November 3, 2009
With phone calls, e-mail blasts and old-fashioned glad-handing, Issaquah city and schools candidates tapped a wide network of donors for cash to keep campaigns cruising ahead.
Despite a tough economy and the number of unopposed races on the city ballot, candidates had outpaced the amount spent on city races in 2007. During the last election cycle — when nine candidates appeared on the ballot in the August primary and seven candidates went on to the general election — challengers raised $32,505. Contrast the total with 2009, when no primary election was needed and eight candidates pulled in more than $58,000 by the last week in October, according to filings with the state Public Disclosure Commission.
Despite the economic downturn, most candidates said the recession had not limited donors’ ability to give.
“The economy has put a ding in a lot of races,” City Council candidate Joan Probala said.
But Probala, who faced incumbent Maureen McCarry, said she had no trouble fundraising. Probala said she was pleased with the amount raised by her campaign: $17,752 by the end of October.
McCarry had raised more by the end of October — $11,509 — than the $10,230 she mustered four years ago, when she was locked in a tight race with Bill Conley. But the City Council incumbent said asking for money had become difficult amid the recession.
“There are higher priorities in people’s lives right now, and I respect that,” McCarry said.
Candidate Nathan Perea tapped into a broad group of donors because he “reached out to so many families and close friends,” he said. He had raised $8,273 by the end of last month.
Perea squared off against another newcomer, Tola Marts, for the Position 7 council seat. Marts said he employed a similar strategy to rake in $5,461 by the end of October, according to campaign filings.
“I have a really strong set of supporters,” Marts said.
Dash for cash
City candidates also worked to secure more donations to reach big numbers, due to a new campaign finance rule — the first limit to campaign contributions in Issaquah history.
With the start of campaign season two weeks away, the City Council voted in mid-May to limit Issaquah campaign contributions. The cap limits donations to $500 from a single party and includes both cash and in-kind donations in the total. Enforcement fell to city Code Compliance Officer Michele Forkner.
She said no complaints have been filed under the new ordinance. But several donors skirted the cap by giving to candidates already in the race before June 1, when the limit went into effect.
Mayor Ava Frisinger, who will be re-elected unopposed, netted $7,795 in cash and in-kind donations. Most of the contributions to the Frisinger campaign poured in before the filing period closed in June without a candidate challenging the mayor.
Unopposed City Council candidates, incumbent Eileen Barber and newcomer Mark Mullet, also pulled in donations. Barber pulled in $1,998 before the candidate-filing period ended. Mullet has raised $5,445, according to campaign filings.
Probala, who entered the race in late February, pulled in $1,000 from the Seattle King County Association of Realtors before the contribution limit went into effect.
Probala, a real estate agent, also received contributions from a political action committee, the Realtors Quality of Life PAC, a real estate organization based in Olympia. Her campaign drew $5,936 worth of independent support last month from organizations. The contributions were used for campaign mailers and newspaper ads, according to campaign filings.
Outside spending from the Affordable Housing Council was used to support Perea and Probala. The organization — the political arm of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties — spent $1,600 each on the Perea and Probala campaigns to call voters.
City candidates each hosted a few receptions to raise money, and made pitches for campaign dollars through the Web. Candidates shelled out for big-ticket items, such as hundreds of yard signs, Web site design services and campaign mailers.
Probala, who raised more than any other city candidate, also spent the most: $14,191. Her campaign spent $1,731.23 for mailers, $1,138.20 for yard signs and $954 for newspaper advertising.
McCarry directed $7,241 to her re-election bid. She spent $2,727 for newspaper ads, $4,621.15 for campaign mailers and $1,215 for her campaign Web site.
Perea dropped $7,654 in the Position 7 contest. He outspent opponent Marts, who funneled $3,684 to his campaign.
Perea splurged on $1,095 for campaign signs, $1,000 for campaign consulting and Web site design, and $877.10 to print campaign materials.
