Kirkland Traffic Alert: Totem Lake Blvd Traffic Revision Oct. 27-28

Commuters should expect traffic delays due to a temporary revision of the lanes in the 12200 block of Totem Lake Blvd from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., October 27 and 28. The lanes will be reduced to one lane each direction north of 124th in order for the street team to perform an emergency repair.

We ask drivers to be patient and cautious for the safety of workers and the public.

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Council Updates Complete Streets Ordinance

Ordinance says transportation facilities should accommodate travelers of all ages, all abilities and all forms


Kirkland’s City Council voted unanimously on Oct. 18 to update its Complete Streets Ordinance, which it first approved 10 years ago.

The updated ordinance requires Kirkland to accommodate all forms of travel for all ages and all abilities “to the maximum extent practical” when it is upgrading or building new transportation-related infrastructure...

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LETTER | Why I'm voting for Valderrama

With the Presidential election taking center stage, local elections have fallen by the wayside. This is frightening, as who we vote into Office in our Washington is every bit as important as who we vote into Office in that other Washington. I feel compelled to write in and recommend Ramiro Valderrama for State Representative, 45th District. As a registered Democrat,  I have always blindly voted for the Democratic nominee, but this time around I have come to the conclusion that Mr. Valderrama is the best hope we have for controlled, responsible growth and fiscal responsibility...

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In Concert for Cancer with Jeff Kashiwa and Steve Cole November 17, 2016 at 6:30pm

Concert at Kirkland Performance Center raises awareness and funds for childhood cancer treatment and research at Seattle Children’s Research Institute.

Two of the world’s most acclaimed saxophonist’s, Jeff Kashiwa and Steve Cole headline the fifth annual In Concert for Cancer event. Seattle native Jeff Kashiwa became known as one of the most compelling saxophonists in contemporary jazz during his first year with The Rippingtons in 1989. Jeff has released 9 solo CDs and has spent 28 years touring and performing all over the world. Chicago native Steve Cole exploded onto the scene in 1998. With catchy Billboard charting hits, he has become one of the most celebrated players in contemporary jazz, releasing 9 solo CDs to date. Kashiwa and Cole are founding member of Sax Pack, an all-star sax combo consisting of rotating members Jeff Kashiwa, Kim Waters, Jackiem Joyner and Marcus Anderson...

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City of Kirkland Receives Grant to Install Twenty-two New Recycling Bins in Local Parks

Kirkland residents should expect to see more recycling options in neighborhood parks this fall thanks to a partnership between the City of Kirkland’s Solid Waste Division, Waste Management, and a grant made possible by Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) in collaboration with Keep America Beautiful (KAB). 

The Dr Pepper Snapple Group/Keep America Beautiful Park Recycling Bin Grant Program provided funding for 900 new recycling bins in public parks across the country in 2016, making recycling more accessible for Americans enjoying the outdoors...

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Defeat ST3 and the Politicians Selling This Snake Oil

Proposition 1 to fund Sound Transit 3 needs to be defeated. It is taxation in perpetuity and it will not do the one thing everyone in the Puget Sound wants: traffic congestion relief. 

ST3 was rushed from the beginning, lacked proper community involvement, was poorly vetted and then it grew into the largest project of its kind ever -- a classic governmental boondoggle. Coincidentally, those cities with mayors on the Sound Transit Board also get the greatest spoils of the $54 billion tax.

Do we need congestion relief? YES

Is ST3 the answer to congestion relief? NO.

Sound Transit is counting on voters who just want to do something. So the ST3 Board went for broke and are hoping voters will not look at the details.

ST3 is not a good use of transportation money. We can and we should do better.

Save future generations from paying for our mistakes. ST3 is not the answer to our transportation problems.

Let's support transportation solutions that make better sense than ST3. 

Vote No on Proposition 1. Defeat ST3. 

LETTER | Advocates for mental health - please vote for McBride, Kuderer, Valderrama, and Bryant.


A few of you may know, I'm advocating for the mentally ill. It's generational in my family. 


Last Thursday, I went to the NAMI Eastside Mental Health Legislative Candidate Forum(Roger Goodman didn't show).  Candidate Ramiro Valderrama was upset that 1 in 5 Americans (20%) have a mental condition, yet the State spends only 3% of their budget on mental health. In addition, Washington State ranks 48th in access to community hospital psychiatric beds. Mr. Valderrama called for systemic change. Please vote for Ramiro!...

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Cross Kirkland Corridor Clean Up Event, Oct. 24

Join the volunteers who will be working on the CKC at NE 112th St, digging up weeds and blackberry roots, and preparing the area for planting and mulching. 

Park behind Gold's Gym (11133 120th Ave NE), next to the wood fence along the CKC.  

  • Bring a shovel or rake, heavy duty clippers, and water (we'll have a few extra tools)
  • Wear long pants, long sleeves, sturdy shoes, and gloves
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Second Ballot Drop Box to be Installed at Kingsgate Library

County and local officials to welcome a new ballot box with ribbon cutting event



Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold will join King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci and King County Elections Director Julie Wise to welcome the installation of a new ballot box at Kingsgate Library (12315 NE 143rd Street, Kirkland, WA 98034) on Oct. 21 at noon with an official ribbon cutting ceremony...

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Kirkland Police Investigate Fatal Motorcycle Collision

Just after 10:00 pm Wednesday evening, the Kirkland Police responded to a report of a motorcycle vs. car collision in the 12400 blk of NE 70th St.  Responding officers arrived on scene and found the adult-male rider of the motorcycle already deceased. The driver of the vehicle was not seriously injured and was taken to Overlake Hospital as a precaution.  The preliminary investigation shows the motorcycle rear-ended the car as they both traveled westbound on NE 70th St.  The motorcycle rider was a Kirkland resident with additional information being withheld until family notifications have been made.    Expect NE 70th St to be closed between the 12400 blk and 12800 blk for the next several hours while the Kirkland Police Traffic Unit conducts a full investigation of the incident...

