Since my previous post last week I had the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussion with a member of our diverse and vibrant Lopez Island Latinx community, Karina Cerda. Karina works with the Lopez Island Family Resource Community Center as a Community Supports Associate with our Spanish speaking community. We are making plans for me to have an initial ‘meet and greet’ in October that will be in Spanish (with interpretation) with the Lopez Latinx community to discuss local issues. I am very grateful to Stephanie Cariker who also works with LIFRC for her assistance with interpretation and translation!

On Saturday I attended the public Open House, hosted by the SJC Land Bank Commission and the San Juan Preservation Trust, at the newly acquired North Shore property (Glenwood Inn) on Orcas Island. It was wonderful to be introduced to the vision these two like-minded organizations have for this property and to experience walking on this important land and shoreline that they are helping to preserve. It was a beautiful day!

In the past week I have also been witness to and experienced first hand the enormous frustrations and impacts of the ongoing dysfunction of our WSF system – this is an issue that is at the forefront of my mind going forward and one which I plan on giving much attention to as a staunch advocate for San Juan County in the future.


There was a recent opinion piece in the Seattle Times written by Shaw Islander Alex MacLeod that paints a picture of the challenges we are facing .

Please stay tuned for an ‘events’ post this Friday!