New Year's Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Enjoy Nature's Peace in the New Year

Saturday, December 31, 2022

Willow Creek painting by Whitney Potter

Enjoy Nature's Peace in the New Year


Point Wells: Disappointment and uncertainty in the wake of decision by state Court of Appeals

By Tom McCormick

On December 27, 2022, the state Court of Appeals upheld Snohomish County’s denial of BSRE’s applications to develop Point Wells as an Urban Center. See my earlier article at:

The court's decision is great news for our community and the environment, but in its wake there is disappointment and uncertainty.

Architectural site drawing from BSRE 
Disappointment: Wasted time and money.

When BSRE submitted its applications to the County in 2011, its plans included many buildings taller than the County's 90-foot maximum for Urban Centers (some as tall as 180 feet). BSRE assumed that the County would allow its 180-foot towers. BSRE assumed that it could satisfy the “additional height” conditions in the County Code: 

"A building height increase up to an additional 90 feet may be approved … when the additional height is documented to be necessary or desirable when the project is located near a high capacity transit route or station …." 

In its project narrative, BSRE stated: "The Point Wells Urban Center Plan assumes full use of this provision."

BSRE assumed wrong. 

In 2018 and again in 2021, the County denied BSRE’s applications because they substantially conflicted with Code requirements. One conflict stood out: BSRE’s plans included many buildings taller than the County’s 90-foot maximum. This was a Code conflict because the County concluded that BSRE did not satisfy the Code's “additional height” conditions necessary to permit buildings taller than 90 feet. The state Court of Appeals agreed. Relying solely on the building height conflict, it upheld the County’s denial of BSRE’s applications.

It is a mystery why, in 2011, BSRE did not ask the County for written confirmation that its assumption was correct. It could have asked the County for a formal Code Interpretation on the maximum building height— perhaps BSRE's single most important critical path issue. The entirety of its plans depended on having buildings taller than 90 feet.

"Central Village" site concept drawing from BSRE
Even after the County alerted BSRE in 2015 of concerns about whether BSRE satisfied the Code's “additional height” conditions, BSRE continued to assume that 180-foot buildings were allowable. (The County alerted BSRE promptly after receiving input from the public arguing that, due to the lack of high capacity transit access, buildings taller than 90 feet were not permitted.) It is a mystery why, even after the County alerted BSRE in 2015, BSRE did not ask the County for a formal Code Interpretation on the maximum building height  (or perhaps the County could have issued a Code Interpretation on its own initiative?).

If a Code Interpretation had been sought, and if the County had responded by confirming that 90 feet was the maximum building height due to BSRE not satisfying the high capacity transit and other conditions, everyone would have known years ago that 180-foot buildings were not permitted at Point Wells. 

BSRE would have revised its plans years ago, with no buildings taller than 90 feet. The parties would have avoided the years-long fight over the maximum building height and various dependent issues. The County, the public, the City of Shoreline, the Town of Woodway, and BSRE all would have saved vast amounts of time and money.

Uncertainty about what’s next: More court proceedings? Will BSRE apply to develop Point Wells as an Urban Village?

BSRE can ask the state Court of Appeals to reconsider its decision upholding the denial of BSRE’s applications, and/or BSRE could petition the state Supreme Court to review the decision (there is no appeal of right). We should know by late January how BSRE decides to proceed. 

If the decision by the state Court of Appeals stands, and if BSRE still wishes to develop Point Wells, it would need to start over, and apply to develop the site as an “Urban Village” (the site’s current designation). Urban Villages are not required to provide direct access to high capacity transit.

1. If Point Wells remains part of unincorporated Snohomish County.

Assuming Point Wells continues to be a part of unincorporated Snohomish County, BSRE would submit its Urban Village plans to the County for approval under the County’s development code governing Urban Villages (SCC 30.31A.115). Three provisions of interest are: 

— The maximum building height is 75 feet, but the County’s planning director may recommend a height increase in appropriate locations within the Urban Village of up to an additional 50 feet when the applicant prepares an environmental impact statement, and where such increased height in designated locations does not unreasonably interfere with the views from nearby residential structures. 

— The County’s more protective post-OSO landslide hazard rules will apply to any development at Point Wells.

— Maximum residential density is 44 residential units per gross acre. If all of Point Wells were considered as one site, the maximum density would be 2,684 residential units (= 44 X 61 acres). 

Importantly, this theoretical maximum density is subject to other restrictions and requirements that likely would reduce the density considerably. For instance, SCC 30.31A.115(9) provides special requirements applicable to Point Wells, including the following: 

"The applicant shall successfully negotiate binding agreements for public services, utilities or infrastructure that are to be provided by entities other than the county [(for example, the City of Shoreline)] prior to the county approving a development permit that necessitates the provision of public services, utilities or infrastructure; [and] The intensity of development shall be consistent with the level of service standards adopted by the entity identified as providing the public service, utility or infrastructure.” 

Transportation Corridor Study
Since the City of Shoreline has adopted a 4,000 average daily trip limit for the 2-lane Richmond Beach Drive (currently the only access to Point Wells), this limit alone could reduce the number of permitted residential units considerably. 

Further, the number of units could possibly be reduced as a result of the environmental review required by Washington’s State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).

2. If Point Wells is annexed by the Town of Woodway or the City of Shoreline.

A few years ago, the Town of Woodway and the City of Shoreline entered into an agreement that gives the Town the first right to annex Point Wells, provided it takes certain steps by June 11, 2023. If the Town fails to act by the deadline, then the City gets the right to annex Point Wells. 

The Woodway Town Council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, at 4:00pm, at the Woodway Town Hall, to discuss Point Wells.

BSRE could wait to see if either the Town or the City annexes Point Wells, and then submit to the annexing jurisdiction an application to develop the site as an Urban Village under the annexing jurisdiction’s Urban Village rules. 

As part of the agreement between the Town and the City, the parties have adopted nearly identical development code provisions that will apply to proposals to develop Point Wells as an Urban Village following annexation. Three provisions of interest are (see Town of Woodway Municipal Code Chapter 14.40, and City of Shoreline Municipal Code Chapter 20.94):

— The maximum building height is 45 feet, except for areas east of the BNSF railroad right-of-way, where the maximum building height is 35 feet. The maximum building height may be increased to 75 feet west of the BNSF railroad right-of-way if the applicant conducts a view analysis demonstrating certain public views from Richmond Beach Drive to Admiralty Inlet are not impacted. 

— Rules similar to the County’s post-OSO landslide hazard rules will apply to any development at Point Wells.

— Maximum residential density is 44 units per "net acre," excluding roads, drainage detention/retention areas, biofiltration swales, areas required for public use, tidelands, and critical areas and their required buffers. Assuming 18 net acres at Point Wells, that is a maximum residential density of 792 units.

Point Wells would need environmental remediation before construction.
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Site remediation

BSRE must remediate (clean up) the Point Wells site before commencing construction of an Urban Village. Remediation will take many years and cost millions of dollars.

In 2020, BSRE filed a lawsuit against the oil company, demanding that the oil company remediate the site. The oil company then filed claims against BSRE. The lawsuit is ongoing. Trial is set for late 2023. It is possible that the parties could settle the matter before then.

Resumption of oil operations?

Instead of developing the site as an Urban Village, could the marine fuel and asphalt oil storage and distribution operations at Point Wells be resumed? Snohomish County has not ruled on the matter.

The oil company at Point Wells had been operating marine fuel and asphalt oil storage and distribution operations until June 2020, when its lease with BSRE ended. About a year later, the public asked the County to rule that oil operations can never be resumed. The public cited a special Code provision prohibiting nonconforming uses from resuming if such uses have been discontinued for more than a year (oil operations are a nonconforming use under the site’s current Urban Village zoning). 

In November 2022, the County’s Department of Planning and Development Services (PDS) sent the oil company a letter that described the public’s concerns, and what PDS might do:

"Upon learning about [a recent] pier maintenance project, several members of the public expressed concern to PDS regarding the possibility that uses of the site, considered nonconforming under Snohomish County Code, have been abandoned and may not resume. ...

Although PDS is not currently requesting information from you related to prior or current uses at Richmond Beach Terminal, please know that the issue raised by the public regarding nonconforming and abandoned uses may be raised again in the future. At such point PDS may be required to directly respond to the question."

Stay tuned for further developments.


Gloria's Birds: He liked to croon Auld Lang Syne on New Year's Eve...

Photo copyright Gloria Z. Nagler

(Willie the American Wigeon fancied himself a ringer for ol' Blue Eyes... except Willie would be ol' Blue Beak:)

--Gloria Z. Nagler


Gene Juarez Academy closes Mountlake Terrace location at Gateway Place

A worker uses a lift to reach the upper exterior walls of the now-closed Gene Juarez Academy North Campus in Mountlake Terrace's Gateway Place. Photo by Doug Petrowski
By Doug Petrowski

The Gene Juarez Academy North Campus, located at 24255 Van Ry Blvd. #A4 in Mountlake Terrace, is no more as the cosmetology training location has closed.

Crews were seen during the last week of December moving equipment and supplies out of the 15,000- square-foot commercial space and removing the outdoor signage.

The cosmetology school had been conducting classes at the location since 2013, when the cosmetology school moved its North Campus from Northgate to Mountlake Terrace.

“We made the difficult decision to close this campus and let our staff and students know fully 13 months ago,” said Katie Trent, CEO of Gene Juarez Salons and Spas and Gene Juarez Academy. 
“In the ensuing year, we took care to graduate all currently enrolled students, with a handful transferring to our South campus to complete their remaining requirements for graduation. Our supportive and wonderful guests have been aware of our impending closure throughout this time. 
“We are incredibly proud of our 10 years in the MLT location, and look forward to continuing our 36-year record of graduating skilled cosmetologists at our Federal Way campus.”

A letter at the front door of the former location states, “Gene Juarez Academy made the difficult decision to close the North Campus due to challenges brought on by the ongoing pandemic as well as a decline in enrollment.” The letter says that Oct. 28 was the final day for guest services at the locale.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the opening of the Gene Juarez Academy North Campus in Mountlake Terrace on Jan. 30, 2013, was attended by (L-R) City Councilmembers Kyoko Matsumoto Wright and Seaun Richards, Mayor Jerry Smith, Gene Juarez VP of Education Jerry Aher, North Campus Director Mindy Mignagna and Gene Juarez CEO Scott Missad. (Photo courtesy City of Mountlake Terrace)

The Academy North Campus conducted classes for cosmetology students enrolled in 13-month programs. The company boasted that the location had 110 training stations for the students and welcomed customers to receive hair, makeup and nail consultations and to have their hair cut, colored, permed or styled.

