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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2009 A5 PUBLIC MEETINGS May 6 Development Commission Agenda: HighMark office building site development permit and administrative adjustment of'standards for parking 7-9 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall South 135 E. Sunset Way May 7 Council Transportation Committee Agenda: Interstate 90 Corridor study update, 2010 Capital Improvements Plan, Complete Streets and Intelligent Transportation System funding 5-6 p.m. Pickering Room, City Hall Northwest 1775 12th Ave. N.W. Cemetery Board 6:30-8 p.m. Coho Room, City Hall 130 E. Sunset Way Planning Pellcy Commission Agenda: Central Issaquah Plan update 6:30-8:30 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall South 135 E. Sunset Way May 11 Arts Commission 6:30-8 p.m. Coho Room, City Hall 130 E. Sunset Way May 12 Sister ClUes Commission 6:30 p.m. Eagle Room, City Hall 130 E. Sunset Way Got jobs? Issaquah School District officials are trying to organ- ize a way for local employ- ers who have job openings to reach the 158 teachers who are receiving layoff notices. If you would like to help, call 837-7113. ESSB and ESHB 5352 makes appropriations to the state's trans- portation agencies and programs for the 2009-11 fiscal biennium. The bill, estimated to fund more than 400 transportation related projects, passed the Senate 41-8 and the House 77-19 and is now before the governor for signature. 5th District - Sen. Cheryl Pflug - R-Maple Valley - N 41st District - Sen. Fred Jarrett - D- Mercer Island - Y 5th District - Rep. Glenn Anderson - R-Fall City - N 5th District - Rep. Jay Rodne - R-North Bend - N 41st District - Rep. Judy Clibborn - D-Mercer Island - Y 41st District - Rep. Marci Maxwell - D-Renton - Y ESHB and ESSB 1244, which passed the House 54-42 and the Senate 29-20, sets appropriations for the 2009-11 biennium at $31.4 billion. It's now before the governor for signature, 5th District - Rep. Glenn Anderson - R-Fall City - N 5th District- Rep. Jay Rodne - R-North Bend - N 41st District - Rep. Judy Clibborn - D-Mercer Island - Y 41st District - Rep. Marci Maxwell - D-Renton - Y 5th District - Sen. Cheryl Pflug - R-Maple Valley - N 41st District - Sen. Fred Jarrett - D- Mercer Island - Y ESHB and ESSB 1216 authorizes $3 billion in new capital projects, in part through the financing of general obligation bonds totaling $1.8 bil- lion, It passed the House 61-35 and the Senate 31-15. It has been deliv- ered to the governor for signature. 5th District - Rep. Glenn Anderson - R-Fall City - N 5th District - Rep. Jay Rodne - R-North Bend - N 41st District - Rep. Judy Clibborn - D-Mercer Island -Y 41st District - Rep. Marci Maxwell - D-Renton - Y 5th District - Sen. Cheryl Pflug - R-Maple Valley - N 41st District - Sen. Fred Jarrett - D- Mercer Island -Y Voting key - Y - Yes, N - No, E - Excused, NV - Not voting Source: WashingtonVotes.org, a free, nonpartisan Web site to find plain- English explanations of biUs and a record of each legislator's votes. Learn more at www. WashingtonVotes.ory. Editor's note: This is the last Roll Call of the session. City budget FROM PAGE A1 ourselves to withstand this down- turn," he said. Blake cautioned against staff cuts in the city Building Department because construction will likely rebound as the econo- my recovers and workers would have to be re-hired. Councilman David Kappler sug- gested the city Planning Department use the construction slowdown as an opportunity to update codes and planning docu- ments to prepare for the next round of development. "The economy will turn around. I'm not going to say when, but it will," Kappler said. "And I want to be ready for that. To me, being ready for that is worth even dig- ging down a little bit into some of our reserve funds." Officials said formulating the 2010 city budget could be difficult if the economy fails to improve. "Where there's going to be a risk factor is 2010 if things con- tinue like this or get worse," Blake said. Despite challenges posed by the ailing economy, officials said they took steps to limit the impact of the recession on city departments. "During these unsettled eco- nomic times, I wanted to assure the council that the administra- tion is working hard to manage the 2009 budget," Kos said. "Each month, we carefully review the revenues and expenditures to ensure that the budget is bal- anced." Councilman John Rittenhouse asked if spending cuts at the Issaquah Police Department would impact public safety. Blake and Kos said the cuts did not affect police patrols. City Council members have directed staff to avoid using reserves to pay for expenses. The council adopted a $109.5 million budget for 2009 after they cut spending and delayed several projects to save money. "We're well prepared to keep the budget balanced," Kos said. Traffic delays FROM PAGE AI agencies would not allocate addi- tional buses to the routes during the shutdowns. "Buses will be impacted just like everybody else," East said. Butler said he hoped DOT offi- cials would apply lessons from the May shutdown to the July closure. East said the agency had the "luxu- ry of a month between shutdowns to study possible traffic remedies. An estimated 71,000 vehicles cross the bridge every day. An additional 6,200 vehicle use the eastbound express lanes each afternoon. "There's no silver bullet solu- tion," East said. "It is going to be congested." Reach Reporter Warren Kagarise at 392- 6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress, com. Mothers FROM PAGE A4 strong Democrat. However, with my father a strong Republican, I took the middle road and became an In- dependent. There was Jeanne, my mother- in-law and real godmother. Her piety became a tremendous influ- ence on me. She prayed daily for family members and friends. Since battling cancer the past three years, I have discovered the value of strong daily prayer. Jeanne, and her sister Mary, al- ways came through when our fam- ily needed help. Once, when I had salmonella, Jeanne came up from Portland, Ore., and, using her train- ing as a nurse, got me well again. Hilda, Vivian and Jeanne have all passed away, but they are not forgotten. One other special mom is my wife Pauline, my best friend. There isn't enough space on this page for all of her virtues. However, we'll start with our son David. When David was just 1 and diag- nosed with cerebral palsy, Pauline was determined to give him a fight- ing chance. She read articles, med- ical journals and kept abreast of new therapies. She adapted a tricy- cle, so David could pedal around the neighborhood and, more impor- tant, get needed reciprocal motion. She did physical and occupa- tional therapy daily with him fom the time David was little over a year old through his middle school years'. Often, these workouts came after she had worked an eight- to 10-hour job. David, a scholar in high school and college, walks withhand crutches today because of all of his mother's hard work. In recent years, Pauline has been there to help me in my battle with cancer. Last year, when I had a stein cell transplant, her care helped me get through the post-re- covery period. She is an absolutely remarkable person. The mothers in my life all under- stood the importance of sacrifice and love for their family like many mothers in the Issaquah area. To all mothers, have a happy Mother's Day. Superintendent to hold community meeting Residents in the Issaquah School District can meet with Superintendent Steve Rasmussen to discuss issues facing the dis- trict in the next year at 11 a.m. May 6 at the district's administra- tion building, 565 N.W. Holly St. The district's financial outlook, its goals for next year and the lay- off of 158 teachers have left resi- dents with questions and con- cerns. The decision to lay off teachers came as a result of reductions in state funding to the district. Though the state budget hasn't been approved yet, district offi- cials have prepared for a $10.5 million budget gap. In order to meet budgetary needs, school board members unanimously voted to layoff 158 of the dis- trict's 1,097 teachers. The layoffs are based on seniority as out- lined in the teachers' union con- tract. Once the state and district budgets are reconciled, some teachers may be recalled to work. 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