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Person arrested in Capitol Hill ‘mob’ identified as activist Ariel Attack

The person arrested during this weekend’s vandalism on Capitol Hill is a transgender anarchist and activist best known for smashing windows at the Democratic party headquarters in Denver in a summer 2009 attack, CHS has learned. Maurice Schwenkler, 25, was booked into jail early Sunday morning after being arrested as police busted up a march on Broadway that also resulted in broken windows at businesses along the crowd’s route and attacks on police cruisers. Schwenkler, who goes by the name Ariel Attack, was booked for pedestrian interference but has not yet been charged with a crime.

CHS has confirmed Schwenkler’s identity by comparing Seattle and Denver court records for the 25-year-old.

More on Schwenkler from the Denver Post

Schwenkler pleaded guilty in the 2009 Denver case and was ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution. Anarchist groups raised funds to help cover the penalty and Schwenkler’s legal bills.

According to a spokesperson for the Seattle City Attorney’s office, charges in the case could take weeks as police gather evidence and prosecutors weigh their case against Schwenkler.

The Saturday night/Sunday morning melee started as a gathering billed as “a roving dance party in the streets.” Participants report a situation that quickly turned hostile and destructive as some people in the crowd of 100+ participants began attacking police cars and attempting to break windows. Two businesses suffered broken glass, an ATM was smashed and two patrol cars were damaged. SPD called the situation a “mob” in its report on the incident.

Schwenkler’s arrest was the only one reported by police in direct connection with the incident. No significant injuries were reported though SPD did say one officer suffered a minor shoulder injury. A police officer responding to the East Precinct from downtown as the situation escalated was also injured when his car smashed into a utility pole downtown as he rushed to assist.


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The boot: Unpaid parking ticket enforcement hardware new Seattle car badge of shame

The boot (originally uploaded to Flickr by randomsheet)

Coming soon to the streets of Seattle: the boot. Starting July 5th, the city will begin enforcing its ticket scofflaw ordinance with hardware. The most double-whammy part of boot enforcement? You’re also on the hook for returning the device to the city or you will face further fines. In the meantime, you have another week and change to take advantage of Seattle’s ticket amnesty period when collections fees and interest will be waived on any outstanding tickets. And even your less impressive ones. Details on the new rules, the amnesty and how to check your outstanding ticket status, below.

If you have any unpaid parking tickets, the City strongly suggests you take care of them immediately

Vehicles that have four or more unpaid parking tickets are defined as Scofflaws, per City ordinance #123447. For all Scofflaws, starting July 5:

  • Your vehicle will be immobilized (“booted”) on a City street.
  • Once booted, to get the vehicle released you will have 48 hours to pay all parking tickets, default penalties, interest, collections agency fees, and a boot fee.
  • If you do not pay within 48 hours of being booted, the vehicle will be towed and impounded. To release the vehicle from impound, you will need to pay all fees and fines, plus tow fees, per Seattle Municipal Code.
  • If your vehicle is not claimed from impound within 15 days, it will be sold at auction to help pay your debts.

Pay now to avoid boot and tow fees and save yourself the hassle of being booted and/or impounded. Parking tickets may cost less from May 2011 through June 2011 as part of the Court’s Collections Reduction Program

Check the Seattle Municipal Court – Public Information Web Site to see if your vehicle has unpaid parking tickets


Seattle to give parking scofflaws the boot starting July 5
Pay outstanding parking tickets now and save money;
collection fees and interest waived through June 30 if tickets are paid in full 

SEATTLE – Beginning July 5, 2011, scofflaw vehicles – those with four or more overdue, unpaid parking tickets – found in public-right-of-way may get the boot, a wheel-locking device, whether they are parked illegally or legally.

To avoid the boot and save money, motorists are urged to take advantage of the Seattle Municipal Court’s “collections reduction event,” which waives all collections fees and interest on parking and traffic infractions if tickets are paid in full. This event ends June 30, 2011.

Once a vehicle has been booted, all unpaid scofflaw-eligible parking tickets, collection fees and interest on that vehicle, as well as the $145 boot fee, must be paid to get the vehicle released. After the payment has been made, or time payment entered into, the vehicle will be removed from the scofflaw list. The boot fee is paid to the city’s boot vendor, PayLock.

