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Vol. VI, Issue 3 / Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 

Equity and Inclusion - building on our promise

Image of the cover of the mayor's newsletter for Jan. 21, 2021This week I had my first meeting of the year with members of the Mayor’s Inclusion Task Force (MITF) and discussed our 2020 accomplishments. Despite the pandemic, we had one of our most successful years. Our task force welcomed three new members and came together to address the needs of our community like never before.

At the very first signs of COVID-19, several members of our task force were there—first providing food to first responders at Valley Medical, then organizing grocery and other food drives for the community. This has been an ongoing effort as the demand has increased dramatically. Thank you!

One of our greatest success stories of 2020 is our Census 2020 campaign. Our 2020 return rate topped 75% and was ahead of all our neighboring cities and the national average. We could not have achieved such success without our Mayor’s Inclusion Task Force members, as they worked tirelessly in their communities to get the word out about the census.

We also worked with City Council on several important proclamations and resolutions last year to show our position as a community. At the start of the pandemic, we issued a proclamation to affirm our commitment to an inclusive community that rejects stigma and bias related to COVID-19. Subsequently, Council adopted Resolution No. 4414 to “Stand Against Racism,” stating our strong commitment to eliminate racial inequity. We also made substantial changes to our Business Plan to strengthen and expand our goal of inclusion and equity.

To recognize the LGBTQIA+ community, we raised the special “Philly Flag” with added black and brown stripes at City Hall from June 15-21 in support of Pride Month. The black and brown stripes are an inclusionary way to highlight black and brown LGBTQIA members and also to bring attention to issues faced by people of color within the LGBTQIA+ community.

Our showstopper in 2020 was our two-day virtual Renton Multicultural Festival with the theme “Unity in Hope.” Showcasing some of the best music, dance, and other cultural performances, the festival first aired on November 7-8 and then again over the Thanksgiving weekend with viewers from around the world.

As we move forward, our partnership with the community is critical. The collaboration and assistance from the community will be invaluable in supporting social, economic and racial justice. 


Photo of Amazon truck being unloaded

Amazon donated 24 pallets of food to last week's grocery giveaway.

Free grocery “stores” continue to help

Last Friday’s free grocery giveaway coordinated by the Coalition of Filipino American Organization of Washington (COFAO) was a great success. Dozens of volunteers unloaded and prepared the items and packed vehicles. We appreciate all their work.

I want to add an enormous thank you to Amazon. Event volunteers put out a call to the company with a late request for additional items. Amazon heroically responded with 24 pallets of food to ensure the event’s success.

Another organization, Sustainable Renton, has operated a free grocery store at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church (1700 Edmonds Ave NE) every Monday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. since March 2020. Their continued service to the community provides much needed assistance.

Unfortunately, a weekly trip to one of these events has become an all too common event for too many residents. But the vision and dedication of these organizations is a god send. They deserve our continued support and if you’d like to help, here are links to COAFO and Sustainable Renton.


Photo of Viet-Wah Asian grocery

Viet-Wah Asian Food Market

"Get to Know Your Customers Day"

Excellent customer relations are more important today than ever, and businesses across Renton have been working overtime to keep relationships with their customers healthy.

Yesterday was "Get to Know Your Customers Day." To help celebrate, the Renton Community Marketing Campaign has prepared a look at four business owners who are proud to call Renton home:

  • Leeching and Duc Tran, Viet-Wah Asian Food Market

  • Jacqueline Nguyen, Papaya Silk Corporation

  • Heng and Lange Woon, Common Ground Coffee & Cupcakes

  • Miny Tafesse, Abyssinia Hair & Beauty Clinic

I hope you’ll take time to read their stories and continue to patronize theirs and other local businesses.


Photo of a city snow plow

The weather is always in focus

No one keeps a sharper eye on the weather than our public works street maintenance crews.

They’ve been prepared for any event since October including outfitting dump and flatbed trucks with plows, anti-icer tanks, and sanders. Fortunately they have not had to deploy their snowplows, but they have applied anti-icer when necessary to prevent ice building up on our roadways.

If or when a winter storm hits, please be assured that our crews are ready to keep the streets as safe as possible.



2021 Newsletters

Weekly Newsletter

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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