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Streetcars, Parking, Late Night Liquor
Broadway Streetcar Extension
Cal Anderson Portrait Dedication
Annual CleanSweep Event
Upcoming Blitz Artwalk
Member Profile: YouthCare
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Volume 7
Issue: 02


On Streetcars, Parking and Late Night Liquor  

Michael Wells, Executive Director





Running a business in Capitol Hill means coping with changing dynamics in the great urban experiment that is City Life. As attitudes shift public policies shift with them. Keeping up with those policies and how they affect your business can be a dizzying piece of work. That's where we come in. The Capitol Hill Chamber is here for our members to work through what can be a labyrinth of public policy issues. We are advocates for you, for our members, for Capitol Hill.


That doesn't mean that we'll all agree on what can be very complex public policy issues. Let's take extended Nightlife hours as an example. The Hill has a thriving Nightlife Business, an important economic engine for our neighborhood. As the densest neighborhood in Seattle we also have a heavy residential population within our business districts. These two segments of our Capitol Hill population will not necessarily agree on this issue.


Our job is to make sure that you as business members have access to all of the information surrounding these issues. That could mean public forums, access to elected officials or City Departments, e-blasts about initiatives or proposed legislation, etc, etc.


When there is an issue that our members want us to take a unified position on we have a process in place to do exactly that. We try to be very selective, so that the voice of the Chamber has real meaning when we weigh in on public policy issues. But when our members let us know that we need to take a stand we do it.


The recent Marriage Equality issue in Olympia is a good example of that. We heard clearly from our membership that this was not just a civil rights issue it was also an economic issue and that Capitol Hill's voice needed to be heard loud and clear in supporting Marriage Equality.


We advocate for Capitol Hill. We advocate for the health, well being and economic vitality of this magnificent neighborhood. Don't hesitate to contact us at the Chamber when you or your businesses need to take advantage of that advocacy. It's what we do. It's why we're here.


Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce Continues to Advocate for Broadway Street Car Extension
The Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce continues to work with the Seattle City Council, the Seattle Mayor's office, and Councilmember Tom Rasmussen to advocate for the Broadway extension of the First Hill Streetcar.
Last week, executive director Michael Wells testified before the Seattle City Council to ensure that the Broadway
Streetcar extension comes to fruition. The Broadway Streetcar extension will continue to strengthen Capitol Hill's business core, serve its residents and improve Capitol Hill's overall transportation landscape.

To register your support for the Broadway Streetcar extension, contact Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen's office and the Seattle's Mayor's Office. 
Tom Rasmussen

Cal Anderson Portrait Dedication Ceremony
Saturday, March 24th at 11am




Cal Anderson was a trailblazer. He was an activist, a decorated Vietnam War combat veteran, a Washington State Senator and a friend. He was also Washington state's first openly gay legislator and a very loved member of the Capitol Hill community. 


This month Capitol Hill will be honoring his legacy by dedicating a new portrait of him commissioned by STart (Sound Transit's art program) artist Kelly Lyles and we would love you to attend. 

Saturday, March 24th at 11am  

Cal Anderson Park, 10th Ave E & East Denny

Future site of the Capitol Hill Link light rail station, red construction wall.

Music by Rainbow City Marching Band:
Rainbow City Brass Quintet.


For more information contact: 

Mylinda Sneed, Sound Transit Public Art Program Coordinator


Save-the-Date: Annual Capitol Hill CleanSweep
Saturday, May 12th at 10am


Come join your Capitol Hill friends and neighbors clean-up our Hill Saturday, May 12, 2012. Start at the Cal Anderson Shelter House at 10am for free coffee and pastries provided by Starbucks and then finish back at the park at 12pm for lunch and music on us.


Sponsored by: Starbucks, Capitol Hill Housing, and Sound Transit. More information to come!


