You see what you want to see

Sunday, November 29, 2020


Photo by Jan Hansen

Go right ahead and admire the shapes and shadows, the perfect placement for the path of moonlight on the Sound. See how the clouds try to pretend they are a mountain range and the land is an anonymous ribbon of darkness.

All I can see are the two trees, holding hands in the moonlight and leaning affectionately toward each other as they watch the sun set.



The Science of Star Trek

The Science of Star Trek
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 7-8pm
For teens and adults.

Register here: (If necessary copy link and paste into your browser)

Join Dr. Michael Wong on a journey through the cosmos to uncover the real-life science behind the fictional universe of Star Trek! Dr. Wong is a Post-Doc at the University of Washington where he studies planetary atmospheres, habitability, biosignatures and the emergence of life.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Woodmont Library.

Please register. You will be sent a Zoom link two hours before the program. Registration closes three hours before the start of the program. This event will not be recorded.


Race and Equity Training: How to BE Anti-Racist!

Race and Equity Training: How to BE Anti-Racist!

Four dates offered:
Select date and register online ($40) to receive zoom link.

Ranice Innocent, educator and trainer with Let’s Do Work, is offering training to learn ways to build awareness around racial injustice and inequities to become anti-racist.

She will review “cultural competency” pillars; identify cultural filters, stereotypes and biases; discuss intent vs. impact, implicit bias; and “why” in walking with racial equity and an anti-racist lens. 

Contact Ranice at with any questions.


Poetry and Prose Circle

Poet Rose Ramm Gamble

Poetry and Prose Circle 
with Rose Ramm Gamble
Tuesday, December 1, 6:30-8:30pm 
For adults and teens

Register: (If necessary copy the link and paste it into your browser)

Rose Ramm Gamble is a corn-fed Nebraska revolutionary. A veteran of the Midwest punk scene and wannabe mystic of Catholic heritage, her dogma descends mostly from The Beatles lyrics. 

When Rose stomps out her poetry, it's a shaman journey through social justice covens, parochial school studios, redneck trailer parks, therapy couches, mosh pits and briars of shiny black berries, ripe for the picking.

In the Poetry and Prose Feedback Circle, we will spark ideas using random or collected word lists as starting points for writing. Activities will include studying sample poetry, gathering word lists, and assembling word arrangements that provoke and unblock the flow of ideas.

We will have the option of sharing our workshop writing with the group, and we will also have an opportunity to receive feedback on this or another piece of writing that we bring. I

In collaboration with Redmond Association of Spokenword. Sponsored by the Friends of the Redmond Library.

Meeting ID: 834 4479 7592 Passcode: 372124


Hopelink's English for Work goes online

Do you know people who would benefit from improved English skills in order to find work, but cannot attend a class due to COVID restrictions?

In response to this situation, Hopelink will continue to provide free English for Work classes online.

About English for Work Online

This free ONLINE course is designed to help immigrants and refugees who speak some English to improve their language skills while they prepare for work. 

 Students develop their speaking, listening, reading, writing, and technology skills; receive one-on-one advising; and participate in remote mock interviews conducted by local employers. 

Every quarter, many of our students find jobs. Employers know about us, and frequently make us aware of job openings. In addition, Hopelink volunteers often help to connect students with employers.

Key Information
  • Remote Orientations begin the week of January 4, 2021.
  • Classes will meet via Zoom from January 20 through March 30.
  • Morning and evening class options are available.
  • Classes are best suited to students who have intermediate or advanced-level English communication skills. We assess students to determine their level and help decide if our program is a good fit.
  • Clients can contact us to register for orientation by emailing or by leaving a voicemail message at 425-250-3007.
  • Clients who enroll and who do not have a computer may be able to borrow a Hopelink Chromebook to participate in the class.

To enroll, individuals must:
  • plan to get a job in the U.S. or to enroll in job training/college to prepare to get a job (within the next 6 months)
  • be able to participate in 2-hour online classes twice a week and complete online homework.
  • complete orientation
  • be 18 years or older
  • not have a B, F, J, or M visa
  • live near a Hopelink Center (for example, in Shoreline, Bothell, Kenmore, Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, or one of the surrounding cities)
How to enroll
  • Step 1: Contact us to register for orientation and complete the English for Work Registration form.
  • Step 2: Attend group orientation on Zoom.
  • Step 3: Complete a reading and writing assignment. Complete paperwork. Step 4: Have a phone appointment with a teacher.
  • Step 5: Start class! Classes meet two times a week on Zoom. 
See more information on our webpage: (If necessary copy the link and paste it in your browser)

Feel free to contact us at with any questions.


Book review by Aarene Storms: The Left-Handed Booksellers of London

The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix

18-year-old Susan Arkshaw figures it's time to find out who her dad really is. Her mom has always been a bit ... fae ... about the topic. How hard could it be, really?

Well, first there is the "uncle" who isn't quite a vampire, and then there's a (left-handed) bookseller named "Merlin" who has skills that a secret agent would envy, and there's also his (right-handed) bookseller sister who has a different but equally freaky set of skills, and then also it's entirely possible that Susan's dad is a mountain....

If Sir Terry Pratchett had wanted to write a police procedural for Ben Aaronovich's "Rivers of London" series, it might turn out a lot like this. And, if you like that kind of thing, you'll probably like this.

Action, adventure, car chases, magic, death, minor cussing, creepy weird stuff, fancy tea, and a distinct possibility of sequels.

Recommended for ages 14 to adult.

Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS

Previous reviews by Aarene Storms HERE


The Maple is showing off her new gown


Photo by Jo Simmons

At least one spectacular tree is left in the area that the wind and rain have not beaten into submission.

Photo by Jo Simmons

This maple lives in the area north of Westminster Way - but no guarantee it will continue to look like this for long.


December TeleCafes at the Senior Center

Join the TeleCafe every Wednesday at 2:00pm on Zoom

Each week, a special guest shares their expertise with community members.
Join us for this free, fun and relaxing hour.

Zoom ID: 859 8484 8513             
Password: senior2020
Dec. 2       MEAL PLANNING FOR 1-2 PEOPLE with Christy Goff, MS, RDN, CD

Dietitian for Living Well Alliance Team - Pacific Medical Centers
In this timely session with Christy, you will be given tools and expert advice on the best ways to manage your food for health. We’ll touch on tips for planning, saving money at the store and meal preparation. You will leave with tools, recipes and a strategy to get started.
Dec. 9       HOLIDAY CREATIONS with Kathy Brower

We are happy to have paper and Greeting Card artist Kathy Brower, Longtime Shoreline resident, join us again in the cafĂ© to lead us in making Holiday cards and gift tags. A master at using everyday paper items found in one’s home, Kathy loves using her imagination to create one-of-a-kind items to share with family and friends. There is no need to be really “creative or craft experienced’ to participate. Any skill level can accomplish the planned project. We have prepared packets of materials that will be used. Call the Center at 206-365-1536 to reserve a kit to pick-up at the front door before December 7th. Plan to join in the fun!
Dec. 16     EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS with Birgit and Phillip Ages

Join us for a fun Holiday Celebration with a favorite couple of the Senior Center, Birgit and Phillip as they perform holiday music from Europe. They will also be singing some classic favorites and we can sing along.



Case updates November 27, 2020

Case updates November 27, 2020

United States
  • cases 12,999,664 - 176,572 cases since yesterday
  • deaths 263,956 - 1,283 deaths since yesterday

Washington state
  • cases 160,634 - 2,467 since last report
  • hospitalizations 10,663 - 167 since last report
  • deaths 2,703 - 0 since last report

King county
  • cases 43,384 - 481 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 3,164 - 35 since yesterday
  • deaths 856 - 3 since yesterday

  • cases 10,885 - 115 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 739 - 7 since yesterday
  • deaths 197 - 1 since yesterday

Shoreline - population 56,752 (2018)
  • cases 1,091 - 20 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 130 - 1 since yesterday
  • deaths 70 - 1 since yesterday

Lake Forest Park - 13,569 (2018)
  • cases 132 - 6 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 6 - 1 since yesterday
  • deaths 2 - 0 since yesterday


145th off ramp closed overnight Monday

Sound Transit construction crews will be mobilizing the crane to construct the columns for the future aerial guideway for the Lynnwood Link.

The northbound off-ramp at 145th will be closed overnight from 11pm Monday night November 30 to 5am the next day.

Neighbors should expect some construction noise.


Beautify and Care for Your Stream or Lakeside Property webinar

Beautify and Care for Your Stream or Lakeside Property

Wednesday, December 2, 6:00pm to 7:00pm

RSVP for December 2 (see below)

Learn from restoration experts about managing your yard to support both the environment and your own needs.

Curious about what it takes to return your stream, lake or wetland property to its more natural state?
Want to learn ways you can support wildlife, enhance your property’s aesthetic, and reduce maintenance needs?

Don’t miss this FREE 1-hour webinar for homeowners living along the water. Learn from restoration experts about managing your yard to support both the environment and your own needs.

  • Minimizing pollution runoff on your property
  • Controlling invasive weeds
  • Utilizing native plants for wildlife habitat and erosion control
  • Adding value and beauty to your yard naturally

Note: If necessary, copy the link and paste it in your browser.


Prediabetes and Children: What parents need to know

Priyanka Naik DO
By Priyanka Naik, DO at Pacific Medical Centers (PacMed)

November was American Diabetes Awareness Month. Now, more than ever, it is important to understand your family history, know your risk factors for certain diseases, and keep a healthy and active lifestyle. These are key elements to maintaining your family’s health – something that can be difficult for many this year.

Luckily, our knowledge of diabetes and prediabetes continues to increase, along with ways to minimize risk to ensure we stay healthy during this time of uncertainty. Understanding these factors is incredibly important, as one in five adolescents and one in four young adults currently live with prediabetes according to the CDC.

In an effort to raise awareness about prediabetes, Dr. Naik from PacMed’s Northgate location discusses prediabetes among children to help us better understand the topic and keep our loved ones healthy.

What is the difference between Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 1 Diabetes commonly occurs during childhood and is caused by the body’s self-destruction of islet cells in the pancreas, leading to a lack of insulin production by the body. Alternatively, Type 2 Diabetes is commonly caused by insulin resistance in the body, eventually leading to decreased insulin production in later stages of the disease.

What should parents know about diabetes and what are some key symptoms parents should be aware of?

Parents should know that diabetes can occur at any age. Common risk factors include:
  • Obesity
  • Family History
  • Sedentary Lifestyles
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Chronic Steroid Use
  • Genetic Predisposition
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Hypertension
  • Elevated Cholesterol
Common symptoms of diabetes include:
  • Increased Thirst
  • Increased Urination
  • Increased Hunger
  • Changes in Vision
  • Unintentional Weight Loss
  • Frequent Infections
  • Rashes
  • Fatigue
  • Ketones in Urine
  • Non-Healing Sores
What is prediabetes?

