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Letters to the Editor - Sept. 16, 2013

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RESPONSE TO LAST WEEK’S LETTER

After reading the "Letters to the Editor" last week, I am compelled to respond to Bernie Talmas’s letter. 

He states the following in regards to Ethical Woodinville, "The issue of Councilmember Hageman’s residency, which is the subject that their letter is referring to, was first brought to my attention by Councilmember Bauman." 

I would like the opportunity to state that Mr. Talmas’s recollection as stated is inaccurate.

At the State of the City address by our city manager last January 2013, I was approached by several attendees asking if there was a councilmember who was resigning. 

I responded that I wasn’t aware of any councilmember resigning. 

After the meeting, I asked Mayor Bernie Talmas if he was aware of any councilmember resigning and he stated he had no idea. 

Within a day or two, I received a call from the mayor saying that he had heard the rumor was regarding Councilmember Hageman.

I expressed to Mayor Talmas that it sounded very personal; we should respect his privacy and wait for Councilmember Hageman to approach Council if he was indeed planning on resigning rather than speculating on a rumor. 

Mayor Talmas and I did not speak of this issue again until he brought forward his accusation challenging Councilmember Hageman’s residency at the City Council meeting on February 12, 2013 without my prior knowledge.

The truth is that I did ask the mayor if he knew of a councilmember resigning, but I had no idea the rumor was regarding Councilmember Hageman until February 12, 2013. 

At that meeting, I was blind-sided by the mayor’s accusations. 

Although I agree that the residency issue is essential to the legitimacy of Councilmember Hageman’s elected position, I was in complete disagreement as to the manner in which it was handled.

This brings me to my final point of this letter.

I do not know who is behind Ethical Woodinville, but I would agree that there is a deeper issue and divide at work here. 

The repeated launch of false accusations and personal attacks over the past three years on other councilmembers needs to stop.  This is not an isolated incident.

Paulette Bauman, Woodinville

"CLEAN UP

YOUR ACT"

This morning, My 5 year old, while waiting for the school bus, blew a raspberry at the neighborhood bully. Since it is the job of  my wife and me to instill character and values in our children, my wife immediately made her apologize, tears and all.

This evening, I got a piece of mail that had obscenities printed on it in bold letters — the same mail that my children fight to go pick up and generally dig through on their way back to the house.

The piece of mail was evidently part of the ongoing  shenanigans downtown.

So first, much like my 5 year old, I would like to explain to you down at city hall, that I expect more from you.

I thought better of you. I would have expected that regardless of your political differences, that you put your grown-up pants on and act like adults.

I have a business in town, I pay taxes in this town, I send my kids to school in this town, and I have full expectation that the people who represent the city I have chosen to call my home to do so with some dignity.

Second, as far as the "Ethical Woodinville" folks: Keep your junk mail to yourselves.

I work all day in the construction industry. I hear vile language, suggestive and rude jokes, and all manner of talk that would make a sailor blush.

When I come home, that is my opportunity to keep all that garbage outside.

It stays at the door so that I can teach my children that any moron can use epithets, obscenities, and gutter language to express themselves, but it takes someone with intelligence and class to be able to articulate their views without that smut.

EthicalWoodinvill.com, you are now the antithesis of what I try to instill in my children.

Against my will and permission, you brought garbage into my home.

I would appreciate you all to keep it to yourselves. 

The irony of your statement, "Is this junior high school …?" was not lost on me.  I hope you have a mirror on the office where you created this. 

Supposedly, we are in a new age of respect, understanding, and cooperation.

We were all told that our last election would usher in a new age where we could overlook differences and work in a bipartisan way to make our world better.

It goes without saying that this is an example of a serious failure in that department. Sometimes, my kids get a little rowdy and I need to round them up and have a serious talk with them.

I will tell you all that same things I tell them. GROW UP … CLEAN UP YOUR ACT … YOU ARE OUT OF CONTROL … This is why we can’t have nice things.

Jake Dempsey, Woodinville

NORTH CREEK FOREST IN DANGER

As we witness the development that is taking place in our area, we are glad for the jobs and homes it creates. 

Still, something is destroyed in each of us when a forest is cut down. 

We can feel both sad and powerless. 

The good news is that community groups are doing something about it. 

Will you join Friends of North Creek Forest to ensure that our last great urban forest and its wildlife are protected?

North Creek Forest is a 64-acre stretch that lines the west side of 405 just north of 195th exit, all the way to  Canyon Park Junior High  — about a mile.

