Wednesday, October 26, 2016
UPDATED: EvergreenHealth is the State's only Five-Star Medical Facility, as rated by the "Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services"
|"The Jester's Dream" by Peter Juvonene|
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
|Credit: Ron Reiger|
Doreen Gallespie, another neighbor on Chat Cafe reported "Barred Owls moved into the PNW only in the last 15 years." She gave this great link that fully describes the bird, even giving it's hoot.
"Barred Owls live in large, mature forests made up of both deciduous trees and evergreens, often near water." Huh...I wonder where this owl lives? Where's the closest "large, mature forest near water?" A heavily forested wetland.is just west of Evans Creek Trail. Would they fly that far? Hartman forested wetlands?
Monday, October 24, 2016
According to Chat Cafe facebook group, these trees were leveled today to make room for an "extended-stay hotel." This project is south of Home Depot, and south of the cemetery near the almost completed Hampton Inn. Photo credit: Julie Meghj
City Code regulating tree retention
To inquire, comment or complain email the City Ombuds. at firstname.lastname@example.org or attend the 7:30 pm meeting on Tuesday, Nov 1st, City Hall and comment of complain directly to the Council and Mayor -- you'll have 4 minutes.
The City's "Project Viewer" ("Woodspring Suites")
Personally,,the owner of this land has every right to build his project as long as he follows the City's tree retention and building codes.
However, I 'm still appalled the City approved the clear-cut of ALL 1000 trees on the Group Health site. And, I was surprised Council member Kim Allen, a land-use attorney, didn't openly represent the people prior to the clear-cut. It's my understanding she campaigned specifically about her expertise and voice on these issues. Comments are welcome.
Creeks, Sammamish River and Lake Sammamish (riparian & in-stream habitat)
Tree canopy, green ridges and hills
Open space and wetlands (mostly developed except for Hartman, Keller and Evans Creek)
Fish and Wildlife
A community of connected neighborhoods inspired by Nature:
Woodland,creek,river and powerline trails for hiking, bicycling, equestrian, birding
Green Redmond community forestry stewardship
Community and public works parks (Safeway,Tosh,Grasslawn trail,,Smith wetlands,Ferral-McWirther's Macky Creek, Perrigo forested wetlands)
Green, wooded neighborhoods protected from urbanization
Outdoor recreation (birding, crewing, canoeing, powerline mountain and BMX biking)
Art: Sammamish River Trail pubic works salmon art, Grasslawn? (minimal)
Culture: biking, bird watching (heron),tree preservation, Perrigo Springs
Neighborhood views of Mt. Rainier and the Cascades
Community health: Trail walking, biking, running, meditation
Vibrant urban centers: Overlake & Downtown. One Redmond Foundation.
Powered by innovation: Microsoft and other technology companies. One Redmond
Committed to excellence: Council, Mayor, Commissioners, other volunteers, schools
Bob Yoder, opinion
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Last Thursday, I went to the NAMI Eastside Mental Health Legislative Candidate Forum. (Roger Goodman didn't show.) Candidate Ramiro Valderrama was upset that 1 in 5 Americans (20%) have a mental condition, yet the State spends only 3% of their budget on mental health. In addition, Washington State ranks 48th in access to community hospital psychiatric beds. Mr. Valderrama called for systemic change. Please vote for Ramiro.
Johnathan Martin, a columnist for the Seattle Times participated in the forum. He was very sensitive to those telling their story, as were Joan McBride and Patricia Kuderer. Please vote for Joan McBride and Patty Kuderer. Recently, Mr. Martin wrote an Opinion, "The Man who stands-up for mentally-ill patients on Western State Hospital's waitlist." He concluded, "If anyone should go to jail for Western State Hospital's continued dysfunction, it's Gov. Jay Inslee." Johnathan's Opinion is here:
According to.NAMI.org about 30% of the homeless have a mental health condition. Below, is a KING 5 story and video on gubernatorial challenger Bill Bryant speaking on homelessness and the mentally ill. If you've never seen or listened to Bill, this is a good one (if the video works.)
See you at the polls! :)
Friday, October 21, 2016
Enrollment growth continues, to over 29,000 students
Lake Washington School District’s enrollment grew by 1,178 students last year, from 27,830 students in 2015 to 29,008 on October 1, 2016. Based on September counts, it appears Lake Washington is now the third largest district in the state, passing the Tacoma School District. Lake Washington now trails only the Seattle and Spokane School Districts in size.
This year’s increase follows seven straight years of enrollment increases. This upward trend began in the 2009-10 school year after a decade of little change in enrollment. The average increase has been over 700 students each year, the size of a middle school or large elementary school.
Enrollment growth is forecasted to continue. The district’s Long-Term Facilities Planning Task Force developed recommendations, which the district is implementing, to provide facilities for this growing enrollment.
Source: LWSD "Connections" newsletter
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Thursday, October 20, 2016
Council President Hank Margeson lives on Education Hill
I'm pretty sure the Mayor will get what he wants. He's developed a comprehesive, innovative and accountable budget process that Council can trust. .
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Friday, October 14, 2016
Thursday, October 13, 2016
NAMI Eastside's Candidate Forum is !
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Applications for housing will be available starting after on the Providence Supportive Housing website at www.
providencesupportivehousing. org.;expected to open March,2017 on
Construction is well underway on the Providence John Gabriel House, an affordable senior housing project located at 8632 160th NE. Applications will be available for prospective residents starting on Individuals must meet certain income and age qualifications in order to submit an application for housing..
