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

Barn Again


King County’s “Barn Again” program provides grants to preserve historic barns and outbuildings that reflect our agriculture heritage.  In 2016, six barns, three milk houses, one milking parlor and one chicken house located in eastern and southern rural areas have received Barn Again grants totaling more than $235,000.  The next round of grants is coming up this Spring!  If you have a barn or outbuilding that is historically associated with the working life of a farm, please consider applying!  Continue reading

ICYMI: Legislative Appointments

One of the responsibilities of the County Council is to appoint replacements to fill legislative positions that become vacant before the end of the regular term.  The law requires that when a mid-term vacancy occurs in the state legislature, the local district from the political party that has held the office selects three candidates for appointment.   The initial selection is made by the precinct committee officers (PCOs) from the legislative district, which are then approved by the countywide party organization and forwarded to the County Council for a final selection and vote.  Traditionally, but not always, the candidate with the most PCO votes is selected for the appointment.  These are important decisions, with a potentially large impact on the legislature and the residents of King County.

Congratulating newly appointed Representative Vandana Slatter on January 5, 2017

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King County Elections: New Drop Boxes for District 6

King County Elections opened up two new ballot drop boxes in District 6 for the 2016 Primary Election. Pictured below is the grand opening of the Bellevue Regional Library ballot box, located in Downtown Bellevue (by Ashwood Park).

Bellevue Ballot Box Ribbon Cutting

Pictured from left to right: King County Elections Director, Julie Wise; King County Library Director Gary Wasdin; Mayor John Stokes of Bellevue; King County Councilmember Balducci

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Flood Control on the Sammamish River


Willowmoor, or the Transition Zone, refers to the area at the north end of Lake Sammamish where it drains into the Sammamish River.  You walk past Willowmoor/the Transition Zone as you leave the parking lot for the off-leash dog area at Marymoor Park.  The Transition Zone is an engineered channel that was constructed in the 1960s by the Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) to provide downstream flood protection while maintaining specific lake levels.  It includes a weir (a small dam that is usually underwater) and a straight, relatively steep channel.  In fact, this is the steepest section of what is otherwise a flat and slow moving Sammamish River.

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Big News on ST3


Where Would ST3 Go

Big News!

This afternoon I joined the Sound Transit Board of Directors in voting to put the Sound Transit 3 plan on the November 2016 ballot. Now you, the voters, will have the opportunity to decide on this proposal to invest in a comprehensive mass transit system. I want to thank everyone who shared their feedback throughout this process – your input helped us shape the final plan.

You will likely be hearing a lot about this over the next few months, but I want to give you an inside look at the Eastside projects in the package today. Continue reading

Helping those who help others: HERO House


Seattle: HERO House, an Eastside based non-profit dedicated to providing rehabilitation and employment programs to adults living with mental illness recently received a “retired” King County van from King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci.

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