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Council spars over wisdom of letting pot shops into city Wallace fails to gain support for rec marijuana moratorium BY BRANDON MACZ BELLEVUE REPORTER

Councilmember Kevin Wallace said prior to the defeat of emergency legislation he proposed Monday night to temporarily ban recreational marijuana businesses in Bellevue that there will come a time when

the city regrets letting marijuana in. Wallace provided two emergency ordinances ahead of a public hearing to amend and extend an emergency ordinance regulating marijuana retail, processing and producing in Bellevue. One was for a six-month moratorium on recreational marijuana businesses to allow the city's planning commission to complete final recommendations for how to regulate the new industry, and the other would do the same for collective medical marijuana gardens. Monday's public hearing was simply to


amend an emergency ordinance the city has been under since October to prohibit retail marijuana stores from opening up too close to each other. The ordinance now sets a 1,000-foot distance requirement between stores. Wallace argued a moratorium on recreational marijuana would allow the planning commission more time to recommend a better ordinance for regulating retail, production and processing in the city. He added the Bellevue Police Department has also not yet weighed in on the issue.


Bellevue residents want city more involved in PSE project BY BRANDON MACZ BELLEVUE REPORTER

Dr. Derek Rodrigues prepares a patient for an atrial fibrillation ablation procedure at Overlake Hospital Medical Center. The operation creates lesions inside that block the path of “an electrical storm” of signals from the pulmonary vein, Rodrigues said. Read more on PAGE 13. DANIEL NASH, Bellevue Reporter

Councilmember Conrad Lee was the only other vote in favor of the bans, and the emergency ordinances required a five-vote supermajority to pass. The council received only one comment during its public hearing on the distance requirement, and that was from a couple advocating for an outright ban. City Attorney Lori Riordan told the council the Washington State Liquor Con-

While more than 200 Bellevue residents came out to Monday night's City Council meeting to oppose Puget Sound Energy's two proposed routes for its 18-mile, Redmond-to-Renton transmission line project, Mayor Claudia Balducci limited testimony to three speakers for either side of the debate. No one emerged in support. The three speakers were representing the newly formed Coalition of Eastside Neighborhoods for Sensible Energy, which resident Jeff DuBois said encapsulates the thoughts of thousands of Bellevue residents. DuBois requested the council consider the integrity of the city's parks and neighborhoods and take steps to find an alternative that works for all parties and excludes erecting transmission line towers up to 12 stories in height. PSE is using this year to solicit public comments and work with a community advisory group to determine which of the two routes is preferred for its transmission line project, which is proposed to handle future capacity needs on the Eastside. Residents on the Eastside, including some within PSE's community advisory group, do not believe the added infrastructure will be solely for their benefit nor do they want to see large towers erected in their neighbor-

hoods or clear cutting of trees for the route. Seventy-four Eastside residents have sued the energy company to try to prevent it from using a route that would run over the old Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks in the Eastside Rail Corridor. "And it's only going to get worse," said John Merrill, who lives in Bellevue's Somerset neighborhood. Merrill said PSE may oppose undergrounding its transmission lines, but there are still other viable options that the energy company excluded from consideration before approaching the public with its Energize Eastside project. He said the city should use its resources to find a solution to the routing issue and take steps to preserve neighborhoods. "These routes cut through the heart of the community," said Richard Kaner, a Bellevue geriatric doctor. Kaner said residents acknowledge the need for an infrastructure upgrade for providing a higher energy capacity on the Eastside, but that the city of Bellevue should use its power to govern land use and prevent "industrial blight" in its neighborhoods. Councilmember John Chelminiak said PSE representatives will meet with the council next week for a status update for the project. SEE PSE, 18

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The Bellevue City Council received its fourth update Monday in a series of meetings to address its draft shoreline master plan ahead of its submittal to the Washington Department of Ecology for review and potential approval.

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FBI leads joint exercise at Crossroads mall in unified command simulation for making critical decisions and interagency communication. “Exercises are essential for assessing our response plans and polishing our coordinated efforts,” said Carlos Mojica, acting special agent in charge for the FBI Seattle Division. The simulation was scheduled so as not to interfere with normal mall operations. FBI field offices nationwide are engaging in similar exercises with

state and local emergency agencies and the private sector, as part of the final phase of a joint Complex Mall Attack initiative developed by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. The public can learn more about critical incidents involving mass casualties at an FBI information page, fbi.gov/about-us/cirg/ active-shooter-and-mass-casualtyincidents

Land Use Director Carol Helland said public access to Bellevue shorelines will be mostly provided through park development, which includes plans for the Meydenbauer Bay Park. Phase One construction for the project is slated to begin in 2017. The shoreline plan calls for including public access through city park, utility and transportation projects near Bellevue shorelines, except when issues of public safety arise. Richard Settle, an attorney specializing in environmental and land use law with Foster Pepper PLLC, told the council the state’s Shoreline Management Act was originally enacted to address concerns about public access, before later focusing more on environmental issues. He said the city’s provisions for access shouldn’t elicit a hard stance from the DOE. Some councilmembers relayed concerns received from shoreline residents about the potential for people using their properties to access Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish, as well as whether the plan opens up private commercial property. The council reserved the right to consider allowing access for new commercial development or commercial properties that choose to expand.

High-water mark Councilmember Jennifer Robertson told staff Monday she wants the city’s shoreline plan to remain consistent with what the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers defines as the high-water mark. Some residents SEE SHORELINE, 3


The FBI Seattle Division, with the Bellevue police and fire departments, on May 7 coordinated a training simulation of a terrorist attack at the Crossroads Bellevue Shopping Center. A large number of emergency vehicles were stationed outside the mall from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. The local agencies exercised first response capabilities while FBI agents tested tactics, explosives mitigation and evidence collection. All agencies participated

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Chief Michael Eisner to end 40 years with Bellevue Fire Department City plans to search nationwide for replacement BY BRANDON MACZ BELLEVUE REPORTER

Bellevue Fire Chief Mike Eisner will end his 40-year career with the city of Bellevue and retire in June. His retirement will come just two months after the city’s police chief ’s. “It just seemed like it was a great opportunity to pass the baton to someone else,” Eisner said, with the first phase of the biennial budget done and department receiving reaccreditation Mike Eisner last year. “Some of the major milestones we had on our work plan (are) behind us.” Eisner started with the Bellevue Fire Department in 1974, celebrating his 40th year with the city last month. His first leadership position came in 1980, when he was promoted to lieutenant. He was a captain when, three years later, he helped open Fire Station 7. Eisner became fire chief in 2009. His final day with the city is June 13. “I didn’t have any aspirations when I joined the department 40 years ago, other than to get through basic fire school,” Eisner said, adding his ascension through the ranks was due in part to the rapid growth of Bellevue. “With that growth came lots of opportunities and, in many ways, I was in the right place at the right time.” Growing up in the Seattle area, and with family and friends here, Eisner said he plans on staying close by. He has shortterm plans to travel with his wife and


spoke out about the mark prior to the staff presentation, stating work needs to be done to address water level management and return the high water mark to a lower, more satisfactory level. The city will set a fixed

explore volunteer opportunities. One thing Eisner will not get to finish before retirement is a presentation to the City Council on a facility master plan that’s still being developed using an outside consultant. The plan analyzes the city’s current fire stations and will outline where additional stations will be needed as Bellevue continues to grow. Eisner said the plan will go to council within “It just the next four months. An email to staff from seemed City Manager Brad Miyake like it was states a recruitment plan a great is being developed for opportunity finding the next Bellevue to pass the fire chief “As we have done with baton to other key positions in the someone city, we will be looking to else.“ the public, council and staff to help us determine Mike Eisner the qualities we desire and need in the next Bellevue Fire Chief,” Miyake states in the email. Eisner said his understanding is Miyake will name the department’s interim chief ahead of his retirement. “Brad Miyake and I have talked briefly, and he would like to take a little time to consider his options,” he said. Bellevue Police Chief Linda Pillo retired in mid-April and is temporarily being replaced by former Chief Jim Montgomery, who was pulled out of retirement until a more permanent replacement is found. Miyake also served in his position in the interim for nearly a year before City Council voted last month to keep him on in the position.

elevation for the high water mark based on public testimony, but that will only be used for setting setbacks.

Nonconforming structures The city’s shoreline master plan will allow residents to expand their structures up to 200 square feet, but prevent expansion into designated critical areas or

any closer to high-water marks. Complete reconstruction also would be allowed within the structure footprint, which is being redefined to include all accessory structures except for boathouses. Boathouse maintenance will be allowed, as well as remodels of up to 50 percent of the structure in a three-year period.

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Tourism going Freeman reveals high-tech leasing strong in Bellevue center for Collection expansion BY BRANDON MACZ

Kemper Freeman highlights the $1.2 billion Bellevue Collection during a media tour of The Studio, a hightech leasing office for the project recently opened in Lincoln Square.




Tourism is up in the city, and Visit Bellevue is looking at increased revenues and tax benefits as a boon for city residents; one that will continue to grow with development. The city’s destination promoter, Visit Bellevue, provided City Council this month with data pointing out major gains in tourism activity in 2013 over the prior year. That includes 1.4 million visitors, up 4.4 percent, and $716 million in direct visitor spending, up 3.5 percent. For David Yusen, chairman for Visit Bellevue’s advisory committee, the city has reached “critical mass,” and the time is now to spend a little more time and money to better promote its assets. “Everywhere is up,” said Yusen of Bellevue’s growing dining scene. Marketing director for Heavy Restaurant Group, which has seen a 33-percent revenue increase for its Lot No. 3 and Purple restaurants. “Bellevue’s really seen, especially over the last 3 to 5 years, a big ramp up.” Visit Bellevue is in the 2015-16 budget process, and is partly funded by the city and also from hotel/motel tax revenue, which should be increasing as future hotel projects wrap up, said Sharon Linton, marketing and communications manager for the organization. That includes variSEE TOURISM, 5

work is completed along Bellevue Way. A threestory retail podium with two 17-story residential towers is proposed for the Bellevue Square expansion. The northern tower will be residential only while the southern tower will have

office tower with 700,000 square feet of office space and 177,000 square feet for retail, dining and entertainment. Another tower between the office building and Westin Bellevue will be SEE FREEMAN, 5

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Kemper Freeman unveiled on Friday his company’s new multimillion dollar leasing center for the $1.2 billion Bellevue Collection expansion, anticipated to break ground in July with tenants to be filled by the time construction is complete. The Studio is a high-tech, interactive leasing center on the second floor of Lincoln Square that Freeman said will provide the visual experience many prospective tenants need to understand what they’re paying for and take the next step toward signing on. The Bellevue Collection expansion will add two million square feet of retail, office, hotel, dining and residential space once

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Developer proposes Marriott AC Hotel downtown BY BRANDON MACZ BELLEVUE REPORTER