Prediabetes is characterized by higher than normal glucose levels. It is incredibly important to monitor individuals with prediabetes, as prediabetes can lead to diabetes.

How does prediabetes affect kids and adults – is there any difference?

If prediabetes is not controlled with lifestyle changes, it can start affecting other organs in the body, such as our eyes, kidneys, and skin. Prediabetes and diabetes both also increase our risk of cardiovascular events.

Are there any preventative measures that families should be aware of as it relates to diabetes?

I recommend my patients stay hydrated, eat a diet rich in fiber and whole grains, exercise regularly, avoid fad diets, and keep weight under control to avoid getting prediabetes and diabetes.

What health-tech advancements have been made for diabetes patients?

Currently, the FDA has approved multiple continuous self-glucose monitoring systems that do not involve the use of needles or strips. Instead, you can get your reading with the swipe of a device, which can be checked 24/7. This method allows you to control the “highs and lows” of diabetes, leading to optimal control of one’s glucose levels.

Additionally, advances in the artificial pancreas is continuously underway. An artificial pancreas not only monitors glucose levels, but also delivers an optimal dose of insulin to the patient.

Is there anything else related to diabetes that you’d like readers to be aware of?

Prevention and early detection are key! If you have any of the risk factors or symptoms listed above, please reach out to your primary care physician to discuss the optimal age for routine screening and lifestyle changes. Our health is so important, and it is possible to control prediabetes if the necessary steps are taken.


Light at the Beach

Saturday, November 28, 2020


Light at the Beach - Photo by Janet Way


King County District Court suspends commencement of jury trials through January 11, 2021, due to COVID-19

To help keep the public, jurors and court employees safe during a time of rapidly increasing novel coronavirus infections in Washington state, King County District Court is temporarily suspending commencement of new jury trials through January 11, 2021.

Shoreline District Courthouse

The court will continue to assess the suspension period on a bi-weekly basis, which could result in an earlier re-start of jury trials or extension of the suspension, as conditions warrant.

As part of its COVID-19 response, King County District Court previously had expanded its capability to conduct hearings via videoconference. In its latest emergency order, the court encourages video hearings, whenever possible and appropriate, and has expanded the types of hearings that may presumptively be conducted by video without the court’s prior approval.

“The court will continue to monitor the public health situation and will rely upon guidance from the State Department of Health and other health experts to further alter our operations, if needed,” says King County District Court Presiding Judge Susan Mahoney. 
“The health of our staff and other court users is our primary consideration in all operational decisions.”

Court users can find the latest information on changes to court operations and services online at COVID-19 Impacts to King County District Court or by calling (206) 205-9200.

About King County District Court

King County District Court is the largest court of limited jurisdiction in Washington state, processing approximately 200,000 matters per year. The district court operates at 10 locations throughout King County: Auburn, Bellevue, Burien, Issaquah, King County Courthouse (Seattle), King County Jail (Seattle jail calendars only), Redmond, Maleng Regional Justice Center (Kent), Shoreline and Vashon Island (one day per month).


Sound Transit online Open House closes November 30, 2020

This is the last week to visit the Sound Transit online open house

See station design updates, share your thoughts through the online survey and learn what’s next for the project. 

The online open house closes on Nov. 30 and is available in English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Arabic, Amharic, Somali, Tagalog and Urdu.


Case updates November 26, 2020

Numbers are going to be skewed for a couple of days as SAN and many of the reporting agencies took off one or two days for Thanksgiving. Washington state doesn't report deaths on the weekend.

Case updates November 26, 2020

United States
  • cases 12,823,092 - 142,739 cases since yesterday
  • deaths 262,673 - 1,397 deaths since yesterday

Washington state

  • cases 158,167 - 4,261 since last report
  • hospitalizations 10,496 - 254 since last report
  • deaths 2,703 - -1 since last report

King county
  • cases 42,903 - 800 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 3,129 - 65 since yesterday
  • deaths 853 - 0 since yesterday

  • cases 10,770 - 211 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 732 - 20 since yesterday
  • deaths 196 - -1 since yesterday

Shoreline - population 56,752 (2018)
  • cases 1,071 - 8 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 129 - 2 since yesterday
  • deaths 69 - 0 since yesterday

Lake Forest Park - 13,569 (2018)
  • cases 126 - 1 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 5 - -1 since yesterday
  • deaths 2 - 0 since yesterday


The rarely seen two-headed seagull, at Lake Washington this week!:)


Photo by Gloria Z Nagler

You do understand that this is a joke? Sorry - just checking.


Shoreline Parks Board to consider names for new parks

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services/Tree Board Meeting
Attend the Meeting via Zoom Webinar:
Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Agenda Highlights
  • Director's Report
  • Park Naming Recommendations

Link to Full Meeting Packet [PDF] (available the Friday before the meeting)

Comment on Agenda Items


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Hope you enjoyed your turkey dinner...


Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter here


Paul Lewing studio sale - by appointment only

Paul’s studio sale will be a little different this year. 

It will still feature Paul’s tiles, trivets and paintings as well as Rupa Palasamudram’s functional pottery, but with extended times and by appointment. 

We will have doors and windows open, masks required, one party of any size at at time.

It will begin Saturday November 28, 2020 and run through Sunday December 6, 10am- 5pm every day. 

To book a time slot and get directions call or text 206-919-2664 or email 

It’s been a hard year for all of us, so remember to buy local this holiday season, and remember that Sunday is Artist Sunday.


