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Dear District 3 friend,
Best wishes to our veterans and their families as we celebrate Veteran’s Day this week. I would like to invite you to join me for the dedication of the new Snoqualmie Valley Veterans’ Memorial, which is being installed next to the American Legion Hall across the street from Snoqualmie City Hall. The dedication ceremony will take place at 11:11:11 a.m. on Friday, November 11, 2011. The memorial includes a monument inscribed with names of Snoqualmie Valley residents who lost their lives serving in the line of duty, as well as flags and stones representing each Valley community. The project is the work of the Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion Renton-Pickering Post 79 and the Tolt Historical Society.
Thank you to all who participated in the budget review process this year, including those who took the time to write or call or appear in person at one of three public hearings in October. As a member of the Budget Leadership Team, I appreciate the thought and effort you put into letting the Council know about your priorities for funding in 2012. Serving on the Budget Leadership Team is hard work, but it helps to make sure that funding for local as well as regional services provided by the county is distributed as equitably as possible within the existing dollars.
The 2012 King County Comprehensive Plan (KCCP) draft document is out for public review. The King County Department of Development and Environmental Services will conduct two public informational meetings next week:
King County is hosting four regional workshops to collect public comments about creating community service area boundaries. Each workshop includes an open house from 6:30 to 7 p.m. followed by discussion from 7 to 8 p.m. Meetings are set for:
October 24 was National Food Day, a day to celebrate and support a healthy, sustainable, and accessible food system. In recognition of the occasion, Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin and I invited our colleagues to participate in a rare joint proclamation with the King County Council and Executive and the Seattle City Council and Mayor. The proclamation supports the beginning of the national Food Day campaign and many local events occurring in the region. Read more at www.kingcounty.gov/council/news/2011/October/KL_foodday
National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week is November 6-12. This National Sleep Foundation public awareness campaign educates drivers about sleep safety. Last year, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a study showing that the tragedy of drowsy driving is more pervasive than shown in previous estimates. The study shows that drowsy driving is involved in about one in six deadly crashes, one in eight crashes resulting in occupant hospitalization, and one in fourteen crashes in which a vehicle was towed. The following warning signs indicate that it’s time to stop driving and find a safe place to pull over and address your condition:
More than 8 percent of employees in the Puget Sound metropolitan area took transit to work in 2010, according to data released recently by the U.S. Census Bureau. For King County alone, the percentage is even higher: 10.8 percent, or about 105,000 workers, commuted by transit. Nationwide, only 4.9 percent of workers used public transportation. Our area ranks 10th out of more than 300 metropolitan areas in the nation for percentage of workers who commute by transit. This article lists the top 10: www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/23/public-transit-workers-cities_n_978496.html#s371008&title=10_SeattleTacomaBellevue_WA (The data for the cities of Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue actually is for a consolidated metro area consisting of King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.)
Get ready for winter with Puget Sound Energy’s check list of safety tips. PSE encourages residents to get their homes ready for cooler temperatures to manage energy costs and be comfortable and safe this winter. Read more at http://pse.com/safety/Pages/