King County Council Passes Public Airwaves Impact Report 9-0

Keep Our Airwaves PublicCouncilmembers echo concerns of community groups over loss of vital public asset 

By unanimous vote, the King County Council passed a motion 9-0 on Monday that may well protect the region’s public airwaves and emergency broadcast systems.  Following a 3-0 vote by the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee on March 8, the councilmembers greenlighted the development of a report on the potential impacts of the upcoming auction of federally licensed broadcasting frequencies on King County taxpayers, residents and businesses.

“We need to speak out on issues such as this and make our voices heard because our constituency is the group that’s getting hurt the most,” said Councilman and GAO Chair Pete von Reichbauer Continue reading “King County Council Passes Public Airwaves Impact Report 9-0”

Community to Demand Impact Report on Sale of Public Airwaves

Alarmed local groups and Councilmembers say critical public asset at risk

WHAT:          Community Groups, King County electeds to demand a report on the fallout of the sale of the public airwaves to begin later this month
WHO:             King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove, Sponsor; Dave Twedell, IATSE Local 600; Nicole Grant, King County Labor Council; Nine labor groups, including the Washington State Labor Council
WHEN:          Tuesday, March 8 at 9:30 a.m.
WHERE:       King County Council Chamber, 516 Third Ave., Seattle, WA
Community groups, along with elected representatives will present a motion to the King County CouncilGovernment Accountability and Oversight Committee on Tues., March 8 demanding a report on the potential impact of the impending broadcast spectrum auction on the hundreds of thousands of taxpayers, residents and businesses of King County.
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Bellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci to Run Against Incumbent Jane Hague for King County Council

Bellevue Mayor and King County Council Candidate Claudia BalducciBellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci, a Sound Transit Board member and former director of the King County Jails, has announced that she will run for the King County Council.  She will seek the District 6 seat currently held by 20-year incumbent Jane Hague. As reported on February 10, 2015 by Rob Butcher of Kirkland Views, Hague is planning to run for re-election which will make for an interesting race here on the Eastside.  The district includes the cities of Bellevue, Mercer Island, Redmond and Kirkland among others.  In the first few days of the campaign, Balducci reports $15,000 raised.

“We live in a dynamic, diverse, and growing region.  It’s time for new leaders who reflect the priorities and potential of the Eastside,” said Balducci. “In my experience as a local official, transit leader and mom, I’ll bring new ideas and energy to the Council, helping to make sure our voices and values are reflected in critical areas of policy and planning.”

A proven problem solver and consensus builder, Balducci has helped lead Bellevue through contentious land use and transportation planning efforts to ensure planned light rail construction and continued downtown development.  In her former role as Director of King County Jails, she helped to preserve public safety and streamlined spending to address revenue shortfalls after the recession, maintaining needed staffing levels while improving safety and conditions for the mentally ill.

Reflecting this track record of building strong, constructive partnerships, Balducci enters the race with endorsements from U.S. Representative Adam Smith, State Senator Cyrus Habib, State Representatives Tana Senn and Ross Hunter, along with Bellevue Councilmembers Lynne Robinson and John Stokes, and former Mayor Connie Marshall.

“Claudia Balducci has a proven record bringing people together to get things done for Eastside families,” said State Representative and former Mercer Island Councilmember Tana Senn.  “Her style of leadership will be an asset on the County Council.”

“From assuring light rail expansion to protecting great neighborhoods for our families, Claudia has the track record and vision we need,” said Representative Ross Hunter. “She has earned my vote and support in this important race.”

State Senator Cyrus Habib said, “I have immense respect for Mayor Balducci’s track record of leadership on the Eastside. She has consistently worked to enhance public safety throughout our community, support a thriving business climate, and develop a transportation system that works for everyone.”

Balducci lives in the Lake Hills neighborhood with her husband and 9 year-old son, a student at Puesta Del Sol Elementary School.  In addition to the Bellevue City Council and Sound Transit, she has served on the boards of the Puget Sound Regional Council, Eastside Transportation Partnership, Bellevue’s Wraparound Services Program, and Youth Link.

“I’m excited for this campaign and the tremendous support I have received so far,” said Balducci. “I look forward to meeting voters throughout the district over the next several months to help me be an effective County Council member for all Eastside families.”

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