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March 11, 2021


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Spring is in the air, and, unlikely as it seems, it’s starting to look as though a more normal-looking life may soon be possible.  Two breaking news stories this afternoon bring back memories of pre-pandemic life.  The Governor announced that fans will be able to attend the Mariners' opening game and President Biden announced his goal to make every American eligible for a vaccine by May 1st (see below for more information)!

At the same time, we’ve received an important note of caution from Public Health on the confirmation of a third highly-contagious variant in our community (see below for more information on this).

I’ve heard of combat veterans talking about the incredible stress of the last week or so of their deployments.  They experienced extreme anxiety, having just about made it to the end of their tour of duty relatively unscathed, but were naturally fearful of their “luck” changing in the very last days of their deployment and became even more cautious. 

In some ways, we’re in a similar situation.  The vaccine supply is still limited – and that will likely continue to be the case for several weeks.  At the same time, preliminary steps are being taken to reopen schools, businesses and activities.  This is a critical juncture.  We’ve made it through a year and we’re all tired as well as stressed.  But the trend line can still go back up if we relax our precautions, especially with these very contagious variants spreading through the community.

On another note, I’d like to thank all of you for hanging in there with us this past year as we adapted to working 100% remotely.  Although under the County Executive’s order, we will return to the Courthouse on July 6th. But we can hope it will be sooner.

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.