Capitol Hill Community Post | SDOT John and Thomas Corridor Crossing Improvements

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We’re excited to let you know that the John and Thomas Corridor Crossing Improvements project, located on Capitol Hill, was among 12 projects selected in late 2016 by the Levy to Move Seattle Oversight Committee for funding through the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) program. The NSF program funds projects requested by the community.

The 2015 voter-approved Levy to Move Seattle includes $24 million to continue the NSF program over a nine-year period. Learn more about the program:

John and Thomas Corridor Crossing Improvements
This project will improve the safety and visibility of people walking and biking at intersections without traffic signals along the John Street and Thomas Street corridor.

We will install new curb and bus bulbs, new and improved ADA-accessible curb ramps, and pedestrian crossing beacons. We are working in conjunction with King Country Metro Transit to adjust the location of two bus stops before we construct the new bulbs.

Visit the project website to view the early design concept:

This is the first phase of outreach and we’d like to hear from you! Email us by April 20 to let us know:

  • What do you like about the design concept shown on our website? Do you have any concerns?
  • What else do you want the design team to know about these locations?


Stay Involved!

This project is being designed in 2017, with construction scheduled for 2018. We’re committed to keeping you informed throughout the life of the project. We’ll keep you engaged as design progresses and stay in touch throughout the year.


Visit the project’s webpage at

to learn more.

Capitol Hill Community Post | Local Home Decor + Lifestyle Store Stock and Pantry Opens Strong

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Already garnering significant attention from local and international designers and customers, Stock & Pantry opened their doors on March 11th in the revamped Melrose Building in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Owner Sasha Clark’s search for Individual, design oriented products has resulted in a curated collection which includes textiles, jewelry, gifts, art, coffee table books, rare pantry items and objects for the home; featuring the work of iconic and current Scandinavian and Japanese designers, among others.

A priority is placed on sourcing from companies that provide socially responsible conditions for their employees and a commitment to ecologically sound manufacturing. Having found a home in a light, airy and calming space, the store is a haven of soft modernism. This is the one-stop shop for that last minute gift, that too pretty to eat jam, or that special textile that you just can’t live without!

Stock & Pantry 313 E. Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98122 between Melrose + Bellevue Mondays by Appointment Tuesday to Saturday 11 – 7 Sunday 12 – 6

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Capitol Hill Community Post | Central District Tenant Rights Bootcamp is March 22nd

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Tenant Rights Bootcamps are back in the area, this time in the Central District at Hollow Earth Radio. If you missed the last one on the Hill in January, a Bootcamp is a space for renters to learn their rights, get help navigating the system, and get engaged in tenant rights.  Organizers and tenant group leaders from Be:Seattle, and attorneys from the Legal Action Center lead the workshop – including Q&A and breakout groups where tenants can get more direct help. Guest organizers from SAFE will be also on hand to discuss ways to get involved in direct actions to support fellow renters.

Central District Tenant Rights Bootcamp


Capitol Hill Community Post | Sen. Pedersen’s legislative update: Schools ‘levy cliff’ extended

Ruth Dowies third grade class at Fort Stevens Elementary School in Yelm, Washington.

Ruth Dowies third grade class at Fort Stevens Elementary School in Yelm, Washington.

From the office of Senator Jamie Pedersen, 43rd Legislative District

Greetings! We are now in week 9 of our 15-week legislative session. This week we reached the “house of origin” cutoff – a deadline for all non-budget bills to move from one chamber to the other. I am thrilled to announce that the last bill that the Senate passed before the cutoff was ESB 5023, which extends the “levy cliff” and averts a crisis for public schools. Roughly 1,300 bills, including Senate bills that would criminalize peaceful protests and require parental notification of abortion, are now dead. Our focus will now shift to considering the remaining 750 bills; passing the operating, capital, and transportation budgets for the next two years; and completing a plan for amply funding public schools. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Two Big Blondes Celebrates 20th Anniversary

IMG_8289.lwmSeattle, Marcy 6, 2017: Two Big Blondes Plus Size Consignment is excited to announce their 20th anniversary will be celebrated throughout the month of March 2017 with a special event on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 2:00pm – 6:00pm honoring the past and current owners plus other special guests including King County Councilman Larry Gossett and music by Debbie Cavitt.

