Five Eastside elected officials were assessed civil penalties by the state's Public Disclosure Commission during enforcement hearings...

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Five Eastside elected officials were assessed civil penalties by the state’s Public Disclosure Commission during enforcement hearings Thursday in Olympia. They were part of a group of eight King County officials who the commission says failed to properly file an annual Personal Financial Affairs Statement, which discloses personal financial interests and holdings and is required by state law.

Those fined were:

• Snoqualmie City Councilwoman Maria Henriksen, $100.

• Medina City Councilman Todd Nunn, $100.

• John Fry, a director of the Mercer Island School District, $150.

• Woodinville City Councilman Charles Price, $150.

• Ruthann Kurose, a trustee for Bellevue Community College, $200.

According to the commission, the officials received a reminder letter in May and on June 4 were sent a second letter with an opportunity to pay a civil penalty and forgo enforcement hearings.


Senior center’s theater to be named for leader

Redmond residents are invited to attend a dedication of the Fred W. Meitzer Theater, which is being named in honor of a former city councilman who was a supporter of local performing arts and senior programs.

The dedication, to officially name the senior center’s theater after Meitzer, is at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Redmond Senior Center, 8703 160th Ave. N.E.

Meitzer served on the City Council from 1984 through 1987 and was instrumental in the council’s decision to allocate an additional $180,000 to the development of the city’s senior center performing-arts auditorium, which opened in June 1990.

He designed the stage, theater and dressing-room areas of the auditorium’s multipurpose room. He also directed the first play performed in the auditorium, “The Silver Whistle.” Meitzer died in April 2003.


Habitat for Humanity receives $75,000 grant

Habitat for Humanity of East King County recently received $75,000 from the Amgen Foundation toward the construction of seven new homes in Redmond.

Amgen is a California-based bio-tech with offices in the Puget Sound region.

Habitat for Humanity recently selected seven families who will be purchasing the new town homes in the Habitat community on Avondale Road and Northeast 95th Street.

Habitat for Humanity uses volunteer labor to build houses that are sold to low-income families who provide “sweat equity” work to cover part of the cost. Habitat has built 60 homes on the Eastside since 1988. For more information, visit Habitat’s Web site at


Arts Commission seeks new member

Redmond residents who have an interest in the arts and strong visual-arts backgrounds are invited to apply for an opening on the city’s Arts Commission.

Direct experience as a visual artist or work in the field of visual arts is preferred. The application deadline is July 15.

The nine-member commission works to achieve excellence in Redmond arts programming; nurture and support artists, arts organizations and arts education; and promote participation and attendance for arts events. The commission also makes recommendations to the mayor and City Council on arts-related acquisitions, programs, projects and community events. Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month, and commissioners are appointed to three-year terms.

Interested residents can pick up a community-service application in the mayor’s office, on the third floor of Redmond City Hall, or download a copy at Applicants should mail the completed form, along with a summary of background and volunteer experience, to the Office of the Mayor, City of Redmond, P.O. Box 97010, Redmond, WA 98073-9710. For more information, call 425-556-2101.