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June 13, 2023
McDermott awards Martin Luther King Medal of Distinguished Service to Sili Savusa
Sili Savusa has been a force for positive change and community her entire life, and we’ve been so fortunate to have her bringing that skill and passion to White Center over the last decade. Sili’s impact in White Center has been undeniable – with thousands of families uplifted, businesses supported, and organizations buoyed by her leadership and friendship. 

Jan. 20, 2023
McDermott will not seek re-election
King County Councilmember Joe McDermott announced Friday that he will not seek reelection in 2023. McDermott, who joined the King County Council in 2010, will stay on the council through the end of his current term. 

Nov. 10, 2022
Council makes major investments in economic recovery, community safety & public safety on Metro transit, adds inflation funding for human service providers
“Earlier this year, the Council committed to deliver a budget that helps the region recover and thrive by addressing the underlying inequities laid bare by this pandemic. That is what we’ve done today. Along with other key investments, the addition of the $35 million Equitable Recovery Initiative addressing the core challenges exacerbated by the pandemic – affordable housing, economic recovery, behavioral health needs and homelessness support – transforms the County budget into what we promised.”

July 26, 2022
Council approves creation of permanent gun, ammo return program
“The statistics are tragically clear – firearm ownership is a dangerous reality for individuals and families. King County has a duty to promote the safety of all residents, and we must provide an opportunity to safely rid themselves of firearms if they wish to do so. This is one of many steps needed to continue the work to eliminate the horror and tragedy of gun violence in our region, I look forward to the Sherriff’s work to implement this important program.”

May 10, 2022
Council declares Roe v. Wade ‘the law of the land,’ pledges support for reproductive freedom
The King County Council on Tuesday passed legislation declaring its support for reproductive freedom and that the Roe v. Wade decision, even if overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, is the “law of the land” In King County. 

December 7, 2021
Massive Health Through Housing Measure Approved by King County Council
“Health through Housing gives our region new tools to address homelessness and the economic, racial, institutional, and historic inequities that accompany it,” said King County Council Vice Chair Joe McDermott. “While I am proud that today’s action carries forward King County’s commitment to addressing the systemic barriers that create vast disparities in our community and a regional response to this crisis, what matters the most is that this investment will help bring 1,600 people living unsheltered today inside to a safe, warm, and secure home.”

November 23, 2021
McDermott applauds $2 million for White Center fire recovery, added funds for Sheriff’s overtime, economic development staff
“This investment in economic recovery will have a tangible impact on how the County can support the White Center community in the year ahead. From the pandemic to long-standing challenges for legacy businesses, this economic emergency brought on by the fires this year only heightened the need to ensure White Center can maintain an equitable, thriving community in the years ahead. I greatly appreciate my colleagues’ support for this community that, while struggling now, has incredible potential.”

November 2, 2021
Vashon Island Resident Awarded MLK Medal of Distinguished Service
“Alejandra is a champion for people of Vashon Island and King County as a whole. From co-founding Comunidad Latina de Vashon to organizing the Unincorporated BIPOC Economic Alliance, she has continued to lift up community during the pandemic.”

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
“We are not out of the pandemic yet, but we can continue supporting an economic recovery that helps those worst hit by this pandemic. Supporting women of color, veterans and others most impacted by the pandemic, we will be investing in a workforce program that will provide pathways to good paying, secure jobs in the healthcare industry here in King County. All of this is good for people who need an opportunity to thrive in this economic recovery while developing a robust community health infrastructure that can support all our neighbors in the coming years.”

April 27, 2021
King County fireworks ban approved by full council
“While there are plenty of good reasons to support a full ban on consumer fireworks, I am driven by the tragic loss of life and property in White Center in 2019. It is past time for King County to do what most cities and parks have already done. People in unincorporated King County deserve the same protections as those living in cities.”

April 20, 2021
Council sends Best Starts for Kids levy renewal to voters with unanimous approval
“Over the past five years, Best Starts for Kids has been developed and driven by families, community members and community organizations into an overwhelming success. This foundational and impactful work has meant more support for kids and young adults, security for families and stronger communities – a thriving county and region for all residents. I’m thrilled to send voters the opportunity to renew this levy for another six years.”

March 26, 2021
McDermott calls for Sheriff’s resignation
"...The email Sheriff Johanknecht sent regarding recent legal developments ignored this reality and was, in the most charitable light one might muster, disrespectful to the young person who was killed, to his family and to our entire community. Dismissing as ‘emotion’ the well documented disproportionate negative impacts policing and systemic racism has had on communities of color across our country, including here in King County, adds insult to injury..." 

March 24, 2021
Statement on Settlement Regarding Tommy Le Shooting
“The painful loss of Tommy’s life cannot be made right, but I hope the conclusion of this particular legal process might allow his family to move toward some peace. Tommy’s killing shed a bright and tragic light on the need for accountability and reform in the King County Sheriff’s Office and how we envision providing safety within our communities. I’ll continue to hold Tommy’s memory close as we move forward with implementing the reform of the Sherriff’s office that King County voters demanded last November.”

January 5, 2021
Balducci re-elected Chair as council embarks on busy new year
“Residents of King County deserve and expect us to tackle important challenges that will help us recover from this pandemic and thrive once we get through the worst of it in the years ahead. With this monumental amount of work ahead, I’m proud of the work we’ve done to ensure that our work at the council in 2021 remains as accessible as possible to the residents of King County as we continue to endure necessary restrictions on operating in-person."

November 17, 2020
McDermott secures critical investments in approved County budget
“Public investment will be key to helping our communities through these challenging times. And while the county’s revenue due to the economic crisis brought on by the pandemic has been hit hard, I’m very happy that we’re able to make key investments around District 8 to fight for a just, equitable and thriving King County in the years ahead.”

October 13, 2020
Council Passes Unprecedented Funding to Create Supportive Housing
“...This unprecedented investment will provide a stable and long-term funding stream to house upwards of 2,000 people living chronically homeless, as well as behavioral health care. People experiencing chronic homelessness are bearing the brunt of inequality in our region and need housing and support services to empower their path to health and stability.” 

October 5, 2020
Board of Health Chair McDermott: Trump is Irresponsibly Wrong About COVID-19
"...“For any leader to say, ‘Don’t be afraid of COVID’ is irresponsible and puts lives at risk if we take that statement seriously. This is not a partisan issue. This is dire public health issue. And a deeply personal issue to the families of over 760 people in King County who have lost their lives to this terrible virus..."

August 14, 2020
McDermott-led Scooter Pilot Launches in White Center, Adds Low-cost Local Travel Option
“From the Greenbridge YWCA over to Moonshot Café and up to Salvadorean Bakery, there are a lot of essential trips throughout White Center and North Highline. I’m excited that electric scooters can be a part of connecting our community – from businesses, community centers, parks and transit..."

June 23, 2020
COVID Reopening Could Look Very Different in Portions of King County
“Let’s seize our opportunity to support innovative business ideas. As King County advances through the state’s Safe Start phases, we as a County should do all we can within these Public Health guidelines to support recovery in our communities. I envision great outdoor possibilities in White Center and on Vashon!”

June 18, 2020
Board of Health Chair McDermott Issues Statement on Resolution Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis
“The strain of racism that Black, indigenous and other people of color in our community live with every day leads to differences in health and well-being, opportunities for employment, education, and housing, and truly is a public health crisis. Our action today places anti-racism, already a cornerstone of the work of Seattle-King County Department of Public Health, at the foundation of the Board’s policies and programs that reach across every community in Martin Luther King Jr. County.”

May 12, 2020
Council Approves $60M for Continued COVID-19 Response
“This budget package marks the start of our work to support the economic recovery of our hardest hit communities, while continuing important public health programming to fight the spread of COVID 19. I was proud to have run the amendment that doubled the amount of financial support proposed going specifically to the unincorporated King County business community. This initial investment in chambers of commerce, community organizations and direct grants to small businesses with a strong focus on equity for our neighbors who have been historically disadvantaged is a crucial piece of the puzzle the county can contribute in the broader recovery effort we face as a region, state and country in the months ahead.”

April 15, 2020
McDermott Issues Statement on News that West Seattle Bridge Not to be Repaired Until at Least 2022 – If at All
“I am utterly stunned. The City owes us all an explanation on how on earth it let this much deterioration to Seattle’s most used arterial slip by and reach this point. The West Seattle bridge plays a vital role not only to the 100,000 people who live on the west side of the Duwamish, but to our entire state’s economy as a thoroughfare for trade and agriculture. This must be every state legislator’s top priority after dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, beginning in any special session that occurs this year..."

March 23, 2020
Councilmember McDermott Issues Statement on Closure of West Seattle Bridge
"While everyone should be staying home to save lives if they can, this will certainly be a major change to how those of us in West Seattle move through our region. We must plan accordingly, and in the meantime stay at home to keep our roads clear for those who need them the most." 

February 27, 2020
King County Fireworks Ban Proposed by Councilmember McDermott
“The tragic death last 4th of July in White Center demonstrates the true danger to public health posed by fireworks. While I understand that fireworks are a time-honored tradition in our country, we must recognize that unincorporated King County remains as one of the last jurisdictions in our region where you can legally purchase and discharge fireworks without a permit. We must do everything we can to protect our residents from further human tragedies, as well protect our natural areas from the increased risk of wildfire due to climate change.”

February 25, 2020
McDermott awards Martin Luther King Medal of Distinguished Service to Michael J. Scott
“Michael Scott’s work at Swedish Hospital and as an SEIU 1199NW Union Delegate exemplifies the spirit of the Martin Luther King Medal of Distinguished Service. These awards provide us an opportunity to honor unsung heroes like Michael who have shown a commitment to improving the lives of those around them, while typically receiving little recognition for the good they do every day.”

September 18, 2019
Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff Provides Update on Federal Way and Tacoma Dome Link Extensions: 15 minutes from Future Federal Way Station to Sea-Tac Airport
Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff joined the September “Good Eggs” breakfast at Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club in Federal Way, discussing ways to provide transit options for the 1.8 million new people projected to move to the region by 2050. 

