April 21, 2015
Citizens need the right to initiative/referendum
When I ran for City Council four years ago, I stressed the need for greater citizen engagement and the need for a culture of accountability. The citizens of Sammamish now have the ability to increase both in our city by saying yes to the right to initiative/referendum.
April 14, 2015
Vote ‘yes’ for initiative and referendum rights
As a former councilmember and deputy mayor in December 2012, I advocated for Sammamish to have the opportunity to grant citizens the rights of initiative and referendum, and was in favor of asking city staff to craft an ordinance granting those powers.
April 7, 2015
Re-examine barricade issue before deciding
As a 23-year resident of Sammamish, in the Timberline neighborhood, I have a great deal at risk with the opening of the 42nd Street barricade.
March 25, 2015
Slow down, drive responsibly and save lives
Sammamish is about to get more crowded.
Notice the number of new houses going in around you. Each house represents additional traffic and potential congestion. With all this increased traffic, it’s important that we slow down and obey the speed limits and traffic signs.
March 17, 2015
Trail is for everyone’s use
I’m glad the East Lake Sammamish Trail is being improved, because I love to walk there, but I do have a worry. When the trail was gravel, it was possible for walkers to hear bicyclists coming up from behind and get out of their way. On the new smooth surface, approaching bicycles may be almost silent.
March 10, 2015
All we are saying is give pizza chance
A new restaurant, Uncle Si’s, opened up on East Lake Sammamish Parkway a few months ago. We read the article in the newspaper and decided to give it a try. We got a few families together and went down after our sons’ basketball practice….wow! What a treat!
March 3, 2015
A Sammamish poem about government
Borrowing heavily from Clement Clarke Moore’s, “A Visit From St. Nicholas:”
‘Twas the night before a City Council meeting, when all through City Hall
Not a council member was stirring, not even the tall;
The council’s agenda was posted to the city website with care,
In hopes that citizens soon wouldn’t be there;
The citizens wrestled with worry all night in their beds;
While visions of an unaccountable City Council danced in their heads;
When out in the grass roots there arose such a clatter,
The public sprang from their beds to follow the chatter.
With the shine of computer screens on their eyes,
Some Citizens for Sammamish started to cry,
Their wondering eyes had found a solution,
It was the Washington State Constitution.
By using a provision from 1912,
The citizens knew everything would end well.
As the citizens turned off their computers and lights,
They knew they finally had their rights.
They whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
Now, Seattle! Now, Redmond! Now, East King County!
On, Issaquah! On, Bellevue! On, 85 percent of the citizens of King County!
The citizens of Sammamish wish to share in your bounty.
Like their neighbors in adjacent ‘principalities,”
Sammamish citizens had found a way to check council members’ responsibilities.
They shouted from their lawns’ manicured grass —
“Vote yes, on initiative/referendum, this needs to pass!”
Sammamish Planning Commission
City children should have one school district
Our family moved to the north end of the plateau in 1988 and we have lived here for most of the past 26 years. Our property was included in the original incorporation of the city of Sammamish and, though we felt uncomfortable with it at the time, we have grown to be very pleased with how the city has taken shape. One more big step remains to be taken, however, and that is the creation of a single school district for the city.
As it is today, children who live within the city limits of Sammamish attend school in one of three different public school districts. Yes, three. You may be surprised to know there is a pocket in the northeast corner of the city where students are bused to Fall City or Snoqualmie to attend school. There remains no good logic for Sammamish families to have the management of public education commingled with the Issaquah, Lake Washington and Snoqualmie Valley school districts.
I know of no other city in the Puget Sound region, or anywhere else in the state for that matter, where more than one public school district serves the city’s residents. I understand the history but a single school district for Sammamish is an idea whose time has come.
Northeast 42nd Street barricade review process
I am pleased to see that the Sammamish City Council voted to approve a motion to instruct the city manager to embark on a study regarding details about the removal of the Opti-Com barricade in the 19900 block of Northeast 42nd Street. I hope that the city will engage a professional traffic engineer to study the issue and look at both sides of the issue.
Then, implement the Barricade Review Process established in 2010 or engage a hearing examiner to make a recommendation to the council for action. It really seems like the staff does not want to be in the middle of this contentious issue, so I strongly recommend that a hearing examiner be employed.
A hearing examiner will be objective in reviewing of the facts, an arbiter of the facts one might say. The city has stalled on making a decision on this barricade for years. The citizens deserve a fair and impartial decision on this issue.
Some assert that removal of the barricade will have negative affects to the neighborhood to the west, but they overlook the negative affect the barricade causes the neighborhood to the east at the present time. They also overlook the big picture regarding traffic circulation, signal warrants and reduced level of service issues caused by the barricade diverted traffic. I am certain that these folks are well-meaning and just reacting to a fear of more traffic.
So, let us embark on a study to look at the facts and stop the emotional attempts to silence and subvert the study of this issue. I think it is only fair and neighborly for both neighborhoods to take their fair share of the traffic rather than divert all of the traffic through one neighborhood with a barricade.
February 24, 2015
Support local events when they happen
On Tuesday evening, Feb. 17, the Sammamish Arts Commission sponsored an incredible chamber music concert by the group Simple Measures. The program was very poorly attended.
February 17, 2015
More than an hour is much too long
When our son turned 3 and received a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, our family went through a series of difficult transitions.
February 10, 2015
Turn your fan fervor to your own life or that of others
I was inspired by the fervor we all applied to the Seahawks. Our entire region collectively joined hands in unity for a single cause. The amounts of time, energy and money spent was prodigious, and grew to a loud roar by Sunday afternoon.