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Tina Vargas, Skyline senior goalkeeper, can't contain her joy as she celebrates with teammate Nicole Candioglos after they beat Bellarmine Prep 1-0 Nov. 19 for the Class 4A championship at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup. See the story on Page 16.

City Council debates property tax increase By Caleb Heeringa

Public employees are going to cost more in 2012 than they did in 2011 – that much is clear. How the city should cover those increased costs, though, is a matter of debate within the Sammamish City Council, with some in favor of raising property taxes to keep pace and others suggesting the city tap its savings account. The council is due to decide one way or another at their Dec. 6 meeting. For Councilman Mark Cross, who is entering his last month on the council, the issue comes down to addressing the budgetary boogeyman that rears its head at nearly every one of the city’s fiscal discussions – the crossover point when the cost of doing business outpaces the city’s ability to raise

“I support taking that 1 percent. That constitutes a solid funding stream.” – Mark Cross, Councilman – revenue. “What you do when you vote against (a 1 percent property tax increase) – which is a dollar and a half per-month increase for Sammamish citizens – is you’re shifting from a solid, dependable income source for the city to one that is more variable,” Cross said at a Nov. 14 council meeting. “I support taking that 1 percent. That constitutes a solid funding stream – that means another year that we can get by without a (business and

occupation) tax or another year without the utility tax that all other cities our size in the state have.” By variable tax source, Cross was referring to income streams that are highly dependent on the real estate market and broader economy, like excise taxes on home sales, sales tax and investment income – all of which have fluctuated significantly in recent years. The city’s investment income is the only of the city’s revenue stream that officials expect to come in below projections in 2011 – at least 18 percent and $55,000 under budget, according to Finance Director Joe Guinasso. Real estate and construction-related revenues have come in well above the city’s admittedly conservative projections for 2011. See TAX, Page 2

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The city will be donating property next to 228th Avenue for use as a Habitat For Humanity project in the coming years. At their Nov. 14 meeting, the Sammamish City Council voted unanimously, with Councilmen John Curley and John James absent, to surplus the Lamb House and hand it over to the non-profit, which will construct an affordable housing development on the property. The home, located near the corner of 228th and Southeast 20th Street, had been used to house parks and public works equipment until the city constructed a proper Maintenance and Operations Center on 244th Avenue earlier this year. The property is valued at $467,000. Tom Granger, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of East King County, said last week the organization would be working on a design plan next year and then start fundraising for the construction materials. Construction is likely several years away, he said. Sammamish resident Rosemary Carrel spoke in favor of the transfer at the meeting. “We have people that don’t have fantastic incomes in the community,” Carrel said. “We need to provide for these people as well as the Microsofters and everyone else in the community.” Reporter Caleb Heeringa can be reached at 392-6434. ext. 247, or To comment on this story, visit

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Police seek help in search for car prowlers Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect or suspects who broke into seven vehicles in and around Beaver Lake overnight Nov. 14. In each of the break-ins, the suspect smashed a window and took items. The car prowls occurred in Coyote Country, Beaver Lake Estates and other neighborhoods around the lake. All of the break-ins occurred between 10 p.m. Nov. 14 and 7 a.m. Nov. 15. Sammamish Police are asking anyone in the area who may have noticed suspicious people or vehicles to contact them at 295-0770 during business hours or (206) 296-3311 afterhours.

Police to step up drunk driving patrols With the holiday season here and holiday parties on the way, police around Sammamish and the rest of King County will be doing extra traffic patrols in search of drunk drivers. The Sammamish Police Department is among the dozens of agencies around the county that will be putting in more patrol hours around the holidays, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. The extra patrols will run from Nov. 24 through Jan. 2.

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Real estate excise taxes – 35 percent of which can be used in the city’s operating budget thanks to a bill recently passed by the state legislature – are expected to be $500,000 over budget, as are building permit fees, which will come in about $75,000 over budget. The city has issued 151 permits for new single-family homes through October, compared to 122 at the same time last year. Despite the rosy projections, those totals are about half what they were before the housing market collapse and ensuing economic recession. Cross went on to note that a 1 percent property tax increase, which would net the city $218,000 in additional revenue and cost the average Sammamish homeowner about $16 a year, would only cover about half of the $402,000 or so increase in personnel costs the city faces in 2012. The city has not taken a 1 percent increase – the maximum allowed by law – since 2009, though in the future it can retroactively take the increases it passed on. City employees are not officially unionized, but the city has traditionally tied their salaries to the regional cost of living indicators from June of one year to June of the next. That means a $133,000 increase in 2012, or about 3.2 percent. The city’s police contract, which ties labor costs to the agreement between the King County Sheriff’s Office and their deputies, is also slated to go up by 3.7 percent, costing the city an extra $75,000. The city’s bill for fire service through Eastside Fire and


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◆ At least $3 million set aside for infrastructure costs in the Town Center area. ◆ $50,000 for the EnerGov program, which will update the city’s computer system and allow citizens to get building permits online. ◆ $50,000 for a consultant to study the city’s options for fire service in the future. ◆ $30,000 for the police officer reserve program, which will train five volunteer officers to supplement the Sammamish Police Department. ◆ $2,500 for Sammamish Cares, a program run jointly between the city, Sammamish Rotary, Sammamish Kiwanis, Faith In Action and Habitat for Humanity of East King County that finances home and property repairs for those unable to do it themselves. ◆ A $3,000 increase to the city’s contribution to the Sammamish Symphony. ◆ A $2,000 increase to the city’s contribution to the Sammi Awards. Rescue is expected to increase by $194,000, or $3.4 percent. Deputy Mayor Tom Odell, one of the city’s two representatives on the EFR board along with Mayor Don Gerend, said he’d like to see the city trim back the salary increase to employees and avoid taking the tax increase. Odell and Gerend and the rest of the EFR board recently hammered out a labor agreement with firefighters that calls for a 2 percent annual wage increase. “The mayor and I fought long and hard to keep the firefighter contract well below 3 percent and now we’re here in a position of having to give 3.2 percent to our employees,” Odell said. “I’m reluctant to ask the residents of Sammamish to give up another one percent, knowing darn well that there are other needs coming up in future years.” City Manager Ben Yazici defended the increase, noting that city employees have sacrificed for the city in recent years. They voluntarily took a half a

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percent decrease in salaries last year and said goodbye to several benefits, including a tuition reimbursement program and extra city contribution to their retirement funds. Yazici said they’ll also be asked to contribute more to their health care premiums next year. “As they treated us fairly, I urge you to treat them fairly also,” Yazici said. The 2012 budget also includes the transfer of $3 million from reserves to a new fund that is earmarked for potential infrastructure improvements in the Town Center area in the coming years – something suggested by the council’s economic development committee, made up of Odell and Councilmen John Curley and John James, who

were both absent from the Nov. 14 meeting. Some of that $3 million will likely be coming from a $3.8 million projected surplus over the 2011 budget because of greater than expected development and liquor profits coming from the state. The city wrote the 2011 budget expecting one of last year’s two liquor privatization measures – 1100 or 1105 – would pass, cutting off liquor profits from the state. Though the council seemed supportive of the creation of the Town Center fund, they were lukewarm on the idea of adding the 1 percent property tax increase – Yazici’s original proposal for the money. “I don’t like the idea of taking the 1 percent and saying we’re putting it in this bucket (for Town Center),” said Councilwoman Michele Petitti, who is also entering her last month on the council. “Now that salaries are inching back up, it makes more sense to put that in the general fund to cover salary increases.” The council also ruminated on the implications of vague threats coming out of Olympia of cuts to state funds that are currently directed at cities. The state legislature is due to meet at the end of the month to cut $2 billion out of the budget and Gov. Chris Gregoire has suggested that the state keep liquor profits currently directed back to cities. “If they can’t get liquor taxes, they’re bound and determined to get that money elsewhere,” Gerend said.


