PCC yogurt is likely source of cases of E. coli outbreak

Saturday, May 15, 2021

During the ongoing investigation into an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has identified a likely link to PCC Community Market brand yogurt produced by Pure Eire Dairy.

Pure Eire Dairy is working with the state Department of Agriculture to identify and recall all affected products. 
Anyone who has PCC Community Market brand yogurt at home should not eat it and should throw it away.

The outbreak now includes 11 confirmed cases, including six children under the age of 10, infected with bacteria that have been genetically linked. Counties with cases include Benton (1), King (8), Snohomish (1) and Walla Walla (1). Seven people have been hospitalized. Three people have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a serious complication of E. coli infection.

Symptoms of an E. coli infection include diarrhea, stomach cramps and blood in the stool. There is usually no fever. If you notice symptoms, especially bloody diarrhea, contact your health care provider right away. E. coli O157:H7 infections can cause serious complications.

DOH and partner agencies are continuing to test food samples and gather case information in this ongoing investigation. DOH will provide more information as it becomes available.


Flowers of a petal

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Flowers of a petal hang out together.
pun by Oopsy Daisy


Case updates May 13, 2021 - 12 years and up can get vaccinations at Shoreline vaccination center

Lake Forest Park resident Linnea Sodal was one of the first youth under 16 to receive the Pfizer vaccine at the Shoreline Center vaccination clinic. Photo by Silje Sodal.

The CDC has issued approval for 12 year olds and older to receive the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine.

Pfizer is available at the Shoreline vaccination clinic at the Shoreline Center auditorium 18650 1st Ave NE, north end of buildings. Info here

No appointment necessary but they would appreciate it if walk-ins arrived before 5pm, if possible.

Case updates May 13, 2021

United States 
  • Total cases 32,681,787 - 37,231 in one day
  • Total deaths 581,573 - 733 in one day

Washington state 
  • Total cases 421,757   
  • Total hospitalizations 23,159 
  • Total deaths 5,622 

King county 
  • Total cases 102,526 - 645 in a day   
  • Total hospitalizations 6,006 - 2 in a day  
  • Total deaths 1,554 - 2 in a day 

Seattle - population 744,995 (2018) 
  • Total cases 24,501 -  95 in a day
  • Total hospitalizations 1,354 -  -1 in a day
  • Total deaths 398 - 0 in a day

Shoreline - population 56,752 (2018) 
  • Total cases 2,366 - 9 in a day 
  • Total hospitalizations 201 -  0 in a day
  • Total deaths 98 - 1 in a day

Lake Forest Park - 13,569 (2018) 
  • cases 316 -  3 in a day
  • hospitalizations 17 - 0 in a day
  • deaths 4 - no change


Yummy Box food truck at Monka Brewing Saturday

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
The Yummy Box food truck is scheduled for this Saturday, May 15, 2021 at Monka Brewing, 17211 15th Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155 (west side of 15th across from Safeway).

Monka has a regular schedule of food trucks which you can check out here, along with the menu for each truck.

If you like, you can buy a brew at Monka to go with your dinner.


Fire in Richmond Beach Friday night

Photo by Troy Trimmer

There was a residential structure fire in the 1400 block of NW Richmond Beach Rd in a duplex near Spin Alley around 10:30pm on Friday night, May 14, 2021.

Neighbor Troy Trimmer said that the "Fire Dept response time and firefighters were impressive. Thank you for doing excellent work last night."

Photo by Troy Trimmer

By 11pm Shoreline Fire had the main fire extinguished and were working to put out any hotspots and making sure the fire was not spreading.

They were packing up and leaving by 11:30pm.


The Seattle Times: Lake Forest Park resident arrested and charged in January 6 insurrection

Four of the people the FBI is looking for
are listed on this site

According to reporting in The Seattle Times:

A King County man has been arrested and charged with entering the U.S. Capitol with a pro-Trump mob during January’s deadly insurrection.

Joseph Elliott Zlab, 51, of Lake Forest Park, was arrested in Everett early Thursday without incident, an FBI spokesman said Friday. Zlab was charged in a complaint filed in the District of Columbia with one count of unauthorized entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds, and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, according to charging documents.

The full article is HERE

The #FBI is still seeking information regarding people who instigated violence at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Visit http://ow.ly/2Z4e50EhxTA to see photos and videos from current cases, and if you recognize someone, submit a tip at http://tips.fbi.gov

Zlab is the sixth Washington resident to be charged in connection with the siege on the U.S. Capitol. The others include Mark Leffingwell, 51, of Seattle; Ethan Nordean, 30, who lives near Auburn; Jeffrey Grace, 61, of Battle Ground; Taylor Johnatakis, 38, of Kingston; and Marc Bru, 41, of Vancouver.


Coordinated police response addresses street racing throughout Puget Sound

Street racers in Shoreline October 2020. Photo courtesy KCSO.

