Survey seeks opinions about city issues

December 16, 2014

The city of Issaquah administration wants to know how you feel about the city you call home.

Beginning early this month and continuing until Jan. 10, the National Research Center, a private Colorado firm contracted to determine local opinions about Issaquah in general, has been contacting residents with a variety of questions.

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Food program rule change raises concerns

November 18, 2014

A flurry of emails, a number of meetings, accusations of drug use and some hard feelings have arisen in the wake of a move to keep people from eating free meals outside the Issaquah Community Hall.

Some say the move is an obvious attempt to keep the city’s homeless and underprivileged out of sight.

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Darigold, Costco ask council to rethink B&O tax increase

November 11, 2014

A few prominent Issaquah businesses are asking the city to rethink a business and occupation tax increase included in Mayor Fred Butler’s 2015 budget proposal.

Representatives from Costco, Darigold and the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce attended a Nov. 3 Issaquah City Council public hearing, where they offered similar concerns about the effect an increased tax rate would have on the business community.

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Editorial — Council considers B&O tax increase

November 11, 2014

The city had proposed a 150 percent increase in the city’s B&O tax to add $1 million to the budget’s general fund for 2015. The increase was to be phased in over the next two years with the first phase to be implemented April 1.

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Sammamish gets closer to vote on Klahanie annexation plan

October 14, 2014

If everything goes according to plan, the city of Sammamish could set a date for a special election on the Klahanie-area annexation by the end of the year.

Plans to add the roughly 2-square-mile area onto Sammamish’s southeast corner have progressed since February, when Klahanie-area residents voted not to join the city of Issaquah. In April, the two cities announced a deal to transfer the unincorporated area, which includes about 11,000 residents, to Sammamish’s potential annexation area.

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Drive Electric Week car show on Sunday features fast, rare cars

September 20, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 20, 2014

More than 60 electric vehicles from the Northwest, including the world’s fastest street-legal all-electric car, will gather Sept. 21 in Issaquah at a car show celebrating National Drive Electric Week.

Among the new, rare and vintage conversion vehicles on display will be the first Fiat 500e in Washington as well as White Zombie, a 1972 Datsun that accelerates from 0-60 mph in less than 2 seconds, which owner/builder John Wayland is bringing from Portland.

The show is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, 98 N.E. Gilman Blvd.

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To the Editor

August 19, 2014

Off The Press

Who is the government  really working for?

Very interesting article from the viewpoint of a current nonhomeowner looking to purchase a home in the current market, the reasons why he and his wife want to purchase a home in Seattle at this time, and the problems they see.

One constantly hears about the government wanting the cost of housing to rise, and the government continues policy to create this “bubble.” This is great for the real estate lobby, government expansion and investors looking to make a quick profit.

For current renters, first-time buyers and market stability, this market distortion works against these interests. The problem with housing is that homes cost too much, not too little, and this hurts responsible people looking to get ahead in life.

When government creates bubbles, decisions are made for the wrong reasons. The next time the government says it is doing things to help you, think about whom it is really working for. Usually, it is for votes and money.

Greg Larson

Issaquah

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Meet the heat on the beat during National Night Out

July 29, 2014

 The Issaquah Police Department will really work the community beat Aug. 5.

In the city’s sixth celebration of National Night Out, officers from the department will join thousands of communities nationwide in reaching out to residents to create a stronger bond between the department and the people it serves.

“We’re going to continue with our previous program and let the community have an opportunity to chat with our officers,” Police Chief Scott Behrbaum said. “I think it’s an opportunity to engage with that community-policing model that we have. It’s an extension of how we approach our policing focus in Issaquah.”

Behrbaum said the goal of National Night Out is to promote awareness of crime and drug prevention and provide support for local anti-crime efforts. He said it also gives officers a connection to residents, helping with outreach and building a relationship.

Free food, giveaways, music and tips on topics such as emergency preparedness and home security will be made available at the event on the steps of City Hall beginning at 5 p.m.

Citizens can also bring their sensitive documents to be destroyed by a mobile shredding service for free.

“National Night Out doesn’t have to be only at the police department event,” Behrbaum said. “We invite other people to throw their own block parties and get to know their neighbors.”

He said the officers really respond to the opportunity to learn more about Issaquah’s citizens and introduce themselves in a more laidback, social atmosphere.

“We really enjoy it,” he said. “Yes, this is official business, but it gives us the chance to talk to people. It’s a chance to chit chat on a one on one basis.”

City Communications Director Autumn Monahan said residents should interact with the city on social media to share their communities’ experience and, if neighborhoods hold separate block parties, receive an informational visit from an officer.

“We encourage people to let us know beforehand if they are holding a block party and want an officer to visit,” Monahan said. “Residents are welcome to share their events with us and with their communities as well.”

Residents can connect with city staff on Facebook and Twitter, or email to schedule a visit at nno@issaquahwa.gov. Monahan said the city would use the hashtag #PartywithPolice and invited others celebrating the event to join.

“It’s a really fun way to spend a night out in Issaquah,” Monahan said. “You can attend and walk across the lawn and join the Concerts on the Green. It’s a great way to piggyback two fun events.”

Behrbaum said the event offers the chance to benefit all Issaquah’s residents.

“It’s about building relationships and that comfort level,” he said. “If people feel comfortable with us, then people will be more willing to call us. We care and it’s all about the quality of life in Issaquah.”

If you go
National Night Out

  • 5-7 p.m. Aug. 5
  • City Hall

4130 E. Sunset Way

Give input on Gibson, Meerwood park playground designs

July 25, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 25, 2014

Using voter-approved park bond funds, the city of Issaquah is renovating the Gibson and Meerwood park playgrounds this summer.

Your input can help select the best possible fit for the community.

To discuss Gibson Park, attend a meeting from 10 a.m. to noon July 26 at Gibson Park, 105 Newport Way S.W. To discuss Meerwood Park, attend a meeting from 5:30-7 p.m. July 29 or from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 2 at Meerwood Park, 4703 192nd Ave. S.E.

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Issaquah, Sammamish councils hold first joint meeting in years

July 22, 2014

Issaquah and Sammamish had the meeting equivalent of a group hug July 14.

After a year in which the two cities’ leadership have found themselves on different sides of several issues, both city councils and other city administrative staff met at Issaquah City Hall to discuss points of mutual interest. It was their first joint meeting since 2011.

“We all have one thing in common,” Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler said. “We certainly love our cities and we love representing them. We not only care about our communities, we care about the region as well.”

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