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Some on City Council want to end sunset clause in environmental regulations By Caleb Heeringa

A seemingly routine extension of the expiration date on the city’s critical areas ordinance drew debate at a Nov. 14 City Council meeting. The council is set to vote Dec. 6 on the extension of the socalled “sunset clause” to the regulations. The council, led by Mayor Don Gerend, tacked the clause onto the city’s ordinance when the council last updated it in 2005 in hopes that it would motivate a future council to readdress some facets of the law he and others questioned. The clause has been extended several times since then as the council punted on diving back into the complex set of regulations, which limit development around environmentally sensitive streams and wetlands and hillsides prone to erosion. In 2009 the council extended the clause until January 2012, because it had a full plate with a state-mandated review of its shoreline regulations and an update of the city’s storm water manual. With those tasks finished in recent years and a state-mandated deadline for review in 2015, the CAO is now back on the table. The Planning Commission is slated to review the law throughout Summer 2012 and the City Council is scheduled to take it on in the fall. That timeline will require yet another extension of the sunset

clause, without which the ordiinput process that the council nance would revert back to its and commission say they want pre-2005 form. and still complete the CAO in the At the Nov. 14 council meetyear timeline laid out by city ing, Councilwoman Nancy staff. Whitten and Councilman Mark Eliminating the sunset clause, Cross, two of the council’s more rather than just extending it, outspoken advocates for tight would give the council and comenvironmental regulations, promission more time to do a thorposed the council completely ough review of the ordinance and eliminate the sunset clause. avoid accusations that they were Whitten argued that the CAO rushing the public process. should take a backseat to yet “Because of the irreconcilable another statedifferences that mandated people have “You’re not going to be environmental (over environable to make people feel mental regularegulation the city must tions), you’re that the process gave adopt in the not going to be them enough time to coming years. able to make The people feel that vent.” Washington the process – Mark Cross, State gave them Councilman – Department of enough time to Ecology is vent by (the requiring that deadline creatcities around the state require ed by the sunset clause),” Cross low-impact development “where said. feasible” by 2013. Whitten sugGerend pointed out that the gested that waiting for the new council had set up a timeline for development standards, which the review with the commission apply to development across the just hours before at a joint meetcity, might mean the city could ing between the two bodies. be more flexible in their regulaSeveral property owners whose tions around critical areas. development plans have been “If we had an excellent (lowstymied by the law have been impact development) ordinance pushing the city to reexamine the that limited surface water flow ordinance for years, hopeful that from development, I think we an updated ordinance would be could be less draconian in our less restrictive on their property. critical areas regulations,” Gerend said removing the Whitten said. council’s self-imposed deadline to Cross said he doubted that the finish the work could delay the city could have the robust public work even longer.

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“I don’t see the point in dragging this on into the future,” he said. “We’ve got one full year to do this. It would feel disingenuous to say, ‘Now that we don’t have the sunset clause we can drag this on as long as we want.’ ” The council is scheduled to decide between extending or eliminating the sunset clause at their Dec. 6 meeting. Reporter Caleb Heeringa can be reached at 392-6434. ext. 247, or To comment on this story, visit

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Review editorial Initiative process needs reform The state’s initiative process has turned Washington special interest groups into children making up a Christmas list. Initiative creators come up with one pricey item after another that they want — or fees and taxes they want to go away — with little concern of the financial impacts. In recent years, voters have decided that the legislature needs a supermajority to raise taxes — essentially taking that option off the table. If the initiative process is here to stay, one vital change should be made. All ballot language must include the financial impact. Since 2000, we, the voting people, have decided that teachers need to be paid more, class sizes need to be lower, we don’t want to pay license tab fees of more than $30, we won’t pony up an extra couple pennies for tax on a candy bar or bottle of water, and the latest, that people who provide care for senior citizens or the disabled should receive more training. They are, generally, worthy ideas. Who is against lower taxes, smaller class sizes, cheaper candy or more training for grandma’s caretaker? Nowhere in any of these initiatives does it mention the cost. With a tax hike off the legislature’s table, mandating more money for one program means taking it from somewhere else. The fix for this is simple. Any initiative should state explicitly what the impact is to state or local budgets. These explanations should be both in the text of the initiative and in the voter’s guide. Material backing up the presented facts must be presented to the Secretary of State for verification before the initiative goes on the ballot. Further, a summary of the financial impact, verified by a budgeting agency, must be included in the voter’s guide summary, both pro and con. For too long, Washington voters have used the initiative process as a way to dream up and implement nice-sounding ideas completely detached from the reality of paying for them. If initiators truly believe in their ballot proposal, they should have to do the financial homework and present it to the voters.

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Sammamish Forum Money buys votes Initiative 1183 to allow private businesses to sell hard liquor has passed by a wide margin of votes. I opposed its passage based upon the grounds that it would increase access for teens and lead to greater traffic fatalities as has been shown to be the case in other states. When I look at the voting percentages, however, I am led to one conclusion – money buys votes. A similar measure on the ballot in 2010 was overwhelmingly rejected by voters in a 65-35 split. This time the attempt to open liquor sales to Costco and other retailers passed with about 60 percent. What has caused 25 percent of our voters to change their minds on such a critical issue in just two years? Money, that’s what. Costco alone spent more than $22 million to influence the opinions of Washington voters. To them it was a great ‘investment’ which will reap hundreds of millions of dollars in future profits. Marketing works and Costco is very good at it. That is why we keep buying things we don’t need or can’t afford. And that is why we voted in favor of a measure that we otherwise would have rejected. I am deeply concerned that large corporations are spending ever-increasing amounts of money to simply and unabashedly buy elections. It happens at the national level all the time, and the practice has now damaged our state with its corporate motivation. Unless voters are willing to stand up to those who would make a mockery out of the election process we are doomed to fall to the will of entities which have no concern for our lives or our rights, but only for ever increasing revenue and profit. Michael J. O’Connell Sammamish

Review mischaracterized The article in the Nov. 16 Review entitled “Property rights vs. the environment “ demands a response. The subject is the forthcoming update of the Sammamish environ-

mental regulations. The article portrays this as “another battle between property rights and the environment.” That is not only a mischaracterization, it does a disservice to the Sammamish citizens who are beginning to work with the city to achieve balance in the code. That balance must temper extreme environmentalism with respect for constitutional rights of a resident to use his property. A few may fall on one end of that scale or the other, but most of us who will be working with the city have a respect for both environmental and property rights concerns. Further, Citizens for Sammamish is not a property rights group as implied. It is an open forum for all citizens of Sammamish regardless of their views on issues. Those with strong environmental leanings attend Citizens for Sammamish meetings as do those who have been denied use of their property by overly restrictive environmental regulations. Citizens for Sammamish seeks to have all viewpoints in the mix in order to promote policies and codes that strike a reasonable balance between extremes. When the Review uses headlines like this it may lure in more readers to the article, but it contributes to an adversarial mindset that is not helpful. In the future please do not oversimplify and distort the ECA effort by mischaracterizing it as a battle between extremes. Reid Brockway Sammamish

Think about the children This letter is to especially address the people who are concerned about the children in our communities. Much press is being given to the Sandusky case. For those who do not understand why those who were once children are just now reporting the alleged abuse; and why they did not report it as children, the answers are quite simple. Children are born, “knowing.” If

