Constantine must do more for Snoqualmie Valley

With months of campaigning behind him, and with his sweeping November vote tallies counted and certified, Dow Constantine officially took office as the new King County Executive on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

With months of campaigning behind him, and with his sweeping November vote tallies counted and certified, Dow Constantine officially took office as the new King County Executive on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Marking the occasion, Constantine told a packed house at a Seattle recital hall that he planned to create a new “Culture of Performance” in King County, changing the way county government does its business, its budgets, and most importantly, how it serves its citizens.

Among Constantine’s remarks about his goals for his first 100 days was a plan to address the critical issues facing King County. He also pledged to build innovative relationships with both cities and rural areas, promising listeners he would forge new partnerships with leaders from King County’s 39 cities and unincorporated areas. “For too long, King County government has talked too much, and not listened enough,” Constantine said. “We are going to change that.” He also stressed he would do more to protect working rural farms that “provide local, healthy food to schools and farmers’ markets.”

While severe budget cuts are hampering the county’s ability to affect grand and sweeping changes, Valley residents are still looking to the county for effective leadership in everything from flood control and law enforcement to the permitting process and economic development. Enacting pivotal changes in county government culture and attitude towards service to its constituency however, costs nothing.

To achieve that change, Constantine must lead the way. He can do much under his watch to eradicate the local perception of Seattle-Centric arrogance that many citizens in East King County and the Snoqualmie Valley have towards King County government and its departments. Many times, this writer has been told by local residents of all political and economic stripes that they are tired of being treated (by county departments or officials) like the Snoqualme Valley was in Kittitas County.’

One essential step Constantine and his department heads can take towards building this ‘culture of performance’ is to creatively and effectively partner with the councilmembers of Districts 9, 3 and 6 and with local city leaders in East King County. If and when he does so, there also is no substitute for ‘boots on the ground’.

Coming to the Valley for photo ops, election forums and even (God forbid) flood response will not be enough. Constantine can do much in the months ahead to actually change the culture in King County government and how it responds to the needs of the Snoquamie Valley, but that cannot be effectively done unless he comes here to the Valley, and he listens.

• E-mail Snoqualmie Valley Record Publisher William Shaw at

More in Opinion

EDITORIAL: Communication is key to Valley Record’s success

Monthly meeting scheduled for 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the third Friday at The Black Dog in Snoqualmie.

Paying twice for their mistakes | Windows and Mirrors

Southeast Asians are at greater risk of being deported to countries many haven’t been to since they were young or have never been to.

Answers to holiday recycling conundrums

A monthly column from Waste Management

Tulin Yildiz speaks on the origin and significance of ashure in Turkish culture at Turkcha’s event at the Peter Kirk Community Center in Kirkland. Photo courtesy of Dilek Anderson
The sweetness of coming together | Windows and Mirrors

For immigrant women on the Eastside, Turkcha is here to help.

OPINION: KCLS supports citizen engagement year-round

Voter resources available at area libraries.

OPINION: Detox for your body and mind

Dr. Allison Apfelbaum is a naturopathic primary care doctor in Woodinville.

Marknisha Hervol, an eighth grader at Environmental & Adventure School in Kirkland, gets her book signed by Fredi Lajvardi during his appearance at the Peter Kirk Community Center. Samantha Pak/staff photo
OPINION: What happens when we believe | Windows and Mirrors

How an unlikely group of teenagers achieved success through the support of their community.

Letters to the Editor, Oct. 26, 2018

District 8; climate change

Letters to the Editor, Oct. 19, 2018

Carbon tax; gun laws; District 8

Letters to the Editor, Oct. 12, 2018

District 8 race opinions; Criticism of President