Thank You Kirkland: Message for Gratitude from Mayor Sweet and Chief Sanford, Coming up at Council, Honoring Veterans for Veterans Day, Shop Local Kirkland Digital Main Street Open for Shopping, Message from Public Health, I-CERV Hosts Food Drive, Hand Medal Project Honors First Responders and More!

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November 12, 2020

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Thank you Kirkland!

We are excited to share this message of gratitude from Mayor Penny Sweet, Fire Chief Joe Sanford, and the dedicated members of the Kirkland Fire Department, who wish to thank Kirkland voters for passing the Fire & Emergency Medical Services 2020 Ballot Measure (Proposition 1).

Thank you Kirkland!

For more information about this important ballot measure and the investments supported through its successful passage, visit our website.

Thank you Kirkland still

Coming up at Council

City Council

The Kirkland City Council’s next “virtual” meeting takes place Tuesday, November 17. The meeting uses video conferencing technology provided by Zoom in response to Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start plan to reopen Washington. The regular business meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. and is preceded by a 5:30 p.m. study session.

The agenda for the November 17 meeting will be available on the City website prior to the meeting at: Kirkland City Council agendas. The meeting can be viewed in real time via the live stream on the City website at: and is televised on Comcast Cable Channel 21 and Ziply Cable Channel 31.

Here are a few highlights from the upcoming meeting:

2021-2022 Budget and 2021-2026 Capital Improvement Program

The 2021-2022 Preliminary Budget, “Investing in a More Equitable, Safe and Resilient Kirkland,” was presented to the Kirkland City Council on October 27, 2020 and is available on the City’s website. The budget proposal was profoundly shaped by the dramatic and historic events that continue to unfold in 2020. Kirkland’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) funds the City's capital needs related to transportation, parks, technology, water, sewer and surface water over a six-year period. The 2021-2026 CIP was originally presented to the City Council on June 16, 2020.

The preliminary 2021-2022 budget and 2021-2026 CIP will be further reviewed during the 5:30 p.m. study session on November 17, and the community is invited to provide input on these items, as well as the 2021 preliminary property tax levy, at the public hearing during the regular business meeting that starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information about the budget and to view the 2021-2022 Preliminary Budget, please visit

Also to be discussed at the November 17 Council Meeting:

  • The City of Kirkland’s allocation for the North East King County Regional Public Safety Communications Agency (NORCOM) budget
  • Cooperative agreements with WSDOT for the design-build Construction and Project Coordination of the I-405/NE 132nd St interchange project
  • The final update of the Sustainability Master Plan

Council will accept live spoken commentary under 'Items from the Audience' or ‘Public Hearings’ at regular meetings via Zoom audio/video on a computer or telephone connection. The connection links are provided on each individual meeting agenda. Speakers are asked to limit their remarks to three minutes apiece, and no more than three speakers may address the Council on any one subject. However, if both proponents and opponents wish to speak, then up to three proponents and up to three opponents of the matter may address the Council. Zoom audience members will be alerted to ‘raise their hand’ virtually if they wish to address the Council at the appropriate time in the meeting. Written comments can be submitted to

Please call (425) 587-3190 and leave a message before 5 p.m. on the day of the Council meeting with any questions; City Clerk's Office staff will endeavor to return your call. 

For more information about the Kirkland City Council, please visit the Council webpage.

The City Council wants to hear from you!

What are your priorities for the 2021 – 2022 City budget? In the video below, Councilmember Toby Nixon provides some basic information about the budget including why it's important to provide your feedback.

“The budget is more than just numbers,” said Councilmember Nixon. “It puts our community priorities into action.”

Councilmember Nixon still for Budget video

Honoring and Celebrating Veterans for Veterans Day

Corey Hall

In honor of Veterans Day, we showcased a few of the veterans who work at the City or are related to someone who works at the City.

If you would like to view these stories in their entirety, please visit the City Facebook page. 

Firefighter Corey Hall

Firefighter Corey Hall enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2012 and served in the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), which is the designated aviation unit for Special Operations. As a Blackhawk mechanic and crew chief, this Maroon Beret served on deployments all over the world, completing missions in the Middle East, Africa, the Philippines, and Thailand.

Corey was hired the Kirkland Fire Department in 2018. He’s a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) instructor and is currently in the driver program learning to drive Kirkland’s fire apparatus. He is also a certified wildland firefighter and a valued member of the City’s wildland firefighting team, serving on two 18-day deployments this summer to assist firefighters in California as they battled some of the largest wildfires in California state history.  

He was honorably discharged from the Army in 2019. Thank you for your service FF Hall!  

