A few highlights from 2016 on the King County Council

Looking back on my first year on the Council, I realize even more the crucial role of local governments in providing essential services. More than two million people live in King County. Since 2012, the county’s population has increased by 7.6 percent, making it the fastest growing county in the state and larger in population…

Preventing Homelessness: Focusing on Children, Youth and Families

Homelessness in King County has reached alarming numbers. Since declaring a state of emergency in November 2015, King County has made great strides in providing additional affordable housing and emergency support services for vulnerable populations. The Best Starts for Kids levy includes $19 million for a Youth and Family Homelessness Prevention Initiative to support and shelter children,…

No Safe Level for Lead in Humans

According to Public Health – Seattle & King County, there is no safe level for lead in humans. Although it’s found frequently in our environment, it has no known purpose in our bodies. When lead gets inside the body, the body confuses it with calcium and other essential nutrients. This confusion can cause permanent damage…