City News https://bellevuewa.gov/ en City honors Black History Month with moving historical performances https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/living-voices <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">City honors Black History Month with moving historical performances</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2023-02-01T17:22:49+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 02/01/2023 - 09:22</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2023-02/Right%20to%20Dream.jpg?h=a1f525db&amp;itok=y6q6nniz" width="640" height="400" alt="Photo of a 1960s civil rights event" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">“Living Voices: The Right to Dream” will bring civil rights history to life</p> <p>In recognition of Black History Month, the City of Bellevue welcomes the public to experience a unique type of performance art showcasing the struggle for racial equity during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. The city is partnering with the organization <a href="http://www.livingvoices.org/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Living Voices</a> to bring “Living Voices: The Right to Dream” to City Hall (the council chamber) on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 6:30-7:45 p.m.</p> <p>People can <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrate-black-history-month-with-living-voices-the-right-to-dream-tickets-518253128057">register for the event</a> and learn more from the <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2023/CMO-23-7565-7567-Black%20History%20Month%20flyer-WEB.pdf">event flyer</a> and <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="5642ffa8-a391-4557-a328-59bdc80f5c4d" href="/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/diversity-advantage-initiative/black-history-month" title="Black History Month">Black History Month</a>.</p> <p>Living Voices features unique and dynamic performances celebrating key moments and periods in history. “Right to Dream” features the lives and legacies of key civil rights figures, with a live actor and archival film and photos providing an interactive learning opportunity for the audience. After the performance, there will be a question-and-answer session the performer. The city is also offering a showing to city employees to ensure staff members can experience this performance.</p> <p>For alternate formats, interpreters, or reasonable accommodation requests please phone at least 48 hours in advance 425-452-7881 (voice) or email <a href="mailto:diversity@bellevuewa.gov">diversity@bellevuewa.gov</a>. For complaints regarding accommodations, contact the city’s ADA/Title VI administrator at 425-452-6168 (voice). If you are deaf or hard of hearing dial 711.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2023-02-01T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">February 1 2023</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 01 Feb 2023 17:22:49 +0000 CIosso 203201 at https://bellevuewa.gov New signature artwork being installed in Downtown Park https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/downtown-park-art <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New signature artwork being installed in Downtown Park</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2023-02-01T00:44:02+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 01/31/2023 - 16:44</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2023-01/Downtown%20Park%20Art%20THEVERYMANY.jpg?h=1f36d81c&amp;itok=ZwsjSTi-" width="640" height="400" alt="The artwork at Downtown Park will be a key location in the Grand Connection." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">6,665 parts, 180,000 rivets and a lot of elbow grease</p> <p>Downtown Park is always a hub of activity for the community, and over the next six to eight weeks residents and guests have something new to watch, as artists and fabricators install an innovative permanent public artwork. The artwork is the final piece of the Northeast Gateway project at Northeast Fourth Street and Bellevue Way. A plaza and water feature were completed in May 2021.</p> <p>This cutting-edge artwork by THEVERYMANY mixes art and architecture, with particular focus in the realm of public art. Fluted columns will rise to form a perforated canopy with light filtering through. Made up of over 6,600 unique panels with over 60,000 handmade folds and fastened with over 180,000 rivets, the artwork will reflect Bellevue’s innovative technology sector, love of natural forms and robust creative community of thinkers and makers.</p> <p>Conceived as a key location on the Grand Connection, this artwork is funded by the City of Bellevue and was selected by the Bellevue Arts Commission. It will be included in the city’s <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="0a490f51-bf9d-408b-ae46-035da4dcd569" href="/city-government/departments/community-development/arts-and-culture/public-art" title="Public Art and Opportunities">Public Art collection</a>.</p> <p class="lead">About the Artist</p> <p>THEVERYMANY is a Brooklyn-based art and architecture studio specializing in work that unifies surface, structure and experience into a single system. Founded and led by Marc Fornes, a practicing architect, <a href="https://theverymany.com" rel="noopener" target="_blank">THEVERYMANY</a> represents a body of research that advances new computational outcomes and implements complex techniques in architecture and beyond.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2023-01-31T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">January 31 2023</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 01 Feb 2023 00:44:02 +0000 CIosso 203196 at https://bellevuewa.gov Opening on Transportation Commission https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/transportation-commission-23 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Opening on Transportation Commission</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2023-01-30T17:19:04+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 01/30/2023 - 09:19</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The City Council is seeking candidates for a vacancy on Bellevue’s Transportation Commission. Interested residents can <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2023TC" rel="noopener" target="_blank">apply online</a>. Applications are due by Friday, Feb. 10.</p> <p>Made up of volunteers and appointed by the mayor with City Council concurrence, board and commission members serve four-year terms, offering their time and expertise to help shape Bellevue’s future. Bellevue’s boards and commissions advise the council and conduct regularly scheduled public meetings.</p> <p>The <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/transportation/planning/transportation-commission">Transportation Commission</a> advises the council on transportation-related issues. Members are responsible for studies, analyses and reports as required by the Traffic Standards Code or as requested by the council. Commissioners review and make recommendations to the council on topics such as the Transportation Facilities Plan, changes to the Traffic Standard Code, long- and short-range funding, and prioritization of projects in the Capital Investment Program and Transportation Improvement Program plans. </p> <p>The commission meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. An additional monthly meeting may be needed if workload warrants, in which case it will be held on the fourth Thursday of the month.<br /> Applicants must be residents of Bellevue. The City of Bellevue values diversity and encourages anyone interested to apply.</p> <p><strong>Application Options</strong><br /> People who do not want to apply online can pick up community service applications from the City Clerk’s Office or Service First at City Hall, as well as the Bellevue Regional Library, the Lake Hills Library or Mini City Hall. A faxed copy may be requested by calling 425-452-6806. Applications may be submitted by any of the options below:</p> <ul><li>Hand-delivered: City Clerk’s Office, 450 110th Ave. NE</li> <li>Mailing Address: P.O. Box 90012, Bellevue, WA 98009-9012</li> <li>Fax: 425-452-5247</li> <li>Email:    kroberts@bellevuewa.gov</li> </ul><p>If additional information is desired about the role and responsibilities of this commission, please call Deputy City Clerk Karin Roberts at 425-452-6806.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2023-01-30T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">January 30 2023</time> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 30 Jan 2023 17:19:04 +0000 CIosso 203176 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: City updates housing needs https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-1-23-23 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: City updates housing needs</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2023-01-28T03:42:23+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 01/27/2023 - 19:42</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Plus, public hearing on code amendments and council takes position on housing bills </p> <p>On Monday, the City Council was briefed on initial findings from an updated Housing Needs Assessment completed in December. The last time the city conducted a citywide Housing Needs Assessment was in 2016. That earlier assessment informed the creation of the city’s 2017 Affordable Housing Strategy. </p> <p>The 2022 assessment revealed, among other findings, that Bellevue has an aging and diversifying population, there are increasing income disparities among residents, housing prices are rising faster than wage increases, and housing unit sizes over time are getting smaller, with more multifamily and rental unit developments. More people are on the very low income or the very high income ends of the economic spectrum, with fewer people in the middle since the last assessment. More than a quarter of Bellevue households are paying more than 30% of their income on housing costs.</p> <p>The city will apply the findings of the 2022 Housing Needs Assessment to the city’s "Next Right Work" (key affordable housing actions being taken in the next 12 to 18 months), Comprehensive Plan Update (Bellevue’s plan for what the city will look like in 2044), and the Wilburton Vision Implementation (the planning framework for improvements in the Wilburton neighborhood.) </p> <p>It is anticipated that housing focus areas will include policy support for the most cost-burdened populations in the city, continued preservation efforts for existing affordable housing, creation of larger, multigenerational housing units at all income levels and creation of housing specifically at the deepest affordability levels.</p> <p>More information on the assessment and the council presentation are in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=6001453&amp;GUID=D5424E58-3CA9-487C-BBA0-879FE09D8A58">meeting materials</a>. </p> <p class="lead">Public hearing on code amendments</p> <p>The council also held a public hearing on proposed amendments to the city’s land use code in light of the sunsetting of the East Bellevue Community Council in 2022.  </p> <p>The proposed amendments include a Shoreline Master Program Conformance Land Use Code Amendment. The code amendments remove references to the EBCC and conform provisions with city code amendments adopted in summer 2022.</p> <p>Following the hearing, the council voted unanimously to bring back the final action to adopt the amendments at a future meeting on the consent calendar.</p> <p>The proposed code amendment was introduced to the council on Jan. 9. More information is on the <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/smp-conformance">Shoreline Master Program and SEPA Conformance Amendments webpage</a> and the hearing is available on <a href="https://youtu.be/dmj8CQKjY98?t=1361">Bellevue Television replay</a>.</p> <p class="lead">Council takes position on housing bills </p> <p>In other business, the council voted to take a position House Bill 1110 and companion legislation Senate Bill 5190, currently being considered in the State Legislature. This legislation would amend the Growth Management Act to require cities to allow up to fourplexes on all residential lots, in addition to other housing requirements, in an effort to increase affordable housing in the state. </p> <p>The council voted to take a position as “other” (as opposed to a “pro” or “con”), giving the city an opportunity to provide substantial comments and requests for specific changes to the legislation that would enable the city to potentially support the bill.</p> <p>The council voted 5-2 to take the “other” position and submit a comment letter, with Councilmember Conrad Lee and Deputy Mayor Jared Nieuwenhuis voting no. The full discussion is available on <a href="https://youtu.be/dmj8CQKjY98?t=5766">Bellevue Television replay</a>.</p> <p><strong>NOTE:  The next council meeting will be on Feb. 6 due to Jan. 31 being the fifth Monday of the month.</strong></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2023-01-27T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">January 27 2023</time> </div> </div> </div> Sat, 28 Jan 2023 03:42:23 +0000 CIosso 203171 at https://bellevuewa.gov Experienced organization needed to operate Safe Parking Pilot Program https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/safe-parking-pilot <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Experienced organization needed to operate Safe Parking Pilot Program</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2023-01-26T19:24:08+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 01/26/2023 - 11:24</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2023-01/Safe%20Parking%20Pilot.jpg?h=56d0ca2e&amp;itok=YgPj1pKM" width="640" height="400" alt="The city-owned parking lot for the safe parking pilot is next to a building where showers and case management will be available. " typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Human services organizations serving Bellevue with specific expertise in supporting residents experiencing homelessness are invited to respond to a request for proposals to facilitate a Safe Parking Pilot Program for the City of Bellevue, expected to start in the spring. Proposals are due by 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. </p> <p>Bellevue’s Safe Parking pilot was recently approved in the city’s 2023-2024 Budget, with funding of up to $450,000 per year to implement and operate a pilot program over the next two years to see how well it operates within the continuum of services offered in Bellevue. </p> <p>The program operator selected will facilitate a safe parking program for up to 20 vehicles on city-owned property and provide case management and support to participants in the pilot program lot and other safe parking programs in Bellevue. The operator will need to complete a site safety plan and must ensure the program is able to successfully support clients and engage with the surrounding community.</p> <p>To access the application, organizations must first register on Public Purchase, the platform used by the city to collect proposals. A full list of open City of Bellevue RFPs, including the one for the Safe Parking Program, are available at <a href="https://www.publicpurchase.com/gems/bellevue,wa/buyer/public/publicInfo" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Public Purchase</a>. Instructions for completing a proposal can be found at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="db29fa31-2933-4f60-af83-6ded2f9f114f" href="/city-government/departments/finance/bid-opportunities-rfps-and-rfqs" title="Bid Opportunities, RFPs and RFQs">Bid Opportunities, RFPs and RFQs</a>.</p> <p>Translated requests for proposals and applications are available upon request. </p> <p>Exploring a safe parking program has been an area of interest for the city since 2018 and was identified by the City Council as a priority in 2021. Such a program offers a way to provide basic services and support for residents living in their vehicles in a safe, off-street location while they pursue stable housing. </p> <p>On-site services offered by contracted program staff will focus on helping vehicle residents to achieve permanent housing – including employment and education assistance and help navigating housing systems, obtaining documentation of identity and overcoming medical or mental health barriers. Once a program operator is selected, the City Council must approve the contract before the program can begin.</p> <p>Details about the program and the latest information on implementation are available at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="724aa5b9-803e-4a06-978a-6f58edde041f" href="/discover-bellevue/about-us/hot-topics-initiatives/homelessness-in-bellevue/safe-parking-pilot" title="Safe Parking Pilot">Safe Parking Pilot</a>.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2023-01-26T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">January 26 2023</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 26 Jan 2023 19:24:08 +0000 CIosso 203161 at https://bellevuewa.gov Comment on draft stormwater management plan https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/stormwater-plan-23 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Comment on draft stormwater management plan</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2023-01-24T23:07:40+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 01/24/2023 - 15:07</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2023-01/Vactor%20Clearing%20Catch%20Basin.jpg?h=71976bb4&amp;itok=NIdOsq08" width="640" height="400" alt="Utilities staff use a vactor to clear a catch basin." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Residents will have an opportunity to comment on the city’s draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Stormwater Management Program plan during the Environmental Services Commission meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2.</p> <p>The city must submit a stormwater management plan by March 31 annually to the state Department of Ecology as a requirement of its <a href="https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Permits-certifications/Stormwater-general-permits/Municipal-stormwater-general-permits/Western-Washington-Phase-II-Municipal-Stormwater" rel="noopener" target="_blank">National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit</a>. The plan describes actions the city has taken and will take in the upcoming year to meet federal water quality protection requirements. Bellevue is one of more than 100 communities in Washington that must implement requirements for its stormwater permit, as mandated by the federal Clean Water Act.</p> <p>All comments received on the <a data-entity-substitution="file" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="99450b44-a791-4ec4-8ea2-298eafad87af" href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2023/2023%20STORMWATER%20MANAGEMENT%20PROGRAM%20PLAN.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="2023 STORMWATER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM PLAN.pdf">draft plan</a> will be considered before it is approved for submittal to Ecology. Details on the plan are available at the Utilities Department’s <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="3ce104d9-383d-44cb-9e82-c21059349ccf" href="/city-government/departments/utilities/utilities-projects-plans-standards/utilities-plans-and-reports/stormwater-management" title="Stormwater Management Program">Stormwater Management Program page</a>.  </p> <p>Details on how to participate in the Feb. 2 public hearing can be found at the <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/utilities/conservation-and-the-environment/environmental-services-commission">Environmental Services Commission</a> and on the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=A&amp;ID=1078523&amp;GUID=1402FAF7-5BD1-4E06-8A86-B8BD8F1DA2B7">meeting agenda</a>.</p> <p>For additional information on the meeting or the Stormwater Management Program plan, please contact Don McQuilliams at 425-452-7865 or <a href="mailto:dmcquilliams@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">dmcquilliams@bellevuewa.gov</a>.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2023-01-24T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">January 24 2023</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 24 Jan 2023 23:07:40 +0000 CIosso 203151 at https://bellevuewa.gov Opening on Bellevue Convention Center Authority https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/bcca-recruitment-23 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Opening on Bellevue Convention Center Authority</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2023-01-24T00:42:47+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 01/23/2023 - 16:42</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The City of Bellevue is seeking candidates for a vacancy on the Bellevue Convention Center Authority. Interested residents can <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2023BCCA" rel="noopener" target="_blank">apply online</a>. Applications are due by Friday, Feb. 10.</p> <p>The City Council established the BCCA in 1989 to provide for the development, promotion and operation of a convention center to provide economic stimulation to the community through the creation of jobs, tax revenues and commercial activity. The BCCA is responsible for the oversight of the Meydenbauer Center, Meydenbauer Center Theatre and Visit Bellevue. </p> <p>Meydenbauer Center has been an event venue since 1993, with 54,000 square feet of meeting space. Meydenbauer Center offers a full complement of amenities for conventions and conferences, meetings and banquets – including state-of-the-art technology and in-house catering options. Building community is at the foundation of the services provided by Meydenbauer Center and supported by the staff.</p> <p>The BCCA is governed by a Board of Directors whose members are appointed by the Bellevue city manager with the concurrence of the City Council. Although the BCCA is legally separate from the city government, it qualifies as a “component unit” of the city because its revenue bonds are secured by and financed with city revenues and because the board serves at the pleasure of the city manager and council.</p> <p>The BCCA Board meets once a month, typically the fourth Tuesday of each month, 8:30-10 a.m. Board members serve four-year terms, and are expected to serve on one of three committees, Marketing, Finance and Facilities. The time spent serving on the board is approximately 8 to 12 hours per month. All new board members are provided with onboarding training that includes the history of the BCCA, understanding of its financial structure and how to read and interpret monthly financial statements, review of the three operating divisions’ structure and their key performance indicators, and compliance training regarding the Open Public Meetings Act.</p> <p>Applicants must be residents of Bellevue. The City of Bellevue values diversity and encourages anyone interested to apply.</p> <p><strong>Application Options</strong></p> <p>People who do not want to apply online can pick up community service applications from the City Clerk’s Office or Service First at City Hall, as well as the Bellevue Library, the Lake Hills Library or Mini City Hall. A faxed copy may be requested by calling 425-452-6806. Applications may be submitted by any of the options below:</p> <ul><li>Hand-delivered: City Clerk’s Office, 450 110th Ave. NE</li> <li>Mailing Address: P.O. Box 90012, Bellevue, Washington, 98009-9012</li> <li>Fax: 425-452-5247</li> <li>Email:    kroberts@bellevuewa.gov</li> </ul><p>If additional information is desired about the role and responsibilities of the BCCA, please call, Tim Carr, chief executive officer at Meydenbauer Center at 425-450-3750.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2023-01-23T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">January 23 2023</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 24 Jan 2023 00:42:47 +0000 CIosso 203106 at https://bellevuewa.gov New ARPA funding opportunity for human services organizations https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/arpa-rfp-1-23 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New ARPA funding opportunity for human services organizations</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2023-01-20T17:43:15+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 01/20/2023 - 09:43</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Human services organizations serving Bellevue are invited to apply to the City of Bellevue for funds to address critical human services needs in the community. Proposals are due by 4:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10.</p> <p>Organizations must attend a pre-application meeting regarding the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="78d2fb2d-b8e1-4deb-abef-363a21609fb7" href="/city-government/departments/parks/community-services/human-services/arpa-request-proposals" title="ARPA Request for Proposals">request for proposals</a> by Feb. 3 with Saada Hilts, human services planner, at <a href="mailto:shilts@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">shilts@bellevuewa.gov</a> to be considered for funding. </p> <p>The funding totals $3.1 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act grants that went to the city in 2021. These funds are available to support: services that address basic needs, behavioral health services, childcare, civil legal aid, domestic violence and sexual assault survivor services, food insecurity, fostering well-being in the face of racial and ethnic discrimination, and services for residents experiencing homelessness. </p> <p>Priority will be given to applications/services addressing the needs of communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizations awarded funding are required to evaluate their programming to reduce barriers for marginalized populations and enhance access to this funding to serve our historically underserved communities. </p> <p>Translated requests for proposals and applications are available upon request. </p> <p>The city’s Human Services Commission will review the proposals and provide funding recommendations to the City Council in the spring. Programs awarded funds will enter a contract with the city to spend them between June 1, 2023, to Dec. 31, 2024. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2023-01-20T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">January 20 2023</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 20 Jan 2023 17:43:15 +0000 CIosso 203051 at https://bellevuewa.gov New ARPA funding opportunity for human services organizations https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/arpa-rfp-1-23 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New ARPA funding opportunity for human services organizations</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2023-01-20T17:43:15+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 01/20/2023 - 09:43</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Human services organizations serving Bellevue are invited to apply to the City of Bellevue for funds to address critical human services needs in the community. Proposals are due by 4:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10.</p> <p>Organizations must attend a pre-application meeting regarding the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="78d2fb2d-b8e1-4deb-abef-363a21609fb7" href="/city-government/departments/parks/community-services/human-services/arpa-request-proposals" title="ARPA Request for Proposals">request for proposals</a> by Feb. 3 with Saada Hilts, human services planner, at <a href="mailto:shilts@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">shilts@bellevuewa.gov</a> to be considered for funding. </p> <p>The funding totals $3.1 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act grants that went to the city in 2021. These funds are available to support: services that address basic needs, behavioral health services, childcare, civil legal aid, domestic violence and sexual assault survivor services, food insecurity, fostering well-being in the face of racial and ethnic discrimination, and services for residents experiencing homelessness. </p> <p>Priority will be given to applications/services addressing the needs of communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizations awarded funding are required to evaluate their programming to reduce barriers for marginalized populations and enhance access to this funding to serve our historically underserved communities. </p> <p>Translated requests for proposals and applications are available upon request. </p> <p>The city’s Human Services Commission will review the proposals and provide funding recommendations to the City Council in the spring. Programs awarded funds will enter a contract with the city to spend them between June 1, 2023, to Dec. 31, 2024. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2023-01-20T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">January 20 2023</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 20 Jan 2023 17:43:15 +0000 CIosso 203051 at https://bellevuewa.gov New ARPA funding opportunity for human services organizations https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/arpa-rfp-1-23 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New ARPA funding opportunity for human services organizations</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2023-01-20T17:43:15+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 01/20/2023 - 09:43</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Human services organizations serving Bellevue are invited to apply to the City of Bellevue for funds to address critical human services needs in the community. Proposals are due by 4:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10.</p> <p>Organizations must attend a pre-application meeting regarding the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="78d2fb2d-b8e1-4deb-abef-363a21609fb7" href="/city-government/departments/parks/community-services/human-services/arpa-request-proposals" title="ARPA Request for Proposals">request for proposals</a> by Feb. 3 with Saada Hilts, human services planner, at <a href="mailto:shilts@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">shilts@bellevuewa.gov</a> to be considered for funding. </p> <p>The funding totals $3.1 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act grants that went to the city in 2021. These funds are available to support: services that address basic needs, behavioral health services, childcare, civil legal aid, domestic violence and sexual assault survivor services, food insecurity, fostering well-being in the face of racial and ethnic discrimination, and services for residents experiencing homelessness. </p> <p>Priority will be given to applications/services addressing the needs of communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizations awarded funding are required to evaluate their programming to reduce barriers for marginalized populations and enhance access to this funding to serve our historically underserved communities. </p> <p>Translated requests for proposals and applications are available upon request. </p> <p>The city’s Human Services Commission will review the proposals and provide funding recommendations to the City Council in the spring. Programs awarded funds will enter a contract with the city to spend them between June 1, 2023, to Dec. 31, 2024. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2023-01-20T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">January 20 2023</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 20 Jan 2023 17:43:15 +0000 CIosso 203051 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Work continues to add housing capacity and increase affordable housing supply https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-1-17-23 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Work continues to add housing capacity and increase affordable housing supply </span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2023-01-20T17:00:28+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 01/20/2023 - 09:00</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2023-01/Council%201-17-22.jpg?h=71976bb4&amp;itok=mVipUsb6" width="640" height="400" alt="Community members celebrate a proclamation concerning the Lunar New Year." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Plus, utility billing moves to monthly cadence and council recognizes Lunar New Year and Human Trafficking Prevention Month</p> <p>As part of a continuing effort to address the urgent need for more housing and affordable housing in Bellevue, the City Council Tuesday directed staff to make it easier for people to build accessory dwelling units. The council also directed staff to begin preparing code requirements for duplexes, triplexes and quadruplexes to complement the city’s ongoing Comprehensive Plan Update process, and to simplify and expedite the permitting for affordable housing projects. </p> <p>As part of the action to encourage ADUs and “middle-scale” housing complexes with two, three or four units, the city will explore mechanisms for separate ownership of units. </p> <p>Since the adoption of the Affordable Housing Strategy for Bellevue in 2017, the city is well on its way to a target of 2,500 additional affordable housing units by 2027. But the need has increased, and the council is prioritizing “next right work” actions to encourage more housing production overall, increase the amount of affordable housing in the city and minimize procedural impacts to building housing.</p> <p>The actions discussed Tuesday are targeted for implementation over the next 12 to 18 months. They come on top of three next right work actions prioritized in July, which include removing barriers to micro-apartments, allowing higher density for certain residential uses and reducing permit fees for affordable housing projects. </p> <p>Additional details are available in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=11571701&amp;GUID=67C0F23A-4FEC-4B2C-81CA-BDBB36C8BD1D" rel="noopener" target="_blank">meeting materials</a>. </p> <p class="lead">Monthly billing for utility customers </p> <p>The council also took action to approve monthly billing for utility customers. Currently, water meters are read manually every two months, and customers are billed every other month. </p> <p>With new meter and billing technology, Bellevue Utilities will have the opportunity to offer monthly billing. This has been a long-standing request of customers that will help residents better manage water consumption and household budgeting.</p> <p class="lead">Proclamations for Lunar New Year, Human Trafficking Prevention</p> <p>Many community members joined the council for the reading of a <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=11571697&amp;GUID=96153440-4DB0-4452-B35D-39D386EC2F63" rel="noopener" target="_blank">proclamation</a> recognizing Sunday, Jan. 22, and the week thereafter as Lunar New Year Week in Bellevue.  </p> <p>In addition, Councilmember Janice Zahn read a <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=11573569&amp;GUID=F01C2B43-322A-47DF-A780-2CD1DFB487E1" rel="noopener" target="_blank">proclamation</a> recognizing January as Human Trafficking Prevention Month in Bellevue. She urged residents to explore available resources.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2023-01-20T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">January 20 2023</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 20 Jan 2023 17:00:28 +0000 CIosso 203041 at https://bellevuewa.gov New ARPA funding opportunity for human services organizations https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/arpa-rfp-1-23 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New ARPA funding opportunity for human services organizations</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2023-01-20T17:43:15+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 01/20/2023 - 09:43</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Human services organizations serving Bellevue are invited to apply to the City of Bellevue for funds to address critical human services needs in the community. Proposals are due by 4:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10.</p> <p>Organizations must attend a pre-application meeting regarding the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="78d2fb2d-b8e1-4deb-abef-363a21609fb7" href="/city-government/departments/parks/community-services/human-services/arpa-request-proposals" title="ARPA Request for Proposals">request for proposals</a> by Feb. 3 with Saada Hilts, human services planner, at <a href="mailto:shilts@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">shilts@bellevuewa.gov</a> to be considered for funding. </p> <p>The funding totals $3.1 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act grants that went to the city in 2021. These funds are available to support: services that address basic needs, behavioral health services, childcare, civil legal aid, domestic violence and sexual assault survivor services, food insecurity, fostering well-being in the face of racial and ethnic discrimination, and services for residents experiencing homelessness. </p> <p>Priority will be given to applications/services addressing the needs of communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizations awarded funding are required to evaluate their programming to reduce barriers for marginalized populations and enhance access to this funding to serve our historically underserved communities. </p> <p>Translated requests for proposals and applications are available upon request. </p> <p>The city’s Human Services Commission will review the proposals and provide funding recommendations to the City Council in the spring. Programs awarded funds will enter a contract with the city to spend them between June 1, 2023, to Dec. 31, 2024. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2023-01-20T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">January 20 2023</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 20 Jan 2023 17:43:15 +0000 CIosso 203051 at https://bellevuewa.gov New ARPA funding opportunity for human services organizations https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/arpa-rfp-1-23 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New ARPA funding opportunity for human services organizations</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2023-01-20T17:43:15+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 01/20/2023 - 09:43</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Human services organizations serving Bellevue are invited to apply to the City of Bellevue for funds to address critical human services needs in the community. Proposals are due by 4:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10.</p> <p>Organizations must attend a pre-application meeting regarding the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="78d2fb2d-b8e1-4deb-abef-363a21609fb7" href="/city-government/departments/parks/community-services/human-services/arpa-request-proposals" title="ARPA Request for Proposals">request for proposals</a> by Feb. 3 with Saada Hilts, human services planner, at <a href="mailto:shilts@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">shilts@bellevuewa.gov</a> to be considered for funding. </p> <p>The funding totals $3.1 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act grants that went to the city in 2021. These funds are available to support: services that address basic needs, behavioral health services, childcare, civil legal aid, domestic violence and sexual assault survivor services, food insecurity, fostering well-being in the face of racial and ethnic discrimination, and services for residents experiencing homelessness. </p> <p>Priority will be given to applications/services addressing the needs of communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizations awarded funding are required to evaluate their programming to reduce barriers for marginalized populations and enhance access to this funding to serve our historically underserved communities. </p> <p>Translated requests for proposals and applications are available upon request. </p> <p>The city’s Human Services Commission will review the proposals and provide funding recommendations to the City Council in the spring. Programs awarded funds will enter a contract with the city to spend them between June 1, 2023, to Dec. 31, 2024. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2023-01-20T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">January 20 2023</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 20 Jan 2023 17:43:15 +0000 CIosso 203051 at https://bellevuewa.gov New ARPA funding opportunity for human services organizations https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/arpa-rfp-1-23 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New ARPA funding opportunity for human services organizations</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2023-01-20T17:43:15+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 01/20/2023 - 09:43</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Human services organizations serving Bellevue are invited to apply to the City of Bellevue for funds to address critical human services needs in the community. Proposals are due by 4:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10.</p> <p>Organizations must attend a pre-application meeting regarding the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="78d2fb2d-b8e1-4deb-abef-363a21609fb7" href="/city-government/departments/parks/community-services/human-services/arpa-request-proposals" title="ARPA Request for Proposals">request for proposals</a> by Feb. 3 with Saada Hilts, human services planner, at <a href="mailto:shilts@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">shilts@bellevuewa.gov</a> to be considered for funding. </p> <p>The funding totals $3.1 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act grants that went to the city in 2021. These funds are available to support: services that address basic needs, behavioral health services, childcare, civil legal aid, domestic violence and sexual assault survivor services, food insecurity, fostering well-being in the face of racial and ethnic discrimination, and services for residents experiencing homelessness. </p> <p>Priority will be given to applications/services addressing the needs of communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizations awarded funding are required to evaluate their programming to reduce barriers for marginalized populations and enhance access to this funding to serve our historically underserved communities. </p> <p>Translated requests for proposals and applications are available upon request. </p> <p>The city’s Human Services Commission will review the proposals and provide funding recommendations to the City Council in the spring. Programs awarded funds will enter a contract with the city to spend them between June 1, 2023, to Dec. 31, 2024. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2023-01-20T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">January 20 2023</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 20 Jan 2023 17:43:15 +0000 CIosso 203051 at https://bellevuewa.gov New ARPA funding opportunity for human services organizations https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/arpa-rfp-1-23 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New ARPA funding opportunity for human services organizations</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2023-01-20T17:43:15+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 01/20/2023 - 09:43</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Human services organizations serving Bellevue are invited to apply to the City of Bellevue for funds to address critical human services needs in the community. Proposals are due by 4:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10.</p> <p>Organizations must attend a pre-application meeting regarding the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="78d2fb2d-b8e1-4deb-abef-363a21609fb7" href="/city-government/departments/parks/community-services/human-services/arpa-request-proposals" title="ARPA Request for Proposals">request for proposals</a> by Feb. 3 with Saada Hilts, human services planner, at <a href="mailto:shilts@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">shilts@bellevuewa.gov</a> to be considered for funding. </p> <p>The funding totals $3.1 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act grants that went to the city in 2021. These funds are available to support: services that address basic needs, behavioral health services, childcare, civil legal aid, domestic violence and sexual assault survivor services, food insecurity, fostering well-being in the face of racial and ethnic discrimination, and services for residents experiencing homelessness. </p> <p>Priority will be given to applications/services addressing the needs of communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizations awarded funding are required to evaluate their programming to reduce barriers for marginalized populations and enhance access to this funding to serve our historically underserved communities. </p> <p>Translated requests for proposals and applications are available upon request. </p> <p>The city’s Human Services Commission will review the proposals and provide funding recommendations to the City Council in the spring. Programs awarded funds will enter a contract with the city to spend them between June 1, 2023, to Dec. 31, 2024. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2023-01-20T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">January 20 2023</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 20 Jan 2023 17:43:15 +0000 CIosso 203051 at https://bellevuewa.gov New ARPA funding opportunity for human services organizations https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/arpa-rfp-1-23 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New ARPA funding opportunity for human services organizations</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2023-01-20T17:43:15+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 01/20/2023 - 09:43</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Human services organizations serving Bellevue are invited to apply to the City of Bellevue for funds to address critical human services needs in the community. Proposals are due by 4:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10.</p> <p>Organizations must attend a pre-application meeting regarding the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="78d2fb2d-b8e1-4deb-abef-363a21609fb7" href="/city-government/departments/parks/community-services/human-services/arpa-request-proposals" title="ARPA Request for Proposals">request for proposals</a> by Feb. 3 with Saada Hilts, human services planner, at <a href="mailto:shilts@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">shilts@bellevuewa.gov</a> to be considered for funding. </p> <p>The funding totals $3.1 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act grants that went to the city in 2021. These funds are available to support: services that address basic needs, behavioral health services, childcare, civil legal aid, domestic violence and sexual assault survivor services, food insecurity, fostering well-being in the face of racial and ethnic discrimination, and services for residents experiencing homelessness. </p> <p>Priority will be given to applications/services addressing the needs of communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizations awarded funding are required to evaluate their programming to reduce barriers for marginalized populations and enhance access to this funding to serve our historically underserved communities. </p> <p>Translated requests for proposals and applications are available upon request. </p> <p>The city’s Human Services Commission will review the proposals and provide funding recommendations to the City Council in the spring. Programs awarded funds will enter a contract with the city to spend them between June 1, 2023, to Dec. 31, 2024. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2023-01-20T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">January 20 2023</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 20 Jan 2023 17:43:15 +0000 CIosso 203051 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: City explores safe parking https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-exploring-safe-parking <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: City explores safe parking</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2023-01-13T00:48:04+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 01/12/2023 - 16:48</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2023-01/MLK%20Day%20Proclamation%2023.jpg?h=71976bb4&amp;itok=1KBBM3NA" width="640" height="400" alt="The City Council issues a proclamation honoring the civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Plus, amendments to true up land use codes and proclamation for MLK Day</p> <p>On Monday, the City Council was briefed on initial work done to implement a safe parking pilot program for residents living in their vehicles in Bellevue. The program purpose is to provide a safe location for vehicle residents to find stability and support in accessing permanent housing.</p> <p>Development of a safe parking program is one of the council’s 2021-2023 priorities, and in 2022 the council approved a budget of $450,000 per year to implement a pilot program as part of the city’s homelessness response. The program would provide a clean, safe, off-street parking area with nearby access to bathrooms, water and showers, as well as case management and related services to support residents.</p> <p>Initial program research included interface with local nonprofits, investigation of other successful safe parking programs and outreach to the community, including individuals who have lived in vehicles. Based on input from such individuals, the services most desired in a safe parking program include: bathrooms, security, running water and garbage service and showers. The program will use a portion of the Lincoln Center parking lot as a site for the safe parking pilot.</p> <p>The city is expected to select a program operator, who must develop a safety plan and code of conduct for the site, and launch the pilot around the third quarter of this year. The full presentation with details is available in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5986645&amp;GUID=0A165110-936E-4A58-AC39-537852248880" rel="noopener" target="_blank">meeting materials</a>. </p> <p class="lead">Amendments to true up land use codes</p> <p>The council also reviewed a proposed Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Conformance Land Use Code Amendment (LUCA) and Environmental Procedures Code Conformance Bellevue City Code Amendment (BCCA). Both sets of proposed amendments reconcile provisions within the SMP and Environmental Procedures with LUCA provisions adopted in summer 2022 related to the former East Bellevue Community Council and quasi-judicial appeals of land use decisions to the City Council. </p> <p>Following discussion, the council directed staff to schedule the public hearing for the LUCA and prepare the Environmental Procedures Conformance BCCA for adoption on consent at a future meeting. </p> <p>More information is at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="af295b73-f827-44a7-8422-636451b59bf9" href="/smp-conformance" title="Shoreline Master Program and SEPA Conformance Amendments">Shoreline Master Program and SEPA Conformance Amendments</a> and the council discussion is available on <a href="https://youtu.be/6hGjAPsfVZ4?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=3333" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Bellevue Television replay</a>.</p> <p class="lead">Council proclamation for MLK Day in Bellevue</p> <p>In other business, a proclamation was read for Martin Luther King Jr. Day to honor and celebrate the civil rights icon and leader whose resistance to injustices raised awareness and spurred action to expand access to opportunity and end structural inequities for all people.</p> <p>Each year, the city partners with the Bellevue Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. to hold an MLK Celebration and Health Fair. This year, the event will be held virtually 10-11:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 16 to celebrate MLK Day. More information and event registration is available at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="eac84d1a-3d71-4d7c-a17b-7812c44c0842" href="/mlk-health-fair" title="MLK Health Fair">MLK Health Fair</a>.</p> <p><strong>NOTE</strong>:  The next Bellevue City Council meeting will be on Tuesday, Jan. 17 due to the MLK Day holiday on  Jan. 16.<br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2023-01-12T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">January 12 2023</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 13 Jan 2023 00:48:04 +0000 CIosso 202906 at https://bellevuewa.gov Cultural Conversations to cover new year's traditions https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/cultural-conversations-new-year <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Cultural Conversations to cover new year&#039;s traditions</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2023-01-10T19:36:52+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 01/10/2023 - 11:36</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2023-01/Dragons.jpg?h=44590859&amp;itok=Rt-cRVO5" width="640" height="400" alt="Lion dancers perform at City Hall. Lion and dragon dancers are often part of the Lunar New Year celebration." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>New Year traditions from around the world will be the topic at the next Cultural Conversations gathering on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 1-2:30 p.m. at Crossroads Community Center, 16000 NE 10th St. Women with diverse backgrounds will share tea, treats and stories about past new year’s celebrations in faraway places. </p> <p>Celebration of a new year may follow the Western calendar, a lunar calendar where each year calendar dates vary, or dates tied to religious observances. The January program will include a preview of the 2023 Lunar New Year, the “Year of the Rabbit,” celebrated globally on Sunday, Jan. 22. Bellevue residents Gazel Tan and Angela Cheung will share their traditions and ways that we might participate locally. </p> <p>Cultural Conversations, a program in its 13th season, has transformed relationships and perspectives among diverse women in our community through education and storytelling, by providing a safe space for community connection. </p> <p>For more information, to register for the in-person event, or for accommodation needs, please contact <a href="mailto:NeighborhoodOutreach@Bellevuewa.gov">neighborhoodoutreach@bellevuewa.gov</a> or call 425-452-6836.</p> <p>For alternate formats, interpreters, or reasonable accommodation requests please phone 425-452-7917 (voice) or email <a href="mailto:cross@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">cross@bellevuewa.gov</a>. For complaints regarding accommodations, contact the city’s ADA/Title VI administrator at 425-452-6168 (voice). If you are deaf or hard of hearing, dial 711. All in-person meetings are wheelchair-accessible.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2023-01-10T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">January 10 2023</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 10 Jan 2023 19:36:52 +0000 CIosso 202871 at https://bellevuewa.gov Volunteer for MLK Day park restoration https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/mlk-day-park-restoration <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Volunteer for MLK Day park restoration</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2023-01-04T23:47:54+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 01/04/2023 - 15:47</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2023-01/MLK%20Day%20tree%20planting.JPG?h=71976bb4&amp;itok=TWQ8M9T4" width="640" height="400" alt="Volunteers pose after a park restoration project." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The community is invited to participate in a forest restoration project at Wilburton Hill Park on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, Jan. 16, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.). Learn more and preregister with the project cosponsor <a href="https://www.earthcorps.org/volunteer/event/a0E1E00000PgMeMUAV/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">EarthCorps</a>. </p> <p>Bellevue’s estimated 1.4 million trees provide health and economic benefits, increase property values and traffic safety, reduce crime, limit stormwater runoff and improve water quality.</p> <p>Up to 100 volunteers will remove invasive plants such as English Ivy and plant native trees, shrubs and ground cover in the understory. The number of volunteers will be limited.</p> <p>The City of Bellevue and EarthCorps will provide gloves and tools. Wilburton Hill Park is located at 12400 Main St.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2023-01-04T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">January 4 2023</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 04 Jan 2023 23:47:54 +0000 CIosso 202861 at https://bellevuewa.gov Opportunity to join Centering Communities of Color Coordinating Team https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/ccc-team-recruitment-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Opportunity to join Centering Communities of Color Coordinating Team</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-11-30T02:04:56+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 11/29/2022 - 18:04</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The City of Bellevue is welcoming applications from community members interested in joining the Centering Communities of Color Coordinating Team, which supports and guides the city’s relationships with diverse communities in Bellevue. The <a href="https://forms.office.com/g/S1UgAAi6BA" rel="noopener" target="_blank">application</a> can be completed online. You can also complete a <a href="https://tinyurl.com/CCCEnglishFinal" rel="noopener" target="_blank">PDF version</a> and submit it by email or print and mail it. Applications must be received by Tuesday, Jan. 3.</p> <p>Members of the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="e5c7e5d4-52e1-4267-a56c-196b4e65abec" href="/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/diversity-advantage-initiative/centering-communities-of-color" title="Bellevue Centers Communities of Color">CCC</a> team will provide important recommendations to the City Council by sharing feedback and insight on issues relevant to communities in Bellevue to increase equity, access and inclusion. City Manager Brad Miyake will appoint the CCC team members. Appointees will each receive $50 as a stipend for each CCC meeting they attend. </p> <p>The city is looking for a wide range of talents, experience and backgrounds on the CCC team. Applicants must:</p> <ul><li>Work, attend school or live in Bellevue</li> <li>Have cultural connections and knowledge of the city’s diverse population</li> <li>Possess a willingness, curiosity and interest in bridging cultural gaps to strengthen community</li> <li>Be prepared to volunteer up to six hours a month</li> <li>Be able and willing to serve a minimum of one year on the team</li> </ul><p>Bellevue embraces diversity as a major asset that positively impacts the community’s economy, culture and education. In 2014, the City Council adopted the Diversity Advantage Initiative. The council vision guiding the city begins, “Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength.”</p> <p>For questions and accommodations, language translations and interpreter requests, please contact Marcus Johnson, diversity outreach and engagement administrator (<a href="mailto:mjjohnson@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">mjjohnson@bellevuewa.gov</a> or 425-452-2022).</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2023-01-03T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">January 3 2023</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 30 Nov 2022 02:04:56 +0000 CIosso 202461 at https://bellevuewa.gov Opportunity to join Centering Communities of Color Coordinating Team https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/ccc-team-recruitment-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Opportunity to join Centering Communities of Color Coordinating Team</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-11-30T02:04:56+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 11/29/2022 - 18:04</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The City of Bellevue is welcoming applications from community members interested in joining the Centering Communities of Color Coordinating Team, which supports and guides the city’s relationships with diverse communities in Bellevue. The <a href="https://forms.office.com/g/S1UgAAi6BA" rel="noopener" target="_blank">application</a> can be completed online. You can also complete a <a href="https://tinyurl.com/CCCEnglishFinal" rel="noopener" target="_blank">PDF version</a> and submit it by email or print and mail it. Applications must be received by Tuesday, Jan. 3.</p> <p>Members of the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="e5c7e5d4-52e1-4267-a56c-196b4e65abec" href="/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/diversity-advantage-initiative/centering-communities-of-color" title="Bellevue Centers Communities of Color">CCC</a> team will provide important recommendations to the City Council by sharing feedback and insight on issues relevant to communities in Bellevue to increase equity, access and inclusion. City Manager Brad Miyake will appoint the CCC team members. Appointees will each receive $50 as a stipend for each CCC meeting they attend. </p> <p>The city is looking for a wide range of talents, experience and backgrounds on the CCC team. Applicants must:</p> <ul><li>Work, attend school or live in Bellevue</li> <li>Have cultural connections and knowledge of the city’s diverse population</li> <li>Possess a willingness, curiosity and interest in bridging cultural gaps to strengthen community</li> <li>Be prepared to volunteer up to six hours a month</li> <li>Be able and willing to serve a minimum of one year on the team</li> </ul><p>Bellevue embraces diversity as a major asset that positively impacts the community’s economy, culture and education. In 2014, the City Council adopted the Diversity Advantage Initiative. The council vision guiding the city begins, “Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength.”</p> <p>For questions and accommodations, language translations and interpreter requests, please contact Marcus Johnson, diversity outreach and engagement administrator (<a href="mailto:mjjohnson@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">mjjohnson@bellevuewa.gov</a> or 425-452-2022).</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2023-01-03T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">January 3 2023</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 30 Nov 2022 02:04:56 +0000 CIosso 202461 at https://bellevuewa.gov Opportunity to join Centering Communities of Color Coordinating Team https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/ccc-team-recruitment-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Opportunity to join Centering Communities of Color Coordinating Team</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-11-30T02:04:56+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 11/29/2022 - 18:04</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The City of Bellevue is welcoming applications from community members interested in joining the Centering Communities of Color Coordinating Team, which supports and guides the city’s relationships with diverse communities in Bellevue. The <a href="https://forms.office.com/g/S1UgAAi6BA" rel="noopener" target="_blank">application</a> can be completed online. You can also complete a <a href="https://tinyurl.com/CCCEnglishFinal" rel="noopener" target="_blank">PDF version</a> and submit it by email or print and mail it. Applications must be received by Tuesday, Jan. 3.</p> <p>Members of the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="e5c7e5d4-52e1-4267-a56c-196b4e65abec" href="/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/diversity-advantage-initiative/centering-communities-of-color" title="Bellevue Centers Communities of Color">CCC</a> team will provide important recommendations to the City Council by sharing feedback and insight on issues relevant to communities in Bellevue to increase equity, access and inclusion. City Manager Brad Miyake will appoint the CCC team members. Appointees will each receive $50 as a stipend for each CCC meeting they attend. </p> <p>The city is looking for a wide range of talents, experience and backgrounds on the CCC team. Applicants must:</p> <ul><li>Work, attend school or live in Bellevue</li> <li>Have cultural connections and knowledge of the city’s diverse population</li> <li>Possess a willingness, curiosity and interest in bridging cultural gaps to strengthen community</li> <li>Be prepared to volunteer up to six hours a month</li> <li>Be able and willing to serve a minimum of one year on the team</li> </ul><p>Bellevue embraces diversity as a major asset that positively impacts the community’s economy, culture and education. In 2014, the City Council adopted the Diversity Advantage Initiative. The council vision guiding the city begins, “Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength.”</p> <p>For questions and accommodations, language translations and interpreter requests, please contact Marcus Johnson, diversity outreach and engagement administrator (<a href="mailto:mjjohnson@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">mjjohnson@bellevuewa.gov</a> or 425-452-2022).</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2023-01-03T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">January 3 2023</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 30 Nov 2022 02:04:56 +0000 CIosso 202461 at https://bellevuewa.gov Opportunity to join Centering Communities of Color Coordinating Team https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/ccc-team-recruitment-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Opportunity to join Centering Communities of Color Coordinating Team</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-11-30T02:04:56+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 11/29/2022 - 18:04</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The City of Bellevue is welcoming applications from community members interested in joining the Centering Communities of Color Coordinating Team, which supports and guides the city’s relationships with diverse communities in Bellevue. The <a href="https://forms.office.com/g/S1UgAAi6BA" rel="noopener" target="_blank">application</a> can be completed online. You can also complete a <a href="https://tinyurl.com/CCCEnglishFinal" rel="noopener" target="_blank">PDF version</a> and submit it by email or print and mail it. Applications must be received by Tuesday, Jan. 3.</p> <p>Members of the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="e5c7e5d4-52e1-4267-a56c-196b4e65abec" href="/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/diversity-advantage-initiative/centering-communities-of-color" title="Bellevue Centers Communities of Color">CCC</a> team will provide important recommendations to the City Council by sharing feedback and insight on issues relevant to communities in Bellevue to increase equity, access and inclusion. City Manager Brad Miyake will appoint the CCC team members. Appointees will each receive $50 as a stipend for each CCC meeting they attend. </p> <p>The city is looking for a wide range of talents, experience and backgrounds on the CCC team. Applicants must:</p> <ul><li>Work, attend school or live in Bellevue</li> <li>Have cultural connections and knowledge of the city’s diverse population</li> <li>Possess a willingness, curiosity and interest in bridging cultural gaps to strengthen community</li> <li>Be prepared to volunteer up to six hours a month</li> <li>Be able and willing to serve a minimum of one year on the team</li> </ul><p>Bellevue embraces diversity as a major asset that positively impacts the community’s economy, culture and education. In 2014, the City Council adopted the Diversity Advantage Initiative. The council vision guiding the city begins, “Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength.”</p> <p>For questions and accommodations, language translations and interpreter requests, please contact Marcus Johnson, diversity outreach and engagement administrator (<a href="mailto:mjjohnson@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">mjjohnson@bellevuewa.gov</a> or 425-452-2022).</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2023-01-03T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">January 3 2023</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 30 Nov 2022 02:04:56 +0000 CIosso 202461 at https://bellevuewa.gov Opportunity to join Centering Communities of Color Coordinating Team https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/ccc-team-recruitment-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Opportunity to join Centering Communities of Color Coordinating Team</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-11-30T02:04:56+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 11/29/2022 - 18:04</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The City of Bellevue is welcoming applications from community members interested in joining the Centering Communities of Color Coordinating Team, which supports and guides the city’s relationships with diverse communities in Bellevue. The <a href="https://forms.office.com/g/S1UgAAi6BA" rel="noopener" target="_blank">application</a> can be completed online. You can also complete a <a href="https://tinyurl.com/CCCEnglishFinal" rel="noopener" target="_blank">PDF version</a> and submit it by email or print and mail it. Applications must be received by Tuesday, Jan. 3.</p> <p>Members of the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="e5c7e5d4-52e1-4267-a56c-196b4e65abec" href="/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/diversity-advantage-initiative/centering-communities-of-color" title="Bellevue Centers Communities of Color">CCC</a> team will provide important recommendations to the City Council by sharing feedback and insight on issues relevant to communities in Bellevue to increase equity, access and inclusion. City Manager Brad Miyake will appoint the CCC team members. Appointees will each receive $50 as a stipend for each CCC meeting they attend. </p> <p>The city is looking for a wide range of talents, experience and backgrounds on the CCC team. Applicants must:</p> <ul><li>Work, attend school or live in Bellevue</li> <li>Have cultural connections and knowledge of the city’s diverse population</li> <li>Possess a willingness, curiosity and interest in bridging cultural gaps to strengthen community</li> <li>Be prepared to volunteer up to six hours a month</li> <li>Be able and willing to serve a minimum of one year on the team</li> </ul><p>Bellevue embraces diversity as a major asset that positively impacts the community’s economy, culture and education. In 2014, the City Council adopted the Diversity Advantage Initiative. The council vision guiding the city begins, “Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength.”</p> <p>For questions and accommodations, language translations and interpreter requests, please contact Marcus Johnson, diversity outreach and engagement administrator (<a href="mailto:mjjohnson@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">mjjohnson@bellevuewa.gov</a> or 425-452-2022).</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2023-01-03T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">January 3 2023</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 30 Nov 2022 02:04:56 +0000 CIosso 202461 at https://bellevuewa.gov Opportunity to join Centering Communities of Color Coordinating Team https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/ccc-team-recruitment-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Opportunity to join Centering Communities of Color Coordinating Team</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-11-30T02:04:56+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 11/29/2022 - 18:04</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The City of Bellevue is welcoming applications from community members interested in joining the Centering Communities of Color Coordinating Team, which supports and guides the city’s relationships with diverse communities in Bellevue. The <a href="https://forms.office.com/g/S1UgAAi6BA" rel="noopener" target="_blank">application</a> can be completed online. You can also complete a <a href="https://tinyurl.com/CCCEnglishFinal" rel="noopener" target="_blank">PDF version</a> and submit it by email or print and mail it. Applications must be received by Tuesday, Jan. 3.</p> <p>Members of the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="e5c7e5d4-52e1-4267-a56c-196b4e65abec" href="/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/diversity-advantage-initiative/centering-communities-of-color" title="Bellevue Centers Communities of Color">CCC</a> team will provide important recommendations to the City Council by sharing feedback and insight on issues relevant to communities in Bellevue to increase equity, access and inclusion. City Manager Brad Miyake will appoint the CCC team members. Appointees will each receive $50 as a stipend for each CCC meeting they attend. </p> <p>The city is looking for a wide range of talents, experience and backgrounds on the CCC team. Applicants must:</p> <ul><li>Work, attend school or live in Bellevue</li> <li>Have cultural connections and knowledge of the city’s diverse population</li> <li>Possess a willingness, curiosity and interest in bridging cultural gaps to strengthen community</li> <li>Be prepared to volunteer up to six hours a month</li> <li>Be able and willing to serve a minimum of one year on the team</li> </ul><p>Bellevue embraces diversity as a major asset that positively impacts the community’s economy, culture and education. In 2014, the City Council adopted the Diversity Advantage Initiative. The council vision guiding the city begins, “Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength.”</p> <p>For questions and accommodations, language translations and interpreter requests, please contact Marcus Johnson, diversity outreach and engagement administrator (<a href="mailto:mjjohnson@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">mjjohnson@bellevuewa.gov</a> or 425-452-2022).</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2023-01-03T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">January 3 2023</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 30 Nov 2022 02:04:56 +0000 CIosso 202461 at https://bellevuewa.gov Opportunity to join Centering Communities of Color Coordinating Team https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/ccc-team-recruitment-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Opportunity to join Centering Communities of Color Coordinating Team</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-11-30T02:04:56+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 11/29/2022 - 18:04</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The City of Bellevue is welcoming applications from community members interested in joining the Centering Communities of Color Coordinating Team, which supports and guides the city’s relationships with diverse communities in Bellevue. The <a href="https://forms.office.com/g/S1UgAAi6BA" rel="noopener" target="_blank">application</a> can be completed online. You can also complete a <a href="https://tinyurl.com/CCCEnglishFinal" rel="noopener" target="_blank">PDF version</a> and submit it by email or print and mail it. Applications must be received by Tuesday, Jan. 3.</p> <p>Members of the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="e5c7e5d4-52e1-4267-a56c-196b4e65abec" href="/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/diversity-advantage-initiative/centering-communities-of-color" title="Bellevue Centers Communities of Color">CCC</a> team will provide important recommendations to the City Council by sharing feedback and insight on issues relevant to communities in Bellevue to increase equity, access and inclusion. City Manager Brad Miyake will appoint the CCC team members. Appointees will each receive $50 as a stipend for each CCC meeting they attend. </p> <p>The city is looking for a wide range of talents, experience and backgrounds on the CCC team. Applicants must:</p> <ul><li>Work, attend school or live in Bellevue</li> <li>Have cultural connections and knowledge of the city’s diverse population</li> <li>Possess a willingness, curiosity and interest in bridging cultural gaps to strengthen community</li> <li>Be prepared to volunteer up to six hours a month</li> <li>Be able and willing to serve a minimum of one year on the team</li> </ul><p>Bellevue embraces diversity as a major asset that positively impacts the community’s economy, culture and education. In 2014, the City Council adopted the Diversity Advantage Initiative. The council vision guiding the city begins, “Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength.”</p> <p>For questions and accommodations, language translations and interpreter requests, please contact Marcus Johnson, diversity outreach and engagement administrator (<a href="mailto:mjjohnson@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">mjjohnson@bellevuewa.gov</a> or 425-452-2022).</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2023-01-03T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">January 3 2023</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 30 Nov 2022 02:04:56 +0000 CIosso 202461 at https://bellevuewa.gov Opportunity to join Centering Communities of Color Coordinating Team https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/ccc-team-recruitment-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Opportunity to join Centering Communities of Color Coordinating Team</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-11-30T02:04:56+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 11/29/2022 - 18:04</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The City of Bellevue is welcoming applications from community members interested in joining the Centering Communities of Color Coordinating Team, which supports and guides the city’s relationships with diverse communities in Bellevue. The <a href="https://forms.office.com/g/S1UgAAi6BA" rel="noopener" target="_blank">application</a> can be completed online. You can also complete a <a href="https://tinyurl.com/CCCEnglishFinal" rel="noopener" target="_blank">PDF version</a> and submit it by email or print and mail it. Applications must be received by Tuesday, Jan. 3.</p> <p>Members of the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="e5c7e5d4-52e1-4267-a56c-196b4e65abec" href="/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/diversity-advantage-initiative/centering-communities-of-color" title="Bellevue Centers Communities of Color">CCC</a> team will provide important recommendations to the City Council by sharing feedback and insight on issues relevant to communities in Bellevue to increase equity, access and inclusion. City Manager Brad Miyake will appoint the CCC team members. Appointees will each receive $50 as a stipend for each CCC meeting they attend. </p> <p>The city is looking for a wide range of talents, experience and backgrounds on the CCC team. Applicants must:</p> <ul><li>Work, attend school or live in Bellevue</li> <li>Have cultural connections and knowledge of the city’s diverse population</li> <li>Possess a willingness, curiosity and interest in bridging cultural gaps to strengthen community</li> <li>Be prepared to volunteer up to six hours a month</li> <li>Be able and willing to serve a minimum of one year on the team</li> </ul><p>Bellevue embraces diversity as a major asset that positively impacts the community’s economy, culture and education. In 2014, the City Council adopted the Diversity Advantage Initiative. The council vision guiding the city begins, “Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength.”</p> <p>For questions and accommodations, language translations and interpreter requests, please contact Marcus Johnson, diversity outreach and engagement administrator (<a href="mailto:mjjohnson@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">mjjohnson@bellevuewa.gov</a> or 425-452-2022).</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2023-01-03T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">January 3 2023</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 30 Nov 2022 02:04:56 +0000 CIosso 202461 at https://bellevuewa.gov Opportunity to join Centering Communities of Color Coordinating Team https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/ccc-team-recruitment-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Opportunity to join Centering Communities of Color Coordinating Team</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-11-30T02:04:56+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 11/29/2022 - 18:04</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The City of Bellevue is welcoming applications from community members interested in joining the Centering Communities of Color Coordinating Team, which supports and guides the city’s relationships with diverse communities in Bellevue. The <a href="https://forms.office.com/g/S1UgAAi6BA" rel="noopener" target="_blank">application</a> can be completed online. You can also complete a <a href="https://tinyurl.com/CCCEnglishFinal" rel="noopener" target="_blank">PDF version</a> and submit it by email or print and mail it. Applications must be received by Tuesday, Jan. 3.</p> <p>Members of the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="e5c7e5d4-52e1-4267-a56c-196b4e65abec" href="/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/diversity-advantage-initiative/centering-communities-of-color" title="Bellevue Centers Communities of Color">CCC</a> team will provide important recommendations to the City Council by sharing feedback and insight on issues relevant to communities in Bellevue to increase equity, access and inclusion. City Manager Brad Miyake will appoint the CCC team members. Appointees will each receive $50 as a stipend for each CCC meeting they attend. </p> <p>The city is looking for a wide range of talents, experience and backgrounds on the CCC team. Applicants must:</p> <ul><li>Work, attend school or live in Bellevue</li> <li>Have cultural connections and knowledge of the city’s diverse population</li> <li>Possess a willingness, curiosity and interest in bridging cultural gaps to strengthen community</li> <li>Be prepared to volunteer up to six hours a month</li> <li>Be able and willing to serve a minimum of one year on the team</li> </ul><p>Bellevue embraces diversity as a major asset that positively impacts the community’s economy, culture and education. In 2014, the City Council adopted the Diversity Advantage Initiative. The council vision guiding the city begins, “Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength.”</p> <p>For questions and accommodations, language translations and interpreter requests, please contact Marcus Johnson, diversity outreach and engagement administrator (<a href="mailto:mjjohnson@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">mjjohnson@bellevuewa.gov</a> or 425-452-2022).</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2023-01-03T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">January 3 2023</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 30 Nov 2022 02:04:56 +0000 CIosso 202461 at https://bellevuewa.gov Inclement weather closures https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/inclement-weather-closures <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Inclement weather closures</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/jcampos" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">JCampos</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-12-23T18:25:01+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 12/23/2022 - 10:25</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-12/Icicles.jpg?h=d0470b75&amp;itok=3xal2QbU" width="640" height="400" alt="icicles" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Bellevue City Hall and other non-emergency city facilities will be closed today (Friday, Dec. 23) due to hazardous weather conditions. The city offers online delivery for most city services, which can be accessed at <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/">BellevueWA.gov</a>.</p> <p>In addition to City Hall, Mini City Hall, the Bellevue Courthouse, Police substations, the records front desk and all of Bellevue’s community centers are also closed to in-person business. City crews are continuing to service roads during the current winter weather event and are working around the clock to treat road surfaces and plow streets.</p> <p>Police officers and firefighters continue to provide emergency services, but police and fire stations are closed to non-emergency public access. Residents are asked to call 911 for emergencies only. </p> <p>All city services available online are found at <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/">BellevueWA.gov</a>, with key phone numbers listed on the <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/finance/mybellevue/mybellevue-contact-page">Contact Us</a> page. Key online and phone services include:</p> <ul><li><a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/finance/mybellevue/customer-assistance">MyBellevue customer assistance portal</a> (or mobile app): Report issues  </li> <li><a href="https://myutilitybill.bellevuewa.gov/">MyUtilityBill.bellevuewa.gov</a>: Pay utility bills</li> <li><a href="https://mybuildingpermit.com/">MyBuildingPermit.com</a> (or 425-452-4898): Apply for building permits</li> <li><a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/police/report-and-prevent-crime/report-crime-online-old">Non-emergency police assistance</a> (or 425-577-5656)</li> </ul> You can call City Hall Service First at 425-452-6800 for general inquiries.<br />  </div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-12-23T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">December 23 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 23 Dec 2022 18:25:01 +0000 JCampos 202811 at https://bellevuewa.gov Ice and snow hit Bellevue https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/weather-response-winds-down <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Ice and snow hit Bellevue</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-12-19T20:16:52+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 12/19/2022 - 12:16</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-02/Plowing%20Coal%20Creek%20Parkway%202-21.jpg?h=0872e43e&amp;itok=L2t7azEK" width="640" height="400" alt="Transportation&#039;s Garry Kroshko plows Coal Creek Parkway Southeast at around 1 a.m. Saturday morning." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022</h3> <p>City of Bellevue crews responding to the recent snow and ice storms have mostly resumed their normal operating hours and are no longer working 24/7 shifts. Standby staff are available to respond to weather-related calls over the holiday weekend.</p> <p>Over the last seven days, crews from Transportation, Utilities, Parks and Finance and Asset Management fleet services have responded to and supported ongoing snow and ice removal efforts throughout the community. The current forecast indicates rain and warmer temperatures continue through the weekend into next week.</p> <p>Residents are advised to continue using caution with rainfall and the potential for ponding of water on roadways and localized flooding today. Flooding preparedness resources are available in multiple languages on the <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/fire/emergency-management/prepare-known-hazards/flooding">city's website</a>. Report flooding to <a href="mailto:O&amp;MSupport@bellevuewa.gov">O&amp;MSupport@bellevuewa.gov</a> or call 425-452-7840.</p> <h3>Friday, Dec. 23, 2022</h3> <p>Freezing rain showers will transition to rain this afternoon, with temperatures gradually rising through the day and evening. Ice remains a high concern throughout the day. Rain showers will continue overnight tonight. Temperatures will be much warmer on Saturday, and the main concern will be localized flooding due to periods of moderate-to-heavy rainfall.</p> <p>Bellevue City Hall and other non-emergency city facilities will be closed today due to hazardous weather conditions. A detailed list of facility closures is <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/inclement-weather-closures">available</a>. The city offers online delivery for most city services, which can be accessed at <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/">BellevueWA.gov</a>.</p> <p><strong>Transportation:</strong> City crews will continue 12-hour shifts, providing 24/7 service. This afternoon, crews will focus on hills, working the higher neighborhood routes once the rains begin. This will help soften the ice, allowing plows to get to bare pavement. Continue to avoid non-essential trips today, if possible.</p> <p><strong>Republic Services</strong> once again suspended its routes due to unsafe road conditions; check <a href="http://republicbellevue.com/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Republic Services</a> for updates.</p> <h3>Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022</h3> <p>The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch beginning at 4 p.m. today through Friday evening. If you must travel, expect challenging travel conditions this evening due to snow/sleet mix (up to one inch) and freezing rain overnight continuing through Friday afternoon. Ice accumulation is expected to cause icy roads and may bring down tree limbs and result in potential power outages.</p> <ul><li><strong>Transportation: </strong>City crews continue working 12-hour shifts 24/7 to clear roads. They have been applying product to neighborhood streets, and will be focusing on arterial roads and emergency response tonight and Friday. <strong>If possible, consider staying home or limiting travel on roads tonight and tomorrow morning.</strong> <ul><li>For transportation tips and ways to stay informed during a storm, bookmark our winter <a href="http://bellevuewa.gov/winter-faqs">Frequently Asked Questions</a> guide.</li> </ul></li> <li><strong>Republic Services</strong> has again suspended its routes due to hazardous road conditions. Updates and details about collection services are available at <a href="http://republicbellevue.com/">RepublicBellevue.com</a>.</li> <li>Check the <strong>status and hours of operation for parks facilities</strong> at <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/parks">Parks &amp; Community Services</a> or call the facility. All open facilities are available to the public as warming centers.</li> <li>Visit the <a href="https://kcrha.org/cold-weather-shelter-dec-14-22/">King County Regional Homelessness Authority</a> for details on shelter availability during severe or extremely cold weather. Local shelters are adding overflow beds.</li> <li>To report a <strong>power outage</strong>, please call Puget Sound Energy at 1-888-225-5773 or <a href="http://pse.com/accountsandservices/ServiceAlert/Pages/default.aspx">report it online</a>.</li> </ul><h3>Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022</h3> <p>Dry weather is in the forecast through Thursday afternoon with overnight lows in the teens. With continued freezing temperatures, high ice concerns remain. Freezing rain is also expected Thursday evening into Friday morning creating very icy road conditions. If you do have to drive, always use caution when driving in winter conditions.