Winter 2013
Newsletter for Winter 2013
110514EVCSEARLINGD 31-2Happy New Year!

I hope you had a terrific holiday season. Winding down 2012 was a busy time for the city, with final work and passage of an austere budget in mid-December and staff finishing their year-end projects.

Hopefully our economy will continue to improve. Sales tax in the city has shown modest (and I do mean modest) improvement. Property values have stabilized and shown improvement, which will eventually assist our declined property tax revenue. Those two revenue streams provide about 55% of the city's General Fund.

In early April we will travel to Hekinan, Japan to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of our Sister City relationship. I hope to take a large delegation to mark this important event. Many special activities are being planned during our stay and I am looking forward to connecting with the people of Hekinan.

Continuing the celebration, in October, we will host a delegation from Hekinan. The Sister City Commission is busy making plans for their visit and we will be sure and highlight those plans in the 2013 Fall edition of this newsletter. If you are interested in learning more about either delegation, please contact my Executive Assistant, Carolyn LaFave at 425-771-0247.

One of the many fabulous pieces of the fabric in our community is the high level of citizen volunteerism with various organizations, commissions, boards, and committees.The beginning of a new year is a great time to consider being a volunteer in your community. You could contact the Chamber of Commerce, the city, service clubs, your church, public and private schools, or local food banks. We literally have hundreds of actively involved volunteers here in Edmonds, but there is always room for more. I hope you will consider assisting in our community.

Enjoy this issue of "Update on Edmonds" and we'll be back in April with the Spring edition.

Dave Earling


HPC cal 3The 2013 Edmonds Historic Preservation Commission's 2013 Edmonds Historic Calendar is on sale now at several locations around town. Last year's calendars went very quickly, so don't delay. Calendars cost $5 each plus tax and you can get one at any of the following locations:

♦  Edmonds City Hall, 121 5th Ave. N. (Cash, Credit Card, Check)
♦  The Edmonds Chamber Of Commerce, 121 5th Ave. N. (Check Only)
♦  The Log Cabin, corner of Fifth and Bell (Check Only)
♦  The Edmonds Historic Museum (Cash, Credit Card, Check)
♦  Businesses displaying an Historic Preservation 2013 Calendar poster in their window (payment method varies by merchant) 

“We on the Commission have worked very hard on this project,” said Larry Vogel, Historic Preservation Commission chair, “and the result exceeds all our expectations. The pictures are stunning, and the text provides an entertaining and informative journey through the history of our community.”

Calendars make perfect gifts, and are a great way to show your civic pride and support for the Edmonds Historic Preservation Commission's work to preserve and enjoy our local heritage.
The Edmonds Sister City Commission is looking forward to a middle-school and high-school mixed delegation to Edmonds' sister city, Hekinan, in July 2014. Recruitment will begin in the Fall of 2013, but advance planning is now underway, informing schools and the community of this project. A delegation of 10–15 students is the goal, and interested students who will be between the ages of 14–18 in July 2014 will want to begin deepening their interest in Japanese culture.

It is the mission of the Sister City Commission to promote international communication and understanding through exchanges of people, ideas, and culture. The student delegations we have exchanged with Hekinan since 1987 have created warm ties between Japanese and our American culture. You can see photos of the 2012 delegations to Hekinan and the Japanese students in Edmonds on the Commission's Facebook Page (You do not need to join Facebook to see the photos).

The application for students in 2012 as a sample is on the Commission's website for your reference. In addition, parents will want to think about being a host family in August 2014, bringing Japanese cultural exchange into your home. Questions and requests for advice may be emailed to the Commission at We look forward to a large and lively delegation in summer 2014!
Edmonds Student Del 2012 copy

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