Editor's note: Jim Wasnick of Sammamish sent Patch this letter in response to our article on the latest results in the Sammamish Proposition 1 vote. You can read that article here.
I have given public comment at many City Council meetings regarding the Community Center. I also attended the public meetings on it and asked questions and provided input. For Ramiro Valderrama to suggest otherwise, is again, misinformation. He should also not make comments without fact so to say that I have not availed myself of the opportunity is again wrong.
And let the FACT be clear....that at no time, no member of the City Council reached out to me to comment on anything on the VOTENO.net site that they had issue with. Perhaps that is the real unfortunate part here. Perhaps a City Council that communicates with the citizens in a candid manner or actually accepts input of public comments that counters their opinions would be beneficial. This apparent backbiting exchanges via the press of the constituents is troubling.
Final point, and while I am certainly not an attorney nor expert in this area...Valderrama's earlier comments of "he has proposed that the city council consider asking members of future committees to sign an agreement to provide factual and complete information as part of their efforts either for or against a city action"...
Please remind Valderrama of the Constitution of the United States that protects free speech in the First Amendment and elevates core political speech above all other forms of individual expression.