I am compelled to voice my opinion publicly after attending the voters forum on Tuesday.
I listened to current City Council members, Tana Senn and Dan Grausz, espouse their vision of transforming our town center into a nightlife destination and business hub. They epiphanized it as a “vibrant city.” I question if they listen to Mercer Island residents like me and my neighbors. When my husband and I left the “vibrant city” of Beverly Hills in Southern California as a young professional couple 25 years ago, we found our home on Mercer Island to pursue the lifestyle we desire. We raised two sons here in a friendly community and quaint neighborhood, without the hustle and bustle of a big city. Yet we are within an easy commute to Seattle and Bellevue for our jobs and entertainment. We loved it!
While I am realistic about the inevitable changes brought upon our Island by the Growth Management Act, I believe the transformation pushed by the City Council is aggressive and does not represent the desires of many Mercer Island residents. In my opinion, career politicians have a tendency to think they know best, and it is essential to elect those who will listen and truly represent our desire to preserve the quality of life we love here.
Gwendolyn Chow Walker