Letters to the Editor - February 25, 2013

  • Written by Readers

I was one of the few citizens in attendance at the council meeting in the news.

It is not easy to make me feel uncomfortable, but the mayor certainly did just that when he, for all intents and purposes, asked for the resignation of Mr. Hageman.

Your reporter describing the atmosphere in the room as a “stony silence” is a bit of an understatement.

Now I rarely attend council meetings, and I have never had, to the best of my knowledge, any personal interaction with either Mr. Hageman or Mr. Talmas.

And I do think that the mayor had the right to bring up the issue.

But I would have thought that as the mayor and leader of the city council Mr. Talmas would have consulted with both Mr. Hageman, as well as the city attorney prior to the public meeting that Tuesday night as a matter of decency if nothing else, although perhaps out of respect for the concept of due process.

As to whether Mr. Hageman is eligible to have a seat at the council, for me that is a rather trivial issue that has a clear method of adjudication through legal due process procedures.

I am more concerned that Mr. Talmas had clearly been investigating Mr. Hageman, ranging from obtaining bank records (private) and real estate records (public) to, most disturbing — night time surveillance.

All I can say is that as a private citizen with no axe to grind against any council member, or perhaps a single axe to grind against all of the council members equally, I left the council chambers feeling disturbed at what I had just witnessed.

R Jaffe, Woodinville

In response to Mayor Talmas’ unexpected public questioning of Councilmember Hageman’s residency.

Really, Mr. Mayor, really? That is the way you would like to address a potential anomaly in regards to a fellow council person?

Don’t you think a simple phone call to your colleague would have been more appropriate?

As a resident, I think Councilman Hageman’s response was satisfactory and as I said could have been cleared up with him with a short discussion instead trying to embarrass him in public.

Shame on you.

What I want to know is how was this brought to your attention?

Do you have secret spies?

Are you doing random property searches on your fellow councilmembers or just ones that don’t always agree with you?

Mr. Mayor, do you know what really creeps me out?  Either you, a PI, or some really close friends have been stalking Mr. Hageman to know his late night comings and goings from a house in Kirkland.

Do other council people need to worry about you spying on them?

Do I or other citizens need to worry about random things coming to your attention that really has to be searched for?

Somebody had to really take some time and effort to magically “Bring this to your attention.” Just creepy!

Toren Heald, Woodinville

Dear Woodinville City Attorney, Woodinville councilmembers and Woodinville taxpayers:

During the 02/12/2013 Woodinville council meeting, Councilmember Scott Hageman stated that he moved from his principle residence off Woodinville/Duvall Road and that he had leased another principle place of residence not far from where he used to live.

By his own words, Scott Hageman no longer lives at the address where his current voter registration states he does.

Scott Hageman is therefore not in compliance with state law regarding residency requirements and is no longer qualified to receive compensation for councilmember duties.

Woodinville City Attorney Greg Rubstello stressed the importance of addressing councilmember qualifications in a timely manner, and the Woodinville council should take his advice.

I respectfully request that Woodinville officials suspend Scott Hageman’s councilmember compensation until he is in compliance with residency requirements, is deemed qualified to retain a position on the Woodinville council and is entitled to compensation.

I further request that the Woodinville council, by resolution, demand that the city attorney investigate Scott Hageman’s residency from August 1, 2012, to date and advise the council as to the options available for assuring that Scott Hageman is in compliance with residency requirements. (See RCW 35.23.111 City Attorney Duties)

Although it may not be up to the Woodinville council to rule on residency issues per se, it is the job of the council to be a good steward of tax funds and to determine if there is a risk of wasting city resources reviewing the status of past votes by a councilmember who might later be deemed unqualified to hold office.

Attached is a record of Scott Hageman’s Kirkland mailing address, which is a residence in Kirkland that is owned by Scott (Stanley S.) and his wife.

Also attached is Scott’s current voter registration, which lists his residence as the home “Off Woodinville/Duvall Road” where Scott stated he no longer resides.

As of today, Scott Hageman’s voter registration shows him “residing” at his house on Woodinville/Duvall Road but his mailing address is a Kirkland house.