Rotary Sharing Tree

This year it's a donation box - but the spirit is the same

Rotary of Lake Forest Park has had a Sharing Tree in Town Center for many Decembers. 

This year is different, of course, but the Rotary Club is not about to stop their tradition of helping children during the holidays.

This year the Rotary Club will place a donation box on the lower level of the Lake Forest Park Mall to accept gift cards, cash, or checks.

The Donation Box will be in place from November 28 – December 20, 2020.

Here's what to put in the box: Gift cards focused on local stores that provide toys, clothing, electronics, etc. for children and teens.

The cards will be given to Center for Human Services, North Helpline, and Youth Gift Baskets.

By participating in The Sharing Tree, the community’s collective effort will make a substantial impact for children to experience the joy of the holidays!


Driftwood Players Annex Trunk Sale


Like many others during this time at home, the Driftwood Players are cleaning out the closets and finding a lot of things that don't need to be kept.

Their closet is just a lot bigger than the rest of ours and has some very interesting things in it.

They are holding an Annex Trunk Sale with a lot of furniture and some quirky stage props used in productions.

Lots of chairs! 

New inventory added all the time. 

Check out the inventory HERE!


Drive-Thru Worship Nativity Pageant

Drive-Thru Worship Nativity Pageant
Richmond Beach Congregational Church, UCC
1512 NW 195th St, Shoreline, WA 98177

THIS SUNDAY November 29, 2020 at 10:00am

Sunday November 29th is the First Sunday of Advent. A Sunday of HOPE!

Everyone is invited to experience the story of the Nativity in an untraditional way. 

Drive-Thru Worship will include familiar faces, familiar scripture, familiar music and fresh expressions of the familiar story of Jesus’ birth. 


Come as you are! Stay in your car! Please wear your mask. One family per car.

All cars are asked to gather and check-in at the Spin Alley bowling alley parking lot by 10:00am. 1430 NW Richmond Beach Rd, Shoreline, WA 98177

This staging area will allow staff to keep a line of cars off the road. Staff will excuse cars to RBCC's north parking lot entrance for Drive Thru Worship.

Holiday Giving Tree Donations: Outreach will gratefully receive your donations.

All RBCC hosting participants will be wearing masks and gloves.

Health Notice: By attending Drive-Thru Worship, you are acknowledging that you have been symptom free of illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, new loss of taste and smell, flu like symptoms) for 14 days prior to Drive-Thru Worship. Do not attend if you or anyone in your car who has experienced symptoms or has had close contact with someone who has.

Worship will be photographed and filmed for viewing on Facebook and YouTube later in the day. By attending you are giving RBCC permission to include your photograph and/or recorded image. Say cheese!


Cartoon: The editor takes a day off

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Yup, no Shoreline Area News today.

We will return to our regular programming after your 

Editor gets some sleep.

Thanks to Whitney Potter for expressing it so well!


Happy Thanksgiving


Have a good Thanksgiving. Call all your family members and see how they are doing. Call friends. Talk to people you care about and be grateful they are healthy.

Eating turkey is not a requirement. Have fish. Tofu. Leftovers.

We'll be thinking of you!


The Richmond Beach Turkey Day Fun Run goes virtual

By Teresa Pape
RBCA Executive Director

The RBCA will not be hosting the “official” Turkey Day Fun Run this year. We encourage all participants to be safe and to find your own way to exercise. 

On the Richmond Beach Community Association’s website, you can find a map of the traditional walking and running courses.

If outside exercise is not for you, jump on your treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike or stay cozy in bed and pick a route from the Richmond Beach TV YouTube Channel.

There are a few options to choose from. Experience walking the full route, walking the short cut, or have fun racing against our fast runner, Matthew. His GoPro views will make your head wobble as you gobble up the sights of Richmond Beach.

Thank you to the sponsors for this year’s event.
  • Beach House Greetings
  • Campbell Volkswagen of Edmonds
  • Cascade Fusion
  • Cori Whitaker Homes
  • Eric Carlson DDS
  • Goldfish Swim School
  • Jack Malek Windermere Real Estate
  • Lowe Orthodontics
  • Scott Piteo Graphics
  • The Christophilis Team
  • Tradewinds Capital Management
  • Walnut Street Coffee


Case updates November 24, 2020

Case updates November 24, 2020

United States
  • cases 12,498,734 - 165,282 cases since last report
  • deaths 259,005 - 1,989 deaths since last report

Washington state
  • cases 153,906 - 2,887 for 1 day
  • hospitalizations 10,242 - 76 for 1 day
  • deaths 2,704 - 14 since last report

King county
  • cases 41,500 - 764 since last report
  • hospitalizations 3,055 - 25 since yesterday
  • deaths 853 - 4 since yesterday

  • cases 10,419 - 175 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 707 - 2 since yesterday
  • deaths 197 - 0 since yesterday

Shoreline - population 56,752 (2018)
  • cases 1,032 - 22 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 127 - 0 new
  • deaths 69 - 1 new

Lake Forest Park - 13,569 (2018)
  • cases 124 - 2 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 6 - 0 new
  • deaths 2 - 0 new


Funding available for Environmental Projects in Shoreline

The new mural at Paramount School Park restroom was a 2020 Environmental Mini Grant project. Photo courtesy City of Shoreline

Want to improve your community and protect the environment? 

The City of Shoreline offers grants of up to $5,000 to individuals, community groups and business owners for projects that enhance the environment and promote environmental stewardship in the community. 

