- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Five 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.
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).
Cal Anderson — Bring it On
Volunteer Park — Osaka Elegy
Cal Anderson – Dirty Dancing
Volunteer Park — Floating Weeds
Cal Anderson — Clueless
Cal Anderson — Teen Witch
… 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 pm: A 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.
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
They’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.
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.
— Tim Durkan (@timdurkan) July 22, 2014
Seattle police are investigating why two paper shooting targets riddled with bullet holes were left outside within a block of each other this month on Capitol Hill. The first was reported by staff at the League of Women Voters at 18th and Madison, in what a spokesperson said was likely an attempt at intimidation for the groups’s recent endorsement of gun control legislation. The target was left outside the nonprofit’s door sometime over the 4th of July weekend.
CHS found out about the second shooting target on Friday when a CHS tipster emailed us after seeing it posted on a tree near the Shell gas station at 17th and Madison.
“I didn’t take a photo but there were bullet holes similar to the one left at LWV,” said the tipster in an email.
The tipster made a report to SPD, but a police spokesperson was unable to provide CHS with any details at the time. On Monday SPD said they had little information on who might be behind the targets and asked anyone with knowledge of the targets to call 911. From SPD’s Blotter: Continue reading
The City of Seattle has quietly begun notifying neighbors and neighboring businesses around ten Capitol Hill locations where planners have applied to place stations for the new Pronto bike share system slated to begin service across Seattle later this year.
UPDATE 7/22/14 4:50 PM: Pronto planners say the addresses listed in the SDOT permit database aren’t quite accurate. More at bottom of this post.
A permit notice from the proposed station near 14th and John is below. The ten locations where permits have been submitted are spread across the core of the Hill with an apparent focus on grocery stores — four of the ten are located near Safeway, two QFCs, Central Co-op and a Trader Joe’s. There will be a station adjacent Cal Anderson Park but not Volunteer Park.
With concerns about how an open, point-to-point bike share service will perform on Seattle’s hilly terrain, seven of the ten planned Hill stations are located at Broadway-elevation or higher. All are planned to replace at least one street parking space to make room for the rental racks and service kiosk installations.
Boosted by a major sponsorship from Alaska Airlines, Seattle’s system lags behind programs in several other major cities. Seattle’s new system will begin with 500 bikes. Each station will have docks for 12 to 20 bikes and will feature a kiosk where non-members can sign up for 24-hour, or multiday passes, and or access bikes using a code. Those who pay $85 for an annual membership will be able to bypass the kiosk and check bikes out directly from their docks. In order for Pronto to operate in compliance with Washington helmet laws, each station will also have a “helmet dispensing” device, and a helmet return bin. Helmets will be available to rent for $2, will be sanitized after each use, and cycled out after a certain number of uses. A 24-hour pass will cost $8 or you can get three days for $16. Planners are collecting feedback on possible station locations from the community but have not yet announced the permit applications.
The permit notices include a September 1st start date.
UPDATE: Pronto director Holly Houser says the planned station addresses from the permit database we published aren’t completely accurate:
“Not only is it inaccurate in regards to specific locations,” says Pronto Cycle Share Director Holly Houser, “but it also shows both primary and secondary sites, so is somewhat misrepresentative of what the final network will look like.”
And, apparently, there is an 11th Capitol Hill station planned.
A lot of concerns have been expressed about the state of safety on the streets at night around Capitol Hill but Sunday afternoon in Cal Anderson Park, only a small crowd gathered for some martial arts training and to hear new SPD Chief Kathleen O’Toole talk about public safety. Other recent self defense workshops with a focus on specific communities have proven popular in Seattle. With the small turnout in Cal Anderson, there might be a few interested in learning more who couldn’t attend. Check in with organizer Social Outreach Seattle to learn more about future opportunities.
Capitol Hill Block Party wants to keep the heart of the neighborhood alive as so much of it changes.
In its 18th year, the weekend event which closes down six blocks of Pike/Pine and draws upward of 30,000 music lovers remains an annual subject of excitement from fans and the rarest of summer musical festival beasts: a three-day commercial concert venue carved out of a living, breathing city neighborhood.
With A$AP Rocky, Chromeo and Spoon headlining this year, rock fest tourists and plenty of locals will once again swarm the cordoned-off area in the heart of Pike/Pine starting July 25 for a weekend of sights, sounds and selling your soul for a parking space.
Only in America
Owner Jason Lajeunesse has not needed the Capitol Hill Block Party to make his mark on the neighborhood. CHS dubbed him one of the ‘Princes of Pike/Pine’ — along with business partner and frequent collaborator David Meinert – due to his extensive stakes in many nearby restaurants and venues, including Neumos and Lost Lake.
After spending nine years planning the Block Party’s music as co-producer, Lajeunesse took ownership of the event in 2012.
He believes Capitol Hill Block Party is a product of the neighborhood which gives it its name.
“I think it’s important to promote the neighborhood year round,” he said. “The Block Party sort of grew with the local and regional bands. As the bands got bigger, so did the Block Party.”
With four indoor venues, two outdoor stages and dozens of restaurants and bars in the area, the Block Party has the distinction of being the only event of its kind in America.
“To our knowledge Capitol Hill Block Party is unique as the only ticketed three-day street festival in the country,” Chris Swenson, program manager with the Seattle Office of Film and Music, said. “It’s a little like scooping up half of Sasquatch and plopping it in the middle of a neighborhood for a weekend. The city’s primary concern is safety and, because of the unique layout of the event, each year safety officials and agencies spend many months establishing organizer requirements and emergency plans specific to the site.” Continue reading