In response to the increased illegal street racing and street and freeway takeover activities across the region, and inherent recklessness of those in attendance, the Washington State Patrol (WSP) and multiple other police agencies throughout the Puget Sound region have come together to focus on this important public safety issue. 

In early 2021 multiple King, Pierce, and Snohomish county police agencies came together and coordinated their efforts to respond to, and investigate illegal street racing related incidents in the region. 

In addition to law enforcement collaboration, local municipal and county prosecutors have voiced their support and dedication to improving public safety in responding to this significant public safety issue. 

Since early March, investigators from the Tacoma and Kent Police Departments, the Washington State Fusion Center, and the WSP have all worked together to identify and arrest multiple suspected racers, and forwarded over 220 different charges against 29 different people in relation to these incidents. 

These charges range from Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangerment, Disorderly Conduct, and Malicious Mischief all the way up to Vehicular Assault. Charges have been forwarded on suspected organizers, drivers and spectators who contribute to these events. 

This problem is not new, nor is it unique to our region. In fact, this is a trend seen in many large cities across the country. But with it has come repeated instances of this reckless and irresponsible behaviors leading to serious injuries of those involved in the racing activities and the bystanders watching alike.

Street racing in Richmond Beach January 2021
Photo by Brian Dunphy

It is a unified goal to bring attention, enforcement, and an end to the reckless behavior that has resulted in multiple fatal and serious injury incidents in relation to street racing events.

These joint efforts and collaboration on the part of law enforcement agencies and prosecutors across the region will continue to be dedicated towards street racing as long as it continues to be a nuisance and danger to the public, as well as an inconvenience to those motorists impacted by this behavior.

Captain Ron Mead, commander of field operations for the WSP in District 2 (which encompasses all of King County), stated
“This regional problem exceeds the ability of any single law enforcement agency to address it alone.  By working together we hope to bring these unsafe and illegal behaviors that pose significant risks to those involved, bystanders, and uninvolved motorists to an end. 
"Through coordinated efforts, better use of resources, and collaboration with local prosecutors’ offices, participants in this dangerous activity will be held accountable for the betterment of public safety.”

Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Stephen A. Herschkowitz, King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office added,  

“The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is committed to helping protect the safety of our communities’ streets by working closely with WSP and other county agencies for this special emphasis. 
"While sometimes glamorized, reckless racing and drifting outside appropriate venues is extraordinarily dangerous. Recently, several people in our county have been severely injured, and one has died, as a result of these illegal street-racing activities. Our office is proud to provide legal assistance to our law-enforcement partners as part of this emphasis team.”


*UPDATE* Flags to remain at full-staff - 5/15/21 (Peace Officers Memorial Day and Armed Forces Day)

Pursuant to U.S. Flag Code and the attached Presidential proclamation, Governor Inslee hereby directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities remain at full-staff on May 15, 2021, in recognition of the annual Peace Officers Memorial Day and Armed Forces Day.

Flags are normally flown at half-staff in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day. However, this year Armed Forces Day and Peace Officers Memorial Day fall on the same day. 

Therefore, flags should remain at full staff.

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

Please call 360-902-0383 if you have any questions about this.


Backyard Birds: Embarrassing landing

Photo by Steve Schneider

This Bandtailed pigeon definitely misjudged the landing 
- and there were witnesses.

So embarrassing


Shorecrest wrestling 5-14-21

Shorecrest - 63
Archbishop Murphy - 0

182 - Ryder Baldwin (SC) win by FF
195 - Jacob Smith (SC) win by default over Logan Kendrick (ABM) 2:39
220 - Benji Carr (SC) def. Shae Burke (ABM) 6-3
285 - Elyjah Schultz (SC) def. Kohl Burke (ABM) 1:28
106 - Double FF
113 - Kaiju Fergerson (SC) win by FF
120 - George Fernandez (SC) def. Ethan Robinson (ABM) 3:12
126 - Joseph Martinez (SC) win by FF
132 - Double FF
138 - Double FF
145 - Thomas Rhodes (SC) def. Luke Kendrick (ABM) 3:01
152 - Jacob Lougee (SC) win by FF
160 - Max Rutledge (SC) win by FF
170 - Peter Grimm (SC) win by FF

--Brian Officer


Shorewood wrestling 5-14-21

By Clark Norton

It was a nail-biter Friday night as the Shorewood wrestling team travelled to Duval to face off against the Red Wolves of Cedarcrest. 

With both teams short-handed this season team points were few and far between. The two teams each forfeited the the lowest four weight classes before wrestling commenced with the 132 pounders.

Shorewood’s Quincy Laflin came out with a flurry of motion, needing just seconds to get the first takedown. Unfortunately, he had to withdraw despite having the lead due to an injury sustained in the opening minute, giving Cedarcrest a 6-0 team lead. 

