From The Seattle Times: County Executive Reardon ‘furious’ about state investigation

Our online news partner The Seattle Times reported today that the Washington State Patrol is conducting a criminal investigation into whether Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon misused public funds for travel. Washington State Patrol spokesman Bob Calkins confirmed the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s office asked the state patrol to investigate on Oct. 26, The Times…

Letter to the editor: Those who support the arts, support Dave Earling

Editor: I am writing in support of Dave Earling for Mayor of Edmonds, and specifically after a recent political mailer from Mike Cooper that referenced the Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA). I do not speak for or on behalf of the ECA or Public Facilities District, but can personally attest the ECA is a…

From DJ Wilson: Entire statement plus links to background on Council censure vote

In the interest of full transparency (outside of executive session documents, anyway!) we are reposting information that Edmonds City Councilmember DJ Wilson just published on his blog site regarding the Council’s action to censure him. Included are links to a voice mail that Edmonds Mayor Mike Cooper left asking for Wilson’s help, as well as…

Coffee with Harry: Frank Yamamoto

By Harry Gatjens Chanterelle restaurant hosted a Coffee with Harry, focused on Council Position 6 last Friday morning. Candidate Frank Yamamoto attended but unfortunately his opponent, Al Rutledge, had scheduling difficulties and was unable to join us.  (You can find interviews with Rutledge and other resources about him on our Election Watch 2011 page.) Questioning…

Coffee with Harry: Mayoral candidates Mike Cooper and Dave Earling

By Harry Gatjens Chanterelle Restaurant hosted a Coffee with Harry with the two candidates for mayor last week. It was a cold and rainy day and we had a small crowd to visit with the candidates. Both candidates were ready to answer any question a citizen chose to ask. The first question was why each…

Letter to editor: Joan Bloom will work tirelessly to achieve consensus’

To the editor: I applaud all who choose to run and serve as elected officials in the City of Edmonds and across our nation. It’s certainly not work for the faint of heart. While I love living in Edmonds, we are confronted with serious issues that require vision, a strategic plan and clear priorities and…

Coffee with Harry: Another candidate forum this Friday morning — Council Position 6

The next Coffee with Harry will be at 9 a.m. this Friday morning at Chanterelle restaurant, 316 Main Street. The third “meet the candidates coffee” will highlight candidates for Edmonds City Council Position 6. Frank Yamamoto has confirmed his attendance and we are hoping to receive confirmation from the other candidate, Alvin Rutledge. As we…

City Council wants Town of Woodway to pay true cost of Edmonds police service

As it now stands, if the nearby Town of Woodway needs police service, the City of Edmonds will provide it according to an interlocal agreement between the two jurisdictions. Problem is, Woodway only pays when police respond — on a “fee per call” basis — which the Edmonds City Council believes doesn’t cover the true…

Coffee with Harry: City Council Position 5 candidates Joan Bloom and DJ Wilson

By Harry Gatjens Chanterelle restaurant hosted a Coffee with Harry last week featuring the two candidates for Edmonds City Council Position 5 — incumbent DJ Wilson and challenger Joan Bloom. A good crowd showed up and both candidates were open in discussing the various issues, including the upcoming levies for the general fund, streets and…

City of Edmonds Public Works Director responds to letter on street overlay levy

We’re posting this response from Phil Williams, City of Edmonds Public Works Director, regarding the letter emailed from Peter Hodges that questioned how the city would prioritize street overlays. It is difficult to know where to start in responding to this email. There are a number of misunderstandings and misinterpretations included in Mr. Hodges review…

Edmonds Election Watch 2011: School board candidates speak at Edmonds PTSA forums

By Florine Gingerich Editor’s note: In the general election, voters will choose three of five members of the Edmonds School Board. Kory DeMun’s candidacy to replace Susan Paine, who chose not to seek re-election, is unopposed. Current board member Gary Noble faces opposition from Boe Lindgren, but Noble won 73 percent of the vote in…

