Capitol Hill Community Post | Working people should support Sawant against Amazon’s candidate

From Mike Andrew, MLK Labor eboard member

Election Day is November 5. For working people in Seattle City Council District 3, the choice could not be clearer.

Kshama Sawant has been one of the most consistent fighters for working people and our unions to serve on the City Council. We are proud to support Councilmember Sawant’s re-election, along with the 15 unions and counting who have endorsed her campaign.

Against her is the candidate of the Chamber of Commerce, Egan Orion. Orion’s campaign coffers are flush with donations from a who’s who of corporate America, including big developers, corporate lobbyists, 15 Amazon executives from around the country, and a long list of businesses who have fought against pro-labor policies in Seattle like the $15/hour minimum wage.

Among those who’ve maxed out to Orion are real estate billionaire Martin Selig, who also gave the maximum donation of $5,600 to Donald Trump in 2016. This year Selig also gave the maximum donation to Ari Hoffman against Tammy Morales. Joining him is wealthy hotel chain owner Richard Hedreen, who has a long track record of union-busting. Continue reading

Seattle City Council Insight: Sawant looks to expand sanctioned encampments and tiny house villages, but faces SEPA appeal

A summer “Tent City” at St. Joseph’s in 2016

From SCC Insight

While her call for rent control is featured on her campaign posters, Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant is pursuing another, smaller solution for housing and affordability for Seattle’s most vulnerable — a bill that would expand the city’s ability to establish additional “tiny house” villages and issue permits for more sanctioned homeless encampments.

Her bill has already been tied up in land-use bureaucracy.

Sawant’s bill adjusts the regulations for permitting encampments, of both the tent- and “tiny home” based varieties. It relaxes the rules for where in the city they could be set up, and increases the maximum permitted number of encampments to 40. But since it is a land-use ordinance, it is subject to State Environmental Policy Act review, meaning that the city needs to fill out the SEPA checklist and either make a Determination of Non-significance (DNS), or write a full-blown SEPA Environmental Impact Statement if there are significant expected impacts.

The appeals have become a popular tool for opposing new development and zoning changes in Seattle and cost filers less than a hundred dollars to begin the process.

At the beginning of August, the Council’s Central Staff issued a DNS for the proposed legislation. And Elizabeth Campbell, who is well-known for her legal challenges to the Council’s land-use actions, once again filed an appeal of the DNS with the Hearing Examiner — according to Sawant, thirteen minutes before the filing deadline. That prevents the Council from moving forward with Sawant’s bill until the Hearing Examiner rules on Campbell’s appeal.

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Capitol Hill Community Post | Face to Face Candidate Forum at Broadway Performance Hall

From the GSBA

We can’t wait for you to join us for the Face to Face candidate forum coming up this Tuesday, Sept. 10 at the Broadway Performance Hall on Capitol Hill. During this forum, candidates running for Seattle City Council in Districts 1, 2, 3, and 7 will take to the stage to answer crucial questions about Seattle’s future, from transportation and development, to homelessness and small business. Your vote is your voice. This free event is your opportunity to get the facts you need to decide our city’s future come election day.

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Moderated by Brady Piñero Walkinshaw (CEO, Grist Media and former 43rd District Representative) and Liz Dunn (Principal, Dunn & Hobbes) this is a must attend candidate forum for small business owners, members of the LGBTQ community, and those who care about the future of their city. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Starting Sept. 7: High Friction Surface Treatments along 24th Ave E

From the Seattle Department of Transportation

As part of Vision Zero, our crews will be adding High Friction Surface Treatments (HFST) at 3 locations along 24th Ave E to improve skid-resistance to the pavement. During this time, you may see crews “power washing” pavement and/or removing striping to ensure that these treatments adhere correctly and to complete work safely and efficiently.

Here’s What You Can Expect:

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Work will begin as soon as Saturday, September 7. This work is anticipated to last for up to 2 weekends and is weather dependent.
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To cut down on greenhouse gases and fracking, Seattle considers natural gas ban

The Seattle City Council will begin the process Friday for firing up a possible ban on natural gas in new construction — but don’t worry, chef, your gas ranges will probably be safe for now.

The legislation would prohibit natural gas hookups in new homes and apartment buildings starting in 2020. Council member Mike O’Brien will take up the proposal Friday afternoon in his sustainability committee session. Continue reading

Officials hope for solutions beyond Seattle from King County Regional Homelessness Authority

It has been a caveat on nearly every major Seattle effort to combat homelessness. The problem, many contend, is regional. Wednesday, the City of Seattle and King County rolled out the plan to try to address the crisis at a higher level.

County Executive Dow Constantine and Mayor Jenny Durkan announced legislation Wednesday that will create a new regional authority overseeing “a unified response to homelessness.” Continue reading

City Council: Seattle renters get more time to pay owed rent

Seattle Public School kids aren’t the only ones back in session this week. The Seattle City Council returned from its summer break Tuesday with votes approving legislation to help out bikers and renters.

In one set of votes at Tuesday afternoon’s full council session, members approved a suite of updates to provide renters with more protections including a vote updating the City of Seattle’s Just Cause Eviction Ordinance to “harmonize the City’s regulations with amendments to the Washington State Residential Landlord-Tenant Act. Under the changes approved Tuesday, Seattle renters will see the time given tenants to respond to a notice to pay or vacate increased from three to 14 days and tenants need to be notified of all rent increases at least 60 days in advance. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Kinky Boots in Cal Anderson

Three Dollar Bill was forced to scale back its annual schedule of LGBTQ-favorite outdoor movies in Cal Anderson Park this summer after a longtime source of funding from the city fell through thanks to the most bureaucratic of reasons. You missed it.

CHS stopped through Friday night for the only screening of the season, a showing of Kinky Boots that brought out a good crowd on a 70F+ night. The pictures will have to satiate your Three Dollar Bill Cinema appetite for now. More will come. Three Dollar Bill also produces the annual Seattle Queer Film Festival starting October 10th. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Capitol Hill celebrates the 10TH ANNUAL CAPITOL HILL GARAGE SALE DAY September 8, 2019

From the Cal Anderson Park Alliance

The Cal Anderson Park Alliance invites all local treasure seekers to enjoy an afternoon of bargain hunting that promises something for everyone. On Sunday, September 8th, residents all over Capitol Hill will populate their front lawns, apartment stoops and Cal Anderson Park with heirlooms, antiques, and bric-a-brac for sale as a part of the “10TH ANNUAL CAPITOL HILL GARAGE SALE DAY” from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For this one-of-a-kind neighborhood event, no garage is no problem!  Seattleites are invited to join their Capitol Hill neighbors in Cal Anderson Park for five hours of bargain shopping, DJ music, and sun.  In addition, shoppers will be able to access an online map of Capitol Hill neighbors who will be simultaneously hosting a more traditional garage/stoop/yard/sidewalk sale in front of their homes. This map and more information about the event will be available on the official Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day website (capitolhillgaragesale.org) or at the garage sale event information table in the shelterhouse in Cal Anderson Park on September 8th.   Continue reading