Fall 2020
Newsletter for Fall 2020
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LEAP programThe Edmonds Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Departments' L.E.A.P. (Learning Enhancement and Activities Program) is accepting registrations for Edmonds residents for $150 per week thanks to additional CARES funding. Non-Edmonds residents can register for $172.50 per week. L.E.A.P. starts October 19th. The program, focused on safety and distance learning support, can accommodate 100 participants, divided by grade into separate classrooms at the Frances Anderson Center. Classroom leaders with backgrounds in education and recreation programs, meet a minimum of 1:10 instructor to participant ratios. 100% fully covered sponsorships are still available for Edmonds residents who are part of the free or reduced lunch program with the Edmonds School District or have incurred a hardship due to COVID-19. Find out more here.

Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program 2019Applications Accepted through 5:00 pm, October 21st

After a successful initial business grant program during the summer, and fueled by an additional allocation of funds from the federal CARES Act, the City of Edmonds announced a second round of Business Support Grants of up to $10,000 each. A two-week application period began on Wednesday, October 7th, with an application deadline of 5pm, October 21, 2020.

On October 6th the Edmonds City Council approved an additional infusion of $430,000 to the Business Support Grant program as part of the Edmonds Cares Fund, for a combined total of up to $1,130,000 in grants to small businesses in Edmonds that meet the following eligibility criteria:

Ü Businesses with zero to 30 employees (part-time and full-time combined)
Ü In business in Edmonds at least one year as of October 1, 2020
Ü Demonstrated year-over-year business/revenue loss of at least 30% in April or May 2020
Ü Declared intent and expectation to remain in business at least four months after receipt of the grant

The forgivable loans will become grants to awarded establishments after four months if still in business.

Given the City’s expectation that applicants for these grants may likely outstrip the number of grants able to be awarded, there will also be selection criteria employed to identify awardees. Among the selection criteria are the following:

Particular consideration will be given to
Ü Businesses owned by people of color, women, veterans and other minorities
Ü Businesses that have received no or lower levels of other grant monies from local, county, state and federal programs
Ü Businesses that have received relatively greater business/revenue losses
Ü Geographic distribution across Edmonds
Ü Businesses in the creative sector within the Edmonds Creative District

“I am very pleased that the City Council and my Administration worked together successfully to create the Edmonds Cares Fund that allocates most of Edmonds’ Federal CARES Act funds to the community,” stated Mayor Mike Nelson. “The Business Support Grant program is a cornerstone of this Fund. The wide variety of businesses in Edmonds provide valuable local jobs and contribute to the great quality of life we’ve come to know and love. It is essential to help keep our local businesses afloat as we recover from the unprecedented economic crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Business owners interested in applying for a Business Support Grant may access the online application portal here.

Applications may be submitted until 5pm October 21st. Questions may be submitted by email to Economic Development and Community Services Director Patrick Doherty or at 425-771-0251.


After a disruption in March of this year due to the restrictions arising from the COVID-19 crisis, the Edmonds Diversity Commission is thrilled to kick off its fourth season of the Diversity Film Series this month with the first FREE screening on Monday, October 19th at 7:00 pm.  Since the films originally scheduled for March and April could not be screened, they will serve as the 2020-2021 season’s first two months of screenings in October and November. 

Starting with this month’s film, and likely continuing for the foreseeable future, the films will be screened virtually via Zoom platform. Organizers have every intention of returning to in-person screenings in the Edmonds Theater as soon as allowable – but not likely until sometime in 2021. 

Screenings will be offered FREE to the public and will continue through April (except December). Each screening presents a film, or films, related to different topics or groups representing diverse populations and experiences. After each screening there is a brief opportunity for comment and dialogue.

