Kirkland Traffic Alert: WAAAlk For Our Champs, Sat. April 4

Commuters should expect traffic delays due to the “WAAAlk For Our Champs” event to be held at Marina Park on Saturday, April 4, 2015. A route map is posted online at www.kirklandwa.gov/specialevents. Kirkland Avenue from Lake Street to the city dock will be closed from 7 a.m. until noon. A partial closure of the Lakeshore Plaza Lot will be in effect from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Event organizers anticipate 600 supporters will participate in the inaugural event hosted by Washington Autism Alliance and Advocacy (WAAA). Event goers are encouraged to carpool and plan for their parking in advance.  For public parking, including the Kirkland Municipal Garage, go to www.kirklandwa.gov/parking.  For bus transportation, go to http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/.

Kirkland Nourishing Networks’ Spring Break Food Boxes Project is relying on you!

Kirkland Nourishing Networks’ Spring Break Food Boxes Project is relying on you!

Our 3rd year of support for needy elementary school children during school breaks has one, last challenge to meet this year. You can help keep Kirkland’s tradition strong by signing up to bring a box of food on April 2nd.  You can join a proud Kirkland tradition of helping our neighbors in need by doing two things: 

 

    1) tell your friends and neighbors about this need; and ,

    2) sign up to bring one or more food boxes at http://nourishingnetworks.net

 

We have taken your strong support and continued to expand our help to more and more elementary schools in Kirkland this year.  The Spring Break, however, has proven the most challenging and actually the most important.  Without the focus on the spirit of the season, as in December, it seems to take more to get us involved at this time of year.  It isn’t because the need is any less.  For those families dependent on seasonal work, their resources have been depleted over the winter, and they haven’t begun to earn much at this point. It will come soon, but that won’t help for some time.  Your support is truly important at this time of year.

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Kirkland City Council sets priorities with 2015-2016 City Work Program

Kirkland City Council sets priorities with 2015-2016 City Work Program

 

Initiatives improve efficiency and effectiveness of government, enhance quality of life for residents

 

At its March 17, 2015 meeting, the Kirkland City Council approved its 2015-2016 City Work Program (PDF) through the adoption of Resolution 5117 identifying priority goals and initiatives.  Carried over from previously approved Work Programs are the implementation of the Cross Kirkland Corridor Master Plan, completion of the Comprehensive Plan Update and Transportation Master Plan, and the facilitation of the redevelopment of Kirkland Parkplace and Totem Lake Mall. 

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LETTER | Improved Metro bus service proposed for Kirkland

LETTER | Improved Metro bus service proposed for Kirkland

f you’ve taken a bus in Kirkland recently, you’ve probably seen notices alerting riders to service changes that are proposed for 2016. What’s going on?

In early 2016, Sound Transit will open two new light rail stations at Capitol Hill and at University of Washington. Metro and Sound Transit are studying how the bus network should be adjusted to take best advantage of the new stations. By eliminating overlap between buses and the new rail services, it's possible to improve bus service around Seattle and across 520 within existing Metro budgets. Two alternatives have been developed, and are now out for public comment through March 31.

The more ambitious proposal (“Alternative 1”) would greatly improve bus service for Kirkland riders, and would have some impact on every bus from Kirkland that crosses 520. Nobody is losing service, but many routes will change. The less ambitious proposal (“Alternative 2”) makes fewer changes, with just a few direct implications for Kirkland.

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Volunteers Needed: CERT Training Class Needs Actors for “Final Act”, April 25

Volunteers Needed: CERT Training Class Needs Actors for “Final Act”, April 25

Volunteers are needed for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) final simulation drill on SATURDAY , April 25, 2015 from noon to 8:00pm at the Peter Kirk Community Center in downtown Kirkland . This is the “final exam” for CERT students to demonstrate their search/rescue and first aid skills.

We need 5 volunteers to set up the facility to make it look like a disaster has occurred. This job will take about an hour and begins at noon.

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Stone Soup Initiative support for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

 Stone Soup Initiative support for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

This all began in mid-2014 when the City of Kirkland asked Inglewood Church if it would be willing to house its new trailer-mounted generator. This including a commitment to work with the City to plan how its building could be used in disaster response. Planning meetings began in early 2015, and now includes the following organizations

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Kirkland Fastsigns Named One of Top Centers in the Country

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Local signs and visual graphics provider Fastsigns of Kirkland was named one of the top centers out of more than 570 locations worldwide at the 2015 Fastsigns International Convention, which was recently held in Dallas, Texas. 

