Councilmember Jared Mead's September Update

News from Councilmember Jared Mead

Friday, September 25th, 2020

COVID-19 Update

Data Snapshot - Sept. 21

Good news! While we are not quite there yet, we have made consistently positive progress for the past month. Throughout Snohomish County, we are seeing a decline in the amount of Coronavirus cases that are confirmed bi-weekly. However, this still doesn’t bring us into accordance with the Governor’s Safe Start program which requires 25 or fewer diagnosed cases per 100,000 residents over a 14-day period. The Snohomish Health District has calculated our average is roughly 40 cases in the County over a 2-week average. In order to move to the next phase our average will need to be below the 25 mark. I’ve included the graphic above that shows Snohomish County’s key metrics for August 30 – September 12, 2020. In the graphic, you’ll see that we are not meeting our target for reduction in confirmed cases, but we are meeting our marks in other areas.

I am proud of Snohomish County for being diligent in not only our early response and adaptability throughout the Coronavirus pandemic but also through our continued fight to protect and take care of our community. I encourage us all to keep up the good work and look out for each other during these times. Thank you for all of your continued work!

Ordinance 20-046 Passes, Adding Six Community Members to the Snohomish County Law & Justice Regional Council

On Wednesday, August 19th, the County Council passed my ordinance to add six community members who “represent historically marginalized communities” to the Snohomish County Law & Justice Regional Council. 

The Regional Council is an advisory board made up of representatives from the law and justice system including the sheriff’s department, the prosecutor’s office, the district courts, and the public defenders.  

The board had not included community members prior to the ordinance but it is clear over the past few months of calls for reform in policing that is it necessary to bring the communities most affected by the Law & Justice system to the table.  

If you are interested in applying for a community member position on the council, please use the following link to review and fill out the application on the Snohomish County Executive Office’s website.  

An Update on My Visit to the Wallace Falls State Park and Reiter Foothills with the Department of Natural Resources

CM Mead at Wallace Falls State Park

On Friday, September 4th I took a 10-hour informational tour with the Department of Natural Resources near Wallace Falls State Park and the Reiter Foothills.

With members of DNR, we hiked miles of historic logging roads over 150 years old. I learned a bit about the partnership DNR and our local Tribes have fostered, learned how to survey the age of a tree and got to see first-hand what a working forest looks like.

As your elected official I sometimes feel like I’m responsible for making decisions in policy areas I am not an expert in. And while that is a byproduct of representation democracy, it goes against my natural instincts in my personal life of wanting to know EVERYTHING I can before making even little decisions and be sure to include all perspectives.

That’s why I always take advantage of opportunities like these and am so appreciative of the hand working staff members who are willing to spend their entire day hiking in the hot summer sun to educate me on an industry I am unfamiliar with.

Mayor Kaemingk Takes Office as Mayor of Brier

I would like to congratulate Mayor Kaemingk on his new role as Mayor of the City of Brier.  I recently had the opportunity to virtually meet Mayor Kaemingk since his new position (and mine). I look forward to opportunities for us to work together to support the City of Brier and the larger Snohomish County communities.  

Supporting Law Enforcement and Fighting for Racial Equity and Social Justice are not Mutually Exclusive Sentiments

On Wednesday, September 16th, the County Council passed resolution 20-020 supporting Snohomish County Sheriff deputies and law enforcement officials across the county in response to the tragic shooting of two sheriff deputies in LA County. I understand that many of my constituents, who like me, are fighting for social and racial justice, felt disappointed in my support for the resolution. I wanted to take an opportunity to clarify what my support for the Resolution means and what it doesn’t mean. Please be mindful that this clarification is personal to me and does not represent or speak for the entirety of the Council.

Since the killing of George Floyd in May, tensions have been escalating between those of us fighting for social and racial justice in policing and those of us vocalizing support for the men and women who work in law enforcement. Support for these issues is not and has never been mutually exclusive. I believe that it is possible to actively fight and advocate for social and racial justice while simultaneously humanizing and supporting our law enforcement officers as individuals

While we continue to rightfully fight for social justice and equitable reforms in our system, we need to also be able to recognize that our law enforcement officers are humans just like the rest of us with families and lives to come home to when the workday is done. Every day, officers are asked to respond to calls and emergencies that fall out of the purview of “law and order” and it’s unreasonable for us to ask law enforcement officers to also be mental health and social workers, substance abuse counselors, etc. As the chair our the Law & Justice and Human Services Committee I am currently exploring opportunities to connect the community with services and programs that provide long-term assistance that they need and reducing the need for armed officers to show up to every single call.  

I am deeply committed to finding ways to create a more just system that reduces recidivism rates and increases transparency and accountability not only from me as your elected official but for how our entire system operates. I can and will continue to fight for racial justice while also supporting our law enforcement officers who serve our communities. We can and must do both.

What to Expect in Preparation for the Upcoming Budget Season

On Tuesday, September 29th the Snohomish County Council will receive the Executive’s Proposed 2021 Budget. Once received, the Council will spend the following weeks and well into November deliberating their recommendations for the 2021 county budget. If you’d like to stay informed throughout the budget process and deliberations, I’ve included the Snohomish County Budget webpage for general information on what to expect for the upcoming process and the Snohomish County Meetings and Webcasts webpage to get dial-in information for upcoming meetings. As always, thank you for participating in your local government and feel free to reach out to my office if you have any questions.

Contact Councilmember Jared Mead

Councilmember Jared Mead

Snohomish County Council
3000 Rockefeller Ave., M/S 609
Everett, Washington 98201
8th floor, Robert J. Drewel Building 
Phone: 425-388-3494


                                       Legislative Aide: Angela Ewert

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