Destinations: Emerald City Comic Con

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Entrance to ECCC 2019 after going through security

Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC) took place March 14-17, 2019 in the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle.

Hogwarts School students

Emerald City Comic Con is the destination comic and pop culture show for the Pacific Northwest. ECCC delivers the best that the comics and pop culture industry has to offer directly from the creators, bringing super fans exactly what they crave: interaction with quality content and guests and an inclusive space to celebrate their fandom.

R2 Robots from Star Wars come from far away
to attend ECCC

In 2018, Emerald City Comic Con saw 95,000 fans over four days and featured hundreds of comic book guests, celebrity guests and more.

Rebel Alliance pilots from Star Wars

Cosplay is part of the fun. Cosplay (costume + play) is the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game.

Two witches from Oz

Photographer Steven H. Robinson was costumed as a roving photographer, complete with camera around his neck. He found hundreds of willing subjects, and put 12 miles on his FitBit. Who knew that Comic Con was good exercise?

Supergirl compares costumes with Fairy Godmother

Emerald City Comic Con is produced and run by ReedPOP, with a full team dedicated to bring you the best content at ECCC each year. ReedPOP also runs New York Comic Con, C2E2, Keystone Comic Con, Star Wars Celebration, BookCon and the PAX shows, among many others around the globe.

Where’s Waldo / Wally and Carmen San Diego

Show Flow, Panels, and Vendors.

In 2018, ECCC brought the best in comics, collectibles, and content to the forefront. Artist Alley was back, right next to the Writer’s Block and the Musicalley!

Vendor floor

The Show Floor continued to amaze with comics, apparel and exclusives around every corner! 

Doctor Who. (Dad) the 4th Doctor and (Daughter) the 13th Doctor

ECCC also introduced Homegrown, a dispensary of local arts, Nintendo brought the gaming to the Skybridge lobby, with a giant Kirby to boot, and MoPOP had Lockjaw on lockdown in their booth for photo ops and fun!

Athlete from A League of Their Own

The only rules pertain to behavior and weapons - and there are a lot of those rules! What costume you choose is up to your particular passion for a fantasy world. The costumes are, for the most part, authentic, elaborate, and expensive.

Comic Con will be back next year, so you have time to choose your persona and get your costume ready.

All photos by Steven H. Robinson


Einstein wrestling battles Kellogg and sibling coaches compete for league title

It was a battle for the league title on Thursday, March 21, 2019 as the undefeated Einstein Tigers wrestling team visited the 2nd place Kellogg Knights.

Kellogg took the early lead with a pair of pins from George Fernandez at 81 pounds and Kaiju Ferguson at 88 pounds. Einstein bounced right back and won the next three matches to take their first lead at 13-12. 

Over the several weights the two teams traded victories back and forth. When Kellogg's Matthew Curtis came back from a 4-0 deficit to pin his opponent in the second round of the 133 pound match the two teams found themselves tied at 30-30. 

Einstein's Grant Harley held on for a 9-7 win at 140 pounds to reclaim the lead for the Tigers that would start an 18-0 run over four weights. Kellogg tried to rally, but three late pins from Ryder Baldwin, Jessie Gigrich and Jacob Smith weren't quite enough as Einstein held on for a narrow 54-48 victory.

The win also gave Einstein Coach Derek Norton his first undefeated season in fifteen years as head coach at the school

Kellogg Record: 5-2

Einstein Record: 8-0

Kellogg 48 - Einstein 54
@ Kellogg Middle School
Thursday, 3-21-2019

81: George Fernandez KEL pinned Owen Mulder 2:47
88: Kaiju Ferguson KEL pinned Rylan Jordan-Jenkins 1:06
93: Henry Poetzl EIN maj. dec. Maddy Cantrell 11-3
98: Clayton Elder EIN pinned Alessia Godsey 0:17
103: Cossette Lumsden EIN dec. Kael Watkins 8-6
108: Porter Lewis KEL pinned Liam Gallagher 0:31
113: Yehya Zeinaddine EIN tech. fall Jake Lockwood 16-1
118: Peter Grimm KEL pinned Joseph Rivera 0:47
123: Isaac Van Horn EIN pinned Matthew Littell 0:46
128: Rock Harris EIN pinned ole Burns 1:00
133: Matthew Curtis KEL pinned Caden Norwood 1:48
140: Grant Harley EIN dec. Malachi Stream 9-7
148: Danny Martinez EIN pinned Max Rutledge 3:55
157: Rory Swanson EIN win by forfeit
167: Gershome Chishingu EIN dec. Cage Jensen 6-4
178: Ryder Baldwin KEL pinned Alberto Solano 3:41
188: Hunter Thibodeau EIN pinned Ramy Abdalla 1:20
218: Jessie Gigrich KEL pinned Kianna Yoshimura 0:36
248: Jacob Smith KEL pinned Peter Eskew 1:08
278: Double Forfeit

--Kellogg Coach Clark Norton


Scot and Soda: Author Catriona McPherson previews her newest Lexy Campbell book at Third Place Books Sunday

Multi-Award-Winning and Best-Selling author Catriona McPherson is making a stop over at Third Place Books on Sunday, March 24, 2019 on her road trip through Oregon and Washington on her way up to this year's Left Coast Crime in Vancouver, BC.

Her Seattle book event is an early celebration of SCOT and SODA, the latest installment in her Last Ditch Mystery Series, officially hitting bookstands on April 8, 2019.

Scottish-born California transplant Lexy Campbell sails again when a body is found during her houseboat Halloween party. 
The smart choice is to leave it to the cops to identify the body and catch the killer. 
But of course... Lexy and company make a different choice, and they're on the case before you could say "Tam O'Shanter!"

