Capitol Hill Community Post | Found Prescription Women’s Black Foster Grant’s Glasses Outside Clinic at Union and Broadway.

fostergrant-lostandfound-1I just found these prescription women’s glasses outside of the polyclinic on union and Broadway. They are black foster grants with a light crimson turtleshell mottling on the earpieces. They were around the corner on the sidewalk so I’m not sure if the person who lost them was just walking by or coming from there. I’d like to see these returned to the owner. Let me know if anyone can help. I’ll post to a few more places, but if I don’t hear anything by a weekday when the place is open and leave them with the front desk.fostergrant-lostandfound-2

Capitol Hill Community Post | Rally Tonight, Bunker Blocked! Build 1,000 Homes Instead

From Councilmember Kshama Sawant

SEATTLE – Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) will host a rally Thursdayevening to demand that the City fund 1,000 units of affordable housing with the funds previously intended for building a new North Precinct police building.

Councilmember Sawant will unveil key details that explain how this funding can be made accessible to affordable housing projects. She and other speakers will also directly address assertions that a new North precinct is necessary.

“This week’s brutal killings of black people in Tulsa and Charlotte at the hands of the police, and the protests in response, remind us that a struggle for affordable housing and against economic inequality are inextricably linked with racial justice. We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement,” Sawant said.

Affordable housing advocates, racial justice activists and members of the faith community will call for the development of City-funded affordable housing. Several speakers will explain why they believe the North Precinct is a gross misuse of public funds.

Bunker Blocked! Rally to #Build1000Homes Instead! – hosted by Councilmember Kshama Sawant


Washington Hall

153 14th Ave, Seattle 98122


Thursday, September 22

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.



Councilmember Kshama Sawant

Sharon Lee, Executive Director, Low Income Housing Institute

Violet Lavatai, Membership & Development Coordinator, Tenants Union of WA State

Reverend Robert Jeffrey, Pastor, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church

Ubah Warsame, Somali & East African community advocate

Abdi Mohamed, Somali & East African community advocate

Kailyn Nicholson, Organizer, Socialist Alternative

Rabbi David Basior, Kadima Jewish Community

Rachel Padgett, member, Washington Federation of State Employee Local 1488

Ijeoma Oluo, Writer, Speaker, Editor at Large at The Establishment

And others.

Capitol Hill Community Post | New campaign answers question: Transgender people are _______?

transformsiteicon screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-2-46-14-pmFrom Transform WA

Statewide public education campaign will increase understanding of what it means to be transgender Celebrates the dignity, diversity, humanity of transgender Washingtonians

WASHINGTON STATE – An innovative statewide public education campaign celebrates the dignity, diversity, and humanity of transgender and gender non-conforming people. Available to the public at, the campaign aims to increase public understanding that all of us, including our transgender friends, family members, co-workers, and neighbors, deserve the freedom to live our lives with privacy, safety, and dignity.

The stories and experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming Washingtonians and their families, featured on the site, offer visitors an opportunity to better understand what it means to be transgender.

The campaign leaves open the statement Transgender people are _____ and then fills in the blank with photos and stories from transgender people who are parents, musicians, health care practitioners, children, grandparents, students, and so on.

“Just 23% of people in Washington say they personally know someone who is transgender. So it’s not surprising the general public doesn’t understand what it means to be a transgender or gender non-conforming person,” said Project Coordinator Jeremiah Allen, who is a transgender man and parent to three children.

Nicole Browning, Board President of Pride Foundation, said, “As a lesbian and an ally, I have learned so much from mytransgender colleagues, friends, and family. I am excited to be a part of this effort so I can better support my community and understand the diverse lived experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming people at this critical time in our state.”

Just two months ago, a group tried, and failed, to gather enough signatures to put an initiative on the 2016 ballot to repeal Washington’s 10-year old non-discrimination protections for transgender people.

“We want to increase public understanding that all of us, including our transgender friends, family members, co-workers, neighbors, and children, deserve the freedom to live our lives with privacy, safety and dignity,” said TRANSform Washington Advisory Committee member Rochelle Long of Renton, who is the mother of four children, including one transgender child.

