Councilmember Kathy Lambert Council District 3
516 Third Avenue, 12th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
Toll Free: 800-325-6165
Serving the communities of Carnation, Duvall, Fall City, Issaquah, North Bend, Preston, Redmond, Sammamish, Skykomish, Snoqualmie, rural Woodinville, and unincorporated northeast King County.
Note: My office phone numbers have recently changed. You can now reach me at 206-477-1003.
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.
2013 Green Globe Awards
I attended the 2013 Green Globe awards on Monday, April 22, where District 3 had three winners:
Oxbow Farm, Leader in Conservation and Agricultural Education
Oxbow is a 25 acre organic farm, education center, and native plant nursery located on 100-acres in the Snoqualmie Valley 25 miles east of Seattle that was begun in 1999 by farmers Luke Woodward and Sarah Cassidy on less than an acre and now covers 25 acres, with a steady clientele through their community supported agriculture program. They have partnered with stewardship and research groups to restore nearby habitat and to improve soil conditions.
Lakeside Industries, Leader in Recycling Market Development
Lakeside Industries, one of the largest asphalt paving contractors in the Pacific Northwest, is producing more sustainable pavements by using recycled asphalt shingles in its paving mix. The company has worked with other industry representatives and the Washington State Department of Transportation on a new pavement specification for evaluating pavements containing recycled asphalt shingles on state roads.
Wally Pereyra, Leader in Habitat Restoration
Wally Pereyra has been a tireless advocate for habitat conservation and restoration in the watershed, investing his own time and resources to improve access to high quality spawning and rearing habitat for Sammamish kokanee. Most recently, Wally led an effort to replace an undersized culvert on his land along Ebright Creek that for decades had been a barrier to fish passage.
Additionally former District 3 Councilmember Louise Miller was also honored with an Environmental Catalyst Award.
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 2013 round of Community Engagement Grants.
Deputies and dispatchers recognized for lifesaving efforts
I am proud to have led the King County Council in recognizing the year-old partnership between the King County Sheriff’s Office and Public Health–Seattle & King County to equip deputies’ vehicles with automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Read more to learn about this important program and the lives it has saved.
On November 13th the King County Council unanimously voted to adopt the 2013 Budget. Shortly after, my colleagues and I who serve on the Budget Leadership Team sat down to discuss the process with KCTV. You can view this video and learn more about the budget process by clicking here.
Gang violence intervention
Due to rising gang violence in King County, the Council has been working the Executive, Sheriff and Prosecuting Attorney to protect our communities with a comprehensive approach to address gang violence. You can read more about what we are doing to suppress further gang activity here, and you can view the press conference here.
Safe 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 www.ReportToSheriff.org. Watch this video to learn more about reporting crimes online.
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: http://green.kingcounty.gov/FloodAlertSystem/ 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.