Thank you for printing my letter regarding the “horseshoe” of Jenkins Creek west of State Route 18, affectionately known to the Covington City Council as the Notch (Oct. 4, “The ‘Notch’ should be protected, not paved”).
There is one correction I’d like to make to the letter the Reporter published. It noted that I live in Covington. I don’t. I live in unincorporated King County in the horseshoe. As a result of the 6-2 vote against moving the UGB (urban growth boundary), that will be the case for at least another four years.
The Oct. 11 print edition of the Reporter contained staff writer Kris Hill’s interview with Barry Anderson Jr. (“One yea one nay on land-use”). Mr. Anderson’s disappointment in the vote aside, Hill did note that County Councilman Reagan Dunn, who put the proposal before the council for consideration, voted against it. He did so “because the people who live nearby overwhelmingly opposed it, and because of the potential impacts to the environmentally sensitifve Jenkins Creek,” which outlines the horseshoe.
One other aspect of this political process that might be of interest: Councilwoman Jane Hague, from Bellevue, was the sponsor for this proposal before the council and one of the minority of two voting for it. Why is a council person from Bellevue sponsoring a proposal to move the UGB to benefit developers and Covington? Could it be relevant that her husband founded and is still involved with one of the largest development companies in western Washington?