Vaccination deadlines, verification requirements, County supplemental budget and districting process, increase in domestic violence, Board of Health possible action on helmet law...

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October 18, 2021

kids wearing bike helmets

Dear Friends and Neighbors,  

As you may know, the Governor’s vaccination deadline takes effect today for most state government, health care and school workers, and the vaccination verification requirement in King County will take effect on October 25th. More on both of these items below.

This is a busy week at the Council. Tomorrow morning we’ll be taking up the Mid-Biennial Budget that makes adjustments and additional allocations to the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget. It will be heard in the Council’s Budget and Fiscal Management Committee, which I chair. This is the first review of the budget and we want to hear from you.

Also coming up this week, the Board of Health will be discussing and possibly voting on the motion to amend the County helmet requirement to help ensure more equal enforcement of the law. As you may know, research has shown that the helmet law is disproportionately used against BIPOC people. Details on both of these meetings are included below.

I also wanted to call your attention to an editorial in The Seattle Times: County takeover of City Hall Park is the smart move, regarding my proposal for the County to take ownership of the park. The motion will be taken up for a vote by the full Council at our meeting tomorrow at 1 p.m.

Last week when I profiled the Ballard Food Bank’s brand new location, I neglected to mention that I was pleased to provide an additional $1,300 of funds in 2019-2020 budget to help the Food Bank with its project expenses.

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.