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King County Executive
Dow Constantine


2016

20
JUL

Executive Constantine signs legislation to invest $87 million in workforce housing around transit stations
More than 1,000 units of affordable workforce housing will be created over the next five years around Sound Transit and King County Metro transit stations, with up to $87 million from the sale of bonds backed by future lodging tax revenues.

14
JUL

Executive on the passing of Ruth Woo: She helped shape the leaders who shaped our region
King County Executive Dow Constantine issued the following tribute after the passing of Ruth Woo, an influential leader in the Asian Pacific Islander community.

12
JUL

Executive’s statement on Puget Sound Energy’s Colstrip agreement with Sierra Club
Puget Sound Energy reached a settlement agreement with the Sierra Club establishing a firm timeline for shutting down two older coal-fired plants in Montana that provide electricity to customers in King County. Executive Constantine issued the following statement in support of that action.

8
JUL

Executive on Dallas shootings: This nation must come to grips with race, hate, guns, and a corrosive culture of violence
King County Executive Dow Constantine issued the following statement in response to the fatal shooting of Dallas police officers.

8
JUL

Executive's plan to support LGBT entrepreneurs praised by business leaders as a national model
Local and national business associations say Executive Constantine’s decision to make King County the largest county in the U.S. to track the number of contracts awarded to LGBT-owned small businesses will have a positive impact on the region’s economy, and predict other metropolitan regions across the nation will follow King County’s lead.

28
JUN

Soundgarden helps Executive launch the SoundGuardian, King County’s new environmental research vessel
Executive Constantine launched the SoundGuardian, King County’s new environmental research vessel named after the legendary Seattle band Soundgarden. Field scientists will use the vessel to monitor water quality, respond to illegal spills, and study the effects of climate change

15
JUN

Inquest ordered into fatal shooting of a Burien man by Sheriff’s Office deputies
Executive Constantine has ordered an inquest into the fatal shooting of a 39-year-old Burien man by King County Sheriff’s Office deputies on May 4. The purpose of inquests is to determine the causes and circumstances of any death involving a member of law enforcement while performing his or her duty.

12
JUN

Executive on mass shooting in Orlando: We stand united to support our LGBT community
King County Dow Constantine today issued the following statement in regard to the shooting massacre that occurred Saturday in Orlando, Fla.

6
JUN

Executive in Beijing to participate in U.S.-China climate summit
Executive Constantine is one of 20 elected leaders invited by the U.S. Department of State to participate in a U.S.-China climate summit in Beijing. Leaders from both countries will build upon the landmark 2014 agreement by President Obama and President Xi to reduce carbon emissions.

3
JUN

Executive on the massive oil-train fire in Oregon: We must stand united as a region to protect communities from this growing risk
Executive Constantine – who is the chair of an organization of more than 160 elected leaders from across the Pacific Northwest committed to safe transport and export of coal and oil – issued a statement after an oil train derailed and caused a massive fire in the Columbia River Gorge.

23
MAY

Executive provides a preview of what will be the most comprehensive approach to child and youth development in the nation
Executive Constantine provided a preview of his plan to implement Best Starts for Kids, an initiative that will increase the number of children who are born healthy, sustain the gain as their brain continues to develop, and create safer, healthier communities that reinforce progress. It’s considered the most comprehensive approach to child and youth development in the nation.

19
MAY

Executive proposes partnership to develop or preserve more than 2,000 units of affordable housing across King County
Under a proposal by Executive Constantine, King County Housing Authority would have access to King County’s triple-A credit rating, enabling the Authority to develop or preserve up to 2,200 units of affordable housing in strategic locations, such as near mass transit or high-performing schools.

18
MAY

Federal grants increase housing opportunities for homeless youth, adults and families
More than $35 million in federal homeless assistance funds was awarded jointly to the City of Seattle and King County. This includes over $4.3 million in new funding to create housing for over 350 households, and critical renewal funding for existing homeless housing and services countywide.

9
MAY

Executive thanks County Council for approving his plan to prevent children and family homelessness
The County Council has approved Executive Constantine’s plan to implement the first strategy that will be funded by his Best Starts for Kids initiative. He’s now finalizing the implementation plan for the rest of the initiative, which he will send to the Council on June 1.

3
MAY

King County’s stellar credit rating will result in lowest sewer rate increase in 15 years and reduce debt by $582 million
The next sewer rate increase will be the lowest in 15 years under a proposal by Executive Constantine. And by borrowing less and relying more on cash financing to pay for capital projects, the county will reduce its outstanding debt by more than a half-billion dollars.

2
MAY

More youth in Seattle will complete high school, earn a college degree and achieve career goals under a new partnership
Learning Center Seattle – a new collaboration between King County, Seattle Central College, United Way of King County and Seattle Education Access – will help some of Seattle’s most vulnerable youth finish high school, earn a college degree and achieve their career goals.

28
APR

Inquest ordered into fatal shooting of a man in the Wedgewood neighborhood of Seattle
Executive Constantine has ordered an inquest into the fatal shooting of Che Andre Taylor by Seattle police officers in February. The purpose of inquests is to determine the causes and circumstances of any death involving a member of law enforcement while performing his or her duties.

26
APR

Executive previews first Best Starts for Kids strategy, which will prevent youth and family homelessness
The first strategy that will be funded by Executive Constantine’s Best Starts for Kids initiative is based on a highly successful pilot project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that prevented local children and families from becoming homeless.

21
APR

Heroin and prescription opiate task force already taking action to reduce fatal overdoses
The task force of experts that Executive Constantine and Mayor Murray brought together in March to confront the region’s growing heroin epidemic is already taking action that will prevent fatal overdoses.

14
APR

Executive launches partnership to plant one million trees across King County
King County Executive Dow Constantine announced a new partnership to plant one million trees by the end of 2020. The initiative will help confront climate change and improve the health of neighborhoods and natural habitats across the county.

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