Focus on Redmond - Spring 2020

A MESSAGE FROM Mayor Angela Birney

I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as Redmond’s Mayor. It is a

Over the next four years, the City will be delivering on projects and services related to my vision that will enhance our residents’ quality of life, improve upon what we have built together, and ensure that Redmond remains a city where all are welcome, and all thrive! • Long-range environmental plan • Increased affordable housing choices • Mobility enhancements • A new or renovated community center • Investment and maintenance in utility infrastructure • 2050 Comprehensive Plan

• Investments in efficient business systems, processes, and services • Accessible community involvement and volunteer opportunities • Transparent, timely, and accessible communication and community involvement efforts This is our story, our Redmond. Share your story at Stories or communications@

Mayor Angela Birney

responsibility that comes with many rewards and challenges. I’d like to share my vision with you and my commitment to keeping you informed. My vision for Redmond is a connected community, that enhances livability and sustains the environment, and that places Redmond as a leader locally, regionally, and nationally.

With sincere appreciation,

Mayor Angela Birney

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Get to know your new Council members

The Redmond City Council is excited to welcome three new members behind the dais: Jessica Forsythe, Vanessa Kritzer, and Varisha Khan. This month, we’ll share their background.


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Position #5 Background: Born in Dallas, Background: Jessica Forsythe is an award-winning Creative Director and owner of a small graphic design studio. Originally from Northeast Ohio, Jessica graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design with a concentration in Environmental Design. She has worked in environmental design, architecture, branding, and was the Art Director for the Seattle Symphony. 3 words that describe you: Honest, compassionate, dedicated Committees and roles: Parks and Human Services (Presiding Officer), Eastrail Regional Advisory Council, Eastside Human Services Forum (EHSF) Background: Vanessa grew up in the Bridle Trails neighborhood and now is raising her family in Downtown Redmond. Before joining the Council, Vanessa served on the City of Redmond’s Planning Commission. Vanessa holds MBA and MPA degrees from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business and Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. She currently works at Microsoft. 3 words that describe you: Collaborative, data-driven, innovative Committees and roles: Finance, Administration and Communications (Presiding Officer), Community Facilities District (CFD) Board of Supervisors, Eastside Transportation Partnership (ETP)

Texas, to a middle-class American Muslim family, Varisha received her BA degree from the University of Washington in Communications, Journalism, and Political Science. She grew up in Education Hill and is now living with her husband in the newly- developing Marymoor neighborhood. Varisha has worked at numerous nonprofit organizations in King County, most recently as the Director of a Political Action Committee (PAC) for OneAmerica Votes. 3 words that describe you: Curious, creative, committed Committees and roles: Public Safety (Presiding Officer), City Disability Board, Eastside Transportation Partnership (ETP), Water Resource Inventory Area 8 (WRIA 8)

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Jeralee Anderson Council Vice President Position #6

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“I get to help someone on the absolute worst day of their life and make it just a little more bearable.”

“We might give someone a reason to get up in the morning.”

Our Redmond. Our Stories. These three public servants take on some of the most challenging issues facing our City with grace, compassion, quiet strength, and steadfast endurance.

“I can fix this.”

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S he’s armed with a radio, a flashlight, a Hello Kitty pen, and a little plastic wand filled with water, glitter, and stars (it helps when kids are scared). To support some of the changing needs of the community, law enforcement is turning to mental health professionals (MHP) to help provide more effective ways to get the right resources to people at the right time. Redmond is one of a handful of cities regionally that are leading a nationwide awareness of MHP co-responders being the norm, not the exception for police departments. “Our work is just one small step in the process. I may never see the full outcome, but knowing I can help make someone feel better, more hopeful, mitigate their crisis, and keep them safe is a small step in the right direction.” Liz Downs knew what it was like to make a difference as a paramedic, but she had also seen that there were some challenges too big to tackle in an emergency setting. Mobile Integrated Health (MIH) is a unique program that has quickly become a model for the country. MIH helps people who are struggling with long-term issues, such as chronic illness, aging alone, or substance abuse and recovery, find the services that can help them. This program takes a patient-driven and patient-centered approach to find lasting solutions. “We can really change people’s lives. We get to the root of the problem, we don’t just stop the leak.”

Susie Kroll, Mental Health Professional Redmond Police Department

Liz Downs, Firefighter Paramedic Mobile Integrated Health Lead

Kent Hay sees some of the worst situations our neighbors may ever find themselves in, and he believes he is a part of the solution. Kent is a detective of sorts, and he seeks to understand how each person has arrived in their situation so that he may better guide them in a different direction. “In Redmond, we practice compassion, accountability, and community. We want anyone coming to or already in Redmond and experiencing homelessness to participate in addressing their situation. I want them to be successful in this community.”

Kent Hay, Homelessness Outreach Specialist

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Design drawing of Downtown station over NE 166th Street at the Redmond Central Connector Trail

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A Vision Coming to Life

Written by Ryan Bianchi, Sound Transit

Sound Transit Light Rail Update

East Link Extension In 2023, light rail riders will already be getting to and from Redmond after the East Link Extension project is complete. This year, construction crews at the Overlake Village and Redmond Technology stations are transitioning from erecting steel and pouring concrete to installing conduits, finishes and furnishings. For more information or to schedule a project briefing: Downtown Redmond Link Extension: East Link Extension:

Downtown Redmond Link Extension Check out the new station design drawings for the Downtown Redmond Link Extension. The project team used a set of design criteria developed through multi-agency coordination and public input. The drawings help guide final design decisions as the contractor nears station construction. Join us for a community open house on Wednesday, April 29, from 6:30- 8 p.m, at Redmond Elementary. Construction crews expect to begin building temporary access roads along SR 520 this spring. Station area construction will be underway in 2021. Passenger service is scheduled for 2024.

