King County Executive
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.
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.
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.
Executive thanks Corps of Engineers for protecting treaty fishing rights, denying permit to build largest coal export terminal in the U.S.
King County Executive Dow Constantine – who is Chair of the Safe Energy Leadership Alliance – issued the following statement in regard to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to deny permits needed to build the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point, located near Bellingham.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Help shape the future of transit in King County
Executive Constantine invites residents to share their ideas on the future of transit in King County as Metro finalizes its long-range plan to create an integrated transportation system that provides more choices to more destinations.
Executive: 'Alaska Airlines just added a new chapter in our region's proud aerospace history'
King County Executive Dow Constantine issued the following statement in regard to Alaska Airlines acquiring Virgin America.
Nine-year-old boy honored as "9-1-1 Hero"
Austin Holdt, a nine-year-old boy from Pacific, was named a "King County 9-1-1 Hero" for his quick actions that saved his grandmother's life. The award comes as King County kicks off National 9-1-1 Education Month by releasing a new storybook that helps kids learn how to use 9-1-1.
Executive calls for historic investment to connect the region with high-capacity mass transit
Executive Constantine’s 2016 State of the County address focused on the once-in-a-generation opportunity to expand and connect the growing region with reliable high-capacity mass transit. Sound Transit 3 will deliver more than 108 miles of light rail, creating a regional system that rivals San Francisco’s BART and Washington, D.C.’s Metro.
More frequent, reliable bus service will soon connect more riders to congestion-free light rail
Riders across King County will see milestone transit improvements in just a few weeks: Sound Transit expands Link light rail on March 19 by opening the University Link light rail extension to Capitol Hill and the UW, and Metro implements the third phase of Seattle voter-approved service additions to make bus service more reliable and frequent for Seattle neighborhoods.
Executive kicks off Best Starts for Kids implementation with plan to prevent youth and family homelessness
The first initiative to be funded by the Best Starts for Kids levy will work to prevent youth and families in King County from becoming homeless. It will provide flexible funding and case management for those who are at imminent risk of homelessness, reducing the number of children who are traumatized.
Executive Constantine names board members to guide behavioral health integration
As King County prepares to take on new responsibilities as a Behavioral Health Organization (BHO) beginning April 1, 2016, Executive Constantine has nominated 15 community members to serve on a new advisory board that will provide oversight to the integration of mental health and substance use disorder services.
A year after launch, ORCA LIFT shows how transit can help confront income inequality
ORCA LIFT, the nation's largest reduced-fare program for lower-income riders, is showing other metropolitan regions how transit can be part of the solution to the nation's growing income inequality.
Exec on Bill Hobson: Few advocates have been able to do so much for so many who have so little
King County Executive Dow Constantine issued the following statement regarding the passing of Bill Hobson, the former longtime Executive Director of the Downtown Emergency Service Center.