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Waste to Energy, Recycling, Upcycling and moving towards Zero Waste Symposiums: Jan. 18 and Feb. 28


Thanks to everyone who attended our Symposiums. They were both great times of learning about Waste to Energy, Recycling, Upcycling and moving towards Zero Waste Symposium. The speakers were amazing!

Watch videos of the symposiums on YouTube:
Watch the Jan. 18 Symposium, click here to download speaker times for the Jan. 18 video
Watch the Feb. 28 Symposium
View the PowerPoint from Jan. 18
View the PowerPoint from Feb. 28

ACEs in our community

I wanted to share this serious and in some ways concerning and/or terrifying information:

On Monday, August 14, I attended the Key Leaders Summit which was sponsored by the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network.

The theme was learning about ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and becoming a trauma-informed community. It was truly enlightening about the needs of our children and teens in the valley and also encouraging that many of the valley organizations have been implementing helpful practices for quite some time.

Here’s some of the information that was presented from the 2016 Youth Survey:

ACEs chart

Jerry Blackburn from Friends of Youth also gave a great presentation on the importance of resilience in dealing with these issues. He said that there are 7 ingredients that comprise resilience:

ACEs chart

It was encouraging to note that several Washington State communities are leading the way with positive responses to ACES that are having outstanding results. Here’s one example from Cowlitz County:

ACEs chart

Knowing this information is vital as we meet with and see the youth around us, so we can be encouraging and supportive to them. (Not easy to be a child in these times of many stresses). There is work to be done and we need to encourage each other to make a difference.

Report on Trauma Pilot Project Meetings

kidshugWe are excited to report that work is currently underway to enhance King County’s responsivity to youth and young adults impacted by trauma. Studies overwhelmingly confirm that, if children are not cared for during and after traumatic events, they can be negatively affected their entire life. The availability of early intervention and appropriate response services and supports following instances of trauma are needed to help prevent the development of negative coping strategies and long-term consequences of unprocessed trauma and grief. I am working to develop a community trauma response team pilot program for first responders within Council District 3 who are coming into contact with youth and young adults ages 0– 24 due to a traumatic event.

District 3 is the largest Council district in regards to land mass in King County, and includes a wide variety of constituents from both rural and urban areas. Data from first responders in District 3 indicates similar response patterns to those of first responders in other Council Districts in King County. However, local data also indicates that there is a dearth of publicly funded resources, such as behavioral health treatment, available to community members, and in many cases the services and supports which are available are not easily accessed due to distance and a lack of available transportation options. Of significant importance is the fact that youth in District 3 are at higher risk of hospitalizations due to self-harm than any other district in King County. The higher rate of youth self-inflicted injuries suggests the presence of untreated adverse childhood experiences.

Thank you to our community members who participated in two planning sessions and provided input to ensure that the services and supports of a youth and young adult community trauma response team are responsive to their community’s specific needs. These meetings occurred on January 17th at the North Bend Community Center and January 24th at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland, and offered community members an opportunity to identify the most pressing needs they see with their youth and young adults due to trauma. Attendees represented a wide array of organizations including Fire Departments, Police Departments, Chaplaincy programs, school districts, behavioral health agencies, housing providers, homelessness service systems, and other youth-focused agencies serving Council District 3.

Next steps for the development of this pilot include completing a recommendation report that takes into account best practices, similar programs already in place in our County, and community input. Implementation decisions will then be made regarding funding, contracting, data collection, and outcomes. As we continue to develop this program, we are asking for your input in regards to a proposed name for this pilot: Timely Response for Adverse Childhood Experience or TRACE for short. Please let us know what you think!

Agencies represented at Community Planning Sessions:

  • Auburn Youth Resources
  • Baby Corner
  • City of Kirkland
  • City of Redmond Chaplain
  • City of Snoqualmie
  • Congregations for the Homeless
  • Eastside Fire and Rescue
  • Encompass
  • Friends of Youth
  • Hope-Link
  • Imagine Housing
  • Issaquah Food Bank
  • Issaquah Police Department
  • Kirkland Police Department
  • LifeWire
  • Northshore School District
  • Redmond Fire Department
  • Residence XII
  • Si View
  • Snoqualmie Fire Department
  • Snoqualmie Hospital
  • Snoqualmie United Methodist
  • Snoqualmie Valley Community Network
  • Snoqualmie Valley Hospital Commissioner
  • Snoqualmie Valley PTSA
  • Snoqualmie Valley School District
  • Trail Youth
  • Victim Support Services
  • Wellspring Family Services
  • YMCA

A brief guide to the King County budget

The King County budget is composed of two types of funds: dedicated funds and the General Fund. Dedicated funds are the largest portion at about 85% of the total budget. By law, these funds are restricted to specific purposes, such as transit, sewage treatment, and voter-approved programs.

budgetchartThe discretionary portion of the county budget is the General Fund, which is about 15% of the total budget. These funds pay for critical day-to-day services not supported by other revenues. About three quarters of the General Fund (73%) pays for criminal justice and public safety, as mandated by the state. The remainder must fund other services, such as Elections and human services (see pie chart).

The General Fund is supported mostly by property tax and sales tax. By law, the County collects property tax on behalf of all taxing districts within the county. However, the County receives just 19 cents of every property tax dollar, with the rest going to other agencies (see bar graph). Similarly, King County receives less than one cent of the sales tax per dollar collected in most of the county.

Since Washington State enacted the 1% cap on property tax increases in 2002, counties across the state have faced a structural gap. With inflation at approximately 2% over these years, plus increases in the cost of maintaining the same level of services, the County has continued to face deficits in the budget. The deficit in the General Fund for the 2017-18 biennium is currently projected by the County Executive’s office at $40 million.

To learn more about the County budget and the Council’s budget review process for this biennium (2017 and 2018), please visit:

Bridges and Roads Task Force

Last fall King County Executive Dow Constantine and I convened a Bridges and Roads Task Force. It was charged with recommending sustainable solutions for funding bridges and roads in unincorporated King County. As many of you know, I’ve been a strong proponent of finding workable solutions as we cannot let our bridges and roads fall into disrepair! The 1994 funding formula no longer works and it’s time for it to be reevaluated! The terrific group of people on the Task Force came up 152 recommendations in their final report. You can access all the information including the final report and the list of recommendations here:

Here’s more information that explains the problem in detail and gives more background:

One Night Count

In January I participated in the One Night Count. (It's the first time I've walked on a trail in Redmond in the dark at 2 am; it was very peaceful!) This is an annual effort to count the homeless in our region. The day after the count, I was interviewed on KIRO radio and shared my 5 ideas for ending homelessness.

Boost Your Brainpower

I’m a strong proponent of exercising the brain as it’s a great way to stay sharp and avoid disease. I loved this article – it is chock full of very common sense ways to exercise our brains every day. Here’s to more conversation until we’re all over 100!

Parade Magazine: 23 Ways to Boost Your Brain

King County Noise Code

Effective July 2, unincorporated King County residents have a new, improved noise code. If you’re experiencing loud and raucous neighborhood noise, you should call the King County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line at 206-296-3311. For construction noise, call the Department of Permitting and Environmental Review (DPER) at 206-296-6680. For unreasonable animal noise, call the Pet Information Line at 206-296-PETS (7387). Learn more, read the King County Noise Code Fact Sheet (pdf, 303KB).

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.

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