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1043368Hey Neighbor, I want to meet your neighborhood!

“Too often we expect our citizens to come to city government. However, I understand that people have busy lives, and are not always able to come to public meetings or other community events to voice their concerns. As a result, we are shifting our approach and having city government come to you. My hope is to learn about what is going on in your neighborhood and discuss critical issues impacting our community," said Mayor Mike Nelson.

These meetings are intended to provide the community with an opportunity to ask questions, openly discuss how to make the Edmonds community better, and to engage in conversations with me about important issues in your neighborhood.

If you'd like to schedule a meeting in your neighborhood please contact us at 425.771.0247 or carolyn.lafave@edmondswa.gov

                                                   Mayor Mike Nelson

 

Mayor Mike Nelson Offers Statement Ahead of Martin Luther King Day

(Edmonds, WA) The following is a statement from Mayor Mike Nelson to the people of Edmonds in advance of the upcoming Martin Luther King Day holiday:

This year, more than ever since the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement, as we approach Martin Luther King Day 2021, it’s important for us to reflect on our actions as individuals, families, a community, and a nation with regard to the basic human rights of all our fellow members of society.

This past year has been particularly difficult. Not only have we all been worn down by the COVID-19 pandemic, but we have also been rocked as a nation by senseless violence against Black people that has continued unabated across the country. Many have risen up and protested, marched and pushed back, yet systemic and institutional prejudice and racism are deeply embedded. It will take unwavering and sustained, collective effort to overcome and reverse.

Dr King’s legacy suggests that this collective effort starts at home – among each and every one of us, our families, friends and colleagues. Lasting, effective systemic change must rise from a grass-roots foundation that requires each of us to be informed, act and urge others to act to combat racism.

For Martin Luther King Day 2021 there are many ways we can both honor the legacy of Dr. King and become more informed in order to act, despite not being able to gather in person as in past years.

At Noon on Monday, January 18 the locally based Lift Every Voice Legacy, in partnership with the Communities of Color Coalition, will present a FREE virtual event: “Becoming Brave – a Tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr,” intended to inspire a beloved community in song, spoken word, and dance. The free virtual event will be available to the public at www.beloved4all.org, and for those who register at this website a preview will be available on Sunday Jan 17. Donations will be accepted. The event will also be available at www.edmondswa.gov/diversity-commission-home.

I would also encourage you to watch one or more of the many great documentaries and movies about the life and legacy of Dr. King, such as:

 

Lastly, now more than ever, the legacy of Dr King must be remembered and acted upon, not just this one day, but it must serve as a source of continued work throughout the year.

In our city I am pursuing systemic change within City government to eliminate institutional bias and discrimination, aided by a series of upcoming recommendations from my Equity and Justice Task Force. The City’s Diversity Commission is also doing important work to help address issues of equity and inclusion throughout our community.

In closing I wish you all a safe and memorable Martin Luther King holiday and encourage us all to continue to engage in collective efforts to fulfill Dr King’s legacy every day.

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Flags at Half Staff

flag half staffFlags are at half-staff in honor of fallen U.S. Capitol Police Officers Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood, and all Capitol Police Officers and law enforcement across the Nation.

Draft Housing Policy Survey Extended

The deadline for viewing an online open house and taking a housing policy survey has been extended by three days to January 11. View the Press Release here.

Final Housing Open House and Survey...

The last online open house and survey from the Edmonds Housing Commission is ready for community engagement and is available through January 8, 2021. View the news release here. To learn about the Housing Commission’s draft recommendations and give feedback, visit www.ECHCOpenHouse.com.

2021 Edmonds Arts Commission Grant Opportunities

The City of Edmonds Arts Commission (EAC) is offering two, single opportunity grants in 2021 for artists and nonprofit arts and culture organizations based in Edmonds. Applications are now available. The application deadline is January 28, 2021. Projects must be completed in 2021.

The Small Grant Program will have a total of $5,000 available for small grants of $100 - $1,000 for arts-based projects to support creativity, diversity and access to arts in Edmonds through literary, visual or performing arts. Applicants must be residents of Edmonds or organizations located in Edmonds.

"Creating a Future" Large Grant Program has a total of $50,000 available for awards up to $10,000. The purpose of the grant opportunity is to help build and reinforce a diverse and equitable cultural community in Edmonds, recognizing the uncertainty and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the necessity of changing strategies to create access for all to the arts. Both individual artists and arts and culture organizations based in Edmonds are eligible if they have not-for-profit status either solely or through a partnership or umbrella relationship. Collaborations are encouraged.

Grant program Guidelines and applications for both grants are available on the Arts Commission website http://www.edmondswa.gov/workshops-a-grants.html. For questions contact frances.chapin@edmondswa.gov .

