To the Editor

August 12, 2014

Traffic

People need to learn the difference between yield and merge

One of the reasons southbound traffic backs up on Front Street during evening rush hour is that drivers on Newport Way ignore the yield sign. (Please note, it reads: yield, not merge).

During the red light cycle on Newport, the cars on Front Street have the right of way. If Newport Way was posted no turn on red, it would allow traffic on each street a fair portion of the allotted time, and a smoother flow of traffic. This “no turn” sign could be limited to the hours of 3-7 p.m., which appears to be the most congested time period.

George Short

Issaquah

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Governor signs bill to protect domestic violence victims

May 20, 2014

House Bill 1840, signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee on March 28, was the only gun safety bill to pass the Legislature this session.

Sponsored by State Rep. Roger Goodman, HB 1840 aligns Washington state law with federal law by removing firearms from those subject to protection orders. Under federal law, when protection orders are issued against domestic violence offenders, they must surrender their firearms. Current state law allows domestic abusers to keep an arsenal of weapons.

Victims, survivors and advocates have long called for the removal of firearms from domestic violence offenders.

HB 1840 goes into effect Dec. 1.

Court filings for 2013 are down from previous year

May 13, 2014

Domestic violence cases marked the greatest increase in Issaquah’s decreased number of court cases in 2013.

In his annual presentation to the City Council, Judge Scott Stewart laid out what cases came before the local court in his state of the court address April 7.

“Domestic violence cases are up slightly,” Stewart said at the meeting. “And we’re seeing a number of different computer crimes charges.”

By Greg Farrar N. Scott Stewart, judge for Issaquah Municipal Court, presents the state of the court  year in review address to the City Council and members of the public April 7 in council chambers.

By Greg Farrar
N. Scott Stewart, judge for Issaquah Municipal Court, presents the state of the court year in review address to the City Council and members of the public April 7 in council chambers.

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LifeWire hosts annual gala and auction May 3

May 1, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. May 1, 2014

LifeWire, the state’s largest domestic violence service provider, will host its 2014 benefit gala and auction May 3.

The funds from the World of Hope Gala and Auction will allow LifeWire to provide services in east and north King County to people, primarily women and children, who have experienced physical, emotional or sexual abuse.

The money collected also assists the organization in preventing domestic violence through advocacy, education and support.

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WAVE Foundation event raises $1,400 for domestic violence education and prevention

December 29, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 29, 2013

The WAVE Foundation (Women Against Violence Everywhere) Day of Shopping Event last month raised about $1,400.

Ten percent of all purchases at Look’s Unique Home Accents, Gifts and Cards that day went to the WAVE Foundation fundraiser.

Sharon Anderson, WAVE Foundation executive director, said the group has hosted a day-of-shopping event for more than a decade.

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Jacksons hosts drive against domestic violence

December 10, 2013

Jacksons Food Stores and the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence present the 10th annual Give the Gift of Peace campaign, a holiday season campaign that helps raise community awareness and legislative efforts to ensure funding priorities for domestic violence victims.

Contributions can be made at Jacksons Food Stores through Dec. 25 in increments of $1, $5 or $10. Issaquah locations are:

  • 825 Front St. N.
  • 15 E. Sunset Way

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New domestic violence ordinance passes

September 24, 2013

The Issaquah City Council passed a new domestic violence ordinance during its regular meeting Sept. 16.

Originally proposed by Councilman Josh Schaer during the council’s goal-setting retreat this spring, the ordinance will mean harsher penalties for suspects who commit domestic violence in the presence of children.

“Exposing minor children to domestic violence is a gross misdemeanor,” the ordinance reads. “Any person convicted of this crime shall be punished by imprisonment of not less than 30 days.

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Cycle the WAVE rolls through Issaquah

September 13, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 13, 2013

Cycle the WAVE, an all-women’s bike ride benefiting domestic violence survivors, will roll through Issaquah once again Sunday.

Riders begin and end at Issaquah High School, traveling through city streets along the way. More than 1,000 riders are expected to participate.

There are four different routes that riders can choose from. The longest, the 59-mile Burly Girl, will take cyclists through Issaquah, Bellevue and Renton. The shortest, the 15-mile Little Sister, travels along Issaquah’s Newport Way.

Learn more about Cycle the WAVE and view bicyclist route maps here.

Harsher penalties at core of new domestic violence ordinance

August 22, 2013

The Issaquah City Council took the first steps in setting an increased penalty for domestic violence that was first discussed in a May goal-setting retreat.

The council voted on an ordinance in the Aug. 5 regular meeting that would mandate a minimum of 30 days imprisonment to those committing domestic violence in the presence of children.

“In an effort to break the cycle of domestic violence, protect children in domestic violence situations and rehabilitate abusers, the following ordinance is proposed to strengthen our current domestic violence laws,” the agenda bill reads. “This ordinance would make it a gross misdemeanor to commit a domestic violence offense in the presence of a child.”

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All charges dropped against Leroy Hill

August 20, 2013

City prosecutors said they would not file misdemeanor domestic violence charges against former Seattle Seahawk Leroy Hill earlier this month, clearing him completely.

After being arrested in January on allegations of domestic violence, Hill faced felony charges of third-degree assault and unlawful imprisonment. In May, the King County Prosecutor’s Office declined to pursue those charges and turned the case over to Issaquah prosecutors.

Leroy Hill

Leroy Hill

“In this case, there are several reasons why felony convictions would likely not be reached by a reasonable and objective fact finder…,” the county’s decline reads.

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