Two Big Blondes is a consignment store that specializes in plus size women’s clothing. It was opened on March 27, 1997 by Winnie Smith and Judy Pugh, the original two big blondes. The store originally opened in a warehouse setting in Georgetown. However, customers still recall how happy they were to visit the new store that focused on clothing that fit them, instead of finding small selections in other Seattle thrift & consignment stores.

With the help from a small business grant from the City of Seattle, in 1999 the two blondes moved the business to its current location at 25th & Jackson in the Central District of Seattle. The location is well known in the community from the original owners who ran Frank’s Superette, which provided groceries and a lunch counter to customers. The building was also the home of the Chicken Soup Brigade thrift store, which later became Lifelong Aids Alliance and can be found on Capitol Hill.

Susan Smith became the second owner of Two Big Blondes in 2007 and quickly expanded the square footage and selection of the store. After a career of running and building up businesses, she was ready to retire and sold the store to the current owner, her niece Lisa Michaud, in 2013. Lisa is a native of the Central District and was returning to live in the neighborhood with her family.

The store philosophy is simple: happy customers, a warm inviting place to shop, a comfortable space to embrace the beauty of our bodies, and quality clothes at great prices. With over 4,000 square feet of retail space and over 10,000 items in the store, there is a wide variety of styles – from junior trendy to Sunday best and casual to couture. There is a separate designer section and two sale rooms that always have 25% – 75% discounts. Many people know of their bi-annual bag sales in the basement where you can fill a 13-gallon bag of clothes for less than $10 each.

Everyone is welcome at Two Big Blondes. The staff loves to meet new people and welcome regulars, many of whom have been coming since it opened 20 years ago! In a rapidly changing neighborhood, Two Big Blondes strives to be a business that serves all customers – from local residents to friends that travel from out of the city and state.

Through its affiliated non-profit Seattle Women’s Assistance Fund, Two Big Blondes also provides free clothing to homeless and low-income women from the donations of the unsold items and proceeds from the bag sales.

Throughout the month of March Two Big Blondes will celebrate their anniversary with special discounts including the ever popular spinning wheel of deals (with added prizes), raffles, giveaways and online sales as well. On March 18th starting at 2:00pm the store will host a party with special guests, entertainment, refreshments, raffles, photo booth and a chance to share your thoughts & memories of the store and the neighborhood. The official program will start at 3:00 pm.

More information will be available on the website, where you can sign up for the newsletter as well. Lisa can be contacted at or by phone at 206-762-8620 with further questions.Building1961.cropped

Capitol Hill Community Post | The Green Neighborhood Revolution Festival


Join the eco-friendly community revolution! Come enjoy a FREE, all-ages interactive experience designed to educate, entertain, and inspire Seattle’s families to live greener! This free event is a great chance to connect with people, non-profits, policy makers/influencers, and businesses in your community to form a Green Neighborhood Alliance, all while enjoying a fun, educational atmosphere and free vegan food!

Electric Vehicle Test Drives!
Interactive Exhibits from Pacific Science Center!
Unveiling of Coltura’s New Inflatable Art Piece!
Solar Panel Demo from Puget Sound Solar!
ReachNow Car-Sharing, with BMW i3 Test Drives!
Marine Biology Touch-Tank from UW Biology Dept.
UW Atmospheric Sciences Presentation!
Environment Washington Information Booth!
Plug-In America and Volt Runner, the EV Superhero!
SoundTransit Information and Route Planning!
Free Vegan Lunch!
Interactive Community Art Project!
Much, Much More!

