A fashion retailer grown far from its Seattle roots, Totokaelo joins Capitol Hill COVID-19 closure list

The economic fallout from the COVID-19 crisis will lay claim to one of the most upscale fashion retailers in Pike/Pine. Totokaelo came to the neighborhood in 2012, expanding after its Pioneer Square birth and setting the stage for founder Jill … Continue reading

From short term rentals to coronavirus, how Roy Street Commons briefly became Capitol Hill’s only ‘COVID-19 Test Center’ — UPDATE: Back open

12 Ave’s Roy Street Commons stands out among Capitol Hill apartment buildings as the only building of its size on the Hill allowed to be fully dedicated to short-term rentals;. In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the building’s owners … Continue reading

‘Violations of the Governor’s Proclamation’ — Businesses must turn away customers without masks as state tries to quash reopening COVID-19 spike

Good advice, Jimi. pic.twitter.com/9Ton3AcAgD — President Warren G. Harding (@PopeAwesomeXIII) June 28, 2020 With the spread of COVID-19 out of control across much of the nation and the rate of infection flat or on the rise in 48 states, Washington … Continue reading

Seattle a step away from approving new ‘progressive revenue’ tax on big businesses to help overcome COVID-19 budget crisis

With reporting by Seattle City Council Insight Taking a route closer to the middle ground on bridging Seattle’s coming COVID-19 crisis revenue gap, the Seattle City Council approved “progressive revenue bill” CB 119810 out of committee Wednesday, that will create … Continue reading

Seattle City Council debates tax on big business to bridge COVID-19 budget gap as #defundSPD waits in wings

The push for Black Lives Matters and #defundSPD goals beyond 12th and Pine moved back into the Seattle City Council’s chambers Wednesday with the political battles to reshape the city’s budget in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis moved to … Continue reading

With reopening bringing COVID-19 case count worries, Washington will join Seattle and King County in making masks mandatory

Starting Friday, masks and face coverings will be required across the state as Washington officials look to slow the continued spread of the stubborn COVID-19 virus. The coverings have been required when “in indoor public spaces or confined spaces where … Continue reading

With no Seattle protest spike apparent, King County applies for Phase 2 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions

With no sign so far of a potential spike from weeks of large crowds and protests, Seattle and the state’s largest county are ready to advance to Washington’s next phase of COVID-19 restrictions. ALERT: Results are in from UW Medicine and … Continue reading

COVID-19 updates: King County applies for Phase 1.5, protest outbreak concerns, and why case count jumped Saturday

Here are the latest updates on the COVID-19 outbreak and response around the Seattle region, Capitol Hill, and the Central District. See something others should know about? Email CHS or call/txt (206) 399-5959. King County has applied to loosen its Phase 1 COVID-19 … Continue reading

Seattle extends sick leave to gig workers — including food delivery workers, more heroes of the COVID-19 crisis

The Seattle City Council added new protections for gig workers including food delivery workers who have become increasingly vital during the COVID-19 crisis. On Monday afternoon, the council unanimously passed legislation extending paid sick and safe leave to gig workers … Continue reading