Monday, April 20, 2015
Sunday, April 19, 2015
|Vedic Cultural Center in Sammamish, WA.|
Harry Terhanian, affable Redmond resident, is the President of one of 20+ ISKON congregations in the United States. His spiritual name is "Harivilas Das." Harry says ISKON plans to open a Vedic Cultural Center in Bellevue this year and SE Redmond in the next year or two, but only with community acceptance and under city guidelines.
Harry and his pleasant, outgoing wife Elizabeth recently purchased a 9 acre farm on Avondale Court north of the PCC Shopping Center "to become a part of the growing farming culture in Redmond" and practice bhakta yoga. He is negotiating to buy another farm nearby just off the bus line. He plans to use the farm as a “factory” for growing plants and manufacturing herbal pharmaceutical extracts. Signage for the 4th Annual Ananda Mela Festival was constructed in the farm's outbuildings.
Elizabeth said cows and bulls are planned for Harry and Elizabeth's farm which has a Class 2 tributary to Bear Creek and buffers will be required for these large animals. Harry thought the farm will be attractive to bird watchers.
We visited Leon Hussey’s KIS farm to pick up tips on soil nutrition and understand the value of stream buffers. Bear Creek meanders through the Hussey farm with well preserved buffers and excellent salmon watching opportunities in the fall.
Elizabeth recently arrived from Florida where she was running an ISKON farm. "When I see a flower, I see Krishna smiling." she told me. Elizabeth is not a Hindu. She is German-Swiss American. Elizabeth lives in the farm house which also serves as temple. Elizabeth didn’t make the Ananda Mela Festival in Redmond, preferring to attend community farming activities in Hawaii.
Harry was born in America to Armenian Christian Orthodox parents. He’s not Hindu. ISKON sent him to Seattle in l991 from Pennsylvania, when the Seattle temple was on the verge of closing. (Early on in the 60's-80's people were turned off by cultish, chanting, proselytizing actions in the airports and college campuses.) Slowly, he built up the community. But it wasn't until the mid-1990s, as Indian families began joining, that Terhanian saw a "base by which we rebuild our legitimacy." (Seattle Times, 8/2008)
Harry is also the founder of "Northwest SHARE", a Seattle-based human services non-profit. It includes a restaurant providing free vegan food. Free food and food banking is a faith element of the Krishna congregation. They also believe in spreading Kirshna's 'personality' with festivals. Harry was the lead organzier for the 4th Annual Ananda Mela Festival. He runs it every year out of his herbal extract retail store near Blazing Bagels.
Reported by Bob Yoder
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Three public meetings will be held in May throughout the City. The meetings will take place from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, with a short presentation at 6:30 followed by small group discussions about arts and culture, parks and recreation, trails, and conservation. The meetings will be held on the following dates: Read More >>
Thursday, April 16, 2015
"Thank you for your inquiry. You are correct the City is proposing a levy in order to meet critical city service needs. We work diligently to use the taxpayers’ money in the most efficient way and an example of that is the purchase of City Fleet vehicles. Whereas it may look like the purchase of a Mercedes vehicle is not cost effective, in actuality we purchased this vehicle through the Washington State contract which yields the lowest costs to public agencies. We did explore purchasing a similar U.S. made vehicle but found that it would have cost more. Thank you for expressing your interest in ensuring the City is being fiscally responsible."
Mayor, City of Redmond
What do you think? Does this satisfy you?
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
HUMAN RESOURCES: Melody Mathes, Director of Human Resources stated their employee turnover rate was lower than the state and region. Though this bodes well, she was concerned that it is becoming a little more difficult to retain workers (owing to salaries). In fact, she said she would be evaluating salaries for possible increases!
CITY GROWTH: There was a reported dip down in whether the community thought the city was heading in the right direction...from 2013. There was also a dip down in whether the community thought the city was communicating well with the public. Jane Christianson, Deputy City Administrator suggested the city needed to communicate better about the rapid growth downtown. Councilmember Stilin said there are two audiences: One group that favors the change to Cleveland Street and all the high rises going up and another group that opposes these changes. President Hank Margeson looked at the complainers as "toddlers" that haven't grown up yet. Councilmember Kim Allen said a brochure that explained why Redmond is undergoing all this growth would be helpful.
