Living Wisely Thrift Shop on 15th NE

Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Living Wisely Thrift Shop is open for business on 15th NE in the old Brown's Coffee Company at 19042 15th NE. 

It is owned and operated by the Living Wisdom School, which is located in a wing of the Aldercrest Learning Center.

"The store is our way to reach out to the greater community and to supplement the school's budget and scholarship fund. Tax deductible contributions of merchandise are appreciated."

Living Wisely Thrift and Gift will  offer classes and instruction for adults and children in practical, healthy, and sustainable living.

Hours are: Monday - Saturday from 10:30 am - 6:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 - 6:00 pm.

They accept donations and some consignments. Email or phone for more information. 206-257-5346 or 206-718-5397.
The building is one of the few historical structures left standing in the area.  It was the Leland general store in the 1930's.  The building has remained in the original family.

The historical photo, from the collection of the Shoreline Historical Museum, is dated 1938.


LFP Library preschool activities in November

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
The Lake Forest Park Library is located in Towne Centre on the lower level, by the escalator.

Toddler Story Times
Wednesday, November 3, 10, 17 and 24, 10 am
Join us for stories, songs and other pre-reading activities just right for ages 24 to 36 months. Each child must bring an adult.

Preschool Story Times
Wednesday, November 3, 10, 17 and 24, 11 am
Join us for stories, songs and other fun activities designed to enhance pre-reading skills for ages 3 to 5.

Pajama Story Times
Thursday, November 4 and 18, 7 pm
Bring the whole family to enjoy stories, songs and fun activities selected for ages 2 ½ to 5. Pajamas and teddy bears are welcome.


Richmond Beach Library preschool activities in November

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
The Richmond Beach Library is located at 19601 21st Ave NW, Shoreline 98177. 206-546-3522.

Toddler Story Times
Thursday, November 4 and 18, 10:15 am
Ages 24 to 36 months with adult, siblings welcome.
Join us for books, finger plays, stories and songs just for toddlers!

Preschool Story Times
Thursday, November 4 and 18, 11 am
Ages 3 to 6 with adult, siblings welcome.
Enjoy stories, rhymes, music and movement with other preschool pals as we continue to celebrate the alphabet. This is a great way to get your child ready to read!

Pajamarama Story Times
Wednesday, November 3, 10 and 17, 7 pm
All young children welcome with parent or caregiver.
Wear your pjs and join us for books, stories and songs!

Read to Me!
Through May 2011.
Newborn to age 5 and their caregivers.
Read together for 20 minutes for 20 days in a month, and bring a completed Read to Me form to the library to select a free prize book!  Ask at the Information Desk for more details. 


Shoreline Library preschool activities in November

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
The Shoreline Library is located at 345 NE 175th on the corner of NE 175th and 5th NE in Shoreline.

Born to Read: Baby Story Time!
Wednesday, November 03, 10, 17, 24
Start Time: 12:00 PM
Prewalkers, newborn to approximately 12 months.
Songs, nursery rhymes and bounces just for babies! One adult for every baby, please.

Young Toddler Story Time
Tuesday, November 02, 09, 16, 23, 30
Start Time: 10:15 AM
Ages 12 to 24 months with adult.
Enjoy stories and songs with your young toddler! This is a fun opportunity to introduce your child to books and nursery rhymes.

Toddler Story Time
Tuesday, November 02, 09, 16, 23, 30
Start Time: 11:00 AM
Ages 2 to 3 with adult.
Join us for a 30-minute program of stories and songs just right for toddlers!

Preschool Story Time
Wednesday, November 03, 10, 17, 24
Start Time: 10:30 AM
Ages 3 to 6, siblings welcome.
Enjoy stories, rhymes, music and movement with other preschool pals. This is a great way to get your child ready to read!
Preschool and daycare groups welcome, space permitting.

Spanish Story Times/Cuentos En Español Para Niños
World Language Story Times
Friday, November 05, 12, 19, 26
Start Time: 1:30 PM
Ages 3 to 6 and families.
Stories, songs and activities in Spanish! For children who speak Spanish and those interested in the language.
Para niños de 3 a 6 años de edad.
Este es un programa de 30 minutos de cuentos y canciones en español con Marco Cortes. Este programa es para niños que hablen español y aquellos interesados en el idioma.

