Challenger Spear brings Socialist Alternative (and ground game) fight to 43rd District establishment

(Image: Alex Garland for CHS)

(Image: Alex Garland for CHS)

Jess Spear readily admits her bid to unseat a powerful, 10-term Olympia politician with strong name recognition will not be a day at the beach. House Speaker Frank Chopp is about as entrenched as you can get in his Capitol Hill-centered 43rd District. But Spear, a 32-year-old climate scientist and Socialist Alternative candidate, says the political landscape is shifting in her favor. After taking leading roles in the successful $15 Now and Kshama Sawant campaigns, Spear is hoping to ride the momentum into Olympia.

“The political situation has changed,” she told CHS. “When we organize, we win, and we’re carrying that lesson forward.”

As ballots dropped last week for the August 5th primary, Spear will be staking out Capitol Hill street corners to get out her message of a statewide $15 an hour minimum wage and repealing the nearly $9 billion Boeing tax break state lawmakers approved last year. To those that say it can’t be done, Spear is quick to point out that many leveled the same charge against Sawant and $15 Now. Continue reading

Memorial service at Capitol Hill’s Lake View cemetery honors fallen SPD officers of the past

Severance stands by the new Lake View gravestone for Officer Thomas Roberts, who died in the line of duty in 1898 (Image: SPD)

Severance stands by the new Lake View gravestone for Officer Thomas Roberts, who died in the line of duty in 1898 (Image: SPD)

Thursday morning, Seattle Police from across the decades including men and women currently part of the force will gather at Capitol Hill’s Lake View Cemetery to honor fallen officers.

Seattle Police officer Mike Severance has been working to locate the surviving families of SPD officers who died in the line of duty all the way back to 1881. During his research, Severance also tried to determine where the officers were laid to rest. Severance documented the final resting spots for all the fallen SPD officers – including two who had been buried in unmarked graves.

“Through the generosity of Lake View Cemetery, the Retired Seattle Police Officers Association and another benefactor, new tombstones have been installed for Officer Thomas Robert, EOW 04/10/1898 and Officer Arthur Ruckart, EOW 12/27/1914,” a statement from the group Washington State Concerns of Police Survivors says.

Thursday, officers, family, and supporters will gather in Lake View:

 A memorial service will be held at Lake View Cemetery, 1554 15th Ave. East, at 10 a.m. this Thursday, July 24, to pay respects to the officers with new gravestones, and all fallen Seattle police officers.

The public is welcome to attend. More on Severance’s work and the officers being remembered, below, in an article provided by the Seattle Police Department.

SPD: Fallen Officers: One Man’s Mission to Honor the Dead

Mike Severance’s quest started with a shotgun blast on April 23, 1985.

That’s the day Seattle Police Officer Dale Eggers was killed after a gunman shot him in the head in a bank robbery on Beacon Hill.

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Sound Transit sets requirements, $30M+ price tag for prospective Capitol Hill Station developers

Just FYI, this is how Spain does transit plazas

Just FYI, this is how Spain does transit plazas public markets

CHStation-TOD-area-600x467-1What happens above ground at Capitol Hill Station will ultimately be just as important as the transit system serving thousands of passengers below. Another significant milestone has been reached in the process for Sound Transit to sell off its land around the Broadway station property to companies eager to meet the community’s transit oriented development needs. Here is the announcement from the Capitol Hill Champion community group assembled to represent the area’s residents, organizations, and businesses in establishing development requirements with Sound Transit and the City of Seattle for the properties:

Sound Transit has published its request for proposals (RFP) from bidding/short-listed developers for the Capitol Hill TOD sites.  The RFP includes site specific evaluation criteria, scoring for inclusion of community benefits, affordable housing tool, and an updated timeline. Links to the Sound Transit RFP documents can be found on our Resources page.

This marks another HUGE MILESTONE for the Capitol Hill community. BIG THANKS to the community for all of your hard work and support over the years!

We are still accepting responses to our 2014 Community Priorities Survey through 7/27.  Please take a few minutes to rate community priorities and answer developer’s questions to the community. The results will be included with our next correspondence to bidding developers and available on our website at the end of this month.

CHS reported here on a June meeting where the final roster of prospective developers made presentations about their work and vision for the sites.

The $1.8 billion light rail extension connecting downtown to the University of Washington under Capitol Hill is expected to open for service in early 2016. Sound Transit forecasts that by 2030, there will be 14,000 boardings a day at Capitol Hill Station. The transit oriented development around the station on Broadway could add as many as 400 apartments to the site. More than a third will be built as affordable housing. Thousands of square feet of retail and a semi-public plaza that could be home to a farmers market and more are also part of the plans. Continue reading

Blotter | Cops bust man for harassment after QFC knife threats — Also, Chop Suey fanny pack robber eludes capture

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

  • Malicious harassment arrest: Seattle Police arrested a 29-year-old man early Wednesday morning after he pulled a knife and yelled homophobic threats at two men that came to a woman’s aid inside the Harvard Market QFC:

    Man Arrested After Pulling Knife on Grocery Store Shoppers During Homophobic Rant
    Written by Detective Drew Fowler on July 23, 2014
    Officers arrested a knife-wielding man on Capitol Hill early this morning after he pulled a knife on two people inside a grocery store while in the midst of a homophobic rant. Continue reading

Nuflours gluten free bakery ready to ‘pop up’ on 15th Ave E

(Image: Nuflours)

(Image: Nuflours)

(Image: Nuflours)

(Image: Nuflours)

80 years of baking tradition on 15th Ave E is already continuing — now on Fridays you’ll be able to more easily stop by to enjoy it. Gluten free bakery Nuflours is ready to roll out its Bakery Pop Up Fridays starting this week.

