Featured Story Archive
Saving Public Health from Auburn to Enumclaw
I recently joined King County Executive Dow Constantine, Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus, Muckleshoot Indian Tribal Council Secretary Charlotte Williams, as well as other elected officials and stakeholders in announcing progress on keeping the Auburn Public Health Clinic open.
Together with Group Health and many other South King County businesses and organizations, we are working on a public-private partnership to save this important health care facility.
Working to successfully preserve Public Health centers in South King County
King County Executive Dow Constantine, King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer, and Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell came together with other elected officials and medical staff to celebrate the successful partnership negotiated between King County and the City of Federal Way to successfully preserve a critical healthcare center.
Photo: Acting Director of Public Health Patty Hayes, Federal Way Councilmember Kelly Maloney, Federal Way Deputy Mayor Jeanne Burbidge, King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer, King County Executive Dow Constantine, Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell, and Public Health area manager Karen Russell.
Lending a Hand
Thank you to the Seattle Seahawks, the United Way, and South King County volunteers, for helping Lake Grove elementary school rehabilitate their playground. Parents and kids alike surrounded Steve Largent, Warren Moon, and Mack Strong as they pitched in to help.
Photo: Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell, Councilmember Pete von Reichabeur, NFL Hall of Famer and former Seahawk Steve Largent, Federal Way Public Schools Superintendent Sally McLean, and federal Way Chief of Police Andy Hwang.
Reach Out’s 4th annual “Pay it Forward” Breakfast
NBA Hall of Fame player and coach Lenny Wilkens joins South King County youth, businesses and local officals in supporting Reach Outs 4th annual fundraising breakfast . The Pay it Forward breakfast raises money for winter shelters to help rehabilitate South King County and North Pierce County homless men and women.
South King Fire & Rescue 911 Memorial
Thanks to the great work of the men and women of South King Fire & Rescue, we are now fortunate to have a local, lasting memorial to the September 11, 2001.
Photo: Lt Chris Burdyshaw, the designer of the South King Fire & Rescue 911 Memorial, Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer, and Assistant Chief Ed Plumlee.
Over 2,500 unclaimed glasses secured for the Auburn Lions Club, benefitting families in need
“When I was first elected to the County Council I asked Metro what happened to the unclaimed eye glasses that are often left behind on their buses,” said Councilmember von Reichbauer. “I was told that the unclaimed glasses were thrown away. Since then I have collected thousands of prescription and sun glasses for donation to South King County organizations, helping families in need.”
Historical Brooklake Community Center
Pete, Federal Way pioneer Wendal Kuecker, and Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell discuss the historical site where much of Federal Way’s history began. The old Brooklake Community Center was donated to the City of Federal Way for the public to enjoy earlier this month.
March Good Eggs Breakfast
Councilmember von Reichbauer welcomes Seattle Children’s CEO Dr. Tom Hansen to South King County to discuss the new South Sound Seattle Children’s clinic planned near Highway 18 and I-5.
“Seattle Children’s is leading the way in research and treatment from childhood Lupus to pulmonary and cardiovascular care; we are lucky to have this world class facility opening in our South King County community,” said von Reichbauer.
“Dr. Hansen understands the need to follow where his patients live, and I am pleased to welcome Seattle Children’s new clinic to South King County.”
Councilmember von Reichbauer Shows “12th Man” Spirit at the annual Green River Community College Painting with the Stars
King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer is featured in this years’ Painting with the Stars event at Green River Community College. Councilmember von Reichbauer’s work will support the Interurban Center for the Arts program, which helps provide art enrichment in local elementary schools.
During his time with local artist Lela Brugger, von Reichbauer expressed his Seahawk pride through a Linocut print.
“It is important to provide art programs to the students in our community, as it can be a vital tool in helping to shape a student’s developmental skills,” said von Reichbauer. “I’m happy to be able to support such a great cause while showing my Seahawks spirit.”
The “Painting with the Stars” event is an exciting fundraiser which helps visual arts enrichment in local elementary schools. The Interurban Center Arts program provides training materials and support to bring art enrichment to over 14,000 students every year.
