Should "Membership Stores" Be Permitted in Redmond’s Manufacturing Park Zone?

In coordination with Taylor Development, which among other things owns an undeveloped 60 acre parcel of land that is zoned Manufacturing Park (MP) along Union Hill road in Southeast Redmond (see Redmond zoning map here and Live.com Map here), City Staff has presented the Redmond Planning Commission, of which I am a presiding member, with a…

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Passing the Community Torch: In Search of a New Chief Executive in Redmond

In the wake of a recent announcement by Redmond Mayor Rosemarie Ives that she will not seek another term of office, I was invited to and personally interviewed her two most viable successors: Councilman Jim Robinson and former councilwoman, Holly Plackett. I support both of these fine and experienced candidates in their mayoral campaigns, respect…

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Dinner Party Retrospective — Blaukraut and Saffron Cream

My holiday dinner party went pretty well, by all accounts. Dinner was a little late in coming due to the amazing length of time required to bake a 5lb slab of sea bass at 350F. None of my guests seemed to mind, however. There were plenty of pupus and drinks. Conversation was pleasant. New connections…

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Korby’s 2006 Holiday Dinner Party

For the first time in a couple of years, I’ve decided to host a holiday dinner party for a few of my best friends, at my home in Redmond. For the sake of posterity and to give you some ideas for holiday meals you might want to prepare for your friends and family or request of that special cook…

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Techie Toys My Toddler Digs II

My wonderful account representative at Branders.com, Hope recently and unexpectedly sent me a box of fun swag ideas. What a gal! She guaranteed that my toddler, Kiera would like the “jellyfish yoyos”. Nope. Hope is thoughtful and definitely upbeat but it’s fairly obvious she doesn’t have any kids of her own because otherwise she would know…

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Techie "Toys" My Toddler Digs

As a first time parent of the most incredible creature to ever walk this Earth–my fourteen month old daughter, Kiera–I am perpetually amazed by the simplicity and inexpensiveness of the objects and experiences that capture and hold her interest. Like most new dads, I am prone to compulsive toy shopping. I don’t always buy but…

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Poi Shortage

Last week, my mother informed me that there is an acute shortage of poi in the Hawaiian Islands and elsewhere. Whereas I have many things to blog about, this could very well be the most important, curious, and pressing. Are we on the brink of a poi famine? The Uwajimaya ConnectionAnxious to confirm or dispel the truth of my mother’s…

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Kimberly Allen to Run for Redmond City Council

This just in:  my fellow Planning Commissioner, Kim Allen has decided to run for Redmond City Council! I have been honored to know and work with Commissioner Allen for close to two years and I recommend her without hesitation. She is the first candidate to announce for the seat that will be vacated by outgoing councilmember,…

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Doing Business in Amsterdam

Last week, I represented my group withiin Microsoft (Microsoft.com Community & Collaborative Development) along with my colleague, Betsy Aoki at the annual Microsoft TechEd Conference for software developers and IT Pros in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Here are a few random and incomplete reflections of a non-technical nature on my experience “doing business” in Amsterdam. If you’ve…

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Happy, Hansa, and Sleepy in Seattle

One of the most generous Microsoft benefits is paternity/maternity leave: 4 fully-paid weeks for fathers and 8 weeks for mothers. After the recent birth of our first child, we spent the first 2 weeks of my paternity leave in Hawaii. When we returned to Seattle, I got to spend 2 wonderful weeks home alone with my daughter, Kiera. I enjoy spending time with her as much…

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