- Broadway assault rampage: A 26-year-old with a lengthy record of thefts and assaults was arrested Tuesday night after a small but bloody rampage on Broadway sent one man to the hospital with a laceration and possible broken nose and injured another victim. According the SPD report on the incident, police were called to the area of Broadway and Denny just after 8 PM to a report of a man covered in blood:As police responded to the first incident, word spread of another nearby attack: Continue reading
CHS recently showed you images of life on the streets around Capitol Hill and below I-5. Here’s a good view of one effort to help out.
Community Lunch on Capitol Hill has been providing hot meals and a social structure 200 to 300 diners at a time in the neighborhood for nearly 30 years. Lunch is served at noon each Tuesday and Friday at Central Lutheran Church, while supper is served at 5pm each Thursday at All Pilgrims Christian Church:
In 1984, a group of members of Central Lutheran of Seattle began providing nutritious meals to low-income senior citizens in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.
They decided that those served would be treated as guests to encourage an atmosphere of mutual respect and hospitality. Thus, guests dine on porcelain plates with silverware. They are welcomed at the door and encouraged to help themselves to seconds and thirds. Guests are our neighbors and are welcomed as friends.
You can learn more about the giving that supports Community Lunch and how to make a donation or volunteer at communitylunch.org.
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Next week Gary Reynolds is flying to Houston to retrieve some 2,500 vinyl records from his uncle — a collection that will become the thematic and musical backbone of his upcoming Capitol Hill bar, Revolver. CHS reported last month that Reynolds, who owns the Electrokitty Recording studio in Wallingford, was taking over the Dinette space for his first foray into the food+drink business.
“The idea is to spin album side records,” Reynolds told CHS, explaining the concept for the bar in the terms he knows best. “It’s just like looking at one of those classic 1960s HiFis, that’s it.”
Reynolds takes over the space at the end of this month and expects to have Revolver ready to drop the needle by early March. After 30 years in the recording industry, Reynolds said one thing he’s looking forward to in the new venture is having a refuge from working directly with bands, so don’t expect much live entertainment.
In the coming months Reynolds said he’ll be building out a large bar in the space’s main room, and possibly some built in couches. The food offerings are still up in the air, but Reynolds said his secret gumbo recipe will likely make the menu. Reynolds, a native of southeast Texas, has a side catering business called Gary’s Gumbo.
Reynolds told CHS he had been actively looking for a bar space for about a year, primarily on Capitol Hill. When he learned of Dinette’s decision to move out in search of a larger restaurant space, Reynolds said he thought Revolver would fit perfectly into the little nightlife hub of Montana and The Hillside Bar.
“I think a lot of people really like vinyl, and it’s had its resurgence. But a lot of people don’t have them in the house, they’re a pain,” he said “That’s what I like about the concept, people can sit and listen to records the whole records, the way the artist intended.”
But in an era when a bartender’s iPod shuffle determines a lot of bar music, Reynolds acknowledged he’ll adapt if his idea doesn’t spin.
Activists marched 14 miles from SeaTac to Seattle City Hall Thursday to symbolically bring the fight for a $15 minimum wage from one arena of victory to what could perhaps be the effort’s next battleground.
The Seattle Times reports that City Council member-elect Kshama Sawant is planning a push for the $15 an hour minimum wage in Seattle as one of her first legislative efforts in 2014:
Sawant said she plans to introduce a minimum-wage ordinance to the council as her first order of business in January and will try to create a council affordability committee. She supports Murray’s efforts to start a dialogue with labor and business but isn’t interested in a long process.
“I look forward to working with the City Council and the mayor to pass a $15-an-hour minimum-wage ordinance,” Sawant said. “However, if corporate resistance results in the ordinance getting watered down or not passing in 2014, then we will need to place an initiative on the 2014 ballot. Seattle’s average rent rose faster than any other city in the country last year. Workers simply can’t afford to wait any longer for $15 an hour.”
SeaTac voters narrowly approved a bump to a $15 minimum and “some paid sick days for about 6,500 workers at Seattle-Tacoma International airport and related businesses” in November’s election. “Alaska Airlines and others have filed a lawsuit in county court challenging the initiative,” KING TV reports.
