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December 1, 2022

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City Council Meeting


The regular City Council meeting scheduled for December 6 has been cancelled. The City Council will hold a special meeting on December 13, 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.    

The agenda for the December 13 special meeting will be available on the City website 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

Community Conversations

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Want to Serve on the King Conservation District Board?   

King Conservation District (KCD) is holding its annual Board of Supervisors Election. The window to file as a candidate is open December 5 through 9, 2022.   

KCD is a special purpose district committed to helping people engage in stewardship and conservation of natural resources. It serves over two million people in 34 cities and unincorporated King County.  The election will take place January 24 through February 14, 2023, via online ballots.   

For more information, and to file as a Board candidate, visit King Conservation District.


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Share Your Thoughts on the Northeast Transfer Station  

King County Solid Waste Division has identified two sites in Kirkland and one in Woodinville as potential locations for a new, modern transfer station as part of the Northeast Recycling and Transfer Station Project.  

King County Solid Waste Division would like to hear from you. Visit the online open house between now and January 17 to learn more and provide comment.   

Join one of the upcoming Scoping Meetings to share what is important to you and what you think the project team should consider. Read more at King County Solid Waste. 

Five Northend Cities Form New Regional Crisis Response Agency

Regional Crisis Response Team

The City Councils of Bothell, Kenmore, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, and Shoreline this month each adopted a partner agreement to form a new Regional Crisis Response Agency. The signed Interlocal agreement merges the North Sound RADAR (Response Awareness, De-Escalation, and Referral) Navigator program with Kirkland’s Community Responder program to form a new entity to provide community mobile crisis response services to all five cities.

Read more.

Kirkland Police to Begin Using Body-Worn Cameras

The Kirkland Police Department will begin using body-worn cameras in early December. Officers in KPD’s Traffic Unit will be the first to wear and operate body-worn cameras on duty, with the goal of equipping the whole department by the end of the year. 

Watch our informational video about Kirkland’s body-worn camera program: 

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King County Diversity and Recruitment Firefighter Workshop

King County Diversity and Recruitment Firefighter Workshop

The King County Fire Chiefs Association is holding its third Diversity and Recruitment Workshop.  This workshop is geared toward members of the BIPOC community, women, limited-English-speaking community members, and/or those with no prior fire service experience who would like to learn more about a rewarding career in Fire and EMS.  

The event will help prepare individuals with: 

  • Written firefighter exam prep 
  • Oral board interview prep 
  • Wellness and fitness prep 
  • Medical, psych, and background check prep 
  • *NEW* Understanding a Day in the Life of a Firefighter 

The day will also feature a diverse group of speakers from around the region to help attendees better understand why they chose a rewarding career in Fire and life safety and what that journey was like from their unique perspective. 

Kirkland Ca$h is Back...

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...In time for the holiday season. This year, support our city’s incredible collection of small businesses by taking advantage of this awesome offer!  This is a great opportunity to plan a staycation or welcome in out-of-town friends and family.  Book a participating hotel and receive up to $100 to play in Kirkland. You can get away for a few days and shop for the perfect holiday gift, all while supporting our local community. Details at

Prevent Frozen Pipes During Winter Weather

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Unprotected pipes can freeze, leaving you with no access to water. Even worse, they can crack or break, leaving you with potential flooding and costly repairs. 

How to Protect Pipes 

• Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Keep outside valves open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break. 

• Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. 

• Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. 

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes 

• Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage. 

• Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children. 

• When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing. 

• Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. 

How to Thaw Frozen Pipes 

• Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. 

• Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device. 

See for more winter weather tips. 

Parks Funding Committee Learns About Kirkland’s Budget

PFEC WA State Property Tax Video

The Parks Funding Exploratory Committee (PFEC) will learn about the City of Kirkland budget, Washington State property taxes, ballot funding mechanism options and the history of ballot measures in Kirkland at their meeting next Thursday, December 8. 

The committee was established by City Council in August 2022 to lead the community input process and provide recommendations for a potential ballot measure(s) to Kirkland City Council by spring 2023.

Catch up on past PFEC meetings and learn more about PFEC at 

Thank You for Supporting the Pink Patch Project

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Kirkland Police Department would like to thank community members who helped support the Pink Patch Project – an annual campaign to bring attention to the fight against breast cancer by having officers wearing a special pink Kirkland Police or Corrections patch on their uniforms. 

This year, KPD was able to raise $640 for Footprints of Fight, a local charity supporting families and patients in Washington undergoing cancer treatment. Thank you to all who participated! 

Help Give Food Security This Holiday Season

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No family should go without food. Help address food insecurity for families of Lake Washington School District (LWSD) this holiday season with Nourishing Network – a regional coordination of people and organizations who provide food to people in need. Donations are welcomed and all proceeds go directly toward food resources for LWSD students and their families.

Traffic Alerts

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

Drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists will encounter continued construction as WSDOT’s contractor builds a new interchange for Interstate 405.  

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

Northeast 124th Street – Juanita  

Drivers continue to encounter construction at 116th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 124th Street, where a Kirkland contractor is constructing a new right-turn only lane to improve traffic flow.    

Interwest Construction is shifting between day work and night work to get the sidewalks formed and poured.  The project also builds a wide sidewalk with street trees and street lighting along the northwest side of 116th Avenue Northeast.   Most work on the project is expected to be complete by the end of the year, with a final paving occurring in Spring, 2023. 


Northeast 124th Street – Totem Lake 

Kirkland’s Totem Lake Connector contractor is planning to close Totem Lake Boulevard from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7 near the work zone.


Upcoming Events

Google Holiday Lights

Google Holiday Lights  

Date: December 2, 2022  

Time: 5 - 7 p.m.  

Location: Feriton Spur Park on the Cross Kirkland Corridor. 509 6th St. S Feriton Spur Park, Kirkland, WA 98033  

An evening of hot chocolate and cookies, a petting zoo, a photo booth, and the annual musical holiday lights on the Cross Kirkland Corridor. The event opens at 5 p.m., carolers will take the stage at 5:15 p.m., and the program begins at 5:30 p.m. when Mayor Penny Sweet will flip the switch to turn on 10,000 LED lights with a show custom-programmed to holiday music by Google Kirkland engineers. 

Google’s Musical Holiday Lights will be available for public viewing daily from Dec. 2-early January from 5-10 p.m. each night. 

To get there, walk or bike along the CKC, take Metro’s 245, 250, or 255 bus or parking is available. Parking will be based on a first come first serve basis.  Please utilize Google Building D L1 for your parking needs.

More information on the event page.


Holiday Bazaar

Juanita Elementary Holiday Bazaar & Silent Auction  

Date: December 3, 2022  

Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  

Location: Juanita Elementary School, 9635 NE 132nd St   

The annual Juanita Elementary Holiday Bazaar is a neighborhood favorite featuring local artisans and small businesses. Shop for the holidays from a wide variety of local artisans and bid on silent auction baskets while benefiting the school’s Outdoor Ed program.   

Browse vendors and find more information available at the PTA webpage.


Light Up Kirkland 2022

Light Up Kirkland 

Date: Saturday, December 10, 2022  

Time: 4 – 7 p.m.  

Location: Juanita Beach Park, 9703 NE Juanita Drive  

Light Up Kirkland is a magical event held at Juanita Beach Park. Partake in some cocoa and cookies as you stroll on the grounds of the park to view a winter wonderland of lights, followed by a bonfire on the beach and music from local students. Argosy Cruises will swing by with their Christmas Ship and provide more musical entertainment from the water. This event is free.   

Questions? Call 425-587-3336  

Find more information on the event page.


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Toys for Tots 10th Annual 

Date: December 3 and 4, 2022 

Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Location: near Kirkland Costco along 8525 120th Ave NE. 

Toys for Tots collects new, unwrapped toys.  Parents request these toys through certified charities.  Toys can be dropped off or the QR code that is on the poster can be used to donate via PayPal or Venmo 

Kirkland Fire Crews, Marines and the Tacoma Stars will be joining this year to wave and collect donations and spread the holiday spirit! 


Ismaili Holiday Food and Toy Drive

Ismaili CIVIC Holiday Food and Toy Drive 

Date: December 17, 2022 

Time: Drop off between 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Location: Juanita High School, 10601 NE 132nd St 

The 3rd Annual Holiday Food and Toy Drive is seeking donations of unwrapped, new toys and culturally diverse non-perishable food. The drive benefits families of King County services and Eastside school districts. Thank you for your continued support.  

For more information, please contact: Tasnim Rehamani at


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