Thursday, April 24, 2014

Redmond Council Studies Where and How Marijuanna Can Be Sold

Where and how marijuana can be sold in Redmond was studied by City Council in their Tuesday meeting.  Though the people voted in favor of I-502 to allow recreational use of marijuana it's important to note this law doesn't pre-empt local authority ie. the City of Redmond's jurisdiction. 


State law permits up to 2 retail outlets in the City of Redmond but Council has the authority to deny all retail outlets (even if this goes against the will of the people).  Unlikely.  Marijuana retail outlets must be buffered at least 1000 feet away from where children gather.  The state lists all schools, playgrounds, licensed child care centers, parks (not trails), transit centers, libraries, recreational centers and game arcades as all places requiring the 1000 foot buffer. 


Council President Hank Margeson noted that churches were not on the list requiring a buffer.  Also, pre-schools are not on the state list.  Council has the authority to require buffers around churches and pre-schools if they so choose.


Planning and Development Director Rob Odle ran down an array of maps showing buffered areas for each use.  There was not much room left on the City map where retail outlets could go.  Two main areas zoned for Manufacturing Parks were left - one in NW Redmond and the other in SE Redmond.


According to State law, marijuana retailers are not allowed to co-mingle sales with any other non-marijuana related products.  An example was that Cheetos (ha) are not allowed for sale but marijuana paraphernalia may be sold in the outlets. 


Legislation was passed in 2011 that allowed collective gardens for medical marijuana production.  Up to 10 patients could grow up to 15 plants per patient with a maximum of 45 plants per garden.  The courts upheld that cities can ban collective gardens if they choose.


Councilmember Stilin mentioned that Redmondites will drive to Kirkland to shop at Costco so what's to say there is a need for outlet stores in Redmond (other than for potential tax revenue).  Odle responded the State Liquor Board approved up to two outlets for Redmond "owing to convenience."


Reported By Bob Yoder   

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

April 22 Election Night Results

Voters are rejecting the LWSD bond and County Transportation measure as of the April 22 Election Night count.  Final results will be posted on May 6.


With 32.66% of the ballots counted the LWSD Bond measure which needs 60% to pass has 50.88% in favor and 49.12% opposed.


The County Transportation measure has 30.97% of the ballots counted with 44.72% in favor and 55.28% opposed.


Reported By Bob Yoder

Lake Washington Institute of Technology and Cascade Water Alliance Create Unique Irrigation Conservation Program

Kirkland, Wash.: To give students a basic understanding of sprinkler systems as they pursue their careers in horticulture, Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) is partnering with Cascade Water Alliance to deliver five training sessions on irrigation systems for the college’s Environmental Horticultural program.  Read More >>

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Lake Washington Institute of Technology Hosts 7th Annual Mental Health and Community Resource Fair

Kirkland, Wash.: Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) is celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month by hosting its 7th annual Mental Health and Community Resource Fair on May 7. The event runs from 9:30AM until 1:00PM in the East Building with several resource booths staffed all day, and a keynote presentation at 11:00 AM.  Read More >>

Friday, April 18, 2014

Construction on North Sammamish stretch of East Lake Sammamish Trail starts April 21

The gap is shrinking in King County’s 175-mile regional trail system, as King County Parks begins construction on improvements to the North Sammamish segment of the East Lake Sammamish (ELST).

Starting April 21, this 2.5-mile-long segment will be closed from 187th Avenue Northeast to Northeast Inglewood Hill Road.

Safety is King County’s top priority during trail construction, and because of the extensive amount of work, narrow corridor, steep terrain, and limited access, this segment will be closed for approximately one year. Trail users are advised to find alternate routes around the closed portion. Read More >>

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Letter: Levy Committee Letter to Support School Bond Measure

Reprinted and sourced from Rob Butcher's "Kirkland Views" 




Should elementary school playgrounds and sports fields be filled with children running, jumping and having fun at recess or should portable classrooms fill those playgrounds?

Should kids as young as five or six have to leave for school around 5 a.m. to get to class on time at 6 a.m. or should they still be sleeping as most pediatricians recommend?

Should high school students have to take blankets into classrooms because “schools without walls” failed as a concept and walls and ventilation had to be added later?

