Capitol Hill Community Post | $2.65M to streamline school start times and improve school traffic safety

From the City of Seattle

Today, Mayor Ed Murray announced that he will propose $2.3M in startup funding to help Seattle Public Schools students get more sleep and be better equipped for academic success. The funding will help SPS implement a two-tiered bell schedule (down from three), in response to requests from families. Mayor Murray will request the Families and Education Levy review board support the allocation, which is needed to fund additional school buses to sustain the new schedule. Additionally, the Mayor will also propose $380,000 to increase safety by maintaining crossing guards during school hours.

“The City of Seattle is happy to contribute this funding to help the School District better serve our students and put them in a position to succeed,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “This use of Families and Education Levy resources will go to implementing a better bell schedule and helping our students get to and from school safely. These are our children and I am committed to ensure they have all the tools they need to get a great education.” Continue reading

CHS Pics | Seattle marches for science from Capitol Hill

Mother Earth

With a crowd full of scientists, estimates varied. But somewhere between 10,000 to 20,000 people rallied in Cal Anderson Park Saturday before embarking on Seattle’s March for Science in a day celebrating “the best method we have for understanding the world” and marking continued resistance to the Trump administration from the nation’s largest cities. Here are a few of the images shared in the CHS Flickr Pool. Thanks to the photographers who shared their work.

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Central Co-op drops Capitol Hill Station bid over cost concerns

When the development opens in 2019, Central Co-op won’t be the retail anchor at the middle of thousands of square feet of new restaurants, shops, services and community space surrounding Capitol Hill Station. Interim CEO Garland McQueen announced the decision to drop its bid for the project Sunday night at the co-op’s annual owner meeting.

In a statement sent to CHS, McQueen said cost was the big factor: Continue reading

Metro launches new pilot with Microsoft shuttles sharing Capitol Hill bus stops

King County announced this week that it will begin a test of a new pilot program along with Microsoft and Children’s Hospital for “better use of public curb space” —

Starting Monday, April 24, Metro routes 10 and 12 will share space at bus stops – 11420, located southbound on 15th Av E just south of E Mercer St, and – 13250, located southbound on 19th Av E just south of E Harrison St, with Microsoft employer shuttle vehicles.

The City of Seattle, King County Metro Transit, Seattle Children’s Hospital and Microsoft are collaboratively conducting an innovative pilot project aimed at increasing ridership and safety, and making better use of public curb space.

The six-month long pilot project will allow – by permit – employer-provided shuttles to temporarily serve 11 public King County Metro bus stops to test the ability and value of multiple transit/shuttle services sharing existing transit stops. The pilot will result in no additional shuttles on the road than existing levels of service.

More information, including locations of the stops, is on the City of Seattle’s Employer Shared Transit Stops pilot website.

Public comment can be submitted by calling 206-256-5100 or sending email to sharedstoppilot@seattle.gov.

Thank you for riding and for using Metro’s services.

CHS wrote about the increasing presence of company shuttles in the neighborhood last fall:

Microsoft running larger employee shuttles more often through Capitol Hill amid increased demand

Street Treats counter and its custom ice cream sandwiches ready in the Central District

“Here’s Andi! Our first customer. Very soft opening now until 8!” (Image: Street Treats)

The Street Treats truck has a place to park. After moving its production kitchen to E Union, the mobile dessert and custom ice cream sandwich provider, is now ready to debut its walk-up counter offering “street treats” to its new Central District neighbors.

The official opening is planned for Saturday, April 22nd but stop by for a soft opening snack if you get the mood.

Street Treats adding ice cream sandwiches, sweets to busy scene around 23rd and Union

Convicted Broadway Grill hacker sentenced to 27 years

Seleznev in happier times with stacks of cash (Image: Department of Justice)

Roman Seleznev, the son of a Russian lawmaker and a prisoner once reportedly dangled in exchange for Edward Snowden, was sentenced to 27 years Friday morning in a milestone that should mark the beginning of the end of a long story in Capitol Hill crime and justice and an international scheme that included ripping off customers of the Broadway Grill. The Department of Justice announced the sentencing following Friday’s federal court hearing in Seattle:

A 32-year-old Vladivostok, Russia, man was sentenced today to 27 years in prison for his computer hacking crimes that caused more than $169 million in damage to small businesses and financial institutions, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, and U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes of the Western District of Washington.

Roman Valeryevich Seleznev, aka Track2, was convicted in August 2016, of 38 counts related to his scheme to hack into point-of-sale computers to steal credit card numbers and sell them on dark market websites.  U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones of the Western District of Washington imposed the sentence.

