Legislature passes pot reform bill to ease zoning restrictions, streamline taxes

Marijuana freedom could spread on Capitol Hill under the new HB 2169 (Image: Alex Garland)

Marijuana freedom could spread on Capitol Hill under the new HB 2169 (Image: Alex Garland)

A city map from 2013 shows how the 1,000 foot buffer rule restricted most areas from I-502 shops.

A city map from 2013 shows how the 1,000 foot buffer rule restricted most areas from I-502 shops.

Recreational and medical marijuana taxes will fall under a single tax and zoning restrictions placed on I-502 shops could significantly ease under a reform enacted by Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday.

HB 2136, which the legislature passed last week, would allow cities and counties to significantly reduce the buffer rule that has kept recreational marijuana shops away from many dense, commercial areas like Pike/Pine. The current law states I-502 shops cannot be located within a 1,000 foot radius of parks, schools, and other specific gathering places. Localities could soon bring that buffer down to 100 feet under the new measure. Continue reading

Armed bandit holds up Broadway post office

A brazen bandit walked into Capitol Hill’s U.S. Post Office at Broadway and Denny around closing time Tuesday night and held the mail facility up for two days’ worth of cash, according to East Precinct radio dispatches.

Police were called to the post office just before 6 PM to a report that an armed robber had made off with cash and that the federal facility was put into lockdown following the holdup.

The suspect was described as a black male in his 20s, around 5’10” with a thin build, and wearing a white shirt and white shorts past his knees. He was last seen headed north in the alley between Harvard and Broadway, carrying a beige register bag with a lock on it.

Where to see fireworks from Capitol Hill, USA! 239th birthday + 13th Annual Cal Anderson Park Independence Day Picnic edition


My country, tis of thee, sweet land of Liberty — and many other fine craft cocktail bars.

(Images: Andrew Ahlstrom and Alex Garland for CHS)

(Image: Andrew Ahlstrom for CHS)

In the true spirit of America, this post is assembled annually by an algorithmically controlled robot drone that adjusts for witty references to current weather conditions and is programmed for sly inclusion of timely cultural references. It also features a self-correcting typo replacement system that slowly improves the quality of this post over time. This year, we have also plugged in the dataset describing the annual Cal Anderson Independence Day Picnic. You won’t find fireworks there — but you will find all of this almost completely free fun:

10850000_939848332704735_1418089447549648979_n (1)The most fun FREE community party of the summer. Brought to you by theCal Anderson Park Alliance, this totally FREE, inclusive for families of all types event is the epicenter of fun. Plus, it ends early enough for you to get to your fireworks viewing situation. Bring your Dads, Moms, kids, dogs on a leash, friends, lovers, hula hooping neighbor, parrot, cat on a leash, cute new date, babies, co-worker, bike polo playing friends, ping pong enthusiasts, favorite bartender and/or people who like burritos. Continue reading

Police seek tips in a Denny Blaine home invasion

suspSeattle Police are seeking information on an unidentified man suspected of breaking into a Denny Blaine house, tying up a woman inside, and stealing jewelry and cash.

The victim told police she awoke around 4 AM on June 20th with the man inside her bedroom at her house near 39th Ave and Lake Washington Blvd.

The suspect tied the woman up and demanded access to a safe. According to police, he fled the house in a white vehicle, possibly a Chevrolet.

Detectives developed a sketch of the suspect but have yet to identify the man, who the victim described as 5’10 with a medium build and had dark curly hair.

If you have any information on this incident, you can call SPD at (206) 684-5535.

Capitol Hill food+drink | The romance of Ernest Loves Agnes coming to 19th Ave E

unnamed (41)Love, that great mixture of what is real and what is fiction, is at the center — liter-ature-allly — of the newly announced name for the project set to open the next chapter in the former home of the Kingfish Cafe.

When it opens in “late summer” 2015, Ernest Loves Agnes will be different than the other restaurants and bars in their Seattle Guild constellation, Joey Burgess and Jason Lajuenesse tell CHS. For one, the guys behind some of the quintessential hangouts of Pike/Pine are opening a project on the sleepier eastern edge of the Hill. But there will be more to the story.

