Kudos! to DPER for process improvements

In the last 12 months, about 60 percent of Department of Permitting and Environmental Review’s single-family building permits have been approved in less than six weeks, a marked acceleration from the preceding 12 months in which 35 percent of the same permits were approved in less than six weeks. Additionally, card payments was launched at DPER during June 2017.  Today, 45 percent of payments received for permits are made with Visa credit cards. Kudos, DPER!

King County Water Taxi sets single-day record

Crossposted from Captain’s Blog By Brent Champaco, King County DOT Event organizers for Sub Pop Record’s 30th anniversary celebration on Alki Beach praised King County Water Taxi’s flexibility for helping thousands of concert-goers enjoy the biggest one-day event in West Seattle’s history without having to fight traffic congestion. King County Water Taxi set a single-day ridership record during Sub Pop Records’ 30th anniversary celebration on Alki Beach, working with event organizers to provide additional service for the biggest one-day event in West Seattle’s history. It is the latest milestone for King County’s water… Read More

And the winner is… King County Elections!

Crossposted from Election Connection The Election Center has announced that King County Elections won its Democracy Award for the department’s 2017 media campaign, “Why Vote.” The campaign featured two powerful videos, the “Multiplier Effect,” an animated spot designed to illustrate the importance of voting, and “The Struggle,” a more somber depiction of the hard fought battle for voting rights in this country. They aired on a variety of digital platforms. “We wanted to send the message that your vote matters and you shouldn’t take it for granted,” said Director of Elections, Julie… Read More

Kudos! to the DCHS management team for volunteering and Banding Together to Fight Homelessness

In connection with Pearl Jam: The Home Shows and Banding Together to Fight Homelessness, United Way of King County sponsored a special Day of Caring Aug. 9, where volunteers worked on hundreds of projects throughout the County at nonprofits that serve individuals and families experiencing homelessness.  The DCHS management team volunteered their time to help the Accelerator YMCA program that serves homeless youth and young adults. Staff worked from 10 a.m. to about 2 p.m. at a group home in Shoreline that needed help with gardening, weeding, raking, pruning, laying bark, cleaning… Read More

King County’s South Treatment Plant celebrates perfection with prestigious environmental awards

The Washington State Department of Ecology honored King County’s South Treatment Plant with a coveted “Outstanding Performance Award” for operational excellence that resulted in perfect compliance with all permit conditions in 2017. South Plant is one of 111 wastewater treatment plants out of about 300 statewide that received the recognition. To earn the award, the plant had to operate around the clock for the entire year with no violations of any kind. In addition to meeting or exceeding effluent pollution removal requirements, the plant operations also flawlessly complied with monitoring and reporting… Read More

Kudos! to Public Health for innovative use of comics for emergencies

During a severe disease outbreak or bioterrorist attack, people will likely experience stress levels that will make it difficult to process emergency information. Public Health’s Preparedness and Communications sections worked with a professional comic artist to produce illustrations to help the public quickly comprehend what to do in a public health emergency that requires them to get emergency medications or vaccinations. The premier public health publication, American Journal of Public Health, included an article about the innovative use of these comics in its July issue, Medical Countermeasure Comics: Visualizing a Public Health… Read More

Teams trying to save ailing orca practice feeding live fish off Lummi Nation boat and SoundGuardian

The King County SoundGuardian was featured in a recent article by the Associated Press, highlighting its participation in efforts to save a sick orca whale in Puget Sound. Teams taking drastic measures to save a young, ailing killer whale loaded up two boats with fat live salmon as the sun rose Friday and rushed to waters off Washington state’s San Juan Island, preparing if needed to test-feed the critically endangered orca a day after injecting it with medicine. By early afternoon, it appeared the 3½-year-old female orca called J50 was too far north… Read More

Kudos! to FMD for the DPD moves

Staff from Public Defense’s The Defenders Association Division moved in with the rest of their colleagues at the Dexter Horton Building last month. TDA Division leadership shared their appreciation for the great work Facilities Management Division did in a note: “FMD movers did an outstanding job moving a majority of containers and furniture Friday night. They were methodical, professional and skilled in doing the move job. IT team members were patient, calm and very helpful. The DPD Operations team and FMD team members were busy answering questions and helping staff find their offices and items. Due… Read More

Metro earns top award – best in North America

In a message to Metro’s employees, General Manager Rob Gannon shared the fantastic news that the American Public Transportation Association has recognized King County Metro as Outstanding Public Transportation System of the Year! Dear Metro colleagues, I have wonderful news to share with you: Metro has been named Outstanding Public Transportation System of the year—the best among the largest transit agencies in North America. All of you—our 4,800 employees—earned this honor through your hard work, exceptional customer service, and innovations in service and technology. I am immensely proud to be part of… Read More

Kudos! to Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent

The U.S. Census Bureau returned to MRJC last month to conduct a Community Survey of sampled inmates. The Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention facilities are periodically selected for the surveys, and DAJD makes special efforts to facilitate. DAJD received this written Thank You from the interviewer, a field representative from the Los Angeles Regional Office of the American Community Survey: Thank you for all your help in accomplishing the American Community Survey at MRJC today. It is always a pleasure to deal with your community of dedicated and efficient professionals. Your… Read More