Leaders adopt changes to regional growth blueprint

January 8, 2013

The growth blueprint approved by King County Council members Dec. 3 is meant to strengthen protections for open space and farmland, officials said after the council adopted the latest update to the King County Comprehensive Plan.

The document guides growth in unincorporated communities, including Preston, Four Creeks and other areas just outside Issaquah city limits.

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Democrats dominate Issaquah voters’ choices

January 1, 2013

Strong get-out-the vote operation boosts candidates

Democrats dominated Issaquah in the November election.

City voters chose Democrats for every federal and statewide office on the ballot — sometimes by a broad margin and others by a handful of votes.

Issaquah overwhelmingly supported Democrats in the races for president and vice president, U.S. senator and U.S. representative, and every statewide office. Only incumbent Republican Steve Litzow, a 41st Legislative District state senator representing about half of Issaquah, earned support from a majority of voters inside city limits.

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King County to host Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration

January 1, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 1, 2013

King County officials and employees plan to honor slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. in a public celebration from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 17.

The public is invited to join the celebration at The 5th Avenue Theatre in downtown Seattle. Scheduled speakers at the event include King County Executive Dow Constantine and King County Council Chairman Larry Gossett.

The celebration is scheduled to include musical performances by The Sound of the Northwest and opera soloist Cheryse McLeod Lewis, and the MLK Employee Singers.

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King County garbage disposal fee hike starts Jan. 1

December 21, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Dec. 21, 2012

Residents can expect to pay more for garage pick-up, and to dump garbage at transfer stations and drop boxes, after Jan. 1, as King County seeks to modernize the aging solid waste system.

The average residential customer putting out a single container of garbage for curbside collection per week is likely pay about 57 cents per month more as garbage haulers cover the disposal fees.

Haulers, such as CleanScapes and Allied Waste, pass along the rate increase to customers.

The fee for bringing solid waste to a transfer station or drop box is poised to increase from $117.42 to $129.40 per ton, including tax and a moderate risk waste fee. The minimum fee is due to increase from $20 to $22, including tax and the fee.

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Unincorporated King County residents avoid $20 roads fee

December 18, 2012

Residents in unincorporated King County — including Klahanie, Mirrormont and Preston in the Issaquah area and more than 200,000 people countywide — no longer face a $20 vehicle-license fee to fund road maintenance.

King County Council members dropped the proposed fee from the 2013 county budget, and approved the spending plan Nov. 13 in a unanimous decision. Instead, officials plan to lobby the state government for additional road dollars — a challenge as the state faces another budget shortfall next year.

In September, King County Executive Dow Constantine proposed a $20 fee to fund road maintenance and storm response in rural and unincorporated areas.

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King County leaders set legislative agendas

December 18, 2012

Transportation is a high priority as King County prepares to ask state and federal leaders for assistance to upgrade roads and other infrastructure.

King County Council members adopted legislative agendas for the state and federal governments Dec. 10.

The county is asking the state to create financing tools to allow local leaders to create revenue for the aging road system in rural and unincorporated areas.

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Transportation is high priority as leaders list state, federal agendas

December 11, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Dec. 11, 2012

Transportation is a high priority as King County prepares to ask state and federal leaders for assistance to upgrade roads and other infrastructure.

King County Council members adopted legislative agendas for the state and federal governments Monday. The lists focus on transportation improvements and efforts to preserve human services.

“The challenges facing Olympia and Washington, D.C., have a direct impact on how King County can serve its residents,” council Chairman Larry Gossett said in a statement. “The adopted agendas are clear directives from both the council and the executive on what the county’s priorities are and how we plan to work with our delegations to achieve those priorities.”

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Issaquah’s King County Council representative is tapped for legislative role

December 9, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Dec. 9, 2012

Leaders at the Washington Association of Counties tapped the Issaquah representative on the King County Council, Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, for a top legislative role.

Lambert is serving as the Legislative Steering Committee co-chairwoman alongside Klickitat County Commissioner David Sauter. Lambert served on the committee for several years previously.

The association is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization to represents Washington’s counties before the Legislature, state executive branch and regulatory agencies.

“I enjoy working with the Legislative Steering Committee because council members and commissioners from all across the state get together and share their concerns as well as their successes in dealing with the many problems facing county governments in Washington State,” Lambert said in a statement. “Our state’s 39 counties have many things in common, and we can work together when we go to Olympia. King County, as the 14th-largest in the country, also has some unique issues to deal with, so it is good to have partners across the state willing to work with us.”

Leaders adopt King County growth blueprint

December 7, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Dec. 7, 2012

The growth blueprint approved by King County Council members Monday is meant to strengthen protections for open space and farmland, officials said after the council adopted the latest update to the King County Comprehensive Plan.

The document guides growth in unincorporated communities, including Preston, Four Creeks and other areas just outside Issaquah city limits.

The plan sets policy on such major issues as annexations, transportation and the environment. Under the State Growth Management Act, passed in 1990, state law directs the most-populous and fastest-growing counties to prepare comprehensive land use plans for a 20-year span.

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King County Council seeks input on growth blueprint

November 25, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 25, 2012

King County is poised to adopt changes to a broad blueprint for growth in unincorporated areas, and before leaders act on the plan, residents can offer input.

The document guides growth and development in unincorporated areas, and sets policy on major issues, such as annexations, transportation and the environment.

King County Council members plan to take public testimony on the blueprint, or comprehensive plan, during the council’s meeting at 1:30 p.m. Monday. The council meets in the 10th-floor council chambers at the King County Courthouse, 516 Third Ave., Seattle.

The hearing is the public’s opportunity to comment on the proposal before the council acts on the legislation in December.

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