I was appalled by King County Executive Dow Constantine’s (now-halted) plan to “book and release” felony suspects in drug and property crimes [“Facing complaints, county exec halts jail book-and-release plan,” Local News, Jan. 14]. I realize that there is an issue with the county’s budget shortfall. However, the message that was being sent…More
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King County Executive Dow Constantine does a good job explaining the impacts of economic business cycles and their impact of providing bus service to Seattle residents [“Metro Transit’s plan explained,” Opinion, Oct. 8]. However, he did not mention any attempt to run this service more efficiently. For example, I am a resident of West…More
The in-depth information that King County Executive Dow Constantine provides about funding for Metro Transit is a welcome new resource for me — and surely others — committed to sustainability for Metro [“Metro Transit’s plan explained,” Opinion, Oct. 8]. Cutting through some of the confusion by highlighting volatile funding and resulting risks that must be…More
For many months, we have seen articles, editorials and columns about the taxicab dilemma. Now King County Executive Dow Constantine has proposed new regulations that appear fair to current taxi companies and the new ride-service companies [“King County exec steps into ride-services fray,” Local News, May 16]. This is preferable to some proposals that…More
Fund Metro with a real estate tax Let’s pass on the expense of good transit on to those who use it [“Constantine: Let’s vote on car-tab fees and sales tax for Metro, roads,” Local News, Jan. 14]. Metro transit could be saved by having a real estate tax on buildings that have insufficient off-street parking….More
King County needs to manage money better Guest columnist and King County Executive Dow Constantine tells the state to think of King County as a business and give it the carte blanche he needs in order to freely tax at away for transportation funding because — keeping with his metaphor — that’s good business [“Allow King…More