The opening of the Gene Juarez Academy North Campus in Mountlake Terrace was heralded by city leaders at the time as significant for the Gateway Plaza business district. 

A ribbon-cutting event, attended by city officials and Gene Juarez Salon and Spa executives, was held at the location in January 2013 commemorating the training school’s opening.

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Rick Passek presentation at Olympic Fly Fishers on June 10

Rick Passek still water fishing specialist
Olympic Fly Fishers of Edmonds welcomes Rick Passek, Tuesday January 10, 2023, from 6 - 8pm. 

A still water specialist, Rick will present “Beginning Fly Fishing” via Zoom for our January in person meeting at the Mountlake Terrace Community Senior Center 23000 Lakeview Dr, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043.

When not fishing, Rick spends his time teaching and writing. 

His books include “The Freshman Flyfisher”
and “The Freshman Flyfisher's Insect Guide.”

The meeting is open to the public. Join us! For more information, visit:


Canopy Cat Rescue in Shoreline to rescue Oreo

Shaun from Canopy Cat Rescue with Oreo
Photo courtesy CCR
Oreo from Shoreline, who was at the very top of a group of cedar trees, wanted to come down and celebrate the new year with her family.

Happy "Mew" Year Everyone! We are SO GRATEFUL for all of you in helping us accomplish so many ameowzing things in 2022!

To support CCR's mission to rescue cats from trees in 2023 - which costs an average of $350 per rescue - please visit our website and click "donate" or via Venmo @canopycatrescue!

We rescued approximately 800 kitties this year and expect to rescue even more next year, hopefully by expanding our rescue efforts! We can only do this with the help of our generous donors and kitty lovers like you!

You can also shop our Bonfire store to support our rescue efforts here -

You'll want to check out our new "Kitty Star of CCR" logo featuring this year's winner and spokescat Omar, and our general CCR logo merch! Shop. Save. Kitties!

Have a safe and happy "Mew" year everyone! See you in 2023... from up in the tallest trees!

Purrs and Toe Beans,
Team CCR


Leena's reopens in time for the New Year

Leena's is open for business after storm and power outage
Photo by Mike Remarcke
The popular Leena's restaurant in the North City Business District 17732 15th Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155 was able to reopen for breakfast Friday morning, December 30, 2022, after an extended power outage.

They chose to close on Friday December 23rd, 24th and 25th.

We were very concerned about the weather and wanted our employees to stay safe with the ice storm coming and then enjoy Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with their families.

They planned to reopen on Monday after Christmas, but their power was out and was not restored until Wednesday morning.

We finally got the power back on but were not be able to open. We needed to start from scratch and get deliveries and prepare everything.
By Friday they were able to open. Menu here

  • Monday -Saturday 8:00am – 8pm
  • Sunday 8am–8pm


Obituary: Evan Smith 1945-2022

Evan Smith 1945-2022
Evan Bernard Smith, whose resilience and upbeat view of life guided him for decades through the challenges of multiple sclerosis, died November 18, 2022. He was 77.

The son of Bernard and Esther (Davies) Smith, Evan was born in 1945 in Seattle. 

His maternal grandfather, Thomas Davies, an immigrant from Wales, was a pioneering figure in Snohomish County and a special influence on Evan, who came to share his grandfather’s gentle nature and his community-minded spirit.

A graduate of Marysville High School in 1963, and Whitman College in 1967, Evan majored in history and was a Northwest Conference All Star in cross country and track multiple times. He was co-captain of Whitman’s cross country team that finished third in the 1966 NAIA National Cross Country Championships, and individually finished sixth in the steeplechase in the 1967 NAIA National Track Championships. 

Evan still holds two Whitman records – for the two-mile run and distance medley relay. He was known for his commitment to Whitman Athletics and wrote a sports column for The Pioneer, then the college newspaper. The opening line of his column was always “How’s every little thing?” – a phrase he’d continue to say for the rest of his life with a gleam in his eye when inquiring how others were doing.

After graduation, Evan co-founded the Snohomish Track Club in 1968 and would continue to run in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and the 1968 Olympic Trials. He stayed involved in the sport his whole life, coaching track for decades at the collegiate and high school levels, even after his illness robbed him of his ability to run. His passion for the sport never waned; during his final years, the TV was always tuned to track events such as in the Olympics or the World Athletics Championships.

Evan trained with the legendary Steve Prefontaine at the University of Oregon while earning a master’s degree in communications (and would later lament the Ducks’ devolution from a running school to a football school).

More than a decade later, he earned a law degree from Case Western Reserve University. As a professor at Kent State University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Southern Illinois University, and University of Alaska - Fairbanks, Evan taught journalism, history, and law during the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s.

At the end of 1990, he returned to the Northwest with his family. Although MS increasingly limited his mobility, he remained committed to writing, coaching, and leading in the community. He was active in his church and his childrens’ school district, coaching high school and middle school track from his wheelchair. 

Evan wrote news and opinion columns for local news outlets – he co-founded the Shoreline Week which eventually became part of the Everett Herald-owned Enterprise newspapers, where he was Forum Editor. 

Later, he was a co-founder of the Shoreline Area News online publication, where he covered local politics under his byline and local sports in unattributed articles, for over a decade. He was a mentor to the editor, sharing his knowledge of everything from story layout, to suggested topics, to the use of punctuation in headlines.

