City council approves plan for five new Lynnwood police officers

The Lynnwood City Council approved a plan during its Jan. 23 business meeitng to hire five police officers and finished edits on the city’s 2023 legislative priorities. The council also continued to hear from the public  regarding an outpatient methadone clinic planned for 2322 196th St. S.W.  Public testimony regarding the clinic – which will…

PDC says Councilmember Binda misused campaign funds, orders him to pay fine

Lynnwood City Councilmember Josh Binda was found in violation of multiple RCW codes during a Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) meeting Thursday afternoon and will have to pay a $500 fine for those violations. During the meeting, the commission determined that Binda violated RCW codes 42.17A.235, .240 and .445 by using roughly $3,000 of his campaign…

Lynnwood council asks city ethics board to investigate Binda’s alleged misconduct

The Lynnwood City Council has asked the city’s board of ethics to investigate allegations that Councilmember Josh Binda violated city code when he used the council chambers to film a promotional video from which he benefited financially.  Following a lengthy discussion about the matter during its Jan. 23 business meeting, the council voted 6-0 –…

David Parshall announces he’s running for Lynnwood City Council Position 7

Lynnwood resident David Parshall announced Wednesday he is a candidate for Lynnwood City Council Position 7. The Position 7 seat is now held by Shannon Sessions, who announced last month that she won’t be seeking reelection. The 49-year-old Parshall is a former teacher who taught at both Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace high schools. In a…

Edmonds Arts Commission issues call for youth, adult poetry submissions

The City of Edmonds Arts Commission (EAC) seeks submissions of short poems to be displayed in temporary poetry poster installations at various city locations. According to the city’s announcement: The goal is to surprise and delight the public with thoughtful short pieces of poetry that create a literary link connecting the reader to a sense…

State housing bills a battleground for local control vs. density

I’ve written it before, and it is still true: Nothing sparks more reaction in South Snohomish County than the phrase “single-family zoning.” What drives that reaction is equal parts growth, change, fear, the economy and history. The Washington State Legislature is again debating a bill that could change single-family zoning and housing statewide. That fuels…

Lynnwood City Council Jan. 23 scheduled to consider policing grant

The Lynnwood City Council at its Jan. 23 business meeting is set to discuss legislative priorities, choose whether to accept a grant for the police department and make appointments to various boards and commissions. During their Jan. 17 work session, councilmembers were unable to make significant progress on legislative priorities for the 2023 session of…

Lynnwood city councilmember brings ‘Love Conquers All’ tour to Edmonds-Woodway

Lynnwood City Councilmember Josh Binda visited Edmonds-Woodway High School on Jan. 17 to talk with hundreds of students about love and empathy. The event — taking place the day after Martin Luther King Jr. Day — was organized by the school’s Black Student Union. Binda asked the bleachers full of students to have a conversation…

As Lynnwood councilmembers consider future actions for methadone clinic, mayor denies allegations she didn’t disclose communications

During its Jan. 17 business meeting, the Lynnwood City Council debated legislative priorities for 2023, heard from the police department about plans for a recent grant and listened to Mayor Christine Frizzell answer allegations about a lack of transparency. The council also met with candidates for city boards and commissions. Frizzell denied accusations that she…

City council Jan. 17 to discuss draft letter regarding Lynnwood methadone clinic

Following up on community concerns about a proposed methadone treatment center, the Lynnwood City Council at its Jan. 17 meeting is scheduled to discuss a draft letter it plans to send to the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) regarding the facility. The council also is set to interview applicants for vacancies on three boards…

Demonstrators rally Saturday against proposed Lynnwood methadone clinic

Shouting “kids before profit” and “we demand transparency,” about 100 people came together Saturday afternoon to protest a proposed methadone clinic adjacent to the Lynnwood Alderwood Boys and Girls Club. The protest included speeches from Lynnwood City Councilmembers Shirley Sutton, Jim Smith, Julieta Altamirano-Crosby and Patrick Decker. Councilmember George Hurst was unable to attend but…

Lynnwood Arts Commission invites artists to exhibit in upcoming show

Local artists looking to display their works or even have them purchased by the city are invited to participate in an open exhibition show. The deadline to apply is this Sunday, Jan 15. The show welcomes applicants of all ages and skill levels.  The exhibit will be judged by the arts commission and one “People’s…

Lynnwood mayor issues challenge to Edmonds School District students

The Edmonds School District and the City of Lynnwood are challenging local students to propose solutions to some of the community’s most pressing issues. Fourth to twelfth grade students in Edmonds School District are being asked to create projects that address rainwater pollution, freezing roads, habitat restoration and more. The students willing to take on…

Lynnwood City Councilmember Josh Binda launches ‘Love Conquers All Tour’

Lynnwood City Councilmember Josh Binda is visiting 13 Puget Sound-area schools as part of his Love Conquers All Tour, including Edmonds-Woodway High School Jan. 17 and Lynnwood High School Feb. 3. During his presentations, Binda said he will talk with students about compassion for one another and the power of love.  “I will be highlighting…

City council hears more concerns about Lynnwood opioid clinic, elects new leadership

A proposed opioid treatment center near the Alderwood Boys and Girls Club took center stage once again when the Lynnwood City Council met Monday night.  After holding an executive session closed to the public, councilmembers announced they are considering possible litigation related to the treatment center. Meanwhile, city officials advised concerned residents to contact the Washington…

Protest against opioid treatment facility dominates city council agenda

Dozens of concerned parents armed with signs and many questions formed a line in front of Lynnwood City Hall to protest a planned opioid treatment center that was under discussion at the Jan. 3 city council meeting. Key issues under scrutiny during the Jan. 3 meeting were the location’s proximity to the Alderwood Boys and…

Reminder: City of Lynnwood hosting Styrofoam, e-waste collection drive Jan. 7

The City of Lynnwood is holding a Styrofoam and e-waste collection drive on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. All Styrofoam must be clean and all stickers or tape must be removed from its surfaces before being recycled. Click here for a full list of electronic items that are accepted by the city’s recycling program. Broken monitors…