Kirkland Googlers form giant "12" on Blue Friday [photo]

The 12's were showing their team spirit on Blue Friday at Google’s Kirkland campus. Today at 2 p.m., Google employees were out in full force forming a big green and blue “12” in a Blue Friday tribute to the Hawks. (Photo credit: Matt Welsh/Jeremy Elson.)

Rep. Larry Springer introduces bill to eliminate payday lending

The following is a press release from Rep. Larry Springer:

Rep. Springer introduces bill to eliminate payday lending

Rep. Larry Springer, D-Kirkland, knows that current payday lending has been a big problem for consumers. “Our current payday lending system is broken,” said Rep. Springer. “Too often it leaves consumers in a never-ending cycle of debt. It’s time for a new approach. At the same time, when crises hit families, like car repairs, large medical bills or unexpected emergencies, they must have a way to access small, short-term credit.”

Today, Rep. Springer, along with 33 other Democrats and Republicans, introduced HB 1922 that will eliminate the payday lending system in our state and replace it with a new system called installment loans. The bill is similar to Colorado’s successful installment lending law passed in 2010. There, the law saved consumers 42% in interest and fees since its implementation.

There are a number of consumer protection provisions in the bill. The biggest difference that Washington’s new legislation will make in the lives of consumers is allowing more time to pay off loans. Instead of demanding repayment every two weeks, (which often forces the borrower to borrow again to repay) the new installment loan system allows repayment in six months. Furthermore, the new system offers incentives to consumers for paying back loans in less than six months by offering rebates on the loan origination fee. The faster the consumer pays back the loan, the bigger the rebate.

“This bipartisan bill is a good balance. It will give Washington families much needed flexibility, breathing room and greater affordability in loan repayments. And yet, this bill still provides access to credit for the people who need it most,” Springer said.

HB 1922 will likely be referred to the Business and Financial Services Committee where it will await a public hearing.

Seahawks Rally Saturday Schedule

Seahawks fans are excited to attend a large rally in Kirkland’s Marina Park on Saturday, January 31st at 2pm organized by the Kirkland Downtown Association. Attendees are encouraged to wear blue and green attire. There will be a best dressed costume contest for adults and kids, as well as a doggy costume contest, with winners being selected by creating the most creative Seahawks fan costumes. 

Here is the current schedule of events:

  • 1:30: Pre-rally music with DJ Nick
  • 1:50 Pre-Rally check presentation – Keller Williams Title Sponsor for KDA 2015
  • 2:00: National Anthem & Flag Raise
  • 2:05 Giant blow up football Kick off
  • 2:05 Michelle Millman will welcome the crowd
  • 2:15 DRUM LINE & Rally time
  • 2:30 Jane Hague will speak
  • 2:40 Introduce City Council
  • 2:50 Costume Contests & Prizes
  • 3:00 Music with DJ Nick
  • 3:10 WE WILL ROCK YOU from the kid's band
  • 3:30 Music with DJ Nick until crowd disperses

Prizes are sponsored by BooBoo Barkery, Simplicity ABC, Denny's Pet World, Hector's, Milagro, Prevail Wealth Management, Pampered Chef, PartyLite, and Jemco.
Michelle Millman from KIRO 7 will be the official emcee for the rally.

In order to make this rally possible, the Kirkland Downtown Association needs a little bit of help. In order to cover the expenses for the rally, including the decorations for Marina Park, the community is being asked to contribute funds on a fundraising website (

Happy Blue Friday 12's! Savor the moment, this is a special time for our community

As we eagerly await the Superbowl, it is nice to stop and smell the roses, so to speak. Take a look around and see the excitement, joy and community that we have celebrating the success of the Seattle Seahawks. This is a rare and special time and one which deserves recognition. 

Our family is so appreciative and in awe at the groundswell of good will in the air. People across our region putting aside our differences and finding the commonality we have as 12s. Cheering, high fiving and enjoying a special time in our community.

Take a moment to savor this moment and recognize what we have. This is special.

Oh, and GO HAWKS!

Views of Kirkland: Seahawks Fans Poke Fun at Patriots' Deflategate

Thank you to Terri Fletcher for sending us these humorous photos of a deflated football around the neck of The Cow And The Coyote sculpture in downtown Kirkland. "11.5 PSI" is scribbled on the ball.

Well done, Terri!

Extra DUI Task Force Patrols This Weekend

Target Zero DUI Task Force

Kirkland PD is conducting extra DUI Patrols Superbowl Weekend


The Kirkland Police Department and the Washington State Patrol will be teaming up with other Eastside police agencies and participating in these DUI Task Forces. The extra patrols will take place this weekend, January 30th to February 1st.  The State Patrol will be providing their Mobile Impaired Driving Unit (MIDU) on Saturday night to assist Troopers and Officers with the processing of drivers arrested for DUI.  The King County Target Zero Task Force and the Washington Traffic Safety Commission support participating police agencies in these efforts. 

All of these extra patrols are part of Target Zero—striving to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030. For more information, visit Additional state wide information on Target Zero can be found on the Washington Traffic Safety Commission agency website,


Lake Washington School District boundary changes approved

Changes to rebalance growing enrollment

Lake Washington School District is facing an immediate need to house its growing enrollment. That enrollment has increased close to 2,000 students over the last three years to 26,708. A process to change neighborhood school boundaries began in September. It concluded last night as the district’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to accept a set of recommendations for boundary changes.

