Photos: Cascades in sun and shadow

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Sunset over the Cascades
Photo by Mike Remarcke

Sun and clear skies over the cascades
Photo by Mike Remarcke

Do you realize how very close we are to two spectacular mountain ranges? We are surrounded by beauty, even if we can't always see it through the grey clouds!


Agenda for Monday's Shoreline City Council meeting

Shoreline City Hall
The March 4, 2019 Shoreline City Council Meeting will be preceded by a City Council Special Workshop Dinner Meeting with the Planning Commission. They will be discussing Planning and Community Development, permit activity, planning projects and work plan projects. 

The City Council Meeting includes
  • Authorizing the City Manager to Provide Notice to the Ronald Wastewater District that the City is Exercising Its Rights for a Two-year Extension of the First Amendment to the 2002 Interlocal Operating Agreement, 
And the following Discussion Items:
  • Sound Transit Lynnwood Link Extension Project Update.. Council will the hear from Sound Transit staff on the construction phase of the light rail project and ask questions for better understanding of both the design and construction of light rail in Shoreline. Construction is scheduled to begin in late March 2019.
  • Discussing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan for the Public Rights-of-Way
  • Discussing Sidewalk Program Implementation
  • Discussing Ordinance No. 852 – 2019-2020 Biennial Budget Amendment for Sidewalk Projects and Ordinance No. 853 – Authorizing Issuance of Bonds for Sidewalks Supported by Transportation Benefit District 0.2% Sales Tax (Administrative Services)
--Pam Cross


Letter to the Editor: Shoreline Area News has become part of my morning routine

To the Editor:

Today's Shoreline Area News has become part of my morning routine. Things that work well for me are:
  • Table of Contents at the beginning, with links to each article
  • Attractive low-key photo with captions second
  • Diversity of Articles
  • Very local Weather Report
  • Forum for hearing varied opinions
  • Notices about meetings and events
  • Attractive layout with photos and cartoon integrated
  • Option to occasionally (and easily) post something to the public

In approaching "getting through my email," I initially would leave reading these daily bulletins until last... if I had time. Now I notice that I save them until last, to provide a dessert-like incentive to clean out my Inbox.

Thank you for your ongoing dedication to this Community-Building Service!

Ginger Hayra Gunn


How to run for office in King county

From K. Hosh, King county elections

Running for office can be a daunting, even intimidating process. 

There are so many questions a first-time candidate has to think about: 

What’s a filing fee? 
How long can I have campaign signs up? 
What are the public disclosure requirements? 

Fortunately, we make it easy to run for office in King County. First, everything you need to know is on our Running for Office page online. Second, you can actually file your candidacy online and avoid a trip to our office.

But to get answers to some of your most pressing questions, come talk to the experts at any of the free workshops about running for office. 

You’ll learn about:
  • Offices up for election (there are about 330 offices up for election this year!)
  • How to become a candidate
  • Filing fees
  • Basic campaign finance information
  • Campaign signs
  • Candidate statements for the voter’s pamphlet

There is an upcoming workshops in Shoreline. Remember to RSVP!

Wednesday, March 13, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

If you have any questions about candidate filing or workshops, give us a call at (206) 296-1565.


Opportunities to be involved - Community Outreach Fair: Called to Serve

Community Outreach Fair: Called to Serve – NEW DATE

On Sunday, March 24, from 9:30am to 12:30pm, First Lutheran Church of Richmond Beach (18354 8th Ave NW, Shoreline 98177), will host over a dozen organizations and the opportunities they provide for service in the community.

The organizations include Hopelink, Earth Ministry, Open Door Ministry, Faith Action Network, Camp Lutherwood, Edmonds Senior Center, Compass Center, Backpacks for Kids, Ronald Methodist Dinners, Knit Wits, Care Teams and more.

First Lutheran Pastor John Bjorge describes the fair as “A wonderful way to learn about and become involved in the organizations in our area who are making the world a better place.”

The community is invited to the fair (9:30-12:30) and to hear guest preacher, Pastor Mark Knutson, from Augustana Lutheran Church in Portland speak at the 8:30 and 11:00 services.

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” I Peter 4:10

For more information contact:

First Lutheran Richmond Beach 206-546-4153


Sign up now for Shoreline Home Improvement Workshops - vendor fair is open to all

Home Improvement Workshops
Tuesdays, March 26, April 23, and May 28
6:00 to 8:00pm, Shoreline City Hall lobby
17500 Midvale Ave N, 98133

Home improvement season is coming! Do you have a home improvement project in mind, but need some guidance to get started? Is it a house remodel or addition; subdivision of property; or a driveway, drainage, deck, sewer, or a tree project? Our workshops can help you take the next steps.

Technical reviewers will be available by appointment to help with questions regarding your house, property, land uses, and street as well as City requirements and permit information. Make an appointment with a technical reviewer HERE.

