Saturday's activities wrap up the Richmond Beach Community Associations’ annual Halloween Carnival

Saturday, October 24, 2020


Richmond Beach Community Association's annual Halloween Carnival wraps up on Saturday, October 24, 2020 with an evening of fun including selfie stations, prizes, and a haunted homes tour map.


Selfie Stations - 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Bring your “cell-bones,” and snap a fun family picture at two selfie tents. A harvest theme station will be located in front of the Children’s Fire Safety Center located at 1847 NW 195th Street, and a haunted themed station will be on display in the parking lot of Vault 177/Spin Alley located at 1430 NW Richmond Beach Road. This will be a touch free experience.


Prize Night for the Scavenger Hunt– 4:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.

Make your way over to Syre Elementary School located at 19545 12th Avenue NW. Show the carnival volunteers your scavenger hunt passport and receive a free Richmond Beach flashlight.


Haunted Homes Tour – October 24 from 4:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.

Discover some of the most haunted (decorated) homes in the community. Print out a haunted homes tour map from our website at www.richmondbeachwa.org, pick one up at a selfie station, or just drive around and enjoy the neighborhood. It is a great way to end the night.



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Shorecrest and Shorewood students combine to hold a food drive for Hopelink on Oct 31


Shorewood and Shorecrest high school students are working together on a food drive to support our local HOPELINK branch on Saturday, October 31, 2020 from 11am - 2pm at the Shoreline Center.

Focus items:
  • peanut butter
  • tuna
  • mac and cheese
  • chili/canned meals
  • canned fruit
  • oatmeal / cereal
  • socks

Students will be at the Shoreline Center - 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline parking lot on 1st Ave from 11:00am to 2:00pm to accept your donations.

Get decked out in your favorite school spirit gear or costume and come by to support those experiencing food insecurity in our community.



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Case updates October 22, 2020

Case updates October 22, 2020


United States
  • cases 8,387,047 - 74,380 cases since yesterday
  • deaths 222,447 - 1,009 deaths since yesterday

Washington state - *DOH does not report deaths on the weekend
  • cases 101,345 - 820 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 8,231 - 48 since yesterday
  • deaths* 2,296 - 7 since last report

King county
  • cases 25,969 - 229 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 2,525 - 7 since yesterday
  • deaths 789 - 2 since yesterday

Shoreline - population 56,752 (2018)
  • cases 654 - 4 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 108 - 1 new
  • deaths 63 - 0 new

Lake Forest Park - 13,569 (2018)
  • cases 74 - 0 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 3 - -1 correction
  • deaths 1 - 0 new


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The other day at Lake Washington, Connie Cormorant asked me

Photo by Gloria Z Nagler


to document and then post this quick online course she put together for young cormorants. Subject is how to achieve blastoff:

First and foremost, you gotta poop, which Connie nicely demonstrates. 

Photo by Gloria Z Nagler

Then move into a pre-flight crouch, wings up,


Photo by Gloria Z Nagler


followed quickly by liftoff!

--Gloria Z Nagler



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King county Metro retires the last diesel bus

King county Executive Dow Constantine celebrates the retirement of the last diesel bus in the Metro fleet. Photo courtesy King county.


On Friday, October 23, 2020 King county Metro retired the last of their diesel only coaches, a step toward reducing our GHG emissions and continuing transition to a zero-emission future, one of the goals set in Executive Constantine's Strategic Climate Action Plan.

After 21 years of service to the residents of King County, King County Metro is celebrating the “retirement” of the last diesel-only coaches in its fleet, continuing the agency’s commitment to a zero-emission future.

After the first “1100” model coaches joined Metro in 1999, the fleet had 1,100 diesel-only coaches. Today, that number is zero. All Metro coaches are now either fully-hybrid (diesel-electric) or zero-emission coaches (electric trolleys and battery-electric coaches). Metro proudly joins only a handful of large transit agencies in the U.S. that have a fleet that does not include fully-diesel coaches.

However, the “1100” model coaches long served as the workhorse of Metro’s fleet, leaving behind a legacy of providing a safe, reliable alternative to single-occupancy vehicles, logging more than 62 million miles, and carrying hundreds of thousands of passengers.

Five years after the “1100” model coaches’ introduction, Metro purchased the first of its hybrid (diesel-electric) coaches and the transition to more environmentally-friendly coaches began. Then, in 2015 and again in 2020, Metro committed to help meet the goals of King County’s Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP).

Prior to the pandemic, public transportation in King County helped take an estimated 190,000 cars off the road each weekday across King County. Transitioning from diesel-only buses to hybrid buses made an already green system even greener by generating 17% fewer greenhouse gases and 97% fewer particulate air pollution emissions per bus.

Additionally, Metro’s entire fleet will be comprised of zero-emission vehicles powered by renewable energy by 2040 or sooner, as technology and capital projects allow. Moving to an entirely zero-emission fleet powered by renewable energy allows for the elimination of all emissions while keeping our county moving forward. Once this transition is complete fleetwide, it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking another 30,000 cars off the road.

In spring 2021, 40 new battery-electric coaches will roll off Metro bases and onto the streets of King County. These New Flyer vehicles are the next generation of coaches and, by 2028, Metro will add 260 more battery-electric buses to the fleet along with the accompanying charging infrastructure. This transition supports Metro’s “Mobility Framework”—the agency’s blueprint for centering equity and sustainability in our policies—recommendation in meeting the county’s climate goals by electrifying Metro’s fleet and promoting climate justice.




