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November 23, 2021
$672 million supplemental budget, funding climate projects, gun violence reduction and key service restorations approved by King County Council
“I support a budget that continues to build on our economic development, COVID recovery, and public safety. King County residents rightfully expect a high level of service from the Sheriff’s office. The investments adopted include an opportunity to recruit and fill the 59 vacancies that will help make sure that the Sheriff is appropriately staffed and continue to provide the level of service that residents have grown accustomed too..."

November 16, 2021
Lambert awards Martin Luther King Medal of Distinguished Service to Brandy Badger
“Through her service, Brandy Badger exemplifies what it means to be a true leader in the community. She saw a rise in food insecurity due to COVID and she immediately sprang into action to solve the problem using her knowledge of farming and her connections in the food industry. The need is so great that she continues to serve more and more people and there is always a line. Her tireless work helped feed hundreds of thousands of families in Washington during a very difficult time. It is my honor to present her with the Medal of Distinguished Service.”

October 1, 2021
Lambert calls on Executive Constantine to address looming sheriff vacancies
“Vacancies in the Sheriff’s Department diminish our ability to create a safe place for residents to thrive in King County. Low morale, lack of public support, and the vaccine mandate have created challenges to retaining and recruiting sheriff deputies.” 

September 14, 2021
County Council District 3 awarded nearly $4 million in Flood Reduction Grants
“Flood Reduction Grants are a great way to help local jurisdictions, non-profits, tribal nations complete projects that will reduce flooding and protect our natural resources. These Flood Reduction Grants help communities and organizations quickly make targeted reductions in flooding, increase community resiliency, and provide improved fish passage.”

August 11, 2021
Lambert calls for courthouse security emergency declaration
“Nobody should be threatened by verbal, physical, or sexual violence in their workplace. If Seattle is not going to step up to make City Hall Park and the surrounding areas safer for county employees, jurors, and the general public, then we must take emergency action.” 

July 27, 2021
Council approves more than $389 million for courts backlog, community supports, rental assistance, and more in latest round of emergency COVID funding
“This budget makes some significant investments in our court system to reduce the backlog and help stop further delays of justice for hundreds of violent crime victims. I am also pleased with the investments this budget makes to reduce health disparities and increase workforce development, especially in the health care field through a partnership with the Andy Hill Cancer Research Endowment. This partnership will build a health initiative to connect women of color, veterans, and those most impacted by COVID to living wage jobs in healthcare in order to build a skilled, community-based workforce to address health disparities in King County.”

January 14, 2021
Lambert issues statement on Tolt River Dam warning system failure during scheduled test
“For the third time in the last several months, the warning system at the Tolt River Dam has failed. The Tolt Dam, owned and operated by the City of Seattle, is located 16 miles upstream from Carnation. In the event of a dam failure, area residents would only have minutes to evacuate before being inundated with over 30 feet of water..."

November 17, 2020
Lambert secures crucial funding for District 3 in county budget
“Finalizing and adopting the 2021-2022 King County Budget was certainly a challenge this year, as we continue to adapt and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the region. The uncertain economy required many difficult cuts across county government. However, I believe this budget reflects not only our commitment to our obligations as the local government for the residents of unincorporated King County, but the importance of our role as a regional leader as well.” 

June 23, 2020
COVID Reopening Could Look Very Different in Portions of King County
“As our economy begins to open up, it is important that we look for ways to help businesses across the county. Different communities have been affected by COVID-19 in different ways, and the legislation passed today creates more flexibility for businesses to provide outdoor dining, retail shopping, and other services as they try to recover from this pandemic while following public health guidance. I look forward to new opportunities to do business and enjoy expanded services all across the county, including in the beautiful Snoqualmie Valley!” 

May 12, 2020
Council Approves $60M for Continued COVID-19 Response
“The survival of small businesses across King County will be vital to our economic recovery from the COVID outbreak. This budget makes a sizeable down-payment on relief and recovery efforts to protect small businesses and their employees. Our small businesses relief programs will help small businesses stay open, maintain employees, and adapt to social distancing protocols. Similarly, the budget includes several grants to East King County cities, unincorporated areas, and community groups to provide housing, food and financial assistance to the many residents impacted by COVID.”

February 25, 2020
Lambert awards Martin Luther King Medal of Distinguished Service to Laura Smith
“It is my honor to present this Medal of Distinguished Service to Laura Smith, who has continued to tirelessly serve youth, parents, service providers, and education professionals throughout the Snoqualmie Valley. Thanks to her leadership and dedication, the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network is working to promote and inspire youth to lead safe, healthy, and successful lives.”

February 5, 2020
Lambert’s committee on community services plans for year ahead
“I am very excited to have the opportunity to chair this new committee, which will focus on providing critical services to those in need. We will have the opportunity to tackle topics including domestic violence facilitators, court navigators, community courts, and much more."

January 8, 2020
Lambert to lead Community, Health and Housing Services Committee 
Metropolitan King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert was on Wednesday selected to chair the Community, Health and Housing Services Committee. The new committee will be focused on providing critical services to those in need throughout King County.

October 23, 2019
Domestic Violence Awareness Month Declared in King County
“Domestic violence is a crime that happens all too often, and can completely change the lives of victims, their family, and their community. It is a severe issue that must be stopped and I encourage the brave survivors to reach out to local resources for help. I want others to know that they can survive this trauma and find success in life. I am very thankful for the work of organizations that focus on domestic violence here in King County such as LifeWire, DAWN, and New Beginnings.”

May 15, 2019
County employees sent into “working retirement”
“Transferring our gently-used Metro Vans to deserving nonprofits gives these vehicles ‘second lives’ serving senior centers, homeless shelters, youth organizations, and countless other groups throughout the County. I know the vans will be appreciated and valued for many years and they will often make the difference in whether people can access needed services.” 

April 24, 2019
Lambert: Now is the time to work on long-range solution for solid waste disposal
“As trash continues to build up at Cedar Hills to 830 feet above sea level, we need to adopt a long-term solution and use state of the art technology with predictable costs, and we need to do it now.” 

April 24, 2019
County Council recognizes April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month
“This proclamation serves as a sad reminder of just how many victims there are of sexual assault. As a teacher, I taught the ‘Talking about Touching’ curriculum and talked about child abuse prevention training to help keep students safe. Additionally, through working in a drug rehab center, I had the opportunity to reinforce the importance of combatting sexual assault and educating our most vulnerable on this issue. Through increased awareness and prevention education, we can all help end sexual violence.”

March 27, 2019
Responding to the rise of Islamophobia
“People of all faiths and all beliefs should condemn any act of religious violence in our community and around the world. The free exercise of religion without fear of persecution is a pillar of our society. We must remain united in the understanding that all people are free to live out their faith.” 

March 20, 2019
“Dave Reichert Day” Proclaimed in King County
“Dave Reichert has served the people of the 8th Congressional District, and the country, incredibly well. We will miss his great leadership in Congress and wish his family the best as they begin this new chapter.”

March 13, 2019
Remembering the challenges women have faced, recognizing their continuing contributions locally, nationally and globally
“Our state has been a leader in the number of women serving in elected public office at all levels. I appreciate and respect the growing number of women who are dedicating their lives to public service and they serve as an inspiration to the next generation of women leaders. While much work has been done to remove some of the obstacles women face in the workplace, there is still much more to do and we must continue to increase awareness of these challenges.” 

February 27, 2019
Amy Biggs receives MLK Medal of Distinguished Servicefor leading Snoqualmie Valley Transportation
“I am excited to present this Medal of Distinguished Service to Amy Biggs, who has done a tremendous job of helping residents in the Snoqualmie Valley access reliable transportation through SVT. Thanks to her dedication to the area, residents are able to get to medical appointments, their jobs, the grocery store, and more.”

January 10, 2019
Lambert to chair new committee on local government
“I am excited for the opportunity to chair this new committee and work with the Department of Local Services to deliver high quality service to the residents of unincorporated King County and make it the ‘Best Run Local Government.’” 

December 12, 2018
Issaquah and Redmond libraries to benefit from retirement of bonds
“Now that the bonds are paid off, the Issaquah Library and the Redmond Library have a total of $240,000 in excess funding to go towards their capital needs. I continue to be impressed by these two libraries and their service to the community.” 

December 10, 2018
Council approves appointment of John Taylor as Director of Local Services
“I am very excited to see this long-term vision become a reality. I know from working with John that his team will focus on excellent customer service and helping citizens deal with day to day services as well as during emergencies.” 

November 13, 2018
Gang Unit and Massive Investments in Housing, Homeless Services, and Transportation Headline Budget
“This budget formally establishes the new Department of Local Services, which will allow us to develop a visible, active local government and appropriate levels of service for unincorporated King County residents.”

October 16, 2018
Statement Clarifying Comments Made to KUOW
“First and foremost, I did not, nor would I ever attack Ms. Faber or question the sincerity of her allegations. As a survivor of domestic abuse, I would never do that. Every accusation of sexual assault, harassment or domestic violence deserves to be heard, taken seriously and investigated thoroughly.”

October 15, 2018
Domestic Violence Awareness Month Declared by County Council
“Domestic violence not only impacts those involved in the violence but also their children, extended family, and neighbors. Male children who are exposed to domestic violence are statistically two times more likely to be abusive in their own homes as adults.”

October 2, 2018
Statement on Appointment of John Taylor to New County Department
“King County is both a regional and local government. This role of local government has not been as well recognized in the past as I would like. This is our opportunity to make King County the best run local government.”

October 1, 2018
Celebrating talent in all forms
“I am proud of all that King County has done to work towards equal opportunities for those with disabilities. The progress that has been made, as well as our commitment to do more, gives us many reasons to celebrate this month!” 

September 24, 2018
Bottom Line: Lack of diapers is a comfort AND health issue
“These two organizations do such great work providing diapers to families all across the County. Their contributions are critical in helping families facing financial stresses and helping babies be healthy and happy.”  

August 20, 2018
Metro Transit to become independent county department
“This department will coordinate and provide more mobility options as it collaborates with other groups, businesses, and cities. Mobility throughout the county is important. I know Director Gannon will do an excellent job and that Metro will continue to be a national leader in transit service.” 

July 23, 2018
“Retiring” county employees prepare for new adventures
“Donating our decommissioned Metro Vans to nonprofits gives these vehicles ‘second lives’ serving senior centers, homeless shelters, and countless other organizations throughout the County. It is such a joy each year to deliver these vans to their new home! It’s fun to see all the opportunities it brings to various communities.” 

June 25, 2018
New Harassment, Discrimination Policies Requested by Council
“It’s very important to define the early stages and signs potentially leading to harassment. These guidelines will help do that, and I believe the results will enhance workplace satisfaction and productivity.”

June 19, 2018
Lambert selected to participate in national Women in Government Leadership Program
“I am honored to be selected and look forward to learning, sharing and networking as well as working on projects with the other women from across the country. I hope to share what happens with other elected women in our state.”  

May 21, 2018
Raising Awareness, Removing Stigma: Council Declares May Better Hearing and Speech Month
“Loss of hearing is a big issue that can have many quality of life side effects. It’s important that friends and family members recognize the signs of hearing loss and be able to help mitigate the consequences. Those with hearing loss struggle every day and encouragement and patience is always thoughtful.” 

April 30, 2018
Cynthia Krass receives MLK Medal of Distinguished Servicefor keeping water flowing in the Snoqualmie Valley
“Cynthia has done so much for the Snoqualmie Valley and is definitely deserving of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medal. I am so pleased to be able to honor her for her commitment and service to the people of the valley.” 

April 23, 2018
Raising Awareness and Recognizing Survivors
“My work as a teacher and in a drug rehab center reinforced the importance of combatting sexual assault as it has far-reaching impacts. We should take every opportunity to educate people to make them aware of this issue and how to take precautions.” 

April 3, 2018
Planning, Rural Service and Environment Committee to reach out to communities where county is “local” government
“It is exciting to see how this new department will come together with community input to put the people back in their government!”  

March 26, 2018
Council approves upgrading emergency system that serves Issaquah
“The level of involvement and thoughtful deliberation between the PSAPs, King County, and the Cities throughout this process shows our commitment towards public safety and collaboration through the continuous improvement of the E-911 system. When those in need of emergency services call 911, our robust public safety infrastructure needs to make the process seamless and easy to use.” 

March 12, 2018
Council sends Levy for Automated Fingerprint Identification System to Ballot
“This is a renewal of a levy and will cost less than previous years! It is an important tool for our law enforcement and helps move us into modern technology.”  

March 5, 2018
Women’s History Month Proclaimed by Council
“More and more awareness is being shone on the obstacles women face in the workplace. This awareness allows for a safe and fair working environment that improves job productivity and fairness. We are building on the significant contributions made by women throughout history and as we do so the challenges women face will decrease.”

January 16, 2018
Statement from Councilmember Kathy Lambert on passing of Gov. John Spellman
“The voters of King County trusted him as the County’s first Executive and the people of Washington trusted his leadership as Governor during a difficult economic period in our state.”

December 4, 2017
Council takes first steps to making County Code Gender-Neutral
“Updating code language is important to keep terminology proper and respectful of all people.”

November 13, 2017
Drowsy Driving Focus of Councilmember, Sheriff Effort
“Drowsy driving is both tragic and preventable. We owe it to fellow drivers to think before getting behind the wheel. Doing that may help save a life.”

November 6, 2017
Statement on Mass Shooting in Texas
“All people deserve to feel the utmost level of safety, especially at their place of worship. We condemn this despicable act of violence.”

October 30, 2017
Information on Keeping Infants Asleep—and Alive
“This issue needs publicizing so parents can follow the simple recommendations to avoid a tragedy from happening: the ABCs of safe infant sleep: A: alone, no one else in bed; B: back, babies should sleep on their backs; C: crib, should be free of any toys or blankets except approved sleepwear.” 

October 2, 2017
Three Councilmembers Release Joint Statement
“As citizens across this nation and world react to the tragedy in Las Vegas, we ask fellow residents of King County to join us in donating financial support to provide relief to the victims and families of this horrific act of violence.”  

October 2, 2017
Celebrating talent in all forms: County Council declares October Disability Awareness Month
“The ADA has been such a powerful force in support of people with disabilities. I’m also very proud of all that King County has done to ensure equality for all those with disabilities.”

September 25, 2017
Bottom Line: County Council recognizes Diaper Need Awareness Week
“Both of these organizations do amazing work providing for the needs of children. For example, I am always impressed by the number of diapers they distribute in a year. Their contributions to our region and many families is immense and so appreciated. My hope is that they and their many volunteers continue to feel the support from the community and are increasingly able to meet the needs for more and more families facing financial stresses.” 

September 14, 2017
ID Theft and Financial Fraud Seminar Scheduled
“Those who attend will go away with a better understanding of how to protect themselves from financial scams.” 

September 13, 2017
Lambert presents keys of surplus vanpool van to Snoqualmie Valley Shelter Services
“This is such an amazing program that connects retired vans to worthwhile organizations across our county. I am so delighted to support the mission of SVSS by facilitating the donation of a van so they can better serve their clients.” 

September 5, 2017
County Council accepts donation of portable “Life Savers”
“I really appreciate the generosity of the Snoqualmie Tribe for donating 150 AEDs for use in our Sheriff’s deputies’ cars. This collaboration with the tribe serves the whole community so well. These AEDs will save lives!”
July 26, 2017
New Ballot Drop Box for Fall City
“I am very happy that Fall City residents will be able to access the convenience of a ballot drop box for the upcoming primary election and in the future.” 

