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This Week in Renton

Friday, May 7, 2021 | Vol. VI | Issue 17

Cover of This Week in Renton for May 7, 2021


VIDEO OF THE WEEK

The city’s 2020 Census campaign has been awarded the “Best In House Diversity and Inclusion Campaign” by PRNEWS CSR & Diversity Awards. Watch the video that was part of the materials submitted to the awards committee.


PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Chalk Your Walk image

"Beach Scene" by Sarah Hoffman of the Cascade neighborhood.

Have you posted your “Chalk Your Walk” artwork? Artists are encouraged to post it to social media and tag it with #ChalkRentonOut.

There are two days left. Tomorrow’s theme is “Concrete Comedy.” Share a joke or bring a favorite meme to life. Sunday’s is Mother’s Day and to honor mom, the theme is “Show Moms Some Love!”

And if you haven’t yet, the Hyatt Regency Southport is hosting "Chalk at Hyatt's Dock!" through Sunday. Artists are invited to decorate Hyatt’s dock and get 10% off at Dock and Drink.


COVER STORY

Drawing of the new Wells Avenue

Completed Wells Avenue South looking north across South Third Street.

Working to develop a vibrant downtown

The downtown is the scene of two major infrastructure projects, the Wells-Williams Conversion and Downtown Utility Improvement. Both are long-needed projects that further advance of vision of downtown Renton as a welcoming destination for residents and visitors.

We know large projects like these are never easy. The past months have been difficult. The patience and cooperation from both merchants and shoppers have been very much appreciated. When complete, two-way traffic on Wells and Williams, the downtown core wayfinding project, and improved infrastructure will advance our vision of downtown Renton as a vibrant and welcoming destination for residents, visitors, and businesses.

Here's an update on the two projects:

Graphic of the clock tower moving

The clock tower is scheduled to be relocated on May 12. It will reside a few yards south of its current location and will be returned after two or three months.

Temporary clock tower relocation

The Downtown Utility Improvement project is upgrading existing city systems for water, wastewater and stormwater drainage. These improvements will support current business and residential uses and future development needs in the downtown core.

As part of the project, the iconic clock tower at South Third Street and Burnett Avenue South will be relocated on Wednesday, May 12. It will be moved a few yards south in the same parking lot for approximately two to three months.

A crane will be positioned in the parking area behind the clock tower and swing it to its new location. Businesses will be open and directional signage will be in place. We have updates on our social media channels as we move closer to the move date.

 

Sidewalk work underway

The Wells-Williams Conversion Project is installing sidewalks on the north side of South Third Street, first at Williams Avenue South, then at Wells Avenue South. The installation is being closely coordinated with affected businesses.

The project is using a new type of concrete to avoid what would have been several weeks of sandblasting. There is a tradeoff as the concrete pouring is weather-dependent. It also typically takes about three days to cure instead of 24 hours.

This week the new intersections have opened and Wells and Williams remain one-way streets. You’ll see additional signage as a reminder, but please drive with care.


Photo of the free parking banner across S. Third Avenue

Park free in the garage and downtown lots

Contractors for both projects are working to minimize parking impacts as much as possible.

The city is offering free parking for up to 10 hours in the centrally located City Center Parking Garage (655 S. 2nd St.).

Several downtown public parking lots offer free parking and convenient access to businesses. Additionally, there are several designated short-term parking spots near shops and restaurants for picking up orders.


ART IN RENTON

BLM art work

BLM artwork to be made into postcards

Last year’s initial Black Lives Matter Art Walk featured many local Black artists displaying powerful messages for several weeks. Now, 12 paintings are being turned into postcards.

The project is funded by a grant from Renton Municipal Arts Commission.
Artists Charde Brown, Ess the Artist, Charles Conner, Jonarra Swanson, LeShawn Gamble and Trenise Williams will be featured.

The card will also include the artist’s name, description of the work and a link for information about commissions or donations. The postcards will also have the slogan: “Renton, Washington, where equity, equality and diversity are valued.”

“One of the reasons we really wanted to create the postcards is to continue to project the message,” said Franchesca Vargas Smith, the organizer of last September’s art walk. "Just because your feed on Instagram or Facebook went back to normal, there is still an issue, and we still have to work together to make a change."

The postcards will be placed at various locations throughout downtown Renton and are available for free. 


HONORED

Graphic for the census award

Census campaign earns national award

The city’s 2020 Census campaign has been awarded the “Best In House Diversity and Inclusion Campaign” by PRNEWS CSR & Diversity Awards.

