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This Week in Renton

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 | Vol. VI | Issue 8

Photo of the cover of This Week in Renton for February 25, 2021


“Ask Renton PD” debuts

This week’s Video of the Week is “Have a Question? Ask Renton PD.” The new monthly series gives residents the chance to have their questions answered by officers and staff.

In the premier edition, Chief Jon Schuldt answers two questions. The first is an overview of the department, including explaining the function of each division. In the second, he explains the differences between his department and others around the area.


Photo of flags at half staff

Mayor Armondo Pavone authorized the lowering of flags on all city facilities on Tuesday to honor and remember the over 500,000 Americans who lost their lives to COVID-19. Flags will remain lowered through Friday.


Rendering of Sunset Gardens

Sunset Gardens, a Renton Housing Authority project, would house homeless and chronically homeless residents, veterans, and others. It would receive $1 million in funding from HB 1590.

Helping our most vulnerable through dedicated funding

Helping those most vulnerable in our community is one of the primary duties of a city’s leadership.

Thanks to decisive action last year by Renton City Council, we now have a new source of dedicated funding to support those in our community who need help finding affordable housing, locating mental health services, and transitioning from homelessness.

The funding source is House Bill 1590, which authorizes a 1/10th of 1 cent sales tax collection. The bill gave counties the first chance to implement the tax, then cities. Given that opportunity, our councilmembers moved unanimously in October 2020 to implement it, effective Jan. 1, 2021. Their action ensured proceeds could directly assist the most vulnerable in our community.

An “Early Action Plan” presented to the council on Monday proposed allocating $1 million to help finance Renton Housing Authority’s Sunset Garden project. This project will house homeless and chronically homeless residents, veterans, and others. Another $300,000 will fund mental health response services. Now, Renton Police Department can hire a mental health professional and “navigators” with expertise in steering individuals into treatment. These treatment programs have been more successful than arrest or incarceration.

There are strict limitations on how to use the money and these are just two of the many ways we have investigated. Our overriding goal is to put the funding where it has the most effect.

There’s much more to come on this plan, but for now, you can view the presentation to the council if you’d like more details.


Statement from Renton Mayor and City Council President condemning Hate Speech

Mayor Armondo Pavone and Council President Randy Corman issued the following statement against hate speech during their regular Council meeting on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. The statement followed a recent incident in downtown Renton.

“We in Renton stand for a community that celebrates diversity and understands that we are better when we stand together, build bridges and seek to understand one another. As one of the first cities to incorporate inclusion as part of our vision statement and business plan, we believe that differences enrich us, and hate has no place here. On August 3, 2020, the Mayor and City Council affirmed the City’s commitment to opposing discrimination against all groups in Resolution No. 4414.

We condemn hate speech. Hate speech has the effect of dehumanizing people and carries forward harmful stereotypes and propagates false beliefs through the use of statements of inferiority, slurs, expressions of contempt, disgust or dismissal, cursing, and calls for exclusion or segregation. Such behaviour should be and is unacceptable in a community such as Renton that maintains diversity as one of its core values.

As community leaders, we pledge to continue to teach, cultivate and model the values of openness, diversity and tolerance. We are committed to a standard that makes all of our residents feel safe and valued. Positive change starts at home, with each one of us. We urge you to move forward with love and compassion and empathy. Stay united and together make our community better and our city exceptional.” 


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Celebration of Black excellence

Tomorrow at 6 p.m., the city and RAAP (Renton African American Pastoral Group) present "Celebrating Black Excellence." Join us for speakers, a drama performance, and a panel discussion. The program will also feature an interview with Renton Deputy Police Chief Kevin Keyes.

The program will air on our YouTube channel and on Renton’s Channel 21

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VisitRenton app

Download the VisitRenton app and take a virtual tour through Black Lives Matter artwork and find Black-owned businesses.

The artwork was displayed in storefront windows downtown during the Black Lives Matter Art Walk in 2020 but still is accessible on the app. The Visit Renton website has a "Meet the artist" section providing an in-depth look at the artists and the businesses who hosted their artwork.

The app's list of Black-owned businesses in Renton continues to grow. If you own one or know of one you'd like to add, send us an email. The VisitRenton app is available for both Apple and Android devices from your preferred store.


