On the List | Pizza Crawl 2016 starts at Denny and Nagle

13908858_10157195503120007_6742999140563242640_o (1)Along with a blast of summer heat, this final weekend of August also brings a big blast of summer happenings including an under the radar music festival, piglets on First Hill, a totem celebration, Shakespeare in Volunteer Park, and the last outdoor movie of the season in Cal Anderson. And there is more. Saturday, on the edge of Cal Anderson Park just up the stairs from the bustle of Capitol Hill Station, the cheesy mayhem of Pizza Crawl 2016 will unfold:

This is it: the third annual Pizza Crawl! For those who weren’t there with us in previous years: a pizza crawl is like a pub crawl, but instead of pubs we go to a string of pizza parlors. In-between the different pizza parlors you’ll witness some of our favorite musicians playing live guerrilla fashioned sets in select urban locations. Later on in the evening there is a secret after-party with more live music.

The initial meetup location will Denny and Nagle. An opening ceremony will be provided by the Calzone Revolutionary Marching Band. Continue reading

Murray hires Seattle director of homelessness

Seattle now has a director of homelessness. Mayor Ed Murray announced the new addition to his cabinet Tuesday.

George Scarola will be the first ever to serve in the new position “responsible for leading the City’s homelessness efforts across departments, providing oversight and evaluation of outcomes, strategic guidance, and leading community engagement.” Continue reading

CHS Pics | Tempest staged without a stage in Volunteer Park

In a neighborhood crunched for arts spaces that arts groups can actually afford, the REBATEnsemble might present a few useful lessons.

Bringing “engaging theatre to unconventional spaces,” the “Recession-Era Broke-Ass Theatre Ensemble” has learned how to stage even the greatest works of performance without a stage. Or a theater, for that matter. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Seattle City Light Plans Work to Increase Reliability on Summit Avenue East

Summit_Ave_flier_finalFrom Seattle City Light

Starting in early September 2016, Seattle City Light is working to increase the reliability of the electrical system in the Capitol Hill neighborhood by installing electrical vaults and new conduit (duct bank) along Summit Avenue East and East John Street. The work will be completed in three stages.

The attached flier is for your reference. Affected customers are being notified, so there is no action required on your part. 

Highlights from the flier:

  • This project is scheduled to start in early September 2016 and last for approximately three months. Daily work hours areMonday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • The duct bank and electrical vault installations will allow Seattle Parks and Recreation to proceed with their project to renovate and enhance Summit Slope Park.
  • Customers can expect sidewalk and traffic restrictions around the construction work area. Traffic and pedestrian safety will be maintained by uniformed police officers. Travel lanes on Summit Avenue East will be maintained in both directions.

For more information about this project, customers can contact Patty Breidenbach, Senior Electrical Service Representative at (206) 684-4795 or patty.breidenbach@seattle.gov. If you are from the media, please contact Scott Thomsen, External Communications at (206) 615-0978 or scott.thomsen@seattle.gov.

Visit Seattle City Light’s construction website for the latest updates on this project: http://www.seattle.gov/light/atwork/release.asp?RN=369.

This week in CHS history | Witness born, Roy Street plans, SU’s 2009 plans for 12/Madison

Witness debuted in August 2013 (Image: CHS)

Witness debuted in August 2013 (Image: CHS)

Here are the top stories from this week in CHS history:



Bus Stop | Locked in — Metro releases proposal for revamping routes around light rail

Cal Anderson hosts ‘Go Topless Day in Seattle’

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CHS Pics | Hearthstone and cupcakes


(Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

Pokemon Go still brings a crowd to Cal Anderson. It’s not the only game bringing people together on Capitol Hill. Wednesday night, CHS stopped by a regular Hearthstone meetup. We won’t begin to try to explain the game to you but we can tell you about cupcakes from host venue Cupcake Royale and free pizza from Windy City Pie. Seattle gaming company RumbleMonkey is behind the Hearthstone meetups designed for both the “competitive player” and those who need to “practice.” The meetups are free and BYOD — bring your own device. You can watch the RumbleMonkey Facebook page to keep track of the next get-together.

Driver sentenced to seven years for deadly First Hill crash

Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 8.18.56 PMThe driver in a March collision on First Hill that killed 61-year-old Gibrel Mohammed has been sentenced to seven years after pleading guilty to the crime.

Chase Washatko, 27, was sentenced last week after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide in a collision caught on video by an ambulance also involved in the crash. Police said Washatko had been spotted driving erratically and passing traffic in 12th Ave’s two-way turn lane before the 12:15 AM collision. A SPD officer turned to begin pursuing the suspect with lights flashing when the crash occurred a few blocks away:Screen-Shot-2016-03-21-at-2.46.53-PM

As part of their plea, Washatko’s attorneys asked for a sentencing range of up to seven years given the defendant’s remorse and lack of a felony criminal record. Judge John Erlick agreed that the seven-year sentence was appropriate.

