Photos: Poem - Baby Wabbit Kicked Out of Home

Monday, July 4, 2022

Baby wabbit kicked out of home,
looks out at the world all alone.

This has happened millions of times before,
in weeks she will have babies of her own.

poem and photos by Wayne Pridemore


Collision on Aurora at N 141st blocks lanes for three hours

Photo courtesy Seattle Police traffic cam

A collision on Aurora Ave N at N 141St St around 10pm on Sunday, July 3, 2022 blocked all northbound and southbound lanes for three hours. 

Seattle Police report that this was a fatal car/pedestrian collision. The driver remained on scene and is participating in the investigation

Drivers were advised to seek other routes.

This appears to be the same location as a previous crash on Tuesday (see previous article)


Trish Campbell selected to serve as Shoreline Schools Executive Director of Student Services

Trish Campbell, new Executive Director
of Student Services for Shoreline Schools
Trish Campbell has been selected to serve as the Shoreline Schools Executive Director of Student Services, announced Superintendent Susana Reyes. 

The appointment is subject to approval by the Shoreline School Board. Trish succeeds Becca Anderson, who accepted a position at another school district.

Trish joins Shoreline Schools from the Marysville School District, where she has served as the Executive Director of Student Services and Special Education. 

Prior to her time in Marysville, Trish worked as a special education administrator in Seattle Public Schools. Trish has over 20 years of experience teaching special education and leading student services in the state of Washington. 

She brings a wide range of experience, including coaching Special Olympics, mentoring new leaders, and developing community partnerships.

A graduate of Mariner High School, Trish holds her teaching credentials from Temple University, a master's degree in Special Education from Seattle University, and her administrative credentials from the University of Washington. Trish enjoys spending time with her four adult children, all of whom serve in the area of student and social services.

“Trish’s history of serving all students with compassion, integrity, and high standards aligns well with the vision of Shoreline Schools,” says Superintendent Susana Reyes. “We welcome her to the district and look forward to her expertise benefitting our entire Shoreline Schools community.”


Scene on the Sound: The Norwegian Bliss

Photo by Tim Davis

The cruise ship Norwegian Bliss sailed out of Puget Sound on Friday, July 1, 2022, headed for Alaska.

As the 3rd ship in the Breakaway Plus class, Norwegian Bliss is designed with features and amenities to offer guests the ultimate Alaska cruising experience. 

Homeported in Seattle, the Bliss sails seasonally from Seattle to Alaska. Norwegian Bliss is the youngest ship cruising the Last Frontier. 

The Bliss holds 4,000 passengers on 20 decks, multiple pools and waterslides and 30 bars and restaurants.


LFP Safety Day for Kids on July 16, 2022

Photo by Danny Nee on Unsplash
On Saturday, July 16, 2022, from 10:00am to 3:00pm, the Lake Forest Park Police Department is hosting a Safety Day for Kids.

This new event will focus on children being safe while getting outside to bike, hike, and enjoy water activities. 

Included in the activities is an obstacle course where children can learn about stop signs, crosswalks, approaching corners, and being considerate around other bikes and groups of people.

King County Search and Rescue representatives and Lake Forest Park Police officers will talk about outdoor and water safety, and 25 bicycle helmets and 100 lifejackets will be given away to children and adults with disabilities (on a first-come, first-served basis). 

A K9 unit will also be there and there will be free “safety bags” for the children.

This fun event will be held in the upper parking lot behind the Lake Forest Park Police Department, 17425 Ballinger Way NE. 


New law offers free or discounted hospital care to 4 million Washingtonians

Attorney General Bob Ferguson
Starting July 1, 2022, 4 million Washingtonians will qualify for free or discounted care at hospitals across Washington as a result of legislation requested by Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

The legislation requires large hospital systems to provide more financial assistance. Beginning July 1, approximately half of all Washingtonians will be eligible for free or reduced-cost care at hospitals that represent approximately 80 percent of the licensed beds in the state.

Ferguson worked with prime sponsor Rep. Tarra Simmons, D-Bremerton, and Reps. Eileen Cody, D-Seattle, and Nicole Macri, D-Seattle, on HB 1616 to strengthen Washington’s charity care law. 46th LD representatives Valdez and Pollit signed on as cosponsors, as did 32nd LD rep Lauren Davis.

Ferguson’s Attorney General request legislation expands charity care eligibility to more than 1 million Washingtonians, and guarantees free hospital care to an additional million Washingtonians who are currently eligible for discounted care.

