Extra DUI Task Force Patrols This Weekend

Target Zero DUI Task Force

Kirkland PD is conducting extra DUI Patrols Superbowl Weekend


The Kirkland Police Department and the Washington State Patrol will be teaming up with other Eastside police agencies and participating in these DUI Task Forces. The extra patrols will take place this weekend, January 30th to February 1st.  The State Patrol will be providing their Mobile Impaired Driving Unit (MIDU) on Saturday night to assist Troopers and Officers with the processing of drivers arrested for DUI.  The King County Target Zero Task Force and the Washington Traffic Safety Commission support participating police agencies in these efforts. 

All of these extra patrols are part of Target Zero—striving to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030. For more information, visit www.targetzero.com. Additional state wide information on Target Zero can be found on the Washington Traffic Safety Commission agency website, www.wtsc.wa.gov.


Lake Washington School District boundary changes approved

Changes to rebalance growing enrollment

Lake Washington School District is facing an immediate need to house its growing enrollment. That enrollment has increased close to 2,000 students over the last three years to 26,708. A process to change neighborhood school boundaries began in September. It concluded last night as the district’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to accept a set of recommendations for boundary changes.

The changes enable the district to most efficiently use current school buildings to house the growing enrollment.

“We have this issue because we have more and more students coming to our schools,” noted Jackie Pendergrass, president of the district’s Board of Directors. “They deserve to have a place to be educated.”

The LWSD boundary committee completed a comprehensive study and analysis process that included multiple opportunities for parent input. They presented their recommendation to Superintendent Traci Pierce. Dr. Pierce presented her final recommendation to the district’s Board of Directors at the Monday, January 26, Board Meeting. The board unanimously voted to accept the recommendation as presented.  

“We appreciate the attention and engagement of our parents throughout the process,” noted Dr. Pierce. “Changing attendance boundaries is a difficult process from everyone’s perspective. However, we have a responsibility to ensure that we have classrooms for students. We are committed to helping to transition families and students who will be attending new schools in the 2015-16 school year.”  

The final boundary changes are posted on the district boundary web page. A total of 801 current students are expected to change schools, all currently in elementary schools.

Boundary changes approved by the board will go into effect next fall.

The district is also reviewing its facilities needs in the long term. A Long-Term Facilities Planning Task Force has already begun work to develop strategies and recommendations to house students in 2018-19 and beyond.

LETTER: What the Council wants on the advisory boards


For those you who apply for a position on an advisory board, don't be deceived with how important your ideas are.  The Council only selects people who think like the Council.  If you have different ideas other than the Council, you will not be selected.
If you are selected, you will become just another bobble head doll for the Council making the positions unnecessary.  Much of the time and money that goes into funding the advisory boards could be saved.  We don't need a board or commission only to ditto when the Council already has decided what the Council is looking for. 
Robert L. Style

Following the footsteps of St. Francis, Sunday, Jan. 25th

Please join us on Sunday, January 25th, at 9:15 a.m. where Carolyn McConnell will share her study of the life of St. Francis of Assisi in a presentation entitled "Following in the Footsteps of St. Francis." Carolyn and her husband Bob live part of the year in Umbria, Italy where St. Francis was born. Come and hear Carolyn share her remarkable visual and narrative presentation 

Sunday, January 25th at 9:15 AM
St. John's Episcopal Church

105 State St.,
Kirkland, WA 98033

Politically Correct: Use of the term "illegals" by paper sparks protests [poll]

Politically Correct: Use of the term "illegals" by paper sparks protests [poll]

Should I use the term, "African-American" or "Black?" Should I use the term "Latino" or "Hispanic?" As best I can discern, it depends upon the sensitivities of the listener. I honestly do not wish to offend anyone but I find myself at a loss.

Of course, there are more absurd uses of Political Correctness. And we see them all around us. We work so hard at trying to avoid offending each other. The masters of the art of Political Correctness are government agencies. Their PC wordsmiths are to be admired for their ingenuity. I do not always agree with their attempts to change the language, but I understand it. Politicians and lawyers represent two sides of a coin. One avoids offending at all costs and the other extracts all costs when someone is offended.

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City hosts “12th Man” “Trail Great” Party to officially open the Cross Kirkland Corridor Interim Trail Party, Jan. 31

City hosts “12th Man” “Trail Great” Party to officially open the Cross Kirkland Corridor Interim Trail Party, Jan. 31

Open the trail at 12 noon, then join the Seahawks rally at Marina Park at 2 PM

Fans of the Cross Kirkland Corridor (CKC), and of course, the Seattle Seahawks, are invited to put their best “12th Man” costume on, dress up the kids, decorate a bike or stroller, gussy up the dog and join the Kirkland City Council on the Cross Kirkland Corridor to celebrate the opening of the newly completed Interim Trail.  The “Trail Great” party will start at 12 PM on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Northeast 68th Street Bridge. Come hear 12 people announce 12 different ways to enjoy the Corridor, watch the Council wave a 12th Man flag on the 12 foot wide bridge at Northeast 68th Street, and celebrate with friends from all of Kirkland’s neighborhoods. Limited parking is available at Lakeview Elementary School, 10400 Northeast 68th Street.  Walking, biking or strolling are highly recommended and remember, if you go out and back the full distance of the CKC – you will have gone nearly 12 miles.


