LETTER | Reject Kirkland ARC or at least reject Prop 1


This shouldn't be a debate about HOW to fund the Kirkland ARC, but WHETHER TO BUILD IT AT ALL, ESPECIALLY LACKING A FINANCIAL COMMITMENT FROM ANY OTHER EASTSIDE CITY! Ask yourself why no other city is interested.


We have a NATIONALLYFAMOUS aquatics facility in Federal Way, and multiple Olympic-sized facilities in Seattle and the Eastside (Bellevue Club for one), for collegiate and Olympic hopefuls.


Let's just maintain Kirkland's downtown outdoor pool, and continue funding the Juanita High pool for swimming lessons and recreation, even if that requires relatively low-cost and non-controversial City Council action. And YMCA's are very reasonably-priced facilities for kids' swimming lessons.


If the city decides it MUST have an ARC, at least reject Proposition 1, which creates a permanent taxing district under control of nothing but the City Council. No checks and balances, and nothing to prevent the Council from spending all the way up to 75 cents per $1000 valuation ($375/year on a $500K home). A bond issue would be better.


John and Beth McCaslin

City of Kirkland offers free self-serve sandbags to residents and businesses Oct. 1 through March 31



City of Kirkland residents and businesses are encouraged to prepare for wetter weather, including preventing flooding. Sandbags can be used on private property to help prevent localized flooding. The City’s Public Works Department offers free sand and bags at the Public Works Maintenance Center, 915 8th Street and Juanita Beach Park, 9703 NE Juanita Drive. The sandbag stations are located in the parking lots, will be available October 1, 2015 through March 31, 2015, and are accessible 24-hours. The City asks for the “good faith” use of supplies. Shovels are the responsibility of those preparing the sandbags. For questions about the program or to report flooding issues, contact the Public Works Maintenance Division at 425-587-3900. To learn more on how to reduce flood hazards, go to kirklandwa.gov and search “Flooding.”

ROAD CLOSURE: Oct. 10 road closure near Evergreen Healthcare for crane set up

The City of Kirkland has issued a Right-of-Way permit allowing the closure of 120th Avenue NE between NE 128th Street and NE 130th Lane on Saturday, October 10, 2015 from approximately 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. The road closure is needed as Ness and Campbell Crane Inc., will be setting up a 30-foot wide crane with outriggers on the street. The crane is needed for work to be conducted on a boiler at the hospital facility. Traffic will be detoured around the east side of the hospital along NE 130th Lane, 124th Avenue NE, and NE 128th Street. 

I-405 Tolling FAILURE -- Commuter nightmare as freeway grinds to a halt [poll]

Drivers pay the price of WSDOT tolling: slower traffic, more pollution, higher costs

The I-405 toll lanes have been open less than one week and already commuters are complaining about the worsened traffic during rush hour. The promises made by tolling advocates that the I-405 scheme would create commuter bliss now seem laughable in retrospect as complaints run rampant from drivers. Even when media tries to give this story a positive spin, there is not much positive they can say. The negative impact of I-405 tolling is most felt by the average guy/gal just trying to get to work. The benefactors of the system are the bus riders.

KING5.com ran a story this week regarding the new I-405 tolls, stating, "Early results were mixed on the first big day of tolling for the new I-405 HOV toll lanes between Bellevue and Lynnwood. Communter Cliff Alameda summed up his feelings succinctly.

"I think it's a pain in the (fanny), definitely," he said.

Through much of the Monday commutes, the toll lanes were wide open while the others were packed.

Even with a toll of just 75 cents, a lot of people were simply not willing to pay."

Reality check: This is what is going through the minds of many commuters.

Reality check: This is what is going through the minds of many commuters.

We continue to pay billions for every new transportation project that comes down the pike. The single common thread is this: they only worsen the commute for the average driver. Sure, if one day enough people rode the bus, the transportation advocates might have a point, but meanwhile, the average driver is going to suffer.

The goal of the enlightened transportation advocates in our area is crystal clear: make driving a car so painful and so expensive that you will succumb (obey) and give up your vehicle once and for all. Meanwhile, more pain is in store for all of the troglodytes still driving cars. There are benefits to being enlightened. 

