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January 26, 1998

Local News

'Putting a face on local government', Brocha lives up to promise

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Photo by Andrew Walgamott/staff photo

Mayor, Don Brocha will be available every Thursday to talk with and listen to Woodinville residents.
  

  Andrew Walgamott
   WOODINVILLE--Don Brocha sat on a couch with an empty chair beside him last Thursday afternoon and waited for the public to stop by City Hall and talk with him. In front of Brocha was a sign reading "The Mayor is in", something he'd whipped up at his job at Bothell's ATL where he's a software engineer. Brocha, 46, was fulfilling a promise he gave the night he was elected mayor earlier this year. He vowed to "do more" which included setting aside time once-a-week to be accessible to the citizens as well as act as a conduit from the city to the residents.
  
   But besides city staffers, and a man who asked directions to the Chamber of Commerce, Brocha sat and waited alone. Still he was upbeat about hearing from the public. "It's fun to meet people. The interesting thing is that we have a circle of friends but it's fun to get out in public and see how many ideas there are out there. And that's a kick," Brocha said. He plans to be available at City Hall (13203 N.E. 175th St.) every Thursday from noon to 1:30 p.m. This Thursday he is meeting with the Kiwanis at Round Table Pizza, 17600 140th Ave. N.E. Brocha said in the future he might set up a "Lucy Booth" (From the cartoon strip Peanuts) at local grocery stores.