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February 9, 2015 at 6:09 PM

County Council approves new youth jail in Seattle

Update at 6:30 p.m. The Metropolitan King Council Council voted Monday to approve a contract for the development of a new youth jail and courthouse in Seattle, council spokesman Al Sanders said. The vote was 7 to 0. It was taken after several hours of comments from people opposed to the project. “They took the vote while they were being shouted…


Comments | Topics: Children and Families Justice Center, incarceration, jail

December 9, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Metropolitan King County Council allows tent encampments for 10 more years

The Metropolitan King County Council has approved legislation allowing tent encampments to operate in the county’s unincorporated areas for another 10 years. The county has permitted the homeless encampments since adopting a Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness more than nine years ago. Homelessness has hardly ended in that time, with almost 10,000 households turning to the county…


Comments | More in General news, Government, Politics | Topics: homeless encampments, homelessness, Metropolitan King County Council

September 29, 2014 at 3:09 PM

King County Council: no 2015 bus cuts

The Metropolitan King County Council has just canceled plans for two more rounds of bus-service cuts, citing a resurgence in sales-tax income and a tougher look at Metro Transit’s own budgets. That means nearly 250,000 annual service hours are likely to be saved. Previously, Metro expected to delete 16 routes and 169,000 annual service hours in…


Comments | Topics: bus cuts, Metro Transit, Metropolitan King County Council

February 26, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Harborview: no primary-care clinic closures or relocations

After months of concern that Harborview Medical Center was planning to close or relocate its primary-care clinics, officials Wednesday said the existing clinics would stay put. In December, Harborview clinic faculty and staff said they had been told that officials wanted to move primary-care clinics out of the hospital. The news prompted opposition by faculty and…


Comments | Topics: Harborview Medical Center, Johnese Spisso, Metropolitan King County Council

February 10, 2014 at 9:26 PM

King County Council OKs creation of Transportation Benefit District

The Metropolitan King County Council gave its unanimous approval Monday for the formation of a Transportation Benefit District (TBD), which is a separate taxing district that, with voter approval, has the authority to generate revenue for transit, roads and other transportation projects. The TBD’s structure is similar to the King County Ferry District and King County…


Comments | More in Politics, Traffic & Transit | Topics: Metropolitan King County Council, Transportation Benefit District

October 14, 2013 at 5:22 PM

King County adopts $125 fine for public urination, defecation

Seventeen cities in King County have local laws against public urination and defecation, but until today, no countywide law against it existed. To cover the unincorporated, rural parts of the county, the Metropolitan King County Council has adopted legislation to make public urination and defecation a Class 2 infraction that could result in fines of up…


Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: King County, Metropolitan King County Council, public urination

March 21, 2013 at 2:40 PM

King County buys development rights to White River Forest

King County, reaching one of the biggest deals of its kind, has agreed to buy development rights on a 43,000-acre forest stretching from Enumclaw to Greenwater along the White River. County Executive Dow Constantine announced the $11.1 million deal with Hancock Timber Resources Group at a news conference Thursday, saying it will expand the county’s “green wall against…


Comments | Topics: development rights, Metropolitan King County Council

March 18, 2013 at 5:22 PM

King County Council agrees to make public defenders county employees

The Metropolitan King County Council approved a court settlement Monday which will make public defenders county employees. Since 1970, King County has contracted public defense services with private agencies. It’s unclear how many of the 350 employees of The Defender Association, Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons, Associated Counsel for the Accused and Northwest Defenders Association,…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Dow Constantine, King County Office of Public Defense, Metropolitan King County Council

January 30, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Seattle, King County launch ad campaign targeting human trafficking

Mayor Mike McGinn and Metropolitan King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn this morning announced a campaign to raise awareness of human trafficking, the second such public-awareness effort announced this month. McGinn and Dunn were joined at a news conference by representatives from Clear Channel Outdoor, which donated $94,000 in advertising space, and Clear Channel Entertainment+Media, which donated $88,000 of air…


Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: Metropolitan King County Council, Mike McGinn, sex trafficking

December 5, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Public defense agencies don’t want to become King County employees

The leaders of King County’s four public defense agencies today sent a letter to Metropolitan King County Council President Larry Gossett and Councilmember Kathy Lambert, who heads the council’s Law, Justice, Health and Human Services Committee, to voice opposition to a county plan that would dissolve the independent agencies and make public defenders county employees. Last week, David Chapman,…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: King County Office of Public Defense, Metropolitan King County Council

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