September 17, 2019
Federal Way Boys and Girls Club Breakfast Raises over $40,000 for South King County Youth 
This year’s annual Federal Way “Breakfast for Kids” was held at the Ex3 Ron Sandwith Teen Center in Federal Way. Tod Leiweke, President and CEO of NHL Seattle joined this year’s breakfast as the keynote speaker.

June 26, 2019
County Council Confirms Members of Task Force focused on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation 
“It’s worth noting that we are appointing the Gender Identity Task Force on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. The riots, which began the modern Civil Rights movement for the LGBTQ+ community, were led by drag queens, so continuing this work in this way is fitting for our past and future.” 

May 15, 2019
County employees sent into “working retirement”
“Providing transportation for the people they serve can be a huge obstacle for agencies with tight budgets. The van transfer program has been a massive success throughout my time on the Council, giving us the opportunity to repurpose resources to meet the needs of communities throughout the County.” 

May 9, 2019
Seattle City CM Juarez Confirmed to Sound Transit Board
“Councilmember Juarez steps in to our work at Sound Transit at a critical juncture for the future of transit in our region. Her experience with complex capital projects as well as bringing often overlooked community voices into the public process will serve Sound Transit and our residents very well. I’m excited to work with her in the coming year.” 

April 24, 2019
County Council recognizes April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month
“We must continue to do everything we can to advocate for survivors and promote a healthy dialogue around sexual violence. Only by raising awareness and supporting those who are willing to speak out can we stamp out sexual assault once and for all.” 

March 27, 2019
Responding to the rise of Islamophobia
“The xenophobia spread from the highest office in our country has had devastating, real impacts on real people – our friends, family and neighbors of the Muslim faith. Publicly calling out islamophobia today is an important step. We must continue to reinforce core programs like the Immigrant and Refugee Resilience fund and constantly assess how we are living up to our commitment to being a Welcoming County for all residents.”

February 27, 2019
Councilmember McDermott presents Renèe Hopkins MLK Medal of Distinguished Service for efforts on responsible gun ownership
“With a network of grassroots volunteers, Renèe spends her days behind the scenes honoring the voices of everyday people who want our communities safe from gun violence.” 

November 15, 2018
Groundbreaking Gun Legislation Passes Board of Health
“We need to be open and honest about the harm that guns can cause. This means acknowledging there is risk in owning a gun, often for the people who live in the home that gun is intended to protect.”

November 13, 2018
King County Council Chair McDermott’s regional and district priorities pass in County’s Biennial Budget
Working to ensure a safe, welcoming and equitable county was a top priority for Metropolitan King County Council Chair Joe McDermott

November 13, 2018
Gang Unit and Massive Investments in Housing, Homeless Services, and Transportation Headline Budget
“I am proud of the Council’s work to produce a biennial budget that moves King County forward. With funding for the Gun Safety Action Plan to keep residents safe, support for immigrants and refugees, affordable housing and homelessness services, and equitable transit, I am pleased that we’ve made smart, strategic investments that ensure King County is an equitable, growing and welcoming county for all families.”

November 5, 2018
Anita Khandelwal confirmed as Director of Public Defense
“I am pleased to confirm Anita Khandelwal’s appointment as the Director of King County Public Defense. Her experience as a public defender, the respect she’s earned from her peers and her commitment to justice make her a model candidate for the role.”  

October 16, 2018
Statement on Comments Made to KUOW
“The comments made related to sexual assault by our colleague do not represent the King County Council. We believe victims. We stand with survivors. We believe the past matters. We call on fellow elected officials to work together to end gender-based violence in all forms. While the #MeToo movement has spurred what are certainly difficult and nuanced conversations, there is absolutely no room for justification, invalidation, and victim blaming.”

October 4, 2018
Council Recognizes Rescue on Elliott Bay
“It’s an honor to know Captain Bearden, Ms. Cook and Mr. McDougall. These are true professional public servants. Their skillful response to a dangerous situation should give confidence to everyone in King County that we’re in excellent hands on this very important regional transit service.” 

October 1, 2018
Celebrating talent in all forms
“Families and communities within King County are enriched by the diversity and perspective of those living with a disability. We must continue to strive to address the injustices that linger and remove the barriers that remain, so that all lives are equally valued, no matter ability.” 

September 24, 2018
Bottom Line: Lack of diapers is a comfort AND health issue
“Each year we highlight Diaper Need Awareness week at the Council to bring attention a problem that too many families struggle with in King County. It is vital for the health of young children to have access to an adequate supply of diapers, and organizations like Westside Baby and Eastside Baby Corner do wonderful work to ensure that no children and families go without.”  

September 11, 2018
Safe Storage, Other Gun Measures Pass Committee
The Law & Justice Committee sends gun safety measures to full Council for consideration.

September 5, 2018
McDermott-Balducci Compromise Passes Council Committee
A compromise piece of legislation brokered by King County Councilmembers Joe McDermott and Claudia Balducci has passed out of the council’s nine member Committee of the Whole and will head to a full council meeting for approval later this month.

August 20, 2018
Metro Transit to become independent county department
“General Manager Rob Gannon is an excellent choice to lead Metro Transit. I trust that he, along with the incredible staff at Metro, will continue providing first-rate transit service while pushing to improve regional mobility.”  

July 23, 2018
“Retiring” county employees prepare for new adventures
“I am pleased to award the vans to deserving recipients again this year, as access to a reliable vehicle can increase access to vital services and programs.” 

June 26, 2018
Increased patrols for 4th of July
“We want everyone to have a fun, and most importantly safe, celebration for Independence Day.”  

June 25, 2018
New Harassment, Discrimination Policies Requested by Council
“As a County, we strive to ensure that our region is a safe and welcoming place for everyone. This legislation further embeds those values into our workplace.”

June 18, 2018
Council: End immediately Trump policy separating mothers and children
“The Trump Administration’s outrageous policy of separating families arriving at our border must end now.”  

June 4, 2018
Celebrating Pride Month with Action
“We must recognize that gender identity and sexual orientation has many forms, and individuals who do not conform to the traditional definitions have faced discrimination for far too long. The creation of this task force will give the County the opportunity to look at how we might change policies to ensure that those individuals are better supported.”  

April 30, 2018
Councilmember McDermott presents Bryan Hastings MLK Medal of Distinguished Service for effort to keep Evergreen Pool afloat
“From tirelessly raising money to the countless hours of his own time spent working on the pool himself, Bryan Hastings has dedicated himself to the Evergreen Community Pool. His work, as a volunteer, to ensure the pool remains an asset for all in the White Center community embodies the spirit of the MLK Medal of Distinguished Service.”  

April 23, 2018
Raising Awareness and Recognizing Survivors
“I remain inspired by the countless survivors who speak up and speak out about sexual assault, and hope we can play a small part in turning the tide against a culture of violence towards safety, respect and empowerment. Recognizing Sexual Assault Awareness Month annually is an important step in that effort, and services and organizations like KCSARC are vital pillars of that work moving forward together in our region.”  

April 9, 2018
King County Council Recognizes National Library Week
“Robust public libraries serve as a major asset to our community by providing access to ideas and information for our residents, regardless of class. Ensuring that access, and the empowerment it provides, is imperative as we continue ensure that King County is a welcoming place where all people can prosper.” 

March 19, 2018
County Council joins young people in calling for end to gun violence
“After following the leadership of local students by marching this coming Saturday, voting to establish the Council’s policy supporting federal and state laws to keep weapons of war out of our communities is an important next step in this reform process. Should the state provide local jurisdictions like King County more flexibility to pass laws protecting our residents, we’ll take that step as soon as possible.”

March 19, 2018
Councilmembers: 4Culture vote “Micromanaging a nationally-recognized organization”
“We should support 4Culture’s continued commitment to both geographic and ethnic diversity in the art and heritage programs it funds, not go backward by politicizing the way arts are funded in King County.”

February 26, 2018
Council adopts guidelines for immigrant and refugee assistance that make King County a “National Model”
“While the current federal administration continues to advocate for policies that seek to disenfranchise and marginalize immigrant and refugee residents and communities, I firmly believe that our county government has a vital role in ensuring that King County is a welcoming and affirming place for all. The ordinance adopted today will enhance public safety and demonstrate that we are a government for all of our residents.” 

December 4, 2017
Council Approves Vashon Subarea Plan
“I believe that everyone will find elements in the Plan that together will work to keep Vashon-Maury Island the very special place that it is today. This plan represents a commitment between King County and the community to continue working together, and I look forward to that opportunity.”  

November 6, 2017
Council Votes to Fund Measures to Prevent Gun Violence
The people of King County stand with the people of south Texas and send our deepest condolences to those who lost loved ones in yet another preventable attack.

October 2, 2017
Councilmembers Call for Congressional Response to Tragedy
“Failure to act at the Federal level continues to put King County, and every community in America, at risk – and this remains simply unacceptable.” 

October 2, 2017
Celebrating talent in all forms: County Council declares October Disability Awareness Month
“Today’s proclamation celebrates the many contributions that individuals with disabilities bring to strengthen, diversify and brighten King County. We must continue to strive to address the injustices that linger and remove the barriers that remain, so that all lives are equally valued, no matter ability.”

September 25, 2017
Council adopts call for County to continue advancing the goals of Paris Climate Agreement
“Today’s action by the Council will ensure that King County will continue to hold up its end of the deal, and signal to the international community that we do not share the shortsightedness exhibited by our leaders in Washington, D.C.”

September 25, 2017
Bottom Line: County Council recognizes Diaper Need Awareness Week

“Each year I am proud recognize Diaper Need Awareness Week, and organizations like Westside Baby and Eastside Baby Corner as they work combat this often overlooked problem.”

September 18, 2017
Council approves program honoring Ruth Woo’s commitment to the future
“Ruth Woo inspired and mentored countless leaders in our city, county and state. Developing this permanent fellowship is a fitting tribute to a woman who spent her life shaping our communities for the better.”

