Initiative, referendum rights on hold for at least a bit longer

June 25, 2015

The Sammamish City Council likely will wait until July or later to make a final decision on whether to grant residents the right to mount initiative or referendum questions.

In an April 28 special election, voters indicated they wanted the powers of initiative and referendum by a margin of 3,830 to 3,076, or 55 percent to 44.5 percent. The vote was a nonbinding advisory vote and the council is under no obligation to act in accordance with the outcome.

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Sammamish City Council offers city manager contract to Lyman Howard

June 25, 2015

The Sammamish City Council formally offered Deputy City Manager Lyman Howard a contract and a base annual salary of $181,158 to be Sammamish’s next city manager.

The council took action after about a 20-minute executive session during its regular meeting June 16. Howard accepted the job, city spokesman Tim Larson said.

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Letters to the Editor — June 25, 2015

June 25, 2015

Look for council candidates who work well with others

I strongly believe our nation and the individual states have survived and thrived as a result of key foundational principles of governing that were outlined by our Founding Fathers nearly 240 years ago.

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Letters to the Editor — June 18, 2015

June 17, 2015

All citizens should be treated fairly

In the May 18 Committee of the Whole meeting, Mayor Tom Vance allowed yet another breach of meeting protocol that should not be duplicated.

Mark Cross, who should be well-versed on procedure, having been mayor at one time, asked to make a comment pertaining to the Klahanie annexation timeline well outside of public comment. Vance obliged Cross’ request, and allowed him to inject his commentary.

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Klahanie annexation seems destined to wait until 2016

June 10, 2015

Though one councilman insists the city promised it would happen this summer, the Klahanie annexation area almost certainly will not become part of Sammamish this year.

While the Sammamish City Council will pass an ordinance formalizing the annexation before the end of July, the annexation date likely will be Jan. 1, 2016. An earlier annexation just is not possible, City Manger Ben Yazici said.

Officials had been looking at an annexation date of Aug. 1.

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City officials see compromise from county on Sammamish trail plans, but would like more

June 10, 2015

According to local leaders, the good news is that King County’s latest plan for the East Lake Sammamish Trail takes into account some of the suggestions made by the city and residents along the trail.

According to local leaders, the bad news also is that King County’s latest plan takes into account only some of the suggestions coming from Sammamish.

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Letters to the Editor — June 11, 2015

June 10, 2015

There was no transparency in hiring new city manager

Sammamish city officials miss a key point over the appointment of Lyman Howard as city manager. Whether the action was to the letter of the law meets only half the test. Transparency is the other half and in this the entire City Council, and most particularly its leadership, failed this test miserably.

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Officials say procedures followed in picking new city manager

June 3, 2015

Following the recommendation of outgoing City Manager Ben Yazici, the Sammamish City Council voted unanimously May 19 to name Deputy City Manager Lyman Howard to replace Yazici in 2016.

Discussions about Howard’s appointment took place in executive, closed-door session. The council did vote on naming Howard in an open session. But there has been some criticism that the closed-door talks were improper.

Mayor Tom Vance said Howard was an obvious choice to succeed Yazici.

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Letters to the Editor — June 4, 2015

June 3, 2015

Bicyclists should pay some for bike lanes

I would like to respond to Mr. O’Connell. I’ve seen his name in the editorial pages often, and even though I disagree with 90 percent of what he writes, I still respect the fact he’s entitled to voice his opinion.

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City plans next steps as annexation, initiative/referendum are certified

May 20, 2015

Now that the vote overwhelmingly in favor of the annexation of Klahanie and some surrounding neighborhoods has been finalized, the next step is Sammamish City Council action to formally request the annexation.

According to final numbers from King County elections, the annexation question passed 2,467 to 400, or 86 percent to 13.9 percent.

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