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All food purchases at Lake Forest Bar and Grill Saturday support Rotary End Polio campaign

Lake Forest Bar and Grill will donate 20% of sales Saturday to the Rotary End Polio Now project

Join LFP Rotarians in supporting our fundraiser at the 

LAKE FOREST BAR and GRILL
17535 Ballinger Way NE
Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
Open Saturday 9am to 9pm
206-364-1261

Rotary END POLIO NOW efforts will be rewarded with a 20% kickback for each gift card OR takeout order that you purchase today, Saturday October 24, 2020 ... all day!

But you MUST mention that you are buying to support the Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park.

And thank you for sharing this information with your family and friends who can stop by and help this amazing cause.





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Update: Arrest in Shoreline murder

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
On Thursday night, October 22, 2020 King County Major Crimes Detectives arrested a 31 year old female in Auburn for the murder of 25 year old victim Azhane Mitchell, as identified by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The suspect was booked Thursday night into the King County jail on investigation of murder.

On Monday, October 19, 2020 at 9pm Shoreline Police were dispatched to a female found lying unresponsive in the parking lot near the 15300 block of Aurora Ave N, Shoreline.

She was injured and unresponsive. Shoreline Police began CPR on the female and Medics continued life saving measures. Unfortunately, the victim died at the scene. King County Major Crimes Detectives responded to the scene to investigate.

The name of the suspect will not be released until she has been charged.




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Flu Vaccine now available for uninsured adults for no cost at Aurora Safeway pharmacy

Aurora Safeway offers free flu shots to uninsured adults
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The Department of Health is collaborating with Safeway Inc. and Albertsons Companies LLC to offer no-cost influenza (flu) vaccination for uninsured adults over the age of 18 to help prevent flu illness during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Health officials are concerned that the presence of both viruses could put more people in the hospital and strain Washington’s health care system.

Twenty-three Albertsons and Safeway pharmacies across the state will offer flu vaccine free of charge through June 2021 to uninsured adults. 

The pharmacies will not charge an administration fee, and no proof of residency or immigration status will be required.

Locally, one store is participating in this program:

Safeway Pharmacy (Store #3213)
Shoreline, WA 98133
(206) 539-5500

Everyone 6 months and older needs a new flu vaccine every year. Young children, pregnant women, people with underlying health conditions, and those aged 65 and older are at high risk of complications from flu illness. 

Flu is a highly contagious disease that can cause mild to severe illness, can lead to hospitalization, and can even be fatal – even in healthy young adults. Getting a flu vaccine reduces your chances of getting the flu but does not prevent other respiratory infections.

Adults who have insurance should also get vaccinated now. Flu vaccine for those age 19 and older is covered by most insurance companies and by Medicare and Apple Health (Medicaid). Washington also provides flu vaccine, and all recommended vaccines, at no cost to everyone under the age of 19.

The effort is a collaboration between Safeway, Albertsons and the Department of Health.

For help finding a healthcare provider or vaccine location, and to learn more about flu, visit www.KnockOutFlu.org



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Carter Subaru Loves Pets - with Pasado's Safe Haven - Saturday 1 - 3pm

The annual Carter Subaru Loves Pets Event will be held Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 1 – 3pm at the Carter Subaru Shoreline location 17225 Aurora Ave N.

Damon is up for adoption
Photo courtesy Pasado
The event is in support of and in collaboration with Pasado’s Safe Haven.

The first 10 visitors / households will receive a certificate for a free adoption of any dog or cat at Pasado's Safe Haven. Damon, a beautiful Husky, will be on site and available for adoption!

Donate pet food as part of the Pet Donation Food Drive.

Free microchipping for your pet.

Visitors will be able to tour the Pasado’s Mobile Spay Station which is sporting its new wrap donated by Carter Subaru.

This vehicle is a mobile wellness clinic for pets from generally lower income communities that can’t afford general wellness visits for their pets. 

We’re excited to share it with the community!
Carter Subaru donated the wrap for the Pasado van
Photo courtesy Pasado Safe Haven

Pasado’s will be collecting donations for their Pet Homelessness Prevention programs at the event.

Pasado's Safe Haven has an 85 acre sanctuary in Monroe which is home to over 200 animals – most of whom have been rescued as victims of cruelty or neglect.




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Dramatic truck fire in North City Friday

Photo by Kevin Nelson


Kevin Nelson of North City said that he had just started walking his dog around 5:45pm on Friday, October 23, 2020 when he heard a car horn going non-stop.

They rounded a curve and came upon a truck, completely engulfed in flames.

The truck was on 25th Ave NE at NE 184th. 

Another neighbor reported that the driver knocked on her door to ask for a fire extinguisher but the fire quickly grew beyond that stage.

The fire department arrived was able to put the flames out quickly.


Correction: the time was 5:45pm

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Shoreline Art Cottage Artist in Residence Abigail Maxey presents Sculptural Weaving Installation Saturday October 24

Friday, October 23, 2020

An open work tube of red basketweaving snakes through the branches of a small tree
Abigail Maxey: work in progress


Abigail Maxey: Sculptural Weaving (Artist Residency at Saltwater Park’s Art Cottage)

Inviting Spectators for Social-Distance-Observing of Art Installation at Richmond Beach 
Saturday October 24, 2020 from 10am – 2pm

[Seeking volunteers for install at 8am; masks and gloves required]

Abigail Maxey: work in progress


Abigail Maxey, Artist in Residence at Shoreline Art Cottage (August 27 – October 27) , will present a temporary sculptural installation of her large-scale abstract basketry forms on the beach to coincide and interact with the tidal exchange.

The installation begins at 8am, with the public invited to observe and ask question anytime between 10am and 2pm. Rain or shine.
 

A tall thin humanoid figure of open basketweave stands very straight on brown grass.
Abigail Maxey: The Historian 2018
2021 NW 190th St, Shoreline
, (Richmond Beach Saltwater Park), the beach in front of the Welcoming Figure public art sculpture.

