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Kirkland extends interim zoning regulations for recreational marijuana retail; Council to consider strategies for permanent regulations

Following a public hearing at its meeting on September 16, 2014, the Kirkland City Council unanimously approved extending the interim zoning regulations it adopted in June for the retail sale of recreational marijuana.  The interim regulations allow for the retail sale of marijuana in the Light Industrial Technology (LIT) zones where at least 50 percent of the boundaries of the zone are contiguous to commercial zones and prohibit the sale in Market Street Corridor Zones 1 and 2 and on property abutting a street designated as a School Walk Route.  The extension becomes effective five days after publication and expires in six months.  The City Council directed staff to return with additional information on potential regulations to address odor from marijuana businesses and it will continue to discuss strategies for adopting permanent regulations.

City responds to letter regarding traffic on NE 85th

The City of Kirkland has responded to this letter to the editor by Patty Tucker:

Construction on Northeast 85th Street will continue for a year.  During that time, the City of Kirkland will continue to monitor and adjust traffic flow by every possible means, whether it is through re- synchronizing traffic signals, minimizing lane closures and, if necessary, momentarily halting work so traffic can “flush” through.  Still, commuters should plan regularly for delays on this corridor.

Sushi Joa to open in downtown Kirkland

Sushi Joa looks like it will be opening on Kirkland Avenue very soon. This location, next door to Tiki's, will be their second location, the first opening on Mercer Island in 2009.

The following is from their website:  

2014 Housing Summit focuses on the Puget Sound area’s diminishing buildable land supply and threat to region’s housing affordability

Free event next Tuesday (Sept. 23) will include presentations by top housing experts and legislative panel discussion

A major threat to housing affordability in the Puget Sound area—the dwindling supply of buildable land—is the focus of the Master Builder Association 2014 Housing Summit next Tuesday, September 23 from 7:30 am to 11:30 am at Meydenbauer Convention Center, 11100 NE 6th St. in Bellevue

Calling All Wiener Dogs! 2nd Annual Wiener Dog Races at Kirkland Oktoberfest, Sept 28

Back by popular demand, the running of the Wiener dogs at Kirkland’s Oktoberfest!

1 PM Sunday, September 28, Marina Park

This fulfilled event welcomes all ages. 

Beginning at 1 PM, Dachshunds race a course that’s just their size to be the First Place Wiener err– Winner!  All doxies welcome to go for the “gold”- no papers needed!

Lake Washington vs. Juanita football game Friday night

The Battle of Kirkland comes early this football season as Lake Washington plays at Juanita Friday night (Sept. 19) at 7 o'clock in a KingCo Conference 3A game.

Man Severely Injured in Car vs. Pedestrian Collision [u]

On September 15th at about 3:30 PM Kirkland Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to a reported car vs. pedestrian collision on 119th Pl. NE at NE 144 Street.

 

Preliminary investigation at the scene  revealed a male in his 40’s was utilizing the crosswalk, crossing 119th Pl. NE from the West to the East when he was struck by a Toyota Prius driven by a woman in her 50’s who was the sole occupant of the vehicle. The driver reported she was making a left turn onto 119th Pl NE from NE 144th Street and did not see the man in the crosswalk. The vehicle impacted the pedestrian who was treated at the scene by Kirkland Fire Department personnel for severe head trauma and was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for what appeared to be life threatening injuries.

Google Surprises Seattle Area Teachers By Funding All Classroom Requests On Donorschoose.org

Major donation from Google fulfills 388 classroom requests for 295 teachers in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties

 

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced today that Google has fully funded the classroom requests of every teacher in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties on the education crowd funding site DonorsChoose.org. As a result of Google’s $338,000 donation, 295 teachers will receive materials for over 36,000 students – ranging from paper, pencils, and books to laptops, musical instruments, and microscopes.

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