“This is a landmark achievement for affordable health care,” Ferguson said. “Too many Washingtonians are just one hospital bill away from financial crisis. Our new law moves us away from a system where a single mom working two minimum wage jobs didn’t qualify for any help with her hospital bills, to something that offers help to about half the people in Washington. 
"It’s the right thing to do. Make sure you know what kind of assistance you qualify for, and if you aren’t getting it, contact my office.”

Ferguson’s and Simmons’ legislation establishes two tiers of financial assistance — one for large health care systems and another for smaller, independent hospitals. The new law gives Washington the strongest protections in the country for out-of-pocket hospital costs.

Nationwide, about two-thirds of individuals who file for bankruptcy cite medical issues as a key contributor, and more than half of collection items on credit reports are for medical debts.

Access to care is also an equity issue, as communities of color are disproportionately underinsured, and especially vulnerable to catastrophic and unexpected medical expenses.

More information here


Shoreline Walks: Twin Ponds to Lakeside School Exploration - Saturday July 9, 2022

Shoreline Walks – Lakeside School Exploration, Saturday, July 9, 10 am – 12 pm

Meet at: Twin Ponds Park Community Gardens, (across from Aegis on 1st Ave) 14900 1st Ave NE, Shoreline

We’ll start at Twin Ponds Park and pass three churches, the I-5 microwave tower, and the new developments on 145th all on our way to Lakeside School. 

We’ll loop through the school campus which is located just on the other side of Shoreline before heading back to Twin Ponds. 

Shoreline Walks are designed for adults ages 50+ but open to all ages and abilities. Each walk is led by a Volunteer Walk Leader and all walks are free. 

No need to sign up, just show up at the meetup location and we'll take care of the rest! Full list online.

Shoreline Recreation is encouraging volunteers to sign up as walk leaders. Information here.


COVID-19 Local Case Numbers as of Friday, July 1, 2022

March 1 to July 1,2022

COVID-19 Local Case Numbers as of Friday, July 1, 2022

The CDC has advised residents of six Washington counties to wear masks indoors: Lewis County, Pacific County, Thurston County, Grays Harbor County, Garfield County and Spokane County.

Safeway pharmacy has vaccines in stock for kids 3-4. Call your local store for appointments.

King county cases

Cases in past 7 days - 6,921
Average daily cases - 1,045

King county hospitalizations

Hospitalizations in past 7 days - 116
Average daily hospitalizations - 17

King county deaths

Deaths in past 14 days - 27
Daily average deaths - 2

Seattle Cases

Cases in past 7 days - 2,805
Average daily cases - 420

Seattle Hospitalizations

Hospitalizations in past 7 days - 29
Average daily hospitalizations - 4

Seattle Deaths

Deaths in 14 days - 6
Average daily deaths - <1

Shoreline cases

Cases in past 7 days - 217
Average daily cases - 32

Shoreline Hospitalizations

Hospitalizations in past 7 days - 3
Average daily hospitalizations - <1

Shoreline Deaths

Total deaths - 140
Deaths in 14 days - 1
Average daily deaths - <1

Lake Forest Park cases

Cases in past 7 days - 52
Average daily cases - 8

Lake Forest Park Hospitalizations

Total hospitalizations - 39
Hospitalizations in past 7 days - 1
Average daily hospitalizations - <1

Lake Forest Park Deaths

Total deaths - 6
Deaths in 14 days - 0
Average daily deaths - 0


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Yankee Doodle


And a Happy 4th of July to all of you!


Beat Brackett 5k Run/Walk routed through Woodway Monday

On July 4, 2022 the set-up for the Beat Brackett 5k Run/Walk begins at 6:00am. Volunteers will be stationed at several points along the running route to help guide traffic and runners. 

The race begins at 8:00am at City Park in Edmonds with 400-600 runners expected. 

All participants are anticipated to finish by 11:00am. Volunteers will pack-up and be picked up around 11:00am.

Runners are made aware that this is not a closed route – they must share the road with vehicles. 

Most runners are familiar with this type of situation as it is common for organized races to use routes not closed to traffic. Many runners will be wearing white race shirts for easy visibility.


July events at Dunn Gardens

Sunday, July 3, 2022

Special events at the beautiful Dunn Gardens in July 2022

“Children’s Theater” 
Thursday, July 14th at 5:30pm

“Gather the kids and join us on the Great Lawn for an evening of children’s theater. 

Dunn Gardens has partnered with The 14/48 Projects to present “Mega Hero Rangers Go Go Go Supreme!!!”

