Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center launches Capital Campaign

Saturday, October 19, 2019

October 18, 2019 

Dear Family, Friends and Neighbors,

During the past few weeks, Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center has been a topic of discussion in the media, as we address concerns over not being selected as a recipient of the King County VSHSL levy, which would have provided funding over the next four years. We continue to communicate with our county representatives, and hope some assistance will be forthcoming.

However, as Shoreline has a notable population of adults age 65 and over, it is important for our center to continue providing the programs and services that so many rely on. From January 1, 2019 – July 31, 2019, Shoreline-LFP Senior Center had 39,230 duplicated attendees in the programs offered.

We averaged 65-78 programs/week, all through the efforts of 3 full time and two part-time employees, a dozen instructors and forty of the best volunteers in the state. Another example of the great work accomplished at the center is that in 2018, we served 11,000 meals in the Community Dining Program offered at the center; delivered another 11,400+ Meals On Wheels to Shoreline and Lake Forest Park residents, and anticipate equal or greater numbers this year in the Nutrition Program.

On September 28th, we launched a Capital Campaign to raise $60,000 by December 31, 2019. This would offset our current $90,000 deficit sustained (due to lack of VSHSL funding). It is with great pride that I share with you, that to date the seniors have donated $10,000. Each day, I witness seniors walking past our donation box, some dropping a sealed envelope in it, some a few bills and others a hand full of change. It is heartwarming and very encouraging to see the participants band together to support their center. We have also seen our corporate friends Northgate Retirement Community, We Speak Medicare, Emerald City Senior Living and Laurel Cove extend support to our cause.

Our efforts to solve this deficit can’t take effect though, unless we have the support of everyone in our community. That’s where you come in! I am asking you to help us by donating to our campaign, either through a cash donation or by attending one of the several events that we have planned over the next two months. We want this to be a FUNd Raising Campaign, one in which you can enjoy some of the great programming offered at the center, meet new friends, share a few laughs all the while, supporting our cause.

So here is what we have planned: 

How to make a cash donation? 
  • Drop by the center to pick up a donation envelope or call 206-365-1536 to have one mailed to you; we also have pledge forms
  • Call 206-365-1536 to make a credit/debit card donation 
  • Donate online at our website (Mobil Cause)

If you would like to sit down and discuss your donation, I’d be happy to meet with you. You can contact me directly at or 206-365-1536. I hope to hear from you soon and thank you in advance for your generosity.

Warmest regards,

Theresa LaCroix
Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center


Join United Way’s Free Tax Preparation Campaign in the Fight Against Poverty

Volunteer at your neighborhood tax site.

Every year in Washington State, low- and middle-income families and individuals struggle to pay the bills and keep food on the table.

During tax time, it can make an unstable situation even worse. Not only is Washington’s tax system the most regressive in the nation, but predatory tax preparers could charge upwards of $300 for a tax return, and may not tell their clients about certain credits or saving opportunities they might qualify for.

Clare visited one of our United Way tax sites. She was a single mother of two making $30,000 a year. She struggled to pay her housing and grocery expenses. During her time with our Free Tax Campaign volunteers, she received a $3,000 refund at absolutely no cost. This meant that she was able to meet some of her basic needs to support her two children.

In 2019, our amazing volunteers helped 21,975 people by bringing back $30.1 million in tax refunds and credits in the process. For many of our clients, this helps them to cover the cost of basic needs like food and shelter. For this upcoming tax season, we’re hoping to make an even bigger impact in our community.

To do this, we need your help.

We rely on our talented team of volunteers to make this possible. Join us and fight against poverty. We provide free comprehensive training that will boost your skills, and help reach the people who need it most. No prior tax experience needed!

Find a Free Tax Prep location near you and get involved:

Visit this website for more information and to volunteer 


Letter to the Editor: Proposition 1 is an important priority for our growing city

To the Editor:

I am writing to express my strong support for Shoreline Proposition 1 to fund park improvements and a new community and aquatic center. As a member of the Shoreline Parks Board, I would like to reiterate that the City has conducted an extensive public process to form this ballot measure. These investments are an important priority considering the anticipated population growth in Shoreline.

Proposition 1 would fund much-needed improvements to four parks geographically distributed across Shoreline. These parks are long overdue for upgrades and new equipment. Park improvements would include playgrounds, splash-pads, multi-sports courts, trails, and a fully accessible play area for people of all physical abilities.

The Shoreline Aquatics, Recreation, and Community Center (ShARCC) is not “just a new fancy pool” as I have heard it described. This facility will provide essential health, recreation, and community amenities for all ages in a centralized location.

I am constantly surprised by the question “Why do we need a new pool and recreation center?” The Shoreline Pool was built almost 50 years ago and needs significant maintenance to keep it operational. The Spartan Recreation Center is also an older facility in need of renovations to meet the growing demand for recreation programs and community space.

Both facilities are located on land owned by the Shoreline School District that was recently rezoned for higher density development, increasing property values significantly. The District could decide to redevelop or sell the property where the existing pool and recreation center are currently located, making it even more critical that we act on the proposed ShARCC now.

Please support Shoreline parks, aquatics, and recreation by voting Yes on Proposition 1!

John Hoey
Vice-Chair, Shoreline Parks, Recreation, Cultural Services, and Tree Board


Last farmers market of the season Sunday at LFP Farmers Market

Photo courtesy Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park

LFP Police Chief Mike Harden and LFP Mayor Jeff Johnson teamed up to tell people about Lake Forest Park at a recent Sunday Farmers Market at Town Center, intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way NE.

Besides a possible sighting of mayors or police chiefs, there's plenty going on at the LFP Farmers Market and Sunday, October 20 from 10am to 3pm is your last chance to experience an outdoor market this season.

All the produce at the market comes from growers who are either certified organic or in the process of being certified. You can trust what you buy.

The flowers are wonderful. Some vendors have created variety bouquets, some let you choose what you want. Fresh cut that day, they will last for several weeks (if you remember to keep water in the vase...)

There are usually 4-5 places with ready to eat food, not including the ice cream. You can buy fish, and sometimes meat. You can buy gifts, either of food like honey or jam, or crafts.

There are places under canopies to sit and eat and the people watching is great! There are buskers to entertain while you shop.

