February 15, 2014
New: Feb. 15, 10:14 a.m.
The numbers generally showed what many people might already have guessed. People come to Sammamish in their mid-30s, raise their children and then move away. Sammamish leaders wondered if that’s the way the city should operate.
“Is this really a long-term characteristic?” said Planning Commissioner Mahbubul Islam. “Is it a viable characteristic?” Read more
February 13, 2014
New: Feb. 13, 12:39 p.m.
The Sammamish City Council booted incumbents off the planning and parks commissions last week.
The council interviewed applicants for both of the advisory boards Jan. 14, then made its decisions Jan. 21.
“This was one of the best group of applicants we’ve had,” said Mayor Tom Vance. Read more
February 10, 2014
New: Feb. 10, 12:47 p.m.
State Sen. Andy Hill (R-45) announced he would not move ahead with a bill he introduced to alter Issaquah’s tax credit if it were to annex the Klahanie area.
Under current law, Issaquah would get a state sales tax credit for annexing the Klahanie area. Hill introduced a bill Jan. 29 that would have eliminated that credit.
The bill came before the Senate Ways & Means Committee for a public hearing Feb. 4. Hill is chairman of that committee.
In a statement Feb. 6, Hill said he would not continue to advance the legislation. Read more
February 3, 2014
New: Feb. 3, 3:13 p.m.
Annexing Klahanie would be much less palatable for Issaquah if a bill introduced by state Sen. Andy Hill (R-45) is approved.
Hill, who represents the northern half of Sammamish, introduced a bill Jan. 29, which would mean a drastic reduction to Issaquah’s expected revenue from an annexation. Read more
January 24, 2014
New: Jan. 24, 11:56 a.m.
It’s finally over. After more than two years of negotiations, an agreement is in place to preserve Eastside Fire & Rescue for at least another seven years.
On a 5-2 vote, the Sammamish City Council approved the new agreement Jan. 21, but not before dissenting council members Tom Odell and Kathleen Huckabay admonished the firefighters’ union. Read more
January 22, 2014
Updated: Jan. 22, 11:56 a.m.
Tent City IV hadn’t quite left Sammamish yet when the City Council decided it wouldn’t be coming back for at least six months.
On Jan. 14, the council voted 5-2 to impose a six-month moratorium on even considering homeless camps in the city while it works out more permanent regulations. Councilman Ramiro Valderrama and Councilwoman Nancy Whitten were opposed.
Tent City, a traveling camp of homeless people, moved to Sammamish behind Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in October and left Jan. 19. For a few days, it seemed the camp might remain in Sammamish and move to Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, but that plan fell through.
The group ended up at Lake Sammamish State Park. Read more
January 19, 2014
New: Jan. 19, 11:37 a.m.
Six residents are vying for two seats on the Sammamish Planning Commission, and the five who spoke at the Jan. 14 city council meeting all expressed leanings toward the environment over property rights.
The Sammamish Planning Commission is a seven-member board that reviews land-use regulations before they go to the city council. The commission’s findings are considered non-binding recommendations, and, indeed, the council often goes against the commission’s advice. Read more
January 18, 2014
New: Jan. 18, 12:14 p.m.
Although approval on a new agreement for Eastside Fire & Rescue seems assured, two members of the Sammamish City Council raised concerns during a Jan. 14 council meeting.
The city has been negotiating with the other members of EFR for several months. The main issue involves a funding formula, which Sammamish officials say caused the city to subsidize fire service for other members. Read more
January 17, 2014
New: Jan. 17, 11:55 a.m.
The Sammamish City Council is trying to make Klahanie an offer it can’t refuse.
The council voted unanimously Jan. 7 that if Klahanie does not vote to be absorbed into Issaquah, Sammamish will “fast track” an annexation of its own. It also made a laundry list of promises for what types of services it would provide the area if it were to enter Sammamish.
“We would endeavor to have a vote of the Klahanie area as soon as possible,” said Councilman Don Gerend. Read more
January 15, 2014
New: Jan. 15, 10:17 a.m.
On Jan. 7, Sammamish began what could be the end game of its drawn-out negotiations with other members of Eastside Fire and Rescue.
While some city council members advocated making a few last-second changes, others were quick to discourage them.
After years of complaints and months of intense discussions and brinksmanship, Sammamish secured a new funding model for the organization. The old model resulted in Sammamish subsidizing fire coverage for other members of EFR, city leaders complained. Read more