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you have forgotten this, place yourself back in your childhood, the time of some of your first memories. Keep advancing forward until you can recall a time when adults were around you and talking. You probably did not participate in the conversation. It may have been that you intrinsically knew that you were not invited into that conversation, but it is more likely that you did not have the language to participate. Children are born, knowing, but they don’t necessarily have the language to tell us what they know. That is why we give them the language of math, language of science, the language of our faith. Some children are fortunate to have adults in their lives who also talk about body parts, and even such topics as sex and rape. For a child who does not have the vocabulary to talk about these things, they can’t possibly stand up to or compete with a man like Sandusky who is big and smart and laden with vocabulary, but who is also alleged to be abusive, destructive, secretive and even threatening. I hope we can all be in touch with these things before we start listening to the talking heads who now have begun to blame the victims who were once children. And, for the sake of humanity, may we all strive to protect them, regardless of consequences. The monsters are everywhere. The Rev. Suzi Robertson The writer is vicar of Good Samaritian Episcopal Church

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Leaders urge continued fight against childhood obesity By Kathy Lambert and David Fleming

We have much to celebrate and be thankful for this Thanksgiving. In King County we are fortunate to live in a community committed to helping people access healthy food. Yet much work remains to be

done, especially in supporting our children’s health. By the time our children in King County Kathy Lambert reach middle and high school, they will have a better

than one in five chance of being obese or overweight. By the time they are adults, more than half will be obese or overweight – causing debilitating health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes and adding hundreds of millions of dollars in health care costs locally. If we want a healthier King

County, we need to address obesity. As the King County Board of Health, we have worked on many steps David Fleming to increase access to healthier foods for fami-

lies and children. We know families are busy, and they increasingly eat out, so the Board of Health passed landmark legislation that requires chain restaurants to display nutrition information, such as calories, sodium and carbohydrates. See OBESITY, Page 8

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POlice Blotter Late-night gaming Police responded to the Game Stop on Northeast 8th Street after a burglary alarm went off at around 3 a.m. Nov. 12. Police arrived to find the store secure, but managers reviewed surveillance footage that showed two men dressed in black wearing masks in the store. The men stole four boxes of unidentified merchandise and left out of the back door, which had been locked with padlocks. The manager told police that only he and two other managers should have access to the padlock keys. The case remains under investigation.

Free money A Sammamish resident reported that he had received a fake

check in the mail Nov. 12. The man received a $3,700 cashier’s check in the mail though he had not sold anything. Police verified that it was a fake. The case remains under investigation.

Television stolen Someone stole a 42-inch plasma-screen television from the fitness center at The Knolls Apartments between 1 p.m. Nov. 7 and 9 a.m. Nov. 8. A surveillance camera captured footage of someone ripping a security chain and lock from the wall and removing the TV. The footage has been turned over to detectives, who continue to investigate.

No more Mickey-D’s Three Sammamish teenagers were trespassed from McDonalds the evening of Nov. 7. An officer on patrol witnessed the three teens sprint across 228th outside of a crosswalk. As the officer stopped the teens he was approached by a manager from McDonalds who said the teens

SAMMAMISH REVIEW were part of a group that included a teen that stole items from the store. He wanted the teens trespassed from the property. Police obliged and the teens were given a warning letter telling them they could be arrested if they returned to the restaurant.

Bought a lemon A Sammamish resident called police Nov. 8 to report that he had bought a vehicle from a dealership in Bellevue that had allegedly had its odometer rolled back. The man told police he had traded a vehicle in for the 2002 Ford Explorer. Afterwards he found a CARFAX report that showed that the car had been sold by the first owner with more miles than its odometer currently showed. The case remains under investigation.

Domestic violence A 40-year-old Sammamish woman was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence after


allegedly smashing a wine glass on her boyfriend’s face Nov. 10. Police responded to the couple’s apartment just before 9:30 p.m. after reports that a man was



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Sammamish food donations are tops on the Eastside By Caleb Heeringa

Sammamish cleaned house in a good-natured Eastside food drive competition. Volunteers posted at Sammamish grocery stores throughout the month of October collected 31,912 pounds of nonperishable food and $4,993 in cash donations that will go to needy families in the Puget Sound area. Sammamish, Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland, Redmond and Mercer Island informally competed in the annual Mayor’s Month of Concern food drive. Sammamish’s total was more than double the amount collected in any other city, according to a tally kept by Sammamish Volunteer Coordinator Dawn Sanders. Issaquah was next clos-

est, with 11,939 pounds collected. Sanders credited Mary Trask and Cindy VanWambeck, with the ARAS Foundation, for their hard work organizing the collection. Volunteers from local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wards also put in many hours collecting food, Sanders said. The collected food and money will be going to the ARAS Foundation, which provides food, clothing and support to families in poverty around the Eastside. In total, Eastside residents donated 83,840 pounds of food and $10,445 in cash for needy families during the drive. Contriuted

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Mayor Don Gerend and Eastlake High School students Haley Bates (left) and Jennifer McGinty stand outside QFC collecting food for the annual Mayor’s Month of Concern food drive. Volunteers collected 31,912 pounds of food for the needy throughout the month of October.

Freed House to go to Pigott property, leased to Heritage Society By Caleb Heeringa

Sammamish’s 115-year-old house may have finally found a home. The Reard/Freed House, which had been slated to be demolished as little as two years ago, will be moved to a piece of the Pigott property that is slated

School Foundation drive ends, donations can continue The latest Issaquah Schools Foundation campaign has wound down, ending with the last day of a phoneathon on Nov. 19. However, those wishing to still support the foundation and the

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mistake had been made and that she needed to wire $3,300 more to an address in New Jersey. The woman complied again but was then told that it was too late in the day and that she would hear back about the money the next day The next day she received another call saying the sweepstake amount had been bumped up to $4,500,000 but that she needed to send $20,000 to cover

to become a city park in the next five years or so. That’s according to the terms a lease approved by the Sammamish City Council by a 3-2 vote at their Nov. 14 meeting. Deputy Mayor Tom Odell and Councilwoman Nancy Whitten voted against the measure; Councilmen John Curley and

John James were absent. The city will remain the owner of the building but lease it for a dollar a year to the Sammamish Heritage Society, which will be responsible for moving it to its new home off 220th Avenue Southeast north of Southeast 20th Street. Parks Director Jessi

Richardson said the lease opens up several grant opportunities for the society, which aims to turn the building into some sort of heritage-themed facility. The group has gathered more than $34,000 in pledges and cash donations thus far and hopes grant money from the county and regional preserva-

tion organizations will get them up to the $71,000 it’s expected to cost to relocate the Reard/Freed House. “It’s kind of a chicken and egg situation for the heritage society,” Richardson told the council. “They’ve raised about half the

Issaquah School District still have several ways to do so. Lynn Juniel, ISF development manager, said the foundation can and does accept donations after the end of the formal campaign. There are a couple of different ways for shoppers to help support the foundation. If you are going to shop at for

holiday gifts, make a stop first at the foundation website, said ISF Executive Director Robin Callahan. Once there, click on the link on the right-hand side of the page that takes you to By entering Amazon through the foundation site, when you check out, up to 8 percent of your pur-

chase price goes to the foundation. Callahan noted the donations are done by Amazon. Amazon visitors who go through the foundation site do not pay any extra for their purchases. ISF received roughly $5,000 from Amazon last year, Callahan said. She hopes that number will rise to $10,000 this year.

Callahan and others also noted there are numerous local businesses that have agreed to help the foundation as well. While the foundation works with schools throughout the district and the district as a whole, some individual school PTAs have come up with donation deals of their own.

