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King County Councilmember Jane Hague

Council Vice Chair, serving the communities of Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Mercer Island, Medina, Clyde Hill, Hunts Point, Beaux Arts, Woodinville, and Yarrow Point
Councilmember
Jane Hague
Council District 6  
516 Third Ave., Rm. 1200
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-477-1006
Toll Free: 800-325-6165
TTY/TDD: 206-296-1024
Fax: 206-296-0398
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Not-so-risky business

July’s Public Works Magazine features King County’s innovative project risk management system. It highlights the work of Tina Rogers, King County’s Capital Projects Oversight Manager and the King County Auditor’s Office. This program is recognized nationally for fostering public trust as it brings “electeds” and administrators  together to minimize and mitigate financial risks, problem solve, measure performance and promote transparency in large capital projects. 

The resulting Capital Project Risk Scoring Instrument has substantively changed how the county delivers major infrastructure projects. By quantifying risk through a standardized system it is possible to objectively compare and assess projects. The scoring process allows for high risk projects to be dealt with according to their challenges. For instance, flagged projects are implemented and evaluated in phases rather than all at once. Tactics like this minimize the number of projects completed late or over budget.

Each project receives a number value based on 15 factors that influence the likelihood of issues arising. This consistent numerical data not only prevents or diminishes issues in current projects but will be used to increase efficiency in future planning and execution. “With these efforts, especially the improved communication, we’ve encountered fewer surprises, said Vice Chair Jane Hague. “This builds transparency and public trust.”  Read the article at http://bit.ly/1r4opDY 


Council approves revised plan for solid waste system that reflects reduction in volume

Cedar Hills Landfill with Mt. Rainier in the backgroundAt its June 9 meeting, the Metropolitan King County Council accepted the report that reviewed the County’s Solid Waste Transfer and Waste Management Plan. Adopted by the Council in 2007, the Plan approved investments for a major upgrade of the network of transfer stations (through which waste loads from cities and unincorporated areas are consolidated for transport to the Cedar Hills Landfill), to address old and outdated facilities.

“Outreach and transparency has been essential to forming this new, money-saving plan and would not be effective without collaboration or our city partners,” said Vice Chair Jane Hague. “I appreciate all of the work that has been conducted by the Solid Waste Division, King County Auditor’s Office and King County Council to ensure that the solid waste transfer system is right sized to provide appropriate services at predictable and competitive rates.” More at http://www.kingcounty.gov/council/news/2014/June/solidwaste.aspx

County Council gives approval for construction of Factoria Transfer Station replacement
Modern station to replace aging, crowded building

Graphic depiction of station from SE corner of structure It is one of the busiest solid waste facilities in the County’s solid waste system—along with being the oldest building in the system. At its June 9 meeting, the Metropolitan King County Council gave its unanimous approval to replacing the County’s Factoria Solid Waste Transfer Station with a new modern facility. “The much needed update of this facility is based on a careful review of our solid waste needs,” said Vice Chair Jane Hague, whose district includes the Factoria facility. “This state of the art facility is supported by our Bellevue partners and the process has helped us identify a solid contractor.” More at http://www.kingcounty.gov/council/news/2014/June/JH_factoriastation.aspx


Council approves transit service package that is responsive to public feedback


On Monday, June 9, the Metropolitan King County Council approved a reduction of Metro Transit service starting this September. But as it made those reductions, the Council also unanimously approved an effort to reduce the transit cuts the County may be forced to make in 2015. King County Executive Dow Constantine announced after the vote that he intends to veto the measure.

We listened to the public and our goal is to find the best possible ways to restore service, protect infrastructure and not foreclose on the hopes of those who rely on Metro. We will continue to responsibly pursue fiscal policies, peer review, an outside audit and identify other efficiencies while seeking tools from the legislature for long-term sustainability. More at http://www.kingcounty.gov/council/news/2014/June/transitcuts.aspx

metromeet2Thanks to the more than 120 people who came to the Council’s public hearings in Seattle, Bellevue and Renton on proposed Metro Transit cuts

Due to a funding shortfall, King County must cut 550,000 annual hours of Metro bus service. The County Executive has sent the Council a proposal for phasing in the cuts between Sept. 2014 and Sept. 2015. The current plan would eliminate 72 bus routes and reduce or revise another 84 routes.

