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Sunday, April 17th - Saturday, April 23rd, 2022
In brief: President Biden visited Seattle for Earth Day; Mayor Harrell announced a citywide day of service on May 21st; most local transit agencies kept mask mandates in place after the federal government's mask mandate was overturned; U.S. Senator Patty Murray announced that she plans to push for banking reform for the legal pot industry; Marshawn Lynch and Macklemore became part owners of the Kraken; and Thursday marked the 60th anniversary of the grand opening of the Space Needle.
Editor's note: This week's newsletter has been heavily triaged due to time constraints. Click here for the most recent Seattle Times COVID infographics. 
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President Biden visited the Seattle area for Earth Day, signing an executive order at Seward Park to protect old growth forests, speaking out at Green River College in Auburn about the high price of prescription drugs, and causing traffic delays across the region. 

Most local transit agencies kept mask mandates in place after the federal government's mask mandate was struck down in court; and with more at-home testing happening, public health officials are putting less emphasis on official case count numbers and more emphasis on COVID hospitalizations (which are continuing to decline) as they begin to shift towards treating COVID-19 more like an endemic disease

Mayor Harrell announced a citywide "One Seattle Day of Service" on May 21st, with 2,200 volunteer opportunities across the city from 9 am to 5 pm. [Seattle Times, MyNorthwest, KING 5]

In response to a rash of violent pot shop robberies in recent months, U.S. Senator Patty Murray announced that she plans to push for banking reform for the legal pot industry, to prevent retail shops from having to hold large amounts of cash on-site. [Seattle Times, MyNorthwest, KING 5]

City Attorney Ann Davison announced a plan to clear her office's backlog of cases by the end of the year, in large part by dismissing nearly 2,000 low-level misdemeanors. [Publicola, The Stranger, MyNorthwest, KING 5]

Josh Cohen had the best breakdown I've seen so far of the City Council's proposed Pay Up gig worker legislation, which would extend some of the same wage protections that Uber and Lyft drivers received in 2020 to all app-based gig workers in Seattle. [Crosscut]

King County announced that it plans to vacate its Administration Building across the street from City Hall, which opened in 1971 and needs repairs that would cost more than its current market value, and provide the roughly 600 employees who used to work there and now work mostly from home with flex space in other King County buildings downtown instead. [Seattle Times]

Workers at one of Starbuck's flagship stores, the Reserve Roastery on Capitol Hill, voted to unionize, becoming the second union Starbucks store in Seattle. [Seattle Times, MyNorthwest, KING 5]

Marshawn Lynch and Macklemore announced that they've became part owners of the Kraken. [KING 5]

And Thursday marked the 60th anniversary of the grand opening of the Space Needle on April 21st, 1962. [KING 5]
Ending on a high note
If you didn't catch Thursday's double rainbow!, just click here for the next best thing: photos of it from random Twitter users. 

Sol Villarreal
Broker, Windermere Real Estate
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