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The 2007 election season has become too long, but the topics remain crucial and complex. Even though we may already be weary from the presidential races, we must turn our attention to the political campaigns in our own backyard. Nothing less that the future character and perhaps the culture of Mercer Island is at stake. In the next few years, continuing Town Center development and changes to Interstate 90 will irrevocably shape the Island and its people for decades to come. And at the center of this will be our seven-member Mercer Island City Council.
On Aug. 21, voters will be asked to pick one of the four candidates running for Mercer Island City Council Pos. 3. The top two vote-getters will then run against each other in the general election on Nov. 6.
Councilman Sven Goldmanis should resign from the City Council. If he does not do so voluntarily, the City Council or a citizen should bring proceedings to remove him. Mr. Goldmanis flaunts the law. He failed to establish his Mercer Island residency and file a valid voter registration address for more than three years — a violation of the law. And there are other legal entanglements that make it plain Mr. Goldmanis has no business remaining on the City Council any longer.
The Boys and Girls Club’s bid to build a teen facility and field house on school district land near the high school has reached a critical point. The School Board is poised to decide whether or not to grant a 50-year lease of school land to the non-profit organization.
As the PEAK project moves forward toward final approval and construction, a good deal of missinformation exists about the project. For the benefit of all, the record must be set straight.
Sustainable is a relatively new word in the vocabulary of environmental-speak. The shift in thinking is subtle but important. When considering sustainable agriculture, the benefits are obvious. Consumers are less interested in convenience and affordability and are looking for food that is healthy and locally grown. Marketers and suppliers of our food have begun to respond. But access to minimally processed and locally grown food remains limited.
Superintendent Cyndy Simms is leaving the Mercer Island School District this month to lead a school district in California.When she joined the district in 2003 after a succession of superintendents, Simms inherited a school district in turmoil.
Volunteering in schools goes well beyond buying cupcakes for parties.
After the Mercer Island School Board voted to approve a lease with the Boys & Girls Club to build PEAK on school district land, some people opposing the project have called for a citizen vote on the proposal. Some present at School Board meetings have decried the fact that despite opposition to PEAK, the board “ignored the wishes of the public” and voted to approve the project. But a public vote is not in order here.
Over the last several sessions, we worked consistently to find solutions for our troubled transportation and education systems.
A presentation last week by consultants hired to conduct a noise study on the effects of air traffic from the Renton Airport over Mercer Island last week was not well-received.
A move by The Boeing Co. to return to the Renton Municipal Airport for its expanding 737 program may end plans for the facility to become a regional corporate jet center. Many Islanders will draw a sigh of relief. Yet many questions remain. What will happen to the noise study presently underway? And can it or other measures be employed to reduce the amount of overhead aircraft noise that Islanders experience now? Let’s keep the momentum going to address these issues.
The annual Voter Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters and this newspaper is set for tonight at 7:30 at Islander Middle School. Nine candidates vying for seats on the Mercer Island City Council and the School Board will speak and answer questions.