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This Week in Renton

Friday, September 24, 2021 | Vol. VI | Issue 36

Cover for the September 24 edition of This Week in Renton


September is “Puget Sound Starts Here” Month. This year’s campaign looks to change behaviors around washing and maintenance of our vehicles.

Rainwater on our driveways and streets picks up everything, like soaps from car washing and leaked oil. This polluted water flows into storm drains, then into our streams and lakes, where we swim and fish.

September is the month we emphasize maintaining our streams and lakes, but it's a behavior we can model year around.


Photo of the utility wrap

New utility wrap in Benson Hill

In our Sept. 3 newsletter, we spotlighted Nelsen Middle School's Art Club. Specifically, we told how the students’ most recent art project would be converted into a utility box wrap by artist Yvonne Chan using funding from Renton Municipal Arts Commission.

The finished project is at the corner of 108th Ave. SE and SE 168th St. in the Benson Hill neighborhood. Congratulations to the students for their creativity and for brightening the community.


Graphic illustrating the $3.6 million in funding

Council approves $3.6 million in ARPA relief funds

On Monday, the city council approved $3.6 million to support economic recovery and fund housing, homeless prevention, and human services programs.

The money comes from the city’s $18.1 million allocation from the federal government as part of the American Recuse Plan Act (ARPA).

The funding includes a $1.0 million contribution to the Washington Flex Fund, which provides small business loans. The Washington State Department of Commerce will do a 2:1 match for all money spent if committed by October 1, 2021. Small businesses and nonprofits can borrow up to $150,000 and use it for general business expenses. The loans have low interest rates and no fees. The first year’s payment is interest only.

The council committed $600,000 for small business grants to support retail businesses in the downtown core disproportionately impacted due to COVID-19 and construction delays during the Wells/Williams conversion project.

Housing, homeless, and human services programs will receive $1.5 million. The funds will assist residents with utility bills, rent, or other uses identified through the city’s equity lens.

The council allocated $500,000 to buy additional hardware and software to support remote services provided to residents by city staff.

The city’s Finance Department briefed the council on proposed ARPA funds allocation. If you didn’t see the presentation, we’ve included it for your review.


Graphic showing community center opening

Recreation center and senior center to open Monday

Our recreation division is excited to re-open Renton Community Center (RCC) and Senior Activity Center (RSAC) on Monday, Sept. 27. Read the latest edition of Let’s Go Renton! for new program offerings in September and October.

Division staff has developed a safe reopening plan that puts an emphasis on public safety. In addition, they are recruiting and hiring recreation staff to get back to pre-COVID-19 levels to best serve our community public.

Both RCC and RSAC will require pre-registration or reservations for amenities and programs. A PerfectMind Account is needed to complete that process. If you do not have an account, please sign up online. If you need assistance, please contact recreation staff via email or call 425-430-6700.


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Renton Responds

An easy way to bring your issue to the attention of city staff is Renton Responds. Accessible via your mobile device or computer, Renton Responds allows residents to make non-emergency services requests and report quality-of-life issues. Requests are routed to the responsible city division, and the submitter can choose to receive email updates.
Since its launch two years ago, Renton Responds has received 7,490 requests and city staff have resolved over 96% (7,218).


Graphic highlighting volunteer opportunities

Tree Planting at Cedar River Trail Extension

Volunteers are needed to plant trees at the Cedar River Trail Extension on Friday, October 8, from 9-11:30 a.m. The extension is off Logan Avenue S and S Tobin Street. Students 14 and older can earn community service hours for school projects and clubs. Register online.


Photo of VISAT volunteers

AmeriCorps VISTA has openings in Renton

The Renton AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program has openings for the 2021-2022 service year. VISTA places members in city programs and at non-profits to boost the reach and impact of these programs. Opportunities range from workforce development and downtown revitalization to food insecurity, housing, and neighborhoods.

Available openings with the AmeriCorps VISTA program include age-friendly/seniors, Benson Hill neighborhood, Sunset neighborhood, downtown business district, farmers market and community gardens.

