Lake Washington Boulevard Re-opens; Lane closures will continue through September

 

Lake Washington Boulevard, south of Northeast 38th Place, re-opened to traffic at 5:15 p.m. last night, August 29, 2016. Please use caution while driving through the construction area. Although the road is open, flagging operations and lane closures will continue through September 23.

 

The total closure of Lake Washington Boulevard was necessary to accommodate the installation of a new 15-foot-wide by 7-foot-tall fish-passable box culvert in Cochran Springs Creek. Work on the project will continue and one lane in each direction will remain open. Both car and bike traffic will be possible during the lane closures and at least one sidewalk will be available.

 

For more information, contact Christian Knight, Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator, CKnight@kirklandwa.gov or call 425-587-3831.

Walking Your Dog Can Change the World; Kirkland Author Writes About Building Community With His Canine

Kirkland Author Writes About Building Community With His Canine

 

Seattle Pacific University President Emeritus David McKenna writes about his transition from leadership roles in higher education to becoming “just plain Dave” in a new community and new life. During his morning routine of walking the family dog around the streets of Kirkland, he meets more than 100 people and “discovers a new world where strangers become friends through the connection of our dogs.”

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Public Disclosure Commission Asked to Investigate Release of Private Records to ST3 Campaign Staff

On August 19, 2017 the Seattle Times reported that Sound Transit negligently disclosed personal contact information for 173,000 ORCA pass holders to “Mass Transit Now,” the campaign arm of Transportation Choices Coalition. Mass Transit Now is running the campaign for Sound Transit’s $54 Billion ballot measure this fall. This was a violation of State laws. Since this was a mishandling of private information that was not subject to public disclosure and was also used for campaign purposes, a Pierce County citizen filed a formal complaint with the State Public Disclosure Commission (PDC).  In his letter to the PDC he writes, “Sound Transit violated RCW 42.17A.555 by illegally releasing an exempt list of contact information to the campaign committee, Mass Transit Now, in violation of the Public Records Act. In addition to the PDC complaint, the Attorney Generals’ office and the King County Prosecutors office will be notified as well.”...

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City Seeks Community Input Online survey will help identify community-preferred improvements

The City of Kirkland is conducting an online survey that will help identify community-preferred land use and zoning designations to the Houghton/Everest Neighborhood Center, as well as improvements to 6th Street South.
 
The City believes resident input is important in ensuring that the plan recognizes the community’s interests and needs and requests that anyone interested in sharing suggestions and insight do so at the project webpage...

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Kirkland City Manager Kurt Triplett wins WCMA 2016 Award for Excellence

City Manager Kurt Triplett has won the 2016 Award for Excellence, the Washington City/County Management Association’s (WCMA) top award that recognizes an outstanding administrator or manager who has enhanced the effectiveness of local elected officials and consistently initiated creative and successful programs. The award was presented Thursday, August 18, at the WCMA Summer Conference in Walla Walla, WA.

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DETOUR AHEAD: Lake WA Blvd Construction through Sept. 23

The 900-foot section of Lake Washington Boulevard between Northeast 38th Place and Northeast Points Drive will have just one travel lane open in each direction starting Aug. 15 and ending Sept. 23. 

Learn more: http://www.kirklandwa.gov/depart/Public_Works/Construction_Projects/Capital_Improvements/Cochran_Springs.htm

Thanks for the memories, Dick Shinstrom 1927 - 2016

Dick and Pat Shinstrom

Dick and Pat Shinstrom

Dick Shinstrom joins his fellow Kiwanis Club members in song celebrating Independence Day.

Dick Shinstrom joins his fellow Kiwanis Club members in song celebrating Independence Day.

Our deepest sympathies go out to the Shinstrom family today. We are grateful to have known Dick and Pat over the years and all of Kirkland benefits from the service they gave to the city they loved.

Dick passed away on Saturday at the family cabin on Whidbey Island. He and Pat, who passed away in 2014, are fondly remembered in our hearts.

Dick and Pat were often seen together on their daily walks through town. We will miss their smiling faces.

Thank you for the memories.

Dick and son Mark Shinstrom enjoying a day together at the cabin.