“Nature Therapy” 
Sunday, July 17th at 10am

Join us at Dunn Gardens for our first Nature Therapy with Mileva Huljey. 

This class is inspired by the Japanese practice of Forest Bathing.

In this class you will immerse yourself in nature to support health, happiness and to connect with yourself and the beauty of the natural world.

“Pines and Needles: PNW African American Quilters in Dunn Gardens” 
Saturday, July 23rd at 12pm

Dunn Gardens will serve as the backdrop for the colorful quilts created by the PNW African American Quilters. 

These incredible artists have been meeting all year in the classroom to design and construct a botanical quilt inspired by the beauty of Dunn Gardens

Dunn Gardens is located at 13533 Northshire Rd NW Seattle, WA 98177 just south of Shoreline.


Red Sky Gallery reception Saturday for featured artist Kristen Reitz-Green

Artwork by Kristen Reitz-Green

We proudly welcome, Kristen Reitz-Green in to the Red Sky Gallery as the featured artist for the month of July. 

This show encompasses pieces from three bodies of work. 

There are paintings of food, her most well known genre, her latest series, ‘Glassworks’ of jars and marbles and 2 pieces from ‘Abstraction through Reality’ series. 

Much of her work centers around the nostalgia we feel for favorite things, often from childhood memories and the joy of beautiful colors on a canvas. Her breathtaking work is on display until July 31st. 

Artist reception is Saturday, July 9, 2022 from 4:00-7:00pm.

Red Sky Gallery is on the upper level of Town Center in Lake Forest Park at the intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way NE.


Cristi Camp selected as interim assistant principal at Shorecrest High School

Cristi Camp, interim assistant
principal at Shorecrest
Cristi Camp has been selected to serve as an interim assistant principal at Shorecrest High School for the 2022-23 school year, Superintendent Susana Reyes announced. Cristi replaces Becky Worrell, who served as an assistant principal Shorecrest since 2007.

Since 2016, Cristi has served as an instructional coach at Einstein Middle School here in the Shoreline School District. Prior to that, Cristi’s teaching career was in science and special education at the middle and high school levels with the Shoreline and Issaquah school districts. 

Cristi holds a master’s degree in Special Education from Seattle University, and she received a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and her teacher certification from the University of Colorado Boulder. She is also a National Board Certified Teacher who has been teaching since 2005.

"Cristi Camp is a passionate, experienced, and committed educator who has devoted her educational career to ensuring that all students have access to rigorous and engaging curriculum and instruction,” says Superintendent Reyes. “We are excited to welcome Cristi to Shorecrest!"


Don't call 911 for fireworks - do take care of your animals - fireworks shows on the 3rd and 4th of July

Fireworks Photo by Nitish Meena on Unsplash
By Diane Hettrick

Every police department in the area, from Everett to Seattle, is putting out polite or not so polite notices not to call 911 for fireworks. Police rarely catch those annoying people in the act.

All you are accomplishing is to block the dispatch lines.

If something is on fire - if someone is injured - call 911 immediately.

Otherwise keep your fingers off the phone.

If you must do something:
  • Report fireworks violations in King county by calling 206-848-0800 or online at
  • If they are your next door neighbors in Shoreline, take a video of them in action and send it to See Click Fix
  • Complain on your favorite social media site
Take care of your pets. Cats tend to hide under the bed, but dogs are prone to bolting out the door and running. Do whatever works for your dogs - thunder shirts, drugs, your soothing presence, a leash when they go outside - but make sure they can't get off your property. If they run you'll get them back but it might be 4-5 days.

The 3rd of July fireworks shows

Mountlake Terrace has a big fireworks display on Sunday the 3rd of July - Ballinger Park, 23000 Lakeview Drive. Food trucks, live music, and games at 6pm and fireworks starting around 10pm details here  Parking is an issue.

Edmonds is joining MLT because Civic Field is under construction.

Gas Works Park - the big Amazon Seafair Summer Fourth event is back on this year
Monday, July 4 from 3 - 11pm

T-Mobile Space Needle fireworks
They will be happening this year in person Info here

KING TV5 Macy's fireworks show
On TV starting at 8pm

If you can find a vantage point over Lake Washington you might be able to see Bellevue fireworks. Private parties often have fireworks at Sheridan Beach or the Civic Club. Kenmore doesn't seem to have a show this year, probably because Log Boom Park barefly reopened after major construction.

If you have a vantage point on Puget Sound, Kingston will be holding its annual fireworks show from an offshore barge. It won't be as spectacular this year because Edmonds won't have fireworks.


