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Letters to the Editor - Feb. 17, 2014

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Ms. Roundhill and all fellow Woodinvillians:

If there is any one thing that my family respects, honors, and cherishes as much as our beloved, WORLD CHAMPION Seahawks, it is in fact our incredible city. My in-laws, wife, and kids have lived in Woodinville their entire lives and would not change that for anything. We decided to honor our Hawks with a family trip to decorate "the 12th fish." Not only did we use the utmost care and caution, we also used it as a way to teach our kids about community and respect for property.

I appreciate and respect the concern for our landmark and would like to make sure that our wonderful city knows that my son and I removed every trace of decoration we put up.

A soft, non abrasive, non marring agent was used to remove the tape residue. Granted, some residue from other decorators’ previous displays still remains.

We also made sure as we do when we leave a campsite, that it was left "cleaner than when we got there."

Rest assured, if/when this family shall decorate our incredible landmark in the future, it will be handled in the same fashion as it was this time.

GO HAWKS!

GO FALCONS!

The Beaupre family

12th Man, Woodinville Residents

A few months ago, there was a power outage on Puget Sound Energy’s  main line off 232nd Ave.NE, Woodinville, caused apparently by a fallen tree or limb.

Such occurrences are designated "acts of nature" by the power company, and by the State Utilities Commission. 

Thus, the power company says it is not liable for any problems that disruption of service causes customers. Two state legislators indicate now that they are not in a position to change that.

On the occasion referenced, when power was restored it caused a surge into our house that burned out the main circuit board of our electric range which cost more than $1000 to replace.

I am told that there may be at least three or four other customers in this vicinity who may have been damaged,also.

Now, I am not an electrician, but it is my understanding that there should be a substation and/or transformer between the main line and any residence, designed to step down the voltage before it reaches a  residence and prevent any damaging power surge.

And It seems to me that turning the power back on would be an "act of man" rather than an "act of nature," and that it would be the power company’s responsibility to see that its substations and transformers are performing properly.

Nevertheless, at the moment, it seems the only recourse would be expensive legal action against the power company.

I would appreciate receiving other reader/ power company customer’s comments, advice. Thank you.

Keith Oliver, Woodinville

I’m writing to note an error in the article (February 10, 2014) "A 1.3-acre parcel on the southwest corner of NE 171st Street and 140th Avenue NE, for which the city budgeted $225,000, could be used for right-of-way for traffic improvements such as a roundabout." 

The parcel is actually 3 tenths of an acre or approximately 13,000 square feet.

It consists of the thin, overgrown strip that is fronted mostly on NE 171st Street. 

The property is what was left of the larger parcel that includes the KFC corner when the bypass (171st) was cut through several years ago.

The targeted property has carried a for sale sign for several months and has been posted periodically in the past.

It DOES NOT include the Chrysalis School parcel, a separate property owned by the school’s operators. 

The for sale sign has been a source of confusion for Chrysalis and I expect the article might further add as much.

The school is not for sale nor is the property on which it sits.

Walter Fogle, Chrysalis School, Woodinville

In the article regarding the Rettigs’ trip to El Salvador, there is a greater irony than the one noted in the article.  

In the U.S., the requirement of Voter ID cards pushed by some Republicans is Jim Crow coming back to life, putting obstacles in the way of citizens who want to vote. Other examples of Jim Crow activity in this country:  preventing or shortening the opportunity for early voting, ending same-day registration, and the presence of fewer voting machines in minority areas meaning longer lines of people waiting to vote. 

The greater irony is this: that while some in the U.S. are actively attempting to disenfranchise some U.S. citizens, El Salvador’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal seeks to expand enfranchisement by encouraging more and more citizens to vote.

It has already increased the number of polling places and brought those closer to where people live, increased the number of voting booths at the polling places, and for the first time provided the chance for absentee voting from Salvadorans living overseas. 

In the U.S., we should be working to increase enfranchisement, not decrease it!

    Jim Rettig, Woodinville

 

Letters to the Editor - Jan. 20, 2014

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I am a parent of two boys at Fernwood Elementary in the north end of Northshore School District. I am also a home owner in a neighborhood adjoining the proposed high school site and despite the challenges this will bring, I’m in favor of the upcoming 2014 bond and levies.

My day job as a real estate broker gives me a unique perspective as I work with buyers comparing housing options within King and Snohomish counties. Historically, homes within the Northshore School District have been considered more desirable and have fetched higher prices. This is illustrated perfectly by two new housing developments in north Bothell, built by one builder. Although just a block apart, these neighborhoods are serviced by different school districts, one being Northshore.

Based on my conversations with the listing agent and closing data, near identical homes located within the Northshore neighborhood sold for up to $15,000 more than those in the neighborhood serviced by the other. Simply, today’s buyers see the value of our schools and are willing to invest more.

This vote has potential to greatly impact our recovering housing market.