The campaign was started in response to results from the 2010 Census. They showed Renton was one of the most under-reported cities in the country. In 2020, the city wanted to use a grassroots effort that explained the importance of self-responding to our residents.

The plan included citywide training for front-line staff, development of the Renton Complete Count Committee and recruitment and training of Census Ambassadors. But when COVID-19 hit, we had to scrap that plan.

That did not deter our Census Ambassadors. They texted, called and used Facebook. When it was permitted, they combined their census outreach with events that provided relief to those hit hardest by the pandemic.

As a result, the city’s response rate went from one of the lowest in the country to 75.1%, which was one of the highest rates in neighboring cities with a similar ethnic and socioeconomic breakdown to Renton.

The city coordinated the campaign, but it was the effort by our residents that ensured its success.


RENTON REGIONAL FIRE AUTHORITY

Photo of a Renton Regional Fire Authority fire truck

Apply for RRFA Citizen Advisory Panel

Renton Regional Fire Authority is seeking volunteers to serve on their Citizen Advisory Panel (CAP).

CAP members represent the Renton community and provide valuable feedback that helps shape fire service.


ENVIRONMENT

Recycle event graphic

Metal and Styrofoam collection on May 15

The first of three recycling events will be Saturday, May 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Renton Technical College North Parking Lot (NE 6th Place and Monroe Avenue NE). This event will collect scrap metal, large appliances and Styrofoam.

Eligible metal items include auto parts, lawn chairs, water heaters, lawnmowers, bikes, iron and steel. Please remove all wheels and nonmetal parts, and drain oil and fluids from auto parts and mowers.

We will not accept television sets, computers, car chassis, refrigerators, dishwashers or microwaves.

Styrofoam accepted includes peanuts and bubble wrap, bagged packing peanuts and clean white block Styrofoam. Look for #6 or EPS inside the recycle symbol.

Our other events are June 12 (mattresses, box springs, cardboard and tires) and September 18 (Styrofoam and documents for shredding).


COMMUNITY

Blood Shortage graphic

Need and low turnout puts need level at 85%

Bloodworks Northwest has declared a “Code-Red” alert to combat the ongoing blood shortage affecting local hospitals and trauma centers across our region. They have seen a sustained increase in patient demand for blood. That combined with low donor turnout means only 85% of the blood needed by patients is now available. Now is the time to give. Make your appointment online or by calling 1-800-398-7888.


COVID-19 RESOURCES

COVID-19 case graphic

Governor announces two-week phase pause

The governor on Tuesday announced a two-week pause on movement in Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery reopening plan. The pause will keep every county in its current phase. At the end of two weeks, each county will be re-evaluated.

The decision was made in consultation with the Department of Health. It reflected current data suggesting Washington's fourth COVID-19 wave has plateaued.

 

Washington COVID-19 relief fund

Business grants

Deadlines are approaching for these COVID-19 grants for businesses.

  • The Washington Immigrant grant is available for immigrants who are not eligible for federal financial relief or unemployment insurance. Apply by May 15 and possibly receive a $1,000 one-time direct payment.

Shuttered venues grant

  • Small Business Association (SBA) Shuttered Venue Operators grant. The program has over $16 billion in grants for shuttered venues, to be administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

  • The SBA has also released updates to the Restaurant Revitalization Fund Guide. Funding is for restaurants, bars and other similar places of business that serve food or drink. The application process will be opening soon.

  • Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families provides direct support through the Spring 2021 Child Care COVID-19 Grant to licensed childcare providers. Grants of $6,500 are available for eligible private pay providers. The deadline to apply is May 20.

If your small business is behind on commercial rent, our economic development staff is working to analyzing the scale of commercial arrears on the Eastside so they can develop a remedy. They could use your input via their online survey.

If you need help, we have one-on-one support through (re)StartUp425.

Vaccine Finder Graphic

More vaccine supply makes it much easier to get vaccinated

King County vaccinators are now receiving more vaccines, and many locations have available appointments. Everyone 16 and older is eligible for vaccination, and vaccination is free for everyone regardless of insurance, citizenship, or immigration status.

Visit King County vaccine for the latest information on how to get vaccinated in King County. You can find vaccine locations by zip code and there are 30 languages are available in the upper-right hand drop-down menu. If you need language interpretation, the following hotlines are available:

  • WA State COVID-19 Assistance hotline: 1-800-525-0127 or 1-888-856-5816 (then press #), 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday – Sunday.

