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September 1, 2022  

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City Offices Will be Closed for Labor Day, Monday, September 5

Kirkland City Hall Lower Entrance

City administrative offices are closed on Monday, September 5, in observance of Labor Day. Fire, police, and other critical services will remain fully operational. City services normally accessible through email, the Our Kirkland service portal, and over the phone will resume 8 a.m., Tuesday, September 6. 

City Council Preview

City Council posing for picture with text: City Council Meeting Sept 6 at 7:30p hybrid meeting

The next meeting of the Kirkland City Council is on Tuesday, September 6, 2022.  This will be a hybrid meeting, and community members are welcome to attend the meeting in person or via Zoom. Limited socially distant seating will be available in the Council Chamber, as well as some limited overflow seating.  

Here’s a brief overview of some of the items on the Business Agenda for the September 6, 2022, Council meeting, which starts at 7:30 p.m.:   

Resolution R-5434 Two-Year Review – The Council will receive a two-year review of the City’s progress implementing Resolution R-5434. Resolution R-5434 was approved by the City Council on August 4, 2020, and identified numerous actions intended to demonstrate that Black lives matter and to dismantle structural racism in Kirkland. 

Kirkland Community Biennial Survey Results – The Council will receive and discuss the results of the biennial community survey conducted by EMC Research and the online version of the same survey published by the City. The City conducts a community survey every other year to gauge resident satisfaction with City services and to help establish priorities for the biennial budget. 

Public Hearing – The Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed Planned Action Ordinance for Google’s development of an office campus on the Lee Johnson site within the NE 85th St Station Area.   

Prior to the above business agenda, the Council will also hold a Study Session starting at 5:30 p.m., where they will discuss:  

Study Session: The Study Session will cover three different topics: 

  • The Council will receive an overview of the 2023 Draft Surface Water Master Plan and will provide direction on the future level of service for the Surface Water Utility. 
  • The Council will receive a briefing on the current and proposed alternative methodology to calculate water, sewer, and surface water capital facility charges and will provide direction to staff. 
  • The Council will receive a follow-up briefing about Solid Waste reserve policy options and will provide direction to staff. 

Meeting details:  

The business meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. and is preceded by a 5:30 p.m. study session. The agenda for the September 6 meeting will be available on the City website prior to the meeting on the Kirkland City Council agendas webpage. You can also receive meeting agendas in your inbox by subscribing to “City Council Agendas” on the Kirkland email lists subscription page.   

How to watch:  Kirkland City Council meetings are streamed live and can be watched after the fact on the City of Kirkland Facebook page and the City YouTube channel, in addition to the livestream on the City website. Meetings are also televised on Comcast Cable Channel 21 and Ziply Cable Channel 31.  

How to participate:  Members of the public wishing to address the Council may do so in-person or via Zoom during the “Items from the Audience” part of the agenda. That part of the agenda occurs at the beginning of the Council’s business meeting at 7:30 p.m. Information on the comment sign up process to provide comment to the City Council, and on attending the meeting virtually, is available on the  City Council webpage.  

Written comments can also be submitted to For additional questions, please call the City Clerk’s Office at (425) 587-3190.  


Community Conversations

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City Hall for All: Kirkland through the Eyes of the Community 
Everyone is invited to join Kirkland’s City Hall for All 2022 on September 17, 2022, starting at 10 a.m. and be part of creating a more equitable community where everyone has a sense of belonging. This virtual event features three facilitated discussions to reflect on the community we aspire to become and how to achieve that vision.  Read more on the City’s website.

How can I contact the City with questions, requests, or suggestions? 

You can always contact City staff through the Our Kirkland service portal, available on the web and mobile app. Submitting your comments through Our Kirkland ensures the right staff receives the information and is able to follow up with you.  

For more opportunities to provide feedback to the City, please visit our Community Conversations page. 

Council Seeks to Accelerate Investments in Safer Routes to School

Transportation Benefit District

Community Invited to Town Hall on October 3 to Discuss Potential $20 Car Tab Fee 

The Kirkland City Council seeks to accelerate Safer Routes to School and Active Transportation investments and is considering implementing a $20 vehicle licensing fee (car tab) to pay for the 45 highest priority projects identified in the City’s Safer Routes to School Action Plans and Active Transportation Plan. More information is available on the City’s website: 

KPD Asks for Community Members’ Help with Auto Theft Case

Auto theft suspect 08-29-22

Kirkland Police Department is investigating a break-in at Doug’s Auto Tune & Repair that occurred just after 5 a.m. on Monday, August 29, 2022, in the Totem Lake neighborhood. 

Video surveillance shows two suspects pull up in a blue, 4-door station wagon. In the video, the main suspect is seen smashing the front glass door to get inside the shop. The same suspect then steals a red Ford Fusion parked in the auto repair bay. 

While Kirkland patrol officers were still at the scene, Bellevue Police located the Ford Fusion stolen during the burglary and arrested the driver. 

KPD is still looking for the second suspect and the suspect vehicle, a blue 4-door station wagon with a spare tire and damage to the driver-side rear wheel well.

KPD is asking the public for any information they may have on the second suspect or the suspect vehicle.

Read more.

Peter Kirk After School Camp is Hiring!

Poster with an apple and text: Peter Kirk After School Camp

Come be a fun, after school Camp Leader or Director at Peter Kirk After School Camp! Guide up to 25 campers a day in outdoor games (weather permitting), going on walks, doing arts and crafts, helping with homework, and having fun! 

Our After School program is located at Peter Kirk Community Center, 352 Kirkland Ave. 

For more information or to apply, click here: and enter "After School" in the search. 

