Case updates April 15, 2021 - it still is not safe to return to your old life

Saturday, April 17, 2021

  Vaccine Locations
Vaccine eligibility is open everyone in Washington state. See the article here. Case numbers continue to rise and there is talk of a Fourth Wave. You are not fully protected until two weeks after the second shot and even then there have been around 200 cases in the state of "break-through" where fully vaccinated people still got COVID-19.


Case updates April 15, 2021


United States 
  • Total cases 31,306,928 - 74,834 in one day
  • Total deaths 562,296 - 834 in one day

Washington state  
  • Total cases 383,894 -  2,169 new cases in a day  
  • Total hospitalizations 21,368 - 76 in a day 
  • Total deaths 5,380 - 18 in a day 

King county 
  • Total cases 93,046 - 447 in a day  
  • Total hospitalizations 5,532 - 29 in a day  
  • Total deaths 1,493 - 1 in a day  

Seattle - population 744,995 (2018) 
  • Total cases 22,910 - 100 in a day
  • Total hospitalizations 1,279 - 3 in a day
  • Total deaths 383 - 1 in a day

Shoreline - population 56,752 (2018) 
  • Total cases 2,199 -  13 in a day 
  • Total hospitalizations 191 - 0 in a day
  • Total deaths 92 - no change

Lake Forest Park - 13,569 (2018) 
  • cases 298 - 0 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 17 - 0 since yesterday
  • deaths 4 - no change



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UPDATE: The differences among Prop 1 and Prop 1 and Prop 1

Shoreline Fire Chief Matt Cowan issued a short statement to let voters know the Shoreline Fire Prop 1 has nothing to do with the other Prop 1 measures

By Diane Hettrick

Considering that both Shoreline and Lake Forest Park have Prop 1 on their ballots, it's understandable that there is some confusion. To add to the confusion, Shoreline Fire has a measure on the Shoreline ballot to renew their benefit charge.

AND Shoreline Fire Chief Matt Cowan has reminded me that their renewal measure is ALSO CALLED PROP 1

Shoreline Fire benefit charge

This is a reauthorization of charges that Shoreline residents pay for fire protection and emergency services. 

There is no organized opposition.

Only Shoreline residents vote on this measure.

Northshore Fire measure
Photo by Diane Hettrick
Red signs

Lake Forest Park / Kenmore Prop 1 is about the proposed merger of two fire departments - Northshore, which serves LFP and Kenmore and Woodinville Fire and Rescue, which serves Woodinville.

The Northshore firefighters' union is strongly opposed and is placing red No signs all over both cities.

The city councils of Lake Forest Park and Kenmore voted unanimously to oppose the measure.

Only Lake Forest Park and Kenmore residents vote on this measure.

20 years of park improvements in Shoreline

Green signs

Shoreline Prop 1 is about a 20 year plan for major improvements on five existing parks and acquisition of new land for green spaces as the city fills up with multifamily buildings.

It is a renewal of an existing, expiring charge and will add a monthly amount of around $5 a month, depending on the value of your property. (see article on how to find out what you would pay)

There are Yes yard signs and people on corners waving Yes signs to support the parks proposition.

There is no organized opposition.

Only Shoreline residents vote on the Parks measure.


Turn in ALL ballots by Tuesday, April 27, 2021

You can take your ballot to any King county drop box. They all get sent to the same place.
  • 192nd and Aurora Park n Ride in the corner with the rain garden
  • Shoreline Library parking lot on the corner of NE 175th and 5th NE (remember you can't turn across 175th when you are headed west)
  • Lake Forest Park City Hall in the northeast corner of Town Center at the intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way
  • You can also mail your ballot with no postage required.

There is a high validation requirement because of the turnout for the Presidential election, so voting - whether Yes or No - is important if you want your opinion heard.



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Video Tours of Einstein and Kellogg Middle Schools are online


Community Connections Presentation and Video Tours of Einstein and Kellogg Middle Schools

Did you miss our Community Connections presentations this week on the rebuilding of Einstein and Kellogg Middle Schools? 

You can watch a recording of the presentation and discussion of the design and construction process, as well as standalone video tours of each school at the links below.

Community Connections Presentation https://vimeo.com/537731668 - 58 minutes

Einstein Middle School photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

Einstein Video Tour https://vimeo.com/537070671 - 12 minutes

Kellogg Middle School photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

Kellogg Video Tour https://vimeo.com/537072716 - 10 minutes

Shoreline Public Schools are divided into two "corridors" east and west and cover two cities - Shoreline and Lake Forest Park. I-5 is the dividing line.


Students in the west corridor attend elementary school at Syre, Echo Lake, Meridian Park, Highland Terrace, and Parkwood. Then they move on to Einstein Middle School and Shorewood High School.

Students in the east corridor attend elementary school at Lake Forest Park, Brookside, Ridgecrest,  Briarcrest, as well as Cascade K-8, and the Home Exchange Network. They move to Kellogg Middle School and Shorecrest High School.


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Grace Cole work party Saturday will use a motorized wheelbarrow to get wood chips to the upper reaches of the park

Photo by Diane Hettrick

Lake Forest Park
Saturday, April 17, 2021 9am

This is a reminder about the Grace Cole Work Party tomorrow, April 17, 2021. It will be a glorious day weather-wise, so I hope to see you there. We will begin at 9am for a gathering at the kiosk to list all of the goals for the day. 

