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2018 – News about Councilmember Dave Upthegrove

View 2018 press releases from Councilmember Upthegrove.

November 13, 2018
Increasing transit service and transportation options key components in 2019-2020 county budget
"Increasing transit access requires a multi-pronged approach. I’m proud that our budget includes more bus service hours, a directive to create a new low or no-cost fare program for lower-income riders, and parking management."  

November 13, 2018
Protecting the public, funds for community services, increasing housing opportunities
"Public safety is a responsibility I take seriously. The steps taken in the budget will increase our ability to prevent and respond to crime in our South County cities through innovative and effective programming."  

November 13, 2018
Renton to see massive investments in housing and transit in the King County Budget
"Traffic and housing affordability are two of the biggest challenges facing South King County, and these dollars will go towards solutions to the City of Renton."  

November 13, 2018
2019-2020 King County Budget Marks Smart Investments in Regional Services and Sound Fiscal Management
"We’re becoming smarter and leaner, and I’m proud of our ability to deliver effective local services in an efficient manner." 

November 13, 2018
Gang Unit and Massive Investments in Housing, Homeless Services, and Transportation Headline Budget
“Together with my colleagues we created a budget that is lean, smart, and consistent with our values. We made massive investments in affordable housing for working families, strengthened public safety in our communities, and expanded transit options and access through smart financial management.”

September 17, 2018
Upthegrove Statement on Safeco Funding
"The only result of this misguided decision is that a small group of wealthy business owners will now make an additional $135 million in profit."  

September 5, 2018
Upthegrove Statement on Stadium Funding Vote
“Providing $135 million in taxpayer funds to subsidize the owners of the Mariners – a private profitable business – is an irresponsible use of public funds."

July 30, 2018
Dunn and Upthegrove secure funds for Renton and Newcastle arts projects
Arts programs in Renton will benefit from funds approved by the County Council.

July 30, 2018
Field Will Be Named in Honor of ‘The Face of Kentridge’
“This is a man who was so incredibly loved and valued by his family, friends, students, and community." 

July 23, 2018
“Retiring” county employees prepare for new adventures
“The retired Metro vans are a tangible way we can help our community-based organizations. I look forward to seeing the amazing work the South King County recipients will do with their new vans” 

June 18, 2018
Council: End immediately Trump policy separating mothers and children
“The demonstrations I’ve seen at the SeaTac Detention Center, and the people who have spoken out in recent weeks, tell me this Administration’s separation policy goes against our values as a community.”

June 4, 2018
Celebrating Pride Month with Action
“Government should represent all people, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. By approving this task force, we are saying that all people matter to King County. I look forward to seeing the proposed plan.” 

May 21, 2018
Council approves grants to aid cities

May 7, 2018
Prepaid Postage Ballots Approved by Council
“Increasing accessibility to free and fair democratic elections is central to all of our civic institutions. This measure puts a ballot box at the end of every driveway, and I’m excited to be a part of its passage.” 

April 30, 2018
Doug Baldwin’s work in Renton, South County recognized by Councilmember Dave Upthegrove with MLK Medal of Distinguished Service
“Dr. King understood the importance of the opportunities athletes had to use their platforms for positive social change. Doug’s commitment to service in Renton and all of the communities in King County embodies that vision – and we are better for it.”

April 23, 2018
Water District gets new name
“I was happy to support a proposal to make the Water District’s name more user friendly.”  

April 4, 2018
Upthegrove Announces King County Funds for Des Moines Parks
“Underwood Park is a community hub, and I’m excited for the upgrades that these County grants make possible.”  

January 29, 2018
Council approves legal assistance for families during inquest process
“It’s important that families going through this traumatic process have access to legal representation. Inquests provide transparency, and this legislation will both increase access and remove the financial barriers that many families experience in their rightful quest to get justice.” 

January 29, 2018
Upthegrove joins celebration of new Metro Transit line
“It’s wonderful to see the results of the Metro Connects partnership between the County and the cities they serve. The new shuttle will provide an important transit connection to the Des Moines area. I am always happy to see improvements to our transportation infrastructure in South King County.”