District holding informational meetings prior to February Seattle school levy renewal votes

Seattle Public Schools is holding public meetings to discuss two levies on the ballot in February’s special election. Thursday night brings the session closest to Capitol Hill at Montlake Elementary:

Seattle Public Schools (SPS) will host three community meetings in January to provide information and answer questions about two levies that Seattle voters will consider in a special
election on Feb. 12, 2019. The two levies are the Educational Programs and Operations Levy (EP&O) and the Building Excellence V Capital Levy (BEX V). If approved, the two levies will replace two expiring levies that voters previously approved in 2013 and 2016. Continue reading

Mandatory Housing Affordability zoning changes planned for March vote

View the city’s MHA proposal maps here

The City Council is planning a March vote on Mandatory Housing Affordability upzoning hoped to further stem the tide of Seattle’s expensive rents and impossible house payments.

The council’s MHA committee meeting met for the first time in 2019 Monday to begin the process of sorting out amendments to the proposal before a February 25th public hearing on the plan and the March 18th vote hoped to bring the multi-year process to fruition. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Early contender for saddest Capitol Hill story of the year

It’s only January 7th and we already have a contender for the saddest story in 2019 on Capitol Hill.

A new, heartbreaking flyer has joined the mix of lost dog and house cleaning service ads on utility poles around 19th Ave.

“First flight the plane took off and kept going!,” it reads. “We could see it high in the sky fly over Meany Middle School and it kept flying north.”

During the recent wind-whipped days, did you see a small, blue and white remote control airplane soaring tragically to the north?

You can make this possible saddest of 2019 into the happiest Capitol Hill story of the year. An image of the full flyer is here complete with contact info for the pilot’s crew.

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CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

Capitol Hill and the nearby lends itself to great imagery. Social media is filled with images of the places and streets around us. We share some of the best here. To be included and help us find your stuff, use the #capitolhillseattle tag on Instagram or ping @capitolhillseattle or @jseattle via Twitter.

We still also have lots of love for the CHS Flickr Pool and its more than 36,000 photographs — most of Capitol Hill images, many glorious, some technically amazing. The pool is a mix of contributions from Capitol Hill shutterbugs. With changes at Flickr, its days of an amazing, free for most repository of great photography have shifted but we’re still watching. Continue reading

Proposal from Capitol Hill state senator would make Washington first to legalize composting the dead

Concept for a “recomposition” facility (Image: Recompose)

State Sen. Jamie Pedersen is ready to breathe some life into changing Washington’s laws about what happens after we are dead.

Capitol Hill resident Pedersen says he will introduce a bill when the 2019 legislative session starts in Olympia that could make the state the first to legalize composting of human remains. Continue reading

Your welcome to 2019, post holidays Capitol Hill briefing

Dacha Diner opened on E Olive Way to end the year

Here’s what you may have missed on and around Capitol Hill over the holidays. Happy New Year!

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CHS Year in Review 2018 | The year in Capitol Hill pictures

Remember 2018. Here is what happened on Capitol Hill. Here is what it tasted like. Here is what it looked like. We’ve selected 50 of the best images from CHS coverage over the past year. Below, you will find the faces and places at the center of CHS stories about the neighborhood and beyond, Most of the shots come courtesy of CHS photo pro for hire Alex Garland. We — and the neighborhood — are lucky to have his eye. Thanks to Alex and all of the CHS contributors for another great year. Click the photos for the news behind the images.

2018 CHS Year in Review: Capitol Hill’s 23 most important storiesMergers and acquisitions — the year in Capitol Hill food+drink

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CHS Year in Review 2018 | Most read and most commented stories

The numbers do not lie. Or something. Here’s a look at CHS’s 2018 stories from an analytical point of view.

CHS 2018 Most Read

  1. 5/30/2018 SWAT standoff blocks off area around E Howell — UPDATE: Suspect taken into custody
  2. 6/30/2018 Eyewitnesses: Capitol Hill’s mystery soda machine has disappeared
  3. 6/22/2018 The Pike/Pine fallout from Meinert rape accusations
  4. 12/18/2018 ‘Please refrain from donating to panhandlers’ — Capitol Hill Uncle Ike’s sign targets handouts
  5. 4/14/2018 Broadway apartment tower home to Whole Foods to open this summer — but no shopping ’til fall
  6. 1/29/2018 Here’s why QFC is closing off its Harvard Ave entrances 
  7. 9/14/2018 Victim dropped outside Harborview after 24th and Yesler shooting 
  8. 5/24/2018 Union cocktail lounge will bring together Capitol Hill gay bar legends
  9. 1/9/2018 A Jewish deli on Capitol Hill: Pastrami, kosher hot dogs, and knishes the plan at Dingfelder’s Delicatessen
  10. 8/1/2018 Lumbersexual axe-tossing bar Blade and Timber coming to Broadway 

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Capitol Hill Community Post | 9-1-1 system down in Washington State — UPDATE: Still down

From King County

The 9-1-1 system in Washington State is down at this time. No calls are getting through to the 9-1-1 centers, either on landlines or cell phones.

People who are having an emergency in King County can call the ten-digit emergency number for the police or fire agency in their area on a landline or cell phone, or they can use Text-to-911 on their cell phone.

There is no estimate for restoration of 9-1-1 service. No additional details are available at this time.

From SPD: If you are having difficulty connecting to the Seattle 911 Center, please call 206 583-2111, 206 625-5011 or text 911

UPDATE 12/28/2018 7:55 AM: The 9-1-1 problems in Seattle and around the state have reportedly continued into Friday morning. KUOW reports a network malfunction at CenturyLink took out 911 service across Washington and in other states nationwide Thursday night.

UPDATE: 12/28/2018 10:26 AM: SPD says 9-1-1 calls are getting through — but be ready to call (206) 583-2111 just in case: