Friday, January 30, 2015
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Public feedback on additional resources needed for public safety, city infrastructure, and a greener Redmond, will be the focus of each gathering. The feedback gained will be used to develop priorities for a potential levy that may take place later this year. Open house attendees will be asked to rate various priorities while calculating implications to their individual annual property taxes. Ratings results will form recommendations that will be presented to City Council at the February 17, 2015, meeting.
If you have questions, please contact Lisa Rhodes, Communications Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-556-2427.
The plants for greening up the Bike Park will be delivered this week and we would love your help putting them in the ground.
Come join us for the Bike Park Planting Work Party!
Tuesday, February 10
9am to 2pm At the Bike Park
Parks Staff will lay out the plants and give instructions on tool safety and planting techniques. Tools and gloves will be provided. RSVP if you plan to come so we can plan for the right number of tools.
Here's a checklist for the Work Party to get you all set up: Read More >>
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Redmond, Wash. - Redmond Police Investigations, Pro-Act and Patrol Units served a search warrant and took custody of a 21-year-old male at approximately 9 a.m. today in the 15800 block of NE 111th St. in Redmond.
The suspect was arrested on the charges of Dealing in Depictions of Minor Engaged in Sexual Explicit Conduct (RCW 9.68A.050) and Possession of Depictions of Minors Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct (RCW 968A.070).
Detectives obtained computer evidence from the residence. Forensic analysis of the equipment is in progress. The suspect confessed to distribution of child pornography at the time the warrant was served. The residence is less than a block away from Rockwell Elementary School.
The suspect will be transported to King County Jail today.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Monday, January 26, 2015
The IRS will never initiate first contact with taxpayers over the phone; notification is typically made via mail. A new video was recently released by the IRS with tips to avoid being scammed.
- Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
- Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
- Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
- Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
- Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
- If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue.
- If you know you don't owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the TIGTA at 1-800-366-4484 or at tigta.gov.
- If you've been targeted by this scam, also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their "FTC Complaint Assistant" at FTC.gov. Please add "Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.
16250 NE 74th Street
Redmond, WA 98052
Sunday, January 25, 2015
16250 NE 74th Street
Redmond, WA 98052
King County's Growth Management Planning Council convened a School Siting Task Force in 2012 to address the issue of school districts building schools in rural areas and then sending city kids out to the schools. The Task Force made a rule that no new schools could be built outside the Urban Growth Boundary, but didn't have time to address the issue of whether existing rural schools could be remodeled or be expanded.
The intent of the School Siting Task Force was to require school districts to build inside city boundaries where most people live and where ALL of the new homes, condos and apartments are being built. Chip Kimball, the school district's previous superintendent was on the Task Force so the district was aware of the Task Force's recommendation.
The Lake Washington School District has been tone-deaf to the intent of the School Siting Task Force and the needs of its students and families. The district has decided to add most of the new classroom portables and remodeled space at its rural schools. It plans to send HUNDREDS of additional students out to rural schools from inside the Redmond and Sammamish city limits. The district says they must add portables to rural schools because that is the only place that space is available. This is just NOT true.
The school district has known for nearly three years that King County's Growth Management Planning Council (GMPC) and the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) do not want students who live in cities to be sent to rural schools. Both of these governing bodies have a mandate to create regional development plans and objectives that dictate how, when and where growth occurs. Vision 2040's MPP-PS-21 & 22 dictate that new school facilities (even if it is a portable or remodeled space) should be located inside cities.* The school district has a mandate to follow their rules and recommendations. LWSD should not be adding classroom capacity to Evergreen, Alcott, Dickinson or Wilder and students should not be required to leave the city to go to these rural schools.
In addition to contacting the Lake Washington School District School Board, parents should contact King County, the GMPC and the PSRC. In your email, note that students will not be able to walk, bike or even ride a Metro bus to/from the rural schools because they are located on dangerous rural roads far from the students' homes. Tell King County not to issue Building Permits and Conditional Use Permits for the interior remodels and portables. (The PSRC does have the authority to freeze King County's transportation funds if the county issues permits that don't comply with Vision 2040 - so that just might be an incentive for the county not to issue the permits...)
