From Mel Burchett
The Melrose Promenade Community Crosswalk Project is finally moving forward, and we need help spreading the word within the community. If you have time and are willing to assist us, we’d really appreciate it!
The Artist Selection Committee has hired an excellent artist, Sara Snedeker, to develop 3 design concepts for us. We are on a super-rigid timeline to get a concept(s) selected and submitted to SDOT by August 1st.
We have created an online survey to help us collect feedback: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FZTCV7W
More information about the Community Crosswalks project can be found here:
From Kshama Sawant
The for-profit housing market is failing the majority of Seattleites: 92% of new units built in the last 10 years have been Luxury units! We need a Seattle that benefits the many, not the few on Wall St.
To fight skyrocketing rents we need to build a movement, like we did to win $15 an hour minimum wage, to challenge the big developers and landlords. Kshama Sawant and Socialist Alternative initiated Affordable Seattle to organize our communities to fight for a Seattle affordable for all.
Come join us at 1:00 on Saturday, July 29 for our official campaign launch at Washington Hall (153 14th Ave) to learn how you can get involved!
Since the beginning of June, the Affordable Seattle Campaign have gone to hundreds of doors across the city to build support for three demands for addressing the affordable housing crisis: Continue reading
From Charley Royer
The undersigned former Seattle Mayors released the following statement regarding the balance of Mayor Ed Murray’s term:
“We have been saddened by the recent allegations against Mayor Murray. He made the honorable, but personally painful decision to drop out of his re-election campaign, a decision that underscores his commitment to Seattle.”
“We firmly believe Mayor Murray should continue to lead the city through the remainder of his term. A transition merely months before electing a new mayor would be messy and time consuming, and would present serious challenges to the day-to-day operations of the city. As former mayors, we know transitions are long, difficult, and important processes, which is why Mayor Murray and his team have already begun the job of preparing for the new mayor to be sworn in next year.”
“We should now thank the mayor for his service to our city and look forward to him coming to work every day on behalf of the people of Seattle throughout the remainder of his term and an orderly transition.”
From the City of Seattle
SEATTLE (July 17, 2017) – Today, Mayor Ed Murray, working with City Attorney Pete Holmes, signed an Executive Orderrequiring all Seattle Police patrol officers to wear body-worn video cameras (body cameras). The order requires the SeattlePolice Department (SPD) to equip West Precinct bike patrol officers with cameras by July 22 and all West Precinct officers bySeptember 30, putting the department on track to fully implement a program that has undergone multiple pilot programs. All other officers will get body cameras on a monthly precinct by precinct basis. Mayor Murray is directing prompt implementation of the program to ensure no further significant uses of force by police officers go undocumented by a video record. Continue reading
has come and gone and Capitol Hill Block Party
returns for its 21st*
year next week but there are still lots of other free and cheap events coming up to keep your Capitol Hill summer rolling. Below, you’ll find a roster of upcoming highlights from the CHS Calendar
including a busy slate in Volunteer Park this week — music
, a picnic
… and Shakespeare
We’re also happy to tell you that the much-loved Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day is set to return with a community sale centered in Cal Anderson Park and yard, parking strip, garage, etc. sales across the Hill. Mark your calendar for Sunday, August 29th.
Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day 2017
CHS is again working with the Cal Anderson Park Alliance to make Garage Sale Day a great event to benefit CAPA and its efforts to activate the park year-round. In 2017, Capitol Hill Eco District has joined to lead the effort.
Details on that and more upcoming summer 2017 Capitol Hill fun, below. Anything we missed? Add your event to the CHS Calendar. Continue reading
From Redhook Brewlab
Redhook Brewery is opening the doors of its new brewery and pub, called Redhook Brewlab, in the Pike Motorworks Building at 714 E. Pike Street in Capitol Hill on August 17, 2017.
A Grand Opening Party with Redhook’s radio partner KEXP will take place on August 17 from 3:00 to 10:00 p.m., with live music and a one-of-a-kind taplist featuring 16 collaboration beers brewed with some of Redhook’s friends in the industry.
Redhook Brewlab will feature 16 taps of rotating small-batch beers, brewed on site by Redhook Head Brewer Nick Crandall, an eight-year brewing veteran who has spent his time at Redhook focused on innovation and new beer development, including two pub-favorite IPAs in Redhook’s line-up, the reformulated Big Ballard Imperial IPA and the hazy Bicoastal IPA. Continue reading
From the City of Seattle
Council unanimously approved legislation today creating a city income tax on high-income households to move Seattle toward a fairer, more progressive tax system. The legislation (Council Bill 119002) is intended to reduce regressive taxes such as property taxes, and finance priorities like addressing the homelessness crisis and offsetting federal budget cuts. The legislation will place a 2.25% tax rate on income over $250,000 year for individuals, or $500,000 for married couples filing jointly. The tax will not affect any income earned below those thresholds, and is estimated to generate $140 million per year.
Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle & South Park), the legislation’s co-sponsor, said, “Seattle is a progressive city, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at our regressive tax structure, and that includes the taxes paid by small businesses. When our poorest households are paying 16% of their income in state and local taxes while our highest earners are paying only 2.4%, we have a very clear problem. Today we are taking a step in the right direction, toward tax fairness.”
Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), the legislation’s co-sponsor, said, “We live in a deeply unequal society. Throughout history, it has been mass movements of ordinary workers and young people, not the political representatives of big business, that have won change. Since I first ran for office, Socialist Alternative and I have organized for a $15 minimum wage, taxing the rich, and rent control. Our growing movement has now won $15 and taxing the rich. We can continue organizing to win not only rent control, but a world free of exploitation and oppression.” Continue reading
From Jeff Gerstbrein
My brother in law and long time resident of Capitol Hill has not been seen since the morning of Sunday, June 25th. Last sighting was on Capitol Hill near E. Union St. and Minor Ave. It’s out of character for him to miss work. Keys, wallet, phone and car all left behind. He never goes off the grid. All information is on the flyer below. Please contact Seattle PD if you know anything. Please share this to get it in front of as many people as possible and help us find David. Thanks.
Seattle Pride 2017 will be remembered for the record heat that nearly melted Sunday’s parade — and an important protest that briefly brought it to a halt. It should also be remembered for a rekindled Pride presence on Capitol Hill with new organizers pumping life into Saturday’s Broadway street festival while on-Hill Pride weekend traditions like Saturday night’s Dyke March still contined strong and other elements like Trans* Pride — already in its fifth year! — drew huge crowds. Here is a look at the fun and messages from Capitol Hill Pride via the viewfinders and mobile devices of festival goers, dancers, doggie drag friends, and more. Thanks for sharing your pictures and videos. Continue reading
From the 43rd District Democrats
Seattle City Council, Position 8