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4th of July fireworks return to Bellevue

Fireworks once again will light up the sky over downtown Bellevue for Independence Day, at 10:05 p.m. on Sunday, July 4. This year’s show, the first public event in the city since March 2020, will look different than past Independence Day celebrations. The Bellevue 4th of July Fireworks (not the Family 4th) will not include entertainment, live music or other activities before or after the show.
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Council Roundup: New “Neighborhood Data Dashboard”

Plus, Bellevue All-America City highlight, exploring potential local eviction moratorium and Library Board appointment. On Monday, the City Council received a report on the 2021 State of Our Neighborhoods, including the introduction of a new tool for residents to see and track neighborhood-specific data and explore neighborhood trends over the past decade.
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Opening on Transportation Commission

The City Council is seeking candidates for a vacancy on Bellevue’s Transportation Commission. Interested residents can apply online. Applications are due by Friday, June 25. The Transportation Commission advises the council on transportation-related issues. Members are responsible for studies, analyses and reports as required by the Traffic Standards Code or as requested by the council. Commissioners review and make recommendations to the council on topics such as the Transportation Facilities Plan, changes to the Traffic Standard Code, long- and short-range funding, and Capital Investment Program and Transportation Improvement Program project prioritization. The commission meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. An additional monthly meeting may be needed if workload warrants, in which case it will be held on the fourth Thursday of the month.
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Bellevue wins All-America City award

Bellevue last received this national award recognizing community engagement in 1955. Bellevue was among 20 cities nationwide picked as finalists for the All-America City Award, and this week was announced with nine other city finalists as a winner of the distinction of All-America City 2021. The National Civic League bestows the award annually to cities that leverage engagement to build equitable, thriving communities. Bellevue received the award once before, in 1955.
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Downtown Park’s Northeast Gateway unveiled

Downtown Park features a new Northeast Gateway, a pedestrian entrance with a plaza, water feature and seating areas that strengthens the connection between the park and Bellevue’s commercial district. After a year of construction, the fencing around the site will be removed today (Friday). A formal celebration of the gateway...
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Lake to Lake offers 'State of City' snapshot

On the latest edition of Lake to Lake, take a look back at some of the challenges and triumphs of the past year. Also, Mayor Lynne Robinson and Deputy Mayor Jared Nieuwenhuis talk about recovery in excerpts from the televised May 24 “State of the City” discussion with Patrick Bannon, president of the Bellevue Downtown Association.
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Lake to Lake offers 'State of City' snapshot

On the latest edition of Lake to Lake, take a look back at some of the challenges and triumphs of the past year. Also, Mayor Lynne Robinson and Deputy Mayor Jared Nieuwenhuis talk about recovery in excerpts from the televised May 24 “State of the City” discussion with Patrick Bannon, president of the Bellevue Downtown Association.
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Bellevue’s civic engagement course coming soon

Bellevue Essentials info sessions June 2 and 3 for program starting in September. If you have a passion for learning more about your local city and how its government operates and want to connect with others interested in civic engagement, you should apply to join the 2021 Bellevue Essentials class. Virtual information meetings will be Wednesday, June 2, 6-7 p.m., and Thursday, June 3, noon-1 p.m. via Zoom. Applications for the ninth year of Bellevue Essentials are due July 23.
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State of the City address today

Join Bellevue Mayor Lynne Robinson, Deputy Mayor Jared Nieuwenhuis and Bellevue Downtown Association President Patrick Bannon for an annual look at the State of the City. This live discussion about the most top-of-mind issues facing Bellevue today will air at 11 a.m. from the BDA and Cable Channel 21. You can expect city leaders to talk about economic vitality, equity and inclusion, affordable housing, transportation and more.
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Bellevue launches second virtual community game

Spring into summer with Great Bellevue Scavenger Hunt May 28-June 20. Back by popular demand, the Great Bellevue Scavenger Hunt returns to give Bellevue enthusiasts a chance to spring into summer with fun throughout the city. Join the "Spring into Summer" edition to compete with your friends, family and neighbors in fun challenges from Memorial Day weekend until the first day of summer on June 20.
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Openings on Youth Link Board

Bellevue Youth Link is seeking seven high-school aged candidates and two adult Bellevue residents for vacancies on its board. Applications are due by 5 p.m., Monday, June 14. Board members serve two-year terms, attending two meetings in various community locations each month. The City of Bellevue values diversity and encourages...
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Bellevue launches new season of expanded outdoor dining

“Al Fresco” outdoor dining program made possible by community partners runs through the summer. The more frequent sunny days in the forecast mean summer is on the way, and so is increased opportunity for dining outdoors. Outdoor dining has been a key component to many restaurants continuing their operations under COVID-19 capacity restrictions. During 2020, the city worked to streamline permitting and identify creative spaces where businesses could safely expand their operating footprint and welcome more customers while staying within health and safety rules. This year, in partnership with the Bellevue Downtown Association and Microsoft, the program will again offer more outdoor dining options in downtown Bellevue and beyond.
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Council Roundup: Grand Connection planning advances

Plus, update on Smart City plan and new funds from business community for human services and more. On Monday, the City Council was presented with Planning Commission recommendations for Land Use Code Amendments (LUCAs) related to the Grand Connection project. The amendments would establish guidelines and standards to implement “Sequence One” of the Grand Connection. The proposed LUCA reflects the Grand Connection vision and supports continued planning for implementation of phase one of the project while simplifying and clarifying city regulations.
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Bellevue extends application period for new equity team

Stakeholders still have time to join effort of Communities of Color initiative. The application due date to be a coordinating team member for the Bellevue Centers Communities of Color Initiative has been extended to Sunday, May 23. In January, the City Council approved the Bellevue Centers Communities of Color Initiative,...
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New funding opportunity for human services organizations

Nonprofit and community organizations offering behavioral health services, supportive services and rental assistance to Bellevue residents can apply for funding from the City of Bellevue. The city anticipates $1.66 million will be available for proposals that support housing stability for individuals and households. Organizations must identify the specific service or...
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Council Roundup: Council Priorities Updated

Plus, Crossroads development moving forward and briefing on Hate Has No Home Here outreach. On Monday, the City Council unanimously approved a major update to the Council Vision and adopted 2021-2023 Priorities. The work was the result of two council retreat sessions earlier this year and considered the ongoing impacts of a global pandemic and the significant growth occurring in the region.
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Protests expected downtown Tuesday night

Bellevue public safety officials have learned of protests being planned for the evening of Tuesday, May 11, in downtown Bellevue. At least one event, a 7 p.m. protest against a law enforcement appreciation dinner in Bellevue, was expected to start at Downtown Park. Two other groups may stage protests outside the Hyatt Regency.