Lisa Daugaard tapped to serve as DPD’s Deputy Director

Lisa Daugaard, a longtime public defender with a rich history in advocacy and civic affairs, was recently named the deputy director of the Department of Public Defense.

Lisa DaugaardShe comes to DPD from The Defender Association Division, where she has served as deputy director since 2007. Lisa is a graduate of Yale Law School; she also has a master’s in government from Cornell University. After she obtained her J.D. in 1995, Lisa went to work for The Defender Association, where she handled misdemeanor and felony work, represented hundreds of WTO co-defendants, and helped to launch TDA’s Racial Disparity Project, a highly regarded project that uses policy advocacy, litigation, community organizing and other education to reduce racial bias in the criminal justice system. She also helped to develop LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion), which has been hailed as a model for low-level drug offenders and is being replicated in other cities.

Lisa is working closely with Dave Chapman, the County’s Public Defender, on all aspects of running the new Department of Public Defense.

(Excerpted from DPD’s For The Defense newsletter).

SNAP-Education is Changing Lives

Aaron Porter, a fifth-grade student at John Muir Elementary school, has been a participant in the Public Health SNAP-Ed Eat Better, Feel Better (EBFB) nutrition education classes for the past six years, since kindergarten.

And for the past several years, Aaron’s mother Akberet Gedlu has volunteered in his classroom.

She sat in during several lessons when Public Health’s EBFB nutrition educator, Nancy Tudorof, taught students about healthy eating. She appreciated that the students chopped lettuce, sampled kale, and made healthy recipes that actually tasted good! Over the years, Akberet reports that Aaron began realizing that healthy food can taste really good. He brought recipes home – from bean dip and green smoothies to frozen mangos – and begged her to make them.

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Akberet couldn’t believe what was happening to her family. Real change! They began to eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

According to Aaron, it’s better to “Eat wheat instead of white”. Hmm… sounds like an EBFB message.

Akberet used to think that healthy foods were bland and that kids wouldn’t eat vegetables. She thought that cooking dinner required spending hours in the kitchen making fried chicken and potatoes for her two. Akberet admitted to forgetting the basics of how to cook even the simplest things. Akberet is East African and was taught that boys were not meant to be in the kitchen. Yet, it was Aaron who got her back into the kitchen. Welcoming Aaron into the kitchen wasn’t easy at first, but now being in the kitchen together has made their mother-son bond even stronger. It made her feel more at ease that Aaron had a lot of practice using a knife to chop vegetables during EBFB classes.

Akberet hears from other mothers at John Muir Elementary School about their children sampling and eating more fruits and vegetables at home. I asked her how she knew that she was eating more fruits and vegetables and she laughed. “My grocery receipts are proof! I’m buying more” she said. She shops at her local Columbia City Farmers Market. She has even lost weight.

Her children are healthier. Aaron used to have allergies and eczema and was teased because he had dark circles around his eyes. Aaron does not have eczema, dark circles or allergies anymore. Aaron says it is because he is eating more vegetables. Akberet says it is also because he is drinking more water and less soda. But that doesn’t mean that Aaron feels deprived – actually the opposite.

Eat Better, Feel Better is funded by the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed), for schools with more than fifty percent of students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. Six Seattle schools are participating —Van Asselt, John Muir, Maple, Dearborn Park, Bailey Gatzert and South Shore K-8.

(By Elizabeth Kimball, SNAC Program Supervisor. Excerpted from Public Health’s HealthBeat newsletter).

Rebuilt Bow Lake Recycling and Transfer Station earns LEED Platinum

King County’s redeveloped Bow Lake Recycling and Transfer Station was designed and built with sustainability in mind, and the U.S. Green Building Council has now certified Bow Lake with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification.

“Having a recycling and transfer station that is certified LEED platinum is an example of how our physical plants complement the work we do,” said Executive Dow Constantine. “We are more effective at protecting our environment when the facilities we operate are as sustainable as the services we provide.”

The new recycling and transfer station reopened to solid-waste collection in July 2012 after a multi-year rebuilding project on the site of an old landfill. Some of the sustainable design features that improve energy efficiency and help keep costs down include:

  • Translucent skylights and window panels that allow natural daylight into the building
  • Harvesting rainwater instead of purchasing water for use in washing down the transfer station floors; and
  • More than 90 percent of the wood used was sustainably harvested through the Forest Stewardship Council.

The recycling and transfer station also includes recycled content building materials such as steel, asphalt and concrete, while landscaping with drought-tolerant plants cuts irrigation costs.

Bow Lake’s environmental benefits don’t end at the recycling and transfer station’s property line.

New and highly efficient garbage compactors are used to ensure transfer trailer loads are optimized. The result is a 30 percent reduction in transfer trailer trips to the County’s Cedar Hills Regional Landfill, which means lower fuel costs, and an estimated annual reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of more than 172 metric tons.

The LEED Rating System is a voluntary, consensus-based national rating system for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. LEED addresses all building types and emphasizes state-of-the-art strategies in six areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials and resources selection, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design.