Marts spent a total of $1,078.61 for campaign mailers and another $683.28 for yard signs. The largest single expense for the Marts campaign was $715 for a newspaper ad.
Mini-campaigns, big bills
Marnie Maraldo and Wright Noel, vying for the school board Director District No. 2 seat, opted for a different tactic: the so-called mini-campaign, a pact to limit fundraising and spending to $5,000.
The total includes loans from a candidate to his or her campaign. Contributions from a single donor cannot exceed $500. If a candidate breaks the mini-campaign rules, he or she must file a weekly disclosure report with the PDC. Maraldo and Noel did not break the $5,000 limit.
The schools candidates said the format allowed them more time to focus on issues.
“I’ve spent most of my time talking about the issues, rather than going out and trying to get money from people,” Noel said. “So, it has been nice, in that sense, since I haven’t had to be concerned about raising a lot of money.”
Maraldo said she and her husband, Tony, loaned the campaign about $2,500 at the beginning. Since she started fundraising during the summer, about $2,200 has flowed to the campaign, she said.
Maraldo estimated half of the donations were made through her campaign Web site. The other half, she said, was made through mailed contributions.
Major donors to the Maraldo campaign included local unions, education advocate Leigh Stokes and state Rep. Marcie Maxwell, a Renton Democrat who represents Newcastle, where Maraldo lives. The largest donations were about $200 each, Maraldo said.
Maraldo said most of money, $1,773.90, went toward campaign signs. Maraldo also had a campaign manager for a short stint, a $750 expense.
The campaign had about $1,500 less than two weeks before Election Day, and Maraldo said she would likely be able to reimburse about $1,000 of her loan to her campaign.
Noel said he has raised $1,455 in outside contributions for his campaign, using the same formula as Maraldo. He loaned the campaign about $1,000 to launch the effort. About half of the donations he collected were funneled through his Web site, and the other half was sent via mail.
“Even $10 is a huge statement of their support,” Noel said. “Does it make a difference? Yes. I wouldn’t have been able to get the signs out.”
Noel had spent $1,274 with less than two weeks until the election, with campaign signs as the largest expense. The campaign also paid for materials to make stress balls — flour and balloons with Noel’s name on them — and campaign buttons, and ingredients to bake homemade cookies.
After Noel reimburses the original loan, the campaign account will have a balance of about $200, Noel said.
Noel said the largest contribution to his campaign was about $200. Most of the donations, however, were between $10 and $50, he said.
“There has been a lot of little donations, which has been hugely appreciated,” he said.
Despite a tough economy and a new $500 cap in city races, City Council candidates raised impressive amounts in the sprint toward Election Day. Here are some of the top donors in Issaquah races:
City Council, Position 5
Connie Marsh: $500
Chris Hysom: $500
Washington Conservation Voters: $450
Seattle King County Association of Realtors: $1,000
Bill Conley: $501
Eastside Business Alliance: $500
Donations above the $500 limit were made before the cap went into effect June 1.
City Council, Position 7
Eastside Business Alliance: $500
Rowley Properties: $500
Washington Association of Realtors: $500
Councilman John Rittenhouse: $350
Council President Maureen McCarry: $250
41st District Democrats: $250
School Board, Director District No. 2
Marnie Maraldo and Wright Noel opted to use so-called mini-campaigns, which limit the total raised and spent on a campaign to $5,000. Candidates who chose mini-campaigns do not have to file a weekly report with the Public Disclosure Commission.
Source: Public Disclosure Commission
By Warren Kagarise and Chantelle Lusebrink
November 3, 2009
City Council candidates want to know who paid for robocalls — pre-recorded, automated phone messages — made on behalf of contenders Nathan Perea and Joan Probala a week before Election Day. Read more
November 3, 2009
More questions about Klahanie Park’s future
Klahanie Park may soon become a Sammamish city park. No matter that the county’s first-ever master planned community and home to about 10,000 is not even located within the city of Sammamish. Read more
November 3, 2009
The market is ripe for a real estate education
Could my wife and I have chosen a worse time to tire of our current living conditions?
