Trump tweet, playground, taxes and ED! | City Briefs

Apr 20, 2018

You ‘like’ me, you really ‘like’ me?

It was Friday the 13th when a wayward Tweet-like caused a minor hiccup in the internet world.

The city’s Public Works Department reported, on Twitter of course, a city employee inadvertently “liked” a tweet from @realDonaldTrump.

The city has a social media policy that clearly prohibits political statements on city-sponsored sites.

The employee apparently was viewing a Google page with a Twitter page embedded in it – and mistakenly “liked” it while scrolling the page.

A review by the city’s IT staff was completed, and guidance was sent to all employees about avoiding this problem in the future.

Pardon our dust: Making way for playground at Anderson Center

Beginning the last week of April, contractors will be on site at the Frances Anderson Center to dismantle the current playground to make way for a brand new playground.

The new playground will be built in the current playground location, with a slightly larger footprint. This new playground will accommodate different age groups and give a bright new look to the east side of the Anderson Center next to the new band shell.

According to Parks Maintenance Manager Rich Lindsay, a security fence will be installed around the playground project site as a cautionary measure during the dismantling and installation period of April 30-May 31.

Residents who would like to see a rendering of the newly purchased playground can find a link on the City of Edmonds website, under Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services:

Ed! annual member meeting is next week

The 2018 Annual Edmonds Downtown Alliance (Ed!) member Meeting is 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N. The public is invited.

Members will elect new board members to its advisory board. Ballots will arrive to all Ed! members via USPS, and will include a short survey. To vote, members may mail completed ballots to the Ed! PO Box or hand-deliver them to the annual meeting.

In addition to networking with colleagues, Ed! members are encouraged to sign up and get involved on a committee such as Communication and Outreach, Marketing, Appearance and Environment, Professional Business Resources, or Grants Program.

Created by the Edmonds City Council in early 2013, the Edmonds Downtown Alliance supports and works to improves business conditions in Edmonds. With over 350 members, Ed! funds programs related to activities such as beautification, marketing, security, parking, cleanup or administration. For more information, to to

Advisory Board meetings are held on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 8-9:30 a.m. at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, room 225.

Edmonds gets Tree City USA designation

Edmonds has been named a 2017 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.

The community also received a Tree City USAGrowth Award for demonstrating environmental improvement and higher level of tree care.

Edmonds achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's four requirements: a tree board or department; a tree-care ordinance; an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita; and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

2018 lodging tax fund awards are available

The city of Edmonds Lodging Tax Advisory Committee provides recommendations on the usage of city lodging tax revenue for the purposes of tourism promotion. These recommendations, approved by City Council in the annual city budget, include awarding grants to organizations that produce and promote events or programs that bring visitors to Edmonds.

The award cycle is once a year. Applications for 2019 are available and will be accepted until June 1.

Arts-related nonprofit organizations seeking grants up to $2,500 for events or programs that promote cultural tourism may apply through the city’s Arts Commission Tourism Promotion Awards program. Applications are available by contacting .

Other nonprofits with any type of event or program may apply directly to the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee for funding to assist with attracting visitors to Edmonds. Contact Cindi Cruz at

The objectives of the LTAC awards are to help promote events and programs in Edmonds that attract visitors from outside Edmonds. All awards are reviewed and recommended by the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee for review and final approval by City Council as part of the 2019 budget.

Edmonds resident is Providence Foundation board chairman

Dan Harkins has been named chairman of the board for Providence General Foundation, the fundraising organization for Providence Regional Medical Center Everett.

Harkins, a native Washingtonian, is a recent retiree from the grocery industry. He has served on the foundation board since 2014 and is an active member of the foundation’s allocation and finance committees.

He also gives his time to numerous other nonprofit organizations focusing on hunger and housing.

Harkins earned his degree in business administration and management from Seattle University and served in the United States Navy. He and his wife, Pam, have lived in Edmonds for 40 years, where they raised three children: Tom, John, and Shannon.








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