</p> <ul><li><strong>Transportation:</strong> Street maintenance crews from multiple departments continue working 12-hour shifts, both day and night with a focus on major commuter streets and neighborhood loops as defined in the city’s <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/SnowRoute_11x17.pdf">snow response priorities map</a>. </li> <li><strong>Parks and Community Services: </strong>For the most up-to-date details on parks facilities check <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/parks">Parks &amp; Community Services</a> or call the facility. <ul><li>Crossroads, North Bellevue and South Bellevue Community Centers will have modified hours. South Bellevue registered programs, rentals and activities canceled today.</li> <li>Skate Park will be open 2-6 p.m.</li> <li>Garden d’Lights canceled.</li> </ul></li> <li><strong>Republic Services:</strong> Due to ongoing hazardous road conditions, Republic Services suspended collection on Wednesday. Updates and alerts are posted to <a href="http://republicbellevue.com/">RepublicBellevue.com</a>. Republic will collect double the amount at no extra charge on your next scheduled service day.</li> <li><strong><a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/utilities/manage-your-utility-services/water/prevent-frozen-pipes-and-if-one-breaks">Utilities</a></strong> has information to help you protect your pipes and deal with any freeze or break.  </li> </ul><h3>Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022</h3> <p>A <a href="https://www.weather.gov/sew/" title="go to National Weather Service winter weather advisory">National Weather Service</a> winter weather advisory remains in effect until 7 p.m. tonight, with freezing temperatures expected for Wednesday and Thursday. Additional snow is possible this evening (half-inch to 1.5 inches). Ice concerns continue through Wednesday night. </p> <p>Republic Services suspended its routes Tuesday due to hazardous road conditions. Updates and details about collection services are available on the <a href="http://republicbellevue.com/" title="go to Republic Services website">company website</a>. </p> <p>Parks and Community Services facilities closures for Tuesday. Updates posted to <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="47b9c7cb-af88-4a55-b81b-406327103ef0" href="/city-government/departments/parks" title="Parks &amp; Community Services">Parks &amp; Community Services</a>.  </p> <ul><li>Crossroads, North Bellevue and South Bellevue Community Center, Aquatic Center, Bellevue Golf Course and Skate Park are closed.</li> <li>Garden d'Lights is canceled.</li> </ul><p>The Transportation Department, with the support of Utilities, Parks and Finance and Asset Management fleet services, is primarily servicing arterials, especially as it is actively snowing. Crews will continue to work 24-7 in 12-hour shifts to plow and de-ice streets.</p> <p>Travel will be challenging during the evening commute. If you are considering driving during snow and ice conditions, consult the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="7c90d40d-c9b9-412a-985f-2cdd5492a567" href="/winter-response-map" title="go to winter event response map">winter response map</a> to track when it is active and city crews are clearing streets. If you must travel, exercise caution by slowing down and leaving extra distance when following other vehicles.</p> <h3>Monday, Dec. 19, 2022</h3> <p>Residents would do well to prepare for dramatic winter weather this week, with 1 to 4 inches of snow in the forecast for Bellevue Monday night and temperatures set to drop into the 20s here Tuesday and Wednesday.</p> <p>See essential winter weather tips in: <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="76d35aaf-d0c2-4d6a-8c9b-0fbfc701c327" href="/city-government/departments/fire/emergency-management/prepare-known-hazards/snow-and-ice/winter" title="Winter Cautions">English</a>, <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/chinese/winter-cautions">繁體中文</a>, <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/spanish-espanol/winter-cautions">español</a>, <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/korean/winter-cautions">한국어</a>, <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2019/Winter-Messaging-Japanese.pdf">日本語</a>, <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/russian/winter-cautions">Русский</a> and <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/vietnamese/winter-cautions">Tiếng Việt</a>.</p> <p>Street crews were plowing and applying de-icer for a dusting of snow over the weekend. They’ll continue to operate around the clock this week, but limiting travel is a good approach as streets may be icy and hazardous in places. If you must drive, please allow yourself extra time so you can take it slow. </p> <p>Other tips include:</p> <ul><li><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="8f6e1639-fab6-4314-b242-e940508b8299" href="/city-government/departments/utilities/manage-your-utility-services/water/prevent-frozen-pipes-and-if-one-breaks" title="Prevent Frozen Pipes - and What to Do if One Breaks">Utilities</a> can help you <strong>protect your pipes</strong> and deal with any freeze or break.  </li> <li>If your <strong>garbage/recycling pickup</strong> seems delayed, check <a href="https://www.republicservices.com/municipality/bellevue-wa" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Republic Services</a> for updates. </li> <li><strong>Community centers</strong> in Bellevue are available during the day as warming centers: <ul><li>Crossroads Community Center, 16000 NE 10th St., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  </li> <li>North Bellevue Community Center, 4063 148th Ave NE, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. </li> <li>South Bellevue Community Center, 14509 SE Newport Way, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. </li> </ul></li> <li>Local shelters are adding overflow beds. The <a href="https://kcrha.org/cold-weather-shelter-dec-14-22/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">King County Regional Homelessness Authority</a> has details.</li> <li>To report a <strong>power outage</strong>, please call Puget Sound Energy at 1-888-225-5773 or <a href="http://pse.com/accountsandservices/ServiceAlert/Pages/default.aspx" rel="noopener" target="_blank">report it online</a>. Do not use generators or grills inside to heat or cook; they can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.</li> <li><strong>Streets are plowed</strong> based on our <a data-entity-substitution="file" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ea340251-7c8c-4335-a161-a9abf6261764" href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/SnowRoute_11x17.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="SnowRoute_11x17.pdf">priority map</a>, with arterials that provide access for fire, medical and police and transit taken care of first. If snowfall is continuous, these major routes may require repeated plowing and sanding before crews are able to clear neighborhood streets.</li> </ul><p>For the latest news please check the city's <a href="https://twitter.com/bellevuewa" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Twitter page</a>. For more emergency information, please check the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="ec3b2aed-b38a-496e-b9ea-86a2e5a8fe5c" href="/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/communications/emergencies" title="Emergencies and Extreme Weather">Extreme Weather Response page</a>. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-12-20T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">December 20 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 19 Dec 2022 20:16:52 +0000 CIosso 202736 at https://bellevuewa.gov Public invited to online MLK celebration https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/mlk-health-fair-23 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Public invited to online MLK celebration</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-12-16T20:33:57+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 12/16/2022 - 12:33</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-12/CMO-21-6509-MLK%20Health%20Fair-BWA-news.png?h=47d6d3d0&amp;itok=YgFdl8Ht" width="640" height="400" alt="MLK Health Fair image of Martin Luther King Jr." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Annual celebration of health and community takes place Jan. 16 </p> <p>The City of Bellevue invites the public to the 2023 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Health Fair, an event to encourage holistic wellbeing and “reinvesting in health.” </p> <p>The online event encourages reflection, engagement and action in building a beloved, healthy and thriving Bellevue in the spirit of the Rev. King’s legacy of equity and community. The city’s long-time community partner, the <a href="https://www.dstbellevue.com/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Bellevue Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.</a>, will again co-produce the annual event on MLK Day (Monday, Jan. 16), 10-11:30 a.m.</p> <p>The <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="eac84d1a-3d71-4d7c-a17b-7812c44c0842" href="/mlk-health-fair" title="MLK Health Fair">MLK Health Fair</a> will share health and community resources, showcase a sampling of Black-owned businesses, feature guest speakers, performances and more. Specific program details will be added to the event webpage as they are confirmed. <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2023-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-virtual-health-fair-and-celebration-tickets-476786660737" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Register</a> to attend.</p> <p>The health fair is open to the general public and free of cost. For more event information, please contact <a href="mailto:diversity@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">diversity@bellevuewa.gov</a> or 425-452-7886 (voice).</p> <p>For alternate formats, interpreters or reasonable accommodations, please phone at least 48 hours in advance 425-452-7881 (voice) or email <a href="mailto:diversity@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">diversity@bellevuewa.gov</a>. For complaints regarding accommodations, contact Bellevue's ADA/Title VI administrator at 425-452-6168 (voice). If you are deaf or hard of hearing, dial 711.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-12-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">December 16 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 16 Dec 2022 20:33:57 +0000 CIosso 202676 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: More actions to support affordable housing https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-more-actions-support-affordable-housing <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: More actions to support affordable housing</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-12-16T15:27:18+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 12/16/2022 - 07:27</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-12/CMO-6012-Cross%20Cultural%20Study%20Update%20Eventbrite%20%282%29.jpg?h=1134bbe5&amp;itok=kGIGE93s" width="640" height="400" alt="View of downtown through residential area" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Plus, Comprehensive Plan Amendments approved and Human Services Commission appointments </p> <p><em><strong>NOTE:  The next Bellevue City Council meeting will be on Jan. 9, 2023, due to the council’s winter break.</strong></em></p> <p>On Monday, the City Council voted unanimously to initiate work on two more items to advance the city’s Affordable Housing Strategy. The items were part of a set of actions selected earlier this summer under the “Next Right Work” planning effort to complement ongoing housing work and encourage more housing and affordable housing production. </p> <p>On July 5, the council directed staff to move forward with three actions:</p> <ul><li>Removing barriers to micro-apartments <ul><li>Council initiated the first action to remove barriers to micro-apartments in October </li> </ul></li> <li>Allowing higher density for residential developments </li> <li>Reducing permit fees for affordable housing projects </li> </ul><p>This week the council initiated the remaining two actions to allow higher density for residential developments and reduce permit fees for affordable housing projects.</p> <p>Allowing higher density for residential developments will include a set of land use code amendments designed to increase housing production and affordable housing opportunities in the city. The work will be completed in two phases, with the first phase implemented through an Interim Official Control to test temporary code amendments allowing for higher-density housing in Downtown in exchange for affordable housing. Phase two will include permanent land use code amendments to address Downtown and mixed-use land use districts throughout the city, with higher density offered in exchange for affordable housing.</p> <p>The third action to reduce permit fees for affordable housing projects would expand the city’s fee waiver program beyond impact fees to include permit review and inspection fees to reduce the cost of development for affordable housing projects. Councilmembers directed staff to develop a fee waiver program for qualifying affordable housing projects and return with a proposal, including an analysis of fiscal impacts, funding source and consideration of a potential upper limit to the program.</p> <p>The<a href="https://cityofbellevue-my.sharepoint.com/personal/mdegrand_bellevuewa_gov/Documents/Council Roundups OD/youtube.com/watch?v=j_ddJw4seP4" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of meeting"> full council discussion</a> is available on replay through Bellevue Television. </p> <h4>Comprehensive Plan Amendments approved</h4> <p>The council also took final action to approve two city-initiated Comprehensive Plan Amendments (CPAs) for 2022. The proposed amendments, related to affordable housing creation and transportation system curb management, went through a review process including council study sessions, commission meetings and public hearings.</p> <p>The curb management CPA adds policies to the transportation element and downtown sub-area plan in support of ongoing curb management to ensure the plan has future-oriented direction and a more coordinated curbside environment. The second CPA supports increasing affordable housing capacity on faith owned properties using a new policy to allow rezones according to specific criteria for eligibility.</p> <p>The council unanimously adopted all ordinances related to implementing the 2022 CPAs. More detail is in the <a href="//efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/https:/bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=A&amp;ID=1062136&amp;GUID=D9EF5F28-0278-4DDF-A211-FB8FA8E97969" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting agenda</a> under Item 12. Other Ordinances, Resolutions and Motions.</p> <h4>Human Services Commission appointment</h4> <p>In other business, councilmembers unanimously approved two appointments to the Human Services Commission by council liaison to the commission, Deputy Mayor Jared Nieuwenhuis. </p> <p>Chad Halsted will serve a partial term on the commission expiring May 31, 2025, and Akshi Jain will serve a partial term expiring May 31, 2026.</p> <p>The Human Services Commission advises the council concerning human services planning and funding. The City Council appoints residents to boards, commissions and committees that provide detailed study and recommendations on important policy matters. More information on the city’s boards and commissions is available on the <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/city-clerks-office/boards-and-commissions" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to more information">Boards and Commissions web page</a>.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-12-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">December 16 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 16 Dec 2022 15:27:18 +0000 MDeGrand 202671 at https://bellevuewa.gov Holiday events showcased on Lake to Lake https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/holiday-events-showcased-lake-lake <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Holiday events showcased on Lake to Lake</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-12-09T19:27:55+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 12/09/2022 - 11:27</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-12/Lake%20to%20Lake%20Host.jpg?h=848ef114&amp;itok=XWA8_BpE" width="640" height="400" alt="Lake to Lake host Robin Steel discusses Garden d&#039;Lights." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>A holiday episode of Bellevue TV's <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQDKOZcPLiM" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Lake to Lake</a> offers viewers the chance to explore the sparkle of Garden d’Lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, easy skating in the Bellevue Ice Arena at Downtown Park, as well as the hullabaloo of Snowflake Lake. </p> <p>To see other Lake to Lake episodes and other BTV content, you can subscribe to the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/BellevueWashington" rel="noopener" target="_blank">BTV YouTube channel</a>.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-12-09T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">December 9 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 09 Dec 2022 19:27:55 +0000 CIosso 202631 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Climate collaboration moves forward https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-climate-collaboration-moves-forward <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Climate collaboration moves forward</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-12-10T00:21:28+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 12/09/2022 - 16:21</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-12/thermostat.jpg?h=b76d0694&amp;itok=o6yZ6FoV" width="640" height="400" alt="Adjusting a thermostat" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Plus, arts grant funding, Airfield Park development and award-winning student poet featured </p> <p>On Monday, the City Council voted unanimously to move ahead with a draft Eastside Climate Partnership Interlocal Agreement (ILA) between the Eastside cities of Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland, Mercer Island and Redmond to cooperatively focus on environmental stewardship efforts.</p> <p>As the city enters its third year after adoption of the Environmental Stewardship Plan Initiative, this cooperative opportunity represents a way to increase efficiency and collaboration in achieving environmental goals. The intent of the ILA is to allow deeper partnership and collaboration amongst the five Eastside cities, with a main near-term focus on managing the Energy Smart Eastside program to encourage residents to gain energy efficiency awareness and install high efficiency heat pumps. The ILA would also make it easier for the cities to accomplish joint procurement, shared contracts and shared sustainability staff positions through pooled funds.</p> <p>The full council discussion is available on replay through <a href="https://youtu.be/8dCwAwsEiDM?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=5168" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of meeting">Bellevue Television</a>. </p> <h4>Arts grant funding</h4> <p>The council also reviewed proposed 2023 budget allocations for the city’s Eastside Arts Partnership Support grants and Project grants as recommended by the Arts Commission. </p> <p>These grants support arts activities by artists, arts and culture organizations, and creative businesses in the community to ensure visitors and residents can experience diverse art and cultural experiences in Bellevue. They also represent an opportunity for the entire community to get a return on their investment in the arts. Nationally, people who attend arts events spend an additional $33, on average, in the community above and beyond the price of their tickets. </p> <p>The 2023 budget for arts grant funding was $181,000 – that’s 40% of the total 2023 requests for funding of $454,295. This year’s 53 applications represented a 67% increase in the number of applications submitted. The Arts Commission recommended funding 45 of the 53 applications, which included 29 Eastside Arts Partnership grants and 16 Projects grants.</p> <p>Artists and arts groups funded by the city are expected to serve an estimated 1,637,292 residents and visitors in 2023 through in-person and virtual programs, performances, cultural festivals, and arts education. The council voted unanimously to approve the recommended arts grant funding.</p> <p>More details are available in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5952633&amp;GUID=10152A32-82CF-4E30-8F4D-BDD2F20E7E05" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting materials</a>.</p> <h4>Airfield Park development</h4> <p>In other business, councilmembers weighed in on three alternatives for the redevelopment of the Bellevue Airfield Park property. The alternatives were developed after years of planning and a robust recent community engagement process that included a site walk, community meetings, mailings, email notices and direct engagement to understand the features most wanted by residents. </p> <p>The community feedback reflected a desire for Bellevue Airfield Park to be inclusive, safe, environmentally responsive, and active. People most desired active recreation, including an aquatic facility, playground, sport courts and off-leash facilities. The top requested passive park elements included trails, picnic areas and natural areas. </p> <p>During council discussion, councilmembers leaned toward the alternatives that included an aquatic center, and the discussion will inform a final preferred master plan alternative for the site, which is expected to come back before council in early 2023. The full discussion is available on <a href="https://youtu.be/8dCwAwsEiDM?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=6806" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of discussion">video replay</a>.</p> <h4>Award-winning student poet featured</h4> <p>At the start of the meeting, Interlake High School senior Diane Sun read a poem she presented at the White House earlier this year as part of the National Student Poets Program.</p> <p>She is among just five young people in the country awarded the highest honor in the nation for youth poets presenting original work. Her poem is available in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=11488456&amp;GUID=A62E8F77-F5DA-4B13-B2BC-A63D3F8CEE30" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to poem">meeting materials</a>. <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-12-09T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">December 9 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Sat, 10 Dec 2022 00:21:28 +0000 MDeGrand 202636 at https://bellevuewa.gov Comments sought on draft emergency water supply plan https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/emergency-water-supply-plan <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Comments sought on draft emergency water supply plan</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-12-08T22:58:41+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 12/08/2022 - 14:58</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The City of Bellevue has developed a plan to restore water service sooner to more customers after a severe earthquake. Residents and businesses are invited to provide feedback on the draft plan as part of the State Environmental Policy Act review. </p> <p>Bellevue’s water system and regional water supplies are vulnerable to significant impacts from major earthquakes. Studies predict most customers could lose their water service for one to three months while the system is repaired after a severe earthquake. </p> <p>The draft Emergency Water Supply Master Plan has goals and recommendations for making Bellevue’s water supply system more resilient, including continuing the scheduled replacement of water mains and construction of emergency wells.</p> <p>Bellevue residents and businesses can review the draft <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="6811513a-7a53-41a5-9dd4-6cdfe47731f7" href="/city-government/departments/utilities/utilities-projects-plans-standards/capital-projects/emergency" title="Emergency Water Supply Master Plan">Emergency Water Supply Master Plan</a> and use the Nov. 17 <a data-entity-substitution="file" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e730efb9-8d95-4ac6-b341-b78a7a933c6e" href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2022/11-17-22%20Weekly%20Permit%20Bulletin.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="11-17-22 Weekly Permit Bulletin.pdf">Weekly Permit Bulletin</a> for instructions on providing feedback. Comments will be collected through early January.  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-12-08T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">December 8 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 08 Dec 2022 22:58:41 +0000 CIosso 202626 at https://bellevuewa.gov Introducing map that tracks which Bellevue streets are plowed https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/winter-response-map <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Introducing map that tracks which Bellevue streets are plowed</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-12-07T17:59:06+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 12/07/2022 - 09:59</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-12/Plowing-in-deep-snow.jpg?h=9877b9b3&amp;itok=HQAOuO_a" width="640" height="400" alt="A snowplow clears a neighborhood street." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>As we enter snow and ice season, the Bellevue Transportation Department is launching an online map that will track which streets are plowed almost in real time during winter weather events. </p> <p>In a beta version still being tested and refined, the winter response map pulls data from GPS tracking technology attached to the city’s snowplows, sanders and de-icers. During or right after a snowstorm, people considering going out on the roads can consult the map and see when an arterial street was most recently serviced. Crews had a chance to do a small-scale test run of the technology in our recent snow and ice event last week. The map is only activated when a widespread snow or ice event occurs.</p> <p>When snow and/or ice accumulate in Bellevue, Transportation crews in the city’s 15-truck fleet diligently work 12-hour day and night shifts to plow, sand and de-ice roads based on the <a data-entity-substitution="file" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ea340251-7c8c-4335-a161-a9abf6261764" href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/SnowRoute_11x17.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="SnowRoute_11x17.pdf">snow response priority map</a>. Main streets are cleared before neighborhood ones to allow access for emergency vehicles, transit, school buses and commuter traffic. </p> <p>In the beta version of the winter response map, data is available for primary and secondary arterials and is refreshed every hour. The city anticipates updated versions of the map will include all Bellevue routes serviced in winter. </p> <p>After servicing, streets may still have ice, snow or slush. Always use caution when driving in winter conditions and leave extra distance when following snowplows or other vehicles.</p> <p>To report road hazards such as flooding, fallen trees or blocked streets, call the city’s 24-hour response line at 425-452-7840 or use the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="3c93991b-7feb-4489-bf84-0d6cf28877ed" href="/city-government/departments/finance/mybellevue/customer-assistance" title="MyBellevue Customer Assistance">MyBellevue portal</a> or app. For emergencies, call 911.</p> <p>Bookmark the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="7c90d40d-c9b9-412a-985f-2cdd5492a567" href="/winter-response-map" title="Winter Event Response Map (Beta)">winter response map</a> to track when it is active and city crews are clearing snow and ice. Keep up to date on traffic impacts any time by checking Bellevue’s <a href="http://trafficmap.bellevuewa.gov/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">real-time traffic map and cameras</a> or the Transportation Department’s <a href="https://twitter.com/bvuetrans" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Twitter channel</a>. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-12-07T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">December 7 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 07 Dec 2022 17:59:06 +0000 CIosso 202586 at https://bellevuewa.gov Procession route announced for Officer Jordan Jackson’s Celebration of Life Service https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/officer-procession-route <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Procession route announced for Officer Jordan Jackson’s Celebration of Life Service</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-12-05T22:15:09+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 12/05/2022 - 14:15</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-12/Jordan%20Jackson%20Memorial%20Squarish.JPG?h=71976bb4&amp;itok=N46vluYb" width="640" height="400" alt="A memorial of police officer Jordan Jackson is set up in front of City Hall." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Plan for short-term road closures, traffic delays on Tuesday, Dec. 6</strong></p> <p>The procession route has been established for the Celebration of Life service for Officer Jordan Jackson, taking place Tuesday, Dec. 6. The procession will begin at approximately 11:15 a.m. and wind its way through Bellevue streets before arriving at the Meydenbauer Center for the service, which starts at 1 p.m.</p> <p>The public is encouraged to line the route to show support for Officer Jackson and his family.</p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-drupal-entity align-right"><div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:media.medium" data-entity-embed-display-settings="[]" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="777213f3-9c86-419b-8649-9f4ae86cb135" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-10 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium_330_220/public/inline-images/2022-12/Procession%20Map.PNG?itok=PEF1RJwW" width="278" height="330" alt="Mao showing procession route through Bellevue" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium-330-220" /></div> </div> </div> </div> <figcaption>Procession route map</figcaption></figure><p>The route begins at 148th Avenue SE and SE 16th Street, traveling north</p> <ul><li>It will continue west on NE 8th Street</li> <li>North on 120th Avenue NE</li> <li>West on NE 12th Street</li> <li>South on 112th Avenue NE, until arriving at the Meydenbauer Center</li> </ul><p>Members of Officer Jackson’s family and Bellevue Police vehicles will arrive at the Meydenbauer Center and Bellevue City Hall to end their portion of the procession. All other vehicles in the procession will continue to assigned parking at the South Bellevue Transit Center by the following route:</p> <ul><li>Enter southbound I-405 at NE 8th Street</li> <li>Travel west on I-90</li> <li>North on Bellevue Way, arriving at the South Bellevue Transit Center </li> </ul><p>There will be temporary rolling closures along the procession route. It’s estimated that the closure along 148th Avenue SE could last up to 15 minutes as vehicles stage for the start of the procession, while the other closures will be approximately 8-10 minutes as the group moves through. There will be extended road closures adjacent to the Meydenbauer Center as shown below.</p> <ul><li>112th Avenue NE between NE 4th Street and NE 8th Street will be closed from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.</li> <li>NE 6th Street between 110th Avenue NE and 112th Avenue NE will be closed from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.</li> <li>NE 6th Street between 112th Avenue NE and I-405 will be closed from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.</li> </ul><p>If you live or work along the procession route or near any of these temporary closures, please plan accordingly. </p> <p>While the service is open to the public, please be aware that parking is extremely limited and there will be road closures around the immediate area. Members of the public may also watch the televised service, which the City of Bellevue will livestream on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/BellevueWashington" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to Bellevue Television">Bellevue Television</a>. Major regional television stations will also carry the service live.</p> <p>If you plan to attend the service, we suggest you consider using Metro or a rideshare service. The Bellevue Transit Center (10850 NE 6th Street) is less than a block from the Meydenbauer Center.</p> <p>Below are some bus options from key Eastside areas in or near Bellevue. Please confirm the times and routes on the King County Metro website in case of disruptions.</p> <ul><li>Wilburton Park and Ride to Bellevue Transit Center: Route 240, Route 246</li> <li>Eastgate Park and Ride to Bellevue Transit Center: Route 240, Route 271</li> <li>South Kirkland Park and Ride to Bellevue Transit Center: Route 249, Route 250</li> <li>Mercer Island Park and Ride to Bellevue Transit Center: Route 550</li> <li>Newport Hills Park and Ride to Bellevue Transit Center: Route 560</li> <li>Overlake Park and Ride to Bellevue Transit Center: B Line</li> </ul><p>Thank you for your continued support as we honor Officer Jackson and his service to our community. He died Nov. 21 from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle collision while he was on duty in Bellevue that day. As previously released, the public is welcome to donate to support Officer Jackson’s wife and two young children through the <a href="http://www.bellevuepolicefoundation.org/" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to donate to Officer Jackson's family">Bellevue Police Foundation</a>.</p> <p>More information on the Celebration of Life service is available in an <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/motorcycle-officer" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to earlier announcement">earlier announcement</a>.<br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-12-05T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">December 5 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 05 Dec 2022 22:15:09 +0000 MDeGrand 202526 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Tourism efforts move forward https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-11-28-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Tourism efforts move forward</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-12-01T22:12:51+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 12/01/2022 - 14:12</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-12/Toni%20Call%20Commendation.jpg?h=71976bb4&amp;itok=9eLwzi-7" width="640" height="400" alt="Toni Call accepts a commendation from the City Council." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Plus, voluntary resource conservation program discussed and finance director commendation</p> <p>On Monday, the City Council was presented with a draft interlocal agreement with the City of Redmond to cooperatively develop a Tourism Promotion Area (TPA) as a way to generate additional revenue to support growth in the tourism economy and visitor spending for tourism in our area. This strategy is one of the key objectives of the city’s five-year Economic Development Plan.</p> <p>Over the last year, Visit Bellevue has worked with city staff and hoteliers on this effort. To fund the joint TPA efforts, the five-year interlocal agreement outlines the collection of $2.50 per room night from hoteliers in Bellevue and Redmond, with money being spent in the jurisdiction where it is collected. The agreement also stipulates the TPA will have an advisory board made up of hotelier stakeholders. The state requires that 60% of rate payers be in favor of the TPA through a petition. Currently, Bellevue’s petition has 80% of rate payers in favor with no formal opposition to the plan.</p> <p>The TPA is expected to generate $3.5 million in its first full year of existence and the funds can only be spent on tourism promotion efforts, such as promotion for events and cultural activities, outdoor recreation opportunities, culinary destinations and other activities that help generate additional hotel room nights.</p> <p>The council voted unanimously to move forward with continued TPA development efforts, which will include a public hearing. The full discussion is available on <a href="https://youtu.be/lFu91v1Rc7k?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=4033" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Bellevue Television replay</a> and the draft agreement can be found in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5946728&amp;GUID=F34D8AE0-71C9-483C-AEC0-B7F2F1EA3AF0" rel="noopener" target="_blank">meeting materials</a>.</p> <p class="lead">Voluntary resource conservation program discussed</p> <p>Later, the council considered a resident application to enroll a portion of private property in the Bridle Trails neighborhood into King County’s Public Benefit Rating System Open Space Classification program. In September, a public hearing was held on this application, and Councilmembers requested additional information.</p> <p>Washington state enacted the Open Space Taxation Act in 1970 to incentivize property owners to preserve open space, farmland and timber land. In return, eligible portions of the property receive a property tax reduction. The law assigns counties as the administrators, and King County adopted its benefit rating system for open space classification. </p> <p>Councilmembers asked questions about the criteria outlined in state law, the impact on city revenue and staff’s analysis of the application. The council voted 4 to 3 to deny the application, directing staff to bring back a resolution for final denial of the resident’s application later this month.</p> <p>The full discussion and vote are available on <a href="https://youtu.be/lFu91v1Rc7k?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=6135" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Bellevue Television replay</a>.</p> <p class="lead">Finance director commendation</p> <p>In other business, the council commended the city’s Finance &amp; Asset Management director, Toni Call, as she moves on to another role after 11 years with the City of Bellevue. Her family was on hand to join her in accepting the commendation.</p> <p>“As I leave the city, I am honored to say this is an incredibly well-run city, and I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to participate and work in it for as long as I did,” said Call. “Thank you for letting me serve you.”</p> <p>City Manager Brad Miyake added, “You have been a valued part of the city’s leadership team, always bringing your best game to the table … and always seeking to meet the best interests of all, and strategically planning for the city’s financial future.”</p> <p>Call and the city’s finance team just recently wrapped up the 2023-2024 Budget process, with council <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5941929&amp;GUID=C1AA1AF7-E13B-4217-A104-4EC5DAB61848" rel="noopener" target="_blank">adopting the budget</a> on Nov. 21.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-12-01T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">December 1 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 01 Dec 2022 22:12:51 +0000 CIosso 202491 at https://bellevuewa.gov Voters approve parks levy https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/voters-approve-parks-levy <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Voters approve parks levy</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-11-30T19:28:22+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 11/30/2022 - 11:28</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-11/Meydenbauer%20Bay%20Park%20Pier.jpg?h=71976bb4&amp;itok=rNhuCg11" width="640" height="400" alt="Sunset at Meydenbauer Bay Park" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>King County Elections certified Tuesday that over 55% of Bellevue residents have approved a new parks levy, which will enable the city to preserve open space, add parks and plan for a new aquatic center. </p> <p>The levy will provide $85 million to address community needs and park system gaps identified in the Parks and Open Space System Plan and provide critical funding for operations and maintenance.</p> <p>“I am thrilled that our residents voted to continue Bellevue’s long-standing commitment to enhance our parks system and to preserve open spaces,” said Bellevue Mayor Lynne Robinson. “Our green spaces foster community and pay dividends in well-being.”</p> <p>“A big thank you to Bellevue voters!” said Parks &amp; Community Services Director Michael Shiosaki. “We’re so excited to be able to continue our efforts to improve our parks and open space system to ensure Bellevue stays a ‘City in a Park.’”</p> <p>The levy investment will accomplish the following:</p> <ul><li>Preserve open space, greenways and wildlife corridors </li> <li>Develop trails, community parks and neighborhood parks</li> <li>Invest in emerging sports opportunities, off-leash areas and recreation</li> <li>Plan major community facilities like aquatics and cross-cultural centers</li> <li>Restore and develop waterfront parks and protect water quality in Bellevue’s lakes and streams</li> <li>Acquire and develop parks and open space in the BelRed and Wilburton areas</li> <li>Protect open space and park facilities investments with funding for annual operations and maintenance</li> </ul><p>Voter measures have repeatedly funded expansions of Bellevue’s parks and open space system, with 10 separate measures passed since the city’s incorporation in 1953.</p> <p>The $85 million levy, structured as a nine-year regular levy lid lift funding mechanism, will equal an annual taxpayer cost of 15 cents per $1,000 of assessed value plus 5 cents per $1,000 of assessed value for maintenance and operating costs. The resulting cost of the levy for a $1 million home will be about $17 a month, or $200 annually.<br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-11-30T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">November 30 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 30 Nov 2022 19:28:22 +0000 CIosso 202476 at https://bellevuewa.gov Celebration of life for motorcycle officer Dec. 6 https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/motorcycle-officer <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Celebration of life for motorcycle officer Dec. 6</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-11-22T22:40:50+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 11/22/2022 - 14:40</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-11/Jackson%20Square.jpg?h=ea28e501&amp;itok=hO81IxyH" width="640" height="400" alt="Officer Jordan Jackson" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Police Officer Jordan Jackson’s celebration of life service will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 1 p.m. at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, at 11100 NE Sixth St.</p> <p>The service will be open to the public and more details about the service and procession will be released as they become available. </p> <p>If members of the public would like to remember Officer Jackson by supporting his family during this unimaginable time, the Bellevue Police Foundation has set up a <a href="https://bellevuepolicefoundation.org" rel="noopener" target="_blank">memorial fund</a> that will directly support his wife and two young children.</p> <p>Officer Jackson died Nov. 21 from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle collision while he was on duty in Bellevue that day. </p> <p> </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-11-29T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">November 29 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 22 Nov 2022 22:40:50 +0000 CIosso 202406 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: 2023-24 Budget approved https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-2023-24-budget-approved <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: 2023-24 Budget approved</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-11-23T00:57:54+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 11/22/2022 - 16:57</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-11/Terry%20hayes.jpg?h=4521fff0&amp;itok=PHaeAkTw" width="640" height="400" alt="Terry Hays is honored by the City Council for her donations to the Bellevue Botanical Garden." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Plus, tree code kickoff, Botanical Garden donation and proclamations</p> <p>On Monday, the City Council voted unanimously to adopt a 2023-24 budget and 2023-29 Capital Investment Program (CIP) plan. The $2.2 billion budget package funds essential services while also making targeted investments to address Bellevue’s unprecedented growth. These include the council priority areas of environmental stewardship, public safety, affordable housing and Bellevue’s ongoing diversity work.    </p> <p>To address inflation and a lingering structural deficit, the adopted budget also includes minor revenue adjustments; a 0.01% Business &amp; Occupation tax adjustment for businesses grossing more than $180,000 annually, a 1% council-directed property tax addition and a 1% adjustment in revenue utilizing the city’s banked capacity. Councilmember Conrad Lee voted against the property tax ordinance.