By Miki Mullor
The latest entrant to the election cycle is former Mayor Don Gerend, who has just formed a PAC (Political Action Committee), a PDC filing shows. Gerend has also recently initiated legal action to reverse the City Council’s new concurrency rules.
Submitted on Sept. 19, the PAC is called “Livable Sammamish,” according to its PDC filing report. Also an officer of the PAC is former Council Member and former mayor Kathy Huckabay.
The two were seen recently at the STCA dinner party held by the Town Center developer in City Plaza. In a recent opinion blog post, Gerend wrote:
What are the key issues facing the Sammamish business community and/or community as a whole?Don Gerend, Jul. 19, 2019
The most important issue is to see that the town center is created as the community and as past councils envisioned and approved. I’m thrilled that someone aggregated the parcels to make a cohesive development consistent with community’s and council’s vision.
How would you describe your view of how Sammamish is dealing with that?
For the last year and a half, the new council has tried to shut down development in the city, first with the moratorium and then with concurrency. I don’t believe concurrency should be used for that purpose. The city has made decisions on land use, to push growth to the center to minimize disruptions in the neighborhoods and create a gathering place for the community.
No contribution or expenditures have been reported yet.
The PAC used a Seattle based mailing address and email addresses of Blue Wave Political Partners LLC, a Democrat-leaning political consulting firm that lists Council Member Pam Stuart as one of their clients.
The PAC changed their mailing address to a Sammamish address: 3020 Issaquah Pine Lake Rd SE #117, Sammamish, WA 98075. Its bank account address is still in Seattle (701 2nd AveSeattle, WA 98104).
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This city should have never been allowed to incorporate . SE 8th should have been the dividing line. The northern part to join Redmond and the southern part be part of Issaquah. It would have solved a lot of problems from day One.
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Fewer governments mean fewer government officials to buy off. Gotta be a pony in there somewhere!
Neither Redmond nor Issaquah wanted to annex the plateau.