Her solo road trip is bound to end up as part of Lexy's life in her next book, so now's a good time to jump on the Last Ditch bandwagon, meet the author and get yourselves a signed copy while you're at it!


Gov. Inslee on the Trevor Noah show

Gov. Jay Inslee
Gov. Jay Inslee, who is a presidential candidate with a single issue platform of climate change, was the interview guest on the Trevor Noah show on Monday, March 18, 2019.

You can view the extended interview HERE.


Shoreline Rotary to learn about the water industry on Mar 27

Denny Clouse
North City Water District
Join Shoreline Rotary on Wednesday morning, March 27, 2019 at the Shoreline Community College HUB, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, 98133.

The meeting starts at 7:00am with breakfast and camaraderie; formal program starts at 7:30am.

We often turn on our faucets without giving it a thought. Water runs out, and we fill our coffee pots, rinse our dishes, or take a drink of that cool, refreshing H2O. But how that water gets to our homes is a multi-dimensional challenge with a long, complex history.

What is now known as the North City Water District, came into existence by vote as Water District 42 on August 1, 1931. Ever since then, the District has been committed to excellent, uninterrupted service to its patrons.

Denny Clouse, Operations Manager for the North City Water District, is one of the people working tirelessly to make sure that commitment remains strong. With over 39 years in the water industry, Denny has a vast education in domestic water supply and four certification levels, and has worked as the Operations Manager for the District for 13 years.

Clouse is the Past Chair of the Pacific Northwest Section of the American Water Works Association (PNWS-AWWA).

He will tell us all about the NC/DC Pump Station and its importance to the water supply in the District’s service area. Come meet Denny Clouse and hear his fascinating perspective on the most vital substance on earth.

For information on membership in Shoreline Rotary, use the contact form.


Lake Forest Park artist lands art projects in Ohio

Shoreline's Blue Bridge over Aurora carries the Interurban Train
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

According to an article in the Dayton Daily News, Lake Forest Park resident Vicki Scuri has been chosen to design art projects for two new bridge projects in the city of Kettering, Ohio.

Vicki Scuri
Scuri is the Interdisciplinary Design and Public Art Specialist who designed the Blue Bridges on Aurora which carry the Interurban Trail. Her company is Vicki Scuri Site Works

She has designed projects, including other bridges, all over the United States.

Kettering, Ohio city officials have approved additional funding for two bridge replacement projects that will include public art installations and have a combined cost of more than $5 million.

Scuri was awarded the commission from 94 artist submissions from around the world.


Jobs: City of Mountlake Terrace

Friday, March 22, 2019

City of Mountlake Terrace has an opening for a Public Works Maintenance Worker I

Under the supervision of the Public Works Supervisors, Operations Manager, Public Works Director and may also receive direction from Maintenance Worker II, performs maintenance of City infrastructure including (but not limited to), streets, sewer systems, storm water systems and water systems as required to provide a clean, safe, and functional environment for all city patrons and employees.

For more information view the attached job description HERE


March 22, 2019 proclaimed Rep. Ruth Kagi Day in Seattle

Whereas, a long-time resident of Seattle, Representative Ruth Kagi was elected in 1998 to represent the 32nd district in the Washington State legislature; and
Whereas, from 2002-2009 Ruth served on the Early Learning and Human Services Committee, acting as a fierce advocate for all Washingtonians; and
Whereas, a tireless advocate who has long believed that every child deserves to have asses to a quality education, Ruth sponsored the Early Start Act to expand access to early learning statewide; and 
Whereas, throughout her service in the legislature, Ruth demonstrated time and again that every child deserves an equal right to succeed in life, and that their path should never be predetermined by income, race or background; and 
Whereas, Ruth's colleagues attest to the way in which she actively shaped the way our state views early learning opportunities, and transformed the way these issues are addressed with a holistic approach; and
Whereas, with her retirement from the legislature in January, the City of Seattle remembers how lucky we are to call Representative Ruth Kagi a friend and ally as we work together to support our children and create the most vibrant and inclusive region possible;

"So pleased to be honored at the Wellspring lunch today, and given a proclamation from Mayor Durkan for Rep Ruth Kagi day. It is awesome to work with such outstanding organizations like Wellspring to give all children the opportunity to succeed." --Rep. Ruth Kagi

Rep. Kagi served the 32nd Legislative District from Lake Forest Park, then from Seattle after redistricting put Lake Forest Park into the 46th Legislative District. She served the City of Shoreline for her entire legislative career.


Two study items for Mar 25 Shoreline council meeting

Shoreline City Hall and Council Chamber
Photo by Mike Remarcke
The 3/25/2019 Council meeting includes two Study Items:

Discussing Draft Options for the 185th Corridor

Staff will provide the Council with the status of the 185th Multimodal Corridor Strategy (185th MCS). This will include preliminary roadway cross section options, comparison of roadway options, and draft concepts for community gathering place.

Discussing the 2019-2021 City Council Goals and Work Plan

Council agrees that the current Council Goals are still relevant and proposed adding the following focused on fiscal sustainability: Sustainable finances—responsible stewardship of fiscal resources to achieve the neighborhoods, environment and services desired by the community. Staff is requesting that Council review the proposed 2019-2021 Council Goals and Action Steps.

No action is required on either study item.

There will be an Executive Session following the public meeting.

--Pam Cross


Best Tasting Water in King County: Lake Forest Park Water District

Best water in King county
Lake Forest Park Water District
The Lake Forest Park Water District walked away with top honors at the 8th Annual Best Tasting Water Competition on March 14, 2019 in Woodinville.