Garbage disposal services were not disrupted during facility redevelopment. Bow Lake takes in roughly one-third of all the tonnage received by the County’s solid waste transfer system.

The station reflects modern trends in transfer stations featuring a wide array of recycling opportunities, including appliances, bicycles, textiles and shoes, along with standard recyclables such as cardboard, mixed paper, glass bottles and jars, and plastic bottles, tubs and jugs. Customers can even drop off home-generated medical sharps for safe disposal at the facility, which is located at 18800 Orillia Rd. S.

Recycling hours are Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 8p.m., and 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

King County’s Shoreline Recycling and Transfer Station, which was reopened to the public in 2008, was the nation’s first LEED Platinum transfer station.

Public Defense staff join forces with Operation Nightwatch

On a blustery Saturday night last month, seven volunteers served a home-cooked meal to 150 homeless men and women at Operation Nightwatch, a ministry located in Seattle. The volunteers included stalwarts in the Department of Public Defense as well as their relatives – DPD Division Director Donald Madsen and his wife, Chief Justice Barbara Madsen, DPD Senior Staff Attorney Jonathan Newcomb and his daughter Natalie, DPD Seattle Municipal Court Supervisor Karen Murray and DPD financial controller Anne Dolan and her husband Cary.

As that night’s coordinator, Karen had checked the kitchen pantry a few days before to decide what donated food items would be used to prepare the night’s meal. The menu was simple: grilled cheese sandwiches, along with garden vegetable and chicken noodle soup. All told, more than 250 sandwiches were distributed that night.

This wasn’t the first time employees from the Associated Counsel for the Accused, now a division within the county’s Department of Public Defense, stepped up to serve meals to homeless residents. ACA began volunteering with Operation Nightwatch four years ago, part of a conscious effort to channel the firm’s volunteer efforts toward those activities that directly touched the lives of many of their clients.

Pam Pasion, ACA’s Assistant Drug Court Supervisor, brought Operation Nightwatch to ACA’s attention after she met with Nightwatch staff to discuss some of the unmet needs ACA volunteers could fulfill. She quickly saw that the populations Operation Nightwatch served were some of the same people who entered the criminal justice system due to ongoing issues of substance abuse, mental illness or physical and emotional abuse – a population that mostly goes unnoticed because they’re homeless. Operation Nightwatch is a nighttime ministry whose mission is to provide the homeless with shelter and food. Those in need are treated with respect and dignity by Nightwatch staff and volunteers, and, for a window of time, they become visible.

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Karen Murray, left, checks the soup, while others make sandwiches. In the foreground at far right is Don Madsen.Photo Credit: Jonathan Newcomb.

Since Pam introduced ACA to Operation Nightwatch, ACA staff have volunteered 21 times, and they now know a thing or two about the needs of the organization’s clients. As a result, ACA volunteers handed out not only home-cooked meals on that rainy February night but also dry socks and toiletry kits – items donated by dozens of ACA employees.

These efforts are in keeping with the mission of ACA and now the Department of Public Defense, which seeks to provide high-quality legal representation to clients and to do so with a profound respect for their dignity and independence and an understanding of what’s driving their criminal behavior. Although the clients’ names change, the stories are often familiar, revealing histories of chemical abuse, physical abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, mental illness and sometimes homelessness. And ACA is not the only division that undertakes such efforts. DPD’s three other divisions – The Defender Association Division, Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons Division and the Northwest Defenders Division – have also embraced a range of volunteer activities, efforts that bring them closer to the needs of their clients.

The Department of Public Defense is increasingly focused on holistic defense – a kind of practice that recognizes clients have not only legal needs but also a wide range of social service needs. The goal is to provide excellent legal representation as well as seamless access to social supports, so that the client doesn’t quickly re-enter the legal system. And to do that well, a public defender needs to see the whole person and garner his or her trust. Experiences like those with Operation Nightwatch do both. They underscore what many in public defense know full well – that by meeting clients on their turf and in their communities, they’ll begin to establish relationships far stronger than those forged only in the courtroom.

(Article originally appeared in the Department of Public Defense’s For the Defense newsletter).

Featured Job: LAN Administrator – Journey

Closing Date: Wed. 04/30/14 4:30 PM Pacific Time

Salary: $63,856.00 – $80,953.60 Annually

Location: Chinook Building – 401 5th Ave, Seattle, Washington

Department: King County Department of Information Technology

Description: King County Information Technology – Public Health is seeking an individual with strong technical and customer service skills. This individual will be comfortable working independently as well as in teams with other technical staff. The ideal candidate will have a broad IT background and strong problem solving skills. This position will be responsible for performing complex, though generally routine, tasks in the areas of WAN support and maintenance, server support and maintenance, and end user support.

Learn more about this position or view all available jobs.

Kudos! IT Service Center, KCIT

Here are some kudos from employees about the customer service they received from the IT Service Center:

Speedy response. Stayed on the line with me to make sure it worked, and snap, I was in. Thanks, Service Center.  —  J. W.

I had a pleasant experience this time. I did not have to wait long to get someone on the phone and the person who helped me is very helpful and knowledgeable.  Good job KCIT!    —  L. S.

