Letters to the Editor - April 2, 2019

Snohomish County’s Planning Department issued a Determination of Nonsignificance decision for the North Seattle Lateral Upgrade (NSLU)- a 6 mile fracked gas pipeline expansion damming 15 streams during salmon spawning and raising our state greenhouse gas emissions 3%.  This means they don’t view the environmental impacts as significant.
The new pipeline runs 11’ from homes in the densely populated area near North Creek High; the new pipeline’s blast radius would be 150 feet.
The UN IPCC gives us 11 years to get off fossil fuels if we want a livable planet.  Yesterday, a federal judge stopped oil drilling on 300,000 acres of Wyoming BLM land because permitting ignored climate change.
It’s time to choose priorities, and figure out how to explain them to our kids in the future.
Snohomish County Council pledged 100% carbon free energy by 2045.  If the NSLU  gets built, these are empty promises; we’re locked into emissions for decades. 
Our coalition of environmental, faith, and indigenous groups brought this up to the County for months- and was ignored.  Will they ignore the 1,000+ comments sent during the NSLU comment period, calling for the project to be
stopped?  Which side of history will they be on?
Sara Papanikolaou
Proposed Winery/Brewery/Distillery Ordinance in a nutshell:
“If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bull….”
The unnecessarily complex convolutions of King County’s proposed “Winery/Brewery/Distillery Ordinance” serve purposes that have little to do with wineries. Anyone can see that Woodinville’s “wine country experience” is doing very well without this ordinance. However, that success will be put at great risk, along with many other elements that make Woodinville such a lovely place to live, if this ordinance passes in its current form.
The real goal of this proposal is to change zoning codes to open up our rural neighborhoods and farmlands to dense urban development. After decades of failed efforts to accomplish this, speculators have now gained a serious foothold by using the allure of “wineries” as a smokescreen.
While Hollywood Hill and the Sammamish Valley farmlands are ground zero for this issue, this ordinance would be applied across rural unincorporated King County, from the Snoqualmie Valley to to Enumclaw plateau. Imagine the Woodinville-Duvall Road being lined with bars, taverns and “event centers”, or a property in your neighborhood doing the same, and you’ll begin to see where this could go.
Locally, the green open spaces of the Sammamish Valley contribute much to our quality of life. This includes its ambiance being the foundation for the unique success of Woodinville’s “wine country” phenomenon. Any one who is enjoying the energy of the music, restaurants, theater and wineries should be very concerned with what this ordinance would do to our community’s ambiance and the future of the businesses that rely on it.
The Hollywood Hill Association website has a Q&A that can be helpful grasping what is at stake. For a more in-depth view and for learning how you can get involved, the Friends of Sammamish Valley website is a great resource.
The King County Council indicates it may vote on this ordinance as soon as this June. It is NOT a done deal! The time is at hand for citizens who care about our Woodinville community to clearly understand the issues, join with others who have been working on this and make our voices heard, lest these good ole days of Woodinville become just fond memories.
Michael Tanksley, President
Hollywood Hill Association
The Family Jewels Foundation provides scholarships to Northshore School District graduates who have had a sibling with cancer.  The family of one of our Scholars recently was hit with devastating news:  their 17-year-old son and brother’s cancer has relapsed.  Already in treatment, this local high school senior will be too sick and too immunocompromised to attend his prom in May.  This being one of our Scholar Families, FJF wanted to do something for Michael. 
As a nonprofit member of the Woodinville Chamber of Commerce, I reached out to Kimberly Ellertson, the Chamber’s Director of Marketing.  Kimberly immediately picked up the baton and reached out to three local businesses, and Michael’s Early Prom was born!
On March 15, 2019, Julie Campbell, Sales & Development Manager at Butler Seattle, pulled up to Michael’s family’s home in a gorgeous black Mercedes sedan, with Martinellis and champagne glasses on hand. Michael and Allison already were bedecked in a boutonniere and corsage beautifully prepared by Oriana at Woodinville Florist. Julie took the pair on a local joyride (traffic circle patrons reportedly were quite enthusiastic), and then she delivered her charges to Teatro ZinZanni, where Michelle Haines, Director of Sales and Marketing, and her cast and crew pulled out all the stops!  Michael and Allison enjoyed an amazing, entertaining show and a delicious dinner and also were gifted with VIP treatment, including professional photos and video of their Early Prom to remember it always.
This experience of a lifetime gifted not only a young man in brutal cancer treatment for the second time in three years but also his big sisters and his parents, who got to partake in the excitement and anticipation of Michael’s big night and experience just a bit of relief from their worry and dread about Michael’s health and future.  As Michael’s mom texted me afterward, “I’m just amazed how people that don’t even know us would step up and do all this!  It’s just amazing!”
Yes, it is.  Thank you so much Kimberly/Woodinville Chamber, Oriana/Woodinville Florist, Julie/Stuart Seattle and Michelle/Teatro ZinZanni.  You are a blessing to our community.
Nancy Balin, Executive Director, Family Jewels, Foundation

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