In 1998, at his daughter’s nomination, Evan was named Father of the Year by the National MS Society’s Greater Washington Chapter, where he volunteered his time to mentor those newly diagnosed with the disease. Evan never let his illness define him: he was optimistic, upbeat, and full of self-described “vim and vigor.” When asked how he was doing, he always answered “Well, except for a little case of MS, I’m just fine!”

Evan is survived by his wife of 41 years, Barbara Schechter, daughter Ellen Gardner (Adam), son Jared, grandson Wyatt, granddaughter Emma, and countless other family members, friends, and caregivers who fell in love with his wonderful (albeit interminable) stories and bad puns. 

He imparted to his children his passion for history and sports and his attention to current political events. Those who spent time with him will remember his friendly nature, sense of humor, intellect and, most of all, his courage and determination to live a full life in the face of a cruel, incurable disease. Those qualities and his memory will forever inspire all who were lucky enough to know him.

A memorial service will be held at 2pm on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at Richmond Beach Congregational Church. Those who knew and loved Evan are invited to come and share stories – he loved nothing more than telling and listening to good ones. 

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Evan Smith Fund for Cross Country and Track at Whitman College at, which will support the program that meant so much to him and his lifelong teammates. Others might consider subscribing to their local newspaper and reading it regularly in Evan’s honor.


LFP Garden Club meets January 10 at Town Center

Friday, December 30, 2022

Trevor Cameron will speak
about Summer bulbs
LFP Garden Club will hold their monthly meeting on January 10th and continue on the 2nd Tuesday of the month (Sept thru May). 

9:30am for General Meeting. We will have a little time for cookies and chatting. At 10:30am we will have our speaker. 

They meet at Third Place Commons on the upper level by the stage. TPC is in Town Center, at the intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way NE.

New members are accepted throughout the year. Novice and experienced gardeners are always welcome. Annual dues are $25.00. We ask that you join us after attending two meetings for free.

We have extra functions during the summer months.

Our speaker in January is Trevor Cameron, talking about Summer Bulbs. Shop now for the best selection, especially at the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival.

Trevor will be talking about the 'General Rules for Summer Bulbs'

Numerous plants from Trilliums, Toad Lilies, Anemones, Convallaria, Irises of all kinds, and many others are around to add to the garden as well. Try some fun ones in your yard!

Notice a theme here... Good cut flowers, fragrance and vivid summer colors. Plant some in your garden.


DHS announces extension of REAL ID full enforcement deadline

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced its intent to extend the REAL ID full enforcement date by 24 months, from May 3, 2023 to May 7, 2025. 

Under the new regulations published to execute this change, states will now have additional time to ensure their residents have driver’s licenses and identification cards that meet the security standards established by the REAL ID Act. 

As required by the law, following the enforcement deadline, federal agencies, including the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), will be prohibited from accepting driver’s licenses and identification cards that do not meet these federal standards.

“DHS continues to work closely with U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories to meet REAL ID requirements,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas. 
“This extension will give states needed time to ensure their residents can obtain a REAL ID-compliant license or identification card. DHS will also use this time to implement innovations to make the process more efficient and accessible. We will continue to ensure that the American public can travel safely.”

The extension is necessary, in part, to address the lingering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the ability to obtain a REAL ID driver’s license or identification card. REAL ID progress over the past two years has been significantly hindered by state driver’s licensing agencies having to work through the backlogs created by the pandemic. 

Many of these agencies took various steps in response to the pandemic including automatically extending the expiration dates of driver’s licenses and identification cards and shifting operations to appointment only.

Passed by Congress in 2005 following a 9/11 Commission recommendation, the REAL ID Act establishes minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards. 

Security standards include incorporating anti-counterfeiting technology, preventing insider fraud, and using documentary evidence and record checks to ensure a person is who they claim to be. 

Under the new regulations, beginning May 7, 2025, every traveler 18 years of age or older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or identification card, state-issued enhanced driver’s license, or another TSA-acceptable form of identification at airport security checkpoints for domestic air travel.

--Paine Field Buzz newsletter


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Don't drink and drive

Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter HERE


LFP Council Corner – 2022 Accomplishments and Looking Ahead to 2023

Tom French, LFP Deputy Mayor
By Deputy Mayor Tom French

It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is upon us and right around the corner is 2023. I want to start off by saying a huge thank you to my colleagues on the Council and to the Mayor for the amazingly congenial and civil discussions we have enjoyed this year as policy makers. 

Each Council Member brings their own unique professional and personal backgrounds to the mix, and this makes for a very lively group dynamic. Those of us on the Council without PhDs sometimes must stretch ourselves in the discussions to keep up!

This past year has been an incredibly busy and productive one for the City Council. 

A few highlights include passing a responsible, forward-thinking biennial budget; adopting a methodology for setting speed limits; adoption of an Interlocal Agreement and Articles of Incorporation creating the Regional Crisis Response Agency (RCR) by five member cities; adopting code amendments for NPDES Source Control Program Creation and Stormwater Design Manual Updates; as well as many other important updates.

In all, Council Members participated in nearly 60 City of Lake Forest Park meetings as a body or a committee and participated in many, many more meetings representing the City on regional boards.

