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Page 2 - The lssaquah Press, Wednesday, January 12, 1983 Opinion Editorial Council should think first, vote later Last week at the city council meeting, we witnessed an act of pure democracy. The council, you recall, voted to use a .2 per cent sales tax increase to remodel the police station. They made the deci- sion after a public hearing in which everyone spoke in favor of a sales tax . . . all four of them. Oh my. Who says your voice doesn't count in city government? It's not a question of whether or not the sales tax is the best way to finance the police station remodel. We are simply concerned that most of our city councilors are not doing their home- work. Originally, the city council raised the sales tax .5 percent to balance the budget and pay for the station. After a public hearing on December 20, when four people spoke against the sales tax hike, the council decided to roll back the tax and find a better means of fund- ing the station. That they did. At the January 3 meet- ing, the following four people testified: Dave Kingery, a real estate manager who obviously wouldn't want to see a real estate excise tax or a bond. He therefore advocates the sales tax. Bill Lawrence, a county island resi- dent who owns numerous commercial and residential properties in the city limits and sure as heck would hate to have to pay for a bond. Armin Thompson, a county resi- dent. Linda Ruehle, a resident of Issa- quah who also happens to be the city clerk and who probably knows more about the issue than many of the coun- cilors. Council president Rowan Hinds was originally in favor of the real estate ex- cise tax but on January 3, he said, " ... based on tonight's input, I will support the sales tax." Councilman Dick Mitchell originally favored a bond everyone could vote on, but he said, "I am changing my vote. How can I go against what the people s ay ? ' ' What is going on? If council members wanted input, why didn't they do some telephoning or doorbelling prior to the original Decem- ber 6 vote to raise the sales tax? Why are they basing major decisions on a hearing set in the midst of the holidays when all' but four people have other things to worry about? This is not an isolated case. Last month the council agreed to have the ci- ty draft an ordinance to change the council meeting date. Only after the vote did they discover there was more to it than meets the eye. Changing the meeting date has since been sent back to committee. Wasting time is one vice the four newest councilors promised to combat. Let's hope the last month of merry-go- round decision making does not become the norm. Rail 80UP i ii Public meetings School Board, Wednesday, January 21, 7 p.m. Administration Service Center. A public hearing on a budget extension to the transportation vehicle fund will be held, remodeling and additions to Sunny Hills Elementary will be discussed and a plan to sell parking permits to students at Issaquah High is on the agenda. Planning Commission, Wednesday, January 12, 8 p.m., Community Hall. Application for Skipper's Restaurant short plat will be considered. City council, Monday, January, 17, 7:30 p.m., Community Hall. Gilman Boulevard improvements will be discussed at 8 p.m.; a I IIII request for a rezone at Goode's Corner at 9 p.m.; proposed Morris property an- nexation at 8:30 p.m.; and the Planning Commission's recommendation on the ci- ty's comprehensive plan will begin dis- cussion at 9:30 p.m. Design Commission, Wednesday, Jan- uary 19, 7:30 p.m., Community Hall. The Waterworks Park planners will present an expanded version of their project to the commission. Also on the agenda are plans for the jail parking, a request for a shoreline permit for duplexes on Dogwood and land- scaping plans for the Northeast Commercial Development planned for Gilman Boulevard. I Illl THE ISSAQUAH PRESS Published every Wednesday since 1900 45 Front St. S. (Box HH), Issaquah, King Co., WA 98027 Phone (206) 392.6434 $10 per year. $17.50 for two years in King County; $10.75 per year outside King County; $5.00 for senior citizens. Deborah Berto, managing editor; Rodi Shemeta Ludlum, associate edltor;Rhoda Donkln, reporter; Brian Bretland and Joan Blincoe, display advertising; WIIma Coleman, classifieds; Marilyn Boyden, circulation; Myrtle WInslow, bookkeep- per; Roxalne Reynolds, Norms Starks, contributing writers; Fred Marler, con- tributing writer, darkroom technician. % DEADLINES News ............................. Friday, 5 p.m. Display Advertising ... '. ........... Monday, 3 p.m. Classified Advertising ............. Monday, 3 p.m. Office Hours ............... Mon.