King County Executive
Executive Constantine proposes health, property tax assistance, and youth well-being investments in supplemental budget
King County Executive Dow Constantine will transmit a $169 million supplement to the 2019-2020 budget that contains funding for emerging issues. The update, to be considered by the King County Council, will be paid by savings, existing funds from the adopted $14 billion budget, new grants, and higher-than-expected revenues.
Next round of service expansion: King County Metro adds 1,350 new bus trips per week
King County Metro is adding more transit service in more places in the 10th consecutive expansion since 2015. Hundreds of new trips will be added seven days per week on more than 35 routes throughout King County – 1,350 weekly trips in total – thanks to Metro investments and Seattle Transportation Benefit District funds from City of Seattle.
King County Search and Rescue volunteers receive Executive's Award for Community Resilience
King County Executive Dow Constantine honored King County Search and Rescue volunteers with the ninth annual Executive's Award for Community Resilience, citing the organization's exemplary service during the February 2019 snow emergency.
Executive Constantine on urgent action needed to address youth vaping
Following the first known case of severe vaping-related lung illness locally, King County Executive Dow Constantine is calling for steps to address the urgent and rapid increase in youth vaping and to protect the health of our young people from products that may cause harm.
Less than 19 percent of local youth get the recommended amount of exercise. A new community coalition supported by King County and University of Washington will change that.
Too many young people in King County – particularly in communities of color – face barriers to physical activity even in a region famous for outdoor recreation, a new study conducted by the University of Washington’s Center for Leadership in Athletics in partnership with King County Parks and the Aspen Institute found. A new coalition that will include local professional sports teams and community-based organizations will implement the report's recommendations.
Bringing the region together to fight homelessness: Seattle and King County unveil new authority to unify response systems and services
King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today transmitted legislation to their respective councils creating the new King County Regional Homelessness Authority to oversee a unified response to homelessness.
Former Seattle police chief John Diaz to lead King County detention department
King County Executive Dow Constantine names former Seattle police chief John Diaz as permanent director of the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention.
King County invests $20 million in services to seniors across the region, focusing on building connections and healthy aging
Executive Dow Constantine launched new investments that will enhance senior services in King County by offering more programs at existing senior centers and community organizations, expanding outreach to isolated seniors and connecting vulnerable seniors to community.
No traffic and the best commute around: New and improved Water Taxi terminal debuts as regional passenger ferry network grows
The King County Water Taxi began operating out of the new passenger ferry terminal at Pier 50 on Monday, Aug. 12, featuring a new covered facility, ADA improvements, and expanded space. Commuters, travelers, and tourists pass through the terminal on their way between downtown Seattle and West Seattle, Vashon, Bremerton, Kingston, and coming next year, Southworth.
Executive Constantine issues statement on Seattle Squeeze
King County Executive Dow Constantine issued the following statement on the Seattle Squeeze
Connecting more veterans, service members and their families to support services with specially trained Pathfinders and Navigators
Executive Dow Constantine launched a new initiative that will provide Pathfinders and Navigators who will connect more veterans, servicemembers, and their families to support services, focusing on those who face the greatest barriers.
Executive Constantine calls for a task force to explore ways King County can make childcare more affordable and accessible
Executive Dow Constantine is creating task force that will recommend actions to make high-quality, affordable childcare more accessible throughout King County. The task force will explore ways to implement recommendations from the King County Women’s Advisory Board.
Unveiling Eastrail – previously known as Eastside Rail Corridor – and a new partnership to complete the 42-mile trail connected to Link light rail
Elected officials and community leaders unveiled the new name for Eastside Rail Corridor. Eastrail – evoking its rail past and trail future – will be an uninterrupted 42-mile trail that will connect to four of the 10 Link light rail stations that Sound Transit will open on the Eastside in 2023.
Letter to King County Ombuds
King County Executive Dow Constantine released his July 17 letter to King County Ombuds Amy Calderwood asking for the immediate release of investigative findings.
Executive Constantine announces new funding to prevent spread of hepatitis A
Executive Constantine directed $375,000 from King County’s Loss Control Program to expand free hepatitis A vaccinations and help prevent outbreaks among people experiencing homelessness.
Inquest ordered into fatal shooting of Charleena Lyles by Seattle police
King County Executive Dow Constantine ordered an inquest into the death of Charleena Lyles, and requested King County Superior Court provide a courtroom for the proceeding.
Link Connections: Community engagement begins for integrated bus and light rail service in north King County
As Sound Transit extends its light rail system to serve three new Link stations in Seattle in 2021, King County Metro is launching efforts to connect with riders to understand what changes are needed to improve service and connections. It’s an opportunity to revise and integrate 30 bus routes to create a customer-focused transit network that works for more people, with a focus on improving access to opportunities for historically underserved residents.
King County: Next steps in the fight for universal coverage
About 150,000 people still don’t have insurance in King County, even though the number of uninsured residents in King County was cut in half by the Affordable Care Act and other measures in recent years. King County Executive Dow Constantine announced a series of steps to bring universal coverage to the region.
Executive Constantine triples down on open space protection, takes action ensure greenspace access for all King County residents
Executive Dow Constantine delivered to the King County Council today legislation that vigorously accelerates the pace of land conservation over the next year. The legislation would triple funding and invest in 61 open space projects. It embraces recommendations put forward by the community-led Open Space Equity Cabinet and the Conservation Futures Advisory Committee to improve access to open space in communities with the greatest needs.
Best Starts for Kids: Camps, drop-in programs, and career opportunities for young people all summer long
King County Executive Dow Constantine announced a variety of summer child and youth programs funded by Best Starts for Kids, the nation’s most comprehensive approach to childhood development.