Happily, it isn't really the end. The Commons sponsors two indoor markets - one in November and one in December.


KCLS boycotts Macmillan Publishers' eBook embargo

Effective November 1, 2019, the King County Library System (KCLS) will no longer purchase newly-released eBooks from Macmillan Publishers, one of five major publishers in the U.S. 

This decision comes after months of discussion and advocacy to urge Macmillan to reconsider instituting a new library eBook embargo, set to go into effect on November 1. Under Macmillan’s new lending model, public libraries of any size will only be allowed to purchase one copy of a newly-released eBook for the first eight weeks after publication.

As a large library system, KCLS maintains a “Holds to Copy” ratio of 5-to-1 to minimize wait times for popular titles. This means that for every five holds on a title, KCLS purchases one copy to ensure a maximum wait time of only three months.

If KCLS is limited to one digital copy of each new title, and then had to wait eight weeks before being able to purchase more, patrons could conceivably wait years rather than months for their eBook.

“Digital equity and access to information is at stake,” states KCLS Executive Director Lisa Rosenblum. “KCLS’ central mission is to provide free and equal access to information, and libraries must be able to perform this essential role in the digital realm as well. We do not want other publishers to follow the example of Macmillan and embargo books. To do so profoundly changes the public library.”

For KCLS, a library system with 50 libraries, serving more than one million residents, the new embargo hits King County patrons particularly hard. KCLS has been the top digital-circulating library in the U.S. for the last five years and third worldwide. According to Rakuten OverDrive, KCLS patrons downloaded nearly five million eBooks and audiobooks last year.

To continue to ensure reasonable wait times for newly-released electronic titles, KCLS will divert its eBook funds to publishers who are willing to sell to libraries without a purchasing embargo. They will, however, continue to purchase Macmillan titles that are not embargoed, including print materials and older copies of best-selling eBooks.

The American Library Association (ALA) has also denounced Macmillan’s decision and asks that the public express their concerns to, or ALA’s Public Policy and Advocacy Office at

About King County Library System
Founded in 1942, the King County Library System (KCLS) is one of the busiest public library systems in the country. Serving the communities of King County (outside the City of Seattle), KCLS currently has 50 libraries and more than 700,000 cardholders. In 2011, KCLS was named Library of the Year by Gale/Library Journal. In 2018, residents checked out more than 4.8 million digital eBooks and audiobooks through Rakuten OverDrive, making KCLS the #1 digital circulating library in the U.S. and #3 in the world.


Jobs: Shoreline Community College

Shoreline Community College is recruiting for the following position:

Instructional Designer - eLearning
Date of first consideration: October 10, 2019

Full description and application here

Fiscal Specialist 1 – Financial Services
Date of first consideration: October 14, 2019

Full description and application here

Application materials and information on this and other open positions can be found online at Questions regarding employment at the College may be directed to HR by email at or by phone at 206-546-4695.


Spooky Night at Kruckeberg Garden Oct 25-26

Friday, October 18, 2019

SPOOKY NIGHT - OCTOBER 25 and 26 - 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Kruckeberg Botanic Garden

This is the long-awaited time of year when the Garden gets spooky! (But not too spooky for the whole family to enjoy.)

For two nights, visitors journey through drifting fog and cobwebs as they follow a Halloween-themed path through the garden. 

Keep an eye out for ghosts and other bone-chilling residents! 

This is an evening event, rain or shine. Our on-site parking lot will be closed, but we have reserved the parking lot at the Richmond Beach Congregational Church and will provide a free shuttle service to and from the garden. There is no street parking directly adjacent to the garden. Thank you for being mindful of our neighbors and their driveways.

Admission: FREE! (suggested donation of $10 encouraged)

Parking: Richmond Beach Congregational Church, 1512 NW 195th St, Shoreline 98177 (free shuttle about every 15 mins)

Note: The garden will be closed on these dates during regular operating hours due to this evening event. Regarding pets, dogs on a leash are allowed, but be aware that this event draws a crowd and is not the best fit for all animals.


Fall 2019 Lake Forest Park and Kenmore Recycling Collection Event

Recycling Collection event Saturday, October 26, 2019 9am - 3pm in Kenmore

The City of Lake Forest Park is again partnering up with the City of Kenmore for a combined Recycling Collection Event! 

Take a look at the Event Flyer to view the full list of what you can and cannot bring. Please be aware fees do apply for certain items. 

The event will take place Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 9am to 3pm at Northlake Lutheran Church, 6620 NE 185th Street, Kenmore 98028.

Items you can bring:

Tires,* Propane Tanks,* Electronic Equipment, Scrap Metal,* Household Goods and Clothing, Styrofoam, Cardboard, Porcelain Toilets and Sinks,* Lead Acid and Household Batteries, Mattresses,* Confidential Document Shredding (5 box limit), Clean Scrap Wood, Appliances, and Refrigerators and Freezers*.
*Fees apply

Please note: No flat beds or dump trucks allowed. We reserve the right to refuse over-sized, commercial, contaminated, excessive or unacceptable loads.


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Halloween Witch

Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter can be found under Features
in the first column of the front page of the Shoreline Area News


Letter to the Editor: No on Prop 1

To the Editor:

Shoreline Proposition 1 is a bond issue for One Hundred and Three Million, Six Hundred Thousand dollars of taxpayer obligation. The official city statement is that the owner of a “median” valued home would pay $244.00 a year, but the median home in Richmond Beach is $713,000.00 and the cost would be close to $400.00 a year - now we’re starting to talk about real money!

The officials have hit on a new technique to pry money from the taxpayers. Fund the normal, boring expenses in the city budget and then put things that appeal to taxpayers on the ballot, and go for the big bucks so they won’t have to go back to the pesky taxpayers. So we vote for Yes on Shoreline Schools, yes on Sidewalks and now Pool, Parks and Recreation because they are good things. We probably want what’s offered in Prop 1, in which case the city can fund it. Our property tax is up 34% in 6 years and at our home, “Tax Fatigue” is setting in. Is this bond the only way to get a pool, etc?  No, pressure the City Council to fund it. After all, that's their job, isn't it?

Richard Shilling


Tennis: Shorecrest vs Shorewood

Varsity boys tennis WesCo 2A/3A
10/15/19 @ Shoreview Park
Shorewood 4 - Shorecrest 3

  1. Ben Silber def. Steven Lin  6-4  6-1  SC
  2. Chris Combs def. Zaid Khan 6-7  6-0 default  SW
  3. Calvin Rice def. David Lin  6-2  6-3  SC
  4. Tate Nelson def. Owen Pierce 6-4  6-2  SW
  1. Ari Webb / Erik Ertsgaard def. John Burke / Tyler Keen  6-1  6-3  SW
  2. Sam Perkowski / Jackson Carroll def. Carson Hart / Ben Wendt  6-1 6-1  SW
  3. Connor Wakefield / Matthew Gardiner def. Matt Meadows / Chris Cummings 3-6  7-5  10-8  SC
--SC Coach Rob Mann


Shoreline STEM Festival - student projects and hands-on activities: report from 2019 and plans for 2020

Mud table - altering stream flow
Photo by Autumn Warriner 

The 2019 Shoreline STEM Festival was a family friendly fun-filled event that was held at Shoreline Community College on Saturday, June 1st where the communities of Shoreline and surrounding areas came to participate in various STEM activities and demonstrations.

Student projects were on display surrounded by hands-on activities like building DNA Marshmallows with the Young Women in Bio group, 3-D Pen creations with the Shoreline Library, to kids testing PH levels and playing in muddy sand to see how they can alter stream flow.

Lego Ninjas
Photo by by Autumn Warriner

In the middle of the exhibitors and student projects in the PUB building, you could grab a seat in the Trivia room put on by the Shorewood Math Olympiad for some entertaining fun with candy prizes or grab a slice of pizza or bakery treat from the Shorecrest Technology Student Association and then head over to the awesome robotics display in the SCC gym put on by Shoreline Robotics Society, TEAM Pronto from Shoreline High schools as well as Robototes from Sammamish High school.

While the judges were busy tallying the scores from the student science projects, Mad Science put on an awesome fire and ice show for the captivated audience! Photos from this year’s festival can be found here.

SAVE THE DATE!!! We are excitedly planning for the 2020 Shoreline STEM Festival which will take place on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Shoreline Community College!

We are currently searching for volunteers with an interest in helping bring ARTS into the Shoreline STEM Festival as well as a few other open positions. Our committee meets once per month at the Meridian Park Elementary School Library from 8p-9p. 17077 Meridian Ave N, Shoreline 98133.

Our meeting dates will be 11/19/19, December meeting TBD (if needed), 1/14/20, 2/11/20, 3/7/20, 4/7/20, 4/28/20 (if needed). Our meetings are open to the community or if you would like more info on how to volunteer please email .

Clean water demo
Photo by Autumn Warriner

2019 Shoreline STEM Festival Winners

Computer Science and Engineering Winners

K-2nd grade
  • Grady Marshall and Henry Warriner, 2nd graders at Syre
3rd-6th grade
  • Max Reed, 5th grade at Syre
  • Keira Graeff, 5th grade at Meridian Park
Science Investigation

K-2nd grade
  • Conner Atherton, 1st grade at Briarcrest
  • Ada Stoddard, Kindergarten at First Lutheran Richmond Beach
3rd-6th grade
  • Sanika Datar, 6th grade at Environmental and Adventure School
  • Michah Vermillion, 6th grade at Ridgecrest
  • Zahni Dembrow, 6th grade at Lake Forest Park
  • Nina Vermillion, 4th grade at Ridgecrest
7th-12th grade
  • Caroline Wu, 11th grade at Newport HS
  • Yamin Dembrow, 8th grade at Kellogg
Meridian Park Elementary, Ridgecrest Elementary and Syre Elementary all received the award of School of STEM Excellence for having the greatest number of participants in this year’s festival.
Drive a robot
Photo by Autumn Warriner
Shoreline STEM, the all-volunteer, community-driven, non-profit organization that hosts the festival, would like to offer a special thank you to the Shoreline School District, our many generous sponsors, student participants and their supporters, STEM career exhibitors, and our amazing volunteers from Shorewood Science Olympiad, Team Pronto, Shoreline Robotics, the Shorecrest TSA, and the entire community.

A complete list of sponsors and exhibitors can be found on our website.

Shoreline Community College helps us host the festival each because they support a STEM pipeline that stretches from young students to professionals.

The College is a leader in providing expansive opportunities in STEM education and are currently growing their campus with onsite housing to further promote student success.

Best way to stay connected to the Shoreline STEM Festival and its amazing supporters is by liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter or Instagram!. You can also reach out through our website or email us at .


Owner found and reunited with runaway dog

The owner of the dog who was rescued from 205th after dark Friday night has been identified, verified as the owner, and reunited with the dog, whose name is Emma.

Emma is back home
Emma had no tags and was not microchipped, but was part of a dog walking group in Shoreline. One of the members recognized her and made the connections.

She was returned to her owner before PAWS came to pick her up. PAWS, located in Lynnwood, keeps stray pets safe until they can reunite them with their families and help people find their missing cats and dogs. To help keep animals in their homes, they offer animal behavior resources.


Gardening for Health and Well-being - Nov 9 with Diggin' Shoreline

Diggin’ Shoreline free community event


Saturday, November 9, 2019, 1:00 to 4:30 PM

Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline, WA

Feeling a bit down with winter coming on? Doctors are prescribing gardening and nature exposure for what ails us—everything from minor anxiety to serious mental and physical health conditions. It’s been scientifically proven that a healthy dose of nature helps everyone!

Get out of the house and join us for an afternoon among friends and neighbors learning just how essential nature and gardening are to our health and well-being.

The event starts at 1:00pm. You’ll be greeted with refreshments of organic popcorn and apple cider. As you wander the lobby, meet local folks who’ll share simple ways to improve your nature experience. Breathe in the fresh fragrances and feel the foliage of a sensory garden. Learn how to make one yourself.

At 2:00pm, listen to featured speaker, Zsofia Pasztor, founder and executive director of Farmer Frog. Zsofia is an award-winning landscape designer, permaculturist, horticulturist, and arborist who also teaches restoration horticulture, urban agriculture, and low impact development at Edmonds Community College. Through her life work she has observed that when people grow food together, we improve our sense of community as well as our health. She’s passionate about the future of our children who may face preventable, lifestyle-and diet-related diseases.

