City News https://bellevuewa.gov/ en Motorcycle officer dies after collision https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/motorcycle-officer-dies-after-collision <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Motorcycle officer dies after collision</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-11-22T22:40:50+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 11/22/2022 - 14:40</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-11/Jackson%20Square.jpg?h=ea28e501&amp;itok=hO81IxyH" width="640" height="400" alt="Officer Jordan Jackson" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Jordan Jackson, a motorcycle officer for the Bellevue police, died Monday from injuries he sustained in a collision early that morning while on duty. Jackson, 34, joined the Bellevue department in 2018 and transferred to the traffic unit in 2020.</p> <p>“We are devastated by Officer Jackson’s tragic death,” said Police Chief Wendell Shirley. “Our hearts go out to his wife, two children, his family and friends, and the extended BPD family as they grieve. This is a huge loss for the entire community.”</p> <p>A memorial for Officer Jackson has been set up at City Hall (450 110th Ave. NE) on the second level outside the police lobby. The <a href="https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/BellevuePoliceFoundation_1/Officer_Jackson.html" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Bellevue Police Foundation</a> is collecting funds to support the Jackson family. </p> <p>Jackson was on patrol on Bellevue Way between Southeast Wolverine Way and Southeast Sixth Street Monday morning when he was struck by a car. The Washington State Patrol is investigating the crash.  </p> <p>Jackson, who was an EMT and volunteer on the King County Sheriff's Office search and rescue K-9 unit before he joined Bellevue, was recently honored as employee of the quarter for his excellent quality of work and service to the community. His supervisor commended Jackson for his leadership in the department and eagerness to take on additional responsibility.</p> <p>"Officer Jackson was an exemplary officer who was well-liked by his colleagues," said Deputy Mayor Jared Nieuwenhuis, who spoke on behalf of the City Council at the beginning of its regular Monday evening meeting. "He frequently volunteered for community events, always proud to show off his motorcycle to all the young kids. Our hearts go out to his family and his colleagues in the department. We mourn your loss and stand by you during this difficult time."<br /><br /> Jackson grew up in Spokane and graduated from Issaquah High School and Central Washington University. His wife and two young children survive him. </p> <p>Funeral arrangements were being made Monday, and will be announced once they are finalized.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-11-22T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">November 22 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 22 Nov 2022 22:40:50 +0000 CIosso 202406 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: 2023-24 Budget approved https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-2023-24-budget-approved <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: 2023-24 Budget approved</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-11-23T00:57:54+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 11/22/2022 - 16:57</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-11/Terry%20hayes.jpg?h=4521fff0&amp;itok=PHaeAkTw" width="640" height="400" alt="Terry Hays is honored by the City Council for her donations to the Bellevue Botanical Garden." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Plus, tree code kickoff, Botanical Garden donation and proclamations</p> <p>On Monday, the City Council voted unanimously to adopt a 2023-24 budget and 2023-29 Capital Investment Program (CIP) plan. The $2.2 billion budget package funds essential services while also making targeted investments to address Bellevue’s unprecedented growth. These include the council priority areas of environmental stewardship, public safety, affordable housing and Bellevue’s ongoing diversity work.    </p> <p>To address inflation and a lingering structural deficit, the adopted budget also includes minor revenue adjustments; a 0.01% Business &amp; Occupation tax adjustment for businesses grossing more than $180,000 annually, a 1% council-directed property tax addition and a 1% adjustment in revenue utilizing the city’s banked capacity. Councilmember Conrad Lee voted against the property tax ordinance.</p> <p>More details are available in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5941929&amp;GUID=C1AA1AF7-E13B-4217-A104-4EC5DAB61848" rel="noopener" target="_blank">agenda materials</a>. The full council discussion is available to watch online via <a href="https://youtu.be/fbe3OrIgQg8?t=7677" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Bellevue TV</a>. </p> <p class="lead">Tree code kickoff</p> <p>The council also initiated work on tree canopy code amendments to support tree preservation, retention, replacement and protection. Bellevue’s Environmental Stewardship Plan has established a 40% tree canopy goal. The most recent tree canopy assessment completed using 2019 data found that Bellevue had a 39% tree canopy, which was up 2% from 2011.</p> <p>Several opportunities to further support the achievement of the 40% tree canopy goal were discussed during the study session, including ways to improve the function and clarity of the Bellevue’s codes regarding trees, as well as capturing more useful data on tree removal and retention.</p> <p>The council unanimously voted to direct <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5941941&amp;GUID=A75E3569-D6E8-48AF-8627-E3D5717902EF" rel="noopener" target="_blank">initiation of the work</a> on the code amendments and direct the Planning Commission to process a land use code amendment.</p> <p class="lead">Botanical Garden donation</p> <p>Councilmembers took a moment to laud longtime Bellevue Botanical Garden supporter Terry Hayes for establishing an endowment to fund a full-time curator position at the garden in perpetuity. </p> <p>The position, currently part of the city’s 2023-24 proposed budget, will play a critical role in collection, conservation and education to achieve the garden’s core goal of connecting people with plants. More details about the donation are in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5941946&amp;GUID=B35C5E9D-B43F-4320-BCE5-50A1A4A9B8C4" rel="noopener" target="_blank">agenda memo</a>. </p> <p class="lead">Small Business Saturday and Native American Heritage Month</p> <p>Earlier in the evening the council read two proclamations recognizing Native Americans' heritage and the upcoming Small Businesses Saturday. </p> <p>National Native American Heritage Month was established in 1990. The month celebrates the accomplishments of local tribal communities as well as recognizing the many societal challenges and historical wrongs imposed upon them.  </p> <p>Small Business Saturday encourages all Bellevue residents to buy from local small businesses and merchants on Saturday, Nov. 26, as part of the kickoff of the holiday season. The city is collaborating with the Bellevue Downtown Association, Visit Bellevue, the Bellevue Chamber and many more local partners for the event. The Chamber’s Kim Fredericks was on hand to accept the proclamation.   </p> <p>Full text for both are available to read in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=A&amp;ID=955931&amp;GUID=81B1BFB3-5C3B-441A-AD7F-8F37EA2E5738">agenda materials</a>. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-11-22T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">November 22 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 23 Nov 2022 00:57:54 +0000 CIosso 202421 at https://bellevuewa.gov Motorist shot in Bridle Trails Sunday https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/motorist-shot-bridle-trails-sunday <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Motorist shot in Bridle Trails Sunday</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-11-21T23:32:56+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 11/21/2022 - 15:32</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Bellevue Police detectives are investigating a shooting early Sunday in Bridle Trails that left a 30-year-old local man dead. Witnesses reported hearing several gunshots and then a crash around 4 a.m. Sunday. Police found the victim in a car that had crashed.</p> <p>As of Monday, police had no suspects and were searching for other potential witnesses. Detectives spent 14 hours processing the scene and canvassing the area. They learned the victim was a local man with an unknown address, who had recently moved multiple times. Investigators searched the car the victim was driving and gathered significant evidence, which they were still processing. </p> <p>Anyone who heard or saw anything on the 14400 block of Northeast 35th Street around the time of the shooting, please contact detectives at <a href="mailto:bpdtips@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">bpdtips@bellevuewa.gov</a>.    </p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-drupal-entity align-center"><div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:media.large" data-entity-embed-display-settings="[]" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="4c19af3d-33be-4eb2-ae74-d79eea1916b7" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-10 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/inline-images/2022-11/Bridle%20Trails%20Shooting.jpg?itok=XPHSemCc" width="480" height="333" alt="Police at Bridle Trails location where a motorist was shot early Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> </div> <figcaption>Police review crime scene where a motorist was shot in Bridle Trails, on the 14400 block of Northeast 35th Street.</figcaption></figure></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-11-21T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">November 21 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 21 Nov 2022 23:32:56 +0000 CIosso 202376 at https://bellevuewa.gov Popular Snowflake Lane returns Nov. 25 https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/snowflake-lane-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Popular Snowflake Lane returns Nov. 25</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-11-16T17:50:40+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 11/16/2022 - 09:50</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-11/Snowflake%20Lane%20Aerial%20Courtesy%20Bellevue%20Collection.jpg?h=c3635fa2&amp;itok=as1VxcXn" width="640" height="400" alt="Floats go down Bellevue Way during an evening when it turns to Snowflake Lane. Photo courtesy of Bellevue Collection" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Bellevue’s holiday events season makes its return with nightly performances at the popular <a href="https://bellevuecollection.com/snowflakelane/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Snowflake Lane</a> Nov. 25-Dec. 24. The parade starting at 7 p.m. each evening will require the following street closures:</p> <ul><li>Bellevue Way Northeast, from Northeast Fourth Street to Northeast Eighth Street, 6:30-7:45 p.m. </li> <li>Northeast Sixth Street, from 105th Avenue Northeast to Bellevue Way Northeast, 6-7:45 p.m.</li> </ul><p>During the closures on Bellevue Way, visitors to the Bellevue Arts Museum may park in the underground parking at both Lincoln Square North (Westin Hotel) and Lincoln Square South (W Hotel). Both garages are accessible from 105th Avenue Northeast. </p> <p>Additional holiday events activities include Bellevue Parks’ <a href="https://bellevuebotanical.org/garden-dlights/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Garden d’Lights</a> at the Bellevue Botanical Garden (Nov. 26-Dec. 31); the <a href="https://www.bellevueicerink.com/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink</a> (Nov. 18-Jan. 8), presented by Symetra, at Downtown Park; <a href="https://www.meydenbauer.com/theatre/attend-a-show/calendar-ticket-information/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">holiday performances</a> at the Meydenbauer Center Theatre (Nov. 25-Dec. 23); KidsQuest Children’s Museum’s <a href="https://www.kidsquestmuseum.org/programs/gingerbread-events/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Gingerbread Workshop</a> (Nov. 25 and 26), at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue.</p> <p>Please walk, roll, drive and take transit safely this holiday season, and allow extra travel time to reach your destination safely. In the downtown area, watch for pedestrians in crosswalks and driveways, especially near construction zones. <br /> Also, consider using other modes of transportation when heading downtown. Information about transportation options is available at ChooseYourWayBellevue.org. </p> <p>Keep up to date on traffic impacts by checking <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="516f8802-4429-4463-a784-62d40dbd4f42" href="/city-government/departments/transportation/traffic-conditions/traffic-advisories" title="Traffic Advisories">traffic advisories</a>, updated weekly, the real-time <a href="https://trafficmap.bellevuewa.gov/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Bellevue traffic map and camera</a>s and <a href="http://twitter.com/bvuetrans" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Bellevue Transpo</a>, the Transportation Department’s Twitter channel.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-11-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">November 16 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 16 Nov 2022 17:50:40 +0000 CIosso 202346 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Budget amendments considered https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-budget-amendments-considered <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Budget amendments considered</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-11-17T01:01:40+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 11/16/2022 - 17:01</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-11/Wintergrass%20commendation.jpg?h=5dc9785f&amp;itok=aheozEGR" width="640" height="400" alt="Wintergrass commendation presented by council" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Plus, additional affordable housing tools introduced, annual Comprehensive Plan Amendments move ahead and Wintergrass commendation </p> <p>On Monday, the City Council had a chance to propose amendments and ask final questions related to the city manager’s 2023-2024 preliminary operating budget and 2023-2029 Capital Investment Program (CIP) Plan after receiving hundreds of comments from community members on preferred priorities.</p> <p>The council passed amendments to the budget including a one-time funding of $85,000 for arts in 2023 to come from the CIP arts and culture fund to the General Fund, as well as front loading investments in Vision Zero work in the CIP to equal $500,000 in each 2023 and 2024, with an intention of reevaluating the investment at the next budget cycle. </p> <p>Amendments that did not pass included a proposal to delay allocating funding for a police transit unit in anticipation of light rail service starting in 2024 and a proposal to allocate an additional $1.4 million for people experiencing behavioral health crises, specifically to pilot a community-responder program.  </p> <p>The full discussion and proposal details are available on <a href="https://youtu.be/fvzjTzjMhFg?t=2712" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of meeting">Bellevue Television replay</a>. The council is expected to take final action on the budget, possibly adopting it, at the Nov. 21 council meeting.</p> <h4>Additional affordable housing tools introduced</h4> <p>Councilmembers also received a briefing on affordable housing tools that may be options for utilization in the future. </p> <p>The presentation provided an overview of general affordable housing tools in advance of future Council consideration of specific planning efforts and code amendments, including the Next Right Work items, which are affordable housing actions taking place in the next 12-18 months. </p> <p>There are a variety of inclusionary zoning tools that can tie upzoning – changes to city code designed to allow new capacity for development – with the creation of affordable housing in new development. This includes an option for a commercial fee-in-lieu, by which developers of commercial upzoned properties could make payments to go towards affordable housing. Councilmembers asked a variety of questions about inclusionary zoning and commercial fee-in-lieu for follow up in the future as the council continues to look at how to improve affordable housing opportunities throughout Bellevue.  </p> <p>Councilmembers asked a variety of questions about inclusionary zoning and commercial fee-in-lieu for follow up in the future as the council continues to look at how to improve affordable housing opportunities throughout Bellevue.   </p> <p>More detail is available in the <a href="http://bellevue.legistar.com/gateway.aspx?m=l&amp;id=/matter.aspx?key=8528" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting materials</a>.</p> <h4>Annual Comprehensive Plan Amendments move ahead</h4> <p>In other business, the council voted unanimously to move forward with the Annual Comprehensive Plan Amendments (CPAs) related to the city’s Curb Management Plan and the Affordable Housing Action C-1 Phase 2 work to increase allowable density on certain properties owned by religious organizations to encourage development of affordable housing.</p> <p>The first of the two 2022 CPAs aims to establish a comprehensive approach to curb management while creating alignment with the forthcoming Curb Management Plan. The second would add policies to support increasing opportunities for affordable housing on certain qualifying properties in single-family districts owned by religious organizations. </p> <p>The council voted unanimously to have city staff bring back final ordinances for a vote to adopt both the 2022 Annual Comprehensive Plan Amendments as recommended by the Planning Commission, including minor modifications recommended by city staff for the curb management policies. More detail on the CPAs can be found in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5935512&amp;GUID=C3675D01-36AA-419A-A545-7941A60CB9E8" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting materials</a>. <br />  <br /> The next steps following adoption include development of the Curb Management Plan, and work on C-1 Phase 2 Land Use Code Amendments. Both initiatives will include further public engagement and program development details related to implementation.</p> <h4>Wintergrass recognized with commendation </h4> <p>The mayor and City Council presented a <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=11449647&amp;GUID=8C56F95F-9A55-4241-9A60-B9982390DD44" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to commendation">commendation</a> for the Wintergrass music festival, which recently won two awards from the Washington Festivals and Events Association. The four-day music festival held in Bellevue each spring received the award for Central Puget Sound Event of the Year and the Statewide Event of the Year.</p> <p>The commendation recognized the significant cultural and economic benefit the festival brings to the city and the ways community partners join together to ensure equitable access to this unique experience, especially for youth in the community. Wintergrass 2023 will be held Feb. 23-26. <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-11-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">November 16 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 17 Nov 2022 01:01:40 +0000 MDeGrand 202356 at https://bellevuewa.gov Garden d’Lights illuminates holidays with half million lights https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/garden-dlights-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Garden d’Lights illuminates holidays with half million lights</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-11-16T00:02:02+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 11/15/2022 - 16:02</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-11/Garden%20d%27Lights%20Twilight.jpg?h=84071268&amp;itok=T4DNTv2y" width="640" height="400" alt="Bushes and flowers crafted with LED lights twinkle at Bellevue Botanical Garden." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Garden d’Lights, one of Bellevue’s signature events, opens on Saturday, Nov. 26, and will run nightly through Saturday, Dec. 31, 4:30-9 p.m., excluding Christmas Day.</p> <p>Tickets – $8 for adults; free for children 10 and under – must be <a href="https://65203.blackbaudhosting.com/65203/page.aspx?pid=196&amp;tab=2&amp;txobjid=4c24dee7-40ba-4cbb-adf5-76a372f7e072" rel="noopener" target="_blank">purchased online</a> and are date- and time-specific. Tickets are required for everyone, including children, and are not sold at the event.</p> <p>Parking in the garden’s lot is available for $5 per car (cash and credit/debit cards), or free with a state-issued disability parking permit. Free parking is available at Wilburton Hill Park, approximately a quarter-mile mile east of the Botanical Garden.</p> <p>Approximately 130 volunteers donate 6,400 hours over an 11-month period to create an array of botanically correct plants, animals and natural features – including poinsettias, a fire breathing dragon and waterfalls – using incandescent and energy-saving LED lights, zip ties and rebar. New features this year include a snail, fairy door and a spot for photos just outside the education center. And live music from local groups will return to the event this year.</p> <p>Last year, more than 70,000 visitors enjoyed the light show. </p> <p>Garden d’Lights started in 1994 to entice visitors to the Garden during the winter. The event is made possible through a partnership of the Parks &amp; Community Services Department and the nonprofit Bellevue Botanical Garden Society.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-11-15T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">November 15 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 16 Nov 2022 00:02:02 +0000 CIosso 202341 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Dozens turn out for budget public hearing https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-dozens-turn-out-budget-public-hearing <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Dozens turn out for budget public hearing</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-11-10T16:16:24+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 11/10/2022 - 08:16</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-11/trans%20awareness%20proc%2011.7.22.jpg?h=a1f525db&amp;itok=7NJtb1tr" width="640" height="400" alt="Employee Resource Groups accept trans awareness proclamation" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Plus, Grand Connection Program gets key investment, city pursues B-SAFE and SS4A grant funding, and proclamations issued for human rights and transgender awareness </p> <p>On Monday, the City Council heard from more than 30 people and received written comments from more than 100 community members during a public hearing and comment period for the 2023-2024 operating budget and 2023-2029 Capital Investment Program (CIP) plan.</p> <p>Comments from the public during the hearing covered issues of public safety, environment, workforce, transportation and arts, including:</p> <ul><li>Support for apprenticeship programs; </li> <li>Various strategies presented for mental health response through the Community Crisis Assistance Team (CCAT);</li> <li>Requests for more funding for Vision Zero efforts, arts and environmental stewardship;</li> <li>Asks for additional police officer positions in the budget; and </li> <li>Comments both in favor or and opposed to an eventual light rail transit police unit. </li> </ul><p>Councilmembers requested further information to come back during a final budget study session Nov. 14 on several topics related to the public’s comments including Vision Zero, Environmental Stewardship spending, the CCAT program, police recruiting, arts and culture funding and planning for the outcome of the parks levy.</p> <p>The full public hearing and council discussion is available on <a href="https://youtu.be/wUPZ2Hm6Qgc?t=3313" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of meeting">replay through Bellevue Television</a>. Tentative adoption of the budget once these topics have been further discussed is currently scheduled for Nov. 21. </p> <h4>Grand Connection Program gets key investment</h4> <p>The council also received good news about an investment from the business community to continue developing the city’s multi-decade plan to connect Meydenbauer Bay through downtown to the Eastrail multipurpose pathway on the east side of I-405 with an activated corridor called the Grand Connection. </p> <p>The Grand Connection is a complex public-private partnership that involves more than 35 property owners and four government agencies. The work to date is broken into two phases, the first is improvements to parks, sidewalks and private property along the route through downtown as well as activations to promote the Grand Connection as a gathering place and connector. Phase 2 is working to connect the route to Wilburton, pursue additional funding from multiple sources and complete key segments of the route through private redevelopments. </p> <p>A significant element of the Grand Connection Program is how it will cross the I-405 freeway to reach the Wilburton neighborhood. This is currently envisioned as a near-term pedestrian bridge and a longer-term lid over the freeway. Amazon has donated $2.5 million with the city matching that contribution – included in the proposed 2023-2024 budget – to help begin the design process for the bridge that will be a catalyst for connecting Wilburton to downtown. These investments would fund 30% of the bridge design in 2024, with more work and fundraising to follow.  </p> <p>More information is available in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5923381&amp;GUID=2D31795B-0E3E-4609-95E3-CF5E7CF20A25" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting materials</a>.</p> <h4>City pursues B-SAFE and SS4A grant funding </h4> <p>In other business, the council was updated on the city’s Bellevue Safe Access for Everyone (B-SAFE) Implementation Grant, a joint application between the City of Bellevue and King County. </p> <p>If successful, the grant would allow Bellevue to rapidly implement the <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/transportation/safety-and-maintenance/traffic-safety/vision-zero/vision-zero-action-plan" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to Vision Zero Plan">Vision Zero Plan</a> and many transportation safety treatments and tools to support our thriving urban core. The city’s commitment to safety aligns with the <a href="https://www.transportation.gov/grants/SS4A" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to SS4A priorities">Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) priorities</a>, and application components include Eastrail regional trail safety connections, complete street installations and innovative practices and technologies to improve safety for those who walk, roll, drive or take transit. </p> <p>There are also several public and private sector partners providing either financial or in-kind support to the application. They include Sound Transit, Amazon Web Services, T-Mobile, Qualcomm, Advanced Mobility Analytics Group and Miovision.</p> <h4>Proclamations issued for human rights and transgender awareness </h4> <p>At the top of the meeting Mayor Robinson and the council read two proclamations recognizing Transgender Awareness Week and Transgender Day of Remembrance this month, as well a proclamation focused on the Iranian community.</p> <p>The proclamations are available in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=A&amp;ID=955929&amp;GUID=378C4890-46A3-4AD7-899E-F024F005DB71" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to agenda with proclamations">meeting agenda</a>.<br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-11-10T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">November 10 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 10 Nov 2022 16:16:24 +0000 MDeGrand 202321 at https://bellevuewa.gov Bellevue tops digital cities assessment again https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/bellevue-tops-digital-cities-assessment-again <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Bellevue tops digital cities assessment again</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-11-11T01:33:12+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 11/10/2022 - 17:33</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-11/DigCities%20Survey%20Winner_3_RGB.jpg?h=b69e0e0e&amp;itok=iIDNTCil" width="640" height="400" alt="Digital Cities Logo" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>For the third time in five years, Bellevue has taken first place in the Digital Cities Survey, <a href="https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.govtech.com%2Fdc%2Fdigital-cities%2Fdigital-cities-survey-2022-winners-announced&amp;data=05%7C01%7CSSchneider%40bellevuewa.gov%7Caffe55f5cdc54939a58b08dac3427f96%7C222d2edd825545bd859752141b82f713%7C0%7C0%7C638036987691139726%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&amp;sdata=BPNNmeAjQNagXhpTA8DdWXjpt8MRvHcY26aoIX0NcsI%3D&amp;reserved=0" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to Center for Digital Government news release">announced Thursday</a> by the Center for Digital Government. The annual survey recognizes cities using technology to enhance services. </p> <p>Bellevue, which was tops in 2018 and 2020, was again awarded first place this year among cities with a population between 125,000-249,999, for innovations that improve digital access for residents. The city took third the other years.</p> <p>“To be recognized as the very best at technological innovation over multiple years is a remarkable achievement for the City of Bellevue,” City Manager Brad Miyake said. “I’m incredibly proud of our city staff for consistently innovating and leveraging technology to deliver high-quality services to our diverse community.”</p> <p>Key breakthroughs in 2022 included:</p> <ul><li>leveraging <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/transportation/safety-and-maintenance/traffic-safety/vision-zero/videoanalytics" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to video stats">video</a> from traffic cameras around Bellevue to track near-crashes between people driving, walking and bicycling, which helps the city determine where safety improvements would be most helpful </li> <li>adding free public Wi-Fi to affordable housing properties and upgrading Wi-Fi access at parks and other city facilities</li> <li>supporting integration of smart water meter data for Bellevue Utilities</li> <li>launching additions to the city's <a href="https://data.bellevuewa.gov/" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to data dashoards">data portal</a>, including <a href="https://performance.bellevuewa.gov/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">data tracking progress on City Council priorities</a> and <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/police/police-initiatives/use-force-policy-reform" rel="noopener" target="_blank">police data</a>, to add transparency and facilitate data-driven decision-making </li> </ul><p>“Bellevue is incredibly honored to place first this year,” said Sabra Schneider, chief information officer. “The Information Technology Department partners with the public and other departments across the city to advance technology that is accessible, innovative and helps deliver transparent services to the community we serve.”</p> <p>All U.S. cities are invited to take part in the annual Digital Cities Survey. The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute focused on technology policy and best practices in state and local government. More information on the winning cities is available on the <a href="https://www.govtech.com/dc/digital-cities-2022-building-resilience-equity-and-inclusion" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to article">Government Technology website</a>.</p> <p>City Councilmember Janice Zahn will accept Bellevue’s award at a Nov. 17 reception in Kansas City, Missouri.  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-11-10T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">November 10 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 11 Nov 2022 01:33:12 +0000 MDeGrand 202331 at https://bellevuewa.gov Holiday gift card drive supports local families https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/holiday-gift-card-drive-supports-local-families <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Holiday gift card drive supports local families</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-11-10T01:04:21+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 11/09/2022 - 17:04</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-11/PKS-22-7409%20Children%27s%20Holiday%20Drive%20Social.png?h=8c5df5f3&amp;itok=TLuWz5Lt" width="640" height="400" alt="Holiday gift card drive image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The city is sponsoring a children’s holiday gift card drive through Dec. 2 for Bellevue families in need of support. </p> <p>Bellevue Parks &amp; Community Services and the Bellevue Firefighters Community Support Foundation (BFCSF) are collecting online donations at the <a href="https://www.bfcsf.org/toy-drive-donate/" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to BFCSF website to donate">BFCSF website</a>. The funds will go toward purchasing gift cards for local families to use this holiday season; local partners will distribute the cards.</p> <p>Donations may be made <a href="https://www.bfcsf.org/toy-drive-donate/" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to online site to donate">online</a> or by sending a check to BFCSF, P.O. Box 53568, Bellevue, WA 98015. </p> <p>A <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2022/PKS-22-7255-Children%27s%20Holiday%20Drive-WEB.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to flyer">flyer about the drive</a> has additional information or readers can contact Crossroads Community Center (<a href="mailto:ccc@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Email event organizers">ccc@bellevuewa.gov</a> or 425-452-4874).</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-11-09T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">November 9 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 10 Nov 2022 01:04:21 +0000 MDeGrand 202311 at https://bellevuewa.gov National Transportation Safety Board chair checks out Bellevue's street safety measures https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/ntsb-visit <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">National Transportation Safety Board chair checks out Bellevue&#039;s street safety measures</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-11-03T19:29:00+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 11/03/2022 - 12:29</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-11/NTSB%20Chair%20Homendy%20Tour.jpg?h=1c750da8&amp;itok=djoXm8Fv" width="640" height="400" alt="NTSB chair Jennifer Homendy (front row, second from right) takes a walking tour of Bellevue with Mayor Lynne Robinson (right, front row) and County Commissioner Claudia Balducci (second from left, front row)." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Trip features walking and biking tours</p> <p>Jennifer Homendy, chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, visited Bellevue on Monday and viewed multiple city projects that are making it safer for people walking, bicycling, rolling, taking transit or driving to get around Bellevue.</p> <p>Making a stop in Bellevue during a trip to the region, Homendy also learned about the city’s collaboration with public and private partners in its efforts to improve safety on city streets.</p> <p>“I applaud the City of Bellevue for its work to improve transportation safety, especially for road users,” Homendy said. “The leaders I met with understand that it will take a holistic, multimodal approach to end the public health crisis on our roads and achieve our ultimate goal of zero — the only acceptable number of roadway deaths and serious injuries.”</p> <p>Homendy attended a walking tour of downtown, participated in a conversation on Innovative Safety Technology Solutions at the T-Mobile 5G Hub in BelRed and joined King County Council Chair Claudia Balducci and Bellevue Mayor Lynne Robinson on a bike tour of BelRed and downtown. City Manager Brad Miyake also joined Homendy during her visit.</p> <p>“I’m proud every day of the ways we’re making Bellevue streets safer for all users and supporting regional rails and trails,” Mayor Robinson said. “It’s a real thrill to be able to showcase our progress for a national transportation safety leader.”</p> <p>Showcased projects and programs during the visit included:</p> <ul><li>the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="1d1f0706-ab95-42a2-ad17-7a0388d892f5" href="/city-government/departments/transportation/projects/neighborhood-projects/completed-neighborhood-0" title="108th Avenue NE Complete Street">108th Avenue Northeast Complete Street</a> project</li> <li>the regional <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="ffb8e5f1-6630-43f5-8ba4-66bacb039b3e" href="/city-government/departments/transportation/projects/capital-projects/eastside-rail-corridor-trail" title="Eastrail Multi-use Corridor">Eastrail multi-use trail</a></li> <li>Bellevue’s <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="144c2ac3-f82a-499e-8be9-97abb853c502" href="/city-government/departments/transportation/safety-and-maintenance/traffic-safety/vision-zero" title="Vision Zero">Vision Zero initiative</a> </li> <li><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="5323ec03-466f-44d8-adea-87b6e518cdb4" href="/city-government/departments/transportation/projects/east-link-light-rail" title="East Link Light Rail">East Link light rail</a></li> <li><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="f7de53f2-51d8-44a2-ab8a-db65868fea56" href="/city-government/departments/transportation/projects/belred-street-improvements" title="BelRed Improvements">Spring District development</a></li> </ul><p>Other attendees included staff from various city departments and the National Transportation Safety Board, and partners from Advanced Mobility Analytics Group, Amazon, Amazon Web Services, the Bellevue Downtown Association, Cascade Bicycle Club, Disability Mobility Initiative, Eastrail Partners, King County, Miovision, Qualcomm, REI, Sound Transit, Spoke, T-Mobile, the state Department of Transportation and the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-11-03T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">November 3 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 03 Nov 2022 19:29:00 +0000 CIosso 202211 at https://bellevuewa.gov City economic efforts spotlighted in It's Your City https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/iyc-10-22-message <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">City economic efforts spotlighted in It&#039;s Your City</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-11-02T14:34:50+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 11/02/2022 - 07:34</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-11/Its-Your-City-10-22-Cover.jpg?h=d8800743&amp;itok=cfi09Ykb" width="640" height="400" alt="The cover of the Fall/Winter 2022 issue of It&#039;s Your City features a Bellwether event." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>As Bellevue continues to emerge from the pandemic, the city is working to make its economy more resilient by supporting innovation and growth among artists, businesses, entrepreneurs and residents. This economic development focus is highlighted in the <a data-entity-substitution="file" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d3575ff2-75fb-4514-bd03-c792651709f6" href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2022/Its-Your-City-Fall-22.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Its-Your-City-Fall-22.pdf">Fall/Winter issue of It’s Your City</a>, which is hitting Bellevue mailboxes this week.</p> <p>Also in this issue:</p> <ul><li><strong>Proposed budget</strong>: Details about the preliminary 2023-24 budget, which proposed continued spending for council priorities including environmental stewardship, public safety, affordable housing and equity.  </li> <li><strong>Parks levy</strong>: Readers learn about the funding measure on the November ballot that proposes new investments in Bellevue’s parks and open space system, including new parks, trails and facilities. </li> <li><strong>East Link delay</strong>: Problems with the supports for the East Link track at both ends of the Interstate 90 floating bridge will delay opening of Sound Transit’s Eastside light rail line by at least a year. </li> <li><strong>Council Corner</strong>: Mayor Lynne Robinson explains how the city is expanding affordable housing options to address the crisis facing Bellevue and other cities around the region and the country. </li> </ul><p>To better capture the range of events and programs covered in each issue of <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="22adc5ce-cee1-42f7-bd33-0b95f119ccd3" href="/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/communications/its-your-city" title="It's Your City">It’s Your City</a>, we’re associating them with seasons (fall/winter, spring/summer and summer/winter) instead of months as we've done in the past. The spring/summer  issue will come out in February.</p> <p>If you have questions or comments, please contact IYC editor <a href="mailto:ciosso@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Claude Iosso</a>. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-11-02T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">November 2 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 02 Nov 2022 14:34:50 +0000 CIosso 202181 at https://bellevuewa.gov Taking applications for free naturalist training https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/naturalist-training-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Taking applications for free naturalist training</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-11-01T21:08:27+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 11/01/2022 - 14:08</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-11/Naturalists%20Weowna%20Park.jpg?h=e642d131&amp;itok=DmW1oKfP" width="640" height="400" alt="Bellevue naturalists help restore Weowna Park forest." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Do you want to learn more about nature in Bellevue and use that knowledge to guide and inspire others? Applications are being accepted for free naturalist training, designed to develop a group of dedicated volunteers who can lead city environmental education and restoration efforts.</p> <p>The training, open to adults, is Feb. 23 to April 27. Virtual classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., with in-person outdoor workshops. The program is free with a volunteer commitment of 100 hours of service.</p> <p>To apply, complete and submit the online application at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="df53ca31-cb47-4cb9-ac5b-20aea413b59f" href="/city-government/departments/parks/nature-and-environment/visitor-centers-environmental-programs/environmental-stewardship-volunteer-opportunities/master-naturalist" title="Bellevue Naturalist">Bellevue Naturalist</a> by Wednesday, Nov. 30.  </p> <p>“We are investing in people who are invested in stewarding Bellevue’s natural resources,” said Michael Shiosaki, director of Parks &amp; Community Services.</p> <p>Bellevue Naturalists, formerly known as master naturalists, learn about the area’s ecology, geology, wildlife, plant life, cultural history, wetlands, forests and streams from professors, local professionals, scientists and park rangers. </p> <p>Participants focus on restoration and conservation efforts and, once trained, will work with and educate the community. That includes helping to lead Stewardship Saturday and Eco Friday volunteer projects as well as hikes and/or canoe tours.</p> <p>Ideal candidates have an enthusiasm for learning and a passion for the outdoors. Bellevue residents will have priority for selection, but residents of other cities will be considered if space allows.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-11-01T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">November 1 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 01 Nov 2022 21:08:27 +0000 CIosso 202146 at https://bellevuewa.gov New park and self-defense training from police on Lake to Lake https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/lake-to-lake-10-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New park and self-defense training from police on Lake to Lake</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-10-31T15:41:02+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 10/31/2022 - 08:41</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-10/Newport%20Hills%20Woodlawn%20Park%20Swing.JPG?h=e1fc784c&amp;itok=kWjzU3kf" width="640" height="400" alt="Kids play on the swing at Newport Hills Woodlawn Park." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>You may have heard about Bellevue adding a park recently. The latest episode of the <a href="https://youtu.be/6NUBUC9KYvk" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Lake to Lake news show</a> serves up views of Newport Hills Woodlawn Park's amenities along with rave reviews from residents who attended the grand opening.</p> <p>The neighborhood park features 10 acres of wooded trails, along with an off-leash dog area, playground and green space. The city acquired three properties over about 10 years for the park. Folks from the neighborhood share their excitement about having this resource in their midst.</p> <p>In addition to the park, Lake to Lake was at the city's first fall Arbor Day celebration, where residents planted trees at Bannerwood Park. Hundreds also picked free trees given away by the city. Also, viewers will learn about a free self-defense training from the Bellevue police, in which Officer Craig Hanaumi empowers women with some jiu-jitsu. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-10-31T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">October 31 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 31 Oct 2022 15:41:02 +0000 CIosso 202136 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Environment, equity and human services budget details https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-10-24-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Environment, equity and human services budget details</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-10-27T20:50:56+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/27/2022 - 13:50</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-10/Council%20Diwali.jpg?h=f6dcd988&amp;itok=YWsr5Sab" width="640" height="400" alt="The City Council issues proclamation celebrating contributions to the community from Hindu Americans." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Plus, development services and school impact fee adjustments discussed and Hindu awareness proclamation </p> <p>On Monday, the City Council had an in-depth review and discussion on several aspects of Bellevue’s proposed 2023-2024 budget. Investment topics reviewed by the council during the meeting included environmental stewardship, diversity, equity and inclusion, and human services, as well as fees for Development Services and school impact fees.</p> <p>The two-year operating budget and seven-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Plan together include an increase in spending for the city’s Environmental Stewardship Initiative by $10.1 million through both municipal and community actions to support accelerated implementation of the actions in the Environmental Stewardship Plan. This is a four-fold increase over the prior budget and is focused on tackling the largest sources of greenhouse gases including buildings and transportation. Specific actions proposed include energy and sustainability programs in the community, public education, urban forestry and increasing energy efficiency at city facilities with renewable energy upgrades and electric vehicle charging stations.  </p> <p>The city has also included a concerted focus on diversity, equity and inclusion work in the proposed 2023-2024 budget, including updating the goals, strategies and application of tools within the Diversity Advantage Plan, first adopted in 2014. Specific investment areas are expected to include citywide employee training, continuance of work to develop a budget equity framework for the city, building and strengthening relationships with Tribal governments, and developing cross-cultural programming, exploring cross-cultural spaces and pursuing partnerships for the work.</p> <p>In human services, the city’s budget proposal continues funding priorities for investing in the Human Services Fund, which received an unprecedented number of applications for funding in 2023. The fund has $4.8 million through funding from property taxes as well as significant donations from the business community to spend on the continuum of human services, including food security, housing stability, behavioral health, education and employment support and services for violence survivors. The commission recommended funding 114 programs through the Human Services Fund.</p> <p>The city also helps to administer the federal Community Development Block Grant program to accomplish national objectives established by federal regulations. The Human Services Commission made recommendations for the expected 2023 funding of about $1.3 million to support low- and moderate-income residents with human services, rehabilitation/repair of single-family homes and microenterprise business assistance. Additionally, the city has a Housing Stability Program, which uses a 0.01% sales and use tax increase passed through state House Bill 1590 for affordable housing, behavioral health and housing-related services in the community. The Human Services Commission made funding recommendations for approximately $1.75 million for this program. </p> <p>The full council presentation is available on <a href="https://youtu.be/0pJHtqYf1ZA?t=2193" rel="noopener" target="_blank">replay through Bellevue Television</a>. </p> <p class="lead">Development Services and school impact fee adjustments</p> <p>The council also received a Development Services budget update, including Development Services proposed 2023 fees and hourly rates and school impact fee schedule. </p> <p>The presentation included the results of the Development Services annual cost of service study, including a policy recommendation to adjust the Land Use review cost recovery objective to 100% fee-supported. Adjustments to fees reflect the results of the annual fee analysis and are aimed at maintaining service levels across the multi-department line of business. The ongoing success of the Development Services line of business requires quick responses to shifts in workload, performance or revenues generated from permit fees as Bellevue continues to experience the current development cycle, which is at a nine-year-high plateau. </p> <p>More details are available in the <a href="http://bellevue.legistar.com/gateway.aspx?m=l&amp;id=/matter.aspx?key=8281" rel="noopener" target="_blank">meeting materials</a>.</p> <p class="lead">Proclamation for Hindu awareness </p> <p>The mayor and City Council presented members of Bellevue’s local Hindu community with a <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=11349746&amp;GUID=10C53C50-10AB-4CBD-90BF-B407D6592BF1" rel="noopener" target="_blank">proclamation for Hindu American Awareness and Appreciation Month</a>, auspiciously on Diwali, a special holiday for those in the Hindu community. </p> <p>The proclamation noted the benefits received by Bellevue and many other communities from the inclusion of Hindu Americans and their contributions to the vitality, growth and wellbeing of our cities. </p> <p><em><strong>NOTE: </strong> The next City Council meeting will be Nov. 7 due to Oct. 31 being the fifth Monday of the month.</em></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-10-27T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">October 27 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 27 Oct 2022 20:50:56 +0000 CIosso 202111 at https://bellevuewa.gov Bellevue Probation’s domestic violence treatment gets results https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/probation-dv-treatment <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Bellevue Probation’s domestic violence treatment gets results</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-10-27T16:49:23+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/27/2022 - 09:49</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>People convicted of domestic violence offenses have a low rate of reconviction after treatment from the Bellevue Probation Office, according to a <a href="https://www.courts.wa.gov/subsite/gjc/documents/GJ_Study_Pilot_DVMRT.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank">study</a> by the Washington Gender and Justice Commission. </p> <p>According to data provided from six municipal courts in the region, including Bellevue’s, in the year following treatment, participants who underwent domestic violence moral reconation therapy had an 8.4% rate of reconviction for DV offenses, compared to 12.5% with other forms of treatment and providers. </p> <p>Bellevue Probation has been offering moral reconation therapy, which confronts faulty thinking that leads to inappropriate behavior, for about six years. In addition to being more effective, Bellevue Probation’s moral reconation class is substantially cheaper than other treatments, including moral reconation from private providers. </p> <p>The treatment’s affordability ($120 for a six-month course versus $50-100 per weekly session for six to 18 months) gives municipal judges more sentencing options, researchers found. </p> <p>“Bellevue Probation is in the business of changing lives,” said King County District Court’s East Division Presiding Judge Lisa O’Toole. “They put clients at ease by establishing trust and solid working relationships. They set them on a path to improve every aspect of their lives.”</p> <p>Bellevue’s Probation division, part of the city’s Parks &amp; Community Services Department, works with adults charged with or convicted of misdemeanor offenses from King County District Court to monitor and track court ordered obligations. Within the guidelines set by the court, Bellevue Probation provides programs and services to individuals that address their areas of need and increase stability in their lives.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-10-27T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">October 27 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 27 Oct 2022 16:49:23 +0000 CIosso 202106 at https://bellevuewa.gov Halloween on the Hill returns to SBCC https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/halloween-on-hill-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Halloween on the Hill returns to SBCC</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-10-20T16:54:32+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/20/2022 - 09:54</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-10/Halloween%20Pumpkin%20race%20Red%20wig.jpg?h=2cea9ccb&amp;itok=0QJ2FY9x" width="640" height="400" alt="Children experience joy and agony at start of a Halloween on the Hill pumpkin race." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Halloween on the Hill, which features multiple family-friendly events at the South Bellevue Community Center, returns after a hiatus for the pandemic. Register for individual events at <a href="https://register.bellevuewa.gov/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Register.BellevueWA.gov</a> or 425-452-4240.</p> <p>Except for the Storybook Hike, all of the events at <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2022/SBCC-Halloween-On-The-Hill-Booklet.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Halloween on the Hill</a> are on Saturday, Oct. 29. All are at the SBCC, 14509 SE Newport Way.</p> <ul><li>Storybook Hike</li> <li>Kickball Spooktacular</li> <li>Pumpkin Races</li> <li>Carnival</li> <li>Family Magic Show</li> <li>Mystery Theatre on the Hill</li> </ul><p><strong>Storybook Hike through the Enchanted Forest</strong><br /> Read a whimsical storybook on a self-guided hike suitable for all ages. Comfortable shoes advised for unpaved trail levels of varying steepness. People can participate in this event any time between 7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Oct. 22-31.</p> <p><strong>Kickball Spooktacular</strong><br /> Bring a team or play as a free agent, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Preregistration required.</p> <p><strong>Carnival on the Hill</strong><br /> The carnival offers fun for the whole family with games, food, a rock wall, inflatables, noon-3 p.m. Pre-purchase wristbands for a discounted price of $10. The wristbands, also available the day of the event for $12, offer unlimited access to all activities (minus food).</p> <p><strong>Family Magic Show</strong><br /> Enjoy a 60-minute show of curious surprises. 3-4 p.m., free.</p> <p><strong>Pumpkin Races</strong><br /> Decorate a pumpkin with wheels and get in on the fun at one of two sessions,10 a.m.-noon, noon-2 p.m. Buy ($25) pumpkin racer kit online or in person. Race registration included with purchase. Ages 6 and up. Free; Registration required.</p> <p>Free Pumpkin Race Workshops on Saturday, Oct. 22, noon-1 p.m. (Course #2203928-1) and Tuesday, Oct. 25, 6:30-7:30 pm. (Course #2203928-2).</p> <p><strong>Mystery Dessert Theatre</strong><br /> Find the thief and restore the missing diamond to its rightful place, getting the unveiling back on track. Dessert, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages are included in this program for people ages 18+. 6:30-9 p.m. $10/person. Preregistration is required. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-10-20T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">October 20 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 20 Oct 2022 16:54:32 +0000 CIosso 202086 at https://bellevuewa.gov Cultural Conversations: Japanese Tea Ceremony conveys welcoming https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/cultural-conversations-japanese-tea-ceremony-conveys-welcoming <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Cultural Conversations: Japanese Tea Ceremony conveys welcoming </span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-10-18T19:34:18+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 10/18/2022 - 12:34</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-10/Tea%20Ceremony%202.jpg?h=25c8c30e&amp;itok=RrhBX2y5" width="640" height="400" alt="Photo of Omotesenke(表千家) style provided by Ichigo Ichie Foundation" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Cultural Conversations continues its in-person programming with welcoming, storytelling and connection through a poignant tea ceremony presented by Bellevue/Eastside hosts Ichigo Ichie Foundation, a cultural and ethnic awareness organization on Mercer Island. </p> <p>The “Once in a Lifetime” Omotesenke Japanese Tea Ceremony takes place on Tuesday Oct. 25, 1-2:30 p.m. at the Crossroads Community Center located at 16000 Northeast 10th Street in Bellevue.</p> <p>During this presentation, guests will receive an overview of the history of the tea ceremony. Randomly selected attendees will participate in the tea ritual. Following the demonstration, attendees can enjoy table conversation as they share their own experience of tea.</p> <p>To register for the in-person event, or for more information or accommodation needs, please contact <a href="mailto:NeighborhoodOutreach@Bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Register for event">NeighborhoodOutreach@Bellevuewa.gov</a> or call 452-452-6836.</p> <p>Cultural Conversations, a program in its thirteenth season, has transformed relationships and perspectives among diverse women in our community through education and storytelling by providing a safe space for community connection. </p> <p>For alternate formats, interpreters, or reasonable accommodation requests please phone 425-452-6917 (voice) or email <a href="mailto:cross@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Email event organizers">cross@bellevuewa.gov</a>. For complaints regarding accommodations, contact City of Bellevue ADA/Title VI Administrator at 425-452-6168 (voice). If you are deaf or hard of hearing dial 711. All in-person meetings are wheelchair accessible.</p> <p><em>Photo credit to <span>Ichigo Ichie Foundation, representing the Omotesenke(表千家) style.</span><span><span> </span></span></em></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-10-18T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">October 18 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 18 Oct 2022 19:34:18 +0000 MDeGrand 202081 at https://bellevuewa.gov Openings on Bellevue Network on Aging https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/network-on-aging-recruitment-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Openings on Bellevue Network on Aging</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-30T22:01:47+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/30/2022 - 15:01</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2021-08/Bellevue%20Network%20on%20Aging.jpg?h=15a8786e&amp;itok=6EhmNf9j" width="640" height="400" alt="Members of the Network on Aging represent the group at a gathering." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The City of Bellevue is recruiting new members for the Bellevue Network on Aging, a board that supports healthy aging in our community. Interested candidates may <a data-entity-substitution="file" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e38fd181-4683-4d0b-ac11-35a4ca7921bc" href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2022/BNOA-Application-Form-2022.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="BNOA-Application-Form-2022.pdf">apply online</a> by Friday, Oct. 28.</p> <p>The Network on Aging promotes awareness of needs and resources that support older adults through life transitions. Through effective outreach, regional collaboration and community involvement, BNOA champions the well-being of older adults in Bellevue.</p> <p>Members serve on the Network on Aging for a term of three years with a commitment of six to 12 hours per month. Members must live, work or serve older adults in Bellevue, and 51 percent of the group must be over 50 years of age.</p> <p>For more information, please contact community services supervisor Dan Lassiter, 425-452-4470 or <a href="mailto:dlassiter@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">dlassiter@bellevuewa.gov</a>. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-10-18T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">October 18 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 30 Aug 2022 22:01:47 +0000 CIosso 201711 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Utilities budget presented https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-utilities-budget <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Utilities budget presented</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-10-13T16:23:26+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/13/2022 - 09:23</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-10/Smart%20Communities%20Mobility%20Award.jpg?h=84071268&amp;itok=OVdneUuO" width="640" height="400" alt="The City Council and Transportation staff accept a Smart Communities mobility award." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Plus, affordable housing, transportation award and students presented with proclamation </p> <p>On Monday, the City Council had an in-depth review and discussion on Bellevue Utilities’ proposed 2023-2024 budget and customer rates. </p> <p>The presentation noted that Utilities is not immune to rising costs in our region and is facing significant external cost increases from wholesale service providers for drinking water supply and wastewater treatment. In addition, Bellevue Utilities is making necessary capital investments to care for aging infrastructure, noting that prudent investment in infrastructure now is imperative to ensure future generations will not face major system failures. </p> <p>To ensure a forward-thinking, sustainable approach to utility services, Bellevue Utilities has a two-year operating budget of $378.1 million and a seven-year capital investment program of $318 million. Utilities is proposing a combined rate increase of 6.7% in 2023 and 5.8% in 2024 for water, sewer and stormwater management services. This translates into a monthly increase of $13.18 in 2023 and $12.19 in 2024 for a typical residential customer.     </p> <p>Recognizing the region is facing affordability concerns, Utilities offers an Emergency Assistance Program along with utility rate and tax relief programs to aid customers facing financial hardships. Customers are encouraged to contact Utilities about these and other support services.</p> <p>Utilities is not funded by tax revenue; instead, Bellevue utility services are primarily funded by customer rates, and the city benchmarks rates against neighboring cities to ensure rates remain comparable. After a lengthy budget and rate-setting process including public outreach, the proposed budget was reviewed and unanimously recommended for adoption by the Environmental Services Commission, the resident advisory committee that advises the council on Utilities policies and budget. </p> <p>The full council presentation is available on <a href="https://youtu.be/ny0ZErtRfcw" rel="noopener" target="_blank">replay through Bellevue Television</a>. </p> <p class="lead">Affordable housing work including micro-apartments</p> <p>Councilmembers received a biannual Affordable Housing Strategy update, which included a progress report on affordable housing units achieved through about the halfway point of the city’s Affordable Housing Strategy, adopted in 2017. Since adoption, the program has either preserved or created 2,072 affordable units, with 809 in the pipeline for development. </p> <p>A discussion on council-directed Next Right Work items, which the city has prioritized for completion in the next 12 to 18 months, was part of the update, including reducing barriers to creating micro-apartments, allowing higher density in mixed-use residential areas and reducing permitting costs for affordable housing projects.</p> <p>The update also highlighted the city’s Housing Stability Program, which is using funds through state House Bill 1590 for housing and related supportive services, the recently updated multifamily tax exemption program, which has nearly 300 affordable housing units identified through future projects, in addition to 147 units already approved for development, and Phase 2 of the Affordable Housing Action C-1, which is being explored as a way to further increase residential density on certain faith-owned properties in the city.</p> <p>The update mentioned an upcoming Housing Needs Assessment and housing capacity analysis, in addition to an Environmental Impact Statement being developed as part of the city’s Comprehensive Plan Periodic Update that will help inform affordable housing policy development and future actions.</p> <p>The council also unanimously approved the initiation of land use code amendments that will remove barriers to the development of micro-apartments. Micro-apartments present an opportunity to increase and diversify the city’s overall housing supply because lower-cost housing units are made available by these small square-footage units. This land use code amendment will include updates to provisions that currently limit the development of this type of housing.</p> <p>The Planning Commission will begin considering code amendments for removing barriers to micro-apartments later this year. More information will be available at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="be06c9ff-e3ae-4491-b86c-b81385f24fac" href="/city-government/departments/development/codes-and-guidelines/code-amendments" title="Code Amendments">Code Amendments</a>. Meanwhile, more information about all the housing topics discussed at the meeting are available in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=A&amp;ID=955926&amp;GUID=6E1884F2-BB52-46E5-9010-5239F1AE8111" rel="noopener" target="_blank">agenda items</a>.</p> <p class="lead">Transportation mobility award</p> <p>The city was honored by the state Department of Commerce with the 2022 Governor’s Smart Communities Award in the “smart projects” category for the successful implementation of its Mobility Implementation Plan.</p> <p>On Monday, Valerie Smith, Deputy Managing Director for the state Department of Commerce, presented the award to council, the Transportation Commission chair and Transportation staff. The award recognizes outstanding work by local governments in creating vibrant and livable communities by achieving the goals of the Growth Management Act.</p> <p>The MIP was <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="7d575f23-7fad-4e7b-92b4-d2e36d474a5d" href="/city-government/departments/transportation/planning/infrastructure-and-subareas/mobility" title="Mobility Implementation Plan">adopted in April</a> and its objective is to provide a new long-range planning framework to help city officials decide on transportation project investments based on what people want in their transportation system, the quality of life they expect and what users of all ages and abilities need to reach their destinations through all modes of transportation.</p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:media.medium" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="bbe05d7a-ba85-4d6d-8d89-1b14920090cf" data-langcode="en" class="align-left embedded-entity" data-entity-embed-display-settings="[]"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-10 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium_330_220/public/inline-images/2022-10/Walk%20to%20School%20Proclamation.jpg?itok=QRMblsq3" width="330" height="248" alt="Bellevue students accept a safe walk to school proclamation." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium-330-220" /></div> </div> </div> </div> <p class="lead">Students presented with proclamation</p> <p>Among three proclamations made by the mayor and council was <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=11291159&amp;GUID=27AE1A09-F93C-48B3-BDAB-D4432E9EDFA1" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Walk and Roll to School Day</a>, to encourage safe, healthy and sustainable routes to school for our community’s children.</p> <p>Students from the Bellevue School District were on hand to accept the proclamation, raise awareness for safely getting to and from school and celebrate all the ways to walk or roll to school or the bus stop.</p> <p>The council also issued proclamations for <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=11291199&amp;GUID=F739D930-A4BA-4033-B3F8-CEFC80A31B32" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Indigenous Peoples’ Day</a> on Oct. 10 and the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=11291200&amp;GUID=9D24996C-6FA9-45B4-8203-A80776EAA183" rel="noopener" target="_blank">50th anniversary of the Chinese Information and Service Center</a>, which is hosting a celebration for the anniversary in Bellevue this month. CISC Executive Director Michael Itti was on hand to accept that proclamation. </p> <p><em><strong>NOTE</strong>: The next City Council meeting will be on Oct. 24 due to the cancelation of the Oct. 17 meeting.</em></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-10-13T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">October 13 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 13 Oct 2022 16:23:26 +0000 CIosso 202061 at https://bellevuewa.gov Open house at fire stations Saturday https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/fire-open-house-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Open house at fire stations Saturday</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-10-12T20:04:25+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 10/12/2022 - 13:04</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2019-10/Fire%20Open%20House.jpg?h=26a52353&amp;itok=HzpwHfE8" width="640" height="400" alt="A little girl can&#039;t help but smile with a firefighter." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>In support of National Fire Prevention Week, Bellevue firefighters are excited to open the doors to their fire stations for the first open house in a couple of years, Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. All nine fire stations will serve free cookies and other refreshments. Firefighters will give tours and answer questions.</p> <p>Residents are invited to try firefighting activities.</p> <ul><li>Learn hands-only CPR: Participants get to practice on a mannequin. Learn how to save a life in a matter of minutes.</li> <li>Discharge a pressurized water fire extinguisher: Learn how to use that fire extinguisher you have without experiencing all the mess. </li> <li>Try on firefighter bunker gear: Wonder how it feels before they go into a burning building? Try on firefighter gear and find out.</li> <li>Enter the “Red Hot Ride to School in a Fire Engine” contest by creating a home fire escape plan. </li> </ul><p>Additional activities will be at selected stations.</p> <p>View how to properly extinguish a stovetop kitchen fire during a live demonstration involving real fuel and fire. At stations 1, 2, 3, 8 and 9.</p> <p>Spin the “Wheel of Misfortune” to win a prize and visit with the Bellevue Fire Foundation at Station 5. </p> <p>Station Locations:</p> <ul><li>Station 1 – 766 Bellevue Way SE</li> <li>Station 2 – 2802 148th Ave. SE</li> <li>Station 3 – 16100 NE Eighth St.</li> <li>Station 4 – 4216 Factoria Blvd. SE</li> <li>Station 5 – 9621 NE 24th St.</li> <li>Station 6 – 1850 132nd Ave. NE</li> <li>Station 7 – 11900 SE Eighth St.</li> <li>Station 8 – 5701 Lakemont Blvd. SE</li> <li>Station 9 – 12412 Newcastle Way</li> </ul><p>No RSVP is required and all residents are invited.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-10-12T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">October 12 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 12 Oct 2022 20:04:25 +0000 CIosso 202051 at https://bellevuewa.gov Bellevue debuts newest park https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/woodlawn-park-opening <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Bellevue debuts newest park</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-10-10T15:57:52+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 10/10/2022 - 08:57</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-10/Newport%20Hills%20Woodlawn%20Park%20Ribbon%20cutting.jpg?h=56d0ca2e&amp;itok=pn3g_iap" width="640" height="400" alt="Deputy Mayor Jared Nieuwenhuis, council members Jeremy Barksdale, Conrad Lee, Janice Zahn and John Stokes, Park Board members, and about 400 other people celebrated the opening of Newport Hills Woodlawn Park Saturday, Oct. 15." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Newport Hills Woodlawn Park open after decade in the making </p> <p>More than 400 community members came to Newport Hills Woodlawn Park for the park's grand opening on Saturday, Oct. 15.  The festivities at the park, 11560 SE 60th St., included a ribbon-cutting, live music played by neighborhood musicians and hot dogs. Deputy Mayor Jared Nieuwenhuis, council members Jeremy Barksdale, Conrad Lee, Janice Zahn and John Stokes, and Park Board members were on hand.</p> <p>Features of the new park include an open lawn, forested and loop trails, a playground, adult exercise equipment, a picnic shelter, restrooms and parking. In the spring, once the grass is established, a fenced off-leash dog area will open.</p> <p>“Bellevue’s parks are treasured community assets, allowing everyone to gather, play, learn and develop a relationship with nature,” said Mayor Lynne Robinson.</p> <p>“Thanks to the community for its active engagement and patience in the planning and development of the park,” said Michael Shiosaki, director of Parks &amp; Community Services. “It’s great to see the next jewel in Bellevue’s park system now open for all to enjoy!” </p> <p>Funding for park planning and development was approved in the 2019-2021 budget cycle.</p> <p>With funding from the <a data-entity-substitution="file" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="1fad2108-bd48-4c7f-a574-9a16f943b5dd" href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2008_bellevue_parks_levy_fact_sheet_proposition_1_nov_4_voter_initiative.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="2008_bellevue_parks_levy_fact_sheet_proposition_1_nov_4_voter_initiative.pdf">2008 Parks and Natural Areas Levy</a> and <a href="https://kingcounty.gov/services/environment/stewardship/conservation-futures.aspx" rel="noopener" target="_blank">King County Conservation Futures</a>, the city in 2010 acquired the first of three properties on Southeast 60th Street for a new neighborhood park in the Newport Hills area. </p> <p>Five years later Bellevue acquired the second parcel for the park, a heavily forested five-acres adjacent to and north of the first property. In 2019, the city acquired the last parcel, 3.5 acres. </p> <p>In 2019, the community worked with city staff to come up with the final vision for the park. After the completion of engineering and permitting, construction started in 2021. Some funding came from the <a href="https://kingcounty.gov/services/parks-recreation/parks/about/levy.aspx" rel="noopener" target="_blank">2020-2025 King County Parks Levy</a>.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-10-10T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">October 10 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 10 Oct 2022 15:57:52 +0000 CIosso 202041 at https://bellevuewa.gov Opening on Library Board https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/library-board-10-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Opening on Library Board</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-10-07T18:13:40+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 10/07/2022 - 11:13</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The City Council is seeking candidates for a vacancy on Bellevue’s Library Advisory Board. Interested residents can <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LBOct2022" rel="noopener" target="_blank">apply online</a>. Applications are due by Friday, Oct. 21.</p> <p>Made up of volunteers appointed by the mayor with City Council concurrence, board members serve four-year terms, offering their time and expertise to help shape Bellevue’s future. The <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="8cf3ac70-96c1-4c70-a5b7-4032fc2c9d70" href="/city-government/departments/city-clerks-office/boards-and-commissions/library-board" title="Library Advisory Board">Library Advisory Board</a> makes periodic reports and recommendations to the council and city manager regarding library services. The board meets the third Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m.</p> <p>Applicants must be residents of Bellevue. The City of Bellevue values diversity and encourages anyone interested to apply.</p> <p class="lead">Application Options</p> <p>People who do not want to apply online can pick up community service applications from the City Clerk’s Office or Service First at City Hall, as well as the Bellevue Library, the Lake Hills Library or Mini City Hall. A faxed copy may be requested by calling 425-452-6806. Applications may be submitted by any of the options below:</p> <ul><li>Hand-delivered: City Clerk’s Office, 450 110th Ave. NE</li> <li>Mailing Address: P.O. Box 90012, Bellevue, Washington, 98009-9012</li> <li>Fax: 425-452-5247</li> <li>Email:    <a href="mailto:kroberts@bellevuewa.gov">kroberts@bellevuewa.gov</a></li> </ul><p>If additional information is desired about the role and responsibilities of this commission, please call Deputy City Clerk Karin Roberts at 425-452-6806.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-10-07T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">October 7 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 07 Oct 2022 18:13:40 +0000 CIosso 202036 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Budget discussions on public safety, homelessness, human services and business https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-budget-discussions-public-safety-homelessness-human-services-and-business <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Budget discussions on public safety, homelessness, human services and business </span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-10-06T19:15:12+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/06/2022 - 12:15</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-10/Disability%20employment%20awareness%20month%202022%20proclamation.jpg?h=36c97736&amp;itok=6CwuSeJD" width="640" height="400" alt="DART team accepting proclamation" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Plus, ARCH 2023 budget presented and council issues proclamations to raise awareness for domestic violence, disability employment and antisemitism</p> <p>On Monday, the Bellevue City Council continued their budget discussions with a deeper look at specific sections of the Preliminary 2023-2024 Operating Budget and 2023-2029 Capital Investment Program (CIP) plan. The discussion during this meeting focused on investments in public safety, homelessness response, use of federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, and a clean city program. </p> <p>In the areas of public safety, the preliminary two-year budget proposes investments in Fire Station 10 personnel, equipment and construction, an increase in patrol officers to meet rising calls for police service and support, and funding for a specialized Eastlink Transit Unit who will specialize in responses and patrol of the light rail infrastructure coming to Bellevue. The budget also includes funding for targeted anti-crime initiatives, a police body-worn camera program and the Community Crisis Assistance Team (CCAT) program, a partnership between Police and Fire designed to better support and respond to community members in crisis. </p> <p>The Preliminary Budget continues the City’s efforts to address homelessness in Bellevue, with specific investments in a safe parking program, support of shelter programming and help transitioning people to the men’s shelter being constructed in Bellevue, as well as continuing funds for outreach and housing access efforts to connect those who are unsheltered with stable housing as quickly as possible.</p> <p>Elsewhere in the budget, the City has $12 million in remaining ARPA funds. The budget proposes these funds be focused on critical human services including housing assistance and eviction prevention ($10 million, with $2.4 million to be spent in 2022) and small business recovery and support ($2 million.) The budget proposal also includes $300,000 for a targeted outdoor litter and trash management program as well as development of an ordinance on graffiti in the city. </p> <p>All materials presented on these sections of the city’s preliminary budget can be found in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5859889&amp;GUID=B65054A3-8E2F-48BD-9E03-8D3A26898C9C" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting materials</a> and through a <a href="https://youtu.be/SbRsRNqOLyg?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=2888" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of meeting">replay of the meeting</a> on Bellevue Television.</p> <h4>ARCH 2023 budget</h4> <p>In other business, the council received a report on the 2023 budget and work plan for A Regional Coalition for Housing, or ARCH, as they celebrate their 30th year in existence. The coalition of 15 Eastside jurisdictions and King County has produced or preserved more than 5,200 affordable housing units to date. </p> <p>The agency’s work plan in 2023 is a continuation of their ongoing efforts to grow capacity for program administration as the region grows and support ARCH member affordable housing initiatives that are evolving over time to best meet the region’s housing needs. In Bellevue, that will include support of the newly restructured Multifamily Tax Exemption program, providing support and expertise as the city develops more transit-oriented development areas and affordable housing actions, provide training for property managers, a housing needs assessment, and supporting Bellevue-specific efforts such as the Housing Stability Program (using HB1590 funds) and the city’s Next Right Work for housing priorities. </p> <p>ARCH has proposed adding two new positions for the upcoming work plan to accomplish the above needs for ARCH jurisdictions. Bellevue’s contribution to fund the work plan in 2023 is $429,000, which is included in City Manager Brad Miyake’s preliminary budget document.</p> <p>The council voted 6-1 to move forward with drafting legislation that would approve the ARCH 2023 budget and work plan, with Councilmember Lee voting ‘no’. The full ARCH presentation and details are available in the <a href="http://bellevue.legistar.com/gateway.aspx?m=l&amp;id=/matter.aspx?key=8277" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting materials</a>.    </p> <h4>Proclamations raise awareness for domestic violence, disability employment and antisemitism</h4> <p>At the start of the meeting, councilmembers read and presented proclamations for topics important to the city in the areas of inclusion and community safety.  </p> <p>A <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=11275775&amp;GUID=57761FF8-E3FC-4066-B7B3-31B501098871" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to proclamation">proclamation for Domestic Violence Awareness Month</a> reminded community members of the broad toll domestic violence has on a community and that we must be vigilant together to stop this kind of violence. </p> <p>Meanwhile, members from one of the city’s three Employee Resource Groups – the Disabilities Allyship Resource Team – were on hand to accept a proclamation from the mayor and council on <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=11275793&amp;GUID=B6465485-F939-40AC-B235-B4AB12FFB183" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to proclamation">Disability Employment Awareness Month</a> in October, highlighting the benefits and advantages of including employees with disabilities in our workforce.</p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-drupal-entity align-right"><div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:media.medium" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="8cb9ece5-fab9-4652-9a69-42f919d96ebc" data-langcode="en" data-entity-embed-display-settings="[]" class="embedded-entity"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-10 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium_330_220/public/inline-images/2022-10/anti-semitism%20proc%20web.jpg?itok=KQVpfEIC" width="330" height="248" alt="Council presenting antisemitism proclamation" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium-330-220" /></div> </div> </div> </div> <figcaption>Council presents condemnation of antisemitism proclamation</figcaption></figure><p>And the council presented a <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=11275792&amp;GUID=C9135DBA-6CEF-4D63-9097-FA68563FCB8A" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to proclamation">proclamation condemning antisemitism</a> to local members of the Jewish community as a way to educate and show solidarity against discrimination.</p> <p>The full proclamation readings and presentations are available on replay <a href="https://youtu.be/SbRsRNqOLyg?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=68" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of meeting">through Bellevue Television</a>.<br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-10-06T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">October 6 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 06 Oct 2022 19:15:12 +0000 MDeGrand 202021 at https://bellevuewa.gov Opportunities to weigh in on growth impacts https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/opportunities-weigh-growth-impacts <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Opportunities to weigh in on growth impacts</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-10-07T00:56:13+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/06/2022 - 17:56</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-10/Comp%20Plan%20Update%20Graphic.png?h=762ec326&amp;itok=wixfLM24" width="640" height="400" alt="Comp Plan graphic" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Community can now comment on Environmental Impact Statement related to Bellevue’s Comprehensive Plan Update and Wilburton Vision Implementation </p> <p>Bellevue’s Comprehensive Plan is a 20-year vision for the future of the community, sets policy that directs actions and decisions within a framework for growth and guides capital investments. An update to Bellevue’s plan was launched in February and will be completed in 2024 for the city’s 2044 vision. As the Comprehensive Plan Periodic Update is developed, the city is also required to work with federal regulators and the public to develop an environmental impact statement (EIS) to identify and analyze potential adverse environmental impacts of the anticipated growth. </p> <p>Community members and organizations with an interest in the future growth of Bellevue can now comment on the scope of the EIS analysis <strong>until 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31</strong>. Comments will be accepted through an online portal, by email, by mail or verbally at either of two public meetings, the first of which takes place next week.</p> <p>The State Environment Policy Act sets environmental requirements in Washington state, including requirements for an EIS in relation to comprehensive planning. The SEPA process identifies and analyzes environmental impacts to help city decision-makers and the public understand how the Comprehensive Plan update and growth being proposed might affect the environment. The EIS also must inform decision-makers and the public of reasonable alternatives, including mitigation measures that would avoid or minimize adverse impacts or enhance environmental quality.