Washington State House Democrats


Monday, June 7

Mugshots of Tacoma police officers Christopher Burbank, left, Matthew Collins and Timothy Rankine

Most 2nd-degree murder cases mean $1M+ in bail. Officers in Ellis death got much less
Two Tacoma police officers charged with second-degree murder in the death of Manuel Ellis were given lower bail amounts than the vast majority of other defendants charged with the same crime in Pierce County since 2017, court records show. Officials say that is likely because the officers do not have criminal backgrounds, have significant ties to the community and are unlikely to intimidate witnesses, all factors weighed by judges when assigning bail.Continue reading at KIRO 7 News. (Joshua Bessex, The News Tribune)

 At Ba Bar in South Lake Union, co-owner Teresa Nguyen picks up an order to take to a table last week. Nguyen and her husband, Eric Banh, have to work the front of the house because they can’t find servers, hosts...

Where have all the waiters gone? On the cusp of reopening, a labor shortage threatens Washington restaurants’ recovery
After almost 15 months of pandemic restrictions, layoffs and losses, many restaurants, bars and other food service businesses face a new crisis: With just weeks to go before restrictions lift, a deep labor shortage is derailing hopes for a quick recovery — and renewing questions about the role of pandemic unemployment benefits. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

Alyssa Goff, a pharmacist at the Sumner Fred Meyer, fills a syringe with the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine during a special clinic primarily for local grocery and retail workers on Monday, April 12, 2021.

Washington launched a program to limit vaccine waste. Here’s how providers are using it
Washington state recently unveiled a new program called Vaccine Marketplace, which creates a streamlined process for transferring COVID-19 vaccines between different vaccine providers in the state. Similar to Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace, Vaccine Marketplace allows providers who have extra doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to share the information with other providers in order to reduce waste. The program launched May 14 and is an addition to the state’s current Immunization Information System, or IIS. It is available to any state provider that utilizes IIS. Continue reading at The News Tribune.


Associated Press
Another COVID side effect: Many kids head to summer school
High court asked to review men-only draft registration law
Judge tosses challenge to Seattle’s tax on big businesses
Navy destroyer causes oil spill in Port Townsend Bay

Bellevue Reporter
Government agencies closed for COVID-19. Here’s how they plan to reopening, hold meetings
Could a new truck or $1M convince reluctant Whatcom residents to get a COVID vaccine?
U.S. pandemic-relief bill a windfall to Whatcom agencies. Here’s how they plan to spend it
Whatcom continues security for COVID-19 quarantine site, despite these questions
Are you eligible for Washington’s vaccine lottery? So far, finding out is tough
Lummi vaccinations added to county total, as state reports Whatcom’s 99th COVID-19 death
Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers confirmed Friday in Washington state
How the American Rescue Plan Act will effect counties and local government
Coronavirus weekly need-to-know: Free beer, vaccine requirements, arthritis drug & more
‘Deeply concerned:’ COVID hospitalization rates in teens doubled in a month, CDC says

Capital Press
Severe drought spreads in Washington
High-risk part of fire season arrives in some of West

Two Vancouver senior care facilities see COVID outbreaks
Vancouver plans how to allocate $32.6 million in COVID-19 relief
In Our View: WSU marijuana research facility prudent step
In Our View: State smart to offer shot at prizes for vaccinated
In Our View: Improving cybersecurity vitally important to U.S.

Everett Herald
Some sex offenders may return to home counties, but where?
New frigates could bring other improvements to Everett base
Work on I-5 Stilly River bridge will mean summer slowdowns
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
County airport workers got early shot at vaccinations
Whidbey sees an influx of tourists — almost as many as in 2019
WaPo Comment: Mental health days are legitimate; just ask the kids
Editorial: State’s cannabis industry needs fair, focused rules
Editorial: Welcome The Herald’s newest writers, your neighbors
Letter: We shouldn’t legitimize uninformed opinions
Letter: Electoral college a throwback to Holy Roman Empire

Federal Way Mirror
Op-ed: Post-pandemic world is an opportunity for our youth

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
As wildfire season approaches, state crews use ‘thinning’ to limit danger at Green Mountain
‘Nothing we’ve ever seen before:’ Boom brings thousands of housing units to Kitsap County
New class of Navy frigates will be homeported at Naval Station Everett

News Tribune (subscription required)
Washington launched a program to limit vaccine waste. Here’s how providers are using it
Pierce County reports fewer than 50 new COVID-19 cases on Friday
Opinion: Sound Transit pumps brakes on projects costing billions. Here’s how Tacoma will feel it
Opinion: Imagine Tacoma as smorgasbord of housing options. Imagine us getting growth right

Olympian (subscription required)
Opinion: Tumwater pushes ahead on affordable housing efforts, as crisis keeps growing

Peninsula Daily News
WHAT WE KNOW: Coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Vaccination clinics set this week as lottery begins
EYE ON JEFFERSON: County considers housing grants
Health officers: COVID still poses a danger

Puget Sound Business Journal
Exclusive: Washington state, software firm traded blame over unemployment fraud
Uneven recovery: 35% of small businesses might not survive the summer, survey finds
Opinion: Boeing may have moved on — but have we?