With over half of it saved, and 29 acres remaining, we are getting close. 

With a $500,000 grant that must be matched in order to be used, we are at a critical juncture. 

Can we match it before the grant expires or before it gets developed? 

What we can afford to give goes deeper than our pockets — take the time to learn about this forest, offer volunteer hours or attend a fundraising event with tours of the forest.  We are a grassroots non-profit group who want to insure a forest for future generations:  See our website for details: friendsnorthcreekforest.org.

Mark Twain said something that is even more true today:  "Land, they don’t make it any more."

Jeanie Robinson

President,Friends of North Creek Forest

NOT FUNNY

Over the last year or more I have noticed a troubling trend in the writing of the Police Beat. I have noticed that there have been several authors, but always the same tone is used. 

The tone is what I find offensive. Obviously the Woodinville Weekly thinks that this column is humorous. But I have to say this is very far from the truth. 

The incidents spoken about have a victim who has been hurt in some way or another, sometimes seriously. 

Yet this column treats each incident as though it were fodder for comedy.

... It is hard to deduce what exactly did transpire because the use of words is aimed at being comical, not informative... I would bet the perpetrator may even read the column just to see what may have been said about their assumedly comical caper! I speak from personal experience. Recently my husband’s work van was broken into and his life’s work of tools, several thousand dollars worth were stolen. 

Imagine finding your whole way of doing your daily business stolen from you and an article appears in Police Beat soon afterwards stating among other things "a plethora of tools now answer to new masters and assist in the home improvement projects of persons unknown.  Lock ‘em or lose ‘em, guys!"  Not funny at all!!!! 

This article was personally hurtful as it fails to acknowledge the loss and pain caused to the victim. It felt like a verbal slap on the hand of the victim for being so foolish!  I will bet the perp got a good laugh out of that one!

Every time I have read this column I am disgusted at this attempt at comedy taken at the expense of the people or businesses who have been victimized and as a result caused great upset to their lives.   

Joan Stoneking, Woodinville

DONATIONS NEEDED

We’ve answered the call to be heroes! We’re having our heads shaved to stand in solidarity with kids fighting cancer, but more importantly, to raise money to find cures.

We may be a two-shavee show, but we’ll be just as bald – and we hope you’ll cheer us on with a donation!

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government.

Your gift will give hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers. So when we ask for your support,we’re really asking you to support these kids. To make a donation, visit www.stbaldricks.org/participants/KaelyHolly/fb_action_ids/10201840634676687/fb_action_types/og.likes/fb_source/other_multiline/action_object_map/%5B5755572458 24896%5D/action_type_map/%5B%22og.likes%22%5D/action_ref_map/%5B%5D/ or call 888-899-2253.

Holly and Kaely M., Woodinville

Letters to the Editor - Sept. 9, 2013

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Ed. Note:

The running of the letter from Ethical Woodinville in the September 2 issue of The Woodinville Weekly was an error on my part as it has been and continues to be our policy not to publish anonymous letters unless there is an overwhelming reason to shield the writer’s identity.

I still have not had a response from Ethical Woodinville concerning name(s) that could be used instead of just the name of the group.

I do apologize for the error.

Karen Diefendorf, WW editor

  

I read the letter from "Ethical Woodinville" last week attacking Bernie Talmas for his "embarassing antics and ... the council members who work on his behalf."

While their phrasing is technically accurate they obviously by implication support anyone opposing Bernie and other council members for re-election.  Before writing this letter I looked at their website and sent an email asking for the identity of the authors as it was apparently undisclosed on the site.

Later I saw another letter in the Weekly pointing out the identity is indeed being witheld from the public.

I believe Bernie has managed the affairs of the city council quite well given that it can be, as many city councils are, a fractious group at times. 

He has brought an air of calm decorum, in so far as one person can, to the diverse and divisive issues debated and discussed. With respect to ethics, he is the only person on the entire council who opposed placing cameras on the streets of Woodinville to monitor and record the actions of an unsuspecting public.

By contrast, to oppose him and other council members in a public forum while hiding under the name of an "ethics" group  seems to me very much an act of questionable ethics. 

John Shephard, Woodinville 

  

I am writing this letter in response to a posting from the anonymous group "Ethical Woodinville " printed in last week’s Woodinville Weekly under letters to the editor.

Their letter contained such deliberate misstatements and distortions of the truth it needed a response.

Although this unregistered group "Ethical Woodinville" states that they are not a political action committee, the two robocalls they sponsored, the mailing piece they sent to Woodinville residents, and the letter to the Weekly all directly attacked me in my role as mayor.

