Momo the Old English Shepherd was found hanging out with Brenda in Cal Anderson Park. This was Momo’s first time to Cal Anderson but he will probably be seen more often as he lives just a few blocks away. Brenda, originally from Mexico, now lives on Capitol Hill and adopted her neighbor’s dog because he was too big for a new apartment. Despite Momo’s size, he’s a little timid, so be super sweet when you say hello.
We ask photographer Alex Garland to follow marchers in the rain and do crazy things like trying to make yet another picture of yet another huge apartment building look interesting. We thought we’d ask him to do something a little more fun. Capitol Hill Pets is a semi-regular look at our furry, fuzzy, feathered, and finned friends found out and about on Capitol Hill. Are you a Capitol Hill Pet we should know about? Drop us a line.
Founders and owners Ross and Patricia Kling (Images courtesy Rainbow Natural Remedies)
For those trying to cure a cold or reduce stress Rainbow Natural Remedies’ 20th-anniversary celebration might be their cup of tea. This weekend, owners Ross and Patricia Kling are giving Rainbow patrons free samples, demonstrations, readings and raffles.
While this might be the Rainbow Natural Remedies 20th birthday, its history stretches back even further to when the Klings first opened Rainbow Grocery in the 1980s, making it one of Seattle’s first natural food markets.
In 1996, the couple was presented with the opportunity to do more.
“At that time customers were coming in and asking our grocery stockers important health questions,” Ross Kling said. “And the stockers didn’t have the knowledge and the pace of the grocery store was such that it wasn’t conducive to having that kind of conversation.” Continue reading
Thanks to a CHS reader for this image of Friday morning’s police response
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- Pike/Harvard gunfire: Police found shell casings in the street but no victims following a “last call” gunfire incident early Friday morning. According to East Precinct radio dispatches and a security bulletin, police rushed to the area near the intersection of Pike and Harvard after multiple reports of gunshots around 1:45 AM as sidewalks in the area began to crowd with patrons exiting area bars and clubs. Witnesses outside 95 Slide reported seeing a male open fire in an incident possibly involving a vehicle just north of Pike on Harvard near the Harvard Market upper parking lot. The suspect, described only as a heavyset black male wearing a grey hoodie and dark jeans, was seen leaving the area walking east on E Pike but the man could not be located by police. A busy rush of police calls around the same time made for several active crime scenes and medical responses in the area including an assault suspect pinned down by security outside Q and a report of a fight involving an employee at the Unicorn but nobody was reported injured by the gunfire. In August, CHS reported on a string of “last call” shootings in the area including one in the Harvard Market parking lot in which a woman in her 20s survived being shot in the chest. The shopping center’s owners said they would work with the East Precinct to address safety concerns around the parking lot.
- Montlake house fire: Seattle Fire battled a stubborn basement fire Thursday night in a two-story house on East Montlake Place E across from the Montlake Blvd Market near 520. Flames shot from the small house as firefighters struggled to control the blaze after arriving to the call just after 9:30 PM to find the house “fully involved.” Seattle Fire has not announced what caused the fire or the damage estimate but said that the home’s occupants had made it out safely. One firefighter was taken to the hospital for evaluation due to exertion.
I’m with her. And her. And her. And her. Girl power will be on full display Saturday at First Hill’s Town Hall as Chelsea Clinton jets in for a get out the vote rally with a few of her mother’s closest Washington friends:
GOTV Rally with Chelsea Clinton, Patty Murray, and Tina Podlodowski
Join other supporters this Saturday afternoon at our GOTV Rally and Town Hall with Chelsea Clinton!
Ballots are arriving in mailboxes, so now is the time to vote!
+ Chelsea Clinton
+ U.S. Senator Patty Murray
+ Tina Podlodowski, Candidate for Washington Secretary of State
+ The Northwest Girlchoir
Doors open at 1: 30 p.m.
The free rally is slated to begin at 2 PM but you’ll want to arrive much earlier to make sure you get in. Town Hall’s Great Hall holds more than 800 people.
Hillary Clinton herself was in our city last Friday for a jam-packed fundraiser featuring Macklemore at the Paramount Theater.
(Image: Nicole Macri via Facebook)
(Image: Dan Shih via Facebook)
Even in the final weeks of the 43rd District state Legislature race, Nicole Macri and Dan Shih are finding that convincing voters still starts with the basics, like explaining who you are and what you’re running for. The result: two campaigns with a blunt focus on boosting name recognition instead of homestretch strategies.
Macri won 52% of the vote in the primary, making her the presumptive frontrunner in the race (even though Shih has raised more money) with a geographic base of support in the denser areas of Capitol Hill and the U-District. Shih performed better in the more residential, single-family home precincts.
But the candidates tell CHS they are not putting much stake in the August results given how many people are still unaware of the race. “You have to go out and earn the votes all over again,” Shih said. Continue reading
While the presidential race between Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump is at the top of minds this election, Washington state voters have a number of measures to consider.
Carbon Tax — Initiative 732
I-732 aims to create a carbon emission tax on certain fossil fuels and fossil-fuel generated electricity. It would cut sales tax by 1%, reduce the businesses and occupation tax on manufacturing and fund a partial sales tax exemption for low-income families.
