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News from Brian Sullivan

May 2018

Brian Sullivan's eNewsletter


Snohomish County Council
3000 Rockefeller Ave., M/S 609
Everett, Washington 98201
8th floor, Robert J. Drewel Building 
Phone: 425-388-3494


Robert Knoll, Legislative Aide

Spring is in full bloom!  I hope you enjoy my eNewsletter for this month.  As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with your questions and concerns.  I'm honored to be your representative.

USS Ralph Johnson

USS Ralph Johnson
170727-N-N0101-001 GULF OF MEXICO (July 27, 2017) Ingalls Shipbuilding completed builder’s sea trials on the future Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114). The ship spent more than three days in the Gulf of Mexico testing the ship’s main propulsion, combat and other ship systems. (U.S. Navy photo by Andrew Young/Released)

Article Courtesy of Homeport Northwest

The newly commissioned Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) is scheduled to arrive at its homeport of Naval Station Everett on Friday, April 27. It will be the sixth U.S. Navy destroyer homeported in Everett which includes USS Momsen, USS Shoup, USS Gridley, USS Kidd, and USS Sampson.

Ralph Johnson was commissioned for active service on March 24 in Charleston, South Carolina.

The ship’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Jason Patterson, leads the core crew of 314 officers and enlisted personnel. The sailors and accompanying families have been gradually relocating to the area since last summer.

“The officers and crew of USS Ralph Johnson are thrilled to be joining the Pacific Northwest Navy,” said Patterson. “Our arrival to our homeport of Everett, Washington marks the end of an over two year journey for the crew through the precommissioning process. We look forward to joining our fellow shipmates on the Everett waterfront.”

Ralph Johnson is the 64th Arleigh-Burke class destroyer built by Huntington Ingalls Industries in Pascagoula, Mississippi. It is the first warship named for Medal of Honor recipient Marine Pfc. Ralph Henry Johnson. Pfc. Ralph Henry Johnson was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during the Vietnam War. Johnson used his body to shield two fellow Marines from a grenade, absorbing the blast and dying instantly in March 1968.

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers are capable of conducting anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and anti-surface warfare. As multi-mission platforms, they are capable of sustained combat operations. Their missions support forward presence, maritime security, sea control, and deterrence.

Additional Ship Statistics:
Displacement – Approximately 9,300 tons
Measurements – Length of 509 feet, beam of 66 feet, and navigational draft of 31 feet
Propulsion – Four GE LM 2500 gas turbine engines drive twin controllable propellers
Speed – Capable of achieving over 30 knots in open seas
Aircraft – Two LAMPS MK III MH-60 B/R helicopters
Armament – The Integrated Air and Missile Defense radar provides increased computing power and improved detection and reaction capabilities, as well as ballistic missile defense. The Aegis Combat System enables the ship to link radars with other ships and aircraft.
Ship motto – “Swift Silent Deadly”

Naval Station Everett’s mission is to provide a secure platform for Navy and Coast Guard forces, important mission capabilities, and quality of life for service members and their families. The base provides assistance to its homeported ships such as transition services, family programs, and community resources to help them get settled in their new home.




 Pfc. Ralph H. Johnson was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism in March of 1968.  A hand grenade was thrown into his fighting hole while serving in Vietnam.  Pfc. Johnson immediately covered the grenade with his body, absorbing the full impact and sacrificing his life to save his fellow Marines, also preventing the enemy from penetrating his sector of the patrol's perimeter.


New $43 Million grant to Expand Swift Bus Rapid Transit Service in Snohomish County

District 2 is going to see expansion of fast, frequent, and reliable bus service thanks to the work of our federal delegation to secure $43 million in grants for Community Transit and a second Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line. With our population booming, and a strong jobs center around Snohomish County Airport, I am thrilled to see this transit investment coming on-line to support commuters on this corridor. Special thanks to Sens. Murray and Cantwell on working to secure this grant.

More Background:

The Swift Green Line will be Community Transit’s second bus rapid transit line, intersecting with the Swift Blue Line which runs along Highway 99. This 12.5 mile east-west route will provide fast, reliable transit service between the Paine Field/Boeing Everett Manufacturing and Industrial Center in Everett starting at the new Seaway Transit Center to the Regional Growth Center at the existing Canyon Park park-and-ride in Bothell. It will include 34 total stations, two transit terminals, 13 new buses, and street improvements with exclusive bus lanes, transit signal priority, and intersection and sidewalk enhancements.

