Emergency manager starts today

Sammamish’s first emergency manager begins work today, marking a major milestone for the City in emergency planning.

Andrew Stevens comes from a similar position in California.

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Second Republican announces for 45th State Senate seat

Jinyoung Lee Englund

A second Republican today announced candidacy for the State Senate seat in the 45th Legislative District, which includes the northern half of Sammamish.

Jinyoung Lee Englund of Woodinville has the backing of the Republican Party, according to one official.

Englund “is running to increase school funding, improve policies for the developmentally disabled, reduce traffic congestion, and balance the state budget without a new state income tax,” she said in her press release.

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Seatax fatigue may affect Sammamish tax need

Sound Transit 3 would not have passed without an overwhelming Yes vote from Seattle. The tax hike still is reverberating. (Sammamish voted 52%-48% against this new tax.)

Dow Constantine, King County Executive headquartered in Seattle, proposes a $469m countywide tax for arts.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray proposed a $275m five-year city tax to combat homelessness. Then he dropped the idea and proposed instead a county-wide tax that would raise $335m over five years.

Seattle never met a tax it didn’t like. Despite the suburbs often rejecting new taxes, the overwhelming concentration of Yes votes in Seattle usually carriers the day.

It’s not Seattle anymore. It’s Seatax.

And Seatax fatigue may make it harder for Sammamish to raise taxes for new road projects or land preservation acquisition.

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Writer wanted for Sammamish Comment

Sammamish Comment is looking for a writer to help cover this year’s City Council elections and other issues.

With four Council Members out of seven retiring, this year’s election is guaranteed to see a power shift in the Council that could have deep ramifications for the direction of the City beginning in 2018.

As I announced last August, and which is also discussed in the “About” section, I moved after 20 years in Sammamish to Bainbridge Island in August. While I’ve been covering many issues from Bainbridge, it won’t be feasible to me to be on-the-spot to cover the campaigns of those seeking a Council seat.

There are already six candidates announced for the four positions. More are expected. So a writer who lives in Sammamish is desired.

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Republican files for 45th LD State Senate

Ken Smith, the first Republican to seek the State Senate seat this year for the 45th Legislative District. The northern half of Sammamish is in the 45th.

The first Republican filed today for State Senator for the 45th Legislative District, which includes the northern half of Sammamish.

Ken A. Smith, who until today was a member of the Northshore School Board, moved to Duvall in order to run in the 45th. The Northshore Board included Woodinville, although Smith lived in Kenmore, another suburb that’s in the Northshore District.

Smith, who describes himself as a moderate, joins two Democrats and an Independent who already declared for the 45th seat, now held by interim State Senator Dino Rossi. Rossi was appointed to the seat when incumbent Republican Andy Hill died last year.

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Ex-Mayor Vance to oppose County Council Member Lambert

Tom Vance

Former Sammamish Mayor Tom Vance yesterday filed with the State Public Disclosure Commission to run against incumbent Kathy Lambert, King County Council member of District 3, which includes Sammamish and Issaquah.

Sammamish Comment revealed March 20 Vance was trying to line up endorsements and had filed broad public records requests from Lambert’s office.

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Karen Moran to seek Council seat

Karen Moran

Karen Moran, one of the key people involved in the incorporation of Sammamish, will seek election to the City Council.

Moran is currently a commissioner for Sammamish Plateau Water, in mid-term.

In a press release, Moran said:

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