Send email about this issue to:
King County Executive - Dow Constantine (email@example.com)
King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Growth Management Planning Council - Karen Wolf (email@example.com)
Puget Sound Regional Council - Rick Olsen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Friday, January 23, 2015
LETTER: I agree that the District posted information about 120 students affected, with more detail on 1/21, which seems kind of late in the game.
However, the district shared with us all that there would be impacts to Evergreen at the December 1 meeting. That meeting was announced to us all with direct email and opportunities to be added to mailing lists if we want to stay informed about the process.
The December 1 information was also posted to the website. It said 113 students would be affected in the feeder schools and that it would impact Evergreen. The numbers posted yesterday add a lot of clarifying detail based on the final recommendation that was formed based on community feedback. The numbers changed from 113 to 120 in their final proposal, but I don't think that change is significant. Calling that a "false process" with no notification is unfair criticism, in my book.
I get that not everyone pays attention, it is hard to stay on top of so many things going on. We are all very busy, but what more should the district do to announce these meetings then send a direct email to each student's parent (which they did), and post the information on their website (which they did)?
Also, "growing schools in areas that are less crowded" sounds easy, but there are limits at each building site. With the failed levy, there isn't money to remodel buildings, so we're stuck with portables. Portables can only be placed at sites that are big enough to accommodate them.
None of us are happy about the overcrowding. I am very frustrated about it. I think the district is doing their best to find ways to give our kids an education within the resource limitations that the voters (and our state legislators) have given us.
If someone wants to attend the board meeting to complain about the process, I hope they come prepared with specific ideas of how such a process could be improved.
If someone wants to complain about the recommendations that came from the process, I hope they come prepared with specific solutions. Something more than: "not in my backyard".
And I hope the district can share some more detail about all the analysis that has been done that has led to the recommendation and why other alternatives don't work, to satisfy those who are unhappy with the outcome.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
School and Community members to assemble to request a voting delay on the School Board's reboundary recommendation
16250 NE 74th Street
Redmond, WA 98052
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Seattle Seahawks President Peter McLaughlin lets Pete von Reichbauer hold the Lombardi Trophy at the VMAC as part of a ceremony recognizing both the Hawks World Championship and Pete’s contribution to keeping the Seahawks in Seattle!
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Monday, January 12, 2015
Redmond Police Department will once again join law enforcement agencies across the state in support of Special Olympics Washington. Thanks to the support of our the Redmond community, the 2014 Polar Plunge successfully raised almost $28,000.
This year, Redmond Police Department asks for your support during the 2015 Polar Plunge, which will be held on Saturday, March 14 at Idylwood Park. It is the department's hope to meet a goal of $30,000. Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competitions in an Olympic setting for individuals with special needs. All contributions are welcome, and of course, Special Olympics Washington is a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible charitable organization.
If you have any questions about the Polar Plunge program, please contact Officer Davin Alsin at 425-556-2671 or email@example.com. If you'd like to make a donation, checks made payable to Special Olympics Washington can be mailed to:
Officer Davin Alsin
Redmond Police Department MS: PSPDT
PO Box 97010
Redmond, WA 98073-9710
Redmond Police Department also accepts donations via Visa, American Express and MasterCard; please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your continued support!
Saturday, January 10, 2015
King County and The Trust for Public Land are taking the last few steps in a two-year-long journey to permanently preserve more than 200 acres of Cascade foothills forestland.
Coveted for its ecological value, including sheltering the headwaters of a salmon-bearing stream, The Trust for Public Land purchased the 226 acres of land on Squak Mountain in 2014 for $5 million.
“Permanently preserving forestland in our Cascade foothills will pay dividends for each generation to come,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “By saving wildlife habitat and preserving recreational areas, we protect our region's environmental health and quality of life.” Read More >>
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
The Keller Farm is a crucial piece of wetland-agricultural land important to the ecology of our Redmond area. The farm will be used as a "wetland bank" for off-site mitigation of wetlands lost to development within Redmond. As wetlands are destroyed by development in the City the developers must purchase rights to replace these wetlands on the Keller Farm so that there will be "no net loss" of wetlands owing to development. Wetlands are an important natural resource for Redmond since they help to recharge and purify the City aquifer which is tapped for potable well-water.
Reported by Bob Yoder