Snohomish PUD Recognized as a Smart Energy Provider

Snohomish County PUD recently earned the Smart Energy Provider (SEP) designation from the American Public Power Association  for demonstrating commitment and proficiency in energy efficiency, distributed generation, and environmental initiatives that support a goal of providing low-cost quality, safe and reliable electric service. “We take a lot of pride in the work our Energy Services…

Community Transit among Washington employers honored for hiring veterans

The state Employment Security Department Thursday recognized Community Transit along with 11 other Washington businesses and agencies for their efforts to employ military veterans in 2019. Department Commissioner Suzi LeVine announced the Hire-A-Vet award recipients in support of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Hire-A-Veteran Month proclamation and the upcoming Veterans Day holiday. “Veterans are among the best-trained…

Positions open on Evergreen State Fair Advisory Board

Applications and nominations are needed for immediate openings to the Evergreen State Fair Advisory Board from Council District 2 (Everett/Mukilteo/ Tulalip), Council District 3 (Lynnwood/Edmonds) and Council District 4 (Mill Creek/Bothell/Mountlake Terrace/Brier). Applications can be found at www.evergreenfair.org/131/Fair-Advisory-Board. The Evergreen State Fair Advisory Board aids in managing and preserving the largest publicly owned fair in…

Bella’s Voice, Swedish Edmonds honored by Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues

Bella’s Voice in Lynnwood and Swedish Edmonds Hospital are two of nine employers honored Friday by Washington’s Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues & Employment (GCDE) and Disability: In Washington. The awards were presented during the 27th Annual Governor’s Employer Awards ceremony, held at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond. The committee advises the governor, Legislature,…

Council OKs task group to draft ordinance helping displaced low-income tenants

After weeks of discussion, the Lynnwood City Council has approved the formation of a task group that will decide how the city can help low-income tenants displaced by redevelopment. At its Oct. 28 business meeting, the council voted 4-2 (Councilmember Ruth Ross was absent) to form the ad hoc task group. The group’s goal will…

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department releases biennium report

The City of Lynnwood has released the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department’s 2017-2018 biennium report. This report highlights the Department’s mission, core values and numerous achievements in working to create a healthy community. “I am incredibly honored to serve the City of Lynnwood and proud of the many accomplishments our team has achieved these…

City Council Oct. 28 set to decide on displaced tenant task group ordinance

At its Oct. 28 business meeting, the Lynnwood City Council is scheduled to make a final decision on a motion to form a task group to draft an ordinance that would help displaced low-income residents. At its Oct. 14 business meeting, Councilmember George Hurst made the motion proposing the formation of an ad hoc task…

Council split on whether taxpayers should cover cost of displaced tenants

The Lynnwood City Council at its Oct. 21 meeting revisited the discussion regarding a low-income tenant displacement ordinance proposed by Councilmember George Hurst. At the council’s Oct. 16 business meeting, Hurst made a motion proposing the formation of an ad hoc task group to draft an ordinance that would help displaced low-income residents cover the…

City staff look to community for input on South Lynnwood Neighborhood improvements

With plans to redevelop the south Lynnwood neighborhood underway, Lynnwood city staff are looking to area residents for feedback on how to represent one of the city’s most diverse neighborhoods. At its Oct. 21 work session, the Lynnwood City Council received a briefing on the South Lynnwood Neighborhood Plan– an effort by the city’s Parks,…

Fair housing community forum in Lynnwood Oct. 28

Snohomish County Human Services invites members of the public to attend a fair housing community forum in Lynnwood. The forum will include information on fair housing laws and the preliminary results of a fair housing study currently being completed for Snohomish County. The forums will provide an opportunity for individuals, social services providers, housing providers,…

Lynnwood accepting applications for city’s ethics board

The City of Lynnwood is seeking individuals interested in serving on its Ethics Board. Public officials and city employees have an obligation to conduct their public and private actions and financial dealings in a manner that presents no apparent or actual conflict of interest between the public trust and their private interest per the City’s…

From safety to permitting, city council hears concerns of local business owners

Looking to build lasting relationships between the city and local businesses, the Lynnwood City Council invited business owners to attend a round table discussion last week to get feedback on how the city can help support the business community. Eight local business owners attended the discussion, where they received a list of questions to choose…

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Verdant Health Superintendent Robin Fenn stepping down

After three years at the helm of the Verdant Health Commission, Superintendent Robin Fenn is leaving in November. That’s according to an announcement issued Monday morning by Verdant. During her time leading the Verdant Health Commission and Public Hospital District No. 2, Snohomish County,  Verdant has invested nearly $17.8 million in community health and wellness program…

Human Rights Commission accepting nominations for 2019 awards

The Snohomish County Human Rights Commission is seeking nominations for its 2019 Human Rights Day awards. The awards recognize individuals or organizations for their contributions to making Snohomish County a place “that honors the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of our human family.” Nominations are accepted in the following…

Election notes: No signs for candidate Jim Smith

While he admits it may put his campaign at a disadvantage, Jim Smith has pledged to not put up any signs in support of his candidacy for Lynnwood City Council position 4. Smith estimates that each sign is equivalent to 480 plastic straws. “We hear plenty of politicians that talk up the environment, and then…

City Council considers adoption of displaced tenant ordinance, OKs utility rate hikes

After hearing emotional testimony from Whispering Pines tenants at its Oct. 14 meeting, the Lynnwood City Council is considering adoption of an ordinance that would help ease the transition for displaced low-income residents. The council voted to table a motion from Councilmember George Hurst that would form an ad hoc task group to draft an…

Residents invited to apply for county’s new Climate Action Advisory Committee

Snohomish County has a new Climate Action Advisory Committee, and county residents are invited to apply. Membership on the committee will include representatives from environmental advocacy groups, local businesses, youth, educational institutions and underserved community members who may be disproportionally effected by climate change impacts. The committee will provide recommendations about policies and practices to…