New Face Mask Mandate for Businesses, Council Holds Public Hearing to Improve Safety & Respect of Black People in Kirkland, City Seeks Input on New Website, MAPS - MCRC Hosts Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing, and More!

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July 8, 2020

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Council Recap

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Public Hearing Affirming Black Lives Matter and Approving the Framework for the Kirkland to Become a Safe, Inclusive and Welcoming Community 

The City Council would like to thank everyone that participated in our July 7 Public Hearing on Affirming Black Lives Matter and Approving the Framework for the Kirkland to Become a Safe, Inclusive and Welcoming Community Through Actions to Improve the Safety and Respect of Black People in Kirkland and Help End Structural Racism by Partnering with Those Most Affected. It was an incredibly powerful experience to hear from so many of our community members. We hope that everyone that shared comments tonight continues to engage in this conversation. We hope that we will have even more voices in future conversations as we move forward as a community.

The draft framework is available on the City website. 

A final Resolution will be brought back for discussion at the July 21 Council meeting.

Washington State Department of Commerce Shelter Grant

The City Council voted to join other cities in King County to apply for over $11.8 million dollars to support shelter projects from the Washington State Department of Commerce. City and County staff are in the process of exploring potential shelter development and expansion projects on the Eastside, in Shoreline and in South King County. The City of Seattle is signing onto the joint application to support projects outside of its city. The application is due on July 17 and programs must be providing shelter no later than December of this year.

epending upon the size of each project, the funding could likely support three or four shelters. More about the grant program is available at the Washington State Department of Commerce website. 

Additionally, the new permanent Kirkland Shelter is scheduled to open later this summer. This shelter will provide welcoming shelter and focused services for women and for families experiencing homelessness. This partnership of faith communities, nonprofit shelter and housing providers, and local, county and state government will help those in desperate need in our community.

The 19,000 sq. ft. shelter will be a two-level 100-bed full-time emergency shelter and day center. It will be open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

New Bethlehem Project (a program of Catholic Community Services) will serve families with children on the first floor.

The Sophia Way will serve women on the second floor.

Fire and Emergency Medical Services Ballot Measure

The City Council approved to extend the recruitment of volunteers to serve on the pro and con committees to formulate the statements that will appear in the voters’ pamphlet for and against a potential Fire and Emergency Medical Services ballot measure. The City Council also appointed some committee members during their meeting; there is one remaining opportunity on the Pro Committee and two remaining opportunities on the Con Committee. 

The Kirkland City Council has not yet approved a draft or final legislative action to place the ballot measure related to Fire and Emergency Medical Services on the November 3, 2020 general election ballot, but may consider doing so at their July 21 regular meeting. Given the tight timelines required by King County Elections, the City Council felt it was prudent to begin recruitment prior to any final decision.  

Separate committees will prepare the statements, one committee in favor of, and one committee against, the ballot measure. Interested residents can apply online. Residents with questions should contact the Kirkland City Clerk’s Office at (425) 587-3190 or at for more information on the committees and the application process.  Applications will be accepted until the deadline of 4:00 p.m., Friday, July 17, 2020. The City Council will potentially make the committee appointments at their July 21 meeting.

The Committees, which will consist of no more than three members each, will be formed to prepare arguments which are limited to 200 words.  The “Statement For” and the “Statement Against” (in addition to rebuttals of the opposing statements) will appear in the King County Local Voters’ Pamphlet for the November 3, 2020 General Election.  Arguments will be submitted to King County Elections no later than 4:30 p.m., August 11, 2020.

Arguments prepared by the pro and con committees will be made available to the opposing committees for rebuttal after 4:30 p.m., August 12, 2020, and statements rebutting (optional) the argument made by the opposition shall be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m., August 13, 2020.

More information on the potential Fire and Emergency Medical Services ballot measure is available on the City website.

Thank You for Your Safer Routes to School Input and Feedback

Safe Routes to Schools

The City would like to thank community members for their thoughtful and important feedback as we work to prioritize a list of walk and bike improvements to make it easier and safer for children to walk and bike to the bus and school.

The results will be presented to the Council during the Council meeting on Tuesday, August 4. Council meeting materials can be accessed on the City website in advance of the meeting. For more information on Safer Routes to School visit the City website. 

Face Covering Requirement Signage Available on Public Health - Seattle & King County Website

As of July 7, the Governor's Statewide face covering order directs businesses to require and enforce the use of face coverings by all customers and clients.

Further, businesses are required to post signage advising individuals to wear face coverings on the premises. To make it easier for all those impacted by this new directive, businesses and property managers can download a sign from the Public Health - Seattle & King County website that can be used for this purpose. Signage is available in multiple languages. 

Cloth face coverings protect other people from getting COVID-19 from us when we talk, cough or sneeze. Between 20 and 40 percent of people with COVID-19 don't show any symptoms but can still spread the virus to others. Recent research suggests wearing a face covering can significantly reduce the incidence of COVID-19. Until a vaccine or cure is developed, face coverings will be our best defense.

REMEMBER: Staying home is still the safest way to prevent spreading COVID-19. When out, wear your face covering, stay 6 feet apart from others, wash your hands frequently, and stay local.

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Two Online Survey Opportunities: Provide Feedback on the New City Website and Take the Eastside Arts Audience Participation Survey

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Kirkland Website Experience Survey

The City of Kirkland is seeking input from the community to help guide the development of a new City website.

Community members are invited to take a short survey to share their experience with the current City website, and assist staff in developing a new City website that better meets the needs of the public.

The deadline for the survey, which can be accessed here, is 5 p.m. on Monday, July 13.

