About "Us"

Bob, Lexie, and Pam Yoder
I'm Bob Yoder, the Editor and Scribbler of Redmond Neighborhood Blog.  I've lived in Redmond 38 years and started blogging about 10 years ago.  When I first 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; line up at for ice cream and fresh milk at Thenos 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 community news and opinion. I do a lot of general-interest reporting.  Development of our urban centers, the environment, student education, and mental health are popular topics.   

One of my favorite activities is watching the City Council and School Board on TV.  Yes, I'm a government wonk.  My interest in the city extends into governance reporting of our school district and our local public hospital district. Last year, I pivoted from "open government activism" to community advocacy. It's been a pleasant change! 

I felt my investigation, analysis and input of the school district's old organizational chart and leadership roles furthers their accountability and transparency.  

After years of investigation and blog leverage, EvergreenHealth reshuffled their personnel, became more accountable to tax-payers, and day-lighted their government. Under the Malte Administration, EvergreenHealth has made huge strides in providing behavioral health services for our community. 

Writing this blog has been all-consuming and without tangible compensation; but it's been very rewarding and I hope beneficial to the community. Enjoy!  

Bob Yoder

Disclaimer:  I'm a "Seattle Times News Partner," but not a journalist.  Errors. omissions and miss-representations occur on a regular basis; and my posts aren't always sourced. ,

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