City Hall Building to experience planned power outages Saturday, December 10

Upgrades to electrical system will enhance City’s customer service

Kirkland’s City Hall building will experience several planned power outages on Saturday, Dec. 10 while electrical contractors complete installation of updated electrical equipment as one of the final pieces of the renovation designed to serve the public better. Two separate outages are expected to be of 15 to 30 minute durations with the first beginning around 6:00 a.m. and the second outage occurring late morning or early afternoon. Loss of power during these short durations will mean that all City websites will be down, phones at City Hall will not function and the free Kirkland wireless system, both downtown and in the parks, will not be available during those times. Otherwise, systems will be functional for the majority of the day...

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Meet Felicia the Friendly Flagger

Felicia Porter loves her job. If you've driven past the construction entrance to Kirkland Urban on Central Way, you've probably seen her waving and smiling as she directs traffic. "I have the best job," she says. "Everyone is so warm and friendly. Some people even roll down their windows so their kids can wave to me." 

Thank you Felicia for being a bright spot in our town!

LETTER | Kirkland’s top cop blows it

Editor:

Are we to believe that we are safer by not checking for immigration papers at a time with ISIS waiting around the corner to kill people?  What made her make that decision?  Is it because it would add to their workload, was it because they don’t want the responsibility to help insure our safety, was it because our Council directed her response?  

In any case, I believe they are avoiding what should be their responsibility to keep us safer.

 

Robert L. Style

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LETTER | Embarrassed and Disappointed by Kirkland Parking Enforcement

Most of us who live and work in Kirkland know not to over extend our parking time in downtown Kirkland. And I get it, parking regulations are in place so people don’t hog the spaces. However, this goes beyond the pale.


Last night we invited some friends from Issaquah to meet us for dinner at Cactus. We were meeting at 6 pm and they texted us as we leaving our home to meet them about 5:45 that they were at the restaurant and had put their name in for a table...

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Kirkland Nourishing Network Christmas Break Food Box Drive

Kirkland Nourishing Network is working to fill some gaps in food security, right here in our community. We’ve made it simple for you to be part of the solution to fill the gaps identified by teachers and school counselors. If you volunteer to shop for a box of food and drop off the box at a central site on Thursday, December 15, that evening the box will be in the home of a family that really needs it.  Each box is under $50 with a standard menu of items.

 

Kirkland has stepped up to fill the need every school break for the past 5 years. You can make a real difference in the lives of Kirkland neighbors! We're helping families in ALL Kirkland elementary schools with identified need. That means we need donors for over 400 boxes of food! Some neighbors struggle more than we appreciate; but, together, we can help to fill the need...

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New Website Search Tool Generates Comprehensive Property Information

 

Property information just got easier to view on the City of Kirkland website. Customers can now use the new Property Search tool, found on the City’s Development Services Center homepage, to look up property information and generate a property report directly from a desktop, tablet or mobile device. The link to the Property Search tool is also available in each permitting process listed under the website section “Apply for a Permit.”...

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Help Remove Invasive Plants on the Cross Kirkland Corridor, Monday, Dec. 5

Volunteers needed on Cross Kirkland Corridor

Monday, December 5
9 to 11 am

We'll be working on the section between 6th St. S. and Kirkland Ave (red line on map).
Parking available on Kirkland and Railroad Avenues (Ps on map).

  • Bring small pruning saws, heavy duty loppers, and water (I'll have a few extra tools)
  • Wear long pants, long sleeves, sturdy shoes, and gloves (leather are best for blackberries)
  • We'll be hacking out blackberries and scotch broom

For more information contact karen@nwnative.us...

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Kirkland Police Policy on Immigration Status

On November 18, the Seattle Times published a statement from the Bellevue Police Chief saying that Bellevue officers won’t ask residents for immigration status and won’t use police resources to apprehend undocumented immigrants unless they are suspected of a serious crime. Since then, many Kirkland residents have asked about the policy of the Kirkland Police regarding immigration status.

