|Redmond Safeway, 6/01/2021|
|Redmond Safeway, 6/01/2021|
|Perrigo Heights wet vaults -- a different development|
|Cecilia Martinez - Redmond's first Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Manager|
Redmond, WA – The City of Redmond has named Cecilia Martínez-Vásquez as its first Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Manager. Martínez-Vásquez will be leading the new DEI program that will provide citywide leadership to advance Redmond’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals of reflecting the community, engaging in purposeful and accessible community outreach, and providing equitable service delivery and policy-driven outcomes. The DEI Manager will work to achieve these goals by recommending, developing, and implementing strategies, initiatives, and organizational change.
Redmond, a global city that attracts residents from around the world, is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
“We envision a community where all residents can fully and effectively access city services, influence city policy and direction, and feel a sense of belonging,” says Mayor Angela Birney. “Cecilia brings the experience, education, and vision to lead Redmond towards our vision of being a welcoming and inclusive community for all.”
Martínez-Vásquez holds dual bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Comparative American Cultures/Ethnic Studies, with a minor in Women’s Studies, from Washington State University, and a Master of Science in Justice and Social Inquiry from Arizona State University. She has worked with many different organizations and individuals on the Eastside and across King County as the Multicultural Center Manager at Shoreline Community College and with the Wrap-Around Services Program at the City of Bellevue.
Cecilia grew up in the Yakima Valley, the daughter of farmworkers. The experiences of her youth paved the path for social justice-driven equity, diversity, and inclusion work while an undergraduate at Washington State University. Her work, education, and personal experiences have allowed for exposure to many areas of diversity including socioeconomics, culture of poverty, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, ageism, disabilities, and more.
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| I use my elbow when the city doesn't protect me like this|
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"While updated guidelines say that surface transmission is unlikely, people are still applying disinfection protocols to sanitize surfaces in homes. Some people refer to the act of overcleaning as “hygiene theater.” This term suggests that certain sanitation practices exist more as a “show” to ease people’s minds instead of being based in science." - WebMD
|Sign at entrance to QFC - Bella Bottega (click to enlarge)|
When President Biden and the CDC announced masks weren't required if you were fully vaccinated, I was both shocked and elated. Several times in a speech, President Biden merrily explained we can now show our smiles again!
Voila! When we returned from a trip to Winthrop (most of the boutiques had restrictions) we discovered this COVID sign at QFC-Bella Bottega alerting customers: "Masks not required for fully vaccinated individuals." Was I smiling! 😃 Thanks President Biden!
When we were in the store at 6:30 p.m. yesterday it appeared everyone was masked-up. I discussed the new policy with a checker. He said his vaccination card was on file in the office and he wasn't required by management to mask-up. But he thought the opening was too early.
It's amazing when only six months ago we were told to limit our time there, shop alone, or "pick up." Grocery stores were some of the most dangerous places to be. Personally, feel comfortable when not wearing in grocery stores; Costco is a different thing - I felt anxious.
-- Bob Yoder, 6/3/2021 Photo: Yoder
"Here is a direct link to the records request form: https://resources.
You can also find a link to the form on the website in our Forms Library:
The form is misguiding, difficult and it's not necessary to fill out! Try to write 1-2 lines on the form and you'll see. The email above the form is sufficient: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The only way to find the Public Request email is by searching for the form. I asked the Communications Manager to make the public request e-mail visible on their site. No response. The public has the right to know and they shouldn't have to jump around barriers to be informed.
Print Center Supervisor
Public Records Officer
Support Services Center
15212 NE 95th St Redmond, WA 98052
E: email@example.com | P:425-936-1128 | C:323-673-8661
-- Bob Yoder, 6/2/2021
|(l-r) Olive Green Swallow, Barn Swallow|
|(l-r) Barn Swallow, Olive Green Swallow, Tree Swallow|
|Description of the station|
-- Sources: Facebook, 5/28/2021, Bob Yoder, 5/28/2021, Photo, redmond.gov
CORRECTION: It's very possible I'm confusing the tunnel with a pedesrian bridge.
|Mayor Angela Birney at a ribbon cutting ceremony|
The city plans to open city hall for meetings by July 1st. 2021.
The C.O.O. Malisa Files, Human Resource Director, and the Fire Chief presented Redmond's "Stay Safe Re-opening Plan" at Council's May 27th Study Session. It was well received, however councilmember David Carson noted he has a hard time speaking through a mask and requested this restriction be removed. Ms. Files said mask removals were a possibility.
Reported by Bob Yoder, 5/27/2021
Record $631 million emergency COVID budget approved by Council
A seventh round of emergency funding in response to COVID-19, this time totaling more than $631 million, was approved Tuesday by the King County Council by a vote of 8-1.