Notes from Shoreline Council meeting June 27, 2022

Pam Cross, reporter
Shoreline City Council 
Regular Meeting
June 27, 2022

Notes by Pam Cross

Tonight’s Regular meeting was conducted in a hybrid manner with both in-person and virtual options to attend and participate.

The meeting was called to order at 7:00pm by Mayor Scully.

Flag Salute and Roll Call

All Councilmembers were present. Councilmembers McConnell, Mork, and Roberts attended remotely.

I, Keith Scully, Mayor of the City of Shoreline, on behalf of the Shoreline City Council, do hereby proclaim do hereby proclaim the month of July 2022 as
This provides an opportunity to celebrate the value of Shoreline’s parks, recreation programs, and cultural services, and to honor the community partners and programs that enrich the lives of Shoreline residents in many ways.

The Mayor honored Shoreline resident Heidi Shepherd.
Shoreline Area News reported in the June 15, 2022 edition:
“King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski on Tuesday awarded Heidi Shepherd with the Martin Luther King Medal of Distinguished Service, an award that recognizes individuals whose work has answered the question asked by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Approval of the Agenda
Agenda approved by unanimous consent.

Report of the City Manager, Debbie Tarry
Presented by John Norris, Assistant City Manager

A Reminder 

  • To report offenders call the police non-emergency number 206-296-3311
  • Only in the event of a fire or other emergency call 911.
Something for everyone with lunchtime and evening entertainment

Evening concerts start July 13

Shoreline Walks

Public Reminders

July 4th Holiday Schedule


Council Reports

Deputy Mayor Robertson attended the Regional Transit Committee where they voted unanimously in favor of zero youth fares. The goal is to make this effective September 1.

Councilmember Ramsdell reported that City staff met with residents from Westminster Triangle to provide an update about the park in that area.

Mayor Scully announced that Representative Jayapal sponsored an appropriations request for financing of the non-motorized bridge across. She suggested $2.5M. $4M was approved.

Public Comment
Each speaker was allowed 3 minutes. Both in-person and remote attendees have an opportunity to speak. There were 78 written comments at the time this report was prepared, the majority referenced Action Item 8(a).

Neighborhood Meeting
  • Courtney Ewing, Shoreline
  • Tom McCormick, Shoreline
Tree Retention in MUR-70’ Action Item 8(a)
  • Rebecca Jones, Seattle
  • Nancy Morris, Shoreline
  • Kathleen Russell, Shoreline, Tree Preservation Code Team
  • Sarah Gangane, Shoreline
  • Derek Blackwell, Shoreline
Retain 2% fee for Parks 8(a)
  • Tom McCormick, Shoreline
Approval of the Consent Calendar.
The Consent Calendar was approved unanimously.

Action Item 8 (a) Action on Ordinance No. 968 – Amending Chapters 20.30, 20.40, and 20.50 of the Shoreline Municipal Code to Modify Regulations for Development Within the MUR-70’ Zoning District.

Presentation by Andrew Bauer, Planning Manager, Planning and Community Development

The City’s light rail station subarea plans for the 185th and 145th Station subareas were adopted in 2015 and 2016, respectively. The plans call for the subareas surrounding the future light rail stations to transform into compact transit-oriented communities with a range of housing types, open space, and services. The plans are generally performing as anticipated through the first 6+ years since adoption.

This was last discussed by the Council at the June 6, 2022 meeting. The Council has proposed the following Amendments in order to obtain maximum building height:

Proposed Council Amendment #1– SMC 20.30.297(C)(3) - Additional requirements for neighborhood meetings:
This amendment calls for signs announcing the meeting, online open house/website in addition to the in-person meeting, and a meeting summary posted on the City’s website. 
  • Staff is neutral regarding this amendment.

Proposed Council Amendment #2 - SMC 20.50.020(A)(11)(b)(2) & SMC 20.50.250(C)
Additional requirement for exceeding the base height when not qualifying for other height bonus:
These proposed Council amendments would provide more clarity for the ground floor commercial requirement and would be similar to existing standards that already apply to the North City and Ridgecrest neighborhoods. 
  • Staff recommends approval of this amendment.

Proposed Council Amendment #3 - SMC 20.50.020(A)(11)(c)
This proposed Council amendment would provide more clarity to the requirement for open spaces and would allow a portion of the already required Public Places and Multifamily Open Space be open and accessible to the public.
  • Staff recommends approval of this amendment.

