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COVID Updates

A recent New York Times report covered the new wave and increased rate of infection from the most transmissible variant yet, the subvariant of Omicron known as BA.5, tacking along with BA.4 variant. These subvariants have caused increases in cases and hospitalizations, despite some population immunity from previous waves.

The increased rates are an important reminder that we must continue taking all the precautions to mitigate the risks of COVID-19. To stay safe and limit the spread of COVID-19, please practice these prevention measures:

  • vaccine and recommended booster doses. Vaccination and boosters also help lower the risk of developing long COVID.
  • improving indoor air quality through ventilation, filtration and other strategies
  • masks in crowded indoor settings
  • tested and isolating if you have symptoms and testing when possible before attending gatherings with high-risk people

Finance and Housing Committee Preview

Council Recess and Budget are right around the corner. Here is a preview if the Finance and Housing committee meetings that we have scheduled before recess and Budget begin.

Wednesday, July 20th, at 9:30am

  • Sustainable Procurement Resolution
  • Finance and Administrative Services Columbia City Snippet Property Disposition
  • Midyear Supplemental Budget and Grant Acceptance Ordinance
Wednesday, August 3rd CANCELLED

Thursday, August 11th, at 9:30am - Potential Special Meeting

Wednesday, August 17th, at 9:30
  • City Budget Office Expenses and ARPA Briefing
  • City Budget Office Forecast Presentation
  • Office of Economic and Revenue Forecast Presentation
  • City Employees Retire System Rate
Wednesday, September 7th CANCELLED

Wednesday, September 21st at 9:30am
  • University of Washington Laundry Site RFP status update (tentative)

Support Homegrown Workers

Yesterday, I sponsored and sent a letter to the CEO of Homegrown, a local food service company whose workers delivered a petition to management last month signed by a majority of workers calling on Homegrown to agree to a fair and quick process to allow them to decide whether to form a union. The letter, signed by a majority of City Councilmembers, supports the workers in both their fight for strong wages and benefits as well as in process for forming their union. Good luck to the workers of our homegrown, Homegrown!

You can read more in this article from The Stand. 

Travel Union!

Have guests coming into town? Need help with your summer travel plans? Check out this newly redesigned website that lets you pick hotels that support working people. Thanks to our friends at Unite HERE, you can find a Fair Hotel!

Park District Board Calendar

The Park District Board kicked off our discussions of the Board of Parks and Recreation Commission’s Recommendations for the 2023 – 2028 Park District Funding Plan on June 24th, and discussions and deliberations will continue through mid-September. The Park District funds park and facility maintenance, recreation programs, land acquisition, park improvements, new park development and other improvements included in a six-year financial plan.

The full schedule Park District Board consideration and approval of 2023 -2028 Park District Funding Plan is below, and additional information on the development of the six-year funding plan can be found on the Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners website here: Park District Cycle 2 Planning | .

All meetings will be held remotely, unless otherwise indicated
Date & Time Topic
Fri, June 24 – 2:00 p.m.
  • Background and Context
  • Board of Parks and Recreation Commission’s (BPRC’s) Recommendations
Mon, July 11 – 9:30 a.m.
  • Discussion of BPRC’s Recommendations
Thurs, July 14 – 5:30 p.m.  Public Hearing
Mon, July 18 – 9:30 a.m.
  • Discussion of Proposed Options and Priorities
Mon, July 25 – 9:30 a.m.
  • Discussion of Proposed Options and Priorities
Tues, September 6 – 2:00 p.m. (after Full Council) (Tentative)
  • Presentation of Mayor’s Proposed Six-Year Funding Plan
Fri, September 9 – 2:00 p.m.
  • Discussion of Mayor’s Proposed Six-Year Funding Plan
Thurs, September 15 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Discussion of Proposed Amendments
  • Potential Vote
Mon, September 19 -2:00 p.m. (after Council Briefings)
  • Potential Vote (if not adopted on 9/15)

Summer Food Programs

Free Summer Meals are available for kids and teens at parks, community centers, and schools in your community. Through the Summer Meals Program, you can just show up and get a healthy and delicious meal—and most sites offer grab-and-go meals that you can pick up and eat at home.

To find a location near you: Text ‘FOOD’ or ‘COMIDA’ to 304-304, call 1-866-348-6479, or use the Summer Meal Site Finder to find free meals in your area!

Opportunities for City Economic Resilience Funding

City Economic Development funding frequently comes out through Office of Economic Development’s Requests for Proposals. You can find out about opportunities for funding from the Seattle Rescue Plan, JumpStart Seattle, and more by signing up for their newsletter here.
In solidarity,
Teresa Mosqueda
Budget Chair/Finance & Housing Chair
Seattle City Councilmember
Position 8, Citywide/At-Large
Office: 206.684.8808
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