|Bob Yoder, Editor and Scribbler|
I'm 66 years old, have lived in Redmond 36 years, and started blogging about 11 years ago. When I moved here from the mid-west to sell medical supplies, Redmond was a rural one-stoplight town. We loved visiting the downtown feed store to play with the chicks; golf the downtown course; drive through the horse farms, hike the wooded trails and generally just enjoy a peaceful lifestyle away from the big city.
In the early 2000's, things started to change -- developers moved into our Education Hill neighborhood leveling evergreens. The City of Redmond's, less-then-perfect public notice of an environmentally sensitive project provoked me to start my blog to "get the word out." I've been writing it ever since under the well known premise that governments fostering "transparency and citizen participation" are good governments.
Since local print media doesn't cover all the colorful news and opinion. I do a lot of general reporting and story-telling. I'm especially interested in our riparian steam habitat, student education, and now mental health. You'll see a lot of posts about Redmond's natural resources and fine schools; and soon advocacy for the mentally disabled.
One of my favorite activities is watching the City Council and Mayor on RC-TV. Yes, I'm a government wonk; but now that Council hold meetings in our neighborhoods I feel less of a geek. My interest in city government expands into governance reporting of our school district and local public hospital district. Recent investigation and analysis of the school district's organizational chart appears of benefit to their system. After a prolonged, testy investigation involving blog leverage, EvergreenHeath hospital began day-lighted their government, became more attentive to customer service and revamped pages on their website.
So now know something About "Us." :)
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