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September 5, 2023
King County provides $115,000 to Somali Cultural Center’s Hoops for Hope
“Youth sports have two key positive impacts – an increase in physical activity and a greater sense of community. By increasing opportunities for recreation in South King County, we can give youth a chance to come together in a positive and healthy way.”

September 5, 2023
King County provides $340,000 to City of SeaTac for SeaTac BMX Track and Grandview Off-Leash Dog Park
“All residents of King County should have access to high-quality and safe recreation space. Through these two projects, the City of SeaTac will make improvements for humans and our furry companions alike, and I’m proud to have King County partner in their efforts.”

September 5, 2023
King County provides more than $1,000,000 to City of Kent for Parks and River Projects
“It’s a rare and exciting opportunity to build a new community park from scratch. I’m thrilled that King County was able to partner with the city of Kent on this project and I can’t wait for the neighborhood to experience these facilities.”

September 5, 2023
King County provides $450,000 to City of Des Moines for Midway Park improvements
“Midway Park is an important gathering place for residents of Des Moines and neighboring communities. This project will result in recreational opportunities that will benefit all – regardless of age or ability.”

September 5, 2023
King County provides $400,000 to City of Normandy Park for Miller Creek Improvements
“Improving everyone’s access to parks and investing in the restoration of salmon habitat go hand in hand,” said King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove. “This project will have the added benefit of providing educational opportunities for community members to learn about our iconic salmon and the role a healthy environment plays in their survival.”

July 20, 2023
Council opposes state timber sale over climate impacts
“In order to have a healthy sustainable economy, we need to keep our region a great place to live. That is why we want greater consideration of the carbon impacts of clearcutting the remaining mature legacy forests in King County. The harmful economic impacts of climate change require us to fundamentally revisit the old way of doing things.”  

June 13, 2023
Upthegrove awards Martin Luther King Medal of Distinguished Service to Mauricio Ayon Rodríguez
“Mauricio has a huge heart and a servant's spirit. Everyone who knows him loves him because his kindness and care for others is so genuine. He has used his organizing skills to improve the lives of so many people and to change our region and community for the better.”

Nov. 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.”

Nov. 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.”

Oct. 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.”

Sept. 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.”

Aug. 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.”

Aug. 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.

Aug. 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..."

December 7, 2021
Groundbreaking Metro Transit Updates Passed by King County Council
“This week’s vote is the result of years of hard work and demonstrates King County’s continued leadership in centering equity and investing where needs are greatest,” said King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove, prime sponsor of the legislation and Chair of the Regional Transit Committee. “As our already robust transit system continues to grow, I take great pride in knowing these future investments will help reduce inequities and advance our ambitious climate change goals.” 

November 16, 2021
Upthegrove awards Martin Luther King Medal of Distinguished Service to Barbara Drennen
“For over four decades, Barbara has selflessly cared for the most vulnerable babies and supported their families during the challenging early months of their fragile lives. She truly personifies the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and is a deserving recipient for this distinguished award.”

September 17, 2021
Brenda Fincher appointed to King County MIDD Advisory Committee
“Councilmember Fincher is a beloved member of the Kent community whose compassion knows no bounds. I have had the pleasure of working with her in the community and we are lucky to have her experience, her expertise and her empathy on the MIDD Advisory Committee.”

September 14, 2021
Flood District approves $840,000 in funding for Saltwater State Park Restoration, local projects for fish and flooding
“As Chair of the Flood Control District, I have made it a priority for us to use our grant programs to solve flooding issues while also being a good steward of the environment. As these three projects move forward, we will not only meet our public safety goal of protecting residents from flooding, but we will also create a safer, more hospitable environment for our chinook salmon and other fish species.”

August 25, 2021
Exciting Progress on the Lake to Sound Trail in SeaTac
“Connecting Lake Washington to the Puget Sound via walking and biking has long been a priority for King County. The completion of Segment C is an important step in our commitment to make it easier for people to get outside, to create more opportunity for access to active recreation, and lessen the health disparities of people in South King County.”

August 17, 2021
King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove Urges Support for Afghan Refugees
“We now need to offer that same opportunity to those Afghan refugees who have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with our American soldiers over the last twenty years. I look forward to welcoming Afghan families to our community and working with the County and our community to ensure that the gut-wrenching decision to flee their homeland was not be made in vain.”

