How Capitol Hill’s Walkinshaw is faring in race for 7th District seat in D.C.

With one week to get your ballots in for the primary election, Capitol Hill’s Brady Walkinshaw is looking forward to seeing the results on August 2nd as the Democrat hopes to go through to November in the race for Congressional District 7.

“It’s a close race, but we feel good about where we’re heading,” the current 43rd District state representative told CHS.

Walkinshaw, who was appointed to the state House in 2013, may have been the first candidate to announce he was running for the District 7 seat, but he wasn’t the last.

Eight other candidates are vying for the seat left wide open after Democratic Congressman Jim McDermott announced he would not be seeking re-election after 28 years in office. In the race for McDermott’s seat, Walkinshaw broke rank and tossed his hat in the ring prior to the announcement, a risky move that gave him an early jump on the competition.

Voters will send the top two candidates on the primary ballot to the November election.

Measured by endorsements and funds raised, the battle comes down to two candidates — Walkinshaw and state Sen. Pramila Jayapal. Continue reading

Seattle Arts and Lectures moves to 15th Ave E, plans to stay forever (and ever)

Literary-focused nonprofit Seattle Arts and Lectures has made Capitol Hill its home base. The organization migrated from its previous office in Georgetown to a new spot on 15th Ave E where architecture firm Board and Vellum was housed until its move earlier this summer.

“We’re so grateful to be here and be part of such a vibrant art community and such a vibrant neighborhood.” director Ruth Dickey said. Dickey said that though the move came because SAL’s landlord in Georgetown wanted the space, the organization is ecstatic about its new neighborhood. “We hope to stay forever.” Continue reading

Man found stabbed outside Harvard Market QFC

A man was found stabbed and bleeding outside Capitol Hill’s Harvard Market QFC early Sunday morning.

Seattle Fire and police were called to the scene just before 4 AM to a report of a male with multiple stab wounds to his arms outside the Harvard entrance to QFC near the upper parking lot, according to radio dispatches. Arriving medics found the man in his 20s with several puncture wounds and a deep laceration to his arms. He was rushed to Harborview for further treatment.

Police were investigating the incident and working to determine where the stabbing occurred. According to SPD dispatches, police were looking in the area of the parking lot near the Knights of Columbus building on Union a few blocks from where the victim was found. There was no suspect information broadcast and no immediate arrests.

Police were busy on Harvard for the second night this weekend. Early Saturday morning, police investigated gunfire in the parking lot above the QFC.

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The scene on 15th Ave E this week in 2011

The scene on 15th Ave E this week in 2011

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DUI arrest after car plunges into Central District construction site

The scene at MLK and Union Saturday morning. Thanks to Leslie for the photos and tip!

The scene at MLK and Union Saturday morning. Thanks to Leslie for the photos and tip!

IMG_9909A driver was arrested for investigation of DUI after a car carrying the 39-year-old, another adult, and two children plunged around 20 feet after crashing off the roadway, through a fence, and into a construction pit Friday night at MLK and Union.

Seattle Fire rushed to the scene of the 11:21 PM crash to find the car sitting upright on the under-construction foundation of the four-story development underway at the corner. We do not know specifics of any injuries but no additional medical units were called to the scene after the initial response. The car’s four occupants were able to get out of the vehicle on their own, according to Seattle Fire radio reports. Continue reading

Born and raised on Capitol Hill, now playing Capitol Hill Block Party

Musician Joe Gregory was born and raised on Capitol Hill and can remember attending the Capitol Hill Block Party when it was a tiny, alternative, upstart music festival.

On Sunday he and his band J GRGRY are joining the ranks of CHBP performers. “It’s really exciting to actually finally 20 years later be a part of it,” said Gregory.

It has been a quick rise for the group. J GRGRY has been around for about a year. The group was asked to play CHBP earlier this summer after several successful shows at Neumos.J GRGRY consists of Gregory, guitar player and Gregory’s longtime friend Robert Cheek, drummer Andrew King, and bass/key player Ryan Leyva. The group’s first performance together was at The Crocodile in December 2015. After that first show, J GRGRY submitted for the opening slot for Geographer at Neumos.

“So many people came out for us and we sold a ton of presale tickets – it was just an overwhelming response and the club was like, ‘Holy shit, who are you guys?’” said Gregory. “It ended up being such a cool show, and then I think because of my onstage aesthetic they thought about asking me for the Prince show.” Continue reading

Police investigate Broadway/Pike gunfire

For the second weekend in a row, police pushed late night Capitol Hill crowds back inside area venues as officers responded to gunfire in the area.

Early Saturday just before 3 AM, shots rang out from the still busy parking lot above Broadway and Pike. People were seen running from the lot, according to a caller reporting the incident. According to police radio, officers arrived to find a mostly empty lot and three shell casings on the ground.

There was one report of a person who was shot being loaded into a vehicle but no victim was located near the scene. Police stopped a SUV that was reported leaving the lot but we don’t know if any arrests were made. A check of area hospitals was underway.

All information in this report is preliminary and has not yet been confirmed by SPD.

The late night gunfire follows an incident closer to 2 AM closing time last Saturday morning that brought out a huge police response as officers searched for a gunman in the Broadway parking lot behind Mud Bay and across the street from Neighbours. There were no immediate arrests in that incident.

CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

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CHS Pics | Fifth Annual Volunteer Park Picnic

The amphitheater green was filled for the Fifth Annual Volunteer Park Picnic Thursday evening under the silvery sky of a pretty perfect, warm Capitol Hill summer evening. Attendees visited the face painting station, played games like croquet and cornhole, and danced to live music put on by LoveCityLove.

Young‘uns from the Georgetown Seattle School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts were also in attendance for the second year running, er, tumbling, and said they were happy to be part of the picnic. There was also plenty of food. Cupcake Royale had a stand with free ice cream, and food trucks Rancho Bravo, Cheese Wizards, and Spicy Papaya were all serving up dinner.

The annual picnic is put on by the Volunteer Park Trust.

“People like the ice cream, they love the food trucks — I think there’s a lot of anticipation every year,” said trust member Erika Grayson. “We want to bring more people into the park, and the picnic is a fun way to do that.”

Tigerly Ox opens on edge of Capitol Hill and Central District

Wallingford-born Vietnamese eatery Tigerly Ox has opened up a restaurant on the border between Capitol Hill and the Central District, at 22nd and E Madison. Owners John Tran and his wife Jodie chose a location on the edge of Capitol Hill because they believe there is already an overabundance of restaurants in the center of the neighborhood. The E Madison location may be just the first wave of expansion for the eatery.

Tran said his aim with the E Madison Tigerly Ox is to serve people for whom getting to the Pike/Pine corridor of restaurants might be a hassle. “We feel as though we can better serve those on the outskirts,” said Tran. Tran said he was attracted to a location in between Capitol Hill and the Central District because he felt the area could use more restaurants and he feels there is an “oversaturation of restaurants” in the central Pike/Pine business district of Capitol Hill. Continue reading

Black Lives Matter marches to Capitol Hill to protest police killings

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As the nation reacted to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s speech in Cleveland, a large protest marched through downtown Seattle and Capitol Hill Thursday to speak out against police violence toward the black community.

“I’m sick of white supremacy,” said one 19-year-old woman as the group of hundreds of marchers circled up for a session of statements at 12th and Pine in front of the East Precinct headquarters. “I’m mourning children I haven’t even conceived yet.”

“They see our skin as a weapon,” said another. Continue reading