-Frl, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. OFFICIAL PAPER FOR THE CITY OF ISSAQUAH Entered as second class matter at the Issa- quah Post Office under Act of March 2, 1897. A Oivi$lon of Murray Publishing Company i i I Letters A good vote After the King County Council vote which defeated the East Sammamish Plateau plan, I was quite discouraged. But, when on Wednesday, December 22, the council reversed itself with a 9-0 vote I became quite elated. I am therefore writing this letter to commend the council on taking a step which will give an opportunity to our community to have a plan which will result in the necessary controls and actions which will leave it with an area whose appearance will truly look rural and still maintain the necessary functions of a residential area developed for the people. You have opened the door for a developer who has agreed to comply with the community's demand for amenities, open space, control of water runoff, fragile lands, and will include in its pricings the costs which will be paid for by newcomers instead of present residents. This is a big plus. I am sure that once it has been demon- strated you will be able to point with pride and your actions vindicated in the eyes of all those opposed to this constructive move these many years of planning. During all of this process, beginning with the Vaughn Hill DMJM project until today, my personal motive has never been against those people opposing the development of the Plateau any more than being for the developers who must face up to proving the new plan and that it will work. I have always been for one thing only and that was to have a plan in force capable of doing for the community what it basically desired throughout the entire process. If you will look at the "Com- munity Report of January, 1975," you will see this as being true, and true for the poeple as a whole despite the bitter opposition. Again, I thank you each one personally for a very positive action and I am sure you will find that the community will be watching with an anxious eye the development of the East Lake Sammamish Plateau Plan. Yours very sincerely, Steve Kipper Planning Commission made the right decision " As a citizen who truly cares about the welfare of lssaquah and its environs, 1 would like to publicly thank all of the mem- bers of the Planning Commission, not only for their unani- mous vote on a sensitive and controversial subject, i.e., recommending an "Established District" classification for the Pickering Farm/Skyport properties and some 62 addition- al acres of land, but on a wider scale for their many months of laborious and detailed work on the city's comprehensive plan. As an advisory panel to the City Council, this group of in- volved citizens has an extremely critical role, as I see it. Not only are they to make involved analyses of all issues before them, but it is obvious that they persistently strive to make their decisions based upon their perceptions of the majority will of the area's citizens! The commission's decisions January 5 are demonstrative of its previous efforts to strike definite balances on critical sub- ject areas. In this instance, the commission has simply enhanced and added credibility to a major public document. A delicate interweaving of varied interests and poims of view, and the addressing of their needs has been accomplished with the aid of this group of people and their motives of serving the public good. This emphasis on quality manifests itself, in part, in the desire to perpetuate the rural nature of the Issaquah area in general, but also of the 1-90 sub-area in particular. The Picketing Farm/Skyport properties and other land addressed by the Planning Commission, lend a great deal to this goal! Emphasis on development in the recommended "Develop- ment Districts", with special concern and attention to quality for both Gilman Boulevard and Front Street, satisfies another collective goal of enhancing the commercial, industrial, and civic capabilities of the community. Guidelines and standards minimizing impact on other natural aspects of the town and its surroundings (e.g., streams, views, flora, fauna, water quality, wetlands, etc.) help to meet yet another collective goal. Once again, I offer personal thanks to the Planning Com- mission, and at the same time would like to urge Mayor Cul- vet and each member of the City Council to respect, assimi- late, and proclamate what this Commission has resolved and advised. To do so, will clearly demonstrate that local govern- ment in Issaquah is truly " . . . of the people, by the people, and for the people"! Jon R. Gillis Keep the airport 'established' The Issaquah Environmental Council applauds the decision of the Issaquah Planning Commission to recommend that the Comprehensive Plan be adopted subject to placing the Sky- port Airfield, the Picketing Farm, and the 60-acre tract west of the Tennis Club (area 3) in an Established District land use category. This decision represents a compromise between the maxi- mum commercial development interests and the totally con- servative growth proponents. It appears to be an example of intelligent and sensitive land use planning and governmental policy. This is not to say that we agree with the Draft EIS or Final EIS. These documents have some major shortcomings in con- tent, bias, and legal compliance with SEPA regulations. How- ever, most