Second sinkhole opens on NE 205th

Thursday, January 17, 2019

One large sinkhole resulted where the water main break occurred on the north side of the street and a second sinkhole was created on the south side of the street with the water main exposed. The roadway between the two sinkholes is unstable.

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — An old cast iron water main broke early this morning in Mountlake Terrace on the King/Snohomish County line (205th Street NE/244th Street SW) at 43rd Place W. The water travelled under the asphalt, undermining the road and resulting in two sinkholes. (see previous article)

Road closures include 244th Street SW between 45th Avenue W and Cedar Way in Mountlake Terrace, and 205th Street NE between 33rd and 37th Avenues in Lake Forest Park.

Crews have been on site assessing the damage and making repairs. Residents of 43rd Avenue W are currently without water and the Department of Ecology was notified of sediment that was carried into Lyon Creek.

The situation is ongoing and at this time, the roadway will be closed at least overnight. Stay tuned for additional updates as more information becomes available. Updates will be posted on the the website for Mountlake Terrace, City of Mountlake Terrace Government on Facebook, and CityofMLT on Twitter.


Sinkhole on NE 205th in Lake Forest Park - find alternate routes

Photo courtesy City of Lake Forest Park
NE 205th Street is closed between 33rd Ave NE and 35th Ave NE due to a sinkhole caused by a broken water main. 

This is the county line and Mountlake Terrace has jurisdiction - at least over the water main. Their public works department is on scene.

LFP advises that this will likely be a long closure so please plan on using an alternate route.

This may have been a long-standing problem. A resident reported that "Water has been leaking out of the street in that spot since I was a kid. We would slide down it in the winter when it would freeze."


Photo: How cold was it?

Photo by Heather McLaughlin

It was definitely a bit colder, but this seems just a bit exaggerated. 

The sign is at Gateway Plaza, corner of N 185th and Aurora.


Coyote kills dog in Lake Forest Park

Over the weekend, a coyote attacked and killed a dog in LFP. (See map of the exact location).

The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife's website has good information and tips for dealing with this issue.

Please keep your pets on a leash and under your control at all times. 
Don’t feed wild animals!

Additionally, here are some tips from the LFP Wildlife Management Plan:

When urban wildlife becomes comfortable in the close proximity of humans, it may be necessary to modify their behavior to avoid conflict with humans and pets. Hazing is the process that facilitates this change and is by necessity a community response to encounters with wildlife. The more often an individual animal is hazed, the more effective hazing is in changing the animal’s behavior.

Hazing employs immediate use of deterrents to move an animal out of an area or discourage undesirable behavior or activity. Deterrents include loud noises such as whistles and horns, spraying water, bright lights, throwing objects, and shouting. Hazing can help maintain an animal’s fear of humans and discourage them from neighborhoods and public areas. Hazing does not harm animals, humans, or property.

Hazing should never injure the animal. An animal injured by hazing becomes less predictable and may respond aggressively. Hazing is not necessary when an animal is already trying to avoid the encounter by leaving the area or taking a concealed position at a distance, especially in a wildlife habitat area such as forest or other large open spaces.

Coyote walking down the path in Grace Cole
Photo by Sara Lorimer 2012
Hazing and behavioral change

Some urban coyotes have become comfortable in close proximity to people. To safely coexist, it’s important to modify this behavior and attitude in resident coyote populations. Urban coyote behavior needs to be reshaped to encourage coyotes to avoid contact with humans and pets.

Hazing is the process that facilitates this change and is by necessity a community response to encounters with coyotes. The more often an individual animal is hazed, the more effective hazing is in changing coyote behavior.

Hazing employs immediate use of deterrents to move an animal out of an area or discourage undesirable behavior or activity. Deterrents include loud noises, spraying water, bright lights, throwing objects, and shouting. Hazing can help maintain coyotes’ fear of humans and discourage them from neighborhoods such as backyards and play areas. Hazing does not harm or damage animals, humans or property. Behavioral change also involves human activities such as how to identify and remove attractants and how to responsibly protect pets.

See attachment for more details.


Destinations: Model railroad show at Pacific Science Center this weekend

All aboard! The Model Railroad Show is back for its 45th year. Join us from January 19 to 21, 2019, Saturday through Monday, to meet dozens of model railroaders and experience these magical displays.

The Model Railroad big event is this coming weekend at the Pacific Science Center at Seattle Center 200 Second Ave N, Seattle 98109. 206-443-2001. (under the five white arches near the Space Needle, at the corner of Denny and Broad.)

There will be several local Model Railroad clubs at the PSC that are members of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA).

Shoreline resident Dennis Terpstra
with grandkids Toren and Talia
You can even volunteer! Check out this info.

The show features several opportunities to operate trains: youngsters can drive loop tracks and older children and adults on railcar delivery layouts.

The Pacific Northwest Public Transportation Museum will have a large display of historical photographs and memorabilia.

Visit the Northwest Railway Museum’s information table to learn more about their activities for young people. The museum, located in Snoqualmie and North Bend, offers rides during much of the year and hosts Thomas the Tank Engine each summer.

When you go, look for Shoreline resident Dennis Terpstra. He has been running model trains for years and rarely misses a Northwest show.

The 45th Model Railroad Show is included with the price of general admission and is FREE for Pacific Science Center Members.


Meridian Park Neighbors invited to Potluck on Jan 15th, MLK Day, at Meridian Park Elementary

Meridian Park Neighborhood Association and Meridian Park PTSA are co-sponsoring the first annual community potluck for the neighborhood on MLK Day, January 21st, 4-7pm. Besides the opportunity to share dinner, neighbors of all ages will have the opportunity to take part in themed activities/crafts honoring Martin Luther King's work, and a neighborhood-themed scavenger hunt.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share with 6 neighbors. The potluck event will be held in the Cafetorium at Meridian Park Elementary School, located at the corner of Meridian Ave. N and N 175th St. Free Parking is available in the lot in front of the school.