The carbon tax, which would increase over time, would be collected by the first seller or burner of the fossil fuel in the state. Continue reading
Don’t judge the design just yet — this is just the massing concep
A new seven-story development planned for Harvard Ave just off E Denny will include “small efficiency units” for around 42 residents interested in a place to live on Capitol Hill at a reasonable price and near one of the neighborhood’s greatest new assets — Capitol Hill Station. They’ll have some interesting, though transient neighbors. The first four floors of the planned building at 1818 Harvard Ave, if developers get signoff on the plan, will be a hotel:
The proposed project consists of a 7 story building with 42 small efficiency dwelling units above, four floors of hotel with 70 rooms. Parking for 19 vehicles will be located on one level of below grade parking with access off of Harvard Ave. The existing three story apartment building will be demolished.
The developers behind 12th Ave’s Sola 24 building are now moving forward with plans to develop the Harvard parcel they acquired in 2012 for just under $2 million, according to county records. The project is being planned for a site where a 1950s-built, three-story apartment building stands today, just around the corner from the sprawling Capitol Hill Station campus where development is on track for a 2019 opening of new affordable housing and commercial space around the transit hub. Continue reading
When former Scratch Deli owner Ian Thackaberry wanted to find someone to take over his business, he didn’t have to look far. No farther, in fact, than his own kitchen and counter crew.
“The old owner came to each of us individually being, like, “Hey, would you have any interest in doing this?” Scratch’s Daniel O’Connell said.
As it turned out, they would. But only if they could do it together, and share the responsibility of running a business they love.
The result? O’Connell says he and three coworkers — Brandon Frosch, Erika Macias and Laura Rains — teamed up and bought Scratch from Thackaberry on October 1st. They also took over the lease to the building that houses the deli.
“I think it worked out for all of us,” says O’Connell. “It was a very serendipitous occurrence.” Continue reading
As City Council gets its say on reshaping Mayor Ed Murray’s budget boosts and cuts for 2017 and beyond, District 3 representative Kshama Sawant has again passed the mic to the people. Tuesday night, the three-year council member hosted her third annual People’s Budget Town Hall. The 2016 theme? “Build 1,000 Homes!” following Sawant’s campaign to repurpose the proposed $160 million budget for a new North Precinct headquarters for SPD. “If you’re worried about not having pristine conditions for the police, then welcome to the world of public housing, and public education and public schools,” Sawant said Tuesday night. “They face substandard conditions everyday.” Below, you’ll find 9 pictures and 9 quotes from Tuesday night’s session.
Matt Remle – Indigenous activist, teacher, and member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe – “We need 1,000 homes now. Many of our native brothers and sisters are experiencing homelessness at a very high rate. We need to bring them in to be a part of the conversation.”
Kshama Sawant – “Nationwide in metropolitan areas like Seattle, for every $100 average increase in rent, there is a 15% increase in homelessness. It doesn’t require us to be a genius to understand that we need a comprehensive set of policies to address the unaffordability of housing and rising homelessness…One of the things we need to highlight, is that when you look at who’s homeless, communities of colors and minorities are overrepresented among homeless people, as are the LGBTQ community. If you look at the percentage of black and brown people and Native American people in the city, they are small, but if you look at homeless people, they are large. That shows you that the inequality and racism truncates into real issues for our community members.”
Samaritans called 911 and stayed with the driver until emergency crews arrived and the man could be extricated (Images: CHS)
Witnesses described the incident as a slow motion rollover after a truck loading a construction dumpster near Bellevue and Boylston flipped on its side, trapping the driver in the cab Thursday morning.
They “heavy rescue” response just before 9 AM on a rainy morning on this sloping part of Capitol Hill brought out a full response from Seattle Fire and police as two samaritans first on the scene talked with 911 dispatchers to guide the responders to the tucked away area of northern Capitol Hill.
The driver’s injuries appeared to be not life threatening and he was conscious and talking with the two women who waited with him outside the cab as emergency crews made their way to the scene. He was extricated after Seattle Fire removed the cab’s windshield.
The driver was taken to the hospital following the crash. Seattle Police will investigate the incident. Boylston remained closed until the blocking truck and dumpster could be removed.
CHS joined DSA homeless outreach workers as they made rounds on Capitol Hill last winter. (Image: CHS)
With winter weather rolling in and City Hall divided over what to do with encampments, Seattle’s homeless state of emergency does not seem to be letting up.
A Capitol Hill forum Thursday night is aiming to highlight some of the challenges facing people on the street face and inform residents on what can be done now without waiting for answers from City Council.
Part of that response is supporting outreach workers from the Downtown Seattle Association who have been working on Capitol Hill since January and will be presenting at Spare the Change, a forum hoped to provide real-world, practical advice for helping Capitol Hill’s homeless.
Jackie St. Louis, who oversees the outreach program, said the outreach staff and a supporting Capitol Hill “multidisciplinary team” have made significant inroads in building relationships with the neighborhood’s homeless population. From January to August, outreach workers made 469 contacts with people on the streets of Capitol Hill plus 59 contacts by a mental health professional. Continue reading
Budget season is in full swing at City Hall and City Council members have begun their dive in what will likely be this year’s most contentious topic: homeless services. On Wednesday, the City Council discussed amendments to Mayor Ed Murray’s budget for the Human Services Department.
The $157 million budget represents a 10.3% increase over the department’s 2016 spending with $56 million in homelessness-related programs moved under a new Division of Homeless Strategy and Investment. Within that budget is $476,000 for four full-time employees to get the department rolling on implementing the mayor’s recently unveiled homelessness response plan Pathway’s Home.
That was the first bump in the road at City Council. District 3 representative Kshama Sawant said she opposed expenditure as the council has not fully approved Murray’s plan and said the funds should be spent on services directly. “I find this too rushed,” she said. Continue reading