July 24, 2017
New careers for “retiring” County employees
“I’m always glad to facilitate van donations to organizations across District 3 that do such a great job of serving the public and providing needed rides to young people and seniors. What a great way to reuse these retired King County vans.”

June 16, 2017
Steps on combatting SADness: Lambert to Host Forum on impact of stress and ways to reduce it
“It is up to each of us to be aware of those around us and know when they are experiencing stresses and issues that seem too big to carry alone. Sensitivity to this will give us opportunities to help people find resources for help or encouragement. This evening should be informative for all of us to make a healthier community.” 

June 9, 2017
Profile: Pet Connections Magazine

May 22, 2017
Farmer and Business Owner Siri Erickson-Brown Receives MLK Medal of Distinguished Service
“Siri has many roles. She is a Master of Public Administration graduate, wife, mom, farmer, commission member, and president of the Watershed Improvement District. She is an excellent advocate for farmers across the county. She is able to articulate the positive contributions farming has on the environment and brings the rural farm to the urban table.”

May 22, 2017
County and Issaquah collaborate on Traffic Solutions on Issaquah-Hobart Road
“These county/city collaborations are critical for charting a plan forward, especially considering the state of roads funding in King County. I hope we can use this as a model in the future.”

May 8, 2017
Honoring Service and Sacrifice, County Council recognizes Police Week
“My dad was an officer in the San Francisco Police Department so I learned from an early age about the sacrifices made by these brave people. Sometimes the ultimate sacrifice. Their commitment to public safety keeps our society civil and safe.” 

April 10, 2017
Recognizing survivors and raising awareness to stop sexual violence
“As a teacher, I taught the ‘Talking about Touching’ curriculum to help students keep safe. Having also worked in a drug rehab center taught me a great deal about those who experience sexual assault. No one is immune.” 

March 29, 2017
King County Community Service Area Open House
“I encourage all residents of the Valley to attend this informative meeting. This is the time to get more information and answers to any questions about any local government issues.” 

March 13, 2017
Council Approves Independent Investigation of West Point Treatment Plant Disaster
“This is the right and responsible thing to investigate so we all know what happened. The people of King County deserve a full and independent investigation, so we can protect ourselves in the future.”

March 7, 2017
Council to Call for Third Party Investigation of West Point Disaster
“We will take up emergency action at the King County Council this Monday to appoint an independent, third party consultant to investigate what led to this disaster. In light of questions raised and then unanswered by plant management at recent hearings, we believe it is our duty to get this information from an independent source. This cannot ever happen again.”

March 6, 2017
County Council Women’s History Month proclamation recognizes, celebrates the challenges and contributions of women
“Our state continues to be a leader in the number of women serving in public office. In 2016, Washington State was among the top 5 states with women serving in the Legislature. I’m pleased to recognize the many achievements of women in King County and throughout the nation.” 

February 13, 2017
Council Adopts the Eastside Rail Corridor Trail Master Plan
“This Master Trail Plan is an important milestone in the development of this great treasure for all of King County. I’m looking forward to the day when the entire corridor is completed and being used by many. Until then it’s encouraging to see the progress that is being made every day and this is just one more very important step in that journey.” 

January 13, 2017
County joins effort to reduce prescription cost
“Prescription health care costs are expensive and this program is a way to cut costs – for both our citizens and their pets! I’m pleased that over 375 pharmacies in King County are already participating and available for all county residents.” 

January 9, 2017
County Council recognizes ongoing work to end Human Trafficking
“I’m pleased to hear that there will be legislation considered during the Legislature’s upcoming session. Trafficking is a worldwide problem and we are fighting against it in Washington State. It’s important to end it on a bipartisan basis and to give survivors new tools to recover.”

December 21, 2016
Issaquah Parks Receives Grants from King County for Youth Sports Facilities
“I know that the money will be used wisely to improve the health and enjoyment of kids and families in beautiful Issaquah.”

December 6, 2016
Comprehensive Plan Update Passes
“My goals in this update were to amend policies to better serve King County residents and to change policies that negatively impacted unincorporated areas. I believe we achieved some success in doing this.” 

November 28, 2016
Fiscal Options for Public Safety, Public Health and Housing Highlight King County’s Legislative Agenda
“I’m looking forward to working with our state legislators to draft solutions to the issues facing King County over which the Legislature has purview. It’s my hope that we can achieve consensus over some of these pressing issues. I am especially interested in roads financing so we can preserve our $40 billion asset.”

November 14, 2016
Commitment to public safety, homelessness and transportation highlight King County Budget
“As safety and transportation are two of the core responsibilities as the local government of the unincorporated areas, I was very pleased by this outcome. Creating a budget for King County was challenging due to the projected deficit in the general fund which required lots of prioritizing and different choices.”

November 14, 2016
Maintaining law enforcement services, County roads highlight 2017-2018 Budget
“The adopted 2017-2018 budget, in addition to our regional role, also reflects our continuing commitment to the over 230,000 people who live in unincorporated communities and rely on King County as their ‘local’ government.”

November 7, 2016
County Council recognizes the life and work of State Senator Andy Hill
“He represented the 45th District and everyone across our state as a Senator, with compassion, wisdom, and fairness as the hallmarks of his leadership. Our sympathies go out to his wife Molly, his children, his parents, and all who loved him. We are so blessed to have had Andy represent our district and our state for the past six years. He will be missed by so very many.”

November 7, 2016
Councilmember, Sheriff remind drivers about the dangers of Drowsy Driving
“Drowsy driving is so preventable. Before driving, we all need to take a moment and assess our readiness to get behind the wheel. Doing that may help save a life.”

November 1, 2016
Councilmember Kathy Lambert on the passing of Senator Andy Hill
“He represented the 45th District and also represented everyone across our state as a Senator, with compassion, wisdom, and fairness as the hallmarks of his leadership.”

October 24, 2016
County Council recognizes those who “come and find you”
“I’m always amazed and appreciative of the commitment and skills of our search and rescue volunteers and their willingness to give so much time and energy to assisting people in distress. They deserve our full support as they do this important work.”

October 20, 2016
Public presents their budget priorities at public meetings on 2017-2018 County Budget
“Public safety is a basic and vital priority of government. I was so glad to hear citizens at the hearings reinforce the need to make preserving community safety one of the county’s top priorities.”

October 17, 2016
County Council focuses on cyber security
“Every year cyber security becomes a more serious issue as it impacts so many aspects of our lives. Our world is increasingly connected through cyberspace and therefore we are more vulnerable, financially, in our infrastructure and our health care. It’s imperative that everyone be more vigilant and aware.”

October 3, 2016
County recognizes and celebrates value of workers with disabilities
“It is imperative that we do all we can to enable those with disabilities and be aware of how we can be more helpful and celebrate and appreciate their many contributions to our county.”

September 26, 2016
Three panels will direct County Council’s review of Executive’s Proposed Biennial Budget
“We are both a regional and a local government to the unincorporated areas of this County. Both need to be fully evaluated and have their needs met to the best of our ability. Seeing that these needs are clearly addressed is vital!”

September 26, 2016
Dry and Happy! County Council recognizes Diaper Need Awareness Week
“I’m always delighted to recognize Diaper Need Awareness Week. Eastside Baby Corner and Westside Baby help so many young families when they need it most in getting a strong and healthy start to life. Both of these great organizations deserve our respect, admiration and assistance for their dedication in meeting many needs in our community.”

September 19, 2016
County Council approves “transformative” implementation plan for Best Starts for Kids
“I’m very hopeful that the passage of Best Starts for Kids will result in increased positive opportunities for children and youth throughout all of King County. There are specific services and screenings for early intervention for mental health and substance abuse. Proper assistance early on helps to avoid future problems.”

September 7, 2016
Council committee approves blueprint for Best Starts for Kids
“I’m really pleased with the work that’s been done on Best Starts for Kids and I believe at the end of this levy’s six years that we will have many successes in helping young people as well as valuable data and experience which will be a national model.”

September 6, 2016
Measures to prevent lead poisoning in King County
“Lead poisoning can have very long-term detrimental medical impacts on children’s lives. Therefore, I’m glad that we are being proactive about this issue. Parents need to know how dangerous lead can be and be conscious to exercising safety and caution with all products that may contain lead.”

July 11, 2016
Amendment to make King County Charter gender neutral sent to voters
“It’s now up to the citizens of King County to decide whether to update our charter and code. I trust their judgment.”

May 23, 2016
County Council recognizes Barbara Langdon for her work in supporting survivors of domestic violence
“Barbara Langdon is an amazing woman. We share a common passion of working to prevent domestic violence and helping those who are survivors. Her remarkable career has resulted in increased awareness of this issue and many survivors getting help and services so that they can move on with their lives. I’m delighted that we are able to honor her lifetime of service.” 

May 16, 2016
County Council recognizes Police Week, remembers Fallen Law Enforcement Officers
“Every officers’ commitment and dedication on a daily basis does so much for our safety and quality of life. I am grateful for their service and I know that the citizens of King County are also.”

May 9, 2016
County Council to discuss emergency preparedness, county roads and public safety
“I look forward to the opportunity for all councilmembers to hear from our citizens about the real impacts of decisions on their day to day lives. This is an important opportunity for voices to be heard on local as well as regional government issues.”

May 9, 2016
County Council fills vacancies in District Court
“We take our responsibility to appoint well-qualified judges very seriously; that’s why we went through a fair and rigorous process to ensure that we chose the best candidates. I’m confident that our choices will serve the people of King County well and that we have chosen those most qualified for these important positions.” 

May 3, 2016
Lambert meets with Congressman Derek Kilmer

May 2, 2016
County Council approves new ballot drop off boxes in District 3
“I’m really glad that we can add ballot dropboxes. Voters have been asking for more of them. The dropboxes are a great way to ensure that someone’s ballot gets in on time and the extra security they offer is reassuring.”

April 5, 2016
Crucial vision bill signed into law
“I was so excited to participate in this bill signing. It brings to an end the 17 year fight to bring near vision screening to all Washington State students..”

March 28, 2016
Councilmember Kathy Lambert responds to today’s State of the County Address
“Transit is not our only transportation need. Sitting in traffic reduces our quality of life and we must address the funding needs of our bridges and roads as many of them are in need of repair and replacement.”

March 25, 2016
County Council goes to Ravensdale to hear from sheriff and get public input on Comprehensive Plan
“This major update to the Plan occurs just once every four years, and this is an important opportunity for the public to recommend changes to this critical land use document. This document can be accessed online on the King County website.” 

March 21, 2016
King County residents receive MLK Medal of Distinguished Service
“There are so many people in my district who do so much to benefit their neighbors and communities and are deserving of this award. I’m glad we established this recognition to acknowledge all the selfless, caring, dedicated and good-hearted people who are working hard every day on behalf of others.”

March 21, 2016
“Retiring” County employees prepare for new careers
“I’m very pleased that we are able to donate these gently-used vans to deserving groups across the county. I know they’ll be well-used and valued for many years and will often make the difference in whether people can access needed services.”

March 9, 2016
Council Committee presents timeline for reviewing updates to King County land use policies
“It’s important that county residents attend the hearings and briefings referenced in this timeline. The County’s Comp Plan directly impacts the unincorporated areas and citizens need to know what changes are proposed.”

March 7, 2016
Celebrating their strength: King County proclaims March “Women’s History Month”
“Our state has been a leader for many years in the number of women serving in public office at all levels, including record numbers in our Legislature. I’m pleased to honor all those who have been trailblazers in contributing to our society in numerous ways. Women have so many important roles.”

February 29, 2016
Hearing from the community on the future of the Eastside Rail Corridor
“The Soup Ladies’ dedication and skills continue to impress me. The work that they do is not easy, often under difficult, remote and harsh conditions. Yet they have done it with strong commitment for 12 years and have delivered more than 7,500 home-cooked meals, in just this last year, to our first responders.” 

February 26, 2016
Organizations in Council District 3 to benefit from Community Service Area Grants
“I know these grants are often the seed money that makes sure the projects are completed. This money will benefit valued projects applied for by the community.”

February 26, 2016
Organizations in Snoqualmie Valley receive Community Service Area Grants
“I know these grants will be used to improve our citizens’ quality of life in each of the organizations that are recipients. I appreciate all the groups that applied for the grants and know they will be well used.”

February 16, 2016
County Council recognizes history and contributions of African-Americans
“I’m pleased we’re honoring the history and contributions of African-Americans in our country and in King County. We are enriched by their many influences to our history and culture.”

January 27, 2016
Lambert to chair County Council’s Committee of the Whole
The Committee of the Whole considers legislation and policy issues of interest to the entire Council and often deals with the council’s biggest and most time-sensitive issues.

January 25, 2016
Council approves members of King County Children and Youth Advisory Board
“A stellar cross-section of citizens of our county has been assembled to advise and oversee the programming funded by Best Starts for Kid. I’m encouraged by this and hopeful that there will be equity in the distribution of the programming to deal with important human service needs.”

January 19, 2016
Council recognizes ongoing work to end Human Trafficking
“Ending human trafficking requires vigilance from all of us. It involves respecting others and taking notice of anything unusual in conversations or actions of people we interact with. An example would be if someone says that another person controls their salary or their activities. If we are all responsible and watchful, we can assist in helping to end this barbaric practice.” 

November 24, 2015
Fiscal Options, Transportation and Public Health Highlight King County’s Legislative Agenda
“We cannot solve this broken funding issue without the assistance of the Legislature. I’m hopeful that a solution will be implemented in 2016. Time is not on our side without the work of all those involved. Our agenda is clearly developed and I look forward to lobbying our state legislators.”

October 12, 2015
County Council celebrates and recognizes value of workers with disabilities
“The last 25 years have been enormously important in breaking down the barriers for individuals with disabilities. I’m very proud of King County’s leadership in making this happen. We continue to strive to meet the special needs of our employees.”

September 2, 2015
King County District Court Unveils New, Online System to Tackle Traffic Tickets
“I’m thrilled with the court’s great step forward in the use of technology. I’ve attended two conferences on the courts of the future and learned about the latest technological advances; it’s very encouraging to see these processes implemented here. We’re utilizing technology to make our courts more accessible and efficient. This will help our citizens resolve their issues quickly.”

September 2, 2015
Lambert views students best “Hacks”
“I was impressed by the creativity of the students. It was difficult to choose a winner due to the many great designs produced. 3D printing gives students another technology tool and provides many advantages.”
June 15, 2015
County Councilmembers advocate increased awareness of elder abuse
“Showing respect by honoring our vulnerable seniors is vital. I am thankful that King County is taking a proactive approach to promoting prevention and early intervention in these cases.”

June 1, 2015
King County working on strategies to reduce crowding in Involuntary Treatment Act Court
“I’m encouraged by the swift support of my colleagues in dealing this issue. We absolutely need to provide our courts with the resources they need to manage this important function. Families need space to meet and work with staff. The petitions being heard by the ITA court are critical to assisting people in crisis. They need our help.”

May 11, 2015
Equity and social justice, alternatives for unincorporated communities and public outreach highlight work plan for King County Comprehensive Plan
“This is a good starting place for our 2016 discussions on the Comprehensive Plan. I look forward to open conversations with residents and cities over the next 18 months as we go through the review process.”

May 11, 2015
Recognizing officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice
“I’m glad we can honor our men and women who serve us in law enforcement. As the daughter of a retired officer, I know first-hand the sacrifices they make every day as they protect us. We owe them so much.” 

