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King County Executive
Dow Constantine


2016

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.

6
APR

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.

4
APR

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.

31
MAR

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.

28
MAR

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.

9
MAR

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.

8
MAR

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.

7
MAR

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.

7
MAR

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.

5
MAR

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.

2
MAR

Executive delivers on his promise to transform animal services, setting new pet adoption records
Six years after King County nearly disbanded its animal services program amid high euthanasia rates and poor shelter conditions, the County now operates a high-performing regional agency where nearly 9 out of 10 cats and dogs find a safe, loving home. It's the latest example of Executive Constantine's efforts to build the nation's best-run government.

1
MAR

Executive Constantine, Mayor Murray announce task force to confront heroin and opiate prescription addiction
More people in King County now enter detox for heroin than they do alcohol, and the number of opiate-related deaths has tripled since 2009. King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray are bringing together a wide range of experts to recommend immediate actions to confront the epidemic.

29
FEB

Executive appoints former White House policy advisor to achieve his goals for shared and sustainable prosperity
Paige Shevlin, who for the past three years served as a special assistant to President Obama, is Executive Constantine’s new economic policy advisor.

26
FEB

15 years after the Nisqually Earthquake, King County prepares for "the big one"
On February 28, 2001, the magnitude 6.8 Nisqually Earthquake shook the Puget Sound region. Fifteen years later, King County Emergency Management is taking action to prepare for a Cascadia megaquake by participating in a multi-state, multi-agency exercise planned for this summer.

25
FEB

Executive proposes installing cameras in all Metro Transit buses
Building on the progress Metro Transit has made to decrease the number of driver assaults, Executive Constantine proposed installing cameras in all Metro buses. He will request funding in the supplemental budget needed to install cameras in 100 percent of Metro’s bus fleet.

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