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BloodworksNW returns

BloodworksNW remains in need of blood to keep up with our community’s needs. They will be back in Renton at these locations and are accepting appointments:

Hazen High School Gym (1101 Hoquiam Ave. NE, 98059)

  • March 24: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • March 25: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • March 26: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Appointments

Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Southport Seattle Room (1053 Lake Washington Blvd., 98056)

  • April 7: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • April 8: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Appointments

Lindbergh High School Cafeteria (16426 128th Ave SE, 98058)

  • April 15: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • April 16: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Appointments

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VETS ENGAGED offers mini grants

Individuals and organizations are invited to apply for $9,999 to fund projects that provide King County veterans social engagement and community-building activities. The goal is to relieve social isolation, and reduce the many inequities faced by veterans.

VETS ENGAGED is a social engagement funding program of the 2018-2023 King County Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy (VSHSL).

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will be reviewed by a panel of King County staff twice in 2021: on April 7 and June 30. If interested, email King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn.


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Metro offers free and reduced fares

Metro is making it easier to apply for reduced fares and learn about transit through their Virtual Neighborhood Pop-up events and online Reduced Fare Portal.

Customers with lower incomes, seniors, and people with disabilities can use the tools to get answers to their questions and apply for an ORCA Regional Reduced Fare Permit (RRFP) card or an ORCA Lift card. For a limited time, ORCA Youth card applications can also be submitted through the portal.


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Route to Recovery Survey

Metro still wants your input to their Route to Recovery survey as they plan to bring back service suspended due to COVID-19. This input will help determine service recovery in September 2021 and beyond. The survey is available in six languages (Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Arabic, Korean, and English) and the deadline is March 8, 2021.


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.

Update from Feb. 22 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 Past meetings are available at


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RIZP hosts resource event

Renton Innovation Zone Partnership will host a free drive-through multi-service event at Campbell Hill Elementary, on Friday, Feb. 26, from 3-5 p.m.

Baby supplies household items, food boxes and frozen family meals will be available. There will be information for housing, medical and health insurance, childcare, preschool consultation and developmental screening, WIC and First Steps. Signups are also available for free laptops and rental assistance referral, ORCA LIFT cards, and free academic and career trade training.

Social distancing guidelines will be strictly enforced as attendees will be asked to remain in their vehicles.

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Virtual Youth Dance Classes

Our Steppin' Together virtual youth dance classes still have some spots remaining for Saturday classes beginning Feb. 27. There's “Listen & Learn Dance Party” for 3-4 year olds, “Creative Movement” for 5-6 year olds, and Ballet beginning through advanced skills.

Find your class at Type "dance" in the search box.


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City of Renton: COVID-19 resources page | Business resources page

The governor signed House Bill 1368, which appropriates $2.2 billion in federal funding that has been allocated to states in response to the ongoing COVID emergency. The bill takes effect immediately.

It provides:

  • $714 million in assistance for K-12 schools

  • $618 million for public health’s response to COVID, including testing, investigation and contact tracing; and funding for vaccination efforts

  • $365 million for emergency eviction, rental and utility assistance

  • $240 million for business assistance grants

  • $50 million for childcare

  • $26 million for food banks and other food programs

  • $91 million for income assistance, including $65 million for relief for the state’s immigrant population


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. Guitarist/vocalist Daniel Pellegrini will provide entertainment as part of Renton Roadshows, courtesy of the Renton Municipal Arts Commission and Renton Civic Theatre.

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.

Feb. 26 and March 5, 7 p.m. Virtual Nature & Neighbors for ages 18+. Share conversation and discover nature in a fun and approachable way. Register at for Feb. 19 or March 5.

March 2, 7-8 p.mRenton Municipal Community Court Information Forum. Get questions and concerns answered. Court staff will also explain how the community can get involved. Active participation is limited to the first 50 individuals to register. The forum will also stream on YouTube.

Bunco Night, March 4, Thursday, 7-9 p.m. Join the Renton Chamber of Commerce in a fun, socially distanced game of BUNCO. Fantastic opportunity for networking with business and community leaders. Win prizes from local Renton businesses. Be sure to register.

Skyhawks Youth Sports Camps, after-school programs, classes and leagues for ages 4 to 14. These programs have continued in 2021 with proven COVID-19 protocols and a modified curriculum in place. Registration is open for soccer and flag football camps and programs at Renton locations include Kiwanis, Kennydale and Cedar River parks.

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


2021 Newsletters

Weekly Newsletters

This Week in Renton

February 25

Cover: 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

February 19

Cover: 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

February 12

Cover: 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

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

"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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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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