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A round-up of news and announcements we don’t want to get lost in the fast-churning news cycle!
King County Completes 70% Vaccination, Local Health Officer’s Mask Directive to End June 29
From the source: “King County Executive Dow Constantine announced on Tuesday, June 15, that 70% of King County residents have completed their COVID-19 vaccine series — the largest county in the nation to reach 70% among adult residents. The first vaccines were administered in King County six months ago on Dec. 16, and King County initially set a goal to vaccinate 70% of its eligible population by the end of June.
“With more than 1.3 million residents over age 16 completing their vaccine series, the community vaccination level will also end the Local Health Officer mask directive in two weeks on June 29.
“Public Health – Seattle & King County will continue working to close vaccination disparities with outreach to communities that remain under the 70% threshold, including areas of south King County as well as the Black and Hispanic communities.”
Continue reading NEWS GLEAMS: County Reaches 70% Vaccination, Free Youth Tennis Clinic, SPL Reopenings, & More!
For more information about the King County Indoor Masking Directive, visit the following Public Health – Seattle & King county webpage.
by Ben Adlin
More members of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s own party are calling for her to resign over the City’s violent handling of recent protests against racism and police brutality.
On Thursday, Democratic leaders from three of five Seattle-area legislative districts issued a joint statement urging Durkan to step down immediately. If she doesn’t, the groups said, the City Council should use its power to remove her. Continue reading Seattle Democratic Groups Demand Durkan Resign or Face Removal
by John Colby
Ongoing troubles in the 37th District Democratic Party continued last Monday. For those new to the controversy, it stems from a failed attempt to recruit Precinct Committee Officers (PCO) without an election. A combination of state law and Democratic Party bylaws bar individuals who didn’t run for PCO positions from voting after November 30 on appointments and leadership positions.
Continue reading Controversy Continues at 37th District Dem Meeting
by Cliff Cawthon
(Updated 12/5/16 at 11:45am)
Despite what most in the left- leaning 37th District saw as a devastating and traumatic Presidential result, the 2016 election did bring some key wins down the ballot. Progressives such as State Senator Pramila Jayapal, representing the 37th Legislative District (LD), came away with a victory in the race for the 7th Congressional District position—leaving open her seat in the most diverse and progressive district in the state of Washington. Or, as we at the Emerald call it, the “most eclectic place on earth.” Continue reading Who Will Be The 37th District’s Next State Senator?