|Bob, Lexie, and Pam|
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. My family 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.
My interest in city government reaches to 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!
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. My investigation, analysis and input to the school board and staff's "organizational chart and leadership roles" furthered 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 and improving customer service.
Well over a thousand of posts are archived and I'm starting to write stories and take photos and video with history in mind. Writing for over ten years has been all-consuming and without tangible compensation; but it's been very rewarding and I hope useful to the community.
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