Proposed Council Amendments #4a & #4b - SMC 20.50.020(A)(11)(d)
These proposed Council amendments address the funding of parks, open space, art, or other recreational opportunities.
  • Staff does not recommend approval of 4(a) as it will add additional development costs for applicants as the 2% contribution was originally in place prior to the City’s Park Impact Fee program.
  • Staff recommends approval of 4(b) as it provides more clarity to the intent of the regulations related to ongoing maintenance and an in-cash equivalent contribution. “The contribution shall take the form of either on-site installation of exterior artwork or placemaking amenities, reviewed by the City, or an equivalent cash donation to the City’s one percent for Arts program. All on-site works must include a plan for future maintenance and cleaning schedule where appropriate.”
Proposed Council Amendment #5 – SMC 20.50.020(A)(11)(e)
This proposed Council amendment would provide more certainty with regard to the extent, or value, of which an improvement would need to be. The amendment also takes into consideration a high contribution in an instance where all off-street parking is eliminated. 
  • Staff recommends the Council-proposed amendment be approved, with the exception that the reference to elimination of parking be removed. 
  • Staff does not recommend off street parking requirements be removed (see amendment #8 below).
Proposed Council Amendment #6 – SMC 20.50.020(A)(11)(f)
This proposed Council amendment would require buildings above the base allowable height in the MUR-70’ zone to achieve green certification, matching Tier 3 of the City’s Deep Green Incentive Program (DGIP). 
  • Staff recommends approval.
Proposed Council Amendment #7 – SMC 20.50.020(A)(11)(g)
This proposed Council amendment would retain the existing requirement to purchase transfer of development rights (TDR) credits as a condition of obtaining maximum height.
  • Staff does not recommend approval.
Proposed Council Amendments #8a & #8b - SMC 20.50.400.C
These proposed Council amendments would change incentives for reductions in parking.
  • Staff is neutral on #8a – “Parking reductions of up to 50 percent may be approved for new residential, mixed-use, and commercial development” in the MUR-70’ zone. 
  • Staff does not recommend approval of #8b – “Parking reductions of up to 100 percent may be approved for new residential, mixed-use, and commercial development in the MUR-70’ zone containing 100 dwelling units or more, or 10,000 gross square feet of commercial floor area or more.”


Motion and second to approve Ordinance 968 Main Motion

Note: the existing Code as shown in attachment A to the staff report:

(12) Base height in the MUR-70 zone may be increased up to 80 feet when at least 10 percent of the significant trees on site are retained and up to 90 feet when at least 20 percent of the significant trees on site are retained.

Have we seen any significant effects of 10-20% tree retention in terms of environmental impact?
  • Reply: Don’t think I can answer that. It’s a complex question. A lot has changed in the last couple of years - much more development activity. We’re continuing to monitor and assess environmental impacts.
We’ve seen many comments about the requirement of 10% for trees. Can you describe City’s position on this?
  • Reply: This incentive is not proposed to be changed in any substantive manner. We included this in the staff report in order to be transparent by listing existing incentives.

Motion and second to modify Amendment #1 - Neighborhood meeting to add noticing and public comment requirements for proposed developments in the MUR-70’ zone seeking the maximum 140’ height.

I think transparency is really important and for the neighbors to have reasonable access to know what is going on in their area. I don’t think the current rules provide that. I also think the report from that meeting should be easily and readily available for the public to see.

Motion and second to amend the Modify Notification to residents within 1,000’ instead of 500’.

These large developments affect more than just immediate neighbors.

There is no distance mentioned in the Amendment to the Neighborhood Meeting.
  • Reply Miss Ainsworth-Taylor, Acting City Attorney: The distance is mentioned within Title 20 in the section about public noticing. It would be in 20.30.120(C)1.
Staff has modified the motion to include a reference to this.

Passes unanimously

VOTE on motion to amend neighborhood meeting (as amended)
Passes unanimously

Motion and second to approve Council Amendment #2. Ground floor commercial

At one point we removed the requirement for ground floor commercial thinking it would happen anyway. But it didn’t work out. The down side is we end up with vacant storefront spaces. But as the neighborhood develops, the owners will lower the rent for the spaces until they attract businesses. And then the neighborhood will develop as we envisioned.

Passes unanimously

Motion and second to approve Council Amendment #3. Open space

Current proposal does not have a percentage of open space. This amendment adds it.

Passes unanimously

Motion and second to approve Council Amendment #4B Funding Parks

This provides clarity on how contributions for the arts are made and also allows for and requires a maintenance plan.

I’m not in support. We are far short of the standard for open space. We need more parks.

