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October 14, 2021

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,  

As seems to be the case lately, I have some positive news and some rather disheartening news. The good news is that positive COVID cases are down across all age groups, according to the State Department of Health as quoted in this Seattle Times article

On the less happy side of things, this was a difficult week here at the Council. You may have heard that one of my colleagues, Councilmember Kathy Lambert, who is running for reelection, was stripped of her leadership positions following a blatantly racist mailer sent out by her campaign. It was also perceived as being sexist, misogynist, anti-Semitic, and xenophobic, and I want to emphasize that the decision was unanimous, across party lines. The mailing piece attacked one of our other Council colleagues, Councilmember Girmay Zahilay, the only Black/BIPOC person on the Council. The Council has a long-standing practice of treating one another with respect. The mailer was so outrageous and hurtful, that, in this case, we on the Council felt we had no choice but to remove Councilmember Lambert from her leadership positions. She will also be removed from all assignments where she represents the Council on external boards and committees.  You can read the statement from Council Chair Claudia Balducci here

I am sad to report the above news, but there is some promising news on the COVID front. A potentially “game-changing” treatment, vaccinations have increased, and I’m including below details about booster shots and eligibility. And, as you may have heard, Governor Inslee this afternoon announced that, as of November 15th, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test will be required at large events in the state. 

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.