September 13, 2017
Kent School District Teacher Nominated to Library System Board of Trustees
“A dedicated education professional from a previously unrepresented but rapidly growing part of our county, Pamela represents exactly what our Library System’s Board needs.”  

September 11, 2017
Council calls for Sheriff’s Office to report on steps to enhance training
“Losing someone in such a tragic way deeply scars us all. Ensuring that our local law enforcement have the skills and training necessary to respond appropriately, especially when someone is most in need of aid, is a necessary step toward achieving safety and security for all residents.”

September 11, 2017
Recognizing a shared history and heritage: County Council recognizes Mexico Week
“It was an honor to welcome our friends from the Mexican Consulate to celebrate Mexican Independence, and the longstanding relationship between Mexico and King County.”  

July 24, 2017
New careers for “retiring” County employees
“Lack of transportation can be a major barrier for many non-profit organizations in carrying out their mission. The van donation program continues to be a great success, as we provide County resources that would otherwise be retired to organizations in need.” 

June 26, 2017
Council adds $250,000 for legal assistance for immigrant and refugee communities
“Our work to support these communities, integral to the economic, social and cultural fabric of our region, will never be finished. This additional investment by the county to support legal services for immigrants and refugees is incredibly important in the face of increased divisive rhetoric and actions by the current Presidential Administration. Everyone who lives in King County should feel safe and welcome, and this investment will help those who are most vulnerable.”

June 26, 2017
Council approves sale of Convention Place Station for Convention Center expansion
“Not only will the convention center expansion be an economic boon with good new jobs for years to come, this property sale will also bring funding for more bus service and much needed money for affordable housing. We must now work to ensure that upgrades and bus service additions are made to smoothly transition buses out of the tunnel and keep traffic moving downtown when construction begins in 2019.”

June 12, 2017
County Council declares June “Immigrant Heritage Month”
“Immigrants and refugees make up the fabric of every community in King County. In June we highlight the incredible value immigrants bring to our region, and we must continue to ensure that our county remains a safe and welcoming place for all residents, no matter their place of birth, in the months and years ahead.” 

May 22, 2017
Hamdi Abdulle’s Commitment to Immigrant and Underserved Communities Recognized by Council Chair McDermott
“Hamdi Abdulle’s leadership in our region is inspirational. She has taken on the most important challenge – providing a foundation for the growth and success of children and their families in the East African communities of King County. Hamdi leads with a servant’s heart, and her work ripples across the entire region making our county a safe and wonderful place for all families to live and thrive.”

May 22, 2017
County Council Approves Guidelines for Immigrant and Refugee Assistance
“Attorney General Ferguson’s guidance was robust and timely, and it is on us to let everyone in the county know how we stack up. Immigrant and refugees in our communities need to know they are safe when working with King County, and if the report finds any laws, policies or practices that aren’t in line with these values – we’ll be ready to take action.”

May 3, 2017
Legislation increasing representation on King County Library Board signed by Governor Inslee
“I’m excited that this change to our library system will provide new opportunities for leadership among local residents, improve access, and better reflect the diversity of patrons.”  

April 24, 2017
King County Library Board to better represent diversity of region
“I’m excited that we can enhance the system’s administration to match the exponential growth in our region to ensure robust and equitable access for every resident in our county.” 

April 17, 2017
County Council approves funds to assist immigrants and refugees
“This legislation will provide relief for both immediate and emerging needs of these communities, with an immediate distribution of funds for legal aid and education combined with a funding partnership with the Seattle Foundation to leverage these dollars with other public and private partners to have an even bigger impact for at-risk communities. This is an important step as we continue to ensure our county is a safe and welcoming place for everyone.” 

April 12, 2017
Councilmembers Statement on Access for All
“Access for All is the best opportunity in a generation to expand equitable and inclusive access to life-changing arts, science and cultural heritage experiences for people regardless of where they live, where their children go to school, their income, age, or if they come from a traditionally underserved community.”

April 10, 2017
County Council fills vacancies in District Court
“Jason Poydras and Matthew York are eminently qualified to serve as new District Court Judges in King County. I am confident that they will promote a fair and equitable justice system during their tenure, and I congratulate them on their respective appointments.” 

April 10, 2017
Recognizing survivors and raising awareness to stop sexual violence
“Preventing sexual assault requires changing harmful beliefs through conversation with friends, family and communities. Organizations like the King County Sexual Assault Resource center do important work every day advocating for victims and promoting a healthy dialogue around sexual violence.”

March 6, 2017
County Council Women’s History Month proclamation recognizes, celebrates the challenges and contributions of women
“In honoring the legacy of women in King County, we recognize the invaluable contributions that so many notable women have made to our community in both the public and private sectors. Our recognition of the past is an important piece in paving the way for the next generation of female leaders.” 

February 21, 2017
County Council remembers 75th Anniversary of Exec. Order 9066
“We’ve learned a terrible lesson at the expense of the human and civil rights of our neighbors, friends, and family about the harm that we create when fear guides our actions. I hope we all can acknowledge this anniversary as a stark reminder to never repeat these mistakes again.”

January 30, 2017
McDermott Issues Statement on Unconstitutional Immigration Ban
“The President’s Executive Order, based on selective truths and alternatives facts, is an affront to our nation’s history and our County’s adopted principles and ordinances. It separates legal residents from their families and undermine our nation’s standing in the world.”  

January 5, 2017
Kuderer and Slatter fill vacancies in State Legislature
“Both of today’s appointees have a proven themselves to be effective and thoughtful elected leaders for the constituents they serve.”

December 12, 2016
County Council Appoints Rebecca Saldaña to State Senate
“Saldaña is well-equipped to face the challenges of the upcoming legislative session. She will be a strong and thoughtful representative for the residents of the 37th District.”

December 12, 2016
Council honors White Center programs for at-risk youth
“Providing young people with safe and engaging alternatives is exceedingly important. These two programs in White Center offer opportunities to build self-esteem through athletics, as well as teaching other essential life skills.”

December 9, 2016
McDermott, Council Assist Trans Community with ID Changes
“Every member of our community deserves to have an ID that matches who they are.”

November 28, 2016
Fiscal Options for Public Safety, Public Health and Housing Highlight King County’s Legislative Agenda
“The King County Legislative Agenda highlights our priorities for sustainable funding for public health and public safety, as well as strengthening essential services for the residents of King County. I look forward to working with our partners in the legislature to advance this agenda this year.”

November 14, 2016
Renovation of Steve Cox Park Included in County Budget
“Steve Cox Park is a wonderful asset to the White Center community. Investing in this much need renovation will only increase its use and ensure that the park continues be a recreation destination for the surrounding community and beyond.”

November 14, 2016
King County Biennial Budget Creates a Path to Stability For People Experiencing Homelessness
“This budget creates opportunities for young people, families, and adults who are currently living outside to move to a warm and secure place indoors. When everyone has a safe, stable, and permanent place to call home, our communities become stronger and better connected.”

November 14, 2016
McDermott leads the effort to provide sustainable funding for ongoing water taxi service to West Seattle and Vashon
“The King County Water Taxi is an important regional transportation solution. The West Seattle and Vashon water taxi routes are cost effective and have lower operating cost per rider and higher ridership than many other transportation options throughout the County.”

November 7, 2016
County Council recognizes the life and work of State Senator Andy Hill
“Senator Andy Hill chose to pursue public service only after beating cancer previously. He put himself into his contributions to his community and state. My prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”

October 10, 2016
County Council recognizes, celebrates history and heritage of Latino/Latina Community in King County
“The King County Immigrant and Refugee Task Force issued their final report earlier this year with recommendations to advance equity and opportunity for King County Immigrants and Refugees. I look forward to working on implementing recommendations from this report for all immigrants, including Latinx.”

October 3, 2016
County recognizes and celebrates value of workers with disabilities
“Families and communities within King County are enriched by the diversity and perspective of those living with a disability. We must continue to strive to address the injustices that linger and remove the barriers that remain, so that all lives are equally valued, no matter ability.”

September 26, 2016
Dry and Happy! County Council recognizes Diaper Need Awareness Week
“The cost of diapers is a great burden for many families struggling to properly care for their children. Ensuring that every family has access to an uninterrupted supply of diapers is a huge step towards safeguarding the health of vulnerable children throughout King County.”

September 19, 2016
King County Metro Adds New Bus Shelters in West Seattle
“The West Seattle Food Bank serves some of our most vulnerable residents. This new shelter will make it both easier and safer for those who use the bus as transportation to and from the Food Bank.”

September 19, 2016
Recognizing sacrifice: County Council approves naming new facility at Boeing Field in honor of fallen firefighter
“It is said that real heroes run toward danger, not away from it. Luther Dean Bonner put the safety of others before his own, giving his life in an effort to save those in danger. This is just one small way to give thanks to Mr. Bonner, as well as all the others who will serve our community from this building.”

September 6, 2016
Measures to prevent lead poisoning in King County
“It is not right that childhood lead exposure often occurs at home, where kids should feel the safest and most protected, or that working people should have to trade their health for a paycheck. A robust approach that coordinates robust local, state, and federal efforts will be necessary to addressing this harm.”

July 25, 2016
McDermott and Gossett: Council’s vote continues inequitable location of marijuana facilities
“Moving forward, the County must look for ways to ensure adequate access to recreational and medical marijuana. We must also address any unintended consequences this legislation may create.”

July 7, 2016
The 2016 King County Fair starts next week
“The King County Fair is a fun and exciting event that showcases our region. Groups like the Vashon Rock Riders and Kelsey Creek Critters Club, along with many others, represent the thriving rural communities throughout King County.”

June 15, 2016
King County Welcomes New Director of Police Oversight
“Ms. Jacobs will help King County deliver on our commitment to police accountability. She will increase transparency which I hope will improve trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.”

June 13, 2016
County Council recognizes “Justice for Janitors”
“Many are benefiting from Seattle’s booming economy, but we must ensure that this economic growth doesn’t leave thousands behind. Today is an opportunity for us to thank those who work hard to keep our workplaces and buildings comfortable and clean and pledge our continued support for living wages for all.”

