Bill Ramos touts experience in public, private sectors

September 30, 2015

NEW — 5:28 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

City Council Position 4 Race heats up

Hoping to replace incumbent Issaquah City Councilman Joshua Schaer, who chose not to run for re-election to his Position 4 seat, resident Bill Ramos is running in his first public election.

It’s actually his second try for the council. Ramos threw his hat in the ring for an appointment to the council in 2014. He was one of several people vying for the council seat vacated when Fred Butler was elected mayor.

Bill Ramos

Bill Ramos

Ramos said he doesn’t like to sound as if he is bragging, but he also doesn’t shy away from pointing out that he has spent about 10 years around City Hall, serving on the Economic Vitality and Planning commissions. Read more

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City looks to jump-start Central Issaquah Plan, considers potential anchor projects

September 22, 2015

NEW — 12:30 p.m. Sept. 22, 2015

Even as city officials consider how to jump-start the long-discussed Central Issaquah Plan, one potential anchor project already may be in the works.

While he offered very few details, Issaquah Economic Development Director Keith Niven told City Council members Sept. 21 he met recently with officials of the U.S. Postal Service about a possible development on land near the post office on Northwest Gilman Boulevard, in the area of Fourth Avenue Northwest.

The project would consist of one floor of some sort of commercial space, with three floors of apartments above. Niven mentioned that configuration might mean construction of a nearby parking garage. Overall, he believes the project might well be one city officials want to take a look at if the developer’s concept moves forward. Read more

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Joshua Schaer’s open council seat attracts plenty of attention

July 16, 2015

For whatever reason, the Issaquah City Council Position 4 seat to be vacated at year’s end by Joshua Schaer has attracted its fair share of attention.

In the Aug. 4 primary, voters will choose from among four candidates hoping to replace Schaer. Ballots for the primary were mailed July 15.

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Another resident announces candidacy for City Council

May 5, 2015

A third resident has thrown her name into play for one of three expiring Issaquah City Council seats.

Jennifer Sutton, a commissioner on the Human Services Commission, has stated her intention to run for council Position 2.

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Commission studies anchor development in central area

April 21, 2015

Adopted in late 2012, the Central Issaquah Plan has been described as a long-term vision for the city that would bring about a dense urban core, a mix of residential and commercial development.

While a few projects are already underway, at the behest of the Issaquah City Council, the city Economic Vitality Commission has identified a number of locations and issues that eventually could receive some extra attention from the city leading to development of anchor projects within the plan area. Regarding the development sites, that extra attention will likely consist of some form of economic incentive.

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Two council members decide not to run in 2015

April 14, 2015

The makeup of the Issaquah City Council is about to change.

In the past week, Councilman Joshua Schaer and Councilwoman Nina Milligan have announced they won’t run for re-election come fall.

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Editorial — Volunteer now to help your city

January 20, 2015

The city of Issaquah needs volunteers for various boards and commissions.

The number needed is in parentheses, followed by a brief job description:

Arts Commission (three) — support and encourage visual and performing arts

Cable TV Commission (one) — regulate and oversee the operations of cable television in Issaquah.

Cemetery Board (two) — advise the mayor in connection with the management and control of the city-owned cemetery, including perpetual care, improvements and expansion. Read more

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LE announces leadership program graduates

June 3, 2014

Leadership Eastside, the region’s pre-eminent leadership enrichment program, has announced the graduation of the Leadership Eastside class of 2014.

This year’s graduates join a powerful network of more than 1,500 of the region’s leaders in business, nonprofits and the public sector who work together to address the community’s greatest needs, according to a news release from Leadership Eastside.

Over the course of two years, members of the class of 2014 have deepened their understanding of the seven elements that make up a healthy community and have demonstrated their ability to effectively apply an adaptive leadership approach by successfully completing a series of sustainable community projects, including:

  • Supporting the launch of a Bellevue Arts District.
  • Developing a communitywide wellness effort for the city of Issaquah.

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Council approves annual appointments to city boards and commissions

May 27, 2014

Last year’s mayoral candidate Joe Forkner will go back to work for the city, joining 43 others appointed to various Issaquah governing bodies.

The City Council unanimously approved Mayor Fred Butler’s recommendations to appoint or reappoint a host of residents to most of the city’s 17 boards and commissions during its regular meeting April 21.

The annual appointments fill the vacancies expiring April 30. Most regular members serve four-year terms, while alternate members serve two-year terms.

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Mayor states goals in first State of the City speech

February 25, 2014

Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler vowed to maintain momentum in his first State of the City speech.

By Greg Farrar Fred Butler is a member of the Issaquah City Council.

Fred Butler


Given during the Feb. 18 regular City Council meeting, the speech laid out what Butler hopes to achieve in the first year of his inaugural term.

“A community is made up of many elements,” he said. “We are blessed with an outstanding school district, an active and professional chamber of commerce, students who are involved, first-class medical facilities and a City Council dedication to regional involvement.”

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