Editorial

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.

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Klahanie votes against annexation; Issaquah approves the bag ban

February 25, 2014

Issaquah’s ban on plastic bags still stands, while a Klahanie-area annexation continues to fall short.

As of Feb. 21, 1,504, or 49.51 percent, of the residents in the Klahanie area voted in favor of the annexation and to take on the encumbered debt of Issaquah, while 1,534, or 50.49 percent, voted against it.

Although the measure needs 60 percent to pass with the new residents sharing the city’s indebtedness, the City Council can still choose to annex the area if the vote receives a simple majority. Under that scenario, the Klahanie area would not assume its share of the city’s current indebtedness.

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Issaquah school levies passing comfortably

February 18, 2014

Three Issaquah School District levy proposals appear to be well on their way to passing, according to early elections results.

King County Elections numbers from Feb. 14 showed Issaquah’s three measures were way above the 50-percent mark needed for approval.

The district’s four-year, $198 million maintenance and operations levy was passing with 69 percent approval. The measure, labeled as renewal of the current M&O levy, pays for teacher salaries and classroom-related costs not covered by the state.

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Voter registration deadlines approach

January 14, 2014

Be sure you’re ready to vote in the Feb. 11 special election.

The deadline for in-person registration for new Washington voters is Feb. 3.

More than half of King County voters will receive ballots, which will be mailed Jan. 22. Sixteen school districts, including Issaquah, the city of Issaquah and the Klahanie Annexation Area have measures on ballots.

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Voter registration deadlines are approaching for special election

January 11, 2014

NEW — Noon Jan. 11, 2014

Be sure you’re ready to vote in the Feb. 11 special election by updating your voter registration if you’ve changed your name or address.

If you’re not yet registered to vote, now is a good time.

More than half of King County voters will receive ballots, which will be mailed Jan. 22. Sixteen school districts, the city of Issaquah and the Klahanie Annexation Area have measures on ballots.

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New mayor fills first days with keeping promises

January 7, 2014

New Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler has some big shoes to fill and he has already stepped into them.

Though Butler’s official swearing-in did not happen until the City Council’s Jan. 6 meeting, he began his new job Jan. 1. After winning the Nov. 5 election with 75 percent of the vote, he has had two months to prepare for the job.

“It has been a great transition,” Butler said. “The transition actually started during the election.”

He said in the midst of the mayoral campaign, now former-mayor Ava Frisinger and City Administrator Bob Harrison sat down with Butler and his opponent Joe Forkner to discuss emerging issues facing Issaquah and what a transition would require.

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Final election results reveal low turnout

December 3, 2013

King County certified the general election results Nov. 26.

No changes were made to the initial local results.

Mayor-elect Fred Butler slightly widened his lead against Joe Forkner, ultimately gaining 74 percent of the vote. The four City Council races were all unopposed, handing Eileen Barber, Stacy Goodman, Tola Marts and newcomer Mary Lou Pauly four-year terms.

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Voters overwhelmingly choose Butler to replace longterm mayor

November 5, 2013

NEW — 10:07 p.m. Nov. 5, 2013

Fred Butler will serve as Issaquah’s first new mayor in 16 years.

After a cordial campaign, where Butler and opponent City Councilman Joe Forkner repeatedly praised one another, the city’s voters have loudly spoken with initial reports showing a 75 percent victory for the 12 year council veteran. King County reports having counted 4,414 ballots out of 19,250 registered voters.

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Candidate Q&A

October 22, 2013

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2013 mayor candidates questions and answers

 

Joe Forkner

Joe Forkner

Fred Butler

Fred Butler

How will you address traffic problems, short term and long term?

Joe Forkner: Upgrading the current Intelligent Transportation System to the next generation real-time system would be short term and better public transportation long term.

Fred Butler: Take an integrated system approach to get maximum efficiency from our transportation and commute trip programs, upgrade ITS and apply Adaptive Transportation Management where appropriate.

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Friendly setting finds few feuds between mayoral candidates

October 22, 2013

Mayoral candidates City Council President Fred Butler and City Councilman Joe Forkner restated major themes in a largely agreeable forum Oct. 17.

In one-minute answers, both candidates stuck to their agendas, which remain fairly similar.

“When I retired form Seattle City Light as their chief engineer, I decided to devote myself to public service,” Butler said during his opening statements. “I believe in sustainability. All decisions need to take in the three legs of sustainability: people, planet and prosperity.”

By Greg Farrar Fred Butler (left) and Joe Forkner conclude their mayoral candidate forum Oct. 17 with a handshake and some laughter.

By Greg Farrar
Fred Butler (left) and Joe Forkner conclude their mayoral candidate forum Oct. 17 with a handshake and some laughter.

Forkner took the insider’s approach, citing his years of work within city government and as a board volunteer.

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