Here’s what to expect on your November ballot

September 30, 2015

NEW — 3:26 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

Former Newcastle Planning Commissioner Rob Lemmon’s voters’ pamphlet statement begins with a declaration.

“I’m Rob Lemmon, and I was a candidate.”

“Was” is the operative word there, as Lemmon withdrew from the Newcastle City Council Position No. 3 race shortly after he filed. Due to what he called a “logistics” issue, King County Elections did not receive his withdrawal paperwork in time, so his name will appear on the Nov. 3 ballot.

But make no mistake, he is not a candidate for the Newcastle City Council, Lemmon said. Read more

Allen Dauterman is lone candidate for City Council Position No. 3

September 30, 2015

NEW — 3:21 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

Newcastle City Council candidate Allen Dauterman takes his unique situation in stride.

Dauterman, chairman of the city’s Planning Commission, is running unopposed for council Position No. 3. Yet, the general election ballot will tell a different story.

Allen Dauterman

Allen Dauterman

Rob Lemmon’s name will appear alongside Dauterman’s, but Lemmon, a former planning commissioner himself, has made it clear that he is not a candidate. Read more

To the Editor — Vote for Linda Newing for City Council seat

September 30, 2015

NEW — 2:56 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

Newcastle has the opportunity to elect an excellent candidate to Position 1, City Council: Linda Newing.

I have had the honor of working with Linda for the past two years. She has served as vice chairwoman of the Community Activities Commission and I have been impressed with her conscientious devotion to the CAC’s work and its charter.

The CAC is comprised of seven community members who volunteer time and expertise to serve as a review and advisory body to the City Council on city parks, trails, recreation programs and special community events. Read more

To the Editor — Newing and Dauterman are right for Newcastle

September 30, 2015

NEW — 2:54 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

Every election we, as voters, have a responsibility to select the right people to guide our city. Sometimes the choice is difficult, but not this year.

Linda Newing and Allen Dauterman have earned the right to represent us through their willingness to serve and the actions they have taken to be as informed as possible. Linda led a neighborhood action to build a new a park in her neighborhood, serves as the vice chairwoman of the Community Activities Commission, is the lead on many summer events, such as Newcastle Days, and has pursued meetings with city staff to become knowledgeable about budgets, public safety issues and infrastructure management. Her experience working for the city of Renton will be a valuable asset. Read more

Newcastle City Council candidates answer questions

September 7, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 7, 2015

Newcastle residents will see four City Council positions up for election on their November ballot, but only one race is contested.

Council candidates Linda Newing and Victoria Sandoval answered questions about numerous issues facing Newcastle in the years ahead. (Answers had to be 25 words or less.)

View the candidates answers as seen in the printed grid published Sept. 4 here, and view a list of each candidate’s endorsements here. Read more

Police chief honors citizens for taking a bite out of crime

September 3, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 3, 2015

At the Aug. 18 Newcastle City Council meeting, Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine honored two people who helped police take a bite out of crime.

King County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Bruce Nielsen and observant resident Jeff Garlock each received special certificates for their contributions to the community.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Longtime King County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Bruce Nielsen (middle) is flanked by Mayor Steve Buri and Police Chief Melinda Irvine after the duo honored him for his service to Newcastle over the years.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Longtime King County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Bruce Nielsen (middle) is flanked by Mayor Steve Buri and Police Chief Melinda Irvine after the duo honored him for his service to Newcastle over the years.

Nielsen retired from the King County Sheriff’s Office after a 34-year career earlier this year. He dedicated about 30 of those years to the Newcastle area, both before and after it became an incorporated city, Irvine said. Read more

To the Editor — September 2015

September 2, 2015

NEW — 4:48 p.m. Sept. 2, 2015

Reject the proposed School Woods plan

I am writing this to express my opposition to the proposed plan for the School Woods.  Beyond the loss of trails, the increased residential and “cut-through” traffic through two established neighborhoods, and the violation of existing wetlands, it is a shame to have lost a potential open space and park area.

This is especially true in a city having the least park land of any in the area  (4.7 acres of park acreage per 1,000 residents in Newcastle, compared to Renton’s 12.7 acres and Bellevue’s 21.2).

Further, the proposed development shows a complete lack of imagination and respect for the land. The site plan as it stands is in the perfect image of California practice:  Flatten for building pad, drop, flatten for building pad, drop again, flatten for building pad, drop again, etc., extending over the entire site. This is a forced, high-density housing development that shows little or no sympathy and respect for existing neighborhood ambiance. Read more

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

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