October 1, 2015
NEW — 2:57 p.m. Oct. 1, 2015
During his run for mayor, Fred Butler promised (or was it a goal?) to make Issaquah a five-star city. Well, from what I read in the paper, from my personal experience and from what I heard at the City Council candidate forum Wednesday night, he hasn’t made it yet. My evaluation would be no more than three stars, probably somewhat less.
September 28, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 28, 2015
State Sen. Mark Mullet has announced that he will seek re-election to the Washington State Senate from the 5th Legislative District.
He is the owner of Issaquah’s Zeeks Pizza and Ben & Jerry’s.
September 22, 2015
NEW — 2:21 p.m. Sept. 22, 2015
The administration is close to striking a deal with the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, Mayor Fred Butler told the City Council at its regular meeting Monday.
That deal could gain the center city funding next year despite some ongoing acrimony at the center. Butler said there was one issue remaining between the city administration and the center leadership. Butler did not say what that issue was, but did say he expects some resolution prior to the funding issue going before the council’s Services and Safety Committee.
That committee is the next step for the nonprofit funding recommendations presented to the council at Monday’s meeting. The committee is expected to meet Oct. 13 with the question of funding returning to the council later in October. Read more
September 14, 2015
NEW — 2:55 p.m. Sept. 14, 2015
Three former members of the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, including two former board members, filed a libel suit Sept. 8 against Courtney Jaren, center executive director, and the board of directors.
Renton attorney Inez Petersen filed the suit Sept. 8 in King County District Court. The suit seeks $100,000 in damages per claimant.
In a phone interview, Petersen alleged the defendants are guilty of defamation so severe there is no question of the wrongdoing. Read more
September 10, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 10, 2015
All around the Eastside, communities and local volunteers are gearing up for a monthlong food drive, the Eastside’s Month of Concern staged by the Emergency Feeding Program.
In Issaquah and Sammamish, as in many local cities, local mayors will get involved with a special Mayor’s Day of Concern Food Drive set for Sept. 19, according to Tim Larson, Sammamish communications director.
The kickoff event is set for 9 a.m. Sept. 12 at the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, said Keith Madsen, pastor of the Community Church of Issaquah.
September 9, 2015
September 9, 2015
NEW — 12:18 p.m. Sept. 9, 2015
Following the recommendation of the city administration, the Issaquah City Council voted Sept. 8 to reduce the speed limit on Newport Way Northwest to 30 mph from 40 mph between state Route 900 and the Lakemont interchange.
The new speed limit takes effect Sept. 22, council clerk Tina Eggers said.
Prior to the 6-1 council vote, residents mostly praised the council and the city administration for considering lowering the limit. But some of that praise was tempered.
Resident Joe Verner said it took the death of a child who was crossing the street with his mother to get the city’s attention.
“Let that sink in for a minute,” Verner added.
Administration recommends lowering Newport Way Northwest limit to 30 mph, wants lower limits on three other streets
September 4, 2015
NEW — 4:54 p.m. Sept. 4, 2015
City administration seems ready to recommend lowering the speed limit on Newport Way Northwest from 40 mph to 30 mph between state Route 900 to the Lakemont interchange.
City officials have been analyzing Newport Way west of SR 900, as new development will soon change that corridor’s conditions and likely necessitate a lower speed limit, according to a city press release.
Newport Way Northwest has gotten plenty of attention, much of it negative, following the death of 4-year-old Haochen Xu in a late June traffic accident near the intersection of Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive. Residents and activists have been vocally pushing for a lower speed limit on the street, mostly hoping for 25 mph.
September 3, 2015
NEW — 11 a.m. Sept. 3, 2015
As of mid-last week, 73 people had signed an electronic petition asking Issaquah to postpone any further development on Newport Way Northwest until completion of a traffic corridor study on the street as well as the implementation of any recommendations resulting from that study.
“There are five projects in the works for Newport Way west of state Route 900,” said Joe Verner, secretary of the Summerhill Subdivision Homeowners Association board.
Summerhill is one of the homeowners associations sponsoring the petition.
August 26, 2015
NEW — 4:20 p.m. Aug. 26, 2015
Visiting city after city and holding numerous public meetings, King County Metro and Sound Transit officials are working on long-range plans that might spell out the backbone of local mass transit through 2040.
In the case of Sound Transit, the planning process dubbed ST3 likely will lead the agency to placing a funding question on the ballot in November 2016.
Perhaps most noticeably for Eastsiders, Sound Transit’s plan might well include long-discussed light rail service to Issaquah, rail service that easily could impact other local communities, such as Sammamish.