The months ahead are busy ones for the City Council. Our calendars are going to be filled with the usual business of the City but also other important topics:

  • Pedestrian and multi-modal safety and lowering speed limits - The Council will continue to discuss this topic which was first presented at a Committee of the Whole Meeting this past Spring. Lowering speed limits, traffic calming, separated walking routes and a neighborhood Healthy Streets program (similar to Seattle’s) are all under consideration by the Council.
  • Consideration of the recommendations from the Climate Action Committee - We are looking forward to considering their recommendations for ways that our community can reduce our collective and individual impacts on our climate.
  • Updates to the Sign Code – The Council will be considering recommendations made by the Planning Commission in our continuing effort to improve our sign regulations and preserve the character of our community.
  • Required updates to the Shoreline Master Program - In 2023 the Council will be tackling the update to the Shoreline Master Program as prescribed by state law and considering recommendations both by the Planning Commission and the Department of Ecology.
  • Adjustment to the Budget - 2023 is an off-year in our biennial budget process, but the Council will be considering recommendations from the Administration for minor changes to the budget to ensure that we continue to remain in a sound financial position as economic conditions change.
Wishing you all a safe and wonderful holiday season and a Happy 2023!


Winter Recreation Registration starts Tuesday January 3rd for Shoreline residents, January 5th for LFP residents

Check out the Recreation Guide for Adult Fitness, Adult Trips, Specialized Recreation, Preschool and Youth Programs, Drop-in, and much more!

Registration for January - March 2023 begins on the following dates: 
  • January 3, 2023, at 8am for Shoreline residents
  • January 5, 2023 for Lake Forest Park residents
  • January 6, 2023 for non-residents 
Visit to sign-up once registration opens

Shoreline residents: Apply For 2023 Recreation Scholarships

Scholarships are available to qualifying families, as well as, those facing extenuating circumstances. To apply, complete the 2023 Scholarship Application and Waiver forms.

Submit the form along with supporting documents via email to and call 206-801-2600 before you register.

Lake Forest Park residents:

LFP offers scholarship reimbursements for eligible youth and specialized recreation participants who reside in the City and are registered for and attend cultural, recreation, or aquatic programs and camps. For more information, go to our webpage or call City Hall, 206-368-5440.


Free ESL classes at Senior Activity Center

Free ESL classes at the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Activities Center start next week. 

Conversational ESL will be held on Tuesdays and Beginning ESL Reading class will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Call the Senior Center at 206-365-1536 to register.


Power of One Volunteer Program: Partners in Learning

Power of One volunteer Rick Hudson and student
Photo courtesy Power of One
Looking for something worthwhile and rewarding to do in the new year? Consider contributing your time and talents as a Power of One volunteer in the Shoreline Public Schools

The Power of One Volunteer Program matches people from the community with volunteer opportunities in the schools to help students in need of assistance.

Volunteers work directly with students under the guidance of a classroom teacher to provide regular, consistent help during the school day. 

The opportunities include but are not limited to:
  • Tutoring students one-on-one in reading or writing
  • Reading with students in small groups
  • Improving math skills through games and practice
  • Assisting with special art projects
  • Providing support in libraries
  • Supporting Multi Language Learners
  • Helping in the College and Career Counseling Center

The benefits of joining Power of One include interacting with students in a positive way, being part of a group of dedicated volunteers, free educational trainings and workshops, and ongoing support from the Power of One program coordinator. Volunteers must undergo a Washington State Patrol background check.

Power of One is a partnership of the Shoreline-LFP Senior Activity Center and the Shoreline School District. This well-regarded program began in 1996 to connect senior members of the community with their neighborhood schools. It continues today as a model volunteer program and welcomes both seniors and non-seniors.

To schedule an interview, contact Volunteer Program Coordinator Terry Monette at Terry will help connect you to the classroom, teacher and school that best fits your interests, schedule, and availability.

Join Power of One today! Become a Partner in Learning!


Jobs: Shoreline Elks - Dinner shift cook

Thursday, December 29, 2022

Shoreline Elks
Dinner shift cook
Starting $18/hr. DOE

In a fraternal- charitable club, perform standard cooks duties .

Part-time scheduled shifts and on call back up positions available.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Apply through Facebook Job Post:


Jobs: Shoreline Elks - Bartender - part-time and on-call

Shoreline Elks
Starting $16/hr. DOE

In a fraternal- charitable club, perform standard bartending duties including placing food orders.

Part-time scheduled shifts and on call back up positions available.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Apply through Facebook Job Post:


Sound Transit: Daytime lane restrictions on 185th scheduled Thursday for concrete pours

work area
As early as Thursday, December 30, from 7am to 5pm, Sound Transit will restrict NE 185th St to one lane, from 5th Ave NE to 8th Ave NE, for concrete pours at the 185th St undercrossing.
This work is part of the future Lynnwood Link Extension light rail project.

8th Ave NE, south of NE 185th St, will be temporarily closed during this work. 

Flaggers will direct traffic around the work zone. Crews will truck in at NE 185th St for concrete delivery. 

Two-way traffic at NE 185th St and 8th Ave NE will be maintained, via one lane with flaggers to direct traffic.


Shoreline Planning Commission to hear presentation from Homestead Community Land Trust

Shoreline Planning Commission
The Shoreline Planning Commission Regular Meeting on Thursday, January 5, 2023 at 7pm will be held in the Council Chamber at Shoreline City Hall 17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133 using a hybrid format where both in-person and online attendance is allowed.

