People for Smarter Transit Coalition Formed to Say No To Sound Transit 3

People for Smarter Transit Coalition Formed to Say No To Sound Transit 3

Advocates for Better, Faster, and Cost-Effective Transit to more communities sooner announce NoST3.org 

 

At Sound Transit’s June 23rd Board Meeting, People for Smarter Transit announced the formation of a bipartisan coalition of political leaders, citizen groups, transit riders, environmentalists, and concerned individuals who will be working to educate the public about the issues and concerns with the Sound Transit 3 (ST3) system plan and to promote faster, better, and cost-effective transit to more communities sooner. The coalition welcomes others to join...

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Short Cut Through Downtown? Kirkland Urban (Parkplace) Driveway Connecting Central Way and Kirkland Ave.

It looks like local drivers may have found a new way to avoid traffic and cut around downtown with this new N-S road skirting the line between the mall and Peter Kirk Park. Lake Washington Blvd and Third Street are log jammed much of the day and this route will undoubtedly be used by some commuters.

 

Thanks to our anonymous friends.

Fireworks Illegal in Kirkland; ban continues to reduce fire-related accidents

Fireworks Illegal in Kirkland; ban continues to reduce fire-related accidents

The City of Kirkland’s year-round fireworks ban prohibits the sale and use of all consumer fireworks as part of an effort to eliminate fires, injuries and calls for service. The City’s fireworks ban has reduced the number of fire-related accidents and complaints in the last decade. The City is encouraging families to enjoy the public display of fireworks in downtown Kirkland at 10:15 p.m. this Fourth of July.  As in the past, during the 4th of July weekend, Kirkland Police and the Kirkland Fire Chief’s office will be conducting emphasis patrols responding to reports of fireworks in unmarked vehicles to enforce Kirkland’s ban on consumer fireworks. To report fireworks emergencies, call 9-1-1.  To report non-emergency violations of the fireworks ban, please call the NORCOM Dispatch at 425-577-5656...

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LETTER | Seaplane Decision is Rushed; Needs More Citizen Input

LETTER | Seaplane Decision is Rushed; Needs More Citizen Input

On April 8, 2016  the city of Kirkland received an application for permission to establish a float plane business and port at Carrillon point.  The city deemed the application  was complete on May 9, 2016.  The City's planning and Building dep't will make make a recommendation to the City's Hearing Examiner who will ultimately make the initial decision, as to whether it meets Kirkland's building codes. The final decision will be made by  the State Dep't of Ecology.  As for the city, they have have reviewed the proposal for"probable adverse environmental impacts and expects to issue a determination of non significance" (DNS)  Read this as a green light  from the city on environmental issues which should expedite the approval process. This not all.  If you wish to comment to the Planning and Building Dept. who will present their recommendations  to the  project planner, you must write them prior to June 20.  There will ultimately be a public hearing which will be announced...

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2017 Kirkland Lodging Tax Funding Announced; Apply by Aug. 10

The City of Kirkland seeks applications by 5 p.m. on August 10, 2016 for proposed special events and festivals to be held next year in Kirkland, WA.  The City’s Tourism Program is hosting an application workshop designed to assist applicants in understanding funding requirements to be held on Monday, July 18, 2016 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Kirkland City Hall, Peter Kirk Room, 123 5th Avenue. The City’s tourism funds will be awarded for the marketing or operations of special events and festivals designed to attract tourists to Kirkland...

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Kirkland gets high marks for livability, services and priorities

Kirkland gets high marks for livability, services and priorities

2016 survey results reveal high satisfaction and define priorities for the biennial budget process

The 2016 survey results are in and once again Kirkland received top marks as a great place to live. The 2016 telephone survey of City residents addressing livability, services and priorities revealed that 86% of residents think that life in Kirkland is very good or excellent – with the majority of those saying “excellent.” 

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EvergreenHealth Honored with National Environmental and Sustainability Leadership Award

EvergreenHealth Honored with National Environmental and Sustainability  Leadership Award

EvergreenHealth has been selected as the winner of a Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Award for the sixth consecutive year. The award, given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the health care sector, recognizes elite hospital systems for their dedication to transforming health care worldwide...