In Seattle, the minimum wage will increase to $9.32 per hour beginning January 1, 2014 with the rest of the state. While Washington leads the nation with the highest minimum wage, local municipalities such as San Francisco weigh in above the $10 mark. A move to $15 in Seattle would, of course, blow that away.
Mayor-elect Ed Murray has said he would support a $15 minimum wage in the city and wants to avoid a costly initiative process but sorting out exactly how it would be implemented and what kinds of businesses it would and would not apply to is yet to be spoken about publicly. Returning City Council members have been mostly supportive of the raise for thousands of workers in Seattle but have also been beyond cautious in that support.
Sawant, on the hand, made the issue a centerpiece of her campaign and stunning victory over 16-year incumbent Richard Conlin this fall.
CHS is currently talking with local business owners about possible impact from a raised minimum wage. So far, we’ve heard a more nuanced set of messages than you might expect with some predicting armageddon and others lauding the effort. We’ll have more on that soon — if you’d like to be part of the discussion, let us know at CHS@capitolhillseattle.com. Of course, you can also speak up in comments below.
The Comet may be temporarily boarded up (and won’t host as many live shows when it reopens), but the grittier edges of the Capitol Hill music carry on — and are ready to celebrate the holidays. This Friday and Saturday, the “Northwest collaborative” Funk Farm is putting on the first ever Psychedelic Holiday Freak Out, designed to be a rarity among concert festivals for its overtly local focus, its low price of entry, and its unconventional calendar slot. By no means strictly about psychedelic music, the festival is bringing some 39 rock and hip hop acts to four Capitol Hill-area venues—Velocity Dance Center, Waid’s, Therapy Lounge and The Highline this weekend.
“Seattle has a lot of great summer events, between [the Capitol Hill] Block Party and a lot of the major festivals,” 24-year-old Nate Berliner, co-founder of and acting manager of Funk Farm, said. “But we just felt there was kind of a void on the calendar between Thanksgiving and Christmas…so we thought we’d be able to build a great December event.”
Indeed, Funk Farm found that bands and performers were eager to fill the festival’s schedule, Berliner said, partially because many bands did not have other shows lined up during the holiday season and partially due to the appeal of a festival where smaller local bands might have a chance to headline shows rather than just open for bigger-name touring acts, or a chance to play on a bill alongside some of their friends and acquaintances in other groups.
Headliners signed up for the festival include Seattle rockers the Tea Cozies and Helvetica, Tacoma’s The Fame Riot, and Seattle hip hoppers Kung Foo Grip.
Other notable acts in the lineup include up-and-coming LA-based blues guitarist Jared James Nichols, Portland’s The We Shared Milk, New York-based hip hop artist XVR HLDY —the only East Coast artist on the bill—and Seattle’s Vox Mod, Daniel and the Chics, Neighbors and Fox and the Law, one of two bands currently represented by Funk Farm.
While many festivals have become increasingly pricey in recent years, ticket costs for the Holiday Freakout have been kept intentionally low, Berliner said. Continue reading
Capitol Hill already has a full medicine cabinet thanks to Pill Hill, but a smaller, more nimble player in health services is joining the area’s growing breadth of care choices. Immediate Clinic will join the healthcare mix on Broadway in the space left empty by the death of Blockbuster.
Immediate Clinic currently operates six locations in the Puget Sound region and is opening its newest space in Bellevue on December 12. Founder and president Mike Dalton tells CHS a Capitol Hill location at 1512 Broadway is planned to open in March and says the group is “ready to roll” now on getting the place prepared.
“The City’s taking an incredibly long time [processing permits],” said Dalton.
When the permits arrive Immediate, the clinic will begin setting up their Broadway location, as well as five to six others in the Seattle area with hopes of opening their on-demand locations in mid-2014, Dalton said. The clinics are also on the hunt for new employees.
“We hire about 12 staff between full time and part time for an opening [of a new Immediate Clinic],” Dalton said.
