The Central Circuit: Seattle Central president to step down

Killpatrick at a 2011 rally against education funding cuts (Image: CHS)

Killpatrick at a 2011 rally against education funding cuts (Image: CHS)

By Mohamed Adan, The Central Circuit special to CHS

Seattle Central College president Paul Killpatrick has said he will step down, effective June 25th.

Killpatrick made the announcement in an April 2nd email to staff and faculty. In it, he wrote, “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve this incredible institution, and I can honestly say my tenure here has been the high point of my 36-year career in higher education.“

In the email, Killpatrick characterized his departure as a voluntary “retirement” but Jill Wakefield, the chancellor of the Seattle College District, said it was time to “transition to new leadership” at the Capitol Hill school.

“After reviewing Paul’s achievements, surveying the challenges ahead, and considering Paul’s own timeline, I decided, and Paul agreed, that it was time to transition to new leadership and to not extend his contract,” Wakefield said about the decision. Continue reading

CHS Re:Take | A Broadway clock that tells history, not time

Rob Ketcherside, Washington State Archives

(Image: Rob Ketcherside 2015, Washington State Archives 1937)

They crossed Broadway from QFC hoping to get some corporate coffee or lunch from a a 35-year-old Mexican restaurant. Instead, they ended up in 1937.

Those years of the Great Depression were the only time that Capitol Hill joined downtown, Ballard, the U-District and other neighborhoods to form the City of Clocks. Seattle had dozens of street clocks. Many, like this one in front of William Cobb’s jewelry shop, were made by Joseph Mayer, Seattle’s clockmaker.

Cobb 1937 Santiago 2015

Cobb got a permit to place his clock in the sidewalk in 1931 at 522 Broadway N, then moved here a block south in 1936. In 1935, he was described as having been in business for 40 years in Seattle. But really he had a shop in Tacoma from the 1900s to early 1920s, then moved to Seattle and went to work for jeweler Peter Michael.

My friend Paul Middents and I have been tracking every street clock ever in Seattle, which is even more challenging than it sounds. So far we don’t know where Cobb’s ended up. I’ve got six lonely entries in my database for Cobb, ending with this assessor’s photograph. He died in 1940, and presumably the clock was purchased at auction and left for other shores. Contrast that with Peter Michael’s clock for example which has 38 entries of photographs or documents and a clear paper trail to Johnson Jewelers in Puyallup.

Our contemporaries left the curb hungry though, so let’s turn our attention to the two-story structure on the corner. Continue reading

Take Back the Hill march a ‘youth led action’ for queer and trans safety

11088494_735563153229169_2625845599619424000_o (1)As a Seattle task force ponders a queer youth homeless shelter or an LGBTQ community center on Capitol Hill as a response to a rise in hate crimes, groups are planning a Friday night march to Take Back the Hill in the midst of spring break nightlife revelry in the neighborhood:

LGBTQ Homeless Youth are speaking out about the increase in violence on the hill!

Youth identified the need to protect queer and trans* safe space that helps us stay in touch with ourselves, creates pride in who we are, values the unique forms of LGBTQ expression and resistance and helps to maintain a cohesive queer and trans* culture. Out of this desire, youth from WERQ Winter Institute decided their community advocacy project will be an action called ‘Take Back the Hill’.

Take Back the Hill is a queer and trans* youth led action on
April 10th beginning at 7:30pm and initially gathering at the corner of Broadway and Pine. Activists will march down Pine and Pike while video interviewing neighbors to actively engage community in a dialogue around queer and trans* safety, advocates will lead a Social Justice Chalk Tour where activists will identify places homeless youth experienced violence or harassment on the hill, and youth will deliver letters to Capitol Hill businesses requesting more queer and trans* friendly business practices.

Adult allies are welcomed.

All are invited to wear colorful, festive attire!

We want to be seen! Music will also be included! This is an action of celebration of queer and trans* youth culture.

