Love and sex was in the air Thursday night as February’s Capitol Hill Art Walk got all mixed up and sloppy with Valentine’s Day. CHS stopped through Ghost Gallery’s The Art of Tarot III exhibition, Blue Cone Studio’s Erotica Art Walk and Love City Love’s Tongue Jockey Heart Breakers group show and found plenty of penises, vulvas, and boobs. And, hearts, too. Maybe safe for work? Mostly safe for work? Or just wait until you get home. Love, CHS.
Activists may have lost in court but they haven’t given up on winning hearts in their battle against the new youth jail at 12th and Alder.
Saying she and fellow activists were there to celebrate Valentine’s Day and “what it means to love community and love young people,” activist and attorney Nikkita Oliver said a group gathered outside the under construction King County Youth and Family Justice Center would be delivering No New Youth Jail Valentines to officials and judges.
“We are here to uplift ourselves and love ourselves and say we’re not going to allow buildings like this to be built and invested in,” Oliver said. Continue reading
Here are a few of our favorite Valentine’s Day, love, loveless, hugs, kisses, flowers, chocolate, and, yes, happy sex stories from the CHS archives. Happy Valentine’s Day 2019.
Some Montlake neighbors are calling on the Washington State Department of Transportation to add some 45 days and $20 million of construction to a key SR-520 project in order to save the neighborhood’s grocery and quick stop market.
Thursday is the final day of an online survey process WSDOT is using to gauge public interest in three main possible scenarios — preserve the Montlake Market but close it during construction, preserve the market and allow the store to continue operating through construction, or tear it all down. You can take the WSDOT survey here through 5 PM Thursday. Continue reading
Banks of dirty, wet snow line the edges of Capitol HIll’s streets while sidewalks remain a slushy mess. Cars probably won’t be spinning out once they make it to the street but the new spectator sport is watching people try to dig their cars out. Maybe lend a hand. Here are some wrap-up notes on Snowbruary 2019’s Wednesday.
- Snow routes: Metro will restore most of its service and buses will operate on snow routes Wednesday morning “on a route-by-route basis,” the county says:
Riders are encouraged to visit Metro’s MetroWinter.com website for route specific information on Wednesday morning before traveling and sign up for alerts. Online updates are underway for over 200 bus routes and will be available by Wednesday morning.
RIDER ALERT! Prepare for snow reroutes & delays Wednesday, and BEFORE you ride check if your ROUTE is operating and WHERE https://t.co/QujzOTMXRZ
Then see if your TRIP is operating through Next Departures on our Trip Planner or text your stop ID to 62550. pic.twitter.com/mhKpk1gbew
— King County Metro🚨❄️🚌❄️🚨 (@kcmetrobus) February 13, 2019
- No school: If the parents, grandparents, guardians, and child care pros in your life seem a little rundown, consider that Wednesday is yet another snow day. While the main streets are mostly clear, the soppy conditions moved Seattle Public Schools to declare yet another snow day:
Schools will be closed on Wednesday, Feb. 13 due to adverse weather conditions. We thank the City of Seattle for their continued and diligent efforts to clear roads including many near our schools. Yet, many sidewalks and walkways are not cleared of ice and slush, and side streets in the north and south ends of the district continue to be icy. All activities, athletics and public meetings are canceled. There will be no preschool or Head Start.
As for make-up days, the district reminds there are two scheduled — June 21 and 24 — but says the state won’t consider any waiver requests “until after the threat of further weather closures has passed.” UPDATE: Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said Wednesday the city has been working with Seattle Public School and King County Metro “to discuss immediate next steps to try and get our children back into schools as quickly as possible.” Seattle Schools has workers out clearing sidewalks near its campuses and SDOT road crews are out again pre-treating roads in anticipation of another freeze Wednesday night. As for garbage, crews are out for Monday/Tuesday customers Wednesday with other customers on a one-day delay.
- Levies: The district is declaring victory in Tuesday’s vote on two school levies. “These two levy replacements will help fund critical day-to-day operations for Seattle Public Schools, including salaries, textbooks and materials, as well as the rebuild of eight aging schools, improved safety and security, increased technology access, and added capacity across our district,” a statement on the successful votes reads.