</p> <p>More details are available in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5941929&amp;GUID=C1AA1AF7-E13B-4217-A104-4EC5DAB61848" rel="noopener" target="_blank">agenda materials</a>. The full council discussion is available to watch online via <a href="https://youtu.be/fbe3OrIgQg8?t=7677" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Bellevue TV</a>. </p> <p class="lead">Tree code kickoff</p> <p>The council also initiated work on tree canopy code amendments to support tree preservation, retention, replacement and protection. Bellevue’s Environmental Stewardship Plan has established a 40% tree canopy goal. The most recent tree canopy assessment completed using 2019 data found that Bellevue had a 39% tree canopy, which was up 2% from 2011.</p> <p>Several opportunities to further support the achievement of the 40% tree canopy goal were discussed during the study session, including ways to improve the function and clarity of the Bellevue’s codes regarding trees, as well as capturing more useful data on tree removal and retention.</p> <p>The council unanimously voted to direct <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5941941&amp;GUID=A75E3569-D6E8-48AF-8627-E3D5717902EF" rel="noopener" target="_blank">initiation of the work</a> on the code amendments and direct the Planning Commission to process a land use code amendment.</p> <p class="lead">Botanical Garden donation</p> <p>Councilmembers took a moment to laud longtime Bellevue Botanical Garden supporter Terry Hayes for establishing an endowment to fund a full-time curator position at the garden in perpetuity. </p> <p>The position, currently part of the city’s 2023-24 proposed budget, will play a critical role in collection, conservation and education to achieve the garden’s core goal of connecting people with plants. More details about the donation are in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5941946&amp;GUID=B35C5E9D-B43F-4320-BCE5-50A1A4A9B8C4" rel="noopener" target="_blank">agenda memo</a>. </p> <p class="lead">Small Business Saturday and Native American Heritage Month</p> <p>Earlier in the evening the council read two proclamations recognizing Native Americans' heritage and the upcoming Small Businesses Saturday. </p> <p>National Native American Heritage Month was established in 1990. The month celebrates the accomplishments of local tribal communities as well as recognizing the many societal challenges and historical wrongs imposed upon them.  </p> <p>Small Business Saturday encourages all Bellevue residents to buy from local small businesses and merchants on Saturday, Nov. 26, as part of the kickoff of the holiday season. The city is collaborating with the Bellevue Downtown Association, Visit Bellevue, the Bellevue Chamber and many more local partners for the event. The Chamber’s Kim Fredericks was on hand to accept the proclamation.   </p> <p>Full text for both are available to read in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=A&amp;ID=955931&amp;GUID=81B1BFB3-5C3B-441A-AD7F-8F37EA2E5738">agenda materials</a>. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-11-22T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">November 22 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 23 Nov 2022 00:57:54 +0000 CIosso 202421 at https://bellevuewa.gov Motorist shot in Bridle Trails Sunday https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/motorist-shot-bridle-trails-sunday <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Motorist shot in Bridle Trails Sunday</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-11-21T23:32:56+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 11/21/2022 - 15:32</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Bellevue Police detectives are investigating a shooting early Sunday in Bridle Trails that left a 30-year-old local man dead. Witnesses reported hearing several gunshots and then a crash around 4 a.m. Sunday. Police found the victim in a car that had crashed.</p> <p>As of Monday, police had no suspects and were searching for other potential witnesses. Detectives spent 14 hours processing the scene and canvassing the area. They learned the victim was a local man with an unknown address, who had recently moved multiple times. Investigators searched the car the victim was driving and gathered significant evidence, which they were still processing. </p> <p>Anyone who heard or saw anything on the 14400 block of Northeast 35th Street around the time of the shooting, please contact detectives at <a href="mailto:bpdtips@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">bpdtips@bellevuewa.gov</a>.    </p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-drupal-entity align-center"><div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:media.large" data-entity-embed-display-settings="[]" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="4c19af3d-33be-4eb2-ae74-d79eea1916b7" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-10 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/inline-images/2022-11/Bridle%20Trails%20Shooting.jpg?itok=XPHSemCc" width="480" height="333" alt="Police at Bridle Trails location where a motorist was shot early Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> </div> <figcaption>Police review crime scene where a motorist was shot in Bridle Trails, on the 14400 block of Northeast 35th Street.</figcaption></figure></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-11-21T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">November 21 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 21 Nov 2022 23:32:56 +0000 CIosso 202376 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Budget amendments considered https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-budget-amendments-considered <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Budget amendments considered</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-11-17T01:01:40+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 11/16/2022 - 17:01</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-11/Wintergrass%20commendation.jpg?h=5dc9785f&amp;itok=aheozEGR" width="640" height="400" alt="Wintergrass commendation presented by council" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Plus, additional affordable housing tools introduced, annual Comprehensive Plan Amendments move ahead and Wintergrass commendation </p> <p>On Monday, the City Council had a chance to propose amendments and ask final questions related to the city manager’s 2023-2024 preliminary operating budget and 2023-2029 Capital Investment Program (CIP) Plan after receiving hundreds of comments from community members on preferred priorities.</p> <p>The council passed amendments to the budget including a one-time funding of $85,000 for arts in 2023 to come from the CIP arts and culture fund to the General Fund, as well as front loading investments in Vision Zero work in the CIP to equal $500,000 in each 2023 and 2024, with an intention of reevaluating the investment at the next budget cycle. </p> <p>Amendments that did not pass included a proposal to delay allocating funding for a police transit unit in anticipation of light rail service starting in 2024 and a proposal to allocate an additional $1.4 million for people experiencing behavioral health crises, specifically to pilot a community-responder program.  </p> <p>The full discussion and proposal details are available on <a href="https://youtu.be/fvzjTzjMhFg?t=2712" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of meeting">Bellevue Television replay</a>. The council is expected to take final action on the budget, possibly adopting it, at the Nov. 21 council meeting.</p> <h4>Additional affordable housing tools introduced</h4> <p>Councilmembers also received a briefing on affordable housing tools that may be options for utilization in the future. </p> <p>The presentation provided an overview of general affordable housing tools in advance of future Council consideration of specific planning efforts and code amendments, including the Next Right Work items, which are affordable housing actions taking place in the next 12-18 months. </p> <p>There are a variety of inclusionary zoning tools that can tie upzoning – changes to city code designed to allow new capacity for development – with the creation of affordable housing in new development. This includes an option for a commercial fee-in-lieu, by which developers of commercial upzoned properties could make payments to go towards affordable housing. Councilmembers asked a variety of questions about inclusionary zoning and commercial fee-in-lieu for follow up in the future as the council continues to look at how to improve affordable housing opportunities throughout Bellevue.  </p> <p>Councilmembers asked a variety of questions about inclusionary zoning and commercial fee-in-lieu for follow up in the future as the council continues to look at how to improve affordable housing opportunities throughout Bellevue.   </p> <p>More detail is available in the <a href="http://bellevue.legistar.com/gateway.aspx?m=l&amp;id=/matter.aspx?key=8528" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting materials</a>.</p> <h4>Annual Comprehensive Plan Amendments move ahead</h4> <p>In other business, the council voted unanimously to move forward with the Annual Comprehensive Plan Amendments (CPAs) related to the city’s Curb Management Plan and the Affordable Housing Action C-1 Phase 2 work to increase allowable density on certain properties owned by religious organizations to encourage development of affordable housing.</p> <p>The first of the two 2022 CPAs aims to establish a comprehensive approach to curb management while creating alignment with the forthcoming Curb Management Plan. The second would add policies to support increasing opportunities for affordable housing on certain qualifying properties in single-family districts owned by religious organizations. </p> <p>The council voted unanimously to have city staff bring back final ordinances for a vote to adopt both the 2022 Annual Comprehensive Plan Amendments as recommended by the Planning Commission, including minor modifications recommended by city staff for the curb management policies. More detail on the CPAs can be found in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5935512&amp;GUID=C3675D01-36AA-419A-A545-7941A60CB9E8" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting materials</a>. <br />  <br /> The next steps following adoption include development of the Curb Management Plan, and work on C-1 Phase 2 Land Use Code Amendments. Both initiatives will include further public engagement and program development details related to implementation.</p> <h4>Wintergrass recognized with commendation </h4> <p>The mayor and City Council presented a <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=11449647&amp;GUID=8C56F95F-9A55-4241-9A60-B9982390DD44" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to commendation">commendation</a> for the Wintergrass music festival, which recently won two awards from the Washington Festivals and Events Association. The four-day music festival held in Bellevue each spring received the award for Central Puget Sound Event of the Year and the Statewide Event of the Year.</p> <p>The commendation recognized the significant cultural and economic benefit the festival brings to the city and the ways community partners join together to ensure equitable access to this unique experience, especially for youth in the community. Wintergrass 2023 will be held Feb. 23-26. <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-11-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">November 16 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 17 Nov 2022 01:01:40 +0000 MDeGrand 202356 at https://bellevuewa.gov Popular Snowflake Lane returns Nov. 25 https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/snowflake-lane-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Popular Snowflake Lane returns Nov. 25</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-11-16T17:50:40+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 11/16/2022 - 09:50</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-11/Snowflake%20Lane%20Aerial%20Courtesy%20Bellevue%20Collection.jpg?h=c3635fa2&amp;itok=as1VxcXn" width="640" height="400" alt="Floats go down Bellevue Way during an evening when it turns to Snowflake Lane. Photo courtesy of Bellevue Collection" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Bellevue’s holiday events season makes its return with nightly performances at the popular <a href="https://bellevuecollection.com/snowflakelane/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Snowflake Lane</a> Nov. 25-Dec. 24. The parade starting at 7 p.m. each evening will require the following street closures:</p> <ul><li>Bellevue Way Northeast, from Northeast Fourth Street to Northeast Eighth Street, 6:30-7:45 p.m. </li> <li>Northeast Sixth Street, from 105th Avenue Northeast to Bellevue Way Northeast, 6-7:45 p.m.</li> </ul><p>During the closures on Bellevue Way, visitors to the Bellevue Arts Museum may park in the underground parking at both Lincoln Square North (Westin Hotel) and Lincoln Square South (W Hotel). Both garages are accessible from 105th Avenue Northeast. </p> <p>Additional holiday events activities include Bellevue Parks’ <a href="https://bellevuebotanical.org/garden-dlights/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Garden d’Lights</a> at the Bellevue Botanical Garden (Nov. 26-Dec. 31); the <a href="https://www.bellevueicerink.com/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink</a> (Nov. 18-Jan. 8), presented by Symetra, at Downtown Park; <a href="https://www.meydenbauer.com/theatre/attend-a-show/calendar-ticket-information/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">holiday performances</a> at the Meydenbauer Center Theatre (Nov. 25-Dec. 23); KidsQuest Children’s Museum’s <a href="https://www.kidsquestmuseum.org/programs/gingerbread-events/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Gingerbread Workshop</a> (Nov. 25 and 26), at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue.</p> <p>Please walk, roll, drive and take transit safely this holiday season, and allow extra travel time to reach your destination safely. In the downtown area, watch for pedestrians in crosswalks and driveways, especially near construction zones. <br /> Also, consider using other modes of transportation when heading downtown. Information about transportation options is available at ChooseYourWayBellevue.org. </p> <p>Keep up to date on traffic impacts by checking <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="516f8802-4429-4463-a784-62d40dbd4f42" href="/city-government/departments/transportation/traffic-conditions/traffic-advisories" title="Traffic Advisories">traffic advisories</a>, updated weekly, the real-time <a href="https://trafficmap.bellevuewa.gov/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Bellevue traffic map and camera</a>s and <a href="http://twitter.com/bvuetrans" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Bellevue Transpo</a>, the Transportation Department’s Twitter channel.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-11-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">November 16 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 16 Nov 2022 17:50:40 +0000 CIosso 202346 at https://bellevuewa.gov Garden d’Lights illuminates holidays with half million lights https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/garden-dlights-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Garden d’Lights illuminates holidays with half million lights</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-11-16T00:02:02+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 11/15/2022 - 16:02</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-11/Garden%20d%27Lights%20Twilight.jpg?h=84071268&amp;itok=T4DNTv2y" width="640" height="400" alt="Bushes and flowers crafted with LED lights twinkle at Bellevue Botanical Garden." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Garden d’Lights, one of Bellevue’s signature events, opens on Saturday, Nov. 26, and will run nightly through Saturday, Dec. 31, 4:30-9 p.m., excluding Christmas Day.</p> <p>Tickets – $8 for adults; free for children 10 and under – must be <a href="https://65203.blackbaudhosting.com/65203/page.aspx?pid=196&amp;tab=2&amp;txobjid=4c24dee7-40ba-4cbb-adf5-76a372f7e072" rel="noopener" target="_blank">purchased online</a> and are date- and time-specific. Tickets are required for everyone, including children, and are not sold at the event.</p> <p>Parking in the garden’s lot is available for $5 per car (cash and credit/debit cards), or free with a state-issued disability parking permit. Free parking is available at Wilburton Hill Park, approximately a quarter-mile mile east of the Botanical Garden.</p> <p>Approximately 130 volunteers donate 6,400 hours over an 11-month period to create an array of botanically correct plants, animals and natural features – including poinsettias, a fire breathing dragon and waterfalls – using incandescent and energy-saving LED lights, zip ties and rebar. New features this year include a snail, fairy door and a spot for photos just outside the education center. And live music from local groups will return to the event this year.</p> <p>Last year, more than 70,000 visitors enjoyed the light show. </p> <p>Garden d’Lights started in 1994 to entice visitors to the Garden during the winter. The event is made possible through a partnership of the Parks &amp; Community Services Department and the nonprofit Bellevue Botanical Garden Society.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-11-15T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">November 15 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 16 Nov 2022 00:02:02 +0000 CIosso 202341 at https://bellevuewa.gov Bellevue tops digital cities assessment again https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/bellevue-tops-digital-cities-assessment-again <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Bellevue tops digital cities assessment again</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-11-11T01:33:12+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 11/10/2022 - 17:33</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-11/DigCities%20Survey%20Winner_3_RGB.jpg?h=b69e0e0e&amp;itok=iIDNTCil" width="640" height="400" alt="Digital Cities Logo" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>For the third time in five years, Bellevue has taken first place in the Digital Cities Survey, <a href="https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.govtech.com%2Fdc%2Fdigital-cities%2Fdigital-cities-survey-2022-winners-announced&amp;data=05%7C01%7CSSchneider%40bellevuewa.gov%7Caffe55f5cdc54939a58b08dac3427f96%7C222d2edd825545bd859752141b82f713%7C0%7C0%7C638036987691139726%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&amp;sdata=BPNNmeAjQNagXhpTA8DdWXjpt8MRvHcY26aoIX0NcsI%3D&amp;reserved=0" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to Center for Digital Government news release">announced Thursday</a> by the Center for Digital Government. The annual survey recognizes cities using technology to enhance services. </p> <p>Bellevue, which was tops in 2018 and 2020, was again awarded first place this year among cities with a population between 125,000-249,999, for innovations that improve digital access for residents. The city took third the other years.</p> <p>“To be recognized as the very best at technological innovation over multiple years is a remarkable achievement for the City of Bellevue,” City Manager Brad Miyake said. “I’m incredibly proud of our city staff for consistently innovating and leveraging technology to deliver high-quality services to our diverse community.”</p> <p>Key breakthroughs in 2022 included:</p> <ul><li>leveraging <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/transportation/safety-and-maintenance/traffic-safety/vision-zero/videoanalytics" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to video stats">video</a> from traffic cameras around Bellevue to track near-crashes between people driving, walking and bicycling, which helps the city determine where safety improvements would be most helpful </li> <li>adding free public Wi-Fi to affordable housing properties and upgrading Wi-Fi access at parks and other city facilities</li> <li>supporting integration of smart water meter data for Bellevue Utilities</li> <li>launching additions to the city's <a href="https://data.bellevuewa.gov/" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to data dashoards">data portal</a>, including <a href="https://performance.bellevuewa.gov/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">data tracking progress on City Council priorities</a> and <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/police/police-initiatives/use-force-policy-reform" rel="noopener" target="_blank">police data</a>, to add transparency and facilitate data-driven decision-making </li> </ul><p>“Bellevue is incredibly honored to place first this year,” said Sabra Schneider, chief information officer. “The Information Technology Department partners with the public and other departments across the city to advance technology that is accessible, innovative and helps deliver transparent services to the community we serve.”</p> <p>All U.S. cities are invited to take part in the annual Digital Cities Survey. The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute focused on technology policy and best practices in state and local government. More information on the winning cities is available on the <a href="https://www.govtech.com/dc/digital-cities-2022-building-resilience-equity-and-inclusion" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to article">Government Technology website</a>.</p> <p>City Councilmember Janice Zahn will accept Bellevue’s award at a Nov. 17 reception in Kansas City, Missouri.  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-11-10T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">November 10 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 11 Nov 2022 01:33:12 +0000 MDeGrand 202331 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Dozens turn out for budget public hearing https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-dozens-turn-out-budget-public-hearing <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Dozens turn out for budget public hearing</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-11-10T16:16:24+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 11/10/2022 - 08:16</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-11/trans%20awareness%20proc%2011.7.22.jpg?h=a1f525db&amp;itok=7NJtb1tr" width="640" height="400" alt="Employee Resource Groups accept trans awareness proclamation" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Plus, Grand Connection Program gets key investment, city pursues B-SAFE and SS4A grant funding, and proclamations issued for human rights and transgender awareness </p> <p>On Monday, the City Council heard from more than 30 people and received written comments from more than 100 community members during a public hearing and comment period for the 2023-2024 operating budget and 2023-2029 Capital Investment Program (CIP) plan.</p> <p>Comments from the public during the hearing covered issues of public safety, environment, workforce, transportation and arts, including:</p> <ul><li>Support for apprenticeship programs; </li> <li>Various strategies presented for mental health response through the Community Crisis Assistance Team (CCAT);</li> <li>Requests for more funding for Vision Zero efforts, arts and environmental stewardship;</li> <li>Asks for additional police officer positions in the budget; and </li> <li>Comments both in favor or and opposed to an eventual light rail transit police unit. </li> </ul><p>Councilmembers requested further information to come back during a final budget study session Nov. 14 on several topics related to the public’s comments including Vision Zero, Environmental Stewardship spending, the CCAT program, police recruiting, arts and culture funding and planning for the outcome of the parks levy.</p> <p>The full public hearing and council discussion is available on <a href="https://youtu.be/wUPZ2Hm6Qgc?t=3313" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of meeting">replay through Bellevue Television</a>. Tentative adoption of the budget once these topics have been further discussed is currently scheduled for Nov. 21. </p> <h4>Grand Connection Program gets key investment</h4> <p>The council also received good news about an investment from the business community to continue developing the city’s multi-decade plan to connect Meydenbauer Bay through downtown to the Eastrail multipurpose pathway on the east side of I-405 with an activated corridor called the Grand Connection. </p> <p>The Grand Connection is a complex public-private partnership that involves more than 35 property owners and four government agencies. The work to date is broken into two phases, the first is improvements to parks, sidewalks and private property along the route through downtown as well as activations to promote the Grand Connection as a gathering place and connector. Phase 2 is working to connect the route to Wilburton, pursue additional funding from multiple sources and complete key segments of the route through private redevelopments. </p> <p>A significant element of the Grand Connection Program is how it will cross the I-405 freeway to reach the Wilburton neighborhood. This is currently envisioned as a near-term pedestrian bridge and a longer-term lid over the freeway. Amazon has donated $2.5 million with the city matching that contribution – included in the proposed 2023-2024 budget – to help begin the design process for the bridge that will be a catalyst for connecting Wilburton to downtown. These investments would fund 30% of the bridge design in 2024, with more work and fundraising to follow.  </p> <p>More information is available in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5923381&amp;GUID=2D31795B-0E3E-4609-95E3-CF5E7CF20A25" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting materials</a>.</p> <h4>City pursues B-SAFE and SS4A grant funding </h4> <p>In other business, the council was updated on the city’s Bellevue Safe Access for Everyone (B-SAFE) Implementation Grant, a joint application between the City of Bellevue and King County. </p> <p>If successful, the grant would allow Bellevue to rapidly implement the <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/transportation/safety-and-maintenance/traffic-safety/vision-zero/vision-zero-action-plan" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to Vision Zero Plan">Vision Zero Plan</a> and many transportation safety treatments and tools to support our thriving urban core. The city’s commitment to safety aligns with the <a href="https://www.transportation.gov/grants/SS4A" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to SS4A priorities">Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) priorities</a>, and application components include Eastrail regional trail safety connections, complete street installations and innovative practices and technologies to improve safety for those who walk, roll, drive or take transit. </p> <p>There are also several public and private sector partners providing either financial or in-kind support to the application. They include Sound Transit, Amazon Web Services, T-Mobile, Qualcomm, Advanced Mobility Analytics Group and Miovision.</p> <h4>Proclamations issued for human rights and transgender awareness </h4> <p>At the top of the meeting Mayor Robinson and the council read two proclamations recognizing Transgender Awareness Week and Transgender Day of Remembrance this month, as well a proclamation focused on the Iranian community.</p> <p>The proclamations are available in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=A&amp;ID=955929&amp;GUID=378C4890-46A3-4AD7-899E-F024F005DB71" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to agenda with proclamations">meeting agenda</a>.<br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-11-10T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">November 10 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 10 Nov 2022 16:16:24 +0000 MDeGrand 202321 at https://bellevuewa.gov Holiday gift card drive supports local families https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/holiday-gift-card-drive-supports-local-families <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Holiday gift card drive supports local families</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-11-10T01:04:21+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 11/09/2022 - 17:04</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-11/PKS-22-7409%20Children%27s%20Holiday%20Drive%20Social.png?h=8c5df5f3&amp;itok=TLuWz5Lt" width="640" height="400" alt="Holiday gift card drive image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The city is sponsoring a children’s holiday gift card drive through Dec. 2 for Bellevue families in need of support. </p> <p>Bellevue Parks &amp; Community Services and the Bellevue Firefighters Community Support Foundation (BFCSF) are collecting online donations at the <a href="https://www.bfcsf.org/toy-drive-donate/" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to BFCSF website to donate">BFCSF website</a>. The funds will go toward purchasing gift cards for local families to use this holiday season; local partners will distribute the cards.</p> <p>Donations may be made <a href="https://www.bfcsf.org/toy-drive-donate/" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to online site to donate">online</a> or by sending a check to BFCSF, P.O. Box 53568, Bellevue, WA 98015. </p> <p>A <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2022/PKS-22-7255-Children%27s%20Holiday%20Drive-WEB.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to flyer">flyer about the drive</a> has additional information or readers can contact Crossroads Community Center (<a href="mailto:ccc@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Email event organizers">ccc@bellevuewa.gov</a> or 425-452-4874).</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-11-09T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">November 9 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 10 Nov 2022 01:04:21 +0000 MDeGrand 202311 at https://bellevuewa.gov National Transportation Safety Board chair checks out Bellevue's street safety measures https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/ntsb-visit <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">National Transportation Safety Board chair checks out Bellevue&#039;s street safety measures</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-11-03T19:29:00+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 11/03/2022 - 12:29</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-11/NTSB%20Chair%20Homendy%20Tour.jpg?h=1c750da8&amp;itok=djoXm8Fv" width="640" height="400" alt="NTSB chair Jennifer Homendy (front row, second from right) takes a walking tour of Bellevue with Mayor Lynne Robinson (right, front row) and County Commissioner Claudia Balducci (second from left, front row)." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Trip features walking and biking tours</p> <p>Jennifer Homendy, chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, visited Bellevue on Monday and viewed multiple city projects that are making it safer for people walking, bicycling, rolling, taking transit or driving to get around Bellevue.</p> <p>Making a stop in Bellevue during a trip to the region, Homendy also learned about the city’s collaboration with public and private partners in its efforts to improve safety on city streets.</p> <p>“I applaud the City of Bellevue for its work to improve transportation safety, especially for road users,” Homendy said. “The leaders I met with understand that it will take a holistic, multimodal approach to end the public health crisis on our roads and achieve our ultimate goal of zero — the only acceptable number of roadway deaths and serious injuries.”</p> <p>Homendy attended a walking tour of downtown, participated in a conversation on Innovative Safety Technology Solutions at the T-Mobile 5G Hub in BelRed and joined King County Council Chair Claudia Balducci and Bellevue Mayor Lynne Robinson on a bike tour of BelRed and downtown. City Manager Brad Miyake also joined Homendy during her visit.</p> <p>“I’m proud every day of the ways we’re making Bellevue streets safer for all users and supporting regional rails and trails,” Mayor Robinson said. “It’s a real thrill to be able to showcase our progress for a national transportation safety leader.”</p> <p>Showcased projects and programs during the visit included:</p> <ul><li>the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="1d1f0706-ab95-42a2-ad17-7a0388d892f5" href="/city-government/departments/transportation/projects/neighborhood-projects/completed-neighborhood-0" title="108th Avenue NE Complete Street">108th Avenue Northeast Complete Street</a> project</li> <li>the regional <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="ffb8e5f1-6630-43f5-8ba4-66bacb039b3e" href="/city-government/departments/transportation/projects/capital-projects/eastside-rail-corridor-trail" title="Eastrail Multi-use Corridor">Eastrail multi-use trail</a></li> <li>Bellevue’s <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="144c2ac3-f82a-499e-8be9-97abb853c502" href="/city-government/departments/transportation/safety-and-maintenance/traffic-safety/vision-zero" title="Vision Zero">Vision Zero initiative</a> </li> <li><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="5323ec03-466f-44d8-adea-87b6e518cdb4" href="/city-government/departments/transportation/projects/east-link-light-rail" title="East Link Light Rail">East Link light rail</a></li> <li><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="f7de53f2-51d8-44a2-ab8a-db65868fea56" href="/city-government/departments/transportation/projects/belred-street-improvements" title="BelRed Improvements">Spring District development</a></li> </ul><p>Other attendees included staff from various city departments and the National Transportation Safety Board, and partners from Advanced Mobility Analytics Group, Amazon, Amazon Web Services, the Bellevue Downtown Association, Cascade Bicycle Club, Disability Mobility Initiative, Eastrail Partners, King County, Miovision, Qualcomm, REI, Sound Transit, Spoke, T-Mobile, the state Department of Transportation and the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-11-03T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">November 3 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 03 Nov 2022 19:29:00 +0000 CIosso 202211 at https://bellevuewa.gov City economic efforts spotlighted in It's Your City https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/iyc-10-22-message <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">City economic efforts spotlighted in It&#039;s Your City</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-11-02T14:34:50+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 11/02/2022 - 07:34</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-11/Its-Your-City-10-22-Cover.jpg?h=d8800743&amp;itok=cfi09Ykb" width="640" height="400" alt="The cover of the Fall/Winter 2022 issue of It&#039;s Your City features a Bellwether event." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>As Bellevue continues to emerge from the pandemic, the city is working to make its economy more resilient by supporting innovation and growth among artists, businesses, entrepreneurs and residents. This economic development focus is highlighted in the <a data-entity-substitution="file" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d3575ff2-75fb-4514-bd03-c792651709f6" href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2022/Its-Your-City-Fall-22.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Its-Your-City-Fall-22.pdf">Fall/Winter issue of It’s Your City</a>, which is hitting Bellevue mailboxes this week.</p> <p>Also in this issue:</p> <ul><li><strong>Proposed budget</strong>: Details about the preliminary 2023-24 budget, which proposed continued spending for council priorities including environmental stewardship, public safety, affordable housing and equity.  </li> <li><strong>Parks levy</strong>: Readers learn about the funding measure on the November ballot that proposes new investments in Bellevue’s parks and open space system, including new parks, trails and facilities. </li> <li><strong>East Link delay</strong>: Problems with the supports for the East Link track at both ends of the Interstate 90 floating bridge will delay opening of Sound Transit’s Eastside light rail line by at least a year. </li> <li><strong>Council Corner</strong>: Mayor Lynne Robinson explains how the city is expanding affordable housing options to address the crisis facing Bellevue and other cities around the region and the country. </li> </ul><p>To better capture the range of events and programs covered in each issue of <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="22adc5ce-cee1-42f7-bd33-0b95f119ccd3" href="/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/communications/its-your-city" title="It's Your City">It’s Your City</a>, we’re associating them with seasons (fall/winter, spring/summer and summer/winter) instead of months as we've done in the past. The spring/summer  issue will come out in February.</p> <p>If you have questions or comments, please contact IYC editor <a href="mailto:ciosso@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Claude Iosso</a>. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-11-02T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">November 2 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 02 Nov 2022 14:34:50 +0000 CIosso 202181 at https://bellevuewa.gov Taking applications for free naturalist training https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/naturalist-training-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Taking applications for free naturalist training</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-11-01T21:08:27+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 11/01/2022 - 14:08</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-11/Naturalists%20Weowna%20Park.jpg?h=e642d131&amp;itok=DmW1oKfP" width="640" height="400" alt="Bellevue naturalists help restore Weowna Park forest." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Do you want to learn more about nature in Bellevue and use that knowledge to guide and inspire others? Applications are being accepted for free naturalist training, designed to develop a group of dedicated volunteers who can lead city environmental education and restoration efforts.</p> <p>The training, open to adults, is Feb. 23 to April 27. Virtual classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., with in-person outdoor workshops. The program is free with a volunteer commitment of 100 hours of service.</p> <p>To apply, complete and submit the online application at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="df53ca31-cb47-4cb9-ac5b-20aea413b59f" href="/city-government/departments/parks/nature-and-environment/visitor-centers-environmental-programs/environmental-stewardship-volunteer-opportunities/master-naturalist" title="Bellevue Naturalist">Bellevue Naturalist</a> by Wednesday, Nov. 30.  </p> <p>“We are investing in people who are invested in stewarding Bellevue’s natural resources,” said Michael Shiosaki, director of Parks &amp; Community Services.</p> <p>Bellevue Naturalists, formerly known as master naturalists, learn about the area’s ecology, geology, wildlife, plant life, cultural history, wetlands, forests and streams from professors, local professionals, scientists and park rangers. </p> <p>Participants focus on restoration and conservation efforts and, once trained, will work with and educate the community. That includes helping to lead Stewardship Saturday and Eco Friday volunteer projects as well as hikes and/or canoe tours.</p> <p>Ideal candidates have an enthusiasm for learning and a passion for the outdoors. Bellevue residents will have priority for selection, but residents of other cities will be considered if space allows.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-11-01T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">November 1 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 01 Nov 2022 21:08:27 +0000 CIosso 202146 at https://bellevuewa.gov New park and self-defense training from police on Lake to Lake https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/lake-to-lake-10-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New park and self-defense training from police on Lake to Lake</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-10-31T15:41:02+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 10/31/2022 - 08:41</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-10/Newport%20Hills%20Woodlawn%20Park%20Swing.JPG?h=e1fc784c&amp;itok=kWjzU3kf" width="640" height="400" alt="Kids play on the swing at Newport Hills Woodlawn Park." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>You may have heard about Bellevue adding a park recently. The latest episode of the <a href="https://youtu.be/6NUBUC9KYvk" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Lake to Lake news show</a> serves up views of Newport Hills Woodlawn Park's amenities along with rave reviews from residents who attended the grand opening.</p> <p>The neighborhood park features 10 acres of wooded trails, along with an off-leash dog area, playground and green space. The city acquired three properties over about 10 years for the park. Folks from the neighborhood share their excitement about having this resource in their midst.</p> <p>In addition to the park, Lake to Lake was at the city's first fall Arbor Day celebration, where residents planted trees at Bannerwood Park. Hundreds also picked free trees given away by the city. Also, viewers will learn about a free self-defense training from the Bellevue police, in which Officer Craig Hanaumi empowers women with some jiu-jitsu. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-10-31T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">October 31 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 31 Oct 2022 15:41:02 +0000 CIosso 202136 at https://bellevuewa.gov Bellevue Probation’s domestic violence treatment gets results https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/probation-dv-treatment <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Bellevue Probation’s domestic violence treatment gets results</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-10-27T16:49:23+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/27/2022 - 09:49</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>People convicted of domestic violence offenses have a low rate of reconviction after treatment from the Bellevue Probation Office, according to a <a href="https://www.courts.wa.gov/subsite/gjc/documents/GJ_Study_Pilot_DVMRT.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank">study</a> by the Washington Gender and Justice Commission. </p> <p>According to data provided from six municipal courts in the region, including Bellevue’s, in the year following treatment, participants who underwent domestic violence moral reconation therapy had an 8.4% rate of reconviction for DV offenses, compared to 12.5% with other forms of treatment and providers. </p> <p>Bellevue Probation has been offering moral reconation therapy, which confronts faulty thinking that leads to inappropriate behavior, for about six years. In addition to being more effective, Bellevue Probation’s moral reconation class is substantially cheaper than other treatments, including moral reconation from private providers. </p> <p>The treatment’s affordability ($120 for a six-month course versus $50-100 per weekly session for six to 18 months) gives municipal judges more sentencing options, researchers found. </p> <p>“Bellevue Probation is in the business of changing lives,” said King County District Court’s East Division Presiding Judge Lisa O’Toole. “They put clients at ease by establishing trust and solid working relationships. They set them on a path to improve every aspect of their lives.”</p> <p>Bellevue’s Probation division, part of the city’s Parks &amp; Community Services Department, works with adults charged with or convicted of misdemeanor offenses from King County District Court to monitor and track court ordered obligations. Within the guidelines set by the court, Bellevue Probation provides programs and services to individuals that address their areas of need and increase stability in their lives.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-10-27T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">October 27 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 27 Oct 2022 16:49:23 +0000 CIosso 202106 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Environment, equity and human services budget details https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-10-24-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Environment, equity and human services budget details</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-10-27T20:50:56+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/27/2022 - 13:50</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-10/Council%20Diwali.jpg?h=f6dcd988&amp;itok=YWsr5Sab" width="640" height="400" alt="The City Council issues proclamation celebrating contributions to the community from Hindu Americans." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Plus, development services and school impact fee adjustments discussed and Hindu awareness proclamation </p> <p>On Monday, the City Council had an in-depth review and discussion on several aspects of Bellevue’s proposed 2023-2024 budget. Investment topics reviewed by the council during the meeting included environmental stewardship, diversity, equity and inclusion, and human services, as well as fees for Development Services and school impact fees.