December 5, 2013
Barricades are scattered across Sammamish. Some years ago, the city developed a process for how to study each barricade and determine if it was best to remove it or leave it in place.
Since then, the city has studied only one barricade, in 2011. It is past time to continue the work it started. The barricade process should start again. Read more
December 5, 2013
When Doug Eglington joined the Lake Washington School Board, George Bush was president – the first George Bush. In the 24 years since, Eglington, of Sammamish, has put in countless hours serving the community and working to improve the schools in the Lake Washington district. Read more
November 27, 2013
We have all heard the hype surrounding Black Friday when big box retailers roll out their lowest sale prices of the year to kick off the holiday shopping season. And then there is Cyber Monday, the big day for online shopping orders.
But Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize the storefronts right in their own hometown. Read more
November 20, 2013
It’s been a little more than a month since Tent City brought about 60 new, if temporary, neighbors to Sammamish. If you haven’t yet, take the time to go meet them.
If you go, you’ll find people, human beings, who are maybe a bit down on their luck, and could use a friendly face and an outstretched hand.
Since they set up Oct. 19, they are virtually un-noticed behind Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Read more
November 12, 2013
The trail is not a commuter road
There is trickery afoot on the East Lake Sammamish Parkway. The Sammamish Planning Commission recommends the city declare that the nearby East Lake Sammamish Trail can carry nearly 7,000 commuters per day, so no improvements are needed on the parkway.
The City Council should resist this plan and use a more honest alternative.
The parkway has been a contentious piece of road for years. Every morning and afternoon, it clogs with Sammamish residents headed to and from their jobs in Redmond.
November 5, 2013
The big winds blew last weekend and sent residents scurrying. It wasn’t about the leaves and branches. It was about the need to get emergency ready.
Many experienced the dreaded power outage — without the luxury of a generator. Luckily, the daytime temperatures were mild, but the threat of winter’s pending cold was a reminder of the need to set in supplies. Read more
October 30, 2013
Sammamish has a pair of excellent candidates running in its single contested City Council race. Kathleen Huckabay has a depth of experience that is difficult to match. Larry Wright is smart and certainly seems to understand the various trade offs a council member must weigh when deciding on an issue. Read more
October 30, 2013
There are a pair of statewide initiatives on the ballot, and neither deserves approval.
Initiative 517 extends the time for people to gather signatures for future initiatives, and could increase the places in which they could do it. Does the state really need more initiatives? No. Considering the laundry list of ballot measures every year, does it really seem like initiative backers are having such a hard time getting signatures that they need more protections? No. Read more
October 23, 2013
Issaquah School District voters are fortunate to have two excellent choices for school board director seat 4. Both Alison Meryweather and Lisa Callan applied for the vacancy last spring when Chad Magendanz resigned to serve in the legislature.
The school board members struggled with the appointment, first split evenly between the two women. Eventually Meryweather got the appointment. Read more
October 17, 2013
If the partners of Eastside Fire & rescue don’t act quickly, they may be too late to salvage the partnership that has served them so well for many years.
For the past few years, Sammamish has been warning its partners in Eastside Fire & Rescue that the current funding model was unsustainable. The formula, based solely on assessed value – while ignoring the number of calls for service – has had Sammamish and Fire Districts 10 and 38 subsidizing fire and emergency services for Issaquah and North Bend. Read more