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‘Scrunched’ on Capitol Hill

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 11.11.05 AMMaybe it’s a sign of fatigue in people’s interest level after years of debate — CHS’s first major examination of aPodment-related development came way back in the summer of 2012 — but this epic Politico examination of Seattle’s microhousing is worthy of more attention on Capitol Hill.

For one, you’ll learn more about the people behind the debate…

Like Jim Potter:

The roots of micro-housing in Seattle can be traced to a single developer named Jim Potter. At 6 foot 6, he was the movement’s Johnny Appleseed, an imposing presence with a booming voice, an aggressive businessman who owned properties up and down the state of Washington. But his true claim to fame, at least in the Seattle real estate world, was his compulsive study of the city’s zoning code.

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Day of anti-police protests planned with marches on Capitol Hill’s East Precinct

2010's October 22nd events followed the killing of JT Williams by an SPD officer that summer and marked the start of a busy few years for anti-police protests around Capitol Hill

2010’s October 22nd protests followed the killing of JT Williams by an SPD officer that summer and marked the start of a busy few years for anti-police protests around Capitol Hill. After years busy with Occupy Seattle, anarchist and anti-cop rally activity around the Hill, 2014 has been a relatively quiet period for protest. (Image: CHS)

The heartiest of activist souls will take to the drenched streets of Seattle’s Central District and Capitol Hill Wednesday afternoon and into the evening as part of protests against “police brutality and harassment of youth of color in Seattle.” The Garfield High School Black Student Union’s March for Ferguson begins at the 23rd Ave school at 3:30 PM. Organizers tell CHS the plan is to march to SPD’s East Precinct headquarters at 12th and Pine. Meanwhile, the annual October 22nd anti-police rally and march will again gather at Seattle Central starting at 5 PM and also is planned to include a march on the East Precinct.

In a statement sent to CHS by the group’s vice president, the Black Student Union organizers are asking participants to congregate “in front of SPD East Precinct to assert our rejection of the police force here and nationwide” —

Some are under the impression that Seattle is some sort of liberal Utopia where police brutality does not exist, despite the fact that the Seattle Police Department was under the investigation of the United States Department of Justice within the last three years for excessive force and concerns of discriminatory policing. The Department of Justice Findings Letter stated
“This perception is rooted in a number of factors, including negative street encounters, recent well-publicized videos of force being used against people of color, incidents of overt discrimination, and concerns that the pattern of excessive force disproportionately affects minorities.”

“We are using this march to call attention to the mass amounts of police brutality that happen in our country every day,” Black Student Union vice president Issa George said in a statement emailed to media.

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‘Too Capitol Hill to Schmapitol Hill’

We don’t know what this means! But tonight’s edition from (soon to be resident in 12th Ave ArtsWashington Ensemble Theatre’s “exciting new literary event series” (as of 2012) sounds fun! (probably!) Also, we don’t know how you get an un-free ticket but, reportedly, you can get a “free ticket” by posting a picture “of you in your favorite Cap Hill place” here:

(Image: WET)

We don’t know who these people are (Image: WET)

The super cool kids from Washington Ensemble Theatre are back with a brand new stupid smart Six Pack Series! This time we’re holding a mirror up to nature, letting ALL the world be a stage, and poking some much needed fun a the hipster haunt we call home

<<< SIX PACK SERIES: TOO CAPITOL HILL TO SCHMAPITOL HILL >>>

And because you can’t appreciate “the hill” from one place alone we will be taking you on a tour of Capitol Hill. That’s right: hold on to your norm core Nikes, your kimonos, and your air plant necklaces, and jump on a tour of the magical land of street dogs, Manny’s, and the future home of the Bellevue douche bags you dated in high school.

You want a free ticket? Post a picture of you in your favorite Cap Hill place on this invite and we’ll save you spot on the tour/party bus.

Meet at St. John’s at 8:30 pm on Oct 21, 2014 and come on tour with the super fabulous and fine Hillebrities:
Sarah Galvin
Kim Selling
Yussef El Guindi
Wayne Rawley
Lillian Ruth Nickerson
Noah Benezra

If nothing else, it will be good practice for Thursday night’s LitCrawl.

First Hill’s Stimson-Green hosts Haunted Mansion Party

(Image: Kayla Clark Events)

Inside Stimson-Green (Image: Kayla Clark Events)

Which is more frightful? The $100 ticket price *or* the marketing of the “ghosts” of “mistreated slaves” for a “haunted mansion party” Saturday night at First Hill’s landmark Stimson-Green house?

For a hundred bucks plus fees, you fan find out at Seattle event producer Kayla Cook’s October 25th Haunted Mansion Party:

Are you ready for a scare? Join us at the Stimson-Green Mansion for the first annual Haunted Mansion Party. Rumor has it, the mansion is haunted…. Continue reading

Tea Republik getting ready to blend in on Broadway

(Images: Tea Republik)

With the light rail connection to the University District right around the block and set to open by early 2016, Broadway and John’s cafe connection to places familiar to the University of Washington crowd will also get a boost before the end of the year.

The signs have gone up for Tea Republik in the 200 block of Broadway E just a block from the coming soon Capitol Hill Station.

Owner Jeffry Kurniawan confirmed the hoped-for December opening with CHS. He and business partner Anton Lim will be opening their second Tea Republik to join the original University Way NE location which opened in 2012 and got a full makeover in early 2013.

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Paul Allen wants to show you movies about the economy tonight on Capitol Hill — for free

(Image: We the Economy)

(Image: We the Economy)

Capitol Hill’s only remaining chain movie theater and Paul Allen’s Vulcan Productions — yes, he makes movies, too — are teaming up for a free screening Monday night of a new short film collection about making money in America and the state of the nation’s economy. Produced by Allen’s film company and Morgan Spurlock, short film collection We the Economy screens for free at E Roy’s Landmark Harvard Exit and in brick and mortar theaters across the country Monday night, October 20th, before being released — also for free — as an online series. You can reserve your ticket for Monday’s 7 PM showing or hope to grab one at the box office at 807 E Roy. Continue reading

CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures


The CHS Flickr Pool contains more than 18,000 19,000 20,000 21,000  22,000 23,000 photographs -— most of Capitol Hill images, many glorious, some technically amazing. The pool is a mix of contributions from Capitol Hill — and nearby — shutterbugs. Interested in being part of it? If we like your photo and it helps us tell the story, we may feature it on CHS so please include your name and/or a link to your website so we can properly credit you. Interested in working as a paid CHS contributor for scheduled assignments? Drop us a line –- our roster is full for general assignments but pitch us on an idea.

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Blotter | Interlaken choking report case stalled

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

  • No new information in Interlaken case: The investigation of the reported choking attack on a woman jogging in Interlaken park has not turned up any new information. SPD said there are no updates in the case in which a woman said she was strangled until she passed out by a man inside park the afternoon of October 9th.
  • Carjack suspects still in LA: The teen suspects arrested by LAPD in a vehicle carjacked at gunpoint on Capitol Hill remain in California, Seattle Police tell CHS.
  • Rough night: A Friday night that started with a man reportedly being served “6-7 shots of Fireball whiskey and a beer” at a bar in the 900 block of 12th Ave ended with him covered in filth with few memories of the night’s events — and nearly $2,000 poorer. According to the SPD report on the incident, the man arrived at East Precinct headquarters at 12th and Pine Saturday night October 11th with details of his rough Friday night. The victim told police his friends told him he had tried to get into a club in the 1400 block of Broadway was left behind when only part of his group was admitted. The victim said he was told he waited around and then walked off. He told police he remembers trying to get into his apartment building after that but that his roommate did not answer the buzzer. The victim said the next thing he remembers is waking up in a hallway of a building in the 1000 block of E Mercer when an employee arrived and told him to wait outside in the entrance until security arrived. As he woke up, the victim discovered he was “all dirty” and that he was missing belongings. The victim said he didn’t wait to talk with security. Later, he also found that his credit cards had been used during the night. The victim told police he has a history of “blacking out when he drinks.” The report lists total losses for the victim at $1,961. Continue reading

Capitol Hill crowd-funded solar project ready for sign-ups

Capitol Hill Project Details Single site project 25.92 kW Made-in Washington Itek modules & inverters A "ballasted" system on the flat roof of the Holiday Apartments, located at 1001 E. John Street on Capitol Hill After system ownership passes to CHH, the electricity it generates will lower the operating costs for the Holiday Apartments and other CHH properties, directly benefitting low-income tenants.

Capitol Hill Project Details
Single site project
25.92 kW
Made-in Washington Itek modules & inverters
A “ballasted” system on the flat roof of the Holiday Apartments, located at 1001 E. John Street on Capitol Hill
After system ownership passes to CHH, the electricity it generates will lower the operating costs for the Holiday Apartments and other CHH properties, directly benefitting low-income tenants.

That Capitol Hill Ecodistrict project we told you about to create crowd-funded solar generation?

Capitol Hill Housing recently solidified plans to install community funded solar panels at its Holiday Apartments property at 10th and E John by the end of October.

It’s ready for you:

Seattle City Light has two projects in which customers can participate in the fall of 2014. Each has a limited number of units, and the paybacks are very similar, so whichever you choose (or if you choose both!) you’ll be helping bring new, clean, renewable energy to our electric grid while benefitting both yourself and an organization that is dedicated to conservation, sustainability and community. As with our previous Community Solar projects, the upfront costs will be paid by Seattle City Light, but ultimately the cost of the project will be paid for by customers who enroll in the program and participate by buying one or more solar units. These customers will in turn be paid back as they receive Washington State production incentives and City Light “virtual net metering” payments that currently total $1.16 per kilowatt hour of electricity generated by a community solar project. As City Light’s rates rise (very slightly) over time, the total payment will also rise as that increased rate is reflected in your payment.