Marty the Holiday Mouse

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Follow Marty as he visits some of his favorite destinations in Edmonds’ parks.

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Join Edmonds Parks & Recreation on a family-friendly holiday adventure through three different parks. Follow our story through the eyes of Marty the Mouse as he meets animal friends, avoids predators, and discovers some of what makes winter in Edmonds parks so special. The adventure will be active from December 15th to January 15th. Be sure to bring along as a smart phone as location markers include a QR code to enhance learning with additional materials. The adventure includes walking on some unpaved trails, so wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather before you venture out.

Follow Marty’s story through the Edmonds Facebook page (@EdmondsRecZone), Instagram page (edmondsreczone), and the Marty the Mouse website: http://www.edmondswa.gov/marty-the-holiday-mouse. Be sure to review the story as you move along, so you can find your way to each location.

Signs at each location have a letter noted by a green burst. If you want to play our word scramble game, be sure to write down each letter from the eight location markers and decode the themed word. Once you think you have the themed word decoded, send an email to kim.anderson@edmondswa.gov with your word guess! All submissions with the correct word will be entered into a random drawing for a prize! Post a picture of you on the Marty adventure, and tag our Facebook or Instagram accounts to get one extra entry to the prize drawing. That’s two chances to win instead of one! One entry per person can be entered for the prize drawing. Entries are accepted until January 15th. The random prize winner will be announced on January 18th.

Open House - Draft Housing Ideas

Tree Code Update: Dec. 9 Planning Board Public Hearing

The City of Edmonds’ Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the Draft Tree Regulations December 9 at 7 p.m. Information on the Tree Code Update, the Planning Board’s review, and the draft tree regulations are available for review at treecode.edmondswa.gov. (Get background on the tree code here) 

The public is invited to participate in the public hearing via Zoom or by phone at:

City of Edmonds Provides Free Compostable Containers and Gloves to Local Restaurants

Contact the City to get on the first-come, first-served list for distribution

(Edmonds, WA) With more restaurants turning to take-out as the only means of financial survival during COVID-19 restrictions, they are using more compostable to-go containers and gloves which can be costly. Using Federal CARES Act funds, the City has been able to buy various-sized compostable containers and boxes of gloves to distribute to restaurants. These compostable containers are fully approved by Cedar Grove Composting for acceptance at their facility.

“We heard from the restaurant community, which has been among the most impacted by the COVID restrictions, about the challenges of only offering takeout at this time,” stated Mayor Nelson.  “This is one way we can help ease the financial strain, promote take out dining from our restaurants, and help meet our environmental goals of encouraging compostable waste.”

The City will distribute up to 7,350 compostable to-go containers and over 12,000 gloves in prepackaged bundles at the first of two drive-up events. The first will be held on Dec. 7 between 10 am and 1 pm at the Public Works Building north parking lot at 7110 210th St. SW.

A second distribution event, with an even greater number of items, will take place Dec. 21.

Two selections of packages are available:

Package One will contain:
·         two bags of 9 X 9 food containers for a total of 100 containers,
·         two bags of 6 X 6 containers for a total of 150 containers, and
·         four boxes of gloves for a total of 200 pairs.

Package Two will contain:
·         three bags of 9 X 9 containers for a total of 150 containers, and
·         four boxes of gloves for a total of 200 pairs.

Quantities are limited so please register in advance for a package of containers and gloves, by contacting Megan Luttrell at megan.luttrell@edmondswa.gov by Noon Friday, Dec. 4. Please indicate whether you wish to sign up for Package One or Package Two. She will respond to confirm your space on the list for the 12/7/20 event. If you cannot be accommodated on that day, you will be placed on the list for the 12/21/20 event. Media Release

 

Mayor Hosts Community Conversation for Highway 99/Lake Ballinger Areas

In the on-going effort to connect with residents during these difficult times, Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson will host his second Neighborhood Zoom Meeting Dec. 7 at 6:30 pm for the Highway 99 and Lake Ballinger areas.

Here is the Zoom Link:  https://zoom.us/j/93277848512 

It can also be found on the Edmonds Communications Page at www.edmondswa.gov/communications. (more) 

Mayor Appoints Whitney Rivera to Be Next Edmonds Municipal Court Judge

Rivera Whitney(Edmonds,WA) Mayor Mike Nelson today appointed Whitney Rivera to be Edmonds' next Municipal Court Judge. Stated Mayor Nelson, “I am excited to announce my judicial appointment of Whitney Rivera to the Edmonds Municipal Court. She brings forth vast trial court experience and has received multiple awards for taking innovative approaches in complicated cases. She has considerable experience working with underserved populations, working on issues of poverty, mental illness, and substance abuse that underlie so many misdemeanor cases.” read more