Other VISTA openings are with Renton Housing Authority, Renton School District, Renton Chamber of Commerce, food distribution through grocery stores, after-school programs, and workforce development.

For more information and to apply for a VISTA position, go to the AmeriCorps website, create an account, and browse the listings.


Utility moritorium graphic

State utility moratorium ends Sept. 30

The governor’s moratorium preventing shut-off of water, electricity, or natural gas is scheduled to end on Sept. 30. After that, standard utility billing collection practices will resume.

This has been a difficult time, and many of our residents need assistance. If you're not able to pay the minimum past due balance by Sept. 30, please call the city's Utility Billing Customer Service office at 425-430-6852 to arrange an acceptable payment plan.

Our staff is available Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are happy to help set up a payment arrangement and/or refer you to community resources.


Lunch Popup graphic

Pop-up lunch event on Sept. 28

The next SOS pop-up free lunch event is Tuesday, Sept. 28, from 1:30 to 2 p.m. at 300 Rainier Ave N. The location is on the west side of the Renton Municipal Airport and north of the Rainier Ave N & Airport Way intersection.

The pop-up benefits the unsheltered and those Renton residents with food insecurities. Among the available items:

  • Amazon Fresh ready-to-eat food & drinks

  • Personal hygiene kits

  • Cleaning supplies

  • Socks


Comcast RISE graphic

Comcast RISE to award one million in grants to businesses owned by people of color

Comcast is awarding $10,000 grants to 100 small businesses owned by people of color in King and Pierce Counties. They are also making technology and marketing resources available to eligible businesses in the area. The grants come from the Comcast RISE Investment Fund.

The application window will be open from Oct. 1 to 14. Recipients will be announced on Nov. 23.

Comcast has produced a series of videos to explain both RISE and the application process.

King County creative grants graphic

King County launches $20 million for cultural sector grants

King County has allocated $20 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding to support the re-opening of the cultural sector. This includes large cultural organizations, science organizations, independently owned live music venues, and independently owned movie theaters. The deadline to apply is Oct. 18. Award winners will be notified in mid-December.

Flex Fund graphic

Small business flex fund has $100 million to loan

The state department of commerce is partnering with financial institutions and community-based organizations to lend $100 million to help grow small businesses and non-profits through the Flex Fund. The money can be used on payroll, utilities & rent, supplies, marketing & advertising, building improvements or repairs, and other business expenses. Loan terms are 60 or 72 months with interest rates between 3-4.5%.

The Small Business Administration also increased Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) limits to $2 million. In addition, an EIDL loan can now pay down commercial debt or be used for a deferral payment plan. Finally, there's a 30-day application window for main street businesses.


Renton Farmers Market graphic

Final Renton Farmers Market on Tuesday

Renton Farmers Market concludes its 20th season downtown on Tuesday, Sept. 28, from 2 to 6 p.m. The market is in Gateway Park at the corner of S 3rd St. and Logan Ave. Free parking is available in the City Center Parking Garage one block away.


Cedar River salmon journey graphic

Watch the salmon return to the Cedar River in October

Three spots in Renton are prime viewing areas to watch the Cedar River Salmon Journey this fall.

Watch Chinook, as well as Sockeye and Coho, salmon return at Renton Library (100 Mill Ave), Cedar River Park (1717 Maple Valley Hwy), or Riverview Park (3201 Maple Valley Hwy) on Saturdays and Sundays from Oct. 2 to 24. A naturalist trained by the Seattle Aquarium will be at each site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


SIngle-use plastic bag ban graphic

Washington state single-use plastic bag ban

Starting on Oct. 1, Washington state will impose a ban on single-use plastic bags. Passed by the legislature in 2020, the ban was to take effect on Jan. 1, 2021 but was delayed by the governor.

Two critical components for consumers:

  • Prohibit single-use plastic carryout bags in retail and grocery stores, restaurants, takeout establishments, festivals, and markets.

