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Debi Humann trial Day 3, Wednesday

First posted at 9 a.m. and updated throughout the day. Note that we have added Gary Haakenson testimony that occurred late Wednesday. Back in court for Debi Humann civil trial vs. City of Edmonds and former Mayor Mike Cooper. Cooper expected to continue testimony, followed by former Edmonds Mayor Gary Haakenson and ex-City Councilmember Michael Plunkett. Since current Mayor Dave Earling is also he... »

Information-packed council study session touches on 2015 budget, capital projects and much more

Information-packed council study session touches on 2015 budget, capital projects and much more

The Edmonds City Council continued with its study session format Tuesday night (study sessions now alternate with regular meetings) and the result was a lot of data presented quickly on a variety of topics. The council did take action on a few items that included confirming Tom Walker to the Position 4 — landscape architect of the city’s Architectural Design Board (6-1 with Councilmemb... »

Humann trial continues today, Tuesday

My Edmonds News is in the courtroom and will continue to post updates as they happen. 9:45 am: Opening statements concluded, plaintiff calls first witness, former Director of Economic Development Stephen Clifton. Questions centering on Mayor Cooper’s exec asst Kim Cole’s absences from the office and the impact of this on the work of the city. Clifton characterizes absences as “ch... »

Attorneys for Humann, City, Cooper make their case on day 1 of federal trial

Attorneys for Humann, City, Cooper make their case on day 1 of federal trial

Attorneys for the City of Edmonds and former Edmonds Mayor Mike Cooper squared off against those representing Debi Humann in U.S. District Court in downtown Seattle Monday, on the first day of what is expected to be a three-week civil trial. Humann, the city’s former human resources director, alleges wrongful termination and retaliation related to her cooperation with a 2011 Washington State... »

Agenda for Edmonds City Council Tuesday work session

The Edmonds City Council will hold a study session Tuesday night, with the following items set to be presented: – Annual Edmonds School District report by Superintendent Nick Brossoit. – Public hearing on an ordinance designating the Schumacher Building, 316 Main St., for inclusion on the Edmonds Register of Historic Places, – Review of the Proposed 2015-2020 Capital Facilities P... »

Humann trial underway Monday morning

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Humann trial set to start Monday morning; My Edmonds News will be filing reports

The case of former City of Edmonds Human Resources Director Debi Humann against the City of Edmonds and former Edmonds Mayor Mike Cooper is scheduled for jury trial on Monday, Oct. 27 in U.S. Federal Court in Seattle. Plaintiff Humann has named the City of Edmonds and Cooper as defendants. She alleges wrongful termination stemming from unlawful retaliation against her related to her cooperation wi... »

Citizen Harry commentary: Fire District 1 billing — what happened?

Citizen Harry commentary: Fire District 1 billing — what happened?

There’s been much conversation and finger-pointing about the recent invoice from Fire District 1 to the City of Edmonds for $1.67 million. Is it a legitimate bill? Are the amounts unreasonable? Why is it a surprise? The City of Edmonds recently received an invoice for $1,667,692 for wage increases resulting from Fire District 1’s settlement of a union contract with Local 1828 — $... »

From the Edmonds Mayor: The draw of Edmonds

From the Edmonds Mayor: The draw of Edmonds

We all rave about the quality of life in Edmonds. We all have our own view of what makes the quality. My guess is we all have some similar and some dissimilar views of what constitutes quality, and yet, we all know we live in a special place. It could be the waterfront; our many parks; the hustle and bustle of downtown; the expanding Swedish Edmonds Hospital; the quality school district and commun... »

Fire District 1 Chief says retroactive pay amount should have been expected

Fire District 1 Chief says retroactive pay amount should have been expected

Snohomish County Fire District 1 Chief Ed Widdis says the recent flap over the district’s retroactive billing for its union employees showcases the importance of creating some type of regionalized fire service. “What I‘ve always said about these contracts is they were a Band-Aid,” Widdis said of the Fire District’s current agreements to provide fire service not only for Edmonds but also the cities... »

Council OKs 100-foot Edmonds Marsh setback; agrees to senior center negotiations on land lease

