Census Bureau delays field operations due to COVID-19 outbreak

Based on continuing assessments of guidance from federal, state and local health authorities, the U.S. Census Bureau said it is suspending 2020 Census field operations for two additional weeks to April 15, 2020. The Census Bureau said it is taking this step to help protect the health and safety of the American public, Census Bureau…

Rep. Jayapal hosting online briefing April 1 regarding federal CARES Act

U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who represents Edmonds as part of the 7th Congressional District, is inviting constituents to an online briefing at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 1 regarding the latest COVID-19 federal relief package. In a message to constituents, Jayapal also outlined some of the main points of CARES Act, which includes: The largest expansion…

Bill introduced in Congress would ensure federal transportation funding for local cities

U.S. Reps. Rick Larsen and Pramila Jayapal were among five congressional representatives from Washington state who introduced legislation Friday aimed at ensuring that. medium-sized cities — including Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace –receive federal funding for surface transportation and infrastructure projects. The Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development for Underfunded Projects (BUILD UP) Act requires…

Reminder: U.S. Rep. Jayapal to hold constituent town hall in Lake Forest Park Feb. 3

U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal is holding a constituent town hall from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3 at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park. A Seattle Democrat, Jayapal represents the 7th Congressional District, which includes Edmonds. RSVPs are requested here. Third Place Books is located at 17171 Bothell Way N.E. #A101, Lake Forest Park.    

Edmonds nonprofit receives grant to help ensure accurate count in 2020 census

With the 2020 census just around the corner, an Edmonds-based nonprofit has been awarded a $20,000 grant to increase census outreach efforts for a more accurate count of communities in Washington state. The Community Health Worker Coalition for Migrants and Refugees (CHWCMR) was one of just 55 organizations to receive part of the $700,000 campaign…

U.S. Census Bureau now recruiting for 2020 census takers in Snohomish County

The U.S. Census Bureau is now recruiting hundreds of temporary census takers in Snohomish County to follow up with those who have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. The pay rate is $18.50 per hour and applications can be made online at 2020census.gov/jobs.  The primary purpose of what the bureau calls a “nonresponse followup operation” is…

State extends unemployment safety net to help federal workers impacted by shutdown

Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee and Employment Security Department Commissioner Suzi LeVine Thursday announced an emergency rule allowing federal workers working without pay to receive unemployment benefits. Workers can learn how to apply here. The Employment Security Department has posted data about the estimated number of workers impacted by county, including estimates of lost wages by…

Paine Field TSA hiring event in Lynnwood Nov 7-8

A hiring event for Transportation Security Administration jobs at the Paine Field airport is set for this Wednesday, Nov. 7 and Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Lynnwood WorkSource office. People interested can come in between 2-4 p.m. both days to talk with TSA and get application assistance. The address is 18009 Highway 99 Suite A, …

Paine Field set to start commercial flights in 2019 after updated FAA review

A plan to bring passenger flights to Paine Field in Everett has cleared a regulatory hurdle, paving the way for services to start early next year, our online news partner The Seattle Times reports. The Federal Aviation Administration on Saturday released an updated environmental assessment, finding that commercial flights proposed by three airlines would not…

What Washingtonians need to know about new Medicare cards

To combat identity theft, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be changing the format of all Medicare numbers, which means that every existing Medicare beneficiary will get an updated Medicare Card that lists their new Medicare number. Instead of being based on a beneficiary’s Social Security number, each Medicare number will be an…

South County Politics: Candidate filing is this week

Candidates file this week — from Monday, May 14, through Friday, May 18 — for offices on 2018 ballots. They can file online, by mail or in person at either the Snohomish County auditor’s office in Everett or the Secretary of State’s office in Olympia. Candidates who file with Snohomish County are those in districts…

Good news for light rail extension: Proposed Congressional budget maintains federal transit grants

A light-rail corridor from Northgate to Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood gained momentum Wednesday night when Congress released a budget that maintains federal transit grants, after President Donald Trump proposed slashing the program. That’s according to a report Thursday from our online news partner The Seattle Times. This likely means Sound Transit’s proposed 8.5-mile, Northgate-Lynnwood line can…

Seattle Times: Trump budget would cut nearly $1.2 billion for Lynnwood Link light rail

Sound Transit could lose nearly $1.2 billion in federal funding for the Lynnwood Link light rail project under President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, according to our online news partner The Seattle Times. That number is about half of the project’s total cost. For the second consecutive year, Trump’s proposed budget would eliminate federal funding for…

From DACA to health care to North Korea, Jayapal talks issues at Edmonds event

U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-7th District) brought the latest in her series of “Java with Jayapal” meetings to Edmonds’ Canarino Gelato on Friday afternoon, where she spent an informal hour reporting to a group of mostly supportive constituents on a range of issues, and answering attendees’ questions. “I’m so grateful to serve as your representative…

Rep. Jayapal proposes bill that would make college tuition-free

The college year has started again, and for many students that means anxiety over debt is here again, too. According to the Institute for College Access and Success, the class of 2015 in Washington state graduated with an average debt of $24,600. The College for All Act now in Congress aims to change that, making…

Trump’s budget proposal eliminates $1.2 billion for Lynnwood light rail line

Sound Transit and its allies in Congress are preparing for a long struggle to restore $1.2 billion that President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposes to yank from the Lynnwood-Northgate light rail extension, our online news partner The Seattle Times reported Thursday. That corridor, scheduled to open in 2023, is under final engineering and was previously…

Reminder: Congresswoman Jayapal to hold town hall meeting in Shoreline April 18

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal will hold four town halls in April throughout Washington’s 7th District, including one in Shoreline. These meetings are a continuation of a series of town halls that began in March and will extend throughout the year. At the events, Jayapal will discuss her work in Congress and take questions from constituents. Town…

Congressional candidate Walkinshaw cites environmental, progressive values

In his bid to replace retiring Jim McDermott as the 7th Congressional District representative to the U.S. Congress, Brady Walkinshaw brought his message of strong environmental and progressive values to Edmonds in what was billed as a Sunday morning “meet and greet” event at the Cascadia Museum. Walkinshaw was introduced by 21st District State Rep….

League of Women Voters to sponsor candidate forums Oct. 11, 18 at Edmonds CC

The League of Women Voters of Snohomish County announces two candidate forums to be held at The Black Box Theatre, Mukilteo Hall, on the Edmonds Community College campus. The theater is located at 20310 68th St. W, Lynnwood, 98036. On Tuesday, Oct. 11, the following candidates for U.S. Congressional District 1 have been invited: Suzan…

Nine candidates vie to succeed Jim McDermott in Congress

Congressman Jim McDermott announced his retirement at the end of this year, leaving an open seat for Washington state’s 7th Congressional District. Nine candidates are running to replace him and all nine were present at the candidate forum held by the League of Women Voters on Saturday at Shoreline City Hall. Listed in the order…