Issaquah City Council passes marijuana open container law

July 15, 2014

Wait until you get home in Issaquah before opening your legal marijuana.

The City Council unanimously approved new regulations for the use of recreational marijuana during its regular meeting July 7.

The regulations adopt two provisions approved in the Initiative 502 referendum into Issaquah’s code. The two restrictions prohibit marijuana use “in view of the general public” and define driving under the influence of marijuana as having 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of the driver’s blood.

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Insert marijuana pun headline here

July 8, 2014

Well, the first retail marijuana store opens this week. Like, for real. It’s really happening.

While I’m not much for pot, I do admit that I’ve found covering the state and Issaquah’s planning to enact Initiative 502 completely thrilling.

Reporter Bob Young at The Seattle Times this weekend posted a comprehensive FAQ regarding what retail marijuana will look like and what eager buyers can and cannot do with their legal grass. In the first question, he outlines a striking fact about Washington’s implementation of the initiative and why it took a year and a half before the first store opened.

“The short version: The state created something untested on the planet,” he wrote.

Peter Clark Press reporter

Peter Clark
Press reporter

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See design and give input about new skate park at July 9 meeting

July 6, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 6, 2014

Now that the new skate park has a location, the city wants the public’s help on the design. In the last public design input meeting July 9, Grindline Skateparks Inc. will present a possible final design mockup for public review.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at Tibbetts Creek Manor, 750 17th Ave. N.W.

The Issaquah City Council unanimously approved Tibbetts Valley Park as the site for the new skate park in May. The next phase of the process will include some final community discussions about what the park should feature before the design moves on for City Council approval.

Grindline Skateparks Inc. will lead the city through the design process, but wants public input about the types of amenities, ramps and challenges desired by local skaters.

Police department adds two officers, promotes five

July 1, 2014

Two new patrol officers joined the Issaquah Police Department in the past month.

At a ceremony June 3, new-hire Michael Lucht was sworn in to the department. The four-and-a-half-year veteran of the Jamestown Police Department of North Dakota moved for the job in Issaquah.

“I just wanted to get some place a little warmer,” Lucht said. “I also like how this area is so close to the outdoors.”

Michael Lucht

Michael Lucht

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Eastside coalition explores permanent winter homeless shelter

July 1, 2014

Finding shelter in the winter might get easier in the future for the Eastside’s homeless.

The Issaquah City Council heard a presentation during its June 24 Committee of the Whole meeting about the exploration of opening a permanent winter shelter on the Eastside. Council President Paul Winterstein serves on the Eastside Human Services Forum and said that group initiated the topic in response to growing need.

“That forum hosted a mayors’ breakfast where this idea of potentially creating a regional solution for a permanent winter shelter was brought up,” he said. “It is an idea that is in the incubation stage.”

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Design phase begins for skate park

June 24, 2014

Now that the new skate park has a location, the city is gathering public input on its design.

The Issaquah City Council approved a parcel at Tibbetts Valley Park for the construction of the skate park May 19. The budgeted $350,000 will go to remove the current one, which caused ongoing community concern due to the presence of drug use and illicit activities, and build a new one sometime in 2015.

The Parks & Recreation Department held the first of three community public input meetings June 18 to collect ideas from local residents about what they would like to see in the new attraction.

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Editorial: Bus study is only part of the puzzle

June 24, 2014

Days are numbered for the 200 bus, the shuttle marked “freebee” that residents are used to seeing around town. While it’s unfortunate, the removal of the bus should provide a catalyst to look at transportation across the city.

After the failure of King County’s Proposition 1 last fall, Metro announced the 200, along with a handful of commuter routes serving Issaquah, will stop service in September.

The city spends about $50,000 per year — on top of Metro’s $1.2 million (which also comes from city residents, of course) to keep the bus running. The route sees about 400 boardings per day; one person might board multiple times, so that doesn’t necessarily mean those are unique passengers.

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Mark Mullet recognized for commitment to Washington’s cities

June 24, 2014

NEW — 2 p.m. June 24, 2014

Sen. Mark Mullet, 5th D-Issaquah, is being awarded the 2014 Municipal Champions Award from the Association of Washington Cities.

Mark Mullet

Mark Mullet

Mullet is receiving the award for playing a leading role to help restore and strengthen the partnership between the state and cities during the 2014 Legislative Session.

Specifically, AWC is honoring Mullet for being instrumental in helping cities develop support in the state Senate to restore infrastructure investment, revenue sharing for marijuana and restoration of key revenue sources from the state.

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Get involved tonight in designing new Issaquah skate park

June 18, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 18, 2014

Now that the new skate park has a location, the city wants the public’s help on the design.

The Issaquah City Council unanimously approved Tibbetts Valley Park as the site for the new skate park in May. The next phase of the process will include two community discussions about what the park should feature.

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City Council approves recreational marijuana retail regulations

June 10, 2014

Retail marijuana will come to Issaquah.

After months of discussion and a moratorium installed in September, Issaquah will allow recreational marijuana business practices. The City Council voted on the administration’s proposed regulations during the June 2 meeting and agreed 5-2 to the rules that build on the established state restrictions.

“The proposed regulations would allow marijuana retail in all of Issaquah’s commercial areas — everywhere but the downtown zone,” City Associate Planner Jason Rogers said. “For the producers and processors, the intent was to limit them to our intensive commercial zone only.”

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