Seaplanes at Carillon Point??

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Kirkland citizens are raising concerns about the recent proposal that Carillon Point has submitted to the city requesting to operate sea planes from their dock.  This is open to public comment until June 20th.  Below is a letter submitted that summarizes the process and what to do if you would like to learn more or give your feedback on the proposal. You will also find a fact sheet provided by Carillon Point outlining their intent.  


Last chance for input regarding seaplanes at Carillon Point!

Carillon Point has submitted a request to be allowed to operate seaplanes out of their dock. June 20 is the last chance to submit comments!

The service would include two planes docking along the guest pier of the Woodmark Hotel, offering 20-minute flights. The planes would operate from 9 a.m. to one hour before sunset, year-round. If the permit is approved, it could open the door for similar operations elsewhere in Kirkland.

After city planners complete their review process, there will be a public hearing. A hearing date has not yet been set, but will probably be in September, and will be in the evening.

Any residents or property owners who received notices from the city will be notified of the hearing, as well as anyone who sends written comments. Those who send written comments will also have the ability to appeal. The public notice signs, city notice board at City Hall, and City website will also be posted with the hearing date.

After the hearing, the City Hearing Examiner will make a decision to approve, modify, or deny the application. The decision will be based on whether the application complies with Kirkland’s Zoning Code and other applicable codes. The final decision will be made by the State Department of Ecology.

If you have concerns about noise or other impacts, it is urgent that you send them before June 20 at 5 pm. If seaplanes are allowed at Carillon Point, it would set a precedent for seaplanes to be allowed elsewhere on the lake.

Permit information can be viewed at Enter permit number SHR16-00803.

In your letter, reference SHR16-00803 and send the email to:

[email protected],[email protected],[email protected],[email protected],[email protected]@[email protected],[email protected],[email protected],[email protected]
The above list includes:

Planner Christian Geitz [email protected]
Planning Director Eric Shields <[email protected]>
City Manager Kurt Triplett [email protected]
Mayor Amy Walen [email protected]
Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold [email protected]
Councilmember Shelley Kloba [email protected]
Councilmember Penny Sweet [email protected] 
Councilmember Toby Nixon [email protected]   
Councilmember Dave Asher [email protected]
Councilmember Doreen Marchione [email protected]



Carillon Point – Conditional Use Permit Fact Sheet
Proposed Seaplane Operation

Location:     Carillon Point Guest Pier, 7000 Carillon Point, Kirkland, WA 98033
Hours of Operation:     Seven days per week, 9am to 1 hour prior to sunset --- appointments via website with limited walk-on availability during summer evenings and weekends. Carillon Point is seeking permission to operate within these hours, however actual use will fluctuate depending on the time of year, weather and availability of the operator.
Flight Frequency:     Not more than one per hour --- the cycle of the flight procedure includes completion of paperwork, pre-flight check and approximate 25-minute sight-seeing tour.
Aircraft Specs:     Limited to Cessna 185F with a piston engine and 3 bladed Hartzell Propeller 1C160/DTM7557M (or similar). *** Please note, only one (1) plane would be present at any given time – this is not a proposal for a full-blown seaplane operation featuring larger, noisier aircraft similar to other seaplane operations on Lake Washington.
Operator:     Seaplane Scenics ---
Noise:     The overall maximum sound produced by Seaplanes is ~75dB, which maximum sound is only produced during takeoff (a duration of approximately 20 seconds) which shall only take place over 1,000 feet from the shoreline.
By way of comparison, the sound produced by existing motorboat and jet ski traffic on Lake Washington can fluctuate between 65-110dB for the entire duration of travel time on the lake.
As part of the proposed operation, it is estimated that during the busy season (Apr-Sept) Seaplane Scenics will only produce a total of 18 minutes of maximum sound per week (equivalent to 74 minutes per month). During the off season (Oct-Mar) only intermittent flights will be scheduled.
Impacts: As part of the permitting process a qualified, third-party Wildlife Habitat Assessment was prepared and submitted to the City of Kirkland. This assessment concluded the following:


Existing Uses:     Carillon Point is a Class-A, mixed use commercial development featuring an existing, full-service 200-slip marina offering year round private moorage of personal boats, yachts and jet skis.
Waterfront Adventures seasonal rentals featuring, passenger boats, jet skis,
paddle boards and kayaks.
436 feet of Guest Pier moorage facilities offering short-term, first-come, first-served (2 hour) docking for individual and private vessels along with access for commercial tour vessels operated by Argosy, Waterways Cruises and various other commercial tour companies.
Proposed Flight Plan:




Nuisances.  New-cent-says. Isn't that a fun word to say?  It kind of makes me laugh and cringe all at the same time. And also reminds me of the man in Costco this week that seemed to forever be in the same aisle as me while whistling at doggie ear decibels (which is coincidentally on the top of my pet peeve list).  He'd smile at me in passing, like maybe I was enjoying his grating little tune.... but no, he was indeed....... a nuisance. 

