8/12: Evelyn Fielding Lopez, True Tacoma

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Evelyn Fielding Lopez talks about why public disclosure of campaign financing is so important for integrity and democracy, and shares how diverse perspective enrich our community.  Interview begins at 8:38


  • The governor has issued several updates to COVID-19 safety guidelines at businesses and establishments across the state.
    • Unstaffed fitness facilities, such as those at hotels, apartment complexes, and condominiums are not able to reopen until Phase 4. Such facilities may open if staffed full-time by at least one supervisor.
    • Religious organizations in Phase 2 may hold indoor services with up to 25% of room capacity or up to 200 people, whichever is less, with 6-foot distancing between household to be maintained at all times, and https://daily.ktqa.org/episodes/KTQA-DB-20200812.mp3with all participants wearing cloth face coverings.
    • All updates can be found by following links at coronavirus.wa.gov in the news section, and guidelines for all businesses and activities can be found at Governor.wa.gov in the “Issues” section.
    • The State Health Department notes that while many children and teens will be engaging with school remotely this fall, they still need to have their required vaccinations for the start of the school year.
      • The department urges parents and guardians to check with doctors to make sure children are up to date on immunizations.
      • Individuals can also view and print their family’s immunization records by signing up for the “MyIR” service at wa.MyIR.net.
    • The health department is also recruiting agricultural laborers for participation in the multi-state COVID Farmworkers Survey to provide rapid analysis of COVID-19’s impact on farmworker communities throughout the U.S. West coast.
      • Farmworkers can be referred to Tomás Madrigal at https://daily.ktqa.org/episodes/KTQA-DB-20200812.mp3Tomas.Madrigal@doh.wa.gov, and participants will receive a $20 incentive for their time answering survey questions with community health workers.
    • The State has launched a $40 million fund to help Washington residents whose immigration status has kept them from getting federal stimulus funds during the coronavirus pandemic.
      • The Department of Social and Health Services will appoint a nonprofit to manage the fund, and eligible individuals will be able to receive up to $1,000 starting this fall.


  • The Pac-12 collegiate athletic conference announced that all athletic competition will be cancelled through the end of the calendar year.
    • The unanimous decision was made after input from a medical advisory group from university medical centers, including warnings that COVID-19 may lead to myocarditis in even healthy young adults, which might leave athletes at risk for sudden cardiac arrest when exercising.
    • The soonest that competition might resume for Washington State University and University of Washington athletes is January 2021.


  • There is still space available for children ages 3-12 in virtual arts camps offered by the Y of Pierce and Kitsap Counties.
    • Next week, August 17-21, is the final week that camps will run.
    • Visit YMCApkc.org and click on the “camps” section to learn more and register.
  • Many local school districts have adjusted the academic calendar stateto accommodate preparation for beginning the year with remote learning. Individuals are advised to check school websites or call school switchboards to verify school start dates and times.

TESTING SITEShttps://daily.ktqa.org/episodes/KTQA-DB-20200812.mp3

  • There are numerous free testing sites in our region:
  • For Pierce County locations, visit TPCHD.org/covidtest.
  • This week’s remaining mobile testing events in Pierce County include:
    • Thursday, August 13, there will be two events: one is at Pierce College’s Fort Steilacoom campus in Lakewood, and the other is at the Pierce County Heritage Recreation Center in Puyallup
    • Friday, August 14, testing will be available at the Sprinker Recreation Center and at the Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus
    • Saturday, August 15, there will be testing at Sumner High School and Fife High School parking lots.
    • All events run from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, no ID is required, and tests are free and open to anyone.
  • Patients can also call their health providers for tests.