The Cafetorium is located behind the main building by the parking lot, and is accessed by walking around the sidewalk to the left of the main entrance. The event is free and all neighbors are welcome.

For more information, email or call Cynthia Knox 206-218-3302.


City of Shoreline seeks applicants for AWC Center for Quality Communities Scholarship

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The City of Shoreline is now accepting applications for the AWC Center for Quality Communities Scholarship fund.

Scholarships are available through a statewide competitive process for students who are actively engaged in their city government and/or community and plan to attend post-secondary school in the fall of 2019. The City will nominate one of the applicants from Shoreline to compete with students from across the State.

Students interested in competing for the Center for Quality Communities scholarships must be:
  • Involved (or have been involved) with a city government, community, and/or school leadership activity;
  • Eligible to graduate from high school, complete home school, or receive a GED in spring/summer 2019;
  • A City of Shoreline resident; and
  • Plan to continue education in the 2019-2020 academic year at an accredited college, community college, or trade school on a half-time or more basis.

You can find information and application materials HERE. Completed applications are due no later than 5:00pm Wednesday, February 20. Submit completed materials to Communications Program Manager Eric Bratton at

The Center for Quality Communities promotes municipal leadership development and civic engagement. The Center’s goal is to develop a broad public understanding of the important role of cities and towns play in Washington. The Center is a 501(c)(3) organization.


Shoreline girl to receive award at ML King event in Edmonds

Sarah in front of the Edwin Pratt Early Learning Center
Photo by Jane Wiebe

Eleven year old Sarah Haycock of Shoreline will be honored during the Tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 21, 2019 at Edmonds Center for the Arts.

Sarah led a successful campaign to have the Shoreline School District's new early learning center (see previous story) named for civil right leader Edwin Pratt, who was assassinated outside his Shoreline home on January 26, 1969.

At the time of his death, the 38-year-old Pratt was serving as executive director of the Seattle Urban League, working to end housing discrimination in Seattle area and to desegregate Seattle schools.

When he moved to Shoreline in 1959, his was the first black family in the area.

Pratt was fatally shot by a hit man who fled the scene in a car with two others. The murder was never officially solved.

Sarah will be the first recipient of the Edmonds-based Lift Every Voice Legacy’s Beloved Community Award for her efforts to champion the work and life of Pratt.

Edwin and Bettye Pratt and daughter Miriam

The award during the January 21 evening program will be co-presented by Pratt’s daughter, Miriam Pratt Glover.

“Sarah is the perfect model of inspiring a Beloved Community,” said Donnie Griffin, the Lift Every Voice Legacy’s founding principal and an Edmonds resident. 
“By lifting the legacy of an impactful community leader who sacrificed his life for justice and equity for all of us, we learn adult-like lessons from an 11-year-old on values of building a caring community that doesn’t succumb to hateful behavior and social and cultural isolation. We are all in it together.”

The Lift Every Voice Legacy is presenting both a morning and evening program Monday, January 21 to honor the works of Dr. King’s vision of a Beloved Community. In this first-ever event in Edmonds, the program will seek to encourage, inspire and engage its audience through avenues of song, spoken word and dance.

A Beloved Community – Morning Program for children, youth and families will run from 10am to noon at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. Admission to the morning program is free.

General admission tickets for the evening program, which starts at 7:30pm, are $10; $5 for students; and $12 day of the event. For tickets and information, contact the ECA Box Office at 425-275-9595 or online HERE.

Edmonds Center for the Arts is located at 410 4th Ave N, Edmonds.

See previous story for details about the event.


House fire in Ridgecrest Wednesday

Photo courtesy Shoreline Fire

Residential structure fire at 5th Ave NE and NE 151st in the Ridgecrest neighborhood late Wednesday afternoon, January 16, 2019. There were no injuries. The home had working smoke alarms.

The home is uninhabitable and Red Cross has responded to assist the occupants.


First class postal rates increase Jan 27

Photo by Linda Gottschalk Van Citters

Postal rates for a first class letter will go up 5 cents on January 27, so now is a good time to buy some forever stamps.

There are so many great stamp designs, it's hard to choose. They are like traveling art.

Now here's the fine print:

First Class Mail Letters
  • The First Class Mail letter (1 oz.) rate for postage purchased at the Post Office is increasing by five cents to $0.55 from $0.50.
  • Each additional ounce for a First Class Mail letter will cost an extra $0.15 (a decrease from $0.21 in 2018).
  • First Class Mail Flats/Large Envelope rates are not increasing in 2019, remaining at $1.00 (1 oz.), with additional ounces costing $0.15.
  • Postcard rates are also not increasing in 2019, remaining at $0.35.
  • Customers who print postage online (via, the Metered Mail rate will now be a 5 cent discount compared to the Post Office price with rates increasing to $0.50 in 2019 from $0.47 currently.
  • Each additional ounce will cost an extra $0.15 in 2019, a decrease from $0.21 currently.
  • The five cent discount for online postage on a one-ounce First Class Mail letter represents a savings of 9% for consumers and small business owners.


Shoreline City Council Meeting Notes for January 14, 2019

Shoreline City Hall
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Shoreline City Council Meeting Notes for January 14, 2019
By Pam Cross

Councilmember Scully, Mayor pro tem, called the meeting to order at 7:00pm.

Mayor Hall was excused for personal business. Deputy Mayor Salomon has submitted his resignation. All other councilmembers were present.

Councilmember Scully proclaimed January 21, 2019 as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. He presented the Proclamation to Stephanie Johnson-Tolliver, Carol Peoples-Procter, and J. Paul Blake from the Black Heritage Society of Washington.

David Francis, Shoreline Public Arts Coordinator, spoke about the upcoming visual art exhibition “Living the Dream, Dreaming the Life: Edwin Pratt in the 21st Century.” Edwin Pratt was the first black homeowner in Shoreline during the post-war Eisenhower years. The exhibition will run from January 26th to April 26th.

Report of the City Manager, Debbie Tarry.

