Capitol Hill Community Post | Ride Transit to, and expect crowds and delays during, Inauguration Day events and Saturday’s Womxn’s March

From King County Metro

On Inauguration Day, . January 20, several planned civic events may cause service delays, disruptions or temporary reroutes in parts of Metro’s service area, most notably the greater downtown Seattle area.

There may also be events in other areas, and Friday’s afternoon peak period commute may be significantly affected.  Delays could occur anywhere in Metro’s service area. On Saturday, January 21,Metro Transit will be both a primary transportation resource for, and significantly affected by, theWomxn’s March on Seattle.

Inauguration Day
On Friday there are currently no planned transit reroutes.  If streets are closed or blocked, however, buses may have to travel via alternate streets until their usual routes clear.  Transit riders who may be affected are encouraged to sign up for Transit Alerts, consider alternate travel plans, be aware of conditions in their immediate vicinity, know their transit options and be prepared for delays, reroutes and crowds.

Ride Metro to the Womxn’s March
Several Metro bus routes travel to or near Judkins Park, the planned starting point for the Womxn’s March.  They are routes 4, 7, 14, 48, ST 550 and ST 554. Other routes go to within what may be walking distance for some participants. Every transit route – including Link light rail – that serves the downtown Seattle area, goes near other points along the event route where participants can join. Once the march starts, from about 11:00 AM until streets are clear, transit service will be rerouted off of S Jackson St and off of 4th Av through downtown Seattle.  There will also be reroutes in the Seattle Center area, and possible other locations along the event route as well.  Check Metro Online afternoon for all planned Saturday reroutes. Even when they are rerouted, downtown area bus routes travel only a short distance – usually 1-3 blocks – from their normal routing and stops, so it is usually not necessary to find alternate routes to get close to destinations. Some riders, however, may want to consider alternate routes depending on their specific needs. 

Transit Fares
All transit rides require payment of a valid fare.  What and how to pay are dependent on the mode, distance and time of travel. While the regional ORCA card is the most popular method of fare payment, especially for regular riders, and is available at many locations (but not on the bus), infrequent riders may want to try the Transit GO mobile ticketing app, a downloadable fare payment solution, currently being provided via a pilot project, that is fast, easy and available on Metro Transit buses, Sound Transit Link and Sounder trains and the Seattle Streetcar. Sound Transit Express buses – such as routes ST 550 and ST 554 – and Metro’s ACCESS services are not currently included in the pilot project.

Unscheduled events
In areas where there are crowds, traffic or unscheduled events disrupting normal travel patterns or activities, transit riders are advised to be aware of conditions in their immediate vicinity – such as street closures, detours, police directions, etc. – and be prepared for delays or to make revisions to travel plans – such as using a different bus stop or a different route – based on specific circumstances.

Transit riders are encouraged to know what alternate stops or routes may be in the vicinity of their starting points and destinations.

Depending on the time and the nature of such events, Metro may not be able to provide real time information or service updates via email or text.

Additional information
Visit Metro Online for complete transit information.

Visit Metro’s Service Advisories page for information about revised bus service, routing and stops for planned events.  Information posted at this site is subject to change, so it’s a good idea to check just before you travel for the most current information.  For updates on the go, sign up for Transit Alerts for the routes you ride.

Visit Metro’s online regional Puget Sound Trip Planner to plan your travel, and for bus stop, schedule and other information, including predicted times at stops.

Visit the King County Water Taxi site for information about regular and holiday Water Taxi operation.

Visit the Community TransitPierce TransitSound Transit or Washington State Ferries websites for complete information about services provided by Metro’s regional transit partners.

For non-transit traffic or other local updates, check media sources, follow @seattledot
or visit

Thank you for riding and for using Metro’s services.

CHS Pics | A Central District ‘Resist Trump’ work party


Resistance can be fun — and creative. Wednesday night, CHS stopped by 23rd and Union’s Squirrel Chops to check out one of the last work parties before a series of protests, rallies, and marches begin across the city to mark the inauguration of Donald Trump.

