Capitol Hill Community Post | 23rd Ave construction update: Detours, construction at E John St this weekend


unnamed-9Weather permitting, E John St intersection work starts this weekend

Following last weekend’s weather delay, crews plan to begin work at the 23rd Ave E and E John St intersection this Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23. Crews will close the intersection to through traffic from 7 AM to 7 PM each day of the weekend; the intersection will be reopened to regular travel overnight on Saturday. This schedule remains weather dependent and subject to change.

The contractor will provide local access to businesses, community destinations, and residences near the intersection, but through traffic will be detoured via E Aloha St, 19th Ave E, and E Madison St (see map left).

If you live on or are headed to 23rd Ave E between E Aloha and E Madison streets or E John/E Thomas St between 19th Ave E and 24th Ave E (shown in yellow on the map), you can drive past the detour signs into the local access areas to reach your destination. Drivers passing through the area, however, should continue to follow the signed detours and avoid cutting through residential streets. See the flyer for more details.

Transit reminders:

  • Metro route 8 and its bus stops will be detoured around the intersection during the work; look for posted Rider Alerts, call Metro at 206-553-3000, or for more information
  • Metro routes 43 and 48 will not be detoured, but will travel on their current routes through the intersection; riders may experience delays due to construction

Crews also plan to work at this intersection October 29 and 30, so stay tuned for updates next week. These weekend closures are necessary to give crews a safe space to work while they install the foundations for new trolley poles at the intersection. Other reminders

  • Crews plan to pave at the 23rd Ave and E Union St intersection November 4 – 6; please stay tuned for more details.
  • Crews continue roadway demolition and paving at 23rd Ave and E Madison St while maintaining eastbound, westbound, and southbound travel at the intersection (reminder: northbound 23rd Ave remains closed at E Madison St). Neighbors can expect temporary changes to the traffic configuration on E Madison St over the next several weeks as crews complete one area of work and move to the next. Through traffic will be maintained.
  • Temporary driveway and sidewalk closures are ongoing as crews continue work inZone C, from E Union St to E John St. Please use caution and pay attention to sidewalk closures and pedestrian detours. If you have any questions about the work in your area, please call 206-727-8857.
  • Be sure to visit out the new public artwork by artist Martha Jackson Jarvis at the southeast corner of 23rd Ave and E Union St. The piece was commissioned with Seattle Department of Transportation funds from the City’s 1% for Arts program and administered by the Office of Arts & Culture.
  • The Office of Economic Development is continuing to work with businesses to address their needs. If you have questions, please email or call Michael Wells or 206-684-8612.

For more information

Call the 24-hour project hotline: 206-727-8857

Capitol Hill Community Post | 2016 Seattle Public Safety Survey

FlyerSeattle University is administering the citywide 2016 Seattle Public Safety Survey. The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to assist them with making your neighborhood safer and more secure.

The survey is accessible at from October 15th through November 30th and is available in Amharic, Chinese, English, Korean, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese. Please circulate this information to your friends, family, co-workers and community members and feel free to post the information on your social media. Public safety and security are community concerns. Please make sure your voice is heard by completing the public safety survey today.

Capitol Hill Community Post | Federal Agents Arrest Alleged German Diplomat

IMG_7630I WAS working from home on Wednesday, November 12th, when around 12:45pm I heard a commotion right under my street-facing window, across from The Cornish School on Roy street. I looked out and saw what appeared to be a police SUV with flashing lights pulling over a black Porsche, in front of my building. I instinctively began recording the interaction, anticipating misconduct on the part of the officers. Two #LEO’s, who I later learned were federal agents, approached the suspect’s car. They told the suspect to keep his hands in plain sight and asked if he had a weapon. Next the two agents, who were in plain clothes but identified themselves, had their badges hanging around their necks and firearms visible on their utility belts, asked the suspect to step out of his car and calmly walked him toward their silver SUV.

At this point one agent informed the suspect that there was a warrant for his arrest, showed him the document, and began to make the arrest. To me, the suspect seemed a bit dazed and out of it from the very start, and once he saw the warrant and handcuffs, the suspect began to act highly erratically (as seen in the video below). He began screaming that he is a German diplomat and has diplomatic immunity, clearly resisting arrest, flailing on the ground, pushing the agents away and yelling incoherent phrases.