Since I’m the only councilmember running for re-election this fall with a registered challenger, their efforts could not be considered anything but political.

As your elected representative, a well-known member of the community and an attorney with more than 35 years of experience, I would not act in any way that would tarnish the City of Woodinville’s reputation, or my own.

The issue of Councilmember Hageman’s residency, which is the subject that their letter is referring to, was first brought to my attention by Councilmember Bauman.

As I stated in my letter to the editor in the March 4, 2013 issue of this paper, I initially decided to ignore this issue since it was only a rumor.

But when I was faced with publicly recorded documents, including a declaration signed by Councilmember Hageman under penalty of perjury that his new Kirkland home was his primary residence, I was forced to bring it up at a public council meeting.

While some thought I should have handled the matter privately, state law, specifically the Open Public Meetings Act, required that it be done at an open public meeting of the city council.

I have no "political operatives" or any "informants" who "staked out the home of another council member." 

With regard to the subject of personal attacks at council meetings, as mayor I have conducted the meetings in a straightforward, respectful manner, allowing every councilmember to have their opportunity to speak, regardless of their views on any subject.

I have never acted with disrespect to anyone, even when I was the subject of personal attacks by other councilmembers or during comments by the public.

There have been occasions when other councilmembers have engaged in this type of conduct, and as mayor I do my best on each occasion to discourage it and end it as soon as possible.

I have worked hard in Woodinville and across the region to improve Woodinville’s position in the Greater Puget Sound Region, serving on the council and on several regional committees. I am not willing to waste all of our good efforts on behalf of our city and stand silent in the face of these anonymous misrepresentations. Thank you for your support.

Bernie Talmas, Woodinville

  

I’m very disappointed in the September 3 Woodinville Weekly, specifically the lead story about a letter containing a needle and thread being sent to Councilmember Liz Aspen, and the anonymous letter to the editor.

The Weekly’s reporter told the City Council that the Weekly’s publisher, Julie Boselly, had said that Ms. Aspen had received a "threat."

Who first characterized it as a threat, Liz or Julie?

The letter insulted Ms. Aspen, certainly, but to characterize it as a threat is an affront to Woodinville’s collective intelligence.

And Ms. Aspen’s attempt to use Woodinville’s police force as a personal retaliation mechanism is an affront to Woodinville’s taxpayers.

As to the letter to the editor from "Ethical Woodinville," I’m grateful for the assurances I’ve heard that Karen Diefendorf, the Weekly’s editor, gave instructions several times that the letter be removed. I would be interested to know how it remained in place.

Anonymous campaigning in Woodinville began with the "Woodinville Free Press" mailed to voters in 1995 and continued with woodinvilleblog.com in the 2000s.

The anonymous pieces always support the same set of puppet councilmembers, always claim to have the best interests of Woodinville at heart, and hide behind disingenuous claims such as that made in the letter to the editor, that "Ethical Woodinville" is not a political action committee.

Seriously, we’re going to let an anonymous unregistered PAC be our guide on ethical issues?

We’re going to listen to robocalls, read a Web site and postcard that all make false statements about Mayor Bernie Talmas and accept their claim that they’re not a political action committee? And the Woodinville Weekly is going to be their free soapbox?

We deserve better.

Susan Boundy-Sanders, Woodinville

  

Opinions & perceptions – we all have them.

According to Woodinville City Councilmember Susan Boundy-Sanders, I have insulted the intelligence of all of Woodinville based on my idea of what a threat is. I would hope each individual would think for themselves but yes, I actually did say the word "threat" when shown a copy of the mailed needle and thread with a note saying Liz Aspen’s mouth should be sewn shut.

I asked her if she reported it. It was a mailed needle – when did that become okay and acceptable? I don’t find it to be harmless political name-calling. If something similar was mailed to me or either of my children, it would cause concern or even fear.

If I look up threat in the dictionary it reads:

threat

[thret]

noun

1. a declaration of an intention or determination to inflict punishment, injury, etc., in retaliation for, or conditionally upon, some action or course; menace: He confessed under the threat of imprisonment.

2. an indication or warning of probable trouble: The threat of a storm was in the air.

3. a person or thing that threatens.

Source: Dictionary.com

If I feel something is "an indication or warning of probable trouble," I have no issue discussing it with members of the community and reporting it to the police. Better to be safe than sorry is an appropriate way to live. Maybe this behavior is acceptable in your world, it’s not in mine and it will be a good talking point with my children about the type of people they will run into throughout their lives.

