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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS WEDNESDAY~ OCTOBER 21, 2009 A7 By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter When Nathan Perea moved to Issaquah as a second-grader, the city was home to just sh.y of 6,000 people. Back then, m 1985, Issaquah had the feel of a small town. Perea remembers how growth -- and the associated headaches -- reshaped the city. "I can remember the way Issaquah was when I moved here, he said. "As I watched us grow, even at a young age, I watched the disparity between the growth and the infrastructure. We grew at such an alarming rate and it start- ed to take 45, 50 minutes to get from the plateau to 1-90." The city had swelled by the time Perea returned to the city and settled in the Issaquah Highlands in 2006. The hillside community was nonex- istent when Perea moved to Issaquah as a child. Nowadays, the city is home to almost 27,000 people. As he campaigns for a City Council seat, first-time candidate eerea seeks to unite the old and new. He talks about how elected officials can learn from past mis- Nathan Perea receives from voters is: How old are you? He usually works from Issaquah coffee shops, where he sets up a laminated sign on the table beside him. "I'm running for Issaquah City Council. Please stop and chat!" the sign beckons. The arrangement has allowed eerea the opportunity to talk with voters about the economy takes and increase the quality of -- the issue he describes as the growth. "Remembering that, I know that as we grow, we need to make sure that we're doing that responsibly and supporting it in the right way, so that we're not just clogging this place up and detracting from its beauty and charm," Perea said. Voters will choose between Perea, a mortgage adviser, and another newcomer, mechanical engineer Tola Marts, to succeed longtime Councilman David Kappler. eerea could become the second highlands representative elected to the seven- member City Council. Mark Mullet, a highlands resident and proprietor of Zeeks Pizza in the community, will be elected unopposed to the council Nov. 3. eerea entered the council race in most important for the next council. "As the economy rebounds, as we return to prosperity and as tax revenues increase, I think that's going to be the most important part of this whole thing," he said. "How do we manage ourselves in an upswing, knowing what we just went through in the downswing? Perea said the recession showed how city services are wedded to sales tax revenue. Municipal offi- cials slashed expenses throughout 2009 and laid off 10 employees to save money. "Now, we're realizing that with the economic situation at hand, our budget is not going to come back until people are buying and selling goods in this city," eerea said. Lean budgets will be a reality for the next council, too. Mayor Ava Frisinger unveiled a tight 2010 budget Oct. 5. eerea credited the June after working with the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, serving as a neighborhood captain in his community and was prompt- ed, he said, bya longtime desire to mayor for efforts to cut spending. hold public office. ' One of the things I noticed right After growing up here and mov- away was her ability to go through ing back with my kids, getting and cut in specific areas she felt involved in the city as a parent and needed to be cut, and not just an a homeowner really changes your all-across-the-board chop, which a perspective on the place that you grew up," Perea said. "I felt an obligation to get involved in some way, shape or form." eerea, 31, said he also noticed his generation was underrepre- sented in the centers of power. He said the first question he often lot of times you see in government spending cuts," Perea said. "I think that's a great first step there. It's prioritizing." He lauded city officials for the Economy Vitality Plan released in late 2006 and for hiring Economic Development Manager Dan 977(3T Available in Extra Wide For Both Men & Women Either Dress or Play, We Have You Covered. EDMON DS BELLEVU E 7621 Lake Ballinger Way 12402 SE 36th St. '2 rrlile from I-5 exit ! 77/Hwy ! 