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News from Terry Ryan

April 2019

Terry Ryan's eNewsletter

Terry Ryan

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


Pam Pruitt, Legislative Aide

Swift Green Line Now Open

courtesy of Community Transit

Image of Swift Green line bus at launch event


Thank you to all who attended the Swift Green Line Grand Opening and launch event on Sunday, March 24. The agency hosted the community celebration at McCollum Park and provided many family-friendly activities for attendees. The celebration also included an inaugural Swift Green Line ride departing from the park at noon. 

Now that service has begun, Community Transit is monitoring ridership numbers. There were about 1,800 boardings each day, for the first days of weekday service. Green Line ridership so far is comparable to the Blue Line's first week of service in 2009. Currently the Blue Line averages 6,000 boardings each day.

Image of Cascade High School Winners and others at Green Line Grand Opening


As we prepared for this grand opening event, Community Transit went to the AP Art Class at Cascade High School and asked students to create artwork with the theme of Swift.  We had some wonderful submissions, and they were put to a vote of Community Transit employees.  400 votes were cast and the following top three art pieces were displayed at the art tent:

  • Second runner up was Where the Bus Takes You by Emily C.
  • First runner up was Planet 51 by Erin C.
  • And the Grand Prize winner was Swift Scene by Celeste V.

Congratulations to these talented young artists and to Community Transit for its successful launch of the Swift Green Line.

Vision 2050

Picture of Terry Ryan and Rick Ryan

Chair Ryan and Mountlake Terrace Councilmember Rick Ryan


The second Vision 2050 Summit was in Everett on March 21.  Attending were 44 elected officials from cities and Snohomish County, a representative from Congresswoman DelBene’s office, the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) and State Dept. of Commerce, Sound Transit, Community Transit, Tulalip Tribes and other service/education providers.

The big question we must answer is, “Where and how are we going to grow over the next 30 years?"  The Puget Sound population keeps booming.  Where are we going to put everyone?

As we experience a greater amount of growth in the county it is important to know that we can have the funding and economic drivers in place to build a strong economy and safe, livable communities.

The PSRC Growth Management Policy Board is made of local elected officials and representatives from business, labor, civic, and environmental groups. We advise the Executive Board on key growth management issues.  As a board member, I keep on top of issues that affect our economy and quality of life – and work collaboratively with other members to find win/win situations.

In my role on the Transportation Policy Board, I am committed to the needs of our county and how we contribute to the overall economy of Washington State.

Snohomish County government itself has over 1,600 miles of roads to maintain and keep in working condition.  Our Public Works department and employees do a great job to keep us moving.  Cities and Tribes have a lot of roads and bridges that move our residents, goods, and services.

It is important that we get the funds to keep these transportation networks working smoothly and as we embark on planning for light rail that we make sure we have the corridor connections to get people to the stations, and have less dependency on cars.

That also means we need more jobs in our area – people need to be able to work near where they live.

That’s why I was committed to work with PRSC, and the cities of Arlington and Marysville to get the Manufacturing and Industrial Center (MIC) on the map. This MIC will bring much needed living wage jobs to our area and boost our economy.

As an example, we worked for years to get recognition of a new Arlington‐Marysville Industrial Center on the regional plan. This is like winning an Academy Award for us. Bringing the jobs to housing balance into better alignment is what we need to work on. Ensuring people who live in Snohomish County have a place to work here as well – that means less of a burden on our transportation.

None of us knows exactly what the future holds, but we know that we need to plan for it. That’s why I sit on these boards to assure the interests of Snohomish County and its cities are represented.

Paine Field

Photo at Paine Field of United Launch

County Councilmember Sam Low, Council Chair Terry Ryan and Everett City Council President Scott Bader


March 31 was the inaugural flight for United Airlines out of Paine Field.  I was honored to be there to see the first plane take off.

We are just beginning to see the economic benefit of Paine Field.  It’s expected to help attract new businesses, tourists and make travel easier for residents.

Congratulations to United Airlines for joining the Paine Field family and welcome to Snohomish County.

Lobbying in Olympia

Photo of Chair Ryan lobbying in Olympia

Chair Ryan with Representative Dave Paul


One of my jobs as a councilmember is to promote Snohomish County to the legislature in Olympia.  It could also mean working to stop bad legislation that would hurt our county or seeking grants for county projects..

Photo of Chair Ryan, Sheriff Trenary lobbying in Olympia

Chair Ryan, Undersheriff Rob Beidler, Rep. Norma Smith, Sheriff Trenary


During a recent trip to Olympia, Sheriff Ty Trenary and I met with several legislators regarding a potential grant of $5,000,000 for a new south precinct office.  Snohomish County needs to stop paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in rent for an undersized site.  We need to own our building and have it properly sized for a precinct serving several hundred thousand residents living in the fastest growing area of Snohomish County.

