Surveillance cameras will begin recording video in Woodinville this July, after the City Council approved a contract with surveillance system company Federal Signal last week.
The council decided in May 2013 to use cameras for law enforcement, in the hopes of catching repeat offenders to prevent future crimes. In August 2013, the council approved policies defining how police can use the cameras.
The cameras will not be monitored continuously or proactively, except during crimes in progress or when the chief of police authorizes it. The video recordings will be stored for 30 days and can be used to investigate crimes after they happen. Citizens can access the video recordings through public records requests.
The cameras will be located on public streets and parks, and will not be directed to look into private buildings such as residences. Signs will be posted to notify people that cameras are being used in the city, and the cameras’ exact locations will be posted on the city’s website. The cameras cannot be used for non-criminal investigations, traffic violations, or civil infractions, and they will record only images, not sound.
Next month, the city will work with Federal Signal to install and configure the camera system, before starting 24/7 recording of intersections in July, explained Zach Schmitz, management analyst for the city of Woodinville.
“Hopefully we’ll see a reduction in crime,” City Manager Richard Leahy said. “We’ve tried to internally establish some evaluation metrics. It’s kind of hard. If we catch one criminal a year, I got to tell you, from that system, that’s probably successful. This system particularly ... we’ve designed it so that if it is successful, we can add on to it and it’s scalable…. We want it to be successful, but we haven’t decided exactly what the measures of success are.”
The city manager will receive a monthly report identifying who accessed the video and for what purposes. The city will probably review the program after 12 to 18 months to determine if it’s effective, Leahy said.
There will likely be two to three stationary cameras and one mobile camera, Schmitz said, but Police Chief Sydney Jackson will have the final say after the engineering evaluation is done. Jackson will also determine the cameras’ locations. Schmitz said they will be installed at intersections, likely at entrances to the city, so police can monitor when someone leaves a crime scene. Signs will notify people that surveillance cameras are being used, but the city hasn’t decided whether to announce which intersections are being recorded, Schmitz said.
“To be successful, you want to say you’re filming, but you don’t want to say exactly where,” he said.
Many would-be marijuana retailers aren’t pleased with the Liquor Control Board’s process of determining who will get a business license.
The LCB hasn’t issued licenses for recreational marijuana retail stores yet, but earlier this month it announced the results of a lottery that ranked applicants to determine who is likely to get a license, subject to a background check, financial investigation and property inspection. The LCB announced last fall how many marijuana retail stores were allocated for each jurisdiction, based on population. None were allotted to Woodinville or Kenmore, but one was designated for Bothell (in Snohomish County.) There are also 11 and 16 at-large stores allotted to King County and Snohomish County, respectively, which can be in any city or unincorporated areas.
In King County at large, of the 44 applicants who passed prescreening, none of the top 11 plan to locate in Woodinville, Bothell or Kenmore. In Snohomish County at large, of the 87 applicants, four local applicants are ranked highly enough to get licenses: Green Quality (#10), Shade’s Greenery (#11), Green Place (#12) and Northwest THC Outlet (#16).
Lower-ranked applicants still might get licenses if higher-ranked applicants aren’t qualified. Josh Shade, the owner of Woodinville Quality Collective dispensary in Snohomish County, applied for many licenses in the Northshore area by forming different companies. All of his 15 applications for a series of similarly named stores — Green Place, Shade’s Green Emporium, Green Things, Uncle Greens, The Green Trunk, Made Green, Green Quality and Shade’s Greenery — are for the same addresses, 6323 NE Bothell Way, Kenmore and 23128 State Route 9 SE #2, Woodinville.
Shade declined to speak about the licensing process.
Other applicants are fed up with techniques like that, which allow one person to apply for many licenses. Although any person or entity can only own three marijuana stores in the state or 33 percent of the stores in a jurisdiction, some people increased their chances in the lottery by applying for more applications than they could ever be granted.
“LCB will allow one individual to set up three different companies to enter the lottery using the same location,” said Clara Ling, who applied for licenses to open Recreational Marijuana King in Bothell and in Everett. “That’s not fair.”
Ling said she “did all the homework,” including finding a location that was far enough away from schools and parks and getting permission from a landlord, to open a store. Now, several other applicants at the same location are ranked higher than her in the lottery.
“They bend and make changes to the process as they go. For example, the LCB should not allow people to change location,” she said, adding that the LCB should also verify letters of intent from landlords.
Doug Waun, who applied to open Cannabliss in Snohomish County, faces a similar problem. He’s spent a year and a half and $50,000 trying to get into the recreational marijuana business, including paying rent since January for a store. Now, he’s ranked low on the lottery and is unlikely to get a license.
“When they first announced how they were going to do this lottery, it was very clear that you were supposed to only have one application per location, which makes sense,” Waun said. He continued, “I could easily have submitted a lot of applications, but the LCB made it clear people would be disqualified for that.”
Now, he said, people who applied for many licenses are selling their extra licenses for more than $250,000.
Mikhail Carpenter, a representative for the LCB, said it’s not against the rules for one person to create multiple businesses and submit more applications than they could receive.
“There is nothing that prevented them from applying, but there is a limit on how much they can hold,” Carpenter said.
Waun isn’t satisfied with that explanation: “Because [the LCB] let that happen, they’re saying that now,” Waun said. “What was their motivation to get more applications? Fees?”
The LCB expects to begin issuing licenses by the first week of July, and owners could open “pretty quickly” after that, Carpenter said.
