Update: Caffé Delia reopens

October 28th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Beverages, Businesses, White Center news Comments Off

OCTOBER 28: In case you don’t use Twitter – downtown White Center’s espresso shop, Caffé Delia, announced there that they’ll be closed today (October 28th) because of illness.

OCTOBER 30: After two days of closure, Caffé Delia was scheduled to reopen today.

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White Center scene: Autumn colors at Steve Cox Park

October 27th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Steve Cox Memorial Park, Weather, White Center news Comments Off

Thanks to Gill for the colorful view! (Read all about the park here.)

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Help for the holidays: White Center Food Bank can use some from you, ASAP

October 25th, 2014 Tracy Posted in How to Help, White Center Food Bank, White Center news Comments Off

From Audrey @ White Center Food Bank:


Do you want to make a difference in the lives of hungry families in the community? White Center Food Bank needs volunteers every weekday and food for the holidays.

You can be on the front lines of hunger by coming to the food bank to pass out food. In an average distribution, we see 40 to 70 families who receive meat, food staples, milk, egg and produce. Including set up and clean up this shift takes about 4 hours. We need help Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays starting at 9:00 am.

Like to lift boxes? You can help in the warehouse on Tuesdays when we load and unload trucks and organize the warehouse. The work starts around 10:00 am and can last until 2:00 pm or longer depending on the amount of donations.

If you have a clean driving record and can lift 40 pounds, we would love to have you drive the food bank van to local businesses to pick up donations. We regularly pick up from Safeway, QFC, Starbucks, Super Saver, Essential Bakery and other generous businesses. Thursday morning is the shift you can help the most but other days especially around the holidays are busy too. If you’re not sure if this is right for you, I can arrange a ride along as helper so you can get an idea of the experience.

The holidays are coming up and the White Center Food Bank would like to provide the fixings for holiday meals for about 600 families each of the next two months. You can help by providing turkeys, boxed stuffing, canned pumpkin, evaporated milk, whole olives, canned yams or sweet potatoes, and pudding or jello mixes or by donating online at www.whitecenterfoodbank.org and designating your donation for holiday food.

Your help is important to be able to provide clients with good customer service and holiday food. Email or call me to get involved.

Audrey Zemke
Operations Manager
White Center Food Bank
(206) 762-2848

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Guilty plea in 22nd/Roxbury rape/beating attack

October 24th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Crime, White Center news Comments Off

Just discovered this on one of our routine weekly-or-so check of files in certain court cases; it happened last week but has gone unreported and unannounced until now (also just published on our partner site West Seattle Blog):

The man charged in last March’s rape and beating of a 58-year-old woman near 22nd/Roxbury has pleaded guilty. The attack drew coverage in media all around the region, as deputies went door to door searching for clues to solve the exceptionally violent attack; investigators even circulated a sketch and a photo of the victim’s distinctive purse, hoping to jog someone’s memory.

Eventually, a DNA match led investigators to 25-year-old Christopher Anthony Brown, who then was arrested in Oklahoma in June, charged with rape and assault, and extradited. Investigators said Brown had been visiting the White Center area when he attacked the victim as she waited for a bus after leaving Roxbury Lanes. First, investigators said, he asked her for a cigarette, which she gave him; then he offered her money for sex, which she declined, so he attacked her – dragging her into nearby shrubbery, choking her until she was nearly unconscious, beating her, raping her, robbing her, threatening to kill her and her family if she reported it.

Court documents say prosecutors will recommend a sentence that would put Brown in prison for 171 months – 14 years plus 3 months – and then he would be on probation (community custody) for the rest of his life. Brown pleaded guilty last week to one count each of rape, assault, and robbery. King County Superior Court Judge Julie Spector is scheduled to sentence him on November 14th.

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‘Probable homicide’ under investigation in Top Hat

October 23rd, 2014 Tracy Posted in Crime, King County Sheriff's Office, White Center news Comments Off

Few details yet but according to King County Sheriff’s Twitter account, a “probable homicide” is being investigated right now in Top Hat. KCSO says “Major Crimes detectives” are on scene, as is the Medical Examiner, in the 10700 block of 6th Avenue S. (map).

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Special visitors at Cascade Middle School: Seahawks players, for the United Way ‘Hometown Huddle’!

October 21st, 2014 Tracy Posted in Highline School District, White Center news Comments Off

We didn’t get a chance to stop by Cascade Middle School this afternoon during this big event because of a breaking story in West Seattle, but we’re glad to share photos posted on Twitter by the Seahawks (above) and Highline Public Schools (below):

Here’s what this was all about, from the advance advisory sent to media:

Seahawks players will pay a visit to Cascade Middle School, making classroom visits, helping students get active with NFL Play 60 activity stations, and providing a lesson on eating healthy while serving a nutritious snack. United Way volunteers from Costco and architectural design firm the DLR Group will be remodeling and renovating the school’s shared youth center earlier in the day as part of United Way’s Hometown Huddle program

The NFL-United Way Hometown Huddle is a league-wide day of service focused on helping kids lead healthy and successful lives.

HPS promises more photos to come on its Facebook page.

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Update – found! Earlier – Have you seen Luna the dog?

October 20th, 2014 Tracy Posted in burien, Pets, White Center news Comments Off

ORIGINAL REPORT: From the inbox:

My name is Rachael and on 10/18/2014 my Siberian Husky, Luna, got out of our yard. We live at the North end of Burien. I am begging everyone to please keep their eye out for her. She has distinctive “snake bite” marks on her muzzle and a dark mask with blue eyes. She is very friendly and was last seen at 10019 Des Moines Memorial Drive, Burien WA 98168. She is federally registered with the ADA (Americans with Disabilities) as a service companion and she is needed and missed. There is a reward for her safe return. Please call Rachael at 775-770-4569 or Cory at 206-683-2112 if she is found or sighted.

THURSDAY UPDATE: King County Sheriff’s Office has this short and sweet update via Twitter:

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Julian Chivington announced by King County Sheriff’s Office as new White Center storefront deputy

October 20th, 2014 Tracy Posted in King County Sheriff's Office, White Center news Comments Off

Three months after Deputy BJ Myers moved to a new role with the King County Sheriff’s Office, his successor as White Center Storefront Deputy has been announced. Just in from KCSO spokesperson Sgt. DB Gates:

Deputy Julian Chivington has been selected as the new storefront deputy for the White Center community. Deputy Chivington has been with the King County Sheriff’s Office since 2008, and his most recent assignment was with the bicycle unit of our Metro Transit Police unit.

Earlier in his career he worked as a patrol deputy at our north precinct, primarily in the North Bend area. Prior to that, he worked as a patrol deputy assigned to our city of Shoreline contract.

In addition to his duties as the White Center storefront deputy, he is a member of our department’s TAC 30 team.

Deputy Chivington is looking forward to getting to know both the citizens and businesses of the White Center community.

A bit of his background is as follows:

He is originally from a small town in Ohio, leaving there when he joined the military. Deputy Chivington spent six and a half years serving in the U.S. Army, stationed initially at Fort Benning, and later at Fort Lewis. He was deployed to Iraq twice. On one of those deployments he was injured as a result of an IED which resulted in his military career being cut short.

Just two months ago, local leaders voiced concerns that the storefront deputy position might not be filled, and started a petition drive. If you don’t meet Deputy Chivington sooner, we’re told the Sheriff’s Office will be featured prominently at the next North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting (7 pm Thursday, November 6th), so make plans to be there.

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North Highline Fire District meeting Monday: ‘Benefit charge’ hearing, too

October 17th, 2014 Tracy Posted in North Highline Fire District, White Center news Comments Off

North Highline Fire District invites you to its commissioners’ meeting next Monday (October 20th), 7 pm at NHFD headquarters, because it’s a double-duty meeting – it’s also a public hearing related to the “benefit charge” approved by voters earlier this year, along with a chance to find out more about the district’s revenue expectation for next year. You can see the full agenda here.

