EVERETT — The Snohomish County Council passed a 2016 budget Monday that largely follows the contours that Council Chairman Dave Somers outlined last week.
Date: 11/24/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — As a new leader prepares take the helm of Snohomish County government, he'll be facing some of the same old problems.County Councilman Dave Somers won the county executive's job in Tuesday's election with a pledge to seek solutions.
Date: 11/08/2015 | Local News
Snohomish County Councilman Dave Somers began making plans Wednesday to become the county's next leader after executive John Lovick conceded defeat in their hard-fought battle.Lovick phoned Somers...
Date: 11/04/2015 | Local News
Challenger winning county exec race; Tisdel ahead
Date: 11/03/2015 | Local News
As of Friday afternoon, only 12.7 percent of Snohomish County voters had mailed or returned their ballots for Tuesday's general election.Many of us are used to waiting until Election Day to vote, but why wait? With that extra hour that the end of daylight saving time added...
Date: 11/01/2015 | Editorials
EVERETT — Members of Snohomish County’s largest public employee union filled two baskets with dog treats Thursday and delivered them to Snohomish County Council chambers.
Date: 10/30/2015 | Local News
With Snohomish County leadership a frequent presence on the front page of The Herald, notably regarding the county's now-stalled courthouse project and the disagreements between the county executive and the county council on the county's financial health, its budget and the hiring and...
Date: 10/25/2015 | Editorials
Voters sent Dave Somers packing in 2001 after one term on the Snohomish County Council in part because pro-development forces made the Democrat’s environmentalism a negative.
Date: 10/22/2015 | The Petri Dish
EVERETT — An Everett attorney who lost his downtown office building to Snohomish County’s now-mothballed quest to construct a new courthouse wants $2 million for his trouble, and taxpayer refunds for all money that’s been...
Date: 10/14/2015 | Local News
The two candidates for Snohomish County executive will appear at an election forum Thursday at Edmonds Community College.
Date: 10/13/2015 | South County Politics
As John Lovick and Dave Somers duel for Snohomish County executive, each would do well to reach out to Republican voters as if the outcome depended on them.Because it probably does.
Date: 10/01/2015 | The Petri Dish
EVERETT — Snohomish County Executive John Lovick on Wednesday recommended a 2016 budget with few sacrifices and a $4 million property-tax refund.The executive's proposed operating budget of $228 million and 2,817...
Date: 10/01/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — Snohomish County Executive John Lovick is preparing to announce a recommended 2016 budget at noon on Wednesday.The venue is the first floor hearing room of the county’s Robert Drewel Building at 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett.
Date: 09/29/2015 | Local News
South Snohomish County will have a full ballot for the Nov. 3 general election.
Date: 09/29/2015 | South County Politics
EVERETT — The Snohomish County councilman who tried to pass an emergency hiring freeze for county government last month has decided it's unnecessary.Brian Sullivan and the other four members of...
Date: 09/24/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — Snohomish County Executive John Lovick on Tuesday announced a promotion and a new hire to temporarily fill roles at the highest levels of his administration.
Date: 09/23/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — When it comes to Snohomish County’s stalled courthouse project, political leaders can agree on one thing: their exasperation.Beyond that, there’s little common ground.
Date: 09/22/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — Snohomish County Executive John Lovick has announced a change at the top of his administration.Lovick on Tuesday said he had accepted the resignation of Deputy Executive Mark Ericks, effective Thursday. In Ericks' place as second-in-command, the executive...
Date: 09/09/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — The Snohomish County Council is considering an emergency hiring freeze as more signs emerge of troubled county finances.
Date: 08/26/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — Snohomish County Executive John Lovick gives a sunnier outlook for county finances than the gloom that other officials forecast last month.
Date: 08/20/2015 | Local News
Voters won't decide the race for Snohomish County executive until November but there are Democrats quietly trafficking in what-if scenarios should Dave Somers defeat John Lovick.What, too soon?Don't blame the messenger.Somers'
Date: 08/13/2015 | The Petri Dish
EVERETT — Wrangling over a new contract for Snohomish County government employees has created another ugly dust-up between two Democrats competing for the executive's job.Executive John Lovick's administration has been negotiating a three-year contract with the...
Date: 08/12/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — Snohomish County Council Chairman Dave Somers widened his lead in the race for county executive in the latest vote counts from Tuesday’s primary election.
Date: 08/07/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — The leaders in the primary for Snohomish County executive switched places in updated ballot counts released Wednesday.
Date: 08/06/2015 | Local News
Democrats headed to face-off for county exec
Date: 08/04/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — Some powerful political players who worked to retain John Lovick as Snohomish County executive last year are now trying to unseat him.
