UPDATED: Redmond City Council 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.
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.
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.