Monday, March 2, 2015

City of Redmond Holds Community Conversation on Homelessness

Redmond, WA –On Thursday, March 12, 2015, the City of Redmond will host a community conversation on homelessness, and the public is invited to attend. The meeting will take place in Bytes CafĂ© in Redmond City Hall, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. This meeting is open to anyone who lives, works, or owns property in Redmond. Individuals who plan to attend are asked to RSVP via email to, as soon as possible.

Homelessness is a growing issue of concern in Redmond as it is throughout King County and across the nation. The City has scheduled this meeting to listen to both concerns and ideas from the community. City staff will be in attendance to listen to and record the comments that are shared. After the meeting, all comments will be reviewed and summarized with the goal of suggesting appropriate next steps. Individuals who plan to attend should come prepared to share thoughts regarding two key questions: 1) what are your concerns about homelessness in Redmond; and 2) what ideas or suggestions do you have for addressing those concerns?
For more information about this meeting, please visit:

UPDATE: Two-Car Fatal Collision

Redmond, WA – On February 28, 2015 at approximately 0116 hours, Redmond Police and Fire responded to a two car collision at the intersection of SR520/Avondale Road and Union .  PrelimHill Roadinary investigation shows that the suspect vehicle rear ended the victim vehicle at an extremely high rate of speed.
The suspect, Robert J. Malsch, a 21 year old Lynnwood man, fled from his badly damaged vehicle and was apprehended by the Redmond Police K-9 Team.  The victim, a 30 year old male, was found deceased in his vehicle which had extensive damage from the initial impact and from being pushed into a cement sign.  The victim’s identity will be released by the King County Medical Examiner per their protocol. 
Malsch was released from Harborview Hospital today and booked into the King County Jail for suspicion of Vehicular Homicide and Fatality Hit and Run.   

Redmond Police Department

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Blood Drive on Education Hill

NEXT  BLOOD  DRIVE     TUES., MARCH  31st 1-7pm
Spring is such a wonderful time of rebirth in the earth.  When you donate a unit of blood YOU are giving that opportunity for “rebirth” to some individual that really needs it.  Join the community of very generous donors that contribute to the 800+ units of blood needed every day in Western Washington.  Puget Sound Blood Center has expanded it’s services to include part of Oregon….and changed it’s name to Bloodworks NW.  Our next Blood Drive is hosted by:

TUES.,  MARCH 31st  from 1-7pm (break 3-4pm)

16540 NE 80TH ST
REDMOND, WA  98052


Two-Car Fatal Collision

Redmond, WA – On February 28, 2015 at approximately 0116 hours, Redmond Police and Fire responded to a two car collision reported by a passerby. As Redmond Officers arrived a subject was seen running from one of the vehicles involved in the collision. That subject was tracked by the Redmond Police Department K-9 Team. The driver of vehicle #1 was transported to Harborview for unknown injuries at this time. Vehicle #2 had severe damage from the collision and after striking a cement sign. The male driver was deceased at the scene.
Redmond Traffic Unit is on scene and investigating. Identities of the involved parties have not been confirmed at this time. It appears speed and alcohol may be a factor.
Redmond Police Department

Friday, February 27, 2015

Legacy for Learning 2015 Luncheon

10th Anniversary Legacy for Learning Luncheon

Celebrating 10 Years of Investing in Kids!
APRIL 29, 2015
"A Million Squares” by Priti Godhuly Das, Inglewood Middle School
Register Today!
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The Foundation is celebrating 10 years of investing in kids and has exciting plans to more than double our investment to benefit more students across our growing district!
This year’s luncheon fundraising goal of $600,000 will help fund district-wide academic initiatives, classroom grants, robotics, online math programs, mentoring and tutoring, new teacher support, anti-bullying programs, STEM classes and small student scholarships for secondary school expenses.
Join us on April 29th to learn more, be inspired by students and teachers, and find out how you can be a part of their success. Together, we can ensure that ALL students are future ready!
Legacy Lunch

$229,000 Invested in Student Success for 2014-15!

