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 By Joan Bloom    Opinion

What's the rush with the 2022 CIP/CFP? | Guest View

The rate increases you see in your utility bills are due to projections on two critical budgetary tools: the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and the Capital Facilities Plan (CFP). In addition to rushing approval of the budget... — Updated 10/28/2021


A drive-thru urban village at Westgate? As if! | Guest View

In an Aug. 25 article in the Herald Business Journal [“Westgate wants to be more walkable, green, diverse”] Mayor Dave Earling is quoted: "What's the missing piece [of... — Updated 9/11/2014


Let's make driving safety a priority | Guest View

You know those beer drinking helmets that allow hands-free drinking? Now that I know we can drink safely, that is, without taking our hands off the wheel, I think we can do away... — Updated 7/17/2014


Public safety, first

Do we think up projects primarily to give our Public Works Director and City Engineer something to sink their spreadsheets into, because I don’t know another reason why the City should consider yet another mega-project, when a... — Updated 10/31/2013 Full story

 By Joan Bloom    Opinion

Let’s not play on their turf

Progress, sustainability experts say, is not growth or change, progress is improvement, and improvement comes in flavors: economic, social, and environmental. The Harbor Square Master Plan as currently being pushed, equates... — Updated 3/7/2013

 By Joan Bloom    Opinion

Why I oppose the Harbor Square Master Plan

I love Edmonds. I love the way the sun dips below the clouds as it sets after a long overcast day. I love the rainbows that appear when the sun pops from behind a cloud while it's raining. I love that my children were raised... — Updated 12/13/2012 Full story


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