June 6, 2016
County Council recognizes LGBTQ Pride Month
“In 2011, for the first time ever, the Council declared June Pride Month in King County. We’ve seen significant progress in those years including full marriage equality. Yet, we continue to see attacks on the rights of the LGBTQ community. LGBTQ Pride Month serves as an opportunity to reflect on our progress and recommit ourselves to the fight for equal rights under the law.”

May 23, 2016
County Council recognizes history, heritage of Asian Pacific Islanders
“As the proclamation states, King County’s strength can be attributed to the diversity of the cultures and traditions represented by our residents. This statement could not be truer of Asian Pacific Islanders who helped to build this country. Today’s proclamation honors this history.”

May 16, 2016
County Council adopts fall transit updates that reflect community input
“King County aims to deliver public transportation that grows access to jobs and education. I believe the bus restructure approved today can transform our bus network to better work for communities in Southeast King County and also protect cultural anchors and businesses as growth changes these neighborhood.”

May 9, 2016
County Council approves first program from Best Starts for Kids Levy
“The plan approved today will help meet the unique needs of families who are facing homelessness, preventing them from becoming homeless in the first place. This will spare children from the fear and uncertainty that has shown to severely impact their long-term brain development which will help to ensure that children across our region reach their fullest potential.”

May 9, 2016
County Council fills vacancies in District Court
“I congratulate all three of the new appointees to our district court benches. I am confident they will endeavor to make our court system fair and equitable.”

May 6, 2016
Council Chair McDermott meets with Congressman Denny Heck

May 2, 2016
43 additional ballot drop off locations will be available to county voters this fall
“We must make voting easy and accessible to all. Expanding our ballot drop boxes does just that for many voters throughout our region. I’m optimistic that today’s action will encourage more individuals to participate in the democratic process.”

May 2, 2016
County Council approves new ballot drop off boxes in District 8
New election ballot drop boxes approved by the King County Council will make it easier for voters in West King County to cast their ballots in future elections.

March 28, 2016
Council Chair McDermott responds to today’s State of the County Address
“In a matter of days, the light rail expansion has already exceeded ridership expectations. We now have the opportunity to expand this service, ease congestion, and grow our economy.”

March 28, 2016
Council leadership responds to State of the County Address
“I'm excited to work with Executive Constantine to bring light rail to West Seattle and Ballard, and build the existing lines to Tacoma and Everett. And I'm committed to working to deliver this service as soon as possible.”

March 24, 2016
McDermott: ST3 proposal “Investment to support population and transportation growth”
“Our region has experienced rapid growth. Unfortunately, our transportation infrastructure is trying to catch-up. Our proposal works to improve the entire system -- and helps to accommodate the regional growth that is expected to come.”

March 21, 2016
Hilary Emmer recognized for her volunteer contributions on Vashon
Elected as the “unofficial Mayor of Vashon Island,” Emmer has been involved in a number of projects in her community.

March 21, 2016
King County residents receive MLK Medal of Distinguished Service
“The recipients of the first annual MLK Medal of Distinguished Service awards represent our best selves – they are individuals who give their time and energy to feed, clothe, and house their neighbors. In doing so, they show us not just that a single, committed person can indeed make a difference, but that these individuals are necessary for building strong communities that raise us all up.”

March 21, 2016
“Retiring” County employees prepare for new careers
“As it has for twenty years, the van donation program provides an opportunity for County resources to continue their service to residents. I’m glad that we can support these non-profit organizations in the important work that they do every day across King County.”

March 7, 2016
Celebrating their strength: King County proclaims March “Women’s History Month”
“We have a profound duty to ensure that the girls and boys who will grow to be tomorrow’s women and men understand the history that we are honoring today, so that the world that they inherit will be one of greater equity and fairness.”

February 16, 2016
King County Council Honors Kevin Desmond for Outstanding Public Service
“Kevin Desmond has been instrumental in improving the King County Metro system during this time of rapid growth and change. From Rapid Ride to ORCA LIFT, he has made our system more efficient and has improved access for all in King County. I wish him all the best as he embarks on this next step in his career.”

February 16, 2016
County Council recognizes history and contributions of African-Americans
“Honoring Black History this month is more important today than ever before. We are at a crossroads where we can and should collectively dedicate ourselves to eradicating the barriers that have for too long been placed in front of people of color. Only in knowing the history can we alter our course.”

February 6, 2016
McDermott: Peterson firing “politics at its absolute worst”
“Washingtonians deserve much better than this high school pettiness from policy makers.”

January 25, 2016
Council approves members of King County Children and Youth Advisory Board
“King County boasts exceptional leaders in child and youth development and advocacy. The County is fortunate so many outstanding people offer their time to serve on the Children and Youth Advisory Board.”

January 19, 2016
McDermott, Dembowski and Dunn to lead County Council in 2016
“I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues, with the Executive, and with the residents of King County to address issues of growing income inequality, housing affordability, homelessness, continued transit and transportation improvements, and environmental stewardship. I know that if we work collaboratively – as community leaders, residents, businesses and local government – we can overcome these challenges.”

January 7, 2016
Council approves appointment of Carlyle and Frame to fill vacancies in the State Legislature
“King County has long history of effective, responsive representation in the Legislature, which will be continued with the appointments of Senator Carlyle and Representative Frame. Knowing them both, I know they will more than carry on that history.”

December 14, 2015
Council approves projects to receive $2 million in water quality grants
“The projects we are funding today are crucial to improving water quality throughout the county with innovative and diverse methods. These projects will help clean up contaminated rivers and beaches, while bringing communities together, and in some cases, training folks for future jobs.”

November 23, 2015
Admiral Theatre, Alki Homestead, and other West Seattle facilities to receive economic boost from Building for Culture Program
“As a lifelong West Seattle resident, I grew up going to the Admiral Theatre and Alki Homestead. I am proud to promote the rich cultural history in West Seattle through the Building for Culture grant program.”

November 23, 2015
Mukai House, Center for the Arts, and other Vashon facilities to receive economic boost from Building for Culture Program
“Vashon Island maintains a proud cultural and artistic heritage. By funding projects like Mukai House and the Vashon Center for The Arts we are investing in the preservation and promotion of that important heritage.”

November 23, 2015
Bing Kung Association, Wing Luke Museum, and other Chinatown/International District facilities to receive economic boost from Building for Culture Program
“Seattle has a rich Asian Pacific-Islander cultural history. By saving landmarks like the Bing Kung Association Building and funding projects like the Wing Luke Museum we are preserving an important part of our city’s past.”

November 23, 2015
Washington Hall, other Capitol Hill and Central District facilities to receive economic boost from Building for Culture Program
“Washington Hall is just one example of the rich artistic and cultural heritage throughout King County. Through the Building For Culture grant program we have made a significant investment in promoting and preserving that heritage for generations to come.”

November 23, 2015
Duwamish Hill Preserve, Moshier Art Center, and other south end facilities to receive economic boost from Building for Culture Program
“The Building for Culture Program has given us a unique opportunity to promote and preserve arts and heritage. Projects like the Moshier Art Center and Duwamish Hill Preserve are just two of the wide range of projects and organizations who will benefit from these grants.”

November 9, 2015
County Council takes first action in response to homeless emergency
“We are in a crisis of homelessness with immediate action required. Today’s motion positions us to significantly increase needed shelter and takes the first step in providing relief as winter sets in.”

October 19, 2015
Council approves transit route overhaul
“As a Sound Transit board member and an avid user of public transportation I have been anxiously awaiting the opening of the Capitol Hill and University Station for many years. It is such an exciting time for our County as our transportation options grow. The changes we agreed upon today will bring increased transit frequency to many areas of Seattle, and will facilitate convenient integration with light rail.”

October 12, 2015
Dick Thurnau Park: A living legacy to a lifetime of service to his community
“The legacy that Dick left for White Center is in the vibrancy of this park, a welcoming and invaluable neighborhood resource.”

September 2, 2015
King County Fair organizers update County Council Committee on “Bountiful” 2015 Fair
“Not only is the King County Fair fun for everyone, but it provides 4-H participants with unique learning opportunities.”

July 27, 2015
County Council offers increased support for arts and cultural programs
“The early payoff of the Kingdome bonds gives us this unique opportunity to fund much needed capital projects for arts, culture, and heritage. These investments couldn’t come at a better time for our communities.”

July 22, 2015
County Council sends “Best Start for Kids” initiative to the voters

“Best Starts for Kids is the most progressive legislation I have worked on in my career. Best Starts for Kids will fund preventive and other services for families, kids, and communities.”

July 20, 2015
Charter amendment to establish charter-based office for civilian oversight of law enforcement sent to November ballot
“This action will give voters the opportunity, in the November election, to directly influence the way that law enforcement oversight occurs in King County.”

July 20, 2015
County Council unanimously confirms appointment of Patty Hayes as Director of Public Health – Seattle & King County
“Director Patty Hayes brings the necessary experience and tenacity to the role Director of Public Health. Having worked with in her in her capacity as Interim Director, I am confident we have found the right person to fill this important position and I look forward to working with her to enhance communities throughout King County.”

July 20, 2015
County Council approves task force to investigate creation of immigrant and refugee commission
“Every aspect of our community is enriched by the cultural, ethnic and racial diversity of people who have come from all over the world to call King County home. This task force is an important step toward ensuring that we can best support our newest residents to thrive here.”

June 26, 2015
Statement on the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Marriage Equality
“I’m thrilled to join the jubilation across our country for today’s decision. From today forward, couples across the nation will be able to marry legally and be recognized as a family in the eyes of the law, just like Washington families, including myself and my husband Michael.”

June 25, 2015
McDermott: Supreme Court action supports safe disposal of unused drugs
“We took a bold step forward to protect public health by establishing a safer way for residents to discard unused medications. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision has confirmed what we’ve known all along – that safe disposal of expired and unwanted medicine is a shared responsibility.”

June 22, 2015
William Hobson recognized for decades of service on behalf of the homeless
“Because of Bill’s tenacity and commitment to addressing the crisis of homelessness, more men, women and children in King County have a home to call their own. I appreciate his tenacious leadership in improving coordination of services so that we can better support people in exiting homelessness.”

