Hearing Examiner knocks down one big barrier to Seattle Mandatory Housing Affordability program

A barrier to Seattle’s plan for Mandatory Housing Affordability upzoning in its densest neighborhoods has been breached as the city’s Hearing Examiner has ruled against a coalition of neighborhood groups calling for further review of the program.

In the ruling released late Wednesday afternoon, the Hearing Examiner upheld the city’s environmental review of the program across most of the 55 points brought against MHA in the coalition appeal. “On review of the entire record, the level of environmental analysis under the FEIS (Final Environmental Impact Statement) satisfies the rule of reason in all aspects except historic resources, and the Department’s determination of adequacy should be confirmed,” the examiner writes. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Trans Day of Remembrance lanterns rise above Broadway

Some of the lanterns quite literally crashed and burned. Others soared high into the night sky of Capitol Hill, orange dots drifting away. A night of inspiration and remembrance at Seattle Central Tuesday included speakers, plenty of mingling, and an emotion-filled project to write the names of transgender people who lost their lives in the past year on paper luminaria before setting the lanterns free to drift away over Broadway.

“I can either sit down and say that is none of my business. Or I can say, ‘You are just like me, come stand next to me. I got you,” organizer and Seattle Central student Astro Pittman told the crowd assembled inside a large meeting room at the Broadway school about his motivation for bringing the event together. Continue reading

What’s open on Capitol Hill Thanksgiving 2018

Let us give thanks. For the baristas and the bartenders. The budtenders. The Amazon Prime delivery people. Bike shares. And your neighbor’s wi-fi. Below, we’ve compiled our annual roster of coffee joints, grocery stores, etc. where your friends and neighbors will be working to make sure you have the happiest holiday possible. As for getting a post-feast cocktail, that list is up to you. Take a chance. Make sure to tip. And be thankful.

COFFEE

    • Vivace — Brix and other locations- Closed, Walk-up open from 7am-430pm
    • Ladybug drive-thru – Busy signal, you tell us in the comments
    • Starbucks Roastery 7am -11pm, Roy Street – 630am-330pm
    • Fuel 19th – 8am – 1pm
    • Victrola 15th, 7am-3 or 4pm (the baristas weren’t sure) and Victrola Pike 630am – 2pm
    • Caffe Vita – 7am-2pm

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On the List | Vermillion FRIENDSgiving potluck, Black Business Black Friday, Trove bake sale

Full disclosure: This is not a picture of Vermillion’s annual Friendsgiving

If you are on Capitol Hill, Thanksgiving weekend is a great time to explore the neighborhood — and maybe play tourist. Below is a selection of events and get-out-and-dos from around Capitol Hill. You can find more and add your own to the CHS Calendar. It’s also time to find a few gifts for friends and loved ones. Don’t forget to Shop the Hill — we’re collecting holiday highlights, deals, and promotions from local merchants and food and drink venues through the holidays.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 21: “I’m going to make a gluten-free, dairy-free pumpkin pie. Could be great, could be a travesty,” an aspiring baker wrote on the Facebook event page for Vermillion’s annual FRIENDSgiving Potluck. Chances are low the event itself, a Capitol Hill tradition, turns out a travesty. Diana Adams, owner of the bar-cum-gallery, will provide the turkey and some side dishes. Attendees can bring pretty much anything, including pre-made or store-bought food, as long as guests come with an appetite to acknowledge settler privilege on the eve of the colonial holiday. Vermillion, 6-9 PM Continue reading

Pike/Pine protected bike lanes? Take the survey to help reshape the ride up and down Capitol Hill

(Images: Alex Garland/Capitol Hill Housing)

Quick, before the Seattle urbanists muck it up. Capitol Hill Housing is proclaiming the first big community workshop on shaping protected Pike/Pine bike lanes a big success and organizers are collecting feedback on some of the design questions and opportunities that emerged in the October session.

CHS reported here on the effort to bring biking advocates, urbanists, neighbors, and business representatives together for a planning session to set the early tone and framework for a much needed effort to create safe cycling infrastructure between Broadway and downtown. Continue reading

Shuttered By the Pound deli speakeasy evicted over thousands in unpaid rent

There’s a bigger mess than the construction reportedly underway at the shuttered By the Pound deli and bar.

