- Lock your doors! It doesn’t matter where you are going or how long you will be there.
- Secure valuables before you park—thieves may be watching you as you exit your vehicle. If you purchase items or have valuables in your car, then put them in the trunk.
- Avoid parking next to trucks, SUVs, or anything that may serve as a shield for thieves. Read More >>
Monday, December 9, 2013
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
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Thursday, December 5, 2013
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013
1. The City accepted a $228,000 grant from King County for design services to relocate 3500 feet of Evan Creek in SE Redmond to open space to create spawning runs for salmon.
2. If you went to the Open Forum a few months ago to look at the five consultant finalists for the Downtown Park Master Plan we now know that PFS Studio won the consultant agreement. They will have up to $500,000 in Master Plan monies to plan the downtown park. The city touted PFS's "unique approach to recreation programming, a strong history of art and park integration, a far-reaching public involvement plan and a portfolio of well designed and detailed public parks."
3. Over $6.2 million in construction bids were awarded to two companies to build out the Cleveland Streetscape - where Cleveland Street will be two-way with wide-sidewalks and connections to the downtown park and Central Connector.
4. A new Human Resource Director was confirmed while at the same time 2% across the board salary increases were dished out to non-union, non-executive employees as well as police, fire and police support and non-bargaining units. Executives will get merit increases the end of 2014 from the Mayor.
5. The city awarded $40,000 to LWSD for their School Resource Officer Program.
This was Councilmember Pat Vache's last Regular Business Meeting and all councilmembers, the Mayor and past councilmembers Cole and McCormmick thanked him for his public service. The Mayor presented Vache' with a plaque signed by the staff Directors.
Reported By Bob Yoder
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Sunday, December 8, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Redmond Performing Arts Ctr, Redmond High
Join us for our traditional Holiday concert, with a mix of classical and Christmas music and a visit from Santa. With our reduced Holiday prices of $5 a ticket for general admission, and youth 16 and under free, this concert will sell out quickly so buy your tickets now and reserve your free youth tickets on line at www.eastsidesymphony.org to guarantee you a spot at the concert.
Gabrieli: Canzon duodecimi toni, arranged for brass ensemble by R. Kevin Paul
Beethoven: Romance No. 2 in F Major, Linda Vogt, violin
Bach: Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, 1st mvt, Linda Vogt and Cecilia Archuleta, violins
Handel: Selections from The Messiah
Tchaikovsky: Selections from The Nutcracker and more Holiday music Read More >>
Sunday, December 1, 2013
The community meeting will provide an update regarding the Stormwater conveyance and water quality treatment plan for the 500-acre downtown drainage area, which is funded by developers, stormwater ratepayers, state grants and state subsidized loans. The City has constructed four of the six planned facilities and is now poised to build the stormwater treatment facility on the Redmond Way outfall. Read More >>
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
The Parks and Trails commission plans to come back to Council in January to discuss the aquatics center further and ask to fund the PARCC Plan with $100 million. This funding would be used for the aquatics center and probably to develop the North Redmond Park and SE Redmond Park. The commission also wants to beef up mobile apps to help the public engage in parks and provide the city with user data. The total funding gap in the PARCC Plan was quoted at $225 million.
Reported by Bob Yoder
Monday, November 25, 2013
My letter also objected to spending hundreds of millions of dollars more to do so, using money that could have been better used to modernize the rest of our schools and provide for growth.
We spent more than $65 million more to rebuild Lake Washington High School than to modernize it. I asserted that we could have built six new elementary or three new junior high schools to handle growth with that money by state standards (allowable area and cost allocations). Read More >>
Saturday, November 23, 2013
|Crowd celebrates ribbon-cutting for Yourth Eastside Services-Redmond|
Friday, November 22, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Nov. 20 starts three months of outreach on cuts in absence of stable fundingDue to inaction to date on stable funding for public transit, Metro must begin three months of meetings across King County to inform riders of proposed drastic bus cuts due to the absence of funding.
The Kirkland meeting is January 16.
Facing the proposed cancellation of 74 bus routes and revisions to 107 other routes, Metro is working hard to help riders understand the details and consequences of cutting up to 17 percent of the transit agency’s service. Thousands of riders have visited Metro’s website to see how the cuts affect them.
