November 27, 2013
Stay with EFR
For months, the community has been urging the Sammamish City Council to work out its problems with Eastside Fire & Rescue (EFR) and stay in the partnership. Despite that loud-and-clear message and herculean efforts made to make the council happy, it isn’t over yet. Even though the council has already gotten what it asked for – slightly lower costs for these services – the conflict continues and the future of fire and life services in this community is uncertain. Read more
November 20, 2013
Sticker shock seems to be among us here in Sammamish. We are projected to be $4 million over budget on the community center and have a $2 million proposal for a parking lot and bathrooms at Sammamish Landing Park. Both projects need to get done but the pricing is increasingly alarming. Read more
November 12, 2013
Bikes are helpful
This letter is in response Urban Masset’s letter against bicyclists. This is the latest letter from Masset against bicyclists and is becoming tiresome. He is trying to make bicyclists appear as a gang of lawbreakers who are ravaging the road of Sammamish. Time for a reality check, bicycling is a healthy activity. There have been many health studies on the benefits of bicycling. Besides obvious benefits like cardiovascular health and stronger muscles and joints, studies have shown bicycling improves mental health. Cycling has a relaxing effect due to uniform movement that stabilizes physical and emotional functions. Simply stated it reduces anxiety and depression. Fit happy people benefit a community.
I would like to point out that there have been many studies that show that adding bicycle lanes benefits local business. When people travel by bicycle they tend to eat, shop and play more locally. Cities across the nation, both big and small, are adding bicycling lanes and promoting bicycling as part of their economic plan. Yes, there are benefits to health and the environment but they are supporting and even promoting bicycling because of economics. Cities benefit dollar wise when people in that community ride bicycles.
November 5, 2013
Tent City needs
help, not scorn
It is not a surprise that concerns are already surfacing about the temporary site of Tent City IV being hosted in Sammamish. Your concerns are not with out validity, but we cannot hide our children in Sammamish from all the dangers of the world. The greatest danger is the criminal that has not yet been discovered; they could be one of your neighbors or family members. I am sure that the Rev. Kevin Duggan and every one involved has researched and is fully aware of the process that is followed to make it as safe as possible for the community. Read more
October 30, 2013
stay with EFR
The Sammamish Review’s editorial “EFR’s future needs quick action” got it right when it said Eastside Fire & Rescue has been successful. That is why citizens attended the last City Council meeting to raise questions about plans to leave EFR and start a new fire department. I am a taxpayer and my concern is about the health and welfare of my family, neighbors, friends and citizens of Sammamish. Read more
October 23, 2013
Support for Huckabay
If you know Kathy Huckabay, you know how fortunate we are to have her running for Sammamish City Council.
She is well versed on city politics, city events, city budgets and city happenings, having served as a previous council member.
Her background as a certified public accountant and financial planner serves her well in working on city budgets. Read more
October 16, 2013
Support for Huckabay
I have known Kathy Huckabay since she first became a Sammamish City Councilwoman in 1999. Over these years, I have respected Kathy for her qualities and involvement in our community. She is fair minded, intelligent, wants to understand all sides before making a decision and is fiscally responsible.
She brings positive energy to every meeting because of her natural curiosity and willingness to work with everyone and every issue. She is a protector of our natural environment and appreciates that Sammamish is such a beautiful area. Kathy is involved in many community organizations and gives selflessly of her time to make things better. Read more
October 10, 2013
Support the Lake Washington bond
The City Council of Sammamish needs to step up and endorse the proposed Lake Washington School District bond and levy package. We live in a nationally recognized city that values families, good schools, engaged parents, supportive community organizations and high property values. Sammamish is projected to grow in population as is the rest of Lake Washington School District. Just this fall, there were 800 new students in this school district. As a temporary measure, some students were moved to a different school in the Redmond Ridge area. Read more
October 2, 2013
Support for Huckabay
Sammamish is a young city, but it already has a national reputation as a great place to live, work, and play. We also enjoy a triple AAA credit rating, while building needed roads, parks and other amenities.
Kathleen Huckabay, as mayor and as a long serving City Council member, was right in the middle of making that happen.
I am thrilled that she wants to rejoin the council. Read more
September 25, 2013
Oh, now it’s
a community center
I made this point early on, but I think it bears repeating. We are not getting a Community Center no matter what the article in the Sept. 18 Sammamish Review calls it.
We are building a very expensive facility for the YMCA. This YMCA will have “two rooms” for residents who are not paying the $1,344 per year membership fees. Read more