Coltura is a Seattle-based environmental non-profit with the goal of creating a Gasoline-Free America by the year 2040. To accomplish this mission, we are uniting artists, scientists, organizations, businesses, and communities so that we can all work together to leave a live-able planet for our children and all future generations. Learn more about us and our mission at

Miller Community Center- 330 19th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

March 25, 2017 10:00AM – 2:00PM

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Capitol Hill Communit Post | Rep. Macri: An update at the halfway point

The Washington State House of Representatives convenes for floor debate, Feb. 9, 2017.

The Washington State House of Representatives convenes for floor debate, Feb. 9, 2017.

From State Representative Nicole Macri, 43rd District

We’re about halfway through the legislative session now, so I wanted to provide a quick update on what we’ve been up to.  Bills have moved through our policy and fiscal committees, and now we’re spending long days and evenings passing our House bills and sending them to the Senate for consideration.  I’ve highlighted just a few of the many dozens and dozens of bills we’ve passed so far.

Fully funding education

I voted YAY on our two comprehensive education funding bills.  The legislature has (slowly) made progress to finally catch up with our moral obligation–and Paramount Duty– to fully fund our public schools.  We must finish that job this year.

HB 1059 Our bill to save schools from the “levy cliff”

  • This bill delays the date by which the local maintenance and operations levy lid is reduced from 28% to 24% for one year, protecting local districts from losing hundreds of millions in local levy funding.
  • The bill was referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee, but no vote has been scheduled even though this was the very first bill we passed and sent to the Senate.
  • Find more information here, including a map that shows how much each school district stands to lose if the Senate doesn’t pass HB 1059.

HB 1843 The House plan to keep our promise to one million school kids

  • Our bill takes a significant step towards closing the opportunity gap and improving student outcomes by making new investments in learning assistance, transitional programs for bilingual students, class size reductions for career and technical education and skills centers, and guidance counselors.
  • It addresses the teacher-shortage crisis through recruitment and retention investments.  The bill makes a serious commitment to our teacher workforce by paying new teachers a fair salary, providing additional professional learning opportunities, and ensuring compensation keeps up with market rates.

Health care

There’s been a lot of talk out of DC about “repealing and replacing” the Affordable Care Act.  As a result, we have a lot of work to do to protect the nearly 800,000 Washingtonians who depend on it for coverage.  Among the hundreds of bills we’ve sent to the Senate over the last five days, I was particularly happy to support four measures that will make a difference in the health and wellbeing of Washington families.

  • Pregnancy accomodations– HB1796 requires employers with 15 or more workers to grant reasonable accommodations in the workplace for pregnancy and pregnancy-related health conditions. A “reasonable accommodation” can include more flexible restroom breaks, a modified food/drink policy, and flexible scheduling for prenatal visits.
  • State protections for ACA preventative care services– HB 1523 requires health plans to cover, with no cost sharing, the same preventive services that are required by federal law as of December 31, 2016, which include many immunizations, blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, colorectal cancer, HIV, and many other screenings.  Importantly, it also maintains coverage for contraception at no cost to women.
  • Consistent access to birth control– HB 1234 allows women to receive 12 months of contraception at one time, giving them greater and more consistent access to birth control.
  • Opioid treatment programs– HB 1427 represents an important step toward reducing barriers to treating people with opioid use disorder. The bill removes unnecessary requirements for siting and regulating opioid treatment programs and will expand access to treatment.

Voting rights

Voting is the foundation of our system of government and representation, and it is my priority to make as easy as possible for people to exercise their power of the vote.  We have passed three bills to do just that, though our work is far from over.

  • Youth voter registration– HB 1513 Authorizes persons 16 and 17 years old to sign up to vote online, by mail, or at the Department of Licensing (DOL) and other locations prior to completing official voter registration at age 18.
  • Eleven day voter registration– HB 1468 changes the deadline to register to vote from 29 days before an election to 11 days.  I’m pleased with this step, but my priority is to implement same-day registration.
  • Voting Rights Act–HB 1800 is an important piece of legislation to protect the equal opportunity for minority groups to participate in local elections. Promoting fair representation is a matter of economic justice.

