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NEWS BITES for June 12

20 mph limit on Pine Avenue?
SNOHOMISH — The City Council will soon consider a pilot project on setting a 20 mph speed limit along north Pine Avenue to slow down cars in the residential area.
The same meeting agenda includes a discussion on whether to allow ATVs on city roads.
The City Council will meet Tuesday, June 18 at 6 p.m. at the school district headquarters, 1601 Ave. D.

Alaska Air to fly to Palm Springs from Paine Field
EVERETT — Starting this November, snowbirds can fly to Palm Springs from Paine Field.
Alaska Airlines plans to make daily trips to the city in the Coachella Valley in south-central California. The airline will reduce its service to Los Angeles and Portland to fit in the Palm Springs flights, according to its company blog.
Palm Springs will be the 10th destination available from Paine Field. Other hot getaways on Alaska are Las Vegas, San Diego, Phoenix and Los Angeles; the airline also flies to San Francisco and San Jose (Silicon Valley) from Everett.
United Airlines offers flights to San Francisco and Denver.
All Alaska flights at Paine Field are operated by Horizon Air with jet service using Embraer 175 regional jets.

Denise Johns takes job in Monroe
SNOHOMISH — The city’s project manager Denise Johns recently took a job as the new senior parks planner in Monroe.
Johns’ last day in Snohomish was last week. She starts in Monroe on June 17, Monroe’s human resources director confirmed. Her Snohomish projects list included the Second Street revamp, the Carnegie Building rehabilitation and city parks names.

Comcast must repay on service plans
On June 6, a King County judge ordered Comcast to pay nearly $9.1 million in penalties, in addition to providing restitution, to tens of thousands of people who were enrolled into Service Protection Plans without their consent.
The court ordered Comcast to refund affected consumers within 60 days, and pay 12 percent interest on the restitution. The state Attorney General’s office said about 31,000 customers had the plans put on their cable bills without their knowledge.
The court decision represents the largest trial award in a consumer protection case ever brought by the Washington State Attorney General, according to the AG’s office.

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