</p> <p>Scoping is the first step in the EIS process. Scoping helps focus the EIS by identifying specific elements like carbon emissions, wildlife habitat or resident displacement that are most likely to be affected by the proposed growth alternatives. During scoping, members of the public have the opportunity to raise any environmental concerns, learn more about the draft growth alternatives, the Comprehensive Plan Update and the Wilburton Vision implementation initiative, which is also included in the EIS analysis.</p> <p>The public can engage with the process in the following ways: </p> <ul><li><strong>Online comments</strong> can be submitted through a <a href="https://comment-tracker.esassoc.com/bellevue/index.html" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Submit comments online">comment portal</a>. More detailed project information, as well as mailing address and email comment methods, can be found on the <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/2044-environmental-review" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to project website">EIS project website</a> and the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="8934322c-5dba-4bcc-819d-899fdc11f775" href="/city-government/departments/community-development/planning-initiatives/wilburton" title="Link to project website">Wilburton Vision Implementation page</a>. </li> <li><strong>A virtual public meeting, Thursday, Oct. 13, 6-8 p.m. </strong>will include information about the proposed Comprehensive Plan Update, the SEPA process, and provide community members a verbal comment opportunity on the scope of the proposed EIS. To participate in the virtual scoping meeting, attendees are requested to register in advance at <a href="https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_T1N_J8tnTwahdCfGckiQgA" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to register">bit.ly/bellevuecomp</a>. Attendees may sign up in advance or at the meeting to provide verbal scoping comments during the meeting. A court reporter will be in attendance to transcribe the comments. </li> <li><strong>An in-person meeting for EIS scoping – Tuesday, Oct. 18, 6-8 p.m. </strong>is scheduled at City Hall, in the council chamber. There will be an opportunity to provide public comment and a court reporter will be in attendance to transcribe comments.</li> </ul><p>Following the two scoping meetings and public comment period, comments received will be reviewed to determine which topics should be included in the EIS. In addition to environmental topics, displacement analysis, housing affordability impacts, equity analysis and an economic analysis will be incorporated into the EIS and each of the alternatives will be assessed with an equity framework. Following scoping, the growth alternatives will be finalized and analyzed against the EIS.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.engagingbellevue.com/hub-page/bellevue-2044" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to Comprehensive Plan Update information">Comprehensive Plan update</a> is guided by state, regional and county requirements, as well as city goals and vision for Bellevue. The current work to update the city’s Comprehensive Plan will plan for growth of at least an additional 35,000 housing units and 70,000 jobs by the year 2044, reflecting the City Council's updated vision to increase housing options and affordability, maintain the city’s economic innovation and protect the environment. </p> <p>For alternate formats, interpreters or reasonable accommodations, please phone at least 48 hours in advance 425-452-6930 (voice) or email <a href="mailto:bbrod@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Email contact">bbrod@bellevuewa.gov</a>. For complaints regarding accommodations, contact the city ADA/Title VI administrator at 425-452-6168 (voice). If you are deaf or hard of hearing, dial 711. All meetings are wheelchair-accessible.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-10-06T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">October 6 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 07 Oct 2022 00:56:13 +0000 MDeGrand 202031 at https://bellevuewa.gov Bellevue to celebrate Arbor Day on Oct. 22 https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/arbor-day-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Bellevue to celebrate Arbor Day on Oct. 22 </span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-10-04T17:26:54+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 10/04/2022 - 10:26</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/ArborDay-ED_2017.jpg?itok=QEK07Z78" width="640" height="400" alt="ArborDay-ED_2017.jpg" title="ArborDay-ED_2017.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The city is seeking volunteers for a native tree planting event to celebrate Arbor Day on Saturday, Oct. 22, 8:45 a.m.-noon at Bannerwood Park, 1790 Richards Road. Register to volunteer at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="4d6ac2c5-62b3-4a6b-a61c-aef47e3bc7ae" href="/volunteering/environmental-stewardship" title="Environmental Stewardship Volunteering">Environmental Stewardship Volunteering</a>. </p> <p>Volunteers will plant native trees such as Sitka spruce, Oregon ash and Pacific willow to restore habitat at the park. Community members will also remove noxious weeds like English ivy, which quickly spreads into healthy forests. Intervening to help the forest like this has positive, long-lasting benefits. </p> <p>Healthy communities are composed of residents who actively engage in civic life and are compassionate and generous in supporting the community. Volunteering for Bellevue’s Parks &amp; Community Services is a good way to get involved in the management of local natural resources.</p> <p>In 1872, Arbor Day started when Julius Morton, a member of Nebraska’s State Board of Agriculture, proposed a day to plant and appreciate trees. While National Arbor Day is in April, cities and towns are encouraged to celebrate the day whenever it's best in their respective climates to plant trees.</p> <p>Bellevue has had a rich tradition of celebrating Arbor Day-Earth Day in the spring, but it is switching to the fall because it's a better time to plant trees here.</p> <p>One of the goals of the city’s Environmental Stewardship Plan is to preserve Bellevue’s existing tree canopy and form partnerships to plant 75,000 trees over the next 30 years.</p> <p>Bellevue’s nearly 1.5 million trees provide health, environmental and economic benefits. Trees contribute to Bellevue’s character and to the health of its ecosystem. They also oxygenate the air, provide food and habitat for small animals and microorganisms and reduce the impacts of storm water runoff.</p> <p>More information about the city’s tree preservation and environmental stewardship efforts can be found at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="1f407dc7-7ede-4de7-a1e4-180801d28652" href="/city-government/departments/community-development/environmental-stewardship/trees-open-space" title="Trees">Trees</a>.  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-10-04T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">October 4 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 04 Oct 2022 17:26:54 +0000 CIosso 202006 at https://bellevuewa.gov Community meeting on proposed 2023-24 Utilities budget, rates https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/2023-24-utilities-budget-meeting <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Community meeting on proposed 2023-24 Utilities budget, rates</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-10-03T18:07:41+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 10/03/2022 - 11:07</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>All Bellevue Utilities customers are invited to attend a virtual community meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 6 p.m. during which the department will present its proposed 2023-2024 budget, along with rate impacts for customers of Bellevue water, sewer and stormwater utility services.</p> <p>People can <a href="https://cityofbellevue.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_I9pLp4dURP63tm_AXNjbgA" rel="noopener" target="_blank">register to attend</a> the meeting on the proposed budget before the City Council considers adoption in November.  </p> <p>The Environmental Services Commission, a seven-member advisory panel, reviewed the proposed budget and took comments about it at a Sept. 1 public hearing. The ESC will issue its recommendation to the council in October. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-10-03T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">October 3 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 03 Oct 2022 18:07:41 +0000 CIosso 201941 at https://bellevuewa.gov Planning for Bellevue’s fiscal future: Navigating boom times and budget constraints https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/neighborhood-leadership-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Planning for Bellevue’s fiscal future: Navigating boom times and budget constraints</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-29T20:15:59+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/29/2022 - 13:15</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-09/NLG%202019.jpg?h=e48151ec&amp;itok=QTUbkRB_" width="640" height="400" alt="Participants at Neighborhood Leadership Gathering 2019" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Neighborhood Leadership Gathering takes place Oct. 11</p> <p>Bellevue has in large part been remarkably resilient during the profound challenges since 2020. As cities across the world continue to emerge from the impacts of the pandemic, Bellevue has experienced record growth and development, enjoys a low unemployment rate and has attracted the headquarters and employees of major global businesses.</p> <p>At the next Neighborhood Leadership Gathering on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 6:30-8 p.m., city staff will share the known challenges that lie ahead and how the city plans to navigate them. Residents can also <a href="https://www.engagingbellevue.com/2022-city-budget-priorities?tool=survey_tool#tool_tab" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to budget survey">take a short survey</a> about Bellevue’s budget to help city leaders understand the community’s thoughts on spending priorities.   </p> <p>Like many local governments, the City of Bellevue faces an ongoing structural deficit in which expenses are projected to be greater than the revenue growth in the general fund. Bellevue’s revenue is dependent on property tax receipts combined with the more unpredictable revenue streams of sales, business and occupation taxes. These revenue streams are not keeping pace with increasing expenditures.</p> <p>What does this structural deficit mean for the future and for the level of services needed to keep up as Bellevue continues to grow?   </p> <p>Toni Call, director of Finance &amp; Asset Management, will provide an overview of Bellevue’s budget constraints and take a deeper look at the options, challenges and trade-offs involved in balancing the budget, while also maintaining the quality of life that we enjoy. </p> <p>The Leadership Gathering will be a hybrid event. Virtual participants must <strong><a href="https://cityofbellevue.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_E1imEehJRqunV_foybJvgA" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to register as virtual participant">register</a></strong> for the Zoom experience and in-person attendees are requested to email <a href="mailto:neighborhoodoutreach@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Email event organizers to register for in-person attendance">neighborhoodoutreach@bellevuewa.gov</a>, or call 425-452-6836 to register for the event, which will take place in room 1E-108 at Bellevue City Hall. Webinar participants will be able to view the presentation and submit questions remotely. In-person participants will also participate in a hands-on budget exercise and a facilitated conversation, during which participants can share their budget priorities. </p> <p>Bellevue’s budget is produced every two years and includes a seven-year capital budget. This year, the city will adopt a budget for the 2023-24 Operating Budget and the 2023-2029 Capital Investment Program Plan. The <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2022/2023-2024 Preliminary Budget Final_0.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to more information">preliminary budget</a> describes how the city intends to finance its services and infrastructure. The city government is responsible for building and repairing streets, providing police and fire protection, and maintaining parks, open spaces and recreational centers. Each of these contributes significantly to the high quality of life that Bellevue residents and visitors enjoy. </p> <p>The Neighborhood Leadership Gathering is a twice-a-year gathering of residents who come together to share and learn from each other about major topics influencing Bellevue. Anyone interested in the health and quality of life in Bellevue is welcome to attend.  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-29T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 29 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 29 Sep 2022 20:15:59 +0000 MDeGrand 201926 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Preliminary 2023-24 budget introduced https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-2023-24-budget <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Preliminary 2023-24 budget introduced </span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-29T00:54:46+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 09/28/2022 - 17:54</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2020-12/City%20Hall%20112th.jpg?h=7fb2964e&amp;itok=Su857t9-" width="640" height="400" alt="City Hall as seen from 112th Avenue Northeast" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Plus, ADA update and Land Use Code Amendment hearings </p> <p>On Monday, the City Council was briefed on City Manager Brad Miyake’s preliminary 2023-2024 Operating Budget and 2023-2029 Capital Investment Program (CIP) budget. During the introduction, Miyake noted that this budget was among the most complex he’s worked on in his 20 years with the city, given high inflation levels, rising interest rates, future economic impacts, Bellevue’s growth demands and an ongoing structural deficit. </p> <p>The presentation included a timeline for when each section of the budget discussion will be reviewed and acted upon by the council. </p> <p>The 2023-2024 preliminary budget totals $2.2 billion spread across five broad categories including the general fund, the CIP, special purpose funds, enterprise funds and internal service and other operating funds. </p> <p>The preliminary operating budget proposes continued spending for several key council priorities including environmental stewardship, public safety, affordable housing and the city’s ongoing diversity work. The general capital budget includes $41 million in new spending for neighborhood projects in addition to necessary investments in ongoing infrastructure maintenance and roadway improvements, energy retrofits, an aquatic center, the long-range comprehensive plan, growth area planning for Wilburton and the Grand Connection and debt paydown, to name a few. Bellevue refinanced its debt in the last biennium, reducing debt by about $4 million per year and allowing the city to fund new programs in the CIP. Debt makes up 22% of the CIP at $178 million. </p> <p>The report also highlighted continued risks and uncertainty in this budget cycle that could hurt the city’s progress toward closing a known gap between revenues and expenditures over the next two years. Bellevue has worked on a variety of solutions over the past couple of budget cycles to alleviate the impacts. However, these decisions are likely to become more difficult in future budget decisions if the gap widens. Similar to past budgets, the city’s finance group will continue to watch the trends through this biennium and make adjustments as needed. </p> <p>The budget also proposes a 0.01% Business &amp; Occupation tax increase for businesses grossing more than $180,000 annually, a 1% council-directed property tax addition and a 1% increase in revenue pulled from the city’s banked capacity. The resulting tax impact to owners of a $1 million home would be an additional $18 per year in Bellevue property taxes, which make up 10% of a Bellevue homeowner’s total property tax bill.</p> <p>The full introductory budget report is available on <a href="https://youtu.be/xB_MHN6PcTY?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=3701">Bellevue Television replay</a>. In addition, the public can access all available budget documents and information at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="534fb464-9893-47ce-8c98-2eb63c589a74" href="/city-government/departments/finance/budget-and-performance/budgets/public-involvement" title="Budget Public Involvement">Budget Public Involvement</a>. </p> <p class="lead">ADA plan progress update </p> <p>The council received a progress report on the city’s efforts to make city facilities, programs and services accessible to qualified individuals with disabilities. The city tracks these efforts through a Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan that sets forth work items as part of the city’s obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, a federal mandate to provide equal access to services for people of all abilities, and in support of the city’s Diversity Advantage Plan.</p> <p>The report detailed several city accessibility achievements, including accessible changing tables in certain parks facilities, wheelchair charging stations at City Hall and key community centers, a universal design guide for meetings, trainings and events, more than a hundred new or upgraded accessible curb ramps, over 18,000 linear feet of accessible sidewalks installed and progress made on the goal of having all pedestrian signals throughout the city be accessible with both visual and audible signaling capabilities. In addition, the presentation highlighted upcoming improvements to the accessibility of the council chamber that will make meetings more accessible for individuals with disabilities.</p> <p>The progress report presentation and overview are available in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5851173&amp;GUID=1F4F7843-8B5C-4DF9-9B81-A0CEB06B6E45" rel="noopener" target="_blank">meeting materials</a>.    </p> <p class="lead">Land use code amendment public hearings</p> <p>Two public hearings were also held at the council meeting on land use code amendments introduced earlier this month. </p> <p>The first allows the director of Development Services to grant multiple extensions, each up to 12 months, for temporary public safety facilities when the city manager has declared a natural disaster or emergency. The amendment removes the maximum 36-month approval period for such facilities. The update provides flexibility and allows for continuity of response, recovery and assistance. </p> <p>The second code amendment reconciles Bellevue’s land use code with recent amendments to state law concerning in-home daycares. The city’s code places limitations on capacity and operating hours that were inconsistent with the new state law. </p> <p>Both land use code amendments were approved unanimously and more detail is available in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=A&amp;ID=955924&amp;GUID=BBDA60DD-0CFF-46EC-8F15-84F6F311525A" rel="noopener" target="_blank">meeting agenda materials</a>.  </p> <p class="lead">About the City of Bellevue </p> <p>Known as a “City in a Park” with nearly 100 parks and a vast network of trails and greenbelts, Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington state. The Eastside city spans 33.5 square miles, from Lake Washington to Lake Sammamish. As part of the Innovation Triangle, Bellevue is the high-tech and retail center with a downtown skyline of gleaming high-rises, a diverse population of approximately 145,000 and schools that are consistently rated among the best in the country. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-28T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 28 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 29 Sep 2022 00:54:46 +0000 CIosso 201921 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Economic strategy update https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-economic-strategy-update <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Economic strategy update</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-22T23:14:02+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/22/2022 - 16:14</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-09/Hispanic%20Heritage%20Proc.jpg?h=a1f525db&amp;itok=4AlnKZ9a" width="640" height="400" alt="City Council presents Hispanic Heritage Month proclamation" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Plus, Human Services Commission appointment and proclamations for Hispanic heritage, Alzheimer’s awareness and National Recovery Month </p> <p>On Monday, the Bellevue City Council received the latest quarterly report on the city’s economic development efforts with a specific focus on strategies including tourism, workforce, and office market dynamics. </p> <p>The report updated the economic impact from the recent St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon event in Bellevue, which generated a final total of $4.8 million in direct spending by event participants. The event drew roughly 6,000 people from outside of our region and a total of 10,500 participants, pushing hotel occupancy over Labor Day weekend to twice its usual level. The city experienced a continued recovery of hotel occupancy levels through mid-June of this year, which was made up of mostly leisure travel since the business travel market has not yet returned to pre-pandemic levels. The city is continuing to work with partners on developing a Tourism Promotion Area to further aid this sector’s recovery and future growth.</p> <p>The city’s workforce strategies are focusing on both offering immediate support to job seekers as well as supporting the long-term pipeline for workforce talent in Bellevue, with a continued focus on the large technology sector here, which employs roughly 50,000 people. In 2019, Bellevue had 5% of all software jobs in the U.S., and the city’s economic development plan also includes strategies to broaden the area’s employment to a more diverse set of technology sectors.</p> <p>Companies are still adapting to changing office market dynamics and working to understand what the future landscape will look like. Currently about 45% of area workers are coming into office spaces at some point during the week. Employees are looking for more amenities and social spaces within business districts. Economic development strategies include maintaining a focus on mixed use areas that incorporate residential developments in business districts to reduce commutes and help businesses maintain a high level of foot traffic during the business day and into the evening hours.</p> <p>The full report is available on <a href="https://youtu.be/kuj2tHhduNw?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=2249" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of meeting">Bellevue Television replay</a>.</p> <h4>Human Services Commission appointment</h4> <p>In other business, Angela White was appointed to the Human Services Commission by unanimous vote. Council Liaison to the commission, Deputy Mayor Nieuwenhuis, submitted White for council consideration for the role. She will serve a partial term expiring May 31, 2023.</p> <p>The Human Services Commission advises the council concerning human services planning and funding. The City Council appoints residents to boards, commissions and committees that provide detailed study and recommendations on important policy matters. More information on the city’s boards and commissions is available on the <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/city-clerks-office/boards-and-commissions" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to more information">Boards and Commissions web page</a>.</p> <h4>Proclamations for Hispanic heritage, Alzheimer’s awareness and National Recovery Month </h4> <p>Councilmembers recognized three important topics with proclamations at the meeting: Hispanic Heritage Month, Alzheimer’s Awareness Day and National Recovery Month. </p> <p>Mini City Hall staff member Oyuki Ornelas was on hand to accept the proclamation for <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=11241315&amp;GUID=392CF5B9-04D5-4C42-B43E-66D32EA09C7F" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to proclamation">National Hispanic Heritage Month</a>, recognizing the contributions of those with Hispanic heritage to our neighborhoods, workplaces and communities. As the third largest demographic in Bellevue, Hispanic community members make up 7% of the city’s population. </p> <p>Councilmember John Stokes read the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=11241313&amp;GUID=A5E9DC41-05BA-48E9-91F6-DE3CA94340CC" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to proclamation">Alzheimer’s Awareness Day proclamation</a>, noting that this disease affects millions of Americans and 120,000 people in Washington state, including the councilmember’s wife who recently passed away.</p> <p>The council also proclaimed September as <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=11241312&amp;GUID=2557E4CF-D84A-4A65-9738-A7DAA4B85989" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to proclamation">National Recovery Month</a> in Bellevue as they invited residents to join in recognizing, preventing and overcoming mental and substance abuse disorders through effective education and treatment and recovery strategies. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-22T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 22 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 22 Sep 2022 23:14:02 +0000 MDeGrand 201861 at https://bellevuewa.gov Barnyard animals and pumpkins headline Kelsey Creek Farm Fair https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/barnyard-animals-and-pumpkins-headline-kelsey-creek-farm-fair <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Barnyard animals and pumpkins headline Kelsey Creek Farm Fair</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-21T17:04:38+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 09/21/2022 - 10:04</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-09/Pumpkins%20Kelsey%20Creek%20Farm.JPG?h=a1f525db&amp;itok=X40AAbys" width="640" height="400" alt="Family in pumpkin patch at Kelsey Creek Farm" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Celebrate the city’s agricultural past at the 40th annual Kelsey Creek Farm Fair on Saturday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. </p> <p>Festivities will include: hands-on pioneer activities; animal viewing; scarecrows; pedal tractors; train display and demonstration, tractor-pulled wagon rides by Northwest Vintage Tractor Club; food trucks; and a pumpkin patch.</p> <p>Free shuttles will run from Bannerwood Sports Park, 1790 Richards Road, and the Wilburton Park and Ride, 720 114th Ave. SE, to Kelsey Creek Farm, 410 130th Pl SE. The last shuttle will leave the farm at 4:15 p.m. </p> <p>In 1921, the site of the current Kelsey Creek Park was a farm called Twin Valley Dairy that produced milk, cream and butter. Nearly 50 years later, the city purchased part of the farm that became a park.</p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:media.medium" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="484d3336-a95e-4034-8708-15512b6ca87e" data-langcode="en" class="align-right embedded-entity" data-entity-embed-display-settings="[]"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-10 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium_330_220/public/inline-images/2022-09/Kelsey%20Creek%20Farm%20Fair%202022.jpg?itok=jh3lm7XV" width="330" height="160" alt="Kelsey Creek Farm Fair" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium-330-220" /></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Kelsey Creek Park features 150 acres of forest, meadows and wetlands in the heart of Bellevue.</p> <p>Please note no ATM on site. Some activities have a charge. Pets not allowed in the barnyard area.</p> <p>For more information, call 425-452-7688 or email <a href="mailto:kelseycreekfarm@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Email event organizers">kelseycreekfarm@bellevuewa.gov</a>.  <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-21T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 21 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 21 Sep 2022 17:04:38 +0000 MDeGrand 201841 at https://bellevuewa.gov With innovations, Bellevue earns Government Experience Award https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/government-experience-award-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">With innovations, Bellevue earns Government Experience Award</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-20T14:39:09+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 09/20/2022 - 07:39</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-09/GovX%20Overall%20Winner%202022_0.jpg?h=b69e0e0e&amp;itok=Z-pA1dP_" width="640" height="400" alt="Logo for Center for Digital Government&#039;s Government Experience overall winner award" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The City of Bellevue has earned a national Government Experience Award for innovations that have made it easier for residents to volunteer, find vital information on the city website in their native language and to participate in meetings virtually or in-person.</p> <p>“It’s an honor to have our work providing accessible, easy-to-use, digital government services recognized by the Center for Digital Government,” said Sabra Schneider, Bellevue’s chief information officer. “Partnering with the community to deliver seamless, innovative digital experiences continues to be a high priority for the city.”</p> <p>The Center for Digital Government on Sept. 15 announced the winners of its sixth annual Government Experience Awards, which recognize states, cities and counties radically improving the experience of government services. Bellevue placed fourth in the overall city category.</p> <p>“The government experience continues to be a major priority for state and local government agencies as they seek to rapidly meet new citizen and employee expectations,” said Dustin Haisler, chief innovation officer for the Center of Digital Government. “It’s very inspiring to see agencies taking a human-centric approach to service delivery.”</p> <p>Other recent innovations at Bellevue include:</p> <ul><li>Expansion of translated content on the city website</li> <li>Self-serve options for online access to geospatial data and public records </li> <li>A chatbot as another avenue for finding information on the city website</li> <li>Interactive websites that facilitate resident engagement</li> </ul><p>The <a href="https://www.govtech.com/cdg/government-experience/government-experience-awards-2022-winners-announced" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Center for Digital Government</a> has more information about the Government Experience awards.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-20T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 20 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 20 Sep 2022 14:39:09 +0000 CIosso 201831 at https://bellevuewa.gov Openings on Human Services Commission https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/human-services-commission-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Openings on Human Services Commission</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/jcampos" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">JCampos</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-15T21:45:58+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/15/2022 - 14:45</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The City Council is seeking candidates for vacancies on Bellevue’s Human Services Commission. Interested residents can <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HSCFall2022">apply online</a>. Applications are due by Friday, Oct. 7.</p> <p>Made up of volunteers and appointed by the mayor with City Council concurrence, board and commission members serve four-year terms, offering their time and expertise to help shape Bellevue’s future. Bellevue’s boards and commissions advise the council and conduct regularly scheduled public meetings.</p> <p>The Human Services Commission advises the council concerning human services planning and funding. The commission is charged with representing the diversity of the community and provides the public with opportunities to be involved in commission activities. The commission meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.</p> <p>Applicants must be residents of Bellevue. The City of Bellevue values diversity and encourages anyone interested to apply.</p> <p><strong>Application Options</strong><br /> People who do not want to apply online can pick up community service applications from the City Clerk’s Office or Service First at City Hall, as well as the Bellevue Regional Library, the Lake Hills Library or Mini City Hall. A faxed copy may be requested by calling 425-452-6806. Applications may be submitted by any of the options below:</p> <ul><li>Hand-delivered: City Clerk’s Office, 450 110th Ave. NE</li> <li>Mailing Address: P.O. Box 90012, Bellevue, Washington, 98009-9012</li> <li>Fax: 425-452-5247</li> <li>Email: <a href="mailto:kroberts@bellevuewa.gov">kroberts@bellevuewa.gov</a></li> </ul><p>If additional information is desired about the role and responsibilities of this commission, please call Deputy City Clerk Karin Roberts at 425-452-6806.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 16 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 15 Sep 2022 21:45:58 +0000 JCampos 201821 at https://bellevuewa.gov Openings on Human Services Commission https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/human-services-commission-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Openings on Human Services Commission</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/jcampos" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">JCampos</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-15T21:45:58+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/15/2022 - 14:45</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The City Council is seeking candidates for vacancies on Bellevue’s Human Services Commission. Interested residents can <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HSCFall2022">apply online</a>. Applications are due by Friday, Oct. 7.</p> <p>Made up of volunteers and appointed by the mayor with City Council concurrence, board and commission members serve four-year terms, offering their time and expertise to help shape Bellevue’s future. Bellevue’s boards and commissions advise the council and conduct regularly scheduled public meetings.</p> <p>The Human Services Commission advises the council concerning human services planning and funding. The commission is charged with representing the diversity of the community and provides the public with opportunities to be involved in commission activities. The commission meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.</p> <p>Applicants must be residents of Bellevue. The City of Bellevue values diversity and encourages anyone interested to apply.</p> <p><strong>Application Options</strong><br /> People who do not want to apply online can pick up community service applications from the City Clerk’s Office or Service First at City Hall, as well as the Bellevue Regional Library, the Lake Hills Library or Mini City Hall. A faxed copy may be requested by calling 425-452-6806. Applications may be submitted by any of the options below:</p> <ul><li>Hand-delivered: City Clerk’s Office, 450 110th Ave. NE</li> <li>Mailing Address: P.O. Box 90012, Bellevue, Washington, 98009-9012</li> <li>Fax: 425-452-5247</li> <li>Email: <a href="mailto:kroberts@bellevuewa.gov">kroberts@bellevuewa.gov</a></li> </ul><p>If additional information is desired about the role and responsibilities of this commission, please call Deputy City Clerk Karin Roberts at 425-452-6806.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 16 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 15 Sep 2022 21:45:58 +0000 JCampos 201821 at https://bellevuewa.gov Openings on Human Services Commission https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/human-services-commission-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Openings on Human Services Commission</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/jcampos" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">JCampos</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-15T21:45:58+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/15/2022 - 14:45</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The City Council is seeking candidates for vacancies on Bellevue’s Human Services Commission. Interested residents can <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HSCFall2022">apply online</a>. Applications are due by Friday, Oct. 7.</p> <p>Made up of volunteers and appointed by the mayor with City Council concurrence, board and commission members serve four-year terms, offering their time and expertise to help shape Bellevue’s future. Bellevue’s boards and commissions advise the council and conduct regularly scheduled public meetings.</p> <p>The Human Services Commission advises the council concerning human services planning and funding. The commission is charged with representing the diversity of the community and provides the public with opportunities to be involved in commission activities. The commission meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.</p> <p>Applicants must be residents of Bellevue. The City of Bellevue values diversity and encourages anyone interested to apply.</p> <p><strong>Application Options</strong><br /> People who do not want to apply online can pick up community service applications from the City Clerk’s Office or Service First at City Hall, as well as the Bellevue Regional Library, the Lake Hills Library or Mini City Hall. A faxed copy may be requested by calling 425-452-6806. Applications may be submitted by any of the options below:</p> <ul><li>Hand-delivered: City Clerk’s Office, 450 110th Ave. NE</li> <li>Mailing Address: P.O. Box 90012, Bellevue, Washington, 98009-9012</li> <li>Fax: 425-452-5247</li> <li>Email: <a href="mailto:kroberts@bellevuewa.gov">kroberts@bellevuewa.gov</a></li> </ul><p>If additional information is desired about the role and responsibilities of this commission, please call Deputy City Clerk Karin Roberts at 425-452-6806.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 16 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 15 Sep 2022 21:45:58 +0000 JCampos 201821 at https://bellevuewa.gov Openings on Human Services Commission https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/human-services-commission-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Openings on Human Services Commission</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/jcampos" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">JCampos</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-15T21:45:58+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/15/2022 - 14:45</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The City Council is seeking candidates for vacancies on Bellevue’s Human Services Commission. Interested residents can <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HSCFall2022">apply online</a>. Applications are due by Friday, Oct. 7.</p> <p>Made up of volunteers and appointed by the mayor with City Council concurrence, board and commission members serve four-year terms, offering their time and expertise to help shape Bellevue’s future. Bellevue’s boards and commissions advise the council and conduct regularly scheduled public meetings.</p> <p>The Human Services Commission advises the council concerning human services planning and funding. The commission is charged with representing the diversity of the community and provides the public with opportunities to be involved in commission activities. The commission meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.</p> <p>Applicants must be residents of Bellevue. The City of Bellevue values diversity and encourages anyone interested to apply.</p> <p><strong>Application Options</strong><br /> People who do not want to apply online can pick up community service applications from the City Clerk’s Office or Service First at City Hall, as well as the Bellevue Regional Library, the Lake Hills Library or Mini City Hall. A faxed copy may be requested by calling 425-452-6806. Applications may be submitted by any of the options below:</p> <ul><li>Hand-delivered: City Clerk’s Office, 450 110th Ave. NE</li> <li>Mailing Address: P.O. Box 90012, Bellevue, Washington, 98009-9012</li> <li>Fax: 425-452-5247</li> <li>Email: <a href="mailto:kroberts@bellevuewa.gov">kroberts@bellevuewa.gov</a></li> </ul><p>If additional information is desired about the role and responsibilities of this commission, please call Deputy City Clerk Karin Roberts at 425-452-6806.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 16 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 15 Sep 2022 21:45:58 +0000 JCampos 201821 at https://bellevuewa.gov Openings on Human Services Commission https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/human-services-commission-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Openings on Human Services Commission</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/jcampos" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">JCampos</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-15T21:45:58+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/15/2022 - 14:45</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The City Council is seeking candidates for vacancies on Bellevue’s Human Services Commission. Interested residents can <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HSCFall2022">apply online</a>. Applications are due by Friday, Oct. 7.</p> <p>Made up of volunteers and appointed by the mayor with City Council concurrence, board and commission members serve four-year terms, offering their time and expertise to help shape Bellevue’s future. Bellevue’s boards and commissions advise the council and conduct regularly scheduled public meetings.</p> <p>The Human Services Commission advises the council concerning human services planning and funding. The commission is charged with representing the diversity of the community and provides the public with opportunities to be involved in commission activities. The commission meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.</p> <p>Applicants must be residents of Bellevue. The City of Bellevue values diversity and encourages anyone interested to apply.</p> <p><strong>Application Options</strong><br /> People who do not want to apply online can pick up community service applications from the City Clerk’s Office or Service First at City Hall, as well as the Bellevue Regional Library, the Lake Hills Library or Mini City Hall. A faxed copy may be requested by calling 425-452-6806. Applications may be submitted by any of the options below:</p> <ul><li>Hand-delivered: City Clerk’s Office, 450 110th Ave. NE</li> <li>Mailing Address: P.O. Box 90012, Bellevue, Washington, 98009-9012</li> <li>Fax: 425-452-5247</li> <li>Email: <a href="mailto:kroberts@bellevuewa.gov">kroberts@bellevuewa.gov</a></li> </ul><p>If additional information is desired about the role and responsibilities of this commission, please call Deputy City Clerk Karin Roberts at 425-452-6806.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 16 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 15 Sep 2022 21:45:58 +0000 JCampos 201821 at https://bellevuewa.gov Openings on Human Services Commission https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/human-services-commission-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Openings on Human Services Commission</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/jcampos" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">JCampos</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-15T21:45:58+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/15/2022 - 14:45</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The City Council is seeking candidates for vacancies on Bellevue’s Human Services Commission. Interested residents can <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HSCFall2022">apply online</a>. Applications are due by Friday, Oct. 7.</p> <p>Made up of volunteers and appointed by the mayor with City Council concurrence, board and commission members serve four-year terms, offering their time and expertise to help shape Bellevue’s future. Bellevue’s boards and commissions advise the council and conduct regularly scheduled public meetings.</p> <p>The Human Services Commission advises the council concerning human services planning and funding. The commission is charged with representing the diversity of the community and provides the public with opportunities to be involved in commission activities. The commission meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.