Seattle ‘Mobile Vaccination Teams’ to target young adults at breweries, outdoor dining areas, parks, and beaches

A Sounders fan gets poked (Image: Seattle Fire)

To speed the process of getting the city’s young adults inoculated against COVID-19, the Seattle Fire Department will begin deploying its mobile vaccination teams to neighborhood breweries, outdoor dining areas, business districts, parks, and beaches.

Officials call the new mobile vaccination strategy “an effort to meet Seattle residents and workers where they are and increase vaccination rates, with a focus on younger Seattleites.”

The Mobile Vaccination Teams will begin their tour of duty to reach the 16 to 30 crowd Friday in the University District and will be partnering with Big Time Brewery & Alehouse and Sweet Alchemy Ice Creamery to offer discounts to clinic patients. More deployments and deals will follow. Continue reading

‘I am with the people’ — Sawant sets out to complete the big three: $15 minimum wage, Tax Amazon, and, now, rent control in Seattle

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A poster from 2019 — ready for a re-run in 2021

In October of 2013, CHS was there as an upstart challenger squared off with incumbent Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin in a debate on rent control held at Seattle Central that would set the tone for the major political upset that would remove the veteran lawmaker from office a few weeks later.

That win built on causes like the $15 minimum wage, a tax on big business, and controlling rents came at the start of Kshama Sawant’s political career in the city.

“We’ve done $15 an hour and taxing big business. We haven’t done rent control,” Sawant told CHS Wednesday.

“Between 2013 and 2019, there was a huge shift in broad consciousness… Now, in post-pandemic, it is even greater. People’s eyes are opening,” the now longest serving member on the council said.

Eight years later as she faces the ultimate political fight to keep her place on the council, Sawant says it is time to complete her initial goals in the city, announcing in a rally at 22nd and Union a renewed push of her bid to prepare Seattle with rent control legislation that would slow and sometimes prohibit yearly increases in rent by tying a cap to inflation and pressure lawmakers in Olympia to lift the state ban that forbids it. Continue reading

Seattle sorts out plan for increased vehicle license fees: pedestrian improvements, bridge maintenance, and bicycle safety upgrades

A Seattle City Council committee voted unanimously Wednesday to earmark money from a new increase in the vehicle license fee for pedestrian improvements, bridge maintenance, and bicycle safety upgrades.

The doubling of the vehicle license fee from $20 to $40, passed by the council during the budget process in November, is expected to raise $3.6 million this year and then about $7.2 million annually after that.

The new revenue this year would fund $1.125 million in safety improvements as part of the city’s Vision Zero goal of ending traffic deaths. Another $1.025 million would go toward sidewalk maintenance; $850,000 for bridge rehab; $350,000 for bicycle lanes and other transportation upkeep; and $250,000 to “plan for a future transportation system that addresses our values and goals for equity, safety, and sustainability,” according to the council. Continue reading

With Paneer Burgers and Masala Fries, Bombay Burger now open on Capitol Hill

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A classic beef burger ended up on the menu but the rest of Bombay Burger’s offerings are straight out of Maharashtra.

The new Capitol Hill burger joint is now open along E Madison at 15th Ave in the space of a former pho shop.

CHS talked with Seattle Indian restaurant veteran Amardeep Singh about his latest project earlier this year pairing classic Indian dishes with the American sandwich format.

The result is a menu full of options far beyond the sacred cow including a Bombay Chicken Burger, a Paneer Burger, or a Aloo Tikki Burger with a “grilled potato patty, onion, tomato, lettuce, spices, mayo, cheese, ketchup and chutney.” Continue reading

For second year, the Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival moves online

The F*ck F*scism short film collection is part of this year’s Translations festival (Image: F*ck F*scism)

With plans coming together for a safe, in-person Pride celebration on Capitol Hill later this summer, another neighborhood celebration of LGBTQ+ culture will mark its second year as a virtual event.

Hopefully by 2022, we can gather in theaters again but the 2021 edition of the Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival from Capitol Hill cinema nonprofit Three Dollar Bill will begin Thursday on phones, laptops, and home theaters near you: Continue reading

Shef, the ‘Airbnb of home cooked meals,’ busy with new Pike/Pine delivery center

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A busy new center of food and drink activity in the middle of the Pike/Pine nightlife and entertainment district is not a restaurant you can visit. Instead, they bring “homemade” food to you.

Shef, a startup with an Airbnb-like platform for home cooked meals, as Forbes put it, is busy on 10th Ave.

“Many of the “shefs” in Seattle cook out of local commercial kitchens and drop their food off at our drop-off locations. Our primary drop-off location in Seattle is currently the one on 10th Ave,” a company spokesperson tells CHS. Continue reading

Durkan Deputy Sixkiller joins crowded race for Seattle mayor

Jenny Durkan may be taking a one and done approach in deciding not to run to seek reelection as Seattle’s mayor but a key face in her administration wants to stick around the top floors of City Hall.

Deputy Mayor Casey Sixkiller has joined the crowded field of contenders to be the city’s next mayor and vying to survive as the top two vote getters in the August primary.

In his announcement, Sixkiller said his run will include a platform of equity and a guaranteed basic income program, new housing to address the homelessness crisis, and police reform.

“As a single dad raising three young kids here in city, I want them to see that real progress is possible,” Sixkiller said in his announcement. “I want my kids to grow up in a city that turns the values of inclusion, fairness and equity into action.” Continue reading

The East Precinct wall has come down (but now there’s a big fence)

With May Day passed and a large security fence now erected around the building, city crews worked at removing the East Precinct’s cement block wall Tuesday after nine months of the barricade at 12th and Pine.

CHS reported here on SPD’s announcement last month that it was beginning the process of taking down the protective cement wall added around the 12th and Pine building in the wake of CHOP. Continue reading

With signs of a ‘plateau,’ Washington pauses COVID-19 reopening rollbacks meaning Seattle can stay in Phase 3 — for now

Faced with the prospect of his largest county sliding back, ongoing concerns about economic impacts, and with the prospect that the current wave of COVID-19 spread may be plateauing, Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday announced a two-week pause in the state’s phased system of reopening.

The state process was set for its regular evaluation Tuesday that would have recorded King County as being well over the thresholds for its current Phase 3 status.

“The decision was made in consultation with the Department of Health, and reflects current data suggesting Washington’s fourth wave has hit a plateau,” the announcement from Inslee’s Olympia office reads. Continue reading

After pulling out of 15th Ave E, QFC makes ‘Q Fresh’ investment in battle for Central Seattle grocery customers

Germany’s Infarm has partnered with QFC on hydroponic sales cases (Image: Infarm)

Though QFC has bailed on Capitol Hill’s 15th Ave E as part of its beef with the Seattle City Council, the chain’s parent company continues to invest in the neighborhood with a new produce project planned for the busy Harvard Market store at Broadway and Pike.

The “Q Fresh” project will overhaul a portion of the store’s deli area and reconfigure its entire produce section, according to construction permits.

The $200,000 construction project inside the Pike and Broadway store follows parent company Kroger’s shutdown of the neighborhood’s 15th Ave E store as part of two closures in Seattle over the city’s $4 an hour COVID-19 hazard pay. Continue reading