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Pike/Pine nightlife entrepreneur Meinert lights up I-502 marijuana venture Torch Northwest

Meinert congratulating Ed Murray on Election Night. They probably were not high (Image: CHS)

Meinert congratulating Ed Murray on Election Night. They probably were not high (Image: CHS)

10645080_361068550711664_307403192876139037_nOnly one I-502 marijuana retailer has been able to open to serve the 650,000 or so residents of Seattle – and the closest licensed shop to Capitol Hill is still nowhere close to opening. But there are still a few potrepreneurs in our midst and, possibly, a few pot jobs to be had.

Dave Meinert, a partner in several Pike/Pine concerns and a leader in the city’s nightlife scene who has taken on a more active civic presence after his heavy involvement in the minimum wage negotiations, tells CHS he is part of a new start-up seeking to address the challenges of processing, distribution, and packaging for the state’s growing ranks of marijuana growers.

“It’s hard to start a new industry,” Meinert said. “I’m excited to be part of it. If I would have been around when they were making whiskey legal, I would have been in on it.” Continue reading

Blotter | Harvard ave gunfire, Cal Anderson mugging

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

  • Harvard Ave gunfire: Police were looking for a driver witnesses said opened fire in a Harvard Ave parking lot early Sunday morning. Nobody was hurt in the incident. According to East Precinct radio dispatches, multiple reports of gunshots in the vicinity of Union and Harvard were called in to 911 around 2 AM. One caller said a man in a silver Dodge Avenger was following their vehicle and had a gun. Police found the victims near Melrose and Pine but did not locate the suspect. Police were told the male suspect had fired multiple shots into the ground and air earlier in a parking lot near Harvard and Union during a dispute. There were no reported injuries.
  • Shooting victim found at Swedish Cherry Hill: Earlier Sunday morning, a male victim with gunshot wounds to his face and side arrived at 16th Ave’s Swedish Cherry Hill before being rushed to Harborview. The victim said he has been shot on MLK near Orcas or Holly. There were no further details available.
  • Minor Ave murder: Homicide detectives are investigating the murder of a man shot to death in a gunfight early Saturday morning outside a Minor Ave hookah bar just off Denny across I-5.
  • Cal Anderson mugging: A local business posted details of a Friday overnight mugging near Cal Anderson Park. It’s not clear if the incident was reported to police or Seattle Fire. From 11th Ave’s Vermillion:
    This is disturbing: The artist we are framing tomorrow was jumped/mugged last night on his way home along Cal Anderson park. They took his phone, wallet, glasses and iPad. They knocked him unconscious on the back of the head and he came to a little while later. I was waiting to hear if they had taken the body of work he usually carries around in his backpack but luckily they did not. We are on schedule to get his art framed and hopefully raise some money to replace some of his belongings.
    Vermillion’s owner said the victim was attacked around midnight. We will update when we learn more.
  • Theft suspect suffers broken jaw: The suspect in a theft at the Broadway/Pine Walgreens suffered a fractured jaw during the arrest, according to police radio dispatches. Police were called to the drugstore in the 1500 block of Broadway just before midnight on Friday. During the arrest, the intoxicated suspect suffered injuries requiring treatment from Seattle Fire. According to radio dispatches, the 21-year-old suspect suffered a busted jaw and was arrested for theft and resisting arrest.
  • First Hill harassment: A man was reportedly attacked with bug spray in a possible hate crime on First Hill:
    A man returning home from a doctor’s appointment Tuesday afternoon in First Hill said he had racist and homophobic slurs shouted at him before being hit with an unknown liquid that caused a burning sensation to his nose and mouth, according to the Seattle Police Department.

    According to the police report for the incident, the victim and an acquaintance had just been dropped off by a cab outside the victim’s apartment building in the 1100 block of Minor Avenue around 4:30 p.m. when a car drove up behind them.
  • Louisa Boren fire: Seattle Fire Engine 22 was dispatched to 15th Ave E at E Olin Place early Friday evening after a park tree was set on fire. Firefighters arrived just after 5:30 PM to the report of smoke coming from a tree in Louisa Boren Park. The situation was handled quickly and the fire marshall was not dispatched to investigate. There were no details available on any damage. We’ll see if we can get an update on what caused the fire from SFD.

One year ago this week on Capitol Hill

8446763542_fcd93cb5ba_o-600x312Here are the top CHS posts from this week in 2013:

  1. Spilling the beans: Starbucks building giant coffee roaster and cafe at base of Capitol Hill
  2. Why Seattle’s most densely populated neighborhood probably* won’t have a pot shop
  3. Man stabbed on 11th Ave
  4. Meet Eric Stapelman, the man bringing Shibumi Ramenya to Capitol Hill
  5. Capitol Hill development melds landmark Anhalt with modern apartments
  6. First light rail service at Capitol Hill Station still slated for 2016 — But Sound Transit talking early arrival


Sir Mix-a-Lot pauses (to consider changes) on Broadway

Sir Mix at 2013's Dick's Drive-in anniversary party on Broadway (Image: CHS)

Sir Mix at 2013′s Dick’s Drive-in anniversary party on Broadway (Image: CHS)

Screen Shot 2014-09-20 at 5.26.23 PMIf you’re going to lament the changes on Capitol Hill, here’s how to do it. With love. And $100.