Some of these are listed below:
  • We are renting a motorized wheelbarrow to allow us to haul wood chips up to the upper reaches of the park.
  • Clean up and wood chip spreading at the front entrance, and several other prominent locations.
  • Some potted plants to distribute and plant
  • Instruction and use of weed wrenches to remove small holly and laurel trees
  • Ivy removal from the upper hillsides
We still are not out of the pandemic so social distancing and PPE should be practiced. Many have received vaccinations, but to ease concerns of others, those folks still need to wear PPE when near others.

Even though it will be warm tomorrow, I recommend long pants and gloves. The nettles and berry vines will remind you of that suggestion should you forget. We have many of the tools at the shed, but if you have a favorite one, bring it along.

I saw the city pressure washing the boardwalk yesterday. Thanks to them for getting that done. The lower reaches of the park are still wetlands, so most of the work will be concentrated in the upper areas and along the main footpath.

Thanks for your participation and Happy Spring!

James Mead
jameslmead@comcast.net



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Inebriated driver didn't appreciate the rescue

From the King County Sheriff's Office (KCSO)

Chugging Vodka straight from the bottle is your prerogative. Might we suggest you do it at home instead of in front of a deputy who has just responded to your DUI crash?
 
The driver took out the stop sign, the pole and street name sign, and made a serious dent in the fence around the Seattle Golf Club. Photo courtesy KCSO

On April 1, 2021 at 6:00pm, our 9-1-1 communications center received a call regarding an accident in the 14500 block of Greenwood Ave N in Shoreline.
 
Responding deputies arrived and observed a female sitting in the driver's seat with her seatbelt on and a vodka bottle in her right hand. The deputies could smell the strong odor of alcohol coming from the driver.

The driver then became belligerent, insulted the deputies, and then "chugged" the rest of the bottle, which was approximately half full.

As the woman reached for a cigarette and lighter, deputies asked her not to smoke due to the smell of leaking gas from the accident. The woman replied by telling the deputies to "shut up." To ensure her safety, and those around her, deputies took the woman out of the vehicle.
 
Once out of the car, the female was unable to stand. Fire personnel checked her for injuries. To thank them, the driver assaulted a firefighter by smacking him with an open hand.

Due to her uncooperative nature, the female was taken to a local hospital for a blood draw. Again, the female was extremely combative, this time with hospital staff. After the blood draw, a deputy stayed with her until she sobered up enough to calm down.
 
The woman was then transported to the SCORE (South Correctional Entity) jail and booked for DUI.



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Shoreline Caring mobilizing support for 45 residents displaced by the Linden Highlands fire

Friday, April 16, 2021


Shoreline Caring is mobilizing community support for food, clothing, and other donations for our 45 neighbors who have been displaced by the fire at the Linden Highlands apartments at 175th and Linden by Shorewood High School. (see previous article)

If you are able to contribute to the community fund supporting them it would be a huge help - every little bit makes a difference:

Shoreline Caring was already running a fund drive this month, but it is even more important now as they are mobilizing to help the 45 people who have lost everything.

The page to donate (PayPal) is here



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Gloria's Birds: Get hip to the jive, photog!

 
Photo copyright Gloria Z Nagler


This look will get more "likes" than the stodgy portrait you think you want…

(And Pied-billed Grebes are most definitely hip:)

--Gloria Z Nagler



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Case updates April 14, 2021

 Vaccine Locations
Vaccine eligibility is open everyone in Washington state. See the article here. Case numbers continue to rise.


Case updates April 14, 2021


United States 
  • Total cases 31,231,869 - 73,622 in one day
  • Total deaths 561,356 - 831 in one day

Washington state  
  • Total cases 381,725 -  1,386 new cases in a day  
  • Total hospitalizations 21,292 - 53 in a day 
  • Total deaths 5,362 -  5 in a day 

King county 
  • Total cases 92,599 - 441 in a day  
  • Total hospitalizations 5,503 - 13 in a day  
  • Total deaths 1,491 - 2 in a day  

Seattle - population 744,995 (2018) 
  • Total cases 22,810 - 22 in a day
  • Total hospitalizations 1,276 -   -3 in a day
  • Total deaths 382 -  -1 in a day

Shoreline - population 56,752 (2018) 
  • Total cases 2,186 -  3 in a day 
  • Total hospitalizations 191 -   -1 in a day
  • Total deaths 92 - no change

Lake Forest Park - 13,569 (2018) 
  • cases 298 -   -1 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 17 -  0 since yesterday
  • deaths 4 - no change


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Facing dwindling revenues, Sound Transit considers delaying or scaling back BRT Stride SR 522 - give them feedback

One of the projects that may be reduced is the Bus Rapid Transit Stride SR 522

How should Sound Transit respond to lower revenues and higher costs?

Help Sound Transit understand which future Link light rail, Sounder and bus projects are most important to you! 

In response to an "affordability gap," the Sound Transit Board is considering changes to schedules and plans for transit expansions that are not yet under construction.

One of the projects on the chopping block is the Bus Rapid Transit Stride SR 522, which may be delayed from its original schedules, phased, or scaled back - unless ST hears from customers.

Bus rapid transit

Share your input by April 30 and take the survey here.

More project information here: soundtransit.org/RealignmentPriorities.

Questions: realignment@soundtransit.org or 206-553-3400



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Call for photographers for the 8X8Photo exhibit



An online exhibit and sale featuring hundreds of photographs

Deadline: May 9, 2021

ShoreLake Arts is currently accepting submissions for the 8X8Photo exhibit and sale. Registration and participation is open to all - no photography background required. We have everyone from youth to adult - mixture of professional and amateur photographers!