With more than 800 new students in the last year and 4000 more kids soon to be knocking at schoolhouse doors in Lake Washington School District, voters in Redmond, Kirkland and Sammamish must vote “YES” on April 22.  Read More >>

Legacy for Learning Luncheon Program


Lake Washington Schools Foundation

Legacy for Learning Luncheon

Juanita High School

April 23, 2014

 

Welcome

Monica Hart, Master of Ceremonies

Lifestyle Specialist and LWSD Parent

Acknowledgements

Peg Hunt, President

Lake Washington Schools Foundation

Featured Speaker

Dr. Traci Pierce, Superintendent

Lake Washington School District

 Special Award Presentation

Peg Hunt, President

Pathways to Success

Video Presentation

Keynote Speaker

Robert Malte, CEO

EvergreenHealth

 
STEM Education Panel

Lauren McAllister, Student, Juanita High School

Aaron Johnston, Student, Nikola Tesla STEM High School

Thomas Barnett, Student, Redmond High School

 Looking Into the Needs of Kids and Schools (LINKS)

A Caring Heart

Kristina Williams, Executive Director

Lake Washington Schools Foundation

 Reaching for Success Grants Program

Latino Parent Academy at Einstein Elementary

Melissa Pointer, Principal

Monica Trujillo, Parent

Melissa Avila, Student

 

Donor Opportunity

Roger Blier, CEO & Cofounder

Passport Unlimited, Inc.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bear Creek Summer Camp Offers 70 Camps and Classes


  

Redmond, WA – The Bear Creek School has expanded its Summer Camp program this year to include over 70 camps and classes, all open to the general public. Bear Creek offers four unique categories of camps: Sports and Athletics, Arts and Crafts, Academic, and Going Beyond. Camps run four or five days, with half-day and full-day options, beginning June 16 through July 31, 2014. Bear Creek offers lunchtime supervision for students enrolled in full-day camps or two 3-hour camps running consecutively. Extended day care is also available at the start and end of the day for students in preschool through grade 8. Summer Camp Director James Woollard enthused, “I am really excited about what we have to offer – to paraphrase the Seahawks; this year’s Camp is bigger, faster, stronger and LOUDER than ever before! Don't be the 12th Man on the sidelines—sign up now to be a part of the team!”  Read More >>

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Redmond Housing Market Speeds Up

By Paul Siemering
 
We’re well into spring and Redmond’s housing market is as competitive as ever. Many buyers are jostling for popular homes, thanks to an 8.8 percent drop in inventory from last year. Redmond homes for sale receive an average of five offers, with some getting as many as 12 offers.
 
Buyers should prepare themselves: Redmond is shaping up to be even more competitive than it was last year. To maintain an advantage, I often tell my customers to be conservative with their budget. For example, if they can afford a $500,000 to $550,000 home, they should make an offer on homes priced between $450,000 and $500,000 with the expectation that a bidding war will drive up the price.   Read More >>

Public Invited to Interfaith Dinner Dialogue

Public Invited to Interfaith Dinner Dialogue on “The Common Good: How does your faith community define it and act it out?”
 
F.I.R.E. (Fostering Interfaith Relationships on the Eastside) invites you to the third in a series of Dinner Dialogues aimed at fostering interfaith relationships, on Sunday, April 27, 5PM to 8PM, hosted by Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church, 308 4th Avenue South, Kirkland.  Read More >>

Monday, April 14, 2014

Eastside Republican Club Announces 2014 Scholarship Essay Program


The Eastside Republican Club announced today that it will award a $1,000 scholarship to the author of the best essay, as determined by the Club’s judges, submitted on the topic How would a $15 per hour minimum wage affect jobs?”.
 
The scholarship program is open to high school students graduating in 2014, and freshmen and sophomores in an accredited college or university. Students must live in King County, or attend a public, private, or home school located in King County.
 
Essays must be no more than 500 words in length, and must be submitted to the Club by email no later than Friday, April 25. The winner of the scholarship will be announced at the Club’s monthly dinner meeting in Bellevue on Tuesday, May 6.  Read More >>

Lake Washington Institute of Technology Four Day Spring Plant Sale Starts April 25

Kirkland, Wash.: Spring has arrived and it’s time for the Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) annual Spring Plant Sale.  This popular event takes place on April 25 and 26 (Friday and Saturday), and again on May 2 and 3 (Friday and Saturday), from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
 
The plant sale is open to the public and held every year by Lake Washington Institute of Technology’s Environmental Horticulture program students. The sale will be held in the west parking lot of LWTech’s Kirkland campus, next to the horticulture greenhouses. Customers are encouraged to bring boxes for their purchases.  Read More >>

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Goose on the Roof is Back!

