Seattle has a new new mayor


The good news: Three people wanted to be mayor of Seattle. Here is the announcement from the Seattle City Council on the “didn’t see that one coming” ascension of retiring council member Tim Burgess to the mayor’s office:

Burgess Nominated as Mayor of Seattle

SEATTLE – The Seattle City Council elected Councilmember Tim Burgess (Position 8, Citywide) as the 55th Mayor of Seattle today.  Burgess will take the oath of office today at 5:00 p.m., which will be administered by City Clerk Monica Martinez Simmons.  Burgess will serve as Mayor until King County certifies election results on November 28, 2018. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Youth, Artists Rally for Equity from Vulcan, Paul Allen

From the Artist Coalition for Equitable Development

Youth, Artists Re-envision Paul Allen’s Plans for the Central District at Rally, Showcase Tuesday, Sept. 19th 

SEATTLE, WA (Sept. 19th, 2017)- On Tuesday afternoon from 4-7pm, the Artist Coalition for Equitable Development (ACED) is announcing its launch with “Degentrify & Inspire” – a youth-lead pop-up press conference, rally, and showcase outside of Vulcan headquarters at Chinatown/ID Station. The coalition of over 70 urban arts entities will be delivering five community commitments to Vulcan Real Estate, the Paul Allen-owned company set to redevelop significant portions of the historically-redlined Central District along the Yesler-Jackson corridor in upcoming years.  Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | SPD Releases Bias Crimes Report for First Half of 2017

From the Seattle Police Department, September 12, 2017

Today the Seattle Police Department released its semiannual report detailing bias crimes and incidents for the first half of 2017. During this time, a total of 178 criminal and non-criminal bias based incidents were reported, up from the 128 incidents reported at the same time last year. The increase in reports can be attributed in large part to victims feeling more comfortable reporting bias crimes due to enhanced trust, improved reporting mechanisms and ongoing community outreach by the Department.

“SPD continues to be a national leader in investigating and reporting bias crimes as well as outreach to communities experiencing these acts,” said Chief of Police, Kathleen O’Toole. “In the spirit of transparency and accountability we continue to release these reports letting the community know that the Department works hard every day to make sure our most vulnerable victims are heard and we pursue the justice they deserve.”

Highlights from the report:

  • Bias crimes often occur between complete strangers and take victims by surprise. Many of them are property crimes committed anonymously under the cover of darkness. The Seattle Police Department’s clearance rate for these incidents is 39%. Many of these arrests are made by patrol officers arriving on the scene soon after an incident has occurred. Detectives work hard to locate suspects not found at the time of the incident. 13 cases from this period remain open and may be cleared by arrest.
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Seattle has a new mayor

Tuesday, CHS was up a mountain river when Ed Murray made his final announcement as Mayor of Seattle:

I am announcing my resignation as mayor, effective at 5 p.m. tomorrow.

While the allegations against me are not true, it is important that my personal issues do not affect the ability of our City government to conduct the public’s business.

“I’m proud of all that I have accomplished over my 19 years in the Legislature, where I was able to pass what were at the time the largest transportation packages in state history, a landmark gay civil rights bill and a historic marriage equality bill.

And I am proud of what we have accomplished together at the City during my time as mayor, passing a nation-leading $15 minimum wage, and major progressive housing affordability and police accountability legislation, as well as negotiating an agreement to build a world-class arena that I believe in time will bring the NHL and NBA to Seattle.

But it has also become clear to me that in light of the latest news reports it is best for the city if I step aside.

We’ll have more to report on the longtime Capitol Hill resident, his legacy, the sexual abuse allegations, and his place in the neighborhood’s community and its history when we are up and running again at full speed.

For now, welcome short-timer Mayor Bruce Harrell and good luck to candidates Jenny Durkan (CHS Q&A) and Carry Moon (CHS Q&A). The city needs you.

The mayor of Capitol Hill 2017: Jenny Durkan Q&A

The mayor of Capitol Hill 2017: Cary Moon Q&A

Grocer New Seasons coming to the Central District at 23rd and Union

Another domino has finally clicked into place in the massive grocery cart shuffle game playing out in major developments across Capitol Hill and the Central District. As expected, Portland-based New Seasons has announced it will, indeed, be anchoring the Lake Union Partners-backed project on the northwest corner of 23rd and Union.

“The Central District is such a wonderful neighborhood, rich in history and culture. We are honored to join and serve this community,” New Seasons CEO Wendy Collie said in an announcement on the project Friday morning. “As a neighborhood grocer, we pride ourselves on creating gathering places that honor and reflect the culture of their communities, where everyone feels welcome to share delicious food, enjoy conversation and connect with one another.”

New Seasons is also interested in holding down the anchor grocer slot in the development projects set to arise around Capitol Hill Station. The grocer planned to open its first Seattle location in Ballard this year. Labor groups have opposed the company’s expansion to Seattle citing “an anti-union climate” at the company. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | A Home for LGBTQ Elders on Capitol Hill

From Chris Persons, CEO at Capitol Hill Housing

This week we are excited to introduce a new project that will bring Seattle its first (that we are aware of) affordable housing development designed to be affirming to LGBTQ seniors.

We are planning to redevelop the parking lot of the Helen V Apartments at 14th and Union. The Helen V, which CHH has owned for 16 years, serves as an affordable home for low-income seniors and individuals with permanent disabilities. This project will upgrade the Helen V, add an entirely new mixed-use building with affordable homes, and create a welcoming environment for LGBTQ elders in our neighborhood to age in place.

