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Companies, unions were big backers of Community Transit measure

The political committee behind Community Transit’s successful sales tax measure received the bulk of its funding from companies and unions likely to benefit most when the new tax dollars start rolling in.

Date: 11/17/2015 | Local News

Keep process out in the open

A recent decision by the state Supreme Court could now provide some cover for public officials looking to conceal the more controversial parts of the sausage making they do as members of city and county councils, school boards, fire district...

Date: 11/06/2015 | Editorials

Vote for a better Washington

Regardless of the outsized attention that the presidential election draws, your vote matters as much if not more in local and state elections, this year determining who represents you on city councils, school boards, fire districts and more and next year as you elect legislators and...

Date: 11/03/2015 | Editorials

Mountlake Terrace operating with interim city manager

The City of Mountlake Terrace is operating with an interim city manager, and may continue that way for several months.

Date: 10/30/2015 | South County Politics

Elect Spencer and McDaniel

During the last 10 years, Lake Stevens has been a city built by annexations, growing from about 7,400 residents before 2006 to its current population of 30,000 with the annexations of North Lake, Frontier Village, Soper Hill and areas southwest of the city.Even though the...

Date: 10/27/2015 | Editorials

Granite Falls should switch to city manager system

Granite Falls is being asked on the November ballot to choose between its current mayor-council form of government, and a more business-oriented council-manager form. Cities across America face this choice (a very few even choosing a third alternative, that of commission government),...

Date: 10/18/2015 | Commentary

Hjelle best choice for assessor

Two numbers determine the property taxes you pay in Snohomish County: One number is the tax rate that is paid for every $1,000 in value of a home or other property, a number that can differ depending on the city, school district and other districts in which one lives. The other number...

Date: 10/16/2015 | Editorials

Consider the ideas, direction of residents

If you recall the controversy last year that followed Shannon Affholter's mid-term resignation from the Everett City Council, you might remember that the conservative male majority chose to appoint one of their own rather than choose from the five highly qualified women supported by the...

Date: 10/04/2015 | Commentary

Who will Republicans vote for in county executive race?

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

Get ready for November vote

Three minutes and you're done.That's the message the Secretary of State's office has sent out to 218,000 potential voters in Washington who appear eligible to vote but haven't registered yet, including 21,077 in Snohomish County and another 2,338 in Island County.

Date: 10/01/2015 | Editorials

Bright outlook from Lovick on county finances

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

Inconveniences to voting can’t be allowed to be barriers

The students at Miami Central Senior High frustrated me, and I frustrated them. The topic was Ferguson and my opinion that African-Americans in that torn-up Missouri city could get the city government they want if only they voted in greater numbers. After all, they are a clear majority...

Date: 08/13/2015 | Opinion Columnists

State's top-two primary leaving many without a voice

If you are a Republican wanting to vote in the upcoming general election for Snohomish County offices, don't bother. There are no Republican candidates for whom to vote. That is the sad outcome of an initiative that the voters in our state approved in 2004. With this initiative, the...

Date: 08/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

A better path to its decisions

The Everett City Council on Wednesday night made two changes to the way it gets things done, which should limit surprises for the public and the council members while preserving and even enhancing protections for keeping its meetings open to the public and its operations transparent.

Date: 08/07/2015 | Editorials

Somers holds slim lead in county exec race

EVERETT — The leaders in the primary for Snohomish County executive switched places in updated ballot counts released Wednesday.

Date: 08/06/2015 | Local News

Somers pulling Lovick backers in Snohomish County executive race

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

NAACP to host forum for county executive candidates

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

Uneasy County Council asks Lovick for budget answers

EVERETT — A growing sense of unease about Snohomish County’s finances has some council members wondering whether it’s wise to proceed with construction of a new courthouse in downtown Everett, set to begin in just weeks.

Date: 07/26/2015 | Local News

MLT to use state money, grants, local money to revitalize Main Street

Mountlake Terrace plans to combine the money that will come from the state capital budget with previously allocated state money, money from other grants and money from local bonds to pay for the planned revitalization of Main Street in a few years.

