Capitol Hill Pets | Jeremy and Doctor on Broadway

Jeremy, a huge Dr. Who (David Tennant version) fan, was hanging out near Seattle Central with his pup Doctor when we stopped by to say hello. “He loves to run, play, and get into mischief. We are *his* companions. People think he’s a miniature Rottweiler, but you can’t do that,” Jeremy tells us. Doctor is a four-year-old Carlin Pinscher, which is a mix between a pug and a mini-Pinscher. “Our previous dog was a German Rottweiler, and after he passed away we had to downsize for the city,” Jeremy said. “The German Rott was a lot nicer, Doctor’s nice too, but he’s a little putz sometimes.” Continue reading

A new item for your Capitol Hill first aid kit — overdose antidote

As Seattle officials spar over how to pay for safe consumption sites and where to put them, you might consider a new tool to add to your Capitol Hill safety and first aid kit. In late October, drugstore chain Walgreens announced it would begin stocking naloxone in its stores across the country. CHS bought a kit to find out what’s inside — and, hopefully, be ready to help.

Sold under the Narcan brand, the nasal spray “antidote” can reverse the effects of opioid including heroin and prescription painkillers. For $82, the kit we purchased comes with a syringe and an attachment for the nasal spray. Each kit is good for two applications. You’ll find directions inside and online training videos like this one, below, from Kelley-Ross Pharmacies, which also stocks the kits. Meanwhile, free kits are available via King County Health and organizations like The People’s Harm Reduction Alliance.

Nasal naloxone kits are now standard issue for Seattle bike cops after a pilot program proved their efficacy.

Officials continue to work toward opening safe consumption sites in King County and Seattle. Opioid and heroin abuse, meanwhile, remains a massive public safety issue for the city.

How Seattle ‘shared parking’ proposal could help renters — even if you don’t drive

Rendering of the future parking garage entrance to 11th Ave’s under-construction Kelly Springfield building

With a push from Capitol Hill and the neighborhood’s seemingly insatiable appetite for parking, Seattle is moving forward with a plan that could create pools of shared parking in buildings across the city, reducing the need for developers to create large parking structures, and allowing more buildings to offer parking on the open market.

“If a building has unused parking stalls, we shouldn’t block them from renting those spaces out to someone who needs a place to keep their vehicle,” Mayor Tim Burgess said in the announcement of the legislation his office has sent to the City Council for consideration. “I hear complaints about the on-street parking crunch in our densest neighborhoods, and I’ve experienced it myself. It’s the reason I’m advancing this comprehensive package of parking options, ranging from making car share parking more available to changing parking requirements for income-restricted housing.”

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Plan would turn Seattle Central property at Broadway and Pine into homeless youth facility, housing

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Thanks to the watchful eye of Representative Frank Chopp (D-34), a Seattle Central College building at Broadway and Pine will likely turn into a hub of homeless youth services and, hopefully, a new apartment development replacing one of Broadway’s last surface parking lots.

Last winter, the college put out notice that they were seeking development partners for two Broadway properties. Per the law, public agencies are required to publicize it first to other government agencies. That’s when it came across Chopp’s desk.

“We did a tour of the site a while ago and it clearly is an ideal site for it,” Chopp tells CHS. “If you look at where the homeless youth congregates, it’s in Capitol Hill and the U District.” Continue reading

Trial of Capitol Hill photographer charged with rape set to begin

The trial of Matt Hickey, the Capitol Hill gadfly, photographer, and freelancer accused of rape through fake porn “auditions,” is scheduled to begin November 27th.

Barring any further continuance, prosecutors hope to charge Hickey with four separate counts of second degree rape. Hickey’s initial October 2016 court date postponed due to Hickey’s refusal to waive the extradition process as he sat in a Nevada jail. His first appeared in court November 29th, 2016 where pleaded not guilty. Hickey remains jailed on $200,000 bail.

The Stranger’s Sydney Brownstone first investigated and revealed Hickey’s alleged rape and scams last year. The Los Angeles Times highlighted Brownstone’s work in a story on the case last week.

SPD’s investigation turned up more alleged rapes since 2001. Hickey, meanwhile, claims sexual contact with the victims was consensual.

Community crime meeting takes on Capitol Hill, Central District package thefts

Many Deliveries

There are so many package thefts on Capitol Hill that we only mention the interesting ones in CHS blotter reports. With online ordering about to peak for the season, find out how you can keep your packages safe and how you can help your building be more secure at the next meeting of the East Precinct Advisory Council, Thursday night:

EastPac Meeting

Experts from the SPD’s burglary unit will be on hand to give you tips and answer questions.

Shop local, Shop the Hill 2017

It’s the season of giving and showing love. CHS is once again teaming up with the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce and the Broadway Business Improvement Area to share local gift ideas and deals from Capitol Hill area merchants at capitolhillseattle.com/shopthehill/

You can let us know about your favorite shops here via Facebook and we’ll add regular updates to share through the holidays.

To learn more visit capitolhillseattle.com/shopthehill or follow Shop the Hill on Facebook, on Twitter @shopthehill and on Instagram @shopthehillSEA

If you’re looking to help spread the joy, here are 2017 donation drives, feed the hungry, and volunteer opportunities around Capitol Hill.

Seattle ‘Employee Hours Tax’ at center of budget debate — UPDATE

Seattle City Council budget chair Lisa Herbold’s job is to take the mayor’s budget proposal and shape it for the city’s most important priorities. This week, her committee will put the final touches on Seattle’s budget “balancing” process.

A new employee hours tax — sometimes referred to as a head tax — stands at the center of the effort.

“If we pass the Employee Hours Tax…  starting in 2018 we can begin to invest nearly $50 million each year and create 2,000 additional units of affordable housing over four years,” Herbold writes in an update on the budget process, “for both low-wage working families and formerly homeless individuals. This would more than double what the Housing Levy funds each year.”

UPDATE 2:10 PM: During Tuesday’s budget committee meeting, Council members voted against the employee hours tax proposal in a 5-4 vote. Those who opposed were Harrell, Juarez, Johnson, Bagshaw and Gonzalez. However, Harrell, Johnson and Gonzalez expressed support for coming back to the HOMES tax early in 2018.

While many in Seattle’s business communities have voiced opposition to the HOMES tax, Council members Kshama Sawant, Mike O’Brien, Kirsten Harris-Talley and Herbold have been planning a budget including its implementation.

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Seattle passes ‘Airbnb’ short-term rental tax

In an effort to raise funding to lift the city from an ongoing affordability and homelessness crisis, Seattle will tax short-term rentals like Airbnb.

The City Council passed the new tax Monday with plans for the cost to be tacked onto guest bills starting in 2019. A tax of $14 per night for homes and $8 per night for rooms is hoped to raise more than $7 million per year.

Much of the money raised by the tax is earmarked for the city’s Equitable Development Initiative to push economic development and fight displacement in the Central District, International District, and Rainier Valley.

The council pulled back on larger regulations for the industry that some say has contributed to higher rents in Seattle by taking available housing stock off the market. Regulations including limits on the number of short-term rentals a person can own will move back to committee before coming back to the full council.

The newly approved tax, meanwhile, might never be implemented. State lawmakers have also targeted the industry for possible taxation. A provision in the legislation approved Monday will put Seattle in position to remove its so-called Airbnb tax — If a statewide tax will provide similar funding opportunities to the city.