Issaquah attorney receives fourth straight rising star award

May 27, 2015

Justin P. Walsh, principal attorney of Issaquah Legal Services, PLLC, has been selected as a Rising Star by Washington Super Lawyers.

No more than 2.5 percent of Washington attorneys are selected for the award. This marks the fourth year in a row Walsh has been selected.

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City’s comprehensive plan review includes various rezoning efforts

April 21, 2015

As part of the regular update of the city’s comprehensive plan, city staffers reviewed three rezoning proposals at a meeting of the Planning Policy Commission on March 5.

2015 zoning mapThe potential rezonings drew what was potentially a record crowd of residents to the usually unattended policy meetings. Some residents might not have needed to show up.

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Editorial — Volunteer now to help your city

January 20, 2015

The city of Issaquah needs volunteers for various boards and commissions.

The number needed is in parentheses, followed by a brief job description:

Arts Commission (three) — support and encourage visual and performing arts

Cable TV Commission (one) — regulate and oversee the operations of cable television in Issaquah.

Cemetery Board (two) — advise the mayor in connection with the management and control of the city-owned cemetery, including perpetual care, improvements and expansion. Read more

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Planning commission hosts public hearing

October 21, 2014

The Issaquah Planning Policy Commission will hold a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in Council Chambers, 135 E. Sunset Way, regarding proposed transportation concurrency amendments for 2014.

Proposed land use code amendments may change as a result of the public review process.

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Council approves annual appointments to city boards and commissions

May 27, 2014

Last year’s mayoral candidate Joe Forkner will go back to work for the city, joining 43 others appointed to various Issaquah governing bodies.

The City Council unanimously approved Mayor Fred Butler’s recommendations to appoint or reappoint a host of residents to most of the city’s 17 boards and commissions during its regular meeting April 21.

The annual appointments fill the vacancies expiring April 30. Most regular members serve four-year terms, while alternate members serve two-year terms.

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Council OKs large list of possible comprehensive plan updates

April 15, 2014

The Issaquah City Council expects a big update to the city’s comprehensive plan in 2015.

During its April 7 regular meeting, the council approved docket of proposed changes to the plan. There are 19 items, which the administration will investigate whether to include them into the state-mandated plan.

Comprehensive plans are required by state law to include expectations for land use, housing, growth targets, utilities, capital facilities and more.

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Committee recommends marijuana moratorium remain until July

February 18, 2014

Issaquah’s moratorium on recreational marijuana might last until July.

At its Feb. 11 meeting, the City Council’s Land and Shore Committee discussed the timeline to gauge the city’s needs in terms of tailoring recreational marijuana regulations. The committee members agreed to recommend the council extend the current moratorium, which expires next month, by four months.

The ongoing state legislative session has raised a lot of questions about the future of recreational marijuana businesses, and the council has expressed caution while definitive state regulations remain in flux.

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City hosts better walking, biking open house

December 10, 2013

The city of Issaquah is seeking input on how to make the community more friendly for biking, walking and living.

Bring ideas to a Walking & Biking Open House from 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 12, in the Eagle Room at Issaquah City Hall and Police Department, 130 E. Sunset Way.

At the open house, hosted by the Planning Policy Commission, learn about and participate in ongoing efforts to create a safer — as well as more seamless and convenient — network so residents and visitors can easily access recreation, work and transit without a car.

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Pool, community center and other closures are planned for holiday

November 25, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 25, 2013

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the following city operations will be closed:

  • Julius Boehm Pool, 50 S.E. Clark St.; reopens at 6:30 a.m. Dec. 2.
  • Community center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S.; reopens at 5 a.m. Dec. 2.
  • All city offices; reopen Dec. 2.
  • The city Planning Policy Commission meeting at 6:30 p.m. is cancelled.
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Joe Forkner enters race for Issaquah mayor

February 5, 2013

Less than a week after rejoining the City Council, longtime community leader and seasoned Councilman Joe Forkner entered the race for mayor Feb. 4.

Joe Forkner

Joe Forkner

The announcement set up a contest between Forkner and a colleague, Council President Fred Butler. The councilmen hope to lead the city once Mayor Ava Frisinger steps down in January 2014 after 16 years in the top job at City Hall.

Forkner, 59, worked for the city in the past and served on the council in recent stints — from 2000 to 2005, and to fill a vacancy from September 2006 to late 2007. The latest appointment, a 10-month stint approved Jan. 29 in a 4-2 decision, caps a busy period after Forkner led the citizen panel responsible for outlining redevelopment in the business district.

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