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Everett School Bond Levy Failing in Early Returns

April 22, 2014


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So far there are not enough yes votes for the measure to pass.

The initial returns for the Everett Schools $259 million bond issue show it is failing. In order to pass they need a minimum turnout of 11,546 ballots cast and at least 60% yes vote. The 8pm returns from the Snohomish County auditor show 16,013 ballots received so far but the Yes percentage is at 57.30% and the No percentage is 42.70%. More ballot numbers will be released Wednesday night at 5pm.

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Everett’s Forest Park to Get Major Clean Up by Comcast Call Center Crews

April 22, 2014


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Hundreds of Comcast employees in Everett will be working at Forest Park and the Cascade Boys and Girls Club this Saturday.

Hundreds of Comcast employees from the call centers in Everett and Lynnwood will be cleaning up Forest Park in central Everett this Saturday. Its part of Comcast Cares Day. Here are the details…

On Saturday, April 26, more than 550 local Comcast employees and their families, friends and community partners will “make change happen” as they volunteer to improve Forest Park in Everett and the Cascade Boys & Girls Club as part of Comcast’s 13th Comcast Cares Day.

The Comcast call centers in Everett and Lynnwood have adopted Forest Park for their project. Forest Park is a 197-acre wooded area that is Everett’s oldest and largest park. It is home to the Swim Center, playground (including a water playground), picnic shelter, wooded trails and Animal Farm. Comcast’s projects will include forest planting, light pruning, weeding, trail work, garden bed clean-up, revitalization and beautification of this historic park.

Comcast Cares Day, which takes place each April during National Volunteer Month, is Comcast and NBCUniversal’s signature day of service and the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer effort

“We’re proud to partner with the City of Everett and the Boys & Girls Clubs to improve our community during our 13th Comcast Cares Day,” said Len Rozek, senior vice president of the Comcast Washington Region “The hard work of the many hundreds volunteers who will be donating their time to help make such a big difference in the lives of others is inspiring.”

Meanwhile, Comcast’s Everett field office has adopted the Cascade Club of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County. More than 200 volunteers will help improve the Everett club with new paint, cleaned carpets, fresh landscaping and numerous other projects.

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Everett’s Howarth Park Beach May Expand, Public Meeting Set For Thursday

April 20, 2014


Nearshore Restoration Project

Artist’s conception of improvements to Howarth Park from project website.

Snohomish County and the City of Everett have scheduled a public meeting to talk about a project that will add useable beach area to Howarth Park. In addition to benefitting Howarth Park users, the project is designed to support salmon recovery in the region. Four separate locations along the shoreline between the Port of Everett and Mukilteo have been chosen for restoration:

  • Howarth Park beach
  • West side of Powdermill Gulch Creek
  • West side of Narbeck Creek
  • West side of Glennwood Creek

The work will require a four-month closure of the beach at Howarth Park from November 2014 to approximately February 2015. Residents in Everett and users of the park from throughout Snohomish County are invited to attend a public meeting to learn more. There will be a short presentation, exhibits to view, staff members and neighbors to visit with, and a no-host latte stand operated as a fundraiser by the church.

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 24, 6-7:30 p.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 215 West Mukilteo Boulevard in the View Ridge Neighborhood of Everett.

For more information visit the project website or call 425-388-3789.

Here also is an overview of the project from the Snohomish County Marine Resources Committee…

The Nearshore Beach Restoration Project was developed by Snohomish County and its partners to support the 2005 Snohomish River Basin Salmon Conservation Plan and the federal listing of the Puget Sound Chinook Salmon as a threatened species. The nearshore environment of the Snohomish Basin has been identified as a high priority for restoration of juvenile salmon and forage fish rearing habitat. Shoreline railroad construction, beginning in the early 1800s, has disrupted natural beach and habitat forming processes, resulting in degraded shorelines or beaches. These changes impact both salmon habitat and forage fish habitat. Forage fish need sand and gravel to spawn, and juvenile salmon rely on shallow water areas to avoid predators. These changes also reduce the food source for orcas, seals, birds, and other marine organisms. A variety of stakeholders participated in a year-long technical assessment evaluating the physical characteristics and biological potential of proposed sites and prioritizing restoration recommendations.

Project Goals and Objectives…

1. Place beach sand and gravel, dredged from the Snohomish River, at six sites in four locations along 4.5 mile stretch of the railroad impounded shoreline between Mukilteo and Everett

2. Remove the Howarth Park bulkhead and restore the beach, improving public access to the waterfront; Howarth Park will be closed to visitors during construction for approximately three months

3. Improve habitat for Chinook Salmon, Pacific Sand Lance, and Surf Smelt

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Hey Everett…Clean This Saturday, Recycle Electronics and Shred Documents Next Saturday

April 19, 2014


Claudia McClain

Claudia McClain in front of the E-Waste truck at a previous recycling event.