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Transportation Committee Receives Briefing on Proposed Metro Transit Cuts

Due to a funding shortfall, King County must cut 550,000 annual hours of Metro bus service. On April 29 and May 6, the Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee received the County Executive's Metro Transit Cuts proposal. Cuts will be phased in between September 2014 and September 2015.  The current plan would eliminate 72 bus routes and reduce or revise another 84 routes. 

Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee
April 29, 2014

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Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee
May 6, 2014

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Meetings with Community Councils

On a regular basis I touch base with the 10 community councils that represent District 6, asking them for feedback, updating them on King County Council initiatives and thanking them for their service.  Join me in the appreciation of the citizen leaders of Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Mercer Island, Medina, Clyde Hill, Hunts Point, Beaux Arts, Woodinville, and Yarrow Point.

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Meeting with Woodinville City Council
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Thanks to all who attended our Town Hall Meeting on February 12

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Thanks to all who attended our District 1 and District 6 Town Hall meeting on February 12 with my colleague councilmember Rod Dembowski.   We had a good turnout and a great exchange of ideas, initiatives and concerns.  We received a warm welcome from Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen and we are appreciative of being hosted by Finn Hill Middle School. 


Phillips, Hague and McDermott to lead Council in 2014

Annual reorganization begins with appointment of Council leadership

Budget2013 Metropolitan King County Councilmember Larry Phillips will Chair the County Council in 2014. Phillips was unanimously selected as Council Chair today by the full Council. Phillips will be joined on the Council Leadership Team by Jane Hague and Joe McDermott, who will be the Council’s Vice Chairs.

“I am proud to lead the 14th largest county in the U.S. forward on positive issues that will move the economy and budget in a bipartisan organization,” said Hague.

As the Council’s Management Team, the Chair and Vice-Chairs work together to set the agendas for meetings of the Council and Committee of the Whole and coordinate the referral and scheduling of legislation.

Councilmember Hague joined the County Council in 1994, and was elected Council Chair two years into her first term. She has held most major Council leadership positions as well as serving on the Budget Leadership Team multiple times. Hague’s leadership has also extended to the National Association of Counties, where she served as president and remains a member of the Board of Directors.

The next step for the Council in its yearly reorganization will be the naming of chairs and the appointment of members to the Council’s standing committees, scheduled to take place in early 2014. Read more


2014 Budget

Our priority during this budget process was to continue King County’s legacy of delivering quality services that keep us prosperous, safe and healthy. Using “LEAN’s” continuous improvement principles, we have collaboratively done so, and in record time.  I am also glad to report that we have narrowed the “structural gap” of our budget from 5 to 6% to 1.5 to 2%.  We have increased funding for the homeless youth, water quality testing, affordable housing, the sheriff’s office, youth services and other initiatives while being good stewards and accountable to our citizens.


Accountability to our citizens is also affirmed by this budget.  Collaboration and continuous improvement were “watch words” as we crafted this budget, ensuring the careful use of county funds.  One of our strongest avenues for ensuring continuous improvement is through the County’s LEAN total quality management process that is results oriented. 

With this budget, we are making a conscious choice to bring our LEAN resources together, bring forward training to make continuous improvement part of the fabric of every King County employee's daily work, and to strategically direct where our largest LEAN efforts should be focused. This budget funds additional employees to prioritize areas of the county where we can find efficiencies that provide the “biggest bang for the buck.

On balance, as our economy has struggled and is getting back on its feet, leadership at King County has pulled together to find solutions. Unlike “the other Washington,” King County has collaborated between the three branches of government across party and jurisdictional boundaries to get things done.  I am proud to help craft a Council budget makes an immediate difference in people’s lives. Learn more at: http://1.usa.gov/1eIE6dM


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Regional Advisory Council launches cooperative planning for Eastside Rail Corridor

On October 29, 2013, the Eastside Rail Corridor Regional Advisory Council (RAC) gave its unanimous approval of a report affirming cooperation on future uses of the corridor. We have reached a milestone that is another important step toward sustainability for our community and its citizens. Literally, and figuratively, we are creating a corridor which will connect people with jobs, services and recreational opportunities within their community. At the same time, we are preserving the opportunity for future uses of the corridor that can benefit our entire region – a legacy for generations to come.

The report provides a summary of the RAC’s work to date, and calls for continued collaboration between the owners of the rail corridor. The report summarizes recommendations from the first phase of the regional planning effort for what will become a multi-use corridor, offering connections for trails, high-capacity transit, potential freight reactivation, rail use and utilities for generations to come. The report also describes the RAC’s vision for the corridor, the corridor’s history, and the process used by the RAC to develop these recommendations.
 