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These are basic nutritional facts so families can make informed choices. The Board of Health recently developed guidelines that organizations and businesses can use to offer healthier options in vending machines. We know sugary drinks – such as soda and energy drinks – are a major contributor to childhood obesity because they consist of large amounts of extra calories with little to no nutritional value. We also have encouraged school districts to schedule recess before lunch. Research shows that students eat better and are more ready to learn when they are physically active before lunch. But there is still more to do. First, everybody in our community – parents, schools, religious groups, elected leaders – should continue working to make sure healthy options are available so our children can eat healthy and be active in schools, child care and other places where they spend time away from home. At home, families can do their part by helping their children stay active and eat well. Children need at least an hour a day of physical activity, and sugary foods and drinks should be limited – children younger than 6 years should not have sugary drinks at all. Finally, let’s continue programs that are working. Many important programs are facing reduction due to the state budget crisis – such as the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) farmers market program that allows families most in need to purchase nutritious, locally-grown food and Maternity Support Services that helps connect atrisk pregnant women to prenatal care, nutrition, housing and more. These two programs focus on prevention and giving infants and children the best opportunity for a healthy start – saving money and improving health in the long run. Poor diet, lack of physical activity and smoking are the leading causes of illness and death. To turn this around, let’s focus on children and support their healthy choices now for a lifetime of good health. Kathy Lambert is a member of the King County Council and King County Board of Health. Dr. David Fleming is director and health officer for Public Health - Seattle & King County.

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funds and have grants pending right now and others out there that require them to have ownership (of the home) … (The lease) is important for them to keep this moving.” The pending grants aren’t the only issue giving the city and heritage society a sense of urgency; the home currently sits on stilts off 212th Avenue on private property that is slated to be developed next spring. The developer has given the city until April to move the home. Ella Moore, a member of the heritage society and longtime advocate for the home, said the group hopes to get the home moved around March, depending on the weather. Moore said it was a relief to see the group’s preservation efforts coming to fruition, despite skepticism from Odell and Whitten in recent years. “It seems like there was always one more hurdle to jump,” Moore said. “To get this

with a card-based system that city officials say will improve security and make it easier to allow people to access the building after-hours or on the weekends. Administrative Services Director Mike Sauerwein said the upgraded system will allow the city to issue key cards that give someone access to only specific far is exciting.” The lease puts the onus on the heritage society to maintain the home after it is moved and allows for the city or Mary Pigott to terminate with 60 days notice if the project falls through. The home will be located on land that Pigott has pledged to the city but will not be handing over for five or more years. Odell said in a later interview that he remains opposed to placing the house on what will become city property without an explicit plan for the eventual uses and the money on hand to remodel the home. Supporters say remodeling the inside will cost approximately $230,000, though city volunteers could do some of the work. “It’s basically going in there with no plan for what to do with it, no reserves or contingencies for its removal if (the project) doesn’t work out and no plan for how it’s going to get fixed once it gets there,” Odell said. “If there was a more coherent plan for what they were going to do with it I might be more likely to be okay with it.” How the home will be used is

November 23, 2011 • parts of the building and only for a limited amount of time. “We can give a card to someone who is using the building on Saturday and that card wouldn’t work on Sunday,” Sauerwein said. “If someone loses their luggage or loses their key, there’s not a loose key to City Hall floating around out there somewhere.” the second chicken-and-egg question involving the home. Richardson said it would be premature to come up with a plan for the house outside of the broader master plan process for the Pigott property, which is scheduled to start in January. Richardson and supporters have spoken of some sort of heritagethemed park where children and the community could learn about life as a turn-of-the-century homesteader in the area before the Sammamish plateau became a sea of suburban development. The society plans to place the home near two other old buildings that surround a meadow. “If we get ahead of ourselves I think we’re going to get into a situation where the tail is wagging the dog at this site,” Richardson said. The city has budgeted $70,000 in city funds for the home, though the council has yet to approve giving that money out.


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Skyline student makes shoes decorative By Christopher Huber


Four Sammamish girls got a little muddy for a good cause Nov. 12. Emma Faciane, left, Devyn Pong, Brooke Wilkes, and Jill Streamer, all seventh-graders at Beaver Lake Middle School, ran the Winter Pineapple Classic in North Bend. They also raised $1,500 for leukemia, lymphoma, and various blood cancers, said parent Cindi Wilkes. The girls, all runners on the school’s cross country team, ran as the “Dynamic Divas,” and placed 20th out of 130 other four-person female teams, according to the race results.

Inglewood film screening addresses ‘mean-girl’ issues Girls can be mean to each other. So some people in Sammamish are doing something to help the situation. Parents and educators at Inglewood Junior High School invite the community to a special screening of “Finding Kind,” a film that offers solutions to the mean-girl phenomenon in school, at home and everywhere in between. The school will hold a special assembly Nov. 28 during regular school hours. Community members may attend the screening at 7 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Eastlake High School theater, according to event organizers. Tickets are available at /find/. The event is geared for mothers and daughters, but anyone can attend if they want to better understand the women and girls in their life. After meeting while in school at Pepperdine University, Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson set out to make a movie and start a movement that sought to help women and girls find common ground and mutual respect, according to the

film’s website. Throughout their trip across the United States, they interviewed women and girls about their lives and experiences. The two young women discover universal truths about growing up as girls. The film highlights the issues behind girlto-girl bullying and brings in authors and experts to talk about the interrelationships of women and girls. The film was an official selection at the 2011 Seattle International Film Festival, as well as numerous others. During Inglewood’s in-school viewing day, the girls will watch the film and talk about related issues. The boys will get together with the male staff members to discuss character building, integrity and making positive statements and impressions. Skyline and Issaquah high schools plan to host a screening of the film Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, respectively.

Local artisans offer holiday shopping options at Happy Valley Grange, Skyline High Local artists are gathering to sell their wares for holiday

shoppers and arts and crafts enthusiasts. Beth Newfield, of Sammamish Tree Socks acclaim, and Kim Suver, of Sammamish, teamed up again to hold the third annual Happy Valley Arts & Crafts Fair. The event runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Dec. 3 at the Happy Valley Grange, on the Sammamish border with Redmond. The fair will feature 32 vendors from Sammamish, Issaquah and other nearby cities. Shoppers and art lovers will be able to peruse pottery, Christmas ornaments, jewelry, sewing and fiber arts works on display and for sale among the rows of booths. Ten local youth artisans will also have booths, offering their handmade goods. The event stemmed from Newfield’s desire to expand her annual art and craft show out from her home and into the community. The Happy Valley Grange is located at 19720 N.E. 50th St., in Redmond — the left turn just before the Gray Barn Nursery coming down Sahalee Way Northeast from Sammamish. Other artists and craft-makers will be offering their handcrafted items the same day at Skyline High School. The

Who knew Wiz Khalifa could look good on a shoe? Someone liked the rapper so much they had Karan Sunil, of Sammamish, stick him on a pair of Converse high-tops. And since then, others have come to the Skyline High School junior to tap his shoe-designing skills. Whether or not Sunil is starting a fad among Sammamish youth is yet to be seen. But what started as an exploratory hobby a year ago has grabbed the attention of a small contingent of customized-apparel fans. In May, Sunil began Emerald Crown Custom Footwear and has been attracting friends and clients alike who have an affinity for one-of-a-kind designer shoes that stand out at school or around town. The shoe themes range from Michael Jordan dunking a basketball on the side of a pair of Nike Dunks to the Vancouver Canucks logo drawn across the toes of some Vans. “At first, I didn’t have the business aspect in mind,” Sunil said. “I‘ve always been interested in art.” The business part began when Sunil decided to branch out from his interest in drawing to mesh his design skills with a desire to apply colorful logos or drawings to objects, particularly shoes — Vans, Nikes, Converse and other types without mesh. “I’ve been drawing a lot but wanted to expand my abilities and try a new medium,” he said. He realized he could sell his talent and craftiness to help others further enjoy their new sneakers.

