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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS WEDNESDA~ OCTOBER 21, 2009 * A5 GUEST COLUMN 'No' /- The Olympian Coalition- whose members include teachers, education support staff, parents, school board members and citi- zens interested in the success of all of Issaquah's students -- is united in opposing Tim Eyman's Initiative 1033 on the November ballot. This initiative drains even more resources from Washington stu- dents than the cuts experienced from the last legislative session. By limiting state and local spending to inflation plus population growth, 1- 1033 threatens education, health care and other basic services. This initiative would result in loss of revenue to the state's gener- al fund of nearly $6 billion by 2015, according to the Office of Financial Management. This is on top of the $1.5 billion in K-12 edu- cation cuts already enacted by the 2009 state Legislature. The kind of plan proposed in this our community by forcing deep initiative has been tried before, cuts to public schools and colleges, In 1992, Colorado became the and then locking those cuts in for only state in the nation to impose years. a revenue limit like the one in In Washington state, we're Initiative 1033. Over the next 13 already ranked 43rd in the nation years, Colorado's funding for K- in per-pupil funding. Our children 12 education plummeted to 49th cannot afford further cuts that in the nation in per-pupil spend- jeopardize their ability to get the ing. education they need to prepare for By 2005, the budgeting process life in the 21st century global econ- had become so paralyzed and con- voluted that Colorado voters -- led That's why the members of The my. by a bipartisan coalition of busi- Olympian Coalition are asking you hess leaders, teachers, seniors, to join us in voting no on 1-1033 healthcare providers and firefight- when you vote in November. ers -- voted to suspend the law for five years to stop the deterioration The Olympian Coalition is the lssaquah of their state. School District SchoolBoard, Issaquah Initiative 1033 will have a simi- PTSA Council, lssaquah Education lady destructive effect on K-12 and Association, Issaquah Labor Coalition and higher education in our state and Stand for Children- Issaquah Chapter. Y II City officials took the first step toward forming a regional fire authority with rural King County fire districts last week. Officials in districts 10, 38 and 51 are interested in forming the fire authority alongside Issaquah. Council Services & Committee members recom- mended legislation to allow Issaquah to participate in a plan- ning committee to establish the fire authority. The measure heads to the full council for a Nov. 2 vote. Participation in the planning committee would not commit Issaquah to joining a regional fire authority. The city can withdraw from the process at any time. Forming a committee costs noth- ing to the city. The measure would not change the way Eastside Fire & Rescue functions, but the forma- tion of a regional fire authority would require a rewrite of the interlocal agreement underpin- ning the agency, EFR Deputy Chief of Planning Wes Collins said. Under a regional fire authority, the body would have the ability to tax residents within its bound- aries. EFR is funded through con- tributions from each partner juris- diction. References to Issaquah and the involved fire districts would be replaced with references to the fire authority. A regional fire authority should take about 18-24 months to estab- lish. The legislation calls for each interested party to appoint three representatives to the planning committee. District 10 is comprised of Klahanie, Preston, Carnation, Tiger Mountain and May Valley; District 38 includes unincorporat- ed King County near North Bend and Snoqualmie; and District 51 includes land near Snoqualmie Pass. Elected members of fire commis- sions in districts 10 and 38 voted in July to form a planning commit- tee. S FROM PAGE A1 track record of helping people prepare for job interviews. "Irrespective of who they were or how much she knew them, she was always willing to help," Kumar said. Both the medical examiner and the King County Sheriff's Office concluded Tirumalasetty's death Police Department. Tirumalasetty was apparently upset after an argument with her husband and left her house to go for a walk, according to the King County Sheriff's Office. A friend watched as Tirumalasetty waded into the water and disappeared. Tirumalasetty worked as a soft- ware engineer at Microsoft; she had a reputation for being a quick study and devoted employ- ee, he said. Sandeep Kanaparthi, another friend, who knew Tirumalasetty for 10 years, said she loved to travel and took responsibility for planning group trips: Every few months, she would organize a new adventure, including Whistler, B.C., and New York City. Kanaparthi said his life ran on parallel tracks with Tirumalasetty's from their arrival in the U.S. to having children in the same week. was a suicide, though friends "We grew up together. We said they think her drowning was knew each other since we were an accident. Tirumalasetty could bachelors. We got married at the not swim, they said. same time," he said. She drowned Oct. 14, after They lived in the same Beaver walking into the lake from the Lake neighborhood, Wesley Park. park's beach area at about 8:15 Kanaparthi said he was at the p.m., according