The question of whether these cuts can be averted is in the hands of the state legislature, which has not yet approved stable funding authority sought by King County. Metro must take steps to reduce costs in 2014 and in 2015 as temporary funding expires and reserves are exhausted.
The proposed cuts could mean a loss of an unprecedented 14 million rides annually, and would revert Metro’s service to levels not seen since 1997 – even as ridership nears all-time highs. Metro provides about 400,000 rides each day and is nearing the annual record of 119 million riders reached in 2008. Read More >>
Monday, November 18, 2013
Allocations to community-based programs increased 2% over last year. 33% of total levy taxes are allocated to community-based programs while the remaining 67% is allocated to debt services in paying off the Silver Tower and campus ER facilities.
Healthline is by far the largest community-based program at $2,133,225. Healthline is the organization's 24/7 nurse triage phone line, physician referral line and call center for health class registrations.
Senior Health for treating patients with dementia and behavioral health is second in dollars allocated at $1,725,951. Community Health Education ($470,500) provides the annual health fair, various educational seminars, safety and wellness classes. CHATT ($392,218) supports clients facing barriers to accessing healthcare services with social workers. Notably, $30,000 is allocated to the three school districts within EvergreenHealth's district. The hospital district supports several other lesser programs.
Reported By Bob Yoder
Saturday, November 16, 2013
The fees for multi-family school impact fees in LWSD are ridiculously low at $197/unit. I also have no idea how these fees are set, by what governmental body, or the process to influence them to reach a "parity" level to sensibly fund growth in multi-family on the Eastside.
According to King County Department of Permitting (21A.43.050) the following impact fees apply to various school districts:
LWSD 414: Single Family - $7005 Multi-Family (apartment) $197
Renton 403: Single Family - $6395 Multi-Family $1308
Issaquah 411 Single Family - $3738 Multi-Family $0
Highline 401: Single Family - $7958 Multi-Family $3101
Snoqualmie 410 Single Fam - $8668 Multi-Family $3220
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Thursday, November 14, 2013
|(l-r) Toby Nixon (Kirkland Councilman), Kim Allen (Redmond Councilwoman), Conrad Lee (Bellevue Mayor), |
Jane Hague (King County Councilwoman) reads a Proclamation / BAKER RAWLINGS
Among the more than 140 guests in attendance at the Founders Day Celebration were early founders, volunteers and staff who joyously greeted each other and remembered the work they did years ago on behalf of kids and their families. Read More >>
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Election regulations require Lake Washington School District to appoint members to “pro” and “con” committees who are willing to write statements for the local voters’ pamphlet. Since there is an organized promotional campaign committee, the Lake Washington Citizens Levy Committee, the district has asked that organization to name the three individuals who will serve on the “Pro” committees.
The district is soliciting members for “con” committees for the voter’s pamphlet. If you would like the district to consider you for appointment to one or more of the committees who will be asked to write a statement in opposition, please email your name, mailing address, phone number, and email address to Diane Jenkins, firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than Friday, November 22. Please identify which of the three committees you would like to participate in:
- Con Committee: Replacement of Existing Educational Programs and Operations Levy
- Con Committee: Replacement of Existing Capital Projects Levies
- Con Committee: General Obligation Bonds
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Ms. Wilkins said that 23 of 30 elementary schools are already overcapacity and the new bond wouldn't fully resolve the overcrowding problem. Alcott has the most dire overcrowding with 227 students in 8 portables.
The scope of portable usage in elementary schools is significant with 91 portables district-wide. Wilkins said 1822 elementary students use portables for their classrooms. The 2014 bond, if it passed would create 1615 seats by 2016 which is still below present and mid-term needs. The three new elementary schools do not completely address the crisis with portables and modernization of Meade, Kirk, and Rockwell won't happen for 7-8 years. And by that time the schools will be severely overcrowded, Wilkins said.
Wilkins also said the District has understated the cost of the two Levies and Bond. She conceded that while the measures may cost the average $450,000 home $30/month in 2014 total costs for the measures will escalate to $80/month by 2018. "People deserve to know what they're voting for", concluded Wilkins.
Byron Shutz,of the Bond and Levy Committee and now Redmond Councilman-elect, was present but had nothing to say. All councilmembers made positive remarks about LWSD in support of the measures.
Reported by Bob Yoder
Wednesday, November 6, 2013