Public comment can be made in person, remotely, or by submitting written comment. 

In person public commenters must sign up in person prior to the start of Agenda Item 5, and remote public commenters must sign-up online by 6:30pm the night of the meeting.

Access the meeting remotely:

Agenda Highlights

Contact us:
Carla Hoekzema, Planning Commission Clerk
(206) 801-2514


New Years Eve at Drumlin

Are you still looking for something not too crazy to do to ring in 2023? 

We still have some availability left for three hour seatings at Drumlin from 3:30 to 6:30pm and 9:30pm through midnight. 

These seatings include toasts at the top of each hour with a half pour of wine from each time zone turning to midnight and a small bite made by Baking Brad in our kitchen, also inspired by a location in the time zone turning to midnight. 

Plus we have optional activities to help release the bad from 2022 and bring luck for 2023. 

Polish Cuisine on Wheels is at the curb 5-8pm. Bring just yourself and sit at the bar, or reserve a table for friends or family for the eighth year of this Ridgecrest tradition. 

If you can’t quite make it to midnight PST, we’ll discretely hand you your Washington bubbly and your “Brangos” (Brad’s housemade Frango-like truffles) to go. 

No dress code but polka dots are considered lucky for the new year. Outdoor covered and heated seating available. Reserve online at Email us at if you have questions. 

We hope to see you!


Point Wells: Court of Appeals upholds Snohomish County’s denial of BSRE’s applications to develop Point Wells as an Urban Center

Point Wells photo courtesy Google Earth
By Tom McCormick

On December 27, 2022, the state Court of Appeals upheld the County’s denial of BSRE’s applications to build an Urban Center at Point Wells.

Point Wells is a low-lying property on Puget Sound in unincorporated Snohomish County, directly north of Shoreline. The only road to Point Wells is through Shoreline. The property abuts a steep cliff directly below the Town of Woodway. 

The Court of Appeals reversed an earlier decision of the King County Superior Court, and dismissed BSRE's land-use petition. 

A PDF copy of the Court of Appeals decision can be accessed at .


BSRE owns the land at Point Wells (about 61 acres). An unrelated oil company owns the pier, the oil tanks and pipes, and other structures.

In 2010, at the request of BSRE’s predecessor, Snohomish County designated Point Wells as an Urban Center, re-zoned it, and enacted an updated Urban Center Development Code. Various parties challenged the County’s action, arguing, among other things, that the Urban Center designation was invalid because the site lacked access to high capacity transit. The State’s Growth Management Hearings Board agreed. As stated in its May 2011 decision and order,

"the Board finds the County's Urban Center policies as a whole require ready access to both the road system and transit services. Mere location on an inaccessible transit route is not sufficient and not consistent with these policies.”

The Board invalidated the site’s Urban Center designation, and required the County to take corrective action. The County responded in 2012 by re-designating Point Wells as an Urban Village (generally less density, lower building heights, and no requirement for high capacity transit).

Meanwhile, in February 2011, BSRE submitted to the County its initial applications to develop Point Wells as an Urban Center. BSRE proposed a development with about 3,000 residential units in buildings as tall as 180 feet, and more than 100,000 square feet of office and retail space.

Opponents argued that BSRE’s applications should be rejected because the Growth Management Hearings Board had declared the County’s designation of Point Wells as an Urban Center to be invalid. 

The Washington Supreme Court disagreed, saying that "BSRE's rights vested when it submitted its applications [in February 2011]. [The] later finding of noncompliance [and invalidity by the Growth Management Hearings Board in May 2011] does not affect BSRE's already vested rights."

The maximum building height: 90 feet or 180 feet?

In BSRE’s 2011 application materials, BSRE states:
  • “[The County’s] Urban Center Code ... contains the following provision[]:
  • Maximum building height is 90 feet.
  • An additional 90 feet of building height may be approved under specific conditions.
  • ► The Point Wells Urban Center Plan assumes full use of this provision.” (emphasis added.)

BSRE assumed wrong. The specific conditions for an additional 90 feet of building height are set forth in Former Snohomish County Code 30.34A.040(1):

“The maximum building height in the UC zone shall be 90 feet. A building height increase up to an additional 90 feet may be approved . . . when the additional height is documented to be necessary or desirable when the project is located near a high capacity transit route or station.” (emphasis added).

In 2018, the County denied BSRE’s applications for the first time because of substantial conflicts with County Code. One conflict stood out: many of BSRE’s planned buildings were taller than the County Code’s 90-foot maximum (some as tall as 180 feet). The County concluded that BSRE failed to satisfy the Code’s conditions to get an additional 90 feet approved. The Hearing Examiner said this:

“BSRE contends that it need only be "near a high capacity transit route” [to qualify for an additional 90 feet in building height]. … While BSRE is correct that a high capacity transit route is near the project, proximity alone is not enough. [Also, to] give meaning to the words "approval" and "necessary or desirable", it must mean necessity or desirability for some reason other than the applicant's desire. 
"The record lacks any evidence to support a finding or conclusion that the additional height is necessary or desirable from a public, aesthetic, planning, or transportation standpoint."

BSRE appealed the Hearing Examiner’s decision. The King County Superior Court gave BSRE an opportunity to re-activate and re-submit its applications. BSRE corrected some shortcomings, and re-submitted its applications in 2019. But several substantial conflicts remained.

