

Are we continuing any outreach to businesses?
  • Reply by Ms Tarry: Yes, through our electronic notification to businesses. We have a newsletter where we provide updates on a variety of issues including COVID-19. We continue to encourage our businesses to sign up for this ordinance.
This will return on Consent for Dec 13

Study Item 9(a) Discussion of the Light Rail Station Subareas Parking Study 2021 Update

Kendra Dedinsky, City Traffic Engineer, made the presentation

This is the third data update to the study of parking utilization in the light rail areas. Council allocated $25,000 annually from 2018 through 2021 to study parking in the station areas. The first study provided background about existing practices and policies. The other two studies provided an overview of parking supplies and baseline parking utilization information, provided on-street parking demand projections, and recommended near-term, mid-term, and long-term strategies to manage parking demand.

On-street parking utilization is highly tied to household growth. There has not been a lot of added household growth in 2020. There were 4 net new households in the 145th subarea and 31 in the 185th subarea. So there is not a large increase in utilization. We do recognize that in 2020 COVID-19 was in full swing, and there was a lot of construction and related operations reducing available on-street parking. This is only the current update to ongoing parking studies in these areas.

Less than 70% represents an underutilized asset, while over 85% can be detrimental in terms of drivers circling the block which has both traffic and environmental impact.

Because this is a highly detailed report and the maps did not show well, please go to the staff report for additional details.


These projections are updated as we receive new data. We are not at the point yet where we really need to dig into more dynamic parking management within the next five years or perhaps longer.

New walk-shed analysis around light rail stations is provided this year in preparation for future Sound Transit hide-and-ride mitigation efforts. A 15-minute walk-shed around station areas will require consideration for tools such as restricted parking zone (RPZ) permitting.

Note: walk-shred or pedestrian shed means an area, approximately circular, that is centered on a common destination. A 15-minute walk is the distance a pedestrian will walk at a leisurely place in 15 minutes (approximately one mile).
 
A Standard Pedestrian Shed is 1/4 mile radius or 1320 feet, about the distance of a five-minute walk at a leisurely pace. It has been shown that provided with a pedestrian environment, most people will walk this distance rather than drive.

Near-term recommendations for 2021-2025

Complete
  • Analyze and adopt a monetary penalty schedule for parking violations specific to the City of Shoreline;
  • and update restricted parking zone (RPZ) policies, procedures and fees to prepare for anticipated new RPZ’s surrounding light rail stations

Ongoing
  • Utilize basic time of day and load zone parking restrictions;
  • Use study data to inform the Engineering Development Manual updates; and
  • Explore potential development of code revisions to encourage reduced car ownership. One item that is being discussed is “unbundling” parking fees from rents charged, which can work towards housing affordability and reduced car ownership.
New
  • Fund a position dedicated to parking management and enforcement;
  • Consider updated Transportation Master Plan (TMP) parking policies; and
  • Group subarea parking utilization reporting into smaller analysis zones.
Mid-Term Recommendations 2026-2031
  • Evaluate need for special use zones;
  • Establish basic real time parking information technology; and
  • Perform feasibility analysis of metered parking in business locations.
Long-Term Recommendations 2032+
  • Implement metered parking in key locations;
  • Expand real time parking information & tech; and
  • Continue to build upon and refine existing parking management strategies and resources.
DISCUSSION

You indicated inclusion of the non-motorized bridges in some of the walk-sheds. But the 145th walk-shed map does not include the chance of there being a 148th St bridge and/or the Trail along the Rail. Otherwise that would expand further to the northwest?
  • Reply: I did have them include the 148th bridge. The Trail along the Rail was not directly included but it is included in the off street routing.
Are these types of studies still going on throughout the City? In the Town Center area the large apartment buildings are impacting the parking along the storage units and the park there, and some parking is bleeding into the neighborhoods.
  • Reply: This subarea study effort has supplemental funding approved by Council. As a general rule of thumb, we are always available to the community to do operational studies. So, if and when the community does initiate action to study for RPZ (restricted parking zones), we are compelled to act on it. I haven’t received any requests for the area you described. Also, occupants of the apartments are also residents so they are entitled to have residential use permits - we can’t arbitrarily exclude certain residents. We do work with target developments to create mitigation plans to manage the parking.
I like the way the timelines are laid out so that it seems to be “baby steps” to grow into such things as metering. Because if you want to upset a community, start putting parking meters all over the City.

