City hosts health care insurance enrollment event Oct. 28

October 26, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 26, 2013

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Issaquah residents who don’t have health insurance can now enroll in affordable health insurance options online at www.wahealthplanfinder.org.

Still, enrolling might seem daunting for anyone who doesn’t have good Internet access, or who doesn’t feel comfortable signing up using a website.

That’s why the city of Issaquah and Public Health – Seattle & King County have teamed up for an in-person enrollment event from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Eagle Room at Issaquah City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.

King County Public Health’s Washington Healthplanfinder is a part of the county’s effort to ensure all residents who are newly eligible for health coverage are enrolled. Read more

Long-awaited Safeway set to open at noon

October 25, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 25, 2013

The Issaquah Highlands will officially welcome its long-awaited Safeway store with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon Oct. 25.

Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger and Safeway executives will cut the ribbon. The store will open to the public shortly after the ceremony.

Complimentary reusable bags will be given to the first 1,000 customers that visit the store.

The store, which also includes a gas station, is at 1451 Highlands Drive.

ULTA Beauty opening in Issaquah

October 24, 2013

NEW — 6 p.m. Oct. 24, 2013

ULTA Beauty opens its newest store  Oct. 25 at Grand Ridge Plaza, 1480 Highlands Drive N.E., in the Issaquah Highlands.

Play, test, sample or browse more than 20,000 beauty products, 4,000 testers, 350 fragrances and more than 1,000 scents at the largest beauty retailer in the United States to offer one-stop shopping for prestige, mass and salon products and services. The new store is a 10,000-square-foot store that includes a 950-square-foot full-service salon.

ULTA Beauty will celebrate all weekend through Oct. 27 with the doors opening Friday at 10 a.m. Enjoy free makeovers and free consultations from experts in cosmetics, skin care and hairstyling. The first 100 guests to visit the store each day will receive free gift certificates ranging from $5 to $100 or a free salon service.

Gilman Square plan could add 340 residences

October 22, 2013

Contributed This architectural drawing shows the three building proposed for a redeveloped Gilman Square.

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This architectural drawing shows the three building proposed for a redeveloped Gilman Square.

A pre-application for three five-story buildings at Gilman Square could mark the first test of the Central Issaquah Plan.

Developer Lennar Multifamily Investors wishes to turn the 6.7-acre site, the home of Lombardi’s Restaurant until it shut its doors in July, into a large residential location. They entered talks with the city in September before submitting a pre-application in early October.

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Microsoft sells Highlands property

October 22, 2013

Microsoft, which once envisioned a major campus in the Issaquah Highlands, has sold the 63-acre tract to a local developer for a mixed-use project.

Microsoft representatives signed paperwork Oct. 18 to sell the land to a company apparently affiliated with Bellevue-based homebuilder Polygon Northwest.

“We no longer had requirements for office developments in Issaquah,” Microsoft spokesman Lou Gellos said.

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Candidate Q&A

October 22, 2013

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2013 mayor candidates questions and answers

 

Joe Forkner

Joe Forkner

Fred Butler

Fred Butler

How will you address traffic problems, short term and long term?

Joe Forkner: Upgrading the current Intelligent Transportation System to the next generation real-time system would be short term and better public transportation long term.

Fred Butler: Take an integrated system approach to get maximum efficiency from our transportation and commute trip programs, upgrade ITS and apply Adaptive Transportation Management where appropriate.

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Grocery workers’ union reaches agreement hours before strike

October 22, 2013

Just two hours before grocery store workers were set to head to the picket lines, union representatives announced they had reached a tentative agreement with the national grocery chains.

“This tentative agreement has been unanimously recommended by the union member bargaining team,” the union wrote in a statement posted on its Facebook page.

Union members must still review and vote on the proposal. Until then, the statement said details of the agreement will not be released.

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City Council questions budget balancing

October 22, 2013

The Issaquah City Council dove into the mayor’s proposed budget Oct. 14 and brought large questions about the use of ending fund balances.

While the majority of remarks made in the first televised meeting of budget season from the council concerned relatively small matters, members called into question the matter of pulling money out of the ending fund balance in order to correct over-spending or lack of revenue in individual departments.

According to the mayor’s budget, fiscal year 2012 had a beginning fund balance of $8.77 million in the general fund. In 2013, there was a beginning fund balance of $8.15 million. Next year has a budget of $7.97 million in its beginning fund balance and an expected ending fund balance of $7.55 million. This is compared with general fund expenditures that have risen by almost $5 million since 2012.

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School board candidates give opposing views for district’s future

October 22, 2013

Policy and training divided the two Issaquah School District school board candidates at an Oct. 17 candidate forum.

Appointed board member Allison Meryweather is attempting to win her first election for the position against Lisa Callan, who also applied for the board appointment earlier this year.

By Greg Farrar Alison Meryweather (left) listens as Lisa Callan answers a question during their Issaquah School District board candidate forum Oct. 17 with a full Issaquah City Council chamber and city cable television viewers in attendance.

By Greg Farrar
Alison Meryweather (left) listens as Lisa Callan answers a question during their Issaquah School District board candidate forum Oct. 17 with a full Issaquah City Council chamber and city cable television viewers in attendance.

“I discovered first hand the lack of funding our state provides our schools,” Meryweather said about her time on the board and volunteering in classrooms. “It’s not just about funding. It’s also about how we strategically invest those dollars.”

Callan said she believed her leadership roles in The Boeing Co. and a long history involved in the educational system qualifies her for the board position.

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Friendly setting finds few feuds between mayoral candidates

October 22, 2013

Mayoral candidates City Council President Fred Butler and City Councilman Joe Forkner restated major themes in a largely agreeable forum Oct. 17.

In one-minute answers, both candidates stuck to their agendas, which remain fairly similar.

“When I retired form Seattle City Light as their chief engineer, I decided to devote myself to public service,” Butler said during his opening statements. “I believe in sustainability. All decisions need to take in the three legs of sustainability: people, planet and prosperity.”

By Greg Farrar Fred Butler (left) and Joe Forkner conclude their mayoral candidate forum Oct. 17 with a handshake and some laughter.

By Greg Farrar
Fred Butler (left) and Joe Forkner conclude their mayoral candidate forum Oct. 17 with a handshake and some laughter.

Forkner took the insider’s approach, citing his years of work within city government and as a board volunteer.

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