Jon Pascal Appointed By City Council to Fill Vacancy Left By Kloba

City Council Appoints Jon Pascal to Fill Upcoming Vacancy in Council Position 2

Pascal to Replace Shelley Kloba Effective January 1, 2017


At a special meeting of the Kirkland City Council today, the Council appointed Jon Pascal to fill an upcoming vacancy. Council Position 2 will be vacated by Shelley Kloba who resigned effective December 31, 2016. Kloba was elected to serve Legislative District 1 in the State House of Representatives in the November 8, 2016 general election.  Mr. Pascal will be sworn in at the January 3 City Council meeting. Pascal's term is effective January 1, 2017 through the certification of the 2017 general election. 


Pascal’s appointment capped the special meeting which included interviews with the five finalist candidates that advanced on December 13 for consideration to fill the vacancy...

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Kirkland Police Arrest Suspects on Multiple Identity Theft and Fraud Charges

On December 14th, the Kirkland Police Department responded to a local hotel in the Totem Lake area for a report of a disturbance between a male and female. The female stated that she had been assaulted by her boyfriend, who had since fled the scene. Officers were able to persuade the male to return back to the area, where he was located and arrested on the domestic charges...

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Kirkland Police Arrest Juvenile in Stabbing Incident

Kirkland Police responded at 6:46 pm last night to a report of several juveniles fighting in the 132nd Square Park. The park is located at the intersection of NE 132nd St and 132nd AVE NE. Officers arrived and located a male juvenile in the park with two stab wounds to his right leg.  Another male juvenile was contacted at a nearby residence where he had fled to after stabbing the other juvenile. The victim was transported to Evergreen Hospital and treated for his non-life threatening wounds.  The second juvenile was placed under arrest for Assault in the 2nd Degree and transported to a juvenile facility.  The individuals knew each other and the confrontation was a result of accusations and comments conducted mostly over social media sites...

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Applicants for City Council Position Narrowed to Five

Interviews to be scheduled soon; appointment expected in January


Kirkland City Council voted last night to narrow the list of 26 applicants for Council position 2 to five candidates including: 

Dianne Bell

Colleen Cullen

Andy Held

Tom Neir

Jon Pascal



A special meeting of the Council will be held between now and January 17 to interview the candidates. It is the intent of the Council to appoint the new Councilmember to fill Position 2 at that special meeting, but if circumstances dictate, the appointment may be made at a later meeting.


Councilmember Shelley Kloba submitted her resignation letter at the December 13 Council Special Meeting due to her election as State Representative for Legislative District 1. Her resignation is effective December 31, 2016.


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Kirkland Police Arrest Suspects in Elder Financial Abuse Case

On 11/15/2016, Kirkland Police Detectives arrested two suspects in Puyallup on suspicion of Elder financial abuse, Identity Theft and Forgery.  The suspects are the adult daughter and grandson of the 87 year old female victim. They are accused of methodically stealing funds through abuse of power of attorney, deception and forgery.  The suspects fraudulently opened financial accounts and diverted Social Security and pension payments totaling over $150,000.  The suspects were booked into King County Jail.

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5 Finalists Remain Standing for City Council

Of the 26 applicants for the open City Council seat to be vacated by Shelley Kloba, now five finalists remain. The council will select one one the following applicants:

Jon Pascal

Andy Held

Colleen Cullen

Tom Neir

Dianne Bell

The term will last through the next council election in 2017.

Open City Council Position Attracts 26 Applicants

Large field of applicants for City Council Position

Selection Committee meets today to make recommendations to full Council


Kirkland City Council’s anticipated vacancy for position 2 on the Council drew 26 candidates by the time of the application deadline on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. The Council’s Interview Selection Committee, consisting of three current Councilmembers, will review the submissions today and make a recommendation to the full Council as to which candidates to interview at their special meeting on Tuesday, December 13, at 7:30 p.m. The City Council may affirm or alter the recommendation from the Selection Committee and will designate finalists for the appointment by a motion at the meeting. Once the list of finalists is voted on, the Council will decide on the next steps for the interview and appointment process.