The event was hosted by the King County Subsection of the Pacific Northwest Section of the American Water Works Association (PNWS-AWWA)

The Lake Forest Park Water District beat two-time champion Union Hill Water Association, who in the past went on to be judged best tasting water in the Pacific Northwest at the PNWS AWWA conference in 2017.

Judges for the competition represented various parts of the water industry: Seattle Public Utility, North City Water District, Mac and Jack's Brewery.

Each water sample was evaluated on the basis of odor, taste, and after-taste.

"I personally love the taste of our water. This award validates the hard work Alan's team does every day. Big thank you to the water district crew!" said David Hammond, LFPWD Customer and Commissioner.

A total of eight cities and special purpose districts located within King County participated in the event, which was held at the Brightwater Facility in Woodinville.

The residents and commercial customers of the Lake Forest Park Water District, whose first residents formed the water system more than 100 years ago, can drink proudly, knowing that the staff is providing drinking water that is reliable, safe, and now judged the best-tasting in King County.

Water district staff and commissioners pose in front of the
water district's mural at their building in LFP.
Manager Alan Kerley, center, holds the trophy.
LFP Water is served at every commissioners' meeting

Alan Kerley, LFP Water's General Manager, said "The District commissioners, staff and advisory committee are proud to be recognized and to share this honor with our customers and the community of Lake Forest Park. We have such a wonderful water source! 
"This award reaffirms the District’s commitment to providing the highest possible water quality through our best management practices and source water protection."

The District serves 905 connections with pure, unchlorinated well water from eight artesian wells and five deep wells from a deep aquifer.

Commissioner Eli Zehner and Manager Alan Kerley
after winning the award at the water commission event.

As the 2019 winner, the Lake Forest Park Water District will go on to represent the subsection at the PNWS-AWWA annual spring conference, to be held in Vancouver WA this May, with the opportunity to represent the PNWS at the AWWA national conference in Denver, CO this June.

“This event is held each year to highlight the hard work our cities and districts perform to provide safe, clean and good tasting water to the residents of King County” said Doug Schlepp, former President of the King County Subsection of the PNWS-AWWA and event coordinator.

Photos courtesy Lake Forest Park Water District


Photo: Sky Drama

Photo by Mary Igl

Skies over Puget Sound can change color in the course of one evening, from pink to gold to white and gray clouds.

This was Wednesday's sky just before dark, photo taken by Mary Igl in Innis Arden.


State Fire Mobilization authorized for the North Maple Fire

Photo courtesy Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue

State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the North Maple Fire, located in Cowlitz County near Kelso.

The North Maple Fire is burning in timber, brush, grass, and slash. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on March 20, 2019, at 10:00pm at the request of Fire Chief David LaFave, Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue.

This is not the first wildfire of the year, but it is the first one requiring state assistance. There were so many mobilizations last fire season that it was a serious strain on state resources. Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz has asked the legislature for $55million to mitigate the effects of fires, both prevention and fire fighting.

According to Wildfire Today, "This year, DNR responded to about 1,700 wildfires – second only to the number of wildfire responses in 2009. Smoke from this year’s fires at times gave Washington the worst air quality in the world, and numerous fires forced families to evacuate their homes."

The North Maple Fire started on March 20, 2019, at approximately 4:50pm. This fire is estimated at 40 acres and growing. It is threatening homes, agriculture and infrastructure. Level 3 evacuations are in effect at this time. The fire cause is thought to be an illegal brush fire.

Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered one wildland strike team and one helicopter.

The State Emergency Operations Center at Camp Murray is activated to Level 2 to coordinate state assistance for the North Maple Fire. State Fire Marshal’s Office personnel are en route to the scene to coordinate dispatch of resources.

Under the State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan, the Fire Protection Bureau coordinates the initial dispatch and continued administrative oversight of resources and personnel for the duration of the mobilization.

The Mobilization Plan is implemented to provide a process to quickly notify, assemble and deploy fire service personnel, equipment and other resources from around the state when fires, disasters or other events exceed the capacity of local jurisdictions.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is a Bureau of the Washington State Patrol, providing fire and life safety services to the citizens of Washington State including inspections of state licensed facilities, plan review of school construction projects, licensing of fire sprinkler contractors and pyrotechnic operators, training Washington States firefighters, and collecting emergency response data.


Run Away - bestselling author Harlan Coben at Third Place Books Apr 8 - Ticketed event

RUN AWAY begins in New York City’s Central Park. Simon, a successful Wall Street wealth manager, is watching a young woman – a homeless panhandler – play guitar and beg for spare change. It’s his daughter, who has been missing for 6 months. He approaches her and begs her to come home. And she runs.

Run Away follows Simon as he searches for his daughter and is plunged into a dark and dangerous world he never knew existed of crime and murder. 

He collides head-on with ripped-from-the headlines obstacles from opioid addiction and senseless gun violence to campus assaults, shocking DNA revelations and mind-altering cults. In the end, he will face anything to find his daughter and bring her home.

Run Away is a gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller by the master of domestic suspense with so many twists and turns you will be breathless and surprised up to the last page, and with an ending that is guaranteed to stay with you for days after you close the book and leave you thinking “what would I have done?”

With over 70 million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben is the perennial #1 New York Times bestselling author of thirty novels including Fool Me Once, Tell No One, Don’t Let Go, the renowned Myron Bolitar series and the Mickey Bolitar series for young adults. His books are published in 43 languages around the globe and have been number one bestsellers in more than a dozen countries.

Coben is also the creator and executive producer of several television shows, including the critically acclaimed Netflix Original drama Safe, starring Michael C. Hall. 