Drivers heading north on Avondale should look at the roof of the old brick house on the right side of the road across from NE 88th Street.  This is the third year in a row that the goose has made her nest up on the roof.  There are really two geese that share the nesting duties, but mostly it's Mother Goose who spends all her time there.
 
The geese built the nest in spring 2012 out of moss that had grown on the roof.  They returned one afternoon late last week, and since then, one or the other has been sitting on the nest continuously to keep their eggs warm.

The eggs take 24-28 days to hatch so the geese should be on the roof until the last week of April.  When the eggs hatch, the goslings will stay in the nest for one day and then the family will be gone until next spring.

By Susan Wilkins

Friday, April 11, 2014

Season lineup for 2014 Marymoor Park Concert Series

AEG Live, King County Parks, unveil initial season lineup for 2014 Marymoor Park Concert Series

Initial launch includes The Fray, Gavin DeGraw, Matt Nathanson, Robyn + R√∂yksopp, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Heart, Steely Dan, Slightly Stoopid, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Cheech & Chong, War, Foreigner, Styx, 1077 The End’s Summer Camp, Counting Crows, Ray LaMontagne, Rebelution. All tickets go on sale Friday, April 11 at noon, unless otherwise noted. Additional shows will be added.

Building on a successful past year at Marymoor Park, AEG Live and King County Parks are pleased to 2014_marymoor_concertsannounce the initial dynamic lineup for the 2014 Marymoor Park Concert Series presented by Swedish Medical Center Redmond.  Read More >>

Thursday, April 10, 2014

NAMI Forum: "Leaving No Stone Unturned in the Quest to Cure Mental Illness"

Monthly Educational Forum, 7pm-9pm, Evergreen Health, 3rd Tuesday of each month,
Suite Tan 100, 123 NE 130th Lane, Kirkland.  April 15, 2014 presentation is: 
“Leaving No Stone Unturned in the Quest to Cure Mental Illness”
 
In the quest to help their daughters with mental illness, two parents will share stories that are strikingly similar, but with very different outcomes. On one hand, a precious young life lost, on the other, a cure. Both families did everything they knew how, sought and listened to authorities, and made valiant efforts to save their children. What did they do differently? What led to a cure? The answer lay in getting to the underlying biological causes of brain dysfunction through lab testing and providing the body with the ingredients needed for the brain to heal. They will share lessons learned in finding treatment and dealing with doctors, schools, and insurance companies.   Read More >>

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

City sets conceptual plan for its recreational buildings - Includes $57 million community recreation center

The City is going ahead with their conceptual plans to:  1) renovate the Senior Center, 2) replace the Old Redmond School Community Center (ORSCC) and Hartman Pool with a new community recreation center, 3) build structured parking between the library and city hall, and 4) move the teen center to a new, stand alone building.  LWSD would take over the ORSCC.  Council expects to decide on final plans by June and the Mayor expected financing decisions with or without a bond by October of 2014. 


The conceptual plan to locate the new community recreation center and structured parking between the library and city hall drew the most discussion and concern by councilmembers in their April 7 study session.  There was consensus that it was not the best location but it made the most sense considering the few alternatives for land available.  Council President Margeson made slight mention of using the Heron Rookery forest as a site but there was no discussion on that subject.  Councilmember Myers pointed out a good location for the teen center is next to the Skate Board Park.


Renovation and expansion of the Senior Center is the city's #1 priority.  4,000 square feet would be added for a total cost estimated at $9.2 million.  The Community Recreation Center is estimated to be 85,600 square feet at a cost of $57.3 million.  It would include:  recreation and competition pools, a gym, fitness and walking/running track, indoor play space, classrooms, and rental rooms.  The structured parking space would add 400 stalls at a cost of $6.8 million.  A $200,000 covered walkway would connect the Center to the parking facility.  The LWSD may partner with the City in construction or operations of the Center. 


Reported by Bob Yoder





 

Vehicle pursuit traffic collision


 Redmond Police Case #14-006432

                                                           

Redmond, WA – At 6:00 pm Redmond Police began receiving reports of a recklessly driven dark colored SUV last seen in the 18700 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway.  Approximately one hour later Redmond Officers located the vehicle near Redmond Way and West Lake Sammamish Parkway.  Officers were not able to apprehend the vehicle at that time. 

Bellevue Police began receiving reports of a similar vehicle driving recklessly and possibly involved in a traffic collision involving a tree.