  • Require an 8-cent charge for all recycled content paper carryout bags and reusable carryout bags made of film plastic.

The Department of Ecology has detailed information and reasons for the ban and its anticipated impact on our state’s recycling system.


Photo of the mayor and 2021 city council

Council meets on Monday, Sept. 27

The council will next meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 27. Committee of the Whole will not meet.

Residents and others who wish to speak during the meeting’s audience comment period are asked to register by 5 p.m. on the meeting day. Those registering after will be asked to re-register for the next meeting.

The change was made for three reasons:

  1. Ensures everyone who desires to speak during the audience comment portion is recognized and allowed to speak. There have been times speakers have tried to raise their hand and have been missed.

  2. Allows city staff to collect contact information and provide timely responses.

  3. Establishes a more formal administrative process to manage records.

There are three ways to register:

Sept. 20 meeting review

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the city council meets via Zoom. For information on viewing or participating in a council meeting, go to Past meetings are available at


Photo of the exterior of city hall

In-Person Services available Monday-Wednesday at city hall

Nearly all of our services are available online and our staff is, in many ways, even more accessible than ever thanks to innovative improvements to our virtual environment.
That said, we recognize that not everyone has access to technology, so we are continuing to offer in-person services at city hall as follows:

  • Finance and police counters are open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays
    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Note: Fingerprinting is not currently available.
  • Our in-person permit counter is closed but is available virtually. We can provide a computer and telephone to attend a pre-scheduled appointment in our lobby.
  • Municipal Court Counter Services are available Thursdays and Fridays
    8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Note: Hearings continue to be via Zoom/virtual

Note: Passports are not currently available

Masks are required to enter our buildings, including City Hall. You will be asked health screening questions and we are limiting the number of people inside at our counters so you may be asked to wait outside until space is available.


Vaccinate Washington graphic

Nearby vaccination locations:

Valley Medical Center


  • Drive through testing and vaccination site (805 SW 10th St., 98057), offers drive-through access for the Pfizer vaccine.

  • Appointments for 12-16 year olds or new patients can be made by calling 866-893-5717.

  • Current patients over age 18 can use MyHealthPoint Portal to schedule an appointment.

Kaiser Permanente

  • To schedule by phone, call 1-877-832-9915, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Interpreters are available. Patients who are 16-17 years old must have a parent or guardian call to schedule their appointment.

King County


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

Tuesdays, 2-6 p.m., Renton Farmers MarketGateway Park, S. Third St. & Logan Ave. S. Through Sept. 28. Note earlier start time.

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.

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

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2-7 p.m. Black Love Market, Renton Chamber of Commerce. Black-owned businesses, vendors, artists, entertainers, jewelry, honey, clothing, soaps, lotions, candles, music, art, and food. It's a circus theme: bounce house, free popcorn, dancing mimes, ringmaster, games, and food.

Friday, Oct. 8, 3-5 p.m. Skyway Resource Center, Skyway Fire Station. Free drive-thru with resources for families and individuals. Masks and social distance guidelines will be enforced. Courtesy of Renton Innovation Zone Partnership.

Friday-Sunday, Oct. 8-10, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. King County Wastemobile, McLendon Hardware. Free. King County Hazardous Waste has a list of accepted items.

Friday, Oct. 22, 5-7:30 p.m. Halloween Drive-Thru. Free. Gather the ghosts and goblins for a Halloween experience at Renton Community Center. Cruise through trucks, themed stations, and special guests. Each vehicle will collect plenty of treats and a few tricks. Wear your costume. Register online.

Oct. 23-30, Olde Fashioned Halloween Scavenger Hunt, downtown. Free. Renton Downtown Partnership has your map to clues in storefronts. Solve the riddle and turn in your completed game card on Saturday, Oct. 30, in Gateway Park, from 1 to 5 p.m. to claim your goodie bag.

