September News Update and Upcoming Events

dave upthegrove - king county council district 5

September News Update and Upcoming Events 

School Year Starting Up

School bus

I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking this summer flew by. This week, our kids are going to be heading back to school. I’d like to thank the teachers, administrators and other school staff for all of the work they do to educate our young people.

More information on the school calendars can be found here:

Kent School District

Renton School District

Highline School District

King County Metro 

It’s been a big month for King County Metro. They were named the best large transit system in the nation by the American Public Transportation Association. I’m incredibly proud of the work of all our Metro employees – they have continued to look for ways to connect our growing region.

Last week, the Council unanimously approved legislation making Metro an independent County department. The change will give organizational flexibility to the new Department, and allow for even greater capacity. Riders will see no changes in service. 


Openings on Boards and Commissions 

King County is currently recruiting for a number of boards and commissions. Examples include the Priority Hire Advisory Committee and the WaterWorks Grant Ranking Committee. If you are interested in getting involved in the civic process, these boards need representation from South King County.

Visit this Boards and Commissions website to learn more about the application process. If you plan to apply or have any questions, please let my staff know at

The King Conservation District is our local natural resources agency. If you are a King County resident, and interested in serving on the King Conservation District’s Advisory Committee, you can click here to learn more about KCD. We need the voices of both rural and urban residents. More information on the current roster, and the application here.  

Arts & Culture Listening Sessions

In July, 4Culture hosted a listening session in Kent to study the cultural health of the region. They have developed an online survey tool for those unable to join them in person. The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete, and gives residents of South King County an opportunity to share their thoughts on arts and culture in their communities.

Visit the online survey here

© 2002 Keiko Hara, Verse from Sea #8, Woodblock and stencil on paper. Photo courtesy of the artist/4Culture.

Upcoming Events in District 5

Labor Day is Monday, September 3rd and most County and City offices will be closed.

For information on other September events, visit my website for a list of opportunities to connect with resources and enjoy all that South King County has to offer.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any comments or concerns, I always appreciate hearing from you.



King County Councilmember
District 5