May 4, 2015
Celebrating the power of the arts in school: County Council recognizes May as Arts Education Month
“Arts education is vital for all children as it engages the right brain and encourages the development of creativity. This creativity will help us solve problems, add joys and enhance our quality of life.”

April 27, 2015
Bonding time: County Council establishes policy to provide employees 12 weeks of paid parental and family leave
“I’m very excited that we’re one step closer to being an ‘employer of the future’. Our goal is to be an employer that offers many options in a streamlined and user-friendly benefit package.”

April 27, 2015
County employees prepare for “working retirement” Council approves transfer of surplus vanpool van to organizations throughout King County
“I’m always thrilled to facilitate the donation of retired county vans to non-profits in my district. I’ve seen first-hand how they’ve been used to do so much good for members of our communities. It’s a win-win for all involved.”

April 27, 2015
Collaboration for the next generation: County Council hears from County Executive on efforts to assist young people
“This six year plan will bring dollars in for prevention. The programs will be based on brain research in setting youth and young adults on course for helping them develop to their full potential. The hope is to have less future demands on our mental health, drug, alcohol and human services programs. The goal is to have each child prepared to learn, able to stay in school and functioning as a productive member of our community. This will save resources in the long run and improve the lives of our citizens.”

April 13, 2015
Council Town Hall to explore how our local food and farm system contributes to the health and economic vitality of our region
“The dual focus of food/farm and local/regional government should present all those who attend with plenty of good information and a broad range of topics for citizens to give their valuable input on.”

April 1, 2015
Lambert statement on the retirement of Larry Phillips
“He’s been collaborative and bipartisan in his service to the people of King County. His leadership on water issues and climate change has laid a good foundation for the future.”

March 30, 2015
County Council calls for action on improving wage equity and promoting family friendly workplace policies
“Their recommendations are thoughtful and I’m hopeful that the real progress we’ve made to create family-friendly workplaces can continue.”

March 16, 2015
Council adopts updated noise guidelines for Unincorporated King County
“There were 1603 noise complaints in 2013. I hope the clarity of the new law and enforcement as well as the mediation process will help to make the noise concerns greatly reduced.”

March 10, 2015
Finding solutions to curb increase in youth domestic violence cases
“Counseling for youth who witness domestic violence is so important. The cycle of violence needs to be broken quickly. Getting help for youth who act out violently to family members is also vital. I am increasingly encouraged by the creative programs that we are using to help youth and families.”

March 9, 2015
Staying prepared for disaster response: Council approves update to hazard mitigation plan
“Approving our updated hazard mitigation plan is so important as it’s the foundation of our plans for preparedness. We know disasters are going to happen and it’s important that we are continually preparing and updating and practicing so we can be ready for them. This vital plan sets us up for coordination with our city and district partners.”

March 9, 2015
Reviewing goals, costs, and effectiveness: Council approves legislation updating Mental Illness and Drug Dependency Plans
“The MIDD has five main goals. We have collected data for over seven years to be sure these policies are met. We have seen a very positive impact to peoples’ lives and a very real impact on our criminal justice services. The oversight committee has 30 members who regularly monitor the outcomes and data. This study will now evaluate which strategies need to be prioritized or added. This will greatly help as we consider the MIDD renewal in 2016.” 

March 2, 2015
Council sends measure to fund replacement of regional emergency radio system to the ballot
“This system will expand coverage more broadly throughout the county to help preparedness county-wide.”

March 2, 2015
Council confirms appointment of Lorinda Youngcourt as Director of the Department of Public Defense
“Ms. Youngcourt is a strong, intelligent leader who comes to King County with a devotion to the efficient and effective implementation of justice. I look forward to her leadership and her commitment to serving the indigent population of King County.”
February 24, 2015
Helping veterans behind bars: Council accepts report outlining options for incarcerated veterans
“Research has shown that our returning veterans have some specific needs that we need to serve. One way we have done this is by establishing specialized veteran courts to continue to meet their needs.”

January 27, 2015
Lambert Recognizes Ray and Tove Burhen
Duvall residents and longtime uber volunteers Ray and Tove Burhen were recognized last week at the Sno Valley Senior Center Annual Meeting for their extraordinary volunteerism in the Valley.

January 26, 2015
County Council gives its unanimous support to King County’s federal legislative agenda
“I’m looking forward to working with our congressional delegation to share information with each other on meeting specific needs of our citizens.”

January 26, 2015
Metropolitan King County Council declares "See Blue Week"
“It’s great to all do our part by wearing blue to show our community spirit and unity. We are thankful to the Seahawks for all their dedication, determination and skill to give us the fabulous opportunity for a ‘re-pete’ at Super Bowl XLIX – Go Hawks!”

December 15, 2014
County Council receives Task Force report on safely relinquishing a newborn baby
“I’m grateful for the commitment of the task force members who produced this excellent report. Their good work will result in more people knowing about the options available to safely give up a newborn.” 

December 8, 2014
Providing revenue options, maintaining the safety net, providing local options for transportation highlight King County’s state legislative agenda
“All Counties need more options in order to fulfill our role as providers of many of the everyday services our citizens rely on. Counties are the level of government that helps make society function by providing services like public safety, road maintenance and repair, sewers and public transportation. I am hopeful that our state legislators will be open to discussions about how to provide the required funds to meet the needs of our citizens.”

December 8, 2014
Council accepts donation of open space in Carnation
“This is a great gift that will preserve a beautiful parcel of open space and will be appreciated by generations of King County residents. We’re so grateful to the Clintons for their generosity.”

November 26, 2014
County Council’s First Biennial Budget Passes Unanimously

“I’m pleased that we could include some funding for these very worthwhile organizations that serve our community and provide help to so many residents. The designated funds will be leveraged in ways that will provide additional services to those families and seniors served.”

Snoqualmie Valley
“This is an efficient use of tax dollars and provides better and more consistent service to residents in outlying and hard-to-reach areas. I know that the pilot project in the Snoqualmie Valley has been very well received by the residents. It’s important in this time of limited resources to think outside the box when providing needed services.”

“We are stepping up to fulfill our role as the regional and unincorporated areas’ local government. The deputies added to the Sheriff’s Domestic Violence Unity will help protect vulnerable citizens and free up other deputies to be back on patrol. The budget is balanced and preserves our high credit rating which saves the taxpayers money.”

November 17, 2014
King County’s first biennial budget highlights secure families and communities as it meets mandated responsibilities
“I’m pleased by the progress in this budget. We have added $6 million for rural roads. While this does not solve the road maintenance and repair issues, it is a step in the right direction. We have also added three deputies in the unincorporated areas. This is important as we are the only ‘local government’ for these 250,000 unincorporated residents.”

November 10, 2014
Happy Birthday Washington! County Council recognizes 125th Anniversary of statehood
“We live in such a wonderful and beautiful state. The state is a leader in many ways and home to nearly 7 million people as well as many companies. How different things are today as compared to 125 years ago when only men were allowed to vote to approve our State Constitution! I look forward to the next 125 years.”

November 4, 2014
Council receives recommendations from panel reviewing ways to increase awareness on safely relinquishing newborns
“I’m grateful to all the members of the task force for their work on this important issue. Life is precious and we need to do everything we can to prevent needless tragedy and to make people aware of options.”

November 3, 2014
King County Council encourages awareness of the dangers of Drowsy Driving
“It’s astounding to read about how many people drive drowsy and may not even be fully aware of how vulnerable they are to hurting themselves and others. It’s so vital as we approach the busy holiday season to remind people of that this is a serious issue and lives are at stake!”

October 31, 2014
Variety of budget priorities discussed at public meetings on 2015-2016 County Budget
“I look forward to the budget hearings as I enjoy hearing from the residents of King County. I’m always proud of my constituents for turning out to talk about the importance of local government services in the county’s unincorporated areas. It’s so important for us to all discuss what the needs are and how many can be met with the revenues we have. We hear from so many groups and areas and subject matters. Very interesting discussions!”

October 28, 2014
Redmond/Sammamish Branch of the Boys and Girls Clubs of King County Receives a “Retired Van” from King County
“I know the donated van they received will be put to good use transporting kids to the many programs they offer. They are so excited to have a retired van to help meet their many transportation needs!”

October 13, 2014
County Council confirms William Hayes as new Director of the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention
“Director Hayes is innovative, caring and compassionate. His work on communications for inmates and their families has helped reunite people in healthy ways. He is well respected by county staff and I know he’ll do a great job in this new expanded role.”

September 23, 2014
Sno-Valley Senior Center Receives “Retired” Van from King County
“I’ve been attending events and working with the Sno-Valley Senior Center for many years. It’s a terrific organization that serves the seniors of the Snoqualmie Valley. I know the donated van they received will be put to good use serving the many programs they offer to seniors. This additional van will give them more opportunities to serve.”

September 22, 2014
Three panels will direct County Council’s review of Executive’s Proposed Biennial Budget
“I’m looking forward to robust discussions regarding budget priorities. My goal is to make sure that we are funding the items most necessary for our citizens’ well-being; especially public safety! We need to also do a local government budget as we are their only government and need to meet their service needs.”

September 22, 2014
Recognizing the region’s maritime heritage: Council approves designation of certain shorelines as “County Maritime Heritage Area”
“Our shorelines have always been important and the path of significant commerce. Protecting them for future generations is vital. I’m hopeful that our work to designate them as a maritime heritage area will encourage our colleagues at the state and federal levels to take similar action.”

June 25, 2014
Amended agreement continues effort to develop regional athletic facility
“I’m so pleased that this new step is moving forward. I know the fields that have been completed are used heavily and this new third field will be too. It’s great that we can support our county’s many youth soccer players.”

June 11, 2014
Council approves revised plan for solid waste system that reflects reduction in volume received
“I’m encouraged by the report the council adopted as it shows that recycling is working and therefore we may not need to invest in another new complete transfer station. It’s important to be prudent with taxpayer dollars and this is a great example of how we can save money while continuing to promote recycling and proper waste disposal.”

June 10, 2014
Non-Profits receive “Retired” Vans from King County
“I’m so pleased that we are able to donate the vans to these very deserving groups who do so much for so many on the Eastside. I know the vans will be well-used for many years to serve seniors, boys and girls and low-income and disabled populations on the Eastside.”

May 27, 2014
New careers for hard working county employees: Council approves transfer of surplus vanpool van to organizations throughout King County
“These organizations do so much with their limited budgets. A donated van helps extend their services to citizens and assist more people in need without additional expense.”

May 19, 2014
Council Council’s 2014 Equity and Social Justice work plan will consider impacts of bus service reduction
“I believe that the things that make each person in our county unique- such as race, geographic location, etc. should be considered. This work plan makes it clear that equal treatment is the official policy of King County.”

May 13, 2014
County Council approves effort to address the needs of incarcerated veterans
“I am a strong supporter of improving the services available to incarcerated veterans in King County. We owe them the best that we can offer in return for their service to our country.”

May 12, 2014
Report shows County mental health and drug programs reducing costly jail and hospital stays
“The bottom line is that we’re helping people overcome issues that would have prevented them from being positive, productive members of society.”

May 12, 2014
County Council recognizes and honors officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice
“I have a special connection to law enforcement because of my dad’s role as a Captain in the San Francisco Police Department when I was growing up. I also appreciate, as Chair of the Law, Justice, Health & Human Services Committee, knowing all the roles the Sheriff’s deputies serve in our communities.”

May 5, 2014
County Council recognizes May as Arts Education Month in King County
“The arts enrich us both as a community and as individuals. It’s so valuable in school as an aid to enhancing and encouraging students’ creativity. Art education is a positive teaching tool for teachers and parents.”

April 28, 2014 
Encouraging economic development, conserving resources: County Council adopts Skykomish initiative
“Skykomish is the little town that could and I am so supportive of its energetic, resilient citizens who are making a powerful resurgence happen.”

April 7, 2014
County Council accepts report from committee reviewing development of Eastside Rail Corridor
“The Eastside Rail Corridor is a wonderful and versatile asset belonging to all the people of King County. It will be enjoyed by so many people. I am impressed by this report and the collaborative work of the cities and county. This is another step in the process of bringing the ERC rail/trail to reality for many generations to come.”

March 31, 2014
Task Force will work to bring awareness on safely relinquishing a newborn baby
“I appreciate the unanimous support of my colleagues on the council for this legislation to help inform new moms of options so they don’t abandon their babies. People need to know a newborn baby can be taken to a hospital or fire station.” 

March 25, 2014
Motion seeking to increase awareness on safely relinquishing a newborn baby unanimously passes Council Committee
“I support this law because it provides a safety net to keep babies alive. There are legal alternatives to abandonment of a newborn. Our communities and citizens need to be aware of this information so right choices can be made to save lives.”

March 19, 2014
Avoiding tragedies, saving lives: Councilmembers seek to increase awareness on safely surrendering newborns
“The recent incident where a newborn baby was left to die by the side of the road shows that we have much work to do to make citizens aware of other alternatives. A frightened new mother should not feel like her only option is abandonment. This legislation is the right thing to do and I support it wholeheartedly.”

March 18, 2014
Organizations in Council District 3 receive Community Service Area Grants
”I’m very pleased that, once again, many deserving organizations in the unincorporated areas of District 3 have been awarded these grants. I know those involved in these community-oriented groups will spend this money wisely for the benefit of all citizens.”

March 17, 2014
Celebrating their strength: King County proclaims March “Women’s History Month”
“In the last two decades, women’s roles have expanded with many more opportunities. I was able to serve in the Washington State Legislature when it had more women serving than any other state in the country. Many changes and successful negotiations happened as the result of the collaborative decision making process our female legislators encouraged. On the King County Council, I am only the 11th woman to serve since 1970 when the current council was created. I’m proud to celebrate Women’s History Month and the many contributions made by women in all facets of King County.”

February 24, 2014
Council adopts plan to place human trafficking information in key locations across King County
“I’m pleased to support this important legislation. We all have a responsibility to watch out for and protect people who are held against their will or abused physically, mentally or fiscally. These new measures will give people the information they need and in the process will aid in the eradication of trafficking from our society.”

February 24, 2014
County Council unanimously supports funding mechanism for cultural programs
“As a member of the 4Culture Board and having visited many art projects throughout the county, I’ve seen first-hand the vibrancy of the arts in King County I’m hopeful the Legislature will act on this measure, which gives the residents of King County the option of continuing and expanding their support of the arts.”

February 10, 2014
Council approves formation of Transportation Benefit District
“The county’s roads and transit budget shortfalls have reduced our ability to provide these regional and local services at levels previously provided. The creation of the TBD provides additional options for potential transportation revenues that could help offset these shortfalls.”

February 10, 2014
County Council prepared to partner with Executive on confronting inequities; climate change
“The Executive’s speech recounted the promises made and promises kept to improve King County government. Much progress has been made. He set goals for next steps as we continue to work together to improve the quality of life for our residents and to lead nationally in many areas of problem solving.”

February 3, 2014
King County Council recognizes Dr. Donald Davidson on his retirement from the Bellevue City Council
“Don Davidson has been a friend and colleague for many years and I’ve enjoyed working with him. His expertise on Eastside issues has proven invaluable many times. I wish him the best.”

January 27, 2014
County Council, Executive join “12th Man” in shouting GO HAWKS!!!
“The Seahawks have created a tsunami of 12th Man community spirit and unity that we hope will propel them to victory on Sunday. They have encouraged pride, added joy and are an economic engine to our area. Go Hawks!”

January 13, 2014
Promoting awareness to end Slavery and Human Trafficking
“I’m proud of King County’s continued leadership in combating human trafficking. The unique partnerships that we’ve created are making a difference.”

