January 12, 2010
As family members watched and cameras flashed, Tola Marts and Mark Mullet joined the City Council last week. Read more
January 6, 2010
NEW — 11:35 a.m. Jan. 6, 2010
As family members watched and cameras flashed, Tola Marts and Mark Mullet joined the City Council on Monday.
The new councilmen took the oath of office before a packed council chamber, where the audience included families, political supporters, former Councilman David Kappler and County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, whose district includes Issaquah.
Deputy City Clerk Randy Reed administered oaths to the new councilmen, as well as incumbents Mayor Ava Frisinger and councilwomen Eileen Barber and Maureen McCarry. The terms end Dec. 31, 2013.
“This is a wonderful start to 2010,” Frisinger said.
November 24, 2009
Issaquah will become the first Eastside city to ban polystyrene food containers, when Styrofoam takeout boxes and plastic foam cups are outlawed next October. Businesses will be required to switch to compostable or recyclable — and pricier — containers and utensils by May 2011.
September 8, 2009
Baby steps called for in Styrofoam ban
By now you’ve probably read about the city’s initial proposal to ban the use of polystyrene — better known as Styrofoam — food containers in Issaquah. This could include everything from takeout food containers to the little tray that holds tonight’s steak. Read more
August 18, 2009
NEW — 11:45 a.m. Aug. 18, 2009
Issaquah officials will hear from Seattle Public Utilities staffers tonight about Seattle’s ban on polystyrene food containers. Issaquah City Council members are considering a similar measure.
Join officials and business leaders tonight as they discuss the proposal at a Council Sustainability Committee meeting. The panel meets at 5:30 p.m. in the Pickering Room of City Hall Northwest, 1775 12th Ave. N.W.
June 23, 2009
Stop by XXX Rootbeer Drive-in for a to-go root beer, and the signature drink will be served in a plastic foam cup — for now. Employees at the drive-in and many other Issaquah restaurants could be forced to swap Styrofoam and other polystyrene containers for eco-friendly materials.
Drive-in owner Jose Enciso said his restaurant uses polystyrene products because they cost less than alternatives. As the City Council considers a ban on Styrofoam to-go boxes and other food containers made from eco-unfriendly polystyrene, Enciso and other business leaders said the ban could mean higher prices on the menu.
But Enciso said he was comfortable with the switch for environmental reasons. Read more
June 16, 2009
NEW — 9:10 p.m. June 16, 2009
City officials agreed tonight to work alongside business owners as the City Council considers a ban on Styrofoam to-go boxes and other food containers made from eco-unfriendly polystyrene.
A proposed ban would outlaw polystyrene food packaging. Critics said the material lingers in landfills long after Styrofoam trays and cups are tossed into the trash. Polystyrene is expensive to recycle, too.
But officials also raised questions about safe alternatives to polystyrene and how the ban would impact restaurants already grappling with consumers dining out less in the down economy. Council Sustainability Committee members met tonight to discuss the proposed ban.
“You know, these packages are used to serve takeout or in restaurants, and they typically last for a few minutes in terms of any use,” Councilman Joshua Schaer said. “The reality is, while we may only see them for a few minutes, the landfill and the environment sees them for tens of thousands of years.”
June 16, 2009
City officials could ban polystyrene food containers, ending the use of Styrofoam to-go boxes early next year. A proposed ban under review by officials said the material has limited usefulness, but can linger in landfills for centuries. Read more
June 14, 2009
UPDATED — 10:30 a.m. June 14, 2009
City officials could ban polystyrene food packaging because they said the material has limited usefulness but can linger in landfills for centuries.
Legislation to ban polystyrene food packaging will go to the City Council for the first time Monday night. Council members are expected to refer the bill to the Council Sustainability Committee for further discussion. The committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the Baxter Room of City Hall Northwest, 1775 12th Avenue N.W. Learn more about the proposed legislation at the committee meeting.
Councilman Joshua Schaer, the main proponent of the proposed ban, serves on the Sustainability Committee. If the committee OKs the bill, the measure will return to the full council for approval, likely sometime this summer.
March 2, 2009
Saying she wants to provide a voice for residents of her South Cove neighborhood, real estate agent Joan Probala announced her candidacy for the City Council last week.
In her campaign announcement, Probala said she wants to focus on economic vitality, infrastructure needs and updates to the subarea plan — the growth strategy for key Issaquah neighborhoods. Read more