College affordability

Even before the Great Recession, tuition began climbing, but the financial crisis made it skyrocket.  Before I was in office, the legislature made a choice to balance the budget on the backs of students, and we are finally correcting course to make college more affordable.  We are taking additional actions to protect student rights following the legislature’s lowering of tuition rates in the previous state budget.

  • Student loan reform–HB 1169 enacts the student opportunity, assistance, and relief act, and HB 1440 establishes a student loan bill of rights.


Actions by the new federal administration make it more important then ever for our state government to stand up for the people who live here.  We in the House are taking steps to make our criminal justice system more fair while keeping our communities safe.

  • “Ban the box”–HB 1298 is the Washington Fair Chance Act.  It gives people with criminal records, who have paid their debt to society, a fair chance to earn a living and start a new, productive life.  The bill prohibits an employer from asking about an applicant’s criminal background until after the employer initially determines that applicant’s merit, experience, and skills for the job.
  • Legal financial obligations (LFOs)–HB 1783 gives people a chance to get back on their feet once they leave prison.  There are many barriers to reentry, and LFOs are one of the hardest to overcome.  This bill eliminates interest accrual on the nonrestitution portion of LFOs, provides that a court may not impost costs on a defendant who is indigent at the time of sentencing, and establishes provisions governing payment plans.


Capitol Hill Community Post | Windermere Capitol Hill Positions Itself as Standout Brokerage in Seattle Condo Market

winder-logoWindermere Capitol Hill getting set to launch to give Seattleites public access to all the details and information for each condo building within in the city.

In an effort to be a resource to Seattleites on key information for each condo building in the Emerald City, Windermere Capitol Hill, will launch this summer. “In Seattle, every building has a completely different set of rules, regulations, rental caps, unique amenities, etc., which is cumbersome to track down in advance,” said Windermere Capitol Hill owner Pat Grimm. “Windermere Capitol Hill currently has collected the details on 70 out of roughly 165 buildings, and we will have all of them when this information goes live on our website later this summer, which makes us stand apart in being able to assist each prospective client with their specific needs.”

Windermere Capitol Hill created because data about condos that is most relevant is not readily accessible. Condos are unique as they present lifestyle opportunities, but also present obstacles for ownership that are quite different from single-family homes. “Condo buyers and sellers are often unaware, let alone have access to overcome those obstacles,” added Grimm, “and we want to be that single resource to buyers and sellers in Seattle.”

The Condo Link group at Windermere Capitol Hill has been collaborating for two years, and are consistently working on collecting and updating information for every building. “Mastery of the skills and habits that it takes to be successful in the condo niche will not only create attraction as brokers who know what they’re doing, but will also allow us to leverage one another’s expertise,” concluded Grimm. “The boom of the Seattle market is congruently fueling the condo market with the number of buildings and projects continuously growing.”

About Windermere Real Estate/Capitol Hill
Windermere Real Estate is a proud member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a global network of premier firms who collectively sell more real estate than any national brand. For more information, please call (206) 324-8900, or visit Windermere Real Estate/Capitol Hill is located at 1112 19th Avenue East, Seattle, WA.pat

Capitol Hill Community Post | Two-Way Traffic Resumes Today on 23rd Avenue from East Union Street to East John Street

From the Seattle Department of Transportation

SDOT advises travelers that crews will reopen two-way traffic on 23rd Ave from E Union St to E John St today, Tuesday, February 28. This milestone marks the end of a northbound detour that has been in effect while crews constructed important safety and mobility improvements.

By 4 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28, travelers can expect the following:

  • Northbound travel will return to 23rd Ave from E Union St to E John St
  • 23rd Ave will be open to two-way traffic (northbound and southbound)
  • King County Metro is expected to resume northbound Route 48 service on 23rd Ave at the next service change on March 11; southbound Route 48 will continue service on 23rd Ave
  • Expect temporary lane shifts and intermittent construction activities on 23rd Ave between S Jackson St and E John St through spring as crews complete minor close-out activities; northbound and southbound travel on 23rd Ave will be maintained

SDOT would like to thank the public for its patience during construction for the 23rd Avenue Corridor Improvements Project.

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