December 1, 2013
New: Dec. 1, 3:04 p.m.
Sammamish has little choice in accepting new housing and commercial space, but right now, the city is trying to figure out how to fit in those changes.
City planning staffers are in the early stages of revising the Sammamish Comprehensive Plan, and the Planning Commission met with the City Council Nov. 12 to discuss priorities. Read more
November 29, 2013
New: Nov. 29, 10:14 a.m.
Sammamish will be getting the community center voters said they wanted, although not for the price they said they wanted to pay.
On a 5-2 vote Nov. 18, the City Council authorized spending up to $34.5 million on the center. Councilmen John Curley and Ramiro Valderrama were opposed.
A community center has long been a dream for many in Sammamish. The city held an advisory vote in 2012, where the center, which was to include a fitness area, gymnasium, community meeting area, leisure pool, lap pool and other amenities, was proposed at a cost of $30 million. Read more
November 26, 2013
New: Nov. 26, 10:14 a.m.
Tent City will likely be able to stay in Sammamish for an additional 30 days. The City Council voted unanimously Nov. 12 to take up a resolution that would permit the homeless encampment to stick around.
Tent City IV, a homeless camp, moved into Sammamish Oct. 17, behind Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church. The city granted the camp a 60-day permit to stay in the spot, but Tent City typically stays in one location for 90 days. Read more
November 22, 2013
New: Nov. 22, 11:16 a.m.
Rules are written by those who show up. Some members of the Sammamish Planning Commission learned that lesson when the commission recently voted to reject a proposed change to the way the city calculates housing density.
Planning Commission Chairman Michael Luxenberg presented the proposal to the City Council Nov. 5. Under the plan, the city would shift some of its land from a net density calculation to a gross calculation, a change which would allow developers to build more houses. Read more
November 21, 2013
New: Nov. 21, 11:56 a.m.
Sammamish will stay with Eastside Fire and Rescue, provided it gets a funding change and at least a few changes to the governance model.
The City Council voted unanimously Nov. 12 to accept a proposed change to the funding model, which looks to save Sammamish more than $411,000 per year.
The council also voted on a series of changes it would like to see made to the agreement that underpins the partnership. Read more
November 20, 2013
Sammamish residents will soon see new signs at city stormwater ponds, even though one member of the City Council opposed buying them.
At its Nov. 5 meeting, the council voted 6-1 to spend a little more than $40,000 on 400 signs. Councilman Ramiro Valderrama was opposed. Read more
November 18, 2013
New: Nov. 18, 3:13 p.m.
Sammamish is taking in more and spending less than expected, Finance Director Joe Guinasso told the City Council Nov. 5.
Guinasso is expecting Sammamish to see its reserve fund increase by about $7.4 million by the end of the year, bringing its total to more than $42 million. For the fifth straight year, the city is not proposing an increase in its property tax levy. Read more
November 6, 2013
New: Nov. 6, 11:18 a.m.
With a little bit of showmanship, City Manager Ben Yazici recommended that Sammamish stay in Eastside Fire & Rescue, citing a last-second breakthrough in negotiations.
But first, Yazici teased the crowd of about 70 who had stayed through hours of other city business. Read more
November 5, 2013
New: Nov. 5, 9:07 p.m.
Former City Councilwoman Kathleen Huckabay will return to City Hall next year. After the first round of ballots were released Nov. 5, Huckabay led challenger Larry Wright by a 67-33 margin.
Huckabay served on the City Council from the city’s inception in 1999 to 2009. She retired from the City Council because of her workload in her job at Union Bank. She’s retiring from that job, and said she now thinks she will have sufficient time to devote to the city. Read more
November 3, 2013
New: Nov. 3, 2:14 p.m.
Sammamish is taking steps toward annexing the Klahanie area, in case Issaquah does not.
At its Oct. 2 meeting, the Sammamish City Council voted unanimously to call for Klahanie residents to be able to vote on moving into Sammamish, to include Klahanie in its upcoming Comprehensive Plan Update, and to possibly move efforts to the King County Growth Management Planning Council. Read more