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David Levitan responds to claims from City employee

Editor’s note: In an article Feb. 29 on the front page of the Beacon, “Employee files claim of $375K against City,” City employee Michelle Martin accused former Planning Manager …

Remembrances, and tears, celebrating Abdikadir Gedi Shariif

I attended a celebration of Abdikadir Gedi Shariif’s life in Tukwila Feb. 29, hosted by the Seattle Rideshare Drivers Association. I had the incredible honor of joining the Shariif family, …

Your Public Records Act is being eroded

The people have a right to know. That was the idea in 1972 when a citizens’ Coalition for Open Government in Washington state successfully worked for the passage of Initiative 276, a …

Edmonds Chamber: Accomplishments, and looking ahead

A couple of weeks ago, the Edmonds Chamber held its annual membership meeting, with over 70 in attendance. At this meeting, our team was proud to share the chamber accomplishments of the previous …

Making an environmental difference: Our 1% counts a great deal

As an environmentalist and an activist preparing for the climate crisis, I am often asked: “What can I do right now, immediately that will really make a difference?” I do have my …

Think small on accessory dwelling units in Edmonds

Editor’s note: The City of Edmonds presented a report on an accessory dwelling unit code update to City Council on Tuesday, Feb. 27. State housing mandates are meant to support more …

Voters supporting schools, but bond threshold needs to be lowered

Local levies and bonds are one important way that communities support their schools, and preliminary results from Tuesday’s special election show how committed voters are to their local public …

A personal reflection on living in a segregated South

Editor’s note: Community leader Wally Webster spoke at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. ceremony Jan. 15 at the Edmonds Waterfront Center. Here is part one of that speech, with part two …

Continuing to turn the tide on the housing crisis

For the last few sessions, I have spoken extensively on how the housing crisis is affecting all parts of Washington. Residents in every corner of our state face the housing shortage, sky-rocketing …

The gray swan: A call to action

In the 17th century, it was believed that a black swan did not and could not exist. Why? Because no one had seen one. Then explorers discovered black swans in Australia. Today, the term …

Real estate: New year, new laws | Guest View

Year over year, in this ever-changing real estate market, I’ve come to expect ever-changing laws and forms. This year is no different. In real estate you’ll often hear, …

A new year: Start with forgiveness | Guest View

Whew, it’s a new year. The ink is probably still wet on your New Year’s resolutions. I have never been a big fan of resolutions. I do like to focus on a public commitment to change (I believe …

Why I voted to continue exploration of Landmark project | Guest View

I want to thank the residents who reached out to me to understand why I support the continuation of exploring the Landmark project ("Will Chen on Landmark site: 'No risk, no reward'," Dec. 7). As …

Neighbors in need: Unite against hunger amid rising costs

Food is a lifeline. It nourishes, comforts, and brings communities together. But what do you do when access to food becomes uncertain? Many families are grappling with this question as they …

Why Landmark Property purchase should not be pursued | Guest View

On June 27, the City Council approved the pursuit of the potential purchase of the 10-acre Burlington Coat Factory parcel on Highway 99 – now known as the "Landmark Property." I was the swing …

Landmark 99 property should be voted down | Guest View

Please end consideration of the "Landmark 99" property, for the following reasons. Landmark 99 site constrictions (1) Limited access to the property will create a burden to surrounding property …

Edmonds City Council has no appetite for climate action | Guest View

With a 5-2 vote on Nov. 14 (councilmembers Susan Paine and Jenna Nand dissenting), the Edmonds City Council has, once again, decided that a climate crisis will not factor into its budget. With …

Thank you, from Habitat for Humanity | Guest View

As we step into this Thanksgiving week, I want to express our heartfelt gratitude for the countless ways you have participated in our journey to foster housing stability and build hope within our …

Priorities: An open letter to Edmonds residents | Guest View

Note: These comments are my own and do not represent the views of City Council as a body. City Council is now deep in the process of development of the 2024 City of Edmonds budget, and I've been …

Overcoming your 'comfort zone' for your own health | Guest View

Congratulations! You are retired. No more alarm at 0'dark thirty. No commute. Travel, golf, and matinee movies – you now own your schedule. You have earned it. Time to dial it back. Fluff the …

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