As voting begins, group continues push for initiatives and referenda

April 14, 2015

“Things are going fine,” said Harry Shedd, a member of Citizens for Sammamish and the primary force behind the push to give local residents initiative and referendum rights.

“We are moving forward, day-by-day, sign-by-sign and email-by-email,” Shedd added.

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City extends interim tree-retention policy for six months

April 14, 2015

In a unanimous vote, the Sammamish City Council acted April 7 to extend for six more months interim legislation regarding tree retention in the city.

City Manager Ben Yazici made clear the ordinance contains no new measures, but simply extends the emergency ordinance adopted in October 2014.

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Resident groups say traffic plagues Issaquah-Pine Lake Road

April 14, 2015

“We’re optimistic, but I can’t say we’re satisfied yet,” said Mike Grady, one of the leaders of the Kempton Downs Homeowners Association, which has decided to stand up and fight City Hall.

The issue: alleged traffic problems on Issaquah-Pine Lake Road Southeast and Southeast 42nd Street.

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Planning Commission adds three new members

April 14, 2015

As city leaders move forward on some major fronts, including the planned revamping of Sammamish’s tree retention policy, they will be doing so with three new members on the seven-member city Planning Commission.

The new members were chosen by City Council last month. They are Eric R. Brooks, a self-employed architect; Shanna Collins, who most recently worked as an analyst for San Mateo County in California; and Larry W. Crandall, who holds a doctorate in education and was the 2012 Sammamish Volunteer of the Year.

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Editorial — Approve the city’s two ballot measures

April 14, 2015

Voters are receiving their ballots and need to decide two important issues in this April 28 special election.

Proposition No. 1 — Klahanie Annexation 

The Sammamish City Council is calling for an election on the proposed annexation of the Klahanie Potential Annexation Area, about 1,240 acres currently located in unincorporated King County.

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Letters to the Editor

April 14, 2015

Vote ‘yes’ for initiative and referendum rights

As a former councilmember and deputy mayor in December 2012, I advocated for Sammamish to have the opportunity to grant citizens the rights of initiative and referendum, and was in favor of asking city staff to craft an ordinance granting those powers.

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City planners take long, careful look at tree-retention issues

April 7, 2015

They seem a long way from final decisions, but the Sammamish Planning Commission continues to plow through various options for new rules on tree retention in the city.

At a meeting April 2, planners reviewed what were described as three approaches to tree retention, methods used locally in Issaquah and Redmond, and a somewhat more unusual method used in Tigard, Oregon.

Redmond’s methodology is the closest to the interim tree policy Sammamish officials put in place last year, Community Development Director Jeff Thomas said.

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First candidate announces for Sammamish City Council

April 7, 2015

The election is months away, but the first candidate has formally announced her candidacy for Sammamish City Council.

Christie Malchow

Christie Malchow

Christie Malchow has lived in Sammamish with her husband and two children for 14 years. She has an MBA from Regis University in Denver and worked in the medical device and biotechnology industries, but left when she had the first of her children.

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Opposition doesn’t surface on Klahanie-area annexation

March 31, 2015

While Klahanie-area residents said, “No thanks,” to annexation to Issaquah, annexation to Sammamish seems to be a more popular idea.

By all accounts, there is no organized opposition to the annexation question on the April 28 ballot. When Sammamish went hunting for persons to write the “con” side for the King County Voters’ Pamphlet, they got no takers. Michael Foss is one of three Klahanie-area residents chosen by the city to write the “pro” side for the pamphlet.

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City buys former Mars Hill Church for $6.1 million

March 25, 2015

Three community colleges have asked to have until Sept. 15 to complete a viability study that could lead to the opening of a community or vocational college in the former Mars Hill Church building.

With a letter of interest from the schools in hand, the Sammamish City Council acted unanimously March 17 to authorize City Manager Ben Yazici to purchase the vacant two-story building at 120 228th Ave. N.E. for $6.1 million.

The schools involved are Cascadia and Bellevue colleges, along with the Lake Washington Institute of Technology.

By Greg Farrar The former Mars Hill Church building, 120 228th Ave. N.E., has a new owner, the city of Sammamish.

By Greg Farrar
The former Mars Hill Church building, 120 228th Ave. N.E., has a new owner, the city of Sammamish.

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