The event is free. Social distancing with masks is required. Photography is permitted. 

The artist will present results from the experiment along with her artworks produced during the residency on the following day, Sunday October 26, 10am-11am, online, in a virtual presentation event with the zoom link available on Shoreline Public Art Facebook: 

More info and media inquiries: dfrancis@shorelinewa.gov

Shoreline Public Art webpage: http://shorelinewa.gov/art




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4-Corners food drive triples goal - can you help them donate $15k to Hopelink?


4-Corners Hopelink Food Drive Week 4 

We are pleased to report that we have doubled our original goal for the 4-Corners fundraiser for Hopelink. Our neighbors are giving so generously. What an impressive community we live in.

We have decided to try to reach triple our goal, or $15,000, by the end of October. Plus, we will leave this page open for donations through the holidays. If you haven’t helped yet, you can still help us reach our goal and fill Hopelink’s shelves this fall.


Click the link to give to Hopelink and help end food insecurity in Shoreline. The need is great as many are in reduced circumstances. Children need good nutrition to do well in school and you can help! This a safe and secure way to pitch in and contribute to a worthy cause.


This is a significant amount for us to donate and you can be part of it. Click the link and join in.


4-Corners.org is a 503c3 and a collaboration of the four neighborhoods whose corners meet at Richmond Beach Road and 8th Avenue NW:
  • Hillwood Neighborhood Association 
  • Richmond Beach Community Association 
  • Innis Arden Neighborhood
  • Richmond Highlands Neighborhood Association 

 4-Corners mission is to build community and support the neighborhoods.



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Shoreline Community College online: Learn the basics of Microsoft Word 2019

Own it? Now learn how
to use it at SCC

Want to Learn the Basics of Microsoft Word 2019? Check out a new online class through Continuing Education at SCC!

Need to build basic MS Word 2019 know-how? In this 4-session course, facilitator L.J. Bothell will lead you through activities to practice basic skills in creating, editing, styling, and sharing documents like resumes and flyers.

Students will:

• Learn how to build transferable skills with MS Word 2019 interface and options.

• Create and format documents with standard layout options.

• Format and style font and text content.

• Use design and insert graphic elements to improve document communication.

• Store and share accessible and literate documents.

Online classes will include a demo and Q/A session as you try activities at home.

Fee: $99
Dates: November 2nd - November 23rd (Mondays)
Time: 6 - 8pm
Location: Online via Zoom

Click here to view the full details for this course and register today! Questions? Please email continuing-ed@shoreline.edu



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Case updates October 21, 2020; state tops 100k cases

Case updates October 21, 2020


United States
  • cases 8,312,667 - 63,656 cases since yesterday
  • deaths 221,438 - 1,076 deaths since yesterday

Washington state - *DOH does not report deaths on the weekend
  • cases 100,525 - 651 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 8,183 - 34 since yesterday
  • deaths* 2,289 - 3 since last report

King county
  • cases 25,740 - 186 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 2,518 - 2 since yesterday
  • deaths 789 - 2 since yesterday

Shoreline - population 56,752 (2018)
  • cases 650 - 3 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 107 - 0 new
  • deaths 63 - -1 correction

Lake Forest Park - 13,569 (2018)
  • cases 74 - 0 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 4 - 0 since yesterday
  • deaths 1 - 0 new


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Three Shorewood seniors are National Merit semifinalists

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced that three Shorewood High School seniors have been selected as 2021 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists.


Ellie Chew

Ellie Chew, Robert Olomon and Samuel Perkowski
were selected for the prestigious recognition.

Of the over 1.5 million students who entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test as juniors, only 16,000 become semifinalists.

The semifinalists represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.

Chew, Olomon and Perkowski now have the opportunity to compete for Merit Scholarship awards by qualifying as a National Merit Finalist in February 2021. About 7,600 Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million will be awarded in this spring.

Robert Olomon

In addition to excelling in the classroom, all three students are active in extracurricular clubs and activities. 

Chew is a member of the Shorewood Math Team and is part of the video production team for the school’s weekly video announcement program NEST. 

Olomon is the computer-aided design captain of the Scotbots robotics team, and a member of Math Team and Students Against Gun Violence. 

Perkowski is captain of the tennis team, plays trumpet in the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band and is a member of the golf team and Math Team.

While all three have enjoyed their time at Shorewood and credits its staff for supporting their academic success, they are also very excited to continue their learning in college next year. 

Each are in the college application process, but know what they are interested in studying.

Samuel Perkowski

Chew is most interested in foreign language, physics, psychology and creative writing. She looks forward to exploring outside of Washington, studying abroad and combining those subjects into something that can better the world and those around her.

Olomon plans to study mechanical engineering and become an engineer. He enjoys mechanical design and wants to work on new and interesting challenges.

Perkowski intends to major in biochemistry. He plans to pursue advanced degrees and work in a lab developing pharmaceuticals or pursuing independent research.



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Dia de los Muertos - Kruckeberg - virtual art show - drive in movie



Dia de los Muertos at the Garden
Kruckeberg Botanic Garden
Sunday, November 1, 2020

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council at Kruckeberg Botanic Garden. See altar displays created by local artists, learn to make a marigold wreath, and pick up a kid's activity kit!

Presented by the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council
October 28 - November 2

Join your friends and neighbors to remember our departed.

This year we will celebrate with a combination of virtual and physical events. Visit the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, take part in a scavenger hunt, pick up a craft pack and a sugar skull on your way out.

Separately, we will also hold a virtual Latinx Art Exhibition, virtual Youth Art Exhibition (K-12 can submit artwork by October 28), and host some Workshops!