He typically will apply a design to someone’s recently purchased shoes, but sometimes a customer will pay to get brand new shoes with a custom design on them, he said. Sunil first drew the Space Needle with a Sharpie pen and soon moved to using paints that bond with leather and last longer than other paints. When a customer asks for a design, Sunil sketches it and gets their approval before digging in. He draws and paints everything by hand from memory or, in some cases, by looking at a photo. “I like how unique it is,” said Steven Richards, one of Sunil’s first clients. “I like the fact that you can just throw any idea to him.” Sunil, who focuses mainly on the artistic side of things, was producing six to eight pairs per month last summer and had to hire six friends to help to handle customer service and promotion around the Eastside, he said. While school is in session, though, he only does one or two custom-designed pairs per month. While it’s certainly still a serious hobby — he has to wait until he’s 18 to apply for a business license — Sunil said he hopes to grow Emerald Crown Custom Footwear through high school. He’s learning lessons in business early. “I’ve learned that it’s actually much more difficult than I thought it would be,” Sunil said. “The hardest part is getting customers.” See photos of recent work or learn more about Sunil’s work at the Emerald Crown Custom Footwear Facebook page.

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Wiz Khalifa was one of the earliest shoes Karan Sunil designed.


Obituaries Ronald James Schlocker Ronald James Schlocker, of Sammamish, loving husband to Cookie and devoted father to Erik and Laura, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, at Overlake Hospital Medical Center. He was 70. Donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association in Ronald’s name. A celebration of Ronald’s life will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Sammamish City Hall in Commons Hall. Friends are invited to view photos, get directions and share memories in the family’s online guest book at Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory, 392-6444.

David Bruce Parkinson Nov. 25, 1953 – Nov. 12, 2011 After six years of a determined and courageous battle against cancer, Dave died at home in the arms of his loving wife and best friend. Dave attended Highline High

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school’s eighth annual holiday bazaar runs 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 3 and will feature music, food and artsy items.

School, where he played baseball and the saxophone, participated in Hi-Liners Musical Theater and formed many lifelong friendships. He was proud to be a University of Washington alumnus, having earned a David Bruce master’s Parkinson degree in civil engineering. He worked for the Coachella Valley Water District for two years, followed by 10 years with the Seattle Water Department, and then spent the remainder of his career as a water resources manager with CH2M Hill. He loved history, travel, fine wine, Husky football, Mariners baseball and over-the-top Christmas light displays. Most of all, he loved being a husband, father and grandfather. With great sorrow, he leaves behind his loving and beloved wife Lisa; his four children, Erin (Teage), Sean, Lindsey and David; grandchildren Dylan, Lucas and Emery; and brothers Ken (Judy) and Roger (Lisa). Dave was a man of great honor, integrity, intellect and profound love for his family. His passing leaves a deep ache in the lives of the many who Bazaar patrons can peruse artisan booths with glass art, photography, holiday decorations, quilts, wraps, scarves, soaps, candies, purses and wood items, etc. The bazaar proceeds benefit the Skyline Booster Club, which supports all sports and clubs at the school.



November 23, 2011 • loved him. A memorial service was held Saturday, Nov. 19, at Flintoft’s Funeral Home in Issaquah. Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family’s online guest book at An endowment in Dave’s name is being established at the University of Washington. This endowment will benefit the UW College of Engineering in perpetuity. If you would like to make a donation in honor of Dave, remembrances may be made to the University of Washington Foundation (DBP), c/o UW College of Engineering, Box 352180, Seattle, WA 98195-2180.



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No doubt: “Doubt” challenges Skyline By Tom Corrigan

John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt: A Parable” into a noteworthy expeThematically, it’s a big play rience for the students involved. filled with moral questions and, “They are all under the microas the name implies, deliberate scope when they are onstage,” moral and thesaid the play’s matic ambiguidirector, Skyline IF YOU GO ties. drama teacher In terms of ◆ Doubt” at the Delphi James production, it’s Theater inside Skyline High Henderson. School tiny, with only “There’s a lot four actors. For ◆ 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 and more focus on this production, Dec. 1-3 the acting,” said the sets are min◆ Skyline High School, 1122 senior 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish imal as well, Alexander consisting of a ◆ Tickets at the door — $10 Beuchat, 18, lone desk or a for general admission; $8 for adding the audiseniors and students bench. ence will be It’s being able see every staged in move each actor Skyline High School’s Delphi makes. Theate — its black box or experiLucillia Nkinsi, 14, a freshmental theater. The audience sits man, agreed. She said unlike bigvery close to the stage. And it’s ger productions — such as all of these factors that are turnSee DOUBT, Page 15 ing the school’s production of

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Ana Palacios, left, as the young Sister James, has a long talk with stern Sister Aloysius, played by Marie Guenette.

McAuliffe Elementary’s fathers are going DOG(S)-wild By Christopher Huber

Three days a week, Brady Howden, principal of McAuliffe Elementary School, announces a special guest during the morning announcements. For the child of that special guest, it’s a moment of pride, as classmates often congratulate them on getting to host their parent at school that day. While mothers do the majority of volunteer work that happens each day at Sammamish schools, fathers at McAuliffe are beginning to offer their time and energy to help, too. In fact, during the first month of the new Watch DOGS program, about 30 dads have already signed up to help out at the school for a day, said Eileen Fenick, McAuliffe PTA member heading the program. “The kids are just so excited,” said Fenick. “The kids are so proud.” Watch DOGS stands for Dads of Great Students. The program currently operates in about 2,200 schools in 41 states nationwide, according to the National Center for Fathering. Endorsed by the Department of Education, it seeks to bring more fathers and father figures into schools to promote a safe and secure learning environment. “Personally I think it is great to

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Richard Cole, right, and his son, kindergartener Alex Cole, work together at McAuliffe Elementary School. show our children how important dads think school is,” Fenick said. Typically, one father — some-

times two — is available per day. From about 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. he assists with anything from a

‘mighty math’ activity to landscaping and playing with kids at recess.

“The program sounded like a good idea,” said Rod Toll, who spent the day at McAuliffe Nov. 17 trimming bushes, having lunch with his daughter and friends and helping with a math lesson. “I don’t get a chance to do this very often.” Toll has three girls at McAuliffe and said, while it’s good to help out, he also appreciates seeing them in their social and academic setting. While sitting at the lunch table with his daughters, their friends and classmates all crowded around him like he was a VIP. “They all wanted to high-five me,” Toll said. To Toll, the most important part of being a Watch DOG, “is having the opportunity to see my daughter in classes and see how the school runs. To see the kids in their environment, that’s the valuable part.” He also gained an appreciation for all that teachers have to do just to manage a class of youngsters, let alone teach them about the world. To some it might be a given that teachers have responded favorably to having the fathers See FATHERS, Page 15


Blackwell students give up some candy for troops The students at Blackwell Elementary School continued what looks to become an annual post-Halloween tradition. They collected 325 pounds of Halloween candy in the week following the holiday, according to the school’s PTA. Usually, the Blackwell PTA’s Sharing is Caring committee mails boxes and boxes of the candy to troops itself. But for the past two years they have

