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Homeless camps on hold

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Burning down the house

By Ari Cetron

Tent City IV hadn’t quite left Sammamish yet when the City Council decided it wouldn’t be coming back for at least six months. On Jan. 14, the council voted 5-2 to impose a six-month moratorium on even considering homeless camps in the city while it works out more permanent regulations. Councilman Ramiro Valderrama and Councilwoman Nancy Whitten were opposed. Tent City, a traveling camp of homeless people, moved to Sammamish behind Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in October and left Jan. 19. For a few days, it seemed the camp might remain in Sammamish and move to Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, but that plan fell through. See TENT, Page 3

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Lt. Mark Vetter (left), incident commander for the final burn of the Kellman mansion, and Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighter Jamee Mahoney, look on while the exterior entryway ceiling falls. The onetime home was deliberately burned to the ground Jan. 13. For more photos, see Page 10.

King County Executive Dow Constantine on Jan. 14 proposed an April 22 vote on a tax measure to sustain current service levels at Metro Transit and to support county and city road departments. County voters would decide whether to increase sales taxes for 10 years by a tenth of a penny per dollar and to enact a flat $60-a-year car-tab fee with no expiration date, if the Metropolitan King County Council adopts his plan. Together the new revenue would provide $80 million for See TRANSIT, Page 3

Lake Washington District asks voters for $755 million By Ari Cetron

Kerri Nielsen wants Lake Washington School District voters to agree to go in debt by more than three-quarters of a billion dollars. Lake Washington officials are staring at a projected 4,000 new students over the next eight years. With many schools currently at or over capacity, and since they need to find a seat for each and every one of those potential students, the district is proposing selling $755 million worth of bonds to finance a district-wide construction bonanza.

“Yes, it is a large amount of money,” Nielsen said. “But where else do we put 4,000 more kids?” But there are some in the district who oppose the bond sale, saying it’s inefficient and won’t help move students out of portables. The bonds would be sold to finance construction and major renovations of schools across the district over the next eight years, but the debt would be around longer. The bond would add about 53 cents per $1,000 to property taxes for the next 20 years, according to district calculations. For the

owner of a $500,000 home, that means an increase of $265 per year. If approved, the bond might just be the largest in state history. In data from the state’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction going back to 2008 (the oldest available), the next highest amount is a $545 million bond floated by Bellevue in 2008. The next closest after that is $500 million in Tacoma last year. Nothing else comes close. The bond would fund replacements, renovations, additions and construction of new schools across the district. In

Sammamish, it would pay for the replacement of Margaret Mead Elementary School, an addition at Eastlake High School, and the construction of an internationally-focused magnet high school on district-owned land in front of Eastside Catholic School along 228th Avenue. Across the rest of the district, it would pay to build two new elementary schools in Redmond, one in Kirkland and one new middle school. It would fund additions at Lake Washington High School and create a scienceand technology-focused magnet high school on the west side of

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the district. It would also replace Juanita High School, Kamiakan Middle School and Kirk Elementary School in Kirkland; and Evergreen Middle School and Rockwell Elementary School in Redmond. Those opposed to the bond generally say it should focus on renovations instead on replacements. Susan Wilkins, of Redmond, acknowledges the current buildings could use a facelift, but asserts that tearing them down

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Council discusses EFR agreement By Ari Cetron

Although approval on a new agreement for Eastside Fire & Rescue seems assured, two members of the Sammamish City Council raised concerns during a Jan. 14 council meeting. The city has been negotiating with the other members of EFR for several months. The main issue involves a funding formula, which Sammamish officials say caused the city to subsidize fire service for other members. The consortium of Sammamish, Issaquah, North Bend and Fire Districts 10 and 38 has been providing fire and emergency services to the region since 1999. The funding model had been based solely on property values. As a result, Sammamish, with its expensive homes and relatively low number of emergency calls, was overpaying for service, city officials said. Sammamish managed

to negotiate a new funding model, which incorporated calls for service into the formula. The result is projected to save Sammamish more than $400,000 per year once it’s fully implemented. The city also pushed for some changes to the interlocal agreement that underpins the agency. In general, the changes simply clarified the existing situation. Some of these changes, when taken together, concern Sammamish Councilwoman Nancy Whitten. Whitten, who said she’s felt shut out of the process by the rest of the council, noted three changes in particular. Any one of them might be OK, but taken together, she fears they spell trouble. The new agreement calls for approving the budget with a vote of five members of the EFR board; previously, votes had been weighted depending on the dollar See EFR, Page 6


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and rebuilding new buildings is an inefficient use of funds. “They are all really nice, well-built schools. Spending nearly $400 million for more modernization is just too much,” she wrote in an email. Instead, she and Paul Hall, who is also opposed to the bond, say the schools could be renovated for a fraction of the cost. This would allow the district to spread its money further, and help to reduce overcrowding and reliance on portables. School officials disagree. In a letter to the Kirkland City Council, Lake Washington Superintendent Traci Pierce wrote that the rebuilds are necessary. The buildings in question are old and do not reflect modern design standards, she said. For example, the amount of square footage per student has gone up since construction, even though state standards may not reflect this. She also points to things like schools with breeze-

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Levies also on the ballot

While the proposed Lake Washington School District bond measure is easily the biggest choice on the ballot, there will also be a pair of proposed levies. The two levies are to replace existing levies that will expire at year’s end. Each levy would last for four years. Taken together, they would represent a net increase of 28 cents per $1,000 dollars of assessed value above the current levies. For the owner of a $500,000 home, that amounts to a $140-per-year year tax hike. As district voters have likely become accustomed to, these levies support a wide array of school programs and fund more than 20 percent of the district’s day-to-day spending. “I’m still just amazed that more money does not come from the state,” said Kerri Nielsen, a member of the committee supporting the levies. There is no organized opposition to the levies. The first levy is a standard educational program and operation levy. This levy funds basic school district operations, including things like teacher salaries and other day-to-day expenses. The levy is used to make up the difference between the amount of money the state gives the district and the

ways instead of indoor hallways as reasons needed for the complete replacement of a school instead of a renovation. While everyone loves to hate portables, Nielsen

amount it actually costs the district to operate. The existing levy costs property owners $1.78 per $1,000, and the replacement would increase that to $1.85. A proposed $41.6 million levy for facilities and technology, replacing two existing levies, will cost 91 cents per $1,000, a 21-cent increase from the existing levies. This levy would fund a number of capital projects, generally major renovations. Some include behind-the-scenes projects, like working on fire alarms, ventilation and hot-water systems. The district would spend $21.2 million on these projects. Another part of this levy would spend $4.8 million on upgrading playfields and athletic facilities. It also includes $9.3 million for adding and replacing portable classrooms, and another $6.3 million to bring buildings up to code, improve traffic flow and install identification card systems for entrances at all sites. The rest of the levy is for technology. It calls for $85.6 million to fund replacements of aging computer systems and computer networks, and replace classroom computers and other classroom technology. It would also fund the purchase of instructional software, business and technology systems, and additional staff training.

points out that they are simply likely to be part of schools as long as there is growth. If, for example, a school is over capacity by 15 or 20 students – and other

nearby schools are also at capacity – it would be a waste of money for the district to build a whole new school, she said. Instead, Nielsen said, the district must wait until a new school would be nearly at capacity, otherwise they’ve overbuilt and wasted money by having empty classrooms. Nielsen also notes that a 2010 bond issue for $234 million failed. When that happened, the district had to scramble to find places for the students. “It’s been, ‘Let’s stick a Band-Aid here, let’s stick a Band-Aid here,” Nielsen said. The backlog of projects from that bond proposal is likely responsible for some of the cost of this one, she said. “It really is a lot like deferred maintenance on a home,” she said. “It definitely becomes more costly in the long run.” Nielsen, a real estate broker, also makes the argument that newer schools help everyone maintain property values. She said older schools make potential homebuyers think twice, if not leave an area completely. As a result, she said, newer schools help everyone, even if they don’t have children in the schools. “This is what we want for our community,” she said. “This is what we want for our kids.”



