To the Editor

July 23, 2013

By Contributor

Land purchase

Misprint or gold in them hills?

A recent article titled “City purchases more open space” quoted that almost 2 acres of undeveloped land was purchased by the city for $850,000.

I want to believe that this was a misprint because I just can’t imagine that any acreage around this area is worth over $400,000 an acre. If it wasn’t a misprint, I want to know two things.

One, what local officials would spend this kind of money, even grant money, for this when money of this magnitude could be used for REAL practical use? Second, I want to know where this property is located, because there must be gold in them hills and I want to bring my shovel!

Tell me it was a misprint!

Paul Williams
Editor’s note: That was not a misprint.


Mayor’s race

Fred Butler has a passion for our city

My name is Sajal Sahay, and I am a very proud member of the Issaquah community. I am a two term ex-member of the Issaquah Planning Commission and also served on the Central Issaquah Task Force that Mayor Ava Frisinger organized in 2010.

I would like to submit my recommendation and endorsement for Fred Butler for mayor of Issaquah in the upcoming elections. We are fortunate to have gracious and strong leaders such as Ava and Fred in our community, who share a real passion for our city.

During my capacity as planning commissioner and as a member of the task force, I had a chance to present to the City Council on many occasions. As a member of the City Council, Fred was always engaged in each of the discussions, and was usually the council member with the most insightful and far-reaching questions.

I saw a true interest in learning about new facts, with the intention of formulating any final decision based on the response I provided. His depth of pragmatism, combined with an understanding of long-term strategy and its positive and real effects on our community, were unparalleled.

Getting to know Fred on a personal level, including walking with him in Issaquah’s Salmon Days parade this past year, or sharing photos of my children with him on Facebook, has been very gratifying. He always takes the time to notice the small but important aspects of my life. A true gentlemen indeed.

Issaquah has been blessed for many years with Mayor Frisinger’s leadership. We need a leader with similar traits as Issaquah grows into an even more vibrant and successful community over the next few years. Fred Butler is the right man for this role.

Thank you for taking my thoughts and perspective into consideration.

Sajal Sahay



Northwest Dogwood Street

We really need a sidewalk now

I read the July 3 article “Speakers raise South Cove concerns at Transportation Improvement Program.” I was unaware of this meeting or would have been present to make the case for a sidewalk along Northwest Dogwood Street.

We who travel on Northwest Dogwood have been trying since 1990 to get a sidewalk. Recent letters to the mayor/City Council have gone unanswered. Here’s why we think this project should head the list:

1. At least three motorized wheelchair citizens use Northwest Dogwood.

2. A blind man gets off Metro on Northwest Front and walks down Northwest Dogwood.

3. Students walk or ride bicycles to attend school at Issaquah High, Tiger Mountain, Issaquah Middle, Clark and Issaquah Valley.

4. Those of us who refuse to drive when it isn’t necessary, or who do not have a car, use Northwest Dogwood en route to shop, use the library, bank, catch the bus, go to work, etc.

5. There are no speed bumps or other calming devices to restrict often excessive speed. The speed monitoring machine is rarely placed along Northwest Dogwood.

6. Crosswalks are not designated at First Street or the crossing to Third Place Northwest.

7. Northwest Dogwood is often used as a thoroughfare between Newport and Front/Rainier streets.

8. Two dogs on leashes were killed at 180 N.W. Dogwood and the driver never stopped. I wonder if a person had been hit, would the driver have made a different decision?

City personnel said a sidewalk will be built in the future after the bridge has been replaced. I wonder why a sidewalk cannot begin now.

I appeal to the City Council, mayor, police and city employees who have to do with safety to move this project to the top of their list of priorities for traffic and pedestrian improvements.

Mary Lou Lewis



Plastic bags

Re: Save Our Choice still seeks to reverse ban, July 17 Press

Mark Mullet can “feel” all the day long that council consideration of his bag ban was “open.”

Yet his feelings weigh not a pebble against the mountain of annoyance he has shoveled upon an increasing number of Issaquah shoppers and merchants. Lest we forget, Mullet’s law slams into Issaquah’s unique and treasured small shopkeepers come March 1.

In theory, the state Legislature is also “open,” but not until this letter has Sen. Mullet’s attempted heist of citizen voting rights been exposed. Mullet’s léger de main is embedded in his Olympian attempt to impose the “Seattle model” bag ban upon any municipality whose council votes a ban.

He well knows that Growth Management Act and Red Light Camera court rulings have affirmed that subject matter authority granted by the Legislature to local government cannot be intervened by citizen vote. And that is why Mullet included this key phrase in his SB 5386:

“Any city, code city, or county may, through its local legislative authority, choose to regulate consumer access to retail carryout bags…”

To wit, the first sentence of this February’s City of Monroe v. Seeds of Liberty opinion denied Monroe voters authority to vote down council-installed red light traffic cameras:

“An initiative is beyond the scope of the local initiative power if it involves powers granted by the Legislature to the governing body of a city, rather than the city itself.”

The confluence that judicial precedent and passage of Mullet’s SB 5386 would mean, dear citizen of Issaquah, is that no voter of any city whose council enacts shopping bag regulation would be afforded the same freedom you now enjoy in signing the petition.

Sen. Mullet has “opened” this one up way beyond “paper vs. plastic.”

Craig Keller

co-founder/volunteer Save Our Choice


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2 Responses to “To the Editor”

  1. Smoley on July 24th, 2013 6:24 am

    @Paul Williams,

    My home sits on a 1/4 acre lot in Olde Town and the tax assessment for the land alone is $180,000. It doesn’t surprise me that a lot four times that size would cost over $400K.

    I don’t know about gold, but if moss were worth $1500 an ounce, I’d be a rich man.

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