City Council candidates Rich Crispo, Bill Erxleben and John Dulcich lead

November 6, 2009

NEW — 5:19 p.m. Nov. 12, 2009

City Council candidates Rich Crispo, Bill Erxleben and John Dulcich led in unofficial election results released Thursday evening.

In Position 5, Karin Blakley ran against Crispo. In Position 6, Erxleben ran against Kandy Schendel. In Position 7, Dulcich ran against incumbent Jean Garber.

Crispo led Blakley 65 percent to 35 percent, Erxleben led Schendel 62 to 38 percent and Dulcich led Garber 52 percent to 48 percent in a close race.

Blakley, Schendel and Garber have advertised together, and they place priority developing downtown Newcastle with mixed-use buildings. They said although the city faces financial challenges, they can move the city forward, prioritize and make do with less.

Crispo said he is opposed to developing Newcastle’s downtown with mixed-use, multistory buildings, as he said he found community members were not in favor of the idea.

Erxlben and Dulcich are opposed to the city’s floor-area ratio requirements that promote the use of multistory, mixed-use buildings, as they said they feel the decision to develop mixed-use, multistory buildings should be the developer’s, not the city’s.

Three leaders emerge on election night

November 6, 2009

City Council candidates Rich Crispo, Bill Erxleben and John Dulcich led in the first unofficial election results released Nov. 3. Read more

Pitting the pocketbook: The cost of political signs

November 6, 2009

It was recently election season again, and as always, paper and plastic political signs were out in full force.

Sign distributor Art Boruck, who sold signs to each of this year’s six Newcastle City Council candidates, said signs usually range between $1 and $4.50 each, with plastic signs and those with more than one color being more expensive. Read more

Hear from county executive, council candidates at Saturday forum

October 15, 2009

NEW — 11:10 a.m. Oct. 15, 2009

Join King County executive candidates Dow Constantine and Susan Hutchison at a Saturday morning forum in Newcastle. County Councilman Reagan Dunn and challenger Beverly Harison Tonda, candidates for the District 9 seat, will join the would-be executives at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

The district includes swaths of Bellevue, Newcastle and Renton, as well as unincorporated King County land south of Issaquah.

The free forum begins at 9 a.m. in the St. Andrew’s Ballroom, 155500 Six Penny Lane. Organizers ask attendees to R.S.V.P. to the event. Call 206-241-5774 or e-mail CandidateForum@newcastlecc.com to R.S.V.P.

Debbie Berto, publisher of the Newcastle News and The Issaquah Press, will moderate the executive portion of the forum.

Kandy Schendel looks to collaborate constructively on City Council

October 7, 2009

Kandy Schendel has a background of bringing people together. She said she doesn’t want to see the city move backward and that she wants to see residents live, work and play, all in Newcastle. Read more

Former Councilman Bill Erxleben hopes to balance city budget

October 7, 2009

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Bill Erxleben

Bill Erxleben, a 10-year resident of Newcastle and former city councilman, is concerned about the city’s financial situation. He’s also concerned with the amount of new development city officials are planning in the current economic situation, and he said they need to balance the budget and live within the city’s means. Read more

Candidates lined up to run for Issaquah, Renton school boards

October 7, 2009

Local school board elections are heating up as the Nov. 3 election gets closer.

There are two races Newcastle residents will participate in this year, one for The Issaquah School District and another for the Renton School District. Read more

Bill Erxleben to run for council

August 13, 2009

Editor’s Note: City Council candidate Bill Erxleben was not included in the initial Newcastle News election reports.
Bill Erxleben said he received calls from numerous individuals — including past presidents of the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce as well as past and present city council members — who urged him to run for City Council.
“They thought there was a lack of experienced leadership on the council,” Erxleben said.
Erxleben will be running for Position 6 against Kandy Schendel. Erxleben served as a councilman from 2002 to 2007.
Erxleben wants the city to utilize the zero-based budgeting system used in Renton. The system essentially allows the city to reprioritize the items on its budget and spend as much money as it has. If a city’s money is used on high-priority items, low-priority items will not be funded. Erxleben said if the city utilizes this system, it would be forced to live within its means.
Erxleben is an attorney. He also served as chairman of the Newcastle Planning Commission. He has worked as a state attorney general, as executive assistant United States attorney for the Western District of Washington and as regional director of the Seattle Regional Office of the Federal Trade Commission. He served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War era as well.

Editor’s Note: City Council candidate Bill Erxleben was not included in the initial Newcastle News election reports.