A new seven-story AC Hotel by Marriott is being planned for downtown Bellevue. The proposed 110,000-square-foot facility includes 234 guest rooms and nearly 41,000 square feet of onsite valet parking for 106 vehicles. The hotel is a partnership between AC Hotels and Marriott International and their joint global expansion into the United States. AC Hotels was founded in 1998 by Antonio Catalán, and partnered with Marriott in 2011 to leverage “the unique style and design of these upscale urban-inspired hotels with the portfolio power and distribution of Marriott International,” according to Marriott International’s development webpage. AC Hotels owns around 80 properties in Spain, Italy, France and Portugal. Through its joint venture with Marriott, it has now expanded into North America, “expanding Marriott’s reach to an under-served $2 billion customer base.” A spokeswoman with Marriott International confirmed the development deal. Property owner FPG Development Group lists the Marriott, Hilton and Hyatt as partnering hotels with which it works. According to FPG’s website, “The company seeks to develop hotels that many other companies pass up due to the project’s complexities and difficult permitting processes.” The development group is based in Palm Beach, Fla., and describes itself as a “fully integrated, privately held, real estate operating company with a knowledgeable and experienced management team.” The hotel will be constructed at 202 106th Place Northeast, down the road from where the 17-story Bellevue Marriott Hotel is being constructed on 110th Avenue Northeast. That hotel is slated to open in the fall, while the


for a 244-room designer hotel with 250 luxury high-rise apartments. Models of the expansion project are on display at The Studio, allowing tenants to select a floor that can be lit, with the aerial views from that floor broadcast on a large screen against one of the walls. It also features a 24-foot video wall and back offices for tenants to see what their views will be,” said Vanessa Rose, principal for The Voyager Group, Kemper Development Company’s creative agency based in California. She said materials used in The Studio reflect those that will be incorporated in the expansion. The Studio is expected to open to the public later this summer.


show April 23 at Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Center, drawing 85 exhibitors (a sellout) and an attendance of approximately 500.

and entertainment. Businesses like PACCAR, Microsoft, Nintendo and other gaming ventures, he said. Utility work for the Lincoln Square expansion begins Monday, and will close Bellevue Way from Northeast Fourth to Sixth streets for 12 days. That timeline was greatly reduced from the 77 days Kemper Development Company was initially told it would take to complete the work. Freeman said it was important to do whatever it took to avoid that. That meant more crews for the job working overtime. Freeman said the Lincoln Square expansion groundbreaking is set for July and the project is expected to take 2 1/2 years to complete. The Bellevue Square expansion will start a year after Lincoln Square’s begins, and is expected to take 1 1/2 years to complete.

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Marriott AC Hotel plans to begin construction in September with an October 2015 completion date. An existing one-story structure will be demolished ahead of construction. Building materials will include a metal panel system for the exterior, Prodema wood panels and masonry, according to documents included in the city’s weekly permit bulletin. It also states widening of Northeast Second Street will be necessary. Marriott International describes its AC Hotels as including public space with a linear design that features curated museum-quality artifacts, a lounge with cocktails and small plate offerings and guest rooms with a “sleek European-inspired design with sophisticated furnishings and dramatic retail-inspired lighting.”

Freeman said The Black Box is about two months from opening in Lincoln Square, and will include full-scale models of what apartments, hotel rooms and other portions of office space will look like once completed. “We get a reputation of being able to predict the future of what people need,” said Freeman, “and, really, it’s all about listening to the customers.” Freeman said the Bellevue Collection is celebrating five years of retail sales growth — the best in its 65 years of operations and up 27.2 percent in 2013 — when other similarly sized retail centers were in the negative. While retail is a strong economic driver, Freeman said the success of Eastside businesses in Bellevue is also driving the need for more office and residential space, as well as amenities like dining

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Time to ticket drivers who text or talk


he “Click it or Ticket” program is returning to the Bellevue area starting Monday. The law enforcement program targets both unbuckled drivers and those distracted because they are talking or texting on their cell phones while driving. Most cities in King County, along with the State Patrol, are taking part. Safe drivers everywhere should cheer. Distracted drivers are everywhere — and easy to spot. ■ It’s the bozo in their car still sitting at the stoplight long after it has turned green. ■ It is the driver who’s car wanders back and forth in the road, occasionally hitting the lane-divider buttons — an accident just waiting to happen. ■ It’s the person in a fast-food drive-thru line, oblivious to the fact everyone in front of them has placed their orders and moved on. ■ It’s the person whose disregard for the law causes an accident that at best damages cars and at worst could be deadly to themselves or others. The “Handheld Cell Phone Use” law became a primary law in Washington in June 2010. That means the police can cite a person for that without seeing some other violation first. Traffic safety officials say that prior to that law taking effect, on average, 700 drivers were cited for cell phone use per month statewide. After the law went into effect, the number of motorists cited for cell phone use increased and has stayed consistent at approximately 4,000 per month. Those are only the ones caught. Stand on the corner of a busy intersection for a few minutes and you’ll be convinced the number of violators is far higher. There’s rarely a legitimate reason to be talking or texting on a cell phone when behind the wheel of a car. For those who believe the law doesn’t apply to them, let’s hope the flashing red and blue lights they see in their rear-view mirror convinces them otherwise. Go get ‘em, officer. We support you 100 percent. — Craig Groshart, Bellevue Reporter




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we couldn’t have gotten here alone. Cascade was created by our members in 1999 to obtain a sufficient water supply for our growing communities on the Eastside and in South King County. At the same time, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) was winding down hydroelectric production at its facility at Lake Tapps in Pierce County. Cascade’s journey to purchase Lake Tapps began. Lake Tapps receives water from the glacier fed White River. The lake provides Cascade a large storage area for water to be used in the summer. Lake Tapps is also important to the surrounding community who live and play on the lake. At the same time, the White River is an important salmon producing route with the potential to produce hundreds of thousands of salmon each year. Our commitment was to be a good neighbor and we offered our hand in partnership. We worked with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians and the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe to ensure in stream flows for fish. We worked with the cities that surround the lake — Auburn, Bonney Lake, Buckley and Sumner — to ensure they had sufficient water for their future needs. We worked with the homeowners to ensure their beautiful lake would be full SEE CASCADE, 7 writing or petition campaigns. We require a name, a city of residence and a daytime phone number for verification. We will publish your name and city of residence only. Please resubmit your letter in the body of an email message to letters@bellevuereporter.com. Letters become the property of The Reporter and may be edited. They may be republished in any format.

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atasha Babayan was stunned by the devastation she witnessed when she traveled to her parents’ hometown of Gyumri, Armenia. The Bellevue teen, and first-generation American, says her experience in the summer of 2012 was an “a-ha moment” that inspired her to serve others, both at home and abroad. “I was amazed at how impoverished it was,” she says. “Houses made out of steel scraps, ceilings that leak when it rains, having to fetch water from a well — all because of an earthquake that happened over 20 years ago. They don’t have enough money to rebuild.” Natasha — who comes from a singleparent household without much money — readily admits that she herself has received community support. She discovered the Lori Forte Harnick Bellevue Boys & Girls Club Teen Center during her junior year at Sammamish High School, finding it a welcoming reprieve from the cliques of high school, and full of adult and peer mentors always happy to see her. There she received help with homework and took an SAT preparation class she couldn’t otherwise afford. And thanks to the inspiration she found during that 2012 trip to Armenia, Natasha became especially interested in community service projects run by kids at the club. Among her many volunteer efforts, she helped raise money to build schools in impoverished corners of the world and reconstruct communities in the Philippines ravaged by an earthquake not unlike the one that struck her parents’ home. Natasha’s journey of public service last month landed her on stage at Seattle’s Key Arena in front of 15,000 of her peers, where she represented Microsoft at the recent We Day, an inspirational event from nonprofit Free The Children that empowers a generation of young people to volunteer and participate in social activism at home and overseas. Celebrities, professional athletes and youth activists appear at these events to cheer young people for their local and global service projects that earned them a ticket to We Day — and encourage them to continue serving others. Free The Children built a program that reaches hundreds of thousands of young people, and through a three-year sponsorship from Microsoft, we joined forces to extend their reach — to help the increasing number of young people who ask, “What can I do to help?” Having seen firsthand the myriad of ways that technology has made the world a better place, I encourage young people to view technology as a powerful tool to help them answer that question. Natasha, who is also an apprentice in Microsoft’s marketing department, embodies what it is like to be a young person whose imagination is captured by the power of technology. “It’s opened my eyes to the technological resources that are available,” she says. Through our three-year commitment to bring We Day to both Washington state and California, that’s exactly the kind of dreaming we hope to inspire. The realization that young people—and the rest of us—have the power to change the world for the better. That’s what We Day, and Microsoft YouthSpark, is all about. Lori Forte Harnick is Microsoft’s general manager for citizenship and public affairs. She lives in Sammamish.

ilence filled the crowd. Anticipation drenched the air. It was a tied game, the bases were loaded and every fan sat on the edge of their seat. Ichiro Suzuki, one of the greatest hitters of all time, was up next. All eyes were glued to the pitcher’s mound, all minds anxiously waiting. All but mine. I slowly lowered my lids. Complete darkness surrounded me as I sat behind home plate at Safeco field. The combination of the cool breeze gusting in from Puget Sound and the metal benches pressed against the backs of my thighs shot goose bumps down my legs. An uncontrollable shiver erupted through my spine. I let my mind slip back 10 years. I remembered my dad pulling me out of my third grade class at Somerset Elementary. “Lorea Gwo, please come down to the office. Your dad is waiting for you.” My tiny hand stopped drawing, and I looked up to see 20 envious, Lorea Gwo doe-eyed classmates staring at me. Grinning uncontrollably, I dropped my crayon, grabbed my backpack and sprinted out the door. At the end of the hall, my dad and older brother waited for me in matching Ichiro jerseys. I broke into a run, almost tripping over my clumsy feet and jumped into my dad’s arms as he effortlessly scooped me up and kissed me tenderly on the cheek. Pulled out of class for a Mariners game? I was the luckiest kid in the world. And my dad was unquestionably the coolest dad in the world. Suddenly, the familiar scent of garlic fries wafted past my nose and jolted me back to the game from the brief reminiscence of my childhood. I closed my eyes again and let my mind travel forward three years. I thought about my dad. It was still tough to think about him without grieving. But here in these rare moments of

serenity, I thought about the last moments I spent with him. How watching Mariners games by his hospital bed became more frequent than going to the actual games themselves and how I held his delicate hand at his bedside as we watched countless baseball games on the hospital television. Having the spirit of a young and healthy man, he cheered every time he was wheeled away into chemo and radiation treatments. I remember him sucking up his own fear in front of the family, reassuring us with nothing but smiles before every treatment cycle. It seemed like every day, when I would visit him at the hospital, he grew more unrecognizably emaciated. He would always look up at me with a glint of hope in his eyes, barely strong enough to push out a smile. He would promise me we would be back at Safeco Field soon, with the best seats in the house, the second he was healthy again. Sometimes I would believe him. It turned out we never had an opportunity to go to another family baseball game. Even so, I was grateful for the 15 years of unforgettable memories. Somehow, through the most difficult times, my dad had raised me into a resilient, independent woman who appreciated every moment with her family. Although I wish my dad were here, I am forever grateful for these experiences, for they forced me to mature and molded me into a young girl precocious beyond my years. My thoughts were interrupted by the explosion of cheers by the entire Safeco Field. Ichiro had hit a double! Everyone jumped to their feet cheering. We had finally stopped our losing streak! Ecstatic and relieved, I turned my head and caught a glimpse of my brothers’ eyes. At that moment I knew my dad was with us, enjoying the rare win with the whole stadium.