Renton History Museum hosts When You Can’t Go Home, portraits by Karisa Keasey through Nov. 6. The exhibit couples inspiring stories with the facts surrounding the global refugee crisis. The museum is open Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


2021 Newsletters

This Week in Renton / Mayor's Update

September 24

Cover image for the September 24 edition of This Week in RentonThe city council approved $3.6 million in ARPA funds to support economic recovery, housing, homelessness, and human services.

Video: "Puget Sound Starts Here" month
Community Center and Senior Center to open Monday
At Your Service: Renton Responds
Volunteering: Tree planting at Cedar River Trail Extension
AmeriCorps VISTA openings
State utility moratorium ends Sept. 30
Pop-up lunch event on Sept. 28
Comcast RISE grants
King County cultural sector grants
Small business flex fund has $100m to loan
Last Renton Farmers Market on Tuesday
Cedar River Salmon run
Washington state single-use plastic bag ban
City Council update
In-person services
COVID-19 vaccine locations

September 17

Cover image for the September 17 edition of This Week in RentonAt your service: LaCrosse gets 20 mph speed limit

Video: Hate Has No Home Here: What does it mean?
Salute to Day of Service & Remembrance volunteers
Process to address council updated
Mayor's Day of Concern for the Hungry
Earlier start time for last two Renton Farmers Market
Community feeding pop-up returns
Styrofoam & document shred event on Saturday
Target car seat trade-in program
Rooted in Renton & TIP input invited
Tourism grants for 2022 available
Metro & Sound Transit propose bus changes
Pooch Plunge photos
In-person services at city hall
COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics


September 10

Cover image for the September 10 edition of This Week in RentonReady in Renton

Volunteer on National Day of Service & Remembrance
120th Weekend celebration events canceled
Community invited to comment on TIP
Renton Regional Fire add pet oxygen masks
Recycle event - Styrofoam & documents
Native plants class
Free vaccine clinic at Renton Library
Community groups support schools
Seahawks adopt Renton School District
Renton AmeriCorps VISTA has openings
58 pints collected at September pop-up
In-person services at city hall
City Council update


September 3

Image of the cover of This Week in Renton for September 3, 2021Nelson Middle School Art Club

Video: Navigating Renton's first roundabout
Solera Groundbreaking
SBA loans and grants available
City taking stock of sidewalks
Schools are open; drive safely
National Day of Service & Remembrance
Urban Forestry Survey #2
StoryWalk at Liberty Park
King County issues mask requirement
In-person services at City Hall
City Council Update
Vaccination Clinics


August 31

Photo of the cover of the Mayor's Update for August 31, 2021Solera is cornerstone of revitalized Sunset area

When complete, we will have 686 new residential units: 275 will provide affordable housing, 315 will be market-rate, and 96 will be townhome ownership.






August 27

Photo of This Week in Renton for August 27, 2021Black Lives Matter Street Mural project

Video: Black Lives Matter Street Mural project
Photo: New Liberty Park Playground
KING5 Evening spotlights Renton
National Day of Remembrance and Blood Drive
Communities In Schools Block Party
Recycle Event: Styrofoam & Documents
Class: Using Native Plants
COVID-19 Vaccine at Renton Library & other sites
In-Person Services
City Council update


August 20

Cover of the August 20, 2021 edition of This Week in RentonSept. 11: Honoring and remembering our first responders

National Day of Service & Remembrance
Blood Drive on Sept. 1 & 2
BLM Mural to grace Lake Avenue S
Pooch Plunge registration open
TRACK Trail offers unique family activity
Renton turns 120; come celebrate
Overdose: an educational series
Council approves second round of lodging tax funding
Tribute to art & music of the PNW
Museum exhibit focuses on PNW refugees
Free COVID vaccines at Renton Library
Metro app aids travel to Highlands
In-person services at City Hall
City Council Update
Vaccine Finder