Kirkland Kids Triathlon: Swim, Bike, Run

The Kirkland Kids Triathlon at Juanita Beach Park gives youth, ages three through twelve, a chance to participate in a triathlon on Saturday, September 10th at 11:00 a.m. atJuanita Beach Park, 9703 NE Juanita Drive. The Kids Triathlon includes a 50-yard swim/splash, a half mile bicycle ride and a 400 yard run. Pre-registration is available on line at www.kirklandparks.net, course code 48081. Day of event registration opens at 10:00 a.m. and is subject to availability. Registration fee is $32 per participant and includes a swim cap, t-shirt, and participation ribbon. The race is non-timed, non-competitive and an excellent opportunity for youth to experience the sport of triathlon.

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LETTER | Valderrama is an exceptional candidate

Ramiro Valderrama is an exceptionally strong advocate for the people and I urge you to support him in his run against Roger Goodman for the 45th Legislative District.  Valderrama's powerful advocacy for the mentally ill, environment, education and property rights are probably key reasons the non-partisan Municipal League rated him  “Outstanding!” 

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Norkirk & Highlands All Neighborhood Picnic, Saturday Noon to 4pm

NORKIRK & HIGHLANDS ALL NEIGHBORHOOD PICNIC THIS SATURDAY, AUG. 27!

                   12:00 - 4:00pm at Crestwoods Park,  1818 6th St.

 

Join your Norkirk and Highlands neighbors for some good old-fashioned family fun!

Classic picnic fare, including hot dogs (beef, turke,y and veggie), chips, watermelon, and drinks.

Arts and crafts, inflatable obstacle course, face painting, and more.

Relax and enjoy the sounds of the ever-popular Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band

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Tickets On Sale Now for Kirkland Home Tour, Sept. 17

Kirkland Now and Then

The long awaited Kirkland Home Tour, “Now and Then”, premiers Saturday, September 17 from 10-4:00. Tickets are on sale now. Enjoy a chance to see four historic homes and three LEED certified or built green properties.


The historic Marsh Mansion, two 1930’s log houses, and one of the original 1889 homes built by Peter Kirk’s Kirkland Land & Improvement Company make up the “Then” part of the tour.  The “Now” part will feature the new Farmhouses at Juanita; Areté Artist Studios - a LEED Platinum certified property (on the site of the former Crab Cracker restaurant); and a John Buchan home which is five star built green.


The Kirkland Performance Center and Kirkland Heritage Society are beneficiaries of the tour.

To learn more, visit: www.kirklandhometour.com

To purchase tickets, click here.

 

 

Police Chief Cherie Harris Responds to Criticism

The following is in response to a letter from Nathan Rich, Kirkland Police Guild President, criticizing the Kirkland Police Department:

Kirkland is considering changes to expand the pool of officers it can hire by accepting years of service as a police officer or a military veteran, as an alternative to education requirements only.

Kirkland Police officers are crime fighters, service providers, homeland security agents, peacekeepers, mental health workers, and community problems solvers.  It’s becoming more difficult to find an adequate pool of candidates who are willing to do this difficult job.  Recruiting and staffing shortfalls continue to plague law enforcement agencies across the United States. New challenges, including military call-ups, retirements, and increased competition for a much smaller applicant pool, have combined to make the problem more acute. This is a struggle for most every agency but some are moving forward with innovative approaches including pay incentives and a re-examination of some traditional application qualifications...

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Sound Transit Violates Law Sharing Emails With Mass Transit Political Campaign

Sound Transit illegally gave the email addresses of nearly 173,000 customers to a mass transit political campaign

As if foreign nationals hacking into our Federal government's computer systems was not enough bad news, locally, we find that Sound Transit just gave away the email addresses of 173,000 ORCA customers to the pro-transit campaign, Mass Transit NOW!

Kirkland Views has been a vocal critic of Sound Transit for many reasons but this time, we would hope everyone would condemn Sound Transit, the sacred cow of pork barrel spending...

