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.

City of Kirkland donates surplussed Fire Aid Car to Sierra Leone Ministry of Health

Non-profit “Bridge of Hope” coordinates transport

Mike Jeffery and his wife, Geri, are on a mission.  Mike is a Battalion Chief for the Kirkland Fire Department and Director of Operations for The Bridge of Hope.  His wife, Geri, is Executive Director.  The mission of their non-profit agency is to partner with the people of Sierra Leone to provide access to the basic needs of life.  One basic need is the safe and sterile transportation of effected and non-effected Ebola patients.  The City of Kirkland is donating a surplused Kirkland Fire Department Aid car to the city of Makeni, in Sierra Leone to serve that purpose.
Sierra Leone lies on the west coast of Africa bordered by Guinea, Liberia and the Atlantic Ocean and is one of the poorest countries in the world.  Representatives from The Bridge of Hope have made over 20 visits to the country since 2005 bringing medical supplies, fire fighter equipment, and school supplies.
The donated aid car will be used to transport non-effected Ebola patients to Magbenteh Hospital in the town of Makeni. There are only three such aid cars serving the over 5 million people within the country.  The Jefferys will coordinate their travel plans to Sierra Leone to coincide with the aid cars arrival and assist with needed training.  Once it leaves the Port of Seattle, it will take 6 to 8 weeks to arrive at its destination. Representatives from the country’s Ministry of Health will receive the vehicle which comes with over five tons of donated medical supplies.
Over the years, several Kirkland Firefighters have accompanied The Bridge of Hope into Sierra Leone, assisting with medical care, training local firefighters, and helping to build schools and businesses.

LETTER: Edible Gardens in Schools Could Provide Transformative Learning Experiences

LETTER: Edible Gardens in Schools Could Provide Transformative Learning Experiences

In my 12 years growing up in the Lake Washington School District, I never attended a school that had a school garden program. This is not uncommon: of the nine high schools, nine middle schools and 13 elementary schools I contacted in the district, only about a third of them have school gardens which students have the opportunity to participate in directly.

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Kiwanis International Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Kiwanis International Celebrates 100th Anniversary

In 1915 in Detroit, Michigan, a group of business-minded men got together and started a business networking organization.  Soon after, they changed their focus to community service, helping children.  That is when the first Kiwanis Club was established in the US.  

The name Kiwanis is borrowed from a Native American phrase, “Nunc Kee-wanis”, meaning, “we trade” or “we trade our talents”.  This year Kiwanis International celebrates its 100th Anniversary.

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