Monday, October 10, 2016
All the artwork is exhibited at VALA Wednesday - Sunday, 9 am - 5 pm
Ekphrastic Assimilation events schedule (free)
VALA Art Center, Redmond Town Center (RTC)
Friday, Oct. 14th Ekphrastic Poetry Writing Workshop, curated by Michael Dyan Welch, with presenting poets Duane Kirby Jensen, J.I. Kleinberg, Jared Leising and Joannie Stangeland, hosted by the Redmond Association of Spokenword (RASP), 6:30 pm - 9 pm, RTC
Saturday, October 22nd Paint and Panda Workshop with Maggie Ho, 1 pm - 4pm, RTC
Sunday, October 30th Ekphrastic Assimilations Exhibition Closing Viewing and poetry reading, 6 pm - 8 pm, RTC
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Arguments Against Presented by Maggie Fimia (former King County Council member) and Kevin Wallace (Bellevue City Council member)
People for Smarter Transit (NoST3) ● ST3 will not reduce congestion on the streets and highways of the region. ● It is impossible to predict population growth and transit demand so far into the future; expanding the light rail network to relatively low density parts of the region rather than relying on alternative solutions reduces our ability to adapt to future needs. ● Adding 62 miles of light rail and some new bus services will cost 54 billion dollars, with a substantial portion of the cost deriving from light rail extensions with the lowest projected ridership. ● Light rail is a transit solution for high density urban cores and is not the right answer for lower density parts of the region. There are alternative ways to improve mobility in the region at far less cost; improvements in bus service – including capital improvements for bus rapid transit (BRT) services– can provide the necessary added capacity more quickly, improve the flexibility of service planning far into the future, and do so with large cost savings when compared with the ST3 plan. ● The new facilities and services will result in only modest increases in use of the system ● ST3 proponents cite an annual tax increase of $169 per individual. This number assumes $39,740 annual income, $5,333 vehicle value and $183,931 home value for the individual in question. A more appropriate assessment would be a family in the region with an annual salary of $90K that owns vehicles worth $45K, and a property valued at $450K. Such a family would pay $1000 per year. ● The legislature granted Sound Transit “senior” taxing district status. If the region’s voters authorize ST3 property taxes and then the legislature authorizes additional property tax collections to fully fund state education programs, the total property tax load in certain areas could exceed the statutory limit. “Junior” taxing districts in these areas - such as water, fire and library systems - could see their taxing authorities automatically reduced or eliminated (to fit the total property tax rate within the statutory limit) if the legislature does not provide a remedy when making changes to total property tax rates. ● According to the Puget Sound Regional Council, our region will spend $174 billion on transit and transportation improvements between 2010 and 2040 – not including all of ST3’s planned billions – and still be $36 billion short of meeting all the projected need. ● There is too much flexibility in the ST3 plan – voters have no assurance that the promised system will actually be built ● The voters of the region should turn down the expensive ST3 proposal, press the legislature to solve the education funding problem, and then work on a smaller program (“ST2.5”) that fits within funding realities, delivers the most cost effective solutions, and addresses congestion while increasing mobility
Arguments For Presented by Claudia Balducci (King County Council), Maud Daudon (Metropolitan Seattle Chamber of Commerce), Abigail Doerr (Mass Transit Now), and Rick Stoltz (One America)
● Our region is projected to grow by 1 million people in the next 25 years ● Our transportation system has already lost its resiliency; a single accident can tie up traffic in the entire region (citing regional traffic impacts of overturned fish truck on SR 99, March 24, 2015) ● Building additional highway capacity is expensive everywhere – and virtually impossible in many key corridors of our region. It is not possible to absorb or effectively mitigate projected growth through our highway system. ● Congestion is already extreme in many parts of the region, with marked increases in travel times on popular routes, heavy costs for businesses, and damage to air quality – not to mention to our quality of life ● We are at a moment when we have a chance to get it right and build a transit system that will serve our region far into the future; doing it by bits and pieces is more expensive and will take longer ● Sound Transit has proven itself a responsible, accountable agency that can and has delivered major construction projects ahead of schedule and under budget; the Agency’s early missteps have not recurred ● The ST3 plan is responsive to strong public demand; over 40,000 comments were received with many people asking that the plan include more and be completed quicker; modifications from the initial proposals made it possible to respond affirmatively to some of these requests ● Expansion of light rail is expensive because of the region’s geography and because of Sound Transit’s commitment to separating the right of way from streets and highways; As an example, a good deal of the expense comes from tunneling in order to create a separate new right of way rather than operating on the surface (in contrast to systems in other cities). ● ST3 will provide assured mobility for residents among all the major residential, commercial, and industrial centers of the region ● Light rail, the largest cost item in the ST3 proposal, is a superior method of assuring mobility which integrates well with other modes – such as local buses, park-and-ride facilities, and bike trails – while operating on dedicated rights of way to improve reliability and minimize interference with road traffic; it offers the best option to urbanize our region without destroying our quality of life ● Extending service to further out population centers, as ST3 will do, makes a major contribution to equity for low-income, immigrant, and other disadvantaged people who cannot find affordable housing and meet other costs in major urban centers ● Sound Transit has been a leader in identifying parcels of surplus property that can be used for transit-oriented development that serves low-income families and communities well ● Even the best designed bus rapid transit (BRT) system is vulnerable to traffic delays and inevitably adds to highway congestion at some point; the operating costs of BRT are far higher than light rail on a per rider basis.