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.
November 19, 2013
Highlighted pieces of the mayor’s proposed budget faced a City Council chopping block before they reached a final public hearing.
A plan to remodel the Tibbett’s Creek Manor kitchen, funding for a city business marketing plan and a feasibility study for a city campus were all voted down in the Nov. 7 council work session.
After extended conversations, in which the phrase “financial sustainability” was repeatedly used, the council asked the city’s Finance Department to lop $300,000 off the draft budget. Finance Director Diane Marcotte said the council created the figure with the end of 2014 in mind.
October 15, 2013
Mayor Ava Frisinger presented her final budget proposal, which includes $98.3 million in budgeted expenditures, to the City Council Oct. 7.
It includes adding a new human services manager and a police officer, increasing funding for “sustainable” efforts and $55,000 for a feasibility study into a campus to consolidate the locations of city services.
“I’m extremely proud to reflect on the last 16 years,” Frisinger told the council as she presented her budget to them. “Today, we’re planning for what’s next: a commitment to environmental protection, a strong economic base and a strong quality of life for our citizens.”
September 19, 2013
NEW — 11:22 a.m. Sept. 19, 2013
Differences became apparent between candidates in the Sept. 17 candidate forum.
The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce welcome the two mayoral contenders and the two seeking a school board position to Blakely Hall for the kickoff of campaign season.
City Council President Fred Butler and Councilman Joe Forkner met each other for a first public appearance directly related to seeking November votes.
Moderated by Erin McCallum, of the Strategic Campaign Group, the forum allowed candidates 90-second answers to a variety of questions asked by McCallum and the audience.
September 13, 2013
NEW — 10:40 a.m. Sept. 13, 2013
A city of Issaquah employee registered websites in May in an apparent effort to deceive customers of the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District.
Mayor Ava Frisinger said in a letter the move directed by the administration was designed to counter a “misinformation campaign” from the district.
In a Sept. 12 press release, the district pointed to two domain names it found similar to ones it employs in business practices. Both sites, owned by Issaquah, not only resembled the established domains of the district, but also took an Internet user straight to a city webpage entitled “Our water, our city.”
“The Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District recently learned that the city of Issaquah has created at least two misleading Internet domains similar to those used by the district to redirect customers to Issaquah’s websites,” the press release reads. “This came to the district’s attention when a customer called and explained how she kept ending up on the Issaquah city website every time she typed in what she thought was the district’s website URL.”
August 27, 2013
NEW — 4:05 p.m. Aug. 27, 2013
A survivor of the 2006 Jewish Federation shootings sat down with Mayor Ava Frisinger to call for universal background checks Aug. 27.
Cheryl Stumbo, one of six shot by Naveed Afzal Haq, has begun actively lobbying lawmakers to support Initiative 594, which calls for “extending the requirement for a background check to apply to all gun sales and transfers in the state.” Toward that aim, she was invited by Frisinger, herself a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and a victim of gun violence, to lead a roundtable discussion at City Hall.
“We’re here today to share stories of gun violence,” Stumbo said. “This is sort of one of those taboo subjects and I think that’s part of the problem. We want our elected leaders to hear us.”