City pays former City Manager $300,000 to separate

The Sammamish City Council approved a $300,000 payment to

Lyman Howard

former city manager Lyman Howard, to separate from the city, according to a Separation and Release Agreement obtained through a public records request.

Howard’s employment with the city terminated as of August 1, 2018.

The payment includes:

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City council in chaos

In a wild and chaotic meeting Tuesday, dealing with the city manager’s position, concurrency and development the Town Center, it became clear the business of Sammamish is done behind closed doors and that developers’ influence is running strong.  

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In rarity, Sammamish voters have eight good choices

Sammamish Comment begins publishing its endorsements for Sammamish City Council on Wednesday.

Position 1 is followed by 3, 5 and 7 through Saturday. How we arrived at our decisions will be explained tomorrow.

For the first time since Sammamish was incorporated in 1999, citizens have a full slate of candidates that no matter who wins, they will be well served.

In every election in the past where there has been competition (a few elections had unopposed incumbents), there were weak, unqualified, token or self-interested/self-dealing candidates on the ballot.

This isn’t the case this year. Each candidate brings a level of knowledge and expertise that is complimentary in some cases and similar in others.

This doesn’t mean The Comment likes them all equally. We don’t. We will explain why in our endorsements.

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Position 1: Mark Baughman Questionnaire

Mark Baughman

Name:                                  Mark Baughman

Position sought:               City Council Position 1

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Position 1: Jason Ritchie Questionnaire

Jason Ritchie

Name:                                  Jason Ritchie

Position sought:               Sammamish City Council, Position 1

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Election coverage begins today

Sammamish Comment’s coverage of the November 7 election begins later today with a report from last night’s City Council candidates forum.

Here’s what we have planned so far, leading up to the election. The schedule is subject to change and additions:

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City Council Candidates Forum Monday 6pm

The only candidates forum for the Nov. 7 Sammamish City Council election will be Monday, Sept. 25, at City Hall. Details may be found here. Ballots are mailed to voters Oct. 18.

The forum runs from 6pm-8:30pm. Sammamish Comment will be at the forum and provide coverage either that evening or the next day.

The City will tape the forum for broadcast within a few days on Comcast Channel 21 and the City’s website/YouTube channel.

Four Council positions are up for election: 1, 3, 5 and 7. For the first time since 1999, there are no incumbents for these positions. The candidates are (in the order they appear on the ballot):

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