Capitol Hill Community Post | Advancing Equitable Outreach and Engagement

From Kathy Nyland, Director of City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
unnamed (26)Mayor Murray recently issued an Executive Order directing the city to approach outreach and engagement in an equitable manner. Putting an equity lens on our approaches is bold and, yes, brave. It shows a commitment to practices that address accessibility and equity.

What does this mean?

  • We often hear that meetings can feel like we are “checking a box.” The Mayor’s action means we can create processes that are more relationship-based and build authentic partnerships.
  • It means that we can create plans that are culturally sensitive, which includes an emphasis on translated materials.
  • It means we broaden access points, identify obstacles and turn them into opportunities.

What else does this mean?

  • It means we have an opportunity to recreate, re-envision and reconcile many lingering issues, including defining the difference between neighborhoods and communities, providing clarity about roles, and creating a system of engagement that builds partnerships with, and between, communities throughout the city ofSeattle.
  • It means that we will be working to expand choices and opportunities for community members throughout this city, recognizing a special responsibility to plan for the needs of those who face barriers to participation.
  • It means that we’ll work with city offices and departments on community involvement to ensure that they are effective and efficient through the wise use and managementof all resources, including the community’s time.
  • And it means we will expand the toolbox and make some investments in digital engagement.

Seattle is a unique city, and we are fortunate to have so many valuable partners currently at the proverbial table. Those partners play an important role and that role will continue. While we are appreciative of the countless hours our volunteers spend making our city better, we recognize and acknowledge there are barriers to participation. There are communities who cannot be at the table, while there are some communities who don’t even know there is a table. This is where the Department of Neighborhoods comes in.

This is not a power grab. It is a power share. At the heart of this Executive Order is a commitment to advance the effective deployment of equitable and inclusive community engagement strategies across all city departments. This is about making information and opportunities for participation more accessible to communities throughout the city.

This is not about silencing voices. It’s the exact opposite. It’s about bringing more people into the conversations or at least creating opportunities for people to participate so they can be heard.

Face-to-face meetings are incredibly important and those are not going away. But not every person can attend a community meeting, and the ability to do so should not determine who gets to participate and who gets to be heard.

We’d love to hear what tools YOU need to be successful, and we’d like to hear how WE can help you. Share your ideas with us:

This is about making things easier and less exhaustive. This is about connecting communities to government and to one another. This is about moving forward.

Kathy Nyland, Director
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

Black Lives Matter marches to Capitol Hill to protest police killings


As the nation reacted to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s speech in Cleveland, a large protest marched through downtown Seattle and Capitol Hill Thursday to speak out against police violence toward the black community.

“I’m sick of white supremacy,” said one 19-year-old woman as the group of hundreds of marchers circled up for a session of statements at 12th and Pine in front of the East Precinct headquarters. “I’m mourning children I haven’t even conceived yet.”

“They see our skin as a weapon,” said another. Continue reading

Reminder: 5th annual Volunteer Park Picnic

Time flies when you’re working to make one of Capitol Hill’s great parks even better. CHS first introduced you to the Volunteer Park Trust — With big challenges looming, group forms to preserve *and* enhance Volunteer Park — in 2012. Thursday night, the group formed to shepherd the more than 100-year-old Olmsted park is holding its fifth annual Picnic in the Park:

5th Annual Picnic in the Park

Here’s the 2016 lineup:

• Live music provided by LoveCityLove Continue reading

Your very own 2016 Capitol Hill Block Party

Seattle’s annual Night Out celebration of safe streets and neighborhoods is Tuesday, August 2nd:

“Night Out” is a national event promoted in Seattle by Seattle Police Department Crime Prevention. It is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite our communities.

You can register here through August 1st.

The official description leaves out an important element: It’s also a lot of fun. The Night Out component just gives you a day to rally around to organize a neighborhood BBQ and whatever else you want to do to claim your street in the name of neighborliness. We’ve seen DJs, bean bag toss, sidewalk art, lots of music, and, of course, so much grilling.

