Little Uncle makes plans for Big Uncle on same block of E Madison

The walk-up stays (Image: CHS)

The walk-up stays (Image: CHS)

Capitol Hill’s development boom comes in many flavors — even khrueang kaeng. Born at the farmers market, E Madison walk-up Little Uncle is making plans to be part of the neighborhood’s new construction in a very small way.

Big UncleWiley Frank and Poncharee Kounpungchart tell CHS, will open by winter in the under-construction Mad Flats microhousing development at 1523 E Madison. “Yes, just half a block up Madison from Little Uncle on the same block,” the couple writes.

Wiley and PK tell CHS that the opportunity came about thanks to prolific Capitol Hill (and beyond) microhousing developer Kelten Johnson of Johnson Carr who approached the couple as they were winding down their two-year run with their first brick and mortar location in Pioneer Square.

“We immediately found common ground with [Johnson] in wanting to find exceptions to the traditions in order to make our respective businesses thrive, succeed and to contribute something unique to this great city,” Wiley and PK said. Continue reading

As hundreds picket, Swedish pushes forward on major First Hill, Cherry Hill growth

(Image: TheDignityVirus.com)

Wednesday’s “thousand-member picket” targeted Swedish First Hill (Image: TheDignityVirus.com)

Calls for more nurses and the improved benefits to attract them echoed through Broadway Wednesday afternoon as hundreds of hospital workers, union organizers, and a handful of elected officials staged a picket outside Swedish Hospital’s First Hill campus.

The picket came one day after another round of negotiations ended without a contract deal between SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and Swedish, one of the largest Central Area employers and owned by Providence Health Services.

Staffing levels at the hospital are among the major sticking points in negotiations. Swedish-Providence has openings for some 1,600 nurses, positions the hospital says it’s been unable to fill with qualified workers due to a nationwide nursing shortage.

SEIU members say the hospital is unwilling to offer a wage and benefit package that would attract those nurses despite the fact the hospital banked $110 million last year. In the meantime, hospital workers say low staffing levels are hurting patients and creating untenable working conditions.

Speaking before the crowd, Mayor Ed Murray said he was concerned about the strained relationship between Swedish and its workers and called on the hospital to quickly resolve the dispute. June Altaras, Swedish’s chief executive of acute care, told CHS she hoped a new round of negotiations would start sometime this month. Council members Mike O’BrienBruce Harrell, Kshama Sawant, and Jean Godden were also in attendance to support picketing workers. Continue reading

On the List | Capitol Hill Independence Day, Cal Anderson wade pool opens, ‘Singles at the Singles house’

It’s a celebration of America this weekend on Capitol Hill. You’ve got:

  • An amazing free picnic in Cal Anderson Park:
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    (Image: CHS)


    Free Yoga Classes 11am and 12pm by Next Door Yoga
    Free Patriotic Portraits by illustrator Elaine Lin.
    Balloon Artistry
    Free Root Beer Tasting Garden
    Free Hot Dog Feast by the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce
    Free Ice Cream
    Main Stage Performances by The Not Its, Heatwarmer, Tangerine and More!
    Poi Spinning and Hula Hooping Lessons 1:00, 2:00pm
    Arts and Crafts
    Contests
    Games with Hugo House
    Activities with Sustainable Capitol Hill
    Crawl on a Real Fire Truck.
    Face Painting by Amelia Anne Flores Ireland and Marjorie Austin Flores.
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  • 10428249_10206831801453535_3684702901821674328_oAnd this likely illegal gathering organized by a notorious prankster to celebrate the corner of 19th and Thomas’s special place in ’90s grunge culture — Watching the movie SINGLES at the SINGLES HOUSE:
    OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME: I’ve recently come across a TV with a built in VCR and a VHS copy of SINGLES and asked a person who lives in the building where SINGLES was filmed if we could watch SINGLES in the courtyard of the SINGLES building. This is quite possibly the only chance you’ll ever have to watch this 1992 “classic” grunge rom-com at the place where this 1992 “classic” grunge rom-com was filmed.

America. Heck yeah. Also, attention small patriots: the Cal Anderson wading pool finally opens Friday. For more things to do on and around Capitol Hill or to add your own events, check out the CHS Calendar. Continue reading

CHS Reader District 3 Candidate Survey — Vote for the final questions

DistrictsMap-3-383x550Last week, we made a call for questions for District 3 candidates.