The Swift Green Line will feature departures every 10 minutes on weekdays. The Seaway Transit Center, the north terminal of the Swift Green Line, will serve as a regional hub for Community Transit and make important transit connections with other transit systems operating on I-5 and I-405; and provide connections to Sound Transit’s Lynnwood Link light rail extension. Community Transit expects to begin operations of the Swift Green Line in early 2019 and estimates the project would create 1,250 jobs and support 4,000 daily riders in the first year.

More info at

Council Votes to End Merit Raises for Managers

Because I'm always striving to keep the County's finances in check, I proposed ending the merit pay practice for all managers.  Merit pay was a yearly raise in the fall that could be used by independently elected County officials and it was based on achievement and performance.  I'm not opposed to a bonus when deserved, but this was a permanent raise and not a one-time bonus.  We already ended the merit pay practice for Council staff.  All management-exempt employees are eligible to receive a potential step increase each April, and ending merit pay does not effect that.

The proposal went to a vote this week and the Council unanimously passed it.  I'm appreciative of the support from my fellow council members and will continue to advocate for the taxpayers of Snohomish County.  

Good Luck Silvertips!


Congratulations to our very own Everett Silvertips for advancing to the Rogers WHL Championship Series! Also a big congrats to goalie Carter Hart being named WHL Player of the Year and Garry Davidson being named the league's Executive of the Year!  The series begins in Swift Current this Friday, with home games at Angel of the Winds Arena on Tuesday, May 8th, Wednesday, May 9th and Friday, May 11th.  You can find ticket information here.  Go Tips!!

District 2 Events


Sunday Farmers Market 
May 13  11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Farmers Market

Fresh, ripe and ready to eat! Rain or Shine. The finest, freshest farm products in Snohomish County, musicians every Sunday, bouquets of fresh flowers, delicious baked goods, unique works by local artists and craftsmen, and ready to eat food for your picnics.

We are dedicated to providing healthy fresh food to customers, a venue for local small farmers and a fun shopping experience.

Boxcar Park north of Everett Yacht Club


All About Cougars at the Northwest Stream Center! 
May 17  7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


Cougars are the apex predator of the Pacific NW forests. Solitary and secretive, these big cats are often shrouded in mystery, mythology, and misinformation.

Please join presenter Brian Kertson for an entertaining and informative lecture on cougar ecology, behavior, and management. Learn how to identify signs in the field and the keys to coexisting with cougars where you live and recreate. You will also learn about the biggest cougar caught in Washington State - as Brian says, “He was a monster!!!”

As this picture shows, Brian is a wildlife scientist who really gets up close and personal with Cougars!!

After earning his Ph.D. with the Washington Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit and University of Washington, he was recruited by the Idaho Fish and Game Department. Then, the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife brought him back here. Now, Brian has twelve years experience conducting intensive, field-based cougar research in the Cascade Mountains and his current research examines the potential influences of demographic characteristics and landscape features on cougar-human interaction in western Washington.

600 128th St SE, Everett , WA


Paine Field Aviation Day 
May 19, 2018 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Aviation Day

The Washington Pilots Association, Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum (FHCAM), Historic Flight Foundation (HFF), and Paine Field will host the 23rd annual Paine Field Aviation Day on Saturday, May 19th. Join us to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force.

Your admission ticket gains you access into both museums (FHCAM & HFF), plus prime viewing for the flying demonstrations where you will see FHCAM's Spitfire & Thunderbolt take to the skies alongside HFF's massive B25 and Spitfire.

On static display in the tank arena at FHCAM you will see M4A1 Sherman Medium Tank, M3A1 Half-Track Personnel Carrier, Ford GPW Jeep, M5A4 High-Speed Tractor. As you journey through FHCAM’s expansive hangars on this fun filled day, you won’t want to miss our latest interactive exhibit, Why War: The Causes of Conflict. This one of a kind exhibit examines the major wars the United States has been involved in, exploring common causes and roots of military confrontations. Featuring large-scale touchscreens, conflict simulators, full-scale replica atomic bombs, and personal histories, visitors can choose how they want to explore the complex topic of war in an engaging and easy to understand way. Be sure to catch an engaging round table discussion with the Washington Pilot's Association at 11:00 AM at FHCAM!