At this point one agent brought the suspect to the ground while the other agent walked to the back of the SUV, opened the trunk, found a container of pepper spray, walked back to the restrained and thrashing suspect, and sprayed the top of the suspect’s head for less than half-a-second. From my vantage point the spray barely made contact with the suspect, and was just enough to subdue him. The suspect was non-compliant the entire time, not once were his hands raised, and he was irate that the federal agents dared to arrest him.

During this struggle the agent conducting the arrest noticed he was being filmed by me and other folks on the street. The agent looked at me and said “please call the police instead of recording this”. I called the police and shortly nearly a dozen Seattle Police Department cruisers arrived on the scene. The #SPD seemed to support the federal agents and did not intervene with additional force. At this point the suspect was in the back of the SUV, his window was immediately opened for fresh air, and he was reassured by the #LEA’s that the paramedics were on their way to help with any pain he might have from the pepper spray. Once things were under control the federal agent who made the arrest thanked me for calling the #police, politely asked if he could have my information in case a witness is needed, and shook my hand. The agent, who was not white, also shared his frustration with me that when he first yelled for passersby to call the police instead of recording the arrest he was met with derision.

Incidentally, this entire event took place under a #BlackLivesMatter banner that I hung outside of my window, overlooking the street. And trust, I was well aware of my #whiteprivilege while intervening.

I don’t know if the suspect actually was a German diplomat, whether he truly had diplomatic immunity, or exactly how diplomatic immunity works. I don’t know if this man was a criminal, a threat to society or simply overstayed his VISA. I hope the man arrested will be justly represented in court, and judging by his Porche, he has the resources for effective legal representation.

I do know that #TerenceCrutcher will not have his day in court. Neither will #MichaelBrown. #DontreHamilton was not just pepper sprayed. #EricGarner was not whisked away in handcuffs, sitting in the back of an SUV. #FreddieGray was not assured that paramedics were on their way to give him assistance before leaving the scene of the arrest. #PhilandoCastile was not shown a warrant for his arrest. The scuffle with #KeithLamontScott did not end with him angrily yelling out the back of a squad car that he can’t be arrested.

I know that there will not be an autopsy or toxicology report in this case. And I know that the video I took today has a different ending than the one of #SandraBland.

The video of this incident can be seen here:

Capitol Hill Community Post | Windermere Capitol Hill Highlights Camaraderie and Community Via Video

gI_137578_imgresWindermere Capitol Hill recently released a YouTube video that encapsulates the camaraderie and eclectic makeup of its office and the commitment of its brokers, who are deeply invested in the community, to the Capitol Hill neighborhood, one of the most diverse and vibrant in Seattle. “One of the unique things about Windermere Capitol Hill office is that long ago, long before I came here (this business has been around since 1977), they decided that they wanted to show up like a family,” said Windermere Capitol Hill owner Pat Grimm in the video. “Everything that they do, it shows up like a second family.”

Added Windermere Capitol Hill broker Michael Harris, “I’ve lived here for fifteen years and it’s just like the most amazing place you can live. I think that as a client who comes to this office you’ll be very well taken care of because everyone really cares, and they work together and they know the neighborhood very well.”

Windermere Capitol Hill’s decades-long tradition of community involvement extends to numerous organizations and causes. It supports Three Dollar Bill Cinema, which strengthens, connects and reflects diverse communities through LGBT film and media, and participates in the Seattle Pride Parade in order to embrace diversity and tolerance. Windermere Capitol Hill also donates a portion of the proceeds from every home purchased or sold towards supporting low-income and homeless families and people at risk in its communities.

“Windermere Capitol Hill is not just about selling homes; it’s about deeply rooting yourself in a community that you genuinely care about,” said Windermere broker Derek DeWolf. “And this has become my home.”

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.

