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Recent Executive Office news releases

Sept. 17
Reforms and efficiencies help King County save 150,000 hours of Metro bus service
Reforms, efficiencies, and a decline in fuel prices have enabled King County Executive Dow Constantine to propose preserving 150,000 hours of Metro bus service that had earlier been assumed for reduction.  Learn more...
Sept. 15
Executive creates innovative partnership to preserve critical health services in White Center
A new partnership with the City of Seattle and Planned Parenthood will preserve critical health services for women, children, and families in White Center and surrounding areas.   Learn more...
Sept. 12
Inquest ordered into fatal police shooting of armed man at light rail station
Fact-finding hearing is customary to determine causes and circumstances of any death involving a member of law enforcement while in performance of duties  Learn more...
Sept. 12
Executive’s budget to call for accelerating energy efficiency projects throughout King County
The Executive's forthcoming biennial budget proposal will confront climate change by speeding up energy efficiency projects while reducing overall costs.   Learn more...
Sept. 9
Executive Constantine joins 65 elected leaders to call for a statewide clean fuels standard
King County Executive Dow Constantine today joined 65 other local and regional leaders in Washington state in calling upon the Governor and legislative leaders to adopt a clean fuels standard.   Learn more...
Sept. 2
Second round of Metro service reductions detailed in proposal to County Council
The February service proposal was rebalanced to distribute reductions geographically within each stand-alone service change, rather than spread them over four service changes. As a result, proposed service changes are revised for some areas of Seattle, South King County, and East King County.   Learn more...
Aug. 20
Metro will use a federal grant to test battery-powered, zero-emission buses
Executive Constantine is taking action to ensure Metro remains one of the greenest major transit agencies in the nation, authorizing Metro to test new battery-powered, zero-emission buses.  Learn more...
Aug. 18
Executive Constantine praises denial by state of Oregon of coal export permit
King County Executive Dow Constantine today praised a decision by the Oregon Department of State Lands to deny a key permit request for a proposed coal export terminal.   Learn more...
Aug. 14
Executive announces structure for reduced-fare program for lower-income Metro bus riders
King County will implement a reduced-fare program for lower-income Metro bus riders by March 2015. Metro will be the second major transit system in the nation to offer this type of fare.  Learn more...
Aug. 7
Executive Constantine calls on Legislature to meet responsibility for funding psychiatric bed space
King County Executive Dow Constantine today responded to the state Supreme Court ruling that ends the temporary boarding of psychiatric patients in hospital emergency rooms.  Learn more...
July 30
Ridership for Metro's RapidRide surges again, up nearly 40 percent
Ridership on RapidRide’s six lines has grown a combined 39 percent – to nearly 53,500 trips each weekday – significantly outpacing Metro’s original five-year ridership projections. RapidRide lines now comprise about 15 percent of Metro’s total ridership and continue to outpace the bus routes they replaced.   Learn more...
July 30
Ridership for Metro's RapidRide surges again, up nearly 40 percent
Ridership on RapidRide’s six lines has grown a combined 39 percent – to nearly 53,500 trips each weekday – significantly outpacing Metro’s original five-year ridership projections. RapidRide lines now comprise about 15 percent of Metro’s total ridership and continue to outpace the bus routes they replaced.   Learn more...
July 28
Director of Public Health – Seattle & King County stepping down
King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray today said they will begin the search for a new director of Public Health -- Seattle & King County, after being notified by Dr. David Fleming that he is stepping down as the Director of Public Health effective Aug. 11.  Learn more...
July 24
Traffic delays and infrastructure costs identified in new study bolster opposition to coal train exports
King County Executive Dow Constantine said today's release of a new study supports the unprecedented groundswell of opposition to coal train exports.  Learn more...
July 24
Executive calls for federal action to protect region from oil train disasters
King County Executive Dow Constantine today commented on the oil tank car derailment underneath the Magnolia Bridge in Seattle.   Learn more...
