|Bob, Lexie, and Pam|
Besides mental health and the schools my blogging in 2019 will focus on Redmond culture, rapid urbanization, and local politics. It will be a big year with four council member positions, the mayor, and three school board member seats up for grabs! Last year I staked most of Steve Fields signs during his Council campaign - to "Build Community, Not Just Buildings." He's a successful council member now and running for Mayor.
Since Evergreen is a public hospital they collect taxes for community programs and capital improvements. A $325M bond measure is on the ballot this year but they failed to include a mental health capital proposal. The bond failed. A second, revised $325M bond failed in the August election owing to taxpayer backlash and shaming voters with their bond promo flyers. Evergreen excels in many clinical areas. Unfortunately not mental health. The new CEO - an anesthesiologist - and the newly appointed commissioners could make a difference. The hospital was founded with taxpayer money in 1972. Just how long will it take for EvergreenHealth to step up and provide mental health care services?
The Lake Washington School District is faced with unprecedented growth, equivalent to one new elementary school a year. Last year a critical bond measure failed... attributed to accelerated State property taxes. A $120M Capital Projects Levy was on the ballot this year to bridge to future capital bonds. It passed. Though only 4% of the school budget is allocated to the Central Leadership Team and Administration their compensation is extraordinary. The new Superintendent and Administration should streamline and tighten their belt where ever possible for the benefit of our educators and already strapped constituents.
I'm soon taking a sabbatical from this blog and venturing out; doing new things. I'm not sure when I'll be back.