And join us for a Drive-In Movie night - screening Coco on November 2nd at Shorewood High School. Tickets on sale now!

Questions? Email Terri at programs@shorelinearts.net

Thank you to our drive-in sponsor, McDonald’s of Shoreline, and thanks to our partner, Kruckeberg Botanic Garden



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Jobs: Lead Designer (Transportation Engineer 2, In-Training)

WSDOT Shoreline

Lead Designer (Transportation Engineer 2, In-Training)

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is looking to hire a Lead Designer that will direct activities necessary for the development, preservation, and improvement of fish passage projects. The responsibilities of a Lead Designer has a high impact to fulfill WSDOT’s mission of providing and supporting safe, reliable, and cost-effective transportation options to improve livable communities and economic vitality for the state of Washington.

See link for more information, including details on how to apply: LINK




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Jobs: Grounds Maintenance Worker


City of Shoreline

Grounds Maintenance Worker I

Closes October 28, 2020 12pm


GENERAL SUMMARY:

NOTE: Early applications are encouraged. This job advertisement will close after 50 applications are received but will remain open at least until 12:00 PM on October 28, 2020 regardless of number of applications.

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

Job offer to the most successful candidate is contingent upon verification of driving history and a successful passing of a criminal background check.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

This is the entry level class in the Grounds Maintenance Worker series. This position performs routine tasks and duties using hand tools, small power tools and light vehicles and equipment. Positions at this level are not expected to function with the same amount of knowledge or skills as positions allocated to the Grounds Maintenance Worker II class and exercise less independent discretion and judgment in matters related to work procedures and methods.

Job description and application



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LFP Police K9 Hector retires

K9 Officer Hector and Officer Carswell
Photo courtesy LFP Police

At Thursday's City Council meeting in Lake Forest Park, they celebrated the retirement of K9 Officer Hector. Hector and Officer Carswell were presented with gifts from the Police Officers' Guild along with a certificate of appreciation from the City and PD.

K9 Hector has served the citizens of Lake Forest Park for the last eight years. He was a tremendous asset to the PD and will be greatly missed!



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Shoreline School Board to hold candidate interviews on Oct. 26, 28 and 29


As part of the selection process for the vacant District #2 and District #3 school board positions, previously held by David Wilson and Heather Fralick, the Shoreline School Board has selected applicants to be interviewed in the next phase of the application process.
The candidates’ names, interview schedule and attendee meeting information to observe the interviews are below.

Monday, October 26
  • 6:00pm Josh Krawczyk, District #2
  • 7:00pm Lama Chikh, District #3

October 26, 2020 Public Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86797977054?pwd=QTVFOFNxNTNzQlp1N0NydHpOZGlGUT09
Passcode: 258741
Call-in Phone Numbers: 1-253-215-8782 or 1-346-248-7799
Webinar ID: 867 9797 7054


Wednesday, October 28
  • 6:00pm Jill Brady, District #2
  • 7:00pm Sarah Cohen, District #3

October 28, 2020 Public Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87425167124?pwd=MG9JUzByU3VSeHdCK1RjTVUzY3YrUT09
Passcode: 623168
Call-in Phone Numbers: 1-253-215-8782 or 1-346-248-7799
Webinar ID: 874 2516 7124


Thursday, October 29
  • 6:00pm Scott Tuttle, District #3
  • 7:00pm Emily Williams, District #2

October 29, 2020 Public Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88567215513?pwd=Z1FZTWJJNG9qczhOQjNiZDR4VXlXZz09
Passcode: 438807
Call-in Phone Numbers: 1-253-215-8782 or 1-346-248-7799
Webinar ID: 885 6721 5513



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State 911 outage Thursday


On Thursday, October 22, 2020 the 911 emergency call system in King county and Washington state went down.

Washington Emergency Management reports that counties in both Western and Eastern Washington (but not everywhere) had a 911 outage impacting their systems.

All systems were back online by 5pm. 

The state E911 Coordination Office is investigating the cause. 

You are advised to keep these alternative (non-emergency) numbers in your phone.

  • King county non-emergency number: 206-296-3311
  • Washington State Patrol: 425-401-7788

 


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Notes from Shoreline Council meeting October 19, 2020 - department budget presentations

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Pam Cross, reporter

Shoreline City Council Meeting
October 19, 2020

Notes by Pam Cross

The meeting was held remotely using the Zoom platform.

Mayor Hall called the meeting to order at 7:00pm.

All Councilmembers were present.

Report of the City Manager's Office

Presented by Assistant City Manager John Norris

COVID-19 Update

Case counts in King County are still high. The average over the past 14 days was 93 new cases per 100,000. The target is 25. Shoreline’s numbers remain low, but have increased slightly to 3 per day.

Please continue to take prevention measures seriously:
  • Wear a face covering, especially indoors in public settings regardless of the distance between people. Remember the guidance is wear a mask AND maintain at least six feet of distance from others.
  • Limit the number of people you are with, and the time you are with them.
  • Do what you can to improve indoor ventilation by opening windows as much as you can. More fresh air means lower risk of infection.
  • And wash hands frequently.
  • Get tested at the first sign of illness.
  • More information available at shorelinewa.gov/covid

City Hall and recreation facilities remain closed to the public. Most City services are available online or by phone. Drop off and pick up of packages, including permits, is available. Contact shorelinewa.gov/remote services for additional information.

Planting 62 new trees

Crews are planting 62 new street trees on 9th Ave NE. Trees being planted are Zelkova and Norwegian Sunset Maples which are known for their fall colors. Funding comes from fees collected in lieu of property owners replacing trees removed from their property. Sometimes it is not possible to plant new trees on the same property so these fees allow the City to plant trees in other areas.