</p> <p>Applicants must be residents of Bellevue. The City of Bellevue values diversity and encourages anyone interested to apply.</p> <p><strong>Application Options</strong><br /> People who do not want to apply online can pick up community service applications from the City Clerk’s Office or Service First at City Hall, as well as the Bellevue Regional Library, the Lake Hills Library or Mini City Hall. A faxed copy may be requested by calling 425-452-6806. Applications may be submitted by any of the options below:</p> <ul><li>Hand-delivered: City Clerk’s Office, 450 110th Ave. NE</li> <li>Mailing Address: P.O. Box 90012, Bellevue, Washington, 98009-9012</li> <li>Fax: 425-452-5247</li> <li>Email: <a href="mailto:kroberts@bellevuewa.gov">kroberts@bellevuewa.gov</a></li> </ul><p>If additional information is desired about the role and responsibilities of this commission, please call Deputy City Clerk Karin Roberts at 425-452-6806.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 16 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 15 Sep 2022 21:45:58 +0000 JCampos 201821 at https://bellevuewa.gov Openings on Human Services Commission https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/human-services-commission-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Openings on Human Services Commission</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/jcampos" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">JCampos</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-15T21:45:58+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/15/2022 - 14:45</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The City Council is seeking candidates for vacancies on Bellevue’s Human Services Commission. Interested residents can <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HSCFall2022">apply online</a>. Applications are due by Friday, Oct. 7.</p> <p>Made up of volunteers and appointed by the mayor with City Council concurrence, board and commission members serve four-year terms, offering their time and expertise to help shape Bellevue’s future. Bellevue’s boards and commissions advise the council and conduct regularly scheduled public meetings.</p> <p>The Human Services Commission advises the council concerning human services planning and funding. The commission is charged with representing the diversity of the community and provides the public with opportunities to be involved in commission activities. The commission meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.</p> <p>Applicants must be residents of Bellevue. The City of Bellevue values diversity and encourages anyone interested to apply.</p> <p><strong>Application Options</strong><br /> People who do not want to apply online can pick up community service applications from the City Clerk’s Office or Service First at City Hall, as well as the Bellevue Regional Library, the Lake Hills Library or Mini City Hall. A faxed copy may be requested by calling 425-452-6806. Applications may be submitted by any of the options below:</p> <ul><li>Hand-delivered: City Clerk’s Office, 450 110th Ave. NE</li> <li>Mailing Address: P.O. Box 90012, Bellevue, Washington, 98009-9012</li> <li>Fax: 425-452-5247</li> <li>Email: <a href="mailto:kroberts@bellevuewa.gov">kroberts@bellevuewa.gov</a></li> </ul><p>If additional information is desired about the role and responsibilities of this commission, please call Deputy City Clerk Karin Roberts at 425-452-6806.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 16 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 15 Sep 2022 21:45:58 +0000 JCampos 201821 at https://bellevuewa.gov Openings on Human Services Commission https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/human-services-commission-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Openings on Human Services Commission</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/jcampos" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">JCampos</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-15T21:45:58+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/15/2022 - 14:45</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The City Council is seeking candidates for vacancies on Bellevue’s Human Services Commission. Interested residents can <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HSCFall2022">apply online</a>. Applications are due by Friday, Oct. 7.</p> <p>Made up of volunteers and appointed by the mayor with City Council concurrence, board and commission members serve four-year terms, offering their time and expertise to help shape Bellevue’s future. Bellevue’s boards and commissions advise the council and conduct regularly scheduled public meetings.</p> <p>The Human Services Commission advises the council concerning human services planning and funding. The commission is charged with representing the diversity of the community and provides the public with opportunities to be involved in commission activities. The commission meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.</p> <p>Applicants must be residents of Bellevue. The City of Bellevue values diversity and encourages anyone interested to apply.</p> <p><strong>Application Options</strong><br /> People who do not want to apply online can pick up community service applications from the City Clerk’s Office or Service First at City Hall, as well as the Bellevue Regional Library, the Lake Hills Library or Mini City Hall. A faxed copy may be requested by calling 425-452-6806. Applications may be submitted by any of the options below:</p> <ul><li>Hand-delivered: City Clerk’s Office, 450 110th Ave. NE</li> <li>Mailing Address: P.O. Box 90012, Bellevue, Washington, 98009-9012</li> <li>Fax: 425-452-5247</li> <li>Email: <a href="mailto:kroberts@bellevuewa.gov">kroberts@bellevuewa.gov</a></li> </ul><p>If additional information is desired about the role and responsibilities of this commission, please call Deputy City Clerk Karin Roberts at 425-452-6806.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 16 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 15 Sep 2022 21:45:58 +0000 JCampos 201821 at https://bellevuewa.gov Cultural Conversations: Creating places #WhereWeBelong https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/cultural-conversations-creating-places-wherewebelong <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Cultural Conversations: Creating places #WhereWeBelong</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-09T20:59:34+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 09/09/2022 - 13:59</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-09/Cultural%20Convo%203%20web.JPG?h=34e43602&amp;itok=0qxIc4N8" width="640" height="400" alt="Cultural Conversations discussions" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Cultural Conversations begins a new season of storytelling and connection during National Welcoming Week and celebrates this year's Welcoming Week theme, #WhereWeBelong. The program returns to in-person gathering Tuesday, Sept. 13, 1-2:30 p.m. at the Crossroads Community Center located at 16000 Northeast 10th Street, Bellevue, Wash.</p> <p>The #WhereWeBelong theme focuses on discovering the places that foster belonging, how and why belonging occurs and how to welcome those newly arrived. Enjoy tea and table conversation, as you participate in interactive exercises and storytelling, exploring what you’ve learned during the past two years of pandemic and what practices for gathering and welcoming work best today. Be a "welcomer" and invite a new friend.</p> <p>As this meeting is in person, we will continue to honor your safety preferences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Masks will be available.</p> <p>Cultural Conversations, a program entering its thirteenth season, has transformed relationships and perspectives among diverse women in our community through education and storytelling.</p> <p>For more information, accommodation needs, and to RSVP for purposes of space planning and providing updates, contact <a href="mailto:NeighborhoodOutreach@Bellevuewa.govo" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Email event organizers">NeighborhoodOutreach@Bellevuewa.gov</a> or 452-452-6836. Parking is available in front of the community center; the overflow lot (<a href="https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/WABELLE/2022/08/25/file_attachments/2253258/Crossroads Community Center Designated Overflow Parking Area.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Overflow parking map">click here for map</a>) is off Northeast 8th Street beside the fire station. Do not park at the nearby Crossroads Shopping Mall and walk off; you may be ticketed. </p> <p>For alternate formats, interpreters, or reasonable accommodation requests please phone at least 48 hours in advance 425-452-6917 (voice) or email <a href="mailto:cross@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Email event organizers">cross@bellevuewa.gov</a>. For complaints regarding accommodations, contact City of Bellevue ADA/Title VI Administrator at 425-452-6168 (voice). If you are Deaf or hard of hearing, dial 711. All meetings are wheelchair accessible.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-09T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 9 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 09 Sep 2022 20:59:34 +0000 MDeGrand 201766 at https://bellevuewa.gov Wildfire smoke hits area this weekend https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/wildfire-smoke-hits-area-weekend <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Wildfire smoke hits area this weekend</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-09T23:18:56+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 09/09/2022 - 16:18</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>According to the <a href="https://www.pscleanair.gov/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Puget Sound Clean Air Agency</a>, air quality in the region will be moderate to unhealthy for children, the elderly and individuals with respiratory illnesses over the weekend. Easterly winds are blowing wildfire smoke from eastern Washington this way.</p> <p>Try to find clean indoor air if possible. If you experience respiratory distress, you should speak with your doctor. The <a href="https://www.pscleanair.gov/517/Wildfire-Smoke" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Clean Air Agency</a> offers additional tips.</p> <p>King County issued a burn ban for all cities in the county, starting Friday, Sept. 9. Recreational fires, such as those in backyard fire pits and outdoor fireplaces are banned in Bellevue, as well as all neighboring jurisdictions, until further notice. Outdoor cooking in approved containers such as barbecue grills is still allowed.  </p> <p>A storm system should help clear out the smoke late Sunday or Monday. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-09T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 9 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 09 Sep 2022 23:18:56 +0000 CIosso 201771 at https://bellevuewa.gov Welcoming Week celebrates belonging in Bellevue https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/welcoming-week-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Welcoming Week celebrates belonging in Bellevue</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-08T16:45:03+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/08/2022 - 09:45</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-09/Peter%20Ali.jpg?h=bbbbe369&amp;itok=yXMbJodM" width="640" height="400" alt="Flutist Peter Ali will perform at the North Bellevue Community Center." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Welcoming Week, a national celebration of inclusion, is Sept. 9-18 this year, with the theme “Where We Belong.” Eastside cities and community organizations are hosting several events over the week. </p> <h2>Welcoming Week Events </h2> <h3>Celebrate Bellevue</h3> <p>Presentation about Bellevue’s history from the Eastside Heritage Center and musical performances at the North Bellevue Community Center 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10. Food for sale from a taco truck. Lawn games and arts and crafts. </p> <p>The program is free, but <a href="https://register.bellevuewa.gov/php/onlinereg/#/bvuewa/programinfo/419755" rel="noopener" target="_blank">advance registration</a> is required. </p> <h3>Northwest Ukrainian International Festival</h3> <p>Also on Saturday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at Crossroads Park, the festival will celebrate Ukrainian customs, including traditional clothing and crafts.  </p> <p>The largest Ukrainian festival on the west coast, cosponsored by the city since 2016, will feature authentic Ukrainian food, with vendor booths of local businesses and activities for children, including inflatables, games and a trout fishing pond. Bands, soloists and choirs will perform on a stage. <a href="http://ukrainianfest.org/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Northwest Ukrainian Festival</a></p> <h3>Bellevue Welcomes All at Mini City Hall</h3> <p>Introduction to services provided by the city and partner organizations at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="4886bc9f-0e9d-44d5-b5cf-2f69d8f38500" href="/city-government/departments/community-development/neighborhoods/mini-city-hall" title="Mini City Hall">Mini City Hall</a> at the Crossroads shopping center, Monday, Sept. 12, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Services include employment and entrepreneurship assistance, Medicare counseling and computer coaching. <br />  <br /> For more information, Mini City Hall staff are available at 425-452-2800 and <a href="mailto:minich@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">minich@bellevuewa.gov</a>. </p> <h3>Cultural Conversations: Where We Belong</h3> <p><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="71c22185-2372-46ea-8e5e-efb6ea443cd3" href="/events/cultural-conversations" title="Cultural Conversations ">Cultural Conversations</a>, the regular gathering of Eastside women of varied backgrounds, begins a new season of storytelling and connection with “Where We Belong” Tuesday Sept. 13, 1-2:30 p.m. at Crossroads Community Center, 16000 NE 10th St.</p> <p>Attendees will participate in interactive exercises and storytelling, exploring what they’ve learned during the past two years of pandemic and what practices for gathering and welcoming work best today. Please contact Neighborhood Outreach (<a href="mailto:neighborhoodoutreach@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">neighborhoodoutreach@bellevuewa.gov</a> or 452-452-6836) to reserve a seat. </p> <h2>Other events</h2> <p>The City of Bellevue’s <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="7a798119-5f95-4e20-80bf-8c18770834c8" href="/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/diversity-advantage-initiative/eastside-welcoming" title="Eastside Welcoming Week 2022">Welcoming Week webpage</a> and the <a href="https://ericmembers.org/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Eastside Refugee and Immigrant Coalition</a> each have listings of several Welcoming Week events happening in the area, some of which are not featured here. Events sponsored or cosponsored by the City of Bellevue are included. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-08T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 8 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 08 Sep 2022 16:45:03 +0000 CIosso 201741 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Early economic results of half marathon event https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-early-economic-results-half-marathon-event <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Early economic results of half marathon event </span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-08T22:22:52+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/08/2022 - 15:22</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-09/Driving%20Awareness%20Proclamation.jpg?h=a1f525db&amp;itok=P2VIGCvc" width="640" height="400" alt="Bellevue City Council presents Driving Safety proclamation" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Plus, public hearing on open space preservation program, new city code limiting police resources for certain out-of-state investigations and teen presentation on safe driving</p> <p><em><strong>NOTE: The next Bellevue City Council meeting will take place Monday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. due to an offsite council training session on Sept. 12.</strong></em></p> <p>On Tuesday, the City Council received a report on the preliminary economic benefits of the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll running event held in Bellevue over the weekend. </p> <p>After a three-year hiatus, a Rock ‘n’ Roll running event returned to Washington state and was headquartered in Bellevue for the first time. The event was expected to showcase the city as a desirable tourist destination to event participants from around the globe and provide tangible economic benefit to the city and region with an expected 9,000 registered runners. </p> <p>The event generated more than 4,500 room nights for local hotels and resulted in preliminary spending figures totaling more than $3 million in direct spending by participants between restaurants, retail, lodging and other local establishments and services. In addition, the music-themed event featured live music by local and regional musicians.</p> <p>A final report will come before the council in the next quarterly economic development update. The initial presentation can be viewed on replay from <a href="https://youtu.be/1TwEresyXpg?t=2117" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of meeting">Bellevue Television</a>. </p> <h4>Public hearing on open space preservation program</h4> <p>In other business, the council considered a resolution approving an application for King County’s Public Benefit Rating System (PBRS) Open Space Classification for a portion of private property in the Bridle Trails neighborhood of Bellevue. After holding a public hearing and engaging in discussion, the council did not approve the resolution to approve the application, but unanimously passed a motion to bring the resolution back at a future date with additional information.</p> <p>The PBRS program offers an incentive for property owners to preserve open space on private property in King County by providing a tax reduction. More information on PBRS is available from <a href="https://kingcounty.gov/" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to King County website">King County</a>. </p> <p>Councilmembers also directed staff to bring two Land Use Code Amendments back for public hearing and final action. One would provide additional extension periods for Temporary Public Safety Facilities to ensure continuity of services during a declared natural disaster or emergency circumstance, and the other makes changes to provisions related to the maximum number of children allowed at Family Child Care Home locations to bring the city into accordance with state law. Additional details about Family Child Care Homes can be found on the city’s <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/development/codes-and-guidelines/code-amendments" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to Code Amendments page">Code Amendments page</a>. </p> <h4>New city code limiting police resources for certain out-of-state investigations </h4> <p>Later, councilmembers voted unanimously to adopt an ordinance adding a new section to the Bellevue City Code limiting the use of Bellevue Police Department resources in out-of-state investigations related to certain reproductive health care services.</p> <p>On August 1, Councilmember Robertson requested the City Council to support staff research into options the council could take to limit police resources to enforce or cooperate with out-of-state investigations based on another state’s law that is inconsistent with the State of Washington’s protections of the right to choose abortion and provide abortion-related care. The discussion came after the United States Supreme Court decision to overrule the federal constitutional right to an abortion established by Roe v. Wade, leaving individual states to establish their own reproductive health rights and restrictions.</p> <p>More details are available in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5810700&amp;GUID=6A84A8B0-A2CF-4E08-869D-DD3ED4D70B91" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting materials</a>.</p> <h4>Proclamations include teen presentation on safe driving </h4> <p>At the start of the meeting, the council read three proclamations recognizing <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=11198671&amp;GUID=BE1602D0-171E-47D1-A050-7AED0AE74D09" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to proclamation">Hunger Action and Awareness Month</a>, <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=11198675&amp;GUID=C4FB61A8-F36A-4CD9-B319-D48B1E575E61" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to proclamation">Welcoming Week</a>, and <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=11198672&amp;GUID=6F3ADF0A-C9DF-40F0-B5C3-CF04E2D7DB1B" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to proclamation">Driving Safety Awareness Day</a>. </p> <p>Two Bellevue students, Anya Vaish and Ishika Binu, were on hand to deliver a <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=11206689&amp;GUID=063B5087-2A24-4992-B6A4-D3DA026BC15E" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to presentation">presentation</a> showing the data behind major driving hazards that contribute to crashes and fatalities on U.S. roads. They encouraged drivers to wear their seatbelts, avoid distracted driving – including cell phone use, never drive under the influence and avoid driving while drowsy.</p> <p>The teens stressed the importance of recognizing the inherent risks and responsibility of driving a vehicle and asked listeners to take a safe driving pledge at <a href="https://safedrive.club/" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to safe driving pledge site">https://safedrive.club/</a>.<br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-08T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 8 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 08 Sep 2022 22:22:52 +0000 MDeGrand 201751 at https://bellevuewa.gov Bellevue’s ‘Al Fresco’ dining ends mid-September https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/al-fresco-dining-survey <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Bellevue’s ‘Al Fresco’ dining ends mid-September</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-08T22:53:20+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/08/2022 - 15:53</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-09/Al%20Fresco%20Dining%20Bis.jpg?h=56d0ca2e&amp;itok=K0or4MY2" width="640" height="400" alt="John and Carla Stratfold dine at Bis on Main&#039;s al fresco space with their friend Stacy Graven (back to camera)." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">City seeks feedback on the program</p> <p>As we approach the fall, the cooler temperatures and shifting weather mean the on-street dining areas created as part of the city’s “Al Fresco” program along Main Street in Bellevue will soon close. These expanded outdoor dining areas placed in parking stalls will close after dinner service on Sunday, Sept. 18. Patios located on sidewalks will generally remain open as long as weather and demand allows.</p> <p>The city encourages residents and businesses to enjoy the spaces before the weather turns, then <a href="https://engagingbellevue.com/outdoor-dining" rel="noopener" target="_blank">take a survey</a> to help the city and its partners improve the experience of this program.</p> <p>“Supporting small businesses is important for a thriving downtown community,” said Patrick Bannon, Bellevue Downtown Association president. “It was inspiring to see al fresco dining become a favorite summer activity for so many people.”</p> <p>The on-street dining spaces were made possible by a close partnership between the City of Bellevue, the BDA and the Old Bellevue Merchants’ Association, with sponsorship support from Microsoft. In addition to the five on-street spaces on Main Street, the Heart of Bellevue Al Fresco program promoted more than 40 other restaurants with outdoor dining across the city. </p> <p>“As a resident of downtown Bellevue, I have found great joy in the outdoor dining spaces on Main Street,” said Mayor Lynne Robinson. “I am glad to have found a way to move these restaurant spaces forward as an ongoing feature of our community.”</p> <p>The city is seeking feedback on the Main Street dining spaces, to better understand how residents, business owners and visitors have used them. This will help inform how the city can help businesses and create more vibrant streetscapes in the future. Previous surveys have demonstrated the economic benefit of these types of spaces, with more than 80% of respondents saying the patio areas make them more likely to visit Main Street again in the future.</p> <p>“Residents and workers alike are craving more of these types of experiences,” said Jesse Canedo, chief economic development officer. “Our intention is for extended outdoor dining on Main Street to be just a first step on our journey to more actively programming our public spaces.”</p> <p>Residents and businesses can learn more about the city’s outdoor dining program and complete the program survey at <a href="https://engagingbellevue.com/outdoor-dining" rel="noopener" target="_blank">engagingbellevue.com/outdoor-dining</a>. In addition, restaurant operators can visit <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="fdcfd03a-b8b7-4fcc-a3c9-c4be3a4a7640" href="/city-government/departments/community-development/economic-development/partnerships/outdoor-dining" title="Outdoor Dining">Outdoor Dining</a> to learn more about outdoor options over the winter months.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-08T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 8 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 08 Sep 2022 22:53:20 +0000 CIosso 201756 at https://bellevuewa.gov You'll be mooved by Kelsey Creek Farm Park's history https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/lake-to-lake-9-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">You&#039;ll be mooved by Kelsey Creek Farm Park&#039;s history</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-07T22:46:21+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 09/07/2022 - 15:46</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-09/Twin%20Valley%20Dairy.jpg?h=5c70a84f&amp;itok=ZvIOdbvm" width="640" height="400" alt="One of the barns at Kelsey Creek Farm Park, built in the early 1930s, came out of a Sears catalog." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>In recognition of double milestones for Kelsey Creek Farm Park this year, the <a href="https://youtu.be/1Kv0fZ2DLpg" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Lake to Lake news show</a> delves into the place's history as a dairy farm started 100 years ago. The farm's subsequent conversion 50 years ago to a beloved park that still has cows is a mooving story.</p> <p>The latest episode of Lake to Lake also offers tips on staying safe in an emergency if you need to shelter in place and reviews the recent Bellevue Arts Museum Arts Fair.</p> <p>Lake to Lake is a production of Bellevue Television. You can subscribe to the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/bellevuetelevision" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Bellevue TV YouTube channel</a> to see more content. Questions? Check in with <a href="mailto:btv@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">btv@bellevuewa.gov</a>. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-07T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 7 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 07 Sep 2022 22:46:21 +0000 CIosso 201736 at https://bellevuewa.gov Bellwether 2022 celebrates art and technology https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/bellwether-2022 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Bellwether 2022 celebrates art and technology</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-09-06T23:17:57+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 09/06/2022 - 16:17</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-09/Artist%20Xin%20Xin.jpg?h=c6980913&amp;itok=mAMQ9hLa" width="640" height="400" alt="Seattle artist Xin Xin will offer a digital residency during Bellwether." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Art and tech intersect in the 2022 edition of Bellwether, Bellevue’s annual arts festival. Through most of September, the festival will feature digital residencies and augmented reality, as well as in-person events. </p> <p>All Bellwether events are free and open to the public. Bellwether is a multidisciplinary arts experience produced by the city in collaboration with Bellevue’s arts community and the city’s Arts Commission. </p> <p>A bellwether is a sign of things to come, and is a symbol of the overarching mission of the event: to showcase Bellevue’s creative future and to turn that future into reality. Bellwether got its start as a biennial sculpture exhibition in 1992, and has evolved to encompass new forms of art and culture. </p> <p>"Bellwether 2022: Art + Tech" includes digital residencies, an augmented reality art installation and in-person events.  Details about all of the presentations and art are available at <a href="https://bellwetherart.org/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Bellwether 2022</a>. Learn more about the city's arts program at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="3ca9d846-b744-41cc-8098-a7a7c197de7f" href="/city-government/departments/community-development/arts-and-culture" title="Arts and Culture">Arts and Culture</a>.</p> <h2>Digital Residencies</h2> <p>Showcasing local arts and experiences on digital platforms, Digital Residencies are a new way to exhibit art as part of Bellwether. Selected artists will present videos, 2D images, 3D works in progress, ephemeral experiences, AI Generated designs, and so much more throughout the month of September. Content will be featured on the social media channels of the artists, through the Bellevue Arts Program, and at the Bellwether Arts Festival.  </p> <p>For digital residencies at Bellwether, selected artists will share their work, including videos, images and three-dimensional works in progress social media, theirs and the city's, including Instagram at @bellwether_arts.   </p> <ul><li><strong>Sept. 2-8</strong>: Dustin Curtis // Trivia Puppet Company, Instagram @triviapuppet</li> <li><strong>Sept. 9-15</strong>: KT Hancock // Velvet Nugget Studios, Instagram @velvet_nugget_studios</li> <li><strong>Sept. 16-22</strong>: Xin Xin , Instagram @artxinxin_   </li> <li><strong>Sept. 23-29</strong>: Warren Armando Pope, Instagram @floral.naps</li> </ul><h2>Augmented Reality Installation</h2> <p>#GlitchGoddess, Sept. 6-20</p> <p><strong>Location</strong>: Bellevue Connection Plaza, 550 106th Ave. NE, presented by: Future Arts</p> <p>Marjan Moghaddam is a pioneering, digital artist and animator. "#GlitchGoddess" Is acclaimed as the first feminist digital art piece to hit viral metrics, disrupting the legacy art world’s depiction of the female form in a singular manner while switching from slender, heavy, young, old, pregnant, glitched, stylized to artistically abstracted, set to a voiceover of women complaining about inequality in the art world.</p> <p>#GlitchGoddess was originally presented in the Puget Sound area as part of AUGMENT Seattle 2022 after its commission at VMF Winter Arts. @marjan_moghaddam_artist, @futureartsco</p> <h2>Portable Collection Opening Reception</h2> <p>Sept. 14, 5-7 p.m. at City Hall, 450 110th Ave. NE</p> <p>Join us as we celebrate more than 40 artists whose work entered the city's portable collection during the pandemic. These artists’ works span styles, subject and media.  Full lists of purchased work, along with artist bios and statements can be found at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="0a490f51-bf9d-408b-ae46-035da4dcd569" href="/city-government/departments/community-development/arts-and-culture/public-art" title="Public Art and Opportunities">Public Art</a>.  </p> <h2>Techtober Mini-Teaser </h2> <p>Saturday, Sept. 17, 3-4:30 p.m. Bellevue Arts Museum Auditorium, 510 Bellevue Way NE</p> <p>GgLocators’ Cami Smith moderates a conversation with Netflix Animation Studios recruiter Camille Leganza and Netflix Games Platform  recruiter Miguel Calderon about the symbiotic relationship between tech and art.  The Performing Arts Center Eastside (PACE) presents this event ahead of its fall Techtober event series, hosted on the DigiPen campus, which aims to promote STEAM at the middle, high school and college level.  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-06T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 6 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 06 Sep 2022 23:17:57 +0000 CIosso 201721 at https://bellevuewa.gov Expect population boom (and some bass) in Bellevue this weekend https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/rocknroll-running <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Expect population boom (and some bass) in Bellevue this weekend</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-12T01:27:17+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/11/2022 - 18:27</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-09/Rock%27n%27roll%20runner.jpg?h=7c58bbcd&amp;itok=S8HJ8pqo" width="640" height="400" alt="Bellevue runner Kate Hildyard shares her excitement about participating in the St. Jude Rock &#039;n&#039; Roll Washington running event in Bellevue." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>600 locals among 9,000 runners in Rock ‘n’ Roll running event</h3> <p>More than 600 runners from Bellevue and thousands more from 38 states and several international locations will take part this weekend in the St. Jude Rock n’ Roll Washington running event, which features live music along the course routes to include a half marathon, 5K and kids run. </p> <p>“The benefit to the community for having this race in Bellevue is it makes people more aware of our wonderful city, how beautiful it is,” said Kate Hildyard, a Bellevue runner participating in the event.</p> <p>The 5K and kids run take place on Saturday, Sept. 3, and the half marathon is Sept. 4, with live music and road closures during the morning hours of both days. In addition, the event kicks off with an event expo and participant packet pickup at the Bellevue Hyatt starting Friday afternoon, Sept. 2. </p> <p>With more than 9,000 runners registered for either the half marathon or 5K, residents should expect Bellevue to be bustling with people this weekend and should use GPS to find the official detours around the courses. There are also still opportunities to volunteer with the event. Visitors are welcome to cheer on participants and enjoy free live music.</p> <h3>Street Closures</h3> <p>Full street closure information, including course routes, is available at <a href="https://www.runrocknroll.com/washington-road-closures" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington</a>. You can also get more information on the city’s <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="908b8a83-cddf-4eae-9389-3c9642662ce2" href="/city-government/departments/community-development/economic-development/rock-n-roll-running" title="Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Events">Rock'n'Roll Running Events page</a>. Here are some key locations and times for closures:</p> <p><strong>Downtown Park – </strong>While the park remains open over the weekend, it will serve as event headquarters, so the west parking lot will be closed starting Friday evening until Sunday afternoon and the park will be the location for the main music stage of the event, port-a-potties and event-related equipment and tents. The park’s south lot will be closed for most of the day on Sunday. Event parking is at nearby Bellevue Square.</p> <p><strong>Staging areas – </strong>100th Avenue Northeast between Northeast First and Northeast Fourth streets (west of Downtown Park) will close starting at 7 a.m. Saturday until event activities wrap up around 3 p.m. Sunday. </p> <p><strong>Start and Finish areas – </strong>Streets near Downtown Park, including Bellevue Way between Northeast Fourth and Main streets, and 100th Avenue Northeast between Second and Main streets, will serve as chutes for the start and finish lines of races, and will close for the 5K between 5 a.m. and noon Saturday and 2 a.m. to approximately noon Sunday for the half marathon.</p> <p><strong>Course routes – </strong>Streets along the running course routes will be closed from approximately 5-10 a.m. on Saturday and 2 a.m.-noon Sunday. A <a href="https://cdn1.sportngin.com/attachments/document/7a86-2741888/RNR_WASH__22_Road_Closure_Grid__7-6-22.pdf#_ga=2.2382832.1914418925.1658263119-1564582016.1637191292&amp;_gac=1.15327940.1658263240.CjwKCAjwrNmWBhA4EiwAHbjEQPm8Nv549NB28ViJ4b1ZgEE7oFKigW-BPriJK3B9P8yTNqMvnrq9IRoCbGIQAvD_BwE" rel="noopener" target="_blank">table listing all road closures</a> and times for both days is available. </p> <p>Race organizers along with city staff will be monitoring the entire event to ensure safety for all participants, spectators and travelers in the course area over the weekend. If you have questions, complaints or want to report something related to the event, please email <a href="mailto:community.cgi@ironman.com" rel="noopener" target="_blank">community.cgi@ironman.com</a>. If you need a non-emergency issue addressed that requires a first responder, you can use the Bellevue Police non-emergency line at 425-577-5656. Please only call 911 for emergencies. </p> <p><a href="https://www.runrocknroll.com/washington" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rock 'n' Roll Washington</a> has full event information.</p> <h3>About Bellevue </h3> <p>Known as a “City in a Park” with nearly 100 parks and a vast network of trails and greenbelts, Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington. The Eastside city spans 33.5 square miles from Lake Washington to Lake Sammamish. As part of the Innovation Triangle, Bellevue is the high-tech and retail center with a downtown skyline of gleaming high-rises, a diverse population of more than 145,000 and schools that are consistently rated among the best in the country. <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-02T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 2 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 12 Aug 2022 01:27:17 +0000 MDeGrand 201586 at https://bellevuewa.gov Expect population boom (and some bass) in Bellevue this weekend https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/rocknroll-running <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Expect population boom (and some bass) in Bellevue this weekend</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-12T01:27:17+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/11/2022 - 18:27</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-09/Rock%27n%27roll%20runner.jpg?h=7c58bbcd&amp;itok=S8HJ8pqo" width="640" height="400" alt="Bellevue runner Kate Hildyard shares her excitement about participating in the St. Jude Rock &#039;n&#039; Roll Washington running event in Bellevue." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>600 locals among 9,000 runners in Rock ‘n’ Roll running event</h3> <p>More than 600 runners from Bellevue and thousands more from 38 states and several international locations will take part this weekend in the St. Jude Rock n’ Roll Washington running event, which features live music along the course routes to include a half marathon, 5K and kids run. </p> <p>“The benefit to the community for having this race in Bellevue is it makes people more aware of our wonderful city, how beautiful it is,” said Kate Hildyard, a Bellevue runner participating in the event.</p> <p>The 5K and kids run take place on Saturday, Sept. 3, and the half marathon is Sept. 4, with live music and road closures during the morning hours of both days. In addition, the event kicks off with an event expo and participant packet pickup at the Bellevue Hyatt starting Friday afternoon, Sept. 2. </p> <p>With more than 9,000 runners registered for either the half marathon or 5K, residents should expect Bellevue to be bustling with people this weekend and should use GPS to find the official detours around the courses. There are also still opportunities to volunteer with the event. Visitors are welcome to cheer on participants and enjoy free live music.</p> <h3>Street Closures</h3> <p>Full street closure information, including course routes, is available at <a href="https://www.runrocknroll.com/washington-road-closures" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington</a>. You can also get more information on the city’s <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="908b8a83-cddf-4eae-9389-3c9642662ce2" href="/city-government/departments/community-development/economic-development/rock-n-roll-running" title="Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Events">Rock'n'Roll Running Events page</a>. Here are some key locations and times for closures:</p> <p><strong>Downtown Park – </strong>While the park remains open over the weekend, it will serve as event headquarters, so the west parking lot will be closed starting Friday evening until Sunday afternoon and the park will be the location for the main music stage of the event, port-a-potties and event-related equipment and tents. The park’s south lot will be closed for most of the day on Sunday. Event parking is at nearby Bellevue Square.</p> <p><strong>Staging areas – </strong>100th Avenue Northeast between Northeast First and Northeast Fourth streets (west of Downtown Park) will close starting at 7 a.m. Saturday until event activities wrap up around 3 p.m. Sunday. </p> <p><strong>Start and Finish areas – </strong>Streets near Downtown Park, including Bellevue Way between Northeast Fourth and Main streets, and 100th Avenue Northeast between Second and Main streets, will serve as chutes for the start and finish lines of races, and will close for the 5K between 5 a.m. and noon Saturday and 2 a.m. to approximately noon Sunday for the half marathon.</p> <p><strong>Course routes – </strong>Streets along the running course routes will be closed from approximately 5-10 a.m. on Saturday and 2 a.m.-noon Sunday. A <a href="https://cdn1.sportngin.com/attachments/document/7a86-2741888/RNR_WASH__22_Road_Closure_Grid__7-6-22.pdf#_ga=2.2382832.1914418925.1658263119-1564582016.1637191292&amp;_gac=1.15327940.1658263240.CjwKCAjwrNmWBhA4EiwAHbjEQPm8Nv549NB28ViJ4b1ZgEE7oFKigW-BPriJK3B9P8yTNqMvnrq9IRoCbGIQAvD_BwE" rel="noopener" target="_blank">table listing all road closures</a> and times for both days is available. </p> <p>Race organizers along with city staff will be monitoring the entire event to ensure safety for all participants, spectators and travelers in the course area over the weekend. If you have questions, complaints or want to report something related to the event, please email <a href="mailto:community.cgi@ironman.com" rel="noopener" target="_blank">community.cgi@ironman.com</a>. If you need a non-emergency issue addressed that requires a first responder, you can use the Bellevue Police non-emergency line at 425-577-5656. Please only call 911 for emergencies. </p> <p><a href="https://www.runrocknroll.com/washington" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rock 'n' Roll Washington</a> has full event information.</p> <h3>About Bellevue </h3> <p>Known as a “City in a Park” with nearly 100 parks and a vast network of trails and greenbelts, Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington. The Eastside city spans 33.5 square miles from Lake Washington to Lake Sammamish. As part of the Innovation Triangle, Bellevue is the high-tech and retail center with a downtown skyline of gleaming high-rises, a diverse population of more than 145,000 and schools that are consistently rated among the best in the country. <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-02T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 2 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 12 Aug 2022 01:27:17 +0000 MDeGrand 201586 at https://bellevuewa.gov Expect population boom (and some bass) in Bellevue this weekend https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/rocknroll-running <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Expect population boom (and some bass) in Bellevue this weekend</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-12T01:27:17+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/11/2022 - 18:27</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-09/Rock%27n%27roll%20runner.jpg?h=7c58bbcd&amp;itok=S8HJ8pqo" width="640" height="400" alt="Bellevue runner Kate Hildyard shares her excitement about participating in the St. Jude Rock &#039;n&#039; Roll Washington running event in Bellevue." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>600 locals among 9,000 runners in Rock ‘n’ Roll running event</h3> <p>More than 600 runners from Bellevue and thousands more from 38 states and several international locations will take part this weekend in the St. Jude Rock n’ Roll Washington running event, which features live music along the course routes to include a half marathon, 5K and kids run. </p> <p>“The benefit to the community for having this race in Bellevue is it makes people more aware of our wonderful city, how beautiful it is,” said Kate Hildyard, a Bellevue runner participating in the event.</p> <p>The 5K and kids run take place on Saturday, Sept. 3, and the half marathon is Sept. 4, with live music and road closures during the morning hours of both days. In addition, the event kicks off with an event expo and participant packet pickup at the Bellevue Hyatt starting Friday afternoon, Sept. 2. </p> <p>With more than 9,000 runners registered for either the half marathon or 5K, residents should expect Bellevue to be bustling with people this weekend and should use GPS to find the official detours around the courses. There are also still opportunities to volunteer with the event. Visitors are welcome to cheer on participants and enjoy free live music.</p> <h3>Street Closures</h3> <p>Full street closure information, including course routes, is available at <a href="https://www.runrocknroll.com/washington-road-closures" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington</a>. You can also get more information on the city’s <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="908b8a83-cddf-4eae-9389-3c9642662ce2" href="/city-government/departments/community-development/economic-development/rock-n-roll-running" title="Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Events">Rock'n'Roll Running Events page</a>. Here are some key locations and times for closures:</p> <p><strong>Downtown Park – </strong>While the park remains open over the weekend, it will serve as event headquarters, so the west parking lot will be closed starting Friday evening until Sunday afternoon and the park will be the location for the main music stage of the event, port-a-potties and event-related equipment and tents. The park’s south lot will be closed for most of the day on Sunday. Event parking is at nearby Bellevue Square.</p> <p><strong>Staging areas – </strong>100th Avenue Northeast between Northeast First and Northeast Fourth streets (west of Downtown Park) will close starting at 7 a.m. Saturday until event activities wrap up around 3 p.m. Sunday. </p> <p><strong>Start and Finish areas – </strong>Streets near Downtown Park, including Bellevue Way between Northeast Fourth and Main streets, and 100th Avenue Northeast between Second and Main streets, will serve as chutes for the start and finish lines of races, and will close for the 5K between 5 a.m. and noon Saturday and 2 a.m. to approximately noon Sunday for the half marathon.</p> <p><strong>Course routes – </strong>Streets along the running course routes will be closed from approximately 5-10 a.m. on Saturday and 2 a.m.-noon Sunday. A <a href="https://cdn1.sportngin.com/attachments/document/7a86-2741888/RNR_WASH__22_Road_Closure_Grid__7-6-22.pdf#_ga=2.2382832.1914418925.1658263119-1564582016.1637191292&amp;_gac=1.15327940.1658263240.CjwKCAjwrNmWBhA4EiwAHbjEQPm8Nv549NB28ViJ4b1ZgEE7oFKigW-BPriJK3B9P8yTNqMvnrq9IRoCbGIQAvD_BwE" rel="noopener" target="_blank">table listing all road closures</a> and times for both days is available. </p> <p>Race organizers along with city staff will be monitoring the entire event to ensure safety for all participants, spectators and travelers in the course area over the weekend. If you have questions, complaints or want to report something related to the event, please email <a href="mailto:community.cgi@ironman.com" rel="noopener" target="_blank">community.cgi@ironman.com</a>. If you need a non-emergency issue addressed that requires a first responder, you can use the Bellevue Police non-emergency line at 425-577-5656. Please only call 911 for emergencies. </p> <p><a href="https://www.runrocknroll.com/washington" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rock 'n' Roll Washington</a> has full event information.</p> <h3>About Bellevue </h3> <p>Known as a “City in a Park” with nearly 100 parks and a vast network of trails and greenbelts, Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington. The Eastside city spans 33.5 square miles from Lake Washington to Lake Sammamish. As part of the Innovation Triangle, Bellevue is the high-tech and retail center with a downtown skyline of gleaming high-rises, a diverse population of more than 145,000 and schools that are consistently rated among the best in the country. <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-02T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 2 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 12 Aug 2022 01:27:17 +0000 MDeGrand 201586 at https://bellevuewa.gov Expect population boom (and some bass) in Bellevue this weekend https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/rocknroll-running <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Expect population boom (and some bass) in Bellevue this weekend</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-12T01:27:17+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/11/2022 - 18:27</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-09/Rock%27n%27roll%20runner.jpg?h=7c58bbcd&amp;itok=S8HJ8pqo" width="640" height="400" alt="Bellevue runner Kate Hildyard shares her excitement about participating in the St. Jude Rock &#039;n&#039; Roll Washington running event in Bellevue." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>600 locals among 9,000 runners in Rock ‘n’ Roll running event</h3> <p>More than 600 runners from Bellevue and thousands more from 38 states and several international locations will take part this weekend in the St. Jude Rock n’ Roll Washington running event, which features live music along the course routes to include a half marathon, 5K and kids run. </p> <p>“The benefit to the community for having this race in Bellevue is it makes people more aware of our wonderful city, how beautiful it is,” said Kate Hildyard, a Bellevue runner participating in the event.</p> <p>The 5K and kids run take place on Saturday, Sept. 3, and the half marathon is Sept. 4, with live music and road closures during the morning hours of both days. In addition, the event kicks off with an event expo and participant packet pickup at the Bellevue Hyatt starting Friday afternoon, Sept. 2. </p> <p>With more than 9,000 runners registered for either the half marathon or 5K, residents should expect Bellevue to be bustling with people this weekend and should use GPS to find the official detours around the courses. There are also still opportunities to volunteer with the event. Visitors are welcome to cheer on participants and enjoy free live music.</p> <h3>Street Closures</h3> <p>Full street closure information, including course routes, is available at <a href="https://www.runrocknroll.com/washington-road-closures" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington</a>. You can also get more information on the city’s <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="908b8a83-cddf-4eae-9389-3c9642662ce2" href="/city-government/departments/community-development/economic-development/rock-n-roll-running" title="Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Events">Rock'n'Roll Running Events page</a>. Here are some key locations and times for closures:</p> <p><strong>Downtown Park – </strong>While the park remains open over the weekend, it will serve as event headquarters, so the west parking lot will be closed starting Friday evening until Sunday afternoon and the park will be the location for the main music stage of the event, port-a-potties and event-related equipment and tents. The park’s south lot will be closed for most of the day on Sunday. Event parking is at nearby Bellevue Square.</p> <p><strong>Staging areas – </strong>100th Avenue Northeast between Northeast First and Northeast Fourth streets (west of Downtown Park) will close starting at 7 a.m. Saturday until event activities wrap up around 3 p.m. Sunday. </p> <p><strong>Start and Finish areas – </strong>Streets near Downtown Park, including Bellevue Way between Northeast Fourth and Main streets, and 100th Avenue Northeast between Second and Main streets, will serve as chutes for the start and finish lines of races, and will close for the 5K between 5 a.m. and noon Saturday and 2 a.m. to approximately noon Sunday for the half marathon.</p> <p><strong>Course routes – </strong>Streets along the running course routes will be closed from approximately 5-10 a.m. on Saturday and 2 a.m.-noon Sunday. A <a href="https://cdn1.sportngin.com/attachments/document/7a86-2741888/RNR_WASH__22_Road_Closure_Grid__7-6-22.pdf#_ga=2.2382832.1914418925.1658263119-1564582016.1637191292&amp;_gac=1.15327940.1658263240.CjwKCAjwrNmWBhA4EiwAHbjEQPm8Nv549NB28ViJ4b1ZgEE7oFKigW-BPriJK3B9P8yTNqMvnrq9IRoCbGIQAvD_BwE" rel="noopener" target="_blank">table listing all road closures</a> and times for both days is available. </p> <p>Race organizers along with city staff will be monitoring the entire event to ensure safety for all participants, spectators and travelers in the course area over the weekend. If you have questions, complaints or want to report something related to the event, please email <a href="mailto:community.cgi@ironman.com" rel="noopener" target="_blank">community.cgi@ironman.com</a>. If you need a non-emergency issue addressed that requires a first responder, you can use the Bellevue Police non-emergency line at 425-577-5656. Please only call 911 for emergencies. </p> <p><a href="https://www.runrocknroll.com/washington" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rock 'n' Roll Washington</a> has full event information.</p> <h3>About Bellevue </h3> <p>Known as a “City in a Park” with nearly 100 parks and a vast network of trails and greenbelts, Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington. The Eastside city spans 33.5 square miles from Lake Washington to Lake Sammamish. As part of the Innovation Triangle, Bellevue is the high-tech and retail center with a downtown skyline of gleaming high-rises, a diverse population of more than 145,000 and schools that are consistently rated among the best in the country. <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-02T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 2 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 12 Aug 2022 01:27:17 +0000 MDeGrand 201586 at https://bellevuewa.gov Expect population boom (and some bass) in Bellevue this weekend https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/rocknroll-running <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Expect population boom (and some bass) in Bellevue this weekend</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-12T01:27:17+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/11/2022 - 18:27</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-09/Rock%27n%27roll%20runner.jpg?h=7c58bbcd&amp;itok=S8HJ8pqo" width="640" height="400" alt="Bellevue runner Kate Hildyard shares her excitement about participating in the St. Jude Rock &#039;n&#039; Roll Washington running event in Bellevue." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>600 locals among 9,000 runners in Rock ‘n’ Roll running event</h3> <p>More than 600 runners from Bellevue and thousands more from 38 states and several international locations will take part this weekend in the St. Jude Rock n’ Roll Washington running event, which features live music along the course routes to include a half marathon, 5K and kids run. </p> <p>“The benefit to the community for having this race in Bellevue is it makes people more aware of our wonderful city, how beautiful it is,” said Kate Hildyard, a Bellevue runner participating in the event.</p> <p>The 5K and kids run take place on Saturday, Sept. 3, and the half marathon is Sept. 4, with live music and road closures during the morning hours of both days. In addition, the event kicks off with an event expo and participant packet pickup at the Bellevue Hyatt starting Friday afternoon, Sept. 2. </p> <p>With more than 9,000 runners registered for either the half marathon or 5K, residents should expect Bellevue to be bustling with people this weekend and should use GPS to find the official detours around the courses. There are also still opportunities to volunteer with the event. Visitors are welcome to cheer on participants and enjoy free live music.</p> <h3>Street Closures</h3> <p>Full street closure information, including course routes, is available at <a href="https://www.runrocknroll.com/washington-road-closures" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington</a>. You can also get more information on the city’s <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="908b8a83-cddf-4eae-9389-3c9642662ce2" href="/city-government/departments/community-development/economic-development/rock-n-roll-running" title="Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Events">Rock'n'Roll Running Events page</a>. Here are some key locations and times for closures:</p> <p><strong>Downtown Park – </strong>While the park remains open over the weekend, it will serve as event headquarters, so the west parking lot will be closed starting Friday evening until Sunday afternoon and the park will be the location for the main music stage of the event, port-a-potties and event-related equipment and tents. The park’s south lot will be closed for most of the day on Sunday. Event parking is at nearby Bellevue Square.</p> <p><strong>Staging areas – </strong>100th Avenue Northeast between Northeast First and Northeast Fourth streets (west of Downtown Park) will close starting at 7 a.m. Saturday until event activities wrap up around 3 p.m. Sunday. </p> <p><strong>Start and Finish areas – </strong>Streets near Downtown Park, including Bellevue Way between Northeast Fourth and Main streets, and 100th Avenue Northeast between Second and Main streets, will serve as chutes for the start and finish lines of races, and will close for the 5K between 5 a.m. and noon Saturday and 2 a.m. to approximately noon Sunday for the half marathon.</p> <p><strong>Course routes – </strong>Streets along the running course routes will be closed from approximately 5-10 a.m. on Saturday and 2 a.m.-noon Sunday. A <a href="https://cdn1.sportngin.com/attachments/document/7a86-2741888/RNR_WASH__22_Road_Closure_Grid__7-6-22.pdf#_ga=2.2382832.1914418925.1658263119-1564582016.1637191292&amp;_gac=1.15327940.1658263240.CjwKCAjwrNmWBhA4EiwAHbjEQPm8Nv549NB28ViJ4b1ZgEE7oFKigW-BPriJK3B9P8yTNqMvnrq9IRoCbGIQAvD_BwE" rel="noopener" target="_blank">table listing all road closures</a> and times for both days is available. </p> <p>Race organizers along with city staff will be monitoring the entire event to ensure safety for all participants, spectators and travelers in the course area over the weekend. If you have questions, complaints or want to report something related to the event, please email <a href="mailto:community.cgi@ironman.com" rel="noopener" target="_blank">community.cgi@ironman.com</a>. If you need a non-emergency issue addressed that requires a first responder, you can use the Bellevue Police non-emergency line at 425-577-5656. Please only call 911 for emergencies. </p> <p><a href="https://www.runrocknroll.com/washington" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rock 'n' Roll Washington</a> has full event information.</p> <h3>About Bellevue </h3> <p>Known as a “City in a Park” with nearly 100 parks and a vast network of trails and greenbelts, Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington. The Eastside city spans 33.5 square miles from Lake Washington to Lake Sammamish. As part of the Innovation Triangle, Bellevue is the high-tech and retail center with a downtown skyline of gleaming high-rises, a diverse population of more than 145,000 and schools that are consistently rated among the best in the country. <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-02T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 2 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 12 Aug 2022 01:27:17 +0000 MDeGrand 201586 at https://bellevuewa.gov Expect population boom (and some bass) in Bellevue this weekend https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/rocknroll-running <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Expect population boom (and some bass) in Bellevue this weekend</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-12T01:27:17+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/11/2022 - 18:27</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-09/Rock%27n%27roll%20runner.jpg?h=7c58bbcd&amp;itok=S8HJ8pqo" width="640" height="400" alt="Bellevue runner Kate Hildyard shares her excitement about participating in the St. Jude Rock &#039;n&#039; Roll Washington running event in Bellevue." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>600 locals among 9,000 runners in Rock ‘n’ Roll running event</h3> <p>More than 600 runners from Bellevue and thousands more from 38 states and several international locations will take part this weekend in the St. Jude Rock n’ Roll Washington running event, which features live music along the course routes to include a half marathon, 5K and kids run. </p> <p>“The benefit to the community for having this race in Bellevue is it makes people more aware of our wonderful city, how beautiful it is,” said Kate Hildyard, a Bellevue runner participating in the event.</p> <p>The 5K and kids run take place on Saturday, Sept. 3, and the half marathon is Sept. 4, with live music and road closures during the morning hours of both days. In addition, the event kicks off with an event expo and participant packet pickup at the Bellevue Hyatt starting Friday afternoon, Sept. 2. </p> <p>With more than 9,000 runners registered for either the half marathon or 5K, residents should expect Bellevue to be bustling with people this weekend and should use GPS to find the official detours around the courses. There are also still opportunities to volunteer with the event. Visitors are welcome to cheer on participants and enjoy free live music.</p> <h3>Street Closures</h3> <p>Full street closure information, including course routes, is available at <a href="https://www.runrocknroll.com/washington-road-closures" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington</a>. You can also get more information on the city’s <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="908b8a83-cddf-4eae-9389-3c9642662ce2" href="/city-government/departments/community-development/economic-development/rock-n-roll-running" title="Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Events">Rock'n'Roll Running Events page</a>. Here are some key locations and times for closures:</p> <p><strong>Downtown Park – </strong>While the park remains open over the weekend, it will serve as event headquarters, so the west parking lot will be closed starting Friday evening until Sunday afternoon and the park will be the location for the main music stage of the event, port-a-potties and event-related equipment and tents. The park’s south lot will be closed for most of the day on Sunday. Event parking is at nearby Bellevue Square.</p> <p><strong>Staging areas – </strong>100th Avenue Northeast between Northeast First and Northeast Fourth streets (west of Downtown Park) will close starting at 7 a.m. Saturday until event activities wrap up around 3 p.m. Sunday. </p> <p><strong>Start and Finish areas – </strong>Streets near Downtown Park, including Bellevue Way between Northeast Fourth and Main streets, and 100th Avenue Northeast between Second and Main streets, will serve as chutes for the start and finish lines of races, and will close for the 5K between 5 a.m. and noon Saturday and 2 a.m. to approximately noon Sunday for the half marathon.</p> <p><strong>Course routes – </strong>Streets along the running course routes will be closed from approximately 5-10 a.m. on Saturday and 2 a.m.-noon Sunday. A <a href="https://cdn1.sportngin.com/attachments/document/7a86-2741888/RNR_WASH__22_Road_Closure_Grid__7-6-22.pdf#_ga=2.2382832.1914418925.1658263119-1564582016.1637191292&amp;_gac=1.15327940.1658263240.CjwKCAjwrNmWBhA4EiwAHbjEQPm8Nv549NB28ViJ4b1ZgEE7oFKigW-BPriJK3B9P8yTNqMvnrq9IRoCbGIQAvD_BwE" rel="noopener" target="_blank">table listing all road closures</a> and times for both days is available. </p> <p>Race organizers along with city staff will be monitoring the entire event to ensure safety for all participants, spectators and travelers in the course area over the weekend. If you have questions, complaints or want to report something related to the event, please email <a href="mailto:community.cgi@ironman.com" rel="noopener" target="_blank">community.cgi@ironman.com</a>. If you need a non-emergency issue addressed that requires a first responder, you can use the Bellevue Police non-emergency line at 425-577-5656. Please only call 911 for emergencies. </p> <p><a href="https://www.runrocknroll.com/washington" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rock 'n' Roll Washington</a> has full event information.</p> <h3>About Bellevue </h3> <p>Known as a “City in a Park” with nearly 100 parks and a vast network of trails and greenbelts, Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington. The Eastside city spans 33.5 square miles from Lake Washington to Lake Sammamish. As part of the Innovation Triangle, Bellevue is the high-tech and retail center with a downtown skyline of gleaming high-rises, a diverse population of more than 145,000 and schools that are consistently rated among the best in the country. <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-02T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 2 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 12 Aug 2022 01:27:17 +0000 MDeGrand 201586 at https://bellevuewa.gov Expect population boom (and some bass) in Bellevue this weekend https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/rocknroll-running <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Expect population boom (and some bass) in Bellevue this weekend</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-12T01:27:17+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/11/2022 - 18:27</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-09/Rock%27n%27roll%20runner.jpg?h=7c58bbcd&amp;itok=S8HJ8pqo" width="640" height="400" alt="Bellevue runner Kate Hildyard shares her excitement about participating in the St. Jude Rock &#039;n&#039; Roll Washington running event in Bellevue." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>600 locals among 9,000 runners in Rock ‘n’ Roll running event</h3> <p>More than 600 runners from Bellevue and thousands more from 38 states and several international locations will take part this weekend in the St. Jude Rock n’ Roll Washington running event, which features live music along the course routes to include a half marathon, 5K and kids run. </p> <p>“The benefit to the community for having this race in Bellevue is it makes people more aware of our wonderful city, how beautiful it is,” said Kate Hildyard, a Bellevue runner participating in the event.</p> <p>The 5K and kids run take place on Saturday, Sept. 3, and the half marathon is Sept. 4, with live music and road closures during the morning hours of both days. In addition, the event kicks off with an event expo and participant packet pickup at the Bellevue Hyatt starting Friday afternoon, Sept. 2. </p> <p>With more than 9,000 runners registered for either the half marathon or 5K, residents should expect Bellevue to be bustling with people this weekend and should use GPS to find the official detours around the courses. There are also still opportunities to volunteer with the event. Visitors are welcome to cheer on participants and enjoy free live music.</p> <h3>Street Closures</h3> <p>Full street closure information, including course routes, is available at <a href="https://www.runrocknroll.com/washington-road-closures" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington</a>. You can also get more information on the city’s <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="908b8a83-cddf-4eae-9389-3c9642662ce2" href="/city-government/departments/community-development/economic-development/rock-n-roll-running" title="Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Events">Rock'n'Roll Running Events page</a>. Here are some key locations and times for closures:</p> <p><strong>Downtown Park – </strong>While the park remains open over the weekend, it will serve as event headquarters, so the west parking lot will be closed starting Friday evening until Sunday afternoon and the park will be the location for the main music stage of the event, port-a-potties and event-related equipment and tents. The park’s south lot will be closed for most of the day on Sunday. Event parking is at nearby Bellevue Square.</p> <p><strong>Staging areas – </strong>100th Avenue Northeast between Northeast First and Northeast Fourth streets (west of Downtown Park) will close starting at 7 a.m. Saturday until event activities wrap up around 3 p.m. Sunday. </p> <p><strong>Start and Finish areas – </strong>Streets near Downtown Park, including Bellevue Way between Northeast Fourth and Main streets, and 100th Avenue Northeast between Second and Main streets, will serve as chutes for the start and finish lines of races, and will close for the 5K between 5 a.m. and noon Saturday and 2 a.m. to approximately noon Sunday for the half marathon.</p> <p><strong>Course routes – </strong>Streets along the running course routes will be closed from approximately 5-10 a.m. on Saturday and 2 a.m.-noon Sunday. A <a href="https://cdn1.sportngin.com/attachments/document/7a86-2741888/RNR_WASH__22_Road_Closure_Grid__7-6-22.pdf#_ga=2.2382832.1914418925.1658263119-1564582016.1637191292&amp;_gac=1.15327940.1658263240.CjwKCAjwrNmWBhA4EiwAHbjEQPm8Nv549NB28ViJ4b1ZgEE7oFKigW-BPriJK3B9P8yTNqMvnrq9IRoCbGIQAvD_BwE" rel="noopener" target="_blank">table listing all road closures</a> and times for both days is available. </p> <p>Race organizers along with city staff will be monitoring the entire event to ensure safety for all participants, spectators and travelers in the course area over the weekend. If you have questions, complaints or want to report something related to the event, please email <a href="mailto:community.cgi@ironman.com" rel="noopener" target="_blank">community.cgi@ironman.com</a>. If you need a non-emergency issue addressed that requires a first responder, you can use the Bellevue Police non-emergency line at 425-577-5656. Please only call 911 for emergencies. </p> <p><a href="https://www.runrocknroll.com/washington" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rock 'n' Roll Washington</a> has full event information.</p> <h3>About Bellevue </h3> <p>Known as a “City in a Park” with nearly 100 parks and a vast network of trails and greenbelts, Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington. The Eastside city spans 33.5 square miles from Lake Washington to Lake Sammamish. As part of the Innovation Triangle, Bellevue is the high-tech and retail center with a downtown skyline of gleaming high-rises, a diverse population of more than 145,000 and schools that are consistently rated among the best in the country. <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-02T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 2 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 12 Aug 2022 01:27:17 +0000 MDeGrand 201586 at https://bellevuewa.gov Expect population boom (and some bass) in Bellevue this weekend https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/rocknroll-running <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Expect population boom (and some bass) in Bellevue this weekend</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-12T01:27:17+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/11/2022 - 18:27</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-09/Rock%27n%27roll%20runner.jpg?h=7c58bbcd&amp;itok=S8HJ8pqo" width="640" height="400" alt="Bellevue runner Kate Hildyard shares her excitement about participating in the St. Jude Rock &#039;n&#039; Roll Washington running event in Bellevue." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>600 locals among 9,000 runners in Rock ‘n’ Roll running event</h3> <p>More than 600 runners from Bellevue and thousands more from 38 states and several international locations will take part this weekend in the St. Jude Rock n’ Roll Washington running event, which features live music along the course routes to include a half marathon, 5K and kids run. </p> <p>“The benefit to the community for having this race in Bellevue is it makes people more aware of our wonderful city, how beautiful it is,” said Kate Hildyard, a Bellevue runner participating in the event.</p> <p>The 5K and kids run take place on Saturday, Sept. 3, and the half marathon is Sept. 4, with live music and road closures during the morning hours of both days. In addition, the event kicks off with an event expo and participant packet pickup at the Bellevue Hyatt starting Friday afternoon, Sept. 2. </p> <p>With more than 9,000 runners registered for either the half marathon or 5K, residents should expect Bellevue to be bustling with people this weekend and should use GPS to find the official detours around the courses. There are also still opportunities to volunteer with the event. Visitors are welcome to cheer on participants and enjoy free live music.</p> <h3>Street Closures</h3> <p>Full street closure information, including course routes, is available at <a href="https://www.runrocknroll.com/washington-road-closures" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington</a>. You can also get more information on the city’s <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="908b8a83-cddf-4eae-9389-3c9642662ce2" href="/city-government/departments/community-development/economic-development/rock-n-roll-running" title="Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Events">Rock'n'Roll Running Events page</a>. Here are some key locations and times for closures:</p> <p><strong>Downtown Park – </strong>While the park remains open over the weekend, it will serve as event headquarters, so the west parking lot will be closed starting Friday evening until Sunday afternoon and the park will be the location for the main music stage of the event, port-a-potties and event-related equipment and tents. The park’s south lot will be closed for most of the day on Sunday. Event parking is at nearby Bellevue Square.</p> <p><strong>Staging areas – </strong>100th Avenue Northeast between Northeast First and Northeast Fourth streets (west of Downtown Park) will close starting at 7 a.m. Saturday until event activities wrap up around 3 p.m. Sunday. </p> <p><strong>Start and Finish areas – </strong>Streets near Downtown Park, including Bellevue Way between Northeast Fourth and Main streets, and 100th Avenue Northeast between Second and Main streets, will serve as chutes for the start and finish lines of races, and will close for the 5K between 5 a.m. and noon Saturday and 2 a.m. to approximately noon Sunday for the half marathon.</p> <p><strong>Course routes – </strong>Streets along the running course routes will be closed from approximately 5-10 a.m. on Saturday and 2 a.m.-noon Sunday. A <a href="https://cdn1.sportngin.com/attachments/document/7a86-2741888/RNR_WASH__22_Road_Closure_Grid__7-6-22.pdf#_ga=2.2382832.1914418925.1658263119-1564582016.1637191292&amp;_gac=1.15327940.1658263240.CjwKCAjwrNmWBhA4EiwAHbjEQPm8Nv549NB28ViJ4b1ZgEE7oFKigW-BPriJK3B9P8yTNqMvnrq9IRoCbGIQAvD_BwE" rel="noopener" target="_blank">table listing all road closures</a> and times for both days is available. </p> <p>Race organizers along with city staff will be monitoring the entire event to ensure safety for all participants, spectators and travelers in the course area over the weekend. If you have questions, complaints or want to report something related to the event, please email <a href="mailto:community.cgi@ironman.com" rel="noopener" target="_blank">community.cgi@ironman.com</a>. If you need a non-emergency issue addressed that requires a first responder, you can use the Bellevue Police non-emergency line at 425-577-5656. Please only call 911 for emergencies. </p> <p><a href="https://www.runrocknroll.com/washington" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rock 'n' Roll Washington</a> has full event information.</p> <h3>About Bellevue </h3> <p>Known as a “City in a Park” with nearly 100 parks and a vast network of trails and greenbelts, Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington. The Eastside city spans 33.5 square miles from Lake Washington to Lake Sammamish. As part of the Innovation Triangle, Bellevue is the high-tech and retail center with a downtown skyline of gleaming high-rises, a diverse population of more than 145,000 and schools that are consistently rated among the best in the country. <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-02T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">September 2 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 12 Aug 2022 01:27:17 +0000 MDeGrand 201586 at https://bellevuewa.gov Back-to-school time calls for increased awareness on streets https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/back-to-school-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Back-to-school time calls for increased awareness on streets</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-29T19:42:18+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 08/29/2022 - 12:42</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-08/Newport%20Heights%20Walk%20to%20School.JPG?h=56d0ca2e&amp;itok=e-Xjl-pL" width="640" height="400" alt="Newport Heights Elementary students use a crosswalk on the way to school." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Children at Bellevue School District will start their classes for the 2022-2023 school year on Thursday, Sept. 1, Issaquah schools start Tuesday, Aug. 30 and Renton School District will start on Wednesday, Aug. 31. Students, parents, Bellevue residents and commuters should prepare for the upcoming increase in traffic around area schools. </p> <p>The return of the school year brings more activity and traffic in and near school zones, especially around the morning and afternoon bell times. If you drive near schools at peak times, please be mindful of the following safety tips:</p> <ul><li>Slow down and watch out for kids walking, biking and rolling, especially at intersections, crosswalks and when entering and exiting school parking lots.</li> <li>When picking up or dropping off children at school, park responsibly and follow parking laws. Parking within 30 feet of a stop sign, within 20 feet of an intersection or within 5 feet of a driveway is not allowed. Stopping in the middle of the street for drop-off/pick up is unsafe for kids and can create unnecessary traffic jams. </li> <li>Adhere to the 20-mph speed limit in school zones.</li> <li>If you are commuting, find alternative routes around schools to avoid traffic congestion during arrival and dismissal times.</li> <li>Pay attention while driving; don’t be distracted by using electronic devices. State distracted driving laws passed in 2017 prohibit cell phone use while driving, at stop lights and while waiting in traffic. </li> </ul><p>In an effort to identify safety issues around schools, the city completed <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="d2cd7c33-7ef5-4007-8d46-650521c1b825" href="/city-government/departments/transportation/safety-and-maintenance/traffic-safety/vision-zero/road" title="Road Safety Assessments near Schools">road safety assessments</a> near Sherwood Forest Elementary School, Interlake High School, Highland Middle School, Sammamish High School, Stevenson Elementary School and Odle Middle School earlier this year. Please visit <a href="https://www.engagingbellevue.com/road-safety" rel="noopener" target="_blank">EngagingBellevue.com/road-safety</a> to respond to a questionnaire about safety and comfort while walking or biking along streets in those areas. </p> <p>There are also walking audits planned near Lake Hills and Phantom Lake elementary schools, Big Picture and Tillicum middle schools, and International and Newport high schools this fall and in 2023.</p> <p>To help ease congestion near schools, the <a href="https://chooseyourwaybellevue.org/schoolpool" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Bellevue SchoolPool</a> program will operate again this year. The program is a partnership between the City of Bellevue, King County Metro and Bellevue School District and facilitates carpooling, biking, walking and taking public transit to school, reducing traffic congestion around schools.</p> <p>To encourage drivers to obey the speed limit, the city’s school <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="71d08534-7d47-4be8-ab3f-e99b07bcdbca" href="/city-government/departments/police/police-services/traffic-and-photo-enforcement" title="Traffic Services">zone photo enforcement cameras</a> will operate during times that <a data-entity-substitution="file" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f97a3dbc-ef4d-45a2-b806-d18c9ff9e986" href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/SchoolFlashingBeaconSchedule.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="SchoolFlashingBeaconSchedule.pdf">school zone lights</a> are flashing near Odle Middle School and at Stevenson, Lake Hills and Sunset elementary schools. In addition to the photo enforcement cameras, officers regularly enforce the school zone speed limits. Additionally, the Bellevue School District’s school bus stop paddle camera program—outfitted on more than 20% of the fleet—helps improve student safety. Please remember to <a data-entity-substitution="file" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="cdffe307-7512-4e88-943f-a299c20eff21" href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/school-bus-flashing-lights-when-to-stop.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="school-bus-flashing-lights-when-to-stop.pdf">stop for school buses when their lights are flashing</a> or the stop paddle is out. </p> <p>If you are concerned about driving behavior in your neighborhood area, you can request "Park Smart" or traffic safety yard signs. Transportation staff will deliver signs and assist with installation.</p> <p>The city’s Neighborhood Traffic Safety Services team has many additional resources to help Bellevue residents get safely back to school this year. More information is available at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="6d975d16-7113-4b18-addb-a4ab1bebdf3a" href="/city-government/departments/transportation/safety-and-maintenance/traffic-safety/school-traffic" title="School Traffic Safety">School Traffic Safety</a>. Remember, safe streets in Bellevue start with you. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-08-29T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">August 29 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 29 Aug 2022 19:42:18 +0000 CIosso 201686 at https://bellevuewa.gov Mobility Implementation Plan wins Governor’s Smart Community Award https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/mobility-plan-smart-award <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Mobility Implementation Plan wins Governor’s Smart Community Award</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-17T16:27:47+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 08/17/2022 - 09:27</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Bellevue has won a 2022 Governor’s Smart Communities Award from the state Department of Commerce for its Mobility Implementation Plan, a new long-range planning framework that will help city officials decide on project investments in the transportation system based on all the ways people get around town.</p> <p>The award recognizes local governments for outstanding work in creating vibrant and livable communities by achieving the goals of the Growth Management Act. The project was recognized in the “smart projects” category for successful implementation of a comprehensive plan.</p> <p>“We are honored to receive this award as we look towards an increasingly multimodal future where our community has many transportation modes to choose from,” said Transportation Director Andrew Singelakis. “Thanks to Gov. Jay Inslee and the state Department of Commerce for recognizing the work of our Transportation Commission and our talented planners. The vision and support of our City Council has been crucial.” </p> <p>The Mobility Implementation Plan will be especially important when prioritizing investments based on what people want in their transportation system, the quality of life they expect and what users of all ages and abilities need to reach their destinations, whether walking, biking, driving or taking transit. Developed by the Transportation Commission with public input, the plan has four main goals: improve safety; consider equity; support growth; and improve access and mobility.</p> <p>This is the first time Bellevue Transportation has been honored with the Governor’s Smart Communities Award. The MIP also nabbed the VISION 2050 – Planning Ahead Award from the Puget Sound Regional Council this past May.</p> <p>The Smart Communities award presentation will take place at a City Council meeting in the fall. More information is available at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="7d575f23-7fad-4e7b-92b4-d2e36d474a5d" href="/city-government/departments/transportation/planning/infrastructure-and-subareas/mobility" title="Mobility Implementation Plan">Mobility Implementation Plan</a>. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-08-17T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">August 17 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 17 Aug 2022 16:27:47 +0000 CIosso 201621 at https://bellevuewa.gov New funding opportunity for human services organizations https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/new-funding-opportunity-human-services-organizations <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New funding opportunity for human services organizations</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-16T15:12:34+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/16/2022 - 08:12</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Nonprofit and community organizations offering behavioral health services, housing and employment services to Bellevue residents can apply for funding through the City of Bellevue. The funds are part of the city’s Housing Stability Program, created in response to the passage of House Bill 1590 by the state Legislature in 2020. HB1590 enacted a 10th of a percent sales tax increase to fund affordable housing and related services.</p> <p>The city anticipates $1.6 million of this funding will be available for proposals that support housing stability for individuals and households. Organizations must identify the specific service or program the funding would support in their application. Please note, this RFP is separate from one released by the city and ARCH on July 12 for affordable housing projects.</p> <p>The city’s Human Services Commission will review the proposals and give funding recommendations to the City Council this fall. Human Services is releasing the notice of funding availability, Tuesday Aug. 16. Applications, available at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="6edda397-281a-4ae0-a2f1-c5f5343472dd" href="/city-government/departments/parks/community-services/human-services/behavioral-health-and-housing" title="Behavioral Health and Housing Related Services Housing Stability Program">Human Services Housing Stability</a>, are due by 4:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26. For more information, please contact Leslie R. Miller, human services manager (425-452-2824 or <a href="mailto:lrmiller@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">lrmiller@bellevuewa.gov</a>).</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-08-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">August 16 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 16 Aug 2022 15:12:34 +0000 CIosso 201601 at https://bellevuewa.gov New funding opportunity for human services organizations https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/new-funding-opportunity-human-services-organizations <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New funding opportunity for human services organizations</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-16T15:12:34+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/16/2022 - 08:12</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Nonprofit and community organizations offering behavioral health services, housing and employment services to Bellevue residents can apply for funding through the City of Bellevue. The funds are part of the city’s Housing Stability Program, created in response to the passage of House Bill 1590 by the state Legislature in 2020. HB1590 enacted a 10th of a percent sales tax increase to fund affordable housing and related services.</p> <p>The city anticipates $1.6 million of this funding will be available for proposals that support housing stability for individuals and households. Organizations must identify the specific service or program the funding would support in their application. Please note, this RFP is separate from one released by the city and ARCH on July 12 for affordable housing projects.