Jerry's Garden: Windspinners 1

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Photos by Jerry Pickard

Flowers are not the only thing in Jerry's Garden. He has a collection of colorful wind spinners. I keep forgetting to tell him about the six foot wind spinner in front of Ostrom's on Bothell Way in Kenmore.


Case updates August 3, 2020

Washington State - cases, hospitalizations, deaths by county

Case updates August 3, 2020

United States
  • cases 4,698,818 including 49,716 new cases in the past 24 hours
  • deaths 155,204 including 733 new deaths in the past 24 hours
Washington state (still doing catch up on reporting)
  • tested  1,009,486  
  • cases  59,379
  • hospitalizations 5,779
  • deaths 1,619
King county
  • tested 307,450 - 3,208 tests since yesterday
  • cases  15,779 - 145 in previous 24 hours
  • hospitalizations 1,984 - 1 in previous 24 hours
  • deaths 657 - 1 in previous 24 hours
  • tested 8,616 - 92 tests in previous 24 hours
  • cases 506 - 3 new
  • hospitalizations 100
  • deaths 61 - 1 additional death
Lake Forest Park
  • tested 1,852 - 22 new tests
  • cases 49
  • hospitalizations 4
  • deaths 1


Primary Election results August 4, 2020

August 4, 2020 Primary election results

Election night results

In all of these races, the top two candidates will meet in the November general election.

Those with the largest vote tally and those in two-person races are listed.

King county has 150,600 ballots left to be counted. Snohomish county (32nd LD and 7th CD) has 25,000.


Jay Inslee (Prefers Democratic Party)  649,074 51.86% - incumbent
Loren Culp (Prefers Republican Party) 209,517 16.74%

None of the other candidates are even close.

Lt. Governor - open seat

Denny Heck (Prefers Democratic Party) 334,117 27.71%
Marko Liias (Prefers Democratic Party) 200,195 16.6%
Ann Davison Sattler (Prefers Republican Party) 139,341  11.55%
Marty McClendon (Prefers Republican Party) 130,285 10.8%

Secretary of State

Kim Wyman (Prefers Republican Party) 617,425 50.2% - incumbent
Gael Tarleton (Prefers Democratic Party) 549,124   44.65%

State Treasurer - only two candidates in this race

Mike Pellicciotti (Prefers Democratic Party) 658,345 54.05%
Duane A. Davidson (Prefers Republican Party) 558,213  45.83% - incumbent

State Auditor

Pat (Patrice) McCarthy (Prefers Democratic Party) 582,986   48.1% - incumbent
Chris Leyba (Prefers Republican Party) 493,394 40.7%

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson (Prefers Democratic Party) 697,273  56.67% - incumbent
Matt Larkin (Prefers Republican Party)     289,292  23.51%
Brett Rogers (Prefers Republican Party) 153,475 12.47%

Commissioner of Public Lands

Hilary Franz (Prefers Democratic Party) 618,974 51.54% - incumbent
Sue Kuehl Pederson (Prefers Republican Party) 261,585  21.78%
Cameron Whitney (Prefers Republican Party) 109,649  9.13%

Superintendent of Public Instruction - non-partisan

Chris Reykdal 454,083 40.26% - incumbent
Maia Espinoza 270,739 24%
Ron Higgins 228,238  20.23%

Insurance Commissioner 

Mike Kreidler (Prefers Democratic Party) 724,555   60.09% - incumbent
Chirayu Avinash Patel (Prefers Republican Party) 337,239 27.97%

7th Congressional District

Incumbent Pramila Jayapal received 80% of the vote.
Craig Keller (Prefers Republican Party) with 8% of the vote may be on the ballot with her.

Legislative District 32, Pos. 1 - Shoreline

Cindy Ryu (Prefers Democratic Party)  14,518 64.05% - incumbent
Shirley Sutton (Prefers Democratic Party) 5,433 23.97%

Legislative District 32, Pos. 2 - Shoreline

Lauren Davis (Prefers Democratic Party) 16,975 73.03%
Tamra Smilanich (Prefers Non Partisan Party) 3,655  15.73%
Gray Petersen (Prefers Democratic Party) 2,274 9.78%

Legislative District 46, Pos. 1 - Lake Forest Park - only two candidates in race

Gerry Pollet (Prefers Democratic Party) 25,982 86.3% - incumbent
Eric J. Brown (Prefers Republican Party) 4,060 13.49%

Legislative District 46, Pos. 1 - Lake Forest Park - only two candidates in race

Javier Valdez (Prefers Democratic Party) 25,199 83.62%
Beth Daranciang (Prefers Republican Party) 4,882  16.2%


TeleCafe with guest Christy Goff Wednesday

You're Invited to Our

TELECAFE with Tricia Lovely

Wednesday, August 5, 2020  at 2pm
Return guest Christy Goff, MS, RDN, CD, 
Registered Dietitian at Pacific Medical Centers offers an enlightening session

Brain Boost with Nutrition Tips for you!

Christy Goff, MS, RDN, CD

  • What: A Zoom social hour, a chance to visit while staying home and staying safe. Grab a cup of coffee and pull up to chat!
  • Who: You and your friends from the Shoreline Lake Forest Park Senior Center
  • Where: From the comfort of your own computer or smartphone
  • When: August 5th, 2:00pm
  • Meeting ID: 859 8484 8513
  • Password: senior2020
Click here to download Zoom!


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Shoes

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter HERE


Notes from Shoreline Council meeting August 3, 2020

Pam Cross, Reporter

Shoreline City Council Meeting
August 3, 2020

Notes by Pam Cross

The meeting was held online using the Zoom platform.