Pajamarama Family Story Time!
Tuesday, November 02, 09, 16, 23, 30
Start Time: 7:00 PM
Put on your pjs and enjoy stories, rhymes, music and movement. Lots of wiggling and giggling guaranteed! This is a great way to get your child ready to read.


Calling for Kids - the Shoreline Public Schools Foundation

On Sunday, November 7, the Shoreline Public Schools Foundation will hold their annual fund-raiser, "Calling for Kids," where they call school supporters to ask for donations for the programs supported by the Foundation.

The Foundation is a private, all-volunteer group whose mission is to raise money for enrichment programs for Shoreline Schools. Individual teachers or schools request money for specific projects they want to do during the coming school year, and if there is enough money, the Foundation funds their project.

The Foundation supports the Writers in Residence program for all 9th grade students, funds an intensive reading project called Read 180, replaces worn-out musical instruments, provides summer school academic scholarships, and generally moves in to fund worthy programs which are not part of the basic education provided by the school district.

If you have not been called in the past, or if you have changed your phone number, you can still take part:
If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Shoreline Public Schools Foundation, please contact us at (206) 368-4107, or via email at Our mailing address is:
18560 First Avenue NE, Shoreline, WA 98155.

You can also donate through your employer's corporate matching gifts program, United Way campaign donations, Shoreline School District payroll deductions, and the Local Independent Charities (LIC) campaign.


Shorewood to District soccer semifinals after Saturday win

The Shorewood girls’ soccer team advanced to the semifinals of the Northwest 3A District Tournament with a 1-0 shootout victory over Mount Vernon at Shoreline Stadium Saturday.

Shorecrest, meanwhile, lost a 1-0 first-round game to Everett at Everett. Everett scored in the tenth minute, and the Scots never responded.

Shorewood will meet Wesco 3A champion Glacier Peak in a District semifinal game Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Glacier Peak High school near Snohomish.

Glacier Peak defeated Lynnwood, 2-0 Saturday.

In Shorewood’s shootout victory Saturday, Zoe Vincini provided the game-winning goal as the Thunderbirds’ sixth kicker. Goalkeeper Kelsey Jang then made the final save to allow Shorewood (10-7 overall, 9-5 Wesco 3A) to celebrate.

The top two teams in the tournament will qualify for the 16-team State 3A tournament.

Shorewood lost to Glacier Peak 1-0 Wednesday after defeating Oak Harbor 7-0 two days earlier, the same day that Shorecrest lost to Glacier Peak, 1-0.

During the regular season, Jennifer Franklin led Shorewood with nine goals; Lisa Echert had three goals and seven assists; Lisa Santroch had five goals and one assist; and Vincini had four goals and two assists. Jang had six shutouts.

Nicole Harris led Shorecrest with four goals and two assists. Goal keeper Ashley Beeson had five shutouts.

Final Wesco 3A regular-season Soccer Standings



Glacier Peak












Mountlake Terrace


Oak Harbor



Scots win football tiebreaker

Shorecrest qualified for a quad-district football playoff game next weekend at Juanita by winning a Western Conference 3A tiebreaker Saturday at Shoreline Stadium.

The Scots defeated Everett in the second game of the Wesco 3A tiebreaker, sending Shorecrest (4-4 overall, 4-3 Wesco 3A) to its first postseason game since 2006.

The tiebreaker game was necessary because Shorecrest, Everett and Mountlake Terrace had tied for third in the Wesco 3A, with all having 4-3 regular-season league records.

Everett (5-3, 4-3) defeated Mountlake Terrace (6-3, 4-3) in the first Saturday game and qualified for a Tuesday qualifying game against Mount Vernon, the second-place 3A team from the Northwest League, at Everett Memorial Stadium, with the Tuesday winner advancing to a quad-district game against a team from the Sea-King District (Kingco and Metro leagues), the West Central District (Narrows, Seamount and South Puget Sound leagues) or the Southwest District (Greater Saint Helen's and Pacific leagues).

The tiebreaker was played as a series of mini-games, in which each team starts with the ball on the 25-yard-line, and continues until one team scores and the other doesn’t.

Had Everett defeated Shorecrest in the second game, the Scots and Mountlake Terrace would have played a third game for the right to play Tuesday.

Instead, Shorecrest advances as the No. 3 Wesco seed to the quad-district game against Juanita of the Kingco 3A League.