Here are a few more:

-BEING DISCONNECTED- Friends of ours that live in Rose Hill along with 55 of their neighbors had their Frontier communications out for TEN DAYS.  Imagine in 2016 having no phone, internet or TV for TEN DAYS.  That would feel like an eternity. Families were taking their kids to Starbucks or the library so they could do their homework and Petco was on the verge of running out of carrier pigeons for message deliveries. Frontier support =major fail. Luckily they are back online and able to go resume reading their Kirkland Blog posts.  whew.  

-WEEDS- major nuisance. Want to help pull some? No, not at my house (but you're welcome here too).  Help remove invasive scotch broom on the Cross Kirkland Corridor on Monday 5/23 9-11am at NE 87th St (parking available along 7th Ave and NE 87th).  Or there's also Saturday 5/28 9-11am between NE 87th St. and NE 95th St (pakring available behind Peter Kirk Elementary on 110th Ave NE).  Feel free to whistle while you work! Bring small pruning saws, heavy duty loppers and water. Wear long pants and sleeves, sturdy shoes and gloves (these are attack weeds!). Everything you ever wanted to know about removing Scotch Broom is here

-UNWANTED HAIR - Springtime is here and some of us need a little help with the bodily cleanup this season requires.  Just like the weeds.  Nuisance.  Have no fear, Waxing the City is hosting a Ladies Mixer with appetizers and wine on June 16th from 6-9pm.  Current or new clients can visit the studio and meet other local ladies- you even get a goody bag for bringing a friend.  Thanks also to WTC for sponsoring the Kirkland Weds Market and participating in Summerfest this year! 425-297-2000

-SOLICITORS- They love knocking on our doors when the sun comes out.  I never knew I had the opportunity to change so many lives through magazines sales.  Or that so many people would completely ignore our "No Solicitors" sign and make me feel uncomfortable at my own front door.  I've never been called "one weird bitch" before.   Our neighborhood has recently experienced a flurry of these (insert your adjective of choice) salespeople and soon they might be coming your way too.  This particular company has a biz license through the City of Kirkland to engage in door to door sales thru 6/30/16.  Don't get bullied by solicitors- call 911 if they won't take no for an answer or are disrespectful to you in any way.  I sat with the city this week to discuss this issue, and we have some ideas of how to make some of the solicitor info more readily available to the public (when they are coming, who they are) and ways to help keep them in check/accountable for their behavior at our doorstep. Stay tuned.

Feel free to air your nuisances in the comments.  


Policey Things

New Police Chief Announced

Congratulations to our former Kirkland Police Dept Operations Captain, Cherie Harris,  who was recently announced as our new Police Chief.  It makes me smile to have a woman at the helm.  Harris has 23 years of law enforcement experience and  was chosen through a national selection process that included interview panels with key city and police department staff, police chiefs from neighboring cities, the City Council, and the community.  As Chief, Harris will oversee the 99 sworn and 36 support personnel who serve in the  Administrative, Operations, and Professional Standards divisions.  Kudos to your Chief Harris, thanks for keeping us safe and organized.  


Teach Your Kids to Dial 9-1-1: Kirkland Library 4/12 at 11:30am

Every day 5,000 calls are made locally to 9-1-1. Many residents, especially kids, don’t know how and when to call.

King County 911 is bringing these skills to Kirkland kids with Emery the Emergency Penguin storybook tour, a new program aimed at teaching local preschoolers the how, when and where of dialing 9-1-1.  This FREE tour will be making its way to 13 libraries across King County throughout the month of April, and the next stop will be at King County Library System’s Kirkland Branch Tuesday, April 12th    from 11:30-12.  They should have me teaching this class.  I call 911 all the time.  Well not ALL the time, but let's just say I'm not scared to call if I see something that doesn't look right and I dial those numbers a couple times a year. They tell me they appreciate it, although they may roll their eyes when they see my number pop up on caller ID. 