In addition to appointments with technical reviewers, there will also be a vendor fair of building, design, and construction related resources. These vendors will include architects, contractors, lending institutions, materials suppliers, and other design consultants. You do not need an appointment to come in and talk with any of these vendors, so feel free to stop by between 6:00 and 8:00pm.

Questions? Contact Permit Services Manager Jarrod Lewis at (206) 801-2521 or


Shoreline Firefighters raise $2500 at Central Market fundraiser

Gearing up with the stairclimb machine
Photo courtesy Shoreline Fire
Shoreline Firefighters collected over $2500 at their fundraising event at Central Market this past weekend.

Thanks for supporting our Leukemia Lymphoma fundraiser at Central Market this past weekend! You donated just over $2500.00. Wow! Thanks so much!

The money is for the Leukemia and Lymphoma association. The Shoreline Firefighter team will participate in the Columbia Tower stairclimb on March 10, 2019.

Along with teams from around the U.S. and the world, they will climb the 60 story staircase in full gear.


Get tickets now for The Lion King Jr. playing Mar 8-9 at Shorecrest

Buy your tickets for the Meridian Park Elementary's Dandylyon Drama's production of The Lion King Jr. playing March 8th and 9th at Shorecrest Performing Arts Center. 15343 25th Ave NE

@Meridian Park Elementary PTSA, @Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council, and @4Culture are proud to partner for this production, which features @JHP Cultural & Diversity Legacy Drum Band as a part of our musical accompaniment.

Tickets are available online.


Open enrollment for kindergarten registration extended to March 7

Ready to enroll in kindergarten
Photo by Diane Hettrick
Open enrollment for kindergarten registration has been extended to March 7 for Shoreline Public Schools due to the inclement weather and snow closures that occurred earlier this month.

Students registered by March 7 will be put in a drawing on March 19 to fill kindergarten spaces available at their neighborhood schools. 

Those registering after March 7 will be added to the waitlist as they register. All registered kindergarten students will have a guaranteed space in their neighborhood school or an overflow kindergarten site regardless of when they register.

In order to attend Kindergarten in the fall, children must be five years old by August 31, 2019. When registering at your home/boundary/neighborhood school bring:
  • Proof of age (e.g. birth certificate, passport or USCIS document)
  • Health history, including immunization records
  • Proof of residency (e.g. utility bill, lease agreement, mortgage statement, property tax statement) - Shoreline residents only
  • Parent's/Guardian's telephone
  • Name, address, and phone number of child's doctor and dentist

Click here to learn about the school district’s most frequently asked kindergarten questions.

For more information on Kindergarten registration, please contact Trinitee Swan at 206.393.4365 or


What Parents and Educators Need to Know About Smart Kids

Austina De Bonte
The Shoreline Hi Cap Parent Association, in partnership with the Shoreline PTA Council, is excited to welcome back Austina De Bonte, president of the Northwest Gifted Child Association (NWGCA), to Shoreline for her presentation, "What Parents and Educators Need to Know About Smart Kids."

This is an opportunity to learn about the social/emotional concerns that impact our advanced learners: what's normal, what to expect as they grow, and why genuine challenge is vitally important to their learning, as well as the development of their academic talents --- from the preschool and elementary years all the way to high school and beyond.

The event was rescheduled because of snow and is now Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 6:30pm - 8:30pm at the Shoreline Auditorium at 18560 1st Ave. NE (Shoreline Conference Center, north end)

This is a free speaker event for parents and for anyone who supports our students.


Shoreline Schools Retiree Appreciation Reception Mar 21

Calling all Shoreline School District retirees! 

You are invited to attend a special Shoreline Schools Retiree Appreciation Reception on Thursday, March 21 from 10-11 a.m. at the Shoreline Center Boardroom, 18560 1st Ave NE.

Attendees will enjoy cookies, coffee and a Shoreline Schools update from Superintendent Rebecca Miner as part of Washington School Retirees Appreciation Week, which is March 18-24, 2019.

No need to RSVP, but if you have questions, please contact Curtis Campbell at or 206-393-4412.


Notes from the Feb 25, 2019 Shoreline City Council Meeting

Shoreline City Hall
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Notes from the February 25, 2019 Shoreline City Council Meeting
By Pam Cross

The Meeting was called to order at 7:00pm.
Deputy Mayor McConnell was excused for personal reasons.

City Manager’s Report (Debbie Tarry)

Council will hold its annual Strategic Planning Workshop on March 1st - 2nd.

Council Reports

Councilmember McGlashan thanked the City roads crew of 8 plus about 20 volunteers that worked tirelessly during the recent snowstorm, clearing streets around the clock trying to keep ahead of the snowfall. Now that the snow is mostly gone, the parks crew is clearing parks of twigs, branches and fallen trees. Residents are encouraged to report any fallen trees, especially if they are blocking pathways, to the parks department.

Mayor Hall met with about 10 of our legislators in Olympia to talk about Shoreline’s legislative agenda, and the City Manager and Mayor will be traveling to Washington DC to try to obtain additional funding for our transportation projects and our other Shoreline priorities.