Here i Sir Mix-a-Lot, via Reddit, on the changing Capitol Hill:

My posse is no longer on Broadway and you’re right. Capital Hill has changed. You had to make sure you had your strap (that’s your gun, for the impaired) and you had to be conscious, you had to put your head on a swivel. And nowadays, you just take 100 bucks, go up on Capital Hill, and you buy one cupcake and a cup of coffee. And you’re broke. That’s my Capital Hill, and I love it, but DAMN those cupcakes cost a lot of money.

(You can blame the Capital typo on OP, by the way. But, still, Mix should know better.)

SPD officer injured, woman in custody after Nagle Place fight

A Seattle Police officer was treated for facial injuries and at least one person was arrested after a fight broke out during a police stop on Nagle Place Saturday afternoon.

Information on the rush of police to the area around Cal Anderson Park is preliminary at this time and hasn’t been confirmed yet by SPD.

According to East Precinct radio, an officer was contacting three people near the park around 3:20 PM. A few minutes later, units coming to the area as part of routine back-up reported that the male SPD officer was fighting with a suspect and had suffered facial lacerations.

During the fight, a “fast back” alert was issued and more officers rushed to the area.

One female was taken into custody and police were looking for a male that left the scene during the melee.

Seattle Fire was called to treat the officer who was alert and conscious at the scene. SFD also responded to nearby East Precinct at 12th and Pine a few minutes later for a female in her 20s complaining of stomach pains.

CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

The CHS Flickr Pool contains more than 18,000 19,000 20,000 21,000 22,000 23,000 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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Sorting out the drama — and the comedy, cult and action — at On 15th Video

(Image: CHS)

(Image: CHS)

In the week since we learned about the closure of On 15th Videothe last video store on Capitol Hill — CHS still hasn’t learned what led to closing down the more than 25-year-old business but we have learned more about the man who owned the store, his family’s video business history, and, maybe most importantly, the people in the community who loved stopping by to visit a good, old-fashioned video store.

“It’s really been a valued community asset,” Capitol Hill Housing property manager Billie Abers tells CHS. “I’ve reached out to Lyle.”

“It was shorter notice than we normally like.”

Lyle is On 15th’s owner Lyle Holmes. CHS has attempted to contact Holmes about the closure but have not heard back from him so far.

Customers of the shop have also been left in the lurch with rented movies still in their possession and, for some, questions about just-paid membership fees. But, for most, the writing was on the wall.

“Video stores that you walk into really aren’t the best business any more,” Capitol Hill Housing’s Abers tactfully put it. Others might wonder why Holmes didn’t close the store sooner.

Others, meanwhile, are getting together to mourn the loss and visit with the store’s mostly blindsided staff. Here’s an invite passed along to CHS:

Fans of “On 15th Video” have reserved the back room at the Liberty Tavern this Saturday, September 20, from 4:30 to 7:30 to celebrate the community the store created and thank the staff.  If you’re one of the many people who will miss “On 15th Video”, stop in to say hello, say thank you, say goodbye, or just talk about movies.

UPDATE: We’ve heard from one employee who says the Saturday gathering was news to him. Sorry! We should have included information from the organizer who told us he had been able to reach one employee but was reaching out through CHS in hopes of reaching more. You should go. Somebody will buy you a beer! UPDATE x2  9/20/2014 10:53 AM: We just got a message that Saturday’s gathering is canceled.

tumblr_naxfvlOVzE1s7gjzzo1_500According to people familiar with the situation, Holmes acquired On 15th Video from his mother. The family had owned the store since the ’90s and also owned other shops in Seattle. In 1998, their company Director’s Ltd. attempted to purchase Scarecrow Video but the store’s founders tried to scuttle the deal after learning about Holmes’s background. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Park(ing) Day 2014 — UPDATE

The creator of the "Community Conversations" pop-up park on E Pike said she had an ulterior motive for participating in Park(ing) Day 2014 -- she's new in town and looking to make friends! Stop by! (Image: CHS)

The creator of the “Community Conversations” pop-up park on E Pike said she had an ulterior motive for participating in Park(ing) Day 2014 — she’s new in town and looking to make friends! Stop by! (Image: CHS)

The CHS newsmobile gets a tune-up on E Pike thanks to Bikeworks and Pronto (Image: CHS)

The CHS newsmobile gets a tune-up on E Pike thanks to Bikeworks and Pronto (Image: CHS)

