Help Raise the Dough for Seattle Children’s at Zeeks Pizza on June 16

June 10, 2014

Hope on the Hill Guild is having its third annual Raise the Dough benefit for Seattle Children’s.

This year’s event is from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 16 at Zeeks Pizza in the Issaquah Highlands. The event will also receive a portion of sales from Ben & Jerry’s, also in the Issaquah Highlands.

Twenty percent of the day’s sales — including dine-in, take-out and delivery — will be donated to the hospital’s uncompensated care program, allowing children to receive world-class medical treatment, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. Last year, with the help of organizations such as Hope on the Hill Guild, Seattle Children’s provided more than $103 million in uncompensated care to families in need.

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Joe Forkner finishes time on City Council

November 26, 2013

Mary Lou Pauly will be sworn in Dec. 2

Joe Forkner served his last regular City Council meeting Nov. 18.

After former Councilman Mark Mullet was elected to the state Senate, the City Council chose Forkner to fill the interim position last January. This month, Forkner ran for mayor against Council President Fred Butler and lost, while Mary Lou Pauly ran unopposed for the seat Forkner filled. King County expects to certify Pauly’s election Nov. 26, ending Forkner’s commitment to the council.

Joe Forkner

Joe Forkner

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Legislators improve attendance in legislative, special session votes

July 16, 2013

In the 2013 legislative session for Washington, state Rep. Jay Rodne was No. 7 on the list of most missed votes of state lawmakers.

WashingtonVotes.org tabulates and reports the information annually. The nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has been doing so every year since 2002.

Six local legislators missed fewer than three sessions.

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Issaquah legislators improve attendance, special session votes

July 9, 2013

In the 2013 legislative session for Washington, state Rep. Jay Rodne was No. 7 on the list of most missed votes of state lawmakers.

WashingtonVotes.org tabulates and reports the information annually. The nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has been doing so every year since 2002.

Six local legislators missed fewer than three sessions.

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Under the dome

February 12, 2013

Mark Mullet, freshman senator, balances family, service

By Greg Farrar Mark Mullet, 5th Legislative District state Senator, walks from his office under the Capitol dome to the nearby John A. Cherberg Building for a committee meeting, while still in a phone meeting with King County Deputy Executive Fred Jarrett, during a packed Jan. 31 schedule of appointments in Olympia.

By Greg Farrar
Mark Mullet, 5th Legislative District state Senator, walks from his office under the Capitol dome to the nearby John A. Cherberg Building for a committee meeting, while still in a phone meeting with King County Deputy Executive Fred Jarrett, during a packed Jan. 31 schedule of appointments in Olympia.

The state Capitol is a grand structure, but beyond the rotunda soaring 175 feet overhead and the Tiffany chandelier as large as a car, opulence fades as the state Senate gallery transitions into a corridor lined with senators’ offices.

Room 415A is state Sen. Mark Mullet’s office, a no-frills space for the Issaquah Democrat tucked into the 85-year-old building.

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Lobbyist pushes Issaquah priorities in state Legislature

February 12, 2013

The top priorities for Issaquah leaders during the legislative session stem from efforts to reduce traffic congestion in the city and revitalize Lake Sammamish State Park.

The proposals could receive a boost in Olympia from a lobbyist hired by Issaquah leaders to steer state dollars to local projects.

Lobbyist Doug Levy started in the job in July 2012, after the City Council made a contentious decision to hire a lobbyist in Olympia for $52,000 per year — a $48,000 fee, plus expenses. City leaders then developed a list of priorities to guide Levy in the Capitol.

In the meantime, a former councilman, Democrat Mark Mullet, joined the state Senate and also started championing Issaquah issues.

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New 5th District Sen. Mark Mullet / Jan. 31, 2013

February 12, 2013

City Council turns to veteran for vacancy

February 5, 2013

Joe Forkner (left) is welcomed back to the dais for another City Council stint by Eileen Barber on Jan. 29. By Greg Farrar

Joe Forkner (left) is welcomed back to the dais for another City Council stint by Eileen Barber on Jan. 29. By Greg Farrar

Joe Forkner returned to the City Council on Jan. 29 after a divided council appointed the former councilman, onetime city employee and longtime community leader to a vacant seat.

Forkner, a councilman in separate stints during the early and mid-2000s, did not fade from public life after departing from the council in 2007. The engineering technician and draftsman served as a member of numerous municipal boards and commissions in recent years, and spearheaded the initial plan to redevelop the business district along Interstate 90.

The depth of experience led the council to appoint Forkner, 59, to occupy the seat left after former Councilman Mark Mullet resigned to serve in the state Senate.

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State Sen. Mark Mullet joins key committee

February 5, 2013

NEW — 4 p.m. Feb. 5, 2013

State Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, is the latest addition to the Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee — a panel responsible for ensuring state government operates effectively, efficiently and with accountability.

The freshman senator filled a vacant seat on the bipartisan committee, Senate Democrats announced Jan. 30.

“I am honored to accept this position,” Mullet said in a statement. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on the committee and the opportunity to apply my real-life experiences in business and finance in order to help ensure our government is working to its best ability.”

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Issaquah starts 30-day countdown to plastic bag ban

January 31, 2013

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 31, 2013

The citywide ban on most retail plastic bags starts March 1, and Issaquah leaders reminded residents to prepare in the 30 days before the legislation goes into effect.

The measure also sets a 5-cent fee for most paper carryout bags. Under the ordinance, retailers keep the fee to offset the cost to phase out plastic bags and shoppers can see the expense itemized on receipts.

Though the ordinance requires most plastic bags to disappear from retailers in March, consumers should not expect to see the bags vanish altogether.

The legislation contains exemptions for plastic bags for bakery items, bulk foods, meat, produce, dry cleaning, newspapers, small hardware items and takeout foods.

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