Applications for the 2021 funding cycle are due by Monday, January 18, 2021.

Projects must provide a tangible benefit to the community and environment and include a match of at least 20% of the grant value. The match value can be provided in volunteer service hours. Projects must focus on one of three key areas:
  1. Work Towards a Zero Waste Shoreline
  2. Support Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  3. Protect Our Natural Environment

Past projects have included: providing interactive, nature-based learning experiences for students at local elementary schools, constructing a community garden, and sponsoring free environmental events like Northwest Solar Fest and community movie nights.

Find more information and download the application at: For questions, contact Cameron Reed 


A warm response to the Shoreline Police coat drive

Community response to police coat drive
Photo courtesy Shoreline Police

Shoreline Police Officers often come across situations where community members are in need of a warm coat. They decided to hold a coat drive and ask the community to donate.

They placed a drop box in front of Shoreline City and put out a notice.

The response was incredible! Our officers now have lots of coats to distribute to those in need during the following winter months.

A huge thank-you to all who took the time to donate winter coats for our coat drive.

With your help, every officer will be able to provide a coat for those in need of one this winter.


Collision on I-5 at SR 104 sends two to hospital with minor injuries

Collisions on I-5 at SR104. Photo courtesy WSDOT

Around 1pm there was a 4-5 vehicle collision on northbound I-5 at SR104. Washington State Patrol and Shoreline Fire responded.

According to Shoreline Fire Public Information/Education Officer, Firefighter, EMT Michelle Pidduck, two patients were transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

The left lane was blocked and traffic was slowed considerably during the response and clean up. 


Unique recumbent tricycle stolen in Kenmore

A unique recumbent tricycle was stolen earlier this week in Kenmore. It is an EZ-3, and is blue with a black seat. If you see it in the area, call KCSO non-emergency line 206-296-3311.


Notes from Shoreline City Council meeting November 23, 2020

Shoreline City Council Meeting
November 23, 2020

Notes by Pam Cross

The meeting was held remotely using the Zoom platform.

Mayor Hall called the meeting to order at 7:00pm.

All Councilmembers were present.

Report of the City Manager, Debbi Tarry

COVID-19 Update

A reminder of the Governor’s new statewide restrictions in effect through December 14.

Case counts in King County continue to grow. Since last week the average over the past 14 days has grown to 321 new cases per 100,000 residents. Remember that the target is 25 per 100,000.

Hospitalizations in King County are also growing and for the first time have passed the target goal of less than 80% occupied.

In Shoreline our average new cases has increased to 16 from 14 per day in just this past week. We have had 231 new cases in the past two weeks. Hospitalizations have also increased. 

In partnership with the School District and Shoreline FD, we handed out 500 masks at our mask distribution event on Saturday.

  Councilmember Roberts distributing free masks

Shoreline Celebrates with Food

Even if we aren’t able to enjoy holiday gatherings together right now, we can still cook our favorite fall and winter meals. Spread some joy this season by sharing a recipe and exploring the recipes your neighbors have shared.

Send recipes to neighborhood coordinator Constance Perenyi at and include a picture if you have one.

Public Reminders

City will be closed for business on Thursday and Friday November 26-27 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Council Reports (all meetings were attended virtually)

Councilmember McGlashan attended the Tri-Regional Transportation Forum meeting. They reviewed the legislative agenda and discovered that the 148th bridge was not on the agenda. They were able to get it added.

Councilmembers Roberts and McConnell attended the meeting of the National League of Cities Summit. Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards was elected as Second Vice President, so she will be in line to become president in two years. This is the first person from Washington since about 1980.

Councilmember McConnell attended the Asian Municipal Organization group and the Transportation Forum.

Councilmember McConnell apologized for words she spoke at last week’s meeting on racial equity. She stated her words were poorly chosen, missed her intent, and were hurtful to Shoreline BLM and others who provided input and feedback on Resolution 467 declaring the City’s commitment to building an anti-racist community.

Deputy Mayor Scully attended the salmon recovery WRIA meeting. There’s never good news about salmon. Unfortunately. There were higher than expected chinook at the Ballard Locks but chinook at the spawning grounds were lower than usual. They are investigating the reason.

On the All Home Board: the Coordinating Board that he is a member of will cease to exist as it begins to turn it over to the new Regional Board.

Mayor Hall. Next week is the annual general meeting of the Sound Cities Association (SCA).

There are several things on the agenda including no increase in membership dues. The By-Laws are also being updated. But an issue came up that concerns him:

After hearing from the business community, particularly restaurants, the SCA Board sent a letter on behalf of all member cities to Governor Inslee stating they want the Governor to reconsider his COVID restrictions and to provide more support for the restaurant industry. Only a handful of cities was consulted (Shoreline was not). It was signed by the Mayor of Kent. The mayors got a copy after it was delivered. Subsequently, the Mayor wrote our own letter to the Governor stating that the SCA letter did not apply to all 38 member cities in King County, and that in Shoreline we follow the science and support the public health experts attempt to keep our communities safe.

The SCA Public Issues Committee reviews and evaluates policy positions and recommends to the Board what, if any, action should be taken.This process takes two months but a simple amendment of the bylaws would allow the Board to move more quickly when necessary by requiring that any future statements that go out from SCA, that are not presented to the board by the Public Issues Committee (PIC), are copied to all cities before they are delivered.

Any feedback?

SCA is basically a trade group. They’re not a government. It’s never an emergency. And we don’t want other cities speaking on behalf of Shoreline.

