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This Week in Renton

Friday, April 16, 2021 | Vol. VI | Issue 14

Cover for the April 16 This Week in Renton


PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Erasmus at Night

“Hatch Day” is Saturday

Come downtown this Saturday to celebrate the third anniversary of Erasmus’ “hatch.”

Activities include a dragon hunt to find 45 of Erasmus’ closest friends who’ve gotten lost on their way to the celebration. Download and print a Hatch Day Scorecard to find 10. Then email your scorecard to arts@rentonwa.gov by noon on April 18 to be entered into the prize drawing. You can also pick up a card on Saturday at the City Center Parking Garage (655 S Second St.), Sparkle Gifts & Whatnot (824 S Third St.), or Smoking Monkey Pizza (613 S Third St.).

At 2 p.m. Renton Municipal Arts Commission presents a Renton Road Show from 2-4 p.m. at 229 Wells Ave. S. Stop by and enjoy local musicians Abel Ames and Neo Soul Sensation, Luna Lunabby.


COVER STORY

ADU Plan

The city has eight one- and two-story pre-approved ADU models from which to choose. They range from approximately 418 to 1,000 square feet and include kitchen, sleeping area, and bathroom facilities.

ADUs: city introduces an affordable housing option

They go by many different names: backyard cottage, in-law suite, granny flat, carriage house or multigenerational home. They can be apartments over the garage or a tiny house on a foundation.

They're called accessory dwelling units (ADUs). Renton is making it easier and less costly to add one to your property through the new Permit Ready ADU (PRADU) program.

"We see stories every day covering the exploding housing market in our area," says Chip Vincent, the city's community and economic development administrator. "Accessory dwelling units are a viable option. We're promoting housing stability while efficiently using existing assets."

The city will introduce this highly anticipated program by hosting an online open house on Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The open house will provide an overview of the program, including the application process and eligibility requirements. Staff will also share completed PRADU designs for the first time. The city has developed eight base plans, which have been pre-approved by the building division. The plans range from approximately 418 to 1,000 square feet and include kitchen, sleeping area, and bathroom facilities. All models have 1, 2, and 3 bedroom options.

Costs will be further reduced by expediting the review process and application costs. The city has waived most fees associated with building permit application and review, as well as impact fees for transportation, fire, parks, and school impact for those ADUs built within the Renton School District.

The open house will also provide an opportunity to answer questions. If you are unable to attend, questions can be directed to planningcustomerservice@rentonwa.gov.


DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION

Photo of James Donaldson

The Impact of Prejudgment and Bias

Renton Chamber of Commerce will host the next DEI CommUNITY Conversation via Zoom on Thursday, April 22 at 4 p.m. In the first of a two-part discussion, James Donaldson will moderate a discussion on “The Impact of Prejudgment and Bias" from the perspective of a small business owner.

A long-time Seattle resident, James is a former NBA player, owner of The Donaldson Clinics for 28 years, and author of two books. He is a strong advocate for women- and minority-owned businesses and is involved with numerous chambers of commerce. He understands what it takes to sustain a strong business environment that is conducive to the success of businesses overall.

Part two of the conversation will be in May with Zenovia Harris, Kent Chamber of Commerce CEO and Benita Horn, City of Renton equity and inclusion consultant.


SOLID WASTE

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Take the Earth Day Bingo Challenge

Earth Day is April 22. It is the perfect time to challenge yourself, family, and friends to find new ways to conserve resources and prevent waste.

To help, our Utility Systems Division has created an “Earth Day Bingo Challenge" with 25 tips to help protect our planet. From repurposing torn clothes and watering plants with recycled water, to taking 5-minute showers or going meatless one day a week, there's sure to be activities that you can fit into your daily routine.

By picking at least one activity and making it a habit, we can collectively make significant strides toward protecting our Earth’s resources. Let’s make Earth Day every day.


PROCLAMATION

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Supporting our 911 operators

Interestingly, 911 operators in Washington state are not classified as "first responders" but as “Office and Administrative Support Occupation” under the government’s Standard Occupational Classification System (SOCS) system. Legislation (911 SAVES ACT) to reclassify 911 operators as first responders have been stalled in the legislature for over two years.

These professionals are, without a doubt, our first responders. They provide life-saving pre-arrival instructions, triage, mediation, de-escalation, and a calm presence on the telephone and radio focused on both responder and public safety. Valley Communications, which receives 911 calls from Renton, handles an average of 1,700 calls per day.

On Monday, Mayor Pavone proclaimed, and the City Council unanimously passed, a proclamation calling for "911 Public-Safety Telecommunicators at Valley Communications Center 911 to be recognized and elevated to the status of First Responders who serve our community.” The proclamation recognizes our 911 operators for the critical role they play in emergency response.


POLICE IN THE COMMUNITY

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Shred-a-thon is April 24

Renton police will host their Shred-a-thon, Prescription Drug Take Back & Food Drive on Saturday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Renton Memorial Stadium, 405 Logan Ave. S.

