Letter to the Editor: Catherine Stanford for LFP City Council

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

To the Editor:

Catherine Stanford has served her LFP community for the last thirty years: ten years on the Planning Commission, two years as a Board member of Third Place Commons and a key player in establishing the Farmer’s Market, and almost twelve years on the City Council. Catherine was a strong voice in favor of the acquisition of 5 Acre Woods. Her dedication to our community is the very definition of experience.

The redevelopment of Town Center and the Sound Transit Parking Garage is a serious consideration for many of our neighbors and we want to set the record straight.

a. At no time did Catherine or the LFP City Council support the developer's proposed plan to build 1,100 new residential units at Town Center. Council recently unanimously voted a 6-month moratorium to allow the Planning Commission time to consider development impacts prior to making their recommendation to the Council for potential code revisions.

b. The current codes were adopted in 2006 by a previous Council. Those codes leave the city vulnerable to development proposals that are not consistent with the character of Lake Forest Park.

c. A large majority of LFP residents voted to approve ST3, which included a proposed Parking Garage and Bus Rapid Transit down 522. This was NOT a decision by the City Council, and they have limited authority to determine the final plan.

Catherine has the endorsement of the 46th District Democrats, State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, State Senator David Frockt, and many others. Catherine believes in open and transparent government; financial responsibility; preservation of our environment; and appropriate local development to enhance our community.

We urge voters to check the facts, and then vote for Catherine Stanford for LFP City Council, the one candidate who has dedicated her time and energy in service to our community.

Theresa Greco, George Piano, Betsy Piano, Hilda Thompson, Chuck Paulsen, Karen Paulsen, Marty Ross, Judy Altman, Jeff Altman, Linda Holman, Tony Holman, Norman J. Lieberman, Jeff Weissman, Janet Norem.
Lake Forest Park


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