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South Rose Hill/Bridle Trails Neighborhood Association Meeting Moved to Nov. 1

The South Rose Hill Bridle Trails neighborhood association.  Typically, we have our meetings on the second Tuesday of the month.  However, with November 8 being election night, they are pushing the meeting to November 1st. 

At this meeting, attendees will be voting on the Neighborhood Safety Grant Proposals and they would love to get more neighbors to the meeting...

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Vandalism Against "Vote No on ST3" Signs Inspires Politcal Donation

Dear Sign Vandal in Norkirk,

I give up. You win. You have taught me my lesson.

Now that you have clipped the stakes off of my "Vote No on ST3" sign that was in my yard, it can no longer be used. The three times prior when you merely knocked the sign over, I was sure to put it back up quickly. This time however, the sign cannot be used because of your handiwork. Smart thinking!

Obviously, your right to express your political views trumps mine.

I hereby dedicate my $500 donation to the No on ST3 campaign in your honor.

You're welcome.


VIP Backstage A Huge Success for Kirkland Performance Center

The Kirkland Performance Center (KPC) annual auction and gala, VIP Backstage, was quite the hit on Saturday, October 15th at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. With many local political figures including Representative Joan McBride, Representative Larry Springer, and Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen in attendance along with Kirkland socialites, local business leaders, and support from EvergreenHealth, Boeing, and Kibble & Prentice, KPC raised over $214,000 to continue to present world class performing arts on the Eastside...

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Lakeshore Clinic Announces Plan to Join EvergreenHealth

Addition of Two Locations Will Expand Health System’s Primary Care Reach to 12 Practices across the Puget Sound


Lakeshore Clinic and EvergreenHealth announced today that Lakeshore Clinic will join the health system’s employed medical group. The acquisition plan includes employment of Lakeshore’s 18 primary care physicians and one podiatrist, as well as the transition of their clinical and office staff to employment by EvergreenHealth. Lakeshore Clinic’s providers will continue their current relationship with their patients at the existing locations in Kirkland and Bothell...

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Tree-pruning along Holmes Point Drive Oct. 24-28


Trimming will reduce risk of falling trees and power outages


Kirkland’s Public Works Department, supporting Puget Sound Energy, will be closing the north entrance of Holmes Point Drive in the Finn Hill neighborhood from Oct 24 through October 28thth to perform vegetation removal work to protect power lines from winter storms. City crews will trim low hanging branches at the same time to reduce the likelihood of branches dropping onto the roadway during storms or snowy conditions. Residents will be able to enter the Holmes Point community via the Holmes Point Dr. south entrance off of 76th Place NE.  


Trimming work will improve safety during inclement weather, protect the roadside guardrails, and improve roadside deadwood habitat (called ecology snags).


The stumps and root systems will remain intact to maintain hillside stability.


City of Kirkland staff has notified the surrounding community via message boards at the north and south entrance to the Holmes Point community.


Contact Bobbi Wallace (425) 587-3909 Streets and Grounds Manager with the Public Works Department.

Are We Safe In Our Community? A Dialogue on Public Safety


A Dialogue on Public Safety with

  • State Representative Roger Goodman, Chair, House Public Safety Committee
  •  Kirkland Councilmember Penny Sweet, Chair, Kirkland City Council Public Safety Committee
  •  Eric Olsen, Former Chief, Kirkland Police


7:00 P.M.

Northwest University

Argue Health Sciences Building

Room 104

5600 111th Way NE

Kirkland, WA 98033


Are we safe in public places? Are we safe in our homes? 

Are our children safe in school?  Do police use excessive force?   


Please join us for an important dialogue on public safety, led by leaders in our community on public safety issues.

• Our own Representative Roger Goodman from Kirkland currently chairs the Joint Legislative Task Force on the Use of Deadly Force in Community Policing, addressing one of the most serious public safety and civil rights issues of our time.

• Kirkland City Councilmember Penny Sweetis chair of Kirkland’s Public Safety Committee which has led the cityon local public safety issues for many years.

• Former Chief Eric Olsen, whose children are NU graduates, will offer his valuable perspective as a leader in the state's law enforcement community.


Don't miss this signature event, endorsed by Dr. Castleberry.  See you at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday the 26th!

All City Parks to Close at 2 p.m. Saturday

The City of Kirkland is officially closing all City parksfrom 2 p.m. today, Saturday, October 15, until 12 Noon on Sunday, October 16, because of expected high winds and storm damage. This is a precautionary measure to ensure falling limbs or uprooted trees do not put people in danger. Not all City parks have gates, so if a City park does not appear to be closed, please stay out of the area for your own safety.


“This closure applies to Kirkland’s many waterfront parks as well,” said City Manager Kurt Triplett. “High winds and waves, while tempting to view, can be deadly. Please stay away from the shoreline. These precautions are being taken to keep our residents safe.”


City departments have been preparing for the predicted storms all week. The Public Works department is working extra shifts, tools have been sharpened, generators fueled and the entire team is ready to deal with nature’s force. The Parks department staff is on-call to assist as necessary. Police, Fire, Public Works and Parks have all been coordinating with the City’s Emergency Management team which is monitoring the events closely.


Information will be released on the City website, as it is available. Follow the City’s Facebook account and Twitter@Kirklandgov for immediate updates. Report downed trees and flooding to Pubic Works by calling 425 587-3900. For emergencies dial 911.