Needle in a haystack, dougie in a woodpile:)

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Photo by Gloria Z Nagler

The Douglas squirrel, or chickaree measures 10 to 14 inches in length, including its tail. Its upper parts are reddish-or brownish-gray, and its underparts are orange to yellowish. 

The Douglas squirrel is found in stands of fir, pine, cedar, and other conifers in the Cascade Mountains and western parts of Washington. (Ed. including Lake Forest Park)
--WA Dept of Fish and Wildlife

Chickaree? Now I need a photo of chickaree meets chickadee!


Artworks donations so successful that organizer Billy King wants more this Saturday

North King County Enhanced Shelter at the Oaks
accepting art works Saturday noon to 2pm

Lake Forest Park artist Billy King organized an art drive for art works to hang in the new North King County Enhanced Shelter at the Oaks. (see previous article)

At the drive, held Saturday, February 20, 2021, Billy was hoping for 124 works of art - two for each resident room in the facility.

We received 150 donated works of art! Can you believe it! I'm still getting calls from people wanting to make additional donations.

Billy said that local artists stepped up to help but most of the donations were from seniors looking to downsize - and happy to find a good home for their cherished pieces.

With that success, Billy now has larger ambitions - and he's counting on our readers to help.

Wow! Shoreline Area News casts a wide net, as I was still getting phone calls about the project days after. So we are going to do it one. More. Time.

Homeless Art Drop Off #2
Saturday, February 27, 2021 from Noon - 2pm
North King County Enhanced Shelter at the Oaks
16357 Aurora North, cross street 165th

"Billy says: Bring art any size Ready to Hang. Yes those pieces in the back of the closet, in storage, surplused.

"62 Units of  Homeless Housing seek art esp. from Local Artists and Residents

"It's a big facility, not only housing but several common areas, a kitchen and dining area, reception, etc. Formerly the Oaks Senior living facility. Last weekend we had 150 artworks delivered. With this coming weekend's collection there should be art throughout the facility. See you there...." 

If you have questions, text Billy.

Billy King 
Wm V King
206.340.8881 for text


Vaccines, COVID Response to headline King County Council Town Hall headed by Councilmember Rod Dembowski

King County Public Health Director Patty Hayes and King County Councilmembers Rod Dembowski, Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Joe McDermott, and Girmay Zahilay will hold a virtual town hall on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 6pm to discuss the county’s vaccine distribution efforts, COVID response, and other key issues in front of the council in 2021.

The event is scheduled for Wednesday, March 3rd from 6pm to 7:30pm and will be livestreamed on the King County Council Facebook page

Councilmembers will be accepting questions from the community during the event as well as in advance. Visit for more details.

Councilmember Dembowski represents north end cities on the King county council: Bothell, Kenmore, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, North Seattle, Shoreline, and Woodinville.


Case updates February 23, 2021; deaths in U.S. from COVID exceed half a million

Screenshot from ceremony mourning half million dead from COVID

  • Vaccine Phase Finder Vaccine Locations
Case updates February 23, 2021

United States 
  • cases 28,065,327 - 69,563 since yesterday
  • deaths 501,181 - 2,130 since yesterday

Washington state
  • cases 336,565 - 872 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 19,211 - 51 since yesterday
  • deaths 4,912 - 31 since yesterday 

King county
  • cases 81,525  - 146 since yesterday 
  • hospitalizations 5,090 - 7 since yesterday 
  • deaths 1,365 - 8 since yesterday 

Seattle - population 744,995 (2018) 
  • cases 20,157 - 31 since yesterday 
  • hospitalizations 1,192 - 3 since yesterday
  • deaths 355 - 1 since yesterday 

Shoreline - population 56,752 (2018)
  • cases 1,992 -  -2 since yesterday 
  • hospitalizations 182 - 3 since yesterday
  • deaths 87 - 0 since yesterday

Lake Forest Park - 13,569 (2018)
  • cases 266 -   -1 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 16 -   -1 since yesterday 
  • deaths 4 - 0 since yesterday


Emergency response to Walgreen's

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Just before 2pm on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, an incident at the Walgreen's at 175th and Aurora brought police to the store.

They were followed by a Shoreline Medic van, then an ambulance.

No further information is available.


Customer candidate sought for City Light Review Panel

Crews installing an automated
switch. Photo courtesy City Light
Seattle City Light is seeking a candidate to serve on the City Light Review Panel and represent our suburban franchise customers. 

