Candidate filings force council race primaries

May 20, 2015

NEW – 6 a.m. May 20, 2015

Local voters will help whittle down two crowded Issaquah City Council races in an August primary.

King County candidate filing week came to a close May 15 with a total of seven candidates vying for two spots on the Issaquah City Council.

Current Council President Paul Winterstein did file to retain his Position No. 6 spot, drawing three challengers along the way.

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Another resident announces candidacy for City Council

May 5, 2015

A third resident has thrown her name into play for one of three expiring Issaquah City Council seats.

Jennifer Sutton, a commissioner on the Human Services Commission, has stated her intention to run for council Position 2.

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To the Editor — April 22, 2015

April 21, 2015

Council candidates

Decide what you want to do and how before filing

As a former Issaquah council member, I would like to add my support to Nina Milligan’s letter to prospective council candidates. In addition to what she said, I would add that council members find quickly that if they got involved because of a specific issue they want to push, that whatever is their issue it will be maybe 5 percent of the time they spend for the city.

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Two council members decide not to run in 2015

April 14, 2015

The makeup of the Issaquah City Council is about to change.

In the past week, Councilman Joshua Schaer and Councilwoman Nina Milligan have announced they won’t run for re-election come fall.

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Editorial — Get ready for election season

April 14, 2015

If you’ve been thinking about taking on an important leadership role within the city of Issaquah, the time has come to take the next step. Candidates must file for election by May 15.

The terms for three Issaquah City Council positions are set to expire at the end of the year — council position No. 2 (Nina Milligan), council position No. 4 (Joshua Schaer) and council position No. 6 (Paul Winterstein).

Milligan and Schaer announced last week that they will not seek re-election.

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To the Editor — April 15, 2015

April 14, 2015

Roundabout

Slip lane is bad idea, design

I am a driver who believes that roundabouts are a good way to keep traffic moving at certain intersections.

The biggest problems are drivers who don’t seem to understand how they work, but as more of them are put in place this issue will disappear. However, no amount of time or use can fix the very poor design of the slip lane roundabout on East Lake Sammamish Parkway.

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Residents face deep contributions to offset impact of city growth

January 27, 2015

It’s only a matter of time before Issaquah residents are asked to pay a share of the $308 million concurrency plan unanimously approved by City Council on Jan. 20.

Through greatly increased impact fees, future Issaquah developers will be paying about 30 percent of the plan. The city will need to come up with roughly $119 million.

“We must figure out how we are going to pay our share,” said Charlie Bush, development services director during a presentation to council prior to their vote last week.

A local sales tax, a $50 car tab fee and similar measures all have been mentioned as possible ways to raise the city’s portion of the plan. Bush said at least one public vote will be needed to make any funding scheme work. If there does not turn out to be sufficient public support, the plan will need to be reworked, Bush said. Read more

Car tab fees, sales taxes could help pay for roadwork

December 16, 2014

Funding was a big part of the discussion as the Issaquah City Council took up the roughly $304 million development impact plan proposed by the administration.

While developers would cover some of the cost by way of increased impact fees, the city could be on the hook for approximately $191 million. City consultant Randy Young said there are five means by which Issaquah could raise the needed dollars:

  • a local $50 car tab fee,
  • business license fees based on the number of employees,
  • a voter-approved road levy,
  • bond sales paid for through increased local property taxes,
  • a local sales tax of one-tenth of 1 percent.

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To the Editor

October 28, 2014

Election

Tana Senn brings family-oriented view to Olympia

I write to you today to whole-heartedly endorse Tana Senn for State Representative for the 41st District.

She embodies the values that are important to me and my family. As a working mom of two school-aged children, Tana understands the needs and stresses placed on many families in our region, and is able to bring a family-oriented view to Olympia.

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Council adopts Costco agreement

October 21, 2014

Move paves way for headquarters expansion

The nation’s second largest retailer is free to expand its headquarters, and it will continue to happen here in Issaquah.

The Issaquah City Council unanimously approved a 30-year development agreement with Costco Oct. 13, giving the company flexibility to add an additional 1.5 million square feet to its international headquarters housed in Pickering Place.

“It’s really a very, very big deal for Issaquah and for Costco,” Issaquah City Councilman Joshua Schaer said at the Oct. 13 meeting. “It ensures that, for years to come, when people around the country and around the world speak of Costco it will be in connection with the words ‘An Issaquah, Washington-based corporation.’”

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