For the past few months, we’ve been meeting with dozens of LGBTQ-serving organizations to better understand how we can leverage design, social programs and health interventions in the building to support aging LGBTQ community members.
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Capitol Hill Community Post | Seattle 2017 PARK(ing) Day brings Pop-Up Projects to City Streets on Friday, September 15

From the City of Seattle 

SEATTLE – The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) invites the public to the City’s 11th annual PARK(ing) Day, on Friday, September 15, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. PARK(ing) Day is a worldwide event that aims to raise awareness about the importance of a sustainable, livable and healthy city. On PARK(ing) Day, artists, designers and citizens will temporarily transform on-street parking spots around the city into fun, creative public spaces.

“PARK(ing) Day is a chance for people to get creative in rethinking how our streets can be used,” said SDOT Director Scott Kubly. “And sitting in a pop-up park or painting in an art installation is a great way for people to connect in neighborhoods across the city.” Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Fall Clean Up Coming to Volunteer Park

On Sunday September 17, the Capitol Hill Community will join forces in Volunteer Park at the annual Fall Restoration Day to weed, prune, clean garden beds, and make the park more beautiful for everyone.

Local sponsors are once again providing refreshments for the 60-100 volunteers expected to attend this major restoration event. Tully’s Coffee on 15th Ave E will be donating gallons of java and Mighty-O Donuts will be sending dozens of their prize-winning organic donuts.

The nonprofit Volunteer Park Trust is requesting that people gather at the East Prospect St. and 14th Ave E. entrance to Volunteer Park at 10:00 AM. Restoration will continue until 2:00 PM. Working with Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Trust provides all tools, gloves, and equipment.

Fall Restoration Day is great way to meet your neighbors, have fun working outdoors, and make a tangible improvement in your community. Perfect for families and people of all ages, no experience is required, and you can stay for as long — or as short a time — as you like. Every bit helps!

For more information visit: http://volunteerparktrust.org/

Police track stolen phone across city after Capitol Hill gunpoint robbery

A woman faced two attackers armed with handguns in a midnight street robbery on Capitol Hill Thursday night. The Sheriff’s helicopter, a police dog unit, and officers tracked a phone taken at gunpoint in the street robbery across the city but were unable to make an arrest after the digital trail finally ended in North Seattle about 30 minutes after the hold-up.

Police responded to the 200 block of 14th Ave E between Thomas and John around 11:40 PM after a report of a woman screaming. According to the victim, two men pointed pistols at her and stole her bag before fleeing the area. Witnesses reported seeing the men headed north on 13th and then west on Thomas before disappearing, according to East Precinct radio reports.

King County’s Guardian One helicopter and a SPD K9 unit were called out to help search for the suspects described only as two black males wearing masks.

Police began tracking the location of a phone taken in the robbery as it appeared to travel to an area just off I-5 near NE 65th and then around Aurora where it was finally turned off and stopped signaling the app.

Police were unable to immediately locate the suspects in the area where the phone was tracked but collected reports of possible sightings of the vehicle the men may have been traveling in.

There were no reported significant injuries suffered in the robbery.

Earlier this summer following a 23rd and Union purse grab, CHS reported on a small drop in reported robberies in the East Precinct in the first half of the summer season. We’ll try to take a look at the latest numbers soon.

Full Tilt has new plan for Capitol Hill shop

The plan to bring Full Tilt to Capitol Hill is again in motion. The White Center-born ice cream company announced Thursday that it will bump a global corporation from 15th Ave E as it expands to the neighborhood it has been flirting with in recent years:

In addition to furnishing 20+ Vintage Pinball Machines and classic arcade games, the Capitol Hill Location will be the first Full Tilt to offer all natural (non-powder) soft-serve ice cream made with fresh dairy and offering unique flavors. The Capitol Hill Full Tilt will also be the first location to make available a reservable Party Room. In preparation for the new location, Full Tilt will also be giving one lucky Capitol Hill resident free ice cream for an entire year. Capitol Hill Residents can enter to win already at www.MyFreeCone.com.

According to the announcement, the new Full Tilt shop will take over the 300 block 15th Ave E space that has been the longtime home of a Starbucks shop that at one time was part of the global coffee giant’s attempts at producing indie-styled cafes with unique — but scalable — identities. The 15th Ave Coffee & Tea experiment ended in 2011. According to Full Tilt, it will be moved into the space by January and ready to start the New Year on Capitol Hill.

In 2015, owner Justin Cline had plans to open a Full Tilt shop specializing in ice cream pops as part of the Uncle Ike’s complex at 15th and Republican but that plan was put on ice. “I’m more comfortable in that area than dealing with the bros in Pike/Pine,” Cline told CHS at the time. “We’re more about kids, family. A punk Chuck E. Cheese.”

The Capitol Hill shop will be Full Tilt’s fifth in the city. It will join nearby vegan sweet shop Sugar Plum in providing treats on 15th Ave E.

“We are very excited to be opening a location in Capitol Hill,” Cline said in the announcement about the new Capitol Hill project. “Our Ice Cream Shops are extremely family focused. We offer flavors that appeal to kids, Northwest Craft Beers that satisfy adults and Classic Games that everyone can enjoy. This location is off of the ‘Pike/Pine Drinking Corridor,’ and we intend to do some of the same popular events that our patrons in other neighborhoods appreciate like ‘2-Wheel Sundays’, neighborhood events, and live music! We will be announcing a special free music performance for opening day at the Capitol Hill location.”

Cline says three additional Puget Sound area Full Tilt Locations are in the works.

You can learn more at fulltilticecream.com.