  • King County COVID-19 Call Center: 206-477-3977, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. For language interpretation, say your preferred language when connected.


CITY COUNCIL

Photo of the mayor and 2021 city council

Mayor Armondo Pavone (center front) is flanked by the 2021 Renton City Council. Ruth Pérez and Council President Randy Corman are seated in the front row. Standing: Valerie O’Halloran, Ed Prince, Council President Pro Tem Ryan McIrvin, Kim-Khánh Văn, and Angelina Benedetti.

May 3, 2021 Meeting

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Renton City Council meets via Zoom. For information on viewing or participating in a council meeting, go to rentonwa.gov.council. Past meetings are available at rentonwa.gov/youtube.


EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

Photo from the Renton Farmers Market

Virtual Talk: Getting involved with the Farmers Market

Carrie Olson, farmers market coordinator, and Teresa Nishi, volunteer coordinator, will explain what’s in store for the 2021 Renton Farmers Market and how you can get involved. This Zoom meeting takes place on May 11, 2-3 p.m.

The market will celebrate 20 years of providing the freshest fruit and produce, flowers and specialty items, including breads, honey, wine and craft hard ciders. It will open on June 1 and will run through September 28.

Register at rentonwa.gov/register to reserve your spot for this and all 2021 Virtual Talks. For help, call 425-430-6633.

Age-Friendly Renton Virtual Talks is a free virtual series with various topics, presenters and engaging conversations held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 2-3 p.m.

 

Key to Change graphic

Beyond the Stage: Key to Change

Wednesday, May 12, 7-8 p.m., enjoy an evening with Dr. Quinton Morris and virtual performances by students. Key to Change serves racially and economically diverse students in South King County. They focus on providing access to world-class music education, mentorship and leadership skills that propel them to lifetime success.

Register at rentonwa.gov/register.

Beyond the Stage is a free, virtual series featuring local and PNW artistic creators. Reserve your spot and "zoom" online with friends and community members. Monthly dates/times will vary.

 

Spread Kindness graphic

Kindness Crawl 2021

Join the Renton Chamber of Commerce for Kindness Crawl 2021 on Saturday and Sunday, May 15 and 16.

The “crawl” is a celebration of small businesses and our commUNITY kindness. Register for the free Kindness Raffle, featuring prizes from local businesses and organizations encouraging kindness.

The event also features a VIP option for a goodie bag & extra raffle tickets. There are also options to purchase individual raffle tickets or donate to the Chip-In Fundraiser.

 

Renton Career Fair Graphic

Renton Career Fair

On Wednesday, May 19, from 1 to 5 p.m., various organizations will be ready to meet via text chats or chat-to-video sessions as part of the sixth annual Renton Career Fair.

This annual event aims to "Unite Talent with Opportunity," so dress for success and have your resume ready.

Visit gorenton.com/careers for information and free registration. The Renton Career Fair is hosted by Renton Technical College, WorkSource, Renton Chamber of Commerce and City of Renton.

 

Summer Day Camps graphic

Summer day camps

The city’s Recreation & Neighborhoods Division has joined with long-time recreation partners to bring back Summer Day Camps. Camps are offered by Cartooniversity, Play-Well Teknologies, STREAM Team, Coyle Outside, Renton Rowing Center, Seattle Ultimate Frisbee and Skyhawks. All will follow COVID-19 safety guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Washington State Health Department.

Register at rentonwa.gov/register. Search "camps."

 

Skyway resource center graphic

Skyway Resource Center

Next Friday, May 14, from 3-5 p.m., Renton Innovation Zone Partnership continues its community support in this free drive-through multi-service event at Campbell Hill Elementary.

Resources available include baby supplies, household items, food boxes and frozen family meals. There will be information for housing, medical and health insurance, childcare, preschool consultation and developmental screening, WIC and First Steps, ORCA LIFT cards, and free academic and career trade training.


CALENDAR

Daily, Senior Meals, Mon.-Fri., 11:30 a.m., free, drive-thru sack lunch pick up at Renton Senior Activity Center, 211 Burnett Ave. N. Limited quantities.

Mondays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sustainable Renton free drive-through grocery store at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 1700 Edmonds Ave. NE.

Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Renton Live! online connection promoting business, nonprofits and activities within the greater Renton community. Find the weekly link on the Renton Live Facebook page.

Library resources and events, ongoing. Filter by event, program, and location. kcls.org

May 12 – Deadline to register for Virtual Scout Night & Drive-Thru Graduation, presented by Renton Police and Renton Fire.