The Edmonds Diversity Commission Film Series kicks-off its new season with the following screenings:

In The Family larger formatMonday, October 19, 2020 @ 7 pm ~ In the Family

Zoom Linkhttps://zoom.us/j/99192257514?pwd=OFNOZmtwRUpUR28vcEdSU21wMWM3dz09
Meeting ID: 991 9225 7514 | Passcode: 170534

In the Famly: Beginning with her story of testing positive for the familial breast cancer mutation (BRCA), filmmaker Joanna Rudnick chronicles the lives of several women currently undergoing the process of genetic testing, following them from their decision to seek testing, through the testing process, and in the aftermath when they are coming to terms with the information they receive. 83 minutes.


Saturday, November 14, 2020 @ 12 noon, a double feature ~ The Fat Boy Chronicles & On Beauty

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/93658056612?pwd=K3M2b09nZ002Y1JDdHFOVHdib1VGdz09
Meeting ID: 936 5805 6612 | Passcode: 136173

fat boy chronicleThe Fat Boy Chronicles: Jimmy Winterpock at age fourteen if 5'5" and weighs 188 pounds. Outside the comfort of his family and church, life for Jimmy is a constant struggle. The cruel taunts of his classmates makes going to school or playing sports a humiliating experience. Yet, he still manages to focus on his goals to lose weight and win over the girl of his dreams. 78 minutes

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On Beauty: From Emmy-nominated filmmaker Joanna Rudnick (In the Family) and Chicago's Kartemquin Films comes a story about challenging norms and redefining beauty. On Beauty follows fashion photographer Rick Guidotti, who left the fashion world when he grew frustrated with having to work within the restrictive parameters of the industry's standard of beauty. After a chance encounter with a young woman who had the genetic condition albinism, Rick re-focused his lens on those too often relegated to the shadows to change the way we see and experience beauty. 31 minutes.

For more information visit the Edmonds Diversity Commission webpage.

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Mayor Nelson will kick-off his virtual Neighborhood Meetings series with the Five Corners/Chase Lake area on Thursday, October 15th at 7:30 pm. These meetings are a way for Mayor Nelson to listen to residents, share information about City projects, programs, and goals, and deliver updates unique to each of the neighborhoods that comprise our city of approximately 42,000.

“I want to listen to what is happening in your neighborhood and share with you the steps we are taking to move our city to a brighter future,” said Mayor Nelson. “As your Mayor one of my greatest desires is to connect with you in person. Since March we haven’t been able to meet, and that’s been really difficult. My hope is that through a regular schedule of neighborhood meetings – initially via Zoom – we will be able to reconnect.”

Mayor Nelson has indicated that, as soon as it's possible, he would like to hold in-person meetings in areas around the City also.

For more information on this series of meetings please contact the City’s Public Information Officer.

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International ShakeOut Day is always the third Thursday of October. This year it's October 15th. While COVID-19 has brought many uncertainties and challenges, one thing's for sure -- ShakeOut is still happening this year!

As always, you can hold your #ShakeOut drill when and where you want. You can choose another date or several dates, and include people in mutiple locations (home, work, or school), perhaps through video conferencing.

It's actually a good idea to practice earthquake safety in different situations each year, and ShakeOut Organizers are here to support you.

Here at the City we are asking all of our employees to participate on Thursday 10/15 at 10:15 a.m.! This means that wherever they are at that moment, home, work, school, anywhere — they should Drop, Cover, and Hold On as if there were a major earthquake occurring at that very moment, staying in that position for at least 60 seconds... How will you and your family/employees/neighbors participate?

The main goal of the ShakeOut is to get Washingtonians prepared for major earthquakes, so use the ShakeOut as an opportunity to learn what to do before, during, and after an earthquake.

For more information checkout https://www.shakeout.org/washington/.

Edmonds City Council Meetings are held every Tuesday evening at 7 pm, except for the fifth Tuesday of a month unless otherwise noticed. Due to the coronavirus, meetings are currently being held virtually.

To join, comment, or view the Edmonds City Council Meeting in its entirety:


or call toll free: 888-475-4499 | Meeting ID: 425 775 2525

During the public comment period, please raise your hand to speak, either physically on camera or electronically via Zoom button (*9 on telephone). 

