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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King County honors local organizations’ sustainability efforts

July 15, 2014

King County has credited a number of local organizations for commitment to sustainability.

Rowley Properties Inc., Outsource Marketing, PCC Natural Markets, Cartridge World, the Issaquah School District and the city of Issaquah were named Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling.

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Apply now for the Issaquah Citizens’ Police Academy

July 15, 2014

Applications are being taken for the city’s Citizens’ Police Academy. The application deadline is Aug. 15.

Starting in September, the Issaquah Police Department will host a free, 10-week Citizens’ Police Academy for adults 21 and older who live or work in Issaquah.

Each course will be taught by Issaquah police officers.

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County seeks nominations for small business awards

July 13, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 13, 2014

It’s time to nominate your favorite local business to be considered for the King County Executive’s Small Business Awards.

In partnership with the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, the city of Issaquah is seeking businesses to nominate for the prestigious award.

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Public invited to vote on favorite park design online or at July 8, 19 meetings

July 7, 2014

NEW — 4:20 p.m. July 7, 2014

The city of Issaquah is renovating Gibson Park playground this summer.

Organizers need help selecting the best design. Three have been posted online. Vote for your favorite here or attend one of two public meetings: from 5:30-7 p.m. July 8 or from 10 a.m. to noon July 19. Both are at Gibson Park, 105 Newport Way S.W.

In November 2013, Issaquah voters approved a $10 million park bond measure to protect open space and wildlife habitat, improve neighborhood parks and playgrounds, and make repairs to Julius Boehm Pool.

Learn more here.

To the Editor

June 24, 2014

Issaquah Creek watershed

Thanks to the city for its diligence and commitment to salmon recovery

The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery want to pass along our congratulations and appreciation to staff with the city of Issaquah for outstanding work representing the city in the most recent WRIA 8 2014 Watershed Management Grant Program.

Out of 15 proposals submitted, nine were selected for site-specific restoration and acquisition projects. Of those nine, four were city of Issaquah proposals. Of the $1,520,273 available for distribution, the funding designated for Issaquah’s projects was $490,000.

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City of Issaquah seeks new deputy city administrator

June 13, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 13, 2014

Issaquah is searching for a new deputy city administrator after Charlie Bush, who recently held the position, moved into the Development Services Department.

Bush will fill the role as its new director after the departure of its former director John Minato earlier this year.

The city posted a job listing May 2 for a new deputy city administrator on various sites like icma.org and careersingovernment.com.

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