King County lays groundwork for veterans internship program

June 5, 2012

King County Council members started the process to create a county internship program for veterans April 23.

In March, Councilwoman Kathy Lambert and Councilman Reagan Dunn — Issaquah-area representatives on the council — joined Councilman Bob Ferguson to craft the legislation. The measure calls on county government to explore a possible veteran internship program and present the results to the council by Aug. 23.

The council agreed to proceed on the proposal in a unanimous decision.

Officials called on county staffers to evaluate existing county employment policies and practices for veterans, explore potential costs to operate the internship program and identify possible funding sources.

The transition from military to civilian life is often difficult for veterans. Many veterans gain technical and leadership skills in the military — skills useful in the civilian realm, too — but receive little help to put the skills to use after the transition.

“With many military bases located in Washington state, we have a concentration of veterans returning here from overseas and in need of meaningful work and job opportunities,” Lambert said in a statement.

Campaign season starts as candidates file for election

May 22, 2012

The ballot voters receive in the mailbox by late July is all but certain to contain some familiar names, as elected officials campaign for higher offices and other candidates try another run for elected office.

The period for candidates to enter races up for election on the August and November ballots ended May 18 in a buzz of activity.

Local voters face choices in countywide, legislative, statewide and federal offices.

Voters pick the top two candidates, regardless of party affiliation, Aug. 7 in the all-mail primary election. The top vote recipients then advance to an all-mail general election Nov. 6.

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Issaquah, King County commemorate Police Week

May 15, 2012

NEW — 4:30 p.m. May 15, 2012

King County Council members joined municipalities throughout the United States to proclaim May 13-19 as Police Week.

The proclamation, issued Monday, also recognizes law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, including Pierce County Deputy Shandon Wright, Mount Rainier National Park Ranger Margaret Anderson and Washington State Trooper Tony Radulescu.

Local Councilman Reagan Dunn sponsored the proclamation. (Dunn represents rural areas south of Issaquah and Newcastle on the council.)

“We cannot thank the brave men and women of law enforcement enough for what they do every day,” he said in a statement. “Honoring our sheriff’s department and other law enforcement agencies by designating this week as Police Week is a small thing we can do to show our support and stand with these officers that keep us safe day in and day out.”

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Councilman Reagan Dunn condemns violent May Day protesters

May 8, 2012

Reagan Dunn, a local representative on the King County Council, condemned violent May Day protests as downtown Seattle merchants started to clean up after the May 1 incident.

“These threats to public safety and the attacks on our fellow citizens and on private property must not be tolerated,” he said in a statement released after protesters marched through Seattle and smashed windows at American Apparel, Wells Fargo and other businesses.

The protests also caused transit disruptions for King County Metro Transit commuters.

Dunn, a Republican, is running for state attorney general against a council colleague, Democrat Bob Ferguson. The law-and-order message from Dunn came as the 2012 campaign season enters a more intense phase.

Dunn represents rural areas south of Issaquah and Newcastle on the council.

Councilman Reagan Dunn condemns violent May Day protests

May 2, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. May 2, 2012

Reagan Dunn, a local representative on the King County Council, condemned violent May Day protests as downtown Seattle merchants started to clean up after the Tuesday incident.

Reagan Dunn

“These threats to public safety and the attacks on our fellow citizens and on private property must not be tolerated,” he said in a statement released late Tuesday, after protesters marched through downtown Seattle and smashed windows at American Apparel, Wells Fargo and other businesses.

“Our right to protest is sacred,” Dunn continued. “That right is protected, not only by the Constitution, but by the men and women in uniform that serve our communities. It is also preserved by those who choose to exercise their rights peacefully and responsibly.”

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King County voters to decide $200 million property tax hike

May 1, 2012

King County voters could decide to increase the property tax rate to construct a juvenile detention facility, county leaders decided April 16.

In a unanimous decision, King County Council members placed a $200 million property tax levy on the Aug. 7 ballot to fund a replacement for the aging Youth Services Center, a juvenile detention facility in Seattle. The facility is a collection of decaying buildings. Officials said the electrical, plumbing, and heating and cooling infrastructure is beyond repair.

If the nine-year levy is placed on the ballot and passed, homeowners should pay about 7 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, or about $20 per year for a home assessed at $350,000.

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King County veterans internship proposal advances

April 17, 2012

King County Council members could create a county internship program for veterans, after a council committee endorsed the proposal April 10.

Government Accountability, Oversight and Financial Performance Committee members issued a “do-pass” recommendation and sent the proposal to the full council for consideration. The council is due to discuss and act on the issue April 23.

In March, Councilwoman Kathy Lambert and Councilman Reagan Dunn — Issaquah-area representatives on the council — joined Councilman Bob Ferguson to craft the legislation. The measure calls on county government to explore a possible veteran internship program and present the results to the council by Aug. 23.

The representatives called on staffers to evaluate existing county employment policies and practices for veterans, explore potential costs to operate the internship program and identify possible funding sources.

The transition from military to civilian life is often difficult for veterans. Many veterans gain technical and leadership skills in the military — skills useful in the civilian realm, too — but receive little help to put the skills to use after the transition.

(Dunn, a Republican, is running for state attorney general against Ferguson, a Democrat.)

King County voters to decide $200 million levy for juvenile detention facility

April 16, 2012

NEW — 4:30 p.m. April 16, 2012

King County Council members decided Monday to put a $200 million property tax levy to construct a juvenile detention facility on the August ballot.

The proposal is to fund a replacement for the aging Youth Services Center, a juvenile detention facility in Seattle. The facility is a collection of decaying buildings constructed in the 1950s, 1970s and 1990s. Officials deemed the electrical, plumbing, and heating and cooling systems as beyond repair.

Judges and commissioners at the juvenile court on site handle 3,700 cases per year at the detention facility. The complex houses about 65 children and teenagers from throughout the county.

If the nine-year levy is placed on the ballot and passed, homeowners should pay about 7 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, or about $20 per year for a home assessed at $350,000.

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Proposed veterans internship program goes to King County Council

April 12, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. April 12, 2012

King County Council members could create a county internship program for veterans, after a council committee endorsed the proposal Tuesday.

Government Accountability, Oversight and Financial Performance Committee members issued a “do-pass” recommendation and sent the proposal to the full council for consideration. The council is due to discuss and act on the issue April 23.

In March, Councilwoman Kathy Lambert and Councilman Reagan Dunn — Issaquah-area representatives on the council — joined Councilman Bob Ferguson to craft the legislation. The measure calls on county government to explore a possible veteran internship program and present the results to the council by Aug. 23.

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King County to explore internship program for veterans

April 10, 2012

King County leaders introduced a measure March 26 to tap into veterans’ knowledge and skills to create a county internship program for former service members.

Councilwoman Kathy Lambert and Councilman Reagan Dunn — Issaquah-area representatives on the council — joined Councilman Bob Ferguson to craft the legislation. The measure calls on county government to explore a possible veteran internship program and present the results to the council by Aug. 23.

The representatives called on staffers to evaluate existing county employment policies and practices for veterans, explore potential costs to operate the internship program and identify possible funding sources.

The legislation also calls for analysis of comparable veteran internship efforts. Los Angeles and San Diego operate similar programs.

“In addition to technical skills, military veterans bring with them a built-in dedication to public service that can be of great benefit to our county operations and our citizens,” Lambert said in a statement. “We can honor the sacrifice of these veterans by welcoming them home with meaningful work and opportunities.”

(Dunn, a Republican, is running for state attorney general against Ferguson, a Democrat.)

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