At 138 pounds Thunderbird freshman Henry Poetzl made his varsity debut. Poetzl found himself behind 8-3 with mere seconds left before reversing his opponent to his back. He was unable to get the pin, but his late points tied the match at 8-8 and sent the combatants into overtime. Despite numerous close calls, frantic scrambles and two scoreless overtimes, Poetzl couldn’t hold on and lost 9-8.

Cedarcrest would pull out to a 13-0 lead in the team score before Shorewood picked up three straight forfeits to move ahead 18-13. At 195 pounds Shorewood’s Hunter Tibodeau collided with Cedarcrest’s two time state placer Matthew Weinert. Weinert went to his trademark cradle in the second period to score near fall points, while Tibodeau never could get his offense going. It was a hard-fought struggle that would have been appropriate for tournament championship as Weinert prevailed 7-3.

After a Cedarcrest pin at 220 pounds Shorewood was behind 22-18 with only the heavyweight match remaining. T-Bird Milan Johnson was looking to build on his comeback victory in the past match, but also knew he needed a pin for the team score. Johnson put himself out of position time and again trying to capture a big win for his teammates. Tied 3-3 after regulation the big boys went into sudden death overtime where Johnson was able to get a takedown for the decision, but Cedarcrest escaped with a narrow 22-21 team victory.

Shorewood wrestles next on Tuesday, May 18th @ Mariner High School.

Cedarcrest 22 - Shorewood 21
@ Cedarcrest
*Match began at 113 lbs

106: Double Forfeit
113: Double Forfeit
120: Double Forfeit
126: Double Forfeit
132: Ashton Butterfield CC inj. def. Def Quincy Laflin
138: Francisco Cordero CC dec. Henry Poetzl 9-8 Triple OT
145: Evan Reid CC maj. dec. Isaac Van Horn 11-0
152: Joseph Rivera SW win by forfeit
160: Addison Brueck SW win by forfeit
170: Double Forfeit
182: RJ Buchheit SW win by forfeit
195: Matthew Weinert CC dec. Hunter Tibodeau 7-3
220: Dimi Giampapa CC pinned Max Null
285: Milan Johnson SW dec.Wayne Wright 5-3 OT


Rhododendron season

Friday, May 14, 2021

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Rhodys are blooming everywhere, in many colors. This unusual specimen has white flowers with a pink center.


Gloria's Birds: Gladys is a diligent practitioner of her yoga

Photo copyright Gloria Z Nagler

...she's especially fond of the Upward Gull position
--Gloria Z Nagler 


Platformed: first novel from Lake Forest Park native / Shorecrest graduate to be published Tuesday - join the launch party

Available Tuesday, May 18, 2021 on 
Amazon and in local bookstores
, a debut novel by Kelsey Josund, Shorecrest 2012 graduate, will be published on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

Sign up here for the virtual launch party at 6pm PDT on Tuesday May 18, 2021. An evening of music, readings, audience Q/A, giveaways and more!

They’ll also be fundraising for the Save the Redwoods League, a local Bay Area organization devoted to California’s magnificent redwood trees.

Josund, who is a software engineer, has written about a dystopian future set in Silicon Valley after the seas have risen, the wildfires have burned, and a utopian community from a tech giant looks like a rescue.

Silicon Valley in the 2030s is not so different from today, filled with vaguely sexist CEOs, contested inequality politics, and startups that are almost a joke.

After she loses her job when her startup folds and loses her home to California’s annual wildfires, Sara joins the latest thing: an unnamed tech giant’s quasi-utopian community, floating above the drowned land that was once Monterey.

Alone on the inside with a thousand mysteriously chosen strangers, Sara is insulated by an all-powerful corporation from the turmoil of crumbling governments and a changing climate. Everyone around her seems incredibly thankful, rescued from gig work and student loans and bad news, but she can’t find her own gratitude.

As she learns more about her new home, she begins to see the cracks in its perfect facade. She must choose between surveillance and lies from the anonymous algorithms that protect her or face a vulnerable life outside the system to which she has signed away her next five years. Leaving, she learns, may not even be an option. 

Available now and listed on GoodReads


Here Comes the Sun - Gala for the Arts 2021 this Saturday, May 15

Here Comes the Sun - Gala for the Arts 2021
Saturday, May 15, 2021

ShoreLake Arts (formerly the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council) is hosting their annual fundraising event Here Comes the Sun - Gala for the Arts 2021 this Saturday, May 15, 2021.

You can attend the event virtually, or access the silent and live auctions online early from now until the evening of May 15th -- live auction closes at 7:00pm, silent auction closes at 9:00pm!

Bidding is live now, so you can browse (and potentially win) amazing auction items through Saturday night! The virtual event ticket and free online auction ticket options are available on the Gala ticket page, and the auction items can be browsed on the Gala catalog page.

Questions? Email Nathan at development@shorelakearts.org

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.


Case updates May 12, 2021 - Pfizer vaccine available at Shoreline Center vaccination clinic - no appointment necessary

The CDC has issued approval for 12 year olds and older to receive the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine.

