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King County Executive
Dow Constantine


2020

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Introducing Leafline, a coalition to connect Central Puget Sound with regional trails
Launching today, the Leafline Trails Coalition is committed to expanding and connecting trails in the four-county Central Puget Sound region, providing more equitable access to safe places to walk and bike, offering reliable and healthy transportation options, and growing the region’s economy.

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Residents of King County honored with Executive's Award for Community Resilience
This year, instead of recognizing one organization, the King County Executive's Award for Community Resilience honors the efforts that every resident, organization, and community group is doing to support each other during an unprecedented 2020, including the Coronavirus pandemic, racial injustice, snowstorms, historic flooding and wildfire smoke.

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King County investing in final push of 2020 Census in SeaTac, Tukwila, and South County
King County is investing $50,000 for a strategic push in the final weeks of the 2020 Census to ensure a fair count of all King County residents, and help boost return rates in SeaTac and Tukwila.

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Executive Constantine unveils 2021-2022 budget, calls for major investment in housing, advancing an anti-racist agenda
King County Executive Dow Constantine joined the King County Council today to present his $12.4 billion biennial Proposed Budget, which includes calling for an investment of $400 million in regional housing, as well as funding for anti-racism efforts, criminal legal system transformation, and community engagement.

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Executive Constantine statement on passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
"For nearly three decades, America benefitted from the wisdom and moral guidance of a woman whose life of service was dedicated to making real a central ideal our nation: justice."

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Executive Constantine highlights anti-racism and criminal legal system transformation in upcoming budget: invest, divest, reimagine
King County Executive Dow Constantine today outlined key investments and reinventions in the criminal legal system, as well as funding priorities for anti-racism−pro-equity work. The highlights will be included in the 2021-2022 Proposed Budget that Executive Constantine will transmit to the King County Council with a formal speech on Sept. 22.

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Executive Constantine statement on passing of Bill Gates Sr.
"Bill Gates Sr. was a champion for our region, and for the things that make this corner of the world so special."

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Smoke relief shelter remains open as region continues to experience poor air quality
The emergency shelter, located in a building King County outfitted to serve as a COVID-19 assessment and recovery center, is open 24/7 and has been extended to September 16, due to continuing poor air quality. To offer a safe, clean place for people experiencing homelessness to come inside and breathe clean air, King County and the City of Seattle worked together to open a temporary smoke relief shelter in Seattle’s Sodo area.

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During Dual Crises of COVID-19 and Wildfire Smoke, City and County Partner to Open New Healthy Air Center in SoDo for People Experiencing Homelessness
King County and the City of Seattle are opening a clean air shelter for homeless individuals during the hazardous air quality conditions this weekend.

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Executive Constantine convenes regional thought leaders for ‘12 Arguments for Change’, a series of live, virtual panels envisioning an equitable post-pandemic King County
King County Executive Dow Constantine will host three live virtual panels with local community leaders, equity experts and small business owners as part of a conversation series called ’12 Arguments for Change’ on Sept. 10, 15, and 17.

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King County Metro is "Ready When You Are" with new safety innovations and route changes
King County Executive Dow Constantine today announced Metro is rolling out more than 1,400 first-of-their-kind automated safety partitions between passengers and the driver, to be installed on Metro buses, including Sound Transit Express buses operated by Metro. Metro also will equip over 100 buses with on-board dispensers to provide masks on the busiest routes.

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Building a more resilient, sustainable, equitable King County: Executive Constantine announces regional strategy to confront climate change
As climate change exacerbates inequities and intensifies natural hazards, King County Executive Dow Constantine today announced his proposal for the 2020 Strategic Climate Action Plan, a five-year roadmap to cut greenhouse gas emissions by half, prepare the region for climate impacts, and elevate the voices of frontline communities.

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Free face masks available at King County Safeway locations; King County free mask event in Issaquah on Tuesday
King County has partnered with Safeway and United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Local 21 to distribute 750,000 free face masks at Safeway locations throughout King County starting today. King County will also host a free mask distribution event in Issaquah on Tuesday.

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King County dedicates $41 million to COVID-19 related rental assistance and eviction prevention
King County Executive Dow Constantine today announced over $41 million in funding for eviction prevention and rental assistance that will help up to 10,000 households experiencing COVID-related economic challenges remain safe and stable in their homes.

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Executive Constantine on the passing of Sen. Slade Gorton
King County Executive Dow Constantine released the following statement on the passing of Sen. Slade Gorton

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King County and City of Seattle distributing free face coverings in Rainier Beach on Aug. 20
Free face coverings will be available for King County residents on Thursday Aug. 20 in Rainier Beach in Seattle. During the drive-through event King County residents can receive 2 masks per person for up to six people per household or up to 12 masks per vehicle.

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King County awards COVID-19 relief grants to regional science organizations, arts and culture, and independent live music venues
King County provided $2 million in one-time grants to science, arts and culture organizations, and independent live music venues disrupted by COVID-19 across the region. The program is tailored to organizations that draw tourists and is designed to ease the economic burden of the pandemic while also increasing public health measures.

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Executive Constantine submits $87 million emergency COVID-19 budget for drive-through testing in South King County, housing, and childcare
King County Executive Dow Constantine today transmitted an emergency supplemental budget to the King County Council for the fourth time since the COVID-19 outbreak. The $87 million proposal includes funding for new test sites, housing, and arts organizations.

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King County distributing free face coverings in Renton on Aug. 11
Free face coverings will be available for King County residents on Tuesday Aug. 11 in Renton. During the drive-through event King County residents can receive 2 masks per person for up to six people per household or up to 12 masks per vehicle.

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King County distributing free face coverings in Bellevue on Aug. 4
Free face coverings will be available for King County residents on Tuesday Aug. 4 at the Eastgate Assessment and Recovery site in Bellevue. During the drive-through event King County residents can receive 2 masks per person for up to six people per household or up to 12 masks per vehicle.

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Dow Constantine
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