May Meetup with Claudia Balducci, King County Council President

Our May 10th meetup guest King County Council President Claudia Balducci exemplifies urbanist vision and leadership in action. We’re excited for our talk Tuesday night to discuss the policy initiatives on deck in coming years, including affordable housing, missing middle housing reform, and rapid transit expansion. Register for the Zoom link and suggest a question. You can also watch the video after the fact.

What alignments will get chosen for Sound Transit 3 (ST3) light rail extensions? Do the stations really need to be as deep as the agency says? Will the agency be able to deliver projects on time and on budget? Will the region step up and build its way out of its shortage of affordable housing? Could high speed rail connect Cascadia and complement local transit service? These are some of the issues we’ll tackle.

A County Councilmember since 2016, Balducci was elected to chair the King County Council in 2020. She chairs Sound Transit’s System Expansion Committee, serves as president of the Puget Sound Regional Council, and co-chairs the County’s Affordable Housing Committee, which is seeking to unite the region around bold action to address the housing affordability crisis. In her role on the Sound Transit Board, Balducci was instrumental in averting big delays to ST3 projects after pandemic disruptions and escalating costs stretched budgets.

Claudia Balducci stands next to a Sound Transit bus. (King County Council)

Before her serving on County Council, Balducci was Mayor of Bellevue and served on the Bellevue City Council starting in 2004. She graduated from the Columbia University School of Law and worked as a labor negotiator. Her biography on her Council page notes, “Claudia first became active in civic life when she joined her neighbors to advocate for the revitalization of her local shopping center in the Lake Hills community of Bellevue.”

As an elected official, Balducci fought for several years to ensure regional light rail would come to the Eastside (unfortunately land use changes near stations haven’t been ambitious like they should be to promote housing growth). In 2016, Balducci was recognized as a “Transit Hero” to the Transportation Choices Coalition’s Hall of Fame for her tireless work to provide safe, reliable and equitable transit service throughout King County and beyond.

She will be talking about all of that work, her vision for our region, and what it will take to make it happen. The meetup starts at 6:25pm with announcements and Balducci will give a brief presentation at 6:30pm before taking questions from our moderator, including those selected from the registration form and the chat. We hope you can join us!

Video link to be posted shortly.

Date

May 10 2022
Expired!

Time

6:25 pm - 7:30 pm