July 23
Regional leaders unite in call to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in King County
A regional planning council chaired by King County Executive Dow Constantine today adopted targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in King County, an important step in the effort to confront climate change.  Learn more...
July 21
Executive and County Council agree to process for difficult Metro service reductions
King County Executive Dow Constantine and the County Council today agreed to a process for reducing 550,000 hours in Metro services over the next year to keep services in line with actual revenues.  Learn more...
July 16
King County connects 400 military veterans with interested employers
The first-ever career expo, “Working with Our Troops” offered seminars, job-search resources, and one-on-one resume writing sessions with representatives from King County’s Veterans Program.  Learn more...
July 9
Executive nominates 30-year veteran to lead Adult and Juvenile Detention
William Hayes has been selected to build on King County's recent progress to create a national model for effective detention.  Learn more...
June 30
Executive taps economic advisor to create opportunities, position King County on global stage
King County Executive Dow Constantine appoints a new Economic Development Policy Advisor to create opportunities and position King County on the global stage.   Learn more...
June 29
Delivering on a promise: Executive Constantine leads celebration of new South Park Bridge
One of King County's most significant road projects in decades, thousands of residents celebrated the opening of the new South Park Bridge.  Learn more...
June 27
See how King County assessess risk for 10 natural hazards
The public is invited to review and comment on King County's plan to mitigate the risk associated with 10 known natural hazards that occur in the region.   Learn more...
June 23
Building a farm-to-plate pipeline will better connect local farmers and communities
Executive Constantine's Local Food Economy Initiative is designed to get more locally grown, healthy, affordable food to local kitchen tables and restaurants.  Learn more...
June 17
King County Civil Rights Commission seeks new members
Residents interested in raising community awareness and involvement in civil rights issues are invited to apply for one of four open positions on the King County Civil Rights Commission.  Learn more...
June 17
Executive names criminal justice leaders to County’s first-ever Public Defense Advisory Board
King County Executive Dow Constantine today named 11 highly regarded leaders in indigent defense the protection of the rights of the accused to serve on the County's first-ever Public Defense Advisory Board.  Learn more...
June 12
Joint planning of region's bus and rail will create efficiencies and enable future service expansion
King County Executive and Sound Transit Board Chair Dow Constantine today acted to change the way local and regional transit agencies do business by increasing joint planning and integration to create greater operating efficiencies and enable future service expansion.  Learn more...
June 9
Executive urges Council to try again and develop more responsible Metro funding plan
Vetoes legislation that would spend money Metro doesn't have, inappropriately use one-time money for ongoing expenses, and cut service based on politics.  Learn more...
June 5
Executive Constantine's reaction to shootings at Seattle Pacific University
King County Executive Dow Constantine commented on the tragic shootings at SPU.  Learn more...
June 4
Executive Constantine announces new South Park Bridge to open on June 30
King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the newly-constructed South Park Bridge will open June 30. The previous drawbridge, built in 1931, was closed and dismantled in mid-2010 due to safety concerns.   Learn more...
June 2
Executive Constantine applauds President Obama's EPA rule to cut carbon emissions from nation's power plants
The Environmental Protection Agency introduced a proposed rule to cut carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants by 30 percent.  Learn more...
June 2
Executive Constantine thanks Governor for recognizing unique approach to preserving forests, farm land
Agreement with City of Seattle preserves rural working farms and forests, while the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle will see increased housing density.  Learn more...
May 30
Comments from Executive Constantine on Steve Ballmer's agreement to purchase L.A. Clippers
King County Executive Dow Constantine comments on Steve Ballmer's agreement to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers and what that means for professional basketball's return to the Pacific Northwest.  Learn more...
May 28
Inquest ordered into fatal police shooting in Sodo of man pointing replica handgun
King County Executive Dow Constantine today ordered an inquest into the fatal shooting of Andrew Law by a Seattle police officer on Jan. 20, 2014.   Learn more...