June 15, 2015
Council adopts call for equity of services for homeless youth
“We must continue to provide leadership and commitment to making people aware of the disproportionate impact of homelessness on LGBTQ youth and youth of color and ensure that services are available to all.”

June 15, 2015
County Council approves new priorities for assisting children and youth
“The Youth Action Plan and Best Starts for Kids are efforts to significantly improve the lives of kids and families in King County and I’m proud to support this work.”

June 2, 2015
Ensuring equity of services for homeless youth
“In order to eliminate homelessness, we must recognize who is homeless and their specific needs. LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in the homeless population so we must meet their needs.”

June 1, 2015
County Council proclaims June “Gay Pride Month”
“This proclamation is not just an opportunity to appreciate the incredible progress that we’ve made towards full equality for the LGBTQ community, but to also focus on the work to be done. I am honored to recognize the people whose efforts to bring us closer to this goal every day.”  

May 26, 2015
County Council calls for collaboration, equity, and best technology in cleanup of Duwamish
“I am delighted to sponsor this motion that continues the work of the County – in coordination with Seattle, community leaders, planners and businesses – to manage the clean-up of the Duwamish River and Green/Duwamish watershed. A vital part of this work is the outreach and communication in engaging the communities affected by this action and I particularly commend the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition for their exceptional work and look forward to continued collaboration.”

May 4, 2015
County Council calls for Executive to consider specific climate actions in Strategic Climate Action Plan
“Climate change is happening now, not something that might occur in the future. Today’s vote assures that we will have a coordinated plan to continue and accelerate our pollution reduction activities.”

May 4, 2015
Celebrating the power of the arts in school: County Council recognizes May as Arts Education Month
“All kids should experience the joy brought by being involved in the arts – from a first finger painting project, to music concerts, dance recitals, and school plays. We are all made richer by the way that the arts can transport us to another place and time, and open our minds to new perspectives.”

May 1, 2015
County Councilmembers call for release of King County resident Nestora Salgado from Mexican prison
“It is my sincere wish that Ms. Salgado receive necessary medical care immediately, and that she is quickly reunited with her family in Washington state. I am troubled to know that she is being held without trial, and I urge Secretary Kerry to do everything possible to ensure a speedy resolution to this matter.”

April 27, 2015
Bonding time: County Council establishes policy to provide employees 12 weeks of paid parental and family leave
“We recognize that employees are more than their jobs, and this policy can support them in the roles they take on as caregivers to people who are important to them.”

April 27, 2015
County employees prepare for “working retirement” Council approves transfer of surplus vanpool van to organizations throughout King County
“Lifelong, Pacific Asian Empowerment Program, and DESC will benefit from these retired vans, as well the constituents they serve. Our community is richer for their work.”

April 27, 2015
Collaboration for the next generation: County Council hears from County Executive on efforts to assist young people
“The circumstances of one’s birth should not pre-determine a child’s health outcomes or opportunity. Best Starts for Kids will address this growing inequity, which I look forward to reviewing in the Budget & Fiscal Management Committee.”

April 1, 2015
McDermott statement on the retirement of Larry Phillips
“Public service is a challenging and rewarding endeavor and we are quite fortunate that Larry Phillips has devoted the majority of his life to this cause. I cannot overstate his commitment to our County, our state and our communities during his tenure in public service. He is a leader in growth management, transit, and environmental stewardship.”

March 31, 2015
King County takes action to root out racial disparity in juvenile justice system
“Addressing today’s racial disproportionality in the juvenile justice system requires a significant change in the way that we support youth in King County. Our commitment to fund efforts that span a spectrum of activities that will aid youth in avoiding or navigating the juvenile justice system demonstrates our resolve to achieving this fundamental shift.”

March 9, 2015
Reviewing goals, costs, and effectiveness: Council approves legislation updating Mental Illness and Drug Dependency Plans
“While the Mental Illness and Drug Dependency program has provided vital services to many in critical need, a lot has changed since we began this work, including our understanding of how we can best link people to the mental health and chemical dependency care they need. This is our opportunity to take advantage of the new landscape and use what we’ve learned over the past eight years to make King County’s efforts even more effective.”

March 9, 2015
Phillips, McDermott and Hague to lead County Council in 2015
The Metropolitan King County Council today gave its approval of its yearly reorganization with the reappointment of Councilmember Larry Phillips as Council Chair. The Council also approved retaining Jane Hague and Joe McDermott as the Council’s Vice Chairs. 

February 17, 2015
More buses in Seattle: County Council approves contract for city to purchase additional transit
“This action signifies a strong partnership between Seattle and King County to improve transit service in Seattle that will help mitigate growing congestion in our region.”

December 8, 2014
Providing revenue options, maintaining the safety net, providing local options for transportation highlight King County’s state legislative agenda
“Our state’s most basic public health services are at risk because of our antiquated tax system. During the upcoming legislative session, the County will work to find a sustainable funding source to make sure we can protect our communities from communicable diseases and help everyone reach their healthiest potential.”

December 8, 2014
Councilmembers: EPA’s Duwamish Cleanup Plan continues effort to revitalize the “lifeblood” of Seattle
“It has been almost 15 years since the Lower Duwamish was declared a Superfund site. While significant cleanup efforts have already occurred in this waterway, I am pleased to see the EPA release a final cleanup plan because it will provide certainty to all those who call the Duwamish home.”  

November 19, 2014
Island Center Forest to benefit from  Conservation Future and Park Levy funds
“Expanding Island Center Forest protects the Vashon Maury Island ecosystem.”

November 19, 2014
West Seattle parks to benefit from Conservation Future and Park Levy funds
“Both of these parks are small but well used. Expanding them will serve West Seattle well.”

November 19, 2014
Duwamish restoration project to receive funds from Conservation Future and Park Levy
“I celebrate Tukwila’s achievements along the Duwamish and am pleased to promote this expansion.”

November 17, 2014
King County’s first biennial budget highlights secure families and communities as it meets mandated responsibilities
“I’m proud of this budget because, in spite of shrinking revenues, the County continues to help our most vulnerable neighbors. Our work will continue in the coming years as we work with partners to find more sustainable ways to provide and fund critical services – including those at our public health clinics.”

October 31, 2014
Variety of budget priorities discussed at public meetings on 2015-2016 County Budget
“I want to thank everyone who came out and had their voice heard. Public testimony is a key part of our part of our deliberations, and we take what we heard very seriously.”

September 29, 2014
February 2015 transit service changes sent back to committee
“The 2015-2016 budget deliberations will examine Metro’s financial policies. That work and Metro’s continued efforts to be leaner led to today’s Council action. I am grateful that my colleagues, the Executive and our city partners continue to work hard to ensure that we keep as many buses on the road as fiscally possible. While we may have staved off some coming cuts, this weekend the largest service cuts in Metro’s history went into effect. I want to be very clear that our region’s transit needs are not met and will not be met unless more action is taken.”

September 22, 2014
Three panels will direct County Council’s review of Executive’s Proposed Biennial Budget
“I appreciate the hard choices Executive Constantine made while developing his budget. My council colleagues and I will now begin our review, continuing the Executive’s efforts to ensure our government is running as efficiently as possible.”

September 2, 2014
Council adopts legislation amending detention of immigration detainees
“It is my hope that today’s action will increase our community’s public safety by working to address the fear many have about contacting law enforcement and chancing deportation. The legislation approved today largely improves on what the Council originally adopted, and I’m proud to support it.”

July 21, 2014
Councilmembers find common ground on bus cuts
“In the coming months, Metro will prepare for cuts in September and February. The cuts authorized by today’s vote will be made based on Metro’s Strategic Plan which was unanimously adopted to keep politics out of route decisions. Metro will also complete another outside audit initiated by the Executive, to continue the County’s work to make sure our department is running as efficiently as possible.”

June 6, 2014
Councilmembers propose transit compromise
“If the proposal that has moved forward is adopted, we won’t have enough money to operate Metro service into the next biennium. I know my colleagues want to make the financially prudent decision. This proposal strives to strike a balance between operating a fiscally sustainable system and being responsive to any additional new revenues generated.”

May 27, 2014
New careers for hard working county employees: Council approves transfer of surplus vanpool van to organizations throughout King County
“Repurposing these vans for our community is a great use of our capital investments.”

May 19, 2014
Council Council’s 2014 Equity and Social Justice work plan will consider impacts of bus service reduction
“This ordinance underlines the values we bring to our work generally and specifically as we address reductions to Metro transit.”

May 5, 2014
County Council recognizes May as Arts Education Month in King County
“Arts education helps to make a child’s education more dynamic. I’m thrilled we could recognize this important work throughout King County, and I am hopeful that one day the arts will once again be prioritized in our schools.”

April 23, 2014
County Executive and Council to take next steps with defeat of Proposition 1
“I am saddened that in the coming months we will see dramatic cuts to our region’s bus service. But, the voters have spoken, and it is our responsibility to carry out their wishes.”

February 24, 2014
County Council approves transit fare increase, creation of low-income fare program
“The County continues to exhaust its authority to maintain Metro bus service. While this fare increase is needed to help address Metro’s funding gap, we must also work to ensure that low-income folks can get around the region. Today’s vote will improve access to our transit system.”

February 24, 2014
County Council adopts Socially Responsible Banking Law
“This ordinance is a unique way to encourage financial institutions to meet the banking needs of all of our community—not just those with more cash. This is a step forward in our work to ensure that all residents of King County have equal access to opportunity.”

February 24, 2014
County Council unanimously supports funding mechanism for cultural programs
“The proposed legislation has the ability to improve access to the arts for Washington residents. I’m particularly excited that the creation of an access fund would help our young people see operas, ballets, theater productions and art shows—and make them lifelong patrons of the arts of all types in our region.”

February 10, 2014
Council approves formation of Transportation Benefit District
“This is an important step in a process of placing a measure on the ballot, which would allow the public to consider staving off cuts to Metro bus service.”

