Amid controversy, mayor places conditions on future budget for senior center

August 4, 2015

NEW — 11 a.m. Aug. 4, 2015

Mayor Fred Butler says he will recommend continued city funding for the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, but only if the center board accepts various conditions on that funding for 2016.

In a letter to the center’s board of directors dated July 30, Butler wrote that “given the ongoing concerns that have developed with the Issaquah Senior Center” he would be placing “at a minimum” seven conditions on funding that could amount to $99,000 next year, the same amount given the center in 2015.

The city’s contribution represents a major percentage of the center’s budget.

Butler’s letter comes in the midst of ongoing controversy at the center, most especially back-and-forth accusations of misconduct on the part of various people. Read more

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King County Council raises awareness of elder abuse

June 15, 2010

NEW — 9:05 a.m. June 15, 2010

King County Council members highlighted the importance of safeguarding senior citizens by proclaiming Tuesday as Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

The proclamation encourages residents to create a safe community for elderly residents. The ceremonial measure also recognizes the public and private agencies working together to combat elder abuse, including the King County Prosecutor’s Office and the Domestic Abuse Women’s Network. The council issued the proclamation Monday.

“Sadly, many cases of elder abuse involve family members,” Councilmember Kathy Lambert, a past member of the county Domestic Violence Council, and the Issaquah representative on the council, said in a news release. “Many older women who are victimized by partners do not see themselves as abused, but many feel ashamed, embarrassed, depressed and afraid to confide in friends and family. Financial security issues also prevent older women from reporting abuse.”

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Elderly man kidnapped, tricked into marriage

December 15, 2008

Issaquah police have arrested two Bellevue women in a scheme to steal money from an elderly Issaquah man. 

The arrests took place Dec. 11 in Bellevue, according to Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum. He said the women, ages 29 and 56, were reported to the police by King County Adult Protective Services after they tried to take advantage of the vulnerable 78-year-old. Read more

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Bellevue women schemed to steal money from elderly city man, police say

December 12, 2008

NEW — 10 p.m. Dec. 12, 2008

Issaquah police have arrested two Bellevue women in a scheme to steal money from an elderly Issaquah man.

The arrests took place Dec. 11 in Bellevue, according to Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum. He said the women, ages 29 and 56, were reported to the police by Adult Protective Services after they tried to take advantage of the vulnerable 78-year-old. Read more

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