Sammamish Forum

April 15, 2014

Vote Yes on LWSD Bond

Recent letters recommended we vote down the upcoming Lake Washington School District bond to “send a message” to school administrators and apparently to overly fertile parents. I think we already sent that message, and we now need to recognize the benefits we all get from good schools.

One letter said demolishing an existing facility and replacing it is never acceptable in a time of classroom shortages. With no facts given, this is merely the writer’s opinion versus the district’s cost / benefit analysis. The district’s post-election survey showed this was not a big issue for most voters.

Another objection attempts to divert attention to lobbying by the district to end the 60 percent positive vote requirement for bonds. School levies require only a simple majority. Why are bonds different? And why 60 percent rather than 58 percent, or 55 percent? Analysis seems appropriate, but it is doubtful it takes significant money from schools.

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Review editorial

April 15, 2014

Vote for the bond in spite of district

The Lake Washington School District is playing games with the amount a proposed bond measure will cost taxpayers.

Many in the community are suggesting the bond be rejected, owing not only to those games but also to other concerns.

While it’s unfortunate the district is hiding costs, voters should still approve the bond.

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Water district should join study

April 9, 2014

Sammamish plans to study its water districts to see if taking them over makes sense. The Northeast Sammamish Water and Sewer District has rejected even the idea of a study.

Their rejection seems based on little more than guesses, and is no way to run a public entity. Read more

Sammamish Forum April 9

April 9, 2014

Reasons to vote for Lake Washington Bond

1. According to a study by the Partnership for Learning, Washington is the nation’s No. 1 STEM economy and has the highest number of STEM jobs in the United States. Yet, the state ranks 49th out of 50 states in the mismatch between the skills required for the available jobs and individuals with those skills. Read more

Hold your nose and vote yes

April 2, 2014

The state failed, once again, to find a way to fund transportation. So, once again, the county is on the hook to do so. It’s unfortunate that it has come to this, but it has. Voters should approve King County’s Proposition 1, to fund roads and transit.

It’s not cheap, ($60 on car tabs and a 0.1 percent sales tax increase for the next 10 years) but neither is the transportation network needed to keep one of the fastest growing counties in the nation moving. Read more

Sammamish Forum April 2

April 2, 2014

Permanent Protection

The city has been processing the permit for the community center over the last few months. It will be a large project, at the top of slopes that drain to a wetland that provides important habitat and is the headwaters of Ebright Creek. Over many years, Friends of Pine Lake, an all volunteer non-profit organization established in 1998 with the mission to provide protections to the waters of the city as well as the biological resources that depend on them, has been highlighting the sensitivity of the area and has pushed for stronger, innovative storm water controls, first for City Hall, then for the library. This has led to underground parking, extensive pervious surfaces, and the library’s green roof and rain garden. Read more

Keep the walkways build the parking

March 27, 2014

Samammish has a number of parks projects on the drawing board, but two are of special sigfinigance, Big Rock and Sammamish Landing parks. Read more

Sammamish Forum March 26

March 27, 2014

Help build new trails

Beginning April 1, we have a fantastic citywide and regional opportunity: Washington Trails Association will be leading volunteer work parties to build a new trail at Evans Creek Preserve.  Read more

An annexation that may make sense

March 20, 2014

Washington State Parks has asked Issaquah to consider annexing Lake Sammamish State Park. The idea is worth considering.

As it stands, the park, even though it is a state park, sits in unincorporated King County. However, it is surrounded on all sides — except the lake side — by Issaquah. Read more

Sammamish Forum

March 20, 2014

Thanks firefighters

 

I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am to our Eastside Fire & Rescue crew for responding so quickly and effectively to the medical emergency at our house on Feb. 22.

They got my wife to Swedish Hospital in time to save her life for which we are enormously grateful. I visited the fire station later and learned that the responders were Ryan Anderson, Rick Whalen, and Mike O’Brian. Read more

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