Josh Kelety

Seattle and King County Officials Want a Safe Injection Van

The mobile project—an alternative to permanent sites—still doesn’t have a defined timeline.

 

An autopsy found that Tommy Le was shot twice in the back during an fatal encounter with a King County sheriff’s deputy. Photo courtesy Career Link

New Report Calls for Increased Transparency From King County Sheriff’s Office

The fatal shooting of Tommy Le served as a case study for researchers.

 

Charles Pillon sits inside one of the several buses on Iron Mountain. Photo by Caean Couto

The Last Days of Iron Mountain?

After battling King County government for decades, Charles Pillon may have finally lost the fight over his illegal 10-acre junkyard.

 

A scene from the 2017 Women’s March Seattle. Photo by Richard Ha/Flickr

County Sexual Harassment Policies Could Be Overhauled

One King County councilmember says male-dominated departments have “workplace culture issues.”

A scene from the 2017 Women’s March Seattle. Photo by Richard Ha/Flickr
Photo by Tony Webster/Wikimedia Commons

Drug Bust Takes Down Violent Puget Sound Drug Traffickers

A joint operation by local and federal officals arrested 35 “drug dealing conspirators” on June 6.

Photo by Tony Webster/Wikimedia Commons
Seven Puget Sound residents are suing Sound Transit for $240 million. Photo by Atomic Taco/Wikipedia Commons

Sound Transit Faces $240 Million Class-Action Lawsuit

An Auburn lawmaker has organized a suit which claims the new car tab taxes are unconstitutional.

Seven Puget Sound residents are suing Sound Transit for $240 million. Photo by Atomic Taco/Wikipedia Commons

New Regional Homeless Numbers Spotlight Systemic Issues

The annual One Night Count shows a four percent homeless population increase and a spike in people living in vehicles.

Some King County elected leaders want to spend $180 million on maintenance upkeep at Safeco Field in Seattle. Photo by HyunJae Park/Flickr

King County Leaders Want to Spend $180 Million on Safeco Field

But once councilmember thinks funding for affordable housing and the arts should come before subsidizing stadium maintenance.

Some King County elected leaders want to spend $180 million on maintenance upkeep at Safeco Field in Seattle. Photo by HyunJae Park/Flickr

King County Looks to Buy 65,000 Acres for Conservation

The proposed plan would protect forests, trails, shorelines, and farms.

This petroleum refinery in Anacortes is run by Shell, one of the defendants in the suit brought by King County. Photo by Walter Siegmund/Wikipedia Commons

Can King County Win Its Lawsuit Against Big Oil?

Legal experts think past lawsuits against the tobacco industry increase the odds for a favorable outcome.

This petroleum refinery in Anacortes is run by Shell, one of the defendants in the suit brought by King County. Photo by Walter Siegmund/Wikipedia Commons
Photo courtesy King County Elections

Governor and Secretary of State to Fund Statewide Prepaid Ballot Postage

King County, however, won’t get any of that money.

Photo courtesy King County Elections

King County Adopts Prepaid Ballot Postage

Designed to improve voter turnout, the measure was approved in time for the 2018 midterm elections.

As proposed by King County Public Health, safe drug consumption sites would feature medical personnel with naloxone to prevent overdose deaths and sterile needles for drug users to prevent the spread of disease. Photo by Todd Huffman/Wikipedia Commons

Safe Drug Site Challenge Heads to State Supreme Court

The case will determine if an initiative banning the project in King County can go to the ballot.

As proposed by King County Public Health, safe drug consumption sites would feature medical personnel with naloxone to prevent overdose deaths and sterile needles for drug users to prevent the spread of disease. Photo by Todd Huffman/Wikipedia Commons
Board members of All Home stand behind King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan during a May 3 press conference at the Salvation Army William Booth Center. Photo by Josh Kelety

Seattle and King County to Restructure Regional Homelessness Programs

The move comes after calls for change from advocates within the system.

Board members of All Home stand behind King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan during a May 3 press conference at the Salvation Army William Booth Center. Photo by Josh Kelety
Transit-oriented development near the Othello Station in Southeast Seattle. Photo by SounderBruce/Wikipedia Commons

Sound Transit Plans to Facilitate Affordable Housing Near Light Rail Stations

The agency sets aside land in hopes of making transit more equitable.

Transit-oriented development near the Othello Station in Southeast Seattle. Photo by SounderBruce/Wikipedia Commons
By 2024, Sound Transit intends to offer high-capacity bus service to communities along Lake Washington. Image courtesy Sound Transit

Sound Transit Plans High-Capacity Buses for the Eastside

Faster bus lines along I-405 and SR-522 are in the works.

By 2024, Sound Transit intends to offer high-capacity bus service to communities along Lake Washington. Image courtesy Sound Transit
Cargo transportation was among the various regional industries driving wage and employment growth in King County. Photo via PxHere

King County Employment Continues to Rise

New statistics show a decrease in unemployment and higher average pay, but the growth may start to slow.

Cargo transportation was among the various regional industries driving wage and employment growth in King County. Photo via PxHere
All Home board members meet in Seattle on April 23 to talk about its structure. Photo by Josh Kelety

The Never-Ending Search for an Effective King County Homeless Plan

While All Home attempts to address the issue, the group’s lack of actual power results in little change.

All Home board members meet in Seattle on April 23 to talk about its structure. Photo by Josh Kelety
A Canadian safe consumption site in Lethbridge. Photo supplied by ARCHES in Lethbridge

County Plans for Second Safe Drug Site Now on Hold

Following intense resistance to the proposal from the suburbs, county officials are taking a wait-and-see approach.

A Canadian safe consumption site in Lethbridge. Photo supplied by ARCHES in Lethbridge