“It will also be romantic,” Lajuenesse said, acknowledging that he, too, has grown a little old to go on a date to Big Mario’s.

CHS broke the news on the project this spring as Burgess, Lajuenesse, and partner Dave Meinert stepped in and ended speculation about what would come next after the closure of the Kingfish following 18 years in the location.

The newly announced name is a tribute to the romance — real and imagined — of young Ernest Hemingway and nurse Agnes von Kurowsky that grew during the author’s stay as a soldier in an American Red Cross hospital in Milan during World War I. “It’s about falling in love with Italy as much as anything,” Lajuenesse said. “It’s a sweet… bittersweet story.” Continue reading

‘Timeless’ Hugo House and Piecora’s developments sail through first design review

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Two high profile Capitol Hill development projects more or less glided through their first meeting before the East Design Review Board last Wednesday evening on their way to final reviews.

Equity Residential and architects at Ankrom Moisan showed off their plans to replace the old Piecora’s building with a 140 unit, six-story development that includes parking for 140 cars. The second project — a 90-unit, six story building across the street from Cal Anderson Park — will be replacing the Hugo House on 11th Ave and E Olive St. The project from developer Meriwether Partners and designed by Weinstein A+U has drawn the ire of at least one resident of a nearby condo.

The view from the street and inside, however, should be a welcome surprise to those who bemoan the prevalence of Hardie board siding and corrugated steel exteriors. Plans call for a full brick facade, and not just the pasted on variety. “A real brick building,”said architect Ed Weinstein, adding that it was the longtime property owners and Hugo House benefactors that insisted the building have a timeless look. Continue reading

Man shot in arm at 23rd and Cherry — UPDATE

Seattle Police investigating reports of gunfire around 23rd and Cherry found one male victim at the scene with a gunshot wound to the arm early Tuesday morning.

According to East Precinct radio, the adult victim was found at the gas station mini-mart just before 2 AM. A possible scene where the shooting occurred was identified on the west side of the 23rd and Cherry intersection where seven shell casings were found.

Seattle Fire medics transported the victim to Harborview.

Police closed the area to traffic during the overnight investigation.

Last Tuesday night, a 31-year-old male shooting victim was left in the Swedish Cherry Hill parking lot was rushed to Harborview after being shot in the chest at Powell Barnett Park.

Prior to this latest shooting, East Precinct had fielded calls earlier in the night reporting a vehicle in the area lighting off fireworks, while other callers reported possible gunfire.

UPDATE 10:15 AM: SPD has released its report on the incident, describing it as a drive-by shooting:

A 48-year-old man was wounded early Tuesday in an apparent drive-by shooting in the Central District. Officers responded to reports of gunfire at 23rd Avenue and E. Cherry Street just before 2 AM, and found the victim in the parking lot of a gas station at the intersection. The victim told officers someone had opened fire from a passing vehicle, striking him in the arm and grazing his abdomen. Medics transported to the man to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Officers contacted numerous witnesses at the scene, who were unable to provide police with any details about the incident.

Panel: Ending youth detention starts with making new 12th/Alder facility adaptable to other uses

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Conceptual sketch of the approved Children and Family Justice Center.

Controversial plans to replace the crumbling youth jail at 12th and Alder may be moving forward, but officials are already anticipating the day when it won’t be used for youth detention at all.

In a report reviewed by City Council members Monday, members of an expert panel said the best way to stem racial disparities in the new King County Children and Family Justice Center would be to work towards ending the practice of youth detention altogether. That means building a new facility that could one day serve other uses.

“In its place, government should focus on community-run and neighborhood-based alternatives for youth that are adequately resourced to address youth needs …” the report read. Continue reading

The Electric Tea Garden wasn’t really dead and it’s still not but it does need a new Hill home

(Image: ETG)

(Image: ETG)

Though CHS reported its closure at 14th and Madison in October of 2013, the Electric Tea Garden wasn’t really gone. But it wasn’t really there, either. We’ll let founder and flipper of the ETG switch Bruce Mason explain.

“We were working on something different,” Mason tells CHS.

