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Friday, November 5, 2021

Number 8

Cover of the Mayor's Update for November 5, 2021

We’ve committed to be a government reflective of its evolving community. We have engaged with our residents to identify challenges to overcome and opportunities to build upon.

We have listened, made significant changes, and launched new initiatives over the past year that we believe will move us in the right direction:

  • In May, the city council approved the city’s 2022-2027 Business Plan. One of the amended goals is "Building an inclusive, informed, and hate-free city with equitable outcomes for all in support of social, economic, and racial justice."

  • We’ve created a new city department, Equity, Housing, and Human Services, to align and allocate resources to help the most vulnerable in our community.

  • A new Equity Commission will ensure we are listening to our residents and eliminating barriers to success.

  • Our “Age-Friendly City” designation is identifying and creating an action plan to improve resources and design with our senior residents in mind.

  • Renton ADA Transition Plan is our blueprint to identify remove barriers that effect mobility challenges.

  • We have scheduled a workshop designed to encourage minority-and women-owned businesses to contract with the city by opening and clarifying the contracting process.

Here’s a closer look at how we’re currently using diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Renton Equity Commission

Renton City Council unanimously approved the creation of the Renton Equity Commission at last Monday’s meeting. It will be connected to Equity, Housing, and Human Services department and will provide another strong connection with our community.

Over the past year, city staff met with 11 community groups representative of our city’s diverse population to identify inequities and barriers to access.

Based on what we heard, the primary goal of the commission will be to develop recommendations that will enable community members to achieve equitable outcomes by removing racial, economic, and social barriers in city programs, services, and policies.

The commission will consist of nine members, who are either Renton residents or business owners. One member must be between 18-25 years old. The membership will commit to equity and reflect the diversity of our city including, but not limited to ethnicity, race, age, gender, faith, gender identity and expression, and profession. Members will be appointed by the mayor and subject to confirmation by the city council.

Inclusion in city contracts

On Wednesday, Nov. 17, we will host Navigating City Contracting from 12-2 p.m. This Zoom workshop will assist more businesses, including women- and minority-owned, contract with the city.

We have breakout sessions scheduled to allow vendors to meet with city departments, network with other local vendors, and build diverse business opportunities.

A representative from the Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC) will also present. Local governments use MRSC for contracts, requests for proposals, and consultants.

Barrier-Free Mobility

We’re working towards barrier-free mobility for all through our ADA Transition Plan.

The draft plan is online and open now for public comment through Dec. 6. First, the plan provides us the opportunity to review our programs, activities, and services. Second, it will identify barriers and implement changes allowing individuals with disabilities to fully participate in civic life. Finally, it will guide future planning and design to incorporate ADA accommodations.

With your help, the plan will help us identify, prioritize, and remove barriers, specifically for those with disabilities. I invite you to review it and give us your thoughts.

“Age-Friendly City”

One year ago, Renton earned “Age-Friendly City” status from AARP and the World Health Organization (WHO). We are only the second city in King County to join this global network of cities. The designation is to design a city framework that senior residents can thrive.

Over the next 10 years, the number of Renton residents 65 and older will double to one in five. Our Senior Citizen Advisory Board has reviewed our current program offerings to gauge their effectiveness and identify what is missing. Their work will be crucial work with residents, non-profit organizations, businesses, and faith-based communities.

In July, our "Age-Friendly" designation led to the opening of the first and only, FitLot outdoor exercise equipment park in the state. Sponsored by AARP, you can find the covered park at North Highlands Neighborhood Center. Seniors can also sign up for free exercise classes.


