by Chetanya Robinson
Kelcey Valdez, a resident of South Park neighborhood and a high school student at Franklin, is concerned about pollution in the ocean and destruction of animal life. After college, she wants to work in the environmental field.
“I feel like it would be better if we had a high school here, because we don’t have to leave our community, Valdez said, referring to the Duwamish river, and adjacent communities such as South Park, Georgetown and White Center. Continue reading New Maritime High School Coming to the Duwamish Valley
By Carolyn Bick
South Seattleites who depend on King County Metro and Sound Transit services to get around may have to adjust their schedules starting on Monday, March 23. The two public transportation systems will be scaling back trips and hours, due to a significant drop in ridership, as a result of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
Continue reading King County Metro, Sound Transit to cut trips on almost all transit services
Navigating the coronoavirus has added all kinds of complications for singles looking for love
by Alexa Peters
Dating has never been easy, and especially not in Seattle. With a reputation for icy, unfriendly people and nine months of gloomy skies and rain, it’s no wonder Seattle was named “America’s Worst City to Find Love” two years in a row by the Great Love Debate podcast. And, until a few weeks ago, it seemed unlikely that dating in Seattle could get any worse. Then came social-distancing in the age of COVID-19. Continue reading Dating During the Coronavirus
by Erin Okuno, columnist
Just a few days ago, Governor Jay Inslee announced schools were closing for weeks to help contain and keep Coronavirus from impacting more of our family and friends. The first thought on many people’s minds was “how would kids get food?” Along with the academic and social-emotional lessons it provides, many students rely upon school for a nutritious breakfast and lunch during the week. As colleagues and friends processed the sudden change in the lives of our students, many started to think about how to keep their kids fed. Continue reading Local Businesses Band With Organizers to “Feed the Beach” During Shutdowns
by Marcus Harrison Green
Every day brings a batch of fresh hells.
Ruminating on crisis ignites a tailspin of horror.
Required to be alone, you fear loneliness.
Stress, anxiety, and depression stalk you, as much as the march of what seems like an inevitable pandemic.
Before being treated for bipolar disorder that was once my every day, It now seems like the world’s. Continue reading Opinion: Coping With Mental Health Challenges and COVID-19
by Jessie McKenna
Gov. Jay Inslee announced on Sunday an emergency proclamation ordering closure of many businesses across the state ranging from bars and restaurants to gyms and recreational venues through at least March 31. A similar order was issued by King County Executive Dow Constantine in accordance with the statewide mandate. Continue reading Small Businesses Fight to Survive Amid COVID-19 Chaos
by Carolyn Bick
Bill rustled open the somewhat battered plastic bag he’d brought along with him, as Linda Lewis put aside two brown bag lunches for him from the grab-and-go cart set up inside the Southeast Seattle Senior Center (SESSC).
“Okay, I’ll be here tomorrow,” Bill said, after the center’s chef, Sharon Smith, offered to make him something special. Bill doesn’t eat red meat, and Tuesday’s menu was set to involve ham. Continue reading Senior Center On Front lines of Community Aid, While Seeking It
The forces that have made co-house-holding mainstream in Seattle mirror larger national trends, namely, a widening affordability gap.
by Alexa Peters
Across the U.S., there’s a growing trend in housing: millennials have come of age, but they aren’t buying houses. According to research by the U.S. Census Bureau, only 1 in 3 millennials age 25 and younger owned a home by the end of 2018, which is about 8% lower than for previous generations. Even in Seattle, where the wellspring of lucrative tech work attracts thousands of millennials each year, only 29% of Seattle-based millennials found home ownership accessible in 2017. Continue reading Beyond Housemates: How Intentional Communities Provide Belonging, Affordability to Seattle’s Working Class
by Erica C Barnett
This morning, Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued a stern followup to his statewide order, issued Sunday night, closing restaurants, bars, and other gathering spaces and banning all gatherings of more than 50 people to contain the COVID-19 outbreak: “If you’re thinking about having a [gathering] with 49 people in the same room, think again.”
Directing his remarks at people over 60 or with an underlying health condition that makes them vulnerable to infection, Inslee continued: “you are at substantial risk because of this virus. I want to make a very personal and gubernatorial request to you: You need to self-isolate, starting right now, and that means you need to change the way you operate your life.” Continue reading Inslee’s Order Closes Bars and Restaurants, Leaves Uncertainty Around Unsheltered Population
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Mayor Durkan To Issue Emergency Order to Fund Childcare for First Responders and Essential Workers
Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced she will issue an Emergency Order later today to allow the City of Seattle to fund emergency childcare for essential workers including health care professionals, first responders and grocery store workers.
In partnership with Seattle Preschool Program providers, the City announced a proposal for more than $1 million per month which will allow the implementation of more than 75 emergency childcare classrooms in five locations near hospitals and 22 other preschool sites across the city, which could serve more than 700 kids of front line workers under current Public Health – Seattle & King County guidance. These classrooms, which will serve preschool as well as school-aged children, will be staffed with Seattle Preschool Program staff and substitute teachers.
The Mayor’s emergency order will allow the City of Seattle to use the Families, Education, Preschool and Promise funding for emergency childcare. The contracts under this emergency order will be in effect for 30 days and may be extended up to additional terms.
Essential worker childcare classrooms will begin to identify children on Monday, March 30th. The City’s Department of Education and Early Learning will coordinate with the Northwest Healthcare Response Network, the Seattle Police Department, the Seattle Fire Department and others to enroll families to ensure all medical personnel and first responders are aware of this new resource. Other eligible families can access care by visiting http://www.seattle.gov/education on Monday with classrooms expected to begin to open next week.
On March 12, 2020, the Governor of Washington state issued an order closing schools in King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties then the following day expanded his order to require the statewide closure of K-12 public and private schools until April 24, 2020. The closure of schools and many childcare facilities has created an urgent need for childcare among those still required to come to work. A recent directive the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction indicates priority populations for childcare include essential workers like health care workers, first responders, pharmacy workers and grocery store workers among others.
Continue reading Seattle/King County Public Health Update on Coronavirus: Durkan To Issue Emergency Order to Fund Childcare for First Responders and Essential Workers