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  • CD shooting: More gun violence near 27th and Spring injured a 96-year-old woman overnight. Police are calling the shooting in the 900 block of 27th Ave around 12:45 AM Monday a “targeted shooting” —
    Police are investigating after a Central District home was targeted in a drive-by shooting early Monday morning, leaving a 96-year-old woman with non-life-threatening injuries. Officers responded to reports of shots fired in the 900 block of 27th Avenue at about 12:45 am, but were not able to immediately locate any suspects or property damage. Several hours later, around 4:50 am, police were again called to the same block, this time by the victim’s granddaughter, who reported her grandmother had sustained a gunshot wound to her leg. While police believe the elderly victim may have not been the intended target of this shooting, officers have responded to the home on numerous occasions to investigate shootings and other crimes targeting her other family members who also reside at the home. Seattle Fire responded and treated the 96-year-old victim for her injury and transported her to Harborview Medical Center for further treatment. Her injury is believed to be non-life-threatening. Officers recovered shell casings from in front of the house. Gang Unit detectives are investigating the incident. Continue reading

Seattle Parks says 2016 Cal Anderson Independence Day Picnic a go

The route to saving Capitol Hill’s Independence Day picnic wasn’t pretty but it was apparently successful. Seattle Parks has announced that the 14th edition of the free community event will go on.

July 4th in Cal Anderson from noon to 4 PM, Parks and Rec has rallied to pull together free hot dogs for the first 500 people, a David Bowie Look-A-Like Contest, drag performance by Ms. Ryannah Doll, a Space Oddity Kids Costume Parade (“come dressed in your best outer space look”), face painting for kids, “and more!” Continue reading

‘In celebration or tears,’ Shout Your Abortion rally planned for 10th and Pike

After a weekend of rallies and marches, more Capitol Hill mindfulness is being planned.

By Monday morning, the Supreme Court will have issued its first ruling in a decade on a case involving the right to have an abortion  No matter how the court rules, Monday night, a Shout Your Abortion rally will take place in Pike/Pine — “in celebration”… or “tears.”

#shoutyourabortion street art! The shirt says "everybody knows I had an abortion"

SYA 6/27/16
**6/27/16**10th & Pike**FREE/PUBLIC**



On Monday, June 27th, the Supreme Court will announce the most significant ruling on abortion rights in decades: Whole Woman’s Health v Hellerstedt.

As a response to this SCOTUS decision, SYA has coordinated a nationwide series of actions that we will unveil to the public right here in Seattle on 6/27 at 9pm, at 10th and Pike, where we will gather in celebration or tears.

UPDATE: Celebration:

WE WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5-3!!!! “Both the admitting privileges and surgical center requirements place a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a previability abortion, constitute an undue burden on abortion access, and thus violate the Constitution.”

Original post: The decision will determine whether a Texas law that shuttered clinics across the state places an undue burden on women seeking an abortion:

Since the law at the center of the Supreme Court case–House Bill 2–was enacted in July 2013, the number of abortion clinics in Texas has dropped from 40 to 18. Currently, 100 counties are more than 100 miles away from the nearest Texas abortion facility — and 21 counties are more than 250 miles away.

“If the Supreme Court lets HB 2 stand, Texas will be left with NINE CLINICS for 5.4 million women of reproductive age and anti-choice legislators will continue to decimate abortion access with similar laws nationwide,” organizers of Monday’s event write. A decision ruling the Texas law unconstitutional would lead to clinics in that state reopening and open the door to similar laws being struck down in other parts of the country, organizers say.

Shout Your Abortion was started when Seattle writer Amelia Bonow used the phrase to publicly discuss the abortion she received at a Planned Parenthood clinic on Capitol Hill.

This week in CHS history | CD shooting, Ba Bar born, Dance Steps lawsuit settled

Ba Bar -- born 2012

Ba Bar — born 2012

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CHS Pics | Capitol Hill Pride colors 2016

Balcony, Flowers, Pride Flag, 2106 Seattle Pride

Nobody is foolish enough to believe that the display of the Pride flag at your local corporate grocery store isn’t marketing. But the rainbow flag can also be for the people who work there and shop — and for this Pride, with terrible violence far away and near, we might also recognize that with that marketing comes a relatively incredible act of defiance.

We don’t how much of all that big thinking goes into Kate Clark’s work — she mostly seems to just like to take pictures — but this year she has outdone herself with nearly 200 images of Pride from around the Hill. Here CHS Pics posts have become a tradition. To thank her, we’ll give to a good cause.

You can help by celebrating the flag and being part of Pride. You can also help us out with any rainbows we missed. Add your pictures with links in comments, send images to CHS, or add them to the Flickr Pool.

Many more pictures, below. Continue reading

Foreign National, Tavolata Capitol Hill ready to join E Pike food+drink

Foreign National (Images: Barnard and Meyer)

Foreign National (Images: Barnard and Meyer)

Two new additions to the booming Capitol Hill food and drink scene are joining the buzz on E Pike. Foreign National in all its shadowy sultry-ness is set to join next-door sibling Stateside at the base of the Hill while Ethan Stowell’s second Tavolata is planning its opening in a preservation-friendly development at Pike and Summit.

“We’re really surprised and grateful for what seems to be a great deal of interest,” Foreign National’s Eric Johnson tells CHS. “But it’s tiny. And we’re a little bit scared.”

