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February 26, 2015

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Outreach – Nudge – Push To Bring Change In Area North of Everett Gospel Mission

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While outreach goes on this week, “nudge” and “push” begin next week for people camping under this overpass.

At the Wednesday Everett City Council Meeting Sylvia Anderson, CEO of the Everett Gospel Mission told the council about efforts to clean up the area north of the mission using an “outreach”, “nudge” and “push” tactic in dealing with the group of people who have been staying under the overpass. She mentioned the success in having nearly two-dozen people being able to get off the street this week and into temporary housing. Here’s a further explanation from Meghan Pembroke at the City of Everett in response to an inquiry by MyEverettNews.com about the effort as it transitions from outreach to nudge and push.

This is an issue that the City has been working on in conjunction with the Mission and a number of other service providers. As background, Everett Police Department has been doing additional patrols and monitoring of the area since late 2014, in response to concerns expressed by businesses in the area. Over a 3-month period, EPD made hundreds of contacts and arrested or cited close to 60 people. They’ve also worked very hard to connect people with services to help get them off the street. However, we’ve continued to see the area under the overpass being used for camping and as a trash dump, and in recent weeks we’ve seen even more aggressive and destructive behavior, including drug dealing, graffiti and assaults. As Sylvia mentioned at the council meeting, the Mission also contacted us a few weeks ago to express their concerns about the growing problem.

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The bridge is just one area in Everett being looked at by the various agencies.

Through the relationships that developed as part of the Streets Initiative task force, EPD and the Mission pulled together eight service providers to be a part of intensive outreach to people using the underpass for shelter. The group included local organizations like Cocoon House, Evergreen Manor and Compass Mental Health, and Pioneer Human Services out of Skagit County. As Sylvia alluded to yesterday, this was really an unprecedented effort and collaboration among these agencies that was achieved in a short period of time. Chief Templeman said the effort represented a novel approach by the police department and a remarkable level of involvement and cooperation among the different organizations. This week’s intensive outreach has been very successful, with a number of people choosing to take advantage of services.

Next week, the City will make some changes to the area as the second phase of our efforts to address the ongoing issues. We will upgrade lighting under the overpass and install fencing under the overpass on Smith Avenue to make the area less attractive for illegal activity and to make it easier for our officers to monitor activity in the area. We will also continue to take enforcement action against criminal activity, such as vandalism, drug dealing and assaults.

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February 25, 2015

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Everett City Council Supports WSU Medical School, Okays $130k To Experience Everett and Says Yes To Paine Field Terminal

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City Council endorses idea of WSU medical school.

Many times the once-a-month midday meeting of the Everett City Council is lighter than evening meetings on activity but today’s meeting was quite active. Council member Brenda Stonecipher was absent as she’s in the hospital, currently recovering from what was termed by council administrator Deb Williams as a “routine procedure”. Here in no particular order is a recap of some of the happenings at today’s meeting…

Paine Field in Everett, WA

Everett supports passenger service.

Everett City Council members were asked by council member Paul Roberts to sign a letter of support for a two-gate passenger terminal at Paine Field. Roberts explained that he wanted to send a letter with supporting documents to the Snohomish County Council who are negotiating a potential lease with Propeller Aviation for the terminal. He says he worked on the letter and its attachments with the city attorney’s office and council President Scott Bader and felt a signed letter with supporting materials was more effective than just a council resolution. There was no formal vote taken but several council members expressed their support for the letter.

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Chancellor Lisa Brown from WSU Spokane

Bob Drewel, Chancellor of WSU north here in Everett introduced Dr. Lisa Brown, Chancellor of WSU Spokane who explained to the city council the reasons behind WSU’s bid for a medical school. She asked the council to pass a resolution of support in WSU’s bid for a medical school. Brown said that if a WSU Medical School were approved, the first two years medical students would study at the campus in Spokane but in years three and four of their schooling, students would be at medical facilities across the State. That could include clinics here in Everett. This would allow students to be trained in community settings instead of just big hospitals and get them closer to communities that are in need of physicians. The council unanimously passed the resolution.