  • Middle School Dance Night at Richmond Highlands Rec Center Friday, Jan 18 from 7:00pm to 11:00pm. The event is free.
  • Volunteers are needed for park work parties Saturdays Jan 19 and 26 at Twin Ponds and RB Saltwater Park. Check the City’s web calendar for times, meeting locations and other details.
  • The Opening Reception for the Edwin Pratt exhibit mentioned above will be held Saturday, Jan 26, 6:30-9:00pm in the lobby of Shoreline City Hall. Food and beverages and art exhibit will be on the 3rd floor.

Public Reminders:

  • Planning Commission will meet at 7:00pm Thursday, Jan 17th in the Council Chamber.
  • In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, City Hall will be closed Monday, Jan 21st and there will be no Council Meeting.
  • PRCS/Tree Board will meet on Thursday, Jan 24th at 7:00pm in room 303.

Council Reports

Councilmember McConnell attended the SeaShore Transportation Meeting. WSDOT stated that, in spite of the widely held belief that adding more “lane miles” will ease traffic problems, it is not the solution. We can never create enough lane miles to solve the congestion. Instead, there is a need for more creative use of public transportation. (Lane-mile is defined as a measure of the total length of traveled pavement surface. It is the centerline length (in miles) multiplied by the number of lanes.

Councilmember McGlashan attended the Elected Leadership Group for Sound Transit, which includes elected officials from Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, Bothell and Woodinville. As ST works to cut some of the projects, each city is working to keep the projects they view as most important. For Shoreline, that means 145th. ST wants to remove one stop for Rapid Transit at 25th and 145th, and shorten improvements on 145th from 5th NE to 17th NE. We want them to continue to at least 20th NE.  McGlashan offered kudos to Shoreline staff for suggesting roundabouts that ST was not considering but has now indicated they will think about.

Councilmember Roberts attended the Sound Cities Association Public Issues Committee meeting.
Roberts also, with Councilmember McConnell, attended the Multicultural Elected Officials meeting and there was a discussion of the First Annual African American Male Wellness Walk taking place in Renton on July 20th. The group encouraged Shoreline to think about sponsoring or promoting the event in our community.

Councilmember Scully attended the All Home Advisory Board meeting. They discussed the creation of a central agency in King County with the goal of coordinating and centralizing relief efforts for addressing homelessness.

Public Comment
Robin McClelland presented a request to add 6,000 square feet of dedicated space for senior programs to the Pool and Recreation Center plans. The space must include a full commercial kitchen. She cited the growing number of seniors in the community and stated that the $5.7M additional cost will barely increase the expense to the taxpayers.

There were no other speakers.

The Agenda and the Consent Calendar were approved unanimously.

Action Item 8(a) 
Authorizing the City Manager to Award an Option to Lease the City Owned 198th Property to Community Psychiatric Clinic for Affordable Housing and Supportive Services

Staff presentation: Nathan Daum
There was a brief summary of the timeline and a reminder that the lease is for 99 years at a rate of $1/year. If all goes according to plan, construction is scheduled for October 2019 and occupancy for August 2020.

The project is ready to move into the financing phase. The Community Psychiatric Clinic (CPC) is submitting an application for Low Income Housing Tax Credit (over 95% of low income housing uses this tax credit). CPC is so committed to this project that they have invested just over $7.5M.

There were no questions and the Motion was passed unanimously.

Study Item 
(a) Discussion of Ordinance No. 839 – Amending the Shoreline Municipal Code to Expand the Deep Green Incentive Program (DGIP)
Staff presentation: Miranda Redinger

In 2013 Council adopted the Climate Action Plan that set greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. Towards meeting those targets, Council adopted a green building mandate for mixed use residential zones (MUR) around the future light rail stations. The mandate was very successful with 168 projects registered in 2018.

In 2017 Council adopted the Deep Green Incentive Program (DGIP). The first application will arrive this week.

Although the mandate in MUR is working, a mandate for commercial buildings outside of MUR may delay or prevent redevelopment because of different market forces.

A less stringent option for qualifying for DGIP was proposed. The various Green Building programs were compared for the City by Rushing and Co since such a comparison was not available at the time. Staff also requested feedback from several market rate developers such as Merlone Geier, potential developer of Shoreline Place (former site of Sears), green building certification agencies, and King County.

Among other incentives, DGIP provides potential reductions to minimum parking regulations. However, using the parking reductions of DGIP, there is only a 5% reduction for the newly added (and most easily achieved) green building. To attract commercial developers, the Planning Commission introduced the idea of making the parking incentives cumulative. Zone, proximity to transit, affordable housing, and level of green building would all be used.

Questions from Council

Councilmember Chang has concerns about making parking incentives cumulative. Although a building may be near transit, we do not have the necessary transit infrastructure within Shoreline. People still own and need cars. Also neighborhood parking is affected by spillover parking. Ms. Redinger mentioned there has been only one incentive applicant in the 18 months DGIP has been in effect. But this is not a concern for Chang because Seattle’s results are very low as well, especially considering that city’s size. Redinger also mentioned modeling vs. performance measures - is it possible that the performance measure strengthens the developer’s desire to fully comply?

The main difference between robust modeling vs performance measure is how long it takes to certify. Performance measures need to fit into the City’s permitting process because once the City has issued the Certificate of Occupancy, the City’s process is done. There is no process for re-activating the process in a year or so to evaluate performance. Modeling, on the other hand, requires only a letter from the third party verifier stating the tests have been completed and the building will meet the certification. This is done when the City is issuing the final. Certificate of Occupancy. 

Councilmember McGlashan prefers incentives over mandates. As respects parking, he recounted concerns about traffic when SHAG (Senior Housing Assistance Group) had their project in Shoreline. SHAG has data on all of their projects and about 70% of their occupants don’t have cars. They are close to transit, offer vehicles for residents to use, and offer transportation to stores. At the same time McGlashan does not want spillover parking to create neighborhood problems.

