Council to host budget retreat Tuesday

August 31, 2015

NEW — 3:30 p.m. Aug. 31, 2015

The Newcastle City Council will hold a daylong budget retreat Tuesday.

It begins at 11 a.m. at The Golf Club at Newcastle, and will cover such topics as the city’s revenue forecast, examination of Newcastle’s Capital Improvement Program and more.

The public is welcome to attend the meeting, but there is no opportunity for public comment. The council’s regular 7 p.m. Sept. 1 meeting is canceled. The budget retreat is expected to go until 6 p.m.

View the retreat agenda here.

Questions needed for Newcastle candidate forum

August 21, 2015

NEW — 7:29 p.m. Aug. 21, 2015

Meet the men and women vying for Newcastle City Council spots at an October candidate forum.

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce and the Newcastle Library are jointly hosting a moderated forum Oct. 7 at the Newcastle Library, 12901 Newcastle Way.

The event will feature questions submitted by Newcastle citizens. Candidates for Position Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4 are expected to attend.

There are four Newcastle City Council seats with expiring terms, but only one race includes more than a single candidate. Read more

Two candidates vie for council Position No. 1

August 10, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 10, 2015

The city’s election lineup is set, and while there are four Newcastle City Council seats with expiring terms, only one race includes more than a single candidate.

Community Activities commissioners Linda Newing and Victoria Sandoval will compete to fill the seat being vacated by City Councilwoman Lisa Jensen.

Linda Newing

Linda Newing

Victoria Sandoval

Victoria Sandoval

Incumbents Gordon Bisset and Carol Simpson will each run unopposed to retain their seats. Planning Commissioner Allen Dauterman initially drew a challenger for Position No. 3, but Rob Lemmon withdrew. Read more

Council approves speed humps for Southeast 75th Street corridor

August 6, 2015

NEW — 2:36 p.m. Aug. 6, 2015

Newcastle resident Jo Ann Pancheri often sits in her home, peering out the window, clutching her phone and waiting for the worst.

Her house sits at the intersection of Southeast 75th Street and 125th Place Southeast, a corridor where neighbors have repeatedly asked for traffic-calming measures.

Pancheri has an unobstructed view to the speeding and near-miss accidents that community members say plague the neighborhood.

“I wait every day with my phone waiting to call 911,” she told the Newcastle City Council on July 21, illustrating her fear of witnessing a major accident. Read more

Editorial — Council does the right thing on speed hump decision

August 6, 2015

NEW — 2:30 p.m. Aug. 6, 2015

Haochen Xu was just 4 years old.

He loved to read, had no trouble making friends and possessed a penchant for learning.

Haochen died June 27 at Harborview Medical Center, the day after a driver struck him as he and his mother tried to cross Newport Way Northwest in Issaquah.

Investigators say the driver was not speeding, but that is little consolation for a community that says the posted 40 mph speed limit along the road is way too high.

Changes are likely coming to the road, with Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler recommending a speed limit decrease. But this is after the worst case scenario became reality. Read more

City Council cancels meeting for National Night Out

July 31, 2015

NEW — 1 p.m. July 31, 2015

The regular Aug. 4 Newcastle City Council meeting is canceled, so council members can visit community National Night Out parties.

National Night Out events heighten crime- and drug-prevention awareness, generate support for local anti-crime efforts and send a message that local neighborhoods are organized and won’t stand for crime.

Newcastle is joining forces with more than 16,000 communities nationwide to celebrate. National Night Out events involve more than 38 million people throughout the United States.

Contact your homeowners association to find out if your neighborhood has a gathering planned.

Energize Eastside, traffic calming, dominate town hall

July 2, 2015

Speed bumps and power lines were the hot topics of conversation at the city of Newcastle’s annual town hall meeting June 16.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Deputy Mayor John Drescher (right) answers an audience question, as City Councilman Rich Crispo listens beside him.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Deputy Mayor John Drescher (right) answers an audience question, as City Councilman Rich Crispo listens beside him.

During the meeting’s second hour, the Newcastle City Council fielded audience questions, with a sizable group of neighbors from in and around Southeast 75th Street using the time to express concerns about speeding on the street. Read more

Newcastle’s Mandy Schendel is on 30 under 30 list

July 2, 2015

Newcastle resident Mandy Schendel was named to 425 Business Magazine’s “Thirty under 30” list.

Mandy Schendel

Mandy Schendel

The list honors “the brightest, most fun and most motivated business folks” under the age of 30 and living on the Eastside.

Schendel is most known for her 2012-2013 stint as Miss Washington. She finished in the top 10 at the 2013 Miss America pageant. Read more

(Video) Newcastle Town Hall Meeting — June 16, 2015

July 2, 2015

Candidate filings set up one City Council race

June 4, 2015

The 2015 general election ballot will tell a different story, but there’s really only one contested Newcastle City Council race.

Community Activities commissioners Linda Newing and Victoria Sandoval will face off for council Position No. 1, currently held by Councilwoman Lisa Jensen, who announced she would not file for re-election.

But only Planning Commissioner Allen Dauterman will actively run for Position No. 3, despite the fact that Rob Lemmon’s name will appear alongside his.

Lemmon, a former planning commissioner who resigned in December, said “logistical issues” prevented a successful attempt to withdraw his name from the race. He filed to withdraw before King County Elections’ deadline, though, he said. Read more

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