He recently signed a deal with Netflix to develop and executive produce 14 more projects with them, including RUN AWAY.

Coben has received an eclectic variety of honors from all over the world. Coben is the first author to win all three prestigious mystery/thriller book awards - Edgar Award, Shamus Award and Anthony Award. He was the president of the inaugural CANNESERIES Official Competition Jury in April 2018. 

In Paris, he was awarded the prestigious Vermeil Medal of Honor for contributions to culture and society by the Mayor of Paris. He won the El Premio del Novela Negra RBA in Spain, the Grand Prix de Lectrices in France, and the CWA/ITV3 Bestseller Dagger for favorite crime novelist in England.

For more information about Harlan Coben, visit his website here.

Coben will appear at Third Place Books – Lake Forest Park: In Conversation with Kristin Hannah on Monday, April 8, 2019 at 7:00pm. 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155


Pre-Order a copy of RUN AWAY with Third Place Books (206) 366-3333 and receive TWO tickets for the event (book available March 19)
  • Tickets required for admission and signing line
  • General seating: first come, first served
  • Signing line arranged by letter group printed on ticket (don't lose them!)


Shorecrest baseball news

After a few tough losses to start the season, the Shorecrest Varsity baseball team bounced back with two wins this week. On Tuesday night, March 19, 2019 under the lights at Shorecrest, the Scots won a pitcher’s duel over Kamiak, 2-1. 

Gannon Dow started on the mound and dominated the Knights over the first 6 innings, striking out 9, allowing just two hits, and walking one batter. With Davis Stallings and Miles Iverson providing the RBI’s to give the Scots the lead, Alex Culver came on to close out the game. After the lead-off batter in the top of the 7th reached 3rd base, Culver promptly struck out the side to preserve the victory.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 the Scots traveled to Mariner High School in Everett and cranked up the offense, winning 12-2 in convincing fashion. The pitching continued to be tough as sophomore Aris Goss went the first 4 innings, allowing just one run, and then junior Cas Sato finished the job by going the final 3 innings, giving up a single run.

The offense was led by Alex Culver and Miles Iverson, each with 3 RBI’s, Aris who connected for two hits, and Ben Lockwood who was all over the bases with a double, two walks, and aggressive base-running. The game ended with a great defensive effort as Lockwood caught a fly ball in right field for the 2nd out and then fired home to nab the runner trying to score for the final out.

Shorecrest played its last non-league game remaining on Friday at home against Monroe before starting their league schedule against Mountlake Terrace on the 27th.

--Head Coach Alan Bruns


Track and Field meet at Shoreline Stadium Thursday

The home team, Shorewood High School, hosted Edmonds-Woodway in a dual track meet Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Shoreline Stadium.

@ Shoreline Stadium

Team Rankings - Through Event 35

Female Team Scores
Pos School Points

1 Edmonds Woodway 96
2 Shorewood 54

Male Team Scores
Pos School Points

1 Edmonds Woodway 82
2 Shorewood 62

Complete Results and Team Scores HERE.


Remember to Vote for KCD Board position

The King Conservation District elections to fill Seat #1 on our Board of Supervisors are happening right now.

There are six candidates running this year. Learn more about them on our elections page, which includes photos and bios of the candidates.

The primary method of voting in this election is by Mail-in, Paper Ballot that must be requested by the voter. Mail ballots must be postmarked by March 29, 2019.

Make sure to request your mail ballot by noon, Monday, March 25 so that you can receive your ballot and cast your vote by the March 29th deadline.

To request your ballot, visit the elections page.


Shorewood takes 5-0 softball record after game with Mariner HS Mar 20

Shorewood girls varsity softball vs Mariner High School (Everett)
Tuesday March 20 @ Meridian Park
Shorewood 8 - Mariner 3 

Pitcher(s) and Catcher(s)

MARINER: Mariana McMurtrie, Alexis Slater (5) and Sarah Angelos

SHOREWOOD: Caroline Gugger, Rebecca Carson (5) and Molly Stamey


MARINER: Mackenzie Graham 3-4 (2 2Bs)

Mariana McMurtrie 2-4

Alexis Slater 2-4

SHOREWOOD: Sophie Feise 2-3 (2B)


Northwest Junior Pipe Band entertains art walkers in Edmonds Thursday

Northwest Junior Pipe Band
Photo by Cynthia Sheridan
Thursday night Edmonds art walkers got a mid March surprise when the Northwest Junior Pipe Band cranked up their pipes and drums for an unexpected evening stroll at the First Thursday Art Walk.

This group of young musicians, ages 8 to 18, showed up wearing full Irish regalia along with their director, Shoreline resident Kevin Auld, and a large contingency of parents.

The weather cooperated and people came pouring out of the stores to stand and enjoy the wonderful Irish music while the drummers put on a flashy show of their own.

Correction: Kevin Auld is the leader.


Pink Day - Shorecrest - Shorewood softball teams' benefit for Cancer Care Alliance

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Shorecrest team is host for the Pink Day game
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

Pink Day: Shorecrest vs Shorewood softball game Friday March 22, 2019 at 5:00pm at Shorecrest High School, 15343 25th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155.

Watch both Shoreline Schools' softball teams in an energetic cross-town match on Friday.

Pink Day is their annual benefit to raise funds for Cancer Care Alliance. They will be selling raffle tickets for two Terrace Club seats to a Mariners game, Pink Day t-shirts, and baked goods.