Councilmember Roberts also agrees with incentives over mandates as we work towards protecting our local environment and our planet. Roberts feels there is a better chance of getting greener buildings with incentives. It’s possible the developer will choose the lowest available mandate, but with incentives may target higher rated green construction. Roberts also agrees with the proposal for cumulative parking incentives because not every commercial developer is going to want the minimum parking. In other parts of the code it is stated you must bundle parking with units. That is, you cannot make a separate charge for parking since that encourages tenants to save the additional cost by parking on the street. He believes we will see improvements in our transit infrastructure.

Councilmember McConnell doesn’t think it’s that important to measure performance. If you are building a structure that is, by definition, “green” then it is achieving the goal of saving resources. Well crafted incentives are better than mandates and reward the developer where it counts: the pocketbook.

Councilmember Chang requested clarification of what is being discussed. Building codes have changed dramatically because of huge changes in the Energy Code, making a big difference from the original construction of the building. What are we incentivizing?

Answer: we are talking about adding a lower level (more attainable) green option. And while the Washington State Energy Code continues to change, the green building programs are updated with those changes in order to maintain their relative “greenness.” More importantly, the green building programs have a more holistic approach than building codes, focusing on materials, water, salmon and stormwater, use of non-toxic materials and so forth.

Chang would like data supporting the statement “with more affordable housing, you would expect fewer cars” because if you are working multiple jobs and working different shifts, transit is not always an option and you need a car to get from job to job.

Answer: Staff will find some data on that. Nate Daum joined Redinger at the microphone and stated there is data available. As incomes go up, the rate of car ownership goes up. Approximately 20% of people in the lowest income bracket do not own cars. As an interesting aside, Daum said during the Recession national car ownership went down and pundits predicted a cultural change. But when the economy improved, car ownership went up everyplace but Washington and two other states. This was attributed to current public transportation.

Councilmember Roberts asked and received confirmation that these changes would not apply to MUR areas around the future light rail stations, with the exception of the cumulative approach which will apply in both.

Councilmember Chang questions why we need to incentivize the mandatory MUR regulation with reduced minimum parking. It has been in effect only a year and a half, light rail is not here yet, the area around the light rail stations has not been developed, and the mandate has proven successful. Flooding the neighborhoods with street parking creates a lot of resentment towards increased density.

Councilmember McGlashan would like to see the Ordinance as proposed brought back to Council. He stated his belief that when light rail comes here we will see the use of ZIP cars and other car-share options become available and Shoreline might start seeing the transition to being less auto-dependent.

Councilmember Scully would like to see some incentives that aren’t parking dependent. As we continue to build, it won’t take long to use up the current parking capacity. He doesn’t want Shoreline to be like North Seattle where parking is miserable. It’s hard to add parking capacity once it’s removed. So he would like to see some other incentives.

Answer: parking is just one of several incentives. It was brought up here because adding the lower, more accessible, green option allowed only 5% reduction for parking. In order to increase that, the idea of cumulative credits was considered.

Scully would like is stats on 60-100% of the Area Median Income car usage. He feels these are the people who have cars because they need them to get to their jobs.

Debbie Tarry requested clarification of what is supposed to came back to Council. Is it the Ordinance as proposed for Adoption? Or is there a request for an Amendment?

Councilmembers Chang and Scully cannot support the Ordinance as proposed because they are not comfortable with the cumulative approach.

Ms. Redinger:  that is a very small part of the Ordinance. The ordinance is mostly about adding the more accessible green option.

Councilmember Roberts reminded everyone that there will be a new council member on January 28th and the February 4th meeting will be the first opportunity for this member to discuss and suggest amendments. Since there is no critical reason to move this forward on February 4th, it was agreed to move it to later in March to allow the new member time to get up to speed. It will return as an Action Item instead of Consent to allow additional discussion.

(b) Discussion of Resolution No. 433 - Revising the Employee Handbook
Staff Presentation John Norris

All of the updates relate to Standby and Callback Policy. Included there is a definition for “Fit for Duty,” updated standby procedures, and minimum callback hours increased from two to three.

Council comments: the language for standby procedures is changed from “expected to report to work in 60 minutes” to “60 minutes but no later than 90 minutes.” This was changed in recognition of some commutes taking longer than an hour. 60 minutes remains the goal. Standby provides pro-active staffing. In a real emergency, the first responders would be taking care of the situation while all hands are called in to support them. Standby employees are in the public works/streets crew and the Customer Response Team representatives. The handbook needs to have any gender references removed.

Resolution moved to Consent Calendar with addition of removing gender references.

The Council left for a 30 minute Executive Session.

Councilman Scully returned at 9:30pm and adjourned the meeting.


Businesses near Sounder parking lots will start to tow illegally parked vehicles

Photo courtesy Sound Transit
From Sound Transit

Parking at Sounder north line stations is filling up quickly due to the Viaduct closure.

Remember to only use spaces marked for transit riders.

Businesses near our stations informed us that they will begin towing parking violators Wednesday, January 16.


Photo: Lydia's tail

Photo copyright Gloria Z. Nagler

Conveniently, Lydia's tail doubled as a bottle brush.


Artists explore Pratt Archival Material in collaboration with Black Heritage Society of Washington State

Edwin Pratt in his Shoreline yard

A group art exhibition titled “Living the Dream, Dreaming the Life” presents the work of 14 local artists inspired by the life and legacy of Edwin T. Pratt, civil rights pioneer and Shoreline homeowner.

In partnership with the Black Heritage Society of Washington State (BHS) and a Collections Care Grant from 4Culture, this unique exhibition asked artists to view documents and photographs from the Pratt Family archive recently donated to BHS by Jean Soliz, Pratt’s Shoreline neighbor and close family friend. (Take a peek at what the artists responded to HERE).

These archival materials offer a glimpse of Pratt’s life as the first Black homeowner in an otherwise exclusive white suburban neighborhood during the postwar Eisenhower years when home ownership created the modern American dream for so many but sadly for very few people of color.

The exhibition opens Saturday, January 26th from 6:30pm to 9:00pm (17500 Midvale Ave N Shoreline 98133) and features literary readings by Saab Lofton and Kilam Tel Aviv.

