Friday, January 30, 2015

Eddie Bauer, the man and his innovations, is focus of Redmond Historical Society program

Say “Eddie Bauer” and great Pacific Northwest clothing comes to mind. But the international brand name got its start with a real Eddie Bauer, and his roots were wide across the region. Born on Orcas Island, he started his career in Seattle and later had a weekend home in what was then a slow-paced Redmond, along Bear Creek.
 
The fascinating history of the man, his innovations and his company will be the focus of the next Redmond Historical Society Saturday Speaker Series program on February 14, from 10.30-noon.
Colin Berg, company historian at Eddie Bauer Inc., will use vintage photos and artifacts to tell the story of how a young man’s passion became an international brand’s identity.
“Eddie’s personal story is the embodiment of the adage, ‘Necessity is the mother of invention’,” says Berg. “For Eddie, the outdoors was his necessity, and the Pacific Northwest was his laboratory.”  Read More >>

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Donate your blood on Education Hill Feb. 2

While many of us are incredibly excited with the prospect of another Super Bowl Championship right around the corner, we can’t forget about the patients in our community that we work so hard to support! Currently, at the University of Washington Hospital we are supporting a 47 year old patient who underwent a heart transplant and has required 12 units of red blood cells, 12 units of plasma and 2 units of platelets. Thanks to donors like you, she has a fighting chance!
 
Get your game face on and Sign up to donate blood! Help defend patients in our community against cancer, trauma, surgery, and blood disorders.
 
You are eligible to donate on Monday!
 
Monday, February 2
1:00 pm to 7:00 pm
(closed 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
REDMOND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Corner of NE 100th St &166th Ave NE
For information and to sign up contact: Blood@HolyCrossRedmond.org
 

City of Redmond Holds Open House for Potential Levy

Redmond, WA - On Tuesday, February 3, 2015 and Tuesday, February 10, 2015, the City of Redmond will host two community open house gatherings regarding a potential levy, and the public is invited to attend. The open houses will take place in the lobby of Redmond City Hall, from 6:00 – 7:15 p.m., each evening.

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 larhodes@redmond.gov or 425-556-2427.

Good To Go: I-405 Express Toll Lanes - coming in 2015

The I-405 express toll lanes between Bellevue and Lynnwood, set to open later this year, will help ease traffic on one of the state’s most congested corridors. Express toll lanes will give I-405 drivers a choice to travel faster by paying a toll. Transit, vanpools and carpools meeting the occupancy requirement will be able to use the lanes toll free. Toll rates will adjust to keep traffic moving 45 mph or faster in the express toll lane, similar to the SR 167 HOT lanes between Renton and Auburn. Read More >>

Redmond Bike Park - Volunteer Winter Planting Work Party

 Hi Bike Park Volunteers,
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 Police Arrest Suspect for Possession of Child Pornography

 
21-year-old male in custody       
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.
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

LWSD boundary changes approved


Changes to rebalance growing enrollment
 
Redmond, Wash. – Lake Washington School District is facing an immediate need to house its growing enrollment. That enrollment has increased close to 2,000 students over the last three years to 26,708. A process to change neighborhood school boundaries began in September. It concluded last night as the district’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to accept a set of recommendations for boundary changes.
The changes enable the district to most efficiently use current school buildings to house the growing enrollment.
“We have this issue because we have more and more students coming to our schools,” noted Jackie Pendergrass, president of the district’s Board of Directors. “They deserve to have a place to be educated.”  Read More >>

OPINION: Board's decision on reboundary is disappointing

OPINION, By Ritu/Reetu Gupta, Parent and Taxpayer
 
I am very disappointed by the decision made by the board yesterday to move forward with the recommendation of re-boundary. Board meeting felt like a pre-scripted play where outcome was already determined and meeting was just a formality. Ironically board and district were patting on their backs for how wonderful job district has done while room was packed with unsatisfied parents and tax payers complaining about the process, lack of communication, and irresponsible recommendations by the district.
 
A decision to put more students in overcrowded EMS while you have close to over 200 available capacity in Rose Hill and Finn Hill Middle School is most reckless decision I have seen. It’s like giving one extra push to someone who is already slipping (EMS), instead of giving them a helping hand and rescue them.  Read More >>

Monday, January 26, 2015

Avoid IRS Telephone Scams This Tax Season


 
With recent reports of tax scams in the 2015 tax filing season, Redmond Police Department reminds citizens to avoid being victimized over the telephone by Internal Revenue Service (IRS) impersonators.
The IRS reports a surge in phone scams in recent months. Agent impersonators are known to call citizens and demand payment, sometimes threatening police arrest, deportation and license revocation. Scam artists often alter caller ID numbers to make it appear like the IRS is calling and use fake names and badge numbers. The criminals rely on such threats to scare citizens into providing their financial information. Those whose first language is not English and the elderly community are among the most commonly targeted groups.

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.
The IRS will never:
  • 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 get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here's what you should do:
  • 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.