to the King family's house watching County Sheriffs Office. A dive Tirumalasetty's daughters when unit from the sheriff's office Tangella went searching for his found her body 25 feet fromwife. shore. "When Mahesh came back cry- Medics from Eastside Fire & ing, that's when I said, Rescue responded to the emer- 'Something bad has happened,'" he said. gency call at about 9:15 p.m. and tried to resuscitate her, but she had already been dead for about 40 minutes, according to Sgt. Robert Baxter, of the Sammamish J.B. Wogan: 392-6434, ext. 247, or jbwogan@isspress.com. Comment at www. issaquahpress, com. ) easy FROM PAGE A4 Liddell. Watching Irvin sometimes is like watching a buffalo methodi- cally thundering over the Wyoming prairies. Liddell, whose nickname is "Iceman," of- ten moves more like an iceberg. Neither will ever become a Fred Astaire or a Gene Kelly. However, I do admire their courage. Tom DeLay is another person who impressed me. I will never agree with the former majority leader's politics, but I thought De- Lay did a fairly good job on the dance floor before going to the sidelines because of stress frac- turps in both feet. He wasn't bad for someone who's 82. I've had some experience with ballroom dancing, and dancing in general. My introduction to dance came in a Scandinavian community, where a schottische was popular on Saturday evenings. By the time I got to high school, I had taken a few lessons in the old box step. In high school, well, you could always identify my dates -- they were the ones limping or wearing steel-tipped dance shoes. Actu- ally, that's an exaggeration. Usu- ally, they asked, "Could we sit this one out?" In college, I did take a dance class that was offered by the physical education department. My partner, bless her soul, was very understanding. She discov- ered early that I had limitations when it came to dancing. We worked hard preparing for the final exam. She wanted an A in the class; I just wanted to pass. For the final, we did the tango -- quite quickly. Not once did I step on either one of her feet. She was happy, the instructor was amazed, and I actually got a B on the final, and a B in the class. I fancy, but he seemed to grasp the think it's the last time I ever felt fundamentals of most dances, like an above average dancer. Ballroom dancing isn't easy for some people, especially those who can't make coordinated movements to music, or become so nervous on the dance floor that they turn into FrankeD- steins. Do any of us recall Cloris Leachman? When she was "Dancing With the Stars," her in- structor often drug her across the floor. Somehow, she stayed on the show until midseason. Not So, my hat is off to Irvin, Lid- dell and DeLay. I understand what they went through in preparing for those dances. Yes, it was often painful to watch them on television. But, sometimes, you just gotta dance! Bob Taylor: 392-6434, ext. 236, or bob- taylor@isspress.com. Comment at www. issaquahpr ess. corn, FROM PAGE A4 Salmon Days British Columbia representa- tive impressed with festival I attended the 2009 Salmon Days parade with the float from eenticton, British Columbia, and had to send my congratula- tions. It was an impressive event with the vendors, parade and or- ganizers..I have been on the board of the Penticton Peach Festival for 14 years and also the float operator for the past 10 years, and I have been to many festivals in B.C., Washington and Alberta and must say you have something to be extremely proud of. Please pass this message to the sponsors, as they are crucial to the event along with all of the volunteers. Please send my thank you to the organizers, as well. Jerry 01Era Pentkton Festwal PUBLIC MEETINGS Oct. 22 Civil Service Commission 4-5 p.m. Coho Room, City Hall 130 E. Sunset Way Cable W Commission 6-9 p.m. Coho Room, City Hall 130 E. Sunset Way Planning Policy Commission Agenda: Shoreline Master Program update, stream and wetland buffer amendments 6:30-9 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall South 135 E. Sunset Way Oct. 26 Park Board 7-9 p.m. Issaquah Trails House, 110 Bush St. Oct. 27 Central Issaquah Plan Advisory Task Force Agenda: proposed transportation and mobility improvements 5:30-7:45 p.m. Picketing Room, City Hall Northwest 1775 12th Ave. N.W. Committee-of-the-Whole Council 6:30-9 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall South 135 E. Sunset Way ]PROM PAGE A1 Employees were aware of the requirement to record assets acquired through annexations or right-of-way acquisitions and followed the correct steps last year, auditors wrote. Employees used a database to ensure assets were recorded correctly, the audit shows. City Finance Department employees also began develop- ing a financial statement prepa- ration and review checklist that will assign responsibility to employees for each section of the process. "Overall, the audit shows how hard our finance team works to ensure responsible and efficient use of the public's funds," Monahan wrote. Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext.'234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com. Sudoku Solution 745691238 139428567 268573914 452186379 376259481 981347652 593712846 814965723 627834195 2(107. P~alure ELrchaoge Wednesday, November 4th ~ 6am -3pm Enjoy specials all day long & every customer will receive a gift to take home! QCelebrating 20 years in issaquah! 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