I’m confused. Are these ideas (4A and 4B) mutually exclusive?
  • Reply: Yes, they are. 4A maintains 2% contribution; 4B reduces it to 1%.
  • We are discussing 4B now. So if you support 4A, you would have to oppose 4B. Or make a substitute motion.

Motion and second to modify the Planning Commission’s recommendation for SMC 20.50.020(A)(11)(d) by deleting it in its entirety and replacing it with a new SMC 20.50.020(A)(11)(d) as shown on Page 10 of tonight’s Staff Report. (This replaces 4B with 4A)

Community well-being and the availability of parks has been studied and there is a correlation between the community sense of well-being and the quantity, quality and proximity of neighborhood public parks. The most significant variable was quantity.

What is our expectation of developers? What and why should they make additional contributions for additional height? What is the goal? We need more housing but if we add too many additional costs, we’re not going to get development here. So I am opposed. But I do support parks and open space and agree with their significance.

Motion to amend the substitute motion to include 4B.
Is there a second?

Could you clarify what this is doing? (Several Councilmembers state that they are confused.)

  • Reply by Mayor Scully: the original motion was 4B. The next motion was to replace 4B with 4A. This motion is to add 4B to replace portions of the language on 4A.
Motion is withdrawn.

This motion requests that we maintain current regulations. Not add an additional fee. And not a reduction from 2% to 1%.

Over the past 3 years, have we been collecting both park impact fees and an additional 2% from developers?
  • Reply: Yes. There is an important distinction The park impact fees apply to all residential development in MUR-70’. The 2% has not yet been collected because it applies only to those projects subject to the development agreement and we haven’t had any in the MUR-70’ zone.

Then I will be voting for 4A and opposed to 4B because I agree we’ve been asking too much from the developers. I agree because parks help prevent heat islands.

These fees are for new parks and new park structures for the additional residents added to our City. Not for maintenance or improvements to existing parks. When going from 100’ to 140’, that is 14 more floors of residential which will put people right next to light rail, so we’re not building out in the suburbs or the forests. But it only works if the City is livable and without more parks, we won’t be able to keep it livable.

Passes 4-3.

DM Robertson, CM Roberts and CM McConnell opposed.

That last vote was essentially replacing 4A with 4B. This motion is the exact same thing, voting for or against 4B.

No additional discussion.

Passes 4-3.

DM Robertson, CM Roberts and CM McConnell opposed.

OK. We are now back to our main motion. Any additional discussion?

Motion and second to strike Council Amendment #5 – SMC 20.50.020(A)(11)(e) Subarea improvements

I think we have expanded on what we had in our development agreements. I want to strike “the development shall provide subarea improvements such as utility infrastructure system improvements, off-site frontage improvements…or installation of amenities such as transit stop shelters, lighting, or way-finding signage”

In the development agreement, they got to choose 2 out of 6 options. Under the new code we are already requiring 2 items with only slight modifications, and adding more.

I’m concerned about the level of confusion that’s happening in today’s discussion. I propose we postpone further action on Ordinance 968 until the implications of the votes that have already been taken can be analyzed by staff with responding recommendations to Council on how to proceed.

  • Reply: We are probably talking about a meeting in August or potentially September
  • Reply John Norris: There is some space in the agenda planner in early August. This will take some time. August 8 or 15.
Motion and second to postpone to a August 8. pending a recommendation from staff

Please clarify what this does to what we’ve already discussed.
  • Reply Mayor Scully, with concurrence by the City Clerk Jessica Simulcik Smith: All previous votes remain effective, and we come back with no vote on the Main Motion, and the ability to move future amendments including Amendment 5 Subarea Improvements that was just proposed. So we will not take a vote on Amendment 5, but it will be the first item of business on August 8.
This has been a very dense meeting but I’m reluctant to put this off because this is our job. I think we can do this.

Passes 4-3

Mayor Scully, CM Mork and CM Ramsdell dissenting.

Study Item 9(a) Discussion of Resolution No. 492 – Providing for the Submission to the Qualified Electors of the City of Shoreline at an Election to be Held on November 8, 2022, a Proposition Authorizing the City to Increase its Regular Property Tax Levy Above the Limit Established in RCW 84.55.010 to Fund Public Safety and Community Services

Presentation by Christina Arcidy, Management Analyst, City Manager’s Office

Council last reviewed this topic on June 13, 2022. At that time, the Council directed staff to bring forward a proposal in July for consideration of replacement of the levy lid lift on the November 8, 2022, general election. The current one expires December 31, 2022.

