King County Executive
Protected forestland will serve as a new scenic gateway to Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park
A partnership led by the City of Issaquah, along with The Trust for Public Land and King County, permanently protected forestland that had been slated for development but will instead serve as a gateway to Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.
Local governments, transit agencies and others join in lawsuit against I-976
Plaintiffs including the Washington State Transit Association, Garfield County Transportation Authority, King County, Association of Washington Cities, and the City of Seattle filed a lawsuit in King County Superior Court alleging that I-976 violates various aspects of the state Constitution. In a separate action, the parties also seek an immediate injunction to prevent I-976 from taking effect.
I-976 impacts to Seattle and King County: if no replacement funds, major cuts to Metro service
King County Executive Dow Constantine outlined possible consequences of I-976, the $30 car-tab initiative that failed in King County but passed statewide in the Nov. 5 election.
King County’s first modular housing project opens in Sodo, to serve Native American and Alaska Native people
King County Executive Dow Constantine joined Chief Seattle Club Executive Director Colleen Echohawk and others to celebrate the completion of a new housing project in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood focused on serving Native American and Alaska Native people exiting homelessness.
Trailhead Direct ridership increased 75 percent in its second full season
Ridership on Trailhead Direct – a transit-to-trails service co-led by King County Metro and King County Parks – increased 75 percent during the second year of a two-year pilot project. The improved service design made it possible for hikers to board any of the four routes and get to any trail in the Trailhead Direct network.
Executive Constantine orders inquests into three officer-involved deaths
King County Executive Dow Constantine ordered three separate inquests into deaths involving police.
Executive Constantine statement on the passing of Jim Ellis
King County Executive Dow Constantine released the following statement on the passing of Jim Ellis
Small planes fly kokanee salmon to Orcas Island hatchery, the latest emergency action by King County and partners to ensure the native species’ survival
Volunteer pilots helped King County and its conservation partners fly Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon raised at a hatchery in Issaquah to Long Live the Kings’ hatchery on Orcas Island, the latest emergency action to ensure the survival of a native species that is important to the region’s bio-diversity.
King County files class-action lawsuit against JUUL for targeting vaping products to youth, creating public health crisis
King County Executive Dow Constantine today announced that King County has filed a lawsuit against the e-cigarette company JUUL Labs, Inc. and Altria Group, INC. for creating and sustaining the youth vaping epidemic.
Increasing kokanee’s chances of survival: Young salmon released after extended stay in a safe environment as lake conditions improved
The Lake Sammamish Kokanee Work Group is releasing more than 3,000 juvenile kokanee salmon into Lake Sammamish – offspring from last year’s extremely low return of the native fish to the spawning streams – after raising them in a protected environment since spring to increase their odds of survival.
Executive Constantine: We stand for the rule of law against ICE
King County Executive Dow Constantine released a statement affirming his commitment to the Constitution as ICE ramps up a media strategy aimed at intimidating welcoming communities.
ACTION! New effort to promote film production in King County
King County Executive Dow Constantine announced a new Creative Economy Initiative and an Executive Order prioritizing film production in King County. Constantine unveiled the proposal while slinging cherry pie and black coffee to local actors and musicians at the iconic Twede’s Café in North Bend, site of the legendary “Twin Peaks” Double R Diner.
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.