The first planned event you’re likely to see play out on the Hill will come Friday afternoon as participants in an announced student walkout rally at Seattle Central before marching downtown to join what is expected to be a large protest downtown at Westlake. The updated CHS roster of planned events including Saturday’s 30,000 to 50,000-strong march from Judkins Park to the Seattle Center is here:

The plan for the Womxn’s March on Seattle and Capitol Hill Inauguration Week protests, rallies, and parties

There will also, of course, be un-planned, un-announced protests. We’ll do our best to keep you abreast of any actions on or around Capitol Hill.

Wednesday night’s sign making party was open to marchers planning to attend any of the weekend’s actions. District 3 representative Kshama Sawant was there enjoying the work party and preparing for her part in the the Socialist Alternative-backed Resist Trump: Occupy Inauguration rally at Westlake before she jets to Washington D.C. in time to be part of the Women’s March on Washington.



Capitol Hill Community Post | Substantial and SugarPill Launch Love is Action Campaign

screen-shot-2017-01-19-at-8-45-27-amCapitol Hill, Seattle neighboring businesses Substantial and SugarPill have launched Love is Action, a campaign meant to remind individuals about their power to affect change. Catalyzed in the days after the 2016 presidential election, the iconographic campaign is headlined by their building-wide window installation, visible to all at the heavily trafficked Pine & Broadway intersection. It has already gained support from other neighborhood businesses, and with the launch the assets are now being released to the world for others to use.

Love is Action was borne out of a post-election brainstorming session between employees of digital product studio Substantial and Karyn Schwarz, owner of the apothecary SugarPill, Substantial’s downstairs neighbor. While Schwarz is already known as an active community member, Substantial’s focus until recent years has been on the tech and design communities. Over the last year however, they have placed more importance on being more participatory at the corporate level (and encouraging that among employees). Given the response of many employees to the election, it became obvious that there was an opportunity to do something.

Love is Action is meant as a reminder of the power of an individual. Rather than prescribing a particular response, it intends to share the various ways one can get involved, whether that is a donation to a dear cause, protesting in the streets, or simply listening to someone that needs to be heard. To that end, Love is Action is distributing its design assets to the world, offering Love is Action as an umbrella for a variety of activity, with the campaign’s power coming from distributed effort, both with other business owners and with individuals as they become aware.

The campaign has already garnered support from other notable neighborhood business owners, who have stated their intentions to translate the designs in their own way. These include:

  • –  Hallie Kuperman, owner of Century Ballroom & The Tin Table
  • –  Dave Meinert, bar owner and restaurateur
  • –  Molly Moon, owner of Molly Moon’s ice cream

Extending the campaign beyond the designs, there is already talk of a panel discussion being organized by a group of faith-based organizations and the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce on the topic of individual responses to current events.

The Love is Action organizers are hopeful that the list of supporters will continue to grow. More importantly, they hope that the community takes the campaign’s sentiment to heart, a reminder of Capitol Hill’s legacy as a neighborhood that values inclusion, individual influence, and political activity.
Love is Action assets can be found at

Capitol Hill Community Post | Century Ballroom is turning 20 years old!

1451617_10152749344334674_4196995852571575357_nFrom the Century Ballroom

How does one celebrate 20 years?  In true Century Ballroom fashion, they do it all, during the month of February.

From NYC’s George Gee Swing Orchestra (one of the first swing bands to play at Century Ballroom) to Joan Soriano (the first Bachata artist to play in Seattle), there is something for everyone during this month of celebration.   Festivities are not just for dancers: guest can choose to just listen to artist like the amazing blues singer Kelley Hunt (seen numerous times on Prairie Home Companion) or watch performances like “Century on Tap”.  Dancing guests will enjoy a wide variety of special live music nights as they dance Salsa, Swing, Tango, Bachata, Square Dance and beyond.

This month of celebration will represent the breadth of what Century Ballroom has done over the last 20 years. Be one of those folks who says “I was there!” when #CenturyTurns20.

