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2008 Election Results - Your Reaction?

November 5, 2008
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Saturday Night Live provided a dim beacon of comic relief in the middle of the tremendous wave of political buzz we've endured, and for that, I'm slightly grateful.

Take a moment to share your thoughts about this election.

Is your first? What are the impacts you expect to experience, good or not-so-good, as a result of this election? New or Seasoned Voter, share your views!

We'll post your comments as they come in.

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Choose Renton Exceeds Signature Collection Goals

October 21, 2008

Guest Blogger: Bryce Nelson
Choose Renton Spokesperson

Last week was a big milestone for those of us working for annexation of the Fairwood area into the City of Renton.  We were able to collect over 900 signatures from those of you that live in the potential annexation area, which we turned in last week to start the process of getting annexation on the ballot sometime in 2009.  Now 900 signatures might not seem like a big deal, but we only needed a little over 600 -- and our time limit was six months.  Instead, it took us just six weeks!  A big thank you to all of you who signed. 

Our two open houses at the Fairwood library were also well attended.  Needless to say, the response to our efforts has been overwhelmingly positive, and we're hopeful that next year we can start getting the higher level of service and lower taxes that would result from annexation into Renton, especially given King County's ongoing budget problems and cutbacks. 

While we're now done collecting signatures, our job is just beginning.  For those of you interested in helping us move annexation forward, please go to and send us an email.  All of us involved in this effort are volunteers, and we need as much help as we can get.  We will continue to provide factual information to area residents so that people can make an informed decision on our website and through this blog, so keep watching for new postings.

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Choose Renton Spokesperson
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October 6, 2008

Guest Blogger: Bryce Nelson
Choose Renton Spokesperson

Hi there.  I'm Bryce Nelson, a Woodside resident and the spokesperson for Choose Renton, and I'll be blogging here on the Fairwood Community News website about annexation issues.  Choose Renton was formed by a group of us that live here in Fairwood because it's clear to us that annexation into the City of Renton is the best option for the area.  Our goal as a group is to get as much factual information to the Fairwood community as possible so people can be informed about their choices. 

Why annex?  It's simple: Renton would provide a significantly higher level of service than any other option -- particularly with respect to police response times -- for less tax money.  Fire District 40 has already signed a 20 year contract with the City of Renton, so by annexing into the city we simply finish what has already been started.

For most of us, this higher level of service provided to the area by Renton would actually result in lower taxes.  That's not a joke -- we pay less, and we get more. 

Right now we're out collecting signatures to try and get annexation placed on the ballot in 2009.  We realize we've got a lot of work ahead of us.  But that's okay.  The Seahawks chose Renton.  Benson Hill chose Renton.  Fire District 40 chose Renton.  And we're confident that once the Fairwood community gets information on its options, we'll all Choose Renton too. 

Bryce Nelson

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Asked to Contribute

September 25, 2008

The launch of the Fairwood Community News has been an extremely exciting task, with the opportunity to:

1) Bring Residents together beyond what was typically serviced by a local printed newspaper with a much smaller readership,

2) Connect each other with issues, news and concerns that we passionately care about for this area.

At the time of the launch of the website, I invited to local activists to participate in this forum, to share the pros and cons for incorporation and annexation for the Fairwood area.

I'm still hopeful that they will, but until they do, I'm asking you to respond to one of the more controversial issues for this area.

Welcome to Fairwood Community News' Blogs!

I look forward to hearing from you!

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