Annual city audit released by state

October 1, 2013

State Auditor Troy Kelley released Issaquah’s annual audit Sept. 27 and the city came away from the scrutiny cleanly.

The Washington State Auditor’s Office reported no significant deficiencies or material weaknesses in the financial statements or the federal awards.

Every year, the state office issues more than 2,000 audit reports, detailing for government transparency and accountability. View the report at http://ow.ly/pmfxo.

Meteorologist hosts annual Eastside Friends of Seniors luncheon

October 1, 2013

Jeff Renner, of KING 5 news, hosts the second annual Gathering for Seniors at noon Oct. 11 at the Bellevue Hilton to benefit the activities of Eastside Friends of Seniors.

Eastside Friends of Seniors is a nonprofit organization that began serving seniors in Issaquah and the Sammamish Plateau in 1997 as Faith in Action. The group changed its name in 2011 to reflect its mission and has expanded its free services into Bellevue and the Snoqualmie Valley.

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Issaquah companies will be at Seattle Home Show

October 1, 2013

Four Issaquah companies will showcase their wares at the Oct. 4-6 Seattle Home Show 2, the fall version of the country’s oldest and largest home show.

Lake Washington Windows and Doors, SlabJackNW, Springfree Trampoline and West Coast Decks will all exhibit their services at CenturyLink Field Event Center.

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Community networks host technology workshop

October 1, 2013

Learn about how new technology is opening a world of possibilities for job seekers with disabilities at a free workshop.

The Issaquah, Eastside and Snoqualmie Valley community networks will host three speakers at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Issaquah High School Performing Arts Center.

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Grocery store workers vote to authorize strike

October 1, 2013

Grocery store workers across Snohomish, King, Kitsap and Pierce counties said they are prepared to go on strike, if employers don’t offer a fair proposal.

The workers are opposed to employer proposals that would stop health care coverage for employees who work less than 30 hours a week and deny workers paid sick days.

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Embrace Zero Waste with renowned author

October 1, 2013

Join waste reduction blogger Bea Johnson, author of “Zero Waste Home,” for a talk about waste reduction from 1-2 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. Oct. 17 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive.

The event celebrates the first anniversary of the CleanScapes retail store and customer service center in Gilman Village.

During the presentation, Johnson will share how her family of four adopted a Zero Waste lifestyle, her system of 5Rs and the benefits of living simply. After the presentation will be a 30-minute Q & A and a book signing.

Learn more at http://bit.ly/zerowastelife.

Public can comment on I-90 tolling proposal

October 1, 2013

The state Department of Transportation will conduct an additional comment period from Oct. 7 to Nov. 6 to gather input on the proposal to toll Interstate 90 and the range of alternatives.

The agency will hold three public meetings during the comment period.

The first meeting is from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 10 at Bellevue College, 3000 Landerholm Circle S.E.

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Letters to the editor

October 1, 2013

Bag ban

Ordinance is behavior    modification gone awry

More than 3,000 signatures have been obtained from local citizenry to let us vote yea or nay on the city’s bag ban. This is significant support for the right to put an issue before the people.

Here are some facts …

1) shoplifting is eight times higher in towns with plastic bag bans

2) plastic bags are sanitary and reusable … and they are reused, contrary to assertions otherwise

3) the volume of trash from our wonderful local coffee shops far exceeds any quantity of plastic bags allegedly laying all over our city streets and in landfills

4) there is no proof banning plastic bags improves the environment

5) bag bans punish customers

6) the ordinance includes no method for measuring alleged reductions in waste

7) unsanitary poly-cloth and plastic-coated bags have no proven benefit as alternative to plastic or paper bags

8)  polyester is a petrochemical fiber … it’s plastic!

This ordinance is behavior modification gone awry complete with financial punishment for noncompliance. Like taxes, once there is a foot in the door, more like it will surely come. Several council members have stated as much.

If we don’t vote this out, be sure another like it is on the way.

Please download, sign and mail the petition for ordinance repeal at http://saveourchoice.wordpress.com.