Julie Boselly, Woodinville Weekly Publisher

  

Woodinville Heights continues to have speeding drivers that are dangerous to our children.

Several months ago residents along NE 178th Street and 146th Avenue NE signed a petition asking the city to install speed bumps.

The city’s response was to install small raised white markers, also known as turtles.

What an insult!

These devices have done nothing to slow the speeding drivers. Instead these are hazards for the many bicyclist on the streets.

Equally insulting to our pleas for help was Councilmember Boundy-Sanders at the May 7th City Council meeting giving thanks to the city and gleefully adding that "speed bumps were not the way to go." 

Really, councilmember?  Is that what you will say when (not if) a child is hit by one of these speeding drivers?

School started again on Tuesday and many of the neighborhood children gathered at the three school bus stops in our area.

My wife and I watched in horror as several cars went speeding by our two young children and their classmates. 

The City Council, led by Mayor Bernie Talmas, is playing Russian Roulette with the safety of our children.

Quit playing politics with the children of Woodinville Heights and fix the problem. 

Kris and Cindy Jones, Woodinville Heights

 

Letters to the Editor - Sept. 2, 2013

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SOMEONE MUST BE THE ADULT IN THE ROOM

A recent letter-writer made accusations about Ethical Woodinville that require a response.

Ethical Woodinville is not a political action committee (PAC) as claimed. There has never been, nor will there ever be, any endorsement of any candidates for office.

Ethical Woodinville will never ask citizens to vote for or against any candidate.

Our mission is stated clearly in every phone call, mailer, or web post that is made public: we ask citizens to call the City Council and urge them to vote for stronger ethics rules for council behavior.

The embarrassing antics of Mayor Bernie Talmas and the political operatives and council members who work on his behalf must stop.

We are at the point that when someone with a different opinion speaks up, they are attacked personally and immediately.

It is no wonder why city board and commission vacancies go unfilled for months at a time.

Too many of the best and brightest in our city choose not to subject themselves to taking sides in a blood feud just to serve their community.

The citizens of Woodinville suffer as a result.

What is so wrong with stronger ethics rules to require council members to be civil? That is all we ask.

People of Woodinville: your mayor admitted at a public council meeting that he had an informant who had staked out the home of another council member late at night, then reported what he saw back to the mayor. Does this not bother anyone?

Why are they not working on downtown traffic?

Why do road-widening projects sit stagnant while these politicians snipe and peel skin off each other?

Someone must be the adult in the room and tell the kids to do their homework and stop the hair-pulling.

If that needs to be us, then so be it.

EthicalWoodinville.com

Letters to the Editor - August 26, 2013

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A GUERILLA GARDENER IN HOLLYWOOD HILL?

We have just moved to Woodinville (Hollywood Hill) around one month ago.

The house we bought had been a foreclosure and had been completely remodeled.  I am guessing by the number of people who slow down outside it and stare, it must have been in a pretty dire state and judging by the Bing Maps pictures, it was in a pretty dilapidated state. 

Anyway, in the last couple of days, someone has very kindly (and a little bit scarily) left a beautiful large bouquet of geraniums in one of the empty plant pots we’ve put outside the house. 

We have no idea who it is – possibly a neighbor or someone else, which has led me to wonder if there is a guerilla gardener on the loose in the Woodinville Hollywood Hill area?  It was a lovely gesture.

Thanks & Kind Regards, James Whelan

 

PARKING PROBLEM IN WOODINVILLE

Dear retailers, restaurants and any others that rely on the public for their income:

Walking was hard, especially from the parking lot. Since I was so slow I had the time to look around and observe the parking in Woodinville. I was completely surprised by the overwhelming number of businesses that allow their employees to park as close as they can to the business’s front door at the expense of the paying customers who have a hard time finding parking.

For some businesses, it’s easy to spot employee cars as some have their store, restaurant, etc., name on the vehicle.

Others it’s easy to tell as the closest spaces are taken way before the store is open.

Others, you can tell because the cars never move until shifts are over.

What does this show me?

The employee is more important than the customer who is shopping there, paying the salary and the money to keep the business open.

Parking is not really easy here.

Just to let you know how important I am as a customer and I will park accordingly — in front of your business or in front of a business in Bothell, Redmond or Kirkland.

Kathryn E. Laine

 

WHO ARE THEY?

By now, many Woodinville residents have received a call from an organization called Ethical Woodinville. What I found disturbing about this call and the organization’s website is that there is no reference to who this organization represents.