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Juanita High School Key Club Raises Over $900 for Relay for Life

The Relay For Life of Kirkland is held annually at Juanita High School and is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.  Volunteers in the community come together to create teams to fundraise for cancer research and patient services throughout King County and the world.  The Relay For Life program is the largest non-governmental funder for cancer research in the world. This year the Kirkland Relay raised over $51,000...

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Kirkland Traffic Alert: 4th of July Parade, Picnic and Fireworks

Kirkland Traffic Alert: 4th of July Parade, Picnic and Fireworks

Commuters should expect traffic delays due to the 4th of July Parade to be held on Monday, July 4, 2016. The Lakeshore Plaza Parking Lot will be closed from 6:00 a.m. until approximately 11:00 p.m. The Lake Street Parking Lot will be closed from 6:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The public boat launch will be closed from 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and again from 8:30 p.m. until approximately 11:00 p.m. The parade, picnic, and fireworks draw over 10,000 attendees. Event website information is available at celebratekirkland.org...

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EvergreenHealth Project Manager Karen Fernandez named 2016 Washington State Home Care Manager of the Year

EvergreenHealth Home Health Project Manager Karen Fernandez was recently selected as the 2016 Washington State Home Care Manager of the Year by the Home Care Association of Washington (HCAW). The HCAW represents Home Health, Home Care and Hospice providers across Washington state, and Fernandez received this peer-nominated award for her exemplary leadership, innovative work style and continued advocacy for excellent patient care...

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Kirkland announces Kathy Cummings as new Communications Program Manager

Kirkland announces Kathy Cummings as new Communications Program Manager

City Manager Kurt Triplett has announced the hiring of Kathy Cummings as the new Communications Program Manager for the City of Kirkland beginning June 1, 2016. She replaces Marie Jensen who recently took a communications position in Bellevue. Cummings will over-see city-wide communication efforts, media relations and work to enhance public outreach and create meaningful connections between the City and the community...

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KUOW Listening Tour Comes to Kirkland, July 14

This summer KUOW hosts, reporters, editors and web staff are out to meet folks in 8 locales in and around Seattle to learn how they can do better service for the community. Kirkland is one of their stops.

KUOW would like to hear from a representative group that cares deeply about where they live. They are more interested in hearing from community members and stakeholders than from city officials...

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Celebrate Kirkland! 4th announces $1000 and $500 cash prizes for the best parade entries!

Celebrate Kirkland! 4th announces $1000 and $500 cash prizes for the best parade entries!

A fun opportunity to increase participation and excitement surrounding the Lee Johnson Auto Family’s annual 4th of July Parade with the theme “It’s a Small World”. 

Celebrate Kirkland, in partnership with the Kirkland Downtown Association, is excited to announce the inclusion of a $1000 first place cash prize for the best parade entry in the annual Lee Johnson Auto Family 4th of July Parade. Included in the contest is a $500 cash prize for the second favorite entry and all entries will be competing to receive high scores from an independent panel of judges...

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Cascadia Rising: Finn Hill CERT volunteers practice emergency management

Cascadia Rising: Finn Hill CERT volunteers practice emergency management

Over the past week, Cascadia Rising emergency management drills were run to prep our area for a major incident such as an earthquake. Inglewood Presbyterian Church is designated as a response center with a city-furnished generator. Other future designated response centers being considered are Holy Family and the Universalist churches...

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LETTER | No Seaplane Noise in Kirkland

LETTER | No Seaplane Noise in Kirkland

I am strongly opposed to allowing seaplanes to operate at Carillon Point. Seaplanes are VERY LOUD. The noise will be deafening for anyone who lives near the waterfront or uses the waterfront. One seaplane pilot website says: “Seaplanes must be at or near full speed during takeoff. This means that the engine is operating at peak efficiency and produces volumes not dissimilar to a major urban airport takeoff.”...

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LETTER | Sound Transit rail means reduced local bus service

If you know what sound transit did to Seattle bus service you will want to protect Kirkland and vote NO on sound transit this November.

Sound transit comes at the expense of local bus service. Please read this blog:
http://seattlebusservicegonehaywire.blogspot.com/

Marjorie Rhodes