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January 26, 2023

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Upcoming City Council Meeting


The next regular City Council meeting is scheduled for February 7.  

More information about the February 7 City Council meeting will be included in an upcoming edition of ‘This Week in Kirkland’ and 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. 

The City Council will be holding a policy retreat on February 3. Information about the retreat will be available on the Kirkland City Council agendas webpage. 

Community Conversations

Police Explorers at Car Show

KPD Explorer Program Seeks Youth Volunteers   

Do you know a young person who is interested in learning what it's like to have a career in law enforcement? Consider the Kirkland Police Explorer Program! Designed for young people ages 14 through 21, the Explorers learn through service by volunteering at the Kirkland Police Department. Explorer duties can include helping with security detail or crowd control at community events. Volunteer hours can be applied toward a senior project or included on a resume, but more importantly, these experiences are aimed at producing responsible and caring community leaders. If you’re interested or know a young person who might be interested in the KPD Explorer Program, let us know! Contact one of our Lead Explorer Advisors:   

School Resource Officer Dan Luebke (425) 587-3480 Ext. 8636
Neighborhood Resource Officer Tiffany Trombley (425) 587-3427  

See more information about the KPD Explorer Program


Our Kirkland

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. 

Councilmember Amy Falcone Joins SCA Board of Directors

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Kirkland City Councilmember Amy Falcone has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Sound Cities Association (SCA), which is a membership association of 38 King County cities representing over one million residents. 

Read more here.

Google Not Proceeding with Purchase of Lee Johnson Property

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The City has been notified by Google and the Lee Johnson family that Google will not be buying the Lee Johnson properties on NE 85th Street and will not be proceeding with their proposed redevelopment project. 

Read more here.  

Armed Burglary Suspects Linked to Regional Robbery Crew

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Kirkland Police Department investigators identified individuals believed to be responsible for burglarizing a home and firing shots at the homeowner on October 9, 2022, in south Kirkland. The identifying information helped a coordinated law enforcement effort that led to the arrest of three people connected to multiple crimes across King County, including carjackings, kidnapping and armed robberies. 

Read more here.  

Pop-Up Dog Park at Snyder’s Corner Returns

Staff Working at Snyder's Pop Up Dog Park

Thanks to a confluence of good weather, a great crew, and a positive supply chain, the Parks and Community Services Department is excited to announce the return of the pop-up dog park at Snyder’s Corner this week. Wood chips have been ordered and will be added by the end of the week.  Please note: there is no parking at the site.  Please respect local businesses and use cross walks to safely access the pop-up site.   

Also, all community members are invited to join a listening session for the 2023 Snyder’s Corner Pop-Up Dog Park on Tuesday, January 31 at 6 p.m on Zoom to share feedback and preferences for potential amenities and other ideas about the pop-up park.  If you have questions about this listening session please contact Sarah Rock at or call 425-587-3315. For more information about dog parks in Kirkland, visit 

Parks Committee to Review Facility Feasibility Study

PFEC Group Outside of Sammamish Site Tour

The Parks Funding Exploratory Committee (PFEC) has been busy! Over the weekend, several PFEC members and PFEC Chair Councilmember Curtis took a second tour of the Sammamish Community and Aquatic Center and learned about the facility’s design and operations.  The full group will also hold its next meeting tonight, Thursday, January 26, where the group will receive an update on the recreation facility feasibility study. PFEC will also continue its discussion of potential parks ballot measure elements.  

Learn more about the potential ballot elements and PFEC’s work at 

5 Cities Behind Regional Crisis Response Agency Awarded

North Urban Human Services Alliance (NUHSA) Annual Human Services Awards

The North Urban Human Services Alliance (NUHSA) recognized the extraordinary work done by the cities of Bothell, Kenmore, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park and Shoreline in creating the new Regional Crisis Response Agency to provide community mobile crisis response services across north King County and awarded the five cities with its first Building Bridges Award on January 19.  

On hand from Kirkland was City Manager Kurt Triplett, Deputy City Manager Beth Goldberg, and Management Analyst Carly Joerger. 

NUHSA’s Annual Human Services Awards celebrate the accomplishments of individuals and organizations that advocate for a strong and accessible health and human services system in North King County. 

Kirkland 2044 Comprehensive Plan Visioning Event

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The City hosted a virtual Visioning Event on January 11 to hear what Kirkland community members envision for the City’s future.  

At this event, participants discussed potential challenges the City will face between now and 2044. Participants also brainstormed solutions and ideas for how we can gracefully navigate these challenges together.  

As we continue to grow and evolve as a City, here are 5 unique and thought-provoking ideas or opportunities to address challenges that we heard from community members to help us start thinking about Kirkland’s future:

  •  Increase alternative transportation modes, such as: point-to-point shuttles, more charging systems, and rapid electrification of the City; rethink transportation corridors instead of just amending 
  • Listen to people that can’t afford to live in Kirkland today or don’t have the opportunity to live here 
  • More creative housing opportunities such as co-housing with shared resources; reinforce the idea of creative missing middle housing options and go beyond just duplexes and triplexes 
  • Finding alternative ways to generate tax revenue as we transition away from a car-centric Kirkland 
  • Set specific sustainability goal for a “Zero Carbon City by 2044”  

Missed the event and want to review all the comments received at this event? Check them out. Want to get involved in this community conversation? Visit the City’s website for the most up-to-date information and find ways to get engaged.  

Newest Firefighter Graduating Class

Fire Department Graduates January 2023

Welcome to Kirkland Fire Department’s newest recruits! These nine were part of the most recent graduating class from the North King County Training Consortium – a combination class for the Fire Departments of Kirkland, Bothell, Shoreline and Eastside Fire & Rescue. 

They completed 16 weeks of Fire and Emergency Medical Services training, and KFD’s recruits will begin training on Kirkland’s specific equipment and apparatus before receiving their fire station assignments. 

You’ll see our 9 newest firefighter/EMTs serving our community in February! 

Thank You for Joining Us at Fire Station 24 Open House

Fire Station 24 Open House with Children and Fire Chief Sanford

Thank you to the hundreds of community members who stopped by Fire Station 24 in North Juanita to celebrate the station’s one-year anniversary last weekend! 

Grown-ups and kids alike got the chance to climb into fire engines, check out the station, and meet firefighters. City Councilmembers and Kirkland Fire Chief Joe Sanford enjoyed talking about public safety with everyone, and we appreciated the opportunity to let our community see behind the scenes on our newest, award-winning fire station.  

Thank you to all who made this open house a success! 

Successful Etching Event with KPD and LWTech

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Despite rain and snow flurries last Saturday, about 100 car owners came out for the latest Catalytic Converter Etching Event, hosted by Kirkland Police Department and Lake Washington Institute of Technology. 

Etching is just one way to deter thieves. Catalytic converters contain valuable precious metals, and it only takes a thief a few minutes to steal one from a parked car, before turning around and selling it to a scrap metal yard. These thefts can cost vehicle owners thousands of dollars to replace. Etching an identifying number onto a catalytic converter can make it harder for thieves to sell and easier to identify and recover for vehicle owners. 

The City is planning future etching events and will send out information about any upcoming events through this newsletter and social media. 

Traffic Alerts

Cross Kirkland Corridor – Totem Lake 

A three-week detour around a Totem Lake-section of the Cross Kirkland Corridor continues until Feb. 3. Kirkland’s Totem Lake Connector contractor is closing the corridor, between Northeast 124th Street and 120th Avenue Northeast to restore the original trail and upgrade stormwater facilities along it.  

126th Avenue Northeast water main upgrade – South Rose Hill 

Work continues on a water main upgrade along 126th Avenue Northeast, between Northeast 70th and 80th streets.  

RW Scott Construction will be closing this section of 126th Avenue Northeast to general traffic, but will provide access to local residents.  

Northeast 132nd Street/Juanita High School – Juanita 

Drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists will encounter road construction on Northeast 132nd Street at Juanita High School and on the access road to the school.  The project builds a new right turn lane into the High School to increase traffic flow during peak times.   

NPM Construction began work on Tuesday, Jan. 3.  The project is expected be complete this spring. 

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.  

Upcoming Events

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Lunar New Year    

Date: Saturday, January 28, 2022    

Time: 2 – 4 p.m.    

Location: Peter Kirk Community Center, 352 Kirkland Ave, 98033    

This Saturday, join us and learn about the Lunar New Year and how it's traditionally celebrated! Enjoy activities that include crafts, food, dancing and cultural demonstrations.    

For more information, visit the event page. 

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Law Enforcement Diversity Workshop 

Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023 

Time: 9 a.m. - noon 

Location: Redmond Public Safety Building (Main Lobby), 8701 160 AVE NE, Redmond, WA 98052 

Join Kirkland, Redmond, and Bellevue Police Departments for a FREE Career Diversity in Law Enforcement workshop on February 4 from 9 a.m. to noon.   

We’re committed to recruiting participants who reflect the diversity of our community. This workshop aims to address barriers of those seeking a career in law enforcement and provide strategies to navigate the hiring process successfully.   

Registration preferred but not required. Attendees must be 18+. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Questions? Email 

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Public Works Career Fair 

Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2023 

Time: 3 – 6 p.m. 

LocationPublic Works Maintenance Center, 915 8th St, 98033 

Kirkland’s Public Works Department invites you to learn more about working at the dynamic department that keeps our city moving.   

See demonstrations of the City's fleet and utilities equipment for the City's water, wastewater, surface water, streets and grounds, and engineering services. Meet hiring managers and staff and fill out applications for current job openings right at the career fair.  

We’re currently looking for: Project Engineers, Fleet Mechanics, Utility Workers, and Office Specialists.  

Hope to see you there! 

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

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