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Every Vote Counts

March 13, 2011

The Snoqualmie Valley School bond failed by less than one vote. The school board is putting the same bond back on the ballot in April.

From King County’ Election site:

SNOQUALMIE VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 410
  Ballots Cast/Registered Voters: * 9980 / 21382 46.67%
Proposition No. 1 General Obligation Bonds – $56,200,000
  APPROVED 5972 59.99%
  REJECTED   3983 40.01%

Here is a link to the site if you want to see for yourself.

http://your.kingcounty.gov/elections/elections/201102/Respage2.aspx

 You can read more about the last bond vote at http://snovalleystar.com/index.php?s=recount

You can reach the Valley Voters for Education Site Here http://www.vvfe.org/

I support the school bond and encourage you to vote yes.  Your vote could make the difference.

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Snoqualmie Valley School District Podcast?

March 13, 2011

I just found out that the Snoqualmie Valley School District has a pod cast. What a great idea for people who want to know about our school district but can not make the board meetings. You can learn more about the podcasts at http://www.svsd410.org/podcasts/

Happy listening.

While I was out…

October 6, 2008

It’s been some time since I have posted to my blog and it was not because nothing interesting has been happing in Fall City.  Here are just a few things that have been going on while I was out.

Fall City Parks District has collected the necessary signatures to get the district on the ballot.  You can learn more information about the parks district here.

King County has resumed negotiations with the Snoqualmie Tribe to transfer Fall City Community Park to their ownership and has a proposed contract.

The Colonial Inn has successfully reopened as the Fall City Road House.

The Real Estate market has slowed in Fall City and in King County. More information on this later.

The Tolt Hill Bridge over the Snoqualmie River has opened and the old bridge has been recycled. You can see more information here and see a video of the new bridge.

The Washington State Department of Fisheries tried to close the Tokul Creek Fish Hatchery which supplies the Snoqualmie River with about 200,000 Steelhead smolts each year.  It looks like this has been defeated by public participation.  You can read a press release here.

The connecting road between Lake Alice and Snoqualmie Ridge is still barricaded, and it looks like it will be for the foreseeable future.

The Wells Farm and Nursery property in Fall City has been sold the property is currently for lease.

The Snoqualmie Valley School District Wasl have been published and both Fall City Elementary and Chief Kanim students did a great job on the test. 

The Snoqualmie Valley School District is working on getting a new bond proposal together that looks like it will be 25 to 50 percent of the cost of the  last bond.

King County is working on a plan to control Knotweed along the Raging and Snoqualmie Rivers. 

The Fall City Library has reopened in the new building with expanded hours.  The Carnation Library has been torn down and the building for them is under construction.  The have a temporary location in the Sno-Valley Senior Center.

The Fall City roundabout has finally been paved and striped and seems to be working very well.  It seems to be working better than the intersection on the South side of the bridge.

The old Guns and Roses property by the round-a-bout is on the market. Guns and Roses is the local nickname for the Fall City Firearms and the Fall City Green House that stood on the site of the new roundabout.

The Cherry trees along the Riverbank are getting pruned for the first time in several years.

The Fall City Food Pantry, is serving more and more families every opening.  They are open on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.  Open Noon to 1:30 and again from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. The community Food Pantry is located at the Fall City United Methodist Church 4326 337th Pl SE Fall City, WA  98027

The “If Fish Could Walk” Geocache in Fall City has been replaced and updated to a micro geocache.

The Fall City Community Association has moved their meetings from the Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course to the Fall City Road House.  They now meet upstairs in the banquet room.

Maguire Hill Real Estate that had offices in Fall City, North Bend, Maple Valley and Cle Elum has gone out of business.

Video Nites moved to a new larger location on River Street, the former location of Maguire Hill Real Estate.

Fire District 27 is considering a partnership/merger with Eastside Fire and Rescue that was formally known as District 10.

Tree House Point has been negotiating with the county to prevent the county from forcing them to tear down their treehouses.

Re/Max at the Ridge was bought out Re/Max Integrity.

Some of the first sculptures on the Fall City Sculpture Walk have been installed.  You can see one of them in Olive Taylor Quigley Park, the art park, the Fall City Library and at the Fall City Road House.  All of these locations are on the Redmond-Fall City Road.

The Fall City Elementary School has installed a new Falcon Sculpture.

The old location of the Snoqualmie Fall Credit Union on the Preston Fall City Road has been sold and the new owners are planing to put in a Bike, Skateboard, and Snowboard shop. They also purchased Fall City Espresso, and plan to keep it in the same location.  I heard the new name will be Bikes, Boards and Beans.  We will have to wait and see.

King County Comprehensive Plan to allow more development before making traffic improvements?

October 7, 2007

This is an interesting Seattle Times article regarding proposed revisions to the King County Comprehensive plan. They want to allow development even when congestion is at level E, in a scale from A to F. This is a radical change that eliminates traffic concurrency in my opinion.  You can find out more about the 2008 revision to the comp plan here.  The good news They are looking for comments from citizens.  The next local meeting is October 11, 2007 at Cascade View Elementary School 6:30 to 8:30 PM.

Snoqualmie Valley School District Bond Failing?

May 19, 2007

Snoqualmie Valley School District 410 bond still appears to be failing. 

The latest update from the King County Department of Elections shows that the $209,000,000 school bond is failing for the second time by missing the 60% super majority required for passage.  With 58% of the vote in the approve column, it looks pretty similar to the February Election when it also received a 58% approval from the voters.  While we will not know the final results until the election is certified and votes are still coming in it look unlikely to pass this round.

If you are interested in following this issue, there is a pretty active Yahoo group dedicated to discussing the school bond.  The big question is what’s next if it doesn’t pass?  The district can not submit another bond to voters until spring of 2008, according to the  School District Bond Brochure. 

Will the board submit the same proposition for a third time, or are some changes that can be made to help it pass?  What will the board do next?  What do you think they should do?

Snoqualmie Valley School District Bond Vote Today

May 15, 2007

Today we will find out the results of the Snoqualmie Valley School District Bond Vote.  The district has been spending a lot of time trying to educate the voters why they need $209,200,000  to upgrade the existing schools and to build new ones.  Almost every time people discuss this with me they ask me the same question:  why do they need so much money, including $29,000,000 for land acquisition, when they already have land for another elementary school in North Bend and two large parcels on Snoqualmie Ridge?  Since the district says the large 40 acre site on the ridge is not suitable for a high school,  why not sell the surplus land and lower the amount of the bond, by using the proceeds to fund the acquisition of the land they desire?  The district’s  reply is that they will need the land in the future.  To me it seems like they are land banking.  The bond creates a dilemma for the property owners who have a limited income and find the proposed increase unaffordable, yet believe in quality education.  I don’t think the district has adequately addressed this issue publicly.  What do you think?