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Photo by Brandon Macz: The Plymouth Pillars dog park in Capitol Hill.
Photo by Brandon Macz: The Plymouth Pillars dog park in Capitol Hill.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 12:15 PM
The Seattle City Council’s focus on updating its biennial budget, coupled with the holiday season, is pushing the timeline for introducing the parks department’s master plan for off-leash areas for dogs to next year.
  • Making an appeal
    Before casting a vote for the only item on Tuesday night’s special Sustainability and Transportation Committee meeting agenda, Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien apologized to the very large audience. He apologized for them having to be there, “fighting the system.”
  • Review board decision stalls Country Doctor expansion
    Country Doctor Community Clinic’s plans for a new dental clinic and expanded medical and administrative space in Capitol Hill were stalled by the East Design Review Board on Wednesday.
  • Water is life

    The Seattle City Council received praise from Native American activists and grassroots organizers ahead of its unanimous vote Tuesday to divest $3 billion from Wells Fargo bank for its financing of the Dakota Access Pipeline and past corrupt business practices.

  • Princeton Co-op at odds with City Light on power pole relocation costs
    Residents of Capitol Hill’s The Princeton Co-op are facing a high price to relocate a power pole Seattle City Light is requiring in order for fixes to the 111-year-old building to be completed.
  • City issues RFP to upgrade KeyArena for sporty future
    More than a decade after then-Sonics owner Howard Schultz initially floated a taxpayer-funded $200-plus million renovation plan for KeyArena — the first attempt at rehabbing the facility after its 1995 rebuild — the building is once again at the forefront of the city’s professional basketball hopes.
  • Attorney general announces legislation to end death penalty in Washington
    With a bipartisan faction behind him, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson used Martin Luther King Jr. Day to announce his plan to introduce legislation that would end the death penalty in Washington.
  • Appeal in for Children and Family Justice Center
    When word came down that the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections was slated to issue its decision on a King County application clearing the way for construction of the $210 million Children and Family Justice Center just before Christmas, project opponents were pressed for time in making an appeal.
  • Seattle Parks and Rec to study lighting in Cal Anderson Park

    Seattle Parks and Recreation will use $50,000 in funding to further study and design improved lighting in Cal Anderson Park this year.
    “The money just became available in January, so we’ll start it probably sometime in February,” said SPR planning manager Kathleen Conner. “Since there was that study done previously, some of that groundwork has already been done.”

  • Transgender advocates ready to fight another bathroom bill
    As advocates predicted, transgender rights in Washington have cropped up for another legislative session. For 27th District Rep. Laurie Jinkins, she’s optimistic House Bill 1011 will be as much a dud as similar pieces of legislation last year.
  • 2016 Year in Review
    There have been many highs and lows in 2016, and the Capitol Hill Times has again rounded out its Year in Review, identifying the most interesting developments in the Capitol Hill, First Hill and Central District neighborhoods.
  • PPUNC endorses latest design for Kelly Springfield Building
    The Pike/Pine Urban Neighborhood Council is putting its support behind the latest designs for preserving and redeveloping the Kelly Springfield Building.
  • City crowdsources ideas for improving winter weather communications
    Snow is a rarity in Seattle. When it hits, many people would rather cancel their plans than deal with the roads, uncertain transit schedules, uninitiated motorists and general mess that comes from the cold white stuff.
  • Liberty Bank passes design review with changing colors
    An affordable housing development with a design that celebrates the African American history and culture in the Central District, Capitol Hill Housing’s Liberty Bank cleared the East Design Review Board on Wednesday, but with one condition — replace the building’s muted colors with more striking tones.
  • Gerding Edlen hosting community meeting for Capitol Hill Station transit-oriented development
    Capitol Hill Station transit-oriented developer Gerding Edlen will host a community open house ahead of its meeting with the East Design Review Board, to provide updates on site planning, an initial plaza design and building massing.
  • First Hill Surgery Center opens
    The Polyclinic and Swedish Medical Center have partnered to open the largest independent surgery center in the Pacific Northwest on Swedish’s First Hill campus.
  • Hill’s free parking to continue drying up under 2017 budget
    Parking has been a chore on Capitol Hill for years, but at least there have always been plenty of free options. Well — that may be less true late in 2017 after the Seattle City Council passed a budget Monday, with a provision expanding the number of paid parking stalls on Pike and Pine streets.
  • PPUNC down with Capitol Hill upzoning
    The Pike/Pine Urban Neighborhood Council has teamed up with Capitol Hill Housing, and expects to add more community partners, to create a land use review committee that would provide feedback on real estate projects and land use policy.
  • Seattle Neighborhood Greenways remembering victims of traffic violence
    World Day of Remembrance for Victims of Traffic Violence program hosted by Seattle Neighborhood Greenways at Seattle City Hall on Thursday, Nov. 17, honored the 240 victims of traffic fatalities in the city over the past decade and paid respect to their families and first responders. It also focused on Seattle's Vision Zero initiative to end fatal and serious injury traffic collisions by 2030.
  • Sunday post-election healing events on the Hill
    For those still processing the results of the general election and the future promise of a Trump presidency, there are a number of events, forums and other gatherings taking place in Capitol Hill this Sunday.
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