  • October 1, 2021 - Human Services Funding: City Council increases Human Services budget almost three-fold; approves three projects through HB 1590
  • August 31, 2021 - Solera is the cornerstone of our ongoing redevelopment of the Sunset area
  • June 22, 2021 - Support Housing: Mayor Pavone and county executive announce Renton hotel is part of Health Through Housing initiative

  • Dec. 18, 2020 - City Council passes emergency ordinance for interim zoning controls



Navigating City Contracting: Nov. 17

ADA Transition Plan: public comment period open

Eastside Virtual Job Fair: Nov. 18

Fall Harvest Food Drive: Nov. 6

Lunch Pop-Up: Nov. 9

Photo Album: Olde Fashioned Halloween Scavenger Hunt

Keep storm drain clear

Traffic Projects

In-person services available at city hall

City Council update

COVID vaccination information


Nov. 6, Fall Harvest Food Drive, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Renton Community Center. Parks and Recreation staff's annual food drive collecting nonperishable, unopened food items for distribution to food banks in Renton. 

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.

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


2021 Newsletters

This Week in Renton / Mayor's Update

November 5 - Mayor's Update

Cover image for the November 5, 2021 Mayor's UpdateRenton’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion leads to several impactful initiatives

"We’ve committed to be a government reflective of its evolving community. We have engaged with our residents to identify challenges to overcome and opportunities to build upon.

"We have listened, made significant changes, and launched new initiatives over the past year that we believe will move us in the right direction."



October 29

Cover for This Week in Renton for October 29, 2021Holiday events

The city and its partners have planned a variety of events for the holiday season

Councilmember Benedetti leaving council on Nov. 22
City signs lease with Bezos Academy
Take the Renton Responds Survey
Navigating City Contracting
Sunset Oaks: latest affordable housing project is now leasing.
Help keep storm drains clear
Renton Regional Fire Authority host open houses in October
Event: Olde Fashioned Scavenger Hunt ends Saturday
Photo Feature: Halloween Drive-Thru on Oct. 22
Traffic Projects
Glad You Asked: First funeral homes in Renton
Recycle event keeps almost 4.5 tons of materials from landfill
City Council update
COVID Vaccine


October 22 - Mayor's Update

Mayor's Update for October 22, 2021Sunset Oaks is the next step in Sunset area transformation

"Earlier today, I took part in the ribbon-cutting for Sunset Oaks, the newest affordable housing project in our ongoing redevelopment of the Sunset area of Renton. We are committed to making sure affordable housing units are available to our residents."




October 15

Cover image for the October 15, 2021 edition of This Week in RentonInvesting in our parks and trails

This new Liberty Park playground was one of five projects completed in 2021. Six projects are scheduled in 2022.

Mayor Pavone appoints Jon Schuldt chief of police
Willowcrest Townhomes project wins state award
Photo feature: A Day at Gene Coulon Park (Instagram)
Keep those storm drains clear
Halloween 2021 in the city
Wells/Williams project update
Cat’s Color story walk
City Council update
COVID Vaccine


October 8

Cover image of This Week in Renton for October 8, 2021Expiration of the utility rate moratorium: what does it mean?

Eviction moratorium extended to Oct. 31
Civic leader Don Persson passes
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Week
Street maintenance starts winter preparations
Wastemobile at McLendon Hardware
2021 Halloween Drive-Thru
City Council
In-person services


October 1 - Mayor's Update

Cover image for the Mayor's Update for October 1, 2021Human Services Funding

"As we move into the last quarter of the year, I’m pleased to report we have increased this funding from $800,000 at the beginning of the year to $3.4 million, which is 2.8% of our city budget. This amount does not include dedicated staff time ..."





September 24

Cover image for the September 24 edition of This Week in RentonThe city council approved $3.6 million in ARPA-related 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

"Earlier today, I joined King County Executive Dow Constantine at the county's newest Health Through Housing project here in Renton."





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 20 - Mayor's Update

Mayor's Update for April 20, 2021

City of Renton Mayor Armondo Pavone has issued a statement in response to the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd.







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

Cover image for the March 19, 2021 Mayor's UpdateInvesting in our community: need, shelters, funding, partnership, and service








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, 2021House Bill 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

COVID-19 Updates

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May 29
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Weekly Newsletters

March 12
March 6

February 29 (update)
February 28
February 21
February 14
February 6

January 30
January 23
January 16
January 9

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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