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Bellevue College President Dr. David Rule addresses the crowd at the Meydenbauer Center during the 15th annual “Become Exceptional” luncheon. COURTESY PHOTO, Alan Alabastro,

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Luncheon raises nearly $250,000 for Bellevue College scholarships, programs The Bellevue College Foundation’s “Become Exceptional” Luncheon raised nearly $250,000 from more than 650 guests, that will provide crucial support for the foundation’s many school and program activities that advance scholarships and academic programs for BC students. Now in its 15th year, the April 30 event, held at Bellevue's Meydenbauer Center, also attracted 46 corporate and in-kind sponsors that underwrote the cost of the luncheon, allowing every dollar that guests donated to support Bellevue College and its students. “The success of the foundation and of the luncheon is dependent on the tremendous support we receive from the community, and it is so important that we bring this

community together to learn more about the BC story,” said Larry Herron, vice president of Institutional Advancement and executive director of the foundation. Chef, restaurateur and BC alum John Howie and state Rep. and BC alum Cyrus Habib gave the keynote speeches and John Curley, host of The Tom & Curley radio show and former Evening Magazine host, emceed the event. Additionally, two Bellevue College students spoke to the audience about their success at BC and in life thanks to foundation scholarships. Established in 1978, the BC Foundation is a nonprofit organization that receives and manages individual and institutional gifts, grants and awards on behalf of Bellevue College.

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Bellevue College’s Peer-to-Peer Program will host a Volunteer Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 21 in the Bellevue College cafeteria (C building). Organizers want to help students find volunteer and internship opportunities that will enhance their skill sets and resume and expand their networking options. Organizers also see the fair as a way to connect the Bellevue College campus with the surrounding community and foster a spirit of service. Participating organizations include: American Red Cross, Birthday Dreams, city of Bellevue — Highland Community Center, city of Sammamish, EarthCorps, Eastside Baby Corner, Eastside Friends of Seniors, Eastside Pathways, Encompass, Full Life Care, Girl Scouts of Western Washing-

ton, Green Kirkland Partnership, Green Redmond Partnership, Habitat for Humanity Seattle — King County, Hopelink, Imagine Housing, Jubilee REACH, Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration, LifeWire, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Eastside), Neighborhood House CASASTART, Peace Corps, Real Change, Rotary Club of Sammamish, Sea Mar Community Health Center, The Sophia Way, Volunteer Chore Services, Catholic Community Services, Washington C.A.S.H. (Community Alliance for Self-Help), Youth Eastside Services- S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and Youth Tutoring Program (YTP). For more information, contact the Bellevue College Peer to Peer program at 425-564-6045, or peertopeer@bellevuecollege.edu.

'Click it or Ticket' returns May 19 to Bellevue "Click it or Ticket" patrols will return to Bellevue and elsewhere in King County as law enforcement officers will be out once again searching for not only unbuckled drivers but also distracted drivers. The patrols will be from May 19 to June 1. Last year during this same time period, officers on extra patrols statewide issued 2,963 seat belt violations amongst the 11,666 motorists who were stopped. Also last year during this time period, 1,897 cellphone and texting violations were written. The “Handheld Cell Phone Use” law became a primary law in Washington in June 2010. Prior to that law taking effect, on average, 700 drivers were cited for cellphone use per month statewide. After

the law went into effect, the number of motorists cited for cellphone use increased and has stayed consistent at approximately 4,000 per month. The primary seat belt law took effect in June 2002. Violations initially increased and then the seat belt use rate increased. Officials say high visibility enforcement has proven to change behaviors and is now being applied to distracted driving. Officials add that texting and cellphone usage is aggravating to many motorists and it remains a growing public health and traffic safety issue. The extra patrols are part of Target Zero, which is designed to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030. For more information, visit www.targetzero.com.

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Venter and Webb at BAM Catching up with two current shows at the Bellevue Arts Museum

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Danger muted in ‘Grand Central’ BY DANIEL NASH BELLEVUE REPORTER

During the 2014 Seattle International Film Festival, the Bellevue Reporter will present its selections of festival films playing at Lincoln Square Cinemas — as well as a few choice picks from other SIFF venues.

‘Metanarrative,’ from Kathy Venter’s LIFE exhibit at the Bellevue Arts Museum. DAVID BORROWMAN relaxed, palms open, they’re not exactly supplicating or worshipping; and they’re certainly past the age of any initiation ceremony. Life-size, like most of Venter’s work, they have a certain frumpy dignity, a fleshy pragmatism that sets them apart from anyone’s ideal — be it classical, Vogue, or “America’s Next Top Model.” You don’t have to be an Amazon or supermodel to show strength. Flopped down on the floor are an infant and mother. Says Venter of the new SEE BAM, 11

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Grand Central | Playing May 17, 9:30 p.m. at Lincoln Square Cinemas. 94 minutes. What is danger? Does it descend in one fell swoop under the wail of a klaxon? Or is it a sword of Damocles that hangs overhead, challenging us to live life until it drops? Rebecca Zlotowski’s “Grand Central,” winner of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival’s François Chalais Prize, presents the threats surrounding Gary Manda (Tahar Rahim) as a little bit of both. This story about a young nuclear decontamination laborer and his affair with a well-liked coworker’s bride-to-be advances in a wave of mundane routine, yet remains fraught with tension. The constant risk of slowbuilding radiation poisoning — and Gary’s refusal to leave his contract — becomes a powerful metaphor for the danger he exposes himself to in his liaisons. The ending of this Franco-Austrian picture comes suddenly and ambiguously, but the ride is what makes it worthwhile. Fight Church | Playing May 18, 4 p.m. at Lincoln Square Cinemas. 83 minutes. Brutality and faith collide in Daniel Junge and Bryan Storkel’s documentary about Christian mixed martial arts enthusiasts. Partially presented against the back-

drop of the MMA ban in New York state, the narrative follows several “fight pastors” and Christian fighters as they deal with the juxtaposition of loving thy neighbor and the love of violence. While the filmmakers have stated they set out to present the subject matter in an entirely objective tone, the narrative instead seems to vacillate its sympathies from the fighters to their critics and back again. The cinematography is beautifully rendered and at its strongest when the cameras are drinking in cage fights blow by blow. Burkholder | Playing May 17, 4 p.m. and May 18, 6:30 p.m. at Harvard Exit. Playing May 22, 4 p.m. at Lincoln Square Cinemas. 81 minutes. In screenwriting there’s an unofficial rule that it’s unwise to write dialogue as a facsimile of real speech. Everyday small talk is too oblique, too meandering —it lacks punch. But in “Burkholder,” the latest old age comedy from Bainbridge Island director Taylor Guterson, wandering tongues are the source of humor. The characters may rarely talk in a straight line, but the side roads and alleys they duck into betray unexpected charms and gems. In fact, this meandering may be the only well of pure humor found here — this is a heartbreaking film about a man’s stubborn struggle against dementia and his landlord’s personal dilemma regarding how to proceed with end-of-life care. Principal actors Bob Burkholder and Britton Crosley portray a friendship that is as sweetly intimate as it is petty, bickering and manipulative.

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“The past and the present are always in flux for me,” says Canadian sculptor Kathy Venter as she leads a small tour through the large mottled clay figures that populate LIFE. With more than 30 pieces on view at Bellevue Arts Museum through June 15, this traveling show has the familiarity of folks you might meet on the bus or in line at the supermarket; the forms and faces are ordinary, not like polished marble gods on museum pedestals. Only the textures feel ancient. The figures, most of them nude women, aren’t glazed or smoothed to perfection in the kiln. Often splashed with paint, they look like something found at an archeology dig. (Crumbling Corinthian columns flank one piece, as if framing a stage set.) Venter uses traditional terracotta methods and materials in a process that can take months, modeling her figures not from drawings or photographs, but from life. She finds her non-professional, unglamorous models in Salt Spring Island, B.C., where the South Africa native has lived for more than two decades. Venter cites both Greek statuary and Xhosa tribal rituals among her influences, and the daubs of paint, which add color to her reddish figures, recall National Geographic images of African dance ceremonies. And even if Venter resists traditional poses (some figures are simply slumped on the ground), she originally trained as a dancer, which gives her an intimate familiarity with the body’s workings and postures. A sense of ritual attends the groupings here. One cluster of women, called Coup d’Oeil, is posed in loose formation. Arms

Tahar Rahim stars in ‘Grand Central’ as a nuclear decontamination contractor engaged in a dangerous affair in ‘Grand Central.’

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Mike Leach: The WSU coach will discuss his book, “Geronimo: Leadership Strategies of an American Warrior.” Free. May 17. University Book Store, 990 102nd Ave. N.E., Bellevue. 425-462-4500. American Panic: Mark Stein discusses the history of fear in America as written in his book “American Panic: A History of Who Scares Us and Why.” $5. May 20. Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle. 1-888-377-4510

Kalimba: A two-show event presenting Kalimba’s tribute to Earth Wind and Fire. $20. May 17. Bake’s Place, 155 108th Ave. N.E., Bellevue. bakesplacebellevue.com Pearl Django: Hot club swing featuring vocalist Gail Pettis. $20. May 18. Bake’s Place, 155 108th Ave. N.E., Bellevue. bakesplacebellevue.com Eastside Jazz Club: Thomas Marriott and Friends perform. $8-$13. May 20. Marriott Courtyard Hotel, 11010 N.E. Eighth St., Bellevue. 425828-9104

Comedy Norm MacDonald: The “SNL” alum takes the stage. $25-$30. Parlor Live, 700 Bellevue Way, Ste. 300, Bellevue. 425-289-7000 Comedy Mix: Jay Phillips and Toby Roberts come out for Jordan Babineaux’s Big Play Babs Comedy Mix. $15-$30, presale online only. Parlor Live, 700 Bellevue Way, Ste. 300, Bellevue. parlorlive.com Shawn Wayans: Star of “Scary Movie” and “In Living Color.” $25$35. Parlor Live, 700 Bellevue Way, Ste. 300, Bellevue. 425-289-7000

Concerts Pictures at an Exhibition: Sammamish Symphony Orchestra. June 6. Tickets at the door, www.plateaumusic.org or www.ticketweb.com (service fee applied). Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St., Bellevue.