“Neighbors and our community are eager to see us open,” Amanda Bedell, Nuflours co-owner, said in a statement on the start of the next phase at her business’s new life on Capitol Hill. “And, we think a pop up concept is the perfect way to give a taste of what’s to come.”

CHS reported on Nuflours moving into the former home of North Hill Bakery back in November. Bedell and her baking team were moved in and putting the ovens to full use – after a complete scrubbing of the long-time bakery space — this spring but were hovering on the expensive planning and construction of the retail component of the old space.

Now, with construction of a service counter and cafe seating inside the bakery ready to begin, Nuflours will be taking to the sidewalk on summer Fridays to offer their gluten free goodies and breads for sale.

The bakery will “pop up” every Friday, beginning July 25th from 7 to 10 AM and 3:30 PM to 6 PM with fresh bread, pastries, ice cream sandwiches and more. You can also find Nuflours creations in local cafes and at area farmers markets including on Sundays on Broadway.

Nuflours is also launching the start of classes at the 15th Ave E bakery and kitchen. Upcoming lessons include “Pizza Basics,” “Knife Skills”,” and “GF 101.” Price ranges from $60 to $80. Some are free.

“We want to be more than a local bakery,” Nuflours founder Phebe Rossi said. “We want to be a hub of information for our community – to feed the body and the spirit.”

 

You can learn more at nuflours.com/classes.

Modera set to be sixth new building planned for three blocks of 11th Ave

(Images: Mill Creek Residential)

The design packet describes this as the “perspective view from Hothouse” (Images: Mill Creek Residential)

Plans for a sixth development project within a two and a half-block stretch of 11th Ave will move forward Wednesday night as the Modera building takes what will likely be its final bow in front of the East Design Review Board.

The project being developed by Mill Creek Residential and designed by Studio Meng Strazzara will create 135 units in a six-story building destined to replace the parking lot behind the Caffe Vita row of businesses and the old Winston apartment building home to Wildrose and Hothouse sauna. Don’t worry about the loss of one of the last of Pike/Pine’s parking lots. The building will have a massive underground parking facility with room for 124 cars and 40 bikes. And, yes, there will be 6,000+ square feet of commercial space ready to accommodate yet another addition to the Pike/Pine entertainment district.

The goal of it all, the developers say, is to create “a market-rate rental community” appealing “to a wide range of Capitol Hill neighborhood dwellers” –

The development will be designed in context with the distinguished character of the surrounding neighborhood in architectural elements, building scale, and massing. We are committed to using quality, long-lasting materials, and an aesthetic design that appeals to and blends with the neighborhood.

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Effort to roll back Seattle’s $15 minimum wage law falls 1,692 signatures short

A First Hill McDonald’s worker who walked out for a one-day strike against fast food chains earlier this spring (Image: CHS)

A First Hill McDonald’s worker who walked out for a one-day strike against fast food chains earlier this spring (Image: CHS)

Like Goldy’s been saying

Of course, this result had been a foregone conclusion for more than a week. Of more interest is that KCE subtracted 100 signatures from the final total as legally “withdrawn.” I’m not sure I’ve ever seen this before. Kudos to Working Washington for setting new precedent in the battle against blatantly dishonest signature drives.

Seattle’s $15/hour minimum wage plan will not be challenged on the ballot this November:

Today King County Elections issued a letter of insufficiency to the City of Seattle for both Referendum Measure Nos. 2 and 3. There were not enough valid signatures for a measure to be placed on the ballot. Both measures related to putting Seattle’s new $15 minimum wage law to a vote.

Final numbers:

Referendum No. 2 (Save Our Choice)

Number of signatures required 16,510
Number of signatures submitted and checked 568
Number of valid signatures 455

 

Referendum No. 3 (Forward Seattle)

Number of signatures required 16,510
Number of signatures submitted and checked 18,929
Number of valid signatures 14,818 

CHS reported here on Capitol Hill food and drink business owners who supported Forward Seattle.

Teenage Dreams, Art Deco Japan part of summer 2014 outdoor movie schedule on Capitol Hill

8446531864_ceacd36e09_oScreen Shot 2014-07-22 at 9.36.04 AMFive weeks of outdoor cinema on Capitol Hill begins Friday night with a special screening in Volunteer Park of a silent Japanese classic accompanied by a live musical score performance. Below, you’ll find the summer 2014 roster of the annual screenings brought to you by the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park and Three Dollar Bill Cinema in Cal Anderson.