A King County Sheriff’s eviction notice has gone up on the venue’s locked E Olive Way door. Court records show the companies behind the project owe more than $75,000 in unpaid rent — plus daily rent of $317.24 for every day after Halloween they didn’t vacate the premise, and more than $1,600 in attorney’s fees and hundreds more in costs. Continue reading

With Dirty Thai cocktails and punchline plans, Bites of Bangkok now open on 15th Ave E

Pranesh Sharma is now pouring on 15th Ave E. The laughs are coming soon.

With plans for a familiar recipe combining Thai food and comedy, Bites of Bangkok is now open on 15th Ave E.

What? You’re not familiar with the traditional Capitol Hill pairing of live comedy performance and the cuisine of Bangkok? Let Capitol Hill residents Jansri Parichat and Pranesh Sharma delight you. Continue reading

Tutu’s Pantry and the Backpack Brigade help keep Capitol Hill school kids fed

Can by can, donations help Tutu’s Pantry keep kids fed (Image: CHS)

Hundreds of students at local schools don’t have reliable access to food, particularly on weekends, and a network of volunteer-run organizations has stepped in to assist them.

There are a number of programs in place to help students from lower income families get meals during school. Most common is the free and reduced meals program administered by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. The federal government helps provide funding that gives children from families below a certain income threshold (this year in Seattle, for a family of four, it is an annual income of less than $46,435 for reduced price meals and $32,630 for free meals) access to breakfast and lunch every school day. Across the district, 34% of students qualify for the program.

Then the weekend comes, and that assistance dries up.

So Seattle schools have developed a patchwork of parent-run groups to help fill the gap. Typically, the programs provide needy students with a backpack full of food on Friday to help get them through the weekend, though the specifics can vary greatly by school.

At Stevens Elementary, which serves children in North Capitol Hill, the program is known as Tutu’s Pantry.  Tutu’s Pantry provide backpacks on Fridays and larger boxes of food in advance of longer breaks. They also try to accommodate dietary restrictions.

It might be difficult to imagine that a school flanked by multi-million dollar homes has children in it who are food-insecure. “A lot of the families that we serve are struggling,” said Lori Bugaj, who runs Stevens’ program.

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Seattle’s $5.9B budget is set: more SPD and firefighters, Navigation Team expansion amid tighter belts at City Hall

Seattle City Hall (Image: Seattle.gov)

The City Council Monday finalized its efforts to fill in a few blanks in Mayor Jenny Durkan’s 2019-2020 Seattle budget, her administration’s first budget and, most likely, one of the few municipal $5.9 billion budgets in the world to get slapped with the “austerity” label.

“The goals of inclusion and economic opportunity have guided us for these past 12 months, and this approved budget invests in these promises and commitments and shows we can live within our means,” Durkan said in a statement following Monday’s 8-1 votes approving the 2019 and 2020 budgets. “From giving Seattle’s young people free ORCA and a passport to their city, to urgent action on homelessness, to protecting our immigrant and refugee neighbors, we’re continuing to build a more inclusive Seattle with true economic opportunity.”

“Using this budget as our guide, we must continue to be stewards of taxpayer dollars and invest in a more affordable, inclusive and vibrant future for all who call Seattle home,” Durkan said Monday.

District 3’s Kshama Sawant, representing Capitol Hill, the Central District, and nearby neighborhoods, was the sole vote in opposition to the spending package and called the process at City Hall business as usual for the “establishment” council and mayor.” Continue reading

Capitol Hill Pets | Tucker loves bacon

Mark, a human, and Tucker, an 11-month-old Shepherd/Lab mix were getting out some energy at Cal Anderson Park when we spied that floppy tongue. Mark, Olivia, and Tucker live just two blocks down the road. “We just moved here about a week ago and have been coming here every day since,” the human informs. “He’ll do anything to play and loves bacon.” Us too, Tucker. Continue reading