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


Proclaiming August 2020 as “Get to Know Your Neighbors Month” in Shoreline.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, National Night Out in Shoreline will not be an organized event this year. However, we still want to encourage people to get to know their neighbors.

Report of the City Manager’s Office
Assistant City Manager, John Norris provided the report

COVID-19 Update

King County continues to see an average of about 100 new cases per 100,000 people each day. The target is to get new cases down to 25, so we have a long way to go.

Face coverings are required in all indoor public places, and outdoors when you may be unable to maintain six feet of distance from others. Businesses are required to enforce the use of face coverings for all customers and visitors. Governor Inslee has updated the mask requirement to include wearing masks in common spaces like elevators and public hallways, even when you are alone in those spaces. The safest thing you can do is to stay home if at all possible.

Please continue to practice physical distancing of six feet or more, minimize contact with those outside of your home, wash and sanitize your hands frequently, and avoid large gatherings and poorly ventilated spaces.

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 for additional information.

Shoreline turns 25 this year! Unfortunately this milestone birthday will have to be celebrated with social distancing in mind. We have the following events to mark this celebration:

Shoreline Has Gratitude Event Citywide throughout August

We have a lot of essential workers in our community including government workers, teachers who are working with students online, and employees of grocery stores and other necessary businesses. There are neighbors who help each other. If you know someone who lives or works in Shoreline and who has made a difference in your life, or if you are one of those people, send us an email and tell us about your work or the work of someone you know in the community. We will share all of these tributes during the month of August on our Facebook page.

Also throughout August, we are asking interested residents to write messages of gratitude in chalk on your driveway or sidewalk, to share this information on social media with #I❤️Shoreline

Yard Sign Art and Sign Parade Citywide August 9-17

Celebrate our community by decorating a Celebrate Shoreline yard sign and placing it in your window or in your yard, or along the Interurban Trail between 175th and 185th for a parade of signs!

You can pick up a free Celebrate Shoreline signs to decorate and chalk for sidewalk art Tuesday Aug 4 from 2-5pm at City Hall and Thursday Aug 6 from 1-3pm at Spartan Rec 202 NE 185th St.

More information for these events:

What Goes Where Workshop online via Zoom Wednesday Aug 5th, 6:30-7:30PM. Learn from Recology how to become a recycling expert with these tips and tricks to make the process easier and faster. Information:

Public Reminders

The Planning Commission will meet remotely on Thursday, Aug 6 at 7pm to discuss Ground Floor Commercial Development Code regulations. Information:

Council Reports

Mayor Hall met remotely with the State Auditor’s Office. They’re doing a routine risk management audit to confirm the City has financial controls in place and security controls in place to make sure we are safeguarding the public’s money. It went well and no risks were identified.

The Mayor has been appointed to a group from the Urban Land Institute, the Transit-Oriented Development Council (TODC) whose purpose is to educate and promote best practices for high quality development in and around transit. They heard about transit-oriented development in a couple of other major cities and how to make it livable, pleasing and successful.

Public Comment

Dean Williams, speaking on behalf of Irons Brothers Construction in Shoreline, spoke about Study Item 8(a) and suggested changes to the proposed Ordinance. These comments were also submitted in writing.

Speaking about Study Item 8(b)

Ann Bates from Shoreline spoke of the importance of trees. The PRCS/Tree Board does not include trees in their list of priorities. The Climate Impacts and Resiliency Study recommends revising the tree list and increasing tree plantings of species that will be more resilient to climate impact as well as reducing heat island effects and greenhouse gas emissions.

Kathleen Russell, Shoreline, Save Shoreline Trees

The Climate Impacts and Resiliency Study recommends the environmental strategy highlighted in the study be applied to several departments: planning and community development, public works, and the PRCS/Tree Board. We hope every department will study these strategies. And we would like it to be broadened to protect existing evergreen trees as well as planting more evergreen trees.

Approval of the Agenda adopted by unanimous consent.

The Consent Calendar adopted unanimously by roll call vote.


8(a) Discussion of Ordinance No. 896 - Amending Certain Sections of Shoreline Municipal Code Title 20 to Permit Professional Offices in the R-8 and R-12 Zoning (medium density residential)

Steven Szafran, AICP, Senior Planner gave the presentation

On December 9, 2019, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 881 which adopted two Comprehensive Plan Amendments. The amendment in question, amendment #3, added “professional offices” to Land Use Element Policy LU2.

Professional offices are currently allowed in R18 - 48 (high density residential), and the TC4 (town center) zones with a Conditional Use Permit. The Comprehensive Plan Amendment #3 added professional offices to Land Use Element Policy LU2, allowing professional offices in the R-8 and R-12 Zoning (medium density residential) through the approval of a Conditional Use Permit.

Definitions of professional office and outdoor storage will be added to protect residential areas from more intense occupancies.

Professional Office definition: An office used as a place of business by licensed professionals, or persons in other generally recognized professions, which use training or knowledge of a technical, scientific or other academic discipline as opposed to manual skills, and which does not involve outside storage or fabrication, or on-site sale or transfer of commodity.

Outdoor Storage definition: The storage of any products, materials, equipment, machinery, or scrap Storage outside the confines of a fully enclosed building. Outdoor storage does not include items used for household maintenance such as hoses, ladders, wheelbarrows, and gardening equipment.

Conditional Use Permits procedures and requirements were amended to strengthen the City’s ability to regulate them: suspension or revocation of permit if terms of permit are not complied with, transferability meaning the permit runs with the applicant - not the land - unless specifically stated, expiration, and extension.