Immediate Clinic Broadway will offer a lab to do blood testing and x-rays on site as well as a “full service lab” to provide most of the services of a physician as well as antibiotics, STD testing, minor suturing and other procedures that includes allergy testing, said Dalton.
The company describes itself as offering “state-of-the-art walk-in clinics” offering “daily access to healthcare for minor injuries and illnesses, including X-ray and lab services, all from convenient neighborhood locations and with no appointment.”
Dalton said Capitol Hill’s growing worker base and financial demographics brought Immediate Clinic to the neighborhood.
“A lot has to do with the demographics… the population that works there,” said Dalton of wanting to open a location on Broadway. The “on-demand” healthcare its offers is attractive to the young tech-workers in the area, he adds.
Immediate Clinic isn’t the first to bring walk-in clinics to the Hill.
Up Broadway, Zoomcare, opened in 2011 and offers similar services in the growing “minute clinic” industry.
Meanwhile, bigger names are also moving into the business space. Group Health and Bartell Drugs are partnering on walk-in clinic operations in Ballard, Bellevue and the U-District, according to a December 3 announcement, presenting several options for the thrifty healthcare seeker.
Immediate Clinic’s new home will neighbor Mud Bay pet supplies and comes on a street experiencing a retail transition from its relatively funky past. An OfficeMax, for example, is nearing its debut just north of John. Broadway’s healthcare options will also soon include a new project from the 8 to 8 Dental Group.
It’s high season for Capitol Hill social events! CHS has already told you about the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Seattle University on Thursday, Repeal Day bar shenanigans on Thursday, Holiday Hotspot Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and Gage Academy’s annual, all-day Drawing Jam on Saturday. Also, remember to Shop Local, Shop the Hill if you are in a buying mood to keep locally-owned businesses in the neighborhood. But wait, there’s more.
(More) Weekend Highlights
The Greek Orthodox Church on 13th hosts Bite of Greece on Friday (4 – 9p) and Saturday (12 – 7p). The event includes music, food, crafts, wine tasting and a taverna. Indulge in authentic souvlaki, gyro, lamb sandwiches, greek pastries, wine and more. Opa!
Friday brings the unveiling of the Volunteer Park Conservatory’s annual holiday display. The Conservatory’s Open House highlights holiday decor and model trains in the Seasonal House, and features the largest tinplate toy train ever produced. The Open House 5 – 8pm includes entertainment, light refreshments and cocoa — plus free admission. Whoo whoo!
Psychedelic Holiday Freakout is a two day, four-venue, 38-band music fest on Friday and Saturday on Capitol Hill and the CD. With a super-affordable passes at just $10 for a 1-day pass or $21 for a two-day pass, you’ll get an Alexander Hamilton worth of music checking out bands such as Tea Cozies, Vox Mod, Atomic Bride or the Comettes at Highline, Therapy Lounge, Waid’s, and Velocity Dance Center.
Check our community calendar for even more reasons to bundle up and get out of the house this weekend. Remember your
Chapstick lip balm/protector; the mercury is dropping.
Take a walk through Capitol Hill and it would be obvious even to the greenest of transplants that Broadway is no longer the neighborhood’s defining business corridor. It is, however, the only one to have a Business Improvement Area — a member-contributed organization that funds everything from trash and graffiti clean up, to marketing and advocacy campaigns.
CHS reported in February about early efforts by the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce to expand the Broadway BIA to Pike/Pine and possibly beyond. The chamber is the “administrative agent” for the Broadway BIA.
Earlier this year the chamber applied for an up-to-$200,000 “Only in Seattle” grant to facilitate a conversation among Capitol Hill business and property owners about collaborating on security, the area’s day/night business mix, height zoning, and of course, parking and trash.
Director Michael Wells said expanding the BIA would likely be a big part of that conversation. “What’s the scope? How big do we make this thing?” Wells said.
Wells said he expects the grant decision within a couple weeks and the money will also help fund other chamber promotional efforts and programs.. In the meantime, the chamber is planning to move forward with BIA expansion discussions to have a plan ready for early 2015.