Last year, we decided the condo life was no longer in our best interests. We were ready to upgrade to an actual home, with no shared walls with neighbors and a nice yard for the pugs to run around in.
We made improvements in our home, watched the HGTV network for staging tips and put the condo up for sale. We even enlisted the aid of an über-Realtor, who was friends with my wife’s family, to help us sell.
Boy, did reality hit us smack dab in the face. The housing marking chose late last year to tank, right about the exact time we went to market.
We learned some hard lessons about house shopping that I’d like to share as a sort of “buyer beware.”
Lesson one, no matter what you’re buying now, always — and I can’t emphasize this enough — keep resale in mind. Chances are, this won’t be the last place you’ll ever live, so picture how enticing a property is for the next owner.
We thought our condo on the second floor was ideal. Nope. Most people prefer the first floor — for security and access reasons — or top floor — vaulted ceilings and no neighbor noise from above.
That really hurt our efforts to sell, no matter how nice we made the inside. Other considerations for resell include one-car garage versus two car, split level versus two story and move-in ready versus a lot of TLC needed. Read more
November 3, 2009
Calling for Kids
Thank you for helping to raise more than $235,000 for local schools Read more
November 3, 2009
Council Transportation Committee Read more
November 3, 2009
Architectural-engineering-consulting firm HDR played an instrumental role in a new study by the National Hydropower Association that supports development of the nation’s hydropower resources. Read more
November 3, 2009
November 3, 2009
Plan ahead for reduced Metro holiday service
King County Metro buses will operate on a reduced weekday schedule on several holidays — from Veterans Day until early January. The transit agency will also operate on a full week of reduced service at the end of December.
The reductions are planned for holiday stretches when Metro historically sees 20 percent to 40 percent fewer weekday riders. Metro will operate on a Sunday schedule on several upcoming legal holidays. The reduced weekday schedule will be in effect on:
Nov. 11, Veterans Day
Nov. 27, the day after Thanksgiving
Dec. 24, Christmas Eve
Dec. 28-31, the winter holiday period and New Year’s Eve
Jan. 18, 2010, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Metro will operate on a Sunday schedule on the following holidays:
Nov. 26, Thanksgiving
Dec. 25, Christmas
Jan. 1, 2010, New Year’s Day
On weekdays with reduced schedules, some commuter and school-oriented routes do not operate, and other routes will have trips canceled. Many routes will have no changes. Regular fares apply in most cases. View a complete overview of all Metro holiday service at http://metro.kingcounty.gov/up/ holiday-service.html.
The reduced weekday schedule was used on a limited basis last winter. The plan features more bus service than weekend schedules, but less service than a normal weekday.
Development rights swap will protect Issaquah Creek Basin
The developer of a Front Street North condominium complex will be allowed to build more parking after paying to protect sensitive land related to the Lower Issaquah Valley Aquifer.
The final document related to the process, known as a transfer of development rights, was recorded Oct. 9 with King County.
Arrington Place Condominiums purchased the transfer of development rights to add 1,000 additional square feet of impervious surface for up to five more parking spaces at the complex, 700 Front St. N. The developer needed the additional parking as crews convert the remaining seven apartments into condos.
The purchase of development rights requires a conservation easement to be placed on five acres of developable land. The land serves as a recharge area for the aquifer, a key source of drinking water for Issaquah residents. Because the land has high value as habitat, King County designated the land as a “sending site.” The “receiving site” of the development rights was the condo complex. The conservation easement prevents development on the land forever.
The transfer of development rights was the first from a “sending site” in unincorporated King County to Issaquah. The deal was part of a city-county interlocal agreement approved in February 2007. The agreement provides for 75 transfers of development rights to be sent from environmentally-sensitive-yet-developable areas in the creek basin to be protected by sending the rights to receiving sites in Issaquah.
