The Problem with Aquatics Recreation Center (ARC): It is a regional facility to be paid for by Kirkland at the cost of other needed projects [poll]

The Problem with Aquatics Recreation Center (ARC):  It is a regional facility to be paid for by Kirkland at the cost of other needed projects [poll]

The public discussion about ARC is rather misleading. For example, If one were to ask the question, "Would you like to go to Hawaii?" in isolation, barring a fear of coconuts, the answer is likely to be "yes." Since there are no negative consequences to answering "yes," it is the logical answer to the question. 

However, if the consequences of that decision were made more clear, and the question were given some context, the answer may to be different.  For example, if one were to ask, "Would you like to vacation in Hawaii if it meant you couldn't afford necessary house or car repairs?" What would the answer be? Context is everything.

The ARC will cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $50 million. The question to be asked is not "Is ARC worth $50M?" The correct question to be asked is, "What other projects won't get funded if we spend $50M on ARC?" The answer may be rather surprising. Viewer discretion advised.

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KPD investigating likely suicide near Cross Kirkland Trail

Mid-morning today (Thursday, February 26, 2015), the Kirkland Police Department (KPD) responded to investigate a death in the 10600 block of 111th Ave NE.  A deceased adult male was found alone in his car, which was parked on a dead end street, which happens to run adjacent to the Cross Kirkland Corridor (CKC).  No crime occurred on the CKC, but residents or trail users could have certainly seen the crime scene tape and assumed something had happened on the trail.  As a matter of investigative procedure, the officers knocked on doors to see if a neighbor might have heard a gunshot, which helps to identify a possible time of death.

While the investigation remains open pending an autopsy, KPD is very confident that this was clearly a sad and tragic suicide by a single gunshot.  There is no danger to the community and again, this occurred in a parked car on a city street.

Google, Corporation for National and Community Service and Boys & Girls Clubs of America partner to launch computer science program for youth nationwide

Google, Corporation for National and Community Service and Boys & Girls Clubs of America partner to launch computer science program for youth nationwide

Boys & Girls Clubs of King County selected as host location

 

This week, as the AmeriCorps VISTA program celebrates its 50th anniversary, the Corporation for National and Community Service has announced a partnership with Google and Boys & Girls Club of America to inspire and train the next generation of computer scientists. The organizations have come together to launch a program, Code Corps, that will increase access to computer science education across the United States. Seattle is one of seven cities where the program will be rolled out.

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Marijuana Ordinance up for Kirkland City Council vote on March 3

On Tuesday, March 3, the City Council is scheduled to consider an ordinance that would incorporate into the Kirkland Zoning Code the rules and regulations for marijuana retailing, production and processing that are now adopted as interim regulations and due to expire on March 29, 2015. 

Citizens interested in expressing their opinion on this issue should send an email to the Kirkland City Council at citycouncil@kirklandwa.gov

The previous decisions regarding the interim zoning regulations taken the council (See Kirkland extends interim zoning regulations for recreational marijuana retail; Council to consider strategies for permanent regulations ) will be superseded by the decisions they make on March 3.

In summary, the ordinance would do the following:

  • Prohibit retail sale of marijuana in the MSC 1 and 2 zones along Market Street;
  • Allow the sale of marijuana  in three light industrial zones – LIT, TL 7 and TL 9A, provided that retailing would only be allowed in LIT zones where at least 50% of the zone is bounded by commercial zones;
  • Prohibit retail sale of marijuana on properties that abut designated school walk routes;
  • Adopt a map showing designated school walk routes; and
  • Adopt an odor control regulation pertaining to marijuana production and processing uses.

Public hearings on the new regulations were conducted by the Planning Commission and Houghton Community Council.  All of the public comments were supportive of the regulations and both groups are recommending that the Council approve the proposed ordinance.

A copy of the proposed ordinance will be available Friday (February 27) on the City Council web page at http://www.kirklandwa.gov/depart/council/Meetings/Agendas.htm.


Views of Kirkland: Cool Kirkland-themed Coasters

We spotted these "I [bike] Kirkland" coasters at Metropolitan Market the other day sharing a shelf with other local area-themed items such as Seahawks swag and one of the most interesting uses of image manipulation, souvenirs of "The Great Wheel" in Seattle.

For an enormous waterfront eyesore that opened on June 29, 2012, The Great Wheel has done an impressive job of crafting it image by imagining a history and lore in which the rotating knockoff of the London Eye had been a local landmark for generations.

Well done on the marketing, I guess. I hope it helps sell tickets.

Now then, who wants a gondola in Kirkland? ;-)

Open House At Lake Washington Institute Of Technology Opens Doors To Education And Employment

Lake Washington Institute of Technology is hosting an Open House on March 3rd where attendees can learn about more than 100 and certificate programs with hands-on activities, interactive demonstrations, info session and booths.

Imagine getting a new job within nine months of completing a professional-technical program. For 71-percent of community and technical college students in Washington state, this is a reality.* Attending the Open House on March 3, 2015 from 4:00pm-7:00pm at the Kirkland campus of the Lake Washington Institute of Technology is the first step in getting there.
 
 
LWIT Open House
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 from 4:00pm-7:00pm
 Lake Washington Institute of Technology Kirkland campus at 11605 132nd Avenue NE, Kirkland, Wash. 98034

 
 

*Information provided by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

LETTER| Please post the actual ordinance just passed banning single use plastic bags in Kirkland

Rob,

Are you able to post to your page the actual ordinance as passed? 

I would like to see the specifics -- as would many Kirklanders.  

