Pet of the Week: Stevie 

Crossposted from Tails from RASKC  Stevie is a 14 year-old, female, brown tabby & white, longhair cat (A593379). Her personality color is GREEN, meaning she is an adaptable cat who loves to go with the flow. Stevie can be independent at times, but she loves petting and will even hop up in the laps of strangers. She is usually the first cat to greet those who come to visit.  Read more from Tails from RASKC

Celebrating Native American Awareness Month in King County

Dear King County employee, November is Native American Awareness Month in King County, a time for us to celebrate the history, culture, and many contributions of Native people throughout our region and here at King County. We are on the ancestral lands of the Muckleshoot, Snoqualmie, Puyallup, Tulalip, and Suquamish Tribes, and the Duwamish people. And our community is home to a large population of Native people from Tribal nations across the country. Together with our Tribal partners we are advancing efforts to preserve open space, restore critical habitat, and save Orca… Read More

Focus on value: We are one team

Dear employee What do you think of when you hear the words “We are one team?” For me, “We are one team” is about strong relationships, trust, respect, and diversity: Our relationships with one another are crucial to our success. We all rely on one another to get our work done. Each of us brings unique skills and experiences to our teams. We come from different backgrounds and places. The more we get to know one another – what we like, our communication style, what we do outside of work – the… Read More

Giving thanks by giving back

Dear fellow King County employee: In the midst of planning, traveling, cooking, working, and reflecting we are encouraged to stop and take a moment next week to celebrate all of those very precious people and things we have in our lives. This year, I am thankful for the extra time we were never promised with my mother. The moments and memories we were able to create and the endless gifts she gave to me of courage, love, and perseverance. I am grateful for my work family who, without flinching, stepped up to… Read More

Join the Great American Smokeout, Nov. 21 

Quitting smoking isn’t easy. It takes time. And a plan. You don’t have to stop smoking in one day. Start with day one. Let the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout event on Nov. 21 be your day to start your journey toward a smoke-free life. You’ll be joining thousands of people who smoke across the country in taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing your cancer risk. Plus, the American Cancer Society can help you access the resources and support you need to quit.  Learn about resources available, information on quitting… Read More

2019 Annual Giving Drive: Spotlight on nonprofits fighting hunger  

The Annual Giving Drive ends this Friday, Nov. 22, and this week we’re highlighting four nonprofits that are fighting hunger in our community and across the world:  Feed the Children (5003) One of the world’s leading anti-hunger organizations, bringing together caring individuals to provide food, water, education, and job training in 50 states and 18 countries.  Food Lifeline (9302) We rescue millions of pounds of surplus food from farmers, manufacturers, grocery stores, and restaurants. We then deliver this healthy and nutritious food to 275 food banks.  Northwest Harvest (9013) We are Washington’s leading hunger relief and… Read More

PeopleSoft outage this weekend Nov. 23 – 24

To allow for system maintenance, the PeopleSoft system will not be available this weekend, Nov. 23 – 24. During this planned outage, the Business Resource Center (BRC) will apply updates and maintenance. This work will begin on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 6 a.m. and is scheduled to be completed by 7 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 24. The system will not be available for access by any County staff during this outage window. There will be a communication sent out to all County staff when the system becomes available. We realize that this outage impacts… Read More

Foreclosure prevention team helps homeowners and reduces property tax foreclosures 

Crossposted from DES Express  King County has reduced the number of properties going to the annual tax foreclosure auction by one third compared with 2018, continuing a trend of reducing foreclosures.  In 2019, 1,910 parcels were subject to foreclosure, with just 60 ending up in the annual tax foreclosure auction. In 2018, 2,310 parcels were subject to foreclosure, and 99 parcels went to the foreclosure auction.  Read more from DES Express 

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