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Man stabbed in 1st Avenue SW home

October 17th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Crime, King County Sheriff's Office, White Center news Comments Off

King County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a stabbing in a home near 1st SW and 108th early today. The victim was taken to a hospital with injuries described as life-threatening; they don’t believe the attack was random. The suspect left in a 1996 Ford Probe, blue with a red bumper, WA license APA0835 – call 911 if you see it.

CORRECTION 10/20: The victim was male, not female as our original headline had said.

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Go batty with White Center talk on October 25th

October 12th, 2014 Tracy Posted in White Center news, Wildlife Comments Off

Thanks to Michelle for tweeting that announcement, which we probably wouldn’t have heard about otherwise – McLendon Hardware in White Center invites you to learn about bats, 11 am October 25th. Just in time for Halloween .. but they’re not as scary as you think! More info here.

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Mount View Elementary among Highline schools to get Techbridge

October 6th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Education, Highline School District, Schools, White Center news Comments Off

Announced today by Highline Public Schools:

Highline Public Schools is the first school district in Washington to offer an acclaimed program that gives girls an opportunity to explore technology-related fields. Techbridge, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring girls in science, technology and engineering, has selected Highline Public Schools as the first site of its national expansion.

Beginning in October, Techbridge will engage up to 200 girls in grades 5 through 8 in science, technology and engineering learning through hands-on activities, role models and career exploration. The program will be offered at five elementary schools (Beverly Park, Hazel Valley, Madrona, McMicken Heights, and Mount View) and two middle schools (Chinook and Sylvester.)

“We welcome the opportunity to partner with Techbridge to inspire our girls to become tomorrow’s scientists and engineers,” said Highline Superintendent Susan Enfield. “Techbridge is one more way we are supporting our goal for 19 out of 20 of today’s first graders to graduate tech-savvy and tech-literate.”

National expansion was made possible by a five-year $2.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation to bring Techbridge’s award-winning after-school program to three cities across the U.S.

“I am thrilled to be part of an organization that truly inspires and empowers girls through science, technology and engineering,” said Elizabeth Pauley Hodges, Techbridge Greater Seattle Executive Director. “We are very excited to partner with Highline Public Schools and give girls at our partner sites the opportunity to benefit from the high quality programming Techbridge provides.”

For the past 14 years, Techbridge after-school programs have served more than 5,000 girls in grades 5-12 focusing on underrepresented communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Annexation tax credit expiring – will another tax emerge? – and other North Highline Unincorporated Area Council topics

October 2nd, 2014 Tracy Posted in North Highline UAC, White Center news 1 Comment »

By Tracy Record
White Center Now editor

Issues from annexation to homelessness, with many more along the way, were part of the discussion tonight at the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council‘s October meeting:

STATE REP. JOE FITZGIBBON: He came with an update on the legislative session, starting with a status report on the annexation sales-tax credit, a key tool if the remaining North Highline area is ever to be annexed to a city. The tax credit expires December 31st of this year; Fitzgibbon sponsored legislation to renew it last session, but wasn’t successful – he said the overall state budget concerns made it an “uphill battle” for any sort of tax credit. This doesn’t mean “the tax credit can’t come back,” he said, but doesn’t expect any sort of incentive to be in the same format – maybe “a medium-term funding solution can be found.” He said that the city of Seattle had told legislators that they couldn’t make annexation pencil out “even WITH the tax credit,” saying they’d want a higher credit – doubled, in fact. “We were not able to offer that,” he said dryly. In response to a question, he said he did not envision support for annexation without a public vote. “One of the ideas that’s been floated is that you could create a special taxing district in this area to fund public safety needs” but not indefinitely, “that can work for the time being until such time as Burien or Seattle decides to offer annexation again.”

The McCleary decision, requiring the state to fully fund education, will mean up to $3 billion more is needed – “almost 10 percent of our state budget” – and legislators are trying to figure out how to get that money. Fitzgibbon says he thinks it has to be raised via an additional revenue source. “We’ll probably be working on that for many months in the 2015 session.”

