Thursday, March 15, 2007

Inexpensive Condo on Capitol Hill

505 E Denny Way Seattle 98122 Unit 506
Listing# 27016837
List Price $239,950
Beds 1 Baths 1
Appx. SQFT 548

If anyone would like to see it let me know
Alex Garcia
Keller Williams Realty

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Music Recomendations /Final Fantasy/Patrick Wolf/Brett Dennen

Some music for everyone to check out
Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position

Final Fantasy - This Is The Dream Of Win And Regine

I couldn't find a music video for Brett Dennen so check out the Myspace

Kele Okereke of Bloc Party spotted on Capitol Hill


Free Starbucks

Thursday the 15th 10 a.m. to noon Starbucks will be giving out free 12-ounce cups of coffee.

Ask The Mayor LIVE on the SEATTLE CHANNEL Wed, March 14 at 7 pm

(SEATTLE) Mayor Greg Nickels will once again take live phone calls (as well as emails sent in advance) from viewers during ASK THE MAYOR, Wednesday, March 14 at 7:00 pm on the SEATTLE CHANNEL. The SEATTLE CHANNEL is available on cable channel 21 in the city, and streaming live at via the Internet. Viewers may call 206-684-8821 during the hour-long show, or send email before 5:00 pm on March 14 to

The viaduct replacement vote is sure to be the number one topic to come up during the one-hour show, though all city issues are fair game. Moderator for ASK THE MAYOR is C.R. Douglas, who also hosts and produces CITY INSIDE/OUT, the public affairs program seen every Friday at 7:00 pm on the SEATTLE CHANNEL.

ASK THE MAYOR is a live monthly presentation of the SEATTLE CHANNEL, the cable station that helps people connect with life in the city. The SEATTLE CHANNEL presents a variety of arts, cultural, civic, community and government programs 24 hours a day on cable channel 21. The SEATTLE CHANNEL website ( features additional information about the city, streaming video of the live cable signal, and a complete "video-on-demand" archive of current and past programs.

Media outlets may use audio and video from ASK THE MAYOR without prior permission, as long as the SEATTLE CHANNEL is credited as the source (on screen for video, verbally for audio).

Viaduct Election Results

With only 28.92% counted it looks like people would rather not have a tunnel or elevated viaduct.
Election Results

Friday, March 09, 2007

Soured condo market in Seattle? Think Again

The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce did a Condo Analysis worth reading

In 1995, I relocated to Seattle from Vancouver, B.C., convinced that downtown Seattle would soon simulate the explosion of residential development that I witnessed in my hometown. After all, the markets share similar characteristics: strong economies, healthy population growth, relatively compact downtown cores, growth-management boundaries, unbearable suburban commutes and beautiful natural surroundings.

Over the past decade, downtown Seattle has experienced a 67 percent population surge, the second-fastest urban growth rate in the nation. Seattle was voted the nation’s most livable city by the 2005 Conference of Mayors and, just last year, residential zoning downtown was changed to encourage our city’s emergence as a 24/7, high-rise metropolis.

Today, downtown Seattle is a bright spot in the national landscape, with enviable demand for new retail, office, industrial, biotech and residential development. Still, our condo boom is in its infancy, lagging behind West Coast markets like Vancouver, San Francisco and San Diego. Even Portland has delivered more housing units in a market that’s half the size. Seattle is just starting to catch up.


Wednesday, March 07, 2007

TONIGHT-Attend the filming of Seattle TV Show "Big Night Out"

Big Night Out, a new monthly variety show on the SEATTLE CHANNEL, will film its pilot episode before a live audience on Wednesday, March 7 at the Columbia City Theatre in Seattle! Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show begins at 8:00 p.m. The Columbia City Theatre is located at 4918 Rainier Avenue South; street parking is available in the neighborhood.

Admission to Big Night Out is first-come, first-served, and tickets are available ONLY at the door. Admission is a suggested donation of $5, which benefits First Place, a non-profit organization that helps homeless kids.

The historic Columbia City Theatre (with adjoining restaurant and bar), is one of Seattle's oldest vaudeville venues, and has been fully outfitted like a TV studio for Big Night Out! A 21+ audience of 100 will enjoy 60 minutes of Seattle's diverse live entertainment offerings as part of the first local TV variety show to be filmed in Seattle (or anywhere else) in decades! The pilot episode (and subsequent episodes) will be seen on the SEATTLE CHANNEL (cable 21 in Seattle) and streaming as video on demand at as part of the new Art Zone block of local arts and cultural programming.