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The camp was permitted under a general type of temporary permit, which city leaders say is not ideal. They wanted time to gather input from residents and develop regulations that can work for the city. Under state law, and based on legal precedents citing freedom of religion, churches and other religious institutions have a right to host such encampments, said Kamuron Gurol, Sammamish’s development director. Municipalities have a right to regulate the time, place and manner in which the encampments take place. Sammamish’s new regulations will seek to balance those


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transit and $50 million for roads the first year, the county predicts. In addition, King County Metro Transit fares would increase 25 cents in March 2015. That would boost the top fare to $3.25 for a peak, two-zone adult trip through Seattle and a suburb. Also, for people earning less than twice the poverty level, a flat $1.50 Metro fare would be established in March 2015. A single person with less than $23,000 in annual income would qualify, or a family of four at less than $47,000. Metro predicts it would sell up to 100,000 lowincome ORCA passes, said spokeswoman Rochelle Ogershok. The low-income fare would be electroniconly, not cash. The seniordisabled fare, now 75

Police have responded to 30 calls in Tent City IV over the last three months, said Sammamish Police Chief Nate Elledge. However, he was quick to add that does not mean there were 30 criminal incidents. One of the more serious incidents occurred Jan. 9 when a man was arrested for possession of methamphetamines. The arrest came after a joint investigation with the King County Sheriff’s Office. The man said he had sold methamphetamines to other Tent interests. Gurol noted that almost every city in the region has regulations governing homeless camps, and so Sammamish will be able to learn from the experiences of others. By developing regulations, Gurol said, the city will have a chance to gather information from all interested parties.

cents, would become $1 in March 2015. King County has warned for months that without a new revenue source, Metro transit service would have to be cut by up to 17 percent — deleting 74 routes and changing scores of others. County leaders in 2013 asked the Legislature to allow a county-only, cartab tax based on a vehicle’s value; the Legislature didn’t act. Key state legislators, notably Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, D-Medina, have insisted that local transit taxes be yoked to a statewide highway plan, to prevent protransit voters from turning against gas taxes and highways. Constantine finally decided to go ahead and act alone — his “Plan B” — because state lawmakers don’t appear ready to tackle the problem anytime

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City residents earlier in the day, but none were found. Elledge said he would likely be charged with felony narcotics possession. As will one other man, who was arrested Dec. 18 at the police station. Beyond those two, Elledge said, incidents were minor. Calls could have been for a range of issues, such as welfare checks, trespassing or a warrant arrest. The vast majority of the calls involved police helping resolve internal disputes. Some of the calls turned out to be unfounded, Elledge said.

Some in the city are opposed to the regulations. Resident Christina Pribbernow said she is against any type of homeless encampment, and would rather see things like more affordable housing or increased minimum wages as ways of addressing homelessness. Anna Low, a Tent City resi-

soon by allowing other varieties of local taxes, or even agreeing on a $10 billion highway package. Move King County Now, the official campaign for the proposed April ballot measure, registered with the state last week. Board members include Rob Johnson, executive director of the Transportation Choices Coalition; and David Freiboth, executive secretary of the M.L. King County Labor Council; and Jon Scholes, vice president for advocacy and economic development for the Downtown Seattle Association. Johnson said the campaign is seeking $500,000 to sway voters in the unusual special election, which he thinks may attract 30 percent voter turnout. “Ladies and gentlemen, we are out of time,” Constantine said at the news conference. “We

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He noted that 30 seemed to be an unusual number of calls, compared to the experiences of other cities that have recently hosted the encampment. About 15 calls came during the first 60 days, while the other 15 came during the last 30. There were a total of eight arrests made during Tent City IV’s stay, Elledge said. He said officers have made a total of 119 checks through Tent City as part of their regular patrols. Elledge also stressed that officers have had many positive interactions with Tent City residents.

dent, spoke to the council, thanking them on behalf of the rest of the camp. She noted that most people in the city had been supportive and incredibly generous, and the interest in the camp has been overwhelming. Sammamish resident C.J. Kahler was opposed to the way the council was adopting the

cannot responsibly wait another year in hopes the Legislature will act.” Metro buses carried 392,000 passengers per weekday in November. Ridership has grown, though the downtown freeride area was canceled in fall 2012. Metro blames its budget problems on the Great Recession, which caused a $1.3 billion loss of expected revenue since 2008. Unlike many large transit agencies, Metro managed to sustain service hours by drawing down cash reserves, reorganizing schedules and collecting a flat $20 car-tab fee, which ends in mid-2014. Fares have increased $1 since the 2008 recession. But even with recent increases, fares cover less than 30 percent of Metro’s operating budget — $640 million this year. Sales taxes supply more than half of that, and Tuesday’s proposal would raise


moratorium. The council enacted it as emergency legislation, meaning it can make it effective immediately, and they don’t have to hold a public hearing before voting. However, a public hearing on the issue has been scheduled for March 5.

Metro’s share from 0.9 cent to 1 cent on a $1 purchase. Sound Transit collects another 0.9 cent, and a cartab tax. Without more money, Metro routes to downtown from West Seattle and White Center would be the first cut, when state transit grants related to Highway 99 construction run out. Tim Eyman, who makes his living promoting initiatives, said: “A $60 car tab tax was recently rejected by tax-friendly Seattle voters. There is zero chance King County voters will OK these massive tax increases.” Meanwhile, King County roads are crumbling, largely because city annexations have depleted the county’s property-tax base. Some

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rural roads are reverting to gravel, and snow response will be curtailed. An estimated 35 bridges and 72 miles of road are at risk of decline, said Councilmember Joe McDermott of West Seattle. A solid majority of the County Council members support a local transportation vote. Councilmember Jane Hague of Kirkland said the county has a thriving economy that needs to be sustained. “We were not elected to minimize and dysfunction some of our basic infrastructure,” Hague said. The council ought to listen to the public, as well as act in the coming weeks as it hammers out a detailed plan, she said.



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Review editorial Vote yes for all school measures Everyone in Sammamish is going to have a chance to weigh in on school-related tax increases. Residents in both of the city’s two major school districts will have measures on the ballot. There is no doubt that voters should approve all of the various bond and levy requests on the Feb. 11 ballot arriving in mailboxes this week. The biggest ticket item is the Lake Washington district proposing a three-quarter of a billion dollar bond. It’s a lot of money, but it’s worth the price. Student populations are growing and will continue to do so. The district doesn’t have the option of saying it’s full, they must have a seat for each student who shows up. Voters rejected a bond in 2010, but the needs that bond was designed to address haven’t gone away – they’ve intensified. Beyond Lake Washington’s bond, both districts have levies to support their day-to-day operations. The levies are all replacement levies, while they represent a tax increase, they are not a new tax. Issaquah’s Maintenance and Operations levy last’s four years and pays about 21 percent of district classroom costs. Lake Washington’s Educational Programs and Operations levy serves the same role and pays 22 percent of that district’s costs. Those two are, perhaps, the most important of the levy questions, and their passage is most critical to district operations. Both districts also have a four-year capital levy that seeks technology funds and building repairs. Computer replacement and upgrades are a way of life in today’s world, and maintenance of our school buildings is not an option. Issaquah voters also have a transportation levy proposed for one year, buying 71 more fuel-efficient school buses with higher safety standards. Teachers and computers are the foundation of a good education. Neither the state nor the federal government offers help in funding technology, but few would argue that computers are an unnecessary expense in educating tomorrow’s leaders. Building repairs may not directly benefit education, but are essential components of district operations. Everyone in society benefits from quality public schools. Vote yes on all of the bond and levy measures

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Sammamish Forum Save the trees In response to the article “City to begin review of tree preservation guidelines.” What guidelines? I certainly don’t see any tree preservation whatsoever. I live on 211th Avenue Northeast, and I can tell you for a fact that no such guidelines seem to exist! And no, it’s not a perception issue (City Manager Ben) Yazici. Since I moved here seven years ago, there has been one house after another built around me. They are just starting on No. 11 down the street and 12 on the next street over. And of these 12 houses not one freaking tree was saved! These lots were all bought by developers, broken apart into 50-foot sections per house and clear cut. And for good reason, as you can’t really fit much more on a 50 foot lot other than a house and driveway. Which begs the question, what happened to the impermeable surface guidelines? Not to mention the fact that the houses are going up at twice the density of the R-4 zoning they are being built on! Anyone at City Hall care to comment on that? Come on! Seriously? You’re going to discuss guidelines that clearly either don’t exist or you don’t adhere to? All I can gather from this is that someone’s probably getting rich off of all this construction, and it’s the people that live here paying the price. I can’t speak for everyone, but the reason I moved here sure wasn’t for a feeling of being jam packed with houses, without a tree in sight. I would have gone to Seattle for that. What residents here in Sammamish want more development? Please raise your hand. Because I’d bet it

would be a quick count of about 20 people (the City Council, Planning Commission, and Yazici). Francis Jaros Sammamish

