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

THIS WEDNESDAY!! Join the us and the Capitol Hill Renter Initiative for a neighborhood social THIS Wednesday July 12th 6pm at Vermillion Art Gallery & Bar (508 11th Ave)! Come meet your neighbors, share ideas, and learn about real ways you can positively impact your community.

The Community Council is seeking nominations for board members and will be sharing what they’ve been working and how you can plug in to this exciting leadership opportunity!

Representatives from the Community Council and Renter Initiative will also be there to talk about opportunities for community-led programming for this summer’s 10 Pike People Streets! Are you an artist looking to showcase your work? A member of a community group looking to spread awareness for an issue? Just want to throw an awesome dance party in the street? This is your chance! More information and a quick and simple application can be found here: https://www.seattle.gov/transportation/pikeped.htm
+PLUS! Updates from the Capitol Hill Champion!

 

 

2016-2017 Capitol Hill Community Council Candidates

Candidates:

Zachary Pullin [running for President]
Why I want to run: to continue the work of improving the neighborhood, helping neighbors and engaged citizens create shared community, to produce events, programming, and conversations that inspire, motivate, and encourage action and participation, and to help shape the narrative for our neighborhood in this time of rapid change and growth. Plus, I’m really looking forward to implementing and continuing to work internally to create a more sustainable organization (funding, programs, committees, etc).
Brief resume: Zachary is a Chippewa Cree tribal member, graduate of Western Washington University, and currently works at SEIU Healthcare NW Training Partnership. He has an extensive background in community organizing, communications, leadership, training, and connecting movements. A community activist committed to pursuing racial, economic, gender, and social justice through service, Zachary served in Peace Corps and the 2012 Equality Ride. Recently appointed by Mayor Murray to the Seattle Housing Authority, he also serves on the board of the Gender Justice League board, Victory Campaign Board, and 43rd District Democrats. Additionally, he serves as Acting President of the Capitol Hill Community Council and is a member of the NW Two Spirit Society, SPD’s Native American Advisory Council, WA Family Unity Act Workgroup, GSBA’s Public Policy Task Force, Capitol Hill Eco-District’s Equity and Engagement Subcommittee, and Capitol Hill Champion. He was honored to represent the LGBTQ and Native community as 2014 Seattle Pride Parade Grand Marshal. In his spare time, Zachary enjoys freelance writing for local and national publications and catching up on local politics while sipping Porchlight coffee and listening to Nina Simone.
About me: Born in Montana, moved to Spokane (grew up in North Spokane), attended college in Bellingham, and finally returned to the Northwest after traveling with Peace Corps and other opportunities and have called Seattle home for almost 4 years.
Connection to Captiol Hill: Live near First AME, volunteer with a few organizations, and thoroughly enjoy Oddfellows gluten-free biscuits and the Broadway Farmer’s Market!
What I hope to see/work on for 2016-2017: I hope to continue working on fundraising, seeking out grants, increasing participation, identifying partnerships and collaboration opportunities, and producing meaningful events that connects people!

Natalie Curtis [running for VP]
 
Why I want to run: Current Secretary – to help bring the community closer together while still embracing change. Bring more diversity, cultural awareness, and inclusion to the Hill/Seattle wide.
Brief resume: Currently pursing Masters in Non-Profit Leadership at Seattle U. Community Impact Advisor for HERE Seattle. B.A in Rehabilitation Studies. Microsoft 2012-2014 Swedish/Providence Hospital- 2014-present
About me: Moved from Texas to Seattle 5 years, wanted to give back and be involved in the community I lived and worked in.
Connection to Capitol Hill: Lives on Broadway, works at Swedish/Providence, and enjoy EVERYTHING on the Hill!
What I hope to see/work on for 2016-2017: Hope to see more diverse and affordable housing for all.Be apart of and advocate for positive changes in the community that still preserve the historic

OPEN [running for Treasurer]
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OPEN  [running for Secretary]

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OPEN [running for At-Large member]

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OPEN [running for At-Large member]
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OPEN [running for At-Large member]