04W to Kingston Fetcy (Behind Factotia Mall Near Top Gun Restaurant) M-F 10-6, SAT 10-5, SUN 1 1-4 M-F 10-6, SAT 10-5, SUN 1 1-4 425.675.9424 425.614.0087 14th Annual Trimble. "We need to be looking at ways to attract businesses to town, we need to be able to let them prosper and flourish," Perea said. "We can do all that at the same time by protecting Issaquah's charm and character and natural beauty. There's no rea- son that has to be sacrificed." Perea will have a chance to engage development issues as a new alternate member of the Urban Village Development Commission. Frisinger appointed him to the commission in May. The panel oversees projects in the highlands and Talus. He noted how he lives and works in Issaquah. He said city officials should approach future development efforts to provide opportunities for other residents to work in the city. "If we're trying to match reality to that ideal, we've got to make sure that we're attractive and able to bring in businesses that employ people here, so we can take advan- tage of that," he said. "It's great to have that ideal, but if there's nowhere for those people to work here, we can't accomplish that." By J.B. Wogan Issaquah Press reporter During a presentation in June, fire fighter Dana Shutter gave the Eastside Fire & Rescue Board of Directors reasons to buy some sort of a boat. While a number of vessels might be useful, Shutter was suggesting the purchase of an inexpensive raft. Now, with the help of the Eastside Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association, EFR has one. The volunteer fire association purchased an inflatable 14-foot raft for about $4,000 for EFR. The raft would be used specifically on rivers in EFR's coverage area, which includes Issaquah, Sammamish, North Bend, Carnation and parts of unincorpo- rated King County. Shutter said that last winter, floods in Issaquah, North Bend and Carnation led to high-risk sit- uations for fireftghters, who would attempt to rescue stranded homeowners and motorists by wading into the water, swimming or using a boogie board. The risk extended to victims, too. Shutter said the best firefighters could do was give someone a hel- met and life vest, and get them out of the water as soon as possible. Both the firefighter and victim faced dangers from hypothermia in the water and being swept away by the current. Battalion Chief Greg Tryon, who also leads water rescues for EFR, said in a press release that he was grateful for the volunteer associa- tion's donation. He added that he hoped EFR could find the funding for additional water rescue equip- ment in the future. Toudsm grant applications City officials want ideas about how to spend hotel tax dollars on promoting lodging and tourism. Members of the city Lodging Tax Advisory Committee will accept requests until 4 p.m. Oct. 29. The application form is avail- able on the city Web site, www.ci.issaquah.wa.us. Follow the link labeled "departments" and then the link for "economic vitality." The committee will give special consideration to projects with detailed work programs, records of luring visitors to Issaquah and using city money to leverage addi- tional dollars. The committee will meet at 4 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Cougar Room at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way. The committee will review requests and make funding rec- ommendations to the City Council. The city collects a 1 percent lodging tax at three hotels and motels. The money is then allocat- ed to the Lodging Tax Fund. Under state law, the revenue can be used only for tourism promo- tion, acquisition of tourism-relat- ed facilities or the operation of tourism-related facilities. Recent projects paid for with the tourism tax include a popular map of Issaquah bike trails developed by Getting Around Issaquah Together. Other recipients of tourism tax dollars have included the Issaquah Historical Society and the Visitor Information Center. The five-member committee includes Councilwoman Eileen Barber and representatives from Issaquah hotels, the historical society and Outside Seattle, a Web-based tourism bureau that encourages Seattle visitors to travel east. Encourging you to vote for Maureen McCarry The Seattle Times Washington Conservation Voters King County Conservation Voters Cascade Bicycle Club National Women's Political Caucus King County Democratic Central Committee Issaquah City Council David Kappler John Rittenhouse Joshua Schaer John Traeger Sammamish City Council Kathy Huckabay Lee Fellinge Mercer Island City Council Mike Grady Mayor of Sammamish Don Gerend Mayor of Clyde Hill George Martin Redmond City Council Fellow Citizens Kristen Allen-Bentsen Janet Wall Barbara de Michele Joanna Buehler Nancy San Carlos Ann Fletcher Vee Fletcher Jeannie Moskowitz Warren Moskowitz Ken Konigsmark Leo Finnegan June Sekiguchi Di Irons Dr. Walt and Lauren Cassidy Joan Beauregard Jana White William Elliot Jim Woeppel Mike Inman Robyn Scola Carla Sparing Barbara Shelton Tom Knollmann Paul Winterstein Steven Drew T.J. and Martha Ginthner Jackie Thomas Kerri Jensen Trish Bloor Dan Dixon Gloria Koepping Richard and Michelle Creaver Chris & Shelly Hawkins Linda Adair Hjelm and Lonnie Hjelr Don Shelton Christina Bruning Kathleen Drew Susan Sheary Ray Extract Barbara Extract Connie Marsh Evelyn Halbig JeffTanka Jan Rittenhouse Hank Thomas Shanti Leroy and Marilyn LaCelle Elizabeth Maupin Dean and Ruth Silverstone Mark and Becky Curtis Katherine Wismer Mike and Kris Adair Kim Allen Lucy Zou Chuck Olson