February 10, 2014
County Council prepared to partner with Executive on confronting inequities; climate change
“Executive Constantine emphasized the need to ensure our youth are well supported in early childhood education, K-12 education, and beyond to keep King County vibrant and successful. We look forward to continued cooperation on youth and young adult homelessness and other ways to ensure this achievement.”

February 6, 2014
King County Council starts work on “Living Wage” policy
“I am eager to take on a justice issue of our time. Hard working King County residents who continue to struggle to make ends meet deserve better.”

January 27, 2014
County Council, Executive join “12th Man” in shouting GO HAWKS!!!
“I'm proud to have the Seahawks play their home games in my district. I join with 12th Men (and women) everywhere sending our best wishes with the team to the Super Bowl!”

December 16, 2013
Phillips, Hague and McDermott to lead Council in 2014
“I am honored that my colleagues have chosen me to serve as Vice Chair in the coming year as King County will take on critical issues like potential devastating cuts to bus services and our ongoing funding gap. Together, we will continue to find regional solutions to key issues.”

December 16, 2013
Colleagues recognize, say goodbye to Councilmember Julia Patterson
“Councilmember Julia Patterson has been a tremendous advocate for South King County. She is a consistent champion for the less fortunate in our communities. But above all she is an insightful friend who has encouraged and supported so many others -- me included -- in their own successes. Her effervescent presence will be missed on the King County Council.”

November 18, 2013
Council approves employee donations to Typhoon survivors
“In the face of the heart-wrenching devastation in the Philippines, many here at King County have been looking for a way to help. Today's vote will make it easier for County employees to do our part.”

November 12, 2013
Services, stability highlight 2014 King County Budget
“Each night over 700 youth and young adults are homeless in King County. In response, we funded shelters, family reunification and employment and education resources in our budget. Protecting our youth and ending the cycle of homelessness prove worthy investments.”

October 28, 2013
County Council approves “Blueprint” for implementing Department of Public Defense
“Today’s vote is the culmination of months of work by stakeholders and the Council. I’m happy that the voters have the opportunity to weigh in on our proposed path forward.”

October 14, 2013
County Council calls on state Legislature to hold special session to address transportation funding
“The health of our region is dependent on the health of our transportation infrastructure. King County has found efficiencies in Metro’s operations, and we have made drastic cuts to our Roads division. The Legislature must step up and help us keep our region moving.”

September 23, 2013
Council’s Budget Leadership Team to continue emphasis on efficiencies and innovation in development of County’s 2014 Budget
“I thank Executive Constantine for his budget proposal. We will continue to work together to ensure that the County delivers services in an efficient and cost effective manner. The County Council will use the County’s strategic plan and Equity and Social Justice Initiative as a guide. These policies will help to ensure that possible service reductions will not disproportionately affect some communities in our region.”

June 27, 2013
Charter amendment on the organization of public defense sent to County Council for final action
“Thorough work by the Council developed this charter amendment. We thoughtfully crafted it to protect strengths of our nationally recognized public defense system.”

June 26, 2013
McDermott: “Overwhelming Pride” on DOMA ruling

June 24, 2013
King County declares June Pride Month
“We have seen historic advancements in equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer Washingtonians, but we often lack equal rights under the law. Gay Pride Month gives us the opportunity to celebrate our advancements.”

June 24, 2013
King County honors first group of HERO Program graduates
“This program helps our veterans continue to be productive and contributing members of society. This is a model program and an example of what government should strive to do in all its policies.”

June 14, 2013
Gossett, McDermott introduce legislation restricting detention of immigration detainees
“This legislation aims to strike the necessary balance between protecting our civil liberties and keeping our communities safe. Our proposal aligns with the County’s work to achieve equity for all our residents.”

June 10, 2013
Council approves 2014 sewer rate that maintains 2013 levels
“We have worked hard to find efficiencies. These efficiencies are resulting in savings for our customers.”

June 3, 2013
Voters to decide in November on six-year levy for Medic One services
“For four decades, King County’s EMS system has been in place for County residents. Now the voters will have the opportunity to decide if they want it to continue for years to come.”

May 28, 2013
Surplus Vanpool vans prepare for new careers: Council approves donations to organizations throughout County
“These retired Metro vans will help address the mobility needs of the local food banks, school districts, human service agencies and other organizations doing such critical work in our communities. With County revenue still reeling from the recession, these van donations are one important way we can support those of our constituents most in need.”

May 20, 2013
King County Council Honors Congressman Norm Dicks
“Congressman Dicks did more than represent his district. He was a fierce advocate for our entire region — and state. While we’ll miss him backing us in Congress, Norm will continue to be a champion for the public.”

May 20, 2013
King County proclaims Emergency Medical Services Week
“Region-wide collaboration has created one of the best cardiac arrest survival rates in the nation. I’m proud of our system that yields results and thank all those who have made it happen.”

May 6, 2013
County Council approves blueprint for emergency medical service system
“Survival rates from cardiac arrests in King County are among the best in the nation. We have a proven system that yields results. The strategic plan approved today will build on our successes and help to keep King County residents well.”

April 29, 2013
Council sends proposed parks levy to August ballot
“Voters now have the opportunity to renew this levy and decide if they want to continue supporting the operation of parks and the preservation of open space in King County.”

April 15, 2013
McDermott introduces tax parity proposal for same sex couples
“King County residents spoke loudly in November, they want committed and loving same-sex couples to have equal rights and responsibilities under the law. This legislation supports that goal.”

April 15, 2013
Building on the present, preparing for the future: Council unanimously adopts 2013 Equity and Social Justice work plan
“King County continues to be a leader ensuring justice for all its residents. This work plan will help us to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our very diverse constituents.”

April 8, 2013
County Council acts to keep largest piece of unprotected forestland remaining in King County from development
“This is an exciting day for King County residents. Today’s vote ensures open space for generations to come, protects vital wildlife habitat, and helps to preserve local jobs.”

April 8, 2013
County Council approves new addition to successful mental health service model
“Americans have heard a lot about mental health this year. Here in King County we believe that individuals can recover from mental health problems and be productive community members. We have a proven record of helping to foster recovery, and I’m thrilled we are expanding this important program.”

March 18, 2013
County Council appoints Ketu Shah to fill vacancy in King County District Court
“Ketu Shah will serve King County residents well. I am confident he will use this position on the bench as an opportunity to help those who appear before him get their lives back on track while also working to keep our communities safe.”

March 18, 2013
County Council approves proposed settlement with public defense employees
“I believe this settlement is in the County’s best financial interest. If approved by the Court, this settlement will end litigation on this issue. The County Council now turns its attention to the Executive’s proposal to structure our public defenders as County employees. We have a record of strong public defense, and I am committed to ensuring that our citizens continue to have access to a fair and just legal system as we move forward.” 

February 22, 2013
McDermott: Court ruling keeps arena proposal moving forward
“The County and City took great care to ensure the arena agreements complied with SEPA requirements. The legislation makes it very clear that the City and County will not decide whether to proceed with the Arena project until a full environmental review has been completed.  I’m pleased the Court is satisfied with our efforts.”

February 11, 2013
King County Council appoints Rod Dembowski to fill vacancy in County Council District 1
“Mr. Dembowski has a proven record of service and collaboration. He is a life-long King County resident who knows firsthand how a strong safety net can help individuals reach their fullest potential. He has used his law degree to help those most in need, specifically victims of domestic violence. His extensive list of endorsements shows that he can bring together diverse interests. I know the residents of District One – and all of King County – will be well represented by Mr. Dembowski’s passion and commitment to serving his community.”

February 4, 2013 
County Council ready to focus on Executive’s plans to strengthen King County’s “infrastructure”
“I’m encouraged to see the Executive join me in making gun safety a County priority; this is an important step in protecting our communities. Gun violence is 100% preventable, and public health has a successful record of reducing preventable deaths with comprehensive policy approaches. That’s why at its January meeting the Board of Health called on the state legislature and Congress to take meaningful action to address gun violence and committed itself to taking within its authority.”

January 22, 2013
Council approves members of advisory panel on transit mobility
“This work is an important part of ensuring that our transit system serves all King County residents. It is especially important given the end of the Ride Free Area in downtown Seattle and the growing percentage of individuals who are transit dependent.”

January 21, 2013
McDermott statement on sale of Sacramento Kings to Chris Hansen
“I’m thrilled Mr. Hansen and his partners acquired a team. We are closer than ever to having the Sonics play in Seattle again.”

January 17, 2013
Board of Health calls for action to address gun violence
“We have a moral obligation to curb gun violence. Every jurisdiction must do what is within its power to keep our communities safe.”

January 14, 2013
King County and coalitions promote awareness of human trafficking
“A comprehensive approach is needed to curb human trafficking – and that approach must increase awareness. To end this horrendous crime, our entire community must be on the lookout for perpetrators and armed with information to help victims.”

January 14, 2013
Colleagues recognize, say goodbye to Councilmember Bob Ferguson
“Mr. Ferguson has shown great leadership and a commitment to our county’s most vulnerable. Bob has worked tirelessly to advocate for victims of crimes and our veterans. Today is a loss for King County government, but a win for our state.”

December 10, 2012
Regional cooperation for a regional asset: County Council creates regional panel for Eastside Rail Corridor
“The options for the future of this corridor are many – and exciting. The advisory committee will help ensure future generations will benefit from these railways in the greatest ways possible.”

December 10, 2012
County Council acts to protect emergency services in city of Pacific
“It is our hope that the situation in Pacific is quickly resolved, but the City’s residents need vital public services. I’m happy that King County is stepping in to help to ensure the safety of the residents of Pacific should the City lose its insurance.”

December 10, 2012
Council adopts state legislative agenda that focuses on increasing revenue options, sustaining safety net
“It will be a dynamic 2013 legislative session. It’s my hope the Legislature will us help us deliver better roads, improved transit and improved services to King County residents.”

December 3, 2012
Strengthening protection of open space, integrating County Strategic Plan: Council adopts update of
County land use policies

“The Comprehensive Plan is one of the County’s most important policies. Today’s vote marks the end of more than a year of policy discussion and debate. In the compromises and hard decisions, I hope we found the proper balance between protecting our rural lands while also encouraging economic opportunity.”