TREE CANOPY: It has been scientifically determined that the tree canopy in the city is 39%...about equal to Kirkland. This includes the watershed preserve. 63 acres of tree canopy were lost to development since 2009 (2.5%). This figure does not include the loss of tree canopy to development at Overlake's Group Health property. 37 acres of canopy was lost in North Redmond between 2009-2013. 10 acres was lost on Education Hill. Of course continued development in 2014 and 2015 will further destroy canopy. From three years of data 376 landmark trees have been removed. President Hank Margeson roughly calculated that Group Health's Capstone development so far has planted 1500 of the 3000 trees that they are obligated to plant and he asked Planner Cathy Beam to stay on top of this. Councilmember Kim Allen says the city should strive for "no net loss of trees and even increase their numbers." Developers are supposed to pay $250/tree into a tree replacement fund for every tree they can't replace. So far the city has planted 12,000 trees (not counting Capstone) from this fund and used it to pay for tree maintenance to ensure survivability.
Reported by Bob Yoder
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Friday, April 10, 2015
Letters of Interest Due to Serve on Property Tax Levy CommitteesEffective Immediately
April 8, 2015
Redmond, WA – The City of Redmond is requesting letters of interest from citizens interested in serving on one of two Property Tax Levy Committees. Letters are due to the City Clerk by April 24, 2015 and should state citizen’s interest and qualifications for appointment consideration.
Residents serving on these committees are responsible for writing arguments for voters’ pro and con positions for each of two property tax levy ballot measures scheduled for August 4, 2015. One Ballot measure will address a Public Safety, Neighborhood Infrastructure Safety, and Walkability levy and one will address a Parks levy. These arguments must be filed with King County by May 18, with rebuttals filed by May 20. In addition to writing ballot arguments, residents serving on these committees (up to three people per committee) will be responsible for responding to media and citizen questions on the ballot measure over the next three months.
Residents who would like to be considered to serve on these committees should submit their letter of interest to the City Clerk, City of Redmond, PO Box 97010, Redmond, WA 98073-9710 or email@example.com by 4pm on Friday, April 24, 2015. Appointments to the committees will be made by the City Council on April 28, 2015 and submitted to King County by May 12, 2015.
For more information, please contact Lisa Rhodes, Communications Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-556-2427. This press release is available on www.redmond.gov.
Mayor Marchione said "our timeline for a decision is 2-3 years and we need to identify the site before we ask the public for money." Redmond had originally planned for a pool and recreation center on one site (near City Hall) but Councilmember Flynn said the space may be insufficient to hold both.
As the discussion went on it appeared a consensus was forming that it might be better to scale down the site to just a pool -- on "Snyder's Corner" -- property owned by the City of Kirkland on 132nd Ave. Councilmembers Doreen Marchione, the Kirkland mayor, David Carson, Hank Myers, Kim Allen and Tom Flynn all agreed Snyder's Corner might be an attractive location Toby Nixon said if you combined the city of Redmond with Kirkland it would be the 5th largest city in the State and it is important that both cities work together. Councilmember Stilin felt an aquatic-recreational center must be downtown near mass transit. Councilmember Margeson said "getting around Redmond" is the number one concern Redmond residents have and finding a suitable location is difficult.
The Redmond Council plans to discuss building a scaled down version of a pool and rec center and the Kirkland mayor said they would be willing to delay their financing plans to meet Redmond's needs for planning. Both cities have considered $60-$70 million aquatic recreation centers but are having problems with finding locations and financing.
Reported By Bob Yoder
Source: City of Kirkland Website
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
teen center, conservation activities, and after school programs.
Monday, April 6, 2015
For more information about the potential six year tax levy that Redmond voters would have an opportunity to consider on the August 4th election, please visit: www.redmond.gov/levy. If you have questions, please contact Lisa Rhodes, Communications Manager, at email@example.com or 425-556-2427.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
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