King County Council http://www.kplu.org en King County Council Begins Tough Job Of Eliminating Bus Service http://www.kplu.org/post/king-county-council-begins-tough-job-eliminating-bus-service <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/147123219&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>King County Council members are proceeding with the unwelcome task of eliminating bus service. <a href="http://metro.kingcounty.gov/am/future/index.html" target="_blank">Metro already has a plan</a>, but council members have the final say on how to parcel out the cuts in the most logical and equitable way.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:03:34 +0000 Ashley Gross 16322 at http://www.kplu.org King County Council Begins Tough Job Of Eliminating Bus Service Constantine Announces Tax Proposal To Avoid Major Bus Cuts http://www.kplu.org/post/constantine-announces-tax-proposal-avoid-major-bus-cuts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">King County is through waiting on Olympia.</span></p><p>The county is moving forward with its own measure to avoid major service cuts to Metro Transit, King County Executive Dow Constantine said on Tuesday.</p><p>“We waited and we waited, and now time is up,” Constantine said. “We are out of time for a statewide bill that includes a local transportation solution. It is time to move forward.”</p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:27:04 +0000 Martha Kang & Gabriel Spitzer 12587 at http://www.kplu.org Constantine Announces Tax Proposal To Avoid Major Bus Cuts Public Urination Ban Proposed in Unincorporated King County http://www.kplu.org/post/public-urination-ban-proposed-unincorporated-king-county <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As it stands now, it&#39;s not against the law to answer nature&#39;s call in public in the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">unincorporated areas of King County.</span></p><p>King County Council member<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Kathy Lambert wants to change that with a proposed </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ordinance.</span></p><p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 23:43:07 +0000 Florangela Davila 10414 at http://www.kplu.org Sheriff Urges King Co. to Honor Fewer Immigration Detainers http://www.kplu.org/post/sheriff-urges-king-co-honor-fewer-immigration-detainers <p>King County’s sheriff says he’s concerned that people in immigrant communities are afraid to call the police for fear of getting deported. That’s why he’s supporting a measure to limit the county’s cooperation with federal detention requests.&nbsp;</p><p>The main way that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, finds people who are here illegally is through the criminal justice system. Local jails are now required to turn over fingerprint data to the FBI, which shares it with ICE.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 00:09:31 +0000 Ashley Gross 9420 at http://www.kplu.org Report: Poor oversight of use of force by King County deputies http://www.kplu.org/post/report-poor-oversight-use-force-king-county-deputies <p>King County needs to hit the reset button on how it deals with the use of force by its sheriff’s deputies, according to <a href="http://edit.kingcounty.gov/sitecore/shell/Controls/Rich%20Text%20Editor/~/media/operations/oleo/files/PARC_Risk_Assessment_2012_Final.ashx">an independent report </a>presented to County Council members.</p> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 21:51:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 6289 at http://www.kplu.org Report: Poor oversight of use of force by King County deputies Audit says oversight of King County sheriff's deputies is lax http://www.kplu.org/post/audit-says-oversight-king-county-sheriffs-deputies-lax <p>The King County Sheriff&rsquo;s Department does a poor job of investigating police misconduct complaints. That&rsquo;s the conclusion of an <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/100977191/Kcso-Oleo-Report-Final">outside audit of the department.</a>&nbsp;This comes five years after the county pledged to implement improvements in the troubled law enforcement agency.</p><p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 23:29:26 +0000 Paula Wissel 5701 at http://www.kplu.org Audit says oversight of King County sheriff's deputies is lax Seattle Council member worries arena deal could set bad precedent http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-council-member-worries-arena-deal-could-set-bad-precedent <p>More questions are being asked about the proposal for a new arena in Seattle to lure back the NBA. A <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/council/newsdetail.asp?id=12935&amp;Dept=28">public hearing</a> on the deal takes place Thursday evening and Seattle&rsquo;s City Hall is expected to be packed with people giving testimony for and against it.