With no quick fixes, District 3 candidates differ on ways to reduce homelessness

When asked about the most important issues facing Council District 3, CHS readers have twice put homelessness near the top the list. Focus on the issue is well deserved: There has been a 21% increase in King County’s reported homeless population this year. The number of people camping along I-5 is also believed to be on the rise.

One comment in response to the CHS Council District 3 candidate forum earlier this month drew considerable attention for laying out solutions for addressing homelessness, specifically in Cal Anderson Park. But as many who work day-to-day on the issue will say, simple answers are few and far between.

“Causes for rise in homelessness in Seattle and in the nation at large are complicated and difficult to pinpoint,” said Katherine Jolly, spokesperson for the city’s Human Services Department. “In Seattle, the cost of housing has not kept pace with wages, this combined the with effects of the dismantling of mental health and substance abuse systems over the past 30 years contribute to the increases in homelessness. Any solution to the homelessness crisis in Seattle must take these issues into account.” Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Council | Change and homelessness

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The newly invigorated Capitol Hill Community Council officers wanted to take a different approach to our summer programming. This month, we’re asking you to help us raise money to provide much needed items for the people experiencing homelessness in our community. We’re also inviting local homelessness experts and service providers to present critical information, ways we can help, advocacy efforts, and the work still needed from a grassroots level to adequately address homelessness in our neighborhood and city. DONATE HERE

On July 30th, the Capitol Hill Community Council will use the money raised to pay for the supplies and items most requested by area homeless shelters/service providers. At the July 30th meeting, we’ll put together packs to give to the people most in need while listening to guests from DESC, YouthCare, Mary’s Place, Urban Rest Stop, and Chief Seattle Club.

Capitol Hill Community Council July Meeting
Thursday, July 30th — 6:30 PM — Cal Anderson Shelterhouse

 

 

 

A community is not a monument to individual preferences. It is a collective and living organism.

When I was 5 years old I remember attending my cousin/godfather’s high school graduation on the Rocky Boy Reservation in Montana. Watching him walk across that stage into a world unknown scared me, causing me to cry as I couldn’t reconcile the fear and sadness of change.

At such a young age, it was difficult to physically imagine what life would look like for him, for his relationship with his parents, or for our relationship; his graduation felt more like a funeral.

I often reflect on that memory and my feelings about change. Change is intimidating because it challenges the ego in its affirmation of our mortality; they don’t have funerals for change. We find comfort in the idea that in death, though we no longer are physically part of community, our story might live on after we’re gone. We hope that the way we made people feel, the joyful memories created, and our service to each other – components of what it takes to create a legend — might be applied to us. Continue reading

Full Tilt bringing punk rock ice cream pop shop with a spin to Capitol Hill

Punk rock ice cream arcade purveyor Full Tilt is coming to Capitol Hill. A new shop dedicated to Full Tilt’s nearly legendary, long in the offing ice cream bars is planned to open mid-August in the 15th Ave E space where Capitol Hill Family Arcade has been entertaining Capitol Hill families ever since… a week or so ago.

“I have prepped my best games for this location,” Bobby Conover from 20XX Amusements is quoted as saying in the announcement sent to CHS. Full Tilt says the new space will have a larger arcade section than any of the other Full Tilt shops. The new store will feature about 20 arcade and pinball machines, according to the announcement.

“I wanted to use this location to focus more on our ice cream bars and games,” Full Tilt’s Justin Cline said. “To make it a fun spot for families on the Hill.” Continue reading

CHS Pics | Bobby Morris weekend sports report

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For the second year, organizers of two of the sportiest LGBTQ fundraisers of the summer put their events in the middle of the action around Capitol Hill Block Party over the weekend.

And a good time was had by all.

Saturday, the annual Jockstraps and Glitter kickball game played out on Bobby Morris field at Cal Anderson to raise funds for the Seattle Quake rugby club and The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, The Abbey of St. Joan.

Sunday, dignitaries were on hand for first pitch in the annual battle of Dykes vs. Drag Queens in the Seattle Bat ‘n’ Rouge softball game benefitting SASG. CHS reported earlier this summer on SASG’s capital campaign to fund a move from their longtime home at 17th and Thomas.You can learn more and give at sasgcc.org.

