Meet Councilmember Falcone, Changes to Study Sessions, Share your Input on Summer Sundays and Active Transportation, and more!

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January 3, 2020

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Meet Councilmember Amy Falcone

Councilmember Amy Falcone

Councilmember Amy Falcone was elected to Position 6 on the Kirkland City Council in November of 2019. She filled the position vacated by longtime Councilmember Dave Asher, who retired in December of 2019 after 20 years of service.

Falcone has been a Kirkland resident since 2014, and lives in the Finn Hill neighborhood with her husband and three young children. She and her husband fell in love with Kirkland when they moved to the Pacific Northwest, particularly enamored by the City’s lush park system, vibrant downtown core and vital sense of community. Since deciding on Kirkland as her family’s forever home, Falcone has devoted herself to serving the community in a variety of ways.

She is the former PTA President at Thoreau Elementary School, in addition to serving as the school’s Legislative Advocacy Chair, Fundraising Chair, Spring Carnival Chair and other board roles. Her extensive volunteerism at the school earned her the 2017 Golden Acorn Award, a prestigious Washington State PTA award given for exemplary and outstanding volunteerism.

She has been a voice of the Finn Hill neighborhood, both as the president of her HOA Board of Directors and as a member of the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance (FHNA) board of directors, to which she was elected in 2016. In alignment with that position, she represented Finn Hill on the Kirkland Neighborhood Safety Panel for four years, helping to secure City funding for safety improvements to facilitate better walk and bike routes in the Finn Hill neighborhood and other areas of the city. She additionally served as the FHNA events committee chair, helping to organize DennyFest and initiating and organizing the FHNA’s annual Spring Egg Hunt. She also spent time as the FHNA treasurer.

She was a founding member of the City’s Human Services Commission, a volunteer commission launched in 2017 to lead City efforts to support a socially sustainable community through health and human services and programs that fulfil the basic needs of all people. In spring of 2019 she was elected by her fellow commissioners to the role of co-chair, retiring in November to focus on her new responsibilities as a Councilmember.

Amy grew up in the northeast, working her way through both her undergraduate and graduate degrees, often holding down two jobs to fulfill her educational goals. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Sociology and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology from Temple University, where she also taught undergraduate statistics. Before moving to Kirkland, Amy spent over a decade in social science research, focused on important issues such as career advancement of women in the U.S. Military, removing the ground combat exclusion policy for women in the military, sexual harassment and assault in the military, repealing the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” military policy and much more.

In her years of volunteerism, the resounding themes in Amy’s service to the Kirkland community have been safer routes to school, assistance for the community’s most vulnerable residents and community-building efforts that benefit Kirkland residents and families. She is dedicated to inclusivity and strives to make Kirkland the best it can be. In her free time, she loves spending time with family and friends, attending theater and enjoying local parks!  

Councilmember Falcone can be reached at For scheduling assistance, please contact Amy Bolen, Executive Assistant, at or 425-587-3007.

Changes in 2020 for Kirkland City Council Study Sessions


Beginning on Tuesday, January 7, City Council Study Sessions will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Peter Kirk Room, which is located just inside City Hall at the building’s south entrance. The Kirkland City Council regularly holds study sessions to facilitate deeper analysis and discussion on complex topics including transportation, shoreline management, parks management and much more. As always, the study sessions are open to the public. Study session topics can be found on corresponding council meeting agendas, which can be accessed on the Kirkland City Council webpage under “Council Meetings."

Apply to Serve on the Houghton Community Council

Houghton Community Council

If you live in the Houghton area, the City is now accepting applications to serve on the Houghton Community Council!

Houghton residents interested in serving on the Houghton Community Council have until 4 p.m., Tuesday, January 14, 2020, to apply to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of City Councilmember Neal Black.

Applications are available on the City of Kirkland website at: To be considered for appointment, applicants must have resided within the territorial boundaries of the former Town of Houghton as of the date of its consolidation with the City of Kirkland (August 1968) for at least one year as of November 3, 2020 and be registered to vote. The individual that is selected will serve on the Community Council through the certification of the November 2021 general election. Any individual appointed may also file to retain the seat in that election.

Interviews will be conducted at a special meeting prior to the regular Houghton Community Council meeting on January 27, 2020 and the candidate that is selected will be seated at the Council’s February meeting.

The Houghton Community Council is the elected council for the Houghton Community Municipal Corporation. The Community Municipal Corporation was created pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 35.14 RCW. Information about the Council’s jurisdiction, powers and authority can be found in Kirkland Municipal Code (KMC) Chapter 2.12.

Questions about process or the requirements of serving on the Council can be directed to Kathi Anderson, City Clerk, at 425-587-3197.

Share your Input on Summer Sundays on Park Lane

Summer Sundays

The City needs your input on the 2019 Summer Sundays on Park Lane pilot project. The pilot project was a collaboration between the City of Kirkland, community members, and neighborhood associations to provide a community gathering place while enhancing the volume of shopping and other business activities on Park Lane. Opening Park Lane to people walking, biking, or with mobility devices was inspired by residents hoping to create an atmosphere where community members could gather, shop, stroll, and dine in a casual car-free environment. The pilot ran from June 2 to September 22, 2019. 

The City Council will be discussing next steps for this pilot project at a future meeting and would like your feedback.

Please take a few minutes to complete the short survey below:

2019 Top Ten Capital Improvement Projects

Please enjoy our Top 10 Capital Improvement Projects for 2019! We look forward to accomplishing even more in 2020. Happy New Year!

Top 10 CIP 2020

Still Time to Take the Safe and Active Transportation Survey

safe and active transportation survey

There is still time provide feedback to enhance the City’s ongoing efforts to make walking and biking safer, easier and more accessible for everyone. We need to hear from you! Your thoughts will help inform our work as we update our Active Transportation Plan and develop Safer Routes to School Action Plans. These plans guide the City's future investments in transportation infrastructure.

Safe and active transportation enables people of all ages and abilities/disabilities to get to where they need to go safely and efficiently. In this survey, you’ll be asked to provide input on this important topic! What would make you more likely to walk or bike to shops, school or work? Let us know! 

Upcoming Events

Senior property tax forum

Senior Property Tax Forum 

Friday, January 10, 2:30 to 4 p.m. 

Peter Kirk Community Center

Join the Kirkland Senior Council on Friday, January 10 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the Peter Kirk Community Center for a presentation from King County Tax Assessor John Wilson. Learn about the new income eligibility rules for 2020, and find out how to qualify and where to get with an application. Pre-registration is required, call 425-587-3360 or Course #9026.

ACO Jennifer Matison with dog



Emergency Preparedness for Pets w/ Animal Control Officer Jennifer Matison

Wednesday, January 29, 6 to 7 p.m. 

Kirkland City Hall

Join Animal Control Officer Jennifer Matison to learn about how to get your loved ones ready for disasters, even if they have fur or scales or feathers. This class will cover simple steps your entire household can take to get prepared, as well as animal-specific considerations to take into account when getting ready for emergencies. The class is free but registration is required. Sign up online at

For more information contact Kirkland Emergency Management at or (425) 587-3691, or visit