City News https://bellevuewa.gov/ en Permit Center expands in-person business hours https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/permit-center-expands-person-business-hours <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Permit Center expands in-person business hours</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="2021-08-02T16:52:39+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 08/02/2021 - 09:52</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-08/Permit%20Center%20Resized.jpg?h=55058c9b&amp;itok=TCXTjYOL" width="640" height="400" alt="Image of customer being helped at permit 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>On Monday, August 2, the Development Services Permit Center at Bellevue City Hall further expands business hours for in-person services. Staff will be available 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On Wednesday, in-person services are available 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  </p> <p>Development Services offers one-stop permit shopping for land and building development. Department staff review plans, inspect projects and investigate code violations. These services ensure that projects are safe and aligned with federal, state and city codes. More information about permits, the paperless permitting process and how to submit applications and upload plans is available on the <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/development/permits" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to Development Services Permits page">Development Services Permits page</a>.  </p> <p>For customers with general questions about permits and the permitting process, staff are available via phone and e-mail, as well as in person. Development Services is also offering virtual permit center appointments, to allow customers to schedule one-on-one time with permit technicians and plan reviewers via video meeting. Visit the virtual permit center page to learn more about the types of appointments available and to book a <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/development/permits/virtual-permit-center" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to virtual permit center page">virtual permit center</a> meeting.  </p> <p>For a full list of city services offered in person, as well as service hours, please visit the city’s <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/covid-19-updates-inslee-confirms-june-30-reopening" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to COVID-19 page">COVID-19 response page</a>. Masks are required for visitors to Bellevue City Hall unless fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-08-02T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">August 2 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 02 Aug 2021 16:52:39 +0000 MDeGrand 197396 at https://bellevuewa.gov Community celebrates safety upgrades for SE Newport Way https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/community-celebrates-safety-upgrades-se-newport-way <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Community celebrates safety upgrades for SE Newport Way</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="2021-07-30T20:51:33+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 07/30/2021 - 13:51</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-07/Newport%20Way%20Now%20Open%20letters%20resized.JPG?h=34e43602&amp;itok=yY8x2xN4" width="640" height="400" alt="Community members with Now Open letters" 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>Years of collaboration between residents in the Eastgate area and City of Bellevue officials capped off today with a celebration marking the completion of a major transportation improvement project on Southeast Newport Way. </p> <p>Community members and several city councilmembers commemorated the Southeast Newport Way Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvement project, which significantly improved safety along 0.85 miles of the roadway, from Somerset Boulevard Southeast to 150th Avenue Southeast. </p> <p>“As an avid bicycle rider, I’m really excited about this huge improvement for Southeast Newport Way,” said Mayor Lynne Robinson. “The project makes this section of roadway dramatically safer for all users – people who walk, bicycle, roll, take transit and drive. Thanks to everyone who had a hand in making this project a reality.” </p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:media.medium" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="badbafaa-db64-4fff-aa22-1d4af9fa9194" data-langcode="en" class="align-right 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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium_330_220/public/inline-images/2021-07/Newport%20Way%20Group%20Shot%20resized.JPG?itok=HuT4Ll6Q" width="330" height="220" alt="Group of SE Newport Way Supporters" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium-330-220" /></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Previously, there were no sidewalks or bike lanes along the corridor, which includes a community center, library, school and church. Improvements today include:</p> <ul><li>A 10-foot wide, mixed-use path for pedestrians and bicyclists on the north side of the road; a 5-foot-wide bike lane on the south side of the street; and a 10.5-foot wide vehicle travel lane in both the eastbound and the westbound directions.</li> <li>A 6-foot wide sidewalk on the south side of the street, between 150th Avenue Southeast and the South Bellevue Community Center.</li> <li>Nine new retaining walls, replacement of some sections of guardrail, new lighting, and signage.</li> <li>New drainage infrastructure to meet the city stormwater code, and other utility improvements.</li> </ul><p>Planning for the project traces all the way back to 2012 when voters in the Eastgate area of unincorporated King County approved annexation into the city of Bellevue. That led to a push in 2014 by a citizens’ group advocating for safety improvements. In response, the City Council created a project that eventually led to the current upgrades. </p> <p>The total cost of the project is estimated at $10.5 million. More information is available at <a href="http://www.bellevuewa.gov/newport-way" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to project web page">BellevueWA.gov/newport-way</a>. <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-07-30T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 30 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 30 Jul 2021 20:51:33 +0000 MDeGrand 197391 at https://bellevuewa.gov Help improve the health of Bellevue’s waterways https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/help-improve-health-bellevues-waterways <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Help improve the health of Bellevue’s waterways</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="2021-07-30T16:45:08+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 07/30/2021 - 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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-07/Watershed%20Mgmt%20Plan%20%283%29.png?h=d04cfd0f&amp;itok=iRcNCvn6" width="640" height="400" alt="Cityscape Illustration for Watershed Mgmt. Plan Resized" 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"><h2>Take a short survey about the city’s Watershed Management Plan by Aug. 30</h2> <p>Bellevue residents are invited to <a href="https://www.engagingbellevue.com/watershed-management" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to survey">take a survey</a> to help shape “Our Streams, Our Future,” the 20-year Watershed Management Plan initiated by the city to improve the health of Bellevue’s streams for people and wildlife. </p> <p>Bellevue’s landscape has changed dramatically in the past 150 years, from forests and farmland to a bustling city. That growth, while positive in many ways, can also affect the health of our waterways and the salmon, fish and wildlife who call our more than 80 miles of streams home.</p> <p>When rain falls over hard surfaces such as rooftops, driveways, streets, highways and parking lots, it picks up pollutants including fertilizers, soap, oil and dirt. This polluted stormwater flows into storm drains, and can harm streams, lakes and wetlands.</p> <p>As we expand paved areas, more stormwater flows into streams. Too much stormwater running into streams can erode their banks and harm fish and wildlife habitat. What happens in Bellevue’s watersheds impacts the water quality and habitat of Lake Sammamish and Lake Washington, and ultimately, Puget Sound. </p> <p>The Watershed Management Plan effort is the result of both recommendations from the <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/utilities/utilities-projects-plans-standards/utilities-plans-and-reports/storm-and-surface-water-system-plan" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to Plan document">Utilities Storm and Surface Water System Plan</a> approved by Bellevue City Council in 2015 and goals identified in the recently-adopted <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/community-development/environmental-stewardship/esi-strategic-plan" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to Environmental Stewardship Initiative">Environmental Stewardship Initiative</a>.</p> <p>The Plan will recommend actions for the city in four categories: </p> <ul><li>Projects, such as controlling and treating rainwater runoff from city streets before it gets into streams;</li> <li>Programs, including removing barriers in streams, so fish can move easily through them; </li> <li>Policies or regulations, such as incentives for developers or homeowners to build facilities to clean runoff before it gets into streams; and</li> <li>Enhanced maintenance, such as more street sweeping to prevent pollutants from entering streams.</li> </ul><p>The input of residents and community partners will help the city develop an effective plan that will prioritize investments to protect, maintain and improve Bellevue’s streams now and in the future. </p> <p><strong>To learn more about the plan and take the survey, go to <a href="http://www.engagingbellevue.com/watershed-management" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to survey">EngagingBellevue.com/watershed-management</a>. </strong></p> <p>The <strong>survey is open through August 30</strong> and is available in <a href="https://www.engagingbellevue.com/watershed-management-chinese" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Survey in Chinese">simplified Chinese</a>, <a href="https://prr.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8k6XiM1hewn3h5Q" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Survey in English">English</a>, <a href="https://www.engagingbellevue.com/watershed-management-korean" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Survey in Korean">Korean</a>, <a href="https://www.engagingbellevue.com/watershed-management-russian" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Survey in Russian">Russian</a>, <a href="https://www.engagingbellevue.com/watershed-management-spanish" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Survey in Spanish">Spanish</a> and <a href="https://www.engagingbellevue.com/watershed-management-vietnamese" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Survey in Vietnamese">Vietnamese</a>.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-07-30T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 30 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 30 Jul 2021 16:45:08 +0000 MDeGrand 197386 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Affordable housing capital projects funding approved https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-affordable-housing-capital-projects-funding-approved <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Affordable housing capital projects funding approved </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="2021-07-28T23:58:16+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 07/28/2021 - 16:58</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-07/East%20Main%20TOD%20Area%20Aerial.png?h=376eb1e8&amp;itok=Y6nnVmsN" width="640" height="400" alt="Aerial view of East Main TOD 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"><h2>Plus, public hearing for East Main Land Use Code Amendment, American Rescue Plan Act funding approval and permanent supportive housing discussion</h2> <p>On Monday, the City Council reviewed a recommendation to initiate a request for proposals to fund affordable housing capital projects using House Bill 1590 (HB1590) funding. HB1590 was approved by the State legislature in 2020, enacting a tenth of a percent sales tax increase to fund affordable housing and related services. </p> <p>Revenue of roughly $8.5 million for Bellevue in 2021 will go towards preservation and creation of affordable housing for low-income residents and to providing behavioral health and housing related services to support and enhance housing stability. The council reviewed and approved funding in the amount of $1.6 million for the behavioral health and housing services portion.  </p> <p>This week the councilmembers reviewed funding priorities for the capital projects component. Based on feedback from stakeholder engagement, the recommended priorities for funding capital projects through HB1590 funds include projects that address and prevent homelessness and housing instability, serve households earning 0-30% of the area’s median household income, and focus on vulnerable, underserved populations. The priorities will be applied to a Request for Proposals (RFP) initiated by the city to fund up to $6 million in capital projects.  </p> <p>Councilmembers unanimously approved moving forward with the RFP and allocating the funding in line with the recommended priorities. Their full discussion is available through <a href="https://youtu.be/6YknA8WHi28?t=13106" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of council discussion">video replay</a> from Bellevue Television. The city expects to issue the RFP in August, with applications due at the end of September. Final recommendations for HB1590 funding for capital project proposals is expected to go before council for a vote in early 2022.</p> <h3>Public hearing for East Main Land Use Code Amendment</h3> <p>Also this week, a public hearing was held on the proposed Land Use Code Amendment (LUCA) for the East Main Transit Oriented Development (TOD) land use district to consider height and form, density, the amenity system, landscaping, parking, street and pedestrian circulation, pedestrian bridge, and other development elements for the East Main TOD. </p> <p>After hearing from several community members during the public hearing, councilmembers identified topics and information that the Council would like to discuss in future study sessions before they vote on the final proposed LUCA.</p> <p>More details are in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5066553&amp;GUID=0E77E10B-A9FA-4F1A-87C0-4E041CD4FA86" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting materials</a> and the public hearing and council discussion are available through <a href="https://youtu.be/6YknA8WHi28?t=6786" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of council discussion">video replay</a>.   </p> <h3>American Rescue Plan Act funding approval</h3> <p>In other business, the council unanimously voted to begin the process of using up to $8 million in federal funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The act provides $1.9 trillion in funding nationwide to continue responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.</p> <p>Bellevue expects to receive approximately $20 million in ARPA funding through 2022. The most critical needs for the city in its pandemic recovery efforts include housing and workforce stability through rent and eviction relief, workforce assistance and small business help. </p> <p>The council unanimously voted to initiate budget amendments to authorize the plan to allocate $7 million in funds to assist approximately 1,000 households in paying of back rent and future rent to keep them in their homes, as well as transitional support for those already evicted. The plan would also use $500,000 for small business rent relief through 55 small business grants and $500,000 to provide workforce assistance to more than 2,000 unemployed Bellevue residents and 20 businesses in creating new development programs such as internships. </p> <p>The city will release more information to the community once the funds have been allocated and made available. More details on the funding and the budget amendment process are in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5066554&amp;GUID=5B49C9EF-807C-4984-BB70-5FACAD12BE3C" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting materials</a>.</p> <h3>Permanent supportive housing discussion</h3> <p>Councilmembers also discussed the standards and elements the city should include in its work plan for facilitating and regulating permanent supportive housing in Bellevue.  </p> <p>Next week, the council is scheduled to review recommendations discussed based on an analysis of feasibility and other considerations. The full discussion and proposed work plan elements can be viewed through <a href="https://youtu.be/6YknA8WHi28?t=3261" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of council discussion">video replay</a>. The rationale and list of proposed items to consider adding to the workplan are in the<a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5066557&amp;GUID=CA737B2A-226C-4712-9064-28A9F2CA6572" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials"> meeting materials</a>. <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-07-28T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 28 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 28 Jul 2021 23:58:16 +0000 MDeGrand 197381 at https://bellevuewa.gov Kayak tour of Mercer Slough with Bellevue TV https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/kayak-lake-to-lake <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Kayak tour of Mercer Slough with Bellevue TV</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="2021-07-26T21:15:25+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 07/26/2021 - 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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-07/Lake%20to%20Lake%20Mercer%20Slough.jpg?h=323bab93&amp;itok=xQhOuY8T" width="640" height="400" alt="Bellevue TV host Robin Steel offers a tour of Mercer Slough." 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">On the <a href="https://youtu.be/xQETMHQ4jf8" rel=" noopener" target="_blank">summer episode</a> of Lake to Lake, Bellevue Television offers more than a glimpse of local wildlife on a kayak tour through the Mercer Slough Nature Park. The show also features an update on efforts by a brave local mom to deter drownings in area lakes and pools. <br />  <br /> Lake to Lake is produced by <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="a99f35dd-2d6e-449b-ac6c-cc2f1208cc23" href="/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/communications/bellevue-television" title="Bellevue Television">Bellevue TV</a>, and is available on cable channel 21 and Bellevue TV's YouTube channel. For more information, email <a href="mailto:btv@bellevuewa.gov" rel=" noopener" target="_blank">BTV@BellevueWA.gov</a>.<br />  </div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-07-26T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 26 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 26 Jul 2021 21:15:25 +0000 CIosso 197371 at https://bellevuewa.gov What are your transportation priorities? Let us know https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/mobility-plan-questionnaire <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">What are your transportation priorities? Let us know</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="2021-07-26T15:13:45+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 07/26/2021 - 08:13</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-07/Mobility%20Implementation%20Plan%20Pedestrians.jpeg?h=84071268&amp;itok=STjDkPyj" width="640" height="400" alt="People walk across 106th 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"><h2>Questionnaire available as city creates new planning framework   </h2> <p>The city is in the process of creating a new long-range planning framework to better guide transportation system investments. To make sure the plan reflects the priorities of everyone who walks, bikes, takes transit or drives in Bellevue, we’re inviting people to provide feedback through a questionnaire. </p> <p>The questionnaire is available at <a href="https://www.engagingbellevue.com/mobility-plan" rel=" noopener" target="_blank">EngagingBellevue.com/mobility-plan</a> starting today (Monday, July 26), and will be live through Friday, Aug. 13. It takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Your input is critical in the development of this planning framework – called the Mobility Implementation Plan – and your responses will be shared with the Transportation Commission, which the City Council has tasked with developing the plan.  </p> <p>One important purpose of the MIP is to consolidate several existing transportation plans, ensuring they are compatible with each other and with the city’s land use plan. It will help the city make decisions on project investments based on what people want in their transportation system and related quality-of-life issues that result from those investments.  </p> <p>Key elements that will be incorporated into the MIP are: </p> <ul><li><strong>Multimodal concurrency</strong>: Concurrency is a state requirement that cities adopt transportation system plans that accommodate anticipated growth. Bellevue’s concurrency standard now only measures vehicle capacity at specific intersections. Under multimodal concurrency, additional travel modes would be considered, such as transit, bicycling and walking.</li> <li><strong>Equity</strong>: The plan will integrate equity into transportation planning and prioritize projects to ensure that everyone can get around town. It will develop an “equity index” to measure equity in the transportation system. Metrics could include income, language, race and disability. </li> <li><strong>Sustainability</strong>: The MIP will support the city’s goal to minimize transportation impacts on the environment. Strategies include reducing commute trips by solo drivers, expanding mobility options and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. </li> <li><strong>Performance measures</strong>: Another important aspect of the MIP will be performance metrics, or measured characteristics of the transportation system. An example is a bus stop passenger amenity such as a bench. Coupled with metrics will be performance targets that describe the level of service intended for each travel mode. For example, a target for sidewalk width might be seven feet. </li> </ul><p>Work on the MIP runs through 2021, with city council adoption of the new plan anticipated by the end of the year; some follow-up work is expected to continue into 2022. More information on the MIP 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">BellevueWA.gov/mobility-plan</a>. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-07-26T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 26 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 26 Jul 2021 15:13:45 +0000 CIosso 197366 at https://bellevuewa.gov A message from the chief regarding new laws and policing https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/message-chief-regarding-new-laws-and-policing <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">A message from the chief regarding new laws and policing</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="2021-07-24T16:50:30+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 07/24/2021 - 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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-07/Chief%20Badge.png?h=6a037eb8&amp;itok=4J1A5XET" width="640" height="400" alt="Chief of Police Badge" 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>Dear Bellevue Community, </p> <p>Recent mandated police reforms passed by the Legislature in Washington state reflect changing societal expectations on the role of law enforcement and focus on reducing police interactions that may result in potential uses of force by law enforcement. </p> <p>Several new laws that govern policing will go into effect <strong>Sunday, July 25, 2021</strong>. The bills create a civil standard that limits the circumstances in which physical force and deadly force may be used. In addition, they prohibit the procurement or use of certain military equipment and impose new restrictions on some police tactics, including neck restraints, no-knock warrants and vehicle pursuits. The legislation also requires officers to intervene in and report any out-of-policy force they witness. While some of the laws do impact how officers will respond to certain calls, they will not affect the dedication of the men and women of the Bellevue Police Department to deliver first-class service. </p> <p>We will continue to respond to all calls for service. We will investigate and document all crimes in accordance with state law.</p> <p>The Bellevue Police Department continually evaluates and reforms all policies to ensure they align with best practices and reflect community input. For this reason, many aspects of the new laws will not impact Bellevue police, as our policies are already in compliance. However, several new requirements will affect policing.</p> <p>House Bill 1310 limits when an officer can use “physical force” when investigating criminal conduct and requires officers to use a reasonable duty of care prior to using physical force. Under this new law, officers may not use physical force to forcibly detain a person for mere suspicion of a crime.  Reasonable physical force may be used when necessary to make an arrest for a crime when probable cause has been established, a higher standard than reasonable suspicion, or if there is an imminent threat of bodily injury to the officer or another.  This means our officers may take additional investigative steps prior to making a physical arrest for a crime, which may take additional time.   </p> <p>Similarly, officers respond to many non-criminal calls. Under the new law, officers may not use physical force to transport an individual in crisis for evaluation or treatment or forcibly detain a juvenile runaway unless the person is in imminent danger of bodily harm to themselves or others or there is probable cause that a crime has been committed. Officers may rely on de-escalation skills or attempt to assist crisis responders but may have to leave a scene if there is no imminent threat to the person or others, or no crime has been committed.  </p> <p>The Bellevue Police Department strongly supports decreasing the potential use of force by law enforcement. However, the new laws may alter the way in which we investigate calls for service and assist in aiding those in a mental/behavioral health crisis. As a result, there will be circumstances where officers may let a suspect go and walk away from the situation until probable cause is established for a crime to avoid having to use physical force. </p> <p>It’s important for the Bellevue community to understand these new state laws and their impact. Our officers will continue to provide professional services while working within the law.  <br /> For more information, you can read the new bills taking effect July 25, 2021, below.</p> <ul><li><a href="http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2021-22/Pdf/Bills/House Passed Legislature/1310-S2.PL.pdf#page=1" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to bill">HB 1310 Use of Force</a></li> <li><a href="http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2021-22/Pdf/Bills/House Passed Legislature/1054-S.PL.pdf#page=1" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to bill">HB 1054 Tactics</a></li> <li><a href="http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2021-22/Pdf/Bills/Senate Passed Legislature/5066-S.PL.pdf#page=1" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to bill">SB 5066 Duty to Intervene &amp; Duty to Report</a></li> <li><a href="http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2021-22/Pdf/Bills/Senate Passed Legislature/5051-S2.PL.pdf#page=1" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to bill">SSB 5051 CJTC Decertification/Suspension/Remedial Training</a></li> <li><a href="http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2021-22/Pdf/Bills/House Passed Legislature/1267-S.PL.pdf#page=1" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to bill">HB 1267 Office of Independent Investigations</a></li> <li><a href="http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2021-22/Pdf/Bills/House Passed Legislature/1089-S2.PL.pdf#page=1" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to bill">HB 1089 Audits of Investigations</a></li> <li><a href="http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2021-22/Pdf/Bills/House Passed Legislature/1088-S.PL.pdf#page=1" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to bill">HB 1088 Brady/PIE Change</a></li> <li><a href="http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2021-22/Pdf/Bills/Senate Passed Legislature/5259-S2.PL.pdf#page=1" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to bill">SB 5259 Data Collection</a></li> </ul><p>Please reach out to us and the department if you have any questions and/or concerns. We appreciate the community’s support as we continue in our mission to better serve you.  <a href="mailto:BPDChief@Bellevuewa.gov" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Click to email BPD">BPDChief@Bellevuewa.gov</a>.</p> <p>Sincerely, <br /> Chief Mylett &amp; Assistant Chief Shirley<br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-07-24T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 24 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Sat, 24 Jul 2021 16:50:30 +0000 MDeGrand 197361 at https://bellevuewa.gov Neighborhood Walks hit the streets (and screens) https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/neighborhood-walks-21 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Neighborhood Walks hit the streets (and screens)</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="2021-07-23T16:43:22+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 07/23/2021 - 09:43</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-07/Neighborhood%20Walk%20Miyake.JPG?h=56d0ca2e&amp;itok=R-Fyw51z" width="640" height="400" alt="City Manager Brad Miyake speaks at a Neighborhood Walk." 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>After a year of virtual programming, the city's Neighborhood Walks program will again be in person throughout Bellevue neighborhoods in 2021. Bellevue's Leadership Team (including the city manager, department directors and other staff) will visit with residents in Somerset, West Bellevue and Northeast Bellevue this summer, along with one virtual citywide walk.</p> <p>Whatever neighborhood you call home, you are invited to join in and share what's unique about your neighborhood while you meet city staff. All of the walks are 6:30-7:30 p.m.</p> <h2>Schedule</h2> <p><strong>Somerset</strong><br /> Tuesday, July 27<br /> Start/End: Somerset Elementary School, 14100 Somerset Blvd. SE</p> <p><strong>West Bellevue</strong><br /> Thursday, July 29<br /> Start/End: Enatai Park ("Pit Park"), 10643 SE 25th St.</p> <p><strong>Virtual Citywide Walk</strong><br /> Tuesday, Aug. 3 <br /> Reservation required. Email <a href="mailto:neighborhoodoutreach@bellevuewa.gov">neighborhoodoutreach@bellevuewa.gov</a> for reservation and link.</p> <p><strong>Northeast Bellevue</strong><br /> Thursday, Aug. 5 <br /> Start/End: Ardmore Park, 16833 NE 30th St.</p> <p>Questions? Reach out to <a href="mailto:neighborhoodoutreach@bellevuewa.gov">neighborhoodoutreach@bellevuewa.gov</a>.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-07-23T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 23 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 23 Jul 2021 16:43:22 +0000 CIosso 197356 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Eastside Men’s Shelter and other housing projects funding approved https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-eastside-mens-shelter-and-other-housing-projects-funding-approved <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Eastside Men’s Shelter and other housing projects funding approved</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="2021-07-22T16:22:45+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 07/22/2021 - 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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-07/Eastgate%20mens%20shelter%20.jpg?h=5096e6a1&amp;itok=GThlpQzm" width="640" height="400" alt="Illustration of Eastgate Men&#039;s Shelter" 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"><h2>Plus, Human Services recommendations, Environmental Stewardship progress report, and code amendment for East Bellevue parking minimums </h2> <p>On Monday evening the City Council unanimously approved funding for three housing efforts in Bellevue, including the Eastside Men’s Shelter, Eastgate Permanent Supportive Housing and the acquisition of Illahee Apartments to preserve those affordable housing units. </p> <p>Funding from Bellevue of $3.6 million to support cost increases on the men’s shelter construction at the Eastgate Master Development was approved on the consent calendar. </p> <p>Two other resolutions were unanimously approved to authorize the City Manager to use existing city affordable housing funds in the amount of $400,000 to support the Eastgate Permanent Supportive Housing project cost increases and $4 million for the Illahee Apartments acquisition by the King County Housing Authority to preserve existing affordable housing. </p> <p>More information is in the meeting materials for Resolution 9971 (Eastside Men’s Shelter), Resolution 9972 (Eastgate Permanent Supportive Housing), and Resolution 9973 (Illahee Apartments) and the full discussion can be viewed on <a href="https://youtu.be/3ufWIp7Ojlw?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=8307" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of council discussion">Bellevue Television replay</a>.</p> <h3>Human Services recommendations</h3> <p>Councilmembers also reviewed recommendations from the Human Services Commission to fund behavioral health, supportive services and rental assistance programs as part of a House Bill 1590 (HB1590) affordable housing and related services sales tax increase, approved by the State legislature in 2020 and expected to generate about $8.5 million for Bellevue in 2021. </p> <p>The bill aims to preserve and create affordable housing for low-income residents, but also to provide behavioral and mental health treatment programs to support housing stability and successful transitions from homelessness. The tenth of a percent tax increase went into effect Jan. 1, 2021. 20% of the revenue generated is dedicated to human services funding, which equals $1.66 million in Bellevue this year.</p> <p>The commission prioritized equity in the process of selecting agencies to fund, doing additional outreach to agencies supporting diverse populations and offering technical assistance to complete the grant applications. 25 applications for funding were received and discussed during two rounds of review, with 19 programs recommended to receive funding. Seven of those programs were new to the city.</p> <p>During the vote to direct staff to prepare an ordinance allocating funding in alignment with the commission’s recommendation, councilmembers Jared Nieuwenhuis and Janice Zahn recused themselves from the vote because they serve on boards for agencies that had applied for funding. The remaining councilmembers unanimously approved moving forward with allocating the funding in line with the recommendation.</p> <p>The council will discuss in an upcoming meeting how to allocate the remaining 2021 HB1590 funding to capital projects to create affordable housing. More information on the human services component of the action is available in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5032707&amp;GUID=FA3D449A-550E-43F4-910F-2ABB5D6A451B" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting materials</a>. </p> <h3>Environmental Stewardship progress report</h3> <p>Later, councilmembers received an informational update on the city’s progress as part of the newly updated Environmental Stewardship Initiative. </p> <p>The report highlighted the impacts of COVID-19 on the community’s key environmental metrics, which improved due to less business activity and reduced driving and energy use during the pandemic. Emissions decreased by 19%, per capita vehicle miles driven dropped 31% and electricity use went down by 22%. The city’s municipal operations also saw a decrease in emissions of 20%, lower building energy use and fossil fuel use reduction due to fleet vehicles not being used. There was also a reduction in energy use for traffic signals and street lights due to an LED lighting upgrade that is nearly completed.</p> <p>In the second quarter of 2021, the city will undertake several lighting and HVAC upgrades thanks to an energy efficiency grant awarded by the Dept. of Commerce. The city is also using a donation from the business community to start a tree planting program and was recognized by What Works Cities for excellence in data management and sharing data with the public. All of the key metrics being tracked to show how the city is progressing in its Environmental Stewardship Initiative are at <a href="http://www.bellevuewa.gov/esiperformance" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to ESI data dashboard web page">www.BellevueWA.gov/esiperformance</a>. </p> <h3>Code amendment for East Bellevue parking minimums</h3> <p>Also on Monday, the council enacted a Land Use Code Amendment (LUCA) to establish different parameters for reduced minimum parking standards for certain multifamily developments near frequent transit in the East Bellevue Community Council (EBCC) area to align with state statutes. </p> <p>The EBCC disapproved a prior ordinance passed by the City Council amending the Land Use Code to establish reduced minimum parking standards. The council established that certain multifamily developments may be eligible for reduced parking requirements when located within one-half mile of a transit stop with service at least four times per hour for 12 hours per day. One-half mile was selected instead of one-quarter mile, the minimum under state statutes, in order to make housing development more feasible and anticipating the impact of future light rail service. The EBCC LUCA would limit eligibility to one-quarter mile from any frequent transit stop for eligible residential development located within the EBCC jurisdictional area.</p> <p>More details on the LUCA are available in the meeting <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5032715&amp;GUID=A2A21DAF-0B12-4288-A3AF-1AF164038061" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting agenda item">agenda item</a>.  <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-07-22T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 22 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 22 Jul 2021 16:22:45 +0000 MDeGrand 197351 at https://bellevuewa.gov Shirley appointed interim police chief https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/interim-chief-shirley <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Shirley appointed interim police chief </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="2021-07-20T21:07:30+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 07/20/2021 - 14:07</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-07/Wendell%20Shirley%20Interim%20Chief.JPG?h=5325492e&amp;itok=2uAMFswH" width="640" height="400" alt="City Manager Brad Miyake with interim Police Chief Wendell Shirley" 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>City Manager Brad Miyake has appointed Wendell J. Shirley to lead the Bellevue Police Department, while the city begins the process of looking for a permanent replacement. Shirley, hired as assistant chief in March, has over 25 years of experience in law enforcement. The move comes after Chief Steve Mylett announced he had accepted a new job as police chief for Akron, Ohio. </p> <p>“I’m pleased to announce that Chief Shirley has agreed to serve as interim chief during this transitional period within the Bellevue Police Department,” said City Manager Miyake. “He has my full confidence and I look forward to working with him.”</p> <p>Shirley, a former long-time officer in the Santa Monica, California Police Department, had retired in 2019, but felt called to return to public service after national protests over social justice and police reform last year.</p> <p>“I am honored and humbled at the opportunity to serve alongside the outstanding men and women of the Bellevue Police Department,” said Chief Shirley. “The department will continue to make community safety our highest priority, and we are committed to an inclusive and diverse approach, which better serves everyone in Bellevue. And while policing in America is facing some serious challenges, I am confident we will emerge even better.”  </p> <p>Shirley will take over the official duties of police chief beginning in early August. Chief Mylett, who has led Bellevue police department for the past six years, is scheduled to start his Akron role on Aug. 9. The city will begin the process of a nationwide search for a permanent replacement in the coming weeks.  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-07-20T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 20 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 20 Jul 2021 21:07:30 +0000 CIosso 197336 at https://bellevuewa.gov Permit center reopens https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/permit-center-reopens <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Permit center reopens</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="2021-07-19T15:06:08+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 07/19/2021 - 08:06</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"><h2>Virtual permit center appointments also available</h2> <p>Beginning Monday, July 19, the Bellevue Permit Center at City Hall will reopen for in-person services weekdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Development Services staff will continue to provide all services electronically, including accepting permit applications and plans. </p> <p>Development Services is also offering virtual permit center meetings, to allow customers to schedule one-on-one time with permit technicians and plan reviewers for help with general permitting questions. At the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="d71b854f-9e91-41db-be38-aeeef6b231fa" href="/city-government/departments/development/permits/virtual-permit-center" title="Virtual Permit Center">virtual permit center</a>, people can learn more and book an appointment. </p> <p>The permitting process at Bellevue is completely paperless. For more information about permits, please visit <a href="Development Services">Development Services</a>. Customers can submit applications, upload plans and pay permit fees online at <a href="https://MyBuildingPermit.com" rel=" noopener" target="_blank">MyBuildingPermit.com</a>.  </p> <p>For a full list of other city services offered in-person, as well as service hours, please visit the city's <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="77c196f5-0390-4d2a-bd3e-80ec5ba36231" href="/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/communications/emergencies/covid-19-response" title="COVID-19 Response">COVID-19 response page</a>. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-07-19T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 19 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 19 Jul 2021 15:06:08 +0000 CIosso 197326 at https://bellevuewa.gov Communities of Color Coordinating Team selected https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/communities-color-coordinating-team-selected <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Communities of Color Coordinating Team selected</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="2021-07-16T19:41:01+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 07/16/2021 - 12:41</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-05/COB-21-6003f-Centering%20Communities%20of%20Color-COBNews.png?h=47d6d3d0&amp;itok=qi7vP3No" width="640" height="400" alt="Illustration of colorful silhouettes for Bellevue Centers Communities of Color Initiative" 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"><h2>Welcome event July 21 for team driving equity initiative</h2> <p>The community is invited to take part in the launch of the Bellevue Centers Communities of Color Initiative and meet the team of community members who will be driving the work. The City Council committed $150,000 earlier this year toward this initiative, a community-led effort to advance racial equity and build trust and awareness across the city’s diverse population. </p> <p>The Communities of Color Coordinating Team is comprised of 11 community members of color who live or work in Bellevue. The members were selected from a pool of applicants interviewed and reviewed by a diverse panel including members of city staff and the Bellevue community. The CCC Team will support the Bellevue Centers Communities of Color initiative by guiding its three-tiered approach to dismantling systemic barriers for diverse community members through: developing trust and awareness through dialogue; building racial literacy and skills through education and training; and partnering with the city and other institutions to co-create recommendations and actions that improve racial equity outcomes.</p> <p>The CCC Team includes youth active in the community, faith leaders, business owners, educators, doctors and nonprofit professionals. Team members bring specific skills including leadership, community organizing, educational outreach, civic engagement, training, facilitation and mediation, and strategic planning for advancing social justice and equity.</p> <p>“I was so impressed to see the breadth and depth of knowledge and lived experience from the group of community members who applied to be part of our CCC Team,” City Manager Brad Miyake said. “It gives me great confidence that this initiative will further our vision of welcoming the world as we identify and address barriers to better serve communities of color and achieve equitable outcomes.”</p> <p>The community is invited to meet the CCC Team and learn about the launch of this community-led initiative at a virtual <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/centering-communities-of-color-welcome-and-kick-off-of-coordinating-team-tickets-163408752979" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to more event information">welcome/kickoff</a> Wednesday, July 21, 5:30-7 p.m. <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/centering-communities-of-color-welcome-and-kick-off-of-coordinating-team-tickets-163408752979" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to register">Registration</a> is required.</p> <p>To learn more about the CCC Team members and the initiative, please visit <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/diversity-advantage-initiative/centering-communities-of-color" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to initiative web page">Bellevue Centers Communities</a>. </p> <p>Questions, concerns or requests for accommodation can be directed to Sade Britt, equity coordinator, at <a href="mailto:sbritt@bellevuewa.gov" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Email event organizer">sbritt@bellevuewa.gov</a>.  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-07-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 16 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 16 Jul 2021 19:41:01 +0000 MDeGrand 197321 at https://bellevuewa.gov Free movies return to Downtown, Crossroads parks https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/movies-in-park-21 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Free movies return to Downtown, Crossroads parks</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="2021-07-15T18:01:42+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 07/15/2021 - 11:01</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-07/Movies%20in%20the%20Park%20Downtown%20Park.jpg?h=1a91228d&amp;itok=Mj0QZbfa" width="640" height="400" alt="A crowd is at Downtown Park to watch a summer movie." 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>Movies in the Park are back at Downtown Park on Tuesday, Aug. 10 and 17, and Crossroads Park on Thursday, Aug. 12 and 19, with seating starting at 7:30 p.m. and movies beginning at dusk.</p> <p>A 40-foot movie screen transforms the parks into movie theaters (where admission is free) for the following features, all rated PG.</p> <p>Downtown Movies in the Park, 10201 NE Fourth St.</p> <ul><li>Aug. 10: "Trolls World Tour"</li> <li>Aug. 17: "The Croods 2: A New Age"</li> </ul><p>Crossroads Movies in the Park, 16000 NE 10th St.</p> <ul><li>Aug. 12: "Onward" </li> <li>Aug. 19: "Raya and the Last Dragon" </li> </ul><p>Downtown Movies in the Park is presented by Charles Schwab and Viome, with media sponsor Spirit 105.3. Crossroads Movies in the Park is sponsored by the Crossroads Bellevue Shopping Center.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-07-15T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 15 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 15 Jul 2021 18:01:42 +0000 CIosso 197301 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Affordable housing capital funding approved https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-affordable-housing-capital-funding-approved <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Affordable housing capital funding approved</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="2021-07-15T20:01:29+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 07/15/2021 - 13:01</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-07/Eastgate%20mens%20shelter%20.jpg?h=5096e6a1&amp;itok=GThlpQzm" width="640" height="400" alt="Illustration of Eastgate Men&#039;s Shelter" 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"><h2>Plus, transportation projects update, support for Best Starts for Kids Levy, and Interim Official Controls enacted</h2> <p>On Monday, the City Council voted unanimously to use $8 million in existing city affordable housing dollars to jointly fund three affordable housing projects in Bellevue. </p> <p>The funds requested would support a portion of project cost increases for the Eastside men’s shelter, illustration shown at right ($3.6 million) and Eastgate permanent supportive housing ($400,000), both part of the yet-to-be-built Eastgate Master Development housing complex. The request also included shared funding for King County Housing Authority to purchase and retain an affordable housing apartment complex, Illahee Apartments, in BelRed ($4 million.)</p> <p>Bellevue currently has $12.4 million available for affordable housing and related uses that has not yet been committed to specific projects. These funds are from sources including development fees in lieu of building affordable housing, an affordable housing contingency fund and sales tax revenues targeted for affordable housing, among other sources.</p> <p>All seven councilmembers voted to fund the two Eastgate Master Development projects. Mayor Lynne Robinson recused herself from the vote on the Illahee Apartments acquisition funds, and all remaining councilmembers voted to approve the funding for that project. Formal legislation to award funding to these projects will occur at a future council meeting. </p> <p>Full details for the projects are available in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=9606071&amp;GUID=A9E03888-1D51-4763-93B7-1FBEA2027C96" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting agenda item</a>. </p> <h3>Update on transportation projects</h3> <p>Also on Monday, the council reviewed progress on several transportation projects that were recently completed, are under construction or ready to start. The list included both larger projects as part of the city’s Transportation Capital Investment Program, and projects funded by the 2016, voter-approved, 20-year Neighborhood Safety, Connectivity and Congestion Levy. Here are some highlights: </p> <ul><li>BelRed projects: Large roadway improvements continue in the city’s burgeoning BelRed area, made possible by a low-interest, federal TIFIA loan. Sections of Spring Boulevard and 124th Avenue Northeast have been completed and work on new sections and roads in the area are slated to begin in the coming months.  </li> <li>Pedestrian/bicycle improvements: Significant projects on Southeast Newport Way and West Lake Sammamish Parkway to make the busy roadways safer for people who walk and bike will be completed this year. Also finished were the first section of the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trail in Factoria and the Northeast 12th Street Multipurpose Path downtown. </li> <li>Levy projects: Recently completed projects include new sidewalks and crosswalks, mini-roundabouts and bicycle system upgrades such as the 108th Avenue Northeast Complete Streets project. Overall, $22 million has been invested to complete 51 Levy projects, with many more in the pipeline.</li> </ul><h3>Support for Best Starts for Kids levy</h3> <p>Later, councilmembers were presented with further information and a statement in favor of renewing King County Proposition 1, Regular Property Tax Levy for Children, Youth, Families and Communities, also known as the Best Starts for Kids levy. There is currently no campaign against renewal of the levy and no one gave a statement against at the meeting. The proposition will be on the Aug. 3 primary and special election ballot.</p> <p>The proposition would authorize an additional six-year property tax of $0.19 per $1,000 of assessed property value starting in 2022 with a 3% annual cap on the tax increases over the levy period. The levy funds generated would support the health and wellbeing of children, youth, families and communities through a variety of prevention and development programs. </p> <p>Councilmembers unanimously adopted the resolution in support of the levy. The full presentation and pro statement can be viewed through a <a href="https://youtu.be/l5qjqvZql0w?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=9263" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of council discussion">meeting replay</a> on Bellevue Television. </p> <h3>Interim Official Controls enacted to align with state law</h3> <p>In other business, the council enacted two Interim Official Controls (IOCs) to timely align city code with recent updates to state law. The IOCs last for six months, giving the city time to develop plans for permanent land use code amendments.</p> <p>The first IOC, Ordinance No. 6585, responds to Washington State House Bill (HB) 1220, which pertains to allowing various housing types in certain land use districts. HB 1220 was passed in May, and mandates that by July 25, 2021, cities allow permanent supportive housing and transitional housing types in all land use districts where residential dwellings or hotels are allowed. HB 1220 also requires that by Sept. 30, 2021, cities allow indoor emergency shelters and emergency housing in any land use districts where hotels are allowed. </p> <p>The second IOC, Ordinance No. 6586, responds to Washington State Senate Bill (SB) 5235, which relates to maximum occupancy for residential dwellings. SB 5235 prohibits cities from limiting occupancy for residential buildings, except for those that are related to health and safety. The bill is effective July 25, 2021. </p> <p>Six councilmembers voted to approve the two city ordinances enacting the IOCs. Councilmember Conrad Lee voted “no” on both ordinances. The full discussion is available on <a href="https://youtu.be/l5qjqvZql0w?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=10986" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of council discussion">Bellevue Television replay</a> and further details of the recently passed state legislation are available in the meeting materials for <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5026220&amp;GUID=9CF4B859-A0A6-4AB0-9892-AE028DE9E515" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to ordinance details">Ordinance 6585</a> and <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5026219&amp;GUID=88C27906-CB38-4DD5-A813-23288795A415" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to ordinance details">Ordinance 6586</a>.  <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-07-15T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 15 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 15 Jul 2021 20:01:29 +0000 MDeGrand 197306 at https://bellevuewa.gov Applications due soon for '21 Bellevue Essentials https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/bellevue-essentials-recruitment-21 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Applications due soon for &#039;21 Bellevue Essentials</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="2021-05-26T19:02:49+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 05/26/2021 - 12:02</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2020-06/Bellevue-Essentials-Lewis-Creek.jpg?h=6bb52cf1&amp;itok=nl2gWQ7K" width="640" height="400" alt="A park ranger meets with the Bellevue Essentials class of 2019 at Lewis Creek 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"><h2>Apply by July 23 for civic engagement course </h2> <p>If you have a passion for learning more about your local city and how its government operates and want to connect with others interested in civic engagement, you should apply to join the 2021 Bellevue Essentials class. Applications for the program, which will feature in-person and online learning, are due by 5 p.m., Friday, July 23.  </p> <p>In this 10-week course, participants will engage with city councilmembers, city staff and leadership to learn about the past, present and future of Bellevue through presentations, interactive experiences and tours. The course begins Sept. 22 and continues every Wednesday evening for nine weeks, plus one Saturday session on Oct. 9. The program will be conducted in accordance with applicable COVID health and safety guidelines. </p> <p>A brochure, meeting information and the easy application for the 2021 class can be found <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="4e1d2b88-9302-47e1-b0cb-48ec44572d4b" href="/city-government/departments/community-development/neighborhoods/classes-and-events/bellevue-essentials" title="Bellevue Essentials">Bellevue Essentials</a>. If you have questions or wish to receive the Zoom link for an information or application meeting, RSVP to <a href="mailto:jellenhorn@bellevuewa.gov" target="_blank">jellenhorn@bellevuewa.gov</a> or call 425-452-5372.</p> <p>Each year a diverse group of 35 people are selected to participate. Applicants from all demographics and neighborhoods are encouraged to apply. Tuition is $125 and fee waivers are available if needed.