Upcoming Blitz Capitol Hill Arts Walk
Thursday, April 12th  5pm - 8pm 


Artwork by Starheadboy.
Blitz Capitol Hill Arts Walk is an open house style event held at many locations on the second Thursday of every month in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, 5pm - 8pm and later. Events include visual arts, musical performances, food and beverage specials, and more. Pick up a printed map at a participating venue and explore Capitol Hill. Art is everywhere!

For a complete list of this year's dates and venues visit Blitz.


Member Profile - YouthCare




For nearly forty years, YouthCare has been a leader in helping our community's homeless youth. We provide a continuum of care that gets young people off the streets and preparing for life, with services including outreach and basic needs, emergency shelter and transitional housing, and education and employment training.


In 2011, over 4,500 youth walked through the doors of the James W. Ray Orion Center, located at the corner of Denny and Stewart. Behind those big green doors, we serve three meals a day, offer drop-in hours where young people can get in out of the cold, access a clothing and hygiene bank, laundry and showers, and, often just as important, find someone to talk to about moving off the streets.  


Youth can enroll in case management, reengage with their education by working towards completing a GED or high school diploma, or applying to college. We also offer on-site job training program that help build employment skills and strengthen young people's resumes. At night, the space transforms into a 15-bed shelter for young adults ages 18-24. Four times a week, our outreach team fans out through Capitol Hill, downtown, and into South Seattle to meet young people on the streets, building relationships and meeting basic needs.


Why did you choose to locate your business in Capitol Hill?


YouthCare aims to connect to young people as quickly as possible once they arrive on the street - within hours, they can become victims of violence or be lured into unsafe situations. Locating the Orion Center at the crossroads of Capitol Hill, Downtown, and South Lake Union (all areas well-served by Metro bus lines and regional transit options) allows us to meet young people where they are already congregating to provide services quickly and efficiently.


Tell us one thing about your business that most people don't know.


You probably wouldn't identify most of the youth who use our services as "homeless" - most defy the stereotypes people have about what homeless youth look like. None are on the streets by choice - they are fleeing abuse and dysfunction, or they may have been kicked out when they came out as LGBTQ to their families. More and more, we see youth who say, "My parents just can't afford me anymore."   


Do you have a favorite neighbor business on Capitol Hill? Your favorite place to, cocktails, pizza, ice cream, anything fun that you'd like to share.


Group Health is a great partner to YouthCare, they serve meals regularly & sponsor our Annual Luncheon. We're also suckers for a good Top Pot doughnut (plus they regularly donate yummy treats for our young people).


Do you have a Capitol Hill secret? (it can be a place, a building, a park, anything thing on the Hill that you think is special).


The Orion Center kitchen! It's a big, industrial kitchen with an amazing stove, multiple refrigerators, and lots of shiny chrome. The best part about it is the incredible food our volunteer groups whip up in there every day. It means so much to our young people - not just getting a warm meal, but knowing that their community sees them and cares about them enough to come down and make a meal. If you'd like to find out about the magic of the Orion kitchen yourself, volunteer to serve a meal by contacting Randi at


Let's Do Lunch!
Wednesday, April 18th at 11:30am


Sound Transit and the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce Present 


Let's Do Lunch! 
The Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce and Sound Transit invite you to Let's Do Lunch! with Detective David Dunn of the Seattle Police Department.


Topic: Crime, Shoplifting and Fraud Protection  


Capitol Hill Business owners will learn how to protect their business from crime and fraud, while enjoying a four-course gourmet lunch provided by Seattle Central Community College's award-winning Seattle Culinary Academy at no charge. Limit of 25 participants. 


Wednesday, April 18th at 11:30am 


Jennifer Lemus 
Sound Transit 
(206) 398-5314 

How to Select an Effective Marketing Strategy 
Wednesday, May 16th
at 11:30am 


The 10 Biggest Mistakes Small Businesses Make 
Thursday, May17th
at 11:30am

Summer 2012 dates to come!