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We are reducing waste in Redmond. Did you know that 40% of food in the United States goes uneaten? For the average family of four, uneaten food costs approximately $1,300 per year and wastes all the water, energy, and other resources that went into producing, packaging, and transporting it. Visit

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Celebrate Earth Day with a rare behind-the-scenes tour of Cascade Recycling Center in Woodinville.

Free Gardening Class Month-to-Month Gardening in the Northwest Thursday, March 26, 7 p.m. Redmond Library, 15990 NE 85 th St. For more classes, visit 3 Spring Vegetables and Tips to Make Them Last Produce items are the most commonly wasted foods. By using these food storage tricks, you can make seasonal vegetables last longer and ensure they get eaten.

What Happens to Your Recycling? You can find out what happens to your recycling on a free tour of Waste

WHERE: Cascade Recycling Center 14020 NE 190th St. Woodinville, WA 98072 WHEN: Friday, May 29 10 – 11 a.m. (Ages 14+) 12 – 1 p.m. (Ages 5-13) (Private tours can be scheduled for groups of 10+)

Management’s Cascade Recycling Center. Now is your chance to see where your recyclables are sorted and prepared to be made into new products. Bring your recycling questions and see the impact you make by recycling every day! Space is limited.

Asparagus Place upright in a glass of water with a plastic bag over the top and store it in the fridge. Lettuce Wrap in a damp towel and store in a sealed container or plastic bag in the fridge. To spruce up wilted greens, immerse in ice water for 30 minutes or place upright in a glass of water for a few hours. Cilantro (and other “leafy” herbs) Place upright in a glass of water with a plastic bag over the top and store in the fridge (exception: Store basil on the counter).

Reserve your spot at or call 425-825-3405

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Announcing the 2020 Redmond Art Season Grant Recipients

The Redmond Art Season Grants, established in 2012,

2020 GRANT RECIPIENTS afrose ahmed Centro Cultural Mexicano Redmond High School’s Latinos Unidos Club APex Redmond Association of Spokenword SecondStory Repertory Semilla Flamenca Tasveer Tifa Tomb Vedic Cultural Center Wolfberry Studio

were created to support quality arts and culture programming that is accessible to Redmond residents and visitors throughout the year.

Sustaining a thriving art scene, promoting inclusivity, and showcasing our vibrant communities.

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Photo courtesy of Byron Dazey

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We are listening… Envision the future of the Redmond Senior Center Building The City of Redmond was planning for mid-life improvements to the Redmond Senior Center (RSC)

as part of a 2021 Capital Improvement Project that included roof, mechanical systems, windows, and seismic upgrades. In December 2019, results from a structural engineering assessment of the RSC building were presented to City Council, which revealed that the building must remain vacated and be structurally renovated or rebuilt. Public outreach was conducted in January and February to gain input on the future of the RSC building. Outreach included four public meetings, two online questionnaires, social media strategies, comment cards, and other efforts. Community comments are being reviewed by the Redmond Community Center Stakeholder group who

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will present a recommendation to the City Council in the spring. The Redmond Community Stakeholder group was developed in 2016 to envision the future needs of residents for community centers. The City Council approved their community center priorities in 2017 and responded to immediate needs by investing in improvements at the Redmond Pool, supporting the feasibility of a regional aquatic center model with neighboring cities and King County. The City hopes to have Council direction in April and begin the design process. The design development process could take up to a year and will include many

opportunities for the community to get involved. Once the design is finalized, the construction of a building could take up to 1-1.5 years to complete.

Stay informed by reading the Redmond Community Centers Priority Report and find outreach results.

Redmond Pool Improvement Update The Redmond Pool is in the first phase of improvements, which repair and replace several of the essential and high-priority systems such as air handling equipment, boilers, electrical systems, roofing, and pool circulation. In this process, contractors discovered an additional condition which had compromised the substructure of the pool. This unexpected repair delayed the opening of the Redmond Pool. Due to the delayed timing of the completion of Phase I, it was determined to complete Phase II immediately following the Phase I completion. This second phase includes improved ADA access, locker room and lobby enhancements, new pool decking, and plumbing updates. Public outreach was conducted through public meetings and online questionnaires for community input on the final finishes for the pool. The pool is now scheduled to reopen in fall 2020.

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Spring and summer events, activities and classes for you and your family.

Events Spotlight Beat the Bunny 5K March 28 Rockathon: A Battle of the Bands Saturday, May 16 Derby Days July 10 and 11 So Bazaar August

Activity Registration Now Open

Flex Fit Pass Redmond Community Center at Marymoor Village

Guest Services staff are available by phone or email: Monday-Friday 6 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. 425-556-2300 or

Fee Assistance and Inclusion Services Our desire is to make recreational opportunities available to all City of Redmond residents regardless of income or ability. If you’re interested in learning more, please call 425-556-2300 or visit .

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