Exp Everett Over the past few years Experience Everett has been arranging and promoting all types of events along with the city of Everett in general in hopes of getting folks to spend more time and subsequently more money in Everett. The ultimate goal is to get more people to spend nights in Everett’s hotels and motels. Today the Everett City Council agreed to extend the contract with Videri, (the company behind Experience Everett) in the amount of $130,000 for another 12 months. The funds come from the city’s hotel-motel tax and not out of the city’s general fund. The money pays for the website, social media, events and staffing to encourage more people to in fact…Experience Everett.

EASC Troy McClelland, President of Economic Alliance Snohomish County gave his annual report to the city on how his organization is helping Everett. Formed in 2011 as a result of the merger between the Everett Chamber of Commerce, South County Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Council the McClelland says EASC works on bringing new businesses to Everett and Snohomish County, represents Everett’s interest in transportation and infrastructure in Olympia and Washington DC and assists Everett in networking and trade events.

Everett Gospel Mission The Council also heard a brief success story from Sylvia Anderson, CEO of the Everett Gospel Mission who said over the past two days multiple social service agencies, Everett Police and at least one concerned citizen have gotten together to address the large encampment of people under the bridge just to the north of the mission. She said 23 people were given housing vouchers and more than that contacted by social service agencies to try and let those folks know that there are services available. The police, mission and social service agencies are taking an “outreach”, “nudge” and “push” tactic in dealing with the group. The outreach portion just began, with the nudge and push portions to soon follow in an attempt to make the neighborhood there safer for all.

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February 24, 2015

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Head-On Crash Injures Two At 23rd and Walnut

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Both driver’s side doors and the door post were removed.

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Firefighters work to remove the driver of the Mitsubishi

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The other car also had heavy damage.

Everett Firefighters had to use the “Jaws of Life” to remove both the driver’s side doors from a Mitsubishi after a head on crash Tuesday evening. The crash which happened shortly after 5pm, sent two people to Providence Regional Medical Center. Here are a few pictures from the scene. No word on the severity of injuries or who may have been at fault.

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February 24, 2015

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Victim of Fatal Weekend Hit and Run on 529 Was 53-Year-Old Everett Man

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You can report what you know without revealing who you are by calling 425-257-8450.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner has identified the person killed in a hit and run crash early Sunday morning. The M.E. says it was 53-year-old James M. Mahood of Everett, WA. The cause of death is multiple blunt force injuries. The manner of death is Accident. Everett Police Traffic Investigators have very little to go on. The crashed happened in the southbound lanes of 529 between Marysville and Everett around 3:00am. Conditions were extremely foggy and detectives have collected little physical evidence. They are asking anyone with information to call the Everett Police Tip Line at 425-257-8450.

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February 24, 2015

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Driver Suspected of Impairment After Hitting Unmarked WSP Sedan in South Everett

3:40pm update: Washington State Patrol Spokesman Mark Francis says the driver was arrested for DUI.

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It was quite a scene on Evergreen Way Tuesday afternoon.

Two Washington State Patrol troopers are okay after their unmarked car was hit from behind by an SUV Tuesday afternoon. The crash occurred about 2:00pm in front of Hyundai of Everett on Evergreen Way. The trooper and a cadet in the unmarked sedan were checked out by aid crews but not transported to the hospital. The causing driver was not hurt but MyEverettNews.com did get photos of him being given field sobriety tests and then being handcuffed and put into the back of an investigating trooper’s vehicle. It was quite a show for early afternoon commuters as nearly a dozen State Patrol cars responded to the crash. Traffic was able to get by the crash as only the right lane was blocked. Here are some MyEverettNews.com photos from the scene. Click photo to enlarge.
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Troopers measure the exact position of the SUV involved.

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You can see the damage to the rear of the Trooper’s car and where the bumper is pulling away from the body.

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The SUV driver is given field sobriety tests.

