Reminder: Mayor Earling’s State of the City Address Thursday morning

    Dave Earling

    Mark your calendars for Thursday, Feb. 20 for the 2014 State of the City Address presented by Mayor Dave Earling.

    Earling will discuss the challenges and triumphs of the past year and strategies for 2014 and beyond.

    Joining the Mayor are local community leaders,Carolyn Douglas of Carolyn Douglas Communications and Carl Zapora, Superintendent of Verdant Health Commission. The two will provide opening remarks and comments.

    The event takes place at the Edmonds Theater, 415 Main St. in downtown Edmonds. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude by 9:30 a.m. Refreshments will be provided by Waterfront Coffee Company starting at 8:10 a.m.

    This event is open to the public and will also be videotaped by Puget Sound Video for broadcast on the City’s government channel and on the city’s website.

    For more information, contact Carolyn LaFave at 425-771-0247 or [email protected]

    One Reply to “Reminder: Mayor Earling’s State of the City Address Thursday morning”

    1. “Building Bridges” was a theme of Mayor Earling’s speech.

      Sadly, Mayor Earling chose to miss an opportunity to “build bridges”. During a portion of his prepared speech, he started making positive, complimentary comments about City Council Members. Mayor Earling started with Diane Buckshnis followed by Strom Peterson. As he transitioned from Strom Peterson to Adrienne Fraley- Monillas , I honestly thought: “Wow, he is going to compliment all 6 Council Members” -a sign of strong leadership and relationship building that I would have applauded. However, after commenting on Kristiana Johnson, he stopped and failed to mention Lora Petso and Joan Bloom. How unfortunate.

      I was also disappointed when the Mayor discussed lack of access to the waterfront during train crossings but failed to comment on the long overdue need to provide emergency access to the waterfront during such train crossings.

      On a positive note, I am encouraged by the Mayor’s focused management of our revenues and expenses and the beginning of street repaving efforts. I appreciate the Mayor reminding us that all City Departments have deferred needs.

      Last but certainly not least, the Mayor told a great story about Public Works employee Steve Matthews and his performance of his job above and beyond the call of duty. It is a great story that I hope My Edmonds News will write an article on. To Mr. Matthews credit, Mayor Earling reported that Mr. Matthews wanted it known that his coworkers would have done the same thing. Thank you Mr. Matthews for doing such a great job!




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