Local high school students boost cancer-preventing vaccinations for HPV 

Crossposted from Public Health Insider  High school students from across King County are carrying a powerful health message to their peers. They are talking about human papillomavirus (HPV), the cancers it can cause, and why it is so important for teens to get vaccinated against HPV. The HPV Vaccine Champion Summit, recently hosted by Public Health – Seattle & King County, convened nearly 50 students from 10 high schools to be trained as peer educators.   Read more from Public Health Insider

Metro takes action to address racial disparities and the climate crisis with bold direction from community 

Crossposted from Metro Matters  Earlier this summer, we asked for your feedback on how Metro can better address the needs of our growing county in a way that is equitable and addresses the climate crisis. King County Metro has been working with the Equity Cabinet, a diverse group of community leaders from across the county, to develop the Mobility Framework.  Read more from Metro Matters

Pet of the Week: Athena 

Crossposted from Tails from RASKC  A smile as wide as the sky – this is Athena, our Pet of the Week!  This sweet girl was brought in by her previous owner as their landlord wouldn’t allow them to have her due to her breed. Athena is super sweet and affectionate, and very much people social!  Read more from Tails from RASKC View all available pets at www.kingcounty.gov/adoptapet. 

Taking a second look at old sentences puts King County in the national spotlight   

Fair and Just Prosecution recently invited King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg and Deputy Chief of Staff Carla Lee to New Haven, CT, to speak to 25 newly-elected (and some veteran) district attorneys, academics and a Yale law students about the important role prosecuting attorneys can play in reviewing long sentences imposed in prior decades.  The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (PAO) is doing this through ‘second look’ case work. “A prosecutor’s obligation to do justice extends backwards as well as forward,” said Dan Satterberg.  This ‘second look’ concept includes a review of an old cases… Read More

Sounders FC parade and rally at noon today

Dear employee, A parade and rally to celebrate Seattle Sounders FC’s MLS Cup win is taking place today and could interrupt your commute or delay meetings with clients and colleagues. The parade will commence today at noon, starting at Westlake Park on the corner of 4th Avenue and Pine St, before weaving through downtown along 4th Ave to the Fisher Pavilion Lawn at the Seattle Center, where the march will end and rally will begin at approximately 1:30 p.m. Employees who are scheduled to work during the parade and would like to attend… Read More

Take winter by storm 

Crossposted from DES Express  Are you ready for fall and winter storms? Power outages? Snow? You’ll soon be receiving details from your leadership about your role in emergencies. Whether you are a first responder, a mission-critical employee, or a non-mission critical employee in emergencies, you’ll need to be prepared. You may need to be able to stay at or get to work and function in an emergency, get home from work, and be sure you and your family can weather a storm without assistance for several days. When a major earthquake hits, you’ll… Read More

King County Regional Veterans Court celebrates Veterans Day and court graduates, Nov. 14 

Regional Veterans Court (RVC) will celebrate all veterans and graduates who have successfully completed the court program, on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the King County Courthouse (Courtroom E-326). All are welcome to attend!  RVC is a specialized track within King County District Court that connects veterans in the justice system to health and behavioral health treatment, housing, and other services they may need to re-stabilize their lives. The court helps veterans stay out of further involvement in the justice system, and reduces the use of jails and emergency services by veterans…. Read More

Thanking our veterans for their service

Dear fellow King County employee, Every year, we dedicate November 11 as a day to honor America’s veterans. For more than 100 years we have joined together to salute the brave individuals who have served in our nation’s armed forces, placing themselves in harm’s way to protect our freedom and security. King County is home to some 115,000 veterans of all ages. Among their number are 1,277 people we work beside every day, fellow King County employees in every branch and department of King County government who have served or are currently… Read More

I-976 impacts to Seattle and King County: if no replacement funds, major cuts to Metro service 

King County Executive Dow Constantine outlined possible consequences of I-976, the $30 car-tab initiative that failed in King County but passed statewide in the Nov. 5 election.  King County does not collect vehicle license fees or motor vehicle excises taxes, which would be repealed under I-976. However, the state of Washington, Sound Transit and 13 King County cities including Seattle use these sources to fund mobility projects, impacting Metro operations. Read more. 

Raise the Sounders FC flag Friday at noon

The Seattle Sounders are on the verge of winning their second MLS Cup, and we want to cheer them on as they get ready to take on Toronto FC this Sunday. Join your fellow employees and fans at noon on Friday, Nov. 8, as we rally on the Administration Building Plaza (Fourth Avenue side) and raise the Sounders flag to celebrate our hometown club and Major League Soccer’s best fans. If you are on break or at lunch Friday at noon, or not working during this time, put on your Sounders gear and help… Read More