|Steve Fields pouring coffee at his coffee bar|
|Scarce parking didn't deter these Down Pour|
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The following are a few questions I wanted to ask him:.
1) I thought the new Downtown Park was going to cost $40M but the project sign says $19M. Facebook readers felt the city was not being up front. What's up?
2) The 14-acre Estera / Sears project is probably the largest project the City will EVER build....but only 14 citizens showed up at the last community meeting. Ridiculous! Steve once suggested an extensive session. Yes, we need one! Also, according to the Redmond Reporter only 7% of the planned 2,000 apartments will be "affordable." City standards are 10% affordable so what's up?? What's the mayor doing?
3) I had a few questions about how council conducts their council committee meetings as they relate to the Open Public Meetings Act. In this week's study session Jim Haney, JD explained how council's "Rules and Procedures" pertain to these meetings. Whatever the outcome, I hope when there is quorum all members present will have an opportunity to talk.
On to Down Pour. This morning the place was literally buzzing with chatter; few were on their devices. How refreshing and pleasant to have genuine conversations. Steve and Ronnie (his spouse) offer "no password" WiFi. Is this the reason? (I'm not a marketing guy.) Anyway, if you're looking for a vibrant, fun coffee shop, this is the place.
-- B. Yoder