8X8Photo is now in its second year, and presented by ShoreLake Arts, a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating creativity and inspiring our community through the arts. The proceeds from this event work to keep the arts thriving in our region.

The purpose of this event is to showcase a sample of your work, and give photographers a chance to present work to a mass audience. Each photo must be sized to 8x8" or square.

We print them for you, you just submit your photos when registering.

You can submit a maximum of 10 photos - series welcome and encouraged! There is a $6 fee to register (free for students pre-K to grade 12).

We only print what sells, so no need to pick up unsold photographs.

Commission: Artists have the choice of the following:
  • Sale money from any art becomes a 100% donation to ShoreLake Arts – Thank You!!
  • Artist receives 40% commission on any works sold.

Cash prizes will be awarded for People’s Choice, Sponsor's Choice and Director’s Choice Awards! Awards are for the photographers' work (1 photo or 10).

Schedule for Photographers
  • May 9: Deadline to register your photos online
  • May 20-27: Exhibition is live and all photos on sale for $36 each


Thank you to our event sponsor Jack Malek | Windermere Broker and Realtor!

Questions? Email Terri Price at programs@shorelinearts.net

ShoreLake Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate creativity and inspire our community through the arts. Established in 1989.



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Applications now open for RNA Scholarship

$1,500 award available to qualifying high school seniors

The Ridgecrest Neighborhood Association (RNA) is pleased to announce one $1,500 scholarship, available to eligible students who will be continuing their education in the 2021-2022 school year. 

Applicants will be judged on the strength of a couple short essay questions, based on a theme pertaining to community and the RNA mission to “...promote projects that benefit and enhance the quality of life in the Ridgecrest neighborhood.”

Applications are now available at Shoreline area high schools, and online here: www.ridgecrestneighborhood.org/scholarship

Entries must be postmarked or submitted via email by Monday, May 31, 2021. Award recipient will be notified before June 11, 2021.

Eligible applicants include high school seniors planning to pursue continuing education through a technical program, community college or a university. 

Applicants must currently live in, or have previously lived in, the Ridgecrest neighborhood as defined by the area contained by: NE 175th Street to NE 145th Street; and 15th Avenue NE to the I-5 freeway.

Scholarships may cover the cost of tuition and fees, books or supplies required for courses of instruction at the educational institution of your choice. Each scholarship will be paid by the RNA directly to the educational institution, for the use of the scholarship recipient once enrolled.

About Ridgecrest Neighborhood Association (RNA): The RNA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable and educational organization. 

Our mission is to inform and educate the public on matters relating to the community, and promote projects that benefit and enhance the quality of life in the Ridgecrest neighborhood. 

The neighborhood of Ridgecrest is just north of Seattle and just east of I-5. Its north border is NE 175th Street and its east border is 15th Avenue NE.

RNA hosts monthly board meetings which are open to the public. 

They are held on the second Tuesdays of the month from 7-9pm. Meeting dates and locations are available online at www.ridgecrestneighborhood.org.

Questions or more information: Scholarship@ridgecrestneighborhood.org



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Spring cleaning at Echo Lake

Photo by Greg Haughian

The Dale Turner YMCA had their landscaping crew hard at work on a sunny day at South Echo Lake, removing blackberries and trimming overgrown bushes.

The Boardwalk runs from Aurora to the Interurban Trail
Google earth photo

The boardwalk allows pedestrians to get close to the lake and the native plants without harming them. It runs from a stairway by the Y across the south end of Echo Lake to a stairway up to the Interurban Trail.

Executive Director Carolan Cross notes that "There is significant overgrowth of blackberry bushes in that area that we have to cut back. This also helps open the view of the lake."



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Shorewood graduate wins prestigious Goldwater scholarship

2018 Shorewood grad Mark Yamane
Mark Yamane graduated from Shorewood HS in 2018 and is a junior at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida on the Gulf Coast.

In March, he was notified that he had won the 2021 Barry J. Goldwater Scholarship, a selective $7,500 award given to sophomores and juniors who obtain a 3.0 grade point average, plan to have careers in the natural sciences, and present a rigorous application that includes an original research paper.

The Goldwater averages eight awards per state each year for students from all fields of science, engineering and mathematics.

He is working on a double major in marine science and computer engineering. He spends his summers in internships running research projects: population modeling for fish types off the coast of California to determine harvest patterns, and studying energy occurrences in the Mediterranean.

This summer he will be in Seattle, collecting data from sail drones charting the atmospheric conditions of the Arctic.

In 2020 he won a NASA Hollings $9,500 scholarship. He plans on getting a doctorate in computer science. "I want to use deep learning algorithms to simplify marine science data collection and processes.”

At Shorewood he was a varsity wrestler, on the robotics team, and on the drumline in the marching band.

He is an Eagle Scout with Shoreline Boy Scout Troop 325.



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Shoreline School Board announces three finalist candidates for the next Superintendent of Shoreline Schools

After a nationwide search, the Shoreline School Board has announced three finalist candidates for the next Superintendent of Shoreline Schools.

School Board President Meghan Jernigan said, 
“We are incredibly excited to bring forward three outstanding candidates for Shoreline Superintendent, each of whom are student-centered leaders committed to equity and academic excellence. 
"We look forward to the upcoming candidate forums, and want to thank the community for participating in this process.”

