Friday, March 27, 2015
House Democrats unveil their 2015-17 operating budget plan -- Will add $3.2 billion to K-12 investments
“After seven years of cuts totaling more than $12 billion, we have to take an honest look at the state of our state,” said House Majority Leader Rep. Pat Sullivan (D-Covington). “We have to ask: ‘Is this really what we want?’ This budget is a stand against mediocrity. Just being ‘Okay’ is not acceptable.”
“This budget keeps our promises to Washington’s one million kids,” said Rep. Ross Hunter (D-Medina), House Appropriations Chair. “We’re making the biggest investment in student success, mental health, and middle-class families that our state has seen in decades. It’s a responsible budget that meets the needs of our state and balances over four years.”
Highlights included in the House Democratic Budget Proposal: Read More >>
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
The project plans and Instream Project Design Checklist are posted on King County's large wood installation projects web page. The design team will be accepting comments from the public through April 6, 2015.
To submit comments or for more information, contact Laird O’Rollins, Project Manager, King County Ecological Restoration and Engineering Services Unit at 206-477-4790 or laird.orollins@kingcounty.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Redmond, WA – The community is invited to celebrate the grand opening of Cleveland Street on Wednesday, March 25 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Redmond, WA – The City of Redmond is seeking public comment on a potential levy that would provide additional resources needed for public safety, city infrastructure, and a greener Redmond. Citizens are encouraged to send their thoughts and opinions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or attend the April 7, 2015 City Council meeting at Redmond City Hall: 15670 NE 85th Street, Redmond WA. A public hearing regarding the ballot levy measure will be taking place during the April 7 Council meeting.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Reported by Bob Yoder
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Find upcoming collections and convenient, permanent disposal sitesAll King County and city residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile travels to Redmond, April 3-5.
The Wastemobile will be in the parking lot of The Home Depot, 17777 NE 76th St., Redmond, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
View the project video!
Friday, March 13, 2015
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Evan Johanson is in 10th grade at Roosevelt High School in Seattle. He has been studying violin since age 5 and is currently a student of Margaret Pressley. He studies music academics at the Seattle Conservatory of Music and is an avid player of chamber music. He has been in youth symphony orchestras since age 7 and is currently concertmaster of the Seattle Youth Symphony. For the last three summers he has studied at The Meadowmount School of Music in upstate New York, where he studied with Jan Mark Sloman. This coming summer he has been selected to be part of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States in which he will perform at Carnegie Hall and in a seven-city tour of China.
Evan has performed in master classes taught by William Preucil, Jan Mark Sloman, Ivan Zenaty, Walter Schwede, and Steven Rochen. He recently competed in the Seattle Symphony Young Artist Auditions and won an opportunity to perform in the 2015-2016 season with the Seattle Symphony. Evan plans to attend a Conservatory of Music for college study.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Monday, March 9, 2015
Senator Cyrus Habib, Representative Ross Hunter, and Representative Joan McBride will be available to take questions and seek feedback from the community at a town hall meeting on Saturday, March 14 at Redmond City Hall.
“We count on your input to help us make important decisions on issues like funding education, investing in transportation, creating jobs and protecting our environment,” said Sen. Habib. “As we pass the halfway point of the legislative session, your feedback will help us make the right decisions for the 48th district and for all of Washington state. I hope that you’ll be able to attend our town hall event, and if you can’t come please feel free to contact any of our offices so we can still hear from you!
“We’re half way through session and just wrapped up several days of passing bills off the House floor,” said Rep. Hunter. “Our focus now for the next few weeks will be on rolling out a responsible and balanced budget proposal that meets our constitutional obligation to fund education without damaging mental health or other key parts of the budget.”
“I am honored to carry the message of the 48th district down here in Olympia,” said Rep. McBride. “Although the legislative session is halfway over we have much important work still ahead of us. I look forward to having a meaningful dialogue and hearing the comments and concerns of the people of the 48th district.”
The Eastside lawmakers will provide a brief overview of the challenges and opportunities facing the state in the current legislative session at the town hall. They also want to hear from 48th district residents on what issues are important to them.
The 105-day legislative session is scheduled to adjourn for the year on April 26.
48th Legislative District Town Hall
Sunday, March 8, 2015
Second community meeting to focus on design alternativesKing County hosts a public meeting on Saturday, March 14 in Redmond to share updated information about a project to reconfigure the transition zone between the Sammamish River and Lake Sammamish through Marymoor Park.
The meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon at the Redmond Senior Center, 8703 160th Ave. NE in Redmond.
Presentations by King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks employees will focus on three project design alternatives to address existing flood control and habitat issues on the Sammamish River at its outlet in King County’s Marymoor Park.
The design alternatives are an outcome of an ongoing Stakeholder Advisory Committee process that began in 2013 and represents a variety of interests and backgrounds.
Project planning and preliminary design is funded by the King County Flood Control District and the City of Redmond, and will be completed in coordination with King County Parks, the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, and lakeside property owners.
Funding for final design and construction will be pursued following completion of this first phase, and will likely include Flood Control District funds combined with federal and state grants.
The outlet from Lake Sammamish into the Sammamish River is marked by a shallow concrete weir and a straight, rock-lined channel, 200 feet wide and extending 1,500 feet downstream from the weir. This area is known as “Willowmoor” and is also referred to as the “transition zone” where the lake becomes the river.
These transition zone features are specifically designed to pass flood flows quickly downstream, and to help maintain summer lake levels for recreational use, while still allowing for upstream fish passage, including salmon returning to the Issaquah Hatchery from their time in saltwater.
The transition zone is not sustainable in its current condition and configuration. In order to ensure the transition zone’s capability to pass flood flows, County crews must perform intensive and costly maintenance including mowing, removing sediment and riverside plants.
These maintenance practices degrade habitat and water quality and conflict with the Endangered Species Act, as well as federal, state and local requirements to protect ecological functions and species.
The existing weir or a similar replacement and the reconstructed channel will continue to maintain summer lake levels and control lake outflow. Other features may be included to enhance habitat and public access.
Project and Stakeholder Advisory Committee information is available on the Willowmoor Floodplain Restoration Project web page at www.kingcounty.gov/rivers or by contacting contact Craig Garric at 206-477-4694 or email@example.com.
Saturday, March 7, 2015
I've got lots more information regarding my concerns about the public health threat posed by Watson Asphalt to the people located within about a 1½ mile radius of the asphalt facility. Let me know if you want to hear about it.
Thursday, March 5, 2015
RRedmond, WA – The Washington State Department of Ecology has offered Redmond a grant of $4,887,750 and a low interest loan of $1,629,250 to help fund restoration of Tosh Creek. This funding will be used to construct a new stormwater detention vault and stormwater treatment facilities near the 4700 block of 159th Avenue NE. The City’s 2013 Watershed Management Plan selected Tosh Creek as a priority stream for restoration. In 2014, Redmond won a $250,000 National Estuaries Program grant from Ecology to help fund a study of the Tosh Creek Watershed.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015