King County Council Hears Pro-Bus Testimony

The King County Council hears testimony in favor of preserving Metro bus service, in advance of a vote on a potential temporary $20 vehicle license fee.

07/25/2011 By Erica C. Barnett


Mayor, Council Support Metro Fee

City of Seattle officials are united in their support for a temporary $20 fee to fund Metro transit.

07/22/2011 By Erica C. Barnett


Patterson: "Ready to Support" $20 Metro Fee

King County Council member Julia Patterson comes off the fence on transit fee.

07/19/2011 By Erica C. Barnett


KC Council Democrat Patterson: "Not Committed to a Yes" on Metro Fee

King County Council member Julia Patterson, who represents South King County, says she may not support a $20 license fee to pay for transit.

06/23/2011 By Erica C. Barnett


Extra Fizz: Ferguson to Support $20 Metro Fee

Another King County Council Democrat now supports a $20 license fee to pay for transit.

06/23/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

On Other Blogs Metro Fee May Not Even Go To Ballot Fee to save Metro may be doomed.

05/13/2011 By Erica C. Barnett


Hague Opponent: County Council Member "Afraid of Her Own Party" on Transit

Richard Mitchell, the Mercer Island real estate attorney and former counsel to Gov. Chris Gregoire who's challenging King County Council member Jane Hague, jumped on news that Hague won't vote for a temporary vehicle license fee to pay for emergency fundi

04/26/2011 By Erica C. Barnett


KC Council Member Hague Gets Another Opponent

Former Bellevue City Council member challenges King County Council member Jane Hague.

04/06/2011 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

This Washington

PubliCola Picks Joe McDermott for King County Council, Position 8

State Sen. Joe McDermott is the clear choice in the race to fill the county council seat formerly occupied by now-King County Executive Dow Constantine.

08/05/2010 By PublicolaPicks


King County Council Candidate Barred from Her Former County Office

Diana Toledo, a candidate for the King County Council seat being vacated by Jan Drago, was barred from the county courthouse earlier this year after she received a "proposed layoff letter" from the county, where she worked until this year as an enforcemen

08/03/2010 By Erica C. Barnett


County Sales Tax Goes to November Ballot

The King County Council's Democratic majority moves a 0.2-percent sales-tax increase for public safety to a countywide November ballot.

07/19/2010 By Erica C. Barnett


County Council Proposes Tougher New Labor Policy

King County employees could face tougher restrictions on overtime, no automatic cost-of-living pay increases, and slightly higher health-care costs. The changes are an effort to chip away at the $60M budget deficit.

07/14/2010 By Bryce McKay


Constantine Proposes Salary Freeze, Ditching Automatic Cost-of-Living Increases

King County Executive Dow Constantine freezes wages and asks county union members to make sacrifices to close a $140 million two-year budget gap.

07/13/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

The C is for Crank

Clarification: City Could Only Access One-Third of Potential Sales Tax

The city could only raise the sales tax 0.1 percent if a sales-tax increase fails to pass the county, county staffers now say. Also, my predictions about the tax.

07/07/2010 By Erica C. Barnett


Metro Union Fears Layoffs; Part-Time Drivers Would Bear Brunt

With King County Metro facing record budget deficits, the bus drivers' union fears layoffs may be imminent.

07/01/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

City Could Get Sales Tax Authority if County Fails to Put Tax on the Ballot

If the King County Council stalemates again on a proposed sales-tax increase for criminal justice, the power to increase taxes could revert to the city—with a much more favorable split between Seattle and the county.

06/30/2010 By Erica C. Barnett