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March 19, 2015 Meeting Agenda

Agenda

Capitol Hill Community Council

March 19, 2015

6:30     Welcome: people can add suggestions (updates, announcements, etc) to the “Parking Lot” – and Old Business (Letter for Andrew Haas)

6:35    Jesse Perrin, CHCC Programs Committee – NEW CHCC Service Opportunity

6:45     SDOT – Streetcar Extension Update

7:00     Council member Mike Archambault, Seattle Greenways Update

7:10    Elliot Helmbrecht, April 28 Special Election

7:20    Alex Brennan, “Only in Seattle” update

7:35     Sound Transit Developer discussion

7:50     Capitol Hill Champion updates, Streetcar Launch updates, and New Business (Bring ideas!)

February 19, 2015 Meeting Agenda

Agenda

Capitol Hill Community Council

February 19, 2015
(the meeting may end early for folks to attend the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce “State of the Hill” event)

6:30     Welcome: people can add suggestions (updates, announcements, etc) to the “Parking Lot”

6:35     Alex Brennan, Capitol Hill Housing, CHCC Partnership Presentation

6:45     At-Large Candidate [ACTION ITEM: Vote]

6:50     Andrew Haas, Historic Preservation Updates [ACTION ITEM: possible resolution/vote]

6:55    Seattle City Council member Sawant, LGBTQ Hate Crimes Forum Introduction [ACTION ITEM: vote on sponsorship and involvement]

7:05    Tim & Brie (or council liaison Zachary Pullin), Capitol Hill Champion (Capitol Hill Light Rail Station TOD) update

7:10     Community Council member Mike Archambault, 520 Update

7:15     Outstanding Council Updates: Streetcar, RSJI, Vision Zero, etc

7:25     Continuing Subcommittee Conversation and Brainstorm [ACTION ITEM: plan for next steps]

7:45     Announcements [ACTION ITEM: Discuss any “Parking Lot” suggestions]

Sound Transit releases the RFP for Capitol Hill Light Rail properties

Sound Transit released the Request for Proposals (RFP) yesterday. Inexplicably buried within a “closed” document (perhaps for the RFQ), the proposal lists the requirements for each property. Here are the general documents:

  1.  RP 0010-14 Capitol Hill TOD Request For Proposals
  2. RP 0010-14 Housing Tool All Sites
  3. Attachment B Sound Transit Timeline
  4. Attachment D Technical Documents

Here are Exhibit A Reference Documents

  1. Urban Design Framework
  2. Urban Design Framework cover letter
  3. Sound Transit Tunnel Easements
  4. Development Agreement and Coordinated Development Plan
  5. LBA-Capitol Hill Station Survey

Here are the lot specific documents:

  1. SITE C – Retail Approach
  2. SITE C – Parking Approach
  3. SITE C – Housing Approach
  4. SITE C – Green Factor and Sustainability Approach
  5. SITE C – Development Program
  6. SITE C – Community Center Approach
  7. SITE C – Amenity Areas
  8. SITE B SOUTH – Parking Approach
  9. SITE B SOUTH – Housing Approach
  10. SITE B SOUTH – Green Factor and Sustainability Approac
  11. SITE B SOUTH – Development Program
  12. SITE B SOUTH – Amenity Areas
  13. SITE B NORTH – Parking Approach
  14. SITE B NORTH – Housing Approach
  15. SITE B NORTH – Green Factor and Sustainability Approac
  16. SITE B NORTH – Development Program
  17. SITE B NORTH – Community Center Approach
  18. SITE B NORTH – Amenity Areas
  19. SITE A – Retail Approach SITE A – Parking Approach
  20. SITE A – Housing Approach
  21. SITE A – Green Factor and Sustainability Approach
  22. SITE A – Development Program Scoring
  23. SITE A – Community Center Approach
  24. SITE A – Amenity Areas

 

 

General Meeting, July 17 6:30

Thursday July 17 6:30 Cal Anderson Shelter House

This month’s general meeting will be exciting and informative –focusing on Washington State’s new marijuana laws.

Presentations will be on the new pot laws and their implications for the Hill and Seattle generally.

City Councilmember Sally Clark will be attending and answering questions.

Chris Anderson from Calyx King will be speaking on the topic of growing and distribution.

Calyx King Consulting is a team of diverse professionals who’ve partnered together for more than a decade. in the ground-breaking, game-changing business of legal marijuana. Chris was an attorney with the Canna Law Group, the premier cannabis-specific business law practice, where he assisted cannabis-industry clients with all phases of business formation, licensing, operations, and regulatory compliance. He started his career as a commercial litigator at Perkins Coie LLP and spent five years in Microsoft’s Legal & Corporate Affairs, advising the Office of General Counsel and the company’s worldwide Operations leaders on strategic sourcing, multinational contracting, and departmental practice management. http://calyxking.com

Martin Martinez of  Lifevine Medical Group (a not-for-profit membership organization of patients, who work together, pooling resources to produce the highest quality medical marijuana at the lowest cost) will also be there to discuss medical marijuana.

Unlike a buyer’s club or dispensary, Lifevine does not buy marijuana and resell it to patients. In a collective garden, qualifying patients share responsibility for the resources required to produce and process medical cannabis. Martin Martinez operates Lifevine Medical Group on Capitol Hill across the street from Group Health. http://medmj-wa.com

James Lathrop of Cannabis City will discuss the retail side of the new laws.

Cannabis City was he first store to open in the state selling legal marijuana for recreational use. http://cannabiscity.us

As always we will have updates and announcements on other issues pertinent to Capitol Hill.

Champion update

Committee reports

Announcements

Seattle in Top Ten of Top 30 Largest U.S. Metros for Walkable Urbanism

From Builder:

Walkable real estate development projects and places are on the rise nationwide, but certain metro regions are progressing faster than others, according to a new report.

“Foot Traffic Ahead: Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America’s Largest Metros” ranks the country’s top 30 metropolitan areas based on the amount of commercial development in Walkable Urban Places (WalkUPs). While metro areas like Washington, D.C., New York, Boston, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Chicago ranked among the top current areas for walkable urbanism, the report found that other cities—including Miami, Atlanta, and Detroit—are well positioned for future growth of walkability given current efforts in those the communities. The study is a project of the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at George Washington University School of Business in conjunction with LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors, a program of Smart Growth America.

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“These places are witnessing the end of sprawl,” says Christopher Leinberger, president of LOCUS and one of the study’s authors. “It represents a pretty significant change in how we invest and build the country.”

The study, which noted higher education levels and one-third higher GDP per capita in high-ranking cities, underlines the economic power of walkable places and identifies which metro areas are adding them fastest. These spaces are home to 46% of the U.S. population and account for 58% of the country’s total GDP, Leinberger notes.

“As economic engines, as talent attractors, and as highly productive real estate, these WalkUPs are a crucial component in building and sustaining a thriving urban economy,” he says. “Cities with more WalkUPs are positioned for success, now and in the future.”

The trend toward walkable and transit-oriented living is here to stay, the study’s authors conclude: “This is not just a passing fad,” Leinberger says. “It’s going to take 20 to 30 years for cities to catch up with the demand for walkable spaces.”

The newly released “Foot Traffic Ahead” report finds that areas found to have high levels of walkability are models for the future development patterns of many of the largest 30 U.S. metropolitan areas. The study breaks down the top 30 metros into 4 levels: high, moderate, tentative, and low walkable urbanism.

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 Other key findings of the study include:

—There are 558 WalkUPs, or regionally significant walkable urban places, in the 30 largest metro areas in the U.S.

—Walkable urban office space in the 30 largest metros commands a 74% rent-per-square-foot premium over rents in drivable suburban areas. These price premiums continue to grow.

—Walkable urban development is not limited to the revitalization of center cities; it also is the urbanization of the suburbs.

Click here for the full list of rankings and to download the report.

Learn more about markets featured in this article: Boston, MACleveland, OHDetroit, MI,Houston, TXSan Diego, CASan Francisco, CAWashington, DCAtlanta, GA.