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-07-15T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 15 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 26 May 2021 19:02:49 +0000 CIosso 196961 at https://bellevuewa.gov Bellevue among top cities using data to improve services https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/what-works-certification <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Bellevue among top cities using data to improve services</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="2021-07-14T15:10:19+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 07/14/2021 - 08:10</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-07/What%20Works%20Cities%20LT.JPG?h=bb9f3363&amp;itok=F2g7M6al" width="640" height="400" alt="Bellevue&#039;s Leadership Team poses at City Hall with the What Works Cities plaque." 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"><h2>City achieves What Works Cities certification</h2> <p>Bellevue has been recognized with the 2021 What Works Cities certification, the national standard of excellence in data-driven city governance. Bellevue joins a select group of cities that have demonstrated how their leaders incorporate data and evidence when making decisions.</p> <p>Two years after <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="6d83e2f8-62ce-4d6a-90d1-a8adafbaa55e" href="/city-news/what-works-cities-honor-roll" title="Bellevue honored for data-driven services">making the What Works Cities honor roll</a>, Bellevue has been certified at the silver level, one of only 16 cities to be newly certified this year. Only 40 cities have been recognized since the program was launched in 2017. What Works Cities is a national initiative launched by Bloomberg Philanthropies to help cities use data and evidence more effectively to tackle their most pressing challenges.</p> <p>“Bellevue residents expect that as a city government within one of the largest tech regions in the country, we will consistently use data to track, analyze and improve services and amenities in our community,” said Mayor Lynne Robinson. “The What Works Cities Certification is a testament to the efforts we have made in Bellevue toward offering exceptional customer service by using all the technological tools at our disposal to make informed decisions.”</p> <p>For certification, Bloomberg assesses how often cities use data in their decision-making processes. Do they use data to set goals and track progress, allocate funding, evaluate the effectiveness of programs or achieve desired outcomes from contracts with outside vendors? The program also measures whether cities are publicly and transparently communicating about their use of data and evidence.</p> <p>Highlights that led to Bellevue’s award included the city’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</a> work to eliminate serious-injury and fatal traffic crashes. The program uses video analytics and crash data to assess the most dangerous stretches of road and address them with safety measures. The city has also established target metrics for its <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="f276f79e-61b5-4e49-844f-2f7a06efc317" href="/city-government/departments/community-development/environmental-stewardship" title="Environmental Stewardship">Environmental Stewardship</a> initiative and has a publicly available dashboard to track progress. </p> <p>To improve transparency with the data collected, the city has an <a href="https://data.bellevuewa.gov/">open data portal</a> that is available to the public, and the city just recently launched a set of <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="7a6ea9d9-9c7c-4d61-999a-5155494b52a7" href="/city-government/departments/community-development/neighborhoods/state-our-neighborhoods-maps" title="State of Our Neighborhoods Maps">State of Our Neighborhoods maps</a>, which show key trends in the city’s neighborhoods over the last decade. In a narrative — "<a href="https://medium.com/what-works-cities-certification/bellevue-wa-a07a6149eb37" rel=" noopener" target="_blank">Bellevue reaches for big, bold goals</a>" — Bloomberg details data practices that earned Bellevue certification.</p> <p>In addition, the city has used data to adjust city services during COVID-19 to best meet the needs of residents during the pandemic. This included human services data, traffic data to initiate a Healthy Streets pilot program to encourage walking and biking, and economic data to understand the business impact and design business support programs.</p> <p>“City leaders are using data to understand and support the needs of residents like never before,” said Michele Jolin, CEO and co-founder of Results for America, the lead partner in the What Works Cities initiative. “Throughout the COVID crisis and a historic reckoning with racial injustice, mayors have relied on data to identify and narrow racial gaps, and to make smarter investments that increase opportunity for all their residents. These cities are testing new solutions and measuring what works, rebuilding trust in government by engaging with their residents, and using evidence and data to drive faster progress on their toughest challenges.”</p> <p>The 16 new cities that achieved certification this year, <a href="https://www.bloomberg.org/press/bloomberg-philanthropies-recognizes-16-u-s-cities-using-data-most-effectively-to-improve-residents-lives/" rel=" noopener" target="_blank">announced</a> Wednesday, July 14, include four cities at the gold level (Austin, Texas; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Detroit, Mich.; and Gilbert, Ariz.) and 12 cities at the silver level: Baton Rouge, LA; Bellevue, Wash.; Fort Collins, Colo.; Glendale, Ariz.; Irving, Texas; Little Rock, Ark.; Madison, Wis.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Norfolk, Va.; Portland, Ore.; San Antonio, Texas; and Syracuse, N.Y. </p> <p><a href="https://whatworkscities.bloomberg.org/certification/" target="_blank">What Works Cities Certification</a> was developed by a team of experts from Results for America in close consultation with the What Works Cities Certification Standard Committee. To evaluate cities, these experts conducted a rigorous validation process of cities' Certification assessments and participated in site visits to the highest-performing cities to determine the city’s Certification level.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-07-14T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 14 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 14 Jul 2021 15:10:19 +0000 CIosso 197291 at https://bellevuewa.gov Police Chief Mylett leaving for new job https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/police-chief-mylett-leaving-new-job <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Police Chief Mylett leaving for new job</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="2021-07-08T14:43:59+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 07/08/2021 - 07:43</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/Chief-Mylett-Return.jpg?itok=V9LVMGV8" width="640" height="400" alt="Chief-Mylett-Return.jpg" title="Chief-Mylett-Return.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"><h2>City Manager commends leadership, announces nationwide search for top police position  </h2> <p>Police Chief Steve Mylett, who’s served as Bellevue’s top cop for over six years, announced Thursday that he has accepted the chief position with the City of Akron, Ohio. As part of the transition, City Manager Brad Miyake will begin a nationwide search for a replacement. Plans for an interim chief appointment will be announced in the coming days.  </p> <p>“While I’m personally happy for him, I was also disappointed to learn that Police Chief Steve Mylett will be leaving the City of Bellevue,” said Miyake. “Steve has done an outstanding job leading the department over the last six years during an unexpectedly turbulent and transformative time. His dedication to public service, community outreach, staffing recruitment and crime reduction efforts have enhanced Bellevue’s reputation as a safe and thriving community. I wish him and his family the best as he transitions to a new city.”</p> <p>Chief Mylett joined the city in 2015 after two nationwide searches. During his time with Bellevue, he has initiated a major organizational restructuring, emphasized community outreach programs and reintroduced the bike patrol. In 2020, he supported and fully cooperated with a major third-party review of the department’s use of force policies. Mylett previously served as police chief for Southlake, Texas, after 23 years with the Corpus Christi Police.</p> <p>“It has truly been a privilege to serve the Bellevue community and to work alongside the dedicated and courageous men and women of the Bellevue Police Department,” said Mylett. “It has been my greatest honor to serve as chief of police under the leadership of City Manager Brad Miyake. I am truly conflicted about leaving, but I know I leave the department in good hands and I am proud of the work we have accomplished during my tenure.”</p> <p>The Bellevue Police Department serves a population of more than 145,000 in a 33-square mile area, with over 186 commissioned officers, along with 48 non-commissioned personnel. In 2021, the department was reaccredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies; one of the few in the country. </p> <p>Mylett will start his new role on Aug. 9. For additional information, please contact the City of Akron at <a href="mailto:Press@akronohio.gov" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to email Akron press contact">Press@akronohio.gov</a> or 330-375-2754. <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-07-08T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 8 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 08 Jul 2021 14:43:59 +0000 MDeGrand 197281 at https://bellevuewa.gov Bellevue TV lens on city's homelessness outreach https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/bellevue-tv-lens-citys-homelessness-outreach <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Bellevue TV lens on city&#039;s homelessness outreach</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="2021-07-02T18:12:07+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 07/02/2021 - 11:12</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-07/Lake%20to%20Lake%20july%2021.jpg?h=ffb2da0c&amp;itok=X5RZS5V2" width="640" height="400" alt="Clarke, who got off the streets, speaks with homelessness outreach coordinator Stephanie Martinez." 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 this month's <a href="https://youtu.be/BXVS2rtIAe0" rel=" noopener" target="_blank">Lake to Lake</a>, Bellevue TV profiles the city's Homelessness Outreach program, which helps people get off the streets into stable housing. In addition, viewers get to explore the Farmers Market and learn where you can rent a canoe or kayak here. </p> <p>Lake to Lake is produced by Bellevue Television and is available on Cable Channel 21 and the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/BellevueTelevision" rel=" noopener" target="_blank">Bellevue Television YouTube channel</a>. For more information, email BTV@BellevueWA.gov.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-07-02T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 2 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 02 Jul 2021 18:12:07 +0000 CIosso 197271 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Housing affordability tax incentive adopted https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-6-28-21 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Housing affordability tax incentive adopted </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="2021-07-01T22:27:56+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 07/01/2021 - 15:27</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"><h2>Plus, Arts Commission and Parks Board appointments and East Main Station Area discussion </h2> <p>On Monday night, the City Council unanimously approved altering Bellevue’s multifamily housing property tax exemption (MFTE) to encourage increased development of affordable housing. The final ordinance marks the end of a multi-phased study and outreach process that began in October 2020. </p> <p>Bellevue’s MFTE program was first adopted in 2015 and last amended in 2018. Based on state law, it allows developers who build multifamily housing to gain a 12-year property tax exemption in exchange for providing 20 percent of the building at affordable rates for that same time period. Monday’s update makes a number of key changes including expanding the areas within the city where the MFTE program may be used, offering alternate pathways for developers to meet eligibility requirements and capping rent increases for renewing tenants. </p> <p>Additional background is in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5007544&amp;GUID=FB467BC7-5D83-443B-BDFA-4AAFE62A4514" rel=" noopener" target="_blank">agenda packet materials</a> and the full discussion is available on video replay via <a href="https://youtu.be/3tM9m0p39mE?t=2315">Bellevue Television</a>. </p> <h3>Commission and board appointments</h3> <p>Earlier in the meeting, councilmembers unanimously approved recommended appointments to the Arts Commission and Parks &amp; Community Services Board. </p> <p>Bhavna Bhargava was recommended by liaison Councilmember John Stokes for position no. 6 on the Arts Commission and will serve a four-year term ending in 2025. The commission advises and makes recommendations to the council on matters of art with the goal of enhancing the cultural experience in Bellevue.</p> <p>Parks &amp; Community Services Board liaison Councilmember Janice Zahn recommended Cassidy Giampetro for position no. 4. The board advises the council on parks and open space issues such as park planning, design and construction, development and renovation, enterprise management and natural resources, land stewardship and environmental education. Giampetro’s term also ends in 2025. </p> <h3>East Main Station Area planning </h3> <p>Councilmembers also discussed a draft Land Use Code Amendment (LUCA) for the East Main Station Area. This area is approximately 60 acres in size and abuts the southeast corner of Downtown to the north, the East Main light rail station and Surrey Downs neighborhood to the west, Interstate 405 to the east, and Mercer Slough to the south. The goal of the LUCA is to implement the vision for the East Main area as a vibrant, livable and memorable transit-oriented neighborhood with a distinct character.</p> <p>The council directed staff to schedule a public hearing, in addition to requesting information on several components of the LUCA based on stakeholder requests.</p> <p>The full discussion can be viewed on the city’s <a href="https://youtu.be/3tM9m0p39mE?t=8191">YouTube channel</a>. Background, including the draft LUCA, is available in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5007539&amp;GUID=2EF2FF97-1855-4946-9EA8-9466CE34032B" rel=" noopener" target="_blank">agenda materials</a>.  </p> <h3>Next council meeting on July 12 </h3> <p>Due the extended holiday weekend, the council’s next virtual meeting will be on Monday, July 12. <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-07-01T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 1 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 01 Jul 2021 22:27:56 +0000 CIosso 197261 at https://bellevuewa.gov No lifeguards at Clyde and Chesterfield beaches https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/no-lifeguards-clyde-and-chesterfield-beaches <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">No lifeguards at Clyde and Chesterfield beaches</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="2021-07-01T22:47:14+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 07/01/2021 - 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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2020-08/Enatai-Swimming.JPG?h=56d0ca2e&amp;itok=mZahGIkz" width="640" height="400" alt="Boys swim at Enatai Beach 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"><h2>Chism lifeguarded until Newcastle reopens</h2> <p>Due to a regional lifeguard shortage, Clyde and Chesterfield beaches will not have lifeguards as the swimming season begins this summer. Visitors who do swim at those beaches do so at their own risk. </p> <p>Lifeguards from Newcastle Beach Park, which is currently closed due to high bacteria levels, will be at Chism Beach Park until Newcastle reopens. </p> <p>The public is encouraged to visit Enatai Beach and Meydenbauer Bay parks, and Newcastle Beach Park when it reopens, which will have lifeguards daily, noon-7 p.m., through Labor Day. </p> <p>For more information about becoming a lifeguard, contact aquatic manager Brandi Burke (425-452-4444) or <a href="https://bit.ly/2xcO2u7" rel=" noopener" target="_blank">apply online</a>.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-07-01T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 1 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 01 Jul 2021 22:47:14 +0000 CIosso 197266 at https://bellevuewa.gov City Hall to reopen July 6 https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/city-hall-reopen-july-6 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">City Hall to reopen July 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="2021-06-30T23:14:06+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 06/30/2021 - 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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-06/reopening%20City%20Hall.jpg?h=5db82486&amp;itok=fnIyskp8" width="640" height="400" alt="City, from the west" 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>With the spread of the coronavirus continuing to slow here and many state restrictions lifting today (June 30), Bellevue City Hall will reopen to the public with limited hours and services beginning Tuesday, July 6. </p> <p>This milestone marks the start of a phased transition to full, in-person services and hours. City Hall and some other city facilities have been closed since March 2020 in response to state directives intended to slow the spread of COVID-19. </p> <p>“It is so encouraging to reach this point,” Mayor Lynne Robinson said. “While city employees have managed to successfully deliver key services online, they are ready to serve community members in person again at city facilities.”</p> <p>During the initial phase of facilities reopening, City Hall will be open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Per state requirements, all visitors must pass self-health screenings, and unvaccinated employees and visitors must wear face coverings while indoors. The city also welcomes any visitors who choose to continue wearing a mask based on their individual comfort level.  </p> <p>Select services available on July 6 include:</p> <ul><li>Service First help desk </li> <li>Utility bill payment (9 a.m.-noon)</li> <li>Police records</li> </ul><p>The Development Services permitting center will continue to serve customers via phone and email, with in-person visits expected to resume later in July. The City Council will continue to meet virtually until later this year.  </p> <p>Community centers and other city activities and facilities have already begun opening to the public. Reopening plans are still being formulated for facilities such as Mini City Hall and police substations.</p> <p>“We pride ourselves on providing exceptional public service, and know it will be a little easier to do that with both online and in-person options,” City Manager Brad Miyake said. “I also want to recognize and commend the many dedicated employees who have been serving residents in person throughout the pandemic. We couldn’t have gotten this far without them.”</p> <p>More information on the status of city facilities as the transition continues can be found at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="77c196f5-0390-4d2a-bd3e-80ec5ba36231" href="/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/communications/emergencies/covid-19-response" title="COVID-19 Response">COVID-19</a>. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-06-30T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">June 30 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 30 Jun 2021 23:14:06 +0000 CIosso 197251 at https://bellevuewa.gov Winning battle against pandemic featured in It's Your City https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/iyc-6-21 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Winning battle against pandemic featured 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="2021-06-30T17:33:14+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 06/30/2021 - 10:33</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-06/IYC-6-21.jpg?h=c02d9211&amp;itok=n5NWkWJi" width="640" height="400" alt="front page of the June It&#039;s Your City" 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 spread of COVID-19 in the state was steadily slowing in May and June, as more and more people got vaccinated against the deadly disease. Bellevue firefighter-paramedic mobile teams are helping, delivering hundreds of doses from pop-up clinics at parks and apartment complexes."</p> <p>The first line in the <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/Its-Your-City-6-21_0.pdf" rel=" noopener" target="_blank">June It's Your City</a> is a good representation of the entire 12-page issue, which features stories about a recovery now underway from the pandemic. The relaxation of state restrictions today due to vaccinations and the resulting drop in coronavirus infections is anticipated in a front-page article that notes thousands of doses administered in Bellevue by mobile vaccine teams of our own paramedic-firefighters.</p> <p>Other articles cover:</p> <ul><li><strong>Optimistic State of the City</strong>: In the annual address (livestreamed again) Mayor Robinson and Deputy Mayor Nieuwenhuis recount the effort to help residents and businesses through the pandemic and share the route to recovery. </li> <li><strong>Northeast Gateway opens at Downtown Park</strong>: Bellevue’s marquee park finally has an entry on Bellevue Way to match. </li> <li><strong>Use-of-force review complete</strong>: The consultant Office of Independent Review Group submits its report on police use of force in Bellevue, offering 47 recommendations. </li> <li><strong>East Link reaches milestone</strong>: Construction is 95% complete for Sound Transit’s East Link light rail line, a project that has changed Bellevue’s skyline and will change its travel options even more. </li> </ul><p>For the Council Corner column, Councilmember Janice Zahn highlights how environmental sustainability will be an essential aspect of Bellevue’s recovery, as residents participate in implementation of the environmental stewardship plan the council adopted in December. </p> <p><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> is a resident newsletter about Bellevue packed with "timely and illuminating information" per reader Annalee Luhman. It comes out three times a year and is mailed to all resident and business addresses in the city.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-06-30T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">June 30 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 30 Jun 2021 17:33:14 +0000 CIosso 197246 at https://bellevuewa.gov COVID-19 Updates: Inslee confirms June 30 reopening https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/covid-19-updates-inslee-confirms-june-30-reopening <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">COVID-19 Updates: Inslee confirms June 30 reopening</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="2021-02-03T18:52:10+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 02/03/2021 - 10:52</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-02/Bellevue-Vaccine.png?h=bde28bee&amp;itok=Vz1oJ2BW" width="640" height="400" alt="Image of coronavirus with vaccine bottles in the foreground" 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>With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting Bellevue for an extended time, local information about Bellevue's response to the virus is posted on a dedicated <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="77c196f5-0390-4d2a-bd3e-80ec5ba36231" href="/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/communications/emergencies/covid-19-response" title="COVID-19 Response">COVID-19 page</a>. </strong></p> <p><strong>For information about how to receive help or offer help during the pandemic, visit our <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/communications/emergencies/covid-19/business-resources">Business Resources</a> and <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/communications/emergencies/covid-19/community-resources">Community Resources</a> pages.</strong></p> <p><strong>We will continue to post summary updates on the thread below as meaningful changes to the situation arise. </strong></p> <h2>June 29</h2> <p>Gov. Inslee confirmed that the state's economy will reopen on Wednesday, June 30, as planned, with businesses returning to normal capacity and operations.  </p> <p>“Because folks listened to science and stayed home to stay healthy, wore masks and got vaccinated, we can now safely fully reopen our state’s economy and cultural centers after 15 long months," the governor said in a statement. "It hasn’t been easy, but I’m proud of how Washingtonians came together, persevered and sacrificed to fight this virus, and now we’re finally in a place that is safe enough to end this chapter."</p> <p>On Tuesday, June 29, King County formally lifted its mask mandate, which means fully vaccinated residents are free to go without face coverings outdoors and in most indoor spaces. The county repealed its mandate after at least 70% of local eligible residents became fully vaccinated.</p> <h2>June 24</h2> <p>Seeking to ensure that renters and landlords receive support and resources that are available to them, Gov. Inslee <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-announces-eviction-moratorium-%E2%80%9Cbridge%E2%80%9D" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to news release from Gov. Inslee">announced a “bridge”</a> between the eviction moratorium and the housing stability programs put in place by the Legislature. The bridge is effective July 1 through Sept. 30. Beginning Aug. 1, renters will be expected to pay full rent, pay reduced rent negotiated with their landlord or seek rental assistance funding. </p> <h2>May 13</h2> <p>With COVID-19 infection rates declining as vaccination rates rise, Gov. Inslee announced that <a href="https://medium.com/wagovernor/inslee-announces-statewide-reopening-date-of-june-30-and-short-term-statewide-move-to-phase-3-4943c8be9c37" target="_blank">the state is moving toward a statewide June 30 reopening date</a>. He also announced that all counties in Washington will move to Phase 3 of the Roadmap to Recovery reopening plan effective May 18. Effective immediately, additional activities will be allowed with fewer restrictions and increased capacity for groups of fully vaccinated people.</p> <h2>May 4</h2> <p>Gov. Inslee <a href="https://medium.com/wagovernor/inslee-announces-two-week-pause-on-phases-efd9d63c4500" target="_blank" title="Link to governor's news release">announced</a> a two-week pause on movement in the Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery reopening plan. Under the pause, every county will remain in its current phase. King county remains in Phase 3. At the end of two weeks, each county will be re-evaluated.</p> <p>The governor noted recent data suggested Washington’s fourth wave has hit a plateau. This wave has been less severe than the three previous ones, with rising case counts not leading to a corresponding rise in deaths. Epidemiologists attribute the difference to vaccinations, especially among vulnerable populations. In addition to reducing the number of people who contract COVID-19, vaccinations lessen the severity of the disease for those who do get it, </p> <h2>April 12</h2> <p>Gov. Jay Inslee <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-announces-three-counties-rollback-phase-2" target="_blank" title="Link to governor's news release">announced</a> the rollback of three counties not meeting the Phase 3 Healthy Washington metrics for reopening activities. The three counties returning to Phase 2 are: Cowlitz County, Pierce County and Whitman County.</p> <p>“These metric trends are driven by the virus and we must continue to do everything we can to sharpen our focus and keep COVID-19 activity down," said Gov. Inslee. In order to move down one phase under the recently updated Healthy Washington criteria, a county must fail both metrics for case counts and hospitalizations. Under the previous plan, a county only needed to fail one metric to move back a phase. The next evaluation of counties will be in three weeks, on May 3.</p> <h2>March 31</h2> <p>Gov. Inslee announced that effective April 15, all Washingtonians over the age of 16 will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. On March 31, vaccine eligibility opened to people in Phase 1B tiers 3 and 4. Details at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="e537185e-f29d-4284-91e5-9cdbfcc9fda5" href="/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/communications/emergencies/covid-19/vaccines" title="COVID-19 Vaccines">Bellevue Vaccines</a>.</p> <h2>March 12</h2> <p>Gov. Inslee Friday announced he will issue an emergency proclamation early next week forcing all of Washington’s school districts to offer K-12 students the choice to return to their classrooms. By April 5, all students in kindergarten through the sixth grade must be given the choice to go back to classrooms, and by April 19, all other K-12 students must have the same option, according to the proclamation. <a href="https://medium.com/wagovernor/latest">Details</a></p> <p>The <a href="https://bsd405.org/back-to-buildings-plan/" target="_blank">Bellevue School District</a> began returning K-2 students to schools for at least some in-person learning starting in January.  </p> <h2>March 11</h2> <p>Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday that the entire state will enter Phase 3 of the Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery. Effective Monday, March 22, in-person spectators will be allowed for professional and high school sports. Spectators will be allowed to attend outdoor venues with permanent seating with capacity capped at 25%. Social distancing and facial covering are still required.</p> <p>Additionally, the governor announced that starting Wednesday, March 17, everyone in Tier 2 will be eligible for their COVID vaccine. This includes workers in agriculture, food processing, grocery stores, public transit, firefighters and law enforcement, among others. Tier 2 also includes people over the age of 16 who are pregnant or have a disability that puts them at high-risk. <a href="https://medium.com/wagovernor/inslee-announces-statewide-move-to-phase-3-of-recovery-plan-return-to-spectator-events-and-tier-2-4a53000f2724" target="_blank">Details</a></p> <h2>March 9</h2> <p>Adopting <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html" rel="noopener nofollow" target="_blank">guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention</a>, the state Department of Health announced that fully vaccinated people can gather indoors unmasked with: 1) other fully vaccinated people in private residences; 2) unvaccinated people from one other household in private residences, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.</p> <h2>March 2</h2> <p>Gov. Inslee visited Phantom Lake Elementary School and <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-statement-biden-educator-and-licensed-childcare-workers-vaccination-directive" target="_blank" title="Link to governor's news release">announced</a> on the same day that educators and licensed childcare workers would be added to Washington's current COVID-19 vaccine-eligible phase, 1B-1. To find out more about the state's vaccine phases and process for getting a COVID-19 vaccine, visit the <a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/vaccine.aspx" target="_blank" title="Link to county public health vaccine information page">vaccine page</a> from Seattle - King County Public Health.</p> <h2>Feb. 19</h2> <p>Gov. Inslee <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-signs-22-billion-covid-relief-bill" target="_blank" title="Link to governor's news release">announced</a> he signed House Bill 1368 today, which appropriates $2.2 billion in federal funding to respond to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation takes effect immediately and provides funding for:</p> <ul><li>$714 million in assistance for K-12 schools</li> <li>$618 million for public health’s response to COVID, including testing, investigation and contact tracing; and funding for vaccination efforts</li> <li>$365 million for emergency eviction, rental and utility assistance</li> <li>$240 million for business assistance grants</li> <li>$50 million for child care</li> <li>$26 million for food banks and other food programs </li> <li>$91 million for income assistance, including $65 million for relief for the state’s immigrant population</li> </ul><h2>Jan. 28</h2> <p>Gov. Inslee <a href="https://medium.com/wagovernor/inslee-announces-metric-changes-to-healthy-washington-roadmap-to-recovery-36ddf02c88ca" target="_blank" title="Link to governor's news release">announced </a>several changes to the state’s <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/HealthyWashington.pdf" target="_blank" title="Link to full plan">Healthy Washington — Roadmap to Recovery</a> that will allow King, Pierce and Snohomish counties to move into Phase 2 of the plan on Feb. 1. Grays Harbor, Lewis, Pacific and Thurston counties are also being given the green light to move to Phase 2.</p> <p>Gov. Inslee adjusted the plan in both the evaluation criteria for regions to move from Phase 1 to Phase 2 and the timeframe in which regions can progress. The progression is contingent on whether their metrics continue their positive trends and regions now must meet three of four criteria related to COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations instead of needing to meet all four.</p> <h2>Jan. 18</h2> <p>Gov. Jay Inslee announced an <a href="https://medium.com/wagovernor/inslee-announces-state-plan-for-widespread-vaccine-distribution-and-administration-62196dcf5ecf" rel="noopener nofollow" target="_blank">updated statewide vaccine distribution plan</a> to increase the number of Washingtonians vaccinated and establish infrastructure capable of mass vaccinations in the coming months. With the expanded distribution system, the state set a goal of vaccinating 45,000 Washingtonians per day.</p> <h2>Jan. 6</h2> <p>The state Department of Health introduced a COVID-19 <a href="https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/Vaccine">vaccine timeline</a>, with details about the first phase. Information on phases 2, 3 and 4 will follow.</p> <h2>Jan. 5</h2> <p>Gov. Jay Inslee <a href="https://medium.com/wagovernor/inslee-announces-healthy-washington-roadmap-to-recovery-229b880a6859" target="_blank" title="Link to governor's news release">announced</a> “Healthy Washington — Roadmap to Recovery,” a new COVID-19 phased recovery plan beginning Jan. 11. The plan follows a regional recovery approach with every region beginning in Phase 1 and required to meet a combination of metrics before moving to Phase 2. There are only two phases in this plan and all regions will be in Phase 1 on Jan. 11. Phase 1, for the most part, aligns with restrictions currently in place for most counties,</p> <h2>Dec. 30</h2> <p>Gov. Jay Inslee announced a one-week extension of the <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/20-25.11%20-%20COVID-19%20Stay%20Safe-Stay%20Healthy%20%28tmp%29.pdf?utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=govdelivery" target="_blank" title="Link to proclamation with new expiration date">"Stay Safe–Stay Healthy" proclamation</a>, along with the statewide restrictions imposed. The extension of the statewide restrictions will now expire on January 11, 2021. No changes were made in the proclamation aside from the expiration date. An updated reopening plan will be released next week. </p> <h2>Dec. 27</h2> <p>President Donald Trump signed a federal pandemic relief package late Sunday night, which includes extensions to unemployment benefits. Gov. Jay Inslee <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-announces-state-action-following-trump%E2%80%99s-refusal-sign-pandemic-unemployment" target="_blank">announced earlier</a> that the state would provide funding for almost 100,000 Washingtonians who would have lost federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits if the president had not signed the bill. </p> <p>The federal government missed the deadline for the extension, so there could still be a delay in federal payments, meaning the "bridge" payments from the state level will still be meaningful for unemployed Washingtonians.</p> <h2>Dec, 23</h2> <p>Gov. Jay Inslee today <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-announces-eviction-moratorium-extension" target="_blank">announced</a> he will extend the eviction moratorium to March 31. The eviction moratorium was set to expire on Dec. 31.</p> <h2>Dec. 13</h2> <p>Gov. Jay Inslee <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-announces-covid-19-vaccine-approval-multi-state-workgroup" target="_blank" title="Link to governor's news release">announced</a> the authorization of the first COVID-19 vaccine by a multi-state workgroup of vaccine experts after the FDA and CDC granted their initial authorization to the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.</p> <p>“I’m pleased that the Western States Workgroup gave their unanimous recommendation to the vaccine last night and encourages immediate use of the vaccine in our states,” Inslee said during a press conference Sunday morning. “It cannot come soon enough – with Washington closing in on 200,000 total COVID cases and approaching 3,000 deaths – this help is much needed to prevent further infection, hospitalization and loss of life.”</p> <p>The Western States Workgroup, comprised of vaccine experts from Washington, California, Oregon and Nevada, have been meeting to review the data and analysis to ensure the safety and efficacy of all vaccines federally authorized.</p> <h2>Dec. 8</h2> <p>With infection rates continuing to rise across the state, Gov. Inslee extends restrictions on indoor dining, gyms and private social gatherings to Jan. 4. The governor's <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/issues/issues/covid-19-resources/covid-19-reopening-guidance-businesses-and-workers" target="_blank">original emergency order</a>, issued Nov. 15, called for a ban on indoor dining, Indoor gatherings with people outside of a person’s household and closure of gyms and museums through Dec. 14. </p> <h2>Dec. 2</h2> <p>The state made available today a third round of COVID-19 business grants for Washington small businesses. The funding package uses $50 million in CARES Act funds to support business grants of up to $20,000. Businesses that apply by Dec. 11 will be given priority. In addition, another $20 million will be given to eligible businesses that have already applied for COVID-19 resiliency grants from the state but did not receive funding. Businesses can apply at the <a href="http://startup.choosewashingtonstate.com/working-washington-round-3/" target="_blank" title="Click to apply for grants through the state">state's Commerce Department website</a> and email <a href="mailto:bizgrants@commerce.wa.gov" target="_blank" title="Email the state with questions">bizgrants@commerce.wa.gov</a> or by calling the state’s hotline at 360-725-5003 with questions or assistance requests. In addition, Bellevue offers many <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/communications/emergencies/covid-19/business-resources" title="Link to Business Resources web page">support resources</a>, including help through the application process in multiple languages through their <a href="https://re.startup425.org/" target="_blank" title="Link to technical assistance resources">technical assistance program</a>.</p> <h2>Nov. 15</h2> <p>In a Sunday press conference, Gov. Jay Inslee <a href="https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Flnks.gd%2Fl%2FeyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDAsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMDExMTUuMzA1MTQ1MzEiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL21lZGl1bS5jb20vd2Fnb3Zlcm5vci9pbnNsZWUtYW5ub3VuY2VzLXN0YXRld2lkZS1yZXN0cmljdGlvbnMtZm9yLWZvdXItd2Vla3MtYzBiN2RhODdkMzRlP3V0bV9tZWRpdW09ZW1haWwmdXRtX3NvdXJjZT1nb3ZkZWxpdmVyeSJ9.NbY65OMG17WzyIpiw_5DimGTKnDQ4QnHu3F6tRqgXvU%2Fs%2F1159143587%2Fbr%2F89620829620-l&amp;data=04%7C01%7Cmdegrand%40bellevuewa.gov%7C9a7d6061d44a4e96299b08d889a19aef%7C222d2edd825545bd859752141b82f713%7C0%7C0%7C637410674486062241%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=F6YbL899bskBJGj4%2FkuDa76fbFPCr8ezWPJE7kvhB%2F0%3D&amp;reserved=0" target="_blank" title="Link to Governor's Medium page">announced</a> a tightening of COVID-19 health restrictions starting Monday for most rollbacks, including a ban on indoor social gatherings unless specific conditions are met, no indoor dining is allowed and outdoor dining or gatherings are limited to five people or less, grocery and retail stores are required to limit occupancy to 25% and religious gatherings are limited to 25% capacity or 200 people, whichever is less. All the new restrictions go into effect Monday, Nov. 16, with the exception of those for bars and restaurants, which go into effect no later than Wednesday, Nov. 18.</p> <p>"This is not forever, this is only for now," said Gov. Inslee during the conference. "We need to hold this pandemic down until the cavalry arrives...inaction is not an option." In reference to the "cavalry", Gov. Inslee mentioned that work on making a vaccine available is seeing promising results. Infectious disease specialist Dr. George Diaz of Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett spoke during the conference about hoping that vaccine distribution can begin in the next month or two.</p> <p>The restrictions do not extend to schools, childcare or courts. They also prohibit receptions for weddings or funerals and ceremonies are limited to 30 people. Offices must allow employees to work from home if possible.</p> <p>Gov. Inslee also announced further relief for businesses in the form of an additional $50 million in business grants and loans to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions. </p> <p>In Washington, record positive case counts have occurred for numerous days in a row, with more than 2200 new cases reported Nov. 14 and that record was expected to be broken again on Nov. 15. The restrictions announced today are set to expire Dec. 14 unless extended or revoked earlier. </p> <h2>Nov. 13</h2> <p>Gov. Jay Inslee <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/Travel%20Advisory-%20Washington%20state.pdf?utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=govdelivery" target="_blank" title="Link to full text of travel advisory">issued a travel advisory</a> for Washington today, <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-issues-travel-advisory-washington" target="_blank" title="Link to detailed news release from Gov. office">recommending a 14-day quarantine</a> for interstate and international travel, and asks residents to stay close to home. Inslee joined California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown in urging visitors entering their states or returning home from travel outside these states to self-quarantine to slow the spread of the virus. </p> <h2>Nov. 12</h2> <p>Gov. Jay Inslee held a <a href="https://www.pscp.tv/w/1djGXqerWMBJZ" target="_blank" title="Link to state channel with recorded address">live address </a>where he implored Washingtonians to keep holiday gatherings this year to only people within your immediate household. He also said to expect further changes to our current health restrictions related to COVID-19 in the coming days. The latest information about COVID-19 can be found on <a href="https://coronavirus.wa.gov/" target="_blank" title="Link to state COVID-19 website">coronavirus.wa.gov</a>.</p> <p>“Cases have doubled in last two weeks; we are in as dangerous a position as we were in March,” said Gov. Inslee. “We cannot wait until a hospital’s halls are filled with gurneys before we take decisive action.”</p> <p>As of Nov. 12, the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Bellevue totaled 1,359, with 153 being hospitalized (11.3% of positive cases) and 42 people dying from the disease (3.1% of positive cases.) In King County, there were 622 new cases as of yesterday with 19 more hospitalizations and 10 new deaths.</p> <h2>Oct. 28</h2> <p>Today the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest <a href="https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Flnks.gd%2Fl%2FeyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDEsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMDEwMjguMjk1NDg3OTEiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL2NvdmlkLmlkbW9kLm9yZy9kYXRhL1dBX1NpdHVhdGlvbl9SZXBvcnRfMTlfQ09WSUQtMTlfdHJhbnNtaXNzaW9uX2Fjcm9zc19XYXNoaW5ndG9uX1N0YXRlLnBkZiJ9.seoOtd0-fOZ5bJNIg5pM_8sGsF97NNF_kRb-2oFoGck%2Fs%2F1159143942%2Fbr%2F87556396815-l&amp;data=04%7C01%7Cmdegrand%40bellevuewa.gov%7C51f0906f48ab489e833f08d87b7e8a46%7C222d2edd825545bd859752141b82f713%7C0%7C0%7C637395131461780001%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=VDh7XEAd%2F%2BjTSGryVlvhrNTjKcYE5Ez7VJJjVtwFpgQ%3D&amp;reserved=0" target="_blank" title="Link to state Dept. of Health COVID situation report">statewide situation report</a> on COVID-19 transmission, which shows a general rise in the intensity of the epidemic in both western and eastern Washington.</p> <p>Gov. Jay Inslee issued a <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-issues-stay-safe-vote-safe-proclamation" target="_blank">"Stay Safe - Vote Safe" proclamation</a> this week adjusting COVID-19 requirements for voters and for voting service operations.</p> <p>As of Oct. 28, the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Bellevue totaled 1,136, with 142 being hospitalized (12.5% of positive cases) and 42 people dying from the disease (3.7% of positive cases.)</p> <h2>Oct. 22</h2> <p>The Washington Department of Health <a href="https://medium.com/wadepthealth/100-000-1f271e858c2f" target="_blank" title="Link to state Department of Health announcement">reported</a> the 100,000th Washingtonian diagnosed with COVID-19, noting, "This a sad and sobering milestone." Find a list of free testing sites here: <a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19.aspx" target="_blank" title="Link to King County Health COVID-19 site">https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19.aspx</a></p> <p>Meanwhile, this week Gov. Jay Inslee <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-issues-proclamation-establishing-higher-education-safety-guidelines" target="_blank" title="Link to governor's news release">issued</a> updated COVID-19 guidance for a number of populations. He first issued a proclamation establishing additional safety guidelines for higher education institutions and living facilities, including limitations on the number of residents who may share a sleeping area, limitations on the number of people in common areas, and requirements for all people in common areas to wear a mask and remain socially distanced. The governor also <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-updates-guidance-religious-and-faith-based-organizations" target="_blank" title="Link to governor's news release">announced</a> updated guidance for religious and faith based organizations including clarification that physical distancing between non-household members must be six feet in all directions. The updates also permit brief physical contact among up to five individuals, excluding religious leaders, if the brief contact is a critical component to the organization’s religious service.</p> <p>Gov. Inslee also <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-announces-covid-19-immigrant-relief-fund-now-open-applications" target="_blank" title="Link to announcement from governor">announced</a> the Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund is now open for applications. The relief fund will provide $40 million in federal funds allocated by the state to assist Washington workers who miss work due to COVID-19, but are unable to access federal stimulus programs and other social supports due to their immigration status.</p> <p>As of Oct. 22, the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Bellevue totaled 1,112, with 137 being hospitalized (12.3% of positive cases) and 42 people dying from the disease (3.8% of positive cases.)</p> <h2>Oct. 14</h2> <p>Gov. Inslee<a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-announces-updates-safe-start-reopening-plan" target="_blank"> </a><a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-extends-eviction-moratorium-public-utilities-proclamation" target="_blank" title="Link to governor's news release">announced</a> the extensions of the eviction moratorium and public utility proclamations as COVID-19 continues to impact the finances of Washingtonians statewide. Both proclamations were extended to December 31.</p> <p>As of Oct. 14, the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Bellevue totaled 1,060, with 135 being hospitalized (12.7% of positive cases) and 42 people dying from the disease (4% of positive cases.)</p> <h2>Oct. 6</h2> <p>Gov. Inslee<a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-announces-updates-safe-start-reopening-plan" target="_blank"> announced </a>several updates to Washington's Safe Start reopening plan. The changes seek to align guidance and adjustments to regulations of several industries and activities including libraries, movie theaters, restaurants, real estate, retail, weddings, and many recreational activities.</p> <p>Two more <a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/news/2020/October/5-covid-testing-sites.aspx" target="_blank">new COVID-19 testing sites</a> are opening in south King County, according to Seattle - King County Public Health.</p> <p>As of Oct. 6, the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Bellevue totaled 1,016, with 133 being hospitalized (13.1% of positive cases) and 42 people dying from the disease (4.1% of positive cases.)</p> <h2>Sept. 18</h2> <p>The rates of COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths have been decreasing since early August in King County and Bellevue, as schools operate remotely and residents continue to limit exposure under Phase 2 of the state "Safe Start" plan. Bellevue City Hall, Mini City Hall and community centers remain closed. Virtual City Council meetings are held virtually. See <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="77c196f5-0390-4d2a-bd3e-80ec5ba36231" href="/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/communications/emergencies/covid-19-response" title="COVID-19 Response">COVID-19</a>, <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="d664052c-fbbf-4abf-82be-28e41822e7ff" href="/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/communications/emergencies/covid-19/community-resources" title="COVID-19 Community Resources">COVID-19 Community Resources</a> and <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="c5c33d51-4d4e-4970-a51c-5391b660e16c" href="/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/communications/emergencies/covid-19/business-resources" title="COVID-19 Business/Nonprofit Resources">COVID-19 Business/Nonprofit Resources</a> for details on city services.</p> <p>There were 55 cases in the county per 100,000 residents over the last 14 days, continuing the six-week trend down from 116 cases on July 25. The target for moving to Phase 3 is less than 25 new cases per 100,000 residents over 14 days. The number of tests and speed of testing remain below the targets, but the infection rate (0.6) and decreasing hospitalizations and deaths all meet targets.</p> <p>As of Sept. 17, the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Bellevue totaled 957, with 126 being hospitalized and 41 dying from the disease. The rates of infection, hospitalization and death were all below the county rates.</p> <h2>Sept. 16</h2> <p>Gov. Jay Inslee <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-updates-guidance-weddings-and-funerals" target="_blank">announced</a> updated guidance for weddings and funerals as part of Washington's Safe Start phased reopening plan. The update allows wedding and funeral receptions to resume, as long as they meet specific requirements for occupancy limits, table sizes and social distancing and masks.</p> <h2>Aug. 19</h2> <p>The City Council released a <a href="https://youtu.be/qbssobXUuD4" target="_blank">video public service announcement</a> urging residents to "take the coronavirus to task by wearing a mask." All seven council members made brief selfie videos, which Bellevue TV edited together into the PSA.</p> <h2>Aug. 18</h2> <p>The City Council authorized the use of $185,000 in federal CARES Act funding for a new Small Business Relief Grant program. A<span>llocated to Bellevue through the King County Relief Fund, the program provides $5,000 grants to small, Bellevue-owned businesses and arts organizations to help overcome COVID-19 business disruptions. </span></p> <h2>Aug. 5</h2> <p>Gov. Inslee announced new recommendations from the state Department of Health regarding public and private schooling. If the total number of new cases over a 14-day period is 75 or more, state health officials strongly recommend distance learning for most students and cancellation or postponement of in-person extracurricular activities.  In King County, there were 91 new cases in the 14 days preceding Aug. 5.</p> <p>The Bellevue School District already had a fall planning forum scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 6.</p> <h2>Aug. 4</h2> <p>The <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="e03975e8-35c8-4c33-b487-952416c3fecf" href="/city-news/aquatic-center-reopens" title="Bellevue Aquatic Center to reopen">reopening</a> of the Bellevue Aquatic Center for visits by appointment on Wednesday, Aug. 5 is announced.</p> <h2>July 30</h2> <p>The city expanded its website chatbot, so the AI assistant has answers in multiple languages. Located on the home page, the chatbot quickly directs users to COVID-19-related information and resources. It has seen significant use since it was launched in May.</p> <p>As of July 29, 682 Bellevue residents have tested positive for COVID-19 this year, with 40 deaths, according to <a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/data/daily-summary.aspx" target="_blank">Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County</a>. The number of infections has continued to surge in Bellevue in July. </p> <h2>July 23</h2> <p>Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-announces-rollbacks-some-activities-slow-covid-19-exposure" target="_blank" title="Link to governor's news release">announced</a> changes to the state's guidance and regulations around restaurants, bars, and fitness centers, as well as weddings and funerals. The changes will also affect family entertainment centers, movie theaters and card rooms. The changes target activities that data have shown provide a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure and are in response to the growing numbers of COVID-19 cases in the state. </p> <p>In addition to those changes, Wiesman announced an expansion of his face coverings order that will go into effect Saturday, July 25.<br /> The expansion will require face coverings in all common spaces, such as elevators, hallways and shared spaces in apartment buildings, university housing and hotels, as well as congregate setting such as nursing homes.</p> <h2>July 22</h2> <p>As local businesses continue to adapt their operations as part of the state’s Safe Start reopening plan, the city is extending additional support to restaurants on and near Main Street, offering them to use street parking spots in some cases for extra seating.</p> <p>As of July 21, 604 Bellevue residents had tested positive for COVID-19, with 37 deaths, according to <a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/data/daily-summary.aspx" target="_blank">Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County</a>. As elsewhere in the state, the number of cases in Bellevue has been rising in July. </p> <h2>July 14</h2> <p>Gov. Jay Inslee today extended the pause on moving any county to the next phase in Washington's <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/SafeStartPhasedReopening.pdf" target="_blank">Safe Start</a> plan until at least July 28.  </p> <h2>July 2</h2> <p>Gov. Jay Inslee and Sec. of Health John Wiesman today <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-extends-face-covering-requirement-businesses-statewide-and-halts-county" target="_blank">announced</a> a statewide requirement for businesses to require face coverings of all employees and customers. Under this proclamation, businesses may not serve any customer, services or goods, if they do not comply with the state-wide face covering order. The extension comes in response to growing case counts in counties across the state.</p> <h2>June 27</h2> <p>Gov. Jay Inslee and Sec. John Wiesman <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-and-wiesman-announce-pause-county-progressions-phase-4" target="_blank">announced</a> the Washington State Department of Health is putting a pause on counties moving to Phase 4 though the “Safe Start” phased approach. Rising cases across the state and concerns about continued spread of the COVID virus have made Phase 4, which would essentially mean no restrictions, impossible at this time. Eight counties were eligible to move from Phase 3 to Phase 4 before the pause. </p> <h2>June 26</h2> <p>After a week in Phase 2 of the Safe Start phased reopening plan for the state, Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County <a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/news/2020/June/26-covid.aspx" target="_blank">reported</a> that cases in King County are increasing, but hospital capacity is still adequate.</p> <h2>June 23</h2> <p>Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman today <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-announces-statewide-mask-mandate" target="_blank">announced</a> a statewide mandatory face covering order that will take effect Friday, June 26. King County has had a mask order in effect since May 18, but after reports of cases increasing in additional counties, the governor and Wiesman extended the face covering requirement to include the entire state of Washington. Masks are to be worn in all indoor public spaces and outdoor public spaces where physical distancing of six feet is not possible. There are exceptions for young children and individuals with disabilities who have difficulty wearing masks or communicating with them on.</p> <h2>June 19</h2> <p>King County <a href="https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/safe-start.aspx" rel="noopener nofollow" target="_blank">announced</a> it has been approved to move to Phase 2 of Washington's <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/SafeStartWA_4May20_1pm.pdf" rel="noopener nofollow" target="_blank">Safe Start plan</a>. Summary details of what is allowed in each phase is at the state's <a href="https://coronavirus.wa.gov/what-you-need-know/safe-start/whats-open-each-phase#Phase2" rel="noopener nofollow" target="_blank">coronavirus.wa.gov</a> website. </p> <p>As local businesses begin to expand their operations within the state’s Safe Start reopening plan, Bellevue’s economic development team has <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/phased-opening-business-help">adjusted its support</a> for retailers and restaurants to help businesses adapt their operations through each phase of the reopening plan. Support includes clarifying regulations, providing step-by-step guides and speeding permit turnaround times.