The premiere episode will feature:
- Indie rock from The Senate
- The Shorewood HS Step Team "Berry Molasses"
- Comedy improv from Unexpected Productions
- Unfettered jazz from Deal's Number Quartet
- Historian Paul Dorpat
- Circus arts from The Aerialistas and Bernard Hezan
- and a mini-talent show of audience members called "Fame or Shame"

If you think you've got the stuff, you'll want to sign up for "Fame or Shame," the mini talent-show, send-up-of-amateur-TV-talent-contests part of the show. Those interested in showing their stuff (any kind of performance stuff, within legal and family-viewing bounds) should arrive at the show ready to be given one microphone and two minutes in front of the audience. To take part in "Fame or Shame" you must send your name to The first 10 names will be reserved a spot in the audience, and three names will be chosen from a hat during the show. We'll respond to your email and let you know if you're on the list.

So, come be part of the unpredictable Big Night Out fun, either as a member of the audience or as possible performer!

The next show films Wednesday, April 4th. Doors open at 7 p.m, show starts at 8 p.m.

Host and Creator Kevin Joyce has been a performer and producer for live shows, music and video in Seattle since 1990. A co-founder of UMO Ensemble, he also created the solo A Pale and Lovely Place, and has been seen performing at scores of public schools, special events and 7:30 a.m. corporate functions. His CD Say It and the comedy video Loud Yoga both came out in 2006. He lives on Vashon Island and works with his partner Martha Enson in EnJoy Productions.

Big Night Out is a co-creation of The Seattle Channel and EnJoy Productions

Big Night Out producers: Chris DeBoer and Kevin Joyce

Feature Photo credit: Michelle Bates

Seattle 2007 State of the City Address

Seattle Press Release
SEATTLE – Calling it the most significant improvement in more than 30 years in how Seattle polices its neighborhoods, Mayor Greg Nickels today rolled out his Neighborhood Policing plan, which adds 154 new patrol officers to Seattle's ranks. Nickels outlined the initiative in his 2007 State of the City address, delivered before a crowd of 500 people as a free presentation of the Rotary Club of Seattle.

The state of the city is “strong and growing stronger,” Nickels declared in his annual address, which focused on making Seattle a leader in the effort to combat climate change. The mayor said addressing challenges such as education, housing and public safety are critical elements of creating the kind of vibrant city that will absorb growth and reduce emissions-producing sprawl.

“Neighborhood policing is a faster, stronger and smarter approach to protecting our neighborhoods,” Nickels said. “Under this plan, we will expand our patrol force to the tune of 154 officers over eight years. But it's not just about adding more officers; it's about putting police officers where they're needed, when they're needed. The result is faster and stronger responses, and smarter use of our resources.”

The plan fixes three problems:

* While the Seattle Police Department meets the commonly accepted response time goal for larger cities, averaging seven minutes for high-priority emergency calls, the average is just that – an average. Response times are faster when the workload is low but exceed seven minutes during the busiest times of the week when 9-1-1 call volume is high.

* There is an imbalance between where patrol officers are deployed and workload, which means officers are not always available when and where they are needed.
* Because of the need to respond to emergency 9-1-1 calls during peak workload periods, patrol officers do not have enough time to work on proactive and specific problem-solving activities.

The plan will:

* Add 154 new patrol officers – 49 have already been added since mid-2005 and another 105 will be added between 2008 and 2012.
* Revise work shifts for patrol officers to match the workload, making officers available at the times and on the days when they are most needed. Since 1997 police officers have worked nine-hour days with rotating schedules of four days on and two days off. The shift start and end times have been basically unchanged for more than 30 years. The city and the Seattle Police Officers Guild are currently discussing alternatives.
* Redraw patrol “beats” throughout the city. The last time beats were redrawn was in the 1970s. The new plan will allow for more balanced, flexible and effective deployment of patrol officers, and will enhance officers' sense of ownership of the neighborhoods they serve.

Calling on the “Seattle Spirit” – a sense of what is possible and a determination to achieve it – Nickels also talked about accomplishments and the challenges facing Seattle.

Global warming pollution
With 418 mayors from across the nation signed on to the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement to date, Seattle does not stand alone in its goal of reducing emissions by 680,000 tons by 2012. Citing Bridging the Gap and Metro's Transit Now for making it easier to get around the city, and the prevalence of efficient green buildings in Seattle, Nickels said more efforts are on the way, with a public education campaign set to kick off this fall to show people how to reduce their global warming pollution at home, at work and on the road.

“To truly turn the tides on climate change, we will need to commit to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions even more – 80 percent by 2050,” Nickels said.


In 2004, Seattle voters approved the $117 million Families and Education Levy. After one full school year of levy programs, 1,500 children started school ready to learn, stayed in school or improved their grades. Another 4,900 were helped by school-based health centers, and nearly 5,000 children were immunized. Almost all of the levy programs met or exceeded the goals set for the first year. Nickels noted, while it is something to be proud of, it also means that goals must be adjusted for the years ahead.

