Hearing Examiner OKs Conner-Jarvis project, says Kempton Downs failed to meet burden

City_of_SammamishJan. 20, 2016: The Sammamish Hearing Examiner Tuesday rejected the appeal by the Kempton Downs Homeowners Assn. of the Conner-Jarvis project. Approval was given with minor modifications to conditions.

The approval, by Examiner John Gault, was a sweeping victory for Conner-Jarvis and the City’s Development and Public Works departments. Gault ruled that Kempton Downs failed in issue after issue to meet the burden required under state law to overturn the professional judgment of the City’s staff.

State law says that deference to the professionals takes preference. This means that in appeals, the burden of proof that the staff erred is on the appellants.

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Top 10 stories of 2015 in Sammamish

Sammamish Comment LogoHere are the Top 10 stories in Sammamish for 2015, as measured by readership on Sammamish Comment:

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Precinct-by-precinct analysis of Sammamish City Council election

A precinct-by-precinct analysis of the Nov. 3 Sammamish City Council election demonstrates that development concerns and a muffed plan for the Sahalee Way road projects helped lead the way to victory for Christie Malchow and Tom Hornish over Mark Cross and Tom Vance.

Ramiro Valderrama faced only token opposition, and therefore Sammamish Comment hasn’t spent a lot of time analyzing his race against Hank Klein. Klein dropped out of the race too late to take his name off the ballot. He didn’t campaign or raise money.

Here’s what The Comment’s analysis found:

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Final Nov. 3 Sammamish City Council Results

The final results of the Nov. 3 Sammamish City Council election confirm Christie Malchow, Ramiro Valderrama and Tom Hornish the winners over Mark Cross, Hank Klein and Tom Vance.Final Results 2015

King County Elections posted the results shortly after 4pm today.

As Sammamish Comment reported on Election Night in calling the winners as noted above, the final results didn’t vary more than 1%-2% from Election Night. The three winners increased their vote tally margin daily until returned ballots trickled out.

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One week to vote certification: ballot counting all but over

Nov 16 update

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With one week to go to the certification of the Nov. 3 election, ballot counting is all but over in the Sammamish City Council races.

Only 10 votes were added to the count from Friday to Monday. Christie Malchow, Ramiro Valderrama and Tom Hornish added two, three and four votes respectively to their total gap over their opponents, Mark Cross, Hank Klein and Tom Vance. Vance and Cross have yet to concede to Hornish and Malchow.

Only two more ballots were received from Sammamish Monday, the first since last Thursday. There are about 200 ballots still to be counted, but not all voters have been voting in the City Council races.

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