Artists include Lisa Myers Bulmash (collage, mixed media), Barry Johnson (painting), Vincent Keele (painting), Marsha Lippert and Shoreline schoolchildren (a public art project from 1996), Fiona McCargo (sculpture), Naoko Morisawa (mixed media), Kristen Proctor (charcoal), Christina Reed (serigraph), and others TBD.

“Living the Dream, Dreaming the Life” will be open for regular viewing hours during Black History Month and beyond, from January 26 – April 26, 2019, Monday through Friday 9:00-5:00 and by appointment.


Letter to the Editor: One in five Shoreline residents is negotiating the world of aging

To the Editor:

I have joined the ranks of those who believe that our proposed Community and Aquatic Center must expand by 6000 square feet of dedicated space for senior programs. It is imperative that this space include a commercial kitchen for full meal preparation – a need not for only seniors but for the benefit of many other groups who desire to conduct cultural events organized around familiar food.

The space must offer services provided by an array of knowledgeable providers. This may eventually include the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center, but may also locate various other senior activities under one roof. Seniors will have the benefit of all other services available at the gym and pool, plus ready access to transit, shopping, and medical care.

The addition of $5.7 million dollars barely increases the overall cost to taxpayers.

One in five Shoreline residents is negotiating the world of aging. Although no two of us are exactly alike we do share certain things:
  • Whatever our ability, we need to keep active in mind, body, and spirit.
  • We seek social interaction with peers, and enjoy the company of younger people.
  • Our life’s work and interests add value to the civic life of the community.
  • We need places to gather.
Two things worry seniors: the dreaded fall and the dreaded call to hand over the car keys can trigger the loss of mobility and the downward spiral to social isolation. Dedicated space for seniors in our new facility will reduce these risks and enhance the lives of a population of aging people who wish to live out their active retirement years and eventual old age in Shoreline.

Please join me in this effort.

Robin McClelland


Patty Hale sworn in as newest North City Water District Commissioner

Patty Hale, North City
Water District Commissioner
After publicizing the commissioner vacancy in various local media, on the District’s website, Facebook page, and in their quarterly newsletter, North City Water District’s Board of Commissioners received applications from four individuals located within the District’s service area.

Three candidates, including Patty Hale, Richard Nicholson, and Lloyd Skinner were interviewed at the January 8, 2019 special meeting; the fourth candidate, Corinne Travis, withdrew from consideration prior to the interviews.

“We were so impressed with the credentials of all four candidates,” stated Commissioner Ron Ricker. 
“Their collective professional experience, educational background, and record of civic engagement was astounding. 
"It was a tough decision, but ultimately we selected Ms. Hale for her long-term interest in the work of North City Water District, coupled with her unwavering and extensive commitment to her community.”

With over 27 years of community leadership experience as a board member for local organizations —including the Ridgecrest Neighborhood Association, Shoreline Council of Neighborhoods, King County Parks Commission, and the Shoreline Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Board — Ms. Hale’s strong background in community service will be a tremendous asset to the District.

North City Water District is governed by an elected three-member Board of Commissioners. The Board sets policy and provides direction and guidance to District staff through a strategic planning process. They represent the District in communicating perspectives on regional partnerships, and issues of importance to the District, while also addressing the concerns of customers.

Patty will serve until the end of the year, filling out the term of Larry Schoonmaker. She will run for the position in the August primary / November general election this year.

Updated 1-16-19 with election information


Shoreline District winners in PTA Reflections art contest

Reflections entries on display at the District lobby
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

On Thursday January 10, 2019 the Shoreline School District and PTA celebrated its young artists who had participated in this year’s National Reflections PTA Art Contest. 

A well-attended open house reception was held for the artists and families at the Shoreline Center. 

There were 166 entries total in 6 categories including: visual arts, photography, film production, music composition, literature and dance. There were artists representing each school in the district. 

District level winners were announced, with 31 finalists, and 25 honorable mentions. The finalist pieces will now move on to the state level competition. Thanks to all who work to bring the opportunity for art expression to our local students through the Reflections program!


Seattle Times: Macy's to close its Northgate store

Site plan submitted to Seattle planning dept in March 2018

Goodbye to the Bon Marché.

First it was absorbed into Macy's and now - at Northgate - it will be closed altogether. And Penney's is closing as well.

According to an article in Tuesday's Seattle Times

The Northgate closure marks a somber milestone for the Seattle mall. The mall’s “anchor” tenant, when it was founded back in 1950, was The Bon Marché, which became Macy’s in 2003. Last October, another Northgate anchor tenant, J.C. Penney, announced it would close in 2019. 
Both closures also reflect somber times for all brick-and-mortar retailers as shoppers increasingly turn toward Amazon and other online players.

Many of us have not gotten over the loss of Aurora Village - Frederick and Nelson (Frango mints), Penney's, Woolworth, Nordstrom...

Plans have been filed with the City of Seattle to redevelop the entire Northgate site, with 95 foot buildings, with apartments over retail space. The redevelopment is still in the review phase.

I remember Northgate when it didn't have a roof. Hard to envision now but I remember getting rained on between the stores. The mall has been through at least two major redevelopments, but this is the most dramatic, urbanizing the original suburban mall. Northgate used to be the end of the freeway - because why would you want to go any further?

--Diane Hettrick


Can You Fight City Hall?

Nick Licata spoke Tuesday in Lake Forest Park

Nick Licata says you can, and told citizens how at his presentation on Tuesday, January 15th at the Lake Forest Park Library.

Named “Progressive Municipal Official Of The Year,” by The Nation, Nick served on the Seattle City Council for 18 years, and he knows his stuff.

He wrote a book about it all called “Becoming A Citizen Activist.” Nick was an activist before becoming a councilmember.

On Tuesday night, he talked about the process involved in changing the law and how to nurture respect at the same time. 

Showing mutual respect is key to any productive working relationship and knowing the governing rules, and targeting the right legislators for a specific issue or cause is as important, too.