July 27, 2021
Upthegrove Announces New Director of the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight
“Mr. Abouzeid’s compassion and dedication to civil rights was clearly evident in his conversations with community members, OLEO staff and in his interview with the Council. I believe he will center the interests of the community and fulfill the mission of OLEO to provide independent oversight and accountability of the Sheriff’s office."

July 22, 2021
Upthegrove Announces $30,000 Youth Sports Grant for Burien’s Para Los Ninos
“We know that sports and play are essential for a healthy life and that the benefits are not just physical. The mental and social benefits of physical activity are equally important, especially for youth who have experienced disruption and isolation in their lives during the pandemic. I am excited that Para Los Ninos can now include this important element in its summer programming.”

July 8, 2021
Upthegrove encourages public participation in selection of new director of the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight
“An effective, just and compassionate justice system requires independent oversight and accountability. I encourage community members to take this opportunity to engage with potential candidates who will have the important responsibility of ensuring the public interest in keeping the King County Sheriff’s Office accountable for providing fair and just police services.”

June 1, 2021
Facial Recognition Technology Ban Passed by King County Council
“The use of this technology is invasive, intrusive, racially biased and full of risks to fundamental civil liberties. I am proud to sponsor this ban which is supported by local community groups, public defenders, immigrants’ rights advocates, racial justice organizations, workers’ rights groups, privacy advocates, and technologists.”

May 27, 2021
Upthegrove Proposes Study of King County Basic Income Program
“The economic disruptions brought on by COVID-19 have cast a spotlight on the devastation caused by losing one’s income. When a person’s livelihood is taken away or reduced substantially, the impacts resonate throughout not only their own life, but also the broader community. I want to see if the guarantee of a monthly income can stabilize people’s lives and open doors to new opportunities that previously would have been unaffordable.”

May 26, 2021
Upthegrove secures extra $800k in funding to protect businesses from displacement
“The pilot project has helped two South King County businesses thrive despite facing displacement and other small business challenges Both Spice Bridge in Tukwila and the SeaTac International Mall in SeaTac are success stories in part because of this vital County support. I want to see more of these community-led, small business successes in our region.”

May 26, 2021
Statement: Upthegrove denounces hate in our community
“South King County is one of the most vibrant, diverse communities in our community and that diversity is our strength. Whether you have lived here all your life or have immigrated here and now call South King County home – you are welcome here ... But let me be clear – hate has no place here..."

May 25, 2021
Upthegrove Announces New County Funding to Help Residents
“Throughout the last year and a half, I have spoken to hundreds of community members about the challenges they have faced and the concerns they have for themselves and their families. I have heard about the fear of losing one’s home, the stress that comes from losing a job and the strain our youth have been under as they navigate remote learning and a changed home environment. This budget seeks to address those concerns while providing hope for a brighter future.”

April 20, 2021
King County Council sends $872 million Best Starts for Kids levy to voters in August
“More than 200 young people avoided a criminal record. That’s the power of the Best Starts for Kids ballot measure, that’s just one example of how this is transforming systems.”

April 20, 2021
Upthegrove statement on guilty verdict in Derek Chauvin trial
King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove is releasing the following statement concerning the guilty verdict announced in the trial of Derek Chauvin.

March 23, 2021
Upthegrove Announces New Community-Centered Approach to $45M Boost in County Rental Assistance
“Throughout the pandemic, I’ve been meeting regularly with local community leaders from communities of color and immigrant and refugee communities. They shared opportunities and ideas for how to distribute the funding in ways to better reach the most impacted members of our community. This new approach will further enhance our racial equity goals and support the good work of all our local organizations working tirelessly to keep people housed.”

February 9, 2021
Councilmembers condemn preferential vaccine offerings by some area hospitals, request state prohibit such practices in legislation
“At a time when low-income and communities of color are already being hit hardest by COVID-19, it is appalling that wealthy individuals are able to cheat the system to get a vaccine. We need to lead with our core value of equity and ensure that vaccine providers in King County prioritize the vulnerable rather than the rich.”

January 8, 2021
Upthegrove announces $7 million to increase vaccine availability in King County
“COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on South King County and it is essential that we put our resources where the need is greatest. I support the Seattle-King County Public Health Department’s effort to get these sites up and running as soon as February 1.” 

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."

September 24, 2020

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.”

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.

November 13, 2018
Increasing transit service and transportation options key components in 2019-2020 county budget
"Increasing transit access requires a multi-pronged approach. I’m proud that our budget includes more bus service hours, a directive to create a new low or no-cost fare program for lower-income riders, and parking management."  

