Newsletter and Invitation to a Vaccine Town Hall

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February 2021

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


Paula Rhyne, Legislative Aide

Community Members: 

We have a lot to be proud of in Snohomish County with regards to our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have been able to allocate over $143M dollars of federal CARES dollars to respond to the impacts of the pandemic including standing up the county’s Isolation and Quarantine Site, providing rental assistance for people who are at risk of losing their place to live, administering small business grants to many of our businesses across the county, and most recently we were the first county in Washington State to open a max vaccination site. As of this past Saturday, 92,235 residents, or 14.5% of Snohomish County, have received at least one dose of the vaccine.  

As we move closer to the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, there are a lot of questions and confusion surrounding the vaccines, how to obtain a vaccine, and what happens next. I have been hearing from frustrated constituents that they haven’t been able to get vaccine appointments. Please know that the county is working hard to make sure that we have the infrastructure in place to administer vaccines on a large scale, we are waiting on the federal administration to distribute these vaccines in order to meet the demand and we are working to streamline the appointment process. To help answer questions and provide current information, we are hosting a Town Hall Meeting. 

Please join me and Council Chair Stephanie Wright on March 2 from 4:30-5:30p for a Town Hall Meeting regarding vaccines and vaccine distribution in Snohomish County. Co-hosts for the event include the Tulalip Tribes, Representative Mike Sells, Representative Strom Peterson, Representative Emily Wicks, Everett Councilmember Scott Bader, and Mukilteo Councilmember Elisabeth Crawford. The event is free and open to the public. County Executive Dave Somers will be providing opening remarks, and here are the panelists for the event who will field questions about the vaccines, phases, and logistics: 

  • Dr. Chris Spitters, Health Officer for Snohomish Health District 
  • Shawn Fredrick, Snohomish Health District Administrative Officer 
  • Jason Biermann, Director of Snohomish County Emergency Management 
  • Rochelle Lubbers, Chief Administrative Officer Tulalip Tribes 

Here is a link to the event invite will also be streamed on Facebook Live. If you have any questions for the panelistsplease email them to my aide, Paula Rhyne, at paula.rhyne@snoco.orgAn invite that you can share with others can also be found on our Facebook page 

I hope that this Vaccine Town Hall will be informative and help answer questions that the community may have. Please don’t hesitate to email me at if you have any questions about the event.   

Yours in service, 


Vaccine Town Hall invite

Recent Committee Appointments

I’m thrilled to have recently been selected to join two more outside committees: The National Association Of Counties Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee, and the Salmon Recovery Council through Puget Sound Partnership. I’m excited to use my environmental advocacy background on a regional and national level to help further sustainability and environmental protections in our county.  

NACo's Environmental, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee is responsible for all matters pertaining to air, water, energy, and land use, including a wide range of topics from water resources/management, stormwater, pesticides, to oil spills, superfund/brownfields, eminent domain, land use, coastal management, oceans, parks and recreation. The committee makes policy recommendations and passes resolutions for national engagement on energy and environmental issues. 

The Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council advises the Puget Sound Partnership’s Leadership Council on decisions relating to salmon recovery and the implementation of the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan. The Council works to prioritize the types of recovery work to conduct for ecosystem management, determines what issues to focus on, and provides recommendations for future projects and funding.  

Regional Law & Justice Council Appointment

Snohomish County has a Regional Law & Justice Council that is comprised of a number of law enforcement and justice system representatives. Since the murder of George Floyd last summer, the county has been working hard to implement systemic reforms to address racial inequalities. Councilmember Jared Mead led a successful effort to include more citizen oversight by adding seven resident participants to this council. Five of the appointees are from each council district, and two are Executive recommendations for at-large positions.

I am proud to support Luisana Hernandez as the representative from Council District 2. Lu is well-known in the community as an artist and advocate for the abolition of hunger. When she’s not creating musical, visual, and literary art (an example of her art is in the background of the picture below), Luisana serves on Snohomish County’s District 2 Economic Recovery Advisory Board, as well as the Creative District Formation Group for the City of Everett. In her free time, she facilitates a collective of Artists and Mutual Aid Activists called Punks in the Park, a group that is currently taking an active role in fighting hunger.  

I am excited to announce that Luisana Hernandez has been confirmed as Council District 2’s representative on Snohomish County’s Regional Law & Justice Council, and I am thrilled that her much needed voice will be included in these important discussions. 

Congratulations, Luisana! 


Snohomish County Public Works Annual Report

The Snohomish County Public Works department recently shared their Snohomish County 2020 Public Works Annual Report: A Year of ResiliencyCounty employees worked on numerous road, solid waste and surface water-related projects during 2020 including: 

  • Completion of eight storm damage repair projects 
  • Replacement of 11 culverts 
  • Preservation and repair the county’s more than 1,600 miles of roads 
  • Publication of the Snohomish County Americans with Disabilities Act Transition Plan  
  • Processing of more than 560,000 tons of garbage at Solid Waste facilities and more 

The report shows how public resources were utilized in 2020 and how the county leveraged local, state and federal grants to stretch local tax dollars. The digital document, best viewed in Chrome, links out to many of the county’s webpages for more information about specific projects and services. Great job to our Public Works team! 

Public Works

Become a WSU Beach Watcher

WSU Snohomish County has an exciting training program where you can learn to be a Volunteer Beach Watcher. Every Wednesday from March 10 – June 2, you can take the course that will immerse you in Puget Sound stewardship and research projects. Through this program you will receive 80 hours of classroom and field training on Puget Sound wildlife, coastal processes, water quality, climate change, and more! Here’s more information and the registration link. Please contact Jonathan Robinson at with any questions.  

Beach Watcher

Energy Assistance Program

Snohomish County Energy Assistance Program (EAP) has funds available for people needing help paying their PUD, PSE, Cascade Natural Gas, propane, oil, or wood bills. Certain restrictions apply. Please click the graphic below for more information or call Snohomish County EAP M-F between 9-4 at 425-388-3880 and they can help. 



I hope to see you next Tuesday, March 2, from 4:30-5:30 for the Snohomish County Vaccine Town Hall MeetingA reminder that you don’t have to register for the event, but if you have questions, you will need to submit them ahead of time to my aide, Paula Rhyne, at and panelists will come prepared with answers. 

I hope that you are safe and well!  

In Service, 


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