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Bellevue Blitz Roundup: Bellevue Props One and Two Passing; Eastside Men’s Homeless Shelter Update; 114th Avenue SE Project and Other Construction Closures

Posted By Chris Johnson, Thursday, November 10, 2016

Bellevue Propositions One and Two Approved by Voters

In September, the Chamber Board voted to endorse Bellevue Proposition One, relating to fire services and Proposition Two regarding Neighborhood Safety, Connectivity and Congestion Relief. While election results won’t be certified until November 29, both measures lead comfortably beginning election night with Prop 1 at 57% and Prop 2 at 54%.

Eastside Men’s Homeless Shelter Update

Earlier this autumn, we reported that the City of Bellevue was holding two community workshops on the Eastside Men's Shelter and Supportive Housing project, proposed for siting on public land near Eastgate Park and Ride. Council is scheduled to receive an update on the project, including public feedback, at the Extended Council Study Session on November 28.

You can still provide your own input to City staff member Mike McCormick Huentelman at mmhuent@bellevuewa.gov.

114th Avenue SE Project and Other Construction Closures

My favorite back street route to the Chamber office, 114th Avenue SE has been closed between SE 6th and SE 8th for utilities work and is scheduled to reopen on Friday, December 2. You can keep on top of this and other utilities or construction-related closures throughout the winter months here.

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Bellevue Blitz Roundup: Election Night Parties; Sound Transit Business Resource Forum; Firefighters collect food and toys.

Posted By Chris Johnson, Friday, November 4, 2016

Election Night Parties

Does the Election of 2016 seem like the most rancorous in recent history? Perhaps so, but according to scholars, the Election of 1800 set the standard for general nastiness. Consider saying goodbye to the current silly season on a note of levity by attending an election night party - follow the links below for more information:

Washington State Republicans
Washington State Democrats
Town Hall Seattle
Crosscut and KCTS 9

Sound Transit Business Resource Forum at City Hall – Thursday, November 14 at 7:30 AM

Early next year, Sound Transit contractors will begin tunneling under downtown Bellevue. Find out how you can prepare at the Business Resource Forum on November 17 – jointly sponsored by the City of Bellevue and Sound Transit. The Chamber strongly encourages participation in this event.  

Register for the forum online or contact Marie Jensen, East Link Outreach with the City of Bellevue at 425-452-2064 or mjensen@bellevuewa.gov.

Note: We earlier reported the event date as November 17; the correct date is November 14.

Firefighters Collect Food and Toys

The Holiday Season is underway and now is the time to let needy children know that we care. All nine Bellevue fire stations are accepting food and toys for Bellevue families in need from Nov 1 to Dec 5. Gift ideas for younger children include plush animals, toys and gift cards, while sports equipment and clothing are appropriate for all ages. Gifts will be collected through December 23, but consider donating prior to the December 13 Crossroads Youth Holiday Party.

 

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Policy Committees to Meet During Election Week

Posted By Chris Johnson, Friday, November 4, 2016

The South Bellevue Park and Ride Lot is scheduled to close in January, for conversion to a light rail station. Would like to know where to park and catch the bus during the projected five year closure? Begin Election Day by dropping by Transportation on Tuesday, November 8 at 7:30 AM.

Public Affairs will get an in-depth look at Bellevue’s proposed 2017-18 Operating Budget on Thursday, November 10. As always, we’ll meet at 12 Noon in the Chamber’s Microsoft Business Center.

Tags:  South Bellevue Park and Ride Lot; Bellevue Chamber 

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Bellevue Blitz Roundup: Last Call for Utilities Business Customer Forum; Enliven Wilburton Event; Men’s Homeless Shelter Forum

Posted By Chris Johnson, Friday, October 21, 2016

Last Call for Utilities Business Customer Service Forum

Did you miss our Public Affairs briefing on Bellevue Utilities’ proposed budget? A Business Customer Service Forum is set for Thursday, October 27, 7:30 AM at City Hall.

Enlivening Wilburton Event

From Bellevue’s Grand Connection project to the Eastside Rail Corridor Regional Trail, change is coming to Wilburton. Sign up now for Enlivening Wilburton: Trailside Café on Tuesday, November 1, 5 – 7 PM and see how redevelopment can “activate” a dynamic community space.

Men’s Homeless Shelter Forum

Last month we shared information regarding the possible siting of a permanent Eastside Men’s Homeless Shelter and Supportive Housing Facility in Eastgate. The community is invited to provide input on this proposal at a final workshop on Thursday, October 27, 7 – 9 PM. Congregations for the Homeless (CFH) has been displaced from its previous Winter Emergency Shelter location, so the need is particularly acute.

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Policy Committees Busy Through End of the Year

Posted By Chris Johnson, Friday, October 21, 2016

Transportation Committee

Are you looking for a way to jump start General Election Day? Join us Tuesday, November 8 at 7:30 AM for an update on the five year closure of the South Bellevue Park and Ride. We’ll follow that up with a briefing on design concepts for the Bellevue Way SE project on Tuesday, December 13, also at 7:30 AM at the Chamber office.

Public Affairs Committee

Get an in-depth look at Bellevue’s proposed 2017-18 Operating Budget on Thursday, November 10 and a briefing on Low Impact Development (LID) Principles on Thursday, December 8. As always, we’ll meet 12 Noon in the Chamber’s Microsoft Business Center.