This is a Mayoral appointment to the Review Panel and the candidate will be appointed by Seattle Mayor Durkan and confirmed by the Seattle City Council.

The Review Panel, established in 2010 through City Council Ordinance Number 123256, plays an important role in providing input and engagement of City Light ratepayers in the development and review of the utility’s biennial update to the six-year Strategic Plan. 

The Review Panel is also tasked with reviewing electricity rate proposals, assessing City Light’s electricity rate design, and considering the implementation of cost allocation changes among customer classes.

The current vacant panel position is designated for a City Light Suburban Franchise Customer Representative, preferably with knowledge and interest in the electricity industry.

The candidate must reside in one of the following communities - cities of Tukwila, Burien, SeaTac, Renton, Normandy Park, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, or unincorporated King County (White Center/Bryn Mawr-Skyway). 

City Light is committed to racial diversity and inclusion in recruitment for this position.

For more details regarding participation in the Review Panel and Strategic Plan, including the time commitment to attend regular monthly meetings, please visit the links below:
This position is appointed by the City Council to serve a renewable three-year term. Qualified candidates will be screened and forwarded to Seattle City Councilmember Pedersen’s office for consideration.

To be considered for appointment by the City Council to the City Light Review Panel, please send a letter of interest and resume by Friday, March 19, 2021 to


Agenda for Shoreline council meeting Monday March 1, 2021

The agenda for Monday's (March 1, 2021) meeting of the Shoreline City Council has two study items:

8(a) Panel Presentation on Law Enforcement (Police) Accountability: Community Engagement, Transparency and Body Worn Cameras

Guest panelists include:
  1. Abiel Woldu, a community advocate who currently serves as the Chair of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CACLEO) for the King County Office of Law Enforcement and Oversight (OLEO);
  2. Major Jeffrey Flohr, an employee of the King County’s Sheriff’s Office (KCSO), currently serving as part of the Command Team overseeing development of a KCSO pilot program for body worn cameras;
  3. Anthony Finnell, an employee of the Seattle’s Office of the Inspector General and a board member of the National Association of Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE); and
  4. Jennifer Lee, the Technology and Liberty Manager for American Civil Liberties Union of Washington.
There may be an additional panelists joining the Council tonight, bringing the perspective of local government, although that is still to be confirmed.

8(b) Discussion of Resolution No. 470 - Amending the Council Rules of Procedure

In addition to various housekeeping edits to reflect current business practice, fix grammar, and provide clarity and consistency, “Approval of the Agenda” would occur earlier in regular meetings, and any final action by Council (regarding an Executive Session) must be taken at an open session.


Notes from Shoreline council meeting February 22, 2021

Pam Cross, reporter
Shoreline City Council Meeting
February 22, 2021

Notes by Pam Cross

Deputy Mayor Scully called the remote meeting to order at 7:00pm.

Mayor Hall was excused for personal reasons.

Report of the City Manager, presented by John Norris, Assistant City Manager

Winter Weather

Snow response recap


King County cases continue on a strong downward trend.

Our region, consisting of King, Snohomish and Pierce Counties, remain in Phase 2 of the Healthy Washington Plan.

COVID-19 update

COVID-19 case and recovery metric update

Please continue to protect our community
  • Wear a face covering, especially indoors in public settings regardless of the distance between people.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands regularly.
  • Maintain six (6) feet of distance, indoors and outdoors.
  • Outdoor gatherings with a limit of 15 people from two households.
  • Get tested at the first sign of illness.
  • It is safest to stay at home.
City Hall remains closed to the public. Most services can be accessed online, by phone, or by drop off. For more information visit

COVID-19 Vaccinations

Although there is information available on Shoreline’s website, people are encouraged to go to for the most up-to date information on eligibility and locations providing vaccines.

The City is currently updating its Transportation Master Plan (TMP).

The TMP supports all forms of travel – by foot, bicycle, skateboard, scooter, stroller, wheelchair, transit, motorcycle, automobile, etc. The TMP will guide local and regional transportation investments and define the City’s future transportation policies, programs, and projects for the next 20 years. You can contribute by taking the short survey available at through Feb 28.

Proposition 1 will appear on the April 27 ballot for park improvements and park land acquisition. Learn more about it at

Public Reminders

The PRCS/Tree Board will hold a remote meeting February 25 at 7pm. For additional information go to

Council Reports

Councilmember Chang attended the King County Regional Transit Committee meeting. They are beginning to plan for restoration of services. Take a survey to provide your input about routes you use. Search for “metro route to recovery” before March 8 to locate the survey.

