Civic Minute December 7, 2014

12/7: The Seaport Alliance, drop-in archery classes, and more…





More police accountability protests

Meet the new superintendent, same as the old superintendent

Jesse Jackson was in town to talk about diversity in tech

  • His visit was part of a campaign to get tech companies to release diversity stats.
  • That campaign got Amazon to release their diversity numbers in October.
  • GeekWire interviewed him about the initiative while he was here.

Seattle-Tacoma Seaport Alliance: coming soon to a regional economy near you

More trouble under Pioneer Square

The Northwest Multiple Listing Service published their monthly press release about the state of the local market on Thursday; the main theme is that prices are up and sales are down, which is typical for this time of year. Seattle Bubble has a good run-down of press coverage of the NWMLS release, including some good advice about not listening to real estate brokers about what interest rates are likely to do in the future. 
Image from Starbucks, via Capitol Hill Seattle
1. Starbucks opened "a coffee experience so large, you'll need a map" on Capitol Hill.

2. I-594's stricter gun sale background checks took effect.

3. We're poised to get a new national park and more wilderness protection this week.

4. The Harvard Exit theater is closing in January.

5. The fate of the Woodland Park Zoo's elephants is still in limbo.


"Seattle's largest indie craft show."
12/7, 10 am – 5 pm @ Seattle Center Exhibition Hall; free
"A relaxing and enjoyable alternative to the more commercial holiday gift buying experience."
12/7, 5 – 8 pm @ Ballard Odd Fellows Hall; $5
Next Fest NW 2014: New West


A contemporary dance new works festival on Capitol Hill.

12/8-12/14, various times & locations; $11 films/$18 live performances

Seattle City Club's Year in Review


A quick look back at what happened in local politics this year over lunch.


12/10, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm @ Westin Seattle; $18-55

Just what it sounds like–Thursdays at 6, equipment supplied.
12/11, 6:00 pm @ Skookum Archers Club and Range; $5
"Seattle's least predictable and best-loved flea market"; proceeds benefit the Low Income Housing Alliance.
12/13, Noon – 10 pm @ 1166 23rd Ave; $1.