It looks like the City of Kirkland will be the defendant in both a Federal Civil Rights lawsuit and a concurrent civil lawsuit seeking damages in the amount of four million dollars. The lawsuit will be filed by John Michael Gilday, former editor and publisher of the Eastside Sun, who claims his civil rights were violated by City of Kirkland employees.
The Eastside Sun, was a free periodical, published monthly on newsprint and distributed to various restaurants, businesses and newsstands around the Eastside. It was often controversial, often humorous, and not for everybody. Readers either loved it or hated it. The Eastside Sun tackled controversial issues from a perspective not found in other Eastside newspapers: that of its editor and publisher, John Michael Gilday. The paper took a stand with no uncertain terms.
The Eastside Sun ceased publication in January of 2010. According to Gilday, the paper closed its doors after advertisers were visited by city employees who made "veiled threats and not veiled threats as to what they could expect if they continued to advertise with the Eastside Sun."
On April 6, 2010, Mr. Gilday spoke before the Kirkland City Council to inform them of his pending Federal Civil Rights litigation against the city.
This isn't about lost revenues. This is about a conscious decision by city employees to deny someone their civil liberties.
If someone disagrees with my response to the city's actions then I have one question for them "which of YOUR civil rights are you will to let the government take away?"
John Michael Gilday
On April 16, 2010, Mr. Gilday sent a letter to the City of Kirkland informing them of a pending Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit in to be filed in June. The two pages received by the City of Kirkland are posted below. Kirkland Views has redacted the names of all City of Kirkland employees from these two pages.