Here is a chronological list of special “Century Turns 20” Anniversary Events
(beyond our ongoing weekly events):

Friday, 2/3 – OutDancing: A Swing Girls Reunion

Swing Girls was the organization that Hallie Kuperman (Century Ballroom owner) started prior to Century Ballroom, in the same space.  Along with her original teaching partner MaryLee Lykes, Hallie will lead a Zydeco class at 7:30pm, followed by a Bachata class with Alison Cockrill, Hallie’s teaching partner and co-runner of the Century Ballroom for the past 20 years.

Saturday, 2/4 – Live Salsa with Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca (from LA)

Salsa, Merengue, Kizomba: Lemvo’s blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms with pan-African styles (soukous, Angolan semba and kizomba) have been described by the Los Angeles Times as “seamless and infectious.”

Friday, 2/10 – Live Tango with Chicharra (from Seattle),
and Free Wine Tasting in The Tin Table

Chicharra plays smokey Argentine classics from the 30s, 40s, and 50s transporting the heart from the Golden Age of Tango to modern milongas.

Saturday, 2/11 – Live Salsa with Tumbao (from Seattle)

A Century Ballroom favorite, Tumbao is a six-piece Latin ensemble that plays a variety of rhythms from Boleros to Timba and Joropo to Danzon. They were also the house band for Century Ballroom’s cabaret Musica Vitae!

Sunday, 2/12 – Live Swing with Dusty 45s (from Seattle)

The Dusty 45s have inspired and fired up crowds for almost two decades. The group melds styles ranging from Honky Tonk, Jump Blues, Surf and R&B, all while adding Dixieland and Jazz elements.

Tuesday, 2/14 – Valentine’s Day Dinner and Dancing with Blues sensation Kelley Hunt: Blues & West Coast Swing (from Kansas City, MO)

Join us for a prix fixe dinner in the main ballroom, followed by a couples

West Coast Swing lesson, then the band.  (Dancing not required – you may come and just listen.)  Roots, R&B/Americana singer/songwriter/piano player/guitarist Kelley Hunt is a rarity and a challenge to the music industry’s penchant for easy artist definitions — steeped in blues/roots/gospel traditions and a refreshing originality. Together with a commanding, passionate stage presence and superior vocal, keyboard and songwriting skills she has earned the respect of critics and fans across North America and Europe.

Tuesday, 2/14 – Valentine’s Day Tango Dance

Join our weekly Tango dance in West Hall! Take a one-hour couples Tango lesson to spice up your Tuesday, Valentine’s Day.

Friday, 2/17 – Century on Tap: a Tap Dancing dinner/theater event followed by a live band Swing dance with Casey MacGill (from Seattle)

Experience an incredible tap dance dinner/theater event followed by a live band Swing dance with Casey MacGill. Century on Tap performers will include: Alchemy Tap Project (ATP), NW Tap Connection, Jovon Miller, Sister Kate and special guest Chester Whitmore, one of the Masters of Lindy Hop and Tap.

Thursday, 2/23 – Live Bachata with Joan Soriano (from Dominican Republic)

Celebrate Joan’s birthday with him at Century Ballroom!  Born in the Dominican Republic, Joan Soriano infuses steel string Bachata with equal parts romance and grit. He is the star of Adam Taub’s The Duke of Bachata and was featured in Alex Wolfe’s acclaimed documentary, Santo Domingo Blues.

Century was first venue to bring him to Seattle and this will be his third appearance here.

Thursday, 2/23 – Square Dancing with Squirrel Butter Stringband w/ Charmaine Slaven calling (from Seattle)
One of our favorite monthly events a while back was Urban Square Dancing – no experience necessary. This event will take place in Century Ballroom’s West Hall

Saturday, 2/24 – Live Salsa with Spanish Harlem Orchestra (from NYC)

Spanish Harlem Orchestra, the two-time Grammy winning Salsa and Latin Jazz band, sets the standard for excellence in authentic, New York style, hard core salsa. Recorded or live, it doesn’t get any better.  This event is a rare opportunity to see this band in a venue made for dancing.  Don’t miss it.  The night will have a number of performances sprinkled throughout the evening, and there will be a Swing dance in West Hall.

