November 12, 2018


Public Invited To Check Out Renovated Grand Leader Mercantile At Engage Everett

Passing along this invitation from the folks who bring you Engage Everett every month.

Grand Leader

Grand Leader Mercantile photo provided by Engage Everett

Built in 1899, the Grand Leader Building is almost as old as the City of Everett.

Owners Jim and Karen Staniford have remodeled the beautiful Grand Leader Mercantile to bring it up-to-date without losing its historic charm. Join us at the Grand Leader Mercantile from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14 for wine, snacks, and the story of the Grand Leader building.

Engage Everett is a monthly event providing professionals and creatives of all types an opportunity to network and stay engaged with the latest on Everett. The event is free and open to the public 21+.

Grand Leader Mercantile is located at the corner of Hewitt and Hoyt in downtown Everett. You can learn more about the store here on their Facebook page.

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November 11, 2018

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Final Deliberations Set For Everett’s Half-A-Billion Dollar Budget For 2019

Actually it’s more than half-a-billion, the full total is $618,984,772.00. On Wednesday the Everett City Council will hold the first of three readings of an ordinance setting the 2019 budget. A public hearing and final reading and vote on the ordinance is set for Wednesday November 28th.


Here is the department-by-department budget for 2019 not including ending fund balances to be carried over. Click to enlarge.

This is the first budget for Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin. On Feb. 23, 2018, the Mayor issued a directive charging City staff in all departments to find ways to address the ongoing structural budget deficit in the City’s general government budget.

Through that process the city identified more than $5.6 million dollars in cost reductions. The city also worked on restructuring departments and making sure that money spent on a program was credited to that specific program to get a better handle exactly what costs are associated with a particular service. The administration also worked over the summer and early fall with the city council budget committee leading to a balanced budget for 2019.

For 2020 however the city is looking at a deficit of $10.9 million dollars, growing to $20.6 million dollars by 2023. That is leading the Mayor to ask for a study of how the City of Everett delivers services to taxpayers. In 2019 four departments will be studied.

  • Everett Transit
  • Parks and Community Services
  • Everett Fire
  • Everett Library

    The outcome of the study could eventually lead to merging services provided by one or more of the departments with other service providers outside of the city in a regional or shared services model. The city will look at the current model of service, identify potential alternatives, consider the overall costs of changing the way services are provided and report back to the Everett City Council. The process is designed to be deliberate and citizens won’t see any movement for some time.

    If you’d like to have input on the current 2019 budget as proposed you can contact any of the city council members or attend the official public hearing on the budget on November 28th prior to final council action.

    If you’d like to do a deep dive into the budget for 2019 here is the link to the full budget as currently proposed.

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    November 10, 2018

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    Free Car Wash For Veterans On Sunday In Everett


    Veterans and active duty service members can get a free car wash on Veteran’s Day.

    Once again this year General Brushless Car Wash at 6101 Evergreen Way in Everett will be participating in the Grace for Vets program. Every Veteran’s Day they offer a free car wash to Veterans and those currently serving in the armed forces.

    The General has participated in the program for the last several years.

    Grace for Vets was started back in 2004 with a single car wash operator and now numbers in the thousands.

    All you have to do is pull up, show proof of service status and you are good to go.

    General Brushless will be open from 9 AM – 7 PM on Veteran’s Day.

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    November 9, 2018

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    With Key Arena Out Of The Mix Backstreet Boys Tour Coming To Everett

    Expectations have been that as Key Arena gets remodeled for the NHL, Everett may benefit with concerts that otherwise would have gone there. This may be the first. Word in this afternoon that Angel of the Winds Arena in downtown Everett will host the Backstreet Boys next year.


    Tickets go on sale Wednesday November 14th

    The Backstreet Boys are thrilled to announce their biggest arena tour in 18 years along with the release of their new album, DNA, coming out January 25th on RCA Records.

                        Beginning on May 11th, the group will set off on the DNA World Tour – their biggest arena tour in 18 years. Produced by Live Nation, the guys will perform all over Europe and North America over the course of three months, headlining venues including Capital One Arena in Washington DC,  United Center in Chicago, the O2 Arena in London, as well as Angel Of The Winds Arena in Everett on July 29th.

                        “When this group started 26 years ago – and through all the highs and lows of our career – we’ve had to learn it wasn’t about us as individuals but about what’s best for the group,” says Howie D.

    “The journey is ongoing with us and there is so much left to do,” says Brian Littrell. “We’re living the next chapter that hasn’t been told yet, and that’s exciting.”

    BSB analyzed their individual DNA profiles to see what crucial element each member represents in the group’s DNA. Watch the video here: to see how their individual strains, when brought together, create the unstoppable and legendary Backstreet Boys.

    “Backstreet Boys are one of the most recognizable bands of our generation, selling over 100 million records worldwide, and performing for over two decades to legions of fans,” said Corey Margolis, Angel Of The Winds Arena general manager. “We are thrilled to host the Backstreet Boys to perform for their Everett, Seattle and surrounding area fans, and anticipate a multi-generational capacity crowd!”

    Earlier today, to get fans excited, BSB released their new single, a Ryan Tedder, Shawn Mendes penned track, “Chances.” Listen and watch the official video for the song here:

    After 14 months in Las Vegas, BSB’s residency “Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life” will end on April 27, 2019.

    “Vegas has been amazing and these next set of dates are going to be a party,” says Howie D. “Then it’s time for us to visit our fans all over the world.”


    Tickets:  Tickets start at $45 and are on sale Wednesday, November 14 at 10:00 AM at the Angel Of The Winds Arena Box Office, online at, or charge by phone 866.332.8499. A limited number of Backstreet Boys VIP Packages are available. Click HERE for additional VIP Package information.

    Tickets are subject to agency convenience fees, except when purchased at the Box Office.

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    November 9, 2018

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    Everett Election Results Appear Certain

    While the election results won’t be certified until November 29th it appears all but certain the end result will remain as follows for residents of Everett, Washington. Liz Vogeli has won a one-year term on the Everett City Council in Position #4 Voters will choose city council members in 5 separate districts beginning in 2021. […]

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    November 9, 2018

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    Alaska Airlines Highlighting History At Paine Field In Everett

    As they await government approval to begin flying out of the new Propeller Airports terminal at Paine Field in Everett, Alaska Airlines is reminding people that the company and Paine Field have a long history. Here’s an excerpt from an article published by Alaska Airlines on their blog yesterday. When we announced we’d be flying out of […]

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