Redmond Police then received a report of a traffic collision at Union Hill Road and Avondale Road involving the same suspect vehicle.  Witnesses observed the vehicle flee the scene, and followed her providing updated information.  With the help of those witnesses, officers were able to locate the vehicle in the 17000 block of Redmond Way.  Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but it fled.  Police initiated a pursuit traveling eastbound on Redmond Way.  The vehicle turned around in the 22000 block of Redmond Way and began heading back into the city.  Officers effectively deployed stop sticks in the 18500 block of Redmond Way.   The vehicle turned north on to Avondale Way.  In the 9000 block of Avondale Way the vehicle became involved in another collision and came to a stop. 
The 30 year old female suspect driver was trapped in her vehicle.  She had to be extricated from the vehicle by Redmond Fire.  The suspect was transported to Harborview with possible broken bones.  Alcohol/ and or drugs is suspected.  The other drivers sustained minor injuries.  Investigation is ongoing. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Community Bike Ride to Obliterate Cancer Comes to Redmond on August 10



Supporters are asked to ‘go orange’ in solidarity to end cancer

SEATTLE, March 27, 2014 – Obliteride participants will enjoy an epic experience and a


scenic ride as they pedal through the Puget Sound area this summer, while raising

critical funds to help Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center obliterate cancer. All new


routes for the 25, 50, 100 and 150-mile rides have just been released. This year’s

event will also include a 1-mile route for kids, so the whole family can get in on the fun.


The routes are designed so everyone, from beginners to experienced cyclists, can do
their part to help end cancer Aug. 8-10, 2014.;
Sadly, cancer touches everyone. Half of all men and one-third of all women in the U.S.
will develop cancer during their lifetimes.  Read More >>

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

City Council makes decision to support the LWSD bond - many citizens speak up at meeting


The Mayor and City Council were very busy at last night's Regular Business Meeting hearing comments from numerous citizens.


Parent Lisa Lang got up with a clutch of Redmond El students thanking the Mayor and Councilmember David Carson (and numerous others) for their participation in the Spaghetti fundraiser.  She said they now have enough funds to build a new playground at the school this summer.


Former Mayor Chris Himes and John Couch (her Parks Director) got up to celebrate Chris 85th birthday and all the accomplishments of the Redmond Historical Society.  The Parks Bond measure of 1974 drew Himes into her race for Mayor.  Couch gave Himes flowers. 


Two "frequent flyers" to the podium got up to grind their axes:  Zimmerman an oppositional and defiant speaker to anyone associated with government, especially King County.  And David Warton grinding his ax about pollution from Watson Asphalt Company of SE Redmond.  Another citizen negotiated for more than 4 minutes to address council about recurrent car accidents on a curve on West Lake Sammamish. 


Four citizens got up to encourage Council to vote in favor of Proposition One, the LWSD bond measure.  Superintendent Traci Pierce lauded the district's AAA bond rating and emphasized how fast the district is growing.  She clarified for Councilmember John Stilin that two new elementary schools in Redmond were proposed for the $404 million bond -- one in North Redmond and one in Redmond Ridge.  School Board member Siri Bleisner explained:  the bond is specifically designed to address over-crowding in schools, that extra space is designed in the new schools to create room for art, music, etc, that the district has a track record for building on time and on budget and that the cost of the bond will be about $125/year for an average home. 


Councilmember Byron Shulz gave a long speech about the importance of schools to Redmond and at the end of the meeting suggested that council work directly with the school board to improve the district.  Councilmember Margeson and Stilin agreed to a closer association with the district governance.  Council voted 5-2 (Carson/Myers) to approve a Proposition One resolution for the school bond.  Carson and Myers usually always vote No based on the principle the voters are responsible to decide for themselves what's best.


Reported By Bob Yoder



Have you seen the numerous colorful sticks in Redmond's Downtown Park?

Have you seen the numerous colorful sticks (or wands/ribbons) in Redmond's Downtown Park?   Mayor Marchione announced there's a tag on each ribbon stating:  "I want __________ in my downtown park."  Citizens can fill in the blank with their idea for what they want going on in the park --- a creative way to engage the public!   Stop by and fill in a blank!

Redmond Bike Park moves forward

Hello Redmond Bike Park followers,
 
The revised Redmond Bike Park project plans were not appealed.  Staff and the consultants will be meeting soon to plan a schedule and approach to construction.  I will follow up with details soon. 
 
Thank you,
 
Carolyn Hope
Park Planning & Cultural Services Manager
City of Redmond, Parks and Recreation Department
15670 NE 85th Street, Redmond, WA 98052

 
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