Capitol Hill Community Post | $2.65M to streamline school start times and improve school traffic safety

From the City of Seattle

Today, Mayor Ed Murray announced that he will propose $2.3M in startup funding to help Seattle Public Schools students get more sleep and be better equipped for academic success. The funding will help SPS implement a two-tiered bell schedule (down from three), in response to requests from families. Mayor Murray will request the Families and Education Levy review board support the allocation, which is needed to fund additional school buses to sustain the new schedule. Additionally, the Mayor will also propose $380,000 to increase safety by maintaining crossing guards during school hours.

“The City of Seattle is happy to contribute this funding to help the School District better serve our students and put them in a position to succeed,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “This use of Families and Education Levy resources will go to implementing a better bell schedule and helping our students get to and from school safely. These are our children and I am committed to ensure they have all the tools they need to get a great education.” Continue reading

CHS Pics | Seattle marches for science from Capitol Hill

Mother Earth

With a crowd full of scientists, estimates varied. But somewhere between 10,000 to 20,000 people rallied in Cal Anderson Park Saturday before embarking on Seattle’s March for Science in a day celebrating “the best method we have for understanding the world” and marking continued resistance to the Trump administration from the nation’s largest cities. Here are a few of the images shared in the CHS Flickr Pool. Thanks to the photographers who shared their work.

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Metro launches new pilot with Microsoft shuttles sharing Capitol Hill bus stops

King County announced this week that it will begin a test of a new pilot program along with Microsoft and Children’s Hospital for “better use of public curb space” —

Starting Monday, April 24, Metro routes 10 and 12 will share space at bus stops – 11420, located southbound on 15th Av E just south of E Mercer St, and – 13250, located southbound on 19th Av E just south of E Harrison St, with Microsoft employer shuttle vehicles.

The City of Seattle, King County Metro Transit, Seattle Children’s Hospital and Microsoft are collaboratively conducting an innovative pilot project aimed at increasing ridership and safety, and making better use of public curb space.

The six-month long pilot project will allow – by permit – employer-provided shuttles to temporarily serve 11 public King County Metro bus stops to test the ability and value of multiple transit/shuttle services sharing existing transit stops. The pilot will result in no additional shuttles on the road than existing levels of service.

More information, including locations of the stops, is on the City of Seattle’s Employer Shared Transit Stops pilot website.

Public comment can be submitted by calling 206-256-5100 or sending email to

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

CHS wrote about the increasing presence of company shuttles in the neighborhood last fall:

Microsoft running larger employee shuttles more often through Capitol Hill amid increased demand

Street Treats counter and its custom ice cream sandwiches ready in the Central District

“Here’s Andi! Our first customer. Very soft opening now until 8!” (Image: Street Treats)

The Street Treats truck has a place to park. After moving its production kitchen to E Union, the mobile dessert and custom ice cream sandwich provider, is now ready to debut its walk-up counter offering “street treats” to its new Central District neighbors.

The official opening is planned for Saturday, April 22nd but stop by for a soft opening snack if you get the mood.

Street Treats adding ice cream sandwiches, sweets to busy scene around 23rd and Union

Capitol Hill Community Post | Progressive Small Business Owner and Environmental Leader Sara Nelson Announces Entry into Seattle City Council Position 8 (Citywide) Race

From Sara Nelson for City Council

Sara Nelson, an environmental champion and owner of Fremont Brewing, a neighborhood small business, announced today that she is running for Seattle City Council Position 8.

A longtime resident of Green Lake with a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Washington, Sara has been an active member of our community for nearly 30 years. Sara is a pragmatic and experienced progressive leader with strong environmental and social justice credentials. As a former City Council staff person, she has a nuanced understanding of how city government works and a firm grasp of how best to develop and implement complex city policy. As a co-founder of Fremont Brewing, a popular neighborhood small business, Nelson helped grow the company from 3 full-time employees in 2009 to over 60 today and will bring that direct experience creating middle class, manufacturing jobs to City Council. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Introducing Modern Steep Tea Company

Screen Shot 2017-04-19 at 2.37.54 PMFrom Modern Steep Tea Company

Christopher Glenn, spokesman for RCTea Corp., announced that Remedy Teas has changed its name to Modern Steep Tea Company, effective April 12, 2017.

For nearly 11 years, the business operated under the trade name Remedy Teas.  However, owners, staff and many customers have long shared that the name was too narrowly defining as it suggested a focus on medicinal and functional herbal teas rather than the much broader line of organic pure leaf teas and custom blends that the company represents.

The new name, Modern Steep, is more all encompassing while reflecting the business as one whose mission is to source and sell high quality, organic teas in an accessible, contemporary and down-to-earth fashion.  The aesthetic of the company is modern in nature and not particularly British- or Asian-inspired. Furthermore, the company is headquartered in a modern café location featuring a casual, upbeat vibe, and located in Capitol Hill – one of Seattle’s most vibrant and diverse neighborhoods.

The name change comes also at a time during which the locally-owned, independent company is expanding its online presence, selling teas and accessories throughout the United States and Canada. New retail packaging designs and options have been released as part of the change in name with other gift packs and retail products being released later this summer. The café also has a fresh new look inside featuring a warmer color palette and the addition of new plants.

While it may be hard to get used to the name change, staff and customers have been excited about the change and how it will better represent the company going forward.

As a long-time customer recently put it, “the name will finally make sense to friends and colleagues when I invite them to join me for a cup of my favorite tea.”

