Indy On Air is a podcast that compliments the new digital newspaper, the Sammamish Independent. Join us as our podcast team takes a deep dive into important topics that affects the Sammamish community.
Turning Up the Heat on Climate Action
In June, an extreme heat wave strained the Pacific Northwest and left the majority of homes in Sammamish unbearable. This unprecedented event underscored the urgent need to take action to prevent the worst effects of climate change. We explore what cities can do on their own to become more sustainable, and compare Kirkland, which has a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with Sammamish, which does not. We also meet a high school student who tried to get Sammamish to adopt a sustainability master plan, and ask him what happened after he met with Mayor Karen Moran and city officials to pitch his proposal.
Taking a Deep Breath Before College Admissions Season
With so many highly-rated high schools across the Eastside, our communities, including Sammamish, are notorious for adding pressure on kids to get into competitive colleges and majors. Before the admissions process formally gets underway, we find out what is motivating students in their college choices, why some of them are so focused on getting into a top-ranked college, and what can a student do if the college application process does not work out as they had planned. Guests include high school juniors, an independent college admissions counselor, and a college transfer student who moved to different school after his freshman year.
Playing With Swords: Rise of Fencing in Sammamish
Local teen Ketki Ketkar's recent bronze medal at an international fencing competition represented the tip of iceberg—a growing fencing community here in Sammamish. For relatively wealthy communities such as ours, parents are very keen on finding activities that pique their kids' interests and allow them to specialize in something for extracurriculars and college applications. Fencing has become an attractive alternative for kids who do not have the height nor size to play traditional sports such as basketball or football. It has also become a surprising forum for gender equality, where girls start out competing at the same level as boys. At the same time, new interest among Asian families has helped to diversify the sport. For this episode, we interview a competitive fencer, a coach, a fencing mom, and our very own editor (who is also a fencer) to talk about why they love playing with swords and what it takes to compete.
How a Hot Housing Market Creates Greater Inequity
The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a rapid increase in housing prices in Sammamish. Although this recent spike has been caused by more people working from home and looking for larger spaces, several structural factors have built up to make housing more unaffordable in Sammamish and across the greater Seattle area over the last two decades. This affordability crisis has created many negative consequences in our region, including increased gentrification, displacement and homelessness. We invite Zillow economist Jeff Tucker, Futurewise Eastside program coordinator Brady Nordstrom, and Windermere Real Estate agent Jen DerGarabedian to discuss these housing trends, and how they have contributed to greater inequity in our community today.
A Year of Remote Learning
One year ago, schools in Sammamish closed their doors due to COVID-19, with teachers and students going home to an uncertain future. What many thought was a two-week lockdown became a year of teaching and learning on a laptop from home, especially for secondary students who have yet to return to campus. Now, the reopening is just on the horizon, with Gov. Jay Inslee ordering all school districts to offer hybrid instruction by April 19. This pandemic has affected the community around our schools in different ways. We check in with students, parents and a teacher to reflect on this tumultuous year, and what they plan to do when schools open their doors next month.
Don Gerend v. City of Sammamish
In 2019, former mayor Don Gerend, who served on Sammamish City Council for 18 years, filed a legal complaint against the City of Sammamish to the state's Growth Management Hearing Board, alleging the city broke state law when it tinkered with its methodology for measuring traffic and road capacity in order to stop growth and development. After playing out for more than a year, the state board ruled that Sammamish violated Washington state's Growth Management Act, but this decision is now being appealed in court. The podcast team explains what this case is really about, and speaks with Don Gerend on why he took legal action against the city instead of enjoying his retirement from public service.
Great info specific to Sammamish
It’s great to hear about how small groups of people can have such a big impact on specific groups of people despite Covid-19