The locally owned and operated business received the Pinnacle Club Award, which is given to the centers ranked 26 to 125 in the U.S. and Canada for sales volume from the previous year.  

“This award commemorates all of the hard work and excellent service our team at Fastsigns of Kirkland provides every day,” said owner Greg Shugarts. “We want to thank our customers for their continued support and we look forward to helping them accomplish their business goals for 2015 and beyond.” 

Located at 12004 NE 85th St., Fastsigns of Kirkland has been doing business in the area for over 24 years. The center provides comprehensive visual communications solutions, including wall, window and floor graphics, architectural signs, trade show displays, wayfinding solutions, vehicle wraps, digital signage and more. 

“With the evolution of technology and my team’s knowledge and experience, Fastsigns of Kirkland offers creative solutions for any industry or business challenge,” Shugarts said. “We’re so much more than just sign makers. We’re visual communications consultants, innovators, designers and marketing specialists dedicated to help local businesses thrive.”  

I-405 Tolls: Up to 75 percent pays for the tolling system itself, say critics

I-405 Tolls: Up to 75 percent pays for the tolling system itself, say critics

New capacity and road maintenance is not the goal of the tolls. The real target is those luddites who refuse to comply and will not give up their cars

I-405 tolls are coming, in no small part because of the support of Kirkland representatives in Olympia. Many see tolling as a the new normal in how to fund transportation projects (or at least how to fund highways) but it has come to light that up to 75% of the I-405 tolls will pay for the tolling system itself, rather than improving highways, or lessening congestion.  Most of the money collected in new tolls will not pay for new roads or road maintenance.

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City to put ARC on ballot; Drops Juanita Beach Park as potential ARC location

City to put ARC on ballot; Drops Juanita Beach Park as potential ARC location

the City Council was presented with research of privately-owned properties and results from three public opinion surveys: online, telephone and mobile device text.  Each survey reflected support for the proposed ARC Center with varying support regarding location and cost.  Survey results are contained in the staff memo to the City Council (PDF). The City Council expressed interest in exploring a ballot measure that would propose the creation of a Metropolitan Park District (MPD) to finance the ARC Center and to have it on the ballot as early as November 2015.

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Road Construction Projects Update from City of Kirkland

Road Construction Projects Update from City of Kirkland

PARK LANE

Kirkland’s Park Lane improvements staff and contractor devised a new schedule that will allow Marshbank to substantially complete the project by May 8. The new schedule makes up for most of the time lost during the project’s first two months of construction, when Puget Sound Energy was relocating its gas and power lines and when work crews were dealing with the consequences of a water main pipe that was more fragile than expected.

Crews are finished this week preparing the street for the stormwater system of rain gardens, pipes, tree wells and underdrainage. They will begin this week installing the street’s irrigation system.

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Are Protected Bike Lanes in our Future? [U]

Are Protected Bike Lanes in our Future? [U]

In Seattle, the bike is king. On some streets, dedicated bike lanes are being installed to provide a safer alternative to bikes sharing the road with cars. The idea is a good one as many bicyclists and car drivers are nervous when cars and bikes are sharing the road. Car/bike accidents are on the rise, possibly due to more switchers choosing to ride rather than drive.

The safety benefits of dedicated bike lanes should be significant. Unfortunately, the cost will be high both in terms of dollars and in the loss of parking and movement of all other non-bicycle traffic. 

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Defend Juanita Bay Group Petitions Planning Director Against Development

Defend Juanita Bay Group Petitions Planning Director Against Development

As a person who frequents Juanita Beach Park, I understand the passion of the petitioners fighting a seemingly endless battle to preserve the status quo that they cherish as the drumbeat of ever more density and development never ceases. As a private property owner, I would hope that property rights would not be subject to fairness as defined by political pressure. 

The petition is available at: change.org. The text of the petition is below:

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Friends of Youth Continues Building for The Future

Friends of Youth Continues Building for The Future

Friends of Youth is happy to announce that they had a successful 10th Annual Celebration of Youth Luncheon with nearly 500 guests including King County Councilmember, Jane Hague, Suzan Delbene’s Congressional Liaison, Julia Terlinchamp and an increase in dollars raised from last year. In 2014, Friends of Youth helped 4,768 youth and young adults with safe, stabilizing and supportive services.

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