Shorecrest took the ball to start the game and, despite a false start, advanced to the 12-yard line. On second-and-7, junior quarterback Ted Hammond passed to a wide-open Dillon Baker over the middle for a touchdown.

Shorecrest set up to kick an extra point but instead faked the kick and Michael Johnson passed to Keegan Small in the end zone to make it 8-0.

Everett failed to answer when a pass fell incomplete on the final play.


Applebee’s® thanks neighborhood veterans and active duty military with a free meal on Veterans Day

Applebee’s will thank our nation’s veterans and active duty military by inviting them to their neighborhood Applebee’s for a free meal on Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11, 2010. 

Last year, Applebee’s served more than one million military men and women and expects that number to be even higher this year.

“It is a real privilege for us to serve our veterans and active duty military on this national day of respect and remembrance,” said Mike Archer, president, Applebee’s Services, Inc. “Veterans Day at Applebee’s is a time for our military to connect with fellow service men and women, swap stories and enjoy a great meal. For us, serving those who serve our country is a true honor. The entire day is filled with fun, memories and great conversations. We’re looking forward to hosting them again this year.”

According to Applebee’s, last year lines formed before the doors opened, tables were packed and members of the military and veterans met with old friends, made new ones and celebrated their dedication to our country.

Although all Applebee's are participating in this nation-wide event, our closest restaurants are in Lynnwood and Bothell.

4626 196th St SW
Lynnwood 98036
Phone: 425-672-2626

22916 Bothell-Everett Hwy
Bothell 98021
Phone: 425-488-7755

Applebee’s new Veterans Day menu will offer signature and favorite items, including:
  • 7 oz. House Sirloin
  • Bacon Cheeseburger
  • Three Cheese Chicken Penne
  • Chicken Tenders Platter
  • Oriental Chicken Salad
  • Fiesta Lime Chicken®
  • Double Crunch Shrimp

Veterans and active duty military will need to provide proof of service, which includes U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, photograph in uniform or wearing uniform, DD214, Citation or Commendation.

The fine print:
Neighborhood Applebee’s will be open 11 am to midnight. Offer is valid for dine-in only. Traditional sides are included with the free entrees. 2 for $20, appetizers, upgraded side items or extras, beverages, desserts and gratuity are not included.


Cross-country results for Shorewood from Saturday, Oct 30

The Cross-country district meet was held on Saturday, October 30.

On the boys' side, Colin Wilkins placed 14th to qualify for the 3A State Cross Country meet (top 15 individuals in 3A qualify). The State meet will take place next Saturday, November 6 at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco. The boys' place team placed 5th (top 3 in 3A qualify for State) in Northwest District 1 and last weekend (Oct 23) placed 3rd in 3A Wesco Conference League meet. The boys had a great season this year, they will return with high hopes next year as they will return a very strong team. Freshman Keenan Stephens (placed 18th) & Sophomore Michael Sutherland (20th) both will return next year.

On the girls' side, the whole team qualified for the 3A State meet also held at the same site in Pasco (top 3 teams qualify for the State meet). The girls team placed 3rd in Northwest District 1 and last weekend (Oct 23) placed 3rd in 3A Wesco Conference League meet. Team members are Charlee Linton (4th overall - season's best time and seconds off her personal best time), Erin Johnson (12th), Tori Lewis (personal best time), Jessica Throolin (personal best time), Angelica Yehdego (season's best time), Keelin McKellar (just seconds off her personal best), Anahi Vicencio (personal best time), Gracie Bridges, and Cindy Harrington. The girls have also had a tremendous season that will culminate at the State meet on Nov. 6.

Full results from the district meet can be found here.

--Paul Villanueva and Miles Mason (Shorewood Cross Country Coaches)


#1 Best Pet Groomer - Maser's in Kenmore

Ok - not technically in our area, but so many people in LFP and north Shoreline use Maser's that it's worth a mention.

They came in #1 out of 63 entries in the Best Of Western Washington contest for pet groomers, sponsored by KING 5.

They are a family-owned business which has been in the same location since 1972. Before the big box stores moved in, they had the biggest inventory of pet food and pet items in the north end, and they still carry a lot of products.

Maser's is located just west of Bothell Way at 6515 NE Bothell Way, Kenmore 98028.