I ask those involved with Ethical Woodinville to disclose who they are and engage in a civil discourse of how to improve the way City Council operates for the benefit of our city.   

Further I hope that this is not the beginning of another negative election campaign and I hope the residents of Woodinville ignore anonymous websites like this one and will evaluate the candidates for what they have done for the City in the past, what they think the issues are for the future and how they will be addressed.  Only then can voters make an intelligent decision on which candidate best matches their values and vision for Woodinville.

Jim Dunlap, Woodinville,

THANK YOU

The Celebrate Woodinville 2013 Concert Series and Festival are history and a great new tradition has been created in Woodinville. "It was an honor and pleasure to partner with the City of Woodinville and Woodinville Wine Country," said Woodinville Chamber of Commerce executive director, Dave Witt. "Working together, we successfully achieved our mission to bring Woodinville residents together for family-oriented events, encourage a sense of community, and promote Woodinville’s wineries, breweries, local businesses, agriculture, and unique character to visitors from the Puget Sound Region."

Many organizations and individuals played a role in the success of these events. We extend our sincere appreciation to each of you.

Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor:  EvergreenHealth.

Gold Sponsors: 4Culture, Fairwinds-Brittany Park, Frontier Communications, Northshore YMCA, The Woodinville Weekly, Waste Management.

Silver Sponsors: Cascadia Community College, Gentle Dental, McLendon Hardware, Portraits by Carol Hook, Tom Quigley, arborist, Union Bank.

Woodinville Leadership Challenge: Precor

Friends of Woodinville: Bassett Home Heating, Northshore Schools Foundation, Puget Sound Energy, Sterling Bank, University of Washington Bothell, Westhill, Inc., WIN Home Inspection, Windermere Real Estate Woodinville, Woodinville Sport & Spine.

Community Friends

Starbucks Woodinville II

Woodinville Alliance Church

Woodinville Community United Methodist Church

Woodinville Bicycle

Volunteers

Julie Boselly, Woodinville Weekly

Liz Aspen, Woodinville city councilmember

Bill Ledbetter, Go 2 IT Guys, LLC

Debbie Peterson, Peterson LTC

Bob and Jeanie Rash, Sound Business Development

Diane Kolb and Ed Wegner, Children’s Country Home

Brenda Vanderloop, 21 Acres

Teresa Nelson, Windermere Real Estate

Brad Bossio, Welcomemat Services

Bob Green, WIN Home Inspection

Bob Platte, Colonial Life & Accident Insurance

Lucy DeYoung

Rob Raile, Whidbey Island Bank

Charlie Murphy, Whidbey Island Bank

Brian Bass, Whidbey Island Bank

Wineries

Ancestry Cellars

Auclair Winery

Brian Carter Cellars

Castillo de Feliciana

Convergence Zone Cellars

Davenport Cellars

DeLille Cellars

DiStefano Winery

Dusted Valley

EFESTÉ

Elevation Cellars

Eye of the Needle Winery

Forgeron Cellars

Gard Vintners

Goose Ridge Estate Winery

Isenhower Cellars

J. Bookwalter Wines

Lauren Ashton Cellars

Matthews Estate

Page Cellars

Patterson Cellars

Pondera Winery

Silver Lake Winery

Smasne Cellars

Sparkman Cellars

The Woodhouse Wine Estates

Vortex Cellars

Woodinville Wine Cellars

Breweries

Brickyard Brewing

Dirty Bucket Brewing Co

Triplehorn Brewing Co

Twelve Bar Brews

Food Vendors

Barking Frog Mobile Kitchen

Gobble Food Truck

French Bakery at the Vineyard

Twisted Café

Pasta Nova Italian Restaurant

Crafted

Wellington Chocolates

TNT Treats

Planning Committee

Dave Witt, Woodinville Chamber of Commerce

Robin Sell, Woodinville Chamber of Commerce

Tiffany Stetson, Goose Ridge Estate Winery

Susan Straub-Martin, Strauberry Studios

Bob and Jeanie Rash, Sound Business Development

Michael Charlton, Friend of the Chamber

Laurie Cook, Wordsmith Diva

Mike Stevens, Brian Carter Cellars

Sandra Lee, Woodinville Wine Country

Alexandra Sheeks, City of Woodinville

Valerie Schick, Woodinville Farmers Market

Julie Jacobson, YMCA

  

Letters to the Editor - August 19, 2013

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CELEBRATE WOODINVILLE

I never had the pleasure of knowing Carol Edwards, the "Mother of Woodinville" and organizer of the first All Fool’s Day Parade, but I can only imagine how proud she must have been looking down from heaven seeing neighbors and friends come together at Celebrate Woodinville. 

