Capitol Hill Community Post | Egan Orion: I believe he aims to deceive

From Alex Kostelnik, Owner 20/20 Cycle

Egan Orion says he is a champion for small businesses. Well, I’m a small business owner in the Central District, have been for the last 14 years, and I’d like to issue a warning to you. I believe he is not. I am heartily supporting Kshama Sawant.

Kshama is an activist.  And people either hate it, ignore it, or they don’t get it.  She is also a politician, a left one in a very right wing, corporate world.

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Capitol Hill Community Post | The Mayor’s Fare Share proposal

From Eric Maloney, Capitol Hill resident and Lyft driver

The Mayor’s proposed tax on rideshare would have a negative impact on our community, riders and drivers alike, and particularly those in minority and lower-income groups.

Thank goodness for the rideshare industry which provides opportunities to earn a living in the form of providing safe, timely, friendly, affordable transportation options for folks to travel between work, social engagements, meetings, and events. After being laid-off from a Fortune 300 corporate management role and making ends meet by working as a roadie and picking up any kind of work via Craigslist and social media outlets, I have been driving for Lyft since February 2016. I have provided more than 8,000 rides and enjoy a 5-star passenger rating. Engaging with passengers is the most rewarding part of Lyfting. It entrenches me in the community via exposure to folks from all walks of life, and I feel a meaningful sense of service. The flexible schedule allows me to pursue other personal and professional endeavors. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Northwest Film Forum’s 22nd Annual Local Sightings Film Festival

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From the Northwest Film Forum

Programmed closely with community partners as curators, Northwest Film Forum’s 22nd Annual Local Sightings Film Festival invites regional artists to experiment, break, and remake popular conceptions around filmmaking and film exhibition. Over the course of 10 boundary-pushing days, the festival showcases the growing complexity of creative communities in the Pacific Northwest, by uplifting new talent, providing educational opportunities for youth and adults, supporting the regional film industry, and promoting diverse media as a critical tool for public engagement. Below are just a few of the feature films, short film programs, special presentations, and panels & workshops happening over the course of the festival.

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Capitol Hill Community Post | View the new Volunteer Park Amphitheater Replacement design at Restoration Day in Volunteer Park

From Seattle Parks and Recreation

Seattle Parks and Recreation and Volunteer Park Trust invite the community to view the final design for the future Volunteer Park Amphitheater on Sunday, September 22, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the Fall Restoration Day event in Volunteer Park. Please join us at the Open House tent on the west edge of the park at E. Highland Drive. Come meet the design team, view the design and learn about the next steps for the project. Volunteer Park is located at 1245 15th Ave. E.

The amphitheater replacement design is based on outreach with the community, and input form the Friends of Seattle Olmsted Parks and the Landmarks Preservation Board. The new amphitheater will be fully accessible, have overhead weather protection for the performers and include public restrooms. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Añejo Restaurant and Tequila Bar Celebrates One Year

From Añejo Restaurant and Tequila Bar

Añejo Restaurant and Tequila Bar recently celebrated its first anniversary on Capitol Hill bringing Jalisco-style cuisine to its neighbors along with the best margaritas available on the Hill. Owner Edgar Pelayo brought his love for Mexican cuisine, along with his passion for tacos and tequila to Seattle in grand style with Añejo making a name for itself with locals through its authentic, scratch-made food. The menu features a variety of classic dishes including Tacos and Tortas, Carne Asada with House-made Chorizo and Grilled Cactus, Michoacán-style Rib Eye Steak, and what is quite possibly the best Queso in town! In addition, Añejo makes all its salsas fresh daily along with an outstanding taco sauce made from chile de árbol.

Over the past year, Añejo has quietly curated one of Seattle’s most diverse lists of Mexican spirts and craft margaritas. A wide variety of over 100 different tequilas and mezcals are available with many hard to find bottlings included in the ever-expanding list. The cocktail program includes  many rare and esoteric offerings such as the smoky Sotol and earthy, vegetal Raicilla made from the piña of the maguey or century plant from producers such as La Venenosa. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway presents echoes, an evening of performance, remembrances and stories

From The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway

The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway will present ECHOES, a benefit concert on October 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Avenue in Seattle. Hosted by Micki Flowers, a former health reporter for KIRO-TV and longtime HIV/AIDS advocate, ECHOES will feature music, dance and storytelling from a diverse lineup of local activists and performers. Throughout the night, the audience will have opportunities to make donations toward this historic memorial.

