Anti-science thinking, City Hall Park, updates on COVID and youth, County districting process, Metro restores some Ballard service...

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October 7, 2021

With Laurel Gray, Administrative Director of Operation Sack Lunch.  Details below

With Laurel Gray, Administrative Director of Operation Sack Lunch. Details below.

Dear Friends and Neighbors,  

As you’ll see below, it does look as though the vaccine mandates are starting to work, and more people are finally getting their first doses. The Philadelphia Inquirer recently published an article that was not only fascinating - - it’s also an important reminder of the extent to which anti-science thinking has gained a foothold in our society. 

I encourage you to take a look: During WWII, getting the flu vaccine was patriotic. Some no longer view science that way. Scientific breakthroughs such as the influenza vaccine, which helped the U.S. win World War II, were hailed as miracles that would help define a new generation of discovery. – The Philadelphia Inquirer. You may also find today’s Quote of the Day below of particular interest.

I’m including in today’s edition what I know at this point to be the latest on the pandemic - - and there is quite a bit. Also, below, the latest news on the County’s districting process, restoration of some Metro service in Ballard, and much more.

Back at the County, yesterday in the Council’s Committee of the Whole, my motion asking the Executive to explore the potential acquisition of City Hall Park and possible future uses for the space was discussed and ultimately approved. After a robust discussion, the motion passed with seven votes, which means that it will next be discussed and voted on by the Council, likely on October 19th. At that point, the conversation will continue and any amendments offered will be discussed followed by hopefully a final vote. For a short primer on the situation at City Hall Park and some footage from the meeting itself, check out this coverage from King 5 and KIRO 7 News.  

And, today, Executive Constantine transmitted his blueprint to get to zero youth detention in the Children and Family Justice Center by 2025, along with recommendations for its repurposing and reuse to serve community needs by 2025. Read more about his proposal here.

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.