Metro service guidelines prioritize equity, productivity (how many riders) and geographic value. Based on these priorities, the North End (including Shoreline) ends up with no new routes at all. Yet future bond measures will be countywide. We have been given large growth targets by King County. But no increased transit. Metro needs to coordinate routes with the growth targets. We can’t plan on growth without more transit.

Councilmember McGlashan attended a session at AWC (Association of Washington Cities) Action Days. Representative Fey spoke about transportation and it appears the State Legislature is pushing through a transportation program this year. But since they are under court order to work on the culverts, he didn’t know how much of the budget will come to the cities.

Sound Transit is getting some of their routes back but funding is a concern. Lynnwood Link shouldn’t be affected, but others north of that will.

Councilmember Robertson: The North King County Task Force had another meeting. Although scheduled to open in December, the North King County Enhanced Shelter at the Oaks is still not hosting any clients. They are still prepping the building and getting the old systems updated. The fire inspection process is continuing. The enhanced shelter is still weeks away from hosting residents. They have hired a manager who will be working to get the whole team in place.

The task force was convened in the summer to locate this shelter. Now they are looking into what their purpose will be going forward.

Councilmember McConnell had a meeting with the National League of Cities Transportation and Infrastructure Services (TIS) Committee focused on inequities of public transportation that the pandemic has brought into focus.

Public Comment

Adel Sefrioui, Vice-President Evergreen Point Group (small, multi-family developer) offered their perspective why development has failed to move forward in the MUR-70 Zones.

Jackie Kurle, Shoreline, supports the homeless but expressed the need for more transparency from the City. For example, letters from the City concerning the North King County Enhanced Shelter at the Oaks project should be widely distributed instead limited to the immediate neighbors.

Approval of the Agenda

Agenda adopted by unanimous consent.

Approval of the Consent Calendar

Consent Calendar approved unanimously by roll call vote.

Action Item 8(a) Action on Ordinance No. 919 – Amending Title 2 of the Shoreline Municipal Code to Create a New Chapter 2.70, Compensation and Salary Commission, to Establish a Salary Commission for Elected Officials

Don Mortiz, Human Resources Director, made the brief presentation

This was last discussed at the Jan 25, 2021 Council meeting.

Since Shoreline’s incorporation, salaries for Councilmembers have been set by Council action thought enactment of an ordinance. At the January meeting, Council was supportive of amending the Shoreline Municipal Code to create a Salary Commission and directed staff to bring back proposed Ordinance No. 919 for adoption.

Proposed update to Ordinance 919


No additional discussion.


Passed unanimously by a vote of 6-0

Study Item 9(a) Panel Presentation on Police Accountability: Legislative Activity in Olympia and the Uses and Limitation of Data

Introduction of panel and presentation by Jim Hammond, City Manager’s Office

The panel consists of Jaqueline Helfgott, Devitta Briscoe and Sharon Swanson.

Jaqueline Helfgott, Professor at Seattle University, and Director of the school’s Crime and Justice Research Center.

Helfgott talked about the use and limitation of data. We need to capture usable data for how people process through the criminal justice system from beginning to end. But it is hard to coordinate data across systems of police, prosecuting attorney’s office, and jails because they all focus on different things. Also, there are different laws in different states, like the legality of marijuana, which makes it difficult to compare cities. Different cities follow different groups, based on the makeup of their population. This makes a randomized study impossible to do. There is not enough funding to attempt a coordinated approach.

Hammond: We’ve looked at traffic stops. In Shoreline, 6% of residents are POC, yet tickets to POC are 10% of the total. However, stops for Shoreline residents are 1%.

Helfgott: we would need to know more about the variables of each traffic stop. Traffic stop rate could be indicating people driving through Shoreline.

Hammond: Shoreline biannual survey asks how satisfied are you overall, with the enforcement of laws, crimes prevention, how safe do you feel. Is this information helpful? Or would you ask other questions?

Helfgott: We ask Seattle residents some of the same questions although Shoreline is more focused on broader community public safety. Seattle has scale items allowing us to rate one area against another. Shoreline taps into some of the same areas, but the data is much more limited. We are talking about 900 respondents in Shoreline vs 10,000 in Seattle. These are randomized surveys sent to a percentage of residents.


Is there a standard approach to the question of when we might have enough evidence to show a potential a problem?