On transportation, he believes there is a “continuing need” for the Legislature to provide “local funding options” for transit and roads, among other things.

An income tax would be good, multiple attendees tell Fitzgibbon, who noted that it was shot down last time it was on a statewide ballot. He says he supported it and would also support a capital-gains tax, which he expects will be discussed in the coming year.

KING COUNTY CONSORTIUM CONSOLIDATED HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN: Valerie Kendall came to presenthis is related to federal grant money, explained in handouts with lots of numbers, charts, and trends. One note of interest: Average rent in South King County is currently $988; in East King County, it’s $1,474; in North King County, $1,225. The county is working on a plan to end homelessness, the guest declared. She said they’re expecting to have to help many seniors – the “silver tsunami.” Overall, she said, her presentation was meant to “capture the pulse of the community” with where things stand and where they are going. You can take an online survey by going here. She heard concerns from NHUAC board members that some of the county’s policies have led to concentrations of poverty in the White Center area.

WELCOME TO WHITE CENTER: A family introduced themselves saying that they bought into Greenbridge, priced out of Seattle, and want to get involved with the community.

NO WORD YET ON A NEW STOREFRONT DEPUTY … according to president Dobkin. She suggests anyone and everyone with questions/concerns should contact Major Jerrell Wills and Sheriff John Urquhart.

BIKE CORRAL COMPROMISE? Bong Sto.Domingo from the county said he had been at a meeting prior to this one and a new plan is in the works.

NEW NHUAC BOARD MEMBER: Elizabeth Devine, a social worker with the Veterans Administration, said she has no political experience but admires neighborhood solidarity – “I’m one of your neighbors and I want to contribute.” She has lived in North Highline for five years. She lived in Capitol Hill before that, and says she “couldn’t have afforded a garage” there. She says she’s been burglarized twice and “I want to stand up for our neighborhood.” NHUAC members voted unanimously to appoint her to the board, and she took office immediately. President Dobkin explained that two board members had been lost recently because of factors in their lives. Anyone interested in joining NHUAC can e-mail her.

HIGHLINE PUBLIC SCHOOLS BOND OPPONENT: Karen Steele of Normandy Park spoke in opposition to the $385 million bond measure on the November ballot. She says the bonds approved in 2002 and 2006 are not yet paid off so it will be $1 billion worth of bonds that the district is paying off until 2035. She thinks that will be a tax burden rendering some residences unaffordable. “More money does not mean better schools,” she concluded. Here’s the text of the ballot measure. An attendee pointed out that these are bonds and the money only can be spent on buildings, not salaries, about which Steele had raised concerns. It was noted that Highline Public Schools has not reached out to NHUAC to see their support or at least make their pitch; someone else noted that citizens should attend school board meetings and get involved.

NEW LIBRARY: Questions are swirling around the project, including its status, word of a six-foot fence, and what the library system plans to do with the parcel it won’t be keeping.

BOARD ANNOUNCEMENTS: Council member Pat Price says discussions are under way about a possible tribute to Dick Thurnau, maybe even renaming the park to which he devoted so much time and care (Lakewood Park, home to Hicklin Lake), maybe a plaque honoring him. Some fundraising is expected. … Council member Liz Giba reminds everyone that the White Center Food Bank fundraising dinner is October 18th, the more there, the better.

INVITATION: Southwest Suburban Sewer District board commissioner Bill Tracy invited everyone to find out more about the district, including taking a look at its Salmon Creek treatment plant.

SERVICE AREA GRANT APPLICATION TIME: Interested in one of King County’s community-engagement grants? Apply by the December deadline – details here.

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Have you seen Dooley the dog?