May 15, Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Recycle Event at Renton Technical College (North Parking Lot, NE 6th Place and Monroe Ave. NE.) This mini-event will be accepting metals and Styrofoam. (June event will accept mattresses, tires and cardboard, and September event will accept Styrofoam and paper for shredding.)

May 19, Wed. 1-5 p.m. Renton Virtual Career Fair. FREE virtual career fair hosting a wide variety of organizations with text-based chats or chat-to-video sessions. Visit gorenton.com/careers for more information. Hosted by Renton Technical College, WorkSource, Renton Chamber of Commerce, and City of Renton. 


Archives

2021 Newsletters

Weekly Newsletters

This Week in Renton

May 7

Cover of the May 7, 2021 edition of This Week in Renton

Cover: Construction update
Photo: Chalk Your Walk
BLM artwork to be made into postcards
Apply for RRFA Citizen Advisory Panel
Metal and Styrofoam collection on May 15
Blood needed
City Council update
Governor announces two-week phase pause
COVID-19 business grants available
Vaccine supply increases
Farmers Market 2021
Beyond the Stage: "Key to Change"
Kindness Crawl 2021
Renton Career Fair
Summer Day Camps
Skyway Resource Center
Calendar

 

April 30

Cover of This Week in Renton for April 30, 2021

Cover: Arbor Day 2021
Video: Arbor Day 2019
Photos: Shredathon & Volunteer Appreciation

Chalk Your Walk chalk pickup starts today
Councilmember Benedetti earns Certificate of Municipal Leadership
First Recycling Event is May 15
Police & Fire host virtual scout night
A look at Sunset Park’s water mister
PRADU program launched; what you missed
Renton Virtual Career Fair is May 19
Metro Rapid I Line update
Four news COVID-19 grants available
Vaccine appointments available in South King County
Restaurant PPE Mask Popup event on May 4
City Council update
Calendar

 

April 23

Cover of This Week in Renton for April 23, 2021

Cover: Renton PD Safe Place
Video: Chalk Your Walk
Photo: Hazen High Key Club
Tentative Schedule for opening facilities & events
Shred-a-thon
Accessory Dwelling Unit open house
Erasmus celebration
The future of regional transportation
Celebrate Children's Day
Recreation has openings
Virtual Talk: "Food Security"
"Keep Moving" low -impact fitness class
Small Space Food Gardening
Recycle Event
COVID-19
Council
Calendar

 

April 16

Image of the cover of This Week in Renton for April 16, 2021

Cover: Accessory Dwelling Unit program
Photo: Erasmus "Hatch Day" Celebration
DEI: The Impact of Prejudgment and Bias
Take the Earth Day Challenge
Supporting our 911 operators
Shred-a-thon is April 24
Blood Drive
Park Spotlight: Gene Coulon Park
Get outside and enjoy Renton's parks and trails
Parks and trails update
Reuniting lost pets with their owners
Cedar Hills Landfill community meeting
Metro Transit
COVID-19 resources
City Council update
Calendar

 

April 12

Cover of the April 12, 2021 Edition of This Week in Renton

Cover: Volunteers make Renton shine!
Video: The making of the "Cows in the Forest" mural
Photo: Cherry Blossoms at City Hall
Jessica Giner named to bench
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Police debut Hearing Assistance Card
Wells/Williams Update (intersection work)
Erasmus' "Hatch Day"
Metro's East Link Connections survey
Metro Mobility project wins award
COVID-19
Beyond the Stage
Events & Activities
City Council
Calendar

 

April 2

Photo of the cover of This Week in RentonCover: Judge Terry Jurado retires after 22 distinguished years on the bench
Video: April is Distracted Driving Month
Photo: Matthew Nugent receives RPD life-saving award
Back on Track
"Compost Days" provides gardening help
SBA triples maximum economic disaster loans
Available Small Business Grants
Paycheck Protection Program extended
Popup blood centers
Eviction moratorium extended
Classroom social distancing decreased to 3 feet
Vaccine to be available to all on April 15
County Executive proposed $600m budget
Recycle Days set
Events
Council
Calendar

 

March 26

Photo of the cover of This week in Renton for March 26, 2021Cover: Inclusion Tactical Plan
Video & Photo: National Day of Action & Healing / Anti-AAPI hate press conference
Water and Utility Tax
DUIP update
Ready for Business Fund grant
Working Washington Small Business Grants
Poison Prevention Week
April & May Recreation Activities
PopUp Blood Donation Centers
Celebrate Erasmus' 3rd Anniversary
425 Magazine Profiles Renton Art
Renton 13th most diverse city COVID-19
Council
Calendar