August 13 - no issue


August 6

Cover of This Week in Renton for August 6, 2021Topgolf coming to Renton

HealthPoint celebrates 50 years
STREAM grant from state
Two parks on Times "Best of" list
Night Out in the Neighborhood
Volunteers needed for art project
Middle school art project
Community Feeding event
Recycling tips
Back-to-school vaccination clinic
Museum exhibit: "When You Can't Go Home"
Finance Department honored
In-person services at City Hall
City Council Update
COVID-19 Update
Vaccine Finder


July 30

Cover of This Week in Renton for July 30, 2021FitLot opens at North Highlands

Night Out in the Neighborhood
Dog Days of Summer: “Yappy Hour”
Free health fair and vaccination clinic
Summer Meals
National Night Out
Police receive reports of scammers
Vietnam veterans memorial comes to Enumclaw
Health officials recommend face coverings
In-person services at city hall
City Council update
COVID-19 vaccination finder


July 23

Cover image for This Week in Renton for July 23, 2021New police-focused laws

Video: Farmers Market
Photos: King County check presentations
Henry Moses registration starts Monday
Pet Food Drive / Dog Days
Fitlot Ribbon Cutting on July 29
PD Virtual Police Public Safety Academy
Music at the Piazza / RRD
Vaccine Clinic at Viet-Wah on July 24
Play Equity Coalition wants youth input
RRFA sees rise in connection thefts
Kickball registration
Limited in-person services at City Hall
City Council update
Vaccine Finder


July 16

Photo of eh cover for the July 16, 2021 edition of This Week in RentonEasing back open

Photo: Police at Renton Farmers Market
2021 Tourism Promotional Grants
Henry Moses 2nd season registration
PD's Virtual Youth Public Safety Academy
National Night Out
Renton River Days update
Renton Farmers Market
Preparing for wildfires
August primary election
Metro survey
COVID-19 small business grants
Wine Walk a success
City Council update
Renton Outdoors
Dog days of summer
Vaccine Finder


July 9

Photo of the cover of This Week in Renton for July 9, 2021New mini-pitch at Highlands Park

Photo: New basketball court at Thomas Teasdale Park
Limited in-person services at city hall
Senior Center honored by King County
City works to remove barriers to youth activities
Hate Has No Home Here signs
Wine Walk feature more than wine
Cedar River Coffee Crawl
Urban Forestry survey
Renton libraries to open by July 14
City Council update
COVID-19 Vaccine


July 2

The cover of the July 2, 2021 edition of This Week in RentonFourth of July / Who decorates the Interface statues?

Video: Behind the scenes Henry Moses Aquatic Center
Photo: Roy Gunsolus retirement
Sale and use of fireworks prohibited in Renton
Renton Road Shows on July 4 weekend
Sounders to open Futsal court
Hot weather emergency response numbers
King County ends mask mandate
State COVID reopening
Limited in-person services at city hall starting July 6
Renton Farmers Market
July is National Parks & Rec Month
Renton Downtown Wine Walk
Popup event to serve homeless
Free summer meal program
Recreation Camps
Renton Outdoors
City Council update


June 25

Cover of the June 25, 2021 This Week in RentonExtreme Heat Forecast

Photo: Walker's Subaru Donation to Renton Schools
July 4 Activities
Water Quality Report
Red, White & Bike
Summer Sports Camps
Downtown Wine Walk
Renton Farmers Market
Henry Moses Aquatic Center
Lifeguards at Coulon and Kennydale Beaches
Free Summer Lunch Program
Lunch Pop Up
Cascade Vista Baseball Sandlot Saturday
City Council update
COVID-19 Vaccine


Cover for the June 22, 2021 Mayor's UpdateJune 22 - Mayor's Update

City and county combine for supportive housing

Mayor Pavone and county executive announce Renton hotel is part of Health Through Housing initiative





June 18

Image of the cover of This Week in Renton for June 18, 2021

Henry Moses Aquatic Center opens June 26

Photo: Jessica Giner swearing in ceremony
Juneteenth celebrations
City's "verified vaccination" program for employees
Urban Forestry Management Plan
Swim beaches to get lifeguards on June 28
Maplewood Golf Course online tee times
Red, White & Bike neighborhood celebrations
Summer recreation program registration
King County mask directive ends June 29
City Council update
Jobs: recreation
Free summer meal program
Popup event to serve homeless
Wine Walk
Vaccine Finder