295943_291193720906938_687513709_nSome of that different emerged at one point when we noticed a new liquor license application for the eclectic dance club that made its home above the Artificial Limb Co. But, in the end, Mason says, reopening a dance club wasn’t really the direction of things, either, despite a few underground shows in the club here and there over the years since its “closure.”

In January, the venue got slapped with a land use violation and Mason with the building’s ownership started the process of looking into officially changing the use of the building and putting it in compliance for operating a club. But Mason said what followed was a growing realization that ETG wasn’t going to be able to stay in its longtime home.

“Despite some excitement from the new owner, the fire department came through and decided we needed a fire suppression system and that was really it,” Mason said.

Now Mason and his wife Suzanne are moving out of the old space — contact them for some deals on furniture, etc. — and beginning the search for something new, hopefully on Capitol Hill. “We’re trying to get away from the nightclub and get back to our gallery and internet radio roots,” Mason said. If you know of a space, drop ETG a line.

After 18 years on the Hill, Electric Tea Garden is in search of a new home. Our hope is to stay on our beloved Capitol Hill. But other up-and-coming areas of this great city are on our short list — SoDo, Pioneer Square, International District?!

To get all the lastest on ETG Events, plans, and launch date, make sure you update your email on our list at Contact Us.

In the meantime, come to the corner of East Pike Street and 14th Avenue from today until Tuesday, June 30th, to rummage through our well-loved furniture and curiosities. While our doors will not be open, feel free to drop off love letters and farewells in our mail box at the front entry at 1402 E. Pike Street.

WE LOVE YOU, MISS YOU and are SO PROUD OF YOU! HOPE TO SEE YOU VERY SOON!!!

 

Blotter | SPD looking for suspects in Pike/Boylston Pride gay bashing

See something others should know about? Email CHS or call/txt (206) 399-5959. You can view recent CHS Crime coverage here.

  • Pike gay bashing: Seattle Police are investigating a gay bashing reported early Sunday morning near Pike and Boylston:

    In the first incident, officers responded to Pike St. and Boylston Ave around 2 AM Sunday after a gay couple reported they had been attacked by a group of suspects, who told them they were “celebrating Pride, too.”

    The victim told police he was sitting on the street when one of the victims struck him in the hand.

    When the victim asked the suspect what he was doing, he responded “we’re celebrating Pride, too,” followed by an anti-gay slur. The suspect then punched the victim in the face, knocking him to the ground.

    The victim’s boyfriend intervened, but the two other male suspects joined the attack, knocking the second victim to the ground as well. The suspects then repeatedly kicked the victims as they lay on the pavement.

    One victim sustained a possible broken nose and scrapes in the assault. The other victim had a tooth knocked out in the attack, and sustained possible broken hand.

    The victims described the three attackers as a black male wearing a blue and white striped shirt and jeans, a heavy set black male wearing a white shirt and jeans, and a white male, approximately 5’11, 140 pounds, with blonde hair. The victims also said two women accompanied the suspects during the attack. The victims were only able to describe one woman as asian, and the other as black.

    SPD says the Capitol Hill attack is one of three malicious harassment investigations underway from Pride weekend incidents around the city.

  • Broadway phone robberies: SPD responded to two reports of Pride Weekend cell phone robberies along Broadway early Saturday morning. In the first incident near Broadway and Denny, the victim reportedly was choked in a phone robbery around 3 AM. Police also were called to Broadway and Pike later in the morning around 3:50 AM to a report that a male suspect had grabbed the victim’s phone and ran. There was no additional suspect information available and there were no immediate arrests.
  • I-5 fall: Seattle Police were investigating after a woman was reported to have jumped from the Madison overpass and was struck by a vehicle on I-5 late on the night of Friday, June 26th. According to police radio dispatches, the woman had been reported distraught and had been talked from the ledge of one overpass by a 911 caller earlier in the night. CHS has not yet verified if the woman survived the incident.
  • Pride drone knockout: Police are searching for the pilot of a drone that reportedly fell from the sky during Sunday’s Pride parade downtown and knocked a woman unconscious.