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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20: Monday night in front of hundreds in Volunteer Park, Rep. Pramila Jayapal only scratched the surface of her plans for helping Congress stand up to Donald Trump. Wednesday night, go in depth with Jayapal as our WA-07 D.C. Rep. holds a town hall on First Hill. Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave, 6:30 PM
THURSDAY, Feb. 21: Whether she’s minding her own business smoking a blunt by the pool, rolling her eyes at a TMZ photographer or turning up at the MET gala in what can only be described as an ‘omelet’ dress, Grammy-winning pop star Rihanna is IDGAF-ness in the living flesh. It’s just one of the reasons fans ‘stan’ The Caribbean Queen, who turns 31 this week. Over at tribute partyGood Boiz Gone Bad: A Rihanna Party, superfan DJ Thumper honors RiRi by ‘remixing, layering and reimagining’ her hits while performers such as Kimber Shade, Kaleena Markos, and HotPink Shade grace the stage from 10 to 1. Fred Wildlife Refuge, 9PM – 2AM (21+) Continue reading →
We’re well on our way to a Wall-E future where everybody rides a chair.
This week, Lime — after announcing its share bikes will soon be an all-electric fleet — also rolled out its LimePods for the general public in Seattle.
“Until now, the LimePod has only been available to a select group of super users and influencers,” we’re told.
LimePods, by the way, are cars. Eventually, the plan is for an electric ‘pod fleet, too. But, for now, Lime is just another floating car share gas guzzler in this town joining BMW’s ReachNow and Daimler’s car2go floating car share brands. Continue reading →
A man suffered head injuries in an armed robbery in the 200 block of Belmont Ave E early Wednesday morning.
Seattle Fire and SPD were called to a building near Belmont and Thomas around 3:35 AM Wednesday for a man who had been assaulted and suffered a head laceration in the attack.
The victim told police he had been held up by at least two men one described as a white male in his 20s wearing jeans and a sweatshirt and a black male who appeared to be in his 40s, around 200 pounds, and wearing a maroon beanie and blue down jacket. The suspects were last seen fleeing the building but left in an unknown direction, according to East Precinct radio dispatches.
There were no immediate arrests and the victim was treated by Seattle Fire for his injuries.
Thursday, neighbors and supporters will get their first opportunity to visit the new Country Doctor building next to their longtime clinic at the corner of 19th and Republican. Patients and families are already being served with an expanded array of services from the nonprofit provider of health care regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.
“It was a little bit behind but not by much when you consider these kinds of projects,” development director Michael Craig tells CHS about the project’s long journey to Thursday’s open house. “To me we’re kind of right on schedule.” Continue reading →
Saturday, the developer will meet with neighbors in a community session to discuss the early plans for the project.
The meeting will be held Saturday, February 23rd in the Miller Community Center multipurpose room from 11 AM to noon. You will have the opportunity to “join the project team and their architects to discuss the vision and approach for this new project in the neighborhood” as part of the city’s new early outreach efforts around new development.
With hippie era protest songs and candles, a Presidents Day crowd of hundreds gathered in Capitol Hill’s Volunteer Park to protest Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency over immigration at the southern border. A rowdier protest is expected on Broadway later this week.
Monday at Seattle’s gathering part of protests organized in cities across the county, the message was about fighting back, hope, and politics.
“We know that there is no national emergency,” Governor Jay Inslee said in front of the chilled crowd that gathered around the Black Hole Sun statue in the ice-cleared park. “There is only a political emergency because Donald Trump’s abusive, hate filled rhetoric has been rejected by the American people.” Continue reading →
Beto Yarce, seen by many as the likeliest serious challenger to incumbent Kshama Sawant, made a surprise announcement Tuesday morning that he is suspending his run for the Seattle City Council.
In his statement, Yarce said his decision was based on his dedication to his work with his nonprofit Ventures, economic development organization he has led since 2014
“One of the things that I learned on the campaign trail is that small businesses need additional support,” he writes. “I can be most effective supporting entrepreneurs in our community by remaining at Ventures.”
Yarce was one of the recipients of the mayor’s Pride awards last summer for his work as executive director of the nonprofit that “empowers individuals with limited resources and unlimited potential improve their lives through small business ownership.” Last spring, Yarce was also part of more than 300 small business owners who came out against the early recommendations from the city’s “progressive revenue” task force. He is also a member of the mayor’s Small Business Advisory Council.
Yarce’s decision leaves first-time candidate and marijuana retail entrepreneur Logan Bowersand his housing first message as the front runner to challenge Sawant into August’s primary and beyond into November.
The Miller Park neighborhood could see more projects like the Julia Place Apartments (Image: CHS)
Upzoning plans around Capitol HIll’s Miller Park neighborhood will not be removed from the city’s Mandatory Housing Affordability effort as the legislative process to shape the program enters a final phase with a public hearing this week.
Proposed amendments to the still-pending MHA legislation had been identified by council members, city staff, citizens and others. After the first set of proposals was released in January, each district council member had been left to decide what changes they’d like to see move forward within their own district boundaries.
Among the January proposals had been plans to remove some blocks near Miller Park from the program, but those didn’t make the cut. In District 3, which covers Capitol Hill and the Central District, council member Kshama Sawant’s office only advanced four proposed changes to areas in the Central District –- all of which add density.
Keeping all of Madison Miller area in the program is just what affordable housing advocates were hoping for.
“We are hopeful that Council will honor the existing plan for MHA without amendments to the Madison Miller Urban Village,” wrote Erin Fried of Capitol Hill Housing. Continue reading →
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan will make her second State of the City address Tuesday. Not a great deal has changed in her city since the first address of the Durkan administration in 2018 but the mayor appears to be primed for more action after a year of sorting out City Hall and reshaping the ranks of her department leaders.
This year’s address will share Durkan’s “vision to build a city of the future” and will take place Tuesday starting at 11:45 AM with a broadcast from North Seattle College. Continue reading →
Seattle’s effort to change the game around campaign financing has already become an issue in the 2019 race for District 3 as who will — and who won’t — be participating in the progressive program has become a dividing issue in the earliest days of the race. Seattle’s Democracy Vouchers for the 2019 election have already been sent out and you may have been looking at the unopened envelope wondering what to do next.
First, don’t lose them. Registered Seattle voters can use the four $25 a piece vouchers through the end of November.
You’ll need to make a choice. But it doesn’t necessarily need to be about District 3. “Your 2019 Democracy Vouchers can be given to any participating City Council candidate, including candidates within or outside your council district,” the city writes. You can give all four of your vouchers to one candidate or you can engage in a little democratic roulette and spread the love around your favorite deserving candidates for city council who are participating in the program. The list of eligible 2019 recipients to-date is here. The mayoral race will not be eligible for the program until 2021 as the voucher fundraising limits are higher and the program needs more time to accumulate funds.
Please print clearly. You can cash in your Democracy Vouchers directly to a candidate’s campaign, to the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission, or by dropping them off at one of the designated locations. Vouchers must have your signature and the candidate’s name clearly written to be processed. Drop off locations and email addresses for the program can be found here.
Or wait until the online portal is launched on February 28th. You can also make your Democracy Voucher online starting at the end of the month if everything goes as planned. Tune in here for details.