Support Lake Washington measures Please join me in supporting our local public schools with a big “Yes” vote on the Feb. 11 ballot. This year, the Lake Washington School District is asking you to renew the fouryear Education Programs and Operations Levy; renew the four- year Technology and Computer Levy; and approve a 20-year bond measure. The bond issue would raise $755 million to build schools needed to house a projected growth of 2,400 students over the next four years. These measures are a bargain, in my view, since the overall tax rate will be $4.73 per $1,000 of assessed value. This amounts to an increase of only $365 for many of us. Lake Washington School District has a consistent record of accountability, using local dollars exactly as portrayed and voted upon, within budget, for sustaining high performing public schools. Doug Eglingtgon The writer was a member of the Lake Washington School Board

Support Issaquah levies Did you know Washington ranks 43 out of 50 states in per pupil education funding per “Education Week,” and Issaquah ranks 292 out of 295 in Washington school districts in state per-pupil education funding? This is still true even with the McCleary decision. State funding hasn’t changed enough to bring us anywhere close to a

national average. So how is the per-pupil funding so low, and our schools so great? Issaquah counts on every single levy dollar to make it work. The Issaquah School District has the lowest administrative costs as a percentage of their budget of any other district in King County. A 2011 study by the Center for American Progress ranked Issaquah as the No. 1 district in the state for return on educational investment. The district manages its resources with extreme care and has very talented teachers and staff excelling in their jobs. So, yes, we really do have great schools, but we are only one levy failure away from losing that greatness. The Maintenance and Operations Levy alone makes up 21 percent of the district’s total operating budget. On Feb. 11, we have a chance to keep our schools and community strong. I encourage you to vote yes 3 times for Issaquah Schools. It takes the renewal of the Maintenance and Operations Levy, the School Bus Levy, and the Capital Levy to keep our schools great. Lisa Callan The writer is a member of the Issaquah School Board

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Improving education in our backyard and beyond By Andy Hill and Steve Litzow

As state senators representing Sammamish, in addition to much of King County’s Eastside, we were sent to Olympia to address our community’s priorities: education, transportation, public safety and responsible budgeting. As members of the community who have spent time in the class-

room and converse with our friends and neighbors, parents and teachers, small-business owners and large employers, we share the number-one priority to educate all children for the future good of our state. While our area features some of the best public-school districts in Washington, the schools, districts and state should continually look for ways

to improve and embrace innovation. Furthermore, we appreciate the discussions we have with area residents who, like us, are not only concerned about education in our own backyard, but with providing a 21st-century education to all students throughout the entire state of Washington. Children who receive a quality eduSee EDUCATE, Page 6

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amounts a partner contributes. The new agreement, which is for seven years, also removes a clause that would allow for any partner to leave after giving 18 months’ notice. Whitten said there could be a hypothetical situation where the board votes to spend money on something Sammamish doesn’t want, and the city would have no choice but to contribute. “We could get stuck

with something we didn’t approve,” Whitten said. “If we objected, we’re still paying our share.” Whitten said she did not necessarily want to scuttle the agreement over the possibility, but she is worried. Councilwoman Kathleen Huckabay reiterated her concerns that Station 81, near Pine Lake, is considered a “move-up station.” Such stations are used to fill in if there is an emergency in an area typically covered by another station, but firefighters there are busy on another call. Huckabay fears that in that case, firefighters from

Station 81 would not be available in their first duty area, meaning that people in distress would have to wait longer as responders come from further away. In particular, she noted residents along the Lake Sammamish shoreline, which can be difficult to access from other stations in the region. EFR Deputy Chief Wes Collins pointed out that, in essence, all stations are “move-up stations.” The dispatch system is constantly evaluating which units are on call and which units are available, so it can always send the closest available unit.

SAMMAMISH REVIEW “The system is in constant motion,” he said. He noted that Station 81 tends to be frequently called on in that capacity. As a result, the new funding model recognizes that, and Sammamish ends up with a bit of a price discount to reflect how often it happens. Councilman Tom Odell countered that even though units are constantly in motion, something has to give. “Eventually, you run out of people and you have to shut something down,” he said.

Odell echoed Huckabay’s concerns about the shoreline area, saying those situations happen a few dozen times per year. The Sammamish council still has not formally voted on the new agreement. The agreement has been approved by North Bend and Fire District 10. The city of Issaquah was set to vote on Jan. 21. The status of District 38 is unclear, Collins said. The Sammamish City Council was set to vote Jan. 21, after press deadlines. The vote will likely contain

a clause that Sammamish’s approval is predicated on the approval of all other partners. If the new agreement is not approved by all partners by the end of January, Sammamish will submit notice that it intends to withdraw from the partnership by the end of 2014 and start its own fire department. That plan is also conditional. If all parties approve the agreement by the end of February, Sammamish could rescind the withdrawal notice.


Sammamish for 90 days, during which there has been no move toward starting the regulatory process. Whitten noted that the current way of permitting Tent City does not allow for much community involvement. The current permitting process, she said, does not even require that neighbors get advance notice of the camp’s imminent arrival. Whitten was supportive of Tent City in general, but said the city needed to find a way to allow the camp that worked with the residents. “Having Tent City is going to be a recurring phenomenon that we welcome, but we need to do it in a way that’s fair to the neighbors,” she said.

Councilman Tom Odell noted the council and Planning Commission have had a full plate for the past three months. Any potential regulations would first need to be vetted by the commission. Odell also said there was a lot of emotions surrounding the encampment’s initial application, but now that the city has had time to digest what it means to host Tent City, it will be better positioned to write meaningful regulations. The Planning Commission will begin its work on Tent City regulations soon. If the city finishes developing regulations before the six-month time frame, it can end the moratorium early.

works for all children. When we first had the opportunity to craft the state budget in 2013, we provided an additional $1 billion for basic education, kept tuition from rising at state colleges and universities for the first time since 1986, and did both without general tax increases. It was a great first step

toward meeting our goals and demonstrated substantive change in how Olympia sets and fulfills its priorities. With 2014 comes another opportunity to plan for necessary educationfunding increases while researching and moving forward with systemic reforms that will make a difference. During the coming months of the short 60-day session that began Jan. 13, we are committed to continue working with our colleagues in the Senate, House of Representatives and governor’s office in a bipartisan manner to find solutions and get results. The effects of improved educational outcomes are good for Sammamish and good for Washington.

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Kahler noted that there have been minimal problems at Tent City IV, and questioned why there was an emergency. “Everything I’ve heard has been a clean slate,” he said. The emergency nature of the legislation is what troubled Valderrama. He said he wondered if the council was overstepping its authority in enacting it as an emergency. He noted that there were no other homeless-encampment applications on the immediate horizon, and that Tent City IV has been in


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Sen. Andy Hill, of Redmond, represents the northern half of Sammamish and is chairman of the Senate budget-writing committee. Sen. Steve Litzow, of Mercer Island, represents the southern half of Sammamish and is chairman of the Senate’s education committee.


POlice Blotter Car prowl A Sammamish man reported someone entered his car on the 1100 block of 222nd Place Northeast between Jan. 10 and 14. He believes the car was locked. However, the police officer said he found no damage to the car, meaning it was likely unlocked. It appears nothing was taken from the car.


Some time between 7 p.m. and 8:56 p.m. Dec. 31 someone threw rocks through the windows of a home and vehicle on the 2400 block of 204th Terrace Northeast. The homeowner said he did not know why someone would want to do that to him. He also noted he’d had some other small nuisances such as people ringing the doorbell and running.

