Metro wants Hill feedback on bus route restructure before 2016 light rail start

Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 10.45.42 AMcapitol-hill-frequency2Tuesday night brings a public hearing on Metro’s proposed “Link Connections” changes to optimize bus routes as light rail service to Capitol Hill and the University of Washington begins in early 2016.

For reasons only the King County Council know, the hearing is being held in one of the city’s least public transportation-friendly corners:

Attend the public hearing
Tuesday, Oct. 6
6:30 p.m. Open house
7:00 p.m. Public testimony
Mountaineers Club
7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle
Served by Metro routes 30, 74, and 75
Use Metro’s Trip Planner to plan your travel

We advise making the smartest transit plan of all — stay home and submit a well-crafted comment online.

CHS wrote about the early formation of the restructure here in the spring. Here is how Metro describes the summary of changes proposed for Capitol Hill and the Central District: Continue reading

Sawant and Banks throw barbs — and take a few hits — in District 3 debate




The first and only scheduled City Council District 3 debate was more barbed and more focused on neighborhood issues than past forums, but candidates also stuck to well-honed talking points in what is now the home stretch of the race.

City Council member Kshama Sawant and Seattle Urban League CEO Pamela Banks squared off in the hour-long debate at Seattle University Sunday night. Erica C. Barnett of The C is for Crank moderated along with three community panelists. The debate was broadcast live by the Seattle Channel — a recording of the forum is expected to be available for view later this week.

Banks also launched a new line of criticism against Sawant Sunday night, going after her Council attendance record. According to Banks, Sawant has a track record of missing committee meetings including the energy committee, which she chairs.

“You can’t represent the people without doing the work in government,” Banks said.

As in previous forums, Sawant quickly established herself as the more energetic and polished speaker — though it didn’t help that Banks was literally losing her voice as the debate progressed. Banks did prove she could draw a crowd capable of rivaling Sawant’s reliable sea of red. Wearing purple “PB” shirts, the Banks supporters in the crowd matched the Sawant side cheer for cheer.

18 things CHS heard at the D3 debate:

  1. “I believe in unity,” said Sawant, adding that she rejected Seattle divided by “stunning” financial inequity.
  2. Banks: “My opponent only listens to people who think she is great.”
  3. Career Bridge, a jobs program launched by the Urban League under Banks, was brought up multiple times in the evening. Sawant said she wanted to bolster the program; Banks said she tried to meet with Sawant about it last year, but could never get an appointment.
  4. Before hiring more police officers, Sawant called for an audit of the Seattle Police Department to see how resources are being deployed. Continue reading

One person reported shot in foot after Harvard gunfire — Also, overnight shots in the Central District

A Seattle Police officer heard multiple, rapid fire gunshots ring out across Pike/Pine early Sunday morning and Seattle Fire treated a victim reported to have been shot in the foot in a second night of gunfire in the area. Meanwhile, police found shell casings and a large crowd following a second reported “assault with weapons” incident in the Central District — but, fortunately, no victim.

In the Pike/Pine incident, police converged on an area near Harvard and Union around 2:45 AM as Seattle Fire was called to treat a male with a reported gunshot wound to the foot outside the west entrance of the nearby QFC. The injury was apparently not serious but we have not yet confirmed details with Seattle Fire or SPD. Witnesses reported at least two vehicles that may have been involved were seen leaving the area of the shooting.

Later Sunday morning, a fight near 23rd and Jackson ended with gunfire in a disturbance just before 4:45 AM. According to East Precinct radio, police arrived to find around 20 people remaining in the area but no victim.

There were no immediate arrests in either incident.

According to SPD data, gun incidents including shots fired with and without victims are up 36% in the East Precinct vs. 2014.

UPDATE: SPD has posted a report on the Pike/Pine incident:

Officers are investigating after a man walking in Capitol Hill was shot in the foot early Sunday morning.

Police Sgt. Michael Renner was standing at the corner of Broadway and Pike St. Sunday morning at 2:45 when he heard gun shots to the west. Additional officers flooded the area and found a man who had been shot in the foot while walking in the 1400 block of Harvard Ave. Officers were also approached by the owner of a car who said that as he sat in the driver’s seat bullets hit his car and lodged in the seat.

Medics took the man who was shot to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. Officers scoured the block and found several 40 caliber and 9mm shells which were all taken in as evidence. Despite an extensive area check, they did not find the suspects.

If you have any information in this case please call the Homicide/Assault tip line at (206)233-5000.

UPDATE 10/5/2015 9:27 AM: Seattle Central officials contacted East Precinct Monday morning to report a possible bullet hole found on the Pike side of the school’s Harvard Ave building.

10th Ave E’s J.W. Bullock Residence to be considered as landmark

A 103-year-old 10th Ave E home will join the list of Capitol Hill properties being considered for Seattle landmarks protections laster this month. Meanwhile, the 111-year-old Gaslight Inn will move to the next step in its quest for landmark status this week.

The 1220 10th Ave E J.W. Bullock Residence will be considered by the board later this month. You can send your comment on the nomination to the landmarks board via email or plan to attend the hearing on the house:

Landmarks Preservation Board to consider nomination for the Bullock Residence in Capitol Hill for landmark status
September 10, 2015 (Seattle, WA) – Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board will consider nomination of the Bullock Residence (1220 10th Avenue E) on Wednesday, October 21 at 3:30 p.m. in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, 40th Floor (Room 4060).