  • Documents are limited to household papers and will be shredded on-site.

  • Boxes should be 12 to 15 inches deep and 10 inches high (e.g., bankers box) or its equivalent amount in a paper or plastic bag.

  • Documents should be free of paper clips and other metal (staples do not need to be removed).

  • Items not accepted include plastic items such as credit cards, notebooks, and compact disks.

The event will also be an opportunity to dispose of any prescription drugs you might have around the house.

  • Prescription and over-the-counter medications in pill or liquid form will be accepted.

  • Solid dosage or capsules may be removed from the container and placed in a bag or brought in their original container.

  • If the original container is submitted, remove any identifying information by removing the label or use a permanent marker to block out personal information.

The following items will not be collected:

  • intravenous solutions

  • injectables

  • inhalers

  • syringes

  • chemotherapy medications

  • vaping devices with batteries that cannot be removed

  • medical waste

Collections will also be made to benefit the Renton Salvation Army Food Bank. Please consider canned goods, dry goods, and monetary donations.


COMMUNITY

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Show Some Love: Donate Blood

Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. Keep the supply flowing in our community by donating blood at Renton Community Center on Thursday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cascade Regional Blood Services has served the South Sound region for 75 years. Appointments are in 15-minute intervals and can be reserved online or by calling 1-877-242-5663.


PARKS AND TRAILS

Photo of the playground at Gene Coulon Park

The new play area at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park has play areas specifically designed for ages 2-5 and 5-12.

Park spotlight: Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park

Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park covers 57 acres along Lake Washington and provides a wide variety of water-related recreational activities. The park has an eight-lane boat launch, four picnic shelters, horseshoe pits, a fishing pier, a 900-foot pier/water walk with picnic floats, and a summer swimming area.

The play area at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park is one of the most recently replaced playgrounds in Renton, opening earlier this year. The new play equipment provides opportunities to swing, slide, climb and spin. In addition to the main 5-12 age group play structure, two additional climbing structures offer a chance to explore inside and out. Group play is encouraged by the all-abilities see-saw and group spinner. For the 2-5 age group, a cozy igloo, spinners, and a central structure allow younger children to climb, play and slide.

 

Photo of the climbing structure at Sunset Neighborhood Park

Get outside and enjoy Renton’s enticing parks and trails

Parks give all of us, no matter our age, the chance to socialize, relax, and enjoy our beautiful surroundings. For others, they offer the opportunity to exercise and play. Parks showcase our city as a destination for visitors, increase property values, and help protect the environment.

Renton has 29 public parks, 13 miles of trails, 813 acres of public open space, an award-winning 18-hole golf course, two lake-front beach parks, an aquatics center, and a public boat launch. Since 2019, the city has replaced playgrounds at Coulon, Thomas Teasdale Park, Cedar River Trail Park, and Tiffany Park. We have also added a new playground at Sunset Neighborhood Park. Over the next six years, more playground replacements are scheduled, including Cascade Park and Kennydale Beach Park in 2021. All these projects are funded through the Capital Improvement Program.

These new playgrounds incorporate different equipment to create a unique play experience. Age- and skill-appropriate equipment is chosen for children based on two age groups: 2-5 years and 5-12 years. The safety surfaces utilized are one of two types, either Engineered Wood Fiber or poured-in-place rubberized surfacing. The selected surfacing depends on existing site conditions and budget. All of our playgrounds have ADA-accessible components. Typically, a playground will last 15 years.

Play equipment selection, layout and installation, and safety surface selection are thoroughly reviewed. Each playground strictly meets the latest Consumer Product Safety Council (CPSC) and American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM) certification for playground safety conformance.

Parks and Trails update

Warm weather is here, and that means more of us will head to Renton’s beautiful parks and trails.

When using our outdoor amenities, please remember these guidelines:

  • Follow CDC and Public Health guidelines–practice good hygiene, keep safe distances, limit unnecessary exposures, and wear face coverings. Please do not use parks or trails if you are sick or not feeling well.

  • Picnic shelters at parks are still closed until larger gathering sizes are allowed.

  • Dogs are not allowed at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park or Kennydale Beach Park. Dogs are permitted on six-foot leashes at all other city parks and trails.

  • Bicycles are prohibited on pathways at Coulon Park.

  • Cedar River Dog Park is an off-leash park located along the Cedar River Trail. 

  • Boat launch permits for parking at Coulon Park can be purchased online or by calling (425) 430-6700; press 8.

  • The basketball court at Thomas Teasdale Park will be cordoned off until mid-summer for repairs.

  • The lower walk of the Cedar River Trail through downtown Renton has reopened for the spring and summer seasons. For everyone’s safety, please remember that this section of trail is a ‘Dismount Zone’ for bicyclists and follow directions on all posted signage.

For the most current information, please visit rentonwa.gov/parks or contact Community Services at (425) 430-6600.


