Letters to the Editor, July 19, 2019

Elections; bike lanes; development

Walter for Bellevue council

A vote for Stephanie Walter is a vote for a strong neighborhood advocate and an excellent representative of what community service is all about.

Her service on Bellevue’s Planning Commission and as a current member of East Bellevue Community Council prepares her well for the city council. She’s established a number of strong priorities, including preserving our parks and trails, increasing public safety (fire and police) funding, leveraging technology to get traffic “moving” and helping to solve the homelessness crisis.

Stephanie has a good grasp of what works and what cannot — and the knowledge, know-how and good judgment to ensure well-thought-out decisions are made, particularly those directly impacting Bellevue’s citizens and surrounding communities.

Her leadership skills will add value to her service on the council, providing someone who is willing to listen to all sides of an issue, making the best possible decision as a result.

When completing your Primary Election ballot, do not forget to give Stephanie Walter your vote for Position 3.

David Elliott


Robertson for Bellevue council

Jennifer Robertson has served the people of Bellevue and surrounding communities for three terms as a city councilmember. Her unwavering efforts to ensure Bellevue is a high quality place to live, work, start a business and raise a family have been recognized and applauded. This level of devotion to our city and all its citizens needs to continue, as it is this continuity of service and understanding of the very real issues facing our city that needs to be supported going forward.

Without a doubt, she has earned the trust of our city’s citizens by her direct involvement in that which has a direct impact on each of us: increasing public safety and emergency services, city investments in neighborhoods, easing congestion and improving access in/around Bellevue and promoting smart economic growth. These are but a few priorities that will receive her continued attention and dedicated efforts.

Jennifer has more than earned the vote, and it is recommended that Jennifer receive yours in the upcoming Primary Election for Position 7.

Jeanne Elliott


Bike lanes don’t make sense

It’s a lovely idea, that we could go back in time and make bicycles a viable means of transportation. If only it made sense.

Precious parking spaces and traffic lanes usurped by an infinitesimally tiny percentage of cyclists is just stupid.

I live in downtown Bellevue on Northeast 2nd. I can sit and look out my window all day and all week and never see a cyclist while residents and visitors drive around, unsuccessfully, looking for a parking space. And then some cyclists still use the sidewalk. 108th Avenue Northeast is no better and the lanes there just create more congestion.

Amazon just announced plans for a 43-story tower. How many more cars will that add to our streets, and yet the transportation department plans to remove traffic lanes from Main Street for another bicycle lane no one will ever use.

I am not anti-bicycle or anti-environment. I’m anti-nonsense.

There are traffic laws that govern road-sharing between cars and bikes. Use them. Or show me the benefits anyone, outside of the rare cyclist, is receiving from either the existing bike lanes or the new one planned for Main Street. Where is your evidence, Bellevue, bike lanes are needed? Because I don’t see anyone using them.

Diane Howell


Tower not good news

The Bellevue Reporter’s July 12, 2019, headline “Amazon’s tower plans reveal serious commitment to Bellevue expansion” is not “good news” for this 52-year Bellevue resident. First, I object to Amazon being allowed to create a 600-foot monolith that “towers” over the rest of the city. The Bellevue council should consider limiting its height.

Second, even more important, is what’s below the tower. How many parking stalls will Amazon be allowed, adding to the congestion endured by those currently commuting into and out of the city? The Bellevue City Council owes them to limit the number of parking stalls Amazon will be allowed below the tower.

If Amazon is “a company that wants to work with City Hall to prepare for the arrival of their thousands of employees” they should do what Microsoft does (and needs to do far more), provide employees with shuttle service from near where they live to the “tower.” That’s the way Amazon can be “part of the solution.”

Bill Hirt