The candidates who have submitted their name for consideration are:



Dianne Bell

Neal Black

Bradley Brown

Carol Buckingham

Barbie Collins-Young

Mia Cooledge

Colleen Cullen

Kevin Cullen

Kristen Dorwin

Braden Fraser

Jory Hamilton

Andy Held

Gerald Hover

Erin Leary

Lou Lucarelli

Paul Lukinich

Larry Miller

Tom Neir

Robert Neville

Judy Nicastro

Charles (Stan) Olson

Jon Pascal

Kathryn Peterson

Vince Petisme

Kevin Quille

Julie Taylor



Councilmember Shelley Kloba announced at the November 15, 2016 City Council regular meeting that she intends to submit her resignation to the Council following the December 13, 2016 Special Meeting due to her election as State Representative for Legislative District 1.


City Hall Building to experience planned power outages Saturday, December 10

Upgrades to electrical system will enhance City’s customer service

Kirkland’s City Hall building will experience several planned power outages on Saturday, Dec. 10 while electrical contractors complete installation of updated electrical equipment as one of the final pieces of the renovation designed to serve the public better. Two separate outages are expected to be of 15 to 30 minute durations with the first beginning around 6:00 a.m. and the second outage occurring late morning or early afternoon. Loss of power during these short durations will mean that all City websites will be down, phones at City Hall will not function and the free Kirkland wireless system, both downtown and in the parks, will not be available during those times. Otherwise, systems will be functional for the majority of the day...

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New Website Search Tool Generates Comprehensive Property Information


Property information just got easier to view on the City of Kirkland website. Customers can now use the new Property Search tool, found on the City’s Development Services Center homepage, to look up property information and generate a property report directly from a desktop, tablet or mobile device. The link to the Property Search tool is also available in each permitting process listed under the website section “Apply for a Permit.”...

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Kirkland Police Policy on Immigration Status

On November 18, the Seattle Times published a statement from the Bellevue Police Chief saying that Bellevue officers won’t ask residents for immigration status and won’t use police resources to apprehend undocumented immigrants unless they are suspected of a serious crime. Since then, many Kirkland residents have asked about the policy of the Kirkland Police regarding immigration status.


“Kirkland has had a long standing policy never to ask for immigration papers,” said Kirkland Police Chief Cherie Harris. “We want people to know that our job is to protect and serve the entire community and no resident should fear reporting any crime or intimidation, regardless of their immigration status. Our mission has not changed and will not change. We want everyone to feel safe and if they don’t, we want to know about it.”...

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Cross Kirkland Corridor Receives Award for Analysis and Planning Efforts

In early November, the developers of the Cross Kirkland Corridor (CKC) received an award for their outstanding work throughout the trail’s planning process. The award recognized the stunning graphics included in the CKC Master Plan, which were designed with the specific goal of making the information intuitive and transparent for Kirkland residents.


The American Society of Landscape Architects, Washington Chapter (WASLA) recognized the outstanding efforts of the City and the landscape architectural group, Berger Partnership, both of whom worked closely with the community during the analysis and planning process. The goal of doing so was to ensure that any future development to the CKC addresses public and stakeholder input, that the trail functions properly, and that the Plan’s implementation will lead to community development and an increased quality of life for trail users and residents...

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Female Admits Claim of Sexual Assault in Kirkland was Fabricated

On November 11th the Kirkland Police Department received an email from a concerned citizen who had seen a Facebook post by a female stating she had been the victim of a sexual assault in our city and that the Kirkland Police responded but would not investigate the case or even file a police report. The Kirkland Police Department takes all allegations very seriously and the department conducted an investigation to locate the victim in an effort to bring light to the event. The investigation was unable to locate any call of that type being received through our dispatch center and any officers being dispatched to a call. Investigators had no information on the author of the Facebook post as the information had been marked out on the email. Yesterday investigators were finally able to determine who the author of the original post was and interviewed her at her work location in Kirkland.  During the interview the female admitted she had fabricated the entire event and no assault had occurred and the Kirkland Police were never called.  The female cited her reason for posting the false claim as “being distraught over the recent election”...