The AMP, scheduled for completion in 2020, will be located in the plaza over Seattle’s Capitol Hill light rail station and the north edge of Cal Anderson Park. Utilizing various forms of public art and technology, the memorial will offer visitors opportunities for remembrance of, reflection on and participation in the ongoing fight to end HIV/AIDS.

“ECHOES is a celebration of life, a sharing of memories and a recognition of all those affected by HIV and AIDS,” said Jason Plourde, project manager for The AMP. “ECHOES will offer an opportunity to experience our shared history, move toward healing and directly contribute to the creation of the AIDS Memorial Pathway.” Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Working people should support Sawant against Amazon’s candidate

From Mike Andrew, MLK Labor eboard member

Election Day is November 5. For working people in Seattle City Council District 3, the choice could not be clearer.

Kshama Sawant has been one of the most consistent fighters for working people and our unions to serve on the City Council. We are proud to support Councilmember Sawant’s re-election, along with the 15 unions and counting who have endorsed her campaign.

Against her is the candidate of the Chamber of Commerce, Egan Orion. Orion’s campaign coffers are flush with donations from a who’s who of corporate America, including big developers, corporate lobbyists, 15 Amazon executives from around the country, and a long list of businesses who have fought against pro-labor policies in Seattle like the $15/hour minimum wage.

Among those who’ve maxed out to Orion are real estate billionaire Martin Selig, who also gave the maximum donation of $5,600 to Donald Trump in 2016. This year Selig also gave the maximum donation to Ari Hoffman against Tammy Morales. Joining him is wealthy hotel chain owner Richard Hedreen, who has a long track record of union-busting. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Face to Face Candidate Forum at Broadway Performance Hall

From the GSBA

We can’t wait for you to join us for the Face to Face candidate forum coming up this Tuesday, Sept. 10 at the Broadway Performance Hall on Capitol Hill. During this forum, candidates running for Seattle City Council in Districts 1, 2, 3, and 7 will take to the stage to answer crucial questions about Seattle’s future, from transportation and development, to homelessness and small business. Your vote is your voice. This free event is your opportunity to get the facts you need to decide our city’s future come election day.


Moderated by Brady Piñero Walkinshaw (CEO, Grist Media and former 43rd District Representative) and Liz Dunn (Principal, Dunn & Hobbes) this is a must attend candidate forum for small business owners, members of the LGBTQ community, and those who care about the future of their city. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Starting Sept. 7: High Friction Surface Treatments along 24th Ave E

From the Seattle Department of Transportation

As part of Vision Zero, our crews will be adding High Friction Surface Treatments (HFST) at 3 locations along 24th Ave E to improve skid-resistance to the pavement. During this time, you may see crews “power washing” pavement and/or removing striping to ensure that these treatments adhere correctly and to complete work safely and efficiently.

Here’s What You Can Expect:


Work will begin as soon as Saturday, September 7. This work is anticipated to last for up to 2 weekends and is weather dependent.
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Capitol Hill Community Post | Capitol Hill celebrates the 10TH ANNUAL CAPITOL HILL GARAGE SALE DAY September 8, 2019

From the Cal Anderson Park Alliance

The Cal Anderson Park Alliance invites all local treasure seekers to enjoy an afternoon of bargain hunting that promises something for everyone. On Sunday, September 8th, residents all over Capitol Hill will populate their front lawns, apartment stoops and Cal Anderson Park with heirlooms, antiques, and bric-a-brac for sale as a part of the “10TH ANNUAL CAPITOL HILL GARAGE SALE DAY” from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For this one-of-a-kind neighborhood event, no garage is no problem!  Seattleites are invited to join their Capitol Hill neighbors in Cal Anderson Park for five hours of bargain shopping, DJ music, and sun.  In addition, shoppers will be able to access an online map of Capitol Hill neighbors who will be simultaneously hosting a more traditional garage/stoop/yard/sidewalk sale in front of their homes. This map and more information about the event will be available on the official Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day website ( or at the garage sale event information table in the shelterhouse in Cal Anderson Park on September 8th.   Continue reading