King County Executive
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.
Inquest ordered into fatal shooting of man by Auburn police
King County Executive Dow Constantine ordered an inquest into the death of Isaiah Obet, and requested King County Superior Court provide a courtroom for the proceeding.
Executive Constantine’s plan will ensure all King County residents have access to open spaces
Executive Constantine is proposing legislation that embraces recommendations put forward by the community-led Open Space Equity Cabinet and the Conservation Futures Advisory Committee to provide more access to open space in communities with the greatest needs.
New mobile app makes it easy to report the precise location of noxious weeds anywhere in King County
King County’s mobile app makes it easy for residents anywhere in the region to submit a photo and precise location of a noxious weed to a team of county specialists who will quickly respond. It is the newest feature on King County Connect, an app that offers convenient mobile access to employees about services the county offers.
Executive Constantine releases statement on L&I proposed overtime rules
King County Executive Dow Constantine released the following statement on new proposed rules to expand overtime protection to more salaried employees across Washington
Executive Constantine announces inquest staff as new process into officer-involved deaths begins
King County Executive Dow Constantine announced three Administrators who will preside over inquests, taking over many of the duties formerly performed by District Court judges. Executive Constantine also named a Pro Tem Attorney to facilitate the process, and released his letter ordering an inquest into the death of Damarius Butts.
Mayor Durkan and Executive Constantine announce expanded Seattle-King County Immigrant Legal Defense Network grantees
King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced the grantees of the Expanded Seattle-King County Immigrant Legal Defense Network (ELDN). The ELDN grants $5.6 million to community-based organizations working to provide legal services to immigrants and refugees at risk of deportation.
Transforming how the region funds employment and job training to connect more people to high-demand careers
King County and City of Seattle are transforming the workforce system to connect more people to high-demand jobs. The new model will better align funding to help people who face barriers to employment and help ensure that employers have the well-trained workforce they need to remain competitive in the global economy.
Progress on Lake to Sound Trail, a paved path that will connect five cities and four other regional trails
Executive Dow Constantine led a celebration in Tukwila as King County started to build a new segment of the Lake to Sound Trail, a continuous 16-mile multi-use trail that will eventually extend from Lake Washington to Puget Sound and link to five other regional trails.
King County is the nation’s first local government to offer certified carbon credits that protects local forests
King County’s new Forest Carbon Program confronts climate change by offering local companies the opportunity to offset their carbon emissions by keeping forests intact here in the region, making it possible for their employees and their families to explore and enjoy the protected outdoor spaces.
Operators at King County Airport will not serve ICE flights, leaving no ground support for immigration transfers
Following an April 23 Executive Order, executives from Modern Aviation informed Executive Dow Constantine that the company will cease serving Swift Air flights carrying immigration detainees to and from King County International Airport. The other two operators at the airport indicated they will not pick up this service.
King County Metro, Sound Transit reach agreement to continue integrated rail operations and maintenance through 2023
King County Executive and Sound Transit Board Member Dow Constantine announced that King County Metro and Sound Transit reached an agreement to continue operating and maintaining the Link light rail system for the next four-and-a-half years, and potentially up to 10 years. The agreement was sent to the King County Council and Sound Transit Board’s Executive Committee this week for consideration.
On Earth Day, Executive Constantine presents Green Globe Awards, the region’s highest honor for local environmental efforts
From cleaning polluted stormwater to saving forests, farmlands and open space for public use, to designing environmentally friendly building regulations that save resources, the 2019 King County Green Globe Award winners honored by Executive Dow Constantine are leading the ongoing efforts to improve environmental conditions for people and fish and wildlife across the region.