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City Council affirms "dual station" fire coverage plan

City Council affirms "dual station" fire coverage plan

City Council receives response time data; affirms “dual station” model to provide better response times to more residents


At its January 20, 2015 meeting, following a presentation from Fire Chief Kevin Nalder on the impacts of a new north end fire station on response times and firefighter staffing levels, the Kirkland City Council affirmed its support of a “dual station” model.  The “dual station” model emerged from the Standards of Coverage & Deployment Plan, which recommends that Fire Station #25 remain at its current location and that a new fire station be built in Juanita to better serve the Finn Hill and Juanita Neighborhoods.  In his presentation, Chief Nalder reviewed current call volumes and response times from Fire Station #27 and potential changes to the call volumes and response times with a new fire station located in the Juanita Neighborhood.

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Seahawks Rally in Kirkland, January 31 at 2 PM

The Kirkland Downtown Association is hosting a rally for the NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks at 2 PM on January 31st at Marina Park.

Below is the news release from the KDA:

The Seattle Seahawks are going to the Superbowl again! We think this is cause to celebrate. How about a rally like we did last year?
Meet us at Marina Park on Saturday, January 31st at 2pm in your blue and green attire to show your team support! We will have a best dressed costume contest for adults and kids, as well as a doggy costume contest, so dress up yourself and those pooches in your most creative Seahawks gear!

In order to make this rally possible, we need a little bit of help. First, we're raising money to purchase decorations for Marina Park. Do you have a little bit to contribute to this effort? Please click here to donate! 

We also need a bit of help to hang lights on the pavilion and around Marina Park Wednesday, January 28th from 3pm-5pm. Are you willing to help? Sign up here!

Council approves resolution in support of reducing demand for commercial sex; Kirkland joins “Buyer Beware” initiative

On January 20, 2015, the City of Kirkland City Council unanimously approved Resolution No. 5100 as its formal pledge to combat commercial sexual exploitation and to support the “Buyer Beware” initiative lead by the King County Prosecutor’s Office.  The Resolution recognizes that such exploitation, which includes sex trafficking, threatens the safety and well-being of children and vulnerable adults.  Kirkland’s anti-trafficking efforts will continue to focus on assisting persons being trafficked for sex and on enforcement of those purchasing the sex.  The City’s Resolution came about in recognition of January 11, 2015 as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day and through the support of law enforcement and community leaders from across King County to reduce the demand for prostitution, particularly the purchase of sex occurring online. To view the Resolution and watch the City Council discussion, go to www.kirklandwa.gov/ondemand, select the January 20, 2015 Video Link and select Item 11a.

Springer and Goodman to host Telephone Town Hall Jan. 29

45th District Rep. Larry Springer, D-Kirkland and Rep. Roger Goodman, D-Kirkland will host a Telephone Town Hall on Thursday, Jan 29th from 6 PM to 7 PM.

Reps. Springer and Goodman would like to talk with 45th District constituents about their concerns for the 2015 legislative session.

Under the telephone town hall format, thousands of constituents will receive automatically generated telephone calls to their homes in the 45th Legislative District just before 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan 29th. Constituents may ask questions for Reps. Springer and Goodman by pressing *3 on their phones during the call, and they may listen to the live conversation to hear the questions from their neighbors.

If constituents would like to call in they can do so at: 877-229-8493 and input the ID Code 18646.

Kirkland Planning Commission meetings now televised; available to stream

The City of Kirkland Planning Commission meetings are now available to watch live and rebroadcast on cable TV and can be streamed through the City’s website.  The Planning Commission meetings will now be videotaped, live broadcast and streamed in the same way as City Council meetings.  Kirkland residents who subscribe to cable TV can view the meetings on the City’s KGOV station: Comcast Channel 21 and Frontier Channel 31.  To stream the meeting live or to replay through “on demand,” go to the Planning Commission webpage and search “Planning Commission Meetings Online.” The Planning Commission meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 7 p.m., Kirkland City Hall, Council Chamber.  Programming schedules are available on the City’s website at www.kirklandwa.gov/tv and search KGOV TV Guide.
The Commission conducted its first public meeting on January 8, 2015.  Previously, Planning Commission meetings have been audio recorded only during the meeting and were then made available to the public.  The availability of televised and streaming allows the public to have easy access to the content of the Commission meetings as it is happening. 
The Planning Commission advises the City Council on all matters relating to the Kirkland Comprehensive Plan and land use regulations. The Planning Commission is currently conducting review of proposed updates to the Comprehensive Plan, Citizen Amendment Requests, and Neighborhood Plans. 

Kirkland CERT Classes to start in February

Kirkland CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is now accepting registration for the spring 2015 class. This 8 week course will start Wednesday, February 25th and be held the following 7 Wednesdays (no class April 8th) from 6 to 9 pm.  There is a required final simulation drill on April 25th. Training will be held at the Kirkland Justice Center in Totem Lake.
The CERT program educates residents in disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire suppression, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.
Cost for the 8 week course is $35 for Kirkland residents and $50 for non-residents. Participants will receive a learning manual, hardhat, vest, backpack and emergency supplies. The program is sponsored by the City of Kirkland and Greater Kirkland Citizen Corps Council.
For additional information, or to register, visit www.kirklandcert.com. There is a maximum of 32 students.