Date: 08/02/2015 | Local News
If you haven't done so already, dig out that mail-in ballot for Tuesday's top two primary election, make your choices and mail it or drop it off at one of several drop boxes throughout the county. For a list of ballot drop boxes, go to tinyurl.com/SnoCoVoteBallotBox.Below...
Date: 08/02/2015 | Editorials
The local voters pamphlet for the Aug. 4 primary covers candidates in parts of Snohomish County from Lynnwood to Stanwood.
Date: 07/30/2015 | South County Politics
Candidates competing for the Snohomish County executive's job have been invited to a forum scheduled Tuesday by the local chapter of the NAACP.The event is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. as part of the...
Date: 07/27/2015 | Local News
Tonight is the forum in Lynnwood for candidates for Snohomish County executive, county council and the Lynnwood City Council.
Date: 07/22/2015 | South County Politics
EVERETT — John Lovick will tell you he's worked hard to increase trust in Snohomish County government during the two years since taking office.Yet as Lovick seeks his first full term as county executive, the former sheriff has weathered growing criticism over his...
Date: 07/21/2015 | Local News
Candidates for Snohomish County executive, county council and the Lynnwood City Council will appear at a forum Wednesday in Lynnwood.
Date: 07/20/2015 | South County Politics
With five candidates seeking the office of Snohomish County executive, there is no shortage of choice for voters in terms of the candidates' ideas, political stances, background and experience.Current County Executive John Lovick, a Democrat from Mill Creek, has held the...
Date: 07/19/2015 | Editorials
EVERETT — Police detectives have found no evidence to support claims that Deputy Snohomish County Executive Mark Ericks illegally pressured planning staff to approve permits for developers.
Date: 07/07/2015 | Local News
Trivia time! Can you name the last Republican presidential candidate to carry Snohomish County?Mitt Romney? No… John McCain? No… George W. Bush? Hahahaha. A thousand times, no. Actually just no two times, once for 2000 and once for 2004.In fact, the...
Date: 06/26/2015 | Web Monkey
BOTHELL — John Lovick had to share the stage last week when he told a roomful of Democrats here how excited he is to run for re-election as Snohomish County executive.Sitting a few feet away from the sharp-dressed former sheriff was Dave Somers, the county councilman...
Date: 06/14/2015 | Local News
The 2015 Snohomish County Democratic Dinner and Henry M Jackson Awards at Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood Saturday will feature Snohomish County Executive John Lovick, U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, TV comedian John Keister and travel writer Rick Steves.
Date: 06/09/2015 | South County Politics
The two Democratic candidates for Snohomish County executive will face questions in a forum at a meeting of the 1st Legislative District Democrats Monday in Bothell.
Date: 06/05/2015 | South County Politics
If you’re a candidate for office in Snohomish County, change your last name to Bhab.
Date: 06/03/2015 | South County Politics
State election watchdogs continue to sift through gigabytes of evidence pointing to potential campaign violations during former County Executive Aaron Reardon's 2011 re-election bid. The Reardon case now is the oldest open investigation on the Public Disclosure Commission docket. It could remain...
Date: 05/31/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — Snohomish County Executive John Lovick's administration has reinstated a controversial pay raise for an attorney who oversees parts of the public defense system.Sort of.
Date: 05/22/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — Snohomish County Executive John Lovick now faces a Republican challenger in his election bid, in addition to fellow Democrat Dave Somers, chairman of the...
Date: 05/14/2015 | Local News
Snohomish County's top elected officials have traded accusations of poor leadership for much of the past year. Now they're competing to lead the county.
Date: 05/14/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — A 21 percent raise has put an attorney who oversees Snohomish County's Office of Public Defense at the center of a political furor over pay hikes for top managers.County Executive John Lovick's administration in November increased Sara Bhagat's annual salary...
Date: 04/24/2015 | Local News
Lovick objects to Council chairman's joke at Tulalip event
Date: 04/14/2015 | Local News
Throughout what is now known as the "courthouse mess," the city of Everett has complained that the things Snohomish County officials were or weren't doing regarding parking spaces and redevelopment plans as part of a courthouse deal, came as "a surprise" to the...
Date: 03/15/2015 | Editorials
MUKILTEO — Mayor Jennifer Gregerson is asking residents here to voice their opposition to commercial air service at Paine Field by contacting Snohomish County officials.
