City Council Notes | 23rd and Jackson pedestrian zone, 8 Clark replacement finalists, new Fire Chief

Here’s a look at this week’s Capitol Hill-centric highlights from the City Council’s chambers:

  • New Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scroggins (Image: City of Seattle)

    New Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scroggins (Image: City of Seattle)

    New Fire Chief confirmed: Monday afternoon, the Council voted unanimously to confirm Harold Scoggins as the next Chief of the Seattle Fire Department. Scoggins served as a firefighter for 25 years in Glendale, California, serving as Fire Chief there since 2008.

  • 23rd/Jackson pedestrian zone: Pedestrian zone legislation we discussed in a previous notes edition will be on the table again Tuesday afternoon along with a community-driven amendment to include the area around 23rd and Jackson in the plans.
  • Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 4.53.24 PMPosition 9 replacement candidates: The 44 have (somehow?) been cut to eight:
    The finalists, listed here in alphabetical order, are:·         Jan Drago

    ·         Noel Frame

    ·         Sharon Lee

    ·         Sharon Maeda

    ·         David Moseley

    ·         John Okamoto

    ·         Sheley Secrest

    ·         Alec Stephens

    “Finalists were selected based on their understanding of city government and the public policy issues associated with the Council’s Committee on Housing Affordability, Human Services and Economic Resiliency; their demonstrated commitment to social justice and the ability to communicate and collaborate effectively across cultures and with diverse populations; and their desire to serve the people of Seattle and assume the responsibilities and accountability inherent in the work of a Councilmember,” the Council announcement on the matter reads. You can submit comments about potential appointees via email at or at upcoming meetings on April 24 or 27. More information here.

  • Reminder: Kshama Sawant’s Affordable Housing Town Hall (PDF) is Thursday night in Council chambers.

This week in CHS history | 22/Union homicide, Grill on Broadway closes, Marination Station opens

8446325522_f3181177b8_oHere are the top stories from this week in CHS history:

City funds year-round youth shelter at 19th and Madison

61464_172894822849602_1913562182_nThe much needed — but temporary — set of beds inside 19th and Madison homeless youth facility Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets is still needed. And no longer temporary.

Mayor Ed Murray’s office announced Wednesday that PSKS will receive an additional $130,000 needed to operate as a year-long shelter.

Earlier this year, the 19th Ave community center used city funding to add its shelter beds as a temporary cold-weather measure. The shelter admits anyone between the ages of 18-29, and executive director Susan Fox said PSKS strives to make the space as safe as possible for queer youth. PSKS has a queer youth internship program, a transgendered support group, and has LGBTQ staff members.

The new grant will also allow PSKS to add an additional five beds to the facility starting in June.

“In a region like ours where there is such tremendous wealth, it’s heartbreaking that any of our youth experience homelessness,” Murray said in the announcement of the grant. “That’s why it is vital that we provide a warm bed, a pillow, and some relief from the dangers of the street. While permanent, safe housing is the ultimate goal, securing these additional resources will mean a few more young people every night won’t have to sleep on the streets.”

The funding meets a recommendation from a committee on homelessness advising the mayor and will also address some of the needs that have been expressed as solutions for countering hate crime on Capitol Hill including the demand for LGBTQ youth shelter space.



City Council Notes | New development parking recommendations, paid family leave, bike plan updates, candidate workshop

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Developers built about two living units for every parking space, says DPD and SDOT

Here’s a look at this week’s Capitol Hill-centric highlights from the City Council’s chambers:

