A victory for public safety

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Your Update on What's Happening at the King County Council  

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I am very pleased to share that this week, legislation sponsored by Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles and I that asks King County to seek options for acquiring City Hall Park was approved by a vote of 7-2.

With this approval, King County will work with the City of Seattle to acquire the park, which is  adjacent to the King County Courthouse, and explore future public uses for it as a broader part of the Courthouse campus, which serves as the seat of the King County government.

Though this is but one step in the right direction, it is a significant victory for the public safety of Courthouse employees and visitors. I’m grateful to my colleagues on the Council for finding a majority consensus on a shared objective: to keep the King County Courthouse safe for all and connect the chronically homeless living at the park with the services and housing they need. I’m eager to see a long-term solution implemented to prevent a reoccurrence of the violence and crime that prevented our employees from coming to work and the general public from accessing government services—and am cautiously optimistic that it will happen.

I’ll continue to share any developments on this effort as they occur.

All my best,

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Reagan Dunn
Vice Chairman
Metropolitan King County Council

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