Police say Washatko said he had been drinking at 13 Coins on Denny and had gotten lost trying to drive to his mother’s home in Gig Harbor. Police say his blood alcohol level tested at 0.20% following the crash — well above the state’s 0.08% threshold.

The 61-year-old Mohammed worked at Ballard High School as a custodian.

Reminder: Pike People Street feedback deadline

(Image: Capitol Hill EcoDistrict)

(Image: Capitol Hill EcoDistrict)

pikePed1nodes pikePed2side pikePed3largeTo compile its final report and plan for test events later this year, the Seattle Department of Transportation is collecting community feedback on two final components of how a Pike/Pine pedestrian zone should work: layout and timing. Do you want a “Nodes,” “Side Saddle,” or “Large” layout? Are there specific days and times in September and October you would like to see the test transitions of Pike and nearby streets into pedestrian plazas?

CHS told you about your options for shaping the Pike People Street plan earlier this month. SDOT is also looking for people to get involved “activating the street” and participating during the planned test events. Feedback on the proposals is due by 5PM on Friday, August 19th. You can learn more and add your comments on the SDOT Pedestrian Program page.

SDOT planner Seth Geiser tells CHS this last call for feedback on the program has already generated a “surprising” level of responses. Interest in the program is clearly high. Geiser hopes you also consider what kind of People Street would also compel you to attend and be part of an ongoing, sustainable, longterm program. “Think about how you might participate,” Geiser said. CHS is dropping in its suggestion for a “media lounge” ASAP.

CHS Pics | Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day 2016

Here are a few scenes from this weekend’s Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day, the 9th edition of the annual summer event brought to you by CHS and the Cal Anderson Park Alliance. It was hot! Continue reading

Blotter | E Pine skateboard hold-up, 15th Ave coworking burglary

See something others should know about? Email CHS or call/txt (206) 399-5959. You can view recent CHS Crime coverage here.

  • UPDATE Malden mugging: A reader shares this account of a Friday, August 12th street robbery we were looking into but hadn’t yet tracked down the details of. We’ll follow up with SPD to see what we can learn about the arrest.
    Neighbors:  I was walking home from work around 6:20 on Friday on Malden – three blocks south of Roy.  A man robbed and assaulted me, pushing me into a light pole, giving me a black eye and multiple cuts and bruises.  He stole my purse – which is why he knocked me down. My daughter and her husband tracked him via “find my iPhone” to the northern part of the city.  He was arrested but my purse and contents were not found.
    I’m writing you to be especially alert – particularly if no one else is on the street (this was on a sunny warm day in broad daylight.) 
    The people who helped me said there have been recent increased incidents of car prowls. 
    I was not using my phone.  It was zipped up in my purse.  I was just walking. The police said there have been other  purse grabs recently in the area. 
    It happened very quickly. Please be mindful and take care. 
  • Skateboard hold-up reported: Police were investigating a reported armed robbery early Monday morning after an incident at Boylston and Pine. According to SPD radio dispatches, a male victim called police around 2 AM to report he had been held up by a group of four who threatened him with a skateboard and a knife. Police found a group matching the description of the victim’s report and took one person into custody.
  • Coworking rip-off: A felony-level burglary at a 15th Ave E coworking space is being investigated after the business said a group that had rented the space above Ada’s Technical Books may have been responsible for the rip-off of iPads and electronics: Continue reading

Sunday: Cal Anderson hosts 9th annual Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day


In 2008, CHS pulled together the first Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day. Things were simpler then. And about as well organized. We haven’t changed the format much over the years but we have a lot more help. The 2016 CHGSD is Sunday, August 14th and thanks to the Cal Anderson Park Alliance, it should — once again — be a fun day for finding and getting rid of a few treasures. Cal Anderson returns as the host for the community sale where a few dozen garage sales will take place. You can also check out the map to find more sales across the Hill. We’re betting you might find a few more around the streets, too. Not everybody is a joiner. Please share pictures of the sweet deals and sweet dealers you meet and definitely get involved with making the day even more fun. We’ve had shopping cart DJs and other random surprises show up from CHGSD to CHGSD. Oh, and please note, early birds, most sales start at 9 AM.

This event is produced by the Cal Anderson Park Alliance and is part of the group’s efforts to activate Cal Anderson Park year-round. Thanks to sponsors Capitol Hill Housing, AHF Pharmacy, and Kendall’s DJ & Event.

Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day

This year’s map is below. More information at capitolhillgaragesale.com. Continue reading