July 25
Volunteer Park, 8:30 PM — The Lady and the Beard: Directed by Yasujiro Ozu, 1931, silent, 75 min. A traditional kendo practitioner becomes interesting to a cosmopolitan young woman once he shaves off his beard in this classic comedy. The Aono Jikken Ensemble performs their original score to accompany the film, with live benshi narration (English and Japanese).

August 1
Cal Anderson — Bring it On
Volunteer Park — Osaka Elegy

August 8
Cal Anderson – Dirty Dancing
Volunteer Park — Floating Weeds

August 15
Cal Anderson — Clueless

August 22
Cal Anderson — Teen Witch

Dirty-dancing-coverx-largeThe July 25th screening in Volunteer Park is part of a celebration of the SAAM’s Art Deco roots:

… we are celebrating Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920–1945, the Asian Art Museum’s Art Deco building, and summer in Volunteer Park with Deco Night , 6:30-10:30 pm, hosted by the Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas. Below are details:

Exhibition Viewing and Guest Lecture
Asian Art Museum
6:30–8:30 pm: Short tours of the exhibition, the museum’s Deco architecture, and the park design, plus light refreshments.
7 pm: Textile artist Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada speaks on Japanese Deco textiles and fashion.

Outdoor Music and Film
Volunteer Park Amphitheater

8:30–10:30 pmA short selection of Deco-era music from Japan and the U.S. is followed by the silent film The Lady and the Beard. The Aono Jikken Ensemble performs their original score to accompany the film, with live benshi narration (English and Japanese).

Meanwhile, the connective theme for Three Dollar’s Cal Anderson screenings is “Teenage Dreams” –

Three Dollar Bill Outdoor Cinema returns to Capitol Hill’s Cal Anderson Park with TEENAGE DREAMS! Four enchanting films that’ll get your heart racing on Friday nights in August. Come enjoy the summer with FREE outdoor movies. The night is young, and so are we!
Hot popcorn, cold drinks, candy, and other concessions for sale on site.
Limited lawn chair rentals available.

The Cal Anderson shows are free and begin at sunset (around 9 PM) in the southeast corner of the park. You can learn more at threedollarbillcinema.org.

The SAAM screenings at Volunteer Park are also free and take place at the park’s amphitheater adjacent the reservoir. If it rains, the film will be shown in the the nearby museum’s auditorium. You’ll want to arrive around 8:30 PM to find your place on the lawn. Learn more at seattleartmuseum.org.

Capitol Hill food+drink | Why La Bête’s chef Dimitrijevich decided to slay his beast, start anew on Bellevue Ave

The rinds will survive the cut (Image: Zack Bent/La Bete)

The rinds will survive the cut (Image: Zack Bent/La Bete)

(Image: Zack Bent/La Bete)

(Image: Zack Bent/La Bete)

Aleks Dimitrijevich has created a monster on Bellevue Ave — a creature crawled from the bullshit of the restaurant business, a beast he helped create and is ready to bury.

“This isn’t about the lease at all,” La Bête’s chef and owner tells CHS. “It’s more about the spiritual and philosophical underpinnings of what that name has come to mean to me,” he says.

“I just want it simple. It’s bare bones and you want to get that particular thing you came for.”

On top of La Bête’s Bellevue Ave bones, Dimitrijevich tells CHS he will open a new, more focused restaurant that carries forward his aesthetics and favorite dishes while streamlining the new business and finding a new shape and flavor for it all. “It’s going to be something new and more focused,” he tells CHS. “There’s so many things I feel like I would have to fix with what we have now.” Continue reading

Anti-Genocide Noise Brigade march planned to start on Capitol Hill

Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 4.51.05 PMThey’ll miss one of the men their message is aimed at by a few days — President Obama leaves town Tuesday night. Protesters are planning an “Anti-Genocide Noise Brigade” rally and march starting on Capitol Hill Thursday:

Join others who refuse to allow the atrocities against the Palestinian peoples continue without LOUD RESISTANCE. Bring pots n pans, musical instruments, yourself! every week. We will march in solidarity with the Palestinian peoples resisting occupation by Israeli colonizers

The un-permitted march starts at Seattle Central Thursday, July 24th at 7:30 PM, according to organizers. No route for the march has been posted.

President Obama makes another Madrona visit

(Image: CHS)

(Image: CHS)

Expect the usual peculiarities around the neighborhood when POTUS visits the area — hopefully without those Madrona booms. President Barack Obama arrives in Seattle Tuesday for a double-header of fundraising events including a return to the Madrona home of Bruce and Anne Blume.

With the traffic armageddon from I-90 construction work so far yet to materialize, the presidential motorcade will likely tie up 520 and area roads here and there through the day before and after the afternoon event in Madrona.

The stay will be a short one. Obama is slated to spend the night in San Francisco before a day of California events.

UPDATE: The West Seattle Blog reports that Obama is slated to touch down at Boeing Field around 3 PM and head directly for Madrona before heading over to the Eastside for a fundraising dinner. The route from 405 to 520 to Lake Washington Blvd Lake Washington Blvd to 520 has been busy with security preparations — we found no parking signs all through the Arboretum. There are no public appearances scheduled as part of the fundraising stops.