As a retired school architect and planner, I strongly support comfortable and up-to-date educational facilities. I oppose Proposition 1 because it leaves thousands of kids and their teachers in overcrowded schools and substandard buildings for years more than needed and would spend over $235 million of the $398 million to needlessly tear down and replace more buildings instead of providing for growth.
Having been a police association president and negotiated police contracts for over 20 years, I was very interested in the two opinion letters dealing with the education standard required for Kirkland police officers. No matter how Chief Harris wants to label the change, it is a change in employment standards, thus a change in working conditions, and must go through the negotiation process. Good luck trying to convince an arbitrator otherwise. I do believe it is a loosing argument from the get go.
Ramiro Valderrama is an exceptionally strong advocate for the people and I urge you to support him in his run against Roger Goodman for the 45th Legislative District. Valderrama's powerful advocacy for the mentally ill, environment, education and property rights are probably key reasons the non-partisan Municipal League rated him "Outstanding!"
I've lived in Kirkland for 14 years. I think it is a wonderful community to live and raise my family.
Kirkland is considering changes to expand the pool of officers it can hire by accepting years of service as a police officer or a military veteran, as an alternative to education requirements only.
Like many other police agencies across the country, the Kirkland Police Department is having a hard time filling the ranks. On a national scale, we (police) are hard-pressed to find men and women who want to serve their communities. I often sit on hiring boards and am impressed with the people who want to make law enforcement a career. With police being targeted for assassination, there are still those with the courage to stand on the thin blue line. We have hired some of these brave men and women in the last few months. However, the reality is that even if they have no trouble in their training, I will not see them working solo as police officers for almost a full year.
It was with some amusement that I read last Friday's guest editorial by Bruce Wynn in support of Seaplane Scenics operating flights to/from Carillon Point. I recognize that Mr. Wynn, as director of the Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce, has to be a cheerleader for all business activities in Kirkland. In his editorial he states that "unless someone drew your attention to it, you would not be aware of the plane when it takes off."
Last night there was over 5,000 people in the King County region that did their best to cover themselves in blankets, sheets, and sleeping bags in order to get a nights rest.
I strongly endorse Ramiro Valderrama for the 45th District House because he represents his constituents in a fair and balanced manner, making progressive change, no matter how difficult or complex the issue.
It looks like we have to wait until the next election in 2017 in order to improve staff accountability since (the Kirkland City) Council provides them with its "guidance."
The article about park and rides "reaching capacity" in the Aug. 12 Kirkland Reporter is no news to those who try to use South Kirkland or Kingsgate Park and Rides.
I've been looking for a word that best describes a politician. I would like to thank Councilmember (Toby) Nixon for his input.
The Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce board supports Seaplane Scenics. I observed the plane as it taxied out 1,000 feet from the shore before take-off. The Kirkland Chamber has regular business lunches in a tent next to the Seaplane Scenics dock. Unless someone drew your attention to it, you would not be aware of the plane when it takes off. The sound is minimal to the jet-skis, motor boats, boats with boom boxes, cars cruising the waterfront, and other mechanical noises that populate Lake Washington.
Is Kirkland's political ship sinking?
I'm going to vote against Sound Transit 3. I would ask everyone to vote against it as well.
Please put me down in favor of the Seaplane Scenics activity at Carillon Point. We live in a condominium 200 yards South of Carillon Point and have never heard or seen anything a reasonable person could possibly object to. The flights are eye candy to the passers by, a wonderful option for the community and a great service for the Woodmark to offer their guests.
I have known Ramiro Valderrama for a long time. I have worked closely with him in both a community citizen's group and in city government. I can say in both roles, Ramiro has exhibited true leadership. He understood the areas of concern that people had and always listened to additional concerns that were brought to his attention. Once he was aware of an issue, he was able to reach out to whomever he needed to build coalitions of support and get things done.
For the life of me, I can't figure out why the spurious complaints seem to crop out of the woodwork once an official request for flying rights is requested.
It was all smiles on Tuesday night for the National Night Out celebration as residents at Velocity, an apartment community for residents with low-incomes located at the South Kirkland Park and Ride, participated in the event. This event has been taking place for more than 30 years nationwide as an annual community-building campaign promoting police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie.
Kirkland is experiencing changes that put Kirkland's suburban life in jeopardy. We have already have lost a lot in the 29 years I've lived here and are in danger of losing more.