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2019 – News about Councilmember Dave Upthegrove

View 2019 press releases from Councilmember Upthegrove.
December 13, 2019
Sound Transit, Metro talk commuting in Renton
Upthegrove said his district includes some of the most diverse and low-income communities in King County and public transportation is an important factor in helping folks move up. He said in Renton, the county and state could do a better job of providing transit service. 

October 2, 2019
Upthegrove Announces $675,900 for Midway Park Expansion project in Des Moines
“By not requiring matching funds in low-income communities, King County is ensuring that low-income and underserved areas across the county — including Pacific Ridge — are more likely to get county funding for new parks and open spaces.” 

October 2, 2019
Upthegrove Announces $325,000 for Mill Creek Canyon Park expansion project in Kent
“I’m excited that King County is partnering with the City of Kent to expand Mill Creek Canyon Park and make it nicer and more accessible."

October 2, 2019
Upthegrove Announces $335,000 for Duwamish River Habitat Corridor Preservation Project in Tukwila
“By no longer requiring matching funds in low-income communities, King County is ensuring that low-income and underserved areas across the county — including Tukwila — are more likely to get funding for new parks and open spaces.”

October 2, 2019
Upthegrove Announces $42,500 for Beaconsfield Nearshore restoration project in Normandy Park
“This county funding will help Normandy Park with a critical piece of a larger shoreline habitat project so future generations can continue to enjoy the environment and quality of life that makes Normandy Park special."

October 2, 2019
Opportunities Identified for Increasing Transit Access in Renton
“In order to better serve Renton with more accessible transportation options, we first needed to understand the city’s transportation needs. I look forward to the potential impacts of the identified investments to deliver increased transportation services and create a more robust transit system in Renton.”

October 1, 2019
Upthegrove Announces $500,000 for Sidewalk Improvements in SeaTac
“I applaud the city of SeaTac for its desire to partner with Sound Transit to improve the connection between the station and the surrounding neighborhood.”

June 7, 2019
“Dave Lutes Day” Proclaimed in King County
“Our schools and communities are so much better off with dedicated public servants like Dave Lutes. We wish him the best in his retirement and thank him for the legacy he leaves with all the kids he impacted over his 42 years of service in the Kent School District.” 

May 9, 2019
Upthegrove successfully removes Dick’s Drive-in site from consideration
“As an elected official, it is my duty to speak on behalf of and act upon the interests of the people I represent.”

March 27, 2019
Responding to the rise of Islamophobia
“Today I stand in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters in King County and across the world, while I mourn for the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in New Zealand. I am committed to safeguarding and celebrating religious freedom and expression in King County, where everyone is welcome no matter their religious identity, national origin, race or ethnicity. Thank you to our Muslim communities for the strength, love and community that you foster—and know that we are with you.” 

March 18, 2019
Sound Transit Board member to seek removal of Kent site for light rail facility
Sound Transit Board member Dave Upthegrove wants the Lowe’s/Dick’s Drive-In site removed from further consideration by the agency as a potential location for a light rail vehicle Operations and Maintenance Facility.

February 27, 2019
Amina Ahmed recognized by Councilmember Dave Upthegrove with MLK Medal of Distinguished Service
“Amina was a bright light as a voice and link to others in the community. She is sorely missed but her legacy of trailblazing impact will live on in our South King County community.”

January 28, 2019
Moratorium on Major Fossil Fuel Facilities Passes
The King County Council has passed legislation placing a six-month moratorium on the establishment of new or the expansion of existing major fossil-fuel facilities in unincorporated King County.