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November 20, 2013 at 12:26 PM
What could be more boring than yet another public-service announcement reminding you how to prepare for earthquakes and other disasters?
Especially one with a crudely drawn cartoon?
But Bellevue’s Office of Emergency Management is sending that familiar message in the form of a video that jumps out of the usual ho-hum genre.
The words, delivered by a Sasquatch family and band, “Liv and the Survivors,” are delivered with an infuriatingly catchy rock beat and driving vocal recorded by musically inclined city bureaucrat, Inness Pryor.
Heaven help us if we end up walking around singing:
“Gotta survive, gotta stay alive,
“Gotta have supplies and a master plan.
“Gotta know your neighbors,
“Gotta build your kits,
“Gotta lend a helping hand.”
Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
November 19, 2013 at 4:51 PM
Bellevue’s first female mayor, Nan Campbell, died Tuesday, two weeks after she was injured while escaping a fire at her apartment building.
Campbell, 87, died at Overlake Medical Center, where she was being treated for complications related to her fall in the Nov. 5 fire that may have been caused by a drug-related explosion in another apartment.
The exact cause of her death wasn’t immediately known, said her daughter, Patty Campbell.
Nan Campbell, an East Bellevue community activist before serving two terms on the City Council, was elected by her fellow council members to serve as mayor in 1988 and 1989.
Described by former colleagues as “stately” and “gracious,” Campbell played a major role in pushing the City Council to do more to provide human services, create affordable housing and protect neighborhoods adjacent to a fast-growing downtown.
Bellevue police say the fire remains under investigation.
Police spokeswoman Carla Iafrate would not say how the former mayor’s death would impact the investigation. While police have not yet released a cause for the fire, a law-enforcement source said they were investigating whether it was caused by someone cooking a cannabis-related product.
Witnesses reported a loud boom before a fire erupted at The Hampton Greens, in the 4500 block of 148th Avenue Northeast, around 6:30 a.m.
Patty Campbell said her mother fell and injured her pelvis after going back into her apartment to retrieve a purse and clothing.
November 7, 2013 at 11:32 AM
Nearly 40 women were arrested after they stormed the Bellevue headquarters of the state GOP and refused to leave, as they called on the state’s Republican delegation in Congress to support changes to immigration law.
Among them were Peggy Lynch, wife of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and Kim Mead, president of the Washington Education Association.
The women were among nearly 200 people who participated in a rally and protest that began at the Bellevue Downtown Park and ended up both inside and outside the office building the houses the party headquarters.
Similar acts of disobedience took place in several other cities across the country as immigrant advocates try to get Republicans to act on a Democrat-sponsored immigration bill in the House.
About 50 police officers from Bellevue and other agencies responded to the protest and arrested the women after they refused repeated requests by the building owner to leave. They were arrested on first degree-criminal trespassing.
The protests occur as President Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain are now set to discuss immigration and other issues at the White House.
November 5, 2013 at 7:08 AM
The Associated Press
Investigators have determined that a fire that damaged the Bellevue home of Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez started in the laundry room.
Lt. Richard Burke says the cause of the Monday afternoon fire remains under investigation and is still officially undetermined. Damage is estimated at $250,000.
Hernandez and his wife, Sandra, were in Napa, Calif., at the time. His agent, Wil Polidor, says their two children were at a mall with their nanny and the pitcher’s mother-in-law.
Burke says police have secured the home, which is uninhabitable.
King County public records show the 5,100-square-foot, five-bedroom, four-bath house was built in 2009 and is valued at $2.85 million.
November 4, 2013 at 9:51 AM
The Associated Press
BELLEVUE — A Washington State Patrol trooper suffered minor injuries when his car was struck on Interstate 405 in Bellevue.
The patrol says the trooper was investigating a crash at the interchange with I-90 Sunday evening when the patrol car was hit by another car. The patrol car was on the shoulder with lights activated.
The trooper was sent home to recover. The other driver and a passenger were not injured.
Possible charges are pending.
November 2, 2013 at 9:24 AM
Weather: Rainy, windy, in the 50s. Here’s the National Weather Service forecast.
