Sammamish City Council leadership advanced the first and second readings of the enabling ordinance for the Initiative and Referendum from July 21 and September 1 to July 14 and July 21, calling a special meeting of the Sammamish City Council for this Tuesday.
City Manager Ben Yacizi told Sammamish Comment that the Council decided to get the first and second readings completed before the August recess.
The cover page to the Special Meeting, for which the first reading of the ordinance is the only item on the agenda, is below the jump.
The Council meeting was originally scheduled as a Study Session to discussion the Comprehensive Plan updates.
As November fades to December and the last City Council meetings in Sammamish of the year, Members are going to be considering whether to grant citizens the right to Initiative.
The City Council has to allow this right—it didn’t come as part of incorporation.
The request for the right to Initiative comes from long-simmering frustration with the City and a perception that neither the Council nor the employees listen to Citizens.
As with most things, the reality is more a shade of gray than black and white. But there is certainly enough evidence over the course of the City’s 13 year history to understand the pent-up frustration.