The three finalists are:

Dr. Kristina Bellamy
Director of K-12 Teaching and Learning
Anchorage School District
Anchorage, AK

Dr. Concie Pedroza
Chief of Support Services
Seattle Public Schools
Seattle, WA

Dr. Susana Reyes
Assistant Superintendent of Operations
Pasco School District
Pasco, WA

Dr. Kristina Bellamy
Since 2018, Dr. Kristina Bellamy has served as Director of K-12 Teaching and Learning in the Anchorage School District in Alaska. As Alaska's largest school system, it serves 48,000 students. 

Over the last 20+ years, Dr. Bellamy has served public school systems in several capacities to include: substitute, classified staff member, teacher, principal and district administrator. She holds two Masters degrees (Elementary Education and Educational Leadership), and a Doctorate of Education Leadership and Policy Studies, from the University of Washington.

Widely regarded as a tenacious advocate for students, and a culturally responsive leader who motivates and inspires others to action, Dr. Bellamy has been actively engaged in helping to shape policy, practice and culture through her various roles. As a systems-thinker, she is committed to her charge of expanding adult capacity to handle adaptive challenges, while driving equity-focused inquiry and action. Kristina is the proud mommy of a 5-year-old son. They reside in Anchorage, Alaska.


Dr. Concie Pedroza
Dr. Concie Pedroza began her career as a classroom teacher over 25 years ago and later served as an elementary, K-8, and high school principal. She currently serves as the Chief of Student Support Services in Seattle Public Schools, the largest district in Washington State, leading the departments of Advanced Learning, Admissions, Enrollment Planning, Athletics, Special Education and 504. A commitment to racial equity and educational excellence for all students center her leadership and instructional approach. Under her leadership, Orca K-8 in Seattle Public Schools earned three consecutive School of Distinction awards for student growth and performance. Dr. Pedroza was later selected as the first principal of Seattle World School supporting immigrant and refugee students representing over 35 languages. During her principal tenure, the school celebrated its first graduating class, high school accreditation, and she was recognized for her work with families and community partners. Dr. Pedroza is a former Principal Leadership Coach, supporting the professional growth of school leaders and served as the Director of the Department of Racial Equity Advancement overseeing professional development for culturally responsive practices and anti-racism at all levels of the system, including the school board to school-based racial equity teams. 

Dr. Pedroza is a state expert on all issues of PreK-12 education. She has served on OPSI’s Bilingual ESSA workgroup, Student Day Taskforce, Reopening Schools Washington Operations Taskforce and most recently as the Chair of the Bilingual Education Advisory Committee to Superintendent Reykdal. Her commitment to anti-racist actions with attention to centering family and student experiences are central to her work in schools and in every position that she has served. Dr. Pedroza earned her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and Doctorate in Education Leadership from the University of Washington.

Dr. Susana Reyes
Dr. Susana Reyes is the Assistant Superintendent of Operations for the Pasco School District. Previously, Dr. Reyes served as Assistant Superintendent of Special Services for the Mead School District and before that, was the Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning for the Pullman School District. Dr. Reyes’ experience in education includes principal, assistant principal, and bilingual elementary teacher for the Wapato School District. Dr. Reyes serves on the Washington State Board of Education. She is also a member of the board of the Washington Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents and a member of the Board of Trustees of College Spark Washington. Dr. Reyes was born in Mexico City and is a first-generation college graduate. She attended Wapato Public Schools and graduated from Wapato High School. Dr. Reyes earned her doctorate in educational leadership from Washington State University as well as her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and master’s degree in education administration. She holds the Principal Certificate and Superintendent Credential also from WSU.

The three finalists will be interviewed by the School Board on April 27-28. Each finalist will also hold an open community forum via Zoom webinar. 

You can submit questions for the finalists’ community forums here. Questions must be submitted by Monday, April 26 at 5:00pm.

The open community forums are limited to 500 attendees each and will be recorded and posted to the school district website the day following each forum. 

Below is the schedule of open community forum webinars, log in information and a link to submit questions.

Dr. Kristina Bellamy
Tuesday, April 27 – 8:00-9:00 pm

Zoom link: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84209497964?pwd=dzdrZUVOUzVpWWRUU0MyWG1KL2VPdz09

Webinar ID: 842 0949 7964
Passcode: 348357

Dr. Susana Reyes
Wednesday, April 28 – 5:45-6:45 pm

Zoom link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82630697118?pwd=RU5scTBHTUpXSU56N2xrb09xN09tdz09

Webinar ID: 826 3069 7118
Passcode: 780241

Dr. Concie Pedroza
Wednesday, April 28 – 6:45-7:45 pm

Zoom link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87959753654?pwd=TWhpTllHZURvbVRKcjM2SEhhT1J4Zz09

Webinar ID: 879 5975 3654
Passcode: 447667

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Gov. Inslee signs bill to put statue of Billy Frank Jr. in U.S. Capitol

Thursday, April 15, 2021


Gov. Jay Inslee signed HB 1372 today, which will place a statue of tribal leader Billy Frank Jr. in the National Statuary Hall. 

Inslee was joined by members of Frank’s family, tribal and community members, Lt. Gov. Denny Heck and Rep. Debra Lekanoff when he signed the bill in a ceremony at Wa He Lut Indian School in Olympia.

“Billy Frank Jr.’s legacy should inspire Washingtonians to have open discussions about our place in the world, both what we take from the earth and what we give back. And it reaffirms certain truths as old as the Nisqually Tribe itself: That the environment is not just a resource; it is our home, and we must protect it,” Inslee said.