November 3rd General Election

Ballot drop boxes are open 24 hours daily until 8pm on Nov 3rd.

Shoreline has two drop boxes located at Shoreline Library 345 NE 175th St and the Shoreline Park and Ride 18821 Aurora Ave N. The Shoreline Library drop box has been moved to the lower library parking lot, just off of 175th street and is now a drive-through location.

It is not too late to register to vote or update your registration. The deadline is Oct 26th. Forms are available online or outside the doors at Shoreline City Hall.

More information available at Kingcounry.gov/elections

RBCA Halloween CARnival

Now through October 24th, the Richmond Beach Community Association is hosting a series of safe family friendly Halloween events including a scavenger hunt, spooky selfie stations, jack-o-lantern pumpkin path, and haunted homes tour. This is open to everyone in Shoreline.

More information at richmondbeachwa.org/carnival

Climate Change Champions Series

This free series is taking place on Tuesdays over seven weeks from 6:30-8:30PM. You can attend any or all parts. The City of Shoreline is partnering with Washington State University to offer this educational and action series. Most seminars will have two speakers and last up to two hours with opportunity for online discussion. To RSVP and for more information: shorelinewa.gov/climate

Free Fall Gardening Seminar

Shoreline is partnering with local gardening experts to help with fall preparation of your garden. Learn how to create a tidy winter garden that restores itself for spring.this Wednesday, Oct 21 at 6:30PM. You need to RSVP at shorelinewa.gov/calendar and more information is available there as well.

Public Reminders

Members of the City Council, Planning Commission and PRCS/Tree Board will attend a virtual training for advancing racial equity on Wednesday, Oct 21 from 700-8:30pm.

PRCS/Tree Board will meet remotely Thursday October 22 at 7pm

Council Reports

None

Public Comment

Due to the number of speakers, time was limited to two minutes each.

Proponents of saving Shoreline trees, especially landmark and significant trees
  • Kathleen Russell, Shoreline
  • Ann Bates, Shoreline
  • Rebecca Jones, Shoreline
  • Janet Way, Shoreline
Against the Enhanced Shelter on 163rd and Aurora
  • Ed Jirsa, Shoreline
  • Joanne Godmintz
  • Margaret Willson, Shoreline
  • Nathan Pfeil, Shoreline
  • Jackie Kurle, Shoreline
  • Vinay Venkatesh, Shoreline
  • Sudeeptha Jothiprakash, Shoreline
  • Nancy Pfeil, Shoreline
  • Diane Pfeil, Shoreline

Approval of the Agenda adopted by unanimous consent.


The Consent Calendar adopted unanimously by roll call vote.


Action Item 8(a) Adopting Ordinance No. 901 - Amending Certain Sections of the Shoreline Development Code to Provide for Commercial Space on the Ground Floor of Multifamily Buildings

Steven Szafran, AICP , Senior Planner
Cate Lee, AICP, Associate Planner

The City Council discussed proposed Ordinance No. 901 on September 21, 2020 and had comments and/or concerns on some of the amendments. This resulted in the three following potential amendments.

Amendatory Language #1

This amendment would remove the exclusion for adult use facilities, marijuana operations, check cashing services and payday lending, pawnshops, and tobacco/vape stores. The definitions of these uses would also be removed.

Amendatory Language #2

This amendment would clarify that buildings providing the commercial tenant space qualify for parking reductions.

Amendatory Language #3

Current language in 901 provides up to 25% of the lineal frontage for use as lobbies, leasing offices, fitness centers and community rooms that are associated with multifamily use. The amendatory language would clarify that amenities such as fitness centers, that offer memberships to the general public, would not be included in the maximum 25%.

DISCUSSION

Move and second to approve Ordinance 901

This was originally brought forward by a member of the community. Staff and Council then recognized the overall need and urgency to move quickly. We have missed many opportunities to have commercial businesses on the first floor in a generally commercial area. This will put us more in line with what other cities are doing.

Councilmember Roberts: Move to amend Amendatory Language #2 by adding a sentence that clarifies that this applies to current code language. This would not change existing practice.

No additional discussion of this motion.

Vote passes 7-0

Councilmember Roberts: Move to add Amendatory Language #3 to Ordinance 901.

No additional discussion of this motion.

Vote passes 7-0

Operations that are legal within the State may not be family friendly, but should we tell people we don’t want them anyplace in Shoreline - instead of just not in this neighborhood that already has them? The exclusions are valid. Just because we want commercial, we don’t want ALL commercial. Residents have a vision for what they want North City and Ridgecrest to be. There has been strong support from them for this ordinance as currently written.

This is a pilot program. This would apply only to this area and only to new development in that area, and not extend to the rest of Shoreline. We are forcing people to put in retail space, and then challenging them with filling those spaces. Retail is changing. We don’t want to see a bunch of empty storefronts for years. If we extend this pilot program to the rest of the City, we should revisit this amendment.

Vote to adopt 901 as amended adding Amendatory Language #1 and #2.

Passes 7-0


BUDGET - Department presentations

Study Item 9(a) 2021-2022 Proposed Biennial Budget Department Presentations

Sara Lane, Administrative Services Director
Rick Kirkwood, Budget and Tax Manager

This discussion of the budget will continue every week until the November 16 proposed adoption.

The 2021-2022 Proposed Biennial Budget and 2021-2026 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) has been made available to the public and is available on the City’s website www.shorelinewa.gov

  • (Click on Budget and CIP Policies under the government tab) and at City Hall, and the Shoreline and Richmond Beach libraries via websites. Budget Books on CD available for purchase at City Hall.

NOTES:

The presentations will include the pages in the budget book in the event you want to listen to the video and follow along.

