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City Council Notes | Homeless camps plan passes, SPD staffing report, body cam update, preschool implementation plan

Here’s a look at this week’s Capitol Hill-centric highlights from the City Council’s chambers:

  • Encampments plan approved: Monday, the full Council approved two pieces of
    This map shows areas where the camps will be permitted --  an amendment to study expansion of the program also passed

    This map shows areas where the camps will be permitted — an amendment to study expansion of the program also passed

    legislation that will make outsized political statements if not major changes. Most importantly, the Council voted unanimously to approve a program creating space for 300 homeless people to camp at three encampments in locations to be determined across the city. Amendments to make the permit process renewable and to study the possibility of utilizing all zoning types including land owned by government entities in the program were passed. An amendment on the study amendment to restrict single family zones from the program failed. Meanwhile, the Council also voted to oppose Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Promotion Authority:
    City Council adopted a resolution today opposing Trade Promotion Authority, more commonly known as “fast track” consideration, of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) regional trade pact between the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries. The resolution also expresses the Council’s concerns about draft elements of the proposed agreement and expresses support for fair trade practices and agreements that protect American jobs, maintain enforceable labor and environmental standards, and preserve the sovereignty of America’s judicial system. Continue reading

CHS Pics | A Hugo House full of small press all-stars on Capitol Hill


(Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

RJ Casey and Ann Casey of Yeti Press

RJ Casey and Ann Casey of Yeti Press

55 small press publishers, some producing as few as six works per year, some fewer, filled 11th Ave’s Hugo House Sunday afternoon for the APRIL Book Expo, the grand finale of the 2015 edition annual festival and one of many last bows for Hugo House as we know it before a planned, literary nonprofit-friendly redevelopment of the property.

During the week, CHS also stopped through a seance at the Sorrento Hotel and APRIL’s “offsite” with the Vignettes gallery. If you missed the event but are interested in learning more about the region’s small press publishers, here’s a roster of Sunday’s participants. You can learn more about the APRIL Festival at aprilfestival.com.

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Zaw chain ready to give Capitol Hill location a new spin — This time, they’ll cook your pizza

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Give Zaw credit. It wouldn’t have been the first regional chain to flame out on Capitol Hill. But the new era pizza concept has persevered through years of slower than expected business at 15th and Pine and is moving forward with a new spin on things.

Zaw Baked quietly reopened at the top of Pike/Pine earlier this month:

We’re back! – but with a bit of a twist on our concept. In our new space, still on 15th and Pine, we have created a place to sit down, relax, and try a baked pizza (along with your favorite beer or wine).

With its Capitol Hill location opening back in 2008, the u-bake pizza start-up created by entrepreneurs Greg Waring and Greg Scott grew to 11 locations but never really caught on at the level the investors expected. An attempt to defray costs and jazz things up with an ice cream partner didn’t fly, either.

Now they’re giving it another go with Zaw Baked.

“Particularly in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, we had a lot of requests for a baked product on site,” a company spokesperson tells CHS. “And that particular space was so large that at one point we debated not renewing our lease, but we worked with the landlord to utilize the space for the new ‘Baked’ concept.”

You can now walk out of the 15th/Pine Zaw with a $12 whole or $7 half already baked pizza. Capitol Hill’s Zaw has also added seating including a 16-seat “community table” to provide “a sort of ‘third place’ for the neighborhood to sit down, enjoy a baked pizza with a cold beer or glass of wine and enjoy time with their friends.” You willl also find a TV just in case your friends alone won’t cut it. Meanwhile, u-bake-style pizzas will still be part of the offerings going back to the original Zaw concept.

The overhaul joins a project from the Still Liquor folks down on the other end of Pike/Pine in the CHS Capitol Hill pizza news file.

We’ll see if the changes can help Zaw stick around on not necessarily chain friendly Capitol Hill. You can learn more at zaw.com.

A parking plan to keep old Honda dealership active until Convention Center expansion

Over the weekend, Capitol Hill was crawling with convention goers thanks to the 2015 Emerald City Comicon. Many of the super hero-costumed attendees were unaware of the evil lurking below — a giant potential blank space between Capitol Hill and downtown after Honda of Seattle emptied its showroom and cleared its lots for a move to SoDo from its longtime Olive and Boren campus.

The former Honda of Seattle dealership and lots are planned to be part of the Washington Convention Center’s $1 billion expansion hoped to begin construction after a lengthy public process by 2017.

But fear not, super heroes and pedestrians, CHS is told the Honda properties will be put to use in the best way its new owners know possible over the next two years.

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Police investigating E Pike group beating — UPDATE: SPD asks for help

Police are investigating after a man was beaten unconscious by a group in the middle of E Pike early Saturday morning.

The attack was described by a witness on Reddit:

Last night right around 2am on Pike and Boylston I saw a group of 4 or 5 dudes chase another guy into the street, throw him on the ground, kick him in the head, then stomp on his head. One of the assailants was pulled off of the victim while trying to steal his wallet. After speaking to the women the victim was with, it turned out that the group of guys had been sexually harassing the women, and when their male friend stepped in they beat him and tried to mug him. The police came very quickly and the dude was hauled off in an ambulance after coming to, but as far as I could see the perpetrators were not found.