Here are some examples I've had....  Just witnessed a car accident. CALL. Crazy guy strung out on drugs riding his bike down the street and yelling obscenities at everyone he passes. CALL.   A truck carrying open cargo is spilling all over a major roadway. CALL.  Car full of teenagers without seat belts speeding down the 405 in a convertible while sitting on the top of the back seats w beer cans in hand.  CALL (you're welcome parents).  Neighbors house alarm going off and I can't reach them. CALL.  Solicitors that give me the creeps/make me uncomfortable and don't have a permit. CALL. I also discuss with my kids what does or doesn't warrant a call- when in doubt, CALL.  They can help you decide the severity of your situation and how to remedy it. 







Pop-Up Shop: 3D Holodeck Studios


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All of John's bikinis that once colorfully teased the walls of Bikini Beach at 92 Kirkland Ave have been cleared out (as he focuses on his online sales) for a pop-up shop called  Holodeck 3D Studios.  This storefront will be open thru December, so I brought my kids in to put this 3D technology to the test.  They had a blast! For just $20 you can have yourself scanned in 3D Holodeck's equipment which resembles a giant tiger cage with the bars too far apart.  This structure (first photo) houses 89 small synchronized cameras that take a photo of you from every angle, which in a few hours get pieced together to create a 3D rotating image that can be sent to your phone!  You can check some of these out here. 

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But THEN what do you do with this 3D shot of yourself/dog/girlfriend/Grandma? Share it, of course, on whatever social media tool you fancy.  You can order a 3D sandstone statue!  Check out owners Alex and Dawn Morse both in real life (with my kids) and in sandstone.  These figurines (what a Christmas surprise this could be!) have a 2-3 wk delivery time and cost from $139-519 depending on the size of the sculpture and number of people in it.  These can be used as cake-toppers.  I told Steve we should make one of us for the kids to put on their desks when they go off to college.  

You can find Alex and Dawn at 3D Holodeck's spot on Kirkland Ave from Mon-Fri 5-8pm and Sat/Sun 11-6.  They are also available by appointment or they can bring their mobile studio to your wedding or corporate event. 425-825-1177

"Hawk Time" Sundays at Waxing the City

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Have you ever been watching a Seahawks game on a Sunday and while everyone else is screaming at the TV you're thinking yourself, " I should really be getting waxed right now?"  Ah-ha!  I knew it.  You're in luck. Waxing the City in Totem Lake is starting up "Hawk Time" for those that would prefer to sip wine from Northwest Cellars, nibble on light appetizers and get some silky smooth skin during the game.  Wear your Seahawks gear to receive 10% off your waxing service. 11515 124th Ave NE. Appts available online.  Go Hawks!

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Oh, and a little birdie told me that the 'Seahawks House' in the Highlands neighborhood (with the over-the-top light display) might be showing up in a major network holiday decoration light fight show. Go Kirkland!

Bagels, Bears and a New Boy in Charge

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Einstein Bagels
in Kirkland Park Place has CLOSED.  Workers told me it was because of the upcoming redevelopment, which looks like it is still in the design review process. So you're going to have to head westward to fulfill your Einstein bagel craving now.


There's been a bear sighting in Kirkland.  Amazingly, the city of Kirkland/newsroom report was dated 9/28 for an incident on 9/27.  They're magical like that. Anyway- BEAR.  Near Montebello Apartments on 131st Lane NE.   Police got called out but couldn't find the sneaky fella.  And worth mentioning are my friends in Woodinville that would totally laugh at us because they always have bears in their trash.  I'm also a little confused when they run through the steps of what to do when confronted with a bear.  Because the last step here seems to be interchanged with what I thought the last step is.  IT says, "If the bear attacks, fight back aggressively. As a last resort, should the attack continue, protect yourself by curling into a ball or lying on the ground on your stomach and playing dead."  Not that I would be in any frame of mind should this situation actually present itself, but I thought that I was supposed to act big, THEN play dead and if THAT didn't work THEN I fight like hell.  Argh.  So confusing.  I'm going to trust my animal instincts I think.  Be safe out there.

Ok, so he's not really a 'boy' but it made the title fun and rhyme-y.  We're talking about Captain Bill Hamilton of the Kirkland PD.  He's a man with a lot of experience and is super capable at his job and well-respected within the dept and our community. And if he reads this he can just laugh at me, because he's from Jersey too which means we have a secret unbreakable Northeastern bond and we've eaten a lot of pizza in our day.  Here's the announcement, which speaks way more eloquently than I do....