</p> <p>The city’s Human Services Commission will review the proposals and give funding recommendations to the City Council this fall. Human Services is releasing the notice of funding availability, Tuesday Aug. 16. Applications, available at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="6edda397-281a-4ae0-a2f1-c5f5343472dd" href="/city-government/departments/parks/community-services/human-services/behavioral-health-and-housing" title="Behavioral Health and Housing Related Services Housing Stability Program">Human Services Housing Stability</a>, are due by 4:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26. For more information, please contact Leslie R. Miller, human services manager (425-452-2824 or <a href="mailto:lrmiller@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">lrmiller@bellevuewa.gov</a>).</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-08-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">August 16 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 16 Aug 2022 15:12:34 +0000 CIosso 201601 at https://bellevuewa.gov 2023 Bellevue arts grants now open https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/2023-arts-grants <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">2023 Bellevue arts grants now open</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-17T05:17:47+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/16/2022 - 22:17</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-08/Neha%20Panicker%20Bellwether%20%28Credit-Nate%20Gowdy%29-019.jpg?h=78aab1d8&amp;itok=xIJBD7VY" width="640" height="400" alt="Artist Neha Panicker creates works at Bellevue&#039;s Bellwether event. Photo by Nate Gowdy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Applications for grants due Oct. 3</p> <p>Grant applications are now open to organizations and individuals providing art, cultural and educational programming, events or services for Bellevue in 2023. This opportunity is part of the City of Bellevue’s Arts and Culture Program mission to encourage and support the arts as a vital part of community life.</p> <p>Interested individuals and groups can apply online. Applications are due Monday, Oct. 3. An eligibility checklist is required before submitting a complete application.  </p> <p>The Arts and Culture Program provides grants to nonprofits and individuals planning to deliver arts and culture programming in Bellevue or for Bellevue residents. This year, the program offers updated and more straightforward application instructions with new add-on grant opportunities. Here are the key elements of the 2023 grants:</p> <ul><li>Eastside Arts Partnership (EAP) Support grants offer two-year operating support to nonprofit organizations providing high-quality arts, cultural and heritage programs in Bellevue. </li> <li>Projects grants provide one-time support to artists and nonprofits for projects that fill cultural gaps and inspire new forms of creative participation, particularly for underserved groups. </li> <li>Through both grant types, applicants can select to add on a bonus grant for additional funding. </li> <li>Eligible applicants can apply for either an EAP or Project grant (not both.) Please review the eligibility criteria in the guidelines to determine which grant is best for you or your organization. </li> </ul><p>All applications are reviewed by members of the professional arts community and the Bellevue Arts Commission. The Arts Commission and the Bellevue City Council approve the grants. Applicants can expect to learn their award status in December. All projects eligible for grant funding must occur in 2023. </p> <p>Visit <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="59082fec-fa63-407f-b00d-35d383e15f66" href="/city-government/departments/community-development/arts-and-culture/grants" title="Arts Grants">Arts Grants</a> for more information, including guidelines, FAQs, timelines and directions to apply. Please contact Manette Stamm (<a href="mailto:mstamm@bellevuewa.gov">mstamm@bellevuewa.gov</a> or 425-452-4064) with any questions.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-08-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">August 16 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 17 Aug 2022 05:17:47 +0000 CIosso 201616 at https://bellevuewa.gov New funding opportunity for human services organizations https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/new-funding-opportunity-human-services-organizations <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New funding opportunity for human services organizations</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-16T15:12:34+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/16/2022 - 08:12</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Nonprofit and community organizations offering behavioral health services, housing and employment services to Bellevue residents can apply for funding through the City of Bellevue. The funds are part of the city’s Housing Stability Program, created in response to the passage of House Bill 1590 by the state Legislature in 2020. HB1590 enacted a 10th of a percent sales tax increase to fund affordable housing and related services.</p> <p>The city anticipates $1.6 million of this funding will be available for proposals that support housing stability for individuals and households. Organizations must identify the specific service or program the funding would support in their application. Please note, this RFP is separate from one released by the city and ARCH on July 12 for affordable housing projects.</p> <p>The city’s Human Services Commission will review the proposals and give funding recommendations to the City Council this fall. Human Services is releasing the notice of funding availability, Tuesday Aug. 16. Applications, available at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="6edda397-281a-4ae0-a2f1-c5f5343472dd" href="/city-government/departments/parks/community-services/human-services/behavioral-health-and-housing" title="Behavioral Health and Housing Related Services Housing Stability Program">Human Services Housing Stability</a>, are due by 4:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26. For more information, please contact Leslie R. Miller, human services manager (425-452-2824 or <a href="mailto:lrmiller@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">lrmiller@bellevuewa.gov</a>).</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-08-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">August 16 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 16 Aug 2022 15:12:34 +0000 CIosso 201601 at https://bellevuewa.gov New funding opportunity for human services organizations https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/new-funding-opportunity-human-services-organizations <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New funding opportunity for human services organizations</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-16T15:12:34+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/16/2022 - 08:12</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Nonprofit and community organizations offering behavioral health services, housing and employment services to Bellevue residents can apply for funding through the City of Bellevue. The funds are part of the city’s Housing Stability Program, created in response to the passage of House Bill 1590 by the state Legislature in 2020. HB1590 enacted a 10th of a percent sales tax increase to fund affordable housing and related services.</p> <p>The city anticipates $1.6 million of this funding will be available for proposals that support housing stability for individuals and households. Organizations must identify the specific service or program the funding would support in their application. Please note, this RFP is separate from one released by the city and ARCH on July 12 for affordable housing projects.</p> <p>The city’s Human Services Commission will review the proposals and give funding recommendations to the City Council this fall. Human Services is releasing the notice of funding availability, Tuesday Aug. 16. Applications, available at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="6edda397-281a-4ae0-a2f1-c5f5343472dd" href="/city-government/departments/parks/community-services/human-services/behavioral-health-and-housing" title="Behavioral Health and Housing Related Services Housing Stability Program">Human Services Housing Stability</a>, are due by 4:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26. For more information, please contact Leslie R. Miller, human services manager (425-452-2824 or <a href="mailto:lrmiller@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">lrmiller@bellevuewa.gov</a>).</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-08-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">August 16 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 16 Aug 2022 15:12:34 +0000 CIosso 201601 at https://bellevuewa.gov New funding opportunity for human services organizations https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/new-funding-opportunity-human-services-organizations <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New funding opportunity for human services organizations</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-16T15:12:34+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/16/2022 - 08:12</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Nonprofit and community organizations offering behavioral health services, housing and employment services to Bellevue residents can apply for funding through the City of Bellevue. The funds are part of the city’s Housing Stability Program, created in response to the passage of House Bill 1590 by the state Legislature in 2020. HB1590 enacted a 10th of a percent sales tax increase to fund affordable housing and related services.</p> <p>The city anticipates $1.6 million of this funding will be available for proposals that support housing stability for individuals and households. Organizations must identify the specific service or program the funding would support in their application. Please note, this RFP is separate from one released by the city and ARCH on July 12 for affordable housing projects.</p> <p>The city’s Human Services Commission will review the proposals and give funding recommendations to the City Council this fall. Human Services is releasing the notice of funding availability, Tuesday Aug. 16. Applications, available at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="6edda397-281a-4ae0-a2f1-c5f5343472dd" href="/city-government/departments/parks/community-services/human-services/behavioral-health-and-housing" title="Behavioral Health and Housing Related Services Housing Stability Program">Human Services Housing Stability</a>, are due by 4:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26. For more information, please contact Leslie R. Miller, human services manager (425-452-2824 or <a href="mailto:lrmiller@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">lrmiller@bellevuewa.gov</a>).</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-08-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">August 16 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 16 Aug 2022 15:12:34 +0000 CIosso 201601 at https://bellevuewa.gov New funding opportunity for human services organizations https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/new-funding-opportunity-human-services-organizations <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New funding opportunity for human services organizations</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-16T15:12:34+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/16/2022 - 08:12</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Nonprofit and community organizations offering behavioral health services, housing and employment services to Bellevue residents can apply for funding through the City of Bellevue. The funds are part of the city’s Housing Stability Program, created in response to the passage of House Bill 1590 by the state Legislature in 2020. HB1590 enacted a 10th of a percent sales tax increase to fund affordable housing and related services.</p> <p>The city anticipates $1.6 million of this funding will be available for proposals that support housing stability for individuals and households. Organizations must identify the specific service or program the funding would support in their application. Please note, this RFP is separate from one released by the city and ARCH on July 12 for affordable housing projects.</p> <p>The city’s Human Services Commission will review the proposals and give funding recommendations to the City Council this fall. Human Services is releasing the notice of funding availability, Tuesday Aug. 16. Applications, available at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="6edda397-281a-4ae0-a2f1-c5f5343472dd" href="/city-government/departments/parks/community-services/human-services/behavioral-health-and-housing" title="Behavioral Health and Housing Related Services Housing Stability Program">Human Services Housing Stability</a>, are due by 4:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26. For more information, please contact Leslie R. Miller, human services manager (425-452-2824 or <a href="mailto:lrmiller@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">lrmiller@bellevuewa.gov</a>).</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-08-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">August 16 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 16 Aug 2022 15:12:34 +0000 CIosso 201601 at https://bellevuewa.gov New funding opportunity for human services organizations https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/new-funding-opportunity-human-services-organizations <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New funding opportunity for human services organizations</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-16T15:12:34+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/16/2022 - 08:12</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Nonprofit and community organizations offering behavioral health services, housing and employment services to Bellevue residents can apply for funding through the City of Bellevue. The funds are part of the city’s Housing Stability Program, created in response to the passage of House Bill 1590 by the state Legislature in 2020. HB1590 enacted a 10th of a percent sales tax increase to fund affordable housing and related services.</p> <p>The city anticipates $1.6 million of this funding will be available for proposals that support housing stability for individuals and households. Organizations must identify the specific service or program the funding would support in their application. Please note, this RFP is separate from one released by the city and ARCH on July 12 for affordable housing projects.</p> <p>The city’s Human Services Commission will review the proposals and give funding recommendations to the City Council this fall. Human Services is releasing the notice of funding availability, Tuesday Aug. 16. Applications, available at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="6edda397-281a-4ae0-a2f1-c5f5343472dd" href="/city-government/departments/parks/community-services/human-services/behavioral-health-and-housing" title="Behavioral Health and Housing Related Services Housing Stability Program">Human Services Housing Stability</a>, are due by 4:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26. For more information, please contact Leslie R. Miller, human services manager (425-452-2824 or <a href="mailto:lrmiller@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">lrmiller@bellevuewa.gov</a>).</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-08-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">August 16 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 16 Aug 2022 15:12:34 +0000 CIosso 201601 at https://bellevuewa.gov Traffic collision results in fatality https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/car-bus-fatality <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Traffic collision results in fatality</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-16T20:27:20+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/16/2022 - 13:27</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>On Monday, a collision involving a King County Metro bus and a car killed an 81-year-old man who was passenger in the car.</p> <p>The incident occurred around 8 a.m. at the intersection of 156th Avenue Northeast and Northup Way. The passenger car, traveling westbound on Northup Way, entered the intersection at the same time a bus made a left turn onto northbound 156th Avenue. This resulted in a head-on collision.</p> <p>The driver of the passenger vehicle was transported to Overlake Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries. The sole car passenger was declared dead on the scene. There were no reported injuries to the Metro bus driver and four passengers on the bus.</p> <p>At this time, the Bellevue Police Department has found no signs of impairment for either driver; speed was not a contributing factor. The investigation into the collision is ongoing. </p> <p>“During this difficult time, we extend our sincerest condolences to the family who lost a loved one,” said Transportation Assistant Director Chris Long. “We will continue to work with our partners in the Police Department on this ongoing investigation and to advance our goal to eliminate serious and fatal collisions in Bellevue by 2030 through our Vision Zero Strategic Plan.”</p> <p>The incident was the first traffic fatality in Bellevue in 2022. More information about transportation safety in Bellevue is available at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="144c2ac3-f82a-499e-8be9-97abb853c502" href="/city-government/departments/transportation/safety-and-maintenance/traffic-safety/vision-zero" title="Vision Zero">Vision Zero</a>.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-08-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">August 16 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 16 Aug 2022 20:27:20 +0000 CIosso 201606 at https://bellevuewa.gov New funding opportunity for human services organizations https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/new-funding-opportunity-human-services-organizations <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New funding opportunity for human services organizations</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-16T15:12:34+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/16/2022 - 08:12</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Nonprofit and community organizations offering behavioral health services, housing and employment services to Bellevue residents can apply for funding through the City of Bellevue. The funds are part of the city’s Housing Stability Program, created in response to the passage of House Bill 1590 by the state Legislature in 2020. HB1590 enacted a 10th of a percent sales tax increase to fund affordable housing and related services.</p> <p>The city anticipates $1.6 million of this funding will be available for proposals that support housing stability for individuals and households. Organizations must identify the specific service or program the funding would support in their application. Please note, this RFP is separate from one released by the city and ARCH on July 12 for affordable housing projects.</p> <p>The city’s Human Services Commission will review the proposals and give funding recommendations to the City Council this fall. Human Services is releasing the notice of funding availability, Tuesday Aug. 16. Applications, available at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="6edda397-281a-4ae0-a2f1-c5f5343472dd" href="/city-government/departments/parks/community-services/human-services/behavioral-health-and-housing" title="Behavioral Health and Housing Related Services Housing Stability Program">Human Services Housing Stability</a>, are due by 4:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26. For more information, please contact Leslie R. Miller, human services manager (425-452-2824 or <a href="mailto:lrmiller@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">lrmiller@bellevuewa.gov</a>).</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-08-16T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">August 16 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 16 Aug 2022 15:12:34 +0000 CIosso 201601 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Community members make budget asks https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-community-members-make-budget-asks <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Community members make budget asks </span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-04T21:25:37+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/04/2022 - 14:25</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-08/McClain%20Commendation%20with%20council.jpg?h=a1f525db&amp;itok=vD3LzJne" width="640" height="400" alt="James McClain receives commendation from council" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Plus, police update on pledge progress and long-time theater director commended </p> <p><em><strong>NOTE:  The next council meeting will be on Sept. 6 due to the council’s August recess.</strong></em></p> <p>On Monday, the City Council held its second public hearing as part of the process to adopt the 2023-2024 Budget and the 2023-2029 Capital Investment Program (CIP) Plan.</p> <p>More than a dozen community members spoke at the hearing or submitted written comments to share where they would like the council to focus funding in the upcoming budget cycle. Comments ranged from environmental stewardship and transportation safety to arts and culture funding and mental health response. At the first public hearing, community members requested the council continue investing in cross-cultural programming as well as environmental stewardship.</p> <p>There will be another public hearing opportunity in October or early November for community members to comment on budget priorities before the council discusses the feedback and adopts the budget, scheduled to happen later this fall. More information on the budget process and opportunities to engage are available on the city’s <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/finance/budget-and-performance/budgets/public-involvement" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to more information">budget public involvement page</a>. A replay of this week’s full public hearing is also available on <a href="https://youtu.be/6HWcBDiUC3Q?list=PLNOMjqsB9eIdGZEnpnef-kkQzc8iP5WAc&amp;t=3276" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of meeting">Bellevue Television</a>.  </p> <h2>Police update on pledge process</h2> <p>In other business, councilmembers received a briefing on the latest progress the Bellevue Police Department is making toward the council pledge made in 2020 to review the department’s Use of Force policy. </p> <p>As part of the city’s pledge, a third-party review agency, the Office of Independent Review, offered 47 recommendations to Bellevue Police use of force policies to ensure they align with industry best practices. </p> <p>Chief Wendell Shirley reported that the department has implemented, assessed or responded to all 47 recommendations, with some still in progress for completion with a clear path to complete and fulfil the council pledge commitments. Many of the recommendations were already part of the department’s standard operating practices and are now written into policy.  </p> <p>In addition to the pledge update, the presentation included highlights on the department’s new police <a href="https://bpd-data.bellevuewa.gov/" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to police data transparency site">data transparency and accountability website</a> and a recent <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/anti-crime-initiative" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to more information">anti-crime initiative</a>, which is addressing a rise in property crimes throughout the region and in Bellevue. </p> <p>More details on the council report and the pledge progress are in the <a href="http://bellevue.legistar.com/gateway.aspx?m=l&amp;id=/matter.aspx?key=8039" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting materials</a>.  </p> <h2>Long-time theater director commended</h2> <p>At the start of the meeting, the council took time to recognize and <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=11094855&amp;GUID=9F615EB2-1012-4AB9-B5C9-FA76038E0A32" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to full commendation">commend</a> James McClain, a city employee for 32 years who had served for decades as the manager of the city’s Bellevue Youth Theatre.</p> <p>“Everybody got a part, everybody had an opportunity, everybody learned to work with each other. People learned to appreciate, tolerate, embrace and support each other, and you did it all with love. And it wasn’t easy,” said Mayor Lynne Robinson. “You had every type of person in your program with all different needs, different abilities, and when the curtains went up none of that mattered, everybody came together as a team.”</p> <p>McClain, who recently retired, was on hand to accept the commendation at the meeting (see photo) and he was also given a video tribute in the city’s<a href="https://youtu.be/lUhiZg1eBFE?t=383" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to video feature for James McClain"> June Lake to Lake program</a>. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-08-04T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">August 4 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 04 Aug 2022 21:25:37 +0000 MDeGrand 201511 at https://bellevuewa.gov Free, fun events highlighted on Lake to Lake https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/lake-lake-summer-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Free, fun events highlighted on Lake to Lake</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-08-03T22:53:23+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 08/03/2022 - 15:53</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-08/Bellevue%20Beats.jpg?h=f1677b87&amp;itok=ydXksUal" width="640" height="400" alt="D&#039;Vonne Lewis&#039; Limited Edition performs in the Bellevue Beats concert series." 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 <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEDsvUIJFek" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Lake to Lake</a> features summer fun and recent highlights.</p> <ul><li>A free outdoor concert series;</li> <li>Movies in the park;</li> <li>How to navigate the detour around the recently demolished Main Street overpass; </li> <li>Excerpts from the Juneteenth Celebration; and </li> <li>Mayor Robinson and Deputy Mayor Niewenhuis’ annual “State of the City” address.</li> </ul><p>Subscribe to the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/bellevuetelevision" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Bellevue Television YouTube channel</a> to see more. Lake to Lake is a production of Bellevue Television. Questions? Email <a href="mailto:btv@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">btv@bellevuewa.gov</a>.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-08-03T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">August 3 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 03 Aug 2022 22:53:23 +0000 CIosso 201501 at https://bellevuewa.gov Northwest Arts Center offers ‘Theatre on the Green’ https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/outdoor-theater-nwac <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Northwest Arts Center offers ‘Theatre on the Green’</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-07-28T22:53:42+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 07/28/2022 - 15:53</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-07/Last%20Leaf_Q%20of%20Hearts%27%20Tarts.jpg?h=50464f64&amp;itok=qS-BsjHB" width="640" height="400" alt="Actors and audience participate in outdoor theater." 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>All the world's a stage, according to Shakespeare, but that's especially true of the lawn at the Northwest Arts Center on Aug. 10 and 17. Last Leaf Productions and the city present free, family-friendly "Theatre on the Green."</p> <p>At the Northwest Arts Center, 9825 NE 24 St., at 6:30 p.m., guests can see:</p> <ul><li>Wednesday, Aug. 10: “Who Stole the Queen of Hearts’ Tarts” by Patricia Haines-Ainsworth</li> <li>Wednesday, Aug. 17 (rescheduled from Aug. 3): “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Shakespeare </li> </ul><p>Many theater-goers bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a picnic dinner in the casual setting.<br />  <br /> “We’re excited to make our park an extension of your living room and to create an intersection of culture and green space,” said Parks &amp; Community Services Director Michael Shiosaki.</p> <p>The city has partnered with Last Leaf Productions on outdoor theater at the Northwest Arts Center and Kelsey Creek Park since 2015, with a break during the pandemic. </p> <p>“It helps us to collaborate with the city on selecting plays that the community will enjoy,” said Haines-Ainsworth, Last Leaf director as well as playwright. “Unlike indoor theater venues, performing outdoors allows actors to interact with the audience directly since they can see one another in the sunlight.”</p> <p>Last Leaf Productions, founded in 1999, brings professional, portable theater productions to communities throughout the state.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-07-29T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 29 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 28 Jul 2022 22:53:42 +0000 CIosso 201466 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Supportive housing Land Use Code adopted https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-supportive-housing-land-use-code-adopted <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Supportive housing Land Use Code 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="2022-07-28T22:15:32+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 07/28/2022 - 15:15</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-07/ADA%20proclamation%20council%20photo%207.25.22.jpg?h=a1f525db&amp;itok=QWvfB04t" width="640" height="400" alt="City Council presents proclamations" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Plus, parks levy to be on November ballot and ADA, Muslim heritage celebrated</p> <p>On Monday, the council adopted an ordinance amending the city’s Land Use Code to establish regulations for permanent supportive housing, transitional housing, emergency housing and emergency shelter. The ordinance replaces an interim official control that was adopted to respond to changes in state law requiring cities to allow permanent supportive housing and transitional housing in all land use districts where residential or hotel/motel uses are allowed, and emergency housing and emergency shelter in all land use districts where hotels and motels are allowed. </p> <p>Councilmembers considered, but did not approve, amendments to the recommended ordinance that were proposed by Councilmembers Barksdale and Robertson. The final adoption of the ordinance passed on a vote of 4-3, with Deputy Mayor Nieuwenhuis and Councilmembers Lee and Robertson opposing. </p> <p>The full discussion and votes are available on <a href="https://youtu.be/K9bdg2PyDUE?t=5893" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of meeting">video replay through Bellevue Television</a>. More information on the process can be found on the <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/development/codes-and-guidelines/code-amendments/recent-code-8" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to more information">Supportive and Emergency Housing Code Amendment web page</a>. </p> <h3>Parks levy to be on November ballot</h3> <p>In other business, councilmembers unanimously approved placing a voter proposition on the November General Election ballot to lift the regular property tax levy limit to fund future Bellevue parks capital improvements and maintenance and operations. </p> <p>Further details about the proposition are available at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="336a0086-089b-42fe-8b68-f65feef2a3ac" href="/city-government/departments/parks/planning-and-development/parks-open-space-system-plan/2022-levy" title="Link to more information">2022 Parks and Open Space Levy</a>. </p> <p>The council also approved members for pro/con committees who will write statements that appear in the voter’s guide in favor of and in opposition to the ballot measure, alongside the explanatory statement prepared by the city attorney’s office. Eleven community members volunteered for the work, with one person applying to represent the con committee and ten people applying to be on the pro committee. Each committee is limited to three people who may consult with additional people in preparing their statements. The council appointed Sherry Grindeland, Kevin Wallace and Jivana Aras for the pro committee and David Plummer for the con committee. </p> <p>The full council discussion is available through Bellevue Television’s <a href="https://youtu.be/K9bdg2PyDUE?t=5269" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of meeting">video replay</a> and more details on the final ordinance are in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5736334&amp;GUID=34E04AD4-5C40-4E24-86D8-0D06D2DBA5C9" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting materials</a>.</p> <h3>ADA and Muslim heritage celebrated</h3> <p>To start the meeting, councilmembers read proclamations recognizing the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26 and Muslim American Heritage Month during July. </p> <p>Laura Couts with Puget Sound Personnel was on hand to accept the ADA proclamation (see photo.) Puget Sound Personnel works with the City of Bellevue to employ and support staff members with disabilities throughout the city’s functional areas, as well as many other employers in the region. <br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-07-28T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 28 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 28 Jul 2022 22:15:32 +0000 MDeGrand 201461 at https://bellevuewa.gov Arts fairs make summer return downtown July 29-31 https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/arts-fairs-make-summer-return-downtown-july-29-31 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Arts fairs make summer return downtown July 29-31</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-07-22T19:07:52+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 07/22/2022 - 12:07</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/Arts%20Fair%201.jpg?itok=bumCOolX" width="640" height="400" alt="Arts Fair 1.jpg" title="Arts Fair 1.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The return of Bellevue’s annual combined arts and crafts fairs – one of the largest collections of art for sale in the Pacific Northwest and a highlight on Bellevue’s calendar – will bring fun, food and fine art downtown Friday, July 29, through Sunday, July 31.</p> <p>This year, visitors can shop from over 300 vendor booths. Other attractions will include children’s art activities, live music and food trucks. Thousands of attendees are expected over the three-day run. </p> <p class="lead">BAM Arts Fair</p> <p>Celebrating its 76th year, the <a href="https://www.bellevuearts.org/artsfair" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Bellevue Arts Museum Arts Fair</a> offers handmade arts and crafts from more than 300 artists. The fair will be at Bellevue Square mall Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., and at the museum, 510 Bellevue Way NE, Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.</p> <p class="lead">Bellevue Downtown Arts Market</p> <p>Previously known as the 6th Street Arts Fair, the <a href="https://www.bellevuedowntown.com/events/downtown-arts-market" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Bellevue Downtown Arts Market</a> will be at Northeast Sixth Street and 106th Avenue Northeast. The Bellevue Downtown Association event includes original work by more than 100 artists, with sculpture, jewelry, fabrics, home décor, wood and glasswork, and more. Hours are Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.</p> <p class="lead">Downtown Street Closures</p> <p>Before, during and after the arts fairs, some downtown streets will be closed or partially closed to vehicles, but downtown businesses will remain open and accessible. The following streets will be closed.</p> <ul><li><strong>100th Avenue Northeast northbound</strong> between Northeast Fourth and Eighth streets (Thursday, 6 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.);</li> <li><strong>100th Avenue Northeast southbound</strong> between Northeast 10th and Eighth streets (Thursday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday 6 p.m.-10 p.m.);</li> <li><strong>Northeast Sixth Street both directions</strong> between Bellevue Way NE and 105th Avenue Northeast (from 6 p.m. Thursday until 11 p.m. Sunday);</li> <li><strong>Northeast Sixth Street both directions</strong> between 105th and 106th avenues Northeast (from 4:30 p.m. Friday until 11 p.m. Sunday); and</li> <li><strong>106th Avenue Northeast both directions</strong> between Northeast Fourth and Eighth streets (from 4:30 p.m. Friday until 11 p.m. Sunday).</li> </ul><p>Want to avoid parking hassles? To find out about alternatives to driving, check <a href="https://chooseyourwaybellevue.org/" target="_blank">Choose Your Way Bellevue</a>, <a href="https://kingcounty.gov/depts/transportation/metro.aspx" target="_blank">Metro Transit</a> and <a href="https://www.soundtransit.org/" target="_blank">Sound Transit</a>. Prices vary by location. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-07-22T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 22 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 22 Jul 2022 19:07:52 +0000 CIosso 201411 at https://bellevuewa.gov Hot spell forecast for July 26-30 https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/hot-spell-july-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Hot spell forecast for July 26-30</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-07-22T23:37:17+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 07/22/2022 - 16:37</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-07/Sun%20and%20Skyscrapers%20Downtown.jpg?h=5dc9785f&amp;itok=6qPKTz3W" width="640" height="400" alt="The sun peaks behind a building 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"><p>The National Weather Service in Seattle has forecast a heat wave for Puget Sound Tuesday, July 26, to Saturday, July 30, with temperatures expected to be in the 90s possibly all of those days. </p> <p>The Weather Service Tuesday issued an excessive heat warning. High temperatures can cause health problems, especially for the very young, very old and people with certain medical conditions. Overnight temperatures in the 70s will provide limited relief from the heat.</p> <p>Here are tips for staying healthy in the heat.</p> <ul><li><a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/emergency-preparedness/preparing-yourself/~/media/depts/health/emergency-preparedness/documents/stay-safe-in-the-heat-EN.ashx" target="_blank" title="link to county heat comic book">Stay Safe in the Heat</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/emergency-preparedness/preparing-yourself/~/media/depts/health/emergency-preparedness/documents/stay-safe-in-the-heat-CH.ashx" target="_blank" title="link to county heat comic book">蠇蕭蕣蠿詏絥襦膈襸蒃衒</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/emergency-preparedness/preparing-yourself/~/media/depts/health/emergency-preparedness/documents/stay-safe-in-the-heat-RU.ashx" target="_blank" title="link to county heat comic book">Берегите Себя при Жаре</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/emergency-preparedness/preparing-yourself/~/media/depts/health/emergency-preparedness/documents/stay-safe-in-the-heat-SP.ashx" target="_blank" title="link to county heat comic book"><span>Mantenerse Seguro en el Calor</span></a></li> <li><a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/emergency-preparedness/preparing-yourself/~/media/depts/health/emergency-preparedness/documents/stay-safe-in-the-heat-VI.ashx" target="_blank" title="link to county heat comic book">Đảm Bảo an Toàn khi Trời Nóng</a></li> </ul><p>Anyone who will be outside for extended periods should drink plenty of water, seek shade whenever possible, use sunscreen with a high SPF and be alert to signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.</p> <p>If you're inside without air conditioning, you may want to seek an alternative, such as a mall, movie theater, restaurant or library. The <a href="https://marketplaceatfactoria.shopkimco.com/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Marketplace at Factoria</a>, <a href="https://bellevuecollection.com/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Bellevue Collection</a> and <a href="https://crossroadsbellevue.com/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Crossroads Bellevue</a> are all mall possibilities. The <a href="https://kcls.bibliocommons.com/locations/?_ga=2.13909431.1099773327.1658879670-360467870.1658879670&amp;_gl=1*7ill59*_ga*MzYwNDY3ODcwLjE2NTg4Nzk2NzA.*_ga_11XNMTZ0HG*MTY1ODg3OTY3MS4xLjAuMTY1ODg3OTY3MS4w" rel="noopener" target="_blank">King County Library System</a> is extending the Newport Way branch's hours to 8 p.m. on Thursday, to provide additional cooling.</p> <p class="lead">Water options and safety</p> <p>For those who want to swim, lifeguards are on duty daily at Enatai, Chism and Clyde beach parks, noon to 7 p.m. Meydenbauer Bay and Newcastle Beach parks are closed for swimming until further notice due to high bacteria levels in Lake Washington. Lifeguards just returned to Enatai this week, after repair of the boathouse there was completed.</p> <p>The water features at the Crossroads water spray playground and Downtown Park’s Inspiration Playground offer some cooling, particularly for kids, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. </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. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-07-22T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 22 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 22 Jul 2022 23:37:17 +0000 CIosso 201431 at https://bellevuewa.gov Victim in transit center assault dies https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/transit-center-assault <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Victim in transit center assault dies</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-07-22T19:05:22+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 07/22/2022 - 12:05</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 victim of a July 10 assault at the Bellevue Transit Center died from his injuries on Tuesday, July 19. Bellevue police detectives are now investigating the case as a homicide, the first in the city this year. </p> <p>According to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office, Eric Larson, 63, died from blunt force head trauma. </p> <p>Larson was at the transit center downtown early (shortly after midnight) on Sunday, July 10, when a 25-year-old man allegedly attacked him. The attack appeared to be unprovoked. Larson was transported to a hospital. </p> <p>Officers located and arrested the suspect two hours later within a few blocks of the assault. He was booked into jail, and county prosecutors initially charged him with attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-07-22T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 22 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 22 Jul 2022 19:05:22 +0000 CIosso 201406 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Early results on anti-crime initiative https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-7-18-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Early results on anti-crime initiative</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-07-21T18:25:16+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 07/21/2022 - 11:25</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Plus, council moves parks ballot measure forward and discusses water rates</p> <p>The city’s police chief and other members of the department briefed the City Council Monday about early results from an anti-crime initiative underway in Bellevue in response to rising rates of certain crimes throughout the region.</p> <p>Data collected by the department from 2021-2022 showed shoplifting, vehicle theft, car prowls and robberies (many connected to shoplifting) have increased year-over-year. In response, Bellevue police are increasing patrols in key areas, sharing of information on data, trends and tactics with officers throughout the department, and offering the public more information through a recently launched <a href="https://bpd-data.bellevuewa.gov/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">police transparency website</a>.</p> <p>In addition, the department collaborates with other law enforcement agencies in the area on widespread problems such as catalytic converter thefts and retail theft. In Bellevue’s North sector, where the initiative has been in effect since June, all categories of crime are down.</p> <p>The full presentation is available through a<a href="https://youtu.be/R8YWU5MkXQw?t=1336" rel="noopener" target="_blank"> video replay</a> of the council meeting.