Maybe there should there be a timeframe for the cities to respond. Even that could take a while. It’s more likely to pass without a timeline.

The general meeting is next week. We will share our proposed wording with Deanna Dawson, the Executive Director of the Sound Cities Association. She can then share with the other cities and maybe other cities will want it too.

Public Comment

Jackie Kurle, Shoreline, spoke against the enhanced shelter
Nancy Morris, Shoreline, spoke against the enhanced shelter
Nancy Pfeil, Shoreline, spoke against the enhanced shelter

Approval of the Agenda

Approval of the Agenda adopted by unanimous consent.

Approval of the Consent Calendar

The Consent Calendar approved unanimously by roll call vote.

Action Item 8(a) Authorizing the City Manager to Sign the Memorandum of Agreement for the Operation of an Enhanced Shelter Within the City of Shoreline with King County and Lake City Partners (LCP)

Colleen Kelly, Recreation, Cultural and Community Services Director

At the November 16 Council meeting two changes were made to the Interlocal Agreement between King County and the City of Shoreline.

  1. It was changed from an Interlocal Agreement to a 3-party memorandum of agreement KingCo, LCP, Shoreline
  2. King County will not be automatically billed for excess police calls due to the number of calls for service at the shelter exceeding an agreed upon threshold. Instead the County “will work with the City to reduce calls below the threshold level.”

Amended introductory language was changed relating to the MOA, insurance and indemnification provisions were included, and the term of the MOA will run through June 2023 with extensions available.


Motion and second to approve signing the MOA

The Nuisance Ordinance was included in the MOA. It refers to a certain number of calls based on single family residence or multifamily. How does this code apply to a shelter?

Reply: we discussed this provision as multi-family which resulted in a threshold of 24 nuisance calls within a 180-day period

Shouldn’t this be clarified? Couldn’t someone later disagree with it? Shouldn’t the language be precise? There could be a change in staff who doesn’t believe a shelter is multifamily occupancy.

Reply: defers to Margaret King, City Attorney

Councilmember question continues: the MOA refers to the Nuisance Ordinance. When you go to the ordinance, it refers to single family and multi-family. But could KingCo say the shelter isn’t multifamily and obviously not single family, so this ordinance is not applicable?

King: I think it meets the definition of multifamily with shelter use.

How do we define multifamily? Generally we’re talking about apartments or things like that.

King: I believe that by including in the Agreement that the parties have an understanding that that’s how it’s going to be treated and so they’ve added additional agreement that that is the proper analysis for us to follow. And I think they would be hard pressed to be able to then back away from that understanding since this is a separate contractual agreement. I don’t think there’s a need to clarify. Not concerned about it at this point.


Multifamily dwellings are separate housing units contained within one building or several buildings within one complex. Multifamily dwellings may have units located above other units. Apartments and mixed-use buildings with apartments are considered multifamily dwellings. (Ord. 767 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 631 § 1 (Exh. 1), 2012; Ord. 299 § 1, 2002).

A dwelling unit is defined as: Residential living facility, used, intended or designed to provide physically segregated complete independent living facilities for one or more persons, including living, sleeping, cooking and sanitation facilities. A dwelling unit is to be distinguished from lodging, such as hotel/motel or dormitory. (Ord. 391 § 4, 2005; Ord. 299 § 1, 2002).

A homeless shelter is defined as: A facility operated within a building to provide short-term, temporary or transitional housing for individuals or families who are otherwise homeless and have no immediate living options available to them. Such facilities may provide support services, food, and other services as an accessory use. (Ord. 850 § 1 (Exh. A), 2019).

How would you respond to the concerns about the effect on neighborhood? The Agreement addresses a lot of things, but how does this Agreement address the off-site concerns?

Reply: it doesn’t specifically address those concerns and it’s hard to draft a document that can do that. I think we have a commitment in the Good Neighbor Plan and in conversations with LCP. People complain about parks but it’s difficult to have any entity take responsibility for a community problem. How can we tell if the problems are exacerbated by the shelter or not? It’s in the best interest of LCP to mitigate its presence in the community.

What is the plan for someone who leaves? Either choosing to leave or asked to leave.

Reply: they are free to leave. If asked to leave, LCP will work with them to make a plan for where they go next.

Will the City or other shelter operators be informed if someone is asked to leave? What is the plan if they have no place else to go?

Reply: not part of this discussion beyond what she just said.

This shelter is just a part of the whole picture. We can’t be telling people they can’t stay in the parks unless there’s someplace else for them to go. Now there is someplace for them to go. We will also need more enforcement in our parks. We will develop an approach to say now that you have someplace to go, you have to get your tent out of the park. LCP will be more in the position of providing an observation and report function. LCP is responsible for within their 4 walls and the City is responsible for what goes on in the community.

What was the source for developing the Good Neighbor Plan?

Reply: based on LCP suggestions with a couple of additions

How did the local neighborhood and parks planned walks come about?

Reply: because of concerns that were brought up about other areas, LCP wanted to plan to walk around their property for clean up. The Good Neighbor Plan goes beyond that by stopping by parks and Town Center. They will ask their residents not to congregate, or to move back to shelter, or reach out to other people to consider living in the shelter.

Will they be walking around at night? U-Haul employees were worried about overnight campers.

Reply: We didn’t talk at that level of detail. This would require a citywide approach utilizing our police and outreach staff. This needs to be built out. We can’t make LCP responsible for all homeless in the City. LCP would work as a partner, but not the lead.