Date: 07/23/2015 | South County Politics

Snohomish County executive: Five scrap for top job

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

Make taking land last resort

A new case of eminent domain in this state raises the question of whether stricter proof of need should be required before government agencies can jump in and employ the process.Eminent domain allows government entities to take private property — for "fair market...

Date: 07/20/2015 | Editorials

Mountlake Terrace officials invite citizens to Coffee with the City

Mountlake Terrace city officials will be hosts to citizens, business owners and others from the community for a cup of coffee and discussion about what's happening in the city Wednesday, July 8, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Recreation Pavilion, 5303 228th St. S.W., Mountlake Terrace.

Date: 07/02/2015 | South County Politics

Ballot drop boxes open for August primary

Ballot drop boxes in Edmonds, Lynnwood and nine other sites around Snohomish County already are open for the Aug. 4 primary election.

Date: 06/26/2015 | South County Politics

Voter guide information available online

The information that will be in the Snohomish County local voters’ pamphlet is already available online.

Date: 06/25/2015 | South County Politics

Voting’s a summertime thing

Voting and politics may not rank high in terms of your interest, particularly during summer, but please take a moment to register to vote if you haven't already. If you're registered, then watch for your primary ballot when it's mailed July 16.County Elections Manager Garth...

Date: 06/25/2015 | Editorials

Edmonds Mayor Earling leads local candidates in fundraising

Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling leads south Snohomish County candidates in fundraising. Earling, who will run unopposed for re-election in the Nov. 3 general election, has reported raising $25,391 and spending $4,282. Most of the contributions come from companies or individuals in real...

Date: 06/23/2015 | South County Politics

Introductory statements from more Lynnwood Council candidates

Lynnwood City Council incumbent Benjamin Goodwin faces challengers Chris Frizzell and Douglas Jones on the Aug. 4 primary-election ballot. Jones, however, has suspended his campaign for the office, but his name will still appear on the ballot because he made the decision too late to...

Date: 06/19/2015 | South County Politics

Is one-party control Snohomish County's destiny?

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

Lynnwood Transportation Board to discuss possible levy Wednesday

The Lynnwood Transportation Benefit District Board will meet Wednesday to discuss possible ways to pay for transportation improvements.

Date: 06/10/2015 | South County Politics

2-year-old Aaron Reardon election investigation stalled

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

Cities negotiating new emergency-management plan

South Snohomish County cities expect to reach an agreement over the next few months on a contract to get emergency-management services from the Snohomish County department of emergency management (DEM).

Date: 05/29/2015 | South County Politics

Attorney's disputed pay raise not just reinstated, but increased

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

Republican Robert Sutherland joins county executive race

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

Bickering Democrats now in head-to-head battle to lead county

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

MLT community invited to Coffee with the City Wednesday

Mountlake Terrace officials invite citizens, business owners and others from the community for a cup of coffee and discussion about what is happening in the city on Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Recreation Pavilion, 5303 228th Street SW.

Date: 05/13/2015 | South County Politics

County Councilman Sullivan faces well-funded challenge

EVERETT — Democrat Brian Sullivan has walloped Republican opponents by 2-1 margins to win two terms as a Snohomish County councilman.Sullivan now faces a well-funded, well-connected challenger from within his own party. That could make for a spirited competition as he...

Date: 05/11/2015 | Local News

Candidate filing starts Monday

Candidate filing for local offices starts Monday.Filing online or in person at the county auditor’s office begins at 9 a.m. May 11, and ends at 4 p.m. Friday, May 15.

Date: 05/08/2015 | South County Politics

Edmonds Councilwoman Bloom won’t seek re-election

Edmonds City Councilwoman Joan Bloom said recently that she doesn’t intend to run for a second four-year term."It has never been my intention to go beyond one term," she said.

Date: 05/04/2015 | South County Politics

Candidates can file by mail starting Monday

Candidates for local offices may file by mail starting Monday.

Date: 04/24/2015 | South County Politics

Workshop for potential 2015 local candidates Tuesday in Everett

Candidates thinking about running for office can get information at a candidate workshop Tuesday in Everett.

