King County Council Update: December 10-14, 2018

This Monday is the last Council meeting of 2018.

As Dick’s Drive-in prepares to open its seventh location in Kent, the Council will recognize the continuing contributions of the restaurant’s owners, the Spady family—beyond Deluxes and great shakes—to our region.

The Council called for recommendations to keep transit moving in the vital corridor from the Seattle waterfront to the Belltown neighborhood. Members will accept a report from Metro Transit on their plans to ensure service during demolition of the viaduct and the construction of the new Alaskan Way.

Members will also confirm the appointment of two directors of county departments:

  • Leonardo Flor as director of the County Department of Community and Human Services,
  • And John Taylor as director of the County Department of Local Services.

Councilmembers will also consider and possibly act on the issues they will present to the Washington state Legislature as part of the County’s Legislative agenda for the 2019 Session of the State Legislature

The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, December 10.


The Week in Review

The future of wine tasting rooms in unincorporated King County was the focus of a council committee:

·         Battle brewing over tasting rooms in rural King County –KING-TV

·         Woodinville wine tasting rooms still fighting for future –KOMO News

Councilmember Kohl-Welles responds to the state Supreme Court ruling on Safe Injections sites in King County:

·         Washington Supreme Court rules against initiative to block public funding of safe-injection sites—Times

·         State Supreme Court Strikes Down I-27; King County Will Pursue Safe Consumption Sites –Weekly

·         Initiative to Ban Safe Consumption Sites Shot Down by Washington Supreme Court—Stranger

·         Washington Supreme Court blocks initiative to ban safe injection sites in King County –KING-TV

·         King County voters don’t get say in supervised injection sites—KOMO News

·         Ban on safe injection sites won’t be on King County ballot after state Supreme Court ruling –Q13

·         Washington Supreme Court nixes ban on safe injection sites –KIRO Radio

The County Council begins its Winter Recess December 17. 
“This Week” will return December 28.

To read complete agendas and the full text of legislation, please visit the King County Council’s calendar at