Vashon Island road will honor Mukai family

A half-mile section of SW 107th Avenue SW will display the honorary road name designation of “Mukai Way.” It pays tribute to the Mukai Family and the Japanese American immigrant community’s contributions to the island in the 20th century.

On Aug. 17, the King County Council unanimously approved the designation. It also directed the Road Services Division to place signage recognizing the section of road, which is located off SW Bank Road. It’s also where the historic Mukai Farm & Garden property is located.

Local Services is planning a public ceremony to celebrate the designation.

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Update: King County Behavioral Health Rural Needs Survey

Thank you! Over 700 people completed the survey between March and April 2021! 

King County is acting on your input to develop new programs to increase access to mental health and substance use services in rural communities. We will convene community sessions this fall to share what we learned. New services and programs will launch in 2022. Stay tuned to the Department of Local Services newsletter for updates.

When we asked for your feedback, we promised to share a summary of what we heard. Here’s what you, your neighbors and your community had to say about wellness in your area.

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Subarea planning is underway for the Snoqualmie Valley/Northeast King County Community Service Area

Local Services is now gathering data and creating a work plan that will help King County implement a 20-year Subarea Plan for the Snoqualmie Valley/Northeast King County Community Service Area.

The community and county staffers will work together to develop the subarea plan and refine the Community Needs List. These documents will reflect the community’s vision and priorities. This collaboration will take place through both in-person and virtual community meetings, online surveys, and topic-specific focus groups.

Local Services will host an official Subarea Plan Kickoff Meeting this fall.

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Partnership helps deliver community kiosks to Skyway

The Skyway community celebrated the installation of a pair of deep-blue, public kiosks in July.

One is located on Renton Avenue S near Nevzat’s Espresso, and the other is just down the street from Campbell Hill Elementary School. These kiosks serve multiple functions. Residents can pin fliers and announcements to a roof-covered bulletin board. The kiosks also serve as neighborhood entry signs, complete with side panels designed to resemble maps of the neighborhood.

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“Revive and thrive”: Small businesses in unincorporated King County hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic can now apply for grants of up to $25,000

As part of King County’s initiative to help our region recover from the pandemic, the King County Council has dedicated $4.5 million to help small business owners in unincorporated areas.

King County Executive Dow Constantine launched the “Revive and Thrive” Business Grants July 7, from Aroma Coffee in Fall City, Washington. The grants offer up to $25000 to small businesses in unincorporated areas.

Apply at kingcounty.gov/localbusinesshelp

The application period opens Wednesday, July 7 and closes Wednesday, Aug. 4. Small business owners can apply online at https://kingcounty.gov/localbusinesshelp or by calling 206-477-3800 beginning today.

King County Local Services will administer this new grant program, which is open to businesses with 30 or fewer employees and $3 million or less in annual gross income.

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Local Services welcomes john miller, our first Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Manager

King County Local Services Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Manager john miller

As King County Local Services’ first Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Manager, john miller is honest about the process of helping our department create a more equitable, racially diverse and inclusive work environment.

It won’t always be easy or smooth – and that’s OK.

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Participatory Budgeting is here! King County selects Community Investment Committee members to guide $10 million investments in urban unincorporated areas

This is big news for urban Unincorporated King County.

A new community-centered budget process is underway, with the selection of 21 committee members who will develop a $10 million investment plan in unincorporated King County. The committee will design and carry out a budgeting process that will be centered on racial equity. The process will build on community strengths and address specific priorities that these communities have identified.

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Local Services employees share their perspectives as part of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month (UPDATED)

May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. To celebrate, some members of the Local Services team are offering their perspectives throughout the month. In the above video, Public Information Officer Brent Champaco shares what AAPI Heritage Month means to him.

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Sale, use of consumer fireworks will be banned in unincorporated King County starting 2022

Starting next year, consumer fireworks will be prohibited in unincorporated King County.

The King County Council’s vote last week means the consumer fireworks ban goes into effect during the 2022 Fourth of July fireworks season. Residents will still be able to enjoy approved public fireworks displays.

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Mark your calendars: Local Services virtual town halls for Fairwood, Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River, Southeast King County and Four Creeks areas set for June

King County Local Services’ virtual Community Service Area Town Halls will return in June for the Fairwood, Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River, Southeast King County and Four Creeks areas.

Participants will hear directly from and talk with their local government leaders, including King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn, who represents these areas. Local Services Director John Taylor will offer updates on county services in the unincorporated areas.

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