Capitol Hill Community Post | Seattle’s ‘Libraries for All’ plan

From Mayor Jenny Durkan

From story time to summer learning programs to adult learning classes, The Seattle Public Libraryadvances equity, education, and opportunity for all who call Seattle home. We are lucky to have 27 safe, welcoming locations throughout Seattle for residents of all ages and backgrounds. And we know that when we invest in libraries, we invest in opening doors to opportunity and equity.

In 2018 alone, The Seattle Public Library locations:

  • Hosted more than five million visitors;
  • Circulated almost 12 million items;
  • Helped more than 13,000 people through adult learning programs like English as a Second Language, Adult Education Tutoring, and Ready to Work;

  • Helped more than 45,000 kids who participated in last year’s Summer of Learning; and,

  • Hosted more than 1,100 homework help sessions.

With the 2012 Library Levy set to expire at the end of this year, we must act to sustain and enhance our libraries. If we are going to build a city of the future, we need to build libraries of the future. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Project Update: Lowell-Meany Safe Routes to School

From the Seattle Department of Transportation

What’s happening now?
Design is nearly complete and we are coordinating with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU)  on the installation of a new water main as part of the improvements at E Harrison St and 15th Ave E. The water main improvements are designed to provide a more resilient drinking water system. To complete the work, water outages must occur and will be coordinated with affected residents, businesses, and property owners in advance. We anticipate the impacted area will be 14th Ave E to 17th Ave E, from E Roy St to E Thomas St. The timing of this work is contingent on the overall timing of construction, which we will have more information about as soon as spring, once a contractor is on board. For more information and answers to frequently asked questions about the water main work, check out our Water Shutdown FAQ.

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Capitol Hill Community Post | Community meeting to share details on 162 19th Ave Redevelopment

Kamiak Real Estate is in the early planning stage for a new four-story project at 162 19th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122 (between Fir and Spruce Streets). The Developer and Architect will host a community meeting on March 14 from 5:30-6:30pm at Washington Hall (153 14th Avenue, Seattle WA 98122). The purpose of this meeting is to encourage community input and share early design concepts for the project.

If you have any questions or input related to this project or event, please send us an email to Any information collected via this email address may be subject to public disclosure.

Additional Project Details:

-162 19th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
-Developer Contact: Scott Lien
-EDG Project Number: 3033732-EG
-Site Area: 6,400 square feet
-Height: 40-50 feet approximately (4-5 stories)
-Project Square Feet: 17,000-19,000
-Use: Apartments
-Earliest potential start date: Late 2020
-Construction Duration: 12 months estimated

Capitol Hill Community Post | Run- DO NOT WALK to Save Small Business

Washington State legislature aims to dramatically impact your business, income or access to affordable services

From D’Arcy Harrison Co-Owner of Emerson Salon

Apparently, state politicians feel small businesses need to add to their already high costs while simultaneously heaping on new restrictions that severely limit their business freedoms. If you are a big company, corporation, organization or union you hire a a lobbyist to speak on your behalf to help protect your legal interests…. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Seattle Central hosts Day of Remembrance for interned Japanese American students

From Seattle Central College
Seattle Central College will host a day of remembrance on Feb. 19, 2019 for the students whose lives and careers were derailed by the forced internment of Japanese Americans in 1942.

Starting at 10 a.m. Seattle Central will show the documentary “And Then They Came For Us” in the Broadway Performance Hall, followed by a discussion.

Beginning at noon, the campus will hold a candlelight remembrance at the campus’s historic Tsutakawa Fountain. Students in Japanese language classes will read the names of over 150 students of Japanese descent who were forced to leave Broadway High School, the school that later became Seattle Central College. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Ami Nguyen Announces Candidacy for Seattle City Council in District 3

From Friends of Ami Nguyen

Public defender and former tenants’ rights lawyer Ami Nguyen is running for the Seattle City Council in District 3, which includes the Central District, Capitol Hill, Yesler Terrace, Mt Baker, Madrona, Leschi, Madison Park and Montlake.

Nguyen is entering the race to bring a strong and nuanced approach to policy change in Seattle focusing on municipal justice reform, homelessness prevention, and childcare access. “I want to see more direct policy changes to reflect the values we stand for as a city” says Nguyen.