The event is slated to begin with a gathering at Broadway and Pine starting at 7:30 PM Friday.

The march is being organized by the LGBTQ Allyship, Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets, Ingersoll Gender Center and Entre Hermanos.


Derschangigan’s brings Blooming’ Onions, Appletinis to Broadway

(Image: Derschanigan's)

(Image: Derschangigan’s)

Derschangigan’s, an overhauled concept designed to better monetize the space where her Bait Shop “dive bar” apparently failed to take off after only 28 months of business, will open Wednesday on Broadway in a surprising change of pace for one of Capitol Hill’s leading figures in food and drink, CHS has learned.

After a secret buildout, the new venture is planned to debut on Broadway Wednesday.

“I’ve lived in this neighborhood for the last 30 years, and I’ve never been afraid of trying new things,” Linda Derschang said in announcement of the change-up. The full press release is below. Continue reading

A colorful start to Seattle’s First Hill Streetcar testing

Mayor Murray and King County Council and Sound Transit board rep Joe McDermott take a ride (Images: CHS)

Mayor Murray and King County Council and Sound Transit board rep Joe McDermott take a ride (Images: CHS)

In front of a rainbow assortment of new trolleys, the first completed tram for the First Hill Streetcar — sky blue — took a very important load of passengers for a 600-foot ride Friday morning as testing for the system has moved into full motion.

It only required one “reboot.”

“This is another step in our efforts to get streetcars running throughout Seattle,” passenger and Mayor Ed Murray said to the media assembled to cover the event at the system’s International District maintenance facility.

Inside, workers were assembling three more cars set to join the fleet including a hot pink number one Seattle Department of Transportation representative said captured the, um, “modern energy of the Capitol Hill neighborhood.” The colors of the multi-hued cars were “inspired” by the “different characteristics” of the neighborhoods the 2.5 mile streetcar route travels through — Pioneer Square, the International District, First Hill, and Capitol Hill. Continue reading

Step $11* — Minimum wage rally planned Saturday on Capitol Hill

10448616_999792076715411_2076883839272315428_oIn 2014, Mayor Ed Murray came to Capitol Hill to sign Seattle’s historic minimum wage law. On April 1st, the first stage of the march to a $15/hour minimum for all Seattle workers (well, except these folks, maybe) will begin. City Council member and District 3 candidate Kshama Sawant, the biggest champion of the new wage, will return to the Hill for a rally to celebrate and defend the new law:

Seattle’s Getting a Raise – Now, Let’s Enforce It!
Saturday, March 28th at 1 PM
In Front of Seattle Central College – Broadway & E. Pine
$15 was won due to the efforts low wage workers, unions, and grassroots organizations. The next step is to make sure our bosses follow the law.

On March 28th we’ll be visiting low-wage workplaces to let workers know their rights. Join us and take action for workers’ rights under the new minimum wage law.

Starting next Wednesday, the minimum wage at Seattle employers with more than 500 employees will rise to $11 — an 18% jump. Employees at smaller companies with no tips and no medical benefits will also have a $11/hour floor. Small employers of tipped workers and employers that provide medical benefits may pay a $10 minimum and make up the balance with credit for the tips and bennies. No foolin’.



Lifelong Thrift brings vintage Capitol Hill to new Broadway store

Lifelong Thrift's Tamara Asakawa (Image: CHS)

Lifelong Thrift’s Tamara Asakawa (Image: CHS)

The old sign will stay -- kind of. Watch for a LIFELONG update later this spring (Image: CHS)

The old sign will stay — kind of. Watch for a LIFELONG update later this spring (Image: CHS)

It fits like a hand in a glove. A second-hand glove. Lifelong Thrift is set to open on Broadway Wednesday morning bringing a most Capitol Hill next chapter to the former space home to Red Light Vintage.