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City Council candidates share their positions on local issues

August 13, 2009

Three candidates are vying    for Position 5 on the Newcastle City Council and their names will appear on the Aug. 18  ballot. Here’s a look at the candidates and their positions on various local issues. Candidates’ answers were limited to 25 words.
Larry Betsch
q 61
q Years of residence in Newcastle: 1
q Occupation: Retired financial controller; planning commissioner; Renton School District student mentor
q Education: University of Washington-Business Administration; University of Michigan Leadership Program; Project Management Professional
q Political experience: Newcastle Planning Commission
What ideas do you have to      increase city revenues in 2010?
We must ensure our residential development process is as streamlined and nimble as required, and provides incentives for potential development that increase the tax base.
Name your top two priorities for
city budget cuts and how much
they could save.
The city operates under a tight budget, so the most effective strategy would be a series of small cuts adding up to larger savings.
What is your vision of
Newcastle’s downtown?
It is critical to our long term viability to implement our Community Business Center (CBC) plan. Diversity in our revenue base is imperative for sustainability.
What should be the role of the
city of Newcastle in funding
and/or providing human services?
The city should explore the potential needs of our community and facilitate and/or fund these needs when revenue streams are sufficient to do so.
Name a council decision that
was made in the past two years
that you disagreed with.
The outcome of the new signage and logo decision may prove to be correct, but the process lacked needed transparency and openness for our residents.
How important is it for the city of Newcastle to have a voice in regional policy making, and why?
King County cities outside Seattle play a key role and need a strong vote in our county’s decision process, whether transportation, metro or services delivered.
Rich
Crispo
q 62
q Years of residence in Newcastle: 5 1/2
q Occupation: Retired Boeing executive
q Education: Bachelor in mechanical engineering, Master in business administration
q Political experience: No elected offices
What ideas do you have to
increase city revenues in 2010?
Newcastle has enough revenue to support basic needs. A more retail friendly attitude at City Hall will entice new revenue producing businesses to locate here.
Name your top two priorities for
city budget cuts and how much
they could save.
The city has a staff of 26, yet spends thousands on consultants. Eliminating new and redundant, nonproducing studies will save more than $100,000 per year.
What is your vision of
Newcastle’s downtown?
A retail district that provides services for the residential community that we are. Residents don’t want a five-story mini-Bellevue with hundreds more apartments.
What should be the role of the
city of Newcastle in funding
and/or providing human services?
Newcastle’s resources are too limited to provide significant financial support, but city government can encourage and facilitate the efforts of our public-spirited volunteers.
Name a council decision that
was made in the past two years
that you disagreed with.
There are many, but one of the worst is how the multi-use vision has indefinitely delayed the library that should have been completed last year.
How important is it for the city of Newcastle to have a voice in regional policy making, and why?
It is vital that we participate in regional forums to improve the networks that we depend on for transportation, public safety and recreation.
Karin Blakley
q 50
q Years of residence in Newcastle: 10
q Occupation: Financial Advisor, District Manager
q Education: University of Washington graduate, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
q Political experience: No elected offices
What ideas do you have to increase
City revenues in 2010?
Increasing sales tax revenue by initiating a “Buy local, Shop Newcastle” campaign, as well as actively recruiting new businesses to locate in Newcastle.
Name your top two priorities for
city budget cuts and how much
they could save.
Analyze expenses beyond the core services of police and fire protection and, in particular, review professional services, which are a $500,000 budget item for 2009.
What is your vision of
Newcastle’s downtown?
Downtown Newcastle would benefit from additional businesses, multi-use buildings to accommodate not only businesses but also new residents, and a town square.
What should be the role of the
city of Newcastle in funding
and/or providing human services?
The city can be a resource by providing citizens with information about human services that are available through governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations.
Name a council decision
made in the past two years
that you have disagreed with.
The city logo design process could have been handled differently and more cheaply by requesting citizen input and community engagement through a design contest.
How important is it for the City of Newcastle to have a voice in regional policy making and why?
It is important that Newcastle is involved in regional policy decisions to benefit from funds and grants, as well as to voice our citizen’s requests.

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Meet City Council candidates at Aug. 6 event

August 5, 2009

City Council Position 5 candidates Rich Crispo, Larry Betsch and Karin Blakley will attend a meet and greet at Sweet Decadence inside the Newcastle Professional Center on Thursday, Aug. 6, from 6-9 p.m. Residents are encouraged to attend and meet the candidates.

John Jensen, president of the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce, will reward the person who walks the farthest distance to the event with a $10 Sweet Decadence gift certificate — or by buying the winner two glasses of wine that night.

Sweet Decadence is located at 12835 Newcastle Way.

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