August 19, 2015
NEW — 6 p.m. Aug. 19, 2015
The Metropolitan King County Council approved July 22 sending to voters in November a six-year property tax levy to fund the Best Starts for Kids initiative.
Best Start for Kids, proposed by County Executive Dow Constantine, would be a prevention-oriented regional plan aimed at supporting the healthy development of children and youths, families and communities across the county. Funding would focus on providing services early in a child’s life — with the heaviest focus on pregnancy and children from birth through age 5 — and continuing services during a young person’s development through age 24.
If approved by voters, $19 million in levy proceeds would support a youth and family homelessness prevention initiative and the remaining proceeds would be distributed in four categories: Read more
February 10, 2015
Beginning later this month, King County Metro will offer customized shuttle service to the Issaquah Highlands and Snoqualmie Valley.
The move is in keeping with an initiative started by King County Executive Dow Constantine to offer more transit options in King County, according to a press release.
March 25, 2014
King County voters will decide in April on a $60 car-tab fee and a tenth-of-a-cent sales-tax increase for roads and buses.
On Feb. 24, the Metropolitan King County Council also passed a 25-cent fare increase for bus riders starting in 2015. Peak one-zone fares are $2.50 now, and peak-two-zone fares are $3.
The increases make up a funding package county officials pulled together to save King County Metro Transit from threatened service cuts of as much as 17 percent. County leaders hoped the state Legislature would act to save the bus system, but it didn’t.
The ballot measure would raise $130 million per year, $50 million of which would go to cities around the county to fix their streets. The rest would go toward restoring Metro service and fixing county-maintained roads.
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.
September 21, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 21, 2013
The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is hosting a special event to educate local elected leaders and the public about the importance of the hatchery and salmon conservation.
Officials from the area have been invited to a special presentation at 2 p.m. Sept. 25. FISH’s board of directors has invited City Council members, school district directors, water district commissioners, Metropolitan King County Council members, and state lawmakers from cities and districts that surround Lake Sammamish.
September 10, 2013
Mercer Island City Councilwoman Tana Senn will fill the 41st District state representative seat vacated by Marcie Maxwell.
The Metropolitan King County Council appointed her Sept. 9. Senn had been the top choice of local Democratic Party officials to fill the vacancy created by Maxwell’s decision to join Gov. Jay Inslee’s education team.
It marks a quick political ascension for Senn, a 42-year-old consultant who worked for a national Jewish women’s organization before coming to the Seattle area about a decade ago.