March 4, 2014
Klahanie-area residents have spoken — and 32 of them may make all the difference.
The final results of the Feb. 11 election are in. With 49 percent of registered voters casting a ballot, only 49.47 percent, or 1,504, voted for an Issaquah annexation. While 50.53 percent, or 1,536, voted against the measure.
Even with the narrow number of votes separating the sides, it is outside the 0.25 percent margin that would trigger an automatic recount. Though one side or the other could pay for one, no one has suggested they are willing to do so.
March 4, 2014
It’s time to let Klahanie go
Issaquah made the best offer it could to Klahanie, but most residents in the area are no longer interested in being part of that city. It’s time to let them go.
It had always been assumed that Klahanie would eventually become part of Issaquah. Indeed, the southern half of what is now Sammamish was at one envisioned as part of Issaquah.
Sammamish, of course, went its own way and formed its own city. In 2005, when Issaquah last attempted to annex Klahanie, Sammamish was fairly new — it didn’t even have a proper city hall yet.
February 4, 2014
Annexing Klahanie would be much less palatable for Issaquah if a bill introduced by state Sen. Andy Hill (R-45) is approved.
Hill, who represents the northern half of Sammamish, introduced a bill Jan. 29, which would mean a drastic reduction to Issaquah’s expected revenue from an annexation.
Councilman Don Gerend said the Sammamish City Council did have a hand in bringing the bill to the Senate, and to Hill, chairman of the Senate’s budget-writing committee.
February 4, 2014
For Klahanie-area residents’ remaining questions, the city of Issaquah offered answers.
As the deadline approached for the Feb. 11 vote on whether people living in the potential annexation area would join Issaquah, city employees held an open house Feb. 1. Directors from most city departments came prepared with maps and answers to any questions residents could ask.
Department heads, police officers and Mayor Fred Butler headed into the middle of the annexation area and hosted the event at Klahanie’s Challenger Elementary School. Curious residents and the undecided showed up to ask questions in a session that lasted an afternoon.
January 21, 2014
January 14, 2014
The Sammamish City Council is trying to make the Klahanie annexation area an offer it can’t refuse.
The council voted unanimously Jan. 7 that if the Klahanie area does not vote to be absorbed into Issaquah, Sammamish will “fast track” an annexation of its own. It also made a laundry list of promises for what types of services it would provide Klahanie-area residents if they were to enter Sammamish.
“We would endeavor to have a vote of the Klahanie area as soon as possible,” Councilman Don Gerend said.
October 21, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 21, 2013
The website NerdWallet has placed Issaquah and Sammamish in its top 10 best places for job seekers in Washington state. Issaquah came in second, while Sammamish was No. 5.
NerdWallet.com is a personal finance and credit card comparison website launched in March 2010. The site writes recommendations on credit cards, personal finance options, discounts and gas prices.
October 15, 2013
In quick order, the King County Boundary Review Board unanimously gave preliminary approval Oct. 10 to Issaquah’s annexation request for the Klahanie area.
Two long meetings were held last month where government representatives from Issaquah and Sammamish were joined by a slew of public opinion on the proposed annexation. The Boundary Review Board took the information given and returned with a decision for Klahanie voters to vote on whether Issaquah should include them in its borders.
“None of these are easy,” board member Robert Cook said as the board held informal discussion before a vote. “And a couple factors gave us some sleepless nights. The overriding fact is that the city of Issaquah is responding to a petition of residents that want to be a part of the city. They did what they were asked to do by the citizenry. They did what they are mandated to do by state law. There really aren’t any losers in this, because the citizens will vote on this and determine their own fate. It’s kind of a win-win.”
October 8, 2013
Public meeting is set for Oct. 11
Tent City 4 might move to Sammamish.
Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church will hold a public meeting Oct. 11 to provide information and gather input from the community about possibly hosting the homeless encampment, which provides meals and overnight shelter.
After the meeting, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the church social hall at 1121 228th Ave. S.E. in Sammamish, the pastoral council will meet and likely develop a recommendation for the Rev. Kevin Duggan.
Rich Shively, pastoral administrator, said Duggan will have the final decision and will likely make his announcement the weekend of Oct. 12-13.
September 17, 2013
Evergreen Ford owner Dan Rowe recently contributed two all-electric Ford Focus cars and a Ford Escape for use in the cities of Issaquah and Sammamish, and for the Issaquah Police Department.
“We’re incredibly appreciative that Evergreen Ford has expanded this donation to the city of Issaquah,” said Warren Kagarise, communications coordinator with the city.
The Focus has decorations like a city of Issaquah stamp and salmon, and residents will see it around town, according to Kagarise.
“We haven’t decided on a use for it yet,” he said. Even so, he called it a “great way to be visible in our community.”