Planning Commissioner Rituja Indapure, who ran for Sammamish City Council in 2017, has announced today on her Facebook page a campaign for city council in 2019.
After losing the 2017 to Council Member Chris Ross, Indapure was appointed in 2018 to the Planning Commission by City Council.
Indapure is the first person to announce candidacy for the city council in the November 2019 election.
She, along with Ross, won the 2017 August primary in a three person race. Ross received about 52% of the primary vote and went on to win the general election by a similar margin.
The Comment endorsed Indapure in that race.
This year, three seats are up for election, held by incumbents Mayor Christie Malchow, Tom Hornish, each completing their first terms; and Ramiro Valderrama, who is completing his second term. None has indicated reelection plans.
The Sammamish community is acting to counter a series of racist graffiti vandalism in the Klahanie area, organizing a rally tomorrow (see below) and GoFundMe campaigns in support of the victims.
Some residents of Klahanie woke up Feb. 20 to racist graffiti scrawled over their property.
According to Sergeant Christine Elias of the Sammamish Police Department, 17 people were targets, with reports still coming in Friday. Property vandalized included cars, garage doors, mail boxes, street signs, and even a cement dumpster.
Nearly two dozen residents from the Timberline and Hidden Ridge subdivisions protested Tuesday over the possibility that Sammamish might consider removing the 42nd St. barricade, a controversial idea that previous city councils rejected.
The barricade has safety and design issues that residents say make removing it dangerous.
City officials previously considered it as a way to improve connectivity and traffic flow in the far northwest corner of the city and to relieve traffic pressure on SR202 from Sahalee Way.
Feb. 19, 2019: The Sammamish city manager is laying the groundwork to the city council to impose the first utility tax of up to 3%, to begin imposing annual 1% property tax increases and to undertake pinpoint traffic improvements—including the controversial removal of the 42nd St. barricade in Timberline.
In a 4/3 split vote, Sammamish City Council voted to officially oppose Sen. Palumbo’s bill to mandate upzoning in areas within the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB).
Council member Chris Ross said:
“I am very strongly against ceding control over our community… to allow the state to take over our planning and treating an urban rural suburb [Sammamish] the same as core urban city like Seattle is completely irresponsible”.
As 2019 prepares to arrive, it’s time for a fresh approach to how this city is governed.
The city council, administration and staff has been consumed by traffic concurrency, the resulting building moratorium and related development regulations all year—really, since October 2017, when the moratorium was adopted to give the government time to sort out the concurrency issues.
These issues consumed the city nearly to the exclusion of all else.