Read the rest of the story on the governor's Medium page

Information about Billy Frank, Jr HERE



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Shorecrest varsity girls tennis 4-13-21

Shorecrest varsity girls tennis
4-13-21 at Lynnwood
Shorecrest 5 - Lynnwood 2
SC overall 1-1 
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Case updates April 13, 2021

 Vaccine Locations
Vaccine eligibility is open everyone in Washington state but vaccine supplies are limited. See the article here. Case numbers continue to rise.


Case updates April 13, 2021


United States 
  • Total cases 31,158,087 - 76,120 in one day
  • Total deaths 560,576 - 769 in one day

Washington state  
  • Total cases 380,339 -  1,283 new cases in a day  
  • Total hospitalizations 21,239 - 54 in a day 
  • Total deaths 5,357 -  17 in a day 

King county 
  • Total cases 92,158 - 356 in a day  
  • Total hospitalizations 5,490 - 32 in a day  
  • Total deaths 1,489 - 4 in a day  

Seattle - population 744,995 (2018) 
  • Total cases 22,739 - 148 in a day
  • Total hospitalizations 1,279 - 22 in a day
  • Total deaths 383 - 2 in a day

Shoreline - population 56,752 (2018) 
  • Total cases 2,183 -  14 in a day 
  • Total hospitalizations 192 - 1 in a day
  • Total deaths 92 - no change

Lake Forest Park - 13,569 (2018) 
  • cases 299 - 1 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 17 -  0 since yesterday
  • deaths 4 - no change

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Public Health: Starting April 15, all people in Washington age 16 and older are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination

By Lily Alexander
Seattle and King County Public Health

Starting April 15, all people in Washington age 16 and older are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination

It is exciting to see vaccine eligibility expanding again – as each vaccination brings us one step closer to ending this pandemic. 

As of this week, nearly 50% of all adults in King County have received at least one vaccine dose.

However, limited vaccine supply continues to be our number one challenge to vaccinating everyone who is eligible and who wants to be vaccinated.

We at Public Health—Seattle and King County acknowledge how frustrating it is that there is not enough vaccine. We are hoping vaccine supply increases early next month. Access will increase as providers in King County receive more doses.

Who is eligible?

Everyone age 16 years and older is eligible for COVID-19 vaccination as of April 15. This means approximately 650,000 people will be newly eligible, bringing the total to nearly one million people in King County who are unvaccinated and eligible.

At this time, COVID-19 vaccines are not authorized for children younger than 16 years old. Clinical trials are in process for young children.

Vaccination is available for eligible individuals no matter your insurance status, immigration status, citizenship, place of work, place of residence, or your health condition.

What vaccine options are available for 16– and 17–year–olds?

The Pfizer vaccine is currently the only vaccine authorized for people under age 18. The Moderna vaccine can be given to anyone 18 and older (and the Johnson / Johnson vaccine is currently on pause, but it also was approved for adults 18 and over).

For 16 and 17-year-olds, make sure the location you choose offers the Pfizer vaccine (see here for information on parental consent).

Some vaccine providers list the type of vaccine available on their online registration sites or can provide that information over the phone. You can also check Washington State’s Vaccine Locator for the type of vaccine available at different sites.
 
How do I find an appointment?

Vaccine supplies and appointments are currently limited in many locations. There may be delays in scheduling due to high demand. Getting appointments will be easier as providers receive more doses and more high-volume vaccine sites open.
  • Option 1:  Call your doctor’s office or health care provider to see if they have available vaccination appointments.
  • Option 2:  Check with your local pharmacies to see if they have available appointments. Just like getting a flu shot at your local pharmacy, many pharmacy chains – including grocery stores – have COVID-19 vaccine appointments available.
  • Option 3:  Use Washington State’s Vaccine Locator – Vaccinate WA: COVID-19 Vaccine Availability
  • Option 4:  Visit one of the King County Vaccination Partnership Sites – You can schedule directly at one of these sites. All King County sites are ADA accessible and have language and ASL interpretation available. For the Auburn and Kent sites, registration is prioritized for residents of south King County to ensure equitable access. For more information about these sites, visit kingcounty.gov/vaccine.
  • Option 5:  Schedule by phone if you need language interpretation or other assistance. For language interpretation, please say your preferred language when connected:
    • Call the Washington State COVID-19 Assistance Hotline: Dial 1-800-525-0127 or 1-888-856-5816, then press #. Available Mondays from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Tuesdays – Sundays and  observed state holidays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Phone support is also available from the Public Health COVID-19 Call Center at 206-477-3977, 8am-7pm. Interpretation is available over the phone.
Veterans, K-12 school employees

For additional appointment options for veterans, K-12 school employees, and others, visit Public Health’s Getting Vaccinated in King County page.

More information here



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AG Ferguson: Bill to create a statewide database of police use-of-force incidents passes Legislature

With an overwhelming bipartisan 46-2 vote, the state Legislature today took a final vote on a bill Attorney General Bob Ferguson requested to create a database of police use-of-force incidents so the public, policymakers, researchers and law enforcement can access the data. 

Currently in Washington state, there is no central repository for use-of-force data.

Sen. T’wina Nobles, D-Fircrest, sponsored the bill, Senate bill 5259. The legislation builds on a report to the Legislature that Ferguson released in June 2020 recommending that the state create a centralized, publicly accessible website with information about these incidents.

The bill passed the Senate in March on a 46-2 vote. It passed the House on April 6 on a 97-1 vote, but with amendments. The Senate’s vote today confirmed those amendments. The measure will now go to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature.

“Washington State has no single source where the public can get information about uses of force, let alone other types of interactions between community and law enforcement,” Nobles said. 
“Specifically, communities of color face disproportionately negative outcomes from interactions with law enforcement; however, without data, it is impossible to comprehensively track and address.”

