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 www.kingcounty.gov/roads/snow.
September is National Preparedness Month
Are you prepared for an emergency? Watch my video and then visit http://emergency.cdc.gov/hazards-all.aspto find out how you can become better prepared.
Diaper Need Awareness Week
Friends of Youth Groundbreaking Ceremony
View more photos from the groundbreaking ceremony at Friends of Youth.
Washington's Safest Cities
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.
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.
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.
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 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.