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LETTER | Kirkland Police Lowering Standards

Editor:

Like many other police agencies across the country, the Kirkland Police Department is having a hard time filling the ranks.  On a national scale, we (police) are hard-pressed to find men and women who want to serve their communities.  I often sit on hiring boards and am impressed with the people who want to make law enforcement a career.  With police being targeted for assassination, there are still those with the courage to stand on the thin blue line.  We have hired some of these brave men and women in the last few months.  However, the reality is that even if they have no trouble in their training, I will not see them working solo as police officers for almost a full year...

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Tree-Pruning Along Holmes Point Drive Begins This Week

Trimming will reduce risk of falling trees and power outages

Kirkland’s Public Works Department will be closing the south entrance of Holmes Point Drive in the Finn Hill neighborhood on Friday, August 26, so that work can begin to reduce the height of leaning trees—mostly alder and fir—along 76th Place Northeast also known as Holmes Point Drive. Crews will trim leaning trees near the south entrance to the Holmes Point community off Holmes Point Drive. Residents will be able to enter the Holmes Point community via the Holmes Point Dr. north entrance...

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Reminder: Farm to Table Dinner Aug 27

The Kirkland Wednesday Market is excited to bring the Kirkland community and local farmers together during this exciting & delicious event. The inaugural Kirkland Farm to Table Dinner is guaranteed to be one of the most memorable nights of the season. Come toast the end of summer with all the Friends of the Market!

Kicking off at 6pm on August 27th, guests will dine outside at beautiful Carillon Point round-about. This five-course meal event will feature the freshest ingredients from our Kirkland Wednesday Market vendors, and the menu will be crafted by an elite pair of chefs: James Beard Award-winning Chef Jason Wilson and Woodmark Hotel Executive Chef Matthew Steffen. With event planner Kevin Bradford designing the experience, this promises to be an unforgettable evening to celebrate farm fresh food in Kirkland...

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LETTER | Administrative Acts Going Wild Without Hearings

Editor:

Administration needs accountability.

It looks like we have to wait until the next election in 2017 in order to improve staff accountability since Council provides them with its “guidance”.

It would be foolish for me to run for office.  In order to do that, I would have to become a politician, someone whom I don't trust.  I prefer to stay truthful and help identify those who are not.

Regarding annexation: The Growth Management Act (a state law) has many provisions; however Councilmembers chose to cherry pick those that Council wanted, not those which could have kept Kirkland a city we made and paid for.  Instead, when it comes to representing Kirkland, the Council chose a holier than thou approach without a hearing.

The Council voted for more density, more traffic but failed to implement provisions that could have been chosen to prevent traffic jams.  Many Kirkland citizens want to remain suburban.  They want Concurrency but they were denied by Council.  It was an opportunity lost.

The Council chose to increase urbanizing and become crowded.     

The Act specifies growth is the responsibility of the County, not cities.  Many jurisdictions didn't want to increase density but Kirkland City Council did.  Council condoned the Urban Growth Boundary Line without a vote from citizens. 

Council was also advised to provide transportation networks in support for mass transit.  They have not done so and now we have more and longer traffic jams.

Through their planners, Councilmembers maneuvered to insure the County's version was adopted.  Kirkland and other jurisdictions were urged, even threatened by the County to withhold state funds in order to have their version of Kirkland to become a highly dense, non-suburban community instead of remaining the beautiful and responsive suburban community made and paid for by the people who live here.  We want a suburban city, not a more crowed one.

Until 2017 election, I want our citizens not to forget what Council has done and will do if re-elected.

 

Robert L. Style

Help Remove Invasive Plants on the Cross Kirkland Corridor; Tuesday, Aug 23

Volunteers will be working on the section of the CKC between 6th St S and Kirkland Way Aug 23 from 9am - 11am. You are invited to join in and help!

Parking available on 5th Pl. S, 9th St, and Railroad Ave.

  • Bring small pruning saws, big loppers, and water (we'll have a few extra tools)
  • Wear long pants, long sleeves, sturdy shoes, and gloves
  • We will be clearing around holly trees to prepare for stem injection by city staff in the fall. We will also pick up litter, and remove other invasive plants we find, such as scotch broom, butterfly bush, and Canada thistle.

Tuesday, August 23 from 9am to 11am

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