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Issue: 71 / Friday, Nov. 20, 2020


Shop Small

Shop local this holiday season

This year it’s more important than ever to shop locally during the holidays. Renton’s small businesses have stepped up with incentives as they start the holiday shopping season with Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28.

Image of the mayor's newsletterThe Renton Downtown Partnership is providing free goodie bags to shoppers who spend $10 or more at downtown merchants. The bags will include coupons, promotions, and surprise treats. They will be available starting with Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28 and throughout the shopping season while supplies last.

Renton residents can earn a Winter Staycation that includes a one-night stay for two at a Renton hotel, a $300 dining credit and a $200 shopping credit.

All you have to do is patronize a store or restaurant in Renton that, for you, is new. Post photos on your Facebook or Instagram account during November and December and tag them with #RentonHolidays. Each post gets you one entry, so the more you post, the more chances to win. The winner gets to build their own dream staycation.

Every one of our neighborhoods has unique shops and restaurants. The fast-approaching holiday season is the perfect time to discover a new favorite place and be rewarded.


Photo of a Boeing 737 MAX airplane

FAA allows 737 MAX to return to operation

Another piece of good news this week came from the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA has rescinded their order that halted the commercial operation of the Boeing 737 MAX.

I issued this statement on Wednesday in response to The Boeing Company’s official statement on 737 MAX production.

“We are grateful that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) (Wednesday) rescinded the order that halted commercial operations of the Boeing 737 MAX. The certification will allow Boeing to make deliveries, continue working with regulators worldwide and allow their customers to return the airplane into service.

“As the nation recovers from COVID-19, we are hopeful that the first recovery will be national travel, which will be incredibly positive for the delivery and production of the 737 MAX. We’ve also been assured that Boeing’s commitment to manufacturing the 737 MAX in Renton is going to be for the long haul – a shot in the arm for our community and for the amenities, quality of life and business climate that makes this City so desirable.”

The news is great not just for The Boeing Company and its workers but also for many local business owners in and around the Boeing facility.

For those with a Puget Sound Business Journal account, the full story is online.


Photo of Renton Senior Activity Center

When COVID-19 forced the Renton Senior Activity Center's closure, community services staff immediately pivoted their outreach efforts. With additional funding from King County, they will be able to expand their outreach.

Senior Center receives an additional $115,000

Great news earlier this week from King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove.

Councilmember Upthegrove has secured an additional $115,000 in funding for the Renton Senior Activity Center as part of the county’s 2021-2022 biennial budget. The funding comes from the voter-approved Veterans, Seniors and Human Services levy, which has already allocated $90,000 to the center.

During the pandemic, we have repeatedly said that our seniors are our most important group and need our support. So many rely on the senior center for recreation, nourishment and community.

This funding will allow our community services staff to continue to provide these vital services. Already this year, they quickly developed a drive-through lunch program to replace the daily hot meals. Regular phone check-ins and virtual activities have kept seniors engaged. Their “positivity parades” brought smiles to both staff and seniors as they drove through senior housing complexes.

Our sincere thanks to Councilmember Upthegrove for this strong statement of support, not just for this additional funding but also for his help in achieving our "Age-Friendly City" designation from the World Health Organization/AARP. This will definitely benefit our senior population.


Councilmember Randy Corman

Randy Corman

Councilmember Ryan McIrvin

Ryan McIrvin

Council elects Corman and McIrvin president and president pro-tem for 2021

Congratulations to City Councilmembers Randy Corman and Ryan McIrvin, who were unanimously elected by their peers as council president and president pro-tem for 2021.

Randy is the council’s most senior member, having served since 1994, and is the current president pro-tem. Ryan was first elected in 2015. I served with both and look forward to working with them when the new council convenes had made on Jan. 4, 2021.

I would also like to salute the leadership of Council President Ruth Pérez during a very difficult 2020. Despite both of us being new to our positions in January, we quickly formed a strong and successful working relationship.


Photo of Clam Lights from 2019

Renton Holiday Lights will take the place of Clam Lights in 2020. The display will at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park and Piazza Park downtown starting Nov. 28.

City makes COVID-related changes to holiday events

The realities of the effects of COVID-19 in our area have forced us to make adjustments to our annual holiday events.

We are incredibly disappointed to announce the annual Clam Lights holiday lighting event will not be held in 2020. We understand this event has become a significant holiday kickoff event for residents and visitors of all ages. Still, it's not possible this year while King County remains in Phase 2 of Safe Start Washington.

Instead of Clam Lights, we will present a smaller holiday lighting display at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park and downtown at Piazza Park. The Piazza Park display replaces the annual Tree Lighting event held in conjunction with Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday is a perfect reminder that in these exceedingly difficult times for our local businesses, they will be open and can use your patronage. Please shop early and shop local this season.

Renton's Holiday Lights will be lit every day from 4 to 8 p.m. at both locations starting Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in conjunction with Small Business Saturday. It will continue through New Year's Day 2021. Our thanks for the support we've received from Renton's Lodging Tax Grant program, Renton Downtown Partnership and Fleming Holiday Lighting, making holiday lights possible.

Lastly, we will not hold Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day. However, we plan to roll out a fun social media campaign, "What is Your Tradition?" after Christmas Day. It will be a chance for you to share family memories and culture as they relate to your New Year’s celebration.


Governor caps third-party delivery fees

On Thursday, Gov. Inslee announced a cap on delivery fees charged to restaurants by third-party delivery platforms, such as Uber Eats, DoorDash, GrubHub, Postmates and others.

