September 11 commemoration, wildfire smoke and health, economic and social impacts of COVID, Metro service survey, and much more

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September 11, 2020


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Well…remember when the only thing we worried about when we went outside was coronavirus?  Now it’s also very harmful air quality. What will be next? 

I’m including some information and resources below to help with tracking air quality changes, cleaning your indoor air and ways to stay healthy while we make our way through this difficult time. 

The Seattle Times just reported that the state Department of Ecology has classified the air in Seattle as "hazardous," the most severe rating.  According to the Times, “A ‘hazardous’ rating means people with heart and lung disease should consider leaving the area. Everyone should stay indoors.  Anything above the index level of 300 is considered hazardous by Ecology. By Friday afternoon, the air quality in downtown Seattle was 312. The air quality was slightly worse in Bellevue, at 325.”

For information on tracking the changes in our air quality, please see the links below.

It’s hard to believe it has been nearly 20 years since the attacks on September 11th.  The world has changed in so many ways since that time, and this anniversary is particularly difficult, given our current circumstances.  I think it’s always important to remember the thousands of those we lost, their families and friends and the courage of the first responders, so many of whom also perished.

As always, I would like to hear from you. You can call me at 206-477-1004 or you can reach me by email at 

All the best and I hope you are staying safe.