DUI: Chop Suey talent booker Jodi Ecklund has pleaded not guilty to charges of driving while intoxicated and reckless driving after her arrest earlier this month in the Pike/Pine neighborhood. According to court records, Ecklund pleaded not guilty to the charge after being arrested early Thursday, March 12th near 10th and Pike.
Police say Ecklund, 41, briefly attempted to flee on foot after being pulled over on 10th Ave around 2:30 AM.
Ecklund declined to comment on the record about the case but said she is able to continue working at Chop Suey and plans to fight the charges. As part of her release on $2,500 bail, Ecklund agreed to a list of conditions including abstaining from liquor or drugs including “marijuana prescribed or non-prescribed,” and not operating a motor vehicle. Ecklund’s lawyer Jonathan Morrison declined comment. Her case continues next month with a pre-trial hearing.
Amazon Fresh ripoff: A neighbor living near Volunteer Park writes — A number of our neighbors have had things stolen from their porches in the last few weeks. We set up a dropcam on our porch, and, lo and behold, we got a thief in action this morning. Could you post this so others can see her and be on the lookout?Continue reading →
Following his pledge to provide an “aggressive” goal for new affordable housing units in Seattle, Mayor Ed Murray announced Thursday he wants to create or preserve 50,000 new housing units in the city over the next decade, 20,000 of which would be income restricted. Murray is directing his Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee to come up policy proposals by May to meet the target.
“Seattle is facing a serious lack of affordable housing options that displace families and people in this city,” Murray said.
The 20,000 income restricted units would be for individuals and families making 80 percent of the area median income and below. The other 30,000 units would be market rate. Murray didn’t specify where those units would be built or preserved, only that they would be within the city limits.
Here’s a look at the income levels for one and two person households that the committee will be targeting:
Having lived on the streets as a queer youth, Jackie Sandberg says she’s all too familiar with the hate crimes inflicted on the city’s disproportionately LGBTQ homeless population. Unfortunately, Sandberg says the situation isn’t much better when she and others seek refuge inside the city’s shelters.
“So much of what holds us back is not having a place where we feel completely safe,” Sandberg said at the recent LGBTQ violence forum at Capitol Hill’s All Pilgrims Church. “A LGBTQ youth shelter is an essential step to saving youth from experiencing the level of hatred and indifference that we currently do.”
Creating a city-funded queer youth shelter in the neighborhood was one of the most concrete ideas to emerge from the forum. The idea was roundly applauded throughout the evening and in her closing remarks, council member Kshama Sawant vowed to fight for city funding to make it happen.
“Often, queer youth experience harassment at shelters,” Sawant told CHS. “It’s a serious enough question that elected officials should be exploring.” Continue reading →
It was a tough sell for Dani Cone ten years ago when she planned to open a coffee shop in a city already flooded with them.
“This was not my most novel idea,” Cone said sitting in Fuel on 19th Ave E. Novel or not, it worked, the shop is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month.
The milestone also marks a decade of business from one of the busiest food and drink entrepreneurs in the neighborhood. Coffee shops are what she knew, and after 10 years, Cone, whose business interests have expanded to include High 5 Pie and Cone and Steiner general stores, is just grateful for having the chance to work in a business she enjoys.
“Most important to me is really about the community, the customers and the people I get to work with,” she said. “I don’t know how I got so lucky. I really don’t.”
Cone grew up on Mercer Island, and was working at a deli there, since closed, called C’est Cheese. It was the early 90s and the coffee culture was just getting a foothold in many places across the country. While her main job was to make sandwiches, she also got on-the-job barista training when an espresso machine showed up there one day.
On Saturday, March 28, from 4 pm to Midnight, Jackson Commons and Isola Homes present the second annual Jackson Street Jazz Walk: Bringing Jazz Back to Jackson Street. To honor the legacy of the historic Jackson Street music scene and to showcase the talent of some of Seattle’s best contemporary musicians, eight venues on Jackson Street between 17th Ave S and 21st Ave S will showcase twenty performances with a festival-like schedule. All shows are free. The evening showcases the eclectic diversity that makes up Seattle’s jazz scene today.
“It’s definitely getting bigger and bigger than we ever could have imagined when we started it,” said Tara Atkinson, who founded APRIL along with Willie Fitzgerald back in 2012, when the two found themselves unemployed roommates in a Capitol Hill apartment that also served as APRIL’s headquarters. The acronym they chose as the name for the festival that comes every March, and which has morphed in to an organization that also offers some smaller literary events throughout the year, is descriptive — ‘Authors, Publishers and Readers of Independent Literature.’
You’ll find APRIL’s highlights plus important meetings like the East Precinct Advisory Council, and events like the return of the Moisture Festival, Comicon events, the Polish Home Spring Bazaar and more this weekend on the CHS Calendar. Continue reading →
Justin Gerardy, center holding the mash paddle, with Darren Archer, left, and Dustin Scott, right (Images: Alex Garland for CHS)
Coffee isn’t the only manufacturing industry left in Central Seattle. We also make fantastic beer. The Central District’s Standard Brewing celebrated its second anniversary at 25th and Jackson last Friday. Sorry, but its batch of 2nd Anniversary Ale is long gone.
It’s been 24 months since quietly opening the door at 25th and Jackson St with 8 taps and about 80 square feet of service area. Since then, we’ve expanded to 13 taps, doubled the space for folks to sit and drink, won a few awards, brewed over 60 different recipes, and shared a lot of good times with the neighborhood.
It’s an orbit newly opened 12th Ave brewery Outer Planet and coming soon E Union project Optimism Brewing would be happy to achieve. Hopefully, Anheuser-Busch InBev doesn’t notice.
In the meantime, watch for Standard beer night dinners at Capitol Hill’s Cafe Barjot.
Seattle Police are investigating another chaotic gunfight in the Central District after reports of shots fired Wednesday afternoon. SPD says the incident stemmed from a car collision.
The shots rang out in quick succession at the corner of 26th S. and S. Washington in the Central District, a father huddled in his car, his toddler daughter in the backseat.
About 2:23 PM, a black Ford sedan crashed into a white Chevy SUV. About nine shots were fired into the driver’s window SUV; neither the father nor daughter inside the SUV were hurt. The assailants fled on foot, according Adele Botha, a nearby resident. Continue reading →
Last year’s move into Cal Anderson went swell! After lots of feedback, CHS and the Cal Anderson Park Alliance have decided to move CHGSD 2015 back in the summer to August. And we’re going to hold the annual day of yard sales, alley sales, sidewalk sales, apartment sales, front stoop sales, parking strip sales, and community lot sales on a Sunday to better line up with the weekly Broadway Farmers Market.
The next wave in a tide of change around 23rd and Union will take shape Wednesday night as another mixed-use development planned for the intersection takes its first bow in the Seattle design review process. Meanwhile, the board will also take what could be one last look at a long-planned apartment project for another connective point between Capitol Hill and the Central District at 23rd and Madison
2220 E Union Design Review Early Design Guidance application proposing a 6-story building containing 146 residential units and 11760 sq.ft. of retail. Parking for 88 vehicles to be provided at and below grade.