December 16, 2013
Employee innovation encouraged: taxpayers to benefit
“We have such amazing and talented employees in King County. They come up with creative and innovative ideas. I wanted a system for them to be recognized and to share in the benefits of their creativity. This would give them a path for the county to be able to market these ideas. We are leading in so many aspects and many of our ideas could be of great value all across the country.”

December 16, 2013
Colleagues recognize, say goodbye to Councilmember Julia Patterson
“I’ll miss Julia. We collaborated together on many issues during our service together on the council and in the legislature. She always represented the needs of her constituents.”

December 9, 2013
Citizen advocacy triumphs: Redmond Ridge zoning
“I truly believe that the residents of Redmond Ridge made a huge difference in the outcome of this legislation. What encourages me the most is that the result is a great civics lesson about the power of community involvement to change an outcome. This was grassroots at its best!”

December 9, 2013
Strengthening vital services, transportation options and investing in community assets highlight
King County’s state legislative agenda

“I believe that our 2014 legislative agenda is a solid list of items that we can advocate to our state legislators. We are facing important issues and our needs are great.”

December 9, 2013
King County Council encourages awareness of the dangers of Drowsy Driving
“It is vital as we approach the busy holiday season to remind people of the seriousness of this issue and the number of accidents and deaths caused each year.”

November 18, 2013
Council approves employee donations to Typhoon survivors
“King County employees are known for their generosity. I’m pleased that we can give them this opportunity to help those in such critical need in the Philippines.”

November 12, 2013
Services, stability highlight 2014 King County Budget
“I’m pleased that our 2014 budget recognizes the importance of the county’s role as the local government for the unincorporated areas. The budget adds two full Sheriff’s patrol units—8 officers: 6 deputies and 2 sergeants—and this addition is a statement to all residents of the unincorporated areas that their safety is a primary concern of the county.”

October 28, 2013
County Council approves “Blueprint” for implementing Department of Public Defense
“This new plan sets the course for King County to remain a national leader in safeguarding that everyone receives the legal representation to which they’re legally entitled. I’m proud that we have such an outstanding reputation; justice for all is taken seriously in King County.”

October 21, 2013
“Blueprint” for implementing Department of Public Defense sent to the County Council
“I’m confident this ordinance will ensure that all accused continue to receive the legal representation in King County that they are guaranteed by the constitution and that we remain national leaders in this field.”

October 21, 2013
County Council focuses on cyber security
“I’m very proud that King County has been recognized as a leader in Internet Technology. As stewards of a large amount of public records, it’s very appropriate that King County is also leading the way in assuring the security of our digital data.”

October 17, 2013
Grants available for projects benefitting unincorporated communities in King County
“I was amazed at the large variety of projects that were funded this year; King County citizens are definitely creative and resourceful! I’m looking forward to seeing even more grant applications for 2014.”

October 14, 2013 
Council adopts legislation to reduce public urination in unincorporated rural King County
“It is an additional tool that the King County Sheriff’s Office can use to encourage people to modify their behavior. I introduced this legislation after hearing from many concerned citizens and I’m very pleased that the Council has taken seriously its responsibility to govern in the unincorporated areas.”

October 14, 2013
King County leaders recognize Disability Awareness Month
“I’m very pleased that the council is recognizing this important month honoring our citizens with disabilities. They deserve equal opportunities to use their skills, live productive lives and contribute to the enrichment of our society and culture. We all benefit when more people are able to be self-supporting.”

September 23, 2013
Council’s Budget Leadership Team to continue emphasis on efficiencies and innovation in development of County’s 2014 Budget
“I am looking forward to beginning our budget deliberation process by setting up a more transparent and complete budget process for local government and law and justice issues. We will continue to prioritize all our responsibilities while respecting our role as the local government for those who live in the unincorporated areas of the county.”

September 16, 2013 
County Council accepts report outlining King County Sheriff Deputy’s memorial
“This memorial to our fallen deputies is a wonderful and important tribute and I’m very glad to be part of the process to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of the citizens of King County. The planning is moving forward to allow for construction of the memorial.”

September 11, 2013
Council Committee accepts report outlining King County Sheriff Deputy’s memorial
“I’m so glad that the process of creating the King County Sheriff’s Deputy Memorial continues to move forward. It is such a meaningful project and those deputies who have fallen in the line of duty are worthy of continual recognition by the County.”

September 9, 2013
Ensuring transportation access for all: Panel recommends development of low-income transit fare
“I’m grateful for the hard work by the members of this committee. Now we need to look carefully at the recommendations and make certain we are balancing the needs of all riders.”

September 5, 2013
Non-Profits receive “Retired” Vans from King County
“I’m confident that the donated vans will be put to good use serving community members – children to seniors and everyone in-between! They will transport thousands of people, bringing many opportunities for better health, education and developing community.”

August 28, 2013
Organizations in Council District 3 receive Community Service Area Grants
“These organizations do an amazing job connecting with citizens and sponsoring programs in their communities. I know the funds received will be well used.”

August 26, 2013
Reports shows levy funds increased self-sufficiency for veterans and others in need
“I am so pleased that this levy is doing what we intended – increasing services and outreach to those brave men and women who have served our country, reducing homelessness and assisting vulnerable populations. The documentation of this progress is an important factor in making sure we are keeping faith with the taxpayers and spending these funds wisely.”

July 23, 2013
Redmond Ridge Park renovations funded
“These sports field renovations have been anticipated and needed for a long time. It’s good to know that they are on-track for next year’s baseball and soccer seasons. The addition of synthetic playing surfaces means these parks can accommodate many more kids’ sports teams.”

July 22, 2013
Council accepts plan for integrated health and human service programs
“It is imperative that King County deliver services to those in need, in a collaborative way that emphasizes efficiency and effectiveness of service. This plan is a first step in reaching those goals and setting up an infrastructure to be more proactive in solving peoples’ problems.”

July 22, 2013
County Council honors veterans of the “Forgotten War”
“We all owe our gratitude to those brave men and women who served during the Korean War. The 60th Anniversary celebration is a remembrance of the price of freedom and the sacrifice of individuals and families.”

July 10, 2013
Office of Law Enforcement Oversight presents recommendations stemming from 2012 officer-involved shooting
“In testifying before council today, Sheriff Urquhart outlined the changes in the Sheriff’s Office he has made in response to the findings of this report. We will monitor these changes and work with the many union bargaining issues involved so that King County can provide the utmost quality in service to our citizens.”

July 1, 2013
County Council sends voters Charter Amendment on the organization of public defense
“We’ve diligently completed the work required by the court decision and it’s now time for the voters to have their say.”

June 27, 2013
Charter amendment on the organization of public defense sent to County Council for final action
“We have worked very hard over the last several months to be able to bring this function in-house, which is only the first step out of many to implement the court ruling. Citizens will now have the opportunity to vote on these proposed charter changes. Additional specifics enacting this transition will be provided in an implementation ordinance pending that vote.”

June 24, 2013
King County honors first group of HERO Program graduates
“Many of the skills our servicemembers learned in the military are useful to jobs in King County. I'm pleased that we are able to match our job needs with servicemembers who fit those jobs. It's a win-win! Whether they join our team here at King County or decide to pursue a career somewhere else, these HERO Program graduates will make excellent employees.”

June 10, 2013
Councilmembers advocate prevention of elder abuse
“Sadly, many cases of elder abuse involve family members. Some seniors who are victimized by partners or children are afraid to report it due to concerns about shame or financial security. They need to know that help is available from our Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and victim advocates.”

June 3, 2013
Voters to decide in November on six-year levy for Medic One services
“I’m proud of the quality of King County’s Medic One/Emergency Medical Services Program. We deliver quality care to our citizens in medical crisis. The EMS program continues to work on improvements to offer cost efficiencies to taxpayers.”

May 28, 2013
Surplus Vanpool vans prepare for new careers: Council approves donations to organizations throughout County
“These vans will have ‘second lives’ serving a children’s’ group, a community center and senior citizens - all where large numbers of people will have access.”

May 23, 2013
Hague, Lambert recognized for their efforts to aid survivors of domestic violence
“LifeWire does amazing work and I am so honored that Jane Hague and I were given their Norm Maleng award. Norm was a wonderful friend and we shared a passion for ending domestic violence in King County. I believe it can be done and LifeWire is a leader in this effort with their advocacy, education and services provided.”

May 20, 2013
County Council adopts interim structure for new Department of Public Defense with four separate divisions
“It’s important that there be a smooth transition with the attorneys per the Dolan decision. Justice needs to continue in a seamless manner while transitioning 355 employees into the county.”

May 20, 2013
King County Council Honors Congressman Norm Dicks
“Congressman Dicks is a friend of King County and was always there when we asked for help. He knew how to get things done and his dynamic personality will be missed. His voice was powerful in Congress and he was always responsive and helpful with our needs.”

May 20, 2013
King County proclaims Emergency Medical Services Week
“King County is once again leading the way with our world-class EMS – Emergency Medical Services. The dedication of the many people who make up our EMS teams is worth celebrating. EMS is saving lives and we are proud of their service.”

May 13, 2012
Snoqualmie Valley project, I-90 changes highlight September 2013 Metro Transit service changes
“I’m very pleased with Metro’s Snoqualmie Valley right-sizing demonstration project. It’s obvious that they listened to the residents of the Valley when creating their plan,” said Councilmember Kathy Lambert, whose district includes the Snoqualmie Valley. “I’m glad that it will help meet the growing transportation needs of the Snoqualmie Valley by providing better service in a more efficient and cost-effective manner.”

May 13, 2013
County Council recognizes officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice
“As the daughter of a former night Chief of Police, I am very glad that the council has chosen to recognize National Police Week. My early years taught me firsthand about the many sacrifices our officers and their families make every day. I am so pleased that we can honor them and express our appreciation for their work.”

May 6, 2013
Slowing the revolving door: Report shows mental illness and drug programs reducing jail, psychiatric stays
“I am encouraged to see the impact on the number of people who are being helped by MIDD funds. I believe offering services to people in need will enable them to make good choices and move on productively with their lives.”

May 6, 2013
County Council approves blueprint for emergency medical service system
“I’m pleased that the diverse members of the EMS Advisory Task Force created a plan to ensure that we can continue to offer our residents the finest life-saving services available. King County’s heart attack survival rate is 52 percent while New York’s is 5 percent and Chicago’s is 3 percent - this is testament to our first responders and EMS system.”

April 29, 2013
Lambert: Concerns over aspects of proposed parks levy
“Voters will have a choice to increase funding for expansion of our parks system or to preserve tax capacity for other services such as roads, transit, fire and public safety. The voters need to be fully informed on the impact of their choice. As currently written, this is an ‘all or nothing’ choice—which, in my mind is not a real choice.”

April 22, 2013 
“In an era of reduced revenues and increasing needs, I think the voters should know that their tax choices impact many areas of government.”

April 8, 2013
County Council approves new addition to successful mental health service model
“The identification of a history of trauma as a risk factor for mental illness and substance abuse is important. We need to continue to build resiliency – the inner capacity when supported that empowers people to successfully reach their potential and to meet life’s challenges with hope.”

April 8, 2013
Recognizing the fallen: Council adopts plan to create King County Sheriff Deputy’s memorial
“When tragedy hits, we all suffer their loss and it’s very fitting that we create a place of honor in remembrance.”

March 26, 2013
King County Sheriff Deputies’ Memorial Legislation Passes Council Committee Unanimously
Legislation honoring the fifteen members of the King County Sheriff’s Office that have been killed in the line of duty has unanimously passed the King County Council’s Law, Justice, Health and Human Services Committee (LJHHS). Currently, there is no memorial within the County honoring those men who died protecting their fellow citizens.

March 21, 2013
Councilmember Kathy Lambert Receives Outstanding Public Official of the Year Award from United Way of King County
“I’m so pleased to receive this award. Bringing Project Safe Place to King County was very gratifying and was motivated by knowing how important it is to rescue kids from the hazards of the street immediately. I’m grateful to the United Way for this award and for their commitment to Project Safe Place evidenced by the awarding of a grant to support its important work.”

March 18, 2013 
County Council appoints Ketu Shah to fill vacancy in King County District Court 
“We had wonderful candidates to select from and we selected Ketu Shah. His experience with a wide variety of roles in the judicial system will serve the public well. I am also pleased by his commitment to making technological advances to the court process in order to make it an understandable and fair process.”

March 18, 2013 
County Council approves proposed settlement with public defense employees
“We are agreeing to resolve the legal issues consistent with the Supreme Court’s order, and we welcome the public defender staff as King County employees. This will continue our delivery of outstanding public defense services to our citizens in need.” 

March 11, 2013 
Councilmember Kathy Lambert receives Zonta’s International Rose Day Award
“I’m honored to receive this award. My work to protect victims of domestic violence and Human Trafficking is motivated by a deeply held belief that all women deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. I’m grateful to Zonta for this award supporting this work.”

February 11, 2013
King County Council appoints Rod Dembowski to fill vacancy in County Council District 1
“His experience with the local level of government will benefit the work of the Council. I look forward to working with him on issues of concern to the residents of North King County as well as countywide.”

February 11, 2013
Council approves members of Advisory Council for Eastside Rail Corridor
“This is an important rail-trail corridor to have in public ownership, and I am glad to be able to represent the communities, commuters and recreation users who have a great interest in the public uses of this corridor.”

February 4, 2013
County Council ready to focus on Executive’s plans to strengthen King County’s “infrastructure”
“The growing number of veterans in King County deserves support because they have served us. Several new King County programs are adding mental health and employment services to reach more veterans, and now this call for more coordination and filling gaps will go a long way toward helping our heroic veterans to adjust to life back at home. I also look forward to focusing this year on flood control efforts, agricultural protection and funding for our deteriorating county roads.”

January 22, 2013
Deputies and dispatchers recognized for lifesaving efforts
“Our deputies and emergency dispatchers are to be congratulated for volunteering for this extra duty and responding to help save at least three lives using the new AED equipment and CPR skills. Our community is fortunate to benefit from this resourceful deployment of AEDs, which contributes to achieving the nation’s best cardiac arrest survival rate, now up to 52 percent.”

January 22, 2013
Council approves members of advisory panel on transit mobility
“The cost of transportation can affect the ability of low-income families to access job opportunities and medical care. Those working in service sector jobs often have to commute for miles to find affordable housing. I look forward to recommendations from the advisory panel that will improve access to public transit and improve the quality of life for those in need.”

January 15, 2013
Riverview schools recognized for nutrition programs
“I commend the Riverview district and the schools for making the commitment to fight childhood obesity and improve learning and lifelong health with this comprehensive program to improve school nutrition and physical fitness programs,”

January 14, 2013
King County and coalitions promote awareness of human trafficking
“In Washington, we can be proud that we were the first state in the union to criminalize human trafficking, and King County successfully prosecuted the state’s first human trafficking case. Local officials and rescue organizations are working together to send a strong message that forced servitude and prostitution of immigrants and teens will not be tolerated.”

January 14, 2013
Colleagues recognize, say goodbye to Councilmember Bob Ferguson
“It was a pleasure to serve with Bob on the budget committee, even as the Council negotiated some difficult decisions during the economic recession. We will miss his input on local budget and criminal justice issues as he transitions to a statewide role.”

December 21, 2012
Teens invited to join Youth Advisory Council
“I am extremely interested in the issues that young people face today, and in how to get youth involved in the public policy decisions that will affect them and their friends and families for many years to come.”

