King County Water Taxi Service from Kirkland-UW to be Studied

King County is considering expanding water taxi service to Lake Washington, including a dock at Kirkland's Marina Park. King5 News ran a story on the subject ( yesterday suggesting that King County could take three years to study the options of bringing pedestrian-only water taxis on Lake Washington from Kenmore and Kirkland to the UW and from Ballard to Downtown Seattle.

The King County Council will be getting a report on Ferry Expansion Options to provide:
•    An assessment of passenger-only ferry expansion options, consistent with the strategic plan adopted by the Ferry District, which builds on new transit options that are projected to be delivered through Sound Transit's University Link and other funded regional transit expansions being delivered in the next decade.
•    An assessment of facilities, service options, community interest and readiness and cost estimates for both capital and operations.

The Final Report on Ferry Expansion Options will help the County address the following goals and strategies from the Marine Division strategic plan adopted by the King County Ferry District:
•    GOAL: Integrate Water Taxi Service with Broader Regional Transportation System and Economy  
•    Strategy 16: Determine feasible routes for expansion of passenger-only service within King County
It is estimated that development of the Interim and Final Reports on Ferry Expansion Options has cost approximately $190,000. 



LETTER | Supplemental EIS for Potala Village and Possible New Shorelines Permit

LETTER | Supplemental EIS for Potala Village and Possible New Shorelines Permit

Numerous citizens noted that the Potala Village proposal has grown more than 25% since the Environmental Impact Study was done. 

Recently, city staff noted that whether a Supplemental EIS or an Addendum would be required was a decision that will be made by the SEPA Responsible Authority, Eric Shields.  It was indicated that this decision was not yet made.

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LETTER | Support Transit on I-405 and Keep CKC Non-motorized

Dear Editor,

Bellevue is now considering a Grand Connection bike and pedestrian only project downtown, which will connect Meydenbauer Bay and Auto-row/Eastlink.  Reason? Make downtown more livable and pedestrian-friendly. Check it out! .

Meanwhile, the Kirkland City Council is aggressively working on ways to destroy the CKC trail that we already have, instead of trying to further improve it and connect it to other parks in the city and to other trails in the region. Go figure. They are still stuck in the past…

Ask the Kirkland City Council to switch their support from transit on the CKC to BRT on I-405!

Shawn Etchevers

Expert Review Panel for “Sound Transit 3” to discuss methods for estimating costs and projecting ridership, among other topics


An independent Expert Review Panel for Sound Transit’s Phase 3 Planning for the Regional Transit Long-Range Plan will meet on February 8 – 9 in Seattle to review key methodologies, correspondence from local cities, and financial planning. The 10-member panel was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee, the chairs of the state House and Senate transportation committees (Rep. Judy Clibborn and Sen. Curtis King), and Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson, in accordance with state legislation (RCW 81.104.110).


On Monday, February 8, the panel will convene at 9:00 a.m. at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel Alaska Ballroom, 612 Second Ave. in Seattle. The day’s agenda includes an independent review of ST3 cost estimation methods; and presentations and discussion on light rail operations alternatives, operation and maintenance costs, and the ST3 financial plan.


On Tuesday, February 9, the panel will reconvene at 9:00 a.m. at the Courtyard Marriott for briefings and discussion of cost estimating and project scheduling, ridership forecasting, letters received from local jurisdictions about the ST3 potential projects, and possible federal grants.


The role of the panel is to pose and assess critical questions, help guide the preparation of the Sound Transit 3 Plan through the panel’s review of key methodologies and assumptions, and ensure the assumptions in the plan are appropriate and reasonable. The panel’s technical review of the plan is necessary to guarantee that Sound Transit’s Board can make appropriate decisions for Sound Transit 3 investments in the region’s high-capacity transportation system.


The nine panel members were selected from across the nation. Collectively their expertise spans key technical areas, including project cost estimating, capital finance plan review, ridership forecasting, modal analysis, legal and political architecture of Sound Transit’s legislative charter, environmental impact statement preparation, local design and constructability, and transit operations and maintenance.


For the meeting agenda and more information about the panel, visit:

Kirkland Police investigate message found at Juanita High School

The Kirkland Police Department (KPD) is investigating a non-specific threat found in a girls’ restroom at Juanita High School yesterday afternoon, Tuesday February 2nd.  A student found the message and notified a staff member who then contacted school security and KPD’s School Resource Officer (SRO) who works on campus.  The SRO notified school administrators and KPD Detectives.  The message read,

Don’t come to school on 2/5 if you like your life. I’m sorry F”


It is currently unknown exactly when this message was written on the bathroom dispenser.  It is also currently not known if this message was directed at anyone in particular.  The Kirkland Police Department Investigations Unit, along with our SRO, are actively investigating this message and any possible leads.  KPD’s Patrol Division is also providing extra patrols at the High School over the next couple of days.                                                                                                                                    


If anyone has any additional information please contact ­­­­­­­­­­­­­Lieutenant Mike Murray, Kirkland Police Department at 425-587-3402 or

Kirkland residents invited to apply to City advisory boards by Feb. 18

Kirkland residents invited to apply to City advisory boards by Feb. 18

The City of Kirkland has adult and youth vacancies occurring on several of its advisory boards and commissions.  Eligibility requirements differ for each board or commission.   Interested residents are invited to apply.  Some incumbents on these boards and commissions have served one term, are eligible, and intend to apply for re-appointment. Completed applications must be received by the City Clerk prior to 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 18, 2016.

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Demonstration Against Racism on the Eastside. Noon February 3, Redmond City Hall

Demonstration Against Racism on the Eastside. Noon February 3, Redmond City Hall

Eastside Race & Leadership Coalition kicks off a multi-city project engaging residents to counter an environment of escalating racial hostility.

Redmond Mayor John Marchione will participate in a public event organized by the Eastside Race and Leadership Coalition on Wednesday February 3rd. The event will invite members of the public to publicly declare their personal action steps toward creating a community where all are welcomed by rejecting racism and bigotry in all of its forms. 

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Time for Kirkland Nourishing Network Food Box Donations for Mid-Winter Break!



Kirkland Nourishing Network is trying to bring to light some gaps in food security, right here in our community. We’ve made it pretty simple for you to be a solution to fill gaps identified by teachers and school counselors. You shop for a box of food (menu provided) and drop off the box at a central site on February 9.  That evening the box is in the home of a family that really needs it.  Each box is under $50 with a standard menu of items.


Everything you need to know is on the sign-up link below.  The key thing to realize is that you can make a real difference in the lives of Kirkland neighbors.


We've expanded this year to ALL Kirkland elementary schools with identified need. That means we need donors for over 200 boxes of food – helping over 150 families! 


Here's the website with links for signup at both north and south drop locations:


We aren't set up to take cash, but we might be able to make connections with members of the Eastside Timebank or a youth group to shop for a limited number of those that would not otherwise be able to donate. Send any requests for this assistance to


A special thanks to the Kirkland Kiwanis Club for providing funds this year to help add some protein to the boxes on drop-off day.