Cases and hospitalizations rise, get boosted now, tips for finding infant formula, County Executive proposes tax increase to protect last high-quality open space, preparing for The Big One, more shootings, soccer pay equity…

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May 20, 2022


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Although COVID cases and hospitalizations are rising, there is also some good news to celebrate this week. Finally, after years of work, U.S. Soccer has agreed to equalize pay for men and women players. This is a momentous change in women’s sports, and one I have worked on professionally for decades, as an advocate for Title IX, as an academic and researcher, and in my legislative efforts while serving in the state Senate. I’m so pleased by this news, and it is of course, very much overdue.

On a sad note, I have to mention the racially-motivated mass shooting in Buffalo earlier this week. I don’t know how we will get beyond this point, but one thing is clear: It is far too easy in our nation to buy assault weapons and guns laws must be more stringent. And just yesterday morning a nine-year old Federal Way boy was tragically shot by his eight-year old brother with a handgun in their home. He is in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center.

In April, the Washington State Supreme Court denied the petition from the City of Edmonds to overrule an Appeals Court decision, invalidating the city’s gun storage and gun control provisions.

The easy availability of guns, coupled with the increasing predominance of hate speech, disinformation and inflammatory rhetoric make a fatal combination. Somehow, we as Americans need to rise above this hatefulness and remember our commonalities. Unfortunately, white supremacy still has a strong hold on our society.

Included below is the latest on COVID, tips for locating infant formula, a proposal to dramatically increase farmable land and open space in the County, the latest news from the Council and, unfortunately, some disturbing news about youth and adolescent suicidal ideation.

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.