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2020 – News about Councilmember Dave Upthegrove

View 2020 press releases from Councilmember Upthegrove.
December 29, 2020
Kent rally supports farmers in India
Kent Mayor Dana Ralph, Kent City Councilmember Satwinder Kaur and King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove were among hundreds who participated in a rally to support farmers in India.

November 17, 2020
Upthegrove Announces More County Funding for Renton Senior Center
“Supporting our seniors is more important than ever as we face down this pandemic. These funds will help the Renton Senior Center continue to provide virtual programming and meal programs ensuring seniors can stay connected and healthy.” 

November 17, 2020
Upthegrove Secures Funding for Burien LEAD Program
“When I was Chair of the Budget Committee, we expanded this program into South King County and I have fought hard over the last few months to ensure that LEAD would continue to be funded despite a tight county budget. We know that our community is not only safer, but more compassionate and just when we help those who are struggling to get the help they need.” 

November 17, 2020
Upthegrove Adds Funding for Disabilities Community Center in South King County
“People with disabilities face numerous barriers in society and those challenges are even worse for those who are recent immigrants, don’t speak English well or have faced institutionalized racism throughout their lives. Creating a place in South King County where individuals feel welcome and safe, regardless of disability, is a vision we should all support.” 

November 17, 2020
Upthegrove secures $250K for pre-apprenticeship program at Highline School District
“We know that if we give our youth the opportunity to follow a career path that interests them, they will succeed. The economic challenges we face right now are felt especially hard in South King County and I want to ensure that young people have a future with the building trades as things improve. I am proud of working with local unions and their leadership to make this a reality in South King County.” 

October 15, 2020
King County and Sound Transit offer new subsidized annual pass for riders in greatest need
"A person’s ability to travel easily throughout our region should not be dictated solely by their income. I was glad to be a part of this innovative program designed to assist those for whom our current ORCA LIFT program is still out of reach."

October 15, 2020
2020 Flood Awareness Month Joint News Release
"We have seen how dangerous seasonal flooding can be in our community so now is the time for King County residents to prepare for the upcoming flood season. The Flood Control District and King County are working together to keep everyone well informed about how to protect their home, business, or property from flood damage."

October 15, 2020
SeaTac Blog news release
"By collaborating with cities and other community organizations, we are increasing the safety of neighborhoods by decreasing the likelihood of flooding. This partnership will directly address an area susceptible to flooding and vastly improve the lives of the residents living near this running creek."

October 13, 2020
Council Passes Unprecedented Funding to Create Supportive Housing
“2020 has been a challenging year but it has also fostered innovative solutions to address community needs.  We need to embrace creative problem-solving and use every option to create the kind of community we want – one where everyone has a home and the support they need to succeed." 

September 24, 2020
Upthegrove Announces Continued Funding for Burien LEAD Program
King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove announced Wednesday that he had secured funding for the Burien Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program in the Executive’s 2021-22 biennial county budget.

September 23, 2020
Upthegrove Supports $400 million Investment in Supportive Housing
"King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove today announced his support for a plan to provide up to $400 million in funding for safe, supportive housing."

September 22, 2020
King County Announces Funding for International Market in Tukwila
King County Councilmembers Dave Upthegrove and Joe McDermott announced today that $1.5 million has been included in the proposed King County budget for a new international market in Tukwila.

September 29, 2020
Upthegrove fights for immigrant businesses with motion to stop discrimination in banking
“This motion will encourage the State Legislature to address the issue of bank derisking, which often prevents immigrants and refugees from looking after family members abroad. The one thing that unites every human being is the love for family and immigrants who work hard and save money should be able to use their earnings to support their loved ones-- even when those loved ones are overseas.”

April 13, 2020
King County awards $1 million to provide language access and other COVID-19 services to frontline community groups
“It is vital to provide prompt, accurate information in as many languages as possible in order to save lives and keep all of us safe. I’m proud that King County is investing in efforts to ensure all communities across our county are safe and informed.”

April 8, 2020
One of America’s most endangered rivers of 2019 finds success.

March 6, 2020
King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove releases statement on coronavirus ‘quarantine’ in Kent
“These decisions are being made and implemented by our public health experts at Seattle-King County Public Health with guidance from the Washington State Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control.”

February 25, 2020
Upthegrove awards Martin Luther King Medal of Distinguished Service to Kathy Hand
“Kathy has made a positive different in the lives of thousands of kids throughout King County and throughout the state. Our democracy is stronger because of her.”