UPDATE: Free bagels and books at one parklet, Couchfest movies at another on 12th Ave. Free conversations and bike tune-ups on E Pike. Free groovy soul on 10th Ave. CHS toured the Capitol Hill Park(ing) Day 2014 pop-up parks Friday afternoon and found a few sections of street filled with feet — and couches, turf, tables, chairs, plus plants. Arielle Lawson told CHS she’s new to the city and setting up a conversation-focused Park(ing) Day park in front of Cupcake Royale was part of her secret strategy to find new friends and get to know Capitol Hill. At the Pronto-sponsored park on E Pike in front of Caffe Vita, they weren’t letting anybody ride the bike share bike, yet, but you could sit and get your picture taken. On 10th Ave in front of the Odd Fellows building, they didn’t really care what you did as long as you climbed up on the pedestals. “Dance,” Marc McGuane invited a few visitors to his Soul Patch pop-up creation. What brought the designer to Capitol Hill to create his Park(ing) Day park? “I just wanted somewhere with some foot traffic,” he said. “And someplace they wouldn’t mind some music.”

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 8.15.31 PMPark(ing) Day was born in San Francisco. But the Seattle tradition of celebrating creative use of public streets with tiny “pop-up parks” got its start on Capitol Hill. This year in Seattle, Friday’s event will feature 50 or more of these pocket parks on the streets of neighborhoods across the city — including six on Capitol Hill and another on First Hill. Details on the parks and more, below. We’ll also be out and about on Friday to get a few pictures and notes from the day. Smile.

Harris in 2009 (Image: CHS)

Harris in 2009 (Image: CHS)

The first Seattle Park(ing) Day took place in 2009 along E Pine — off the street, it turns out.  Urban planner Keith Harris helped turn the People’s Parking Lot — a gravel-covered dirt parcel left empty as a developer waited to build the six-story building that stands there today — into the first home for the Seattle version of the event. There were some lean years in between with low participation but the event has grown into a much bigger deal in 2014. Continue reading

Monday’s reported Cal Anderson gunpoint robbery wasn’t a robbery

CHS can report that there was one less armed robbery on Capitol Hill this week than previously reported.

Kind of.

Monday, CHS reported on an incident at Cal Anderson around 5:30 PM involving an extremely upset man who told police he had been held up at gunpoint in the park:

According to East Precinct radio dispatches, the victim fled to Seattle Central where he reported the hold-up to 911. Police were called out around 5:20 PM. According to the victim, the hold-up occurred near the basketball court off Nagle Place. The distraught victim told police his assailant threatened him with a 9 MM pistol during the robbery.

Police searched the area, looking for a black male, bald, with a chin-strap style beard and wearing a light blue plaid shirt, blue jeans, and Jordans.

But, according to details from the just-released report on the incident, the hold-up wasn’t as much a robbery as a disagreement between pot smokers — one who happened to be armed with a pistol, apparently:Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 3.19.32 PM

According to the report, police were able to identify the suspect and attempted to contact the West Seattle man via phone with “negative results.”

Mayor’s tour talks crime, yes, but also trash, blocked sidewalks, dark streets — Where are your Capitol Hill Find It, Fix It spots?

Citizens -- and the mayor -- on patrol (Images: CHS)

Citizens — and the mayor — on patrol (Images: CHS)

This woman had an idea to fix something at Broadway and Pine -- so the tour and Capt. John Hayes stopped to listen

This woman had an idea to fix something at Broadway and Pine — so the tour stopped to listen

The TV cameras were there for the Pike/Pine “crime spike.” But Wednesday night’s Capitol Hill Find It, Fix It walk with the mayor and several top city officials was mostly about things like streetlights, dumpsters, and blocked sidewalks.

“This is not about one night of safety this is about building relationships with the departments,” Mayor Ed Murray said at the conclusion of the walk, the eighth and final his office organized over the summer.

Pike/Pine business owner -- and dad -- Dave Meinert talks with Chief O'Toole

Pike/Pine business owner — and dad — Dave Meinert talks with Chief O’Toole

While the TV crews pressed in tightly for SPD Chief Kathleen O’Toole to reiterate her strategy for Pike/Pine emphasis patrols and data-driven policing, City Hall representatives including the head of Murray’s Department of Transportation, his Seattle Fire Chief, and City Council member Sally Clark waited patiently for the walk to leave the park and make a handful of stops between 12th Ave, E Pike, and Broadway to hear from community representatives about some of the issues — and opportunities — the neighborhood is facing.

  • Homelessness: At 11th Ave’s Central Lutheran where Community Lunch On Capitol Hill serves meals to hundreds of homeless people every week, Pastor Cindy Salo told the assembled city officials, police, and community members that this had been “one of the most difficult summers” in terms of the numbers of homeless she is seeing. Continue reading