Pokémon Go, poop, mysterious local group | Letters to the Editor

Mar 08, 2019
A mysterious group opposed to the Edmonds Street Waterfront Connector has created an anonymous website.

Here’s how Pokémon Go works

She wishes someone would explain the game to her? (“Pokemon Go: Looking up in Edmonds,” Moment’s Notice, Feb. 28).

OK.

We walk around town, enjoying the reality of our beautiful Edmonds waterfront, all of our public art, monuments and memorials.

And, in addition to that, we play Pokémon Go with an augmented reality sitting on top of our sidewalks and streets, a map of our town with all the poke stops where art or memorials or landmarks live, collecting little poke-monsters that we can upgrade or trade – they might be shiny collectibles or may have perfect stats ... or not ... but they are all cute and fun to catch.

We walk around town, and we spin the poke stops to collect balls, tools and gifts that we can send to friends near and far to show off our art and landmarks.

We meet up with other Poke people to battle in raids and collect legendary creatures, and chase legendary hatches all over town, from the fishing pier to the fountain to Yost Park and back around again.

It's like walking in two worlds at once, and yes, it's nice to escape reality sometimes, but really, the game just adds an extra layer of sparkly fun to this world – it doesn't take us away from it altogether, and it's a good excuse to get out, meet up with friends and get some exercise.

Pam Brisse
Edmonds
Pokemon Go Edmonds Facebook

 

The anonymous, mystery group behind the Waterfront Connector

A very interesting website has appeared regarding the approved Waterfront Connector – www.nosunsetconnector.com. It is an interesting propaganda piece written by “us.”

Even the commenters are mystery people known only by their first names, unlike the Edmonds Beacon, whose policy is to use full names on all letters to the editor.

There is no way to know whether the website is crafted by one person, or a group of people such as residents of Sunset Avenue, who wish to keep their view unobstructed. I agree with them. I wouldn’t want my view obstructed, either, if there was a better way of providing access to the west side of the tracks when trains blocked the roads.

While shoreside views are nice to have, protecting and, if necessary, saving lives is more important. Is there one of the “us” group who lives on the west side of the railroad tracks? Step forward and be counted. What is your life worth?

I was on each of the mayor’s two advisory committees. We examined over 50 different recommendations on how to accomplish the goal of providing emergency services to those who work, live or visit the west side of the tracks.

We did everything we could to publicize our public meetings where comments and opinions were taken, and explanations given. We even set up an email address to which people could send comments.

The website has exaggerations in it.

It comments that the “throw barriers” (to protect the train from object being thrown on them) weren’t shown properly. I personally expressed that same comment when the first drawings came out with no throw barriers and they were added.

In the “construction” tab of the website, there are two drawings of the throw barriers which show them disappearing into the horizon. The barriers only go on the portion of the connector crossing the tracks. We specified they were to be the least obstructive ones available.

Councilmember Mike Nelson was the chair of the second of the mayor’s advisory committees. One would have thought he would have commented during the meetings of his concern, which later caused him to vote against the Waterfront Connector, but I don’t recall him participating except to comment that we had to move along if we were to finish on time.

One of the public concerns with our state Legislature is freedom of information on all documents generated in legislation. How about a little transparency from the “us” group? Who are you?

Did you attend any of the public meetings and submit comments? If you did, I can assure you they were considered.

Kirk Greiner
Edmonds

 

Rants, raves, poops and vodka

Rants to all those dog owners who left their doggie deposits on the sidewalk during the snow, only to be recovered with the new snow. My shoes and I are very angry.

This extends to all people who refuse to pick up after the stinky deed at any time. My shoes are clean now, and I am still sore.

Rants to the dolt who broke an empty quart bottle once bearing vodka in the Senior Center parking lot this weekend. Raves to the custodian who happened to be in the building this Sunday morning, grabbled a broom and dustpan, and worked to sweep up the mess. I grabbed one of the bigger pieces, cutting myself.

Ouch! What a bummer for a thought well-planned.

See the big picture, everyone. This town deserves better. Please do your part.

Frannie Cohen
Edmonds

 

Monitor City’s housing strategy closely

There has been much recent discussion about a “housing strategy.” I urge all Edmonds citizens to monitor this issue closely and let their voices be heard.

There are positive ideas to come out of a plan to address real population growth while preserving Edmonds’ charm, but those ideas should come from and/or be supported by our citizens. We want Edmonds to become the city that did growth right.

There is a problem when a mayor and housing strategy works with connections to developers, the real estate industry, and special interests that are making decisions and pushing for massive redevelopment in Edmonds. As the real stakeholders, the citizens of Edmonds must be the ones that make the decision about what the city will look like in the future.

Citizens demand a voice at the table to plan for growth in a way that is reasonable, organic, and responsible. While concerned citizens are passionate and vocal at times, it may be out of frustration with the cronyism in Edmonds government.

The same connected and like-minded applicants are appointed and reappointed to city commissions and boards.

The mayor has stated that Edmonds will need to accommodate an influx of 5,000 people. What the mayor and the housing strategy proponents have been gleefully advocating goes way beyond that. It is their desire to see Edmonds remade according to their own vision, which means Edmonds will be extensively redeveloped in every neighborhood.

There is a groundswell of citizens who are letting them know that this is not what the citizens want. This is not a desire to build a moat around Edmonds, but responsible stewardship of our community. We are, in fact, a compassionate community.

The predicted growth can be accommodated in the Highway 99 corridor that has been zoned for multifamily housing and where there is nearby transportation and services. That, along with the new Westgate project, will meet the needs of the actual predicted population growth and supply needed affordable housing.

This is a demonstrable fact, and others active in Edmonds’ government have tried to bring it to light. Let your voices be heard on this issue!

Lynne Chelius
Edmonds

 

Editor’s note: Last month, City Council members voted to form a housing commission of at least 14 members of the public. Councilmembers are expected announce more information soon on how to apply.

Support for Edmonds’ small businesses

At a recent City Council meeting, the city-sponsored report on the state of homelessness in Edmonds was presented. It was a very well done and somewhat sobering assessment worthy of reading.

The full report contains many facts and much data that I think you’ll find interesting and surprising. I’m sure that we’ll see elements of their findings reflected in future city outreach recommendations and policies, so I suggest that we all become more familiar with this issue to help guide our approach.

Another point that I’d like to particularly highlight is the city chose an Edmonds, female-owned small business, Kone Consulting, to prepare this assessment. They did our city proud with the quality of their work, and I applaud the city for contracting with them.

Now if only the city and its councils and commissions can show similar confidence and support for all of our city small businesses, imagine what a great city we can be.

Jim Ogonowski
Edmonds

 

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