Sunday, April 20, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
The gap is shrinking in King County’s 175-mile regional trail system, as King County Parks begins construction on improvements to the North Sammamish segment of the East Lake Sammamish (ELST).
Starting April 21, this 2.5-mile-long segment will be closed from 187th Avenue Northeast to Northeast Inglewood Hill Road.
Safety is King County’s top priority during trail construction, and because of the extensive amount of work, narrow corridor, steep terrain, and limited access, this segment will be closed for approximately one year. Trail users are advised to find alternate routes around the closed portion. Read More >>
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Should elementary school playgrounds and sports fields be filled with children running, jumping and having fun at recess or should portable classrooms fill those playgrounds?
Should kids as young as five or six have to leave for school around 5 a.m. to get to class on time at 6 a.m. or should they still be sleeping as most pediatricians recommend?
Should high school students have to take blankets into classrooms because “schools without walls” failed as a concept and walls and ventilation had to be added later?
With more than 800 new students in the last year and 4000 more kids soon to be knocking at schoolhouse doors in Lake Washington School District, voters in Redmond, Kirkland and Sammamish must vote “YES” on April 22. Read More >>
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014
AEG Live, King County Parks, unveil initial season lineup for 2014 Marymoor Park Concert Series
Initial launch includes The Fray, Gavin DeGraw, Matt Nathanson, Robyn + Röyksopp, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Heart, Steely Dan, Slightly Stoopid, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Cheech & Chong, War, Foreigner, Styx, 1077 The End’s Summer Camp, Counting Crows, Ray LaMontagne, Rebelution. All tickets go on sale Friday, April 11 at noon, unless otherwise noted. Additional shows will be added.Building on a successful past year at Marymoor Park, AEG Live and King County Parks are pleased to announce the initial dynamic lineup for the 2014 Marymoor Park Concert Series presented by Swedish Medical Center Redmond. Read More >>
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
City sets conceptual plan for its recreational buildings - Includes $57 million community recreation center
The conceptual plan to locate the new community recreation center and structured parking between the library and city hall drew the most discussion and concern by councilmembers in their April 7 study session. There was consensus that it was not the best location but it made the most sense considering the few alternatives for land available. Council President Margeson made slight mention of using the Heron Rookery forest as a site but there was no discussion on that subject. Councilmember Myers pointed out a good location for the teen center is next to the Skate Board Park.
Renovation and expansion of the Senior Center is the city's #1 priority. 4,000 square feet would be added for a total cost estimated at $9.2 million. The Community Recreation Center is estimated to be 85,600 square feet at a cost of $57.3 million. It would include: recreation and competition pools, a gym, fitness and walking/running track, indoor play space, classrooms, and rental rooms. The structured parking space would add 400 stalls at a cost of $6.8 million. A $200,000 covered walkway would connect the Center to the parking facility. The LWSD may partner with the City in construction or operations of the Center.
Reported by Bob Yoder
Redmond, WA – At 6:00 pm Redmond Police began receiving reports of a recklessly driven dark colored SUV last seen in the 18700 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway. Approximately one hour later Redmond Officers located the vehicle near Redmond Way and West Lake Sammamish Parkway. Officers were not able to apprehend the vehicle at that time.
Bellevue Police began receiving reports of a similar vehicle driving recklessly and possibly involved in a traffic collision involving a tree.
Redmond Police then received a report of a traffic collision at Union Hill Road and Avondale Road involving the same suspect vehicle. Witnesses observed the vehicle flee the scene, and followed her providing updated information. With the help of those witnesses, officers were able to locate the vehicle in the 17000 block of Redmond Way. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but it fled. Police initiated a pursuit traveling eastbound on Redmond Way. The vehicle turned around in the 22000 block of Redmond Way and began heading back into the city. Officers effectively deployed stop sticks in the 18500 block of Redmond Way. The vehicle turned north on to Avondale Way. In the 9000 block of Avondale Way the vehicle became involved in another collision and came to a stop.
The 30 year old female suspect driver was trapped in her vehicle. She had to be extricated from the vehicle by Redmond Fire. The suspect was transported to Harborview with possible broken bones. Alcohol/ and or drugs is suspected. The other drivers sustained minor injuries. Investigation is ongoing.