Sunday, 2/25 – Live Swing with George Gee Swing Orchestra (from NYC)

The great Frankie Manning (the legendary original Savoy Ballroom dancer), said that The George Gee Swing Orchestra was his favorite modern swing orchestra; we agree! The George Gee Swing Orchestra was one of the original swing bands to play Century Ballroom when it opened.

You’ll soon see new food safety ’emoji’ on Capitol Hill restaurants

CHS is kind of a “negative” indicator fan. We like an empty bar, thanks. On Capitol Hill, that means taking a few risks. Over the next year, you will start to see these new King County “emoji” signs on restaurants, cafes, and bars around Capitol Hill indicating where the venue ranks in the county’s food safety matrix. Where some see the frowny face, CHS will see, “Yes! An open table!”

Seattle & King County today unveiled the signs that food inspectors will place in restaurant windows—part of its broader strategy to ensure King County remains a leader in accurate and transparent food safety ratings.

King County is now the first county in the United States to base its food safety ratings on four inspections rather than a single snapshot, better reflecting a restaurant’s performance over time. Public Health will also be the first agency to use side-by-side peer inspections as a training tool so inspectors can better understand how they reached their conclusions, a proven approach that increases consistency.

“We are once again putting King County at the forefront of innovative public health practices, making food safety ratings more accurate, consistent and transparent,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “Our new approach supports our region’s diverse, thriving restaurant scene and helps customers make better informed decisions when dining out.”


CHS Video | Seattle’s 2017 MLK Day march was huge


Official crowd estimates for events like the annual Seattle MLK Day march are hard to come by but organizers said Monday the 2017 gathering might have been the largest in the 35-year history of the event.

You could also measure the crowd by the CHS video above — four and a half minutes to walk from the start of the procession to the SPD contingent bringing up the rear. The marchers passed from Garfield High School to E Union then E Madison and onto the Federal Building downtown.

You can learn more about the history of the event and the day of workshops at Garfield High School that accompany it at More images from the crowd, below. Continue reading

Seattle educators head to Olympia to fight ‘levy cliff,’ $74M district shortfall


(Image: Seattle Education Association)

While thousands will march through the city to mark the important day, many Seattle educators, students, and parents will be on the road to Olympia this MLK Day Monday to make a stand for education spending in the state as Seattle Public Schools faces a $74 million shortfall.

The Seattle Council of Parent, Teacher and Student Associations has put out a call for action:

Unless the Washington State Legislature takes action quickly, this budget shortfall will cause significant damage by necessitating cuts in staff at schools and to needed central services, disrupting the stability of school communities and support of the whole child, and impacting our most vulnerable populations in greater proportion.

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CHS History | #blacklivesmatter, Obama inauguration, Harvard Ave homicide

Here are the top stories from this week in CHS history:



‘Gentrification stops here’ — MLK march ‘splinter’ group targets Central District pot shop

Capitol Hill food+drink | Pizzeria 88 bringing wood-fired Neapolitan pizza to Broadway

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CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

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The CHS Flickr Pool contains more than 33,000 photographs — most of Capitol Hill images, many glorious, some technically amazing. The pool is a mix of contributions from Capitol Hill — and nearby — shutterbugs. Interested in being part of it? If we like your photo and it helps us tell the story, we may feature it on CHS so please include your name and/or a link to your website so we can properly credit you. Interested in working as a paid CHS contributor for scheduled assignments? Drop us a line –- our roster is full for general assignments but pitch us on an idea.
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Capitol Hill Community Post | Sen. Pedersen’s Legislative Update – Jan. 13, 2017

From Senator Jamie Pedersen, 43rd Legislative District

Greetings from Olympia!

We are wrapping up the first week of the 2017 legislative session. I continue to serve as ranking member on the Senate Law & Justice Committee, which has jurisdiction over civil and criminal law issues such as gun regulation, the death penalty, and police use of deadly force. I also continue to serve on the Ways & Means Committee, which writes the state’s operating and capital budgets and reviews every bill with a fiscal impact.