At HFF you will see beautiful WWII warbirds on display such as the P51 Mustang, Bearcat, Rapide and more. Historic Flight features a collection of the most important aircraft produced between 1927 and 1957, all restored and airborne again. Climb inside the world's oldest B-25 Mitchell Bomber "Grumpy" or stroll the executive aisle of a Douglas DC-3 for the ultimate "hands-on" experience of a bygone era. Explore up-close, the cockpit, wheel wells and fully-armed gun bay of an extremely rare P-51B Mustang. Take flight in one of our vintage aircraft including the B-25 Mitchell, Douglas DC-3, T-6 Texan, Beechcraft Staggerwing and DH-89 Dragon Rapide. Learn about the history of the B-25 Mitchell bomber presented by John Fredrickson at 11 a.m. Stay to enjoy a fine beverage or two sponsored by the Diamond Knot Brewery.Parking is available at either museum with FREE bus transportation between the two throughout the day.

Get your tickets now! This is going to be the best Aviation Day yet!


$15 individuals ages 10 and up

$35 per family (2 Adults and up to 4 youth in same household)

FHCAM Members and HFF Members will reveive FREE entry at the museum they hold a membership at. If you have an FHCAM membership you will come to the FHCAM entrance. If you hold a HFF membership you will enter through HFF.


10719 Bernie Webber Drive, Mukilteo

Flyin’ 5K & 10K Run 
May 19, 2018 

Flyin 5K


Flyin' 5K/10K run is in conjunction with the Aviation Days hosted at Historic Flight Foundation. Same race, NEW NAME! Flyin' 5K/10K allows you the unique opportunity to run along a live airport and watch planes take off and land as you run. This annual 5K and 10K will kick off the 2018 Paine Field Aviation Day Celebration! Race starts at 8:30 am. Stay and enjoy the delicious pancake breakfast and full-filled day of one-of-a-kind experiences as a part of your registration.

Take a Bomber Flight, meet the pilots, see historic aircraft, visit Aviation Museums and watch thrilling flight demonstrations! Start and finish through the Historic Flight Foundation Museum. Walkers and strollers are welcome. No dogs allowed due to airport regulations. All registrations will include access to Paine Field via Shuttle Bus.

Receive a commemorative Flying' 5k/10K race shirt and Pancake breakfast as well as entrance to the Aviation Days at Paine Field!



Kelly Moses, sduukʷqidəb, Tulalip Carver
Monday, May 7  5:00 PM 


Learn the history and art of Coast Salish carving in a six-week intensive, hands-on cedar carving experience with Tulalip carver Kelly Moses.

Plan on learning about the texture of cedar, hand tool skills, and the basics of traditional and contemporary techniques for designing and shaping wood. Students will complete a cedar-carved project. Limited number of spots available. Students must be 16 years of age or older. Register with Lena Jones or Mary Jane Topash by March 30, 2018.

In hopes of developing a new generation of Native artists, the Hibulb Cultural Center offers six-week, in-depth and hands-on artistic workshops to the Tulalip community on weaving, carving, beading, and design. The workshops will be funded by the Tulalip Foundation, supporting the sustainability of Native artistic and cultural heritage in Native communities.

Scheduled to appear. This event is included in the cost of admission.

Sugar Ray Concert
Friday, May 25   8:00 PM

Sugar Ray

Orca Ballroom
Friday, May 25, 2018, 8:00 PM
Doors open at 7:00 PM
Show starts at 8:00 PM\

Sugar Ray performs their catchiest pop tunes of the late nineties such as “When It’s over," “Every Morning," and “Fly." 

All attendees of the event must be 21+
Tickets start at $60
For tickets visit Ticketmaster or the casino box office. 

For more details, visit the Orca Ballroom page.

In last month's eNewsletter, I incorrectly spelled Senator Gaylord Nelson's name.  He was the Wisconsin Senator and creator of Earth Day.  Apologies!  We had a terrific event at the County Campus in honor of Earth Day.  We will strive to make Earth Day everyday.

"Our goal is not just an environment of clean air and water and scenic beauty. The objective is an environment of decency, quality and mutual respect for all other human beings and all other living creatures." Senator Gaylord Nelson

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