In the Bellevue City Council race for Position 7, incumbent Jennifer Robertson was far ahead of her two challengers on election night, but those two challengers were separated by just 28 votes, leaving it still unclear Wednesday who would face Robertson in the general election.
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Bellevue City Councilmember Jennifer Robertson is pleased to announce that the Municipal League of King County has rated her "Outstanding" which is its highest candidate rating. "I am honored that the Municipal League recognizes my skills and expertise as the best fit for the Bellevue City Council," said Robertson. "Every year I strive to protect and strengthen our community and earning an 'Outstanding' from such a well-respected organization is a testament to my commitment to our beautiful city."
BELLEVUE faces challenges others envy: growth in jobs, population, diversity and a thriving downtown. Running for a third term, Councilmember Jennifer Robertson is the best choice for City Council Position No. 7 to help Bellevue manage growing pains.
A new zoning code in Bellevue will allow "single-housekeeping units" in single-family homes, but no student boarders. In Bellevue, a satellite city outside Seattle, the City Council and Planning Commission have been working on a new housing policy for coming on two years now. It's a resolution that aims to solve a land-use issue facing a number of Bellevue neighborhoods.
The Bellevue City Council approved a $1.4 million contract with Environmental Science Associates on Tuesday to prepare draft and final environmental impact statements for Puget Sound Energy's Energize Eastside project. Councilmember Jennifer Robertson addressed concerns about starting the EIS process ahead of the completion of the city's independent study to confirm the future need for increased energy capacity as reported by PSE. City staff reported the study is expected to be completed in February, ahead of the start of the EIS process. The cost of the EIS will be recovered through a third-party contract with PSE, said Carol Helland, assistant director for development services.
The Bellevue City Council on Monday approved expanding the use of red light cameras in the city for the next five years.The five-year contract extension with American Traffic Solutions adds three more red light cameras and an additional school zone camera to the five currently operating in Bellevue. Councilmember Jennifer Robertson opposed continuing the traffic enforcement cameras program, saying the city should have officers out writing citations. She added revenue should go to pedestrian and school safety projects, rather than the general fund.
Bellevue councilmembers say Sound Transit has been full of surprises lately, and that's not been a good thing. The latest came during Monday's public comments, with Betsy Blackstock of the Surrey Downs Community Club alerting the council to letters received by residents there that parts of their properties may be condemned to further development of an East Main light rail station. Robertson and several other councilmembers expressed frustrations that they are not receiving the type of communication from Sound Transit they thought they were to receive under a 2011 memorandum of understanding for light rail service, and should consider reaching out to the "higher-ups" within the agency.