Memorial for fallen deputies comes closer to fruition

October 1, 2013

A physical tribute to fallen deputies is one step closer to reality, after the Metropolitan King County Council received a Sept. 16 report containing a plan to establish a memorial inside the King County Courthouse.

The memorial would honor the 16 members of the King County Sheriff’s Office who have been killed in the line of duty since the department was established in 1852.

Among them is King County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Herzog, who was killed in the line of duty while working in the city of Newcastle in 2002. Herzog had worked in Newcastle for several years and knew many of the residents and businesses.

Newcastle police officer Richard Herzog

Newcastle police officer Richard Herzog

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Rush for same-sex weddings sets marriage license record

December 11, 2012

Dow Constantine

In a milestone just after midnight Dec. 6, King County started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a month after Washington voters legalized same-sex marriage.

The county issued a record 623 marriage licenses between midnight Dec. 6 and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 8. The initial day set a record at 489.

King County Executive Dow Constantine issued the initial marriage license at 12:01 a.m. in a ceremony at the King County Recorder’s Office.

“Tonight you are making history,” he said to the initial group of 11 couples. “Not only our legislators, but the people of this state have said every person is entitled to equal treatment. This advances our law in the state of Washington, and brings us one step closer to that first ‘self-evident’ truth announced by our nation’s founders: that all are created equal.”

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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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Join King County budget discussion through meetings, Twitter

October 9, 2012

Residents can comment on King County Executive Dow Constantine’s proposed 2013 budget at a series of meetings countywide.

The meetings, hosted by the King County Council budget team, continue Oct. 10 in the City Council Chambers at Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave. N.E.

The last meeting is Oct. 17 in the 10th floor King County Council Chambers at the King County Courthouse, 516 Third Ave., Seattle.

The meetings start at 6:30 p.m. Residents can watch coverage from the meetings the next day on King County TV, Comcast and Broadstripe Cable channel 22.

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Offer input on 2013 King County budget

September 25, 2012

Residents can comment on King County Executive Dow Constantine’s proposed 2013 budget next month at a series of meetings countywide.

The meetings, hosted by the King County Council budget team, start Oct. 3 in Courtroom 3F at the Maleng Regional Justice Center, 401 Fourth Ave. N., Kent.

The next meeting, and the closest event to Issaquah, is Oct. 10 in the City Council Chambers at Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave. N.E.

The last meeting is Oct. 17 in the 10th floor King County Council Chambers at the King County Courthouse, 516 Third Ave., Seattle.

The meetings start at 6:30 p.m. Residents can watch coverage from the meetings the next day on King County TV, Comcast and Broadstripe Cable channel 22. The budget team also plans to post updates to Facebook and Twitter.

King County Council offers public last chance to comment on arena proposal

July 28, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. July 28, 2012

The public can comment on a proposal to build a Seattle sports and entertainment arena before the King County Council considers the arena agreement.

The council is scheduled to hold a final public hearing on the proposal at 1:30 p.m. Monday. The sign-up to testify before the council starts at 12:30 p.m.

The council meets in the Council Chambers on the 10th floor at the King County Courthouse, 516 Third Ave., Seattle.

Or watch the meeting live online, on King County TV, Comcast and Broadstripe Channel 22.

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King County launches treatment court for veterans

June 26, 2012

King County officials celebrated the launch of Veterans Treatment Court on June 14, a milestone in the effort to direct veterans into treatment and services, rather than incarceration.

The combination of mental health issues, alongside post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries, can lead veterans into the criminal justice system. Officials said the Veterans Treatment Court offers a better route for nonviolent offenders.

The program, a part of Mental Health Court, is rooted in legislation adopted by the King County Council last year. Officials gathered at the King County Courthouse to launch the program.

The program is to receive future funding by the Veterans and Human Services Levy. King County voters renewed the property tax levy package in 2011 with almost 70 percent approval. Read more

Arena backer to testify before King County Council committee

June 18, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. June 18, 2012

Chris Hansen, the investor behind a proposal to construct a sports and entertainment arena in Seattle is due to answer questions for the King County Council’s Budget and Fiscal Management Committee on Tuesday.

The appearance is the initial meeting between Hansen, a San Francisco hedge fund manager, and the council. Though the budget committee does not include all nine council members, every council members has been invited to attend.

Citizens can attend the meeting at 1:30 p.m. in the 10th-floor County Council Chambers at the King County Courthouse or watch the meeting live online, on King County TV, Comcast and Broadstripe Channel 22.

The committee is also due to meet the outside panel advising the council on the arena proposal. The members include experts in economics, public finance, public-private partnerships, labor, urban development and transportation.

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Jurors rule in favor of police officers involved in deadly shootout

May 29, 2012

Issaquah police officer Brian Horn indicates locations on a map for a King County inquest jury May 22, as District Court Judge David Steiner observes. By Greg Farrar

Jurors deliberated only 19 minutes before determining Issaquah police officers faced a life-threatening scenario and properly used lethal force to stop a rifle-toting man on the Clark Elementary School campus last year.

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King County Council committee to receive briefing on arena proposal

May 28, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. May 28, 2012

The proposal to build a $490 million sports and entertainment arena in Seattle comes under scrutiny by a King County Council committee Tuesday.

Budget and Fiscal Management Committee members plan to hold the initial first hearing on the legislation outline the county role on the proposed arena near Safeco Field.

The hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in the County Council Chambers at the King County Courthouse. Citizens can watch the meeting live on King County TV, seen on Comcast and Broadstripe Cable Channel 22.

In February, investor Christopher Hansen presented to Seattle and King County a proposal to construct the arena to host NBA and NHL teams.

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