Please note that there is a formula error on page 111 that is corrected on page 458 in the appendix.

Sara Lane is confirming that the most recent City Survey results are included for all departments.

COVID costs were not included in the 2019-2020 budget so some departments have significant COVID costs, and you will see that Costs have exceeded the budget. That budget is maintained in Citywide so you will also see that the Citywide budget is much higher, but we wanted to show those costs where they were actually incurred.

All departments reflect increases in COLA and personnel benefits. Departments have removed one-time projects, reviewed all “adjustments” made mid-year, and reviewed actual spending to make sure the budget is appropriate.
 
Department budgets include reorganizations such as Parks and Recreation and Cultural Services moving to Administrative Services.

City Manager’s Office, presented by John Norris, Assistant City Manager

This department includes the City Manager’s office, city clerk’s office, communications, intergovernmental relations, economic development, property management, light rail project, code enforcement and customer response team.


Budget changes in light rail include a $100,000 one-time charge for the City’s partial funding of the 185th pedestrian bridge (connecting the parking garage to the 185th St Station), and staffing reductions for the Lynnwood Link extension as the project moves from permitting to the construction management phase. 

Human Resources, presented by John Norris

No change in staffing is planned.

One time changes for professional services are earmarked for 2022: $50,000 Compensation Study, last performed in 2015; Collective Bargaining - Successor Agreement ($15,000). We are in that process now with our maintenance union.

City Attorney’s Office by Sara Lane

This office is responsible for all legal services. They also manage our Prosecuting attorney (including domestic violence coordinator). The current contract needed to be amended to include community court services.

Administrative Services Department (ASD) and Citywide by Sara Lane

The 2019-2020 budget was significantly higher than projected as a result of moving budget from departments where projects were stopped in order to ensure that we could address the financial challenges of 2020. The 2021-2022 budget is going up in recognition of the shift of our parks operation into administrative services. They also manage all of our IT functions, finance operations, Citywide, park operations, facilities management, fleet management and facility rental.


Budget Changes include a potential one-time 2022 levy lid lift ($121,000), and one-time update to permitting cost recovery ($50,000). Also included are two IT ongoing changes for public records request software ($17,400) and contract routing software ($33,200).

The Citywide expenses apply to the entire city and not to a specific department. These expenses include  various agency memberships, office equipment leases and replacement, budget and insurance coverage contingencies, liability and property insurance, and the vehicle replacement fund.

Recreation, Cultural and Community Services presented by Colleen Kelly

The addition of the recreation and cultural services to the community services is reflected in increased expenditures and staffing.


The closing of the Shoreline pool has been reflected in the revenue projection for this department. Additionally, we had assumed we would be operating under COVID Phase 4 in 2021 which we now think may not be as likely so revenues and expenditures will have to be monitored.

Budget changes include a one-time Climate Action Plan Update ($55,020), ongoing support of human services in the general fund, adding a Housing and Human Services Coordinator (0.50 FTE), and holding vacant positions open for grant administrator and administrative assistant III. The Housing and Human Services Coordinator will focus primarily on housing.

DISCUSSION

Do you anticipate that the Housing and Human Resources Coordinator will be able to do some outreach to renters in Shoreline? Census data has shown that the number of renters is increasing. 

Reply: this person would be a contact for them. But we need to consider the workload. Right now what we’re considering is picking up on the work that is tied to our management of our multifamily property tax exemption (MFTE) and inclusionary policies, and to provide better customer response for those programs

Do you expect this to become a full time position?

Reply: We don’t know yet since this is a new position.

We are leaving the Grants Administrator position vacant. But Council would actually be approving the salary of that position as part of the budget. So we’re approving the funds to pay that position but the City Manager has decided not to fill that position. Correct?

Reply: Correct. While we are learning and having staff take on a greater role in grant management, we may have to contract out some of that work. That money would then be available as professional services rather than staffing expenses.

Reply Debbie Tarry: we want the flexibility to use the money as it becomes necessary. Some of the payroll savings is going to the new position, but only a small part.

Police Department presented by Chief Shawn Ledford

Increase in expenditure is a result of our projection of the increases in the police services contract. Estimated increase for 2021 is 2.9% over 2020, primarily from COLA. Staffing to remain constant for 2021 and 2022.


Services provided by the police department include:

  • RADAR (Response Awareness, De-escalation And Referral) is an effort by the Police Departments in Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, Bothell and Kirkland to address the rights and needs of individuals with behavioral health issues and/or developmental disabilities.
  • Park Patrol. We had park patrol emphasis this summer resulting in 342 contacts primarily just letting people know that we’re out in the parks. There were a handful of warnings and a handful of citations and a couple of arrests.
  • Training has been significantly reduced in 2020 because of COVID. Some training has to be in person such as firearm qualification. Critical training such as implicit bias training has been continued online.
In 2020, dispatch calls for service are projected to show a decline of about 9%, vehicle thefts are on track to have increased about 35%, domestic violence is showing about a 26% reduction since 2019, and burglaries (both commercial and residential) are showing about a 28% reduction.   

Average police response time is improved for all priorities of calls. This may be a result of COVID causing less traffic, and fewer officers involved in self initiated contacts such as traffic citations, leaving more officers available to respond to calls for service. 

DISCUSSION

How do we add to our services for calls that may not require a police response? We just have RADAR for a few hours each week. What is the King County Sheriff’s Office doing to address this concern?

Reply: This would be better responded to by the King County Advisory Committee for Mental Illness Drug Dependency(MIDD). Or possibly by the Mobile Crisis Response Team that accompanies us on certain types of calls for service. Would they be able and capable of handling these calls? I don’t know. When someone calls 911, the default is the police department. Right now the police are asked to go along with Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Services, and the fire department to support those agencies for safety reasons.
 
