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September 28, 2020


Photo by Catherine Heath on Unsplash

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This photo reminded me of myself after one too many Zoom and Skype meetings.  For those of us fortunate enough to have jobs we can do from home, which can mean we are more easily able to adhere to social distancing, remote meetings have become our new workplaces.  But we’re learning that remote work can take a toll on mental health, as one recent study from Harvard showed.  But remote work is not going away anytime soon.

We’re enjoying some beautiful sunny weather right now, but cooler weather is coming, and experts warn that we all need to be ready to “hunker down” in order to avoid large spikes in positive cases.  Of course, this is even more difficult for our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness, or who are facing possible eviction.  See the articles and links below for resources for those experiencing homelessness and information on what to expect and how to prepare for this coming COVID winter.

As we reported in the last e-newsletter, County Executive Constantine transmitted his proposed biennial budget to the Council last Tuesday.  As the Council’s Budget Chair, my time is now consumed with managing the budget review process.  Unfortunately, this means that we will need to reduce the e-newsletter frequency to two days per week, on Mondays and Thursdays, starting this week.  As you’ll read below, the Council’s first meeting to review the proposed budget is this Wednesday.

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.