As a homeowner I have to ask if it’s fiscally responsible to reject a small tax increase and risk a much larger hit to property values not to mention the quality of education our children receive? If Northshore School District cannot effectively meet the demands of the growing student population, its overall reputation, and our property values, will most certainly suffer. In order to maintain the high level of excellence the public has come to expect from Northshore, I urge my fellow voters to consider the long-lasting, negative ramifications failure would have and stand united in support.

Finally, as a Fernwood parent for the past six years, I’ve witnessed the growing pains first hand but also the tremendous efforts of staff and teachers to address them with extreme care, always keeping the needs of the students in mind. We are fortunate to have such talented educators and I hope we will all be able to breathe easier come February, knowing relief is on its way.

Stacy Rus, Bothell

Each year the Northshore Youth Soccer Association (NYSA) hosts youth soccer league and tournament play culminating in its annual Cranberry Cup. The Cup is a celebration of the sport of Northshore select soccer and treats the community to competitive boys and girls soccer traditionally held Thanksgiving weekend.

Our recent season-ending tournament hosted more than 60 teams from across the greater Seattle area including Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mukilteo, Bothell, Woodinville, Redmond, West Seattle, Bellevue, Issaquah, Granite Falls and Silver Lake as well as several teams in from Canada for the first time in the tournament.

The 2013 edition of the Cranberry Cup was one of the most successful to date due in large part to the City of Woodinville and the numerous tournament sponsors that we would be remiss not to recognize! Special thanks is extended to the city manager’s office in Woodinville, specifically Alexandra Sheeks, Brenda Eriksen and Nancy Brandt for their assistance with field support and event coordination. NYSA would like to recognize the following local sponsors of this year’s Cup:

• Fey & Grey Orthodontics, feyandgrey.com

• Silvi Sports, silvisports.com

• Carter Subaru/VW, carterseattle.com

• Precision Sports Performance, therapeuticassociates.com

• Sandberg Northwest Volvo, sandbergvolvo.com

• Adidas, adidas.com

• Locknane Athletic Medicine, locknaneathleticmedicine.com

• Soccer West, shopsoccerwest.com

• Gobble Restaurant, gobblerestaurant.com

• Cecil & Associates, cecilnassoc.com

• Kaufman Chiropractic Clinic, kaufmanchiropractic.com

• Silvaris Corporation, silvaris.com

• Liberty Sign Shoppe, libertysignshoppe.com

• TNT Treats

• Northwest Designs, northwestdesigns.com

Additional tournament pictures and sponsor information may be found at northshoreselect.org. Thank you again for the generous support of our annual event!

NYSA Board of Directors

Letters to the Editor - Jan. 13, 2014

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DON’T FORGET TO VOTE

I have lived in the Northshore School District since the very early 1950’s and graduated from Bothell High School in 1963.

I have always valued the education I received in this community.

We have one of the best school districts in the state because of great teachers and a strong administration. In addition, our three communities have always worked together to ensure that we build schools when we needed them to prevent overcrowding, maintain our facilities to protect our investment, and provide up-to-date technologies to keep our graduates competitive in a fast-paced modern world.

Knowing that this area was a wonderful place to raise a family and poised for continuous growth in the future, our forward thinking citizens in the 1950s and 60s voted to fund the purchase of lands for future schools.

The Northshore community continued that commitment to education as the district grew, never failing a school bond or levy.

It is because of that legacy, along with a personal feeling that every student in our community deserves the best education we can provide, that I’m voting to support all three school measures on the ballot February 11th.

I encourage all of my fellow citizens to do the same and please don’t forget to vote.

George Selg, Bothell

THANK YOU

Thank you to the Woodinville Weekly staff for writing up a great article for our 2nd annual meal packaging event.

We raised $3,821, enough for 15,284 meals!

On Tuesday, the 17th, about 60-65 people gathered and, in 1 hour, using COTN’s assembly-line meal packaging system for their recipe of lentils, freeze-dried vegetables, vegetable bouillon and rice, sealed up 15,284 meals for Children of the Nations (COTNI.org). These meals will make their way to a hungry orphaned or destitute child served by COTN.

Thank you to everyone who participated. We had SUCH a blast!

Getting to know neighbors, meeting new friends, sharing the love and generosity of the holiday season, and packaging over 15,000 meals made it a great success!

Thank you to everyone who gave their dollars, quarters, nickels and dimes, their time and energy, and to Maltby Christian Assembly church for letting us use their facility and for putting up with all the organized chaos this event brings.

You did so with grace and generosity, which is fitting for this time of year, as well as for this wonderful organization. Makes Christmas feel even merrier!

~with a thankful heart, Amy Hebert

Letters to the Editor - Jan. 6, 2014

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WRITER HOPES DRIVER WILL BECOME MORE RESPONSIBLE

Thanks for the memories — not!

