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King County Executive
Dow Constantine


2018

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At a time of unprecedented growth, we are embracing and leading change: Executive Constantine announces biennial budget with investments in housing, transit, and the environment
King County Executive Dow Constantine announced his proposed 2019-2020 budget, which funds more than 60 lines of business. The $11.6 billion package restructures county government and makes investments in tackling homelessness, expanding the Executive’s Clean Water and Healthy Habitat Agenda, and making sure Metro Transit continues to serve an ever-increasing number of passengers.

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King County forecasts dire community impacts of new White House immigration policy
A new proposal announced by the Department of Homeland Security seeks to make it more difficult to come to the United States and obtain residency if immigrants receive some forms of public assistance. King County officials say local public health could be at risk.

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Proposed budget for King County Sheriff’s Office: Public safety investments that focus on gang violence, prevention, and community partnerships
In his proposed 2019-2020 budget, King County Executive Dow Constantine provides funding for a new gang detective and sergeant to help combat gang violence, educate families on gang recruitment, and work with other community partners on prevention.

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Re-thinking the juvenile legal system: new investments on the Road to Zero Youth Detention
King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the completed report, Road Map to Zero Youth Detention – a strategic plan to guide future investments and policies to support families and further reduce the number of young people involved in the legal system. In his proposed 2019-2020 budget, Executive Constantine includes funding to help expand solutions to improve community safety and help young people thrive.

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Executive Constantine honors this year's Best Small Business Award winners in King County
Seven small businesses from King County were honored at the eighth annual King County Executive's Small Business Awards on Thursday at Bellevue's Meydenbauer Center. The winners were chosen by judges from chambers of commerce around the region.

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New Department of Local Services will meet the unique needs of unincorporated King County residents starting Jan. 1
The new King County Department of Local Services will begin serving the nearly 250,000 residents of unincorporated King County starting Jan. 1 after the King County Council unanimously approved the proposal by Executive Dow Constantine.

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DCHS Director Adrienne Quinn to teach leadership at University of Washington after major accomplishments as a member of Executive Constantine’s Cabinet
Executive Dow Constantine thanked Adrienne Quinn for her performance as the director of King County’s Department of Community and Human Services after she accepted a position as a Distinguished Practitioner at the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Policy & Governance. Her accomplishments included designing Executive Constantine’s Best Starts for Kids initiative and applying the principles of Results Based Accountability.

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Executive Constantine releases statement on action by King County Council on lodging tax
King County Executive Dow Constantine's statement on the Council-approved lodging tax package

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King County Metro will offer an additional 150 trips on more than 50 routes each weekday, the eighth service increase since 2015
For the eighth time since 2015, King County Metro will increase bus service countywide to provide faster, more reliable service on some of the most popular routes. It will provide more peak service in Auburn, Renton, and Bellevue, more frequent service into downtown Seattle on popular routes such as the RapidRide E Line and Route 40, and expanded peak-hour service in West Seattle.

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Executive Constantine: The Seattle Storm have joined an elite group of professional sports teams
King County Executive Dow Constantine today issued the following statement after the Seattle Storm defeated the Washington Mystics to win the WNBA Finals.

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Executive Constantine announces expansion of promising LEAD diversion program to Burien, other King County cities
King County Executive Dow Constantine announced that his 2019-2020 budget proposal includes $3.1 million to expand Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) to three King County cities, beginning with Burien.

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Somali Health Board honored with Executive's Award for Community Resilience
King County Executive Dow Constantine chose the Somali Health Board to receive the eighth annual Executive's Award for Community Resilience, based on their community approach to healthcare, disaster preparedness, and emergency response.

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Now open: King County leads celebration of four new miles of Eastside Rail Corridor Trail, linking Renton with Bellevue
Stretching four miles along the eastern shore of Lake Washington from Renton to Bellevue, the southernmost segment of the Eastside Rail Corridor Trail is the newest addition to King County’s world-class regional trail system.

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Results for America praises King County’s revolutionary new approach to creating community partnerships
Researchers at a national research and policy organization are sharing their case study of King County’s transformative new approach to creating partnerships with community organizations with metropolitan regions across the country.

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King County pilots innovative solutions for shelter, permanent housing
King County Executive Dow Constantine announced three housing projects to pilot a construction method that is less expensive and faster than traditional building. King County is pioneering modular housing to provide more options to those seeking temporary shelter as well as a permanent place to live.

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Sub Pop Records CEO: ‘It would have been impossible to bring that many people to our festival without the help of the King County Water Taxi’
Event organizers for Sub Pop Record’s 30th anniversary celebration on Alki Beach praised King County Water Taxi’s flexibility for helping thousands of concert-goers enjoy the biggest one-day event in West Seattle’s history without having to fight traffic congestion.

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Increasing home-visiting services so more parents and caregivers have the support they need
Executive Constantine’s Best Starts for Kids initiative is providing more parents and caregivers the support they need to get their children off to a strong healthy start in life by providing a wide range of services provided by community partners during home visits.

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King County Metro named the best large transit system in North America
The nation’s foremost transit association named King County Metro the best large transit system in North America, citing achievements in ridership, safety, innovation, equity, and sustainability over the past three years.

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King County launches research vessel to join emergency Puget Sound orca recovery effort
King County Executive Dow Constantine directed King County’s marine research vessel, SoundGuardian, to join the state, federal and tribal coalition that has come together to rescue the endangered residents of Puget Sound’s orca population.

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Thirty-eight senior centers countywide will have more accessible facilities and expanded programs with a $3.5 million investment by King County
King County is preparing for the region’s growing senior population by stabilizing senior centers countywide with investments totaling nearly $3.5 million to enhance facilities, improve outreach and accessibility for underserved or isolated seniors, and support program enhancements, all thanks to funding from the voter-approved Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy.

King County Executive
Dow Constantine
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