Public Comment. There were 16 speakers.

Homelessness: Lisa Surowiec representing NUHSA, Colin D. Crook, Lois Harrison and Sara Betne spoke about homelessness and addiction issues in the city and schools of Shoreline. Council was thanked for its continuing work on these issues. More emergency shelters are needed for snow events and very cold weather. Judy-Bea Wilson would like Shoreline to provide a safe place to park for those people living in their cars or RVs.

Pool: James Mitchell (student) asked Council to consider changes to the planned pool. 8 lanes of adequate depth, a diving tower, and a large viewing section are needed. Dan O’Shea proposes use of a revenue bond in addition to a general obligation bond. Lyn Sherry and Betsy Rand are members of the steering committee of FAST (Friends of Aquatics and Swim Team) and added the old pool should not be closed until the new one is ready to open. We need the best pool at the best facility.

Irons Brothers rezone: Allison Sakownthong representing the Save Shoreline Neighborhoods, Mark Rettmann, and Justin Sakownthong spoke against the Comprehensive Plan Amendment and Rezone of 1510 and 1517 NE 170th St in Shoreline. The rezone would change the two parcels to Community Business. They want to keep the neighborhood zoned residential. Melissa Irons talked in favor of the rezone. Irons Brothers' intent is not to encroach on their residential neighbors, but to move the zoning border from the west side of their property to the east side.

Senior Center: Heidi Mair stated the importance of keeping yoga included in the Senior Center activities. She currently teaches at the center and pointed out the health benefits of yoga for people over 60. Judy Burstin cited exercise, friendship, and hot meals as reasons for the new Community and Aquatics Center to be as comprehensive as possible. Jim Wigfall CEO of Sound Generations stated that increasing the cost of the bond to add 6,000sf of dedicated space for Senior Services, including a commercial kitchen, at the new Center will be approximately $17/year per household. He asks Council to let the voters decide. Karen Nowitzki has not only made friends at the Senior Center but more importantly had help in recovering from her stroke. She supports the creation of a Senior Center that will cover all the needs of the elderly.

The Agenda and the Consent Calendar were approved unanimously without further discussion.

Study Item (a) Discussing and Update of Sound Transit 3 and State Route 522/145th Bus Rapid Transit

Staff Report:
Natasha Walters, Transportation Services Manager
Paul Cornish, Sound Transit
Kendra Dedinsky, Traffic Engineer

This presentation, including questions from Council, ran about 60 minutes. The detailed Sound Transit Update can be viewed online as part of the meeting agenda. ST talked about Provisional Stations - these are unfunded stations that will be studied for environmental impact. That way, when it comes time for ST to decide whether or not to add them, they will be equipped with the necessary information to make a decision.

There was a discussion of the use of traffic roundabouts. They are used to slow traffic for safety, are less expensive to maintain than a signaled intersection, and keep traffic flowing instead of stopped at a light. Concerns that came up during the Council discussion included the size of the footprint required for a multi lane roundabout, the ability to handle rush hour traffic if BAT lanes are shortened, and the probability that an inadequate number of lanes in a roundabout will back up traffic just the same as a signaled intersection will. How are we going to keep the buses moving? The E-line on Aurora is not rapid anymore. There are too many stops. A transit lane that offered 100% transit signal priority should be looked at. With or without a roundabout. ST does not plan to build sidewalks except where they put in BAT lanes, but most of the current sidewalks cannot be used by people with mobility problems.

The option for converting outside lanes to bus-only lanes is no longer being considered.

Study Item (b) Discussing Council Goal 5 – Action Step 9: Engage in an Analysis with Service Providers to Identify What Services and Processes Exist to Connect those Experiencing Homelessness and/or Opioid Addiction with Supportive Services and Identify Gaps That May Exist
Staff report
Jim Hammond, Government Relations
Rob Beem, Community Services Manager

This research and analysis with service providers will be used to identify what services exist, and to identify gaps in those services. Services that exist include multifamily tax exemption and inclusionary zoning, as well as Ronald Commons and 98th Affordable housing project (both with on-site services). Homelessness and opioid addiction are regional issues so the County is working on strategies. Identified gaps: permanent housing, homelessness prevention funds, emergency shelter beds, daytime gathering place (for showers and laundry as well as contact with outreach services), transportation, opioid treatment services, opioid use prevention and education (“just say no” does not work), partnership building/engagement in the private sector, youth shelter and services. Shoreline helps fund the emergency weather shelter with Lake City Partners for winter, however there are only 30 beds.

Council is appreciative of the hard work that went into this analysis. The City cannot afford afford to do everything on the list. The next step is determining where to start.

One suggestion to increase housing availability is the use of ADU and cottage homes. This would not require a lot of money from the City, but they could facilitate the process. One caveat: increased housing does not drive down the cost of rent. Rents are market driven. Some type of subsidy is necessary for someone currently experiencing homelessness.

