Articles written by Joan Bloom

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What consequence for council president who exceeds authority?

Joan Bloom is a former Edmonds councilmember and Ken Reidy is an Edmonds resident who keeps an eye on City government. Council President Neil Tibbott’s response to their column will follow. We learned on July 19 that Council... — Updated 7/31/2023

 By Joan Bloom    Opinion

House, Senate bills will not build affordable housing | Guest View

I'd like to think our legislators believe HB 1110 (SB 5190) and SB 5466 (HB 1517) will create affordable housing, but since all evidence shows otherwise, it's clear they're serving... — Updated 2/9/2023

 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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