Below, you can help us decide which final set should make the cut and be sent to the candidates vying to lead Seattle’s District 3.

The poll will be open through Sunday night, July 5th 11:45 PM District 3 Time. You can view the latest rankings here.

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Sound Transit selects Pride flag as Capitol Hill Station icon

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20150630_SignageThough it will be rendered only in blue and white, Sound Transit has selected a symbol of Gay Pride as the legally required identification icon for Broadways opening-soon Capitol Hill Station.

“Pictograms, as part of our overall general signage program, are not produced in color,” colorful Sound Transit spokesperson Bruce Gray regretfully informed CHS.

The new symbol was spotted by eagle-eyed @gordonwerner in Sound Transit’s latest project update newsletter. Sound Transit also announced that the Seattle-side line of light rail will be known as the Red Line while Eastside extensions will be known as the Blue Line.

The Pride-based icon was selected as part of a design and community feedback process designed to “create pictograms to identify Sound Transit Link light rail stations” that “serve as a tool to easily differentiate stations.” “This is important for non-English speaking audiences, particularly those that do not use a Roman alphabet,” a report on the process reads.

It’s choice comes in a summer of revival for the rainbow flag on Capitol Hill. While the flag continues as a ubiquitous symbol around the neighborhood every June for Pride, the addition of 11 rainbow crosswalks in Pike/Pine has represented a small restoration, for some, of the neighborhood’s eroding LGBTQ identity. For others, it’s a groovy photo op. You might expect a similar response for the Capitol Hill Station icon — though we wouldn’t mind holding the license for the branded blue Pride flag merchandise.

Art inside the station will be, well, kinda gay, too, with war+love machine Jet Kiss (Image: CHS)

Art inside the station will be, well, kinda gay, too, with war+love machine Jet Kiss (Image: CHS)

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‘Thousand-member picket’ targets Swedish First Hill

"Swedish-Providence nurses & healthcare workers are getting ready to picket at @Swedish tomorrow!" -- @SEIU1199NW

“Swedish-Providence nurses & healthcare workers are getting ready to picket at @Swedish tomorrow!” — @SEIU1199NW

Broadway between Cherry and Columbia will be filled with around a thousand members of SEIU Healthcare 1199NW in a rush-hour picket “for better staffing and improved investment in caregiver retention” targeting Swedish First Hill. The action is part of a day of pickets against Swedish-Providence campuses in the area including a noontime rally at Swedish Cherry Hill.

Organizers say the “thousand-member picket” at Swedish First Hill is slated to begin at 4 PM and will include a 5:15 PM rally “featuring elected officials, community leaders, and workers among the speakers.” Mayor Ed Murray, Council members Bruce Harrell, Kshama Sawant, and Jean Godden are scheduled to speak while Mike O’Brien and Nick Licata are slated to join the picket.

Swedish-Providence nurses and healthcare workers are picketing on Wednesday, calling on the hospital, which made $110 million in profit last year, to put patients’ healthcare dollars into frontline care.  The 7,000 caregivers, united in SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, are taking action for better staffing and improved investment in caregiver retention in order to give patients the best quality care.

On Wednesday, lunchtime pickets at several Swedish-Providence campuses will be followed with a thousand-member picket at Swedish-First Hill at 4pm.  That rally will culminate in a rally at 5:15 featuring elected officials, community leaders, and workers among the speakers.

WHO: Swedish-Providence nurses and healthcare workers

WHAT: Rally and Picket for Quality Care and Good Jobs

ACTIVITIES:

Wednesday 7/1, 12 noon – 2pm, Swedish First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Issaquah, Edmonds –picketing.  County Executive Dow Constantine will join the First Hill picket at 12:45pm.

Wednesday 7/1, 4pm – 6:30pm, Swedish First Hill (Broadway between Cherry and Columbia, Seattle) –  Picketing with 5:15pm rally.  1,000+ workers and community supporters.  Featured rally speakers include Mayor Murray, Councilmembers Harrell, Sawant, Godden.  Councilmembers O’Brien and Licata will picket with workers around 4:30pm.

Organizers say Wednesday’s pickets are not a strike and will not affect patient care.

SEIU Healthcare 1199NW is a CHS advertiser. The union has been in contract negotiations with Swedish-Providence since April. Swedish is the largest nonprofit healthcare provider in the Seattle area. In 2012, it completed its merger with Providence joining together “five Swedish hospital campuses and 27 Providence hospitals across five Western states.”