If Council votes to not put this on the ballot, or if the voters do not support it in November (50% + 1 for approval) projection:

The City is required to operate a balanced budget so the shortfall would have to be made up by service reductions and/or use of the General Fund reserves.

Council had expressed interest in options 1 and 2:


I support Option 2. Although I like Option 1, there are other considerations such as the Parks Bond that passed, increased water rates and other impacts to residents that are yet to come. Option 1 would be wonderful and I hope we can find ways in the future to fund the things it could have provided.

I agree. We have the School District and the Fire Department and other organizations that are supported by residents’ property taxes.

What about increased values from the property assessors office?
  • Reply: I can’t really answer that. Historically the levy has been about 10% of the individual’s tax bill. The School District is around 20%.
  • Reply Sarah Lane: It is a complex issue. If property evaluations end up coming in higher than we anticipated in coming up with these figures, we could set our rate lower than the maximum rate. We target the amount we seek to collect, and that total amount is distributed to the taxpayers based on property valuation.
I think voters will be surprised when they receive their tax bills. Because our charts show $293 but that is only a fraction of the total property tax they will be seeing.

I understand that the applications for exemption or deferral of taxes available to some seniors and the disabled are backed up months and months.
  • Reply: Yes, but they will be backdating the effective date of the exemptions/deferrals.

The Levy Lid Lift funds basic operations. If we do zero, we start laying people off and start cutting programs. That’s because we increase at the cost of inflation. Since inflation makes the cost go up, revenue has to keep up.



New Mural at Compass Ronald Commons

Saturday, July 2, 2022

Artist Sydney Simmons with her Ronald Commons mural - photo by Karoline Simmons

Article and photo by Kathy Plant

A colorful new mural is now brightening the playground/garden area of Compass Ronald Commons thanks to the design and painting work of college student Sydney Simmons. 

Sydney and her family are members of Shoreline Covenant Church so when Corinne McKisson, Program Manager, expressed a desire for a mural, the church's Serve Locally Committee knew exactly who within their congregation could meet that need. 

Sydney came up with an engaging design and quickly created the mural.

Ronald Commons is an affordable housing development in Shoreline at 178th St between Aurora Ave N and Linden Ave N. Approximately 50 children reside in the development but they will not be the only ones appreciating her cheerful mural. 

Thanks Sydney for using your talents to benefit our community.

Correction: the photo is by Karoline Simmons


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Boston 1773

 Boston 1773


Shorecrest graduate to compete at the North American Irish Dance nationals

Lyla Higgins to compete in Montreal in the North American
Irish Dance Nationals.

2022 Shorecrest graduate Lyla Higgins is representing our region and city of Edmonds at the North American Irish Dance Nationals in Montreal, Canada this July 2nd weekend. 

Lyla Higgins is a champion-level competitive Irish dancer from the Carroll-Henderson School of Irish Dancing in Edmonds, WA, and she qualified for the prestigious National competition this year. In Montreal, she will compete against more than 100 dancers her age.

“Lyla is a stylish dancer with immense natural talent. She has excelled competitively and also artistically - recently choreographing her own dance for our end-of-year recitals called Metamorphosis,” notes founder and head teacher, Lauren Carroll-Bolger.

Apart from being a skilled dancer, she teaches the next generation of dancers and is a dedicated student. Her academic achievement outside of Irish dancing secured her a place at the University of Washington next year. 

Carroll-Bolger notes that “her time management and detail-orientation help her excel as a dancer and a student, and I enjoy every moment teaching her.”

Irish dancing has been a mainstay of Irish culture since the earliest days of the celts. The traditional music and dance scene were deeply entwined, as throughout the generations, locals would gather to play music and dance. The dance form evolved from its most traditional roots when the Gaelic League was founded in 1893 that promoted Irish language and culture which included dance.

Any budding dancer can explore this dance form and develop their artistry at the Carroll-Henderson School of Irish Dancing. Summer classes and camps are available in Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace, and fall registration is already open for budding Irish dancers.

Come experience this living tradition at our Washington summer classes and camps!

Summer Classes:
  • Dates and Time: Thursdays, July 7-August 11th, 5-6pm
  • Location: Edmonds Masonic Lodge, 515 Dayton Street, Edmonds, WA 98020
  • Cost: $120
Mountlake Terrace Summer Camp:
  • Dates and Time: July 12-14, 5:30pm-7:30pm
  • Location: Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion, 5303 228th St SW, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
  • Cost: $170-$187
Edmonds Summer Camp:
  • Dates and Time: August 1-3, 5-7pm
  • Location: Edmonds Masonic Lodge, 515 Dayton Street, Edmonds, WA 98020
  • Cost: $150
Register online at

Contact Lauren Carroll-Bolger at for more information.

