Gloves come off in District 3 cash battle as Bowers first to have Democracy Voucher cap lifted

Bowers at a recent “Coffee with Logan” session (Image: Logan for Seattle)

The battle over District 3’s seat on the Seattle City Council is the city’s most expensive. Some of that money — $75,000 of it, to be exact — is why candidate Logan Bowers has achieved a milestone first for the district. Bowers is now the first D3 Democracy Voucher recipient to be released from the program’s fundraising cap.

“With the latest round of Democracy Vouchers currently being processed, I’ll hit the $75k limit,” Bowers explained to CHS. “By raising $76k herself through last month alone, Kshama has pushed the price tag on a fair election even higher.” Continue reading

‘Zero waste’ Scoop Marketplace makes Earth Day debut at The Works on 12th Ave

(Image: The Scoop Marketplace)

(Image: The Scoop Marketplace)

12th Ave DIY community, class, and retail provider The Works has sprouted a new friend to help with your zero waste ambitions this Earth Day. The growing 12th Ave class and retail space is now home to Scoop Marketplace, a grocery dedicated to efficient and package-free shopping.

The new market debuts Monday with a sale, giveaways, along with The Works hosting an Earth Day plant swap.

“Scoop Marketplace was founded out of a need for a grocery store that facilitates low impact living,” Scoop founder Stephanie Lentz says. “Our family was always naturally inclined toward environmentalism, but we didn’t realize just how much thoughtless consumerism we were taking part in. Once we embraced the zero waste lifestyle, we were eager to change our family routines, and eliminate waste. The changes definitely haven’t happened overnight, but the slow process has helped us better understand our relationship with food, possessions, and the things we throw away.” Continue reading

15 things CHS heard at the chamber’s Capitol Hill Homelessness Forum

Thursday’s panel on stage at the Broadway Performance Hall (Image: Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce)

A small crowd gathered in the Broadway Performance Hall Thursday night for a forum on homelessness hosted by the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce as the crisis continues to grow.

Representatives from a number of organizations looking to aid people who are homeless, including the REACH program, the Seattle Police Department’s Navigation Team, and the Unsheltered Crisis Response Team, discussed the strategies they’re currently utilizing, while attendees wanted answers as to why an issue that’s been declared a citywide emergency for three years isn’t getting better.

The event was moderated by Egan Orion, newly selected as the chamber’s director and a candidate for Seattle City Council.

With 12,112 homeless people counted in last year’s point-in-time count, the sixth year in a row the numbers increased, King County continues to be the epicenter of the crisis. Washington, the 13th largest state in America, had the fifth largest homeless population of any state, according to federal data.

15 Things CHS heard at the forum

  1. One of the top concerns of both the panelists and attendees was that organizations don’t have enough money to run their organizations in the most efficient way possible. “Clearly there aren’t enough resources in the city; none of you have enough resources to do your job as well as you would like for it to be done,” one man said. “Clearly the city doesn’t really view it as an emergency. They just want to say it’s an emergency, but they haven’t put the money behind it.” Continue reading

Wall fire scorches building home to Union bar — UPDATE

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Firefighters battled a stubborn wall fire Sunday night inside the building home to Capitol Hill gay bar Union.

Seattle Fire was called to the scene just after 10 PM and found the fire in an area of the building’s second floor. Firefighters were able to quickly bring the fire under control. It was not clear how much damage the flames and fire response caused inside the building.

The intersection of 13th and Union was filled with fire trucks and a haze of smoke as nightlife patrons cleared the building and gathered from nearby venues.

There were no reported injuries. The Seattle Fire Marshal was called to the scene to investigate.

UPDATE 4/22/2019 12:40 PM: Seattle Fire says the incident has been ruled an accidental fire “most likely caused by an electrical/mechanical malfunction of the natural gas water heater.” The estimated loss is $70,000.

The investigation’s findings can put to rest any worries that the fire could be connected to a recent string of arson fires on Broadway.

No word yet on damage from Union.

UPDATE 11:00 PM: Union is temporarily closed to clean up after the damage from the fire:

Our Sunday Funday was so hot we caught fire, literally. We appreciate your patience while we temporarily close for clean up. ​ We sincerely thank the Seattle Fire Department, our staff, and all the kind messages from the community. ​ Stay tuned for updates, we will be open again soon!

Capitol Hill Historical Society | The mind boggling array of stairs and corridors connecting history at TOPS K-8

1905 Seward building in red, 1895 in b&w on the right (Paul Dorpat photo colorized by 7 year old)

Part 1: Jennie Lombard, Eastlake’s first principal
Part 2: 

TOPS is a K-8 school with an extensive history dating to the Klondike Gold Rush era. I recently met with a group of 1st to 3rd graders to share what I knew about Jennie Lombard, the very first principal of the first school at TOPS, and other details from the school’s history.