Scott updated his mailing address but the fact that he didn’t update his residence address suggests intent to misinform the Washington Secretary of State and King County Elections about his actual abode.

The laws:

RCW 42.12.010(4) -- “Elective office shall become vacant” . . . when . . . “his or her ceasing to be a legally registered voter of the . . . city”

RCW 29A.04.151 -- “’Residence’ for the purpose of registering and voting means a person’s permanent address where he or she physically resides and maintains his or her abode.”

RCW 29.08.810(1)(c) -- “Registration of a person as a voter is presumptive evidence of his or her right to vote. A challenge to the person’s right to vote must be based on personal knowledge of one of the following . . .

(c) The challenged voter does not live at the residential address provided . . . “

Dale Knapinski, Woodinville

I was dumbfounded when I read about how Mayor Talmas attacked Councilmember Scott Hageman over his alleged lack of residency in Woodinville.

Talmas was on such a tear he couldn’t even wait for the roll call. And why on earth did Talmas have to reveal how much Mr. Hageman paid for his home in Kirkland much less the details of his loan?!

Had the mayor a shred of decency he would have contacted Mr. Hageman privately and simply asked him to produce proof of residency instead of carrying out his personal vendetta in public.

I don’t know about anyone else, but next election I’ll cast a vote for decency and try to elect whoever runs against Talmas.

Steve Mercanet, Woodinville

On behalf of Mikayla Bassett’s family and the committee who helped turn a dream of helping the Bassetts into a reality, thank you to the Crystal Springs community and the wonderful citizens of our Northshore community.

Not only did you donate so many goods for our Mikayla’s Journey Community Rummage Sale Fundraiser on February 16 that we spilled out of the gym into the breezeway and covered basketball court at our school, but you also came and shopped your hearts out in support of this family!

We had a humble goal of raising $3,000 for a first and last month’s rent deposit to get the Bassett family back into a home in Bothell.

They were homeless after a several month stay at Ronald McDonald House in Seattle while their daughter battled leukemia.

Her battle drained all the family’s financial resources. We were stunned when the final counting of the money revealed over $17,000 raised!

We believe it takes a village to raise a child, but we’ve since learned a village can help heal a family.

Thank you so much!

Jane Weiss,

Mikayla’s 2nd grade teacher, Crystal Springs Elementary, Bothell

Guest Editorial - How the Y strengthens from Bothell to Duvall

  • Written by David Harry, Financial Development Committee & Board Campaign Chair and fundraiser
As the pace of our lives moves faster and faster and the demands on our time increase, the ties to our community become even more important. A strong community provides us with a stable base that helps us deal with the pressures of daily life.

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause, and the Northshore YMCA provides an anchor to our community that gives all of us — regardless of age, income or background — the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

At the YMCA, strengthening community means much more than providing a place to swim laps or lift weights, and while physical health is incredibly important to a person’s well-being, the Y does so much more.

Every day, we work side-by-side with community members to address the most pressing needs in Bothell, Woodinville, Kenmore, Duvall and Kirkland. We have taken on the aspiring goal to prepare all children for college, career and life. Through toddler, preschool, school age and teen programs, the Y is dedicated to ensuring children are equipped with the academic and social skills needed to build a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning.

Summer camp and swim lessons parent, Darlene says, “My experience at the Y is one that I am always put in the role of saying thank you.  The difference summer camp and Adaptive Aquatics Swim Lessons have made for our family and Blake is tremendous and hard to ever put into words.  We are forever grateful to the Y for giving us opportunities Blake wouldn’t have otherwise.”

Right now the state Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) only provides subsidy for families at or below 100 percent of the poverty line ($23,050 for a family of four) creating a significant gap between those who qualify for aid and those who can actually afford quality care. With that, working families often settle for substandard care due to cost or choice or, out of necessity, have a parent stay home. Both options lead to fewer developmental building blocks and reduced financial trajectory impacting academic and social outcomes over the long term.

At the Northshore YMCA, we provide children with financial aid scholarships with quality toddler and preschool care who otherwise would not have been able to participate. This allows working families to fulfill their financial obligations and make ends meet. Their child(ren) will have positive youth development experiences, which ensure a smooth transition to kindergarten.