December 10, 2012
Regional cooperation for a regional asset: County Council creates regional panel for Eastside Rail Corridor
“This rail-and-trail corridor is poised to become an important transportation link for Eastside cities that can accommodate multiple uses such as walking and biking, as well as high-capacity rail. The partnerships this process has built will move this project forward while incorporating the best public benefits.”

December 10, 2012
County Council acts to protect emergency services in city of Pacific
“It is distressing for the city and its residents when the future of the local government and who will provide services is uncertain. It is my hope that this agreement will provide the assurance of continuity for emergency services that will allow the community to move forward with plans for the future.”

December 10, 2012
Council adopts state legislative agenda that focuses on increasing revenue options, sustaining safety net
“New funding mechanisms for roads and transportation will be a high priority during the 2013 legislative session. Our transportation infrastructure and regional mobility are major keys to the economic vitality of the county and the state. The funding strategy set up by the state Growth Management Act 20 years ago did not anticipate such a rapidly dwindling number of residents in the unincorporated area who fund the roads. Thirteen percent of our population cannot afford to fund more than 1,500 miles of roadway. It is essential that local governments have access to equitable, adequate and sustainable funding tools to maintain our roads and buses.”

December 3, 2012 
Taking Action to Address Climate Change: Council adopts County Strategic Climate Action Plan
“Reducing waste will make a significant impact on carbon emissions throughout the lifecycle of a product, from production to transportation and disposal. Less waste going to the Cedar Hills Landfill means less methane escaping into the atmosphere, now and in future decades.”

November 30, 2012
Lambert to co-chair legislative committee
“I enjoy working with the Legislative Steering Committee because councilmembers and commissioners from all across the state get together and share their concerns as well as their successes in dealing with the many problems facing county governments in Washington State.”

November 28, 2012
Sheriff’s truck benefits Search & Rescue
“I commend the Sheriff’s Office and Fleet Administration for working together to transfer this surplus vehicle so that it can have a second life with Search and Rescue, where it can continue to be used to help save more lives.”

November 13, 2012
Lambert leadership on county budget focuses on savings, human services and criminal justice
“I appreciate the willingness of my colleagues to work in a collaborative manner on the process of negotiating, investigating, and analyzing revenues and expenses, which is what our citizens want us to do. Together, we explored new options for generating savings such as merging county departments to minimize administrative staffing to looking at systems and greater efficiencies.”

November 13, 2012
Meeting current needs, focusing on the future: County Council adopts 2013 King County Budget
“Efficiencies in operations across the criminal justice system will help narrow the structural gap in the general fund caused by revenue growth that is limited to less than inflation. With better coordination, savings in one department will have a ripple effect among the Sheriff’s Office, courts, prosecutors and jails, while also improving outcomes for those caught up in the criminal justice system. Alternatives such as therapeutic courts and pre-trial diversion will continue to provide savings by helping people to avoid incarceration and repeat offenses.”

November 5, 2012
Council calls for an accountable and integrated health and human services plan
“Due to the economic recession, we have had to make very difficult budget cuts with huge impacts, including to the delivery of human services. This reduced budget allowed us to provide a safety net only for some of the most needy. A better-coordinated system of providing and funding human services will improve prevention, reduce costs, support self-sustainability and help alleviate human suffering.”

October 29, 2012
Council adopts internship program for military “HEROS” in King County
“The mentoring that our county employees can provide will help veterans gain stability and avoid problems such as homelessness, substance abuse and involvement in the criminal justice system. Their dedication and skills are vital to our county in so many ways. We want these heroes to find success on the home front.”

October 22, 2012
County recognizes value of work for disabled
“This month is a good time to highlight again and recognize the value that everyone can contribute to the workplace, no matter what skills and abilities each individual may have.”

October 15, 2012
County Council adopts amended SODO arena plan
“This public-private partnership is an opportunity for bringing the Supersonics back to Seattle, as well as attracting a professional hockey team. By leveraging King County’s bonding authority, backed by revenue from events at the arena, this would give the county and the City of Seattle a new asset once the construction cost is paid off, bolster our economy and generate many jobs for our region.”

October 15, 2012
County Council focuses on cyber security
“As we become increasingly dependent on electronic data systems, thieves are becoming increasingly sophisticated in identity theft and online fraud. As stewards of a large number of public records, King County is working on leading the way in assuring the security of our digital data.”

October 10, 2012
Lambert earns public official certification
“The coursework was particularly valuable because it covered many important topics such as budgeting, how to avoid lawsuits for public officials and how to increase efficiency in operations. I appreciated the opportunity to ask in-depth questions and learn from the experiences of other elected officials.”

October 8, 2012
Council confirms appointment of David Chapman as Director of the Office of Public Defense
“King County’s partnership with private legal agencies to provide constitutionally mandated public defense for the indigent will be well served by the experience that David Chapman brings on both sides of the courtroom and the gavel.”

October 4, 2012
Youth Advisory Council convened for District 3
The middle school and high school-age youth met at the Fall City Library and reviewed the roles and operation of government at all levels, followed by discussion of how to engage other youth on issues such as safety, homelessness, substance abuse and education. The initial gathering included students from Redmond High School, Skyline High School, Beaver Lake Middle School, Issaquah High School and Sammamish High School.

October 1, 2012
County Council thanks Bill Block for directing effort to end homelessness
“Under Bill’s leadership, we have demonstrated that stable housing means children do better in school, improving their lifelong prospects. His stewardship of the 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness has proven that stable housing can break the cycle of jail, emergency rooms and detox centers for single adults struggling with mental illness and addiction.”

September 24, 2012
Council’s Budget Leadership Team to develop a 2013 Budget that integrates King County Strategic Plan
“Preserving our county roads is a priority for King County, as the provider of local government services for more than a quarter-million residents in the unincorporated. As more urban areas of the county are annexed into cities, the remaining tax base for unincorporated roads is reduced, while the long stretches of rural roadway still need to be maintained. We need to find a short-term fix to keep our road maintenance at sufficient levels while we work with the state and federal governments on a long-term, sustainable funding mechanism to solve the ongoing funding gap in our roads budget.”

September 20, 2012 
Teens invited to join Youth Advisory Council
“I am extremely interested in the issues that young people face today, and in how to get youth involved in the public policy decisions that will affect them and their friends and families for many years to come.”

September 19, 2012
Council Committee advances proposed King County Comprehensive Plan update to full council
“This major four-year update to the Comprehensive Plan is important for District 3, as these policies directly impact our communities and properties.”

September 19, 2012
“Retired” County Vans benefit youth and those with disabilities
“These programs provide important opportunities and a mobility lifeline for our young people and special populations. These donated vans will allow better access for more participation in these excellent programs.”

September 17, 2012
Council adopts legislation streamlining, renaming county’s permitting environmental review agency
“This is a downsizing related to the economy as well as streamlining that is responsive to changing needs. As part of King County’s efforts to increase efficiency in operations, these revised permitting procedures will reduce costs and, at the same time, improve the experience for customers while locating the agency closer to the people they serve.”

September 17, 2012
Council approves working “retirement” for County vans
“Serving the mobility needs of those too young and too old to drive, as well as those with health challenges, is an important service for King County to provide. Using our retired vanpool vans for these important transportation needs is an efficient way of serving those who do not have other options.”

September 10, 2012
Increasing transparency, strengthening cooperation: Council adopts creation of Performance Management Action Team
“I am encouraged by the increased emphasis on the Lean processes that King County is implementing to improve productivity and provide better customer service. As we are among the first governments to implement Lean and private-sector best practices in county government operations, we expand a culture of assessment and improvement in our quality of services.”

August 27, 2012
King County Council recognizes 30 Years of Conservation Futures
“It is important to preserve our open and natural spaces for recreation and reflection on our environmental heritage. Lands acquired with Conservation Futures funding enable us to maintain open space for people to hike, relax and enjoy nature as well as providing wildlife habitat and making an investment in quality of life for future generations.”

August 2, 2012
County & City Leaders Announce Innovative Facility Designed to Divert People with Mental Illness and Drug Dependency into Treatment, Reduce Jail and Hospital Emergency Room Use
Crisis Solutions Center (CSC) Opens in Seattle To Serve all of King County

August 1, 2012
Safe Place Program for Teens Celebrates One Year Anniversary and New Partners
“Safe Place expands the reach of our existing youth services by connecting with our transit network and community libraries, finding new ways to get help to youth in crisis. Any teen who is scared and alone and confused should know at least one thing – to look for the yellow-and-black diamond Safe Place logo next to doors on buses and at public facilities to find help quickly and safely.”

July 30, 2012
Council adopts amended SODO arena agreement
“The realization of this arena still revolves around the successful acquisition of a team. If an opportunity becomes available, we will be prepared to take advantage of the economic and cultural benefits an arena could contribute to our region. This is an example of public-private partnerships that allow many diverse opportunities and benefits with no new general tax dollars.”

July 16, 2012
County Council recognizes accreditation of fingerprint lab
“The AFIS system is an essential investigative tool that serves all of our law enforcement agencies. We appreciate their continuing dedication to solving crimes and protecting public safety for everyone in King County.”

July 9, 2012
Raising awareness, assisting victims: Council unanimously adopts Human Trafficking public awareness campaign
“It is an unfortunate reality that one in three teens on the street may be lured into sex trafficking within 48 hours of leaving home. Vulnerable populations such as youth and immigrants need to know about their rights and how to get help. Our transit system can be another effective vehicle for that message.”

July 9, 2012
County Council appoints Dino Rossi to State Senate
“It is fortunate that the former state senator is able to return to his seat in this caretaker capacity. The citizens of the 5th District know and respect Dino, and they will continue having an experienced leader to represent them with any problems they face.”

July 9, 2012
County Councilmembers recognize the benefits of National Parks
“Thanks to the abundant recreation opportunities in our national parks, local residents as well as visitors have access to valuable resources for outdoor physical fitness activities. Our national parks contribute immeasurably to the quality of life we enjoy in the Northwest.”

June 27, 2012
King County Executive proposes $100,000 to continue 4-H youth programs
“Young people all over the county have an opportunity to learn important life skills through 4-H programs. The ability to participate in activities at the county level can qualify them for statewide competition. Youth agriculture programs offered by 4-H also help grow the farmers of tomorrow that will produce our food in the future.”

June 27, 2012
Human Trafficking Public Awareness Campaign Passed out of Committee
“One of the most effective weapons against human trafficking is information. Vulnerable populations such as immigrants and youth in particular need to know about their rights and that help is just a phone call away. We know that within 48 hours of leaving home, one in three teens will be contacted about sex trafficking. At very little or no cost, we can utilize public resources already available to reach out to those in need of help.”

June 11, 2012
Councilmembers advocate prevention of elder abuse
“As difficult as it is to believe, many cases of elder abuse involve their own family members. Some older women who are victimized by partners or children are afraid to report it because of concerns about financial security. They need to know that help is available from our Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and victim advocates.”

May 29, 2012
Shedding light on the battle against Human Trafficking in King County
“Our Metro Transit buses already serve as a refuge and resource for youth through our partnership with the Safe Place program. With about 1,300 vehicles on the road all over King County, Metro Transit can be an effective medium for spreading this important public safety and human rights message to those in need of help.”

May 29, 2012
County Council creates new opportunity for public comment at Council meetings
“This additional public comment period adds another opportunity to the many others for community members to interact with their elected leaders, as well as letters, e-mail, public hearings, and telephone and fax messages. It is one more way we can make it convenient for citizens to communicate with their government.”

May 21, 2012 
King County proclaims Emergency Medical Services Week
“Our emergency medical professionals are standing by 24 hours a day to respond to any crisis. Thanks in large part to their dedication and expertise, and to the innovative regional partnership that operates Medic One, King County is considered one of the best places in the world to survive a heart attack.”

May 21, 2012
Greater community access, engagement part of Council’s equity and justice goals for 2012
“This work will help monitor that King County can offer equal opportunities for all throughout the many services and agencies across the county. The access to opportunity for everyone, regardless of individual challenges or location, is what makes America great.”

April 30, 2012
Neighborhood, lacrosse group and County team up to create playfield at Big Finn Hill Park
“This private investment in our park will provide a year-round public benefit for both adults and youth. We appreciate this partnership with youth athletics that will help young people improve their health and fitness and give them more opportunities to engage in positive activities.”

April 23, 2012
Councilmembers approve study on creating internship program for veterans
“With many military bases located in Washington state, we have a concentration of veterans returning here from overseas and in need of meaningful work and job opportunities. Our Veterans and Human Services levy funds some job training, but we can do more by providing the work opportunities they need to succeed in civilian life. At the same time, we can benefit from the technical skills and dedication to public service that our veterans bring home.”

April 10, 2012
Proposed internship program for veterans sent to full Council
“Transitioning to civilian life can be smoother and more productive for veterans who can find meaningful work right away. At the same time, citizens can benefit from the skills, experience and dedication to public service that these veterans bring with them. They have sacrificed for us, and we need to show our appreciation.”

April 2, 2012 
Council honors Amalgamated Transit Union for 100 years of service to King County
The Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 587, representing more than 4,000 bus drivers and transit operators, was recognized today by the King County Council for 100 years of serving public transportation needs in King County.

March 26, 2012
Councilmembers call for creation of internship program for veterans
“In addition to technical skills, military veterans bring with them a built-in dedication to public service that can be of great benefit to our county operations and our citizens. We can honor the sacrifice of these veterans by welcoming them home with meaningful work and opportunities.”

March 15, 2012
Councilmembers on Rahr resignation: “A legacy of service to the people of King County”
“Thanks to the leadership of Sheriff Rahr, King County has been innovative and made great progress in crime prevention and community policing. She shepherded the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Task Force through review and implementation and served with a legacy of integrity. Her leadership will serve the state training center well.”

March 1, 2012
Bi-partisan coalition calls for August ballot measure for needed replacement of County Youth Services Center
“Children from all over King County who have suffered abuse and neglect should not have to deal with safety risks or be further victimized by the conditions they encounter in going to court.”

February 22, 2012
County committee advances actions to address climate change
“I am pleased that this action plan ties together many strategies for controlling the emissions from transportation, energy, green building, recycling and waste management. New research, including international best practices, will help inform our climate strategies for the future.”

February 6, 2012
Council hails Executive’s call for regional partnership for economic revival
“I appreciate the emphasis on support for transportation options and renewable energy as essential to our sustainable, shared economic prosperity. Continuing with efficiencies through the use of technology will keep us lean and responsive, such as the recent launch of the Accountable Business Transformation project that updated 35-year-old accounting systems. Streamlining customer service with a single point of contact will need to benefit the rural as much as the urban areas as we work toward One King County.”

January 10, 2012
King County, Seattle, Port promote awareness of human trafficking
“In Washington, we can be proud that we were the first state in the union to criminalize human trafficking, and King County successfully prosecuted the state’s first human trafficking case. The unique partnerships we have been able to create here are making a difference by strengthening tools for law enforcement and the courts to help protect immigrants and teens from being forced into servitude and prostitution, as well as increasing penalties for convicted traffickers.”

November 9, 2011
County Council approves “humane, efficient” 2012 King County Budget
“As the Councilmember with the largest unincorporated area, this budget calls for a redirection of the County’s Road Service Division toward maintenance of the County road system and reducing administration. Reducing management positions will increase workers in the field, a realignment that puts additional personnel on the road to help with snow removal and storm response.”

