- Pike/Broadway “help the officer” — An East Precinct officer on hand to assist as Seattle Fire treated an apparently mentally ill or high person near Pike and Broadway Sunday afternoon around 4 PM had to issue a “help the officer” alert during a struggle at the scene. According to SPD radio dispatches, the situation was quickly brought under control as units rushed to the area to assist in taking the person into custody. We’ll update if we learn more about the incident. UPDATE: @josearmenteros provided this video of the incident. Last week, CHS shared an update regarding changes in policy regarding how SPD deals with “crisis intervention” situations involving people who are high or mentally ill.
- Pike/Pine muggings: Police had a busy “spring forward” night in the East Precinct with two reported street robberies to investigate. In the first incident around 1:20 AM Sunday, the victim told police his wallet was stolen by two thieves in a strong arm robbery near E Union and Harvard. Police arrived and tracked down the victim who described the suspects as two black males around 5’7″ to 5’9″ and wearing black knit caps and black jackets at the time of the robbery. In a second mugging, police were called to E Pike and Boylston where the victim reported a phone mugging around 3:20 AM. Police were searching for suspects described as two black males, one wearing a Boston Celtics beanie and a black coat, the other wearing a black hoodie over a pea coat and red shoes.
- Broadway overdose: Seattle Fire was called to the parking garage at 210 Broadway E just before 2 AM for a person suffering from a reported drug overdose. According to radio dispatches, responders were administering CPR. Police were also called to the scene. We do not know more information about the victim’s condition at this time. Seattle Fire medics rescued a man and a woman suffering from serious heroin overdoses in the same garage in January.
- Pike/Broadway fight + superhero: Police had some help during a brawl reported just after 3 AM at the Shell station at Pike/Broadway. Police responded to the area to break up the fight. Phoenix Jones was on hand to cheer them on.
Admit it. When you saw this post, you thought: “Gross.” However, I can also assure you that while alien and slimy, these invertebrates are worth pondering.
Truthfully, slugs and snails are slow, slimy, and many are hellbent on eating our plants. However before you get on your high horse, recognize this: many types of pulmonates (slugs and snails) have been sliding about, relatively unchanged, for hundreds of millions of years, through many a catastrophic event. Homo sapiens, as a single species, can only claim the geological millisecond of the last 160,000 years or so. So simmer down.
Pulmonates also have a large number of attributes you didn’t know about. They have hundreds of teeth, can be carnivorous predators (unflinchingly cannibalistic even), and are hermaphroditic. Some slugs can even jump (in response to a threat).
Garfield High School, Capitol Hill’s public high school, claimed its first boys state basketball championship in 16 years Saturday as the Bulldogs defeated Richland 68-59:
Tramaine Isabell scored a tournament-high 34 points to lead Garfield to a 68-59 victory over Richland to claim its first Class 4A boys state championship since 1998.
Isabell forced the action by repeatedly attacking the basket for Garfield. Isabell converted just five field goals, four coming via 3-pointers, but made it to the free throw line 16 times in the game. Garfield converted more free throws (20 of 30) than Richland attempted in the game (13 of 18).
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Your trip around the sun has, yet again, reached a point of adjustment. Sunday, devices that display the time around your residence need to be turned ahead one hour. The official transition point is 2 AM Sunday. CHS suggests doing it beforehand. If you get confused, take a look at your phone which will have taken it upon itself to show the correct time. That’s why they call them smartphones.
CHS told you last month about a new online show from Wes Hurley and Waxie Moon created in the spirit of the fantastic and fantastically awful primetime soap operas of the 70s and 80s. The first episode of Capitol Hill is now online — we’ve shared it below. Worth a watch for its depiction of the Stars and Bars South that is Portland, OR, alone, the 7 1/2-minute episode gets the (corn)ball rolling on the adventures of Roses Smell.
The show’s first season will likely include 10 episodes but Hurley said he has plans for longer plots that extend out for at least another few seasons if enough people tune in. Organizers are looking for local businesses that would like to be part of the show and supporting future episodes. You can learn more at facebook.com/CapitolHillWebSeries.
The Rhino Room is a bar located in a former bicycle shop at 11th and Pine from a group of familiar faces in the Seattle food and drink scene. Its name is a goof inspired by a random rummage find by one of the owners. CHS talked with them in the early stages of the “Big Fun” project last summer:
Gabre-Kidran, a food and drink entrepreneur who helped create The Book Bindery, Anchovies and Olives, How to Cook a Wolf and Tavolata, comes to Big Fun after stepping away from the day to day for two years in the restaurant design and contractor business.
Emma Schwartzman and Chris Rice have probably poured you a drink on Capitol Hill at some point in the last five years or so. They also recently generated some buzz with their Summer Dog Lake Union-based floating hot dog cart. Industrial designers Jacob and Lucas Mihoulides — Lucas goes by IL now, apparently — round out the band of five. CHS found them all at work in the former Velo space earlier this month tearing down crap and getting ready for a buildout.
“We’ve all done this before. It’s just dumb it’s taken this long to do it together,” Patric Gabre-Kidran told us then. He’s been typically busy since helping complete the buildout of Nacho Borracho which opened on Broadway last month and planning another Pike/Pine food and drink venture.