OPINION: Superintendent Traci Pierce's controversial boundary recommendation, By Julianne Bogaty

OPINION:  The larger Redmond school community will voice concerns at tonight's meeting of the Lake Washington School District board, which is scheduled to vote on Superintendent Traci Pierce's controversial reboundary recommendation. In the aftermath of three failed ballot measures to expand school capacity, the proposal would send more students from other areas to already-overcrowded Evergreen Middle School in unincorporated Redmond (adding more portables there, for a total of 13). Community members are asking the district to first utilize empty permanent classrooms at nearby schools such as the newly modernized Rose Hill Middle School, which is closer to Redmond Elementary than Evergreen and recently expanded to a spacious building capacity of 921. The new Tesla STEM school could also house a special program such as Quest (for highly capable students).
 
The superintendent's proposal calls for Evergreen Middle School's original building capacity of 672 to jump to 1,120 students—55 percent over capacity. The fiscally irresponsible plan would also spend $2.5 million of remaining capital funds to add four portables and restroom portables to the nine portables already on site at Evergreen, while shrinking teacher-planning space to squeeze in even more kids. Meanwhile Redmond Middle School, a school with a larger original capacity of 841 within City of Redmond limits, would be a smaller 32 percent over its original capacity (not the true "rebalancing" the district claims). Since the district is only permitted to add one more portable at Redmond Middle School, other area schools with excess space such as Rose Hill Middle School and Tesla STEM should first be utilized before sending Evergreen 55 percent over capacity. Evergreen's current, significant issues with traffic safety, overcrowded buses, sewer and water will be even more compounded with such a high enrollment. Crowds are also an issue for hallways, cafeteria, lockers, sports and electives, as there is simply not enough space to contain all students.

When:
TONIGHT, Monday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. (start of board meeting, which includes 30-minute public-comment period on the reboundary topic)
 
Where:
Board Room, LWSD Resource Center
(near the Marriott at Redmond Town Center)
16250 NE 74th Street
Redmond, WA 98052

Seattle Times: School districts scramble as enrollment in area jumps

The Seattle Times has a good article on overcrowding at Lake Washington, Issaquah and Seattle school districts in their Sunday edition HERE

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Attention LWSD community!

The Lake Washington School District published the wrong time for Monday's school board meeting in its parent newsletter "Connections," issued Friday. The correct information is below:
 
Monday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m.
Board Room, LWSD Resource Center
(near the Marriott at Redmond Town Center)
16250 NE 74th Street
Redmond, WA 98052

LETTER: Adding Portables at Rural Schools is a Regional Planning Issue

By Susan Wilkins, LWSD parent and taxpayer

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 (natasha.jones@kingcounty.gov)
King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert (kathy.lambert@kingcounty.gov)
Growth Management Planning Council - Karen Wolf (karen.wolf@kingcounty.gov) 
Puget Sound Regional Council - Rick Olsen (rolsen@psrc.org)
*(http://www.psrc.org/assets/1745/Public_Services.pdf)

Friday, January 23, 2015

LETTER: Confusion over the Evergreen Middle School Boundary decision

Below is a Letter by Steve Hitch, LWSD parent and taxpayer explaining the Evergreen Middle School Boundary agreement that the School Board will be deciding on at next Monday's Board Meeting. 

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

LWSD reboundary fails to utilize empty classrooms, saddles unincorporated Redmond with more portables to further overcrowd area's bursting schools and classrooms
 
What:
The Lake Washington School District board plans to vote on Superintendent Traci Pierce's reboundary recommendation, which would send even more students to the district's most crowded schools in unincorporated Redmond rather than utilize empty permanent classrooms at nearby, recently renovated schools.
 
Evergreen Middle School's capacity is projected to jump from a crowded 872 to 1,120 students, with kids from City of Redmond schools being bused in to a school that will be as much as 46 percent over original building capacity. The district intends to spend $2.5 million to add four portables and restroom portables to the nine already on site, and create smaller teacher planning spaces to squeeze more students into the school. A flawed community feedback process didn't include outreach to the Evergreen community, or reveal middle-school numbers to the affected elementary feeder schools despite public requests to share this.
 
Who:
School and community members in unincorporated Redmond are contacting the school board through the weekend to request a voting delay on this ill-advised and fiscally irresponsible plan. Community members from east-Redmond elementaries and Evergreen Middle School will speak at Monday's school board meeting.
 
Why:
The current reboundary plan disproportionately impacts unincorporated Redmond by sending overflow from schools within the City of Redmond to already-crowded east-Redmond schools.
 
Who Should Attend:
All residents of King County who are concerned with excessive school overcrowding in our area should attend. Schools and communities in unincorporated Redmond are most significantly impacted by overcrowded schools and classrooms in the Lake Washington School District's current reboundary plan. Comments may be submitted to board@lwsd.org.
 