</p> <p>The two-year operating budget and seven-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Plan together include an increase in spending for the city’s Environmental Stewardship Initiative by $10.1 million through both municipal and community actions to support accelerated implementation of the actions in the Environmental Stewardship Plan. This is a four-fold increase over the prior budget and is focused on tackling the largest sources of greenhouse gases including buildings and transportation. Specific actions proposed include energy and sustainability programs in the community, public education, urban forestry and increasing energy efficiency at city facilities with renewable energy upgrades and electric vehicle charging stations.  </p> <p>The city has also included a concerted focus on diversity, equity and inclusion work in the proposed 2023-2024 budget, including updating the goals, strategies and application of tools within the Diversity Advantage Plan, first adopted in 2014. Specific investment areas are expected to include citywide employee training, continuance of work to develop a budget equity framework for the city, building and strengthening relationships with Tribal governments, and developing cross-cultural programming, exploring cross-cultural spaces and pursuing partnerships for the work.</p> <p>In human services, the city’s budget proposal continues funding priorities for investing in the Human Services Fund, which received an unprecedented number of applications for funding in 2023. The fund has $4.8 million through funding from property taxes as well as significant donations from the business community to spend on the continuum of human services, including food security, housing stability, behavioral health, education and employment support and services for violence survivors. The commission recommended funding 114 programs through the Human Services Fund.</p> <p>The city also helps to administer the federal Community Development Block Grant program to accomplish national objectives established by federal regulations. The Human Services Commission made recommendations for the expected 2023 funding of about $1.3 million to support low- and moderate-income residents with human services, rehabilitation/repair of single-family homes and microenterprise business assistance. Additionally, the city has a Housing Stability Program, which uses a 0.01% sales and use tax increase passed through state House Bill 1590 for affordable housing, behavioral health and housing-related services in the community. The Human Services Commission made funding recommendations for approximately $1.75 million for this program. </p> <p>The full council presentation is available on <a href="https://youtu.be/0pJHtqYf1ZA?t=2193" rel="noopener" target="_blank">replay through Bellevue Television</a>. </p> <p class="lead">Development Services and school impact fee adjustments</p> <p>The council also received a Development Services budget update, including Development Services proposed 2023 fees and hourly rates and school impact fee schedule. </p> <p>The presentation included the results of the Development Services annual cost of service study, including a policy recommendation to adjust the Land Use review cost recovery objective to 100% fee-supported. Adjustments to fees reflect the results of the annual fee analysis and are aimed at maintaining service levels across the multi-department line of business. The ongoing success of the Development Services line of business requires quick responses to shifts in workload, performance or revenues generated from permit fees as Bellevue continues to experience the current development cycle, which is at a nine-year-high plateau. </p> <p>More details are available in the <a href="http://bellevue.legistar.com/gateway.aspx?m=l&amp;id=/matter.aspx?key=8281" rel="noopener" target="_blank">meeting materials</a>.</p> <p class="lead">Proclamation for Hindu awareness </p> <p>The mayor and City Council presented members of Bellevue’s local Hindu community with a <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=11349746&amp;GUID=10C53C50-10AB-4CBD-90BF-B407D6592BF1" rel="noopener" target="_blank">proclamation for Hindu American Awareness and Appreciation Month</a>, auspiciously on Diwali, a special holiday for those in the Hindu community. </p> <p>The proclamation noted the benefits received by Bellevue and many other communities from the inclusion of Hindu Americans and their contributions to the vitality, growth and wellbeing of our cities. </p> <p><em><strong>NOTE: </strong> The next City Council meeting will be Nov. 7 due to Oct. 31 being the fifth Monday of the month.</em></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-10-27T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">October 27 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 27 Oct 2022 20:50:56 +0000 CIosso 202111 at https://bellevuewa.gov Halloween on the Hill returns to SBCC https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/halloween-on-hill-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Halloween on the Hill returns to SBCC</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-10-20T16:54:32+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/20/2022 - 09:54</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-10/Halloween%20Pumpkin%20race%20Red%20wig.jpg?h=2cea9ccb&amp;itok=0QJ2FY9x" width="640" height="400" alt="Children experience joy and agony at start of a Halloween on the Hill pumpkin race." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Halloween on the Hill, which features multiple family-friendly events at the South Bellevue Community Center, returns after a hiatus for the pandemic. Register for individual events at <a href="https://register.bellevuewa.gov/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Register.BellevueWA.gov</a> or 425-452-4240.</p> <p>Except for the Storybook Hike, all of the events at <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2022/SBCC-Halloween-On-The-Hill-Booklet.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Halloween on the Hill</a> are on Saturday, Oct. 29. All are at the SBCC, 14509 SE Newport Way.</p> <ul><li>Storybook Hike</li> <li>Kickball Spooktacular</li> <li>Pumpkin Races</li> <li>Carnival</li> <li>Family Magic Show</li> <li>Mystery Theatre on the Hill</li> </ul><p><strong>Storybook Hike through the Enchanted Forest</strong><br /> Read a whimsical storybook on a self-guided hike suitable for all ages. Comfortable shoes advised for unpaved trail levels of varying steepness. People can participate in this event any time between 7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Oct. 22-31.</p> <p><strong>Kickball Spooktacular</strong><br /> Bring a team or play as a free agent, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Preregistration required.</p> <p><strong>Carnival on the Hill</strong><br /> The carnival offers fun for the whole family with games, food, a rock wall, inflatables, noon-3 p.m. Pre-purchase wristbands for a discounted price of $10. The wristbands, also available the day of the event for $12, offer unlimited access to all activities (minus food).</p> <p><strong>Family Magic Show</strong><br /> Enjoy a 60-minute show of curious surprises. 3-4 p.m., free.</p> <p><strong>Pumpkin Races</strong><br /> Decorate a pumpkin with wheels and get in on the fun at one of two sessions,10 a.m.-noon, noon-2 p.m. Buy ($25) pumpkin racer kit online or in person. Race registration included with purchase. Ages 6 and up. Free; Registration required.</p> <p>Free Pumpkin Race Workshops on Saturday, Oct. 22, noon-1 p.m. (Course #2203928-1) and Tuesday, Oct. 25, 6:30-7:30 pm. (Course #2203928-2).</p> <p><strong>Mystery Dessert Theatre</strong><br /> Find the thief and restore the missing diamond to its rightful place, getting the unveiling back on track. Dessert, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages are included in this program for people ages 18+. 6:30-9 p.m. $10/person. Preregistration is required. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-10-20T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">October 20 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 20 Oct 2022 16:54:32 +0000 CIosso 202086 at https://bellevuewa.gov Cultural Conversations: Japanese Tea Ceremony conveys welcoming https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/cultural-conversations-japanese-tea-ceremony-conveys-welcoming <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Cultural Conversations: Japanese Tea Ceremony conveys welcoming </span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-10-18T19:34:18+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 10/18/2022 - 12:34</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-10/Tea%20Ceremony%202.jpg?h=25c8c30e&amp;itok=RrhBX2y5" width="640" height="400" alt="Photo of Omotesenke(表千家) style provided by Ichigo Ichie Foundation" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Cultural Conversations continues its in-person programming with welcoming, storytelling and connection through a poignant tea ceremony presented by Bellevue/Eastside hosts Ichigo Ichie Foundation, a cultural and ethnic awareness organization on Mercer Island. </p> <p>The “Once in a Lifetime” Omotesenke Japanese Tea Ceremony takes place on Tuesday Oct. 25, 1-2:30 p.m. at the Crossroads Community Center located at 16000 Northeast 10th Street in Bellevue.</p> <p>During this presentation, guests will receive an overview of the history of the tea ceremony. Randomly selected attendees will participate in the tea ritual. Following the demonstration, attendees can enjoy table conversation as they share their own experience of tea.</p> <p>To register for the in-person event, or for more information or accommodation needs, please contact <a href="mailto:NeighborhoodOutreach@Bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Register for event">NeighborhoodOutreach@Bellevuewa.gov</a> or call 452-452-6836.</p> <p>Cultural Conversations, a program in its thirteenth season, has transformed relationships and perspectives among diverse women in our community through education and storytelling by providing a safe space for community connection. </p> <p>For alternate formats, interpreters, or reasonable accommodation requests please phone 425-452-6917 (voice) or email <a href="mailto:cross@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Email event organizers">cross@bellevuewa.gov</a>. For complaints regarding accommodations, contact City of Bellevue ADA/Title VI Administrator at 425-452-6168 (voice). If you are deaf or hard of hearing dial 711. All in-person meetings are wheelchair accessible.</p> <p><em>Photo credit to <span>Ichigo Ichie Foundation, representing the Omotesenke(表千家) style.</span><span><span> </span></span></em></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-10-18T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">October 18 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 18 Oct 2022 19:34:18 +0000 MDeGrand 202081 at https://bellevuewa.gov Openings on Bellevue Network on Aging https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/network-on-aging-recruitment-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Openings on Bellevue Network on Aging</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-30T22:01:47+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/30/2022 - 15:01</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-08/Bellevue%20Network%20on%20Aging.jpg?h=15a8786e&amp;itok=6EhmNf9j" width="640" height="400" alt="Members of the Network on Aging represent the group at a gathering." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The City of Bellevue is recruiting new members for the Bellevue Network on Aging, a board that supports healthy aging in our community. Interested candidates may <a data-entity-substitution="file" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e38fd181-4683-4d0b-ac11-35a4ca7921bc" href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2022/BNOA-Application-Form-2022.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="BNOA-Application-Form-2022.pdf">apply online</a> by Friday, Oct. 28.</p> <p>The Network on Aging promotes awareness of needs and resources that support older adults through life transitions. Through effective outreach, regional collaboration and community involvement, BNOA champions the well-being of older adults in Bellevue.</p> <p>Members serve on the Network on Aging for a term of three years with a commitment of six to 12 hours per month. Members must live, work or serve older adults in Bellevue, and 51 percent of the group must be over 50 years of age.</p> <p>For more information, please contact community services supervisor Dan Lassiter, 425-452-4470 or <a href="mailto:dlassiter@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">dlassiter@bellevuewa.gov</a>. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-10-18T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">October 18 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 30 Aug 2022 22:01:47 +0000 CIosso 201711 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Utilities budget presented https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-utilities-budget <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Utilities budget presented</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-10-13T16:23:26+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/13/2022 - 09:23</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-10/Smart%20Communities%20Mobility%20Award.jpg?h=84071268&amp;itok=OVdneUuO" width="640" height="400" alt="The City Council and Transportation staff accept a Smart Communities mobility award." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Plus, affordable housing, transportation award and students presented with proclamation </p> <p>On Monday, the City Council had an in-depth review and discussion on Bellevue Utilities’ proposed 2023-2024 budget and customer rates. </p> <p>The presentation noted that Utilities is not immune to rising costs in our region and is facing significant external cost increases from wholesale service providers for drinking water supply and wastewater treatment. In addition, Bellevue Utilities is making necessary capital investments to care for aging infrastructure, noting that prudent investment in infrastructure now is imperative to ensure future generations will not face major system failures. </p> <p>To ensure a forward-thinking, sustainable approach to utility services, Bellevue Utilities has a two-year operating budget of $378.1 million and a seven-year capital investment program of $318 million. Utilities is proposing a combined rate increase of 6.7% in 2023 and 5.8% in 2024 for water, sewer and stormwater management services. This translates into a monthly increase of $13.18 in 2023 and $12.19 in 2024 for a typical residential customer.     </p> <p>Recognizing the region is facing affordability concerns, Utilities offers an Emergency Assistance Program along with utility rate and tax relief programs to aid customers facing financial hardships. Customers are encouraged to contact Utilities about these and other support services.</p> <p>Utilities is not funded by tax revenue; instead, Bellevue utility services are primarily funded by customer rates, and the city benchmarks rates against neighboring cities to ensure rates remain comparable. After a lengthy budget and rate-setting process including public outreach, the proposed budget was reviewed and unanimously recommended for adoption by the Environmental Services Commission, the resident advisory committee that advises the council on Utilities policies and budget. </p> <p>The full council presentation is available on <a href="https://youtu.be/ny0ZErtRfcw" rel="noopener" target="_blank">replay through Bellevue Television</a>. </p> <p class="lead">Affordable housing work including micro-apartments</p> <p>Councilmembers received a biannual Affordable Housing Strategy update, which included a progress report on affordable housing units achieved through about the halfway point of the city’s Affordable Housing Strategy, adopted in 2017. Since adoption, the program has either preserved or created 2,072 affordable units, with 809 in the pipeline for development. </p> <p>A discussion on council-directed Next Right Work items, which the city has prioritized for completion in the next 12 to 18 months, was part of the update, including reducing barriers to creating micro-apartments, allowing higher density in mixed-use residential areas and reducing permitting costs for affordable housing projects.</p> <p>The update also highlighted the city’s Housing Stability Program, which is using funds through state House Bill 1590 for housing and related supportive services, the recently updated multifamily tax exemption program, which has nearly 300 affordable housing units identified through future projects, in addition to 147 units already approved for development, and Phase 2 of the Affordable Housing Action C-1, which is being explored as a way to further increase residential density on certain faith-owned properties in the city.</p> <p>The update mentioned an upcoming Housing Needs Assessment and housing capacity analysis, in addition to an Environmental Impact Statement being developed as part of the city’s Comprehensive Plan Periodic Update that will help inform affordable housing policy development and future actions.</p> <p>The council also unanimously approved the initiation of land use code amendments that will remove barriers to the development of micro-apartments. Micro-apartments present an opportunity to increase and diversify the city’s overall housing supply because lower-cost housing units are made available by these small square-footage units. This land use code amendment will include updates to provisions that currently limit the development of this type of housing.</p> <p>The Planning Commission will begin considering code amendments for removing barriers to micro-apartments later this year. More information will be available at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="be06c9ff-e3ae-4491-b86c-b81385f24fac" href="/city-government/departments/development/codes-and-guidelines/code-amendments" title="Code Amendments">Code Amendments</a>. Meanwhile, more information about all the housing topics discussed at the meeting are available in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=A&amp;ID=955926&amp;GUID=6E1884F2-BB52-46E5-9010-5239F1AE8111" rel="noopener" target="_blank">agenda items</a>.</p> <p class="lead">Transportation mobility award</p> <p>The city was honored by the state Department of Commerce with the 2022 Governor’s Smart Communities Award in the “smart projects” category for the successful implementation of its Mobility Implementation Plan.</p> <p>On Monday, Valerie Smith, Deputy Managing Director for the state Department of Commerce, presented the award to council, the Transportation Commission chair and Transportation staff. The award recognizes outstanding work by local governments in creating vibrant and livable communities by achieving the goals of the Growth Management Act.</p> <p>The MIP was <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="7d575f23-7fad-4e7b-92b4-d2e36d474a5d" href="/city-government/departments/transportation/planning/infrastructure-and-subareas/mobility" title="Mobility Implementation Plan">adopted in April</a> and its objective is to provide a new long-range planning framework to help city officials decide on transportation project investments based on what people want in their transportation system, the quality of life they expect and what users of all ages and abilities need to reach their destinations through all modes of transportation.</p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:media.medium" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="bbe05d7a-ba85-4d6d-8d89-1b14920090cf" data-langcode="en" class="align-left embedded-entity" data-entity-embed-display-settings="[]"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-10 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium_330_220/public/inline-images/2022-10/Walk%20to%20School%20Proclamation.jpg?itok=QRMblsq3" width="330" height="248" alt="Bellevue students accept a safe walk to school proclamation." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium-330-220" /></div> </div> </div> </div> <p class="lead">Students presented with proclamation</p> <p>Among three proclamations made by the mayor and council was <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=11291159&amp;GUID=27AE1A09-F93C-48B3-BDAB-D4432E9EDFA1" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Walk and Roll to School Day</a>, to encourage safe, healthy and sustainable routes to school for our community’s children.</p> <p>Students from the Bellevue School District were on hand to accept the proclamation, raise awareness for safely getting to and from school and celebrate all the ways to walk or roll to school or the bus stop.</p> <p>The council also issued proclamations for <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=11291199&amp;GUID=F739D930-A4BA-4033-B3F8-CEFC80A31B32" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Indigenous Peoples’ Day</a> on Oct. 10 and the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=11291200&amp;GUID=9D24996C-6FA9-45B4-8203-A80776EAA183" rel="noopener" target="_blank">50th anniversary of the Chinese Information and Service Center</a>, which is hosting a celebration for the anniversary in Bellevue this month. CISC Executive Director Michael Itti was on hand to accept that proclamation. </p> <p><em><strong>NOTE</strong>: The next City Council meeting will be on Oct. 24 due to the cancelation of the Oct. 17 meeting.</em></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-10-13T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">October 13 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 13 Oct 2022 16:23:26 +0000 CIosso 202061 at https://bellevuewa.gov Open house at fire stations Saturday https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/fire-open-house-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Open house at fire stations Saturday</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-10-12T20:04:25+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 10/12/2022 - 13:04</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2019-10/Fire%20Open%20House.jpg?h=26a52353&amp;itok=HzpwHfE8" width="640" height="400" alt="A little girl can&#039;t help but smile with a firefighter." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>In support of National Fire Prevention Week, Bellevue firefighters are excited to open the doors to their fire stations for the first open house in a couple of years, Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. All nine fire stations will serve free cookies and other refreshments. Firefighters will give tours and answer questions.</p> <p>Residents are invited to try firefighting activities.</p> <ul><li>Learn hands-only CPR: Participants get to practice on a mannequin. Learn how to save a life in a matter of minutes.</li> <li>Discharge a pressurized water fire extinguisher: Learn how to use that fire extinguisher you have without experiencing all the mess. </li> <li>Try on firefighter bunker gear: Wonder how it feels before they go into a burning building? Try on firefighter gear and find out.</li> <li>Enter the “Red Hot Ride to School in a Fire Engine” contest by creating a home fire escape plan. </li> </ul><p>Additional activities will be at selected stations.</p> <p>View how to properly extinguish a stovetop kitchen fire during a live demonstration involving real fuel and fire. At stations 1, 2, 3, 8 and 9.</p> <p>Spin the “Wheel of Misfortune” to win a prize and visit with the Bellevue Fire Foundation at Station 5. </p> <p>Station Locations:</p> <ul><li>Station 1 – 766 Bellevue Way SE</li> <li>Station 2 – 2802 148th Ave. SE</li> <li>Station 3 – 16100 NE Eighth St.</li> <li>Station 4 – 4216 Factoria Blvd. SE</li> <li>Station 5 – 9621 NE 24th St.</li> <li>Station 6 – 1850 132nd Ave. NE</li> <li>Station 7 – 11900 SE Eighth St.</li> <li>Station 8 – 5701 Lakemont Blvd. SE</li> <li>Station 9 – 12412 Newcastle Way</li> </ul><p>No RSVP is required and all residents are invited.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-10-12T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">October 12 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 12 Oct 2022 20:04:25 +0000 CIosso 202051 at https://bellevuewa.gov Bellevue debuts newest park https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/woodlawn-park-opening <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Bellevue debuts newest park</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-10-10T15:57:52+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 10/10/2022 - 08:57</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-10/Newport%20Hills%20Woodlawn%20Park%20Ribbon%20cutting.jpg?h=56d0ca2e&amp;itok=pn3g_iap" width="640" height="400" alt="Deputy Mayor Jared Nieuwenhuis, council members Jeremy Barksdale, Conrad Lee, Janice Zahn and John Stokes, Park Board members, and about 400 other people celebrated the opening of Newport Hills Woodlawn Park Saturday, Oct. 15." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Newport Hills Woodlawn Park open after decade in the making </p> <p>More than 400 community members came to Newport Hills Woodlawn Park for the park's grand opening on Saturday, Oct. 15.  The festivities at the park, 11560 SE 60th St., included a ribbon-cutting, live music played by neighborhood musicians and hot dogs. Deputy Mayor Jared Nieuwenhuis, council members Jeremy Barksdale, Conrad Lee, Janice Zahn and John Stokes, and Park Board members were on hand.</p> <p>Features of the new park include an open lawn, forested and loop trails, a playground, adult exercise equipment, a picnic shelter, restrooms and parking. In the spring, once the grass is established, a fenced off-leash dog area will open.</p> <p>“Bellevue’s parks are treasured community assets, allowing everyone to gather, play, learn and develop a relationship with nature,” said Mayor Lynne Robinson.</p> <p>“Thanks to the community for its active engagement and patience in the planning and development of the park,” said Michael Shiosaki, director of Parks &amp; Community Services. “It’s great to see the next jewel in Bellevue’s park system now open for all to enjoy!” </p> <p>Funding for park planning and development was approved in the 2019-2021 budget cycle.</p> <p>With funding from the <a data-entity-substitution="file" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="1fad2108-bd48-4c7f-a574-9a16f943b5dd" href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2008_bellevue_parks_levy_fact_sheet_proposition_1_nov_4_voter_initiative.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="2008_bellevue_parks_levy_fact_sheet_proposition_1_nov_4_voter_initiative.pdf">2008 Parks and Natural Areas Levy</a> and <a href="https://kingcounty.gov/services/environment/stewardship/conservation-futures.aspx" rel="noopener" target="_blank">King County Conservation Futures</a>, the city in 2010 acquired the first of three properties on Southeast 60th Street for a new neighborhood park in the Newport Hills area. </p> <p>Five years later Bellevue acquired the second parcel for the park, a heavily forested five-acres adjacent to and north of the first property. In 2019, the city acquired the last parcel, 3.5 acres. </p> <p>In 2019, the community worked with city staff to come up with the final vision for the park. After the completion of engineering and permitting, construction started in 2021. Some funding came from the <a href="https://kingcounty.gov/services/parks-recreation/parks/about/levy.aspx" rel="noopener" target="_blank">2020-2025 King County Parks Levy</a>.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-10-10T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">October 10 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 10 Oct 2022 15:57:52 +0000 CIosso 202041 at https://bellevuewa.gov Opening on Library Board https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/library-board-10-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Opening on Library Board</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-10-07T18:13:40+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 10/07/2022 - 11:13</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The City Council is seeking candidates for a vacancy on Bellevue’s Library Advisory Board. Interested residents can <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LBOct2022" rel="noopener" target="_blank">apply online</a>. Applications are due by Friday, Oct. 21.</p> <p>Made up of volunteers appointed by the mayor with City Council concurrence, board members serve four-year terms, offering their time and expertise to help shape Bellevue’s future. The <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="8cf3ac70-96c1-4c70-a5b7-4032fc2c9d70" href="/city-government/departments/city-clerks-office/boards-and-commissions/library-board" title="Library Advisory Board">Library Advisory Board</a> makes periodic reports and recommendations to the council and city manager regarding library services. The board meets the third Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m.</p> <p>Applicants must be residents of Bellevue. The City of Bellevue values diversity and encourages anyone interested to apply.</p> <p class="lead">Application Options</p> <p>People who do not want to apply online can pick up community service applications from the City Clerk’s Office or Service First at City Hall, as well as the Bellevue Library, the Lake Hills Library or Mini City Hall. A faxed copy may be requested by calling 425-452-6806. Applications may be submitted by any of the options below:</p> <ul><li>Hand-delivered: City Clerk’s Office, 450 110th Ave. NE</li> <li>Mailing Address: P.O. Box 90012, Bellevue, Washington, 98009-9012</li> <li>Fax: 425-452-5247</li> <li>Email:    <a href="mailto:kroberts@bellevuewa.gov">kroberts@bellevuewa.gov</a></li> </ul><p>If additional information is desired about the role and responsibilities of this commission, please call Deputy City Clerk Karin Roberts at 425-452-6806.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-10-07T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">October 7 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 07 Oct 2022 18:13:40 +0000 CIosso 202036 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Budget discussions on public safety, homelessness, human services and business https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-budget-discussions-public-safety-homelessness-human-services-and-business <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Budget discussions on public safety, homelessness, human services and business </span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-10-06T19:15:12+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/06/2022 - 12:15</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-10/Disability%20employment%20awareness%20month%202022%20proclamation.jpg?h=36c97736&amp;itok=6CwuSeJD" width="640" height="400" alt="DART team accepting proclamation" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Plus, ARCH 2023 budget presented and council issues proclamations to raise awareness for domestic violence, disability employment and antisemitism</p> <p>On Monday, the Bellevue City Council continued their budget discussions with a deeper look at specific sections of the Preliminary 2023-2024 Operating Budget and 2023-2029 Capital Investment Program (CIP) plan. The discussion during this meeting focused on investments in public safety, homelessness response, use of federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, and a clean city program. </p> <p>In the areas of public safety, the preliminary two-year budget proposes investments in Fire Station 10 personnel, equipment and construction, an increase in patrol officers to meet rising calls for police service and support, and funding for a specialized Eastlink Transit Unit who will specialize in responses and patrol of the light rail infrastructure coming to Bellevue. The budget also includes funding for targeted anti-crime initiatives, a police body-worn camera program and the Community Crisis Assistance Team (CCAT) program, a partnership between Police and Fire designed to better support and respond to community members in crisis. </p> <p>The Preliminary Budget continues the City’s efforts to address homelessness in Bellevue, with specific investments in a safe parking program, support of shelter programming and help transitioning people to the men’s shelter being constructed in Bellevue, as well as continuing funds for outreach and housing access efforts to connect those who are unsheltered with stable housing as quickly as possible.</p> <p>Elsewhere in the budget, the City has $12 million in remaining ARPA funds. The budget proposes these funds be focused on critical human services including housing assistance and eviction prevention ($10 million, with $2.4 million to be spent in 2022) and small business recovery and support ($2 million.) The budget proposal also includes $300,000 for a targeted outdoor litter and trash management program as well as development of an ordinance on graffiti in the city. </p> <p>All materials presented on these sections of the city’s preliminary budget can be found in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5859889&amp;GUID=B65054A3-8E2F-48BD-9E03-8D3A26898C9C" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting materials</a> and through a <a href="https://youtu.be/SbRsRNqOLyg?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=2888" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of meeting">replay of the meeting</a> on Bellevue Television.</p> <h4>ARCH 2023 budget</h4> <p>In other business, the council received a report on the 2023 budget and work plan for A Regional Coalition for Housing, or ARCH, as they celebrate their 30th year in existence. The coalition of 15 Eastside jurisdictions and King County has produced or preserved more than 5,200 affordable housing units to date. </p> <p>The agency’s work plan in 2023 is a continuation of their ongoing efforts to grow capacity for program administration as the region grows and support ARCH member affordable housing initiatives that are evolving over time to best meet the region’s housing needs. In Bellevue, that will include support of the newly restructured Multifamily Tax Exemption program, providing support and expertise as the city develops more transit-oriented development areas and affordable housing actions, provide training for property managers, a housing needs assessment, and supporting Bellevue-specific efforts such as the Housing Stability Program (using HB1590 funds) and the city’s Next Right Work for housing priorities. </p> <p>ARCH has proposed adding two new positions for the upcoming work plan to accomplish the above needs for ARCH jurisdictions. Bellevue’s contribution to fund the work plan in 2023 is $429,000, which is included in City Manager Brad Miyake’s preliminary budget document.</p> <p>The council voted 6-1 to move forward with drafting legislation that would approve the ARCH 2023 budget and work plan, with Councilmember Lee voting ‘no’. The full ARCH presentation and details are available in the <a href="http://bellevue.legistar.com/gateway.aspx?m=l&amp;id=/matter.aspx?key=8277" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting materials</a>.    </p> <h4>Proclamations raise awareness for domestic violence, disability employment and antisemitism</h4> <p>At the start of the meeting, councilmembers read and presented proclamations for topics important to the city in the areas of inclusion and community safety.  </p> <p>A <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=11275775&amp;GUID=57761FF8-E3FC-4066-B7B3-31B501098871" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to proclamation">proclamation for Domestic Violence Awareness Month</a> reminded community members of the broad toll domestic violence has on a community and that we must be vigilant together to stop this kind of violence. </p> <p>Meanwhile, members from one of the city’s three Employee Resource Groups – the Disabilities Allyship Resource Team – were on hand to accept a proclamation from the mayor and council on <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=11275793&amp;GUID=B6465485-F939-40AC-B235-B4AB12FFB183" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to proclamation">Disability Employment Awareness Month</a> in October, highlighting the benefits and advantages of including employees with disabilities in our workforce.</p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-drupal-entity align-right"><div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:media.medium" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="8cb9ece5-fab9-4652-9a69-42f919d96ebc" data-langcode="en" data-entity-embed-display-settings="[]" class="embedded-entity"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-10 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium_330_220/public/inline-images/2022-10/anti-semitism%20proc%20web.jpg?itok=KQVpfEIC" width="330" height="248" alt="Council presenting antisemitism proclamation" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium-330-220" /></div> </div> </div> </div> <figcaption>Council presents condemnation of antisemitism proclamation</figcaption></figure><p>And the council presented a <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=11275792&amp;GUID=C9135DBA-6CEF-4D63-9097-FA68563FCB8A" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to proclamation">proclamation condemning antisemitism</a> to local members of the Jewish community as a way to educate and show solidarity against discrimination.</p> <p>The full proclamation readings and presentations are available on replay <a href="https://youtu.be/SbRsRNqOLyg?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=68" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of meeting">through Bellevue Television</a>.<br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-10-06T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">October 6 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 06 Oct 2022 19:15:12 +0000 MDeGrand 202021 at https://bellevuewa.gov Opportunities to weigh in on growth impacts https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/opportunities-weigh-growth-impacts <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Opportunities to weigh in on growth impacts</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-10-07T00:56:13+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/06/2022 - 17:56</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-10/Comp%20Plan%20Update%20Graphic.png?h=762ec326&amp;itok=wixfLM24" width="640" height="400" alt="Comp Plan graphic" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Community can now comment on Environmental Impact Statement related to Bellevue’s Comprehensive Plan Update and Wilburton Vision Implementation </p> <p>Bellevue’s Comprehensive Plan is a 20-year vision for the future of the community, sets policy that directs actions and decisions within a framework for growth and guides capital investments. An update to Bellevue’s plan was launched in February and will be completed in 2024 for the city’s 2044 vision. As the Comprehensive Plan Periodic Update is developed, the city is also required to work with federal regulators and the public to develop an environmental impact statement (EIS) to identify and analyze potential adverse environmental impacts of the anticipated growth. </p> <p>Community members and organizations with an interest in the future growth of Bellevue can now comment on the scope of the EIS analysis <strong>until 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31</strong>. Comments will be accepted through an online portal, by email, by mail or verbally at either of two public meetings, the first of which takes place next week.</p> <p>The State Environment Policy Act sets environmental requirements in Washington state, including requirements for an EIS in relation to comprehensive planning. The SEPA process identifies and analyzes environmental impacts to help city decision-makers and the public understand how the Comprehensive Plan update and growth being proposed might affect the environment. The EIS also must inform decision-makers and the public of reasonable alternatives, including mitigation measures that would avoid or minimize adverse impacts or enhance environmental quality.</p> <p>Scoping is the first step in the EIS process. Scoping helps focus the EIS by identifying specific elements like carbon emissions, wildlife habitat or resident displacement that are most likely to be affected by the proposed growth alternatives. During scoping, members of the public have the opportunity to raise any environmental concerns, learn more about the draft growth alternatives, the Comprehensive Plan Update and the Wilburton Vision implementation initiative, which is also included in the EIS analysis.</p> <p>The public can engage with the process in the following ways: </p> <ul><li><strong>Online comments</strong> can be submitted through a <a href="https://comment-tracker.esassoc.com/bellevue/index.html" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Submit comments online">comment portal</a>. More detailed project information, as well as mailing address and email comment methods, can be found on the <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/2044-environmental-review" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to project website">EIS project website</a> and the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="8934322c-5dba-4bcc-819d-899fdc11f775" href="/city-government/departments/community-development/planning-initiatives/wilburton" title="Link to project website">Wilburton Vision Implementation page</a>. </li> <li><strong>A virtual public meeting, Thursday, Oct. 13, 6-8 p.m. </strong>will include information about the proposed Comprehensive Plan Update, the SEPA process, and provide community members a verbal comment opportunity on the scope of the proposed EIS. To participate in the virtual scoping meeting, attendees are requested to register in advance at <a href="https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_T1N_J8tnTwahdCfGckiQgA" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to register">bit.ly/bellevuecomp</a>. Attendees may sign up in advance or at the meeting to provide verbal scoping comments during the meeting. A court reporter will be in attendance to transcribe the comments. </li> <li><strong>An in-person meeting for EIS scoping – Tuesday, Oct. 18, 6-8 p.m. </strong>is scheduled at City Hall, in the council chamber. There will be an opportunity to provide public comment and a court reporter will be in attendance to transcribe comments.</li> </ul><p>Following the two scoping meetings and public comment period, comments received will be reviewed to determine which topics should be included in the EIS. In addition to environmental topics, displacement analysis, housing affordability impacts, equity analysis and an economic analysis will be incorporated into the EIS and each of the alternatives will be assessed with an equity framework. Following scoping, the growth alternatives will be finalized and analyzed against the EIS.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.engagingbellevue.com/hub-page/bellevue-2044" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to Comprehensive Plan Update information">Comprehensive Plan update</a> is guided by state, regional and county requirements, as well as city goals and vision for Bellevue. The current work to update the city’s Comprehensive Plan will plan for growth of at least an additional 35,000 housing units and 70,000 jobs by the year 2044, reflecting the City Council's updated vision to increase housing options and affordability, maintain the city’s economic innovation and protect the environment. </p> <p>For alternate formats, interpreters or reasonable accommodations, please phone at least 48 hours in advance 425-452-6930 (voice) or email <a href="mailto:bbrod@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Email contact">bbrod@bellevuewa.gov</a>. For complaints regarding accommodations, contact the city ADA/Title VI administrator at 425-452-6168 (voice). If you are deaf or hard of hearing, dial 711. All meetings are wheelchair-accessible.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-10-06T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">October 6 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 07 Oct 2022 00:56:13 +0000 MDeGrand 202031 at https://bellevuewa.gov Bellevue to celebrate Arbor Day on Oct. 22 https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/arbor-day-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Bellevue to celebrate Arbor Day on Oct. 22 </span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-10-04T17:26:54+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 10/04/2022 - 10:26</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/ArborDay-ED_2017.jpg?itok=QEK07Z78" width="640" height="400" alt="ArborDay-ED_2017.jpg" title="ArborDay-ED_2017.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The city is seeking volunteers for a native tree planting event to celebrate Arbor Day on Saturday, Oct. 22, 8:45 a.m.-noon at Bannerwood Park, 1790 Richards Road. Register to volunteer at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="4d6ac2c5-62b3-4a6b-a61c-aef47e3bc7ae" href="/volunteering/environmental-stewardship" title="Environmental Stewardship Volunteering">Environmental Stewardship Volunteering</a>. </p> <p>Volunteers will plant native trees such as Sitka spruce, Oregon ash and Pacific willow to restore habitat at the park. Community members will also remove noxious weeds like English ivy, which quickly spreads into healthy forests. Intervening to help the forest like this has positive, long-lasting benefits. </p> <p>Healthy communities are composed of residents who actively engage in civic life and are compassionate and generous in supporting the community. Volunteering for Bellevue’s Parks &amp; Community Services is a good way to get involved in the management of local natural resources.