Dance PNB Season Encore: Pacific Northwest Ballet performs its “greatest hits” of the 2013-2014 season. $35-$200. June 8. McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle. pnb.org

Theater Endangered Species Project: May 5 will feature The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window by Lorraine Hansberry. June 2 will feature The Good Person of Szechwan by Bertolt Brecht. July 7 will feature Rutherford and Son by Githa Sowerby. ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle, acttheatre.org, 206-2927676. Terre Haute: Terre Haute is the prison in Indiana where Timothy McVeigh was held after the Oklahoma bombings. This play is based on the true story of the correspondence that McVeigh had with author Gore Vidal. May 16-June 15. ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle, acttheatre.org, 206-292-7676. Hedgebrooks Women Playwrights Festival: Contemporary plays by women authors including Mia Chung, Alexa Junge, Evangeline Ordaz, and Tracey Scott Wilson. May 19. ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle, acttheatre.org, 206-292-7676. The Price: Arthur Miller play. Two brothers get a hard lesson in truth and consequences. After taking separate paths in life, their versions of family history collide when they

meet after 16 years to settle their late father’s estate. May 30-June 22. ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle, acttheatre.org, 206-292-7676. Teatro ZinZanni – On the Air: Their new radio-themed show features the return of emcee Kevin Kent and stars Anki Andersson. $99 and up. Through June 1. 222 Mercer St., Seattle, zinzanni.com/seattle, 206802-0015 Little Shop of Horrors: Seymour, his his ditsy crush Audrey, and Seymour’s carnivorous plant from outer space. Through June 15. ACT Theatre, various dates and times, 700 Union St., Seattle, acttheatre.org, 206-292-7676. The Construction Zone: Workshop series of new plays. June 25 and July 29. ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle, acttheatre.org, 206-292-7676. Passing Strange: The off–Broadway hit and Drama Desk Award-winner about a black musician who travels to Europe where drugs, sex, and art change the way he sees the world. Features the Northwest’s own Rock and Soul recording artist LeRoy Bell as Stew, the Narrator. June 13-29. ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle, acttheatre.org, 206-292-7676. Hands Solo: Singer-Pianist Victor Janusz recounts a “life at the keys” from age eight to the present in this one man show (with music). July 10-20. ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle, acttheatre.org, 206-292-7676. An Evening of One Acts: Three celebrated writers and their trio of short plays stretch the imagination with magic, surprise, wonder, and a dose of science fiction fantasy for the summer. Patter for a Floating Lady by Steve Martin, Riverside Drive by Woody Allen, The Unseen Hand by Sam Shepard. July 18-Aug. 17. ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle, acttheatre.org, 206-292-7676.

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Bellevue College to perform ‘Into the Woods’ tickets.com. A limited number of leftover tickets may be What happens after Happily Ever After, after all? Bellevue College theatre students will answer that in the Sondheim and Lapine musical “Into the Woods,” a retelling of the Grimm classics. The show combines a number of classic fairy tales into one narrative. A baker and his wife are assigned a number of tasks by a nearby witch; only after completing these duties will they be able to bear children. During their quest to fulfill the witch’s demands, they encounter Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and his beanstalk, Rapunzel, Cinderella and numerous other fairy tale figures. As the traditional stories intertwine new tales are told, yet the original fairy tales’ sense of wonder and, at times, darkness remains intact. The score, winner of Broadway’s Tony Award, includes such songs as “Children Will Listen,” “Giants in the Sky” and “No One Is Alone.” The musical is appropriate for children age 12 and older and will be performed at 7:30 p.m. May 29-31 and June 4-7 at the Stop Gap Studio Theatre in the Carlson Theater building (E Building) on the Bellevue College campus, 3000 Landerholm Circle S.E. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 students and faculty and can be purchased through brownpaper-

available for sale beginning at 6:30 p.m. before each show. Contact Tammi Doyle at 425-564-2319 or tammi.doyle@ bellevuecollege.edu for more information.

Volunteers sought for Marymoor concerts King County is seeking volunteers to help at the Marymoor Park concerts this summer and is offering free admission and parking to those who sign up. On tap this summer are Steely Dan, Rebelution, the Fray, Heart and other bands Prospective volunteers must be at least 18 years old, and no experience is necessary. Volunteers will be able to watch the show before or after their shift and are able to hear the entire concert. Shifts last approximately three hours, and start times vary with each concert. Groups and families are encouraged to volunteer together. Volunteers are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis, and since shifts fill quickly, interested volunteers are encouraged to submit their concert requests as soon as possible. For more information and to apply, visit kingcounty.gov/ parks/volunteer. For information on the Marymoor Park Concerts, visit marymoorconcerts.com.

mom, “She’s got an almost bovine contentment.” This is what the post-partum body looks like, she explains, and that’s why she asked this ordinary Canadian to model for her. And again, this is what actual feminine power looks like: the effort and exhaustion necessary to push new life into the world, and the relief that comes after. Venter depicts what the Greeks and most (male) Western sculptors who came later did not: the actual, rather than idealized, female form. Dan Webb also is having his first solo show at BAM. The local artist trained at Cornish, though he didn’t set out to be a woodworker. One early work in Fragile Fortress is actually a medieval suit of armor constructed with silvery duct tape. He’s not apologizing for the humble pine, Douglas fir, maple and cedar, but emphasizing the contrast between grainy source and emergent form. “Everything is temporary,” says Webb as he discusses his work. In a piece called Woodylion, a dandelion sprouts through a big block of redwood, its root penetrating the pedestal. It’s all hewn from the same material, of course, but we see here the contrast between life cycles long and short, a juxtaposition of past and present. Wood contains its own story, says Webb. In all those tree rings and imperfections lie decades and even centuries of history. Much of his material comes from salvaged old-growth timber originally milled during Seattle’s first building boom in the late 19th century — all the structures being torn down for new South Lake Union high-




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rises. Northwest history is now being written on a far more accelerated scale than that of tree rings. In Splash, a watery explosion seems to erupt from a block of fir, as if a pebble has been dropped onto its surface. The concentric tree rings denote time being measured on different scales: instant and ancient. Nearby, a wooden balloon appears to float — another ephemeral thing actually made to last. Here and elsewhere, like the impression of an absent sleeper’s head on a pillow, there’s a quality of imposed duration, of time suspended. In these selections, made from Webb’s last 15 years of work, are visual puns and explicit references to the nature of woodcarving. On the human limbs that emerge — like tree limbs — from a fir slab are hands holding the mallet and chisel of Webb’s trade. He often only carves portions of his source material, to contrast the finished and raw states. He’s adding something to the wood, but “I’m also a destroyer,” he says. Indicating the cut marks, old nail holes, and traces of the sawmill, he notes, “It is very much a creative destruction.”

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f you see me coming your way, you might want to change direction. That is, unless you don’t mind me taking your picture. Blame it on the iPhone app Photo 365, which a friend suggested I download. “You take a picture a day for a year,” she said. Each picture loads into a calendar on the date you take it. I like photography, but Ann Oxrieder have limited time to pursue it, so the idea of taking only one photo a day sounded enticing. It wouldn’t involve a big investment in time, but would guarantee I’d be alert for photo ops wherever I went. “What pictures have you taken so far?” I asked my friend. “None. I’m not sure what theme to choose.” Theme? This project suddenly became more complicated and also more appeal-

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Two Bellevue students have won scholarships through a contest sponsored by the Eastside Republican Club. Applicants had to write on the topic, “How would a $15 per hour minimum wage affect jobs?” Charles Lu won a $1,000 scholarship. He is

www.BellevueReporter.com ing. A year’s worth of photos stitched together with one overarching thread? My first thought for a theme was “seasons,” but I soon questioned whether I needed 200 pictures of rain. I finally chose “people,” a broad category, but one most likely to keep me going for a year. (Shortly after I began, I had to change the theme to ‘portraits’ to include pets of friends who weren’t willing for me to take their pictures... yet.) My first subject was Eleanor, who, at 93, is the oldest among my writer friends. Thus far I’ve taken about 40 photos. My dentist, neighbors, travel agent, legislator, participants in my English conversation class, friends from elementary school and former work colleagues have all agreed to be the featured portrait for one date on the calendar. I love this project. Even in this early stage, I feel warm and fuzzy as I thumb through my reminders of some of the wonderful people I’ve met over the course of my life. The only problem I foresee in this venture is that I can’t fill 365 days with people who currently play a part in my life. This means that if I see you at the grocery store or in a restaurant and recognize you from my past, don’t be surprised if my first words are, “May I take your picture?” Ann Oxrieder has lived in Bellevue for 35 years. She retired after 25 years as an administrator in the Bellevue School District and now blogs about retirement at http://stillalife. wordpress.com/. a student at Interlake High School and plans to attend Stanford University. Julia Ellings won a $500 scholarship. She is a student at Claremont McKenna College in California. The winning essays are posted on the Eastside Republican Club website at http:// www.eastsiderepublicanclub.org/scholarship.

New SR 520 floating bridge reaches milestone on pontoons Construction of the new State Route 520 floating bridge across Lake Washington reached another milestone this past weekend with the first permanent placement of a bridge pontoon on the lake’s west side. The 240-foot-long, 10,000-ton Pontoon A, with large roadway-support columns mounted atop its deck, will be the new bridge’s western-most pontoon. Pontoon A and Pontoon W, now anchored near the lake’s eastern shoreline, will bookend the floating bridge’s 21 longitudinal pontoons. The latter structures, each 360 feet long, are the floating bridge’s primary support. “This pontoon placement essentially represents the start of bridge assembly,” said Julie Meredith, director of the SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program for the Washington State Department of Transportation. “In coming months, the public will start to see a new floating bridge take shape as we align and connect other pontoons in between A and W.” On April 19, crews towed Pontoon A from its moorage site near Medina to its permanent location about 50 feet north of the existing floating bridge’s west approach, near Madison Park. The pontoon will be secured in place with large steel cables attached to anchors secured to the lakebed. Fifty-two of the new bridge’s 77 pontoons have been constructed so far, with 34 now on Lake Washington. The six-lane bridge is scheduled to open to traffic in spring 2016. Pontoon A’s permanent location will obstruct the west navigation channel run-

Overlake gets an 'A' in patient safety The latest Hospital Safety Score has given Overlake Medical Center an “A” — the top grade in patient safety. Overlake is one of 16 hospitals in Washington state to receive the Hospital Safety Score’s top grade. The score is compiled under the guidance of experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog. The score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay. “Making Overlake Medical Center the safest place for our patients is our highest concern," said Overlake Medical Center President and CEO J. Michael Marsh. "Consistently achieving Leapfrog’s “A” ranking and receiving Healthgrades’ Patient Safety Excellence Award six years in a row


ning beneath the existing SR 520 floating bridge. As a result, the 206-foot-wide boating channel will reduce in width to 120 feet. The narrower channel will be marked by traditional red and green buoy markers. The temporary channel configuration, approved by the U.S. Coast Guard, will be in place until additional pontoons are joined with Pontoon A. The west navigation channel’s vertical clearance of 45 feet will not change. In addition, once Pontoon A is secured to its permanent anchors, a new exclusion zone for water craft will be activated. The off-limits area will be marked by six white buoys located north and south of the pontoon and with a sign on each end of the pontoon. The white buoys represent the locations of anchor lines and it is dangerous for boats to pass between the sign and the buoys. The floating bridge’s east navigation channel remains closed to boats due to construction near the Medina shoreline, except on special boating dates and holidays. Boats more than 45 feet tall must use the floating bridge’s drawspan by calling 206-440-4490. The new floating bridge, with a higher, 70-foot clearance beneath its east navigation channel, will not have a drawspan. More information about the SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program can be found at www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr520bridge.

are testaments to our consistent focus on top quality and high value care for the Eastside.” The Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in spring 2014, with about 32 percent receiving an “A” grade. To see how Overlake Medical Center’s score compares locally and nationally, and to access safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit hospitalsafetyscore.org. Consumers can also go to the website for a free download of the Hospital Safety Score app.