Safe lots for RVs and cars with the City providing sanitation services and help with permitting was also suggested.

City funds that go to Hopelink are instrumental in keeping people in their homes so they don’t become part of the homeless population. In the long run, it costs less to keep people in their home than to find them new housing.

The Council would like to keep this moving forward. Council requested Staff provide status updates every 6 months. This will allow the person who replaces Rob Beem, who is retiring, to have some time to get up to speed.

Study Item (c) Discussing the Aging Adult Services Strategy

Staff report
Rob Beem
Mary Reidy, PRCS

This study item involved City Staff and the entire Shoreline senior serving community to highlight the City’s strengths as well as identify gaps. The objective is to serve the full spectrum of Aging Adult Recreation Needs, recognizing that needs go far beyond recreation alone. Shoreline is among the communities with the highest percentage of population over 65. The span of services for this age group is expanding as the baby boomers reach retirement. Shoreline is a great place to grow up and we need it to be a great place to grow old. Goals include maintaining continuity of services, enhancing public spaces, engaging ethnic and culturally specific communities as well as aging men, sustaining meal programs, providing respite care for caregivers, and developing a closer relationship between the senior center and the City. Council suggestions included coordination between different entities to provide complementary instead of competitive programming.

The Mayor praised the efforts of Rob Beem for his contribution to the City over the last several years and wished him well in his retirement.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:40.


Bystander Training Mar 6

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Bystander Training
Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 7pm  – 8:30pm
Hosted by the City of Shoreline

14724 1st Ave NE, Shoreline, Washington 98155

What can you do if you see someone being harassed? 

Come discuss with neighbors about the following:
  • What is a Bystander?
  • Value of Intervention
  • Safe Ways to Intervene
  • Role Play Scenarios

Presented by Aisha Hauser, MSW, Director of Lifelong Learning at East Shore Unitarian Church. Aisha received a Master of Social Work degree from Hunter College and combines social justice work with religious education.

RSVP is helpful, but not required. We hope to offer childcare. If childcare is a need for you, please contact Suni Tolton, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator or 206-801-2256.

The City of Shoreline is committed to ensuring a welcoming, inclusive, and safe community for all.


Sarah Haycox recognized with MLK Medal of Distinguished Service for efforts to honor the life of Edwin T. Pratt

Metropolitan King County Council Chair Rod Dembowski and Councilmember Larry Gossett with Martin Luther King, Jr. Medal of Distinguished Service recipient Sarah Haycox and her family.
Sarah is the youngest recipient of council award. Photo by King County Communications

To Shoreline resident Sarah Haycox, civil rights activist Edwin T. Pratt is more than a tragic footnote in the city of Shoreline’s past; he is living history. Sarah’s efforts to honor the life of the former director of the Seattle Urban League was recognized today by the Metropolitan King County Council when Haycox received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medal of Distinguished Service. The 11-year old Haycox is the youngest recipient of the award.

“Sarah is an inspiration and a shining example in our community,” said Council Chair Rod Dembowski, who nominated Haycox for the award. “She has worked tirelessly, with dedication and persistence, to honor the life and legacy of Edwin T. Pratt, and I want to thank her for helping to educate the community and keep his memory and contributions alive both in District One and across King County.”

Mr. Pratt invested his life in justice and economic parity for all, and was instrumental in the efforts to desegregate schools and fight housing discrimination in the Seattle area. His family was the first black family to move into his Shoreline neighborhood. Pratt also supported workforce development and education programs through advocacy. In 1969, he was assassinated on the steps of his home; no one has been prosecuted for his death.

Ms. Haycox learned about Edwin T. Pratt after noticing a small plaque dedicated to him at Shoreline Park, and researching his history at the Shoreline Historical Museum. Seeing his impact not only in Shoreline, but in all of King County, Sarah started working to establish greater recognition for his life and accomplishments. Efforts that started with a successful petition to have the Shoreline School District name a building in Pratt’s honor, continue today, with Sarah helping Pratt’s family travel to Seattle recently to attend the dedication of the Edwin T. Pratt Early Learning Center, and raising funds to commission a local artist of color to create a mural for the new building, ensuring that generations to come will know the life and legacy of Edwin T. Pratt.

The MLK Medal of Distinguished Service recognizes those who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to make a difference in communities across King County in answer to Dr. King’s question: “What are you doing for others?”


Photo: Rays of sunlight

Photo by Mary Igl

As the rain clouds rolled in and the sun was setting, a rift in the clouds allowed sunlight to send rays down to the waters of Puget Sound off the coast of Shoreline.


Calling all crafters - come make fiber welcome mats for refugee families

Calling all crafters, fiber artists, and people with big hearts. 

We invite you to come to Third Place Commons in Lake Forest Park this Saturday, March 2, from 10am to 1pm to help make welcome mats which will be donated to the International Rescue Committee to be distributed to new refugee families in the Greater Seattle area. 