  • Parking recommendations: Last week, we told you of outgoing transportation chair Tom Rasmussen’s call to reconsider the city’s rules around requiring — or really, not requiring — parking as part of new development in areas well-served by transit. This week, DPD and SDOT have delivered a report on revamping the city’s rules. But the mayor is setting a slightly more urbanist tone than his legislative cousin. “Seattle is experiencing tremendous growth as our economy continues to expand and add tens of thousands of new jobs. It is our challenge to do more to ensure Seattle is affordable and livable for current and future residents,” Mayor Ed Murray said in a statement on the new report (PDF). “To do this, we can’t rely on the parking strategies of the 1950’s. Instead, we must pursue innovative policies that will give residents more transportation choices and smartly manage our current parking supply. The report includes a set of recommendations for you to chew on:
    • Require bus passes for new residential developments in center city neighborhoods and other areas frequently served by transit, along with car share memberships, bike share memberships, or similar services.
    • Remove City code barriers and promote shared parking of underutilized parking spaces.
    • Update City code to include improved bike parking for more types of new development and promote guidance for placing bike share stations on private property.
    • Review residential parking conditions and the Restricted Parking Zone program to identify demand management strategies in growing neighborhoods.
    • Promote garage designs that facilitate sharing parking among different buildings in a neighborhood.  This would include providing guidance for optimal access, layout and security.
    • Promote transportation options and ensure that our neighborhoods continue to be well served by transit.
    Also... parking is expensive

    Also… parking is expensive

    More interesting might be findings including:

    • In areas where parking is not required, about 3/4 of new developments provide parking (average is 0.55 spaces per dwelling unit), that is, 167 out of 219 projects permitted since 2012. Only about 12% of the 19,000 housing units have been built without parking.
    • Development with reduced or no parking is clustering in areas with frequent transit service including Capitol Hill and other neighborhoods such as University District and Ballard. Continue reading

Take Back the Hill march a ‘youth led action’ for queer and trans safety

11088494_735563153229169_2625845599619424000_o (1)As a Seattle task force ponders a queer youth homeless shelter or an LGBTQ community center on Capitol Hill as a response to a rise in hate crimes, groups are planning a Friday night march to Take Back the Hill in the midst of spring break nightlife revelry in the neighborhood:

LGBTQ Homeless Youth are speaking out about the increase in violence on the hill!

Youth identified the need to protect queer and trans* safe space that helps us stay in touch with ourselves, creates pride in who we are, values the unique forms of LGBTQ expression and resistance and helps to maintain a cohesive queer and trans* culture. Out of this desire, youth from WERQ Winter Institute decided their community advocacy project will be an action called ‘Take Back the Hill’.

Take Back the Hill is a queer and trans* youth led action on
April 10th beginning at 7:30pm and initially gathering at the corner of Broadway and Pine. Activists will march down Pine and Pike while video interviewing neighbors to actively engage community in a dialogue around queer and trans* safety, advocates will lead a Social Justice Chalk Tour where activists will identify places homeless youth experienced violence or harassment on the hill, and youth will deliver letters to Capitol Hill businesses requesting more queer and trans* friendly business practices.

Adult allies are welcomed.

All are invited to wear colorful, festive attire!

We want to be seen! Music will also be included! This is an action of celebration of queer and trans* youth culture.

The event is slated to begin with a gathering at Broadway and Pine starting at 7:30 PM Friday.

The march is being organized by the LGBTQ Allyship, Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets, Ingersoll Gender Center and Entre Hermanos.


On the List | Capitol Hill Art Walk, coffee block party, ByDesign film fest, Ghost Gallery birthday

TNT-@-SCAA-Event-Block-Party-e1426267676262It’s a weekend of art and coffee around Capitol Hill as the monthly art walk returns and thousands of caffeine peddlers descent on Seattle for a massive coffee convention.

(Image: King County)

(Image: King County)

As usual, you’ll find a full roster for Thursday’s April edition of the Capitol Hill Art Walk at Make time to include these two stops in your itinerary:

Capitol Hill Art Invasion
A cabal of over 30 artists take over Capitol Hill house for a one night art show.
On the corner of 12th and E. John Street, a classic house awaits demolition to make way for the construction of yet another high density apartment building. During the past decade, the house provided local artists, theater professionals and other small businesses with affordable studio and office space.

