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Page 2 - The Issaquah Press, Wednesday, June 1, 1983 Opinion Editorial Tot lot changes should have been made in plans Why is there a new tot lot on Memorial Field that the city's recrea- tion director thinks is unsafe for kids? Kerry Anderson says he depended on the landscape architects to design a play area, a play area safe for everyone from age 2 to 18. He looked at the plans and approved them because he didn't see anything wrong. Now the tot lot is built and he sees $10,000 worth of problems. That's an expensive oversight. Tom Berger, who designed the tot lot, says landscape architects don't need any help from recreation professionals with big ideas about plastic twisty slides, but don't know a thing about ex- citing design. They say the tot lot is fine as it stands and they wouldn't change a thing. City officials claim there are no published safety standards for tot lots, nothing that says exactly how much area is needed around each piece of equipment to make the whole set-up safe. That's hard to believe. Berger found his own manual, the one that talks to architects. Anderson should have been armed with his when he looked at the plans a few months back. Maybe the play area is safe. After all, kids play along creeks, slipping and sliding on big boulders and love jungle gyms, especially when they're hanging upside down above blacktop. Just because he doesn't like what he sees doesn't mean the new tot lot is a hazard trap. But, then again, who's responsible if some kid gets hurt? Is the city going to respond to some anguished parent saying, well, we thought it was safe but there was really no way of knowing? Anderson wants to make it all better and we certainly encourage making the lot more safe. But the flimsy acceptance of this plan is disturbing, if there really are safety problems out there. Let's hope the tot lot planned for the new Issaquah Community Park is handled with a little more scrutiny. Public meetings Development Commission, Wednesday, June 1, Community Hall, 7:30 p.m. Land- scaping for the Gilman Village expansion plan, a new facade for Quality Tax on Front Street, a sign variance for Studio 185, the planned unit development for Orchard Grove Apartments and designs for a pro- posed Dairy Queen will be on the agenda. City Council, Monday, June 5, Com- munity Hall, 7:30 p.m. The Council will move on the ordinance adopting the new Issaquah comprehensive plan and the or- dinance for the Meadows Shopping Center. Preliminary Plat approval; a public hearing planned for 8 p.m. on vacating land along Gilman Blvd.; the city tourism committee will make a presentation, and a discussion of the master employee merit program are among 12 items tentatively scheduled. Tiger Mountain State Forest Advisory Committee, Wednesday, June 8 7 p.m. Senior Center. Discussion will continue on conflicting uses of Tiger Mountain. School Board, Wednesday, June 8, 7 p.m. Administration Service Center. Meeting follow-up School Board, May 25. The Liberty High Booster Club donated $150 to send six ninth graders from Issaquah and Maywood Junior Highs to state leadership camps this summer... Mary Scott and others manag- ing the John Byron Scott Memorial Com- puter Fund donated $1,628 to Issaquah Junior High to purchase a TRS-80 micro- computer... Maple Hills music teacher Barbie Jones resigned to fulfill other commitments... Ginnie Block, physical therapist will take a leave of absence in the next school year to continue professional study in her specialty. I Ill I 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; Rodl Shemeta Ludlum, associate editor; Rhoda Donkln, reporter; Brian Bretland and Joan BIIncoe, display advertising; WIIma Coleman, classifieds; Marllyn Boyden, circulation; Myrtle Wlnslow, bookkeep. per; Roxalne Reynolds, Norma Starks, contributing writers; Fred Marler, con- trlbuting writer, darkroom technician. DEADLINES News ............................. Friday, 5 p.m. Display Advertising ... ............ Mo0day, 3 p.m. Classified Advertising ............. Monday, 3 p.m. Office Hours ............... Mon.-Fri. 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. '1][= z,, A DivisiOn Of Murray Pubhsh)ng Company Letters 'Commandments' dictate vote on Pickering Farm Although I promised myself I wouldn't get involved on the Pickering Farm dispute last week's letter titled "Last chance to save the green" from Jon Giilis,, prompted me to res- pond. With the vote on the Comprehensive Plan by the City Council getting closer, maybe even next week, the issue is again receiving a lot of attention by the public and the media. The basic premise of Mr. Gillis' letter is that the majority of Issaquah's residents want the Pickering Farm left in greenbelt and open space, and they have several hundred signatures to prove it. Therefore, the City Council should bow to the wishes of the electorate and designate the area open space and greenbelt. Although this argument is persuasive, it is also in- valid. Popular opinion is of no value on determining the use of the Pickering Farm. Before you get all upset, some explanation is in order. To do that I would like to present my four basic commandments of comprehensive planning that the City Council must adhere to. They are listed in order of importance. 