May 16
Executive Constantine proposes safety standards for transportation network companies
Same minimum operating requirements would level playing field for everyone providing transportation for-hire services in King County  Learn more...
May 16
Comments from Executive Constantine on meeting with NHL Commissioner
"I want to thank Commissioner Bettman for flying out to see us. I was pleased to have the chance to meet with him in my office, and to reiterate our strong interest in bringing NHL hockey to King County.”   Learn more...
May 12
Executive offers enhanced program for cities to buy bus service to avoid transit cuts
With this enhanced program, all cities in King County – or groups of cities – will have the option of purchasing additional Metro Transit service beyond existing countywide service levels. Each city would decide how to pay for those services.  Learn more...
May 6
King County earns nation’s most prestigious award for government innovation
Reforms at King County that have saved tens of millions of dollars in public services were recognized by Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, which presented its 2013 Innovations in American Government Award to the County’s nationally-recognized employee wellness program.  Learn more...
May 5
Executive Constantine takes action to minimize risk in King County areas with unstable slopes
Updating Landslide Hazard Areas map is part of comprehensive approach to decrease risk to lives and critical infrastructure in areas that have unstable slopes similar to those near Oso in Snohomish County.  Learn more...
May 5
Comments from Executive Constantine on passing of Billy Frank Jr.
King County Executive Dow Constantine praises the contributions of Billy Frank Jr., a Nisqually elder who championed treaty rights. Frank died at age 83.  Learn more...
May 5
King County to receive national Living Cities transformation grant
King County Executive Dow Constantine today announced that King County has been chosen as one of five sites across the country to receive planning grants from the Living Cities coalition to improve economic opportunities for low-income people and communities.  Learn more...
May 1
Comments from Executive Constantine on Judge Mary Yu's appointment to state Supreme Court
King County Executive Dow Constantine congratulates Superior Court Judge Mary Yu on her appointment by Governor Jay Inslee to the Washington State Supreme Court. She is the first Asian American and the first openly gay member of the state's highest court.   Learn more...
April 23
Executive Constantine on announced initiative to maintain Metro bus service within Seattle city limits
Executive Constantine comments on the initiative announced today by Friends of Transit.   Learn more...
April 16
Property taxes due for first half of 2014
King County offers secure and efficient online payment system  Learn more...
April 15
Seattle, King County receive more than $22 million in federal homeless assistance grants
Federal homeless assistance funds totaling more than $22.7 million have been awarded to the City of Seattle and King County for 2014-2015, making it possible to continue a range of housing and supportive services for individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.  Learn more...
April 11
Executive thanks Health Leadership Circle for enrollment efforts
This is a letter King County Executive Dow Constantine sent to committee members of the Healthcare Enrollment Leadership Circle, who worked tirelessly to support King County's efforts to enroll more than 150,000 residents in affordable healthcare prior to the first deadline of the Affordable Care Act.   Learn more...
April 10
9-1-1 service restored in King County
There is a widespread 9-1-1 outage affecting Washington and Oregon, including King County. If you have an emergency and are unable to get through to 9-1-1, call the following phone numbers in King County for your location  Learn more...
April 3
Executive awards $530,000 for housing and employment services to reach homeless youth and young adults
The grants help advance King County’s Health and Human Services Transformation Plan by funding work to improve health and social outcomes for a very high-risk population. Each of the proposals funded will help homeless youth achieve and maintain housing and long-term stability.  Learn more...
April 1
Executive Constantine praises effort that enrolled 150,000 King County residents in health coverage
King County's partnerships with cities, nonprofits, labor, and business helped enroll more than 150,000 people before the first deadline under the Affordable Care Act.  Learn more...
