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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Highlands Annual Garage Sale; Saturday 9-noon

There is a huge Annual Kirkland Highlands Neighborhood Garage Sale this Saturday, July 30th from 9 AM-2 PM.  Some of the items include:  A motorcycle, bedroom furniture, luggage, antiques from a Snohomish antique shop, household goods, toys, and clothes.  It’s all here!    Access the Highlands neighborhood at the corner of NE 85th St and 114th […]

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Heard On The Street: Graffiti Taggers Hit Downtown Kirkland

On Wednesday morning we walked down Park Lane and noted that the entire block had been tagged by spray paint between Main St. and 3rd. Then a reader sent in the below image (altered as not to promote the “artist”) and it appears to be by the same person. If you see our beautiful city has been defaced, please report it to the city’s Anti-Graffiti Hotline at (425) 587-3824. They act swiftly to clean up the mess created by our least civically-minded citizens…

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LETTER | Impressed with Valderrama

To the Editor:

I endorse Ramiro Valderrama for state legislature for the 45th District covering much of Kirkland, Redmond, Woodinville, Duvall, Sammamish and Issaquah.

The first thing that impressed me about Ramiro occurred several years ago, early in his career as an effective city councilman and Deputy Mayor for Sammamish. The city, county, and state were having a dispute about a lakeside trail. Ramiro showed unusually clear comprehension of the Shoreline Management Act, a statute I used to help administer, especially its unusual balanced mandate split between aquatic/nearshore habitat protection, broader environmental protections including tree cover and the lake, aesthetic protection, public lake access, prioritization of water-related land use, state-level respect for local government decisions, and navigation among other values. Ramiro held the balanced view of the entire Shoreline Act and was able to lead productive discussion and collaboration – not just compromise but seeking resolution with justice – between the city and county and state. More recently, he’s been able to lead that same conflict resolution process with the City, County and State…

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LETTER | No Seaplanes in Kirkland


As a physician and an environmentalist, I am particularly concerned about the impact of planes flying low over the adjacent wetlands of Yarrow Bay. 

Additionally, there two major marinas with high volume boating traffic in this involved waterway.

Please let’s avoid the potential problems that outweigh the perceived benefits. That’s how we do it in medicine…

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