1. Thou shalt not adopt a comprehensive plan that violates constitutiohal restrictions. 2. Thou shalt not adopt a comprehensive plan that violates state laws and regulations. 3. Thou shalt not adopt a comprehensive plan that down- zones land uses adopted by previous comprehensive plans. 4. Thou shalt not adopt a comprehensive plan that does not coincide with the popular opinion of the electorate, except where it violates commandments 1,2 or 3. Commandment 1 is restricted by the 5th amendment to the U.S. constitution and Article I Section 16 of the Washington State Constitution. They stat e, in part, that "...nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compen- sation." This is the so-called "taking" clause. Since zoning and planning is one of the police power functions of govern- ment, a "taking" can occur if the land is downzoned and significantly reduces the current market value of the land. If so, the owner of the land must be compensated for the loss. Commandment 2 is restricted by state statutes. WAC 458- 12-330 states that "all property, unless otherwide provided by statute, shall be valued on the basis of highest and best use for assessment purposes." It also states that "where land has been zoned or classified as to its use, the county assessor may consider this fact, but he shall not be bound to such zoning in exercising his judgement as to the highest and best use of the property." In other words the assessor can totally ignore the comprehensive plan and zoning by the city in determining highest and best use of a parcel of land. Commandment 3 is restricted by past history of the city. The highest and best use was probably determined in part by the residential designation of the Pickering Farm made in Is- saquah's 1973 comprehensive plan. To put it bluntly, the bat- tle to keep the Pickering Farm green was lost ten years ago, before anyone knew there was even a war on. CommandmFnt 4 is the politically popular course but is usually negated by commahdments 1, 2, and 3. What is the penal, ty tO, the city for failure to consider Com- mandments 1, 2 and 3? Money -- lots of it- in just compen- sation to the property owners. Who pays? The taxpayers of Issaquah. What is the penalty for failure to consider com- mandment 4? The possibility of the council members being turned out at the next election. Ironically, if the City Council members go along with popular opinion they will also end up costing taxpayers money because of the "taking" clause. The penalty for getting involved in a lawsuit they probably will lose may also cost the members their position on the City Council. The political reality is that the City Council members are between a rock and a hard place. They lose politically no matter what decision is made on the Pickering Farm. I stated earlier that popular opinion is not a valid argument. Historically, adherence to popular opinion tias been the cause of many injustices. Socrates was forced to drink hemlock because his views ran counter to popular opinion. Galileo was excommunicated from the church because his position on many of the laws of physics (gravity was one) was counter to prevailing opinion. Now, 400 years later, the Pope finally ad- mitted (last week) that the church may have been mistaken. History is replete with incidents that have required a minority to conform to the popular opinion on pain of persecution, harassment, loss of status and, in some cases, even death. Popular opinion is easy to go along with, especially when its no skin off your own nose. I can support leaving the Pickering Farm in open space and greenbelt because it costs me nothing to do so. I submit to the residents of Issaquah a revised ques- tion. Would you support leaving the Pickering Farm in greenbelt and open space if it cost you $10, $20, or even $30 per $1,000 of assessed property valuation per year for 20 years to do so? The residents of Redmond, with a much larger population and tax base, were recently asked that question on the golf links property. They rejected the notion of paying any taxes for open space and greenbelt if the money was coming out of their pockets. Does anyone really think the taxpayers of Issaquah will respond any differently than the residents of Redmond when faced with a similar choice? I don't think so. Open space and greenbelt is a nice, but impractical, idea for the Pickering Farm. The supporters are about ten years late and several million dollars short. But to blame the City Coun- cil for not listening to and following popular opinion is ridiculous. They have constraints, laws and regulations that take precedence over the vagaries of popular opinion. Their choice is a difficult one, but must be made. I wish them well in their final delibrations. Sincerely, Erroi Nelson There goes the 'lssy' atmosphere This letter is to protest the "asphalting" of Pickering Farm. We all look to the few "green" areas around us to renew