For the original article

2014-15 Executive Committee candidates

Below are the candidates for the 2014-2015 Executive Committee. Elections will be 6/19 at the Cal Anderson Shelter House at 6:30.

George Bakan – for President

For 26 years George Bakan has been the Editor-in-Chief for Seattle Gay News. He has been overseeing the operation of the SGN weekly newspaper since 1983. George was born in Seattle, raised in rural Bellevue and in the 1960s he moved with his family to Eastern Washington. George returned to Seattle in the early 1980s to become a gay activist. Some of the highlights of his almost 30-years of gay community activism are organizing the Seattle AIDS Action Committee in 1983, which later became Mobilization Against AIDS. During the early days of the AIDS epidemic George and the Seattle AIDS Action Committee organized an annual candle light vigil at SCCC at Pine and Broadway on Capitol Hill. During his early days as an activist he co-chaired the 1984 Freedom Day Committee, now known as Seattle Out and Proud. George was the regional co-chair for the 1987 and 1993 National Marches on Washington, DC. During both organizing efforts Bakan led the Northwest sponsored push for bi and transsexual inclusion at the national events. He was on the Hands Off Washington (HOW) Executive Committee and was for a time Vice Chair for Hands Off Washington. HOW worked statewide on LGBT political issues from 1992 to 1996. Thought of retirement does not suit George. The LGBT veteran activist continues his daily oversight at the SGN and looks towards future projects, including health issues for old gay guys and setting up training and leadership workshops for young LGBT activists and a tree planting project in Seattle parks to honor people who’ve died of AIDS.

Zachary Pullin – for Vice President

Is an enrolled member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Rocky Boy, Montana and a former Peace Corps volunteer in Belize, he finds passion in service and illuminating how our myriad identities weave together. Currently the Communications Coordinator for the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship, he also works with Gay City hosting community conversation events for the LGBTQ community. He is currently an at-large member of the Capitol Hill Community Council, a member of the Gender Justice League, Northwest Two Spirits Society, the Native American Advisory Council with the SPD, and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. Zachary has also spoken about social justice, inclusion, access, intersectionality, and community at universities across the country from Emory in Atlanta to Mills College in San Francisco, and is a freelance writer in notable publications such as The Advocate, Native Peoples, and Indian Country Today. His greatest accomplishment is bringing neighbors together for forums and summits to address intersectionality and community building.
I am interested in the Vice President role because I value that the Capitol Hill Community Council is for more than social justice, equity, and neighborhood livability. The CHCC is for authentic community; and, I would love to add to that mission. With experience in communications, digital media, marketing, sustainable development, nonviolent resistance, and community organizing, I know I will provide valuable experience and perspective to an already talented council. Refreshing our website and email management are my first goals as I hope to increase Capitol Hill resident participation at meetings and at various neighborhood events.
As a former Peace Corps volunteer, my inclination to serve is inherent in how I approach social justice and advocacy. As a young gay, Native American living on the Hill and organizing with various local community groups, I can add a fresh voice on the issues that matter to those who live, work, and organize on Capitol Hill. My interests are in affordable housing, neighborhood density, safety, the arts, and culture. I intend to represent the interests of renters, metro users, and marginalized groups with little to no access.

Mike Archambault – for Treasurer

I have have been living in Capitol Hill for that last 7 years, and I currently rent a 1 bedroom apartment with my partner in a beautiful, old (built in 1909!), brick building on Summit.

Over the years, I have worked with CHCC and community members to help make our neighborhood a safer place to walk, bike, and take transit. I’m proud to have been involved in past Community Council efforts such as the Complete Streetcar Campaign and the 12th Ave Safety Improvement Project, two fruitful projects that were made possible only through the strong community support and with the help of CHCC.
I currently see high housing costs as the most immediate crisis facing our neighborhood. I have witnessed too many friends and neighbors get pushed out of Capitol Hill to escape the quickly rising rents. If we want any chance at retaining the current fabric of residents and buildings that make Capitol Hill so special today, we need to work hard to make room for the inundation of new residents.
I’m thrilled by the opportunity to work as Treasurer for the Community Council. My strong math and engineering background make me well equipped to keep track of CHCC’s finances, and I’m excited to help the council find solutions that make Capitol Hill’s streets safer and its housing more affordable.