YMCA Early Childhood Development programs are crucial to a community. Children who attend organized preschool outscore all other kindergarteners, go to kindergarten with 10,000 more words in their vocabulary, are 34 percent more likely to reach basic achievement by age 14 and 27 percent more likely to graduate high school.

There are many others who could benefit greatly from the services and programs offered by the YMCA and, because of this need, the Y is in the middle of its annual community support campaign. Your financial gift will help continue the important work the Y does, be it providing kids a safe place to learn and grow before or after school; offering families opportunities to reconnect and grow together; or providing people of all backgrounds access to education and training to help them reach their full potential.

We encourage everyone in the community to support our cause. When we all pitch in and help our neighbors, we make a meaningful, enduring impact in the lives of children and families and ultimately, strengthen our community.  We are in the midst of raising $300,000 to provide this support.  When asked, please give.  If you are not asked and would like to give, please do. Your neighbors and friends appreciate your thoughtfulness.

To learn how to support the Y’s campaign, contact Luann Jackman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (425) 318-8000 or go on line at and choose Northshore YMCA Campaign.

Letters to the Editor - February 18, 2013

  • Written by Reader


... this letter regards the elimination of the tuition-based preschool program currently held at Cottage Lake Elementary School. Our family resides in Woodinville and our oldest child started in the program last fall. It is an exceptional program, whereby typically developing children are educated by certified teachers and para-educators who are familiar with school district curriculum and guidelines,  where class sizes are slightly smaller than is typical, curriculum includes weekly interaction with CLC (special education) students, outdoor play is incorporated into each class session, and tuition rates are competitive with that of other nearby secular programs. The school district has cited the primary neccesity of the closure as a growing need for special education services and a lack of space to facilitate that expansion. As a family where our middle child currently receives early intervention services through Kindering and will potentially require access to the districts special needs programs, we greatly understand the importance of those programs; however, we’re highly disappointed that their expansion is at the cost of the tuition based preschool. It is both programs that suffer when the elimination of one means the lack of interaction between the two. It is also inappropriate that the issue wasn’t raised in a timely fashion to allow community involvement to build solutions or at minimum that impacted families received notifiction in adequate time to respond accordingly, as nearby equivalent programs opened registration weeks ago and as a result many are full or near full. These families will be forced to act quickly in order to access the less desirable offerrings that remain available, due to the district’s disregard of those timelines.

Sheri Chamberlain, Woodinville


On January 31, Snohomish County Parks and Recreation held a public meeting to present their latest design for the proposed “improvements” to Wellington Park.  Their plan for the former golf course includes 7 sports fields (4 artificial turf), stadium lighting for night games, Costco-size paved parking and two large buildings.  This sports complex will sit up on a hill in the middle of a Wellington neighborhood, to be accessed by a steep and winding 2 lane road that connects Route 9 to Bostian Road (another 2 lane road).

This park and all improvements are to be paid for with Brightwater mitigation funds that were supposed to compensate residents and neighborhoods in and around Brightwater for the loss of green space, habitat disruption, traffic and other issues.  The county purchased the Wellington golf course for $9.7 million in January 2012, and spent approximately $800K to develop the current Master Plan.

The County expects to raise additional funds to complete the project (not paid for by Brightwater funds); maintenance costs for this elaborate design would be the responsibility of the County and all of us taxpayers —  only partially offset by usage fees.

The County has spent in excess of $10 million, but has yet to produce a formal needs analysis or summary of input from a majority of the community about features they would like and use in any park design.  Few of us would spend over $10 million without clearly demonstrating a need and a future use for any building project.

We have not seen estimates for maintenance of the proposed complex.

Poor planning could force tax increases or a poorly maintained complex (which would be) a dangerous and unsightly addition to our neighborhood.

You cannot compensate for loss of green space, habitat disruption and traffic issues by building a sports complex that destroys green space and creates more traffic issues, in a small neighborhood on a hill.

It is condescending for Tom Tiegen to say that we should try his park design for 2 years, and then we’ll like it.

This park needs to be designed with real input from the neighborhoods around Brightwater, to ensure that residents in the 4 mile radius are compensated, and the resulting park is suited to the community.