Public defender and former tenants’ rights lawyer Ami Nguyen is running for the Seattle City Council in District 3, which includes the Central District, Capitol Hill, Yesler Terrace, Mt Baker, Madrona, Leschi, Madison Park and Montlake.
Nguyen is entering the race to bring a strong and nuanced approach to policy change in Seattle focusing on municipal justice reform, homelessness prevention, and childcare access. “I want to see more direct policy changes to reflect the values we stand for as a city” says Nguyen.
“As a public defender who has worked with the most vulnerable populations at Seattle Municipal Court, I look forward to pressing for policy changes that eradicates discrimination and unfair treatment of people of color, poor people, and individuals suffering from mental illness or addiction. I will put forth policies where social services replace ineffective punitive systems that excessively drain our budget.”
“My experience as a renter and tenants’ rights attorney has given me the insight to develop policies that empowers renters so that the system is no longer a tool only for the rich.” Says Nguyen, “The City has the duty to enforce habitability laws and fine slumlords without displacing tenants.”
Ami recognizes the high cost of childcare, forcing long-term Seattle residents to move to other cities. “Childcare costs should not prohibit families from staying in Seattle. Our city needs to provide resources to make obtaining child care licensing more feasible and subsidize child care businesses.” She plans to participate in Seattle’s Democracy Voucher Program.
Last week, the Seattle City Auditor released its review of the city’s homelessness response related to early outreach, hygiene services, and evaluation. The report was critical of the city’s execution on all three.
“The City does not currently use a robust systematic approach for managing homeless outreach field operations, which involve nine nonprofit organizations, multiple City agencies, and King County,” the report reads. “Outreach providers, including the Navigation Team, need direct access to diversion resources to better serve newly unsheltered individuals, and the Human Service’s Department’s December 2018 diversion guidelines represent a significant positive step.”
The report is part of an ongoing evaluation of the city’s response to the crisis and comes as Kshama Sawant has moved to block Mayor Jenny Durkan’s nomination of Jason Johnson as Director of the Human Services Department in a battle over how the city manages its homelessness resources. It also comes as Capitol Hill’s business community awaits progress at City Hall on an agreement about how money from the neighborhood’s chamber of commerce will be spent to power a homelessness outreach effort here on Capitol Hill. Continue reading
Outreach teams from King County and the City of Seattle are on patrol around downtown and parts of Capitol Hill to help people on the streets get out of the cold. You can help by dialing 2-1-1.
The King County Emergency Services Patrol, funded by the county and the city, is “operating 24/7 during the weekend to help people who are living on the streets in downtown Seattle” and “out meeting with people who are experiencing homelessness to encourage them to come inside during the winter storm.”
But you can also help out by calling 2-1-1 to let the outreach teams know about somebody who may need help.
You can also call 9-1-1 but reports from some callers say that the emergency dispatchers haven’t treated the shelter shuttle calls as priorities.
The county and the city have increased available shelters and warming facilities through the recent storms and into next week. A roster of severe weather shelters is here.
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It’s been a while since Seattle saw a full-blown snow day. Monday’s snowy, slushy, icy roads and sidewalks put a twist in getting around. With schools canceled and a general downshift in schedules across the city, many had no particular place to go, anyhow. But many others stayed on the move, while others tried to deal with the blast of cold weather that added an even bigger challenge to life on the streets. The cold, for some, withered hope. CHS encountered a man in Cal Anderson sitting in the cold snow and told him there was a shelter open nearby. His response: “I don’t care.” In addition to the city’s existing overnight shelters, officials have made extra beds available at the King County Administration Building through Wednesday while a City of Seattle “severe weather shelter” is open at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall from 7 PM to 7 AM through Tuesday.
Many businesses were closed or closed early because of the snow and ice but there were also plenty of cafes, restaurants, and shops with workers who braved the cold to come in and open up. A warm cafe with a good cup of coffee was a testament to the neighborhood’s walkability and public transit — and also, of course, next month’s rent.
Things will be getting back toward normal Tuesday but maybe a little slowly. Seattle Public Schools announced it will be back open for business Tuesday but on a two-hour delay. UPDATE: Seattle Public Schools has announced its campuses will remain closed Tuesday due to “adverse weather conditions” thanks to the icy roads and sidewalks. More Tuesday updates here — Ice days: Slippery sidewalks and roads across Capitol Hill