We take gently used fabric, usually unused yardage, or top sheets, duvet covers, or tablecloths, and create 'yarn' by cutting it into strips (we'll show you how).

Then crochet or knit it into a 'rag rug' (we have patterns or can demonstrate) which gets tagged with a title and the first name of the maker and delivered to the IRC. 

We have supplies, including fabric, yarn, and crochet hooks. Weavers and latch-hook rug makers are invited to participate as well.

For more information, check out our website or contact Luanne Brown

Third Place Commons, Saturday, March 2, 2019, 10am to 1pm.


Letter to the Editor: Let’s Bring the Generations Together

To the Editor:

We have a rare opportunity to make Shoreline both a good place to grow up and grow older by adding dedicated senior programming space within a new multi-generational community center.

I have been working with senior centers for the past 18 years and I see this as the next evolutionary step in their development. This approach is considered best practice because it offers the following benefits:
  • Makes it easier to coordinate and avoid duplication between parks and the senior center
  • Senior center staff would bring aging expertise and also be able to tap the considerable expertise that Sound Generations provides
  • Ability to leverage other government funding, for example the Veterans Seniors and Human Services Levy
  • By 2025 20% of the population in Shoreline will be 65+, so having dedicated space is essential
  • Ability to tap numerous partnerships that the senior center and Sound Generations brings to the table, for example Bastyr naturopathic clinic, connection to underserved communities, Meals on Wheels, Power of One, to name a few.
  • Experience working with volunteers and a strengths based view of older adults
  • Opportunity to do cross generational programming

I don’t see a long term future for the senior center at the current facility. It is only a matter of time when the school district will decide to either redevelop the property or sell it. Land and construction costs will only get more expensive, so the council needs to let the citizens of Shoreline decide if fully serving 1/5 of the community is worth the additional long term investment of dedicated space at the proposed community center.

Joanne Donohue, Chief Operating Officer
Sound Generations


LFP Rotary hears about Senior Center at Feb 20 meeting

Steve Sutton, Theresa LaCroix, Kae Paterson
Photo courtesy Rotary Club of LFP

LFP Police Chief Steve Sutton and LFP Rotary President Kae Peterson pose with speaker Theresa LaCroix, Shoreline-LFP Senior Center Assistant Director.

Theresa gave a presentation at the February 20th meeting of the Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park about the extensive activities, classes, and entertainment at the Senior Center, rich in variety and opportunity.

Check out the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center HERE or stop by at 185th and 1st NE (southernmost building on the Shoreline Center campus) between 8:30am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday.

Kae Peterson and Curtis Campbell
Photo courtesy Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park

Kae Peterson presented Curtis Campbell of Shoreline Public Schools with an award for outstanding service to the school district and community during our recent Snowmageddon.


Jobs: Engineering Student Intern - temporary

City of Mountlake Terrace - Engineering Student Intern
Temporary position with an anticipated term of 3 months.
Posted February 25, 2019 4:00pm
Closing March 19, 2019 8:00am

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. 

More information and application HERE


Jobs: Legal assistant

North City Law is looking for a legal assistant. Apply to join our growing law firm. Conveniently located in Shoreline, you can join a two attorney team serving King and Snohomish Counties with civil litigation, probate, and estate planning legal services.

Benefits include up to three weeks of paid time off (PTO) and the potential to grow the position into a full-time job.

Send your resume by email. No calls.

Job Description: Legal Assistant

North City Law employs legal assistants to facilitate the Firm’s attorneys in providing legal services to clients.

Duties Include:
• Answering general phone calls, texts, and email contacts
• Performing initial intake screening of potential clients
• Creating, updating, and reviewing attorney and litigation calendars
• Serving as contact point for administrative firm communications
• Proofreading and editing pleadings, correspondence, and other documents
• Performing data entry and document review tasks
• Hosting clients and other contacts visiting the office
• Drafting form pleadings
• Performing basic office cleaning duties
• Managing office purchasing and vendor relationships
• Performing billing functions as part of the Firm’s accounts receivable activities

More information and reply HERE


Heart Healthy event - free at Iora Friday

Friday, March 1, 3 - 4pm
Iora Primary Care
Shoreline 98133
RSVP or more information 
(but RSVP not necessary) 

A few simple lifestyle changes can make a big difference in your heart health in terms of blood pressure, cholesterol and stress levels.

Our providers and health coaches will share tips on mindful eating, a meal demonstration, stroke/heart attack prevention tips and a fitness demo.

Includes a light snack and beverages. Feel free to bring a friend.

Iora Primary Care serves senior citizens.


Classifieds: Shoreline City Council Special Meeting

Shoreline City Council Special Meeting - Strategic Planning Workshop, March 1-2, 2019
Date: 02/26/2019 10:46am

As required by RCW 42.30, the Open Public Meetings Act, you are hereby notified that the Shoreline City Council will hold its Annual Strategic Planning Workshop on Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2, 2019.

