October Update and Upcoming Events

dave upthegrove - king county council district 5

October Update and Upcoming Events 


Budget Season 

As Chair of the Budget Committee, I will be leading the 2019-2020 budget process for the King County Council in the coming weeks. Together with my colleagues, we will be making important choices for the budget, to balance the budget in a responsible way that best meets the needs of our region.

Your input is a crucial part of the process. There will be many opportunities for public comment. Information on these meetings can be found on our Council website.

We also have a new online comment tool. I encourage you to check it out and share your priorities! 

Mary’s Place Family Center

I recently toured the new Mary’s Place Family Center in Burien.

Mary’s Place is an extraordinary organization, which has been providing emergency shelter to women and families for nearly 20 years. I was very impressed by the partnerships they’ve built with neighbors, community organizations and our schools. They celebrated their grand opening last week. You can learn more about the work they do here

Marys Place

Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Program

In partnership with King County and the community, the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program is a pre-booking pilot that addresses low-level drug crimes in a few locations across King County. LEAD is exciting because it recognizes the dignity of people and the value of getting them back on track, while balancing the importance of holding people accountable.

This month, the City of Burien was chosen for participation. I joined local elected leaders, the King County Sheriff, and King County Executive to kick off the pilot program. 

Click to watch the kick off event.


Why Trails? 

Do you enjoy getting out on the many miles of trails in King County? King County Parks is looking for public feedback on our regional trail systems. The information gathered will be a part of future planning.

You can access the brief survey here.

Upcoming Events in District 5

October 8th is the voter registration deadline for the 2018 General Election. You can confirm if you are registered, change your address, or register for the very first time on the King County Elections Website.

For information on October 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