After we made collages, I took them on a tour of the many different parts of Eastlake’s K-8 school.

The oldest piece of TOPS opened in 1895 as the Denny-Fuhrman School and is on the state historic register. It was later expanded and moved, then moved again, then went through a few changes in use and is now the cafeteria. Continue reading

One shot in Pine parking lot in bout of Capitol Hill nightlife gun violence — UPDATE

A victim arrived at Harborview with a reported gunshot wound to the head after a shooting reported early Saturday morning in a parking lot near Melrose and Pine.

The incident has not been announced by Seattle Police or Seattle Fire’s media officials. CHS discovered details of the shooting after reports of gunfire on social media. Seattle Police confirmed that a victim was shot but could not provide further information at this time.

UPDATE 4/22/2019 8:30 AM: Seattle Police say their gang detectives are investigating the shooting and tell CHS that the injuries suffered by the victim did not turn out to be life threatening. It appeared the victim was hit by a grazing shot to the head. He was reported as conscious and alert but SPD says he declined to speak with officers about the incident.

According to East Precinct radio, callers reported gunfire just before 1:30 AM around the surface parking lot just west of Melrose. About 15 minutes later, radio dispatches said a victim had arrived at Harborview with a life threatening gunshot wound.
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One victim, vehicles and buildings hit in 23rd and Jackson shootout — UPDATE

At least one person was reported shot and witnesses reported multiple shootout scenes Saturday night near 23rd and Jackson.

According to Seattle Police radio reports on the 8 PM incident, police identified at least one shooting scene in the parking lot between the Starbucks and Walgreens in the shopping center at the corner of 23rd and Jackson. There was a report of blood and shell casings found at the parking lot scene, multiple shell casings on 24th Ave S, and bullet damage to a car reported near 24th and Main. A resident at 24th and Yesler reported a bullet had gone through their window.

Police were also responding to Harborview where a victim arrived following the shooting. We do not have information about their condition at this time.

UPDATE 4/22/2019: Police tell CHS the victim that arrived at Harborview was a male with a gunshot wound to the shoulder.

The gunfire follows a shootout investigated Wednesday afternoon in the same area. There were no reported injuries in that incident.

Early Saturday morning, a person was also reported to have been shot in a Pine parking lot popular with Capitol Hill nightlife crowds.

UPDATE 4/22/2019 11:20 AM: SPD has posted a brief on the shooting. We’re checking with SPD regarding the discrepancies in the location of the shooting:

In the second incident, witnesses called 911 around 7:45 pm Saturday to report a fight at Judkins Park. As officers were arriving on that call additional reports of shots fired at 24 Avenue and East Yesler Street began coming in. Officers quickly converged on the area and found a pool of blood but no victim. Minutes later, a 25-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his shoulder arrived at Harborview Medical Center. Gang Unit detectives are investigating both cases and ask anyone with information to please call the Violent Crimes tip line at 206-233-5000.


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With Trailhead Direct, hiking season begins again at Broadway and Denny

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Feeling all the good feels today. Being a hike leader has taught me so much beyond just hiking and navigating forests. It’s taught me to listen, to stay patient, and better yet the power of true connection. We are all facing our own journeys, but competition, defeat, or fear doesn’t have to be a mainstay in our reality. We can lift one another up, we can help each other take the next leap. 🤪🐥Thanks to the UW Hiking Club for giving me this wonderful opportunity to Inspire young minds to reach their own mountain tops. 🙏🏼💕🏔&Thank you to the kids today who decided to get outside with us. 🤙🏼 #uwhikingclub #cascademountains #gooutside #trailheaddirect #fall 🍂🍁 photocred: @sholeh.sharif 💕

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It is the start of a new hiking season on Capitol Hill. Trailhead Direct bus service, paid for by the county, private sponsors, and the City of Seattle to help deliver outdoor enthusiasts to the region’s closest, most popular, and most parking constrained hiking destinations, begins Saturday.

“We’re bringing back Trailhead Direct with more routes to more trails in more communities,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said in the announcement of the second full season for the program. “Our popular transit-to-trails service has succeeded in many different ways. We have made our spectacular mountain forests accessible to more people, reduced dangerous overcrowding at popular trailheads, and made it easy to hike without having to drive or park.”

The 2019 season of Trailhead Direct has added more pick-up sites including the Tukwila International Boulevard Station with service to more trailheads, including Little Si near North Bend and the Sky Country Trailhead in Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Pets | Bumping fists with Cali on Broadway

Heather Strock has owned Broadway’s Canary Salon for almost six years. If you’ve had your hair cut there in the past year, you’ve likely seen Cali, the two year old, excited but super sweet, pit mix. Now found lounging in the lobby area, Cali was formerly at the Seattle Animal Shelter in Ballard for more three months. She is a well behaved dog who can fist bump on command. Give it a shot. It’s fun. Continue reading