Council OKs 100-foot Edmonds Marsh setback; agrees to senior center negotiations on land lease

Updated to clarify there were votes on two separate issues: One that was unanimous to approve the setback and the other that was 5-1 on the issue of “physically separated/functionally isolated.” By a unanimous 6-0 vote, the Edmonds City Council Tuesday night agreed to recommend a 100-foot interim setback be incorporated into the state-required Shoreline Master Program, an amount that p... »

Former Edmonds HR director’s wrongful dismissal case coming to trial Oct. 27

Former Edmonds HR director’s wrongful dismissal case coming to trial Oct. 27

Correction: On May 19, 2014, legal teams for former Edmonds Mayor Mike Cooper, current Mayor Dave Earling and the City of Edmonds filed separate requests for summary judgment to dismiss charges against them. The requests were based on a series of disputed interpretations of the facts and (in the cases of Cooper and Earling) the principle of qualified immunity of government officials “from li... »

Scene in Edmonds: Adding artwork at Five Corners Roundabout

Scene in Edmonds: Adding artwork at Five Corners Roundabout

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City budget public hearing, Shoreline Master Program approval on Tuesday’s council agenda

The Edmonds City Council will address several important matters during its Tuesday night meeting, including possible approval of the Shoreline Master Program update, which involves a controversial decision regarding the size of buffers to be established between the Port of Edmonds-owned Harbor Square Business Complex and the Edmonds Marsh. City staff is preparing to submit the state-required Shore... »

Arborist’s report says Hutt Park forest not significantly affected by vandalism

Arborist’s report says Hutt Park forest not significantly affected by vandalism

The City of Edmonds has made available the arborist’s report on the status of trees hacked by an unknown vandal in Edmonds’ Hutt Park in late August. The finding: The overall health of the Hutt Park forest “has not been significantly affected by the vandalism.” The arborist, American Forest Management of Kirkland, recommended three different options for the city to address ... »

Students interview Port officials about future of Edmonds Marsh

Students interview Port officials about future of Edmonds Marsh

Vienna Sebasstian and Nathan Filosi, both Edmonds-Woodway High School seniors, interviewed Port of Edmonds Commissioner Mary Lou Block and Port Director Bob McChesney Oct. 10 to learn more about the Port of Edmonds’ view on restoration of the Edmonds Marsh. Both Sebasstian and Filosi are members of “Students Saving Salmon,” a student-run organization at Edmonds-Woodway High School that striv... »

Improve communication on contract expenses, councilmembers tell Fire District 1

Snohomish County Fire District 1 officials paid a visit to the Edmonds City Council chambers Tuesday night, and they heard from Edmonds City Councilmembers who are unhappy with what they said was a lack of communication from the Fire District prior to receiving an unexpectedly large bill for two years’ worth of retroactive back pay. Early on in the Edmonds council’s work session presen... »

Night work on Hwy 104 and 100th to begin Wednesday

Night work at the intersection of Edmonds Way and 100th Avenue and on 100th Avenue north of the intersection will begin on Wednesday, Oct. 15 from the hours of 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., the City of Edmonds said. The work is scheduled for two nights and is weather dependent. The construction work will complete the final pavement restoration for the recently completed Puget Sound Energy steel gas main repla... »

Edmonds Citizens’ Tree Board seeks new members

The City of Edmonds is seeking two residents interested in participating on the Citizens’ Tree Board. The board has two vacancies whose terms expire Dec. 31, 2018. Board members must be Edmonds residents (must live within city limits) and it is recommended that the board include citizens from throughout the city (representing different watersheds and neighborhoods). Additionally, those with profes... »

Scene in Edmonds: A closer look at Hwy 104 crosswalk

Scene in Edmonds: A closer look at Hwy 104 crosswalk

Photographer Larry Vogel decided to take a closer look at the area where the crosswalk is planned across Highway 104, connecting the Point Edwards/Wildlife Habitat area with rest of downtown Edmonds. While taking photos in the area, Vogel says he ran into Point Edwards resident Gene Horton, who told him he believes the walkway would greatly benefit those living in Point Edwards. “Right now w... »

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