Helfgott: I am a researcher who measures data but I do not make policy recommendations. It is up to policymakers to determine at what threshold they want to act.

Are there resources to tell us what kind of questions we should be asking and what kind of data we should be collecting to do a better job?

Helfgott: In Seattle there is a police crisis template that is very detailed about how police make decisions. Not many cities have this. You can always look at what other cities have done to collect their data.

Devitta Briscoe, community advocate who is assistant director of Not This Time and part of the Washington Coalition for Police Accountability, is active in the current state legislative session

Briscoe: Five years ago I lost my brother, Che Taylor. Andre Taylor (Che's brother) and his wife Dove founded Not This Time soon after his death. Police attempted to make his arrest but he was shot within 9 seconds, then handcuffed, and left to bleed out. He did not have a weapon, was not resisting, and had his hands up.

We pushed Initiative 940 requiring mandatory de-escalation, mental health training, independent investigations, and the rendering of first aid. Although it passed, violent incidences of deadly force did not decrease at all. Investigations are still not transparent or fair. This brought Not This Time to join the Washington Coalition for Police Accountability.

The priorities include changing police culture, clarifying public expectation of officer behavior, and prohibiting neck restraints, police dogs attacks, tear gas, no-knock warrants, use of military weapons, hot pursuit, shooting at moving vehicles. We don’t want to eliminate police dogs, but we need to prohibit attacks including biting. De-escalation should be first and deadly force a last result. We need better police training, hiring, and accountability. We also need Independent investigations - not by another law enforcement entity.

Sharon Swanson, Association of Washington Cities (AWC) staff member who is tracking police accountability legislative proposals in Olympia

Swanson: AWC supports 4 of the 5 issues mentioned by Ms. Briscoe. Police reform is one of our legislative priorities. Our main priority is to ask the State to set a standard for use of force while preserving the ability of local jurisdictions to have more restrictive standards if they choose to. AWC values local control, but with the number of jurisdictions involved, law enforcement should be a statewide conversation. Zip code should not determine how you interact with law enforcement. We are in favor of the vast majority of these reforms and then will work on the specific language. Two police chiefs have asked to be included and we need that perspective. We have to know we are getting the language right, that the adopted language can be trained to, and case law has to be involved. My role has been to facilitate those conversations about HB 1054 (establishing requirements for tactics and equipment used by peace officers) and HB 1310 (concerning permissible uses of force). We are trending in the right direction


Should we assume that what will come out of this will be a hybrid?

Swanson: There are about 15 separate bills addressing tactics used, what and when use of force can be used, liability, duty to intervene, audit criteria added to investigations - there will be many bills that pass.

HB 1202 (addressing meaningful civil remedies for persons injured as a result of police misconduct) would hold the city independently liable for actions of law enforcement. How would that affect cities that are contract cities, like Shoreline?

Swanson: You will have to ask your City Attorney. It will depend on the contract wording and what the City’s involvement is in police operations. AWC does not support this bill. Cities do not control all of the things they could be held accountable for. Cities don’t control training, who is fired, or whether they stay fired. It increases liability in areas we cannot control. We need a compromise.

Collective bargaining makes it difficult to discipline and/or dismiss an officer. It appears that the WA Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs support more control given to chiefs. Is that concept in any of these bills?

Swanson: Yes the Sheriffs and Police Chiefs want to allow for more authority and autonomy of management but this doesn’t appear to be moving forward. There will need to be a larger conversation about the role of collective bargaining and unions, but it hasn’t taken place. It would have to be at the State level because the ability for collective bargaining for State employees is provided by statute.

Is there any thought about expanding the concept of mental health teams like RADAR?

Swanson: AWC supports this type of program, either ride-along or available to law enforcement when needed. The conversations are taking place but at this time because of the financial needs to expand the programs, we may need to get to that later.

We rely on the police for everything. From your perspective, should we be focusing solely on police accountability, use of force and police culture? Probably yes, but where do these other things come in?

Briscoe: We need to think about the totality of circumstances. We can’t expect officers, even with mental health training, to take the place of social workers. While there are no bills focused on that, we need to continue the conversation that will push for services like RADAR.

HB 1203 requires community oversight boards. Are there positive examples of these community boards in other areas? What are the concerns that WAC has about this?

