King County Executive
Jails and youth detention end some COVID-19 disruptions, continuing commitment to improving conditions
A series of urgent actions to improve the conditions of people in custody and staff is taking place at King County’s adult jails, youth detention facility, and community corrections programs. The Department of Adult & Juvenile Detention (DAJD) is seeking to lessen disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic, while also supporting frontline staff during a period of historically high vacancies.
Mayor Harrell and Executive Constantine announce new agreement on City Hall Park
Under new agreement, the City of Seattle will retain ownership of City Hall Park, and the previously agreed to land swap agreement would be cancelled.
King County will preserve existing SODO shelter, redirect Services Hub expansion funds toward other investments to house or shelter people faster
King County will maintain the current lease for the Salvation Army-operated shelter in SODO, preserving 24/7 enhanced shelter for 270 residents, while redirecting resources that were going to expand services at the site to invest in other projects across the region that can bring unsheltered people inside faster. King County will use remaining parts of the SODO property for other county purposes.
Executive Constantine launches ‘It’s a Great Day to Ride Metro’ rewards program
King County Executive Dow Constantine launched a rewards program for residents and visitors as part of the “It’s a great day to ride Metro” transit ridership campaign. New riders can earn points and then redeem them for discounts on future trips, and bike- and scooter-share services.
Executive Constantine announces launch of new Best Starts Child Care Subsidy – applications open now
King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the Best Starts Child Care Subsidy program is accepting applications – a $160 million investment over the next six years that has the potential to reach 2,000 families annually across King County.
‘The clearest call ever for immediate climate action’: Executive Constantine announces new actions to rapidly reduce countywide greenhouse gas emissions
Executive Constantine’s proposed budget includes actions to decrease countywide greenhouse gas emissions at a faster pace as an analysis of the Puget Sound region shows an urgent need for collective action to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
Outreach Team Selected to Support Local Small Businesses
In partnership with the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and the Port of Seattle, King County announced a set of organizations that will serve local small businesses through the Community Business Connector program to ensure equitable economic recovery.