 

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Chamber Board Endorses Bellevue Propositions One and Two

Posted By Chris Johnson, Monday, October 10, 2016
Updated: Friday, October 7, 2016

The Chamber Board has voted to endorse Bellevue Proposition One, relating to fire services and Proposition Two regarding neighborhood safety, connectivity and congestion relief.

Both propositions are twenty year property tax measures and combined, would authorize an additional property tax rate of up to 27.5 cents per $1,000 in assessed value. Projected yield would be $13 million per year or $260 million total over the life of the two levies.

While the Chamber is cautious about supporting property tax increases, the Board sees keeping up with demand for fire protection and congestion relief as important competitive advantages in attracting and retaining business across all sectors. Read the Chamber’s press release here.

Before voting, learn more about proposed fire station ten and other major fire projects, and check out an interactive map of potential transportation investments.

To get involved in the campaign or donate, visit the Yes for a Safer Bellevue website.

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Policy Committees Turn Attention to Budget Review

Posted By Chris Johnson, Monday, October 10, 2016
Updated: Friday, October 7, 2016

First up will be Public Affairs on Thursday, October 13, 12 Noon at the Chamber office. We’ll receive a full briefing on Bellevue Utilities rates and capital projects from Utilities Director Nav Otal. This will be a great chance to ask questions of Utilities staff, prior to the Bellevue Utilities Business Customer Forum on October 27, 7:30 – 9:30 AM.

Stay tuned for a special meeting later in late October or early November, for details on the General Capital and Operating Budgets.

Transportation will meet on Tuesday, October 18 at 7:30 AM, one week later than usual. We’ll find out which projects are included in the City’s proposed 2017-23 CIP. The budget will be released to Council the night before, so ink will be barely dry when we convene Tuesday morning.

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Bellevue Blitz Roundup: Bellevue Utilities Business Customer Forum; Fire Station Ten Community Meeting; Construction Closures on 110th NE

Posted By Chris Johnson, Monday, October 10, 2016
Updated: Friday, October 7, 2016

Bellevue Utilities Business Customer Service Forum

Are you are curious about advanced meter reading, how rates or set or what utilities capital investments are planned for the future? Register online today for the Business Customer Service Forum on Thursday, October 27, 7:30 AM at Bellevue City Hall.

And here’s some late breaking news. As of our publication deadline today, the Bellevue Environmental Services Commission has announced a public hearing regarding the proposed 2017-18 Bellevue Utilities Budget and Rates. The hearing will occur on Thursday, October 20, 6:30 p.m., Oct. 20, at City Hall in conference room 1E-113.

Fire Station Ten Community Meeting

Building a new Fire Station Ten is a top priority for Bellevue Prop One. Fortunately, land purchase is funded in the 2015-21 CIP and a site selection process is underway. For more information, attend a Community Meeting on Tuesday, October 18, 6:30-8 PM at the Bellevue Public Safety Training Center, 1838 116th Ave. NE.

Construction Closures on 110th NE

Over the summer months, travelers to Skyline Tower and City Hall have experienced intermittent closures on 110th NE, between NE 4th and NE 6th. For the next three weeks, contractors will install monitoring equipment, in preparation for Sound Transit tunneling to begin later this year. Check out maps and additional details at the East Link project web page.

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Bellevue Blitz Roundup 9.26.16

Posted By Chris Johnson, Monday, September 26, 2016
Updated: Friday, September 23, 2016

Bellevue’s Proposed Budget is on its way

The City Manager’s proposed budget is tentatively scheduled for transmission to Council on October 17. Let us know if you would like to serve on the Chamber’s budget review task force and stay tuned for announcements.

On October 13, Bellevue Utilities will brief Public Affairs on proposed rates and capital expenditures. Additional sessions will be scheduled to review the City’s operating budget and general 2017-23Capital Improvement Program.

Community Meetings on Proposed Men’s Homeless Shelter

For many years, Congregations for the Homeless has quietly gone about the business of providing both emergency services and a day shelter for homeless adult men living on the Eastside. However, the existing Eastside Winter Shelter needs a new home and a potential site on public land has been identified in Eastgate.

Two community meetings have been scheduled for Thursday, September 29 and Thursday October 27 7-9 PM at Champions Centre, right near the entrance to Bellevue College. Don’t miss the opportunity to support this important initiative and shape the site selection process for a new emergency shelter and transitional housing.

Jobs for Washington’s Graduates

Would you like to support a youth job skills training program with proven results? The “Getting to Graduation and Beyond” luncheon is set for November 2. Each year, Jobs for Washington Graduates serves over 1500 at-risk youth struggling with homelessness, learning disabilities or foster care status through specialized training and career skills development. Over 80% of program participants obtain part-time employment and post-secondary education.  

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Chamber Board to Tackle Bellevue Propositions One and Two

Posted By Chris Johnson, Monday, September 26, 2016
Updated: Friday, September 23, 2016

Now that Chamber policy committees have recommended support for both of Bellevue’s proposed ballot measures, the Board of Directors is poised to take action on each proposal.

Proposition One relating to fire services would authorized an additional property tax rate of up to 12.5 cents per $1,000.00 A/V, generating $6 million per year and $120 million over twenty years.

Proposition Two, regarding neighborhood safety, connectivity and congestion relief would add up to 15 cents per $1,000.00 A/V, and yield $7 million per year and $140 million over the life to the levy.

We’ll be back with the Board decision and information about likely projects to be funded.

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