Capitol Hill Community Post | Cary Moon, Urban Planner and Civic Leader, Launches Campaign for Mayor of Seattle

From Cary Moon for Mayor

unnamed (42)Urban planner and civic leader Cary Moon is running for Mayor of Seattle. She is launching with an innovative campaign that reflects her inclusive, collaborative approach – including a detailed statement of her vision and solutions to Seattle’s biggest challenges, a Virtual Town Hall open to everyone on April 27, and an intensive listening tour reaching every neighborhood in Seattle.

“I’m running for Mayor because I feel an immense duty and responsibility to ensure Seattle, our beautiful, vibrant, diverse city, works for everyone. I will listen and take honest stock of the challenges facing our city, and I will use my expertise as an urban planner, engineer and civic leader to develop strategies that strike Seattle’s problems at their root cause, not just address the symptoms.Seattle’s prosperity should provide shared opportunity and success for everyone, not just the wealthy elite. We can’t let the future of our city be sold to the highest bidder. We all belong here, and deserve a voice in shaping our city’s future. ” Continue reading

Hula Hula announces ‘grand re-opening’ Friday on Capitol Hill

Like we said, CHS will occasionally kick into action for vitally important news. Like this. Hula Hula, after a “tiki the shit” out of it overhaul of the old Clever Dunne’s space — will officially open Friday and begin its new life on Capitol Hill, owner Keith Robbins has announced.

“People love gathering at Hula Hula for karaoke and cocktails and we’ve been at it for 10 years strong,” Robbins says in the announcement, below. “Capitol Hill, specifically the Olive Way corridor, is the perfect neighborhood to continue the tiki bar tradition.”

Same tiki-fabulous swagger and nightly karaoke; vibrant, new party-centric spot

SEATTLE—April 18, 2017—Seattle’s legendary Tiki-Karaoke bar, Hula Hula, will be back in action Friday after breezing its way across town (1.6 miles due east) to settle into its new festive digs at 1501 East Olive Way (at the corner of E. Howell). Open 365 days per year, hours will be daily from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Seattle University Issues Report on SPD Micro-Community Policing Plans

From the Seattle Police Department

Seattle University completed its two-year implementation evaluation of SPD’s Micro-Community Policing Plans (MCPP). Overall, the report highlights improved measures of perceived safety and police legitimacy compared to 2015, with all major metrics maintaining positive levels or significantly improving. The report summarizes research findings composed of participant observation, community focus groups, and the development and administration of the Seattle University Public Safety Survey. The evaluation was independently conducted by the Seattle University Department of Criminal Justice researchers.

The MCPP initiative began two years ago as a grassroots effort, bringing community residents together with their local precinct captains and Community Policing Teams to identify problems, analyze existing quality of life and crime data, and design individualized plans to reduce and prevent crime. Today, MCPP are an integral part of police-community engagement, with crime data and citizen perceptions of public safety being critical to directing police resources and services at the micro-community level. The department updates its interactive MCPP website every quarter for each of the city’s 57 MCPP neighborhoods.

Last year, Seattle University released results from its first ever citywide public safety survey, conducted in 2015. The survey was administered again in 2016, and garnered 8,524 responses (vs. 7,286 responses from 2015). The survey gauged attitudes around public safety issues, perceptions of police, neighborhoods, and crime.

Similar to the 2015 survey findings, respondents indicated that Seattle maintains high levels of social organization, social cohesion, and informal social control. Police legitimacy, as it relates to SPD and its officers, remains strong, and showed increases both citywide and across most of the precincts and micro-communities. This is consistent with findings from a recent, Department of Justice survey, which indicated that community perceptions toward the Seattle Police Department continue to improve.


DOJ-Community-Attitudes-Survey-SPDProperty crime continues to be among the top three concerns across both surveys. These crimes have been widespread, and a focus for SPD’s Major Crimes Task Force on prolific offenders. As a result, SPD has seen steady decreases in citywide property crime over the past several months—particularly in the North Precinct. Homelessness also was a prominent theme, and continues to be a central citywide focus through the development and implementation of the Navigation Team, real time collaboration of city departments through the Emergency Operations Center, and the Pathways Home initiative.

“Our Micro-Community Policing Plans provide the foundation for robust community partnerships,” said Chief Kathleen O’Toole. “We will continue to rely on the perspectives of beat cops and our community members as we refine our priorities. I want to thank Seattle University for helping us develop a framework to measure and enhance this leading edge strategy.”

“The SPD MCPP offers an innovative and transparent service and data collection system — the first of its kind nationwide to triangulate data on crime, citizen perceptions, and police activities at the micro-community level,” said Dr. Jacqueline Helfgott, Professor and Chair of the Criminal Justice Department at Seattle University. “The goal is to increase police capacity to respond holistically and collaboratively to reduce crime, increase public safety and neighborhood quality of life. This report shows the evolution of the MCPP initiative over the past two years into a dynamic, collaborative infrastructure that supports SPD’s data collection and sharing on crime, crime perceptions, and police activities across the City, in partnership with our community.”

MCPP remains a priority for SPD. The tools developed through this partnership between SPD and the Seattle University Department of Criminal Justice provide a framework moving forward for continued data collection, evaluation, and improvements to the MCPP. Seattle University will continue its work on this initiative through October 2017, and thereafter, pending additional grant funding.


Capitol Hill Community Post | McGinn for Mayor Campaign Statement

18010786_10153951843054649_1425175728058315063_nFrom McGinn for Mayor

Campaigns, like our great city, are about people. Every four years, when this city elects a mayor, Seattle has the opportunity to have a conversation about its future.

So I am humbled to share that I will be seeking your support this year as Seattle votes on who will serve as our next mayor.

For the past three years, I’ve been watching this city change in ways that I think we all should be concerned about.

The economy is growing, and for a reason. We have a wonderful city and major employers want to be here. That’s great. Continue reading