Some COVID restrictions set to end, predicted COVID surge this fall, baby formula shortage, Trailhead Direct returns May 28th, keep moss out of your lawn safely, Auditor report on property tax exemptions’ refunds, Report: Native American "boarding schools" operated in state, including in King County.

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May 13, 2022

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Leave the car, hit the trail: Trailhead Direct returns May 28th. Details below.

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Well, we have indeed entered a new phase of the pandemic. Public Health – Seattle & King County (Public Health) is closing three COVID testing sites and Gov. Inslee is allowing the COVID restrictions on the public meetings and records acts to expire on June 1st. See more below on both these items. However, the Governor is not yet ready to rescind the vaccine mandate for state employees

At the same time, COVID cases are rising, and, according to this Associated Press article, some schools, especially in the Northeast, are starting to reinstate the mask mandates. There are also predictions of another surge of infections this fall

This week the Council passed legislation introduced by Council Chair Claudia Balducci and me declaring our support for reproductive freedom and the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, even if overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, is the “law of the land” In King County. Last week’s leaked draft decision indicating the Supreme Court’s intention to overturn Roe v. Wade is a signal that regardless of one’s position on abortion, no rights are completely settled but must be defended and strengthened at all levels of government, all the time. As the mother of five, I feel strongly that people without uteruses should not be making decisions on behalf of those of us with them. And then there is the matter of women's privacy and autonomy in making decisions about their own bodies.

Council Chair Balducci said, " We must also renew our commitment to making abortion care widely accessible in King County and Washington state, including to anyone who needs to flee their own home in order to exercise their reproductive rights safely, legally and with dignity.”

I'm including the latest news from the County below, along with information on the nationwide shortage of baby formula, and new insights into the horrors of the "Indian boarding schools," two of which were located in King County.

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.