State officials and tunnel contractors fall short on minority hiring: The Federal Highway administration says the state Department of Transportation and the main contractor for the Highway 99 tunnel failed to make a good-faith effort to sign up businesses owned by minorities and women. Reporter Mike Lindblom explains the report and talks to state Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson about what she plans to do next.
Tech and the mayor’s race: Columnist Brier Dudley declares it “silly season” when the Seattle mayor’s race, in the closing few days of the campaign, veers into tech territory about who’s the broadband-friendliest. “Silliest of all,” Dudley writes, “is that this sideshow is casting Mayor Mike McGinn as the pro-broadband mayor, because Comcast has donated to his opponent, state Sen. Ed Murray.” Read the column.
Spokane says goodbye to Speaker Foley: Former U.S. House Speaker Tom Foley was remembered Friday as a statesman and a friend to people great and small, as about 800 people gathered for a memorial service for the Spokane native on the campus of his alma mater, Gonzaga University. “He easily figured out how to make Washington, D.C., work,” said U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, who was among the speakers. “America needs more Tom Foleys.”
Record spending in Bellevue City Council races: Vandana Slatter, Kevin Wallace and Conrad Lee are spending record amounts in their council campaigns, and two independent campaign groups have jumped in, too. Reporter Keith Ervin follows the money.
Sounders open at home against Portland: The Sounders have been outscored, 7-0, in the first legs of their five previous playoff series. They’ll look to erase bad memories and rev up the offense in tonight’s opener of the Western Conference semifinals against rival Portland. Reporter Joshua Mayers explains what the Sounders have in their favor as they go up against the No. 1 seed. The match starts at 7 p.m. at CenturyLink Field. To watch from the comfort of your couch, look for the game on NBCSN.
Fall-back weekend: Rain or no rain, wind or no wind, this is the sweetest weekend of the year. Fall back! Get an extra hour’s sleep! Daylight-saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday. Tonight, remember to turn your clocks back one hour. And it’s a good time to check batteries in smoke alarms and carbon-monoxide detectors.
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October 24, 2013 at 1:08 PM
Ballard-based Mars Hill Church wants to move the center of its operations to a new site in its largest and fastest-growing location: Bellevue.
After months of searching, church officials say they’ve found only one building close to downtown Bellevue large enough to seat 3,000 worshipers and accommodate church offices and a future Bible College.
There’s just one glitch in the plan to buy the former International Paper warehouse: Sound Transit already has bought the 10-1/2 acres as a possible location for a future maintenance and storage yard light-rail cars that will carry passengers from Redmond to Seattle and Lynnwood.
Now Mars Hill is asking its thousands of worshipers to ask Sound Transit officials to choose one of two other sites, in Bellevue and Lynnwood, that also are under study for the maintenance facility.
The property lies north of Northeast Bel-Red Road between 120th Avenue Northeast and the Sound Transit-owned Eastside Rail Corridor formerly owned by BNSF Railway.
Sound Transit closed its $23 million purchase of the property Sept. 3. The transit agency’s governing board authorized the purchase last year because the land was on the market and the board didn’t want to risk paying a higher price later if the land was bought by a developer or speculator in a part of the city zoned for high-density mixed-use development, agency spokesman Geoff Patrick said.
“We just want to tell our story and hopefully work closer to help Sound Transit to choose one of the other properties,” Mars Hill spokesman Justin Dean said this morning. “We believe that this property is what God has intended for us, and we’re going to pursue that and other options presented or we’re forced to move on.”
Since Mars Hill opened a new church in the former Danz movie theater in downtown Bellevue two years ago, the location has become the largest of the church’s 15 locations, with about 2,500 people attending one of four Sunday services, Dean said.
October 22, 2013 at 4:37 PM
The Bellevue City Council approved interim zoning for legal recreational pot businesses in the state’s fifth-biggest city.
In a 5-1 vote Monday night, the council restricted marijuana production and processing to areas zoned for light industrial uses, and limited pot stores generally to where former state liquor stores were located. The state Liquor Control Board, the agency charged with implementing the voter-approved recreational law, has allocated four retail store licenses for Bellevue. Sales are expected to begin by next summer.