“As a public defender who has worked with the most vulnerable populations at Seattle Municipal Court, I look forward to pressing for policy changes that eradicates discrimination and unfair treatment of people of color, poor people, and individuals suffering from mental illness or addiction. I will put forth policies where social services replace ineffective punitive systems that excessively drain our budget.”

“My experience as a renter and tenants’ rights attorney has given me the insight to develop policies that empowers renters so that the system is no longer a tool only for the rich.” Says Nguyen, “The City has the duty to enforce habitability laws and fine slumlords without displacing tenants.”

Ami recognizes the high cost of childcare, forcing long-term Seattle residents to move to other cities. “Childcare costs should not prohibit families from staying in Seattle. Our city needs to provide resources to make obtaining child care licensing more feasible and subsidize child care businesses.” She plans to participate in Seattle’s Democracy Voucher Program.

Capitol Hill Community Post | Kshama Sawant Announces City Council Re-Election Campaign with Pledge to Tax Big Business to Fund a Major Expansion of Affordable Housing and Free Mass Transit

From Vote Sawant 2019

Socialist Alternative Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant announced her 2019 re-election campaign by saying “what’s at stake this year is who runs Seattle — Amazon and big business or working people”.

Councilmember Sawant went on to describe Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ bullying last year, when he threatened 7,000 jobs to try to defeat the Amazon Tax, then applied intensive backroom pressure to force its repeal a month after it was unanimously passed by the City Council. Councilmember Sawant continued, “I’ve seen firsthand the corrosive effects of corporate power and lobbyists in the back rooms of City Hall. That’s why my campaign is not for sale. As always, I don’t take a dime from corporations, CEOs, lobbyists or big developers.”

Councilmember Sawant was joined by community leaders from District 3 and around Seattle. Reverend Dr. Robert L. Jeffrey, Sr – whose congregation resides in the heart of Seattle’s Central District, said: “Racism has taken on a new character. Wealth and privilege is the new mantra. We can’t sit idly by while multi-billionaires are displacing entire communities. What we’re against is the super rich dominating society while the homeless are being left on the street, where people with middle incomes are being driven further and further out of Seattle. That’s why I’m behind Kshama and her re-election.”

Two days earlier, Councilmember Sawant lead a successful initiative to delay the eviction of predominantly seniors at Halcyon Mobile Home Park. Reverend Angela Ying, who has been part of the fight to save Halcyon homes welcomed Kshama Sawant’s announcement to run for re-election, said: “Kshama has had our backs since day 1 when 85 elders at Halcyon homes began facing eviction. We have hers.”

Labor leaders also joined Sawant at the press conference. David Parsons, President of UAW Local 4121 representing 5000 academic workers at the University of Washington, said: “When I first met Kshama Sawant and asked her how we can work together, I’ll never forget what she said: ‘I will be unambiguously be behind your union and your members at every turn.’ And she has fulfilled that promise – always. That is something you can say about very few people, and particularly of those in elected office.”

John Frazier, President of WFSE Local 3488 at Harborview Medical Center, said: “We need someone who’s going to stand for working people, poor people, the voiceless. I’ve watched Kshama stand with us every single time when there was injustice. We cannot let corporations silence voices like Kshama.”

LGBTQ community leader and activist Mac Macgregor said: “If you want thoughts and prayers, there are many other offices to call. If you want action, her office is the one to call. Because hers is the one that gets stuff done.”

Juan Bocanegra, Supportive Director at El Comite and lead organizer of the May 1st Action Coalition, and a longtime leader in the fight for immigrant rights in Seattle, said: “The only way we will win is by getting people like Kshama who are willing to stick out their necks. Many politicians are afraid of big business. Kshama is not at all – it’s uncanny. Some people ask if she’s abrasive. These companies are the ones destroying our environment. The devastation of these communities, the destruction, that’s what’s abrasive.”

Shirley Henderson, the owner of Squirrel Chops, a small business in District 3, said: “We don’t need another corporate representative in city hall. We need someone like Kshama who has fought with small business, the LGBTQ community, and the poor…Kshama has proved herself over and over again to be the accessible City Councilmember we need, answering phone calls, holding rallies, and opening up her office to ordinary people.”