Professional offices do not have indexed criteria to address impacts to adjacent uses. Staff added indexed criteria including location and hours of operation, including services provided by appointment only, no outdoor storage (per definition), parking of a truck for pickup of materials subject to size/weight limitations, customer parking on paved surface, pervious concrete or pavers, and no parking in setback areas. Additional criteria include no onsite transfer of merchandise, compliance with dimensional table, a single sign, outdoor lighting cannot shine onto adjacent properties, and parking areas must be screened from adjacent single family residential uses by fence or landscaping.

Approximately 90 parcels throughout Shoreline have been identified as potentially eligible for professional offices.


Will the map showing the 90 parcels be part of this Ordinance?

Reply: no, this is for illustration purposes only.

Have we talked to property owners at these locations throughout the city?

Reply: citywide, there was no direct communication because it could potentially affect so many parcels.

Making people aware could be proactive. With COVID-19, people want to look at ways to work and find services closer to home. People are working from home now. Lots of people have home offices so we’re building on what’s already happening. This is pretty restrictive but is the right place to start right now. Maybe over time we will be able to relax some of the restrictions.

A home occupation business (An activity carried out for gain by a resident and conducted as a customary, incidental, and accessory use in the resident’s dwelling unit) allows no more than two trucks, but professional offices are allowed “a truck.” A home occupation sign can be illuminated, but a professional office sign cannot be illuminated. These rules should be consistent and home occupancy should be the standard.

Staff feels there is clear direction from Council and will come back with some amendments.

This will come back to Council in September for adoption.

8(b) Discussing the Results of the Climate Impacts and Resiliency Study

Autumn Salamack, Environmental Services Coordinator, did the presentation.

When we talk about climate change, we need to look at both mitigation and resiliency. We need to take action to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions to reduce the impact of climate change. We need to be prepared for climate related impacts that are already here and will be coming in the future.

Some areas of Shoreline are already prone to flooding. Current planning should consider increased rainfall intensity expected in the future, and identify the current and future needs of the surface water system.

Christy Shelton from Cascadia Consulting Group and Matt Fontaine from Herrera Environmental Consultants, presented the results of the Climate Impacts and Resiliency Study.

John Featherstone, Shoreline's Surface Water Utility Manager and Project Sponsor, is available to answer questions.

The project goals were to understand how climate change will impact Shoreline and develop a strategy to prepare the surface water system for this impact. As part of this, it is necessary to raise awareness among City staff and the community, and lay a foundation for a community wide climate change action plan.

The average year in the Puget Sound region is currently 1.3 degrees warmer than historic averages. By the 2050’s, the average annual temperature is projected to be 4.2 to 5.5 degrees warmer than 1970-1999.

Extreme rain events in Western Washington have increased moderately. By the 2080’s, precipitation is projected to continue this trend with rainstorms in Shoreline becoming more intense, winters expected to be wetter and summers drier than in the 1980’s.

Puget Sound rivers have peak flow arriving earlier in the spring and having less water in the late summer and fall. By the 2080’s (vs. 1970-1999 average) summer streamflows will be even lower with flooding risk increasing the rest of the year. The Tolt and Cedar River watersheds will have less snowpack to source water from to supply Shoreline’s needs.

The sea level has risen 0.8 inches per decade in Puget Sound between 1900 and 2009. Compared to 1991-2001 average, relative sea level by 2100 is expected to rise 2.0 feet or more resulting in greater risk of coastal erosion and flooding.

How vulnerable is Shoreline?

Vulnerability is a function of the exposure of a system to impacts from climate change, its sensitivity to those impacts, and its capacity to adapt to prepare for those impacts.

The City was assessed by focusing on natural systems (parks, trees, open spaces), built environment (housing, transportation, buildings and development), public health safety and emergency services (air quality, emergency services, heat-related illnesses and mental health stress) and stormwater (low-lying areas, storm drains, pipes, ditches and culverts).

Key areas of vulnerability are due to more frequent heavy rainstorms, increased flooding, more extreme heat and drier summers, and reduced air quality from heat and wildfire smoke.

Detailed results from the assessment are provided in a series of five factsheets available for reference by City staff and the community on the City’s website

As part of this Study, they created a map-based online tool for staff to use to identify a location’s vulnerability to climate change to assist in increasing resiliency for City capital projects. This tool focused on surface water, heat, and equity and justice because vulnerable populations are expected to become more vulnerable with changes in climate. For example, people with existing health conditions, who are very old or very young, or have few social connections may all experience greater physical and mental health impacts from climate change such as increasing heat.

1 as a mild heat area (yellow) to 5 as a severe heat area (red).

The final step of the study was to identify action steps the City can take to reduce climate change vulnerability. The study identified 17 strategies that included policy and regulatory changes, City programs and services, and enhancements to engineering standards and design.

The list refined to 6 strategies, and additional refinements are expected as time goes on.

The resiliency strategies were also evaluated in terms of their applicability with the other Master Planning efforts.

City staff will now take steps to implement the recommendations. They will develop an internal policy regarding use of the Climate Impacts Tool, train additional City staff to use the tool, review resiliency strategies with staff leading master planning efforts, and share study results and educational materials with the Shoreline community.

More information is available here


Shoreline is fortunate not to have large, point source pollutants. (The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines point source pollution as “any single identifiable source of pollution from which pollutants are discharged, such as a pipe, ditch, ship or factory smokestack.” Factories and sewage treatment plants are two common types of point sources.)