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Shorewood softball 4-14-21

Girls varsity fastpitch softball
Shorewood vs. Mountlake Terrace at Meridian Park fields
4-14-21
Pitcher(s) and Catcher(s) 

Terrace: Kyleigh Smith, Ellie Gilbert (1), Kyleigh Smith (5), and Madi Beam (catcher)

Shorewood: Skylar Tillman (10 K's) and Haley Canada (catcher)

Highlights

Terrace: Cameron Dunn 1-3 (2B)

Shorewood: Rebecca Carson 1-3 (3B)

Gracie Long 2-3

Haley Canada 2-4 (2B)

Coach Paul Jensen


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Hillwood Neighborhood Association Litter Pick-Up Day April 24 in honor of Earth Day 2021

In honor of EARTH DAY 2021, Hillwood Neighborhood Association is sponsoring a Litter Pick-Up Day in Hillwood Neighborhood

Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 10am to Noon.

The City of Shoreline is supplying safety kits to all volunteers. 

This stewardship project will be a safe, socially-distanced event for all. 

Families and individuals are welcome to help clean our neighborhood! 

On the Hillwood map, 13 zones have been created for this event. Want to participate? Text or leave a message for Jocelyn at 206-498-5052 by noon on April 23 with your choices of two zones to clean. 

Three pick-up and dropoff points are also shown on the map. Jocelyn will call you back to fill in the details. 

Note: the City requires that we all sign a waiver when picking up a kit on April 24. Kits plus your collected litter must be returned by 12:30pm to the pick-up point. (Zones including Aurora Ave N. are not recommended for young children if they are participating).

Please join us in safely celebrating Earth Day by keeping Hillwood Neighborhood clean!



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Fire in Linden Highlands apartment building displaces 45 residents

Fire response for Linden Highlands Apartments
Photo courtesy KCSO

There was a major emergency response for a two-alarm fire in the Linden Highlands apartments at 17520 Linden Ave N, Shoreline around 11:30am Wednesday, April 14, 2021.

Firefighters at Linden Highlands Apts
Photo courtesy Shoreline Fire
Emergency vehicles from Shoreline, Seattle, Lake Forest Park Bothell, Woodinville, and KCSO were at the scene.

No injuries to residents but four deputies were taken to Harborview Medical Center for smoke inhalation.

The fire apparently started on the fourth floor. Approximately 45 residents have been displaced. The Red Cross was on the scene to assist displaced residents.

--Diane Hettrick

Updated with new information 3am Wednesday


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Notes from Shoreline council meeting April 12, 2021

Pam Cross, reporter
Shoreline City Council Meeting
April 12, 2021

Notes by Pam Cross

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

Councilmember Robertson was excused for personal reasons.

Proclamation

I, Will Hall, Mayor of the City of Shoreline, on behalf of the Shoreline City Council, do hereby proclaim the week of April 18 through April 24, 2021 as VOLUNTEER WEEK in the City of Shoreline and encourage all residents to continue their good work supporting the community, and express appreciation to those who have helped others during the pandemic.

Approval of the Agenda
Agenda adopted by unanimous consent.

Report of the City Manager, Debbie Tarry

COVID UPDATE


We are simultaneously in a very optimistic and very precarious place. The pace of vaccinations continues to accelerate, however we still face the possibility that we are at the beginning of a fourth wave of infection. Mutated strains are increasing every week.


 

Darnell Park

Good news for this park located off the Interurban Trail at 165th Street! It’s an open space with a lot of potential. However it suffers from an overrepresentation of non-native and invasive plants.

Darnell Park

Kaleidoscope Landscapers, located in Shoreline, has committed to donate a day of labor every month to help restore the park’s biological integrity and to design an open space that is aligned with our goal of providing safety for those who are utilizing the park.

Earth Day Every Day


Public Reminders

The Planning Commission will hold a remote meeting on Thursday, April 15 at 7:00pm to provide the Transportation Master Plan Update

Council Reports

Councilmember McConnell attended a remote meeting for the National League of Cities Transportation and Infrastructure Services Committee. The Committee is totally aligned with local and State priorities. She is proud that Shoreline is a member of the National League of Cities and sees it as a real asset to moving our agenda along.

Mayor Hall: As Councilmembers know, funding for the non-motorized bridge to connect pedestrians and bicyclists across I-5 to the new light rail station at 148th is in proposed budgets in both the State House and Senate. It is dependent on getting a funding package. The funding package that is moving forward right now is the Carbon Cap-and-Invest Bill. It has passed the Senate and is in front of the House.

Mayor Hall regarding COVID: We and our local businesses have sacrificed so much in the past year. To go this far, it’s frustrating people are still getting sick with COVID. Please don’t put yourself at risk - hang in there as the vaccine rollout continues.

Public Comment (written comments available on line)

Edgar Sioson, Shoreline

Parking minimums may be a benefit resulting in reduced vehicle traffic and safety for pedestrians and bicycles, but he is not in favor of them.

Dicky Leonardo, Shoreline

Re Prop 1, one of the parks is very near the enhanced shelter. Want to make sure our families have access to this park and it is not overcome by the houseless. What are the City’s plans to ensure this?

Jackie Kurle, Shoreline

Supports helping the homeless population, but wants to make sure the City and the operators of the enhanced shelter are paying full attention to the community’s needs and being fully transparent with what impacts are happening.