Burglary A Sammamish woman reported someone broke

into her family’s home on the 4000 block of 208th Avenue Northeast between 9:15 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. Jan. 8. The suspect broke a window near the door, and then likely reached through to unlock and open it. Missing from the house were financial documents, passports, social security cards, jewelry and camera lenses.

Missing wallet A woman reported that someone took her wallet from her purse while she was shopping at the Pine Lake QFC at about 1 p.m. Jan. 9.

Party time A police officer responded to a report of a party on the 4200 block of 206th Avenue Southeast at 10:10 p.m. Jan. 11. Upon arrival he noticed a vehicle with three teenage girls in it. They had a bottle of gin in their possession, and gave it to the officer upon request. One of the girls said she’d had a sip of the gin, which the officer found consistent with the amount missing from the bottle. He contacted her parents who came to pick her up. Since

the girl was cooperative and did not appear drunk, he let her off with a warning. The gin was disposed of.

Found the mail A Sammamish woman reported finding a pile of mail on a lot near the intersection of 215th Place Southeast and Southeast 20th Street the morning of Jan. 10. There was mail there from nine different homes in the area. Police took custody of the mail, most of which was “junk.”

Tent city troubles A man was arrested for causing a disturbance as he was leaving Tent City IV Jan. 4. He later returned to retrieve his goods, and still later was told by another resident that someone had entered his tent and taken some of his things. The man called to report the missing items and

January 22, 2014 said he had left Tent City peacefully. The officer taking the call happened to be one of those who had arrested him when he left and informed the man of that, disproving his story of leaving peacefully. The man then began to yell and curse at the officer before hanging up. The officer took the statement as the man declining to continue reporting the theft of his missing items.

Officers arrested the other man.

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block of Southeast Seventh Place reported someone took a pair of packages from his front porch at 5 See BLOTTER, Page 16

Tent City fight Officers responded when one Tent City resident accused another of hitting him the morning of Jan. 9. There had been some bad blood between the pair for a couple of days. The man said he’d been hit three times in the face. A witness said he was hit in the stomach. The responding officer said he did not notice and swelling or redness near where the man said he was hit.

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Several of the 30 firefighters from Eastside Fire & Rescue, on site for the final burn, face the mansion from the driveway as more and more fire comes from the structure.

The empty mansion owned by the city of Sammamish becomes fully involved in flame.

EFR burns down Kellman house

Flames that have collapsed the roof of the Kellman mansion spring into the air as incident commander Lt. Mark Vetter (left) and other firefighters keep an eye on the structure, letting it burn itself out after serving for six weeks as a training facility. ‘This has been a godsend for us, giving us the ability to practice,’ said Eastside Fire & Rescue deputy chief Greg Tryon.

Eastside Fire & Rescue fire hoses charged with water lay in the front yard after drenching the landscape around the Kellman mansion, as smoke begins to come from the windows Jan. 13 during the final burn.

Photos by Greg Farrar

The Kellman House finally met its end Jan. 6, after sitting in limbo for years. The home was loaned to Eastside Fire & Rescue to use for training. Firefighters conducted a series of controlled burns over the course of a few weeks before the final burn. Don Morkin built the house in 1978. He sold the property to Sanford Kellman in 1990. The home was originally 5,600 square foot, but later had a 2,600 square foot addition. It sits on 9.4 acres. The city of Sammamish bought the property in 2006 for $3.25 million. The city had for years discussed what it should do with the home, considering renovating and updating it for use by the community. In the end, the land it sat on

A big ball of fire leaps into the air after a portion of the roof collapses. was worth more than the house, which had fallen into disrepair. The city will build the new com-

munity center on the site – construction is slated to start later this year.

Lt. Mark Vetter, incident commander for Eastside Fire & Rescue’s Kellman mansion practice exercise, looks through a front window as the fire set for the final burn begins to take off.


January 22, 2014

Speaker extolls diversity at Skyline By Neil Pierson

When he was a ninthgrader, Jamie Utt was subjected to some of the most hurtful insults of his life, but it took the simple actions of one person to reinforce his sense of selfworth. Utt shared his upbringing – and his message for creating a positive culture – to Skyline High School Jan. 17 as part of the school’s recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. A former teacher who has traveled the nation since 2004 as a professional diversity consultant and trainer, Utt spoke for an hour in front of the entire 2,000-student body at Skyline. He met with a smaller group of students after school, encouraging them to implement specific strategies toward a safer and more inclusive community. Utt, who also spoke at Liberty High in Issaquah that morning, told the story of how one person – a relative stranger – helped change his life early in high school. Classmates constantly teased Utt about his physical appearance, but one of the school’s most popular girls changed his outlook with a few kind words. “You’ve got the most beautiful smile I’ve ever seen,” the girl told him. Utt eventually became student body president and captain of his soccer team as a senior. He parlayed that into a successful academic career, earning a bachelor’s degree in peace and global studies, and a master’s degree in teaching. An important sociological phenomenon toward changing a school’s culture, Utt said, is the idea of “critical mass.” The concept states that once a certain percentage of people support an idea – between 15 and 35 percent – the entire population can be open to it.

Photo by Neil Pierson

Jamie Utt visited Skyline High School Jan. 17 to help students create a safer, more welcoming community.

Once, while traveling on a bus, Utt encountered a budding domestic violence situation in which a man was verbally abusing a woman, calling her sexist names and accusing her of infidelity. When the man raised his hand to strike the woman, Utt grabbed him. And when the man turned on Utt, other bus passengers responded and held him back, eventually ejecting him from the bus. “One person needed to speak up … and the whole bus was on board,” Utt said. Utt received a warm response throughout his speech, and Skyline students said the assembly had a positive impact. “I judge people every single day in the hallways – unfortunately, that’s the truth,” said junior Hamilton Wasnick. “… I think this is the first year where I truly realized how I look at people differently,

and how I shouldn’t be.” Wasnick said he hasn’t witnessed much bullying at Skyline, but his sister was alienated at a former school and eventually left because of the abuse. He also indicated that racial prejudice is an underlying issue at Skyline, and that Utt’s message could be a way to address it. “We do have a large Asian and Indian population, so I think that might be good that we can apply it to them,” he said. “There are people who say mean things to those kids.” Margaret Gifford, a senior, said gossiping and talking behind another person’s back is something she often sees around school “It’s nice when we have these assemblies that remind us how important it is just to take small steps – stand up for someone or compliment them, because those are the things that can mean the most sometimes,” Gifford said. Freshman Alex Elevathingal said verbal abuse – name-calling and crude insults – are a common occurrence around school. He appreciated Utt’s call to stand up for others. “The assembly definitely was a game-changer for me because I know it happens a lot in school, but I haven’t done much about it, even though I’ve been told to,” he said. At the after-school gathering, Utt spoke about specific strategies for improving the culture. Another key concept, he said, is interrupting negative behavior in “measurable

and replicable ways.” An example he shared came from his days as a teacher. When a student used a derogatory word for a person’s sexuality, he asked them to use a different word, then reminded the entire class why the word was offensive. “It interrupted the behavior, and it was measurable and replicable, so everybody could do it,” Utt said.






