Reader view: Is it city staff’s job to set the vision for Edmonds’ future?

The City of Edmonds administration and staff, in concert with paid consultants, have repeatedly commenced major projects and initiatives, many with serious policy implications that are leaving Edmonds’ citizens and indeed even city council in the dark. With no or very little prior knowledge, this has often left councilmembers scrambling to get answers and information…

Reader view: The bird and the bees

No, this is not going to be a story you might wish to share with a teenager when it appears the time is right. A clue is the fact the first word is in the singular. Several months ago I made this house out of scraps in my garage and patiently sawed numerous “tubes” from…

Reader view: Is Edmonds ending single-family zoning?

Let’s start this discussion with a few definitions to make sure we’re all on the same page. What is single-family residential (SFR) zoning? Per our city code, the purpose of single family residential is: “To reserve and regulate areas primarily for family living in single-family dwellings.”  Our code further defines single-family dwellings as: “Single-family dwelling…

Reader view: For sale — Edmonds, WA

For a mere $100,000 you too can purchase the city of Edmonds as we know it  At least that seems to be the going price according to our State’s Commerce Department. They are offering our city a $100,000 grant to transform 30% of our current single-family zoned property into higher density, multi-family “missing middle” housing…

Reader view: Equitable engagement framework not what it purports to be

The City of Edmonds has engaged a consulting firm, PRR, at a cost of $72,650, to create what it calls an “Equitable Engagement Framework” (EEF) to solicit input from those in Edmonds who it is alleged have had limited participation in the past in dialogue about public infrastructure and other city programs. In other words,…

Reader view: Building a tiny house to serve those in need

Lynnwood Rotarian Debbie Bodal sent this report regarding the volunteer work that she and others did May 15 building a tiny house as part of a Rotary District 5030 community service project. Bodal was joined by her husband Trond Bodal, an Emerald City Rotarian; and Diane Cohn, age 89, and her husband Jerry, age 94….

Reader view: Compassionate enforcement aims to save lives

Like many of our community members, I was shocked, dismayed and disappointed when the City of Edmonds administration, human services and police department introduced the first version of the proposed ordinance adding a new chapter, Chapter 5.70, entitled “Unlawful Occupation of Public Property” to the City Code — that aims to fine the unhoused people…

Reader view: The circle of reciprocity

The Coast Salish tribes served as stewards of the land and sea in this region for more than 10,000 years. Their culture of care and respect for all living things sustained them allowing their communities to thrive. We can learn from them. The principle of reciprocity in nature and in life is the practice of…

Reader view: The Dreamer and the mariachi band

My husband and I have lived in Edmonds for 28 years. We love living here and consciously support the community’s merchants, arts, the fantastic Edmonds Waterfront Center and much more. It is a unique, gorgeous area!  Recently I heard about the Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles Band coming to the Edmonds Center for the Arts. My husband and…

Reader view: Better safety measures needed at 220th SW and 80th W intersection

I have lived in Edmonds since 2017 at the intersection of 220th Street Southwest and 80th Avenue West. After first moving here, I started noticing safety problems with this intersection, but it wasn’t until 2019 when my son was born and I went on paternity leave that I realized just how frequently accidents happen here….

Reader view: Grandma rides an e-bike

I ride an e-bike. It enables me to go for longer rides and spend more time outdoors getting fresh air in  my lungs than a regular bike. It helps me to keep up with cycling companions who are younger, stronger or who prefer riding faster than I could on a regular bike. The battery assists…

Reader View: War in Ukraine — What can I do?

For the past three weeks, our television and computer screens have been filled with the terrible images of war in Ukraine. This week, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the U.S. Congress asking for help. Many of us have been praying for a rapid and just resolution to this conflict so that human suffering may end….

Reader view: Have your say about ADU legislation moving through state Legislature

State legislation sponsored by our 21st District Representatives Strom Peterson and Cindy Ryu, allowing a three-fold expansion of density in single-family neighborhoods using market rate accessory dwelling units (both attached and detached), narrowly passed the Washington State House last week and is being debated in the Washington State Senate. A public hearing will be held…

Reader view: Is Edmonds losing its livability and charm?

I used to be proud to say that I’ve lived in Edmonds for over 40 years; but it’s becoming embarrassing to admit I live in Edmonds.What happened to our slogan “It’s an Edmonds Kind of Day”? For two years, I watched our mayor and the majority of our city council ignore what the citizens of…

Reader view: Memories from the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid

In 1974, the International Olympic Committee awarded the small village of Lake Placid, New York, the Winter Games for 1980. Placid had previously held the Games in 1932. In 1976, I began a laboratory position at the Trudeau Institue in Saranac Lake, New York, which is another small village very close to Placid. Both are…

Reader view: It’s time to change how Edmonds manages change

A wise person once said, “Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” In Edmonds, we are taking actions without having a vision. And we do it over, and over, and over again. Each independent action our mayor and city council take will make a difference, and it will deliver us…

Reader view: Holidays in Edmonds

I woke up a bit early on Wednesday, Dec. 8. It was trash and recycle day, so when I found a few stragglers for the trash can, I sauntered out in the darkness to drop them off before the truck arrived. It was chilly and drizzly and I was barely awake. Yet, when I reached…

Reader view: A reflection on Hanukkah

As I begin the eight days of Hanukkah with my family, and I clean off the previous year’s wax from our Hanukkah menorah (called a Hanukkiah), I am reminded of how I came to own this symbol of the Festival of Lights. It was 1970 and I was a  aptain in the Army stationed in…

Reader view: A hidden agenda with streateries?

I urge everyone to take a stroll through downtown Edmonds and take a real close look at the how the various streateries are built and fastened to the ground. Some look very temporary and easily removed. Others like this one are well mounted to the ground and have rather elaborate heating and lighting systems; looking…

Reader view: The power of gratitude

The headline in the business section of the Oct. 10 Seattle Times caught my eye, “Gratitude Can Help Your Financial Life,” by Liz Weston of Nerd Wallet. I’ve long been aware of the many benefits of a perspective of gratitude, but finances? I read on. One of the core ideas was that gratitude helps us focus…

Reader view: Pay attention to the city budget — because it’s your money

Our city council is currently discussing the budget for 2022 and having a difficult time doing so. I would suggest that they’re making it more difficult for themselves than it needs to be. Certainly, budgeting isn’t an easy process. We all struggle with it ourselves. Balancing our checkbooks, determining what we can afford to buy,…