As Kirkland Police Chief Eric Olsen readies for his retirement on September 30, 2015, Captain Bill Hamilton is set to assume the responsibilities of Interim Police Chief starting October 1. Kirkland City Manager Kurt Triplett recently announced Hamilton’s appointment.  As the Operations Captain for the Kirkland Police Department (KPD), Captain Hamilton oversees the Patrol, Traffic and K-9 Units and emergency management functions, as well as participating in labor contract negotiations. He has served in this position since 2009 but has worked for KPD since 1990.

“Captain Hamilton has a long history of dedication to the Department and the community, served as Acting Chief, and worked very closely with Chief Olsen and previous chiefs,” notes Kirkland City Manager Kurt Triplett.  “As the senior captain, he will provide continuity and stability as the search to find a permanent chief begins.”  

Hamilton will serve as Interim Chief until the position is permanently filled. Triplett estimates that the hiring process could take up to six months.

Back to School: Let's Get Organized!


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This is a guest post by my friend Lynette Apley, Kirkland resident and one of the most organized people I know.  Our kids went to preschool together long ago and we planned a little auction where she was the brains behind the operation and I just stood still with my jaw open and watched in amazement of her.  Super efficient lady.  So with the start of school and the chaos that ensues around this busy time of year, I thought of Lynette, who is now a Professional Organizer for Simply Placed, and how she could share some of her organizing gems with us, the  mere mortals of Kirkland that are barely holding it together.....thank you Lynette.....

This year, instead of waiting for school to get too far underway before you get your act together and get organized, why not be proactive and organize now so that you never get behind and buried in the flurry of permission slips, homework and lunch boxes.

Check out these six "back to school" tips to get you and your kids organized now for a hassle free school year.

 #1 Set Up a Routine Now

Kids understand organization - that's how schools work.  They have particular spots in the classroom for all of their stuff...and you can do the same thing at home.   Hooks by the door for backpacks, jackets and lunch bags give your kids a defined place for these things. A bin or shelf or even mat for shoes nearby helps too.  After homework is done in the afternoon, have your child repack their backpack so there's no morning scramble.

#2 Create a Homework Station

The best way to encourage is to create an area dedicated to it. Whether it's the kitchen table or the coffee table, wherever your child works best, make this the homework station. Then place a rolling cart or bins or caddy nearby and stock with supplies. Pens, pencils, markers, paper, calculator and everything else should be within reach so your child can stay seated and focused. Consistency is key and having an assigned place for homework makes it easier to encourage good homework and study habits.

#3 Set up a Calendar System

The busier your family is, the more important it is to have a good calendar system . Post a large wall calendar (a small one with little space to write in each box one won't do) and color code entries by family members. Include school events, tests, project due dates, extracurricular activities, doctor appointments, field trips, etc.   Then once a week (Sunday is a good day),review the week with the family and transfer events to your smart phone as necessary.  Try syncing devices so you're all on the same page.   Cozi is a free app that allows multiple people to share a calendar so you can enter it once and mom, dad, kid and grandparents can all see the entries, get alerts and access information.

#4 Stock Up on Supplies

Nothing can ruin an evening faster than being told there's a project due tomorrow and your kid needs poster board or construction paper. When school supplies go on sale, stock up on poster board and tri-folds (store these large items flat under a bed or sofa until needed), construction paper, glitter, markers, stencils, glue sticks and all other project essentials. Combined with the calendar system (when is that report due?!), projects shouldn't take you by surprise.

#5 Create a Paper Management System

Although it's tempting, you shouldn't keep every single paper your child accumulates. Hang on to just a couple a week - great drawings, funny writing assignments, or projects that they put lots of thought, effort and personalization into, and toss the rest. Really, it's ok.   Dedicate a small box or bin on a shelf for keepsake papers.  Anything from a large pizza box to an archival canvas box works.   For paper that needs to be signed and sent back (with or without money), complete immediately and send back the next day so there's no chance they'll get lost.  (Remember the "if you can do it in 60 sec, do it NOW " rule!)  At year end, go back through the year's papers, pull out what's golden and let the rest go (there will be more next year!). Store what you keep in a box or slide into sleeve protectors in a binder and shelve it.  Label by year and child's name.

#6 Teach your child how to use an academic planner

Don't have them rely on memory!  We all forget dates when things are due, and activities we have planned.  And although a notebook might be tempting, just writing things down doesn't help your child see how assignments fit into the big picture....That book report is due the morning after a big football game?  Better plan ahead! Have your child use a planner to keep track of when homework is due and what their weekly schedule is so they can plan for both schoolwork AND activities.

 For more information, check out our blog on Organizing for School Success!