For more information, please see the meeting agenda.

Link to Full Meeting Agenda
Meeting Video and Minutes Archive
Comment on Agenda Items
About the City Council

Contact Us:
Jessica Simulcik Smith, City Clerk
(206) 801-2231


Photo: Fractals explained

Fractal forms
Photo by Frank Kleyn
When I challenged readers to identify the subject of the photo of fractal forms by Frank Kleyn, I was really hoping it was more of a challenge than it turned out to be.

Where are the suggestions of sea life, alien life forms, details from psychedelic art?

Instead everyone either got it spot on or came really, really close.

It is a close-up of Romanesco broccoli for sale at Central Market

Here's the Wikipedia article.

Only a couple of people have actually eaten it. One person loved it and the others were less enthusiastic.



Parks / Tree board meets Thursday

One of the items on Thursday's agenda

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services/Tree Board meets Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 7-9pm in the Shoreline City Hall Conference Room 303, 17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline 98133

Agenda Highlights
  • Hidden Lake Project Update
  • City Maintenance Facility Update
  • 25th Ave NE Floor Reduction Project
  • Conservation Futures Trust Application Endorsement
Agenda: February 28, 2019 Agenda Packet


32nd District Telephone Town Hall Wednesday

Sen. Jesse Salomon, Rep. Cindy Ryu, Rep. Lauren Davis

Wednesday, February 27, at 6pm, there will be a telephone town hall with your elected representatives from the 32nd legislative district.

Reps. Cindy Ryu and Lauren Davis will join Sen. Jesse Salomon in hosting this town hall.

Sign up now to participate!


Scene on the Sound: Ferry turns back after running into Canadian military operations on the Sound

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Photo by Jan Hansen

Three Kingston-Class Coastal Defense Vessels from Canada came by Monday morning to do manoeuvers in the Sound off the Shoreline coast. 

HMCS Yellowknife led the way followed by HMCS Edmonton and HMCS Nanaimo.

HMCS Yellowknife
Photo by Jan Hansen
HMCS Yellowknife is a Kingston-class coastal defense vessel that has served in the Canadian Forces since 1998. Yellowknife is the seventh ship of her class. She is the first vessel to use the designation Yellowknife in the Royal Canadian Navy. The coastal defense vessel is assigned to Maritime Forces Pacific and is homeported at CFB Esquimalt.

Ferry headed toward vessels
Photo by Jan Hansen

Looks like someone forgot to tell the Washington State Ferry system because the Walla Walla was headed straight at the three Canadians. Following maritime protocol, the Walla Walla yielded.

Photo by Jan Hansen

The Walla Walla turned south and headed for Seattle.


Rapid Response Training Tuesday to support immigrant rights

The City of Shoreline, Shoreline Public Schools, Washington Alliance for Better Schools, and the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network are sponsoring two events on Tuesday to support immigrant families in our community.

The training is aimed at school staff, community organizations, and anyone else working with immigrants.

Rapid Response is an information session on Tuesday morning at the Shoreline Center.

Registration is closed for the event.

Creating Rapid Response Teams - this session is in the evening from 6 to 8pm in the Shorewood High School Library 17300 Fremont Ave N, Shoreline 98133.

Presented by Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network, understand the immigration enforcement process and how to take action to support our neighbors and community members who are most affected. The training is open to all interested in supporting immigrants. Training will cover topics from the morning session, and also include:
  • How to activate a community response team; and
  • What to do if ICE is in the area
The event is free but you are asked to register HERE


Northshore Fire says: Thank You for Your Support

To the voters of Lake Forest Park and Kenmore:

On February 12, 2019 the Northshore Fire Department asked its citizens for approval to continue the use of the fire benefit charge method of funding emergency services.

The voters have once again shown overwhelming support for their fire department by renewing the benefit charge with 90.6% of those voting in favor of the measure.

The Northshore Fire Department service area includes the Cities of Lake Forest Park and Kenmore. The benefit charge provides a stable funding source used to protect citizens and property within the jurisdiction.

The original benefit charge was first authorized in 1990 when the citizens voted to approve the use of the benefit charge method of funding. Voters have consistently reauthorized its use in 1995, 2001, 2007, 2013 and now in 2019.

On behalf of the entire organization, I would like to thank you for your continued support. It is an absolute honor to serve you.

Jim Torpin
Fire Chief


Friday Afternoon at the Movies at the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center

This Friday, March 1, 1:30-3:30 the featured movie is Gaslight with Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer and Joseph Cotton.

This is a Drama/Suspense film, directed by George Cukor, starring Ingrid Bergman in this classic thriller as a devoted bride whose groom is trying to make her insane as part of his plot to murder her.

Charles Boyer is the new husband who tries drive his wife insane. Joseph Cotton will ride in to save the day!

The film was made in 1944 and runs for 1 hour 44 minutes.

Fun fact: The movie is the origin of the term "gaslighting."

The Senior Center is delighted to partner with Scarecrow Video in presenting a wide variety of classic movies on the first Friday of each month.

