City council schedules retreat days for Feb. 2-3

The Edmonds City Council has scheduled a council/staff retreat for this Friday, Feb. 2 in the Edmonds Library Plaza Room, starting at 9:50 a.m.

The day-long retreat will include a range of topics, ranging from “Who’s Lane is it Anyway” to “Identifying the Critical Few.”  The meeting is scheduled to end at 4 p.m.

The Edmonds Library is located at 650 Main St. The meeting will also be broadcast via Zoom via this link: Or attend via phone: US: +1 253 215 8782. The webinar ID is 957 9848 4261.

Here’s the complete agenda:
1. Arrive, get coffee, get settled (9:30)
2. Call to Order (9:50)
3. Land Acknowledgement (9:53)
4. Roll Call (9:56)
5. Council Business (10:00)
A. Warm Up Exercise (10:00-10:30)
B. Who’s Lane is it Anyway? (10:30-12:30)
Lunch – bring your own (12:30-1:15)
6. Continued Council Business
A. Meeting Efficiency (1:15)
B. Identifying the Critical Few (2:15)
C. Emergency Management Briefing (3:05)
7. Closing Comments (3:40)
Adjournment 4 p.m

Councilmembers will meet separately Saturday, Feb. 3, for a continuation of the retreat starting at 1 p.m., also in the Library Plaza Room. That meeting will not be broadcast remotely. The agenda includes:

1. Call to Order
2. Land Acknowledgement
3. Roll Call
4. Council Business
A. Takeaways/Action Items from Feb. 2 Council/Administration Retreat – Facilitated Council Discussion–CP Olson (40 minutes)
B. 2024 Council Priority Planning Exercise – CM Tibbott (1 hour, 15 minutes)
C. What is first thing that comes to your mind? Facilitated Council Discussion–Council Executive Assistant Peterson (45 minutes)
i. Public Engagement
ii. Work Meetings vs Business Meetings
iii. Skill Building
iv. Council Comments
5. Closing Remarks – CP Pro Tem Chen (5 minutes)
Adjournment 4 p.m.

  1. Any info on the two topics whose lane is it anyway and identifying the critical few? I did a search but couldn’t really identify the purpose. Shall I speculate?

    1. “Who’s lane?”: 10:30 to 12:30 via zoom

      “Identifying the Critical Few” 2:15 via Zoom

      Doesn’t help you to know in advance what those titles mean, but can be watched as the process unfolds rather than trying to speculate.

  2. This link has an article that popped up when using Microsoft AI looking for the phrase “who’s line is this anyway?”
    Based on the article this may be what council will be talking about.

    This link my be helpful in understanding “critical few”

    Good luck. See you at the retreat. Hopefully “retreat” is meant to be a learning session and not what one does when they are looking for safety in a battle!

  3. Thanks Darrol. Pamela wouldn’t it be a good thing if voters had a basic understanding before the presentation so they can evaluate the value of it and be able to see the results down the line.? Or do you prefer the public going in blind and leaving confused.

    1. Jim – you have such a way with words. Have you EVER gone to a meeting of any kind where you didn’t even have the agenda in advance? Apparently not. The entire program has been published for us to see, along with the time each item will be done and the public can watch via Zoom and have a paper & pen or pencil at hand to make notes and then email the council members after if one has questions. So no, I don’t think it matters that “voters “had a basic understanding before the presentation….”. The fact this retreat is being made public is worthwhile and any voter worth their salt, IMO, ought to be able to watch & comprehend as each particular exercise is unfolding right in front of their very eyes. I don’t see one thing that would ever have led me to conclude “the public going in blind and leaving confused”. Come on Jim!

  4. Pamela when I am interested in something I try to do a little research this time I wasn’t really able to find much information so I asked. Sorry if my 6th grade Edmonds school district education wasn’t sufficient to find what I was looking for, you may have been through many of these types of presentations over the years but for many of us low wage workers we have never been to one so I just wanted to know what to expect, is that to much to ask?

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