Support from the community will allow students to build robots, use a 3-D printer and learn how to prevent bullying.
Grant Amount
Access Fund via InvestED $15,000
LINKS mentoring program $72,500
New Teacher Support Program—2nd Year Teachers $18,000
Reaching for Success Classroom Grants $83,320 List of Grants
Safe Schools Ambassador Program $15,000
STEM-based Signature Programs $25,000
Student Volunteers

Flower Farmers: The Story of the Hmong in Puget Sound

The Redmond Historical Society Saturday Speaker Series is pleased to announce its March 2015 program.   
Saturday, March 14th
10:30am – noon (Doors open 10:00)
Redmond Historical Society Speaker Series
Many of the fabulous flower bouquets at Seattle-area outdoor markets are grown and arranged by families from a Southeast Asian people known as the Hmong. Join the Hmong Association of Washington as they share their remarkable story of CIA- backed guerilla warfare during the Vietnam War, fleeing Laos after the war, and the challenges of resettling in a new land.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Potential 6 Year Levy proposed for the City of Redmond

The City of Redmond is proposing a potential 6 Year Levy in 2016.  Click this link to see the tax impact on a $500,000 house.  Infrastructure (roads & sidewalks), parks, and safety are the three targeted priorities of this levy.  The link is to the City of Redmond website.

2015 "Invest in Youth" Breakfast

WHO: More than 900 leaders and youth from across Puget Sound.
WHAT: A morning of compelling stories from kids who have overcome the odds with the help of Youth Eastside Services (YES).
WHEN: Wednesday, March 4, 7:30–8:45 a.m.
WHERE: Hyatt Regency Bellevue, 900 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004 (map)
·         Welcome – Meeghan Black
·         Building Better Lives – Patti Skelton-McGougan, YES executive director
·         Marah’s Story – Penny LeGate
·         I Feel Like I Can Do Anything – video showcase
·         I Can Be Whoever I Want – Julianna’s story (YES client)
·         Yo Soy / “I am” – Judith, Evelyn and Placido’s stories (YES clients)
·         Call to Action – Brad Smith and Kathy Surace-Smith  Read More >>

Monday, February 23, 2015

Redmond's Downtown Park


Location: The park site is located between Redmond Way and Cleveland Street, and is bordered by the new 161st Ave NE on the west, and the Stone House Restaurant on the east. The grassy space that is present along 161st now is about ¾ acre. When complete, the ultimate size of the park will be two acres.
Project Phase: Design
Timeline: Master Plan completed in December 2011; to be constructed in phases over several years
Contact: B Sanders, Project Manager, 425-556-2328


Every great city has a signature place that serves as a destination, an icon for the city, and a catalyst for economic growth. The Downtown Park will be Redmond’s signature park, and will create a place for community members to gather and celebrate. It will be a vibrant community space that encourages special events, arts, music and fun. The enhanced pedestrian environment in and around the park will stimulate economic activity in the neighborhood.
Redmond Downtown Park Concept

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Cleveland Street Streetscape project almost finished

Location: Cleveland St from 161th Ave NE to 164th Ave NE
Project Phase: In Construction
Estimated Timeline: Construction 2014
Contact: Lisa Singer, Project Manager, 425-556-2723


Constructs the west half of Cleveland Street between 161th Avenue NE and 164th Avenue NE to develop a vibrant and flexible “main street”. 

The Cleveland Streetscape project is on track to be completed around the end of 2014, with final work finishing in early 2015. The construction started in January 2014 and, as of the end of the September, the project will be two-thirds of the way complete. All of the utility work is complete; most of the illumination is finished; and the new traffic signal at Leary Way was turned on in August. Concrete work for the new roadway, parking areas and sidewalks is anticipated to be complete in early fall. The later fall schedule includes the installation of pavers, specialty lighting, benches, signs and landscaping.

