This Week in Renton

This Week in Renton
Posted on 01/21/2022
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Friday, Jan. 21, 2022 | Vol. VII | Issue 2

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Renton Municipal Court continues to innovate; introduces Youth Traffic Court

Renton Municipal Court provides innovative options for residents charged with low-level offenses.

Last July, Renton Community Court was established to provide community service and pre-trial diversion options. (Renton plans Community Court; TWIR: Feb. 19, 2021)

The court has now added Youth Traffic Court to provide options for youth drivers cited with civil infractions starting Feb. 16.

The court is one of several youth court diversion programs around Washington state. Youth courts have been recognized under state law since 2002.

The program allows 16- and 17-year-old drivers to have cases heard by a jury of their peers instead of appearing in an adult courtroom. Juries are composed of students from Renton high schools.

Civil infractions heard in Youth Traffic Court could include speeding, speeding in a school zone, and using a personal electronic device while driving. Youth Traffic Court does not hear criminal or criminal traffic charges.

“New drivers can learn from their mistakes and focus on alternative ways of making our community whole," explains Municipal Court Judge Jessica Giner. "The alternative includes community service, letters of apology, or writing essays rather than a long-term impact on their driving record or a monetary penalty. Our goal is to help improve driver and community safety.”

By using a jury of their peers, the process commits to restorative justice and fairness. To earn a dismissal of their case, the court gives those cited with infractions the opportunity to complete alternative conditions instead of paying a fine. The conditions are determined by the Youth Traffic Court jury. One of the options as a condition of the program includes serving on a youth court jury.

The program receives educational and promotional support from Renton Police Department’s patrol and traffic divisions. In addition, high school students, their parents, and teachers can talk to their school’s School Resource Officer.

Program applications are online and can be emailed to rmcourt@rentonwa.gov. They are also available at Renton City Hall on Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

High school students interested in learning more about serving as team members or in having their infraction case heard in Youth Traffic Court should contact Judge Giner through the program’s webpage.

 

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Passport processing at City Hall

The courts have reinstituted passports processing by appointment only. Passports are now processed on Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Call the Court Clerk's office at 425-430-6550 to schedule an appointment. Currently, appointments are full until April, but cancellations do happen.

The United States Post Office does handle first-time passport applications and renewals.

Other court services are available in person at Renton City Hall on Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

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Metro expands Via to Transit on-demand service to Renton Highlands

This week Metro expanded Via to Transit options in Renton Highlands.
Via to Transit is an on-demand service that makes getting to and from transit centers and key community hubs easier and more accessible. It is available to anyone in the Renton Highlands service area by downloading the Via app (Apple App Store or Google Play).

Metro’s expansion will help people move within Renton Highlands and between the Highlands and elsewhere in our region through expanded services hours and more routes.

Via to Transit is available Mondays through Saturdays from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sundays from 6 a.m. to midnight at these transit hubs in the Highlands:

  • Bartell/QFC

  • Hazen High School (new)

  • Kaiser Permanente Renton Medical Center

  • King County Public Health/Renton Technical College (new)

  • Renton Highlands Library

  • Renton Landing (New)

  • Renton Transit Center

  • Whitman Court/Safeway (new)

Via to Transit costs the same as riding the bus: $2.75 for adults, $1.50 for ORCA LIFT and youth, $1 with Regional Reduced Fare Permit, and free for children ages five and younger. Using an ORCA card lets you transfer fares between Via to Transit and buses or Link light rail. You can also pay with a Transit GO Ticket or a credit/debit card in the Via app/call center.

Accommodations are available for riders with disabilities.

 

In the news this week

A recap of news posted on the city’s social media accounts. You can find us (@cityofrenton) on FacebookInstagram, & Twitter. Renton residents can also find us on Nextdoor.

City Council update

COVID-19 Resources 

In-person services available at city hall

Recreation Guide: January and February

Renton History Museum: “Life on the Rivers” exhibit

Traffic Projects 

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