Keeping focused and your eye on the ball is needed, and yes, it’s all a lot of hard work! Momentum building, the right timing and creating “a parade” of support are essential in getting that work done, said Nick.

If you are in a race against a speeding train, try to slow it down with tactics such as asking for a report, or develop a mitigation strategy.

Many tips and successful activist examples bring the concepts all together in his citizen friendly handbook which can be found at local library shelves and Third Place Books.

Besides having worked on significant legislation that became a national model, in 2013 he also received the highest votes ever in a Seattle city councilmember contested race.

Nick is retired now but says he can’t dampen that activist spirit, and he gave engaged citizens a road map to getting an activist job done.

By Donna Hawkey –


A Vote for Democracy: The Case for Ranked Choice Voting

Why does our democracy feel like it’s coming apart? Polarized politics. Government shutdowns. Gerrymandering. Vitriolic rhetoric. Voter apathy… 

What can we do about it? Come join us for an engaging presentation from FairVote Washington, to learn how making a simple change to the way we vote creates a more functional democracy that works for all of us.

FairVote Washington is an adamantly non-partisan, grassroots, nonprofit, working for a more functional democracy through electoral reforms like ranked choice voting that give voters a stronger voice in our elections.

Presented by Lisa Ayrault, Chair of FairVote Washington

Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 8:00pm to 9:00pm at the Lake Forest Park Library, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. The library is on the lower level of Town Center by the main escalator.


2019 Legislators - Shoreline 32nd District

32nd District team
Ryu, Davis, Salomon
Two of the three legislators going to Olympia to represent the 32nd legislative district will be in office for the first time. Of the previous set of legislators, Rep. Ruth Kagi has chosen to retire, Rep. Cindy Ryu was re-elected, and Sen. Maralyn Chase was voted out of office.

The new legislative team, starting in 2019, will be Sen. Jesse Salomon, Rep. Cindy Ryu, and Rep. Lauren Davis. They are all Democrats.

The Democrats are the majority party in both Senate and House. As such, they chair all the committees, set the agenda, and are the majority on all committees.

Jesse Salomon
Sen. Jesse Salomon
I continue to be motivated by the thousands of conversations with community members I've had over the course of this year. I look forward to working hard in Olympia towards meaningful solutions to the issues that impact our community, and I pledge to fight for the environment, early education, tax fairness, and more.

He has been assigned to the following committees in the state senate:
  • Vice Chair of Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources, and Parks. 
  • Vice Chair of Local Government
  • Member of Early Learning and K-12
  • Member Law and Justice

Rep. Cindy Ryu
Rep. Cindy Ryu
My priorities are to fully fund education, ensure safety of our communities, and protect our privacy, the environment, and consumers from predatory lenders. I will work to increase affordable housing units and access to homeownership, while fixing our aging infrastructures.

I will advocate for small business owners and local jobs, and help make Washington State a better place for us to live, work, and raise our families.

She will serve on the following committees in the state house of representatives:
  • Chair of Housing, Community Development and Veterans Committee
  • Member of Appropriations Committee
  • Member of Consumer Protection and Business Committee

Rep. Lauren Davis
Rep. Lauren Davis
Thankful for so much, including a "thanks" very new this year: thankful to the 48,158 people who voted for me to serve them in the Washington State House of Representatives. A most humbling thought and a most enduring gratitude. Can’t wait to get to work on behalf of the wonderful people of the 32nd and individuals and families across our great state!

She has been appointed to the following committees in the state house of representatives:
  • Vice Chair, Public Safety (Adult corrections system, sentencing, diversion, law enforcement, crime prevention)
  • Member of Health Care and Wellness (Physical and behavioral health care, insurance, public health, health promotion)
  • Member of Capital Budget (Public funds for facility construction and repair, including schools, treatment facilities and housing, land acquisition)
  • Member of Rules (Prioritization and scheduling of bills for consideration on the House floor)


Ruth Kagi finishes a 20 year career in the state legislature

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Rep. Ruth Kagi, D-32
wraps up a 20 year career
in the state legislature
Rep. Ruth Kagi formally wrapped up her 20 year career in the state legislature by witnessing the swearing in of her hand-picked successor, Rep Lauren Davis, on Monday January 14, 2019.

Kagi was a champion for children even before she went to the legislature, working with the League of Women Voters on issues involving foster children.

“The greatest honor of my life has been the opportunity to serve in the House as a champion for children and families,” said Kagi, chair of the House Early Learning and Human Services Committee since 2002.

She was first elected to the House in 1999 and represented the 32nd District, which encompasses Shoreline as well as parts of Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, and Seattle. For the years before the last legislative redistricting, she represented Lake Forest Park as well as Shoreline.

Kagi said she focused her efforts on helping foster kids, improving the child welfare system, reforming the state’s drug sentencing laws and strengthening early learning and child care.

In 2017, she spearheaded the creation of the Department of Children, Youth, and Families, which united programs and services that had been scattered among other state agencies. In 2015, she sponsored the Early Start Act which expanded high quality early learning to thousands of Washington children. She also led the effort in 2002 to reform the state’s drug sentencing laws.

Ruth Kagi and Lauren Davis 

“Ruth is the conscience of our caucus when it comes to children and families,” House Speaker Frank Chopp said. “With her leadership, the Legislature changed the way the state views early learning challenges, transforming the way we address these issues from separate components to a holistic approach.”

Kagi has also served as the chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures' Human Services Committee, the Vice President of the League of Women Voters of Washington and the Vice Chair of the Thrive Washington board of directors.

“It’s been a long journey, and I’m proud of the work we’ve accomplished on a bipartisan basis,” Kagi said. “ I will dearly miss my colleagues and the excellent staff who work so diligently to make Washington a better place to live.”

This week she said,
"Congratulations to Representative Lauren Davis! I am filled with tremendous gratitude and appreciation for all of the support of the people of the 32nd District over the past twenty years — and for their wisdom electing Lauren Davis to my seat. 
"It was a joy and inspiration to see Lauren take the oath of office today in Olympia. Best wishes for a great session and legislative career!"