December 3, 2012
Taking Action to Address Climate Change: Council adopts County Strategic Climate Action Plan
“It is our collective responsibility to address climate change. This plan will help the County meet this responsibility and work to ensure that our programs and services are environmentally sustainable.”

November 13, 2012
Meeting current needs, focusing on the future: County Council adopts 2013 King County Budget
“This budget is responsible and just. We invest one-time money to shore up our social safety net and help the vulnerable in our community on a path toward a productive life. We continue to change how County government operates to allow us to deliver services in a more efficient manner.”

November 5, 2012
Council calls for an accountable and integrated health and human services plan
“Human services provide tools for struggling King County residents to live more productive lives. The ad-hoc funding structure of the safety net does not serve our residents well. Today’s vote will begin the work to create a system that better serves both those in need and tax payers.”

October 29, 2012
Council adopts internship program for military “HEROS” in King County
“Connecting veterans with employment will help to make the all-too-often hard transition to civilian life a little bit easier.”

October 15, 2012
County Council adopts amended SODO arena plan
“I am proud of the excellent work my County Council colleagues have accomplished on this proposal. The return of the Seattle Supersonics would enrich our region. I am pleased we are moving forward.”

October 15, 2012
Council adopts increase in transit tickets available for homeless and low income populations
“We are working to create a transit system that serves all King County residents. Today’s action is one step. But we must continue working to find a stable and reliable funding source for both transit and human services in our region.”

October 15, 2012
Council approves Vashon solar project
“Today's vote lays the groundwork for community driven solar projects in our County. I want to thank Backbone Solar for partnering with the County in this innovative program.”

October 8, 2012
Ensuring transportation access for all: Council creates advisory panel on transit mobility
“No- and low-income individuals have been disproportionately affected by the Great Recession’s effect on non-profit and government services. This advisory panel will work to address this vulnerable population’s needs in a systematic and thoughtful way.”

September 26, 2012
Increasing public input in the 2013 Budget: County Council implements social media tools to provide more opportunity for public input in budget process
“Social media makes government more accessible and responsive. By using these new tools, we will hear from more constituents. Consequently, we will have a more robust and informative budget debate.”

September 24, 2012
Council’s Budget Leadership Team to develop a 2013 Budget that integrates King County Strategic Plan
“King County has a long-standing tradition of collaborative budget development. By working together, we will write a budget that meets our current fiscal challenges with an eye to the future.”

September 24, 2012
McDermott lauds the efforts toward reaching agreement on the revised arena proposal
“County and City representatives, along with Mr. Hansen, continue to work together to reconcile the agreements adopted by each council. I am certain we will stand together with a final MOU and ILA in the next few weeks.”

September 24, 2012
County Council adopts solid waste fees that reflect economic challenges facing regional system
“This rate increase prevents further cuts to services and restores funding for some services important to residents in King County while keeping the rate as low as possible. The new fees also help us ensure the necessary reserves for future landfill maintenance and a rebuilt transfer system.”

September 19, 2012
Council Budget Committee to hold three special meetings on 2013 King County Budget
“These public hearings are a critical part of our budget deliberations, so I hope that residents will come and share their priorities with us.”

September 17, 2012
Council approves working “retirement” for County vans
“With the economy continuing to struggle, nonprofit and community groups have stepped up to provide more and more critical services in our communities. These groups are doing extraordinary work supporting those most in need across District 8 and I’m excited to see these retired vans repurposed to contribute to their efforts.”

September 12, 2012
County Council approves investment in job training, housing, and counseling for veterans
“In addition to assisting veterans, these funds will increase shelter bed capacity for homeless youth and young adults by 22 percent. This is part of our ongoing efforts to keep our kids safe and off the streets.”

September 11, 2012 
McDermott: Looking forward to reviewing arena agreement
“I look forward to working with my council colleagues to review the details of the City’s proposal, with an eye to both the community and fiscal impacts. We will take the time needed to ensure this is a sound decision for the County.”

September 10, 2012
Increasing transparency, strengthening cooperation: Council adopts creation of Performance Management Action Team
“Both the Executive and Council have worked hard to establish a more efficient County government. For countywide performance management and accountability efforts to succeed, we must connect operations and processes to our long-term goals, and we must continue to evaluate and improve our efforts.”

September 10, 2012
County Council saves public $600,000 a year by refinancing bonds
“The County has worked hard to maintain its AAA bond rating. This keeps costs low and saves the taxpayers’ dollars. This is one part of our work to run an efficient County government.”

Aug. 22, 2012
Expanded vessel capacity will make it easier to catch a ride on a King County water taxi
“The increase in capacity is great news for our dedicated riders who at times have been left behind when a boat was full. With ridership up on both routes, the added capacity will make our water taxis an even more attractive transportation alternative.”

August 20, 2012
County bond refinances save $28.4 million
“This is our third successful refinancing since July 16. During that time, the County has saved taxpayers and ratepayers more than $28 million due to our strong credit and sound financial management.”

August 10, 2012
King County Executive and Ferry District Chair highlight plans in the works to build two new Water Taxi boats
“We have an enthusiastic customer base for the King County Water Taxi service. These new vessels will offer better and more reliable service, help us grow ridership, and will be friendlier to the environment. These will be custom-built for our Water Taxi routes, and owned rather than leased.”

July 30, 2012
Council adopts amended SODO arena agreement
“I’m excited by the prospect of bringing back our beloved Seattle SuperSonics. But we can’t legislate on that alone. That’s why we undertook a thorough and careful review of the arena proposal. Our region’s experts in finance, economics and transportation – like Justin Marlowe, Dick Conway and Doug MacDonald – helped us better understand the benefits and risks of this legislation. Our work convinced me this proposal has sufficient protections for the County’s General Fund and taxpayers. So I was happy to vote in favor today.”

July 30, 2012
County council approves alignments for RapidRide lines from Shoreline to Seattle and Burien to Renton
“RapidRide F will provide an important East-West corridor for residents in South King County. This is an important part of our efforts to provide quick and reliable transit service to keep our region moving.”

July 12, 2012
Council Committee hears from independent expert panel on risks and benefits of arena proposal
“I want to again thank these experts for offering complete insights and for volunteering a significant amount of their professional and personal time to helping the Council – and the public – better understand the proposal.”

June 28, 2012
Statement from Board of Health Chair Joe McDermott on the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act
“No complex law is perfect, but the Affordable Care Act is a significant step toward a more perfect union. The law is vital as we work to provide more affordable health care for all Americans."

June 25, 2012
Council acts to expand affordable housing units created by North Lot project
“This project will create new jobs and provide welcomed development in the County’s historic Pioneer Square neighborhood. The commitment to affordable housing is vital. I’m thrilled that after seven years this project is finally under construction.”

June 19, 2012
Arena investor Chris Hansen presents to Council Budget Committee
“I appreciate Mr. Hansen addressing Councilmembers’ questions and I particularly appreciate our independent panel for providing their time and expertise as we review the proposal before us.”

June 19, 2012
Port of Seattle representatives, labor urge caution on proposed SODO Arena
“Today’s briefing was another opportunity for the Council to continue our thoughtful deliberations of the proposed arena plan.”

June 11, 2012
Council approves 2013 sewer rate that focuses on reducing expenditures
“This proposed sewer rate responsibly continues the County’s vital work in providing appropriate resources while continuing to be mindful of increasing costs in this economy.”

June 4, 2012 
Council proclaims June “Gay Pride Month”
“Gay Pride Month serves as an opportunity for us to reflect on our past and recommit ourselves to the fight for full equality under the law. I am proud of King County’s record of supporting the LGBTQ community.”

June 1, 2012
King County Forecast Council appoints David Reich as County’s Chief Economist
“Mr. Reich's technical skills are impressive. His ability to present information clearly and concisely, which will help our efforts to make King County government more transparent, is equally impressive.”

May 29, 2012
King County Council begins its review of SODO arena proposal
“For many fans this proposal is a reason to have great hope that the Sonics will play in Seattle again. As exciting as that possibility is, many questions remain. The Council is committed to fully vetting the proposed legislation.”

May 16, 2012
McDermott: Budget Committee ready to examine arena proposal
“This is an exciting proposition, but of course there are many questions yet to be answered.”

May 7, 2012
Arrival of RapidRide service in Ballard and West Seattle highlight adopted September transit service changes
“September will bring the largest set of service changes in Metro’s history. Many riders in Southwest Seattle will see faster, more reliable service. Rapid Ride C Line is an exciting part of that faster, more reliable service.”

May 7, 2012
Council appoints Johanna Bender to fill vacancy in King County District Court
“I am thrilled with the appointment of Ms. Bender. I believe she will be a strong advocate for justice and public safety in King County,”

April 16, 2012
Council sends proposed levy increase for construction of Children and Family Justice Center to August ballot
“The measure would replace the existing the aging Youth Services Center with a Children & Family Justice Center. The current facility forces families to have intimate and personal conversations with their attorney without privacy, conditions not conducive to justice.”

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 15, 2012
Highline Public Schools recognized for exemplary work creating healthy schools
“It is our entire community’s responsibility to help address the epidemic of childhood obesity. The HealthierUS School Challenge encourages schools to help students make healthier food choices and promote more active lifestyles. These effects will last a lifetime.”

March 1, 2012
Bi-partisan coalition calls for August ballot measure for needed replacement of County Youth Services Center
“The County continues to be increasingly efficient and lean in our operations. Now we ask the voters to invest in public safety by funding this critical facility.”

February 16, 2012
McDermott: Potential of arena proposal worth examining
“I know there will be many questions moving forward, particularly about the County's role in any financing. I look forward to examining the proposal in detail.”

February 13, 2012 
Marriage equality is official: McDermott commends Governor, supporters of legislation
“Business, faith, civic and labor organizations, straight allies, and gay and lesbian advocates worked together and demanded equality. This morning their applause echoed through the Capitol.”