Pfizer is available at the Shoreline vaccination clinic at the Shoreline Center auditorium 18650 1st Ave NE, north end of buildings. Info here

No appointment necessary.

Case updates May 12, 2021

United States 
  • Total cases 32,643,851 - 34,934 in one day
  • Total deaths 580,837 - 761 in one day

Washington state 
  • Total cases 419,382   
  • Total hospitalizations 23,059 
  • Total deaths 5,626 

King county 
  • Total cases 101,881 - 285 in a day   
  • Total hospitalizations 6,004 - 17 in a day  
  • Total deaths 1,552 - 5 in a day 

Seattle - population 744,995 (2018) 
  • Total cases 24,406 -  40 in a day
  • Total hospitalizations 1,355 -  3 in a day
  • Total deaths 398 - 0 in a day

Shoreline - population 56,752 (2018) 
  • Total cases 2,357 - 8 in a day 
  • Total hospitalizations 201 -  0 in a day
  • Total deaths 97 - 0 in a day

Lake Forest Park - 13,569 (2018) 
  • cases 313 -  0 in a day
  • hospitalizations 17 - 0 in a day
  • deaths 4 - no change


North City Jazz Walk will not be presented this year

The last Jazz Walk was held in 2019
Photo of the Rotary Beer Garden by Mike Remarcke

After considering the many pandemic-related factors affecting public indoor and outdoor events for the foreseeable future, the North City Business Association has decided not to present the North City Jazz Walk this year. 

The Association is looking forward to staging its outstanding evening of fine jazz in August of 2022.

Keith McClelland
Founding Member of the North City Jazz Walk
Secretary North City Business Association.


Virtual author events for this week from Third Place Books

Tuesday May 18, 2021 at 5pm

Click the Events Calendar link to register for these upcoming livestream author events, presented by Third Place Books! Books are available for purchase on the event page - they ship around the country, and offer in-store pickup in the Lake Forest Park store in Town Center, intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 7pm

Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 7:00pm
Partner Event
This is a virtual event, taking place via King County Library System’s Crowdcast Channel! 

Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 7:00pm
This is a virtual event taking place via Zoom Webinar. 

Third Place Books welcomes FRANK MORTIMER—adjunct instructor at the Cornell University Master Beekeeping Program, Vice President of the New Jersey State Beekeepers Association, and a certified master beekeepers—for a presentation of his first book, Bee People and the Bugs They Love.

Friday, May 21, 2021 at 7:00pm
This is a virtual event, taking place via Zoom Webinar!

A spare and gripping novel about the next pandemic— completed by the award-winning Jim Shepard before COVID-19 even emerged— that reads like a fictional sequel to our current crisis.


Lake Forest Park reservoir cover replacement project

Horizon View park. Photo from Google Earth

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) owns and operates a drinking water reservoir at NE 195th Street near Horizon View Park in Lake Forest Park. The reservoir has a floating cover that is in need of replacement. 

This month, SPU will perform construction activities to remove the existing floating cover, perform some upgrades to the reservoir, install a new floating cover, and perform site restoration following this work.

Construction begins in May, and should take 5-7 months to complete this project. Construction will take place within the reservoir site. 

SPU anticipates that nearby residents may experience increased construction traffic and noise during working hours.

Residents will continue to have access to the nearby park and use of the path surrounding the reservoir. 

SPU has sent notification to residents living near the reservoir, and will send additional notification prior to construction starting. For more information about the project and to sign-up to receive email updates, visit SPU’s project website at www.seattle.gov/utilities/neighborhood-projects/lfp-reservoir-covering.

Construction to replace the floating cover will involve:
  • Draining the reservoir and preparing the site for construction
  • Removing and dispose of the existing floating cover
  • Installing a new liner and floating cover
  • Replacing pumps, pipes, hoses, and other equipment
  • Restoring the site after construction is complete
This work will enable SPU to supply quality drinking water to people in the greater Seattle area.


King county elections is NOT calling you

From King county elections office

We've heard from some voters who have received a call saying: “Dear postal customers, if you are planning to vote by mail, you need to act early. Stay on hold or call your local elections office to verify your mail ballot.”

These calls are NOT from King County Elections.

While you're always welcome and encouraged to call us to check or update your voter reg record, we urge you not to give out personal info when you're unsure of who is asking for it.

You can also always check your registration at http://VoteWA.gov


Notes from Shoreline council meeting May 10, 2021

Pam Cross, reporter
Shoreline City Council Meeting
May 10, 2021

Notes by Pam Cross

Mayor Hall called the remote meeting to order at 7:00pm.
Councilmember McConnell was excused for personal reasons.


I, Will Hall, Mayor of the City of Shoreline, on behalf of the Shoreline City Council, do hereby proclaim May 15, 2021 as ARMED SERVICES APPRECIATION DAY in the City of Shoreline.

In addition, I declare May 9-15 as AFFORDABLE HOUSING WEEK and


Approval of the Agenda
Agenda adopted by unanimous consent.