Rep. Pollet meets with constituents Saturday, all 46th LD legislators in telephone town hall Mar 28

Rep. Gerry Pollet will be holding a Traveling Town Hall this Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 10am to 11:30am at Bagel Oasis 2112 NE 65th St in the Ravenna neighborhood of NE Seattle.
We're now in the start of the sprint to create a state budget, while also considering bills that came over from the Senate (and Senate considering bills from House, including my bill to ensure opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone is available in college dorms and high schools).

Rep. Pollet's budget priorities:
  1. fully funding special ed so our school districts do not sink into deficits and our students have the services they need to succeed in school
  2. enacting a WA Promise for low and middle income students to know that they can attend college for a degree or work force training
  3. funding to test for lead in our schools' water
Also glad to discuss bills and issues that affect our neighborhoods, including those that would override Seattle's planning, environmental and social justice reviews for development projects and ADU ordinance.

Lawmakers from the 46th District— Sen. David Frockt, Rep. Javier Valdez and Rep. Gerry Pollet — are hosting a telephone town hall on Thursday, March 28. The event will take place from 6:30 to 7:30pm.

Constituents may participate by calling in at the time of the event.

Call in information: 1-877-229-8493 and use code 116293

The 46th Legislative District includes Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, and NE Seattle.


Photo: Camelia

Pink camelia
Photo by Victoria Gilleland

"Come Rain or Shine 
It's Gardening Time."



Notes from March 18, 2019 Shoreline City Council Meeting

Shoreline City Hall
Photo by Mike Remarcke
Notes from March 18, 2019 Shoreline City Council Meeting
By Pam Cross

Deputy Mayor Doris McConnell called the meeting to order at 7:00pm.  Mayor Hall was excused for personal reasons.

Debbie Tarry presented the City Manager’s Report
  • March 20, 6:30 to 8:00pm City Maintenance Facility Open House to learn about alternatives for expansion. North City Water District, 1519 NE 177th St
  • Tuesdays 3/26, 4/23 and 5/28 Home Improvement Workshops 6:00 to 8:00pm at City Hall. Reserve an appointment to discuss your project There is also a vendor fair that does not require an appointment.
  • Public Reminder: The Planning Commission will meet on Thursday 3/21 at 7:00PM in the Council Chamber 
Council Reports
  • National League of Cities Conference was attended by Councilmembers Roberts and McGlashan and several of their colleagues.
  • The third class of the CityWise Project graduated tonight. 
  • The Deputy Mayor read a letter expressing support for the survivors of the hate crime in New Zealand. 
Public Comment
  • The following people spoke in favor adding Amendment #1 to the Comprehensive Plan. (1517 and 1510 NE 170th Street Land Use and Zoning) 
    • Joseph Irons, Melissa Irons, Venetia and Samaria Irons, Matt Orren, Helju Coder, Joshua Tubbs 
  • The following people spoke against adding Amendment #1 to the Comprehensive Plan. (1517 and 1510 NE 170th Street Land Use and Zoning) 
    • John McCoy, Mark Rettmann, Yuna McCoy, Kristi Reffmann, Diane McCoy, Kelly Martinez, Justin Sakountong, Allison Sakountong, Brian Ellsworth, Yoshiko Saheki, Sandra DiStefano. 
  • The following people spoke in favor of adding Amendment #2 to the Comprehensive Plan.(Update Natural Environment Goal V)
    • Carmen Tran, Nara Kim, Maria Solano, Mary Haanen, Lee Keim, Ann Lynch, Lois Harrison, Carter Case. 
  • Dennis Heller asked Council to include a dedicated 6,000sf including a commercial kitchen to the new Community and Aquatics Center for Senior Services.
  • Kaye Pethe thanked the Council for its continued support for the Senior Center. 
The Agenda was adopted unanimously.

The Consent Calendar was approved unanimously.

Study Item (a) Discussing the 2019 Comprehensive Plan Amendment

The Staff report was presented by Steve Szafran, Senior Planner, and Rachael Markle of Planning and Community Development

Review of the Comprehensive Plan is limited to once per year. A list (Docket) is prepared of the Proposed Amendments. These items have not been evaluated. Council is discussing which items should be studied or not. That decision will be made on April 15, 2019.

Councilmember Chang recused herself from the discussion of Amendment #1 since she worked for the father of one of the applicants for several years and does not feel she can be impartial. Chang left the dais.


Will failure to include the proposed Point Wells Amendment prevent Council from responding in a timely manner if something comes up during the year? The Assistant City Attorney, Julie Ainsworth-Taylor, does not foresee anything happening this year. This issue is still in court and nothing is moving quickly. It can be added to the Docket next year.

Amendment #1 (1517 and 1510 NE 170th Street Land Use and Zoning) is unclear at this point since there was so much “angst” involved. A couple of Councilmembers wanted to review the current information before making a final decision. Council was inundated with letters and speakers, both pro and con, but per Councilmember Scully, got “off script” by focusing on the character of Irons BC instead of the Comprehensive Plan. Councilmember Roberts commented there have been missteps all down the line. If Irons BC was told years ago he was out of compliance, why wasn’t something done then? Robert feels it is worth added study of the land use properties for/against. He suggested finding a solution maybe working with development codes or a conditional use permit. The Council was not in agreement whether it should be included in the Docket.

Amendment #2 (Update Natural Environment Goal V by limiting greenhouse gas emissions to 1.5 degrees centigrade of global warming above pre-industrial levels (in lieu of 2 degrees C.)

Council appeared to be in favor of adding this Amendment but asked what will the new goal mean in terms of implementation? Staff responded that implementation costs would be part of the study if it is brought forward.