One of the biggest decisions will be where to draw the new BIA lines.
Do Pike/Pine, 12th, and 15th gerrymander their way into a contiguous expansion of the current BIA, or do they form their own BIA fiefdoms? Another issue current and future BIA members will have to sort out is how to fund their activities. Currently, Broadway BIA members pay a small percentage of their quarterly income into a BIA fund. Another model is to have members pay based on their square footage. Currently on the Hill, membership fees and an assessment based on gross income — $2 for every $1,000 generated — provide the bulk of the program’s budget.
Any major changes to the Broadway BIA, including expanding its budget or boundaries, would require approval by members who add up to 60% of gross retail sales of the area.
The city’s Office of Economic Development BIA consultant Brian Scott tells CHS that the Broadway BIA, formed in 1986, has many of the characteristics of older structures from that time including the funding model that depends on self-reported sales tax. A model that calculates contribution by square footage would be more transparent.
“The great thing about it is the people that provide the money get to decide what’s getting done,” Scott said. “If you want to pay more to get more cleaning on your corner you can do that. It’s real local control grass roots organizing.”
But before any major BIA expansion, the chamber is setting its sights on a much smaller move to extend the Broadway BIA one block to cover Pike and another half-block to cover the Odd Fellow’s building on 10th. The City Council will decide on the preliminary expansion early in 2014.
In the meantime, the Chamber of Commerce is working with funding from the Capitol HIll Block Party this weekend for a big holiday promotion including Santa pictures and shopping deals… in Pike/Pine. “During the annual Capitol Hill Block Party event each summer, sales at dozens of businesses in the Pike/Pine corridor experience their busiest weekend of the year,” the press release reads. “Now, the unique Seattle music festival, along with the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, is hoping to do the same this winter.”
There may be hope for a 15th Ave pot store after all. Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes Wednesday called for changes in the implementation of I-502 to ease the path to making legal retail marijuana a success in the state’s densest urban environment.
In a letter to the state’s Liquor Control Board, Holmes called for a more than doubling in the number of retail store licenses currently planned to be allocated in Seattle and a change in how the board interprets the 1,000-foot buffer restrictions preventing marijuana shops from opening near facilities like schools and playgrounds.
Last week, CHS posted a map of the first wave of applicants for licenses to grow, process and/or sell marijuana in the great State of Washington including more than 80 locations with applications in Seattle. Earlier, we reported on the state’s decision to allocate only 21 stores for the city and its strict “as the crow flies” interpretation of the 1,000-foot buffer that would eliminate any possibility of a pot store opening on Capitol Hill, the city’s most densely populated neighborhood.
Holmes also called for the board to ”give licensing preference to existing medical marijuana facilities” that can meet I-502 requirements.
Thursday, by the way, many Capitol Hill bars will celebrate Repeal Day on the 80th anniversary of the end of Prohibition.
Below, we’ve included a full statement from Holmes and mapped all Seattle-area marijuana retailer license applications received by the state thus far with two weeks until the deadline. Seattle currently stands at 44 applications including some providers playing in with multiple hands by submitting applications for multiple locations in the same area. Our map also shows applications in nearby cities like Redmond and Burien. Background and financial checks will weed out some of the applicants and a lottery will then determine which applications are selected. If Holmes gets his way, Seattle applicants may not have to worry about the luck of the draw. Continue reading
Thursday night will be icy bright with the joy of the season(TM) as Seattle University again opens its annual Christmas tree lighting to the community. And, yes, there will be live reindeer — we don’t just make up stuff to put in our headlines… generally:
Seattle University Christmas Tree Lighting
Thursday, December 5, 2013 – 6:30 pm
Seattle U 901 12th Avenue
“Join the Seattle University community as we gather to celebrate the spirit of the holiday season with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Dec. 5. Activities and refreshments will be provided in the Student Center at 6:30pm, followed by the lighting of the tree at the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons Plaza in front of the library at 7:00pm.
