The Delta variant, heat waves, housing and homelessness, assistance for businesses, eighth COVID emergency budget...

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July 8, 2021

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

What a relief this relatively cooler weather has been!  However, forecasters are still predicting a rough wildfire season ahead and, most likely, more heat to come.  More details on the causes of the heat wave at the end of June and its ongoing effects are included below.

Also included below, the latest news on the Delta variant, effectiveness of vaccines and updates about traveling during the pandemic.  This week, the World Health Organization’s Director-General said the COVID death toll was continuing to rise globally largely because of dangerous virus variants and inequities in vaccine distribution.

This morning I joined County Executive Constantine for the announcement of the County’s purchase of a third hotel to help move people out of homelessness.  See below for more details, as well as the latest news on issues around housing and homelessness. 

This has been a busy week at the Council.  The Budget & Fiscal Management (BFM) Committee, which I chair, began briefings and debate on the 8th COVID emergency budget.  This important budget will spend the rest of the ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funding the County is receiving.  We are scheduled to take public comment as well as take action on the budget at the BFM meeting on July 20th, with final full Council action slated for July 27th.  More information on these meetings will come next week.

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.