January 22, 2014


Second-half surge powers Lady Wolves, 69-57 By Neil Pierson

With her team trailing by three points at halftime, and facing the possibility of their first loss

in conference play this season, Eastlake High coach Sara Goldie implored her team to get back to the basics. The Lady Wolves listened,

Photo by Greg Farrar

Alex Daugherty (23), Skyline High School senior guard, puts up two points during the first quarter as Skyline junior guard Ellie Woerner defends in their Jan. 15 basketball game.

and responded with a 26-point third-quarter barrage, taking control of the host Skyline Spartans for a 69-57 victory in a Class 4A KingCo Conference girls basketball game on Jan. 15. Goldie said it was a pleasure to see the turnaround, which she believes was sparked by the team’s love for each other, and a desire to play well for their coaches. “The message was, ‘Play Lady Wolves basketball,’ and that’s what they did in the second half,” she said. “We knew coming in, Skyline’s a great team. They’re going to come after us, and they’re going to give us a great game, and they did to the very end.” “I think we just need to respect every opponent that we come up against … and I think if we come out and play the way we know how to, that won’t happen again,” said Eastlake junior Ellie Woerner, who led her team with 18 points. Skyline coach Greg Bruns lauded his team for playing a complete game through the first 16 minutes. The Spartans forced several turnovers, turned them into easy baskets, and took a 31-28 lead to intermission. “That was probably our best half of the year right there,” Bruns said. “If we can put two of those halves together, we’re going to be pretty tough. That’s the magic tonic for us the rest of the year, is just to try to find that.” Alex Daugherty, a senior guard, spurred Skyline (7-5 overall, 2-5 conference) for much of the game. She had seven points in the first quarter as the Spartans

Photo by Greg Farrar

Maggie Douglas (44), Eastlake High School senior post, reaches in trying to strip the ball from Skyline senior post Bryn deVita during the first quarter of their Jan. 15 basketball game. emerged with a 17-16 lead. Late tive 3-pointers to forge a 34-34 tie, in the second period, she scored and Rachel Lorentson followed four quick points – a transiwith two more treys. tion layup, followed by two free Haleigh Boe, who came off the throws – to keep her team in bench to contribute nine points, front at the break. finished a 3-point play in transiDaugherty, who averages tion off a good pass from Elise 6.5 points per game, ended up Morrison, stretching the Wolves’ with a career-high 20 on a varilead to 54-43 after three quarters. ety of jumpers, drives and free “In the second half, we came throws. out and we were really support“That’s what she’s totally capa- ing each other and talking on ble of – she made some tough defense,” Woerner said, “and that shots to get those 20,” Bruns said. helped us gain momentum, and it “That was definitely one of Alex’s created our offense for us.” better games, and not necessarMaddie Adamson hit a 3-pointily offensively, but defensively as er to cut Skyline’s deficit to seven well.” points with 31.5 seconds left, but However, the lead didn’t stand the Spartans didn’t get any closer. up for Skyline. Eastlake (11-1, Woerner had a key steal, and the 7-0) turned up its defensive presWolves hit five of their last six sure to start the second half, and attempts at the free-throw line to got its perimeter shooters in a polish things off. rhythm. Elizabeth Tracy hit consecuSee GIRLS, Page 13

Woerner, Lester rally Wolves basketball past Spartans By Neil Pierson

The play is called “Money,” and Davis Woerner made sure it was worth every cent. Needing a clutch shot late in regulation, Eastlake High boys basketball coach Brian Dailey drew up a play for Woerner, the Wolves’ 6-foot-6 senior forward, who has exceptional range for a player of his size. Woerner sank a 3-pointer from the left corner, tying the score late in the fourth quarter, and visiting Eastlake went on to defeat rival Skyline, 81-76, in overtime in a Jan. 14 Class 4A KingCo Conference contest. Woerner, who finished with 18 points on six 3-point buckets,

said the play was executed well. Eastlake faked a pass to one corner of the court, and Mick Vorhof and Jake Davidson set a double screen for Woerner, who tied the score at 69 with 15.1 seconds left. “I have to give it to my teammates for that,” Woerner said. “That allowed me to hit it.” Dailey said Woerner responded well after a subpar, sevenpoint outing against Redmond four days earlier. The Wolves (8-5 overall, 4-3 conference) lost that game, 64-59. “Mentally, he is so positive,” Dailey said. “If he was taking the shot at the end of the game, and the game’s on the line, I’d put our team’s life in his hands.” Skyline (5-4, 3-4) had a chance

to win in the final seconds, but senior guard Jonah Eastern missed a 3-pointer amidst heavy defensive pressure. In overtime, Eastlake picked up a key offensive foul that negated a basket from Skyline’s Collin Crisp. Vorhof then drilled a contested jumper to give the Wolves the lead, and Jordan Lester finished a 3-point play off a Mason Pierzchalski assist to make it 76-71. Vorhof scored 18 points and Pierzchalski added 11 for the Wolves. Trailing by three, the Spartans forced a turnover on an Eastlake inbounds play, and had one final chance to keep the game going.

But junior Robert Biegaj – who had a game-high 26 points – was short on a contested 3-pointer, and Lester iced the game for the Wolves with two free throws. That completed a remarkable rally for Eastlake, which had to climb out of holes in both halves. Skyline led by as many as 11 points in the first half, then broke free again with a 19-8 surge in the third quarter to lead 58-46. Skyline’s hot shooting from beyond the arc hurt Eastlake for much of the game. Eastern, who scored 20 points, had five of his team’s nine 3-pointers. But the Spartans managed only one trey in the fourth period and overtime, and the Wolves outscored them 35-18 in that

12-minute stretch. “(Dailey) told us to close out on shooters, because they were getting hot,” Woerner said. “And we were able to close out and contest their shots, and that made them miss more than they were making in the beginning.” The Wolves mixed in a trapping zone defense that forced several turnovers, but that wasn’t what turned the game around, Dailey felt. “We changed some schemes on defense, but I think the most important adjustment our guys made was they turned up their energy,” the coach said. “I think it didn’t matter what defense See BOYS, Page 13


Scoreboard BOYS BASKETBALL KINGCO 4A CONFERENCE Standings Crown Division Team League Overall Garfield 7-0 12-0 Issaquah 6-1 7-4 Ballard 4-4 7-5 Roosevelt 4-4 7-6 Skyline 3-4 5-4 Newport 0-6 4-6 Crest Division Team League Overall Eastlake 4-3 8-5 Inglemoor 3-3 6-6 Redmond 3-3 6-5 Bothell 3-4 7-5 Woodinville 1-6 4-9 Tuesday, Jan. 14 Eastlake 81, Skyline 76 (OT) Eastlake 18 20 8 23 12 -81 Skyline 22 17 19 11 7 -76 Eastlake: Eric Uhlar 6, Jake Davidson 4, Jordan Lester 24, Mick Vorhof 18, Davis Woerner 18, Mason Pierzchalski 11, Ben Davidson 0, Jeffrey Feinglas 0. Skyline: Collin Crisp 8, Dae’von Bovan 7, Blake O’Brien 7, Drew Stender 4, Blake Gregory 3, Robert Biegaj 26, Jonah Eastern 20, Nick Brodeur 1, Braden Ahlemeyer 0, Ryan Sakamoto 0, Logan Wanamaker 0. Friday, Jan. 17 Garfield 84, Skyline 61 Skyline 11 18 17 15 -61 Garfield 25 26 12 21 -84 Skyline: Dae’von Bovan 9, Blake O’Brien 8, Matt Smith 8, Jonah Eastern 7, Blake Gregory 4, Logan Wanamaker 4, Ryan Sakamoto 3, Braden Ahlemeyer 2, Collin Crisp 2, Robert Biegaj 14, Nick Brodeur 0, Gabe Pitasky 0, Drew Stender 0. Garfield: Nowell 8, Shephard 5, Brown 3, Isabell 25, Cheney 2, Baker 15, Tucker 14, Agosto 11, Greeley 1, Howard 0, Nelson 0. Saturday, Jan. 18 Eastlake 73, Inglemoor 49 Eastlake 11 28 22 12 -73 Inglemoor13 15 11 10 -49 Eastlake: Ben Davidson 4, Mason Pierzchalski 4, Jeffrey Feinglas 3, Eric Uhlar 3, Mick Vorhof 22, Josh Colbert 2, Jordan Lester 15, Jake Davidson 10, Davis


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Shelby Kassuba scored 13 points for Skyline, but Eastlake held senior post Bryn deVita in check. After scoring 20 in a win over Ballard Jan. 10, deVita managed only four against the Wolves. “For her, it’s always shot selection,” Bruns said. “When she takes good shots, she’s a good shooter. And when she starts forcing things like that, it causes her some problems.” Marijke Vanderschaaf scored 12 of her 16 points in the first half for Eastlake, and Maggie Douglas chipped in 10. Skyline is in line to claim the fourth and final playoff berth from the KingCo Crown Division, and faces road tests in its next two games – Jan. 22 at Inglemoor (7:30 p.m.) and Jan. 24 at Newport (6:30 p.m.) Eastlake remained in first place in the Crown Division, and was No. 6 in The Seattle Times’ Jan. 13