Reply Debbie Tarry: it’s going to be a longer term process. We are looking at additional community engagement, hearing from experts on policing service reforms and evaluating that. So we are putting together that work plan for outreach and discussing with Council their goals and how we can put together a response. There are multiple layers involved including call dispatch and how this would work with RADAR. And what we can learn from other cities.

What is the effective staffing rate of police officers? In the annual report you stated we are budgeted for 54 officers but we have not been at the number for a while. If you could get back to us with this.

Some of the County and State reforms being considered include additional costs for things like body cameras. How are these costs addressed? Do cities just absorb the costs? Or do they become part of the contract?

Reply: generally we would share the costs like we do for tasers and other equipment. However the overhead costs to King County would be increased costs to contract cities.

Reply Debbie Tarry: the King County Sheriff did put in a request originally for the King County Executive to fund body cameras for 2021-2022 but that was denied. They are funding a pilot program in unincorporated King County. 

School resource officer (SRO). The School District was considering cutting the funding. What would the City do?

Reply Debbie Tarry: this was a position in our patrol unit. The officer that was in that role filled-in for one of the other patrol vacancies when schools were closed. Since then, that officer accepted a promotion elsewhere so we would have to find another officer to fill that role if the SD decides to keep that position. We don’t know whether they will or not.

We have two parallel tracks on police department improvement. One is accountability related, and taking a hard look at how we can add to police response to some calls or reassign some duties elsewhere in order to free up police officers to be police. These are long slow processes. We don’t want to cut the police budget but will need to find a way to obtain funding as we move through the process. Ms. Tarry has assured Council that the budget can always be amended.

Criminal Justice Department presented by Christina Arcidy, CMO Management Analyst

The budget does not have any full time employees. The budget is a 20% decrease from the adopted 2019-2020 budget. The biggest decrease is in jail costs.

The City contracts with King County District Court for municipal court services and they, in turn, manage the community court program. The contract budget includes jail services, City-provided public defenders and jail support services.


The City currently uses three jails to house its inmate population, and SCORE jail (green) is the primary booking facility. King County (orange) is used primarily for the work release program, and Yakima (blue) is used for defendants sentenced for more than three days. Yakima charges about half of SCORE’s daily rate, so it provided significant savings for us to send inmates to Yakima for longer sentences. However, due to a COVID outbreak, we ceased sending inmates to Yakima in May.

The change in judicial sentencing philosophy has resulted in shorter sentences, so you can see the steady decline in jail housing days. 

Planning and Community Development Department presented by Rachael Markle, Planning and Community Development Director 

Expenditures remain status quo and staffing shows a slight decrease due to term limited staffing for review of permits for the School District and Sound Transit.

This department is comprised of four divisions: buildings and inspections, permit services, city planning, and administration.


We are currently working on the housing element of the Comprehensive Plan that is funded by a State Grant that will see us through to June 2021.

Permit volumes and revenues are being impacted by COVID in 2020. Permit counts are trending 25% below an average year and resultant revenue is estimated to be 40% less than we projected. We anticipate that the revenue for 2021 and 2022 to also be affected, but we don’t know to what degree and we will be monitoring this revenue closely.

DISCUSSION

How do we stand compared to other cities in the average time for the first review for multi-family permits? What would be an ideal turnaround time? This will be added to the matrix (of questions) to be addressed by staff.

Council recessed from this regular Zoom meeting to a separate meeting for an Executive Session for a period of 30 minutes to discuss with legal counsel matters relating to agency enforcement actions, or litigation.

Executive Session: Litigation - RCW 42.30.220(1)(i)

The Council may hold Executive Sessions from which the public may be excluded for those purposes set forth in RCW 42.30.110 and RCW 42.30.140. Before convening an Executive Session, the presiding officer shall announce the purpose of the Session and the anticipated time when the Session will be concluded. Should the Session require more time a public announcement shall be made that the Session is being extended

Meeting adjourned




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Blake Snell starting pitcher in game two of World Series against the Dodgers

By Wayne Pridemore

Blake Snell, former Shorewood star, was the starting pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays in game two of the World Series on Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

The Los Angeles Dodgers won the first game on Tuesday. Several members of Blake's family traveled to Arlington Texas' Globe Life Field to attend the game. This was a highlight moment for Blake and his family.

Snell was very effective in the first four innings holding the Dodgers hitless.

In the 5th inning, with two out, the Dodgers hit a homer off Blake with a with a runner on to bring the score to Rays 5 Dodgers 2. Blake was pulled after he had thrown 88 pitches and struck out 9 Dodgers.

The Tampa Bay Rays won the game with the score 6 to 4. Blake Snell was the winning pitcher.

Correction: Blake was the starting pitcher. Starting pitchers are required to complete at least 5 innings, and Snell fell one out short of the required number. 

Nick Anderson was credited with being the winning pitcher.


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Case updates October 20, 2020

Case updates October 20, 2020

United States
  • cases 8,249,011 - 60,426 cases since yesterday
  • deaths 220,362 - 863 deaths since yesterday

Washington state - *DOH does not report deaths on the weekend
  • cases 99,874 - 724 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 8,149 - 25 since yesterday
  • deaths* 2,286 - 4 since last report

King county
  • cases 25,554 - 187 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 2,516 - 8 since yesterday
  • deaths 787 - 2 since yesterday

Shoreline - population 56,752 (2018)
  • cases 647 - 7 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 107 - 0 new
  • deaths 64 - 0 new

Lake Forest Park - 13,569 (2018)
  • cases 74 - 0 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 4 - 0 since yesterday
  • deaths 1 - 0 new


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Second half of 2020 property taxes due November 2

King County property owners who pay their property taxes themselves, rather than through a mortgage lender, have until Monday, November 2 to submit the second half of their 2020 property taxes. 

