Summer 2017
Newsletter for Summer 2017
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As many of you know our State Legislature meets yearly, one year in the "long" session to take on major legislation including the two-year budget, and the opposite year in a "shorter" session to make budget adjustments as well taking on a lesser load of major new legislation.

This year the Legislature has been in their long session and, as you may have been following, their "long" session is VERY long. Most of their work is done; with the passage of the new two-year operating (general fund) budget, the transportation budget, and several major pieces of legislation including funding for the McCleary Decision (full funding for education). 

Edmonds had great success in the transportation budget. We were successful in obtaining $1 Million to pursue improvements on Highway 99 and $700,000 for further analysis of our Waterfront Access Project. In addition, we were successful in not having significant erosion from our traditional State/City shared funds.

From Edmonds' standpoint, the last major milestone is the needed approval of the Capital Budget which provides funds for major local capital needs. In this year's Capital Budget we have 3 important projects; $2.25M to help fund our proposed new Senior/Community Center, nearly $400,000 for a new Anderson Center roof, and $500,000 for Civic Field redevelopment. 

We are hopeful the legislature will come to conclusion soon as they are nearing the end of their third extended session. Anything you can do to encourage them to conclude would be good for all of us. Stay tuned... and enjoy the summer!

                                                       Mayor Dave Earling

2017 delSix students and two chaperones to travel to Hekinan, Japan this month

The City of Edmonds Sister City Commission will send a delegation of 6 students, ages 14 – 18, to their Sister City of Hekinan, Japan, from July 19 - August 1. Then, on August 4, a delegation of 15 students and two chaperones will travel from Hekinan to Edmonds and stay through August 16.

These student exchanges are part of the mission of the Edmonds Sister City Commission which is “to promote international communication and understanding through exchanges of people, ideas, and culture” and they have been taking place for over 23+ years.

While in Hekinan, the students will stay with host families and have a full itinerary of activities including: visiting the beautiful city of Kyoto and the Toyota Exhibition Hall & Factory; learning calligraphy and pottery-making; as well as participating in a tea ceremony.

You can follow the student's adventures in Japan on the Sister City Facebook page.

For more information on the Commission and this program please visit the Commission's webpage.

seal pupBy Jennifer Leach, Environmental Education and Sustainability Coordinator

It’s pupping season for harbor seals in Puget Sound. Harbor seals in our area are born in late June through September. Typically born at low tide, seal pups are able to swim at birth and will follow their mother back to sea on the returning tide. Pups stay with their mothers for up to six weeks before they are weaned to forage on fish, octopus, squid, and crustaceans like shrimp.

Seal pups spend long periods of time out of the water to rest and warm up. If a pup is still nursing, its mother will remain at sea to forage while the pup waits for her to nurse. Because they spend so much time alone on shore, pups are easily mistaken as abandoned or in distress. Well-meaning beach-goers may go so far as to try to help the pup by offering it food or trying to put it back into the water. If a pup’s mother is in the area and sees human activity around her pup, she may permanently abandon it, so it’s important to keep your distance.

So what should you do if you find a seal pup on the beach? First, give the pup plenty of space. The National Marine Fisheries Service recommends keeping at least a 100-foot distance from the seal – it’s also the law under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which makes it a crime to approach, harass, or otherwise disturb a marine mammal. Then call Sno-King Marine Mammal Response at 206-695-2277. Their volunteers will help maintain the appropriate distance between onlookers and the seal by cordoning off the area. You can also flag down a Beach Ranger-Naturalist on duty; our Rangers will be on patrol every day through Labor Day weekend.

Remember that all of Edmonds beaches are designated as Marine Sanctuaries. That means that among other measures designed to protect wildlife within the sanctuary, dogs are not allowed anywhere along the shoreline except within the Edmonds Off Leash Dog Area at the south end of Marina Beach Park.

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