 

“Kirkland has had a long standing policy never to ask for immigration papers,” said Kirkland Police Chief Cherie Harris. “We want people to know that our job is to protect and serve the entire community and no resident should fear reporting any crime or intimidation, regardless of their immigration status. Our mission has not changed and will not change. We want everyone to feel safe and if they don’t, we want to know about it.”...

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Musical Holiday Lights on the CKC

 

Join your Kirkland neighbors on December 2nd for an evening of caroling, hot cocoa, a giant snow globe photobooth, and the second annual musical holiday lights on the Cross Kirkland Corridor! The snow-globe will be ready for photos starting at 4:30 p.m., and at 5:30  p.m. Mayor Amy Walen will flip the switch to turn on a show featuring 10,000 LED lights custom-programmed to holiday music by Google Kirkland engineers. Parking is limited, so those who can are encouraged to take public transportation, bike or walk to the show.

What: Musical Holiday Lights on the Cross Kirkland Corridor

When: Friday, December 2, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Photo-booth Snow Globe opens at 4:30,  lights at 5:30

Where: The Family Fitness and Play Area on the Cross Kirkland Corridor near the Google campus (Approximate address is 499 7th Ave S, Kirkland, WA 98033 - click here for directions:  https://goo.gl/maps/kWLez)...

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EAFA Gallery hosts Art Demonstration this Saturday

Evergreen Association of Fine Arts (EAFA) will host a free demonstration of pastel techniques this Saturday, December 3 from 12-4 p.m. at its new gallery at the Alley in Totem Square , 11901 - 124th Avenue N. E.  Local artist, Joan Wittler, will offer tips and instruction on working with pastels and will do a real-time pastel work with a Christmas theme.

The public is invited, and can also take in the new art show at the EAFA Gallery, as well as visit the other fine art and wine venues at the Alley.

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Girl Scouts To Sing At Kiwanis Club Of Kirkland Tree Lot

The holiday season is in full swing in Kirkland with decorations and lights to be seen everywhere.  To add to the holiday spirit, come have some fun when local Girl Scouts join in to the festivities at the Kiwanis Club of Kirkland Tree Lot on Saturday, December 3.  They will decorate a Christmas tree with ornaments they have made at 4:30p and begin caroling at 5p.  The girls have been a big hit for the last two years and this year’s group will be bigger and better than ever, with several troops participating  Once the girls have charmed everyone with their caroling, they will pass out cookies for everyone to enjoy...

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Cross Kirkland Corridor Receives Award for Analysis and Planning Efforts

In early November, the developers of the Cross Kirkland Corridor (CKC) received an award for their outstanding work throughout the trail’s planning process. The award recognized the stunning graphics included in the CKC Master Plan, which were designed with the specific goal of making the information intuitive and transparent for Kirkland residents.

 

The American Society of Landscape Architects, Washington Chapter (WASLA) recognized the outstanding efforts of the City and the landscape architectural group, Berger Partnership, both of whom worked closely with the community during the analysis and planning process. The goal of doing so was to ensure that any future development to the CKC addresses public and stakeholder input, that the trail functions properly, and that the Plan’s implementation will lead to community development and an increased quality of life for trail users and residents...

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Central Park Tennis Club Named Facility of the Year

Central Park Tennis Club is proud to announce they are the recipients of the United States Tennis Association Pacific Northwest “2016 Facility of the Year” award. 

This prestigious recognition is awarded annually and based on the following criteria: ease of working with the USTA leagues, number of USTA teams (with respect to the size of the club), overall layout, excellence of court surfaces and lights, amenities, seating for spectators, and court use for playoffs and sectionals as well as volunteers for these large events. Previous winners of this award include the Vancouver Tennis Center (2015) and Yakima Tennis Center (2014)...