April 1
Socially-responsible banking guidelines proposed by Executive Constantine
Banks that wish to compete to be King County’s financial services provider would have to develop plans to address the credit and financial needs of the County's diverse and historically underserved communities, under new guidelines for socially-responsible banking proposed this week by King County Executive Dow Constantine in collaboration with members of the County Council.  Learn more...
March 31
State accountability audit of King County comes back with no findings
The State Auditor's Office issued an accountability audit of King County which shows that in those areas it examined, the County’s financial practices were in compliance with state and local laws and regulations – the first time the County has had a "no finding" audit since 2007.  Learn more...
March 21
Inquest ordered into fatal police shooting of armed man at Capitol Hill apartment building
Fact-finding hearing is customary to determine causes and circumstances of any death involving a member of law enforcement while in performance of duties  Learn more...
March 18
Executive wishes for recovery of King County employee injured today, and sends condolences on tragic loss of KOMO News photographer and pilot
“Today’s tragedy that stunned our region is brought even closer to home with news that the injured motorist is one of our King County employees."  Learn more...
Feb. 24
Executive Constantine praises County Council action on reduced fare for low-income Metro riders
"I am pleased that the Council has taken this important action to ensure a bus ride remains affordable for those of limited means who need to get to school or their jobs."  Learn more...
Feb. 13
Executive's Procurement Reform Initiative to open business opportunities for 200 more small businesses in 2014
Proposal would add Seattle Community Colleges as participating agency in regional certification program  Learn more...
Feb. 12
Retired Air Force commander to lead work of connecting veterans to services in King County
Lt. Col. Dana Sawyers has counseled injured vets, and developed a Wounded Warrior project in the Republic of Georgia. She will lead the county's Regional Veterans Initiative.  Learn more...
Feb. 10
New Vashon Rural Services Center to open February 20
Facility in downtown Vashon will house Sheriff's Office, District Court, Community Service Center, and permitting services  Learn more...
Feb. 10
Building equity and confronting climate change frame Executive Constantine’s second-term agenda
Building equity and opportunity and confronting climate change are the great generational challenges of our time, and the framework for King County Executive Dow Constantine’s agenda for his second term in office.   Learn more...
Feb. 2
Executive Constantine celebrates our Seahawks: Super Bowl Champions!
“Congratulations to the Seahawks on one of the most dominant performances in Super Bowl history. This is the stuff of Seattle sports legend. A spectacular finish to a season for the ages.  Learn more...
Jan. 28
Inquest ordered into fatal police shooting of armed robbery suspect in Tukwila
King County Executive Dow Constantine today ordered an inquest into the fatal shooting of D’Angelo Davis by Tukwila police on December 7, 2013.  Learn more...
Jan. 21
Executive thanks County Council for confirming new Community and Human Services Director
Executive thanks County Council for confirming new Community and Human Services Director  Learn more...
Jan. 16
King County jail director to take new position at County
Claudia Balducci named last week as Mayor of Bellevue  Learn more...
Jan. 16
King County Civil Rights Commission honors MLK essay contest winners
Three local 8th graders take top awards in 15th annual competition  Learn more...
Jan. 14
King County voters could see April ballot measure to save Metro bus service and address backlog of road maintenance
In the absence of action by the Legislature on a statewide transportation package with local funding authority, regional leaders today united in support of a specific ballot measure that would give King County voters a chance to save Metro bus service and address the backlog of road and street maintenance in the cities and County.  Learn more...
Jan. 4
Executive Constantine on decision by Machinists to secure Boeing 777X for the region
Executive Constantine on decision by Machinists to secure Boeing 777X for the region  Learn more...
Dec. 23
Accomplishments of first term set the stage for future reforms
After re-election by the largest margin of victory ever in a race for the County’s top office, King County Executive Dow Constantine outlined the accomplishments of the past year, and the past four years, that provide the foundation for the work that lies ahead.  Learn more...
Dec. 19
Second group of military veterans graduates from King County HERO Program
Six-month paid internships help participants gain valuable civilian career skills   Learn more...
