King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci
We live in a dynamic, diverse, and growing region.
I am excited to put my experience as a local elected official, transit leader, and mom to work to enhance our communities and our region. I look forward to meeting and working with the people of the 6th District and all of King County!
Listening to Sammamish Valley
Thanks the many engaged community members who attended the June 4 Winery, Brewery and Distillery Code Update community meeting, as well as to our wonderful hosts at Lake Washington United Methodist church. We had a wide-ranging discussion, lots of good questions, listening and learning. I appreciate everyone who spoke and shared their knowledge, experience and concerns. The love and care for our Sammamish Valley and irreplaceable agricultural areas was strongly evident.
Many requested additional responses to questions, which can be found here.
A formal public hearing on the code update occurs at the meeting of the Full King County Council on Wednesday, June 12 at 10:30 am.
Connecting with Constituents at District 6 Town Halls
Thank you to everyone who joined me at the town hall meetings in Kirkland and Bellevue on Saturday, April 27. I enjoy town halls because I get to hear from constituents directly on topics they are passionate about. This year’s themes included King County initiatives to mitigate and adapt for climate change, next steps to build and preserve affordable housing in King County, as well as new legislation impacting wineries and breweries in the Sammamish Valley.
For those who missed it, you can find the presentation I gave at both meetings here. As always, if you have questions or comments, please feel free to reach out!
Making a Transportation System that Puts People First
As ride-hailing, bike-share, scooters, and more autonomous vehicle technologies come online, disruption of the existing transportation system is inevitable, but worsening inequality doesn’t have to be.
At the April 2019 Regional Transit Committee meeting, Stuart Cohen, the co-founder and former Executive Director of TransForm, presented on how we can harness these changes to create a more equitable and accessible transportation system that puts people first. Mr. Cohen’s presentation is part of Councilmember Balducci’s ongoing initiative to build a regional mobility framework in King County. Read Cohen's "A Framework for equity in new mobility” here.
Standing with our Muslim American Neighbors
I’m proud to have sponsored, along with my King County Council colleagues, a proclamation condemning acts of violence against those exercising their constitutionally protected right to worship. While the genesis of today’s proclamation is in response to the horrific attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15, this proclamation is so much more. With this proclamation, the King County Council celebrates how the Muslim American community contributes to our civic, economic, cultural and spiritual life both in King County and nationally.
Read the proclamation here.
Balducci Calls for State Action to Create Clean Energy Future
King County is taking local and regional climate action now to protect the health, environment and economy of future generations through the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C). Through this collaboration, King County, 15 cities, and the Port of Seattle are working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across our communities by 50 percent by 2030, and 80 percent by 2050.
But we can’t stop there and that’s why I’ve joined with Mayor Matt Larson of Snoqualmie and Councilmember Bruce Bassett of Mercer Island to ask all Eastsiders to contact your state legislators to pass strong, effective state legislation to secure our clean energy future.
Read our op-ed calling for a clean energy future in the Issaquah Reporter.
Regional Leadership for Affordable Housing
With the tremendous growth in King County, thousands of our neighbors lack safe, healthy and affordable places to call home. Almost one month ago, through the Regional Affordable Housing Task Force that I co-chaired, King County and all of its cities agreed on a path forward, confirming that working together is the only way we can solve the region’s affordable housing crisis.
But cities and the County cannot do it alone. I applaud Microsoft for its historic investment in our community. Our shared prosperity depends on businesses and governments coming together to build more affordable homes across King County.
Council Chambers are now Looped!
Almost 20 percent of Americans report hearing loss and almost 15 percent of school-age children, including my own middle school-aged son, have some degree of hearing loss. Looping the chambers is an important step to make King County meetings and deliberations more accessible to our constituents and will enable more people to engage in our civic life.
Check out the King County TV segment on this great improvement at the King County Council:
Regional Affordable Housing Task Force
As the Co-Chair of the Regional Affordable Housing Task Force, Councilmember Balducci worked with elected officials from all over King County on a regional approach to affordable housing. The Task Force has completed its work in December of 2018 and the final report is available to read on the Task Force website.