Significantly, many of BSRE’s planned buildings remained taller than the County Code’s 90-foot maximum. As a result, in 2021 the County again denied BSRE’s applications. BSRE appealed.

In early 2022, the King County Superior Court (a different judge than before) gave BSRE another opportunity to re-submit its applications. Both the County and BSRE appealed the court's 2022 decision, both wanting the Court of Appeals to rule on the maximum building height issue and other issues.

Court of Appeals says the County’s interpretation stands — the maximum building height is 90 feet; BSRE’s applications were appropriately denied.

On December 27, 2022, the Court of Appeals ruled against BSRE on the maximum building height issue, finding it unnecessary to address any of the other substantial conflicts that the County identified. On the building height issue, the court concluded:

"BSRE did not carry its burden in establishing that the County erroneously interpreted or clearly erroneously applied its own Code.”
The Court of Appeals found "BSRE’s arguments unpersuasive”:

"BSRE’s focus on one phrase in the Code (“. . . located near a high capacity transit route or station. . .”) ignores the repeated statements of legislative intent for residents of a high-density urban centers to have ready access, not just proximity, to mass transit stops and stations. The statute is replete with such references. …

[Also,] BSRE’s interpretation ignores the prior additional qualifying phrase that the increase [in building height of an additional 90 feet] must be “necessary or desirable.” Former SCC 30.34A.040(1). On appeal, BSRE argues, without citing any authority, that “desirable” means subjectively desirable to it, the developer. We agree with the County, that the subject to whom the building increase must be desirable is the County. … [An] Urban Zone without a high capacity transit system of any kind would be understandably undesirable to the County. …

For these [and other] reasons, we interpret Former SCC 30.34A.040(1) in the larger statutory context in which it was adopted and conclude that the County’s intent is, not only proximity to high capacity transit, but the ability of its future residents to use and access the high capacity transit.”

The Court of Appeals found that BSRE did not carry its burden in establishing that the County erroneously interpreted or applied its own Code as to the maximum building height. Based on this one substantial conflict, it denied BSRE’s petition, thereby upholding the County’s denial of BSRE’s applications to develop Point Wells as an Urban Center.

While the Court of Appeals decision upholding the County’s denial of BSRE’s applications is great news for our community and the environment, there is disappointment and uncertainty too.

These will be discussed in a companion article to be posted tomorrow.

(see previously published articles on Point Wells here)


What should we do about climate change in Lake Forest Park?

Here's what to do about climate change in Lake Forest Park:

1. Take the Lake Forest Park Climate Action Survey here. December 31, 2022 is the last day to take the survey.

The Lake Forest Park Climate Action Committee is working on a plan for the city. The committee is looking at the specific sources of emissions in the city and what the city can do about eliminating or reducing these emissions. 

The Climate Action Committee will be developing a climate action plan. The objective of the plan is to reduce our community’s use of fossil fuels and help us adapt to our changing climate.

2. Take the survey and tell the committee: What are the issues you are concerned about? What should the city be doing?

3. Join the Newsletter

4. If you would like to stay up to date on the Climate Action Committee’s work join the “Notify Me” link on the City’s website.


Echo Lake close to overflow on Tuesday

Echo Lake photo by Johanna Pollit

The tiny beach at Echo Lake is submerged and the water level is close to the top of the Interurban Trail.

The outfall for Echo Lake is a very small culvert that runs under the highway and flows into Lake Ballinger. As seen in yesterday's photo of the McAleer Creek outflow, Lake Ballinger is also full. A large section of McAleer Creek is above ground there so the water can overflow to the open spaces.

Echo Lake creek has only a very short section above ground and the rest is in the culvert. As a result the water backs up in the lake and occasionally approaches ground floor condos around the lake.

