CAMPAIGN SIGNS It has been brought to my attention that my signs have very recently been removed from parts of the Woodinville area, including signs that were on private property. Interestingly, I have been informed that my opponent’s signs remain untouched.
SAFETY REMINDER This is a reminder to everyone that school is back in session and the kids are out and about. Please, please, please stay off of your phones, at the very least when you’re coming through the crossings near schools!
Today I had a woman roll into the crosswalk (where kids were being crossed) because she was busy looking at her phone. Another woman, who had the green light, was also looking at her phone and had no idea the other cars were honking at her because she was just “busy” reading her phone!
WOODINVILLE-DUVALL ROAD Well, well, here we are in August of 2015 and what do we see? Stan Palmer trucks slinking around working hard to complete the job that was supposed to be completed last November. We now have a (seems permanent) welcoming sign on Woodinville-Duvall Road: “Road Work Ahead, Expect Delays.” Not surprising as that’s what you get when you give a contract to the low bidder without the necessary language spelling out an end date with monetary penalties for non-performance. The Stan Palmers love those contracts as they start work on the “open ended” job and soon disappear for weeks at a time to put their crews on jobs that have a penalty for not completing the work on time. To give the illusion of working on the low bid project, they set out lots of orange barrels and move them around each day. Then the change orders start to appear and now the low bidder isn’t so low after all. Great job!
BUILDING COSTS We recently purchased 2.98 acres in Wellington Hills with a home and beautiful one acre piece. It was our family dream to have the kids and grandchildren live in the established house and build a small rambler for us to retire. The perfect family complex close to town and multi-generational support. It was a shock to learn that not only would we have to incur the cost to pave a 500 foot x 26 foot wide city road but also spend thousands on consultants for critical land use studies. This is a gravel city road today with three residents who have current access. But we have to pave 100 percent of the road. Maybe only the wealthy can afford to develop an acre in Woodinville now. We are very sad that we will not be able to afford to call Woodinville home or make our dreams come true. If you are reading this and thinking of building in Woodinville, do your homework or have very deep pockets. I guess Woodinville is not for us. Valerie Callahan Woodinville
School begins Sept. 2 in the Northshore School District, and thanks to an impressive community-wide effort, Northshore students will arrive ready to learn.
Through the generosity of our community, almost 1,200 students will start the school year with basic and necessary supplies. Northshore School District and the Northshore Schools Foundation express heartfelt appreciation to all who played a role in responding to every need during this year’s Backpacks for Kids campaign.