November 13, 2018
Protecting the public, funds for community services, increasing housing opportunities
"Public safety is a responsibility I take seriously. The steps taken in the budget will increase our ability to prevent and respond to crime in our South County cities through innovative and effective programming."  

November 13, 2018
Renton to see massive investments in housing and transit in the King County Budget
"Traffic and housing affordability are two of the biggest challenges facing South King County, and these dollars will go towards solutions to the City of Renton."  

November 13, 2018
2019-2020 King County Budget Marks Smart Investments in Regional Services and Sound Fiscal Management
"We’re becoming smarter and leaner, and I’m proud of our ability to deliver effective local services in an efficient manner." 

November 13, 2018
Gang Unit and Massive Investments in Housing, Homeless Services, and Transportation Headline Budget
“Together with my colleagues we created a budget that is lean, smart, and consistent with our values. We made massive investments in affordable housing for working families, strengthened public safety in our communities, and expanded transit options and access through smart financial management.”

September 17, 2018
Upthegrove Statement on Safeco Funding
"The only result of this misguided decision is that a small group of wealthy business owners will now make an additional $135 million in profit."  

September 5, 2018
Upthegrove Statement on Stadium Funding Vote
“Providing $135 million in taxpayer funds to subsidize the owners of the Mariners – a private profitable business – is an irresponsible use of public funds."

July 30, 2018
Dunn and Upthegrove secure funds for Renton and Newcastle arts projects
Arts programs in Renton will benefit from funds approved by the County Council.

July 30, 2018
Field Will Be Named in Honor of ‘The Face of Kentridge’
“This is a man who was so incredibly loved and valued by his family, friends, students, and community." 

July 23, 2018
“Retiring” county employees prepare for new adventures
“The retired Metro vans are a tangible way we can help our community-based organizations. I look forward to seeing the amazing work the South King County recipients will do with their new vans” 

June 18, 2018
Council: End immediately Trump policy separating mothers and children
“The demonstrations I’ve seen at the SeaTac Detention Center, and the people who have spoken out in recent weeks, tell me this Administration’s separation policy goes against our values as a community.”

June 4, 2018
Celebrating Pride Month with Action
“Government should represent all people, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. By approving this task force, we are saying that all people matter to King County. I look forward to seeing the proposed plan.” 

May 21, 2018
Council approves grants to aid cities

May 7, 2018
Prepaid Postage Ballots Approved by Council
“Increasing accessibility to free and fair democratic elections is central to all of our civic institutions. This measure puts a ballot box at the end of every driveway, and I’m excited to be a part of its passage.” 

April 30, 2018
Doug Baldwin’s work in Renton, South County recognized by Councilmember Dave Upthegrove with MLK Medal of Distinguished Service
“Dr. King understood the importance of the opportunities athletes had to use their platforms for positive social change. Doug’s commitment to service in Renton and all of the communities in King County embodies that vision – and we are better for it.”

April 23, 2018
Water District gets new name
“I was happy to support a proposal to make the Water District’s name more user friendly.”  

April 4, 2018
Upthegrove Announces King County Funds for Des Moines Parks
“Underwood Park is a community hub, and I’m excited for the upgrades that these County grants make possible.”  

January 29, 2018
Council approves legal assistance for families during inquest process
“It’s important that families going through this traumatic process have access to legal representation. Inquests provide transparency, and this legislation will both increase access and remove the financial barriers that many families experience in their rightful quest to get justice.” 

January 29, 2018
Upthegrove joins celebration of new Metro Transit line
“It’s wonderful to see the results of the Metro Connects partnership between the County and the cities they serve. The new shuttle will provide an important transit connection to the Des Moines area. I am always happy to see improvements to our transportation infrastructure in South King County.” 

November 13, 2017
Council Approves Simplifying Metro Transit Fares
“Along with adopting a flat fare, we directed Metro to boost outreach efforts for passengers, including service workers with nontraditional hours that may be eligible for Metro’s reduced fare ORCA LIFT program.” 

November 6, 2017
Council Votes to Fund Measures to Prevent Gun Violence
The people of King County stand with the people of south Texas and send our deepest condolences to those who lost loved ones in yet another preventable attack.

October 9, 2017
Agreement between Renton, King County on historic buildings is good news for taxpayers
“This is a win-win for Renton and the county. The new agreement gives the City of Renton a process to recognize and preserve important historic properties, without reinventing the wheel.”  

October 2, 2017
Councilmembers Call for Congressional Response to Tragedy
“Failure to act at the Federal level continues to put King County, and every community in America, at risk – and this remains simply unacceptable.” 

September 27, 2017
Old Public Health Clinic to become new Renton Technical College Health Sciences Facility
“It’s always great to see old spaces being put to new use. The planned health sciences facility would certainly benefit the community, and I look forward to tracking the progress of this project.”

September 12, 2017
County Councilmembers Partner with Doug Baldwin, Renton to support Family First Community Center
“The Family First Center represents amazing community partnerships and has a mission dedicated to supporting youth and families in Renton. Our county contribution will help bring wrap around services to the Benson Hill neighborhood of my district. I’m so excited to be a part of this project.” 

September 7, 2017
Iraqi Community Center of Washington gets the keys for surplus van
“I am thrilled to play a role in donating this van to the IRCCW, which will encourage more students to reach their potential.”

September 5, 2017
Supporting those fighting addiction
“Addiction is touching a growing number of families and communities across King County. It is important to connect those struggling with addiction to services that can help them lead healthy lives.” 

August 14, 2017
Council acts to prevent county use of private prisons
“With the uncertainty at the national level, this is an opportunity to ensure that private prisons are never used by King County. Private facilities have consistently demonstrated that the push for profit creates unsafe conditions that put both staff and inmates at risk.”

July 13, 2017
Statement from King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove Calling for County Inquest in Fatal Police Shooting
“In the interest of this goal, I am calling for a King County inquest into the fatal shooting of Giovonn Joseph-McDade. The family of Giovonn and I met this week – my heart goes out to them during this time of loss.” 

June 6, 2017
Dembowski, Upthegrove award MLK Medal of Distinguished Service to local Filipino leaders
“Fred has been a committed public servant to the South King County community. Along with the countless number of people who he has impacted throughout his career, I’m thankful for his service and proud to present him this well-deserved honor.” 

May 22, 2017
Fred Mendoza’s lifetime commitment to his community recognized by Councilmember Upthegrove
“Fred has been a committed public servant to the South King County community. Along with the countless number of people who he has impacted throughout his career, I’m thankful for his service and proud to present him this well-deserved honor.” 

 April 24, 2017
Protecting the rights of Juveniles in Custody
“The racial disparities in our criminal justice system are glaring and intolerable. This legislation is a common sense approach that attacks those disparities, follows the brain science and keeps our kids safe.”

April 24, 2017
Holiday Relief: Council calls for study on using Metro Transit after fireworks
“This represents a strong signal from the Council to support Metro’s efforts to increase service and safety on these busy holidays.”  

April 17, 2017
Council adopts review of Emergency Response Plans for Dams
“The Oroville Dam crisis in California offers a good reminder for us to take a closer look at our current evacuation plans, raise awareness of evacuation routes, and designate emergency shelters. The County Council’s action will help better prepare our at risk communities to move people out of harm’s way in an emergency.”

April 11, 2017
Upthegrove: Arts Tax Hits Wall in Council Budget Committee
King County Councilmember and Budget Chair Dave Upthegrove has pulled the County Executive’s proposed arts tax from tomorrow’s Budget and Fiscal Management committee agenda, effectively killing the legislation.

“This is the wrong proposal at the wrong time. As currently configured, the funding is distributed in an unfair manner that hurts, rather than helps, our efforts to achieve equity,” said Upthegrove. “The sales tax burdens working class folks the most, yet the lowest income parts of our county continue to be neglected.”

The full Council has the technical ability to remove the bill from committee but Upthegrove believes this is unlikely. He says he is open to reconsidering the legislation in 2018.

March 27, 2017
Upthegrove supports increased bus service between Renton and Kent
“Renton and Kent residents need access to dependable bus service.”

March 27, 2017
More bus service coming to Burien, SeaTac, Renton, and Kent
“Metro’s proposed service changes are a good step in the right direction towards more frequent and reliable service to our communities.”

March 9, 2017
Council Budget Chair Statement on Executive’s Tax Increase Proposal
“This proposed sales tax increase would hit low income folks the hardest. Our state already has the most regressive tax system in the country, and this would make it even worse in King County.” 

February 14, 2017
Upthegrove calls for free, expanded late night public transportation on Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve holidays
““We want to make it easy for people to make the right decision and leave their car at home as they ring in the New Year or celebrate the Fourth of July. Ensuring that buses and trains run late into the evening on these holidays makes everyone safer.””

January 30, 2017
Upthegrove Issues Statement on Unconstitutional Immigration Ban
“Americans have a long history of standing up for people from all religious backgrounds. When people face injustice and stay silent, I believe that it is the same as being complicit.”

November 21, 2016
Upthegrove introduces ordinance to prevent county use of private prisons
“With the uncertainty at the national level, this is an opportunity to ensure that private prisons are never used by King County. Private facilities have consistently demonstrated that the push for profit creates unsafe conditions that put both staff and inmates at risk.”

November 14, 2016
Commitment to public safety, homelessness and transportation highlight King County Budget
“This is a ‘back to basics’ budge. It is a responsible and balanced budget that prioritizes core services such as housing, public safety, and transportation.”

November 14, 2016
Upthegrove restores inmate bookings at Maleng Regional Justice Center
“As Budget Chair, public safety and restoring the cuts to the Maleng Regional Justice Center were among my top priorities. It’s critical that we have a fully operational facility in South King County so that officers can focus on addressing crime instead of spending time in traffic on their way to Seattle.”

November 14, 2016
Upthegrove secures county funds for Kent YMCA
“A Kent YMCA will improve the lives of thousands in South King County by engaging people in healthy activities, providing leadership opportunities for youth, and offering a space to build community.”

October 20, 2016
Public presents their budget priorities at public meetings on 2017-2018 County Budget
“Every year, the budget town halls are an important way for citizens to share what is important to them about living in King County and this year was no exception. I want to thank everyone who testified and encourage anyone to continue to offer comments as the Council continues its deliberations.”

October 3, 2016
County recognizes and celebrates value of workers with disabilities
“We all have family members and friends who live each day with disabilities, including the hearing and visually impaired. Today, we honor these folks and the important contribution they make to our community each day.”

September 26, 2016
Three panels will direct County Council’s review of Executive’s Proposed Biennial Budget
“It’s no secret that our region faces many challenges and I will make sure that King County is doing all it can in the smartest ways possible to address issues like homelessness, public safety, drug addiction and juvenile incarceration. I look forward to working with all of my colleagues to present a balanced budget that meets these standards.”

September 23, 2016
Telling the County Council your priorities for the 2017-2018 King County Budget
“We are going to make some tough choices this year and will rely on public input to make the best choices possible. I encourage anyone who cares about buses, human services or public safety to not only attend or watch a hearing, but to contact the council with your thoughts.”

September 19, 2016
Upthegrove delivers on county-wide need for more human services bus passes
“Access to transportation is the number one predictor of social and economic mobility. The human service bus ticket program is critical for the mobility of low-income riders in all corners of the county.”

September 12, 2016
King County Council recognizes National Recovery Month
“Nearly everyone has a friend, family member or loved one who is struggling with addiction or in recovery. I’m proud of the county for acknowledging and celebrating the strength and effort it takes for a person to achieve sobriety.” 

September 7, 2016
Council committee approves blueprint for Best Starts for Kids
“The plan will guide big new investments in King County's kids and families. The focus on helping small and diverse organizations will be great for South King County.”

July 27, 2016
Kent-based youth environmental education organization receives $5,000 grant for stream restoration projects
“The Institute for Community Leadership is an outstanding organization that not only restores fish and wildlife habitat, but also inspires the next generation of environmental stewards and leaders to have an eye towards social justice.”

July 25, 2016
King County Council approves arsenic clean-up project in Kent
“The Kent project is a win for the environment and also for public health. Removing arsenic from the Leber Homestead site provides a direct benefit for both people and wildlife in the immediate area, as well as downriver.”

July 18, 2016
New ballot drop box locations in South King County offer voters convenience and accessibility
“Voting is the cornerstone of democracy and it’s important that everyone is able to participate. The new ballot drop box locations will make it easier for South King County residents to have their voices heard.”

July 13, 2016
Upthegrove proposes $87 million investment in affordable housing projects in King County
“We are facing a housing affordability crisis in King County. These funds will help low and middle-income families connect to transit, jobs, and education opportunities in homes they can afford.”

June 6, 2016
County Council recognizes LGBTQ Pride Month
“For me, Pride month is a time to tell our community’s story and to celebrate our community’s fight for justice on all fronts. I am proud to be a member of a community that fights for equal rights, access to justice, and environmental stewardship for everyone all over the state.”

May 4, 2016
Upthegrove delivers ‘retired’ van to World Relief
“World Relief provides supportive services that help refugees become self-sufficient and connect with community.”

May 4, 2016
Upthegrove delivers ‘retired’ van to assist youth mentoring program in Kent
“We’ve all heard the stories of young people whose lives were changed by a caring adult. GEM is making those stories become reality for so many in South King County.”

May 2, 2016
Council approves new ballot drop off boxes in South King County
“Providing secure and accessible elections is a fundamental responsibility of county government and I am glad there will be more ballot drop boxes all over South King County. I worked hard to make sure that these drop boxes will best serve our diverse communities and look forward to seeing them installed during the coming months.”

May 2, 2016
43 additional ballot drop off locations will be available to county voters this fall
“I worked hard to make sure that these drop boxes will best serve our diverse communities and look forward to seeing them installed during the coming months.”  

March 14, 2016
Perfection! King County Council Recognizes Nick Porter for Test Achievement
“I commend Nick and the staff at Kentridge High School for this outstanding academic achievement. A perfect score is an extraordinary feat that showcases the hardworking students and educators in King County.”

February 10, 2016
Voter access, juvenile justice alternatives among top priorities in Upthegrove budget proposal
“Increasing voter access, reducing youth violence, and addressing the racial disparities in the juvenile justice system are long-standing Council priorities,” said Dave Upthegrove, Chair of the Council’s Budget and Fiscal Management Committee. “It was important to me to ensure that these Council priorities were funded when I drafted this proposal and I was pleased to see it receive unanimous support.”

January 25, 2016
Council approves members of King County Children and Youth Advisory Board
“This board represents the diverse communities, organizations and ideas of King County. I’m excited to have great people with such impressive backgrounds helping us guide our work.” 

January 20, 2016
Councilmember Upthegrove to write next County Budget
“King County protects our region’s health and safety, keeps Metro buses running and serves as the local government for the rural parts of the county. I will focus on writing a balanced budget that delivers core services, especially public health and human services, efficiently and effectively.”

November 23, 2015
Renton Historical Society Awarded Funds to Renovate Museum Lobby
“Renton has a rich history and an important story to share. I’m proud to support this project and look forward to visiting the new lobby when it is completed.”

November 9, 2015
County Council takes first action in response to homeless emergency
“I’m glad we found a way to increase shelter for men and women during the harsh winter months. We will continue to seek long-term solutions to address the growing need of families dealing with homelessness all over King County.”

November 9, 2015
County Council recognizes Green River College’s “Golden Anniversary”
“The faculty, staff and students at Green River College have made the college a real treasure in South King County for the last 50 years. In particular, the branch campus located in downtown Kent at Kent Station offers everything from small business counseling to college credit classes and is a wonderful asset to the community.”
October 26, 2015
Council votes to make major changes to Metro’s fare enforcement policy
“I was shocked to learn that youth can be charged criminally for fare evasion on Metro buses. Young bus riders should be held accountable for evading a fare but not charged criminally, and I am pleased that the Council supported me in changing this policy.”

September 15, 2015
Upthegrove plan to restore salmon in Green River moves forward
“Our iconic King (Chinook) Salmon are dying in the Green River because the water is too warm. These salmon need cool water, food and shelter to survive. The most affordable way to help cool the water in the Green River is to plant large trees along the river to provide shade and shelter.”

July 27, 2015
County Council offers increased support for arts and cultural programs
“King County’s heritage and cultural organizations come in all shapes and sizes and I am proud to be sponsoring a proposal that will help all types of these groups. The Building for Culture Program will help organizations from Federal Way, to Snoqualmie and everywhere in between.”

July 22, 2015
County Council sends “Best Start for Kids” initiative to the voters
“I’m excited that the citizens of King County will have the opportunity to vote to fund prevention and intervention measures for kids. If approved, this revenue will be used to support programs for kids all over King County.”

July 20, 2015
Charter amendment to establish charter-based office for civilian oversight of law enforcement sent to November ballot
“My constituents in South King County are demanding more accountable and transparent policing. This charter amendment will allow the citizens of King County the opportunity to vote to create a stronger system with the opportunity for stronger civilian oversight.”

July 1, 2015
Upthegrove proposes major changes to bus fare enforcement for youth
“I want to keep young bus riders accountable while at the same time eliminate outdated and counter-productive practices. Kids should not be charged criminally or suspended for months without due process from what is often their only form of transportation.”

June 26, 2015
Statement on the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Marriage Equality
“Today’s United States Supreme Court decision represents American progress at our best—advancing the cause of justice and providing stability and security to families in every corner of our nation.” 

June 1, 2015
County Council proclaims June “Gay Pride Month”
“Our economy works best when everyone is included. I’m proud to represent a community that values equality and fairness for everybody.”

May 26, 2015
County Council calls for collaboration, equity, and best technology in cleanup of Duwamish 
“The South Park community has faced a lot of challenges over the years associated with poor air quality, water pollution and high concentrations of poverty. I am committed to working with the residents of South Park in these restoration efforts and I am glad that the Council is sharing in this commitment.” 

May 18, 2015
Upthegrove delivers “retired” van to assist seniors and youth to the City of Renton
“I am thrilled that the City of Renton will be able to use this van to support seniors and youth to access various programs and services throughout the county. This ‘retired’ van will transport seniors to the services they need, assist youth with transportation to Special Olympic sites and explore the hiking trails throughout King County to promote healthy living.”

May 5, 2015
Upthegrove delivers “retired” van to assist kids at the Southwest Youth & Family Services
“I am glad that a ‘retired’ van from King County can help Southwest Youth and Family Services get kids to and from after school activities. SWYFS support youth through various strategies and programs, and this van will give them reliable transportation to continue this important work.”  

May 1, 2015
County Councilmembers call for release of King County resident Nestora Salgado from Mexican prison
“This matter is urgent. I hope the United States State Department will increase its efforts and take affirmative action to free Nestora Salgado from imprisonment in Mexico. Ms. Salgado needs to be back home with her family in Renton.”

April 10, 2015
Upthegrove: Sound Transit route should align with I-5
“It’s an option where everyone benefits. The I-5 alignment is cheaper than running the tracks down Highway 99 and travel times would essentially be the same.”

April 1, 2015
Upthegrove statement on the retirement of Council Chair Larry Phillips
“While Larry’s presence will be greatly missed on the Council, I’m sure he will continue to work to make King County a better place in his ‘retirement’. I look forward to serving with him for the remainder of his term.”

March 31, 2015
King County takes action to root out racial disparity in juvenile justice system
“For a lot of reasons, too many kids from communities of color in South King County are being locked up. We need to take significant action now to keep all kids out of jail and to help all kids succeed.”

February 23, 2015
Council adopts legislation that will benefit Green River preservation projects
“The Green River is too warm and is killing young salmon. We need more trees to shade the river to cool it down so more salmon can survive.”

February 12, 2015
Low Income Bus Fare Coming in March!
“The ORCA LIFT pass and Metro’s new reduced bus fare will make commuting more affordable for thousands of people in South King County. I am grateful that organizations like Global to Local here in SeaTac are stepping up to help as many people as possible take advantage of the new card.”

December 8, 2014
Councilmembers: EPA’s Duwamish Cleanup Plan continues effort to revitalize the “lifeblood” of Seattle
“It is great to see this important work continue in order to improve the health and well-being of the people who live, work, and play near these waters.” 

November 25, 2014
Upthegrove directs help to Kent’s homeless women and children
“As a member of the budget leadership team, I spent weeks scrutinizing every county agency to find ways to cut spending to balance the budget. Frankly, it was great to find a way to actually do something new that will help some of Kent’s most needy families.”

November 25, 2014
Renton shelter to receive county funding thanks to Upthegrove
“The Council spent two months examining every county agency to find ways to balance the budget and cut spending. We had to make some tough decisions, but in the end, we had to balance the budget. For me, this new funding for Renton’s REACH Center of Hope was one of the bright spots in this year’s budget.”
November 10, 2014
Upthegrove increases transit access to the most vulnerable
“Everyone in our community should have access to public transit. The human services bus ticket program allows the most vulnerable to travel to their jobs, shelters and other services they may need.”

October 31, 2014
All Treat, No Trick: Upthegrove Delivers “Retired” Van to Renton Youth and Family Services
“Renton Area Youth and Family Services helps hundreds of kids and seniors get the services they need every day. I am excited to donate a ‘retired’ van from King County to help RAYS continue this mission.”

Council gives unanimous approval to legislation providing vital links to Lake to Sound Trail
“This completes one of the missing links in the project between Burien and SeaTac. I am excited to see us continue to build out this important regional trail system in South King County.”

September 25, 2014
County considers expanding cost-effective transit options for local communities

“As soon as I learned that the Route 139 was on the chopping block, I asked Metro to find some sort of alternative for people in Gregory Heights and Seahurst. This proposal is an affordable solution that might just work better for those who need transit services the most.”

September 22, 2014
Three panels will direct County Council’s review of Executive’s Proposed Biennial Budget
“Bus service is the most important thing King County does to reduce air pollution and traffic congestion. My job during the next several weeks is to ensure that every available penny is being used to keep buses on the road. I am excited to get to work.”

September 12, 2014
Upthegrove introduces body camera proposal
“The data is clear: body cameras are highly effective in both reducing complaints against officers and reducing instances of inappropriate use of force by officers. I am confident that once fully implemented body cameras will help to build more trust between officers and the communities they are sworn to protect.”

September 5, 2014
Upthegrove’s efforts to save Kent “Shopper Shuttle” routes pay off
“This is great news for everyone who uses the Shopper Shuttle on the East Hill as well as for businesses and economic development in downtown Kent. However, these routes are not completely in the clear. I will continue to fight to keep this service intact as the Council begins deliberations on Metro’s 2015-2016 budget.”

September 2, 2014
Council adopts legislation amending detention of immigration detainees
“This was absolutely the right thing to do. It strikes the right balance between public safety and constitutional rights.”

July 28, 2014
Upthegrove delivers “retired” van to assist seniors and kids to Navos Mental Health Lake Burien facility
“Navos provides effective, accessible and much needed behavioral health services to people of all ages. This van will help Navos continue this invaluable work.” 

July 21, 2014
Councilmembers find common ground on bus cuts
“In the coming months, Metro will prepare for cuts in September and February. The cuts authorized by today’s vote will be made based on Metro’s Strategic Plan which was unanimously adopted to keep politics out of route decisions. Metro will also complete another outside audit initiated by the Executive, to continue the County’s work to make sure our department is running as efficiently as possible.”

July 11, 2014
Upthegrove delivers “retired” van to assist kids and seniors in Des Moines
“I am thrilled that King County can provide a vehicle to support kids and seniors in Des Moines. The city offers a wide variety of programs such as summer camp and senior activities. This van will help Des Moines continue this valuable work.”

June 6, 2014
Councilmembers propose transit compromise
“We are all committed to finding any new revenue that can help us stave off the bus cuts we have long planned for. But we cannot budget based on what-ifs. We have to make decisions based on what our finances look like today, not what we hope they will look like in the future.”

May 27, 2014
New careers for hard working county employees: Council approves transfer of surplus vanpool van to organizations throughout King County
“This is such a magnificent opportunity to help programs that help others. It is comforting to know that these vans will continue to be of use across the county.”

May 19, 2014
Council Council’s 2014 Equity and Social Justice work plan will consider impacts of bus service reduction
“The 2014 ESJ work plan emphasizes the need to integrate equity and social justice principles into the decisions we make as a Council. This work is even more critical as we face funding uncertainty and bus service reductions.”

March 24, 2014
King County Council Recognizes Tracy Tran for Perfect Test Score
“Tracy is an outstanding student and she should be very proud of her achievement. I am excited to see what she does next.”

March 11, 2014
Former County Councilmember Julia Patterson to be honored by the Municipal League of King County
“Julia worked every day as a strong advocate for South King County. I am proud to call her my friend and mentor and am delighted that the Municipal chose to honor Julia with this award.”

February 24, 2014
Community to have stronger voice in implementation of low-income bus pass
“It is vital for residents who will benefit from the low-income fare to have a strong role in how the program is accessed and utilized,” said Councilmember Upthegrove. “The task force will provide diverse leadership and perspectives to the Council to make the low-income fare work well for all who qualify.”

January 27, 2014
County Council completes 2014 reorganization with appointment of committee chairs
“I am thrilled to be appointed to committees that will allow me to continue my efforts in building South King County as a community where businesses can prosper, diverse communities thrive, and vulnerable populations and the environment are protected. It is important that County resources are used fairly and equitably in developing sustainable budgets – I am excited to start my committee work.”

January 27, 2014
County Council, Executive join “12th Man” in shouting GO HAWKS!!!
“Always proud to represent fellow King County 12s as the loudest and best fans in all of sports. As for the Super Bowl, as we used to say back in the AFC West days, ‘Bust those Broncos!’”

January 22, 2014
New law prioritizes Children and Youth
“It is critical to invest in our youth to strengthen the foundation for the future of our communities. I am excited about the opportunity to coalesce and coordinate with our richly diverse set of South King County community partners to explore, plan and implement the best solutions to invest in our youth.”

January 13, 2014
Upthegrove to serve on Sound Transit Board
“Transportation issues were one of my top priorities in the legislature and I look forward to continuing to represent South King County’s interest on the Sound Transit Board.”
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