Scarecrow volunteers/staff are present at each showing and offer fun facts and insights for the films they bring.

The Senior Center is located in the southernmost building of the Shoreline Campus:18560 1st Ave NE, 206-365-1536.

We welcome all vintage movie buffs! It is not necessary to be a member of the Senior Center.

Patrons are asked to put a couple of dollars in the jar.


Tuesday Sound Transit Open House: Get information before the construction crews arrive

Monday, February 25, 2019

Before the construction crews come, take advantage of the Sound Transit Open House Tuesday evening to find out what's going to happen on our section of the Lynnwood Link.

Sound Transit takes over the entire commons area at Shorewood to set up stations for different topics. Knowledgeable staff will be on hand to answer your questions.

Construction - and demolition - will be starting very soon and quite possibly in several locations at once. If you live in or travel through the Rezones, you'll want to know what's to come.

The open house is today, Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 6 to 8pm. There will be a short presentation at 6:15pm in the theatre. Before and after that you are free to check out the displays.

Shorewood High School, 17300 Fremont Ave N, Shoreline 98133.


Last Chance - Sneak a Peek at the Commons Auction Items and Get Your Tickets Today

The Third Place Commons Annual Fundraising Breakfast is just over a week away on Thursday, March 7th. And that means this is your last chance to get your tickets to this always fun and popular community event.

Each year the breakfast features a lively, fast-paced auction with a little something for everyone.

Fabulous dining experiences await foodies in the crowd during the Restaurant Frenzy portion of the event, including Jep’s Chef House, Prime Steak, the Seaplane Kitchen and Bar, and The Guest House, among other favorites.

More the artsy, literary type? Readers will be duking it out for a coveted gift card to Third Place Books. Meanwhile, theatre packages with tickets to 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Village Theatre will be up for grabs for the theatre lovers.

Forest Secrets (1) by Meenakshi Sinha
will be auctioned off
If visual arts are your thing, you’ll want to throw your hat in the ring for a chance at a gift certificate from the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Arts Council’s Gallery at Town Center. 

And art lovers are going to go gaga over two gorgeous paintings by artist Meenakshi Sinha, Forest Secrets (1) and its smaller companion piece, Forest Secrets (2).

If you love entertaining, you’ll want to take your next event up a notch by bidding on a live, two-hour performance by The Park Rangers Jazz Trio.

If you prefer a quiet retreat to the garden, then you can bid for the Great Garden Bundle, which features a two-hour consultation by none other than professional landscape designer Colette Highberger of Upright Homes and Landscapes. (Some of you will remember Colette from her beloved store Garden Essentia.)

Or maybe get both the jazz trio and the garden bundle, then plan a fabulous garden party for the summer!

Need a break from it all? How about six months of spa services from A Better Day Salon? Or take a fly fishing course from The Avid Angler to discover the most Zen of outdoor pastimes.

In addition to the auction, guest of honor Anne Stadler, a lifelong activist for peace and one of the founders of Third Place Commons, will be presented with the Friends of the Community Award.

Of course, the big day will also feature live music, a delicious breakfast from Honey Bear Bakery, and a great speaker in Mónica Guzmán, founder of The Evergrey and former writer/columnist for The Seattle Times, GeekWire, and The Daily Beast.

Third Place Commons is your community nonprofit where real community is fostered in real space through 900+ free events each year and through the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market. 

So don’t miss your chance get your tickets now to show your support for this vital organization!


Call for musicians for the Shoreline Farmers Market


Join the Shoreline Farmers Market this season to support our growing market and entertain your community! 
Registration is now open and accepting family-friendly musical performances. 


FAA grants final approval for commercial flights from Paine Field

Image courtesy of Propeller Airports
Thanks to our friends at Lynnwood Today for staying on top of this story. The flight path from Paine Field goes over Lake Forest Park and east Shoreline.

By Larry Vogel, Lynnwood Today

The Federal Aviation Commission has issued its long-awaited approval, clearing the way for commercial flights from Everett’s Paine Field to begin next month.

The finding of no significant impact removes the final barrier and gives the green light to the March advent of passenger air service from the new terminal.

“We are pleased that the FAA has completed their extensive and thorough review and look forward welcoming customers beginning on March 4,” said Brett Smith, CEO of Propeller Airports, which built and manages the new Paine Field passenger terminal.

Flights will initially be offered by two carriers, Alaska and United, which will operate a combined total of 24 daily departures from Paine. Alaska plans to begin service on Monday, March 4, while United flights will begin on March 31.

Alaska will offer service to Orange County, San Francisco, Las Vegas, San Diego, Los Angeles, Portland, and San Jose. United will serve Denver and San Francisco. See schedules for Alaska HERE and for United HERE.


Family secrets, dying well, life affirming illness and a book club at Third Place Books this week

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Three authors and a book club at Third Place Books this last week of the month. The bookstore is on the upper level of Town Center, Lake Forest Park, intersection Bothell and Ballinger Way NE.

