With or without head tax cash, businesses make push for homelessness outreach on Broadway

(Image: Alex Garland/CHS)

Even with the city’s new head tax on the books, a group of Broadway businesses have decided not to wait for new funding streams to start — and their decision on how best to put the money to use shows how the priorities to the issue can differ in the distance between City Hall and Capitol Hill. The Broadway Business Improvement Area will fund its own outreach worker to help people experiencing homelessness and be available to area merchants when issues arise.

In past years, the city had run a program funding outreach workers to visit areas around downtown to assist the homeless population. That program was then expanded to the International District and then to Capitol Hill. That program, at least the Capitol Hill portion of it, lasted for about two years before closing in March.

At the time, the businesses which make up the BBIA began looking to find a way to allow the program to continue, and now that may be taking shape, said Egan Orion, administrator of the BBIA. Continue reading

Seattle Bike Everywhere Day includes City Hall rally for safer routes to downtown

It’s not Bike to Work Day any longer. Friday brings brings Bike Everywhere Day to Seattle and bicycling advocates are marking the day with a rally at City Hall:

Friday, May 18 is Bike Everywhere Day. This year people on bikes will ride together, demonstrating demand for a safe and protected network of places to bike in Seattle. At 8:00 a.m., they’ll meet up at Seattle City Hall to rally for a completed Seattle Basic Bike Network, and to hear from an all-female slate of community leaders – from both inside and outside City Hall – about why Seattle needs a Basic Bike Network by 2019.

What is the Seattle Basic Bike Network? Riders and transportation planners have been advocating for a connected system of bike-safe and traffic-safe infrastructure throughout the central core of the city: Continue reading

Slow news week: ‘Actively falling’ Volunteer Park tree #399-176094 removed

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Rest in pieces, er peace, Volunteer Park tree #399-176094. You will be missed.

After

Monday, a Seattle Parks crew responded “after hours” to remove the 40-foot, “actively failing” fir tree that was reported leaning over the road inside Volunteer Park.

The 24-inch-trunked white fir started to fall because its roots failed, the tree folks say. The crew observed two likely contributing factors while at the scene. Tree #399-176094 had an unbalanced canopy, and limited space for its root system. Let that be a lesson for us all.

Meanwhile, work continues in the park on the $54M overhaul of the Seattle Asian Art Museum.

First Look: Junkichi centers on fine meats, fresh fish skewered and grilled on Broadway

With several openings around the neighborhood taking on Asian flavors this year, here is the latest new example on Capitol Hill.

Junkichi debuted last month on Broadway but CHS wasn’t able to attend the grand opening so here’s a look inside.

With a menu also featuring Japanese Izakaya like sukiyaki and seared tuna, the centerpiece of Junkichi are the skewers — if its a fine meat, fresh fish, or seasonal vegetable, Junkich will stick it on the skewer and cook it for you over binchotan charcoal and hardwood on the robata grill at the middle of the action.

“What sets us apart is that we keep things very pure and simple,” Edward Wintermyer of Junkichi tells us.

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On a Capitol Hill campus, a training ground for social justice

Vero Berrera-Kolb at work

Students at Seattle Central College got what they’ve been asking for this school year when the campus inaugurated a degree emphasis in Equity and Social Justice (ESJ).

“Students wanted to get credit for emphasizing on these issues,” said faculty member Vero Barrera-Kolb, who helped create the program. According to the SCC, achieving the emphasis will give students a demonstrated interest in subjects surrounding “human diversity, including race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, religion, and more – with a focus on social justice and change.”

Clarissa Lunday, who was enrolled in LGBTQ studies class taught by Barrera-Kolb, was eager to be part of the new program. “One of my biggest goals is to become a lobbyist for women’s and sexual orientation rights and this emphasis will help with that,” she said. Continue reading

Police investigate reported knifepoint robbery at Pike/Pine tattoo shop

Seattle Police were investigating Tuesday night after a reported knifepoint robbery at Pike/Pine’s Supergenius Tattoo shop.

Police were called to the shop around 9:45 PM to a report of a robbery involving a teen male and woman. It’s not clear if the shop was held up or if a customer was robbed in the 1400-block 10th Ave incident. UPDATE 5/17/18: The victim’s report on what happened turned out to be more convoluted. She told police that two known subjects had robbed her in the past — and again Tuesday night somewhere on Union — but this was the first time she had reported it to police. The victim told police one of the suspects went by the street name “Cyanide.”

Officers were looking for two suspects — one described only as a teen white male wearing black pants and a white female in her 20s reportedly wearing overall shorts. The suspects were believed to be two known homeless people who frequent the area around the shop, according to East Precinct radio dispatches.

There were no reported injuries and no immediate arrests.

Central District council says SDOT went rogue with community-driven street improvements

The Judkins Park Community Council says its solution for the stretch of Jackson SDOT focused on would cost $500 (Image: Judkins Park Community Council)

A Central District neighborhood group had the strange experience earlier this month of asking the city to stop work on improvements Seattle Department of Transportation claimed it asked for.

“It is heartbreaking as we were so excited to get a grant to have improvements in the Jackson Street Business District,” organizers for the Judkins Park Community Council posted about the situation. “But this project, which we may not be able to actually stop at this point, being done in our name with our hard work on getting the grant, is not acceptable.” Continue reading

Ignite Seattle comes to Capitol Hill’s The Egyptian

Thursday night at The Egyptian Theatre will bring the latest in a fast-spaced series of speaker events designed to inform in five minutes — or less.

Ignite Seattle has become a regular part of Town Hall Seattle’s offerings and with the venue getting a major upgrade, the next event — Ignite Seattle #36 — will take place on Capitol Hill:

Ignite Seattle

Here’s how it works: Continue reading

‘Chinese, Korean, things that I grew up eating’ — East Trading Co. prepares for E Pike arrival

I-Miun Liu is the perfect creator for this moment in Capitol Hill food+drink history when new opportunities are rare and permitting, construction, and design moves at an even more glacial pace.

“It’s mainly that we’re busy,” Liu tells CHS of the long, deliberate process he seems to undertake when opening new spaces on Capitol Hill. The early plans for East Trading Co., Liu’s Chinese and Korean street food bar set to transform the former E Pike Sun Liquor lounge, have been in the works since last summer. Continue reading