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Many Seattle-area school districts returning to in-person graduation ceremonies
Where have all the waiters gone? On the cusp of reopening, a labor shortage threatens Washington restaurants’ recovery
The enchanting world of beavers in King County — and how they might benefit a warming planet
Voter suppression laws just ‘Jim Crow in new clothes’
Opinion: Create safe environments to keep kids moving, more important now than ever

South Seattle Emerald
Thirty-nine Percent: The uphill battle for oversight in King County
Opinion: Naomi Osaka prioritized her mental health. It’s time we followed suit
Mayor and Council unveil economic relief plan, CD gets more affordable housing
Weekend long reads: America’s complicated beliefs on race, opportunity, and policing
How South King County rideshare drivers weathered the pandemic
Can the Seattle Police Department consent decree be fixed?

Tri-City Herald
More Tri-Cities area COVID deaths, as new confirmed case counts jump this week
Arsonist sets wooden roller coaster ablaze at Idaho theme park, officials say
Are you eligible for Washington’s vaccine lottery? So far, finding out is tough
Hydro racing’s all-time winningest driver is back in the cockpit. 1st stop Tri-Cities
Is a Tri-Cities port being ‘sneaky’ about waterfront housing options near Clover Island?

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Columbia Pulp reopens Lyons Ferry plant
Walla Walla social media restaurant directory born in pandemic evolves as community needs change
Spring elections see two new school board directors at Athena-Weston
Learning by doing: WWCC nursing students get early start through extern program at Providence St. Mary
Walla Walla Community College to offer more in-person learning in summer, fall

Washington Post
FDA approves first drug to slow decline of Alzheimer’s disease
Despite pandemic, level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hits historic levels
Harris arrives in Guatemala to tackle migration causes

Yakima Herald
New report addresses impacts of legacy pesticides and how to clean them up
2020 wildfires left endangered species in Central Washington at risk
Washington utility has no plans to shut off power for fires


Confusion surrounds Washington’s vaccination rate
Most 2nd-degree murder cases mean $1M+ in bail. Officers in Ellis death got much less
Seattle advocates push to extend governor’s eviction moratorium
Washington utility has no plans to shut off power for fires
Gov. Inslee says Washington will reopen June 30 even if vaccination goal isn’t reached

Plans to reopen feel different for rural hospitals – just like the pandemic itself
Native leader calls him a ‘snake,’ but Inslee defends veto of tribal consent in cap-and-trade law

Pandemic blog for the Seattle area
How Do You Prepare For A Million Workers To Return To The Office? Ask The Government
Working In Sweatpants May Be Over As Companies Contemplate The Great Office Return
This Sikh doctor helped bring vaccines to a Renton temple — and it worked
‘They should be alive:’ Families, advocates honor Washingtonians killed by police
How low wages and high rent helped Covid spread from a wedding in Kent to nearly 300
On Asian America: Living in the rural NW, historical and contemporary stories
The problems with Washington’s prison healthcare system, ferry service, and vaccine lottery, this week


Federal Way expands hazard pay ordinance to smaller grocery stores
Two-alarm Parkland fire leaves 20 people homeless
Seattle-Bremerton ferry route returns to two-boat service
COVID updates: White House celebrates 70% vaccination for WA, state says not yet
Seattle DOT installing vertical posts on Aurora Bridge
Man shot, killed in attempted carjacking in SoDo neighborhood
Dry, warm spring weather expected to continue through summer
Judge strikes down lawsuit that sought to overturn Seattle big business tax
Police rifle stolen in 2020 Seattle riot recovered
Skagit Valley Hospital, other North Sound facilities filling up
State troopers trying to find rock thrower along I-90
First-of-its-kind murder trial against Auburn police officer set for early 2022
Washington’s child care crisis poised to get even bleaker post-pandemic

Slog PM: Judge OKs Seattle’s JumpStart Tax, Facebook Bans Trump for Two More Years, the Bus to the Mountains Starts Tomorrow

West Seattle Blog
Here’s what’s happening at Camp Second Chance, West Seattle’s only tiny-house encampment