Fall pumpkins

Happy Halloween to everyone. 
The photo is by Dorrena Ortega of Shoreline.


Books: A week of authors at Third Place Books, November 1 to 6

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Third Place Books is located in the Lake Forest Park Towne Centre, at the corner of Ballinger and Bothell Way. The book store is on the upper level of the Centre.

Monday, November 1 at 7 pm
Chris Kimball
Fannie's Last Supper: Two Years, Twelve Courses, and Creating One Amazing Meal from Fannie Farmer's 1896 Cookbook (Hyperion)

Fannie's Last Supper is a working cookbook with updated recipes drawn from Farmer's opus. It's a culinary thriller of sorts, travelling back in time to reexamine something most of us take for granted: the North American table.

Tuesday, November 2 at 7 pm
Cherie Priest
Dreadnought (Tor)

Picking up where Boneshaker and Clementine left off, Dreadnought returns us to a fabulously steampunk universe where the civil war drags on and adventure and danger lurk around every dirigible filled with zombies.

Wednesday, November 3 at 7 pm
Les Beletsky
Global Birding: Traveling the World in Search of Birds (National Geographic)

While birding in your own backyard is fun going global in your search for birds will bring your bird-watching to whole new level. Les Beletsky explains the hows and whys of international birding and encourages domestic birders to “spread their wings”.

Thursday, November 4 at 7 pm
S.G. Browne
Fated (Penguin)

Frustrated with his endless parade of drug addicts and career politicians, Fate has to watch Destiny guide her people to Nobel Peace Prizes and Super Bowl MVPs. To make matters worse, he has a 500 year-old feud with Death, and his best friends are Sloth and Gluttony. And worst of all? He's fallen in love with a human.

Friday, November 5 at 6:30 pm
Judy Ford
Every Day Love : The Delicate Art of Caring for Each Other

Full of tiny tales of lovers’ quarrels, heartaches, and glorious triumphs, this book gives readers snapshots of the loving nuances that transform our differences into common bonds, the small yet noteworthy actions that keep love fresh, every day

Saturday, November 6 at 4 pm SIGNING ONLY
Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay (Scholastic)

Tickets required for the signing line. Signing line tickets available at the cashier counter. Third Place Books is thrilled to welcome Suzanne Collins, author of the bestselling Hunger Games series as she wraps up her US book tour. This is your big chance to meet one of the most popular authors of the year! 


Shoreline Firefighters wear pink

Real Men Wear Pink.  Photo courtesy Shoreline Fire.
Shoreline Firefighters joined firefighters across the country this month in the fight against breast cancer. Shown here are a few members of D Shift, sporting their "Firefighters care enough to wear pink" duty shirts.

The Wear It Pink is a campaign to raise awareness about breast cancer and funds for cancer research. Participants wear pink to encourage people to go to the site and donate. Some hold events. Others, like our firefighters, do something eye-catching, like wearing the pink duty shirts.

To donate, go to the Wear It Pink website


Indoor playground did have the cutest kids in town

As advertised, the Spartan Recreation Center, 202 NE 185th, Shoreline 98155, did have the "Cutest Kids in Town."

The occasion was the Indoor Gym annual Halloween Party, where the 1-4 year old patrons were invited to come in costume and enjoy Halloween games and crafts.

The Indoor Gym is normally a play time, providing a large space for the preschool set to play with riding toys and interact with other kids. But on Friday, October 29, it was pumpkin time at the gym.

For more information about the Indoor Gym, email.


Dr. Vicki: Cold and flu season is here: what you can do about it

Victoria Rhoades ND is a naturopathic doctor practicing at 16840 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA; (206) 295-1211. She will be contributing periodic articles to the ShorelineAreaNews.

Cold and flu season is here, once again. It’s always easier to prevent the onset, than it is to treat something that is settled into our sinuses, throats, or lungs. Prevention can be easy, and consist of simple, commonsense steps.

1.  Stay well rested: nothing pumps up the immune system like a good eight hour sleep – this gives our bodies a chance to stay healthy, to heal from minor insults (like a good workout, or a minor injury like a twisted ankle).  Trouble sleeping? Check out two things: your bedtime. make it consistent, and eight hours before the alarm goes off.  Your bedroom: make it a place of rest – calm, quiet, and block lights from shining in the windows.

