Is Kirkland Headed in the Right Direction or is it on the Wrong Track?

Every so often, the national media polls a sampling of the population and asks the question, Is America heading in the Right Direction or heading down the wrong track. The question is simplistic but it captures the sentiments of the country at the moment. Twenty-nine percent (29%) of Likely U.S. Voters think the country is heading in the right direction, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey for the week ending October 5. (

We thought it would be interesting to see how folks feel things are going here in Kirkland.

Recent moves by the city council have left some in our community wondering, what is going on at City Hall? Some have labeled the current council as "The Activist Council," for its willingness to express opinions about issues beyond the scope of city governance.

These moves described by some as "activist" are criticized by others as being too timid and not going far enough.

These pages often reflect the desires and concerns of folks through letters to the editor, editorials and in the comments section. We cover a wide range of topics. Here is a sampling of some recent issues, which have caused controversy:

  • Proposal to ban plastic bags and charge five cents for paper bags
  • Proposal to build a $40M+ Aquatics Center
  • Proposal to take a stand on state-wide initiatives such as I-591 and I-594
  • Development issues particularly in Downtown and Totem Lake
  • Apodments multifamily dwellings
  • Parking availability, enforcement, fees and requirements for new developments
  • Zoning changes increasing density and reducing parking requirements
  • Park Lane makeover
  • Dog waste and the lack of disposal bags in our parks
  • Parks and Public Works bonds
  • Tax increases
  • Economic development
  • Property assessment increases
  • Marijuana business zoning changes
  • Rental housing regulations
  • Neighborhood plans

The role of the city council is to make decisions on our behalf for the betterment of the greater community. It is true that the national polls show that sixty-three percent (63%) of voters now believe the nation is headed down the wrong track. The question before us today is, how is Kirkland doing? 

Please take a moment to take the poll to the right and add your comments below.