Service was perfect!  Thank you  —  T. O.

That was the best experience I have had trying to get help.   —  K. L.

I would like to comment that the response time was very impressive.  It wasn’t even a couple of minutes between the time I submitted my request to when I was contacted. Great customer service!  thank you!  —  N. C.

You could not have improved this service; it was great.  Fast response, fully fixed.  Thank you. —   M. B.

Help Desk Staff was very patient, friendly, and knew how to ask questions to help guide me through the process of what the trouble was, so that they could wisely and patiently guide me on what to do. Thank you so much! Very nice, knowledgeable worker. Please keep up the good work!  —  B. H.

Earth Day 2014: Executive Constantine Employee Message

Dear fellow employee,

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King County Executive Dow Constantine

Earth Day offers us a chance to stop and think about the decisions we can make to protect and sustain our environment, economy and quality of life.

At King County many of us get to work on actions to confront climate change not just on Earth Day, but every day: creating walkable and healthy communities, protecting and restoring our forests and farms, providing affordable and convenient commuting options like transit and trails, or supporting waste reduction and recycling. Many work behind the scenes to create energy efficiencies by monitoring and adjusting the operations of our buildings, facilities, and vehicles.

All of these actions are vital to the future of our environment and our communities.

Overall, we’ve reduced energy use in our buildings by nearly 10 percent since 2007, and with continuous improvement, we’re on a path to reach our goal of 15 percent improvement by next year. Across the County, we’re seeing per-capita greenhouse gas emissions stabilize and some sources start to decline – but there’s more work to do.

To learn about the cumulative impact of our individual choices and actions, check out the It’s Easy Being Green website and the Solid Waste Division’s EcoConsumer Program. You can see the local impacts of climate change and what we’re doing about it in our Confronting Climate Change website, and learn more about our overall County effort at www.kingcounty.gov/climate.

Happy Earth Day. Thank you for all you do to make a difference on this and every day.

Sincerely,

 

 

Dow Constantine
King County Executive

New Rural Services Center open to Vashon Residents

King County has opened a Rural Services Center on Vashon Island to provide residents with a one-stop shop for King County services.

The Vashon Rural Services Center is home to the King County Sheriff’s Office, King County District Court, the Vashon Community Service Center, and services provided by the Department of Permitting and Environmental Review and the Community Service Area Program. The new center was made possible through a partnership between King County and Vashon Island Fire and Rescue (VIFR).

“King County is the local government for Vashon-Maury Island but they’re separated by a ferry ride to receive any County services,” said King County Councilmember Joe McDermott. “This is actually bringing local government to their doorstep.”

The Vashon Rural Services Center, located at 10011 SW Bank Rd. in downtown Vashon, opened on February 20. Watch a short KCTV video below.

 

Five Questions with Pam Jones, Juvenile Division Director, Adult & Juvenile Detention

Pam Jones1. What is the Juvenile Division responsible for? The Juvenile Division is responsible for the safe and secure housing of juvenile offenders.  While detained, juvenile offenders are provided comprehensive services such as medical and mental health services, education provided through Seattle Public Schools, access to a library on site staffed by the King County Library System and the option of participating in other regularly-scheduled programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings, Powerful Voices, PONGO poetry and other special programs.

2. What do you like most about your job? Everything. I like working with children and their families, and being a partner with other Juvenile Justice agencies that work to provide nationally-recognized best practices programs for at-risk youth. I am also fortunate to work within a quality work environment with professional and caring staff.

3. What is the biggest challenge in your job? The biggest challenge is balancing needs of safety and security with best practices for adolescents and their unique developmental needs and making sure our policies and protocols, and staff training reflects this balance.

4. What is the Juvenile division doing to reduce disproportionate minority contact (DMC) in juvenile detention? Just as there is no one cause for DMC, there is no single change or agency that alone can eliminate it. Juvenile detention is partnering with Superior Court, Probation, Prosecutors, Defense Agencies, Police and the community to review practices and policies at key decision points in the justice system. Every juvenile justice agency has a role in creating racial equity and a responsibility to work together to eliminate DMC. We are working collaboratively to identify system improvements and make the changes that will reduce minority overrepresentation in detention. For example, we have helped create more objective criteria and risk assessment tools to determine when detention is the right option and we have worked hard to ensure appropriate youth are placed in alternatives to secure detention programs.

5. What is your main goal for 2014? My main goal for 2014 is to work with the new Children Family Justice Center project team which includes DAJD, Superior Court and Facility Management Staff. This is a unique opportunity to create a design that is inspired by community input and supports implementing best practices in operating a juvenile detention facility. Equally important is collaboration with other juvenile justice partners to engage with community groups to share information on the new Children Family Justice Center.

Take Action to Save Puget Sound

Stormwater, or polluted runoff, is the leading contributor to reduced water quality in Puget Sound. Learn more about its impacts on the environment, how King County is addressing the issue, and how you can help. Visit the public involvement website for more information, including videos, and an opportunity to provide feedback on our stormwater management program.

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