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Clibborn’s transportation committee goals: Statement by Judy Clibborn on her appointment to Chair of the House Transportation Committee

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:12PM

I am truly honored to be chosen by my colleagues in the House Democratic Caucus to chair the Transportation Committee.

A new chapter for the MI Reporter

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:12PM

As the year draws to a close, a new chapter is beginning for the Mercer Island Reporter. The Reporter has been purchased by Black Press, a Canadian newspaper group. It owns newspapers in the Puget Sound region through its subsidiary, Sound Publishing. Black Press has purchased all 10 papers in the King County Journal Newspaper group: the daily King County Journal; two weeklies, the Mercer Island Reporter and Snoqualmie Valley Record; and seven Reporter papers published every two weeks: the Auburn, Bellevue, Bothell/Kenmore, Covington/Maple Valley, Kent, Redmond and Renton Reporters. Our new owner plans to increase the frequency of publication of the bi-weeklies, to weekly and twice-weekly.

MI shouldn’t ‘settle’ on schools issues

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:12PM

Sen. Brian Weinstein

Questions for PSE

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:12PM

It was one for the record books. A fierce windstorm that followed a rainstorm of biblical proportions. The damage to the power system was severe. It was cold. The Island was black for days. Hundreds of Islanders remained without power for up to a week.

Sustainability and surviving the Storm

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:12PM

On December 14 we endured a storm that initially flooded the streets of the business center and left us adrift without heat or technology. The entire island was without grid power. Houses went cold. Some of us couldn’t cook or take a shower. We went loopy when our electronics faded as batteries drained. We are thankful to the dedicated public employees and utility workers who have worked long hours, in dangerous conditions, to provide for our safety and comfort. Many millions of dollars will be spent getting us back to “normal.” And sadly for some in our region, the loss of power, flash flooding and downing of trees was deadly and not just an expensive and uncomfortable experience.

Lessons and hopes

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:12PM

From the inception of Mercer Island government, the city has worked hard to keep utilities up to date, beginning 50 years ago with the installation of a municipal sewer system. However, as the storm of the past month reminded us, the infrastructure here is tied to that of the region and to entities whose workings are largely out of our control — entities that must look after hundreds of thousands of customers as well as Islanders.

PEAK diverts millions from education

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:12PM

PEAK could be an admirable community asset with a teen center, a new Boys & Girls Club, childcare and gyms. What PEAK does not offer is a high school-integrated facility as once envisioned and sold to the community in Spring 2005. For a project that neither offers educational value nor reflects funding priorities, PEAK will soak up $1,000,000 in precious school funds and scarce school district land, while incurring ongoing costs and headaches for the Mercer Island School District. For this reason, PEAK should not be sited on MISD land, but instead nurtured elsewhere by community -- not school -- funds

As we settle into 2007, there are many good things to report.

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:12PM

Six Mercer Island School District teachers have earned National Board Certification bringing the total number of nationally certified teachers in Island schools with this distinction to ten. The always-growing number of teachers in the school district who hold advanced degrees and are working to continually improve their skills, is a reflection of to the values held by Island educators and parents alike.

Day for equality

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:12PM

Just four days after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed by a sniper’s bullet on a terrible April day in 1968, legislation was introduced to create a federal holiday to honor him. When the bill became bogged down by political maneuvering, petitions containing six million names endorsing the holiday were submitted to Congress.

King’s road map to the promised land

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:11PM

People will inevitably differ in their interpretations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy and in their assessments of “how far we’ve come.”

Fortunate shift

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:11PM

The focus of the 35th Annual Economic Outlook conference at the downtown Seattle Convention Center last Wednesday was on giving money away rather than making it. Instead of focusing on the usual indicators of employment growth or jet aircraft orders, the conference of business leaders and economists centered on the role of philanthropy as not only an engine of social change but also a tool of profound and growing impact on the world and the local economy.

PEAK will impact every child served

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:11PM

In 2004, the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County first sat down with the Mercer Island School District to explore a partnership, spurred by the needs of the youth in the Mercer Island community. This group of youth advocates set out to improve facilities for the Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club, expand teen programming and enhance the educational and recreational opportunities of Mercer Island youth. Today, thanks to the Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club project, named “PEAK,” the Island is closer than ever to seeing these goals accomplished. The PEAK (Positive Place for Kids & Teens, Enrichment & Education, Activities & Athletics, Kinship & Community) facility will impact the lives of every child served, not just during school hours, but during critical after-school hours when youth are statistically most likely to explore high-risk behaviors.