New Requested Amendment (Fircrest Campus Excess Property Land Use and Zoning)
This Amendment was requested by the 32nd District Legislators to include a Comprehensive Plan Amendment and Concurrent Rezone

There are multiple entities involved in the development of the Fircrest Campus property. It is all one zone at this time. Cost to the City is estimated at $160,000 which includes staff time from several departments. Because the rezone is requested before the property has been subdivided, there was some question of why the rezone should be done before the division of the property is decided. Other comments included the desire to have the City involved every step of the way,

No action was taken at this meeting because the Amendments are Study Items only. The decision will be made at the April 15, 2019 meeting.

Study Item (b) Discussion of Amendment # 1 to the City’s 2017 – 2027 Comprehensive Garbage, Recyclables, and Compostables Collection Contract with Recology CleanScapes Inc. and Proposed Ordinance No. 858 Amending SMC 3.01.500 Solid Waste Rate Schedule to Reflect the Amendment to the Contract with Recology CleanScapes Inc..

Staff report by Randy Witt, Public Works Director and Kevin Kelly, General Manager of Recology Services.

The purpose is to amend the City’s contract with Recology. The current problem is there is just too much garbage put in with the recyclables.

Left: example of residential pick up
Center: business pick up
Right: multi-family pick up
Each one contains contaminants

Contamination includes film and plastic bags, foam, or too wet to use.

Last year China banned key recyclables (called the China Sword). It is extremely difficult to meet China’s 0.5% contamination standard. Even with that, China has a complete ban on mixed paper and #3-#7 plastics. Recology has pursued new markets, and reached out to customers on clean recyclables. The recycling markets are saturated and prices are low.

The Recology Contract Amendment Goal is no greater than 5% contamination of collected recyclables. The following step will be no greater than 3% contamination of collected compostables. This will make it easier to recycle and thereby keep costs lower.

This is what will be implemented:

1. Plastic bags and films are no longer accepted (these can be recycled at participating grocery stores/pac)

2. Enhanced communication

3. Education with quarterly “where does it go” workshops

4. Incentive “Golden Cart and Dumpster Program” awarding $25,000 to customers who demonstrate strong compliance

5. Contamination reduction at the customer:
  • There will be visual audits of recyclables., If contamination is present, a notification tag will be left. 
  • After two notices of unacceptable contamination, the container will be tagged and still collected. 
  • But on the third and every subsequent audit, the recycling container will be rejected, and a contamination fee will be applied. 
  • The recycling bin could ultimately be removed if the contamination continues without customer response. This will increase the cost of their garbage pickup by moving what could be recycled into their garbage pick up.
6. A visual “pad inspection” will occur once/month of the different collection trucks to see if a pattern emerges.

Ordinance 858 will amend the solid waste rated schedules as follows:

For additional recycling information go to Recology website sorting guidelines.

Discussion by Council

The compliance program may result in reduced recycling and increased garbage as people become resentful of the fines and fees. If recycling is not picked up, it won’t fit into the garbage cans and may end up in the parks or by the road. Recology can pick it up as garbage but there will be a charge. Tagging without fines might be useful. Education is important because we all have questions about what is recyclable. Sometimes we overlook that a coffee cup that could be recyclable based on material is not recyclable because it’s not clean. Although there is not a lot of data regarding compliance results, this program has been implemented other cities. No data is available from Seattle's attempt because it was discontinued. Recology has found most customers are aware of the worldwide garbage issue and are cooperative. The fines will get the attention of business customers. Plastic #3-#7 as well as knowing that the triangle does not mean it is recyclable. It just identifies the type of plastic (e.g., low grade) and has nothing to do with recycling. To be fair to customers, when there are changes to the acceptable list, people need to be notified first.

Since this is a contract issue, the contract will have to be reworked if the Council wants to make changes.

It is scheduled to return to Council April 1, 2019 as an Action Item.

Study Item (c) Discussion of Ordinance No. 857 Adopting Permanent Plat Alteration Regulations (notations on Plat, not private covenants)

Assistant City Attorney, Julie Ainsworth-Taylor, provided the staff report.

Replacement of the Interim regulations adopted on Dec 10, 2018. Staff would like this placed on Consent Calendar for April 1st so the interim regulations can be replaced with permanent regulations.


If there is a note that is not against the law (such as minimum lot size or only SFH), the owner can also get that removed but only by a vote of the majority of the people in the plat. That is a state law. This ordinance is providing a process that Shoreline doesn’t currently have,

The historic records remain but are not applicable.

Placed on consent calendar for April 1, 2019.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:25pm.


Restoration work party at Paramount Open Space Mar 31

The ducks appreciate the pathway at Paramount Open Space
Photo by Janet Way

Volunteers will be working at Paramount Open Space on Sunday, March 31, 2019, from 10am to 2pm.

They will be removing invasive plants and replacing them with native species. This restoration work will help maintain forest health at Paramount Open Space.

New volunteers are welcome. Volunteers can arrive and leave whenever they like during the work party.

There is a public parking lot with free parking at the end of NE 147th Street two blocks east of 8th Ave NE in Shoreline.

The street address of the parking lot is 946 NE 147th St, Shoreline 98155.

For more information contact the event organizer, Jim Cronan at or 206-406-9883.

Please wear warm clothes and rugged footwear that you won’t mind getting dirty. Also if you have garden tools (e.g., shovels, clippers, or loppers) and gloves bring those along.

We will provide work gloves, tools, hot beverages, water, and snacks.


Come watch Shoreline Schools robotics teams in competition

A robotics competition at Shorecrest in 2017
It's that time of year when Shoreline School District's FRC Robotics Teams have competitions.

Team Pronto 3070 and Team ScotBot 7118 are about to embark on the robotics year with a competition this weekend at Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish County.

Both teams and all 40 students are excited to show off their hard work and STEM skills.

