Commentary: Our Edmonds Marsh — what I know now and how can we help?

I was asked “what did I learn” from the final report from Windward LLC (Windward). The City Council contracted with Windward in 2017 to provide an 18-month site-specific scientific study that would address a number of tasks relating to the ecological function of the Edmonds Marsh and its wildlife.  A primary purpose was to establish…

Commentary: Alliance for Gun Responsibility working to ease tragedy

Three of every four gun deaths in our state are suicides. 512 people took their lives with a gun in recent reporting by the State Department of Health (2016). Working to ease that tragedy is one of the goals of the Edmonds chapter of the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, which met last week to begin…

Commentary: Why citizens have petitioned Gov. Inslee to restore the Edmonds Marsh-Estuary

The Save Our Marsh citizens group has initiated a petition drive asking Gov. Inslee to dedicate the state property adjacent to the Edmonds Marsh (the old Unocal property) for salmon recovery, estuary restoration and wildlife conservation.  The petition can be accessed online at: http://chng.it/4Kg7wdtZcT The old Unocal site on the southern edge of the Edmonds…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Our policy on candidate comments

Recently, I came across a comment on a social media site that suggested I am allowing critical comments of candidates to appear here to increase our site traffic. It’s only Aug. 9. The primary election hasn’t even been certified yet. And then there’s the general election to deal with. I want to assure you that…

Commentary: Northgate Mall closing, Part 2

I read with interest the story by David Carlos about Northgate Mall closing. It flooded my memory with the role that the Mall held in my life. I spent the better part of my youth growing up near Northgate. It was built when I was very young and lived nearby. My doctor visits and childhood…

Commentary: How residential density expansion will impact parking and traffic in Edmonds

Density expansion and future traffic impacts within a 6-mile radius of Edmonds’ downtown and waterfront are growing at an unprecedented level. It’s been said that the Puget Sound region has not seen this acceleration of population growth in nearly 100 years. Edmonds is a small, 18-square-mile seaside town, not a mega-urban metropolitan area. The fact…

Commentary: Just exactly what used to go on at the Edmonds Senior Center?

Over the past few years as I’ve gone about the business of being a board member  of the Edmonds Senior Center and the campaign co-chair of its replacement, the new Edmonds Waterfront Center, I’ve learned a lot. I learned that most people knew of our senior center, but most had no idea of what went…

Commentary: That’s the way the cookie crumbles

Some of you may have seen the story I wrote several months ago about an Edmonds baker who decorated a batch of cookies with “Build The Wall’? A customer of Hispanic descent posted a picture of one of the cookies on Facebook and it was immediately deemed offensive by many. My initial reaction was one…

Commentary: Why I support moving 6th graders to middle school

Edmonds School District is considering moving 6th grade to middle school. I am in favor of this change. This would not happen for several years. Currently, we don’t have the facilities for it and it’s a huge change for all of us that requires proper planning. However, we must decide on it well in advance,…

Commentary: The numbers behind the Edmonds School District layoff notifications

On Tuesday May 14, a vote was taken by the Edmonds School Board to approve a reduction in force and notify (as required by law and to honor our collective bargaining agreement) 25.2 certificated staff of the possibility their positions may be eliminated in the 19-20 school year. It was an excruciating decision because every…

Commentary: Parking requirements for downtown Edmonds buildings

In light of recent discussions about parking in downtown Edmonds, we offer this commentary from Edmonds resident Darrol Haug, who is a member of the Edmonds Citizens Economic Development Commission but is sharing his views as a private citizen.  The City of Edmonds approved a nine-unit development in downtown that does not have on-site parking….

Commentary: The Tree Board’s mission is ‘Right Tree, Right Place’

The Edmonds Citizens Tree Board is no longer responsible for writing code or policy, contrary to what some people still believe. Granted, when the Tree Board was first created in 2011, one of its goals was a tree ordinance as the Tree Board was under the legislative branch. We all know how gravely awry the…

Commentary: Let’s take another look at parking for redesigned Civic Field

A lot has changed since 2016 when the Edmonds Civic Park Master plan was approved. This is why we have a city council to represent the people and make needed adjustments to best serve the people and our community. More than 48 private residential Edmonds property owners around Civic Field, together with most businesses in…

Commentary: Why it matters that we weigh in on the Edmonds gateway sign

As reported in My Edmonds News on Friday, a lively and engaged group of Edmonds’ citizens gathered in a room at the library recently to discuss and critique options for the Edmonds’ gateway sign. The designers’ introductions to the four quite different designs were terrific. I urge everyone to take a moment and weigh in…

Commentary: Be a good neighbor — be quick to listen, slow to speak

I don’t recall when I first heard the adage, “Be quick to listen, slow to speak.” It could have been when I was a teenager, having some teenage moment, and my mother giving me the look as she uttered those words through her clenched teeth…or it could have been my dad in one of those…

Commentary: Roses are red, cookies are too

While scrolling through Facebook this morning, I came across this photo. The caption read: “Really Edmonds Bakery? Really?! Your racism is so ‘cute’. Lost my business.” Now let me be perfectly clear, you have the right to patronize any business you choose. You also have the right to NOT patronize a business for a particular…

Commentary: A viaduct eyesore in creative Edmonds?

There are three interesting developments in the Edmonds viaduct saga. First, as Seattle is tearing down its viaduct, Edmonds is seeking to build one. We are supposed to be living in a learning society. Companies learn from each other, individuals learn from each other and even governments do. Welcome to the Edmonds exceptionalism. The city’s…

Commentary: The declining Edmonds tree canopy

The following was submitted to the Edmonds Tree Board. It is being republished here by permission of the author. It is sad to watch the ever-increasing numbers of beautifully treed lots in Edmonds being clear-cut by developers. This is a very emotional public topic to be sure. At last year’s city council meetings, private citizens…

Commentary: Keep people and pets safe by keeping wild coyotes wild

Coyotes become more visible in the fall and winter as young animals search for new territories and vegetative cover becomes less dense. These shy predators make excellent neighbors by keeping rodent populations like rats and mice in check, and are a valuable part of a healthy ecosystem. Coyotes are wary of people, and avoid us…

Commentary: We need a warm welcome sign, not wayfinding

I wanted to share with My Edmonds News readers my “input” in preparation for the “Welcome” sign Nov. 29 open house meeting, given the meeting announcement was given on short notice, and during our holiday season. I feel like I have some messages to pass along to the Wayfinding Sign Committee and our leadership. I want…

Commentary: Housing strategy ‘pause’ vs. ‘reboot’

In order to restore trust in our city government, the Edmonds City Council must vote for a complete reboot of the draft housing strategy.   A “reboot” means start the process over again. Some on the City Council and possibly the Mayor, advocate for a “pause” in the process. A mere pause or “reset” may actually…