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November 8, 2021

Rendering of Waterfront Park when finished.

Rendering of Waterfront Park when finished. I visited the site on Friday, see below for details. Courtesy Friends of Waterfront Seattle / the City of Seattle.

Dear Friends and Neighbors,  

I hope you’ve been staying safe, and enjoying the occasional sunbreaks we’ve been having lately. More rain is forecast, however, and I’m including information below on where to find – and how to use – sandbags to protect your property from flooding. 

Also included below are the latest news on COVID, an update from Public Health on open enrollment for health insurance coverage, a look at what’s coming up this week at the Council, and several other updates, as well as grant and event announcements.

I also wanted to let you know about what our Governor has been up to in Glasgow, Scotland during COP 26. Yesterday in Glasgow, a coalition of leaders representing 68 state, regional and city governments led by Gov. Inslee affirmed their commitment to address the climate crisis by agreeing to a range of emissions-slashing actions ahead of 2030. This is part of a global call from local and regional governments in recognition of the increased impacts of climate change and their critical role in addressing it.

Gov. Inslee announced an executive order to fully electrify Washington state's public fleets and transition to a 100% zero-emission light duty fleet by 2035, as well as 100% zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty state fleets by 2040. For more information see this page

And, as you likely know, the U.S. House approved the huge and very needed infrastructure legislation last Friday on a bipartisan vote. There’s likely a lot coming to our county and state!

I also wanted to let you know that, as this Thursday is Veteran’s Day, a national holiday, we will not be sending out an e-newsletter that day. I hope many of you will do as I will on Thursday to remember and to thank all those who have served our country. Some of you may remember that Veteran’s Day was originally called "Armistice Day," declared by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919 to mark the end of WWI. In 1954 Armistice Day legally became Veterans Day, a holiday to honor veterans of all wars.

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.