Neighborhood concern is not what is happening inside the four walls. They and we are concerned about the neighborhood. We will have to continue to work on the Good Neighbor agreement to make it stronger and make sure it works effectively for the neighborhood.

The MOA provides clear authority for the City to determine if a nuisance exists, and if it can’t be abated by the steps proposed, to require that the shelter use be discontinued.

Wording from the MOA

“The City has a Chronic Nuisance Property Ordinance (SMC 9.30) which outlines specific conditions that constitute public nuisance activities. King County and Lake City Partners understand and agree that should the Enhanced Shelter be determined a chronic nuisance property as set out in that Chapter, the City may take action to abate the nuisance pursuant to SMC 9.30.050, provided that reasonable notice is given in accordance with this Agreement. King County and Lake City Partners agree that abatement may specifically include the ability to order that the Enhanced Shelter use be discontinued if the City reasonably determines that steps to cure the nuisance will not be sufficient to adequately protect health and safety. If Lake City Partners or King County fail to address any written demand by the City to correct a violation within the cure time stated in the demand, which shall not be more than 45 days or less than 10 days, the City may order the Enhanced Shelter use be discontinued until such violations(s) are corrected.”


Passes 7-0

Action Item 8(b) Adoption of Ordinance No. 909 – 2020 Comprehensive Plan Annual Docket Amendments to the Shoreline Comprehensive Plan

Steven Szafran, AICP, Senior Planner, gave the presentation

  1. Amend Table 6.6 of the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Plan to acquire park and open space between Dayton Avenue and Interstate 5 and between 145th and 165th Streets.
  2. Amend the Point Wells Subarea Plan to be consistent with Interlocal Agreement between City of Shoreline and Town of Woodway.
Proposed additional amendment to modify land use policy from 44 units per“gross” acre to “net” acres which would result in lower density.

To amend transportation policy adding traffic restrictions


Motion and second to approve 909

Motion and second to modify the planning commission’s recommendation by amending land use policy from 44 units per “gross“ acre to “net” acre

VOTE to modify from gross to net acres

Passes 7-0

Motion and second to amend transportation policy adding traffic restrictions.


Passes 7-0

VOTE on main motion Ordinance 909 as amended

Passes 7-0

Study Item 9(a) Discussing Ordinance No. 907 - Amending Development Code Sections 20.20, 20.30, 20.40, 20.50, and 20.80 for Policy Amendments

The Planning Commission held study sessions to discuss the proposed amendments and give staff direction on the amendments on July 2 and August 20, 2020. The Commission then held the required public hearing on October 1, 2020.

Steven Szafran, AICP, Senior Planner, continued with this presentation

Amendments are collected throughout the year. There were administrative and clarifying amendments that were discussed on November 9. Tonight’s discussion is covering the proposed policy amendments. There was a very brief summary of the 21 amendments.

Next step bring to Council for adoption on Dec 7


Amendment 18

Regarding tree replacement exemption: Why would we require some people to have a fee in lieu, and allow others to have the replacement number reduced?

Reply: I can’t think of an example right now. I will look into it.

I would like that removed. It isn’t fair that some have to pay it and others don’t.

What if it said reduction and fee in lieu? Would that fix it?

How does that fit with the proposed amendments from Save Shoreline Trees?

Reply: Save Shoreline Trees is still submitting amendments. Those amendments come back to the planning commission and Council in 2021 so we haven’t analyzed those amendments yet.

Could we have a simple comparison just specifically on Amendment 18 so we can compare it to what Save Shoreline Trees is proposing?

Reply: yes we can prepare that for you.

Regarding shelters, what is the purpose of “such as” language. Why is it there? Is meant to be limiting?

Reply: it’s just an example. The wording is not meant to be limiting.

If we don’t do anything with Amendment 16, will it go as part of the Housing Action Plan?

Reply: the planning commission thinks it should be studied as part of the Housing Action Plan. It might become part of the Housing Toolkit but it wouldn’t become part of the housing code. It should be analyzed.

Then should it be removed from this batch of amendments?

Reply: yes it needs more study and public input

What does section E do with slopes created by previous grading? The slope still exists regardless of how it got there.

Reply: we would rely on the geotechnical work for the previous grading, so the slope owner coming in who wants to do an addition by that slope isn’t so burdened.

But what about slopes that developed historically. They wouldn’t meet current seismic code, so how does going back to the previous reports really makes sense for new development?

Reply: the staff report provides the complete wording that states a current review by a qualified professional is still required. But I will bring someone who is more familiar with administering the part of the code to answer your questions at the next meeting.

Study Item 9(b) Discussion of Ordinance No. 912 - Authorizing Assumption of the Ronald Wastewater District and Authorizing the City Manager to Execute and File the Joint Petition of Dissolution of the Ronald Wastewater District

John Norris, Assistant City Manager, gave the presentation

Ordinance 912 sets a formal assumption date of April 30, 2021. It also confers upon the City Manager the authority to jointly with Ronald Wastewater District petition for dissolution of the District. Finally, it directs continued orderly transition of governance.

Councilmembers Roberts and McConnell were thanked for their work on the coordination committee.


Councilmembers are pleased with the results from all of the hard work put in by everyone involved.

What came of the early conversations about RWD representatives remaining after the assumption?

Reply: there is still opportunity in what we call the Wastewater Utility Advisory Committee. When this first came up we were talking about an assumption in 2017. The City has now operated this utility for almost 4 years. So we’ve gained a lot of experience. And a lot has changed. But this is still an open issue and has recently been discussed.