If all unpaid parking tickets and associated fees are not paid within 48 hours, excluding weekends, then the booted vehicle may be towed and impounded.

After impounding, if the scofflaw-eligible parking tickets and associated fees (including tow and boot fees) are not paid in full or a time payment plan is not established with Alliance One, the Municipal Court’s collection agency, within 15 days, then the vehicle may be auctioned.

Net program revenues are projected at $1.1 million in 2011 and $1.8 million in 2012. The revenues generated from scofflaw enforcement are expected to start out strong and then drop off as the scofflaws backlog declines. The city is owed $25.8 million for the scofflaw citations; another $3.7 million is due to the city’s collections agency, although not all of that will be collectible through the boot program.

SPD parking enforcement officers (PEOs) will patrol city streets with two license plate recognition technology equipped vehicles. When a scofflaw vehicle is identified, PEOs will apply a notice to the vehicle (which includes boot-removal information), and lock the vehicle’s wheel with a boot.

Motorists have three payment options if their vehicles have been booted:

  • Pay via telephone, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 
  • Pay in person during business hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) on the first floor of the Seattle Municipal Court, 600 Fifth Ave.
  • Enter into a time payment agreement with Alliance One, the Municipal Court’s collection agency. 

Motorists are responsible for returning the boots, which should be placed in the vehicle’s trunk for safety purposes, to one of three boot drop-off areas:

  • Park 90/5, 730 S. Stacy St., Building “C”
    Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Southeast Neighborhood Service Center, 3815 S. Othello St., Suite 105
    Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • University Neighborhood Service Center, 4534 University Way N.E.
    Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If motorists do not return the boot within two calendar days of release, a fine of $25 per day will be levied. If motorists intentionally damage or fail to return a boot, a replacement fee of $500 can be levied.

As of May 15, 2011, 23,000 vehicles are listed as eligible for booting. While some of the license plates on the list are inactive, vehicles with four or more overdue, unpaid tickets that have since been sold to a new owner will not be on the list, provided the new owner has noted the sale with the Washington state department of licensing, as required by state law. The number of vehicles on the city’s scofflaw list is always changing as parking tickets are regularly issued or paid in full.

There are an estimated 500,000 parking spaces in public right-of-way and about one-fifth of these spaces are regulated (i.e., paid, time, loading, permit, or other restrictions). In 2010, the city’s General Fund realized approximately $27.8 million in paid parking meter revenue and $21.4 million in parking fines. SPD issued 600,543 parking tickets in 2010.

In adopting the 2011 budget, the City Council passed Ordinance 123447, which created the parking scofflaw program. Accompanying the legislation was a Statement of Legislative Intent (125-2-A-3), which called for a business plan to be developed by an interdepartmental team, composed of staff from the Department of Finance and Administrative Services, Seattle Municipal Court, SPD, SDOT, the City Budget Office, the Seattle Office for Civil Rights, and the City Council. The business plan was presented to the City Council’s Public Safety and Education Committee today. The business plan is available online at:http://www.seattle.gov/scofflaw/

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Capitol Hill’s Salisbury House bed and breakfast closing for retirement

Innkeeper Cathryn Wiese says it’s not the economy — it’s exhaustion. After 26 years in the hospitality business, Capitol Hill’s Salisbury House near 16th Ave E and E Aloha will host its final guests this month.

“We’re not sure what we’re going to do next,” Wiese said. “We’re going to close the doors and live there for awhile.” Wiese tells CHS she and her husband bought the 1906 house back in the ’80s with the intention of opening a B&B. By the summer of 1985, she was in business and it’s been a buy schedule ever since.

Wiese’s retirement is, of course, bittersweet. She says she’ll miss her guests and being a part of some of the cycles of life. “They’ve come to stay with us when somebody graduates from college and the next thing they know they’re planning a wedding. And then they come visit us as grandparents.”