You don’t need to register, of course, but doing so does a couple of things. First, it puts your event on SPD’s official map so everybody — even your shy neighbors — will know about it. It also makes it so that SPD or a fire truck might stop by so kids and the young at heart can check out the gear and meet a first responder or two. And third, it makes it official which helps reduce the flak factor by around 120%.

Oh yeah. Registering also does one more thing. It helps CHS find your party so we can take more great pictures. See you at your block party. Continue reading

Blotter | No serious injuries as 19th Ave E driver flips car on side

Thanks to a neighbor for the picture from the scene Monday

Thanks to a neighbor for the picture from the scene Monday

See something others should know about? Email CHS or call/txt (206) 399-5959. You can view recent CHS Crime coverage here.

  • 19th Ave E crash: The 25-year-old driver of a Subaru was lucky to escape uninjured in a crash Monday that left the car on its side in the middle of the usually quiet 19th Ave E. According to Seattle Police, the Subaru struck three other cars in the crash as it ended up on its side in the street. The driver was not seriously injured and there were no arrests for DUI, Seattle Police said. Traffic and the Metro bus route were diverted in the area for a few hours following the just before 5 PM incident. A full investigation is underway to determine what caused the driver to lose control as he drove north on 19th Ave E near E Mercer and the increasingly busy area of restaurants on the block.
  • Hammer assault: A man in a Hawaiian shirt and armed with a hammer as well as an advertising sign he found along the street was arrested by police after reportedly attacking a group on Broadway in an early morning July 7th assault. According to police, officers were called to Broadway and Harrison around 2:20 AM and found an intoxicated male who had fallen and struck his head after a scuffle with the group. The men told police the suspect accused a male victim of having stolen his wallet and was swinging a hammer when they tried to intervene. The group was able to disarm the man but he grabbed a sign from the sidewalk and began swinging again. During the ensuing fight, the victims said the suspect was punched and fell to the ground, striking his head. The suspect started crying and became remorseful when they called police, the victims said. Police arrived and took the intoxicated male into custody.
  • Trash can fires: A reminder, please make sure smoking materials are completely extinguished before tossing them in the trash:

Capitol Hill Community Post | #CHBP2016 Panel Series

blockpartylogoupdate2From Capitol Hill Block Party, Porter Novelli, and the Seattle Office of Film + Music + Special Events Present: #CHBP2016 Panel Series 

Panel #1: “Pay Attention to My Band!… Please?”
Seattle boasts hundreds and hundreds of great music artists, all of them vying for attention from local press, bookers, and other influencers. Long known for its role in helping emerging local artists on their way to national acclaim – from Fleet Foxes to Macklemore to Odesza – we’ve assembled a panel of experts to help Seattle musicians learn strategies to increase their chances of breaking through the clutter and getting noticed.

Panel #2: “How to Make a Living as a Musician in Seattle”
Competing forces are working against Seattle residents trying to make a living at music. There’s the increasingly complex music industry, where retail revenues are falling and digital music services are struggling to develop viable payment models… and the changing face of Seattle, where growth is leading to a higher cost of living. This panel, moderated by Kate Becker, Director of the Seattle Office of Film + Music + Special Events, seeks to answer the question “How, then, does one make a living as a musician in Seattle?” Kate will be joined by several local musicians who’ve figured out how to make a career in music… on their own terms.

Seattle makes its push for ‘Rest of the West’ 520 recommendations

The future Montlake lid "land bridge" -- already better thanks to the Seattle Design Commission

The future Montlake lid “land bridge” — already better thanks to the Seattle Design Commission

With the new 520 bridge already doing its floaty thing on Lake Washington, the Seattle Design Commission Monday will present its recommendations for the “rest of the west” portions of the expansion and reinvention of the state route connecting the Eastside and I-5 via Montlake. The full WSDOT menu of planned Seattle-side projects is here:

Presentation - WSDOT - Improving Safety and Mobility for the Region

A morning Seattle City Council briefing will focus on the recommendations with time for public comment before the afternoon full council session. While the Council won’t be voting on legislation or resolutions related to the “rest of the west” plan Monday, the discussion should help set the course for the city’s input on the Seattle-side, $1.64 billion component of the multi-year 520 replacement project.

