To the Editor — Christie Malchow, Ramiro Valderrama, Tom Hornish easy choices for council

October 27, 2015

NEW — 1:46 p.m. Oct. 27, 2015

Warren Huckabay submits a letter written, in part, by his wife (some text was in an email she sent out from her personal email address) slamming the endorsement from Eastside Business Alliance (EBA) by cherry-picking a few of the members. What Warren and Kathy fail to mention is the fact that Tom Vance and Mark Cross also sought the endorsement of EBA and failed to obtain it, now they are attacking the EBA. Here’s some cherry picking for consumption; also members of EBA include our own Sammamish Chamber, Hopelink, and the YMCAs on the Eastside. Kathy Huckabay is a board member of the YMCA.

Nice Transparency. Read more

To the Editor — All human beings matter and deserve respect

October 23, 2015

NEW — 5:51 p.m. Oct. 23, 2015

I just want to say I am not transgender however I stand for their rights and the rights of all others. I read the article in the Sammamish Review and was outraged to say the least when I saw this, and I quote, “I do not want to be showering with someone like that,” said one Sammamish resident in a call to the Sammamish Review. “I certainly don’t want my children or grandchildren exposed to that.”

Typical response I would only expect out of the average Sammamish resident. Seriously?! I must say “that” is a human being with feelings and blood and a heart. So in dealing with this on a case-by-case basis I’m ashamed of you David Mayer. From my perspective I believe all lives matter and deserve the same respect. Read more

To the Editor — Elect Christie Malchow and Tom Hornish for City Council

October 23, 2015

NEW — 5:43 p.m. Oct. 23, 2015

As a 42-year resident of Sammamish, I strongly support the election of Christie Malchow and Tom Hornish to our City Council. They will bring fresh ideas and energy to our council process, which is critically needed today. They will listen to our concerns and truly be advocates for the citizens of Sammamish. They will insist on transparency in our city government’s deliberations and decisions, something that has been lacking of late. Read more

To the Editor — Support Tom Vance and Mark Cross for City Council

October 23, 2015

NEW — 5:38 p.m. Oct. 23, 2015

Two candidates say they want to “balance environment and development.” What the heck does that mean? Now we know.

SHO (Sammamish Homeowners) and Citizens for Sammamish have been the center of the anti-environment/property rights movement in Sammamish for many years. They are the biggest local supporters of Christie Malchow, Tom Hornish and Ramiro Valderrama.

Now the Citizens for Sammamish slate has been endorsed by the Eastside Business Alliance, a group that includes Comcast, the Master Builders of King and Snohomish Counties (representing some of the biggest developers on the Eastside) plus Kemper-Freeman, Wallace Properties and others. Read more

To the Editor — Re-elect Jackie Pendergrass to school board

October 23, 2015

NEW — 5:34 p.m. Oct. 23, 2015

Jackie Pendergrass is an extraordinary advocate for the Lake Washington School District and its students. Currently, she serves as the president of the Lake Washington School (LWSD) Board of Directors and has been elected to this position by her peers.

In our experience working with Jackie for over 25 years, she has a proven record of unwavering leadership. Her leadership was demonstrated locally, regionally and statewide in tackling a variety of child advocacy issues for the Parent Teacher and Student Association (PTSA). Jackie continues to be a dedicated student advocate in her decades of service as a member of the LWSD Board of Directors focusing on all students. Her collaboration with fellow colleagues, administrators, teachers and students has placed the Lake Washington School District in the headlines. It was reported that LWSD has achieved a 90 percent on-time high school graduation rate. Jackie’s leadership has resulted in a fiscally sound district with clean audit reports and the highest bond rating. Read more

To the Editor — Support Ramiro Valderrama for City Council

October 23, 2015

NEW — 5:31 p.m. Oct. 23, 2015

A vote for Ramiro Valderrama should be a “no brainer” for those who monitor what has been happening in Sammamish for the last four years. Ramiro is superior in both intellect and public service values when compared to the Gang of Four under Tom Vance’s leadership. Check Ramiro’s voting record and his opposition to the council as they systematically have catered to developers and initiated near gridlock on our main arterials.

Valderrama cannot do what is necessary all by himself. He needs colleagues such as Tom Hornish and Christie Malchow who share similar values and are willing to give of their time and talents on behalf of our city Read more

To the Editor — Sammamish Homeowners support the trail

October 23, 2015

NEW — 5:27 p.m. Oct. 23, 2015

I am rebutting Jan Bird’s comment in the Oct. 15 issue. Ms. Bird, while protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, misstates the intent of Sammamish Homeowners (SHO) and its president, Tom Hornish with respect to the East Lake Sammamish Trail. One only has to “Google” “Sammamish Homeowners” to see SHO’s intent. The following is from the SHO website:

“Before we get into the details, we want to again clarify that nowhere in any of our legal efforts do we dispute King County’s rights to construct and operate a hiking and biking trail. What we are fighting is King County’s claim of outright ownership of the corridor and where they can put the trail.” Read more

To the Editor — City Council candidate Mark Cross brings experience, leadership

October 23, 2015

NEW — 5:20 p.m. Oct. 23, 2015

Mark Cross’ 40 years of urban planning excellence and 30 years of serving Sammamish as a concerned citizen in a vast array of civic affairs easily places him at the top of the list of candidates running for the three council positions at a time when Sammamish needs his experience and leadership skills to navigate it’s way through the complex issues confronting our rapidly growing city.

Mark Cross’s non-partisan outlook will hit the ground running. He is clearly capable of developing the coalitions and partnerships inside and outside of our community, with individual citizens, community groups, county agencies and other leaders, to not only preserve the nature and flavor of Sammamish but also manage the complexities that come with the Growth Management Acts that may overwhelm candidates who are unfamiliar with the R.C.W and city ordinances that sometimes appear to favor developers over the desires of the citizens.  Read more

To the Editor — Elect council members who will be citizen advocates

October 23, 2015

NEW — 5:11 p.m. Oct. 23, 2015

Living in Sammamish, one of the top 25 safest cities in the country, we normally have little to fear from gangs. However there is a pernicious gang that all Sammamish citizens need to know about — the “gang of four” on Sammamish City Council. These four council people are notorious for promoting the power of city government and preservation of their own ruling majority, rather than policies that serve the citizens of Sammamish. Recently they did everything in their power to prevent citizens from having the powers of initiative and referendum. Read more

To the Editor — Vote Tom Vance and Mark Cross for City Council

October 23, 2015

NEW — 5:06 p.m. Oct. 23, 2015

Signs, everywhere red signs — small ones and big ones on sides of buildings and fences. The worse sign blitz I’ve ever seen. It looks like a Turkish Bazaar (apologies to Turkish Bazaars).

Why do the Citizens for Sammamish slate (Valderrama-Aramayo, Malchow and Hornish) have so many signs? CFS is a small group of pro-development, anti-tax citizens who don’t trust city government. Recently, they reached a new low, throwing mud at members of hardworking service organizations and casting aspersions on our chamber. So who are their supporters? Read more

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