In the Salisbury House kitchen (Image: Salisbury House)

Below is a statement Wiese sent out about her decision to close her business. We’ll also help her say goodbye by sharing her recipe for rhubarb coffee cake:


 1 C butter, room temp.

1 C granulated sugar

1 C brown sugar

2 eggs

1/2 C sour cream

1/2 C plain non-fat yogurt

1 tsp vanilla

2 C flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 C chopped fresh, or frozen rhubarb



1/2  C brown sugar

1/3 chopped walnuts

1 tsp. cinnamon

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9×13 inch baking pan with cooking spray, flour. Cream butter &  sugars, add eggs, sour cream, yogurt and vanilla. Mix flour, baking powder and salt in  a medium bowl, add to wet ingredients, mix well. Add rhubarb.

Spread batter mixture into pan. Sprinkle with topping. Bake 45 minutes or until knife comes out clean. If desired, sprinkle with powdered sugar when cool.

Serves 8-10.

Here’s her note about closing Salisbury House.

It’s not the economy, business is good, but working 7days a week and every holiday is exhausting, so I’m hanging up my apron for good.

The goal was to retire at 25 years but when our former assistant, Shelley Goulding, decided to open her own lovely inn, 9 Cranes Inn,  we knew we had to hold out another year until she got things up and running. Now we have a great place to send all of our loyal returning guests. (Not that there aren’t a number of excellent B&B choices in Seattle.)

It’s been a good run, we threw open the doors of this 1906 Capitol Hill house to guests  in the summer of 1985 with three, then four, rooms sharing two baths and we charged a budget straining $30 a night. In 1992 we added private baths and in 1998 we did another large remodel and added a 5th room-a luxurious suite with fireplace and whirlpool tub.

We estimate that we’ve hosted between 8,000 to 10,000 guests from all over the world, done about 24,000 loads of laundry and worn out a dozen coffee makers. What’s next? We aren’t sure, but I think we’ll buy some sheets and towels that aren’t white and I’m sending the pancake griddles to Goodwill.


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How would you cut $2M from Seattle Central’s budget? Public forum on budget cuts

With some $2 million still in need of cutting from the school’s planned budget and important programs like Basic and Transitional Studies at risk, Seattle Central Community College is holding a public forum next week to give people in the community — me and you — an opportunity to be heard:

President Paul Killpatrick will host a community forum on Monday, June 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Broadway Performance Hall.   The purpose of the forum is to allow our external community supporters to have a dialog with Dr. Killpatrick and the college vice presidents.

Seattle Central must cut $4 million from its budget by June 30 and anticipates a similar cut next year.  All are welcome to attend, but please come prepared to offer possible solutions. All programs are valuable, this is understood. The question is, can we make every program financially sustainable?

We realize this is short notice; we want to hear from the community before making final decisions, and these must be made soon.

School administrators have already planned about $2.5 million in cuts by eliminating unfilled positions and other workforce cutbacks. According to a school spokesperson, SCCC is now assessing its programs for possible cuts to cover the remaining $2 million shortfall.

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As Seattle Central faces budget cuts, supporters rally around favorite programs

 After years of trimming its budget back but doing everything possible to not trim away classes, things are dire enough in  that even strongest programs are clouds of worry this week. You might have seen an e-mail from your favorite SCCC-connected person — there are about 10,000 students enrolled at the school, by the way — asking for your support for programs that could be on the chopping block. CHS has received several from people worried about the Capitol Hill school’s Parent Education Center, for example. There are reasons to be worried — the school is still searching for $2 million in cuts, we’re told — but the childcare center is probably not one of them.

“The childcare center does a pretty good job supporting itself,” SCCC spokesperson Laura Mansfield tells CHS. “It’s such a resource for our students.”

Mansfield told CHS that the center is also supported by SCCC’s non-profit foundation so enjoys a greater buffer from the cutbacks in Olympia.

Mansfield said that school administrators have already planned about $2.5 million in cuts — much of that arrived at by planning “labor reduction” like eliminating positions where somebody has recently retired or left the school. SCCC, like public colleges throughout the state, is in the midst of sorting out how best to cut more. In SCCC’s case, $2 million more.

