You are invited! It’s the “HNA Summer Soirée” – formerly known as the Houghton Neighborhood Association Annual Picnic.
Sunday, July 30th from 4-9pm at the Northwest University Campus. Bring your family and friends to join your neighbors for food, live music, arts & crafts, games and prizes. Bring your picnic blanket or chairs and plan to spend the day with the heart of your community - HOUGHTON!
This year we have so many new and exciting things to bring to you this year:
This is your opportunity to spend an afternoon and evening with neighbors, family, friends of Houghton and beyond.
Come be a part of this amazing and vibrant Houghton community we call HOME. Everyone is Welcome. See you there!
Sunday, July 30th
Northwest University Campus / 5520 108th Ave NE
Be part of an event like no other! “Bridging Kirkland” is a celebration of Kirkland's new Totem Lake Connector pedestrian and bicycle bridge. It's happening tomorrow, July 8, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Come be part of a once-in-a-generation aerial group photo on the new bridge!
The event will feature a ceremonial ribbon-cutting, family-friendly attractions, such as an animal petting zoo, fire and police vehicles, a LEGO replica of the bridge and interactive info booths on City programs near the south end the bridge, next to LA Fitness.
Note: There is no on-site parking for the event. Participants are encouraged to bike, walk or bus to the event. Free parking is at the green garage at the Village at Totem Lake, accessed from 120th Ave NE or Totem Lake Way. Limited mobility community members should contact Rosalie Wessels at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. There will be a bicycle valet service provided by Kirkland Greenways, limited to available space. Bus routes 239, 225, and 255 have stops near the bridge.
Want to see behind the scenes? Hear from Associate Project Director of the bridge build and LEGO User Group members who built a LEGO model of the bridge as they detail the specifics of the Totem Lake Connector bridge from two different perspectives.
The next CHNA meeting is back in person on May 9th (Tue) at the NorthWest U campus. Please see the poster below for details, and map below it for where this is.
Our agenda is:
6:30p-7p Arrivals & Social
7-7:15 Welcome, New Board Elections & Bylaws
7:15-7:30 Key topics of interest from the new Board
7:30-8:30 Community conversation with featured guest Kirkland Police Department Lt. Troy Knafla
Looking forward to seeing you all there!
Please pass this on to your neighbors!!
Vice President, CHNA
Our annual meeting will be held on May 9, 2023, starting at 6:30 PM. We will meet in-person in the Argue Health Science Center (5600 111th Ave NE, Room 231) on the campus of Northwest University (see below map).
The business portion of the meeting will include review of proposed amendments to our Bylaws to clarify that the President and Vice President positions must be held by people that reside within the CHNA boundaries. A copy of the proposed revisions to the Bylaws is provided below.
We also will be electing CHNA's Board at the meeting. As noted at our March 23 meeting, several members have stepped up to volunteer to lead CHNA. Please let us know (at the meeting or by email- email@example.com ) if you are interested in a Board position or other role to help out.
The majority of the meeting will be A Conversation About Community Safety With The Kirkland Police Department.
Come and join us to listen, ask questions, and get involved to help make a difference in our community.
CHNA Members and Guests-
It was great to see over 50 people attend our first in-person regular meeting since March 2020.
Three topics of current interest were covered:
The attached meeting notes provide a summary of the discussion.
Our next regular meeting is TENTATIVELY scheduled for May 9. We are checking locations for availability which may affect the date and time of that meeting.
We will let you know when we have the location and time confirmed. We will be electing our Board at that meeting. Please email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let us know if you are interested in serving on the Board or in other roles for CHNA.
We are looking forward to seeing you in May
Central Houghton Neighborhood Association Board
Kirkland City is collecting input from residents (especially from Houghton and Everest neighborhoods) on what we would like to see in new development at the former PCC site. At the March 23 Neighborhood Association (CHNA) meeting we invited City reps to speak about the development (see link), and they collected feedback from the attendees.
Following this, the CHNA Board want to make it easy for ALL OF YOU to provide YOUR input, therefore, we created a survey (link below). We will collect responses until next Friday (April 7) and send them to the city on your behalf.
Thank you in advance
Thanks for responding to the Survey. You wanted to meet in person, and the 7p start worked for more folks.
So we will meet/greet at 630pm, and start the formal agenda at 7pm.
There is still time to RSVP for joining us! Please use the same survey link to indicate if you can join us in person (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F9WSN2P).
Looking forward to seeing many of you there!
The Board, CHNA
The next Central Houghton Neighborhood Association Meeting is going to be IN PERSON on Thu March 23rd, at the International Community School Gym in Houghton. (We will not be meeting on Tuesday March 14).
Let’s get together and meet in person, with the following topics:
1. Houghton Village (Old PCC Site) Plans Update: Don Robinson, Jim Lopez (City of Kirkand Reps)
2. Update from this CHNA on our exchanges with City on the Former La Quinta Inn Permanent Supporting Housing Agreements
3. Open discussion, any topics of interest to you, and meet and greet your neighbors!
We need you to RSVP and provide feedback on what time you would be able to attend at the survey below:
Thank you, and see you on the 23rd!
The Board, CHNA
Heads up Houghton: La Quinta Screening Criteria decision coming March 21st or sooner (at Kirkland City Council)
Hi Houghton residents
We wanted to let you know that a critical decision about Screening Criteria for La Quinta Permanent Supportive Housing is coming up by March 21. If you have an opinion on this topic, please voice it now!
Please email elected representatives BY NEXT WEEK how you would like them to vote on the Screening Criteria for our new neighbors at La Quinta Permanent Supportive Housing.
email@example.com, (and/or reach out to city council members individually) City Manager Ktriplett@kirklandwa.gov, Deputy City Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
There are two resident screening options being discussed.
1) Use King County Behavioral Health and Homelessness tracking data bases and screening criteria. Search the Washington State Sex Offenders database to do an individualized assessment for placement. Do no criminal background check.
2) All of the King County screening AND a national criminal background check.
Adding or excluding #2 is what is being voted on by the city council representatives in the next few days. In the Council meeting, the consideration discussed for Option 2 was that a national criminal background check may work against people of color, therefore should perhaps be excluded. The debate was "does the need for criminal checks trump concerns about profiling". At the end of debate, the Council seemed leaning towards excluding National Background Checks (i.e. choosing Option 1 above). The final decision will be made before March 21.
If you have an opinion on this, please write to them as above.
Read the exact wording of the options here: Attachment C (King County alone) & D (the additional criteria City of Kirkland could vote to include)
WATCH the discussion on La Quinta supportive housing screening options and city council questions to King County here: March 7th city council meeting. Topic starts at 2hrs 33mins. or scroll in the index to Section 9 b.
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Meeting is Scheduled for
Tuesday Sept. 12, 2023
at 6:30 pm.
International Community School
11133 NE 65th St, Kirkland, WA 98033
*Please note that the default day for meetings is the second Tuesday of the months of September, November, January, March, and May. To be timely, we may call special meetings to discuss topics of major neighborhood interest.
Also note, CHNA does not typically meet during July and August, unless there is a specific immediate topic to share.