Approval of the Consent Calendar

Consent Calendar approved unanimously by roll call vote. 6-0

Action Item 8(a) Action on Ordinance No. 928 – Repealing Ordinance No. 780 and Provide for a New Shoreline Municipal Code Chapter 13.05

Presented by Randy Witt, Public Works Director

The assumption of the Ronald Wastewater District (RWD) requires that the City of Shoreline develop and implement a new municipal code chapter to establish its governing authority by which the City will own and operate the wastewater utility. The City Council passed Ordinance No. 780 on October 2, 2017, which updated Shoreline Municipal Code (SMC) Chapter 13.05 establishing the regulations for the new wastewater utility. Proposed Ordinance No. 928 (discussed at the March 29, 2021 meeting) would repeal Ordinance No. 780 and replace it with a new SMC Chapter 13.05 that updates the regulations for the wastewater utility.

The issue of late charges came up at the March 29th meeting. A 10% late charge is consistent with Ronald Wastewater’s current policy. Late charge language was added to SMC 13.05.130(B) including a waiver policy allowing a waiver once per year without cause. Waivers with cause will be allowed with Director approval.

Otherwise unchanged since the last meeting.

DISCUSSION

No additional discussion.

VOTE

Ordinance 928 is adopted unanimously by a vote of 6-0.

Action Item 8(b) Action on Resolution No. 474 – Repealing Resolution No. 417 Regarding Wastewater Financial Policies

Presented by Randy Witt, Public Works Director

Related to above Action Item 8(a), proposed Resolution No. 474 would repeal Resolution No. 417 which set forth the Wastewater Revenue and Customer Service Policy, so that the Administrative Services Director can exercise the rule-making authority granted in Ordinance No. 928.

It is unchanged from the proposed resolution discussed on March 29th.

DISCUSSION

No additional discussion.

VOTE

Resolution 474 is adopted unanimously by a vote of 6-0.
Presented by Steve Szafran, AICP, Senior Planner

In April of 2020, the City began a process of developing partnerships with North King County cities and other key stakeholders in support of siting a 24/7 shelter/navigation center to serve homeless single adults in North King County.

Funding through the Department of Commerce to expand homeless shelter capacity became available in June 2020. The City then partnered with King County and Lake City Partners for a site at 165th and Aurora (formerly The Oaks).

On October 26, 2020, the City Council adopted interim regulations for the operation of an enhanced shelter in the R-48 Zone. King County has established a 24/7 Enhanced Shelter on the site under the interim ordinance. The interim ordinance will expire in April if not renewed or permanent regulations put in place.

Permanent regulations will allow enhanced shelters in the Mixed Business (MB) zone, subject to index criteria. The Hearing Examiner held a public hearing on March 17, 2021 regarding this rezone and on April 2, 2021, issued a decision recommending approval.


Index criteria include: who can operate it, inspection requirements, a code of conduct, location with frontage on a principal arterial and within 1/4 mile of transit stop with frequent all-day service, a solid 6’ fence abutting residential zoning districts, an acceptable parking plan, and a memorandum of agreement with the City.

Two additional Index Criteria have been added.




POTENTIAL PARCELS

The Oaks site is shown with 1 mile radius outlined by the blue dotted line.

The dark green are eligible sites.

The lighter green are those that are zoned Mixed Business but would not be eligible. For example, the lighter green site on Ballinger Way is not eligible because it does not meet the transit criteria.

DISCUSSION

If Councilmembers have additional ideas for index criteria, how would that affect the Oaks Site? Would the new index criteria apply to shelters already in operation?

Reply from City Attorney Margaret King: Oaks is currently existing so subsequent changes to index criteria will not affect Oaks.

If The Oaks site is changed to permanent supportive housing, (King County has indicated this is a possibility) and if Oaks continues as an enhanced shelter after the supportive housing is built, would we then apply any new criteria? Obviously during construction, the Enhanced Shelter would have to cease operations at the site. If the enhanced shelter then comes back, will updated index criteria apply?

City Attorney: I hate to give a “squishy answer” but it really depends on the facts of the case, length of time it was not operating, what their intent was and other factors.

I would like to consider adding a criteria for distance from schools. This would not apply to the Oaks because the school is outside of the distance (1,500’ or 1/4 mile) I am thinking of. But we are making permanent regulations now and have to think of future sites.

Reply: there is no current conversation about distance from schools, but we can definitely come back with a proposed amendment

I’m not in favor of the school distance requirement. Most of the school distance requirements we have are there to keep kids from temptation (such as a pot shop near a school). But the homeless are not so toxic they need to be kept away from schoolchildren.

We had this school distance discussion with pot shops and I don’t think it was just to keep temptation away. I believe it was just a use that needed some distance from children. I’m not saying shelters are dangerous. But I think we need to remember that children are not adults.

We might not even have any qualifying lots that would be near a school. But if there are, wouldn’t we want some distance from schoolchildren so they can walk without fear?

Minimum distance to schools concerns me. What if a shelter is renovated so it is closed 12-18 months during construction. I don’t really want a future council to say nope can’t do it because you’re too close to a school.

We could make the distance to a school such that the Oaks would still be conforming. And I’m not implying homeless people are “toxic.” But results depend on the mix of the residents we have in an enhanced shelter. Some of the shelters we looked at in other cities had issues with drug dealing that was happening around the shelter, and we had a problem with the methadone center that’s even closer to Shorewood HS.

I think coordination with the Shoreline Fire Department should be included in the Memorandum of Agreement. We include law enforcement but EMS calls are likely to be responded to by the SFD and I would like a threshold of calls to include EMS. These are City resources that are drawn upon.

