Quick hits of news happening around the Redmond area.
Steve and Marianna Richardson are parents 12 times over.
They’re about to increase that number to 200.
The Redmond couple is packing up their life and four of their children, and moving to Brazil to lead a mission of 200 young men and women.
This month, they’ll leave behind eight children, eight grandchildren and the Sammamish and Redmond communities that they have grown to love over the past 17 years.
Vader — the Redmond Police dog, not the 80’s pro wrestler or intergalactic tyrant — tracked down two burglary suspects at Highland Middle School on June 15. That and plenty more from Redmond Police Department incident reports between the dates of June 10 and June 16.
Metropolitan King County Council members met June 16 in Federal Way to discuss amendments to how the county is governed.
The council discussed King County Charter changes, some of which focus on anti-discrimination, the budget, elections and collective bargaining, among other things. Comments and suggestions from the county’s residents were also taken.
King County Councilman Reagan Dunn, as part of his ongoing battle against methamphetamine and other drugs, unveiled an ordinance last Thursday that would provide another tool for law enforcement and homeowners to work together to combat crime in neighborhoods.
What’s so urgent that drivers in Redmond routinely run red lights, fail to yield to pedestrians or illegally cruise in and out of center (turn) lanes or onto the shoulder of the road to pass other cars stopped in traffic?
Last Wednesday, the district hosted the first annual Kids Can Cook Elementary Culinary Competition at Redmond Junior High School. Twenty-one finalists from Redmond, Kirkland and Sammamish — all of whom were fourth or fifth graders — prepared “after-school snacks” that they created themselves or adapted from family favorites.
To encourage residential builders to “build green,” the City of Redmond is instituting the Green Residential Permitting Pilot Program. The city has heard from Redmond residents that they expect new development to be environmentally sensitive. That extends not only to preserving environmentally critical areas and mature trees — as Redmond already does — but also constructing buildings with a reduced environmental footprint. This program encourages exactly that.
The impact of sharply rising diesel fuel costs prompted the Metropolitan King County Council to unanimously call for a performance audit of King County Metro Transit to identify more efficient business processes and ensure the best allocation of resources in order to maintain levels of service.
“Skyrocketing fuel costs may soon lead the County Executive to propose a fuel surcharge or fare increase for Metro Transit,” said Councilmember Larry Phillips. “Before we entertain such action, we need to assure bus riders that we are identifying every cost-savings and efficiency in the transit system.”
The Lake Washington School District, Lake Washington Schools Foundation and AXA Financial Advisors will host a volunteer appreciation picnic and pilot lunch for a district-wide program called LINKS (Looking Into the Needs of Kids and Schools). The picnic takes place from 4-6 p.m., Friday, June 20, at Einstein Elementary School, 18025 NE 116th St.