Omicron spreading, City Hall Park action tomorrow, boosters recommended for everyone over 16, health insurance open enrollment, fentanyl toolkit, Governor’s climate priorities, holiday events in District 4...

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December 13, 2021

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As you may be aware, the Omicron variant is now increasing in King County; as of Friday, December 10th, Public Health had identified five additional confirmed cases -- see below for more details. Included below is more on COVID, including updates on boosters, traveling and testing.

Also included below are tools for combatting the fentanyl crisis, the Governor’s announced climate proposal for 2022, and upcoming holiday events in District 4.

At tomorrow’s meeting of the full County Council at 1 p.m., the last one of this year, Councilmembers will take action on my proposal to transfer ownership of City Hall Park from the City of Seattle to the County. The park is adjacent to the County Courthouse and with fewer workers and visitors in the area during the pandemic and with an encampment having occupied the park this past year, we have heard increased safety concerns from judges, courthouse employees, jurors and others accessing County services. Transferring ownership will allow the County to look at the best use of the space and help keep safe those who work at the Courthouse and access County services there.

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.