Letter to the Editor: If you think it’s time for a change in Shoreline you are not alone

Thursday, July 25, 2019

To the Editor:

Ginny Scantlebury has lived in Shoreline for over 35 years and has an historical perspective of our beautiful city and will always work toward the best interests of every resident in Shoreline.
Four years ago, when the staff and city council started looking at possible rezoning to prepare for the coming of light rail, Ginny attended every meeting. They didn’t listen to us and voted 7-0 to go ahead with what is happening now. Ginny understands Shoreline’s needs to prepare for growth, but it must be done in the right way.

Ginny and her husband are former small business owners in Shoreline and she understands the needs of the business community. She has contacted many businesses and has been told over and over about the lack of interest and support for the small business community from city officials and council members. Business owners are very concerned with crime, especially shoplifting, drug activity and loitering.

It is obvious that the current council has not been able to resolve the homelessness issue and the issue is growing worse. While we need to provide a wide range of services to those who want them, we also need to enforce local laws when necessary. Ginny learned about the “zero tolerance policy” they have in Marysville and Arlington “for those that aren’t willing to get help” (Mayor of Marysville, Jon Nehring). This is the policy she wants to implement in Shoreline.

Ginny’s opponents, Doris McConnell and David Chen, will continue the policies of the current council. This will encourage us to become more like Seattle which Shoreline residents do not want.

Bring a new much needed perspective to our Shoreline City Council by electing Ginny.

Cliff and June Spingler


Unknown July 26, 2019 at 8:05 AM  

The “zero tolerance policy” is infuriating. Shoreline just spent almost $120,000 on a new single-stall bathroom at Echo Lake Park after the current bathroom was burned inside by homeless folks... who were trying to cook food!! With that amount of money, Shoreline could have helped a large handful of homeless people find permanent housing and jobs, reducing shorelines homeless population by up to 15%.

Lauren July 28, 2019 at 4:51 PM  

As a librarian who works at the nearby community college, I would have to say I agree with the Unknown commenter. Shoreline is transitioning into a thriving, urban area that has much more in common with Seattle than it does with Marysville. Shoreline can benefit from this change economically if it responds in kind instead of turning a blind eye to the problems and responsibilities that come with it.

Hermanie,  August 5, 2019 at 1:33 PM  

We need to be careful when people start throwing around a zero tolerance policy. I sleep in my van in Shoreline. I choose to not take the services always thrown at me for several reasons. 1) I am in a wheelchair and cant get on and off the ground. Thats why my van has a wheelchair lift. I also have a caregiver that stays with me. Together, I can thrive. 2) I am a full time four year college student on a scholarship. I am NOT giving up college for housing. I am frequently told to give up college for housing. No way, I am a 4.0 student at my college and a senior now doing it all while sleeping in my van. Forced services does not work for many.

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