Sammamish Forum Oct. 2
October 2, 2013
Support for Huckabay
Sammamish is a young city, but it already has a national reputation as a great place to live, work, and play. We also enjoy a triple AAA credit rating, while building needed roads, parks and other amenities.
Kathleen Huckabay, as mayor and as a long serving City Council member, was right in the middle of making that happen.
I am thrilled that she wants to rejoin the council.
As a council member, Huckabay worked effectively at the state and regional level to make sure the city receives our fair share of transportation and park funding. She has been ready to take reasoned votes for the environment, transportation, and parks.
Making sure Sammamish remains a great city, even as it grows, takes this balanced approach. Huckabay has a passion to help the city be great 10 and 100 years from now.
Now in our second decade as a city, we need her long view of the future and her focus on efficient services and the environment to ensure that Sammamish remains the great place it is.
I ask that you join me this fall in voting for Kathleen Huckabay for Sammamish City Council.
The writer is a former member of the City Council
Don’t develop state park
The article on proposed “improvements” to Lake Sammamish State Park did nothing but horrify me. The solution to reinvigorate Lake Sammamish State Park does not lie in additional schemes to prostitute our public lands for the miniscule amount of additional revenue they might generate for the state.
If you want to make the park a more inviting place then all it needs is some capital improvements, but not ones that will forever change the character of the state park.
If you build it they will come – bring back the lifeguards, bring in new sand for the beaches, smooth and replant the lawns, put in a couple of swimming and fishing docks, replace the bath house, and upgrade and add picnic shelters.
You do not have to look any further than Gene Coulon Park, Pine Lake Park, and Sammamish Landing to see how wildly successful this approach will be.
Lake Sammamish State Park is a regional natural treasure. Within its boundary are salmon spawning streams, a heron rookery, a diverse environment that supports a variety of wildlife, passive and active recreational activities, and vital wetlands that help to absorb the runoff of water from the surrounding communities.
Is this really the place where we need to add a lakeside restaurant, a hotel/convention center, or additional soccer fields?
The pretense of adding these amenities is to generate revenue for the state.
But the real question that needs to be answered here is to what degree are we going to develop the very item we are trying to protect.
Lake Sammamish State Park is available to serve our recreational and environment needs because prior generations made a conscious decision to preserve it for future generations. What is your vision and legacy for the park, is it short term or long term?
gap nothing new
On Sept. 17, the U.S. Census Bureau released new data on the gender wage gap — but there’s nothing “new” about it. In 2012, women still earned just 77 cents, on average, for every dollar earned by their male counterparts. That number hasn’t budged in the past decade, and it’s lower for women of color.
Washington, D.C., has closed the gap to 90 cents and Wyoming was at the bottom of the list at 64 cents. In Washington state, a man earns $52.53 to a woman’s $41.06.
We were number 25 on the list of states at 78 cents. Use this information when you go to any candidate forums this fall; ask a question about where they stand on the wage gap.
There is a bill trying to get out of committee onto the floor of our U.S. Congress for a vote, and it needs public support.
U.S. Sens. Patty Murray (D) and Maria Cantwell (D) support this bill; U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert (R-8) is not on record as supporting Paycheck Fairness Act H.R. 377/S.84.
Thanks to those who support this bill!
Issaquah AAUW Branch