of its shortcomings would be resolved by the accep- tance and adoption by the City Council of the Planning Com- mission's recommendation, Respectfully, Donald E. Gee What happened to our letters? Who in Issaquah city hall is stacking the deck? The City of Issaquah invited our input and comments on the comprehen- sive plan proposal and draft EIS, right? The city published a final EIS on the comprehensive plan proposal according to State Environmental Protection Act (SEPA) regulations, right? The city included inthe Final EIS copies of all the let- ters pertaining to the Comprehensive Plan which were re- ceived before the November 20 deadline, right? WRONG! The city administrator presented a packet of 14 letters that Feisty Dave Jepsen is the same as published, he spent a great deal of time on the phone saying things like, "But... but... I had no idea. i i look, I'm sorry.. '" It still puzzles him a bit. "In hindsight, 'typewriter face' was probably a poor selection of words, but I just don't get it. Johnny Carson calls Ed McMahon buffalo breath' and it's funny. I call Herb Herrington 'typewriter face' and it's offensive!" And then there was the nose column. It was during his last few weeks at the paper and he was running seriously low on ideas. So he wrote about his wife's big nose. She was not amused. He does flinch when he recalls that one. "She's probably still a little miffed about that because It's been exactly 19 months since Dave Jepsen returned the 87 red felt pens he'd swiped from the Press and with a dear conscience, resigned the editor's job he'd held for four years. For better or worse, the paper hasn't been the same since. Especially changed is page two, where Dave's column ran every week for three years. Without a doubt, it was the best-read, most talked-about, most controversial part of the paper. It drew pounds of letters to the editor and many a call and personal visit to this office by local citizens. Through his column, Dave Jepsen singlehandedly turned himself into the man everyone in Issaquah loved to hate. It's not the kind of fate l'd wish on myself, but as Dave's successor for the past year and a half, I thought it was about time I filled the page two void with a column of my own. And what better topic for my inaugural piece than a tribute to the man who raised column-writing to an ar. . . well, let's just say, to the man who raised... Cain. The thing that always amazed me about Dave was the way he could take steady streams of abuse without flinching and then simply sigh, roll a fresh piece of paper into the typewriter and pound out another opinion he knew would rile the folks. A few years back, he wrote a piece criticizing a satirical, somewhat racy publication put out by =tudents at lssaquah High. In the course of the article, he described a woman featured in the student publication who was sitting in a rather suggestive position. Many people missed his point about how tasteless the publication was and called his description of the woman lewd, obscene and pornographic. A few weeks later, he wrote about the reaction to his previous column. He quoted the controversial sections all over again and then said, in essence, "if you think that's bad, look what obscenity lies in literature." He then quoted three or four choice sections from Chaucer and Shakespeare that would send book-burners running for their kerosene. It did little to soothe the ruffled sensibilities of the community. But soothing was not exactly what he had in mind. "I guess I did go out of my way to rile people," he admitted over lunch last week. "Sometimes I looked a little too closely at controversy. But I think it's good to get people stirred up once in a while." He admits he had a few second thoughts about some of his columns. In one memorable piece, he called ex-mayor Herb Herrington "typewriter face t'' The day the paper was she told me not to write it. But her nose is so dear to me, I couldn't help it." Of course the vast majority of his columns did not set the phones ringing. He wrote lots and lots of things that were just . nice. Things like how neighbors helped each other out in a big snowstorm. About a boy who rescued a cat from a tree. About people donating blood. About touring the underground power station atSnoqualmie Fails. Noting the generosity of local people to those in distress, he wrote asking people to contribute to the "Save Dave Jepsen Foundation." He needed the money, ("I prefer gold, nothing under $1, please") because he drove a crummy Chevette and his wife had no mink coat. He became best known for the columns on his health, though  not because there were so many, but because they all came at once, week after week. Having heart problems while still in his early thirties scared the living daylights out of him  and changed his life. "I don't deserve to die," he wrote at one point. He lost 40 pounds, stopped smoking, started exercising and chronicled it all in his column until the community begged for mercy. These days, he's not quite as zealous