Lottery results of local stores: King County at-large (top 11 are likely to get licenses): 12. Green Place, 6323 NE Bothell Way, Kenmore 14. Shade’s Green Emporium, 6323 NE Bothell Way, Kenmore 15. Green Things, 6323 NE Bothell Way, Kenmore 26. Uncle Greens, 6323 NE Bothell Way, Kenmore 28. The Green Trunk, 6323 NE Bothell Way, Kenmore 31. Made Green, 6323 NE Bothell Way, Kenmore 36. Green Quality, 6323 NE Bothell Way, Kenmore 38. Shade’s Greenery, 6323 NE Bothell Way, Kenmore 40. Arushanovka, 20150 144th Avenue NE Suite B, Woodinville 41. Recreational Marijuana King, 11911 Woodinville Drive, Bothell Snohomish County at-large (top 16 are likely to get licenses): 10. Green Quality, 23128 State Route 9 SE #2, Woodinville 11. Shade’s Greenery, 23128 State Route 9 SE #2, Woodinville 12. Green Place, 23128 State Route 9 SE #2, Woodinville 16. Northwest THC Outlet, 23126 State Route 9 SE Suite B, Woodinville 17. Quick Connect THC, 23126 State Route 9 SE, Woodinville 21. Green Things, 23128 State Route 9 SE #2, Woodinville 25. Cusan, 23126 State Route 9 SE, Woodinville 38. Oui, 21127 State Route 9 SE Suite 1B, Woodinville 44. SSS Group, 23126 State Route 9 SE, Woodinville 45. Shade’s Green Emporium, 23128 State Route 9 SE #2, Woodinville 52. Cannabliss, 1912 201st Place SE Suite 202, Bothell 61. Marijuanamercantile, 23126 State Route 9 SE Suite A, Woodinville 64. Canna Rx, 23126 State Route 9 SE Suite D, Woodinville 65. Made Green, 23128 State Route 9 SE #2, Woodinville 68. 2anna Rx, 23126 State Route 9 SE Suite D, Woodinville 70. Simple Choice THC, 23126 State Route 9 SE Suite B, Woodinville 72. T. H. Cinsource, 23126 State Route 9 SE Suite C, Woodinville 76. T. H. C. Supermarket, 23126 State Route 9 SE Suite B, Woodinville 77. Total Access THC, 23126 State Route 9 SE Suite A, Woodinville 82. Greensmartnorthwest, 23126 State Route 9 SE Suite B, Woodinville 87. The Green Trunk, 23128 State Route 9 SE #2, Woodinville Bothell (no lottery held because there was only one applicant): 1. The Herbal Center, 19302 Bothell Everett Highway, Bothell
Bothell High School and Canyon Park, Kenmore and Northshore junior high school Science Olympiad teams competed in the State Science Olympiad. Bothell finished in second place in the B division (high school). Canyon Park finished second, Northshore finished fifth and Kenmore finished 14th in the C division (middle school). Only the teams that finished in first place will advance to Nationals in Orlando, Fla.
Nominations of students in grades K-8 for participation in Northshore’s Highly Capable Services for the 2014-15 school year are being accepted from May 5 to June 10. Anyone, including parents, teachers and community members, may refer a student.
An application and permission to test will be sent upon receipt of the nomination form. The Highly Capable Nomination form and testing timeline for nominated students, as well as students who enroll during the summer, are available on the district website at www.nsd.org.
Two Washington State University students from Woodinville were part of a team that won second place in WSU’s 12th annual Business Plan Competition held May 3 and 4.
Kelsey Lakey and Austin Carter of Woodinville helped create Mobile Foam with team members Chris Routen, Dane Baird and Bettina Ernst.
Mobile Foam seeks to aid organizations providing international relief construction by supplying simplistic building kits containing necessary materials, such as floor plans, certification, consulting, safety and portable molds, to construct a home using Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF). _______________
Skyview Junior High School seventh-grader Shannon Hong is a state winner in the 2014 Washington State PTA Men’s Essay Contest. Hong won the 6th-8th division for her essay “Mr. Redford,” which praised her social studies teacher Jordan Redford for his purposeful teaching and how he truly cares about his students.
Inglemoor High School student Ashley Jensen has been named the state winner for the Washington State PTA Men’s Essay Contest in the 9th-12th division. Jensen, a sophomore, wrote an essay recounting memories on how her grandfather served, and continues to serve, as an influential male figure in her life. She had the opportunity to read her essay to nearly 1,000 people at the WA State PTA convention on May 3-4.
Both essays are featured on the Washington State PTA website. _______________
Nineteen Inglemoor High School newspaper and yearbook students competed at the 2014 Spring National High School Journalism Convention held April 10-13 in San Diego, Calif. Competing in the areas of newspaper writing (Nordic News) and yearbook composition (Scandia), 10 students brought home individual awards showcasing their journalism achievements. The Nordic News received a first place award in the American Scholastic Press Association mail-in competition.
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to announce that Daniel Thorson of Woodinville was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Thorson is pursuing a degree in international business at University of Puget Sound.
Thorson is among approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction. _______________
Stefan Mellem and Katherine Ulvestad were among the more than 1,000 St. Olaf College students who were recognized for academic achievement at the college’s annual Honors Day convocation on May 2.
Mellem, from Woodinville, is a physics, mathematics, and computer science major. He is the son of Robert and Christine Mellem.
Ulvestad, from Woodinville, is a biology and economics major. She was awarded membership in Beta Beta Beta. Ulvestad is the daughter of John and Carrie Ulvestad.
Honors Day recognizes students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.60 or higher on a 4.0 scale. The convocation also recognizes students who have been awarded scholarships and fellowships, including Fulbright scholars, Goldwater scholars, and senior members of leadership and academic honor societies. _______________
The following students graduated from Azusa Pacific University on Saturday, May 3, 2014. They joined nearly 1,500 graduates at the spring commencement ceremonies. Rachel Aspree of Kenmore Christy Cain of Mill Creek Jana Raport of Bothell Bethany Uhrich of Kenmore