Kirkland Police Officer Promise Jackson

Originally from Midlothian Texas, Kirkland Police Officer and former Army National Guard Soldier Promise Jackson loves his job and is passionate about serving the Kirkland community. He was inspired to join the military by his grandfather, who served in the Army and is a veteran of the Korean War, and his older brother, who joined the Army National Guard shortly before he did.

Promise was hired by KPD in 2017, graduated from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy, and began serving the Kirkland community. He started as a patrol officer and was recently promoted to the traffic unit as a traffic officer, dedicated to traffic enforcement, collision investigation, DUI enforcement, and other related traffic incidents. Promise loves working in traffic because it gives him the daily opportunity to have a positive impact on public safety. 

Thank you for your service Officer Jackson!

Officer P Jackson

Kirkland resident Wesley Carpenter

This year, we broadened our veterans series to include family members of City Staff, thanks to City of Kirkland IT Sr. Applications Analyst Shelli Craig. Shelli's father, Wesley Carpenter, is a third generation Kirkland resident, community volunteer and Vietnam veteran.  

Wes Carpenter was born on December 29, 1943 at the Kirkland Hospital, which was located in the heart of downtown where the Heathman Hotel stands today.

He grew up in the North Rose Hill neighborhood, attending Rose Hill Elementary and Kirkland Junior High before graduating from Lake Washington High School. He fell in love with and would eventually marry his high school sweetheart, Carol Wilson, who was a Houghton native. At that time Houghton was a separate jurisdiction, with its own library, town hall, and police and fire departments. One of Wes’s earliest jobs was at the Rocket U-Save Oil Co. gas station in Houghton, where he once made the local newspapers for trying to stop a robbery.

In April of 1965, at the age of 21, Wesley was drafted into the United States Army. By January of 1966, he was deployed to the jungles of Vietnam and is a survivor of the Battle of Abilene, which saw heavy casualties. Wes served his country honorably, earning the Bronze Star Medal for Heroism in Ground Combat, the Purple Heart for Wounds Received in Action and the Army Commendation Medal with “V” (for valor) Device for Heroism.

He was honorably discharged from the United States Army on April 12, 1971. Thank you for your service Wes! 

Wesley Carpenter Creates a Digital Main Street for Kirkland Businesses

Exciting news! A new digital marketplace now makes it possible to find and purchase the exceptional goods, gifts, food and services that Kirkland businesses offer, all with contactless pickup and delivery options.  From clothing and décor to restaurants and wine to business, health and wellness services, offers a fast, easy way to make purchases, and support Kirkland businesses in the process.

The Shop Local Kirkland initiative responds to the economic impacts of COVID-19 on Kirkland’s business community and is designed to help local businesses survive and thrive through WA State’s Safe Start Plan and beyond. Read the full news release here

To peruse and purchase unique and trusted goods and services offered by Kirkland-based businesses, go to

Have a business and want to join? Registration is free and open to all Kirkland-based businesses, including home businesses and not-for-profits. Register your business at  Questions? Need help? Please email


COVID-19 Cases Spreading Very Quickly in Puget Sound Region

Mask up Wa

The fall surge, which is showing no signs of stopping, has erased the progress that we made this summer. Western Washington, specifically King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, are hot zones for disease transmission, and they’re following a troubling nationwide trend. This week, the United States broke two records in as many days: more than 100,000 cases reported on Wednesday November 4, and more than 116,000 on Thursday November 5.

As the holidays approach, the Washington State Department of Health recommends taking steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including:

  • Limit in-person gatherings as much as you can. That means reducing the number of times you gather, how many people attend and how long you spend together. Gather outside if possible, or open windows and doors to maximize ventilation inside.
  • Always wear a face covering when you’re around people who don’t live with you. This includes close friends and family. It may feel awkward to do this around people we know well and trust, but many people get COVID-19 from someone who doesn’t have symptoms yet. Even if you’re keeping some physical distance, it’s still a good idea to wear a face covering.
  • Talk to your family and friends about alternate ways to celebrate the holidays. Brainstorm ideas for virtual celebrations so you can still enjoy spending time together without putting each other at risk.
  • Make a safety plan for in-person gatherings. Have a conversation with your family and friends about what you’re going to do to reduce risk of spreading COVID-19 when you gather.
  • Stay home if you’re sick or have been exposed to COVID-19. If you’re feeling a little under the weather but aren’t sure if you’re getting sick, take the cautious approach and protect others by staying home.
  • Keep up your good hygiene habits. Wash or sanitize your hands often and avoid touching your face.

Read the full news release here. See the latest record breaking national numbers here.

