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Council amends Rules and Procedures, tosses out legislative stunt

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LYNNWOOD—At its Monday, January 8 Business Meeting, the Lynnwood City Council appointed Councilman George Hurst and Councilwoman Julieta Altamirano-Crosby as President and Vice President respectively, committee positions were formalized, and the council rules and procedures amended to restrict virtual public comments. In a bombshell move by new Councilman David Parshall, the council suspended rules to […]

‘Mr. Lynnwood,’ Council to honor the legacy of Loren Simmonds

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LYNNWOOD—Former four-term Lynnwood City Councilman, Loren Simmonds, 80, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 30, 2023, at his residence in Mill Creek. “Loren was a beloved friend of mine,” Mayor Christine Frizzell said during the council work session on January 2. “I got to know Loren through his time sitting here as a councilmember and […]

Investigation finds Lynnwood illegally changed public comment policy

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LYNNWOOD—A Lynnwood Times investigation finds that Lynnwood Council leadership and the mayor’s office may have unintentionally violated multiple state laws, its municipal code, and its Council Rules and Procedures by changing its public comment policy for its December 11 Business Meeting without an official motion by the council nor the passing of a resolution. Ever […]

Statewide bill introduced to outlaw public drug use exposure of fentanyl and meth

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LAKE STEVENS—House Bill 2002 would make it a gross misdemeanor—or a class C felony if a minor is involved—to knowingly or intentionally exhale the smoke of fentanyl, methamphetamine, or their derivatives in a public space within 10 feet of another person, or within an enclosed public space with another person. The landmark bill, introduced by […]

This Chanukah, let your inner oil burst into a flame of mitzvah

Chanukah

LYNNWOOD, Wash, December 11, 2023—Residents throughout Snohomish County attended Chabad Jewish of Snohomish County’s annual Giant Menorah Lighting ceremony at Lynnwood City Hall on Sunday in celebration of Chanukah and in remembrance of the victims of the October 7th terrorist attack by Hamas against Southern Israel. “It is important tonight to start with a thanks and an […]

Permit fees to increase 12 percent in Lynnwood and council approves compensation schedule

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LYNNWOOD, Wash., December 5, 2023—In just over 30 minutes, the Lynnwood City Council passed four ordinances at its Special Meeting on Monday, December 4. Mayor Christine Frizzell did not attend the meeting as she was a panelist for a Building Bridges event. Emergency Medical Department Ordinance Councilman Jum Smith motioned to approve adding emergency medical […]

Council slashes mayor’s property tax hike, calls for audit

property tax

LYNNWOOD, Wash., November 28, 2023—The Lynnwood City Council approved a 5% increase (or $225,000) to the property tax levy, down from the mayor’s proposed 22% figure, during its business meeting on November 27. Council members call on a third-party audit to rein in city spending. According to Finance Director Michelle Meyer, this is roughly an […]

Macy’s workers launch strike on Black Friday at Alderwood Mall

Macy’s strike

LYNNWOOD, Wash., November 25, 2023—More than four hundred Macy’s workers began picketing on Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year, at Alderwood, Southcenter and Bellis Fair Macy’s stores. On October 6, Macy’s workers voted nearly unanimously at 96% to authorize an Unfair Labor Practice strike if the billion-dollar retail juggernaut fails to […]

With $3 million surplus, residents argue against 22% property tax increase

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LYNNWOOD, Wash., November 21, 2023—The Lynnwood City Council is considering a 22.23% increase on the property tax levy and held a public hearing on it during a special business meeting on November 20 before their normal business meeting. None who spoke during public comments were in favor of the increase, most citing the rise in […]

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