Before and after our featured speaker, catch a series of related video shorts. Of course, no Diggin’ event would be complete without face painting, and nature crafts for both kids and adults.

Diggin’ Shoreline is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 organization. Volunteers are also needed to help staff this event. To sign up, email us at or call 206-437-9118. Great volunteer opportunity for high school students seeking volunteer hours, too!


Youth led candidate forum for Shoreline School Board Tuesday

A youth-led candidate forum for Shoreline School Board candidates will be held on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 6pm at Ronald United Methodist Church, 17839 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline 98133

Although student questions will be prioritized, all communities (parents, teachers, students, community members, etc) are encourage to attend.

This is a candidate form that will have Rebeca Rivera, Sara Betnel, Joe Cunningham, and Meghan Jernigan present. Unfortunately, Mike Jacobs will not be there as he is out of town. 

It will be moderated by Shorewood student Nara Kim.

Candidates will have the opportunity to table and showcase their campaign materials and talk with students and community members before and after the forum.

Prior to the forum, color-coded (student/not student) notecards will be passed out for audience members to write questions on. Student questions will be prioritized. Candidates will each have 2-minute opening and closing statements. There will be approximately an hour of questions and answers.

All students from Shoreline School District are invited along with parents, teachers, and community members. This event is first and foremost student-centered. It is organized by students, for students.


SCC Music Faculty Concert 9:30am Friday on campus

SCC Music Faculty Concert will be held on Friday, October 18, 2019 from 9:30am to 10:30am at Shoreline Community College Campus, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline 98133, in Music Building (800), Room 818.

It is open to the public. The Grammy U which follows is for students only. There is a modest charge for parking on campus.

Performers Include:

  • Jeff Junkinsmith
  • Jensina Oliver
  • Helena Azevedo
  • Charles Enlow
  • Doug Reid - Sax
  • Jeff Kashiwa – Sax (also playing “EWI” Electronic Wind Instrument)
  • Evan Norberg


Letter to the Editor: A neighborhood park is a precious commodity

To the Editor:

Last Saturday a group of teens seeking community service credit set out to hang leaflets on the front doors of residences surrounding the four parks that will be improved if we pass Prop 1.

The neighborhoods these parks serve deserve the upgrades - safer play equipment, permanent rest rooms, walking trails, splash pads, and other benefits that will bring value to Ballinger, Hillwood, Briarcrest residents and to the Richmond Highlands Recreation Center which serves people from all over Shoreline.

Neighborhood parks are assets for families with children, folks with dogs, and friends who care to stroll while chatting. Parks draw us outside, even during the so-called "great dark," for fresh air, a brisk walk, or intense play.

When my grandsons were young we often walked down to the "Hundred Acre Wood" (Boeing Creek Park) to romp through the woods, cross the creek, escape danger, and find our way to Shoreview Park where the boys could swing, climb, roll down the hill, or chase a ball.

The boys eventually outgrew adventures with Grandma, but I will always hold the memories dear to my heart. I wish such an experience for anyone who loves the company of children and is willing to lose themselves in imagination and play.

A neighborhood park is a precious commodity. Don't deny our fellow residents the opportunity to have a great safe place to play within walking distance of home. Vote YES on Prop 1.

Robin McClelland


Plan on public transportation for major sports events including this weekend

Sounder trains start at Everett and stop in Edmonds
By Diane Hettrick

Sounder event trains run to every major sporting event in the downtown Seattle stadiums and Husky stadium. Catch the train at the Edmonds waterfront.

Sports fans can skip traffic coming into Seattle on Saturday by riding Sound Transit’s Sounder event trains to the Sounders FC vs. FC Dallas 12:30 p.m. match. Read more »

Seattle Seahawks fans can save on travel time, parking and gas by taking Sound Transit’s popular Sounder trains to the Seahawks 1:25 p.m. game Sunday, October 20 against the Baltimore Ravens. Read more » 

Metro Transit always schedules game day busses. Best place to catch them is the Northgate transfer station just south of the mall. 


Community Blood Drive at Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church Monday

Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church is hosting a community blood drive with BloodworksNW on Monday. 

As you prepare to bundle up for some cooler (and wetter!) weather, please consider making a blood donation. 

Be a lifesaver for someone in critical need of blood or blood products in our community or in another community hit by tragedy (including natural disasters like fires, floods, or hurricanes or a major trauma disaster) when their local sources of blood and blood products exceed their emergency needs. 

Blood works miracles every day!

Monday, October 21, 2019 , 1-7pm (closed 3-4pm)
Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church, 

Sponsored by: BloodworksNW
Hosted by: Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church

Start here to make an appointment or sign up via BWNW mobile app, or call 800-398-7888 (use sponsor code: 1411).

Donors Needed! Walk-ins are always welcome! Bring or invite a friend! (Photo ID or BWNW/PSBC blood donor card required at time of donation.)

Thanks for considering and helping us to meet our community and emergency response needs for blood and blood products by sharing a little time and blood at our (or another!) community blood drive!


Swim Dive: Shorewood vs MLT and vs Lynnwood

File photo by Wayne Pridemore
Shorewood Girls Swim Dive
@ Shoreline Pool
Shorewood 111 MLT 65

  • 200 Med Relay SW (Freshwater, Lindberg, Nouwens, K. Gowey) 2:00.94
  • 200 Free Cameron Bell SW 2:14.71
  • 200 IM Enriquez MLT 2:28.06
  • 50 Free Mina DiVirgilio SW 28.44
  • Diving Ellie Webber SW 131.25
  • 100 Fly Vuong MLT 1:04.10
  • 100 Free Samantha Rand SW 1:01.23
  • 500 Free Grace Lindberg SW 5:18.03 *State Time
  • 200 Free Relay SW (K. Yang, Lomax, Bell, Freshwater) 1:50.92
  • 100 Back Amanda Nouwens SW 1:04.39
  • 100 Breast Maggie O’Shea SW 1:24.83
  • 400 Free Relay SW (Lindberg, Kleyn, Fredrickson, S. Rand) 4:05.14

