Attorneys fire volleys as funding application deadline looms for Issaquah Senior Center

August 23, 2015

NEW — 1:15 p.m. Aug. 23, 2015

An attorney representing people barred from the Issaquah Valley Senior Center has demanded a public apology for a letter sent out by the center board of directors.

If that is not done, attorney Inez Petersen said, she will file a libel suit against the board.

But an attorney representing the board says his clients were doing their duty in reporting alleged mistreatment or harassment of “vulnerable adults,” and that his clients are protected from libel laws while doing so.

In the meantime, the center board has until Aug. 25 to apply for its annual grant from the city for 2016 or possibly face losing $99,000 in funding, which represents a significant portion of its yearly budget.

Read more

Bookmark and Share

To the Editor — Aug. 20, 2015

August 19, 2015

NEW — 3:44 p.m. Aug. 19, 2015

Alzheimer’s

Fund research now

Alzheimer’s disease is becoming more and more familiar, and will continue to do so until there will be virtually no one left untouched by a personal story around Alzheimer’s.

Currently there are 100,000 Washingtonians living with Alzheimer’s disease, and that number will grow to 140,000 by 2025. My mother is one of them. She is 81, and was a vibrantly active woman until this disease started to slowly shrink her world, and her ability to manage it independently.

My good friend Nancy is a 54-year-old mother of three boys, diagnosed at 53 years old. She may not be able to recognize her first grandchild, when he or she comes. My office manager is struggling to balance a full-time job, and be the primary caregiver for her own mother with dementia, after losing her father a year ago.

Surprisingly, for every $100 spent on Alzheimer’s research, Medicare and Medicaid spend $26,000 to care for people with the disease today. We must invest more to find a treatment and a cure now, rather than wait to spend the $1.1 trillion that is estimated to be needed by 2050 if we don’t. Read more

Bookmark and Share

To the Editor — Aug. 13, 2015

August 11, 2015

NEW — 2:31 p.m. Aug. 11, 2015

Seafair

Blue Angels’ plane models are beautiful when used for peace

My wife and I attended Seafair on Saturday, Aug. 1, and the air show again amazed me.

As I was watching the precision maneuvers of our Blue Angels and the incredible versatility of the Raptor F-22, it hit me that I am so fortunate that I live in a country where lethal flying weapons are here for my entertainment and not my containment. Read more

Bookmark and Share

Downtown Issaquah group to receive hefty funding increase

August 8, 2015

UPDATED — 1:05 p.m. Aug. 11, 2015

The Issaquah City Council’s unanimous decision Aug. 3 to take part in a so-called Main Street Tax Credit program should translate to $90,000 in extra funding for the Downtown Issaquah Association.

In total, DIA funding should jump to a total of about $230,000 from it present level of about $120,000, said Karen Donovan, DIA executive director.

“Of course, we’re very excited about it,” she said.

The first step will be hiring a full-time staff member. Having a full-time person is a requirement of the tax credit program, Donovan said. Read more

Bookmark and Share

HOAs call public session on fatal accident

August 5, 2015

NEW — 6 p.m. Aug. 5, 2015

The meeting was intended to be sort of a community-building exercise, Mary Lynch, of the Summerhill Homeowners Association, said.

Still, the main topic of conversation was safety along Newport Way Northwest and the fatal accident that took place there last month.

In addition to Summerhill, several HOAs along Newport Way Northwest co-sponsored a public meeting held July 30 at the King County Library Service Center.

The crowd of about 25 people was decidedly smaller than the one that showed up for a city public meeting regarding pedestrian safety held a few days earlier. Read more

Bookmark and Share

Citizen committee to study funding options for Issaquah transportation projects

August 4, 2015

NEW — 10:35 a.m. Aug. 4, 2015

By November, the city administration plans to name a resident advisory committee to study and propose a ballot issue to raise up to $96 million for Issaquah transportation projects.

The city could go to voters with anything from a bond sale to a local sales tax. Of the several options presented, a 0.20 percent sales tax would rake in the most, about $75 million, according to information presented by city Finance Director Diane Marcotte.

City officials hope to have something on the ballot by November 2016.

To be named by Mayor Fred Butler, the advisory committee will begin meeting either late this year or early in 2016. Butler expects a recommendation to present to council by mid-2016.  Officials have not determined how many people will serve on the committee, said Emily Moon, deputy city administrator. The City Council will have the last say on any ballot issue and will need to vote to present any question to voters. Read more

Bookmark and Share

Officials look to increase meager percentages of local affordable housing

August 2, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 2, 2015

Like the rest of the Eastside of the Seattle area, Issaquah ranks low in the proportion of housing available to people with lower income levels.

That was one of the messages delivered to the Issaquah City Council at a work session held July 13.

The Eastside has a low proportion — about 7 percent — of overall housing affordable by low- and very low-income households, according to information presented by Arthur Sullivan, program manager for A Regional Coalition for Housing, an areawide affordable housing organization.

Read more

Bookmark and Share

Local projects to benefit from state funding

August 1, 2015

NEW — Noon Aug. 1, 2015

The state budget passed earlier this month includes funding for major transportation projects in Issaquah and Sammamish.

Dollars will open extra lanes on Interstate 90, help add lanes to Issaquah-Fall City Road and pay for a study of the I-90 ramps off Front Street in Issaquah.

The funding package also includes dollars for parks in Issaquah and Lake Sammamish State Park.

Read more

Bookmark and Share

City staffers look for help handling Issaquah’s growing population

July 31, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 31, 2015

Trying to keep up with seemingly ever-increasing development, the Issaquah City Council approved adding new employees to the Development Services Department and taking other steps to spread the workload.

The city will hire a new assistant planner and a new engineering technician, said Christopher Wright, project oversight manager for the development department.

Additionally, Issaquah will extend the contract of a temporary inspector and will allow additional hours for existing public works staff, Wright added.

Read more

Bookmark and Share

To the Editor — July 30, 2015

July 29, 2015

NEW — 11:08 a.m. July 29, 2015

Election

Vote to re-elect Paul Winterstein to Issaquah City Council

My vote will be cast to retain Paul Winterstein for Issaquah City Council. Paul has served the city of Issaquah well as council president. He is devoted to retaining the small-town charm we Issaquah residents love and many of us moved here for. That’s why Sunset Magazine voted us “Best Burb.”

Read more

Bookmark and Share

Next Page »