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 00:43:14 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5635 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Council member worries arena deal could set bad precedent Cities near Seattle may lose tax revenue if arena gets built http://www.kplu.org/post/cities-near-seattle-may-lose-tax-revenue-if-arena-gets-built <p>A new professional basketball and hockey arena in Seattle could steal tax dollars from neighboring communities. That&rsquo;s according to the analysis of University of Washington geography professor Bill Beyers, who has spent a lot of time studying the economic impact of professional sports.</p><p>Beyers has done previous analyses about the Mariners and Seahawks, as well as KeyArena.&nbsp; As part of an expert panel, Beyers presented his initial thoughts on the proposed NBA and NHL arena to the King County Council.</p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 15:43:05 +0000 Ashley Gross 5583 at http://www.kplu.org Cities near Seattle may lose tax revenue if arena gets built Can Seattle sustain another major sports venue? http://www.kplu.org/post/can-seattle-sustain-another-major-sports-venue <p>Could a new basketball and hockey arena hurt ticket sales for other teams in the city? That&rsquo;s what some King County officials are worried about. The fear is that Seattle could end up with too many big-time sports teams and that there wouldn&rsquo;t be enough entertainment dollars to go around.</p> Wed, 30 May 2012 14:42:19 +0000 Ashley Gross 5133 at http://www.kplu.org ACLU opposes King County anti-gang proposal http://www.kplu.org/post/aclu-opposes-king-county-anti-gang-proposal <p>A proposal to fight gangs in King County is coming under fire from civil liberties groups. Among other things, a proposed county ordinance would make it illegal to coerce someone into joining a gang.</p><p>King County Council members says they want to make the county unfriendly to gangs, but there isn&#39;t agreement on how to do that.</p><p> Thu, 10 May 2012 00:05:07 +0000 Paula Wissel 4976 at http://www.kplu.org Bus route spared after public outcry; Metro adjustments enacted http://www.kplu.org/post/bus-route-spared-after-public-outcry-metro-adjustments-enacted <p>Public outcry may rescue a popular South Seattle bus line. An amendment to the<a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/council.aspx"> transit re-alignment plan</a> passed by the King County council late Monday afternoon has <a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/council/news/2012/January/LG_BF_rt42.aspx">temporarily spared</a> the route.</p><p>Ten other bus lines that are considered inefficient have been eliminated.</p><p>It&rsquo;s the first phase of a <a href="http://metro.kingcounty.gov/planning/">voter-approved plan</a> to make King County&#39;s&nbsp; Metro Transit agency more efficient.</p><p> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 04:20:44 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3983 at http://www.kplu.org King County delays vote on digital billboards http://www.kplu.org/post/king-county-delays-vote-digital-billboards <p>The King County Council decided to take no action today on the contested digital billboards proposal. The vote will instead be held until Oct. 24, said Al Sanders, a spokesman for the council.</p><p> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 00:06:21 +0000 Jake Ellison 2717 at http://www.kplu.org King County delays vote on digital billboards Racetrack’s expansion plans have enviros, neighbors worried http://www.kplu.org/post/racetrack%E2%80%99s-expansion-plans-have-enviros-neighbors-worried <p>Plans to upgrade a dilapidated old race track near Kent are sparking an environmental debate. The owners of <a href="http://www.pacificraceways.com/AboutUs.aspx">Pacific Raceways</a> say that to stay afloat, they badly need an expansion that would bring thousands of new jobs to the area.&nbsp;</p><p>Neighbors are worried about impacts on surrounding wetlands and fish habitat, especially because they say special <a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/council.aspx">legislation King County is considering</a> to facilitate the expansion may set a bad precedent.</p><p> Mon, 26 Sep 2011 11:30:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2720 at http://www.kplu.org Racetrack’s expansion plans have enviros, neighbors worried Likely passage of car tab tax for Metro buses means no more free-ride zone http://www.kplu.org/post/likely-passage-car-tab-tax-metro-buses-means-no-more-free-ride-zone <p>A grand compromise, showing that bi-partisanship and good government still exist. That&#39;s what members of the King County Council are saying after the announcement that they have a super majority to back a temporary $20 car tab fee and stave off massive cuts to metro transit.</p><p>Two Republicans - Jane Hague and Kathy Lambert - have agreed to back the deal when the council votes on Monday. Among other things, it will phase out Metro&#39;s subsidy for the free ride zone in downtown Seattle starting October 2012. Sat, 13 Aug 2011 00:42:47 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2320 at http://www.kplu.org Likely passage of car tab tax for Metro buses means no more free-ride zone