Two events next Saturday may prompt you to do some spring cleaning this weekend. Then get ready to recycle. Next Saturday there’s a huge electronics recycling event at McClain Insurance in south Everett by Costco and also a document shredding event at Mountain Pacific Bank next to Aquasox Stadium on Broadway.

First the Claudia McClain explains their electronics recycling event…

“We’ve received countless inquiries about upcoming electronics recycling events,” explains Claudia McClain. “We feel honored that our community appreciates this service, and we are excited to help make life easier for our neighbors!”

When: Saturday April 26th from 9:00am – 1:00pm

Where: McClain Insurance Services 10410 19th Ave SE Everett, WA 98208 (Just South of Costco)

A crew of helpers will stand ready to assist customers with unloading their recyclables to ensure a smooth traffic flow.

Desktop Computers (including monitors, mice and keyboards), laptops, tablets, TVs, cell phones and miscellaneous cables can be recycled FREE of charge. Simply drop them off at the event.

Printers, VCRs, DVD players, stereos, small microwaves and various other household electronics that are NOT covered under the Washington State program will be accepted for a $5 fee. At this time, washers / dryers, refrigerators and/or AC Units cannot be accepted.

In addition to electronics recycling, thanks to our event partners at Pacific Power Batteries, we are also able to accept old household, car, truck and boat batteries. Battery lead is one of the greatest recycling successes of our time: Over 98% of all battery lead can be recycled! The public is invited to bring end-of-life batteries to our event.

E-Cycling helps significantly in reducing the environmental impact of outdated technology. While consumers invest in technology upgrades, over 82% of rejected electronic devices fill up landfills and incinerators, releasing mercury, lead, cadmium and other harmful substances. Electronics recyclers such as event partner, E-Waste, LLC, disassemble each item into its components for re-use and thus significantly reduce the impact of tech waste around the world.

Shred up to 50 lbs. of document free at Mountain Pacific Bank in Everett

Destroy Your Documents at Mountain Pacific Bank

While you’re cleaning you may also come across documents you may want to have securely destroyed. That brings us to the annual FREE SHRED DAY at Mountain Pacific Bank in Everett. You can bring up to 50 pounds of documents to be securely shredded.

When: Saturday April 26th 10:00am – 2:00pm

Where: Mountain Pacific Bank 3732 Broadway Everett, WA 98201 (Next to Aquasox Stadium)

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PUD Warning Everett Homeowners and Businesses About Recent Scams

April 18, 2014


PUD scammer

Scammers have all sorts of ways to take your money.

Got an update today from Neil Neroutsos at Snohomish PUD about various attempts by scammers to steal identities, credit card numbers and collect phony payments. This is happening to both residential and commercial customers. Here’s their latest update and some good suggestions…

Snohomish County PUD reminds customers about potential scams that aim to steal customers’ identity and bill payment information. Criminals use various means of solicitation, including in person door-to-door visits, social media, fliers, phone calls and text messages.

Recent ploys have tried to lure both residential and business customers. They may claim the customer’s bill is delinquent and/or tell them there is special funding for utility bill assistance. Customers are typically asked for personal information, such as social security identification or credit card numbers. They also may provide victims with a fraudulent bank routing number with which to pay their utility bills.

If a PUD customer receives a phone call asking for financial information related to their bill, they should never provide this information. The PUD never calls customers to collect credit card information over the phone. The only time a credit card number is taken over the phone is through an outside, bill payment service. In this case, the phone call and payment is initiated by the customer by calling 1-888-909-4628.

If a customer receives a phone call, supposedly from the utility, and aren’t sure if it actually came from the PUD, they should call PUD Customer Service, at 425-783-1000 to verify the information they were given. The PUD representative will be able to tell them whether or not the call was legitimate.

If a person comes to a customer’s home or business claiming to be a PUD employee, they should ask to see their PUD identification. Employees carry an ID card with their picture on it and will gladly show it to customers.

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City of Everett Development Fees Have Not Kept Up With The Times

April 16, 2014


City of Everett, WA

Everett hasn’t raised most fees to developers in over 15 years.

Currently the City of Everett is trying to address a projected shortfall of $13 million dollars in 2015. To deal with that, Everett has formed a team to try to come up with options to close that gap. As part of the ongoing Structural Deficit Advisory Team briefings at the Everett City Council, it came out tonight that the City of Everett last updated its planning and development fees in 1995. Additionally Everett’s traffic mitigation fees charged to developers have not been adjusted since 1999. As an example, Everett charges $900.00 for traffic mitigation while the city of Sultan charges $5220.00 and the city of Lynnwood charges $7914.00. Everett’s business license fee has remained at $10.00 and there is no annual renewal charge. The Everett Fire Department is required to conduct fire inspections but unlike most cities in the area does not charge for that service.

