Part 1: A closer look at the Edmonds Economic Development Commission

By Frank Yamamoto, Chair Edmonds Economic Development Commission The following is the first in a series of articles that will appear on MyEdmondsNews.com, summarizing the work of the Edmonds Economic Development Commission. The Edmonds Economic Development Commission (EDC), made up of 17 citizens all committed to improving the economy of this City, was constituted by…

Levy committee report, public hearings on Tuesday Edmonds Council agenda

Tuesday night’s Edmonds City Council agenda includes a report from the 2010 Citizens Levy Committee and two public hearings — one on proposed updates to  land use permit review procedures  and the other on the Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program for 2011-2016. A link to the full meeting agenda, including background information and attachments, is here. Prior to…

My Edmonds News and Citizen Harry on ‘Public Exposure’ show tonight

The SCAN public access television network show “Public Exposure” is interviewing My Edmonds News publisher Teresa Wippel and columnist “Citizen Harry” Gatjens at 8 p.m. tonight (Thursday). Comcast Cable customers can watch the show live on Channel 77/23. Non-Comcast customers can stream it live over the Web by going to www.scantv.org and clicking on “Watch the Online…

Coffee with Harry tomorrow morning – 9:30 a.m. at Chanterelle

Here’s your chance to exchange opinions, share information and ask questions of Edmonds’ own Citizen Harry — that’s Harry Gatjens, former Edmonds City Council candidate and a current member of b0th the 2010 Citizens Levy Committee and the Citizens Technology Advisory Committee. It’s tomorrow, Thursday, at Chanterelle restaurant, 316 Main St., which has graciously offered…

Citizen Harry: Edmonds’ rainy day fund

By Harry Gatjens Did you know the City of Edmonds has a $2 million rainy-day fund? It’s prudent for cities to put a little money aside in the event of an emergency, but in the case of our city, almost no one seems to know about our fund. As you know if you’ve been following…

Complete Streets meeting becomes forum for Edmonds car tax supporters

Last Thursday night’s meeting about the Cascade Land Conservancy’s “Complete Streets” initiative — aimed at producing pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly streets in Edmonds — became mostly a forum for those supporting Edmonds Proposition 1, a proposed $40-per-vehicle increase in licensing fees to fund 37 separate city traffic safety, congestion and pedestrian improvements. Among the approximately 20…

Edmonds in spotlight at South Snohomish County luncheon Tuesday

Edmonds and Mukilteo are the two spotlighted cities at this Tuesday’s South Snohomish County Chamber of Commerce luncheon. City of Edmonds officials will be addressing the following topics: What efforts are in place to help businesses be competitive and create jobs in your community? What are the city’s plans for changes (if any) in taxes…

Edmonds 2010 Citizens Levy Committee to meet Monday

The Edmonds 2010 Citizens Levy Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the Brackett Room, third floor of City Hall, 121 5th Ave. N. The agenda includes staff presentations on public works, reports from subcommittees, and discussion on the mid-year budget adjustment and its impact on the general fund. Public comment will also be…

Edmonds Cemetery Board seeking volunteers

The Edmonds Cemetery Board is seeking volunteers to fill two alternate positions. The board consists of seven non-paid volunteers and two alternates serving four-year terms. Board members and alternates must be committed to attend one 4 p.m. meeting on the third Thursday of each month and participate in committee work and activities involving the Edmonds…

Letter: Edmonds car tax a burden to those already struggling

I am proud to be the only member of the Edmonds Citizens’ Transportation Committee to oppose the TBD vehicle fee increase. While I hope we can look for ways to increase transportation revenue, such as REET redistribution, I will not support increased revenue at any cost. This fee is yet another affront to working families….