City Light customers can sign up here to buy a unit here:

Starting at $150, anyone with a Seattle City Light account can participate in the Capitol Hill Community Solar program. Made possible by the state’s Renewable Energy Cost Recovery Incentive Payment Program, participants will receive reimbursement for their contribution as a credit on their electric bills through June 2020. Those credits should pay back the cost of a participant’s original investment and then some.

Got a Capitol Hill construction gripe? Growing city team makes sure developments follow rules

The dancing stop sign holder is part of the solution, not part of the problem (Image: CHS)

The dancing stop sign holder is part of the solution, not part of the problem (Image: CHS)

Good news. It appears the City of Seattle is no longer trying to kill pedestrians.

“We want to hear from people about what is working and what needs to be improved,” Brian de Place tells CHS.

And, by “people,” de Place says his hub coordinators also want to hear from you — whether you own a Capitol Hill business or not.

The Seattle Department of Transportation manager says the biweekly Capitol Hill Construction Hub meetings are working to help bring neighborhood business owners and city officials — and, hopefully increasingly, residents and community members — together to keep pedestrians, cyclists, and motor vehicle traffic moving through the area even as the waves of continued development tear up streets, block sidewalks, and create myriad getting around issues expected and unexpected.

At one recent Friday morning meeting, the proceedings were interrupted by phone messages and texts after a chemical toilet contractor began its regular pump-out session in front of Bowie Salon just as the business’s owner described the very problem to SDOT representatives present at the meeting. Continue reading

SPD looking for more victims of downtown groping suspect

Police say they are looking for additional victims after a woman’s social media campaign against an alleged groper who she says assaulted her downtown pushed SPD detectives to step up their investigation and take the man into custody. Here’s SPD’s call for help tracking down more victims:

Department of Corrections (DOC) officers recognized the man in the victim’s photo as a level 3 sex offender, and contacted SPD investigators. DOC officers booked the man into the King County Jail Wednesday for violating the terms of his community supervision. Continue reading

Make your costume plans for Hilloween 2014

Last year's costume parade on Broadway. If you haven't paraded in a costume on Broadway, your chance is coming up (Images: CHS)

Last year’s costume parade on Broadway. If you haven’t paraded in a costume on Broadway, your chance is coming up (Images: CHS)

A perfect score from 2013. Timely. Stylish. Ghoulish. Only ding -- having to carry around giant stuffed tigers all night. A- (Images: CHS)

A perfect score from 2013. Timely. Stylish. Ghoulish. Only ding — having to carry around giant stuffed tigers all night. A- (Images: CHS)

You’ve already changed your mind on a costume idea three times and we haven’t even posted about Hilloween 2014 yet. It’s time. Halloween falls on a Friday this year which guarantees an even bigger shit show time of fun for trick or treaters big and small. If seeing couples parading Pike/Pine dressed up as Robin Thicke and Miley (that was frickin’ 2013, folks) isn’t your thing, restore your faith in *the magic* that is Halloween with a day at the annual “urban carnival” in Cal Anderson Park:

Hilloween 2014 – info
Cal Anderson

SATURDAY OCTOBER 25
12:00 – 3:30 CARNIVAL
3:30 – 4:00 COSTUME PARADE
4:00 – 7:00 BROADWAY TRICK-OR-TREATING
5:00 – 7:00 PIZZA PARTY

MAIN STAGE SCHEDULE
12:20-1:00 Eli Rosenblatt
1:00-1:30 Juggler
2:05-2:35 Fonzie the Dog
2:40-3:20 The Not-Its
3:30-4:00 Chaotic Noise Marching Corps & Costume Parade assembly

PLUS….

CIRCUS PERFORMERS, FACE PAINTERS, BALLOON TWISTERS, JUGGLERS, AND FONZI THE DOG RETURNS!

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How you gonna vote on Seattle pre-K? Capitol Hill Community Council holds election forum

Join neighbors and representatives from the candidates and initiatives on November’s ballot (in the mail now!) Thursday night in the Cal Anderson Park Shelter House at the Capitol Hill Community Council’s October meeting:

1653583_10153205723943696_340921215925911386_nJoin us at the Cal Anderson Shelter House for our monthly meeting to figure out who and what is on your ballot this fall. Election Day is Nov 4th and speakers from the following campaigns will be at our meeting to answer your questions:

– Pre-K Prop 1A
– Pre-K Prop 1B
– Prop 1: Yes for Seattle Transit
– Class Size Counts I-1351
– Yes on 594
– Rep. Brady Walkinshaw

CHS will have more on this fall’s vote in coming weeks. You can check out our latest elections coverage here: