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2020 – News about Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer

View 2020 press releases from Councilmember von Reichbauer.

December 8, 2020
King County Council Unanimously Confirms Three South King County Residents to King County Boards
“In a time of uncertainty, I am pleased to have three exceptionally capable individuals step forward and volunteer to serve on these important boards. Jeanne, Angela and Robyn all have a long history of public service in their communities and bring a wealth of experience and diversity that greatly benefit King County.”

November 18, 2020
Von Reichbauer Amendment Secures $250,000 in King County Budget to Create Pre-Apprenticeship Priority Hire Program
“As our region continues to grow, so does the gap between the demand for construction labor and the supply of skilled trade workers in our area’s labor market...This program will place our students in an elevated position for potential employment opportunities and allow them to benefit from valuable mentorship opportunities.”  

November 10, 2020
King County Council Unanimously Confirms Three South King County Residents to King County Committees and Boards
“I am pleased that we have three such capable individuals who have graciously stepped forward to help serve their communities. Leanne, Ginger and Maryjane bring a wealth of diversity and experience to their positions and I know King County will benefit from their service.”

October 8, 2020
Glasses lost on Metro buses find new home
“When I first got elected, I learned that Metro drivers collected glasses left on buses, often discarding hundreds of glasses throughout the year. I began a program to recycle these glasses and donate them to deserving people in our community, and I am glad that we could partner with the Auburn Lions on this project.”    

September 1, 2020
Chief Carmen Best Receives Recognition at King County Council
“If we want to ensure that our law enforcement agencies reflect our communities, we need more people like Carmen Best involved in law enforcement, especially as leaders. Chief Best got involved 28 years ago, worked her way up through the ranks, ascending to the highest level of achievement through her enduring commitment to service, equality and justice. Carmen was a trailblazer, and her leadership will be missed by many in our region.”

August 31, 2020
Von Reichbauer announces $98,000 in grants for South King County sports organizations
“I am pleased to award these grants to help promote physical fitness in South King County. These grants will help provide more opportunities for recreation in our community, and I look forward to working with these organizations as the projects move forward.”

August 25, 2020
King County Committee Votes to Forward Educational Improvement Implementation Plan to Full Council
“I want to thank Dr. Alan Spicciati of the Auburn School District and Dr. Tammy Campbell of the Federal Way School District, as well as Dr. John Mosby of Highline College and Dr. Suzanne Johnson of Green River College for their strong advocacy on behalf of this plan. This funding will have a direct impact on their school districts and institutions, and improve access and outcomes across South King County.”

August 18, 2020
King County Council Unanimously Votes to Extend Operations of Route 497
“I am pleased that after working closely with the city of Auburn and Pierce Transit, we were able to reach an agreement before funding expired. This route has been a valuable resource for those commuting from the Lakeland Hills area and we now have the certainty that this route will continue to be there for our commuters in the years to come.”   

August 12, 2020
'Chief Carmen Best Day' Requested in King County by Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer
"Carmen Best is more than the police chief of our county's largest city. She has been a regional leader who has also been a trailblazer as an African-American woman in law enforcement."

May 26, 2020
Councilmembers von Reichbauer & Dunn Issue Statements Opposing Sewer Rate Increase
“As elected officials, we should question any proposed tax increases, but given the COVID-19 crisis, now is not the time for any rate increases. I have heard from both constituents and elected officials, such as Pacific Mayor Leanne Guier, who have emphasized that now is not the time to increase rates when so many of our neighbors are struggling to pay at the current rate due to economic uncertainty and financial insecurity.”

May 12, 2020
Council Approves $60M for Continued COVID-19 Response
“I am pleased that the Council took action today to help respond to this evolving emergency. This measure will help get funds into the hands of local small job-producing businesses, arts and culture organizations and more to support our region’s economic recovery.”

March 31, 2020
King County Council Passes Legislation to Support First Responders and Essential Workers
“Our first responders have been working tirelessly to keep us safe, healthy and provide essential services during the COVID-19 outbreak. The last thing they should be worried about during this crisis is finding and paying for childcare for their children.”

March 6, 2020
4Culture Call for South Sound Artists and Muckleshoot Tribal Members
4Culture, the cultural funding agency for King County, is looking for artists to help create site-specific or site-integrated artwork for the new South County Recycling and Transfer Station located in Algona, Washington. The deadline is Monday, March 16 at 4:00 p.m. PST.

February 25, 2020
Councilmember von Reichbauer awards Martin Luther King Medal of Distinguished Service to Amy and John Hatcher
“Amy and John Hatcher have planted the seeds in our community that have allowed so many organizations to bloom and flourish. Without their contributions of time and in-kind donations, so many of our community nonprofits would not have been able to provide critical resources to those they serve. John and Amy may have worked behind the scenes, but with this award, their work is finally being recognized.”

February 6, 2020
South King County Leaders Meet with CHI Franciscan CEO
CHI Franciscan CEO Ketul Patel joined King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer’s February “Good Eggs” breakfast at Twin Lakes Golf Club. The breakfast provided Patel an opportunity to update South King County community leaders and elected officials on the important work CHI Franciscan is doing for its patients and in the community, and discuss the future of the health care industry. 

February 4, 2020
King County’s 4Culture Agency Is Coming to Auburn
“Through its mission, 4Culture aims to preserve our shared heritage by placing art and culture at the center of our civic endeavors. For anyone thinking about applying for a grant this year or just interested in finding out more about 4Culture and the projects it supports, I strongly encourage you to stop by.” 

January 8, 2020
South King County Leaders Meet with Port of Seattle Executive Director
Port of Seattle Executive Director Stephen Metruck joined King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer’s January “Good Eggs” breakfast at Twin Lakes Golf Club in Federal Way. The breakfast provided Metruck an opportunity to update South King County community leaders and elected officials on the projects underway at the Port of Seattle.