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April 19, 2021


Photo by CNN: “Rep. Andy Kim, a New Jersey Democrat, pets Officer Clarence, a Saint Bernard with the Greenfield Massachusetts Police Department in the Rotunda of the US Capitol Building on Thursday.” Three “Official Police Comfort Dogs” from the Greenfield, Massachusetts, Police Department spent last week roaming the halls of Congress and delighted Democrats and Republicans alike (see today’s Moment for more).

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This is a busy week here at the Council, and we’ll be taking up a number of topics including our 7th COVID Budget in the Budget and Fiscal Management Committee meeting tomorrow at 9:30 a.m., Best Starts for Kids Levy Renewal at tomorrow’s 1 p.m. Council meeting, and my proposed ban on government use of facial recognition software in Wednesday’s 9:30 a.m. meeting of the Committee of the Whole.  If passed, this would be the first county-wide ban in the nation.  See below for more on Council activities this week.

Last week was also a busy week - - in the area of COVID-19 vaccines.  At the national level, the rollout of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was paused by the FDA, and here in Washington, vaccine eligibility was expanded to everyone 16 years and older.   We have been getting many inquiries about vaccines, including how to locate open appointments.  The latest vaccine news and appointment resources are available below.

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 jeanne.kohl-welles@kingcounty.gov. 

All the best and I hope you are staying safe.