The supplemental budget, funded largely by the American Rescue Plan Act, is larger than all previous King County COVID budgets combined and will provide support for a variety of services as King County looks toward recovery from the pandemic and its many collateral impacts. These investments align with the Council’s set priorities around housing stability and homelessness services, food security and access, mental and behavioral health, economic recovery, and workforce support, childcare and access to justice.
“Today we passed the largest supplemental budget in the history of King County. This is transformational — providing support for the mother struggling to provide for her child, for the renter on the edge of eviction, for the business owner getting relief from the new BIPOC economic resiliency fund, for the survivor of sexual assault or gender-based violence seeking justice, and many, many more,” said Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, who is also budget chair. “I appreciate the ambitiousness of Executive Dow Constantine’s budget, and the collaboration of my colleagues in crafting this budget. Our work is not finished but these investments will help us find our way out of this extraordinary challenge.”
The major spending areas include:
Dunn condemns ‘failures’ in passage of more than $630 million COVID budget
In response to passage Tuesday of the seventh COVID-19 supplemental budget – the largest in county history, topping $630 million – King County Vice Chair Reagan Dunn issued the following statement:
“Today I voted no on the seventh COVID-19 supplemental budget because it fails to fund the most basic functions of our County government — criminal justice and public safety. We have heard from the Sheriff’s Office, the Prosecutor’s Office, and sitting judges of the King County Superior and District Courts about the significant impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the criminal justice system’s ability to operate. We are seeing an unprecedented backlog in both violent and non-violent felony cases, an 86% increase in murders, and a significant increase in hate and bias crimes. With the facts before us, the safety of our community is at stake with no relief in sight—and that is unacceptable. We cannot lose sight of our basic job as elected County leaders, and I believe that this budget has.”
King County Press Release
As you can see, the station and track are elevated. The station will likely be located across from the Redmond Town Center @ 166th.
A segment of the Redmond Central Connecter Trail runs from Overlake Urgent Care to Redmond Town Center. Some of the light rail track will be installed on this segment. The controversial ERRATIC outdoor art was installed at this corner and then moved at great expense to a more suitable Leary Way location.
The chief concludes:
"It is the Prosecutor's Office who will determine if any criminal charges will be filed against any of the officers involved. Based on what limited information I know now, I have no reason to believe this will happen. Therefore, the officers involved were returned to duty after a period of administrative leave which is protocol in these types of incidents. My heart is with Ms. Churna's family and loved ones, as well as my officers and dispatchers involved in this incident. It is a tragedy this incident had to end with a loss of life. I will continue to share updates with our community as more details become available."
According to Police Chief Darrell Lowe, a poll on the issue is one of the most successful community polls the city has had with more than 1,400 people having taken it so far. A total of 94% of respondents voted "no" to fund cameras. "One of the most successful community polls?" Hardly. The population of Redmond is ~ 65,000. 1378 votes is not statistically significant in our city. In the final poll the worm turned and ~ 87% of the respondents voted "yes" to not fund cameras.
Council should weigh the cost and define the necessity of body cameras vs. the city budget and community benefits derived without cameras. A few benefits our community could garner without the $635,000 annual expense of cameras are: Enhanced mental health training and patrols, enhanced bias training, social workers, community education forums, improved homeless care, meaningful mental health care on the street; drug intervention, sheltering outreach; upgraded SRO resources, fewer levies. As the city grows, council will have the funds to add safety FTEs. Mitigated overtime costs. I'm sure our Council could identify other benefits.
Redmond is a mostly sleepy town, compared to most other cities. Our police should feel blessed to have a beat here; Chief Lowe has the funds to hire the finest. Apparently, the most common crime in Redmond is "smash and dash" vehicular break-ins. Package and mail theft and vandalism are also common. "The Police chief said he had no reason to believe criminal charges would be filed in the Churna shooting." I hope Council has the strength to rise above politics and shepherd our city safety funds objectively.
-- Bob Yoder, opinion, 5/20/2021
|LWSD property viewed from south along NE 67th St.|
|Waxing Gibbous Moon as seen from the Sammamish River Trail ~ 5-fold magnification|
Photo by John Reinke, 4/22/2021 : 6.49 p.m.
For those who weren't Boy or Girl Scouts, "waxing" means becoming a full moon.
I see the moon and the moon sees me,
The moon sees somebody I wanna see
God bless the moon and God bless me:
And God bless that somebody I wanna see.
Clifton Johnson, 1896
|Community ribbon heart to memorialize the old Senior Center before demolition|
Staff showed maps of the layout of the spaces. A list of the spaces on the website, with square footage and descriptions, would be helpful in understanding the building.
-- Bob Yoder, 5/9/2021 (Internet photo)