|Bob, Lexie, and Pam|
I'm Bob Yoder, Editor and Scribbler of "Redmond Neighborhood Blog." My mission is to keep our community better informed, connected and responsive to each other.
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! This year I'm supporting Steve Fields, for Redmond City Council Position 2.and Cassandra Sage, for School Board District 3.
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 homelessness are popular topics. My investigation and input into school district communications process encouraged accountability and transparency as did my work to day-light their meeting agendas.
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 is working to bring new mental health services to our community but they still don't have an out-patient psychiatric clinic nor employ a single psychiatrist.
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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