Swanson: there has been a lot of work on this bill, but the problem is it would be a mandate. Some cities have their own oversight boards and they don’t want to recreate what they already have. Some mayors and city councils feel that this is their role, especially disciplining officers. How will we pay for it? Right now the cost is too much. Citizen involvement is a good idea, but may not work in every jurisdiction where there aren’t that many people interested in going that far. It’s a lot of responsibility. Maybe we should think about starting with a pilot program. It may not work as proponents think it will.

Briscoe: HB 1203 is not on our priority list and I don’t know of any examples.

Hammond: this will be addressed at the Council meeting next week.

Study Item 9(b) Discussing Ordinance No. 920 - Repealing and Replacing Shoreline Municipal Code (SM) Chapter 3.01 – Fee Schedule, Ordinance No. 921 - Establishing a Fee Schedule for Impact Fees, and Resolution No. 471 - Adopting a Fee Schedule

Margaret King, City Attorney, made the presentation

About the Fee schedule

Impact on budget ordinance

Ordinance 920 would repeal and replace the existing SMC3.01 to provide for adoption of the City Fee Schedule by resolution and amend certain sections of the SMC to ensure correct citation based on this modification. Impact fees for parks, transportation, and fire are specifically excluded and instead are adopted by separate ordinance.

  • Ordinance 911 would adopt the parks, transportation, and fire impact fees for 2021.
  • Resolution 471 adopts the 2021 fee schedule.

No action is required tonight. We are looking for staff direction regarding the proposed modifications to the fee schedule structure.


Even though we are moving towards a resolution-based process for adopting fees, Council will be the one to adopt them, right?

Ms.King: correct

Council agrees this can to come back on the Consent Calendar at the March 15 meeting.

Meeting adjourned.

Attend meetings, review materias, make comments: Information HERE



Wednesday, February 24, 2021


Photo by Lee Lageschulte

It snowed in Everett but we have daffodils.


Case updates February 22, 2021

  • Vaccine Phase Finder Vaccine Locations
Case updates February 22, 2021

United States 
  • cases 27,993,504 - 55,419 since yesterday
  • deaths 498,993 - 1,578 since yesterday

Washington state
  • cases 335,693 - 1,731 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 19,160 - 50 since yesterday
  • deaths 4,881 - 24 since yesterday 

King county
  • cases 81,379  - 102 since yesterday 
  • hospitalizations 5,083 - 1 since yesterday 
  • deaths 1,357 - 12 since yesterday 

Seattle - population 744,995 (2018) 
  • cases 20,126 - 16 since yesterday 
  • hospitalizations 1,189 -  -2 since yesterday
  • deaths 354 - 2 since yesterday 

Shoreline - population 56,752 (2018)
  • cases 1,997 - 5 since yesterday 
  • hospitalizations 179 - 0 since yesterday
  • deaths 87 - 0 since yesterday

Lake Forest Park - 13,569 (2018)
  • cases 267 - 1 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 17 - 1 since yesterday 
  • deaths 4 - 0 since yesterday


The Roots of Magic: Senior Center TeleCafe Wednesday

Shoreline - Lake Forest Park TeleCafe
Wednesday 2:00-2:45pm

Mtg ID 859 8484 8513 password senior2021

The Roots of Music is a program that teaches music history and theory as well as instrumental instruction and ensemble performance preparation. 

They serve kids ages 9-14 from low-income households, and provide our students with hot meals and round-trip transportation to reduce common barriers to participation. 

Five days a week, 12 months a year, our program delivers over 2,500 hours of music education and other academic tutoring, over 30,400 nutritious hot meals, 1,400 bus journeys, and supplies over 150 instruments for student use. We believe music has the power to transform lives. 

The Roots of Music empowers the youth of New Orleans through music education, academic support, and mentorship, while preserving and promoting the unique musical and cultural heritage of our city.

  • What: A Zoom social hour, a chance to visit while staying home and staying safe. Grab a cup of coffee and pull up to chat!
  • Who: You and your friends from the Shoreline Lake Forest Park Senior Center
  • Where: From the comfort of your own computer or smartphone
  • When: February 24th, 2021, 2:00pm-2:45pm
  • Meeting ID: 859 8484 8513
  • Password: senior2021

Coming up next week: March 3 Questions about Medicare? Join us with guest John James from we speak Medicare,org for an informative session about a Medicare / Medicaid Insurance


Jobs: City of Shoreline Administrative Assistant III

City of Shoreline
Administrative Assistant III

CLOSING DATE: 03/09/21 11:59pm


Shoreline is an inclusive City that endeavors to build a work culture which embraces diversity, encourages participation, and promotes equity.