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The festival will celebrate the region’s agricultural heritage, as well as its diverse cultural past, present and future. The family-oriented, historic community event features fresh strawberry shortcake, handson history experiences, food and vendor booths, entertainment, a Classic Auto Show and family-fun games. It will be held June 28-29 at Crossroads International Park. More information is available at 425450-1049 or email director@eastsideheritagecenter.org. For complete festival details, visit www.bellevuestrawberryfestival.org.

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New device at Overlake Hospital helps cure atrial fibrillation With good technique surgeons have an 80- to 90-percent rate of nonrecurrence in patients BY DANIEL NASH BELLEVUE REPORTER

Catheter provides computer feedback to the amount of pressure being applied during ablation procedures. Below: catheter also provides 3D maps of the interior of the heart, verified and completed by ultrasound. COURTESY PHOTOS eter puts on the walls of the heart. Too little and lesions wouldn't form effectively. Too much and the tissue could be perforated. The problem with the ablation procedure


veins were pinpointed as the source of atrial fibrillation by the team of doctor Michel Haïssaguerre in the 1990s. Haïssaguerre pioneered the technique of isolating signals from the pulmonary veins to cure Afib. Afib ablation is now commonly achieved surgically by a catheter device snaked up an artery in the leg. After mapping the interior of the heart, the surgeon will use radiofrequency to create lesions around the pulmonary vein, creating a barrier to unwanted electrical signals. The procedure is minimally invasive and provides an alternative to the open-heart "maze" procedure. Rodrigues estimates that, exercising good technique, surgeons with Overlake had been able to achieve an 80- to 90 percent rate of non-recurrence in patients — the fibrillation was cured and symptoms did not reappear. So what about the remainder? Proper ablation requires surgeons to hit a sweet spot in terms of the pressure the tip of the cath-




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Overlake Hospital Medical Center's electrophysiology program is using new pressure feedback technology to increase success in a procedure to cure atrial fibrillation. Dr. Derek Rodrigues says to think of atrial fibrillation — Afib — like an electrical storm in the heart. And, in a sense, it is. To understand what's happening, you have to understand the layout of the organ at the center of the circulatory system. There are four chambers: two atria and two ventricles, working together as the human body's blood pump. "But I like to think of the heart as two pumps joined together," says Rodrigues, a cardiologist and the founder of Overlake Hospital's electrophysiology program. "There's a left pump and a right pump. The way the circulatory system works, blood enters into the right side atrium, then travels into the right ventricle. The ventricle pumps blood out of the heart to the lungs where it becomes oxygenated, and back to the left side of the heart into the atrium, through the pulmonary veins." The movement of blood is made possible by the electrical system prompting the heart to contract into beats, at a rate of 60 to 100 per minute. These signals originate in a cluster of cells known as the sinus node. The electrical impulse prompts the atria to beat, then moves to another group of cells known as the atrioventricular node, which relays the signal to the ventricles to beat. That's what occurs in a healthy heart. But in a heart suffering from atrial fibrillation, the most common heart arrhythmia, irregular electrical signals are produced elsewhere in the heart, creating a fast or irregular heartbeat. Though some Afib patients don't show symptoms, the condition can debilitate others with dizziness and shortness of breath. Symptoms are more likely to show as patients grow older. Electrical signals from the pulmonary

as it was being accomplished previously, was that it had to be done somewhat blind in terms of pressure. And surgeons erring on the side of caution would, 10- to 20-percent of the time, apply too little pressure to complete the scarring. "Because you're applying pressure on this end of the tool, but you're operating it all the way from the other end, it's not easy to feel the pressure being made," Rodrigues says. Today, Overlake is the first hospital to use the ThermoCool SmartTouch, a catheter that provides computer feedback to the amount of pressure being applied during ablation procedures. An additional benefit of the new catheter is the ability to create 3D maps of the interior of the heart, verified and completed by ultrasound. The mapping process has been cut by more than half using the new tech. Atrial fibrillation affects more than 2.5 million American adults. As many as 12 million people in the country will have the condition by 2050, according to the American Heart Association.


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Bellevue and Mercer Island added an installment to their lacrosse rivalry, with the Wolverines coming out on top to reclaim a share of first place in the conference standings. The two will have a chance to meet again in the boys Division I lacrosse state tournament, possibly in a rematch of last year’s title game. (Left) A Bellevue and Mercer Island player fight for a face-off; The win set off a wild celebration on their rivals’ field, which could be a strong motivator for the Islanders if the two meet again in the postseason. JOE LIVARCHIK, Mercer Island Reporter

Bellevue drops rival Islanders the top seeds from KingCo after beating rival Mercer Island 9-8 in boys lacrosse last week. The Wolverines used two goals each from Justin Angelel, Hank Bethke, Augie


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Wolverines after KingCo, state titles in track and field Not to mention Budda Baker, the twosport senior standout who will conclude his impressive track and field career at state before heading to play football for the University of Washington in the fall. “The best part about track and field is it is so inviting,” head coach John Hill said. “All are welcome.” The Wolverines have rolled out the welcome mat for a host of football players and standouts from other sports in recent years, and with tremendous results. Hill and this year’s Bellevue squad, which will try for a

One look down the heat sheet for a Bellevue track and field meet elicits a litany of familiar names. There is Sam and Max Richmond, brothers and standouts in the backfield for the Wolverines’ 3A state champion football team. The girls team includes Ayane Rossano and Michelle Louie, state competitors in gymnastics, as well as national championship club soccer player Isabelle Butterfield.

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against the other two, and each of those games was decided by a single goal. Bellevue meets Mount Si May 16 in its final game of the regular season, while Issaquah takes on Roosevelt and Mercer Island faces Newport. If each of the three wins its last game, the third tiebreaker, goals allowed in conference games, would decide postseason seeding from the conference.

third straight boys team title as well as a host of individual championships, believe the best is yet to come headed into Friday’s KingCo Championship finals at Redmond High School. Baker leads all conference competitors in the 100 meter dash, with 10.79 seconds as his fastest time on the year. That is just in front of teammates Isaiah Gilchrist, Max Richmond and Tyren Sams, and the Wolverines hold seven of the top times from KingCo athletes in the event. Baker and Gilchrist are also state title threats in the 200 and 400, and Hill said the competitive nature members of the football team have brought to the track has allowed them to flourish. “They love to do what they do,” he said. “If you put a checkerboard in front of them, they would be playing that to the maxi-

mum.” Bellevue has made its push at state in the sprints and relays in recent years, and will also have a strong presence in the hurdles this season with Sam Richmond owning the top times in the 110 and 300 meter events. Both Richmond brothers, along with Baker, are also in the mix for a spot at state in the long jump, and Ryan Gilbert has the best throw in the javelin headed into the conference meet. Graham Wendle, another senior with a bevy of state experience, leads the pack in the 1,600 and gives Hill another state championship threat. “The great part about a team like this is there are kids with experience,” he said. “There really isn’t a circumstance that is going to scare them.”

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Bellevue baseball ends season shy of state, Knights bounced in 4A tourney BY JOSH SUMAN BELLEVUE REPORTER

Bellevue entered the final day of the 3A KingCo baseball tournament needing two wins to keep its season alive. Nearly six hours, 14 innings and one run later, that light flickered out. Coach Pete Wilkinson’s squad fell 1-0 to Juanita in the second loser-out game of the day at Bannerwood Park, spoiling a gem on the mound from John Brussa and ending the postseason run of the regular season conference champs. The Rebels plated the only run of the game on a sacrifice fly in the sixth, and despite mounting a pair of threats in the final two frames, the Wolverines were unable to answer. Andy Cosgrove tossed the final two shutout innings, working out of a bases loaded, no out jam in the sixth before sending his team to the district crossover game with a force out after the tying runner reached first base in the seventh. “These are the kinds of games you beg to coach in,” Wilkinson said. “No one blinked. I’ve never been prouder of a team.” The Wolverines snuck past rival Mercer Island 2-0 in their first loser-out game of the day, using a complete game shutout on the mound from junior Connor Todd and a pair of sixth inning runs to keep their season alive. Senior Chandler Hawk worked a one out walk in the bottom half of the sixth, before Nick Kafer smashed a double down the right field line to give Bellevue only its second runner of the day in scoring position. A bouncing grounder to third gave Hawk time to score, and a sacrifice fly by Isaac Lee later in the game provided the insurance. Todd allowed only three base hits, and allowed the Islanders to advance a runner into scoring position only twice in the game. The Bellevue starter surrendered back-to-back base hits before offering up a walk with two outs in the second inning, before working his way off the hook. He walked the leadoff man in the top of the seventh to bring the tying run to the plate, before inducing a doubleplay and striking out the final batter of the game.

Newport loses pair in 4A tournament

The first season under head coach Brad Files ended in the 4A KingCo tournament consolation round for Newport, after a pair of losses sent the Knights home shy of the

Bellevue junior Connor Todd worked a complete game shutout to get his team to the evening game against Juanita in the 3A KingCo tournament. JOSH SUMAN, Bellevue Reporter state tournament for the third straight year. Woodinville won a 3-1 game over Newport in the first round, before rival Issaquah earned a 4-3 win in a loser-out game May 12. The Knights managed only four base hits, and fell behind 3-0 before scoring a pair of runs in the fourth and another in the bottom of the seventh. Eastlake and Woodinville played for the tournament championship May 15.

Interlake bounced in first round

Interlake lost its first round game in the 3A KingCo tournament, 3-2 to Juanita in eight innings, to finish their season. The Saints, which entered the tournament off consecutive wins, beat the Rebels in both of their regular season meetings. Mount Si claimed the conference title to take the automatic berth to state.

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Throughout the season, the Bellevue East girls lacrosse team had its sights set on a Division I state playoff berth. Coach Craig Van Der Horn’s squad accomplished that goal, and after winning its first round game came within a single score of punching a state semifinal ticket before falling 10-9 to Issaquah in the quarterfinals. BELAX led 7-5 after the first quarter, before three Issaquah goals pulled them even and forced overtime. Bellevue East pulled even in the second overtime period, before a goal from Issaquah’s Suzy Emerson with only five seconds left gave the Eagles the win. The loss ends the season for Bellevue


Things are also shaping up for a host of 3A contenders on the girls side, led by the senior Butterfield, who has topthree times in the 100 and 200. Sophomore Katherine Penner leads all KingCo runners in the 1,600, and is fifth in the 800 after a season where Hill said she pushed herself beyond the familiar constraints. “Katherine is starting to step out and get comfortable being uncomfortable,” he said. “There is a sensitivity of pain and discomfort that comes with that and she is learning how to step into that and stay composed.” Jojo Harber and Sabrina Mohazzabfar, two more members of the Wolverines’ state playoff girls soccer team and club standouts on the pitch, are part of a 400 meter relay team that is just tenths of a second behind league leader Liberty. And then there are Louie and Rossano, both seniors and accomplished gymnasts, who Hill said have steadily built their profile in the pole vault during their prep careers. “They have been doing this for four seasons, and really dedicated themselves to an event that takes a lot of technical expertise,” he said. “Hopefully, the culmination of that is for them to finish as high as they can at the state meet.”

