Sammamish City Council reluctantly endorses roads and transit measure

April 8, 2014

New: April 8, 9:14 a.m.

No one on the Sammamish City Council seemed particularly excited about endorsing a proposed tax increase to fund roads and King County Metro bus service, but they did it anyway.

On a 6-1 vote, the council endorsed a measure that will add one-tenth of one percent to the sales tax (one cent on a $10 purchase) and replace an expiring $20 car tab fee with a $60 car tab fee. Councilman Ramiro Valderrama was opposed. Read more

Lake Washington schools will try a different bond in April

March 14, 2014

New: March 14, 1:13 p.m.

Rick Whitney is just the kind of person the Lake Washington School Board is hoping to reach when it presents voters with a new bond measure in April.

The Kirkland resident spoke at the March 3 school board meeting, and explained why he voted against the district’s $755 million bond measure in February. Whitney, who said he’d never before opposed a school request for funding, thought the bond measure was asking for too much overall, and that the cost of new schools was excessive. Read more

Klahanie says no to Issaquah

March 5, 2014

New: March 5, 11:12 a.m.

Klahanie-area residents have spoken — and 32 of them may make all the difference.

The final results of the Feb. 11 election are in. With 49 percent of registered voters casting a ballot, only 49.47 percent, or 1,504, voted for an Issaquah annexation. While 50.53 percent, or 1,536, voted against the measure.

Even with the narrow number of votes separating the sides, it is outside the 0.25 percent margin that would trigger an automatic recount. Though one side or the other could pay for one, no one has suggested they are willing to do so. Read more

Gun initiatives set to duel in November

February 27, 2014

New: Feb. 27, 11:14 a.m.

By Christopher Lopaze

WNPA Olympia News Bureau


Campaigns for dueling gun initiatives on this year’s ballot could bring national attention to Washington state, and contribute to an ongoing debate about gun laws across the United States.

Initiative 594 would enact statewide criminal background checks for all firearm transactions. That’s indirect conflict with Initiative 591, which would prohibit passage of any law expanding background checks unless a national standard is created. I-591 also prohibits confiscations of guns without due process.

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Election night looks bad for Lake Washington Bond, good for Klahanie coming to Sammamish

February 11, 2014

Updated: Feb. 12, 3:01 p.m.

School levies in both of Sammamish’s major school districts passed easily, while a bond measure in the Lake Washington District looks to be in a close race.

Meanwhile, Sammamish’s neighbor to the south had a pair of votes with implications for Sammamish. Read more

Matt Isenhower announces Senate run

January 26, 2014

New: Jan. 26, 11:17 a.m.

Redmond resident Matt Isenhower announced he is running for the 45th District state Senate seat held by Republican Andy Hill.

Isenhower, 33, who is running as a Democrat, said he was upset at the partisan gridlock in the last legislative cycle, which led to two special sessions and nearly caused a state-government shutdown.

“I’m convinced that we can do better,” he said. “It’s time to put the people’s priorities ahead of partisan games.” Read more

3 Issaquah school levy proposals headed to voters

January 9, 2014

New: Jan. 9, 12:13 p.m.

Voters will have the chance to approve or deny three levy proposals the Issaquah School District is placing on the Feb. 11 ballot.

The district is seeking the renewal of its existing maintenance and operations levy, which provides a large chunk of employee salaries not covered by the state. Read more

Kathleen Huckabay returns to City Council, many other races decided

November 5, 2013

New: Nov. 5, 9:07 p.m.

Former City Councilwoman Kathleen Huckabay will return to City Hall next year. After the first round of ballots were released Nov. 5, Huckabay led challenger Larry Wright by a 67-33 margin.

Huckabay served on the City Council from the city’s inception in 1999 to 2009. She retired from the City Council because of her workload in her job at Union Bank. She’s retiring from that job, and said she now thinks she will have sufficient time to devote to the city. Read more

Lisa Callan questions and answers

October 23, 2013

1. As state funding increases, what percentage should go to teacher salaries? To programs? To class size reductions?


New revenue distribution should be determined by amount, state-imposed limitations, priorities identified by our community and staff, and the greatest educational benefit for students.

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Alison Meryweather questions and answers

October 23, 2013

1. As state funding increases, what percentage should go to teacher salaries? To programs? To class size reductions?

The district will strategically invest the additional funding to support student academic achievement goals aligned with our community priorities; current staffing is 85% of budget. Read more

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