Election update — school levies passing, Klahanie annexation undecided, plastic bag ban still remains

February 14, 2014

NEW — 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14, 2014

Preliminary numbers for Issaquah ballot issues, including the Klahanie-area annexation vote, have been updated for Feb. 13.

At the end of the fourth day of vote counting, 1,490, or 49.44 percent, of the residents in the Klahanie area voted in favor of the annexation and to take on the encumbered debt of Issaquah, while 1,524, or 50.56 percent, voted against it.

So far, 3,573, or 47.67 percent, of Issaquah’s voters approve repealing the city’s plastic bag ban, while 3,922, 52.33 percent, want to keep it. The measure needs a simple majority to pass.

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Downtown Issaquah First Friday Wine Walk / Feb. 7, 2014

February 14, 2014

Election results update — school levies passing, Klahanie annexation undecided, plastic bag ban remaining

February 13, 2014

NEW — 5:25 p.m. Feb. 13, 2014

Preliminary numbers for Issaquah ballot issues, including the Klahanie-area annexation vote, have been updated for Feb. 13.

At the end of the third day of vote counting, 1,471, or 49.51 percent, of the residents in the Klahanie area voted in favor of the annexation and to take on the encumbered debt of Issaquah, while 1,500, or 50.49 percent, voted against it.

The measure needs 60 percent to pass.

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To the Editor

February 13, 2014

Seventh & Gilman property

Flooding concerns must be addressed in a meaningful way

The Seventh & Gilman property clearly needs to be redeveloped. However, having been associated with two businesses there, and having been flooded out three times, I am concerned that whatever is approved takes all its problems fully into account.

The city rates the chance of flooding on this property at a one-in-100-year event, but in reality, it has been more like one in seven in recent years. My largest concern with the current proposal is the below-flood-level parking, and the likelihood it will leave the residents’ 400 to 500 vehicles submerged and its large underground footprint push floodwater to new places.

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Humane Society offers Valentine’s Day specials

February 13, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 13, 2014

Need a little extra love in your life?

The Seattle Humane Society is celebrating Valentine’s Day with half-price adoption fees Feb.14-16 for dogs and cats 3 years and older.

View available pets online or come visit them in person at the organization’s Bellevue facility, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way.

Seattle Humane is open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday.

Protests, acceptance fill Faith United Methodist Church meeting about whether to host Tent City 4

February 12, 2014

NEW — 3:13 p.m. Feb. 11, 2014

Tempers flared Feb. 11 at Faith United Methodist Church’s community meeting to discuss hosting Tent City 4.

With concerns for children, jobs and safety, almost 200 residents crowded into the church on Issaquah-Pine Lake Road in unincorporated King County. The meeting, according to Reverend Dr. John Brewer, was to share information about the possibility of housing the traveling homeless shelter on church grounds.

“We were approached two and a half weeks ago with a serious request,” Brewer said. “While we had only briefly considered hosting in the summer time, this request came urgently.”

By Peter Clark Nearly 200 people turned out for a meeting about Faith United Methodist Church possibly hosting Tent City 4.

By Peter Clark
Nearly 200 people turned out for a meeting about Faith United Methodist Church possibly hosting Tent City 4.

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Initial election tally shows Klahanie remaining unincorporated, ban ban standing, school levies passing

February 11, 2014

NEW – 9:55 p.m. Feb. 11, 2014

Eleven thousand people might still be searching for a home.

The King County Department of Elections released preliminary numbers for the Klahanie-area annexation vote Feb. 11 and it appears that the numbers stand extremely close on whether to join Issaquah.

At the end of the first day of vote counting, 1,168, or 50.1 percent, of the residents in the area voted in favor of the annexation and to take on the encumbered debt of Issaquah, while 1,162 voted against it.

Although the vote appears in slight favor of annexation, the measure needs 60 percent to pass. Only 2,372 ballots of the registered 6,259 voters in the area have been counted so far.

Additionally, early results might mean an end to the long battle over the city’s ban on plastic bags.

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Liberty teens get candid about marijuana use

February 11, 2014

By Christina Corrales-Toy Liberty High School students (from left) Jenna Purkis, Neil Chakravarty and Ashton Herrild talk about the effects the legalization of marijuana has on teens at a Drug Free Community Coalition forum held at Liberty on Feb. 6.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Liberty High School students (from left) Jenna Purkis, Neil Chakravarty and Ashton Herrild talk about the effects the legalization of marijuana has on teens at a Drug Free Community Coalition forum held at Liberty on Feb. 6.

Not much has changed about the perception of marijuana among teens since voters elected to legalize the drug with the passage of Initiative 502 in 2012.

If anything, legalization has made the drug seem more acceptable, according to a group of Liberty High School students at the third and final forum hosted by the Drug Free Community Coalition Feb. 6.

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Nina Milligan joins the City Council

February 11, 2014

Faced with seven qualified applicants to fill Mayor Fred Butler’s vacated Issaquah City Council seat, the council chose Issaquah Highlands resident Nina Milligan on Feb. 5.

City Clerk Tina Eggers swore in the new councilwoman during the regular meeting. After pledging to fulfill the duties of the office, Milligan took a seat with the council for her first meeting.

“It’s not like it was a new idea,” she said of pursing the position.

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Sides review survey results prior to school contract negotiations

February 11, 2014

Issaquah School District administrators and members of its teachers’ union bargaining team met Jan. 9 to discuss the results of a community values survey.

The survey, conducted during the fall by the Issaquah PTSA Council, sought to gain information from district parents, students and teachers. The council conducted similar surveys prior to the last two rounds of contract negotiations between the district and the teachers’ union, the Issaquah Education Association.

The current IEA contract runs through Aug. 31. In 2010, negotiations began in March and a new four-year deal was ratified in June.

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