To the person who backed into me in DeYoung’s Farm and Garden store parking lot on the afternoon of December 31st, way to go!

Not only did you do a hit and run without leaving a note, you also took off with the trim piece you knocked off my car when you hit it!

And to add insult to injury you turned what I had hoped to be a fond farewell to the store into a bad memory.

I can only ask that at the least you return the trim piece to me.

You can mail it to me anonymously; I’ve been in the phone book since I moved here 28 years ago.

Make a New Year’s resolution too for me: promise to be a responsible citizen in 2014.

Don Brocha, Woodinville

NSD HAS DONE PROPER PLANNING IN OPEN AND PUBLIC WAY

I support the Northshore School District.

As a former high school teacher and son of local teachers, I purposely chose to buy a house in the Northshore School District. The district has a long history of excellence, from its bond ratings to the fact that they have always worked carefully with their terrific teachers and have never gone on strike.

I have a senior in the full IB program at Inglemoor High School who is applying to some of the top schools on the west coast and have seen firsthand how she got this far.

My 8th grade son is hopefully following in her footsteps.

One of the key issues in a strong community has to be the willingness to support reasonable taxes that support our parks, our libraries, our emergency response units, and our schools.

As our area has grown and thrived, we have needed at times to re-evaluate what is needed. Not too many years ago, the district had to even consider closing a school due to a decline in enrollment. Enrollment is now booming on the north side of the district, as the far west side and east side have faced some enrollment declines.

After dozens of meetings and discussions with the whole community, the district has decided the best way forward is to build a new high school in the north side. The district is also aligning its grade levels at the schools to more closely match the neighboring districts and expectations of most colleges.

The new high school helps with this process.

The Northshore School District has a long history of doing what it has promised in regards to bonds and levies and they have done it in an open and public fashion. They have provided enough reasonable documentation and evidence through their finance department to the community and the bond underwriters that I am comfortable with their worst case scenario of an additional $60.00 per household.

I am comfortable that Superintendent Larry Francois and the diverse school board have done proper planning for the best interests of our community. I have worked closely with them as a former president of the Northshore Schools Foundation, in PTA, as a local businessman with Snapdoodle Toys, and as a parent.

Rob Pickering, Kenmore

Letters to the Editor - Dec. 23, 2013

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Landsliding? Where, Where?

As a practicing engineering geologist of 40 years, and a Woodinville area resident of 35 years, I am taken aback at some of the comments attributed to one of the City Council members at a recent council meeting.

There are members of the community, and on the council, who would like to buy a series of properties in the northeast quadrant of the city.

Supposedly this would "protect" the steep slope areas above and east of the Hwy 522 corridor.

Certain of these properties were to be developed but the developer had been turned back by ordinance and lawsuits over the last decade.

I would like to voice my concerns with what I believe are inaccurate statements made by City Council member Susan Boundy-Sanders regarding these sloping properties and the risks associated with their developed and undeveloped conditions.

The statements made in the lead story of the Weekly dated December 9th, 2013, relate to the risk of landsliding on these properties.

Having lived in the area, and conducted geologic and engineering studies for several projects over the years on the slope between Costco and the NE 195th Street right-of-way, I take exception to the risk statements made in public by Ms. Boundy-Sanders.

I need to point out that there is a big difference between Steep Slope Hazard and Landslide Hazard under most Municipal and County codes including King County.

Granted, there certainly are Steep Slope Hazard areas present under Code for 40 percent slopes in portions of the properties Ms. Boundy-Sanders mentioned in council.

However, steep slopes do not necessarily make a Landslide Hazard.

Landslide Hazards must meet certain criteria relating to silt/clay soil types, significant springs, documented previous areas of movements and other criteria under KC Code, for instance.

I would be interested to see what documentation Ms. Boundy-Sanders has obtained to label these various properties Landslide Hazards other than her "visual estimation."

In addition, the City of Woodinville Identified Critical Areas Map (Figure A13-1) shows steep slope hazard areas over these properties but not Landslide Hazard delineations.

Several hundred acres of land to the south and southwest of downtown is delineated Landslide Hazard.

I wonder if the city should also buy these designated lands to lock up as "Open Space" for no residential development and no improved park use?

As a geologist, I am also very careful about labelling any properties with a negative designation unless I have conducted detailed studies to show that those properties do indeed fulfill the code definitions.

I am concerned when a public official uses an apparent scare tactic to validate the purchase of these slope parcels to "protect" them and to protect the public from a risk of "dangerous landsliding."

Perhaps, Ms. Boundy-Sanders has a count of the "homes and properties and lives of the unbelievers" that may have already been affected by this purported potential area of sliding?

Please, Ms. Boundy-Sanders, don’t try to scare the public into thinking that the acquisition of these parcels would "protect" the public from slide danger and save families and children from landslides striking their homes lower on the slope.

Paul K. Bonifaci, Woodinville