Responding to requests led by the Renton Chamber of Commerce and the Washington Hospitality Association, the governor’s proclamation caps delivery fees at 15% and total fees at 19% of an order’s purchase price. It takes effect Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 12:01 a.m.


Don't Forget …

Tourism grant deadline is Nov. 30

The deadline to submit applications for 2021 Tourism Grants is Nov. 30, at 4:30 p.m. Eligible entities include convention and visitors' bureaus, destination marketing organizations, nonprofits like chambers of commerce and lodging associations, and municipalities. The grants support Renton's tourism marketing and operations and are funded through the state's Hotel-Motel Tax.

Supporting Renton small businesses through Chip-In

We are excited to work with Renton Chamber of Commerce, One Eastside, and Chip-In to raise funds for Renton small businesses through tax-deductible contributions. Think of it like GoFundMe, but Chip-In does not take a cut. Each dollar donated will support local Renton businesses meet payroll, keep their lights on and doors open.


2020 Newsletters

Weekly Newsletter

November 20

Shop local this holiday season
FAA allows 737 MAX to return to operation
Senior Center receives an additional $115,000
Council elects Corman and McIrvin president & president pro-tem for 2021
City makes COVID-related changes to holiday events
Governor caps third-party delivery fees

November 13

Support our small businesses
Public Works Winter Weather Preparations
Census self-response rate climbs to 75.1%
Budget for 2021 and 2022 approved

November 6

"Age-Friendly City" outreach
"Unity in Hope" multicultural festival
Veterans Day
Upthegrove opposes Renton site for county facility

October 30

Sunset Neighborhood Center ribbon cutting
Fire Chief Rick Marshall retires
Councilmember O'Halloran earns certificate of municipal leadership
Renton Housing Authority has CARES Act funding
"Age-Friendly City" community survey online
Sustainable Rentron needs our help
Economic Development presents "Back in the Game"

October 23

Renton earns "Age-Friendly" city status
Tourism Grants now being accepted
Eastside cities virtual job fair on Oct. 29
County establishes eviction prevention & rent assistance
State accepting applications for COVID-19 immigrant relief fund

October 16

City continues support of small businesses
This week is Affordable Housing Week
Virtual Multicultural Festival in Nov. 7 and 8
General Election ballots are in the mail

October 9

Renton allocates over $900,000 in COVID-19 human services funding
HealthPoint Clinic comes to Sunset Neighborhood
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Our Renton TV Debuts
Governor updates Safe Start reopening plan

October 2

Proposed 2021 and 2022 budgets presented to city council
Farmers Market ends successful 2020 season
PSE contest will benefit small businesses
Proposed county budget includes Renton RapidRide

September 25

Support our small businesses
Draft EIS for landfill support services center open
Kaiser Permanente donated $5,000 for SNAP at Farmer Market
REACH Renton celebrates 50 years in Renton
Chamber-sponsored COVID-19 funding

September 18

Community police survey
Making Renton accessible to all
Concealed pistol permits
Election Day is November 3; register to vote
Census 2020 - time is running out
Closing King County's technology divide
Chamber-sponsored COVID-19 funding

September 11
Honoring the victims of 9/11 on Patriot Day
Sustainable Renton's Free Grocery Store
One-day drive benefits food banks
ALERT Renton provides emergency updates
Business Plan for 2021-2026 adopted
City receives $100,000 flood control grant from county

September 4

This Labor Day is so different
Budget: City's financial health has improved slightly
Plans unveiled for former city hall property
Mayor's census challenge
Free COVID-19 testing site in Renton
Pandemic EBT Emergency School Meal Program

August 28

Kennydale reservoir construction is complete and scheduled to go online in spring of 2021
City's concern over county facility siting in Highlands
Chamber distributing PPEs

August 21

National Senior Citizen Day
Information System Update
Renton Census Countdown Day 2020

August 14

Renton Census Countdown Day
CARES funding for small businesses
Seniors receive donated face shields
Renton Regional Community Foundation

August 7

City to distribute over $900,000 in COVID-related funds
Food banks and shelters serving more
City gives away 25,000 masks; county mask event on August 11
Women's right to Vote Centennial Anniversary Day
Teleworking will continue

July 31

Census return rate tops 70%
Police launch community survey
K9 Zev remembered
Parade of Positivity

July 24

Primary Election
RAAP Meeting
Communities In Schools

July 17

Emergency ordinance expands outdoor business space
City Hall reopening plan unveiled
Projects will provide affordable housing
Renton leads all South King County cities in Census 2020 self-response rate
Pop-up blood drives collect 144 units

July 10

CARES Act funding for small businesses
Police Chief briefs council
K9 Zev passes away
Parks & Rec Month proclamation

July 2

Small business grants available from CARES Act
Mayor's July 4 message
Police Chief's July 4 message
Red Lion Free mask distribution
Blood donations needed

June 26

Coulon Park and Fourth of July
First CARES Act funds to be distributed
Face coverings mandated by governor

June 19

"Philly Flag"
"Open for Business" Banners; Business resources
Free COVID-19 Testing a success
2020 Census Numbers
COVID-19 Relief Concert
Pop up Blood Drives

June 11

RAAP works to make Renton an informed & inclusive community
Praise for police officers Sangder and Thielman
COVOD-19 testing site open Saturday
Pop up blood drives coming to Renton
Farmers Market returns

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NAGC national first place award

The Mayor's Newsletter has been awarded a 2018 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Award for First Place for External Newsletters by the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC).

The committee looked at submissions from all over the country and judged them on purpose, goals, objectives, target audience, and special factors.

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