Interlake duo pushing long distance

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Bellevue East girls end season in state quarterfinals


East, and puts a cap on the career of standout Camille Sullivan, a Princeton commit who finished with four goals. Emily Hilliyard added four more goals for BELAX in the loss, and goalie Angela Navas finished with six saves.

Softball tournaments set

The 3A KingCo softball tournament began May 15 after the Reporter’s deadline, with Bellevue facing a loser-out game against fifth-seeded Mercer Island. The winner earns another game at Redmond’s Hartman Park, against regular season champion Mount Si, for a spot in the tournament title game. Interlake, which finished the regular season as the sixth seed, met Liberty May 15 for the right to play Juanita.

Sophomore Luke Beauchamp and junior Alex Doran will give Interlake a shot at KingCo distance event titles, as Beauchamp owns the second best time in the 3,200, just in front of Doran. Grant Jordan is tied for the best mark in the conference in the high jump, and Aaron Miller is the leader in the discus throw by four feet. Sophie Oscar has one of the best shots at an individual title for the Interlake girls, and enters the KingCo meet tied for the fastest time in the 110 meter hurdles. The 3A KingCo track and field championships conclude May 16 at Redmond High School, with field events beginning at 3:30 p.m. and track events starting an hour later.

Baumann, field events give Knights title shot

Newport senior Connor Baumann has a top-10 time in the 100 and 200 for the Knights, while junior Emmanuel Davis is fifth in the 300 hurdles among 4A competitors. Chris Halamek is top-five in the shot put and discus, while teammate Sebastian Ramierez is third in the javelin. Kyle Juetten and Eric Newland are top-three in the high jump for Newport. Julia Sliwoski is more than five feet in front of the competition in the 4A javelin throw, and gymnast Candace Ho leads the way in the pole vault.

The top four teams from the league tournament advance to the Sea-King District tournament May 21-22 at Lower Woodland in Seattle. The top five teams from districts advance to the 3A state softball tournament. The 4A KingCo tournament begins May 17 at Inglemoor High School, and Crown leader Newport is two wins away from a 4A state tourney spot. The Knights beat Issaquah 7-2 May 12, and met Ballard in the regular season finale.

Bellevue girls second, Groenhout third for Interlake at 2A/3A KingCo golf meet

The Bellevue girls golf team was unable to put the perfect finish on its perfect season, finishing in second place at the 2A/3A KingCo Medalist Tournament behind Mercer Island. Tiffany Huang shot 84 to lead the way for the Wolverines, followed by the 86 of Ra-

chel Harmeyer and 88 from Lauren Patrick. Freshman Susie Park was the final district qualifier from Bellevue, finishing in a tie for 20th with a 93 and taking the final spot above the cutline. Interlake senior Aleana Groenhout fired a 76 to finish in third, while Delaney Douglas shot 86 to end the day in seventh and earn a district spot for the Saints. Nhi Nguyen was the final qualifier for coach Doug Calvert, shooting 92. Sammamish will send junior Andie Hood to the 2A district 1/2 tournament May 19-20 at Snohomish Golf Course, after she shot 90 to finish in a six-way tie for 11th place. Fellow Totems’ junior Myra Maza is the first alternate to the 2A bidistrict meet. Mercer Island’s team score of 431 was 16 strokes in front of the regular season champs from Bellevue. Interlake was tied for third with Mount Si at 474. Sammamish was seventh with a 525 cumulative team score.

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A collaborative approach to reading proficiency Eastside Pathways uses data and shared resources to tackle student performance BY DANIEL NASH BELLEVUE REPORTER

Education agency Eastside Pathways has set a goal for 100 percent of thirdgrade students to read at grade level by 2016. Third-grade reading proficiency sat at 83.1 percent during the 2011-2012 school year, as published in Pathways’ December “Baseline Report” of student performance in the district. Pathways Executive Director Stephanie Cherrington said third-grade reading ability marks a vital tipping point in education that can set the tone for future learning. “It’s the point that a student stops learning to read and begins reading to learn,” Cherrington said said. The baseline report was the first of planned annual reports collecting data on several indicators of student performance “from cradle to career” — from birth to the age of 26. Pathways is currently trying to determine the most “useful and action-

able” timeline for releasing reports, data officer Kelly Jones said. Some of the indicators — all taken from 2011-2012 data — are based directly on academic performance, such as thirdgrade reading proficiency. Others relate to wellness, such as the proportion of kindergartners with complete immunizations — 86.2 percent — or the proportion of adolescents reporting more than an hour of daily physical activity. Still others have no data baseline established yet, due to the difficulty of their measurement, or in creation of a clear goal. How do you measure social and emotional skills? Or community involvement? “Some of (the indicators) are to be determined,” Cherrington said. “It could be in the measurement of the data out there, it could be that available data is not reliable or that the thing to measure is broader than can be easily measured. What does community involvement really mean? “Or (the indicators) might not be quantitative. They may be qualitative.” Socioeconomic environmental indicators, such as rates of student homelessness and eligibility for school meal subsidies SEE PATHWAYS, 17

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Odle chess team takes ninth BY DANIEL NASH


Odle Middle School’s chess team took ninth place at United States Chess Federation’s Junior High Chess Championship, held the last weekend of April in Atlanta, Georgia. More than 1,300 students from 38 states competed, and the Odle team placed among 43 teams.

The Odle chess team was comprised of sixth-grader Derek Zhang, seventh-grader Aditya Kannan, and eighth-graders Jason Yang, Tony Peiqi Jiang and Nathaniel Yee. Zhang placed 16th in the individual standings of the tournament, which allowed competitors from kindergarten through the ninth grade. Daniel Nash: 425-453-4290; dnash@bellevuereporter.com

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The value in showing appreciation for your children


erriam-Webster defines appreciation as, “To understand the worth or importance of something or someone; to admire and value, or be grateful for.” Have you appreciated a child lately? Kids of all ages enjoy compliments, even sometimes-difficult teenagers. And kids especially appreciate it when you sing their praises to others. I have heard parents complain often about ungrateful kids, and I have witnessed kids be ungrateful. The truth is that kids learn to be appreciative by watching others, especially their parents. As parents, it’s easy to get caught up in day-to-day temper tantrums, arguments and homework struggles, while forgetting the things you really appreciate about your child or teen. Likewise, kids feel lower self-worth when they are not valued, or frequently reminded of what they need to do, or what they aren’t doing.

Slow Down Parents will find it more difficult to feel appreciative of their children if they obsess on what is done wrong or get stuck inside worries over grades, eating right and behaving right.

In the moments when you want to tell your child what to do or make a critical remark, stop yourself. Make a conscious effort to think about the things your child does well, what you are thankful for about them and how you can express it. An example: your child spills her snack in the living room where she isn’t supposed to be eating, and you walk in as she’s cleaning up the mess. You have a choice to be angry about breakPatti Skeltoning the rules, or thankful McGougan she is trying to clean it up, or maybe pleased that she got her own snack, or chose something healthy. That doesn’t mean you have to allow your child to break the rule. But you can respond this way: “Thank you for cleaning up your spill, I really appreciate it and that you managed to get your own snack today. I would also really appreciate it if we can keep snacks in the kitchen from now on.” Instead of looking for evidence to justify being angry and critical, look for what can be appreciated in a situation. Here are more examples:

Your teen is messy. Might he also be creative or spontaneous? Can you appreciate that? “Jon, I so appreciate how imaginative you are, that’s a great “You have a choice skateboard ramp you built. Could to be angry ... Instead of looking you please put the tools away when you for evidence to justify being angry are done with the and critical of your project?” A young child’s child’s mistakes, constant need for look for what can be appreciated in a attention can wear on a parent, but can situation.” you appreciate her lovingness? When a child won’t stop talking, perhaps you can appreciate honesty, assertiveness or how he expresses himself. And when a teen is lagging on homework or college applications, perhaps you can appreciate a clean room or extracurricular activities, like holding down a job. To maximize the ability to appreciate your children, make sure you have downtime. If that’s not happening, chances are you may feel tired, irritable and overwhelmed — making it much harder to stop and appreciate any situation. So don’t feel guilty about taking a break — a hot bath,

walk around the neighborhood or even a night out.

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Chinook Middle School going home

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Students honored for Letters to Authors

Sixteen Bellevue students were honored May 9 in the statewide Letters About Literature contest. Students wrote letters to authors about their books. The competition was sponsored by the Washington State Library and the Library of Congress.

Level 1 (grades 4-6) Hallie Chen, state semifinalist, for a letter to Gail Carson Levine about the book “The Two Princesses of Bamarre”; Archika Dogra, state semifinalist, to Cynthia Lord about the book “Rules”; Daniel Lim, honorable mention to E.B. White about the book “The Trumpet of the Swan”; Laurent Man, state semifinalist, to Linda Sue Park about the book “A Single Shard:’ Aasiyta Sathar, state semifinalist, to Susan S. Adler about the book “Samantha Learns a Lesson”; Sarah Rose Smale, state semifinalist, to Aesop about the book “Aesop’s Fables”; Sarah Xu, state semifinalist, to Veronica Roth about the book “Divergent”; and Maggie Yu, state semifinalist, to R.J. Palacio about the book “Wonder.”

Level 2 (grades 7-8) Sophia Cho, state semifinalist, to J.K. Rowling about the book “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”

Level 3 (grades 9-12) Bella Aghajanyan, state semifinalist, to Naoki Higashida about the book “The Reason I Jump”; Mia Baker, state semifinalist, to John Green about the book “The Fault in Our Stars”; Timothy Bi, state semifinalist, to Deborah Wiles about the book “Each Little Bird That Sings”; Tahlia Edgar-Chalker, state semifinalist to Stephen Chbosky about the book “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”; Jakob Picciotto, state semifinalist, to Jenny Nimmo about the book “Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors”; Phoebe Stern, honorable mention to Linda Sue Park about the book “A Long Walk to Water; and Liliane Tansley, state semifinalist to Tamora Pierce about the book “First Test.”

Totem Fest at SHS

Sammamish High School’s leadership class will put on a carnival fundraiser May 24 to raise money for the Therapeutic Play programs at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Totem Fest, to be held 5-7 p.m. on the high school field, will include games, booths from school clubs and area organizations and concessions. Live music will be played by the Interlake and Sammamish bands. Attendees will be able to give money to Children’s Hospital through their $5 admission, donations and by purchasing T-shirts from the event. The hospital’s Therapeutic Play programs include music therapy, art therapy and animal-assisted activities with “pet partners.” Sammamish High School is located at 100 140th Ave. S.E., Bellevue.