In The Garden Now…..”Variety’s the spice of life…..”

Vinca minor ‘Illumination’

Variegated Plants in the Winter Garden

“Variety’s the spice of life,

That gives it all its flavor.”

From ‘The Task
A poem by 
William Cowpers, 1785

Text and photos by Victoria Gilleland

Aralia japonica ‘Camouflage
And so it is in the garden. We gardeners strive to have variety in our gardens and to make them interesting and inviting year round.

The addition of ‘ever colorful’ variegated plants is a sure fire way to spice up the interest level throughout the gardening year but especially in the winter months when ‘50 Shades of Grey’ pretty much describes our weather.

Variegated plants display color in veining, splashes, marbling and mottling.

Foliage may be combined shades of green, yellow, white or red and be subtle or bright.

Pieris japonica ‘Little Heath’
Variegated plants can brighten dark corners, echo and pull together the colors of adjoining plants and provide light and texture where otherwise there would have been a mass of dull green.

Some of my favorite variegated plants currently growing in the garden are pictured and described here.

All could be grown in containers when young and in garden beds later. These plants are reliably evergreen through typical northwest winters.

Chamaecyparis obtusa
Aralia japonica ‘Camouflage: Variegated Japanese Aralia has stunning foliage with overlapping colors of yellow, lime and green and may reach 5’ to 8’. White blossoms appear in fall and often persist into winter.

Carex morrowii ‘Variegata’: Variegated Japanese Sedge. Adds movement and linear texture to the container.

Daphne odora ‘Maejima’: ‘Maejima’ Variegated Daphne. Fragrant white flowers adorn the plant in later winter to early spring. 

Plant it and leave it in place. Daphne often die when transplanted.

Many Daphne that I have moved to new locations in my garden have made an early exit to the compost bin.

Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Rainbow’
Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Saffron Spray’: This dwarf Hinoki Cypress sports Green foliage splashed with yellow. Mine has grown very slowly in a pot for the last four years and is currently about 2 ‘tall and wide.

Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Rainbow’: ‘Rainbow’ Leucothoe or Fetterbush provides colorful marbled foliage year round and drooping clusters of white flowers in spring. Plants may reach 5’ tall and wide over time.

Pieris japonica ‘Little Heath’: ‘Little Heath’ is a Dwarf Variegated Lily of the Valley shrub. Pink buds open to fragrant white flowers in late winter or early spring.

Daphne odora ‘Maejima’
Vinca minor ‘Illumination’: This variegated green and gold spiller cascades over the edge of pots or may be used as a ground cover in shade to part shade gardens. Blue flowers provide stunning contrast to the foliage in spring.

Brighten the gloomiest of winter days with the simple addition of a few colorful evergreen variegated plants.

Victoria Gilleland is the owner of Cottage Garden Designs, a Garden Design company specializing in Redesign of Residential Gardens, Garden Consultation and Coaching. 

She has been designing gardens in the northwest for over 20 years.

She can be reached at


Authors at Third Place Books Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Urban Trails, the magic of Disney, and paranormal mystery novel - all presented by the authors at Third Place Books this week. Free presentations and if you purchase the book, the author will autograph it.

Town Center, intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way, Lake Forest Park.

Thursday, January 17 at 7pm
Craig Romano
Urban Trails Seattle

Get your heart pumping with a quick run, enjoy a peaceful hike, or take the kids for a stroll, all on trails close to home. Urban Trails Seattle takes you to beaches, old-growth forests, shorelines, meadows, and historic sites, not only around Seattle, but also throughout south King County and on Vashon and Blake Islands.

Friday, January 18 at 6pm
Kimberly Bouchard
Positively Disney

See the true magic of Disney at work through this captivating collection of stories that shows the amazing versatility of the Disney magic. Artists, cast members, and guests young and old reflect on how the power of the Disney experience has impacted their lives.

Saturday, January 19 at 6pm
Kristi Charish
Lipstick Voodoo: A Kincaid Strange Novel

Kincaid Strange cannot catch a break. After dealing with a spate of paranormal murders, there's barely time to recuperate before she encounters a new problem: her roommate, Nathan Cade — the ghost of a grunge-rocker with a pathological lack of self-control — comes home bound to a dead body.


Obituary: April Marie Brownfield 1962-2018

Her disabilities didn't hold her back
April Marie Brownfield
56 years young
April 17, 1962 – December 12, 2018

April Brownfield of Shoreline, Washington, passed away after a fierce fight with cancer and the effects of treatment, at her Mother’s home in Monroe, Washington under family and Hospice care, on December 12, 2018.

Born in New Bern, NC to Arthur and Bonnie Brownfield, April did not allow her disabilities, from birth, to hold her back. 

Instead, she made an indelible imprint on the many lives she touched. Her strong will and faith, ambition, discipline, loving personality and desire to live life to the fullest, were admired by all who knew her.

After living from coast to coast, camping and seeing the sights of the U.S. with her family, the Northwest became home. 

Graduation from Nathan Hale in 1980
She attended Lowell Elementary and moved on to graduate from Nathan Hale High School in 1980. She was a passionate Camp Easter Seal member and enjoyed all opportunities for socializing, fun and education. April realized her faith at a very young age as she began studying, at home, with two Jehovah’s Witnesses sisters in the mid-70’s.

At the age of 20, April decided to move away from home and into the United Cerebral Palsy Center. April’s electric wheelchair and UCP staff helped April gain independence, navigate the roads, shop for her groceries at Fred Meyer and spend sunny days at Green Lake.

For 30 years she traveled by Metro to attend Shoreline Community College (Students with Disabilities program) earning her Associates of Arts and Sciences degree, Microsoft and Business Software Certificate and a heap of additional credits.

April was an active member of the Spartan Recreation Center and Friendship Follies, exploring and sharing her acting, artistic and academic abilities. She also showed an immense dedication to our Mariners' baseball team which brought her great enjoyment while she cheered them on with passion.