October 31, 2011
King County recognizes University of Washington for its 150 years of contributions to the community
“Through research and innovation, the UW has built an unmatched reputation that attracts the best and brightest staff and students from all over the world. There are so many remarkable contributions of this institution to our economy, our culture, our quality of life and to the lives of the UW alumni.”

October 24, 2011
Seattle and King County join together to proclaim Food Day
“We are fortunate in the Northwest to have the climate and the agricultural land needed to produce plenty of food, and harvest time is a great opportunity to recognize the essential contributions of our local farmers. This joint city-county proclamation draws more attention to the issue of access to healthy food and the importance of agriculture in both urban and rural areas of King County.”

October 17, 2011
Council proclaims October Breast Cancer Awareness Month
“The medical screening process is easy and fast and should be part of the regular health care routine for women older than 40. Early diagnosis and treatment has proven effective in saving lives. At the annual Walk for the Cure, I was again impressed by the energy and support of so many people who participated with such dedication for loved ones who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. This disease no longer is the death sentence or taboo topic that is was for our grandparents, and that progress is the best reason to celebrate.”

October 3, 2011
Commercial door-to-door solicitation prohibited at posted properties
“I am concerned that residents in the unincorporated area may be more vulnerable to criminal activity connected with solicitation, particularly among immigrant cultures and seniors in retirement communities. This tool can help them partner with our Sheriff’s Office to improve the safety of their neighborhoods.”

September 26, 2011
Council’s Budget Leadership Team prepares to tackle realistic 2012 Budget that continues reform of County Government
“I will be looking closely at programs that help keep people from returning to the judicial system and that save money for the taxpayer. In the past decade, King County has been a national leader in implementation of therapeutic and prevention alternatives to incarceration with Drug Court and Mental Health Court programs. Our new Veterans Court pilot will continue the work of the Mental Health Court by dedicating specialized services for our veterans. They will get the help they need instead of jail time. We see the positive results of these therapeutic programs in creating improvements for people’s lives.”

September 12, 2011
County Council establishes Veterans Treatment Court 
“Some veterans have special needs after returning home from some very traumatic situations. They need and deserve appropriate and respectful services. This therapeutic court is one more step in the evolution of our criminal justice system toward a compassionate approach that is based on restorative justice.”

September 12, 2011
County vans sent into “working” retirement by Council
“With little County funding available to support human services, these retired vans are one way we still can help non-profit organizations to meet the needs of some of our most vulnerable citizens. These vans will continue to serve the public in new ways throughout their useful lives.”

August 31, 2011
Youth in crisis can seek out a King County Metro bus for help
“More than anything, our children deserve to feel safe. Keeping just one child out of trouble and out of harm’s way can make the difference for a lifetime of success."

August 30, 2011
County leaders unite on anti-gang violence initiative
"We specifically set aside these funds in the 2011 budget to allow us to tackle critical criminal justice needs as they occur, Increasing our efforts to fight gang activities in light of recent increased violence is exactly the type of situation for which this reserve was intended. By prioritizing these critical programs, we can continue to make King County family-friendly and gang-unfriendly."

August 15, 2011
Council adopts transit funding plan that includes efficiencies, Congestion Reduction Charge
“Without interim funding, cuts to bus service will be substantial, particularly in the lower-density neighborhoods on the Eastside. This will put more cars on the road, clogging our freeways and bridges and leaving all of us idling in standstill traffic. Without this compromise on funding for Metro, we all would pay more for gas, spend more time commuting, and lose some of our quality of life. Transit cuts of this magnitude will further undercut our fragile economy, and we can’t afford that risk. I am proud that this compromise agreement will return value to our citizens.”

August 12, 2011
Hague and Lambert reach breakthrough agreement with County Executive to fund transit
“During this time of an uncertain economy our citizens want best value for their dollars. This plan will provide bus vouchers worth $20 and will still keep infrastructure so that there will be a bus at the bus stop when they need it. Preserving our existing hours during these times of economic uncertainty is vital to business success and citizens going to their jobs in our community.”

July 25, 2011
Gossett: Amended pretrial diversion legislation better, but still edging toward “two-tier justice system” 
“Judges need these various tools to help people address their underlying problems in order to help break the cycle of crime. Our courts must always have a ‘face of justice,’ as Norm Maleng used to say, and we should not forget that people are innocent until proven guilty.”

July 25, 2011
Amendments to sale agreement allows major construction project on former Kingdome parking lot to move forward
“I am glad these amendments have strengthened the affordable housing component of this sale agreement. This is an important component that will provide more opportunities to meet our region’s housing goals.”

July 21, 2011
New Public Health rules allow rainwater as sole source for residential drinking water
“The ability to utilize rainwater will be a particular advantage in mountainous areas of the county with terrain and soil conditions that make it difficult to site a well and on-site sewage system that do not interfere with each other.”

July 12, 2011
Making healthy choice the easy choice: Council calls for healthier fare in county vending machines
“These guidelines suggest that the Executive work with vendors to make it easier for employees and customers to make healthier food and beverage choices, through a broader selection of items and attractive pricing. It shouldn’t be a chore or expensive to find healthy food away from home.”

July 11, 2011
Council agrees to a “new model” for unincorporated communities
“This new framework will give an opportunity for more groups in the unincorporated area throughout the county to participate in the decision-making process. The Council and the Executive will be working together to make sure the concerns of residents are considered in both the legislative and executive branches of government.”

July 5, 2011
Council approves lease for new East Precinct Command Center 
“The efficiencies captured by this new precinct arrangement benefit both the residents of unincorporated areas and the contract cities with increased presence of law enforcement.” 

July 5, 2011
Council recognizes Robin Abel for campaign to “Secure Your Load”
“Thanks to her vigilance, King County’s garbage transfer stations now are posted with reminder signs to all drivers to secure their loads. We all are safer on our roads and freeways because of Robin’s dedication to this cause.”

June 30, 2011
County GAO Committee reviews customer service improvements in hiring practices
“It is difficult enough to search for a job in an economic recession, so this work to make the hiring process more user-friendly is very timely.”

June 13, 2011
Councilmembers advocate prevention of elder abuse
“As age can bring with it physical limitations, many older people become vulnerable, and many cases of elder abuse involve family members. Some older women who are victimized by partners or children feel ashamed, embarrassed, depressed and afraid to confide in friends and family. Fear of financial insecurity also prevents older women from reporting abuse. We all can help identify abuse and get help to those who need it.”

May 31, 2011
Metro service changes reflect arrival of RapidRide in east King County
“This expansion of King County transit services on the Eastside benefits the business and residential hubs that drive our economy. RapidRide helps reduce traffic congestion, and it also will make using transit more convenient.”

May16, 2011 
Council sets fees for County vehicle plug-in stations
“This modest cost-recovery measure will provide citizens with convenient access to charging stations now and into the future, and will prepare our infrastructure to meet the needs of a growing number of green vehicles on the road.”

May 9, 2011
Report presents effectiveness of mental illness and drug treatment programs
“This investment is transforming our system to a more humane model for treating those suffering from mental illness and chemical dependency. The report shows that funding these strategies that focus on recovery is working, and it is saving significant money in our criminal justice system while also reducing recidivism and positively changing lives.”

May 3, 2011
County Council Committee pilots project to save paper and promote transparency
“This is a big step toward improving the efficiency of county operations by moving toward electronic solutions. In 2010, the county spent $1,169,988 on buying paper, which indicates great potential for savings.”

May 2, 2011
Council approves economic investment
“King County is fortunate to be able to partner with a number of existing private programs that do excellent work improving the local business climate and attracting jobs. This small investment can make a big different for our economy.”

April 27, 2011 
Councilmember Lambert salutes 5th anniversary of Carnation-Duvall Medical Reserve Corps
King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert joined community volunteers to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Carnation-Duvall Medical Reserve Corps on April 20.

April 22, 2011 
King County proclaims Child Abuse Prevention Month in April
To help broaden awareness about the impacts of child abuse and neglect, King County joined in the national effort this week with a proclamation of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

April 21, 2011
King County Board of Health adopts new guidelines for healthier foods in vending machines
“These voluntary guidelines will help organizations implement a more well-rounded selection of foods. This list also can provide guidance in selecting food choices for vending companies as well as for their customers.”

April 18, 2011
Celebrating environmental awareness: County Council recognizes Earth Day
“In East King County, we are recognizing the goals of Earth Day this week with a celebration of the native Lake Sammamish Kokanee salmon. With the collaboration of many government agencies and private organizations, Kokanee recovery efforts include releases of tiny Kokanee fry from the hatchery supplementation program into creeks around the lake this week. The fish will be able to thrive as a result of our healthy environment.”

April 4, 2011
Council recognizes April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month
“This recognition serves as a reminder to perpetrators that sexual assault is not acceptable under any circumstances, and they will be prosecuted. We also can remind victims that sexual violence is not their fault, and they should seek help to escape abuse and to heal. It is time to ‘end the silence’ on sexual assault.”

March 21, 2011
Council adopts plan decreasing paperwork for small firms working with County and the Port of Seattle
“Simplification of the contracting process is a high priority for supporting economic development and opportunities for small businesses, who can ill afford to use their limited resources on administrative paperwork.”

March 14, 2011
Council’s priorities build upon countywide strategic plan
“The main focus on accountability in this strategic plan is a constant reminder about the imperative for government to serve its citizens in the most efficient, accessible manner. Recently, we have expanded the use of technology to make King County government more open and accessible than ever before, and we will continue to update our procedures and practices to be responsive to the needs of the public.”

March 14, 2011
Celebrating their strength: King County proclaims March “Women’s History Month”
“Since women earned the right to vote in Washington 100 years ago, this state’s voters have consistently recognized the strengths that women bring to government and elected them to public office. I had the honor of serving in the state House of Representatives when women made up more than 40 percent of the Legislature, which was then the highest percentage in the nation. I honor women who dedicate their lives to public service and serve as an inspiration to the next generation of women leaders.”

February 28, 2011
Councilmembers, Executive ready to work together toward “One King County”
“It is exciting to see the cooperation among county agencies that already has produced efficiencies in the past year. I look forward to working with the Executive on implementing new qualitative and quantitative measures to streamline government to meet the needs of our citizens all across the county.”

February 15, 2011 
Council Committee makes history using video conferencing to unveil new tools available to King County
“The technology tools we saw demonstrated today are a huge step forward for technology use and efficiency in King County government and I’m very excited to explore how we can use this technology to better serve our constituents.”

February 14, 2011
County Council recognizes history and contributions of African-Americans
“It is an honor to celebrate the many contributions African Americans have made in our nation’s history. As a former teacher, I appreciate the ongoing efforts of our educators to highlight the accomplishments of African Americans who are meaningful role models for today’s youth.”

January 20, 2011
Lambert to Chair Accountability Committee
“The priority put on customer service in our new Countywide Strategic Plan will highlight the work of the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee. I am interested in additional improvements in the cost-effectiveness of county operations, particularly through the efficiencies that technology offers, such as online forms and meetings.”

January 19, 2011
Lambert recognized by Scouts
“I am thrilled, and not surprised, to learn about the significant contributions of these young people to the communities in my district. I am proud of their accomplishments, and of the families, schools and communities that supported them. They serve as excellent role models for teens throughout King County.”

January 10, 2011
Council, Executive Proclaim Human Trafficking Awareness Day
“In Washington, we can be proud that we were the first state in the union to criminalize human trafficking in 2003, and King County successfully prosecuted the state’s first human trafficking case in 2009. The unique partnerships we have been able to create here are making a difference for immigrants and for teens forced into prostitution by gangs.”

January 5, 2011 
Town hall meeting to focus on Eastside Transit
Metropolitan King County Councilmembers Jane Hague and Kathy Lambert will host a public meeting on major transit policies effecting Eastside residents, including the recommendations of the Regional Transit Task Force (RTTF), the panel created to develop a vision for public transportation in King County:

January 3, 2011
Protection of basic services, funding tools for transit and tax suppression relief at top of County’s Legislative Agenda
“A top priority will be addressing the challenges created by declining property values with authorization to continue
collecting funds to pay for flood-protection projects. At the same time, we are asking Olympia not to transfer any new costs to King County so we can live within our budget.”

November 17, 2010
Lambert leadership on county budget focuses on savings, reducing costs and criminal justice
“These substantive cuts will affect the level of service that King County can provide, but we are asking our employees to do more with less. This budget is an adjustment to new financial realities that will focus on efficiency and providing as many services as we can within available dollars.”

November 15, 2010
Council adopts 2011 King County Budget that reflects sacrifice, savings, and public safety
“We are most grateful to our county bargaining units that agreed to forego cost-of-living increases for 2011. This allowed us to create a $1.5 million emergency reserve fund for criminal justice needs, as well as to restore domestic violence and sexual assault funding and special court advocate programs that help people survive in turbulent times.”

November 12, 2010
Budget Committee presents budget striker that makes cuts, restores domestic violence and sexual assault services
“We scrutinized costs closely and found ways to be more efficient and economical while still providing necessary services to citizens. The result is a bi-partisan budget that maintains our $15 million rainy day fund along with our $31 million general fund cash reserves for emergencies.”

November 8, 2010
County Council recognizes 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in Washington state
“It is a source of pride for our county and state that we were and continue to be leaders for involving women equally in civic life.”

November 1, 2010
County Council celebrates 50th Anniversary of Flood Warning Program
“River valleys contain some of our county’s most fertile agricultural lands, and our farmers depend on the valuable information from the Flood Warning Center to protect their crops, equipment and livestock from severe weather.”

September 27, 2010
Council’s budget leadership acknowledges that 2011 Budget will involve painful choices
“The county’s local government responsibility is an important issue I will focus on throughout the budget process. People living in unincorporated areas depend on King County for local government services, such as law enforcement, and we have the responsibility to provide local services for these residents, particularly in the rural area.”

September 20, 2010
County Council recognizes the lasting impact of volunteerism with a “Day of Caring” 
“Volunteering your time and skills is a great way to feel good about contributing to improvements in your own community. Your skills are valued for many volunteer activities, no matter your age or expertise.”

September 20, 2010
County Council, local farmers celebrate harvest
“Locally grown food is fresher, healthier and requires fewer natural resources for transportation and packaging. We are fortunate to have such productive agricultural areas so close and accessible to our large urban centers. The Harvest Celebration is a good opportunity to recognize the contributions of farmers to our quality of life.”

September 8, 2010
Reduced risk has not slowed preparations for potential flooding from federal Howard Hanson Dam
“The Army Corps’ comprehensive response to the threat at Howard Hanson Dam has been very reassuring for King County citizens.”

September 7, 2010
Council approves sending County vans into “working” retirement
“As the county makes major funding cuts for human services, these retired vans are one way we still can support non-profit organizations that meet the needs of some of our most vulnerable citizens. I am pleased that these vans will continue to be put to good uses.”

July 30, 2010
Be Responsible With Summer Fun on the Water
"Summer is a time for everyone to have fun, including your neighbors, and to make sure to keep our waterways clean and beautiful for the next user."

July 26, 2010
Council adopts “blueprint” for a more responsive and unified County Government
“The plan will give us a way to demonstrate specifically to taxpayers how the county is measuring up to their expectations, and where improvements are needed. Regular reviews and revisions will create a feedback loop so that services can be adjusted to changing circumstances. Citizens have told us they want a responsive, accountable and transparent local government, and this collaboration among county agencies can accomplish it.”

July 14, 2010
Comprehensive reforms in labor policy include changes in wages and benefits
“Our dedicated staff includes doctors, nurses, attorneys, clerks, jail guards, judges, sheriff’s deputies, and waste water workers. These people are assets to the citizens of King County, and their compensation needs to be fair. The new parameters approved today will bring transparency to the labor negotiation process and will help keep compensation at a level that allows us to retain our employees and to do so within available tax dollars that citizens can afford.”