Governor signs pot reform bill to ease zoning restrictions, streamline taxes

Marijuana freedom could spread on Capitol Hill under the new HB 2169 (Image: Alex Garland)

Marijuana freedom could spread on Capitol Hill under the new HB 2169 (Image: Alex Garland)

A city map from 2013 shows how the 1,000 foot buffer rule restricted most areas from I-502 shops.

A city map from 2013 shows how the 1,000 foot buffer rule restricted most areas from I-502 shops.

Recreational and medical marijuana taxes will fall under a single tax and zoning restrictions placed on I-502 shops could significantly ease under a reform enacted by Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday.

HB 2136, which the legislature passed last week, would allow cities and counties to significantly reduce the buffer rule that has kept recreational marijuana shops away from many dense, commercial areas like Pike/Pine. The current law states I-502 shops cannot be located within a 1,000 foot radius of parks, schools, and other specific gathering places. Localities could soon bring that buffer down to 100 feet under the new measure. We’re checking with the city to see how the buffer rule may change here.  Continue reading

Armed bandit holds up Broadway post office

A brazen bandit walked into targeted Capitol Hill’s U.S. Post Office at Broadway and Denny around closing time Tuesday night and held the mail facility up for two days’ worth of cash, according to East Precinct radio dispatches.

Police were called to the post office just before 6 PM to a report that an armed robber had made off with cash and that the federal facility was put into lockdown following the holdup.

The suspect was described as a black male in his 20s, around 5’10” with a thin build, and wearing a white shirt and white shorts past his knees. He was last seen headed north in the alley between Harvard and Broadway, carrying a beige register bag with a lock on it.

UPDATE: SPD says the suspect held up a USPS driver on the loading dock as the victim left the facility:

As the complainant came out of the rear doors of the post office carrying a white canvas locked duffel bag he noticed a black male on foot on the sidewalk. As the complainant approached the rear of his truck the suspect quickly dashed up the stairs and pulled a black semi-automatic handgun from his waist band. The complainant had already lifted the rear door and had tossed the bag inside and was trying to lock the handle when the suspect pointed the gun at him and told him to give him the money. He also told the complainant not to lock the door. The complainant backed away from the door before he could lock the handle and told the suspect he did not lock it. The suspect opened the door and quickly reached in to grab the bag. After grabbing the bag the suspect jumped off the dock and ran west on E Denny Wy

The report also notes the suspect’s shirt may have had red stripes on the sleeves. There have been no arrests.

Where to see fireworks from Capitol Hill, USA! 239th birthday + 13th Annual Cal Anderson Park Independence Day Picnic edition


My country, tis of thee, sweet land of Liberty — and many other fine craft cocktail bars.

(Images: Andrew Ahlstrom and Alex Garland for CHS)

(Image: Andrew Ahlstrom for CHS)

In the true spirit of America, this post is assembled annually by an algorithmically controlled robot drone that adjusts for witty references to current weather conditions and is programmed for sly inclusion of timely cultural references. It also features a self-correcting typo replacement system that slowly improves the quality of this post over time. This year, we have also plugged in the dataset describing the annual Cal Anderson Independence Day Picnic. You won’t find fireworks there — but you will find all of this almost completely free fun:

10850000_939848332704735_1418089447549648979_n (1)The most fun FREE community party of the summer. Brought to you by theCal Anderson Park Alliance, this totally FREE, inclusive for families of all types event is the epicenter of fun. Plus, it ends early enough for you to get to your fireworks viewing situation. Bring your Dads, Moms, kids, dogs on a leash, friends, lovers, hula hooping neighbor, parrot, cat on a leash, cute new date, babies, co-worker, bike polo playing friends, ping pong enthusiasts, favorite bartender and/or people who like burritos. Continue reading

Police seek tips in a Denny Blaine home invasion

suspSeattle Police are seeking information on an unidentified man suspected of breaking into a Denny Blaine house, tying up a woman inside, and stealing jewelry and cash.

The victim told police she awoke around 4 AM on June 20th with the man inside her bedroom at her house near 39th Ave and Lake Washington Blvd.

The suspect tied the woman up and demanded access to a safe. According to police, he fled the house in a white vehicle, possibly a Chevrolet.

Detectives developed a sketch of the suspect but have yet to identify the man, who the victim described as 5’10 with a medium build and had dark curly hair.

If you have any information on this incident, you can call SPD at (206) 684-5535.