Report of the City Manager, Debbie Tarry


Although we are still above the thresholds for both new cases and hospitalizations, we are seeing a little bit of a plateauing of the trend in King County.

Shoreline numbers for new cases have dropped but the number of hospitalizations has gone up.

The Pfizer vaccine has been approved for emergency utilization in children age 12 and over.

Please continue to protect our community.

Wear a well-made snug fitting face mask. Limit activities with unvaccinated people from outside your home. A fully vaccinated person is at least two weeks past their second shot, or in the case of the J&J vaccine, two weeks past their single shot. Avoid crowded spaces whether you’re vaccinated or not.

We recommend that everyone get vaccinated.

Summer Camp

Spaces are still available for a week or for all summer.

Shoreline Walks

This week there will be a Richmond Beach Parks walk. No need to sign up.

Visit the 4 parks in Richmond Beach while enjoying views of the mountains and the sound on this long hearty walk Saturday May 15, from 10am to 12pm
  • Meet at: Entrance to RB Saltwater Park 2021 NW 190th St. at 10AM.
  • Walk is approximately 3 miles / 1.5 hrs.
  • Walk Rating: Moderate (some hills)
  • All participants are required to wear masks and maintain social distancing.
  • Additional details at shorelinewa.gov/shorelinewalks
Public Reminders

There is no City Council meeting next week

Ronald Wastewater District

Mayor Hall introduced the 5 former Board Members of the Ronald Wastewater District. The City assumed the operations of the utility in April. He spoke briefly about the history of the RWWD and thanked the volunteer board members for their service to the community and the amazing legacy that they leave.

  • Wes Brandon
  • Gretchen Atkinson
  • Laura Mork
  • Craig Degginger
  • Bob Ransom

Council Reports

Councilmember McGlashan

Michael Shaw, lobbyist, spoke at the SeaShore Transportation Forum meeting. He gave an update of the legislative session. No transportation package went through which was disappointing. There might be a special session later this year.

Public Comment

Jacke Kurle, Shoreline
Stated the importance of safety and operational monitoring of the enhanced shelter.

Kathleen Russell, Shoreline
Spoke about the importance of the tree protection code amendments proposed by the citizens

Approval of the Consent Calendar
Consent Calendar approved unanimously by a vote of 6-0

The Mayor reminded the Councilmembers of their responsibility as they consider the Quasi-Judicial action.

There were no disclosures.

Action Item 8a-1 QUASI-JUDICIAL: Action on Ordinance No. 925 – Amending the Zoning Map at 16357 Aurora Avenue N from Residential 48-units Per Acre (R-48) and Residential 18-units Per Acre (R-18) to Mixed Business (MB) (PLN21-0008)

Steven Szafran, AICP, Senior Planned, introduced the Ordinance.

This was most recently discussed at the April 26, 2021 Council meeting, so no additional information was provided.

The Hearing Examiner recommended approval.


This will bring consistency in the zoning along the Aurora Corridor. This has the long term impact of making clear what kind of development is allowed at this location.

Passes unanimously 6-0.

Study Item 9a-1 Discussion of Resolution No. 476 – Approving the 145th Street Corridor Project Phase 1 and Phase 2 Relocation Plan and the City Manager Property Acquisition Authority for the State Route 523/(N/NE145th Street) Aurora Avenue N to Interstate 5, Phase 1 (Interstate 5 to Corliss Avenue) Project

Tricia Juhnke, City Engineer, did the presentation

The 145th Corridor (Phase 1) project has entered into the right-of-way (ROW) acquisition phase. The City will be purchasing ROW needed to construct improvements to this section of the Corridor as well as secure the rights to construct improvements on private property associated with the project.

Proposed Resolution No. 476 increases the City Manager’s signing authority to $1 million for property acquisition and approves the Relocation Plan (including addendum) that authorizes the City Manager to approve documented relocation claims up to the limits prescribed by federal or state law regardless of amount.

Currently the City Manager can approve up to $50,000 under Shoreline Code SMC2.60.090 (A)(2). This authority is for already approved projects and requires an appraisal. The acquisition cost may not exceed 10% excess of the appraised value.

Property values are professionally determined under contract with RES Group NW, a Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)-approved ROW consultant, and are not affected by this proposed Resolution.

The increased authority would save time and resources by eliminating multiple presentations to Council for each individual acquisition, and would reduce the likelihood that property costs will increase during the extended time this process could take.

Relocation claims are specifically not included in the authorization as shown below.

A Relocation Plan has been developed and approved by WSDOT for Phase 1 and 2. It provides detailed property information and estimated costs for relocation. Qualifying relocation costs are well defined in URA (Uniform Relocation Act) policy. Relocation specialists are utilized.

Currently under Phase 1, 13 parcels have been identified for various relocation costs with estimates ranging from $2,500-$135,000 per parcel.

Please note that estimates shown above are from 2019 so we anticipate that the values have increased since then.

