Accusations fly as Council drops committees

By Scott Hamilton

Accusations flew between the two factions of the Sammamish City Council as it considered whether to drop committees in favor of a council Committee of the Whole or some hybrid system.

Motives were questioned, personal attacks flew and “blind ambition” was alleged as interfering with the work of the committees.

Two members claimed the body is a “do-nothing” council.

The meeting again illustrated the dysfunction and political rivalries between the majority and minority factions.

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BREAKING NEWS: A split council votes to make the V/C concurrency standard permanent

By Miki Mullor
Editor

A split Sammamish City Council voted on Thursday night to make the new V/C concurrency standard permanent.

As we reported, the new standard pauses new development approvals until infrastructure can catch up.

Mayor Christie Malchow, Deputy Mayor Karen Moran and Council Members Tom Hornish and Chris Ross voted for keeping the V/C standard.

Council Members Pam Stuart, Ramiro Valderrama and Jason Ritchie voted against it.

More details about the meeting to be reported on later date.

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Hornish will not seek re-election

By Miki Mullor
Editor

Council Member Tom Hornish

Council Member Tom Hornish announced today on Facebook that he will not seek re-election. Hornish will complete his first term at the end of this year:

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Interview with candidate Rituja Indapure

By Celia Wu and Miki Mullor

Rituja Indapure

The Sammamish Comment sat down for an interview with City Council candidate Rituja Indapure. Indapure was a candidate in the 2017 election and lost to now Council Member Chris Ross. In 2018, Indapure was appointed to the City’s Planning Commission.

She has filed for the seat currently held by Tom Hornish, who is completing his first term. He has not declared whether he will run for another four-year term.

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Ritchie accuses the council majority of denying a debate on plastic bags ban; Malchow denies

Miki Mullor
Editor

  • Ritchie and Ross trade heated text messages
  • The legislative committee failed to get the required three votes for a proclamation
  • Discussion on the plastic bag ban postponed

The dysfunction of Sammamish City Council reached new levels over a proclamation in support of Senate Bill 5323 that calls for a state-wide plastic bag ban and a 5 cents tax for paper bags.

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Mayor Christie Malchow will not seek re-election

By Miki Mullor
Editor

Mayor Malchow

Mayor Christie Malchow announced today on her Facebook page today that she will not seek re-election. Malchow’s seat is up for election this year.

Malchow is completing her first term.

Malchow’s Facebook post:

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City Manager Finalists Announced, Public Reception Scheduled

By Miki Mullor
Editor

  • Six finalists selected for a final round of interviews.
  • A public reception is scheduled for Friday, March 15, 6:30 pm at City Hall.
  • A full panel interviews by the Council is scheduled for Sunday, March 17, 3 pm.

The Sammamish City Council has identified six finalists in the search for a new city manager. Current Interim City Manager Larry Patterson is leaving after running the day-to-day operations in the city on an interim basis for the past six months.

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