The Cleveland Streetscape project enhances the developing community gathering place in the heart of downtown by widening sidewalks, improving the street to curbless, concrete, and preparing for eventual two-way street operation. The project is located in the heart of the historic downtown, between the future Downtown Park and the Redmond Central Connector Trail. Project features include signal improvements, sidewalks, on-street parking, street lighting, utilities, and landscaping.

Upon completion of the future Downtown Couplet Conversion project, both Redmond Way and Cleveland Street will be converted to two-way operations - anticipated early 2017. The Cleveland Streetscape and the Downtown Couplet Conversion projects are the final transportation stages in the implementation of the Downtown East/West Corridor Study (DEWCS), reinforcing downtown Redmond as an economically healthy, people-friendly place, enhanced by the movement of pedestrians, bikes, cars, and a diversity of businesses.

Anjumann E Burhani Mosque project neighborhood meeting

Neighborhood Meeting:
Wednesday, May 14 at 7 pm
Redmond City Hall, Council Chambers
City of Redmond planning officials are hosting a second neighborhood meeting regarding the Anjumann E. Burhani Mosque project. Tonight’s meeting is a continuation from the first neighborhood meeting held on April 30, 2014 and will further collect input from community members that did not have an opportunity to share their questions at the first meeting.
At this time, the City is still in the data collection process with community members and will provide detailed answers to all questions received at a third neighborhood meeting; date and time to be determined.

Next steps - as a result of the April 30 neighborhood meeting and the questions fielded so far, City officials have asked the Anjumann E. Burhani applicants to provide additional project information in response to addressing the community’s questions and will no longer present this project at the May 15 Design Review Board meeting.

Once the City has determined the applicants have adequately addressed the issues, a third neighborhood meeting will be conducted to share the applicant’s updated information and answer all the additional community members’ questions. Until this process is completed no further project application action will be processed.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Redmond Police Dept Notice: Get Set for "Redmond Ready"

Learn how to be prepared for the unexpected with Redmond Ready, presented by the Redmond Office of Emergency Management and the Redmond Citizen Corps Council at the Redmond Police Department. The 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. event on Saturday, March 7 gives attendees the opportunity to be certified in First Aid and CPR for a discounted price of $25. Redmond Ready also features a two-hour class covering personal preparedness.
Registration is available online through Redmond Parks and Recreation (course #53619). The registration form can also be mailed to the address on the form with a $25 check payable to "City of Redmond." If special accommodations are required, please contact Janeen Olson at
We look forward to seeing you at Redmond Ready! Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. on March 7.

2015 Polar Plunge

Join the Redmond Police Team!

We are less than one month away from the March 14 Polar Plunge at Idylwood Park!
The Redmond Police Department will once again join law enforcement agencies across the state in support of Special Olympics Washington. We invite members of our community to join the Redmond Police Team.
To join us as we take the plunge into Lake Sammamish, see our online registry. Choose "Join a Team" and select "Redmond Police." Participants who raise $50 or more receive a Special Olympics t-shirt and are entered to win prizes. There is no fee to register. Last year, the Polar Plunge raised nearly $28,000; we aim to raise $30,000 this year.
Check-in for the Polar Plunge begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 14 at Redmond's Idylwood Park, 35 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE. The highly anticipated plunge starts at noon, followed by a team celebration at
JJ Mahoney's restaurant in Redmond. 
Thank you for your continued support,