If you would like to come up and cheer on our kids your welcome to do so and best of all its free to watch.

Glacier Peak High School is located at 7401 144th Pl SE, Snohomish.

This is a family friendly event but limited food will be available for sale at the event so pack a lunch and drinks and come watch the fun.

If you can not make it this weekend next weekend both teams will be in action again in Auburn at Auburn High School 711 E Main St, Auburn.

Action at both events start on Saturday and Sunday at 8am and end Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at around 4pm. Come early to see the action and stay for the fun!

--Wes Proudlove and Veronica Cook, Head Mentors/Advisors


Three local legislators serving as committee leaders

By Evan Smith

Democratic State Reps. Gerry Pollet and Cindy Ryu and State Sen. David Frockt are leading committees in the 2019 Legislature.

Pollet is chairman of the Local Government Committee in the House of Representatives; Ryu leads the House committee on housing, community development and veterans; and Frockt leads the Senate Ways and Means Committee’s work on the capital budget.

Pollet and Frockt represent the 46th Legislative District, including Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, and north and northeast Seattle.

Ryu represents the 32nd Legislative District, including the city of Shoreline, part of northwest Seattle, Woodway, south Edmonds and nearby unincorporated areas of south Snohomish County, the city of Lynnwood and part of Mountlake Terrace.

Pollet is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and the House College and Workforce Development Committee in addition to being chairman of the Local Government Committee.

Frockt is vice chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee and a member of the Senate Health and Long-Term Care Committee and its Behavioral Health Subcommittee.

Ryu is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and the Consumer Protection and Business Committee in addition to being chairwoman of the committee on housing, community development and veterans.

Committee Assignments for these and other local legislators (All are Democrats):

32nd Legislative District—

• Sen. Jesse Salomon

Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Parks Committee vice chairman; Senate Local Government Committee vice chairman; Law and Justice Committee member; member of the committee on early learning and K-12 education.

• Rep. Lauren Davis

House Public Safety Committee vice chairwoman; House Rules Committee member; House Capital Budget Committee member; House Health Care and Wellness Committee member.

• Rep. Cindy Ryu

House Housing, Community Development and Veterans Committee chairwoman; House Appropriations Committee member; House Consumer Protection and Business Committee member.

46th Legislative District—

• Sen. David Frockt
Senate Ways and Means Committee vice chairman for the operating budget, leader for the capital budget; Senate Health and Long-Term Care Committee member; Behavioral Health Subcommittee member.

•Rep. Javier Valdez

House Transportation Committee second vice chairman; House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee member; House Education Committee member.

•Rep. Gerry Pollet
House Local Government Committee chairman; House Appropriations Committee member; House College and Workforce Development Committee member.


Call for Culinary Creations for the Annual Edible Book Festival

Matt Tullio, winner of the Most Visually
Appealing and the People's Choice Award
for his Old Man and the C
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Readers, start your ovens! It’s time for the Edible Book Festival, a consumable art exhibition featuring “books” made of food that are displayed, documented, and then devoured. 

Do you have an idea for a mouthwatering manuscript? A succulent storybook? A “punny” take on a literary favorite? 

Then register your edible book on the Arts Council website by Tuesday, April 2nd and whip up something to tickle our tastebuds (and maybe our funny bones) during the Edible Book Festival at Third Place Commons on Saturday, April 6, 2019.

Your creation should be inspired by a book, or a pun on a book title, and made out of edible ingredients — sweet or savory. It may look like a book, tablet, or scroll... or be completely unique.

The Old Man and the C
by Matt Tullio
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Check out for inspiration. It’s free to participate and you’ll be eligible to win fabulous prizes from Third Place Books! This event is free and open to the public.

Edible Book Festival, Saturday, April 6, 2019, 11:00am – 1:30pm.
Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park 98155

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate creativity and inspire our community through the arts.


Theatre for children: Story Book Theatre's The Princess and the Pea

Tickets are on sale now for the Saturday, April 27, 2019, 11am performance of Studio East's StoryBook Theater musical The Princess and the Pea.

Show is recommended for ages 3 and up.

The performance will be held in the auditorium of the Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave NE, at far north end of the complex. Parking in north lot and other lots.

Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online HERE. Children under 24 months are free.

Box Office opens one hour before show time and theater doors open for seating 30 minutes before show time.



Wednesday, March 20, 2019

WSDOT opening for: Technical Engineer (Local Programs) Transportation Engineer 3

Opening Date: 03/20/2019
Closing Date: 04/03/2019 11:59PM

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is seeking a Transportation Engineer 3 (TE3) located at the Northwest Region (NWR) Local Programs Office in Shoreline. Through WSDOT's Stewardship Agreement with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), this position is responsible for managing federal and state grant transportation programs by directing, guiding, and representing cities, counties, transit organizations, port districts, tribal nations, and other agencies in the Northwest Region.

View the entire posting and apply HERE

Communications Consultant 3 – TMC and Operations Communication

Opening Date: 03/20/2019                     
Closing Date: 04/03/2019 11:59PM                     

WSDOT is seeking an experienced Communication professional to fill a Communication Consultant 3 role in our Northwest region. The incumbent will perform communications work for WSDOT maintenance and operations.

Communications work for this employee includes working one shift each day in the Transportation Management Center (TMC), corresponding with media and disseminating closure and incident information via the web. This person plays a key role in emergency response in the field and in the TMC. This person also provides support for maintenance and operations work, as well as construction projects throughout Northwest Region. This person will provide that support through research, writing and editing internal and external documents, creating and update webpages and providing constituents with timely correspondence.