Tina Stewart, Woodinville

The Woodinville community needs to hear the truth about the plans for Wellington Hills Park.

Contrary to what Snohomish County Parks & Rec Department has been saying, the plan to replace the park with an oversize regional sports complex is NOT FINAL.

The County’s plan has yet to pass SEPA review, be approved by the County Council or survive a legal challenge.

This park is to be paid for using funds set aside as part of the Brightwater Sewage Treatment Plant settlement.

As such, these funds were intended to mitigate the negative impacts to the community surrounding Brightwater.

But now Snohomish County is attempting to build a regional sports complex with destructive effects on the community that far outweigh those brought by the sewage plant.

Having attended several meetings where Tom Teigen presented his proposed plan for seven soccer fields (4 full-sized artificial turf), stadium lighting, large commercial buildings, and parking for over 700 cars (to name just a few of the features), it is obvious that the County is giving precious little consideration to the impact of a huge regional sports on its neighbors — the very people who were supposed to benefit from the mitigation agreement.

Consider the effects of traffic congestion from an annual 7-10+ regional, national and international tournaments, the destruction of natural landscape and habitat, deals made with private interest groups and costs well exceeding budget.  No matter how they try to dress this up, it will bring a critical reduction to the quality of life we now enjoy in rural Woodinville.

But it’s not too late to design a park that fits and serves the community.

Many of your neighbors and friends have joined together to reshape plans for Wellington Hills.

Neighbors to Save Wellington Park (NSWP) invites you to attend a community meeting in which you will hear the facts about the park and learn exactly what you can do to effect change, protect your quality of life and support a legal challenge to the plan to replace the park with a regional sports complex.

Monday, February 25, 7 – 9 p.m. at Woodinville Church of Christ (22502 – 75th Avenue SE, Woodinville, WA 98072)

Together, we can be sure our community remains a wonderful place to live.

Janet Littlefield, Woodinville


You will probably get many letters about the anonymous posting last week by a forlorn local woman.

I want to compliment the editor for posting this.  I also believe our editor will find more challenges from the greater world as they become known in Woodinville.

I wrote a few weeks ago about slaughtering of horses and now it’s become uproar news in many countries, that their beloved hamburgers are really horsemeat, not beef.

But back to the depressed woman.

We have 46 million mentally ill in this country.  How are we ever going to make a breakthrough into that population?

What are the avenues for “reaching out?” I don’t think we know.  I have had two experiences: a teen-age foster child in my home for a year, and a 3 1/2 year stint helping a schizophrenic clear his thinking.

I haven’t made even a dent by doing this work.

It is such a blight on our nation that 22 veterans a day commit suicide. We don’t even look into it.

There are not numbers of co-operative people who can organize persons to take a one-on-one help situation for these poor veterans.

Even the list provided for services in this letter just shows that people can’t make a personal connection with someone walking in a park, let’s say.

Smiles are rare in Woodinville.  What’s wrong with you people?

Nancy Snyder, Woodinville


Dear readers:

It’s me again – being concerned about the robberies going on in our community.  There are so many ways we can avoid this happening to us.  The police officers have put out a brochure that could help everyone.

Some suggestions are: never  leave your car keys (or the engine running) until you are ready to go somewhere and then realize that you forgot something in the house. This happened to two different people recently, valuable information or a purse was stolen off the front seat; so lock your car.

When you go out in the evening, leave a light on, radio on, lock all doors (even garage door), especially if it has a door to the house inside of the garage.

Never tell anyone that calls or comes to the door that you are alone.

Black out your name and address on all mail before putting in paper recycling.  You can legally put a “NO SOLICITING” sign on your front yard or near your door and can call 911 if it is ignored by door-to-door salesperson.

Never talk about going somewhere when you are in a public place, you never know who may be listening.

If you are going on a trip, don’t close all the blind or drapes completely, have your mail stopped (left at the post office) or have a neighbor pick it up every day.

A flood light that comes on when a person or car comes within range of its light.

Maybe you can add these suggestions.