</p> <p>In 1872, Arbor Day started when Julius Morton, a member of Nebraska’s State Board of Agriculture, proposed a day to plant and appreciate trees. While National Arbor Day is in April, cities and towns are encouraged to celebrate the day whenever it's best in their respective climates to plant trees.</p> <p>Bellevue has had a rich tradition of celebrating Arbor Day-Earth Day in the spring, but it is switching to the fall because it's a better time to plant trees here.</p> <p>One of the goals of the city’s Environmental Stewardship Plan is to preserve Bellevue’s existing tree canopy and form partnerships to plant 75,000 trees over the next 30 years.</p> <p>Bellevue’s nearly 1.5 million trees provide health, environmental and economic benefits. Trees contribute to Bellevue’s character and to the health of its ecosystem. They also oxygenate the air, provide food and habitat for small animals and microorganisms and reduce the impacts of storm water runoff.</p> <p>More information about the city’s tree preservation and environmental stewardship efforts can be found at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="1f407dc7-7ede-4de7-a1e4-180801d28652" href="/city-government/departments/community-development/environmental-stewardship/trees-open-space" title="Trees">Trees</a>.  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-10-04T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">October 4 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 04 Oct 2022 17:26:54 +0000 CIosso 202006 at https://bellevuewa.gov Community meeting on proposed 2023-24 Utilities budget, rates https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/2023-24-utilities-budget-meeting <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Community meeting on proposed 2023-24 Utilities budget, rates</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-10-03T18:07:41+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 10/03/2022 - 11:07</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>All Bellevue Utilities customers are invited to attend a virtual community meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 6 p.m. during which the department will present its proposed 2023-2024 budget, along with rate impacts for customers of Bellevue water, sewer and stormwater utility services.</p> <p>People can <a href="https://cityofbellevue.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_I9pLp4dURP63tm_AXNjbgA" rel="noopener" target="_blank">register to attend</a> the meeting on the proposed budget before the City Council considers adoption in November.  </p> <p>The Environmental Services Commission, a seven-member advisory panel, reviewed the proposed budget and took comments about it at a Sept. 1 public hearing. The ESC will issue its recommendation to the council in October. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-10-03T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">October 3 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 03 Oct 2022 18:07:41 +0000 CIosso 201941 at https://bellevuewa.gov Planning for Bellevue’s fiscal future: Navigating boom times and budget constraints https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/neighborhood-leadership-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Planning for Bellevue’s fiscal future: Navigating boom times and budget constraints</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-29T20:15:59+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/29/2022 - 13:15</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-09/NLG%202019.jpg?h=e48151ec&amp;itok=QTUbkRB_" width="640" height="400" alt="Participants at Neighborhood Leadership Gathering 2019" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Neighborhood Leadership Gathering takes place Oct. 11</p> <p>Bellevue has in large part been remarkably resilient during the profound challenges since 2020. As cities across the world continue to emerge from the impacts of the pandemic, Bellevue has experienced record growth and development, enjoys a low unemployment rate and has attracted the headquarters and employees of major global businesses.</p> <p>At the next Neighborhood Leadership Gathering on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 6:30-8 p.m., city staff will share the known challenges that lie ahead and how the city plans to navigate them. Residents can also <a href="https://www.engagingbellevue.com/2022-city-budget-priorities?tool=survey_tool#tool_tab" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to budget survey">take a short survey</a> about Bellevue’s budget to help city leaders understand the community’s thoughts on spending priorities.   </p> <p>Like many local governments, the City of Bellevue faces an ongoing structural deficit in which expenses are projected to be greater than the revenue growth in the general fund. Bellevue’s revenue is dependent on property tax receipts combined with the more unpredictable revenue streams of sales, business and occupation taxes. These revenue streams are not keeping pace with increasing expenditures.</p> <p>What does this structural deficit mean for the future and for the level of services needed to keep up as Bellevue continues to grow?   </p> <p>Toni Call, director of Finance &amp; Asset Management, will provide an overview of Bellevue’s budget constraints and take a deeper look at the options, challenges and trade-offs involved in balancing the budget, while also maintaining the quality of life that we enjoy. </p> <p>The Leadership Gathering will be a hybrid event. Virtual participants must <strong><a href="https://cityofbellevue.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_E1imEehJRqunV_foybJvgA" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to register as virtual participant">register</a></strong> for the Zoom experience and in-person attendees are requested to email <a href="mailto:neighborhoodoutreach@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Email event organizers to register for in-person attendance">neighborhoodoutreach@bellevuewa.gov</a>, or call 425-452-6836 to register for the event, which will take place in room 1E-108 at Bellevue City Hall. Webinar participants will be able to view the presentation and submit questions remotely. In-person participants will also participate in a hands-on budget exercise and a facilitated conversation, during which participants can share their budget priorities. </p> <p>Bellevue’s budget is produced every two years and includes a seven-year capital budget. This year, the city will adopt a budget for the 2023-24 Operating Budget and the 2023-2029 Capital Investment Program Plan. The <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2022/2023-2024 Preliminary Budget Final_0.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to more information">preliminary budget</a> describes how the city intends to finance its services and infrastructure. The city government is responsible for building and repairing streets, providing police and fire protection, and maintaining parks, open spaces and recreational centers. Each of these contributes significantly to the high quality of life that Bellevue residents and visitors enjoy. </p> <p>The Neighborhood Leadership Gathering is a twice-a-year gathering of residents who come together to share and learn from each other about major topics influencing Bellevue. Anyone interested in the health and quality of life in Bellevue is welcome to attend.  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-29T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 29 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 29 Sep 2022 20:15:59 +0000 MDeGrand 201926 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Preliminary 2023-24 budget introduced https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-2023-24-budget <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Preliminary 2023-24 budget introduced </span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-29T00:54:46+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 09/28/2022 - 17:54</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2020-12/City%20Hall%20112th.jpg?h=7fb2964e&amp;itok=Su857t9-" width="640" height="400" alt="City Hall as seen from 112th Avenue Northeast" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Plus, ADA update and Land Use Code Amendment hearings </p> <p>On Monday, the City Council was briefed on City Manager Brad Miyake’s preliminary 2023-2024 Operating Budget and 2023-2029 Capital Investment Program (CIP) budget. During the introduction, Miyake noted that this budget was among the most complex he’s worked on in his 20 years with the city, given high inflation levels, rising interest rates, future economic impacts, Bellevue’s growth demands and an ongoing structural deficit. </p> <p>The presentation included a timeline for when each section of the budget discussion will be reviewed and acted upon by the council. </p> <p>The 2023-2024 preliminary budget totals $2.2 billion spread across five broad categories including the general fund, the CIP, special purpose funds, enterprise funds and internal service and other operating funds. </p> <p>The preliminary operating budget proposes continued spending for several key council priorities including environmental stewardship, public safety, affordable housing and the city’s ongoing diversity work. The general capital budget includes $41 million in new spending for neighborhood projects in addition to necessary investments in ongoing infrastructure maintenance and roadway improvements, energy retrofits, an aquatic center, the long-range comprehensive plan, growth area planning for Wilburton and the Grand Connection and debt paydown, to name a few. Bellevue refinanced its debt in the last biennium, reducing debt by about $4 million per year and allowing the city to fund new programs in the CIP. Debt makes up 22% of the CIP at $178 million. </p> <p>The report also highlighted continued risks and uncertainty in this budget cycle that could hurt the city’s progress toward closing a known gap between revenues and expenditures over the next two years. Bellevue has worked on a variety of solutions over the past couple of budget cycles to alleviate the impacts. However, these decisions are likely to become more difficult in future budget decisions if the gap widens. Similar to past budgets, the city’s finance group will continue to watch the trends through this biennium and make adjustments as needed. </p> <p>The budget also proposes a 0.01% Business &amp; Occupation tax increase for businesses grossing more than $180,000 annually, a 1% council-directed property tax addition and a 1% increase in revenue pulled from the city’s banked capacity. The resulting tax impact to owners of a $1 million home would be an additional $18 per year in Bellevue property taxes, which make up 10% of a Bellevue homeowner’s total property tax bill.</p> <p>The full introductory budget report is available on <a href="https://youtu.be/xB_MHN6PcTY?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=3701">Bellevue Television replay</a>. In addition, the public can access all available budget documents and information at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="534fb464-9893-47ce-8c98-2eb63c589a74" href="/city-government/departments/finance/budget-and-performance/budgets/public-involvement" title="Budget Public Involvement">Budget Public Involvement</a>. </p> <p class="lead">ADA plan progress update </p> <p>The council received a progress report on the city’s efforts to make city facilities, programs and services accessible to qualified individuals with disabilities. The city tracks these efforts through a Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan that sets forth work items as part of the city’s obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, a federal mandate to provide equal access to services for people of all abilities, and in support of the city’s Diversity Advantage Plan.</p> <p>The report detailed several city accessibility achievements, including accessible changing tables in certain parks facilities, wheelchair charging stations at City Hall and key community centers, a universal design guide for meetings, trainings and events, more than a hundred new or upgraded accessible curb ramps, over 18,000 linear feet of accessible sidewalks installed and progress made on the goal of having all pedestrian signals throughout the city be accessible with both visual and audible signaling capabilities. In addition, the presentation highlighted upcoming improvements to the accessibility of the council chamber that will make meetings more accessible for individuals with disabilities.</p> <p>The progress report presentation and overview are available in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5851173&amp;GUID=1F4F7843-8B5C-4DF9-9B81-A0CEB06B6E45" rel="noopener" target="_blank">meeting materials</a>.    </p> <p class="lead">Land use code amendment public hearings</p> <p>Two public hearings were also held at the council meeting on land use code amendments introduced earlier this month. </p> <p>The first allows the director of Development Services to grant multiple extensions, each up to 12 months, for temporary public safety facilities when the city manager has declared a natural disaster or emergency. The amendment removes the maximum 36-month approval period for such facilities. The update provides flexibility and allows for continuity of response, recovery and assistance. </p> <p>The second code amendment reconciles Bellevue’s land use code with recent amendments to state law concerning in-home daycares. The city’s code places limitations on capacity and operating hours that were inconsistent with the new state law. </p> <p>Both land use code amendments were approved unanimously and more detail is available in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=A&amp;ID=955924&amp;GUID=BBDA60DD-0CFF-46EC-8F15-84F6F311525A" rel="noopener" target="_blank">meeting agenda materials</a>.  </p> <p class="lead">About the City of Bellevue </p> <p>Known as a “City in a Park” with nearly 100 parks and a vast network of trails and greenbelts, Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington state. The Eastside city spans 33.5 square miles, from Lake Washington to Lake Sammamish. As part of the Innovation Triangle, Bellevue is the high-tech and retail center with a downtown skyline of gleaming high-rises, a diverse population of approximately 145,000 and schools that are consistently rated among the best in the country. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-28T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 28 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 29 Sep 2022 00:54:46 +0000 CIosso 201921 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Economic strategy update https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-economic-strategy-update <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Economic strategy update</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-22T23:14:02+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/22/2022 - 16:14</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-09/Hispanic%20Heritage%20Proc.jpg?h=a1f525db&amp;itok=4AlnKZ9a" width="640" height="400" alt="City Council presents Hispanic Heritage Month proclamation" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Plus, Human Services Commission appointment and proclamations for Hispanic heritage, Alzheimer’s awareness and National Recovery Month </p> <p>On Monday, the Bellevue City Council received the latest quarterly report on the city’s economic development efforts with a specific focus on strategies including tourism, workforce, and office market dynamics. </p> <p>The report updated the economic impact from the recent St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon event in Bellevue, which generated a final total of $4.8 million in direct spending by event participants. The event drew roughly 6,000 people from outside of our region and a total of 10,500 participants, pushing hotel occupancy over Labor Day weekend to twice its usual level. The city experienced a continued recovery of hotel occupancy levels through mid-June of this year, which was made up of mostly leisure travel since the business travel market has not yet returned to pre-pandemic levels. The city is continuing to work with partners on developing a Tourism Promotion Area to further aid this sector’s recovery and future growth.</p> <p>The city’s workforce strategies are focusing on both offering immediate support to job seekers as well as supporting the long-term pipeline for workforce talent in Bellevue, with a continued focus on the large technology sector here, which employs roughly 50,000 people. In 2019, Bellevue had 5% of all software jobs in the U.S., and the city’s economic development plan also includes strategies to broaden the area’s employment to a more diverse set of technology sectors.</p> <p>Companies are still adapting to changing office market dynamics and working to understand what the future landscape will look like. Currently about 45% of area workers are coming into office spaces at some point during the week. Employees are looking for more amenities and social spaces within business districts. Economic development strategies include maintaining a focus on mixed use areas that incorporate residential developments in business districts to reduce commutes and help businesses maintain a high level of foot traffic during the business day and into the evening hours.</p> <p>The full report is available on <a href="https://youtu.be/kuj2tHhduNw?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=2249" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of meeting">Bellevue Television replay</a>.</p> <h4>Human Services Commission appointment</h4> <p>In other business, Angela White was appointed to the Human Services Commission by unanimous vote. Council Liaison to the commission, Deputy Mayor Nieuwenhuis, submitted White for council consideration for the role. She will serve a partial term expiring May 31, 2023.</p> <p>The Human Services Commission advises the council concerning human services planning and funding. The City Council appoints residents to boards, commissions and committees that provide detailed study and recommendations on important policy matters. More information on the city’s boards and commissions is available on the <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/city-clerks-office/boards-and-commissions" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to more information">Boards and Commissions web page</a>.</p> <h4>Proclamations for Hispanic heritage, Alzheimer’s awareness and National Recovery Month </h4> <p>Councilmembers recognized three important topics with proclamations at the meeting: Hispanic Heritage Month, Alzheimer’s Awareness Day and National Recovery Month. </p> <p>Mini City Hall staff member Oyuki Ornelas was on hand to accept the proclamation for <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=11241315&amp;GUID=392CF5B9-04D5-4C42-B43E-66D32EA09C7F" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to proclamation">National Hispanic Heritage Month</a>, recognizing the contributions of those with Hispanic heritage to our neighborhoods, workplaces and communities. As the third largest demographic in Bellevue, Hispanic community members make up 7% of the city’s population. </p> <p>Councilmember John Stokes read the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=11241313&amp;GUID=A5E9DC41-05BA-48E9-91F6-DE3CA94340CC" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to proclamation">Alzheimer’s Awareness Day proclamation</a>, noting that this disease affects millions of Americans and 120,000 people in Washington state, including the councilmember’s wife who recently passed away.</p> <p>The council also proclaimed September as <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=11241312&amp;GUID=2557E4CF-D84A-4A65-9738-A7DAA4B85989" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to proclamation">National Recovery Month</a> in Bellevue as they invited residents to join in recognizing, preventing and overcoming mental and substance abuse disorders through effective education and treatment and recovery strategies. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-22T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 22 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 22 Sep 2022 23:14:02 +0000 MDeGrand 201861 at https://bellevuewa.gov Barnyard animals and pumpkins headline Kelsey Creek Farm Fair https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/barnyard-animals-and-pumpkins-headline-kelsey-creek-farm-fair <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Barnyard animals and pumpkins headline Kelsey Creek Farm Fair</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-21T17:04:38+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 09/21/2022 - 10:04</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-09/Pumpkins%20Kelsey%20Creek%20Farm.JPG?h=a1f525db&amp;itok=X40AAbys" width="640" height="400" alt="Family in pumpkin patch at Kelsey Creek Farm" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Celebrate the city’s agricultural past at the 40th annual Kelsey Creek Farm Fair on Saturday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. </p> <p>Festivities will include: hands-on pioneer activities; animal viewing; scarecrows; pedal tractors; train display and demonstration, tractor-pulled wagon rides by Northwest Vintage Tractor Club; food trucks; and a pumpkin patch.</p> <p>Free shuttles will run from Bannerwood Sports Park, 1790 Richards Road, and the Wilburton Park and Ride, 720 114th Ave. SE, to Kelsey Creek Farm, 410 130th Pl SE. The last shuttle will leave the farm at 4:15 p.m. </p> <p>In 1921, the site of the current Kelsey Creek Park was a farm called Twin Valley Dairy that produced milk, cream and butter. Nearly 50 years later, the city purchased part of the farm that became a park.</p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:media.medium" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="484d3336-a95e-4034-8708-15512b6ca87e" data-langcode="en" class="align-right embedded-entity" data-entity-embed-display-settings="[]"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-10 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium_330_220/public/inline-images/2022-09/Kelsey%20Creek%20Farm%20Fair%202022.jpg?itok=jh3lm7XV" width="330" height="160" alt="Kelsey Creek Farm Fair" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium-330-220" /></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Kelsey Creek Park features 150 acres of forest, meadows and wetlands in the heart of Bellevue.</p> <p>Please note no ATM on site. Some activities have a charge. Pets not allowed in the barnyard area.</p> <p>For more information, call 425-452-7688 or email <a href="mailto:kelseycreekfarm@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Email event organizers">kelseycreekfarm@bellevuewa.gov</a>.  <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-21T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 21 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 21 Sep 2022 17:04:38 +0000 MDeGrand 201841 at https://bellevuewa.gov With innovations, Bellevue earns Government Experience Award https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/government-experience-award-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">With innovations, Bellevue earns Government Experience Award</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-20T14:39:09+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 09/20/2022 - 07:39</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-09/GovX%20Overall%20Winner%202022_0.jpg?h=b69e0e0e&amp;itok=Z-pA1dP_" width="640" height="400" alt="Logo for Center for Digital Government&#039;s Government Experience overall winner award" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The City of Bellevue has earned a national Government Experience Award for innovations that have made it easier for residents to volunteer, find vital information on the city website in their native language and to participate in meetings virtually or in-person.</p> <p>“It’s an honor to have our work providing accessible, easy-to-use, digital government services recognized by the Center for Digital Government,” said Sabra Schneider, Bellevue’s chief information officer. “Partnering with the community to deliver seamless, innovative digital experiences continues to be a high priority for the city.”</p> <p>The Center for Digital Government on Sept. 15 announced the winners of its sixth annual Government Experience Awards, which recognize states, cities and counties radically improving the experience of government services. Bellevue placed fourth in the overall city category.</p> <p>“The government experience continues to be a major priority for state and local government agencies as they seek to rapidly meet new citizen and employee expectations,” said Dustin Haisler, chief innovation officer for the Center of Digital Government. “It’s very inspiring to see agencies taking a human-centric approach to service delivery.”</p> <p>Other recent innovations at Bellevue include:</p> <ul><li>Expansion of translated content on the city website</li> <li>Self-serve options for online access to geospatial data and public records </li> <li>A chatbot as another avenue for finding information on the city website</li> <li>Interactive websites that facilitate resident engagement</li> </ul><p>The <a href="https://www.govtech.com/cdg/government-experience/government-experience-awards-2022-winners-announced" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Center for Digital Government</a> has more information about the Government Experience awards.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-20T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 20 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 20 Sep 2022 14:39:09 +0000 CIosso 201831 at https://bellevuewa.gov Openings on Human Services Commission https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/human-services-commission-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Openings on Human Services Commission</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/jcampos" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">JCampos</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-15T21:45:58+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/15/2022 - 14:45</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The City Council is seeking candidates for vacancies on Bellevue’s Human Services Commission. Interested residents can <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HSCFall2022">apply online</a>. Applications are due by Friday, Oct. 7.</p> <p>Made up of volunteers and appointed by the mayor with City Council concurrence, board and commission members serve four-year terms, offering their time and expertise to help shape Bellevue’s future. Bellevue’s boards and commissions advise the council and conduct regularly scheduled public meetings.</p> <p>The Human Services Commission advises the council concerning human services planning and funding. The commission is charged with representing the diversity of the community and provides the public with opportunities to be involved in commission activities. The commission meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.</p> <p>Applicants must be residents of Bellevue. The City of Bellevue values diversity and encourages anyone interested to apply.</p> <p><strong>Application Options</strong><br /> People who do not want to apply online can pick up community service applications from the City Clerk’s Office or Service First at City Hall, as well as the Bellevue Regional Library, the Lake Hills Library or Mini City Hall. A faxed copy may be requested by calling 425-452-6806. Applications may be submitted by any of the options below:</p> <ul><li>Hand-delivered: City Clerk’s Office, 450 110th Ave. NE</li> <li>Mailing Address: P.O. Box 90012, Bellevue, Washington, 98009-9012</li> <li>Fax: 425-452-5247</li> <li>Email: <a href="mailto:kroberts@bellevuewa.gov">kroberts@bellevuewa.gov</a></li> </ul><p>If additional information is desired about the role and responsibilities of this commission, please call Deputy City Clerk Karin Roberts at 425-452-6806.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 16 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 15 Sep 2022 21:45:58 +0000 JCampos 201821 at https://bellevuewa.gov Openings on Human Services Commission https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/human-services-commission-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Openings on Human Services Commission</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/jcampos" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">JCampos</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-15T21:45:58+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/15/2022 - 14:45</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The City Council is seeking candidates for vacancies on Bellevue’s Human Services Commission. Interested residents can <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HSCFall2022">apply online</a>. Applications are due by Friday, Oct. 7.</p> <p>Made up of volunteers and appointed by the mayor with City Council concurrence, board and commission members serve four-year terms, offering their time and expertise to help shape Bellevue’s future. Bellevue’s boards and commissions advise the council and conduct regularly scheduled public meetings.</p> <p>The Human Services Commission advises the council concerning human services planning and funding. The commission is charged with representing the diversity of the community and provides the public with opportunities to be involved in commission activities. The commission meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.</p> <p>Applicants must be residents of Bellevue. The City of Bellevue values diversity and encourages anyone interested to apply.</p> <p><strong>Application Options</strong><br /> People who do not want to apply online can pick up community service applications from the City Clerk’s Office or Service First at City Hall, as well as the Bellevue Regional Library, the Lake Hills Library or Mini City Hall. A faxed copy may be requested by calling 425-452-6806. Applications may be submitted by any of the options below:</p> <ul><li>Hand-delivered: City Clerk’s Office, 450 110th Ave. NE</li> <li>Mailing Address: P.O. Box 90012, Bellevue, Washington, 98009-9012</li> <li>Fax: 425-452-5247</li> <li>Email: <a href="mailto:kroberts@bellevuewa.gov">kroberts@bellevuewa.gov</a></li> </ul><p>If additional information is desired about the role and responsibilities of this commission, please call Deputy City Clerk Karin Roberts at 425-452-6806.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 16 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 15 Sep 2022 21:45:58 +0000 JCampos 201821 at https://bellevuewa.gov Openings on Human Services Commission https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/human-services-commission-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Openings on Human Services Commission</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/jcampos" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">JCampos</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-15T21:45:58+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/15/2022 - 14:45</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The City Council is seeking candidates for vacancies on Bellevue’s Human Services Commission. Interested residents can <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HSCFall2022">apply online</a>. Applications are due by Friday, Oct. 7.</p> <p>Made up of volunteers and appointed by the mayor with City Council concurrence, board and commission members serve four-year terms, offering their time and expertise to help shape Bellevue’s future. Bellevue’s boards and commissions advise the council and conduct regularly scheduled public meetings.</p> <p>The Human Services Commission advises the council concerning human services planning and funding. The commission is charged with representing the diversity of the community and provides the public with opportunities to be involved in commission activities. The commission meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.</p> <p>Applicants must be residents of Bellevue. The City of Bellevue values diversity and encourages anyone interested to apply.</p> <p><strong>Application Options</strong><br /> People who do not want to apply online can pick up community service applications from the City Clerk’s Office or Service First at City Hall, as well as the Bellevue Regional Library, the Lake Hills Library or Mini City Hall. A faxed copy may be requested by calling 425-452-6806. Applications may be submitted by any of the options below:</p> <ul><li>Hand-delivered: City Clerk’s Office, 450 110th Ave. NE</li> <li>Mailing Address: P.O. Box 90012, Bellevue, Washington, 98009-9012</li> <li>Fax: 425-452-5247</li> <li>Email: <a href="mailto:kroberts@bellevuewa.gov">kroberts@bellevuewa.gov</a></li> </ul><p>If additional information is desired about the role and responsibilities of this commission, please call Deputy City Clerk Karin Roberts at 425-452-6806.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 16 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 15 Sep 2022 21:45:58 +0000 JCampos 201821 at https://bellevuewa.gov Openings on Human Services Commission https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/human-services-commission-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Openings on Human Services Commission</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/jcampos" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">JCampos</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-15T21:45:58+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/15/2022 - 14:45</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The City Council is seeking candidates for vacancies on Bellevue’s Human Services Commission. Interested residents can <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HSCFall2022">apply online</a>. Applications are due by Friday, Oct. 7.</p> <p>Made up of volunteers and appointed by the mayor with City Council concurrence, board and commission members serve four-year terms, offering their time and expertise to help shape Bellevue’s future. Bellevue’s boards and commissions advise the council and conduct regularly scheduled public meetings.</p> <p>The Human Services Commission advises the council concerning human services planning and funding. The commission is charged with representing the diversity of the community and provides the public with opportunities to be involved in commission activities. The commission meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.</p> <p>Applicants must be residents of Bellevue. The City of Bellevue values diversity and encourages anyone interested to apply.</p> <p><strong>Application Options</strong><br /> People who do not want to apply online can pick up community service applications from the City Clerk’s Office or Service First at City Hall, as well as the Bellevue Regional Library, the Lake Hills Library or Mini City Hall. A faxed copy may be requested by calling 425-452-6806. Applications may be submitted by any of the options below:</p> <ul><li>Hand-delivered: City Clerk’s Office, 450 110th Ave. NE</li> <li>Mailing Address: P.O. Box 90012, Bellevue, Washington, 98009-9012</li> <li>Fax: 425-452-5247</li> <li>Email: <a href="mailto:kroberts@bellevuewa.gov">kroberts@bellevuewa.gov</a></li> </ul><p>If additional information is desired about the role and responsibilities of this commission, please call Deputy City Clerk Karin Roberts at 425-452-6806.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 16 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 15 Sep 2022 21:45:58 +0000 JCampos 201821 at https://bellevuewa.gov Openings on Human Services Commission https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/human-services-commission-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Openings on Human Services Commission</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/jcampos" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">JCampos</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-15T21:45:58+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/15/2022 - 14:45</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The City Council is seeking candidates for vacancies on Bellevue’s Human Services Commission. Interested residents can <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HSCFall2022">apply online</a>. Applications are due by Friday, Oct. 7.</p> <p>Made up of volunteers and appointed by the mayor with City Council concurrence, board and commission members serve four-year terms, offering their time and expertise to help shape Bellevue’s future. Bellevue’s boards and commissions advise the council and conduct regularly scheduled public meetings.</p> <p>The Human Services Commission advises the council concerning human services planning and funding. The commission is charged with representing the diversity of the community and provides the public with opportunities to be involved in commission activities. The commission meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.</p> <p>Applicants must be residents of Bellevue. The City of Bellevue values diversity and encourages anyone interested to apply.</p> <p><strong>Application Options</strong><br /> People who do not want to apply online can pick up community service applications from the City Clerk’s Office or Service First at City Hall, as well as the Bellevue Regional Library, the Lake Hills Library or Mini City Hall. A faxed copy may be requested by calling 425-452-6806. Applications may be submitted by any of the options below:</p> <ul><li>Hand-delivered: City Clerk’s Office, 450 110th Ave. NE</li> <li>Mailing Address: P.O. Box 90012, Bellevue, Washington, 98009-9012</li> <li>Fax: 425-452-5247</li> <li>Email: <a href="mailto:kroberts@bellevuewa.gov">kroberts@bellevuewa.gov</a></li> </ul><p>If additional information is desired about the role and responsibilities of this commission, please call Deputy City Clerk Karin Roberts at 425-452-6806.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 16 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 15 Sep 2022 21:45:58 +0000 JCampos 201821 at https://bellevuewa.gov Openings on Human Services Commission https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/human-services-commission-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Openings on Human Services Commission</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/jcampos" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">JCampos</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-15T21:45:58+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/15/2022 - 14:45</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The City Council is seeking candidates for vacancies on Bellevue’s Human Services Commission. Interested residents can <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HSCFall2022">apply online</a>. Applications are due by Friday, Oct. 7.</p> <p>Made up of volunteers and appointed by the mayor with City Council concurrence, board and commission members serve four-year terms, offering their time and expertise to help shape Bellevue’s future. Bellevue’s boards and commissions advise the council and conduct regularly scheduled public meetings.</p> <p>The Human Services Commission advises the council concerning human services planning and funding. The commission is charged with representing the diversity of the community and provides the public with opportunities to be involved in commission activities. The commission meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.</p> <p>Applicants must be residents of Bellevue. The City of Bellevue values diversity and encourages anyone interested to apply.</p> <p><strong>Application Options</strong><br /> People who do not want to apply online can pick up community service applications from the City Clerk’s Office or Service First at City Hall, as well as the Bellevue Regional Library, the Lake Hills Library or Mini City Hall. A faxed copy may be requested by calling 425-452-6806. Applications may be submitted by any of the options below:</p> <ul><li>Hand-delivered: City Clerk’s Office, 450 110th Ave. NE</li> <li>Mailing Address: P.O. Box 90012, Bellevue, Washington, 98009-9012</li> <li>Fax: 425-452-5247</li> <li>Email: <a href="mailto:kroberts@bellevuewa.gov">kroberts@bellevuewa.gov</a></li> </ul><p>If additional information is desired about the role and responsibilities of this commission, please call Deputy City Clerk Karin Roberts at 425-452-6806.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 16 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 15 Sep 2022 21:45:58 +0000 JCampos 201821 at https://bellevuewa.gov Openings on Human Services Commission https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/human-services-commission-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Openings on Human Services Commission</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/jcampos" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">JCampos</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-15T21:45:58+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/15/2022 - 14:45</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The City Council is seeking candidates for vacancies on Bellevue’s Human Services Commission. Interested residents can <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HSCFall2022">apply online</a>. Applications are due by Friday, Oct. 7.</p> <p>Made up of volunteers and appointed by the mayor with City Council concurrence, board and commission members serve four-year terms, offering their time and expertise to help shape Bellevue’s future. Bellevue’s boards and commissions advise the council and conduct regularly scheduled public meetings.</p> <p>The Human Services Commission advises the council concerning human services planning and funding. The commission is charged with representing the diversity of the community and provides the public with opportunities to be involved in commission activities. The commission meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.</p> <p>Applicants must be residents of Bellevue. The City of Bellevue values diversity and encourages anyone interested to apply.</p> <p><strong>Application Options</strong><br /> People who do not want to apply online can pick up community service applications from the City Clerk’s Office or Service First at City Hall, as well as the Bellevue Regional Library, the Lake Hills Library or Mini City Hall. A faxed copy may be requested by calling 425-452-6806. Applications may be submitted by any of the options below:</p> <ul><li>Hand-delivered: City Clerk’s Office, 450 110th Ave. NE</li> <li>Mailing Address: P.O. Box 90012, Bellevue, Washington, 98009-9012</li> <li>Fax: 425-452-5247</li> <li>Email: <a href="mailto:kroberts@bellevuewa.gov">kroberts@bellevuewa.gov</a></li> </ul><p>If additional information is desired about the role and responsibilities of this commission, please call Deputy City Clerk Karin Roberts at 425-452-6806.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 16 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 15 Sep 2022 21:45:58 +0000 JCampos 201821 at https://bellevuewa.gov Openings on Human Services Commission https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/human-services-commission-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Openings on Human Services Commission</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/jcampos" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">JCampos</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-15T21:45:58+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/15/2022 - 14:45</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The City Council is seeking candidates for vacancies on Bellevue’s Human Services Commission. Interested residents can <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HSCFall2022">apply online</a>. Applications are due by Friday, Oct. 7.</p> <p>Made up of volunteers and appointed by the mayor with City Council concurrence, board and commission members serve four-year terms, offering their time and expertise to help shape Bellevue’s future. Bellevue’s boards and commissions advise the council and conduct regularly scheduled public meetings.</p> <p>The Human Services Commission advises the council concerning human services planning and funding. The commission is charged with representing the diversity of the community and provides the public with opportunities to be involved in commission activities. The commission meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.</p> <p>Applicants must be residents of Bellevue. The City of Bellevue values diversity and encourages anyone interested to apply.</p> <p><strong>Application Options</strong><br /> People who do not want to apply online can pick up community service applications from the City Clerk’s Office or Service First at City Hall, as well as the Bellevue Regional Library, the Lake Hills Library or Mini City Hall. A faxed copy may be requested by calling 425-452-6806. Applications may be submitted by any of the options below:</p> <ul><li>Hand-delivered: City Clerk’s Office, 450 110th Ave. NE</li> <li>Mailing Address: P.O. Box 90012, Bellevue, Washington, 98009-9012</li> <li>Fax: 425-452-5247</li> <li>Email: <a href="mailto:kroberts@bellevuewa.gov">kroberts@bellevuewa.gov</a></li> </ul><p>If additional information is desired about the role and responsibilities of this commission, please call Deputy City Clerk Karin Roberts at 425-452-6806.