Monday, April 7, 2014
Sadly, cancer touches everyone. Half of all men and one-third of all women in the U.S.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
The Mayor and City Council were very busy at last night's Regular Business Meeting hearing comments from numerous citizens.
Parent Lisa Lang got up with a clutch of Redmond El students thanking the Mayor and Councilmember David Carson (and numerous others) for their participation in the Spaghetti fundraiser. She said they now have enough funds to build a new playground at the school this summer.
Former Mayor Chris Himes and John Couch (her Parks Director) got up to celebrate Chris 85th birthday and all the accomplishments of the Redmond Historical Society. The Parks Bond measure of 1974 drew Himes into her race for Mayor. Couch gave Himes flowers.
Two "frequent flyers" to the podium got up to grind their axes: Zimmerman an oppositional and defiant speaker to anyone associated with government, especially King County. And David Warton grinding his ax about pollution from Watson Asphalt Company of SE Redmond. Another citizen negotiated for more than 4 minutes to address council about recurrent car accidents on a curve on West Lake Sammamish.
Four citizens got up to encourage Council to vote in favor of Proposition One, the LWSD bond measure. Superintendent Traci Pierce lauded the district's AAA bond rating and emphasized how fast the district is growing. She clarified for Councilmember John Stilin that two new elementary schools in Redmond were proposed for the $404 million bond -- one in North Redmond and one in Redmond Ridge. School Board member Siri Bleisner explained: the bond is specifically designed to address over-crowding in schools, that extra space is designed in the new schools to create room for art, music, etc, that the district has a track record for building on time and on budget and that the cost of the bond will be about $125/year for an average home.
Councilmember Byron Shulz gave a long speech about the importance of schools to Redmond and at the end of the meeting suggested that council work directly with the school board to improve the district. Councilmember Margeson and Stilin agreed to a closer association with the district governance. Council voted 5-2 (Carson/Myers) to approve a Proposition One resolution for the school bond. Carson and Myers usually always vote No based on the principle the voters are responsible to decide for themselves what's best.
Reported By Bob Yoder
The Mosque Land Use Action is a Type 2 Permit decided by city staff (Technical Committee) appealable to the Hearing Examiner (closed record) with the Examiner's decision appealable to City Council in Quasi Judicial proceedings. Haney advised council that even though the Hearing Examiner's proceedings are not Quasi Judicial that Council should not read emails or talk to citizens making comment on the land use. Haney based his recommendation on "Appearance of Fairness" doctrine where council needs to appear unbiased should the appeal go to Council. Also, in a closed record proceeding only those comments and evidence submitted to the Hearing Examiner are considered admissible when Council hears an appeal. So Council remains pure from extraneous comments if they keep out of it.
Councilmember Kim Allen, the city Ombudsman for the month said she did not read any emails that came in from concerned citizens about the Mosque. She is a land use attorney. Comments sent in by the comment deadline are considered admissible for the Hearing Examiner's record during an appeal. Comments made to the Hearing Examiner during an appeal to the Examiner are also items for the record which the Council could hear in their Appeal should it go that far. In Quasi-Judicial proceedings Council may not take comment from any party.
Haney referenced the Redmond Bike Park and Tent City as similar Type 2 Land Use Permits that hindered Council's interaction with the public. The City of Redmond is one of the few cities in Washington State that uses the Quasi-Judicial system for land use appeals.
Reported By Bob Yoder
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Mr. Parker is one of 13 certified LEGO® professionals in the entire world and lives in the Puget Sound area. The Experience Music Project is currently hosting an exhibit, “Block by Block: Inventing Amazing Architecture,” featuring 10 famous skyscrapers constructed from LEGOs® by Dan and his team. The exhibit will remain at the EMP through April 20.
To date Bear Creek has raised nearly $7.4 million for construction of the new Upper School and Fine & Performing Arts Center. The school is planning to raise the rest of the needed funds this spring, so that groundbreaking can occur in June. Read More >>
Friday, March 28, 2014