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A Trooper on scene says the driver was detained on suspicion of impairment.

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February 24, 2015

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Valid E-Mail Address Now Needed To Schedule A Visit With Inmates In Everett Jail

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The Snohomish County Jail houses inmates from more than 40 jurisdictions.

The Snohomish County Jail in downtown Everett has established new rules for visitors. Here’s the update from Shari Ireton at SCSO…

Beginning Tuesday, February 24 family and friends of inmates booked at the Snohomish County Jail will be able to schedule to visit inmates.  This new system also applies to professional visits, which could include attorneys, social workers, or health care professionals.  Previously, inmates were responsible for having corrections deputies schedule their visits.

Under the new system, all visitors must be registered, using a valid e-mail address, in order to schedule visits, which are done online (http://snohomishwa.gtlvisitme.com). Social visits must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance; professional visits must be scheduled at least four hours in advance.  Visits cannot be scheduled more than 14 days in advance.   As with the past system, there are no in-person social visits – these will still be conducted via video conferencing.  Only professional visits will be conducted in person.

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February 23, 2015

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Everett’s Northwest Neighborhood Facing Growing Parking Problems

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City of Everett traffic engineer Michael Brick addresses the Northwest Neighborhood meeting.

Residents who make up Everett’s Northwest Neighborhood got an update from the city last week regarding plans to streamline Everett’s residential parking zones. At their monthly meeting, attendees heard from Michael Brick, a traffic engineer from the City of Everett. He explained plans to re-draw the residential parking zones that were established in the 1980s. The re-configured zones would more closely match the existing neighborhood boundaries. With a petition from two-thirds of a neighborhood’s residents, they could establish parking areas that should help keep students at Everett Community College and workers at Providence Regional Medical Center from parking in areas designated for residents. With the growth at Everett Community College and the likely expansion of Washington State University across the street, people living in the Northwest Neighborhood are expressing increased concerns over parking in their area. Brick says he hopes to have the new zones approved by the city’s Transportation Advisory Committee in a month or two with new signage up and permitting in place before EvCC’s Fall Quarter starts in September. He is also working on making a more user-friendly guest parking program for north end residents. At the meeting residents expressed frustration over Providence Regional Medical Center employees not using their free employee parking garage and instead parking on the street. Many also expressed concern that the city’s parking enforcement officers don’t seem to work past 5:30pm and people take advantage of that knowledge to skirt overtime parking tickets later into the afternoon.

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February 23, 2015

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Broadway Bridge Completely Gone

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For the 1st time in over 100 years there is no bridge across the tracks below Broadway.

It took less than three weeks for crews to remove the Broadway bridge over the railroad tracks between Hewitt and California in downtown Everett. Work now begins on construction of the replacement span. That job is expected to be completed sometime in early 2016. City engineering officials say the detours around the construction zone are working smoothly. In fact there have been problems on other surface streets as motorists begin using their own alternate routes well before getting to the designated detours.

white ToyotaToyota BNo word if the detour played any role in a T-Bone accident at Everett and Lombard Monday around noon. No injuries but two Toyotas got torn up pretty good.

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February 22, 2015

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Violent Overnight Incidents in Everett

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One of the cars from the incident at Avocados.

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Officers conducted a high risk felony stop on one of the cars involved.

Been a busy night for Everett Police with several unusual incidents. Around 1:30am officers were called to a weapons brandishing complaint at Avacados Mexican Restaurant at 108th and Evergreen Way. Seems there was some type of altercation and one car smashed into another. Everett Police detained several people in a car south of Glacier Lanes and were still sorting things out when the attached photos were taken.

Around 3:00am two people were brought into Providence Regional Medical Center by private car suffering from gunshot wounds. Apparently the shooting took place in the University District in Seattle and the victim’s friends brought them to Everett according to the Seattle Police Blotter.

Highway 529 southbound between Marysville and Everett was completely shut down around 4:00am as Everett Police investigate a fatal incident involving a pedestrian. At this time there are no other details available and no word on when the highway will re-open.

