August 2016 Newsletter


Chamber News

Housing Levy

Ballots are due TOMORROW!

Our rapid growth is causing huge rent spikes, creating a severe shortage of affordable homes. Now more than ever, we need to provide for a future for our city's working families, young, seniors, and homeless.

The Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce suggests a YES on the 2016 Seattle Housing Levy in the August 2nd primary.

Office of Labor Standards Funding Proposal

The Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce  supports Mayor Ed Murray's  proposal to continue funding the Office of Labor Standards through the general fund, rather than a per-employee fee or head tax. 

The Seattle City Council is still exploring the latter option, even though the Mayor's proposal shows that the City can readily pay for labor law implementation through the general fund.

It is essential for Councilmembers hearing from members of the business community about our support for the Mayor's proposal, which is vastly preferable to a new tax on businesses.

You can help: The Seattle Metro Chamber's letter-writing tool  makes it easy to contact your Councilmembers and urge them to support Mayor Murray's proposal: just enter your address, review the pre-written text and personalize it if you wish, then hit send.  

Restrictive Scheduling     

Working Washington, a coalition of labor organizations, announced its efforts earlier this year to pass legislation in Seattle that would regulate employee scheduling and hiring.
What's in the Ordinance?  A draft of the city's policy based on results of a commissioned study can be found here.  S eattle employers in the hospitality industry have voiced concerns about what a mandated restrictive policy could mean to their business and employees.  Tune into the Seattle Channel August 2nd at 9:30AM to watch a presentation of the latest draft of the legislation.

A majority of hospitality workers surveyed are satisfied with their schedules!  T he Seattle Restaurant Alliance released its own study indicating restaurant employees are satisfied with their schedules.  Read more about how this study compares with the city commissioned study  here.

Your input is needed!  Employers and workers, especially in the hospitality industry,  need to make sure their voices are heard. Email your concerns about restrictive scheduling to City Council Members  Lisa Herbold, Lorena Gonzales, and Kshama Sawant.  Visit the Seattle Restaurant Alliance Facebook Page and website for updates.  

Read more recent media coverage on Restrictive Scheduling here:

No On I-1515

Thank you, we did it!  

Together, we defeated I-1515; an initiative that threatened to  takeaway Washington's non-discrimination protections for  transgender men and women.

The Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce is proud to have been an early supporter of Washington Won't Discriminate's campaign to protect Washington's non-discrimination  laws.

Capitol Hill Champion

The Capitol Hill Champion , a joint project of the Chamber and the Capitol Hill Community Council, advocates for the incorporation of community goals in the redevelopment on top of Sound Transit's Capitol Hill Station.   

Update: Last week, the Sound Transit Board approved the sale of land adjacent to the Capitol Hill light rail station for affordable housing, to the developer of the station sites, Gerding Edlen.  Capitol Hill Housing will own and operate the affordable housing portion of the development.  The remaining leased properties are anticipated to go to vote next month.  Sign up for updates at

Get involved! The Capitol Hill Champion seeks input from members of specific communities on Capitol Hill who may not have had as strong of a voice thus far in the design process. If you would like to participate in a focus group, please fill out an application . 

Member News and Events

Upcoming Events from our Members

Get your event listed here! Members sign-in to the Chamber website and Add an Event. It will show on our homepage in the Upcoming Events scroll and get placed  in our monthly newsletter.

NOW-August  8:  "The Exploratory Line" at Dendroica Gallery
August 3: Open HouseSeattle University New & Continuing Studies 
August 11:    Capitol Hill Artwalk
August 11 - Sept 4 :  "Evolutionary Epistemology"  at Dendroica Gallery
August 31: Public Meeting - Volunteer Park Amphitheater Project

Public Meeting: Volunteer Park Amphitheater Project

August 31st, 2016
6PM - 8PM
Miller Community Center
330 19th Ave E

Please come to  Miller Community Center on Wednesday, August 31 at 6:00 PM  for a presentation of the concept design for the new Volunteer Park Amphitheater.
Project consultants  ORA Architects and Walker Macy Landscape Architects  will present a model and drawings for the final concept design approved by Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Seattle Landmarks Board.

Resources For Your Business

August 18th, 2016
3PM - 5PM
Seattle Public Library, Douglass-Truth Branch
2300 E Yesler Way

Attend an open house to meet with community lenders and providers of business consulting and training. 

Whether you are starting or growing a business, there are local assistance organizations that will help you succeed.  Maybe you are looking for help, counseling on the viability of a business idea, or just advice on next steps.
Chinook Book 

Chinook Book is introducing the Heart of Seattle Awards this year, designed to recognize Seattle retail and service businesses that set a high bar for what good business should be. We'll be looking for those with social and environmental priorities, ethical business practices, happy employees, and loving customers.

VOTING BEGINS THIS SUMMER! We are currently gathering nominees and will select finalists for your vote starting August 15th, 2016.   What Seattle businesses do you love? Nominate your favorite businesses  here .
Find It, Fix It

This app is a new platform to report a variety of issues to the City of Seattle.  It is available for Android and iOS.

Go here to learn more information.

Learn About Our Capitol Hill 2020 Plan

Capitol Hill 2020 is an economic direction for Capitol Hill as the neighborhood experiences tremendous growth and opportunity. Capitol Hill 2020 seeks to preserve the neighborhood's progressive nature as it makes bold moves toward the future. Find out more at .

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1st Security Bank of WA, 11th Avenue Capitol Hill Development LLC, Aids Healthcare Foundation, Capitol Cider, Capitol Hill Housing, Group Health Cooperative, Lowe Enterprises, Ragen and Associates, Rancho Bravo Tacos, Seattle Academy, Seattle Central College, Seattle University, Starbucks Coffee Company, Substantial, Swedish Medical Center, The Lyric

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