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Capitol Hill Community Council



December Open House

December 14th 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Vermilion

Our council represents the diverse needs of those living & working on Capitol Hill to encourage a sense of community and foster community development.

On this night we want to highlight the year and collaborate with YOU (the neighborhood) on the great things we have planned for next year.

Refreshments, local delicious pies from Sizzle Pie, and treats from Cupcake Royale will be served!

So come and join the PARTY and help us build a stronger community!

+PLUS! Updates from the Capitol Hill Champion!



Safe Communities Update

Given I participated in this process over the past year, I wanted to provide the Capitol Hill community with this message regarding where the process stands with the city.

Thanks, Lisa Kothari

Thank you for participating in the Safe Communities Initiative as part of SPD: 20/20 with the goal of meaningfully engaging our community in reducing crime and creating the safest possible neighborhoods. You were one of the 1,000 participants at least one of our 101 community meetings.

Since we wrapped up Phase III, we received 320 separate recommendations for the city to do to improve safety in our neighborhoods. Many of these recommendations are similar across all 5 precincts, while some are precinct specific.

As part of the Safe Communities report back, Mayor McGinn started a tour of each SPD precinct and updating the public on public safety and the Safe Communities Initiative in the East Precinct.   In the next few weeks, Mayor McGinn will go on tours of the Southwest, West, North, South precincts and will briefed on what progress has been made.

To learn more about the East Precinct Tour that Mayor McGinn recently went on you can click here.  You can also view the Precinct Reports as they become available after each Precinct Tour at

If you have additional questions about the Safe Communities Initiative, feel free to visit or contact Heidi Park at  Thank you again for taking the time to be involved with our Safe Communities Initiative. We will continue to keep you posted as with news relevant to your concerns.


Heidi Park


Seattle Night Out August 6, 2013

Tuesday August 6th, the City of Seattle will be celebrating the 29th Annual Night Out Against Crime. Last year, 1,366 events were registered to participate. To register your own event that night or to find an event close to you, click here.


“Night Out” is a national Crime Prevention event. It is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite our communities. It is a great chance to learn about crime prevention, while also celebrating your community and spending time with your neighbors.


Seattle has had a long history of supporting Night Out. The program has been growing every year, with over 1,200 neighborhoods participating in 2010. This type of community participation is what makes Seattle a great place to live.

The event is a unique opportunity to bring your neighbors together, welcome new neighbors, talk about crime prevention and Block Watch efforts, and mainly just have a great time with food, music, games – whatever you want. The creativity we’ve seen of what neighborhoods come up with is amazing. Some gatherings are just a few households; others expand into large block parties.

This year the theme is “Celebrating Crime Free Neighborhoods.” If you have a neighborhood that has seen a decrease in crime, it is a time to celebrate your achievements. If you have ongoing crime problems you are working on, it is a chance to renew your focus, start a Block Watch if you haven’t already, and take a public stand against crime in your neighborhood.

Night Out Against Crime is an opportunity for individual neighborhoods to renew their commitment to the following:

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships
  • Send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Safe Communities Conversation Meeting Minutes, 11/8

Lisa Kothari, Member at Large, attended the Safe Communities Conversation Meeting that took place for the EastPAC District on November 8th at the Miller Community Center. The following are her notes. 

The meeting was a large gathering of concerned community members and police sitting down in small groups to discuss several important topics, including:

  1. Develop and prioritize our concerns for public safety
  2. Share our thoughts about police and community relations
  3. Offer ideas on enhancing community engagement
  4. Select a delegate to carry concerns to an action meeting

I sat in on one table discussion and below are the answers to the questions that were posed to this small group.

What is your top concern about crime and public safety?

  • Sex offenders living in the neighborhood
  • Open drug dealing
  • Guns and youth
  • 12th Avenue: stop signs and crosswalks
  • Dogs off lead in parks
  • I-5 Encampments
  • NW Corner of Cal Anderson Park

Out of these topics, our group was most concerned about:

  • Guns, drug dealing, encampments

What is going well with the relationship between your community and SPD?

  • Twitter feed program
  • Cops on Bikes
  • Hot Spot Program

What do you think is a way for the community and SPD to work together to make the community safer?

Opportunity to meet your local officers. The Living Room Conversation program was brought up, where your local officers come into your home and host an informal discussion about your neighborhood and community concerns for about 15 of your neighbors. (I thought this would be an excellent  opportunity to have one at an upcoming CHCC meeting in 2012.)

Other Ideas:

  • Bring back crime prevention officers
  • Handling noise concerns
  • School resource officers
  • More visibility of police on Pike/Pine and in Belltown
  • Better response time

What steps can we take to keep you engaged in building and creating a safer community?

City appreciation for active community members who are working with SPD on a regular basis

People were then asked to volunteer to be a delegate for the next step in this process. The delegate will take the table’s concerns forward to a Precinct Summit where they will buold an action plan based on information we gather tonight and in other places in our precinct.

I volunteered to be a delegate and this next step will take place in March 2013.

The next EastPAC meeting is on Thursday, December 6th. We are having a meeting/holiday potluck at the Garfield Community Center beginning at 6:30. Please feel free to join us.

Safe Communities — Get Involved

This Thursday, 11/8, the city invites you to a mmeting to address safety on Capitol Hill. Read on for more information.


Dear Community Member:
We are inviting you to participate in a community conversation to learn about your safety concerns and thoughts about public safety.  This conversation is being hosted by your neighborhood police precinct.
Modeled on the Youth and Families Initiative, Safe Communities will follow a similar path, bringing residents, police officers and City departments together in living rooms, cafes, barber shops and community centers across Seattle to tell the City and SPD about specific things their communities need to improve safety, and determine which priorities should come first. Those priorities will then guide the actions the City, SPD, and the neighborhoods will take together to protect public safety.  This process seeks to address chronic neighborhood issues, concerns that will require coordinated involvement of diverse voices in the city (SPD, Parks, SDOT, Neighborhood groups, schools, etc.) working together to understand, address, and resolve situations that impact public safety.
Your precinct will be holding a series of community conversations to learn about the concerns of you and your neighbors.  Here’s how you can become involved.
You can attend either a large group conversation or a small group conversation. Either one is an opportunity for neighborhood residents to meet with each other and members of your local police precinct and focus together on concerns in your neighborhoods. 
Our large group conversation will be taking place on November 8, 2012 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Miller Community Center.  The Miller Community Center is located at 330 19th Avenue East, Seattle, WA, 98112.  The phone number is (206) 684-4753.
You can sign up by going to or contacting A/Lt. Randy Yamanaka at
We look forward to talking with you!
Captain Ron Wilson
East Precinct Commander
Seattle Police Department
1519 12th Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98122-3907