</p> <h2>June 17</h2> <p>Public Health – Seattle &amp; King County, the City of Seattle and the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction are <a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/news/2020/June/17-covid.aspx" target="_blank">launching new efforts</a> to connect families in need to food resources as the demand for food resources continues to increase as a result of COVID-19, including a <a href="https://public.tableau.com/profile/city.of.seattle.human.services#!/vizhome/Covid-19Seattle-AreaEmergencyFoodResources/COVIDEmergencyFood" target="_blank">map </a>of free  emergency food resources across King County.</p> <p>Public Health now has increased availability for free COVID-19 testing, offering <a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/care/testing.aspx" target="_blank">access</a> to testing information, FAQs and a map of testing locations.</p> <h2>June 12</h2> <p>The Parks &amp; Community Services Department announced that it won't be presenting any major events such as the Family 4th or Movies in the Park through August, to comply with social distancing directives.</p> <h2>June 8</h2> <p>Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County reported that as of June 8, there had been a total of 437 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bellevue, 3 more than June 7, with 36 deaths.</p> <p>Bellevue Utilities reminds businesses resuming activities at their offices to <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="c70dbc47-6e23-4baa-b1bb-67ef1634344f" href="/city-news/reopening-businesses-flush" title="Reopening businesses should flush water systems">flush the water system in the building</a>. To make it easier for people to exercise safely, the Transportation Department expanded its <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="d42b29e2-70c5-424a-b106-ced22e499e7c" href="/city-government/departments/transportation/projects/neighborhood-projects/healthy-streets" title="Healthy Streets">Healthy Streets program</a> on June 5. </p> <h2>June 7</h2> <p>On June 5, King County moved to a modified Phase 1 (or "Phase 1.5") of the state's Safe Start plan, which allows:</p> <ul><li>Restaurants offering outdoor dining at 50% capacity and indoor dining at 25% capacity</li> <li>In-store retail at 15% capacity, with visits of no more than 30 minutes</li> <li>Fitness studios outdoors with no more than five clients or indoors with no more than one client</li> <li>Personal services (i.e. nail salons, barbers, etc.) at no more than 25% capacity</li> <li>Professional services at no more than 25% office capacity</li> </ul><p><a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/elected/executive/constantine/news/release/2020/June/03-modified-reopen-plan.aspx" target="_blank">King County</a> has more information on allowable business operations and relevant requirements. </p> <h2>June 3</h2> <p>Gov. Jay Inslee <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-extends-eviction-moratorium" target="_blank">extended</a> the eviction moratorium in Wash. More state updates are available at <a href="https://coronavirus.wa.gov/">coronavirus.wa.gov</a>.</p> <p>According to Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County, there are 425 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bellevue with 35 deaths.</p> <h2>May 31</h2> <p>Gov. Jay Inslee <a href="https://coronavirus.wa.gov/news/inslee-issues-safe-start-proclamation-county-approach-re-opening" target="_blank">announced</a> the Stay Home, Stay Healthy would expire, replacing it with the <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/20-25.4%20-%20COVID-19%20Safe%20Start.pdf" target="_blank">Safe Start Proclamation</a>, guided by Washington's <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/SafeStartPhasedReopening.pdf" target="_blank">phased approach</a> to opening.</p> <h2>May 25</h2> <p>Gov. Jay Inslee <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-statement-progression-safe-start-phases" target="_blank">released a statement</a> after the Washington State Department of Health <a href="https://www.doh.wa.gov/Newsroom/Articles/ID/1196/Additional-counties-approved-to-move-to-phase-two-of-Gov-Jay-Inslees-Safe-Start-plan?utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=govdelivery" target="_blank">announced additional counties </a>are eligible to move to Phase 2 under the Safe Start plan.</p> <p>“We are making good progress as we continue to open Washington in segments. Currently, one-third of our state is now eligible to move into Phase 2," he said.</p> <p>Public Health – Seattle &amp; King County <a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/news/2020/May/22-covid.aspx" target="_blank">announced</a> that more locations for COVID-19 testing are available at no cost throughout King County, and urged anyone experiencing even mild symptoms to be tested right away.</p> <p>According to Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County, there are 405 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bellevue with 34 deaths.</p> <h2>May 20</h2> <p>Public Health – Seattle &amp; King County has created a new set of data tools that show some of the broader social, economic, and overall health and well-being impacts in King County during COVID-19. The new <a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/news/2020/May/20-covid.aspx" target="_blank">data dashboard</a> has key topics including unemployment, housing and food needs, internet access, family violence, depression, and having health insurance. You can view the full range of data dashboards available <a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/data.aspx" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>According to Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County, there are 396 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bellevue with 32 deaths.</p> <h2>May 18</h2> <p>The City of Bellevue has been made aware of identity theft and fraud related to Washington State unemployment benefits. Imposters use a victim's personal information to file a fraudulent unemployment benefit claim and attempt to collect on that claim. Resources for reporting identity theft and, specifically, unemployment fraud, are available at:</p> <ul><li><strong><a href="https://esd.wa.gov/unemployment/unemployment-benefits-fraud" rel="noopener nofollow" target="_blank">State Employment Security Department Fraud Reporting</a></strong>: Identity theft and fraud has been reported in Washington's unemployment benefits system. Click this link if you think you may be a victim of unemployment benefit fraud.</li> <li><strong><a href="https://www.identitytheft.gov/" rel="noopener nofollow" target="_blank">Federal Trade Commission Identity Theft Reporting</a>:</strong> Click this link for other resources on reporting identity theft. </li> </ul><p>Gov. Jay Inslee <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-announces-restart-all-medical-services-washington" target="_blank">announced</a> the restart of all medical services in Washington, including dental services, elective procedures and preventive services.</p> <p>The Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County face covering directive went into effect today, May 18, and the agency released <a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/news/2020/May/18-covid.aspx" target="_blank">more information</a> for the public.</p> <p>According to Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County, there were 390 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bellevue with 30 deaths.</p> <h2>May 14</h2> <p>Public Health – Seattle &amp; King County on May 13 began recommending anyone with symptoms or who has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 be tested right away. Anyone experiencing even mild COVID-like symptoms should isolate themselves from others and call their doctor or nurse line.</p> <p>More doctors have testing kits, and anyone with two or more of the following symptoms should be tested: cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell. People who don't have a regular health care provider are encouraged to call the King County COVID-19 call center (206-477-3977), which is open 7 days a week, 8 a.m.–7 p.m. </p> <p>Also, starting May 18, people are directed to wear a face covering when they are at any indoor or outdoor public space where they may be within 6 feet of other people.</p> <h2>May 12</h2> <p>Gov. Jay Inslee <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-announces-contact-tracing-initiative" target="_blank">announced </a>the launch of a statewide contact tracing plan today that will allow more businesses to open and more people to be active in public while helping to slow and prevent the spread of COVID-19. The gov. also issued <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-issues-guidance-partially-resuming-store-retail-and-additional-manufacturing" target="_blank">guidance</a> for partially resuming limited in-store retail and manufacturing operations for counties granted variance under the Safe Start Phase 2 Plan.</p> <p>According to Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County, there were 373 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bellevue as of May 10, with 29 deaths.</p> <h2>May 11</h2> <p>The city and the Bellevue Downtown Association <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/bellevue-family-4th-july-event-canceled">announced </a>that this year's Bellevue Family 4th celebration would be canceled due to COVID-19.</p> <p>Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County <a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/news/2020/May/11-covid.aspx" target="_blank">issued a new Health Officer Directive</a> strongly urging face coverings in all indoor public places including grocery stores and other businesses, as well as outside settings where maintaining six feet of social distancing is difficult.</p> <p>Gov. Jay Inslee issued guidance today for partially resuming the dine-in restaurant and tavern industry for counties granted variance under the <a href="https://medium.com/wagovernor/inslee-signs-new-covid-19-order-for-phased-re-opening-of-washingtons-economy-ad5ea919ab56" target="_blank">Safe Start Phase 2 recovery plan</a> laid out last week. Some counties have been cleared to move through the recovery phases at an accelerated pace, but most counties will move from one phase to another after at least three weeks.</p> <p>According to Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County, there were 372 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bellevue as of May 10, with 29 deaths.</p> <h2>May 8</h2> <p>With the first phase of the governor's "Safe Start" relaxation of social distancing measures now in effect, the Bellevue Golf Course reopened on Tuesday, May 5. The Crossroads Par 3 course is set to open on Saturday, May 9.  The Transportation Department on Thursday, May 7, launched a Healthy Streets pilot, closing portions of Southeast Fourth Street and 165/166th avenues Northeast to non-local vehicle traffic so neighborhood residents can walk and bike more.</p> <p>According to Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County, there were 364 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bellevue as of May 7, with 24 deaths.</p> <h2>May 1</h2> <p>Gov. Inslee extended the Stay Home - Stay Healthy Order until May 31, releasing details on a <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/chart-washingtons-phased-approach" target="_blank">phased approach</a> to gradually lifting certain aspects of the order in the coming weeks.</p> <p>Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County <a href="https://publichealthinsider.com/2020/05/01/new-analysis-shows-pronounced-racial-inequities-among-covid-19-cases-hospitalizations-and-deaths/" target="_blank">released data</a> showing racial inequities among COVID-19 cases and now include a COVID-19 <a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/data/race-ethnicity.aspx" target="_blank">Race/Ethnicity Dashboard</a> updated weekly to monitor this data.</p> <p>Public Health reported 6,407 confirmed COVID-19 cases (99 new) and 449 deaths (3 new) in King County. In Bellevue, Public Health reports 323 positive cases with 23 deaths.</p> <h2>April 29</h2> <p>Gov. Inslee <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-rolls-out-covid-19-risk-assessment-dashboard-data" target="_blank">shared data</a> being used to help determine when and how to best lift restrictions under the Stay Home - Stay Healthy Order, details of which will be announced on May 1. He also clarified prior-announced lifting of certain restrictions around <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-issues-additional-guidance-construction-activities" target="_blank">construction</a> and <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-issues-guidance-clarify-limits-elective-surgeries" target="_blank">elective surgeries</a>.</p> <p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added six items to its list of symptoms for COVID-19. <a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/news/2020/April/29-covid.aspx" target="_blank">Read more</a> from Public Health.</p> <p>Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County reported 6,308 confirmed cases (126 new) of COVID-19 in King County with 446 deaths (10 new.) In Bellevue, Public Health reports 318 positive cases with 23 deaths.</p> <h2>April 27</h2> <p>Gov. Inslee <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-announces-easing-outdoor-restrictions" target="_blank">announced </a>today a partial re-opening of some outdoor recreation activities, with appropriate safety precautions, starting May 5, 2020.</p> <p>In a <a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/news/2020/April/27-covid.aspx" target="_blank">press release</a>, Public Health said the decline of new cases was slowing, raising concerns that relaxing social distancing measures too soon could cause an uptick in virus transmission. </p> <p>"We’ve done a very good job in King County suppressing transmission of COVID-19 and that’s largely due to the great work of our community in staying home and distancing to the extent possible," said Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle &amp; King County. "However, we still have way too many cases occurring each day. That means we’re vulnerable to a rebound that could potentially overwhelm our healthcare system if we prematurely ease up on our distancing steps."</p> <p>Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County reported 5,990 confirmed cases (78 new) of COVID-19 in King County with 416 deaths (9 new.) In Bellevue, Public Health reports 301 positive cases with 22 deaths.</p> <h2>April 24</h2> <p>Gov. Inslee announced that "low-risk" construction — where strict social-distancing rules could be maintained on-site — would be allowed. The <a href="https://coronavirus.wa.gov/business-workers" target="_blank">state</a> has details.</p> <p><a href="https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus/data-dashboard.aspx" target="_blank">Public Health Seattle &amp; KIng County</a> reported that as of April 23, there were 290 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in Bellevue, with 21 deaths.</p> <h2>April 22</h2> <p>The Bellevue City Council <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-business-relief">passed an ordinance</a> during their virtual meeting on April 20 to extend the expiration dates of building permit applications and permits already issued for an additional 180 days. The ordinance is in response to the halt of most commercial and residential construction projects due to necessary COVID-19 precautions. More information can be found under <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/development">Development Services</a>.</p> <p>Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson released a <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-and-ferguson-joint-statement-some-public-officials-disregard-stay-home-stay" target="_blank">joint statement</a> today in response to some Washington state officials' disregard for the governor's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order. </p> <p>Public Health reported 5,449 (70 new) cases of COVID-19 in King County and 379 deaths (7 new).   </p> <h2>April 20</h2> <p>The cities of Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Redmond and Renton <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/eastside-covid-19-business-support">today launched</a> <a href="https://re.startup425.org/" target="_blank">(re)STARTUP425</a>, a collaborative effort to connect Eastside small business owners, nonprofit leaders and sole proprietors with available business support resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is available in multiple languages and provides one-on-one technical consultations on business financial assistance programs, a calendar of relevant webinars and other resources.</p> <p>Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County <a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/news/2020/April/20-covid.aspx" target="_blank">announced</a> that COVID-19 cases within the county's homeless residents and among homelessness services workers is rising. 112 people in these populations have tested positive and 70 people are currently staying in King County isolation and quarantine facilities. One person being treated at a King County isolation and quarantine site has died. </p> <p>Public Health reported 5,293 (121 new) cases of COVID-19 in King County and 360 deaths (14 new).   </p> <h2>April 16</h2> <p>In a news conference, Gov. Jay Inslee said, "We have bent the curve down," regarding the spread of the coronavirus in Washington. However, he said his "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order will remain in effect until the infection rate continues to decrease and the state's testing and contact tracing capacity increases dramatically.</p> <p>Public Health reported 4,809 (112 new) cases of COVID-19 in King County and 320 deaths (eight new). </p> <h2>April 15</h2> <p>To protect the health of prisoners jeopardized by lack of social distancing in state prisons, Gov. Jay Inslee <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-issues-new-orders-reduce-prison-populations-during-covid-19-outbreak" target="_blank">issued a proclamation and commutation order</a> that allows the early release of certain vulnerable populations, including nonviolent individuals due to be released within the coming weeks and months.</p> <p>Public Health reported 4,697 (77 new) cases of COVID-19 in King County and 312 deaths (nine new). </p> <h2>April 14</h2> <p>The City of Bellevue has <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/downtown-park-parking-lots-close">closed access</a> to the parking lots in Downtown Park to discourage people from driving to a destination park outside of their local neighborhood. The park is still open for those who live or work nearby and can walk to the park. Accessible parking spaces are also still available in the south parking lot of the park. </p> <p>Gov. Jay Inslee <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-issues-new-proclamations-criminal-statutes-cdls-and-garnishments" target="_blank">issued three new proclamations</a> related to criminal statutes, commercial driver's licenses and garnishments in response to the COVID-19 epidemic.</p> <p>Public Health reported 4,620 (71 new) positive cases of COVID-19 in King County and 303 deaths (7 new). </p> <h2>April 13</h2> <p>Today, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced an <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/washington-oregon-and-california-announce-western-states-pact" target="_blank">agreement</a> on a shared vision for reopening their economies and controlling COVID-19 into the future. </p> <p>The governor also released a <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-issues-protection-high-risk-workers" target="_blank">proclamation</a> giving high-risk workers protections from COVID-19 without jeopardizing their jobs.</p> <p>Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County <a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/news/2020/April/11-covid.aspx" target="_blank">reiterated</a> over the weekend the importance of continuing social distancing measures and not relaxing the protocols too soon. They also <a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/news/2020/April/13-covid.aspx" target="_blank">announced</a> that two more COVID-19 medical support sites are now operational, one in Shoreline for assessment and recovery and one at Harborview Hall for isolation and recovery.</p> <p>Sixty-six people are currently staying in King County isolation and quarantine facilities.</p> <p>Public Health <a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus/data-dashboard.aspx" target="_blank">reported</a> 4,549 (123 new) positive cases of COVID-19 in King County and 296 deaths (4 new). </p> <h2>April 9</h2> <p>Mayor Lynne Robinson joined the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club as it delivered 300 meals to staff at Overlake Medical Center this week, praising the Rotary for supporting local restaurants and showing support for medical professionals doing the work of heroes at this time.</p> <p>The Parks &amp; Community Services Department reminded residents to maintain social distancing at parks, especially Robinswood Park, where there is a dog corral. </p> <p>Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County offered tips for people going to necessary medical appointments. Whenever possible, drive yourself or have a friend or family member give you a ride in a personal vehicle to minimize exposure to others. Ensure everyone in the car wears a mask, increase airflow as much as possible by putting the windows down, and clean and disinfect all surfaces before and after the trip.</p> <p>Public Health <a>reported</a> 3,886 (198 new) positive cases of COVID-19 in King County and 258 deaths (14 new). </p> <h2>April 8</h2> <p>Today, Bellevue Police held a virtual community forum to address questions and concerns from Bellevue's Asian-American community related to public safety and COVID-19. The content was interpreted into Mandarin Chinese during the live event. A replay of the event will air on Bellevue Television Cable Channel 21 April 9 at 3 p.m. and is also available on demand at <a href="https://youtu.be/8NXsmujS2g4" target="_blank">https://youtu.be/8NXsmujS2g4</a>.</p> <p>Also this week, Bellevue Mayor Lynne Robinson signed two proclamations related to our community response to COVID-19. One proclamation asked the community to <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2020/Anti-stigma%20Proclamation%20April%202020.pdf" target="_blank">stand together against hate and bias</a>, especially as it relates to stigma surrounding the COVID-19 virus. The other proclamation was to <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2020/Overlake%20Proclamation%204.6.20.pdf" target="_blank">appreciate and support the work</a> being done by Overlake Medical Center staff in the fight against COVID-19.</p> <p>Today, Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County reported 3,688 (202 new) positive cases of COVID-19 in King County and 244 deaths (14 new.) </p> <h2>April 7</h2> <p>Gov. Jay Inslee <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-department-commerce-announce-support-small-businesses" target="_blank">today announced</a> additional steps to help mitigate the economic impacts of COVID-19 for small businesses, including grants, resiliency assistance, and forgivable loans.</p> <p>Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County announced more COVID-19 resources available in multiple languages, including:</p> <ul><li><a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus.aspx">Fact sheet available in 21 languages on the COVID-19 homepage</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus/retail.aspx">Guidance for essential businesses in Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese</a></li> <li>WA State Department of Health's COVID-19 webpages in <a href="https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/NovelCoronavirusOutbreak2020COVID19/ChineseSimplified">Chinese</a>, <a href="https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/NovelCoronavirusOutbreak2020COVID19/Korean">Korean</a>, <a href="https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus/Russian">Russian</a>, <a href="https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/NovelCoronavirusOutbreak2020COVID19/CoronavirusSpanish">Spanish</a>, <a href="https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/NovelCoronavirusOutbreak2020COVID19/vietnamese">Vietnamese</a></li> <li>U.S. CDC's Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpages in <a href="https://espanol.cdc.gov/enes/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html">Spanish</a>, <a href="https://chinese.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/">Chinese</a>, <a href="https://vietnamese.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html">Vietnamese</a>, <a href="https://korean.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html">Korean</a></li> </ul><p>Public Health reported 3,486 cases of COVID-19 (155 new) and 230 deaths (8 new) in King County as of 11:59 p.m. April 6.</p> <h2>April 6</h2> <p>Gov. Jay Inslee <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-extends-school-closures-rest-2019-20-school-year" target="_blank">announced </a>that he was extending the statewide closure of on-site instruction for public and private K-12 schools through the end of this school year in June. Education may resume through distance learning for the remainder of the school year. The Bellevue School District also made an <a href="https://bsd405.org/coronavirus-covid-19-messages-to-families/" target="_blank">announcement</a> in response to the extension.</p> <p>Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County reported 3,331 cases of COVID-19 (164 new) and 222 deaths (14 new) in King County.</p> <h2>April 4-5</h2> <p>Over the weekend, Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County urged county residents to continue supporting the essential function of blood donation through the pandemic. In a <a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/news/2020/April/5-covid.aspx" target="_blank">news release</a>, Public Health said "Social distancing directives have meant the cancellation of the school and employer blood drives that maintain the local blood supply, putting our local blood supply in danger of collapse." </p> <p>Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County reported 3,167 cases of COVID-19 (269 new) and 208 deaths (8 new) in King County as of April 5.</p> <h2>April 3</h2> <p>“I thank you for your part in supporting the long-term health and safety of our community while we continue to work as a city to relieve the pressures where we can and promote a strong, cohesive and resilient community,” Mayor Lynne Robinson <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="a7f54dcd-0948-437e-9dd3-743e913bd4ca" href="/city-news/stay-home-continues" title="Governor extends ‘Stay Home’ order to May">told residents</a> in the wake of Gov. Inslee's extension of the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order.</p> <p>Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County reported 2,787 COVID-19 cases (131 new) in Washington and 186 deaths (11 new) as of April 3.</p> <h2>April 2</h2> <p>Gov. Jay Inslee <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-extends-stay-home-stay-healthy-through-may-4" target="_blank">announced</a> an extension of his "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order to May 4. The City of Bellevue announced on March 31 that it was also extending the <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/city-hall-still-closed">City Hall closure</a> until further notice.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County said in a <a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/news/2020/April/2-covid.aspx" target="_blank">news release</a> they were reducing shelter concentrations by moving people to local hotels. The hotels are not isolation or quarantine sites; this action is moving people who are presumed to be well into less concentrated living quarters.</p> <p>Public Health is reporting the following confirmed cases and deaths due to COVID-19 in King County through 11:59 p.m. on April 1: 2,656 confirmed positive cases (up 175 from yesterday) and 175 confirmed deaths (up 11 from yesterday.)</p> <h2>April 1</h2> <p>Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County released <a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus/housing.aspx" target="_blank">helpful information</a> in multiple languages for managers, staff, and residents of apartment buildings, condominiums, and similar residential communities detailing the most important information currently available related to COVID-19 and the governor's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order. </p> <p>Public Health also gave further information about the use of masks in their <a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus/housing.aspx" target="_blank">daily press release</a>:</p> <ul><li><strong>Medical masks</strong> <strong>should be reserved for healthcare providers</strong> who are on the front lines working to protect us all. We have had shortages of those masks – and it's critically important that our healthcare workers have the equipment they need to do their jobs.</li> <li><strong>Non-medical mask use (e.g., homemade fabric masks) does not replace the need to follow guidance to stay home and limit our contact with others</strong>. It does not replace frequent handwashing, avoiding touching the face, and staying away from people who are ill. These are the most important steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 illness.</li> </ul><p>King County Executive Dow Constantine <a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/elected/executive/constantine/news/release/2020/March/30-property-tax-extension.aspx" target="_blank">announced </a>an extension for the first-half 2020 property tax deadline to June 1. This executive order only applies to individual residential and commercial taxpayers who pay property taxes themselves.</p> <p>The governor addressed the public to ask businesses to do what they can to help innovate, join forces, and help manufacture medical personal protective equipment for essential workers and emergency responders if able. He released <a href="https://coronavirus.wa.gov/how-you-can-help" target="_blank">a list</a> of needed supplies and more details on how to help.</p> <h2>March 31</h2> <p>The City of Bellevue announced it would continue the closure of City Hall and other city facilities to public, in-person access until further notice. A <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/city-hall-still-closed">news release</a> details the closure extension and lists available phone and online resources for essential city services.</p> <p>Also today, Gov. Jay Inslee and Charlie Clark, director of the state Department of Financial Institutions announced the state is taking steps to assist distressed Washington homeowners who are unable to make their mortgage payments due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) restrictions. DFI’s guidance to companies servicing mortgages in Washington urges them to work with homeowners adversely impacted by COVID-19, including <a href="https://dfi.wa.gov/" target="_blank">payment forbearance</a> for those who need it. </p> <h2>March 30</h2> <p>Gov. Jay Inslee <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-provides-enforcement-guidance-%E2%80%98stay-home-stay-healthy%E2%80%99-order" target="_blank">announced guidance</a> today for state and local enforcement of his recent “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. The state has created a one-stop online form for reporting businesses potentially violating orders and is providing guidance to local law enforcement on enforcing bans on gatherings of individuals.</p> <p>Bellevue Police <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/report-stay-home-violations">announced</a> this week they are taking reports of potential violations of the governor's order through the already-existing resident resource app called MyBellevue, available free from the app store on your mobile device. Bellevue Police Chief Steve Mylett was on the governor's call to answer questions and address the role of law enforcement as it pertains the the governor's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order.</p> <p>“In order for us to relieve the potential pressure on the 911 system, we came up with a tool for the public to report incidents as they deem necessary." said Chief Mylett on the call. "...we’re not taking down names, we’re not arresting or citing people, we’re not detaining people. All this [tool] is being used for is for the public to report something and then as our officers become available between higher priority calls, we will go over there and again our role is to inform and educate.”</p> <h2>March 28-29</h2> <p>New health officer order: To re-emphasize the need for all King County residents to prevent new cases, Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle &amp; King County signed an <a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus/quarantine.aspx" target="_blank">order and directive </a>on March 28. The order makes it mandatory for people with a positive COVID-19 test to follow isolation protocols at home or at a recovery facility; the directive requires everyone with COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing) who has a test pending to stay quarantined.</p> <p>King County will open isolation and quarantine beds in Issaquah on March 29th, in addition to facilities already operational in Kent and North Seattle. There were 82 new cases and five new deaths from COVID-19 on March 29, for a total of 2,159 cases in King County and 141 deaths.</p> <p>Also on March 28, Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee announced the deployment of a field hospital at Century Link field to treat non-COVID-19 cases and gave <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-issues-additional-guidance-funerals-and-real-estate-transactions-letter-tribal" target="_blank">further guidance</a> on activities including real estate transactions, funerals, and tribal government activity.  </p> <h2>March 27</h2> <p>Bellevue Mayor Lynne Robinson released a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTaoC3iqiwU&amp;t" target="_blank" title="Link to video message from Mayor Lynne Robinson">video message</a> to the community sharing the ways the City of Bellevue is working to help local businesses, non-profits and residents navigate the COVID-19 crisis as we try to stay home and stay healthy.</p> <p>In response to many questions from residents about how public and private construction projects should be operating under Gov. Jay Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order, the City of Bellevue released <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/stay-home-stay-healthy-state-order-construction-faq" title="Link to construction project Q&amp;A">helpful clarifications</a> for residents to review. </p> <p>Gov. Inslee provided <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-statement-federal-stimulus-package" target="_blank">summary information</a> on the benefits to Washington as a result of a federal stimulus package aimed at mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including funds directed to local government agencies and through community block grants. </p> <p>Public Health – Seattle &amp; King County reported 1,828 cases of COVID-19 in King County today (up 251 from yesterday) and 125 deaths (up 16 from a day ago) due to the COVID-19 virus.</p> <h2>March 26</h2> <p>Today Washington Gov. Jay Inslee held a press conference to update the public on the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order that went into effect at midnight for non-essential businesses. He also told people to visit coronavirus.wa.gov as a first point of reference to find answers to questions about actions the state is taking in the fight against COVID-19.</p> <p>Public Health – Seattle &amp; King County reported 1,577 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in King County today (up 218 from yesterday) and 109 confirmed deaths (up nine from the previous day) due to the COVID-19 virus.</p> <h2>March 25</h2> <p>The city increased its funding for five human service agencies providing critical assistance to the community during the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis.  The agencies – Catholic Community Services, Hopelink, LifeWire, Salvation Army and Solid Ground – assist Bellevue residents with funding for food, housing, utilities and other, unexpected expenses.</p> <p>Responding to reports of racial targeting of people of Chinese heritage during the COVID-19 outbreak, Police Chief Steve Mylett Wednesday declared, “We will vigorously pursue and arrest anyone who commits a hate crime in Bellevue."</p> <p>He appealed to any victims of hate crimes or bias-related incidents to report them -- by calling 911 for immediate threats or ongoing incidents or <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="c321c531-eaa0-4e89-b1f7-8107ebd0db19" href="/city-government/departments/police/report-and-prevent-crime/report-crime-online" title="Report a Crime Online">online</a> for incidents that occurred in the recent past. </p> <h2>March 24</h2> <p>Public Health—Seattle &amp; King County announced additional guidance for child care and early learning programs that are considered part of the essential workforce. In addition, King County will expand support services to providers. For more information, please see the <a href="https://kingcounty.gov/elected/executive/constantine/news/release/2020/March/24-child-care.aspx" target="_blank">news release</a> from King County Executive Dow Constantine. </p> <p>Public Health – Seattle &amp; King County reported 1,277 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in King County today (up 107 from yesterday) and 94 confirmed deaths (up 7 from a day ago) due to the COVID-19 virus.</p> <h2>March 23</h2> <p>Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee announced he will sign a statewide order today for Washingtonians to "Stay Home, Stay Healthy", which includes a ban on all social and recreational gatherings and closure of businesses that are not essential to the fight against the COVID-19 novel coronavirus or maintaining critical services during the emergency. The order is enforceable by law and will last for at least two weeks.</p> <p>This proclamation will:</p> <ul><li>Require every Washingtonian to stay home unless they need to pursue an essential activity.</li> <li>Ban all gatherings for social, spiritual and recreational purposes.</li> <li>Close all businesses except <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/WA%20Essential%20Critical%20Infrastructure%20Workers%20%28Final%29.pdf" target="_blank">essential businesses</a>.</li> </ul><p>More details are in a <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-announces-stay-home-stay-healthy%C2%A0order" target="_blank" title="Link to governor's news release">news release</a> on the governor's website.</p> <h2>March 22</h2> <p>In a <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-statement-federal-major-disaster-declaration" target="_blank">news release</a> from Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee's office, the White House today approved a request by Gov. Inslee to declare a major disaster in Washington state. The declaration unlocks a host of additional federal assistance programs for Washingtonians affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.</p> <p>Public Health – Seattle &amp; King County reported 1,040 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in King County today (up 106 from yesterday) and 75 confirmed deaths (up 1 from yesterday) due to the COVID-19 virus.</p> <h2>March 21</h2> <p>The number of COVID-19 cases in King County reached 934, up 141 cases from the day before according to Public Health – Seattle &amp; King County. The agency listed the number of deaths at 74, up eight from the prior day's tally.</p> <p>Public Health <a href="https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/news/2020/March/21-covid.aspx">announced</a> King County has repurposed Harborview Hall (326 Ninth Ave.) at Harborview Medical Center to eventually serve as an isolation and recovery center for COVID-19 patients, primarily those who do not have a home to rest and recover and who may have other health needs requiring a level of monitoring.   </p> <h2>March 20</h2> <p>The city is <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="26318621-f821-446d-8776-d9784837bb3a" href="/city-news/parks-facilities-closures-continue" title="Parks facilities closures to continue through April">extending closures</a> of all community centers and parks facilities through April and postponing all Parks &amp; Community Services events through May to slow the spread of COVID-19. The city's parks themselves are still open but <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/playgrounds-sports-courts-ballfields-close-protect-public-health">Bellevue is closing</a> playgrounds, sports courts, ballfields and picnic shelters until further notice. Parks, trails and beaches are still open and offer an ability to enjoy public spaces while maintaining distance from others.</p> <p>Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County announced that it is receiving 4,000 sample collection test kits from the federal government, but capacity is still constrained. Public Health announced 100 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, bringing the official case count in King County to 793. In addition, seven new deaths were reported, bringing the total of confirmed deaths in King County to 67.</p> <h2>March 19</h2> <p>Today the city's <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/short-term-restaurant-parking">Transportation Department announced</a> the temporary availability of short-term parking in front of dining establishments to assist customers who are retrieving to-go orders. Restaurants can request the city place a short-term, three-minute parking zone in front of their establishment. In addition, the city closed its Fire Stations to non-emergency public access and canceled the March 23 City Council meeting. </p> <p>Also Gov. Jay Inslee announced restrictions on elective surgeries and dental procedures that require providers to wear protective gear such as gowns, masks and gloves. The restrictions aim to ensure Washington health care workers have enough protective equipment to wear as they work the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. </p> <h2>March 18</h2> <p>Today the governor announced a number of actions at the local, state and federal level to help businesses, workers and families cope with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. These temporary measures include, but are not limited to, a moratorium on evictions for late rent payment, waiving the waiting week for unemployment benefits, encouragement for utilities to waive late fees and expand bill assistance programs, expansion of availability of small business grants and loans, and suspension of foreclosures and evictions through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.</p> <p>For details on today's business support efforts, see the <a href="https://medium.com/wagovernor/inslee-announces-relief-for-businesses-workers-renters-and-more-in-response-to-covid-19-outbreak-c09c13a02690" target="_blank" title="Link to WA state governor's briefing document">governor's news release</a>. For a full list of available business assistance options, visit our <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/communications/emergencies/covid-19/business-resources" title="Link to Business Resources page">Business Resources </a>page.</p> <p>Information about assistance for families, workers, and people being impacted in general is also in the governor's release, or you can view a full list of known resources available in Bellevue at our <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/communications/emergencies/covid-19/community-resources" title="Link to Community Resources page">Community Resources</a> page.</p> <p>Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County featured the following recent helpful topics in their blog, Public Health Insider:</p> <ul><li><a href="https://publichealthinsider.com/2020/03/17/events-eating-out-and-retail-whats-allowed-and-whats-not/">Events, Eating Out and Retail: What's Allowed and What's Not</a></li> <li><a href="https://publichealthinsider.com/2020/03/14/community-is-our-anchor-during-covid-19/">Community is Our Anchor During COVID-19</a></li> <li><a href="https://publichealthinsider.com/2020/03/14/showing-up-for-our-kids-during-the-outbreak">Showing Up for Our Kids During the Outbreak</a></li> <li><a href="https://publichealthinsider.com/2020/03/16/sing-while-you-scrub-and-hopscotch-outdoors-how-to-prevent-the-spread-of-covid-19-in-childcare-settings/">How to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in Childcare Settings</a></li> </ul><h2>March 17</h2> <p>Bellevue City Hall and the Bellevue Service Center will be closed to public access until April. City services are still available through phone and online means (visit the <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/development/contact-us" title="Link to Contact Us web page">Contact Us</a> page for a full listing) and all departments are continuing to deliver services and answer calls for residents. Thank you for your understanding during this unprecedented time. </p> <h2>March 16</h2> <p>The City of Bellevue has moved many services to telephone and online methods, including their Crossroads Mini City Hall location and the permitting department. All meetings at city facilities that do not fall under requirements of the Open Public Meetings Act have also been canceled for this week. Find full details <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/city-takes-more-actions-covid-19-orders-continues-services" title="Link to March 16 city news release">here</a>.</p> <h2>March 15</h2> <p>Washington Gov. Jay Inslee released a statement further expanding protections against COVID-19, including a statewide emergency proclamation expected tomorrow shutting down restaurants, bars and entertainment and recreational facilities. Restaurants will still be able to provide take-out and delivery services. Grocery stores and pharmacies are not included in the ban.</p> <p>Additionally, the guidance on large gatherings was reduced to now include gatherings with over 50 participants being prohibited. All gatherings under 50 participants are prohibited unless previously announced criteria for public health and social distancing can be met. </p> <h2>March 14</h2> <p>King County is taking additional action to support a range of temporary housing options for people exposed to, at risk of exposure, or becoming ill with COVID-19. Three county-owned properties were <a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/news/2020/March/14-covid.aspx ">announced today</a>, including one in Bellevue. Other sites included are the King County International Airport and a newly acquired Issaquah Motel. And the county is continuing to look at more sites. </p> <p>The Eastgate Parking lot location will be a fully self-contained tent, with flooring and heat. The site will be used as an isolation and recovery location and will be placed on the county-owned parking lot located at 13620 Eastgate Way. It will have 24/7 onsite security and health services staff.</p> <p>According to the county the site will be available in about a week.</p> <h2>March 13</h2> <p>President Trump declared a national emergency, giving states and territories access to up to $50 billion in federal funds to combat the spreading coronavirus epidemic and waiving regulations that limited the treatment options doctors and hospitals have.</p> <p>Gov. Inslee expanded the closure of schools from King, Snohomish and Pierce counties to the entire state, March 17 to at least April 24. A regional restriction on social gatherings of over 250 people — such as concerts and sporting events — was also extended to the entire state.  </p> <p>Public Health – Seattle &amp; King County reported 568 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 37 deaths statewide. In King County, there were 328 cases, including 32 deaths as of March 13.</p> <h2>March 12</h2> <p>The number of COVID-19 cases in King County reached 270 as of March 12, according to Public Health – Seattle &amp; King County. The agency listed the number of deaths at 27. </p> <p>Washington Gov. Jay Inslee ordered public and private K-12 schools to close for six weeks starting no later than the end of the day Monday, March 16 in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. </p> <p>The City of Bellevue issued a <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/city-continues-work-slow-covid-19-support-residents" title="Link to March 12 Bellevue news release">news release</a> outlining the current actions and priorities in light of the governor's announcements.</p> <p>“Right now it is more important than ever to support our workers, families and friends, businesses and community organizations as we navigate the COVID-19 outbreak together,” said Mayor Lynne Robinson. “We understand these measures can be painful. The goal is to shorten the disruption as much as possible with strong actions. We appreciate the community’s help in supporting and following the current guidelines, and we will continue to explore ways to lessen the impacts however we can.” </p> <h2>March 11</h2> <p>Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County said today the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in King County is now 234. The number of deaths is at 26.</p> <p>Washington Gov. Jay Inslee held a press conference to announce amendments to the state's <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/20-07%20Coronavirus%20%28tmp%29.pdf" target="_blank" title="Link to Emergency Proclamation by Governor Jay Inslee">emergency proclamation</a> to include a prohibition on large gatherings of 250 or more people through the month of March in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. The order specifically bans large gatherings for social, spiritual and recreational activities. It does not apply to restaurants, retail, or family events, but those events and businesses must adhere to proper safety and cleanliness standards to limit the spread of illness.</p> <p>Public Health said events with less than 250 people are also prohibited unless organizers can ensure the safety of participants through proper practices to reduce the spread of illness:</p> <ul><li>Hand washing facilities and hand sanitizer available for all participants</li> <li>Proper cleanliness of the gathering space</li> <li>Ability for participants to practice social distancing of at least six feet</li> <li>Employee screening for illness</li> <li>Encouraging high-risk populations to avoid all gatherings </li> </ul><p>The governor noted that all organizations should be preparing to provide services through means other than face-to-face if possible and anticipate more information and guidelines from state and health leaders in the coming days. </p> <p>In light of the above orders, the City of Bellevue Parks &amp; Community Services department closed its community centers and parks facilities until at least the end of March. More detail is <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/community-centers-parks-facilities-close-temporarily-events-suspended" title="Link to listing of parks facilities closures">here</a>. </p> <p>The Bellevue School District has canceled school beginning March 13 until at least March 27.</p> <h2>March 10</h2> <p>Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County updated the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in King County to 190, with a total of 22 deaths. In addition, they noted in a <a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/news/2020/March/10-covid-case-updates.aspx" target="_blank" title="Link to March 10 Public Health press release">press release</a> that 10 long-term care facilities in the state have reported positive COVID-19 cases.</p> <p>Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced new rules for long-term care facilities to protect older adults, including:</p> <ul><li>Visitors must be adults and the visit must take place in the resident’s room. This does not apply to end-of-life situations.</li> <li>All visitors must follow COVID-19 screening and follow reasonable precautionary measures. Precautionary measures include, but are not limited to, wearing personal protective equipment, social distancing, or visiting in designated locations.</li> <li>All visitors must sign into a visitor’s log. Owners and operators must retain that log for 30 days.</li> <li>Employees or volunteers must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms at the start of each shift.</li> <li>People who live in nursing homes or assisted living facilities and who test positive for COVID-19 must be isolated away from other people.</li> <li>Owners, operators, staff and volunteers are prohibited from disclosing protected and confidential health information, except as otherwise provided by law or with the resident’s consent.</li> </ul><p>The governor also announced the expansion of state policies to support businesses and workers impacted by COVID-19, including expanded abilities for employers to retain workers through the outbreak even if they need to slow business operations. </p> <p><strong>For workers:</strong> The new rules allow current unemployment claimants who are in isolation or quarantine as a result of COVID-19 more leniency about many unemployment insurance deadlines and mandatory appointments. This includes deadlines for applying for training programs or mandatory re-employment service appointments.</p> <p><strong>For employers:</strong> The rules also waive financial penalties for employers who file their tax reports late, pay their taxes late, or do not respond information requests in a timely fashion as a result of COVID-19.</p> <p>The state <a href="https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19" target="_blank" title="Link to ESD website with COVID-19 information">Employment Security Department</a> released a guide for workers to assess their leave options when navigating the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. </p> <h2>March 9</h2> <p>King County now has a total of 116 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and of those cases, 20 people have died, according to the latest numbers released by Public Health – Seattle &amp; King County today. Public Health also reiterated there are many viral respiratory germs circulating right now. They urge residents not to assume they have COVID-19 but to take the same precautionary measures they would with any illness. If you are sick, stay home. To avoid becoming ill, avoid large gatherings of people, especially if you are at high risk of getting severe symptoms. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, do not touch your face, and avoid close contact with those who are sick.  </p> <h3>Bellevue Efforts</h3> <p>In an effort to protect members of the public as well as police staff and volunteers, Bellevue Police substations at Factoria and Crossroads will be closed until further notice. You may <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/police" title="Link to reporting crimes online information page">report non-emergency crimes online</a>. Residents are encouraged to communicate with the department through online methods if they are able.</p> <p>If you have an emergency, call 911 immediately. Police and Fire will respond to all emergencies. Please disclose if you have flu-like symptoms so our first responders can take necessary precautions. </p> <p>This is also a stressful time for local businesses and their workers as they respond to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Bellevue has proactively added a dedicated webpage with information and resources to help our business community navigate the evolving landscape at <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/covid-19-business-resources" title="Link to business resources web page">https://bellevuewa.gov/covid-19-business-resources</a>. </p> <p>The city continues to coordinate with regional business support partners to identify other resources and options that could be helpful for local businesses. As new tools and options are available, those updates will be reflected in our economic development pages and in our regular COVID-19 updates.</p> <h2>March 8</h2> <p>Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County updated the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases Sunday to 84 in King County, with 17 deaths. <a href="https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus.aspx" target="_blank" title="Link to Public Health coronavirus information page">Public Health</a> continues to emphasize the importance of basic measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 and avoid becoming ill.</p> <h2>March 7</h2> <p>Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County updated the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases Saturday to 71 in King County, with 15 deaths. <a href="https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus.aspx" target="_blank" title="Link to Public Health COVID-19 resource page">Public Health</a> offers update materials in six additional languages. Links to COVID-19 fact sheets in multiple languages are available on this page under the Feb 28 update.</p> <h2>March 6</h2> <p>Health agencies announced Friday seven more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in King County residents, bringing the official total to 58. Of that number, 11 people have died.</p> <p>Given the health department's recommendation to avoid bringing large groups of people together, particularly those from high-risk populations, Bellevue Parks &amp; Community Services is temporarily suspending programs and drop-in activities at Highland Community Center and North Bellevue Community Center March 9-31.</p> <p>The city also canceled all Parks &amp; Community Services events through March and postponed upcoming large events including Cultural Conversations and Welcome to City Hall. The closures and postponements are further detailed in a <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/covid-19-closures-postponements" title="Link to city press release on community center closures">city news release</a>.</p> <p>Bellevue College administrators announced they would move classes online starting March 6, based on recommendations from Public Health.</p> <p>Public Health also reiterated important recommendations to follow to slow the spread of COVID-19 and know the steps to take if you think you might be exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms:</p> <h3>Important recommendations</h3> <ul><li><a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/news/2020/March/5-slowing-the-impact.aspx" target="_blank" title="Link to King County public health resources on how to self-distance">When and how to stay away from others</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/news/2020/March/5-suspected-covid.aspx" target="_blank" title="Link to King County public health resources for recommendations if you are sick">Recommendations on what to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 or are worried that you may have COVID-19</a></li> </ul><h2>March 5</h2> <p><a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/news/2020/March/5-slowing-the-impact.aspx" target="_blank">Public Health – Seattle &amp; King County</a> announced Thursday 20 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 in King County residents, bringing the total to 51, including 10 deaths. Health officials stressed the importance of following their recommendations to slow the outbreak.