As the design progressed, we identified additional parcels for both full and partial acquisitions, and we anticipate additional changes as we proceed with design.

All values excess of $1,000,000 will require referral to Council.

This project is on an aggressive schedule with our goal to complete the work by light rail going into operation in 2024.


How did you determine $1,000,000 as the limit?

Reply: we’re looking for efficiency and time. This put 90% within the City Manager’s authority. Staff reports require time and money, and must be scheduled to get before Council.

We have done similar projects, for example on Aurora. Of course dollar amounts have gone up as property values have increased. We’ve approved the plan and the project, so we wouldn’t likely disagree with the City Manager. It’s a lot of authority but is actually narrowly confined by the project list.

Since there is a guardrail in there to keep from paying too much (not more than 10% over appraised value), it makes good sense by saving taxpayer money and Council and staff time.

Several parcels around 145th are being sold way over appraised value because of location. Do you think these acquisitions will still be relatively easy? Or do you think we’ll be seeing more come back to Council?

Reply from Kristina Guzman ( RES Group NW): Several developers have purchased property on 145th. Other people are eager to sell. We’ll know more once they get our offer. But there is a split in zoning: MUR70 VS 35 to consider. The value per square foot is much higher for MUR70. We will have to educate sellers on what zoning they’re in and how that affects the value, as well as how appraisers come up with the value. I think people are ready for this project. And ready to move forward and move on.

We’ve had a lot of recent sales over the appraised value, many on the other side of 145th (in Seattle).

Reply: Appraisers do look at what’s being sold. Some people want to pay that much. We look at the average price per parcel. There are some people who hold out for more. It’s an open market. So, some might go up in appraised value. We’re starting to get the appraisals now.

Tricia: It’s important to differentiate between assessed value vs appraised value. Assessed values generally lag the market. We use appraised fair market value.

Council agrees to bring this back on Consent May 24.

Study Item 9b-1 Discussion of Ordinance No. 931 - Authorizing the Use of Eminent Domain for Acquisition of Certain Real Properties to Construct the State Route 523 (N/NE 145th Street) Aurora Avenue N to Interstate 5, Phase 1(Interstate 5 to Corliss Avenue) Project

Tricia Juhnke, City Engineer, continued with this presentation

Eminent domain is a power granted to political subdivisions, such as the City of Shoreline, through RCW 8.12 to acquire private property for a public use.

City staff would like the City Council to consider moving forward with a condemnation ordinance as a precautionary step to keep the project on schedule. In the event a settlement agreement cannot be reached with a property owner, eminent domain would be the next step. It is a tool of last resort.

There must be a finding of public use and necessity for the construction of the project. And the City is required to provide just compensation for the acquired property.


There is one parcel way north of the project. I’m curious why it is included.

Reply: It may be needed for temporary construction storage or for a permanent easement.

I think Shoreline does a good job. When we did Aurora, eminent domain was used only as a last resort. And it kept the job moving and on schedule. Many of the properties will be affected temporarily or partially, while the improvements will provide mobility for thousands of people everyday. This corridor right now is completely unsafe and congested and not suitable for transit.

If Seattle isn’t willing to consider condemnation, can King County do it?

The City Attorney, Margaret King, will respond to Council.

This will come back as an action item in order to provide time for additional public comment. We will not need another staff report.

Meeting adjourned. 8:00pm


Power Flower

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

There were no roses in the garden, the gardener said that he had not botany.
--Home for the Harvest


Newly published book documents changes in Lake Washington with then and now photos

Around Lake Washington, by Eleanor Boba, has been published and is available for purchase at the usual outlets.

It is a gallery of photos in the Past and Present format and features a number of images of the Lake Forest Park / Kenmore areas. 

Several images were provided by the Shoreline Historical Museum. The publisher is Arcadia Publishing.

The author says,

My goal was to document the changes in the topography of Lake Washington by pairing historic images with present day photos taken at roughly the same spots.

Images of Kenmore’s Log Boom Park are on the cover.


Scene on the Sound: Marine 16 person-in-the-water training exercise

Photo by John Slomnicki

South Snohomish Fire Marine 16 crew conducting a training operation south of Point Wells - person in the water rescue.


Clear out your closets and Fill The Truck for the Shorewood Senior Class

Saturday, May 22, from 9 am - 12 pm 
(or until the truck is full, so get there early!)


There will be a Goodwill Drop Off site at the Shorewood High School parking lot, 17300 Fremont Ave N, in front of the school, to benefit the Shorewood senior class.

You don’t even have to get out of the car! Student volunteers will be on hand to help unload your items. Everyone will be masked, 6 feet apart and have gloves on.