Unfortunately it makes it difficult to track what changes actually make a difference. Looking at Shoreline’s greenhouse gas emissions over time is the best way to track vehicle use and home heating choices. We need to focus on those hard to measure non-point areas that are probably Shoreline’s greatest contributors to greenhouse gases. We’re not going to have a lot of catastrophic events here. What we’re going to see is a long slow degradation in the quality of life if we don’t rely on small incremental changes.

Reduced use of fossil fuels is an obvious choice. But the revenue difficulties make it difficult for the City to provide incentives for residents to change from oil and natural gas. We will have to see what other cities are doing or the possibility that programs in Seattle be expanded into Shoreline. Commercial buildings have electricity readily available and new construction should not use fossil fuels.

There used to be a lot of places in Shoreline with flooding problems. We’ve worked hard over the years to get them all under control. Are you saying the mapped low lying areas are currently having problems? Or are they areas that will develop problems as climate change gets worse?

Reply: Over the years we have addressed the worst of the worst. The mapped areas are mainly where we have closed contour depressions where, if the conveyance is exceeded, there are inadequate ways for the water to get out. These are often around pump stations and around Ronald Bog, for example. As rain events become more frequent and with larger storms, we are likely to exceed the limits capacity of the conveyance system at various locations. Developers in these areas need to be aware of this.

The section on trees was wonderfully done, with specific examples, and clear doable recommendations.

We need to consider actionable items - things residents can do in their neighborhood. Would like to see the City extending the Soak It Up Program. (The Surface Water Utility offers rebates up to $2,000 for Shoreline home or business owners to install a rain garden or native vegetation landscaping on their property).

In looking at the heat islands overlay, noticed that a lot of the heat zones are around our schools. We should share this information with the School District and neighbors just to create awareness. How do we address the heat island effect? (The term heat island refers to any area that is relatively hotter than the surrounding, but generally refers to human-disturbed areas. The main cause of the urban heat island effect is from the modification of land surfaces.)

Reply: There are five different strategies: trees and vegetation, green roofs and cool roofs, cool pavements that are more reflective and don’t absorb as much heat, and providing shelter for people to get out of the direct heat.

Climate change is real and it’s coming. At one point it seemed like a long term thing that we wouldn’t have to deal with but it’s closer than we thought. We’re talking about 2050 - 30 years from now. We need to do everything we can to mitigate our community based greenhouse gas emissions.

We will be updating the climate strategy at one point, right?

Reply: In early 2021 we hope to update the greenhouse gas inventory, then launch a community effort to reduce greenhouse gases, transportation and residential energy.

In the fall, Climate Champion Webinar series will be offered for free. It will continue over 7 weeks with webinars up to two hours. This series is open to anyone interested in learning more about climate change, zero waste, renewable energy and sustainable food, with information about rebates, programs and engagement opportunities specifically for Shoreline residents.

Meeting adjourned.


Tasty little bite

Photo copyright Marc Weinberg

This bunny likes the purple wildflowers. I've watched bunnies carefully nibbling their way through what appears to be weeds growing through a crack in cement. They were not eating the tall weeds but carefully finding something close to the ground.



New pandemic food resource available for families with school-aged children

Pandemic EBT

Everyone deserves access to healthy food. But, since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, more families in our community have struggled to put food on the table.

A new federal program can help. This summer, families in Washington can get help buying groceries through a program called Pandemic EBT. 

Pandemic EBT provides families with a one-time food benefit – up to $399 per child — that can be used at grocery stores and farmers markets.

There are two ways to get Pandemic EBT:
  • Families who receive Basic Food (SNAP) benefits: Pandemic EBT benefits were added to the EBT card you already use. If you did not receive extra food benefits in early July, contact the Washington Department of Social and Health Services.
  • Families who do not receive Basic Food (SNAP) benefits: Any family with a child in grades K-12 who was eligible for free or reduced-price school meals last year is eligible to receive Pandemic EBT, but must complete a simple application through DSHS. Pandemic EBT is available for all students, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. It is not considered a public charge.

Families can apply for Pandemic EBT until August 31. Interested in applying? Here’s how:
  1. Visit and click “Apply Now.” On the application, under “Your Needs,” select Pandemic EBT.
  2. The application will ask for your name and the names of anyone else living in your household. Include all the children in your household who are eligible for Pandemic EBT.
    1. Enter each child’s name with the same spelling that you used when registering them for school, including hyphens or multiple last names.
    2. The application will ask for your Social Security number. This can help DSHS process your application faster but is not required. If you are not comfortable providing your Social Security number, leave the field blank.
  3. Provide your contact information and the address where you would like your Pandemic EBT card to be mailed. It may take up to 30 days for your application to be processed. If approved, you will receive a Pandemic EBT card loaded with your food benefits in the mail. If rejected, you will be contacted by DSHS.

Need help with your application? Call 2-1-1 and ask for help with a “Pandemic EBT application.”


Shots Fired: King county prosecutor releases report on gun violence for first half of 2020

Tuesday the King county prosecutor released stats on gun violence in King County from the first half of the year as part of their “Shots Fired” project, launched in 2017.

Their report:

We know violence is contagious. By tracking and analyzing gun violence in our county this groundbreaking project provides critical insights aimed at empowering a public health approach to gun violence prevention and intervention efforts.

The data show the number of overall shooting victims (140) is up 21% from the three year average (115) with a 44% increase in the number of people killed from guns and a 16% increase in the number of people who were shot and survived.

Our analysis also makes clear gun violence is an equity issue— shooting victims were disproportionately young people of color. Of the 140 shooting victims from 2020 Q1-Q2, 87% were male; 42% were under the age of 25; and 73% were people of color.