Selection Process: Top candidates, invited for an interview, may be subject to a writing skills test.

The Recreation, Cultural and Community Services Department (RCCS) is home to wide range of city services. The person in this position will provide primary support to Department Administration and Public Art but may also be called upon to support any of our program areas as needed. 

It is an exciting time to join our team as we have just completed a reorganization process and there are opportunities to shape how we work together into the future. This will be a robust and fast-paced role at the heart of the Department. We are excited to welcome a new team member with enthusiasm for public service and social equity!


To provide highly complex administrative support to the Recreation, Cultural and Community Services (RCCS) Director including providing primary administrative support to the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services/Tree Board; provide back-up assistance as needed to Department Management Team and/or Program Managers; respond to citizen inquiries and formal public information requests; and to perform a variety of tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.

Job description and application


City of Mountlake Terrace: part time recreation jobs

City of Mountlake Terrace has three part-time recreation positions

Gym/Ballfield Attendant

This position is a recreation leader for athletic programs and facilities. This is an evening and weekend shift position that is responsible for setting up for rentals and preparing fields for games. This position requires terrific organizational skills, leadership, and responsibility.

Job description and application: here
Status Open
Category Part-Time Employment Opportunities
Published Feb 23, 2021, 01:30 PM

Tennis Instructor

This position is responsible for instructing tennis in one or more of the following programs: Tennis Team, Tennis Lessons, and Tennis Camps.

Must be available Tuesday -- Friday for programs that run:
  • 9am to 3pm June 24th to August 29th
  • and 6:30pm to 8:30pm May 27th to September 25th.
Job description and application here

Status Open
Category Part-Time Employment Opportunities
Published Feb 23, 2021, 01:30 PM

Tennis Assistant

This position is responsible for instructing tennis in one or more of the following programs: Tennis Team, Tennis Lessons, and Tennis Camps.

Dates are flexible but typically are:
  • Must be available Tuesday -- Friday for programs that run:
  • 9am to 3pm June 22nd to September 2nd
  • and 6:30pm to 8:30pm May 19th to September 1st.
Job description and application here

Status Open
Category Part-Time Employment Opportunities
Published Feb 23, 2021, 01:30 PM


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Book recommendations


Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter here


Sound Transit work will close 1st NE on Wednesday

On Wednesday, February 24, 2021 Sound Transit will close 1st Ave NE between NE 158th to NE 159th to work on storm drains. 

The closure will take place between the work hours of 7:00am to 5:00pm.

Work consists of heavy equipment and residents should expect construction noises.

There will be local access only for residents who live on 1st Ave NE between NE 158th to NE 159th Street.

Contact information

Community Engagement: or 206-398-5300
After-hours construction hotline: 888-298-2395


Polar Plunge helps LFP Police meet Special Olympics goal - still time to donate

It's cold out there!
Photo courtesy LFP Police

As previously reported, Lake Forest Park PD  partnered with UW Police to raise funds for Special Olympics Washington.

The big event was the Polar Plunge into Lake Washington from the Civic Club.

We met our goal of $2,000. Our new goal is $2,500! Donations are still being accepted through 2/26. 

Help us reach our goal! Go to 

Thank you NorthShore Fire for the help!




Residential fire early Wednesday morning in Shoreline

Shoreline Fire responded to a residential structure fire in the 18000 block of Stone Ave N which was called in at 2:15am Wednesday morning.

They described it as "mostly a boarded up building." There were no injuries.

They extinguished fire and called in the King County Investigator.

Northshore And South County Fire assisted.


New COVID telephone line for blind and low vision individuals

Funded by a grant from WA Department of Health, Washington State School for the Blind began working on ways to increase awareness of accessible resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic through the creation of BLIND COVID. 

Blind and low vision individuals can call 360-947-3330 to ask questions regarding access to resources related to COVID-19. No medical advice will be given, as the purpose of BLIND COVID access line is to provide access to information over the phone that may otherwise be difficult to locate through the web or other means. 

BLINDCOVID.COM will have additional media and a podcast specifically focused at providing information related to navigating daily life throughout the pandemic.


First flowers on the block

Tuesday, February 23, 2021


Lee Lageschulte found a wonderful variety of camellias

Camellias are usually the first to bloom, often starting in January

The bushes are often six feet tall, and covered with bright pink blooms.

