On the second Monday of the month, at 6 p.m., the League of Women Voters of Snohomish County produces a KSER 90.7 radio program about issues of importance to the voters of Snohomish County. (If you can't get good reception on KSER 90.7 FM, try KXIR 89.9 FM Freeland. )
The last six months of this "Magazine on the Air" are archived here, for your listening. If you want to hear an older LWV-SC program, email us, email@example.com, attention Michelle Valentine. You can purchase a CD of the program for $2 (production, handling, and mailing).
League member Chad Kinzel interviews Monica Sullivan and Ed Glazer, teachers in the Everett School District, about the English Learner program. Snohomish County, and particularly Everett, have had a significant growth in the number of students from outside the US. Children from 6-15 years old enter schools having had with no schooling in their home countries, sometimes due to war, disasters, or refugee status. Everett has developed and strongly supported programs for these children to learn the English language and move forward to become productive students. Listen to the various strategies used, stories about specific children and their barriers, and an invitation to share some of your time to grow this program.
This month League member Brenda Belanos-Ivory interviewed the newly-elected and first female mayor of Everett, Cassie Franklin. Mayor Franklin served on the Everett City Council before successfully running for mayor in 2017. She shares her “state of the city” remarks and answers additional questions about homelessness, the opiate crisis in Everett, low barrier housing and more.
Our guests take on the issue of disputes and civil discourse. League moderator Karen Madsen is joined by Jacquelyn Styrna, the executive director of the Dispute Resolution Center of Skagit County, and John Reid, a volunteer mediator, who describe the DRC services, costs, and operation. They then turn to the broader topic of civil discourse as it's being played out in our communities and country lately.
Much has happened since our original June 12, 2017 program describing the issue of creating districts for electing members of the Everett City Council. In this program we provide the latest updates on what has transpired. Everett Districts Now was formed and a council member has proposed a commission. Listen to Jon Bauer from The Everett Herald, Megan Dunn with Everett Districts Now, and Greg Lineberry, long-time Everett resident, talk about details of the initiative signature gathering, costs, options for 4-3 or 5-2 districts, and more.
Enjoy a reprise of our Veteran's Day program, "All About the League,” with three past presidents of the LWV of Snohomish County. They describe the League, who we are, what we do, and emphasize what we have done in our own county. Speakers are Lynn Carpenter, Joan Smith, and Michelle Valentine who join moderator Karen Madsen to fill you in on the local operations.
Today we hear about female mayors. Seattle will elect a female mayor in November, 2017. So will Everett, as its first female mayor. League moderator Karen Madsen interviews David Unger, Ph.D., Director of Curatorial Services, at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle, and Joan Smith, immediate past president of LWVSC, who share their knowledge about Seattle Mayor Bertha Knight Landes, who served from 1922-1930. Her amazing start from city council member to acting mayor who fired the police chief and took over is an exciting story of a woman who put the city before politics.