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“Grease,” — the school’s next big musical — there is simply no place to hide onstage and it’s very tough to cover up a mistake. When you are onstage during the smaller play, she added, all eyes are on you. A Pulitzer Prize winner set in the early 1960s, “Doubt” is the story of a stern Catholic nun in charge of a parish school who begins to think there might be something unhealthy about the relationship between the parish priest, Father Flynn, and a young, male student who is never seen in the play. There are also notes of racial tension in the story, as the boy is the only black student at the school. Beuchat, the lone male in the cast, plays Father Flynn, while the role of the head nun, Sister Aloysius, went to Marie Guenette, a junior, 16. Seemingly a regular on Skyline’s stages, Guenette has a lead role in the upcoming “Grease.” She said it’s actually not that hard to switch from a light and breezy musical to the more heavy and thematic “Doubt.” In each case, Guenette noted, she is playing a role, she is acting. “It’s fun to do a whole variety of things,” said Ana Palacios, 16 and a junior, who, like Guenette, also has a part in the upcoming “Grease.” In “Doubt,” she plays a young nun who may be a bit more naïve than Sister Aloysius. Nkinsi plays the mother of the boy who may or may not have received unhealthy attentions from Father Flynn. When the mother visits the school, she states she wants her son to graduate, that she isn’t concerned about anything else. Henderson said that scene and the mother’s attitude “kind of makes my skin crawl.” “It’s jarring,” he said. Henderson added he was lucky enough to have seen “Doubt” on Broadway and didn’t know a lot about the story going in. He said he feels the themes and story are still very relevant

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donated the load of sweets to organizations that send care packages overseas. This year the PTA donated the candy to Operation Bald Eagle. In 2010 it donated the candy to Operation Iraq-Afghanistan, a Kirkland-based organization that has sent tens of thousands of personalized care packages to troops on the front lines, according to its website. The Blackwell candy will be among the care packages sent to troops on Christmas Day. The 2010 collection garnered nearly 400 pounds of candy and set a record for the effort. and he decided not to back away from the play despite any controversy it might cause. Beuchat said he has very strong Catholic beliefs and like his teacher thinks the play is relevant, adding he does not find it offensive in any way. “Father Flynn can be so very different from scene to scene,” he said. “He has several facets.” “I love these characters,” Palacios said. “They have so much depth.” “I believe we should do a wide variety of plays,” Henderson said. “And I kind of like to push the envelope a bit.” Reach reporter Tom Corrigan at 392-6434, ext. 241, or

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Rod Toll, parent of three McAuliffe Elementary School students, does some gardening around the school during his full day of helping Nov. 17. He is one of about 30 fathers who volunteer with the PTA’s Watch DOGS program to spend a day helping with in-class activities, gardening or recess entertainment.

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this fall, Fenick said. Howden had already seen the program in action at a school where he worked previously. Any McAuliffe father interested in volunteering for a day can

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Skyline wins 3rd state soccer title in 4 years By Christopher Huber

Lianna Simms put in some extra practice with her left foot leading up to the 4A state soccer tournament. The junior defender from Skyline got the chance to put that practice to work Nov. 19 when she scored the only goal of the championship match against Bellarmine Prep. The Skyline Spartans earned their third state championship in four years after beating the Lions 1-0 on a dark, chilly day at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup. “I don’t know who’s writing this script, but I’m glad to be a part of it,” said Skyline coach Don Braman. Simms, who only spent half the season on the varsity squad, took a free kick near the right sideline, about 18 yards out in the 22nd minute. She lofted a perfect shot using her left foot so the ball would curve in a little. The ball sailed just under the crossbar into the top-left corner of the goal, beyond the reach of Bellarmine goalkeeper Kiley Adams. “I saw the back side was wide open, and I like to hit it far,” Simms said after the game.

The win gave Skyline its fourth shutout in four games in the Class 4A state playoffs. It came after Bellarmine Prep staged a forceful late-game offensive that put Spartan goalkeeper Tina Vargas on her toes. Vargas executed four big saves in the final 10 minutes and notched her 11th shutout of the season. “I really like the way the girls held against that storm,” Braman said. “Our girls are really resilient. He credited Nicole Candioglos, a senior midfielder, for her consistent performance anchoring the center of the field this season and especially in the championship game. Simms had subbed for injured defender, senior Jackie Wilson, who tore her MCL in the semifinals Nov. 18. Simms’ role exemplified what seemed to get the See SOCCER, Page 17 Photo by Christopher Huber

Maddie Christ, right, a Skyline senior midfielder, goes toe-to-toe with a Bellarmine Prep player early in the second half of the 4A championship match Nov. 19 at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.

Eastlake out after ugly loss to Lake Stevens; Skyline advances By Christopher Huber Eastlake head coach Gene Dales didn’t have much to say after the game Nov. 19. As quickly as the fog settled over the field at Eastlake High School Stadium after halftime on this near-freezing night, so did the realization among everyone at the game that the Wolves wouldn’t be advancing to the state semifinals in Tacoma. Lake Stevens took it to the Eastlake Wolves early and on all fronts to win 50-21 in what seemed more like a Viking home game than that of the Wolves. Lake Stevens scored on its first five possessions, capitalizing on three big Eastlake mistakes. “Their first half was pretty much flawless,” Dales said after the game. “They executed extremely well.” Photo by Christopher Huber

Keegan Kemp, Eastlake senior quarterback, streaks past the Lake Stevens defense for a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter Nov. 19.

Eastlake gave Lake Stevens a quick two points on its first possession when the ball went out of the back of the end zone for a safety on a punt snap. Later in the half, Eastlake fumbled two Lake Stevens squib kicks, both of which led to Vikings touchdowns. Lake Stevens had practiced the tricky kickoff Nov. 18, just to see if they could perfect it against Eastlake, known all year for its stellar special teams abilities. The kickoff method had worked against Olympia the week before, too, said Lake Stevens Coach Tom Tri. He wanted to see what would happen. “I said ‘we’re running that tomorrow night,’” Tri said. The Wolves, playing a little dazed and confused, scored on a Keegan Kemp 6-yard rushing play about six minutes into the game. Lake Stevens scored twice more in the second quarter to take a 36-7 lead into the halftime break. “We played awful in the first half,” said senior quarterback Kemp. “It’s a sucky way to go out.”

Eastlake’s second-half effort, while improved from the first half, lacked its typical potency on the ground. Scrambling to make something happen, Kemp tried to connect with receivers on 13 of 18 plays in the third quarter. But they couldn’t hold on to the ball. Kemp finished the night 15 of 28 for 129 yards passing. He also ran for 109 yards. But in the fourth quarter, he scampered up the right sideline for a 53-yard touchdown to make it 36-14. Lake Stevens answered on the next drive. Only one of Eastlake’s three interceptions in the second half led to touchdowns. Senior linebacker Clay Monahan intercepted a Jake Nelson pass with 5:04 left in the fourth. “That pick by Clay was sweet to see,” said Kemp. On the next play senior running back Ryan Lewis punched through for a 27-yard touchdown run. That put the score at 43-21. Lake Stevens scored for the last time on a controversial call. See FOOTBALL, Page 17


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Vikings running back Korey Young picked up what other players thought was a downed ball after a 7-yard Shae Giddens run. Young took it in five yards for a touchdown. Despite the poor finish, Kemp reflected on one of Eastlake most successful seasons ever. “This is a family. They played a great season,” he said. “Everyone just stood together.”

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Nicole Candioglos, Skyline senior midfielder, goes up with Bellarmine Prep forward Madison Taylor late in the first half Nov. 19.