Labor reduction of $1,405,602, including

 Savings from restructuring of Foundation Office

 Layoffs of three (3) classified positions

 Shifting of three (3) classified positions to local funds

 Eliminating two (2) VACANT classified positions

 Eliminating four (4) VACANT exempt positions

 Eliminating three (3) VACANT faculty positions

 Buyouts of two (2) faculty positions Reducing hourly budgets

 Volunteer furloughs in one department

Goods & services reduction of $53,948

Other reductions of $150,000 from campus‐wide budgets

Worker Retraining Reduction of $797,020 (removal of one‐time funding)

 Most of this Worker Retraining money is being used for part‐time faculty budget

“Even if we cut all our student services,” Mansfield said, “we still would not have enough to come up with this cut.”

SCCC is looking at cutting back instruction by eliminating programs. At a budget meeting last week at the Broadway Performance Hall, a list of eight “Programs Requiring Additional Analysis” was a hot topic: 

  • Apparel Design: Issues requiring additional information: low student:faculty ratio; higher median costs of program; higher cost to generate FTE than similar-sized programs; Less than 70% job placement.
  • Film & Video Communications: Issues requiring additional information: Higher cost to generate FTE that similar-sized programs; sufficient faculty workload; low rates of student completion within program period; less than 40% for job placement.
  • Publishing Arts: Issues requiring additional information: Low numbers of State FTE generation; low student:faculty ratio; Higher median costs of program; higher costs to generate FTE than similar-sized programs; less than 50% completion within the program period.
  • School of Opticianry: Issues requiring additional information: Higher cost to generate FTEs; job marketplace not requiring this degree; how could the program operate in a self-support basis?
  • Interpreter Training Program: Issues requiring additional information: Less than 50% completion rates; Less than 50% job placement; High specialized costs for technology purchase, maintenance, and support; not certified program -certification would require additional costs to further reduce student:faculty ratio; TAC noting near saturation in marketplace; ITP requiring BA degree in 2012.
  • Parent Education Program: Issues requiring additional information: Relationship between core college mission; Cost of generating FTE; how could the program operate in a self-support basis?
  • Information Office: Issues requiring additional information: Relationship between core college mission; Possible redundancies with Campus Security and Student’s Information Desk.
  • Basic Skills: Issues requiring additional information: How the District and State is positioning Basic skills regarding cost per FTE and related tuition model; District determination of reduction of sections.
  • Distance Learning: Issues requiring additional information: Staffing model indicates some overlap in duties; question regarding refining mission of credit and non-credit courses through DL; role of reorganization with DL and other areas (like the Information Office) and other positional reorganizations for cost-savings.

Mansfield says the list should not be seen as a list of “at risk” programs but acknowledged that each — including the Parent Education Program — are getting hard looks this week as administrators work to gather information that proves if the programs pencil out in the new budget. Cuts could come from other programs — but the numbers are being crunched on these.

The result, Mansfield said, will be significant cuts in instruction.

“We’re not offering as many courses as we’d like to offer,” Mansfield said. “Students will find it harder to get the courses we want.”

“Our whole mission is accces. The idea that students might not be able to do that is devastating to us.”


$15,000 a month rent on Capitol Hill? Here’s what you get

An “extraordinary opportunity” has hit the Capitol Hill rental market. Capitol Hill developer Michael Malone is putting his 1905 St. Mark’s mansion up for rent, CHS has learned. You can make the nearly 9,000 square-foot 10th Ave E home with “dramatic views,” the “fantastic rec room” and the “pool side terrace and gardens” your romping grounds. But you’ll probably need roommates. Rent clocks in at $15,000. A month.

Extraordinary opportunity to rent a fully furnished estate on the crest of Capitol Hill, with dramatic views of Lake Union, Downtown, and the Olympic Mountains. Gated drive opens to 1-1/2 acre property and historic Arts and Crafts style home. Tremendous craftsmanship, very inviting residence, lovely rooms. library, media room, paneled dining room, fantastic rec room, pretty kitchen family room with access to the pool side terrace and gardens. Cabana.

According to county records, the 1.5 acre property and 6-bedroom house was already in the Malone family when the Hunters Capital head acquired it in 1990. No word on why Malone is making the fully furnished home available now but perhaps he’s enjoying his new Broadway Building which is a little more in the heart of the action.