</p> <p class="lead">Council moves parks ballot measure forward</p> <p>In other business, the council voted unanimously to continue pursuing placement of a ballot measure for long-term parks funding on the ballot in November. They will take final action on the matter at next week’s meeting.</p> <p>The council confirmed a draft ordinance and ballot language to add the park levy measure on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. The measure, responsive to council priorities and needs identified by the community, would help fund the city’s future parks investments to address community priorities and park system gaps.</p> <p>Before affirming the draft ordinance, councilmembers requested cricket and pickleball be listed as examples in the emerging sports category. The proposed funding identifies five other categories of priority or need as defined by a public outreach process to develop the city’s Parks and Open Space System Plan, which was approved earlier this month and serves as a roadmap for future parks and open space funding in the city.</p> <p>Council directed staff to come back next Monday, July 28 with the final ordinance and ballot language. More information is available in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5726410&amp;GUID=1F4BFB99-54E1-438E-AB1D-5CF6668973C5" rel="noopener" target="_blank">meeting materials</a> and the full discussion can be seen on <a href="https://youtu.be/R8YWU5MkXQw?t=3819" rel="noopener" target="_blank">video replay</a> of the meeting.</p> <p class="lead">Council discusses water rates</p> <p>Later, councilmembers received an update on projected revenue required to deliver water to residents through the Cascade Water Alliance, a group of seven member cities and water districts who cooperatively share costs to deliver water to their respective customers. The alliance will announce their 2023-2024 budget and associated member rates in September.</p> <p>As the largest member of the alliance, Bellevue purchases over half of Cascade’s water supply. Bellevue’s share of water use is increasing, meaning Bellevue could experience a higher rate increase for the next budget cycle than other members.</p> <p>Cascade Water Alliance is taking action to minimize cost increases including restructuring their existing bonds to take advantage of lower interest rates and upgrading to renewable energy sources such as solar panels at some facilities.</p> <p>The expected impact to Bellevue water ratepayers is an increase of 1.7% in 2023 and 1.1% in 2024. This will result in monthly increases of $1.27 for 2023 and another $0.87 for 2024 for the average single-family residential customer.</p> <p>These increases are in addition to Bellevue Water Utility rate increases needed to operate, maintain and improve Bellevue’s water infrastructure. The council will consider increases to the city’s water utility rates as part of Bellevue’s 2023-2024 budget process later this year. More information is in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5726396&amp;GUID=E508EBF4-AC26-4D0B-9CA2-333CBB03AD64" rel="noopener" target="_blank">meeting materials</a>.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-07-21T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 21 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 21 Jul 2022 18:25:16 +0000 CIosso 201401 at https://bellevuewa.gov Bellevue Essentials civic engagement class now open https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/bellevue-essentials-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Bellevue Essentials civic engagement class now open</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-07-20T18:16:27+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 07/20/2022 - 11:16</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-07/Bellevue%20Essentials%20Meydenbauer%20Merrill.jpg?h=8b7966f8&amp;itok=b334V_Sj" width="640" height="400" alt="A Bellevue Essentials class learns about park planning at Meydenbauer Bay Park." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Application deadline for course is July 27 </p> <p>Are you a curious person? Would you like to meet and talk with your local elected officials? Do you know how your city (and all the services it provides) really works? If you have a passion for learning more about your local city government and want to connect with others interested in building their civic knowledge and community connections, <strong><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 ">apply now</a></strong> to join the 2022 Bellevue Essentials class. </p> <p>In this 10-week course, participants will engage with city council members, staff and leadership to learn about the past, present and future of Bellevue through presentations, interactive experiences and on-site tours of some of the city’s nerve centers. </p> <p>The course begins Sept. 28 and continues every Wednesday evening for nine weeks, plus two Saturday morning sessions Sept. 24 and Oct. 8. </p> <p>Each year a diverse group of 35 people are selected to participate, learn, engage and simulate the day-to-day challenges and opportunities Bellevue faces. Applicants from all demographics and neighborhoods are encouraged to apply. Tuition is $150 and fee waivers are available as needed.</p> <p>The simple, one-page application is due Wednesday, July 27 at 5 p.m. The application form and more information can be found at <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>. </p> <p>If you have questions, contact <a href="mailto:jellenhorn@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">jellenhorn@bellevuewa.gov</a> or call 425-452-5372.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-07-20T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 20 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 20 Jul 2022 18:16:27 +0000 CIosso 201381 at https://bellevuewa.gov Energy Smart Eastside campaign brings savings on heating and cooling https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/energy-smart-eastside <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Energy Smart Eastside campaign brings savings on heating and cooling</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-07-20T00:08:49+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 07/19/2022 - 17:08</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-07/Energy%20Smart%20Eastside%20Graphic.png?h=0419be36&amp;itok=AWK-Xndh" width="640" height="400" alt="Graphic shows a stylized plug" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Discounts, rebates available for heat pump installation</p> <p>Starting this summer, residents of Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland, Mercer Island and Redmond can learn about and buy discounted heat pump systems through Energy Smart Eastside, a multi-city energy efficiency program. Heat pumps are highly efficient heating and cooling systems that use less energy than traditional electric heating systems and can result in lower utility bills. </p> <p>The Energy Smart Eastside campaign reduces the regular price of a heat pump, simplifies installation and provides guidance on utility incentives and low-interest financing. By working directly with heat pump manufacturers, local distributors and expert installers to streamline the process, Energy Smart Eastside ensures participants receive high-quality work and excellent customer service. </p> <p>Five free, one-hour online workshops, open to all Eastside residents and property owners, are scheduled from July 26 to Sept. 27. Participants will learn about heat pump technology, utility incentives and financing opportunities, and can ask questions of program experts. After attending a workshop, participants are eligible for at least $500 off installation, in addition to unique incentives offered by partner cities.</p> <p>Puget Sound Energy customers may also qualify for additional cash incentives, if upgrading from another electric heat source.</p> <p>“Bellevue believes in sustainability and the importance of partnerships, both key elements of this program that will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our communities through energy-efficient heating and cooling solutions,” said Bellevue Mayor Lynne Robinson.</p> <p>The program is open to all Bellevue residents and those at certain income levels can take advantage of generous incentives and financing options for no-cost installations.</p> <p>Register for a workshop and learn more at <a href="https://www.energysmarteastside.org/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">EnergySmartEastside.org</a>.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-07-19T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 19 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 20 Jul 2022 00:08:49 +0000 CIosso 201376 at https://bellevuewa.gov Meydenbauer Bay, Newcastle Beach parks closed for swimming https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/meydenbauer-closure-6-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Meydenbauer Bay, Newcastle Beach parks closed for swimming</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-07-08T19:40:58+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 07/08/2022 - 12:40</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 Meydenbauer Bay Park swimming areas is closed due to high bacteria concentrations in the water. Newcastle Beach Park reopened for swimming July 28, after being closed due to high bacteria counts on July 11. Meydenbauer Bay Park has been closed since June 23. </p> <p>Bellevue beach closures come at the direction of <a href="https://green2.kingcounty.gov/swimbeach/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Public Health – Seattle &amp; King County</a>, which routinely tests water quality at freshwater swimming beaches throughout the area. Swimming areas are reopened when testing indicates that bacteria levels are low-risk.  </p> <p>Although Meydenbauer is closed to swimming, the rest of the park is open. Signs at the park alert visitors to the closure of the swimming area. </p> <p>In addition to Newcastle, swimming is open at Chism and Clyde beach parks, with lifeguards at them noon-7 p.m., seven days a week.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-07-13T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 13 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 08 Jul 2022 19:40:58 +0000 CIosso 201236 at https://bellevuewa.gov Police launch targeted anti-crime initiative https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/anti-crime-initiative <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Police launch targeted anti-crime initiative</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-07-13T16:41:38+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 07/13/2022 - 09:41</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-07/Anti-Crime.jpg?h=71976bb4&amp;itok=-3De-qYM" width="640" height="400" alt="Motorcycle patrol officers arrest a warrant suspect in a Bellevue parking lot." 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 police are increasing the number of targeted operations to reduce crime in the city’s hot spots. The hot spots include stores, malls and the downtown core, where thefts and criminal activity have been on the rise.</p> <p>Traffic enforcement officers will also conduct high-visibility patrols in known problem areas, looking for traffic infractions such as driving under the influence and collision-causing violations. The anti-crime patrols will include apartment complexes and neighborhoods experiencing a high number of car and catalytic converter thefts and prowls.</p> <p>“Like many areas, Bellevue is seeing a rise in property crime of about 22%, and we are committed to crime-fighting efforts to address these issues,” said Chief Wendell Shirley. “We are approaching this with individual anti-crime plans for each sector of Bellevue. Our patrol captains work with their teams to run these operations, including targeted stings, high-visibility patrols and undercover work.”</p> <p>The anti-crime initiative coincides with the department’s new <a href="https://bpd-data.bellevuewa.gov/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Transparency and Accountability website</a>, which tracks crime statistics. Officers have access to regularly updated information that allows them to monitor existing and emerging hot spots. This data-driven approach allows teams to quickly adjust resources and tackle crime trends.</p> <p>In the past weeks, targeted operations have led to the arrests of prolific shoplifters, DUI drivers and wanted subjects. In addition, traffic officers have also issued over 60 citations, resulting in three arrests for outstanding warrants.</p> <p>“Our officers have built relationships with businesses in their sector, and together we are working to combat the ongoing crime,” Shirley said. “We want our residents and visitors to feel safe and be safe here in Bellevue.”</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-07-13T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 13 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 13 Jul 2022 16:41:38 +0000 CIosso 201266 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Parks funding strategy may head to voters https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-parks-funding-strategy-may-head-voters <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Parks funding strategy may head to voters </span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-07-14T00:14:13+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 07/13/2022 - 17:14</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2020-05/Surrey-Downs-Park.JPG?h=234d5ed8&amp;itok=KF97EI6_" width="640" height="400" alt="Surrey Downs 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 class="lead">Plus, council advances safe parking program pilot and adopts Transportation Facilities Plan through 2033</p> <p>On Monday, the City Council approved the Parks and Open Space System Plan and continued their discussion about the possibility of placing a ballot measure for a parks levy on November’s General Election ballot. The measure would be a way to fund the city’s future parks investments to address community needs and park system gaps identified in the Parks and Open Space System Plan and informed by public input.</p> <p>The proposed $85 million levy, structured as a nine-year regular levy lid lift funding mechanism, would equal an annual taxpayer cost of $0.15 per $1,000 of assessed value plus $0.05 per $1,000 of assessed value for maintenance and operating costs. The resulting cost of the levy for a $1 million home would be about $16 a month, or $200 annually.</p> <p>The council voted unanimously to continue moving ahead in preparation for placing the measure on this year’s general election ballot and for the existing 2008 parks levy to remain in place until it expires in 2028. Councilmembers requested that language be built into the proposed ordinance that would allow maximum flexibility for allocating the funds across several categories of open space, parks and recreation projects as prioritized by public and Parks Board input.</p> <p>In addition, the city is <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/public-participation-sought-parks-funding-plan" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to information about volunteer committees">asking interested members of the public</a> to join a committee that will develop pro and con statements for the ballot measure in the event the council formally adopts an ordinance at next week’s meeting to pursue the measure. </p> <p>The full discussion is available on a <a href="https://youtu.be/vruzRp21RVM?t=877" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of meeting">replay of the meeting</a> through Bellevue Television.</p> <h4>Council advances safe parking program</h4> <p>In other business, the council voted to move forward with creating an implementation plan, including costs, budget analysis and legal review, for a year-long safe parking pilot program in line with a specific city council priority to explore such a program. </p> <p>Over half of those who are unsheltered in King County are living in vehicles. This included approximately 300 people in East King County during the Point in Time Count in 2020. An unofficial count in Bellevue in December 2021 listed 83 vehicles in which people and families were likely living. </p> <p>A safe parking program in Bellevue, while not a solution to homelessness, would provide an alternative to parking in the street, assist these residents in finding stable housing and accessing services, allow them to access clean water, sanitation and electricity, and provide increased safety to them while residing in their vehicles. It also supports the city’s commitment to making homelessness a rare, brief, one-time event whenever possible.</p> <p>The council was presented with a recommendation for a centralized operational model for the program where the city would contract with a single service provider for management of any or all safe parking sites and explore siting the pilot program on city-owned property. </p> <p>The council unanimously approved further research for viability of the program and continued community outreach. More details are in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5718741&amp;GUID=FB84C99C-57DC-4E6F-B93A-6C92A7525AC3" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting materials</a>.</p> <h4>Transportation Facilities Plan adopted</h4> <p>The council also voted unanimously to adopt the 2022-2033 Transportation Facilities Plan (TFP) following a recommendation from the Transportation Commission. </p> <p>The TFP serves as the city’s 12-year transportation capital facility planning document. It includes high-priority projects from long-range plans (such as the <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/transportation/planning/infrastructure-and-subareas/downtown-transportation-plan" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to more information">Downtown Transportation Plan Update</a>, the <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/transportation/planning/transit-commuting/transit-master-plan" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to more information">Transit Master Plan</a>, and the <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/transportation/planning/pedestrian-and-bicycle-planning/pedestrian-bicycle-implementation-initiative" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to more information">Pedestrian-Bicycle Implementation Plan</a>) and projects that address emerging needs and opportunities. The TFP provides the first level of citywide prioritization of transportation facility projects recommended by long-range transportation studies. The plan also serves as the basis for the city’s Impact Fee Program, which asks new developments to share the necessary costs to increase transportation system capacity as the city grows. The TFP is typically updated every two to three years, with the last TFP adopted in 2019.</p> <p>The 2022-2033 TFP includes 71 projects that will improve safety, address vehicular capacity needs, enhance transit mobility and continue building out key segments of Bellevue’s pedestrian and bicycle systems. Each project includes a recommended funding allocation; sixteen of the projects are already fully funded in the 2021-2027 CIP (including Transportation Levy program funds).</p> <p>More information on the plan can be found on the <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/transportation/planning/infrastructure-and-subareas/transportation-facilities-plan" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to more information">Transportation Facilities Plan webpage</a> and in the <a href="http://bellevue.legistar.com/gateway.aspx?m=l&amp;id=/matter.aspx?key=7924" 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="2022-07-13T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 13 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 14 Jul 2022 00:14:13 +0000 MDeGrand 201271 at https://bellevuewa.gov Input wanted for lakefront sewer line plan https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/lake-line <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Input wanted for lakefront sewer line plan</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-07-11T21:14:55+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 07/11/2022 - 14:14</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-07/Lake%20Washington%20Sewer%20Line.JPG?h=2500911c&amp;itok=973UHvhd" width="640" height="400" alt="Utilities staff check the condition of the lake line." 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 Utilities is developing a long-term management plan for rehabilitation and/or replacement of an aging sewer line that runs along the Lake Washington shoreline through Bellevue. Residents and nearby property owners are invited to weigh in on the plan and a related environmental impact statement.</p> <p>Details about the lake line plan and a link to a survey can be found at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="9e9387a2-f613-4014-9df5-e5344d2568d8" href="/city-government/departments/utilities/utilities-projects-plans-standards/capital-projects/lake-washington-line" title="Lake Washington Lake Line Management Plan">Lake Line Management Plan</a>. Residents can comment on what should be studied in the EIS via an online open house at <a href="https://engagingbellevue.com/lake-washington-line" rel="noopener" target="_blank">EngagingBellevue.com/lake-washington-line</a>. The open house includes details about the options for maintaining or replacing sections of the lake line. </p> <p>In addition to the open house, a virtual EIS scoping meeting will be on Tuesday, July 26, 6-7 p.m. (<a href="https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RG7w8GPcSOuP_KYtyiJr4Q" rel="noopener" target="_blank">registration</a>). The community will have an opportunity to engage directly with the planning and EIS team at the scoping meeting.</p> <p>Nearly 15 miles of sewer line run along the eastern shore of Lake Washington, serving property owners in Bellevue, Medina, Beaux Arts and the Points communities. The pipes that constitute the line, which are in or near the lake, were built in the 1950s and ‘60s, and Bellevue Utilities is considering how best to manage them for continued reliable wastewater services and protection of the lake’s ecosystem.</p> <p>The management plan is intended to document a long-term approach to rehabilitation or replacement of the lake line and connected pump and flush stations. Options may vary for different parts of the line.</p> <p>People have until Aug. 5 to comment on the scope for the EIS. There will be another opportunity to provide further comment on the draft EIS, possibly in early 2023, with a current goal of finalizing the management plan possibly by the end of 2023.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-07-11T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 11 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 11 Jul 2022 21:14:55 +0000 CIosso 201246 at https://bellevuewa.gov Public participation sought for parks funding plan https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/public-participation-sought-parks-funding-plan <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Public participation sought for parks funding plan </span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-07-12T00:41:47+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 07/11/2022 - 17:41</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 class="lead">Members of the public encouraged to help write pro, con statements for possible ballot measure</p> <p>The City of Bellevue is considering a possible ballot measure as part of its long-term funding strategy for parks, recreation and open space. The funding would address community needs and park system gaps, which were identified in the <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/parks/planning-and-development/parks-open-space-system-plan" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to more information">Parks and Open Space System Plan</a>. The public offered feedback during several recent City Council and Parks and Community Services Board meetings and an online survey seeking community feedback to help determine if the possible ballot measure includes the right combination of investments for the community. Council action is required by July 25, if the council decides to place a ballot proposition on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot.</p> <p>As a requirement of placing a ballot measure in the local voter’s pamphlet, jurisdictions are responsible for appointing pro and con committees to prepare statements in favor of and in opposition to the ballot measure. Each committee may have no more than three members, though committee members may seek the advice of any other person.</p> <p>The City Council is accepting applications from members of the public who are interested in serving on committees that will formulate statements for or against the parks long-term funding ballot measure in the event it is approved to be placed on the ballot.</p> <p>The “statement for” and “statement against” (in addition to rebuttal statements) would appear in the Nov. 8 King County voters’ pamphlet for the general election.  To learn more about the requirements for the voter’s pamphlet and the duties of the pro and con committees, you can review the <a href="https://kingcounty.gov/~/media/depts/elections/for-jurisdictions/pdfs/jurisdiction-manual.ashx?la=en" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to more information">2022 Jurisdiction Manual</a> at King County Elections.</p> <h3>Application Options</h3> <p>People interested in applying may do so <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ParksNov2022Ballot" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to online application">online</a>. Alternatively, applicants may submit their name, contact information, the committee they wish to participate on (pro or con), and the reason they are interested in serving on the committee by:</p> <ul><li>Mail to P.O. Box 90012, Bellevue, WA 98009-9012</li> <li>Email to <a href="mailto:cityclerk@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Email contact">cityclerk@bellevuewa.gov</a>  </li> </ul><p><strong>Applications are due by 5 p.m., Thursday, July 21</strong>. The council is anticipated to make committee member appointments at its July 25 Regular meeting. Applicants will be notified immediately upon selection. For more information, please call City Clerk Charmaine Arredondo at 425-452-6466.</p> <p>Further details on the council discussions and resident involvement regarding long-range parks funding are available in a <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/parks-funding-options" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to more information">June news announcement</a> soliciting resident feedback on a funding questionnaire and the <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-6-6-22" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to more information">June 9 Council Roundup</a> where councilmembers affirmed broad-based funding categories. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-07-11T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 11 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 12 Jul 2022 00:41:47 +0000 MDeGrand 201251 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: Housing affordability actions https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-7-5-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: Housing affordability actions</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-07-08T00:23:33+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 07/07/2022 - 17:23</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Plus, Housing Stability program and public hearing on supportive and transitional housing regulations </p> <p>On Tuesday, the City Council discussed several topics related to housing in Bellevue. The council voted unanimously to approve a set of recommended work items to occur in the next 12 to 18 months to advance the city’s Affordable Housing Strategy and to explore scoping on some additional actions. The items, called the “Next Right Work,” were developed in response to previous direction from the council to enhance the city’s work to encourage more housing and affordable housing production, as well as a stakeholder engagement process conducted over the past several months. </p> <p>Most participants in the outreach process rated a lack of housing availability and affordability in Bellevue as a “severe” or “very severe” problem for the community. Out of approximately 55 ideas reviewed during this outreach, 16 actions were deemed the most responsive to the council’s direction and stakeholder input. Seven of the 16 actions are already being considered as part of ongoing or planned city work. </p> <p>Following council discussion, staff was directed to move forward with the following actions:</p> <ul><li>remove barriers to micro-apartments</li> <li>allow higher density for residential developments</li> <li>reduce permit fees for affordable housing projects</li> </ul><p>The council also directed staff to conduct scoping and report back on how to: encourage detached and attached accessory dwelling units and other types of housing such as duplexes, triplexes and quadplexes; simplify and expedite permitting for housing projects; and increase the city’s capacity to conduct additional housing work. </p> <p>As these initial actions are scoped, processed and completed, the city will determine whether more actions to increase housing and affordable housing can be added to future work plans. The full discussion is available through replay on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLXCqPr4r0Y" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Bellevue Television</a>.</p> <p class="lead">Housing Stability Program</p> <p>In a related discussion, the council voted unanimously to approve the framework for implementing Bellevue’s Housing Stability program. The program is the formal name for Bellevue’s allocation of revenue from a local sales and use tax collected as a result of House Bill 1590 passed during the 2020 state legislative session. </p> <p>On Oct. 12, 2020, the council passed a resolution to collect a 0.1% sales and use tax for housing and related services under state law. This tax began on Jan. 1, 2021, collecting just over $9.7 million in 2021, and is estimated to collect $10.3 million in 2022. In 2021, Bellevue allocated $1.66 million for behavioral health and housing-related services and $1.6 million for capital funds to support development of affordable housing. The Housing Stability program framework will guide city expenditures in 2022 and subsequent years.</p> <p>The state legislation includes specific requirements for how the funds can be spent to provide targeted housing opportunities and support services for vulnerable residents to achieve stable living. The city’s plan includes local details on implementing and maintaining the ongoing program. More information on the program elements and the state law are in the <a href="https://bellevue.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5713437&amp;GUID=F8A28582-FC94-4567-8DC3-FE48C53B9DDC">meeting materials</a>.</p> <p class="lead">Public hearing on supportive and transitional housing regulations </p> <p>The council also held a public hearing to extend, by six months, temporary regulations related to supportive and transitional housing, as well as emergency housing and shelter, in certain land use districts. The regulations were originally adopted under an interim official control in July 2021 and brought the city into immediate compliance with state law. </p> <p>The council unanimously approved the extension considered this week with the public hearing. Extending the regulations provides more time for the city to develop permanent regulations to address supportive housing, transitional housing, emergency housing and emergency shelter. </p> <p>The interim regulations will expire in January 2023, or upon adoption of the permanent regulations. State House Bill 1220 mandates that cities allow permanent supportive housing and transitional housing uses in all land use districts where residential dwellings or hotels are allowed and requires cities to allow emergency shelters and emergency housing in any land use districts where hotels are allowed. </p> <p>Additional information on the development of permanent regulations can be found on the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="7e594342-bbdd-4f3f-afa2-9a6730a3c05f" href="/city-government/departments/development/codes-and-guidelines/code-amendments/recent-code-8" title="Supportive and Emergency Housing Code Amendment">Supportive-Emergency Housing Land Use Code Amendment webpage</a>.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-07-07T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 7 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 08 Jul 2022 00:23:33 +0000 CIosso 201231 at https://bellevuewa.gov Neighborhood Walks return this summer https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/neighborhood-walks-return-summer <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Neighborhood Walks return this summer</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-07-05T17:04:44+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 07/05/2022 - 10:04</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-07/Neighborhood%20Walk%20Web.JPG?h=34e43602&amp;itok=Cl9qBe_h" width="640" height="400" alt="Residents and staff gathered for 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 class="lead">Walks connect residents with Bellevue city staff</p> <p>For the sixth summer, City Manager Brad Miyake and city department directors are visiting Bellevue neighborhoods to walk and talk with residents during the city's <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/community-development/neighborhoods/neighborhood-walks" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to Neighborhood Walks information page">Neighborhood Walks</a>. Residents have an opportunity to visit in-person with city staff and to share thoughts on their neighborhood’s character and emerging concerns. </p> <p>Residents who don’t plan to walk the route are still welcome to come and meet neighbors and city staff at the gathering point before the walk starts. Whatever neighborhood in Bellevue you call home, you are invited to join in and share what's unique about your neighborhood with city staff at these events.</p> <h4>2022 Schedule</h4> <p><strong>Eastgate Neighborhood Walk</strong><br /> Thursday, July 7, 6:30-8 p.m.<br /> Gathering at Aldersgate Methodist Church parking lot<br /> 14230 Southeast Newport Way</p> <p><strong>Wilburton Neighborhood Walk</strong><br /> Tuesday, July 12, 6:30-8 p.m.<br /> Gathering at Wilburton Hill Park<br /> 12400 Main Street</p> <p><strong>Bridle Trails Neighborhood Walk</strong><br /> Tuesday, July 19, 6:30-8 p.m.<br /> Gathering at Cherry Crest Mini Park<br /> 2532 127th Avenue Northeast</p> <p><strong>Lake Hills Neighborhood Walk</strong><br /> Wednesday, July 20, 6:30-8 p.m.<br /> Gathering at Evergreen Park<br /> 15655 Lake Hills Boulevard</p> <p>Questions? Please contact Mark Heilman at <a href="mailto:mheilman@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Email event organizers">mheilman@bellevuewa.gov</a>.<br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-07-05T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 5 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 05 Jul 2022 17:04:44 +0000 MDeGrand 201191 at https://bellevuewa.gov Bellevue is 'thriving by design' https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/state-of-city-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Bellevue is &#039;thriving by design&#039;</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-07-05T23:13:02+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 07/05/2022 - 16:13</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 loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-07/State%20of%20the%20City%20Still.jpg?h=621d9d98&amp;itok=3Xa1OGZH" width="640" height="400" alt="Mayor Lynne Robinson (center) speaks during the 2022 State of the City event, with Deputy Mayor Jared Nieuwenhuis (right)." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Mayor, deputy mayor share good news in State of the City</p> <p>"We call this thriving by design," Mayor Lynne Robinson said during the recent <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RfH0TjexTc" rel="noopener" target="_blank">2022 State of the City presentation</a> at the Meydenbauer Center. Because of decades of planning, Bellevue still has capacity for ordered growth downtown and in Eastgate, BelRed and Wilburton, she noted.</p> <p>Robinson and Deputy Mayor Jared Nieuwenhuis participated in a 40-minute question-and-answer session with Bellevue Downtown Association President Patrick Bannon on June 28. At one of the BDA's first large in-person events, the mayor and deputy mayor shared news and insights with an audience of close to 200.</p> <p>Recovering from the pandemic, the city saw record construction volumes in 2021, and the trend continues this year. Unemployment is below pre-pandemic levels, at 1.6%, and 92% of residents rate Bellevue a better place to live than other cities and towns.</p> <p>With an affordable housing strategy and investments in shelters and supportive housing, the city is doing its part to address homelessness and housing challenges in general. By planning for and supporting transportation options, including light rail, improved bus service and expanded bike lanes, the city is prepared for anticipated growth over coming decades. </p> <p>The mayor and deputy mayor also gave updates on the equity, community safety and other current issues important to residents.</p> <p> </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-07-05T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 5 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 05 Jul 2022 23:13:02 +0000 CIosso 201226 at https://bellevuewa.gov Opportunity to join diversity advisory panel https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/bdan-recruitment-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Opportunity to join diversity advisory panel</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-07-01T23:16:06+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 07/01/2022 - 16:16</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 now welcoming applications from those interested in joining the Bellevue Diversity Advisory Network, which supports and guides the city’s relationships with diverse communities in Bellevue. The application is available in multiple languages and can be completed <a href="https://forms.office.com/g/h5z77nDFVm">online</a>. You can also submit the <a data-entity-substitution="file" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e0d3b5d3-6546-43a2-b085-2bf0dd37f672" href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2022/BDAN%20Application.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="BDAN Application.pdf">paper form</a> by email or print and mail it. Applications must be received by Sunday, Aug. 7.</p> <p>For more details, you can watch a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esnsND78IwY" rel="noopener" target="_blank">recorded video of a July 7 informational session</a> about the BDAN recruitment.</p> <p><a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/diversity/bellevue-diversity-advisory-network">BDAN</a> members are appointed by City Manager Brad Miyake, and provide important counsel to him and all city departments. The panel shares feedback and insight on issues relevant to communities in Bellevue to increase equity, access and inclusion.</p> <p>The city is looking for a wide range of BDAN representation. Applicants must:</p> <ul><li>Work or live in Bellevue</li> <li>Have cultural connections and knowledge of the city’s diverse population</li> <li>Possess a willingness, curiosity and interest in bridging cultural gaps to strengthen community</li> <li>Be prepared to volunteer a minimum of six hours a month, including attending at least two meetings</li> <li>Be able and willing to serve a minimum of two years on the board</li> <li>Attend the BDAN annual retreat on Saturday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.</li> </ul><p>Bellevue embraces diversity as a major asset that positively impacts the community’s economy, culture and education. In 2014, the City Council adopted the Diversity Advantage Initiative. The council vision guiding the city begins, “Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength.” </p> <p>For questions, please contact Justin Chan, diversity outreach and engagement administrator (<a href="mailto:jchan@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">jchan@bellevuewa.gov</a> or 425-623-5089).</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-07-01T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 1 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 01 Jul 2022 23:16:06 +0000 CIosso 201186 at https://bellevuewa.gov Art piece gifted to Bellevue on display at City Hall https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/art-piece-gifted-bellevue-display-city-hall <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Art piece gifted to Bellevue on display at City Hall</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mdegrand" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MDeGrand</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-07-01T20:35:08+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 07/01/2022 - 13:35</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-07/Tsutakawa%20Art%20Josho%20CU.jpg?h=a1f525db&amp;itok=0Lh2bIFt" width="640" height="400" alt="Gerard Tsutakawa artwork Josho #5" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Jerry and Charlene Lee donate prized Tsutakawa artwork to city</p> <p>The City of Bellevue is honored to receive an artwork donation from Northwest philanthropists Jerry and Charlene Lee. The donation is a prominent art piece by renowned artist Gerard Tsutakawa and is now on display at City Hall. </p> <p>The Lees have a long history of community giving and were awarded as 2015 Outstanding Philanthropists by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Advancement, Northwest Washington. It is their hope this donation will inspire others to donate major artworks for the residents of our city to enjoy. </p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-drupal-entity align-right"><div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:media.medium" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="0d2e25d3-89b5-4cfa-85ee-90cb714ae26f" data-langcode="en" data-entity-embed-display-settings="[]" class="embedded-entity"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-10 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium_330_220/public/inline-images/2022-07/Tsutakawa%20Art%20Josho%20Web.jpg?itok=5Dq3-7Oj" width="248" height="330" alt="Gerard Tsutakawa (left) with Jerry Lee (right) and Josho #5 artwork" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium-330-220" /></div> </div> </div> </div> <figcaption>Gerard Tsutakawa (left) with Jerry Lee (right) and Josho #5 artwork</figcaption></figure><p>Tsutakawa created the bronze artwork, titled “Josho #5,” in 2003; it stands nearly eight feet tall. Tsutakawa is a Northwest artist with works displayed internationally, but he might be best known locally for his iconic 1999 “Mitt” sculpture at T-Mobile Park, where the Seattle Mariners play.</p> <p>An artist statement about Tsutakawa’s work reads, “Gerard Tsutakawa’s sculpture designs reflect a confluence of the cultures and traditions of the Pacific Rim. Being raised in a Japanese heritage along with the esthetics of other cultures around the Pacific Ocean has inspired his design sensibility. Growing up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest’s natural environment has helped develop a rich humanistic style to his creative process.”</p> <p>The Josho sculpture has had several key placements adding to its history, story and prominence. On loan from the artist several years after its creation, the artwork was on display in Washington D.C. at the office of then-Secretary of Commerce (and former governor of Washington) Gary Locke as part of a display of Northwest artists. It then traveled to Beijing when Locke was ambassador to China and was sited at his residence there. Upon Locke’s return to the United States, Jerry Lee bought the artwork from Tsutakawa, and it has been part of the collection at the MG2 corporate headquarters in Seattle since. </p> <p>Now on display on the first floor of City Hall, "Josho #5" will eventually be permanently installed along the Grand Connection. </p> <p>The City of Bellevue would like to extend sincere thanks to Jerry and Charlene Lee for their gift to the people of our city, which will be enjoyed for generations. </p> <p><strong>About the Bellevue Arts Program </strong></p> <p>The City of Bellevue seeks to be a vital platform for cultural exchange and creative inspiration, turning to living artists to enrich the collective experience of Bellevue’s public places through permanent commissions and a growing collection of moveable artworks funded through the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="0a490f51-bf9d-408b-ae46-035da4dcd569" href="/city-government/departments/community-development/arts-and-culture/public-art" title="Public Art and Opportunities">Public Art Program</a>. </p> <p>A segment of the collection is devoted to artworks that raise the discourse on the defining aspects of Bellevue’s civic life, exploring the diverse identities of our residents, converging cultures, international connections, technological currents and interplay between nature and the urban experience that make Bellevue’s environment unique. </p> <p>Bellevue’s art collection helps document the dynamic moments and complexities of Bellevue’s cultural life and is an important resource for future generations. More information is at <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="3ca9d846-b744-41cc-8098-a7a7c197de7f" href="/city-government/departments/community-development/arts-and-culture" title="Link to arts web page">BellevueWA.gov/arts</a>. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-07-01T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 1 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 01 Jul 2022 20:35:08 +0000 MDeGrand 201176 at https://bellevuewa.gov Opportunity to join diversity advisory panel https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/bdan-recruitment-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Opportunity to join diversity advisory panel</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-07-01T23:16:06+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 07/01/2022 - 16:16</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 now welcoming applications from those interested in joining the Bellevue Diversity Advisory Network, which supports and guides the city’s relationships with diverse communities in Bellevue. The application is available in multiple languages and can be completed <a href="https://forms.office.com/g/h5z77nDFVm">online</a>. You can also submit the <a data-entity-substitution="file" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e0d3b5d3-6546-43a2-b085-2bf0dd37f672" href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2022/BDAN%20Application.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="BDAN Application.pdf">paper form</a> by email or print and mail it. Applications must be received by Sunday, Aug. 7.</p> <p>For more details, you can watch a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esnsND78IwY" rel="noopener" target="_blank">recorded video of a July 7 informational session</a> about the BDAN recruitment.</p> <p><a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/diversity/bellevue-diversity-advisory-network">BDAN</a> members are appointed by City Manager Brad Miyake, and provide important counsel to him and all city departments. The panel shares feedback and insight on issues relevant to communities in Bellevue to increase equity, access and inclusion.</p> <p>The city is looking for a wide range of BDAN representation. Applicants must:</p> <ul><li>Work or live in Bellevue</li> <li>Have cultural connections and knowledge of the city’s diverse population</li> <li>Possess a willingness, curiosity and interest in bridging cultural gaps to strengthen community</li> <li>Be prepared to volunteer a minimum of six hours a month, including attending at least two meetings</li> <li>Be able and willing to serve a minimum of two years on the board</li> <li>Attend the BDAN annual retreat on Saturday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.</li> </ul><p>Bellevue embraces diversity as a major asset that positively impacts the community’s economy, culture and education. In 2014, the City Council adopted the Diversity Advantage Initiative. The council vision guiding the city begins, “Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength.” </p> <p>For questions, please contact Justin Chan, diversity outreach and engagement administrator (<a href="mailto:jchan@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">jchan@bellevuewa.gov</a> or 425-623-5089).</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-07-01T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 1 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 01 Jul 2022 23:16:06 +0000 CIosso 201186 at https://bellevuewa.gov Opportunity to join diversity advisory panel https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/bdan-recruitment-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Opportunity to join diversity advisory panel</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-07-01T23:16:06+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 07/01/2022 - 16:16</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 now welcoming applications from those interested in joining the Bellevue Diversity Advisory Network, which supports and guides the city’s relationships with diverse communities in Bellevue. The application is available in multiple languages and can be completed <a href="https://forms.office.com/g/h5z77nDFVm">online</a>. You can also submit the <a data-entity-substitution="file" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e0d3b5d3-6546-43a2-b085-2bf0dd37f672" href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2022/BDAN%20Application.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="BDAN Application.pdf">paper form</a> by email or print and mail it. Applications must be received by Sunday, Aug. 7.</p> <p>For more details, you can watch a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esnsND78IwY" rel="noopener" target="_blank">recorded video of a July 7 informational session</a> about the BDAN recruitment.</p> <p><a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/diversity/bellevue-diversity-advisory-network">BDAN</a> members are appointed by City Manager Brad Miyake, and provide important counsel to him and all city departments. The panel shares feedback and insight on issues relevant to communities in Bellevue to increase equity, access and inclusion.</p> <p>The city is looking for a wide range of BDAN representation. Applicants must:</p> <ul><li>Work or live in Bellevue</li> <li>Have cultural connections and knowledge of the city’s diverse population</li> <li>Possess a willingness, curiosity and interest in bridging cultural gaps to strengthen community</li> <li>Be prepared to volunteer a minimum of six hours a month, including attending at least two meetings</li> <li>Be able and willing to serve a minimum of two years on the board</li> <li>Attend the BDAN annual retreat on Saturday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.</li> </ul><p>Bellevue embraces diversity as a major asset that positively impacts the community’s economy, culture and education. In 2014, the City Council adopted the Diversity Advantage Initiative. The council vision guiding the city begins, “Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength.” </p> <p>For questions, please contact Justin Chan, diversity outreach and engagement administrator (<a href="mailto:jchan@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">jchan@bellevuewa.gov</a> or 425-623-5089).</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-07-01T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 1 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 01 Jul 2022 23:16:06 +0000 CIosso 201186 at https://bellevuewa.gov Opportunity to join diversity advisory panel https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/bdan-recruitment-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Opportunity to join diversity advisory panel</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-07-01T23:16:06+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 07/01/2022 - 16:16</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 now welcoming applications from those interested in joining the Bellevue Diversity Advisory Network, which supports and guides the city’s relationships with diverse communities in Bellevue. The application is available in multiple languages and can be completed <a href="https://forms.office.com/g/h5z77nDFVm">online</a>. You can also submit the <a data-entity-substitution="file" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e0d3b5d3-6546-43a2-b085-2bf0dd37f672" href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2022/BDAN%20Application.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="BDAN Application.pdf">paper form</a> by email or print and mail it. Applications must be received by Sunday, Aug. 7.</p> <p>For more details, you can watch a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esnsND78IwY" rel="noopener" target="_blank">recorded video of a July 7 informational session</a> about the BDAN recruitment.</p> <p><a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/diversity/bellevue-diversity-advisory-network">BDAN</a> members are appointed by City Manager Brad Miyake, and provide important counsel to him and all city departments. The panel shares feedback and insight on issues relevant to communities in Bellevue to increase equity, access and inclusion.</p> <p>The city is looking for a wide range of BDAN representation. Applicants must:</p> <ul><li>Work or live in Bellevue</li> <li>Have cultural connections and knowledge of the city’s diverse population</li> <li>Possess a willingness, curiosity and interest in bridging cultural gaps to strengthen community</li> <li>Be prepared to volunteer a minimum of six hours a month, including attending at least two meetings</li> <li>Be able and willing to serve a minimum of two years on the board</li> <li>Attend the BDAN annual retreat on Saturday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.</li> </ul><p>Bellevue embraces diversity as a major asset that positively impacts the community’s economy, culture and education. In 2014, the City Council adopted the Diversity Advantage Initiative. The council vision guiding the city begins, “Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength.” </p> <p>For questions, please contact Justin Chan, diversity outreach and engagement administrator (<a href="mailto:jchan@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">jchan@bellevuewa.gov</a> or 425-623-5089).</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-07-01T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 1 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 01 Jul 2022 23:16:06 +0000 CIosso 201186 at https://bellevuewa.gov For safe Independence Day, keep hands off fireworks https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/hands-off-fireworks <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">For safe Independence Day, keep hands off fireworks</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-07-01T22:03:25+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 07/01/2022 - 15:03</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 we approach Independence Day, the Bellevue Fire Department wants to remind residents that the best way to stay safe during the holiday is to leave the fireworks to the professionals. Community members are encouraged to celebrate by attending regional fireworks shows, such as the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="0a1349ce-f564-4042-9601-c3970923f266" href="/city-news/family-4th-22" title="Fireworks, festivities to dazzle at Bellevue Family 4th">Bellevue Family 4th</a>. </p> <p>Each year in Washington, approximately 1,000 fireworks-related emergencies are reported to the state Fire Marshal. In 2020 alone, over 360 fires were reportedly caused by fireworks, and 237 people were significantly injured. In addition to being dangerous, fireworks are illegal in Bellevue. Violators face a $1,000 fine. </p> <p>In an effort to discourage the use of private fireworks, the police and fire departments will conduct fireworks emphasis patrols throughout the city on Monday, July 4. Help keep emergency lines open that day; report illegal fireworks in the MyBellevue app or <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="3c93991b-7feb-4489-bf84-0d6cf28877ed" href="/city-government/departments/finance/mybellevue/customer-assistance" title="MyBellevue Customer Assistance">web portal</a> instead of calling 911. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-07-01T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 1 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 01 Jul 2022 22:03:25 +0000 CIosso 201181 at https://bellevuewa.gov Opportunity to join diversity advisory panel https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/bdan-recruitment-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Opportunity to join diversity advisory panel</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-07-01T23:16:06+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 07/01/2022 - 16:16</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 now welcoming applications from those interested in joining the Bellevue Diversity Advisory Network, which supports and guides the city’s relationships with diverse communities in Bellevue. The application is available in multiple languages and can be completed <a href="https://forms.office.com/g/h5z77nDFVm">online</a>. You can also submit the <a data-entity-substitution="file" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e0d3b5d3-6546-43a2-b085-2bf0dd37f672" href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2022/BDAN%20Application.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="BDAN Application.pdf">paper form</a> by email or print and mail it. Applications must be received by Sunday, Aug. 7.</p> <p>For more details, you can watch a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esnsND78IwY" rel="noopener" target="_blank">recorded video of a July 7 informational session</a> about the BDAN recruitment.</p> <p><a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/diversity/bellevue-diversity-advisory-network">BDAN</a> members are appointed by City Manager Brad Miyake, and provide important counsel to him and all city departments. The panel shares feedback and insight on issues relevant to communities in Bellevue to increase equity, access and inclusion.</p> <p>The city is looking for a wide range of BDAN representation. Applicants must:</p> <ul><li>Work or live in Bellevue</li> <li>Have cultural connections and knowledge of the city’s diverse population</li> <li>Possess a willingness, curiosity and interest in bridging cultural gaps to strengthen community</li> <li>Be prepared to volunteer a minimum of six hours a month, including attending at least two meetings</li> <li>Be able and willing to serve a minimum of two years on the board</li> <li>Attend the BDAN annual retreat on Saturday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.</li> </ul><p>Bellevue embraces diversity as a major asset that positively impacts the community’s economy, culture and education. In 2014, the City Council adopted the Diversity Advantage Initiative. The council vision guiding the city begins, “Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength.” </p> <p>For questions, please contact Justin Chan, diversity outreach and engagement administrator (<a href="mailto:jchan@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">jchan@bellevuewa.gov</a> or 425-623-5089).</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-07-01T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 1 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 01 Jul 2022 23:16:06 +0000 CIosso 201186 at https://bellevuewa.gov Opportunity to join diversity advisory panel https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/bdan-recruitment-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Opportunity to join diversity advisory panel</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-07-01T23:16:06+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 07/01/2022 - 16:16</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 now welcoming applications from those interested in joining the Bellevue Diversity Advisory Network, which supports and guides the city’s relationships with diverse communities in Bellevue. The application is available in multiple languages and can be completed <a href="https://forms.office.com/g/h5z77nDFVm">online</a>. You can also submit the <a data-entity-substitution="file" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e0d3b5d3-6546-43a2-b085-2bf0dd37f672" href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2022/BDAN%20Application.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="BDAN Application.pdf">paper form</a> by email or print and mail it. Applications must be received by Sunday, Aug. 7.</p> <p>For more details, you can watch a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esnsND78IwY" rel="noopener" target="_blank">recorded video of a July 7 informational session</a> about the BDAN recruitment.</p> <p><a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/diversity/bellevue-diversity-advisory-network">BDAN</a> members are appointed by City Manager Brad Miyake, and provide important counsel to him and all city departments. The panel shares feedback and insight on issues relevant to communities in Bellevue to increase equity, access and inclusion.</p> <p>The city is looking for a wide range of BDAN representation. Applicants must:</p> <ul><li>Work or live in Bellevue</li> <li>Have cultural connections and knowledge of the city’s diverse population</li> <li>Possess a willingness, curiosity and interest in bridging cultural gaps to strengthen community</li> <li>Be prepared to volunteer a minimum of six hours a month, including attending at least two meetings</li> <li>Be able and willing to serve a minimum of two years on the board</li> <li>Attend the BDAN annual retreat on Saturday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.</li> </ul><p>Bellevue embraces diversity as a major asset that positively impacts the community’s economy, culture and education. In 2014, the City Council adopted the Diversity Advantage Initiative. The council vision guiding the city begins, “Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength.” </p> <p>For questions, please contact Justin Chan, diversity outreach and engagement administrator (<a href="mailto:jchan@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">jchan@bellevuewa.gov</a> or 425-623-5089).</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-07-01T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 1 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 01 Jul 2022 23:16:06 +0000 CIosso 201186 at https://bellevuewa.gov Opportunity to join diversity advisory panel https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/bdan-recruitment-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Opportunity to join diversity advisory panel</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-07-01T23:16:06+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 07/01/2022 - 16:16</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 now welcoming applications from those interested in joining the Bellevue Diversity Advisory Network, which supports and guides the city’s relationships with diverse communities in Bellevue. The application is available in multiple languages and can be completed <a href="https://forms.office.com/g/h5z77nDFVm">online</a>. You can also submit the <a data-entity-substitution="file" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e0d3b5d3-6546-43a2-b085-2bf0dd37f672" href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2022/BDAN%20Application.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="BDAN Application.pdf">paper form</a> by email or print and mail it. Applications must be received by Sunday, Aug. 7.</p> <p>For more details, you can watch a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esnsND78IwY" rel="noopener" target="_blank">recorded video of a July 7 informational session</a> about the BDAN recruitment.</p> <p><a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/diversity/bellevue-diversity-advisory-network">BDAN</a> members are appointed by City Manager Brad Miyake, and provide important counsel to him and all city departments. The panel shares feedback and insight on issues relevant to communities in Bellevue to increase equity, access and inclusion.</p> <p>The city is looking for a wide range of BDAN representation. Applicants must:</p> <ul><li>Work or live in Bellevue</li> <li>Have cultural connections and knowledge of the city’s diverse population</li> <li>Possess a willingness, curiosity and interest in bridging cultural gaps to strengthen community</li> <li>Be prepared to volunteer a minimum of six hours a month, including attending at least two meetings</li> <li>Be able and willing to serve a minimum of two years on the board</li> <li>Attend the BDAN annual retreat on Saturday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.</li> </ul><p>Bellevue embraces diversity as a major asset that positively impacts the community’s economy, culture and education. In 2014, the City Council adopted the Diversity Advantage Initiative. The council vision guiding the city begins, “Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength.” </p> <p>For questions, please contact Justin Chan, diversity outreach and engagement administrator (<a href="mailto:jchan@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">jchan@bellevuewa.gov</a> or 425-623-5089).</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-07-01T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 1 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 01 Jul 2022 23:16:06 +0000 CIosso 201186 at https://bellevuewa.gov Police launch site focused on data and transparency https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/police-launch-site-focused-data-and-transparency <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Police launch site focused on data and transparency</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-07-01T14:18:33+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 07/01/2022 - 07:18</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Whether it’s recent neighborhood crime data, use-of-force incidents or information about the police department’s workforce diversity, it’s all at your fingertips on the new <a href="https://bpd-data.bellevuewa.gov/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Bellevue Police Transparency and Accountability website</a>. The site is designed to help strengthen trust between the police department and the community.</p> <p>“We are happy to share this police data with our community members so they can become more aware of public safety issues and partner with us to develop solutions to make our community safer,” said Chief Wendell Shirley. “The public can log onto this new website and see real-time statistics and crime trends and be able to analyze the data that impacts them.”</p> <p>In addition to crime statistics, the site explains use of force, breaking down each reportable incident by the level of force, the reason for contact and the demographics of the subject and involved officer. The site also has information about diversity within the department, and includes opportunities to engage with the department.</p> <p>The information on the dashboards can be filtered by demographics, crimes, arrests, location and date, among other things. The crime data is refreshed every 48 hours. </p> <p>“We continuously strive to earn the public’s trust and this website is another way to make a connection with our community,” Chief Shirley stated. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-07-01T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 1 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 01 Jul 2022 14:18:33 +0000 CIosso 201166 at https://bellevuewa.gov Opportunity to join diversity advisory panel https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/bdan-recruitment-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Opportunity to join diversity advisory panel</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-07-01T23:16:06+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 07/01/2022 - 16:16</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 now welcoming applications from those interested in joining the Bellevue Diversity Advisory Network, which supports and guides the city’s relationships with diverse communities in Bellevue. The application is available in multiple languages and can be completed <a href="https://forms.office.com/g/h5z77nDFVm">online</a>. You can also submit the <a data-entity-substitution="file" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e0d3b5d3-6546-43a2-b085-2bf0dd37f672" href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2022/BDAN%20Application.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="BDAN Application.pdf">paper form</a> by email or print and mail it. Applications must be received by Sunday, Aug. 7.</p> <p>For more details, you can watch a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esnsND78IwY" rel="noopener" target="_blank">recorded video of a July 7 informational session</a> about the BDAN recruitment.</p> <p><a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/diversity/bellevue-diversity-advisory-network">BDAN</a> members are appointed by City Manager Brad Miyake, and provide important counsel to him and all city departments. The panel shares feedback and insight on issues relevant to communities in Bellevue to increase equity, access and inclusion.</p> <p>The city is looking for a wide range of BDAN representation. Applicants must:</p> <ul><li>Work or live in Bellevue</li> <li>Have cultural connections and knowledge of the city’s diverse population</li> <li>Possess a willingness, curiosity and interest in bridging cultural gaps to strengthen community</li> <li>Be prepared to volunteer a minimum of six hours a month, including attending at least two meetings</li> <li>Be able and willing to serve a minimum of two years on the board</li> <li>Attend the BDAN annual retreat on Saturday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.</li> </ul><p>Bellevue embraces diversity as a major asset that positively impacts the community’s economy, culture and education. In 2014, the City Council adopted the Diversity Advantage Initiative. The council vision guiding the city begins, “Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength.” </p> <p>For questions, please contact Justin Chan, diversity outreach and engagement administrator (<a href="mailto:jchan@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">jchan@bellevuewa.gov</a> or 425-623-5089).</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-07-01T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 1 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 01 Jul 2022 23:16:06 +0000 CIosso 201186 at https://bellevuewa.gov Opportunity to join diversity advisory panel https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/bdan-recruitment-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Opportunity to join diversity advisory panel</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-07-01T23:16:06+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 07/01/2022 - 16:16</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 now welcoming applications from those interested in joining the Bellevue Diversity Advisory Network, which supports and guides the city’s relationships with diverse communities in Bellevue. The application is available in multiple languages and can be completed <a href="https://forms.office.com/g/h5z77nDFVm">online</a>. You can also submit the <a data-entity-substitution="file" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e0d3b5d3-6546-43a2-b085-2bf0dd37f672" href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2022/BDAN%20Application.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="BDAN Application.pdf">paper form</a> by email or print and mail it. Applications must be received by Sunday, Aug. 7.</p> <p>For more details, you can watch a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esnsND78IwY" rel="noopener" target="_blank">recorded video of a July 7 informational session</a> about the BDAN recruitment.</p> <p><a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/diversity/bellevue-diversity-advisory-network">BDAN</a> members are appointed by City Manager Brad Miyake, and provide important counsel to him and all city departments. The panel shares feedback and insight on issues relevant to communities in Bellevue to increase equity, access and inclusion.</p> <p>The city is looking for a wide range of BDAN representation. Applicants must:</p> <ul><li>Work or live in Bellevue</li> <li>Have cultural connections and knowledge of the city’s diverse population</li> <li>Possess a willingness, curiosity and interest in bridging cultural gaps to strengthen community</li> <li>Be prepared to volunteer a minimum of six hours a month, including attending at least two meetings</li> <li>Be able and willing to serve a minimum of two years on the board</li> <li>Attend the BDAN annual retreat on Saturday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.</li> </ul><p>Bellevue embraces diversity as a major asset that positively impacts the community’s economy, culture and education. In 2014, the City Council adopted the Diversity Advantage Initiative. The council vision guiding the city begins, “Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength.” </p> <p>For questions, please contact Justin Chan, diversity outreach and engagement administrator (<a href="mailto:jchan@bellevuewa.gov" rel="noopener" target="_blank">jchan@bellevuewa.gov</a> or 425-623-5089).</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-07-01T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">July 1 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 01 Jul 2022 23:16:06 +0000 CIosso 201186 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council Roundup: City wins regional transportation award https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/council-roundup-city-wins-regional-transportation-award <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council Roundup: City wins regional transportation 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="2022-06-30T21:30:34+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 06/30/2022 - 14:30</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 loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-06/Vision%202050%20Award%20web.jpg?h=a1f525db&amp;itok=UDlu0yH3" width="640" height="400" alt="Vision 2050 Award with Council" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="lead">Plus, comments on Supreme Court decision and review of regional legislative issues</p> <p><em><strong>Note: The next City Council meeting will be Tuesday, July 5, due to the holiday Monday.</strong></em></p> <p>The city’s <a href="https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/transportation/planning/infrastructure-and-subareas/mobility" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to informational web page">Mobility Implementation Plan</a> (MIP) received the VISION 2050 – Planning Ahead Award from the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) at the General Assembly in May. On Monday, Paul Inghram, Director of Growth Management for PSRC, presented the award to the council. The Planning Ahead Award recognizes plans, programs or efforts that shape a positive future for the four-county region of King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties.</p> <p>The Council adopted the MIP on April 18 on the recommendation of the Transportation Commission. The purpose of the MIP is to ensure that all of Bellevue’s transportation plans are compatible with each other and with the city’s land use plan. It is a long-range planning framework that was developed with public input and has four main goals: improve safety; consider equity; support growth; and improve access and mobility.</p> <p>The MIP provides the platform for Bellevue to meet the multimodal future – one where members of the public have many transportation modes to choose from – envisioned locally in the Comprehensive Plan and regionally in PSRC’s VISION 2050 and Regional Transportation Plan. It will help the city make decisions on project investments based on what people want in their transportation system, the quality of life they expect, and what users of all ages and abilities need to reach their destinations, whether walking, biking, driving or taking transit. </p> <p>Councilmembers voted unanimously to take consent calendar action at a future meeting on an ordinance containing the code amendments recommended by the transportation commission. More details are available in the <a href="http://bellevue.legistar.com/gateway.aspx?m=l&amp;id=/matter.aspx?key=7928" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to meeting materials">meeting materials</a> and on <a href="https://youtu.be/cQqG5TlO1y0?t=1210" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of meeting">video replay</a> through Bellevue Television.</p> <h4>Comments on Supreme Court decision</h4> <p>At the start of the meeting, Mayor Robinson noted that the council had discussed the recent Supreme Court decision to overturn the court’s prior decision in Roe v. Wade, which places control over abortion rights at the state level. The three women councilmembers present at the meeting <a href="https://youtu.be/VgwphxY7DdQ" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to view council comments">shared their individual thoughts</a> on the ruling and the implications for women and our communities.  </p> <h4>Review of regional legislative issues </h4> <p>In other business, the council received an informational update on federal appropriations and grants funding as well as the city’s work to advocate for Bellevue priorities with legislators at all levels.</p> <p>The city recently formed a cross-departmental team to develop local strategies for securing funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), signed into law by President Biden in November 2021. The BIL dedicates $1.2 trillion over the next five years for key transportation and infrastructure improvements, including power and water utilities, environment, high-speed internet and more.</p> <p>The city adopted in April a federal legislative agenda for Bellevue priorities. That agenda will guide the BIL cross-departmental team as they develop a priority project pipeline, establish and build key stakeholder relationships, and explore funding requirements and opportunities. <br /> The full presentation to council is available on <a href="https://youtu.be/cQqG5TlO1y0?t=2761" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Link to video replay of meeting">Bellevue Television</a>.<br />  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-06-30T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">June 30 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 30 Jun 2022 21:30:34 +0000 MDeGrand 201156 at https://bellevuewa.gov Homelessness Outreach program featured in It's Your City https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/june-22-its-your-city <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Homelessness Outreach program 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="2022-06-29T22:24:05+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 06/29/2022 - 15:24</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-06/It%27s%20Your%20City%20June%2022.jpg?h=2390015c&amp;itok=2Ip-7ZL6" width="640" height="400" alt="June 2022 issue of 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>In the<a data-entity-substitution="file" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="affa657c-6992-49bc-8ecb-7fe714bb3027" href="https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2022/Its-Your-City-June-22.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="Its-Your-City-June-22.pdf"> June issue of It's Your City</a>, residents get an up close and personal view of the Homelessness Outreach program, which has helped over 50 unhoused community members move indoors to temporary or permanent housing, and has contributed to a sense of security in neighborhoods. The resident newsletter is going to all residential and business addresses in Bellevue this week.</p> <p>Other highlights include:</p> <ul><li><strong>Rejuvenated police advisory councils recruiting new members</strong>: After a hiatus during the pandemic, the city's police advisory councils are back in action and more involved the police department's training and policy than ever before. They help ensure equitable policing here. </li> <li><strong>Weighing options for funding new parks and trails</strong>: With residents telling the city they want more parks, trails and recreational facilities, the city is considering funding mechanisms, such as levies or bonds. Resident input will play a role.</li> <li><strong>City developing plan for aging lakefront sewer line</strong>: The Utilities Department is developing a plan for maintenance of an aging sewer line that runs along Lake Washington. The city is taking comments regarding the plan and a related environmental impact statement. </li> <li><strong>Council Corner concerns cross-cultural center</strong>: For this issue’s Council Corner column, Councilmember Conrad Lee focuses on the city’s effort to establish a place that could cultivate communication and relationships across cultures and differences.   </li> </ul><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 published three times a year, in hard-copy and electronic versions. The next issue will come out in October. If you have questions or comments, please contact us. And for more information on Bellevue’s coordinated communications program, please visit the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="c55c48a5-82b1-45bf-83ed-3799c44bd476" href="/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/communications" title="Communications">city newsroom</a>.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-06-29T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">June 29 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 29 Jun 2022 22:24:05 +0000 CIosso 201131 at https://bellevuewa.gov Fireworks, festivities to dazzle at Bellevue Family 4th https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/family-4th-22 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Fireworks, festivities to dazzle at Bellevue Family 4th</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-06-28T18:56:09+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 06/28/2022 - 11:56</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/Fireworks-Inspiration-Park-Horizontal.jpg?itok=tlo3J-Wq" width="640" height="400" alt="Fireworks-Inspiration-Park-Horizontal.jpg" title="Fireworks-Inspiration-Park-Horizontal.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-article-featured-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Bellevue Family 4th, the Eastside’s largest fireworks event, is back with live music and games on Monday, July 4, 5-10:40 p.m. at Downtown Park,10201 NE Fourth St.</p> <p class="lead">Enjoying the festivities</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.bellevuedowntown.com/events/family-4th" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Family 4th</a> presented by The Bellevue Collection will feature family entertainment in the evening and fireworks set to live music by the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra at 10:05 p.m. </p> <p>The lineup at the Amazon Entertainment Plaza includes the Lowdown Drifters at 5 p.m. (country) and The Nines! (dance) at 7. The Family Fun Zone will provide family entertainment, a kids area and food trucks starting at 5 p.m. </p> <p>To set the stage for the fireworks, the Bellevue Fire Department’s Honor Guard will present the colors, followed by a performance of the national anthem by the Highland Middle School Choir.</p> <p class="lead">Getting there and back</p> <p>Visitors are encouraged to walk, bike, take the bus or carpool to the event. <br />  <br /> Transit service to the Bellevue Transit Center (at Northeast Sixth Street and 108th Avenue Northeast) from Seattle and surrounding areas is also available. Comprehensive information about travel options can be found at <a href="http://www.chooseyourwaybellevue.org/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Chooseyourwaybellevue.org</a>. <br />  <br /> Several streets will be closed to vehicle traffic near the park for safety and to minimize delays. Please be patient, observe posted signs and obey police officers directing traffic. Street parking on nearby residential streets is prohibited; violators may be towed.</p> <p>For a full list of street closures before and after the event, please visit <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>  and click “Fourth of July Advisories.” Free parking will be available after 5 p.m. at <a href="https://ctycms.com/wa-bellevue/docs/tbc-parkingmap-5-2022-blue.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank">The Bellevue Collection properties</a> (Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square North, Lincoln Square South and Bellevue Place). For efficient post-event exit, park at Lincoln Square or use the Bellevue Place garage and exit via Northeast 10th Street.</p> <p>Parking for people with disabilities is in Downtown Park’s west parking lot off 100th Avenue Northeast. A passenger and food delivery drop-off area will also be on the west side of the park on 100th Avenue.</p> <p class="lead">Staying safe</p> <p>Masks are not required for the event, but participants are welcome to wear one based on their comfort level. For more information on COVID-19 prevention, safety and reduction resources, including where to get vaccinated, visit <a href="https://kingcounty.gov/covid" rel="noopener" target="_blank">KingCounty.gov/covid</a>. </p> <p>The Bellevue Fire Department reminds residents and visitors that the sale, use or possession of fireworks is prohibited in Bellevue. Personal fireworks, alcohol and drugs are not allowed at Downtown Park. In addition, grills, barbecues, camp stoves and other cooking devices are prohibited. </p> <p>Well-behaved dogs are allowed in the park but must be on a 6-foot leash. No dogs, tents or canopies are allowed in the Amazon Entertainment Plaza seating area. Small tents or canopies are allowed at the park until 8 p.m., when they all must come down.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-06-28T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">June 28 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 28 Jun 2022 18:56:09 +0000 CIosso 201121 at https://bellevuewa.gov Council weighs options for funding new parks and trails https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/parks-funding-options <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Council weighs options for funding new parks and trails</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/ciosso" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CIosso</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-06-28T21:46:41+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 06/28/2022 - 14:46</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image-9 field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_featured_image/public/media/article_featured_image/2022-06/Bellevue%20Youth%20Theatre%20Front.JPG?h=8388f267&amp;itok=7LDcvIFZ" width="640" height="400" alt="Bellevue Youth Theatre was completed in 2015, with partial funding from the 2008 park levy." 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 residents love their parks, trails and recreational facilities. And they want more. Now the city is considering how new parks, open spaces and recreational facilities would be funded. Residents have an opportunity to weigh in by answering an <a href="https://www.research.net/r/ParksPriorities" rel="noopener" target="_blank">online questionnaire</a>, which will be open through Tuesday, July 5.</p> <p>Resident input will help the City Council at it considers funding strategies such as a voter-approved levy or bond or an impact fee paid by developers of new residential and/or commercial projects.</p> <p>Community feedback collected for the latest long-range parks and open space plan, expected to be adopted this summer, showed that people want to see Bellevue invest in:</p> <ul><li>new multi-use trails and trails in natural areas</li> <li>more open space</li> <li>more parks, including neighborhood parks and beach parks</li> <li>certain indoor and outdoor recreational facilities such as pickleball courts and an aquatic center</li> </ul><p>The Parks and Open Space System Plan is the primary tool for shaping the future of Bellevue’s parks through identified capital project needs over the next 20 years. Outreach for the 2022 plan, updated approximately every six years, identified the most popular uses in the current parks and recreation system and capital project priorities to meet Bellevue’s future parks needs.</p> <p>The 20-year list of projects in the draft plan would require between $500 million to $1 billion to complete. Current parks funding sources would only cover about 34% of the project needs. </p> <p>Voter initiatives have previously funded expansions of Bellevue’s parks and open space system, with 10 separate measures passed since the city’s incorporation in 1953. The 2008 Parks and Natural Areas Levy helped fund new parks and major park enhancements, such as the circle promenade at Downtown Park, the new Bellevue Youth Theatre and synthetic sports fields at Wilburton Hill and Newport Hills parks. </p> <p>The council may decide on a parks funding option or combination of funding mechanisms by mid-summer.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-06-28T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">June 28 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 28 Jun 2022 21:46:41 +0000 CIosso 201126 at https://bellevuewa.gov