Monday, February 25 at 7pm
Dani Shapiro
Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

What makes us who we are? What combination of memory, history, biology, experience, and that ineffable thing called the soul defines us? In the spring of 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA for analysis, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. She woke up one morning and her entire history--the life she had lived--crumbled beneath her. Inheritance is a book about secrets--secrets within families, kept out of shame or self-protectiveness; secrets we keep from one another in the name of love.

Tuesday, February 26 at 7pm
Katy Butler
The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life

A reassuring and thoroughly researched guide to maintaining a high quality of life--from resilient old age to the first inklings of a serious illness to the final breath--by the New York Times bestselling author of Knocking on Heaven's Door. The Art of Dying Well is about living as well as possible for as long as possible and adapting successfully to change. Packed with extraordinarily helpful insights and inspiring true stories, award-winning journalist and prominent end-of-life speaker Katy Butler shows how to thrive in later life (even when coping with a chronic medical condition), how to get the best from our health system, and how to make your own "good death" more likely. This handbook of step by step preparations--practical, communal, physical, and sometimes spiritual--will help you make the most of your remaining time, be it decades, years, or months.

Wednesday, February 27 at 7pm 
October: The Story of the Russian Revolution

Join Bookseller Stephen to discuss October, the writer China Mieville’s new history of the Russian Revolution. Get 20% off the selected title each month.

Our next meeting will be March 27, when we will discuss Sick by Porochista Khakpour with bookseller Sarah.


Friday, March 1 at 6pm
Eva Hagberg Fisher
How To Be Loved: A Memoir

By turns defiant and vulnerable, Eva Hagberg Fisher’s memoir chronicles the heartbreak and revelations of living with an illness that robbed her of her body, but conversely jolted her back to life. With extraordinary insight and humor, she reflects on the chaos of her unraveling, the courage and daring it took her to persist, and on the loving friends who held her along the way


"Wood rats" give new life to fallen oak

Seattle Woodturners come prepared!

Text by Donna Hawkey
Photos by Gary Hawkey 

This February storm brought out the snow shovels, but it also brought out the “wood rats.” One of them lives in Lake Forest Park.

On a walk to the LFP Third Place Commons, Holden Hawkey spotted a large downed tree and then discovered it was an old oak tree. He knew that oak is not very common in this area.

The "wood rats" as they call themselves, are from the Seattle Woodturners chapter who discover fallen, and many times remarkable, hardwood trees. They turn these trees into stunning pieces of art such as bowls, candlesticks, and other artifacts.

After approval from property owner Sarah, the Seattle Woodturners were there one Saturday morning to saw away.

While it’s very disheartening to lose a tree – but when the woodturners are interested in that tree - it becomes a prized beauty, and so it will live on in a repurposed way. 

Holden Hawkey saws through a tree section

Holden is a young adult, a wood rat and a beginner woodturner. He looks like he can sure use a chainsaw!

Seattle Woodturners have to be selective in what trees they accept, as not all wood can be used to turn and sometimes they have enough wood for a while, especially right after a storm, so Sarah was glad that her oak tree made the cut.

One of the woodturners will make Sarah a bowl as a keepsake of her oak tree and a thank you for the gift of the wood. Sarah has lived in LFP since 1958, and she planted that oak tree in 1977. 

Sarah planted the oak tree in 1977

Sarah says, “I was delighted to see the group collect the wood; they did a great job. I hated the thought it might just turn into firewood and add to our current load of polluted air."

Almost all done before each Seattle Woodturner member lines up in an orderly and good-natured fashion to select their oak piece in return for their diligent work.

But why are oak trees not abundant in our area?

In our region, many oak trees get overgrown by Douglas Firs. Under these conditions, the oaks can’t spread their big branches, and they don’t get enough sunlight. They can become susceptible to disease and insects and can weaken and topple in stormy weather.

Thus, the oak tree is at survival risk in the Pacific Northwest.

From the Forest Service:

“In the Pacific Northwest, we’ve lost about 95 percent of the oak and prairie habitat that existed in the early to mid-1800’s,” says Connie Harrington, a research forester with the Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station in Olympia, Washington. 
“Oak communities here are far more endangered than old-growth conifer forests because they were less common to begin with.”

Only one out of every 10,000 acorns receives the proper conditions to germinate and grow.

Philip Halling / Oak tree, near Kersoe
Wikimedia Commons
Every oak tree started out as a couple of nuts who stood their ground. ---Henry David Thoreau

Oak trees can live up to 200 years or more, and mature trees have the capacity of absorbing more than 50 gallons of water in one day. They are renowned for their hardwood strength.

If you’re interested in woodturning, stop by one of the Seattle Woodturners monthly meetings. They welcome all levels and all ages, and are passionate about introducing new students to this art form, and to the exceptional craft of being a woodrat!

There is also information about how to donate a special fallen tree or other wood.

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