Spring really is here

All photos by Lee Lageschulte


High school swimming season begins with both teams in outdoor pools, while dive teams train in Everett

Shorewood swimmers at the Innis Arden Club outdoor pool
Photo by Susie McDowell

By Susie McDowell 
Shorewood Head Girls’ Swim Coach

Monday, February 22, 2021 was Opening Day for Shoreline athletic seasons beginning with “Fall” sports! 

Sports across the state have been allotted shorter seasons, with the mission being to provide high school athletes with the opportunity to be a part of a team, support physical and mental health, and for students to be given the chance to compete again.

Girls’ High School Swimming and Diving is off and running! 

A shift for high school aquatics in Shoreline is the additional challenge of a venue change. Following the permanent closure of the Shoreline Pool, both Shorewood and Shorecrest have had to seek other sites. 

With a lack of pools in the area, Shorewood swim has landed at Innis Arden and Shorecrest swim at Sheridan Beach. Yes, those are outdoor pools! 

While both programs are extremely grateful to have new homes, the reality of being outside in cold weather months will create challenges. 

The dive portion of each program just secured the site of Mariner High School in Everett. 

The immediate demand, of course, for the swim and dive programs is to run a safe opportunity for students during a pandemic. Some modifications include dividing practices, less athletes in a lane, social distancing, and virtual meets.

This season is seen as an opportunity to honor our Seniors and one to be viewed as a bridge to the next season for underclassmen.

While the season will be different, it will be something. Congratulations to all the athletes who have joined the Shorewood and Shorecrest Swim and Dive teams!


LFP Council holding Town Center and multifamily tax-exemption program Public Hearings February 25

LFP City Council to hold two public hearing at its Thursday council meeting

At its regular meeting on Thursday, February 25, 2021, the Lake Forest Park City Council is holding two public hearings as part of the Town Center Code and Design Guidelines update.

The meeting begins at 7:00pm and will be held virtually, via Zoom. Click here for the agenda and Zoom participation information. Public hearings are held at the beginning of the meeting, very close to the 7:00pm meeting start time.

The first public hearing is to consider proposed amendments to the Lake Forest Park Municipal Code (LFPMC) and Design Guidelines Pertaining to the Town Center Zone (Ord. 1217) and Related Regulations in the LFPMC for Development Agreements (Ord. 1218), Off-street Parking (Ord. 1219), Screening and Landscaping (Ord. 1220), and Multifamily Tax Exemption (Ord. 1221).

The second public hearing concerns a proposed designation of Residential Targeted Areas for a Multifamily Tax Exemption (MFTE) program (see Ord. 1221) within the City limits.

The Council has been working on the Town Center code and design guidelines update in response to the Sound Transit 3 project, and is approaching the end of the process, with a plan to approve the update before the current moratorium on Town Center development expires on March 31, 2021.

Under state law, cities are allowed to provide for exemptions from value-based property taxes, on the qualified multifamily housing developments in order to stimulate the construction of new, rehabilitated, or converted multifamily housing within “Residential Targeted Areas.” 

These are known as Multi-family Tax Exemption (MFTE) programs

As part of the Town Center code and design guidelines process, the Council is considering the adoption of such a program within the City, designating four areas as “Residential Targeted Areas”: Town Center, Southern Gateway—Corridor, RM-900 Residential Multifamily, and RM-1800 zones. 

Owners of property within areas designated as Residential Targeted Areas would be able to apply for the MFTE.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the public hearings and provide comments to the Council.

If you would like to sign up to speak at the meeting ahead of time or find out how to submit written comments for the public hearings, click here. There will also be an opportunity during the hearings for attendees to use the “raise a hand” feature in Zoom and get in the speakers’ queues for these hearings.


Comic Book Historian tackles superheroes and the power of representation on Wed, 2/24

Representation matters. For nearly a century, from Wonder Woman to Black Panther, superheroes have been reflecting the challenges of our times and showing us our potential. Their cultural relevance and influence is powerful.

On Wednesday, February 24th at 7pm, join Third Place Commons to explore the impact and significance of these potent images and stories in Comic Book Reality: Superheroes and the Power of Representation. Teens welcome!

Comic Book Historian Andrew Wahl
Presenter T. Andrew Wahl is a journalist who has worked as an editor and editorial cartoonist. 

Wahl is a lifelong comic book aficionado, focusing on the Bronze Age (1975-85) of the American comic book. 

Wahl studied comic books as a part of his MA in the humanities at Fort Hays State University. 

