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 By Gary Haakenson    Opinion

Just what used to go on at the Edmonds Senior Center? | Guest View

Over the past few years, as I’ve gone about the business of being a board member of the Edmonds Senior Center and the capital campaign co-chair of its replacement, the new Edmonds Waterfront Center, I’ve learned a lot. I... — Updated 7/24/2019

 By Gary Haakenson    News

Traveling the county

During the month of November I drove about Snohomish County and met with the mayors of all 20 cities and towns. What a great experience to reconnect with the mayors I was already acquainted with and to meet those whom I had not... — Updated 12/9/2010 Full story


What’s Gary Haakenson up to?

It’s been two months since I left the Mayor’s Office in Edmonds to become the Deputy Executive of Snohomish County. As I have run into folks around town I am invariably asked, “How do you like your new job?”... — Updated 9/2/2010 Full story

 By Gary Haakenson    General

What a ride it’s been...

It’s hard to believe that 15 years have gone by since that January night in 1996 when I was appointed to the City Council. Less than four years later I was elected mayor. And here we are in 2010. After serving as your mayor... — Updated 7/1/2010

 By Gary Haakenson    General

City employees work harder, smarter

There have been several articles in the newspaper recently concerning the wages paid to public employees. Some have quoted the Wall Street Journal. Some have mentioned the City of Edmonds employees and the upcoming negotiation proc... — Updated 4/8/2010

 By Gary Haakenson    General

Spring activities aren’t always fun

Spring has arrived in Edmonds…seems like it’s been here since January! Flowering trees are popping with blossoms, daffodils are glowing bright yellow, and lawns need mowing. With the arrival of daylight savings time, we have... — Updated 3/25/2010

 By Gary Haakenson    General

Edmonds-UW softball team a sure winner

Big cities have sports teams. That sort of thing builds public spirit and brings people together. So I’ve decided that Edmonds needs a sports team. Of course, needing one and acquiring one are two different things. I checked my n... — Updated 2/18/2010 Full story


Already impressed with FD1

In early January a house fire in the Seaview neighborhood took a woman’s life. It was tragic and heartbreaking, and my thoughts go out to her family. The following week, Fire District 1 (FD1), notified me that they were planning... — Updated 2/4/2010

 By Gary Haakenson    General

“New” council has big job ahead

Congratulations to Diane Buckshnis who was recently appointed to the Edmonds City Council, filling the vacancy left by the passing of Peggy Pritchard Olson. Receiving the appointment was the easy part! Now the real work begins.... — Updated 1/28/2010 Full story

 By Gary Haakenson    General

Who’s railroading whom?

By Gary Haakenson Edmonds Mayor On Monday night January 4, I attended the first of three scheduled public hearings on the findings by a consultant concerning the impacts of additional commercial flights at Paine Field. The... — Updated 1/14/2010

 By Gary Haakenson    General

Delaying the levy was the prudent choice

By Gary Haakenson Edmonds Mayor The City Council recently voted to defer the much-discussed property-tax levy until 2010. Since last November they have been studying ways to increase revenues for the City to continue to provide... — Updated 8/6/2009 Full story

 By Gary Haakenson    General

City discussions concerning the fire department

By Gary Haakenson Edmonds Mayor Several weeks ago I received an unsolicited offer from Snohomish County Fire District 1 to provide fire service to the city of Edmonds. They already provide service to the cities of Mountlake Terrace... — Updated 6/25/2009

 By Gary Haakenson    General

Thanks to those who step up

By Gary Haakenson As I drove down to the waterfront recently, I saw that the State-owned grassy area that borders SR104 and Fifth Avenue South has been mowed once again. Not by the State (surprise, surprise) or by the City, but aga... — Updated 6/18/2009

 By Gary Haakenson    General

Verizon service update

By Gary Haakenson Im still asked on a regular basis about my switch to Verizon FIOS. And I promised an update after a few months, and I guess a few months have passed. So here you go! As you may recall, I signed up for phone,... — Updated 6/11/2009

 By Gary Haakenson    General

You asked for it youve got it!

By Gary Haakenson A common request that I have heard over the years from Edmonds residents is for a hardware store to return to downtown Edmonds. Your wish has been granted! Ace Hardware opened its doors for business recently and... — Updated 5/28/2009 Full story

 By Gary Haakenson    General

The final (installation) chapter

By Gary Haakenson Did you know that when you disconnect from Comcast television/internet services that you have to return the equipment to one of their authorized dealers? Or they will charge you for it? (I suppose if I read the... — Updated 3/19/2009 Full story

 By Gary Haakenson    General

Installation was a breeze

Heres the weekly report on my switch from Comcast to Verizon for all my communications needs. Verizon is all about email communications. They sent me confirmations about the new service, the install date, and a video about how it... — Updated 3/5/2009

 By Gary Haakenson    General

Signing up was the easy part

Ive decided to take the plungeinto the world of uncertainty and questions! And Im going to take you along with me. Ive decided to switch my television, phone, and internet providers. A little history to start with. Years ago I... — Updated 2/26/2009

 By Gary Haakenson    General

Everyone benefits by saving electricity

In meeting with my Climate Protection Committee this week, we had a lengthy discussion about how little information is provided to power-utility customers about their actual day-to-day usage. Your utility bills certainly reflect... — Updated 2/12/2009


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