Initiative 502, which legalized recreational weed last year, was approved by 59 percent of Bellevue voters in the 2012 election. Regardless of what people think of marijuana, Deputy Mayor Jennifer Robertson said, Bellevue needed to exercise its authority to control location and other facets of legal pot businesses.
Council member Don Davidson cast the only dissenting vote. Kevin Wallace was absent. Davidson said there was no reason he had to adopt what he called “poor public policy.”
The new rules are in effect for six months while the city drafts, considers and holds hearings on permanent zoning. If a state-licensed entrepreneur opened a Bellevue business under the interim rules and the permanent zoning made that location improper, such a business would be still be legal, said city spokeswoman Emily Christensen.
Seattle attorney Kurt Boehl said he expects other suburban cities to follow Bellevue’s lead.
“As Bellevue goes, so will the east side. I think we’ll see Redmond and Kirkland follow,” said Boehl, who represents entrepreneurs interested in Bellevue. He called Bellevue’s rules “pretty progressive” and “ahead of the curve.”
October 19, 2013 at 10:42 AM
Saturday Memo: Bill Russell arrested … Pickets at the grocery store? … Car show in Seattle, health-care signup in Bellevue
Weather: It’s nice. Once the fog clears, forecasters say it will be sunny and in the upper 50s — and just that nice for a few days … or so they say. More details? Here’s the forecast.
Bill Russell arrested at Sea-Tac: NBA legend (a term that is overused, but not here) Bill Russell was arrested this week at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after officials said they found a loaded gun in his luggage. Russell, 79, was arrested as he attempted to go through security. The former Celtics player and coach — and coach of the Sonics — has lived in the Seattle area for years.
Grocery-store checkout? Thousands of grocery workers workers in the area gave notice last night that they will strike if a new labor deal is not reached by 7 p.m. Monday. About 21,000 workers for Albertsons, Fred Meyer, Safeway and QFC stores in King, Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish, Thurston and Mason counties would take part. If the strike goes into effect, workers in those counties will picket outside stores. Read more of reporter Amy Martinez’s coverage.
UW plays Arizona State: The Huskies (4-2, 1-2 Pac-12) are in Arizona to play the Sun Devils (4-2, 2-1) this afternoon. Both teams will work to take another step toward the top of the Pac-12 football heap. Read reporter Adam Jude’s preview and come back to seattletimes.com at 2 p.m. to chat live with fellow fans and view team stats, photos and more in our Husky GameCenter. The game can be seen at 3 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network.
Auto show: See how the other half lives, or how you want to, at the auto show. New cars, rare cars, new technologies, and so on. The event, at CenturyLink Field Event Center, 1000 Occidental S., in Seattle, runs through tomorrow. Find out more.
Health insurance info and signup: It’s no car show, but at events over the past few weekends, turnouts have been pretty strong as people in the area try to find out if new insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act might be for them. Today, at Crossroads Bellevue shopping center, 15600 N.E. Eighth St., people will be on hand to answer your questions, help you compare coverage plans and learn whether you are eligible for subsidies. The event is sponsored by Public Health – Seattle & King County. Please read more here to see what information you should bring with you about your income, etc. You can just ask questions, or ask questions and sign up. Translators will be available for those whose first language is not English.
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October 17, 2013 at 4:23 PM
A 54-year-old North Bend man was found dead in Bellevue along with his truck in the water at the Sweyolocken boat launch, according to a Bellevue police news release.
Police were called around 9 a.m. to investigate the Ford F-150, which had been seen submerged about 60 feet off-shore at the boat launch in the 3000 block of Bellevue Way Southeast.
Divers from the Bellevue Fire Department, Mercer Island Marine Patrol Dive Team and Search and Rescue swam out to the truck, which they found empty. They towed it out, and then searched the water for about a half hour and found the man seven feet underwater.
The man had not shown up to work in Bellevue this morning, the release said. His wife said she had texted him a couple of times but he hadn’t replied, the release said.
Bellevue detectives will continue to investigate; family members have been notified and the King County Medical Examiner will release the man’s name after an examination.
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