King Council Councilmember Jane Hague was offered an opportunity to respond to this letter to the editor. Her response is posted at http://www.kirklandviews.com/archives/18946 Dear Editor:
I believe several Kirkland Councilmembers and staff will meet with King County Councilmember Jane Hague. I don't know the scope of the discussions or who else will be there. However, at last night’s Lakeview meeting, staff indicated that the TOD proposal at the South Kirkland Park and Ride will be one of the subjects. That caused me to submit the following. Ms. Hague has degraded our quality of life in Kirkland.
I don’t believe Kirkland should allow the County to determine what’s best for Kirkland. Ms. Hague’s represented the County when she pursued annexation, an act that caused our citizens to pay more for less. We've seen our taxes increase only to receive a reduced levels of service. We will be paying for their special interest for at least the next 10 years and more. What use to be our quality of life will be no more be for a long time. Ms. Hague was not a friend of the citizens of Kikland.
Ms. Hague will probably support the TOD at the South Kirkland Park & Ride. That will increase congestion on two major arterials already congested and once again decrease our quality of life. Her support of heavily subsidized affordable housing will also decrease our quality of life because it will require increase traffic and heavy subsidies to finance home owners that probably could not afford it in the first place.
Ms. Hague and the County Council will act in their best interest. Our Council should do the same for Kirkland.