Much of the Design Commission’s muscle is focused on the design of a planned Montlake lid and the body’s push for “smarter lid” design principles: Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Oldest Mariners/Seahawks Die Hard Fan Turns 103 on Friday

unnamed (6)From John Yeager, Aegis Living

Margaret Hardin is a die-hard Seattle sports fan who’s turning 103 Friday. She may well be the oldest Seattle die-hard sports fan. For her birthday, her granddaughters are taking her to the Mariners – Houston game where her name will appear on the scoreboard in the 2nd inning. She lives at an assisted living community on Capitol Hill (Aegis on Madison) when she follows the M’s, the Hawks and every other local team. They tell me she’s enormously happy with the M’s win and equally mad when they lose. Friday, they’re having a birthday party for her during the day at her assisted living community and then … the game.

Capitol Hill Community Post | HomeStreet Bank Urges Capitol Hill Residents to Join Seattle’s Largest Diaper Drive

13415615_10154296244884540_8619367724896066648_oFrom WestSide Baby

Through July 2016 Capitol Hill’s branch of HomeStreet Bank is partnering with local nonprofitWestSide Baby to host Seattle’s largest diaper drive. Local residents are urged to donate a package of diapers at the HomeStreet Bank Capitol Hill branch to benefit local babies in need.

Continuing throughout July, the 16th Annual Stuff the Bus diaper drive’s goal is to gather more than 300,000 diapers for children in need in Western King County. The public is urged to join in to support the cause by donating packages of diapers at drives across the city. The Capitol Hill branch of HomeStreet Bank is at 700 Broadway E Unit D, Seattle, WA 98102.

WestSide Baby’s Executive Director Nancy Woodland says: “We are delighted that HomeStreet Bank is once again lending its dollars and resources to help kids in our community. There are more than 10,000 children under the age of three living in poverty in King County. These children will need 22 million diapers per year. Unfortunately, many families are forced to choose between buying diapers and paying bills, as diapers are not covered by any government aid programs, including food stamps.”

“WestSide Baby has a significant impact on the community, and we are pleased to support the work they do,” said HomeStreet Bank CEO and President Mark K. Mason. “We focus our charitable contributions on organizations that address housing and basic needs, and WestSide Baby provides the most basic of needs for the youngest in our communities. We are excited to host the Stuff the Bus Diaper Drive.”

More information is available at:

2016 Capitol Hill summer outdoor movies start with samurai in Volunteer Park

We’ve already noted how busy the parks around Capitol Hill have been this week. It’s a sign of summer. An even truer sign of summer has also arrived — the first outdoor movie of the season on Capitol Hill.

Friday, the Seattle Asian Art Museum’s Gardner Center presents the first of three weeks of film and music at the Volunteer Park amphitheater with a screening of the “anti-samurai” piece Goyokin and music from blues duo Son Jack Jr. & Michael Wilde:

Outdoor Music & Films: Goyokin

The rest of summer 2016’s outdoor films events around Capitol Hill are below. Included is the return of Three Dollar Bill’s annual series in Cal Anderson Park — this year’s theme? The Fierce Awakens! Codependent Lesbian Space Alien, Spaceballs, Barbarella, and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy screen on Fridays in August. Continue reading

Capitol Hill ballot drop box update

The first wave -- including a UW box -- is installed

The first wave — including a UW box — is installed

The first step in the race for the 43rd…. a hugely important decision on a new Seattle housing levy…. the August primary ballot is headed your way.

Consider voting early and getting it done before the full daze of Seattle summer sets in. You’ll still need to mail your ballot this time around, though. Continue reading