Capitol Hill Community Post | Denny Substation Construction Work Will Impact Denny Way Starting Oct. 14

From Seattle City Light

Five weeks of Denny Substation construction expected to cause significant traffic delays

SEATTLE – Seattle City Light is advising drivers and commuters to prepare for five weeks of lane closures on Denny Way between Stewart St. and Minor Ave N, beginning Friday, Oct. 14. Crews will be installing underground utilities for the Denny Substation. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Fall Event Line-Up at Chophouse Row: live music, pop-up shops, Seahawks CiderFest

unnamed-29From the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce

Chophouse Row (located at 1424 11th Ave) is embarking on a series of public outdoor events in its courtyard this fall!
Thursday October 13th from 6-9 pm in conjunction with the Capitol Hill Art Walk, Chophouse Row will produce a live stage event featuring Breaks and Swells and another raft of exciting pop-up vendors including Knuckle Kiss Jewelry, Seidr Studio, T-Dub Customs, Theo Chocolate, & Moorea Seal.
Sunday October 16th from 12-4 pm, in collaboration with the Pike People Streets street fair that will close portions of Pike Street between 10th and 11th Ave, Upper Bar Ferd’nand and Chophouse Row will host an afternoon Seahawks CiderFest. Come root for our home team as they battle the Atlanta Falcons, and enjoy CiderFest, which will feature local producers, and organizers will preside over a pumpkin carving contest that all are welcome to join in during halftime.   Pumpkins will be provided by Carpinito Bros Pumkin Patch.
Sunday October 30th from 12-4 pm, Play Doggie Daycare will host a Doggie Halloween Costume Contest!   Show up with your pooch in his or her favorite scary attire and vie for free treats and prizes!
For further details, watch the Chophouse Row page on Facebook or contact Jen (!

Capitol Hill Community Post | Jimi Hendrix Park ‘Little Wing’ Phase 1 opens Oct. 7

1a540c88-1c7f-4fa6-bd3d-aaa9e45a298aFrom the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation

Jimi Hendrix Park ‘Little Wing’ Phase 1 opens Oct. 7

If landscapes were lyrical, the layout of the newly opened Jimi Hendrix Park in Seattle might be reminiscent of a scene created by one of the iconic musician’s songs. Gently curving walkways, comfortable benches, sculpted green lawns and a central plaza create a welcoming atmosphere for visitors to Jimi Hendrix Park.

Situated on 2.5-acres in Seattle’s Central District, the area landmark honors the hometown music great for his artistic contributions not just to the Pacific Northwest, but on the world stage. With Phase 1 now completed, the park will be opened to the public on Oct. 7, 2016.  Phase 2 is still in the works with an expected unveiling in 2017. This initial phase, named “Little Wing,” marks the much anticipated introduction of a project six years in the making. The construction fencing will be removed during the day on Friday, Oct. 7. The public is invited to join members of the Jimi Hendrix Park Committee between 2 and 4 p.m. for “Little Wing Ramble: A Walk Through Jimi Hendrix Park.”

The Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park Committee, Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation and Seattle Parks and Recreation collaborated to bring this dream to life, celebrating Jimi Hendrix. It is a long-awaited dream come true for the family of Jimi Hendrix and all those who love his artistry, said Janie Hendrix, founder and director of the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation.

“This beautiful park will provide a welcoming and inspiring community gathering space as well as a place for fans of Jimi’s music to celebrate his indelible contributions to the music world,” said Hendrix, the sister of the legendary guitarist, who has been involved since the planning stages. “Seeing the work in living color, now tangible and not just on paper or a drafting board, is like hearing Jimi’s music for the first time. It’s overwhelming.”

Located at 2400 S. Massachusetts St., adjacent to the former Colman School that now houses the Northwest African American Museum, the new park fits in beautifully with the cultural essence of the area. The park features a grand entrance and stairway adorned with Jimi’s signature at the corner of Massachusetts and 25th Avenue South, lending convenient access. A walkway toward the central plaza incorporates a timeline of Jimi’s life and career embedded in the pavement, making it historical and educational. In keeping with the musical emphasis, lyrics from the iconic Hendrix songs “Angel” and “Little Wing” are etched into a purple ribbon along the timeline.  But the creativity doesn’t end there. New plantings of trees and flowers decorate the terrain, as well as four rain gardens with native plants and a butterfly garden with flowering shrubs to improve environmental sustainability.

