To the Editor

April 17, 2012

By Contributor

Central Issaquah Plan

Read the facts, not propaganda

Issaquah is a special place to live. Many of us cherish this beautiful city we call home.  Many of you put in countless hours volunteering for the betterment of our community, always trying to find ways to improve what we treasure.

We all know that growth and enrichment for our city is to be expected. The question is, do we want to manage it in a carefully planned manner or have it thrust upon us?  Either way, it’s coming.

Recently, I noticed several Eyes on Issaquah signs pop up in my neighborhood as well as on the Issaquah Valley floor.

This website illustrates an example of propaganda-charged material posted in an effort to instill doubt in the minds of the community to put a stop to the Central Issaquah Plan under the guise of convincing people to get involved.

I completely support and encourage the premise that everyone should get involved and applaud the few that take the time to attend all the meetings to provide their input. However, what is disingenuous about this website is the misrepresentation of the data and asserted “facts.”

Our Issaquah citizens are better informed than this and know that the city, along with the citizen-represented Issaquah Central Issaquah Plan Task Force, worked diligently to gather the appropriate data that comprise its recommendations.  Members of this task force, of which had exceptional citizen representation from many disciplines, are volunteers who spent countless hours putting this document together.

I recommend you do your own research and not rely on this website as your only source of information.  We indeed need a well-informed public discourse, not misinformation or ideology.

We need your participation to help put a visionary plan in place for our future, but you must educate yourself with the facts.  Go to the city’s website at or that of Forterra at, and then craft your own opinions based on your own research.

We need to build our community by working together, not by tearing it down.

Renee Zimmerman

Issaquah Highlands


City business

Leaders need to focus on important issues 

I agree with the letter from Bryan Weinstein in the March 28 Press.

The Issaquah City Council seems to give more attention to nonimportant issues than running an efficient city operation, i.e. replacing the driveway ramps along Front Street twice, taking plastic bags away from the elderly, spending $40,000 for art on the new fire station, spending millions on the bike bridge over Interstate 90, scrapping the proposed Southeast Bypass and not choosing the lowest garbage bid for the whole city, causing the South Cove residents to pay a higher price.

Now they are working on the so-called greenhouse gases that they say cause global warming. (Whoops, they now call it climate change.) Folks, in case some have not noted the climate has been changing for millions of years, i.e. spring, summer, fall and winter!

Their prime greenhouse gases are identified as water vapor 36 percent to 72 percent, carbon dioxide 9 percent to 26 percent, methane 4 percent to 9 percent and ozone 3 percent 7 percent. Since water vapor makes up the largest part of their greenhouse gases, how will they eliminate the water vapor in the rainy Northwest? All plant life, including trees, depends on CO2 to live; this should not be eliminated.

The council leadership just seems to keep doing the Don Quixote thing LONG DASH fighting the windmills and thus wasting taxpayers’ “donations” to the city!

Ken Sessler


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One Response to “To the Editor”

  1. Anonymous on April 17th, 2012 9:12 pm

    It’s ironic to see Renee Zimmerman talk about misrepresentation. Twice, in Nov and Dec 2011, she testified in front of the city council, as an individual resident, in favor of the Rowley development agreement. She never mentioned that she was being paid by Rowley to push for that development agreement (see LinkedIn for details). Interestingly, neither did Rowley.

    Misrepresentation indeed.

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