Woerner 10, Aaron Burnham 0, Brandon Naluai 0. Inglemoor: Portugal 6, Luckette 4, Edlin 2, Nelson 2, Jo. Gardner 19, Miller 16, Church 0, Ja. Gardner 0, Peacocke 0, Shekeryk 0. This week Jan. 24 - Eastlake at Bothell, 7:30 p.m.; Ballard at Issaquah, Skyline at Newport, all 8 p.m. Jan. 28 - Woodinville at Issaquah, Eastlake at Newport, Redmond at Skyline, all 7:30 p.m. METRO 3A LEAGUE Tuesday, Jan. 14 Eastside Catholic 49, Seattle Prep 48 Seattle Prep 12 14 15 7 -48 EC 18 12 13 6 -49 Seattle Prep: Caindec 6, Gummersall 6, Nettles 6, Stewart 6, Hicks 5, Reiser 2,Van Hare 2, Kitchen 15, Cormier 0. EC: Matisse Thybulle 8, Nathan Christie 6, Ian Christie 4, Zach Wallin 3, Austin Moss 2, Mandrell Worthy 14, Max Hudgins 12, Morgan Clark 0. Friday, Jan. 17 Eastside Catholic 73, Lakeside 68 EC 14 20 20 19 -73 Lakeside 14 13 22 19 -68 EC: Ian Christie 7, Morgan Clark 5, Zach Wallin 3, Mandrell Worthy 18, Matisse Thybulle 15, Nathan Christie 14, Max Hudgins 10, Austin Moss 1. Lakeside: De la Fuente 5, Brown 39, Boyle 3, Helean 3, Walker 2, Davis 15, Padden 1, Buskirk 0. Saturday, Jan. 18 Eastside Catholic 64, Cleveland 63 EC 25 11 12 16 -64 Cleveland 9 19 13 22 -63 EC: Max Hudgins 8, Nathan Christie 7, Matisse Thybulle 7, Morgan Clark 5, Mandrell Worthy 24, Austin Moss 2, Zach Wallin 11. Cleveland: Bird 9, Petty 8, Townsend 8, Sanders 7, Walker 6, Greene 25. This week Jan. 24 - Eastside Catholic at Bishop Blanchet, 8 p.m. Jan. 28 - Eastside Catholic at Franklin, 7:30 p.m.

GIRLS BASKETBALL KINGCO 4A CONFERENCE Standings Crown Division Team League Overall Newport 6-0 8-3 Issaquah 5-2 7-5 Garfield 3-4 6-6

state rankings. The Wolves host Garfield Jan. 22 (7:30 p.m.) and go to Bothell Jan. 24 (6 p.m.).

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Skyline 2-5 7-5 Ballard 2-6 6-7 Roosevelt1-7 2-11 Crest Division Team League Overall Eastlake 7-0 11-1 W’ville 5-2 7-5 Inglemoor4-2 8-3 Bothell 3-4 9-4 Redmond0-6 2-10 Friday, Jan. 17 Skyline 69, Garfield 36 Skyline 17 18 15 19 -69 Garfield 13 11 12 0 -36 Skyline: Taylor McKerlich 8, Alex Daugherty 7, Kailey Kassuba 6, Bryn deVita 22, Maddie Adamson 2, Shelby Kassuba 14, Promise Taylor 10, Nicole Cox 0, Cassidy Daugherty 0, Stella Mazzaferro 0, Alicia Shim 0. Garfield: Petty 6, Patu 5, SterlingBoswell 3, Davis 2, Meloney-Bertelli 2, Dunn 0, Fukujara 0. Saturday, Jan. 18 Inglemoor 56, Eastlake 46 Eastlake 15 8 9 14 -46 Inglemoor 9 14 12 21 -56 Eastlake: Rachel Lorentson 9, Maggie Douglas 8, Ellie Woerner 7, Elizabeth Tracy 4, Marijke Vanderschaaf 4, Elise Morrison 2, Lauren Mittenthal 12, Haleigh Boe 0, Derese Litzey-Adams 0, Sarah Priestly 0 Inglemoor: Emeka 6, Gardner 5, Nicholas 3, McCausland 2, Williams 2, Hagen 14, Price 12, Strother 12, Walker 0. Jan. 22 - Garfield at Eastlake, Skyline at Inglemoor, Issaquah at Redmond, all 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 - Eastlake at Bothell, 6 p.m.; Ballard at Issaquah, Skyline at Newport, all 6:30 p.m. METRO 3A LEAGUE Wednesday, Jan. 15 Eastside Catholic 52, Seattle Prep 50 (OT) Seattle Prep 7 14 14 9 6 -50 EC 8 10 13 13 8 -52 Seattle Prep: Morrow 5, Navoni 5, Ezeonu 4, Santucci 20, Flor 16. EC: Katie Spires 22, Emma Burnham 2, Ashley Blanton 16, Audrey Menz 11, Sterling Mclennan 1. This week Friday, Jan. 17 Lakeside 60, Eastside Catholic 47 EC 16 11 9 11 -47 Lakeside 21 11 14 14 -60 EC: Sterling Mclennan 4, Emma Burnham 2, Sarah Hanson 2, Katie Spires 15, Ashley Blanton 14, Audrey Menz 10, Alyssa Anderson 0, Natalie Gallant 0, Abby Peterson 0. Lakeside: Spiller 8, King 3, Koh 15,

Estell 12, Cheledina 11, Keene 11, Euyang 0, Haeger 0, Neil 0, Prentice 0. Saturday, Jan. 18 Cleveland 73, Eastside Catholic 20 EC 5 5 6 4 -20 Cleveland 24 26 16 7 -73 EC: Emma Burnham 4, Sarah Hanson 2, Jillian Jin 2, Katie Spires 2, Ashley Blanton 10, Alyssa Anderson 0, Natalie Gallant 0, Audrey Menz 0, Abby Peterson 0. Cleveland: Christopher 9, Davis 6, Hightower 4, Ryshel Sampson 3, Clark 2, Ladd 14, Roper 14, Harrell 11, Mefi 10, Kirby 0, Ryshun Sampson 0, Terry 0. Jan. 22 - Ingraham at Eastside Catholic, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 - Eastside Catholic at Bishop Blanchet, 6:15 p.m.

Goldie said the team isn’t distracted by the attention they’re getting, something the coaches stressed

before the season began. “Nothing has been earned yet,” she said. “I think at this point, we

BOYS SWIM & DIVE KINGCO 4A CONFERENCE Thursday, Jan. 16 Eastlake 117, Interlake 63 200 medley relay: 1. E (Edward Kim, Caleb Alleva, Chirag Das, Jackson Berman) 1:43.17. 200 free: 1. Markus Zimmerman (E) 1:55.23. 200: 1. Kim (E) 1:55.73. 50 free: Lorr (I) 22.14. Diving: 1. Rylan Gordon (E) 167.55 points. 100 butterfly: 1. Ryan Caraway (E) 57.51. 100 free: 1. Lorr (I) 51.03. 500 free: 1. Zimmermann (E) 5:16.61. 200 free relay: 1. E (Richard Baron, Alleva, Caraway, Zimmermann) 1:38.46. 100 back: 1. Kim (E) 56.25. 100 breaststroke: 1. Alleva (E) 1:04.41. 400 free relay: 1. E (Berman, Das, Kim, Zimmermann) 3:25.72. This week Jan. 23 - Redmond vs. Eastlake (at Redmond Pool), 3 p.m.; Skyline vs. Issaquah (at Boehm Pool, Issaquah), 3:15 p.m. Jan. 28 - Inglemoor and Redmond at Eastlake (at Redmond Pool), 3 p.m.; Newport at Skyline (at Boehm Pool, Issaquah), 3:15 p.m.

GYMNASTICS KINGCO 4A CONFERENCE Thursday, Jan. 16 Team scores: Newport 171.2, Skyline 144.5, Eastlake 144.1, Inglemoor 141.85. Vault: 1. Ho (N) 9.4; 2. Jenna Hayes (E) 9.3; 3. Groh (N) 9.0. Bars: 1. Ho (N) 9.1; 2. Groh (N) 8.6; T-3. Hayes (E) 8.2; T-3. Gorman (N) 8.2. Beam: 1. Ho (N) 9.4; 2. Hayes (E) 9.05; 3. Danielle Backman (S) 8.8. Floor: 1. Groh (N) 9.1; T-2. Gorman

(N) 9.0; T-2. Backman (S) 9.0; T-2. Lee (N) 9.0; T-2. Barker (I) 9.0; T-2. Freeman (N) 9.0. All-around: 1. Ho (N) 36.8; 2. Hayes (E) 35.45; 3. Groh (N) 34.85.

