Winter 2019
Newsletter for Winter 2019
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Message from Mayor Earling, posted to Facebook on Monday, January 7, 2019, regarding distribution of white nationalist flyers to homes in the Seaview and Meadowdale area


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.
Mayor Dave Earling 
2017 PAFRReport Offers Community Easy-to-Understand Overview of City’s Basic Financial and Government Information 

The City of Edmonds is issuing a Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR), also known as the Citizen’s Report, as an easier way for members of the community to review and understand some of the basic information of Edmonds’ finances and local government. The report is available to the community both online and via hard copy.

“As part of our City’s ongoing efforts to improve communications with the community, we wanted to create a more reader-friendly version of the City’s financial and government information that will hopefully become a useful source of information for our community,” says City of Edmonds Assistant Finance Director Dave Turley. “We tried to create a Citizen’s Report that is interesting and will help people learn a little more about Edmonds, where the City’s money comes from and how it gets spent.”

The City also publishes a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) which provides financial information in much greater detail. Both reports are presented using generally accepted accounting principles, the standard format for government accounting. The Citizen’s Report is intended to complement the CAFR, not to be a substitute for it.

The PAFR can be found here, and the CAFR can be found here. Free hard copies of the report are also available to the public at City Hall, the Frances Anderson Center, and the Edmonds Library.

A Climate Change 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 and other information on view for the public. At 7:00 pm, the City will give a presentation about key climate findings and possible next steps.

Studies show that climate warming is greatly increased by greenhouse gas emissions. 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%. Even meeting the 2˚ goal will be difficult if trends don’t change dramatically.

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.

Mayor Dave Earling has noted that Edmonds cannot bend climate trends by itself. “But we can make a difference. And if other cities in the U.S. do the same, we will help save our world’s environment and reduce human suffering that would otherwise occur.”

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.Grnhs.Effect

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