View the entire posting and apply HERE


Shorewood girls golf team opens season with match against Edmonds Woodway

Nile Shrine Golf Course
Mountlake Terrace
Photo courtesy Nile
The Shorewood Girls Golf team had their first match of the year on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 against Edmonds Woodway at the Nile Shrine Golf Course.

The match was very close between the two rival teams, with Shorewood losing by only 3 strokes.

Co-captain Haley Wong, the medalist of the round, shot a score of 36. Maria Babcock, Isabel Brown, Allison Jaquish, Katie Freshwater, and Jane Suh all played very well, and contributed to the final team score of 204.

Led by new coach Val Patrick, the team hopes to continue to put up competitive results throughout the rest of the season.

-Maria Babcock, Senior and Co-captain

Coach Val Patrick commented:

“The newest players on the team are learning and improving every day! It takes a lot patience to learn how to play golf, and learn the rules of the game in a short period of time. Shorewood is fortunate to have all of these young lady athletes on the team!”


Jobs: City of Shoreline

Open jobs for the City of Shoreline are listed HERE

They include:


Five departments respond to house fire in Kenmore

7200 block of NE 171st Lane in Kenmore
Photo courtesy Northshore Fire

Tuesday, Northshore Fire responded to a townhome fire in the 7200 block of NE 171 Lane in Kenmore.

One occupant was home at the time of the fire, but was alerted by a neighbor and safely exited the home. Bothell, Kirkland, Shoreline, and Woodinville assisted and there were no injuries reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by King County Fire Investigators.


Photos: Spring Moon - Worm Moon

Photo by Mike Remarcke

Spring begins Wednesday, with a full moon.

Here is a photo I took from my deck this evening, the Worm Moon, symbolizing the end of winter and beginning of spring when the earthworms emerge. It is usually the last full moon before the equinox, or the first day of spring. This year is fairly unique in that the last full moon of the winter happens on the equinox.

The spring equinox has had great cultural significance through the ages, and many cultures still celebrate the new beginnings of springtime. Another name for the March Full Moon is Lenten Moon, which is derived from Germanic languages and means spring, and has also given name to the Christian Lent period before the Easter celebrations.

Other names include the Crust Moon, after the crust which forms on top of snow as it melts and refreezes; the Crow Moon signifying the crows appearance at the end of winter: and the Sap Moon or Sugar Moon which mark the time for harvesting maple syrup from maple tree saps.

--Mike Remarcke


Shorecrest girls' tennis wins match with Glacier Peak in Snohomish

Shorecrest varsity tennis team members
supporting teammates in the final matches
Photo by Rob Mann

Shorecrest Girls Varsity Tennis
WesCo 2A/3A @Glacier Peak 3/19/19
Shorecrest 4 - Glacier Peak 3
SC overall record 2-1

Shorecrest players won all their singles matches and lost all their doubles in their match with Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish to win 4-3.

Shorecrest players listed first

  • Kate Ivens (10) vs Anna Marie Mahler (12)   6-1  6-1  W
  • Anna Burke (12) vs Liese Gobel (11)   6-3  6-1   W
  • Sophie Ivens (12) vs Addy Koehler (12)   6-1  6-1   W
  • Bella Saunders (12) vs Justine Manykornkeo (10)  6-1  6-1   W
  • Emma Leek (11) / Kim Tran (12) vs Olivia Mckenzie (12) / Tricia Wire (11)   3-6  2-6   L
  • Cindy Luo (11) / Alyssa Oshiro (11) vs Emily Cameron (12) / McKenna Meyer (10)  3-6  0-6    L
  • Megan Rudberg (10) / Ellie Wright (10) vs Abby Schaefer (10) / Natalie Fox (12)   4-6  4-6   L


LGBTQ and Allies annual potluck Apr 4

Join us in celebrating our LGBTQ families, staff 
and allies in Shoreline Schools! 

Please bring an appetizer or entree (with serving utensils) to share! 

Fun for all ages, and childcare is FREE to those young children who are potty trained!

Sponsored by Shoreline Schools PTA and 
The Department Of Equity And Family Engagement


Jobs: City of Mountlake Terrace

The City of Mountlake Terrace has part-time and/or temporary jobs available

Engineering Student Intern

Working under the direction of the City Engineer, this temporary full-time position is responsible for researching and applying engineering principles for planning, designing, constructing, and maintaining public works infrastructure (street, water, sewer, and stormwater improvements). This position assists the City’s Civil Engineers, Construction Inspectors, and Stormwater Program Manager. These efforts include the preparation of engineering designs and plans, construction field inspection, and construction as-builts. In addition, this position develops and updates City maps, maintains engineering records designs, prepares technical illustrations including charts, diagrams, sketches, layout designs, and graphic illustrations, provides to the public engineering-related information, reviews plans, assists Civil Engineers with construction surveys, and investigates engineering related issues.

Temporary position with an anticipated term of 3 months.

For more information view the attached job description: HERE

Head Lifeguard/Instructor

This position is responsible for supervising, planning and deck supervision for lifeguard team.

Position involves responding to any level of incident around the entire facility, reacting efficiently and tactfully with the public and the capability of enforcing regulations firmly and impartially.

Must be patient and enthusiastic while teaching productive swimming lessons to children and adults.

Position also includes opening/closing the facility, lifeguarding assigned areas of an indoor swimming pool facility as well as teaching swim lessons, setting up and cleaning up lesson area, maintaining communication and relationships with students and parents of their students, and other tasks assigned.

Daytime, evening and/or weekend availability required.

Work hours are subject to change based on program needs, shift may typically be an opening shift Monday through Friday.

For more information view the attached job description: HERE

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