The campaign emphasizes that transgender people come from every walk of life, ethnicity and from every corner of the Evergreen state. What transgender people have in common is that they face greater discrimination and violence just for being who they are.

“Transgender people, like me, are a part of the fabric of our community – we are parents, grandparents, children, business owners, musicians, health care practitioners, college students, retirees, employees, and veterans,” said TRANSform Washington Advisory Committee member Everett Maroon, of Walla Walla, who is a transgender man, parent, and author.

The TRANSform Washington website features Cheryl, a retired transgender woman in her 70’s who lives in Gig Harbor with her husband Tom. ” I want to demonstrate to the world that we are successful people who live lives of good work and positive success,” she says.

“What’s great about our state is that Washingtonians believe everyone should treat each other with understanding and respect, and expect the same in return,” said TRANSform Washington Advisory Committee member Lucas Leek, a transgender man who lives and works in Spokane. “We believe all Washingtonians deserve to be safe, to be their true selves, and to live free from discrimination.”

Pride Foundation, a regional community foundation investing in full equality for LGBTQ people across the Northwest, is funding the new digital campaign, which features profiles, photos and first-person accounts, along with an online video series that will be available later this year. TRANSform Washington is similar to public education campaigns recently launched in Alaska, California, and New Hampshire.

Capitol Hill Community Post | Parking Changes Coming to Capitol Hill

From Seattle Department of Transportation

caphillrpzSDOT is working with Sound Transit to better manage parking near the site of the Capitol Hill light rail station with a proposed new Restricted Parking Zone (RPZ). The proposal includes expanding Zone 15 (seen in blue below) and a change in hours to prevent commuter parking on residential streets.

What’s in the plan?

  • The gray area on the map is the new RPZ, using E Roy St and Belmont Ave E as the northern boundary.
  • In the gray area, RPZ signs would be installed on the color-lined blocks, limiting vehicles without zone permits to 2-hour parking Monday to Saturday, 7 am to 8 pm.
  • All residents in the gray area would be eligible for permits in the new RPZ.
  • Permits are currently $65 per vehicle for two years. Guest permits are also available.
  • Signs would not be installed next to commercial properties, nor would they replace existing paid or time limited parking.

How You Can Help

Take this quick survey or email by September 26 to let us know what you think about the plan for the new RPZ. If you’d like to hear more about the plan in person, you can come to Top Pot Doughnuts on Capitol Hill at 609 Summit Ave E on Saturday, September 17, 2016, from 10 AM to 12 PM. SDOT staff will be available to take comments and answer questions.

What is an RPZ?

RPZs are intended to improve parking access for residents, while balancing the needs of others to use the public right of way. RPZs help neighborhoods deal with parking congestion from traffic generators through signed time limits from which vehicles displaying a valid RPZ permit are exempt. For more information visit

Capitol Hill Community Post | 10th Bullitt Environmental Prize Recognizes Wildlife Conservation Leader

incascades2From The Bullitt Foundation

2016 Winner Overcame Many Obstacles from Ugandan Farm to University of Washington                                                     School of Environmental and Forest Sciences

SEATTLE – The Bullitt Foundation announced today the winner of the 10th Annual Bullitt Environmental Prize, which recognizes people with extraordinary potential to become powerful and effective leaders in the environmental movement.

The 2016 Bullitt Prize winner is Carol Bogezi, a PhD student in the University of Washington’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. Her research is focused on reducing conflict between people and wildlife in the fast-growing Puget Sound region. Bogezi ultimately plans to apply her work back home in Uganda.

“We created the Bullitt Prize because the environmental movement is really about people, and right now too many people are left out,” said Denis Hayes, CEO of the Bullitt Foundation and first national organizer of Earth Day in 1970. “Carol is exactly the type of smart, motivated leader we need to tackle the challenges in front of us,” he added.

A recent report by Green 2.0 found that people of color represent 16 percent of the boards and staff of environmental organizations, despite representing nearly 40 percent of the US population as a whole.