View of the Field, Bat n' Rouge 2015 (1)Team Drag Queen (4)

Low rivers, high temperatures put Seattle in ‘advisory’ water warning phase

Screen Shot 2015-07-27 at 10.26.20 AMIt fits in with this “End of Days” theme around Seattle right now. Seattle Public Utilities has announced the city has been put in a preliminary “advisory” phase of rapidly declining water levels due to low rivers and high temperatures:

The first stage in each city’s response plan is “advisory.” It’s issued when utilities believe a potential water supply problem may exist.  During this time Everett, Seattle and Tacoma are asking customers to carefully manage their water use and make sure they are not wasting water.

“If conditions worsen, each city may move to the ‘voluntary’ phase of water shortage response and ask customers to reduce the amount of water they normally use each day,” according to the announcement from SPU and utilities in Everett and Tacoma.

The cities are making operational changes and activating supplementary water supplies “in an effort to stretch their water supplies as far as possible.”

Officials included tips for reducing water usage in the announcement:

· Watering early or late: Water before 8 a.m. or after 7 p.m., which reduces evaporation.

· Watering deeply, but infrequently: It’s better to have one or two deep waterings, rather than several shallow waterings.

· Fixing leaks: Fix obvious indoor and outdoor leaks such as at faucets, hose bibs and sprinkler spray heads. Check for less obvious leaks such as silent toilet leaks. Put several drops of food coloring in your toilet tank; after 10 minutes if you have color in the toilet bowl, you have a flapper leak.

· Washing vehicles wisely: Wash your vehicle(s) at locations that recycle their water.

· Using a broom, not a hose: Use a broom, rather than a hose, to clean sidewalks, driveways and patios.

· Washing full loads: Wait until your clothes washer and dishwasher are full before starting.

“Everett, Seattle and Tacoma are all fortunate to have robust water supplies that allow the water utilities to meet customer needs for water and contribute to healthy fish populations,” the announcement says. “Available supplies this year have declined more quickly than is typical.”

With ‘the big one’ looming, Capitol Hill neighborhood preparedness lags

The recent New Yorker article about how “toast” the Pacific Northwest will be after the big one hits wasn’t exactly earth shattering news in Seattle. Some were even quick to point out that the Cascadia Fault earthquake fretted about in the article isn’t even the worse earthquake scenario, as a Seattle Fault earthquake may pose a far greater risk.

Still, it was a chilling reminder of the geological forces beneath the city’s surface, as well as the importance of community emergency preparedness. In many ways, Capitol Hill has been better prepared than it stands today.

In June, the group Capitol Hill Prepares announced it would dissolving its earthquake preparedness activities as a city-identified “Hub” and shutting down its website and social media accounts, which were the most active in the neighborhood. In a message announcing the group’s suspension, organizers Karin Baer and Jessica Coleman encouraged residents to continue to “plan for emergencies, to develop community self sufficiency, and to coordinate a way to communicate in times of disaster or emergency when normal communication means are unavailable.”

Neighborhood Hubs and Seattle Neighborhood’s Activly Prepare groups are intended to be the main units of organizing emergency preparedness in the city, developed by the Office of Emergency Management. Hubs are organized around pre-determined locations where neighbors agree to meet to share information and resources. SNAP groups are typically at the block level and lead by a person who’s taken the city’s SNAP training — oftentimes a block watch captain. The idea is to practice how to divvy up responsibilities and conduct tasks in an emergency situation so that residents can react quicker when the time comes for the real thing.

Currently Capitol Hill has no active Hubs or SNAP groups mostly due to a lack of involvement, according to OEM’s community planning organizer Debbie Goetz. There were three Hub locations active on Capitol Hill according to the volunteer run Hub map — Cal Anderson Park, Volunteer Park, and Miller Playfield — but there are no longer groups actively associated with the sites after volunteers with Capitol Hill Prepares stepped down. Additionally, only two people have identified themselves as SNAP organizers in the neighborhood, according to the city’s map. Continue reading

Woman seriously injured in Pine/Belmont bicycle crash

A cyclist was hospitalized with life threatening injuries Monday morning following a crash near Belmont Ave and E Pine, according to Seattle Police. Medics were called to the scene at 4:39 AM and the adult female was taken to Harborview Medical Center.