Elliot Helmbrecht – for Secretary

Is a Minnesota native and is approaching his 10-year anniversary of living in Seattle this fall. Four years ago, Elliot moved to Capitol Hill into an early-1900’s, brick building and in 2012 he and his girlfriend began co-managing the 29-unit apartment. During their two years of managing the building they have tried to foster a sense of community among the tenants by hosting events for neighbors to meet each other and socialize. Currently, Elliot works for Northwest Passage Consulting in Seattle. He previously worked for Capitol Hill Housing, an affordable housing developer and provider. One of his greatest accomplishments working with Capitol Hill Housing was his participation on a workgroup to assess and reduce barriers to housing for low-income neighbors in our community.
I am running for the Secretary position with the Capitol Hill Community Council to improve our online presence and meeting notices to encourage broader participation among Capitol Hill’s residents. We can expand our media relations to cover our meetings and issues we care about. I believe the Capitol Hill Community Council has shown evidence of being successful at neighborhood advocacy in the past. The potential to do even more is possible with an engaged and dedicated group of leaders and members.

Erie Jones – for Member at Large

I have lived, and also worked on the hill for 35 years and counting. In my view it is one of the best urban neighborhoods in the country. Simply stated, I would like to contribute to keeping it one of the best. This would include maintaining our diversity and tolerance for all, promoting affordable living, keeping local businesses healthy, creatively managing growth and development, preserving our cultural and architectural heritage, and especially maintaining our neighborhood feeling of mutual support. I have taught in Seattle Public Schools for 23 years, including at Lowell Elementary where I helped get the grants for our accessible playscape. I helped plan and build the Thomas Street P-Patch and am active in our neighborhood block watch. I have also helped, financially and through work, set up small businesses on the hill. I am a musician and currently teach music at Dusty Strings in Fremont.

Derek DeWolf – for Member at Large

I am a Seattle native. After graduating High School, I attended Arizona State University, graduating with a degree in International Business and Political Science. I served as an intern in the Senate during college assisting some of Arizona’s most prominent political leaders. After graduation I moved to Portland for a job with Nordstrom where I gained a better understanding of community, service, and consumer relations. Portland is a great city but never felt like home, which is why I moved back to Seattle. I currently live and work on Capitol Hill, the neighborhood I call home. I am fortunate to be a Real Estate Broker for Coldwell Banker Bain and primarily conduct my business serving the Capitol Hill community.

I am dedicated to serving on the Capitol Hill Community Council because I feel an abundance of community only found on Capitol Hill. The hill provides more than an address for me; it shapes the individual I am growing into. Capitol Hill teaches me about diversity, acceptance, understanding, passion, and most important, love every day. In my line of work and at a youthful age of 26, I am able to bridge a gap between different types of neighbors. Whether it be a renter living in an early 1900’s walk-up building starting their future, or a family who has been part of this community for decades dwelling in a large North Capitol Hill Craftsman. I sympathize with the young professionals who struggle financially while also sharing concern for the future of our community. My daily interactions provide me a path for communication. I recognize the history of leadership, activism, and perseverance it took to make a difference here, which is what I hope to do.

I am running for member-at-large position and will utilize my passion, experience with community, and deep-rooted commitment to making Capitol Hill a better place for my friends, my neighbors, and one day, my family in this role.

Thank you for considering my interest in this role.

 

8 developers chosen to submit bids for Cap Hill station developments

CHS reported this morning that

Sound Transit has selected eight firms to submit bids to develop four housing and retail properties that will surround the future Capitol Hill light rail station.

The shortlisted firms will also sit down with the Capitol Hill Championgroup at a June 2nd public meeting to make sure they understand and adopt the community priorities forged over several years.

Read who made it and more here.