</p> <ul><li>People at higher risk of severe illness should stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible, including public places with lots of people and large gatherings where there will be close contact with others. People at higher risk include those: <ul><li>60 and older</li> <li>with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease or diabetes</li> <li>who have weakened immune systems</li> <li>who are pregnant</li> </ul></li> <li>Workplaces should enact measures that allow people who can work from home to do so. Taking these measures can help reduce the number of workers who come into contact with COVID-19 and help minimize absenteeism due to illness</li> <li>If you can feasibly avoid bringing large groups of people together, consider postponing events and gatherings.</li> <li>Public Health is not recommending closing schools at this time unless there has been a confirmed case in the school. Public Health – Seattle &amp; King County also respects an individual school’s decisions about closures or postponement of activities as each school knows the needs of their community best.</li> <li>People should not go out when they are sick. </li> <li>Avoid visiting hospitals, long-term care facilities or nursing homes to the extent possible. If you need to go, limit your time there and keep six feet away from patients.</li> </ul><h2>March 4</h2> <p>With the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in King County continuing to rise, Mayor Lynne Robinson Tuesday signed a <a data-entity-substitution="file" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="250a73bf-6327-4ea1-96ed-b53e18adcca0" href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2020/COVID-10-Emergency-Proclamation.pdf" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow" target="_blank" title="COVID-10-Emergency-Proclamation.pdf">proclamation of emergency</a> that allows the City of Bellevue to act quickly should the outbreak spread to residents here.</p> <p>There were no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bellevue as of Wednesday, March 4, but the emergency proclamation streamlines the city’s process for procuring equipment, supplies and services that might be needed if large numbers of residents and/or city staff contract the illness.  Public Health – Seattle &amp; King County also issued new recommendations for the community. <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="c5ef05af-c040-455c-9690-54640db9fa6a" href="/city-news/covid-19-emergency-precautions" title="Bellevue takes emergency precautions on COVID-19">city news release</a> </p> <h2>March 3</h2> <p>Public Health – Seattle &amp; King County announced seven additional cases of COVID-19 in King County residents, bringing the total of confirmed cases to 21. Of those, three more residents have died, bringing the county total to eight.</p> <p>Public Health reported a raised level of concern here, but said, "If we can all follow health recommendations now, we can blunt the impact of COVID-19 in our community."</p> <h3>Health Recommendations</h3> <ul><li><strong>Do not go to the emergency room unless essential.</strong> If you have a cough or fever, call your regular doctor first.</li> <li>Stay home when sick.</li> <li>Wash your hands well often, cough into a tissue or your elbow, and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.</li> <li>Stay away from people who are sick, especially if you are 60 and older or have health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or a weakened immune system.</li> </ul><p>If you are in King County and believe you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, or if you're a health-care provider with questions about COVID-19, contact Public Health's novel coronavirus call center: 206-477-3977. The call center will be open daily 8 a.m.-7 p.m.</p> <p>Additional details about the day's developments are in the <a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/news/2020/March/3-covid19-8-deaths.aspx" target="_blank">Public Health news release</a>. The state Department of Health has established a call center to address questions about what is happening in Washington, how the virus is spread and what to do if you have symptoms. Please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.</p> <h2>March 2</h2> <p>New cases of the COVID-19 virus are appearing in King County and elsewhere in the United States. Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County confirmed that as of the morning of Monday, March 2, a total of 14 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus had been reported in King County, with five deaths.</p> <p>Health officials continue to advise the general public to follow standard protocols for limiting exposure to communicable diseases, including frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, coughing and sneezing into a tissue or sleeve to avoid dispersing particles into the air, avoiding touching your face, and staying home if you are sick. </p> <p>Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County has a variety of resources to help you understand what we currently know about the virus and how to protect yourself:</p> <ul><li>The agency issued a <a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/news/2020/March/2-covid19-14-cases.aspx" target="_blank" title="Link to Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County March 2 press release">news release</a> on March 2 with details on the new cases in our area.</li> <li>A basic <a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus/~/media/depts/health/communicable-diseases/documents/novel-coronavirus-factsheet.ashx" target="_blank" title="Link to Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County FAQ">FAQ sheet</a> can give you the facts. The fact sheet is available in multiple languages (links below in Feb. 28 update.)</li> <li>The <a href="https://publichealthinsider.com/2020/02/29/what-you-should-know-about-the-first-coronaviruses-cases-in-king-county/" target="_blank" title="Link to Public Health Insider blog">Public Health Insider blog</a> has informational updates for the general public with safety tips.</li> <li>Misinformation and discrimination over the virus can create fear and hostility. <a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus/anti-stigma.aspx" target="_blank" title="Link to Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County Anti-stigma and workplace resources">Anti-stigma information and workplace resources</a> can help you stay accurately informed.    </li> </ul><p>This page will continue to be updated as more information becomes available. </p> <h2>March 1</h2> <p>Public Health - Seattle &amp; King County has confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in King County, and more cases have been identified in the U.S. The vast majority of the illnesses around the world are mild, with fever and cough. A much smaller percentage of cases are severe and involve pneumonia, particularly in elderly people and people with underlying medical conditions.</p> <p>Two people in King County have died. It's important that everyone take steps to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus. This is a quickly evolving situation and this site will be updated frequently. <a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/news/2020.aspx">Public Health news release</a></p> <p>City of Bellevue staff continue working with and receiving information from multiple partners daily to track the current and potential effects of the virus in our community. Health agencies are also closely monitoring the situation, both globally and in the United States.</p> <h2>Feb. 28</h2> <p>Bellevue residents are encouraged to stay informed by checking the following.</p> <ul><li><a href="https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus" target="_blank">Washington State Department of Health</a></li> <li><a href="https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus.aspx" target="_blank">Public Health – Seattle &amp; King County</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html" target="_blank">Centers for Disease Control</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html" target="_blank">World Health Organization</a></li> </ul><p>In addition, Public Health offers <a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/stop-germs.aspx" target="_blank">instructions for minimizing the spread of diseases</a> (available in multiple languages). The CDC offers information about <a href="https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices" target="_blank">travel notices</a> and the World Health Organization offers <a href="https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/travel-advice" target="_blank">current travel advice</a>.</p> <p>The state Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public: dial 1-800-525-0127 and press #. </p> <p><strong>A novel coronavirus fact sheet is available in multiple languages.</strong></p> <ul><li><a href="https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus/~/media/depts/health/communicable-diseases/documents/covid-19-recommendations-en.ashx" target="_blank">Novel Coronavirus (English)</a></li> <li><a href="https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus/~/media/depts/health/communicable-diseases/documents/covid-19-recommendations-ch.ashx">新型冠状病毒 (Chinese)</a></li> <li><a href="https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus/~/media/depts/health/communicable-diseases/documents/covid-19-recommendations-ko.ashx">신종코로나바이러스 (Korean)</a></li> <li><a href="https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus/~/media/depts/health/communicable-diseases/documents/covid-19-recommendations-ru.ashx" target="_blank">Новый штамм коронавируса (Russian)</a></li> <li><a href="https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus/~/media/depts/health/communicable-diseases/documents/covid-19-recommendations-sp.ashx" target="_blank">Nuevo coronavirus (Spanish)</a></li> <li><a href="https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus/~/media/depts/health/communicable-diseases/documents/covid-19-recommendations-vi.ashx" target="_blank">Vi-rút Corona Mới (Vietnamese)</a></li> </ul><p><a href="https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus/anti-stigma.aspx">Discrimination</a> based on ethnicity or ancestry will make the situation worse. Be aware that having Chinese ancestry – or any other ancestry – does not make a person more vulnerable to the virus. Misinformation about coronavirus can create fear and hostility that hurts people and makes it harder to keep everyone healthy.</p> <p>This page will be updated on a regular basis, as new local information becomes available.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-06-29T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">June 29 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 03 Feb 2021 18:52:10 +0000 CIosso 193011 at https://bellevuewa.gov Burn ban in effect https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/burn-ban-6-28-21 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Burn ban in effect</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="2021-06-28T23:08:09+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 06/28/2021 - 16:08</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-06/Fire%20Ban.png?h=57024e64&amp;itok=rzOujRrF" width="640" height="400" alt="Image of fire with red circle and line crossing it" 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>With dry, very hot weather in Bellevue for three straight days, the Bellevue Fire Marshal’s Office issued a burn ban today (Monday) effective immediately. </p> <p>Under the burn ban, no outdoor open or recreational burning is permitted, including backyard fire pits. Outdoor cooking in gas or propane barbecues is still permitted, provided the manufacturers recommendations for separation distances are followed. </p> <p>Issued in response to a Red Flag Warning issued for the area by the National Weather Service, the burn ban is in effect until 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 29, unless extended. </p> <p>As a reminder, the use of fireworks without a permit is always illegal in Bellevue. Given the high fire danger, the ban will be strictly enforced. </p> <p>Please do not hesitate to reach out to the Bellevue Fire Department’s Fire Prevention division (<a href="mailto:fire_prevention@bellevuewa.gov" rel=" noopener" target="_blank">fire_prevention@bellevuewa.gov</a> or 425-452-6872) should you have any questions.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-06-28T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">June 28 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 28 Jun 2021 23:08:09 +0000 CIosso 197236 at https://bellevuewa.gov Excessive heat watch for Bellevue https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/excessive-heat-watch-21 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Excessive heat watch for 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="2021-06-24T23:57:22+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 06/24/2021 - 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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-06/heavewave2021.jpg?h=5db82486&amp;itok=jdfseYYv" width="640" height="400" alt="Hot sun " 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>With temperatures as high as predicted Sunday and more record temperatures expected Monday, Crossroads Community Center will be open again Monday as a cooling center, 1-8 p.m. North Bellevue Community Center will also be open for cooling Monday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. </p> <p>Lifeguards will be at Enatai Beach, Meydenbauer Bay and Newcastle Beach parks 3-7 p.m., Monday.</p> <p><strong>June 24</strong></p> <p>With temperatures in the 100s predicted for Bellevue Sunday and Monday, residents are advised to take steps to avoid heat-related illness. Older adults, young children and people with mental illness and chronic diseases are most at risk.</p> <p>The city will open Crossroads Community Center (16000 NE 10th St.) Saturday and Sunday, 2-8 p.m., as a place to cool off. No organized activities are planned, but water will be available. Masks must be worn in the building, regardless of vaccination status. In partnership with the city, Bellevue Square and the Marketplace at Factoria are also welcoming people seeking respite from the heat. The Lake Hills Library (15590 Lake Hills Blvd.) will be a cooling center Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.</p> <h2>Tips for staying healthy in the heat</h2> <p>Public Health – Seattle &amp; King County offers tips on how to “Stay Safe in the Heat” in words and pictures in <a href="https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/emergency-preparedness/preparing-yourself/~/media/depts/health/emergency-preparedness/documents/stay-safe-in-the-heat-EN.ashx">English</a>, <a href="https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/emergency-preparedness/preparing-yourself/~/media/depts/health/emergency-preparedness/documents/stay-safe-in-the-heat-SP.ashx">español</a>, <a href="https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/emergency-preparedness/preparing-yourself/~/media/depts/health/emergency-preparedness/documents/stay-safe-in-the-heat-CH.ashx">中文</a>, <a href="https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/emergency-preparedness/preparing-yourself/~/media/depts/health/emergency-preparedness/documents/stay-safe-in-the-heat-VI.ashx">Tiếng Việt</a>, <a href="https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/emergency-preparedness/preparing-yourself/~/media/depts/health/emergency-preparedness/documents/stay-safe-in-the-heat-KO.ashx">한국어</a> and <a href="https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/emergency-preparedness/preparing-yourself/~/media/depts/health/emergency-preparedness/documents/stay-safe-in-the-heat-RU.ashx">Pусский</a>.</p> <p>The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch, forecasting high temperatures of 99, 104 and 111 degrees on Saturday, Sunday and Monday respectively. To avoid heat exhaustion or stroke, please:</p> <ul><li>Drink plenty of water, even if you’re not thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol and large amounts of sugar, since they can actually dehydrate you.</li> <li>Limit the time you're in direct sunlight and don’t leave children or pets in a parked car, even with the windows rolled down.</li> <li>Dress in lightweight clothing.</li> <li>If you get hot at home, if possible, spend time in places with air-conditioning (if you’re vaccinated) or a friend’s home. </li> <li>Take a cool shower or bath, or place cool washcloths on your skin.</li> <li>If you go outside: <ul><li>Avoid or reduce tiring activities.</li> <li>Do activities in the cooler morning and evening hours.</li> </ul></li> <li>Check on elderly neighbors and relatives and pass on these precautions.</li> <li>City employees in the field will be equipped with extra water and will be on the alert for people in need.</li> </ul><h2>Water Options</h2> <p>For those who want to swim, lifeguards are on duty at Meydenbauer Bay, Enatai Beach and Newcastle Beach parks, noon to 7 p.m., starting Saturday.  </p> <p>The water features at the Crossroads water spray playground and Downtown Park Inspiration Playground offer some cooling, particularly for kids, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. Please observe distancing at these locations. </p> <p>If you choose to swim in unmonitored river or lake locations, the water may still be quite cold, so use caution and wear a personal flotation device. There have been five drownings in the region in the past week; none of the victims was wearing a life jacket. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-06-27T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">June 27 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 24 Jun 2021 23:57:22 +0000 CIosso 197216 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Update on police use of force progress https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-police-use-force-progress <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Update on police use of force progress</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="2021-06-24T20:50:03+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 06/24/2021 - 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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-06/Downtown%20Aerial.jpg?h=ee7b1633&amp;itok=2xRU1M45" width="640" height="400" alt="Aerial view of downtown 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"><h2>Plus, Grand Connection design guidance, plan for potential levy position and eviction moratorium</h2> <p>On Monday, the City Council received a status update and asked questions about the city’s progress following its police use of force policy review. Back in April, the councilmembers were presented with recommendations for policy reforms from an independent, outside review firm, which spent over half a year engaging with the community and reviewing Bellevue Police Department policies and procedures. </p> <p>The progress report included a timeline for the next 12 months to respond to all 47 recommendations given by the independent review firm and make selected advancements and reforms to Bellevue’s policies by June 2022. In addition, certain broad changes to policing policies were made at the state level and will go into effect in July of this year, so Bellevue Police are working to align with those new state regulations.</p> <p>Seven recommendations from the independent review have already been addressed, including formalizing and publicly posting the department’s de-escalation policy, and publishing key reports online and thereby making them easily available to the public such as the K-9 policy, professional standards, and annual use of force data.</p> <p>City staff will return with quarterly progress updates as the timeline advances and further actions are taken over the next year. The full council discussion from this week is available on replay through <a href="https://youtu.be/GX_37Dqew7M?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=1195" rel=" noopener" target="_blank">Bellevue Television</a> and further detail is available in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4991022&amp;GUID=2183FF4D-5243-4072-9380-1C5C076D43B5" rel=" noopener" target="_blank">meeting agenda item</a>.  </p> <h3>Grand Connection design land use amendment adopted </h3> <p>Later, councilmembers unanimously voted to adopt a Land Use Code amendment that establishes design guidelines and standards to implement “Sequence One” of the Grand Connection. The adopted code provisions further the Grand Connection vision and support continued planning for implementation of phase one of the project, while simplifying and clarifying city regulations.</p> <p>The Grand Connection, to be implemented in two phases, is a council priority and a major people-focused route from Meydenbauer Bay through downtown Bellevue to the Wilburton area. More information on the Land Use Code changes is available in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4991018&amp;GUID=F710957E-DE8A-467B-B3C4-8925F69C6991" rel=" noopener" target="_blank">meeting materials</a> and the council discussion can be viewed on <a href="https://youtu.be/GX_37Dqew7M?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=3173" rel=" noopener" target="_blank">Bellevue Television replay</a>. </p> <h3>Plan for levy position</h3> <p>In other business, councilmembers voted to take a position at a meeting in July on an upcoming ballot measure. </p> <p>The council will discuss and provide time in the July 12 meeting to hear from proponents and opponents of King County Proposition 1, Regular Property Tax Levy for Children, otherwise known as the King County Best Start for Kids Renewal Levy. They will then vote as a body whether to formally support or oppose the measure, which will be on the general election ballot in November.</p> <p>More information is in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=9498641&amp;GUID=471F7DD0-8A28-48FC-84A7-71E37CC787E5" rel=" noopener" target="_blank">meeting materials</a>. </p> <h3>Eviction moratorium work </h3> <p>Earlier in the meeting City Manager Brad Miyake gave an update on work requested by the council on a local, temporary mortarium on residential evictions. At last week’s meeting, the council unanimously approved a request to have a staff return with a researched assessment on any potential action. </p> <p>On Thursday, <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-announces-eviction-moratorium-%E2%80%9Cbridge%E2%80%9D" rel=" noopener" target="_blank">Gov. Jay Inslee announced</a> that he was extending the statewide proclamation until Sept. 30 to act as a “bridge.” Given that the state’s order makes a city moratorium no longer necessary, the item will not appear on agenda for the June 28 council meeting.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-06-24T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">June 24 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 24 Jun 2021 20:50:03 +0000 CIosso 197211 at https://bellevuewa.gov 4th of July fireworks return to Bellevue https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/4th-july-fireworks-return <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">4th of July fireworks return to 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="2021-06-17T16:27:58+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 06/17/2021 - 09:27</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/Family-4th.jpg?itok=j4jZAU1D" width="640" height="400" alt="Family-4th.jpg" title="Family-4th.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>Fireworks once again will light up the sky over downtown Bellevue for Independence Day, at 10:05 p.m. on Sunday, July 4. </p> <p>This year’s show, the first public event in the city since March 2020, will look different than past Independence Day celebrations. The Bellevue 4th of July Fireworks (not the Family 4th) will not include entertainment, live music or other activities before or after the show. </p> <p>Downtown Park will be open as a viewing area for the fireworks, and nearby parking will be available at The Bellevue Collection after 7 p.m. A livestream of the fireworks will be available for viewing from <a href="https://bellevuedowntown.com/fireworks" target="_blank">BellevueDowntown.com/fireworks</a>. The City of Bellevue and the Bellevue Downtown Association have co-produced a fireworks show for 28 years.</p> <p>“We are thrilled to celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks this year, and I want to thank our partners – the BDA, The Bellevue Collection, Amazon, Microsoft, PACCAR and Puget Sound Energy – for making it happen,” said Mayor Lynne Robinson. “As a city, it is important that we find opportunities to safely celebrate the diversity and resiliency of our community. This year’s Independence Day event is a great example and I am really looking forward to it.” </p> <p>“We can do this because of the great progress people have made to get vaccinated,” BDA President Patrick Bannon said. “This Independence Day has added meaning, and we’re grateful to make it happen through partnership with the city and our members.”</p> <p>The Bellevue Collection returns as presenting sponsor of the fireworks, with additional support coming from Amazon, Microsoft, PACCAR and Puget Sound Energy.</p> <p>Visitors are encouraged to walk, bike, take the bus or carpool to Downtown Park. The nearby Bellevue Transit Center (at Northeast Sixth Street and 108th Avenue Northeast) serves bus routes to cities around Puget Sound. Comprehensive information about travel options can be found at <a href="http://www.chooseyourwaybellevue.org/" target="_blank">ChooseYourWayBellevue.org</a>.</p> <p>To keep people safe and minimize delays, several downtown streets will be closed to vehicle traffic before, during and after the event. Please be patient, observe posted signs and obey police officers directing traffic. A full list of street closures before and after the event is available at <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">BellevueWA.gov/traffic-advisories</a>.  </p> <p>The <a href="https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/ClothFaceCoveringsandMasks" target="_blank">state Department of Health</a> offers the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19. </p> <p>For updated general information on the Bellevue 4th of July Fireworks, go to <a href="https://bellevuedowntown.com/fireworks" target="_blank">BellevueDowntown.com/fireworks</a>. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-06-17T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">June 17 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 17 Jun 2021 16:27:58 +0000 CIosso 197141 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: New “Neighborhood Data Dashboard” https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-new-neighborhood-data-dashboard <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: New “Neighborhood Data Dashboard”</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="2021-06-16T22:11:58+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 06/16/2021 - 15:11</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-06/AAC%20Awards%20Presentation%20Bellevue%20Winner.png?h=7ffcc9a6&amp;itok=kStqpdBP" width="640" height="400" alt="Bellevue being announced as a winner of the All-America City 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"><h2>Plus, Bellevue All-America City highlight, exploring potential local eviction moratorium and Library Board appointment</h2> <p>On Monday, the City Council received a report on the 2021 State of Our Neighborhoods, including the introduction of a new tool for residents to see and track neighborhood-specific data and explore neighborhood trends over the past decade.</p> <p>As the presentation noted, neighborhoods are dynamic communities that grow and change over time. Since 2009, Bellevue has seen a 23% increase in the city’s overall population, an increase in diversity in every area in the city, an increase in household income in every neighborhood, and an increase in the education level attained by Bellevue’s adult population. </p> <a href="https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/7772aee4d4e345b3962aac153740004d" target="_blank" title="Link to Data Dashboard"> <div alt="Image of the data dashboard web page" data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:media.medium" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="0ba2a20e-4a0f-422d-9f71-0644da0325d3" data-langcode="en" class="align-right 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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium_330_220/public/inline-images/2021-06/State%20of%20Neighborhoods%20Web%20page.png?itok=pCRLPC-O" width="330" height="177" alt="Image of the data dashboard web page" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium-330-220" /></div> </div> </div> </div> </a> <p>These trends and more are now available on the city’s website in a new <a href="https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/7772aee4d4e345b3962aac153740004d" target="_blank" title="Link to Neighborhood Data Dashboard">Neighborhood Data Dashboard</a> that shows various categories of data to over the past decade.  </p> <p>The city’s Annual Performance Survey showed that 94% of respondents rated their neighborhood as “good” or “excellent.” Key concerns for residents include planning for growth, housing affordability and homelessness, environment, crime and community connections. Neighborhoods are interested in addressing neighborhood traffic congestion, seeing more traffic calming projects, and improved pedestrian and bicycle safety features. <br />  <br /> The full presentation is available on <a href="https://youtu.be/wRxOl5j_HKI?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=4100" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of council discussion">Bellevue Television replay</a> and the dashboard tool is on the city’s <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/community-development/neighborhoods/state-our-neighborhoods-maps" target="_blank" title="Link to city web page">State of Our Neighborhoods</a> web page.</p> <h3>Bellevue All-America City highlight</h3> <p>After being recognized among just ten cities nationwide as a 2021 All-America City by the National Civic League, the council received a recap on the city’s presentation for the award and the projects Bellevue highlighted in its award application. </p> <p>The theme for this year’s All-America City award was “Building Equitable and Resilient Communities.” Bellevue’s application detailed the community’s strategic initiatives to become a more equitable community, and efforts to meet profound community needs during the pandemic.</p> <p>Specific program highlights for Bellevue included: Jubilee REACH’s Groceries for Families program to meet ongoing practical needs during the pandemic and the collaborative efforts with the Bellevue Rotary Club to fund and build Inspiration Playground in Downtown Park. Bellevue also highlighted its work to promote and build equity, inclusion, access and resilience in the community through the Diversity Advantage Initiative. The city also showcased partnerships with key community agencies to meet community needs such as food assistance and accessibility, innovations in adaptive recreation, and programs like Cultural Conversations and cultural navigators, among many other examples.</p> <p>More information on the All-America City distinction and Bellevue’s highlighted projects is in the city’s<a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/bellevue-wins-all-america-city-award" target="_blank" title="Link to city news release"> news release </a>announcing the award.</p> <h3>Exploring potential local eviction moratorium</h3> <p>Later, councilmembers discussed the possibility of the city enacting its own local eviction moratorium if the statewide moratorium on residential tenant evictions expires on June 30 without an extension granted by the governor. </p> <p>The council unanimously approved a request to have a staff return with a researched assessment on any potential action at the local level. </p> <p>Depending next week’s presentation and discussion, councilmembers may ask to proceed with drafting an ordinance. The full discussion is available on <a href="https://youtu.be/wRxOl5j_HKI?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=1765" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of council discussion">Bellevue Television</a>.  </p> <h3>Library Board appointment</h3> <p>In other business, the council unanimously approved an appointment to the city’s Library Board. The council appoints residents to boards, commissions and committees that provide detailed study and recommendations on important policy matters.</p> <p>Sarah Rock will serve a partial term on the Library Board expiring May 31, 2022. </p> <p>More information on the selection is available in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=9472772&amp;GUID=101336D1-3B6B-48E0-A68C-8C5C4A902123" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting agenda item</a> and general information is available on the city’s <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/city-clerks-office/boards-and-commissions" target="_blank" title="Link to Boards and Commissions page">Boards and Commissions web page</a>.<br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-06-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">June 16 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 16 Jun 2021 22:11:58 +0000 MDeGrand 197136 at https://bellevuewa.gov Deadline extended for Youth Link Board applications https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/openings-youth-link-board-21 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Deadline extended for Youth Link Board applications</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="2021-05-21T20:41:25+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 05/21/2021 - 13:41</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 Youth Link is seeking seven high-school aged candidates and two adult Bellevue residents for vacancies on its board. Applications, initially due by June 14, are now due by 5 p.m., Wednesday, June 30.</p> <p>Board members serve two-year terms, attending two meetings in various community locations each month.</p> <p>The City of Bellevue values diversity and encourages anyone interested to apply. People interested in serving on the board may apply directly <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="a62333bf-9269-4fd7-a9d3-c1784390e15f" href="/city-government/departments/city-clerks-office/boards-and-commissions/youth-link-board" title="Youth Link Board">online</a>.</p> <p>For additional information about the Youth Link Board, please contact Patrick Alina, Youth Link coordinator at 425-452-5254 or palina@bellevuewa.gov. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-06-14T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">June 14 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 21 May 2021 20:41:25 +0000 CIosso 196916 at https://bellevuewa.gov Opening on Transportation Commission https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/opening-transportation-commission-21 <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="2021-06-12T02:14:57+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 06/11/2021 - 19:14</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/TransCommJune2021" target="_blank">apply online</a>. Applications are due by Friday, June 25.</p> <p>The Transportation Commission 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 Capital Investment Program and Transportation Improvement Program project prioritization. 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.</p> <p>Applicants must be residents of Bellevue. The City of Bellevue values diversity and encourages anyone interested to apply.</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> <h2>Application Options</h2> <p>In addition to <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TransCommJune2021" target="_blank">online submission</a>, people can apply by either of the options below:</p> <p>•    Mailing Address: P.O. Box 90012, Bellevue, WA 98009-9012<br /> •    Email: <a href="mailto:kroberts@bellevuewa.gov" target="_blank">kroberts@bellevuewa.gov</a> </p> <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="2021-06-11T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">June 11 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Sat, 12 Jun 2021 02:14:57 +0000 CIosso 197116 at https://bellevuewa.gov Bellevue wins All-America City award https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/bellevue-wins-all-america-city-award <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Bellevue wins All-America City award</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="2021-06-10T21:51:43+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 06/10/2021 - 14:51</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-06/All%20America%20City%20Award%201955-2021.png?h=a9839fea&amp;itok=rKbBMKGV" width="640" height="400" alt="All America City shield logo for 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"><h2>Bellevue last received this national award recognizing community engagement in 1955</h2> <p>Bellevue was among 20 cities nationwide picked as finalists for the All-America City Award, and this week was announced with nine other city finalists as a winner of the distinction of All-America City 2021. The National Civic League bestows the award annually to cities that leverage engagement to build equitable, thriving communities. Bellevue received the award once before, in 1955. </p> <p>“We are honored to receive this award on behalf of a city that addresses community needs together, with resilience and equity even in the midst of new and unprecedented challenges,” said Mayor Lynne Robinson. “Many of the programs highlighted in our award application were made possible by passionate community partners who share a mutual commitment to the wellbeing and success of all people in Bellevue.”</p> <p>“The All-America City honor is a testament to the hard work city staff does every day to make Bellevue such a desirable place to live, work and visit,” said City Manager Brad Miyake. “I also want to thank the community for their support during these challenging times.”  </p> <p>The 2021 award theme was “Building Equitable and Resilient Communities.” Bellevue’s application detailed some of the city’s many strategic initiatives to become a more equitable community and meet the profound needs during the pandemic, including the city’s Diversity Advantage Initiative and partnerships with Jubilee REACH in their Groceries for Families program and the Bellevue Rotary Club to fund and build the accessible Inspiration Playground in Downtown Park. </p> <p>“Bellevue came together to become a more just and equitable community,” the National Civic League said in a statement. “Bellevue’s development of an accessible playground for children of all abilities, commitment to cultural competency and ability to meet residents’ needs during the pandemic are just a few of the reasons it is an All-America City.”</p> <p>The All-America City winners were announced this week at the award’s national conference, a virtual event where all 20 finalists presented their successes to a judging panel. The nine cities, in addition to Bellevue, that took home the All-America City award were: Carlisle, Pa.; El Paso, Texas; Evanston, Ill.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Kansas City, Mo.; Livermore, Calif.; Miramar, Fla.; Morrisville, N.C.; and Wheat Ridge, Colo.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.nationalcivicleague.org/" target="_blank" title="Link to National Civic League site">National Civic League</a> has honored 500 cities with the All-America City Award since 1949. Their website highlights <a href="https://www.nationalcivicleague.org/2021-all-america-city-finalist-bellevue-wa/" target="_blank" title="Link to Bellevue's award highlight page">Bellevue</a> as a 2021 All-America City award winner and includes information on several of their other civic engagement programs. <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-06-10T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">June 10 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 10 Jun 2021 21:51:43 +0000 MDeGrand 197101 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: 2020 budget performance better than expected https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-2020-budget-performance-better-expected <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: 2020 budget performance better than expected</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="2021-06-09T22:34:31+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 06/09/2021 - 15:34</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-06/NE%20Gateway%201%20%28003%29.jpg?h=f2329d93&amp;itok=VZQHA3yG" width="640" height="400" alt="Councilmembers in front of Downtown Park&#039;s NE Gateway entrance" 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"><h2>Plus, new Downtown Park entry takes shape and Spring Boulevard takes home multiple engineering awards</h2> <p>On Monday, the City Council unanimously voted to accept federal funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), passed by Congress to address the impacts of COVID-19. The approval was part of a larger budget briefing that included an update on the city’s finances.</p> <p>Despite $4.5 million in reserves spent to help balance the $24 million loss in revenue due to pandemic-related impacts, Bellevue’s General Fund performed better than expected in 2020. The remaining delta was addressed through expenditure reductions such as hiring delays, and reduced costs associated with closed facilities. Bellevue was also helped by federal CARES Act funding to effectively respond to the pandemic. </p> <p>Financial performance in 2021 is starting off close to budget expectations. A winter storm response and some other one-time expenses in the first quarter have contributed to budget pressures, but the current full-year forecast shows the city should use less reserves in 2021 than expected. Recovery from the pandemic is expected to materialize much quicker than in past economic recessions, but Bellevue still expects that in less than five years, expenses will outpace revenues, which is an issue the city was actively addressing prior to the pandemic.  Councilmembers will receive additional public briefings on the budget later this year. </p> <p>The APRA funds total $20.1 million over two years and will be approved for allocation on a future consent calendar item. The funds can be used for further response efforts to the public health emergency, aid to impacted industries, essential worker pay, recouping revenues lost due to COVID-19 and for critical investments in water, sewer or broadband infrastructure. </p> <p>The full budget presentation is in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4974486&amp;GUID=86721B0E-B3B0-452D-A73B-BE4624489EF4" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting materials</a>.</p> <h3>New Downtown Park entry takes shape </h3> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:media.medium" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="d0a0f2be-9b7a-4557-a37a-9d04b7698edf" data-langcode="en" class="align-right 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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium_330_220/public/inline-images/2021-06/NE%20Gateway%20at%20night.jpg?itok=MhrvY0vG" width="330" height="189" alt="Downtown Park NE Gateway at night" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium-330-220" /></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>In 1983, the City of Bellevue purchased the land that is now Downtown Park from the Bellevue School District. Since then, piece by piece the park has grown into its current form through the Downtown Park Master Plan. In early June 2021 another milestone, and one of the final pieces of that master plan, was substantially completed with the Northeast Gateway plaza and entrance to the park off of Bellevue Way and Northeast 4th Avenue. </p> <p>The Northeast Gateway is a key entry point into the park intended to create a connection from downtown through the park to Old Bellevue and on to Meydenbauer Bay Park; all elements of the <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/community-development/planning-initiatives/grand-connection" target="_blank" title="Link to information on the Grand Connection">“Grand Connection.”</a> The new entry plaza includes a water feature and gathering space, and will include public art when completed. </p> <p>The major public art piece is scheduled to be installed in late summer, creating a focal point for the entrance and providing an integrated structure complete with a covered canopy of organic art forms. A community celebration event is planned for that time. The northeast corner of the park also features an historic arch from Union High School, an homage to the school that stood on the park grounds prior to the city’s land purchase. The arch serves as the entrance to the park’s formal garden.</p> <p>The full discussion on the construction completion and further park plans, along with several images of the Northeast Gateway elements, is available through <a href="https://youtu.be/O8CP-iVlrbU?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=6654" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of council discussion">Bellevue Television</a>.</p> <h3>Spring Boulevard takes home multiple engineering awards </h3> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:media.medium" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="4b9f1c6e-bd4c-4a68-8a2c-8c1428fc1b59" data-langcode="en" class="align-right 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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium_330_220/public/inline-images/2021-06/Spring%20Blvd.day%20of%20ribbon%20cutting-rider%20on%20cycle%20path1%20%28NOT%20a%20multipurpose%20path%29.JPG?itok=V2POHx1K" width="330" height="220" alt="Cyclist on Spring Blvd. " typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium-330-220" /></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>In other council business, the city’s Northeast Spring Boulevard project recently earned three industry awards for overall quality and engineering excellence. Spring Boulevard is the primary gateway and transportation backbone for the BelRed area, which is in the process of transforming from an underutilized light industrial area to a mixed-use, transit-oriented neighborhood.</p> <p>The recognition is for the first two segments of the new corridor, from 116th to 124th avenue northeast. It includes five vehicle lanes, a multipurpose path, five signalized intersections, two bridges – over the Eastrail regional trail and the East Link light rail line – landscaping, lighting and other improvements. The design focuses on a complete streets concept, in which the roadway is safe, convenient, and comfortable for people of all ages and abilities, regardless of travel mode.</p> <p>The 2021 awards are from the Washington Chapter of the American Public Works Association (project of the year, $25-$75 million category); Seattle Chapter of American Society of Civil Engineers (local outstanding civil engineering achievement); and Washington Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (engineering excellence). More information, including the presentation detailing the awards, is available in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4974483&amp;GUID=DF5596B1-BA16-4D0C-9EF1-18395BA2B406" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">council agenda materials.</a><br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-06-09T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">June 9 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 09 Jun 2021 22:34:31 +0000 MDeGrand 197081 at https://bellevuewa.gov Downtown Park’s Northeast Gateway unveiled https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/downtown-parks-northeast-gateway-unveiled <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Downtown Park’s Northeast Gateway unveiled</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="2021-06-04T17:11:26+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 06/04/2021 - 10:11</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-06/Downtown%20Park%20Northeast%20Gateway.jpg?h=84071268&amp;itok=Gc3TBCZ1" width="640" height="400" alt="Kelli Lagerquist with Plumb Signs puts the finishing touches on the signage at Downtown Park’s new Northeast Gateway." 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>Downtown Park features a new Northeast Gateway, a pedestrian entrance with a plaza, water feature and seating areas that strengthens the connection between the park and Bellevue’s commercial district. </p> <p>After a year of construction, the fencing around the site will be removed today (Friday). A formal celebration of the gateway will be in the fall, after public art by THEVERYMANY has been added to the plaza in the late summer.</p> <p>The park’s northeast corner, at the busy intersection of Northeast Fourth Street and Bellevue Way, is highly visible, with an estimated weekday average of 26,000 people traveling daily down Bellevue Way.</p> <p>“This project creates a distinct and much needed connection between the park and downtown’s commercial district,” said Mayor Lynne Robinson.</p> <p>“Since ground was first broken for the park in the ‘80s, it has been every bit the well-loved landmark city leaders envisioned,” said Michael Shiosaki, Parks &amp; Community Services director. “Each major improvement since then has made it more accessible and beautiful.” </p> <p>A portion of the arch from Union S High School, which stood on the site of Downtown Park from 1923 to 1989, has been installed in the formal garden.</p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-drupal-entity align-left"><div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:media.medium" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="1f6346f4-f228-4346-b590-2de4d54545e9" 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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium_330_220/public/inline-images/2021-06/Northeast%20Gateway%20Council.JPG?itok=YSBHlxbm" width="330" height="220" alt="From left, Mayor Lynne Robinson, Councilmember John Stokes, Councilmember Janice Zahn, Deputy Mayor Jared Nieuwenhuis and Councilmember Conrad Lee visit Downtown Park's Northeast Gateway." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium-330-220" /></div> </div> </div> </div> <figcaption>From left, Mayor Lynne Robinson, Councilmember John Stokes, Councilmember Janice Zahn, Deputy Mayor Jared Nieuwenhuis and Councilmember Conrad Lee visited the gateway Friday.</figcaption></figure><p>Bellevue bought most of what is now Downtown Park from the school district in 1983. An international design competition the following year yielded the park master plan. Three phases of construction on the park were completed by 2017, but the elaborate northeast entrance concept in the plan was unfinished until now.</p> <p>With the public art, the new entrance will be part of the Grand Connection – a pedestrian-focused, interactive corridor through the heart of Bellevue. MacLeod Reckord Landscape Architects designed the gateway entry. </p> <p>Ohno Touchdown JV is the contractor.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-06-04T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">June 4 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 04 Jun 2021 17:11:26 +0000 CIosso 197061 at https://bellevuewa.gov Lake to Lake offers 'State of City' snapshot https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/lake-to-lake-state-city-snapshot <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Lake to Lake offers &#039;State of City&#039; snapshot</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="2021-06-01T06:01:21+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 05/31/2021 - 23:01</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-05/Lake%20to%20Lake%20May%202021%20-%20SOC.jpg?h=0419be36&amp;itok=jD8GfoL2" width="640" height="400" alt="Mayor Lynne Robinson and Deputy Mayor Jared Nieuwenhuis on State of the City" 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>On the latest edition of <a href="https://youtu.be/na8syvdQ5iM" target="_blank" title="Link to full episode of Lake to Lake">Lake to Lake</a>, take a look back at some of the challenges and triumphs of the past year. Also, Mayor Lynne Robinson and Deputy Mayor Jared Nieuwenhuis talk about recovery in excerpts from the televised May 24 “State of the City” discussion with Patrick Bannon, president of the Bellevue Downtown Association.</p> <p>Lake to Lake is produced by Bellevue Television and is available on Cable Channel 21 and on the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/bellevuetelevision" rel="noopener nofollow" target="_blank">Bellevue Television YouTube channel</a>. For more information, email <a href="mailto:btv@bellevuewa.gov" 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="2021-05-28T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">May 28 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 01 Jun 2021 06:01:21 +0000 MDeGrand 197006 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Affordable housing incentive program update heads to public hearing https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-affordable-housing-incentive-program-update-heads-public-hearing <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Affordable housing incentive program update heads to 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="2021-05-27T22:48:27+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 05/27/2021 - 15:48</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2020-02/60010593%20Aerial%20Bellevue_Neighborhoods.jpg?h=ea95bb15&amp;itok=TmDCVP4e" width="640" height="400" alt="Aerial image of Bellevue&#039;s downtown" 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"><h2>Plus, Bellevue voted Best City as it continues economic support activities</h2> <p>On Monday, the City Council unanimously voted to move forward with updates to Bellevue’s Multifamily Tax Exemption (MFTE) affordable housing incentive program, which will include a public hearing on the geographic expansion of the program and other program elements. </p> <p>In the council’s third study session on the topic, councilmembers reviewed the complete package of proposed program update elements including alternatives to required unit size, mechanisms to achieve deeper affordability or additional affordable units when multiple incentive programs are used together, rent caps for affordable housing lease renewals, parking discounts and an expansion of the program to all multifamily areas in the city, which requires a public hearing. </p> <p>If the public hearing is held in June the related code adjustments could be adopted in July. The updates are expected to double the utilization of the program from a current 50-75 units of affordable housing created per year to 110-160 units per year. The program update package and more background is available in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4961031&amp;GUID=4E556F58-F52A-47DB-B764-A29035DF6836" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting materials</a>.</p> <h3>Bellevue voted Best City as it continues economic support activities </h3> <p>In other business, councilmembers were briefed on the first full quarter of economic development activities under the new economic development plan update approved in November, and highlighted a vote for Bellevue as Best City by 425 Magazine.</p> <p>The update focused on broad-based business recovery efforts, capacity building and partnerships, business support and workforce, all part of advancing the six new focus areas of the <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/community-development/economic-development/economic-development-plan" target="_blank" title="Link to economic development plan">five-year economic development plan</a>. First quarter highlights included unemployment continuing to trend lower, down to 4.4% in March from a high above 11% last spring. Hotel occupancy is up to a 12-month high, there is healthy competition for commercial space, and more than nine million square feet of office space is under development in the city with more than 90% of that pre-leased. </p> <p>In addition, small business relief programs resulted in more than 6,000 businesses receiving federal Paycheck Protection Program loans, 112 businesses receiving city small business relief grants totaling $660,000, and more than 200 businesses helped through a technical assistance partnership program with Business Impact Northwest. Bellevue also participated in 20 regional workforce conversations and is involved in an equitable regional workforce plan.</p> <p>In continued efforts to promote Bellevue as a destination for tourists and locals alike, the city is working with key partners to activate unique spaces along the Grand Connection and recently launched the second round of expanded outdoor dining at more than 40 restaurants across the city. 425 Magazine recently published its Best of 425 awards, where Bellevue was voted by readers as the Best City.</p> <p>The full discussion and presentation is available through video replay on <a href="https://youtu.be/Pp-rxySSXHQ?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=2294" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of council discussion">Bellevue Television</a>.<br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-05-27T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">May 27 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 27 May 2021 22:48:27 +0000 MDeGrand 196971 at https://bellevuewa.gov State of the City address today https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/state-city-address-today <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">State of the City address today</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="2021-05-25T14:05:59+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 05/25/2021 - 07:05</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-05/State%20of%20the%20City%202021%20Behind%20Scenes.jpg?h=5dc9785f&amp;itok=jDXerHTj" width="640" height="400" alt="Mayor Robinson, Deputy Mayor Jared Nieuwenhuis prepare for the State of the City broacast." 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>Join Bellevue Mayor Lynne Robinson, Deputy Mayor Jared Nieuwenhuis and Bellevue Downtown Association President Patrick Bannon for an annual look at the State of the City. </p> <p>This live discussion about the most top-of-mind issues facing Bellevue today will air at 11 a.m. from the <a href="https://www.bellevuedowntown.com/discover/bellevue-state-of-the-city" target="_blank">BDA</a> and Cable Channel 21. You can expect city leaders to talk about economic vitality, equity and inclusion, affordable housing, transportation and more. </p> <p>It will also be streamed on social media and through the BDA website. The conversation will be recorded and posted to the city’s YouTube channel for later playback.