Over the years, April shared her life experiences and voice with the aid of an electric typewriter, computers and an iPad. April was kindhearted to her many roommates over the years, and always advocated for a friend in need.

April Marie Brownfield
April dedicated her life to Jehovah, studying her bible every single day, traveling to bible studies, Kingdom Hall congregations and assemblies. Her Brothers and Sisters in nearby congregations welcomed April into their homes, lives and facilities, making it possible for her to be fully involved in the Kingdom Hall activities.

When April was unable to attend, there was never a shortage of visitors that came to her home to study with her, look thru photos or just catch up.

To all of us, April’s life was full of challenges, with every moment of her days and nights a challenge, dependent upon others to help her. But to April, her life was full of happiness, friendships and accomplishments. April never complained or took pity on herself. She held her head high and was thankful for everything she had, every day.

April is survived by her Mother, Bonnie Brownfield, brother, Kirt Brownfield, sisters, September Brownfield and March Feyko, nephew, Dallas Garcia and a countless extended family of friends.

April’s smile, unwavering strength, determination and kindness to all, is something that we can all remember her by. We will always love our April Marie.

A Memorial will be held in February 2019 to celebrate the tremendous and gracious life that April led.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to or Shoreline Community College Student Accessibility Services @


Scene on the Sound: USNS Amelia Earhart

USNS Amelia Earhart in the sun
Photo by Jan Hansen

The USNS Amelia Earhart, T-AKE 6, sailed by Monday morning on her way to Masan, Korea.  The ship shone in the sun, then slipped into the bank of fog. Camouflage on the sea was demonstrated, and Amelia disappeared.

This vessel has her own coat of arms honoring the woman for whom she was named.
Gold represents achievement, excellence and high ideals, Celeste Blue symbolizes the skies over the Atlantic, the Pacific and the United States, through which Amelia Earhart made her historic flights. The demi-globe recalls her goal to circumnavigate the Earth. The lozenge, a symbol traditionally associated with women, represents Earhart, her achievements in aviation and her importance to the wider acceptance of women’s abilities and roles in twentieth century culture. Argent (White) denotes purpose and integrity. The aircraft represented in base, an Electra, is the type she piloted during her final record-breaking attempt.

The compass rose refers to navigation, by sea or by air. The award to Amelia Earhart of the Distinguished Flying Cross, given at the time to only three civilian recipients, is signified by the propeller, derived from the award. Azure represents flight.

Slipping into the fog
Photo by Jan Hansen

The ship went into a fog bank but the Olympics maintained their proper place in the sun.


Collision, stabbing, and house fire - but not all at once

This was Damon Titus' view as he was trying to get home
on Monday night - going west on N 175th

At 6:30pm on Monday, January 14, 2019 fire, police, and medics were called to the scene of a motorcycle vs truck collision at Ashworth and 175th. Medics took motorcycle rider to Harborview.

The rush hour traffic stacked up as up to ten emergency vehicles responded to the scene. An eyewitness reported that both westbound lanes of 175th were closed at Midvale by City Hall, and reduced to one lane from Meridian Ave N.

At 8:30pm police and fire responded to a stabbing victim at N 205th and Aurora. Medics took patient to Harborview with stable vitals.

On Friday, January 11, 2019, there was a house fire in Richmond Highlands that caused $300,000 of damage. There were no injuries.

Correction: photo was taken by Damon Titus


Classifieds: Ronald Wastewater District special meetings scheduled

Ronald Wastewater is holding two Special Meetings this month - one this Wednesday and the other on Monday, January 28, 2019.

Both will be held at the district office at 17505 Linden Ave N, Shoreline 98133.


Fun and messy one-day camp for kids on Jan 21

Photo courtesy Arts Council
Need a creative solution for childcare on school holidays?
Mini Edition Arts Camp is just the thing!

This fun and messy one-day camp, put on by the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is a perfect, creative solution!

Campers will learn about modern African American masters, such as Romare Bearden, Augusta Savage, Jacob Lawrence, and Faith Ringgold, and create portraits and cityscapes in their styles.

They will experiment with color theory and techniques through printmaking, painting, drawing, and collage, led by professional teaching artists.

This one-day Arts Camp for 1st-5th grade students will be held on:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 21, 2019
At the Lake Forest Park City Hall building
17425 Ballinger Way NE Lake Forest Park 98155

9:00 am - 3:30 pm, with aftercare from 3:30-5:30pm. Please provide your child’s lunch and drink.

The cost of $110 includes the full day of printmaking, painting and drawing instruction, all supplies, a lot of fun, and the children will go home with all their great work.

Aftercare: additional $30

Scholarships are available! To fill out a scholarship application, please click HERE.

Enroll today as space is limited. To register your budding artist, or for more information, contact Silvia by phone 206-417-4645 or email, or click the link.


Hoopapalooza returns to Shoreline Saturday noon to night

Monday, January 14, 2019

Hoopapalooza 2017
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Hoopapalooza returns to Shoreline for its 10th year on Saturday, January 19 with non-stop, high-flying boys and girls basketball action from noon to night!

All of the Shorewood and Shorecrest basketball teams will face off for some friendly competition and cross-town bragging rights.

This year’s games will be held at Shorecrest High School, 15343 25th Ave. NE.

Game times:
  • 12 pm - Frosh Boys  
  • 1:30 pm - JV Girls
  • 3 pm - JV Boys
  • 5 pm - Varsity Girls
  • 7 pm - Varsity Boys
Shorecrest Girls Varsity will be entering the matchup with hot hands. They are currently 7-1 in conference play and 12-1 overall.

The Shorewood Girls Varsity will be looking to turn the tide after a 2-5 conference start and 4-9 overall record.

The Boys Varsity teams will also be looking to find some rhythm and momentum as push into the second half of the season.

The Shorewood Boys are 3-3 in conference matchups and 4-8 overall. The Shorewood Boys are 3-4 in conference and 7-6 overall.

Admission is just $6 for adults, $4 for seniors/children and free for high school students with their ASB card. And, as always, the BEST popcorn in WesCo is just $1.

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