ANIMAL CONTROL

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Reuniting lost pets with their owners

Losing a pet can be traumatic, but the city wants to help get you reunited.

To see if a lost animal within Renton's city limits is in the care of our animal control division, check their Facebook page.

Be sure your pet has some form of identification, such as an ID tag or microchip. That information will assist our officers as they make multiple attempts to contact the owner. Animals without identification are held for a minimum three-day period. They then are put up for adoption according to health and temperament.

The Lost/Found form can be used to assist our officers in locating a pet or return it to its owner. Complete the form and email it, along with a photo.


REGIONAL ISSUES

Photo of Cedar Hills Landfill

Cedar Hills Regional Landfill community meeting

King County Solid Waste Division and Bio Energy Washington representatives will host an online community meeting on Wednesday, April 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This is your opportunity to ask questions and learn about the latest activities at the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill and the landfill's gas-to-energy facility.


METRO MATTERS

Photo of Metro Buses parked

Metro increases passenger limits; offers vaccine appointment rides

Metro will start a gradual increase in passenger limits beginning tomorrow. Passenger limits will increase from 12 to 20 customers on their 40-foot buses and from 18 to 30 customers on 60-footers. Similar passenger limit updates will be made on other modes. The increase is in line with the governor’s guidance for public transit agencies.

Metro also encourages those who have made their vaccine appointments to “Take Transit to Take Your Shot.”

 

Groups serving low-income populations encouraged to apply for transit tickets by April 23

Organizations that serve either homeless or low-income populations are encouraged to apply for subsidized Metro transit tickets for their clients.

Through the Human Services Bus Ticket Program, 90% of the ticket value is subsidized by King County Department of Community and Human Services and King County Metro. The service organization pays 10%. Tickets can be used for bus and light rail.

To learn more and to apply, go to RFP for the 2021 Human Services Bus Ticket Program. The spring 2021 deadline for technical assistance is April 21, and the request for proposals closes on April 23.


COVID-19

COVID-19 resources graphic

State pauses use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

On Tuesday, the Washington State Department of Health paused statewide use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This action followed guidance from the Food & Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A rare but serious side effect, including serious brain blood clots combined with low platelet count, was seen in six patients, all women under 50.

Use of the vaccine will remain on hold until federal partners recommend how best to move forward.

About 160,000 doses of the J & J vaccine have been administered in Washington, out of more than four million doses total. The state is not aware that any of the six patients who experienced blood clots were Washington residents.

 

Vaccine finder graphic

Washingtonians 16 and older are vaccine eligible

Effective yesterday, all state residents age 16 and up are eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The state’s Vaccine Locator is an excellent way to schedule an appointment. The locator is available in 30 languages and will add seven more languages by the end of the month. Those who have further questions or need help making an appointment can call the state’s COVID-19 information hotline at 1-800-525-0127, then press #. Language assistance is available.

 

Skyway

Pandemic help available at Skyway Resource Center

Next Friday, April 23, from 3-5 p.m., Renton Innovation Zone Partnership continues their community support in this free drive-through multi-service event at Campbell Hill Elementary.

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.


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.

April 12, 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.


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

April 17, 10 a.m., Erasmus Hatch Day Celebration!, downtown

April 17, Sat. at 11 a.m., Guided Nature Walk for all ages at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park. rentonwa.gov/register with code #9539, $12R / $15NR.

April 22, Thur. 7-9 p.m., Virtual Bunco Night with Renton Chamber of Commerce on Zoom! Network with business and community leaders. Win prizes from local Renton businesses. Register with the chamber.

April 24, 9 a.m. -12 p.m. Shred-a-thon & Prescription Take-Back at Renton Memorial Stadium, 405 Logan Ave. S.

April 25 or 26, 11:30 a.m., Botanical Awakening introduction to plant life for age 18+ in the Black River Riparian Forest. Register at rentonwa.gov/register for Sunday 9532 or Monday 9559, $22R / $27NR.

April 25 or 26, 10 a.m. Birds of a Feather: Social Birding Adventures for age 18+, an engaging, approachable bird-focused outing at the Black River Riparian Forest. Register at rentonwa.gov/register for Sunday 9551 or Monday 9552, $22R / $27NR.


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April 16

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

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

April 12

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

 

Photo of the cover of This Week in RentonApril 2

Cover: 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

 

Photo of the cover of This week in Renton for March 26, 2021March 26

Cover: Inclusion Tactical Plan
Video & Photo: National Day of Action & Healing / Anti-AAPI hate press conference
Cover Story: Inclusion Tactical Plan
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

 

Coer of the newsletter

March 12

Cover: 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

 

Photo of the cover of the March 5, 2021 edition of This Week in Renton

March 5

Cover: 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

 

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

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
Calendar

 

Cover for the February 19, 2021 edition of This Week in Renton

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
COVID-19
Calendar

 

This Week in Renton coverFebruary 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
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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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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