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Spartans (18-0-2) through their first undefeated season in school history — a player goes down, another steps up. “Tonight, this team did what it’s done all year long,” Braman said. The Lions came out quick, controlling the tempo for the first roughly 10 minutes. Skyline adjusted to the pressure and got in its share of early shots in the first half, including a near goal from junior forward Rachel Shim in the 39th minute. The Skyline defense took the life out of Bellarmine Prep’s attack early in the second half, but the Lions still got a few shots, including one that missed the crossbar by just inches. “Everybody adjusted well,” Simms said. “I’m so glad to be a part of this team. It feels so good to be state champs.” Eastside Catholic 1, Meadowdale 0 The Eastside Catholic girls soccer team took third place in the state Class 3A tournament after beating Meadowdale 1-0 Nov. 19 at Sparks Stadium. It is the school’s first girls soccer trophy in its history. Senior Shelby Newell scored the only goal of the game in the 38th minute. And goalkeeper, Lauren “Nemo” Thomas, completed her ninth shutout of the year. The Crusaders finished 13-7-5. Reporter Christopher Huber can be reached at 392-6434, ext. 242, or Comment on this story at


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Skyline 52, Central Valley 17 The Skyline Spartans advanced to the state 4A semifinals again after beating the Central Valley Bears 52-17 Nov. 19 in Sammamish. The two teams were close for a quarter, but Skyline (9-3) took off in the second quarter with three touchdowns and never looked back. It led 28-10 at halftime after senior quarterback Max Browne ran for a 6-yard score, senior receiver Taggart Krueger caught a


57-yard touchdown pass from Browne and running back Damian Greene scored on an 80yard passing play from Browne. Greene and Krueger were Browne’s favorite receivers again in the second half. The Spartans opened the half with a 27-yard passing touchdown to Greene and then a 30yard passing score to Krueger from receiver Trevor Barney. Late in the third quarter, kicker Sean McDonald nailed a 37yard field goal and Isiah Richmond scored on a 12-yard pass from Nate Gibson. Browne completed 15 of 24 passes for 332 yards and no interceptions. Greene had four catches for 176 yards and six carries for 71 yards. Krueger had 121 yards on three catches. Skyline faces Woodinville in the 4A semifinals at 1 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Tacoma Dome. Reporter Christopher Huber can be reached at 392-6434, ext. 242, or Comment on this story at

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Thankful I’m Me, a concert for preschoolers will feature Charlie Hope to celebrate giving thanks with children 2 and up. Tickets are not required, but seating is limited. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Sammamish Library. Things to Come: Visions of the Future on Film looks at how movies have imagined the future from the silent era to today, including such films as “Metropolis,” (shown) “A Clockwork Orange,” “Blade Runner” and “Wall E.” at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Sammamish Library.





The Sammamish Kiwanis annual Christmas Breakfast with Santa is scheduled for 8:45 and 10 a.m. Dec. 3 at Good Samaritan Episcopal Church. Visit for reservations. Learn how to download a King County Library System ebook to your ereader during a digital downloads demonstration at 1 p.m. Dec. 3 and 17 at the Sammamish Library. Master Chorus Eastside will perform its Christmas show “The Many Worlds of Christmas” featuring Christmas songs from around the world. The show is set for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Eastlake Performing Arts Center. and at 3 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Kirkland Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15-20. Call 392-8466 or visit www.masterchorus The Happy Valley Arts and Crafts Fair will have more than 20 vendors selling pottery, prints, jewelry, fiber art, clothing and more from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Happy Valley Grange, 19720 N.E. 50th St. in Redmond.


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The city of Sammamish Holiday Lighting Ceremony is set for 5:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at City Hall. 4 p.m. (closed 12:30-1:30 p.m.) Dec. 8 at the Swedish campus 751 N.E. Blakely Drive in Issaquah. A Winter Wonderland Holiday Bazaar featuring gifts, a secret Santa for children, handcrafted items and other products will be from 3-7 p.m. Dec. 9 at Samantha Smith Elementary. Proceeds benefit the Sparrow Club and the school’s PTA.


A woman’s self defense class, where women will learn ways to think and talk about self defense, is for women 18 and older. It is set for 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Sammamish Library.


Bookmaking for Kids, presented by the Seattle Center for Book Arts is for children 6 and older with an adult. Learn how to make a book at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Sammamish Library.

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The Reindeer and the Dreidel Puppet Show: A girl celebrating Chanukah meets Rudolf the reindeer and they teach each other about their holidays at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Sammamish Library.

Nov. 24 and 25 Thanksgiving. City offices closed.

Volunteer opportunities The Mothers of Preschoolers group which meets at Mary, Queen of Peace church is seeking volunteers to provide childcare while the group meets. Meetings are generally Thursday mornings, twice a month at the church. For more information, visit, or email 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 The King County Long-

Term Care Ombudsman Program needs certified longterm care ombudsman volunteers. After completing a fourday training program, visit with residents, take and resolve complaints and advocate for residents. Volunteers are asked to donate four hours a week and attend selected monthly meetings. Contact Cheryl Kakalia at 206-6946827. 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 Eastside Baby Corner needs volunteers to sort incoming donations of clothing and toys and prepare items for distribution. Visit Volunteers are needed to visit homebound patrons with the King County Library System’s Traveling Library Center program. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and have reliable transportation. Call Susan LaFantasie at 369-3235.

Dec. 1 ◆ Northeast Sammamish Sewer and Water District board meets at 3 p.m. at the District office at 3600 Sahalee Way N.E. ◆ The Sammamish Planning Commission meets at 6:30p.m. at City Hall. Dec. 5 ◆ The Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District Board of Directors meets at 3 p.m. at 1510 228th Ave. S.E. ◆ The Lake Washington School Board will hold a worksession at 5 p.m. followed by a meeting at 7 p.m. at the Resource Center, 16250 N.E. 74th St., Redmond Town Center. Dec. 6 The Sammamish City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. Dec. 8 The Eastside Fire and Rescue Board of Directors will meet at 4 p.m. at EFR’s headquarters at 175 Newport Way N.W. in Issaquah. Dec. 12 The Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District Board of Directors meets at 3 p.m. at 1510 228th Ave. S.E. Dec. 13 The Sammamish City Council will hold a study session at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.


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LIbrary activities

Focus on Faith

Swaddler Story Time, for children birth-9 months with an adult, 11 a.m. Dec. 1, 8 and 15.

A Thanksgiving Eve service is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 23 at Sammamish Presbyterian Church.

Waddler Story Time, for children 9-24 months with an adult, 10 and 11 a.m. Dec. 2, 9 and 16. Toddler Story Time, for children 2-3 with an adult, 10 and 11 a.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and 14. Preschool Story Time, for children 3-6 with an adult, 10 a.m. Dec. 1, 8 and 15, and 1 p.m. Dec. 2, 9 and 16. Pajama Story Time, for children 2-6 with an adult, 7 p.m. Nov. 28, Dec. 5 and 12. Talk Time, conversation practice for adults who want to

improve their English language skills, will take place at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 1, 8 and 15. Spanish Story Time, for children 3 and older with an adult, 6 p.m. Nov. 29 A series of weekly poetry workshops, for poets of all skill levels is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 23, 30, Dec. 7 and 14. Space is limited. Musik Nest, for children 2-3 with an adult. Share songs, dance, rhythm and new ways to enjoy music with your toddler, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 19.

The Sammamish Book Group will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 21.

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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.

Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered program offering support. Mondays, 7-9 p.m., Pine Lake Covenant Church. Visit, or call 392-8636.