Salmon Days reels in tons of compostables, recyclables
Salmon Days Festival volunteers diverted 2.8 tons of food waste and compostable cups, bowls, plates and utensils from the landfill. The refuse was sent to Cedar Grove Composting instead.
An additional 1.4 tons of bottles, cans, cardboard and other materials were recycled after the fish-centric festival.
Festival organizers partnered with Cedar Grove, Waste Management, Food Services of America, Kenco, AtWork! and the city Resource Conservation Office to improve the already-impressive environmental record of the festival. Salmon Days is one of the first major festivals to use compostable serviceware.
Salmon Days, held during the sun-splashed Oct. 3-4 weekend, lured more than 180,000 visitors to Issaquah for arts, crafts, food and a chance to watch chinook and coho salmon swim upstream from the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.
New food bank Web site aims to increase donations
Donors can give to the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank through a new Web site designed to make it easier for the food bank to raise money and collect donations in tough times.
The site, at http://issaquahfoodbank.org, opens with “Don’t let your neighbors go hungry tonight.”
The site explains how potential donors can give nonperishable food items, as well as clothing, and donate money. The site is updated with lists of needed items. Organizers are in need of clothing for children and infants as winter approaches. Bring items to the food bank, 179 First Ave. S.E.
Visitors to the site can also donate online, and learn how to volunteer with the organization.
Mark Mullet, a member of the food bank board, spearheaded the Web site project, and paid for a Web developer out of his own pocket to develop the updated site. Mullet was expected to be elected to the City Council unopposed Nov. 3.
November 3, 2009
The Issaquah Café, 1580 N.W. Gilman Blvd., is celebrating 20 years with a birthday celebration from 6 a.m. – 3 p.m. Nov. 4. Enjoy specials all day; every customer will receive a thank you gift to take home.
The Downtown Issaquah Association’s Open House and lunch is from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N. Enjoy a delicious lunch and check out the beautifully restored historical building, which is available for private rental use. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Issaquah author Barbara Carole will lead a one-day retreat, Chicken Christianity, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Nov. 7 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 4315 129th Place S.E. No church affiliation is necessary. Call 746-4848 or e-mail email@example.com.
Eagles Auxiliary No. 3054 Annual Bazaar and Turkey Luncheon is from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Nov. 7 at 175 Front St. N. Cost is $6.
The Pickering Barn Christmas Craft Show, featuring more than 85 Northwest crafters and artists, is from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Nov. 5-6 and from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Nov. 7 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. Free admission.
The 16th annual Eastlake High School Bazaar, featuring more than 100 Northwest artisans and crafters, is from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Nov. 7 at the school, 400 228th Ave. N.E. There will also be a raffle for many prizes and a bake sale. New this year is a visit from Santa, who will take photos with the children from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn more by calling 241-1067 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The St. Joseph Holiday Bazaar is from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Nov 14 at 220 Mountain Park Blvd. It will feature handcrafted and holiday items along with delicious food to enjoy while you shop. You will be able to support nonprofit programs as well as local crafters.
The annual Harvest Festival is from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Nov. 14 in Issaquah when 200 volunteers will come together to serve 2,000 of the less fortunate. The ARAS Foundation, Plateau Chiropractic and other health care professionals are sponsoring this day of giving. Guests will be treated to toys, clothes, books and nonperishable foods, as well as chair massages, chiropractic adjustments and haircuts by professionals. Guests will be served punch and homemade cookies. Volunteer, donate food or new toys, or learn more by calling 868-8448 or e-mailing email@example.com.
The Issaquah History Museums hosts a history hike of Grand Ridge Nov. 28. Hikers will visit the remains of mine entrances and other discernible mine features. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Issaquah Train Depot for a brief presentation. There is a fee of $6 per person for the hike, or $3 per person for members of the Issaquah History Museums. Obtain a hike registration form by calling 392-3500, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or downloading a form at www.issaquahhistory.org.