Organized Systems and Productive Habits that Work

When the Earth Starts Shaking in Kirkland

I'm sure many of you read The New Yorker article from July 20th, outlining every detail of the impending doom Seattle will inevitably face when "the big one" comes.  It outlines, in excruciating detail, a sizable earthquake where the Cascadia subduction zone will unleash a path of destruction on us. It is said to have a 1 in 3 chance of happening in the next 50 years.  You can't help but read the text and sink down in your chair as you realize it is not a fictional story you are reading, but a prediction and a forewarning.  

So I'm not here to scare the holy hell out of you.  But I did scamper off and chat with some folks I know in emergency management and they nod in agreement and commend the author's thorough research. A 'friend of-a-friend' up the chain in FEMA in DC confirmed that the article is indeed on scale with the budgeting and planning that has been done for this area for when, not 'if', an expected event consistent with that description occurs. SH#%$&*.  I don't think we have to move eastward, but I do think this is a wake-up call for us to all get ourselves, our families, our streets, our neighborhoods and our community PREPARED.  I asked Pattijean Hooper, our City of Kirkland Emergency Manager, what she thought of the article and recent publicity around it.  She quipped, "It's as if you were 7 months pregnant and people are just now noticing."  So, it seems that we should start decorating our metaphorical nursery, perhaps?

Whether it's a quake, or a volcanic eruption or some other emergent event,  I like to think our household is relatively prepared.  There are tips all over the web and Red Cross site of course, but I'll share a few of things that we do/have in our household in case you're curious. It might be a good-starting point if you haven't given this much thought but want to get started.

This is not in a bunker, I promise:

- we have a plan.  My kids know where they are supposed to go (within our house or our street). We sometimes chat about where we'd seek shelter in various situations.

-shoes near our beds (for when glass breaks)

-water and gas shutoff tools (near the shutoffs)

-flashlights and whistles in each bedroom (also some hardhats, might be overkill but kids think it's fun)

-hand-crank radio, first aid kits, gloves, extra food/water supplies, Lifestraws, fire extinguishers, rope, hand-warmers, survival blankets, waterproof matches, maps, things to do, batteries, medications

-bonus points: goggles and face masks

-Emergency packs in our cars and workplace (purchased from

-Museum Wax- bought it but haven't done anything w/it yet.  To keep fragile stuff from falling out of cabinets/shelves

-We also did an emergency plan with our street, called Map Your Neighborhood.  Do it, you'll sleep better.  It's cool to see everyone come together and devise a strategy.  Our street knows who lives where, where our meeting spot is, who is likely to need help (elderly, little kids), and what each household has to contribute (generators, tools, medical or electrical skills, or even a wine cellar to pass the time). We have this documented on PAPER for every household (b/c our computers won't work then). And the reality?   PD/FD will be too busy solving bigger problems so be able to sustain yourselves.

-Check your insurance (earthquake is a separate policy). Make sure it's current.  We just did a remodel so I had to up ours a bit.

-have paper docs of what you might need to run out the door with- acct numbers, policy #'s, phone numbers

-Take photos of everything you have. I took 500 photos in my house. Walk through each room, photograph what is in each drawer.  You won't remember what you had later, when insurance asks you how many Barbie dolls or pairs of socks they need to replace for you.  Put it on the cloud or a thumb drive in your safe deposit box or with an out of town relative. Some insurance co's have a digital locker you can use.

Payphone <---(payphones still exist and are a land line in an emergency. And I got to sneak Adam Levine into this post. Dreamy)

-Have an emergency contact that is your out of state point person.  That's who you (and all in your family that may not be together at said disastrous moment) call to let them know you are ok.  When the time comes, out of state calls will work better than local. Texts will pile up but might be ok.  Or find a landline (not connected to your internet)- yes there are a few payphones still in existence. 

-You'd be the teacher's pet if you Sign up for CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). Classes fill quickly. 

Ok, so to be clear.  DO NOT come to my house in an emergency. Get yourself ready. Lots of great info on our city's website here.  When I met with Pattijean I was trying to pick her brain for what an event such as the one described in the NY Post article  would mean specifically for Kirkland.  Where are we vulnerable? What bridges/roadways do we think might collapse? How are our people trained to respond? Would a tsunami reach Lake WA?  She does not have a crystal ball so none of these answers are clear because we just don't know what the actual situation will be until it presents itself. But here are some useful nuggets I walked away with:

-Seiche.  I learned a new word that day (pronounced say-sh). It's a 'standing wave oscillating in a body of water.'  So, NO giant tsunami-sized wave will make it to Kirkland, but the lake make slosh around a bit.  Sort of like tripping with a cup of coffee in your hand and that's no fun.