The Rhino Room will boast lots of canned beer and single-serving bubbly. It also turned out fancier than expected, reports Seattle Met:
The plan was an unfussy hangout space, but this group has a lot of design and build knowhow, and Gabre-Kidan allows that the end result, with its brown leather booths, mirrored support posts, glossy black trim, and a U-shaped resin-topped bar “turned out a little fancier than we were hoping for.”
The Rhino Room, despite its thick skin, is also, like Pike/Pine itself, a fragile, momentary burst of joy, happiness, booze and smoothly curving bartops. Developers plan a “visionary” office and preservation project for the stretch off 11th that will consume the current home of Value Village, The Rhino Room and the Stranger offices above.
But, for now, we party. With inspections finally wrapped, The Rhino Room welcomed its first customers late Thursday night. We’re checking in to makes sure things are a go for the rest of the weekend and to find out more about hours of operation. In the meanwhile, take a chance. We’re guessing you can find a few nearby alternatives should you arrive and find The Rhino closed.
Images: Doug McLaughlin for CHS
This week, as we announced the time had come to bring Central District News to a close, we looked back at the history of the site — including the very first CDN post. The headline is unsettling: Car Hits Baby Stroller on 23rd Ave – 10/31/2007
For one final post, Central District News is happy to report that everyone lived happily ever after.
The first time I read the CD news was while trying to make sense out of the worst and best 24 hours of my life: October 31, 2007. I was walking to work with my mom and my stroller bound just-turned-one son. Crossing 23rd at Marion there was a car across the way so we waited for them. They werenʼt signaling nor moving even though the coast was clear so we assumed they were waiting for us. Not the case–must have been distracted. When we were 1/2 way across the street, the car made a quick left. Continue reading
Hot, fast, and with a smile. For most coffee customers, that’s enough to please. Even baristas at Capitol Hill’s most established coffeehouses say its a baseline level of service most people could deliver. But if you want to join the ranks of career baristas who are pressing the limits on coffee culture, you’ll need to take an obsessive, practically academic approach to the craft of coffee.
This week, Seattle invaded New York City for Coffee Fest 2014. The Seattle-based festival started “before coffee was hot” in 1992 and continues to be among the nation’s top coffee trade shows. So what does it take to land a barista job on Capitol Hill (and perhaps one day pull “America’s Best Espresso” at Coffee Fest?). Most baristas and managers we spoke to said it all comes back to customer service.
“If you make a good cup of coffee with bad service, who cares,” said Bauhaus owner Joel Radin. Like other managers, Radin said previous coffee experience isn’t a requirement landing a job at Capitol Hill’s most venerated shops. Demonstrating grace under pressure is a skill in much higher demand. Continue reading
As a neighborhood in the central city with resources like housing and treatment facilities and proximity to medical facilities, Capitol Hill’s residents, businesses and first responders are familiar with mental illness and it’s part in the day-to-day of being part of the neighborhood. Here are some updates regarding the way we deal with mental health issues in the city.
- SPD crisis intervention policy: As part of its agreement to rein in use of force around the department, SPD rolled out its new crisis intervention policy this week to help officers better respond to crisis situations with people who are mentally ill or under the influence of drugs and alcohol. KUOW reports:
Seattle Police’s new policy calls for a team of officers to be specially trained to take the lead at the scene where someone is having a “behavioral crisis.” The training includes a 40-hour course, exam and additional training each year.
The department will also be required to collect data about every encounter with someone in this type of crisis.
- Joel’s Law delay: A compromise to smooth the passage of legislation that will make it easier to have family members committed for mental health treatment will delay implementation of the new Washington law until 2017:
Sen. Jim Hargrove (D-Hoquiam) proposed the amendment to delay the law until July 2017.
Hargrove said Washington’s involuntary commitment system already is set for a major change that is expected to increase the number of people ordered into mental health treatment.
HB 5480, which lawmakers approved in 2013, changes the criteria for involuntary commitment from “dangerous to self or others” to “gravely disabled.” That change in criteria starts this July.
Hargrove said his amendment “will give us some time for our whole system to catch up before this next provision comes into play.”
CHS reported on Joel Reuter’s family pushing for changes in state mental illness laws after the Capitol Hill man was shot by police in a July 2013 standoff.
- Mental Health Court report: Seattle Municipal Court has released the results of a study evaluating the effectiveness of its Mental Health Court program.
“This program has been a success on many levels,” said Presiding Judge C. Kimi Kondo, currently assigned to the Mental Health Court. “Chronically mentally ill offenders are offered treatment and assistance with housing. Over the past 14 years, the Court has worked as a team with treatment and housing providers, social workers, defense attorneys, prosecuting attorneys and our dedicated probation staff. Our goal is to reduce criminal activity related to a diagnosed mental illness.”
According to the report, 62% of Seattle Mental Health Court participants successfully completed program requirements. “Most importantly, these defendants experienced a significant decline in the number of criminal charges filed for two years after exiting the program, when compared to the two years prior to entry,” the report states. You can read more about the court and the study here (PDF).
Take a tour of bathrooms on Saturday with the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict folks. You won’t be touring the familiar Capitol Hill bar/food establishment bathrooms, though. The Capitol Hill EcoDistrict Bathroom Tour offers “a neighborhood exploration of water conservation, gender identity, and homelessness.” Stops include the Bullitt Center, Seattle University, and Urban Rest Stop, and is end-capped with a happy hour discussion and conversation at a location to be determined during the tour. It’s likely to have a very special bathroom, also.