Sammamish Forum

March 5, 2014

By Administrator

The vote is no on

annexation to Issaquah

This past fall, both Sammamish and Issaquah were meeting in council and talking to the community regarding their positions on annexation of the whole of the Klahanie Potential Annexation Area. The Issaquah City Council made a promise to release the potential annexation area to Sammamish if the annexation vote in February were no.

Well, the residents of the potential annexation area have voted, and the vote was no. The democratic process is complete.

Now, it is time for Issaquah and the King County Boundary Review Board to release the Klahanie Potential Annexation Area, in whole, to the city of Sammamish.

Sammamish is eager to begin the annexation process and we, the residents of the potential annexation area, need to move on and see this issue of annexation finally resolved.

Just looking at the map, a grade school child will tell you which city the potential annexation area should belong to.

We are not children. All the questions have been answered.

We choose Sammamish.

It is time for Issaquah to release the whole Klahanie Proposed Annexation Area to the city of Sammamish.

Mitch Millar



Open letter to the Issaquah City Council:

As a resident of the Klahanie Potential Annexation Area, I believe I represent the feelings of most residents in saying enough is enough, Issaquah, free us from your potential annexation area.

You promised in 2002 to transfer the potential annexation area to Sammamish and you didn’t do this. You rejected us in 2005, and now you asked for our 60 percent vote to annex to your city (and assume our share of your bonded indebtedness). Well, you only received a 49.5 percent vote to annex.

Clearly, the majority of us are willing to take our chances that Sammamish wants us and we want Sammamish. Sammamish promised to do whatever it can to “fast-track” annexation into their city, but we need Issaquah to help facilitate that.

All along it was clear that annexation to Sammamish makes more sense than annexation to Issaquah, because of the ability of Sammamish to better provide service delivery to us, be it roads or police or trail connections or simply lifestyle desires.

In his campaign for mayor in October, Fred Butler said, “I would support removing Klahanie from our PAA if Klahanie citizens vote not to be annexed to Issaquah.” That is as clear as it can get. He says remove Klahanie, not gerrymander the borders between the two cities. His recent comments about taking a look at the distribution of votes implies a possibility of splitting up the potential annexation area.

The memorandum of understanding the two cities signed in 2002 states that Issaquah would transfer the entire potential annexation area, or perhaps all of the area north of Southeast 48th Street extended to the east. So, Issaquah council and mayor, don’t equivocate; get on with it and get together with Sammamish and release the potential annexation area from your jurisdiction as fast as possible.

Julie Pai

Klahanie PAA

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One Response to “Sammamish Forum”

  1. Beth Sanford on March 10th, 2014 1:26 pm

    The Sammamish Kiwanis wants to thank the entire community for its support of the second annual Jumpin’ Jive to Thrive event held on March 1, 2014. Although this event is a FUN-raiser, not a fund-raiser, we are excited to announce raising in excess of $9,400 for seven outstanding Eastside non-profit organizations as well as the Kiwanis International/UNICEF Eliminate Project (eliminating maternal neonatal tetanus). Our featured local non-profits are:
    • Athletes for Kids,
    • ARAS Foundation,
    • Boys & Girls Clubs of Sammamish,
    • Eastside Baby Corner,
    • Eastside Friends of Seniors,
    • Kids Without Borders, and
    • Sammamish Heritage Society
    We also want to thank our sponsors and supporters, and recommend their services to you in appreciation of what they are doing in our community. They include:
    • The Microsoft Jumpin’ Jive Orchestra who created a vibrant, energetic environment,
    • Aegis of Marymoor who provided all the good food, and
    • Rainier Wine who donated much of the wine.
    There were several more contributors from the community for which we are very grateful.
    Our event could not have reached this level of success without such generous support and participation. We sincerely hope we see you for the third annual Jumpin’ Jive to Thrive on March 7, 2015!
    With sincere gratitude,

    Beth Sanford
    President, Sammamish Kiwanis

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