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October 21, 2021

DV awareness

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

It has been another busy week at the King County Council! Due to staff sickness, this newsletter will be shorter than normal, but still packed full of important updates.

First up, the King County Council on Tuesday approved my motion that would seek options for King County to acquire City Hall Park from the City of Seattle and explore future plans and uses of the park, which is adjacent to the King County Courthouse. The legislation was approved by a vote of 7-2. You can read more about this action here:


Today in the Board of Health Meeting, we also recognized October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. With the increase in rates of domestic violence recently, it’s more important than ever that we highlight the importance of increasing awareness and directing survivors to services. If you or someone you know needs help, I encourage you to reach out to the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center’s 24-hour resource line at 888-998-6423.

We also discussed the King County bike helmet law, which I’ve highlighted several times in past newsletters. I'm very pleased that the Board of Health decided today to delay the vote on repealing the helmet law for another month to allow further stakeholder engagement. I spearheaded adding the issue of disproportionate enforcement of our helmet law to the BOH's 2021 agenda because I believed--and still believe--that we need to address the alarming and disparate impact of this law on our unhoused neighbors and on communities of color in King County. But I also have real concerns about repealing the law outright because of disproportionate incidence of brain injuries as a result of bicycle accidents. See op-ed on this subject in today’s The Seattle Times authored by physicians at this link. I appreciate that my colleagues on the Board under the leadership of Board Chair Joe McDermott have agreed to take the time to explore this multi-faceted issue and engage with advocates on all sides and focus instead on changing the enforcement provisions.

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.