Bellevue City Councilmember Lynne Robinson Media Mentions

Podcast
Podcast: JCooperTravels and Mayor Lynne Robinson

Jacqui Cooper (JCooperTravels) chats with Dr. Lynne Robinson, Mayor of Bellevue, Washington. Bellevue is known for its wonderful trails to hike, its comfortable lifestyle, its business innovation & its cultural activities. Dr. Robinson speaks about how Bellevue is known for its accessible playgrounds & parks to welcome all visitors. … Read More

KOMO News
Amazon bringing 10,000 more jobs, new buildings to Bellevue

Bellevue Mayor Lynne Robinson welcomed the news of thousands of additional Amazon jobs and $1 million grant.

"I want to thank the company for their generous support of critical services during this time of economic recovery," she said. "The city looks forward to expanding our partnership with Amazon and creating new opportunities for all Bellevue residents." … Read More

425 Business
Bellevue Poised to Emerge Stronger from Pandemic, Leaders Say

Robinson and Nieuwenhuis highlighted some of the City’s responses to the pandemic, including from the BDA and Bellevue Chamber, such as posting critical information on websites, distributing personal protection equipment, navigating loan programs, deferring local small-business taxes, suspending water shutoffs, permitting expanded outdoor dining, and distributing postcards and flyers with key information in multiple languages. … Read More

Bellevue Reporter
City leaders talk economic outlook, police reform and more with Bellevue Downtown Association

Robinson said Bellevue may be in a better position than most cities to recover following the pandemic, but it’s still a difficult time for the community. She praised businesses and associations, nonprofits, Overlake Hospital for treating COVID-19 patients, residents and even police for what she said was an example of deescalation at the May 31 Bellevue protests. ... “I know this is a very challenging time, but from what I hear regionally, federally and locally, our city is better positioned than any other city to get through this, and we’ll get through it together,” Robinson said. … Read More

Downtown Bellevue
Bellevue City Council Pledges to Review Police Safety Practices

The City Council is looking at the police department’s public safety practices and evaluating how they can better serve the community, according to the City of Bellevue. The new pledge was signed by Mayor Lynne Robinson. It includes four different actions; review police use of force policies, engage the community by including a diverse range of input, report the findings of the review to the community and get feedback, reform police use of force policies.

“The disturbing events of the last two weeks have made it clear that systemic racism and injustice continue to permeate throughout our country, and that Bellevue needs to be a part of the solution,” said Mayor Robinson. “I urge the community to stand with us as we examine our actions and embark on this meaningful public safety review. We want all parts of the community to be a part of the conversation as we move forward.” … Read More

King 5
Drinks with Daniels: Bellevue Mayor Lynne Robinson

Lynne Robinson joined the Bellevue City Council in 2014 and this year was elected mayor by her peers.  The proud parks supporter talked about the city’s commitment to green space and recruiting businesses like Amazon while sharing tea at Third Culture Coffee in Bellevue.
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Bellevue College
Bellevue College Breaks Ground on Student Success Center

“We have so many tech jobs coming to our region over the next four years. Programs like the ones Bellevue College offer will be essential to developing our workforce,” said Robinson. “I also appreciate that the Student Success Center is a community gathering space where small conferences and community groups can convene.” … Read More

The Seattle Times
The Times recommends: Lynne Robinson for Bellevue City Council, Position 6

Lynne Robinson should be re-elected to the Bellevue City Council for many reasons, but one that stands out after spending time with her and her opponent in the race for Position 6 is the other’s candidate’s prickly demeanor.

Microsoft assistant general counsel and neighborhood activist Steve Fricke is passionate about prioritizing neighborhood interests and feels the incumbent doesn’t do that enough. But his communication style could get in the way of the council’s collegial, consensus-building approach.

After a successful four-year term on the council, Robinson says she is under pressure from Fricke, who wants to stop any city action that neighborhood groups oppose, most recently the proposal to build a permanent men’s homeless shelter next to the Eastgate Park and Ride.

The Bellevue City Council has been criticized for the process it followed toward this much-needed shelter, but the city and the region clearly need to move forward on the project.

During her tenure, Robinson, a physical therapist and small-business owner, has focused on affordable housing, human services and the environment. She encouraged Bellevue to join the King County Cities Climate Collaboration. She helped establish a city-owned business incubator. She proposed a property tax exemption, which was passed by the council, for apartment complexes that include affordable housing and has more ideas for expanding affordable housing. And Robinson has been involved in developing a new bike and pedestrian trail system, and is seeking both low-tech and high-tech solutions for traffic congestion.

With Robinson’s previous five years on the Bellevue Parks and Community Services Board and the Bellevue Network on Aging, she was deeply involved in the city before taking a seat on the council. She has a long volunteer résumé, including work at her church, in public schools, with Girl Scouts, Little League and youth theater.

She is clearly the right choice for Bellevue and should be reelected. … Read More

425 Business
The Circle Is Complete At Bellevue’s Downtown Park

Bellevue bills itself as a “city in a park.” It was difficult to argue with that on Wednesday when City leaders officially celebrated the completion of the latest phase of Downtown Park. A postcard setting that typifies the “city in a park” moniker, Downtown Park is a 22-acre felt green sanctuary that sits in the southwest shadows of downtown’s towering glass and steel skyscrapers. The park dates to the early 1980s, when the City of Bellevue acquired the land from the Bellevue School District. A master plan for the park was developed, and voters approved a levy in 2008 to help pay for the $20 million project. While the City completed phased improvements as funding became available, visitors have enjoyed elements of the unfinished open space for many years (it is a popular location for watching 4th of July fireworks). Still, Downtown Park as envisioned was never fully completed: a circular, tree-lined pedestrian promenade and a water canal that border the park were only three-fourths complete, and a popular playground was too small and became outdated. That changed last summer when the City moved forward on construction of Downtown Park’s latest phase. On Wednesday, local residents and visitors were invited to experience Downtown Park’s latest incarnation and its new amenities. For starters, the canal and tree-lined promenade that ring the park are now finished, the circle complete. The park now also includes a grand entrance and water feature at the south end, ample plaza space, comfortable terraced seating, navigable stairways, and landscaped accessible paths. Children of all ages and abilities now can play at Inspiration Playground, a partnership project between the City of Bellevue and Bellevue Rotary Club that doubles the existing play area, and includes many interactive play features: tactile sculptures for touching and climbing, a music plaza that encourages visitors to create and respond to sound, and the central “Whimsy Plaza.” The project also added a new changing table to the restrooms near the playground, and expanded the playground’s adjacent parking lot after the parking lot near 102nd Avenue Northeast was closed to complete the circle. “Finishing the circle completes the 35-year vision of beloved Downtown Park,” said Mayor John Stokes, who joined city councilmembers and park advocates during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 28 to mark the completed improvements. Bellevue Downtown Park is located at 10201 NE Fourth Street. More information is available online here. NOTE: This story was updated to more accurately reflect the square footage of Inspiration Playground’s play area, as well as restroom and parking facilities. … Read More