Democrats host candidate forum for 41st district seat

August 13, 2013

The 41st District Democrats are hosting a moderated candidate forum for individuals seeking the appointment to State Rep. Marcie Maxwell’s vacated seat.

Five candidates seeking the appointment will participate in the candidate forum from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 14 at the King County Library Services Center, 960 Newport Way N.W.

There will be a 30-minute public meet-and-greet opportunity before the candidate forum. The candidate forum will be attended by the 41st District Democrats Precinct Committee Officers, members of the 41st District Democrats organization and the general public. All are welcome to attend this public forum.

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Sustainability report shows progress

August 13, 2013

Goal to reduce carbon footprint experiences setback

Issaquah has shown positive results moving toward sustainability, for the most part.

The city’s Office of Sustainability released its 2013 report July 26, revealing a host of data on a variety of factors. Community heath, business diversity and environmental impact were among the many measured components for the year-old department to assess where the city stands on the many goals outlined to realize a vision of sustainability in the local economy, society and environment. While most of the areas evaluated show positive development, one of the most notable exceptions is the increase in the city’s carbon emissions.

The report is the continuation of an effort began in 2008 by the Mayor Ava Frisinger-led Sustainability Sounding Board, which compiled the vision and indicators to define the future health and quality of life for Issaquah.

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Patrols added to drive sober campaign

August 13, 2013

King County law enforcement is putting extra officers on the road between Aug. 16 and Sept. 2 for the annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

The national campaign, put on by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, aims to keep roads safe during the last few weeks of summer from people driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

Despite the fact that voters in the state of Washington voted to legalize marijuana use for adults 21 and older, it is still illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana.

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Voters pick county park bond, contenders for November election

August 13, 2013

King County voters approved the county park bond by a large margin and narrowed the field for the general election in November.

Votes will still be counted until the Aug. 20 certification, but as of the night of Aug. 6, the park bond passed with 68.9 percent of the vote.

For the owner of a $600,000 home, it will bring a tax increase from $79.86 per year to $112.62 per year, a 41 percent change. The levy will raise $60.7 million in 2014, which will be used for open space preservation, trail building and park improvements.

Since the current park bonds will expire at the end of this year, the King County Council sent a new six-year measure to the voters with a vote of 7-2. Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, representing Issaquah, Sammamish and Snoqualmie in District 3, and Councilman Reagan Dunn, representing Newcastle, Renton and parts of Issaquah in District 9, voted against it.

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Off The Press

August 13, 2013

Frank Blethen, Jeff Bezos and the future of news

Peter Clark Press reporter

Peter Clark
Press reporter

Stars aligned in inviting me to see The Seattle Times Publisher Frank Blethen speak at the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce lunch only two days after The Washington Post announced its purchase by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos.

Blethen gave an expert and impassioned speech regarding the family-owned daily The Times, the future of the newspaper industry and the state’s hurdles in improving the educational system. However, the event shined during the question and answer session.

To me, it was relevant on many levels. Along with the local implications including my appreciation of The Seattle Times (full disclosure: The Issaquah Press is owned by the company of the only daily left in the metropolitan area), hearing Blethen speak about the decision of another local powerhouse taking an active interest in my industry left my head spinning with speculation.

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Microsoft to leave one of three Issaquah offices

August 13, 2013

Microsoft will vacate at least one Sammamish Park Place building.

The software giant let its lease expire recently on one of the three buildings it inhabits in the campus.

It was unclear what effect the departure would have on the local economy. City officials said they could not disclose how many employees worked within the property.

“Our employment numbers we get from the Department of Revenue,” Economic Development Manager Andrea Lehner wrote in an email. “In order to get this information from them, we must sign an agreement requiring nondisclosure of, among many things, employee numbers.”

She said the city expects some change to financial numbers, but highlighted what she viewed as positive signs within Issaquah’s economy.

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August 13, 2013

Downtown condos are no place for dispensary

According to the city of Issaquah ordinance regulating medical marijuana, a dispensary cannot reside within 500 feet of a preschool or within 1,000 feet of a community center.

While the definition of a preschool seems pretty clear, there is room for argument regarding what exactly constitutes a community center. It has become a point to be argued as a medical marijuana dispensary attempts to locate at 175 First Place Northwest.

If you only consider the Issaquah Community Center, then there is no doubt that the location at the Issaquah Court Condominiums is far enough away. But the applicant failed to consider the Issaquah Library or Issaquah Senior Center, both of which are within 1,000 feet. In fact, both are only about 500 feet away.

The city needs to get the community center designation clear — and now. There will be future applications for dispensaries, and both landlords and business tenants should not have to wonder whether their application will be approved.

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To the Editor

August 13, 2013

Postal worker

Theft is shameful, not lapse in judgment

I think the court is being kind when it suggests that a postal worker who was systematically stealing from our mail is suffering from a “lapse in judgment,” deserving only probation, community service and what appears to me to be partial restitution ($585 in restitution fines for stealing at least $500 AND 30 gift cards? Sounds partial to me).

I so enjoyed reading about Ms. Wei’s financial problems, which appear to stem from an inability (unwillingness) to work full-time due to her daughter’s “athletic career.” Well, I have a child, too. He moved from my home, at age 24, into the low-income YWCA housing in the Issaquah Highlands, having proven through the qualification process that his income is, in fact, low.

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Police & Fire

August 13, 2013

Tree on wire

On July 27, in the 500 block of Southwest Ellerwood Street, police officers were dispatched regarding a tree that was hanging on the power lines. The tree was blocking the roadway. While en route, officers were advised that the tree caught fire and firefighters were also dispatched.


Car break-in

Between 9:30 p.m. July 27 and 11 a.m. July 28, someone smashed the window of a car parked in a driveway in the 3000 block of 218th Avenue Southeast and took a Garmin GPS unit worth about $100. The owner had been woken by the car alarm at about 5:30 a.m. and thought he/she heard a motorcycle drive away, but did not investigate. He/she thought it had been a neighbor’s motorcycle, but that neighbor was asleep at the time and not using his motorcycle.


Don’t bring a hose to a rock fight

On July 27, someone reported that a woman sprayed his wife with a water house in the 200 block of Southwest Francis Lane. Police spoke with the neighbor who denied spraying her and stated the reporting person had thrown rocks at her.


This is a skate-up

Police received a report July 28 in the 900 block of Northeast Ingram Way of two males carrying rifles down the street. The father and son who made the report said the two males came from the bridge off of the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride. The males were carrying skateboards.

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Time remains to complete your GeoTour

August 13, 2013

Discover a King County park or trail you’ve never explored before — and earn a commemorative geocoin, too — by taking King County Parks’ GeoTour this summer.

To participate in the King County Parks GeoTour, go to to find the passport, which includes instructions and space for 20 stamps that can be found in geocache boxes hidden at the 20 different locations.

Participants have until Oct. 6 to find all 20 geocaches and collect the 20 stamps to claim their commemorative geocoin.

For more than 30 years, government and nonprofit groups across King County have used the Conservation Futures Tax to protect from development 111,000 acres of land, forests, shorelines, greenways and trails, including gems such as Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, plus urban parks, greenbelts and agricultural land. Learn more about the program at


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