Despite the billions spent on METRO and Sound Transit, it is too bad that bus and light rail service isn't a realistic alternative for most of us.

When it comes to transportation spending, planning and tolling in our area, it is clear that the needs of the few outweigh the needs of the many. Do I claim to have the solution? Certainly not. But it does seem like our current transportation system ignores the needs of most users.

I welcome your alternative perspectives.

Week-long Juanita bridge repairs 8pm-5am to cause up to 4x delays, consider alternate routes [u]


98th Avenue Northeast will close at the Forbes Creek Bridge MONDAY, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. for up to seven nights while Kirkland’s contractor mounts bearings on the bridge’s pilings that will enable it to withstand moderate earthquakes.

Cyclists and pedestrians can still cross Forbes Creek via the Juanita Bay Causeway.  

The arterial will be open Sunday.

Local talent: Pink Floyd on Saturday at KPC

Rock Orchestra (SRO) was born out of the desire to marry the unabashed performance energy of rock 'n 'roll with the broader palette of musical nuances treasured in classical music.  Founded by bassist & composer Scott Teske, SRO is a 50+ piece orchestra with strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, choir and a rotating cast of guest vocalists.  
On Saturday, SRO will pay tribute to rock pioneers Pink Floyd with orchestral arrangements of their bestselling double-album The Wall, including a complete performance of The Dark Side of the Moon and several of their orchestral and instrumental suites.  Featuring the songs 'Money,' Comfortably Numb,' 'Another Brick In The Wall,' 'Fearless' and many more.
Kirkland resident LWSD Band Coordinator Mike Lundquist, and Principal Trumpet for SRO will play Saturday at the Kirkland Performance Center show.  "I'm excited to perform for the people of this great community, of which I have been a part for the last 8 years."  Lundquist, who also serves as Band Director for Kirkland Middle School, has taught hundreds of children in the Kirkland area to play instruments.    

Show Information: 
Saturday, October 3
8:00 PM
Kirkland Performance Center

EvergreenHealth Appoints Two Community Members to Committees


EvergreenHealth is pleased to announce the recent appointment of two community members to its volunteer board committees, which work collaboratively with the EvergreenHealth Board of Commissioners to guide organizational decisions in keeping with the health system’s mission and vision. 

Todd Banks, long-time president of Kenmore Air, has joined the Construction & Planning Committee, and certified treasury professional Beth Fleury assumes a role on the Audit & Finance Committee.

“It’s a great privilege to work alongside these community leaders who each bring a wealth of experience and business insight to their respective committees, which will help serve EvergreenHealth’s mission to advance the health of our greater community,” said Al DeYoung, chair of EvergreenHealth’s Board of Commissioners. “We are proud to welcome them to our organization.”

Banks is an active member of Bothell’s Northshore community and has invested time volunteering for the Rotary Club of Woodinville and Kenmore Economic Development Committee. He has served on the Northshore School Board and attended the University of Oregon.

Fleury is the manager of cash and investments for Alaska Airlines, and has held various other banking positions at well-known Seattle companies including Eddie Bauer and Christiana Bank. She attended Gonzaga University and is a member of the National Association for Financial Professionals.                         

In addition to appointing volunteer community members to its committees, the EvergreenHealth Board of Commissioners receives input from more than 30 Community Advisors on important issues throughout the year. Community Advisors serve three-year terms and attend periodic educational sessions focusing on health care issues affecting the community. 

EvergreenHealth is currently recruiting volunteers for its Community Advisors program and applications are available online at www.evergreenhealth.com/advisors.

Bear Alert now in Market Neighborhood

This swimming bear is not a photo of the actual bear spotted in the Market Neighborhood.

This swimming bear is not a photo of the actual bear spotted in the Market Neighborhood.

It seems that the black bear spotted last week in the North Rose Hill / Totem Lake area either has friends in the Market neighborhood, or he/she is looking for a swim and wanted to get closer to the lake. The Market Neighborhood Association has sent out the following BEAR ALERT:

Rose Point

A neighbor reported a bear sighting in their driveway! They have called the authorities. In the meantime, keep your kiddos and pets safe!