Our office is in partnership with three community-based organizations to fund violence prevention services, and we secured state funding for a project aimed at using this data to prioritize community engagement with those most at risk of gun violence.

Read the full report here


Superintendent Miner: Shoreline Schools to begin school year online

Superintendent Miner: Shoreline Schools to begin school year online

Monday night, our board of directors voted to approve the recommendation to begin the school year in a 100% Remote Continuous Learning 2.0 model due to the current local impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can find the slides from that presentation HERE

The school year will begin online on September 2 for grades 1-12 and special education preschool and September 8 for kindergarten.

I know that this is difficult news for many families, students and staff and very welcome news for others. Feedback from over 8,400 participants on our surveys, in our town halls and in our focus groups indicated that this recommendation impacts people very differently and there were no easy answers for this incredibly challenging situation. My recommendation was informed by conversations with Public Health – Seattle and King County and examining the data in our region.

Families indicated in our surveys and forums that childcare is a concern for them. We are assessing our ability to staff and offer childcare options through our Shoreline Children’s Center preschool and extended care programs. Additionally, we will work with our community partners to identify additional childcare options for school-aged students. More information on childcare options will be shared in a future update.

We knew that this outcome was a possibility when we began planning for the 2020-2021 school year, so our instructional leaders and staff have been working incredibly hard to develop an improved online learning model. 

Our Remote Continuous Learning 2.0 model will not be the same as our model in the spring. The state’s remote learning guidelines are very different from when schools closed in March. There are significant academic and social/emotional challenges to our students learning remotely and we will provide supports for those needs. 

Using updated guidance and feedback from students, families and staff, we have strengthened our Remote Continuous Learning 2.0 model to provide a more rigorous and engaging virtual-learning program with greater connections for all students at all grade levels. 

Students will have robust and challenging coursework that is reflective of the high caliber of teachers in our district and state learning standards.

Remote Continuous Learning 2.0 will include:
  • Synchronous instruction (live via Zoom)
  • Asynchronous instruction (recorded or individual student work time)
  • Small group synchronous instruction (live via Zoom)
  • Technology and internet access for all students
  • Taking of attendance, assessment, grading and feedback
  • Streamlined communications
  • Maintaining music, physical education and library services
  • Meeting social-emotional needs
  • Student meal pick-up sites
  • Family Academy webinars to support families’ knowledge and implementation of Remote Continuous Learning 2.0

While it is too early to predict how long we will be in the Remote Continuous Learning 2.0 instructional model, I will continue to monitor local COVID-19 infection rates and rely on public health guidance to reopen our school buildings. I anticipate that in the coming days, a metric will be provided, which will provide districts with factors to consider as they move from one model to another.

We will move from the 100% Remote Continuous Learning 2.0 model to the Hybrid Learning model outlined in last night’s presentation when we are able to do so. At that time, families will have the option to move their child to the Hybrid Learning model or continue with Remote Continuous Learning 2.0.

I know that there are many questions regarding starting school in the 100% Remote Continuous Learning 2.0 model. We are currently in the bargaining process with our employee groups to finalize many of those details and will be sharing more information and updates with you as it becomes available. We anticipate this will take the form of both written communication and webinars.

This certainly continues to be a challenging time for our families, staff and students. I am proud of the work our team has accomplished in preparation for this moment and confident that through the hard work of our staff, support from our community partners and collaboration with families, we can maintain our commitment to high-quality teaching and learning during these challenging times.

Rebecca Miner






If you don't know who to vote for in a particular race, then don't vote in that race



Case updates August 2, 2020

COVID-19 cases by county in Washington state

Case updates August 2, 2020

United States
  • cases 4,649,102 including 47,576 new cases in the past 24 hours
  • deaths 154,471 including 469 new deaths in the past 24 hours
Washington state
  • tested 1,008,822
  • cases 58,715
  • hospitalizations 5,744
  • deaths 1,600
King county
  • tested 304,242 - 3,713 tests since yesterday
  • cases 15,634 - 124 in previous 24 hours
  • hospitalizations 1,983 - 20 in previous 24 hours
  • deaths 656 - 7 in previous 24 hours
  • tested 8,524 - 43 tests in previous 24 hours
  • cases 503 - 5 new
  • hospitalizations 100
  • deaths 61 - 1 additional death
Lake Forest Park
  • tested 1,830 - 7 new tests
  • cases 49
  • hospitalizations 4
  • deaths 1


One-minute survey can help expand broadband access across Washington

The Washington State Broadband Office and state Public Works Board last week launched a comprehensive mapping initiative to identify gaps in high-speed internet service and areas of broadband infrastructure needs. This is part of the state’s effort to ensure universal broadband access in Washington by 2024.

This is a first-of-its-kind survey to collect broadband access and speed data at this level of detail. The data collected will provide the foundation for achieving the state’s long-term goal to provide quality, high-speed broadband access to everyone in Washington. 

COVID-19 has shown how crucial broadband access is for people who need to work, learn or access health care online.

The first step is for Washington residents to perform a one-minute access and speed survey found at

Using the easy-to-follow instructions and a simple link, anyone can complete the speed test at home using any computer or mobile device.


$100 million in CARES Act funding for rent assistance

$100 million rental assistance headed to Washington communities.

The Washington State Department of Commerce is distributing approximately $100 million in state Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to operate a new rent assistance program launched Aug. 1.

The program will focus on preventing evictions by paying up to three months of past due, current and future rent to landlords for eligible participants.

Rent assistance is limited to three months and the program ends Dec. 31, 2020.