Shorewood Girls Swim Dive
@ Shoreline Pool
Shorewood 131 Lynnwood 44

  • 200 Med Relay SW (Freshwater, Lindberg, Nouwens, K. Gowey) 2:00.94
  • 200 Free Cameron Bell SW 2:14.71
  • 200 IM Freshwater SW 2:33.85
  • 50 Free Mina DiVirgilio SW 28.44
  • Diving Ellie Webber SW 131.25
  • 100 Fly Veronica Le SW 1:18.78
  • 100 Free Samantha Rand SW 1:01.23
  • 500 Free Grace Lindberg SW 5:18.03*State Time
  • 200 Free Relay SW (K. Yang, Lomax, Bell, Freshwater) 1:50.92
  • 100 Back Amanda Nouwens SW 1:04.39
  • 100 Breast Bayarbayasgal LYNN 1:24.01
  • 400 Free Relay SW (Lindberg, Kleyn, Fredrickson, S. Rand) 4:05.14


Notes from LFP City Council candidate forum

Candidates on the stage, from left Lorri Bodi (standing), Catherine Stanford,
Phillippa Kassover, Tom French, Tracy Furutani. At the podium is LWV
moderator Amanda Clark
Photo by Mike Remarcke

On Tuesday, October 15, 2019 Third Place Commons held a forum with candidates for Mayor and City Council. Around 110 people came to hear what they had to say. The moderator, Amanda Clark, and timekeeper were from the Mercer Island League of Women Voters.

City of Lake Forest Park, Mayor
Jeff Johnson - incumbent, unopposed
City of Lake Forest Park, Council Position 2
Catherine Stanford - incumbent
Lorri Bodi - challenger
City of Lake Forest Park, Council Position 4
Phillippa Kassover - incumbent
Brett Newsham - no show
City of Lake Forest Park, Council Position 6
Tom French - incumbent
Tracy Furutani - challenger

Mayor Johnson is running unopposed, so he gave a report and left the stage to the council candidates. Brett Newsham, who filed against Phillippa Kassover, was a no-show.

Mayor Johnson said that when he won a tough election for Mayor eight years ago, he thought he knew everything. The reality is very different and he appreciates the opportunity to spend four more years in the office. The city is doing well. This is an important election. This council will be dealing with big issues, including decisions for mall and parking garage.

Attendees browsed the tables of information before the forum.
Photo by Mike Remarcke

Position #2

Catherine Stanford appreciates that LFP is different. She said that we have the challenge of being a small city in the middle of the fastest growing area in the county and we need to accept the challenge. Her strengths are her experience with council and community and relationships outside of the city.

Lorri Bodi said it's time for a change. We need a new voice on the council. She was an environmental attorney for NOAA. She has worked with the PTA, and in her job negotiated with state and local agencies and tribes on water and stormwater issues. She can manage budgets and negotiate. She said that the city process has been complicated and hard to follow.

Position #4

Phillippa Kassover talked about finding LFP over 12 years ago and how happy she is with a community full of smart, engaged people. As a councilmember she reads, researches and asks the tough questions. She said that council needs to do better to help people learn what we do.

Position #6

Tom French has lived in LFP for 50 years. He went to Brookside, Kellogg, and Shorecrest. He said that growth needs to be in line with our values. He would accept 150-200 apartments at Town Center. He strongly supported the September moratorium. His priority is public safety for pedestrians and bicyclists and he advocated for the first new sidewalk in LFP. He is a champion for the environment and the values of LFP.

Tracy Furutani filed in part because feels that races should be opposed. He is most concerned about the climate crisis and thinks solutions should start at the municipal level, that they will percolate up to state and federal levels. How can we preserve what we have for our kids in the future?

Question: In the redevelopment of Town Center how would you protect Third Place Commons (TPC)?

Tom: we need to talk to Merlone Geier Partners (MGP). If that doesn't work, the community needs to step up.

Tracy: we don't want to alienate MGP - they could just walk away. The city buying the land is the only way to have what we want. Otherwise we have to negotiate carefully.

Phillippa: we have a partnership with MGP and need to work together to preserve TPC.

Catherine: I will fight to keep The Commons and the farmers market in LFP. She was instrumental in getting the market started.

Lorri: The Commons keeps our community unique. MGP should be our first effort. The agreement says that MGP has to provide 10,000 ft of indoor and 10,000 ft of outdoor space.

From left: Lorri Bodi, Phillippa Kassover, Tom French,
Tracy Furutani. Out of frame, Catherine Stanford.
Photo by Mike Remarcke

Question: PSRC recently reclassified LFP as a Small to High Capacity Transit City. Do you support this reclassification?

Lorri: We are doing a good job of meeting the GMA (Growth Management Act) objectives for 2035. There are opportunities to do more over time so we can grow in balance and in scale with our values.

Catherine: She doesn't support LFP being a high capacity city. LFP was put in that category because of the Bus Rapid Transit. She's on the PSRC Executive Board and will tell them what we will tolerate.

Phillippa: We are the culmination of two watersheds and sitting on an aquifer. We are the last remaining urban forest in the area. These sensitive areas can't tolerate much more growth.

Tracy: No. He said he's horrified that we were put in that category.

Tom: He agrees with all of Vision 2050 from PSRC. Bothell Way has capacity for growth.

Question: What are your plans for keeping small businesses in the area, particularly Town Center?

Phillippa: MGP is the landlord. We don't control what goes on here. We need to build a good relationship and partner with MGP to encourage them to bring in the businesses we want.

Catherine: We need to keep the small businesses and encourage more. Council discusses it a lot. Small businesses have challenges and struggle.

Lorri: Town Center is the community hub and so much more. The City needs to make its expectations very clear and not be a pushover when it comes to our values.

Tom: We need to work with MGP and as a community to incentivize the small businesses. We created zoning to allow specific businesses in a special area, which creates walkability.

Tracy: Businesses need to pay for licensing and B/O taxes. We need to look into the city regulations and make them less onerous.

Question: The environmental impact statement was flawed and driven by development interest. Comment.

Tom: the DEIS (Draft Environmental Impact Statement) needs to be reflective of our values. It's critical to adhere to the vision statement. We need more conversations with the public.