Police and Seattle Fire were called to the intersection of Pike and Boylston early Saturday just after 2 AM to a report that a group was fighting and one man was down in the street. Police arrived to find the victim unconscious but breathing. He was taken to the hospital and recovered enough over the weekend to talk to KIRO about the attack.

Police were looking for a group of 10 to 12 black males reported by witnesses to have attacked the man and stole his phone. There were no immediate arrests.

Meanwhile, only minutes later, a man was reportedly stabbed with a needle in a separate incident at E Pike and 11th. There are no further details available on that assault at this time.

Earlier this month, more than 40 Pike/Pine businesses called on Mayor Ed Murray and SPD Chief Kathleen O’Toole to help pay for increased foot and bike patrols in the popular nightlife area.

UPDATE 3/30/2015 11:15 AM: We’re told an update from SPD on the incident is planned for later today.

UPDATE x2: Here’s the update — you can provide information to detectives at (206) 684-5535.

Police Seek Leads In Saturday Robbery On Capitol Hill
Written by Jonah Spangenthal-Lee on March 30, 2015 11:36 am
A man beaten and robbed by group of suspects on Capitol Hill early Saturday told officers he didn’t get a good look at his attackers, but police are hoping witnesses may be able to provide leads in the case.
The victim and two female friends were leaving a bar in the 700 of Pike Street around 2 AM when a large group of men began following them. The women told police the suspects repeatedly grabbed at them and said “I just want to hug you.”
When the victim told the group of men to leave his friends alone, they suspects punched the victim, knocked him to the ground, and began kicking and stomping on him.
The suspects rifled through the victim’s pockets for his wallet as he lay on the pavement, and then ran off eastbound on Pike Street.
A bystander flagged down officers, who found the unconscious victim and called for medics.
The victim regained consciousness, but he wasn’t able to provide police many details about the group of men who attacked him. Security guards from a nearby club told officers they had seen a group of 8-10 men assaulting the victim, and broke up the fight, but couldn’t give much of a description of the men, either.
Medics transported the victim to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.
Robbery detectives are investigating the case and asking anyone with information to call (206) 684+5535.

This week in CHS history: Piecora’s sale, Costco Coffee and Pine/Pike pranks, Rancho Bravo

IMG_0719-600x449 (1)Here are the top stories from this week in CHS history:


CHS Pics | Comicon on Pike Street

(Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

(Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

Every March, the pedestrian parades on Pike and Pine grow even more interesting as crowds of Emerald City Comicon fans make their way up and down Capitol Hill. Here’s a look at who we ran into Friday afternoon. The three-day convention wraps up Sunday. Running in the Incredible Hulk is good fun. It’s also a reminder of the weird and wackky role the Convention Center — planned for a $1 billion expansion — plays in the connective area between downtown and Capitol Hill.


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Capitol Pill | Cherry Blossoms

We’ve asked Karyn Schwartz, owner of the Sugarpill apothecary on E Pine, to contribute to CHS about health and Hill living on a semi-regular basis. If you’re an expert and want to share with the community in a recurring CHS column, we’d like to hear from you.

(Image: Karyn Schwartz)

(Image: Karyn Schwartz)

I am being tormented by a tree. It’s not every day that I feel such an intense connection to a plant, so when it does happen, I pay attention. This tree is one of a row of huge ornamental cherries outside my window, and they are like the elders of the neighborhood, waiting until all the youngsters have already bloomed and lost their pretty flowers before showing them how its really done.

Everyone who lives on my street knows what’s coming – it’s been the subject of conversation for weeks – the explosion of gigantic flowers that’s on the verge of occurring, and the magical pink light that will fill all of our apartments for just a few days before the petals are blown away. I have been waiting, breathlessly, through their seemingly endless transformation from winter-bare branches to tiny buds and the most recent appearance of early leaves and a million tightly closed blossoms, rushing to my window every morning like a kid wondering if Santa actually showed up – and I cannot bear it any more. Continue reading

CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

The CHS Flickr Pool contains more than 25,000 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.
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Spaghetti Western — Hill’s first and possibly last pasta and BBQ joint — is closing

Just a little more than four months after reopening his Capitol Hill restaurant, Aleks Dimitrijevich has tapped out another classic goodbye message — this time in honor of his Spaghetti Western, the first and possibly last pasta and BBQ joint on Capitol Hill. Here’s his note posted Friday afternoon via Facebook:

And a good day to everyone :) i guess i’ll just make this short and sweet, maybe a touch of bitter to round things out, but such things are to be expected when things just dont seem to go the way you want them to.
i’m going to be closing this space down as Spaghetti Western so to speak. Tonight, tomorrow night and sunday brunch are going to be my last three official services here at the restaurant. five years of exhausting work, no vacations and no free time will suffice as reason enough…

a heartfelt thanks to all the friends and folks who came in and enjoyed round 2, hope you enjoyed everything! Continue reading