Seattle Parks makes call for Cal Anderson summer event ideas — Organizer planning ‘CHOP Block Party’ in June

The Seattle Parks department is offering planning and and funding help for events in Cal Anderson, one year after the Capitol Hill occupied protest that filled the park and nearby blocks became a center of the Black Lives Matter movement in Seattle.

Meanwhile, an organizer who has focused on the art of the protests, has announced a CHOP Block Party weekend next month to mark the one-year anniversary of the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone’s formation. Continue reading

Miss Little Uncle? Chef Wiley Frank is back in kitchen at Central District’s Standard Brewing

Crispy Duck Wrap and Dip with 5-Spice Broth now at Standard Brewing (Image: Standard Brewing)

The flavors and spirit of Little Uncle, probably one of the most missed neighborhood food and drink venues to leave us in recent years, are back on the menu with the chef behind the much-missed E Madison restaurant now pairing his work with Central District-crafted beer.

For eight years, the Central District’s Standard Brewing has maintained a far above standard food menu to pair with its S Jackson-made beers. New chef Wiley Frank is continuing that run with some surprises and flavors from the Little Uncle past. Continue reading

New and improved trains now, new connections soon as Capitol Hill Station readies for riders to return

Sound Transit is showing off the first of its $642.5 million fleet of new and improved light rail vehicles as it gears up for the opening of its latest expansion connecting to Northgate via the University District this fall.

Friday’s first service run of the “spanking new” Series 2 vehicle, Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff said, was “a glorious day for advancing, safe, clean, and efficient mass transportation throughout the Puget Sound Region.”

While still seating around 70 passengers, the new vehicles are designed to be more accessible, with larger windows, more bag and storage space, and have more room for bikes with hooks doubled from two to four.

Sound Transit has announced October 2nd for the start of service on its Northgate Link light rail expansion that will open up the great northlands of Seattle including the University District, Roosevelt, and Northgate to riders from Capitol Hill Station and beyond. The opening will mean Capitol Hill rider visiting Brooklyn in only a-few-minutes ride.

With the Northgate link’s completion, Sound Transit says it is entering “an exciting period of opening major light rail extensions every year through 2024, nearly tripling the region’s light rail system from 22 miles to 62 miles.” The COVID-19 crisis, however, has slowed some progress and put some of Sound Transit’s future light rail plans in jeopardy. Continue reading

Pikes/Pines | The City Nature Challenge in Seattle: 200 observations about 121 species on Capitol Hill — including native epiphytes outside Everyday Music

(Image: Beth Jusino via Flickr)

Last month I wrote about the City Nature Challenge, an annual “competition” centered around getting out and logging as many species as possible on the community science database iNaturalist.

The results are now in and in the Seattle-Tacoma Area, 571 observers contributed 7,144 observations of 1,235 species; pretty awesome for a long weekend. Just as cool were the nearly 200 observations of 121 species within the Capitol Hill Connections corridor. And we definitely weren’t alone in our participation.

All around the world 52,587 people got out and recorded a total of 1,259,469 observations on iNaturalist, accounting for 45,583 species, over the course of four days. Even more exciting is that the number of observations grew by around 400,000, and 10,000 more people participated than in 2020. This growth in participation is very exciting; to me it represents a whole bunch of people who just got more excited about nature where they live.  Continue reading

Here’s what happened when Recall Sawant asked off-duty cops to join its campaign efforts on Broadway

A recall supporter sent CHS this photo of reported anti-recall vandalism

Campaign organizers working to recall the Capitol Hill and Central District representative on the Seattle City Council asked for some unusual assistance last week for its efforts to get the issue on the ballot.

“The Recall Sawant Campaign will be sign waiving (sic) and signature gathering this weekend and would love any off-duty SPOG members (and friends and family) to join them,” campaign manager Henry Bridger wrote in an email last Friday.

The full invitation is below.

The call for Seattle Police union members to join the campaigning and information table efforts didn’t break any rules. But the call was more than a request for volunteers.

Bridger tells CHS he is also asking for law enforcement support because of safety concerns.

Opponents of the recall effort, meanwhile, say the email is yet another sign that the recall campaign is backed by political forces from outside District 3.

Bryan Koulouris of Kshama Solidarity says the effort to bring out off-duty police to be part of the recall is one of the many “signs of Astroturf” around the campaign.

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17 — Langlie joins crowded Seattle mayor’s race

The crowded race for Seattle mayor thickened further this week with another candidate with connections to the city’s past joining the fray.

Art Langlie, grandson of a former Seattle mayor and governor, announced his campaign this week.

“I ask your time and open mind in considering a new voice, a tested perspective and a dedication to a city I love,” Langlie’s announcement reads. “I’ll address the basic priorities from fixing our roads and bridges to making our neighborhoods safer. I want to rethink some of the new, well-intended moves that are costing us a fortune while basic services are placed on a back burner.” Continue reading

June 30: The pandemic isn’t over but Washington marks a date for reopening

The state of Washington will move all counties into the final Phase 3 of reopening starting May 18th with a plan to fully lift COVID-19 restrictions by June 30th, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday.

The restrictions on businesses and social gathering could be lifted even earlier, the governor said, if the state can reach 70% of eligible residents initiating the vaccination process. That total currently stands at a little more than 57% after just under five months since the vaccine distribution began. CORRECTION: We’ve updated the state total to accurately reflect the current estimate for percent of eligible population that has initiated the vaccine process. The percentage of the total state population beginning vaccination is 46%. Continue reading

Metro’s bus route connecting Capitol Hill to Mt. Si is back

(Image: CHS)

The hike from Capitol Hill to the Cascade Range gets easier starting Saturday, June 5th as the Metro’s Trailhead Direct service returns after a yearlong hiatus.

The Broadway start point will again offer weekend and holiday service every 20 minutes connecting Capitol Hill Station to Mount Si, Little Si, and Mount Teneriffe.

You can also hop on or off at stops on First Hill, the Eastgate Freeway Station, and at the North Bend park-and-ride. Continue reading

Seattle’s police accountability office said order to use blast balls and gas at Capitol Hill protest was a mistake — Its police chief just reversed the decision — UPDATE

June 1, 2020 on Capitol Hill (Image: Matt Mitgang with permission to CHS)

Chief Adrian Diaz has overruled the findings of the city’s Office of Police Accountability and announced he will not discipline the officer who improperly ordered the deployment of crowd control tactics in “the pink umbrella incident” — the moment the night of June 1st that set off a riot on Capitol Hill as police reacted to a umbrella thrust over the barrier outside the East Precinct at 11th and Pine with a barrage of pepper spray and blast grenades that led to a night filled with clouds of tear gas throughout Pike/Pine and a major clash with protesters.

“Decisions were made at levels of command above the Named Employee that bore directly on the Named Employee’s actions and thus actions taken by officers in the field. As a simple matter of fairness, I cannot hold the Named Employee responsible for circumstances that were created at a higher level of command authority and for carrying out decisions made at a higher rank,” the interim chief wrote in his letter to Mayor Jenny Durkan and City Council President M. Lorena González explaining his decision to reverse the OPA finding.

The office had previously ruled that a complaint against the officer who gave the order should be sustained and that the decision to deploy the tactics was in error because “the large majority of the crowd was not acting violently at the time.” Continue reading