Earlier this week, I was pleased to hear Gov. Inslee share his strong commitment for ample funding of our public schools during his second inaugural address. The governor also spoke forcefully about our state’s commitment to equal rights and human dignity. I have heard from many constituents who are concerned and frightened following the national election. I will work tirelessly to safeguard Washington’s strong tradition of protecting civil and human rights and to fight discriminatory laws introduced in the Legislature.

Funding Public Education

As the father of three students at Stevens Elementary and one at Thurgood Marshall Elementary, I care deeply about public schools. The Supreme Court has ordered the state to provide ample funding for the schools and reduce its reliance on local property tax levies to fund teacher pay and other aspects of basic education.

For the past seven months, a bipartisan group of legislators has been meeting to develop a plan to provide sustainable school funding. Democrats released a plan before the statutory deadline, but we have yet to see a plan from Senate Republicans. I’m hoping the 25 members of their caucus will release a plan soon so we can start negotiating a solution that will reduce class sizes, increase teacher salaries, and give us the ability to build or renovate schools.

The most pressing concern for Seattle Public Schools is a $74 million shortfall facing the district next school year. A large part of that shortfall is created by the so-called “levy cliff,” which is an artificial limitation in state law on local districts’ ability to collect money that has been approved by district voters.  Just this week the Seattle school board met to approve a “worst-case scenario” budget that would cut programs, reduce staff and increase class sizes.

I’m working with our local school leaders and my colleagues in the Legislature to remedy this situation by allowing districts to continue to collect the full levies approved by voters through the end of 2018. I am a co-sponsor of the Senate bill (SB 5023) and strongly support the House companion, which we expect will be the first bill passed out of the House this session. This would give school officials in Seattle and across the state the certainty they need to plan for the 2017-18 school year and forgo the painful exercise of sending layoff notices to hundreds of teachers and staff.

Because we continue to see rapid enrollment growth in Seattle Public Schools, I’m also working closely with our capital budget leads and the Superintendent of Public Instruction on increasing state support for school construction. Both the Supreme Court and voters have directed the state to reduce class sizes. To achieve this mandate and to relieve the overcrowding that many of the schools in our district are experiencing, the state needs to revise the formula for school construction funding. I will again sponsor legislation to address overcrowding and fix the flawed formula that disadvantages Seattle Public Schools and others throughout the state.

Thank you for the privilege of representing you here in Olympia. I welcome your comments and questions anytime.

Best wishes, Jamie

Senator Jamie Pedersen
43rd Legislative District

Seattle homelessness update: progress on trash, camp rules but not much else


By Brandon Gustafson, UW News Lab / Special to CHS

The mayor’s homelessness czar gave an update this week on progress made in Seattle’s plans to do more than offer shelter to homeless people  — there wasn’t much to talk about beyond garbage and how best to move campers from spot to spot.

“We have a crisis that we need to address. … We have 3,000 people in the city of Seattle who are sleeping in cars, sleeping in doorways, sleeping in tents outside. Unacceptable,” George Scarola, director of homelessness for the mayor’s office told the Seattle City Council’s Human Services and Public Health Committee.

“The main part is to provide people with 24-hour shelter where they can store their possessions. … We’re setting those kinds of shelters up as we speak.”

Wednesday, Scarola ticked through updates on the the “interim action plan” from Mayor Ed Murray’s office to address new alternatives to homeless encampments in Seattle. Rules about the moving and removal of homeless camping areas are changing. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Ribbon cut at Central District’s new ‘Community Living Room’

It wasn’t a very pleasant day to show it off but residents, community leaders, and city officials made do Sunday with a ceremony inside the Central District’s Garfield Community Center to celebrate its new outdoor “living room.”

The Community Living Room was conceived as a gathering space for the neighborhood and features barbecues, benches, a large picnic table, game tables, a beautiful seating stone, and a large flexible space for events. When the doors are open to the Garfield Community Center gym and multipurpose room, the indoor and outdoor spaces will connect and provide a new welcoming space for the community.

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