WRESTLING KINGCO 4A CONFERENCE Tuesday, Jan. 14 Skyline 43, Eastlake 42 Skyline wins on tiebreaker criteria 106: Zach Froeber (S) p. Martin Miller, 3:30. 113: Kody Nguyen (S) won by forfeit. 120: Nathan Swanson (S) won by forfeit. 126: Nathan Jensen (S) p. Konrad Peterson, 5:28. 132: Tristan Steciw (S) p. Jacob Mayo, 9:35. 138: William Galarpe (E) p. Jacob Gehrett, 2:54. 145: Joseph DeMatteo (S) p. Chris Lockwood, 1:00. 152: James Jensen (E) p. Adrian Abraham, 2:45. 160: Miles Williams (E) p. Brennon Raphael, 5:33. 170: Bo Longmore (S) p. Ryan Wasserman, 1:59. 182: Jacob Kaufman (E) won by forfeit. 195: Matt Budoff (E) won by forfeit. 220: Jonnie Estrada (E) won by forfeit. 285: Rudy Ross (E) p. Henry Bainivalu, 3:04. Skyline 48, Newport 24 106: Zach Froeber (S) won by forfeit. 113: Kody Nguyen (S) won by forfeit. 120: Nathan Swanson (S) d.Yingling, 8-3. 126: Nathan Jensen (S) p. Dwyer, 1:54. 132: Tristan Steciw (S) p. Little, 3:16. 138: Jacob Gehrett (S) p. Smith-Fraser, 3:28. 145: Joseph DeMatteo (S) p. Ono, 1:22. 152: Talat (N) d. Adrian Abraham, 13-7. 160: Brennon Raphael (S) d. Ophus, 9-2. 170: Bo Longmore (S) p. Lounsbery, 0:35. 182: Anderson (N) p. Randy Hilleary, 2:28. 195: McFarlane (N) won by forfeit. 220: Murphy (N) d. Henry Bainivalu, 7-3. 285: Ballesteros (N) won by forfeit. Inglemoor 44, Eastlake 22 106: Double forfeit. 113: Epps (I) won by forfeit. 120: Double forfeit. 126: Ronald Peterson (E) md. Nogalas, 18-10. 132: Barker (I) p. Jacob Mayd, 0:20. 138: Pham (I) p. William Galarpe, 3:38. 145: Seward (I) p. Chris Lockwood, 1:19. 152: Harshman (I) md. James Jensen, 18-9. 160: Miles William (E) p. Bartolo, 1:48. 170: Patrick (I) md. Ryan Wasserman, 13-5. 182: Sjoquist (I) p. Jacob Kaufman, 3:51. 195: Jonnie Estrada (E) p. Utton, 1:52. 220: Rudy Ross (E) p. Chou, 1:05. 285: Milcareck (I) won by forfeit. This week Jan. 23 - Redmond at Eastlake, Issaquah at Roosevelt, all 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 - Inglemoor at Skyline, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 - Roosevelt and Skyline at Redmond, 6 p.m.; Newport at Eastlake, Issaquah at Woodinville, all 7:30 p.m.

probably have earned some respect, but still, rankings really don’t mean anything.”




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we were in – if they had that energy, it was going to up the tempo, and we would get some confidence and get some easy shots.” The second quarter featured six lead changes, and Skyline went to halftime with a 39-38 edge. The home squad came out of the break on fire as Eastern, Biegaj and Dae’von Bovan all hit 3-pointers, and Bovan had a buzzer-beating putback to rebuild Skyline’s double-digit edge. Down the stretch, though, Eastlake’s Jordan Lester proved invaluable. He scored 14 of his team-leading 24 points in the fourth quarter and overtime. “Jordan is great – the offense runs through him because he’s the point guard, and once he gets that ball moving, then we all move and we get confidence,” Woerner said. “So his assists lead to our points.” Eastlake and Skyline will be on the road this week as they attempt to improve their playoff positions. The Spartans play at Newport at 8 p.m. Jan. 24, and the Wolves go to Bothell that night for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.

Be a part of the District’s leadership team. Apply for Commissioner Position 2! The Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District is seeking applications for an appointment to fill a vacant position on the District Board of Commissioners. This is a dynamic position that involves solid working relationships and interaction with regulatory agencies, ratepayers, community leaders and trade organizations. The selected candidate will make critical decisions that safeguard the resources and services of the Districts customers. To be qualified for appointment to the vacancy, interested candidates must be (1) a United States citizen, (2) eighteen years of age or older, and (3) be a registered voter and reside within the District’s boundaries. Interested candidates should go to the home page of the District website at and click on the “Commissioner Vacancy, Position 2, Applicant Information” link for more information. To learn more the commissioner vacancy and application process, contact Paddy Moe, Executive Assistant, at (425) 295-3218 or by email at



January 22, 2014


Commission applicants lean eco-friendly By Ari Cetron

Six residents are vying for two seats on the Sammamish Planning Commission, and the five who spoke at the Jan. 14 city council meeting all expressed leanings toward the environment over property rights. The Sammamish Planning Commission is a seven-member board that reviews land-use regulations before they go to the city council. The commission’s findings are considered non-binding recommendations, and, indeed, the council often goes against the commission’s advice. Commissioners are appointed by the council, and two commissioner’s terms expire at the end of January. Commissioner Joe Lipinsky is leaving the commission, while Comissioner Manuel Soto has re-applied for his seat. The council interviewed the applicants – except Soto, who wasn’t in attendance – as part of its meeting. The most frequentlyasked question from the council involved where each person would land in

the case of a hypothetical situation where the only difference was a negative impact on the environment, or a negative impact on property rights. Councilwoman Nancy Whitten, who asked that question most often, said she sought a balance on the commission, which in the past has skewed too far in one direction or the other. In each case, applicants said they would choose the environment over property rights. Thomas Mudayankavil was the first to be interviewed. He is a civil engineer with Parsons Brinkerhoff, and is currently working on Sound Transit’s East Link project to bring light rail to the Eastside. He said he is passionate about transportation and protecting shorelines. Cynthia Krass recently started a second career by getting a degree in urban planning. She said she would seek to preserve what the city has – trees in particular – while still accomodating legally-mandated growth and housing demands. While she would See PLAN, Page 16

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The art exhibit ‘Crossing Boundaries’ opens Jan. 22 at City Hall. The exhibit will be available for viewing during regular business hours through April 25.

The World of Miro, a preview of the Seattle Art Museum’s Joan Miro exhibit in February, is set for 7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Sammamish Library.


Life Stories, a free cross-generational event, will pair teens with adults over 55 to share life stories and experiences in a variety of ways. The event is sponsored by the Sammamish Arts Commission and is set for 1-3 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Sammamish Teen Center. For more information, visit aspx?ID=3122.

February 1

Build It Sammamish a lego event, will feature children building in the ‘What Sammamish Means to Me’ competition from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 1 at City Hall. Volunteers are needed as well. For details and to register, visit http://www. Default.aspx?ID=3118. Start to Fitness – Sports and All Sorts of Phenomenal Feats in Film is a multi-media presentation that takes a look at examples from the wide range of documentary and narrative films featuring sports and all sorts of phenomenal physical feats throughout movie history at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Sammamish Library.



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focus on faith Family movie night at Sammamish Hills Lutheran Church from 6 to 6:45 p.m., there will be a ‘Building Faithful Families’ discussion on ‘Who is your god? Who is your child’s god?’ For those attending the discussion, there will be a a potluck dinner – please bring a dish to share. The moviee will start at 6:30, the animated version of ‘101 Dalmatians.’ Popcorn and drinks will be provided. All are welcome. A donation of $5 per family is suggested.

teaching, food and connection. Visit MarsHillStudentsSAM.

Mark Peterson, wealth advisor at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, will present a workshop called ‘What Baby Boomers Need to Know to Maximize Retirement Income’ at 4 and 7 p.m. Feb. 3 at Sammamish Hills Lutheran Church. To register contact Jenny Stokes at 425-6469669 x 211.

