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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Community center moves ahead with few glitches

May 20, 2015

The fact the $33.8 million Sammamish Community and Aquatic Center is being built on time and perhaps even a little under budget were probably two of the more notable bits of information to come up as the Sammamish City Council recently received an update on the progress of the project.

City of Sammamish Construction last month of the leisure pool at the Sammamish Community and Aquatic Center was going on at a brisk pace. The other will be a lap and diving pool.

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Construction last month of the leisure pool at the Sammamish Community and Aquatic Center was going on at a brisk pace. The other will be a lap and diving pool.

The total construction contract for the project is $28 million, said Jessi Bon, city parks and recreation director.

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Letters to the Editor — May 21, 2015

May 20, 2015

Work together on development, growth

I’m frustrated at what seems to have become a major trend — homeowners’ associations appealing new subdivisions with what seems a knee-jerk reaction to change.

This is an un-neighborly “not in my back yard” attitude that is hard to understand from associations that benefited from city standards to allow their creation.

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Candidate filing week sets up council races

May 20, 2015

NEW – 6 a.m. May 20, 2015

The race for three Sammamish City Council spots is on.

King County candidate filing week closed May 15, setting up races for all three term-expiring seats.

With just two challengers for each spot, a primary is unnecessary, but it does ensure voters will have choices come Election Day Nov. 4.

Sammamish City Councilwoman Nancy Whitten is the only incumbent who decided against filing for re-election.

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Two seek re-election to City Council; Nancy Whitten bows out

May 13, 2015

With their current terms expiring at the end of this year, Mayor Tom Vance and Councilman Ramiro Valderrama-Aramayo both have announced they will run for re-election this fall.

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With passage of annexation, Sammamish jumps into talks with King County

May 5, 2015

As Klahanie-area voters were overwhelmingly approving annexation to Sammamish, City Manager Ben Yazici wasted no time.

According to unofficial numbers from the King County Board of Elections, as of May 1, the annexation was passing by a more than healthy margin of 2,451 votes to 398, or 86 percent to 13.9 percent.

Even though some votes still need counting and results won’t be certified until May 12, with initial returns showing the annexation passing handily, Yazici said he quickly was on the phone to county officials to get the ball rolling toward formal annexation of the Klahanie area.

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With advisory vote passing, council will look at initiatives, referenda

May 5, 2015

The Sammamish City Council already has a study session set up to tackle the issue of handling residents’ initiative and referendum rights.

That session is set for a council work session June 9, Mayor Tom Vance said.

“It’s a chance to discuss the issue,” he added.

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Council launches internal search to replace city manager

April 29, 2015

Following a presentation by Sammamish City Manager Ben Yazici at the April 21 City Council meeting, local officials intend to look internally for Yazici’s replacement.

“It could be a good thing to stay in-house,” Mayor Tom Vance said. “We are a contract city and there aren’t too many of those around.”

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Editorial — Get ready for election season

April 29, 2015

If you’ve been thinking about taking on an important leadership role within the city of Sammamish, the time has come to take the next step. Candidates must file for election by May 15.

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Klahanie annexation passing by wide margin

April 29, 2015

NEW — 3:05 p.m. April 29, 2015

It appears the Klahanie area has a new home.

The proposition allowing the city of Sammamish to annex the Klahanie area is passing by a wide margin, after the April 28 special election.

As of 8 p.m. Tuesday, King County Elections reports that 86.83 percent of the nearly 2,500 votes counted are for annexation.

“We were heartened to see the landslide victory yesterday and wanted to extend a big thank you to those of you that voted,” Kirsten O’Malley, head of Klahanie Choice, posted on the group’s Facebook page April 29. Read more

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