Friends and Neighbors:
We have exciting updates regarding upcoming events and legislation that we have been
We are happy to report that over 75% of King County residents over the age of 16 have received at least one dose of the vaccines available! As a reminder, you can always find your nearest vaccination site at our King County Public Health website or Washington State’s COVID Vaccine Finder.
Skyway/West Hill Town Hall
This Thursday, June 17 from 6:00-8:00pm, I, alongside King County Local Services, will hold a town hall for residents living in Skyway/West Hill. We will discuss various issues that affect the community. Please join the Zoom meeting using the information below: https://kingcounty.zoom.us/s/91629248246 Meeting ID: 916 2924 8246 Passcode: TOWNhall21 (case sensitive) Dial by your location: +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) Dial-in passcode: 9558427431.
People’s Town Hall on Restorative Justice in Rainier Beach
On Thursday, June 24 from 6:00-7:30pm, I, alongside City of Seattle Councilmember Tammy Morales, will join community leaders and organizations doing restorative justice work in the Rainier Beach neighborhood and South End areas of our districts. We will discuss how to better support the ongoing work led by our communities and how to get involved in these efforts. We will livestream it from our Facebook page on June 24 from 6:00-7:30pm, join us for a robust discussion.
Progressive Skyway Village
The Progressive Skyway Village broke ground on June 9th. The village will provide housing for our unhoused neighbors in Skyway. It will include up to 40 tiny houses along with a community kitchen, hygiene facilities, case management, and 24/7 staffing. For more information on how to get involved and stay informed, visit the Low Income Housing Institute website here.
Community Investment Committee (CIC)
The Community Investment Committee has been formed to lead the participatory budgeting process, a community-driven approach to dispersing $10 million to capital projects in Urban Unincorporated King County. The process will be centered on racial equity, will build on community strengths, and will address priorities that the community has identified. The first CIC meeting took place on June 11th and will be continuing throughout. For more information on how to get involved and stay informed, visit the King County website here.
Just Cause Eviction Ordinance
The Just Cause Eviction ordinance that CM Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Upthegrove, and I are sponsoring will establish 13 “just” causes for evicting tenants, in addition to other protections for renters. We are hoping that this ordinance will pass prior to June 30th, when the rent moratorium in Washington state ends.
This week our team introduced Ranked-Choice Voting at the King County Council! Ranked-Choice Voting (RCV) allows voters the option to rank candidates in order of preference, rather than choosing just one candidate over another. This is a step forward in making our elections more accessible and equitable for all candidates seeking to represent their communities. Please read and share my recent article on this topic. For more information and resources on RCV, visit the Fair Vote Washington website here.
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Councilmember Girmay Zahilay