October 1st, 2014 Tracy Posted in Pets, White Center news Comments Off

Courtney is hoping you can help find Dooley the dog:

My dog Dooley got out of my yard on Tuesday around 6 pm. 1400 block SW 114th St., between 14th and 15th, a block from the McDonald’s on 16th. He is a miniature Australian shepherd dachshund mix. 8 yrs old 17 lbs. He needs pain pills for a shoulder injury. Has a limp, left front leg. Sometimes it’s little, and sometimes it’s worse. I’ve called all the vets and shelters in the area. My friends went door to door all around to ask around. Any help would be amazing. Thank you. 206-446-4059

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Rep. Fitzgibbon, ‘Consolidated Plan’ top the agenda for Thursday’s North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting

September 28th, 2014 Tracy Posted in North Highline UAC, White Center news 1 Comment »

At least two major reasons to be at Thursday’s meeting of the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council – explained in this agenda summary from NHUAC president Barbara Dobkin:

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council Meeting
WHEN: Thursday, ***October 2*** (corrected date) at 7 pm
WHERE: North Highline Fire Station – 1243 SW 112th Street

Mark your calendars and join NHUAC for a very informative community discussion with 34th District Legislative Representative, Joe Fitzgibbon. Find out what is happening in Olympia, and how it impacts us in North Highline, and more importantly, how we can impact legislative decisions.

We are also pleased to be hosting Valerie Kendall, King County Housing and Community Development Planner. Ms. Kendall will be providing important information regarding the “King County Consortium – Consolidated Plan”:

“The Consolidated Plan is the guide to the investment of approximately $6 million per year in federal housing and community development funds, and an additional $47 million per year in other federal or related state and local funds, to address housing, homelessness, and community development needs throughout the King County Consortium. The Consortium includes nearly all cities and towns in King County and the unincorporated areas of King County outside of the City of Seattle.”

This is an important opportunity to learn how we can have input on how this money will be spent in North Highline – funding can be allocated for sidewalks, park improvements, etc. – What would you like to see in our community? They want to hear from us –

We are also pleased to be interviewing North Highline resident, Elizabeth Devine, for an open seat on the NHUAC board –

See you there!

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School bus and car collide; no serious injuries

September 25th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Shorewood, White Center news Comments Off

In case you saw this and wondered – a Highline Public Schools bus was involved in a collision with a car at 28th SW and SW 106th this morning, but everyone on the bus is OK, and were being transferred to the other bus you see in our photo, according to a KCSO deputy on the scene. The driver was being checked out for what was described as a possible wrist injury. Tow crews were arriving and this wasn’t expected to impede traffic for too much longer.

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Happy 5th anniversary, Proletariat Pizza!

September 19th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Businesses, restaurants, White Center news 3 Comments »

While out covering the United Way Day of Caring this morning, we stopped by Caffé Delia for coffee, and learned big news from their neighbors at Proletariat PizzaMike and Stefanie Albaeck told us they have just marked five years of serving “the pizza that made White Center famous.” In August 2009, we showed a photo of the sign going up outside their restaurant on 16th SW in the heart of the main WC business district; a few weeks later, they were open and have been drawing crowds ever since. By the way, see those artistically decorated pizza peels behind Stefanie and Mike? We’re told they are up for silent auction for a few more weeks, with proceeds going to the White Center Food Bank. Go in and make a bid! And congratulate the Albaecks, while you’re there.

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United Way of King County brings Day of Caring volunteers to White Center

September 19th, 2014 Tracy Posted in White Center Food Bank, White Center news 1 Comment »

Extra help at the White Center Food Bank today – volunteers from Bentall Kennedy are there on behalf of the United Way of King County‘s “Day of Caring.” Countywide, more than 11,000 volunteers are working on projects at more than 500 sites.

P.S. Got your ticket for the WCFB’s 10th annual Harvest Dinner and Auction yet? It’s just four weeks away – on October 18th.