about his health. He gained back 20 pounds, but swears he's dieting. He started smoking again too, but little cigars instead of cigarettes. They're better for him, he says, because he can't smoke them in the office. "People start throwing things at me." He now works as a freelance writer and editor for Puget Power in Bellevue, contributing articles to "The Outlet", a weekly publication for Puget Power's employees. Dave Blythe, the photographer Jepsen had brought to the Press, now Works with him at the POwer company. The job is not the same as editing a small town weekly. "Before, I could write whatever 1 wanted. Now, I write what they pay me to write." It's the second job he's held since leaving the Press to work as a reporter for the daily newspaper in Roseburg, Oregon. He was to stay in Oregon only five months, and returned to the Seattle area bitter and disillusioned. "I didn't have the editorial license at Roseburg that I did in Issaquah and I was really unhappy about that. Stories I considered routine in Issaquah created tremendous problems for me and my wife in Oregon." He covered the timber industry and the schools for the paper. Nearly every article he wrote provoked hue and cry from the community, he said. "I was hired on the premise that I would do serious were not published in the Final EIS to the Plannir sion at its meeting on January 5. They were letters in i protecting the Pickering Farm and Skyport Airfield velopment. Why weren't they included and EIS that supported development north of the freeway? There were 26 letters received that did not support d ment on the Pickering Farm and Skyport; yet only 1211 were published. Why weren't the other 14? They wet t ceived before the comment deadline. They were all a| ledged and responded to by the Mayor, thanking the" their comments relating to the proposed Comprehensiv] Who in City Hall decided not to include 14 letters that l[ N non-development of the Pickering Farm and Skypor every letter that supported development north of the ft was included in the finalEIS? .1 e Could it be that this city's administration is biased ire of development? pfl er Richardrr( u| l Wa' i Saved from rising water nc As residents along the Issaquah Creek, when tha, ;u starts to rise we tend to get a little nervous. "' But thanks to our city fire department and our publi , h( department, our worries were put to ease. When we called the city with our concern about our ties flooding, they were here within 15 minutes with st volunteers to sandbag. It's wonderful to know that in a desperate situatior got people who are able and willing to help us. Our sincere t Constance K Chuck & Floss K John & Kid Thanks for donations Thank you for food bank gift donations to Tyk( Market of Bellevue, Thinker Toys, and the Issaquah 1 for participating in the Christmas Gift Food Bank for; cue and Issaquah. We also want to thank the people w chased the dolls from these stores, donated them to tl fund in which we then were able to match them with a doll. There were many happy children receiving the lovabl! because people cared about making others happy beautiful time of the year. Sini Edith D Letters policy The lssaquah Press welcomes letters to the editor subjects of local interest. Letters should be typed and submitted no lal than 5 p.m. Friday for publication the followi Wednesday. No letter will be published unless it i signed by at least one individual, even if the letter presents the view eta group. Letters should not be longer than 500 words; TI Press reserves the right to edit for spelling, &ralnlll length and libel. )1 1; dt l he tt rl, t( 1 )W g w si ht r( tn It :1 )g, t] 3tl htc tal IS Lr ad ve lel ever This memorable portrait graced Dave depaen'e co during his last year at the Press. His first column, appeared February 28, 1979, had no picture, a small line reading, "My photo was supposed to si here, but I failed to get a hair cut." The next week, was still no photo, but this time the explanation was, get a haircut, but It didn't seem to do,m, uch good." (; third week, the empty space read, I d explain wr photo Isn't here, but I don't think anyone cares." ca: he ve )et reporting on serious issues and I was not allowed to that. They knew what my writing was like  I showed them the most controversial clippings I had and I on the basis of those. After a while, there was so mud tension between me and the management, I resigned."il It took him another five months to find the job he ff now, and says he hopes he can continue his writing cal in public relations. In a few weeks, he'll have additional home duties i! be a first-time daddy at 35. His wife Jackie is expectirll baby February 4. For a guy who admits he can barely a houseplant alive, fatherhood will be a distinct chall! "To prepare for the baby, we went out and got our  a dog," he said, grinning. "My goal is to keep the do 1 the kid alive." He shouldn't have any problem. As,he said in. anotll one of his columns, "Who's going to argue against ] J childre.00 l love the little runts." '!!