Helen McMahon, Woodinville

Letters to the Editor - February 11, 2013

  • Written by Readers

We hope the Woodinville community enjoyed the celebration of the Woodinville Library’s 20th anniversary on Feb. 9.

It was our pleasure to host the event, provide the entertainment, and to see so many of you there to share in recognizing our great library and its staff.  We especially want to acknowledge the generosity of our local businesses that donated the many door prizes, balloons and other items that helped make this such a fun day: Woodinville Barnes & Noble, Woodinville Walgreens, Top Foods, Cottage Lake Safeway, AMC 12 Woodinville, Cold Stone Creamery and the French Bakery at the Vineyard, as well as the generous support of the King County Library System Foundation.

Thanks also to the many volunteers, including high school students, who contributed their time and gracious goodwill on Feb. 9, to the staff of the Woodinville Library, and to the anniversary planning committee for their work.

We are so fortunate to have the services and resources of the Woodinville Library and its talented staff, and we all look forward to another 20 years with the Woodinville Library as “the heart of our community.”

Marcia Seip, Friends of the Woodinville Library

The note below was found on the Tolt Pipeline Trail at Avondale Road this past Saturday morning.

This woman sounds desperate and needs to be found and helped before she does something drastic.  Will you please publish this letter with this note and ask your readers to help in finding and helping this woman who so desperately needs to be shown that she is indeed loved, that her life does matter, and that we DO care.

I speak for myself in this regard, but I know that there are many in our community who would gladly reach out and help this woman.

Let’s make it happen, because it will be good for us all.


“Dear God hear my prayer.  I have no friends - my husband is in his own world.  My daughter - 24 yrs - well she’s into herself.  I do a lot for her.  But if I ask her to do something, it’s a roll of the eyes.  If she spends time with me – it’s on the cell, all the time, I’m tired!  I’m ready for the Lord to come for me.  I am tired of my world.”

“All I have is the Lord.  That is a gift, I know.  But I’m very lonely.  Please pray for me.

And everyone says, if I only would have known.

People, look around you.  There’s a lot of me’s out there.  Befriend someone.  Go out of your way.  Don’t prejudge.  I have no family.  I feel I have no one.  I walk by people day after day - no one even smiles at me.

Where’s are all the nice people I hear about?  I haven’t any purpose.”

Ed. Note: While it is the policy of the Woodinville Weekly to not run anonymous letters to the editor, it was felt that the message of this note was important enough to warrant the bending of that policy. Indeed, there are certainly people in our community who are suffering and would send this message.

Could this be you or someone you know?

In order to offer what help we can, those facing crises in their lives can find help at the following locations:


1 (800) SUICIDE

1 (800)784-2433


1 (800) 273 TALK

1 (800) 273-8255


Online Emotional Support


An Online Crisis Network



1 (877) 968-8454

Counseling for Teens by Teens


1 (866) 488-7386

For lesbian, gay, bisexual,

transgender, and questioning youth


1 (877) VET-2-VET

1 (877) 838-2838



1 (800) 799-4889



1(800) 773-6667

Local King County



1 (866) 427-4747

(206) 461-3219 (TDD Line)

24 Hour Crisis Line




(206) 461-3219 (TDD Line)

Happy Birthday Woodinville Library! ‘Heart of the community’ celebrates 20 years

  • Written by Deborah Stone
Photo by Marcia Seip, president of Friends of the Woodinville Library Featured is the special installation of lanterns by local fiber artist Suzanne Tidwell.
On February 1, 1993, Woodinville Library opened its doors to the community.

People poured into the 15,000-square-foot building in Cottage Lake and brought it to life.

Librarian Pam Hunter remembers the day well. “It was wild!” she says. “The lines to check out materials were backed up all the way around the place and people were so excited that we were finally open.”

She adds, “It was so clear that the community had this hunger, this built-up need for a library.”

That first day, library staff issued 250 library cards to new patrons who promptly proceeded to make a large dent in the library’s well-stocked shelves. It took seven years of tireless effort, which began on a grassroots level, to make the library a reality. Construction costs totaled $3.8 million, with funds that came from King County Library District’s 1988 bond issue.