I-CERV, Lake Washington School District, Nourishing Networks, and the City of Kirkland Partner in Food Drive

The I-CERV (Ismaili Community Engaged in Responsible Volunteering) group invites the community to participate in a Thanksgiving Food Drive at the Ismaili Jamatkhana in Kirkland (12505 115th Ave NE, WA 98034), on Saturday, November 21, 2020, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Volunteers will accept donations to benefit families and children in the Lake Washington School District (LWSD), serving the cities of Kirkland, Redmond, Woodinville, and Sammamish. Food drive participants are welcome to donate suggested items, including but not limited to: soup, oatmeal, pasta, rice, peanut butter, jelly, snack bars, canned goods, cereals, stuffing/cornbread mix, gravy, cranberry sauce, household essentials, and baby essentials.

This event will be contactless with all COVID-19 safety and health guidelines in place. Volunteers from the LWSD, Nourishing Networks, City of Kirkland, and I-CERV will wear PPE during the event with adherence to social distancing recommendations.  

The objective of the initiative is to assist families in need and to use LWSD’s platform, since meals may be picked up at six designated schools throughout the district.

The Ismaili community in Kirkland, as everywhere else, has a centuries-old tradition of volunteering and serving the communities in which they live, with its national I-CERV organization participating in many initiatives to help those in need. I-CERV volunteer Tasnim Rehamani has been involved with the community’s youth activities for over 20 years, connecting the congregation with service projects in many neighborhoods.

A food drive to help families during the holidays was a perfect fit for I-CERV.

“I reached out to Kirkland City Councilmembers Toby Nixon and Kelli Curtis, who were supportive of this initiative at this time as many families are in a desperate situation,” Tasnim said. “With the help of Catherine Cruz, Family Engagement and Outreach Specialist at LSWD, we connected with Tammy Waddell, the Executive Director at Nourishing Networks, and I presented the idea to 16 more organizations/agencies in the external community who agreed to assist with the marketing efforts.”

I-CERV’s most recent food drive was held in May, during the month of Ramadan, when donations were presented to Friends of the Children in Seattle. The response from the community was overwhelming and it is hoped that even more people will donate items to help families in need as we approach the holiday season.

iCERV food drive

Hand Medal Project Honors Kirkland First Responders

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On Sunday, November 8, the City of Kirkland became an official stop on the Hand Medal Project’s tour de force as members of the Kirkland Fire Department were presented with handmade medals meant to represent a collective sense of gratitude for healthcare workers around the world. 

Founded by international artists Iris Eichenberg and Jimena Ríos, the Hand Medal Project is a global effort to honor health workers. Launched in March of 2020, the project recruited over 3,000 individual makers from 63 different countries to fashion the small, hand-shaped medals, each meant to serve as an emblem of the service and sacrifice of health workers during this tumultuous year. From there, Eichenberg and Ríos coordinated a network of “Hand Keepers” to collect the medals, and “Hand Givers” to distribute the medals to medical communities all over the world.  

Kirkland’s batch of custom medals was delivered by local Hand Givers Maria Phillips and Jennifer Bennett, both artists and jewelry makers who stepped up to distribute the individual medals to healthcare workers throughout our region. The Hand Medal Project deliberately emulates COVID-19 in its ability to travel swiftly, except that instead of spreading virus, this hope-filled counternarrative spreads gratitude, thankfulness and devotion.

The medals are distinct and made from different types of metal, each with a unique numerical identifier so that Hand Medal recipients can look up their medal and find out who made it. The medals are in the shape of hands because hands themselves have been at the forefront of this ongoing battle. As we wash and sanitize our hands, we reflect on their powerful ability to heal and connect.

“Unlike a war, our current battle with coronavirus is fought with an enemy invisible to the naked eye, its specter made all the more ominous by its intangibility—a danger you cannot see,” wrote Hand Medal Project spokesperson Elizabeth Essner. “By contrast, metal, especially jewelry, is known by its weight and shape against the body. When formed into a medal, it provides a physical testimony for both the unseen virus and invisible bravery of those who have fought it.”

Thank you to the Hand Medal Project for honoring our first responders!

Hand medal

This Could be a Snowy Winter – Do You Know What to Do if it Snows?

Winter weather tips

Because City resources can’t reach all locations or address every situation, community assistance and personal responsibility are needed to help keep our community safe during the winter months. If you’re able to, please stay home during a snow or ice event until the roads are clear and safe for traveling.

You can help out by doing the following:

  • Staying home throughout the storm, if possible, until driving, walking, and biking routes are clear and safe for travel.
  • Parking vehicles in your driveway or garage to give crews access to the street. Owners are responsible for removing/digging out their vehicles if they are parked on snow routes. If a vehicle is blocking snow and ice response activities, police may utilize towing service to clear the roads of these vehicles.

More winter weather preparedness tips are available on the City’s website.

A Message from the Bellevue and Lake Washington School Districts by Eastside Pathways

This is a video newsletter from the Bellevue and Lake Washington school districts brought to you by the Eastside Pathways remote learning committee.

