August 26, 2015
Police can grow their budget and save lives
Police Chief Scott Behrbaum, I know how you can fund your entire budget. I can personally guarantee it’ll work.
Position an officer two blocks west of Zeeks on Northeast Park Drive, the main road feeding homes in the Issaquah Highlands.
March 27, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. March 27, 2015
Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, will host a town hall meeting in Issaquah on Saturday, March 28, to discuss the events of the 2015 legislative session so far and field questions from constituents.
“There are several major issues in play this session that I’m sure people would like to weigh in on,” Mullet said in a news release. “I want to hear what’s on everyone’s minds. The better I know everyone’s concerns, the better I can represent our community in Olympia.”
Mullet will provide free pizza at the Issaquah town hall from his Zeeks Pizza.
The meeting is scheduled for noon at Issaquah Fire Station No. 73, 1280 N.E. Park Drive.
September 2, 2014
The Issaquah Schools Foundation is partnering with area businesses for its All in for Kids annual fund campaign Sept. 5-10.
Funds will support advancing academic achievement, support struggling students, promote professional development and connect students to their futures.
Sept. 5 — Battle of the Fans in the Stands — Issaquah vs. Skyline football game, Issaquah High School, 7:30 p.m.
It’s the district’s rivalry game of the year. Dress in school colors and feed the jar with $1 or $5 contributions in support of your favorite team upon entrance. All who donate receive a Battle of the Fans gift. The winning side will win the coveted Battle of the Fans trophy for their school and bragging rights for a year.
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.
December 4, 2012
Issaquah City Councilman Mark Mullet joined the state Senate on Nov. 30 — 45 days before other freshman lawmakers convene in Olympia for the 2013 legislative session.
In a ceremony on the Senate floor, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Madsen administered the oath to Mullet as the Democrat’s family members watched.
Mullet joined the Senate after a bruising contest against Snoqualmie Republican Brad Toft to represent the 5th Legislative District — a mishmash between suburban and rural communities stretched between Issaquah and Snoqualmie Pass.
The last senator to represent the district, Maple Valley Republican Cheryl Pflug, resigned from the seat in June to serve on a state board. Sammamish Republican Dino Rossi — senator from the district in the late 1990s and early 2000s — served in the role between Pflug’s resignation and Mullet’s arrival.
November 30, 2012
NEW — 4:05 p.m. Nov. 30, 2012
Issaquah City Councilman Mark Mullet joined the state Senate on Friday afternoon, 45 days before other freshman lawmakers convene in Olympia for the 2013 legislative session.
November 13, 2012
The unexpectedly ugly race to represent Issaquah in the state Senate reached a coda in the days after the Nov. 6 election, but not before more public friction between the candidates.
November 13, 2012
Campaign tests candidates’ — and voters’ — mettle
Throughout campaign season, as the insults zinged back and forth across screens and in mailboxes, I often hoped for Election Day to arrive as soon as possible.
But now, as the election recedes into memory I feel wistful, maybe even a little nostalgic.
Though the process often degraded the candidates and, in the process, voters, I found the contenders dedicated and focused on the task at hand.
Candidates knock on thousands of doors in the run-up to Election Day, a process referred to in candidate-speak as doorbelling. The exercise tests the candidates’ mettle and offers voters a grassroots introduction to the person behind the political sign.
Besides the usual pitfalls — unfriendly dogs, voters pretending not to be home — everybody on the doorbelling circuit, state Sen. Steve Litzow told me in a pre-election interview, encountered at least one naked voter at the door.
November 7, 2012
NEW — 6:50 p.m. Nov. 7, 2012
Issaquah Democrat Mark Mullet maintained a lead of more than 3,000 votes over Snoqualmie Republican Brad Toft in the latest round of results, as the candidates awaited resolution in the 5th Legislative District state Senate race.
Mullet held about 54 percent — or 23,216 votes — to Toft’s 46 percent — or 19,909 votes — among more than 43,000 ballots counted in the race so far.
The total released at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday added 4,012 ballots to the 39,174 ballots tallied in the race on Election Day.
Mullet, owner of Zeeks Pizza in the Issaquah Highlands and a city councilman, declared victory during a party at the restaurant, moments after the initial results landed Tuesday.
October 16, 2012
Retail offerings in the Issaquah Highlands should include a mix of local and national companies, developers behind the neighborhood’s $70 million Grand Ridge Plaza retail complex announced Oct. 10.
The latest announcement adds Dick’s Sporting Goods, Marshalls and HomeGoods to the retail center alongside a 12-screen Regal Cinemas multiplex, and a Safeway and associated gas station. City officials announced plans for RAM Restaurant & Brewery, Big Fish Grill and ULTA Beauty a week earlier.
The highlands lineup includes homegrown businesses Zumiez, a specialty sports equipment and clothing company based in Lynnwood, and another location for Seattle-based Chinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grill.