Citizen Harry: Report on Citizens Levy Committee Meeting 3

The third Citizens Levy Committee, held Aug. 26,  featured a presentation by Lorenzo Hines, Edmonds Finance Director, plus reports from the various subcommittees. Several interesting discussions came up, and I will expand upon those below. Mr. Hines discussed how the budget is prepared and the components of the City’s financial systems. The City is legally…

Council decides against changes to ‘medical activity center’ neighborhood

Residents living in single-family homes near Edmonds-Woodway High School and Swedish/Edmonds Hospital — officially known in the City of Edmonds Comprehensive Plan as the Medical/Highway 99 Activity Center — gave passionate testimony Tuesday night about why the City Council shouldn’t change the way development is regulated in their neighborhood. At issue during the City Council…

Letter: To TBD or not to TBD in Edmonds?

We have an issue to vote on this November: To TBD or not to TBD. But what is it and why should I, as voter in Edmonds, care? The Transportation Benefit District (TBD) was formed in Edmonds on Nov. 18, 2008, by a vote of the Edmonds City Council in response to an opportunity to…

Public hearings set on rules that could impact Highway 99 neighborhoods

The public will have a chance to comment on proposed updates to City of Edmonds State Environmental Policy Act regulations that could potentially allow for increased development along the Medical/Highway 99 Activity Center and the Highway 99 Corridor. The Edmonds City Council has scheduled two public hearings on the issue, one after the other, at…

Reminder: Edmonds businesses can apply for plastic bag deadline extension

Edmonds businesses that have not yet discontinued using single-use plastic checkout bags should consider requesting an extension with the city, Edmonds Mayor Mike Cooper said. In a news release issued Friday afternoon, Cooper thanked Edmonds residents and retailers for “a successful start” to the City’s ban on plastic checkout bags at retail establishments, which became…

Citizen Harry: A report on the Edmonds City Council budget workshop

On Tuesday evening, the Edmonds City Council held a special meeting in which the Mayor had each of his department heads make a presentation to council regarding the upcoming 2011 budget. Department leaders gave a brief explanation of what their department does for the city, some historical information about how they have made cutbacks over…

City, church leaders find solution to Edmonds homeless shelter concerns

Publisher’s note: My Edmonds News contributed this story as part of a series that its online news partner, The Seattle Times, is running on homelessnesss. It was an image that stayed with Edmonds City Councilmember D.J. Wilson: A homeless mother and her small children sleeping in a car in Edmonds, trying to stay warm as…

Edmonds City Council to tackle budget issues this week

The city budget is the focus of the Edmonds City Council this week, with meetings both Monday morning and early Tuesday evening. First, the Council Finance Committee will meet at 11 a.m. on Monday to discuss the 2009-10 mid-year budget adjustment, and will also take public comment. This item was originally on the Aug. 24…

Edmonds Council votes to pursue customers for its broadband business

The Edmonds City Council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night to support efforts to pursue customers for the city’s 24 strands of fiber optic cable, which so far have been largely unused by anyone other than the city itself. A helpful background article on the fiber optic issue appears here, but the main points are…

Citizen Harry: Meeting three of the Levy Committee coming Thursday

Edmonds resident Harry Gatjens is providing regular reports to My Edmonds News on the workings of the 2010 Citizens Levy Committee. The Edmonds Citizens Levy Committee will have its third meeting this Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the bracket Meeting Room at City Hall. Our second meeting was held two weeks ago, and the committee…

Edmonds Council agenda Tuesday: broadband update, budget adjustments

Recent Edmonds City Council meetings have been streamlined, quick-moving events, but it seems unlikely that this Tuesday night’s meeting will follow that pattern. Among the many items on the agenda: – A second quarter budget report and proposed budget adjustments. – An update of Edmonds’ fiber optic broadband initiative. – Continued discussion about developing “Green…

Edmonds City Council directs staff to investigate possible PUD partnership

The Edmonds City Council Monday night authorized the city attorney and staff to investigate the potential cost-savings involved in partnering with the Snohomish County Public Utility District as it begins installing fiber optic cable in parts of Edmonds. Snohomish County PUD is already planning to install its own cable in certain neighborhoods, such as Westgate…