The Council will continue to take written comments of up to 450 words, roughly equivalent to three spoken minutes at publiccomment@edmondswa.gov

Edmonds City Council Meeting agenda and video:

Agenda and Video ~ http://edmondswa.iqm2.com/Citizens/default.aspx

View on one of the following cable channels: Comcast channel 21 | Ziply channel 39
By Jennifer Leach, Program Coordinator
Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services

raingarden 2020Thinking of putting in a rain garden but not sure where to begin? Join staff from the City of Edmonds Parks and Engineering Departments online October 20th from 10 – 11am to explore the process of designing, building and maintaining a rain garden. Using the Rain Garden Handbook for Western Washington as our guide, we’ll walk you through the process and help you decide if a rain garden is right for you. Participants will receive a list of local resources including a map of rain gardens in Edmonds that they can visit on their own. The event is free, but RSVPs through email are required. 

Rain gardens have become an important tool in protecting water quality in Western Washington, where toxins from stormwater runoff is estimated to account for 75% of pollution in the Puget Sound. As our region grows, native forests and soils that would typically absorb, store, and filter rainfall are replaced with roads, rooftops, and other hard surfaces. When it rains, water flows from these hard surfaces carrying oil, fertilizers, pesticides and other pollutants directly into our streams and the Puget Sound. You can help reduce the amount of stormwater and pollutants coming from your property by installing a rain garden.

The City of Edmonds has been installing rain gardens to help manage stormwater since 2015, and has lots of resources to share with home owners who are considering joining this growing movement. Email Jennifer Leach to learn more and reserve your spot and receive login information for the online session. The session will be recorded for those who cannot attend at the scheduled time.

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The challenging seawall portion of the Waterfront Redevelopment Project is nearing completion. Sheet piles have been driven, the concrete seawall, ramp and beach stairs have been poured, the original timber bulkhead has been removed and boulders, logs and beach sand have been placed. The remaining elements of the project include concrete sidewalks, an asphalt parking lot, various site amenities, artwork, landscaping and irrigation. The current schedule shows project completion by November 20th.

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CCruz croppedOn November 2, 2020 the City of Edmonds will lose a significant member of our city family. Cindi Cruz, 38 year veteran of the City, will retire. For those of us who have had the honor to work alongside Cindi it will be a bittersweet day because while we know how well-deserving she is of this new chapter in her life, we will dearly miss her calm, her wit, her graciousness her work ethic, her guidance and her friendship.

Cindi has spent the last 27 years here at the City in the Community Services/Economic Development Department where, she has made a name for herself as a dedicated and compassionate employee, workmate, and citizen liaison. This statement, from former Community Services/Economic Devleopment Director Stephen Clifton, shows the depth of Cindi's commitment to the City of Edmonds and the Edmonds Community...

"I had the pleasure of working alongside Cindi for 14 years while at the City of Edmonds. During that time, I witnessed someone who served the residents of Edmonds with dedication, integrity, patience and humor. As part of a two-person office, it could often be quite challenging working on multiple complex projects at the same time, but she was committed to making sure tasks were completed on time, no matter how long it took. She was instrumental in the successful launch of Edmonds Center for the Arts having worked with the Edmonds Public Facilities District, Mayor, City Council, city staff and community members to help raise funds and work on planning efforts related to constructing the center. She was also part of a team that worked on the Sound Transit/Community Transit Station; lower UNOCAL Yard clean-up efforts; removal of the old UNOCAL Pier; creation of a 4th Avenue Arts Corridor; Hazel Miller Plaza; economic development related projects; planning projects, etc. She attended countless commission, committee and board meetings, many of which lasted late into the evening. Cindi is one reason Edmonds residents and visitors are able to enjoy significant and smaller community amenities and programs. I believe her guidance, support, and positive approach to working on projects and programs will be missed.

Thank you Cindi; I am honored and blessed to have worked with you. I truly hope your retirement days are filled with much happiness, relaxation, peace and time spent with loved ones."