--Diane Hettrick


January 2023 Author events at Third Place Books Lake Forest Park

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Third Place Books 
Lake Forest Park 
Please note: all times below are Pacific Time.
Both virtual and in-person events require registration in advance. Unless ticketed, events are free and open to the public. See for details.
() – denotes ticketed event
) – denotes event for children or middle grade readers
Thursday, January 5 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Gerald Elias
Murder at the Royal Albert: A Daniel Jacobus Mystery
A former violinist with the Boston Symphony and associate concertmaster of the Utah Symphony, Elias will discuss the 8th installment in his Daniel Jacobus mystery series (a truly “classical” whodunnit) and perform excerpts from Vivaldi's "Autumn" from The Four Seasons.
Tuesday, January 10 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Seanan McGuire
Lost in the Moment and Found
A young girl discovers an infinite variety of worlds in this standalone tale of the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Wayward Children series. Lost in the Moment and Found tells us that childhood and innocence, once lost, can never be found. *Masks required*
Wednesday, January 11 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Erica Miner with David B. Schlosser
Aria for Murder
In Erica Miner's high-stakes thriller, a famous conductor of the Metropolitan Opera is assassinated on the podium. A former Metropolitan Opera Orchestra violinist herself, Miner is now an award-winning author, lecturer, screenwriter, and arts journalist.
Thursday, January 12 at 4:30pm PT (Virtual)
Ross Benjamin
The Diaries of Franz Kafka
in partnership with Community Bookstore (Brooklyn)
Here is Ross Benjamin’s essential new translation of Kafka’s complete, uncensored diaries—a revelation of the idiosyncrasies and rough edges of one of the twentieth century’s most influential writers. “Supplemented with 78 pages of invaluable notes, the fruit of half a century of Kafka scholarship.” (J. M. Coetzee)
Thursday, January 12 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Denny Sargent
Werewolf Pack Magick: A Shapeshifter's Book of Shadows
Sargent teaches ecstatic shapeshifting experiences, newly revived from ancient traditions and designed to free you from the restrictive chains of civilization. Werewolf Pack Magick offers a wide variety of activities, including pack initiation and werewolf divination.
Monday, January 16 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Local Author Open Mic
Calling all local writers and poets! Come share your work and develop your craft with other local authors on the third Monday of every month. For consignment requests, see for details.
Tuesday, January 17 at 6pm PT (Virtual)
Clarence Lusane with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Twenty Dollars and Change: Harriet Tubman and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice and Democracy
Taking up the debate over the future of the twenty-dollar bill, Lusane uses the question of Harriet Tubman vs. Andrew Jackson as a lens through which to view the current state of our nation's ongoing reckoning with the legacies of slavery and foundational white supremacy. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States, joins in conversation.
Tuesday, January 17 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Kate Alice Marshall
What Lies in the Woods: A Novel 
The Seattle author presents her first thriller for adults, about three friends with a secret worth killing for. “I loved everything about this beautifully written and impossible to put down book. I was hooked from the first clever and deliciously dark page and couldn't stop reading.” (Alice Feeney)
[SOLD OUT] Wednesday, January 25 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Deb Perelman with Aran Goyoaga
Smitten Kitchen Keepers: New Classics for Your Forever Files
From Cozy Chicken and Dumplings to Fettuccine with White RagĂș, and from Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies to Strawberry Summer Stack Cake, Deb's new book is a collection of essential recipes for meals you'll want to prepare again and again. Aran Goyoaga, Seattle’s three-time James Beard award finalist and our favorite gluten-free specialist, joins in conversation. *Tickets required. This event is sold out.*
Thursday, January 26 at 6pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Jessica Vitalis, Gabrielle K. Byrne, Jewell Parker Rhodes, and Ash Van Otterloo
In partnership with "Magic in the Middle," a series of monthly book talks designed to help teachers, librarians, and caregivers introduce readers to new middle grade fantasy books, Jessica Vitalis reads from her new book The Rabbit's Gift and hosts a roundtable discussion with a group of stellar children’s book authors.
Tuesday, January 31 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Megan Paasch with Cookie Hiponia
Dream to Me
From Snoqualmie debut author Megan Paasch comes a YA contemporary fantasy about generational magic, grief, and what it takes to forgive ourselves. Cookie Hiponia, author of We Belong, joins in conversation.
Third Place Books is located on the upper level of Town Center, intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way NE, Lake Forest Park.


Transit agencies announce fare-free New Year’s Eve

King County Executive Dow Constantine announced today that Metro will join other regional transit agencies to provide free rides this New Year’s Eve. Riders can travel without paying fares on King County Metro, Sound Transit, Community Transit, Everett Transit, and the Seattle Streetcar as part of their celebrations.

“Transit systems across our region are offering you the opportunity to not worry about traffic, parking, or getting behind the wheel as you celebrate the start of 2023,” said Executive Constantine.

“Whether you’re looking to enjoy the fireworks, meet friends to ring in the New Year, or have a quiet dinner at your favorite restaurant, you can leave the driving to us. We look forward to seeing you on board!”

Regional transit agencies will be operating on the following schedules to accommodate fare-free New Year’s Eve rides:

King County Metro: Buses will operate on their regular Saturday schedule and be fare-free from 3 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, through 3 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1. Other Metro services operating fare-free include DART, Via to Transit, Ride Pingo to Transit, Community Van, and Access service. Please note Via to Transit will only operate until 2 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1.
Sound Transit: Link light rail and Sound Transit Express buses are fare-free from 4 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, to 2 a.m. Sunday., Jan. 1. Sound Transit will operate extended Link light rail service on New Year’s Eve, with 15-minute, late-night service. The last southbound trip will leave Northgate Station at 1:58 a.m. The last northbound train will leave Angle Lake Station at 1:41 a.m. For more information go to the Sound Transit website.
Community Transit: All Community Transit buses, Zip Alderwood Shuttle, and Snohomish County DART paratransit services will operate on a Saturday schedule and are fare-free from 4 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31 through the end of the service day. Please check the Community Transit website, as route times vary.
Everett Transit: All services will operate fare-free on a regular Saturday schedule – 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Seattle Streetcar: Both streetcar lines will operate Saturday service hours. The South Lake Union Streetcar will operate on New Year’s Eve until 12:30 a.m. to accommodate fireworks viewing downtown.
King County Water Taxi: The water taxi will operate fare-free on Dec. 31 but will be out of service on Jan. 1. and Jan. 2.
Seattle Monorail: The monorail will collect regular fares and is scheduled to operate from Westlake to the Seattle Center until 11 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. After the evening’s events at Seattle Center, service to Westlake will run from 12:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
New Year’s Day service

On Sunday, Jan. 1, and Monday, Jan. 2, transit customers are reminded that King County Metro buses, Sound Transit Express buses, Link light rail, and Tacoma Link will operate on Sunday schedules, and the regular, valid fare will be required on all services beginning at 3 a.m. Jan. 1. Details are posted on Metro’s and Sound Transit’s holiday and reduced service pages.

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