From Seattle Central
Seattle Central College and Seattle Public Schools have joined forces to offer a new degree designed to bring more people of color into the teaching profession.
The new Academy for Rising Educators (ARE) at Seattle Central College offers a six-quarter Associate of Arts degree with a focus on education and social justice. Graduates will have the option to directly transfer into teaching programs at Seattle University and City University.
Students who are recent graduates from Seattle high schools will be eligible for free tuition under the Seattle Promise scholarship. The program will also offer financial and counseling support for adult working students.
The first cohort of 35 students will have the opportunity to work full time at Seattle Public Schools as paraeducators (classroom assistants), while pursuing their degree. Continue reading
Gunfire sent visitors at Powell Barnett Park scrambling after a shooting incident at 29th and Alder Friday afternoon.
According to East Precinct radio updates, witnesses reported eight or nine gunshots and multiple cars leaving the area around 2:40 PM near the MLK Jr. Way park.
Arriving police found bullet hole damage to a vehicle just east of 29th and Alder and began investigating the shooting scene.
It’s not clear if there were any injuries. A Seattle Fire dispatch sent aid units to the scene but there was no reported victim information. Police were headed to area hospitals to look for possible victims. UPDATE: SFD says its dispatch was canceled so no victim was found at the scene.
Gang detectives were called to the scene.
Orion showing off his political muscle on Election Night
Challenger Egan Orion was feeling strong on Election Night but the ongoing updates of totals for the District 3 primary show that he will need every bit of his political muscle to catch — and keep up — with incumbent Kshama Sawant and her Socialist Alternative-powered “get out the vote” final kick.
Final tallies won’t be certified until next week, but with updates slowing to a trickle, it seems safe to say Sawant will finish above 36% of the vote. That means the incumbent City Council member has stretched her lead by nearly 4 points thanks to yet another strong performance with late voters. In tallies since Election Night, Sawant has claimed more than 40% of the vote. Continue reading
Four years after its opening, Capitol Hill dress design shop Visette Boutique will be moving up the Hill.
Capitalizing on an expiring lease, owner Visal Sam took the opportunity to move locations and, in turn, expand her store.
“It was a perfect storm for us,” she said. “The situation provided us with an option to go with it and benefit from it.”
Sam, whose boutique primarily focuses on special occasion dresses, aims to push women out of their “fashion box.” She feels that everyone has their own style and it is very difficult for industrialized and mass-produced clothes to truly fit someone’s look.
“If you want something really beautiful you don’t know where to go because everywhere else is generic” she said. Continue reading
Capitol Hill leather bar The Cuff has settled a sick time complaint with the Seattle Office of Labor Standards. The relatively small “financial remedy” will make sure dozens employees get their due, of course, but the payout can also serve as an educational moment for other employers who want to do right by the city’s Paid Sick and Safe Time and Minimum Wage ordinances.
OLS says it alleged that the Cuff was not paying the correct minimum wage in some instances and was rounding paid sick and safe time accrual down to the hour for 43 employees during the period. Continue reading
Seattle City Light said more than 4,000 customers were without power after a tree fell across power lines overnight.
The Friday morning outage covered large swaths from eastern Capitol Hill to Lake Washington.
Crews worked to restore electricity with hopes of having the lights back on in the area by noon.
UPDATE: SCL reported the outage was down to 1,100 customers as of 7:45 AM. As of 11 AM, it appears only a few dozen customers were still offline.
(Image: Bai Tong)
12th and Pike’s Bai Tong Street Cafe remained open and busy Thursday as the Department of Justice announced two of the restaurant chain’s owners had pleaded guilty to using point of sales software in “a multi-year scheme to hide cash sales” totaling more than $1 million in income.
Kent residents Pornchai Chaiseeha, 41, and Chadillada Lapangkura, 40, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to defraud the government.
Bai Tong opened at 12th and Pike in spring of 2017 in the space left empty when Boom Noodle closed last summer after a decade of shifting concepts by its tech-powered investors behind the Blue C sushi restaurants. Noi Lapangkura told CHS at the time the business had come a long way since her family started on Pacific Highway S in 1989. “Bai Tong has always been a family place,” she told CHS. “We think, with the demographics on Capitol Hill, this one will be different.”
According to U.S. District Court documents in the whirlwind case opened and wrapped up in mere weeks this summer, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation and Homeland Security Investigations found that point of sales software used to hide the cash transactions was installed at Bai Tong restaurants off the Hill since at least 2010. The chain has operated restaurants in Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii, including four Bai Tong around Seattle and the Eastside. Continue reading
A year ago, the ninth annual Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day took place. If there is going to be a tenth, we’re sorry to say it won’t be this week. Meanwhile, as a reminder that there are still plenty of good things happening in Cal Anderson Park, here are a few photographs from last weekend’s Jockstraps & Glitter charity kickball game. Who won? Who knows — but money was raised for a good cause. You can also give to the AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway here.
From its earliest days, CHGSD was extremely grassroots and low overhead. It grew a bit thanks to help from neighborhood nonprofits joining CHS in wrangling participants and helping nail down space every year for the central community sale space. In 2019, the grassroots effort never really grew. CHS has been busy CHSing and our past partners also have had busy years.
Will there be a Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day in 2019? We’re certainly going to miss summer. But we’re looking at options for something different to keep the, um, streak alive as the event reaches its tenth year. Stay tuned.
More of Jockstraps & Glitter 2019, below. Continue reading
With Poppy now closed after 11 years of Capitol Hill greatness and the northern Broadway restaurant undergoing a transformation into the new Carrello from the Altura restaurant family, the future for Poppy’s little next door sibling is now a bit more clear.
Lionhead, born in August 2015 as chef/owner Jerry Traunfeld’s play space for the flavors of the Sichuan peppercorn, will have new, familiar owners. Continue reading
The coming Africatown Plaza at Midtown
23rd and Union’s Africatown mural (Image: Africatown)
Community members met this week for an all-day design symposium at Washington Hall in the Central District to plan “African American communities and spaces of the future” around the Puget Sound.
The event follows a major development in the Central District with the opening of the Liberty Bank Building and comes as the early design process for Africatown Plaza at Midtown, another fully affordable development around the 23rd and Union core, is about to begin.
“Overall, working to make sure that we still have a heart and soul and a place of unity and community,” the Africatown Community Land Trust’s K. Wyking Garrett said Saturday, before giving a shout out to last weekend’s Umoja Fest Parade, a Central Area staple since the 1940s. He wants Africatown, however, to be more than just these major celebrations, but places “where we can experience Black culture, Black music, Black culinary genius from throughout the diaspora.” Continue reading