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As a retired school architect and planner, I strongly support comfortable and up-to-date educational facilities. I oppose Proposition 1 because it leaves thousands of kids and their teachers in overcrowded schools and substandard buildings for years more than needed and would spend over $235 million of the $398 million to needlessly tear down and replace more buildings instead of providing for growth.
Community Events, August 2016
This Labor Day, let's honor the hardworking men and women who keep America running. But let's also remember the millions of aspiring Americans who are forced to work and live in the shadows due to our broken immigration system.
I have known Ramiro Valderrama more than eleven years and have worked with him on various projects. For example, before he was a council member, he strongly advocated for fiscal responsibility in our city's government by presenting an alternative design for the East Lake Sammamish Parkway project. He addressed the safety concerns on the parkway and his proposal was one-tenth the cost of the city's original plan. He organized Citizens for Sammamish and helped promote positive dialog with the city. He has done an incredible job as deputy mayor of Sammamish and will be able to do even more for us a lawmaker in Olympia.
America's libraries are one of our pillars of democracy and King County has one of the best. When I was a teacher for 35 years, it was always clear who had spent time at the library in the summer: they were ready to pick up where they left off.
In the tradition of point/counterpoint, I would like to respond to both Mr. Styles and Mr. Taylor. I am a 29-year resident of the formerly-unincorporated-area known as Kingsgate. For about as long as I've lived here, I've read with bemusement the rants of original Kirkland boosters like Mr. Styles, who shares a kinship with lesser Seattle's more famous curmudgeon, Emmet Watson. While it is true that, during the era of our city's namesake, Peter Kirk, our city was indeed a sleepy burg, isolated from the hustle and bustle of Seattle. Mr. Styles must surely know this is no longer the case, yet he rails on against how the City "maneuvered" to (adhere to King County's Growth Management Plan, reaping $10 million in tax receipts) annex Juanita, Finn Hill and Kingsgate.