As he dons a robe, Judge Naylor reflects on his years in public defense

Marcus Naylor began a new chapter in his legal career earlier this month, when he was sworn in as a judge for the county’s Northeast District Court in Redmond. Donning a robe marks a big shift for this long-time public defender, but he sees his new position as a continuation of what he has long done and always loved. “I went into public defense as a way to touch people’s lives,” he said. “I see a judicial position as a way to continue to have an impact.” Marcus started his public defense… Read More

Volunteers outside of Seattle needed for Count Us In 2019  

All Home is seeking volunteers outside of Seattle for Count Us In 2019, the annual Point in Time (PIT) Count of people experiencing homelessness. The count will take place in the early hours of the morning of January 25, 2019 from 2-6 a.m. The core purpose of the annual Point in Time (PIT) Count is to collect data on the needs of people experiencing homelessness in our community. The count also provides an excellent opportunity to increase awareness of homelessness and to spark action. A successful and accurate PIT Count is an… Read More

2020 Strategic Climate Action Plan Update – Staff Kickoff Lunch and Learn    

All staff are invited to learn about King County’s commitment to confront climate change and understand how to contribute to a major update to the County’s Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP) that will start in 2019. The SCAP is King County’s five-year blueprint for County action to confront climate change, integrating climate change considerations into all areas of County operations and our work with communities. Based on high demand, we’ve added an additional lunch and learn session to outline the SCAP update process and share how staff can engage and contribute ideas. Please RSVP for… Read More

You asked, we answered: What you need to know about the Alaskan Way Viaduct closure 

Crossposted from Metro Matters  These are some of the most frequently asked questions from our riders about the viaduct closure and the new SR 99 tunnel. If you have additional questions, leave a comment below and we’ll answer them.  How much gridlock is anticipated during the State Route 99 closure? How will travel times change?  From Jan. 11 to the week of Feb. 3 – after the Alaskan Way Viaduct permanently closes and before the SR 99 tunnel opens – buses, trains and light rail will be more crowded than usual, especially during peak travel times… Read More

Equity and justice highlighted at 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration  

On Thursday, Jan. 10, King County’s 32nd annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration was held at The Sanctuary Seattle in downtown Seattle. The event focused on a unifying theme, drawing from a popular Dr. King quote, that truthfulness and love can have a profound impact on the world: “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.”  Executive Constantine shared how the event theme aligns with the work King County is doing to achieve equity and social justice for all residents.  “Dr. King’s reference to… Read More

Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Lunch and Learn, Jan. 25 

King County and the City of Seattle have embraced the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program as an effective and credible alternative for local law enforcement to booking people into jail for criminal activity that stems from untreated mental health or substance use disorders. By working with law enforcement to channel these individuals into community-based interventions, LEAD effectively disrupts their cycling repeatedly through our criminal justice system and gives them the tools and opportunity to achieve stability in the community.   Learn more about this innovative program at a LEAD Lunch and Learn held Friday, Jan…. Read More

Transportation employee honored at state awards ceremony 

Road Maintenance Manager Jeremy Ferguson was recently honored by the American Public Works Association (APWA) Washington State Chapter for his achievements in the public works profession. The Night of Excellence conference recognizes individuals for personal and team accomplishments.  First, Jeremy received the June Rosentreter Spence Award, which recognizes efforts to recruit individuals into the public works field, especially those historically underrepresented such as women, minorities, and people with disabilities. His recognition for this award can be viewed in this video. Jeremy was also a co-recipient of the APWA Committee in Action Award for his work on the Diversity Committee. This… Read More

Only 1 week until viaduct closure

When the Alaskan Way Viaduct closes for demolition after the evening commute Jan. 11, commuters will experience the longest major highway closure the Puget Sound region has ever experienced – roughly three weeks. How will you #GetReady? Visit kingcounty.gov/getready to review your options and find out which routes are affected. Maximizing your time: If adjusting your schedule, working at an alternative location, teleworking, or taking vacation are options for your job for any of this period, please discuss these beforehand with your supervisor. KCIT has created a telework resources site that answers many questions employees might have… Read More

Announcing the Zero Youth Detention data dashboard 

Crossposted from Zero Youth Detention  King County is pleased to announce the first release of the Zero Youth Detention data dashboard. The dashboard provides the data about the juvenile legal system in King County including specifically highlighting racial disproportionality. The dashboard will show progress on the full range of efforts to achieve the goal of Zero Youth Detention.  This dashboard is a work in progress. The first release of the dashboard highlights data around juvenile detention and sets the stage for adding new measures. The process is iterative – the County and its partners… Read More

Moving a step closer to one million trees at annual planting event 

King County is planting one million trees with partners by 2020 to capture carbon pollution and better prepare for climate impacts. Department of Natural Resources and Parks moved a step closer to this goal by hosting the third annual native tree and shrub planting event for employees.  Planting one million trees in King County by 2020 in cooperation with public and private partners is one of the key strategies in King County’s Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP). Currently, King County and partners have planted more than 452,000 trees in King County since 2016. These trees also… Read More