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May 22, 2012

Issaquah History Museums director wins county award

The Association of King County Historical Organizations recently honored Erica Maniez for her long-term leadership of the Issaquah History Museums.

The association chose Maniez for its 2012 Willard Jue Memorial Award, citing her 12 years of work in locating and digitally cataloging items for the museums’ collections, capturing oral histories of longtime Issaquah residents, providing local schoolchildren with educational programs and tours, and writing two books about local history.

King County Councilman Larry Phillips presented the award to Maniez at a ceremony at the Museum of History & Industry in Seattle.

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King County joins Issaquah, other cities in climate change effort

March 27, 2012

King County Council members approved a partnership among the county, Issaquah and other cities March 19 to coordinate regional efforts on climate change and sustainability issues.

In a unanimous decision, leaders OK’d a program to bring together county and city staffers to collaborate on greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets and other shared projects.

In June 2011, the county and several cities formed a partnership called the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration. The focus is to pool resources to combat the impact of climate change.

“We will share information that helps us do these things,” Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger said March 23. “So, for instance, the county has programs that help people do land-use and transportation planning that make connectivity stronger.”

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King County Council adopts climate change plan

March 27, 2012

King County Council members offered unanimous support March 5 for a short-term plan to address climate change.

The legislation lists steps already under way in King County government to address climate change — from setting countywide-level emissions-reduction targets and promoting compact communities and transit use to planning for climate change-related emergencies, such as flooding and droughts. In addition, the measure modifies goals and targets set in a 2006 plan for greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

“King County has long been on the forefront of the nation in addressing the climate crisis,” Councilman Larry Phillips, the Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee chairman, said in a statement. “This legislation ensures those efforts continue while we develop a new strategic climate action plan to advance our work.”

The council also adopted strategic climate action legislation Feb. 27. King County Executive Dow Constantine is developing a plan based on the bill.

“Action now will benefit future generations, and future plans will need to evolve with new information and insights, allowing us to tackle climate change directly and aggressively,” he said.

King County joins Issaquah, other cities on climate change effort

March 22, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. March 22, 2012

King County Council members approved a partnership among the county, Issaquah and other cities to coordinate regional efforts on climate change and sustainability issues.

In a unanimous decision, leaders OK’d a program to bring together county and city staffers to collaborate on greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets and other shared projects.

In June 2011, the county and several cities formed a partnership called the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration. The focus of the collaboration is to pool resources to combat the impact of climate change.

The adopted ordinance calls for County Executive Dow Constantine to enter into a pact finalizing the county’s participation in the effort.

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Mountains to Sound Greenway heritage plan earns King County endorsement

March 20, 2012

NEW — 3 p.m. March 20, 2012

King County Council members endorsed a plan Monday to designate the greenbelt along Interstate 90 from Seattle to Ellensburg as a National Heritage Area.

In a unanimous decision, council members called on Congress to recognize the Mountains to Sound Greenway — a ribbon of conservation lands, recreation areas and suburban cities interspersed among farms and forests — in a federal program for “nationally important” landscapes.

The council motion is the latest support for the National Heritage Area effort. The push includes numerous supporters in Issaquah, such as Mayor Ava Frisinger and the Issaquah Alps Trails Club, a crucial and early greenway backer.

Councilman Reagan Dunn, prime sponsor of the motion, lauded the council for supporting the effort.

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Mountains to Sound Greenway proposal earns committee’s OK

March 13, 2012

The effort to designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway — a 100-mile greenbelt along Interstate 90 — as a National Heritage Area received a key endorsement from a King County Council committee March 6.

The designation from Congress is meant to highlight a unique feature or local history. The greenway could be the only National Heritage Area in Washington; no other region is designated as such. (Nationwide, Congress has designated 49 heritage areas from coast to coast.)

Council Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee members sent the full council a recommendation to pass a measure urging Congress to designate the greenway as a National Heritage Area. The council is expected to act on the measure March 19.

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Mountains to Sound Greenway heritage proposal earns committee’s endorsement

March 6, 2012

NEW — 11 a.m. March 6, 2012

The effort to designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway — a 100-mile greenbelt along Interstate 90 — as a National Heritage Area received a key endorsement from a King County Council committee Tuesday.

The designation from Congress is meant to highlight a unique feature or local history. The greenway could be the only National Heritage Area in Washington; no other region is designated as such. (Nationwide, Congress has designated 49 heritage areas from coast to coast.)

Council Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee members sent the full council a recommendation to pass a measure urging Congress to designate the greenway as a National Heritage Area. The council is expected to act on the measure March 19.

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County leaders ask lawmakers to preserve roads, services

January 31, 2012

In a broad agenda for the ongoing legislative session, King County leaders pledged to work alongside state lawmakers to preserve funding for human services, preserve roads and consolidate some local government operations.

The plan comes from the King County Council as legislators in Olympia must close a $1.5 billion budget gap. Local leaders raised concerns about cuts to services and transportation — perpetual concerns as lawmakers trimmed spending in recent years.

“A growing number of county residents are now accessing services and agencies that are facing devastating cuts in Olympia,” council Chairman Larry Gossett said in a statement. “This will be one of the most difficult legislative sessions ever, so it is vital that King County speak in a clear voice about our priorities regarding human services and transportation.”

County leaders develop a state legislative agenda to decide on the positions most important to bring to the attention of the Legislature. The plan combines input from council members and County Executive Dow Constantine.

The council adopted a legislative agenda Jan. 17. Legislators gathered in Olympia for the 60-day session Jan. 9.

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King County leaders ask lawmakers to preserve roads, services

January 30, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 30, 2012

In a broad agenda for the ongoing legislative session, King County leaders pledged to work alongside state lawmakers to preserve funding for human services, preserve roads and consolidate some local government operations.

The plan comes from the King County Council as legislators in Olympia must close a $1.5 billion budget gap. Local leaders raised concerns about cuts to services and transportation — perpetual concerns as lawmakers trimmed spending in recent years.

“A growing number of county residents are now accessing services and agencies that are facing devastating cuts in Olympia,” council Chairman Larry Gossett said in a statement. “This will be one of the most difficult legislative sessions ever, so it is vital that King County speak in a clear voice about our priorities regarding human services and transportation.”

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King County Council fears public health cuts as Legislature meets

November 22, 2011

King County leaders managed to preserve dollars for public health and other human services in the $5.2 billion budget for 2012.

Now, as state legislators prepare to gather for a special session Nov. 28, King County Council members said cuts from Olympia could force the county to cut services. Lawmakers need to slash spending to close a $2 billion budget gap.

“When they make those decisions, it rolls downhill to us,” Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, a budget team member and the Issaquah representative, said a day after the council adopted the 2012 budget.

Councilwoman Julia Patterson, a South King County representative and the budget team leader, said a difficult economy could magnify service cuts.

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