February 8, 2012
McDermott: “An historic and joyous day”
“I thank the leaders who came before us, those who stood up and demanded equality following the Stonewall Riots of 1969. The community that took shape that night paved the way to today’s historic vote.”

February 6, 2012
Council hails Executive’s call for regional partnership for economic revival
“As the state addresses its fiscal challenges, the County will again show leadership by making tough—but sustainable—budget choices. The Council and the Executive will continue the work to provide the support, services and environment to keep our region prosperous.”

January 30, 2012
Joe McDermott named Chair of County Council’s Budget Committee
“Tough choices and a true commitment to reforming county government have placed the County on sound financial footing. Sound fiscal management will continue to be my priority as budget chair.”

January 23, 2012
Councilmember McDermott on State Senate majority in support of marriage equality

January 17, 2012
Protection of basic services, stable transportation funding and consolidation of special districts top County’s 2012 state Legislative Agenda
“After four years of successful Flood and Ferry District operations, the proposed consolidation would allow us to enhance services and continue our efforts in managing costs.”

January 10, 2012
County Council declares its support for marriage equality
“We have confirmed our County’s commitment to equality for all of Washington’s families. I want the opportunity to marry my partner of over 12 years before our families and friends. The Council’s vote is very personal for me and the thousands of families who are denied rights simply because of who they love.”

Thursday, November 17, 2011
Executive and Council praise Congressional approval of $37.5 million for future Metro RapidRide serving both North and South King County
"As areas outside of Seattle continue to grow, we must provide transit connections for our suburban cities to keep our entire region moving This funding is an important piece of that work."

Thursday, November 17, 2011
Burien joins five local communities with tobacco- or smoke-free parks
"People want and deserve healthy, smoke-free places. Today we continue to deliver this for our region."

November 9, 2011
County Council acts to ensure stable family income and full benefits for King County employees called to active military duty
“The positive effect this measure will have on the families of active service members outweighs its small fiscal impact. Helping to provide some financial stability to these families is just a small token of the County’s appreciation for their service.”

November 9, 2011 
County Council adopts 2012 King County budget that continues efficiencies but protects our most vulnerable
“It was an honor to help write this budget. We preserved critical public safety programs and supported programs that will help to meet the most basic needs of King County residents.”

November 9, 2011
County Council approves “humane, efficient” 2012 King County Budget
“Just like so many have done at home, the County has balanced its checkbook, but we have also prioritized and supported access to food, safety and shelter to help the thousands of King County residents who are struggling during this Great Recession.”

October 19, 2011
“Racing” to downtown Seattle to highlight transportation alternatives during viaduct shutdown
Metropolitan King County Councilmember Joe McDermott issued a commuting challenge − and County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen accepted.

October 17, 2011
Council proclaims October Breast Cancer Awareness Month
“Breast cancer is personal. It affects everyone. My family includes survivors and current warriors. We all must be aware.”

September 26, 2011
Council’s Budget Leadership Team prepares to tackle realistic 2012 Budget that continues reform of County Government
“Critical transit service was preserved in our region thanks in part to strong reforms pursued by the County. This year, the Council turns its attention to maintaining county roads which face an eroded tax base and drastic cuts. One of the issues the Physical Environment Panel will examine is the proposed Roads Strategic Plan. We will be looking for further reforms in this and other areas.”

September 12, 2011
County vans sent into “working” retirement by Council
“With the economy continuing to struggle, nonprofit and community groups have stepped up to provide more critical services in our communities. But they often lack the transportation resources they desperately need. It is my great pleasure as a Councilmember to be able to contribute to the work these extraordinary and invaluable groups are doing across our region.”

August 30, 2011
County leaders unite on anti-gang violence initiative
"This is a well-rounded approach. Early childhood interventions, employment training and criminal justice resources will not only work to prevent violence but will also help many individuals become contributing community members."

August 15, 2011
Council adopts transit funding plan that includes efficiencies, Congestion Reduction Charge
“The tireless efforts of King County residents highlighted the vital role transit plays in our region and led to today’s victory. Today’s vote will keep King County moving, save the taxpayers nearly $1 million in election costs, and provide needed time to identify long-term funding for Metro.”

July 13, 2011
Overflow audience calls for preservation of Metro service
“Students, employees, employers, retirees and traditional adversaries like business and labor groups from across King County rallied together to make it clear that they depend on reliable transit. I thank them for making their voices heard and urge my colleagues to pass the temporary Congestion Relief Charge.”

July 12, 2011
Making healthy choice the easy choice: Council calls for healthier fare in county vending machines
“Providing healthier foods in vending machines will help make the healthy choice the easy choice for King County employees. Organizations across the County have already implemented similar policies. Together we can make a difference in our fight against obesity.”

July 11, 2011 
Council agrees to a “new model” for unincorporated communities
“This new model will support strong community leadership that is vital to informed policy making. My colleagues and I deeply appreciate the continued service of community advocates. We look forward to working together into the future.”

July 11, 2011
New vision for public transportation in King County with Council adoption of transit strategic plan
“Today’s vote is the result of a collaborative effort and fundamentally changes the way our region delivers transit. Under this plan, our buses will become more efficient but not at the cost of social equity for those who rely on public transit as their only means of transportation.”

June 27, 2011 
Council calls for federal review of toxic sealant used at Boeing Field 
“Washington is again leading the nation in environmental protections. It is my hope the FAA will acknowledge the harm coal tar-based sealants have on our rivers, lakes and oceans and joins our efforts preventing further damage to our fragile ecosystem.”

June 27, 2011
Executive restores funding for Skyway police storefront
“As we continue to see cuts to public safety services, it is vital that we fulfill our responsibility to unincorporated communities like Skyway and West Hill. Sheriff’s storefronts are an important way for these communities to work directly with law enforcement in their neighborhoods, and I am pleased that the Executive and Sheriff decided to restore this position.”

June 16, 2011
Board of Health signals its commitment to Equity and Social Justice
“King County residents are some of the nation’s healthiest – on average. When you examine health outcomes just a bit closer, you see that the health discrepancies between different populations – for example where someone lives or how much someone makes – are among our nation’s worst. For the Board of Health to truly improve the health of all King County residents, we must consider these inequities as part of our legislative process.”

June 6, 2011
Celebrating equality and dignity: County Council proclaims June “Gay Pride Month”
“Our state and county have seen great steps toward equality, but our march toward full equality under the law continues. Let’s celebrate our successes and reflect on our next steps during Gay Pride Month.”

May 31, 2011
Metro service changes reflect arrival of RapidRide in east King County
“As viaduct construction moves forward, West Seattle residents have seen their commutes impacted. These additional 19,000 service hours will make getting around West Seattle and into downtown easier during both rush hour and throughout the entire day.”

May 5, 2011
“Piñata breaking” event: Celebrating the start of construction of the new South Park Bridge
“Today is a great day for South Park residents and for our entire region. This project will create family-wage jobs and support businesses – both large and small. This corridor serves an area that is home to 70,000 jobs and as the entry to a commercial center where 76 percent of the businesses were minority owned.”

April 21, 2011
King County Board of Health adopts new guidelines for healthier foods in vending machines 
“Many of us eat up to half of our meals outside the home. The Healthy Vending Guidelines will make it easier for King County residents to make healthy choices while eating on-the-go.”

April 4, 2011
Council adopts plan to make land available for neighborhood “farms”
“The Board of Health is always looking for ways to increase access to healthy foods, so people can make healthy dietary choices. Community gardens make healthy choices easier for thousands throughout King County. I am thrilled to see this plan move forward.”

March 28, 2011
Council recognizes work of County employees
“Sadly it has become commonplace to vilify our public employees. This vilification often means we forget the important work they do to keep all our lives running safely and smoothly. But perhaps more importantly, it often results in many forgetting the sacrifices King County employees have made during the Great Recession. I am proud to stand with our public employees.”

March 9, 2011 
Regional leaders support renewal of King County Veterans and Human Services Levy
 “The levy’s programs have been very successful, yet the need continues so I am very supportive of continuing the existing Veterans and Human Services Levy.”

March 7, 2011
Funding in place to begin construction of new South Park Bridge
South Park BridgeThe residents and businesses dependent on the disabled South Park Bridge are a step closer to a replacement with today’s unanimous adoption by the Metropolitan King County Council of agreements to fund construction of a new structure.

February 28, 2011
Councilmembers, Executive ready to work together toward “One King County”
“The County must ensure our sustainable prosperity through economic development and regional job creation as the Executive outlined. The South Park Bridge in particular will both create needed construction jobs and restore economic vitality to key industries and businesses in our region.”

January 20, 2010
McDermott elected Chair of King County Board of Health
“As the legislator who introduced the first Clean Indoor Air Act, I have been concerned about public health issues my entire career.”

January 3, 2011
Protection of basic services, funding tools for transit and tax suppression relief at top of County’s Legislative Agenda
“The State and County must work together and develop sustainable budget solutions to meet our commitments in public safety and basic family security. With this legislative agenda, we commit to supporting those in King County who are already greatly suffering during this Great Recession.”

December 6, 2010
McDermott: Maury Island purchase step toward preserving Puget Sound for future generations
“Since 1997, citizen activists have argued that expanded mining and barge loading on Maury Island would damage critical shoreline habitat and have disastrous effects on Puget Sound. I am ecstatic that after 13 years of tireless work, we are one step closer to delivering on our promise to restore the health of Puget Sound for future generations."

December 6, 2010 
Council adopts funding plan to support acquisition of Maury Island gravel site 
“I commend the Council, Executive Constantine, State Senator Sharon Nelson, the Legislature and community advocates for working together to protect Puget Sound.” 

December 6, 2010
McDermott calls swearing in celebration for a County that values diversity
“Today confirms King County believes in representative democracy and values diversity. I am honored that the voters have placed their trust in me and grateful for the LGBTQ community’s support throughout my career.”

November 24, 2010
Councilmember McDermott dedicated to meeting commitments, advocacy for his district
"We must work together to provide meaningful and efficient government services with an eye to the future. We cannot let today's economic crisis keep us from meeting our commitments in regional planning, environmental stewardship and public safety."

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