A current council member donates to Sawant challengers, Amazon execs particularly love one candidate, a surprising $ leader, and more in District 3’s campaign contributions

$500,558.That’s how much has already been raised in the battle over District 3’s seat on the Seattle City Council, making it by far the most expensive race in the city. District 6 comes in second with $376,520.

With the primary only six weeks away and ballots being sent out next month, things are likely to heat up, particularly now that the fundraising and spending cap has been lifted for all of the five D3 candidates using the city’s Democracy Voucher program to fuel their campaigns to unseat incumbent Kshama Sawant — who, notably, is not participating in the program.

Now challengers Logan Bowers, Pat Murakami, Egan Orion, Ami Nguyen, and Zachary DeWolf can also accept donations of up to $500 in the scramble to catch up with Sawant’s $163,677 raised. Bowers, with $87,910 in second place in terms of total funds raised and Nguyen with $78,358 in third, still have a long way to go.

One thing Bowers, a pot store entrepreneur and housing development proponent, has going for him when it comes to fundraising: out of all D3 candidates, he’s getting the most substantial donations, $94 average, followed by Egan Orion with $82, then Sawant ($77), Nguyen ($75) Dewolf ($74) and Murakami ($69).

Though Sawant could accept  $500 from the start of her campaign and Bowers only since April, most of her contributors donate much lower amounts: a majority (53%) gives something between 0 and $25, and three-quarters of donations to her campaign are less than $100. That number is only a little over half for Bowers, one of Sawant’s most vocal critics when it comes to big donors and campaign money.

“It’s unfortunate, as every candidate except Kshama, myself included, were perfectly happy to keep big money out,” Bowers said in a statement to CHS in April, when Sawant had raised over $75,000, clearing the way for Bowers to successfully appeal the SEEC to lift his fundraising and spending cap. In the same statement, Bowers took aim at Sawant’s “big out-of-state donors.”

It’s a common criticism of Sawant’s campaign, which has drawn scrutiny as the leading fundraiser in the city’s most expensive district race and the race with the most non-city dollars streaming in. About a quarter of the total raised in D3, $124,267, comes from outside city limits, $84,136 of which flowed into Sawant’s campaign.

“Outside of city limits” dollars doesn’t necessarily equal “out of state,” however. 58% of Sawant’s campaign money listed on her itemized contributions list (which is not yet updated with more recent, Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission-vetted data and does not list anonymous and unitemized contributions of $25 or less) comes from Washington, and roughly 7/10 of her campaign contributors live in Washington state.  Continue reading

Police search for suspect after shooting victim found at Broadway and Howell

(Image: SPD)

A man was shot multiple times and police were searching for the assailant in an incident at Broadway and Howell just across from Cal Anderson Park and near Seattle Central College.

Seattle Fire was called to the scene just after 8 PM Monday after a man told passersby he had been shot. SFD was at the scene with the victim who was transported to the hospital but we do not have further information on the man’s condition. UPDATE: SFD describes the man as in stable condition.

SPD was searching the area including Cal Anderson, Seattle Central, and the nearby Capitol Hill Station after getting description information from a witness.

Police had cordoned off Seattle Central’s main building and were searching the building. According to the school’s calendar, Monday was the first day of the campus’s summer quarter.

“We’re fine,” one person who said she was inside the building during the search posted to social media. “There seems to be a lot of police in the building and we’re confined to the lecture hall. Econ teacher is still lecturing surprisingly.” Continue reading

Proposal would honor Broadway business owner with E Barbara Bailey Way festival street at Capitol Hill Station

The Denny festival street

Seattle is working to rename the “festival street” portion of E Denny Way though the Capitol Hill Station between Broadway and Cal Anderson to honor a late Capitol Hill business owner remembered as a LGTBQ and civil rights champion.

The block-long Barbara Bailey Way will honor Barbara Bailey who founded Broadway’s much-loved Bailey/Coy Books only blocks away and passed away last fall.

“Barbara loved Seattle and she poured herself into making it better. She was an early pioneer for LGBTQ+ rights. Her bookstores were safe, welcoming places for the LGBTQ+ community,” said Mayor Jenny Durkan said in a statement on the proposed legislation that began its path through City Hall Monday. Continue reading

Logan’s Espresso stand now fueling up walkers — and drivers — at E Madison service station

The Shell station on 17th and Madison has a new parking lot-mate, Logan’s Espresso. The walk-up — and drive-thru — coffee stand located in the corner of the parking lot opened earlier this month and is trying to catch the attention of foot and car traffic on the corner with its plant wall and neon pink sign.

“I thought Logan’s would be great because there are not a ton of walk-up coffee places in Capitol Hill. I love coffee, and I love the idea of people bonding over something as small as getting a drink,” said Courtney Dabbagh, owner of Logan’s Espresso.