The Eastside Rail Corridor is a corridor of regional significance. It can create connections within and beyond the Puget Sound region – from Vancouver to Vancouver and beyond. It will enhance mobility, provide much-needed green space, support economic development, and allow for utilities to support growth, connections our transportation and trail networks, and help strengthen the ties within neighborhoods and between communities. Preserving the corridor in public ownership and planning for multiple uses along its length will be our generation’s legacy to the future.

The owners of the ERC – King County, Redmond, Kirkland, Sound Transit and PSE – have come together to collaboratively plan for the future of this important dual use corridor. As members of the ERC Regional Advisory Council, the owners will discuss how to complement one another’s uses of property rights within the corridor, hear from stakeholders and interested community members and then will make recommendations about how the ERC can best be designed for trail and transit use. We had a very successful open house on July 31—Here is KING 5 TV’s report by Amy Moreno.

Photo: Members of the ERC Regional Advisory Committee at the Oct. 29 RAC Report Signing Ceremony

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South Kirkland Park and Ride project

On September 16 we cut the ribbon on the South Kirkland Park and Ride which is a “Transit Oriented Development” that supports commuting to work with an expanded facility. It also provides housing opportunities for those who work and live in the area and includes affordable housing units—this helps especially at this time when we have been named the #17 least affordable housing market in the US of the 25th largest cities. This project establishes an innovative and integrated gateway to Kirkland and South Bellevue.

As congestion increases along the 520 corridor this transit oriented development creates a desirable alternative for the Eastside which takes cars off the road and prepares us for the transition to the new 520 floating bridge. This public and private partnership is a shining example of collaboration between the King County Council, the City of Bellevue, the City of Kirkland and Metro Transit as well as our private partners, Polygon Northwest and Imagine Housing. I was delighted to see this construction occur while we continued operations of the South Kirkland Park& Ride.

South-Kirkland-Park-and-RideThe total parking will increase from 600 to over 850. This includes 530 spaces in the three story parking garage and 260 surface lot spaces. Once construction is completed on the mixed-use housing project we will top 850 spaces. This includes 9 electric charging stations and two rows of bike racks. In addition to the additional park and ride spaces, there will be a mixed-income, mixed-use housing development where there were none before. This will include a total of 243 apartments and is slated to open for initial occupancy in fall 2014. Polygon Northwest is building 185 residences, approximately 7,000 square feet of retail. Local non-profit affordable housing developer Imagine Housing and its affiliate, Red Vines 1, will build and operate 58 affordable residences.

Thanks to all our partners as well as the staff who worked on the project and made this happen.

Watch the video of the ribbon cutting and project on K-Life/Kirkland TV’s “Currently Kirkland” program.


Image: King County Parks Receives $750,000 State Grant for Northshore Athletic Fields$750,000 Grant for Northshore Athletic Fields 

On Thursday, July 25  I was delighted to join Woodinville Little League President Helen Jackson and King County Parks Director Kevin Brown as State Senator Andy Hill presented a symbolic check for $750,000 to local little leaguers for improvements to the Northshore Athletic Fields.

The state grant funding will cover needed improvements at the fields, including restroom facilities, equipment storage, handicapped access, batting cages, a concessions stand and field improvements. The ball fields are managed under a public/private partnership with King County Parks.

This is not only “for the kids” but a great example of the community, county and state working together to provide for their needs in these challenging times. The improvements will start immediately and are expected to be completed in the next two years. Congratulations!

Image: Jane Hague and Kathy Lambert receive Norm Maleng award

Norm Maleng Award

On May 18th the domestic violence service agency LifeWire (formerly Eastside Domestic Violence Program) hosted their World of Hope Dinner & Auction. 
 
During the event, Judy Maleng presented the LifeWire's prestigious Norm Maleng Award to myself and King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert, honoring us for our inspirational leadership and dedicated service ~ personally and professionally ~ to end domestic violence. 
 
I am humbled receiving from Judy Maleng LifeWire's Norm Maleng Award along with Kathy Lambert for our domestic violence advocacy. It is especially poignant to me as Norm Maleng was my mentor, friend, confident and ally. Norm Maleng was a tireless advocate for children and youth and exemplified exceptional leadership and tireless commitment to ending domestic violence."  Read more
 
Learn more about LifeWire at: http://www.edvp.org/
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Jane at a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new facility in Kirkland for Youth Eastside Services.

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