Mayor’s budget proposes increase in B&O taxes

October 14, 2014

Issaquah businesses could be paying more taxes in 2015 as Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler unveiled his proposed budget, calling for an increase to the city’s business and occupation tax rate, at the Oct. 6 Issaquah City Council meeting.

The proposal would increase B&O taxes for manufacturing, wholesale and retail companies from 0.0008 to 0.0015 effective April 1, 2015, and 0.002 effective Jan. 1, 2017.

B&O taxes for printing/publishing, retail services and services/other would go from 0.001 to 0.0012 effective April 1, 2015.

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Council gets bike, pedestrian plan

October 7, 2014

Local residents want to walk and roll all night — and probably through the day as well.

The Issaquah City Council received the most recent bike and pedestrian plan from the city’s Department of Sustainability during its Committee of the Whole meeting Sept. 22. Named Walk + Roll Issaquah, the plan aims to provide a framework to ensure easier nonvehicle travel in the city through “guiding the development and implementation of future projects and programs.”

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To the Editor

September 30, 2014

Jason Ritchie

Stop the negative campaigning and distortions

I am writing to call on Congressman Dave Reichert’s liberal opponent Jason Ritchie to stop the smear tactics. Following his campaign thus far, Ritchie has towed the party line and done little to differentiate himself from the partisan politicians in D.C. who are exactly what the American people are tired of.

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Costco proposed expansion causes growing concerns

September 23, 2014

Who will pay for a Costco expansion? That question has nearby business and property owners concerned.

Business and property owners have concerns about how proposed Costco growth might affect northern Issaquah, and about who pays for parts of the project.

In its Sept. 15 regular meeting, the Issaquah City Council held a public hearing regarding the draft agreement that has made its way through the Development Services Department in the past several months.

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Editorial — Traffic mess needs a good solution, now

September 23, 2014

Something has got to be done about traffic in Issaquah.

When it takes longer to get across the city than it does to get from Issaquah to Seattle, that’s a traffic problem.

Front Street South/Issaquah-Hobart Road is a mess at the best of times. If there is an accident or construction along the road, you can count on sitting there upward of an hour to travel a few miles.

That’s ridiculous.

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Seventh and Gilman redevelopment begins

September 16, 2014

Demolition began Sept. 10 on the new residential project to be housed at Seventh Avenue Northwest and Northwest Gilman Boulevard.

There, 344 apartments in three five-story buildings will replace the strip mall and Lombardi’s restaurant that had been there for decades.

The project not only marks a change in that localized landscape, but for the whole of Issaquah as well.

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To the Editor

September 9, 2014

Talus trees

The trees are the view;  enjoy them

If I could take a moment to remind those that buy homes in Issaquah… the trees are the view! We are so fortunate to live within a tall urban forest and it should be celebrated not demolished. Please, everyone, look out your window and be grateful that we have so many beautiful, oxygen-producing, soil-protecting, wildlife-sustaining evergreens all around our fine city!

Susan Trent

Issaquah

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To the Editor

September 2, 2014

Transportation plan

A little Aloha while sitting in traffic

How is it that Peter Clark, of The Issaquah Press, has read my mind these last several months as I’ve traveled the roads downtown getting to and from my home in the nearby Sycamore neighborhood? His recent article “Traffic plan can’t come soon enough” nailed it.

I understand that the City Council’s master plan is intent upon growing residential and business opportunities while lessening our dependence on cars. As in the Issaquah Highlands, townsfolk will be able to walk, rather than drive, to most places. However, as Clark indicates, that idyllic scenario won’t happen anytime soon. Meanwhile, those of us living in the midst of construction that is sure to tie up traffic for years to come will have to grin and bear it.

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Human Services Campus plans move forward

August 26, 2014

Issaquah’s planned Human Services Campus has made its way back to the City Council for discussion.

Service organizations AtWork!, of Issaquah, and the Together Center, of Redmond, have long worked to develop an Issaquah campus that would incorporate a number of local nonprofit organizations under one roof.

A search for a location to house the campus held the project up until last year. Now, with a location in mind, the two organizations will work on a three-party agreement with the city to see the plan come to fruition.

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Off The Press — Traffic plan can’t come soon enough

August 26, 2014

Rowley Properties’ construction of the long-stay Homewood Suites by Hilton has brought a massive crane to central Issaquah.

Peter Clark Press reporter

Peter Clark
Press reporter

It’s not the first one locals have seen, but it heralds the start of the Central Issaquah Plan, which city officials expect to change the face of the valley over the next 30 years or so.

The crane stands over the western edge of the city and so will hopefully not have any impact on surrounding traffic. However, it represents a symbol of things to come as parcels go on sale and some, like the Atlas project on Gilman Boulevard Northwest, sit in the middle of the permitting process.

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