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January 16, 2020

An unwise "like" on Facebook?

Is a fair process too much to hope for when filling the vacant council position?

It is disconcerting that Council President Adrienne Fraley-Monillas "liked" an op-ed posted on a local Facebook page Dec. 30 promoting Alicia Crank to fill the open council seat prior to the interviews that will be used to select a person to that seat.

Applications for the open seat were not even due until the evening of Dec. 31. Note the date. She "liked" the candidate before all applications had to be submitted. If one is pushing for support for a particular applicant before any interviews, then how is that any different than the "business as usual" administration you sought to defeat?

How then can it be a fair and impartial process?

In a small community such as Edmonds, it is understandable that there are friendships, biases and political causes, but is it too much to hope that the process with the council and new mayor will give all the applicants a "fair shake"?

Will the sitting council and mayor have the integrity to interview and assess fairly all of the candidates equally? Edmonds residents are paying attention.

Lynn Chelius


Adrienne Fraley-Monillas responds: This is in response to a comment made about my thumbs up a candidates comment on Facebook. I probably place an emoji on Facebook about 25 times a day or so. Lots of social communications now are done on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

I, so far, have only mastered Facebook.

In going backwards, it looks like I have placed a thumbs-up emoji on three perhaps four other appointment candidates prior to the one on Alicia Crank's Facebook. I'm not sure why the writer thinks that It should disqualify me from making an appointment; I also question why my thumbs-up has not been brought up until Crank's post.

I suspect the writer has a personal interest in a specific candidate other than Crank. As I always have, I will look at each candidate independently and will support the person I believe holds the values I care about for our city at the forefront of their office.

I'm looking forward to a great process of interviewing 12 different people. Keep in mind 11 will walk away disappointed, but will have the ability to run in two years if they wish.

Happy tree trails to Steve Hatzenbeler

Steve Hatzenbeler retired from the Edmonds Tree Board after eight years, and he deserves a wonderful standing ovation for all his hard work. Yes, he was part of the Tree Board debacle when the "infamous tree code" came forth to the Planning Board and, well, we all know what happened (poor Tree Board volunteer citizens).

The Tree Board code was eventually changed (code change runs like molasses), and Tree Board Commissioners are no longer responsible for any code crafting or writing.

He was instrumental in developing the city tree identification project and over the years helped new commissioners understanding the dynamics and "antics of the Tree Board," as one citizen put it recently.

Tree Board life was still a bit challenging (but fun) as the new Tree Board commissioners worked through the three-year development of the Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP).

And we all did various extra credit goals to win Tree City USA Growth Awards four years in a row (hooray). Steve's edits on the UFMP were meticulous and thoughtful, and almost every page had a markup edit or thoughtful comments.

His knowledge will be greatly missed and smiles and wit.

Happy Tree Trails, Steve.

Diane Buckshnis



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