After Seattle
The reason why I call this exhibit After Seattle is that there is a point when a sharp increase in our city’s buildings, human activity, and economic volume will change it into something we could never foresee.

Due Process
CHS told you here about the project to give maligned Pike/Pine gentrifiers, bros, and Woo! girls their Due Process through art.

Thursday night also brings the Specialty Coffee Association of America Block Party to Capitol Hill:

Join a couple thousand of your fellow attendees for great socializing, music, a beer garden and the Thursday Night Latte Art Throwdown at Victrola Coffee Roasters! Area restaurants and food vendors will be selling adult beverages (to guests 21+), sample food and small bites.

Happy birthday, Ghost Gallery

Happy birthday, Ghost Gallery

Also this weekend, Northwest Film Forum hosts the annual ByDesign architecture and design film festival, the Moisture Festival brings IMPulse Circus Collective to the Broadway Performance Hall and the lovely little Ghost Gallery celebrates five years at E Denny Way and Summit.

For more things to do on and around Capitol Hill, check out the CHS Calendar. It’s open to community updates if you have an event you want to share. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Cal Anderson DJ beats + Easter eggs


(Images: Alex “Bunny” Garland for CHS)

IMG_3120As Jake One points out, it’s not every egg hunt, indeed, where the kids get a DJ’s beat for their mad dash to clear the park.

But in Cal Anderson Saturday, the plastic eggs were plentiful and the beats were hot even if the spring breeze was a bit chilly.

Once again, Capitol Hill records were set as egg hunters cleared the fields in less time than it took moms, dads, etc. to unlock their mobile devices.

You can check out even more pictures of the 2015 hunt on the CHS Facebook page.

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Chocolate bunnies pop up on Capitol Hill

(Image: Dolcetta Artisan Sweets)

(Image: Dolcetta Artisan Sweets)

Whatever your level of faith, it’s difficult to resist a chocolate bunny. Saturday, Capitol Hill will again host the annual pre-Easter pop-up of Dolcetta Artisan Sweets:

It’s almost time… stop by Sole Repair Shop tomorrow (Saturday) between 11 and 4 for handmade Easter treats – decorated chocolate bunnies, Easter egg macarons, chocolate covered nougat, colorful bonbons, and your favorite Dolcetta bars, truffles, and caramels.

11134090_910351475681913_579227808923137028_oMeanwhile, a more permanent provider of sweets and amazing chocolate creations just might have something left for your basket at Bakery Nouveau. Here are a few treats we found on Nouveau’s Facebook page:

Bakery Noveau is open 7 AM to 9 PM at 137 15th Ave E. Dolcetta Artisan Sweets pops up at Sole Repair at 1001 E Pike from 11 AM to 4 PM Saturday.

Here’s the 2015 list of 2015 Capitol Hill-area egg hunts.

This week in CHS history: The Pine Box born, Chase 5 not guilty, Barista Boyz

Pine Box @ Capitol HillHere are the top stories from this week in CHS history:

Capitol Hill Housing reaches agreement for 50 years of affordability in Squire Park Place deal

(Image: CHH)

(Image: CHH)

Capitol Hill Housing announced it has agreed with a Central District community organization to keep the rules governing affordable apartments in Squire Park Place for another 50 years in the building it acquired late last year.

CHS reported on non-profit developer Capitol Hill Housing’s plan to acquire the 18th and Jackson property last summer. Though the deal closed in December for $11.25 million, the, Capitol Hill Housing announced Wednesday it had reached an accord on a 50-year agreement “following several months of conversations” with the Central Area Development Association about “continuing the organization’s commitment to equitable development in the Central District.”

“Half of the apartments at Squire Park Plaza are reserved for working individuals and families earning between 50 and 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) for King County,” the announcement on the agreement reads. “CHH will extend this affordability for a minimum of 50 years.” Continue reading