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Winterfest Entertainment Schedule, Saturday

This Saturday, Kirkland celebrates Winterfest downtown with the traditional tree lighting, live music and a special appearance by Santa Claus. This year, you will find that the tree lighting festival has been moved to Lee Johnson Field at the corner of Central Way and 3rd St. The tree lighting ceremony takes place at 5:00 pm.

Saturday is also "Small Business Saturday" and includes a speech by Mayor Amy Walen and free parking shuttles to and from City Hall where there will be ample parking...

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Disaster Mental Health Support

Health Support Team (HST) is a non-profit organization dedicated to training non-professional volunteers in how to provide mental health support services in the aftermath of natural and man-made disasters.  Utilizing the HST curriculum, class participants will learn how to best help their family, friends and community members cope with emotional shock and stress responses in the aftermath of a disaster.  Areas covered include common responses to disaster and trauma; supportive communication and listening techniques; relaxation and stress reduction techniques; thinking strategies; resiliency development...

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Female Admits Claim of Sexual Assault in Kirkland was Fabricated

On November 11th the Kirkland Police Department received an email from a concerned citizen who had seen a Facebook post by a female stating she had been the victim of a sexual assault in our city and that the Kirkland Police responded but would not investigate the case or even file a police report. The Kirkland Police Department takes all allegations very seriously and the department conducted an investigation to locate the victim in an effort to bring light to the event. The investigation was unable to locate any call of that type being received through our dispatch center and any officers being dispatched to a call. Investigators had no information on the author of the Facebook post as the information had been marked out on the email. Yesterday investigators were finally able to determine who the author of the original post was and interviewed her at her work location in Kirkland.  During the interview the female admitted she had fabricated the entire event and no assault had occurred and the Kirkland Police were never called.  The female cited her reason for posting the false claim as “being distraught over the recent election”...

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LETTER | Unhappy about Dancing Marijuana Sign Holders

Editor:

I am pretty unhappy to see the advertiser for the local pot store next to Costco dancing and swinging a giant marijuana sign on the corner of 85th and 120th. I was told that this is completely legal and is considered Freedom of Speech. I wish that the City of Kirkland would have taken this into consideration when issuing business licenses. I drive by this corner several times a day with my children and am unhappy to see this sign literally waving in our faces...

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Congratulations, Barbie Collins-Young, Kirkland Downtown Association Executive Director

The Kirkland Downtown Association is proud to announce that Barbie Collins-Young has been promoted to Executive Director. The promotion recognizes the duties that Barbie had performed ever since the reorganization of the KDA in January of 2016.

 

One of the most recognizable people in downtown Kirkland, Barbie can be seen at virtually every KDA activity, from Clean Sweep to Summerfest to board meetings to this weekend’s Wine Walk and Downtown Decorating. With her boundless energy and cheerful demeanor, Barbie makes it fun for the many volunteers that help keep downtown Kirkland the great place that it is.

 

Behind the scenes, Barbie advocates for downtown businesses and residents with the Kirkland city government, seeks out sponsorships and grants to help fund the KDA, and does countless other administrative details that keep us compliant as a 501c(3) charitable organization.

 

Congratulations, Barbie!..

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Kirkland City Council seeks qualified applicants for Position No. 2 vacancy

Applications due 4 p.m. Thursday, December 8, 2016

At its November 15, 2016 meeting, the Kirkland City Council called for letters of interest and resumes from qualified persons seeking appointment to Council Position No. 2. The position will be vacated by the resignation of Shelley Kloba who was elected as State Representative for Legislative District 1 on November 8. To be eligible, applicants must have been a resident of Kirkland for at least one year and must be a King County registered voter. The letter and resume must be received by the City Clerk by 4 p.m. on Thursday, December 8, either in person at City Hall (123 5th Ave.) or via email (kanderson@kirklandwa.gov). A Council committee consisting of Councilmembers Dave Asher, Toby Nixon and Penny Sweet was appointed to review the submissions and make recommendations to the full Council for consideration at their December 13, 2016 special meeting.