Capitol Hill Community Post | JONATHAN CHOE’S article about Miller Park

From Eileen Hood

To Whom it May Concern,

I would like to register a formal complaint in regard to the news article reported by Jonathan Choe, which aired on KOMO 4, Friday, January 8, 2021.

I was returning home from work, Friday, January 8th about 1 pm and was approached by Jonathan Choe and a camera person as I entered the gate to my home. Jonathan indicated that he had already spoken to my son and wanted to ask me some questions about the micro grid project at Miller Park and the un-housed population currently living in the park. I explained to him I am a health care worker, I had just received my first COVID vaccine and I am suffering from Post Viral Syndrome due to having COVID in October. I had to hold the gate of my home to steady myself while we talked. I also noted that I suffer with asthma. He persisted in wanting to talk about the City of Seattle’s project and the folks currently living in the park. I live directly across the street from Miller Park and have watched the encampment grow over the course of the pandemic. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Loxsmith bringing Bagel Bodega to Nacho Borracho

From Loxsmith Bagel Co.

Hey there! It’s Loxsmith Bagels. I’m doing a pop up 1/24/21 at  Nacho Borracho called Bagel Bodega.

Lox box preorder can be picked up includes 100g sustainable Alaskan wild ocean king lox, 200g cream cheese and caper onion tomato. $30 — Venmo @loxsmithbagels, pick up day of at 209 Broadway E, 10 AM to 2 PM.

Bodega Menu
My possies’ on Broadway

Choice of challah roll or bagel

West coast 14
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Safe and masked, ‘Good Trouble, Necessary Trouble’ 2021 Seattle MLK Day march will step off Monday from the Central District

Last year, before things changed, Seattle marched for MLK Day with a stop to protest the new youth jail facility at 12th and Alder. The upgraded, $200 million-plus facility debuted its new buildings a month later and remained a target of unrest through the summer’s Black Lives Matter protests.

With social distancing and masks, the 2021 Seattle MLK Day march will again take place starting with a rally at 23rd Ave’s Garfield High before a march through the Central District and Capitol Hill to downtown:

Every year, we do what we can to tell our civic leaders that Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream is alive and well.

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Capitol Hill architect and political upstart one of first to join 2021’s wide open Seattle mayor’s race


A Capitol Hill architect with progressive and urbanist bona fides is launching a longshot campaign to lead the city.

Andrew Grant Houston — known as Ace — announced his campaign for Mayor of Seattle Tuesday morning:

His decision to run comes after years of advocacy for more housing at all income levels and a lack of response to the climate crisis this past September, when the Puget Sound registered the worst AQI score the region has ever seen. Andrew is a queer Black and Latino Architect, small business owner, and activist with a vision of transforming Seattle into one of the most vibrant, sustainable cities in the world: a city where no one has to sleep outside, where local businesses and culture thrive, and where orcas start to visit once again.

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Insurrection in the Capitol: Jayapal tests positive for COVID-19 after D.C. lockdown

The fallout from the deadly storming of the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. continues. Seattle area Rep. Pramila Jayapal has tested positive for COVID-19 after being exposed to unmasked congressional leaders in the lockdown during last Wednesday’s violence:

United States Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) received a positive COVID-19 test result tonight after being locked down in a secured room at the U.S Capitol where numerous Republican lawmakers recklessly refused to wear masks in the moments after the January 6 attack. Dr. Brian Monahan, the Attending Physician of the United States Congress, advised representatives and Congressional staff on Sunday that those in the secured room could have, “been exposed to another occupant with coronavirus infection.” The duration in the room was multiple hours and several Republicans not only cruelly refused to wear a mask but mocked colleagues and staff who offered them one.

“While I am isolating per the Capitol Physician’s instructions, I will continue to work to the best of my ability because the deep urgency of our many crises is paramount,” Jaypal said in an update on her situation. “I share the outrage and anger of those across America who have watched Trump fail to combat this raging pandemic and refuse to take care of Americans who are suffering, dying, and devastated.”

Jayapal, 55, has served as U.S. Representative for Washington’s 7th congressional district since 2017. She cruised to easy victory in her race for reelection in 2020.

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Capitol Hill Community Post | Application Opens for $2.17 Million in Direct Cash Assistance for Hospitality Workers Impacted by COVID-19

From the City of Seattle

Today, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced that $2.17 million in direct cash assistance is now available for hospitality workers who live and work in Seattle who have lost jobs or income due to COVID-19. People in need of assistance can visit this website to learn if they qualify and apply for resources. This funding is part of the Mayor and City Council’s December announcement to provide up to $5 million in new financial assistance for small businesses and hospitality industry workers impacted by the most recent COVID-19 restrictions. More than 1 million people have collected unemployment benefits in Washington state since the pandemic began. In Seattle alone, more than 600 restaurants and bars have been forced to close for good due to the pandemic.

“Across the country and Washington state, so many people have lost their jobs and had their livelihoods profoundly disrupted – more than 1 million people have collected unemployment benefits in Washington state since the pandemic began. In Seattle alone, our most loved small businesses have been forced to close their doors for good, including more than 600 restaurants and bars,” said Mayor Durkan. “These emergency grants are intended to provide a lifeline to hospitality workers most recently impacted. While these grants are a necessary aid, ultimately, Congress must finally pass a COVID-19 worker relief package that actually meets the scale of need in our communities. Every day they fail to act, more small businesses close their doors for good, and more workers lose their jobs.” Continue reading

This week in CHS history | Caffe Vita sale, Charlie’s closes (again), Broadway ‘Smurf’ bollards removed

A Broadway bollard in happier times (Image: SDOT)

Here are the top stories from this week in CHS history:



Central Smoke goes poof on E Jefferson — Plus, Seattle Times asks if city’s restaurant boom is over

King of Capitol Hill’s coffee culture, Caffe Vita is in new hands

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Sound Transit: Light rail to Ballard and West Seattle will cost billions more

(Image: Sound Transit)

Your hopes of taking light rail from Capitol Hill to visit friends in Ballard and West Seattle are going to be even more expensive.

Sound Transit officials have unveiled new cost estimates for the “Sound Transit 3” package of projects including light rail connecting to West Seattle and Ballard that have risen nearly 50% from previous forecasts — a potential $5 billion to $6 billion surge.

Publicola reports:

The estimated cost of extending Seattle’s light rail system to Ballard and West Seattle, as well as several other components of the Sound Transit 3 plan adopted by voters in 2015, has risen dramatically since last year, Sound Transit staffers told the agency’s executive committee Wednesday. The main factors driving the increase, according to the agency, are higher than anticipated property acquisition costs, higher costs for labor and materials, and unanticipated “soft costs,” including additional funding for contingencies.

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City Council strengthens police accountability subpoena powers — and, they hope, Seattle’s leverage in contract fight with police union

The City of Seattle has new leverage in its upcoming contract fight with the city’s police union. The City Council voted Monday to strengthen the subpoena powers of the Office of Police Accountability and Office of Inspector General.

The legislation passed Monday will empower the offices to subpoena witnesses and officers involved in incidents of reported police misconduct, clarifying the powers that had been weakened in recent SPD union contracts.

“For our civilian-led police accountability system to work, investigators must have access to key information in pursuing misconduct complaints,” said Councilmember Lisa Herbold representing West Seattle and chair of the Public Safety and Human Services Committee. “The City will negotiate aspects of this legislation in the next police union contract to keep us on the path toward realizing true accountability and transparency.” Continue reading

Your let’s get 2021 started CHS briefing

Welcome back. Here is a rundown of a few CHS stories you may have missed as we start in on 2021:

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