our bonds with the earth and remind us of our natural human- ness, escaping if only temporarily, the many daily pressures of industry. Many people like Issaquah because it still retains some of that humanness that seems missing in the "computer age." A number of our residents must commute quite a distance to their urban jobs in order to avail themselves of the "Issy" at- mosphere at home. Visitors from surrounding urban sprawl communities ap- preciate the charm of our town as it is because of its lack of heavy industrialization. I'm sure that a poll of local citizens and those of nearby communities would reveal that most do not favor the propos- ed "developing" of Pickering. If the council is truly to be representing the public feeling on this matter, a carefully-con- ducted poll must be taken, even if your final vote must be postponed. This is our community. A council members' job is to repre- sent us, not to make decisions for us. It would appear they've forgotten this. Sincerely, Mary Anne Chubbuck Oldman Council has old-fashioned idea of 'progress' Thanks Ron, Tim, Susan, Harvey, and Jon! I needed that! I've been 'on my duff' lately. I, too, am appalled at the "behind-the times-four" who decided to designate Picker- ing/Skyport as a development district. I would like to know whose influences or what influences determine their thinking. As far as whose, it certainly isn't anyone I know in their little city. I have a suspicion that the four may be stuck in a type of thinking that is totally out of date. The mental set of a certain amount of people for gener- ations was influenced by the need of the pioneer to 'subdue the land,' which ultimately turned into the "bulldozer men- tality" (cement is tidier), and which has lingered into present leadership ("If you've seen one redwood you've seen them all." Compliments of the King of Antiques, and his sidekick, One Watt Brain). Most of us believe it has primarily to do with bucks, but I think it is far more subtle (and perhaps more worrisome). It really has to do with a lack of environmental education, a lack of perspective on the future of an area (let alone a country), a lack of perspective on one area affects another, and a pitiful lack of intellectual sensitivity to people's needs for space, animals, birds, recreation, etc. These are not luxuries, there are necessities. There is, too, a rather amusing psychological fog that oozes down on small-time politicians. Some seem to love to play with the "big boys." Is it a wish for a touch of power? Per- sonal wishes for advantage? Does it help their egoes feel stronger with "Big Time Important Matters?" Realistically, it's probably just a matter of being "suckered-in" -- the easiest trick in the world. There is a certain amount of masochism in people who bull- headedly ruin environments by poor choices like that of the north 1-90 decision. As long-term residents, which I assume the four council people are, they must realize that what they I'd be merrier if all I had to do was eat Rodl Shemeta Ludlum There's a wonderful Jimmy Buffett song called "God's Own Drunk," which Mr. Buffett opens with the line, " ah 'splained to y'all once before, ah ain't no drinkin' man..." Well, I'm about to 'splain to you-all that 1 ain't no drinkin' woman. Fact is, there's just about no liquid on earth I'm really fond of, with two notable exceptions. If it weren't for wine and orange juice, I'd probably dehydrate completely. When it comes to drinking, my very worst problem is a deep-seated fear and loathing of coffee. I really want to be able to drink the stuff -- it makes life so much easier. When you go to people's houses, they always offer you a cup before you sit down and talk. It's even worse when you can see they've gone to the trouble of making a fresh pot and laid out all the cups and saucers and cream and sugar. Usually I just say, "No thanks, 1 don't drink coffee," and mentally kick myself for being such a weirdo. 1 want to explain to each and every person who offers me coffee that one sip makes every hair on my body stand on end. It makes my knees shake and my stomach rumble. It gives me the simultaneous urge to fall into a deep sleep and run 10 miles. If I have one sip at noon, 1 will not sleep for 24 hours. Surely you don't want me to go through all that, 1 want to say to the nice person with the nice coffee cups. Maybe you could just pour it in my cup and let me sniff it. I love the aroma. People are determined to have you drink coffee, however. If I explain why I don't drink it, they say brightly, "Well, you're in luck! I've got some decaffeinated too!" It won't work. It's almost as bad. Something besides the caffeine is sheer poison to me. The next logical question for the helpful hostess or waitress is, "Well, how about a nice cup of tea?" By now I may be a little testy and blurt out, "No, I hate tea," So they figure, oh, poor thing, she just can't tolerate the caffeine. "I've got some lovely herbal tea, dear. Have you ever tried that?" Now I really feel like a big baby. I want to say, "Phew! Herbal teal Yuck!" and go hide in a corner and suck my thumb. I