Newsletter for Winter 2016
On Thursday, February 11th, I presented the 2016 State of the City address at the Edmonds Theater to a packed house. If you were unable to attend please stay tuned... My Edmonds News videotaped the event and we will be posting a link to the presentation soon.
Mayor Dave Earling
Established in the Fall of last year, the newly formed Edmonds Diversity Commission enters its first full year of activity, serving the residents of Edmonds. The Commission’s mission is to serve as a resource for City government and the community in promoting an environment that accepts, celebrates, and appreciates diversity. Representing Edmonds residents on the Commission are nine members, appointed to staggered, one-, two-, and three-year terms: Adam Khan, Mario Brown, George Basioli, Maria Montalvo, Gayle Ketzel, Patricia Valle, Tung Bui, Ed Dorame, and Diana White. Since their appointment at the end of October, the new Commissioners have focused their initial work on drafting their first annual work plan, to be presented to City Council in January. In 2016, the Diversity Commission will focus on engaging the community in order to better understand issues surrounding diversity and inclusion, and to develop strong partnerships to help fulfill its mission of promoting and embracing diversity in our community. Referring to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose memory and legacy the nation celebrated last month, Diversity Commission Chair, Mario Brown recently offered the following thoughts: "When we remember Dr. King, we remember the work that it took to move this country forward on equality. That work continues to this day. Our goal as a commission is to shine a light on discrimination in any form while bringing our community together around our common humanity."The Diversity Commission meets the first Wednesday of every month from 6:00 to 7:30pm, tentatively in City Council Chambers at 250 Fifth Avenue North (please check the City meeting calendar to confirm location). The public is encouraged to attend, and a brief public comment period will be offered near the beginning of each meeting agenda. For more information, please visit: http://edmondswa.gov/diversity-commission-home.html
The Edmonds Sister City Commission is currently accepting applications for the 2016 student exchange program. Application deadline is February 29, 2016. For more information and an application packet please visit our webpage here.
The student exchange program is part of the Edmonds Sister City Commission's relationship with Hekinan Japan. Every summer a delegation of students from Edmonds goes to Hekinan for a two week stay and then a delegation of students from Hekinan comes to Edmonds for a two week stay. Students stay with host families and must provide a portion of their chaperone's travel costs as well as covering their own travel costs and spending money. Chaperones also stay with host families. These host family stays provide students and chaperones with a very rich cultural experience.
To help raise funds to support the exchange program, the Sister City Commission will host a fundraiser at Red Onion Burgers in Mountlake Terrace on Tuesday, May 3rd from 5 - 8 pm. During that time student delegates and ESCC Commissioners will help with washing dishes, pouring beverages, making milkshakes, busing tables and seating guests. In return, the delegation will receive 20% of sales, 100% of cash tips and 50% of the credit card tips. We encourage everyone to come meet our Edmonds' delegates and Sister City Commissioners and support this great program. The Red Onion Burgers is located at 21005 44th Ave. W, Suite 101 in Mountlake Terrace.
Stay tuned for more information on our 2016 student delegation!