Sound Transit: Too much Money, Not Enough Riders says Former Issaquah Mayor

Hinds writes, “Our current total public transportation spending is split: 60 percent on transit and 40 percent on roads. The biggest chunk of transit is light rail. As seen above, that 60 percent share serves only 4 percent of the ridership and is forecasted to reach maybe 5 percent with ST3. Spending 60 percent of the dollars on 5 percent of the population is not an effective use of funds regardless of the politics or our wishes.”

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Kirkland Police Host Citizens Academy

The Kirkland Police Department is inviting Kirkland residents to participate in the Citizens Academy. The academy will run every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., from September 14, through November 2, 2016. The deadline to apply is September 9, 2016.

The Citizens Academy is an eight-week program designed to give Kirkland residents a working knowledge of the Kirkland Police Department. The comprehensive instruction focuses on a specific topic each week, such as: patrol officer training, investigations, K9, Special Response Team, use of force issues and firearms.

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Police Benefit Car Show Sept. 10

The Kirkland Police Department’s second annual benefit car show will be held September 10, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Kirkland Justice Center, 11750 NE 118th Street. This show is a fabulous way for car enthusiasts to demonstrate their support for local law enforcement and all proceeds go toward the department’s mentorship program, the Kirkland Police Department Explorers Club

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Another Nail in the ST3 Coffin: Autonomous car without a steering wheel or pedals by 2021

Ford plans to build a fully autonomous vehicle without a steering wheel or pedals by 2021, the company announced on Tuesday according to The Verge. The vehicle will be aimed at ride-hailing and ride-sharing fleets. Wow, that is five short years from now. Maybe we should start planning infrastructure to accommodate the coming sea change in transportation.

For those flat earthers who desperately cling to their sacred cow, Sound Transit ST3 light rail, the reality of advancing transportation technology in the private sector is not welcome news. In fact, the near religious zealotry of some on the ST3 bandwagon will have us laughing all the way to our autonomous vehicles to will drive us door to door faster, cheaper and more pleasantly than the grand vision imagined in ST3…

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One of Kirkland’s Oldest Homes Moving Down the Road

On Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m., the Nickel Bros. Moving Company will relocate Kirkland’s historic Trueblood House, located at 127 7th Avenue, to a nearby church where it will be stored temporarily.  The home will be relocated again once it is sold.

The owners of the house, Michelle and Timothy Currier, knew their growing family needed more space, but also recognized the historic significance of the house and waited patiently for a solution that would allow for the landmark to be preserved…

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Police Blue Light Bulb Movement Nationwide;

This letter suggests a way for people to show a sign of support for our police officers, the vast majority of whom are being vilified for actions they did not take. It is in times like these that we need to support those who put their lives on the line for us everyday. – Ed

My story: Years ago I was hit head on by a drunk driver and the officers talked to me and kept me calm while they helped  paramedics –firefighters untangle my body from the wreckage and for the next month kept me updated about the driver (3rd DUI, no insurance, and on the run).  I am incredibly grateful for the care shown by the officers, and want to show them that we care too!  

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