-I was comforted by the fact that there is an enormous document that details protocols for a Plan A, B, and C at every level of our government and relevant organizations in the response and recovery process. There are people that have carefully thought through the hows and where's and which places are accessible by boat or by plane and where greatest concentrations of people and vulnerabilities and resources will be required. Where to stage things, how the National Guard gets engaged, etc etc. Don't freak, just rest assured, they are doing their part. 

-In June of 2016 in Kirkland and all over WA emergency services from all of the state "play" the plan they have in place.  It's not just a document, they practice the plan and learn from it. Smart.

-Best part- NEED YOUR HELP! Once you have yourself ready, it's time to think outward to your community.  Pattijean is setting up "Stone Soup Centers," and is looking for more locations. Stone Soup is the title of an old folk story where a community comes together by each putting one small item in a pot, to make a large amount of soup to sustain them all.  So far, Inglewood Presbyterian Church and NW University are Stone Soup Centers.  It is a place that will house a generator (supplied by a grant thru the city), and safety/First Aid supplies and would be willing to serve as 'charging station' for those in need during an emergency.  It's not instead of having your home ready (don't expect food and water), but a safe place to go and come together with other community members. Each one has committed volunteers to run it with the help of the city.  Ultimately, we should have a Stone Soup Center in every neighborhood.  So we've got a way to go. Can your business, church, local organization be a Stone Soup Center? Email Pattijean Hooper at [email protected]  to find out more about the program.

Hopefully you are not booking a one way ticket to NYC or building a bunker right now.  Talking to your family and neighbors about your plan and maybe adding a few items to your emergency prep items to your purchase list each week isn't a bad idea though.  ~j


Chiefless in Kirkland

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I had lunch with Eric Olsen last week, for old time's sake, since we haven't done that since he was first appointed as Kirkland's Chief of Police back in 2007, and he has announced his retirement at the end of Sept.  Where does the time go?! It made me know we're both Kirkland people when we sit down at Cactus and neither of us needs to open our menu.  And then we order the same thing (steak salad, of course!). 

Chief Olsen's presence is one that is calm, confident and approachable. He's a people person, who tells lots of great stories about his family (the triplets are grown now!) and his officers and leadership that he has great respect for.   Eric appreciates this very special community and the support the police department receives, which as we know, is not the case everywhere.  After 33 years in public safety, he assures us that he is leaving us at point where everything is running smoothly and will be left in good hands. It will be the City Manager's job to decide on our new Police Chief with input from Council and members of the PD.  They may promote from within or conduct a search. 

On Olsen's watch, we have gotten through annexation and therefore a significant growth of our police force. We have 100 officers now.  The PD also moved to the new building which has its own lead-free range and a fully restored 1948 police car in the lobby.  Chief Olsen's proud that they are fully staffed with very low turnover (b/c who would want to leave Kirkland?).  He worked hard on making changes to officers' shifts--going from 12 to 10 hours so they can have a better quality of life. 

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So, what's next for Chief Olsen? He will be in charge of sales/customer service in the Northwest for Zetron out of Totem Lake that does communication systems for public safety.  Thank you for your service, Chief, it's been a good run.  Kirkland appreciates all of your hard work.  And why not end with a selfie?

And also apparently an announcement that our Fire Chief, Kevin Nalder, has resigned. 

Fight the Frizz at O2 Blow Dry Bar

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Obadiah Salon has opened a Kirkland location
for their salon and O2 Blow Dry Bar at 345 Kirkland Ave, right near St. James Espresso.  Friends are already raving about their 'blowouts' (which does NOT involve a diaper).  The salon opened in Feb and offers the usual suspects: cut/color stylist services, while the dry bar is where you can get a wash/blow dry/style for a big night out or just a little pick-me-up.  Typically this service  45 mins and  $35 but-- hello--they are also running a deal on Amazon Local for the next 2 weeks. For men that think this concept is crazy, I will just say that there is something magical about when a stylist dries/styles your hair.  It cannot be replicated at home no matter how hard we try. 


You'll be relieved to know you can find parking on the street or in the garage. Obadiah uses Oribe hair products to spin their hair wizardry.  So far, there is simply hair and botox at this location, but Obadiah's Bellevue salon offers skincare, massage, waxing and make-up too. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-in's are welcomed. 425-646-3666.