A survey recently showed 17% of renters in Washington state missed their July rent payment. Since February, the state’s employment has declined 12% – over twice that of the worst point in the Great Recession – and use of basic food assistance programs has increased by 15%.

Commerce provided guidance and formula-based grant amounts to its Consolidated Homeless Grant program lead grantees and organizations serving the Office of Homeless Youth in every county of the state. 

These organizations will use grant funds to provide rent assistance that will be paid to landlords on an eligible client’s behalf. Equity is a primary program goal, with a focus on groups of people who historically have not been provided equitable access to rent assistance and those who have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Program information is on the Commerce webpage.


A peaceful scene at Twin Ponds

Photo by Ben Paulson

Shoreline resident Ben Paulson captured a lovely, peaceful scene of Shoreline people out on Twin Ponds Monday evening.


Lake Forest Park native publishes first novel

The Risk in Crossing Borders by William McClain

At age 54, Yana Pickering is comfortably and firmly rooted in Seattle. On the other side of the world, Elias is neither comfortable nor rooted. His once-secure life as head of surgery at a major Aleppo hospital has been destroyed by the Syrian conflict. 

Now he’s on a desperate quest to locate his son and daughter— all that’s left of his family. The thread that draws these two together forms an engrossing story that spans Seattle, Beirut, Syria, and France.

Yana finds herself on a personal journey of new borders— from refugees crossing countries in search of safety, to a young woman facing risks in crossing the transgender border. 
Ultimately, Yana must decide what she values most, and which borders she is willing to cross, decisions that will profoundly shape her future.
With humor and kindness, The Risk in Crossing Borders pulls the reader into the complex lives and harrowing experiences of those who stand up for the things in life that matter.

About the Author

William McClain and his wife both grew up in Lake Forest Park and graduated from Shorecrest High School. 

William McClain spent a decade teaching high school math and physics, including at Shorecrest in the late 80s. After that he spent nearly three decades helping large employers enhance their employee retirement programs. 

When not writing, he spends time hiking, gardening, photographing nature, and playing soccer. He also enjoys volunteering as a tutor for refugees and homeless youth. He lives with his wife in Lynnwood but stays involved with LFP. 

The Risk in Crossing Borders is his first book. Both the Edmonds Bookshop and Third Place Books plan to carry the book. Call Third Place Books to pre-order 206-366-3333.


Pacific Northwest Peace Walk for a Nuclear Free World and Racial Justice

Photo by Rev. Senji Kanaeda

The annual Pacific Northwest Peace Walk will start the day on Thursday, August 6th in Lake Forest Park for the 75th year remembrance of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan. 

Rev. Senji Kanaeda of the Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple on Bainbridge Island will conduct a short ceremony for peace at 11am at the Peace Pole on the corner of Bothell Way NE (SR 522) and Ballinger Way NE (SR 104).

The theme for the Peace Walk this year is for a Nuclear-Free World and Racial Justice.

The Peace Walk is much shorter this year due to the pandemic. The Peace Walk on August 6th will be a distance of seven miles, with the procession beginning in Lake Forest Park and ending in Seattle at Green Lake. 

This day is part of a four-day walk that begins in Tacoma on August 5th and ends at the Trident nuclear submarine base at Bangor, Washington on August 8th.

All are invited to participate in the short ceremony in Lake Forest Park and for all or part of the seven-mile Peace Walk to Green Lake. Participants will wear masks and practice social distancing.

For more information, please contact Rev. Senji Kanaeda or Rev. Gilberto Perez at 206-780-6739 or 206-724-7632 (cell), or Glen Milner at 206-979-8319.


Snohomish county deputy gives credit to Search And Rescue for finding Gia Fuda

Monday, August 3, 2020

Gia Fuda with her parents at the hospital. Photo credit David Rose

From the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office

On Saturday afternoon, after over a week of searching, one of our Search and Rescue (SAR) deputies located Gia. “Mountain Rescue volunteers located her clothes and some belongings, so I went to that location and tried to find foot tracks,“ said the deputy. “I said to myself dang it, I’m going to find her. And I tried to get in her head and think what she would do and what direction she would go, and it led me right to her.”

He asked to remain anonymous in this post because he wants all the praise to go to the volunteers. “The true heroes in this rescue are all the volunteers. This is my job and I get paid to do it. The volunteers deserve all the credit; they donate endless hours, resources and training on these missions and it wouldn’t be possible without them.”

Fantastic work by Olympic, Seattle and Everett Mountain Rescue teams, as well as, King and Snohomish County volunteer search and rescue teams. After 9 days in the woods, Gia is safely reunited with her family.


Pickpockets at Shoreline Safeway target 90 year old shopper

Pickpockets are sly and swift! But you can protect yourself.

The King county sheriff's office reports that on Friday, July 24, 2020, a 90 year old female was at Aurora Safeway located in the 15300 block of Aurora Ave N, Shoreline.

She remembers seeing her wallet inside her purse while shopping. At one point, she was reaching for an item on the bottom shelf with her back turned to her cart and believes someone stole her wallet out of her un-zipped purse. The victim didn't realize her wallet was gone until she went to pay for her groceries.

When the victim called to notify her bank that her credit cards were stolen, she learned that someone had already used the stolen cards at two different locations nearby.

Pickpockets usually work an area for a while and then move on.

Here are some tips so you will not be a target:
  1. Hold onto your purse at all times. 
  2. If you have to set it down, set it in front of you where you can see it. 
  3. Never leave it in your cart.
  4. Always keep the purse zipped or buttoned up so the contents inside cannot be easily taken.

