News Gleams: Tacos Chukis in Beacon Hill, and Metro Pauses for MLK

collected by Antonio Foster and Will Sweger 

Tacos Chukis Arrives on Beacon Hill

The Capitol Hill taco establishment of choice just opened a new location in El Centro de la Raza on Beacon Hill (1608 S Roberto Maestas Festival St).

Its owner, Roberto Salmerón, started the business nestled away in an indoor mall on Broadway after graduating from the University of Washington and setting out to pedal 1,200 miles by bicycle from Seattle to Tijuana to visit family. The trip reminded him of the street tacos he enjoyed as a child and he decided to bring the unique taste back to Seattle.Tacos Chukis’ Beacon Hill location will be its third taco shop, following an expansion into South Lake Union with a new location that opened last fall. The new Beacon Hill restaurant faces Plaza Roberto Maestas and will share the space with the small fleet of taco stands that occupy the plaza in the summer months.

The taco shop brings its menu from the Capitol Hill location with the entire menu under $10 and its signature tacos starting at $2.00.

King County Metro to Briefly Pause Bus Service Jan. 15 In Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

King County Metro will briefly pause all bus service at 4:04 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, for a moment of reflection and remembrance, to honor the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to mark the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

About 975 commute time Metro and Metro-operated Sound Transit buses will be in service at that time, and the majority will pull over and stop for a brief moment of reflection in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose legacy of justice, inclusion and diversity serves to drive King County to better serve people. King was assassinated April 4, 1968, and King County is named in his honor.

“Dr. King devoted his life to fighting for equality and human rights for all, and we dedicate this moment to equity and social justice for all that Dr. King lived and died for,” said King County Metro General Manager Rob Gannon. “Metro believes that mobility is one of those rights. We are proud to provide public transportation services that enable all people to access the opportunities needed to thrive in King County.

Metro and Metro-operated Sound Transit buses in King County will pull over and stop only where and when it is safe to do so. Buses will not pause service if they are traveling on highways, in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel or on roadways where there is no place to safely pull over.

Metro will notify riders via transit alerts and on-board announcements in the days leading up to the moment of reflection. We appreciate and share our thanks to riders in advance for respecting and supporting our pause in service, and give our assurance that transit service will quickly restart at the conclusion of the moment of remembrance.

South End Girls Empowerment Group Partnering for Race Talks Series

What does it mean to be American, and how does this affect our understanding of race? South End based Young Women Empowered (Y-We) is partnering with the Delridge Neighborhood Association to answer those questions as part of a half-day event this Saturday exploring immigration history and identity.

Titled Migration and the World, the event is part of the Let’s Talk Race Series, which seeks to connect various ethnic and cultural communities by engaging them through a foundation of critical dialogue, restorative justice practices, and storytelling. Each event is free. Childcare and dinner will be provided. Participants are welcome to come to specific events or all of the series. 

Migration and the World will take place on Saturday, January 13, from 1pm to 6pm at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW). Filmmaker Christina Antonakas Wallace will be the lead facilitator.

She will be joined by two youth facilitators from Y-WE’s Youth Leadership Council. Event organizers hope to help individuals develop a greater self-awareness to work on themselves, to heal wounds in the presence of community, and to see similarities and the common humanity present in those around them.

Those interested in attending the free event can register here.

Free Tax Help at New Holly Library

The Seattle Public Library, United Way of King County and AARP are collaborating to offer free tax preparation service on Saturdays between February 3 and April 7 from 10am to 1pm at the New Holly Branch (7058 32nd Ave. S., 206-386-1905).

The assistance offered at New Holly library will be by pre-arranged appointment only. Meeting times can be scheduled using the above number.

Trained volunteers will answer questions and help prepare personal tax returns. The service is not available for business tax returns. The list of required documents someone seeking assistance will need to bring can be located at

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