Tracy: The council needs to communicate what's going on with the process.

Phillippa: For the DEIS the developer asked the consultant for studies of 1500, 1000, and 700 new apartments. There was no other input so that's what they studied.

Catherine: The DEIS was a shock to everyone. We don't have to listen to the consultant. The Planning Commission makes recommendations and the council decides.

Lorri: The DEIS process was seriously flawed. There should have been some direction from mayor and council and a wider range of options studied. The "no change" option was for 700 units.

110 people attended the forum
Photo by Mike Remarcke

Question: Would you support a parks bond to improve parks and acquire more land?

Catherine: I would support one if other groups would partner, as was done with 5 Acre Woods.

Lorri: We are Lake Forest Park with no access to the lake and few parks. She wants to expand and improve parks but would explore other options before going to a bond issue.

Phillippa: We are underserved for families and it's a tragedy that we have no lake access. A bond is premature. We need to study and seek outside funding.

Tom: we opened a fund for open space and trails. A bond issue is on the table but we don't want to shortchange public safety and other priorities.

Tracy: Bonds are expensive and have to be paid back. More parks would require staff to maintain them. Can't rely on volunteers only. We have to make sure we can maintain what we acquire.

Question: You want a walkable city but our streets are unwalkable and very dangerous. Would you put in sidewalks?

Tracy: Sidewalks are needed but we have to prioritize. Need to find outside money. And would we take people's property?

Tom: Need to separate traffic from where people walk. As the region grows there will be more traffic and people need to be safe.

Phillippa: the Safe Streets study was very revealing. Safe routes to school need to be the highest priority. We need to set our priorities and work on a long term funding plan.

Lorri: When the transit stations open we will have people driving through LFP to get there. We need to find funding sources and do what we can, like lower the speed limits.

Catherine: The council included Safe Streets as one of the Big 5 projects. There's a list of priorities but these are expensive issues. Safe routes to school is the first priority.

Question: What would you do to improve communication with citizens?

Incumbent councilmembers pointed out that they cannot speak for the council until a vote is taken, only for themselves. The City Administration is different and council doesn't control it. The city has no communication department - they were let go in the downturn and have not been replaced. They need to have a communications strategy and staff it. Perhaps hold quarterly town meetings.

Challengers mentioned Seattle's Office of Neighborhoods, office hours for councilmembers, meetings with neighbors and community.

Question: What does our city do to meet the climate challenge?

Phillippa: The city joined the C4C - Caring for Climate organization which helps municipal leaders take steps on climate action. We need to look at the city's carbon footprint, take steps to reduce it, then reach out to everyone to do the same.

Tracy: The C4C has assessable, measurable goals. We can create ordinances about zoning, better building practices, and reducing our carbon footprint.

Tom: Our tree canopy has actually increased a bit in in the last few years. We need to work as a community to reduce our footprint.

Lorri: We can use examples from other cities - change building codes, use alternate energy like solar cells.

Catherine: We have tree ordinances that protect our canopy. Trees pull carbon out of the air. Automobiles create the most carbon and Sound Transit and public transit will get people out of their cars. We have set backs from our streams.

Ballots have been mailed out and are due back by November 5. There is a drop box for ballots by City Hall and no postage is required to mail in ballots.


OWNER FOUND! Dog rescued from SR 104 / NE 205th - is it yours?

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Melissa reports that the owner was found (and verified).

This dog was rescued by a good citizen who ran after it along the highway on 205th. There are no tags on the harness.

If you know anything about her, call Melissa at 206-579-3481. Animal control will pick her up at 8:30am tomorrow but everyone would like to see her get home tonight.


Notes from Shoreline council meeting Oct 17: Metro transit changes and sales tax monies

Shoreline City Hall and Council Chamber
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Shoreline City Council Meeting
October 14, 2019
Notes by Pam Cross

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

Report of the City Manager Debbie Tarry

Art Opening for Experiments in Glass Kiln Casting and Folding will be Thursday, October 17, from 7 to 9pm at Shoreline City Hall.

As part of the three-day REFRACT glass festival, join the City for the opening of an exhibition of glass kiln casting. Artwork will be on display until mid-January 2020 Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm in the City Hall lobby.

The annual Hamlin Halloween Haunt will be Friday, October 18th from 6:00 to 8:30pm at Hamlin Park, 16006 15th Ave NE. Join us for the not-too-spooky songs and tales told around a campfire, hayrides, games and more. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. Free! More information available online

Are you still not sure what goes where? Attend the Recology Store Recycling Workshop on Saturday October 19th, from 9:00 to 10:00am at 15235 Aurora Ave N, Suite 102. This workshop will discuss what goes into your blue recycling bin.

Park volunteer work parties will be held weekends through December. This weekend work parties will be held at Hamlin, Twin Ponds, and Richmond Beach Saltwater parks. For locations and meeting times, check the City’s web calendar.

Public Reminders

The Planning Commission will meet on Thursday, October 17th at 7:00pm in the Council Chamber. There will be a Public Hearing on the 2019 Comprehensive Plan Amendments. This Hearing will also be continued to November 21st.

The City Manager then introduced Jesus Aguirre who, on behalf of the Commission for the Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA), presented to the City Council the Accreditation of the Shoreline Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services (PRCS) department.This certifies that our Shoreline Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services department is one of just 3 accredited agencies in the state of Washington, and one of 178 of the 4,000 nationwide. Mr. Aguirre is Superintendent of the Dept. of Parks and Recreation for the City of Seattle, and on the board of directors of the National Recreational and Parks Association.

Accreditation demonstrates that PRCS are operating at a high industry standards and recognizes the community as a great place to live. CAPRA provides the only national accreditation for parks and recreation agencies.

Accreditation is based on an agency’s compliance with 151 practice standards. An agency must comply with all 37 Fundamental Standards, and 103 of the 114 Non-Fundamental Standards.

Shoreline’s process for accreditation took about three years. It involved a formal application, self-assessments, a site visit by a team of trained visitors that results in a written report, and a hearing with the CAPRA Commission to grant accreditation. Once accredited, the agency must uphold the standards by submitting an annual report and is reviewed again in five years.