“I feel like we’re a part of the old Capitol Hill,” Thrift’s director Tamara Asakawa told CHS Tuesday as she and her crew of 10 employees and a dozen or so volunteers put the finishing touches on the gigantic new home for the store.

The new Lifelong Thrift combines the spaces left empty by the departure of the much-loved Red Light and its sibling boutique Aprie and at 12,500 square feet and two levels will be almost three times the size of the thrift’s former E Union location.

In November, CHS reported that the prospect of higher rent combined with lower than needed sales was forcing the ownership of Red Light, acknowledged as the Hill’s oldest vintage clothing store, to leave Broadway. Lifelong Thrift was slated for an earlier opening but a complication over a move-in date caused a costly delay for the nonprofit. Asakawa said the pluck of her crew and volunteers helped keep things on track even with the added cost and work of dealing with storage and waiting for the spaces to open up for the buildout to begin. Changes inside are few — in fact, you’ll see many remnants of Red Light left behind. But you’ll also find an opened up space that better connects the two wings of the shop. Continue reading

Vivace creating Broadway roasting facility

(Image: CHS)

(Image: CHS)

Espresso Vivace owner David Schomer knows as well as anyone that Capitol Hill’s upheaval can threaten even the most established neighborhood businesses. In 2008 Vivace had to move into the Brix building when its longtime Broadway home was torn down to make way for Capitol Hill Station.

For years, Vivace has roasted its coffee inside an 11th Ave warehouse in the heart of Pike/Pine. With no retail component to help pay the rent and demand for space at a premium, Schomer told CHS he knew his time on 11th Ave might also be limited.

So when owners of the Garage pool hall and bowling alley told Schomer they had an unused basement space that could accommodate the roasting operation, Schomer jumped on it. Vivace will take over the underground Broadway space in August with plans to start roasting in December. Continue reading

LGBTQ safety shuttle starts nighttime test runs on Capitol Hill

Seeking to quell an uptick of attacks on Capitol Hill’s LGBTQ community, a small group of anti-crime advocates have started running a shuttle service to get neighborhood residents home safely at night.

The nine-passenger van donated to Social Outreach Seattle made its inaugural run through the neighborhood Thursday night, primarily to start spreading the word on the new service. According to organizers, the donation-based service did not require any special permits to start picking up passengers.

SOSea founder Shaun Knittel said the pilot shuttle will run for the next two months, from 9pm-4am Thursday-Saturday. During the pilot phase, Knittel said the shuttle won’t have any designated stops and will take people right to their door. The plan is to have a series of stops worked out in time for Pride this June, Knittel said.

“Most of the people are getting attacked are alone walking at night,” Knittel said. “(Criminals) are honing their skills and they know who to attack.”

Knittel first announced the shuttle during the recent LGBTQ violence forum at Capitol Hill’s All Pilgrims Church.

Eventually, Knittel said he wants to add several more vans to better serve the neighborhood. Knittel said the drivers will be paid and the suggested donation for a ride is $5.

With 35 years on Broadway, La Cocina Santiago celebrates, readies for change

(Image: Alex Garland for CHS)

(Image: Alex Garland for CHS)

Victor R. Santiago has lived the American dream. He grew up in the small mountain town of Guachinango in the Jalisco state of Mexico. In 1986, he came to the United States, first picking apples near Lake Chelan, then waiting tables in Renton. By 1989, he was working at La Cocina Santiago. He’s now the owner of the restaurant, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary on Broadway.

“It’s been a nice ride all the way,” he said. “I love Seattle. I wouldn’t change Seattle for anything.”

In an industry known for slim profit margins where many businesses close within a few months of opening, Santiago notes one big key to his success.

“Just follow whatever the customers want,” he said. “Good service, fresh food. I do the basics.”

The restaurant was first opened by David Webster in Bremerton in the mid 1970s before moving to Broadway in 1980. Santiago started working there as a waiter, before working his way up to manager, manager then taking over ownership in 2001 when Webster retired and moved to Florida. Continue reading