</p> <p><span><span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-05-25T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">May 25 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 25 May 2021 14:05:59 +0000 CIosso 196946 at https://bellevuewa.gov Bellevue launches second virtual community game https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/second-scavenger-hunt <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Bellevue launches second virtual community game</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="2021-05-24T18:30:21+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 05/24/2021 - 11:30</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-05/Great%20Bellevue%20Scavenger%20Hunt%20App.png?h=51b2ca7f&amp;itok=5xUdezFp" width="640" height="400" alt="Play the Great Bellevue Scavenger Hunt on your phone this summer." 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"><h2>Spring into summer with Great Bellevue Scavenger Hunt May 28-June 20</h2> <p>Back by popular demand, the Great Bellevue Scavenger Hunt returns to give Bellevue enthusiasts a chance to spring into summer with fun throughout the city. Join the "Spring into Summer" edition to compete with your friends, family and neighbors in fun challenges from Memorial Day weekend until the first day of summer on June 20.<br />  <br /> The scavenger hunt is a virtual game played on a mobile device using the free Goose Chase app. A shareable flyer has more details and a QR code to download the app. The game gives families and friends a safe and fun way to explore in and around homes, neighborhoods and the city of Bellevue by completing challenges to earn points and stack up against other teams. Participants will also get a chance to win prizes. </p> <p>Participants can download the free app and register for the game now. Once you download the app, you’ll receive a notification when the game officially begins with the first challenge on May 28 at 8 a.m. The game ends June 20 at 10 p.m. Players can join the game and catch up on prior-released challenges at any time during the game period.</p> <p>Teams earn points by answering trivia questions or taking pictures or videos in order to complete challenges. Challenges will vary but may include exploring local parks, getting savvy with spring cleaning at home, showing off your neighborhood, saving the planet with eco challenges, sharing old memories of Bellevue, or even completing activities with your pets! </p> <p>Here’s what last year’s players said about the experience: </p> <blockquote> <p>“My family and I had such a fun time with the challenges and actually learned quite a few new tips and places around Bellevue.” </p> <p>“We had a lot of fun and it was a nice distraction from all the craziness of life lately.”</p> <p>“We used the scavenger hunt as a way to foster greater community in the neighborhood. It was a fun way to bring people together”</p> <p>“The kids had fun doing some of the “work” and sleuthing. It was so fun.”</p> </blockquote> <p>To participate: </p> <ol><li>Download the free GooseChase app from any app store on your mobile device or by clicking the download link from the game’s <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/GOOSE CHASE FLYER_FINAL_0.pdf" target="_blank">informational flyer</a>.</li> <li>Create an account or log in as a guest. Only one account is needed per team. </li> <li>Enter the game code BELLPLAY or search for “Spring into Summer: Great Bellevue Scavenger Hunt Returns” using the app’s search bar. </li> <li>Select or create your team. Teams can have a single member or multiple people.</li> <li>Once in the app, you will agree to a <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/SAFETYWAIVER_PHOTORELEASE_GooseChase2021.pdf" target="_blank">safety waiver and photo release</a> to participate in the game.</li> </ol><p>All the activities can be accomplished safely within the Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery Plan. Good luck, scavenger hunters and have fun!</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-05-24T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">May 24 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 24 May 2021 18:30:21 +0000 CIosso 196941 at https://bellevuewa.gov Cultural Conversations: Bold Made, What Games Can Teach Us https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/cultural-conversations-bold-made <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Cultural Conversations: Bold Made, What Games Can Teach Us</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="2021-05-20T19:25:02+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 05/20/2021 - 12:25</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-05/Bold%20Made%20Game.png?h=084a1a8f&amp;itok=Zm8Mh8og" width="640" height="400" alt="Bold Made card game" 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"><h2>Bold Made card game flips script on Old Maid</h2> <p>The next Virtual Cultural Conversations introduces Leslie Pierson, creator of Bold Made, a reimagination of the Old Maid card game. Pierson is an entrepreneur passionate about creating entertaining card games and finding ways to make learning fun through games. </p> <p>Pierson’s son Alex created a card game called Taco vs. Burrito when he was seven years old. After the success of Taco vs. Burrito, they set their sights on remaking Old Maid. It had been a constant frustration for Pierson that people still played Old Maid, considering the goal of the game is to avoid the older woman deemed too old to marry.  </p> <p>Bold Made flips the script on this outdated game and includes bold women who made huge impacts on our world. The game has a more aspirational goal of ending with the Bold Made card in your hand. The game includes bold women including Malala Yousafzai, Temple Grandin, Ellen Ochoa, Roberta Bondar, Georgia O’Keeffe, Sally Ride, Maya Angelou and Amelia Earhart. Bold Made's mission is to introduce a new generation to these bold women through play, to spark curiosity and to encourage meaningful conversations.  </p> <p>This Virtual Cultural Conversations event takes place Tuesday, June 1, 1-2:30 p.m. Following Pierson’s sharing of her experience creating the Bold Made game, participants will hold conversations in small groups, sharing the games we played as children, what they taught us and where we, too, might be open to inspiration and risk taking.</p> <p><a href="https://cityofbellevue.zoom.us/j/97035400681?pwd=bS85VVUxQlRNazgyTEpNZ0UzaWxrQT09" target="_blank">Registration</a> is required to receive the meeting link; additional details at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="9d547bf9-cc91-48bf-9fe1-b400ad0320ab" href="/city-government/departments/community-development/neighborhoods/building-community/cultural-conversations" title="Cultural Conversations">Cultural Conversations</a>. For more information or accommodation needs, please contact <a href="mailto:neighborhoodoutreach@bellevuewa.gov" target="_blank">NeighborhoodOutreach@Bellevuewa.gov</a> or 452-452-6836.</p> <p>Cultural Conversations, a program in its 11th season, has transformed relationships and perspectives among diverse women in our community through education and storytelling.  </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" target="_blank">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. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-05-20T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">May 20 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 20 May 2021 19:25:02 +0000 CIosso 196901 at https://bellevuewa.gov Bellevue launches new season of expanded outdoor dining https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/bellevue-launches-new-season-expanded-outdoor-dining <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Bellevue launches new season of expanded outdoor dining</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="2021-05-21T21:41:41+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 05/21/2021 - 14:41</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2020-06/Patio-Dining-Main-Street.jpg?h=316904b0&amp;itok=es_WgexH" width="640" height="400" alt="Patio dining is available on Main Street, among other locations." 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"><h2>“Al Fresco” outdoor dining program made possible by community partners runs through the summer</h2> <p>The more frequent sunny days in the forecast mean summer is on the way, and so is increased opportunity for dining outdoors. Outdoor dining has been a key component to many restaurants continuing their operations under COVID-19 capacity restrictions. During 2020, the city worked to streamline permitting and identify creative spaces where businesses could safely expand their operating footprint and welcome more customers while staying within health and safety rules. This year, in partnership with the Bellevue Downtown Association and Microsoft, the program will again offer more outdoor dining options in downtown Bellevue and beyond. </p> <p>The latest “Al Fresco” outdoor dining program runs now through the summer, promoting on-street, sidewalk, parking lot, and private property patios together as tools to support restaurants and increase vibrancy. In addition to the collective on-street expansion of space on Main Street, more than 50 other restaurants are participating across the city.</p> <p><strong>“It was encouraging to see the success and support of the outdoor dining program last year, both for local businesses and for patrons looking to enjoy Bellevue while safely dining and shopping,”</strong> said Mayor Lynne Robinson. <strong>“I’m really looking forward to taking part again this year and want to thank our community partners who are back to support this program as an important component of our return to full capacity.” </strong></p> <p><strong>“As we transition to more normalcy in this pandemic recovery, the Al Fresco program will provide continued options for our businesses to serve as many customers as possible each step of the way,” </strong>added Mac Cummins, Director for the city’s Community Development department that is playing a key support role in re-launching the program. </p> <p>The original, ten-week program that launched in August 2020 resulted in overwhelmingly positive feedback from restaurants and residents, giving organizers confidence it could again be effective and even expanded.</p> <p><strong>“After we saw the success of last year’s Al Fresco program, we’re excited to bring it back and promote even more participating businesses,” </strong>Patrick Bannon, president of the Bellevue Downtown Association, said. <strong>“This is a great way to support our local restaurants and retailers and enjoy the outdoors in Downtown Bellevue.”</strong></p> <p>Businesses interested in participating in the program can find options and resources in a <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/COVID-19 Business Assistance - Patio Seating and Dining %28updated 3.2021%29.pdf" target="_blank" title="Link to flyer">business assistance flyer</a> and at <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/outdoor-dining/" target="_blank" title="Link to outdoor dining web page">bellevuewa.gov/outdoor-dining</a>. Program details for customers and a map of participating restaurants are available on the BDA’s <a href="https://bellevuedowntown.com/" target="_blank" title="Link to BDA website">website</a>. <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-05-20T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">May 20 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 21 May 2021 21:41:41 +0000 MDeGrand 196921 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Grand Connection planning advances https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-grand-connection-planning-advances <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Grand Connection planning advances </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="2021-05-20T20:51:18+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 05/20/2021 - 13:51</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-05/Yellow%20Lanterns.JPG?h=34e43602&amp;itok=A4Z-6mSB" width="640" height="400" alt="Yellow lanterns on 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"><h2>Plus, update on Smart City plan and new funds from business community for human services and more</h2> <p>On Monday, the City Council was presented with Planning Commission recommendations for Land Use Code Amendments (LUCAs) related to the Grand Connection project. The amendments would establish guidelines and standards to implement “Sequence One” of the Grand Connection. The proposed LUCA reflects the Grand Connection vision and supports continued planning for implementation of phase one of the project while simplifying and clarifying city regulations.</p> <p>The Grand Connection, to be implemented in two phases, is a council priority and a major people-focused route through downtown from Meydenbauer Bay to the Wilburton area. It includes components such as a pedestrian corridor, plazas, wayfinding mechanisms, a crossing over I-405 and arts and culture features. The LUCA recommendations currently being considered by the council specifically relate to work being done in Sequence One of the Grand Connection spanning from Meydenbauer Bay through Downtown to the east end of the Bellevue Transit Center.</p> <p>To develop the guidelines being presented as part of the code amendments, the city conducted external focus groups with stakeholders of the Grand Connection, internal focus groups with city staff from multiple departments, and briefings with broader community  when developing the code amendment recommendations. The Planning Commission was given two informational briefings, held two study sessions and a public hearing prior to recommending the guidelines.</p> <p>The council will take final action on the LUCAs at a later meeting, and more details on the recommendations are in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4954400&amp;GUID=4EE45009-7E35-48AD-B3C6-7CF4666A54F9" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting materials</a>. The full discussion from this week is available through <a href="https://youtu.be/3fsD1awJXNk?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=1718" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of council discussion">video replay on Bellevue Television</a>. </p> <h3>Update on Smart City plan</h3> <p>In other work on Monday, councilmembers reviewed progress on the transportation element of “Bellevue Smart: Planning for a Smarter City,” a 2017 strategy to achieve the council’s smart city vision, which includes a high-quality environment, reliable infrastructure and high-tech connectivity. </p> <p>The transportation element, refined in the “Smart Mobility Plan 2018,” contains six initiatives and the presentation included summaries of several projects already completed or in progress under each initiative. The initiatives are traffic management, real-time traveler information, autonomous and connected vehicles, data management and shared-use mobility and electric vehicles.</p> <p>One of the shared-use mobility initiatives highlighted is Crossroads Connect, an on-demand transit service the city launched in October 2020 in partnership with King County Metro. The service provides residents in East Bellevue more access to fixed route transit; it also provides transportation to King County COVID-19 vaccination sites. </p> <p>The presentation also highlighted recent partnerships associated with managing curbside delivery space. The city will soon be kicking off a Curbside Management Plan to better define how curb space is allocated in Bellevue’s urban centers.</p> <p>More information is available in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4954393&amp;GUID=85E44415-27F6-4CEE-8FB6-ED9A19A43BA4" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting agenda item">meeting agenda item</a>.  </p> <h3>New funds from business community for human services and more</h3> <p>In other business, councilmembers received a briefing from Amazon about a new donation from the company of more than $1.4 million to benefit parks, neighborhoods and human services in Bellevue.</p> <p>Amazon announced last year they planned to add 25,000 jobs in Bellevue and at the time committed $1 million over four years to the city’s Human Services Fund, support that helped address immediate needs in the community due to the pandemic. This latest donation will allocate another $1 million to the Human Services Fund during the 2021-2022 and 2023-2024 funding cycles, $289,000 for six projects that are part of the Neighborhood Enhancement Program and $150,000 for three parks improvement projects.</p> <p>“We want to be a true partner to you and the city,” Brian Huseman, Vice President of Public Policy for Amazon, told the council. “We want to be a good neighbor.” </p> <p>Huseman also mentioned that the company launched a $2 billion Housing Equity Fund earlier this year and looks forward to working with the city to focus some of that in Bellevue to provide and enable more affordable housing supply. </p> <p>A list of the projects being supported is available in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=9406978&amp;GUID=CDF26F60-A87A-46A6-B7CB-7836AF6FE6A0" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting agenda item</a>.<br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-05-20T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">May 20 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 20 May 2021 20:51:18 +0000 MDeGrand 196906 at https://bellevuewa.gov Amazon donates $1.4 million for Bellevue parks, neighborhoods and human services https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/amazon-donation-2021 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Amazon donates $1.4 million for Bellevue parks, neighborhoods and human services</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="2021-05-18T22:46:34+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 05/18/2021 - 15:46</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>Amazon announced Monday that it is donating $1.4 million to the City of Bellevue, which includes $1 million for the city's Human Services Fund, $289,000 for neighborhood enhancement projects and $150,000 for parks improvements.</p> <p>Amazon donated an additional $500,000 to the Bellevue Human Services Fund in 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds help support a range of critical community programs, from food assistance and housing to education and behavioral health care.</p> <p>“We’re excited to continue working with policymakers, local organizations and the community as Amazon continues to invest in Bellevue,” said Brian Huseman, Amazon’s vice president of public policy. “As a member of Bellevue’s vibrant and resilient community, the company is pleased to work with the city to help address community needs and support beloved parks and neighborhood assets.”</p> <p>“Amazon continues to invest in Bellevue, and I thank the company for setting such a stellar example of community partnership,” said Mayor Lynne Robinson. “These dollars will have a significant impact on our community as we begin to recover together from the effects of the pandemic.”</p> <p>The Human Services Fund is the primary resource Bellevue uses to support social services in the community. There are still many Bellevue residents who continue to struggle to provide the basics like housing, food and transportation for themselves and their families. The city will distribute these funds to more than 40 organizations that provide direct services across the Eastside, helping people recover from the pandemic and related shutdown.  </p> <p>“Like so many other social service organizations, Hopelink has seen a drastic increase in need in the community that is likely to last for several years," Hopelink CEO Catherine Cushinberry said. "We are grateful to the Human Services Fund for dedicating significant resources in support of services for Bellevue residents."</p> <p>The neighborhood enhancement and park donations will fund multiple projects to help improve outdoor spaces in Bellevue. The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified the need for outdoor recreation opportunities for children and adults and a safe and attractive outdoor environment. These projects include:</p> <ul><li>Bellevue Botanical Garden</li> <li>BelRed mini-park off-leash dog area</li> <li>Citywide tree planting via Bellevue’s Environmental Stewardship Initiative</li> <li>Crossroads Park</li> <li>Kelsey Creek Farm</li> <li>Lake Hills Greenbelt (Bat Houses)</li> <li>Northtowne Park Playground</li> <li>Utility box art wraps in downtown and BelRed</li> <li>Wilburton children’s tiles on Northeast Eighth Street</li> </ul><p>In 2020, Amazon announced it is planning to bring 25,000 jobs to Bellevue as part of the expansion of its Puget Sound headquarters. To accommodate its planned job creation, Amazon has been securing office space in Bellevue and has begun construction of the first office tower at 600 108th Ave. NE. Amazon’s downtown construction will provide its teams with state-of-the-art office space, and the community with new amenities – such as new art installations, outdoor plazas, two new daycare centers and street-level retail space – to help fulfill the city’s vision of a thriving, connected and pedestrian-friendly business district.</p> <p>Amazon is committed to being good neighbors and supporting the Bellevue community. Amazon’s new $2 billion Housing Equity Fund will create and preserve housing for moderate- to low-income families in our three headquarters communities, including Puget Sound. The first investment consisted of $185.5 million in below-market loans and grants to the King County Housing Authority to preserve up to 1,000 affordable homes on the Eastside, including units in Bellevue’s Pinewood Village, Hampton Greens and the Illahee Apartments.</p> <p>Amazon also continues to support various charitable organizations across the region, including the Bellevue LifeSpring, KidsQuest Children’s Museum and LifeWire.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-05-18T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">May 18 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 18 May 2021 22:46:34 +0000 CIosso 196896 at https://bellevuewa.gov Bellevue extends application period for new equity team https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/bellevue-extends-application-period-new-equity-team <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Bellevue extends application period for new equity team</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="2021-05-18T05:36:17+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 05/17/2021 - 22:36</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-05/COB-21-6003f-Centering%20Communities%20of%20Color-COBNews.png?h=47d6d3d0&amp;itok=qi7vP3No" width="640" height="400" alt="Illustration of colorful silhouettes for Bellevue Centers Communities of Color Initiative" 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"><h2>Stakeholders still have time to join effort of Communities of Color initiative </h2> <p>The application due date to be a coordinating team member for the Bellevue Centers Communities of Color Initiative has been extended to Sunday, May 23.  </p> <p>In January, the City Council approved the Bellevue Centers Communities of Color Initiative, a community-led program to advance racial equity, recognize and eliminate systemic barriers to civic participation, and build trust and awareness across the city’s diverse population.  </p> <p>The Communities of Color Coordinating (CCC) team will help direct Bellevue’s approach and process to identify goals, priorities and work outlined in the new initiative. The team will accomplish that work through a) developing trust and awareness through dialogue, b) building racial literacy and skills through education and training, and c) partnering with the city and other institutions to co-create recommendations and actions. </p> <p><a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q2R2RQB" target="_blank" title="Link to apply online">Online applications</a> will be accepted through Sunday, May 23, 2021, from community members who live or work in Bellevue and are interested in being a part of the CCC team. Printable applications are available in <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/Communities of Color Coordinating Team Application.pdf" target="_blank" title="Link to printable English application">English</a>, <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/CCC Application _SP.pdf" target="_blank" title="Link to printable Spanish application">Español</a>, <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/CCC Application_CH.pdf" target="_blank" title="Link to printable Chinese application">中文</a>, <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/CCC Application_KO.pdf" target="_blank" title="Link to printable Korean application">한국어</a>, <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/CCC Application_RU.pdf" target="_blank" title="Link to printable Russian application">Pусский</a> and <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/CCC Application_VI.pdf" target="_blank" title="Link to printable Vietnamese application">Tiếng Việt</a>. Printed applications must be returned to the city by mail and postmarked no later than Monday, May 24, 2021. </p> <p>More information about the CCC team and application is available on the <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/diversity-advantage-initiative/centering-communities-of-color" target="_blank" title="Link to BCCC web page">city’s web page</a> for the Bellevue Centers Communities of Color Initiative. For more information, questions or assistance applying, please email <a href="mailto:diversity@bellevuewa.gov" target="_blank" title="Email Diversity team">diversity@bellevuewa.gov</a>. <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-05-17T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">May 17 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 18 May 2021 05:36:17 +0000 MDeGrand 196876 at https://bellevuewa.gov New funding opportunity for human services organizations https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/housing-services-rfp <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="2021-05-14T20:27:24+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 05/14/2021 - 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>Nonprofit and community organizations offering behavioral health services, supportive services and rental assistance to Bellevue residents can apply for funding from the City of Bellevue.<br />  <br /> The city anticipates $1.66 million 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. </p> <p>The city’s Human Services Commission will review the proposals and give funding recommendations to the City Council in July.<br />  <br /><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="29a54a06-9663-41bf-a6bc-375108e734cd" href="/city-government/departments/parks/community-services/human-services" title="Human Services">Human Services</a> is releasing the notice of funding availability today (Friday, May 14). Applications are due by 4:30 p.m., Friday, June 4. For more information, please contact Christy Stangland, human services planner (425-452-6452 or <a href="mailto:cstangland@bellevuewa.gov">cstangland@bellevuewa.gov</a>). </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-05-14T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">May 14 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 14 May 2021 20:27:24 +0000 CIosso 196871 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Council priorities updated https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-council-priorities-updated <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Council priorities updated </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="2021-05-13T16:26:06+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 05/13/2021 - 09:26</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-05/Hate%20has%20no%20home%20sign%20at%20City%20Hall.jpg?h=71976bb4&amp;itok=04GFASVg" width="640" height="400" alt="Hate Has No Home Here sign at 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"><h2>Plus, Crossroads development moving forward and briefing on Hate Has No Home Here outreach</h2> <p>On Monday, the City Council unanimously approved a major update to the Council Vision and adopted 2021-2023 Priorities. The work was the result of two council retreat sessions earlier this year and considered the ongoing impacts of a global pandemic and the significant growth occurring in the region.</p> <p>“I want to thank the council and staff for all the hard work in pulling together these two retreat sessions…I’m really pleased with the work,” noted Mayor Lynne Robinson before the unanimous vote. </p> <p>The council vision and priorities are detailed in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4939339&amp;GUID=ABC5A70E-6602-4A98-BEE4-868516AE30E0" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting agenda item</a> but include priorities focused on seven strategic target areas: </p> <ul><li>Economic Development;</li> <li>Transportation &amp; Mobility;</li> <li>High Quality Built &amp; Natural Environment;</li> <li>Great Places Where You Want to Be;</li> <li>Regional Leadership &amp; Influence;</li> <li>Achieving Human Potential; and</li> <li>High Performance Government.</li> </ul><p>The updated work in part continues strategic efforts already underway at the city but also includes new work and considerations in response to the community’s evolving needs. Councilmembers are expected to pursue a budget amendment in future budget actions to apply the remaining funds in the Council Contingency Fund to address these needs.</p> <p>The full discussion is available through <a href="https://youtu.be/8dkoYVKXopg?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=1519" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of council discussion">video replay on Bellevue Television</a>. </p> <h3>Crossroads development moving forward</h3> <p>Public hearings were held on two facets of a development agreement currently under review by the city for a 224-unit, mixed-use, multifamily development in the Crossroads Bellevue shopping center area. </p> <p>The public hearings collected comment on whether the project should proceed and whether to make it eligible for a multifamily tax exemption. </p> <p>Extending the city tax exemption to the development site allows the development to include dedicated affordable housing as a way to enhance the overall public benefit and lets the developer take advantage of affordable housing incentives. When the council last reviewed the development agreement, they specifically asked whether an affordable housing component could be included, so the city worked with the developer to explore ways to accomplish that goal.  </p> <p>During the public hearings, two people spoke in favor of the development and extending the tax exemption to this project. Councilmembers unanimously adopted both ordinances to keep the project moving forward in the review process and add eligibility for the tax exemption. Further details are available in the meeting agenda items <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4939340&amp;GUID=46713E14-9EE6-4CD2-ACDC-2858C4F93592" target="_blank" title="Link to ordinance details">9a (ordinance 6576)</a> and <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4939328&amp;GUID=B0E85125-3EC9-45C7-B601-9E52C9452F15" target="_blank" title="Link to ordinance details">9b (ordinance 6577)</a>.</p> <h3>Council briefing on Hate Has No Home Here campaign</h3> <p>In other business, councilmembers received a briefing on ongoing activities to promote an inclusive community through the city’s recently launched “Hate Has No Home Here” outreach campaign. </p> <p>The initiative includes personal commitments from community members and partner organizations to stand together against hate. Bellevue has distributed more than 1000 yard signs as a visible way for residents to show support for neighbors. Distribution of materials included sign pick-up at Bellevue libraries, business window stickers distributed by the Bellevue Chamber and banners placed at school locations by the Bellevue School District. </p> <p>Due to the swell of local support, Bellevue was contacted by people interested in being part of the campaign or cities looking to launch a similar campaign of their own from as far away as Michigan.</p> <p>More information on how to participate is available on the city’s dedicated <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/hate-has-no-home" target="_blank" title="Link to web page">Hate Has No Home Here webpage</a>. The full council briefing is available on <a href="https://youtu.be/8dkoYVKXopg?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=1186" target="_blank" title="Link to council briefing">video replay</a>.  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-05-13T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">May 13 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 13 May 2021 16:26:06 +0000 MDeGrand 196851 at https://bellevuewa.gov Protests expected downtown Tuesday night https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/protests-May-11 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Protests expected downtown Tuesday night</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="2021-05-11T14:14:35+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 05/11/2021 - 07:14</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 public safety officials have learned of protests being planned for the evening of Tuesday, May 11, in downtown Bellevue. One demonstration was advertised to start at 7 p.m. at Downtown Park. Two other groups may stage protests outside the Hyatt Regency.</p> <p>The situation continues to evolve, with police monitoring closely and preparing for the possibility of unrest, based on <a href="https://twitter.com/BvuePD/status/1391505023872344069?s=20" target="_blank">flyers posted by groups</a>. As of Monday, police could not say how many people may attend the demonstrations.</p> <p>The City of Bellevue is committed to protecting everyone’s right to protest or demonstrate peacefully, but police will take action against attempts to destroy property or injure people. </p> <p>Due to regular traffic and the gatherings, downtown is expected to be very congested. Residents may want to avoid the area Tuesday night. Real-time updates will be posted on the Police Department’s Twitter handle - <a href="https://twitter.com/BvuePD" target="_blank">@BvuePD</a>. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-05-11T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">May 11 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 11 May 2021 14:14:35 +0000 CIosso 196841 at https://bellevuewa.gov Mobile team offers pop-up vaccine clinics in Bellevue https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/pop-vaccine-clinics <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Mobile team offers pop-up vaccine clinics 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="2021-05-06T16:52:59+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 05/06/2021 - 09:52</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-05/Vaccine%20Pop-up%20Downtown%20Park.jpg?h=84071268&amp;itok=g7MHESOR" width="640" height="400" alt="Firefighter-medics administer a COVID-19 vaccine at a pop-up clinic at Downtown 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>As part of a county effort to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to more people, a Bellevue Fire Department mobile vaccination team is opening pop-up clinics at busy locations around the Eastside. More than 100 people received vaccines at a pop-up at Downtown Park May 7.</p> <p>Additional pop-up clinics are scheduled, all for people 18 and older, walking in with no appointment, Moderna first or second shots and Johnson &amp; Johnson shots will be available. </p> <ul><li><strong>Wednesday, May 12</strong>: Crossroads Park (from Northeast Eighth Street), 1:30-7 p.m.</li> <li><strong>Thursday, May 13</strong>: Newporter Apartments, 5900 119th Ave. SE, 9:30 a.m.- 3 p.m.</li> <li><strong>Friday, May 14</strong>: Crossroads Park (from Northeast Eighth Street), 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.</li> <li><strong>Saturday, May 15</strong>: Newcastle (Lake Boren Park), 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.</li> </ul><p>In January, to help Public Health – Seattle &amp; King County ensure the first vaccines got to all of the most vulnerable people, the mobile team (firefighter/emergency medical technicians) began delivering shots to staff and residents at adult family homes in Bellevue. In March, the team began going to senior facilities and homebound residents. </p> <p>The pop-ups represent Public Health’s intention to “meet people where they are.” At this time, a little more than half of eligible Washingtonians have received at least one vaccine shot. While COVID-19 cases spiked in the state this spring, vaccinations are credited with limiting deaths and hospitalizations during this fourth wave.  </p> <p>Because the pop-ups are roving, they won’t be listed in the state vaccine locator. If people choose to have a Moderna shot, they will receive directions on how to receive their second dose through the state Department of Health. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-05-10T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">May 10 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 06 May 2021 16:52:59 +0000 CIosso 196786 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Putting affordable housing tax revenue to work https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-putting-affordable-housing-tax-revenue-work <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Putting affordable housing tax revenue to work </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="2021-05-07T00:27:54+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 05/06/2021 - 17:27</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-05/Newport%20Hills%20New%20Park_0.png?h=2969752e&amp;itok=kXv4i2PJ" width="640" height="400" alt="Map of location for new Newport Hills neighborhood 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"><h2>Plus, neighborhood park naming discussion and new community development non-profit introduction</h2> <p>On Monday, the City Council directed staff to begin a request for proposal process to identify agencies with whom the city could contract to provide behavioral health and housing-related services through House Bill 1590 tax revenues. HB1590 was passed in the state Legislature in 2020 and allowed Bellevue to utilize a tenth of a percent sales tax for affordable housing and related services in the community. The tax went into effect Jan.1, and is expected to generate approximately $8.5 million in 2021.</p> <p>Once the agency proposal review process is completed, the city expects to quickly allocate up to 20% of the HB1590 2021 funds, or approximately $1.8 million, to agencies addressing immediate service needs in the community this year. Behavioral health services, supportive services, and rental assistance were identified as the priority areas for funding.</p> <p>Councilmembers were also briefed on initial outreach efforts with stakeholders including non-profit service providers, affordable housing providers, and developers. Major themes from the outreach included a need for culturally specific and responsive services, enhanced behavioral health support, employment services, and affordable housing for very-low income households. </p> <p>The RFP will be issued later this month through all city communication channels. Submitted proposals will then be reviewed by the Human Services Commission, with recommendations provided to the council in July. The council will get an update on the continuation of the HB1590 work plan in four to six weeks. More information is in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4929051&amp;GUID=86E0FAF5-FA50-47A4-9950-6F55BF6C13EC" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting agenda item</a>.</p> <h3>Neighborhood park naming discussion</h3> <p>Later, councilmembers reviewed a recommendation from the Parks &amp; Community Services Board for the name of a new neighborhood park in the Newport Hills area of Bellevue.</p> <p>Construction of the 13.7 acre park in southwest Bellevue was approved in December 2019. The Parks Board used public input in the name selection process, collecting names through community outreach, including local historical groups, and sending a survey with 22 resulting name options to more than 1,200 community members. More than 200 people responded to the survey, which was not designed to select the name but rather to better understand community preferences. </p> <p>The top choice in the survey contained Newport Hills in the park name, raising concerns of potential confusion because other parks in the area have similar names. Additional name options included references to historical figures, historical places or industries in the area, and various cultural references. The Parks Board recommended the second ranked choice in the survey, which named the park after a significant local figure.</p> <p>Councilmembers noted a preference to avoid naming the park after a specific person and a desire to retain the neighborhood area name but without duplicating other area park names. They asked the Parks Board to further assess the name options and return with a new recommendation at a later meeting. The full discussion is available on video replay through <a href="https://youtu.be/mWYAgEvdQkk?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=1283" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of council discussion">Bellevue Television</a>.</p> <h3>New community development nonprofit</h3> <p>In other business, representatives from EastHUB, a new local nonprofit formed in 2020, shared their vision for fostering Bellevue and the broader Eastside as a world-class cultural destination by leveraging current development and partnerships across the city. They noted that arts and culture gives a substantial return on investment, returning $9 for every $1 spent.</p> <p>With a motto of “culture creates community” and a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, EastHUB said they want to capitalize on ongoing infrastructure and capital development by building arts facilities into new development at the project planning stage rather than later. Their mission aligns with Bellevue’s vision to activate arts and culture spaces and create more community partnerships.</p> <p>More information about the presentation is in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4929050&amp;GUID=798FA14C-ED5D-41CB-82DC-BAB765C4D50C" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting materials</a>. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-05-06T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">May 6 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 07 May 2021 00:27:54 +0000 MDeGrand 196796 at https://bellevuewa.gov Community invited to join team guiding racial equity work https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/community-invited-join-team-guiding-racial-equity-work <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Community invited to join team guiding racial equity work</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="2021-05-04T15:57:48+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 05/04/2021 - 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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-05/COB-21-6003f-Centering%20Communities%20of%20Color-COBNews.png?h=47d6d3d0&amp;itok=qi7vP3No" width="640" height="400" alt="Illustration of colorful silhouettes for Bellevue Centers Communities of Color Initiative" 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"><h2>City mobilizing community-led coordinating team to advance newly adopted Bellevue Centers Communities of Color Initiative </h2> <p class="text-align-center"><a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/BCCC%20Launch%204.29.21_SP.pdf" target="_blank" title="Link to news release in Spanish">Español</a>     <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/BCCC%20Launch%204.29.21_CH.pdf" target="_blank" title="Link to news release in Chinese">中文</a>     <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/BCCC%20Launch%204.29.21_KO.pdf" target="_blank" title="Link to news release in Korean">한국어</a>     <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/BCCC%20Launch%204.29.21_RU.pdf" target="_blank" title="Link to news release in Russian">Pусский</a>    <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/BCCC%20Launch%204.29.21_VI.pdf" target="_blank" title="Link to news release in Vietnamese">Tiếng Việt</a></p> <p>The City of Bellevue is inviting diverse community members to apply for an active role in promoting racial equity in the city and collaboratively creating solutions that empower communities of color through a recently adopted initiative. </p> <p>In January, the City Council approved the Bellevue Centers Communities of Color Initiative, a community-led program to advance racial equity, recognize and eliminate systemic barriers to civic participation, and build trust and awareness across the city’s diverse population. A key part of the initiative is the Communities of Color Coordinating (CCC) team. This community-led team will direct the approaches and process to identify goals, priorities and work outlined in the Bellevue Centers Communities of Color Initiative.</p> <p><strong>Bellevue is now <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q2R2RQB" target="_blank" title="Link to apply for team">accepting applications</a> </strong>from community members to be a part of the CCC team, which will be comprised of 11 community members who live or work in Bellevue representing Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian and Pacific Islander communities. Printable applications that must be mailed in are also available in <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/Communities%20of%20Color%20Coordinating%20Team%20Application.pdf" target="_blank" title="Link to printable application in English">English</a>, <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/CCC%20Application%20_SP.pdf" target="_blank" title="Link to application in Espanol">Español</a>, <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/CCC%20Application_CH.pdf" target="_blank" title="Link to application in 中文">中文</a>, <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/CCC%20Application_KO.pdf" target="_blank" title="Link to application in 한국어">한국어</a>, <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/CCC%20Application_RU.pdf" target="_blank" title="Link to application in Pусский">Pусский</a> and <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/CCC%20Application_VI.pdf" target="_blank" title="Link to application in Tiếng Việt">Tiếng Việt</a>. In partnership with the city, the CCC team will lead and guide a three-tiered approach to advancing equity in the city over a period of three years by: </p> <ol><li>developing trust and awareness through dialogue; </li> <li>building racial literacy and skills through education and training; and </li> <li>co-creating recommendations for actions that will advance racial equity in our community.</li> </ol><p>More information about the CCC team and the Bellevue Centers Communities of Color Initiative will be available at three informational sessions hosted virtually via Zoom:</p> <p><strong>Session 1: Tuesday, May 11, 4-5 p.m.<br /> Session 2: Thursday, May 13, 6-7 p.m.<br /> Session 3: Saturday, May 15, 12:30-1:30 p.m.</strong></p> <p><a href="https://bellevuecenters-communitiesofcolor.eventbrite.com/" target="_blank" title="Link to register for information sessions">Registration </a>is required for the information sessions. A flyer for the sessions is available in <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/COB-21-6033-Centering%20Communities%20of%20Color-flyer-WEB%20%28002%29.pdf" target="_blank" title="Link to English flyer">English</a>, <a data-entity-substitution="file" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="2008e30c-8141-4996-8644-745f8303df48" href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/centering_communities_of_color_sessions_flyer_spanish.pdf" target="_blank" title="centering_communities_of_color_sessions_flyer_spanish.pdf">español</a>, <a data-entity-substitution="file" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="3bf69835-1016-47df-9a1a-bbffafde38ea" href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/Centering%20Communities%20of%20Color%20Sessions%20Flyer%20Chinese.pdf" target="_blank" title="Centering Communities of Color Sessions Flyer Chinese.pdf">中文</a>, <a data-entity-substitution="file" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="4b4b5ccf-1bf1-42bc-9b49-91c47609622f" href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/Centering%20Communities%20of%20Color%20Sessions%20Flyer%20Korean.pdf" target="_blank" title="Centering Communities of Color Sessions Flyer Korean.pdf">한국어</a>, <a data-entity-substitution="file" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="69bab408-23bd-4326-80d6-e225469b3b9a" href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/Centering%20Communities%20of%20Color%20Sessions%20Flyer%20Russian.pdf" target="_blank" title="Centering Communities of Color Sessions Flyer Russian.pdf">Pусский</a> and <a data-entity-substitution="file" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="4d5af964-fa04-483f-a2d1-8aeac9080b19" href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/Centering%20Communities%20of%20Color%20Sessions%20Flyer%20Vietnamese.pdf" target="_blank" title="Centering Communities of Color Sessions Flyer Vietnamese.pdf">Tiếng Việt</a>. A <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/diversity-advantage-initiative/centering-communities-of-color" target="_blank" title="Link to Bellevue Centers Communities of Color web page">dedicated web page</a> contains more information about the initiative and will contain periodic program updates.</p> <p>The CCC team application will be open through Sunday, May 16. For more information or questions, please email <a href="mailto:diversity@bellevuewa.gov" target="_blank" title="Email Bellevue's Diversity Team">diversity@bellevuewa.gov</a>.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-05-04T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">May 4 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 04 May 2021 15:57:48 +0000 MDeGrand 196771 at https://bellevuewa.gov Yao street sign honors Bellevue’s sister city https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/yao-sign <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Yao street sign honors Bellevue’s sister 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="2021-05-04T20:30:56+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 05/04/2021 - 13:30</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-05/Yao%20City%20Drive%20Sign.JPG?h=6ac2e07b&amp;itok=5bJE2Uev" width="640" height="400" alt="Transportation workers install an honorary street sign celebrating sister city Yao, Japan." 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 honorary street signs unveiled Tuesday on Main Street, near the Bellevue Botanical Garden, pay tribute to Bellevue’s longest-running sister city relationship – at 52 years – with Yao, Japan. </p> <p>The unveiling comes a few weeks after Yao officials sent Mayor Lynne Robinson a photo of a corresponding sign that honors Bellevue. The Yao signs are near the Yao Garden section of the Botanical Garden, where a Japanese maple tree was dedicated in 2019, during a visit from Yao’s mayor and other officials.</p> <p>The two signs on Main Street, the first such markers in the city, are at the corners of 124th and 118th avenues.</p> <p>Bellevue’s relationship with Yao dates to 1969, when a delegation from Japan visited Bellevue for the formal signing of a proclamation. In 1970, Bellevue residents formed an International Cooperation Committee, which later became the Bellevue Sister Cities Association. </p> <p>In 2019, the two cities marked the 50th anniversary of their relationship with a visit by a delegation of elected officials from Yao; it included a reception and a gift exchange.  </p> <p>Bellevue’s other sister cities are Hualien, Taiwan; Liepaja, Latvia; and Kladno, Czech Republic. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-05-04T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">May 4 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 04 May 2021 20:30:56 +0000 CIosso 196776 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Approval of minimum parking requirements https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-parking-requirements <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Approval of minimum parking requirements </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="2021-04-29T22:10:23+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 04/29/2021 - 15:10</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"><h2>Plus, Arbor Day-Earth Day proclamation</h2> <p>On Monday, the City Council voted to adopt a Land Use Code Amendment (LUCA) reducing minimum parking requirements for certain residential developments near frequent transit service. The action advances Bellevue’s Affordable Housing Strategy by reducing the cost of residential developments and encouraging housing around key transit areas. The code amendment also conforms the city's parking standards with state statutes.</p> <p>The LUCA uses a two-tiered system to set reduced parking requirements based on transit frequency. Future light rail or bus rapid transit stops opening within two years are considered as eligible transit service. Full details of the transit frequency criteria and reduced parking minimums are in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=9342595&amp;GUID=D6164552-2C5F-46F5-B831-851B781928AA" target="_blank">meeting materials</a>.</p> <p>Prior to the council action, the city conducted outreach on this code amendment through notices and public hearings before the planning commission and the East Bellevue Community Council. The city also had a number of interactions and discussions with the development community, interested members of the public, and affordable housing providers. </p> <p>The council unanimously adopted the LUCA as recommended. The LUCA ordinance now goes to the East Bellevue Community Council for a public hearing and an approval/disapproval decision in early May for that area. More information is available in the meeting <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4921511&amp;GUID=D50DE672-FE8B-4F32-A76D-66072D97D25F" target="_blank">agenda item</a>.</p> <h3>Arbor Day-Earth Day proclamation</h3> <p>In other business, the council read a <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=9333969&amp;GUID=6F17B7B3-9E2A-40E5-BFBA-24C081C724D4" target="_blank">proclamation</a> to recognize April 26 as Arbor Day-Earth Day in Bellevue. Mayor Lynne Robinson encouraged residents to plant trees on their own, considering COVID-19 has disrupted the city’s traditional, in-person recognition and celebration of Arbor Day and Earth Day two years in a row.</p> <p>The city has tentatively scheduled a similar event for October in hopes a celebration can be had safely within health guidelines at that time. This year, Bellevue is also set to receive its 30th Tree City USA award and 28th Growth Award from the National Arbor Day Foundation, for the city’s dedication to trees and urban forests last year.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-04-29T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">April 29 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 29 Apr 2021 22:10:23 +0000 CIosso 196751 at https://bellevuewa.gov Join BTV on the farm https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/lake-to-lake-4-21 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Join BTV on the farm</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="2021-04-28T23:11:22+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 04/28/2021 - 16:11</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-04/Lake%20to%20Lake%20Sheep%20%282%29.jpg?h=3506c622&amp;itok=EVntJH40" width="640" height="400" alt="Lake to Lake host Robin Steel visits with Bob the sheep." 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>On the latest <a href="https://youtu.be/Bg286zGtrF8" target="_blank">Lake to Lake</a>, Bellevue Television heads to Kelsey Creek Farm Park to share some great information and spring fun with some of the creatures great and small who live there. Also on this episode:</p> <ul><li>A new transportation project that improves safety and mobility for people riding bikes downtown; </li> <li>How new smart meters will help you track your water use and save money; and</li> <li>Meet some beautiful farm animals and learn how you can see this year’s beloved Kelsey Creek Farm Sheep Shearing!</li> </ul><p>BTV produces Lake to Lake; it's available on channel 21 and the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/bellevuetelevision" target="_blank">Bellevue Television YouTube channel</a>. For more information, email <a href="mailto:btv@bellevuewa.gov" 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="2021-04-28T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">April 28 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 28 Apr 2021 23:11:22 +0000 CIosso 196736 at https://bellevuewa.gov Virtual Cultural Conversations: “Are You Listening?” https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/virtual-cultural-conversations-are-you-listening <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Virtual Cultural Conversations: “Are You Listening?”</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="2021-04-28T23:19:04+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 04/28/2021 - 16:19</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-04/Cultural%20Conversation%20_%20Tetiana%20Photography%20_157.jpg?h=34e43602&amp;itok=lCtIKejZ" width="640" height="400" alt="Cultural Conversations - Tetiana Photography" 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"><h2>Inspirational leaders share their voices and experiences May 4</h2> <p>Reflecting on Asian Heritage Month and recent incidents of anti-Asian hate, the City of Bellevue’s May Virtual Cultural Conversations will focus on the topic of “voice.” The discussion will include the many ways voice is expressed and reflections on what brings us to courageously speak our truth and support others to do so. </p> <p>What does an inclusive and supportive community feel and look like today? What support could be provided to women who may be experiencing fear? What inspiration and strengths do our Asian-American neighbors draw upon from their rich cultural heritage and community ties? All of these questions will be addressed in this month’s session, May 4, 1-2:30 p.m., during a panel featuring inspirational Asian-American leaders.</p> <p>Joining us will be: Claire, owner of Bellevue’s Bellden Café, a business that is both a gathering place and a hub for giving back to community; Gazel, a pioneer in the computer technology industry; Alice, chief executive officer and a change agent for the Center for Ethical Leadership; Soo, an artist whose creative vision is community building through her “Rain Village” project; and Emily, an insightful student who challenges the notion of the model minority, embracing both her culture and the social justice movement. Following the panel, participants will move to small group conversation.</p> <p><a href="https://cityofbellevue.