Donation guidelines:
  • Clothing or any textiles (including well-worn items which can be repurposed)
  • Books, Toys, Small home appliances, Sports equipment
  • Electronics - Broken can be turned in for recycling!
  • Furniture (small, no larger than an end table) will be accepted


Washington state Department of Health expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to everyone 12 and older for Pfizer-BioNTech

No appointment needed for the Shoreline
vaccination clinic at the Shoreline Center
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to everyone 12 and older following recommendations that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is safe and extremely effective for 12 to 15-year-olds.

Monday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted an emergency use authorization (EUA) amendment to expand the Pfizer vaccine to people 12 years and older. 

Wednesday night, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup voted to recommend the vaccine for immediate use.

“Expanding eligibility to this younger age group protects our children and gives families peace of mind. It is the best step we can take as parents to ensure our kids remain in the classroom, can safely spend time with friends, and take part in sports and extracurricular activities,” said Umair A. Shah. MD, MPH. 
“Research continues to show this vaccine is safe and I am thrilled it is now an option for parents and their young teens.”

The two-dose vaccine has been authorized for people 16 and older since December. In March, Pfizer announced findings from its vaccine trial which found the vaccine to be safe and 100% effective for kids as young as 12. The company reported the vaccine produced an antibody response in children that exceeded those in earlier trials of older teens and young adults.

Although fewer children have been sick with COVID-19 compared to adults, children can be infected with the virus, get sick, and spread the virus to others. Most children with COVID-19 have mild symptoms or have no symptoms at all. However, some children can get severely ill and may require hospitalization, intensive care, or a ventilator to help them breath. In rare cases, children can die.

COVID-19 vaccine side effects generally mirror those experienced by adults, which may include sore arm, fatigue, or headache. Families that have questions about the vaccine are encouraged to reach out to their child’s health care provider to determine the best option for them. Those under age 18 may need consent from a parent or guardian to get the vaccine, unless they are legally emancipated.


Case updates May 11, 2021 - 12 year olds approved for Pfizer vaccine - available at Shoreline clinic

Vaccinations for 12 years and older at the
Shoreline vaccination center
The CDC has issued approval for 12 year olds and up to received the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine, which is available at the Shoreline vaccination clinic at the Shoreline Center auditorium. Info here

No appointment necessary.

Case updates May 11, 2021

United States 
  • Total cases 32,608,287 - 34,291 in one day
  • Total deaths 580,073 - 643 in one day

Washington state 
  • Total cases 418,020   
  • Total hospitalizations 23,019 
  • Total deaths 5,614 

King county 
  • Total cases 101,596 - 207 in a day   
  • Total hospitalizations 5,987 - 11 in a day  
  • Total deaths 1,547 - 3 in a day 

Seattle - population 744,995 (2018) 
  • Total cases 24,366 -  -160 in a day
  • Total hospitalizations 1,352 -  1 in a day
  • Total deaths 398 - 2 in a day

Shoreline - population 56,752 (2018) 
  • Total cases 2,349 - 5 in a day 
  • Total hospitalizations 201 -  0 in a day
  • Total deaths 97 - 0 in a day

Lake Forest Park - 13,569 (2018) 
  • cases 313 -  0 in a day
  • hospitalizations 17 - 0 in a day
  • deaths 4 - no change


Hone your photography skills in this new intermediate online class from Shoreline Community College

online photography class at Shoreline CC
You understand the basics of how your camera works. Now, you’re ready to dig in and start creating images that have more impact! 

Join professional photographer and facilitator Lara Grauer in Images with Impact: Intermediate DSLR Photography, a new class offered by Continuing Education at Shoreline Community College. 

Explore topics such as: lighting, composition, color theory, and story-telling in a collaborative online environment. You’ll learn how to put these elements into practice and approach your photography intentionally so your work begins to reflect the images you see in your mind. 

Each week, you’ll practice a new idea that builds on your previous knowledge. Bit by bit, you’ll become a more deliberate photographic artist.

Prerequisites: Students must have a DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) or mirrorless camera with both automatic and manual controls, and the ability to remove and switch out lenses. (Only 1 lens is needed, but it must be removable.) Students will also need the ability to transfer images to a device - either by using a cable connection or a memory card reader - to share their work.

Fee: $139
Dates: 5/18/21 - 6/22/21 (Thursdays)
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Location: Online via Zoom

Click here to view the full details for this course and register today! Questions? Please email continuing-ed@shoreline.edu


Shoreline Community Care receives a $25,000 donation from the Seattle Foundation

Shoreline Community Care received a $25,000 donation from the Seattle Foundation. The purpose of the grant is to provide extra funding for communities hardest hit by the pandemic. 
Many in the food services and direct care have lost their jobs and income during the pandemic. Having young children at home required parents to stay home with them, limiting their income.

There has been an eviction moratorium and a utility shut off moratorium for months now. It has always been understood that those moratoriums would end and that the money owed would need to be paid off.

Shoreline Community Care is a faith based organization that has been helping Shoreline residents with rent and utility bills for over twenty years. Shoreline Community Care is an all volunteer group. Funds come largely from Shoreline churches and individuals. All aid is distributed to those in need in Shoreline without regard to religious belief or church membership.