Coming back on consent on December 7, 2020.

Meeting adjourned.


Eye to the sky!

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Photo by Gloria Z Nagler

Barred Owls can look a little alien, no?
--Gloria Z Nagler


Curl up on your couch with Shoreline Community College Winter Continuing Education classes

Grab a hot drink and tuck into a new Continuing Education class this Winter! 

Online classes begin as soon as early January and require no application or previous experience.

Learn a new language in French Fundamentals or Spanish Beginning, test your skills as an armchair detective in Fingerprints and Forensics: Understanding the Basics of Crime Scene Investigation, or wade into crafting in Embroidery for Beginners. 

Classes include learning activities, lectures, and discussions in a fun and supportive online environment.

To see a full list of classes, please visit the Continuing Education Course Catalog or contact for more information.


NUHSA announces 2020 Human Service Awards

The North Urban Human Services Alliance (NUHSA) is proud to announce its 2020 Human Services Award winners. 

Each award recipient has demonstrated a significant contribution to the health and welfare of our North King County community and has supported or advocated for a strong and accessible health and human services system, strengthening our community through their initiative and leadership. 

New this year is the Youth Human Services Leadership Award to honor the young people in North King County who are advancing the conversation on health and equity and taking action to support the well-being of our community.

Nominees and winners will be honored virtually at NUHSA's 2020 Human Services Awards celebration and annual meeting on December 8, 2020, 5:00 – 6:30pm. 

We are pleased to welcome King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski who will provide introductory remarks. 

To join in the event, register in advance here:

Outstanding Human Services Program

West Side: Shoreline Community Court and Resource Center
East Side: Babies of Homelessness

Center for Human Services Family Support Department
Hunger Intervention Program
North Sound RADAR
Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park

Human Services Champion of the Year

West Side: Karen Tynes, Community Advocate
East Side: George Ahearn, EastWest Food Rescue

Maria Cisneros, Family Liaison, Northshore School District
Theresa LaCroix, Executive Director, Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center
Dallas Wood, Program Director, Hunger Initiatives, YMCA of Greater Seattle

Youth Human Services Leadership Award

Black Lives Matter Shoreline

NUHSA’s Annual Human Services Awards have been celebrating the accomplishments of local individuals and organizations since 2008. 

NUHSA is an alliance of non-profit agencies, faith communities, city and county leadership, school districts and members of the community who advocate for a strong and accessible health and human services system in North King County, encompassing Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, Bothell and Woodinville. 

Through partnership and collaboration, NUHSA supports providers, funders and the community to enhance existing resources and build our capacity to effectively respond to community needs.

For more information, email or call 206-550-5626.


LFP Mayor: Let’s Wrap up the Year Safely

LFP Mayor Jeff Johnson
From Lake Forest Park Mayor Jeff Johnson

As we move into winter, we have all heard about the increasing numbers of COVID cases in Lake Forest Park, our state, and the nation. During our holiday celebrations, let’s please all keep this in mind. I encourage the community to join me in adjusting expectations and celebrating safely, in small household groups.

If we all take measures to protect ourselves and our families, those measures will also help protect our neighbors. I look forward to resuming our community events and programs in 2021, as we move into subsequent phases of the state’s reopening plan. Together, we will make it through to better days and a better 2021.

I know the Lake Forest Park community is a caring one that will continue to support our local businesses and remember those less fortunate. If you are able, please consider donating to a charity of your choice.

In whatever form they take for you and your family this year, I wish you happy holidays.


Support local artists on Artist Sunday Nov 29 - give something handcrafted this Holiday Season

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council and the Gallery at Town Center have joined the Artists Sunday alliance, to promote local artisans and craftspeople on Artists Sunday, which is celebrated on November 29, 2020 the Sunday after Thanksgiving. 

Artist Sunday, falling between Black Friday, Small Business Saturday® and Cyber Monday, is a day dedicated to encouraging consumers to shop with artists and give something special, unique, and hand-crafted this holiday season. 

The Arts Council appreciates the culture artists create and the impact they have on our local community, while adding expression and beauty to our lives.

The Gallery at Town Center has a large selection of handmade art items by Pacific Northwest artists, including jewelry, ceramics, glass, fiber, and wood. We are always on the lookout for new and interesting inventory. Stop by and discover our most recent finds.

On the walls will be 12”x12” (or smaller) paintings, mixed media, prints, and photography – the perfect gift size! Plus, boxes and bags are available for most small items helping to make your gift-wrapping a snap.

Featured Local Artists: Carol Austin, Elsa Bouman, Jean Burnett, Jennifer de Mello e Souza, Lee Harper,Janis Howes, Cheryl Hufnagel, Monica Josephson, Susan Lally-Chiu, Sonya Lang, Alison Leigh Lilly, Marsha Lippert, Jennifer Munson, Mary Peterson, Sue Robertson, Rebecca Shelton, Julie Steed, Shannon Tipple-Leen

Regular Gallery hours: Weds - Sat, 12-5pm

Gallery extended holiday hours:

Sundays: Nov 29 - Dec 20th, 12-5pm
Monday: Dec 21st, 12-5pm
Tuesday: Dec 22nd, 12-5pm
Thursday: Dec 24th, Christmas Eve: 10am-5pm

And you can always shop online!

Questions? Call the Gallery at 206-588-8332.

The Gallery at Town Center is a program of the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Arts Council and is located inside the Lake Forest Park Town Center on the lower level. 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, 98155.

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