Questions? Call 425-587-3360 or email us at 

Celebrating Eastrails’ Funding and Connections

Eastrail Event

On August 24, regional representatives and partners came together in Woodinville to celebrate the $29 million committed investment in the Eastrail project. When complete, the Eastrail will link Renton to Snohomish County with a 42-mile long pedestrian and bike trail. The new investment is part of the "Move Ahead Washington" transportation package and will fund portions of the trail yet to built or not yet connected to the existing trail.  Kirkland's portion of the Eastrail is the beloved Cross Kirkland Corridor. 

At the event were State Senator Marko Liias, State Representatives Vandana Slatter and Jake Fey, Kirkland Mayor Penny Sweet and Councilmembers Jon Pascal and Neal Black, Woodinville Mayor Mike Millman, Redmond Mayor Angela Birney, Executive Director of Eastrail Partners Katherine Hollis, and many more representatives and transportation committee members.  

In August, the Eastrail opened a new section linking the Cross Kirkland Corridor and the Sammamish River Trail, connecting Kirkland and Woodinville with a continuous trail for the first time. 

CM Jon Pascal at Peace Peloton Ride 1

Councilmember Pascal also rode with Peace Peloton through Redmond, Kirkland, and Woodinville recently via the recently completed Eastrail. At the new Totem Lake Park he shared info about all the changes happening in Kirkland from a livability and mobility perspective.  

Read more about the Eastrail project on King County's website. 

Reminder: New Tenant Protections Take Effect Sept. 17

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On August 3, the Kirkland City Council adopted legislation concerning tenant protections that seeks to balance tenant and landlord interests and was designed based on feedback from both tenant and landlord groups.  This new ordinance goes into effect on September 17, 2022.  

To read the key provisions of the new tenant protections, and for more information, visit the City’s website.

Who’s Responsible for Keeping the Sidewalk Next to Your Home Clear?

Weeds on Road

The Street and Grounds Division of our Public Works Department maintains public sidewalks, paths, and trails in the City of Kirkland.  

However, property owners in Kirkland are responsible for keeping the public sidewalk adjoining their property clear of any debris or obstructions, including leaves, snow and ice. Bushes and branches must also be kept trimmed to a height of at least 8 feet above the sidewalk. Blowing or moving leaves and debris onto the sidewalk or into the street is prohibited.  

For more information, please refer to the “Sidewalks, paths, and trails” drop down menu on the Streets and Grounds Division webpage.

To report an urgent right-of-way issue, please call 425-587-3900. You can report a non-emergency issue via the Our Kirkland portal or call 425-587-3900 during business hours. 

Traffic Alerts

Northeast 124th Street – Totem Lake 

Kirkland’s Totem Lake Connector contractor is closing Northeast 124th Street between 120th Place Northeast and 124th Avenue Northeast from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sept. 6 and Sept. 7 while its crews mount a deck span on the bridge. 

Lakeview Drive – Lakeview 

Kirkland’s 2022 street paving contractor is maintaining intermittent lane-closures on Lakeview Drive between its intersections with Lake Washington Boulevard and Northeast 64th Street. Watson Asphalt is repairing damaged curbs and upgrading curb ramps that are out of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

Northeast 132nd Street at I-405 – Juanita/Kingsgate 

Drivers continue to encounter traffic control that will be in place into fall as the Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) contractor completes the first phase of major construction for this project.   ­­­ 

WSDOT is building a new on-ramp for northbound Interstate 405 traffic and a new off-ramp for the interstate’s southbound traffic. The project will enhance sidewalks and bicycle lanes and will create roundabouts at the ramps’ Northeast 132nd Street intersection. 

For questions about this traffic control or this project, call WSDOT’s project hotline at 425-224-2433. 

Upcoming Events

Tree Program

Branching Out – Choosing the Right Tree for your Yard
Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2022 
Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m. 
Location: Virtual 

Are you looking to mix it up in your yard this Fall?  

Branch out in your landscape by planting a new tree! 

Join us for a FREE online class all about planting just the right tree for your yard. Our experts from Tilth Alliance will teach you how to choose the right tree for the right place, and how to plant it properly so it survives and thrives for years to come. 

Learn more and register on the event page   


Kirkland Office of Emergency Management CERT Class    

Haven’t taken a Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) class before? Join the Fall 2022 CERT class and learn about emergency preparedness, disaster first aid, live fire suppression, and more.   

The classes will be on September 20, 22, 27, and 29 from 6 to 9 p.m., with a drill on October 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.   

Registration is $25 for Kirkland residents.   

Find more details and sign up at


CERT trainees lifting a practice patient
a heat pump system

Energy Smart Eastside Heat Pump Workshops   

Thinking of ways to prepare your home to keep cool in the heat?      

This summer, eastside residents have an opportunity to learn about and purchase discounted heat pump systems through Energy Smart Eastside, a multi-city energy efficiency program.       

Heat pumps are highly efficient cooling and heating systems that use less energy than traditional electric heating systems and can result in lower utility bills.     

To qualify for the Energy Smart Eastside discount, attend a free, 1-hour virtual workshop.     

Read more, and register for an upcoming workshop, at: 



Juanita Friday Market   

Date: Every Friday from June 3 to September 30   

Time: 3 – 7 p.m.   

Location: Juanita Beach Park, 9703 NE Juanita Drive, Kirkland 98034   

Come with your friends, or meet new ones, and enjoy shopping for delicious and nutritious foods, as well as fine wines and locally brewed craft beers. Then try one, or more, of our hot food vendors for a varied menu of offerings. We look forward to seeing you at Juanita Beach.   

For more, visit Juanita Friday Market event page 

For more events from the City, visit our Community Events page. For up to date happenings around Kirkland, visit   

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