For instance, will my favorite Chinese restaurant be able to put my tasty yet drippy take out in plastic?  What about the fishmonger using plastic to warp my fish? What about produce bags? Bulk food bags? How about the Hallmark store - will the lovely ladies be able to slide my birthday cards into the slim plastic bag to protect them? And the shops in Kirkland - are any of them allowed to use any bags without charging us? In Seattle at the Northgate Mall not one store has offered me a plastic bag, and paper bags are 5 cents --- even the big Macy's ones I need to carry a pair of new boots in their box :)

If you can do this I would be most appreciative.

Thanks,
Kim Convertino

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Donald C. “Chuck” Brockway, Jr. Posthumously Receives 2014 EvergreenHealth Community Service Award

Donald C. “Chuck” Brockway, Jr. Posthumously Receives 2014 EvergreenHealth Community Service Award

The EvergreenHealth Board of Commissioners recently awarded Donald C. “Chuck” Brockway, Jr., with its annual Community Service Award, which recognizes the profound impact of individuals on enhancing the health and well-being of the community, and for their dedication to serving the EvergreenHealth mission.

 

Brockway, who passed away in April 2014, is survived by his wife Vicky Nollette, who accepted the honor in his memory. The EvergreenHealth Board of Commissioners presented the recognition at its public meeting on Feb. 17. 

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The Environment Is No Laughing Matter

Free speech is not always "free". Sometimes there is a price to be paid for expressing an opinion on the wrong subject.

Some feathers have been ruffled regarding my attempts to shine some light on the Kirkland City Council's recent decisions to ignore the wishes of 69% of their constituents.

Here are a few words of advise: It is generally wise not to poke fun at elected officials. Some of them don't have much of a sense of humor.

But don't let that silence you. :-)

LETTER | A letter to the Park Board regarding Juanita Beach

LETTER | A letter to the Park Board regarding Juanita Beach

Kirkland has a long history of acquiring and preserving park land and open spaces. We can be thankful to the city leaders before who recognized opportunities, schemed and succeeded in procuring as much waterfront land as possible. We now have Kirkland’s  first city manager who is willing to give up what so many before have struggled to preserve.

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LETTER | Support Kiwanis Children's Cancer Program and Enjoy Great Music

LETTER | Support Kiwanis Children's Cancer Program and Enjoy Great Music

Over the years, Kiwanis clubs in the Pacific Northwest have raised millions of dollars to support innovative pediatric cancer research and cancer care.  On July 10, 2013, Seattle Children’s Hospital announced a significant breakthrough in the fight against children’s cancer.  A young woman from Bellingham Washington who had been living with leukemia for many years was cancer free!   This was great news for the Kiwanis Children’s Cancer Program (KCCP).

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Mayor and City Manager to present Kirkland’s State of the City Address, February 25

The Kirkland Alliance of Neighborhoods is proud to present the "State of the City" address for Kirkland residents.

Mayor Amy Walen and City Manager Kurt Triplett will share the latest updates on the City Council’s Work Program and other major initiatives:

Cross Kirkland Corridor

Totem Lake Business District Revitalization

Proposed North Kirkland Fire Station

Aquatics/Recreation/Community (ARC) Center

Kirkland 2035 – Comprehensive Plan Update

Downtown Parking Assessment Study

2015-2016 Budget

Don't miss this opportunity to hear about the many interesting and important things happening in our city. 

If you have questions, contact Kari Page, Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator at KPage@kirklandwa.gov or call 425-587-3011.

NOTE: This presentation, including any “Question and Answer” session, will be videotaped and aired on the City’s K-GOV channel (Comcast Channel 21/Frontier Channel 31) as well as posted to the Kirkland Alliance of Neighborhood webpage and the City’s On-Demand webpage.

The State of the City by Mayor Amy Walen and City Manager Kurt Triplett
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
7 to 9 p.m.
City Hall, Peter Kirk Room

LETTER | Rate setting meetings for Northshore Utility District -- Public Invited

LETTER | Rate setting meetings for Northshore Utility District -- Public Invited

The Northshore Utility District is holding public meetings regarding future utility rates with a public comment period between now and March 2nd.  Comments can be made to the board in person at their next two meetings, 5:30pm Feb 23rd and March 2nd at the headquarters building in Kenmore. 

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City Council "Punishes" 69% of Kirklanders who opposed banning plastic shopping bags

City Council  "Punishes" 69% of Kirklanders who opposed banning plastic shopping bags

What is most shocking is the heavy-handed wielding of power displayed by this council. The city refused other less oppressive alternatives such as increasing public education and outreach, promoting voluntary measures or even increasing plastic bag recycling stations. Instead, they chose a complete ban on plastic bags and to require shoppers to pay five-cents for each paper bag.

“It’s the punishment piece of it that I think drives a whole lot of change.”

— Deputy Mayor Penny Sweet

While there is debate as to which type of bag is worse for the environment (It takes less energy to create plastic bags than paper bags; however plastic is made from fossil fuels), it seems to this environmentally concerned, well-educated consumer that public education should have been the first move made by our council rather than an add-on to the most extreme option available to them.

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Friends of Youth to Host Celebration of Youth Luncheon March 13th

 

Friends of Youth will host its 10th annual Celebration of Youth luncheon on Friday, March 13th at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue.  For over 60 years, Friends of Youth has been providing support, shelter, housing, and help to more than 4,800 youth and young adults each year.  The luncheon will celebrate the successes of the agency’s clients and will raise funds to ensure that every young person has the support they need to succeed.

 

KIRO Radio’s Dave Ross will emcee the event, former Mayor of Dutch Harbor/Unalaska, Alaska and former Friends of Youth client Frank Kelty will deliver the keynote address, and two youth will share their personal stories of success. Registration begins at 11:30am.  Lunch and the program will follow from noon-1pm.

 

Register to attend at http://bit.ly/COY2015, or donate to support the event at http://bit.ly/COY2015donate