Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Councilmember Hank Myers comments on the Master Builders and downtown development

by Hank Myers

I am pleased that my letter to the Editor of the Redmond Reporter has prompted you Bob and others to speak out during this election.  Unfortunately, some have concluded that inspiring discourse also meant inspiring your opinion on the Master Builders Association.  My ten years of experience with the Master Builders has been consistently positive and helpful.  They have members from all phases of the building trades including small businesses such as electricians, plumbers, remodelers and painters.  In addition to providing technical expertise on construction matters, they run an excellent free campaign seminar.  All candidates who filed for Council positions were invited.  When it comes to the problems and dislocations caused by the recent increased development, the culprit is our cumbersome and costly process.  Projects take years from inception to completion, adding costs and jamming projects together.  The State’s Growth Management Act dictates that Redmond provide housing for significantly more residents by 2030.  Under the Act, it is not a matter of whether there will be development, but how effectively it is administered.  That is where Redmond has fallen down.

Editor's note: Hank wrote an excellent letter in the Redmond Reporter describing council  candidates as "City Council" and "outsiders" which inspired me. My inspiration had nothing to do with the Master Builders.   

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

UPDATED, 8/16 Speak up on how school district tax dollars are spent -- Budget Hearing August 14th

Image result for school district budget imageLake Washington School District is the now 3rd largest district in the State and has a $625,000,000 budget!  That's a lot of tax dollars.  Some of you may have a burning desire to learn and speak your mind on how and where our money is spent...and learn more. Now's your chance:

Superintendent Dr. Pierce has scheduled a very important Monday, August 14th Board meeting and Public Hearing to help walk us through the budget and give you a chance to comment for or against any part of the budget. I'm personally concerned about the number of administrative FTE's in the Resource Center and the poor public notice of this budget.

The meetings start at 7 pm in the School District Resource Center (16250 NE 74th Street) located in Redmond Town Center..


RESOURCES:

The District's user-friendly, readable, re-assuring summary budget was released after 10AM last Friday, 8/11...It's a shame we didn't t have more time to study it in preparation for the 8/14 Hearing    http://www.lwsd.org/.../Draft-2017-18-Budget-Summary.pdf

If you can't make the Hearing, you may comment by e-mail to BoardMembers@lwsd.org

A video of the Finance Director presenting the budget during the June 26th Board meeting  HERE. 

A short summary of the budget draft and learn why it's unique this year  HERE. (under review.)

***Before the Hearing, Traci and the Board will meet at 5:00 in the Hugh's Room next to district chambers, first floor to discuss the budget.  You're not aloud to speak but it's a pleasant way to see the Board in action.

To comment about the Budget e-mail any of the of the Board:

E-mail addresses:
All members of the board: boardmembers@lwsd.org
Chris Carlson, President, ccarlson@lwsd.org
Siri Bliesner, Vice President sbliesner@lwsd.org
Nancy Bernard, nbernard@lwsd.org
Eric Laliberte, elaliberte@lwsd.org
Mark Stuart, mstuart@lwsd.org

 BoardMembers@lwsd.org is currently bouncing..

Washington State governs budget noticing and delivery. 

Bob Yoder

CC:  Dr. Pierce. / Board members / Barbara Postumous, Chief Financial Officer

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Dudley Manlove Quartet to play at "Rockin' on the River" this Thursday night



Last week's, "The Blues Power Review"

This Thursday evening, August 10th, 6:00- 8:30 pm is the last of the "Rockin' on the River" concert series. Concerts are held at the Senior Center.

The Dudley Manlove Quartet will be performing.  You don't want to miss this one!

The Redmond Kiwanis will be selling hamburgers, hot dogs, and fresh-squeezed lemonade. 

Monday, August 7, 2017

LETTER: New area code needed to keep up with Western Washington growth.

The State of Washington population is booming and state regulators will soon be adding area code 564 to keep up with our growth.  

Here is an article that describes the new requirement in Western Washington requiring that all ten numbers have to be used (including the area code) for all calls...even for local calls. This affected me personally because I had a few pre-set numbers on my home phone stored for local Redmond calls as only seven numbers.   

It's important to update all stored local phone numbers to include the area code (if not already stored that way).  

I was just thinking that in the rare case of someone having an emergency trying to dial a family member/friend/organization in the local 425/206 area code locations and having the number stored as 7 digits only.

The new requirement does not affect 911 calls.

David Spackman
Redmond, WA.  

EvergreenHealth Opens Neuroscience, Spine & Orthopedic Institute

Two new floors in the DeYoung Pavilion provide comprehensive musculoskeletal services

Kirkland, Wash. — EvergreenHealth is pleased to announce the grand opening of its Neuroscience, Spine & Orthopedic Institute on the health system’s Kirkland campus. The Institute spans four levels of EvergreenHealth’s DeYoung Pavilion and includes two newly constructed floors to house the system’s musculoskeletal and orthopedics practices, providing patients with the convenience of complementary services in one location.

The two new floors on levels four and five of the DeYoung Pavilion combine innovative design and technology to enhance patient care, while also accommodating the integration of EvergreenHealth’s musculoskeletal and orthopedics services. Now, from a single location, patients receive in-clinic evaluation and diagnostic care, imaging, minimally invasive procedures, surgical consultation and rehabilitation within orthopedics, spine surgery, physiatry, podiatry, neurosurgery and pain management.

Design Review standards: Point - Counterpoint

Image result for point counterpoint imagesPlanning commissioner Sherri Nichols stokes a  "point, counterpoint" discussion to the opinion piece: Vote for future-minded candidates.  