When:
Monday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. (start of board meeting, which includes 30-minute public-comment period on the reboundary topic)
 
Where:
Board Room, LWSD Resource Center
(near the Marriott at Redmond Town Center)
16250 NE 74th Street
Redmond, WA 98052

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Celebrating 40 years of Seahawk History

Celebrating 40 years of Seahawk History -- King County News
This weekend the Seattle Seahawks will battle the Green Bay Packers for a chance to return to the Super Bowl and defend their title. In many ways it is a fitting home finale, given their dominate performance over Green Bay to start the 2014 football season. This season also marks the 40th year since the NFL awarded Seattle a professional football team. In this newsletter let's take some time to reflect on how far the franchise has come since its inception 40 years ago.
Seattle Seahawks President Peter McLaughlin and Pete von Reichbauer.
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!
When the NFL and AFL merged in 1972, the newly formed league began making plans to expand from 26 to 28 teams. In December 1974, then-Commissioner Pete Rozelle announced the official signing of a Seattle franchise agreement with the Nordstrom family and other civic leaders.
Early in 1975, the fledgling franchise showed early signs of what would eventually become "The 12th Man," with over 20,000 fans participating in a contest to name the franchise. The team was originally going to be called the Seattle Kings, but the name Seahawk (meaning Osprey) was selected.
The "Hawks" played their first season in 1976, quarterbacked by Jim Zorn and coached by Jack Patera. In just a few seasons the Seahawks went from an expansion franchise to a 1983 playoff contender led by future Hall of Famer Steve Largent.
"In the early 1980's, Seattle was a much smaller town and the team didn't have the national buzz of today's reigning world champions," said original season ticket holder and current King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer. Read More >>

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Youth Eastside Services "Invest in Youth" Breakfast

“It can happen to anybody”
Penny LeGate shares personal story of loss and hope
at Youth Eastside Services’ Invest in Youth Breakfast
 
 
BELLEVUE, WASH. — In 2012, Emmy-Award-winning journalist Penny LeGate lost her daughter Marah to a heroin overdose. On Wednesday, March 4, LeGate will share what she’s learned as the parent of a child who struggled with substance abuse as the keynote speaker at Youth Eastside Services’ annual Invest in Youth Breakfast. The event takes place from 7:30–8:45 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. Read More >>

Monday, January 12, 2015

Bear Creek School Presents "The Scoundrel"

The Bear Creek School’s Fine and Performing Arts Department Presents


“The Scoundrel”


Adapted and directed by Dr. Ron Lynch
         
(Redmond, WA) – The Scoundrel is an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor and will be performed by The Bear Creek School students January 15 and 17.


In this Shakespearean romp, we find that Sir John Falstaff is broke. He decides to woo the daughters of two prominent gentlemen in order to extract a portion of their dowries. He writes a letter to each of them. The daughters compare letters and discover that they are identical. They in turn, set out to humiliate the fat knight. Amongst this turmoil a collection of characters appears, all with complications to add misery to the situation. A mysterious laundry basket, an old woman, and a large oak tree become moments of confusion for Falstaff. Add to this blend of frivolity, a misdirection in disguises for Mistress Anne, who is desperately attempting to get married, and you have the makings of a hilarious comedy which should bring smiles and laughter to all who attend a performance.


Several of the roles in Bear Creek’s production of The Scoundrel are double-cast to allow more students to experience and stretch their dramatic muscle.


In lieu of charging for admission, donations will be accepted to support completion of Bear Creek’s new Fine & Performing Arts Center. Our patrons’ generosity will help move us closer toward the realization of a high-quality, dedicated theater experience for students and audience members.
All performances are open to the public. The Bear Creek School Cornerstone Theater, 8905 208th Ave NE, Redmond WA, 98053, 452-898-1720, www.tbcs.org
Performance Schedule
Thursday, January 15, 2015     Matinee Performance 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 15, 2015    Evening Performance 7:30 p.m. 
Saturday, January 17, 2015    Matinee Performance 4:00 p.m. 
Saturday, January 17, 2015    Evening Performance 7:30 p.m.  Read More >>

Take the Polar Bear Plunge!


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 dtalsin@redmond.gov. 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 dtalsin@redmond.gov. Thank you for your continu
ed support!  

 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

King County and The Trust for Public Land complete preservation of Squak Mountain for public use

 

King County and The Trust for Public Land are taking the last few steps in a two-year-long journey to rsz_squak_mountain_2014permanently 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

City of Redmond signs Purchase and Sale Agreement for Keller Farm

A member from Water Tenders sent me a copy of a Purchase and Sale Agreement that was signed on August 5, 2014 between the City and the Kellers of Redmond.  "Closing shall be on or before 1/22/2015."  In the agreement the City agreed to buy 83.25 acres of the Keller Farm located between Avondale Rd NE and NE Union Hill Rd.  The Kellers will retain a 78,503 square foot parcel and house located at 18816 NE 84th Street.  The City agreed to pay the Kellers $2,520,000 for the Farm  ($30,000 per acre). 

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

 

 
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