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Video of Sahalee, Timberline City Council Candidate Forum Released

The full length video of the City Council candidate forum that was held at the Sahalee Country Club on Sept. 5 is now available.

The event was hosted by Sahalee HOA and Timberline HOA and was moderated by David Steele, Vice President of Sahalee HOA. About 150 residents attended – 2/3 of which is estimated to be residents from other parts of the city.

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Sammamish Chamber VP calls for denser development, taller buildings

By Miki Mullor
Editor

A Sammamish Chamber of Commerce vice president this week called for denser development and taller buildings in a piece containing scathing criticism of the city council published on the chamber’s website.

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New residents’ PAC announced; breaks fundraising records

By Miki Mullor
Editor 

  • Sammamish Life PAC announced on Facebook 
  • Raised $36,000 to date, more than any other campaign 
  • Opposes overdevelopment, concerned over quality of life 
  • Stated support for three candidates 

Last week, Michael Scoles, a relatively unknown newcomer to the Sammamish local politics arena, announced on Facebook a formation of “Sammamish Life,” a new PAC (Political Action Committee) to “keep Sammamish livable,” per its website (www.samm-life.com).

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Former Mayor Gerend’s lawsuit postponed for 90 days

By Miki Mullor
Editor

The Growth Management Hearing Board (GMBH) has continued (postponed) Don Gerend’s lawsuit to invalidate the new concurrency rules enacted by the majority of City Council.

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Sep 5 Candidate Forum Announced

Sahalee HOA and Timberline HOA are hosting a forum for Sammamish City Council candidates.

The forum will take place at the Sahalee Country Club on September 5, 6-8 pm.

The forum is open to the public. Questions to the candidates will be fielded from the audience.

Registration is required at the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sammamish-city-council-candidate-forum-hosted-by-sahalee-and-timberine-communities-tickets-69801711799

Growth pays for growth…or does it?

By Christie Malchow
Mayor, City of Sammamish
Guest Op-ed

We often hear this term, 𝐠𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐭𝐡 𝐩𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐠𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐭𝐡. But does it?

It doesn’t in the absolute sense. Actually, state law prevents it from paying its full impact, leaving the balance of the burden to existing taxpayers to fill the void.

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How the STCA 419 homes development passed concurrency – after failing it for 9 months

By Miki Mullor
Editor 

Aug. 19. 2019: Town Center developer STCA last week received two traffic concurrency certificates that clear the way for 419 new homes and 82,000 square feet of retail space on the southeast corner of SE4th and 222nd Ave. SE.

Three members of the council, staff and STCA believed its Town Center project would not pass concurrency testing as a result of the new concurrency standard adopted earlier this year by a split City Council. Indeed, unofficial test runs over nine months indicated this was the case.

Yet, last week, city staff ran an official test and STCA Phase I passed concurrency, with no improvements to the roads.

How was this possible?

This article unpacks and explains the details behind the approval and raises serious questions. It is unusually long and reads best on a desktop.

Mayor Christie Malchow and Deputy Mayor Karen Moran called a Special Council Meeting to discuss the issues with staff.

The Special Council Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug 20, at 4pm at City Hall. 

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