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Chinook Middle School staff will return to their home campus on Clyde Hill at the end of June, after two years operating out of the Ringdall Junior High campus in the Newport Hills neighborhood. In preparation of an anticipated influx of new students, administrators are asking the families of expected Chinook students — the campus serves students graduating from the Clyde Hill, Medina, Enatai and Woodridge elementary schools — to register between now and the end of June. However, registration will

be open all summer. “We know that new schools can bring in more kids,” Office Manager Nancy Maggart said. “Tyee had a big uptick in enrollment at its new school and if we have 200 new students, that would mean we would need to hire six new teachers. If that’s something we need, we would like to know that and do it now rather than … a few days before school starts.” Further information about registration is available at bsd405.org. Chinook Middle School has been entirely rebuilt into one building (it was previously comprised of several small pod buildings) with new



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Newport teachers named Earth Heroes Two teachers at Newport High School will be honored as Earth Heroes at a ceremony in May. The program recognizes students, programs, teachers, employees and volunteers. Tracy Green, a culinary arts teacher, started the food scrap collection program to deal with the food scraps in her classroom. Last spring, she started a schoolwide food-scrap collection program in the cafeteria, which resulted in reducing lunchtime garbage by 16 cans each day. She has been active in the school’s Green Team program for many years.


are examined closely for their influence on student uplift, though Pathways doesn’t have a course of action for these root factors. But such factors are the organization’s reason for being. Founder Bill Henningsgaard — a former Microsoft executive who died in a plane crash in August — had attended a presentation on Lake Hills Elementary which included the statistic that 70 percent of the campus’s students qualified for for meal subsidies. When he began to understand the presence and consequences of poverty in Bellevue, he wanted to find a way to correct it, Cherrington said. “Bellevue is very interesting in that

Cooper Hatton, an AP Biology teacher, not only teaches his students about environmental issues, but he also encourages their participation in the school’s food-scrap recycling program. He coordinates student management of the program, and conveys to students how their actions can affect the environment in a positive way through their everyday choices. King County Solid Waste Division Director Pat McLaughlin will present awards at 4:30 p.m. May 1 at Maplewood Greens, 4050 Maple Valley Hwy., Renton.

there’s … affluence in one area that masks the problems of lower income families elsewhere in the city,” she said. Henningsgaard’s solution was an organization that connected the resources of seemingly disparate organizations to act singularly on behalf of students. One of the first examples of Eastside Pathways’ methods came with the organization’s effort to improve third-grade reading, begun in summer 2013 before the baseline report was released. “We’re able to offer (services) to a lot more kids now,” volunteer and reading campaign director Betsy Johnson said. The campaign targets three factors, Johnson said: kindergarten readiness, class attendance and avoidance of reading “drop off ” during the summer. A summer reading cam-

Bellevue College’s Science Division and SAMI (Science And Math Institute) will host an open house for the community from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 31 with a variety of educational and hands-on activities and demonstrations in science, technology, engineering, and math. The game-themed event will emphasize different areas of scientific and mathematic study throughout the S building and offer board games in each area.


computer labs, classroom “smart boards,” stage and sound systems, synthetic turf and safety lockdown capability. Chinook is the second middle school rebuilt under the Bellevue School District’s current construction campaign, following Tyee Middle School. Demolition on Odle Middle School will begin this summer, following the City Council’s unanimous approval of Conditional Use and Critical Areas Land Use permits at the body’s May 5 meeting.

paign was accomplished through cooperation of several organizations. The Bellevue School District was able to identify 250 students who might benefit from summer school, but weren’t able to be accommodated by capacity limitations. The district was able to provide meals and transportation for students to the YMCA-staffed Reading Rangers program; The local Boys and Girls Club also held a Pathways-cooperative summer reading program. “It’s a different way of doing business,” said Judy Buckmaster, executive director of Bellevue School District’s Student Services. “As a district we’re able to say ‘This is what we’re trying to do, can you help us?’ “Having everybody at the table … I really think a big part of it is making sure everyone is aware of the need.”

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Hopelink Names Thomas as CEO

Lauren Thomas as its new Chief Executive Officer of HopeLink, the the largest nonprofit organization serving north and east King County, which helps 60,000 homeless and low-income families and individuals every year through a network of social services. Thomas has served as Hopelink president and Interim CEO since Oct. 31, when Marilyn Mason-Plunkett retired due to health reasons. Prior to her interim role, Thomas was Chief OperatLauren Thomas ing Officer/Chief Financial Officer at Hopelink since 2010. Prior to joining Hopelink, Thomas was COO for eight years at Wellspring Family Services, a Seattle agency that deals with homelessness and providing domestic violence intervention, counseling, and children’s emotional development services. She started her not-for-profit career at the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants. Thomas began her new position March 29.

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Komen Puget Sound will host its second mammogram event from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 7 during the Bellevue Health and Safety Fair at Jubilee REACH Bellevue. Women who are 40 years and older, low income and either uninsured or underinsured will receive free mammograms and pap tests, regardless of citizen status. Women with health insurance can receive mammograms, too. For an appointment, women should call the YWCA at 206-461-4489. The event won’t be able to accommodate walk-ins.

Hopelink seeking food for summer

Hopelink has launched a campaign to help feed kids at the end of summer. The effort targets more than 16,000 kids in north and east King County who may not have a regular healthy, nutritious breakfast or lunch. During summer vacation, kids who are part of their school’s free and reduced-price meal programs no longer have access to that program. Hopelink CEO Lauren Thomas said the consequences of this gap extend far beyond the discomfort of going to bed hungry.

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“We know that when children don’t have access to nutritious food when they are young, they sometimes face developmental challenges that can affect them for the rest of their lives,” Thomas said. “We know that hungry children get sick more often – and they are hospitalized more often. And we know that hungry children have more social and behavioral problems because they can’t adapt as effectively to stressful situations. “ The End Summer Hunger – running now through August – will stock the agency’s five food banks and provide additional healthy breakfast and lunch-type foods to current food bank clients with school-aged children, including fresh fruit and fruit juices, peanut butter, cereal, ramen and snacks. More information is available by contacting Emily DeWitt at edewitt@hope-link.org or at http://www.hope-link. org/take_action/end_summer_hunger.

Youth Link seeking nominations

Do you know a kid who’s admirable? A young person you think should be recognized for the difference they make. Bellevue Youth Link is requesting nominations to recognize outstanding community service by young people, for the 24th annual Community Leadership Awards. The organization is searching for nominees ranging in age from grade school to high school. Youth Link will give out 21 awards to youth, such as Outstanding Scholar, Diversity Champion and Youth Arts. A full list of awards can be found on the Parks and Community Services department page of the city of Bellevue’s website, www.bellevuewa.gov . Nominations can be submitted online to Youth Link or via forms available at City Hall, the mini City Halls at the Crossroads and Factoria, any Bellevue school office, the Bellevue public library and community centers. Submissions will be accepted through May 16. The awards ceremony will be presented 6:30-8 p.m. May 28 at City Hall.

Students score in frisbee tourney

A group of middle schoolers from Bellevue came in fourth place out of 40 teams recently at the Spring Reign ultimate frisbee tournament, which is the largest youthonly event of its kind in the world. The Bellevue squad, which competes in the DISCNW league during the spring season, finished the tournament 3-3, with two wins on the first day and a 13-10 loss in the third place match. The team is coached by Bellevue resident David Hasbrook. For more information on joining a local middle school ultimate frisbee team, visit discnw.org.


der the 2008 Residential Exchange Interim Relief and Standstill Agreements. BPA has provided the residential exchange credit since 1981 to customers of investorowned utilities under the Northwest Power Act of 1980, which requires the sharing of federal power benefits with all residential and small farm customers in the region.


trol Board, which is in charge of issuing marijuana licenses, has indicated its close to issuing permits for producers and processors, and they may have done so already. Retailers may begin selling marijuana by July. Councilmember Jennifer Robertson said she supports the will of Bellevue voters, who approved I-502 by a nearly 60 percent margin, and worries that if the city doesn't get behind recreational marijuana, the Washington Legislature may try to strip the city of its local zoning control in the matter. There are other regulations the city can pass, she said, like issuing tickets for smoking marijuana in public or to prevent people from producing hash oil inside their homes with butane, which resulted in the Hampton Greens apartment explosion and fire. "While some of us up here may not have voted that way, we should support the will of the voters," she said. "I would say that the only thing that is more scary to me than trying to figure out the zoning for marijuana stores in Bellevue is to allow the Seattle delegation in the Legislature to figure it out for us, and I'm not willing to do that," said Councilmember John Chelminiak, who pushed to get things moving within the planning commission. "I think this (I-502) is a stupid law. I truly think it is, but it's the law and we're now to the point where we're trying to regulate and to deal with it." Chelminiak said there should be a zero-tolerance policy for retail pot stores who are found to be selling marijuana to those who are underage. The council has had the option to ban recreational marijuana business in Bellevue since the state attorney general issued an opinion that local governments have the right, but that it could open up municipalities to litigation. "It would not surprise me if we get sued no matter what we do," Chelminiak said. Mayor Claudia Balducci said she agrees with Robertson, and it is time to give the planning commission real direction in order to complete a comprehensive final ordinance for recreational marijuana regulations. "I think there will become a time next year when we'll live to regret the introduction of marijuana to Bellevue," Wallace said. Brandon Macz: 425-453-4602, bmacz@bellevuereporter.com


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Investing in Our Future Cascade and its Members Celebrate 15 Years of Providing Safe, Clean, Reliable Water

Water for today


and tomorrow

Celebrating Our Successes | 1999-2014 Water... it’s there when you need it and when you want it And because of the planning Cascade Water Alliance and its partners have done, it will continue to be. For decades. Fifteen years after establishment Cascade and its members celebrate successes and continue to invest in its future. Almost a century ago, water pipes were installed from Seattle to reach the growing “suburbs.” But in the 1990s, Seattle became concerned there wouldn’t be enough water for the growing region. To fill that need, 15 years ago, Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland, Redmond and Tukwila, and the Sammamish

Plateau and Skyway Water and Sewer Districts came together to form Cascade Water Alliance. Over the last 15 years we’ve done just that. But what about the future? Cascade purchased Lake Tapps in Pierce County in 2009 for eventual municipal water supply. We continue to work with our regional partners to make sure the region is investing wisely in the future and planning together so we will all have water for decades.

Investing in Our Future Today Cascade Water Alliance is an integral part of regional planning in the Puget Sound region Planning today for tomorrow, Cascade’s investments will mean water for its members and customers for decades. Investing Wisely Cascade has a stable and successful financial and operating history because its financial policies promote stability, rate equity and efficiency. Using Water Wisely Saving water is as important as ever, because for each gallon of water saved today, it puts off for another day, year or decade major investments in new sources of water. This is an integral part of Cascade’s water supply strategy. Investing in Important Changes Cascade joined with other partners throughout the state to establish fire hydrant protections, and created a new municipal corporation law that helps provide essential services more easily and cost effectively. We are working to get even more efficient toilets and to make sure communities get lower interest loans to fund vital infrastructure projects.


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Cascade at 15

Cascade is its members Cascade is made up of the cities of Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland, Redmond and Tukwila and the Sammamish Plateau and Skyway Water and Sewer Districts Together, over the past 15 years, we have been planning for a future with resilient water supply and sustainable revenues. Cascade invests in the future with its members for customers and the region. This includes: • Operating and maintaining the White River/Lake Tapps Reservoir project for eventual water supply; • Working with the Lake Tapps community and the four cities that surround the lake (Auburn, Bonney Lake, Buckley and Sumner) to make sure the lake is full and the cities have water for their future needs; • Working to protect fish habitat with in-stream flow levels in conjunction with the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe and the Puyallup Tribe of Indians; • Creating a reasonable water supply source for tomorrow by saving water today; and • Partnering with Seattle and Tacoma to use each drop of water wisely and to plan for the resiliency of the region’s water supply at a reasonable price for the future.