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) allows mothers of young children time to make friends, share stories and grow spiritually while their children are in childcare. There are multiple groups in Sammamish. One group generally meets twice a month on Thursday mornings at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Another group meets on Wednesdays at Pine Lake Covenant Church at 9:30 a.m. Another meets Fridays at 9:15 at Sammamish Presbyterian Church Visit www.

Mars Hill Students is made up of sixth-12th grade students in Sammamish, Redmond, Issaquah and surrounding areas. It meets every Wednesday from 7-8:30 p.m. for a time of life music, Introduction to Snowshoeing, a presentation designed to techniques and safety for the winter sport, is from 7-8 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Sammamish Library. sented by Dragon Arts Studio, will present Chinese folk tales using rod puppets at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Sammamish Library. Seating is limited and on a first-come basis.


Start to Fitness – Feeding Your Immune System will feature a discussion with Nick Rose, MS Nutrition Educator, PCC Natural Markets, about which foods and supplements offer the most benefits to our immune system at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Sammamish Library.

Hop to Signaroo, a three weeks series for 3 to 12 months old babies and their parents will help teach sign language to the infants. The classes are at 11 a.m. Feb. 12, 19 and 26 at the Sammamish Library. There are space and age limits, so numbered passes are available 10 minutes prior to the event.


Medicare Made Clear will cover the basics of Medicare at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at the

Sammamish Library.


Start to Fitness – Reducing Stress Through Meditation will be a presentation by Ajili Hodari to discuss the potential of meditation to reduce stress-related responses, improve concentration and enhance clarity of thought and mental equilibrium at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Sammamish Library. The adult book club meets at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Sammamish Library. Contact the library for this month’s book.


Harry Potter Reading Club – year two, will focus on ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Sammamish Library. For ages 10-14.

Grief Share Support Group meeting from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday nights at Sammamish Presbyterian Church. Wednesday night youth group will have games, worship and fun for students in grades six-12 from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Sammamish Presbyterian Church.

volunteer opportunitiees Purrfect Pals cat shelter is seeking volunteers to care for and play with cats. Volunteers must be 18 or older. Shifts are two hours, once per week. Visit Providence Marianwood seeks volunteers to work with the senior citizens who live there. They are particularly looking for people to assist with group activities, work in the gift nook or make new friends. Call 391-2897. Visit residents in nursing homes. Friend to Friend matches volunteers with residents in Sammamish nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Volunteers are asked to visit residents a couple times a month for a year. Orientation will be provided. Background check required. Call 1-888-383-7818. Evergreen Healthcare is seeking volunteers to help serve patients throughout King County. Volunteers, who will be assigned to help people in their own neighborhoods, provide companionship, run errands, do light household work, or give a break

to primary caregivers. Volunteers will be supported by hospital staff. Call 899-1040 or visit www. Eastside Bluebills is a Boeing retiree volunteer organization that strives to provide opportunities for retirees to help others in need and to assist charitable and nonprofit organizations. 10 a.m. to noon, the third Wednesday of the month at the Bellevue Regional Library. Call 235-3847. LINKS, Looking Into the Needs of Kids in Schools, places community volunteers in the schools of the Lake Washington School District. Opportunities include tutoring, classroom assistance and lunch buddy. Email or visit www.

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favor the environment in the hypothetical case, she said she would look at each matter in its own right. Melinda Hall Wieder grew up in Sammamish and is a Skyline High School graduate. She is now working as a lawyer, dealing primarily with insurance companies. She said she wants to get involved in city government, and that protecting nature’s presence in the city is extremely important. Katherine Low has also switched careers, having recently earned a degree in public administration with a focus on environmental policy. In addition to protecting the environment, she said she would like to find ways to accommodate more affordable housing and public transportation. Frank Blau works in business intelligence and data management, which he said would serve him well in finding ways to use the mounds of information presented to planning commissioners. He has served on the Beaver Lake Management District Board, which he said gave him a taste for land-use issues, and he found that he was drawn to topics studied by the planning commission. While the interviews were held in public, the council is permitted to deliberate about the appointments in a closed session. It planned to do so Jan. 21, then make the appointments the same day.

p.m. Jan. 7. The homeowner has security camera footage of a car driving up to the house and a male getting out of the passenger side and running up to the house, then running back to the car.

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Mail theft A Sammamish woman reported someone took items from her mailbox on the 2900 block of 218th Avenue Southeast between 4 and 10:30 p.m. Jan. 4. Missing were a couple DVDs from Netflix and wine vacuum pumps worth a total of $38.

Really needed a smoke A homeowner said someone broke into his truck on the 3000 block of 230th Lane Southeast and took two packs of cigarettes overnight from Jan. 6 to 7. The suspect seems to have jimmied open the lock to the vehicle.

So that’s where they went Someone found a number of empty cardboard boxes near the 700 block of the East Lake

Sammamish Parkway Southeast at about 3:15 p.m. Dec. 31. The officer found the boxes had been left out for some time, but they seemed to be shipping boxes. He was able to recover the shipping labels from them. He found some of them corresponded to reports of packages stolen from front porches. Others involved missing items that had not been reported as thefts. Unfortunately, none of the items were still in the shipping boxes.

Car prowl Someone broke into three vehicles on the 2900 block of 217th Avenue Southeast overnight between Jan. 6 and 7. Nothing was taken.

SAMMAMISH REVIEW seeing a man in his 40s stop his car, run behind the bushes quickly and then leave, prompting her to call police. The woman said no teenagers live in the area. Police took the alcohol to the Sammamish Police station for disposal.

Caught Police arrested a suspicious young man at the Pine Lake Shopping Center at about 6:49 p.m. Jan. 5. The young man, a Kirkland resident, had an escape warrant out for his arrest from the Department of Corrections. The officers took him to the King County Jail.

Driving while Another car prowl suspended A man who works at the Pine Lake QFC said someone broke into his vehicle while he was at work Jan. 6. He said a GPS unit, knife, multi-tool, stun gun and prescription medicine were taken. It seems the suspect broke the driver’s door lock.

Dead drop Police found a pair of cans of Mike Hard Lemonade stashed behind some bushes on the 300 block of Louis Thompson Road. A resident reported

A police officer stopped a car which had tail lights that looked to have been painted over at 3:15 a.m. Jan. 12. After the car pulled into the Safeway parking lot, the officer contacted the driver. The driver gave police a false name, which was later revealed by the car’s passenger. The driver had his license suspended for failing to pay child support. Police recommend the man be charged with driving while suspended, lying to an officer, and driving without insurance.

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The vehicle was released to the passenger, who had a valid license.

No good deed A police officer saw a car driving near the 23200 block of Northeast Eighth Street at about 1115 p.m. Jan. 9. He knew the registered owner had a suspended license, so he pulled over the car. The driver was not the registered owner (the owner was the passenger). However, the driver did have a warrant out for his arrest from Redmond, so he was taken into custody.

Mail theft A woman reported that outgoing mail had been taken from her mailbox on the 2100 block of East Beaver Lake Drive Southeast overnight between Jan. 9 and 10. She fears information in the mail would be valuable to identity thieves. An officer advised her to monitor her credit reports and other accounts.

Just wait a bit A pair of neighbors on the 700 block of 241st Lane Southeast got into a dispute over doors at their condo complex being slammed at 4:45 p.m. Jan. 9. The alleged slammer is moving

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out in three months. Both parties agreed to try not to get into any more arguments.

Storage theft Several people reported their storage units on the 23000 block of Northeast Eighth Street were broken into. When police investigated, they found multiple units had been compromised, likely between Dec. 9 and Jan. 6. Items taken included alcohol, promotional banners, the tires for a Porsche, a set of bone China worth $10,000 and more. Not all owners of units that were broken into were present, so more items may be missing. The officer theorized that because of the number, size and weight of the items taken, the suspect must have had access to the facility with a vehicle.

No service A Sammamish woman reported she was receiving derogatory messages from her ex-husband, in spite of a court order forbidding them. Police found the ex had moved to Provo, Utah. Officers there said they had not yet served the ex with the order. Items in the Police Blotter come from Sammamish Police reports.