Detectives are investigating the Shoreline incident, hoping to identify the suspect(s).


A walk through Hamlin Park with Hitomi Dames

Take a walk through beautiful Hamlin Park with photographer Hitomi Dames.

The trees have not been disturbed for many decades but the park is maintained.

Nature's sculpture

Hitomi would be very happy if someone would tell her what these flowers are.

Lovely colors. It's probably a weed.

The parks department maintains the trails. The park is extremely popular with walkers.

Hamlin Park is located along 15th Ave NE, between NE 160 and 165th.


Genealogy help with Eastside Genealogical Society

Genealogy Help with Eastside Genealogical Society

Wednesdays, 1-3p

Description: Are you just beginning your family history research? 

Or have you hit a wall in your research? 

Wherever your ancestors are from, volunteers from Eastside Genealogical Society are waiting to assist with genealogical research. You can arrange a virtual help appointment by registering here. 

You will be contacted via email with a weblink to enter your individual teleconference help session at least 1 hour before your session.

Register at least 24 hours before the help session.


Small Business Counseling - Navigating COVID-19

Photo by Disruptivo on unsplash

Small Business Counseling-Navigating COVID-19

Tuesday, 9a-11a
Thursday, 9a-3p

For adults.

One-on-one counseling with a SCORE mentor to help you with your startup or assist with your existing business including navigating COVID-19. 

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) is a nonprofit organization supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Register online for a virtual one-hour session that will be conducted over the phone or computer.

A SCORE Counselor will email you about your meeting preferences.


Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upholds conviction of former State Auditor Troy X. Kelley

Troy Kelley, former
Washington state auditor

Convicted in 2017 of possession of stolen property, tax fraud, and making false declarations in a court proceeding for crimes committed while serving as state legislator

Seattle - The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected the appeal of former Washington State Auditor TROY X. KELLEY, clearing the way for him to start serving the one-year-and-one-day sentence imposed by U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton on June 28, 2018. The court declined to hear oral argument and upheld the conviction with an order today.

“Through two trials and multiple appeals, the attorneys in this office have sought nothing but justice for those Kelley defrauded and the members of our community who expect lawbreakers to be held accountable regardless of their station or standing in society,” said U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran. “The time has come for Troy Kelley to accept his punishment and report to custody and conclude this lengthy legal odyssey.”

According to the evidence at trial, between 2003 and 2008, KELLEY operated a business that monitored real estate filings on county websites. KELLEY agreed with escrow companies that his business would charge a flat fee of $15 or $20 for each real estate transaction it monitored for the escrow companies’ customers. In addition to the flat fee, the escrow companies also gave Kelley $100-$150 of customer money for each transaction, which KELLEY agreed to use to pay expenses if necessary. 

KELLEY agreed to refund the money to the homeowners if there were no expenses. However, beginning in 2005, in virtually every case he handled, KELLEY kept the entire amount withheld on each transaction, thereby stealing nearly $3 million.

In 2008, class action lawsuits were filed against escrow companies, claiming that homeowners had been charged excessive fees in real estate transactions. 

After the lawsuits were filed, KELLEY falsified a letter to the plaintiff in one lawsuit to make it appear that KELLEY had refunded the plaintiff’s money, when in fact he had not. 

Concerned that the lawsuits would lead to his downfall, KELLEY transferred millions of dollars of stolen money through a series of bank accounts, ultimately placing the funds in an investment account for a company controlled by a Central American trust controlled by KELLEY. 

One of the escrow companies sued KELLEY to retrieve the stolen money. KELLEY testified falsely under oath in the lawsuit that he had only kept money he had earned for services provided. One of KELLEY’s convictions for making false declarations in a court proceeding is based on that testimony.

Beginning in 2011, KELLEY spent the stolen money on personal expenses and his campaign for State Auditor. To hide the fact that this was money he had stolen years earlier, KELLEY claimed on his tax returns that he was continuing to perform real estate services and to earn income through his business, when in fact he had not operated the business for years. 

In the same tax returns, KELLEY claimed tens of thousands of dollars of business deductions for personal items like spa treatments, a family trip, and household purchases such as sheets and toys. KELLEY’s tax fraud convictions are based on this conduct.

In December 2017, a unanimous jury convicted KELLEY of possession of stolen property, two counts of making false declarations under oath, and six counts of tax fraud. Following the trial, an unrelated U.S. Supreme Court ruling resulted in the dismissal of one of the tax fraud counts.

A first trial in March 2016 ended with the jury being able to reach a verdict on only one count, acquitting KELLEY on lying to the Internal Revenue Service agent who questioned him about his scheme in 2013.

The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) and the FBI.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Arlen Storm, Andrew Friedman, Seth Wilkinson and Katheryn Frierson. Assistant United States attorney Michael Morgan handled the appeal.


Shoreline author publishes Book Two in his Waterfront Mystery series

Shoreline author Jeffrey D. Briggs has published book two in his Waterfront Mystery series with Martha Whitaker, Within A Shadowed Forest.

His debut novel, Out of the Cold Dark Sea, has been called “gripping,” “compelling,” and “compulsive and luscious” by critics and readers. The “fierce, intelligent” Martha Whitaker now returns in a new waterfront mystery, Within a Shadowed Forest.

Recovering from the physical and emotional wounds she suffered in Out of the Cold Dark Sea, Martha travels to Duluth, Minnesota, to help her friend James MacAuliffe.

Someone blew up his truck and a charred body is discovered in the wreckage.