After that date, interest charges and penalties will be added to the tax bill.

To make the process easier, King County provides several options for quick and easy payment. Tax payments can be made:
  • Online using King County's convenient, secure ePayment Storefront at payment.kingcounty.gov. Taxpayers may pay accounts with a credit card or an electronic debit from a checking account. (Processing fees will apply.)
  • By mail if postmarked no later than November 2, 2020. Taxpayers should include their tax statement and write the property tax account number on their check or money order. Cash should not be sent through the mail.
  • Via check or money order using the specially marked, secure dropbox at the King County Administration Building, 500 Fourth Ave. in Seattle. Do not deposit cash in the dropbox.

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, in-person payments at the King County Treasury office and at Community Service Centers are still suspended until further notice.

Seniors, people with disabilities, or others with qualifying conditions who applied for a property tax exemption or deferral on or before October 19 and have still not received a determination from the King County Assessor may have until January 31, 2021 to pay the second half of their property taxes. 

Affected property taxpayers need to have opted in to the program to be eligible for an extension. For more details, visit kingcounty.gov/TaxReliefExtension, call 206-296-3920, or email exemptions.extension@kingcounty.gov.

For questions about missing tax statements or other tax payment information, visit kingcounty.gov/PropertyTax, contact King County Treasury Operations by email at propertytax.customerservice@kingcounty.gov, or contact a customer service specialist at 206-263-2890.

Information on exemption and deferral programs can be obtained from the King County Assessor's Office at kingcounty.gov/assessor, exemptions.assessments@kingcounty.gov, or 206-296-3920.




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Bicycle drive exceeds expectations

100 bikes were donated to the RBCA Bike Drive
Photo courtesy RBCA

By Kris Fordice

Thank you to the Shoreline/ Richmond Beach community for your amazing response to the community bike drive held on Sunday, October 18, 2020 from noon to 4pm.

It was a huge success and totally exceeded our expectations!

Rain did not deter donations or volunteers
Photo by Keith McGlashan

We collected around 100 bikes of all types and many accessories, wheels and bike parts and transported them to Bike Works.

Bike Works owners with new donations
Photo courtesy RBCA
Bike Works' mission is to promote the bicycle as a vehicle for change to empower youth and build resilient communities. Every year, they collect thousands of bicycle donations and prevent them from entering the Puget Sound's waste streams.

The bikes collected through the bike drive in partnership with the Richmond Beach Community Association will be:
  • used as tools for teaching bicycle maintenance through their free and sliding-scale education programs for both youth and adults, 
  • given away as a means of healthy and reliable transportation and recreation for community members who cannot afford a bike of their own through their Bikes-for-All bike giveaway program, 
  • sold at an affordable price as a means of earned income for Bike Works' programs in their social enterprise Bike Shop, 
  • or recycled.




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Storm in the convergence zone Wednesday

All the weather in one photo copyright Marc Weinberg


A brief but dramatic storm came sweeping through along the Convergence Zone on Wednesday morning.

It began with very heavy rain just before 10am, then thunder and lightning. The Convergence Zone went right through central Shoreline - more or less along 175th.

Those in the far north of the city got some rain but those farther south were pounded with hail and lightning.

Then it was gone, leaving blue skies and a lovely sunny day.

City Light had work planned in an area around Meridian and 145th but Lake Forest Park accounted for a couple of the 32 different outages in King county that City Light responded to because of storm damage.

They were still working in north Seattle at 2:30am but Shoreline and LFP were clear.



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COVID-19 Update – Team sports activities and Shoreline B Soccer Field

Aerial photography copyright Marc Weinberg

From the City of Shoreline

Team sports activities and COVID-19 guidance


City of Shoreline parks, athletic fields, tennis courts, and picnic shelters are currently available to the public for drop-in use under the social distancing guidelines of Phase II of Washington’s Safe Start Plan.

Over the last couple of weeks, the Governor’s Office has been updating regulations related to team sport activities. 

They have categorized different sport activities into different risk levels and are basing the level of activity that can occur in a county on specific COVID measurements of cases per 100,000 over the previous two weeks and positive case rates. 

The State Department of Health will review these metrics on the 1st and 15th of the month and, if necessary, issue new guidance based on them. This means what sports are allowed on the fields may shift regularly.

Tournaments, league games, and organized team practices / training are only allowed with a City of Shoreline permit. 
Failure of individuals, leagues, or other organizations to comply with the COVID-19 guidance issued by the State and Public Health – Seattle and King County could result in the closure of athletic fields, tennis courts, picnic shelters, and other park areas to the public.

You can report violations of the COVID-19 guidance in Shoreline park areas to shorelineparks@shorelinewa.gov

Soccer Field B after the dismantling of the Shoreline Assessment / Recovery Center
Photo by Gidget Terpstra

 
Renovations to Shoreline Soccer Field B

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, King County health officials worked closely with City staff to place an Assessment / Recovery Center (ARC) on Shoreline B Soccer Field at Shoreline Park. The ARC has been removed.

As part of the interlocal agreement for the placement of the ARC, King County is required to restore the field to its original or better condition. To meet this requirement King County will be working with Field Turf, the City, and the Shoreline School District to coordinate the replacement of the existing field.

Renovations to the synthetic turf at Shoreline B Soccer Field at Shoreline Park is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 26. Field repair and replacement is estimated to be completed by February 2021.

If you have any questions on this project you can contact Parks, Fleet and Facilities Manager Dan Johnson at djohnson@shorelinewa.gov or 206-801-2321.



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