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEtcu-rqDsrGdVrL9kqtj_oC54UDsolwHdA" target="_blank" title="Link to register">Registration</a> is required to receive the meeting link for the session on May 4, 1-2:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cultural Conversations, a program in its eleventh season, has transformed relationships and perspectives among diverse women in our community through education and storytelling. For alternate formats, interpreters, or reasonable accommodation requests, please phone at least 48 hours in advance 425-452-6836 (voice) or email <a href="mailto:neighborhoodoutreach@bellevuewa.gov" target="_blank" title="Email event organizers">neighborhoodoutreach@bellevuewa.gov</a>. </p> <p>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.</p> <p><em>Image: Tetiana Photography</em></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-04-28T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">April 28 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 28 Apr 2021 23:19:04 +0000 MDeGrand 196741 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Human Services Needs Update https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-human-services-needs-update-0 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Human Services Needs 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="2021-04-22T17:16:26+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 04/22/2021 - 10:16</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2020-09/HS-Fund-Donate%209.10.20.jpg?h=cfdd0b22&amp;itok=8eVPp4tU" width="640" height="400" alt="Hopelink Food Bank" 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"><h2>Plus, Multifamily affordable housing program improvements and Bellevue School District briefing</h2> <p>On Monday, the City Council received a report on the 2021-2022 Human Services Needs Update, which guides the allocation of the Human Services Fund. The fund supports organizations providing direct services and assistance to community members in the most immediate areas of need to ensure residents have the support necessary for a high quality of life. </p> <p>Bellevue is in the process of collecting data to identify the most critical areas of focus, which will then be incorporated into the Human Services Needs Update. The city is gathering this data through a multipronged approach of phone and online surveys, community conversations, provider surveys and consumer surveys. Due to the pandemic, community conversations will be conducted virtually. </p> <p>Data will be collected through the summer of 2021 and local agencies will be able to apply for funding in March 2022. The Human Services Commission will then review the data and the applications to determine recommended funding based on community needs and areas of focus aligned with council priorities. The council is expected to review and take action on the recommendations in 2022 as part of the biennial budget deliberations.</p> <p>Human services needs in the community were pushed to record levels during the pandemic, outpacing resources available in the Fund. During the last funding process, the Fund had just over $4 million available and the city received requests for funding in the amount of $7 million across more than 100 applications from local agencies. Bellevue allocated an additional $3.9 million outside of the normal funding cycle to support the urgent needs specific to the COVID-19 health crisis, including emergency financial assistance, food, childcare, legal assistance, low-barrier shelters, mental health and domestic violence support. </p> <p>The presentation and further information on the Human Services Needs Update and the Fund are available in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4914727&amp;GUID=C697667F-5E72-4A48-B0D6-14F727302B70" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting materials</a>. </p> <h3>Multifamily affordable housing program improvements</h3> <p>Later, councilmembers continued their discussion on improvements to the city’s Multifamily Tax Exemption program, or MFTE. </p> <p>The city has been looking for ways to increase the participation and efficacy of the MFTE program in Bellevue to provide more affordable housing units and meet related policy objectives. Recently, affordable housing stakeholders came together to develop feedback and recommendations on strategies for achieving more affordable housing.</p> <p>The group proposed four recommendations in the areas of expanding MFTE incentives to smaller-sized units for certain developments, the affordability level when MFTE is overlaid with density incentives, rent stabilization and cost burden reduction strategies, and providing a parking discount for MFTE tenants.</p> <p>Councilmembers<a href="https://youtu.be/BYp6iCRDUsE?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=4845" target="_blank" title="Link to discussion replay"> discussed</a> the recommendations and the city will incorporate feedback from stakeholders and the council to create a proposal for the program update. It will be reviewed publicly in later sessions. </p> <h3>Bellevue School District briefing</h3> <p>In other business, Bellevue School District Superintendent Ivan Duran presented an update to councilmembers as the district prepares to bring more students back to in-person learning next week. </p> <p>Prior to spring break, the district was serving some elementary grades in person. Starting next week, students from all grades who wish to resume in-person learning would be able to physically attend school. The district reported they have put numerous risk mitigation strategies in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 in schools. </p> <p>Duran mentioned the district has enough emergency funding to support 1-2 years of pandemic recovery work but expects full recovery could take up to five years. Other major concerns mentioned were student mental health, academic recovery for students who fell behind during the pandemic and lower enrollment numbers. The district plans to address these issues by offering more tutoring and virtual learning options, more language programs, and additional support and counseling for families. </p> <p>The full discussion is available on <a href="https://youtu.be/BYp6iCRDUsE?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=1343" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of council discussion">video replay</a> through Bellevue Television. <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-04-22T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">April 22 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 22 Apr 2021 17:16:26 +0000 MDeGrand 196596 at https://bellevuewa.gov Mayor issues statement on Chauvin verdict https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/mayor-issues-statement-chauvin-verdict <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Mayor issues statement on Chauvin verdict</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="2021-04-21T00:31:38+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 04/20/2021 - 17:31</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>Tuesday, after jurors found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the May 2020 death of George Floyd while in police custody, Mayor Lynne Robinson released the following statement: </p> <blockquote> <p>"The murder of George Floyd was a grave injustice. I hope that moving forward, this tragedy gives us each the motivation to strive for real, positive change in our society and in our existing and future systems. It is critical that all levels of government are more aware of the tremendously important responsibility we have in protecting the lives and wellbeing of all community members. Bellevue stands in solidarity against prejudice, bias, hate and social inequity.</p> <p>Since the death of George Floyd, the City of Bellevue has enhanced its dedication to making sure everyone who lives, works or visits the Bellevue community feels safe and is treated with dignity and respect. The City Council signed a pledge in 2020 to review the city’s own police use-of-force policies. I am proud of the Bellevue Police Department’s ongoing dedication to continuous improvement, and their efforts to effectively serve our diverse community.</p> <p>I am confident we can help advance meaningful change by coming together as neighbors, having tough conversations and building on our common values of diversity, equity and inclusion. This is what makes Bellevue, and our country, so special."</p> </blockquote> <p>Bellevue Police Chief Steve Mylett also provided comments following the verdict:</p> <blockquote> <p>"As public servants, we were all offended by the criminal actions of Derek Chauvin, and today a jury of his peers held him accountable. While nothing can bring George Floyd back, thankfully justice has been served for him and for his family. The Bellevue Police Department stands in solidarity with the Floyd family."</p> </blockquote></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-04-20T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">April 20 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 21 Apr 2021 00:31:38 +0000 MDeGrand 196586 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Final use-of-force report presented https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-final-use-force-report-presented <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Final use-of-force report presented</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="2021-04-16T02:03:15+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 04/15/2021 - 19:03</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2020-08/French-Bakery.jpg?h=67eabc4d&amp;itok=NHKjD9ui" width="640" height="400" alt="Patrons enjoy patio dining Cielo Cocina." 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"><h2>Plus, COVID-19 temporary use permits extended, ARCH housing project funding approved and homelessness update</h2> <p>On Monday, the City Council received a report on final recommendations from an independent review into Bellevue police’s use of force policy. The report included 47 recommendations based on months of research and robust community outreach. The council undertook a pledge in June 2020 to engage the community, review the current use of force policies and reform the city’s practices as needed. </p> <p>The report to the council was delivered by the Office of Independent Review Group, an independent, third-party agency selected last year to conduct the review and deliver the report. The group held nine targeted, small-group listening sessions, conducted a survey, hosted three communitywide listening sessions and collected hundreds of emails and comments from community members, making about 1,400 total contacts during the course of the review. In addition, they reviewed Bellevue police manuals, reports and data, and met with command staff and subject matter experts from within the department to better understand how policies were implemented day-to-day. </p> <p>Key highlights in the council briefing included recommendations that the department implement a body-worn camera program,  enhance future community input and engagement in policing, update K-9 and taser policies to meet current progressive practices, add a duty to intervene as part of the use of force policy, and consult advisory groups in policy development earlier in the policymaking process. The <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/Use-of-Force-Policy-Review-Final-OIR-Group.pdf" target="_blank" title="Link to full report">full report</a> containing all 47 recommendations and more information is available on the <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/city-council/council-pledge" target="_blank" title="Link to Council Pledge page">Council Pledge web page</a>. </p> <p>The briefing is available through <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHyE7LK8Sfc" target="_blank" title="Link to replay of discussion">video replay</a> on Bellevue Television. The council will continue reviewing the report and assess the recommendations for potential future action. </p> <h3>COVID-19 temporary use permits extended</h3> <p>In other business, a public hearing was held to collect community input on extending an Interim Official Control (IOC) put in place last October to allow the continuance of temporary use permits specific to operating during COVID-19. </p> <p>The IOC applies to certain temporary use permits enacted for the purpose of continuing or expanding the footprint of business operations under COVID-19 protocols. This included restaurants operating with extended outdoor dining spaces, educational organizations modifying operations, and medical facilities operating drive-through care options. The initial IOC ran for a six-month period but can be extended for another six-month period. </p> <p>There were no comments submitted by community members during the public hearing. Councilmembers unanimously voted to renew the IOC for another six months. The matter will now go to the East Bellevue Community Council for a public hearing and action within that jurisdiction. More detail on the IOC is in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4907167&amp;GUID=259A2CDA-3D2A-4BDB-9594-38761A3B5809" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting materials</a>.</p> <h3>ARCH housing project funding approved</h3> <p>Later, councilmembers reviewed recommendations from the executive board of A Regional Coalition for Housing (ARCH) to fund three regional housing projects jointly with other municipalities in the region. The projects in Bellevue, Bothell and Kirkland will provide more affordable housing options in the region.</p> <p>Bellevue’s share of funding to support the three projects is $621,900, equal to 12.4% of the total funds recommended through the Fall 2020 ARCH Trust Fund process. The project in Bellevue will provide permanent supportive housing at the Eastgate housing complex being developed between multiple housing providers. It will also create 92 units of housing for individuals coming out of homelessness and provide them with supportive services to allow them to maintain stable housing. The project will employ a Bellevue-specific program model that prioritizes placement of residents from the Eastside. More information on all three projects is in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=A&amp;ID=813908&amp;GUID=36675B62-F2E8-4F70-8970-E29B783BF511" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting agenda">meeting agenda </a>under “Other Ordinances, Resolutions and Motions.”</p> <p>The council unanimously approved the funding. Further community meetings will be held as the Bellevue project advances. The building is expected to be occupied starting in 2023. </p> <h3>Homelessness outreach and enforcement update</h3> <p>In a related topic, the city’s Homelessness Coordinator addressed recent reports of homeless encampments in right-of-way areas in Bellevue, explaining how the city is currently working with those experiencing homelessness and enforcing city code where applicable.</p> <p>The report emphasized the critical partnerships between city departments, housing providers and behavioral services agencies in the community to connect individuals to the right services. The goal is to identify and remove barriers to housing and serve those experiencing homelessness, while also ensuring the health of the community. </p> <p>The mayor requested a future study session where councilmembers could further explore the issue and ask questions. The initial report is available on Bellevue Television’s <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHyE7LK8Sfc" target="_blank" title="Link to replay of report">replay</a>. <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-04-15T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">April 15 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 16 Apr 2021 02:03:15 +0000 MDeGrand 196566 at https://bellevuewa.gov Help write pro, con statements for East Bellevue Community Council https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/ebcc-pro-con-21 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Help write pro, con statements for East Bellevue Community Council</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="2021-04-12T16:28:36+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 04/12/2021 - 09:28</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>As state law requires, every four years residents of East Bellevue must vote on whether the East Bellevue Community Council will continue to exist. Pro and con statements are needed for a ballot measure for the Nov. 2, 2021 general election.</p> <p>The EBCC announced on April 6 that it is accepting applications from residents interested in serving on committees that will formulate statements for or against “continuation of the East Bellevue Community Municipal Corporation” (commonly known as the EBCC).</p> <p>The “statement for” and “statement against” (in addition to a rebuttal of the statement against) will appear in the King County voters’ pamphlet for the election.</p> <p>Application Options<br /> People interested in applying may do so <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EBCCProCon2021" target="_blank">online</a>. In addition to online submission, applications may be submitted by:</p> <ul><li>Mail to P.O. Box 90012, Bellevue, WA 98009-9012</li> <li>Email to <a href="mailto:kroberts@bellevuewa.gov" target="_blank">kroberts@bellevuewa.gov</a> </li> </ul><p>Applications are due by 5 p.m., Friday, April 30. For more information, 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="2021-04-12T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">April 12 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 12 Apr 2021 16:28:36 +0000 CIosso 196531 at https://bellevuewa.gov Indoor Skate Park, North Bellevue Community Center to reopen https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/skate-park-nbcc-reopen <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Indoor Skate Park, North Bellevue Community Center to reopen</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="2021-04-08T16:07:09+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 04/08/2021 - 09:07</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-04/Skate%20Park-2019.jpg?h=97d16188&amp;itok=h5414lBP" width="640" height="400" alt="No one&#039;s at the place here, but that&#039;s changing soon." 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>Skaters and NBCC program participants rejoice! After closure of more than a year due to the pandemic, the Bellevue Indoor Skate Park reopens today (Thursday, April 8) and North Bellevue Community Center will follow suit Monday, April 12.</p> <p>King County is in Phase 3 of Healthy Washington’s Roadmap to Recovery, which allows indoor recreation facilities to operate with limited capacity.</p> <p>The <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="50d8749e-8f7f-409c-a212-e4d558723bf6" href="/city-government/departments/parks/sports-and-athletics/skate-parks/bellevue-indoor-skate-park" title="Bellevue Indoor Skate Park">skate park</a>, 14224 Bel-Red Road, will be open each week, Thursday through Saturday, for one session, 3-4:30 p.m. <a href="https://register.bellevuewa.gov/" target="_blank">Preregistration</a> is required using the keyword “skate.”</p> <p>North Bellevue Community Center, 4063 148th Ave. NE, will reopen on Monday, April 12, and be open weekly Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. for preregistered participants of Silver Sneakers, the fitness gym, billiards, ping pong, pickleball and line-dancing. <a href="https://register.bellevuewa.gov/" target="_blank">Preregister</a> for programs or call 425-452-7681. Only preregistered participants of programs may enter the facility. The center’s  up-to-date program offerings are at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="8691d301-1cd0-4388-b977-6d87016dd827" href="/city-government/departments/parks/community-centers/north-bellevue-community-center" title="North Bellevue Community Center">North Bellevue Community Center</a>.</p> <p>Skate park hours will expand within current state guidelines based on demand. Skaters must wear a mask and stay six feet from people who do not live in the same household. One spectator is allowed per skater under the age of 18. Open skate is limited to 15 participants.</p> <p>Helmets are required and safety gear is recommended; these items currently are not available for rental. Helmets and pads are available for purchase from the skate park pro shop. </p> <p><br /> For the status of all park facilities during the pandemic, please consult <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="77c196f5-0390-4d2a-bd3e-80ec5ba36231" href="/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/communications/emergencies/covid-19-response" title="COVID-19 Response">COVID-19</a>.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-04-08T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">April 8 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 08 Apr 2021 16:07:09 +0000 CIosso 196496 at https://bellevuewa.gov Board and commission vacancies https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/board-and-commission-recruitment-21 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Board and commission vacancies</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="2021-04-08T16:33:22+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 04/08/2021 - 09:33</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 Arts, Planning, and Transportation commissions, as well as the Library and Parks &amp; Community Services boards. You can <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2021BoardComm" target="_blank">apply online</a>. Applications are due by 5 p.m., Monday, April 19.</p> <p>Made up of volunteers appointed by the mayor with City Council concurrence, 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><strong>Arts Commission:</strong> Advises and makes recommendations to the council on matters of art, with the goal of enhancing the cultural experience and raising the art consciousness of Bellevue. The commission advises on the city’s Public Art program, directs funding to arts organizations working in Bellevue and helps with cultural planning. The commission meets the first Tuesday of each month at 4:30 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Library Board:</strong> Serves as an advisory body to the King County Library System. The board 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><strong>Parks &amp; Community Services Board:</strong> Advises the council on parks and open space issues such as park planning, design and construction, development, redevelopment and renovation, enterprise management and natural resources, land stewardship and environmental education. The board also advises the council on policies regarding community services issues such as recreation opportunities, cultural diversity, community centers and probation services. The board meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Planning Commission:</strong> Reviews updates to the Comprehensive Plan and makes recommendations to the council. The commission also reviews land use management ordinances and regulations along with other council-directed work. The commission meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. and has other meetings as scheduled.</p> <p><strong>Transportation Commission: </strong>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 Capital Investment Program and Transportation Improvement Program project prioritization. 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.</p> <p>Applicants must be residents of Bellevue. The City of Bellevue values diversity and encourages anyone interested to apply.</p> <h2>Application Options</h2> <p>People interested in applying may do so <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2021BoardComm" target="_blank">online</a>. In addition, applications may be submitted by either of the options below:</p> <p><strong>Mail:</strong> P.O. Box 90012, Bellevue, WA 98009-9012<br /><strong>Email:</strong> <a href="mailto:kroberts@bellevuewa.gov" target="_blank">kroberts@bellevuewa.gov</a> </p> <p>If additional information is desired about the role and responsibilities of any of these boards or commissions, 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="2021-04-08T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">April 8 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 08 Apr 2021 16:33:22 +0000 CIosso 196501 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: I-405 access study direction https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-i-405-access-study-direction <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: I-405 access study direction</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="2021-04-09T04:13:18+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 04/08/2021 - 21:13</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-04/Aerial-LHC-Trestle-KCParksPhotoCred%20resized.jpg?h=f0a3041a&amp;itok=b6z5u2bW" width="640" height="400" alt="Aerial view of I-405 and south downtown, courtesy King County Parks" 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"><h2>Plus, action on transportation Comprehensive Plan Amendments and residential parking land use codes</h2> <p>Following a year of study and public engagement, the City Council unanimously supported the recommendation to advance a Lake Hills Connector southbound on-ramp to Interstate 405. As noted during the <a href="https://youtu.be/ZJS-MV_U8VY?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=2648" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of presentation and discussion">briefing</a>, this access option best meets the evaluation criteria and the goals of the South Downtown I-405 Access study.  </p> <p>The study was conducted in collaboration with the state Department of Transportation to identify I-405 access options in south downtown that meet the city’s transportation needs while also advancing WSDOT's I-405 Master Plan. Identifying an option preferred by the city will inform the state’s future environmental review and freeway access revision request processes, which will be initiated when funding is available. It will also enable the city to communicate to property owners and developers about right-of-way needs and site access options. </p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:media.medium" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="60bfc2ac-5a35-4a9a-b521-e0cc600a057d" data-langcode="en" class="align-right 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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium_330_220/public/inline-images/2021-04/LHC-graphic-I405AccStudy%20%28002%29.png?itok=0Fa0v8qf" width="207" height="330" alt="Illustration of Lake Hills Connector I-405 access option" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium-330-220" /></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Lake Hills Connector southbound on-ramp concept adds vehicle access to I-405 southbound with minimum property and environmental impacts at a reasonable cost (estimated at $150 million in 2030 dollars) compared to the other alternatives studied. It also aligns with city land use and urban design policies, and allows the East Main transit-oriented development land use code amendment process to continue. </p> <p>The state Legislature has the ultimate decision-making authority to fund the project. The final project design, environmental analysis and construction would be carried out by WSDOT in accordance with federal highway and transportation approval processes.</p> <p>In a related discussion, councilmembers urged the city Transportation Department to accelerate a separate project that would provide pedestrian and bicycle access along Southeast Eighth Street to compliment the Lake Hills Connector alternative.</p> <p>Input was provided by stakeholders who represent properties and neighborhoods within the study area, business and transportation interest groups and the community at large. Five conceptual options were evaluated for consistency with city policies, travel time reduction, access, safety, cost and property and economic development impacts. </p> <p>For details on the analysis and other alternatives, go to <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/transportation/projects/state-highway-projects-bellevue/south-downtown" target="_blank" title="Link to I-405 Access Study info. page">BellevueWA.gov/access-study</a>. </p> <p><em>Aerial image of I-405 and south downtown Bellevue courtesy King County parks.</em></p> <h3>Action on transportation Comprehensive Plan Amendments</h3> <p>Later, councilmembers reviewed a series of proposals for Comprehensive Plan Amendments (CPA) initiated both by the city and privately proposed. </p> <p>Two <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=9284744&amp;GUID=4A23FB5B-46D8-4A93-87C9-CC7BA2119DF7" target="_blank" title="Link to amendment details">amendments initiated by the city</a> were unanimously approved by the council to move on in the CPA process to final review. One amendment would broaden the existing vehicle-focused transportation concurrency standard to an approach that considers many different transportation options in alignment with the priorities and vision for the city’s multi-option transportation system. The second city-initiated amendment would consolidate the inventory list of current transportation projects to a single location within the Transportation Improvement Plan to eliminate redundancy and ensure responsiveness to changing circumstances.</p> <p>Councilmembers also reviewed two <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4900862&amp;GUID=0A5CDB59-9FF8-497F-B64A-EB163F0DF6B1" target="_blank" title="Link to amendment details">privately proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment requests</a>, including the 15 Lake Bellevue proposal and the DASH Glendale proposal, which aim to add density and affordable housing in the BelRed and Wilburton/Northeast Eighth Street subareas.</p> <p>Following City Council review, the DASH Glendale proposal was added by unanimous vote to the 2021 CPA annual work program for final review. The 15 Lake Bellevue proposal did not move forward to final review as part of the 2021 CPA annual work program. The full discussion is available on video replay through <a href="https://youtu.be/ZJS-MV_U8VY?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=9321" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of council discussion">Bellevue Television</a>.</p> <h3>Residential parking land use codes</h3> <p>In other business, councilmembers reviewed a recommendation from the Planning Commission for a Land Use Code Amendment (LUCA) to lower residential parking requirements in areas with frequent transit service. </p> <p>The LUCA would conform Bellevue’s parking standards to state statutes on parking regulations and align with the city’s 2017 Affordable Housing Strategy, which lists specific actions to lower the cost of building affordable housing units and reduce parking requirements near light rail stations.</p> <p>The Planning Commission held two study sessions in January on the topic and a public hearing in February. Councilmembers voted unanimously to bring the LUCA back for final adoption at a future meeting in line with the commission’s recommendation. More details are available in the <a href="http://bellevue.legistar.com/gateway.aspx?m=l&amp;id=/matter.aspx?key=6585" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting materials</a>.<br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-04-08T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">April 8 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 09 Apr 2021 04:13:18 +0000 MDeGrand 196516 at https://bellevuewa.gov Use of force report now available https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/use-force-final-report <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Use of force report now available</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="2021-04-07T18:53:57+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 04/07/2021 - 11:53</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 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"><h2>Outside consultant to present recommendations at April 12 City Council meeting</h2> <p>An outside, third-party consultant hired by the City of Bellevue has delivered its final review and recommendations on the police department’s use of force policies. The full report is available for the public to view at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="c71fc335-376b-4b2c-b818-f918ccb63539" href="/city-government/city-council/council-pledge" title="Council Pledge">Council Pledge</a>. The Office of Independent Review Group (OIR) will brief the City Council next Monday during the regular April 12 meeting. An additional briefing of the council by the police chief will be scheduled for a future council meeting.   </p> <p>OIR’s findings are another step in the Council Pledge process; a commitment to the community signed by Mayor Lynne Robinson on behalf of the council last June. Bellevue adopted the pledge following the tragic death of George Floyd, as people across the nation were moved to address the continued reality of systemic racism. The pledge included the following actions:</p> <ol><li><strong>Review</strong> - police use of force policies.</li> <li><strong>Engage</strong> - the community by including a diverse range of input, experiences and stories in the review.</li> <li><strong>Report</strong> - the findings of the review to the community and seek feedback.</li> <li><strong>Reform</strong> - police use of force policies.</li> </ol><p>The report comes after a robust community engagement process that included calls with impacted stakeholder groups, three virtual listening sessions, two surveys and hundreds of emails with direct feedback. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-04-07T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">April 7 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 07 Apr 2021 18:53:57 +0000 CIosso 196491 at https://bellevuewa.gov Bellevue rallies community with anti-hate efforts https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/bellevue-rallies-community-anti-hate-efforts <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Bellevue rallies community with anti-hate efforts</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="2021-04-06T03:56:37+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 04/05/2021 - 20:56</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-04/Pole%20Banner_NE%206_105th%20Ave%20NE%20CU%20wide.jpg?h=fb277e26&amp;itok=Xqq9tU4W" width="640" height="400" alt="Hate Has No Home Here banners in downtown 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"><h2>“Hate Has No Home Here” campaign offers resources to create community, combat discrimination</h2> <p>Advancing its ongoing commitment to diversity and fostering an inclusive community, the City of Bellevue has launched a campaign to involve community members in spreading awareness and solidarity and encourage reporting of hate and bias incidents. The initiative – “Hate Has No Home Here” – is part of the city’s <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/diversity-advantage-initiative/hate-has-no-home" title="Link to Hate Has No Home Here action campaign">coordinated response</a> to a recent national spike in hate crimes against Asian and Pacific Islander communities. </p> <p><strong>“No one in Bellevue should feel unsafe or experience the trauma of hate, discrimination or bias,”</strong> said Mayor Lynne Robinson. <strong>“We are fortunate to all be a part of such a diverse community where neighbors care and support each other. I strongly encourage residents to show their support and report any targeted hate incidents. Let us be clear: hate has no home here.” </strong></p> <p>The city is offering <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/diversity-advantage-initiative/hate-has-no-home" title="Link to Hate Has No Home Here action campaign">Hate Has No Home Here resources</a>, including signs and stickers residents and businesses can use to take a public-facing stand against hate. The materials are being distributed at designated pick-up locations listed on the web page until supplies are gone. The website also has downloadable materials to produce signs and posters from home. In addition, community members can find instructions for participating in a crowd-sourced community video message that will be produced by the City of Bellevue.</p> <p>The site includes culturally specific resources for the Asian and Pacific Islander community and other communities of Black, Indigenous and people of color directly impacted by hate and bias. Resources are also available for community members who may witness hate incidents or experience the effects of hate in their lives or workplace.</p> <p>The city encourages residents to report all hate crimes and bias related incidents. If a situation feels dangerous or the crime is ongoing, residents are asked to call 911. Bias-related incidents can also be reported through an <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/police/report-and-prevent-crime/report-crime-online" target="_blank" title="Link to online crime reporting tool">online crime reporting tool </a>or by calling the police non-emergency number at 425-577-5656. The <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/diversity-advantage-initiative/hate-has-no-home" title="Link to Hate Has No Home Here action campaign">Hate Has No Home Here resource page</a> also offers additional ways to report specific hate incidents.<br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-04-05T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">April 5 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 06 Apr 2021 03:56:37 +0000 MDeGrand 196441 at https://bellevuewa.gov City helps more restaurants try outdoor dining https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/city-helps-more-restaurants-try-outdoor-dining <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">City helps more restaurants try outdoor dining</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="2021-04-05T16:39:40+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 04/05/2021 - 09:39</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2020-06/Patio-Dining-Main-Street.jpg?h=316904b0&amp;itok=es_WgexH" width="640" height="400" alt="Patio dining is available on Main Street, among other locations." 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"><h2>April 8 webinar will introduce program</h2> <p>With a return to full-capacity, indoor dining still to come, the City of Bellevue and its partners are helping restaurants explore outdoor dining options this summer, with marketing assistance, one-on-one restaurant advising and financial help.</p> <p>Restaurant owners can learn more about the program at a free webinar on Thursday, April 8, 9-10:30 a.m. City staff will walk participants through the city’s outdoor dining application process and introduce the resources available. Please <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/outdoor-dining-in-bellevue-registration-147694120089" target="_blank">register</a> to receive the link to the virtual event. </p> <p>“Last year, we heard loud and clear that residents and businesses enjoyed having more outdoor options,” said Jesse Canedo, chief economic development officer. “This year, as we move toward a new normal, expanding outdoor spaces across the city is a key part of our efforts to welcome more residents, visitors and workers back to Bellevue.”</p> <p>Last summer, the city permitted outdoor dining on Main Street in Old Bellevue, and it was well-received, with more than 84% of residents in a survey saying the al fresco option played a significant role in their decision to dine out in that neighborhood. Five restaurants deployed on-street patio spaces, supported by technical assistance from the Bellevue Downtown Association and sponsorship support from Microsoft.</p> <p>Although vaccinations are changing the arithmetic, some restrictions on indoor dining are likely to continue for some time. More restaurants all over Bellevue may be interested in adapting their operations to align public health requirements with business needs. Additionally, as people begin to return downtown and to other business districts, outdoor dining can add a new, exciting experience for residents and visitors alike.</p> <p>The city is working again with the Bellevue Downtown Association and others to support local businesses in creating new outdoor spaces of all kinds – on the sidewalk, on the street, in parking lots and on private property. Services include:</p> <ul><li>marketing assistance from the BDA</li> <li>free, one-on-one restaurant advising from Business Impact Northwest</li> <li>federal grants from the Restaurant Revitalization Fund</li> </ul><p>More information about the city program is available at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="fdcfd03a-b8b7-4fcc-a3c9-c4be3a4a7640" href="/outdoor-dining" title="Outdoor Dining">Outdoor Dining</a>. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-04-05T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">April 5 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 05 Apr 2021 16:39:40 +0000 CIosso 196431 at https://bellevuewa.gov Vision Zero strategic plan completed https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/vision-zero-strategic-plan-completed <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Vision Zero strategic plan completed</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="2021-04-05T19:26:45+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 04/05/2021 - 12:26</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-04/Family%20walking%20on%20shoulder%20school.jpg?h=f2745727&amp;itok=Zny_LyT3" width="640" height="400" alt="Parents accompany kids on the walk 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>The city has completed work on its Vision Zero Strategic Plan, which outlines how Bellevue will strive to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries on its streets by 2030. </p> <p>City staff collaborated on the <a data-entity-substitution="file" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="12213dbc-15b1-4db9-bfd1-595ed216a348" href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/vision-zero-strategic-plan-120120.pdf" target="_blank" title="vision-zero-strategic-plan-120120.pdf">strategic plan</a> using a “safe systems” approach endorsed by the City Council last June. The approach includes four components – speeds, people, vehicles, streets – and the same number of supporting elements: data, leadership, partnerships and culture. </p> <p>“The completion of our Vision Zero strategic plan is a milestone in our effort to make Bellevue streets safer for everyone, no matter how they choose to get around,” said Mayor Lynne Robinson. “I’m looking forward to its implementation because doing so will help our community avoid the pain and loss caused by preventable traffic crashes. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the plan.” </p> <p>The latest illustration of the safe systems approach is the city’s first pedestrian road safety assessment, conducted during March on Northeast Eighth Street, identified as one of Bellevue’s high-injury corridors. With funding from the city’s Vision Zero Safety Program, and in collaboration with regional, state, and federal partners, the work will help determine what improvements are needed to make the roadway safer. </p> <p>In support of this effort, a community group called Complete Streets Bellevue hosted  “walking audits” along Northeast Eighth Street in early March. Feedback from the audits will be included in a report that’s incorporated into the road safety assessment. </p> <p>Bellevue’s Vision Zero commitment began in 2015 when the council passed a resolution endorsing Vision Zero; the following year council approved an ordinance adopting Vision Zero amendments into the city’s comprehensive plan. </p> <p>The work today is more important than ever. In the two-year period, 2019-2020, nine people were killed in collisions on Bellevue streets. More information about the city’s Vision Zero effort 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">BellevueWA.gov/vision-zero</a>. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-04-05T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">April 5 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 05 Apr 2021 19:26:45 +0000 CIosso 196436 at https://bellevuewa.gov Navigation apps impacting Bellevue? Let us know https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/navigation-apps-questionnaire <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Navigation apps impacting Bellevue? Let us know</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="2021-04-02T16:09:51+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 04/02/2021 - 09:09</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-04/Google%20Maps.jpg?h=219c3857&amp;itok=8gZJZLCL" width="640" height="400" alt="Close-up of navigation app on a smartphone" 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>If you think navigation apps such as Google or Waze are having an impact on our ability to safely walk, bike or roll in Bellevue, we have a channel for expressing yourself in a constructive way. </p> <p>The City of Bellevue is partnering with the <a href="https://www.saferoutespartnership.org/" target="_blank">Safe Routes Partnership</a>, a nonprofit organization working to promote safe walking and rolling to and from schools, to better understand how such apps are affecting Bellevue. </p> <p>While navigation apps offer many benefits to users, they also can bring unintended consequences that negatively impact safety, including increased traffic, speeding and crashes involving bicyclists and pedestrians. </p> <p>We are interested in learning how these navigation apps are affecting your ability to safely travel by foot, bicycle or other means. Your input will be included in a report with recommendations for addressing the challenges of navigation apps. </p> <p>Please complete this short, anonymous <a href="https://forms.gle/YXaUjEjgau38JNuX8" target="_blank">questionnaire</a>, available through April 15. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-04-02T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">April 2 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 02 Apr 2021 16:09:51 +0000 CIosso 196416 at https://bellevuewa.gov Rally for Asian-Americans featured on Lake to Lake https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/rally-asian-americans-featured-lake-lake <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Rally for Asian-Americans featured 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="2021-03-30T18:05:02+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 03/30/2021 - 11:05</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-03/Stop-Asian-Hate-Rally.jpg?h=9bbbb7f6&amp;itok=E3-k-RkI" width="640" height="400" alt="Hundreds gather at Downtown Park on March 27 to rally in support of Asian-Americans in the community." 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>On the latest episode of <a href="https://youtu.be/XlatXaNbM1k" target="_blank">Lake to Lake</a>, the Bellevue community's efforts to support Asian-American and Pacific Islander residents are featured. City leaders and staff participated in rallies downtown, including one that drew close to 1,000 people at Downtown Park on March 27. More actions by the city to engage the community in joining together to say "Hate Has no Home in Bellevue" are available <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/diversity-advantage-initiative/hate-has-no-home" target="_blank" title="Link to Hate Has No Home action campaign">here</a>. Also covered in this episode of Lake to lake are:</p> <ul><li>Bellevue’s newest food trucks</li> <li>new assistant police chief Wendell Shirley </li> <li>“tree ambassadors” helping to preserve and enhance our tree canopy </li> <li>beautiful images of spring</li> </ul><p>Lake to Lake is produced by Bellevue Television, and is available on cable channel 21 and on the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/bellevuetelevision" target="_blank">Bellevue YouTube channel</a>. For more information, email <a href="mailto:btv@bellevuewa.gov" 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="2021-03-31T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">March 31 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 30 Mar 2021 18:05:02 +0000 CIosso 196381 at https://bellevuewa.gov Bellevue stands in support of Asian American community https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/bellevue-stands-support-asian-american-community <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Bellevue stands in support of Asian American community</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="2021-03-18T16:56:41+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 03/18/2021 - 09:56</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-03/AAPI%20Asian%20Support%20Rally%202.JPG?h=7f3d4d01&amp;itok=RZeBh8ZW" width="640" height="400" alt="Bellevue residents protest hate crimes against Asian Americans at a rally downtown in March 2021." 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"><h2>Officials condemn nationwide uptick in violence, urge residents to report hate incidents</h2> <p><a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/API%20Support%20Statement%203.17.21%20Final-CH.pdf" target="_blank" title="Link to Chinese statement">中文</a>     <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/API%20Support%20Statement%203.17.21%20Final%20KO.pdf" target="_blank" title="Link to Korean statement">한국어</a>     <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/API%20Support%20Statement%203.17.21%20Final%20ES.pdf" target="_blank" title="Link to Spanish statement">Español</a>     <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/API%20Support%20Statement%203.17.21%20Final_VI.pdf" target="_blank" title="Link to statement in Vietnamese">Tiếng Việt</a>     <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/API%20Support%20Statement%203.17.21%20Final_JA_0.pdf" target="_blank" title="Link to statement in Japanese">日本語</a>     <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/API%20Support%20Statement%203.17.21%20Final_RU_0.pdf" target="_blank" title="Link to statement in Russian">Pусский</a></p> <p>Instances of verbal and physical attacks on members of the Asian American community continue to occur in the region and throughout the country. Recent examples of violence impacting this community include the murder of eight people in shootings at Asian-owned businesses in Atlanta this week and a violent attack on a couple in Seattle’s International District last week. The City of Bellevue denounces hate in all forms and is committed to being an inclusive community free from racism. The Bellevue City Council signed a <strong><a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/API%20Solidarity%20Proclamation-signed.pdf" target="_blank" title="Link to proclamation">proclamation</a></strong> this week in solidarity with Asian community members, urging all residents to reject and report bias crimes. </p> <p><strong>“It is disturbing and alarming that incidents of hate and racism against Asian Americans are occurring in our country and region,” said Mayor Lynne Robinson. “Hate has no home in Bellevue. Each of us has a role to play in supporting our neighbors and helping to keep our community safe.”</strong></p> <p>The city encourages residents to report all hate crimes and bias related incidents. If you feel you are in danger or the crime is ongoing, please call 911. You may also report bias-related incidents through an online <strong><a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/police/report-and-prevent-crime/report-crime-online" target="_blank" title="Report crimes">crime reporting tool</a></strong> or by calling the police non-emergency number at 425-577-5656. The data collected allows the city to better understand what actions it can take through neighborhood services or law enforcement to further support residents against these kinds of crimes. </p> <p>The city will undertake several actions to raise awareness, provide tools to report incidents and develop ways to further support and involve community members. Program details and opportunities for engagement will be shared with the community in the coming weeks.<br />  </p> <p><em>Originally published on 3/18/21</em></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-03-30T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">March 30 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 18 Mar 2021 16:56:41 +0000 MDeGrand 196256 at https://bellevuewa.gov New regional trail segment opens in Bellevue https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/new-regional-trail-segment-opens-bellevue <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New regional trail segment opens 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="2021-03-30T16:42:23+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 03/30/2021 - 09:42</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-03/Mountains%20to%20Sound%20Greenway%20Tunnel.jpg?h=8bdc8e92&amp;itok=DUg5ADDh" width="640" height="400" alt="Users, including Mayor Lynne Robinson (cyclist, center) use the new segment." 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"><h2>First step to fill gap in Mountains to Sound Greenway Trail along I-90</h2> <p>People who walk, ride and roll in Bellevue will have a safer trip with the official opening today of a new segment of the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trail in the Factoria neighborhood. It’s the first step to fill the 3.6-mile “Eastgate Gap” in the regional trail, which runs along the Interstate 90 corridor from Seattle to Issaquah.</p> <p>The City of Bellevue built the project, with funding support from the state of Washington and in partnership with the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. The 0.8-mile long section, from Interstate 405 to the 132nd Avenue Southeast, cost $21 million to construct and features both a pedestrian-bicycle tunnel under ramps from I-405 to eastbound I-90 and a ped-bike bridge over busy Factoria Boulevard. </p> <p>The improvements are expected to greatly enhance safety for people using the new 12-foot wide trail. The project also created more vehicle capacity on the highway exit ramp, helping drivers avoid long backups onto I-405.</p> <p>Early work on filling the Eastgate Gap in Bellevue began when the Greenway Trust obtained a National Scenic Byways grant in 2011. Additional funding came from Bellevue and the Puget Sound Regional Council, with construction funds from the State Legislature. </p> <p>Construction on the next section of the Greenway Trail in Bellevue, between 132nd Avenue Southeast and 142nd Place Southeast, has already started. Design and construction funding for the trail segment from 142nd Place Southeast to Lakemont Boulevard - and into Issaquah - is not yet available.</p> <p>The Bellevue segment of the trail is part of the <a href="https://mtsgreenway.org/learn/national-heritage-area" target="_blank">Mountains to Sound Greenway Trail</a>, which runs through a portion of the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area. The vision for trail connections throughout the Heritage Area is that a person walking, rolling or bicycling could travel for recreation or commuting on safe, non-motorized trails that connect Puget Sound urban areas all the way to Central Washington.</p> <p>Information on the Bellevue trail segments is available at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="f007da78-8894-4d5e-904d-0a86711833fa" href="/city-government/departments/transportation/projects/capital-projects/mountains-to-sound-greenway-trail" title="Mountains to Sound Greenway Trail">BellevueWA.gov/mts-greenway</a>; additional information on the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area is available at <a href="https://mtsgreenway.org/" target="_blank">MTSGreenway.org</a>. </p> <h2>Quotes</h2> <p><strong>Judy Clibborn</strong>, retired 41st District State Representative: “What a gift to the region to have this magnificent trail connection finished on the Eastside. Bellevue and the county should be  proud to have this open after carefully shepherding the project over many years. Working with the state, the private sector, and local governments to get to this day is a true accomplishment that will be appreciated by everyone for decades to come.”</p> <p><strong>Lynne Robinson</strong>, Bellevue Mayor: “This project is the first step in completing the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trail through Bellevue. It will make travel safer for everyone who uses it. It’s also a major milestone in our effort to create a comprehensive and connected pedestrian-bicycle network in our city, for both commuter and recreational use. As a frequent bicycle rider, I’m delighted and look forward to finishing the remaining segments.” </p> <p><strong>Roger Millar</strong>, Washington Secretary of Transportation: “Comfortable, safe connections are essential so that people who walk, ride a bike or roll can reach their destinations or another form of transportation. Projects like this help fill the gaps in our state’s active transportation network and increase the effectiveness, safety and efficiency of our multimodal transportation system for everyone.”</p> <p><strong>Jon Hoekstra</strong>, Executive Director, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust: “We are so happy to see this segment of the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trail completed and are thankful for the partnerships that made it possible. This project represents a very exciting, tangible step in working toward a more connected regional trail system within the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area.”</p> <p><strong>About Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust</strong><br /> The Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area is the 1.5 million-acre landscape connecting Puget Sound and central Washington. The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust leads and inspires action to conserve and enhance the Greenway, ensuring a long-term balance between people and nature. Founded in 1991, the Greenway Trust works to promote public land acquisitions, connect a continuous regional trail system, preserve rural lifestyles, teach people of all ages about forests and wildlife, and mobilize thousands of volunteers to care for the landscape. mtsgreenway.org </p> <p><strong>About the City of Bellevue </strong><br /> 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 140,000 and schools that are consistently rated among the best in the country. To learn more about why Bellevue is the city where you want to be, visit BellevueWA.gov. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-03-30T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">March 30 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 30 Mar 2021 16:42:23 +0000 CIosso 196376 at https://bellevuewa.gov Update sessions for cross-cultural programming study https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/update-sessions-cross-cultural-programming-study <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Update sessions for cross-cultural programming study</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="2021-03-30T21:19:14+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 03/30/2021 - 14:19</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-03/CMO-6012-Cross%20Cultural%20Study%20Update%20Eventbrite%20%282%29.jpg?h=1134bbe5&amp;itok=y9S_QOtP" width="640" height="400" alt="Aerial view of Bellevue community" 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 entering the final phase of the process in exploring the need for additional cross-cultural facilities and programming in Bellevue; one of the key commitments in the City Council-adopted Diversity Advantage Plan.