March 19 - Mayor's Update: Investing in our community

March 12

Coer of the newsletterCover: City teams with ANEW to help diversify workforce
Photo: Ribbon Cuttings
CommUNITY Conversations
History Museum reopens/Women's History Month
Downtown Park n Play
2021 Arts Grants
Stormwater Management Plan
Renton Police are hiring
Metro route changes
US News Ranks Washington #1
COVID-19
Farmers to Families food drive
Events
Council update
Calendar

March 5

Photo of the cover of the March 5, 2021 edition of This Week in RentonCover: Mobile Vaccination Unit
Video: "Celebrating Black Excellence"
Photo: Renton Schools are open
Small Business Support
April 13 is Small Business Day
Renton Roadshows debuts
Sustainable Renton buys refrigerated truck
Vaccine Update
State to Stay in Phase 2
Take Metro to your vaccination appointment
Events & Activities
City Council
Calendar

February 25

Photo of the cover of This Week in Renton for February 25, 2021Cover: HB 1590
Video: "Ask Renton PD"
Photo: Flags at Half Staff (COVID)
Hate Speech Statement
City and RAAP celebrate Black excellence
VisitRenton App
Bloodworks NW
VETS ENGAGED offers mini grants
Metro offers free and reduced fares
Metro Route to Recovery Survey
City Council
RIZP resource event
Calendar

 

February 19

Cover for the February 19, 2021 edition of This Week in RentonCover: Community Courts
Video: Public Works Snow Response
Photo: SNP Climbing Structure
Officers honored for life-saving response
City and RAAP celebrate Black excellence
City loses two outstanding community members
Severe weather shelter opened
Water utility seeks customer input
Arts Commission grants available
Age-Friendly Renton
COVID-19
Calendar

 

February 12

This Week in Renton coverCover: Black History Month Celebrations
Video: Past Black History Month Celebrations
Photo: Lion Dance
Wells/Williams reaches milestone
PW Ready for snow
Renton Regional Community Foundation grant
Downtown Renton in a Box
Metro Survey
COVID-19
Calendar

 

Mayor's Weekly Newsletter

February 9

Housing Assistance Program
New Renton Regional Fire Authority Chief Steve Heitman
Councilmember Ruth Pérez named governance board chair
This Week in Renton

January 28

Sunset Neighborhood Park Phase II opens
HealthPoint's 50th anniversary
Senior Blanket Drive

January 21

Equity and Inclusion - building on our promise
Free grocery "stores" continue to help
"Get to Know Your Customers Day"
The weather is always in focus

January 14

Economic Development continues to move Renton forward in 2021
January is Mentoring Month in Renton
Free grocery giveaway on Friday

January 8

News Year's Message
Work to start on the extension of Park Avenue North
International pageant brings recognition to Renton
Governor announces "Healthy Washington-Roadmap to Recovery"

2020 Newsletters

Weekly Newsletter

December 22

Mayor Pavone shares his 2020 holiday message. The mayor is joined by members of the Mayor’s Inclusion Task Force who offer their own holiday greetings in their native languages.

Task Force members appearing include Violet Aesquivel, Dr. Kevin McCarthy, present of Renton Technical College, Kevin Poole, representing Renton’s LGBTQ+ community, Preeti Shridhar, Duc Tran, Rolly Polintan, Monique Taylor Swan, Vasudha Sharma, Rev. Dr. Linda Smith, Rupinder Kaur, and Benita Horn.

December 17

Sunset Neighborhood Park ribbon cutting
"Shop with a cop"
City Council passes emergency ordinance
King County donates $25,000; will go to human services

December 11

District & School Board Leadership meet
Housing Action Plan studies housing needs
"Shop with a cop" is Friday
New parking/shopping options downtown
Amazon donates PPE
Mental Health Awareness Month

December 4

"Make yourself at home for the holidays"
Downtown construction project update
CARES funding benefits 225 Renton businesses
Washington Small Business grants available
Thanksgiving tradition continues
VanValey new CAO; Schuldt new chief of police

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

Juneteenth
"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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March 12
March 6

February 29 (update)
February 28
February 21
February 14
February 6

January 30
January 23
January 16
January 9

Mayor's Newsletter wins National NAGC Award

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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