Letters to the Editor - 4/30/18

  • Written by Readers
Our city deserves to be shared with the world! Hosting a young student from China during the summer is the best time to amaze them by being able to look up into clear clean air as the hot air balloons float through the sky. We can make memories to last a lifetime with simple activities such as picking blackberries from our backyard or attending a Summer Concert in the Park.
Kids ages 9 to 13 years old are traveling to our area from China with EF Educational Homestay Programs, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. They will participate in a summer English language and cultural exchange program and are looking for wonderful volunteer host families for just two weeks this summer! Our community has the potential to make a big impact from July 18th to July 30th this year.
I encourage anyone who wants to join me in hosting this summer to reach out.  I’m happy to answer any questions about this service opportunity that has been a family tradition of mine for the past five years. Any interested community members can send me an e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Heather Jenks, Woodinville
As a follow up to David B. Clark’s story “Matthews Receives Revocation of Settlement from DPER” in our April 16th edition, we have received notice from Matthews Winery that the DPER (Department of Permitting and Environmental Review) has reserved that decision.
In an email to the Woodinville Weekly received on April 23, Cliff and Diane Otis (owners of Maatthews Winery) write:
King County notified us last week that the decision that Matthews Winery was in breach of “the DPER settlement agreement” has been reversed and the original settlement agreement will remain in place.  This means that Matthews can continue doing business under this settlement agreement as usual.  We want to thank Jim Chan – King County DPER Interim Director - for his leadership and approach concerning this issue.
Here is a copy of the aforementioned letter to Erin Anderson (Attorney for Cliff and Diane Otis), for reference:
Ms. Anderson –
I have received your letter of April 17, 2018 in response to my letter to Cliff and Diane Otis dated March 28, 2018.  In light of the eminent transmittal of the updated adult beverage ordinance to King County Council, we will pause further enforcement actions for case number ENFR12-0239 until further notice.  The signed settlement agreement will remain in place and no action is required the Otis’ at this time.  Please let me know if you have any questions.
Jim Chan, Interim Director
Department of Permitting and Environmental Review

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