Photo of Chair Ryan with delegates in Olympia

Sheriff Trenary, Sen. Steve Hobbs, Chair Ryan, Undersheriff Rob Beidler, Sen. Guy Palumbo


We also talked about critical road projects such as the trestle and SR 524. 

I consider it important to build long term relationships with our legislators and will continue to do so in the years ahead

Trade Update from US Ambassador to European Union

Photo of Ambassador Sondland and CM Ryan

Councilmember Terry Ryan and US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sundland


Terry met with US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sundland to get an update on trade policies and Brexit. E.U. countries, together, rank 1st as an export market for the United States. With $11.1 billion in exports to the E.U. each year, Washington state businesses understand the importance of this vibrant trade relationship.

District Events


Easter Egg Hunt & Breakfast

Saturday, April 20    9 AM

Bothell United Methodist Church

18515 92nd Ave NE, Bothell 98011

Come for a fun, free and family friendly Easter celebration.  Starts at 9 am!  There will be music, sharing of the Easter story with a special Easter Bunny visit, a photo booth, a delicious breakfast including bunny pancakes, and of course—an Easter egg hunt (all children up to the 6th grade)! PLUS a sensory-friendly egg hunt for those who prefer a quieter, calmer atmosphere. The Adventure begins right at 9 am in the Sanctuary - don't be late! Bring your friends and a basket to collect eggs in! Rain or shine! There will be hunts inside and outside so dress for the weather.


Saturday, April 20    10:30 AM & 12:30 PM

Park Ridge Community Church
3805 Maltby Rd. Bothell 98012
Get ready for a fun-filled morning Easter egg hunting!


Traditional Egg Hunt

Brier Egg Hunt Poster


There will be a staggered start for different age groups.
Saturday, April 20
Brier Park

Mill Creek

Community Engagement Event
Thursday, April 11th    4 PM – 7 PM

Please join us for the second annual Community Engagement Event on Thursday, April 11 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Arena Sports, 13500 Bothell Everett Hwy, in the upstairs area. This is a great opportunity to learn more about local non-profits and ways to be involved in the Mill Creek area. The following organizations will be attending the event with information about opportunities for volunteering and community engagement: Mill Creek Rotary, Kiwanis, Mill Creek Chamber of Commerce, Northshore Senior Center, Edmonds Community College, the City of Mill Creek, Fostering Together, Gold Creek Church, Mill Creek Police Foundation and Mill Creek Town Center Business Association.

Eggstravaganza Event
Saturday, April 20    10:30 AM 
– Noon

Photograph of previous Mill Creek Easter Egg Hunt


Local families love to come together for this exceptional event featuring over 18,000 eggs spread out over multiple egg hunts. The event kicks off with face painting, balloon animals, music, fire truck tours, bounce houses, and even a special visit from the Easter Bunny. Each age-appropriate egg hunt will have special prizes hidden throughout which can be redeemed for prizes. This event happens rain or shine. Admission: Please bring a canned food item for the Mill Creek Community Food Bank. 

Mountlake Terrace

Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 20    10 AM 

Photograph of Mountlake Terrace Easter Egg Hunt


The annual Mountlake Terrace Easter Egg Hunt is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20 at Evergreen Playfield, 22301 56th Ave. W.  

The event, open to children ages 2-12, is sponsored by the Cheeseburger Babies Foundation, the charitable arm of Red Onion Burgers.

During the April 20 event, more than 12,000 eggs filled with candy and other prizes will be hidden on the field. All children must be accompanied by a supervising adult.

Mountlake Terrace Nile Clown’s Easter Egg Hunt

WHEN:  Saturday, April 20th at 11 AM – 12 PM

WHERE:  Nile Shriners 6601 244th St SW Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043

WHAT:  Bring the kids, grandkids & neighbor kids Afterwards, stop up at the #19 Bar & Grill for breakfast/lunch

Earth Day Park Clean Up
April 27, 2019     9 AM  1 PM

In honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day, the City of Mountlake Terrace provides an opportunity for citizens to give back to their community. Families, friends and neighbors are invited to help tidy up one of our parks annually in April from 9:00 a.m. until about 1:00 p.m. The first 50 volunteers or families to volunteer will receive a one-gallon potted hemlock or chestnut tree in honor of Arbor Day. The event concludes with an appreciation lunch served to volunteers by the City Council. Volunteers should meet at the Ballinger Clubhouse parking lot, 23000 Lakeview Drive, in comfortable work clothes, with gloves and tools in hand, to get their assignment. Annual activities include weed control, pruning, spreading bark, litter clean up, and debris removal. Occasionally, depending on the park, we paint picnic tables, benches and gazebos. Groups please contact Parks Services and Facilities Superintendent Ken Courtmanch at 425-776-1811 to register in advance.  Everyone celebrates the beginning of spring – rain or shine. For more information about our Earth Day event or other volunteer opportunities, please contact Ken Courtmanch at 425-776-1811 or

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