The public is invited to attend the meeting and make comments. Written comments should be received by the Landmarks Preservation Board at the following address by October 20 at 3:00 p.m.:
Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649 (mailing address)

The property has been owned for more than 20 years by an executive at the Gates Foundation and a writer. There are no current permits for construction and it does not appear the property is currently for sale.

The J. W. Bullock residence “appears to have been one of the earliest residences to be constructed in the Phinney’s Addition along Tenth Avenue N. to the north of Highland Drive,” the nomination proposal for the property reads. “Prior residential development on Block G appears to have been limited due to the lack of street improvements and the issues related to passage through the Leary-Ferry Estate.” Continue reading

Reminder: District 3 debate Sunday night

Kshama-Sawant-and-Pamela-Banks-600x300CHS previewed the political tussle here. Sunday night, City Council member — and de facto incumbent — Kshama Sawant and challenger Pamela Banks will square off in what is currently shaping up to be the final dedicated District 3 debate before Election Day. You need to register here to attend. Last we checked, tickets were still available.

Town Hall, Seattle Channel, and Seattle University present Seattle City Council Debate: District 3 Kshama Sawant and Pamela Banks
7:30PM, Sunday, October 4, 2015 Pigott Auditorium at Seattle University Free Doors open at 6:30 pm. Because this event is televised live, audience members are asked to take their seats by 7:25 pm for the 7:30 pm program. This event is free, but registration is required. No late seating.

You can also watch via the Seattle Channel’s live broadcast.

There is no theme or specific topics listed for the event and moderators will be asking questions tweeted to #seacouncil.

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Police investigate after Pike/Pine gunfire

Police were searching for the gunman witnesses reported seeing firing shots early Saturday morning near the bars and clubs of 11th Ave.

Gunfire was first reported around 1:50 AM Saturday as police in the area heard the shots and witnesses reported seeing a male firing the gun near 11th and Pine, according to East Precinct radio.

Nobody was injured in the incident but police found spent shell casings. Officers also made at least one arrest for obstruction but it wasn’t clear if the person taken into custody was believed to be the shooter.

The suspect was described as a black male, around 5’8″, wearing a dark hoodie with fur around the hood.

Rhein Haus, Derschang bar managers team up to create ‘Capitol Hill exclusive’ Perfect Strangers beer

(Image: Perfect Strangers)

(Image: Perfect Strangers)

Ryan Minch (Rhein Haus) and Myles Burroughs (the Derschang Group) two of the guys on the other side of the bar making the Capitol Hill food and drink economy click have teamed up with a Washington State brewery to create a new beer. And you’ll only find it on Capitol Hill:

Perfect Strangers IPA No. 1 is the product of a collaboration between Myles and Ryan with Everybody’s Brewing using a 15 barrel brewing system. When approached, Everybody’s Brewing responded with great enthusiasm allowing Ryan and Myles to collaborate with head brewer Jess to conceptualize and execute a unique grain mash and hop profile to be finished with Washington-grown, organic, granny smith apples to create a refreshing, bright IPA meant to be drunk fresh during the late summer and early fall.

Minch tells CHS he and Burroughs turned to Salmon, Washington’s Everybody’s Brewing to create their brew with a recipe using “malted barley, rye, and wheat in the grain bill” that gives the IPA “a dark, golden bronze color with a combination of American Cascade Hops and German Merkur Hops.”  The brew was finished with Washington grown, organic apples. “Although the apple flavor is subtle, the juice quietly provides just enough bright acidy to complete the beer,” the press release reads.

Minch said the deal with Everybody’s Brewing called for the partners to purchase all beer brewed from the collaboration through the distributor — you brew it, you buy it. The partners are planning to create more “unique, limited-release offerings” in the future.

The beer is now available at Rhein Haus’s Seattle location, Linda’s, Smith, and Tallulah’s “while supplies last.”


CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

Supermoon crowd at Louisa Boren Lookout
The CHS Flickr Pool contains more than 28,000 photographs -— most of Capitol Hill images, many glorious, some technically amazing. The pool is a mix of contributions from Capitol Hill — and nearby — shutterbugs. Interested in being part of it? If we like your photo and it helps us tell the story, we may feature it on CHS so please include your name and/or a link to your website so we can properly credit you. Interested in working as a paid CHS contributor for scheduled assignments? Drop us a line –- our roster is full for general assignments but pitch us on an idea. Continue reading

Tortas Condesa picks up the E Olive Way late night eats beat


IMG_2919The counter at 1510 E Olive Way has helped fuel many a legendary night on Capitol Hill. Tacos Gringos made way for Kedai Makan in 2013. Now, after Kedai Makan graduated into a full-fledged restaurant space around the corner, a new savior for starving, drunken tummies is open.

Last night a torta saved my life…

Tortas Condesa debuted Thursday serving “Mexico City style” sandwiches created with the love and vision of Monica Dimas and designed for portability to Montana and its curbside streatery just down the hill:


Housemade chorizo, fried egg*, avocado, cilantro, smoked chili mayo, cotija


Pulled pork, tomatillo salsa, caramelized onions & peppers, cilantro, cumin mayo, cabbage Continue reading