Blotter | Police investigate violent Boylston phone mugging

See something others should know about? Email CHS or call/txt (206) 399-5959. You can view recent CHS Crime coverage here. Yes, CHS is still on hiatus but we’ll continue to keep the news engine warm and post from time to time as events warrant.

  • Boylston robbery: Police were unable to make any immediate arrests but collected a lot of hopefully useful evidence with the help of witnesses and video after a Sunday night, April 9th phone robbery on Boylston. Officers were called to the area around Boylston and Union just before 10 PM on April 9th after a 911 caller reported hearing a woman yell for help. Police were directed to a nearby apartment where friends were treating the victim for a swollen lip, cuts and bruises to her face, and head pain. The victim told police she was walking home from dinner in the Pike/Pine neighborhood and walking home when two suspects “came up behind her, held her down, and hit her multiple times in the face,” according to the SPD report on the incident. The victim provided police written notes on what she remembered from the attack: Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Progressive Small Business Owner and Environmental Leader Sara Nelson Announces Entry into Seattle City Council Position 8 (Citywide) Race

From Sara Nelson for City Council

Sara Nelson, an environmental champion and owner of Fremont Brewing, a neighborhood small business, announced today that she is running for Seattle City Council Position 8.

A longtime resident of Green Lake with a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Washington, Sara has been an active member of our community for nearly 30 years. Sara is a pragmatic and experienced progressive leader with strong environmental and social justice credentials. As a former City Council staff person, she has a nuanced understanding of how city government works and a firm grasp of how best to develop and implement complex city policy. As a co-founder of Fremont Brewing, a popular neighborhood small business, Nelson helped grow the company from 3 full-time employees in 2009 to over 60 today and will bring that direct experience creating middle class, manufacturing jobs to City Council. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Cary Moon, Urban Planner and Civic Leader, Launches Campaign for Mayor of Seattle

From Cary Moon for Mayor

unnamed (42)Urban planner and civic leader Cary Moon is running for Mayor of Seattle. She is launching with an innovative campaign that reflects her inclusive, collaborative approach – including a detailed statement of her vision and solutions to Seattle’s biggest challenges, a Virtual Town Hall open to everyone on April 27, and an intensive listening tour reaching every neighborhood in Seattle.

“I’m running for Mayor because I feel an immense duty and responsibility to ensure Seattle, our beautiful, vibrant, diverse city, works for everyone. I will listen and take honest stock of the challenges facing our city, and I will use my expertise as an urban planner, engineer and civic leader to develop strategies that strike Seattle’s problems at their root cause, not just address the symptoms.Seattle’s prosperity should provide shared opportunity and success for everyone, not just the wealthy elite. We can’t let the future of our city be sold to the highest bidder. We all belong here, and deserve a voice in shaping our city’s future. ” Continue reading

Hula Hula announces ‘grand re-opening’ Friday on Capitol Hill

Like we said, CHS will occasionally kick into action for vitally important news. Like this. Hula Hula, after a “tiki the shit” out of it overhaul of the old Clever Dunne’s space — will officially open Friday and begin its new life on Capitol Hill, owner Keith Robbins has announced.

“People love gathering at Hula Hula for karaoke and cocktails and we’ve been at it for 10 years strong,” Robbins says in the announcement, below. “Capitol Hill, specifically the Olive Way corridor, is the perfect neighborhood to continue the tiki bar tradition.”

HULA HULA REOPENS FRIDAY AT ITS NEW CAPITOL HILL OASIS
Same tiki-fabulous swagger and nightly karaoke; vibrant, new party-centric spot

SEATTLE—April 18, 2017—Seattle’s legendary Tiki-Karaoke bar, Hula Hula, will be back in action Friday after breezing its way across town (1.6 miles due east) to settle into its new festive digs at 1501 East Olive Way (at the corner of E. Howell). Open 365 days per year, hours will be daily from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Just another soul pushed off the hill

I am not writing to gather sympathy, only to express and reach out, it finally happend to me. I have lived on Capitol Hill since 1986. Lived behind Shop-Rite and next to the bakery on 14th and Pine. After graduating from Cornish College, which used to be on this hill I got my first job at The Ritz Cafe. Once I found 15th, I found my home. It was slower, safer, and more of a community than the hustle bustle of Broadway. But I loved Broadway and became a member of the BIA and worked with merchants to improve our district. I found solace in The Pilgrim’s Congressional Church where they proclaimed ‘ God Loves Everyone ” and found acceptance.I was in the arts and my family did not support me. The Hill became my family in a sense. Now thirty years later I am single and struggling to pay almost two thousand dollars a month for rent. I have searched for months and what I can pay will only afford me a studio. Never before have I seen such an obscene rise in rents. So one by one, nameless, faceless, lonely people are being thrown out of their homes. The Amazonian young somethings have come to our town and pushed us out

Capitol Hill Community Post | McGinn for Mayor Campaign Statement

18010786_10153951843054649_1425175728058315063_nFrom McGinn for Mayor

Campaigns, like our great city, are about people. Every four years, when this city elects a mayor, Seattle has the opportunity to have a conversation about its future.

So I am humbled to share that I will be seeking your support this year as Seattle votes on who will serve as our next mayor.

For the past three years, I’ve been watching this city change in ways that I think we all should be concerned about.

