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CID Coalition Says Approval of Development Lacked Transparency and Accessibility

by Ronnie Estoque


On Oct. 27, an International Special Review District Board (ISRD) meeting resulted in a certificate of approval granted for the “Origin 206” at  206 Fifth Avenue South, a mixed-use residential and commercial development owned by 206 Partners LLC, with Edge Developers LLC as its investor.  Nina Wallace, a member of the Chinatown-International District (CID) Coalition, was in attendance for the meeting and believes the certificate of approval was a greenlight for another gentrification development to begin in the CID.

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Seattle’s Equitable Development Initiative Distributes Over $7 Million to Community Organizations

by Mark Van Streefkerk 


Prioritizing Seattle’s Central and South End neighborhoods, the Equitable Development Initiative (EDI) will distribute more than $7 million to community organizations, beginning in November. On Nov. 10, Mayor Durkan announced that $4.4 million was awarded to seven community-based organizations for site acquisition and major capital projects. In addition, $1.25 million was also dedicated to capacity-building support among existing EDI partners. On Nov. 18, an additional $1.77 million in funding was awarded to BIPOC-led organizations to support responses to COVID-19. 

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COVID-19 Cases Surging in King County, With South End Continuing to Be Hardest Hit

by Andrew Engelson


In an online press briefing on Friday, Nov. 20, Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health — Seattle and King County (PHSKC) reported that cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations across the county have spiked in the past two weeks. In response, the County’s top health official made an urgent plea to residents to strictly limit social gatherings in advance of Thanksgiving and the holiday season.

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The Morning Update Show — 11/20/20

The Morning Update Show — hosted by Trae Holiday and The Big O (Omari Salisbury) — is the only weekday news and information livestream that delivers culturally relevant content to the Pacific Northwest’s urban audience. Omari and Trae analyze the day’s local and national headlines as well as melanin magic in our community. Watch live every weekday at 11 a.m. on any of the following channels, hosted by Converge Media: YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, Periscope, and whereweconverge.com.

We’ll also post the Morning Update Show here on the Emerald each day after it airs, so you can catch up any time of day while you peruse our latest posts.

Morning Update Show — Friday, Nov. 20

Today on the show:

#FeelGoodFriday; Guest Host Bobbie Stills!!; Ayron Jones | LIVE; Shaina Shepherd | LIVE; WA Black Trans Taskforce | LIVE; and Tony B of Rainier Avenue Radio | LIVE.

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Newly Elected Legislator David Hackney Hopes to Bring Change to the 11th District

by Chetanya Robinson


David Hackney’s victory over 18-year incumbent Zack Hudgins to serve as a representative in Washington State’s 11th Legislative District was decisive, with Hackney earning 61% of the vote. 

For Hackney and his supporters, it signalled that the 11th District — which encompasses Renton, Tukwila, part of Kent, and a slice of South Seattle that includes SoDo, the Industrial District, Georgetown, and South Park — wanted new leadership. “I think they were ready for change,” said Hackney in an interview with the Emerald. “I think they saw in me the energy of an organizer — someone that was going to be fighting inside and outside of Olympia on critical issues.”

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New Test Site to Open in Highline, As Cases in South King County Skyrocket

by Carolyn Bick


A new, free walk-up COVID-19 testing site will open in South King County’s Highline College, Public Health – Seattle & King County announced in a press release on Nov. 19.

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West Seattle Bridge Will Be Repaired

by Tracy Record


(This article originally appeared on the West Seattle Blog and has been reprinted under an agreement.)

The suspense is over.

Mayor Jenny Durkan announced this morning that the City will repair the West Seattle Bridge, eight months after she announced its shockingly sudden closure.

While the alternative — replacing its damaged midsection with a shiny new steel span — was appealing, she and SDOT Director Sam Zimbabwe acknowledged in a pre-announcement media briefing that covering its cost and achieving a “rapid replacement” timeline seemed out of reach. So, to get West Seattle moving again as soon as possible, she decided that repairing the bridge is the way to go.

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The Morning Update Show — 11/19/20

The Morning Update Show — hosted by Trae Holiday and The Big O (Omari Salisbury) — is the only weekday news and information livestream that delivers culturally relevant content to the Pacific Northwest’s urban audience. Omari and Trae analyze the day’s local and national headlines as well as melanin magic in our community. Watch live every weekday at 11 a.m. on any of the following channels, hosted by Converge Media: YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, Periscope, and whereweconverge.com.

We’ll also post the Morning Update Show here on the Emerald each day after it airs, so you can catch up any time of day while you peruse our latest posts.

Morning Update Show — Thursday, Nov. 19

Today on the show:

COVID-19 Updates; City of Seattle Budget Watch; Sade Smith — Civil Rights Attorney | LIVE; Tomo & Eva — SMASH | LIVE; plus #TBT.

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“We Admitted 10 Patients in Five Hours”: State, Hospitals Rapidly Approaching Critical Case Counts and Hospitalizations

by Carolyn Bick


The dire warnings the state’s top health officials shared with the public just last week appear to be coming to pass. 

In a Washington State Department of Health (DOH) COVID-19 briefing on Nov. 18, DOH Health Officer Kathy Lofy shared several charts that show what Lofy called a “dramatic,” exponential growth rate in cases of COVID-19 and “sharp increase” in hospitalizations in Western Washington. She also said that the effective reproductive number — also known as the R-naught or R0 number, which is the number of people one person will infect — has continued to rise. It now stands at 1.7 in Eastern Washington, and 1.8 in Western Washington.

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The Morning Update Show — 11/18/20

The Morning Update Show — hosted by Trae Holiday and The Big O (Omari Salisbury) — is the only weekday news and information livestream that delivers culturally relevant content to the Pacific Northwest’s urban audience. Omari and Trae analyze the day’s local and national headlines as well as melanin magic in our community. Watch live every weekday at 11 a.m. on any of the following channels, hosted by Converge Media: YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, Periscope, and whereweconverge.com.

We’ll also post the Morning Update Show here on the Emerald each day after it airs, so you can catch up any time of day while you peruse our latest posts.

Morning Update Show — Wednesday, Nov. 18

Today on the show:

Who gave the order to vacate the East Precinct?; COVID-19 Updates; Northwest Parkinson Foundation; and City Council Budget Watch.

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