Legislators talk transportation, schools at Town Hall

March 4, 2014

As the regular legislative session draws closer to an end, 5th District policy makers gave an update to residents Feb. 22.

Democratic Sen. Mark Mullet and Republican Reps. Chad Magendanz and Jay Rodne welcomed the public to a Town Hall at the Issaquah Highlands Fire Station 73. There, they answered questions about bills hearing discussion in this session, bills that may come in the future and the general state of the Legislature.

Moderator William Shaw gathered questions from the audience and led the discussion, beginning with a possible transportation package.

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Issaquah pushes for Legislature movement on transportation

January 14, 2014

Transportation will continue to top Issaquah’s wish list for this year’s legislative session.

At a casual breakfast meeting Jan. 6, city leaders met with local representatives and Issaquah’s lobbyist Doug Levy to discuss the regular session, which began Jan. 13. Fifth District Republican Reps. Jay Rodne and Chad Magendanz joined Democratic Sen. Mark Mullet in talking about the city’s interests in possible legislation.

“As you travel around the region, I imagine that every jurisdiction names transportation as the No. 1 concern, and Issaquah is no different,” new Mayor Fred Butler said. “Last year was a tough legislative session around a transportation package, because there wasn’t one.”

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State transportation system faces failure without reforms

November 19, 2013

Here we go again — talk of yet another special legislative session this year to pass a proposed $12.3 billion transportation tax package.

I will not support a tax proposal, which could include an 11 1/2-cent gas tax increase and a host of new and higher fees, while serious transportation project reforms are needed and folks are struggling to make ends meet.

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Old hands hope to offer city new leadership: Joe Forkner

October 8, 2013

Joe Forkner wants to talk things out.

As he moves stridently forward in what he admits is an “underdog” mayoral campaign, the multitasking commission, committee and City Council member hopes to translate some of his many experiences into responsible administration leadership.

He has worked in three governments and volunteered countless hours in citizen groups and spent seven years on the City Council. Forkner, 60, considers this variety of roles a strength.

Joe Forkner

Joe Forkner

“You get a perspective having been on both sides of the table,” Forkner said. “I’ve seen a lot of things in the past 20 years, and I think it’s time to get somebody to balance the future with the cost.”

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Traffic talks jam town hall

October 1, 2013

Traffic talks are in a jam.

To address ongoing transportation problems and lobby for a Legislature special session this fall, local and regional representatives met for a town hall Sept. 26. An overflowing crowd came to Issaquah City Hall to voice concerns about traffic and hear possible solutions.

Washington State Department of Transportation Regional Administrator Lorena Eng joined Sen. Mark Mullet, Rep. Jay Rodne, Rep. Chad Magendanz, King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, Issaquah City Council President Fred Butler, former Bothell City Councilman Dick Paylor and North Bend Mayor Kenneth Hearing to have a discussion in an attempt to resurrect the failed Legislature funding package and hear citizen opinions.

By Peter Clark More than 70 people packed into City Hall’s Eagle Room Sept. 26 to ask questions of regional leaders on the state of transportation.

By Peter Clark
More than 70 people packed into City Hall’s Eagle Room Sept. 26 to ask questions of regional leaders on the state of transportation.

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State Rep. Tana Senn is ready to serve

September 24, 2013

Mercer Island City Councilwoman Tana Senn is the state’s newest lawmaker, having been appointed to fill the 41st District state representative seat vacated by Marcie Maxwell.

The Metropolitan King County Council appointed her Sept. 9. Senn was the top choice of local Democratic Party officials to fill the vacancy created by Maxwell’s decision to join Gov. Jay Inslee’s education staff.

Rep. Tana Senn

Rep. Tana Senn

Since her appointment, Senn, 42, has hit the ground running, meeting with 41st District mayors, and attending local events in the district that stretches from the northern parts of Renton to the southern parts of Sammamish, encompassing Mercer Island and Newcastle, and parts of Issaquah and Bellevue.

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State Reps. Jay Rodne and Chad Magendanz host town hall Sept. 26

September 24, 2013

As part of their listening tour of the 5th Legislative District, State Reps. Jay Rodne and Chad Magendanz will host an informational transportation meeting in Issaquah Sept. 26.

The meeting — from 6-7:30 p.m.
at the Issaquah Police Department, Eagle Room,
130 E. Sunset Way — will include local transportation leaders as well as a representatives from the state Department of Transportation.

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Construction brings changes for motorists, pedestrians

May 30, 2013

Construction in Issaquah Highlands means changes for motorists, pedestrians and transit riders in the days ahead.

Sidewalk closures and detours are needed as part of the Grand Ridge Plaza retail center.

Signage and maps will be provided to direct pedestrians to the open pathways. Certain routes may switch to the opposite side of the road, depending on construction needs.

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City’s Transportation and Utilities committees to most likely combine

March 27, 2013

New on March 27, 3:30 p.m.

The city’s four council committees appear poised to turn into three.
Discussed at the March 26 Whole of the Council committee meeting as members looked through recommendations from the Services and Safety Committee on how to more efficiently structure the government, the five present council members all voiced their initial support for folding the Transportation and Utilities committees together.

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State of the County address outlines plans for infrastructure

February 5, 2013

NEW — 4 p.m. Feb. 5, 2013

King County Executive Dow Constantine outlined initiatives to curb gun violence, provide easier access to services for military veterans and family members, and enroll 180,000 uninsured residents into affordable health care.

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Dow Constantine

Constantine presented the proposals to the public and the King County Council on Monday in a State of the County address delivered at Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry.

In the address, Constantine said the county emerged strong from the challenges created related to the Great Recession, and said priorities for the year focused on the county’s future by strengthening human infrastructure — such as jobs, health care and veterans services — natural infrastructure — including efforts to address climate change, flood protection and environmental cleanup — and built infrastructure — such as maintaining roads and transit.

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