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Urban Forest Management Plan

We are in the process of developing an Urban Forest Management Plan. Click here for up-to-date project info.

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Edmonds Street Waterfront Connector

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Edmonds Housing Strategy

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Highway 99 Corridor / Subarea Planning

The Highway 99 Subarea Plan is a vision for land use and transportation along the corridor.  You can find more information here.
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Fostering Global Citizenship

Students gain international understanding with exchange program

(Edmonds, WA) There is no better way to build international understanding than immersion in another culture.  Edmonds students have a unique opportunity to experience the day to day life, language, and traditions of Japan through an exchange program coordinated by the Edmonds Sister City Commission.  For ten students each summer, it is the adventure of a lifetime.  While in Japan, students live with a Japanese family and travel to see the sights and sounds around Hekinan, Japan.  Upon their return, they and their families offer the same consideration to the Japanese students.  Introducing these kids to each other’s culture opens their world and encourages a global view.

The City of Edmonds Sister City Commission invites students 14-18 years of age to participate in the annual student exchange to Hekinan.  Edmonds students will travel to Hekinan for the last two weeks in July 2019 and then host a Japanese student during their stay in Edmonds during the first two weeks of August 2019.  Student cost for the trip will range between $1,600 and $2,300 depending on the cost of airfare.  Hekinan has been our Sister City since 1988 and the exchange program has been a central component of that relationship.  Deadline to apply is Friday, February 22, 2019.

For applications and more information please visit the ESCC Exchange webpage.

Climate Goals Open House Set for January 17

Climate Goals Open House Set for January 17

A Climate Goals open house will be held Thursday, January 17, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, in the Brackett Room of Edmonds City Hall (3rd floor), 121 Fifth Avenue N.

The open house will have displays on greenhouse gases and other information on view for the public. At 7:00 pm, City representatives will give a presentation about key climate findings and possible next steps.

The City began a Climate Goals project last year, based on a resolution adopted by the City Council. The project includes developing a greenhouse gas inventory for Edmonds, identifying targets for reducing greenhouse gases, and proposing ways to meet the targets. The biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions is the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, gasoline, and natural gas.

Studies have shown that greenhouse gas emissions are a key factor in climate warming. Even if climate change is held to only a 2˚ C. maximum increase by 2100, that still means huge impacts, here and globally. For example, according to a recent study, ocean acidity would increase by 24%.   Yet, even meeting the 2˚ goal will be difficult if trends don’t change dramatically.

The Climate Goals project recognizes that Edmonds alone cannot change the trends but cities together can make a difference.

A consultant team is helping with the project, aided by elected officials, City staff, and the citizen-based Climate Protection Committee. More detailed project information will soon be posted on the City’s website.

This is not the City’s first work on climate change issues. In 2010, the City adopted a Climate Action Plan. Other approaches included the New Energy Cities Action Plan in 2011, and various activities, such as the “Taming Bigfoot” community exercise last year.

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Four More Edmonds Businesses Join Envirostars Ranks in 2018

Four more Edmonds businesses join Envirostars ranks in 2018. A total of five Edmonds EnviroStars businesses during first year. For more information click here

Mayor Offers Response to White Nationalist Flyers

Flyers Distributed in Meadowdale & Seaview Neighborhoods

Edmonds, WA) - In response to the distribution of flyers from a white nationalist group known as Patriot Front to homes in the Meadowdale and Seaview neighborhoods of Edmonds, as well as in Seattle, Tacoma and Bellevue, Mayor Dave Earling has posted the following response on the City’s Facebook page:

“As your Mayor, in response to the distribution of white nationalist flyers to homes in parts of our city this past weekend (as well as elsewhere in the region), I must say that the messaging promoted by those flyers is totally inappropriate in our community. Edmonds is an inclusive and welcoming community, and messages of intolerance, supremacy, and exclusion are not acceptable in our city. We join other nearby communities in their serious concern over this behavior. Please know that the Edmonds Police Department is monitoring the situation for any potential escalation or associated illegal activity. In the meantime, I wish to convey the City’s sincerest conviction that Edmonds is a community that embraces inclusion, diversity and equity for all our residents, visitors and businesses.”

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Public Information Meeting on Housing Strategy To Be Held

An informational public meeting on current housing issues will be held January 10 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the Swedish Edmonds Hospital Conference Room, 21601 76th Ave West, Edmonds.

The meeting will be similar to the one held by the City on December 3 at the Edmonds Library. It will include a short presentation on housing developments, the use of multifamily tax exemption, and the status of a draft housing strategy, along with questions from the audience and responses from the Mayor or City staff. Click here for more information.

Flag Lowering ~ Volunteer Fire Captain John Ostergard

flag half staffSaturday, January 5, 2019 ~ Flags at Half-Staff in memory of East Olympia Volunteer Fire Captain John Ostergard who suffered a medical emergency while on the scene of a December 14, 2018 structure fire south of Yelm.

Mayor Signs 2019 Budget Ordinance

Combined Operational and Capital Budget Totals $109,471,322

(Edmonds, WA) - On Thursday Mayor Earling signed the 2019 Budget Ordinance, capping off a months-long budget process that resulted in City Council approval, with amendments, on December 11th. read more

Everett Herald Editorial: Counting on economic power of creativity

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Frances Anderson Center Closure

Closed for Maintenance

 

The Frances Anderson Center will be closed December 23, 2018 through January 1, 2019 for cleaning and minor repairs.  We will reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.  You can still look up classes and register at reczone.org during the closure.

Keep People and Pets Safe by Keeping Wild Coyotes Wild

By Jennifer Leach, Environmental Education & Sustainability Coordinator
Edmonds Department of Parks, Recreation, and Culture
 

coyotesCoyotes 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 whenever possible. However, in urban areas, people may unintentionally invite coyotes into the human environment by leaving unsecured pet food, garbage or compost outside. Similarly, bird feeders can attract rodents that in turn lure coyotes into the yard where they may also prey on unattended pets. When coyotes lose their fear of people, they can become unpredictable and pose an elevated safety risk.

You can keep a healthy separation between the human environment and the coyotes’ environment by following a few simple steps.

·         Never feed coyotes.
·         Do not leave children unattended.
·         Keep cats and dogs in a secured area or on a leash at all times.
·         Do not leave pet food (or any food) outside.
·         Make sure your garbage cans and compost bins have tight-fitting lids.
·         Keep the area under and around bird feeders clean and free of food.

If you encounter a coyote, pick up your pets and/or small children immediately. Do not run away or turn your back. Instead, you’ll want to appear big and loud, making lots of noise by shouting or clapping to scare it away. If the coyote looks weak or sick, call animal control at (425) 775-3000. If the coyote is acting aggressive towards you, call 911.

For more information on how to co-exist with coyotes and other wildlife, visit the WDFW Living with Wildlife webpages at https://wdfw.wa.gov/living/

Housing Informational Meeting Date Change from Dec. 13 to Jan. 10

Housing Meeting Changes from December to January


The City’s second informational public meeting on housing, previously scheduled for December 13, has been moved to January 10, 2019, due to holiday activities.  The January 10 meeting will be held in the Swedish/Edmonds Hospital Conference Room, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.  For more information click here.

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