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Sunday, April 3rd - Saturday, April 9th, 2022
In brief: Striking concrete drivers agreed to go back to work, even as their contract negotiations continue; King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the three finalists to be the next King County Sheriff; Mayor Harrell declined to use $100 million in budget authorization from the City Council to fund bridge maintenance across the city; and a Starbucks store on Capitol Hill became the first one in Seattle to vote to unionize. 
Editor's note: This week's newsletter has been heavily triaged due to time constraints. Click here for the most recent Seattle Times COVID infographic. 
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On Monday concrete drivers returned to work at the West Seattle Bridge repair site, and on Friday Teamsters Local 174 announced that all of its striking concrete drivers will return to work starting tomorrow while they continue to negotiate for a new contract. 

The median home price for houses and townhomes in Seattle proper hit a new all-time high of $970k last month, up 4.8% from $925k in February and 17.6% from $825k in March of 2021. 

Alaska Airlines was forced to cancel dozens of flights due to a pilot shortage, as part of ongoing contract negotiations with its pilots' union. 

County Executive Dow Constantine announced the three finalists to be the next King County Sheriff, one of whom is the current interim sheriff.

Mayor Bruce Harrell declined to use a budget authorization by the City Council in this year's budget that would have allowed SDOT to sell $100 million in bonds and use the funds to pay for bridge repairs across the city. 

Former Seattle Office of Housing Director Emily Alvarado announced that she's running for the open seat in the state Senate in the 34th Legislative District (representing West Seattle and Vashon Island) that's being vacated at the end of the year by incumbent Eileen Cody. 

Local Planned Parenthood clinics are preparing for an increase in patients from states that have passed or are in the midst of passing draconian anti-abortion laws. 

A Thurston County Superior Court judge overturned a lower court ruling that would have allowed Navy SEALs to continue to train at state parks across the region, as they have been since the early 1980s. 

Governor Inslee signed into law a newly passed bill from this year's state legislative session that will require employers to include salary ranges in all new job postings. 

And the Starbucks at Broadway and East Denny Way on Capitol Hill became the first Starbucks store in Seattle to vote to unionize
Ending on a high note
According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Seattle and Bellevue are the most physically active large and small cities in America, respectively. 

If you'd like to watch a livestream of a pair of Canadian geese nesting their 5 eggs in a flower barrel outside a brewery in Gig Harbor...well, friend, all you have to do is click right here

Sol Villarreal
Broker, Windermere Real Estate
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