Date: 03/06/2015 | Local News
MOUNT VERNON — A Skagit County judge likely will decide whether a Gold Bar blogger can attempt to recall Snohomish County's elected prosecutor.A hearing is scheduled for Thursday in Skagit County Superior Court to determine whether Anne Block's
Date: 02/26/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — Snohomish County Executive John Lovick reminded people Wednesday of the resilience they demonstrated in a year that included the Oso mudslide and the
Date: 02/25/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — Snohomish County authorities have asked an outside police agency to investigate claims that a top administrator pressured staff to approve development permits.Prosecuting Attorney Mark Roe on Wednesday said he moved swiftly after reading allegations leveled...
Date: 02/12/2015 | Local News
I write this commentary to provide context to the current courthouse debacle. In the November 2012 budget, the County Council approved a plan to sell bonds to...
Date: 02/04/2015 | Commentary
EVERETT — Some Snohomish County leaders pressed Monday for an urgent solution to the parking impasse threatening to hold up, or even scuttle, new courthouse construction.
Date: 01/13/2015 | Local News
The Everett City Council last week essentially put a stop-work order on Snohomish County's plans to build a new courthouse because of a lack of adequate parking, a move that reportedly surprised county officials.The city's new rules for downtown parking would require about...
Date: 12/30/2014 | Editorials
Like a growing number of conservatives trying to function in an environment dominated by intolerant liberals, my friend, John Koster, finds himself in the familiar position these days of having his livelihood taken away from him for nothing more than expressing his opinions.
Date: 12/24/2014 | Commentary
EVERETT — A bipartisan experiment that seemed to promise great things a year ago ended in a public meeting Monday, when John Koster lost his job as Snohomish County's first ombudsman.The decision on...
Date: 12/22/2014 | Local News
EVERETT — Snohomish County Council members united on Wednesday to pass a compromise version of the 2015 budget, averting the prospect of a government shutdown.
Date: 12/17/2014 | Local News
EVERETT — Snohomish County lawmakers are preparing to mull a series of compromises Wednesday to avoid a crisis.Failing to act could earn the county a dubious distinction as the first in Washington to suffer a
Date: 12/17/2014 | Local News
EVERETT — Snohomish County lawmakers sounded a cooperative tone on the budget Monday, even as the gravity of failing to get over their disagreements became clearer.
Date: 12/15/2014 | Local News
With all the areas of disagreement among the Snohomish County Council and between it and County Executive John Lovick regarding the budget, it might seem likely, following Lovick's veto Wednesday of the budget approved by the council, that the county is headed for at least a partial...
Date: 12/14/2014 | Editorials
EVERETT — Snohomish County Executive John Lovick vetoed the County Council's version of the 2015 budget Wednesday, citing a long list of disagreements.Although he'll face opposition, the veto has...
Date: 12/11/2014 | Local News
EVERETT — A divided Snohomish County Council voted Monday to authorize an outside investigation into comments made against some of its members by Deputy Executive Mark Ericks.The contract will pay...
Date: 12/09/2014 | Local News
There's no special knack in having an opinion; the trick is in knowing when, where and how to voice — or not voice — those thoughts. Snohomish County Ombudsman John Koster is hearing criticism from some county employees and County Executive John Lovick, who hired...
Date: 12/09/2014 | Editorials
EVERETT — When he was appointed Snohomish County's first ombudsman, John Koster was told to check his politics at the door.The job places a premium on impartiality.For Koster, that meant setting aside conservative views he's made known during three...
Date: 12/08/2014 | Local News
EVERETT — Snohomish County Executive John Lovick said there's no evidence that his top deputy threatened or harassed county councilmen.Lovick made the announcement Thursday after performing his own fact-finding inquiry into comments made by Deputy Executive Mark Ericks...
Date: 12/04/2014 | Local News
Somewhere, disgraced former Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon must be basking in the "schadenfreude" — the German term for delighting in the misfortune of others — with the news coming out of the county administration building.As
Date: 11/30/2014 | Editorials
"At the end of the day, it's a balanced budget," Snohomish County Council Chairman Dave Somers said after the council passed the county's budget for 2015.That's about all you can say for it: It's balanced. It's certainly not fair, not to young mothers and...
Date: 11/28/2014 | Editorials
EVERETT — Snohomish County Council chairman Dave Somers has filed a formal complaint alleging "reprehensible and intolerable" remarks against him and other council members.In a Nov. 18 letter to Executive John Lovick, Somers accused Deputy Executive Mark...
Date: 11/26/2014 | Local News
EVERETT — A series of compromises and contentious 3-2 votes ended Monday with the Snohomish County Council passing a budget, if barely.Council members, near the end of a four-hour hearing, went back to...
Date: 11/25/2014 | Local News