August 20, 2010
King County notified about 300 staff who work in portions of the county’s Youth Services Center (YSC) in Seattle that recent tests on the building found the chemical polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) in the exterior caulking around some windows of the Alder Tower. PCBs are common in buildings from the 1950s to early 1970s, but its […]
July 30, 2010
President Obama on Thursday, signed legislation that provides $44 million in federal funds for the so-called “interim fix” for the federal Howard Hanson Dam in King County’s Green River valley. At a news conference today, Executive Constantine praised Senator Patty Murray for her “tenacity and commitment” in securing the funding for the U.S. Army Corps […]
June 23, 2010
‘Less is more’ seems to be a theme at King County’s Department of Development and Environmental Services (DDES). In April, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced several reforms in the department aimed at increasing predictability and transparency up front about the total charges for a project review. The reforms are also removing barriers that have […]
April 6, 2010
40 new units of supportive housing for homeless veterans and other low-income and homeless households is a step closer to reality after an official ground breaking held April 5, 2010 for the Andrews Glen project in Bellevue’s Factoria area. Many of the people and organizations helping to create and pay for the project shared in […]
April 1, 2010
King County’s Office of Information Resource Management (OIRM) has officially finished the county’s three-year transition from its old Internet domain, metrokc.gov, to its new one: kingcounty.gov. Chosen in 1994, the old domain reflected the former division between King County and Metro Transit that no longer exists. OIRM staff petitioned the federal government annually for the […]
March 26, 2010
The state Supreme Court decided Thursday on the fine to be imposed on the county in a case dating back 13 years, in which the county failed to provide documents in a timely manner relating to the public financing of what is now Qwest Field. That was in 1997 and the county learned from the experience. What we found was that the sheer size and complexity of county operations often made it hard to identify and locate all relevant documents across multiple departments.
March 16, 2010
Like many people, I was deeply concerned to learn of the discovery of dead or dying animals on a property near Enumclaw in January, after officers with King County Animal Care and Control (KCACC) found dead and dying animals there two months earlier. That’s why I have asked my newly-appointed Manager of Regional Animal Services, Ken Nakatsu, to review the circumstances surrounding the incidents at the property. Ken has called in an outside investigator to assist him.
March 10, 2010
More than 100 residents and business people from Seattle’s South Park community and the surrounding neighborhoods turned out Tuesday night to learn more about the King County Department of Transportation’s plans for the deteriorating South Park Bridge. The bridge spans the Duwamish River on 14th/16th Avenue South, and is used by about 20,000 vehicles each weekday […]
March 1, 2010
King County Executive Dow Constantine recently had a chance to visit with his counterparts in King County’s suburban cities. When he ran for office, Executive Constantine promised to build stronger ties to the county’s rural residents. To that end,he spent a day visiting, viewing, and listening to get a better feel for the pressing issues in these areas, to get an up close view of some of the great businesses that support the local economy and to see firsthand the important projects underway throughout the area.
September 16, 2009
Residents often call King County to report dead birds in their neighborhood, which helps with tracking of West Nile virus and notifications to the public about its spread. Here's how the process works between the call and the notice.