</p> <p>Community members can hear the latest updates on the cross-cultural feasibility study process in these upcoming informational sessions: </p> <ul><li><strong>Tuesday, April 6, 6-7 p.m. </strong></li> <li><strong>Wednesday, April 7, 12-1 p.m.</strong></li> </ul><p><a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/city-of-bellevue-cross-cultural-study-update-tickets-147896826389" target="_blank">Registration</a> is required. </p> <p>The city conducted an extensive public outreach study in 2018 to assess residents’ values, concerns and aspirations surrounding cultural exchange and programming in Bellevue. The study found that the adequacy and effectiveness of existing cross-cultural programming are strong for those who participate. However, study participants also identified barriers to participating in existing programs.</p> <p>In 2020, a Cross-Cultural Facilities Feasibility Study explored existing public and private gathering spaces dedicated to providing services and cross-cultural programming within Bellevue. The study assessed gaps in available gathering spaces and opportunities for addressing the growing needs of our diverse communities. </p> <p>In the final, third phase of the study, the city plans to pursue an extensive demand analysis, complete market benchmarking and develop an implementation roadmap for increasing support of our diverse communities through cross-cultural engagement. </p> <p>More information about the cross-cultural programming analysis done to this point can be found on the <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/diversity-advantage-initiative/asian-american" target="_blank" title="Link to cross-cultural analysis documents">Diversity Advantage page</a>.</p> <p>For accommodation requests or additional information, please contact Yuriana Garcia Tellez at <a href="mailto:diversity@bellevuewa.gov" target="_blank" title="Click to email event organizers">diversity@bellevuewa.gov</a> or 425-452-7886 at least 48 hours in advance of the session.<br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-03-30T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">March 30 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 30 Mar 2021 21:19:14 +0000 MDeGrand 196386 at https://bellevuewa.gov Open house for ideas on 120th Ave NE improvements https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/120th-ave-ne-open-house <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Open house for ideas on 120th Ave NE improvements</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="2021-03-29T15:21:43+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 03/29/2021 - 08:21</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-03/120th%20Open%20House.jpg?h=b4d05ad3&amp;itok=Zs-SHaP6" width="640" height="400" alt="Map showing portion of 120th Avenue Northeast to be improved" 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>To support the BelRed area’s continued transformation into a thriving, residential neighborhood, the city is planning ways to make 120th Avenue Northeast between the future Northeast 16th Street and Northup Way a safer, more inviting place to walk, bike, drive and connect to transit.  </p> <p>The city is hosting an online open house to encourage comments on preliminary design concepts for roadway sections, a trail crossing and urban design features such as directional signs and wall finishes. Please visit <a href="https://EngagingBellevue.com/120thavenue" target="_blank">EngagingBellevue.com/120thavenue</a> between March 29 and April 16 to learn more about improvements under consideration and share your ideas. </p> <p>Specifically, the following improvements are being evaluated:</p> <ul><li>Widen 120th Avenue to two lanes in each direction with turn pockets or a center turn lane to improve vehicle circulation.</li> <li>Add new sidewalks and bike lanes on both sides of the street to provide safe access to a future light rail station and nearby trail.</li> <li>Replace the existing Kelsey Creek West Tributary culvert under the roadway to allow improved passage for fish and other wildlife and associated stream restoration.</li> <li>Replace and stripe the pavement.</li> <li>Improve traffic signals, landscaping, street lighting, retaining walls and signage.</li> <li>Upgrade utility and stormwater facilities. </li> </ul><p>This is the final phase of the 120th Avenue Northeast Corridor Improvement Project, which encompasses multimodal improvements between Northeast Fourth Street and Northup Way. Design for this phase is anticipated to be complete in late 2022. Funding for right-of-way property acquisition and construction has not yet been secured. </p> <p>Visit <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="6b9dca53-6514-43bc-961b-231dfd2d6c49" href="/city-government/departments/transportation/projects/belred-street-improvements/120th-avenue-ne" title="120th Avenue NE Corridor">BellevueWA.gov/120th-avenue-corridor</a> for more information or contact Jun An, project manager, Transportation Department, at 425-452-4230 or jan@bellevuewa.gov.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-03-29T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">March 29 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 29 Mar 2021 15:21:43 +0000 CIosso 196351 at https://bellevuewa.gov Fourth round of small business grants now available https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/fourth-round-small-business-grants-now-available <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Fourth round of small business grants now available</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="2021-03-29T23:03:03+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 03/29/2021 - 16:03</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-03/Small%20Business%20bread%20oven.jpg?h=25e0efd7&amp;itok=Shk5MpeI" width="640" height="400" alt="Image of worker taking bread out of commercial oven" 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"><h2>Applications for Working Washington Grants and other business aid opened March 29th </h2> <p>The City of Bellevue encourages businesses to apply, if eligible, for the fourth round of small business grants that has been launched via the<a href="https://commercegrants.com/" target="_blank" title="Link to apply for grant"> Washington State Commerce Dept.</a> To have the best chance of receiving funds, businesses should apply as soon as possible.</p> <p>On February 19, Gov. Inslee signed a relief bill including $240 million in funding for business assistance grants that will focus on small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Working Washington Round 4 offers grant relief funds to small for-profit businesses, particularly those that were required to close due to public health and safety measures. The program will also prioritize equitable distribution of grant funds to businesses owned and operated by historically disadvantaged individuals. </p> <p>“Bellevue would not be Bellevue without our small businesses. They are the lifeblood of our community,” said Mayor Lynne Robinson. “We know these grants continue to be critical for ensuring these businesses can remain resilient and viable through COVID, which is essential to Bellevue’s economic and cultural vibrancy.” </p> <p>Additional aid programs remain available. Legislation to extend the Paycheck Protection Program deadline to May 31 has passed Congress, and the Shuttered Venues Operators Grant (SVOG), which provides aid to live venues, opens on April 8.  </p> <p>Bellevue businesses can receive free one-on-one assistance in applying for Working Washington Grants, PPP / Economic Injury Disaster Loans, the SVOG and other financial resources in multiple languages from <a href="https://re.startup425.org/technical-assistance-request/" target="_blank" title="Link to business assistance site">(re)Startup425</a>. Businesses can find the latest information on resources and opportunities during COVID at Bellevue’s <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/communications/emergencies/covid-19/business-resources" target="_blank" title="Link to Business Resources page">Business Resources</a> web page that details all known available resources, including grant and loan programs, regional support campaigns, city-sponsored assistance programs, and ways to <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/support-local-businesses-tips" target="_blank" title="Link to information on supporting local">support local businesses</a>. <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-03-29T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">March 29 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 29 Mar 2021 23:03:03 +0000 MDeGrand 196371 at https://bellevuewa.gov New fire marshal selected https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/new-fire-marshal-selected <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New fire marshal selected</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="2021-03-26T14:44:21+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 03/26/2021 - 07:44</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-03/Travis-Ripley-Horizontal.jpg?h=b640d52f&amp;itok=nqsdT9bO" width="640" height="400" alt="Fire Marshal Travis Ripley" 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"><h2>Long-time Bellevue staffer set to lead fire prevention efforts</h2> <p>Travis Ripley, who’s been with the Bellevue Fire Department’s Fire Prevention division since 2007, has been selected to lead the team as fire marshal. Bellevue’s fire marshal ensures construction meets fire code and educates the public about potential hazards such as fireworks. </p> <p>Ripley has been acting fire marshal since November, when Ken Carlson retired after 15 years in the role. Ripley had been assistant fire marshal since 2010. </p> <p>“Travis Ripley distinguished himself among several well-qualified candidates in a national recruitment,” Fire Chief Jay Hagen said. Hagen credited Ripley for building strong partnerships with the regional building community during his time with Bellevue and demonstrating an “innovative and inclusive leadership style during a very challenging time, closing out 2020.”  </p> <p>With construction continuing at a fast clip in Bellevue, the fire marshal has key responsibilities, developing inspection and investigation policy, as well as educating builders and residents about code changes. </p> <p>Fire and life safety initiatives are part of the job too. Ripley’s predecessor – Carlson – instituted a $1,000 fine for illegal use of fireworks, and helped launch joint fire-police emphasis patrols to catch violators.   </p> <p><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="ae73646d-657d-4fc6-be30-98f1610fdf44" href="/city-government/departments/fire/fire-prevention" title="Fire Prevention">Fire Prevention</a> provides fire and life safety inspections, community education and investigations, along with current information about fire codes and permits.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-03-26T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">March 26 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 26 Mar 2021 14:44:21 +0000 CIosso 196331 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: COVID grant allocation approved https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-covid-grant-allocation-approved <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: COVID grant allocation approved</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="2021-03-24T23:41:34+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 03/24/2021 - 16:41</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2020-12/Sustainable%20Bellevue%20logo%20on%20board%20web.JPG?h=34e43602&amp;itok=LmMYSQ30" width="640" height="400" alt="Image of community member notes on board from open house" 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"><h2>Plus, Environmental Stewardship and Neighborhood Area Planning updates</h2> <p>On Monday, the City Council unanimously approved funding recommendations from the Human Services Commission to allocate $897,287 through the 2021 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The funds are part of federal CARES Act funding that is designed to be used in the prevention, preparation for and response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. </p> <p>This is the third round of Cares Act funding through CDBG, and this round of funding will be focused on rental assistance, food insecurity and behavioral health including mental health and substance abuse treatment. Priority needs in the community were determined through stakeholder outreach. A public hearing was also held after the Human Services Commission had formed their initial funding recommendations. </p> <p>The commission received 15 applications, requesting more than twice the available funds. Their final recommendation included the following agencies and amounts:</p> <table><tbody><tr><td><strong>Rental Assistance </strong> </td> <td> </td> </tr><tr><td>Centro Cultural Mexicano</td> <td>$150,000</td> </tr><tr><td>Hopelink</td> <td>$100,000</td> </tr><tr><td>India Association of Western WA</td> <td>$150,000</td> </tr><tr><td>YMCA of Greater Seattle</td> <td>$200,287</td> </tr><tr><td> </td> <td> </td> </tr><tr><td><strong>Food Assistance </strong></td> <td> </td> </tr><tr><td>Congregations for the Homeless</td> <td>$  75,000</td> </tr><tr><td>YMCA of Greater Seattle</td> <td>$100,000</td> </tr><tr><td> </td> <td> </td> </tr><tr><td><strong>Behavioral Health</strong></td> <td> </td> </tr><tr><td>Congregations for the Homeless</td> <td>$  72,000</td> </tr><tr><td>India Association of Western WA</td> <td>$  50,000</td> </tr></tbody></table><p><br /> The council will take final action in April to approve legislation that formally allocates the funds. This week’s council discussion can be viewed through replay on <a href="https://youtu.be/0EuevFCGnJg?t=1502" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of council discussion">Bellevue Television</a> and more details on the commission recommendation is in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4858287&amp;GUID=975E52F5-E417-4D48-8D66-B94694619B89" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting materials</a>.</p> <h3>Environmental Stewardship update</h3> <p>Later, councilmembers were briefed on the 2021 workplan, budget funding and early wins for the city’s Environmental Stewardship Plan. This was the first quarterly update since the plan was adopted by council in December 2020. </p> <p>Additional funding was earmarked in the 2021-2022 budget for early wins and enhanced engagement strategies for the plan. Early work done to support these efforts includes a concerted effort to continue collaborating with stakeholders and partners involved in plan development and leveraging their subject matter expertise in implementation aspects of the plan. The team also plans to launch soon a <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=9254003&amp;GUID=F21B5D3E-A91D-4072-8460-F4DA54D88EB4" target="_blank" title="Link to Sustainable Bellevue Partnership details">Sustainable Bellevue Partnership</a> that enhances resident engagement in addition to existing business and non-profit stakeholders.</p> <p>Activities planned in 2021 to further the plan include conducting a climate vulnerability assessment, offering assistance for Bellevue businesses to secure early adopter incentives through the Wash. State Clean Buildings Act, creating a new Home Energy Retrofit Program for residents, securing a grant for energy efficiency strategies at city facilities, developing a green fleet strategy, incorporating sustainability in large land use projects, and creating a city-sponsored tree giveaway program.   </p> <h3>Neighborhood Area Planning update</h3> <p>In other business, councilmembers received a status update on the Neighborhood Area Planning (NAP) process for Northeast Bellevue and Northwest Bellevue. The work is part of a larger goal to update all Neighborhood Area Plans over the coming years, focusing on two at a time in order to provide focused outreach and community engagement opportunities.</p> <p>The ongoing NAP work includes engagement with the community through a variety of methods and events designed to involve residents in the decisions and solutions developed for their neighborhood and to ensure the process reaches diverse community members reflecting the makeup of Bellevue’s unique neighborhoods.</p> <p>In Northeast and Northwest Bellevue, common themes for priority areas included housing affordability, mobility and access, trees, open space and sustainability, and community connections. </p> <p>NAP work is part of the annual comprehensive plan amendment process in the city, with recommendations for Northeast and Northwest Bellevue coming to the council in the fall. More information on the NAP process and this week’s update presentation is in the council <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4858292&amp;GUID=B7BA613E-4E5E-4687-B87B-C35A221CB3DB" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting materials</a>.</p> <p><em><strong>NOTE: Because March 29 is the fifth Monday of the month, the next Bellevue City Council meeting will be held on Monday, April 5, 2021, at 6 p.m.</strong></em><br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-03-24T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">March 24 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 24 Mar 2021 23:41:34 +0000 MDeGrand 196326 at https://bellevuewa.gov Bellevue All-America City Award finalist https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/bellevue-all-america-city-award-finalist <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Bellevue All-America City Award finalist</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="2021-03-18T22:27:27+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 03/18/2021 - 15:27</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-03/All%20America%20City%202%201955_0.jpg?h=83ac9f42&amp;itok=cQiqxE6-" width="640" height="400" alt="Bellevue winning All America City 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>Bellevue is among just 20 cities nationwide <a href="https://www.nationalcivicleague.org/2021-finalists/" target="_blank" title="Link to 2021 All America City Award finalists">selected as a finalist</a> for the All-America City Award. The award is hosted annually by the National Civic League to recognize cities that leverage civic engagement to build equitable, thriving communities. The city last won the award in 1955 (see photo at right.)</p> <p>The 2021 award theme is “Building Equitable and Resilient Communities.” Bellevue’s application detailed the community’s strategic initiatives to become a more equitable community, and efforts to meet profound community needs during the pandemic. Specific program highlights for Bellevue included: Jubilee REACH’s Groceries for Families program to meet ongoing practical needs during the pandemic; the city’s Diversity Advantage Initiative; and the collaborative efforts to fund and build Inspiration Playground in Downtown Park. </p> <p>The recognition as an All-America City finalist acknowledges the significant work of the community and city staff to live out Bellevue’s City Council vision of a city that welcomes the world.</p> <p>Bellevue will present the city’s significant civic engagement strengths at the All-America City national conference, to be held virtually June 7-9. All 20 finalists will present their successes toward achieving a more equitable and resilient community and ten cities will be named as All-America City national award winners. Among the other city finalists are Dallas, Texas; El Paso, Texas; Englewood, Colo.; Evanston, Ill., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Kansas City, Mo.; Richmond, Va. and Spokane, Wash.  </p> <p>The National Civic League has honored 500 cities with the All-America City Award since 1949. The award “recognizes communities that leverage civic engagement, collaboration, inclusiveness and innovation to successfully address local issues.” The City of Bellevue won the All-America City Award in 1955, which is commemorated with a photo mural at the entry to Bellevue’s Old Main area. For more information, visit <a href="nationalcivicleague.org" target="_blank" title="Link to National Civic League website">nationalcivicleague.org</a>.<br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-03-18T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">March 18 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 18 Mar 2021 22:27:27 +0000 MDeGrand 196261 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Changes to affordable housing incentive program https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-changes-affordable-housing-incentive-program <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Changes to affordable housing incentive program</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="2021-03-17T22:51:38+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 03/17/2021 - 15:51</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2020-07/Affordable%20Housing%20Construction.png?h=70a589e4&amp;itok=PzpcOxVf" width="640" height="400" alt="Housing construction" 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"><h2>Plus, assistant chief and crisis team introduced, Asian-American support proclamation and improving Bellevue’s pedestrian-bicycle network</h2> <p>On Monday, the City Council gave input on proposed updates to the city’s Multi-family Tax Exemption (MFTE) affordable housing incentive program. The MFTE program is designed to incentivize developers of multi-family housing to include dedicated affordable units in exchange for certain tax breaks for a period of 12 years. Fewer developers than expected have used the program since its inception in 2015, driving the city to explore updates that improve the program’s attractiveness and increase affordable housing stock in Bellevue.</p> <p>The city began collecting stakeholder feedback after the council directed staff to undertake an update to the program in October. Councilmembers reviewed potential areas for updates based on the feedback including: geographic expansion of the program beyond targeted growth corridors; expanding the program with new requirements for project typologies that do not qualify for the program today; shifting the levels of affordability to target workforce housing; how incentives from different programs might overlap with MFTE to provide deeper affordability; changes to program parking provisions; and offering an opportunity to extend the timeframe that units are required to be made available as affordable units.</p> <p>The council discussion on these topics is available through <a href="https://youtu.be/y-w3gI7HIk0?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=1472" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of council discussion">video replay</a> from Bellevue Television with program outreach and proposal details available in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4851536&amp;GUID=31694E06-92EA-4780-8458-807120C2EB6D" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting agenda item</a>. Councilmembers will have another chance in April to review and discuss the refined program update areas incorporating their input, before a public hearing and expected council action on the program changes in June. </p> <h3>Assistant chief and crisis team introduced</h3> <p>In other business, councilmembers were introduced to the new assistant chief for the Bellevue Police Department, Wendell Shirley, as they received a separate introduction to a developing crisis response program initiated by the department.</p> <p>“The welcoming could not have been better,” Shirley told councilmembers as he also delivered a message to the community. “I look forward to meeting you, to listening to you and working side by side with you to make Bellevue an even better city.” </p> <p>Shirley spent 26 years working for the Santa Monica, California Police Department and joined Bellevue Police March 8. More details on his selection are in the city’s <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/assistant-chief-shirley" title="Link to city announcement">formal announcement</a>.</p> <p>Shirley and Chief Steve Mylett were on hand to share with councilmembers an update on the development of a new Community Crisis Assistance Team (CCAT) program. The program is being developed between Bellevue Police and Bellevue Fire to better respond to and serve members of the community suffering from mental health crises and substance abuse issues. Bellevue teams evaluated several similar programs from around the country and plan to adopt similar aspects for use in Bellevue’s program. </p> <p>A further report on the CCAT program development process and proposed structure will be presented to the council at a later meeting. A replay of the introductory presentation is available through <a href="https://youtu.be/y-w3gI7HIk0?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=1145" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of council presentation">Bellevue Television</a>.</p> <h3>Proclamation supporting the Asian-American community </h3> <p>In light of recent acts of hate targeting members of the Asian-American community, the council <a href="https://youtu.be/y-w3gI7HIk0?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=37" target="_blank" title="Link to proclamation reading">read a proclamation</a> denouncing discrimination in all forms and urging residents to continue to support their neighbors. Bellevue is one of the most diverse cities in Washington state, with over 40% of the population identifying as Asian-American and Pacific Islander  </p> <p>The <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/API%20Solidarity%20Proclamation-signed.pdf" target="_blank" title="Link to proclamation">proclamation</a> acknowledged that these incidents often go unreported and that all community members should speak up when they see or experience hate or bias-related incidents. The city has an <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/police/report-and-prevent-crime/report-crime-online" target="_blank" title="Link to crime reporting tool">online crime reporting tool</a> that tracks non-emergency crimes, which could include bias incidents.</p> <h3>Improving Bellevue’s pedestrian-bicycle network</h3> <p>In other action on Monday, the council approved funding for two projects to improve regional trails in Bellevue, making it safer and more comfortable for people who walk and roll. </p> <ul><li>SR 520 Bicycle Corridor Safety Improvements: Council awarded a contract for $353,844 to improve bicycling conditions where the SR 520 regional trail runs on city streets. Construction, primarily near major intersections along the corridor, is expected to start in April and last approximately three months. The project is partially funded by the voter-approved Neighborhood Safety, Connectivity and Congestion Levy. More information and a map is available with the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4851529&amp;GUID=D043213D-0DA3-409A-B709-C12828BC6733" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">council agenda materials</a>. </li> <li>Eastrail to Northeast Spring Boulevard Trail Link: Council accepted a federal grant for $1.28 million to design a 850-foot long, 12-foot wide trail link connecting the regional Eastrail to the city’s recently completed mutli-purpose path. The city will provide $200,175 in matching funds. More information and a map is available with the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4851533&amp;GUID=EA3C1806-CC54-4865-8471-D62BEAF6A889" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">council agenda materials</a>. <br />  </li> </ul></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-03-17T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">March 17 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 17 Mar 2021 22:51:38 +0000 MDeGrand 196246 at https://bellevuewa.gov Bel-Red Road headlines this year’s repaving work https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/repaving-2021 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Bel-Red Road headlines this year’s repaving work</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="2021-03-15T23:24:15+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 03/15/2021 - 16:24</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-03/Pavers%20NE%2024th%20St%20between%20140th%20and%20SR%20520%20overpass.jpg?h=6c0c370d&amp;itok=JhrOvBCS" width="640" height="400" alt="Paving on Northeast 24th 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>The city’s annual repaving season is expected to get underway the week of March 22 with work on a long stretch of busy Northeast Bel-Red Road, from 124th Avenue Northeast to Northeast 30th Street. </p> <p>Most construction will happen weekdays, both during the day and at night when grinding and paving will be done to avoid significant traffic impacts. The Bel-Red Road work, which is weather-dependent, is slated for completion this summer.  </p> <p>Impacts will include some construction noise and lane closures, though at least one vehicle lane will remain open in each direction. Drivers should expect delays in the work zone and use alternate routes if possible. For the latest information on work hours and traffic impacts, check <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>. </p> <p>Bellevue’s Transportation Department is leading the joint project with the City of Redmond. A portion of the work is in Redmond city limits. Bellevue and its contractor, Watson Asphalt Paving, will coordinate with Redmond throughout the project.</p> <p>Other highlights from Bellevue’s 2021 Pavement Preservation Program: </p> <ul><li>This year, the city plans to repave a total of 34 lane miles, from April to October. All asphalt work depends on warmer, dry weather. </li> <li>Included in the program will be the replacement of over 60 curb ramps to improve accessibility for people who walk and roll.</li> <li>New for 2021, the city will pilot a type of pavement sealing known as micro surfacing on residential streets in two neighborhoods.</li> </ul><p>The application, in which a thin, protective layer of emulsified asphalt is applied to the roadway, takes significantly less time and is less expensive than a typical grind and overlay.  </p> <p>Traditional repaving work in most neighborhoods takes roughly one week and does involve some inconvenience to residents. We appreciate your patience as we work to make Bellevue streets smoother and safer.</p> <p>Now in its 35th year, the Pavement Preservation Program uses a biennial pavement condition survey and pavement management system to prioritize which streets need to be repaved.</p> <p>This approach saves money over time by avoiding the need for a full roadway reconstruction, which can cost many times more than repaving. The program’s annual budget – approximately $6 million – also covers bridge inspections and maintenance.</p> <p>More information, including a map, project location list, weekly update and video, is available on the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="9d7a8af7-737e-409b-b36a-b41978d5e5d6" href="/city-government/departments/transportation/safety-and-maintenance/street-maintenance/pavement-and-bridge-management-program" title="Pavement Preservation Program">Pavement Preservation page</a>. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-03-15T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">March 15 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 15 Mar 2021 23:24:15 +0000 CIosso 196186 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Affordable Housing Strategy work update https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-affordable-housing-strategy-work-update <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Affordable Housing Strategy work 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="2021-03-12T01:45:42+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 03/11/2021 - 17:45</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-03/Affordable%20Housing_0.png?h=b95ab33f&amp;itok=yPFuNnVK" width="640" height="400" alt="Image of residential building" 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"><h2>Plus, Good Neighbor Agreement Advisory Committee appointments and House Bill 1590 work plan update</h2> <p>On Monday the City Council received a regular update on progress made through Bellevue’s Affordable Housing Strategy, including recent actions and planned activities for the remainder of the year.</p> <p>The city has helped produce nearly 1,300 affordable housing units since 2017, with approximately 700 units in the current development pipeline thanks to housing partnerships, projects utilizing incentive programs, and the Multifamily Tax Exemption (MFTE) program. This work will be enhanced by the recently adopted changes to elements of Bellevue’s Land Use Code to increase townhomes and attached accessible dwelling units. </p> <p>Continuing work on the Affordable Housing Strategy in 2021 will include: </p> <ul><li>Affordable housing incentives for faith-owned, public surplus and non-profit housing properties;</li> <li>Developing affordable transit-oriented development on public lands such as the project located at the current Sound Transit operations and maintenance facility in BelRed;</li> <li>Updates to the MTFE program;</li> <li>Affordable housing incentives in the East Main area;</li> <li>Changes to city code parking minimums for multifamily developments; and</li> <li>Developing the work program for utilizing the House Bill 1590 sales tax to fund affordable housing and behavioral and mental health services. </li> </ul><p>The presentation and discussion are available on video replay through <a href="https://youtu.be/ra6QXvQvt8M?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=744" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of council discussion">Bellevue Television</a>.</p> <h3>Good Neighbor Agreement Advisory Committee appointments</h3> <p>In other business, councilmembers unanimously appointed two resident-at-large members to the Good Neighbor Agreement Advisory Committee. The agreement and committee are part of the conditional use permit process for Congregations for the Homeless to establish a permanent men’s shelter in the Eastgate area of Bellevue. </p> <p>The two Bellevue residents who were appointed will represent citywide resident interests on the committee.</p> <ul><li>Jason Courter is a business owner and resident in Bellevue.</li> <li>Pete Ryan is a recent graduate of the city’s resident engagement course, Bellevue Essentials, and is a northeast Bellevue resident.</li> </ul><p>The advisory committee assists with communications between the community and homeless services operators and allows any issues with the operation to be identified early and addressed. The full committee is comprised of five residents who live within one mile of the shelter site, one representative from the Bellevue School District, one person with experience of homelessness, one representative from the human services community, one representative from the shelter operator, one person representing funders of the operation and two residents at large appointed by the city council. The committee will develop a plan to address operational and communication commitments that are uniquely tailored to the location where the homeless services are provided. Public meetings will be part of that plan development process.</p> <p>More information on the men’s shelter is available on the <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/discover-bellevue/about-us/hot-topics-initiatives/homelessness-in-bellevue/planning-for-eastside-mens-shelter" title="Link to city web page on men's shelter">city’s website</a> and details on the Good Neighbor Agreement Advisory Committee are in the council <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4816995&amp;GUID=93278B55-CEB8-4921-A747-8E49AA7947DA" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting agenda item</a>. </p> <h3>House Bill 1590 work plan update</h3> <p>Outreach and engagement activities with stakeholders are currently underway as part of implementing a House Bill 1590 affordable housing work plan. House Bill 1590 passed in the state Legislature in 2020 and allowed cities to utilize a tenth of one percent sales tax increase for affordable housing, mental/behavioral health services, and housing-related services in their local jurisdiction. Councilmembers received an update on the process and will be briefed in April on final stakeholder feedback and funding recommendations. </p> <p>In Bellevue, initial outreach with human service agencies and affordable housing developers, providers and operators is the first step to collect input on local housing challenges, service needs and barriers. Analysis from these stakeholder meetings identified key themes for important areas of focus, including providing housing with supportive services, having mental/behavioral health services on site, providing a variety of housing types to meet community needs, and providing flexible financial assistance to maintain housing stability.</p> <p>More details on the initial stakeholder feedback is available in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4816991&amp;GUID=F6AD854F-F7D6-4BD0-AD86-BE0A354ED50A" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting agenda item</a>.<br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-03-11T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">March 11 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 12 Mar 2021 01:45:42 +0000 MDeGrand 196156 at https://bellevuewa.gov Virtual Cultural Conversations: “More Stories from the Heart” https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/virtual-cultural-conversations-more-stories-heart <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Virtual Cultural Conversations: “More Stories from the Heart”</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="2021-03-11T03:43:57+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 03/10/2021 - 19:43</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-03/CC%20Evening%20Forum%20%282%29.png?h=aeb1ebc4&amp;itok=lIbFQywZ" width="640" height="400" alt="More Stories from the Heart Cultural Conversations illustration" 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 storytellers will share experiences of insight and action shaped by the events of 2020 and hopes for 2021 at the annual Cultural Conversations evening forum on Wednesday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. Opening to the challenges and opportunities residents have faced over the past year and reimagining a new normal, these storytellers create a space for participants to consider diverse perspectives in creating an inclusive, engaging and just community.</p> <p>This evening event is free and open to the public. Doors to the virtual concourse will open at 6 p.m. The program of storytelling begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. followed by small group Zoom-room conversations.</p> <p>Storytellers from the community will share the following experiences:</p> <ul><li>A Mexican-American family’s migration story, which is part of a collection of city of Bellevue employee videos called “My Story, Welcoming America Week.” The account dispels stereotypes, focuses on a history of service to country, hard work, the value of education and compassionate giving within your community.</li> <li>A first-generation U.S.-born Asian-American embracing pride in her ethnic heritage while also showing up for other communities impacted by systemic racism. </li> <li>A global community of women who share their personal narratives of what it is like to live abroad and their search for inclusion and belonging.</li> </ul><p><a href="https://cityofbellevue.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0kceutqTIrHtVpt0UZ81aLvkFmlLITtyD3" target="_blank" title="Click to register for the event">Registration</a> is required to receive the meeting link. More event details are available in the event <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/Cultural Conversations 2021 Evening Forum flyer-WEB.pdf" target="_blank" title="Link to event flyer">flyer</a> and at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="9d547bf9-cc91-48bf-9fe1-b400ad0320ab" href="/city-government/departments/community-development/neighborhoods/building-community/cultural-conversations" title="Cultural Conversations">Cultural Conversations</a>.  </p> <p>Cultural Conversations, a program in its 11th season, has transformed relationships and perspectives among diverse women in our community through education and storytelling. For alternate formats, interpreters, or reasonable accommodation requests please phone at least 48 hours in advance 425-452-6836 (voice) or email <a href="mailto:NeighborhoodOutreach@Bellevuewa.gov" target="_blank" title="Email Neighborhood Outreach">NeighborhoodOutreach@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. 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="2021-03-10T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">March 10 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 11 Mar 2021 03:43:57 +0000 MDeGrand 196146 at https://bellevuewa.gov New assistant police chief eager to make community connections https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/assistant-chief-shirley <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New assistant police chief eager to make community connections</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="2021-03-09T18:39:07+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 03/09/2021 - 10:39</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-03/Wendell%20Shirley%20with%20Chief%20Mylett.jpg?h=10d202d3&amp;itok=eiDhIk-p" width="640" height="400" alt="Assistant Police Chief Wendell Shirley, left, is sworn in by Chief Steve Mylett." 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>Wendell J. Shirley, a former long-time officer in the Santa Monica, California Police Department, was sworn in Monday, March 8, as an assistant police chief with Bellevue. Shirley had retired in 2019, but felt his success community-building in California could be of value here as he watched the national protests over social justice and police reform last year.</p> <p>“I spent the bulk of my career helping build relationships between the police and the community,” Shirley said the day he was sworn in. “I pride myself on my track record of developing relationships based on trust, honesty and mutual respect. There’s certainly a lot of work to do, and I firmly believe my experience, training and passion will be valuable assets to Bellevue.”</p> <p>Shirley, who retired as a captain after 26 years with Santa Monica, says he chose Bellevue after researching the area and speaking with Police Chief Steve Mylett. “Bellevue is a beautiful city with an outstanding police department," Shirley said. "The chief’s philosophy and the city’s leadership all align with my values. I’m excited and humbled by this opportunity.”</p> <p>Chief Mylett said, “We had several highly qualified candidates for the assistant chief position. But it quickly became evident Chief Shirley had the experience and qualities that we were looking for.” Chief Mylett noted the leadership roles Shirley embraced both in the police department and the community in California.</p> <p>Specifically, one of Shirley's passions is working with and mentoring our youth. Born and raised by his grandparents in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, he saw firsthand the challenges many young people and families face on a daily basis. Nevertheless, this taught him the value of hard work and education. Shirley hopes his story can inspire others to reach their highest potential, regardless of their circumstances.</p> <p>Shirley fills a position left vacant when Carl Kleinknecht retired last year. He will oversee the Bellevue police Operations Division.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-03-09T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">March 9 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 09 Mar 2021 18:39:07 +0000 CIosso 196131 at https://bellevuewa.gov Opening on Civil Service Commission https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/civil-service-commission-recruitment-21 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Opening on Civil Service 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="2021-03-08T19:21:34+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 03/08/2021 - 11:21</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 Bellevue’s Civil Service Commission. You can <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CivilSvc2021" target="_blank">apply online</a>. Applications are due by Friday, March 19.</p> <p>The Civil Service Commission oversees the recruitment, selection and placement of firefighters and police officers below the level of chief. In addition, when a police officer or firefighter is suspended, demoted or discharged, they can request an investigation, in a public hearing, by the commission. </p> <p>The commission is made up of five Bellevue residents appointed by the city manager. Terms are six years, and no member can serve more than two consecutive full terms. The commission meets quarterly, the second Tuesday of January, April, July and October at 4 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 interested in applying may do so <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CivilSvc2021" target="_blank">online</a>. In addition to online submission, applications may be submitted by either of the options below:</p> <p><strong>Mailing Address</strong>: P.O. Box 90012, Bellevue, WA 98009-9012<br /><strong>Email</strong>: <a href="mailto:kroberts@bellevuewa.gov" target="_blank">kroberts@bellevuewa.gov</a> </p> <p>If additional information is desired about the role and responsibilities of this commission, please call Dianne Kendall, the commission’s staff liaison, at 425-452-5211.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-03-08T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">March 8 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 08 Mar 2021 19:21:34 +0000 CIosso 196101 at https://bellevuewa.gov Connect and learn through Bellevue’s ‘Art of Listening’ workshops https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/connect-and-learn-through-bellevues-art-listening-workshops <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Connect and learn through Bellevue’s ‘Art of Listening’ workshops</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="2021-03-05T01:04:04+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 03/04/2021 - 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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/Art%20of%20Listening%20Graphic.jpg?itok=CVND-IxX" width="640" height="400" alt="Art of Listening Graphic.jpg" title="Art of Listening Graphic.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>Living through a pandemic challenges communication skills and personal connections. The art of listening can increase interpersonal success during these periods of historic societal and behavioral change and at any time. The Bellevue Conflict Resolution Center will share valuable conscious listening skills through “Art of Listening” virtual workshops taking place this spring in partnership with the King County Library System. </p> <p>The workshops are free, with participants learning how to be more artful, peaceful and attentive listeners during the four-week series. The two-hour sessions run <strong>Tuesday evenings 6:30-8:30 p.m. on March 23, March 30, April 6 and April 13</strong>. Participants are asked to attend all four sessions to complete the workshop. More information is available in the <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/CDD-21-6001_2021_Listening_Workshop_WEB_0.pdf" target="_blank" title="Link to event flyer">event flyer</a>.</p> <p>“In this workshop we’ll learn how to focus and be present while another is talking, to address our listening habits that block effective communication, and learn ways to validate, understand, and connect with others,” said Marci McReynolds, manager of the Conflict Resolution Center and facilitator for the workshop.</p> <p>This series tends to fill quickly when it is offered. Registration is on a first-come,<br /> first-serve basis. To register, please email <a href="mailto:mmcreynold@bellevuewa.gov" target="_blank" title="Email facilitator to register">mmcreynold@bellevuewa.gov</a>.</p> <p>For alternate formats, interpreters, or reasonable accommodation requests please phone at least 48 hours in advance 425-452-4091 (voice) or email <a href="mailto:BCRC@bellevuewa.gov" target="_blank" title="Click to email for accommodation">BCRC@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.<br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-03-04T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">March 4 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 05 Mar 2021 01:04:04 +0000 MDeGrand 196076 at https://bellevuewa.gov Opening on Transportation Commission https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/opening-transportation-commission-2-21 <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="2021-02-25T23:37:37+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 02/25/2021 - 15:37</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/TransComm2021" target="_blank">apply online</a>. Applications are due by Thursday, March 11.</p> <p>The Transportation Commission 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 Capital Investment Program and Transportation Improvement Program project prioritization. </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.</p> <p>Applicants must be residents of Bellevue. The City of Bellevue values diversity and encourages anyone interested to apply.</p> <p>Made up of volunteers and appointed by the mayor with City Council concurrence, board and commission members serve four-year terms. The appointee in this case will fill the unexpired term of a commissioner who resigned, so their term will expire in May 2024. They would then be eligible for reappointment.</p> <h2>Application Options</h2> <p>People interested in applying may do so online. In addition to online submission, applications may be submitted by either of the options below:</p> <p><strong>Mailing Address:</strong> P.O. Box 90012, Bellevue, WA 98009-9012<br /><strong>Email:</strong> kroberts@bellevuewa.gov </p> <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="2021-02-25T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">February 25 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 25 Feb 2021 23:37:37 +0000 CIosso 196056 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Major mobile vaccine unit progress https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-major-mobile-vaccine-unit-progress <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Major mobile vaccine unit progress</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="2021-02-24T20:40:27+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 02/24/2021 - 12:40</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-02/wiburton%20trestle%20--%20eastrail%20resized.png?h=387da853&amp;itok=ihPcHa9x" width="640" height="400" alt="Eastrail location over Wilburton Trestle" 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"><h2>Plus, Eastrail update and economic development work </h2> <p>This week the City Council received an update on the progress made by Bellevue Fire Department’s mobile vaccination teams, who have been vaccinating residents and staff of adult family homes in the area against COVID-19. The teams are well ahead of the expected schedule and now looking at expanding their scope of operations.</p> <p>Bellevue’s mobile vaccination teams have treated more than 800 individuals in nearly 90 adult family homes during their first 22 days of operations. The teams are now focused on giving the same people the second dose of the vaccine by mid-March. </p> <p>The department is beginning to partner with a variety of agencies to identify how they might expand the mobile vaccination program to other vulnerable groups. The presentation to council is available on video replay through <a href="https://youtu.be/Op2rwrErP8Y?t=421" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of council discussion">Bellevue Television</a>.</p> <h3>Eastrail update</h3> <p>Also on Monday, councilmembers reviewed construction progress, future work schedules and fundraising efforts for Eastrail, a former railroad line previously known as the Eastside Rail Corridor. Eastrail is a 42-mile long regional trail running from Renton north to Snohomish County, including seven miles in Bellevue. The Bellevue segment is owned by King County, except for a 1.1-mile stretch owned by Sound Transit. </p> <p>The council has long expressed formal support for Eastrail, beginning in 2013, and has budgeted $2.5 million for improvements in its 2021-2027 capital budget, in addition to previous contributions totaling $132,000. </p> <p>So far, King County has completed an interim gravel section of the trail from the South Kirkland Park and Ride to SR 520. The state Department of Transportation is currently constructing a paved section of the trail from Renton to Coal Creek Parkway as part of its I-405 Renton to Bellevue Widening and Express Toll Lanes project. It’s expected to open for public use in May.</p> <p>Future improvements to Eastrail include: a pedestrian-bicycle bridge over Northeast Eighth Street; rehabilitation of the landmark Wilburton Trestle; a crossing over I-405, south of Southeast Eighth Street; and key trail connections at Spring Boulevard, Northup Way and elsewhere.</p> <p>More information on Eastrail is available with the council <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4802710&amp;GUID=2BFB5E75-4E87-42E1-9F76-8D4554C48A5B" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting agenda item</a>. </p> <h3>Economic development work </h3> <p>Later, councilmembers received a quarterly report on the city’s economic development progress after adopting an updated Economic Development Plan late last year. </p> <p>Some of the recent activities and near-term focus areas include continued business support through COVID-19 recovery, regional workforce support and development strategies, partnering to activate attractive spaces in the city and a focus on enhancing the BelRed Arts District.</p> <p>The team also plans to conduct the 2021 business survey (a biennial survey that contacts all Bellevue businesses for input on trends and issues) and a citywide retail study to understand the current retail environment including service gaps and opportunities. More information is in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4802705&amp;GUID=B0F3A1CD-FA7E-4081-BA26-D1F9D702DA5C" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting agenda item</a> and the full presentation and discussion is on<a href="https://youtu.be/Op2rwrErP8Y?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=8711" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of council discussion"> Bellevue Television</a>. </p> <p><em><strong>NOTE: Next Monday’s (March 1) City Council meeting has been cancelled due to this week’s retreat. The body will meet again during its regularly scheduled time on March 8.</strong></em>  <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-02-24T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">February 24 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 24 Feb 2021 20:40:27 +0000 MDeGrand 196046 at https://bellevuewa.gov Mobile vaccine teams featured on Lake to Lake https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/mobile-vaccine-teams-featured-lake-lake <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Mobile vaccine teams featured 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="2021-02-23T22:38:40+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 02/23/2021 - 14:38</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-02/Lake%20to%20Lake%202-21.jpg?h=d1cb525d&amp;itok=NYJgyaOy" width="640" height="400" alt="A Bellevue firefighter gives a woman the COVID-19 vaccine." 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>On Bellevue Television’s latest episode of <a href="https://youtu.be/dzYFMop2jgA" target="_blank">Lake to Lake</a>, Bellevue firefighters give the local vaccine effort a shot in the arm, literally.  Also, </p> <ul><li>See Bellevue’s new multimodal segment of the Mountains to Sound Greenway;</li> <li>Utilities Director Nav Otal explains the critical services utility rates support; and</li> <li>The City Council delivers a message of gratitude.</li> </ul><p>Lake to Lake is produced by BTV, and is available on Cable Channel 21 and on the Bellevue Television <a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/bellevuetelevision" target="_blank">YouTube channel</a>. For more information, email btv@bellevuewa.gov.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-02-23T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">February 23 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 23 Feb 2021 22:38:40 +0000 CIosso 196001 at https://bellevuewa.gov Virtual event spotlights youth leaders https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/virtual-event-spotlights-youth-leaders <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Virtual event spotlights youth leaders</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="2021-02-22T19:43:04+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 02/22/2021 - 11:43</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-02/UnityThroughDiversityevent.Pic1_.jpg?h=e3ba47e9&amp;itok=dPFQp9on" width="640" height="400" alt="Unity Through Diversity Event 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"><h2>“Unity Through Diversity: Mobilizing for our Future” </h2> <p>Join Bellevue Youth Link and the Diversity Advantage team for the fourth Unity Through Diversity gathering on Friday, Feb. 26, 5-7 p.m. This year’s virtual event features youth leaders in the community discussing the future of race, environment and social justice. </p> <p>In previous years, this event has been hosted in person and celebrates our growing diversity in Bellevue. Recognizing the call to action that has been growing in many of our communities, a panel of young people from the greater Seattle and Eastside area will explore the theme “Mobilizing for our Future” through a discussion about how youth are actively working to create a more equitable, accessible and inclusive community for our future. </p> <p>The event is free and open to all members of the public. Pre-registration is required at <a href="https://bellevue-unity-through-diversity.eventbrite.com/" target="_blank" title="Link to registration">https://bellevue-unity-through-diversity.eventbrite.com</a>.  </p> <p>For more information or for accommodations requests, please contact Patrick Alina, Youth Link program coordinator, at <a href="mailto:palina@bellevuewa.gov" target="_blank" title="Email program coordinator">palina@bellevuewa.gov</a> or 425-452-5254.    <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-02-22T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">February 22 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 22 Feb 2021 19:43:04 +0000 MDeGrand 195981 at https://bellevuewa.gov Newsletter covers budget, diversity support, virtual classes https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/iyc-2-21-intro <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Newsletter covers budget, diversity support, virtual classes</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="2021-02-22T21:19:24+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 02/22/2021 - 13:19</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-02/Its-Your-City-Front-2-21.jpg?h=9e43e651&amp;itok=QmV7LvKL" width="640" height="400" alt="The front page of the February issue of It&#039;s Your City covers the budget and progress on a review of use-of-force policies." 