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2014 – News about Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer

View 2014 press releases from Councilmember von Reichbauer.

November 17, 2014
Auburn Benefits from the Passage of the 2015-2016 King County Operating & Capital Budget
“By working together as partners with the City of Auburn, we were able to preserve the clinic, which will continue to provide important services to those most in need. The allocation of funds during the budget process was extremely competitive and difficult, but I am happy to see that the negotiations resulted in this support for the City of Auburn.”

November 17, 2014
King County Council approves 2015-2016 Budget
“I am happy that South King County will benefit from the 2015-2016 budget. Federal Way is experiencing robust growth and these funds will continue to help our community and provide job training and educational services for our most vulnerable citizens.”
November 17, 2014
King County’s first biennial budget highlights secure families and communities as it meets mandated responsibilities
“The allocation of funds during the budget process was extremely competitive and difficult, but by working together I am happy that negotiations resulted in critical financial support for needed services in South King County. We need to support organizations which provide educational opportunities, retraining and jobs for those most in need living in South King County.”

November 13, 2014
von Reichbauer: “Ron Crockett saved horse racing”
“There should be a statue of Ron Crockett at Emerald Downs commemorating his risk and commitment to save the horse racing industry in Washington State.”

September 15, 2014 
Council adopts legislation establishing new regulatory system for Transportation Network Companies
“After months of public hearings and meetings with interested parties, I believe we have crafted a piece of legislation that the stakeholders can be pleased with. This legislation brings King County in step with the City of Seattle and will provide the consumers, companies and drivers with a new level of protection and certainty.”

September 2, 2014HTML
von Reichbauer secures over 2,500 unclaimed glasses 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. 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.”

August 26, 2014
von Reichbauer on Weyerhaeuser moving to Seattle: South King County will “make lemonade out of lemons”
“We want to learn from the lessons of Russell's departure from Tacoma to Seattle and work together to insure that this site continues to create jobs and economic development for our region.”

August 22, 2014
von Reichbauer awarding scholarships for 9/11 essay
von Reichbauer is asking young people to send an essay—500 word maximum—on the topic of why it is important for our community to commemorate September 11, 2001?

June 2, 2014
County Council recognizes Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks
“Whether on the field or off the field, the Seahawks have made our region proud. The commitment to excellence began with Paul Allen’s personal commitment to the public in 1997, and continues today in the dedication John Schneider and Pete Carroll bring to work 365 days of the year.”

May 27, 2014
New careers for hard working county employees: Council approves transfer of surplus vanpool van to organizations throughout King County
“I am pleased that this program I started is continuing to donate vans to local worthy agencies which support our youth, elderly, and underrepresented populations. I’m especially excited about the vans that will be used by several outstanding organizations in south King County to provide aid to at-risk youth.”

May 21, 2014
South King County Official joins Seahawks at White House ceremony; promotes 12th Man pride
“I am honored to join the World Champions at the White House today to celebrate their achievement on the field.”

May 19, 2014
Korean Consul General Moon Duk-ho honored with King County Council Recognition
“King County has developed a special relationship based on strong economic, social and cultural ties, through times of peace and war. We support the efforts in continuing to build strong bridges between the Republic of Korea and King County.”

May 12, 2014
Von Reichbauer discusses regional park needs with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and U.S. Rep. Adam Smith
“As a State Senator, I had the privilege of Chairing the Senate Parks & Recreation Committee, so I enjoyed discussing our regional recreational needs with Secretary Jewell.”

May 7, 2014
Bellevue Civic Leader Kemper Freeman Shares Insights with South King County Leaders about Developing Vibrant Downtowns in Auburn and Federal Way
“Kemper has done incredible things for the City of Bellevue, both in business and in the community. Today, South King County is facing many of the same issues that confronted Bellevue decades ago, and I am optimistic that our leaders can learn from the lessons Kemper Freeman shared.”

April 23, 2014
Federal Way and Auburn Boys and Girls Club “Breakfast for Kids” hosts Mariners Lloyd McClendon
“It was a privilege to hear Lloyd speak about the positive impact the Boys and Girls club had on his life. He has a real heart for kids and is invested in not only their success, but the success of programs we offer here in South King County.”

April 18, 2014
King County Councilmember Welcomes New Consul General of Korea to South King County, Pauses to Remember Victims of Korean Ferry Tragedy
“It was an honor to meet Consul General Moon and introduce him to South King County leaders, and I look forward to developing our relationship as he continues to serve in Seattle.”

April 16, 2014
King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer sponsors Auburn Chamber Luncheon with Sen. Joe Fain and Rep. Pat Sullivan
“There are 49 Legislative Districts in Washington State, and 48 of them would welcome having Rep. Sullivan and Sen. Fain as their Legislators. They both put the public interest above political interest.”

April 14, 2014
King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer Sponsors Veterans’ Job Fair and Town Hall Meeting on April 22 in Federal Way
“Unemployment and underemployment are too high in Washington State, and especially in South King County. As more and more veterans return from overseas, I want to do what I can to ensure these returning service members are able to find civilian employers who will value their extraordinary skills and discipline. There is no greater service one can provide to a veteran than helping him or her find a job.”

February 24, 2014
King County Council passes von Reichbauer’s Legislation adding Pacific Raceways to State Investment List
“I am pleased that this legislation, which will bring new and sustained jobs to our region, passed the Council today. I look forward to watching Pacific Raceways create new jobs and develop new green technologies.”

February 24, 2014
Council adopts plan to place human trafficking information in key locations across King County
“Human trafficking is abhorrent; it is 21st century enslavement. While we must continue to fight this humanitarian tragedy, I am pleased that today the Council took this step toward helping victims and raising public awareness.”

January 27, 2014
County Council, Executive join “12th Man” in shouting GO HAWKS!!!
“12 is more than a number. It means reaching out and bringing others into the process. It’s not just the players of the field; it’s the people in the community who come together to bring about the success.”

January 22, 2014
Federal Way honors von Reichbauer with “Key to the City;” praised for local service and saving Seahawks
“To be the first recipient of this award is a real privilege. My work would not have been possible without the help of the many people I have partnered with over the years.”

January 15, 2014
King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer hosts King County Chief Economist Dr. Dave Reich, Ph.D. for an Economic Forecast Breakfast in South King County
“I am pleased with the signs of economic recovery in South King County. Creating new jobs and improving home values remains my top priority.”

January 6, 2014
King County Councilman Pete von Reichbauer reappointed to Sound Transit Board of Directors
“Although there is still progress to be made, more and more Sound Transit projects are being completed early and under-budget. During my next four years, I look forward to not only improving the quality of service, but continuing the work to finally bring light rail to Federal Way.”