At 28 seats, Johnson said he is hopeful the just-finished, bar addition to Stateside and its crew can withstand the crush of new-seeking foodies sure to show up as soon as Instagram gives the OK. A few nights of “friends and family” this week helped Johnson and front of house guru Seth Hammond prepare. The official opening will come next week. In the meantime, good luck. Continue reading

Police investigate E Pike beating following Orlando benefit show as anti-trans hate crime

Police are investigating the reported beating of a person leaving a Capitol Hill benefit for Orlando Wednesday night as as a hate crime.

Friends and supporters have donated more than $10,000 to help support Michael Volz during recovery from injuries in Wednesday night’s reported anti-trans beating at 11th and Pike:

Dear community, It is with a heavy heart, deep sadness, and great rage, that I let you know our dear friend Michael M Volz was assaulted last night on capitol hill. Michael, myself, and a group of friends attended the fundraiser to benefit the pulse massacre last night at Neumos. Michael left a little bit before everyone to walk to their car and get ready for work in the morning. As Michael was walking to their car, they past the rose, and were approached by a white man in an orange sweatshirt with scruffy brown hair. The man said to Michael, Happy Pride, and began to assault Michael. As he, was punching and choking Michael, he said, “show me your tits you tranny cunt” Michael some how made it back to their house. Michael contacted myself and their friend Sharon. Sharon drove Michael to the hospital and I met them at the Emergency Room. Currently, michael is home. They have some stitches, abrasions, and a lot of bruising. We will need food and people willing to spend time with Michael over the weekend. Currently, we have care situated until early tomorrow afternoon. If you are available to bring food or company please contact us!

Michael wanted me to attach pictures because this is what transphobia looks like. pictures in comments.

Queer Tears
Queer Rage
Queer Feelings
Queer Resilience

According to Seattle Police, officers responded to a vehicle carrying the victim to investigate the incident around 2:15 AM Thursday morning. Police records show the beating was reported to have happened around 11:30 PM Wednesday night near 11th and E Pike following the Let Your Love Shine: A Queer Benefit For Orlando at Neumos.

UPDATE 4:45 PM: At a Friday afternoon media conference in Cal Anderson before the start of the 2016 Trans* Pride rally and march, Volz, who was still showing wounds from the attack, was accompanied by around 100 supporters and said the attack is part of “a climate of hate” against trans people.

“This is not an isolated incident, this is something that happens to our community frequently and we’re not going to take it anymore,” Volz said.

Volz said they were encouraged by all the people who have offered support.

“It is what great sadness and anger, quite frankly, that I have to stand here,” said SPD Deputy Chief Carmen Best.

Volz was joined by trans activist Danni Askini,founder of the Gender Justice League, who called on people to reject anti-trans bills in the state.

“All of us are in shock and fearful,” Askini said.

“Part of our efforts to do things like Trans Pride Seattle is to create community and solidarity so that people do not feel isolated,” Askini said.

Best said police have not identified a suspect and there is no known video from nearby businesses showing the incident.

Despite the number of Safe Places near the location of the attack, Best said it was not a reflection that the LGBTQ safety program was not working.


UPDATE 12:40 PM: Police announced Friday afternoon that the FBI is assisting the investigation of the crime and provided new details of the attack: Continue reading

Light rail riders, here is what you’ll be fighting for: ST3 plan approved for ballot

(Image: CHS)

(Image: CHS)

West Seattle by 2030. Ballard by 2035. The updated — and modestly sped up — proposal for Sound Transit 3 was approved by the agency’s board Thursday afternoon. Prepare for a fight as the $54 billion plan goes to the ballot in November.

CHS wrote about the initial ST3 proposal when it was released in March with a package to build 62 miles of light rail lines north to Everett, south to Tacoma, east to Redmond and Issaquah, plus the highly anticipated lines to West Seattle and Ballard, and a second downtown transit tunnel. Continue reading

In case it wasn’t clear (because it wasn’t), Uncle Ike’s is coming to Capitol Hill

Thanks for the picture @uncle_vinny. You're our favorite uncle.

Thanks for the picture @uncle_vinny. You’re our favorite uncle.

That second pot shop approved by the state at one intersection on Capitol Hill at 15th and Republican? It will be an Uncle Ike’s.

The latest twist in the As the Weed Turns-level soap opera playing out around 15th Ave E pot is that building owner Ian Eisenberg is, indeed, a big part of the plan to open a new pot shop on the corner.

We asked Eisenberg — a CHS advertiser — after seeing a sign teasing the Uncle Ike’s brand show up outside the construction underway to transform the former veterinary clinic into a new Uncle Ike’s.

We already knew another pot shop was coming to the street. And we knew it would be in Eisenberg’s building. In February, CHS reported on the approval of an I-502 retailer license for an entity called Lion’s Heart owned by Daniela Bernhard, a veteran of Seattle’s medical pot dispensary scene. The location for the permit is across the street from Ruckus which opened in December as the first I-502 pot shop on Capitol Hill.

Now we know Eisenberg will be involved in more than just developing the property he acquired for $1.5 million in 2015 and collecting rent. Continue reading

Demolition clears the way for Broadway Whole Foods and 16-story apartment building

Demolition season continues around Capitol Hill. Here is the apocalyptic scene currently underway where First Hill meets Capitol Hill and the 16-story Whole Foods mixed-use apartment building is slated to rise.

Crews have spent the week tearing down the 1928-built, three-story masonry medical building at the tri-corner of Harvard, Broadway, and Madison. They have plenty more to go. The work at the corner is heavy with the smell of mildewy dust and the satisfying thuds of large vehicles of destruction laying waste to decades-old infrastructure. Continue reading