During this season Life Enrichment Options (LEO) wishes to thank these great businesses which are currently employing persons with developmental disabilities from the greater Issaquah area. The following employers deserve our business and appreciation. They have not only welcomed these employees into their teams, but have also jointly cooperated with their supported employment agencies and job coaches. We are proud of you! Each day you give persons with developmental disabilities the dignity that comes from earning a living and doing their part in our community.

Our sincere thank you to the following businesses: Albertsons , Eastgate AtWork! Burger King , Issaquah City of Issaquah Costco Headquarters Costco Warehouse, Issaquah Denny’s Restaurant on Gilman Eastridge Christian Assembly Encompass Northwest Eurest Dining Services Evergreen Ford Fred Meyer, Issaquah Gilman Auto Body Hilton Garden Inn Home Depot, Issaquah Issaquah Brew Pub Issaquah Kiwanis Issaquah Nursing and Rehabilitation Issaquah Press Issaquah Salmon Hatchery Issaquah School District Jubilee Farms Kids Country Day Care, Issaquah KinderCare, W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy

Lakeside Montessori La Petite Academy, Sammamish Lowe’s, Issaquah McDonalds on Gilman Michael’s Toyota of Bellevue Microsoft Mt. Si Sports and Fitness NAES (formerly North American Energy Service) National Etching North Bend Theater Old Navy, Factoria Panera Bread PCC Foods Pediatric Associates PetCo on Gilman PetSmart, in Issaquah Pine Lake Club Pitney Bowes Services Providence Marianwood QFC, multiple locations: Gilman Blvd, Pine Lake, Klahanie Regal Cinemas, Issaquah 9 Ridge Fitness, Snoqualmie

Rite Aid, Factoria River Dog Round Table Pizza, Issaquah Safeway, multiple locations: Issaquah, North Bend, Sammamish, Renton Highlands San Mar, Preston Sherm’s Barbeque Snoqualmie Casino Starbucks, multiple locations: Gilman, E. Lake Sammamish, Pine Lake, Sunset in Renton, Klahanie Village Target, Issaquah Tavon Center The Grange Trader Joe’s, Issaquah Tutta Bella, Issaquah Tweeds Cafe University House, Issaquah Zeek’s Pizza, Highlands

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The annual Chanukah celebration sponsored by Chabad of the Central

The Three Wise Men Concert will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at Sammamish Presbyterian Church.

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A Food for Thought Seniors Luncheon is set for 11:30 a.m. 1 p.m. Dec. 13 at Sammamish Presbyterian Church. Cost is $5. RSVP by Dec. 8 to 425-868-5186.

Healing Prayer Service. If you desire to make space for God in a peaceful setting the fourth Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m., at Pine Lake Covenant Church. Email or call 890-3913.

The Teen Writers Group will meet at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 20.

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A Children’s Christmas Musical is set for 4:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at Sammamish Presbyterian Church.

Cascades will feature the lighting of a 6-foot menorah made from ice. The celebration, which will include latkes and doughnuts, along with a concert and puppet show, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 20 at Blakely Hall in the Issaquah Highlands.

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) allows mothers of young children time to make friends share stories and grow spiritually. The group generally meets twice a month on Thursday mornings at Mary, Queen of Peace Church. Visit

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November 23, 2011

Elections office calls on voters to resolve ballot problems Since ballots started to return to King County Elections late last month, the office processed about 450,000 ballots, but staffers cannot open some ballots due to voter signature problems. The elections office, by law, cannot open and process a ballot unless the signature on the

return envelope matches the signature on a voter’s registration. Staffers attempt to contact voters if a signature problem arises. If elections office staffers contact a voter, he or she should call the office to ensure his or her ballot is processed. Call 206-296-VOTE. Voters can resolve signature problems through Nov. 28. “There are some close races in this election and every ballot we open contributes to the out-

SAMMAMISH REVIEW come,” Elections Director Sherril Huff said in a statement. “We can’t open a ballot if it is missing a voter’s signature or if the signature doesn’t match the one we have on file.” Often, elections staffers cannot process some ballots because the voters returned the ballots too late or they failed to sign the declaration on the return envelope. In the August primary election, crews could not open about

2,000 ballots due to missing signatures.

County Executive Dow Constantine backs same-sex marriage Supporters of same-sex marriage launched a campaign Nov. 14 to legalize it in Washington — and earned early support from King County Executive Dow Constantine.

The organization, Washington United for Marriage, aims to make the Evergreen State the seventh state to allow same-sex marriage. Supporters plan to lobby state legislators before and during the 2012 legislative session to support same-sex marriage. Washington United for Marriage’s goal is to pass legislation legalizing marriage for same-sex couples next See MARRIAGE, Page 24


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Issaquah school bond campaign gets an early start By Tom Corrigan

Voters will have until April 17 to decide the fate of a $219 million capital bond issue supporting the Issaquah School District. Still, those running the bond campaign are starting to put the groundwork for it in place. In the meantime, the Issaquah School Board approved the ballot language for the measure at its regular meeting Nov. 9. The question asks voters to approve the sale of bonds to support various capital improvement projects in the district. The projects listed in the actual ballot include the rebuilding of Clark Elementary and Issaquah Middle schools. The language also addresses the relocation and expansion of Tiger Mountain Community High School.

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year. Constantine applauded the effort. “Now is the time to take action, to finally recognize the equality and protect the rights of all the people of Washington,” he said in a statement. “I will work in whatever capacity I can to see this legislation passed in Olympia, or if necessary at the ballot box, and look forward to the day I can sign marriage certificates for all adult couples in King County.” So far, a half-dozen states — Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont — plus Washington, D.C., allow same-sex marriage. Washington state has had a domestic partnership law — or “everything but marriage” law — in place since 2009.

Those projects are the largest, and possibly most controversial, included in the bond package. In the original bond program proposed by Superintendent Steve Rasmussen, the total cost of the interrelated projects was given as $86 million. The ballot language also mentions improving “districtwide heating/ventilation, space and security; make usability improvements to curricular/athletic fields and stadiums; and make other improvements.” Athletic field improvements proposed for Skyline, Issaquah and Liberty high schools, along with artificial turf and new rubberized running tracks for district

middle schools, is another plan likely to draw some criticism. Kelly Munn is a co-chair of Volunteers for Issaquah Schools, which will run the bond campaign. The school board initially planned to put the bond issue on a February ballot; VIS asked them to postpone the public vote until April, allowing the committee more time to sell the issue. Munn said her committee began to meet weekly in August. “Right now, we are still in the building mode,” she said. They are looking for volunteers to take on various tasks, such as organizing the printing and distribution of yard signs or campaign buttons. Munn said an

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important need is for someone to identify a teacher and a PTA representative from every building in the district, representatives willing to help promote the bond. Munn said the committee also is trying to set a budget for the coming campaign. Planners have decided on their basic strategy, a decision that increased the price of the campaign. The committee first considered what’s known as a “stealth campaign,” one aimed at people who promoters are certain will vote in favor of the issue and making sure those people cast their ballots, Munn said. An alternative approach attempts to sell the issue to the public as a whole.

Despite the fact it is the more expensive — and probably the more difficult — of the two options, planners decided to go with the broad-based approach. While the district cannot directly take sides in the campaign, school officials can provide information. Executive director of communications for the district, Sara Niegowski said she would place a link to bond information on the district’s website by the end of the month. Reach reporter Tom Corrigan at 392-6434, ext. 241, or To comment on thi story, visit


November 23, 2011 50 cents Reporter Caleb Heeringa can be reached at 392-6434. ext. 247, or To com- ment on this sto...