Dec. 19
National award to King County for making it easier for small firms to do business with the county
Procurement Reform Initiative recognized by American City & County Magazine  Learn more...
Dec. 19
Biographies of HERO Program graduates
Military veterans held six-month internships with King County  Learn more...
Dec. 19
Disappointment at continued inaction on state transportation funding
King County Executive Dow Constantine issued this statement regarding last night’s announcement that there will be no special session on state transportation:  Learn more...
Dec. 12
As state climate debate heats up, local governments call for action to cool down
King County Executive Dow Constantine and Mayors from the cities of Mercer Island, Kirkland, Issaquah, Shoreline, Snoqualmie, Sammamish, Seattle, and Tukwila have issued a joint letter calling for bold state action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.   Learn more...
Dec. 12
Rapid Re-housing pilot launched to help homeless families
A new pilot program will move as many as 350 homeless families in King County into rental housing by December 31, 2014 and provide a range of short duration support services to help those families achieve stability. A total of just over $3.1 million will be dedicated to the pilot over the course of the next year.   Learn more...
Dec. 6
Business still booming one year after voter approval of marriage equality
Marriage license applications at King County Recorder's Office up 33% since law allowing same-sex couples to wed took effect  Learn more...
Dec. 3
King County selected as founding member of Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council
National public-private partnership will promote social, environmental, and economic sustainability in procuring goods and services  Learn more...
Nov. 21
Balanced statewide package still first choice, but King County will move on “Plan B” if needed for saving Metro buses and local roads
A balanced statewide transportation package, with local options for funding Metro Transit and roads in the cities and unincorporated areas, remains King County’s first choice.  Learn more...
Nov. 19
Mark Putnam named new director of Committee to End Homelessness in King County
Putnam has extensive experience working with government, philanthropy, providers and people experiencing homelessness to develop and implement effective strategies to move people out of poverty and homelessness through stable housing, health care, education and employment.   Learn more...
Nov. 12
Executive thanks County Council for swift action on 2014 King County Budget
“I’d like to thank the Metropolitan King County Council for the collaborative and open process that led to final adoption of this budget..."  Learn more...
Nov. 12
Washington Business Alliance "Good Government Check" lauds Kling County executive leadership and managers for implementing modern business practices
Strong executive leadership and managers eager to implement modern business practices are helping King County continuously improve government services. That's the finding from the "Good Government Check" report by the Washington Business Alliance.  Learn more...
Nov. 5
Executive Constantine on Boeing 777X assembly and need for transportation package
King County Executive Dow Constantine praised the Governor's call for a special session of the Legislature to begin Thursday, November 7  Learn more...
Nov. 5
Executive Constantine on voter approval of King County EMS/Medic One Levy
King County Executive Dow Constantine tonight made the following statement on the approval of the Emergency Medical Services/Medic One Levy.  Learn more...
Nov. 5
Executive Constantine on approval of charter amendment regarding system of public defense
King County Executive Dow Constantine tonight made the following statement on the approval of King County Charter Amendment One.  Learn more...
Nov. 5
Executive Dow Constantine thanks voters for re-election by the largest margin of victory ever in a race for King County Executive
Executive Dow Constantine tonight made the following statement on his re-election by the largest margin ever recorded in a race for King County Executive. The largest previous margin of victory was in 1997, when Ron Sims took 65.5 percent of the vote:  Learn more...
Nov. 5
Executive Constantine congratulates Ed Murray on his likely victory in race for Seattle Mayor
King County Executive Dow Constantine tonight made the following statement on the likely victory of Ed Murray in the race for Mayor of Seattle.  Learn more...
Nov. 4
King County Executive applauds state funding of $1.6 million to expand services for mentally ill
King County Executive Dow Constantine today announced receipt of $1.6 million in new state funding to expand intensive mental health and crisis response services for individuals at risk of psychiatric hospitalizations.   Learn more...