 

Ten Cities Where the Most People Walk to Work

According to 247wallst.com, Seattle rates number 7 in cities where people walked to work. Of course, Capitol Hill plays a large part of this, despite the proliferation of residential building in Belltown and South Lake Union.

Just 2.9% of American workers walked to work as of 2012, according to data recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau. However, the Census Bureau notes that there were massive regional differences in the proportion of people who chose to walk to a work. Different factors influence commuters’ preferences, including a city’s layout, climate, and infrastructure.

Boston residents were the most likely Americans to walk to work, with 15.1% doing so as of 2012. By comparison, less than 1% of workers in Gilbert, Arizona and Plano, Texas commuted on foot. Based on U.S. Census Bureau figures, these are the cities with the highest percentage of commuters walking to work.

While commuters choose walking for various reasons — ranging from lack of resources to simply residing near their place of business — many of the cities reviewed were also pleasant places to walk. The publicly accessible walkability index generated by Walk Score gave seven of the 10 cities a score of at least 70, a rating described as “very walkable,” as measured by residents’ proximity to amenities as well as friendliness to pedestrians. New York City, where more than 10% of residents walked to work, had a walk score of 87.6, the highest in the nation

High population densities also tended to encourage walking. For example, the New York City metropolitan area was the densest metro area nationwide, with 31,683 people per square mile in 2010. The area included two of the cities where a high proportion of commuters walked to work, New York City and Jersey City. Five other cities on this list were among the country’s 10 most densely-populated metro areas.

A walkable city also tends to support public transit and bike infrastructure. The cities where people walked most to work also had among the nation’s top five transit systems, as measured by Walk Score. These include New York, San Francisco, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, which all have well-developed and heavily used public transportation systems. On an average weekday, the New York area’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority has a dailyridership of more than 8.5 million people.

Cities where people walk to work are also often ideal destinations for residents who enjoy riding bikes. Five of these cities were among the 10 best large cities for the quality of biking. Most notably, San Francisco was the third best such city, with a bike score of 70, according to Walk Score. In fact, some of these cities not only had a high proportion of workers who walked to work, but also a substantial proportion of commuters who biked. In Madison, Wisconsin, more than 5% of workers commuted by bicycle, the second-most of any major city.

Of course, with walking a viable option for a large number of workers in these cities — in many cases supplemented by biking and public transit — relatively few households elected to own cars. As of 2012, just 9.2% of households nationwide did not have a car. In New York, that number was greater than 56%, the highest in the U.S. At least a third of households did not own a vehicle in half of the cities where people were most likely to commute by walking.

Many cities promote walking as a way to get-around due to the various health benefits associated with regular, brisk walking. According to the American Heart Association, walking half an hour a day reduces the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, and stroke, while helping people improve their blood pressure and lower their body weight.

Based on recently released U.S Census Bureau figures, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the cities with the most workers walking to work between 2008 and 2012. Walk Score produced the figures on the quality of walking, biking and public transit. Data on population-weighted density and the percent of households without a vehicle are based on the 2010 Census and 2012 American Community Survey (ACS), respectively. We used the 2012 ACS for population data.

 

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7. Seattle, Wash.
> Pct. walking to work: 9.1% (tied for 6th)
> Walk score: 70.8 (10th highest)
> Pct. households with no car: 16.7% (23rd highest)
> Population density (of metro area): 4,721.6 (24th highest)

Seattle had the ninth best public transit score among all cities, according to Walk Score, which also ranked the city 10th for walkability, and 11th for bike friendliness. As a result, many residents chose to avoid driving to work. More than 9% commuted to work on foot and another 3.4% by bike, both among the highest proportions in the country. According to the Seattle Department of Transportation, the city’s long-term goal is to become the nation’s most walkable city. Although the Seattle metro area is more densely populated than most cities, the population is still relatively widely dispersed in comparison to New York, Boston, San Francisco, and other large cities of similar size.

 

Read more: Ten Cities Where the Most People Walk to Work – 24/7 Wall St. http://247wallst.com/special-report/2014/05/16/ten-cities-where-the-most-people-walk-to-work/#ixzz32BUEpEf3