Icon Covenant Church is now meeting on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. at Clark Elementary School, 500 Second Ave. S.E. Come hear some great music from the band, listen to a relevant and inspiring message and generally have a good time. They also have a fun children’s program. Learn more at www.iconchurch.com.
The Temple of the Western Gate is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Customers are welcome to visit, sit, pray, meditate, listen to calming music and be at peace. There is no cost to visit the Temple; offerings are welcome. Ongoing classes and workshops at the Temple include psychic development, tarot, meditation, astrology, dreamwork, past lives, crystals and more. Amenti also offers private psychic readings, past life regression hypnosis and crystal activation sessions. Call 391-3825 or go to www.AnkhashasTemple.com.
Theology on Tap, with Father Bryan Dolejsi, is from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Issaquah Brew House, 35 West Sunset Way. For ages 18-40, join the Young Adult Group in a discussion about the methods of prayer in the Catholic tradition. Dolejsi is priest administrator at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Issaquah. Go to www.sjcissaquah.org.
Help the DownTown Issaquah Association and the Issaquah Kiwanis drive out the cold in November. Put those gently used or outgrown coats aside and save them for the Coat Drive. There will be drop off days at the Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N., beginning Nov. 5 through the end of Thanksgiving weekend. Learn more at www.downtownissaquah.com.
The Issaquah Highlands Wine and Cooking clubs present Corks and Forks, at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive. The holiday party benefits the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. There will be guest chef demonstrations, wine experts and a silent auction. Tickets are $30. Attendees are also asked to bring two nonperishable items to be donated to the food bank. RSVP with a check by Nov. 9, made out to Dianne Brisbine at 2030 16th Court N.E., Issaquah, WA 98029. No tickets will be sold at the door.
The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce presents the following “Skills, Strategies & Results” lunch seminar series. The three-seminar package is $59 for members, $110 for nonmembers, or $30/$50 each. RSVP at 392-7024 or email@example.com.
“Specialize or Perish! Develop Your Niche in Issaquah!” noon – 2 p.m. Nov. 10, Pogacha, 20 N.W. Gilman Blvd.
“Profit Mastery: The Financial Scorecard Tool,” noon – 2 p.m. Dec. 9, Timber Ridge at Talus, 1180 N.W. Maple St.
“Social Media Marketing,” noon – 2 p.m. Jan. 27, location TBD.
“Are You LinkedIn?” offered by Bellevue College’s Center for Career Connections, is from 1:30-2:20 p.m. Nov. 5. Register by calling 564-2279 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Kids Crystal Workshop,” for ages 6-12, is from 2-3 p.m. Nov. 8 at Ankhasha’s Temple Of The Western Gate, at 155 E. Sunset Way. Learn about crystals and their amazing attributes. Cost is $25. Ankhasha’s is open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon – 5 p.m. and from noon – 4 p.m. Sundays Call 391-3825 or go to www.AnkhashasTemple.com.
Museo Art Academy, 195 Front St. N., offers the following art classes about women artists. Fee is $35 per class. Call 391-0244 or go to www.museoart.com.
“Frida Kahlo and Women Surrealists,” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 9
“Grandma Moses and Women Folk Painters,” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 23
ArtEAST offers the following classes through November at its Up Front [art] gallery, 48 Front St. N. Call 391-3980.
“Teaching Art to Elementary Students K – 5: The Logistics!” 4-6 p.m. Nov. 11, $30
“The Art of Seeing: Drawing What You See,” 7-9 p.m. Mondays through Nov. 30, $25 per class
“Wire Wrap,” 6-9 p.m. Nov. 17, $45
“Painting for the Fun of It! With Ricco,” 6:30-9 p.m. Nov. 4 and 18, $40
“Play With Clay” — Nov. 23, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Youth Center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S., offered by the Issaquah Arts Commission. Register by calling 837-3310.
