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2022 – News about Councilmember Dave Upthegrove

View 2022 press releases from Councilmember Upthegrove.

November 15, 2022
Upthegrove announces public safety wins in County budget
“I have been working with South King County mayors to address the public safety challenges we are facing. Everyone deserves to be safe and feel safe in our community. The county has made massive investments aimed at addressing the root causes of crime. These investments are critical, but they don't take away the need for police, courts, and jails. In this budget, we took steps to keep police on the streets, keep courts open, and ensure diversion programs are more accountable.”

November 15, 2022
Upthegrove announces $500,000 in County funding for Family First Community Center
“In 2017, Councilmember Reagan Dunn and I secured seed funding for the Center, and it’s exciting that the County is now stepping in to help shepherd the Center to completion. As a basketball referee, I have seen how sports can transform the lives of young people, and I’m excited that the Renton community will have this amazing center for all to enjoy.”

October 25, 2022
Upthegrove Praises Increased Oversight of Sheriff’s Office
“The public has been clear in their call for more independent oversight of law enforcement. It is an issue of accountability, and we are delivering results.”

September 6, 2022
Dunn and Upthegrove Proclaim September as Behavioral Health Recovery Month
“We all need to help each other if we want to overcome the challenges posed by mental health issues and substance abuse disorders.”

August 16, 2022
Upthegrove provides funding to keep Renton residents housed
“By providing a few months of rent payments, we often can keep folks safe in their homes. I am pleased to partner with the City of Renton to ensure local residents have access to this essential funding.”

August 16, 2022
Upthegrove announces $295k for SeaTac organizations to help connect youth with outdoors
The King County Council on Tuesday voted to provide two SeaTac non-profits with over $295,000 in funding to support programming that encourages community members to get outside and engage with nature.

August 16, 2022
Upthegrove announces $176k to Kent organization to connect youth with outdoors
“Making sure all kids have the chance to get outside and swim, play, enjoy nature, and relax is one way we can be inclusive of low-income families and communities of color. With this funding, community groups serving these populations will be able to do more programs for more kids, and I’m excited to be a partner in this important work.” 

July 26, 2022
Free Youth Transit Passes Soon to Be Available Across King County
“We know that the ability to move throughout our region easily and efficiently improves opportunity in life. This is as true for our county’s youth as it is for our workers. The new Free Youth Transit Pass program will further enable mobility for getting to school and anywhere else, all while not costing our often overburdened youth a cent.”

July 12, 2022
King County Flood Control District provides $10 million for salmon recovery
“Two years ago, the Flood District made the bold move to reorient our work to not only protect people and property from flooding, but also help our threatened Chinook salmon in the process. These grant dollars are just one example where the Flood District has committed to doing our work in a way that improves the environmental health of our river systems. The increase in funding will ensure an additional $50 million is available for salmon recovery efforts over the next decade.”

June 24, 2022
Upthegrove: Ruling overturning Roe v. Wade ‘a seismic change’ in this country, ‘we will not turn our backs on women’
“I am outraged by today’s Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v Wade and deny women their constitutional right to manage their own health care ... “Although the Supreme Court justices have turned their backs on women, we will not.”

April 19, 2022
King County approves $100,000 for City of Tukwila
“This community-driven project will result in recreational opportunities across the age spectrum in Tukwila, so regardless of age or ability, all will be able to benefit."

April 19, 2022
King County approves more than $1,000,000 for City of Kent parks projects
“With this County funding, the City of Kent will be able to make improvements throughout its park system and I’m proud to that King County could partner in their efforts.” 

April 19, 2022
Council committee approves $100,000 for Des Moines Pool Metropolitan Park District
“I am proud the voter-approved Parks Levy will help ensure our residents continued and improved access to the Mount Rainier Pool into the future.” 

April 19, 2022
Council committee approves $100,000 for Henry Moses Aquatic Center Study
“Public pools are a key asset to our community - they’re a place for families to play together and provide much-needed relief in our hotter summer months..."

March 8, 2022
Upthegrove: Hit-and-run at Burien Muslim youth center a ‘reprehensible act of violence’ 
“The recent act of violence against the Muslim American Youth Foundation (MAYF) in Burien is reprehensible and doesn't reflect the values of our community...I stand with the staff and youth of MAYF, the broader Muslim community and all of those who condemn this act of hate..."