There are no words to fully express the impact Cindi has had on the staff and the citizens of Edmonds. We thank her for her service, wish her all the best, and want her know how much her presence in our lives has meant to us and the community!

A zoom retirement send-off is being planned, for more information please contact Megan Luttrell or Carolyn LaFave.

The Edmonds Holiday Market returns for its sixth season... for more information checkout their Facebook page!

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On Monday, October 5th I made my Budget Address, via zoom and livestreamed on Facebook, where I presented the proposed 2021 City of Edmonds budget. Over the next couple of months the Council and the public will have an opportunity to review the budget, ask questions, and provide input, culminating with an approved and adopted 2021 budget in early December.

It is important to note that this budget was prepared during an unprecedented global pandemic and that it acknowledges the extreme measures taken by our City government to protect public health, maintain critical government services, and along the way, come up with creative ways to keep our community safe and sane.

I’d like to take this opportunity to share some of my highlighted priorities included in the 2021 budget.

Human Services Program
Create a new Human Services Program with a budget of $500,000 that would include a full-time social worker. Unlike all other cities in the region, our city has never had a human services program. It is time we did. This will help our seniors, veterans, those who are housing unstable and unsheltered, and others in need.

Highway 99 Investments
Continue the Highway 99 Gateway Project approved in 2020 to design and install a raised center median along the 2 mile corridor, new pedestrian crossing to improve traffic safety and spur redevelopment. Community Renewal Plan on Hwy 99 to set the stage for future redevelopment of properties along Highway 99, especially in the southern parts of the Corridor where problems of crime, graffiti, nuisances, code violations and general disinvestment persist. Some areas do not feel as safe and attractive for people. We hear you and we are addressing that.

Update Comprehensive Plan with a View to Equity
Funding to update our City’s most important planning document, the City’s Comprehensive Plan, which will also include racial equity. We need to ensure our city programs and services reach all populations. This city-wide approach will work closely with residents to ensure planning and activities also meet the needs of underserved communities.

The Environment
Salmon Safe Certification Program
We are seeing significant decline of our resident orcas and massive decline of Chinook salmon in the Puget Sound. Every coastal city plays an important role in saving orcas and salmon. This program will provide an in-depth assessment of our city policies, plans, operations that impact water quality and habitat of our watershed and Puget Sound. 
Park Land Acquisition Fund
This would create a permanent open space fund that would grow every year. The fund will start with $500,000. We need to re-imagine the role of our public lands as the solution they can be for building a more sustainable world.

Climate Comp Plan Update
New updates to our Comprehensive Plan to address climate crisis and our Marsh. It is a climate crisis, not climate change. Change sounds like you are talking about the weather today, not the destruction of our oceans, forests, snowpack, more droughts, catastrophic fires, 100 year floods that are happening every year. We need to better plan, prepare, and reduce these impacts.

These are just a few of the priorities included in the proposed 2021 budget. You can view the budget in its entirety here.

As we move forward, there are still many unknowns including: pace of economic recovery as we head into winter, the potential resurgence of the virus and, a realistic timeline of a vaccine and its distribution. Past economic recessions are a poor indicator and predictor because their root causes were derived from an imbalance in the economy, not from a pandemic. 

This virus and every one of your and our actions will help decide the future health of our community and our local economy. We have seen when we wear masks and social distance, the virus drops significantly, when we let our guard down and fail to take regular precautions, it comes back with a vengeance.
Our budget accounts for the uncertainty that COVID lays before us. But it does not shy away from the real opportunities that lie ahead to shape our city to be more resilient, healthier, safer, and welcoming for all.