What a truly fun and joyful event for our community! 

Sincere thanks to Dave Witt, Suzanne Rollins and Robin Sell of the Chamber of Commerce for taking the lead to make this such a successful event. While I am sure that the challenges leading up to Celebrate Woodinville were many, the end result appeared flawless.

Thank you, also, to Commissioner Brad Walker and Councilmember Liz Aspen for collaborating with Precor to raise money for local charities through "The Precor Challenge." 

Your dedication and efforts will benefit our community in ways you could have never imagined.

My family, friends and I are already looking forward to next year’s Celebrate Woodinville!!

Rick Chatterton, Woodinville

We would like to congratulate The Chamber of Commerce and the City of Woodinville and all of the partners on a wonderful Celebrate Woodinville Festival.

We would like to give a big thank you to Precor for their partnership and generosity in the Woodinville Leadership Challenge.

Without their donation of exercise equipment for the day and a piece of equipment for a raffle we would not have raised nearly $3,000 for Woodinville Storehouse Food Bank and Northshore Backpacks for Kids.

It was very gratifying to see elected officials, commissioners, city staff and businesses come together to support our local community in a meaningful way, and have a great time exercising in public no less.

Thank you to our participants:

Ron Dembowski – King County Council

Les Rubstello  – Woodinville City Council

Paulette Bauman – Woodinville City Council

Liz Aspen – Woodinville City Council

Rick Chatterton – Woodinville Water District Commissioner

Sandra Smith – Woodinville Water District Commissioner

Mark Wiitala – Planning Commissioner

Kevin Stadler – Planning Commissioner

Paula Waters – Planning Commissioner

Steve Yabroff – Planning Commissioner

Brad Walker – Parks & Rec Commissioner

Norm Maddex – Parks & Rec Commissioner

Zach Schmitz – City Staff

Dr. Lanika Buchanan – Health Moves

Lucy DeYoung – Ideal Office Suites

Kay Taylor – Evergreen Hospital

Jan Newton – The Collective On Tap

Chelsey Easton – McLendon Hardware

Ken Kelleigh – McLendon Hardware

Tom Quigley – Arborist

Julie Boselly – Publisher Woodinville Weekly

Gib Aspen

Stefan Aspen

James Evans

Also, a big thank you to our major donors:

Senator Andy Hill

Fairwinds Brittany Park

North Creek Self Storage

Councilmember Scott Hageman

Councilmember Les Rubstello

Kristin & Robert Gulledge

Robb Anderson – Northwest Trophies

Larry Francois – Superintendent Northshore School District

McLendon Hardware

Health Moves Naturopathic Medicine

Kay Taylor

Lucy DeYoung

Water Commissioner Rick Chatterton

Water Commissioner Karen Steeb

Liz Aspen & Brad Walker

 

SECRET GROUP AT WORK?

Why are thousands upon thousands of dollars being spent by an anonymous political PAC to affect the outcome of Woodinville’s City Council election this fall?

Who is this anonymous group trying to influence our citizens with expensive robo-calls to our homes and websites full of innuendo and false statements?

Citizens sign their name at the bottom of what they write. King County publishes where we live, what we paid for our homes and yes if you want to see the Deed of Trust (bank note) for our homes you can call any Title Company in the county.

I have to declare my name and address when I speak at council meetings.

We all have to declare our names and addresses when we request records from City Hall. 

Yet this so called political PAC, "Ethical Woodinville" won’t declare who they are and have not registered with the state of Washington, Public Disclosure Commission. This secret group "Ethical Woodinville" just filed a request for records at our City Hall without declaring their names or address which is against our city policy and not the standard our very own citizens are held to.

Yet your city staff is releasing information to this anonymous political group without question. Why?

So much good has been done over the last four years in our city.

New development is underway in our downtown, the city budget is in the black, our roads are being paved and plowed and it no longer floods downtown every time it rains. The one thing that still needs to change is these anonymous individuals that slip into our city and spend thousands of dollars to affect your vote and manipulate our city staff.

There is only one city council seat that is being challenged this fall.

Take a long hard look at who you hand control of our city to.

Make sure it’s someone you know.

Make sure they live in our city and declare who they are and who supports them versus an anonymous group that speaks in mistruths, innuendo and hides in the shadows of a faceless political PAC.

Hank Stecker, Woodinville