He currently teaches journalism at Everett Community College.

As a comic book historian, Wahl has spent years charting the evolution of comic books and superheroes as reflections of their times, as well as their influence on culture. 

And as comic book superheroes have diversified, he has also observed a noticeable evolution in their audiences.

As Wahl explained in the Bainbridge Island Review
“When I was a kid, if you went to a comic book convention … it was probably 95 percent white men in the room. If a woman walked in the room it was actually like a unicorn coming in, we’d all kind of stop and stare. 
"And now if you go to Emerald City [Comic Con] in Seattle it’s about 50-50 in terms of the gender mix; people from all walks of life, all different kinds of sexual identity backgrounds, race and ethnicity backgrounds. It’s just a much more encompassing community now and all of that has been reflected in the stories themselves.”

From Captain America (born to fight Hitler and the Nazis) to Wonder Woman (created to foster feminism and peace) to the X-Men (who gained their powers in a metaphorical civil rights movement), Wahl explores the significance of characters who are considerably more than kids’ stuff.

So whether you’re a lifelong comics fan or have just a passing interest in the latest Marvel blockbuster, tune in Wednesday at 7pm to find out what you’ve been missing.

REGISTER HERE for Comic Book Reality: Superheroes and the Power of Representation.

This event is part of Third Place Commons’ TPC At Home programming, designed to keep community connected during these often isolating times. And it’s a program designed for both adults and teens, so bring your teens!

Third Place Commons, a community supported 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, has been building real community in the heart of Lake Forest Park for over 20 years. In addition to presenting its largest program, the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market, Third Place Commons now also fosters real community in digital space with TPC At Home programs.

On March 6th at 5pm, Third Place Commons will host its Finally 21 Online Party and Fundraiser to raise vital support for community programs and the LFP Farmers Market, and to sustain Third Place Commons through the Covid era. Get your Party Passes here.


Case updates February 21, 2021

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Case updates February 21, 2021

    United States 

    • cases 27,938,085 - 55,528 cases in one day
    • deaths 497,415 - 1,303 cases in one day

    Washington state 
    • cases 333,962 - 1168 in one day
    • hospitalizations 19,110 - 77 in one day
    • deaths 4,857 - 35 in one day

    King county
    • cases 81,277 - 102 since yesterday 
    • hospitalizations 5,082 - 10 since yesterday
    • deaths 1,345 - 0 since yesterday

    Seattle - population 744,995 (2018) 
    • cases 20,110 - 29 since yesterday 
    • hospitalizations 1,191 - 3 since yesterday
    • deaths 352 - 1 since yesterday

    Shoreline - population 56,752 (2018)
    • cases 1,992 -  -3 since yesterday 
    • hospitalizations 179 - 1 since yesterday 
    • deaths 87 - 0 since yesterday

    Lake Forest Park - 13,569 (2018)
    • cases 266 -  -1 since yesterday
    • hospitalizations 16 -   -1 since yesterday 
    • deaths 4 - 0 since yesterday


    Eagle Scout project: donate your old phones and chargers

    Pilsung Kwak stands next to a store display which includes his drop off box
    Photo courtesy Pilsung Kwak

    Pilsung Kwak is currently conducting his Eagle Scout project with Troop 309 and The Lake Forest Park Rotary Club. Troop 309 is led by Scoutmaster Dwight Thompson and Assistant Scoutmaster Todd Wunder, who are both providing help in planning and conducting the project. 

    Kwak explains, "My project is a phone donation drive in which I am collecting ANY type of phone in ANY condition as well as things such as chargers (portable or not) and phone cases."

    These cellphones will be donated to the Youth Services Committee of the Lake Forest Park Rotary Foundation and given to homeless teenagers after restoration. 

    Homeless teenagers require these phones to call for help, find jobs, study for school, etc. and these issues have been exacerbated by COVID-19. Most businesses allow limited in-person access meaning phones are an even more vital resource. 

    The project is currently ongoing and will be conducted until March 1st. 

    "I currently have 4 stores that serve as drop-off zones for the phones. In each store is a box which I put there to collect the phones. 

    These stores are:

    Each store has a drop-off box which will be regularly cleaned and emptied by volunteers from my Troop. Simply drop your phone and other miscellaneous objects into the box and we will take care of the rest. 

    Please abide by all Covid-19 restrictions while donating your phones. Thank you very much for helping better our community. 

    For more information or question, they have a website at: or email

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