July 8, 2010
Councilmember Lambert hosts town hall event in Snoqualmie
“I would like to invite anyone interested to stop by and give me their input and comments on local issues and the county’s budget priorities, as well as get more information. I value and want to hear the concerns of residents to help the Council make the best decisions for our communities.”

June 21, 2010
Council initiates audit of Sheriff’s Office
“Our top funding priority has been to preserve our public safety system, but we need to make sure we are doing it in the most efficient way possible. Sheriff Rahr has done an admirable job of keeping our citizens safe, but now with declining resources, that task becomes even more challenging. Our criminal justice system – including the sheriff, courts and jails – now is 76 percent of the general fund. Our Auditor has the expertise to advise us about how to stretch every dollar to its capacity, so this is a good time to apply that capability to the Sheriff’s Office.”

June 14, 2010
Dunn and Lambert introduce tax neutral plan for Criminal Justice funding
“Citizens who are dealing with reduced salaries and job losses want their government to make cuts and reprioritize expenditures. These choices are hard just like the cuts families make every day.”

June 14, 2010
Council adopts proposals streamlining County’s procurement process
“This is a direct response to concerns we heard from our business partners and potential vendors that King County’s contracting requirements can be quite burdensome, especially for smaller businesses.”

June 14, 2010
Councilmember Lambert congratulates lifesaving heroes
“Our law enforcement officers regularly face life-and-death situations, and respond with professional, skilled and efficient service. I am very pleased to have this opportunity to shine a spotlight on the everyday work of our employees to keep our citizens safe.”

June 10, 2010
King County property-tax idea hits snag - Seattle Times
King County officials, responding to a warning that some local tax rates could exceed legal limits next year, are backing away from a possible property-tax increase to help pay for sheriff's deputies and courts. The officials also are examining whether the limit on property-tax rates could cost a countywide flood-control district millions of dollars used to improve river levees.

May 24, 2010
Councilmembers propose “Tax Neutral” solution to County budget crisis
“This plan represents a starting point for maintaining our criminal justice system. We look forward to working with our colleagues over the next 60 days, as well as working with our cities and public safety leaders to create a plan that funds our priorities while respecting taxpayers.”

May 21, 2010
Lambert Says More Time is Needed to Reprioritize Government
“Many jurisdictions across the country are looking to reshape how government is provided by bringing in new technologies, restructured business models, and looking to employees for suggestions on new ways of streamlining procedures in order to create greater efficiencies. The time has come for King County to have these same conversations. Once we have had these discussions and make changes in how we deliver services more efficiently, then we will be able to build a trusting and transparent government that people all across King County can be proud of.”

May 14, 2010
Councilmember Lambert applauds new approach to jail planning
“The good news is that the alternatives to incarceration we have implemented in recent years are working to reduce the jail population and are saving taxpayer money. Potential sites for jails in north King County are now off the table, and we can focus our attention on programs that get people’s lives back on track and contributing to society.”

May 10, 2010
Council adopts ordinance increasing licenses for wheelchair accessible taxis
“This expansion will make more rides available for the disabled and will shorten the waits for rides, which have been too long in the past. Accessible taxi service makes a huge difference to enable citizens to go more places in the county.”

April 19, 2010
“21st Century Governance” Council adopts priorities for 2010
“This list of priorities specifically calls out King County’s dual roles as a regional and local service provider and highlights our commitment to leadership in partnership with other cities and agencies on issues such as jails, animal services and emergency management,”

April 19, 2010 
Four decades of environmental awareness: County Council marks 40th anniversary of Earth Day
“Annual Earth Day celebrations have been very successful at raising awareness about the challenges we face in preserving our natural environment as well as the many solutions available.”

March 22, 2010
Repair of Federal Howard Hanson Dam a priority: Council calls on Congress to act on funds for interim and permanent fix
“We were fortunate that the mild winter weather avoided flooding or further damage at the Howard Hanson dam this year, but we can’t rely on that in the future. Both the short-term and long-term repairs are essential before we experience other severe winter storm events.”

March 8, 2010
Councilmembers encouraged by “Blueprint for Reform” presented by County Executive
“It is particularly encouraging that this administration pledges to reform land-use permitting practices and fee structures and to provide excellent customer service to those in our unincorporated areas as well as our urban areas.”

March 1, 2010
Lambert proposes cost savings with new labor policy
“Tough economic times call for a reasoned, logical approach to budgeting that focuses on finding savings rather than finding new money, especially in a time of recession. With these significant budget cuts throughout the past two years, we need to prioritize our labor policies in order to support our hard-working employees and continue to serve our citizens while reducing labor costs.”

March 1, 2010
Council adopts enhanced oversight for County’s high-risk capital projects
“Complex projects demand many interim decisions and adjustments that the Council should be making in the context of budgeting and providing the best service to the citizens.”

March 1, 2010
Council confirms appointments to Regional Transit Task Force
“The depth of knowledge and experience brought together on this task force is extraordinary. I am grateful these community leaders are willing to serve in the pursuit of varied and creative transit funding solutions.”

March 1, 2010
Celebrating the contribution of Women: King County proclaims March “Women’s History Month”
“For 12 years, from 1993 to 2004, Washington State ranked Number One in the nation for the percentage of women legislators. I had the honor of serving in the state House of Representatives during this period, when more than 40 percent of the lawmakers were women. We made many strides to open issues and policies to more voices.”

February 22, 2010
County Council appoints Michael Finkle to serve as new Northeast District Court Judge
“I am pleased that we were able to select a new judge who already is familiar with our Eastside communities and will be able to provide seamless expansion of our Northeast Division of District Court. I was impressed with this candidate’s commitment to the appearance of fairness and dedication to working to solve problems that create recidivism and to reduce disparities in the criminal justice system.”

February 22, 2010
Council says “Thank You” to Metro’s 2,700 transit operators
“I always appreciate how friendly the bus drivers are to passengers, and how they call out the stops so that when I am busy reading on the bus, I’ll know when to get off at the right stop. They have a demanding job, and they do it well.”

February 1, 2010
Council adopts guidelines that will direct Regional Transit Task Force
“This is an example of good government and people working together for the public benefit. I am pleased the task force will include rural representation that will ensure a focus on diverse transportation solutions.”

January 19, 2010
Lambert to Chair Council's Government Accountability Committee
“The work of this committee covers a broad range of King County’s central services, including elections, technology management, licensing and animal control. I am especially interested in improving customer service and the cost-effectiveness of county operations, particularly through the efficiencies that technology offers, such as online forms.”

January 11, 2010
Councilmembers extend deadline on closure of King County animal shelters
“I am encouraged about the opportunity to improve the care of animals and provide for full-cost recovery through a comprehensive public-private partnership, although it will take a little more time for this new structure to coalesce.”

January 5, 2010
Councilmember Lambert sworn in
“It is a great honor to represent the people of District 3 in this capacity, and each occasion to renew that oath of service is special.”

January 4, 2010
King County Council calls on state lawmakers to act on revenue options for counties
“One part of the package I am encouraged by is the product stewardship framework legislation that will help reduce waste and extend the life of our Cedar Hills Landfill. An especially important piece of that is the prescription medicine return provision, which will allow consumers to return unused pharmaceuticals for environmentally responsible disposal that will protect our water quality and habitat from contamination with these substances. Secure medicine return also helps prevent legal controlled substances from getting into the wrong hands and being misused.”

December 14, 2009
Council approves new life for “retired” vans
“In District 3, the vans will help meet the transportation needs of low-income families building their own homes with Habitat for Humanity of Redmond, at-risk youth involved in programs with Encompass in North Bend, and school-age children all over King County who participate in the environmental education programs at the Wilderness Awareness School in Duvall.”

December 14, 2009
County Council adopts Juvenile Court facilities plan
“Flood damage, overcrowding and age have pushed the existing facility past it’s useful life. Now, we have the opportunity to consolidate justice programs in a facility that will improve security and better serve the needs of children and families facing personal challenges.”

December 14, 2009
Council restores funding for County 4-H programs
“Supporting our next generation of farmers is a crucial role for us to play if we are to maintain a vital agricultural community in the future. In addition to agriculture projects, the youth involved in 4-H learn a lot about civics, such as the flood of testimony they presented about the benefits of the program during our budget deliberations. In response, we worked together to keep this important program going next year.”

December 7, 2009
Council Committee interviews 4 candidates recommended for Constantine vacancy in District 8
“Many qualified candidates came forward during the selection process. The citizens are well-represented at all levels of government by leaders who are willing to serve on the council while we face many difficult decisions. We look forward to selecting a person who will work collaboratively with all existing members on the council to serve the citizens regionally as well as locally.”

November 23, 2009
County Council approves three-year extension of jail contracts
“This agreement formalizes the cooperative relationship we wish to continue among the county and cities. It also acknowledges that we all will continue our efforts to plan for additional jail capacity and will utilize alternatives to detention in order to prioritize existing capacity for those who truly need to be detained.”

November 23, 2009
County Council gives its support to 520 floating bridge option that builds within existing footprint
“Many public facilities depend on this freeway for access, such as the University of Washington, the UW Hospital, Children’s Hospital and Husky Stadium. They need this integration of road and transit options.”

November 23, 2009
King County Council unanimously adopts 2010 Budget that keeps basic services on the streets, cuts costs, and increases efficiencies
“I am proud that with this budget, we have been able to ‘protect the protectors’ by funding the Sheriff and the courts at levels that cut no more than one percent from this year’s funding. We continue our commitment to offer alternatives to incarceration, such as our nationally recognized drug court as well as the mental health court, which will be expanded countywide. This budget shows compassion while reducing the cycle of crime and thereby saves lives and money in the criminal justice system.”

November 19, 2009
Criminal justice and bus service preserved in preliminary budget from County Council Budget Leadership Team
“Our proposed budget is a responsible plan that will keep deputies on the streets, supports the mental health and drug courts that have proven to be successful alternatives to incarceration and recognizes that farming and agriculture has a vital role in King County. This could not have been accomplished without the collaborative efforts of our separately elected officials and an Executive who allowed the most transparent budget process in decades.”

November 18, 2009
Domestic violence, sexual assault and legal aid programs saved in preliminary 2010 King County Budget
“These difficult economic times create additional stress for families. Regretfully, this can result in an increase in the incidence of domestic violence. Experts tell us only 1 in 18 survivors receives the kind of services they need to escape abuse and recover from assault. By meeting these important needs, this budget provides the basic human services that help the survivors of domestic violence and assist the criminal justice system.”

November 9, 2009
County Council sets January 31 deadline to close King County animal shelters
“For the welfare of homeless pets in King County, sheltering services should be provided by community animal welfare partners whose primary mission is to deliver humane care for homeless pets and find them forever homes.”

November 2, 2009
Council recognizes 30 Years of farmland preservation
“We want to have access to locally grown food in King County, and that means supporting local farmers so they can afford to continue farming their land. Locally grown food is fresher, healthier and requires fewer natural resources for transportation and packaging. A productive agricultural district is vital for the future of our region and our quality of life.”

October 19, 2009
Council authorizes emergency funding for relocation of County services and protection of County facilities in flood-threatened Green River Valley
“As an advocate for being prepared, I appreciate this thoughtful plan for moving the animals in our Kent shelter out of harm’s way due to the threat of severe flooding this winter. Because the warning period for flooding could be very short, we need to have a flexible and cost-effective plan for transferring our court operations as well as the animal shelter to temporary locations. I am confident that this framework will provide for the continuity of operations that still delivers responsive customer service in our court system and compassionate care for the animals in our custody.”

October 5, 2009
Councilmembers draw attention to domestic violence prevention
“It is important to remember the lives of these women and men, and also to encourage survivors as well as raising awareness about the continuing threat of domestic violence. I want others to know that they can survive this trauma and find success in life.”

October 5, 2009
Council told that interim repairs to federal Howard Hanson Dam expected to be done by November 1
“I am reassured that the County and the Corps are doing all they possibly can to limit the risk of flooding in the Green River Valley this winter.”

September 28, 2009
Council budget leadership commits to cutting costs while protecting vital services in 2010 County Budget
“This is a basic budget that keeps people safe, while funding treatment and prevention programs such as our nationally recognized Drug Court and Mental Health Court.”

September 9, 2009
Council briefed on relocation of Elections operations and public notification in Green River flood zone
“We can’t prevent Mother Nature from flooding us with stormwater, but we can reduce injury and loss of life by making sure everyone in the path of the water knows what to do to protect themselves.”

September 8, 2009
Council establishes fee waiver process for disposing of disaster debris
“I am pleased that we have learned from the challenges of past storms, and we now are prepared to respond immediately in the event of damaging storms this winter. King County will be able to make disposal options for storm debris available more easily for people who have suffered damage to their homes and property.”

August 31, 2009
Protecting pets: Council calls for disaster plan for County animal shelters
“Pet owners often are unwilling to leave their pets behind if evacuation is necessary, and that can result in injuries or loss of life. We have many resources that need to be coordinated to transport and shelter animals during an emergency, for the safety of our residents, their pets and livestock, and homeless and stray animals in our shelters.”

August 31, 2009
Council authorizes proactive emergency declaration in advance of potential flooding from Howard Hanson Dam
“It is my hope that we never have to use this authority to declare an emergency based on the threat of flooding, but this action is a proactive way to help save lives.”

August 31, 2009
Less paper, more technology will save money and trees
“As we look for new and more efficient ways to run government, King County needs to use every resource at its disposal to save materials and money. Expediting technology solutions can save staff time and printing expenses and make government more accessible to the citizens. This plan will allow King County to take advantage of technology advances that can provide operational efficiencies and reduce government costs.”

August 26, 2009
New risk of flooding from Howard Hanson Dam could threaten County facilities and require emergency relocations
“The Snoqualmie Valley has experienced record flooding several times in recent years, so we can share our experience as we deal with this threat in the Green River Valley.”

August 24, 2009
Lambert proposes cost savings with new labor policy
“Tough economic times call for a reasoned, logical approach to budgeting that focuses on finding savings rather than finding new money.”

July 30, 2009
Councilmembers call for comprehensive approach to close Metro Transit deficit
“This is a comprehensive approach to address Metro’s funding crisis as painlessly as possible. Voters cannot afford more taxes right now. We are committed to finding efficiencies at Metro and making the hard choices to keep the buses rolling.”

July 20, 2009
Lambert proposes using technology to save money
“King County needs to expedite technology solutions that make government more accessible to the citizens and to invest in electronic operations that save time and money.”

June 29, 2009
Council calls for new rules to balance salmon habitat with swimmer safety
“The development of these new rules will create a better balance in the protection of both the safety of our citizens that use our rivers and streams and fish habitat.”

June 15, 2009
County Council recognizes effort to shed light on elder abuse
“Sadly, many cases of elder abuse involve family members. Many older people who are victimized by partners feel ashamed, embarrassed, depressed and afraid to confide in friends and family. Financial security issues also prevent older women from reporting abuse. Fortunately, King County has many resources available to assist seniors experiencing abuse.”

May 26, 2009
Council approves new life for retired vans
“Over the years, van donations have helped our citizens in a variety of ways such as offering transportation options for senior citizens, creating transit options in areas like Skykomish which has no bus service, and helping connect children to tutoring services. The donation of these vans maximizes our resources and meaningfully assists our community organizations and citizens in need.”