June 11

Photo of the cover of This Week in Renton for June 11, 2021

Juneteenth 2021: “Raising from the ashes”

Video: Juneteenth celebrations from past years
Mark Santos-Johnson awarded WASA Community Leadership Award
Volunteers needed for parks projects
Walk-in COVID-19 clinic at Viet-Wah on Saturday
Lunch Pop-up to serve homeless
Plantasia! Is June 26 & 27
Proclamations: Pride Month/gun violence awareness day
"Back on Track" deadline looms
Jobs: recreation leaders
Renton Technical College Foundation raises $103,000
Summer recreation programs
Vaccine information
City Council update


June 4

Photo of the cover of This Week in Renton for June 4, 2021

Farmers Market opens 20th season

Video: Cortona Building wins state award
Farmers Market
Pride Flag raised
Memorial Day
Black Lives Matter Artwalk
Hate Has No Home Here
Cascade RISE grants
Liberty Park construction
Park projects
Secure Your Load Day
State's new tolling system
Update on mask directives for businesses
Vaccine finder
City Council
Blood Drive
Adult volleyball league
Basketball camps


May 28

Photo of the cover of This Week in Renton for May 28, 2021

Memorial Day 2021

Videos: Memorial Day and Farmers Market
Renton Road Shows: Memorial Day music
Farmers Market opens on June 1
BLM Artwork on May 29
Raising the Pride Flag on June 2
Willowcrest Townhomes
Recycling Day
Grilling safety tips
Adopt a Little Free Library
REACH Renton is on the move
Renton School District Transportation
Metro: free youth ORCA Cards
Metro: Transit Go Ticket app
Museum: Wildlife Photography of Keri Greer
Drip Irrigation Class
Vaccine Finder
City Council Update
Recreation Activities
Music in secondary schools


May 21

Cover of the May 21, 2021 edition of This Week in Renton

Public Works Week: Saluting Abdoul Gafour for 41 years of service

Video: "Ask Renton PD"
Photo: Snow Plow
CommUNITY Conversations
Renton's vibrant craft brew & BBQ scene
Now hiring lifeguards
Memorial Day 2021
Renton Farmers Market
BloodworksNW Donation
Register now for kindergarten
COVID-19 Vaccine locations
COVID-19 rental assistance program
Skyway Resource Center
Public Health issues mask directive
City Council update
Events & Activities


May 14

Cover image for This Week in Renton for May 14, 2021

Hate Has No Home Here

Video: Saluting to our sister city of Nishiwaki, Japan
Photos: Clock Tower move; Mariner Moose visits Senior Center
Business Plan updated to reflect community needs
State moving towards June 30 opening
Renton to receive $18.1m in American Rescue Plan
May is Bicycle Safety Month
Volunteers needed for park projects
Kennydale Beach Park to close next week
Museum passes fundraising goal; there's still time to donate
Arts commission seeks artists for monument project
Chalk Your Walk has a great 2021
Wednesday Walk-In Vaccination Clinics
Kaiser Permanente vaccination appointments
Car-side vaccinations in Auburn
Getting vaccinated in King County
City Council update
Events & Activities


May 7

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

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


April 30

Cover of This Week in Renton for April 30, 2021

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


April 23

Cover of This Week in Renton for April 23, 2021

Renton PD Safe Place

Video: Chalk Your Walk
Photo: Hazen High Key Club
Tentative Schedule for opening facilities & events
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


April 16

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

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


April 12

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

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
Beyond the Stage
Events & Activities
City Council


April 2

Photo of the cover of This Week in Renton 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


March 26

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

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

March 12

Coer of the newsletterCity 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
Farmers to Families food drive
Council update


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


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


February 19

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

This Week in Renton coverBlack 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

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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