Kirkland’s Police Chief announces retirement

Kirkland’s Police Chief announces retirement

Eric Olsen retires Sept. 30 after 27 years with Kirkland Police Department

 

 

City of Kirkland’s Police Chief Eric Olsen has announced his plans to retire from the department as of September 30, 2015.  Olsen is a 27-year veteran of the Kirkland Police Department and was sworn in as Chief in 2007. Olsen leads a full service department of 98 sworn officers and 38 civilian personnel who serve in the Patrol, Detectives and Traffic Units, Special Response Team, Crisis Negotiations Team, Major Investigations Response Team, K-9 Unit, Crime Analysis, Records Division, Parking Enforcement, Training Division, Family Violence Prevention Unit and Corrections. The Department was first accredited by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs in 1999 and is re-accredited every four years; most recently in 2011. 

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Exciting Transformations at Kirkland Performance Center

Exciting Transformations at Kirkland Performance Center

New Season Packages, New Artists, New Paint 

With new colors on the marquee, a new VIP lounge under the stage, and a renewed programming direction, KPC is in the midst of an era of revitalization which will bring Grammy Award winning artists such as Macy Gray, Dianne Reeves, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo to Kirkland.  Brand new ticket packages are on sale now for Kirkland Performance Center's 16th season, and nearly everything has been made over to bring inspiring and intimate performances to the Eastside. 

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WSDOT: motorcyclists to ride toll-free in the I-405 express toll lanes

WSDOT: motorcyclists to ride toll-free in the I-405 express toll lanes

As Interstate 405 express toll lanes get ready to open in early fall, the Washington State Department of Transportation is testing ways for motorcyclists to use a motorcycle pass without activating a pre-paid Good to Go! account.

WSDOT has heard concerns from motorcyclists who don’t want to open a pre-paid Good To Go! account simply to activate the pass needed to avoid paying a toll on the I-405 express lane tolls.

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ARC: City Seeks Volunteers to Write Pro and Con Ballot Statements

City Council seeks volunteers for potential ballot proposition committees

 

The Kirkland City Council is recruiting interested residents to formulate the statements that will appear in the voters’ pamphlet for and against a potential ballot measure to form a Metropolitan Park District (MPD).  The City Council will decide whether to place the MPD on the ballot at its July 21, 2015 Council meeting.  However, the Council wants to ensure the maximum possible time to recruit candidates.  The City Council will then appoint one committee to prepare arguments in favor of the ballot measure and one committee to prepare arguments in opposition to the measure, if approved. Interested residents should contact the Kirkland City Clerk’s Office at (425) 587-3197 or kanderson@kirklandwa.gov for more information on the committees and how to apply.  Applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Monday, July 6, 2015.  The City Council will make the committee appointments at its July 21, 2015 meeting.

The two committees, which will consist of no more than three members each, will be formed to prepare arguments which are limited to 200 words.  The “Statement For” and the “Statement Against” (in addition to rebuttals of the opposing statements) will appear in the King County Local Voters’ Pamphlet for the November 3, 2015 General Election.  Arguments are required to be submitted to King County Elections no later than 4:30 p.m. on August 13, 2012.

Arguments prepared by the “pro” and “con” committees will be made available to the opposing committees for rebuttal after 4:30 p.m. on August 13, 2015.  Statements rebutting (optional) the argument made by the opposition shall be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. on August 17, 2015.

Visitors to Kirkland’s Everest Park and Houghton Beach Park can enjoy free WiFi thanks to partnership between City and Google

Visitors to Kirkland’s Everest Park and Houghton Beach Park can enjoy free WiFi thanks to partnership between City and Google

If you find yourself at either Everest Park or Houghton Beach Park in Kirkland with your wireless laptop, tablet, or smartphone, you have the City of Kirkland and Google to thank for the free wireless Internet service.  To thank Google for its $200,000+ donation to the City, Kirkland officials are hosting an appreciation event on July 6, 4 to 5 p.m. at Everest Park, at the covered shelter adjacent to Field D. The public is invited to attend and be among the first to log on from the Park.  

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PSA: Fire Danger & Extreme Heat

PSA: Fire Danger & Extreme Heat

PUBLIC SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENT

 

From the City of Kirkland about

FIRE DANGER & EXTREME HEAT

 

With the state-wide drought emergency declared by Governor Inslee, the burn ban issued by the State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for DNR-protected lands, the current dry conditions, and the recent high temperatures, there is concern about rising fire danger and the well-being of citizens.

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Park Lane to Open to Cars July 6; Capital Improvements Update

Park Lane to Open to Cars July 6; Capital Improvements Update

Kirklanders will get their first chance on July 6 to observe how cars, pedestrians and cyclists will share Park Lane’s curbless, brick-lined surface. That’s when the renewed street re-opens to drivers. The general contractor will finish its last task—replacing Park Lane’s street lights and hanging a canopy of string lighting—shortly thereafter. In the meantime, Kirkland’s shoppers, diners, pedestrians and cyclists continue to enjoy Park Lane’s brick-lined streetscape. The west block opened to foot and bicycle traffic May 29.

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