Eastside Arts Audience Participation Survey

Do you participate or take classes in the arts? How do you feel about returning to a theatre or continuing virtual learning? The City of Bellevue, in partnership with the Eastside Arts & Culture Coalition and the Cities of Issaquah, Kirkland, Redmond, and Renton, has launched a survey of arts and cultural audiences. This survey will help arts organizations and Eastside cities plan for future arts, cultural and educational experiences. The survey should take roughly five to eight minutes and is open through July 10 and offered in seven languages - Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese. See below for links.

For questions about how to fill out the survey or about the survey, please reach out to the Manette Stamm at the City of Bellevue,

Arts and Culture Participation Audience Survey - English

藝術與文化觀眾參與度調查 - Chinese (Traditional)

芸術的、文化的、教育的活動への参加に関するアンケート - Japanese

예술과 문화 관객 참여 설문조사 - Korean

Опрос публики об участии в художественно-культурных мероприятиях -Russian

Encuesta de participación de la audiencia en las artes y la cultura - Spanish

Khảo Sát về Sự Tham Gia của Khán Giả Nghệ Thuật và Văn Hóa - Vietnamese

Thank you! Your input is so important in helping us come back from this.

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MAPS - MCRC Hosts Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing Saturday, July 11

Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) - Muslim Community Resource Center (MCRC) invites eastside community members in need to receive free COVID-19 testing at its drive-through testing site from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 11. 

This COVID-19 testing is free for anyone on Medicare or Medicaid, to those without insurance and to those with a physician's order. 

Please note that individuals with insurance will be charged $100 for tests by the lab. However, insurance may reimburse the test with a physician’s order. If you have insurance, please check with your insurance company before coming to the testing site. To register, visit:

MCRC is a nonprofit service organization founded in 2010 by a group of volunteers passionate about helping others. In 2015, MCRC merged with MAPS to serve as its philanthropic and humanitarian arm. The testing site is located at MAPS at: 17550 N.E. 67th Ct., Redmond, 98052. For more information about this event, email:

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Traffic Alerts for the Week of July 8 Through July 14

Neighborhood Safety Program Drivers should expect minor traffic delays at six locations this month while Kirkland’s contractor implements the 2019 Neighborhood Safety Program. NPM Construction is improving safety on Houghton’s 108th Avenue Northeast, Lakeview’s Lakeview Drive, North Rose Hill’s Slater Avenue, Norkirk’s Northeast 87th Street, Juanita’s Northeast 120th Street, and Kingsgate’s Northeast 132nd Street.

For more information, visit:

Totem Lake

Drivers will continue to have access to one northbound and one southbound lane on Totem Lake Boulevard between Northeast 124th Street and 120th Avenue Northeast until September, when Kirkland’s contractor expects to complete the Totem Lake Gateway project.

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108th Avenue Northeast

Drivers should continue to expect minor traffic impacts this month on 108th Avenue Northeast while a Kirkland contractor upgrades an aging water and sewer main along the north-to-south arterial.

Marshbank Construction is replacing the two systems—both more than five decades old—to increase their capacities to serve Kirkland’s growing population and to reduce the systems’ needs for maintenance.

That need is most urgent in the sewer line, which runs from Northeast 68th Street to Northeast 53rd Street. Settling soil has created a sag in the sewer line, allowing sewage to accumulate there and requiring maintenance crews to periodically flush the line.

The contractor is also replacing the water main between Northeast 68th and 60th streets.

Marshbank expects to complete the upgrades by spring of 2021. 

For more information, visit:

Upcoming Events

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Kirkland Performance Center Presents KPC at Home

8 p.m. Wednesday, July 8

Live Virtual Concert

Wednesday, July 8, KPC at Home features electric six-string violinist Geoffrey Castle who fearlessly brings the violin back to center stage with virtuoso showmanship and a 21st century attitude. Geoffrey Castle is a KPC favorite! KPC at Home can't wait to bring his incredible talent to fans virtually.

Live video link:

Thanks to the Simms Group for its sponsorship:

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Kirkland Wednesday Market presented by the Kirkland Downtown Association

3 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday through September 23

Marina Park

The Kirkland Downtown Association Wednesday Market opens Wednesday, June 10 from 3 to 7 p.m. in Marina Park. Please see the new market rules. If possible, please order from market vendors in advance. More information about the Wednesday Market is available at


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Juanita Friday Market

3 to 7 p.m., every Friday through September 25, 2020

Juanita Beach Park

Face masks are required to enter the market.

Please allow for extra time as Public Health Seattle & King County is limiting the number of customers allowed in the market at any given time. Thank you for your patience! There are big changes this year so before you go, be sure to pre-order your purchases, check-out the drive-thru plans, and see how we'll be handling health & safety issues. And while we'd love to see everyone, if you're in a high-risk group please stay home and send a friend to do your shopping. 

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King County Library System presents: Plant-Based Cooking and the Prevention and Reversal of Diabetes

6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 14

Online, virtual event

Type 2 Diabetes is an epidemic in our country. It affects people from all walks of life, including our children. Doctor visits, finger pricks, medications, injections, feeling tired and sick. It is all so unnecessary! Come learn about the causes of Diabetes and how to prevent and reverse Type 2 Diabetes through a plant-based diet, and find an alternative solution to the life sentence of Diabetes.

Brought to you by the Kingsgate Library. Registration required by 10 a.m. on July 13.

Safer Summer for Events

Household Goods and Electronics Recycling Event hosted by Waste Management

Northshore Community Church, 10301 NE 145th ST (parking lot across street)

Saturday July 18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Accepted items: clothing/linens, reusable household goods (book, dishware, games), electronics (computers, TVs, printers, DVD players, etc.). For more event details check out  

Event safety procedures: please wear a mask and stay in your vehicle unless directed otherwise.

Check out all of the Safer Summer Recycling Events on our flyer.