For added convenience, an additional access point recently was added with the construction of a paved walkway from 23rd Avenue South, with funding provided by the Seattle Neighborhood Park and Street Fund.

The park design by Murase Associates of Seattle was inspired by the music and art of Jimi Hendrix and also involved public participation from the neighborhood. Contractor EERG of California led the construction process during the past year.  Funding of $1.5 million was raised through countless individuals, grants and donations from sources including the Seattle Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Neighborhood Matching Fund. Major donors include:

  • Hard Rock International
  • KISW Radio
  • Experience Hendrix LLC
  • Authentic Hendrix LLC
  • King Conservation District
  • Northwest African American Museum
  • Seattle Parks Foundation
  • Fender Musical Instruments Company
  • Monterey International Pop Festival
  • Nisqually Indian Tribe Charitable Fund
Phase 2 of the park will include installation of a colorful central shelter to serve as an amphitheater for live performances and multi-use. The shelter’s canopy is funded by 4Culture and a King County Council Building for Culture Grant. An additional $329,000 must be raised in order to create the iconic “wave wall” displaying silhouette images of Jimi Hendrix on the north ridge of the park. Both components will complete the second phase. Following the installation of the central shelter, a grand opening celebration is planned for the summer of 2017.

To learn more about the project and to make a contribution to the construction of Phase 2, please visit the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation website,

Capitol Hill Community Post | Because the climate can’t wait – Green Party of Seattle endorses I-732

Version 2by John Franco and Hildegard Nichols
October 6, 2016

The Green Party of Seattle endorsed I-732, The Washington Carbon Emission Tax and Sales Tax Reduction, by an 8-to-1 majority. It was an honest, respectful exchange of thoughts that led to the endorsement, but it was not an easy process. A controversial debate during the August General Membership meeting led to a postponement of the decision by a month, to give time for further research and social media discussions.

Green Party member Hildegard Nichols pointed to the very high mineral oil tax in Germany, making gasoline there about twice as expensive as here. Not coincidentally, the average German carbon footprint is less than half of the American one, while renewables are booming over there. A price on carbon can work!

But noteworthy arguments against it were also made, mainly out of concern for overly burdening the poor and people of color. As Green Party member Shawn Abdul put it: “This plan completely ignores working poor individuals. This group has a far greater chance of being pushed into homelessness by increasing rents and utilities.” Also, carbon tax exemptions for big polluters were seen critically.

Yet the urgency of the climate crisis and our moral obligation towards the hard-hit global South weighed even stronger. There was consensus that the Green Party will continue to monitor and speak up against locally problematic aspects of the carbon tax. Facebook user David Bain suggested: “We can work with the legislature to offset carbon costs for the poor.”

Since the Seattle Greens have partnered with the Laguna Greens in the Philippines in March this year, they are especially sensitive to global environmental justice issues. As the greatest single emitter of greenhouse gases in modern history, the United States bears, in their opinion, the obligation to lead the way in reducing those emissions now.

The injustice to countries such as the Philippines and Bangladesh is immense. These countries have contributed less than one percent of the total greenhouse gases to the atmosphere the United States has, and they currently emit less than ten percent of what the United States does, per capita. Populations in the Global South already are suffering severe effects of climate disruption with much worse to come, so the wealthy North has to do as much as possible to soften the effects.

At home, the carbon tax is meant to push consumers, institutions and the industry towards avoiding fossil fuels, while turning to renewables. The increases in price will be moderate at first, but go up continuously over the years, and will be noticeable and effective soon. The revenue from the carbon tax will not go to the state, but will be spent on lowering the sales tax and funding the Working Families Tax Rebate. Which might appeal to a whole different set of voters, giving the Initiative a good chance to succeed.