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 16 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 15 Sep 2022 21:45:58 +0000 JCampos 201821 at https://bellevuewa.gov Wildfire smoke hits area this weekend https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/wildfire-smoke-hits-area-weekend <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Wildfire smoke hits area this weekend</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-09T23:18:56+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 09/09/2022 - 16:18</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>According to the <a href="https://www.pscleanair.gov/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Puget Sound Clean Air Agency</a>, air quality in the region will be moderate to unhealthy for children, the elderly and individuals with respiratory illnesses over the weekend. Easterly winds are blowing wildfire smoke from eastern Washington this way.</p> <p>Try to find clean indoor air if possible. If you experience respiratory distress, you should speak with your doctor. The <a href="https://www.pscleanair.gov/517/Wildfire-Smoke" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Clean Air Agency</a> offers additional tips.</p> <p>King County issued a burn ban for all cities in the county, starting Friday, Sept. 9. Recreational fires, such as those in backyard fire pits and outdoor fireplaces are banned in Bellevue, as well as all neighboring jurisdictions, until further notice. Outdoor cooking in approved containers such as barbecue grills is still allowed.  </p> <p>A storm system should help clear out the smoke late Sunday or Monday. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-09T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 9 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 09 Sep 2022 23:18:56 +0000 CIosso 201771 at https://bellevuewa.gov Cultural Conversations: Creating places #WhereWeBelong https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/cultural-conversations-creating-places-wherewebelong <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Cultural Conversations: Creating places #WhereWeBelong</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-09T20:59:34+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 09/09/2022 - 13:59</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-09/Cultural%20Convo%203%20web.JPG?h=34e43602&amp;itok=0qxIc4N8" width="640" height="400" alt="Cultural Conversations discussions" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Cultural Conversations begins a new season of storytelling and connection during National Welcoming Week and celebrates this year's Welcoming Week theme, #WhereWeBelong. The program returns to in-person gathering Tuesday, Sept. 13, 1-2:30 p.m. at the Crossroads Community Center located at 16000 Northeast 10th Street, Bellevue, Wash.</p> <p>The #WhereWeBelong theme focuses on discovering the places that foster belonging, how and why belonging occurs and how to welcome those newly arrived. Enjoy tea and table conversation, as you participate in interactive exercises and storytelling, exploring what you’ve learned during the past two years of pandemic and what practices for gathering and welcoming work best today. Be a "welcomer" and invite a new friend.</p> <p>As this meeting is in person, we will continue to honor your safety preferences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Masks will be available.</p> <p>Cultural Conversations, a program entering its thirteenth season, has transformed relationships and perspectives among diverse women in our community through education and storytelling.</p> <p>For more information, accommodation needs, and to RSVP for purposes of space planning and providing updates, contact <a href="mailto:NeighborhoodOutreach@Bellevuewa.govo" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Email event organizers">NeighborhoodOutreach@Bellevuewa.gov</a> or 452-452-6836. Parking is available in front of the community center; the overflow lot (<a href="https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/WABELLE/2022/08/25/file_attachments/2253258/Crossroads Community Center Designated Overflow Parking Area.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Overflow parking map">click here for map</a>) is off Northeast 8th Street beside the fire station. Do not park at the nearby Crossroads Shopping Mall and walk off; you may be ticketed. </p> <p>For alternate formats, interpreters, or reasonable accommodation requests please phone at least 48 hours in advance 425-452-6917 (voice) or email <a href="mailto:cross@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Email event organizers">cross@bellevuewa.gov</a>. For complaints regarding accommodations, contact City of Bellevue ADA/Title VI Administrator at 425-452-6168 (voice). If you are Deaf or hard of hearing, dial 711. All meetings are wheelchair accessible.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-09T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 9 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 09 Sep 2022 20:59:34 +0000 MDeGrand 201766 at https://bellevuewa.gov Bellevue’s ‘Al Fresco’ dining ends mid-September https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/al-fresco-dining-survey <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Bellevue’s ‘Al Fresco’ dining ends mid-September</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-08T22:53:20+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/08/2022 - 15:53</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-09/Al%20Fresco%20Dining%20Bis.jpg?h=56d0ca2e&amp;itok=K0or4MY2" width="640" height="400" alt="John and Carla Stratfold dine at Bis on Main&#039;s al fresco space with their friend Stacy Graven (back to camera)." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">City seeks feedback on the program</p> <p>As we approach the fall, the cooler temperatures and shifting weather mean the on-street dining areas created as part of the city’s “Al Fresco” program along Main Street in Bellevue will soon close. These expanded outdoor dining areas placed in parking stalls will close after dinner service on Sunday, Sept. 18. Patios located on sidewalks will generally remain open as long as weather and demand allows.</p> <p>The city encourages residents and businesses to enjoy the spaces before the weather turns, then <a href="https://engagingbellevue.com/outdoor-dining" rel="noopener" target="_blank">take a survey</a> to help the city and its partners improve the experience of this program.</p> <p>“Supporting small businesses is important for a thriving downtown community,” said Patrick Bannon, Bellevue Downtown Association president. “It was inspiring to see al fresco dining become a favorite summer activity for so many people.”</p> <p>The on-street dining spaces were made possible by a close partnership between the City of Bellevue, the BDA and the Old Bellevue Merchants’ Association, with sponsorship support from Microsoft. In addition to the five on-street spaces on Main Street, the Heart of Bellevue Al Fresco program promoted more than 40 other restaurants with outdoor dining across the city. </p> <p>“As a resident of downtown Bellevue, I have found great joy in the outdoor dining spaces on Main Street,” said Mayor Lynne Robinson. “I am glad to have found a way to move these restaurant spaces forward as an ongoing feature of our community.”</p> <p>The city is seeking feedback on the Main Street dining spaces, to better understand how residents, business owners and visitors have used them. This will help inform how the city can help businesses and create more vibrant streetscapes in the future. Previous surveys have demonstrated the economic benefit of these types of spaces, with more than 80% of respondents saying the patio areas make them more likely to visit Main Street again in the future.</p> <p>“Residents and workers alike are craving more of these types of experiences,” said Jesse Canedo, chief economic development officer. “Our intention is for extended outdoor dining on Main Street to be just a first step on our journey to more actively programming our public spaces.”</p> <p>Residents and businesses can learn more about the city’s outdoor dining program and complete the program survey at <a href="https://engagingbellevue.com/outdoor-dining" rel="noopener" target="_blank">engagingbellevue.com/outdoor-dining</a>. In addition, restaurant operators can visit <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="fdcfd03a-b8b7-4fcc-a3c9-c4be3a4a7640" href="/city-government/departments/community-development/economic-development/partnerships/outdoor-dining" title="Outdoor Dining">Outdoor Dining</a> to learn more about outdoor options over the winter months.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-08T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 8 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 08 Sep 2022 22:53:20 +0000 CIosso 201756 at https://bellevuewa.gov Welcoming Week celebrates belonging in Bellevue https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/welcoming-week-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Welcoming Week celebrates belonging in Bellevue</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-08T16:45:03+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/08/2022 - 09:45</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-09/Peter%20Ali.jpg?h=bbbbe369&amp;itok=yXMbJodM" width="640" height="400" alt="Flutist Peter Ali will perform at the North Bellevue Community Center." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Welcoming Week, a national celebration of inclusion, is Sept. 9-18 this year, with the theme “Where We Belong.” Eastside cities and community organizations are hosting several events over the week. </p> <h2>Welcoming Week Events </h2> <h3>Celebrate Bellevue</h3> <p>Presentation about Bellevue’s history from the Eastside Heritage Center and musical performances at the North Bellevue Community Center 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10. Food for sale from a taco truck. Lawn games and arts and crafts. </p> <p>The program is free, but <a href="https://register.bellevuewa.gov/php/onlinereg/#/bvuewa/programinfo/419755" rel="noopener" target="_blank">advance registration</a> is required. </p> <h3>Northwest Ukrainian International Festival</h3> <p>Also on Saturday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at Crossroads Park, the festival will celebrate Ukrainian customs, including traditional clothing and crafts.  </p> <p>The largest Ukrainian festival on the west coast, cosponsored by the city since 2016, will feature authentic Ukrainian food, with vendor booths of local businesses and activities for children, including inflatables, games and a trout fishing pond. Bands, soloists and choirs will perform on a stage. <a href="http://ukrainianfest.org/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Northwest Ukrainian Festival</a></p> <h3>Bellevue Welcomes All at Mini City Hall</h3> <p>Introduction to services provided by the city and partner organizations at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="4886bc9f-0e9d-44d5-b5cf-2f69d8f38500" href="/city-government/departments/community-development/neighborhoods/mini-city-hall" title="Mini City Hall">Mini City Hall</a> at the Crossroads shopping center, Monday, Sept. 12, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Services include employment and entrepreneurship assistance, Medicare counseling and computer coaching. <br />  <br /> For more information, Mini City Hall staff are available at 425-452-2800 and <a href="mailto:minich@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">minich@bellevuewa.gov</a>. </p> <h3>Cultural Conversations: Where We Belong</h3> <p><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="71c22185-2372-46ea-8e5e-efb6ea443cd3" href="/events/cultural-conversations" title="Cultural Conversations ">Cultural Conversations</a>, the regular gathering of Eastside women of varied backgrounds, begins a new season of storytelling and connection with “Where We Belong” Tuesday Sept. 13, 1-2:30 p.m. at Crossroads Community Center, 16000 NE 10th St.</p> <p>Attendees will participate in interactive exercises and storytelling, exploring what they’ve learned during the past two years of pandemic and what practices for gathering and welcoming work best today. Please contact Neighborhood Outreach (<a href="mailto:neighborhoodoutreach@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">neighborhoodoutreach@bellevuewa.gov</a> or 452-452-6836) to reserve a seat. </p> <h2>Other events</h2> <p>The City of Bellevue’s <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="7a798119-5f95-4e20-80bf-8c18770834c8" href="/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/diversity-advantage-initiative/eastside-welcoming" title="Eastside Welcoming Week 2022">Welcoming Week webpage</a> and the <a href="https://ericmembers.org/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Eastside Refugee and Immigrant Coalition</a> each have listings of several Welcoming Week events happening in the area, some of which are not featured here. Events sponsored or cosponsored by the City of Bellevue are included. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-08T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 8 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 08 Sep 2022 16:45:03 +0000 CIosso 201741 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Early economic results of half marathon event https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-early-economic-results-half-marathon-event <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Early economic results of half marathon event </span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-08T22:22:52+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/08/2022 - 15:22</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-09/Driving%20Awareness%20Proclamation.jpg?h=a1f525db&amp;itok=P2VIGCvc" width="640" height="400" alt="Bellevue City Council presents Driving Safety proclamation" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Plus, public hearing on open space preservation program, new city code limiting police resources for certain out-of-state investigations and teen presentation on safe driving</p> <p><em><strong>NOTE: The next Bellevue City Council meeting will take place Monday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. due to an offsite council training session on Sept. 12.</strong></em></p> <p>On Tuesday, the City Council received a report on the preliminary economic benefits of the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll running event held in Bellevue over the weekend. </p> <p>After a three-year hiatus, a Rock ‘n’ Roll running event returned to Washington state and was headquartered in Bellevue for the first time. The event was expected to showcase the city as a desirable tourist destination to event participants from around the globe and provide tangible economic benefit to the city and region with an expected 9,000 registered runners. </p> <p>The event generated more than 4,500 room nights for local hotels and resulted in preliminary spending figures totaling more than $3 million in direct spending by participants between restaurants, retail, lodging and other local establishments and services. In addition, the music-themed event featured live music by local and regional musicians.</p> <p>A final report will come before the council in the next quarterly economic development update. The initial presentation can be viewed on replay from <a href="https://youtu.be/1TwEresyXpg?t=2117" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of meeting">Bellevue Television</a>. </p> <h4>Public hearing on open space preservation program</h4> <p>In other business, the council considered a resolution approving an application for King County’s Public Benefit Rating System (PBRS) Open Space Classification for a portion of private property in the Bridle Trails neighborhood of Bellevue. After holding a public hearing and engaging in discussion, the council did not approve the resolution to approve the application, but unanimously passed a motion to bring the resolution back at a future date with additional information.</p> <p>The PBRS program offers an incentive for property owners to preserve open space on private property in King County by providing a tax reduction. More information on PBRS is available from <a href="https://kingcounty.gov/" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to King County website">King County</a>. </p> <p>Councilmembers also directed staff to bring two Land Use Code Amendments back for public hearing and final action. One would provide additional extension periods for Temporary Public Safety Facilities to ensure continuity of services during a declared natural disaster or emergency circumstance, and the other makes changes to provisions related to the maximum number of children allowed at Family Child Care Home locations to bring the city into accordance with state law. Additional details about Family Child Care Homes can be found on the city’s <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/development/codes-and-guidelines/code-amendments" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to Code Amendments page">Code Amendments page</a>. </p> <h4>New city code limiting police resources for certain out-of-state investigations </h4> <p>Later, councilmembers voted unanimously to adopt an ordinance adding a new section to the Bellevue City Code limiting the use of Bellevue Police Department resources in out-of-state investigations related to certain reproductive health care services.</p> <p>On August 1, Councilmember Robertson requested the City Council to support staff research into options the council could take to limit police resources to enforce or cooperate with out-of-state investigations based on another state’s law that is inconsistent with the State of Washington’s protections of the right to choose abortion and provide abortion-related care. The discussion came after the United States Supreme Court decision to overrule the federal constitutional right to an abortion established by Roe v. Wade, leaving individual states to establish their own reproductive health rights and restrictions.</p> <p>More details are available in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5810700&amp;GUID=6A84A8B0-A2CF-4E08-869D-DD3ED4D70B91" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting materials</a>.</p> <h4>Proclamations include teen presentation on safe driving </h4> <p>At the start of the meeting, the council read three proclamations recognizing <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=11198671&amp;GUID=BE1602D0-171E-47D1-A050-7AED0AE74D09" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to proclamation">Hunger Action and Awareness Month</a>, <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=11198675&amp;GUID=C4FB61A8-F36A-4CD9-B319-D48B1E575E61" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to proclamation">Welcoming Week</a>, and <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=11198672&amp;GUID=6F3ADF0A-C9DF-40F0-B5C3-CF04E2D7DB1B" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to proclamation">Driving Safety Awareness Day</a>. </p> <p>Two Bellevue students, Anya Vaish and Ishika Binu, were on hand to deliver a <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=11206689&amp;GUID=063B5087-2A24-4992-B6A4-D3DA026BC15E" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to presentation">presentation</a> showing the data behind major driving hazards that contribute to crashes and fatalities on U.S. roads. They encouraged drivers to wear their seatbelts, avoid distracted driving – including cell phone use, never drive under the influence and avoid driving while drowsy.</p> <p>The teens stressed the importance of recognizing the inherent risks and responsibility of driving a vehicle and asked listeners to take a safe driving pledge at <a href="https://safedrive.club/" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to safe driving pledge site">https://safedrive.club/</a>.<br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-08T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 8 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 08 Sep 2022 22:22:52 +0000 MDeGrand 201751 at https://bellevuewa.gov You'll be mooved by Kelsey Creek Farm Park's history https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/lake-to-lake-9-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">You&#039;ll be mooved by Kelsey Creek Farm Park&#039;s history</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-07T22:46:21+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 09/07/2022 - 15:46</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-09/Twin%20Valley%20Dairy.jpg?h=5c70a84f&amp;itok=ZvIOdbvm" width="640" height="400" alt="One of the barns at Kelsey Creek Farm Park, built in the early 1930s, came out of a Sears catalog." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>In recognition of double milestones for Kelsey Creek Farm Park this year, the <a href="https://youtu.be/1Kv0fZ2DLpg" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Lake to Lake news show</a> delves into the place's history as a dairy farm started 100 years ago. The farm's subsequent conversion 50 years ago to a beloved park that still has cows is a mooving story.</p> <p>The latest episode of Lake to Lake also offers tips on staying safe in an emergency if you need to shelter in place and reviews the recent Bellevue Arts Museum Arts Fair.</p> <p>Lake to Lake is a production of Bellevue Television. You can subscribe to the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/bellevuetelevision" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Bellevue TV YouTube channel</a> to see more content. Questions? Check in with <a href="mailto:btv@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">btv@bellevuewa.gov</a>. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-07T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 7 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 07 Sep 2022 22:46:21 +0000 CIosso 201736 at https://bellevuewa.gov Bellwether 2022 celebrates art and technology https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/bellwether-2022 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Bellwether 2022 celebrates art and technology</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-06T23:17:57+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 09/06/2022 - 16:17</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-09/Artist%20Xin%20Xin.jpg?h=c6980913&amp;itok=mAMQ9hLa" width="640" height="400" alt="Seattle artist Xin Xin will offer a digital residency during Bellwether." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Art and tech intersect in the 2022 edition of Bellwether, Bellevue’s annual arts festival. Through most of September, the festival will feature digital residencies and augmented reality, as well as in-person events. </p> <p>All Bellwether events are free and open to the public. Bellwether is a multidisciplinary arts experience produced by the city in collaboration with Bellevue’s arts community and the city’s Arts Commission. </p> <p>A bellwether is a sign of things to come, and is a symbol of the overarching mission of the event: to showcase Bellevue’s creative future and to turn that future into reality. Bellwether got its start as a biennial sculpture exhibition in 1992, and has evolved to encompass new forms of art and culture. </p> <p>"Bellwether 2022: Art + Tech" includes digital residencies, an augmented reality art installation and in-person events.  Details about all of the presentations and art are available at <a href="https://bellwetherart.org/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Bellwether 2022</a>. Learn more about the city's arts program at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="3ca9d846-b744-41cc-8098-a7a7c197de7f" href="/city-government/departments/community-development/arts-and-culture" title="Arts and Culture">Arts and Culture</a>.</p> <h2>Digital Residencies</h2> <p>Showcasing local arts and experiences on digital platforms, Digital Residencies are a new way to exhibit art as part of Bellwether. Selected artists will present videos, 2D images, 3D works in progress, ephemeral experiences, AI Generated designs, and so much more throughout the month of September. Content will be featured on the social media channels of the artists, through the Bellevue Arts Program, and at the Bellwether Arts Festival.  </p> <p>For digital residencies at Bellwether, selected artists will share their work, including videos, images and three-dimensional works in progress social media, theirs and the city's, including Instagram at @bellwether_arts.   </p> <ul><li><strong>Sept. 2-8</strong>: Dustin Curtis // Trivia Puppet Company, Instagram @triviapuppet</li> <li><strong>Sept. 9-15</strong>: KT Hancock // Velvet Nugget Studios, Instagram @velvet_nugget_studios</li> <li><strong>Sept. 16-22</strong>: Xin Xin , Instagram @artxinxin_   </li> <li><strong>Sept. 23-29</strong>: Warren Armando Pope, Instagram @floral.naps</li> </ul><h2>Augmented Reality Installation</h2> <p>#GlitchGoddess, Sept. 6-20</p> <p><strong>Location</strong>: Bellevue Connection Plaza, 550 106th Ave. NE, presented by: Future Arts</p> <p>Marjan Moghaddam is a pioneering, digital artist and animator. "#GlitchGoddess" Is acclaimed as the first feminist digital art piece to hit viral metrics, disrupting the legacy art world’s depiction of the female form in a singular manner while switching from slender, heavy, young, old, pregnant, glitched, stylized to artistically abstracted, set to a voiceover of women complaining about inequality in the art world.</p> <p>#GlitchGoddess was originally presented in the Puget Sound area as part of AUGMENT Seattle 2022 after its commission at VMF Winter Arts. @marjan_moghaddam_artist, @futureartsco</p> <h2>Portable Collection Opening Reception</h2> <p>Sept. 14, 5-7 p.m. at City Hall, 450 110th Ave. NE</p> <p>Join us as we celebrate more than 40 artists whose work entered the city's portable collection during the pandemic. These artists’ works span styles, subject and media.  Full lists of purchased work, along with artist bios and statements can be found at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="0a490f51-bf9d-408b-ae46-035da4dcd569" href="/city-government/departments/community-development/arts-and-culture/public-art" title="Public Art and Opportunities">Public Art</a>.  </p> <h2>Techtober Mini-Teaser </h2> <p>Saturday, Sept. 17, 3-4:30 p.m. Bellevue Arts Museum Auditorium, 510 Bellevue Way NE</p> <p>GgLocators’ Cami Smith moderates a conversation with Netflix Animation Studios recruiter Camille Leganza and Netflix Games Platform  recruiter Miguel Calderon about the symbiotic relationship between tech and art.  The Performing Arts Center Eastside (PACE) presents this event ahead of its fall Techtober event series, hosted on the DigiPen campus, which aims to promote STEAM at the middle, high school and college level.  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-06T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 6 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 06 Sep 2022 23:17:57 +0000 CIosso 201721 at https://bellevuewa.gov Expect population boom (and some bass) in Bellevue this weekend https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/rocknroll-running <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Expect population boom (and some bass) in Bellevue this weekend</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-12T01:27:17+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/11/2022 - 18:27</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-09/Rock%27n%27roll%20runner.jpg?h=7c58bbcd&amp;itok=S8HJ8pqo" width="640" height="400" alt="Bellevue runner Kate Hildyard shares her excitement about participating in the St. Jude Rock &#039;n&#039; Roll Washington running event in Bellevue." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>600 locals among 9,000 runners in Rock ‘n’ Roll running event</h3> <p>More than 600 runners from Bellevue and thousands more from 38 states and several international locations will take part this weekend in the St. Jude Rock n’ Roll Washington running event, which features live music along the course routes to include a half marathon, 5K and kids run. </p> <p>“The benefit to the community for having this race in Bellevue is it makes people more aware of our wonderful city, how beautiful it is,” said Kate Hildyard, a Bellevue runner participating in the event.</p> <p>The 5K and kids run take place on Saturday, Sept. 3, and the half marathon is Sept. 4, with live music and road closures during the morning hours of both days. In addition, the event kicks off with an event expo and participant packet pickup at the Bellevue Hyatt starting Friday afternoon, Sept. 2. </p> <p>With more than 9,000 runners registered for either the half marathon or 5K, residents should expect Bellevue to be bustling with people this weekend and should use GPS to find the official detours around the courses. There are also still opportunities to volunteer with the event. Visitors are welcome to cheer on participants and enjoy free live music.</p> <h3>Street Closures</h3> <p>Full street closure information, including course routes, is available at <a href="https://www.runrocknroll.com/washington-road-closures" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington</a>. You can also get more information on the city’s <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="908b8a83-cddf-4eae-9389-3c9642662ce2" href="/city-government/departments/community-development/economic-development/rock-n-roll-running" title="Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Events">Rock'n'Roll Running Events page</a>. Here are some key locations and times for closures:</p> <p><strong>Downtown Park – </strong>While the park remains open over the weekend, it will serve as event headquarters, so the west parking lot will be closed starting Friday evening until Sunday afternoon and the park will be the location for the main music stage of the event, port-a-potties and event-related equipment and tents. The park’s south lot will be closed for most of the day on Sunday. Event parking is at nearby Bellevue Square.</p> <p><strong>Staging areas – </strong>100th Avenue Northeast between Northeast First and Northeast Fourth streets (west of Downtown Park) will close starting at 7 a.m. Saturday until event activities wrap up around 3 p.m. Sunday. </p> <p><strong>Start and Finish areas – </strong>Streets near Downtown Park, including Bellevue Way between Northeast Fourth and Main streets, and 100th Avenue Northeast between Second and Main streets, will serve as chutes for the start and finish lines of races, and will close for the 5K between 5 a.m. and noon Saturday and 2 a.m. to approximately noon Sunday for the half marathon.</p> <p><strong>Course routes – </strong>Streets along the running course routes will be closed from approximately 5-10 a.m. on Saturday and 2 a.m.-noon Sunday. A <a href="https://cdn1.sportngin.com/attachments/document/7a86-2741888/RNR_WASH__22_Road_Closure_Grid__7-6-22.pdf#_ga=2.2382832.1914418925.1658263119-1564582016.1637191292&amp;_gac=1.15327940.1658263240.CjwKCAjwrNmWBhA4EiwAHbjEQPm8Nv549NB28ViJ4b1ZgEE7oFKigW-BPriJK3B9P8yTNqMvnrq9IRoCbGIQAvD_BwE" rel="noopener" target="_blank">table listing all road closures</a> and times for both days is available. </p> <p>Race organizers along with city staff will be monitoring the entire event to ensure safety for all participants, spectators and travelers in the course area over the weekend. If you have questions, complaints or want to report something related to the event, please email <a href="mailto:community.cgi@ironman.com" rel="noopener" target="_blank">community.cgi@ironman.com</a>. If you need a non-emergency issue addressed that requires a first responder, you can use the Bellevue Police non-emergency line at 425-577-5656. Please only call 911 for emergencies. </p> <p><a href="https://www.runrocknroll.com/washington" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rock 'n' Roll Washington</a> has full event information.</p> <h3>About Bellevue </h3> <p>Known as a “City in a Park” with nearly 100 parks and a vast network of trails and greenbelts, Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington. The Eastside city spans 33.5 square miles from Lake Washington to Lake Sammamish. As part of the Innovation Triangle, Bellevue is the high-tech and retail center with a downtown skyline of gleaming high-rises, a diverse population of more than 145,000 and schools that are consistently rated among the best in the country. <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-02T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 2 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 12 Aug 2022 01:27:17 +0000 MDeGrand 201586 at https://bellevuewa.gov Expect population boom (and some bass) in Bellevue this weekend https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/rocknroll-running <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Expect population boom (and some bass) in Bellevue this weekend</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-12T01:27:17+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/11/2022 - 18:27</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-09/Rock%27n%27roll%20runner.jpg?h=7c58bbcd&amp;itok=S8HJ8pqo" width="640" height="400" alt="Bellevue runner Kate Hildyard shares her excitement about participating in the St. Jude Rock &#039;n&#039; Roll Washington running event in Bellevue." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>600 locals among 9,000 runners in Rock ‘n’ Roll running event</h3> <p>More than 600 runners from Bellevue and thousands more from 38 states and several international locations will take part this weekend in the St. Jude Rock n’ Roll Washington running event, which features live music along the course routes to include a half marathon, 5K and kids run. </p> <p>“The benefit to the community for having this race in Bellevue is it makes people more aware of our wonderful city, how beautiful it is,” said Kate Hildyard, a Bellevue runner participating in the event.</p> <p>The 5K and kids run take place on Saturday, Sept. 3, and the half marathon is Sept. 4, with live music and road closures during the morning hours of both days. In addition, the event kicks off with an event expo and participant packet pickup at the Bellevue Hyatt starting Friday afternoon, Sept. 2. </p> <p>With more than 9,000 runners registered for either the half marathon or 5K, residents should expect Bellevue to be bustling with people this weekend and should use GPS to find the official detours around the courses. There are also still opportunities to volunteer with the event. Visitors are welcome to cheer on participants and enjoy free live music.</p> <h3>Street Closures</h3> <p>Full street closure information, including course routes, is available at <a href="https://www.runrocknroll.com/washington-road-closures" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington</a>. You can also get more information on the city’s <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="908b8a83-cddf-4eae-9389-3c9642662ce2" href="/city-government/departments/community-development/economic-development/rock-n-roll-running" title="Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Events">Rock'n'Roll Running Events page</a>. Here are some key locations and times for closures:</p> <p><strong>Downtown Park – </strong>While the park remains open over the weekend, it will serve as event headquarters, so the west parking lot will be closed starting Friday evening until Sunday afternoon and the park will be the location for the main music stage of the event, port-a-potties and event-related equipment and tents. The park’s south lot will be closed for most of the day on Sunday. Event parking is at nearby Bellevue Square.</p> <p><strong>Staging areas – </strong>100th Avenue Northeast between Northeast First and Northeast Fourth streets (west of Downtown Park) will close starting at 7 a.m. Saturday until event activities wrap up around 3 p.m. Sunday. </p> <p><strong>Start and Finish areas – </strong>Streets near Downtown Park, including Bellevue Way between Northeast Fourth and Main streets, and 100th Avenue Northeast between Second and Main streets, will serve as chutes for the start and finish lines of races, and will close for the 5K between 5 a.m. and noon Saturday and 2 a.m. to approximately noon Sunday for the half marathon.</p> <p><strong>Course routes – </strong>Streets along the running course routes will be closed from approximately 5-10 a.m. on Saturday and 2 a.m.-noon Sunday. A <a href="https://cdn1.sportngin.com/attachments/document/7a86-2741888/RNR_WASH__22_Road_Closure_Grid__7-6-22.pdf#_ga=2.2382832.1914418925.1658263119-1564582016.1637191292&amp;_gac=1.15327940.1658263240.CjwKCAjwrNmWBhA4EiwAHbjEQPm8Nv549NB28ViJ4b1ZgEE7oFKigW-BPriJK3B9P8yTNqMvnrq9IRoCbGIQAvD_BwE" rel="noopener" target="_blank">table listing all road closures</a> and times for both days is available. </p> <p>Race organizers along with city staff will be monitoring the entire event to ensure safety for all participants, spectators and travelers in the course area over the weekend. If you have questions, complaints or want to report something related to the event, please email <a href="mailto:community.cgi@ironman.com" rel="noopener" target="_blank">community.cgi@ironman.com</a>. If you need a non-emergency issue addressed that requires a first responder, you can use the Bellevue Police non-emergency line at 425-577-5656. Please only call 911 for emergencies. </p> <p><a href="https://www.runrocknroll.com/washington" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rock 'n' Roll Washington</a> has full event information.</p> <h3>About Bellevue </h3> <p>Known as a “City in a Park” with nearly 100 parks and a vast network of trails and greenbelts, Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington. The Eastside city spans 33.5 square miles from Lake Washington to Lake Sammamish. As part of the Innovation Triangle, Bellevue is the high-tech and retail center with a downtown skyline of gleaming high-rises, a diverse population of more than 145,000 and schools that are consistently rated among the best in the country. <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-02T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 2 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 12 Aug 2022 01:27:17 +0000 MDeGrand 201586 at https://bellevuewa.gov Expect population boom (and some bass) in Bellevue this weekend https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/rocknroll-running <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Expect population boom (and some bass) in Bellevue this weekend</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-12T01:27:17+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/11/2022 - 18:27</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-09/Rock%27n%27roll%20runner.jpg?h=7c58bbcd&amp;itok=S8HJ8pqo" width="640" height="400" alt="Bellevue runner Kate Hildyard shares her excitement about participating in the St. Jude Rock &#039;n&#039; Roll Washington running event in Bellevue." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>600 locals among 9,000 runners in Rock ‘n’ Roll running event</h3> <p>More than 600 runners from Bellevue and thousands more from 38 states and several international locations will take part this weekend in the St. Jude Rock n’ Roll Washington running event, which features live music along the course routes to include a half marathon, 5K and kids run. </p> <p>“The benefit to the community for having this race in Bellevue is it makes people more aware of our wonderful city, how beautiful it is,” said Kate Hildyard, a Bellevue runner participating in the event.</p> <p>The 5K and kids run take place on Saturday, Sept. 3, and the half marathon is Sept. 4, with live music and road closures during the morning hours of both days. In addition, the event kicks off with an event expo and participant packet pickup at the Bellevue Hyatt starting Friday afternoon, Sept. 2. </p> <p>With more than 9,000 runners registered for either the half marathon or 5K, residents should expect Bellevue to be bustling with people this weekend and should use GPS to find the official detours around the courses. There are also still opportunities to volunteer with the event. Visitors are welcome to cheer on participants and enjoy free live music.</p> <h3>Street Closures</h3> <p>Full street closure information, including course routes, is available at <a href="https://www.runrocknroll.com/washington-road-closures" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington</a>. You can also get more information on the city’s <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="908b8a83-cddf-4eae-9389-3c9642662ce2" href="/city-government/departments/community-development/economic-development/rock-n-roll-running" title="Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Events">Rock'n'Roll Running Events page</a>. Here are some key locations and times for closures:</p> <p><strong>Downtown Park – </strong>While the park remains open over the weekend, it will serve as event headquarters, so the west parking lot will be closed starting Friday evening until Sunday afternoon and the park will be the location for the main music stage of the event, port-a-potties and event-related equipment and tents. The park’s south lot will be closed for most of the day on Sunday. Event parking is at nearby Bellevue Square.</p> <p><strong>Staging areas – </strong>100th Avenue Northeast between Northeast First and Northeast Fourth streets (west of Downtown Park) will close starting at 7 a.m. Saturday until event activities wrap up around 3 p.m. Sunday. </p> <p><strong>Start and Finish areas – </strong>Streets near Downtown Park, including Bellevue Way between Northeast Fourth and Main streets, and 100th Avenue Northeast between Second and Main streets, will serve as chutes for the start and finish lines of races, and will close for the 5K between 5 a.m. and noon Saturday and 2 a.m. to approximately noon Sunday for the half marathon.</p> <p><strong>Course routes – </strong>Streets along the running course routes will be closed from approximately 5-10 a.m. on Saturday and 2 a.m.-noon Sunday. A <a href="https://cdn1.sportngin.com/attachments/document/7a86-2741888/RNR_WASH__22_Road_Closure_Grid__7-6-22.pdf#_ga=2.2382832.1914418925.1658263119-1564582016.1637191292&amp;_gac=1.15327940.1658263240.CjwKCAjwrNmWBhA4EiwAHbjEQPm8Nv549NB28ViJ4b1ZgEE7oFKigW-BPriJK3B9P8yTNqMvnrq9IRoCbGIQAvD_BwE" rel="noopener" target="_blank">table listing all road closures</a> and times for both days is available. </p> <p>Race organizers along with city staff will be monitoring the entire event to ensure safety for all participants, spectators and travelers in the course area over the weekend. If you have questions, complaints or want to report something related to the event, please email <a href="mailto:community.cgi@ironman.com" rel="noopener" target="_blank">community.cgi@ironman.com</a>. If you need a non-emergency issue addressed that requires a first responder, you can use the Bellevue Police non-emergency line at 425-577-5656. Please only call 911 for emergencies. </p> <p><a href="https://www.runrocknroll.com/washington" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rock 'n' Roll Washington</a> has full event information.</p> <h3>About Bellevue </h3> <p>Known as a “City in a Park” with nearly 100 parks and a vast network of trails and greenbelts, Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington. The Eastside city spans 33.5 square miles from Lake Washington to Lake Sammamish. As part of the Innovation Triangle, Bellevue is the high-tech and retail center with a downtown skyline of gleaming high-rises, a diverse population of more than 145,000 and schools that are consistently rated among the best in the country. <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-02T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 2 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 12 Aug 2022 01:27:17 +0000 MDeGrand 201586 at https://bellevuewa.gov Expect population boom (and some bass) in Bellevue this weekend https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/rocknroll-running <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Expect population boom (and some bass) in Bellevue this weekend</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-12T01:27:17+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/11/2022 - 18:27</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-09/Rock%27n%27roll%20runner.jpg?h=7c58bbcd&amp;itok=S8HJ8pqo" width="640" height="400" alt="Bellevue runner Kate Hildyard shares her excitement about participating in the St. Jude Rock &#039;n&#039; Roll Washington running event in Bellevue." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>600 locals among 9,000 runners in Rock ‘n’ Roll running event</h3> <p>More than 600 runners from Bellevue and thousands more from 38 states and several international locations will take part this weekend in the St. Jude Rock n’ Roll Washington running event, which features live music along the course routes to include a half marathon, 5K and kids run. </p> <p>“The benefit to the community for having this race in Bellevue is it makes people more aware of our wonderful city, how beautiful it is,” said Kate Hildyard, a Bellevue runner participating in the event.</p> <p>The 5K and kids run take place on Saturday, Sept. 3, and the half marathon is Sept. 4, with live music and road closures during the morning hours of both days. In addition, the event kicks off with an event expo and participant packet pickup at the Bellevue Hyatt starting Friday afternoon, Sept. 2. </p> <p>With more than 9,000 runners registered for either the half marathon or 5K, residents should expect Bellevue to be bustling with people this weekend and should use GPS to find the official detours around the courses. There are also still opportunities to volunteer with the event. Visitors are welcome to cheer on participants and enjoy free live music.