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King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert

Serving the communities of Council District 3
Kathy Lambert
Council District 3  
516 Third Avenue, 12th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-477-1003
Toll Free: 800-325-6165
TTY/TDD: 206-296-1024
Fax: 206-296-0198
Serving the communities of Carnation, Duvall, Fall City, Issaquah, North Bend, Preston, Redmond, Sammamish, Skykomish, Snoqualmie, rural Woodinville, and unincorporated northeast King County.

Pothole City

Please take the time to look at this information. It is a huge concern to me that answers from the State are inadequate to solve this problem. A full conversation needs to be held to chart a course that will maintain and preserve our roads infrastructure.

King County Rural Roads: How They Got So Bad by KUOW

County Health Rankings 


Check out this website that compares the health of King County’s residents to other counties around the state and nation.

There are two types of rankings: “Health outcomes” are a measure of length and quality of life. “Health factors” are a measure of health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment.

I thought this was very informative. It’s also a reminder that there is always room for improvement regarding our health.

Prepare for flooding

Although we've seen mild flood seasons for three consecutive winters, it's important to remember that there have been 12 declared flood disasters since 1990 in King County. Now is the time to prepare. For tips on what to do before, during and after a flood, visit the flooding services and information website, which includes links to all of the latest information about river levels and road conditions, plus weather reports and other critical information.

You can also subscribe to KC Flood Alerts, a free automated system that allows subscribers to receive customized alerts of potential flooding for any or all of King County's six major river systems. Immediate notifications about pending high water are sent to email, smart phone text or voicemail, providing subscribers with the maximum amount of warning about potential high water. (I know when both of my phones ring at once, it may be flood time!)

Prepare for snow too!

Now that snow has fallen in the mountains, lowland snow and ice aren't far behind. King County manages plowing and sanding on the roads and bridges in unincorporated areas. Learn more about snow routes, preparedness tips and checklists, and transportation alerts at


September is National Preparedness Month

Are you prepared for an emergency? Watch my video and then visit find out how you can become better prepared.

Watch my video 

Diaper Need Awareness Week


Friends of Youth Groundbreaking Ceremony


View more photos from the groundbreaking ceremony at Friends of Youth.

Images: Photos from Friends of Youth groundbreaking

Washington's Safest Cities

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 Safest Cities in King County District 3
I’m very proud that five of the cities in District 3 were named to the list of Washington State’s 50 safest cities: #2 - Sammamish
#3 - Duvall
#9 - Snoqualmie
#21 - Redmond
#24 - Issaquah

Their rankings were compiled by SafeWise by combining independent research with the 2012 FBI Crime Report to determine which of Washington State’s cities with populations of 5,000 people or more were the safest.

Congratulations to each of these cities and to their city governments and law enforcement for making safety a priority in their communities.

Rail/Trail Tour

I recently went on a fact-finding tour, with council staff and my colleague, Councilmember Larry Phillips, of communities that have successfully created rail/trail corridors. The trip was short, very busy and extremely helpful in assisting the Council as we work to ensure that the Eastside Rail Corridor is a valuable resource. We learned from their successes and suggestions, and I’m confident that we will be able to produce a solution that will make this corridor a legacy area.

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High-Tech Court

I attended the open house for King County’s first high-tech courtroom on Friday, April 26.  It was exciting to see the implementation of ideas I brought back from the 2011 Court Technology Conference: videoconferencing, smart board, document camera, public wi-fi, ceiling-mounted projector and display screen and PCs, monitors and keyboards finally installed! 21st Century justice will be served by these advances.
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Image: CSA meeting with Kathy Lambert Snoqualmie Valley Community Service Area meeting

I attended the Snoqualmie Valley Community Service Area (CSA) annual meeting on April 11 in Fall City, where I met with constituents and discussed the Community Engagement Grants.

Safe Place for YouthSafe Place for youth

For young people in crisis, help is just a bus away thanks to a new partnership between King County, local service agencies, and Safe Place, a national non-profit organization that builds community safety nets for youth. Here, YouthCare Executive Director Melinda Giovengo (left) and National Safe Place Executive Director Laurie Jackson (right) joined Councilmember Lambert on Aug. 31 to announce the new partnership with Metro Transit. Read more about the Safe Place launch, and see the news conference here.

Strategic Plan for Road Services

The road system in unincorporated King County is critically important to people who live and travel in the county, but it is aged and deteriorating. Unfortunately, the Road Services Division’s available funding falls far short of the need, despite the division’s efforts in recent years to gain efficiencies, streamline its organizational structure, and adjust business practices to current financial realities. The strategic plan for the King County Road Services Division responds to that dilemma by setting clear priorities to guide the division as it manages the road system. Read the plan here.

You can now report non-emergency crimes online

The King County Sheriff’s Office now offers the option of filing your non-emergency police report online. This option is available for citizens who live in unincorporated King County or in any of the participating cities that contract with the King County Sheriff’s Office for police services, including North Bend, Sammamish, Skykomish and Woodinville. Some examples of reports that can be filed online include abandoned vehicles, mail theft, narcotics activity, suspicious circumstances, thefts, traffic complaints, vandalism and vehicle prowls. You can file reports at Watch this video to learn more about reporting crimes online.

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Sign up for Flood Alerts

King County is offering free Flood Alerts to help keep you informed of flood conditions. You can receive notification by phone, text message or email. Your alert will be customized to the rivers and flood phases that you sign up for. Register at: or 206-263-3400.


Waste to Energy

Since 2005, I have been working on solid waste solutions with local and international experts. I am excited about the potential of new waste-to-energy technology that can recover resources from our garbage and generate renewable energy. You can learn more about this promising solution here and here.

Kathy Lambert 2011 

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CSA 2015 Grant (PDF)

Property Tax Appeals

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Taxpayers will now have more tools to determine whether or not to file an appeal of their property values if they believe there has been an error in their assessment. The new system will also provide citizens the comparable sales data they need and gives them an easy, electronic way to file and track their case.

“This is another great example of the different branches of King County government all working together to help the taxpayer,” said King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert. Read more...

In the community

Read: Who rules the world? Girls.--Bellevue Scene

Celebrating Riverview School District’s bronze award in the HealthierUS Schools Challenge.

Understanding the County budget

Where your tax dollars go

Myths vs. realities about the budget

Explaining the budget shortfall


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Watch: Councilmember Lambert is April Health Hero
Watch: Health Matters: Vision Screening
Watch: King County Communities - District 3
Watch: Combating Sex Trafficking
Watch: Townhall on Eastside transit

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District 3 Map

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