Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, May 7

Members of the Puyallup Tribal Council celebrate the opening of the Cedar Wellness Center near the Tacoma Dome on Friday, May 3. scarter@thenewstribune.com Simone Carter

‘Going to save some lives.’ Puyallup Tribe launches outpatient opioid treatment clinic
Puyallup Tribal Council member Fred Dillon had a lot stacked against him growing up. He came from “broken homes” and ultimately wound up in a treatment center, which he credits with saving his life. Dillon joined his fellow Puyallup tribal members on Friday in celebrating Tacoma’s new Cedar Wellness Center, an outpatient clinic that will treat both Native and non-Native residents. The building, 503 E. 26th St. near the Tacoma Dome, officially opens its doors on Tuesday. Continue reading at The News Tribune. (Simone Carter)

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Washington to receive over $28 million from EPA for lead pipe replacement
The Environmental Protection Agency has announced over $28 million in federal funds will go to help Washington residents replace harmful lead-lined pipes. According to the EPA, the Biden Administration is sending $28,650,000 to Washington so lead pipes can be identified and replaced which would prevent lead exposure in drinking water. The EPA says the funding will come from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and made available through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. Continue reading at KXLY. (Jon Elswick)

Smoke from the Sumner Grade fire is visible on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, along Sumner Tapps Highway East in Sumner, Washington.

A ‘tool of last resort’: PSE may shut off power in some areas when fire risk is high
This year’s wildfire season may bring a new wrinkle for some Puget Sound Energy customers. The utility has said it may begin to use temporary power shut-offs in some communities to prevent powerlines from igniting blazes in risky weather conditions. Officials are calling this new approach a “tool of last resort.” In recent years, climate change, largely fueled by emissions from the use of coal, oil and gas, has led to longer and more severe wildfire seasons in Washington. Continue reading at KUOW. (Megan Farmer)


Associated Press
The problem with leaf blowers

Aberdeen Daily World
Aberdeen City Council meetings shift to Rotary Log Pavilion

Bird flu found in WA skunks, raccoons and bobcats
Biden outlines antisemitism measures before Holocaust remembrance speech

Capital Press
Outlook worsens for Yakima River basin irrigators
Fire forecasters predict a ‘busier’ summer in parts of West
Washington asparagus acres may vanish, industry leaders say

WA State Patrol fined $750,000 for failing to disclose public records after crash

Everett Herald
Boeing faces FAA probe of Dreamliner inspections, records
Traffic cameras begin dinging school zone violators in Everett
Edmonds wants to hear your thoughts on future of fire services
Everett officer alleges sexual harassment at state police academy
After bargaining deadline, Boeing locks out firefighters union in Everett
Editorial: Federal moves on cannabis encouraging, if incomplete

Indian Country Today
Climate bill is huge and it’s coming due
Quinault Nation’s move to higher ground

International Examiner
As Navigation Center shelter prepares to leave Little Saigon, its legacy remains contentious

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Gov. Inslee and Assistant Secretary of WSF meet with county officials

Kitsap Sun
Rep. Greg Nance: Charting a route to success for Washington State Ferries

News Tribune
‘Going to save some lives.’ Puyallup Tribe launches outpatient opioid treatment clinic (Jinkins)
Puyallup developer will pay thousands to settle water quality violations in Gig Harbor
Enjoy the cool mornings while you can — a blast of heat is headed for the South Sound
Seismic shake-up at City Hall? Tacoma’s form of government could shift under proposal
Will new developments help ease area home prices? Pierce County median: $565K in April

Thurston Sheriff plans to pilot GPS trackers, grappler nets in pursuits this summer
Did COVID doom isolated WA town? State and federal leaders asked to help save it (Timmons, Shewmake)
As the weather turns warm and dry, it’s a great time to prepare for the wildfire season
State park nearly doubles number of campsites in preparation for centennial celebration

Puget Sound Business Journal
Redfin to pay $9.25 million to settle class-action lawsuit
Job postings are sliding overall, but not for these high-demand roles
Puyallup Tribe opens opioid treatment clinic in Tacoma’s Dome District 
Layoffs are overshadowing the real job cut trend. Experts say that’s about to change

Seattle Times
Bring baby to school: How schools keep staff in the classroom
Seattle-area housing market picks up, but buyers feel the squeeze
WA lawmaker retaliated by releasing names of witnesses, says report
Calls mount for action on asylum-seekers’ encampment at Seattle park

Spokesman Review
Two Spokane-area school districts receive Purple Star Award for support of military families
Prosecutors decline to charge suspect in Coeur d’Alene racial harassment of Utah women’s basketball team

Washington Post
FAA investigating whether Boeing falsified 787 inspection reports
Fish are shrinking around the world. Here’s why scientists are worried.

WA State Standard
Washington lawmaker accused of belittling staff faces new scrutiny
As ‘empowered’ cities ban them from public spaces, homeless people in WA search for refuge

Wenatchee World
Upper Valley MEND surpasses $6.8 million fundraising goal, to start new project 

Yakima Herald-Republic
Yakima Council to discuss opioid settlement funds at Tuesday meeting
Documents show ex-YPD officer Elias Huizar was investigated in Yakima


Frustration grows in Burien as city and sheriff’s office clash over camping ban enforcement
How an art program has been helping teens in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood for over three decades
‘The city needs to step up’: Neighbors express public health concerns over asylum encampment at Seattle park

PSE has new tool to prevent wildfires caused by powerlines
SPD cop who joked about pedestrian’s death to speak at national conference
Catholic school teacher tells parents she is being forced out because she is gay
Class action lawsuit claims biggest landlords in Western Washington are colluding to raise rents
Boeing is on the verge of launching astronauts aboard new capsule, the latest entry to space travel

Burien elected officials excluded from KCSO public safety meeting planning
Mechanical malfunction sparks fire on arriving Delta flight at Sea-Tac airport
Councilmember suggests loitering law return to combat sex trafficking in Seattle
WA hospitals lose $1,74 billion in 2023, charity law change may add to 2024 losses

KNKX Public Radio
FAA is investigating Boeing for apparent missed inspections on 787 Dreamliner

KUOW Public Radio
A ‘tool of last resort’: PSE may shut off power in some areas when fire risk is high

North County Food Pantry struggling to get enough food on shelves
Washington to receive over $28 million from EPA for lead pipe replacement


Cascadia Daily News
Opinion: We must hold all leaders — including Democrats — accountable

From the practical to the policy in the national gun control debate

Local Boeing firefighters hit the picket line for livable wages
Catholic school teacher loses job because of her alleged sexual orientation

The Urbanist
Urbanism 101: How Urban Agriculture Can Boost Food Security