In the context of Washington’s notoriously regressive tax system, I-732 represents the most progressive tax reform since the sales tax exemption for groceries was enacted in 1978! If it works as intended, the Initiative will leave most low income families financially better off than before, while still lowering carbon emissions statewide. This might come as a surprise to those concerned with an unfair share of the burden. Others already know it, like Facebook user John M.: “I-732 does far more good than bad for the poor—I should know. Lower sales tax, and funds the Working Families Tax Credit for the first time ever.”

The Green Party of Seattle recognizes that I-732 is not a complete solution for climate legislation or economic equity. But smaller generally is better, to make ballot initiatives easier to understand and decide on. Greens will continue to campaign for a state income tax and other progressive tax reforms, for tighter regulations on local polluters that disproportionately harm less-privileged communities, and for all aspects of the Green New Deal proposed by the national Green Party.

Washington already has played a leading role in state-by-state movements to break federal stalemates on gay marriage, marijuana legalization, and raising the minimum wage. Putting a price on carbon would again put Washington in the forefront of important societal change. Even the opponents of the Initiative want progress in climate policies, like Margaret R. put it: “Very disappointing, but the majority has spoken. Hope we can do real work moving forward that helps people make different choices concerning how we power our lives. And still fight against the extraction and shipment of fossil fuels to out of state.”

While Hurricane Matthew is devastating the Caribbean, Seattle Greens urge Washingtonians not to allow the moderate Northwestern Climate to lull them into complacency, but to act now and vote for I-732. It might only be a first step, but it is an important one to enter the age of climate protection and energy transition in Washington State.


To learn more about the endorsement, please contact
John Franco
Tel. (206) 547-2824, e-mail
Hildegard Nichols
Tel. (206) 852-9875, e-mail Hilde@greenpartyseattle.orgLaguna-Greens-PH-March-2016

Capitol Hill Community Post | Voter registration deadline October 10 for General Election

unnamed-8From King County Elections

Voter registration deadline October 10 for General Election

Citizens who want to vote in the November 8 general election have until Monday, October 10 to register to vote or update voter registration information online or by mail.

King County Elections will mail general election ballots to all registered voters on October 19, so it’s important that citizens register to vote and keep their address and other information, including their signature, updated.

Voters can check to make sure their registration information is current by:

  • Using My Voter Guide online
  • Calling the Voter Hotline at 206-296-VOTE (8683)
  • Visiting King County Elections
    919 SW Grady Way, Renton
    Weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Extended hours on Saturday, October 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Monday, October 31from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Visiting the Voter Registration Annex
    500 4th Avenue, Room 440, Seattle
    Weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

How to register to vote

Voters who miss the October 10 deadline to update their registration should still contact the Elections office to update their information for future elections. King County residents not currently registered in Washington can register in person at the Elections office through October 31.

Who can register?

To be eligible to register to vote, you must be:

  • A citizen of the United States
  • A legal resident of Washington state
  • At least 18 years old by election day (November 8)
  • Not under the authority of the Department of Corrections
  • Not disqualified from voting due to a court order

Voters can visit the Elections website or contact the Elections office for assistance and information.

Capitol Hill Community Post | Response to Social Media ‘Scary Clown’ Trend


From Seattle Public Schools

Dear Seattle Public Schools Families:

The Seattle School District has been contacted by a number of individuals concerned about an ongoing national social media trend related to “Scary Clowns.” There have been a few local news stories related to this and some of our students have received pictures of clowns. We are communicating to families to remind you and your student that if they see suspicious individuals while at school, please have them inform their teacher or principal immediately. We also ask you to report any threatening social media activity that involves Seattle Public Schools or our students to yourschool or the district’s Safety and Security Office at (206) 252-0707.  This office is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

We take safety seriously, and the security of our students is a top priority.  We are working closely with Seattle Police Department to investigate all concerns related to this social media trend.

thank you,

Office of Public Affairs

Capitol Hill Community Post | White mini poodle missing in east cap hill

IMG_3059My 15 lbs mini poodle was attacked by a large dog last evening and is now missing as he ran away from it. Please keep an eye out! Last seen last running north on 19th ave e towards interlaken. No collar (came off in altercation) but he’s chipped. Shy and probably very traumatized.

Please call Seattle humane or take him nearest vet to get scanned to contact me.