This is the first time I’ve heard discussion of smaller areas within the subareas. Is there a policy being developed about when to create smaller areas?
  • Reply: Last year I thought we needed to start honing in on smaller geographic areas in order to capture areas of higher utilization. However, I think that will be more important a couple years down the road as we see more development.
I have a few questions.
  1. There are two parking issues here: the growth from development and the potential growth from people trying to access the light rail station. Residents may want to utilize street parking, but recognizing that there are other people who also will to utilize it, especially during the day, is there a way to try to figure out distinct areas that we really need to focus on because of those who want to park to access light rail stations?
  2. Also we don’t have complete sidewalks. Can we really put a meter where there’s no sidewalk? I’m trying to look at the whole picture. These are just questions for future consideration in how we craft regulations.
  3. Does a 15 minute walk make sense for people using the light rail station? Should it be 5 minutes? I don’t know.
  • Reply: We are starting “big” with 15 minutes but we will hone in. This gives us a good baseline because it it’s a broad area. I would guess we’ll probably be starting into this in 2023.
What are the mitigation measures that we are expecting Sound Transit to do?
  • Reply: There are a couple of different forms. The main one we’re talking about now is restricted parking (RPZ) permits. There is an RPZ by Shoreline Community College that has signs that you cannot park there without a zone permit.
But that would be done by the City. I thought there was mitigation that is the responsibility of Sound Transit (ST).
  • Reply: ST is required to implement an RPZ at least at the time of the start of the program. They will have to study and determine where it is needed and then put in signs in order to cover the start-up of the program. Ongoing, it will be the City’s responsibility.
Have we considered charging stations for the (hopefully) increased use of electric vehicles 10 years from now? We may want to include a forecast of the types of vehicles we’re trying to serve.
  • Reply: There is a shared role among on-site development, ST, and homeowners. ST has some charging stations. I haven’t seen much in terms of charging stations in public right of way parking. Probably because it requires quite a bit of maintenance and there are other issues including the cost of installation. It would be a lovely amenity, though. I think we’re going to see more micro-mobility demand (that last mile connection).
I think we should have early parking enforcement. There is a pent-up demand throughout the City, not only in these areas but some others. For example people in the south-east area of Shoreline that have spill-over parking from multi-family development in Seattle. We have seen complaints from other areas with similar problems and I expect a flood of complaints once light rail opens up. Some of these complaints include blocked mailboxes and blocked, or partially blocked, driveways. We can’t expect patrol officers to enforce parking violations. It’s not realistic.

I live in what will be an RPZ. And I note that you state permits will be available “for purchase.”
  • Reply: I think that will be adjusted but we haven’t worked through a preliminary fee schedule. The RPZ by SCC is so small and simple to oversee, the fee is very small ($17.50). I think Seattle charges about $65. We’ll be looking at that in about 2023 when the stations are getting ready to open.
One of the issues has nothing to do with light rail or growth or other things we’ve discussed but it is people’s perception that you can move into this (my) neighborhood with RV’s and boats and cars and park them on the street. So I’m very interested in having RPZ studied and see what impact it would have on neighborhoods like mine.

Is there a sense of where these cars are registered? Do we know what percentage of cars parked in a particular neighborhood are registered on that block? Is there a threshold?
  • Reply: We do actually look into this. We use a threshold. If 100% of the cars are from the neighborhood, then you aren’t impacting the cars from the fringe areas. So we look at 30% of the cars originating from other areas. RPZ’s are for the residential area to preserve residential on-street parking. Metering is used in a commercial area to support more turnover parking.
Appreciate the approach that is being taken by staff.

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