Nov. 1
King County cuts ribbon on renovation of Maleng Regional Justice Center
King County Executive Dow Constantine and District Court Judge Corinna Harn formally open newly-renovated space at Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. The renovations are expected to qualify for LEED Platinum green building certification.  Learn more...
Oct. 28
Inquest ordered into fatal police shooting of gunman at Capitol Hill condominium
King County Executive Dow Constantine today ordered an inquest into the fatal shooting of Joel Reuter by Seattle police on July 5, 2013  Learn more...
Oct. 25
State Supreme Court affirms King County’s use of wastewater ratepayer funds
The Washington State Supreme Court has upheld King County’s use of ratepayer funds to site the Brightwater Treatment Plant and pay for other environmental programs.  Learn more...
Oct. 25
Public invited to direct priorities for King County government
The Strategic Plan will be refreshed in 2014, and right now a robust public engagement effort is underway to gather input from people that will help to guide the County’s priorities over the next five years.  Learn more...
Oct. 20
King County Executive mourns the passing of former University of Washington football coach Don James
King County Executive Dow Constantine today mourned the passing of former University of Washington football coach Don James, known as the "Dawgfather"  Learn more...
Oct. 18
King County Executive mourns the passing of former House Speaker Tom Foley
King County Executive Dow Constantine today mourned the passing of former Congressman and Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Tom Foley.  Learn more...
Oct. 9
King County Executive rips federal shutdown for halt to essential nutrition programs
Advance layoff notices were sent this morning to 82 King County employees who provide essential nutrition services for Women, Infants and Children, as a consequence of the continuing federal shutdown.  Learn more...
Oct. 4
Executive Constantine enhances local services for unincorporated areas in 2014 proposed budget
King County Executive Dow Constantine has proposed a 2014 Budget that enhances funding for a range of local services for residents of unincorporated King County – including public safety, parks, and the environment.  Learn more...
Oct. 3
Renton volunteers honored with Executive's Award for Community Preparedness
Renton Emergency Communication Service praised for emergency readiness and response  Learn more...
Oct. 3
New report reveals progress in integrating Equity and Social Justice into delivery of King County services
While disparities of place, race and income still exist, King County has made significant progress toward creating a more inclusive and prosperous place for all by considering equity and social justice in the decisions that guide delivery of County services, according to a new report released today by King County Executive Dow Constantine.   Learn more...
Oct. 1
Second half of 2013 property taxes due October 31
King County offers secure and convenient online payment system  Learn more...
Oct. 1
Gov. Jay Inslee and King County Executive Dow Constantine celebrate opening of enrollment in Washington’s Health Exchange at Carolyn Downs Family Clinic
Today, Gov. Jay Inslee and King County Executive Dow Constantine met some of the first people to get in line for health coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder.  Learn more...
Sept. 25
King County Executive presents third-annual countywide Small Business Awards
High-energy event honors hard-working business owners who create local jobs and contribute to our regional economy  Learn more...
Sept. 23
Executive Constantine’s 2014 proposed budget builds on four years of reforms and efficiencies
Building upon reforms put in place over the past four years, King County Executive Dow Constantine today proposed a balanced 2014 Budget with no new taxes that sustains essential functions and restores some critical services lost in the recession.  Learn more...
Sept. 20
King County seeks public input for next Strategic Plan
King County government would like to invite all 2 million people in the region to visit www.OneKingCounty.info to provide input on the next iteration of the Strategic Plan, which will shape the future of county government over the next five years.  Learn more...
Sept. 19
Executive’s budget proposes Regional Veterans Initiative to connect veterans and families with needed services
Four of every ten veterans say they have little or no knowledge of the benefits they have earned, or how to access them. King County Executive Dow Constantine today said his 2014/2015 County budget will call for support of a King County Veterans Service Network – to embark on the first-ever comprehensive mapping of the labyrinth of federal, state and local services for veterans.  Learn more...

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