Cascade’s seven members maintain and operate an extensive water supply system that brings water to your homes and businesses. Here’s just some of what they do every day to make sure your water is safe and clean, reliable and cost effective today and tomorrow.

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Bellevue Overview: Bellevue has 25 reservoirs with a total of 42.3 million gallons storage. Its three operating areas provide storage, pressure zones, and pumping facilities to meet customers’ water needs. Challenge: Bellevue’s 2006 Water Comprehensive Plan identified that the West Operating Area will experience a shortfall in drinking water storage in 2016, driven by regulatory needs for emergency storage during water supply outages.

Bellevue Skyway Water & Sewer District

Potential Impact: If this problem remains unaddressed, Bellevue will be unable to grow and further enhance the vitality and quality of life. Solution: Bellevue Utilities reexamined underlying assumptions such as how the three operating areas interacted. It was determined that available storage was accessible in its East Operating Area through the construction of enhanced transmission and conveyance capacity and pressure reducing valves. Representatives Cascade Board Member: John Stokes Councilmember, City of Bellevue

Result: More effective use of existing water storage enabled Bellevue to enhance its cross operating system capabilities and improve its long term operational efficiencies system wide.

Cascade Board Alternate: Kevin Wallace Deputy Mayor, City of Bellevue


Issaquah Overview: Issaquah has more than 6,600 connections being served by 92 miles of pipe, four wells, 11 pipe stations, nine reservoirs and four treatment facilities. Challenge: Issaquah was faced with the need to construct additional storage in two separate operating zones to accommodate fire suppression storage requirements. Issaquah reconfigured its utility to change operating configurations so that only one storage reservoir was needed instead of two.


Potential Impact: An extensive process was held to locate a suitable site for the new reservoir. It was determined that the selected site could have a major impact on the adjacent neighbors, park and open space — both during construction and in the long term. Solution: Issaquah decided to upgrade one of its pump stations to pump the fire flow from an operating zone with sufficient storage to meet requirements.

Representatives Cascade Secretary/ Treasurer: Fred Butler Mayor, City of Issaquah

Result: This eliminated the need for a reservoir altogether, and saved more than $3 million for the rate payers — without sacrificing any level of service for fire suppression.


Cascade Board Alternate: Nina Milligan Councilmember, City of Issaquah

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Kirkland Kirkland

Overview: Kirkland has more than 12,000 connections serving families and businesses within almost 10 square miles. The city is served by more than 170 miles of pipe, three pump stations, two reservoirs and almost 1,900 fire hydrants. Challenge: A major existing transmission main was old and fragile. This steel reinforced concrete cylinder water transmission main along NE 85th Street from 114th Avenue NE to 132nd Avenue NE is over 50 years old and has a history of breaks. It is approaching the end of its useful life. Potential Impact: With several breaks over the last seven years, emergency repairs have been costly and have had an impact on the overall integrity of the pipe. The city studied options for its replacement. Solution: In 2014, in coordination with other NE 85th Street Corridor projects, this fragile transmission main will be replaced. The replacement includes: Representatives Cascade Board Member: Penny Sweet Deputy Mayor, City of Kirkland Cascade Board Alternate: Doreen Marchione Councilmember, City of Kirkland

• • • • •

Upsizing 16 inch pipe to 24 inch ductile iron water main; Increasing capacity for fire suppression needs; Increasing capacity to account for past and future growth; Improving system reliability; Lowering maintenance costs through modernization of the water system infrastructure; and • Designing it to provide redundancy and flexibility in the water conveyance system. Result: Kirkland residents will have a new transmission main that will be able to supply two city master meters with water and approximately 25 to 30 percent of the entire Kirkland water system demand through this new transmission main.

kirklandwa.gov Redmond

Redmond Overview: Redmond serves more than 18,000 meters, maintains over 325 miles of water main, has 4,000 fire hydrants, operates over 13,000 valves, stores over 30 million gallons of water in 10 reservoirs, and has five wells which produce 35 percent of its water. Challenge: Well #4 was constructed in 2002 and was designed to pump 650 gallons per minute (gpm). It has slowly been losing its pumping capacity over the last 10 years. Redmond pulled the pump and inspected it and the well screens after the well’s pumping rate was reduced to 325 gpm. Potential Impact: The pump column was corroded, caused by the low pH groundwater, along with low levels of iron and manganese in the groundwater. The well screen was being choked by iron fixing bacteria. Solution: The following actions were taken to address these challenges:

Representatives Cascade Board Chair: John Marchione Mayor, City of Redmond Cascade Board Alternate: Tom Flynn Councilmember, City of Redmond

• Rebuild the pump column with stainless steel parts to minimize corrosion; • Rehabilitate the well using hydro-pulsing technology, along with brushing to clean and open up the well screens; and • Change the operation parameters of the well to make sure the groundwater level stays above the well screens to minimize the chances of oxygen getting to the iron fixing bacteria. Result: These fixes will take about six months to complete. The changes in operating parameters, along with the fixes, will mean a higher and more consistent well pumping rate and safe, clean water for Redmond residents.


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Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District

Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District Overview: The District serves almost 17,000 connections with 336 miles of pipe, 12 operating wells, seven pump stations, eight reservoirs and seven treatment facilities. Challenge: Field operators were eager to be able to do their work more efficiently. Solution: As part of its automation plan, an effort was implemented to: • • • •

Automate current paper records for assets; Allow for proactive scheduling of maintenance work; Track costs to specific assets; and Simplify record-keeping.

In 2012, the District purchased the mobile application infraMAP® Software so staff can perform paperless inspections, operations, and maintenance of water and sewer assets in the field. Representatives Cascade Board Member: Lloyd Warren Vice President, Board of Commissioners, Sammamish Plateau Water & Sewer District Cascade Board Alternate: Bob Abbott President, Board of Commissioners, Sammamish Plateau Water & Sewer District

Result: Originally designed to eliminate paperwork and make everyone’s job easier, the program has been perfected by the field personnel that use it every day. It improves overall productivity and optimizes resources by reducing job turnaround times, maintenance costs, and travel times. It simplifies asset identification via GIS and GPS, improves scheduling and optimization of work and field resources. It also provides electronic dispatches to devices in the field and revisions to scheduled tasks. And it automatically allocates time, labor and material costs to jobs performed for timely reporting and updating of the District’s annual operations work plan.


Skyway Water and Sewer District Overview: Skyway has approximately 3,300 water connections serving an area covering nearly two square miles. The District has six reservoirs, four water pump stations, eight pressure zones, 40 miles of water main and more than 500 hydrants. Challenge: Skyway Water and Sewer District is located in unincorporated King County between the cities of Renton, Seattle and Tukwila. As a low income, unincorporated community without significant commercial activity or tax base, public infrastructure in the area has largely gone unimproved for many years. There are many areas where the water mains are in excess of 50 to 75 years old, are undersized and cannot support additional development or connections, or are comprised of outdated materials.

Skyway Water and Sewer District

Potential Impact: Emergency repairs to water mains are costly and the overall integrity of the distribution system continues to decline. Representatives Cascade Board Member: Jon Ault President, Board of Commissioners, Skyway Water and Sewer District


Cascade Board Alternate: C. Gary Schulz Vice President, Board of Commissioners, Skyway Water and Sewer District

Solution: Along with programmed main replacements, the District targets replacement of water mains in coordination with projects constructed by neighboring jurisdictions. Upon short notice, the District constructed approximately 550 lineal feet of ductile iron water main to replace an existing asbestos cement pipe that was in conflict with construction of the King County Renton Avenue South Pedestrian Improvements. Result: Construction of the new main extends the useful life of the water distribution system, reduces the liability associated with operating substandard facilities, eliminates emergency maintenance and repair of an aged main, and improves the overall reliability of the system.

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Tukwila Overview: Tukwila provides water to more than 2,100 connections, 43 miles of pipe, one pump station and one reservoir. Seattle granted Tukwila its first water in 1927. Today, only 15 percent of Tukwila water is sold to single and multi-family residents, while 85 percent is for commercial, industrial, schools and government use. Challenge: Water main failures over the last 10 years in the Andover Park commercial and retail areas east of Southcenter Mall have brought attention to the type of pipe and age of material installed.


Potential Impact: Nearly all the water systems south of Interstate 405 were installed in the 1960s when the Tukwila Central Business District was first developed. It was made of cast iron pipe. Two recent major failures were the result of system pressure on that old pipe. Representatives Cascade Board Vice Chair: Jim Haggerton Mayor, City of Tukwila


Cascade Board Alternate: Verna Seal Councilmember, City of Tukwila

Solution: These failures required Tukwila to determine new priorities for an antiquated cast iron system. A program is now underway to replace the aging cast iron with new, stronger pipe material for Tukwila’s high system pressure. Result: Constructing an upgraded 12-inch water main will ensure greater fire flow capacity and improve reliability along this important retail corridor.


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Washington becomes the 42nd state to enter the Union; without contracts or local representation Seattle provides water to local region


Seattle enters into 30-year agreement with 27 regional water purveyors


Formation of Tri-Caucus (Seattle, Suburban Cities Association and King County Water Alliance)


Planning and development of new water supply sources to meet needs and governance issues


Interim Water Group forms to create a new entity


Multi utility agreement for developing Tacoma’s Second Supply Project (Tacoma, Seattle, Kent, Lakehaven Utilities District and Covington Water)


Cascade Water Alliance organization planning complete; membership opens to agencies


Cascade Water Alliance created with Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland, Redmond, Tukwila, Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District, Skyway Water and Sewer District and Covington Water District (other original members who did not continue as members include Duvall, Mercer Island and Woodinville Water District)


Cascade and Puget Sound Energy (PSE) enter into agreement to jointly pursue water rights for Lake Tapps (PSE will cease century long production of hydroelectric power); Seattle offers water purveyors new 60-year full or partial requirements contracts


Cascade signs declining block contract with Seattle for water



Cascade signs agreement with Puyallup Tribe of Indians and Muckleshoot Indian Tribe ensuring in-stream flows on the White River (White River Management Agreement); Cascade and Seattle amend declining block contract for additional water supply


Cascade finalizes purchase of Lake Tapps from PSE; Cascade and the Lake Tapps community sign agreement ensuring lake levels (Lake Tapps Homeowners Agreement)


Cascade issues environmental impact statement; Department of Ecology issues water rights; Cascade, Auburn, Bonney Lake, Buckley and Sumner sign Lake Tapps Area Water Resource Agreement ensuring the four communities around the lake will have water for the future

PSE halts all power production on Lake Tapps; the community’s goal is to save the lake




Cascade and PSE execute term sheet related to Cascade acquisition of Lake Tapps; Seattle drops out of participation in Tacoma Second Supply Project; Cascade signs Tacoma Wholesale Water agreement

Cascade becomes a municipal corporation Cascade renegotiates contracts with Seattle and Tacoma in further regional partnerships


Expiration of Cascade supply agreement with Seattle

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