Renton Airport discussion to continue

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:11PM

I was appointed several months ago by the Mayor and City Council to be a representative of Mercer Island on the Renton Airport Advisory Committee (RAAC). My responsibilities include: being a voting member of the RAAC; working with the City of Mercer Island staff in the development of strategies to minimize the impact on Mercer Island residents of any City of Renton decisions on the Renton Airport Development Plan; keeping the Mayor, City Council and staff updated on the activities of the RAAC and City of Renton with regard to this issue; and providing a communication link to the residents of Mercer Island.

MIYFS: Caring for others is Island value

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:11PM

Gordon Hill
ISLAND FORUM

Helping our own

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:11PM

Despite the early hour, the wind-tossed hike up the steps (in high heels) from the Luther Burbank parking lot to our beautiful new Community Center was a worthwhile effort. The coffee was good, the company lively, and the sponsor of the early-morning fund-raising breakfast, Mercer Island Youth and Family Services, held a blessedly brief and informative program. Most innovative was the addition of Karen Campbell, the drama teacher from Mercer Island High School and Island attorney, Craig Wright, who performed rather than read a sampling of heartfelt comments and thanks from those the agency has helped.

Flight delay at Renton airport

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:11PM

The city and its citizens have geared up to challenge the City of Renton and its plans to upgrade and expand its municipal airport. Renton planners hoped to attract more planes and flights to the facility. However, Island officials and citizens want Renton to ensure that flights will not be routed directly over the Island at low altitude. Islanders had a taste of what might happen with more planes overhead last August when another south county runway was shut down sending extra flights directly over the Island. And many Islanders were stunned to find out just last fall that this expansion was nearly a done deal. The City of Renton had started the process to redevelop the airport as early as 2001.

Have you talked to your teen about binge drinking?

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:11PM

Chris Harnish
Island Forum

Re-striping I-90 critical for Islanders

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:11PM

Judy Clibborn
Island Forum

Islanders at odds

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:11PM

The proposed expansion of the Renton municipal airport and the potential for aircraft noise that would accompany it, recently brought Islanders out in droves to protest. Citizen shock over the scale of development in the Town Center is part of the push to modify building codes there. Islanders are fierce about protecting the tranquility of the Island and their way of life. Islanders are equally as fierce about protecting and enhancing the well-being of their children. The PEAK proposal by the Boys and Girls Club to build a teen center and field house near the high school has split these usually-aligned forces and has set them in direct opposition to each other. Neighbors near the high school are clearly, and we think correctly, concerned about the impact of this building on their streets and homes. Supporters of the project and the dedicated professionals of the Boys and Girls Club who are in the business of working with youth, are convinced that they can make it work. They want to peacefully co-exist with the people who live nearby. Their view, however, is that any impact from PEAK is a small price to pay for having a safe and enriching place for teens. It is hard to argue with them unless you live near the high school.

Symmonds’ graceful leadership

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:11PM

As an Islander, I have a good deal of faith in the workings of the staff at the City of Mercer Island, especially when people like Deb Symmonds are involved.

‘Common Ground’ celebrates art for all

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:11PM

Julie Biggs
ISLAND FORUM

Learning from the 307th Long Rangers

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:10PM

A story in this issue is about generations learning from each other. It is a story that starts out in a familiar way. A teen is searching for a service project suitable to meet the final requirements of his Eagle Scout award. A parent’s friend has an idea. The scout is not certain it will work at first, but takes it on. The project involved interviewing WWII veterans, some now into their 80s, about their war time experiences. The project yielded a set of memories now saved for future generations in the archives of the Library of Congress.

Schools Foundation invests in teachers too

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:10PM

Ellie Gittelman
Island Forum

PEAK will build a stronger community

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:10PM

Patrick Paulich
Island Forum

A vote for the majority

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:10PM

Washington state voters now hold the key to doing away with the super-majority law after state lawmakers agreed last week to send the change to the ballot this fall. Voters will decide in November whether or not to change a 1944 amendment to the state constitution that imposed the super-majority rule to protect property owners from tax increases voted in by non-property owners — those who did not bear the burden of such taxes.

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