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.
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
April 2, 2014
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
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
March 20, 2014
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
March 12, 2014
Don’t read into
So the vote is in and the majority ruled that there is to be no annexation for Klahanie to the city of Issaquah. It was democracy in action but certainly not a win by a landslide. Considering the population of Klahanie, the number of votes are rather embarrassing in my thinking. Read more
March 5, 2014
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. Read more
February 26, 2014
Help fix the new
216 bus schedule
For those of you riding the afternoon MT 216, would you contact Metro and request a change in schedule. Read more
February 19, 2014
Over the next few weeks, dozens of volunteers from the Sammamish Family Y will be out canvasing the community seeking contributions to support their Annual Campaign. The goal this year is to raise $66,000 to support financial assistance and scholarships, and to subsidize youth, teen, family and senior programs for those in our community who need extra help or access to specific Y programs. Read more
February 13, 2014
Watch your driving
On Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 8:03 a.m. on 244th Avenue, a woman in an SUV decided to ignore a school zone speed limit and flashing crosswalk lights. My 7-year-old son, on his way to school, came within inches of being killed as I watched. Read more