2. Stay well hydrated: eight glasses of plain water a day - that's two, liter-sized bottles. If this gets boring, try herbal tea, or add fruit slices to your water. A good brothy soup can be helpful, too – or try a miso broth (one tablespoon miso paste to one cup hot water, add dried kitchen herbs or chopped garlic if desired). 

Alternatively, you can get a box of chicken or veggie broth and heat it up with chopped herbs or garlic (and it’s available in low-sodium forms if you have low-sodium health needs). I have a great recipe for homemade broth, if you want it, please call.

3. Eat well: You know in general what this means: avoid the sugary temptations, and reach for an apple or orange instead. Depending on your health, this piece of advice will vary somewhat. If you have doctor’s advice on fruit, vegetables, whole grains, proteins, or fats – follow that advice first. But pick the healthiest options possible to keep your immune system running at its best. You would be amazed at how helpful this can be.

4. Gargle with salt water: ½ teaspoon salt to one cup warm water. Gargle at least twice a day. This will help to keep your throat clear of mucus, which can be a breeding ground for viruses and bacteria. If you have a neti pot, you can rinse your sinuses as well with this formula.

5. Acidophilus: it’s true, a daily dose of acidophilus keeps the gut healthier, which leaves more available energy for your immune system to fight off colds and flus. Again, if you’ve been told to avoid these products by a physician, follow that advice first.

6. Hand washing! Let’s not forget handwashing as an easy preventative. I’m not a fan of the antibacterial hand gels, but good, old-fashioned handwashing with soap and water, followed by a thorough drying (towels or air jets), cuts down on exposure by keeping germs on hands to a minimum. Always wash your hands after using the restroom, and always before eating. And avoid touching your nose and mouth – use a tissue if you have to sneeze or cough.

In general, I don’t recommend herbs like Echinacea as preventatives, as your system will lose the ability to respond to them if you take them long-term. There are more simple steps to take if you do get sick, but hopefully, these steps keep your immune system strong, and reduce your exposure. 

Call a physician for an appointment if you run a fever, have night sweats, can’t sleep, have joint/muscle pains, develop a deep cough, or your nose or a cough produces colored mucus . My rule of thumb on calling a doctor is, if it’s keeping someone awake at night, they should make an appointment. Good luck to you all!


James Alan Salon & Spa #3 in Best of Western Washington contest

The James Alan Salon and Spa, newly relocated to spacious quarters at 192nd and Aurora, won #3 in the Best of Western Washington contest for Best Hair Salon out of 209 entries. 

402,855 votes were cast in the entire contest, which is sponsored by KING 5 and Evening Magazine. 


Mrs. Hubbell places in top 5 for Best Teacher in western Washington

Mrs. Hubbell, teacher at Syre Elementary School in Shoreline, placed 4th out of 114 nominees in the Best Favorite Teacher category of the Best of Western Washington contest sponsored by KING5 and Evening Magazine. 402,855 votes were cast in the entire competition.


Smart Service Independent Subaru Expert wins #2 in Best of Western Washington

Staff photo courtesy Smart Service
Smart Service Independent Subaru Expert of Shoreline came in #2 in the KING5 Evening Magazine Best of Western Washington contest in the Auto Repair category.

Smart Service is located in the Ballinger neighborhood, at 20309-B Ballinger Way NE, Shoreline 98155, between McDonalds and Schucks/O'Reilly, 206-417-0880.

There were 169 nominees in the category and 402,855 votes.


Shorecrest in three-way football playoff Saturday at Stadium

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Shorecrest football team will play host to Everett and Mountlake Terrace in a three-way playoff at Shoreline Stadium Saturday.

The playoff, scheduled for 5 pm, consists of a series of mini-games played like overtimes.

The teams all finished regular-season Wesco 3A play with 4-3 records after Mountlake Terrace defeated Lynnwood 43-13, and Everett lost to Glacier Peak 42-7 Thursday, while Shorecrest didn’t play.

At stake Saturday are two playoff spots.

The three-way playoff starts with Everett meeting Mountlake Terrace with the winner meeting Shorecrest.

If Shorecrest wins, the Scots will be the No. 3 Wesco 3A team and qualify for a quad-district playoff game next weekend against a team from another part of Western Washington. The loser would qualify for a Tuesday game against the #2 Northwest League 3A team for a place in the quad-district playoffs.

