Ever-changing pandemic, more on schools and COVID, my op-ed on County’s acquiring City Hall Park, report on County Sheriff’s Office handling of fatal shooting, the importance of art and culture in tough times...

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Banner image showing King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles.

August 30, 2021

CHP - Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times

Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times

Dear Friends and Neighbors,  

As we continue to grapple with the ever-changing landscape of the pandemic, I am somewhat disheartened with the continued resistance to vaccine, especially among educators. 

The most recent news on COVID - which isn’t good - is included below, and for parents preparing for the first day of school on Wednesday, see below for the latest on schools and COVID.

Also, I want to make sure you know about a meeting of the Council’s Law and Justice Committee tomorrow morning.  Committee members will receive a briefing on a report from the King County Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO) on the King County Sheriff’s Office’s handling of a 2019 fatal shooting by a Sheriff’s deputy.  See “This week at the Council” below for the meeting details.

I hope you will take a look at my Op-Ed published today in the digital issue of The Seattle Times: Ensuring public safety at City Hall Park may rest with King County.  The piece explains why I’ve concluded that for the public safety and accessibility, it would be best for King County to officially own the park (shown above in Seattle Times photo).  The park borders the county courthouse and downtown civic campus and directly affects people accessing county services.  The print edition will come out tomorrow. 

Also, I discuss below the importance of arts and culture, especially in the midst of a pandemic!  ArtsFund is conducting a comprehensive COVID Cultural Impact Study to assess the effects on the cultural sector over the past year and a half.  I urge those of you who are involved in the arts/culture/heritage sector – and those, like myself, who are enthusiasts and supporters – to take a few minutes to complete the survey.  See below for details. 

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.