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 By Kevin Stoltz    Opinion

City needs a comprehensive approach to address loud vehicles | Reality Check

In this month's Reality Check I need to highlight a couple of ongoing issues – the loud and speeding motor vehicles at the waterfront and the pedestrian safety issue at the new... — Updated 6/15/2022

 By Kevin Stoltz    Opinion

Waterfront parking still needs to be addressed | Reality Check

In case you missed it, the Port of Everett is partnering with the City of Mukilteo and YOU to help define the vision and guiding principles for future development at the Mukilteo wa... — Updated 5/18/2022

 By Kevin Stoltz    Opinion

Much work remains to be done on the waterfront | Reality Check

Having been out of town for three out of the past four weeks at two different locations (one tropical and the other at 8,000 feet in the Rockies), I find returning back home to be... — Updated 4/21/2022

 By Kevin Stoltz    Opinion

The good, bad, and ugly in Mukilteo | Reality Check

As we move closer to the busy summer season at Mukilteo’s waterfront, I find myself struggling with which of three extremely important (and strongly related) subjects to discuss... — Updated 3/18/2022

 By Kevin Stoltz    Opinion

Rosehill Community Center turns 11 | Reality Check

This month marks the 11th year anniversary of the opening of the new Rosehill Community Center. Last year, the 10th year anniversary came and went without even a mention, so this... — Updated 2/17/2022

 By Kevin Stoltz    Opinion

Public comment period for Paine Field Master Plan extended | Reality Check

Happy 2022! My plan this month was "a waterfront Reality Check roadmap for where we could be going in 2022 and what we can realistically expect. "I changed my mind. Instead, this... — Updated 1/19/2022


Ferry project updates l Guest View

The Mukilteo Ferry Advisory Committee (FAC) is a three-member committee created by the Washington State Legislature (RCW 47.60.310) appointed by Snohomish County to serve the local Mukilteo community. The Mukilteo FAC shares... — Updated 1/9/2019


Where we’re at with the terminal project l Guest View

Despite more delays plaguing the construction of the new Mukilteo Ferry Terminal, there’s still a lot happening that we as Mukilteo residents need to be aware of. The most recent delay caused by the lowest valid bid for the... — Updated 9/19/2018


Get your voice heard! l Guest View

RCW? ?47.60.310? ?created? ?local? ?ferry? ?advisory? ?committees? ?to? ?provide? ?local? ?perspectives? ?and recommendations? ?for? ?the? ?Washington? ?State? ?Department? ?of? ?Transportation.? The Washington State Ferries websit... — Updated 3/7/2018


Mukilteo’s public safety problems l Guest View

Mukilteo has a public safety problem. Not the typical “we need to give police and fire more money so they can respond better to emergencies,” but rather making the pedestrian and vehicle interaction in Mukilteo safer. The... — Updated 12/13/2017 Full story

 By Kevin Stoltz    Opinion

The de-evolution of Mukilteo’s park-and-ride | Guest View

Ten years ago, a top Mukilteo priority was to build a park-and-ride at Paine Field. It was the reason the airport cut down all the trees near where Lombardo's Pizzeria is now.... — Updated 7/20/2016 Full story


Tooting my own horn | Council Corner

This month marks the end of my second four-year term as a Mukilteo city councilmember and, accordingly, this will be the last column I write as a councilmember. It also marks the 30th anniversary of my moving to Mukilteo, where... — Updated 12/11/2013


Mukilteo’s future looks promising | Council Corner

Congratulations to our new mayor-elect Jennifer Gregerson! I’m confident that Jennifer will bring to Mukilteo a new level of cooperation, communication and professionalism that many of us have been longing for. To say that I’m... — Updated 11/13/2013


Wait not over for waterfront access

After attending a council work session a couple of weeks ago and learning the current plan (and I use the term extremely lightly) for development of the waterfront, I’m not expecting much benefit to Mukilteo for probably at... — Updated 10/9/2013 Full story


Constructive criticism and facts

This month, there are a number of items I’ll attempt to get everyone caught up on. It’s not all pretty, but it is factual (for those who tend to confuse constructive criticism and facts with negativity). Promotional video At... — Updated 9/11/2013 Full story


Rosehill expands hours

The Rosehill Community Center is now open an additional 15 hours per week for our residents. As of June 21, Rosehill is open an additional four hours on Fridays (6:30 a.m.-9 p.m.) an additional four hours on Saturdays (8 a.m.-9 p.m... — Updated 8/14/2013 Full story


Waterfront access and you

Summer is a great time in Mukilteo with the start of Open Mic at the Red Cup Café and the Farmer’s Market at Lighthouse Park. Both events occur every Wednesday throughout the summer with the Farmer’s Market running from 3-7 p.... — Updated 6/12/2013 Full story


2 terms is enough

This year Mukilteo voters will be deciding who they want to represent them as mayor and three city council positions. Next week is filing week when the incumbents and anyone else wishing to run officially apply for the position. I... — Updated 5/8/2013 Full story


If at first you don’t succeed

I’ve come to the conclusion that I have a very serious character flaw as a city councilmember. I’m not a very good “Mukilteo politician.” I don’t have much tolerance for city officials who make stuff up to get their way.... — Updated 4/10/2013


How should I vote? A look at the community center controversy

A sense of community is a great thing that many cities strive to obtain. Sometimes, however, that sense of community we all strive for comes to us incidentally without any deliberate actions. The success of the Tails and Trails... — Updated 3/13/2013 Full story


Getting more results outside of Mukilteo

Sometimes it takes a hard look outside of Mukilteo before realizing the reality that is Mukilteo, at least as Mukilteo politics goes. After reviewing my experience on council committees and the resulting effectiveness, I came to... — Updated 2/13/2013


Looking forward to 2013 while remembering years past

The year 2013 is upon us, and despite the 13 – and how some will inevitably view the tone of this month’s column – there will be many opportunities for Mukilteo, if only city officials can do what’s best for Mukilteo. This... — Updated 1/9/2013


Some final thoughts on 2012

As 2012 comes to an end, the council has passed another deficit-ridden budget for 2013 and, as if trying to demonstrate how inept federal government agencies can be, the FAA gives Mukilteo and the region a rock for Christmas. The... — Updated 12/12/2012 Full story


Japanese Gulch, parking, fees and the budget

Japanese Gulch Although Proposition 1, a levy to purchase property in Japanese Gulch for parks and open space failed to get the 60 percent required to pass, it did get nearly 58 percent, which sends a clear message to the City... — Updated 11/14/2012


Vote for the gulch

This month I’m straying a bit from my normal desire to justify my decisions based on the facts before me and am asking you to vote ‘Yes’ in November on Proposition 1 to “Save the Gulch,” just because it’s the right... — Updated 10/10/2012 Full story


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