“Our schools have reached a state of disarray that goes beyond finances – it has become a crisis of confidence. What we need most right now is a new direction – one that provides a vision for how to move forward to create the best education system in the country,” Nickels said.


New homes and new investments are sprouting up in neighborhoods throughout Seattle – in Ballard, Northgate, Southeast Seattle, and the Center City, where more than 2,000 units are already under construction. The multi-family tax credit has created 800 affordable homes throughout the city. And, Nickels said, the city's housing levy is helping in the fight to end homelessness and to create home-owning opportunities for teachers and other working people.

“People should be able to afford decent housing near where they work. The vision is clear: if you work in Seattle, you should be able to afford to live in Seattle. We have the determination to get there,” Nickels said.

For a full copy of the speech, go to:

Some Seattle Videos from YouTube

Here is a video tour of Broadway on Capitol Hill. Not really sure what the video was for but it's interesting

Here is another interesting video I found
Grand Hallway - "Seward Park"
Video for Seattle band Grand Hallway's "Seward Park", from the album Yes Is The Answer

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Seattle Pride Saved!!

Here is the Complete Press Release
Seattle – Seattle Out and Proud (SOaP), organizers of Seattle Pride, is proud to announce that the 33rd Annual Pride parade & festival will be held on Sunday, June 24th 2007.

“SOaP was able to negotiate a plan with Seattle Center that will take care of our past bill with them and move Seattle Pride into the future with the Center as a long-term home,” said Seattle Out and Proud President Eric Albert-Gauthier. As part of that plan, SOaP has brought in Independent Event Solutions (IES), a local special event promoter / organizer to help us produce the event at Seattle Center. SOaP and its board will maintain full control of the programming and vision of the festival, but will have professionals to help execute these in a top rate, financially stable fashion.

The parade will take place downtown on Fourth Avenue ending at Seattle Center with the festival. The date has been secured, and the event will happen at Seattle Center this year and into the future. Aside from professional production, SOaP has also brought in a professional sponsorship firm, Baccetti Consulting, who will dramatically increase the sponsorship income.

SOaP's board will now be working hard to unite the whole community around Seattle Pride '07. We need the community to support the event and the event to support the community. With the burden of the event production lifted from us, we will be able to devote more time and resources to making the parade more exciting, raising funds for the parade and the Pride celebration at the Center, building community partnerships, and thinking of new ways to celebrate Seattle's LGBT community over the whole month of June.

“We apologize for the hard road we have had to go down with the whole community to get to this point. We have made some mistakes, but have done so with the best intentions. We have worked hard, struggled, fought, cried, and have learned a lot in the process,” said Seattle Out and Proud Vice President Weston Sprigg. We'd like to thank Seattle Center and the LGBT community for their 'tough love' and for helping us move into the future with a better plan. We expect to be held to a high standard and believe the community has every right to expect SOaP to represent you in the best possible light. As always with a struggle, we are coming out stronger, wiser, and more capable of doing great things.

We already have a lot to celebrate in 2007 with the Washington State Senate passing the Domestic Partnership bill. We hope this will lead to full equal rights for the LGBT community. SOaP believes that Seattle Pride will not only be a great celebration of progress towards this goal, but will also play an important role in it.

Please visit for more information, updates, and to join us in making 2007 the best Pride Celebration the Northwest has ever seen. Seattle Pride 2007 - Come Together!
For information on Seattle Out and Proud, Contact Eric Albert-Gauthier at ealbertgauthier@, 206.910.6576,

March's 25 for $25 Dine Around Seattle

Twenty-Five for $25 Dine Around Seattle: Seattle's 25 for $25, March 2007. Every March and November, 25 Seattle restaurants experience Twenty-Five for $25. Twenty-five of Seattle's finest restaurants offer Prix Fixe menus for dinner and lunch from Sundays (dinner only) through Thursdays. Lunch and dinner include three courses (beverage, tax and gratuity are additional). Dinner is $25, Lunch is $15.
Participating Restaurants - March 2007:

$20 tickets to see the Seattle Symphony

The Seattle Symphony is having a one-week sale of tickets to 20 of the concerts remaining on its 2006-07 schedule. The $20 tickets are on sale through Friday at the Benaroya Hall ticket office, 206-215-4747 and

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Thursday, March 01, 2007

2 Great Events. 34 Art Museums & Expose yourself at Rebar Tonight


34 Unique Museums of King County

History House of Greater Seattle
790 N. 34th St.
Seattle, Washington 98103
United States

Exhibit to introduce and guide visitors to explore 34 unique King County museums, noon-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays through Sept. 2; Open House ceremony, introduction of the displays and recognition of participating groups, 2-4 p.m. Feb. 3