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Kirkland City Council seeks qualified applicants for Position No. 2 vacancy

Applications due 4 p.m. Thursday, December 8, 2016

At its November 15, 2016 meeting, the Kirkland City Council called for letters of interest and resumes from qualified persons seeking appointment to Council Position No. 2. The position will be vacated by the resignation of Shelley Kloba who was elected as State Representative for Legislative District 1 on November 8. To be eligible, applicants must have been a resident of Kirkland for at least one year and must be a King County registered voter. The letter and resume must be received by the City Clerk by 4 p.m. on Thursday, December 8, either in person at City Hall (123 5th Ave.) or via email ( A Council committee consisting of Councilmembers Dave Asher, Toby Nixon and Penny Sweet was appointed to review the submissions and make recommendations to the full Council for consideration at their December 13, 2016 special meeting.

Lake Washington School District honors community partners and celebrates student success during American Education Week

Superintendent Traci Pierce shared a “State of the District” with community & business leaders and elected officials at Tuesday’s second annual Community Leaders Breakfast


Lake Washington School District (LWSD) recognized the many community partners, business leaders, elected officials and parent leaders who support the district as part of American Education Week. This commemorative week helps raise awareness of the importance of public education and informs the nation of the accomplishments and needs of public schools...

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Washington State Has Lost A Dedicated Public Servant

We were shocked and deeply saddened upon the news that our friend and colleague, Senator Andy Hill, succumbed to the lung cancer he has battled since 2008.  He never drew attention to his fight but rather went about the business of representing the 45th Legislative District.  That is the definition of integrity, commitment and selflessness.  We will miss you Andy...

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Mayor Walen Statement on the passing of Sen. Andy Hill

The following statement was issued on behalf of Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen:

The City of Kirkland was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of State Senator Andy Hill. He was a dedicated legislator who made a quiet, but profound mark on our city, our district, and on our State.

Others will appropriately recall the many State accomplishments of Senator Hill.  But he has left an enduring legacy for Kirkland as well.  When our residents walk along the beauty of the Cross Kirkland Corridor or exit I-405 at the soon to be built 132nd Street ramps, they should pause and remember Senator Hill for helping make those investments happen.  Senator Hill was a man with a keen intellect, a deep kindness, a strong work ethic, a focus on results, and a passion to be of service to others. On behalf of the City, we send our condolences to the Hill family. Senator Hill was a wonderful friend to the City of Kirkland and he will be greatly missed.

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Balducci Statement on the Passing of Senator Andy Hill


Metropolitan King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci released this statement on the passing of State Senator Andy Hill:

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of Senator Andy Hill. Senator Hill was a committed father, community advocate, and public servant. His passion for his family and for the people of his district showed in so many ways - in his involvement with youth sports, in his support for healthy outdoor recreation and transportation represented by the Cross Kirkland Corridor and in his strong advocacy for people with developmental disabilities, among other things.

Senator Hill's passing will be felt throughout the Eastside and across the state. My thoughts go out to his family.”

Kirkland Traffic Alert: Totem Lake Blvd Traffic Revision Oct. 27-28

Commuters should expect traffic delays due to a temporary revision of the lanes in the 12200 block of Totem Lake Blvd from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., October 27 and 28. The lanes will be reduced to one lane each direction north of 124th in order for the street team to perform an emergency repair.

We ask drivers to be patient and cautious for the safety of workers and the public.

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Council Updates Complete Streets Ordinance

Ordinance says transportation facilities should accommodate travelers of all ages, all abilities and all forms


Kirkland’s City Council voted unanimously on Oct. 18 to update its Complete Streets Ordinance, which it first approved 10 years ago.

The updated ordinance requires Kirkland to accommodate all forms of travel for all ages and all abilities “to the maximum extent practical” when it is upgrading or building new transportation-related infrastructure...

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City of Kirkland Receives Grant to Install Twenty-two New Recycling Bins in Local Parks

Kirkland residents should expect to see more recycling options in neighborhood parks this fall thanks to a partnership between the City of Kirkland’s Solid Waste Division, Waste Management, and a grant made possible by Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) in collaboration with Keep America Beautiful (KAB). 

The Dr Pepper Snapple Group/Keep America Beautiful Park Recycling Bin Grant Program provided funding for 900 new recycling bins in public parks across the country in 2016, making recycling more accessible for Americans enjoying the outdoors...

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