Community input influenced the project from siting to design, and over 100 volunteers, most who were members of the Friends of the Woodinville Library, helped with move-in activities.

Over the years, the library has expanded its services and programs.

“We moved into the digital age,” comments Laura Boyes, library cluster manager (Woodinville, Duvall and Carnation), “and we evolved with the changing times. We now have computers and Internet access, wireless, electronic books, an automated materials handling system, self check-in and out services, and much more.”

As for services and programs, the library offers story times for toddlers, preschoolers and families, Talk Time for ESL learners, computer classes, a men’s book club, topical programs for adults, Study Zone, a variety of special arts/cultural activities and programs for youth and Book a Librarian, among others.

For 2012, the library held 382 programs with an average monthly attendance of 930.

Total number of people who came through the doors for the year was 232,055.

The library is also involved in community outreach. Boyes says, “Our Library 2 Go van heads out to daycare and community centers in the Woodinville, Duvall and Carnation areas, and soon we’re going to have a mobile learning lab equipped with computers. It will be more of a tech center and we will be offering classes in science, math, citizenship and other subjects for students and adults. We also offer career and employment classes for adults at WorkSource in Redmond.”

She adds, “We strive to meet the needs of the community and expand our reach to those who can’t get to the library or who are unaware of our services.”

Use of the library’s study rooms and recently expanded meeting room has been on the rise, as such areas are becoming popular places for clubs and organizations to hold their meetings.

The meeting room, in particular, with its added windows and opening into the library, is proving to be an ideal spot to hold special programs. Hunter notes that the library is truly “the heart of the community” – the theme for the library’s 20th anniversary celebration.

“We are a valuable community resource,” she comments. “And despite the fact that we live in a digital world now where information is so readily available, people still come here for the human or social interaction.”

Marcia Seip, president of the Woodinville Friends of the Library, wholeheartedly agrees with Hunter. She feels the library is the core of the community and the place that new residents often head to first to gain information about their surroundings and the services in the area.

“It’s a way to get your bearings,” she explains. “And then people just keep coming back because they find it welcoming and they are able to connect with others.”

Seip, who has been with the Friends for nearly eight years, remarks on the organization’s role, noting that it supports the services and programs of the library.

“We are all advocates of the library,” she adds, “and we help to raise money for a variety of adult, teen and children’s programs.”

The Friends’ primary fundraising vehicle is sales from used books that have been donated from the community.

Members of the group sort and stock the bookshelves in the library’s lobby, as well as set aside items for the large annual book sale event.

Monthly proceeds from the sale of used books typically nets about $700. Last year, the Friends gave over $8,000 to the library in program support.

“Without the Friends, we wouldn’t be able to provide so many quality programs for our patrons,” remarks Boyes. “The group is invaluable to the library, and its members are hardworking volunteers who truly make a difference.”

To celebrate the library’s 20th anniversary, Friends of the Library is sponsoring an open house for the public with a host of fun activities, giveaways, door-prizes, birthday cake and refreshments.

Kids can get their pictures taken with Llama Llama and watch Roberto the Magnificent’s interactive comedy, amazing stunts and juggling show, while teens and adults can learn how to use old books and magazines for fun home décor and gifts.

And for those interested in sharing their stories and reminiscing about the library’s early years and beyond, there will be a special session, “20 Years of Memories,” to enjoy.

To promote the event ahead of time, an exhibit on the history of the library is on view in the entrance area display case. Outside, a colorful installation by local fiber artist Suzanne Tidwell greets patrons, creating a festive mood for the upcoming celebration.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Woodinville Library, the piece is comprised of eight bold-hued lanterns that hang in the building’s portico.

“The colors match those we chose for the theme of the celebration,” comments Seip, “and we thought they would bring color on gray winter days.”

As for the library’s next 20 years, Boyes views enormous changes ahead. She muses that it will be very interesting to see how we access materials.

“It will be easier,” she says, “but filtering the content will be an issue. The library will take a role in helping others with this process. I also think that the manner in which we reach out to people may change, with more opportunities becoming available in this area.”

She adds, “As new technologies come through, libraries must embrace those that have to do with reading, literacy and information. We must continue to evolve to meet the needs of the community.”