Resources to help navigate family conversations about racism

As we look toward gatherings over the holidays and into the future, the Anti-Racist White Action Group offers some resources that may help you with what might be difficult family conversations. How to Navigate Difficult Conversations During the Holiday Season How to Talk to Your Family About Racism on Thanksgiving Six steps to help you tackle difficult conversations How to navigate difficult conversations with family over the holidays ARWAG is one of the county’s Affinity Groups (also called Employee Resource Groups) that addresses racism and other forms of oppression to advance the county’s equity… Read More

Intuitive eating tips for the holidays

It is common to feel stressed about food and exercise during celebrations, and this often peaks at winter holidays. Balanced You and our colleagues at Public Health want to remind you to be gentle and kind to yourself. The winter holidays and the new year are a great time to take a look at our assumptions and judgments about food, exercise, and our bodies, and to learn more about Intuitive Eating and making peace with food. During the holidays, you can support yourself and others by: Not labeling foods as “good” or… Read More

King County collaborates to build new facilities for Harborview’s future 

Cross-posted from Executive Services Express Harborview Medical Center, the people’s hospital, is undergoing a radical campus-wide modernization. Owned by King County and operated by University of Washington Medicine, the medical center will experience dynamic improvements over the next 10 years thanks to King County voters who overwhelmingly approved a $1.74 billion capital improvement bond in 2020. Read more.

State-of-the-art stormwater station in Georgetown to protect the Duwamish River and Puget Sound

King County’s new $275 million Georgetown Wet Weather Treatment Station will be ready for crews to operate this rainy season enabling better protection of the Duwamish River and Puget Sound from stormwater pollution during severe rainstorms, which are occurring more frequently due to climate change. Read more and watch the video.

Indigenizing leadership, advocacy, and education

Throughout Native American Heritage Month, the Native American Leadership Council in partnership with the Office of Equity and Social Justice are bringing you videos in employee news featuring Indigenous and Native community members, King County employees, youth and elders on the movement to increase awareness of the diverse experiences, culture, stories of struggle and resilience within the Native community. In this video, we feature the youth and elders participating in the Urban Native Education Alliance’s (UNEA) Clear Sky program. UNEA represents an organization founded and maintained by the Native community in King… Read More

County offices closed Nov. 24 and 25

King County government offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Click here for Metro Transit holiday bus schedules. If you have questions about your holiday schedule, please speak to your supervisor. Have a safe and healthy holiday.

Safety video: Plan your trip

Our first priority is your safety and security at work, and we are continuing to partner with law enforcement, community, and other governments to ensure a safer, more welcoming environment in and around our facilities. Here’s another tip to help you stay safe. Plan your trip ahead of time and wear clothing and shoes that are comfortable, low profile, and appropriate for the weather. Don’t carry too much and try not to carry anything in your hands. If you carry a purse, carry it close to you, and never carry a wallet… Read More

Metro’s Operators of the Month

Did you know your bus driver’s artwork might be displayed on a Metro coach? Or that some of them enjoy working on cars and trucks, running, and biking? Or that they relax playing the stock market and working on taxes? One thing is for sure: They are as unique as the people they provide transportation to every day, and all of them love driving and giving back to their community. Meet your Operators of the Month for September and October 2022 here.

Now is the time to prioritize getting a flu shot and COVID-19 booster

With holiday gatherings around the corner, it’s important to be up to date on your flu shot and COVID-19 vaccination. King County Public Health officials are noting that respiratory viral infections have increased both locally and nationally. Getting your flu and COVID-19 vaccines now is important to protect you and your loved ones from infection before there are further increases in local respiratory viral activity. Read more from Dr. Eric Chow, Public Health Chief of Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Immunizations.

Executive Constantine on adoption of $15.8 billion biennial King County budget: A road map to our values

King County Executive Dow Constantine released a statement after the King County Council unanimously passed a $15.8 billion biennial budget that adopts major investments in his priority areas focused on battling the climate crisis and restoring our environment, ensuring every person has a home, ensuring a community where every person is safe, and uprooting racism and racial disparities. Read the full statement here.