County Council recognizes history, heritage of Asian Pacific Americans

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
The Metropolitan King County Council today recognized the heritage and contribution of all county residents of Asian Pacific Islander descent with the declaration of May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in King County.

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Karina O’Malley’s effort to help homeless on Eastside recognized by Balducci with MLK Medal of Distinguished Service

A decade ago, Karina O’Malley recognized the growing number of homeless women living in East King County, and starting working to assist them as one of the founders of non-profit program The Sophia Way.  O’Malley continues to be a tireless advocate for the homeless and today Metropolitan King County Council Vice Chair Claudia Balducci recognized O’Malley work by presenting her with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medal of Distinguished Service. Continue reading

Streamlining reporting code eliminates redundancies, improves efficiency

Streamlining reportsDuring her first year as a County Councilmember in 2016, Claudia Balducci noticed that every Friday her inbox would receive a mini-flood of reports being forwarded by the Clerk’s Office.  The reports were prepared by County employees in response to a variety of requirements in the County Code.  Some of the reports provided valuable information that Councilmembers used to make policy decisions.  Others, well, their usefulness was less clear. Continue reading

Balducci Statement on Microsoft Redmond Campus Expansion


Metropolitan King County Councilmember and Sound Transit Boardmember Claudia Balducci released the following statement on the announcement by Microsoft to expand and build upon their headquarters in Redmond:

“Our region is prospering due to companies like Microsoft that value what Puget Sound has to offer. Microsoft’s plan to expand their headquarters in Redmond shows the strong relationship the company has with our region and highlights its commitment to improving and building upon the success they have had here.

As a region, we have done our part to promote economic opportunity and prosperity by building out a cohesive transportation network anchored by a regional light rail system. The East Link light rail extension will open near the Microsoft headquarters in 2023, bringing fast and reliable transit service to one of our region’s top employment centers. I am proud of the work we have done to encourage this development and the path it has created for Microsoft to recommit to the Puget Sound area.

This is exactly the kind of outcome we were working for when we first planned light rail expansion to the Eastside. Companies like Microsoft see the benefits of having their employees have access to high capacity transit. The investments we have made are validated by today’s announcement.

I am grateful for the strong commitment Microsoft has demonstrated to our region, and value the benefits of retaining such a committed community partner.”

For more information, please check out the KOMO-AM Radio Clip about this issue.


Dignity for Divas Receives “Retired” Van from Councilmember Balducci

DignityforDivasAll2Bellevue: Last Friday, King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci donated a “retired” King County van to Dignity for Divas, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support women as they transition from homelessness to a self-sustaining life. Continue reading

Water that Works for All of Us: Bellevue’s WaterWorks Grant Award

King County Councilmembers Claudia Balducci and Reagan Dunn announced today that the City of Bellevue will receive $175,000 from the 2017 WaterWorks Grant program as part of King County’s efforts to improve regional water quality. Continue reading

Get Active, Stay Active!

CM Balducci is delighted to announce that grants are now available to support sports programs and physical fitness activities serving the residents of King County Council District 6. The goal of Get Active/Stay Active Grants is to help youth, adults and seniors participate in physical activities that promote health and wellbeing.  Grants are expected to range between $10,000 and $25,000, although amounts outside that range will be considered.  We encourage you to complete and submit the attached application form by July 10, 2017 if you have programs or projects that are eligible.  Funds will be distributed on a competitive basis.

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