There will be live reindeer, Christmas Carols from the Liberation United Church of Christ Choir and Unauthorized to Harmonize, cookies and cocoa, and Rudy and Santa handing out special Seattle University Christmas Ornaments.”
This summer, CHS reported how disagreements between two collaborating groups stalled a project to create a series of murals on Capitol Hill walls. Today, the effort is back in motion and re-dubbed the Seattle Mural Project. As part of the process to secure a City of Seattle grant, SMP has put out a call for the good people of Capitol Hill to pledge to volunteer on the project so that their hours can be matched. You can learn more — and sign up — here.
We need your help to support Seattle Mural Project (Formerly Stunning Seattle) (and don’t worry, we’re not asking for money). Without your help we may be in danger of losing our city funding. The City is asking that we renew our volunteers and that means we need people to sign up ASAP to show The City of Seattle that folks are still interested in giant murals on Capitol Hill. It will only take you a minute and it’s totally easy. There is no obligation for signing up and in doing so you will tell The City to move forward with this great project.
Theater Schmeater Kickstarter
It might seem counterproductive to promote an effort to raise funds to help a longtime Capitol Hill theater leave the neighborhood, but it’s a done deal — Theater Schmeater is destined for Belltown. CHS reported in May that the theater was leaving its 21-year Summit Ave home after the building was acquired last spring. The Shelter the Schmee Kickstarter campaign seeks to raise $20,000 before the end of the year to help the theater build out its new Belltown lease.
The man with a rifle fatally shot by Seattle Police early on the Friday after Thanksgiving on 22nd Ave E was a 51-year-old who may have become aggravated over a money dispute, neighbors of the man told CHS.
Tracie Mohnkern, who has lived for four years in the Elizabeth James House where the shooting occurred, told CHS that she and the suspect had been dating since July. Mohnkern said that her boyfriend would frequently lend cash to others and that the initial dispute early Friday morning may have been over money.
The suspect, who has not yet been identified by authorities, was also believed to be a former Russian police officer though CHS has been unable to confirm his past employment.
“He was a good guy,” Mohnkern said. “People always went to him for money.”
Police have identified the patrol officer who shot and killed the man as Officer Brad Devore, a two-year member of the department who works in the East Precinct. Devore is on paid administrative leave per department policy. A County inquest into the incident will likely follow. Earlier this year, King County officials announced a fact-finding hearing to examine this summer’s fatal shooting of an armed, mentally ill suspect inside a Bellevue Ave condo building.
In the most recent incident, police responded to a call at 4 AM Friday that a man was threatening people with a rifle in the 23rd and John building. When officers arrived, they found an upset woman who said the suspect had threatened to kill her, according to the SPD report on the incident. The suspect allegedly fired his weapon once prompting an officer to return fire, killing the suspect. The report said the relationship between the woman and alleged shooter was unclear. Mohnkern said she was not the woman in the report.
Mohnkern told CHS that her boyfriend had some type of disability but she said he refused to tell her any details about it. The Elizabeth James House is a Capitol Hill Housing building for elderly and disabled residents. A Capitol Hill Housing representative confirmed that the man who died was a resident of the building but could not comment on the nature of his disability. UPDATE: “We are devastated by the tragic events that unfolded early Friday morning,” Capitol Hill Housing CEO Christopher Persons said in a statement. “Our staff is striving to help residents who have been impacted by this incident.” Representatives of Sound Mental Health have been scheduled for a group grief and loss session and are available to meet with residents individually, according to the CHH statement.
Mohnkern told CHS she believed the suspect was mentally stable and held no resentment towards law enforcement. She also said he drank frequently but that he was sober the night of his death.
Another resident, who lives on the same side of the building as the suspect did, said he heard a gunshot from his window around 4 AM. He told CHS he then heard a woman yell, “You’ve got a gun?” followed by pleas of “Don’t shoot me” before the woman ran outside into the parking lot. The resident said he then heard a man say, “Don’t move too fast or I’ll kill you,” followed by a loud boom.
The neighbor said the suspect wasn’t perceived as a threat and could often be found tending the local community garden.
“It was just horrendous,” the resident said. “We were all in shock.”