Shannon Morrison, lead organizer on the Indigenous People’s Day planning committee, a co-chair of CANOES for City of Seattle Native American Employees, and a member of the Tlinget tribe, said: “It’s been a personal experience to work alongside Kshama here on Duwamish land. She’s been supportive of us with replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day, fighting for $15/hr, fighting to end homelessness, to divest from Well Fargo. All these issues have had an impact on the native community.”

Shua Sanchez, a member of UAW Local 4121 at the University of Washington, local musician and a key organizer in the struggle to save the Showbox Theatre, said: “A developer tried to sell off this cultural hub in Seattle. One hundred thousand people signed a petition at Then who did they call? Kshama! Because we organized and built a movement, we went from one vote on City Council to a unanimous decision to Save the Showbox.”

Ubah Warsame, who was a vocal supporter during Sawant’s successful 2015 re-election campaign, spoke about Sawant’s long track record of working alongside tenants to fight for affordable housing. At the press conference, Warsame said: “It is a must for Kshama to be in City Hall. She is the one that when we reach out, when people need her, she is there. Kshama, we’re with you, and we’re going to continue that fight together.“

Sawant made history in 2013 when she became one of the first socialists to win a major election in decades. She won re-election in 2015 by a wide margin, mobilizing over two hundred volunteers and raising a record $450,000 in grassroots donations. Though she cautioned that corporate cash would flood into this year’s election, she was confident that working people would build a powerful grassroots re-election campaign this year to defend their seat in City Hall.

Sawant added, “As a member of Socialist Alternative, I wear the badge of socialist with honor, and I’m excited to see candidates identifying as socialists like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez winning elections across the country, and running right here in Seattle this year.”

The press conference was hosted at Saba Ethiopian Cuisine, which is under threat of being replaced by corporate development. Workie, the owner of Saba, said: “Our restaurant has been here for 20 years. Since I reached out to Kshama Sawant, the fear of being evicted was removed. Now I am not alone in the fight against gentrification!”

Capitol Hill Community Post | Community invited to learn more about Volunteer Park amphitheater replacement

From Seattle Parks
Seattle Parks and Recreation and Volunteer Park Trust invite the community to learn more about the Volunteer Park Amphitheater Replacement project on Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave. E. The Seattle Park District Major Projects Challenge Fund provides $900,000 in funding to move the community-initiated Volunteer Park Amphitheater Replacement project forward through the final design phase and construction. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Public Health warns of overdose spike

From King County Public Health

Seven drug overdoses occurred today, January 17 in the north area of Seattle. None of the victims have died. Six of the seven individuals were transported to area hospitals for care. 

Public Health – Seattle & King County is closely monitoring the situation and will continue to track reported overdoses. At this point, we do not have information about the type of drugs consumed.

Public Health – Seattle & King County is advising people who use drugs to follow these steps to reduce the likelihood of overdose.

  • Have naloxone ready. You can get naloxone at needle exchanges and other community sites.
  • Do not use alone
  • Start low and go slow: Powders, pills and heroin may be contaminated with fentanyl that can kill rapidly. Start with a small amount and watch and wait before the next person uses. 
  • If you suspect an overdose, call 911 right away. The Good Samaritan Law protects you and the person overdosing from drug possession charges. More information on the Good Samaritan Law.
  • Seek treatment for drug use disorder to help stop using drugs – call the Washington Recovery Hotline for treatment resources. 1-866-789-1511.

If you suspect an overdose

  • Call 911 immediately and administer naloxone. Naloxone is a fast-acting drug that temporarily reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. 
  • When in doubt – administer naloxone. Naloxone is not harmful if given to someone who is not experiencing an overdose. Naloxone is a short acting drug and a person can go back into overdose so be sure to monitor the person for several hours after naloxone has been administered.
  • When you call 911, be sure to explain what is happening exactly. Dispatch will send resources based on the anticipated need. Stay on the line. 
  • While waiting for medical help to arrive, if the victim is not breathing, someone needs to breathe for the victim. A majority of overdose deaths are due to respiratory failure, so rescue breathing is critical and rescue breaths will help the person survive. Give mouth-to-mouth breathing to the victim every five seconds until emergency services arrive. CPR may be necessary if no pulse is detected. 
  • Driving someone to the ER is not recommended. In cases of respiratory failure, someone can die in the time it takes to get to an ER.
  • If someone dies as the result of a suspected drug overdose please call 911 to report the death.