Este es un boletin de noticias de los distritos escolares de Bellevue y Lake Washington, traído a ustedes por el comité de aprendizaje remoto de Eastside Pathways.

Eastside Pathways is a partnership of nearly 70 public, private, and nonprofit organizations, working collectively on the Eastside to attain better outcomes for kids, cradle to career. The partnership is supported by a backbone organization that mobilizes, convenes, and facilitates its work.

This video newsletter provides a variety of information to help families and students as they navigate the 2020 – 2021 school year. The video is intended for all Spanish speaking families in both the Bellevue and Lake Washington school districts. For more information, visit the Lake Washington School District website

Eastside Pathways video

Upcoming Events

Free yard waste

Extra yard waste FREE in November

November 2020

There are no fees for extra yard waste in November!

Help reduce the risk of localized flooding by clearing fall leaves from storm drains and streets. Use a rake to remove debris from your neighborhood storm drains and roadways. Dispose of leaves and branches in your gray yard waste cart. Extra yard waste is free throughout the month of November! Place in paper yard bags, reusable paper yard waste bag or container labeled “Yard” (65lb limit each). Plastic bags are not accepted. 

For more information about surface water management in Kirkland, please visit our webpage

KPC at Home

Kirkland Performance Center Presents: A Live Virtual Concert with Vaudeville Etiquette

8 p.m., Thursday, November 12

Online, virtual event

Join KPC tonight as local Seattle band and KPC favorite, Vaudeville Etiquette, brings their talent to the stage for KPC at Home's latest livestream performance. 

About Vaudeville Etiquette

Vaudeville Etiquette is Seattle Americana Rock. Magnetic, provocative, and dynamic with deep roots and classic rock chemistry.

Singer/songwriter duo Tayler Lynn and Bradley Laina met in college and began collaborating when they realized they both had a similar love for The Rolling Stones record, Exile on Main Street. The pair lifted the band name from an old celluloid slide of a lost silent film and Vaudeville Etiquette was born. They began as a duo playing shows in Seattle, WA then quickly expanded into the show-stopping Americana rock quintet that has steadily built a loyal fanbase playing legendary clubs, concert halls, and festivals across the US and Europe. This show can be enjoyed on KPC's Facebook page. 

KDA winter market

Kirkland Downtown Association presents the Kirkland Winter Market

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, November 14

Marina Park

Face masks are required to enter the market.

Join the Kirkland Downtown Association on the second Saturdays of November and December for a holiday-themed market! Shop for winter produce, dried flowers, artisan foods, and homemade crafts. Get a head start on your holiday shopping while supporting local businesses, passionate vendors and local craft-makers!  

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Batteries and Shredding

Kirkland City Hall (123 5th Ave.)

9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday November 14

Free shredding: clean paper only (staples ok, no binder clips). Limit 4 file-size boxes or grocery bags per vehicle. No pre-shredded paper.

Batteries accepted: Household (alkaline) batteries (AAAA, AAA, AA, C, D, 9v), button batteries, and rechargeable batteries. For more information on our Safer Fall 2020 Recycling Events, please visit our webpage.

Event safety procedures: please wear a mask and gloves and stay in your vehicle until it is your turn. Please pack materials so they will be quick to unload.

Questions? Contact Kirkland's Recycling Hotline at


King County Library System Presents: Online Community Event: Ducks in a Row Estate Planning

4 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 17

Online, virtual event 

For adults.

Many people think estate planning is only for the wealthy. Regardless of what we own, we all need an estate plan to determine who will pay bills, what will be done with personal belongings and who will be the heirs of property at the end of life. Attorney and estate planning specialist Elizabeth Jennings will cover probate and estate planning documents such as Durable Power of Attorney, Will and Revocable Living Trust. 

Brought to you by the Kingsgate Library and People's Memorial Association. 

Please register directly with People's Memorial Association

Scarecrow fashion show

Kirkland Parks & Community Services Presents: Scarecrow Fashion Fun

Entries due by Thursday, November 19

Virtual event

Design it, Build it, Dress it!

Was your creative energy sparked by October’s Great Pumpkin Carving Contest? November’s Scarecrow Fashion Fun contest is another chance to show off your artistic abilities while competing for some great prizes. Design your scarecrow in any medium you wish! You have full creative license as you craft your fashion-forward scarecrow on paper, in paint, digitally or even life size. Submit a photo of your award-worthy scarecrow for the chance win prizes.

Winners will receive a gift certificate from PCC Community Markets for a turkey, and a gift card from Lady Yum, Kirkland’s famed maker of macarons and mischief.

Visit the Kirkland Parks & Community Services Facebook page for more information.