</p> <h3>Street Closures</h3> <p>Full street closure information, including course routes, is available at <a href="https://www.runrocknroll.com/washington-road-closures" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington</a>. You can also get more information on the city’s <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="908b8a83-cddf-4eae-9389-3c9642662ce2" href="/city-government/departments/community-development/economic-development/rock-n-roll-running" title="Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Events">Rock'n'Roll Running Events page</a>. Here are some key locations and times for closures:</p> <p><strong>Downtown Park – </strong>While the park remains open over the weekend, it will serve as event headquarters, so the west parking lot will be closed starting Friday evening until Sunday afternoon and the park will be the location for the main music stage of the event, port-a-potties and event-related equipment and tents. The park’s south lot will be closed for most of the day on Sunday. Event parking is at nearby Bellevue Square.</p> <p><strong>Staging areas – </strong>100th Avenue Northeast between Northeast First and Northeast Fourth streets (west of Downtown Park) will close starting at 7 a.m. Saturday until event activities wrap up around 3 p.m. Sunday. </p> <p><strong>Start and Finish areas – </strong>Streets near Downtown Park, including Bellevue Way between Northeast Fourth and Main streets, and 100th Avenue Northeast between Second and Main streets, will serve as chutes for the start and finish lines of races, and will close for the 5K between 5 a.m. and noon Saturday and 2 a.m. to approximately noon Sunday for the half marathon.</p> <p><strong>Course routes – </strong>Streets along the running course routes will be closed from approximately 5-10 a.m. on Saturday and 2 a.m.-noon Sunday. A <a href="https://cdn1.sportngin.com/attachments/document/7a86-2741888/RNR_WASH__22_Road_Closure_Grid__7-6-22.pdf#_ga=2.2382832.1914418925.1658263119-1564582016.1637191292&amp;_gac=1.15327940.1658263240.CjwKCAjwrNmWBhA4EiwAHbjEQPm8Nv549NB28ViJ4b1ZgEE7oFKigW-BPriJK3B9P8yTNqMvnrq9IRoCbGIQAvD_BwE" rel="noopener" target="_blank">table listing all road closures</a> and times for both days is available. </p> <p>Race organizers along with city staff will be monitoring the entire event to ensure safety for all participants, spectators and travelers in the course area over the weekend. If you have questions, complaints or want to report something related to the event, please email <a href="mailto:community.cgi@ironman.com" rel="noopener" target="_blank">community.cgi@ironman.com</a>. If you need a non-emergency issue addressed that requires a first responder, you can use the Bellevue Police non-emergency line at 425-577-5656. Please only call 911 for emergencies. </p> <p><a href="https://www.runrocknroll.com/washington" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rock 'n' Roll Washington</a> has full event information.</p> <h3>About Bellevue </h3> <p>Known as a “City in a Park” with nearly 100 parks and a vast network of trails and greenbelts, Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington. The Eastside city spans 33.5 square miles from Lake Washington to Lake Sammamish. As part of the Innovation Triangle, Bellevue is the high-tech and retail center with a downtown skyline of gleaming high-rises, a diverse population of more than 145,000 and schools that are consistently rated among the best in the country. <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-02T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 2 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 12 Aug 2022 01:27:17 +0000 MDeGrand 201586 at https://bellevuewa.gov Expect population boom (and some bass) in Bellevue this weekend https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/rocknroll-running <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Expect population boom (and some bass) in Bellevue this weekend</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-12T01:27:17+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/11/2022 - 18:27</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-09/Rock%27n%27roll%20runner.jpg?h=7c58bbcd&amp;itok=S8HJ8pqo" width="640" height="400" alt="Bellevue runner Kate Hildyard shares her excitement about participating in the St. Jude Rock &#039;n&#039; Roll Washington running event in Bellevue." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>600 locals among 9,000 runners in Rock ‘n’ Roll running event</h3> <p>More than 600 runners from Bellevue and thousands more from 38 states and several international locations will take part this weekend in the St. Jude Rock n’ Roll Washington running event, which features live music along the course routes to include a half marathon, 5K and kids run. </p> <p>“The benefit to the community for having this race in Bellevue is it makes people more aware of our wonderful city, how beautiful it is,” said Kate Hildyard, a Bellevue runner participating in the event.</p> <p>The 5K and kids run take place on Saturday, Sept. 3, and the half marathon is Sept. 4, with live music and road closures during the morning hours of both days. In addition, the event kicks off with an event expo and participant packet pickup at the Bellevue Hyatt starting Friday afternoon, Sept. 2. </p> <p>With more than 9,000 runners registered for either the half marathon or 5K, residents should expect Bellevue to be bustling with people this weekend and should use GPS to find the official detours around the courses. There are also still opportunities to volunteer with the event. Visitors are welcome to cheer on participants and enjoy free live music.</p> <h3>Street Closures</h3> <p>Full street closure information, including course routes, is available at <a href="https://www.runrocknroll.com/washington-road-closures" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington</a>. You can also get more information on the city’s <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="908b8a83-cddf-4eae-9389-3c9642662ce2" href="/city-government/departments/community-development/economic-development/rock-n-roll-running" title="Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Events">Rock'n'Roll Running Events page</a>. Here are some key locations and times for closures:</p> <p><strong>Downtown Park – </strong>While the park remains open over the weekend, it will serve as event headquarters, so the west parking lot will be closed starting Friday evening until Sunday afternoon and the park will be the location for the main music stage of the event, port-a-potties and event-related equipment and tents. The park’s south lot will be closed for most of the day on Sunday. Event parking is at nearby Bellevue Square.</p> <p><strong>Staging areas – </strong>100th Avenue Northeast between Northeast First and Northeast Fourth streets (west of Downtown Park) will close starting at 7 a.m. Saturday until event activities wrap up around 3 p.m. Sunday. </p> <p><strong>Start and Finish areas – </strong>Streets near Downtown Park, including Bellevue Way between Northeast Fourth and Main streets, and 100th Avenue Northeast between Second and Main streets, will serve as chutes for the start and finish lines of races, and will close for the 5K between 5 a.m. and noon Saturday and 2 a.m. to approximately noon Sunday for the half marathon.</p> <p><strong>Course routes – </strong>Streets along the running course routes will be closed from approximately 5-10 a.m. on Saturday and 2 a.m.-noon Sunday. A <a href="https://cdn1.sportngin.com/attachments/document/7a86-2741888/RNR_WASH__22_Road_Closure_Grid__7-6-22.pdf#_ga=2.2382832.1914418925.1658263119-1564582016.1637191292&amp;_gac=1.15327940.1658263240.CjwKCAjwrNmWBhA4EiwAHbjEQPm8Nv549NB28ViJ4b1ZgEE7oFKigW-BPriJK3B9P8yTNqMvnrq9IRoCbGIQAvD_BwE" rel="noopener" target="_blank">table listing all road closures</a> and times for both days is available. </p> <p>Race organizers along with city staff will be monitoring the entire event to ensure safety for all participants, spectators and travelers in the course area over the weekend. If you have questions, complaints or want to report something related to the event, please email <a href="mailto:community.cgi@ironman.com" rel="noopener" target="_blank">community.cgi@ironman.com</a>. If you need a non-emergency issue addressed that requires a first responder, you can use the Bellevue Police non-emergency line at 425-577-5656. Please only call 911 for emergencies. </p> <p><a href="https://www.runrocknroll.com/washington" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rock 'n' Roll Washington</a> has full event information.</p> <h3>About Bellevue </h3> <p>Known as a “City in a Park” with nearly 100 parks and a vast network of trails and greenbelts, Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington. The Eastside city spans 33.5 square miles from Lake Washington to Lake Sammamish. As part of the Innovation Triangle, Bellevue is the high-tech and retail center with a downtown skyline of gleaming high-rises, a diverse population of more than 145,000 and schools that are consistently rated among the best in the country. <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-02T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 2 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 12 Aug 2022 01:27:17 +0000 MDeGrand 201586 at https://bellevuewa.gov Expect population boom (and some bass) in Bellevue this weekend https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/rocknroll-running <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Expect population boom (and some bass) in Bellevue this weekend</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-12T01:27:17+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/11/2022 - 18:27</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-09/Rock%27n%27roll%20runner.jpg?h=7c58bbcd&amp;itok=S8HJ8pqo" width="640" height="400" alt="Bellevue runner Kate Hildyard shares her excitement about participating in the St. Jude Rock &#039;n&#039; Roll Washington running event in Bellevue." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>600 locals among 9,000 runners in Rock ‘n’ Roll running event</h3> <p>More than 600 runners from Bellevue and thousands more from 38 states and several international locations will take part this weekend in the St. Jude Rock n’ Roll Washington running event, which features live music along the course routes to include a half marathon, 5K and kids run. </p> <p>“The benefit to the community for having this race in Bellevue is it makes people more aware of our wonderful city, how beautiful it is,” said Kate Hildyard, a Bellevue runner participating in the event.</p> <p>The 5K and kids run take place on Saturday, Sept. 3, and the half marathon is Sept. 4, with live music and road closures during the morning hours of both days. In addition, the event kicks off with an event expo and participant packet pickup at the Bellevue Hyatt starting Friday afternoon, Sept. 2. </p> <p>With more than 9,000 runners registered for either the half marathon or 5K, residents should expect Bellevue to be bustling with people this weekend and should use GPS to find the official detours around the courses. There are also still opportunities to volunteer with the event. Visitors are welcome to cheer on participants and enjoy free live music.</p> <h3>Street Closures</h3> <p>Full street closure information, including course routes, is available at <a href="https://www.runrocknroll.com/washington-road-closures" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington</a>. You can also get more information on the city’s <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="908b8a83-cddf-4eae-9389-3c9642662ce2" href="/city-government/departments/community-development/economic-development/rock-n-roll-running" title="Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Events">Rock'n'Roll Running Events page</a>. Here are some key locations and times for closures:</p> <p><strong>Downtown Park – </strong>While the park remains open over the weekend, it will serve as event headquarters, so the west parking lot will be closed starting Friday evening until Sunday afternoon and the park will be the location for the main music stage of the event, port-a-potties and event-related equipment and tents. The park’s south lot will be closed for most of the day on Sunday. Event parking is at nearby Bellevue Square.</p> <p><strong>Staging areas – </strong>100th Avenue Northeast between Northeast First and Northeast Fourth streets (west of Downtown Park) will close starting at 7 a.m. Saturday until event activities wrap up around 3 p.m. Sunday. </p> <p><strong>Start and Finish areas – </strong>Streets near Downtown Park, including Bellevue Way between Northeast Fourth and Main streets, and 100th Avenue Northeast between Second and Main streets, will serve as chutes for the start and finish lines of races, and will close for the 5K between 5 a.m. and noon Saturday and 2 a.m. to approximately noon Sunday for the half marathon.</p> <p><strong>Course routes – </strong>Streets along the running course routes will be closed from approximately 5-10 a.m. on Saturday and 2 a.m.-noon Sunday. A <a href="https://cdn1.sportngin.com/attachments/document/7a86-2741888/RNR_WASH__22_Road_Closure_Grid__7-6-22.pdf#_ga=2.2382832.1914418925.1658263119-1564582016.1637191292&amp;_gac=1.15327940.1658263240.CjwKCAjwrNmWBhA4EiwAHbjEQPm8Nv549NB28ViJ4b1ZgEE7oFKigW-BPriJK3B9P8yTNqMvnrq9IRoCbGIQAvD_BwE" rel="noopener" target="_blank">table listing all road closures</a> and times for both days is available. </p> <p>Race organizers along with city staff will be monitoring the entire event to ensure safety for all participants, spectators and travelers in the course area over the weekend. If you have questions, complaints or want to report something related to the event, please email <a href="mailto:community.cgi@ironman.com" rel="noopener" target="_blank">community.cgi@ironman.com</a>. If you need a non-emergency issue addressed that requires a first responder, you can use the Bellevue Police non-emergency line at 425-577-5656. Please only call 911 for emergencies. </p> <p><a href="https://www.runrocknroll.com/washington" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rock 'n' Roll Washington</a> has full event information.</p> <h3>About Bellevue </h3> <p>Known as a “City in a Park” with nearly 100 parks and a vast network of trails and greenbelts, Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington. The Eastside city spans 33.5 square miles from Lake Washington to Lake Sammamish. As part of the Innovation Triangle, Bellevue is the high-tech and retail center with a downtown skyline of gleaming high-rises, a diverse population of more than 145,000 and schools that are consistently rated among the best in the country. <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-02T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 2 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 12 Aug 2022 01:27:17 +0000 MDeGrand 201586 at https://bellevuewa.gov Expect population boom (and some bass) in Bellevue this weekend https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/rocknroll-running <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Expect population boom (and some bass) in Bellevue this weekend</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-12T01:27:17+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/11/2022 - 18:27</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-09/Rock%27n%27roll%20runner.jpg?h=7c58bbcd&amp;itok=S8HJ8pqo" width="640" height="400" alt="Bellevue runner Kate Hildyard shares her excitement about participating in the St. Jude Rock &#039;n&#039; Roll Washington running event in Bellevue." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>600 locals among 9,000 runners in Rock ‘n’ Roll running event</h3> <p>More than 600 runners from Bellevue and thousands more from 38 states and several international locations will take part this weekend in the St. Jude Rock n’ Roll Washington running event, which features live music along the course routes to include a half marathon, 5K and kids run. </p> <p>“The benefit to the community for having this race in Bellevue is it makes people more aware of our wonderful city, how beautiful it is,” said Kate Hildyard, a Bellevue runner participating in the event.</p> <p>The 5K and kids run take place on Saturday, Sept. 3, and the half marathon is Sept. 4, with live music and road closures during the morning hours of both days. In addition, the event kicks off with an event expo and participant packet pickup at the Bellevue Hyatt starting Friday afternoon, Sept. 2. </p> <p>With more than 9,000 runners registered for either the half marathon or 5K, residents should expect Bellevue to be bustling with people this weekend and should use GPS to find the official detours around the courses. There are also still opportunities to volunteer with the event. Visitors are welcome to cheer on participants and enjoy free live music.</p> <h3>Street Closures</h3> <p>Full street closure information, including course routes, is available at <a href="https://www.runrocknroll.com/washington-road-closures" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington</a>. You can also get more information on the city’s <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="908b8a83-cddf-4eae-9389-3c9642662ce2" href="/city-government/departments/community-development/economic-development/rock-n-roll-running" title="Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Events">Rock'n'Roll Running Events page</a>. Here are some key locations and times for closures:</p> <p><strong>Downtown Park – </strong>While the park remains open over the weekend, it will serve as event headquarters, so the west parking lot will be closed starting Friday evening until Sunday afternoon and the park will be the location for the main music stage of the event, port-a-potties and event-related equipment and tents. The park’s south lot will be closed for most of the day on Sunday. Event parking is at nearby Bellevue Square.</p> <p><strong>Staging areas – </strong>100th Avenue Northeast between Northeast First and Northeast Fourth streets (west of Downtown Park) will close starting at 7 a.m. Saturday until event activities wrap up around 3 p.m. Sunday. </p> <p><strong>Start and Finish areas – </strong>Streets near Downtown Park, including Bellevue Way between Northeast Fourth and Main streets, and 100th Avenue Northeast between Second and Main streets, will serve as chutes for the start and finish lines of races, and will close for the 5K between 5 a.m. and noon Saturday and 2 a.m. to approximately noon Sunday for the half marathon.</p> <p><strong>Course routes – </strong>Streets along the running course routes will be closed from approximately 5-10 a.m. on Saturday and 2 a.m.-noon Sunday. A <a href="https://cdn1.sportngin.com/attachments/document/7a86-2741888/RNR_WASH__22_Road_Closure_Grid__7-6-22.pdf#_ga=2.2382832.1914418925.1658263119-1564582016.1637191292&amp;_gac=1.15327940.1658263240.CjwKCAjwrNmWBhA4EiwAHbjEQPm8Nv549NB28ViJ4b1ZgEE7oFKigW-BPriJK3B9P8yTNqMvnrq9IRoCbGIQAvD_BwE" rel="noopener" target="_blank">table listing all road closures</a> and times for both days is available. </p> <p>Race organizers along with city staff will be monitoring the entire event to ensure safety for all participants, spectators and travelers in the course area over the weekend. If you have questions, complaints or want to report something related to the event, please email <a href="mailto:community.cgi@ironman.com" rel="noopener" target="_blank">community.cgi@ironman.com</a>. If you need a non-emergency issue addressed that requires a first responder, you can use the Bellevue Police non-emergency line at 425-577-5656. Please only call 911 for emergencies. </p> <p><a href="https://www.runrocknroll.com/washington" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rock 'n' Roll Washington</a> has full event information.</p> <h3>About Bellevue </h3> <p>Known as a “City in a Park” with nearly 100 parks and a vast network of trails and greenbelts, Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington. The Eastside city spans 33.5 square miles from Lake Washington to Lake Sammamish. As part of the Innovation Triangle, Bellevue is the high-tech and retail center with a downtown skyline of gleaming high-rises, a diverse population of more than 145,000 and schools that are consistently rated among the best in the country. <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-02T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 2 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 12 Aug 2022 01:27:17 +0000 MDeGrand 201586 at https://bellevuewa.gov Expect population boom (and some bass) in Bellevue this weekend https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/rocknroll-running <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Expect population boom (and some bass) in Bellevue this weekend</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-12T01:27:17+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/11/2022 - 18:27</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-09/Rock%27n%27roll%20runner.jpg?h=7c58bbcd&amp;itok=S8HJ8pqo" width="640" height="400" alt="Bellevue runner Kate Hildyard shares her excitement about participating in the St. Jude Rock &#039;n&#039; Roll Washington running event in Bellevue." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>600 locals among 9,000 runners in Rock ‘n’ Roll running event</h3> <p>More than 600 runners from Bellevue and thousands more from 38 states and several international locations will take part this weekend in the St. Jude Rock n’ Roll Washington running event, which features live music along the course routes to include a half marathon, 5K and kids run. </p> <p>“The benefit to the community for having this race in Bellevue is it makes people more aware of our wonderful city, how beautiful it is,” said Kate Hildyard, a Bellevue runner participating in the event.</p> <p>The 5K and kids run take place on Saturday, Sept. 3, and the half marathon is Sept. 4, with live music and road closures during the morning hours of both days. In addition, the event kicks off with an event expo and participant packet pickup at the Bellevue Hyatt starting Friday afternoon, Sept. 2. </p> <p>With more than 9,000 runners registered for either the half marathon or 5K, residents should expect Bellevue to be bustling with people this weekend and should use GPS to find the official detours around the courses. There are also still opportunities to volunteer with the event. Visitors are welcome to cheer on participants and enjoy free live music.</p> <h3>Street Closures</h3> <p>Full street closure information, including course routes, is available at <a href="https://www.runrocknroll.com/washington-road-closures" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington</a>. You can also get more information on the city’s <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="908b8a83-cddf-4eae-9389-3c9642662ce2" href="/city-government/departments/community-development/economic-development/rock-n-roll-running" title="Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Events">Rock'n'Roll Running Events page</a>. Here are some key locations and times for closures:</p> <p><strong>Downtown Park – </strong>While the park remains open over the weekend, it will serve as event headquarters, so the west parking lot will be closed starting Friday evening until Sunday afternoon and the park will be the location for the main music stage of the event, port-a-potties and event-related equipment and tents. The park’s south lot will be closed for most of the day on Sunday. Event parking is at nearby Bellevue Square.</p> <p><strong>Staging areas – </strong>100th Avenue Northeast between Northeast First and Northeast Fourth streets (west of Downtown Park) will close starting at 7 a.m. Saturday until event activities wrap up around 3 p.m. Sunday. </p> <p><strong>Start and Finish areas – </strong>Streets near Downtown Park, including Bellevue Way between Northeast Fourth and Main streets, and 100th Avenue Northeast between Second and Main streets, will serve as chutes for the start and finish lines of races, and will close for the 5K between 5 a.m. and noon Saturday and 2 a.m. to approximately noon Sunday for the half marathon.</p> <p><strong>Course routes – </strong>Streets along the running course routes will be closed from approximately 5-10 a.m. on Saturday and 2 a.m.-noon Sunday. A <a href="https://cdn1.sportngin.com/attachments/document/7a86-2741888/RNR_WASH__22_Road_Closure_Grid__7-6-22.pdf#_ga=2.2382832.1914418925.1658263119-1564582016.1637191292&amp;_gac=1.15327940.1658263240.CjwKCAjwrNmWBhA4EiwAHbjEQPm8Nv549NB28ViJ4b1ZgEE7oFKigW-BPriJK3B9P8yTNqMvnrq9IRoCbGIQAvD_BwE" rel="noopener" target="_blank">table listing all road closures</a> and times for both days is available. </p> <p>Race organizers along with city staff will be monitoring the entire event to ensure safety for all participants, spectators and travelers in the course area over the weekend. If you have questions, complaints or want to report something related to the event, please email <a href="mailto:community.cgi@ironman.com" rel="noopener" target="_blank">community.cgi@ironman.com</a>. If you need a non-emergency issue addressed that requires a first responder, you can use the Bellevue Police non-emergency line at 425-577-5656. Please only call 911 for emergencies. </p> <p><a href="https://www.runrocknroll.com/washington" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rock 'n' Roll Washington</a> has full event information.</p> <h3>About Bellevue </h3> <p>Known as a “City in a Park” with nearly 100 parks and a vast network of trails and greenbelts, Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington. The Eastside city spans 33.5 square miles from Lake Washington to Lake Sammamish. As part of the Innovation Triangle, Bellevue is the high-tech and retail center with a downtown skyline of gleaming high-rises, a diverse population of more than 145,000 and schools that are consistently rated among the best in the country. <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-02T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 2 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 12 Aug 2022 01:27:17 +0000 MDeGrand 201586 at https://bellevuewa.gov Back-to-school time calls for increased awareness on streets https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/back-to-school-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Back-to-school time calls for increased awareness on streets</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-29T19:42:18+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 08/29/2022 - 12:42</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-08/Newport%20Heights%20Walk%20to%20School.JPG?h=56d0ca2e&amp;itok=e-Xjl-pL" width="640" height="400" alt="Newport Heights Elementary students use a crosswalk on the way to school." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Children at Bellevue School District will start their classes for the 2022-2023 school year on Thursday, Sept. 1, Issaquah schools start Tuesday, Aug. 30 and Renton School District will start on Wednesday, Aug. 31. Students, parents, Bellevue residents and commuters should prepare for the upcoming increase in traffic around area schools. </p> <p>The return of the school year brings more activity and traffic in and near school zones, especially around the morning and afternoon bell times. If you drive near schools at peak times, please be mindful of the following safety tips:</p> <ul><li>Slow down and watch out for kids walking, biking and rolling, especially at intersections, crosswalks and when entering and exiting school parking lots.</li> <li>When picking up or dropping off children at school, park responsibly and follow parking laws. Parking within 30 feet of a stop sign, within 20 feet of an intersection or within 5 feet of a driveway is not allowed. Stopping in the middle of the street for drop-off/pick up is unsafe for kids and can create unnecessary traffic jams. </li> <li>Adhere to the 20-mph speed limit in school zones.</li> <li>If you are commuting, find alternative routes around schools to avoid traffic congestion during arrival and dismissal times.</li> <li>Pay attention while driving; don’t be distracted by using electronic devices. State distracted driving laws passed in 2017 prohibit cell phone use while driving, at stop lights and while waiting in traffic. </li> </ul><p>In an effort to identify safety issues around schools, the city completed <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="d2cd7c33-7ef5-4007-8d46-650521c1b825" href="/city-government/departments/transportation/safety-and-maintenance/traffic-safety/vision-zero/road" title="Road Safety Assessments near Schools">road safety assessments</a> near Sherwood Forest Elementary School, Interlake High School, Highland Middle School, Sammamish High School, Stevenson Elementary School and Odle Middle School earlier this year. Please visit <a href="https://www.engagingbellevue.com/road-safety" rel="noopener" target="_blank">EngagingBellevue.com/road-safety</a> to respond to a questionnaire about safety and comfort while walking or biking along streets in those areas. </p> <p>There are also walking audits planned near Lake Hills and Phantom Lake elementary schools, Big Picture and Tillicum middle schools, and International and Newport high schools this fall and in 2023.</p> <p>To help ease congestion near schools, the <a href="https://chooseyourwaybellevue.org/schoolpool" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Bellevue SchoolPool</a> program will operate again this year. The program is a partnership between the City of Bellevue, King County Metro and Bellevue School District and facilitates carpooling, biking, walking and taking public transit to school, reducing traffic congestion around schools.</p> <p>To encourage drivers to obey the speed limit, the city’s school <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="71d08534-7d47-4be8-ab3f-e99b07bcdbca" href="/city-government/departments/police/police-services/traffic-and-photo-enforcement" title="Traffic Services">zone photo enforcement cameras</a> will operate during times that <a data-entity-substitution="file" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f97a3dbc-ef4d-45a2-b806-d18c9ff9e986" href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/SchoolFlashingBeaconSchedule.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="SchoolFlashingBeaconSchedule.pdf">school zone lights</a> are flashing near Odle Middle School and at Stevenson, Lake Hills and Sunset elementary schools. In addition to the photo enforcement cameras, officers regularly enforce the school zone speed limits. Additionally, the Bellevue School District’s school bus stop paddle camera program—outfitted on more than 20% of the fleet—helps improve student safety. Please remember to <a data-entity-substitution="file" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="cdffe307-7512-4e88-943f-a299c20eff21" href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/school-bus-flashing-lights-when-to-stop.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="school-bus-flashing-lights-when-to-stop.pdf">stop for school buses when their lights are flashing</a> or the stop paddle is out. </p> <p>If you are concerned about driving behavior in your neighborhood area, you can request "Park Smart" or traffic safety yard signs. Transportation staff will deliver signs and assist with installation.</p> <p>The city’s Neighborhood Traffic Safety Services team has many additional resources to help Bellevue residents get safely back to school this year. More information is available at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="6d975d16-7113-4b18-addb-a4ab1bebdf3a" href="/city-government/departments/transportation/safety-and-maintenance/traffic-safety/school-traffic" title="School Traffic Safety">School Traffic Safety</a>. Remember, safe streets in Bellevue start with you. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-08-29T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">August 29 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 29 Aug 2022 19:42:18 +0000 CIosso 201686 at https://bellevuewa.gov Mobility Implementation Plan wins Governor’s Smart Community Award https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/mobility-plan-smart-award <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Mobility Implementation Plan wins Governor’s Smart Community Award</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-17T16:27:47+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 08/17/2022 - 09:27</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Bellevue has won a 2022 Governor’s Smart Communities Award from the state Department of Commerce for its Mobility Implementation Plan, a new long-range planning framework that will help city officials decide on project investments in the transportation system based on all the ways people get around town.</p> <p>The award recognizes local governments for outstanding work in creating vibrant and livable communities by achieving the goals of the Growth Management Act. The project was recognized in the “smart projects” category for successful implementation of a comprehensive plan.</p> <p>“We are honored to receive this award as we look towards an increasingly multimodal future where our community has many transportation modes to choose from,” said Transportation Director Andrew Singelakis. “Thanks to Gov. Jay Inslee and the state Department of Commerce for recognizing the work of our Transportation Commission and our talented planners. The vision and support of our City Council has been crucial.” </p> <p>The Mobility Implementation Plan will be especially important when prioritizing investments based on what people want in their transportation system, the quality of life they expect and what users of all ages and abilities need to reach their destinations, whether walking, biking, driving or taking transit. Developed by the Transportation Commission with public input, the plan has four main goals: improve safety; consider equity; support growth; and improve access and mobility.</p> <p>This is the first time Bellevue Transportation has been honored with the Governor’s Smart Communities Award. The MIP also nabbed the VISION 2050 – Planning Ahead Award from the Puget Sound Regional Council this past May.</p> <p>The Smart Communities award presentation will take place at a City Council meeting in the fall. More information is available at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="7d575f23-7fad-4e7b-92b4-d2e36d474a5d" href="/city-government/departments/transportation/planning/infrastructure-and-subareas/mobility" title="Mobility Implementation Plan">Mobility Implementation Plan</a>. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-08-17T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">August 17 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 17 Aug 2022 16:27:47 +0000 CIosso 201621 at https://bellevuewa.gov New funding opportunity for human services organizations https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/new-funding-opportunity-human-services-organizations <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New funding opportunity for human services organizations</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-16T15:12:34+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/16/2022 - 08:12</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Nonprofit and community organizations offering behavioral health services, housing and employment services to Bellevue residents can apply for funding through the City of Bellevue. The funds are part of the city’s Housing Stability Program, created in response to the passage of House Bill 1590 by the state Legislature in 2020. HB1590 enacted a 10th of a percent sales tax increase to fund affordable housing and related services.</p> <p>The city anticipates $1.6 million of this funding will be available for proposals that support housing stability for individuals and households. Organizations must identify the specific service or program the funding would support in their application. Please note, this RFP is separate from one released by the city and ARCH on July 12 for affordable housing projects.</p> <p>The city’s Human Services Commission will review the proposals and give funding recommendations to the City Council this fall. Human Services is releasing the notice of funding availability, Tuesday Aug. 16. Applications, available at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="6edda397-281a-4ae0-a2f1-c5f5343472dd" href="/city-government/departments/parks/community-services/human-services/behavioral-health-and-housing" title="Behavioral Health and Housing Related Services Housing Stability Program">Human Services Housing Stability</a>, are due by 4:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26. For more information, please contact Leslie R. Miller, human services manager (425-452-2824 or <a href="mailto:lrmiller@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">lrmiller@bellevuewa.gov</a>).</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-08-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">August 16 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 16 Aug 2022 15:12:34 +0000 CIosso 201601 at https://bellevuewa.gov New funding opportunity for human services organizations https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/new-funding-opportunity-human-services-organizations <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New funding opportunity for human services organizations</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-16T15:12:34+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/16/2022 - 08:12</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Nonprofit and community organizations offering behavioral health services, housing and employment services to Bellevue residents can apply for funding through the City of Bellevue. The funds are part of the city’s Housing Stability Program, created in response to the passage of House Bill 1590 by the state Legislature in 2020. HB1590 enacted a 10th of a percent sales tax increase to fund affordable housing and related services.</p> <p>The city anticipates $1.6 million of this funding will be available for proposals that support housing stability for individuals and households. Organizations must identify the specific service or program the funding would support in their application. Please note, this RFP is separate from one released by the city and ARCH on July 12 for affordable housing projects.</p> <p>The city’s Human Services Commission will review the proposals and give funding recommendations to the City Council this fall. Human Services is releasing the notice of funding availability, Tuesday Aug. 16. Applications, available at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="6edda397-281a-4ae0-a2f1-c5f5343472dd" href="/city-government/departments/parks/community-services/human-services/behavioral-health-and-housing" title="Behavioral Health and Housing Related Services Housing Stability Program">Human Services Housing Stability</a>, are due by 4:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26. For more information, please contact Leslie R. Miller, human services manager (425-452-2824 or <a href="mailto:lrmiller@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">lrmiller@bellevuewa.gov</a>).</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-08-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">August 16 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 16 Aug 2022 15:12:34 +0000 CIosso 201601 at https://bellevuewa.gov Traffic collision results in fatality https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/car-bus-fatality <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Traffic collision results in fatality</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-16T20:27:20+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/16/2022 - 13:27</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>On Monday, a collision involving a King County Metro bus and a car killed an 81-year-old man who was passenger in the car.</p> <p>The incident occurred around 8 a.m. at the intersection of 156th Avenue Northeast and Northup Way. The passenger car, traveling westbound on Northup Way, entered the intersection at the same time a bus made a left turn onto northbound 156th Avenue. This resulted in a head-on collision.</p> <p>The driver of the passenger vehicle was transported to Overlake Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries. The sole car passenger was declared dead on the scene. There were no reported injuries to the Metro bus driver and four passengers on the bus.</p> <p>At this time, the Bellevue Police Department has found no signs of impairment for either driver; speed was not a contributing factor. The investigation into the collision is ongoing. </p> <p>“During this difficult time, we extend our sincerest condolences to the family who lost a loved one,” said Transportation Assistant Director Chris Long. “We will continue to work with our partners in the Police Department on this ongoing investigation and to advance our goal to eliminate serious and fatal collisions in Bellevue by 2030 through our Vision Zero Strategic Plan.”</p> <p>The incident was the first traffic fatality in Bellevue in 2022. More information about transportation safety in Bellevue is available at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="144c2ac3-f82a-499e-8be9-97abb853c502" href="/city-government/departments/transportation/safety-and-maintenance/traffic-safety/vision-zero" title="Vision Zero">Vision Zero</a>.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-08-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">August 16 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 16 Aug 2022 20:27:20 +0000 CIosso 201606 at https://bellevuewa.gov New funding opportunity for human services organizations https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/new-funding-opportunity-human-services-organizations <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New funding opportunity for human services organizations</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-16T15:12:34+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/16/2022 - 08:12</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Nonprofit and community organizations offering behavioral health services, housing and employment services to Bellevue residents can apply for funding through the City of Bellevue. The funds are part of the city’s Housing Stability Program, created in response to the passage of House Bill 1590 by the state Legislature in 2020. HB1590 enacted a 10th of a percent sales tax increase to fund affordable housing and related services.</p> <p>The city anticipates $1.6 million of this funding will be available for proposals that support housing stability for individuals and households. Organizations must identify the specific service or program the funding would support in their application. Please note, this RFP is separate from one released by the city and ARCH on July 12 for affordable housing projects.</p> <p>The city’s Human Services Commission will review the proposals and give funding recommendations to the City Council this fall. Human Services is releasing the notice of funding availability, Tuesday Aug. 16. Applications, available at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="6edda397-281a-4ae0-a2f1-c5f5343472dd" href="/city-government/departments/parks/community-services/human-services/behavioral-health-and-housing" title="Behavioral Health and Housing Related Services Housing Stability Program">Human Services Housing Stability</a>, are due by 4:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26. For more information, please contact Leslie R. Miller, human services manager (425-452-2824 or <a href="mailto:lrmiller@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">lrmiller@bellevuewa.gov</a>).</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-08-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">August 16 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 16 Aug 2022 15:12:34 +0000 CIosso 201601 at https://bellevuewa.gov New funding opportunity for human services organizations https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/new-funding-opportunity-human-services-organizations <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New funding opportunity for human services organizations</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-16T15:12:34+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/16/2022 - 08:12</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Nonprofit and community organizations offering behavioral health services, housing and employment services to Bellevue residents can apply for funding through the City of Bellevue. The funds are part of the city’s Housing Stability Program, created in response to the passage of House Bill 1590 by the state Legislature in 2020. HB1590 enacted a 10th of a percent sales tax increase to fund affordable housing and related services.</p> <p>The city anticipates $1.6 million of this funding will be available for proposals that support housing stability for individuals and households. Organizations must identify the specific service or program the funding would support in their application. Please note, this RFP is separate from one released by the city and ARCH on July 12 for affordable housing projects.</p> <p>The city’s Human Services Commission will review the proposals and give funding recommendations to the City Council this fall. Human Services is releasing the notice of funding availability, Tuesday Aug. 16. Applications, available at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="6edda397-281a-4ae0-a2f1-c5f5343472dd" href="/city-government/departments/parks/community-services/human-services/behavioral-health-and-housing" title="Behavioral Health and Housing Related Services Housing Stability Program">Human Services Housing Stability</a>, are due by 4:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26. For more information, please contact Leslie R. Miller, human services manager (425-452-2824 or <a href="mailto:lrmiller@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">lrmiller@bellevuewa.gov</a>).</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-08-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">August 16 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 16 Aug 2022 15:12:34 +0000 CIosso 201601 at https://bellevuewa.gov