May 18, 2009
Efficiency in government, public safety, health and human services, and physical environment
top Council’s 2010 budget priorities

“This motion prioritizes public safety for our local and regional governmental duties. Citizens need to feel safe in their homes, businesses, and in the community. This is a central role of government.”

May 11, 2009
Extension of homebuilding permits by County Council will aid struggling housing market
“Allowing this temporary extension of building permits keeps future development costs down, and that translates into savings for homebuyers as well. This is a common-sense, no-cost way for King County to stimulate restoration of construction jobs and production of affordable housing.”

May 4, 2009
Council moves swiftly to fund protection of Raging River open space
“The most efficient and important flood storage system is in all of our forests, which operate as sponges to soak up stormwater. Preserving this corridor and this forest will help limit flooding for future generations.”

May 4, 2009
Council recognizes May as Arts Education Month in King County
“We are fortunate to have a community so rich in fine and performing arts and cultural institutions that share their vision with students. When finances are short, arts often are the first things to be cut from budgets, but we applaud the advocates who tirelessly remind us how arts education is valuable and essential for student success.”

April 24, 2009
Councilmember Lambert presents proclamation in honor of SIDS Awareness Day
“Because SIDS deaths continue to occur, it is so important to educate parents of infants about prevention methods. Providing a safe sleep environment – in a crib with no blankets, toys, bumpers or bedding – is one of the most important things that parents, grandparents and caregivers can do to keep their infants safe and healthy.”

April 23, 2009
Three Eastside efforts earn Green Globe Awards
“These model efforts are teaching children, parents and the public about the need for sustainable practices and the benefits not only to our environment but also to our economy and quality of life.”

April 6, 2009
King County Council implements greater transparency in County budget numbers
“Citizens are watching every penny in their own budgets, and they should be just as informed about the expenditure of their tax dollars. These expanded reporting requirements will allow more informed public response to our budget proposals. More transparency is a big step toward increasing public engagement in our budgeting process.”

March 17, 2009
King County Council among national leaders in providing online access to its meetings
“King County provides some of the most basic of all government functions, from buses to courts and jails, and it is wonderful to enable citizens to participate in our democracy by watching from the comfort of their homes at all hours of the day and night and seeing for themselves how we are working for them."

March 9, 2009
Stockpiled sandbags, better communication and faster cleanup top County Council’s response
to future floods

“It is important for all Councilmembers to learn about what worked and what can be improved from our flood survivors – the experts. We were able to translate the many suggestions into action items in a very short period of time. This is a model example of democracy in action, which will make us better prepared for the next disaster.”

March 4, 2009
King County Councilmembers praise court victory against rural clearing limits in the Critical Areas Ordinance
“The state Supreme Court is to be commended for acknowledging that one size does not fit all properties when it comes to environmental issues. With this resolution, we now can get down to work on regulations that are flexible enough to protect the environment and also respect private property rights.”

March 2, 2009
County celebrates Women’s History Month
“It’s exciting to realize that young women now grow up dreaming to be a doctor, the president of a corporation, or even a councilmember. I enjoy seeing what my daughters and granddaughters are doing and planning to do with career and family choices. Women have such varied experiences, such as being inventors, authors, scientists and astronauts, and in Washington state we have one of the highest ratios of women elected officials. This progress in equity allows everyone’s contributions and ideas to come together to make a balanced society.”

February 10, 2009
Lambert to unveil flood response proposals at Town Hall meeting in Carnation
At the Metropolitan King County Council’s Town Hall meeting Wednesday in Carnation, Councilmember Kathy Lambert will unveil two flood response proposals she is co-sponsoring to help flood-prone communities limit damage and speed recovery.

January 28, 2009
After the storms: County Council Town Hall to review response to flooding and severe weather
“After touring flooded homes in the Snoqualmie Valley, and being snowbound during the holidays, I heard and thought of many ideas about how we can be better prepared for winter weather emergencies. I know that many residents in the Snoqualmie Valley still are cleaning up after the flood disaster earlier this month. I look forward to learning more from the experts, our citizens, about how the county can improve the preparation for disasters and better coordinate recovery efforts, as well as what was successful.”

January 27, 2009
Council told of first drop in County jail population in five years
“Society benefits in many ways, from lower costs to lower crime rates, when alternatives to incarceration such as treatment for substance abuse and mental illness keep people from becoming involved in the criminal justice system. We are helping to break the cycle in and out of jail.”

January 26, 2009
Free flood debris disposal extended
“With flood waters still lingering for weeks in some areas, these homeowners need additional time to clean up after this disaster, and King County is ready to assist with debris disposal.”

January 12, 2009
Council waives bidding requirements for emergency repairs from flooding and snowstorms
“For residents who have experienced some of the highest water flows in decades, this opportunity to dispose of flood-damaged debris will help in the recovery from the devastation.”

January 5, 2009
Council to review agreement with Department of Justice on improvements at the King County Jail
“The negotiations with the Department of Justice will provide opportunities to continue to improve and implement more current standards in some areas. With timelines based on outcomes, the jail will be able to show it already has attained many successes.”

December 8, 2008
Rural businesses receive a boost: County Council provides flexibility for home-based retail sales
“In this age of technology, some business can be done in-home without impacting neighbors. Local sales of equipment and supplies needed in the rural area will also help ease traffic congestion by reducing the amount of driving needed to access these resources. This revision brings our land-use codes in line with technological advances for retail sales.”

November 24, 2008
Budget focuses on criminal justice, human services and local government priorities
“Our priorities for public safety, health and our quality of life were applied to every decision.”

November 24, 2008
Highest priorities of public safety, health and quality of life protected by the King County Council in 2009 adopted budget
“We were able to restore full funding for alternative sentencing programs that help criminal justice and human services work together to save money, reduce recidivism and change lives. We also restored important local government services to rural residents by keeping Sheriff’s office storefronts and units that fight drug and gang activities, and by maintaining agriculture and forestry units that support our valuable natural resources.”

November 17, 2008
Council finds savings in Metro budget that enable delay of half of bus fare increase
“This effort to bring fare box recovery to our target rate will help our Transit Division weather the volatility of fuel prices, as well as ensure continued service on existing routes.”

November 14, 2008
Farm pads used to save livestock from flooding
“Amid the dangers of the flooding, it was very encouraging to hear reports and to see video and news coverage of farms where animals had been saved by taking refuge on the higher ground created by a farm pad.”

November 14, 2008
Major public safety, construction and repair projects are completed ahead of schedule
“Our new projects performed well during the recent floods. This year’s repairs to the Mason-Thorson Levee, on the Snoqualmie River, were important in helping to prevent flooding in North Bend. Our work is making a difference already.”

November 14, 2008
Councilmember Lambert recognizes Adoption Day
“Adoptive families can provide the kind of stability and caring that makes a powerful difference in the life of a child. This is our chance to thank and congratulate all adoptive families who have welcomed a child into their home, and to reach out to other adults and encourage them to consider adoption.”

November 7, 2008
Citizen panel praised for recommendations that paid off with a smooth day at the polls
“In the past four years, we have refocused our elections system on counting votes like banks count money, with accuracy, security and reconciliation.”

November 3, 2008
Council suspends “Walk and Bike” employee incentive program to save money in general fund
“We need to weigh all programs in light of public safety and service delivery to citizens. The timing for this is just not right.”

October 27, 2008
Statement from County Council leadership on unpaid employee furlough
The legislative branch is committed to making similar sacrifices and ensure that every agency does its part to preserve core services.

October 27, 2008
“Extinction is not an option” in fight to save Puget Sound orcas and salmon
“The marine ecosystem needs attention, but the vast scope of that challenge is not something King County can tackle alone. All of our partners need to share in the commitment to ensuring that salmon and orcas can continue to survive in Puget Sound.”

October 22, 2008
Employee incentive program targeted for budget savings
“The County Executive is expanding this incentive program at a time we are contemplating cuts to programs such as drug enforcement, domestic violence, child custody kidnappings, vice, and police investigations. It is clear that protecting the public needs to take a higher priority than encouraging walking or biking to work.”

October 20, 2008
Audit recommends improvements in King County code enforcement to improve relations with property owners
“This audit validates many of the ongoing concerns that residents of the unincorporated area have shared with me about inconsistency in dealing with and communicating about compliance actions.”

October 20, 2008
County Council makes room for athletics, model airplanes and general public use at Sixty Acres Park
“Parks has developed agreements with many groups to share in the efforts to keep our county green and open for public usage and exercise. I hope soon we will see that, with cooperation and teamwork, we all can enjoy the wonderful area of Sixty Acres.”

October 20, 2008
County Council creates Advisory Committee to monitor $4 billion King County Investment Pool
“It always is important to take advantage of all the financial expertise that is available to us in order to safeguard King County’s investments, especially during turbulent financial periods.”

September 30, 2008
Twelve things King County can do now to cut expenses and narrow budget shortfall
“Providing basic services to citizens needs to be our priority as we examine the expenditures in our budget.”

September 23, 2008
County Council, local farmers celebrate harvest
“Locally grown food is fresher, healthier and requires fewer natural resources for transportation and packaging. We are fortunate to have such productive agricultural areas so close and accessible to our large urban centers. The Harvest Celebration is a good opportunity to recognize the contributions of farmers to our quality of life.”

September 22, 2008
Councilmembers draw attention to domestic violence prevention
“Among women, domestic violence also is the leading cause of death in the workplace. It is important to remember the lives of these women, and also to encourage survivors as well as raising awareness about the continuing threat of domestic violence.”

August 4, 2008
Council adopts public safety, health and quality of life as top priorities for 2009 budget deliberations
“King County has an obligation to provide local government services to those who live outside of incorporated cities.”

July 28, 2008
East King County won’t get Regional Voting Center
“Some of the voters in these areas have never voted by mail and want to be able to continue voting in person. If we are going to make our elections accessible, we should do it in a meaningful manner that serves King County’s rural areas as well as the urban core.”

July 28, 2008
One more proposed King County Charter amendment placed on November ballot
“It is important that the amendment process remain accessible to the people so that our government can continue to serve our changing needs, and I believe the extending the signature-gathering period meets those needs.”

July 28, 2008
Public safety, health and quality of life proposed as top priorities for Council’s 2009 budget deliberations
“For 368,000 citizens, we are their city council and the direct provider of police, roads and land-use services. After hearing from many of our residents in unincorporated areas, I am committed to ensuring our budget puts a priority on funding adequate service levels to protect public safety and health for those who depend on King County.”

July 10, 2008
Council Republicans call for repeal of Critical Area Ordinance’s rural area clearing limits
“Thousands of families who live in rural King County have been prohibited from using their property, even when that property does not have critical areas. This unanimous court decision gives us an opportunity to revisit this county policy and create a strategy that balances environmental concerns and private property rights.”

July 7, 2008
County Council Republicans hail court reversal of Critical Areas Ordinance
“With this ruling, private property no longer will be unlawfully encumbered by the County’s far-reaching Critical Areas Ordinance. This ruling will help raise discussions and awareness, as well as define best available science and how to lawfully protect the environment. We need a better balance between the environment, what is scientifically proven, what protects farming, and our citizens’ property rights.”

July 7, 2008
Council calls for extension of regional jail contract and joint strategy with cities on future jail needs
“For many non-violent offenders with drug and alcohol addictions, treatment instead of punishment is less expensive and also more effective and compassionate. Working with our city and state partners, we can expand community corrections options and integrate our criminal justice systems to keep costs and crime rates down.”

June 30, 2008
Farm pads now a permanent protection in Agricultural Production Districts
“After seeing the devastation to Snoqualmie Valley farms caused by the November 2006 flooding, I am pleased that King County has been able to work with our farmers to provide this solution. If constructed under these specific standards, farm pads are proven protections against agricultural flood losses that do not make flooding worse.”

June 23, 2008
Conservation and athletic fields in store for portion of Tollgate Farm
“With the transfer of Tollgate Farm Park to the City of North Bend, this 13.7-acre piece of the of 356-acre historic site will allow a wider variety of relaxation and recreational uses for Snoqualmie Valley residents. This is an excellent way to showcase this valuable resource as a regional recreational gem."

June 9, 2008
County Council approves grant plan for pedestrian improvements on Issaquah-Fall City Road
“Right now, students must walk on the narrow paved shoulder with no separation from traffic on the 45 mph roadway. These improvements will become even more urgent when the school is converted to a middle school in the fall of 2009, and students as young as 11 years old will be walking to school.”

June 2, 2008
Twelve amendments to County Charter put before King County Council for ballot consideration
“Many of the issues brought forth by the Commission continue to be debated, and then will be presented to the citizens. The charter is our constitution, and it needs to be updated to meet the growing needs of our county.”

May 27, 2008
Farm Pad project helps protect Snoqualmie Valley farms against flooding
“The Snoqualmie Valley is subjected to regular flooding that damages crops, drowns livestock and destroys farm equipment, hay, seeds, bulbs and farm supplies. If constructed under these specific standards, farm pads are proven protections against agricultural flood losses that do not exacerbate flooding.”

May 27, 2008
County Council confirms members of advisory committee on permitting
“It is important that citizen oversight occur to ensure DDES upholds fairness, consistency and reasonableness in its permitting policies and processes.”

May 12, 2008
Council places Skykomish Fire District annexation vote on August ballot
“I am pleased that this remote community within King County will have the opportunity to vote on better access to fire protection and medical services.”

May 5, 2008
Council preserves options for rail and trail in historic agreement with Port to bring Eastside Rail Corridor into public ownership
“For economic sustainability, we need to continue using this resource both for transportation and for freight traffic. It is exciting to see the bicycle, trail and transportation communities come together with a multimodal vision for this corridor.”

March 24, 2008
More bus service on major routes throughout the county thanks to new transit partnerships
“I’m excited to have more bus hours coming to the Eastside. As gas prices increase, we need to expand the transportation options available.”

March 17, 2008
Council weighs future of County animal shelters after hearing a second disturbing report
“This scathing report should serve as a catalyst for reorganization of the service delivery system, and perhaps even a charter amendment providing the Council a role in holding department heads accountable, so that we can prevent this kind of failure from occurring again in the future.”

March 10, 2008
Sammamish park transfer meets growing need for Eastside playfields
“With this transfer of 30 acres to the City of Sammamish, King County lives up to its agreement to share this jewel of a park among diverse needs, and the City of Sammamish takes on responsibility for developing the county’s master planned area for active recreation needs.”

March 6, 2008
Technology innovations bring awards to King County Superior Court and District Court
“This project simplifies access to legal records, saves money, and serves the cause of justice. Computerized records are an important step in streamlining court procedures and making records available to all involved parties. This concept is exactly what technology should be used to accomplish.”

Feb. 25, 2008
Property owners have new avenue of appeal of County permit fees
“This new procedure will improve the county’s responsiveness to our customers and ensure that they have an important opportunity for their concerns to be heard.”

Jan. 28, 2008
Oversight panel will improve security at Courthouse and County agencies
“I am very concerned about reports of security-related incidents by people and employees using the King County Courthouse and other County offices in downtown Seattle.”

January 21, 2008
Lambert among those honored for protection of cultural resources -- Woodinville Weekly
The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation has announced the recipients of its third annual Landmark Deeds Award for Public Service.

Jan. 7, 2008
Human services, public health highlight King County’s 2008 State Legislative Agenda
“Housing production must catch up with population and job growth while also protecting our natural resources and open spaces. We can produce badly needed affordable housing if the state is willing to fully implement the balance between these goals directed by the Growth Management Act.”

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