November News Update and Upcoming Events

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November News Update and Upcoming Events

Big Changes to the King County Flood Control District

The King County Flood Control District has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to invest in public safety and help undo environmental damage throughout King County.

I recently announced that I’ve asked to serve as Chair of the Flood District Board of Supervisors in the year ahead to act on this opportunity and oversee implementation of major reforms, including:

  • Fundamentally re-orienting the work of the district to prioritize multi-benefit flood projects that restore habitat and water quality.
  • Making systemic changes to better ensure all parts of King County—not just major river systems—benefit from the work of the district; and
  • Improving the budget process by increasing transparency and alignment with our adopted policies. 

Early actions I propose include:

  • Doubling our salmon habitat investment by doubling our annual contribution to Watershed Resource Inventory Areas (WRIAs).
  • Providing significant funding for three new county-wide flood management initiatives that benefit the environment:
    • Urban Streams
    • Culvert Replacement
    • Coastal Erosion

Check out this video to learn more about the big changes I hope to make as Chair of the Flood District Board of Supervisors:

Big Changes Coming to the King County Flood Control District

Increasing Access to Transit in Renton

Renton Access Transit Study

Every city in South King County deserves access to public transportation—which is why I’m excited about the Renton Access to Transit Study, released by King County Metro Transit earlier this month. I requested this study so that the King County Council and other public transportation stakeholders could understand the City of Renton’s transportation needs in order to better serve Renton with more accessible transportation options.

The study identifies ways to improve and expand public transit infrastructure and service throughout the city. To read through specific findings and recommendations, you can access the study here.

Renton Town Hall in December

Renton Transit Town Hall in December

On December 4th, join me at the Renton Senior Activity Center at 6pm for a Town Hall about exciting transportation changes coming to the City of Renton.

It will also be an opportunity to have a discussion with Rob Gannon, General Manager of King County Metro Transit, and Peter Rogoff, CEO of Sound Transit, who will join me to answer questions and share information about updates to bus routes,                                                                                  access to transit improvements, upcoming opportunities and more.

Upcoming Events in District 5

Visit my website for a list of opportunities to connect with resources and enjoy all that South King County has to offer in November. You can also follow me on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on news from my office and the County.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any comments or concerns, I always appreciate hearing from you.



King County Councilmember
District 5