Federal Way presents "Key to the City"
On Tuesday January 21st, 2014, King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer was presented with Federal Way’s first ever “Key to the City” by Mayor Jim Ferrell in recognition of his longtime service on behalf of South King County, and his effort to encourage Paul Allen to buy the Seattle Seahawks. Pete von Reichbauer previously represented Federal Way in the State Senate and now represents the city on the King County Council.
Washington Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson speaks to South King County leaders at the monthly "Good Eggs" breakfast
Washington State Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson was the guest speaker at the monthly” Good Eggs Breakfast” in Auburn. Peterson discussed the prospects of passing a transportation package during the special session of the state legislature just called by the governor. She also addressed how to grow and maintain transportation infrastructure throughout the state, with special emphasis on the importance of the “Puget Sound Gateway Project,” which is WSDOT’s planned expansion of SR 167 and SR 509.
“Quality transportation infrastructure and efficient freight mobility are keys to economic growth and more jobs for our region. Today, this means completing SR 167 and SR 509,” said von Reichbauer. “I am thankful that Secretary Peterson recognizes the importance of this project to not only South King County, but the rest of Puget Sound and Washington State.”
“I am also glad to see Secretary Peterson working hard on other projects to reduce traffic congestion and increase safety,” continued von Reichbauer. “Her team did a phenomenal job handling the Skagit River Bridge collapse, and they have been diligent in working on ways to prevent similar catastrophes from re-occurring.”
In order to promote dialogue and encourage regional unity, Councilmember von Reichbauer hosts a breakfast each month for local political, business, and education leaders. These Good Eggs Breakfasts provoke thought and build the relationships necessary to serve the diverse and evolving constituencies of South King County.
Pay it Forward Breakfast
KIRO-TV Anchor Steve Raible and Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer welcome student leadership from Todd Beamer High School at the “Pay it Forward” breakfast for Reach Out Federal Way.
O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals
Pacific Raceways, located in Kent, WA hosted the O’ Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals August 2-4, 2013. More than 100,000 race fans flocked to South King County to watch their race heroes compete.
The event was broadcast worldwide on ESPN and featured top drivers from the drag racing world.
“I want to congratulate Pacific Raceways on a great weekend which brought significant visitors to South King County . More than 100,000 race fans came to South King County, stayed in our hotels, shopped in our stores, and ate in our restaurants, which in-turn brought in significant tax revenue to King County.”
Pacific Raceways holds events 300 days a year and continues to have a positive economic impact on the region.
GAO meeting held at King County International Airport
As Chair of the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee (GAO), in effort to bring government closer to the people, I ordered our August 1st committee meeting to be held at the King County International Airport, commonly known as Boeing Field.
King County International Airport is owned by King County and is one of the busiest general aviation airports in the county—used by aircraft of all sizes and types, and filling a wide range of recreational and commercial needs.
The airport is a base for over 150 businesses. The Museum of Flight, which features exhibits showcasing aviation history, is located at the airports south west corner.
Thomas Jefferson High School Students honored for community service
Thomas Jefferson High School sophomore’s Kyleigh Carbon and Jacob Swanson were honored this week for their efforts to serve South King County communities. Kyleigh and Jacob are civic-minded teens that volunteered to paint upon discovering the lake Dolloff substation of the King County Sheriff’s office was in a state of disrepair. Along with other students, the pair rolled up their sleeves and got to work, painting the station and improving the appearance of the office.
In addition to their volunteer work painting, both students raise money for Guide Dogs for the Blind, through the Auburn, WA club Training paws. When students receive a potential Guide Puppy, they raise and train the pup up to 16-18 months of age.
Kyleigh and Jacob are setting a great example for our local youth and represent their community well. Being involved in civic organizations at an early age builds a solid foundation for their future.”
In recognition for their community service both were presented tickets to Wild Waves by General Manager Todd Suchan to enjoy some fun in the sun before the school year returns.