Council Reports

Mayor Hall, the City Manager and Jim Hammond (Intergovernmental Relations Director) met with the senior leadership of Department of Social and Health Serves (DSHS ) to talk about Fircrest and to get a better understanding of their interest in the Fircrest Campus. DSHS was very receptive in listening to our interests and priorities. The next follow up action we agreed on is another meeting with DSHS, the City, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) that owns part of that land, and the Washington State Office of Financial Management. We are trying to find a way to work together to meet the needs of DSHS to protect their residents while meeting the City’s and the community’s interest in open space, and legislative interest in affordable housing. All parties are aware of the moratorium adopted by the City.

Public Comment

Rosetta Kastama, Shoreline, talked about her use of the various activities of the Shoreline/LFP Senior Center for the last several years, and thanked the Council for their support of it.

Stephanie Henry, Shoreline, noted that the City had not said anything about today as Indigenous Peoples Day and provided Council with a proposed resolution she had prepared. She would like Council to take action before next year.

The agenda was approved unanimously.
The Consent Calendar was adopted, without discussion, unanimously.

Study Items:

8(a)Discussing the King County Metro North Link Connections Mobility Project

Staff report by Randy Witt, Public Works Director with two guests from King County:
  • Dave VanderZee, Project Manager, North Link Connections Mobility Project and
  • Maha Jahshan, Senior Communications and Public Engagement Planner

The King County Council adopted its long-range plan for transit service, entitled Metro Connects, on January 23, 2017. Metro Connects plans for a significant increase of bus service in the City of Shoreline when the light rail station opens at Northgate. There will be a lot of changes to accommodate the new light rail services.
Note: The North Link Connections Mobility Project includes Seattle’s Northgate, Roosevelt and U-District Stations opening in 2021. Impact on Shoreline begins in earnest with the Northgate Station, so that is what I’ve highlighted. Shoreline’s stations will begin opening in 2024. (PCross)

The goal is to deliver integrated services responding to expansion and customer needs, in order to improve mobility for historically underserved populations centering on people of color. This will be accomplished by equitable informing, engaging and empowering current and potential customers traveling in the project area.

Community engagement begins with identifying needs and priorities.This is the plan overview:
  • Build authentic and lasting relationships with historically un(der)served populations in project study area
  • Design final changes in partnership with historically un(der)served communities in order to build a strong transit network that increases access and mobility, especially for those who are disproportionately affected by transit inequities
  • Communicate the service proposal goals and Metro’s goals related to equitable outcomes to the broader-affected communities, demonstrating how the service proposal helps Metro advance equitable outcomes in the study area.

The first thing they did was create a Mobility Board. Metro reached out to the broad community in order to create a board providing equity for people who live, work or travel in this area and represent the various under served populations, all income levels including those who have experienced homelessness, regular transit users and those new to public transportation. Three of the board members are connected to the Shoreline community. We meet with them across each phase and they help us check in with what the community needs.

There is also a Partner Review Board that is made up of jurisdictional partners, institutional partners, and our inter-agencies. The City of Shoreline and Hopelink are both represented on this board. We meet with them to make sure that the concepts that we develop with the Mobility Board are in line with what all of these folks are doing.

They also meet with various stakeholders. There will be at various events to meet with the general public and they have a web portal as well.

Any questions?

Q: What is the best way to send in feedback?

Through the web portal. Their names and phone numbers are shown there so they can also be contacted directly. Unfortunately the web address is not included in the presentation so they will provide it to Council separately.

Q: People have complained that they couldn’t find the link. How much feedback did you actually get from Shoreline residents? You haven’t connected with the School District or Shoreline CC yet. There are students and Shoreline residents that don’t fit Metro’s target because they don’t all go downtown. Need to look at the lower level service that moves within Shoreline.

Thanks for the input, we’re not there yet. We will be going back to identify things that have been overlooked or that need to be studied more deeply.

Q: Will it improve time to downtown or be about the same?

They are studying this. Generally they’re looking at how travel times will improve. They need to learn what trade offs will work. Are residents willing to use another form of transportation if the travel time is only marginally improved,?

Q: People are concerned about changes to the bus service, especially the #41 that goes downtown on Aurora parallel to light rail. This is a group of people that will go back to driving their cars. You might want to contact large employers.

They do have a team member that reaches out to large employers, and they are aware of the #41 issue and are looking at some potential changes around that.

Q: An underserved population may be geographic (no service available) or a historically underserved demographic community. How often do these overlap?

They are looking at this from a county-wide perspective. As such, they see more of that in South King County. They are still identifying these areas.

Q: Talk about the service changes will either be in March or September 2021?

We were trying to align with Metro’s twice yearly service adjustments. We have decided the service changes will be in September 2021.

Comment: Many Shoreline routes run every 30 minutes which doesn’t work well for trying to move around during the day. If you miss a bus, you’re going to be waiting a long time for the next one. It’s particularly difficult if you need to make a connection - you’re more likely to drive instead. We may not see time improvements, especially peak hours, because of the transfer to local buses within Shoreline routes. Also we have a number of routes to downtown and we have the I-5 Express Lanes.

Q: Do we really want to change routes in 2021 and be faced with another big change in 2024 when Shoreline stations open?

We have been keeping this in mind - what routes can we change now that won’t be changed again in 2024. What changes would be better made in 2024?

Q: No removal or addition of new service hours, correct?

Correct at this time. A large part of the this study is in the Seattle area. Seattle administers its own Seattle Transit Benefit District that is a ballot measure that will expire in 2020 before this project change in 2021. We have to wait and see what Seattle does.

Q: Our north/south service has always been good. Need better east/west changes to better feed the stations.

They are hearing this a lot and there is an opportunity there.

Q: If the e-line stops at our 185th station and doesn’t go all the way to 200th, that will be problematic because a lot of people use it to get to Home Depot and Costco. If it stops at 185th, the distance from 185th to the county line will be totally ignored.