Cascade Bicycle Club endorses Buckshnis, Cooper, Yamamoto

Cascade Bicycle Club has announced its 2011 endorsements of “Pro-Bike Candidates,” including the following in Edmonds: Mayor Mike Cooper, City Councilmember Diane Buckshnis and Council Candidate for Position 6 Frank Yamamoto. “This year’s local elections are a critical opportunity to support candidates who recognize the benefits of bicycling for health and transportation, and who will…

Edmonds Election Watch 2011: Buckshnis adds to endorsement list; more candidate videos

Edmonds City Councilmember Diane Buckshnis on Thursday announced additional endorsements from the Cascade Bicycle Club and Edmonds Citizen of the Year Laura Spehar. Buckshnis said she “continues to be humbled by the number and diversity of her endorsements from community leaders, organizations and citizens,” but added she is “most proud” that over 90 percent of…

Coffee with Harry Friday morning: Candidates for Edmonds Mayor

Join “Citizen Harry” Gatjens for coffee with candidates for Edmonds Mayor, at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Chanterelle Restaurant in downtown Edmonds. Both Edmonds Mayor Mike Cooper and challenger Dave Earling have confirmed they will attend. Here are Citizen Harry’s ground rules: – This is not a debate, but rather an opportunity to meet the candidates…

Edmonds Election Watch 2011: National realtors group makes $16K independent expenditure in support of Earling campaign

Edmonds City Councilmember DJ Wilson notified the media Wednesday that the National Association of Realtors has made a $16,000-plus independent expenditure on behalf of Cooper’s opponent, Dave Earling. Wilson says the expenditure filed Wednesday morning with the state Public Disclosure Commission is “the largest independent expenditure for any candidate in Washington State to date for…

Oct. 17 Edmonds Levy Forum now available for viewing

Monday night’s My Edmonds News-sponsored forum highlighting the three Edmonds property tax levies on the November general election ballot has been uploaded to You Tube and can be viewed above. It is also scheduled to air on local Comcast channel 21 and Verizon channel 39 later this week (likely starting Thursday). In addition, we have…

Edmonds Election Watch 2011: Challenger Hope at Edmonds City Park today, incumbent Reardon responds to fundraiser question

State Rep. Mike Hope, who is running against Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon in the Nov. 8 election, will be in downtown Edmonds Tuesday afternoon raising awareness about his “assault on unemployment throughout Snohomish County” campaign. “It’s important that we remain focused on the main issue facing the voters; creating sustainable jobs that provide economic…

Edmonds Levy Forum available for viewing Wednesday, Thursday

Monday night’s My Edmonds News-sponsored forum highlighting the three Edmonds property tax levies on the November general election ballot is scheduled to air on local Comcast channel 21 and Verizon channel 39 later this week (likely by Thursday). But we are also receiving a DVD of the event that will be available separately for viewing…

One last chance to hear Edmonds School Board candidates tonight

In addition to tonight’s levy forum at 7 p.m. in Edmonds Council Chambers, there will be an Edmonds School Board candidate forum at 7 p.m. in the Edmonds School District board room, 20420 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood. The forum is sponsored by the Edmonds Council PTSA and the Special Education Committee.

Edmonds Election Watch 2011: A tale of two levy surveys

Earlier this week, we received a note from Edmonds City Councilmember Michael Plunkett summarizing the results of a survey on the three city levy proposals, which he sent out to 650 people on his email list. Here they are: PROPOSITION NO.1: Levy to Help Maintain Current Levels of Service in Public Safety, Parks, and Other…

Edmonds Election Watch 2011: The Herald endorsements are out

The Herald newspaper in Everett has released endorsements for Edmonds mayor and city council. Here’s a sample of what the editorial board said for each candidate: For Mayor, Dave Earling: “One of Earling’s most pertinent traits is his ability to work constructively through difficult problems, building consensus by focusing first on areas of agreement,” the…

Reminder: League of Women Voters candidates forum tonight, levy forum Monday

The Snohomish County League of Women Voters is hosting a candidates’ forum tonight, Thursday, at the Edmonds United Methodist Church, 828 Caspers St. This event includes candidates for County Executive and County Council, Mayor and City Council positions in Edmonds, Edmonds School Board positions,and Water District and Hospital District Commissions. Co-sponsors for the meeting are…