Together, they pursue a trail of clues that lead them up the North Shore to the scenic village of Grand Marais, into the vast northern forest, and onto the frigid waters of Lake Superior in search of answers— and a shadowed killer.

Before they become the next victims.

Both Within A Shadowed Forest and Out of the Cold Dark Sea are available from Amazon and from these local independent bookstores:
Beach House Greetings
Edmonds Bookshop
Third Place Books Lake Forest Park 206-366-3333

Jeffrey D. Briggs

Jeffrey D. Briggs has been writing about the waterfront since he moved onto his sailboat over thirty years ago.

He now lives on land in Richmond Beach with his wife and dog and can often be found on the shores of Puget Sound, wondering what secrets lie hidden beneath those cold waters.

Out of the Cold Dark Sea was the first book in the Waterfront Mystery series featuring Martha Whitaker.


Shoreline planning commission to discuss ground floor commercial development code regulations

The Postmark at 15th and 175th under construction April 2019
Photo by Mike Remarcke

Members: Janelle Callahan, Andy Galuska, Mei-shiou Lin, Vice Chair Jack Malek, Chair Laura Mork, Julius Rwamashongye, Pam Sager

Planning Commission Regular Meeting Thursday August 6, 2020 at 7pm 
Location: Council Chamber at Shoreline City Hall

Planning Commission meetings will take place online and the public will not be allowed to attend in-person. A live feed of the online meeting will be streaming on the City’s website, and the Commission is providing opportunities for public comment by submitting written comment or calling into the meeting to provide oral testimony during public comment.

Postmark on NE 175th April 2019
Photo by Mike Remarcke

Agenda Highlight 


Case updates August 1, 2020

Positive cases in King county over time
Seattle - King county Public Health

Case updates August 1, 2020

United States
  • cases 4,601,526 including 58,947 new cases in the past 24 hours
  • deaths 154,002 including 1,132 new deaths in the past 24 hours
Washington state
  • tested 1,008,280
  • cases 58,173
  • hospitalizations 5,692
  • deaths 1,596
King county
  • tested 300,529 - 2,356 tests since yesterday
  • cases 15,510
  • hospitalizations 1,963
  • deaths 649
  • tested 8,481
  • cases 498
  • hospitalizations 100
  • deaths 60
Lake Forest Park
  • tested 1,823
  • cases 49
  • hospitalizations 4
  • deaths 1


Third Place Commons launches TPC Awesome Auction-a-thon Today!

When Third Place Commons made the difficult decision in March to cancel the annual fundraising breakfast, it left a big hole in the budget and a bunch of great live auction items unused. 

Unfortunately, at the onset of the outbreak, the timing also wasn’t right to move the auction immediately online, so those special things had to simply sit on the shelf going to waste for the time being.

Fast forward to now and the GREAT NEWS! 
Starting today, Third Place Commons is launching the TPC Awesome Auction-a-thon to give you a chance to get the good stuff! 
While not everything on the original list remains viable in the current era, there are still a few gems that you are going to love.

The first item on auction block, launching today at noon, is a Gorgeous Garden Bundle featuring a two hour consultation with professional landscape designer Colette Highberger, a $100 Town Center Hardware gift card, and a goody bag from Wild Birds Unlimited.

You won’t need any special auction login or bidding numbers. You’ll just need Facebook andd a credit card or check. (If you don’t have Facebook, feel free to get a friend with Facebook to bid as your proxy.)

Here’s how it will work.
  • Every other Monday, starting today, a new auction will be posted on the Third Place Commons Facebook page at noon. Bids will be taken in the Comments section of the post throughout the week.
  • Each auction will close on the following Friday (4 days later) at noon and the highest bidder at that time will be the winner.
  • If you’re the winner, Third Place Commons will connect with you directly via Facebook Messenger to arrange payment and collection of your item.

Couldn’t be easier! Just be sure to like and follow the Third Place Commons Facebook page so you don’t miss any of the action.

Sunburst 20 x 20
Painting to be auctioned Aug 17

Following this week’s auction, new auctions will begin every other Monday through September. Here’s the line-up:

· Aug. 17 – Sunburst, Original Acrylic Painting (Est: $250) (Pictured)

· Aug.31 – Third Place Books Gift Card (Value: $100)

· Sept. 14 – Waterfront Hyatt Regency Overnight Bed and Breakfast Package (Value: $260)

· Sept. 28 – Spring Brings Smiles, Original Acrylic Painting (Est: $275)

This auction is your chance to bid high and bid often to help ensure that Third Place Commons and the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market are here for you and the whole community when all this is finally over.

And in the short run, you’ll get some great stuff for yourself, too!

Other ways you can help include sharing each auction post to help spread the word and purchasing a fun, custom farmers market shirt here. Or you can make a donation directly to Third Place Commons and the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market.

The Lake Forest Park Farmers Market is a program of Third Place Commons, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization celebrating its 20th anniversary of building real community in real space. It is located at the Town Center at Lake Forest Park at 17171 Bothell Way NE.


Flags at half-staff August 5

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Flag Lowering - 8/5/20 (Trooper Justin Schaffer)

Governor Inslee is deeply saddened by the death of Washington State Patrol Trooper Justin R. Schaffer, 28, and directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff in his memory on Wednesday, August 5, 2020.

Trooper Schaffer died in the line of duty on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on Wednesday, August 5, 2020.

Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition.

A memorial service will take place on August 5, 2020, at 11:00am, in Lewis County and will be limited to 400 attendees.

Please call (360) 902-0383 if you have any questions about this flag lowering.


Aurora Borealis closes restaurants, keeps online music

The Aurora Borealis posted this message today:

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