Referring to Mr. Leonardo’s comments today, I am very sympathetic for everyone who wants to use a neighborhood park for the purpose for which it was designed. It should be a place for everyone, housed and unhoused, to use for recreation. Not as a place to camp. Now we have shelter space, and a community sense that we don’t want camping in our parks. It is trespassing.

My concern with guidelines is we don’t want to make it so difficult to operate a shelter that the houseless are forced outside again in cars or in our parks.

I don’t think the requirements we have are onerous. There is a lot more to manage than for a private home and this is where we can put limitations and guardrails that our community would want us to do.

At the most we will have one more shelter in Shoreline under these index criteria.

I would to add an amendment that shelters shall be operated by a “public agency” instead of state, county or local government. This recognizes that perhaps a federally recognized tribe might want to operate a shelter.

What is the maximum occupancy at Oaks?

Reply from Debbie Tarry: The current agreement limits it to 60. Code puts overall at 100 but we reduced that based in part on the size of facility.

Setting limits on the number of residents is a good idea and helps avoid some of the over concentration issues that we have heard about in other jurisdictions. 100 feels consistent with the other homeless shelter (not an enhanced shelter).

We really appreciate both the staff and the Planning Commission working on this. We put together the interim regulations as quickly as we could because we were under certain deadlines. But we want to take more time putting together the permanent regulations. We want to take more time to be thoughtful now.

This is coming back to us May 3rd.

Study Item 9(b) Discussing Ordinance No. 922 - Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget (Ord. No. 903) for Uncompleted 2019-2020 Operating and Capital Projects and Increasing Appropriations in the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget

Presented by Rick Kirkwood, Budget and Tax Manager
Sara Lane, Administrative Services Director, available to answer questions

Due to delays and other unanticipated issues, some appropriations were not expended in the 2019-2020 Biennial Budget. To provide adequate budget resources in the 2021-2022 biennium to pay expenditures incurred for operating programs or to complete capital projects in progress, re-appropriation of a portion of the 2020 ending fund balance for expenditures in the 2021-2022 biennium, commonly referred to as a reappropriation or carryover, is needed.


This was a very brief presentation. Mr. Kirkwood referred Council to attachment B in the staff report for the details.

DISCUSSION

Can you clarify the lines in the above chart that pertain to the City Maintenance Facility?

Reply: the plan was to set aside $6M for the City Maintenance Facility. Some of that was appropriated during the last biennial budget as phase 1 expenditures started proceeding. But through the adoption of the 2021-2022 budget, timing became better known in terms of when that set-aside would be needed, so there’s $2.759M that’s appropriated in this current biennium plus some carryover from the last biennium that didn’t get spent. That’s how you get to the $2.979M in the right column.

Out of the $6M that I mentioned, that’s where then the $3.636M comes to because, in addition, once the City Manager saw how the fund balance panned out at the end of the biennium, she wanted to set aside more funding and that’s why the amount of set aside designated for the City Maintenance Facility has increased.

Sara Lane: the City Manager had identified a target of putting aside $1M per year into that savings dependent on the availability of additional one-time funding. So that’s why that additional amount is added in the right hand column at this time.

Rick Kirkwood: We put it in the table in this format to show how much of that one time support for the City Maintenance Facility is actually appropriated through the actions that the Council takes versus the amount that’s set aside to be appropriated in a future year. That way it’s really an accounting of all of the intended uses of the fund balance.

There’s an amendment to the financial policies to say that reserves for the wastewater utility shall be no less than 20% of budgeted operating reserves. This is consistent with all of our other policies. We’ve also tried to keep some of the other policies of Ronald Wastewater moving forward. Did Ronald Wastewater have a similar reserve policy? And, thinking about all of our utility funds, is 20% the right number of required reserves?

Reply: we will definitely look into it as part of the Wastewater master plan. It’s a question that was asked and answered when we prepared the surface wastewater plan.

I don’t believe they did.There was a solid analysis in terms of the amount of reserves they would need for capital planning and system replacement, but I’m not aware of any specific written policy that spoke to specific calculation like what we have for our surface water.

Reply Sara Lane: Confirm that they didn’t have a policy but they monitored very carefully to ensure that they had adequate operating funds. We are trying to make it consistent with our Surface Water fund and we continue to determine that this is the appropriate level as we move forward with further master planning.

How far are we from 20%?

Sara Lane: We anticipate that they will be within that.

This will return on Consent April 26.

Study Item 9(c) Discussing Ordinance No. 923 - Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget (Ordinance Nos. 903 and 922)

Presented by Rick Kirkwood, Budget and Tax Manager
Sara Lane, Administrative Services Director available to answer questions

During the first quarter of 2021, staff identified several operating programs and capital projects that require additional funding due to unanticipated needs that were unknown in November 2020 at the time the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget was adopted. Additionally, the City is moving forward with the assumption of the Ronald Wastewater District effective April 30, 2021, which requires amendments to both the operating and capital budgets for the Wastewater Utility Fund. Staff is requesting that the 2021-2022 biennial budget be amended to provide funding for these programs and projects.


This was a very brief presentation. Mr. Kirkwood referred Council to attachment B in the staff report for the details.

Financial Policies

Wastewater Utility Fund Reserve: The City shall maintain an operating reserve within the Wastewater Utility Fund in an amount equal to no less than 20% of budgeted operating revenues excluding treatment charge pass-through.

DISCUSSION

No additional discussion.

This will come back on Consent April 26, 2021.

Meeting adjourned. 8:13pm

Correction 4-16-21: updated citizen comments



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