Kathleen Olsen

Issaquah

State park

Do not commercialize, destroy this beautiful area

After reading the article in the Sept. 16 edition of The Issaquah Press I am incensed that the city’s Economic Development Department would even consider the commercialization of the Lake Sammamish State park waterfront.

Of the three proposals submitted, only the Issaquah Soccer Club’s proposal makes any sense. Why would you destroy the beauty of the remaining undeveloped  portion of the lakefront with a restaurant and or a hotel/ convention center?

With commercialization come pollution, the destruction of natural resources, critical animal habitat, etc. As more and more less-than-thought-out decisions are made with regard to how “Issaquah should look in the future” the more and more we are going to be a mere extension of Bellevue.

What’s wrong with letting Bellevue be Bellevue and keeping Issaquah the way it is, a small friendly town with a small friendly feel? We don’t need to look and feel like a big city. My guess is the majority of residents feel the same way.

Jeffrey Rowe

Issaquah

City cars

Something smells about this situation

I was shocked to see the celebration of the donation by a local car dealer of vehicles to be used by the Issaquah Police. How can this not be illegal influence peddling? If it’s not illegal, it certainly carries the stink of insider relationships.

I would strongly urge the city to return these “donations” and to purchase what the police need through the usual processes. We don’t need Issaquah to look like so many places where local businesses get special treatment.

Wes Howard-Brook

Issaquah

Gender wage gap

New numbers are not so new

On Sept. 17, the U.S. Census Bureau released new data on the gender wage gap — but there’s nothing “new” about it. In 2012, women still earned just 77 cents, on average, for every dollar earned by their male counterparts. That number hasn’t budged in the past decade, and it’s lower for women of color.

Washington, D.C., has closed the gap to 90 cents and Wyoming was at the bottom of the list at 64 cents. In Washington state, a man earns $52.53 to a woman’s $41.06. We were number 25 on the list of states at 78 cents. Use this information when you go to any candidate forms this fall; ask a question about where they stand on the wage gap.

There is a bill trying to get out of committee onto the floor of our U.S. Congress for a vote, and it needs public support. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell support this bill; Rep. Dave Reichert is not on record as supporting Paycheck Fairness Act H.R. 377/S.84. Thanks to those who support this bill!

Patricia Martin

Issaquah AAUW Branch

Crosswalks

All drivers need to pay more attention

A bad start to the day — on Sept. 18, I was returning from a walk at about 8 a.m. and was waiting for the light on Newport Way and Sunset Way.

A 927 local bus was (apparently) running far behind schedule, for as soon as the light changed (the walk sign came on and the voice said I could cross) the bus made a fast right, right in from of me. I jumped back, and then a car behind the bus almost hit me, as it followed closely behind the bus. And then, I was almost hit by a woman turning left onto Newport.

All this happened in a matter of seconds and I still had the light! Usually Issaquah drivers are pretty considerate and will often stop if you are near the crosswalk. But that day, I was in the way, even though I was trying to cross legally. I’m glad I got home safe, and I hope they slowed down.

M.A. Hult

Issaquah

 

Off The Press

October 1, 2013

Grand Ridge Plaza is on the grow

Grand Ridge Plaza in the Issaquah Highlands is growing, and growing and growing after years of stops and starts, and false starts and stops.

If you watched it grow in the past months, you could hardly believe all the workers could get done in a short period. You’d go up there on a Monday and there would be a wooden shell of a building, and then go back on Thursday and it would be nearly done. It was a sight to behold.

If you haven’t been there in a while, you are in for a shock on your next visit. It’s like a huge outdoor mall has sprouted and spread. I don’t know if it’s what the highlands residents bargained for or wanted, but it’s shiny and new, and pretty awesome in my opinion.

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Editorial

October 1, 2013

Rain, rain, go away, Salmon Days here to stay

 

Rain, rain, so much rain. There may be more than one benefit to all the rain of the past few days, but in Issaquah there is one species that is welcoming the rushing creek waters.

Welcome home, salmon. This gush is just for you.

But now that the creek flow is strong and swift, calling the salmon home, the rain can quit. We’ve got a party coming on and 150,000 guests are due to arrive this weekend.

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