Mayor Mike Nelson


be preparedby Thom Sullivan, Facilities Maintenance Manager, Public Works

With our first bout of fall weather this past weekend it is a timely reminder that winter is just around the corner. Please take this opportunity to make sure you and your property are prepared in the months to come. Here are some tips to ensure you’re ready:

Be aware of rapidly changing weather conditions

Plan for the cold and flu season
Ü Get a flu shot
Ü Stock up on cold and flu supplies

Prepare your car
Ü Replace worn windshield wipers
Ü Wash your windshield inside and out
Ü Inflate your tires to the recommended air pressure – wet weather equals slick roads
Ü Carry a winter weather kit in your car with water, food, flashlight and a blanket
Ü Assure all vehicle lighting is adjusted properly and functioning
Ü Ensure snow chains are in your vehicle

Prepare your house
Ü Disconnect your garden hose from your house and cover your hose bib
Ü Clean debris from roof and gutters
Ü Have your primary source of heat professionally serviced
Ü Always monitor the safe usage of electric space heaters, and never run them on extension cords
Ü Make sure you have an ABC fire extinguisher in your home
Ü Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and change batteries twice annually
Ü Have a flashlight and spare batteries available in case of power outage

Fall and winter storms can cause a host of problems, not the least of which is power outages. If you lose power contact Snohomish County PUD at 425.783.1001. You can also check their Out Center for information on how to stay safe during an outage and more.

KJ2019photographKristiana Johnson Council Position #1
Contact Phone:  425.533.6105  •  email: kristiana.johnson@edmondswa.gov
Term Expires: 12/31/2021
2020 COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS: 1) Public Safety and Personnel Committee 2) Historic Preservation Advisory Commission 3) Lodging tax Advisory Committee 4) SNOCOM 911




Luke Distelhorst Council Position #2
Contact Phone: 425.361.3856  •  email: luke.distelhorst@edmondswa.gov

Term Expires: 12/31/2021
2020 COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS: 1) Affordable Housing Alliance 2) Housing Commission (alt) 3) Snohomish County Tomorrow


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Adrienne Fraley-Monillas Council Position #3 ~ 2020 Council President
Contact Phone: 206.890-4562  •  email: adrienne.monillas@edmondswa.gov
Term Expires: 12/31/21
2020 COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS: 1) Finance Committee 2) Affordable Housing Alliance (alt) 3) Diversity Commission 4) PFD Oversight Committee 5) Snohomish Health District


D buckshnis councilBannerDiane Buckshnis Council Position #4
Contact Phone: 206.228.3462  •  email: diane.buckshnis@edmondswa.gov
Term Expires: 12/31/2023
2020 COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS: 1) Parks, Planning and Public Works Committee 2) Lake Ballinger Work Group 3) SeaShore Transportation Forum 4) Salmon Recovery - WRIA 8 5) Tree Board


CM Vivian Olson Web

Vivian Olson Council Position #5
Contact Phone:  425.361.8176  •  email: vivian.olson@edmondswa.gov

Term Expires: 12/31/23
2020 COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS: 1) Finance Committee 2) Disability Board 3) Economic Development Commission 4) Housing Commission


Susan PaineSusan Paine Council Position #6 ~ 2020 Council President Pro Tem
Contact Phone:  206.361.8844  •  email: susan.paine@edmondswa.gov
Term Expires:  12/31/23
 1) Parks, Planning and Public Works Committee 2) Disability Board 3) Port of Edmonds 4) Salmon Recovery - WRIA 8 (alt) 


CM Laura Johnson Web

Laura Johnson Council Position #7
Contact Phone:  425.361.8229  •  email: laura.johnson@edmondswa.gov
Term Expires:  12/31/23
2020 COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS: 1) Public Safety and Personnel Committee 2) Community Transit 3) Mayor's Climate Protection Committee 4) Youth Commission

fall 2020 bannerRegistration is now open for a variety of virtual classes for adults and kids in a wide range of activities from paint nite, fitness, and kid's music. The Frances Anderson Center will remain closed while in Phase 2, but exciting and engaging activities are still available to help adults, parents and kids have exciting engagement opportunities outside of the virtual classroom. Check our website for continuously updated classes and programs.

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