City of Kirkland asks Gilday for proof regarding alleged wrongdoing by City employees

Additional information about the pending Federal Civil Rights lawsuit and accompanying civil lawsuit for $4,000,000 against the City of Kirkland has emerged. The City of Kirkland has responded with a letter dated April 21, 2010 to John Michael Gilday, publisher of the Eastside Sun. In the letter, City Attorney, Robin Jenkinson, asks for proof substantiating the allegations that City employees had acted improperly. Mr. Gilday states he has yet to receive the City's response.

The City of Kirkland has responded to a letter sent by John Michael Gilday, publisher of the Eastside Sun, alleging that certain City employees interfered with the business relationship between the Eastside Sun and its advertisers. Kirkland Views published the letter last week. The alleged interference by City employees is the basis of a Federal Civil Rights lawsuit and accompanying civil lawsuit seeking damages in the amount of four million dollars which will be filed in June. City of Kirkland Attorney, Robin Jenkinson, has responded by requesting copies of affidavits in Mr. Gilday's possession to substantiate his allegations. The following is a partial text from Ms. Jenkinson's letter. The entire letter can be downloaded here.

You allege in your letter, as you did at the Kirkland City Council meeting of April 6, 2010, that certain City employees have interfered with the business relationship between the Eastside Sun and its advertisers. However, to date, nothing factual has been provided by you to support your allegations. The City is unaware of any facts at this time that are consistent with your allegations.

The City takes seriously such allegations about its employees, but the City cannot thoroughly evaluate your allegations unless you provide the factual basis for them. At the Council meeting you indicated you had affidavits to substantiate your allegations. If you do, please provide them to me.

Your letter indicates that if the City requests, you will provide your demand in a standard claim form. Please consider this letter the City's request that you file a claim consistent with the statutory requirements.

In addition to providing the City with a claim form and evidence that you wish to provide in support of your claim, please let me know if you are interested in meeting to discuss your concerns.

Robin S. Jenkinson, City Attorney

After we received the above letter, we contacted Mr. Gilday to ask for his reaction. The following is Mr. Gilday's response:

Ah, the games people play!

Kirkland Views received a response to their records request before we even received the letter (this is April 26th, the postman has been here and still no letter).

Ms. Jenkinson states:

"However, to date, nothing factual has been provided by you to support your allegations. The City is unaware of any facts at this time that are consistent with your allegations."

This is curious since:

  1. Members of The City Council have spoken to some of the witnesses and those conversations confirm the allegations.
  2. The three employees were named in our complaint. Has Robin spoken with them?
  3. The department manager of two of the employees has stated she herself heard one of the false allegations directly.

Does the right hand know what the left hand is doing?

John Michael Gilday