The changes enable the district to most efficiently use current school buildings to house the growing enrollment.

“We have this issue because we have more and more students coming to our schools,” noted Jackie Pendergrass, president of the district’s Board of Directors. “They deserve to have a place to be educated.”

The LWSD boundary committee completed a comprehensive study and analysis process that included multiple opportunities for parent input. They presented their recommendation to Superintendent Traci Pierce. Dr. Pierce presented her final recommendation to the district’s Board of Directors at the Monday, January 26, Board Meeting. The board unanimously voted to accept the recommendation as presented.  

“We appreciate the attention and engagement of our parents throughout the process,” noted Dr. Pierce. “Changing attendance boundaries is a difficult process from everyone’s perspective. However, we have a responsibility to ensure that we have classrooms for students. We are committed to helping to transition families and students who will be attending new schools in the 2015-16 school year.”  

The final boundary changes are posted on the district boundary web page. A total of 801 current students are expected to change schools, all currently in elementary schools.

Boundary changes approved by the board will go into effect next fall.

The district is also reviewing its facilities needs in the long term. A Long-Term Facilities Planning Task Force has already begun work to develop strategies and recommendations to house students in 2018-19 and beyond.

LETTER: What the Council wants on the advisory boards


For those you who apply for a position on an advisory board, don't be deceived with how important your ideas are.  The Council only selects people who think like the Council.  If you have different ideas other than the Council, you will not be selected.
If you are selected, you will become just another bobble head doll for the Council making the positions unnecessary.  Much of the time and money that goes into funding the advisory boards could be saved.  We don't need a board or commission only to ditto when the Council already has decided what the Council is looking for. 
Robert L. Style

Following the footsteps of St. Francis, Sunday, Jan. 25th

Please join us on Sunday, January 25th, at 9:15 a.m. where Carolyn McConnell will share her study of the life of St. Francis of Assisi in a presentation entitled "Following in the Footsteps of St. Francis." Carolyn and her husband Bob live part of the year in Umbria, Italy where St. Francis was born. Come and hear Carolyn share her remarkable visual and narrative presentation 

Sunday, January 25th at 9:15 AM
St. John's Episcopal Church

105 State St.,
Kirkland, WA 98033

Politically Correct: Use of the term "illegals" by paper sparks protests [poll]

Politically Correct: Use of the term "illegals" by paper sparks protests [poll]

Should I use the term, "African-American" or "Black?" Should I use the term "Latino" or "Hispanic?" As best I can discern, it depends upon the sensitivities of the listener. I honestly do not wish to offend anyone but I find myself at a loss.

Of course, there are more absurd uses of Political Correctness. And we see them all around us. We work so hard at trying to avoid offending each other. The masters of the art of Political Correctness are government agencies. Their PC wordsmiths are to be admired for their ingenuity. I do not always agree with their attempts to change the language, but I understand it. Politicians and lawyers represent two sides of a coin. One avoids offending at all costs and the other extracts all costs when someone is offended.

Read More

City hosts “12th Man” “Trail Great” Party to officially open the Cross Kirkland Corridor Interim Trail Party, Jan. 31

City hosts “12th Man” “Trail Great” Party to officially open the Cross Kirkland Corridor Interim Trail Party, Jan. 31

Open the trail at 12 noon, then join the Seahawks rally at Marina Park at 2 PM

Fans of the Cross Kirkland Corridor (CKC), and of course, the Seattle Seahawks, are invited to put their best “12th Man” costume on, dress up the kids, decorate a bike or stroller, gussy up the dog and join the Kirkland City Council on the Cross Kirkland Corridor to celebrate the opening of the newly completed Interim Trail.  The “Trail Great” party will start at 12 PM on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Northeast 68th Street Bridge. Come hear 12 people announce 12 different ways to enjoy the Corridor, watch the Council wave a 12th Man flag on the 12 foot wide bridge at Northeast 68th Street, and celebrate with friends from all of Kirkland’s neighborhoods. Limited parking is available at Lakeview Elementary School, 10400 Northeast 68th Street.  Walking, biking or strolling are highly recommended and remember, if you go out and back the full distance of the CKC – you will have gone nearly 12 miles.


Read More

City Council affirms "dual station" fire coverage plan

City Council affirms "dual station" fire coverage plan

City Council receives response time data; affirms “dual station” model to provide better response times to more residents


At its January 20, 2015 meeting, following a presentation from Fire Chief Kevin Nalder on the impacts of a new north end fire station on response times and firefighter staffing levels, the Kirkland City Council affirmed its support of a “dual station” model.  The “dual station” model emerged from the Standards of Coverage & Deployment Plan, which recommends that Fire Station #25 remain at its current location and that a new fire station be built in Juanita to better serve the Finn Hill and Juanita Neighborhoods.  In his presentation, Chief Nalder reviewed current call volumes and response times from Fire Station #27 and potential changes to the call volumes and response times with a new fire station located in the Juanita Neighborhood.

Read More