Date: 04/20/2015 | South County Politics

House bill would have voters decide on city marijuana bans

There's a good chance marijuana will be in front of voters again this fall.This time, though, the decision will be whether to keep the industry out, not whether to let it in.A bill passed by the...

Date: 04/16/2015 | Local News

1st Legislative District Democrats meet Monday

The 1st Legislative District Democrats will meet Monday at the International Union of Operating Engineers Hall in Bothell.

Date: 04/10/2015 | South County Politics

MLT officials invite community to Coffee with the City Wednesday

Mountlake Terrace officials invite citizens, business owners and others from the community for a cup of coffee and discussion about what’s happening in the city Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Recreation Pavilion, 5303 228th Street SW.

Date: 04/07/2015 | South County Politics

County would pay $5.5M for parking slots

EVERETT — Plans for the county’s new downtown courthouse are picking up where they left off in December, when Everett city leaders blocked the project over parking worries.

Date: 04/07/2015 | Local News

Larsen aide chosen as next county ombudsman

EVERETT — The Snohomish County Council chose a staffer from Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen's Everett office Monday to be the county's ombudsman.Jill McKinnie has spent most her career of...

Date: 03/31/2015 | Local News

One incumbent in, one out of school board election

One Edmonds School Board member has revealed plans to run in the coming election, and another says he won’t run.

Date: 03/30/2015 | South County Politics

County Council to choose between two finalists for ombudsman

EVERETT — The Snohomish County Council appears ready to appoint a new ombudsman as early as this week, after interviewing two finalists Wednesday.

Date: 03/30/2015 | Local News

At least two incumbent Lynnwood councilmen intend to seek re-election

Lynnwood City Councilmen Loren Simmonds and Sid Roberts have declared their intentions to run for re-election.Both have registered with the state Public Disclosure Commission as candidates.

Date: 03/27/2015 | South County Politics

No April election here

April 28 is election day in many places around Washington but not here.

Date: 03/27/2015 | South County Politics

County charter-review positions will be on November ballot

Voters in the November election throughout Snohomish County will choose 15 members of a county charter-review commission.

Date: 03/16/2015 | South County Politics

Legislators from 21st District hold telephone town hall Wednesday

Legislators from the 21st District will hold a telephone town-hall event Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m.

Date: 03/11/2015 | South County Politics

Edmonds Council picks planning board member to fill council vacancy

The Edmonds City Council has picked City Planning Board member Michael Jay Nelson to fill the council vacancy created when former Councilman Strom Peterson left in January to begin the term in the state legislature that he won in November.

Date: 03/05/2015 | South County Politics

Ericks' role in land-use decisions under investigation

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

Lovick nominates Democrat, Republican for ombudsman

EVERETT — A Democratic congressional staffer and a former Republican prosecuting attorney are in the running to be Snohomish County's next ombudsman.The first person to serve in the nonpartisan...

Date: 02/09/2015 | Local News

Everett businessman Greg Tisdel enters council race

EVERETT — A businessman who has championed commercial passenger flights at Paine Field launched a campaign Tuesday for the Snohomish County Council, saying he’s embarrassed by political infighting.

Date: 01/29/2015 | Local News

Cavaleri appointed to Mill Creek City Council seat

MILL CREEK — Vincent Cavaleri has been appointed to fill Mark Harmsworth's former seat on the City Council.Harmsworth left Position 5 vacant on the council when he resigned last month to serve in the state House of Representatives.The council on Tuesday...

Date: 01/14/2015 | Local News

Former Lynnwood mayor critical of current city leaders

LYNNWOOD — Former Lynnwood Mayor Don Gough lost re-election in 2013, but he didn't stop paying attention to local government.Instead, he's spent months writing memos to the new leadership accusing them of running the city into the ground and even likening them to...

Date: 01/11/2015 | Local News

Investigation launched over alleged threats by Lovick's top deputy

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

County Ombudsman Koster under fire for anti-union statements

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

Lovick says top deputy made 'no threats' against county councilman

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

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