Mayor Amy Walen’s response to Kirkland View’s post regarding ethics in government

I appreciate that Kirkland Views supports holding local governments accountable to high ethical standards and transparency.  I think all members of the City Council would heartily agree.  I’d like to assure the readers of the Views that Kirkland is not one of those jurisdictions referred to in the Seattle Times. The residents and businesses of Kirkland can remain confident that our City is a fair, ethical and accountable government…

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Historic Building Needs Renovation: Public Comment on Seminary at Saint Edward State Park Ends Aug 5

We believe this is the right developer, with a proven track record of creating beautiful spaces and restoring the majesty of our historic, yet sadly neglected buildings. 

We believe that only a public-private partnership can finance a project of this scale as the state simply does not have the money to go it alone. We believe this is the right project at the right time. We urge you to support the renovation of the Seminary at Saint Edward State Park. Help save Saint Edward Seminary building and share your comments…

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CERT Registration Now Open for Fall Classes

 

Kirkland CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and the Kirkland Office of Emergency Management are now accepting registration for the Fall, 2016 class.  This 8-week course will start on Monday, September 19, 2016 and will be held the following 7 Mondays from 6 to 9 PM at the Kirkland Justice Center.  The Final Simulation Drill (required) will take place on November 19, 2016, from 9 AM to 2 PM…

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Sound Transit Board Teams Up with Tim Eyman in an Attempt to Damage the Organized Grass Roots Opposition to its $54 Billion Fall Ballot Measure, “ST3”

The Board of Directors forced a “shotgun marriage” at Thursday’s meeting by approving Tim Eyman’s independent request to write and sign the “con” statement for Sound Transit’s $54 Billion ST3 ballot measure this November.  They removed two of the official “No” campaign names and inserted Tim Eyman’s name instead. “People for Smarter Transit – NoST3, has no affiliation with Tim Eyman,” stated Frank Dennis, the Chair of the official opposition. “Sound Transit knows that and has abused their legislative authority by choosing someone they know turns off a lot of Democratic voters like me.  We appreciated that Board Member Dave Upthegrove voted not to add Tim Eyman’s name stating Mr. Eyman is under investigation by the State Attorney General.” added Dennis…

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How Ethical is Our Government? Seattle Times Editorial Board Warns of Municipal Malfeasance

We want to thank the Seattle Times Editorial Board for shedding light on these issues. Good governance is the foundation of our democracy and let’s be frank: we don’t always elect the best and brightest of our species to represent us in government. Over the past decade, I have personally witnessed several cases of egregious wrongdoing and abuses of power by local officials who otherwise conduct their lives as honest, community-minded, good people whom I personally like. I dealt with these issues directly with individuals rather than alerting authorities or I assumed that their peers in government would themselves enforce their own ethics and legal rules. I was mistaken. I was the witness to the dirty underbelly of local politics and it left a bad taste in my mouth…

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LETTER | Valderrama is the best candidate

The primary is Tuesday and Ramiro Valderrama is the best candidate on the ballot for the 45th LD, House of Representatives.

 

While most politicians say they have bipartisan support, Ramiro Valderrama actually does. Ramiro is rated OUTSTANDING by the non-partisan Municipal League of King County. He is endorsed by elected officials at the Federal, State and Local levels. He was re-elected to the Sammamish City Council during his last campaign with 83% of the vote! He is the best choice for State House, position one, because he will break the gridlock (literally on 405 and in the legislature). Ramiro is endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business AND unanimously endorsed by Eastside Fire & Rescue and Fire Commissioners. He also enjoys the endorsements of a wide array of diverse groups in:

  • Mental Health
  • Housing
  • Public Safety
  • Environmentalists
  • Healthcare Professionals
  • Contractors
  • Balanced Growth
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Kiwanis Club of Kirkland Presents Two Everyday Hero Awards

Periodically, the Kiwanis Club of Kirkland honors a person or persons in our community for service they have given in various capacities that affects the lives of others in a positive way by presenting them with an “Everyday Hero” award.  The definition of an “Everyday Hero” by Kiwanis International is, “A person or persons recognized for rendering service beyond what is ordinary or expected and for doing so without regard for attention or receiving in return but rather because it was the right thing to do and needed to be done.”  Earlier this summer, the KCK presented two of these prestigious awards to Kiwanis members that are well- deserving for the wonderful work they do above and beyond being a Kiwanis member…

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Kirkland Police Respond to Report of Man with Gun at Pharmacy

Kirkland Police were called by the manager of the Rite Aid store in Juanita on July 26 when a 26 year old male from Kirkland entered the store with what was described as a rifle hanging over his shoulder and then locked himself in the bathroom.

Kirkland Police officers evacuated the store and began trying to communicate with the male using a portable public address system. The male did not respond immediately, but exited the front of the store at 11:14 pm, which was 1 hour and 14 minutes after the store was scheduled to close. When the male came out of the store, he had what appeared to be a short barred shotgun over his shoulder. Officers detained him without incident and determined that his gun was not real. 

The male was booked into the Kirkland Jail for trespass and drug related charges.

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Kirkland’s Best: Summer Concerts, Carshow, Summerfest, Oktoberfest

One of the great things about living in Kirkland is our wealth of festivals, music and events which take place throughout the seasons. One of our favorites is the Summer Concert Series (Thursday nights at Marina Park and Tuesday morning kids’ concerts at Juanita Beach). The concerts are a great way to relax, see your neighbors and appreciate the lovely place we call home.

Oh, and we would be remiss if we didn’t also remind you of these super upcoming festivals too:

Kirkland Classic Car Show 2016 Car Show, Sunday July 31st. Pre-Show Entertainment, Saturday.

Summerfest 2016 August 12-13. Kirkland at its best.

Kirkland Oktoberfest 2016 September 23, 24, 25. Seattle’s #1 Oktoberfest tradition.

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Kirkland Junior Tennis Player Captures Victory at USTA Girls’ 12s Singles Championships

Kirkland junior tennis player Katia Wiersholm recently captured a coveted USTA gold ball by way of her victory at the USTA Girls’ 12s Singles National Clay Court Championships in Boca Raton, Fla. Wiersholm, the No. 6 seed, defeated No. 2 Robin Montgomery of Washington, D.C., in the final, 7-6 (5), 0-6, 7-6 (4).

Congratulations, Katia!

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