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Burglary Suspect Arrested

Multiple agencies involved in investigation      
Redmond, Wash. - Nikolay Prohorov, 23, has been arrested in connection with a series of residential burglaries throughout King County, including 11 burglaries, two attempted burglaries and one vehicle prowl in Redmond's Education Hill District between Nov. 9, 2013 and Jan. 20, 2015. 
Nikolay Prohorov, 23
Through a multi-agency coordination, Bellevue Police Department found Prohorov to be connected to six cases. Kirkland Police Department arrested Prohorov on Jan. 30 following a morning residential burglary and three attempted burglaries. Upon serving a search warrant of Prohorov's vehicle and residence, police found property belonging to Redmond victims.
Victims reported wallets, purses, electronics and jewelry taken from their homes, with entry into the majority of residences appearing to be through unlocked rear sliding doors or windows. Credit and debit cards were used immediately after the burglaries in four of the cases. Investigators used footage from store surveillance where fraudulent transactions were made and fingerprints located at a burglary scene to identify Prohorov. 
Prohorov was booked into King County Jail and charged with eight counts of Residential Burglary.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Angela Birney announces campaign for Redmond City Council Position 5

Today, Parks and Trails Commissioner Angela Birney announced her campaign for Redmond City Council Position 5.  “I will be a fresh voice representing our community,” said Birney.  “Redmond is experiencing unprecedented growth and development.  As a 17-year resident, I understand what makes Redmond a unique and desirable place to live, work, and play.  As we continue to grow, it is important to balance urban development with enhancements to our thriving local neighborhoods.  From making innovative transportation solutions to developing our neighborhood parks, it will be important to find ways to engage residents of Redmond in long range planning.  As a parent, community volunteer, and neighbor I am eager to offer my experience and insights to Redmond City Council.”
Currently, Birney serves as the vice chair of the City of Redmond’s Parks and Trails Commission and is a community representative on the Lake Washington School District Middle School Science Adoption Committee.  She has served on the Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross vestry, Norman Rockwell PTA Board, Lake Washington Schools Foundation Junior High Science Grant Committee, as well as other volunteer positions in and around Redmond. Read More >>

Flynn Will Not Seek Second Term on Redmond City Council

Redmond, Washington (February 8, 2015) – Councilmember Tom Flynn announced on Sunday, February 8, that he will not seek a second term on the Redmond City Council. Flynn was elected to the Council in 2011, filling Position #5 after Richard Cole’s retirement.

“It has been very rewarding to serve the city of Redmond,” said Councilmember Flynn. “During my term, it has been gratifying to see the city make steady progress towards a sustainable vision of two livable urban centers, planning for future light rail, and retention of our single family neighborhoods.”

Councilmember Flynn said that he and his wife Kim, now empty nesters, plan to downsize from their house on Education Hill and move to another home in or near Redmond after his term is completed at the end of 2015. Flynn expects to remain involved in public policy and community leadership roles in the areas of sustainable development, arts and culture, and fiscal policy.

Flynn is current Chair of the council’s Planning and Public Works Committee. He is also a member of the council’s Public Administration and Finance Committee. He represents the city as a Board Member for OneRedmond and Cascade Water Alliance. Flynn is also Manager of Generation Operations at Puget Sound Energy. 

“The city council and Mayor work well together, and they share a strong vision for a sustainable and livable Redmond rich in art and culture,” said Councilmember Flynn. “I expect that other local community leaders will step forward to help move that vision forward in a fiscally responsible manner.”

Willow Road Corridor at Risk

Willows Road Corridor Worth Billions to Regional Economy
An Economic Asset of Regional Importance at Risk
Redmond, WA, February 9, 2015 -- OneRedmond today released the Willows Road Corridor Analysis estimating the economic impact of businesses operating in the Willows Road Corridor. The 244 companies who depend on this corridor as their primary transportation access employ over 5,900  that in turn support over 16,000 jobs in the King County economy. These companies generate over $4.5 billion in gross revenue which supports over $6.1 billion in business revenues in the region with a state impact of over $89 million.
"The Willows Road Corridor is home to a diverse mix of companies including globally significant technology and services businesses" said Bart Phillips, CEO of OneRedmond. "The innovative talent employed by these companies power the economy from writing code that control's the globe's electric grid to manufacturing the engines that landed Curiosity on Mars. However, growing traffic congestion is a significant risk to these companies' ability to stay competitive for attracting and retaining high-skill, high-wage workers."  Read More >>

