A big win for citizens, transparency: Sammamish to live stream its retreat


  • Update: Here’s the City’s email announcement:

Although there may be some technical obstacles to overcome, the city is planning to livestream the City Council retreat this weekend. If everything works, residents will be able to watch the proceedings from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20, and from 7:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 21.

To watch the livestream, go to www.sammamish.us, click on the “news and events” tab, and then select “TV 21.” The retreat is being held at the Murano Hotel, 1320 Broadway Plaza, in Tacoma.

Sammamish will live stream its retreat in Tacoma this weekend.

Details have yet to be announced, including hours and days. The link will be https://www.sammamish.us, click on the “news and events” tab, and then select “TV 21.”


Christie Malchow

The retreat begins Thursday night at 6pm with a Council dinner–it’s unclear if this informal session will be part of the live streaming, although Council business will inevitably be discussed.

The meat of the retreat is all day Friday and Saturday morning.

“I think this is a huge win,” said Council Member Christie Malchow, who proposed live streaming.

“We are trailblazers on this, embracing the technology in the time we operate in. It’s a win for transparency, a win for our citizens and frankly a win for Council.

“We can encourage public participation and engagement in issues that affect them,” Malchow said.

Malchow’s proposal drew strong support from Members Tom Hornish and Ramiro Valderrama and qualified support from Members Tom Odell, Kathy Huckabay and Deputy Mayor Bob Keller. Mayor Don Gerend didn’t express an opinion.

The retreat agenda and Council packet may be found here.

Details should be forthcoming tomorrow (Jan. 18.)

1 thought on “A big win for citizens, transparency: Sammamish to live stream its retreat

  1. Poor planning and budgeting will come home to roost. The greed for more taxes and uncontrolled growth has a high price. The Mayors Dec. Message painted a bleak picture. Where is leadership?

    H.W. Maine

    Sammamish,WA 98075


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