The Bullitt Environmental Prize is awarded to people who have overcome big obstacles and who bring new perspectives to environmental work. Raised on a farm, Bogezi is the oldest child in a large polygamous family, which required her to hone her diplomacy skills early in life. As a young woman in a patriarchal society, she had to overcome social pressures against women, both in her quest for education and again when she took control of her family’s farm after her parents passed away.

Through these challenges, Bogezi never lost her passion for science and conservation and in 2012 she received the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Beinecke Africa Wildlife Conservation Scholarship, which allowed her to pursue a PhD.

The 2016 Bullitt Prize is being presented to Bogezi at an awards banquet in Seattle, with Dr. Allison Chin – former national president of the Sierra Club – offering the keynote presentation.

Bullitt Prize winners receive $100,000 over two years to advance their work. Past winners include a veterinarian who offers a free clinic for pets of homeless Seattle residents, a researcher focused on climate change adaptation, and an advocate for food security.

About the Bullitt Foundation

The Bullitt Foundation was founded in 1952 by Dorothy Bullitt, who first brought broadcast television to Seattle. In 1992, the Foundation hired Denis Hayes as president and began focusing on safeguarding the natural environment by promoting responsible human activities and sustainable communities in the Pacific Northwest. The Foundation is housed in the Bullitt Center, which is known as the greenest office building in the world. In 2016, it began focusing exclusively on making the Emerald Corridor, which includes the region between Vancouver, BC and Portland, OR, a model of urban sustainability. For more information, visit

CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

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Capitol Hill Community Post | Autumn

ParisCafeDiscussionIt’s one of those Sundays where the chill of winter peeks out behind the mask of fall. The air is crisp and biting, the trees, perplexed by the sharp change in weather, go harlequin. Not quite sure if summer is over they drop their green hues in a panic. A mosaic of color is creeping across the foliage, yet somehow brown leaves are already crunch under foot of passersby.

I open the door of the café, Jess sits at a table near the window. She pushes here glasses up the bridge of her nose, while a cup of Earl Grey pours steam into the spine of her book.

“Bit cold, yeah?” I greet her.

“Well, as Dylan said, the times they are a changing” she says without looking up.

“What are they up to in the old Harvard Exit?”

“Besides tearing it to pieces?” Jess says as she places a bookmark between the pages.

“I loved that place, had you ever been inside? The lobby was like a grandma’s old parlor room. The first time I went in there I was meeting up with Kenny. I thought I walked into the wrong place.”

“Yeah well, it’s going the way of everything on the hill. Probably going to be some new apartments or another soy based vegetarian steak fusion restaurant.”

“Sounds lovely” I replied, “that’s my favorite kind of fusion you know.”

Across the street workers milled in and out, from a distance I was sure they looked like an ant colony. Furiously rearranging bits of dirt, carving out new corridors and chambers. A leaf fell from the tree. Seattle smells sweet in the fall.

“People like to rip on change. But before Harvard Exit was built I bet people in the 1920’s were moaning that they were tearing down some locally owned book store to build the theatre.”

Jess laughed, “Yeah, and in 100 years time tenants will be protesting that you can’t tear down the historic Harvard Exit Condominiums. It’s a neighborhood treasure!”

“The Coliseum was built over a giant garden and lake amphitheater. They filled in the entire lake, destroyed all the little pavilions. Now people have the thing on their bucket list. They walk around with fanny packs and open mouths and say, ‘It’s incredible. Human ingenuity incarnate!’”

“Imagine if they bulldozed Volunteer Park to build a new home for the Sonics.”

“I bet the comments section on Capitol Hill Blog would be a bloodbath.”


Capitol Hill Community Post | Any Tips on a New Home for Friendly Toastmasters Group?

