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Capitol Hill Community Council: Green Your Space at Capitol Hill Tool Library

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Our mission is to advocate, activate, and educate our community.

Spring is here(well almost)! Time to throw open the windows, clear out the dust and make the home sparkle again. During this time of renewal and rebirth, we recommend cleaning out, then greening out your space! “Greening” or sharing your space with live plants has been shown to have many benefits, improved mood, fewer colds, breathe cleaner, and think clearer!

On Saturday, March 18, the Capitol Hill Community Council, in collaboration with Seattle Seed Company and Capitol Hill Tool Library host a “Green Your Space” event!

This event will feature an opportunity to learn more about the tool library, learn how to plant and “green your space” – whether your home on 22nd or your studio apartment on Pine St – with a planting tutorial/workshop, and meet and get to know your neighbors.

We will provide coffee and breakfast treats from Mighty-O Donuts! This event is free and open to the public.


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April Meeting and the Minimum Wage Issue

Our next meeting will be devoted to the issue of a $15/hour minimum wage, and how it affects Cap Hill. We will have people from varying sides of this issue to present and answer questions: a representative from Councilmember Sawants office, representatives from local business, from SEICU, and hopefully more.
This is an important topic, and we want your voice to be heard.

Thursday April 17th, 6:30 Cal Anderson Park shelter house

6:30-6:45 Announcements and quick bylaw vote
6:45-6:50 Alyssa Introduces Minimum Wage & Capitol Hill Panel and Lays Ground Rules
6:50-7:00 Ted Virdone, Legislative Assistant to Kshama Sawant provides updates/overview of issue
7:00-7:25 5 minutes per panelist for intro and position statement
7:25-7:35 Panelists Address pre-determined clarifying questions from Council
7:35-8:00 Q&A open to all

-Jess Spear, Organizing Director 15 Now
-Volunteer, 15 Now
-Michael Wells, Director of the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce
-and more.

This proposal is still fluid – we need your input!

April 17, CaL Anderson Park shelter house 6:30

Community Conversation regarding Safety

Please join us on Thursday October 17th at 6:30pm at the Cal Anderson Shelter house for a living room conversation regarding safety in our Capitol Hill community.  We are all aware of the uptick in crime in our neighborhood, it’s a hot issue right now and we have heard tragic stories affecting businesses and local residents. The Capitol Hill Community Council is looking forward to hosting this event for the members of our neighborhood.  These conversations are designed to bring together local community members in a way that is more comfortable and informal than traditional meetings and panel discussions. The group setting promotes an open dialogue that allows participants to address neighborhood issues directly with the guests.  While we can’t address all aspects of the safety issues in one short meeting, we have identified two areas of immediate interest. We have invited Officer Sina Eginger of the East Precinct to attend to address issues concerning safety, police presence and to provide any updates on current progress on the issue.  We will also have two members of the Low Income Housing Institute in attendance to address any community based solutions we can initiate, discuss the LEAD program (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) and the need for mental health support in our area, and what safety issues are affecting their residents.

We anticipate this will be the first of many discussions and a way to bring together all members of the community who are interested in helping find solutions to this very complicated, multifaceted issue.  We look forward to seeing you on Thursday.

Council member Conlin invited to address micro housing issue

On October 7, Seattle City Council member Richard Conlin was asked to attend the October 17th General Meeting to address the issue of micro housing and its exemption from design and environmental review. We will keep you updated as to his reply. Below is the text sent by John Akamatsu asking him to attend:

Dear Councilman Conlin,

Last year, the Capitol Hill Community Council sent a letter to the Seattle City Council addressing the lack of design and environmental review for microhousing. Although there has been some minor discussion, we invite you to the October meeting (10/17, 6:30, Cal Anderson Park shelter House) to address this and the following letter (draft), which we will be sending to the Seattle City Council. We were very disappointed that you acted so quickly on the Single Family issue of new homes being erected on lots thought to be a single lot, and have seemingly dragged your and the PLUS committee’s feet on the microhousing issue.


John Akamatsu, Vice President, Capitol Hill Community Council

The following is a DRAFT letter to send to the City Council regarding the status of micro housing.

Dear members of City Council~
At a meeting of the Capitol Hill Community Council last October, in response to vociferous complaints and comments from many, many neighbors, we approved a letter which was sent to you asking for a moratorium on micro housing apartments until they could be brought into similar development standards as other, smaller unit-count apartments. Now, a year later, we find that historic homes are still being knocked down in a day with no notice to neighbors and that these types of development are not undergoing the design review we had requested. Units are not being counted properly or tracked accurately for our density numbers. (And the recent discovery by the Neighborhood Planning Commission that residents of 4th and 5th floor units of micro housing would be forced to jump out of windows in an emergency situation raises obvious safety concerns in our city.)
We are aware of the letter the City Council sent to the Department of Planning last June asking for solutions from them that would alleviate neighbors concerns and yet still allow for a range of housing options on Capitol Hill. That letter had requested that draft legislation be sent out from the Department of Planning for consideration by the council this Fall. Where does this process currently stand, and what has been the Department of Planning’s’ response to your request and to the requests of the citizens of Seattle?
We await your reply.
Thank you
The Capitol Hill Community Council