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Letters to the Editor
I have been a Kirkland homeowner for 29 years and lifelong Eastside community member. Over the years I have seen our community grow in size and diversity. According to national statistics we are below average for indoor pools with a community of our size. A new pool complex is needed now. I am grateful to the residents who built parks, libraries and pools for me to use as I was growing up. Without the passing of Proposition 1 there will be no year round pool available in Kirkland, without buying an exclusive membership. A healthy lifestyle shouldn't be exclusive.
Community Events, October 2015
Recently, Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen and councilmember Toby Nixon wrote, “a traditional bond is an expensive and risky way to meet the community desire for an ARC on private land. A bond measure would require that the city own the property for the ARC and have an accurate estimate of the total costs.” Pardon me, but if I was going to build something I really would like to have an accurate cost estimate before I asked for funding.
The Kirkland City Council is performing a masterful sleight of hand trick this coming November election. The council is distracting Kirkland voters with “bling” in one hand, while they have their other hand deep inside the voter’s pocket. With the forecasted closure of the Juanita High School Pool and public concern about no longer having said pool, the council is offering the ARC in trade for authorization to increase Kirkland city property taxes by 50 percent.
I am writing this letter on behalf of a highly esteemed colleague and friend of mine, Jackie Pendergrass. Jackie is running for re-election as the School Board President for the Lake Washington School Board. She has been an amazing advocate for all our district students for well over the 20 years that she was on the school board. She started out at least 30 years ago volunteering in the school that I was Secretary at and became our PTSA President.
The letter to the editor about Prop. 1 submitted on Oct. 7 and signed by Mayor Walen and Councilmember Nixon states: “A bond measure would require that the city own the property for the ARC…”