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Good Afternoon Neighbors, 

We only have control over two things in our lives: our thoughts and our words. Our words are powerful and precious. They must be used wisely and judiciously. Good governance requires we measure our words and their consequences. The conspiracy to undermine our election, led by our President and his supporters, has resulted in the destruction of the US Capitol, and the deaths of five Americans.
 
This is what happens when people are devoted to the pursuit of power, with an allegiance to a person rather than to our country, our constitution, and our American people.
 
Democracy is fragile. It must be tended to every day not just during an election cycle.
 
We are a country divided. It has been said that the only thing we share is hostility. In 2021, we have the promise to share more than hostility and hate.
 
As I shared with my staff, I am embracing 2021 with love and hope.
 
This is a time for leadership. This is a time for governance. This is a time for healing with honor, decency, and respect.
 
One Country, One Destiny.
 
This week,
  • The Council passed an ordinance expanding and clarifying the subpoena power of the Office of Police Accountability and Inspector General and establishing due process rights for the recipients of a subpoena
  • The Council approved an ordinance making minor updates to the city’s water regulations
  • I met with business owners impacted by the Lake City fire that occurred on the evening of December 28 along with Mayor Durkan, Fire Chief Scoggins, Police Chief Diaz, and AJ Cari of the Office of Economic Development
  • I met with the CEO of Sound Transit, Peter Rogoff to discuss capital improvement projects
  • My team and I held a retreat to plan our goals for 2021
  • My staff attended a meeting of the North Precinct Advisory Council
  • My staff met with the new President of the Victory Heights Community Council, Ben Cober

My inbox has been busy! Here are the trends I’m seeing in my inbox this week:

This newsletter will provide city updates and resources.

Sincerely,

Debora

City Updates

The National Archives at Magnuson Park.

Tribes Join Attorney General to Sue Federal Government

Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a lawsuit against the federal government to stop the sale of the National Archives and Records Administration’s building in Seattle.
 
The building hosts a substantial collection of historically significant documents from this region. This includes treaties and other records from the federally recognized Tribal governments in the area, internment of Japanese Americans, and Chinese Exclusion Act case files. If the sale were to go through, the records would be much less accessible to residents. You cannot put a price tag on the value of those documents for Tribal Nations and all of us who depend on these documents as confirmation of the oral histories passed down.

D5 News

Lake City Fire Update

On January 7, I joined Mayor Durkan, Fire Chief Scoggins, Police Chief Diaz, Deputy Mayor Tiffany Washington, Chris Leverson of Build Lake City Together and AJ Cari our Business Advocate with the Office of Economic Development, in a meeting with the seven business owners who were affected by a large fire in the evening of December 28.
 
Seattle Fire Investigators have determined that the suspects intentionally started the fire and estimates the loss is about $2.7 million. Seattle Police Arson and Bomb Squad are following up to investigate, and the suspects are still outstanding. The Office of Economic Development’s AJ Cari has been coordinating with Chris Leverson of Build Lake City Together to provide outreach, support, and resources to the businesses
 
Our hearts break for these business owners who have already been through a year of unprecedented difficulty.
 
For more information about how you can help contact Chris Leverson, Chris.Leverson@chs-wa.org.
 
If you’re a business in need of assistance, please contact AJ Cari, AJ.Cari@seattle.gov.
 
Cars traveling through the holiday lights tour Courtesy of the Haller Lake Community Club

Haller Lake Community Club Hosts Drive Thru Holiday Lights Events and Donations Drive

On December 12th, 2020 the Haller Lake Community Club (HLCC) hosted a Drive-Thru Holiday Lights Event that collected over $1,300 in gift cards for Northgate Elementary School families and over 345 non-perishable food items that were delivered to the North Helpline Food Bank. The exterior of the HLCC building was decorated with Christmas lights and holiday decorations while a masked Santa greeted children in cars and collected their letters.
 
It truly was a great showing of support from our community for those in need.

Resources

State releases timeline on COVID vaccinations through April

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released guidance for the next phase of COVID-19 vaccination, which is Phase B1.  The next phase is broken into four tiers  The DOH expects the state to be ready to move into Phase B by the end of this month (January) and expects all four tiers of Phase 1B to be completed by the end of April.

For updates on the state’s vaccine distribution planning, see this page from the DOH. For King County updates on vaccine distribution, see this page
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