Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Vote for a fresh vision for Bellevue

    This year, Bellevue residents face a key election in the race for three seats on the City Council. We will choose between two very different visions of Bellevue’s future.   
    The old vision believes city government need simply provide minimum legal opportunities for transparency and public involvement in key decision-making. It includes a fast-tracked land annexation proposal which would virtually double the size of our community, providing a mile-long strip of box stores and abandoning our downtown core and local family-run businesses up and down the valley.  The old vision believes millions of dollars of developer’s impact fees can and should be waived; for example, the recent Strahorn annexation, which resulted in the $104 monthly sewer and water bill and loss of valuable amenities.  It believes only five hand-picked members of a “citizens” committee meeting just three times in three weeks are needed to review and update Bellevue’s comprehensive plan, “A Vision of the Future”, which guides development of legal ordinances.
    But three men are speaking out with a new vision for Bellevue’s future. They believe that with creativity, increased transparency, significant opportunities for meaningful public involvement and a commitment to both smart growth and our downtown core, we can build a vigorous, prosperous and resilient community. They believe developers should pay their way with appropriate fees which mitigate impact and improve city infrastructure. They believe all voices—Hispanic and Anglo, our elders and young folks, new residents and historic families—can and must be heard if we are to create a fresh, heartfelt vision for Bellevue’s future.
    Vote for a fresh vision. Vote for balance on the Bellevue City Council. Vote for James Stireman, Bob Leahy and Craig Wolfrom on Nov. 3  Your vote matters.
Kristin Fletcher


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