June 4, 2013
I am writing to wholeheartedly agree with Sandy Livingston’s suggestion that a moratorium be imposed on development in Sammamish. The latest devastation caused by the developers on Inglewood Hill is breathtakingly appalling. Enough talk of turning Sammamish Town Center into something it is never going to be, let’s concentrate on preserving what is beautiful about what we already have. Read more
May 28, 2013
Forbid the pilot programs
Erosion Overlays were put into place in 1997 when Sammamish was put into the Urban Growth Boundary.
Before that, all of Sammamish was considered rural, and those properties had parcel specific building restrictions (P-suffix conditions) that limited development. Read more
May 23, 2013
Erosion overlay strips rights
There has been a lot of controversy about the proposed pilot program to allow development in the Erosion Hazard Overlay.
The question was asked, why bother? Our situation within the overlay is a good example of why.
We have lived on our property for 30 years; since 1983. In 1997, our 4-acre property was placed in what is called a no-disturbance overlay, without notice to us. It does not allow us the ability to do anything with our property. Read more
May 15, 2013
You can keep taxes low and city government in its place all for about 45 minutes a day. That’s about how much time it would take for you to serve on the Sammamish City Council. Let’s see if you have what it takes.
Here is a little test for you; this is from an actual meeting back in 2010. You have a choice to either spend $23,000 to educate fourth-graders on the importance of picking up dog poop or not spending $23,000 to educate fourth-graders on the importance of picking up dog poop. How would you vote? Read more
May 7, 2013
Preserve environmental regulations
In the April 17 Sammamish Review, in the article “Steep slope development rules before council”, Ari Cetron compares part of the city’s code, the Erosion Hazards Near Sensitive Water Bodies Overlay, to parachute pants and other 1980’s fashion fads. While this sounds entertaining, the comparison trivializes an important law that protects our citizens, private property, city infrastructure and Lake Sammamish from real harm. The law was enacted in 1997 after extensive local study by experts in their fields, including Dr. Derek Booth, a renowned geologist known for his studies on stormwater and the environment. Read more
May 1, 2013
Our Troubled Skies
Air pollution is becoming a huge problem in our world. People might think air pollution is a myth. Ozone depletion, acid rain, smog and CFC’s continue to damage our world. That’s proof that the world is getting more polluted and polluted, but if we don’t act now, the world’s polar ice caps may melt completely, and people would be left with the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun, which can cause skin cancer. Read more
April 25, 2013
Why are we messing with a good thing?
Sammamish and the county have prevented any development on the slopes above Lake Sammamish for more than 30 years and with success. When was the last time we heard of a major landslide near Lake Sammamish?
We do, however, see continual issues in Seattle and other areas where it is allowed. Read more
April 17, 2013
Bags can be hazardous
As more and more cities are banning plastic bags in favor of canvas bags, many people are getting sick and have to go to the hospital or dying from using them. E-coli and norovirus are sometimes the cause of these deaths and hospital stays. In a study done in San Francisco the death rate is 5.5 humans per 100,000 and growing as more cities are banning plastic bags. Read more
April 9, 2013
Let the bears roam
It is becoming harder and harder for me to read the Sammamish Review. Each week it seems there is another article designed to break my heart. Read more
April 3, 2013
Community center is a boondoggle
In reference to your recent article (“Council formally chooses design for Community Center,” March 27, 2013) and as a long time resident of Sammamish, I would to opine that the project, now $2.3 million over budget, is becoming a “Big Dig” west, similar to the infamous and shameful experience of Boston, Mass. Read more