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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2012
City Council passes new housing ordinance Approved law will prevent landlords from refusing Section 8 voucher tenants SAMANTHA PAK firstname.lastname@example.org
From left: Charlene Sugden, Mark Sugden, Kris Underhill and Don Watts pose for a picture at Perrigo Park in Redmond. Kris, Charlene and Don are the great-grandchildren of William and Matilda Perrigo, one of the founding couples of Redmond. CHAD COLEMAN, Redmond Reporter
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Perrigo family paved the way for city’s Centennial Celebration
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will be celebrating Redmond’s pioneering heritage throughout this year as part of its Centennial Celebration.
or Charlene Sugden, the City of Redmond is not the one she remembers HISTORY LESSON growing up during the 1950s Although she was born and 1960s. a Johnston and changed When she and her family her name once she was were living on Education Hill, married, Sugden’s greatthe area was all undeveloped grandparents are William land and dirt roads, with only a and Matilda Perrigo, one few homes. They had electricity of the two Perrigo couples but no running water and had who came and settled in outdoor bathrooms. Sugden’s the area in the 1870s along immediate family owned 10 with Luke McRedmond, the acres of land and other relatives William and Matilda Perrigo (center) and their many children were one of the city’s namesake. had land nearby as well. William was the second first families to reside in Redmond before it became an incorporated city 100 years “We owned the hill more Perrigo to come to the area. ago. Courtesy photo or less,” said Sugden, who is His older brother Warren now 67 and lives in Gold Bar. Perrigo came in 1870 from one of the city’s pioneering and founding “There was nobody there.” Kitsap County and William, coming families: the Perrigos. And while her family owned a lot of from Maine, followed in 1877. City officials and residents — along with land back then, they also hold dear a the descendants from the Perrigo family — [ more PERRIGOS page 6 ] significant piece of Redmond history as
Finding affordable housing in the City of Redmond will become a bit easier, starting next week. City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to adopt an ordinance that prohibits landlords from refusing to rent to tenants solely because they will be using Section 8 housing vouchers to help pay for their rent. The ordinance will go into effect Feb. 18. “I fully support this,” said Council President Pat Vache. The vote was met with a round of applause and came after a public hearing during which 20 people spoke. Most urged Council to support the measure, saying landlords’ refusal to rent solely on the grounds that Section 8 vouchers would be used is “legal discrimination” against a person’s source of income. “I just don’t think that’s the community we want to be,” Council member Kim Allen said about allowing this discrimination to continue. Other municipalities such as Seattle, Bellevue and unincorporated King County have already adopted similar ordinances. City of Redmond human services manager Colleen Kelly told Council this was an important issue to consider because finding affordable housing is a problem city staff members often face when working with people. She said it is in Redmond’s best interests to provide housing at all levels.
WHAT IS SECTION 8? The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban [ more HOUSING page 3 ]
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Police Blotter The police blotter feature is both a description of a small selection of police incidents and a statistical roundup of all calls to the Redmond Police Department that are dispatched to on-duty police officers. The Redmond Reporter Police Blotter is not intended to be representative of all police calls originating in Redmond, which gets more than 500 calls (emergency and non-emergency) per week.
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Shoplifting: There were two reports of shoplifting â€” one at a store in the 17200 block of Redmond Way and another in the 17600 block of Union Hill Road. A teenage girl was arrested for the report on Union Hill Road and police could not find the suspect for the other report. Burglaries: There were two reports of burglaries on Education Hill. The first report came in at 2:22 p.m. from a residence in the 8200 block of 171st Avenue Northeast. The front door had been smashed in. The second report, at 4 p.m., was in the 17100 block of Northeast 88th Street, where a window was broken using a large rock.
Burglary: Redmond police investigated a residential burglary at 11:29 p.m. in the 15700 block of Northeast 65th Street, where a rear sliding door was smashed open. No items were stolen from the residence and there is no suspect information. Theft: A guest at a Redmond hotel in the 17600 block of Redmond Way reported at 1:37 p.m. that some electronic items were stolen. Vehicle prowls: There were two vehicle prowl reports in the 8500 block of 148th Avenue Northeast of the Grasslawn neighborhood.
Theft: Redmond police responded to a report of a theft at a park in the 8400 block of 161st Avenue Northeast at 6:20 p.m. An expensive camera and other miscellaneous items were stolen.
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Theft: A man called police at 10:13 a.m. to report that his large black suitcase, containing financial real estate documents was stolen from his locked vehicle in the 15800 block of Bear Creek Parkway. There was no sign of forced entry, according to the police report. Dumpster fires: There were two reports of dumpster fires in the Education Hill neighborhood. The first one was reported at 5:23 p.m. in the 8300 block of 165th Avenue Northeast. The second was reported 10 minutes later in the 16100 block of Northeast 87th Street. â€œUnfortunately, I donâ€™t have much more information other than that they were reported and they were put out pretty quickly,â€? said Redmond police spokesman Jim Bove.
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