The economy is growing, and for a reason. We have a wonderful city and major employers want to be here. That’s great. Continue reading

Blotter | Police investigate shooting on Melrose in reported domestic violence incident

See something others should know about? Email CHS or call/txt (206) 399-5959. You can view recent CHS Crime coverage here. Yes, CHS is still on hiatus but we’ll continue to keep the news engine warm and post from time to time as events warrant.

  • Melrose shooting: One person was taken into custody following a domestic altercation involving a man and woman each reportedly armed with a gun that escalated into bloodshed along Melrose Ave E Monday morning. According to police and Seattle Fire radio dispatches, a male was reported shot outside a building in the 100 block of Melrose Ave E just before 11 AM. A search was quickly started for a female reported leaving the scene and ditching a gun as she fled. Seattle Fire arrived to begin treating the male victim as the female shooter was located near Harrison and Summit and taken into custody. Police recovered multiple shell casings from behind the building and a .45 caliber handgun that was reportedly dropped by the victim during the incident. Officers also found blood on a nearby UPS truck and were searching for the shooter’s weapon reportedly dumped in the area. Nearby streets were closed in the area during the search. The victim wast reportedly transported to Harborview. We do not have further information on his condition. UPDATE 12:57 PM: SPD confirms initial reports from the scene and says the victim did not suffer life-threatening injuries: Detectives are interviewing a 19-year-old woman after a man was shot Monday morning in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Dispatchers began receiving calls to 911 just before 11 AM stating there had been multiple shots fired in the 100 block of Melrose Avenue East. Officers arrived and found a man with multiple gunshot wounds in a nearby alley and spoke to witnesses, who reported seeing a woman fleeing the area immediately following the shooting. Witnesses also reported seeing the victim of the shooting throw a gun in some bushes not far from where he was found. Medics transported the 32-year-old victim to Harborview Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Dispatchers later received a call from a woman, who said she had shot the man. The woman said that she would wait at an intersection for officers to arrive. Officers quickly found and detained the 19-year-old woman who is now being interviewed by detectives. UPDATE 3:45 PM: SPD says the man who was shot will be booked into jail for investigation of harassment in a possible domestic violence crime: The man wounded in this morning’s shooting will be booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Harassment upon his release from the hospital. Detectives have determined the man and the woman involved in this morning’s incident had previously been in a relationship. The woman told police she had gone to meet the man this morning to return his property, a firearm, and observed him charging at her with a gun in his hand. The woman fired at the man, striking him in the leg. She fled the scene but was contacted by police a short distance away, and was interviewed and later released by detectives. The Seattle Police Department’s Domestic Violence Unit is investigating the case.

Capitol Hill Community Post | Pothole Palooza Kicks off in Seattle

1-POTHOLEFrom the City of Seattle

Seattle is kicking off Pothole Palooza on Monday, April 17, a campaign to aggressively repair potholes across the city. Beginning today, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is asking community members to report neighborhood potholes so we can map them out as our Pothole Rangers move throughout the city.

There are three ways to report potholes:

During the campaign, SDOT crews will be assigned to specific districts around the city. SDOT Crews will be joined by crews from Seattle Parks and Recreation who will assist with these efforts. 

“We recognize that residents have been patient through a tough winter that’s resulted in an increased number of potholes and we want them to know that we’re listening when they report them,” said SDOT Director Scott Kubly. “You’ve told us where they are, and we are marshaling our resources to fill them.”

Potholes occur when street pavement cracks and breaks because of water and vehicle traffic. During winter months, water can cause the material under the pavement to erode, freeze and expand, and then thaw and contract causing the pavement to sink down and break. Many streets, particularly in the outer areas of the city, have a very poor underlying structure, or sub base, which reacts poorly to these conditions. This freeze/thaw cycle can cause the pavement to crack so that it deteriorates quickly under the weight of traffic, and then streets can seem to break out in potholes overnight.

Seattle has had an extremely wet and cold 2016-2017 winter season. Residents typically see more potholes in the winter and spring, following periods of cold temperatures and rain or snow. February and March are when we see the highest numbers of potholes. This past February was the wettest we have experienced in thirty years. For more information about potholes, please visit: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/potholes/.

 

CHS Re:Take | Walking off into the sunset, Capitol Hill landmark by landmark

I dug a bit in Archive.org’s Wayback Machine and was surprised to find that CHS started in January 2006 as a Blogspot. That first recording captured a microcosm of Justin’s neighborhood writing: a hair salon review, a couple of restaurant reviews, a warning of an upcoming moth spray, and a lamentation on the loss of an old, dependable haunt. As you know, this was a formula that he looped through a few hundred thousand times over the next 11 years.

While Justin was developing CHS from a hobby blog into a life-sucking addiction, geologist David B. Williams was basking in the afterglow of the publication of his first book about Seattle: 2005’s The Street-Smart Naturalist.

Street Naturism

One reader of the book let it all hang out in a brief Seattle Public Library review of Street-Smart Naturalist: “Everyone in Seattle should read this engaging and insightful book about how nature and the wild still exist within city limits, and that we are part of it.”

I second the recommendation, but I’ll strip away the book jacket and show you the salient bits. Capitol Hill made two appearances in Street-Smart Naturalist. First was a short piece about the several hundred year-old Garry oak tree at Oak Manor on Belmont Ave and Belmont Place. Then in the chapter The Hills Williams rightly questioned whether it’s appropriate to call the long form of Capitol Hill a hill at all. Continue reading