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City Council comes to Central District to talk taking on gun violence with cops on foot, SDOT improvements, economic development

Flowers and a memorial left for Royale Lexing along E Union (Image: CHS)

A slide from the Gender Equity, Safe Communities, New
Americans, and Education Committee meeting

One-third of the Seattle City Council, half a dozen city department officials, and the deputy chief of the Seattle Police Department met with a crowded room of Central District residents Thursday evening as they outlined the city’s holistic approach to addressing the recent spate of gun violence in the neighborhood that has left citizens worried.

Lorena González brought herGender Equity, Safe Communities, New Americans, and Education Committee committee to the CD for a special meeting In collaboration with the African American Community Advisory Council at the Seattle Vocational Institute in what has been the most significant official response to concerns about gun violence and a deadly shooting in the neighborhood.

On a Friday afternoon in mid-May, 19-year-old Royale Lexing was found dead by police outside Swedish Cherry Hill where he was rushed by private vehicle after multiple shooters exchanged fire in a chaotic scene along E Union. This was the first fatal shooting in the community in the first six and a half months of a year since 2014, according to SPD. Continue reading

Why The Cuff was also known as The Puff, Seattle had two Pride Parades in 1984, and 6 other things CHS heard at the ‘There Goes the Gayborhood’ panel

As this year’s Pride overlaps with the city’s ongoing Save The Showbox debate, a panel discussion held earlier this month at the downtown branch of Seattle Public Library titled ‘There Goes the Gayborhood’ considered “inclusion in preservation” and the history and future of Capitol Hill as a “gayborhood.”

The panel, organized by SPL, Historic Seattle and Cynthia Brothers of Vanishing Seattle, initially set out to discuss the question “how do we save the places that anchor Seattle’s LGBTQ communities but may lack the architectural significance typically required for landmarking” in the face of rapid redevelopment.

But much of the discussion veered towards a trip down memory lane and a need for keeping stories alive.

Here are eight things CHS heard at the panel:

  1. The property home to The Eagle is for sale. Fred Wildlife Refuge and Neighbours is for sale,” said Cynthia Brothers of Vanishing Seattle in her introduction. She said that as LGBTQ+ and creative spaces and people are pushed out, “preserving space requires more than façadism, (…) rainbow flags and crosswalks.” Continue reading

Like the Capitol Hill jungle, Rose Temple now rises above E Olive Way food+drink ruins

You can still get a sandwich and a stiff drink at the corner of Harvard and E Olive Way but the bullshit is long gone.

“We don’t have any grand ideas,” Rose Temple co-owner Austin Polley tells CHS. “We know we’ll be whatever this neighborhood wants us to be.”

Debuting fully this week and inspired, in part, by the dearly departed Moon Bar in Wallingford, the new bar has sprung to life over the top of the financial wreckage left behind by the failed By the Pound speakeasy like the jungle-y plants that line its walls and the fruits that flavor its tropically boozed-up drinks.

“When you have a $20,000 budget, this is what you get.”

Rose Temple is a testament to reuse but not the kind that puts old auto row showrooms to use as fancy new Pike/Pine restaurants. Continue reading

What you’ll find in the ‘animal history’ of Capitol Hill

Broadway Livery and Sale Stables, at Union and 10th, in 1910 from A century of use for Capitol Hill’s Gilda’s Club building (UW Special Collections LEE124)

Frederick L. Brown, author of The City is More Than Human, says your Capitol Hill houses and apartment buildings were once favorite grazing spots of dairy cows roaming the pasture in the late 19th century.

“It’s really important to think about the kinds of relationships people have had with animals where you live. History helps people recognize our choices create change,” Brown tells CHS, “I think that allows people to think more clearly about the kind of choices they make today about how to live with animals.”

Brown will appear Friday night “to speak on the animal history” in a discussion with the Capitol Hill Historical Society’s Tom Heuser at Elliott Bay Book Company starting at 7 PM.

According to Brown, understanding the history of animals in Capitol Hill provides insight to understanding how industrialization has historically impacted livestock farming in the greater Puget Sound region. Brown paints a picture of Capitol Hill’s transition from rural to urban, comparing of records of old animal ownership laws, institutions such as riding academies and stables, and cow herding laws with Capitol Hill and the rest of Seattle’s contemporary pet and leash laws. Continue reading

Trove is closing — How many concepts will it take to fill its ‘Capitol Hill complex’ space?

The peak of the Capitol Hill food and drink economy boom created a few opportunities so large, they could not be contained in a single concept. Now some four and five years after the debuts of these Capitol Hill complexes, we will get more of an idea of what comes next to the ambitiously large spaces.

Trove, which husband and wife chef team Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi debuted as a restaurant and bar fourplex — “bustling noodle bar, tucked-in-the-middle bar, new-era Korean BBQ with grill-at-your-table tradition, and a frozen custard walk-up doling out giant parfaits” — in the overhauled 500 E Pike Greenus Building in the sunny September of 2014, will close later this month.

“Today, with a heavy heart, we would like to let you guys know that Trove will have its last dinner service on Sunday, June 30th,” Yang wrote, announcing the plans to close the project in a message to friends and family.  Continue reading