Metro Outlines New Snow Strategy

Metro outlines its plan to deal with major snowstorms in the future.

11/01/2010 By Erica C. Barnett


Afternoon Jolt: County, Metro Union Reach Tentative Agreement

The Metro union and the county have reached a tentative agreement under which union members would give up next year's pay increase.

10/28/2010 By Afternoon Jolt


Afternoon Fizz: Two More County Unions Agree to 2011 Wage Freeze

Two more King County unions, representing 48 public employees, have agreed to forgo a wage increase in 2011.

10/25/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

The C is for Crank

In Defense of Metro's Route 7

Eliminating one of Metro's workhorse routes and "replacing" it with improvements to light rail and nearby bus lines would mean slashing service for many transit-dependent South End residents.

10/25/2010 By Erica C. Barnett


Poll: King County Sales Tax Up In the Air

A new poll shows that even with ballots in hand, voters remain largely undecided on a proposal to raise the King County sales tax to pay for criminal-justice services.

10/21/2010 By Erica C. Barnett


Afternoon Fizz: Williams Shooting Unjustified

Seattle police chief John Diaz and an SPD review aboard have determined that the shooting of a homeless woodcarver was unjustified.

10/14/2010 By Erica C. Barnett


Jail Guards Give Up Raises

King County jail guards and juvenile detention workers have agreed to forgo raises for 2011, saving the county $1.5 million. Still MIA: Sheriff's deputies and the bus drivers' union.

10/14/2010 By Erica C. Barnett


New Study in Hand, Public Defenders Fight County Budget Cuts

A band of King County public defenders, trying to win back funding, sites a new report.

10/12/2010 By Chris Kissel


Drago in Play in County Council Maury Island Fight

The King County Council is divided over a proposed exemption from shoreline regulations for Glacier Northwest's gravel-mining operation on Maury Island. At play: Democratic council member Jan Drago.

10/11/2010 By Erica C. Barnett


"The Piggy Bank is Broken": Last Night's County Budget Hearing

"There are no dollars in this budget to support human services," said King County Council staff member Polly St. John last night, starting off the King County Council's first public hearing on the budget cuts announced Monday. "The piggy bank is broken."

09/30/2010 By Chris Kissel


County Council Gets Grim Criminal-Justice Forecast

King county law and criminal-justice officials briefed the county council this morning on the devastating impacts of county executive Dow Constantine's proposed 2011 budget.

09/29/2010 By Erica C. Barnett


On Other Blogs: Constantine Announces Cuts in County Budget

The word of the day is "budget."

09/27/2010 By Chris Kissel


Muni League Opposes Public Safety Sales Tax

The King County Municipal League urges voters to oppose a county sales tax increase to pay for public safety.

09/23/2010 By Erica C. Barnett


Without Sales Tax, Constantine Threatens to Cut All Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault Funding

Without the passage of a sales-tax increase to pay for public safety and human services, King County Executive Dow Constantine says he'll propose cutting all county funding for domestic-violence and sexual assault programs.

09/21/2010 By Erica C. Barnett


Extra Fizz: King County Union Agrees to Give Up Pay Increase Next Year

King County union members agree to forgo an automatic pay increase next year, saving the county between $500,000 and $600,000.

08/30/2010 By Erica C. Barnett


Metro Union Officer: County is "Hell Bent on Wrecking" Contract Talks

A Metro union officer accuses King County of being "hell bent on wrecking" contract negotiations between the county and the union.

08/26/2010 By Erica C. Barnett


Metro Union Says Drivers Aren't Overpaid; Balks at Contract Concessions

In a candid, informative meeting with the press, King County Metro members talked about the terms of the union's contract with King County, the controversial downtown Ride Free Area, and the dangers bus drivers face.

08/20/2010 By Erica C. Barnett


A Troubling Sign for King County Tax Increase?

Election results in a suburban Washington county could be a bad omen for an upcoming King County sales-tax vote.

08/18/2010 By Erica C. Barnett