Carroll-Henderson School, an Irish dancing school focusing on traditional, artistic, and competitive Irish dancing in Washington and Montana for all dancers ages 3-18 is open for fall registration now. See our website, for more details.


Rollover crash on Ridgecrest street Friday sends four to hospitals

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

A Ridgecrest resident was making a left turn to NE 174th on Friday evening July 1, 2022 when a southbound Ford Escort hit the northbound turning car.  

The southbound car flipped upside down and landed across the sidewalk. The driver of the southbound vehicle was taken by the Shoreline Medic unit to Harborview Medical Center in serious condition. 

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The passenger in the same car had to be extricated from the vehicle and was taken to a local hospital by medics.

Two people in the Ridgecrest vehicle were taken by aid car to a local hospital.

Photo by Seattle Poppy
The street was blocked for some time during the accident investigation


Homicide investigation in Richmond Beach with suspect in custody

On Wednesday June 29, 2022, King County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to a welfare check at a residence around NW Richmond Beach Rd and 20th Ave NW.

Deputies subsequently arrested a 29-year-old male for investigation of homicide. The victim is a 70-year-old female.

The investigation is still active and ongoing. 


Local acupuncturist charged with unprofessional conduct

In May 2022 the Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine Program charged acupuncturist Adam Lee Gardner, Sr. (AC60756013) with unprofessional conduct. Gardner allegedly touched a patient’s genitals, breasts, and pulled the patient’s blanket and underwear down without consent.

The Washington Department of Health presents this information as a service to the public. The provider has a period of time to respond to the charges, after which the Program will make its enforcement decision.

The provider's credential to practice is active while enforcement is pending.


Burglar found hiding in Shoreline home

On Saturday, June 25, 2022, Shoreline PD responded to a burglary in progress with an unknown man inside the house.

The R/P found the backdoor to the attached garage was broken into and he could hear noise coming from the basement storage room just off the garage. He called 911 after he opened the basement door and found an unknown subject hiding deep inside.

When officers arrived on scene they found the suspect in the far corner of the basement area where the ceiling was low. The suspect was completely covered under everything he could find in the basement to conceal himself.

Officers had to move items in order to get to the suspect. The suspect was placed into custody without incident. It is unknown how long the suspect had been hiding in the basement and when he actually broke into the garage. The suspect was arrested for Residential Burglary

The location of the incident was not disclosed.


No injuries from crash on Westminster Way Wednesday

file photo
Residents near Westminster Way and N 148th were alarmed by a loud crash Wednesday night June 29, 2022 just after midnight.

Multiple fire and police vehicles responded to the 911 calls.

It was a one-car crash into a fence. The four occupants had no need for treatment.


Beavers return to Lake Forest Park - learn about them at free Nature Walks on July 7 and August 9

From Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation

We are thrilled to announce that beavers are back -- and this time, they found a perfect place to settle in the ponds at Grace Cole Nature Park.

After observing the pond level rising at Grace Cole Nature Park, our volunteers used a wildlife camera to confirm the presence of at least one beaver.

From the LFPSF wildlife camera at Grace Cole Nature Park showing one of the
actual beavers living there - we now have verified there are 2.

The last time beavers were in the news here it was a story of conflict, when "Beatrix" the Beaver began building a dam on Hillside Creek (a tributary to Brookside Creek). Unfortunately, her work threatened to flood the entrance to Brookside Elementary school's parking lot and the playfield.

The neighbors and the Foundation brought in BeaversNW, a nonprofit organization with a mission to help humans coexist with beavers. There was little to be done in that case except relocate "Beatrix" to better habitat, and she is now happily living in the upper Skagit valley.

The same type of beaver lives at Grace Cole. 
From the Washington Dept of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) "Living with Beavers"

Grace Cole Nature Park, however, is seemingly ideal beaver habitat. We invited Elyssa Kerr from Beavers NW to see the site and she agreed we can just let them be. Usually, beaver ponds reach an equilibrium level, and don't need any further interventions. If the pond levels get too high, we have BeaversNW standing by to help with "pond leveling" devices.

Since beavers are mostly nocturnal, you probably won't see the beavers, but you can see their handiwork from the boardwalk viewing platform. The dam extends to the left across the outlet of the pond. The lodge is harder to see, but is a large dome of sticks across on the west shore.

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