Some of the clients don’t speak English or have other barriers to getting help. The volunteers work diligently to find ways around language and these other barriers. 

Volunteers talk to families about budgeting and being part of a supportive community. 

During the pandemic, The City of Shoreline provided funds to give families $50 grocery gift cards. The Seattle Foundation grant will enable S.C.C. to double the funds available to help Shoreline residents struggling with the ongoing effects of the pandemic. 

Anyone in Shoreline can call for an interview to get help 206-496-3116.

Bill Bear, Chairperson
Shoreline Community Care


Popular restaurant and music venue Aurora Borealis reopens

The doors at Aurora Borealis opened on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 11am, the first time since the pandemic shut-down.

Come see our new changes! Entrance and parking down below the building!

We still have great food, a full bar, happy hours and weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday starting at 9am.

We hope to have live music every Friday and Saturday night.

We’ve added in free bar games like shuffleboard, darts and foosball. We’ve also brought in pull tabs.

For now, the upstairs / main floor dining and bar will remain closed. We are only opening the downstairs event center. 

So parking and entrance will be down below on the east side of the building.

Hours of operation are: Monday - Friday 11am - midnight; Saturday and Sunday 9am - midnight.


Good news for Recology customers in Shoreline

It's back to normal for Recology. 

Customer data was not compromised

After the recent ransomware attack on Automatic Funds Transfer Service (AFTS), the company that invoiced customers and collected payments for services provided by Recology, it has been determined that customer information was not compromised.

Payment options are back online

The incident resulted in disruption of electronic payment options to customers. As a result, Recology has selected Wells Fargo as its new payment provider. 

Recology King County can now accept online bill payments. Click here to make a one-time payment. Additional features, such as recurring automatic deduction using a credit card or checking account, as well as paying over a secure phone payment system will be available shortly.

Customers may continue to submit payment through at-home banking, an option coordinated directly with personal banking institutions, not Recology.

How to pay by check

Customers can also mail a physical check to Recology King County at the locations listed below. Regardless of your approach to payment, no late charges will be assessed.

Commercial Customers:
PO Box 35146
LB 1127
Seattle, WA 98124-5146

Residential Customers:
PO Box 35146
LB 1794
Seattle, WA 98124-5146

Collection service was not disrupted

Collection service was not disrupted by this incident, and Recology King County will not issue any late fees for payments missed or delayed by this event.

If you have questions about this incident, please call 206-859-6700.


Shorewood Wrestling 5/12/2021

By Clark Norton

Nervousness dominated the atmosphere of the gym Wednesday night as the Shorewood Thunderbirds stepped onto the wrestling mat to face the visiting Mariners Marauders in the first match of the season.

Fifteen months had passed since the athletes last competed and both schools featured several new wrestlers in the varsity line-up.

The match began at 170 pounds and the two teams traded forfeits for a 6-6 tie in the team score. 

The first actual contest came in the 195 pound weight class. Looking to build off of his 5th place finish in the 2020 state tournament Shorewood’s Hunter Tibodeau got the T-birds going in style. Tibodeau needed just 8 seconds to get a takedown and a mere 48 seconds to get the pin. 

Junior Max Null followed with his own first round pin in the 220 pound match as Shorewood moved out to an 18-6 team lead before the match of the night at heavyweight. 

After being thrown from his feet straight to his back in the opening seconds, Shorewood sophomore Milan Johnson used every last ounce of his energy and muscle to stay alive before reversing his opponent. Once on top Johnson wasted no time, quickly putting the other wrestler on his back to secure the dramatic comeback pin.

Johnson’s pin was the third in a string of six straight first round pins for Shorewood. The run was punctuated by sophomore Joseph Rivera’s lightning fast, 19 second pin in the 152 bout as Shorewood triumphed 42-12.

Shorewood wrestles next this Friday, May 14th at Cedarcrest High School. Due to restrictions on fan attendance, all matches are being live streamed this season. Below is a link to finding each host schools' streaming channel so you can watch and support the team as we wrestle through the season. If you would like to watch the Shorewood vs Mariner match there is also a link below for that.

Shorewood 42 - Mariner 12
@ Shorewood HS
*Match began at 170 pounds

106: Double forfeit
113: Double forfeit
120: Double forfeit
126: Double forfeit
132: Double forfeit
138: Quincy Laflin SW pinned Jayden Singh 0:28
145: Isaac Van Horn SW pinned Nazariy Leolnchyk 0:36
152: Joseph Rivera SW pinned MJ Nguyen 0:19
160: Eric Bang MAR pinned Addison Brueck 0:21
170: Erik Lopez MAR win by forfeit
182: RJ Buchheit SW win by forfeit
195: Hunter Tibodeau SW pinned Riley Madsen 0:48
220: Max Null SW pinned Giovanni Osorio 1:18
285: Milan Johnson SW pinned Gianni Toledo 1:13

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