November 9, 2015
NEW — 11:45 a.m. Nov. 9, 2015
Controversy continues to plague the Issaquah Valley Senior Center and city funding of the center for 2016 still has not been decided.
City Council President Paul Winterstein and Deputy President Stacy Goodman said in a letter they would not, at this time, support funding the current leadership of the center.
The letter was partially read into the record of the Nov. 2 council meeting.
The council does not have to vote on funding until it approves the budget in December. But at a budget hearing Nov. 4, Winterstein said the issue would be on the agenda of another budget hearing the evening of Nov. 10. Read more
November 3, 2015
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 7, 2015
NEW — 4:17 p.m. Sept. 7, 2015
As of late last week, the Issaquah Valley Senior Center had not agreed to stipulations placed by Mayor Fred Butler on future funding by the city, casting doubt on whether the City Council would approve an appropriation for the center for 2016.
In recent years, Issaquah has supplied the center with $99,000 annually. For 2015, that figure represents about 44 percent of the center’s $221,490 budget, said Warren Kagarise, communication coordinator for Issaquah.
Kagarise said the funding picture might become clearer Sept. 14, when the City Council is set to discuss nonprofit funding during a work session slated for 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.
In an email, Butler said the center had applied for funding by the city’s deadline of Aug. 20. But he added that as officials processed the paperwork, “the city identified missing content.” Read more
August 25, 2015
NEW — 6:15 p.m. Aug. 25, 2015
Not everyone can walk on-stage before a crowd of thousands to perform their favorite songs.
For those musicians who wish to start smaller, limiting their jitters to a more intimate audience, there’s Issaquah’s Open Mic Night.
“It’s a different concept, especially for some people who have never performed in public before or younger people who get nervous, have a desire to see if they have what it takes to go down the road to perform in a nonthreatening environment,” said Bob Brock, who heads up the event after taking over for founding members Doug Browning and Fred Hopkins.
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.
August 4, 2015
NEW — 11 a.m. Aug. 4, 2015
Mayor Fred Butler says he will recommend continued city funding for the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, but only if the center board accepts various conditions on that funding for 2016.
In a letter to the center’s board of directors dated July 30, Butler wrote that “given the ongoing concerns that have developed with the Issaquah Senior Center” he would be placing “at a minimum” seven conditions on funding that could amount to $99,000 next year, the same amount given the center in 2015.
The city’s contribution represents a major percentage of the center’s budget.
Butler’s letter comes in the midst of ongoing controversy at the center, most especially back-and-forth accusations of misconduct on the part of various people. Read more
June 25, 2015
Second board member resigns in protest
City police served a member of the board of directors for the Issaquah Valley Senior Center with a no trespassing notice and a second board member resigned in protest.
Those banished from the center and others complain about a lack of transparency from those remaining on the board and from the office of Executive Director Courtney Jaren.
February 24, 2015
Issaquah doesn’t forget.
Not a Veterans Day or a Memorial Day goes by without a city celebration honoring the men and women who fought, or continue to fight, for this country’s freedom.
Issaquah and its residents won’t forget those sacrifices anytime soon, because Dave Waggoner won’t let them.