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

Is Capitol Hill really the noisiest neighborhood in Seattle?

You’ve probably seen this map from online real estate service Trulia that shows the “noisiest” areas of Seattle. Depending on where the editor took a screen grab from the animation — which is showing noise complaint locations by month, by the way — Capitol Hill and the University District either look really “noisy” or really super “noisy”

While it’s true that Pike/Pine noise is significant enough that leases for new buildings in the area are including clauses stating that tenants acknowledge they are living in a “vibrant” area for nightlife, we took another look at noise issues that shows a slightly different view.

Looking at SPD incidents involving noise — not just the formal complaint filings — shows a much noisier city as a whole. Continue reading

SPD failing to adequately document May Day-type tactics, approval ratings lowest in East Precinct

The good news: the Seattle Police Department is making encouraging progress towards reforming its history of overly aggressive policing tactics identified by the Department of Justice in 2012.

The bad news: The monitor tasked with overseeing that reform has found the department is failing to adequately investigate mid-level use of force incidents, like those involving pepper spray, tasers, and blast balls.

On the same day Attorney General Loretta Lynch was in town meeting with Central Area activists, the federal monitor tasked with overseeing SPD’s use of force consent decree filed an assessment on how the department was progressing with internally tracking use of force incidents.

The monitor found the department was hitting key benchmarks laid out by the DOJ. However, the report also said SPD still has “a ways to go” towards adequately documenting and investigating Type II use of force incidents by officers, like those typically involved in responding to May Day protests on Capitol Hill. Continue reading

Seattle considers shifting school start times to combat sleepy high schoolers

Garfield High School,  Seattle WA:  South and West Elevations
To help middle and high schoolers get a more productive school day, Seattle Public Schools is working on a plan to shift the school day later for 6th-12th graders while shifting elementary kids to earlier start times to balance out the district’s education and transportation resources:

Theory and research indicate that starting school later may be beneficial for the academic achievement and health of teenagers, while the same theory suggests that elementary students should not be adversely affected by an earlier start time. Findings from organizations such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and National Sleep Foundation (NSF) conclude that adolescents need about nine hours of sleep per night for optimal health and brain development. In addition, several groups have indicated support for a later start time including the Seattle Council PTSA, the Seattle School Nurses Association, and the Seattle Education Association. More than 3,550 parents, guardians, teachers, and pediatricians signed a petition given to Seattle Public Schools to delay start times for high school and middle students. The School Board has received thousands of emails requesting the shift to a later start time for adolescents.

Screen Shot 2015-10-01 at 4.40.26 PMFriday night brings the Central Seattle edition of the district’s community meeting series to discuss the “Cost Neutral Modified Flip” recommendation:

Seattle Public Schools is hosting five community meetings September 29 to October 5 to share information about the Superintendent’s Final Draft Recommendation on Bell Time Changes.  Staff members will present information, answer questions and collect feedback.

At each meeting, the Superintendent’s Final Draft Recommendation will be presented to attendees, after which questions will be taken and feedback collected.  All meetings are 6:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.

Friday, October 2, 2015 Washington Middle SchoolLibrary(2101 South Jackson Street) Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese, Chinese
Monday, October 5, 2015 Jane Addams Middle School(11051 34th Avenue Northeast) Chinese, Spanish

According to survey data from SPS (PDF), support for the “flip” plan is strongest in North Seattle schools with less support as you move south. White respondents were also more likely to support the change. The recommendation being pursued does not “does not increase operational costs for transportation,” according to the district.

If ultimately approved by the board, the new times will be implemented for the 2016/2017 school year.

The district is also accepting comments through October 6th via arrivaltimes@seattleschools.org.

UPDATE: The parents at Stevens Elementary have, um, sounded the alarm. The 18th Ave E school is one of the facilities being lined up for a 9:40 AM start time with the school day running through 3:50 PM — an hour later shift from the current bells.

The PTA is, well, concerned:

The Stevens PTA Board just learned that
SPS is proposing to move the Stevens start time to:
9:40AM – one hour later
for the 2016 school year.

If adopted, Stevens would run
from 9:40AM-3:50PM

The Stevens PTA Board is concerned that the proposed changes would adversely challenge our families.

A Community Meeting is TONIGHT,
Friday, October 2, 2015
Washington Middle School
6:30PM – 7:30PM

We encourage you to attend and provide feedback to to the Seattle School District.

Lowell, Capitol Hill’s other public elementary, is proposed for a 8 AM start. You can see the proposed 2016/2017 start times for all schools here (PDF).

Ethan Stowell coming to E Pike

Michael Malone, the driving force behind Capitol Hill developer Hunters Capital, is no dummy. He and his #1 tenant Elliott Bay Book Company may be fighting for better nightlife balance in Pike/Pine but he probably already knew that, when it comes to why people go out in the neighborhood, “60% came for drinking, 41% for dining, 23% for dancing, and 21% came to watch live music.”

Those stats are why Malone is teaming up with one of the surest bets in Seattle food and drink for a premier commercial space in the under-construction Dunn Automotive building, his showcase of Pike/Pine preservation incentives and development at the corner of Pike and Summit. Continue reading

On the List | The Harvard Exit Garage Sale

WebThe developer of the project set to transform Capitol Hill’s Harvard Exit into a preservation-minded restaurant and office development is holding a garage sale Saturday in preparation for construction and renovations to begin:

We will be clearing some of the final items out of The Harvard Exit Theater this weekend and are having a sale on Sat from 11-4:00. We have tons of theater seats that we’re offering at $10 each!! Would love a plug in the blog. Hoping your readers may want to take home some Seattle cinematic history!

Saturdays’s sale runs 11 AM to 4 PM at the E Roy theater. If you see any of Harry’s missing signs for sale, holler.

Following a final screening in June, the historic theater shuttered as Capitol Hill developer Eagle Rock Ventures prepared for the redevelopment project. ERV’s latest project? The Lodges on Vashon, a 16-room development that we’re told is the “only hotel” on Vashon Island.

The company’s Scott Shapiro tells CHS that he expect to have permits lined up for Harvard Exit construction to begin in November. The garage sale, Shapiro says, is a chance for the community to take home a piece of the old theater but also “an opportunity to see the place pre-renovation as the before and after viewings will confirm that renovating it was the right thing.”

For more things to do on and around Capitol Hill — or to add your own! — check out the CHS CalendarContinue reading