King County Metro, the backbone of our public transit network, is currently working through its Long Range Plan, “Metro Connects.” This document looks 25 years into the future and envisions a day when 75% of King County residents live within walking distance of accessible, reliable, and fast transit service. Continue reading
On September 19th, the Council unanimously approved the Best Starts for Kids (BSK) implementation plan, which will govern how the $380 million collected over the six years of the levy will be spent. With this vote, King County and its residents embarked upon a unique and ambitious effort to change the trajectory of our community by investing in our youngest residents and their futures. Continue reading
Every four years, the County updates its Comprehensive Plan. The Comp Plan, as it is known, is the second largest policy document adopted by the Council, after the biennial budget, and it has been an important component of the Council’s work this year, appearing at 14 separate meetings. It contains policies that guide development and land use in the unincorporated areas of the county, as well as how services are provided for unincorporated residents. Continue reading
In March this year, the County Executive kicked off a study of the wine and beverage industry in the Sammamish River Valley, which is located between Redmond and Woodinville. The study is an effort to resolve conflicts that have arisen between the rapidly growing wine industry and the agricultural tradition and zoning in the Sammamish Valley. After a four-month stakeholder process, the draft consultant report is now available.
We’re talking about Marijuana, again? Yes, we are.
Why? It’s complicated. Continue reading
King County’s growth has been driven by the foreign born immigrant population for the past 25 years. Now, a quarter of the county’s residents speak a language other than English at home. Last year, King County adopted an ordinance creating an Immigrant and Refugee Task Force to help expand access to services and opportunities for our immigrant residents.
The Immigrant and Refugee Task Force completed its work and gave its final recommendations to the Council on Monday, August 15th. The report summarized the 10 month planning process, which included representation from local immigrant leaders and the refugee community. The report also exposed how diverse our region has become in recent years.
The Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) Executive Board approved a list for federally funded grants to be allocated towards projects in and around the Eastside. This action provides millions of dollars in funding to projects throughout the district and King County, including projects in Bellevue, Redmond and Kirkland.
Here’s a sampling of District 6 (and just outside D6) projects: Continue reading
If you want to beat Edward Wan, you need to get the correct answer to this question in UNDER SIX SECONDS:
“What is the remainder when 999,999,999 is divided by 32?”
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).
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
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.