FSTM-PicFreely Speaking Toastmasters, a part of the Capitol Hill community for 28 years needs help in finding a new home. Toastmasters is an international organization that supports members in developing speaking and leadership skills through practice and peer support. Freely Speaking Toastmasters was founded in 1988 as a chapter to serve Seattle’s LGBT and allied community. Since the start Freely Speaking has met in a number of locations and has been hosted at Fred Lind Manor Assisted Living on 17th Avenue since late 2010. Due to recent changes, the management at Fred Lind has reluctantly requested that the club find another location. The club will hold its last meeting at Fred Lind on September 12. Short-term space has been secured for the following three Mondays at Victrola Coffee Roasters on 15th Avenue East. Help from the community to find a permanent location would be greatly appreciated.

The club meets every Monday evening, except holidays, from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. One-half hour is needed before and after the meeting for set-up and clean-up. The space must be in the Capitol Hill / First Hill area and be comfortable for at least 20 people in a presentation arrangement. A no-cost or low-cost space is necessary in order to keep dues affordable. If you are able to offer such a space or have suggestions of where the club can possibly find such a space, please contact us through our website at:

Once settled, the club will send out announcements of the new location inviting the community to come visit.

Capitol Hill Community Post | Seattle U to host Inslee vs. Bryant gubernatorial debate

unnamed (1)From Seattle City Club

Ensuring a broad cross-section of Washingtonians have the opportunity to participate in upcoming debates, the Washington State Debate Coalition will hold debates in Seattle, Spokane, Pasco and Redmond this fall.

Mon, Sept 26 – Seattle University, 8 p.m. PT (Gubernatorial)
Sun, Oct 16 – Gonzaga University, 7 p.m. PT (Senate)
Wed, Oct 19 – Columbia Basin College, 8 p.m. PT (Gubernatorial)
Sun, Oct 23 – Microsoft, 7 p.m. PT (Senate)

Want to ask the candidates questions a question? Here’s your chance. Click here to fill out the form.

Seattle University (Seattle), Gonzaga University, Washington State University-Spokane, Eastern Washington University, Community Colleges of Spokane, Whitworth University (Spokane), Columbia Basin College, Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Tri-City Development Council (TRIDEC), Tri-City Herald, Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, Visit Tri-Cities (Tri-Cities) and Microsoft (Redmond) will host a debate for Governor or U.S. Senator in their communities.

Registration information will be announced soon.

For more information, contact Allie Lindsay Johnson at or 206.682.7395.

“Seattle University’s Jesuit education places a high value on civic engagement and a robust exchange of ideas, and we welcome the opportunity to partner with organizations in our city and region who value the same. It is a particular honor to host a debate as we celebrate our 125th year of empowering leaders for a just and humane world.”
– Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J., Seattle University president

“Gonzaga University is honored to partner with our regional higher education colleagues to host a 2016 gubernatorial or senatorial debate as part of the inaugural Washington State Debate Coalition. As a Catholic, Jesuit university, our educational mission is, in part, to foster an environment where students and our community can experience a wide range of ideas, seek truth that promotes justice and actively participate in the betterment of our society. Hosting a non-partisan debate of future leaders of our region and country contributes to the fulfillment of this mission.”
– Thayne McCulloh, Gonzaga University president

“The Tri-Cities is a rapidly growing and evolving community that will play a role in shaping Washington’s future. It’s great that the Washington State Debate Coalition, in recognition of that, has selected us to host this debate. The Herald is proud to partner with them, the chamber and CBC to make that happen.”
– Gregg McConnell, Tri-City Herald publisher

Capitol Hill Community Post | Route 12 to First Hill will be rerouted off of E Pine St at 15 Av on 8/29-9/23

16-012-02_Rt12_EPineSt_15Av_Aug29-Sep23From King County Metro

Tuesday, August 29 through Friday, September 23 at all times, Route 12 heading toward First Hill will be rerouted off of E Pine St at 15th Av, due to construction.

Route 12 trips leaving Marion St and 2nd Av at 7:30 AM, 7:40 AM and 7:50 AM, will not service the southbound stop on 15 Av and E Madison St.

Route 12 heading toward Interlaken Park or downtown Seattle will not be affected.

Visit the Service Advisories page for specific reroute information. Transit reroute start and end times may be subject to change.

Visit Metro’s Online Regional Trip Planner to find out how to get to and from events and locations. Thank you for riding and for using Metro’s services.