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>This month's issue of <a data-entity-substitution="file" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="649b6e81-b7ef-4d51-a615-1f8fa6051255" href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/It%27s-Your-City-2-21.pdf" target="_blank" title="It's-Your-City-2-21.pdf">It’s Your City</a> offers a look at the "bridge" 2021-22 budget that plugs a pandemic-induced shortfall, while maintaining essential services. The resident newsletter, hard copies of which just went to all 66,000 residential and business addresses in Bellevue, is now also available online.</p> <p>Highlights include:</p> <ul><li><strong>Mobile Vaccination Teams</strong>: While the supply is still limited, Bellevue’s firefighter/medics are ensuring residents and staff in adult family homes keep their place near the front of the line by deploying in mobile teams. </li> <li><strong>Diversity Support </strong>: The city’s new and continuing programs aimed at ensuring equitable services are celebrated in a two-page spread. </li> <li><strong>Parks Virtual Programming</strong>: Parks &amp; Community Services is offering live and recorded virtual programming about fitness, art and technology to allow people to participate safely in activities without leaving their homes.</li> </ul><p>For the Council Corner column, Councilmember Jeremy Barksdale takes a timely look at ways the city collectively and residents individually can foster inclusion in our diverse community. </p> <p>The next issue of It’s Your City will come out in June. If you have questions or suggestions about the newsletter, please reach out to editor Claude Iosso (425-452-4448 or <a href="mailto:ciosso@gmail.com" target="_blank">ciosso@gmail.com</a>). </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-02-22T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">February 22 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 22 Feb 2021 21:19:24 +0000 CIosso 195986 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Affordable housing Land Use Code Amendments adopted https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-affordable-housing-land-use-code-amendments-adopted <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Affordable housing Land Use Code Amendments adopted </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="2021-02-18T20:16:29+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 02/18/2021 - 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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-02/Plow%20working.png?h=0b0f346d&amp;itok=RG3Bfrmf" width="640" height="400" alt="Bellevue snowplow on roadway" 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"><h2>Plus, snow response, regional affordable housing funding and Week of Remembrance</h2> <p>On Tuesday, the City Council unanimously adopted two Land Use Code Amendments (LUCAs) in response to the city’s Affordable Housing Strategy. The LUCAs are designed to increase housing choices in Bellevue.</p> <p>The LUCAs include removing the three-year wait period to establish an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) in new single-family home construction and allowing for Unit Lot Subdivisions in areas where multifamily development is currently permitted.</p> <p>The East Bellevue Community Council (EBCC) will hold their public hearing on the ADU and the Unit Lot Subdivision LUCAs in early March to decide whether both with apply within the body’s jurisdiction. The presentation and LUCA details are available in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=A&amp;ID=813900&amp;GUID=0F74632E-DEBC-4ED9-818B-7640B22F0A30" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting materials</a>.</p> <h3>Snow response</h3> <p>In other business, councilmembers were provided an informational briefing on the details of the city’s transportation response to record levels of snow in the region over the weekend.</p> <p>Road crews began round-the-clock shifts beginning last Thursday, ahead of the storm system that dumped up to 12 inches of snow in some areas of Bellevue. The crews treated roads with more than 13,000 gallons of liquid de-icer and 600 tons of road salt. For the first time, the city was also able to use a new tool called automatic vehicle locating technology that shows real-time locations for snowplows in the city. Crews can dispatch the nearest plow to respond to emergencies and ensure balanced coverage as they systematically clear roadways citywide. </p> <p>The presentation is available on video replay through <a href="https://youtu.be/H2WVrXcRQwM?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=1133" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of council discussion">Bellevue Television</a>. Transportation activities are just one of many aspects of the city’s severe weather response. To learn more about city resources during inclement weather, visit our <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/snowstorm-2-21" title="Link to storm response page">updates web page</a> for this storm. To learn how to prepare for winter weather in general, the city has a helpful <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/fire/emergency-management/prepare-known-hazards/snow-and-ice" target="_blank" title="Link to winter preparedness guide">Winterize guide</a>.</p> <h3>Regional affordable housing funding</h3> <p>Later, the City Council received a report from A Regional Coalition for Housing, or ARCH, to review funding allocations recommended by the ARCH executive board for regional affordable housing projects that applied for funding last fall through its Housing Trust Fund Program.</p> <p>Three projects were brought forth for recommended funding totaling $5 million, spread across the 15 ARCH jurisdictions. Bellevue’s portion of the request is $621,900, 12.4% of the total recommended funding allocation. The projects would create 467 units of long-term affordable housing in the region. Among them is 95 units in Bellevue’s Eastgate area of permanent supportive housing, designed for individuals experiencing homelessness. The other two projects are in Bothell and Kirkland, supporting senior housing and additional low-income housing. </p> <p>In response to council discussion, city staff and ARCH will report back at a later meeting on questions relating to community outreach and site safety and security. The full discussion is available on <a href="https://youtu.be/H2WVrXcRQwM?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=2004" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of council discussion">Bellevue Television replay</a> and the presentation materials are available in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4796996&amp;GUID=0291E2F5-2BB3-477B-A3DA-3F086B653B1F" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting agenda item</a>.</p> <h3>Week of Remembrance</h3> <p>Following the surprise attacks on Pearl Harbor in 1941, more than 300 Bellevue residents were incarcerated in far-flung camps against their will after President Roosevelt sign an executive order on Feb. 19, 1942. The order authorized the federal government to forcibly relocate Japanese Americans. Mayor Lynne Robinson, on behalf of the council, signed a proclamation recognizing the week of Feb. 14-21, 2021, as a “week of action and remembrance.” </p> <p>The mayor urged all residents to reflect on this unfortunate time in our nation’s and region’s history. Many lost homes, businesses, savings or property during that time. Only 11 of the 60 Bellevue families who were displaced returned to the area after 1945. It wasn’t until 1988 that President Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act, officially apologizing for the incarceration and authorizing reparations.</p> <p>The full reading of the proclamation is available on <a href="https://youtu.be/H2WVrXcRQwM?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=39" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of proclamation">video replay of the meeting</a>. <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-02-18T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">February 18 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 18 Feb 2021 20:16:29 +0000 MDeGrand 195976 at https://bellevuewa.gov Celebrating Presidents' Day with cleared arterials https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/snowstorm-2-21 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Celebrating Presidents&#039; Day with cleared arterials</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="2021-02-11T01:20:54+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 02/10/2021 - 17:20</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-02/Clearing%20Last%20Snow.jpg?h=d9227fc5&amp;itok=D5as5wC0" width="640" height="400" alt="A plow clears the last of the snow on an arterial." 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>Update 1 p.m., Monday</strong></p> <p>Nearly all of Bellevue's main and secondary arterial streets were clear of snow as of Monday morning, with city crews continuing to plow and/or sand neighborhood streets 24/7 until all are clear, projected for sometime Tuesday. Icy pavement remains, so please walk, ride and drive cautiously.</p> <p>Please help crews clear storm drains of snow and ice to prevent neighborhood flooding. If it is safe to shovel the drains near you, your help is much appreciated. If the nearest storm drains are covered by snow or ice and you're not sure where they are, Google Maps can sometimes show their locations. If you see flooding and can't safely clear a storm drain, please call 425-452-7840 for assistance.</p> <p>Republic Services cancelled garbage/recycling pickup Monday. Residents scheduled for that day can leave out twice the load next Monday. </p> <p>No more freezing temperatures are forecast this week, so rain is the only precipitation expected.</p> <p><strong>Update 3 p.m., Sunday</strong></p> <p>The forecast calls for snow changing to rain Sunday night, with freezing rain possible during transition. Temperature is expected to warm up Monday.</p> <p>You can help prevent street flooding due to melting snow by clearing stormwater drains near your property. Snowplow crews continue to work 24/7 to clear main roads, before moving to side streets. Please continue to avoid driving if possible; do so safely if travel is needed.</p> <p><strong>Update 10:30 a.m., Saturday</strong></p> <p>Four to six inches of snow fell on Bellevue Friday night and Saturday morning, and city plows were clearing primary arterial streets and some primary neighborhood loops, with the snow expected to continue into the afternoon. Temperatures will drop again Saturday night, with freezing of melted snow likely to make streets slippery, in addition to snowy. </p> <p>Stay home if you can. Drive carefully if you can't, giving plows lots of room. Another 1 to 4 inches of snow were expected Saturday night and Sunday morning.</p> <p>Given the hazardous street conditions, the Bellevue Aquatic Center and Robinswood Tennis Center were closed Saturday.</p> <p>If Republic Services is unable to collect garbage, recycling and compost, they advise residents to remove carts from the curb by the end of the day. Republic will collect up to two times the usual amount on your next regularly scheduled collection day. Check <a href="https://www.republicservices.com/municipality/bellevue-wa" target="_blank">Republic</a> for notices.</p> <p>With just a dusting of snow on Bellevue streets Thursday, Transportation crews focused on spraying anti-icer on hilly streets and bridges prone to icing up, but city plows will likely get use Friday night, with enough snow in the forecast to prompt a winter storm warning from the National Weather Service.</p> <p>Temperatures are expected to stay below freezing throughout the weekend. With funding from Eastside cities, <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="fe46d943-32cd-4c73-a570-18afe573bacc" href="/city-government/departments/parks/community-services/human-services/food-banks-shelters" title="Food Banks and Shelters">local shelters</a> are expanding hours and making other provisions in some cases to ensure no one is left out in the cold. </p> <p>While city streets crews, prepared, you too can get ready for snow and ice, with tips in English here, as well as links to them in other languages. </p> <ul><li><a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/spanish-espanol/winter-cautions">Español</a></li> <li><a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/chinese/winter-cautions">中文</a></li> <li><a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/korean/winter-cautions">한국어</a></li> <li><a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/russian/winter-cautions">Pусский</a></li> <li><a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/vietnamese/winter-cautions">Tiếng Việt</a></li> </ul><p><strong>Plowing:</strong> The city is plowing, sanding and de-icing streets based on the <a href="http://apps.bellevuewa.gov/gisdownload/PDF/Transportation/SnowRoute_11x17.pdf" target="_blank">snow response priority map</a>, with main streets cleared before neighborhood ones. Please park vehicles in your driveway if possible, so snowplows can clear the entire roadway. More <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/fire/emergency-management/prepare-known-hazards/snow-and-ice" target="_blank">ice and snow information</a>.</p> <p><strong>Drive carefully:</strong> It may be hard to stop or turn. If the streets are very icy or snowy, avoid driving at all. If the traffic signals are out at intersections, treat the intersections as all-way stops. Report road hazards at 425-452-7840. For emergencies, call 911.</p> <p><strong>Report a power outage: </strong>Please call Puget Sound Energy at 1-888-225-5773. You can also go to <a href="https://www.pse.com/outage" target="_blank">PSE</a> to report your outage and see PSE's outage map. Do not use generators or grills inside to heat or cook; they can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.</p> <p><strong>Clear sidewalks:</strong> While city crews plow and sand streets, we ask that property owners clear the sidewalks next to or in front of their home or business if they are able.</p> <p><strong>Clear storm drains:</strong> Clear storm drains near your home that are clogged with snow to prevent flooding when the snow starts to melt.</p> <p><strong>Sign up for Alerts:</strong> You can receive emails or texts about emergencies and extreme weather in Bellevue. <a href="https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/WABELLE/subscriber/new?topic_id=WABELLE_102" target="_blank">Subscribe for Alerts</a>.</p> <p><strong>Social Services: </strong>For people in need of help, resources are available at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="fe46d943-32cd-4c73-a570-18afe573bacc" href="/city-government/departments/parks/community-services/human-services/food-banks-shelters" title="Food Banks and Shelters">Food Banks and Shelters</a>, as well as <a href="https://wa211.org/" target="_blank">WA211.org</a>. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-02-15T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">February 15 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 11 Feb 2021 01:20:54 +0000 CIosso 195936 at https://bellevuewa.gov Neighborhood Leadership Gathering to offer tips for stress https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/neighborhood-leadership-gathering-2-21 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Neighborhood Leadership Gathering to offer tips for stress</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="2021-02-11T23:59:24+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 02/11/2021 - 15:59</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-02/Robin%20Rose.jpg?h=04d92ac6&amp;itok=G13XMLiz" width="640" height="400" alt="Robin Rose will offer tips for managing stress at the Neighborhood Leadership Conference." 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 many people, 2020 was a year of uncertainty, stress and change. Whether dealing with stress in the workplace, managing remote learning for children, adapting to a virtual world or just maintaining human connections, adaptability and resilience have been essential over the past year.</p> <p>This season’s <a data-entity-substitution="file" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="92a1e104-a957-40c5-ac39-9cfb951f66c0" href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/CDD-21-5957_LdrshipGather2021_webFINAL.pdf" target="_blank" title="CDD-21-5957_LdrshipGather2021_webFINAL.pdf">Neighborhood Leadership Gathering</a> will feature keynote speaker, Robin Rose on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m. </p> <p>Rose will focus on how to stay calm, centered, effective and more resilient as she shares practical tools for managing stress. Rose brings 30 years of experience exploring the frontiers of leadership and neuroscience. She understands the stress human beings can endure and uses a scientific approach that teaches people how their brains work, so they can think, act and communicate at their highest proficiency. She translates brain science into practical and useable information and skills.</p> <p>In the year ahead, stress management skills will likely shape how we bring out the best in people and create stronger, healthier neighborhoods and communities. Participants will not only learn from Rose but will have an opportunity to learn from each other in small breakout rooms. </p> <p>Anyone invested in the health and quality of life in their Bellevue neighborhood is welcome. Please RSVP to <a href="mailto:neighborhoodoutreach@bellevuewa.gov" target="_blank">neighborhoodoutreach@bellevuewa.gov</a> or 425-452-5372 to receive the Zoom link.</p> <p>For alternate formats, interpreters, or reasonable accommodation requests please phone at least 48 hours in advance 425-452-5372 (voice) or email <a href="mailto:neighborhoodoutreach@bellevuewa.gov" target="_blank">neighborhoodoutreach@bellevuewa.gov</a>. For complaints regarding accommodations, contact the 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="2021-02-11T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">February 11 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 11 Feb 2021 23:59:24 +0000 CIosso 195946 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Update on smart water meters https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-update-smart-water-meters <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Update on smart water meters</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="2021-02-10T22:34:23+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 02/10/2021 - 14:34</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-02/Smart%20Water%20Meter%20resized.jpg?h=6614e25e&amp;itok=Jq0OR3CV" width="640" height="400" alt="Image of a smart water meter" 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"><h2>Plus, Comprehensive Plan Amendments, emergency radio network, and mourning a former mayor</h2> <p>On Monday, the City Council received an update on ongoing work for the Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMI), or “Smart Water Meter” project. </p> <p>Despite challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, some project work proceeded as planned in 2020. This included the successful upgrade of 90% of large commercial meters. The estimated project end date remains on schedule despite delays in procuring the data transmitter meter component. The Utilities Department was able to adjust, installing 10,000 residential meters ahead of the transmitters, in order to maintain the overall timeline. </p> <p>All meters are estimated to be upgraded to Smart Water Meters by mid-2022, as outlined in the project timetable. Further information on the update is available in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4790072&amp;GUID=D35BB6BD-5FCB-4A76-BB8B-39DF5DDD75EC" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting materials</a>.</p> <h3>Privately initiated Comprehensive Plan Amendments</h3> <p>In other business, councilmembers were provided an informational briefing on the details of this year’s two privately initiated Comprehensive Plan Amendments. The proposed amendments include additional density and affordable housing in the BelRed and Wilburton/NE 8th Street subareas.</p> <p>Further Planning Commission and council study sessions and public hearings on the proposed amendments will take place throughout 2021 with final council action expected in December. More details are in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4790067&amp;GUID=02B7B78E-9094-4A44-8484-5461A97ADFD0" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting agenda item</a>.</p> <h3>Emergency radio network</h3> <p>Later, councilmembers unanimously approved a motion to authorize an amended interlocal agreement with four other Eastside cities that allows the city to continue moving forward as part of the Puget Sound Emergency Radio Network (PSERN) with other regional agencies.</p> <p>Together with the four partner cities that make up the Eastside Public Safety Communication Agency, the body will vote to send one representative to the PSERN governance board. This is after the council authorized the city in October to join a new governmental non-profit corporation to cooperatively operate PSERN. The regional emergency radio network will serve first responders and governments for the next two decades and is designed to adapt to and evolve with technology advancements. The resolution and presentation are in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4790065&amp;GUID=26632974-8849-4F3A-8621-5100CE01D802" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">agenda item</a>.</p> <h3>Mourning the death of former mayor Dr. Don Davidson</h3> <p>Mayor Lynne Robinson read a commendation for former Bellevue councilmember and mayor Dr. Don Davidson, who passed away over the weekend. Davidson spent four decades in public service in Bellevue, raising his family in the city, working as a local dentist and advocating for issues including environmental stewardship and smart growth in the city.</p> <p>Councilmembers who had worked with Davidson shared their experiences and fond memories.</p> <p>“We lost a real icon in our community,” said Mayor Robinson.</p> <p>Councilmember Conrad Lee, who worked with Davidson for more than two decades, said, “Words cannot express what I feel…He devoted his love and energy and passion to serving the city and figuring out what he could do to make the city a better place for everybody.”</p> <p>The reading of the commendation and the comments from councilmembers is available through video replay on <a href="https://youtu.be/5bFEpPeuzJA?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=35" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of council discussion">Bellevue Television</a>. </p> <p><em><strong>NOTE: Due to the Presidents’ Day holiday, the next Bellevue City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, at 6 p.m.</strong></em><br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-02-10T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">February 10 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 10 Feb 2021 22:34:23 +0000 MDeGrand 195926 at https://bellevuewa.gov Police offer ‘Conversations with the Chief’ series https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/police-offer-conversations-chief-series <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Police offer ‘Conversations with the Chief’ series</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="2021-02-09T18:40:21+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 02/09/2021 - 10:40</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2020-12/BPD-20-5880_FACEBOOK_2.jpg?h=ec041e41&amp;itok=Bu0sJTlb" width="640" height="400" alt="Conversations with the Chief" 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>Building on the success of his first online town hall last year, Police Chief Steve Mylett will host a series of “Conversations with the Chief” with various community groups this year, starting with one Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2:30 p.m., with the Asian/Pacific Islander community.</p> <ul><li><a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/conversations-with-the-chief-api-town-hall-tickets-139991860423" target="_blank">Join Chief Mylett for a Zoom town hall meeting</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/conversations-with-the-chief-api-town-hall-tickets-139991860423" target="_blank">贝尔优警察局长史蒂夫·迈利特Steve Mylett诚邀您参加Zoom网络虚拟市政厅会议</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/conversations-with-the-chief-api-town-hall-tickets-139991860423" target="_blank">경찰서장 Steve Mylett과 함께 Zoom 시청 회의에 참석하십시오</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/conversations-with-the-chief-api-town-hall-tickets-139991860423" target="_blank">Tham gia cuộc họp trao đổi ý kiến trên Zoom với Cảnh Sát Trưởng Steve Mylett</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/conversations-with-the-chief-api-town-hall-tickets-139991860423" target="_blank">警察署長Steve Mylett氏とのZoomタウンホールミーティングに参加しましょう</a></li> </ul><p>Because of the limits on public gatherings due to the pandemic, Chief Mylett believed a virtual chat was the next best way to connect with the Bellevue community. Conversations with the Chief on Dec. 17 was a success, with well over 100 people tuning in to ask questions and get an update on the state of policing in Bellevue. </p> <p>Now, the Chief has announced he will regularly hold virtual town halls, including meetings with the diverse communities represented by the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="adbfd44b-b60b-4bfe-963e-3ed975c3627c" href="/city-government/departments/police/about-police/police-advisory-councils" title="Police Advisory Councils">police advisory councils</a>, each Bellevue sector represented by sector captains, as well as with all city residents. </p> <p>The Feb. 16 “Conversation with the Chief” will focus on issues relating to the Asian/Pacific Islander community. People who register will receive a Zoom invite before the event.</p> <p><span><span><span><img alt="" src="image/png;base64,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" />For alternate formats, interpreters, or reasonable accommodation requests please phone at least 48 hours in advance 425-452-4129 (voice) or email <a href="mailto:mblack@bellevuewa.gov">mblack@bellevuewa.gov</a>. For complaints regarding accommodations, contact City of Bellevue ADA/Title VI Administrator at 425-452-6168 (voice) or email <a href="mailto:ADATitleVI@bellevuewa.gov">ADATitleVI@bellevuewa.gov</a>. If you are deaf or hard of hearing dial 711. All meetings are wheelchair accessible.</span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-02-09T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">February 9 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 09 Feb 2021 18:40:21 +0000 CIosso 195906 at https://bellevuewa.gov City offers virtual events for Black History Month https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/city-offers-virtual-events-black-history-month <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">City offers virtual events for Black History Month</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="2021-02-10T00:19:59+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 02/09/2021 - 16:19</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-02/delbert%20museum%20resized.jpg?h=0419be36&amp;itok=f-QA4pe0" width="640" height="400" alt="Delbert Richardson and the American History Traveling Museum" 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"><h2>Events include a museum exhibition and panel on the history of racism</h2> <p>Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” In recognition of the history that has shaped the experiences of Black Americans, the City of Bellevue presents a series of educational events during Black History Month and beyond. </p> <h3>Virtual museum, Feb 1-March 31, 2021 </h3> <p>Through March 31 the public is invited to explore a <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/diversity-advantage-initiative/unspoken-truths" title="Link to virtual museum">virtual adaptation of the national award-winning American History Traveling Museum: The Unspoken Truths</a>. The traveling museum is a collection of artifacts and information detailing elements of the history of racism in the U.S. and the Pacific Northwest, and sharing the experiences and innovations of the Black community. Museum creator, community scholar and second-generation storyteller Delbert Richardson chose select artifacts from his traveling exhibit to share as part of the virtual museum experience being presented in partnership with the City of Bellevue for Black History Month. </p> <p>The virtual museum is uniquely designed to be interactive and highly accessible, enabling visitors to discover African American history and innovation from its roots in Africa to today. The mission of The Unspoken Truths museum is to empower all people with knowledge of unspoken historical truths that can lead to self-restoration and community healing. </p> <h3>Virtual panel, Feb 18, 2021, 1-2:30 p.m. </h3> <p>On Feb. 18 a panel discussion features three leaders in the community who will discuss the historical and current impacts of race in our communities with a call to action for creating a future of systemic change and racial healing. </p> <p><strong>Register for the panel</strong> at <a href="https://bellevue-blackhistorypanel.eventbrite.com" target="_blank" title="Link to register for panel event">https://bellevue-blackhistorypanel.eventbrite.com</a>.  </p> <p>More information and detail on featured panelists can be found in the <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2021/CMO-21-5968-Black%20History%20Month.pdf" target="_blank" title="Link to event flyer">event flyer</a> or on the city's <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/diversity-advantage-initiative/unspoken-truths">Black History Month events page</a>. The panel will be moderated by Kalika Curry, Community Impact Manager with Eastside Pathways.</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" target="_blank" title="Email diversity team">diversity@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.<br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-02-09T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">February 9 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 10 Feb 2021 00:19:59 +0000 MDeGrand 195916 at https://bellevuewa.gov Virtual Cultural Conversations: Six Word Stories https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/virtual-cultural-conversations-six-word-stories <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Virtual Cultural Conversations: Six Word Stories</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="2021-02-09T16:48:19+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 02/09/2021 - 08:48</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-02/Yvonne%20Adagala%20resized.jpg?h=770c5188&amp;itok=EgqwQha4" width="640" height="400" alt="Yvonne Adagala" 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"><h2>“From the Heart – Community, Pandemic, Justice”</h2> <p>Join for the next virtual Cultural Conversations with the theme of Six Word Stories: “From the Heart – Community, Pandemic, Justice” on <strong>Tuesday, Feb. 16, 1-2:30 p.m. </strong></p> <p>The community is invited to share reflections of 2020 or hopes for 2021 on one of three heartfelt themes: community, pandemic reflections or social and racial justice. During the virtual event, women will share their six-word stories in small groups, reflecting on their experiences this past year and thoughts of looking to the future with hope, healing and connection. The program is inspired by the Six Word Memoirs global phenomenon.</p> <p>Leading the sharing is Yvonne Adagala, long-time Cultural Conversations collaborator and community leader who is passionate about storytelling, the role it plays in our lives and the impact that it has on social change. Yvonne will share wisdom from Kenyan storytelling traditions passed down by her grandmother Guku.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Flnks.gd%2Fl%2FeyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDIsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMTAxMjcuMzQwNjQxNDEiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL2NpdHlvZmJlbGxldnVlLnpvb20udXMvbWVldGluZy9yZWdpc3Rlci90SklsY3UtaHFUSXNIZEhyVVVoUkxVV1V0VkVFVXJCSHZna18ifQ.rziNRA-OtQWViWmcu0nvK35zhKlz3XSzq1okyo49HJQ%2Fs%2F695822793%2Fbr%2F93702627570-l&amp;data=04%7C01%7Ccross%40bellevuewa.gov%7C466990dee7694de0006108d8c2f84b48%7C222d2edd825545bd859752141b82f713%7C0%7C0%7C637473718976369635%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C2000&amp;sdata=vGVDRGb8IKm8l6ch03rx2HN69nvx9TsV4dsjAuA8KDI%3D&amp;reserved=0" target="_blank" title="Link to registration">Registration</a> </strong>is required to receive the meeting link. The event is free and recommended for women ages 13 and up. All faiths and cultures are encouraged to attend. You can also visit <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/community-development/neighborhoods/building-community/cultural-conversations" title="Link to Cultural Conversations web page">Cultural Conversations</a> for more details. For more information or accommodation needs, please contact <a href="mailto:NeighborhoodOutreach@Bellevuewa.gov" target="_blank" title="Email Neighborhood Outreach">neighborhoodoutreach@bellevuewa.gov</a> or 452-452-6836.</p> <p>Cultural Conversations, a program in its 11th season, has transformed relationships and perspectives among diverse women in our community through education and storytelling. For alternate formats, interpreters or reasonable accommodation requests please phone at least 48 hours in advance 425-452-6836 (voice). For complaints regarding accommodations, contact ADA/Title VI Administrator at 425-452-6168 (voice) or email <a href="mailto:ADATitleVI@bellevuewa.gov" target="_blank" title="Email ADA Administrator">adatitleVI@bellevuewa.gov</a>. 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="2021-02-09T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">February 9 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 09 Feb 2021 16:48:19 +0000 MDeGrand 195901 at https://bellevuewa.gov Free, ‘Greener Living’ classes https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/free-greener-living-classes <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Free, ‘Greener Living’ classes</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="2021-02-09T01:38:31+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 02/08/2021 - 17:38</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"><div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="max_650x650" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="2261c45e-143a-481a-a487-db6244041f1c" data-langcode="en" class="align-center embedded-entity"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_650x650/public/inline-images/2020-07/Bellevue_GreenerLivingLogo_FNL.jpg?itok=VejcApZw" width="650" height="325" alt="Bellevue Utilities Greener Living Community Workshops" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-max-650x650" /></div> <p>Bellevue Utilities is offering another round of the popular “Greener Living” virtual classes on a variety of environmental conservation topics. Attendees to these interactive classes, taught live over Zoom, will receive digital resources, tips and tools after each class.</p> <p>Classes are geared toward adults and children over seven. Families with younger kids can join two “all ages” classes in April (Earth Month).</p> <p>Registration is required to receive a class link. <strong>To register, please contact <a href="mailto:recycle@bellevuewa.gov" target="_blank">recycle@bellevuewa.gov</a> or 425-452-6932</strong>. Details for the classes, offered in February, March and April, are available at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="76c348ff-4f46-4ec3-9272-380f2ec9810b" href="/city-government/departments/utilities/manage-your-utility-services/solid-waste/household-hazardous-waste/green-cleaning-workshops" title="Greener Living Classes">BellevueWA.gov/greener-living-classes</a>. </p> <ul><li><strong>Safer Cleaning</strong> – Live demonstrations of how to make safer cleaners and safer purchasing choices.</li> <li><strong>Super Sorter</strong> – Learn where items at home go: recycling, compost or garbage, and what happens to each type of waste when it leaves your home.</li> <li><strong>Reduce Wasted Food</strong> – Hands-on examples of how to maximize your food through proper storage, label reading and innovative recipes.</li> <li><strong>Responsible Reorganizing</strong> – Explore how to downsize your stuff at home without tossing it into the trash.</li> <li><strong>Curbside Composting and Beyond</strong> – Dig into how to identify compostable products and how to set up composting service for your house, apartment or condominium.</li> <li><strong>Plastics: Problems and Possibilities</strong> – Learn what plastics can be recycled and how to help reduce our global plastic piles through action.</li> <li><strong>Sustainable Shopping</strong> – Resources for borrowing, reusing, repairing and purchasing, and making choices on products you need vs. want.</li> </ul></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-02-08T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">February 8 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 09 Feb 2021 01:38:31 +0000 CIosso 195896 at https://bellevuewa.gov I-405 Access Study: Input sought on findings https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/i-405-access-study-findings <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">I-405 Access Study: Input sought on findings</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="2021-02-08T16:27:00+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 02/08/2021 - 08:27</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-02/I-405-Access-Study-Map.png?h=2755f9b6&amp;itok=RXLSVjYA" width="640" height="400" alt="This map displays the area studied for I-405 south downtown access." 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 a second opportunity for public input, the city is hosting a virtual open house for the South Downtown I-405 Access Study. Public feedback is wanted on analysis conducted on five interchange alternatives authorized by the City Council last fall. </p> <p>The study, launched last spring by the city, in partnership with the state Department of Transportation (WSDOT), has evaluated concepts for a new interchange that would improve vehicle access to and from Interstate 405 in the south downtown area of Bellevue. To learn about the analysis and give comment, go to <a href="https://engagingbellevue.com/i405accessstudyfindings" target="_blank">EngagingBellevue.com/i405accessstudyfindings</a> through Feb. 19. The alternatives are:</p> <ul><li>Lake Hills Connector southbound on-ramp;</li> <li>Southeast Sixth Street extension with a southbound on-ramp;</li> <li>Southeast Sixth Street extension with express toll lane access to and from the south;</li> <li>Northeast Second Street extension to the Wilburton area; and</li> <li>No new interchange.</li> </ul><p>“This has been an extensive study involving technical analysis of potential impacts, traffic modeling and consistency with transportation and land use policies,” notes Transportation Director Andrew Singelakis. “Stakeholder and community input, along with the analysis, will be shared with the City Council in April as it considers a preferred alternative.” </p> <p>Proposed development along 114th Avenue Southeast, near the East Main light rail station and within the Wilburton area, has created a pressing need to identify an interchange option. Selecting a preferred option will enable the city to communicate to property owners and developers about right-of-way needs and site access options. It will also position WSDOT to receive support for final design, environmental review and construction work as the legislature develops a new statewide transportation funding package.</p> <p>The need for a new interchange in the south Downtown area was identified in a WSDOT I-405 Master Plan nearly 20 years ago. Background information about the study can be found at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="d467dc74-c33f-4d3e-96d7-30603037470e" href="/city-government/departments/transportation/projects/state-highway-projects-bellevue/south-downtown" title="South Downtown I-405 Access Study">South Downtown I-405 Access Study</a>. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-02-08T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">February 8 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 08 Feb 2021 16:27:00 +0000 CIosso 195881 at https://bellevuewa.gov Localized 911 outage https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/localized-911-outage <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Localized 911 outage</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="2021-02-05T16:43:11+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 02/05/2021 - 08:43</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>CenturyLink reported a 911 landline outage Friday morning affecting as many as 32,000 homes in Bellevue. If you need to report an emergency and cannot get through dialing 911, call 425-577-5599.</p> <p>We'll provide updates when service is restored.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-02-05T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">February 5 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 05 Feb 2021 16:43:11 +0000 CIosso 195861 at https://bellevuewa.gov Artists wanted for utility box wraps https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/artists-wanted-utility-box-wraps <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Artists wanted for utility box wraps</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="2021-02-05T22:04:40+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 02/05/2021 - 14:04</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-02/Utility%20Box.jpg?h=7f869bfc&amp;itok=PaUVeyf5" width="640" height="400" alt="Utility boxes at the intersection of Lake Hills Connector and Southeast Eighth Street were wrapped in 2012. Photo by Bellevue Reporter" 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 looking for Eastside artists to design artworks for utility and signal boxes. This opportunity is open to all visual artists living on the Eastside, working in any medium that can be digitally reproduced on a two-dimensional vinyl wrap. </p> <blockquote>The deadline to apply is March 3. The call for artists and the Eastside Artist Roster with which applicants must be registered are at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="59a9b573-37e2-40e8-92c5-78bec6675cb2" href="/city-government/departments/community-development/arts-and-culture/public-art/utility-box-wraps" title="Utility Box Wraps">Utility Box Wraps</a>. </blockquote> <p>Selected artists will receive a stipend ranging from $750 to $4,000 to create artwork for Bellevue's first arts district in BelRed. </p> <p>All questions should be directed to Manette Stamm (425-452-4064, mstamm@bellevuewa.gov). </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-02-05T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">February 5 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 05 Feb 2021 22:04:40 +0000 CIosso 195871 at https://bellevuewa.gov Draft use of force review now available https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/draft-use-of-force-report <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Draft use of force review now available</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="2021-02-03T20:42:31+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 02/03/2021 - 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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-02/Council-Pledge-People.png?h=47d6d3d0&amp;itok=-VDd1lP1" width="640" height="400" alt="Multicolored silhouettes of people converse, with multicolored word bubbles illustrating." 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"><h2>Public invited to comment </h2> <p>The City of Bellevue is now entering the third stage of the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="03aa4cbf-d40f-4dec-b292-f9cb206df267" href="/city-news/public-safety-review" title="Council commits to review of public safety practices ">City Council Pledge process</a> – “report the findings of the review to the community and seek feedback.” At <strong><a href="https://www.engagingbellevue.com/city-council-listening-sessions" target="_blank">EngagingBellevue.com</a>,</strong> community members are invited to:</p> <ol><li>review the draft report on Bellevue’s police use of force policy, and</li> <li>take a short survey. </li> </ol><p>The Office of Independent Review prepared the report and, following the close of community feedback, will issue a final report to councilmembers informed by the public comments received at all stages of the review. </p> <p>Comments and survey responses will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 19. The survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete. For any input related to use of force topics beyond the survey, please email <a href="mailto:council-pledge@bellevuewa.gov" target="_blank">council-pledge@bellevuewa.gov</a>. </p> <p>To stay informed on the latest steps in the process, please check the city’s website and social media channels. You can also sign up for <a href="https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/WABELLE/subscriber/new?topic_id=WABELLE_272" target="_blank">news alerts</a>. More information on the process is available at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="c71fc335-376b-4b2c-b818-f918ccb63539" href="/city-government/city-council/council-pledge" title="Council Pledge">BellevueWA.gov/council-pledge</a>.  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-02-03T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">February 3 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 03 Feb 2021 20:42:31 +0000 CIosso 195846 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Planning for affordable housing sales tax https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-planning-affordable-housing-sales-tax <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Planning for affordable housing sales tax</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="2021-02-04T00:41:19+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 02/03/2021 - 16:41</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2020-07/Affordable%20Housing%20Construction.png?h=70a589e4&amp;itok=PzpcOxVf" width="640" height="400" alt="Housing construction" 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"><h2>Plus, Land Use Code Amendments related to the Affordable Housing Strategy</h2> <p>On Monday, the City Council unanimously approved an interest statement that provides a framework to utilize a tenth of a percent sales tax for affordable housing and mental/behavioral health services in Bellevue. The state Legislature adopted House Bill 1590 in 2020 to allow for a sales and use tax to be imposed at the county or city level for housing and related services. The council adopted the Bellevue ordinance in October and approved development of a work plan in December. </p> <p>The interest statement outlines nine principles that guide the process of prioritizing where to utilize the tax funds in the community. The prioritization process will include input and engagement from regional partners, housing and human services providers, developers and other stakeholders. The statement consolidates current city housing and human services data and policies. Its principles include closing the affordability gap, increasing housing types and opportunities, enhancing equitable and accessible housing services, and using collaborative, regional approaches to address the housing affordability crisis.</p> <p>The sales tax is designed to provide funding for affordable housing units and facilities that provide housing-related services, as well as supporting mental and behavioral health and other housing-related services. A portion of the tax focuses on serving people earning 0-60% of the area’s annual median income from historically underserved populations including people with disabilities, families experiencing homelessness, senior citizens and veterans.</p> <p>Updates on plan development and priority refinement over a series of study sessions will begin this spring. The full details are available in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4770124&amp;GUID=12EBAF24-C528-402C-8FAA-2EE7AE8ABAF1" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting agenda item</a>.</p> <h3>Land Use Code Amendments related to the Affordable Housing Strategy</h3> <p>In other business, councilmembers reviewed the Planning Commission recommendations for two Land Use Code Amendments (LUCAs) designed to provide opportunities for new housing units and increase housing choices in Bellevue. Both LUCAs were in response to the city’s Affordable Housing Strategy.</p> <p>The LUCAs recommended by the Planning Commission include removing the three-year wait period to establish an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) in a new single-family home and allowing Unit Lot Subdivisions in Land Use Districts where multifamily development is currently permitted. </p> <p>ADUs help provide additional housing diversity, including multi-generational households and residents who are downsizing and wish to “age in place.” The proposed LUCA is expected to add more ADUs in the near-term based on the number of new single-family building permits that contain elements to accommodate a future ADU. </p> <p>The second proposed amendment is intended to minimize barriers for infill development by providing an alternative to condominium development. This LUCA is expected to broaden homeownership opportunities by expanding fee-simple ownership through Unit Lot Subdivisions, commonly used to produce townhomes. Bellevue is estimated to have significant zoning capacity for this type of multifamily development.  </p> <p>After an extensive public outreach process, a study session, and public hearings, the Planning Commission voted 5-1 to adopt the LUCA removing the “3-Year Wait” for ADUs and 4-1 to adopt provisions in the Land Use Code for Unit Lot Subdivisions. </p> <p>The presentation and full council discussion are available on video replay through <a href="https://youtu.be/bdmlaSV-wxs?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=1371" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of council discussion">Bellevue Television</a> and the LUCA details are available in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4770125&amp;GUID=93B782F3-1B08-410F-8B8E-3EC159834794" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting materials</a>. Potential final action and adoption on the proposed LUCAs will occur at a future meeting. <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-02-03T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">February 3 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 04 Feb 2021 00:41:19 +0000 MDeGrand 195856 at https://bellevuewa.gov Help prioritize transportation projects at open house https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/transportation-projects-open-house-21 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Help prioritize transportation projects at open house </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="2021-01-28T20:54:55+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 01/28/2021 - 12:54</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-01/Cyclists%20and%20Motorists.jpg?h=56d0ca2e&amp;itok=FjSZra7Y" width="640" height="400" alt="Bellevue&#039;s streets and sidewalks are used by people driving, biking and walking." 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’s <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="af0a2032-9c71-4034-8f24-d013ed9adb80" href="/city-government/departments/transportation/planning/infrastructure-and-subareas/transportation-facilities-plan" title="Transportation Facilities Plan">Transportation Facilities Plan</a> identifies priority improvements to the transportation system. Improvements support ongoing growth, and serve the needs of people who use a wide range of transportation modes, including drivers, walkers, bicyclists, transit users and those with mobility challenges.  </p> <p>An online open house for the 2022-2033 plan is available at <a href="https://www.engagingbellevue.com/tfp" target="_blank">EngagingBellevue.com/tfp</a> through Feb. 15. We invite you to view and comment on candidate projects, take a short survey on how you use Bellevue’s transportation system and ask questions about the process. </p> <p>The Transportation Facilities Plan is the city’s 12-year, intermediate-range, transportation planning document, which is updated every two to three years by the Transportation Commission, which advises the City Council on transportation matters.  </p> <p>To learn more about the draft 2022-2033 TFP and subscribe to receive updates, visit <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="af0a2032-9c71-4034-8f24-d013ed9adb80" href="/city-government/departments/transportation/planning/infrastructure-and-subareas/transportation-facilities-plan" title="Transportation Facilities Plan">BellevueWA.gov/tfp</a> or contact Kristi Oosterveen, Bellevue Transportation Department, at 425-452-4496 or transportationtfp@bellevuewa.gov.  <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-01-28T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">January 28 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 28 Jan 2021 20:54:55 +0000 CIosso 195831 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Bellevue rolls out mobile vaccination units https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-bellevue-rolls-out-mobile-vaccination-units <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Bellevue rolls out mobile vaccination units</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="2021-01-27T22:43:57+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 01/27/2021 - 14:43</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 src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-01/Fialdini%20delivers%20dose%20resized.jpg?h=8eb78828&amp;itok=glUoL3_2" width="640" height="400" alt="Bellevue Mobile Vaccination" 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"><h2>Plus, Crossroads development agreement and transparent use of force investigations </h2> <p>On Monday, the City Council was presented with a report on the recent, rapid ramp-up by Bellevue Fire Department to administer COVID vaccinations to residents and workers in adult family homes. The pilot program will help to efficiently reach limited-mobility populations who can’t travel to vaccination sites and allow in-person visitation in these facilities to resume sooner.</p> <p>Public Health – Seattle &amp; King County offered Bellevue Fire the opportunity to be one of the pilot teams for the program. Bellevue firefighters and medics rode along with a local jurisdiction who had already started the program to understand the strategies and methods used. Within a week, the Bellevue team completed the training, officially launched the program and began vaccinating at facilities throughout the community. They’ve also helped other agencies learn the ropes. </p> <p>The goal is to reach 93 adult family homes in the first month, then spend the next month administering the second dose to the same population. More than 100 people had been given their first vaccine dose in just the first few days. The teams consist of paramedics and EMTs, able to both administer vaccines and treat any potential adverse reactions or other medical emergencies on site. </p> <p>The full discussion is available in a video replay of the meeting through <a href="https://youtu.be/m71sZzNRaXw?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=2152" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of council discussion">Bellevue Television</a>.</p> <h3>Crossroads draft development agreement</h3> <p>In other business, councilmembers discussed a draft development agreement for a proposed mixed-use multifamily development in the Crossroads area. The Land Use Code prohibits multifamily development at this location unless the council approves a development agreement providing sufficient public benefit, including pedestrian improvements, park connections, and public open space. Additionally, the development must be complementary to nearby residential and commercial uses.</p> <p>The property is currently a surface parking lot near the Crossroads Mall. The proposal is to build a six-story, mixed-use development with 224 residential units, ground-floor retail, and a parking garage with 253 spaces.</p> <p>During the discussion, councilmembers asked questions related to affordable housing, traffic impacts, parking demands, and business access during construction. They expressed general support for the project as a transit-oriented development with significant public benefits, but noted a desire to include affordable housing in the project. The council requested more information before moving forward. </p> <p>Additional details on the project and the code requirements for a development agreement are in the meeting <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4761478&amp;GUID=BFED8AF9-102C-444F-9F5C-C5F496D6D9A4" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">agenda item</a>. </p> <h3>Transparent use of force investigations</h3> <p>Councilmembers later received a report on a proposed Inter Local Agreement (ILA) among North King County law enforcement agencies that would create an independent body to investigate uses of deadly or injurious force. </p> <p>The team will be called the “Independent Force Investigation Team for King County.” It includes non-law enforcement community representatives, ideally representing the community directly impacted by the incident being investigated. These community representatives would assist in selecting the detectives conducting the investigation.   </p> <p>State law requires that all uses of force resulting in death or great bodily harm be independently investigated. Currently, jurisdictions such as Bellevue can request another available regional agency to conduct use of force investigations in the city.  </p> <p>In their feedback, councilmembers expressed a desire to include a post-investigation evaluation component as part of the duties of the community representatives in order to promote continuous improvement of the program. The council will receive further information related to the request prior to giving further direction on the program.</p> <p>The presentation and full council discussion are available on video replay through <a href="https://youtu.be/m71sZzNRaXw?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=9063" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of council discussion">Bellevue Television</a> and the full ILA is available in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4761474&amp;GUID=536A1FCA-5433-416E-9EB5-AF21F02EC863" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting materials</a>.<br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-01-27T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">January 27 2021</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 27 Jan 2021 22:43:57 +0000 MDeGrand 195791 at https://bellevuewa.gov