do like the tea they serve in Chinese restaurants. Someone told me that's jasmine tea, I went out and got some. It wasn't the same. Maybe it would taste better if I drank it out of those thimble-sized ceramic cups. The second most frequently-asked question in social situations, besides, "Can I get you a cup of coffee?", is "Can I get you a Coke or something?" Please don't. Coke or anything brown and fizzy -- tastes like burned rubber, and that's all there is to it. All that other soda pop is awful too, no matter what color it is, with one exception -- 7-Up. I love everything about it: the Way it spritzes out of the can, the way it tickles your nose when you sip it over ice, the way it looks just like Perrier (blaughl) or something equally sophisticated. I love the color of the can and I love the commercials _ "crisp and clean, no caffeine. Ah ha ha." Now that the weather is warming up, people start drink- ing beer in their back yards. They want me to have one too. How can I tell them it tastes like stale crackers? All kinds are so willing to turn into asphalt will eventually a property values negatively, their quality of lift their visual enjoyment of the area. It's like ashamed of their lack of respect for their cit "Growth" is now defined in terms of resources, not destruction. As small-town people, perhaps these four aren't aware of the sterility of They have park and juniper tams and are iocat ed and even amidst us. The development decision must have been Seattle papers because I have had calls from areas who has asked me, "What are you there?" I've answered, "I don't know. I've duff." Maybe we ought to poll the visitors as residents. Start the poll . . . and quick/ Screaming again Looks like the C.C.A is screaming again, jusl Owen Hall days when the3 to get everybody all excited. They're phrases again. They're using the same half-truths do, hoping to riot the troops and cause a hall. Hopefully it won't work like it did last time. Issaquah are wise to the antics of Jon Gillis; et know the City Council has worked hard to hope they won't be intimidated by that stuff. Council did what voters I see Issaquah's version of the "Gang of Five" i: Their letter in the May 25 Press certainly for the four city council members who voted wishes. It's interesting that one of the five was than Tim O'Brian, ex-city counselor and tion. If I remember rightly, the C.C.A. su who all supported no development on the the last election. Also, if I remember right all lost. Now, that's the voter speaking, if you ask me. Gillis gets more words If I remember correctly, you cut out a large of Robert Pickering's letters which supported Pickering Farm because it was over the 500 word this week you print one from Jon Gillis and his ble rousers" which had more than 900 words! It looks like what people are starting to say quah Press is true. Too bad objectivity, fairneSS treatment isn't part of your Gag me with a spoon "Silicon Valley" I've heard. But, "high Come on, you guys, isn't that going a bit far? you'll be saying is that the valley girls are commin' For sure! For Sure! Business made it a success On behalf of the students and staff of the rice Occupations Department at Liberty Hi like to publicly thank all the local businesses who our first "Day In An Office" successful. In the classroom we give our students experience, but you have given them actualoffic which far exceeds what we can do for them. Your( is greatly appreciated, and I can't thank you We hope to continue this program next business interested in participating in our next Office," please contact Leslie Ewer at 228-3050. of people have made me try different kinds of Mexican beer (better than most, but authentic German beer (shrug) or down-home (needs to be strained two or three or 10 times imbibing). Let's not discuss milk. It's for babies. Milk is with chocolate chip cookies or accompanied Period. Most hard liquor is out. Scotch might as well Gin smells nice, but could be more useful as Tequila is great in margaritas, but, knocks me freight train. I should also be drinking a lot more water, btlt me feel sodden and dragged out. There's nothin with water from a creek on a hot day, of force me into my obligatory eight glasses a daY, at home is from a well and tastes like nails. The most city water makes me gag. My morn over in has remarkably nice water, however. I try a camel whenever I'm over there. Now orange juice is something I can't live depend on it every morning the way most coffee. It better be Minute Maid, though, or day. I can get by with apple or grapefruit or for a few days, but then I go into shock and myself with o.j. for the next six months. I'd probably have to drop out of society hadn't discovered the joys and wonders of wine. anytime, anywhere, any kind. It loves me. I cala cheap stuff with ease and revel in the pricey obscure California winery. I simply glow when says, "Just wait till you try this wonderful littl( picked up in Mendocino last summer..." Just as long as it's wine from grapes. I don' hear about wine from pineapples and rhubarb. too many grapes out there waiting for me. i I I I