Police arrived at the scene to find the rider down and unconscious after the incident was reported to 911. The rider suffered serious head injuries after crashing into a building on the northwest corner of the intersection. According to SPD, it did not appear the woman was struck by a car.

A Seattle Fire spokesperson tells CHS the victim is an adult woman who was transported to the hospital in critical condition. A hospital spokesperson confirmed that the woman was in critical condition this morning but could not provide additional information.

Detectives from the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad were working the Capitol Hill scene, which was cleared around 7 AM.

Capitol Hill Block Party 2015: Day Three Open Thread

Images from Day Two 

We’ll start Day Three with a look back at the late night action of Day Two at Capitol Hill Block Party when the streets around E Pike looked a little like the coming pedestrian zone pilot had already started.

Capitol Hill Block Party 2015 Open Threads: Day One | Day Two | More photos!

Block Party organizers are hoping to put more feet on the streets Sunday. Tickets for the day headlined by electric folk rocker Father John Misty are being sold for $35 with a “lastchance35″ promotional code.

Day Three is forecasted to be the wettest of the three-day festival with predictions of showers starting in the afternoon and continuing into evening. Temperatures will stay around 70 F, however, so it will pretty much be a warm shower. After three days of loving music, Pike/Pine could use a bath. Continue reading

WestSide Baby ‘Stuff the Bus’ tour ends with Capitol Hill stop

IMG_9339Friday, CHS found the WestSide Baby Stuff the Bus bus at 19th Ave’s Hello Robin making a stop on its 2015 tour to collect diapers — and smiles — around Seattle.

WestSide Baby, which now has an area presence at 18th and Cherry after a 2014 merger, collects second hand items for babies and children that providers such as social workers or other agencies can distribute to families in need.

Sunday, the 2015 tour comes to an end at Capitol Hill’s St. Joe’s:

What: Stuff the Bus diaper drive finale event – inviting the public to donate diapers at the school bus
When: July 26 2015 10 am to 2 pm 
Where: St Joseph’s Parish, 732 18th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

Nonprofit WestSide Baby will be closing their fifteenth annual Stuff the Bus Diaper Drive on July 26th in Capitol Hill, inviting the public to come along to the brightly colored school bus, donate diapers to benefit local families and share a smile at a photo booth. Stuff the Bus is Seattle’s largest diaper drive, this year aiming to collect 500,000 diapers to distribute to families in need across King County.

WestSide Baby Executive Director Nancy Woodland said: “Every child deserves to smile and every parent should experience baby giggles.  However parents who are struggling to provide food, pay bills and purchase diapers miss the joy of their child’s smiles because they are so stressed and because uncomfortable children scream rather than giggle. Even though a dry diaper is critical to keeping an infant healthy and happy, diapers aren’t covered by food stamps, so for the 10,000 children under the age of 3 living in poverty in King County, parents must often choose between feeding and changing their baby. Stuff the Bus is an opportunity for the whole community to help and we encourage everyone to donate and share a smile.”

You can visit http://westsidebaby.org/stuff-the-bus-2015 for more information about Stuff the Bus or text DIAPERS to 80888 to make a $10.00 donation.

Meanwhile, another fun fundraiser takes place Sunday afternoon at Bobby Morris field at Cal Anderson where the annual Seattle Bat ‘n’ Rouge charity softball game will play out.

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Capitol Pill | Help in the neighborhood

(Image: Karyn Schwartz)

(Image: Karyn Schwartz)

We’ve asked Karyn Schwartz, owner of the Sugarpill apothecary on E Pine, to contribute to CHS about health and Hill living on a semi-regular basis. If you’re an expert and want to share with the community in a recurring CHS column, we’d like to hear from you.

I had to ask for help this week.

Not the little kind that happens as a matter of every day — but the big kind that is so hard to ask for, because it means that people will see that you are struggling, maybe even failing at something, and that you can’t actually fix it all on your own. Continue reading