Redmond Police: Sexual Assault Investigation

Redmond, WA – On February 5, 2015 at approximately 9:00 PM, Redmond Police officers responded to a report of an assault in progress in the 16100 block of NE 85 St.  Officers contacted a female who reported as she was leaving her place of employment she was approached by an unknown masked male who initially demanded money, but when the victim refused the suspect physically assaulted the victim.  During the altercation the suspect placed his hand inside the victim’s clothing to commit a sexual assault.  The victim was able to scream and fight back causing the suspect to run off.  A K-9 track was unable to locate the suspect.
The general suspect description is an unknown race male, of average height and build, wearing a dark jacket or sweatshirt.
The case is under investigations by Redmond Detectives. If anyone has information related to this case, please contact Detective Natalie D’Amico at (425) 556-2500.

"The Streamkeeper": caring for local salmon and trout streams, Feb 26

From: Adopt A Stream Foundation
Northwest Stream Center, 600 –128th Street SE, Everett WA 98208

Contact: Tom Murdoch, 425-316-8592

Event: The Streamkeeper: caring for local salmon and trout streams
Thursday February 26, 2015Time: 7pmPlace: Northwest Stream Center at the south end of Snohomish County’s Mc Collum Park, 600 – 128th Street SE, Everett WA 98208; driving directions:
The Streamkeeper

Many of our local streams are beautiful to see and full of aquatic life.  Read More >>

Monday, February 2, 2015

Lake Washington District Open Enrollment is Feb 2-27

Some schools closed to those outside their area
Redmond, Wash. – Lake Washington School District holds an open enrollment period once each year for parents who want their children to attend a school other than their neighborhood school. To take advantage of open enrollment for students in grades one through 12, parents may apply for a change to that school assignment, also known as an in-district transfer or variance, between February 2 and February 27, 2015.
For kindergarten students, parents must request the variance at the time of registration. Kindergarten registration begins Thursday, February 5, 2015, from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the schools.
This open enrollment option only applies to those schools that have space available. The list of schools that are closed to students outside their neighborhood is available on the district website at Schools are closed if current and projected enrollment indicates that school capacity will be reached with those students who live within their boundary areas.
In-district transfer forms can be picked up at any school during the open enrollment period. The completed request must be submitted to the student’s home school. Acceptance is based on space available in a school, grade or program.
Students from outside the district who wish to attend Lake Washington’s schools can apply for enrollment at any time by initiating a request with their home school district. Please refer to the LWSD website for schools that are listed as unavailable for Inter-District Transfer requests. However, students within the district have priority for available spaces. Students from outside the district will be placed after the in-district students are accommodated if space is available.
Parents who live in the district will be notified of the result of their in-district transfer request as soon as possible. Kindergarten and Inter-District Transfer requests may not be notified until later this summer.
The Student Placement Office, at (425) 936-1283, can answer any questions on this process.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Eddie Bauer, the man and his innovations, is focus of Redmond Historical Society program

Say “Eddie Bauer” and great Pacific Northwest clothing comes to mind. But the international brand name got its start with a real Eddie Bauer, and his roots were wide across the region. Born on Orcas Island, he started his career in Seattle and later had a weekend home in what was then a slow-paced Redmond, along Bear Creek.
The fascinating history of the man, his innovations and his company will be the focus of the next Redmond Historical Society Saturday Speaker Series program on February 14, from 10.30-noon.
Colin Berg, company historian at Eddie Bauer Inc., will use vintage photos and artifacts to tell the story of how a young man’s passion became an international brand’s identity.
“Eddie’s personal story is the embodiment of the adage, ‘Necessity is the mother of invention’,” says Berg. “For Eddie, the outdoors was his necessity, and the Pacific Northwest was his laboratory.”  Read More >>