June News Update and Upcoming Events

dave upthegrove - king county council district 5

June News Update and Upcoming Events

Dick’s Drive-In OMF Site Removed

Dick's Drive-In in Kent

At a recent meeting of the Sound Transit System Expansion Committee and then again at the full board meeting, I led the effort to remove the Kent Dick’s Drive-In site from future consideration for the South King County Link light rail Operations and Maintenance Facility (OMF).

Preserving the site will ensure the possibility for transit-oriented development to help facilitate opportunities for more affordable housing and vibrant, thriving and sustainable communities in South King County. Moving forward, Sound Transit will consider three alternate sites, including the Midway Landfill site in Kent/Des Moines, as potential OMF sites. The next board action will be in 2020 once the draft environmental impact study (EIS) is complete. At that time, the board will select a final site to build the facility.

Happy Pride 2019!

In 2001, I made Washington State history as the first out LGBTQ State Legislator outside of the City of Seattle. I recently had the chance to celebrate LGBTQ progress at Burien’s 3rd annual PRIDE festival, where I spoke with folks about the ways that King County has worked to address the needs of the LGBTQ community.

It was wonderful to celebrate with the LGBTQ community, which is such an important part of our South King County family.

Councilmember Upthegrove at Burien PRIDE 2019 Festival

What Happened in May?

I recently attended a Kent Chamber of Commerce lunch where Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff and I discussed the agency’s work.

I also had a chance to visit the CHOICE Academy in South King County, which hosts trauma-informed fitness classes led by nonprofit Upower. I am proud that King County will support Upower by helping them increase their capacity to provide high-quality wellness and fitness classes to students in South King County and beyond.

Upower CHOICE Academy Class

Upcoming Events in District 5

Visit my website for a list of opportunities to connect with resources and enjoy all that South King County has to offer in June. You can also follow me on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on news from my office and the County.

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



King County Councilmember
District 5