If Shorecrest loses its mini-game, it will play the loser of the first game for a chance to play Tuesday.


Halloween is a treat for humans; but spooky for pets

Jake is available for adoption at PAWS
From the PAWS blog

Every year at this time, we humans have a blast scaring the pants off each other, sharing sugary sweets and out-doing each other with costumes. But for our four-legged family members, Halloween often is a truly scary time. Here are some important tips to keep your pets safe this weekend:

1. Keep pets inside. During Halloween, leave your pets in a comfortable room with a closed door so they can’t slip outside when the kids come a-knocking for treats. Keeping the radio on will also help reduce anxiety caused by noisy groups and overeager kids.

2. Do not share candy with your pets either on purpose or by leaving it out where they can get it. Some types of candy, including sugar-free, can make your pet sick, and chocolate can even cause death. (And if it doesn't kill them, it will make them very sick and they will throw up everywhere.)  Instead, treat your dogs and cats to biscuits and catnip toys made especially for them.

3. Make sure Fido’s costume is fun and safe for him. Many folks find dogs in costume to be the cutest thing since that YouTube clip of the surprised kitten. But remember that pets are beings who deserve respect, so please don’t put your dog in a costume unless you are certain he enjoys it. Be sure the costume doesn't restrict his breathing, sight, hearing, or movement. Always make sure the fit isn't constricting, and watch for signs Fido may be getting stressed out.

4. Pets should wear collars and tags, and be microchipped. We recommend these steps all year ‘round to ensure your lost pet gets home to you. At stressful holiday times it’s especially important that each of your pets wear a collar and ID tag, and have a registered microchip.

5. Don’t let that pumpkin start a fire! If you have carved jack-o-lanterns with lit candles burning, a curious cat or excited dog may hurt herself or start a fire. If you do have such Halloween regalia, be sure you place it in a location that is inaccessible to your pets, such as outside (remember #1? you’re keeping them inside, right?) or in an entry blocked by a gate or closed door.


Shoreline Community College Global Affairs Center Event of November 2 Rescheduled

In deference to widespread interest in the election results the evening of November 2, the following event has been rescheduled.

Immigrants: Assets or Liabilities? The politics of immigration in Europe and their parallels in the U.S. Steven Pfaff, Sociology, University of Washington. This presentation is part of GAC’s Human Migration Symposium.

New date: Tuesday, November 23, 7:00 p.m.

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Previously scheduled events for November 9 and 16 are unchanged.

Tuesday, November 9
Internal Migration in China. Population shifts in this country of 1.3 billion people; why the Chinese government is anxious. James Simpson, Affiliate Professor, Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service Professor, Washington State University; and Wendy Liu, Freelance Writer, Seattle, WA.

Tuesday, November 16
Political Asylum in an Age of Clashing Cultures. Current laws and practices in the U.S. Bruce Lamb, Attorney, Merrick, Hofstedt & Lindsey, P.S., Seattle, Berhane Gebremichael Tewolde, formerly from Eritrea, recently granted political asylum in the U.S.

For more information, go to the Global Affairs website


Letter to the Editor: I'm concerned about the City's data

To the Editor:

I am concerned about the data presented in the City of Shoreline's Proposition 1 mailer. The City mailed this four page document to each household. The City web site has a PDF link:

Page 4 of the document shows three charts comparing Shoreline's costs with those of other cities in the region. These charts list no source information, nor time-frame information. I took my concerns to City Hall where a staff-member was kind enough to meet with me. It is now my understanding that this data presentation was prepared the City of Shoreline alone. There was no independent reporting. For instance, our City decided which parks expense items would be included in the comparison with other municipalities. This requires interpretive effort and should be done by a disinterested party.

I am not suggesting that anyone is trying to mislead the voters. However, when the City gathers the data itself, and does its own comparison and interpretation, there is an an opportunity for bias, whether intended or not.

I would advise my fellow Shoreline voters to be wary of data that is presented without source attribution. I would ask my City to use a qualified, independent data source when attempting to inform voters. It's serious business when you ask for higher taxes.

In closing I would like to express my thanks to all the city employees. I know they work hard to run Shoreline and make it a desirable place to live.

I hope a city representative will comment below.

Valerie Craig
Shoreline WA

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