POINT:

I serve on the Planning Commission, and I've never met anybody from the Master Builders Association. Design review standards are not part of our purview; that's the Design Review Board. The designs for the buildings downtown were approved long ago, prior to appointments by our current mayor, so blaming anybody serving today for the "look and feel" of the buildings downtown is wrong.

Over half the Planning Commissioners currently serving have served less than two years. Next time, why not talk to one of us before calling us tools of developers.Our meetings are public, and we're always happy to talk to people.

-- Sherri Nichols, 
   Planning commissioner
COUNTERPOINT .
Thanks Sherri for your comment and you're volunteerism on the commission, I've watched Planning Commission meetings for years  Early in the Ives Administration I recommended adding an e-mail address to your website page to encourage participation. It was done, and I've used it a lot over the years. (planningcommission@redmond.gov.)  However, in this case it shouldn't take a formal e-mail or public presentation to know design standards are outdated... just look around: read the Redmond Reporter. 
You've twisted my words Sherri.  Never once did I accuse your commission as a tool for developers. In my opinion piece I called out the The Master Builder PAC not you. 
Even if, existing design standards were made years ago, as you say, this doesn't preclude standards can't be improved and updated now or  could have been updated at anytime during Marchione's terms.. It's disingenuous to blame the Ives Administraton for the design damage we have today.  

Many impactful projects are still  cueing up for land use and design approval -- the most immediate and significant being Marymoor Village, two 2-4 story Avondale projects, The Town Square District and who knows what  else.   Your council-approved commission  needs to adapt with the times and get with the program to advise design updating. In addition, the Design Review Board is atrociously non transparent and needs airing.

  - Bob Yoder

Friday, August 4, 2017

Steve Fields thanks community for high voter turnout

Credit:  down pour coffee bar
When I went to "down pour coffee bar" this morning I ran into Steve Fields, winner of the Primary for City Council Position 2. He asked me to thank everyone for the high voter turnout. The turnout is over 35%!  Steve's wife, Roni, owns the coffee shop. I had an incredible, indescribable americano. The taste was something I've never found at Starbucks or any other cafe in Redmond. (Councilmember David Carson would love it.) Roni looked hard to find the "Sleepy Monk" coffee roast from Cannon Beach, OR. It's a must sip!

Besides enjoying an awesome americano, down pour is a good place to meet Steve and tell him what's on your mind.  Steve's usually at the shop on Thursday's between 2 -4.  He can also be reached at 425-444-3188 or by e-mail at sjf13@comcast.net. His candidate website is www.ElectSteveFields.com.  He has quite an impressive site.

Byron Shutz is in the General Election as well. He's facing off to Steve for Position 2. According to the city website, Byron's e-mail is bschutz@rdmond.gov and phone number is 425-556-2143.  His website is: www.ShutzForCouncil.com. His vision for the city may catch your eye. Byron's very active with the Redmond Kiwanis; you can find him at most of their meetings and fundraisers.

Bob Yoder

Burn ban



Story image for wildfire smoke images from The Seattle Times
Credit, "Seattle Times"  
Wildfire smoke from British Columbia combined with the historic heat wave hitting Western Washington have counties across the state issuing burn bans.
Here's a list of what's allowed:
King County: Stage 1 air quality burn ban. No charcoal barbeques, fire pits, chimeneas, fire bowls, or similar free-standing devices, campfires or bonfires, fireplaces, uncertified wood stoves, or uncertified inserts, agricultural fires (as described in the agricultural burn permit). Native American ceremonial fire permits outside of tribal lands are not granted from the local fire district during air quality burn bans.
It is OK to use natural gas and propane stoves or inserts during a Stage 1 burn ban.

Source:  KING5.COM

Monday, July 31, 2017

Sunday, July 30, 2017

UPDATED: Opinion: Vote for future-minded candidates

UPDATED:  Redmond City Council and our Mayor-appointed Planning Commission is gripped by "The Master Builders of King and Snohomish Counties."  50% of the spend in the City Council Primary thus far has been sourced by the Master Builders PAC...all of it spent on campaign mailers and services supporting two "City Hall" candidates. 

The "Master Builders PAC states "There are many timely issues that directly impact the homebuilding industry - critical areas regulations, design review guidelines, permitting processes....etc."  Of course these "timely issues" ultimately revolve around profit (that's okay) but sometimes at serious compromise to our city look and feel.

With the Master Builder's concerns for the "timely issue of design review standards" it's no wonder our downtown is built-out with inexpensively designed "row-house" apartment buildings fronting our signature Leary Way Gateway.  We'll be living with and seeing this wall of box buildings for the next 100 years.

We need to elect candidates who are independent of developer "timely issues" and to support those few sitting council members willing to sacrifice their standing with the development community to do the right thing.

Bob Yoder

I was inspired to write this post by Jason Antonelli Position 6 and Steve Fields Position 2.   Councilman Hank Myers wrote an excellent letter in the Redmond Reporter defining the candidates as "City Hall"  and "outsiders." which inspired me.  

by Hank Myers

I am pleased that my letter to the Editor of the Redmond Reporter has prompted you and others to speak out during this election.  Unfortunately, some have concluded that inspiring discourse also meant inspiring your opinion on the Master Builders Association.  My ten years of experience with the Master Builders has been consistently positive and helpful.  They have members from all phases of the building trades including small businesses such as electricians, plumbers, remodelers and painters.  In addition to providing technical expertise on construction matters, they run an excellent free campaign seminar.  All candidates who filed for Council positions were invited.  When it comes to the problems and dislocations caused by the recent increased development, the culprit is our cumbersome and costly process.  Projects take years from inception top completion, adding costs and jamming projects together.  The State’s Growth Management Act dictates that Redmond provide housing for significantly more residents by 2030.  Under the Act, it is not a matter of whether there will be development, but how effectively it is administered.  That is where Redmond has fallen down.