“This investigation, conviction and sentence demonstrates that the United States will bring the full force of the American justice system upon cybercriminals like Seleznev who victimize U.S. citizens and companies from afar,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Blanco said in a statement.  “And we will not tolerate the existence of safe havens for these crimes – we will identify cybercriminals from the dark corners of the Internet and bring them to justice.”

Seleznev was convicted last summer in a $1.7 million international computer hacking and identity theft scheme that included stealing credit card numbers in 2010 from the now-shuttered Broadway Grill on Capitol Hill and the Mad Pizza chain, among other local businesses. In August 2016, a federal jury in Seattle found Seleznev guilty on 38 counts, including computer hacking, wire fraud, and identity theft. He faced up to 34 years in prison.

In 2010, the Secret Service detailed that the breach that exposed information from hundreds of credit and bank cards as part of a single-day hack of a vulnerable Capitol Hill restaurant’s point of sales system. The son a Russian politician, Seleznev’s case gained international attention when he was taken into custody by United States law enforcement in 2014 while attempting to board a plane in the Maldives. The Russians called it a kidnapping and accused the U.S. of trying to trade Seleznev for Edward Snowden. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Communit Post | Spring Restoration Day to Brighten Up Volunteer Park

This Sunday Volunteer Park Trust will be hosting its annual Spring Restoration Day and invites everyone to come lend a hand from 10:00AM to 2:00PM to make Volunteer Park more beautiful for everyone.

Volunteer Park Trust was founded by friends and neighbors of the park to preserve and enhance Volunteer Park, and is the force behind planning the new Amphitheater.

Their Spring Restoration Day typically draws forty to a hundred volunteers and focuses on a different portion of the park each year to remove invasive plants, re-gravel pathways, pick up litter, mulch and clean garden beds.

The event is family-friendly and kids of all ages are welcome. The Trust will supply gloves and tools, as well as free Tulley’s coffee and Top Pot doughnuts.

Blotter | Police investigate violent Boylston phone mugging

See something others should know about? Email CHS or call/txt (206) 399-5959. You can view recent CHS Crime coverage here. Yes, CHS is still on hiatus but we’ll continue to keep the news engine warm and post from time to time as events warrant.

  • Boylston robbery: Police were unable to make any immediate arrests but collected a lot of hopefully useful evidence with the help of witnesses and video after a Sunday night, April 9th phone robbery on Boylston. Officers were called to the area around Boylston and Union just before 10 PM on April 9th after a 911 caller reported hearing a woman yell for help. Police were directed to a nearby apartment where friends were treating the victim for a swollen lip, cuts and bruises to her face, and head pain. The victim told police she was walking home from dinner in the Pike/Pine neighborhood and walking home when two suspects “came up behind her, held her down, and hit her multiple times in the face,” according to the SPD report on the incident. The victim provided police written notes on what she remembered from the attack: Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Progressive Small Business Owner and Environmental Leader Sara Nelson Announces Entry into Seattle City Council Position 8 (Citywide) Race

From Sara Nelson for City Council

Sara Nelson, an environmental champion and owner of Fremont Brewing, a neighborhood small business, announced today that she is running for Seattle City Council Position 8.

A longtime resident of Green Lake with a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Washington, Sara has been an active member of our community for nearly 30 years. Sara is a pragmatic and experienced progressive leader with strong environmental and social justice credentials. As a former City Council staff person, she has a nuanced understanding of how city government works and a firm grasp of how best to develop and implement complex city policy. As a co-founder of Fremont Brewing, a popular neighborhood small business, Nelson helped grow the company from 3 full-time employees in 2009 to over 60 today and will bring that direct experience creating middle class, manufacturing jobs to City Council. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Cary Moon, Urban Planner and Civic Leader, Launches Campaign for Mayor of Seattle

From Cary Moon for Mayor

unnamed (42)Urban planner and civic leader Cary Moon is running for Mayor of Seattle. She is launching with an innovative campaign that reflects her inclusive, collaborative approach – including a detailed statement of her vision and solutions to Seattle’s biggest challenges, a Virtual Town Hall open to everyone on April 27, and an intensive listening tour reaching every neighborhood in Seattle.

“I’m running for Mayor because I feel an immense duty and responsibility to ensure Seattle, our beautiful, vibrant, diverse city, works for everyone. I will listen and take honest stock of the challenges facing our city, and I will use my expertise as an urban planner, engineer and civic leader to develop strategies that strike Seattle’s problems at their root cause, not just address the symptoms.Seattle’s prosperity should provide shared opportunity and success for everyone, not just the wealthy elite. We can’t let the future of our city be sold to the highest bidder. We all belong here, and deserve a voice in shaping our city’s future. ” Continue reading