Tonight’s presentations were about options to raise taxes and fees. Among the items mentioned were doubling the current adult bus fare on Everett Transit from $1.00 to $2.00. For every 25 cent increase in bus fare there would be an annual increase of $250,000.00. There was no talk of raising fares for seniors or youth.

There was a suggestion to bring back parking meters and charge 50 cents per hour for parking in the downtown Everett corridor. Roughly from Broadway on the east, West Marine View Drive on the west, Pacific Avenue to the south and Everett Avenue to the north. That could generate $300,000.00 per year. There was also talk of charging for parking at 36 stalls at the Everett station. Those stalls are currently free two-hour parking and are used by people primarily using the services inside the station, most notably the unemployment office. Making those 36 stalls paid parking could bring Everett about $100,000.00 per year. It was also revealed that if someone received four parking violations, Everett Police can impound the person’s car. However, when the owner goes to get their vehicle out of impound they only have to pay the impound fee and don’t have to pay the outstanding parking tickets to get their vehicle back.

At the start of the presentation many council members stated they had their own ideas for generating revenue and a council committee will be gathering those ideas and presenting them at a future meeting. As the revenue options were being considered, Everett Mayor Ray Stephenson told the city council members that he didn’t want to look backward and place any blame for failing to address revenues in the past but wanted to move forward as fast as possible. He expressed concern that if the council spent too much time studying the deficits and didn’t take fast action that more drastic taxing measures would have to be taken.

The City of Everett has a budget reduction website where all of the presentations and options are posted and available for review. Most of tonight’s documents should be available by the end of the day Thursday.

The next presentation by the Structural Deficit Advisory Team will be on April 30th followed by at least two public meetings in May.

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Nominations Now Open For Everett’s Annual Monte Cristo Awards

April 15, 2014


Monte Cristo Awards

Nominations are open until June 1st. Click photo above for a nomination form.

It’s that time of year again as the City of Everett celebrates homeowners and businesses who have gone above and beyond in showcasing their property. Here’s all you need to know to nominate someone for this year’s award…

The city of Everett’s Office of Neighborhoods is accepting nominations for the 20th annual Monte Cristo Awards, a distinguished honor given to property owners who have shown extensive pride in their property.

“The Monte Cristo Awards recognize neighbors who improve the street appeal of their homes and business owners who keep their businesses looking attractive,” said Wendy McClure, neighborhoods coordinator. Nominations are due by June 1, 2014.

The Monte Cristo Awards began in 1994 with an idea developed by Everett residents Bill Belshaw, Connie Eden and Pam Lux. Marian Krell, then director of the Office of Neighborhoods, welcomed the idea of celebrating revitalized properties and became its champion.

The awards are named for the Monte Cristo Hotel in downtown Everett, which was restored in the 1990s after languishing in disrepair for many years. Community residents felt the hotel was a fitting symbol of the rejuvenation they wanted to recognize in Everett.

Today, awards are given in three categories: rejuvenation and transformation, pride of the neighborhood and neighborhood-friendly business. In addition, the Marian Krell Award recognizes property owners who have excelled in beautifying and maintaining their home or business over an extended period of time. The award honors Krell’s vision and commitment to the awards.

“The Monte Cristo awards are about celebrating people who help Everett look its best,” said Mayor Ray Stephanson. “Marian saw the benefits of acknowledging and holding up those who strive to make improvements in our community, whether to a humble home or a more grand residence.”

Nominations due June 1

Nominations are welcomed and encouraged from anyone who wants to recognize the street appeal of a property within the city limits of Everett. Honorees are selected for their extensive efforts to make their homes or businesses attractive and to keep them well maintained.

Nomination forms are available online, and can be picked up at Everett Library branches, the clerk’s office in the Wall Street Building, the PUD, at local home improvement, paint and lumber stores, and through neighborhood associations. Forms can also be requested through the Office of Neighborhoods, at 425-257-8717 or

Award recipients receive a Monte Cristo Award plaque for placement on the exterior of their home or business. The Everett Council of Neighborhoods and the city’s Office of Neighborhoods sponsor the awards, which are generously supported by local businesses.

The selection committee is made up of representatives of the Council of Neighborhoods, community volunteers and city staff members.

Special ceremony planned for 20th anniversary

The community is invited to the 20th annual award ceremony, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday Oct. 9, at the Everett Performing Arts Center.

“This year we’ll recognize not only our 2014 winners, but also prior Monte Cristo recipients, who we hope will join us for the event,” said McClure. “We are working on lot of special touches to help commemorate 20 years of the awards.”

Click here for more information on Everett’s Office of Neighborhoods.

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