Mayor Hall briefly summarized: east/west service has always been an issue. Other considerations include trade offs for reliability and speed, and all day vs peak hour service. If you take a peak hour bus into downtown, the return trip won’t be running for several hours. Light rail will run all day. By 2024 we will have significant improvements to the 145th and 185th corridors

8(b) Discussing Resolution No. 448 and Ordinance No. 869 – Declaring the City’s Intent and Authorizing the Sales Tax Credit for Affordable and Supportive Housing as Authorized by SHB 1406

Staff presentation by Colleen Kelly, Community Services Manager

Washington State Substitute House Bill (SHB) 1406, which was adopted during this past legislative session, authorizes local jurisdictions to impose a local sales tax, credited against the state sales tax. Funds may be used only to support affordable housing.The Sales Tax Credit will be based on 2019 state fiscal year collections.

There are two rate options:
  • 0.0146% available to cities with a Qualifying Local Tax
  • 0.0073% available to cities without a Qualifying Local Tax (King County will collect the other 0.0073%.)

Qualifying Local Tax Options are:
  1. Affordable housing levy
  2. Sales and use tax for affordable housing
  3. Levy lid lift restricted to affordable housing
All require voter approval and would need to be passed no later than July 27, 2020.
Shoreline does not have a qualifying local tax at this time.

Sales tax dollars fluctuate. Note this chart shows the Maximum Amount the City will be able to get in any given year for the next 20 years. The amount could, of course, be lower.

Allowed uses for cities the size of Shoreline (under 100k)
  • Acquiring, rehabilitating, or constructing affordable housing
  • Operations and maintenance costs of new units of affordable housing
  • Rental assistance
All uses must serve those at or below 60% AMI (Area Median Income)

The legislation has the following timing requirements:

Opting in requires two Council actions taken in the proper sequence
  1. Resolution of Intent adopted no later than January 27, 2020
  2. Authorizing Ordinance adopted no later than July 27, 2020.
Collections begin the first of the month following a 30-day notice period

For the Council discussion: What should we do?
  1. Consider imposing a Qualifying Local Tax
  2. Take the required actions to impose the local tax credit and collect about $81,700/year to allot as allowed,
  3. Take no action and King County will collect the full 0.0146% of the sales tax credit for Shoreline.
The primary impact of declining to accept the local tax credit is loss of control over how dollars are allocated.


Councilmember Robertson pointed out that the staff report states: “It does not increase the sales tax for the consumer.” That wasn’t made clear in tonight’s presentation. How does this actually work? We are increasing money through taxes, but it’s not going to cost our residents any more, correct?

Answer: Not exactly. It’s not a tax increase so these are sales tax dollars that the state is already collecting but they have basically carved out a “set aside” of those sales tax dollars that they’re allowing cities to access and utilize in this way.

The terminology is “impose the tax” so it’s a little confusing because it sounds like you’re doing something new but it’s really just declaring your desire to accept this opportunity from the State to take local control over the portion of the taxes that is allowed for the purposes allowed by this tax. There is no sales tax increase anywhere in the state; It is coming out of existing collections.This is tax they already collect, and they are letting the city use the tax by taking local control.

Councilmember Chang asked for further clarification about the Qualifying Local Tax.

Answer: They are really two separate things. The Qualifying Local tax would be a new tax so you get more money. To get the higher rate, Shoreline would have to impose a new tax. Staff thinks this was a way to reward jurisdictions that had already imposed these Qualifying Local Taxes that support affordable housing.

If we don’t impose a Qualifying Local Tax, the money will go to King County? Answer: Correct.

We don’t support another new tax. But we do want our half of the money so we can control its use.

There is no way to get the full amount without an additional tax in Shoreline? Answer: Correct.

We can get .0073% without a tax. How do we do that? As previously stated, Council must take two steps in the proper sequence

1. Resolution of Intent adopted no later than January 27, 2020
2. Authorizing Ordinance adopted no later than July 27, 2020.

Staff recommends Council take the required actions to impose the local tax credit of .0073% and not consider a Qualifying Local Tax.
Councilmembers had individually agreed with the staff recommendation throughout the discussion. No one is in favor of a new tax. But every member agreed it would be wrong to give up “free money” that the City can control within the guidelines of (SHB) 1406 legislation.

Mayor Hall commented that the technical terms being used in order to be precise can be confusing to the public as well as to Council. These discussions are helpful because of the ability to use “plain talk” so we all understand what is before us. It will be important to decide where that money should go.

If we take no action and the money goes to King County, it is possible it won’t be spent in Shoreline but in another area of King County. We would prefer to use Shoreline taxes in Shoreline, to help people stay in their homes in Shoreline. Frequently there are short term needs that can’t be met: not enough money for this month’s rent, for example, until their paycheck comes. $80,000 can help a lot of families in instances like that.

There was some discussion about the Resolution coming back on Consent, but the Ordinance would be an Action item.

It was agreed that it would be better to do them both as Action items so people can be sure there is no tax increase. It will be more transparent and less confusing.

The Council recessed into an Executive Session: Potential Litigation - RCW42.30.110(1)1I)
The Council may hold Executive Sessions from which the public may be excluded for those purposes set forth in RCW 42.30.110 and RCW 42.30.140. Before convening an Executive Session the presiding officer shall announce the purpose of the Session and the anticipated time when the Session will be concluded. Should the Session require more time a public announcement shall be made that the Session is being extended.
No action is expected.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:48pm


Flags at half-staff: Rep. Elijah Cummings

Flag Lowering - 10/17/19 (Rep. Elijah Cummings)

Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation, Acting Governor Habib hereby directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff immediately, in memory of Representative Elijah E. Cummings, of Maryland, who passed from complications concerning long-standing health challenges.

Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on Friday, October 18, 2019.

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

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


Missing teenager

Shoreline teenager Gavin Nason has been missing since September 29, 2019. White, male, 5' 10" 140 lbs. Hazel eyes and sandy/red hair. If you have any information call any of the numbers on the flyer.


Tennis: WesCo South Champions - Shorewood

Photo by Kristi Lin

WesCo South Champions -- Shorewood Varsity Tennis Team
Shorewood tennis team and Coach Arnie Moreno - We're Number One!

Shorewood Tennis Seniors
Photo by Kristi Lin

Congratulations on an Outstanding Year

Captains Steven Lin and Ari Webb
Niko Christianson
Derick Han
Jackson Carroll
Erik Ertsgaard
Daniel Nuefeldt 
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Matthew Meadows
Chris Cummings
David Kumar 
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