Hi everyone,

Well, this past week did not unfold as I had hoped in terms of campaign outreach due to COVID! The arrival of the virus in my household forced me to cancel a week full of in person meetings with people on Shaw, Lopez and San Juan Islands.

Fortunately, I was still able to have some of those meetings on Zoom and by phone. This provided me with my first opportunity to hear directly from a group of Shaw Islanders (via Zoom). They shared with me their hopes and challenges, and to express that their needs often feel overlooked in the county. I hope to be able to re-schedule my in-person trip to Shaw soon so that I can meet a greater number of community members. But it was wonderful to have that initial connection.

Checking out the North Shore property

Checking out the North Shore property

I also had the opportunity to meet by phone with Ken Burtness, co-chair of the County’s Ferry Advisory Committee (FAC). Ken gave me an introduction to the multiple challenges our islands’ ferry service is facing now and in the future. It was an illuminating discussion about the scale and scope of the problems that exist and what inroads might exist to tackling some of those in the coming year(s).

Unfortunately, the seven meetings I had scheduled for San Juan Island yesterday, Oct. 27 th , will need to be re-scheduled in the coming weeks. And the in-person ‘meet and greet’ event I had oped to have at the Lopez Library this Saturday, October 29 (12 – 2pm) has been re-scheduled as a Zoom meeting for anyone who would like to join and have a conversation. The link to the Zoom meeting is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8724447000 / Meeting ID: 872 444 7000 / One tap mobile +13602095623,,8724447000# US

Next week I look forward to joining the Lopez Island Seniors Center monthly board meeting at Woodman Hall 10 am – 12 pm. I hope to learn of their plans for the year ahead. I also look forward to an introductory meeting (online) with the SJC Superior Court, Judge Katie Loring and her staff to hear about the work of the Superior Court in our county. More small group meetings with Lopez Island constituents are also lined up, and then I will be planning to reschedule those meetings I had to postpone this past week.

There will be a County Council meeting at 9 am October 31 to continue discussion of the updates to the SJC Comprehensive Plan and a regular meeting at 9 am of the SJC Council on Tuesday, November 1.

Have a wonderful last week of October and Happy Halloween!