Extreme heat and climate change, vaccine news, COVID and kids, reopening, Council vote on renter protection tomorrow...

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June 28, 2021

child on water slide - Photo by Mi Pham on Unsplash

Photo by Mi Pham on Unsplash

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As we suffer through this record-breaking heat, I thought you might be interested to know that it is forecast to reach 116 degrees in Death Valley today.  See this page from Public Health on keeping cool during this time: Hot weather: How to stay cool and safe for hints on how to deal with extreme heat, symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and how to treat those conditions. 

Also, see Dr. Duchin’s important statement below on the relationship between climate change and extreme weather, including heat waves and droughts.

I have also included the latest news below on the COVID vaccines, as well as news on vaccinating children and adolescents.

We have been busy here at the County, and tomorrow, the full County Council will take up and potentially vote on the “Just Cause” tenant protection legislation sponsored by Councilmembers Zahilay, Upthegrove and me.  You can view the discussion live - - details are included below.

I also want to call your attention to this very disturbing article in The Washington Post: As school shootings surge, a sixth-grader tucks his dad’s gun in his backpack.  The Council just included $1 million in the COVID 7 emergency budget to fund a program to provide workforce development opportunities for youth involved in gun violence (following including $2 million in our Covid 6 emergency budget earlier in the spring). 

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.