The library is at 10 W. Sunset Way. Call 392-5430.
Due to the impending remodeling of the library’s meeting room, the following events have been canceled:
Strategy Games Club: Rock Band Edition — Nov. 19
Manga Club — Nov. 30
Online Marketing 101 — Nov. 10
Get a Website, Quick, Cheap and Easy! — Nov. 22
The Issaquah Library Book Group — Nov. 25
4Move Over Wizards! Make Way for Steampunk! — Dec. 8
Talk Time, for adults to practice their English-speaking skills — 1 p.m. Mondays and 6:30 p.m. Thursdays
Due to construction, story times are at Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 71, 190 E. Sunset Way.
Preschool Story Times, 10 a.m. Mondays, Nov. 9 and 16
Toddler Story Times, for ages 2-3 with an adult, 11 a.m. Nov. 4, 9, 16 and 18
Mother Goose Story Times, for ages 12-24 months with an adult, 10 a.m. Nov. 4 and 18
Spanish Story Times, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6 and 13
Wilderness Survival, for ages 7 and older with families, 3 p.m. Nov. 10
Freeplay — for all ages, Tuesdays, through Dec. 31. Stop by the library to borrow a Nintendo DS and games and play at the library for up to two hours. Freeplayers must have an unblocked library card.
Center hours are from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Activities are open to people 55 and older. The center is at 75 N.E. Creek Way. Call 392-2381.
The center offers the following day trips in November:
Wing Luke Museum and Uwajimaya, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Nov. 4, $14
Auburn Super Mall w/Burlington Coat Factory, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Nov. 9, $6
Dearborn & Stimson-Green Residence Tour & Tea, noon – 3:30 p.m. Nov. 10, $35
World Cavalcade, featuring Inside Ireland, 1-6 p.m. Nov. 16, $18
Ladies Breakfast at Voulas Offshore Café, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Nov. 19, $5
Nordic Heritage Yulefest, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Nov. 21, $11
Wights Trees & Molbacks Poinsettia Festival, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Nov. 30, $7
AARP Driver Safety, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Oct. 28 and Nov. 4, Fee $12/$14. Attend both days to get a certificate on road safety.
“Health & Wellness Presentation: Healthy Aging,” 11 a.m. Nov. 20
Second Friday Movie Matinees: Woody Allen’s “Manhattan,” 1 p.m. Nov. 13
“Beginning MS Word,” 2:30-3:45 p.m. Tuesdays, $35
“Connecting To Light Rail,” presented by Sound Transit, 1 p.m. Nov. 17
“Beginning Internet Surfing,” 2:30-3:45 p.m. Thursdays through Dec. 3, $35
“Senior Rights Assistance: Estate Planning,” Nov. 9, call for an appointment
Christmas Tree trimming, noon Nov. 30. Help put up the tree and decorations for the holidays.
New Member Welcome Coffee, 10:30 a.m. Nov. 10
Beginner Stay Active & Independent for Life (SAIL), 11 a.m. – noon, Mondays and Wednesdays, Nov. 8 – Dec. 21, $35
Intermediate SAIL, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, $35
“English as a Second Language: Intermediate Level” 10:15 a.m.-noon, Mondays
Line dancing classes, 10-11 a.m. Thursdays, $5
Computer Lab Tutor, free basic skills, 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays
Sit and Be Fit, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays, $20
Books and More, second and fourth Wednesday, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Activity night, 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays
Tai Chi, 9-10 a.m. Mondays, free
Learning Tai Chi, 10-10:45 a.m., Mondays, free
Cards (“Hand & Foot”), 8:30 a.m. Thursday
Bridge & Party Bridge, 10:55 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday and Wednesday
Duplicate Bridge, Nov. 17, call for times
Happy Hookers needlework group, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Thursdays
Mahjong, 9 a.m. – noon Tuesdays
Sing along, 11:15 a.m. Nov. 20
Writers Call, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Nov. 4 and 18