Stressful back-to-school season, wake-up call on Delta variant, how to improve your masks, update on City Hall Park...

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August 16, 2021

silhouette boy reading - Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Dear Friends and Neighbors,  

Well, I am thankful the latest heat and smoke episode is over (at least here in King County).  However, I have to say I’m disheartened that we’re about to start the 2021 school year, and schools and universities – as well as parents, teachers, students and school staff – are understandably still struggling with decisions on masking and vaccine requirements for students and staff.

As a former public school teacher – and mother of five – I know well how stressful the lead-up to the school year can be under the best of circumstances.  But the increased transmissibility of the Delta variant (and Lambda is on the way...), and unanswered questions about the need for booster shots make this a particularly stressful August for parents, teachers and students.  You may find these two articles to be helpful:

- How to navigate this unnerving back-to-school season as COVID surgesKaiser Health News / The Seattle Times

- Washington superintendent asks for vaccine mandate for public school employeesKUOW

Despite having been on “Council recess” for the last two weeks, we’ve been quite busy, working on a number of items, including legislation I introduced last Friday aiming for the County to acquire City Hall Park next to the County Courthouse.  More on this below, as well as the latest on masking, Delta, climate change and activities in the District. Hint: If you’re looking for some positive news on the environment, check out today’s Moment.

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.