Here’s Sound Transit’s plan to make the display signs at Capitol Hill Station work (or, at least, stop showing inaccurate info)

Next Monday will mark the second anniversary of the opening of Capitol Hill Station. And, yes, the station display signs showing train arrival and departure information still don’t really work.

“We’ve found that the display signs show significantly inaccurate arrival predictions when: (1) trains are deployed (or removed) outside of the schedule that’s been loaded into the legacy system; (2) a major service disruption occurs, such as a disabled bus blocking the tunnel,” a Sound Transit spokesperson tells CHS. “The legacy system cannot account for these situations, resulting in wrong arrival times.” Continue reading

Investigation of alleged $5.6M Tacos Guaymas tax scheme began in 2014 on Broadway

Some of the customers ordering at Broadway’s Tacos Guaymas on September 30th, 2014 weren’t there for the affordable Mexican food served inside a bustling but tiny Capitol Hill restaurant space. Eight times, according to the office of Attorney General Bob Ferguson, investigators from the Department of Revenue visited the restaurant that Tuesday.

Last week, founder and owner of the Tacos Guaymas chain Salvador Sahagun was charged with six counts of first-degree theft and three counts of possessing and using sales suppression software in what the AG says was a multi-year scheme to pocket more than $5.6 million in sales tax from cash transactions. Continue reading

Top 20 new District 3 businesses: Rideshare driver tops the list by a mile… again

Even with growing evidence that driving for companies like Uber and Lyft can be a real grind, the greatest bulk of entrepreneurial energy around Capitol Hill and the Central District continues to be professional drivers.

According to tax information from the City of Seattle, the “transit and ground transportation” category was, again, the single largest category of new businesses started in District 3 ZIP codes last year, topping its nearest rival with nearly six times more companies started in the area in 2017. Continue reading

Jayapal, Inslee town halls join student walkouts, Seattle March For Our Lives — UPDATE

This kid from the 2018 Seattle Women’s March was a sign of things to come

Add two town hall gatherings involving important Washington leaders to the list of actions, walkouts, protests, and marches planned this month as Seattle students and supporters speak out about gun violence and make calls for more to be done to reform gun control laws.

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal will come to Garfield High for one gathering next Saturday while Governor Jay Inslee is scheduled to participate in a Wednesday night town hall at Seattle University organized by a local television station.

More immediate actions are slated to begin the morning of this Wednesday, March 14th to mark one month since the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida set off a national debate on doing more to control gun violence. Student and parent groups are planning walkouts Wednesday at schools across Capitol Hill, the Central District, the city, and the region in solidarity with the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Continue reading

CHS History | Dino’s debut, Chop Suey reborn, Sawant launches council campaign

Chop Suey owners Brianna Rettig (left) and Erin Carnes reopened the club this week in 2015

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



Standoff at 24th and Spring in eviction of longtime Central District activist

Edie’s to close after 17 years as ‘Capitol Hill’s shoe store’

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Power knocked out to 12th Ave and eastern edge of Pike/Pine — UPDATE

UPDATE 9:01 PM: And, just like that, Seattle City Light has restored most of the customers in the area. As you were.

12th Ave from Cherry to Pine was dark Saturday night as a power outage stretched across the area starting around 7:45 PM.

911 callers reported an explosion and sparks near 12th and Cherry but Seattle Fire checked the area and found nothing to respond to and Seattle City Light was continuing to search for a cause of the outage as of an hour after the area went dark.

Several businesses in the area along 12th and the eastern edge of Pike/Pine were forced to close their doors as they waited for power to be restored.

Leschi shooting
If you heard a lot of sirens after the start of the outage, you might have heard the Seattle Police and SFD response to a shooting at a residence on E Superior north of Leschi Park where a teen girl was reported shot in the back. According to radio dispatches, the victim was alert and conscious before being transported to Harborview after the 8:15 PM shooting. Police were searching for a victim reported leaving the scene. UPDATE: SPD says it appears the teen was shot when someone fired a gun from outside the residence and a bullet crashed through the house’s front door.

CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

The CHS Flickr Pool contains more than 36,000 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.

BREAKING NEWS! We also keep our eyes on the #capitolhillseattle Instagram tag —- you should, too! Below are this week’s best Capitol Hill shots. Thanks for sharing!
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Asian flavored H Mart in talks to fill key retail space at Capitol Hill Station

With PCC announcing its plans to open a new downtown Seattle store in 2020, another potential player appears to be off the board to fill the key anchor tenant space in the Capitol Hill Station “transit oriented development” project slated to finally break ground this spring after a decade of planning. After a series of names attached to the project have either backed out or moved on, CHS has learned that talks have centered on a new, growing part of the region’s grocery and retail economy.

Capitol Hill Station master developer Gerding Edlen is finalizing talks with Han Ah Reum Mart, Inc. to fill the key retail space in the massively important housing, commercial, and community development set to fill a block of Broadway surrounding the light rail station, a person familiar with negotiations tells CHS.

The company’s H Mart stores are known for their Asian foods and home goods. The U.S.-based chain featuring fresh produce, meats, seafood, snacks and more opened in the University District last summer even as a long anticipated downtown Seattle project has remained on hold. Continue reading

Latest Metro boosts and changes mostly leave Capitol Hill routes unaltered


After a busy few years of upgrades, optimizations, cuts, and eliminations, the next wave of Metro bus route changes scheduled to roll out starting Saturday mostly leave Capitol Hill’s routes out of the equation.

“Riders will receive more King County Metro bus service starting March 10 on dozens of routes, including more frequent daytime service, more commute trips to ease crowding, and expanded evening and weekend service,” Metro crows in its announcement of the new changes.

Routes like the 8, 11, 12 are lined up to receive “additional resources to improve the reliability of service” but most of the big changes are off Hill and, in some cases, out of the city. Continue reading