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Storytelling this Friday! Learn about Ukraine with Trusted Advocates

September 17th, 2014 Tracy Posted in White Center news Comments Off

You’ve heard about Ukraine’s struggle – now get a closer look, this Friday at Seola Gardens:

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County’s Greenbridge clinic to be spared, with new Planned Parenthood partnership plus City of Seattle $

September 15th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Health, White Center news Comments Off

The Seattle-King County Public Health clinic in Greenbridge was facing the ax because of county-budget challenges – but it’s been spared, if a plan announced this afternoon in White Center goes through. County Executive Dow Constantine, County Councilmember Joe McDermott, acting Public Health Director Patty Hayes, Seattle Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim, and Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest CEO Chris Charbonneau were there – as were we and other media – for the announcement detailed in this news release from the executive’s office:

King County Executive Dow Constantine announced a partnership with the City of Seattle and Planned Parenthood to preserve critical health services for women, children, and families in White Center and surrounding areas.

“Through innovative partnerships like this we can keep providing the important health services our clients need, despite cuts to the federal and state funding that supported those services,” said Executive Constantine. “I want to thank Mayor Murray and our partners at Planned Parenthood for helping us ensure that children are born healthy and able to reach their full potential.”

Due to continual and sharp declines in the federal and state funds that support public health, the Public Health Center at Greenbridge was proposed by the department earlier this summer for closure.

Under the new partnership, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest will provide family planning services at the facility, while Public Health continues to provide Women, Infant and Children (WIC) and Maternity Support services for the next two years. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has committed $400,000 in 2015 to help keep Greenbridge open and preserve a variety of public health services.

Key details of the partnership include:

*Relocation of Planned Parenthood from its current West Seattle clinic to Greenbridge, a King County Housing Authority development.

*Continuation of family planning services at Greenbridge, with Planned Parenthood as the service provider.

*Creation of a family planning “access committee” to provide countywide accountability and oversight, and assurance that all county residents maintain access to the full range of FDA-approved contraceptive methods; services for prevention and treatment of sexually-transmitted diseases for men and women; and screening for cervical cancer.

*Continued provision by Public Health of Maternity Support Services and WIC services at Greenbridge.

“Healthy women and healthy children are vital to a healthy Seattle – that’s why my budget proposal commits $400,000 in City funds in 2015 to ensure Greenbridge continues to provide critical services such as prenatal care and the WIC program to all Seattle residents, in addition to several other important services,” said Mayor Murray. “I look forward to working with the County Executive as we search for a new Director of Public Health who will institute sustainable improvements to our business management of vital public health programs.”

The partnership with Planned Parenthood provides family planning services for all – regardless of ability to pay – at the same location where Public Health has served the White Center community for more than 50 years, primarily assisting women, mothers, and young children.

“As the leading family planning medical provider in the Pacific Northwest, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest is a natural fit to step in and ensure continuity of care in White Center, West Seattle, and surrounding communities,” said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest. “Through this partnership with Public Health – Seattle & King County, we remain committed to providing high-quality, affordable reproductive health care for the women, men, and teens who need it most.”

“As the transition of providers happens at Greenbridge public health center, Planned Parenthood is acutely focused on ensuring that residents in the community continue to receive the same level of comprehensive family planning services. Our goal is that no one falls through the cracks,” added Charbonneau.

Serving the community

The service area of the White Center clinic extends to West Seattle, Burien, SeaTac, Tukwila, and Des Moines. Many of its services are delivered by a team that can include nurses, nutritionists, social workers, and community health workers, who also help clients find everything from housing to an obstetrician.

“White Center families are from many different backgrounds – Latino, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Somali, Samoan – and our Public Health staff helps them navigate important issues like nutrition, breastfeeding, and physical activity,” said King County Councilmember Joe McDermott, who is also chair of the King County Board of Health. “These are all important components of families raising healthy babies and thriving young children.”

“I’ve seen first-hand what a difference it makes when a Public Health nurse visits with an expecting mom and begins to help the mom and the rest of the household prepare a healthy environment for that new baby – so preserving these services wherever possible is a high priority,” said Patty Hayes, Interim Director of Public Health – Seattle & King County.

Executive Constantine will present his 2015/2016 Executive Proposed Budget to the Metropolitan King County Council on Sept. 22, while continuing to work with cities and community partners to preserve critical public health services elsewhere in King County.

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