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February 21, 2015

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Everett Animal Shelter Looking For Quiet Rat Owner

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Quiet, but looking for a rat or two?

Unusual posting from the Everett Animal Shelter today…

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are quiet rats and need a calm environment to gain trust with people. All of the rats have been exposed to some stressful situations. The rats require no children households for them to thrive. They all could use a quiet environment with very low stress. These guys can be adopted together or separate. To see if they’d be good for you and for more information, click here.

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February 20, 2015

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Stolen Car Chase Begins On I-5, Ends In Landscaping Of Everett Apartments

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There were a dozen patrol cars from 3 different agencies around the Greens of Merrill Creek.

A Honda driving at a high rate of speed on I-5 in Everett caught the attention of a State Trooper Friday night. What began as a speeding infraction ended with a high speed pursuit and crash after the Honda took off when the trooper tried to stop it. Turns out the Honda had been reported stolen. The chase went from I-5 west on the Boeing Freeway and ended in the landscaping in front of the office of the Greens at Merrill Creek apartments. Several Washington State Troopers, Deputies from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and Police Officers from Everett rounded up at least two of the people in the car. There did not appear to be any injuries. Here are a few pictures of the damage the car made after what had to be a hard landing.
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February 20, 2015

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Growth Has Everett School District Looking At Elementary School Boundary Changes

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Since 1951 the Everett School District has grown to more than 19,000 students. Most of that growth has been in the south end.

A growing population in the south end of the Everett School District is causing administrators to look at expanding the number of students attending Silver Lake Elementary school in south Everett. Today the district announced a series of meetings for parents to see the proposed changes. Here’s an overview provided by Everett Schools…

Woodside Elementary, which is located in the Mays Pond area north of Bothell,has a capacity for 540 students from kindergarten through fifth grade. Today the 34 year old school and its 10 portable classrooms are the learning home for more than 800 students. The district has a proposal to help ease Woodside’s congestion until more permanent elementary classroom space can be added in the region. This proposal is for approximately 125-150 students now in the very northern portion of the Woodside attendance area to attend Silver Lake Elementary instead. These are students living the Heatherwood, Reserve and Hawthorne apartments, Nature’s Landing condominiums and the Woodside Walk neighborhood. To better understand this proposal, the Silver Lake PTA is scheduling a portion of its 7 p.m. meeting for this topic on Thursday, Feb. 26.

“The families slated to join the Silver Lake community are physically closer to Silver Lake now than they are to Woodside,” notes Executive Director of Facilities and Operations Mike Gunn. “The bus ride they will have next fall will cover less distance than the one they now travel to reach Woodside.”

On Friday, March 6, the district will meet with families of students scheduled to move next fall. The meeting is an open house drop in session from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Heatherwood Apartment complex. “We are using our calling system to reach families in that area so they have a chance to check out the maps, learn more about Silver Lake, trace their school bus routes for next year and make sure we’ve thought through the details of this transition proposal,” said Gunn.

On Monday, March 9, at Henry M. Jackson High School, from 7-8 p.m. families from Silver Lake and Woodside are invited to another opportunity to help the district be aware of logistics necessary for boundary changes starting next fall.

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Several meetings are planned for parents.

“This is not a long-term solution to overcrowding,” explained Gunn. “It does not make the pain of rapid growth go away; it more equitably distributes the pain of enrollment growth.”

In February and April of 2014, the district’s capital bond proposal included enough classroom space to build a new elementary school, additions to some elementary schools and high school classroom space. It also included modernization and safety upgrades throughout the district. “Twice in 2014 the majority of voters said ‘yes’ to that bond proposal,” Gunn emphasizes. “However, a 58 percent ‘yes’ vote does not meet the 60 percent super-majority required to build school classroom space.” He added, “The board has talked about when to put another bond proposal before voters. They are putting a lot of time and care into that conversation before making any future bond decision. For the time being at least, we are making interim adjustments to ease overcrowding.”

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