Family still looking for answers in unsolved death of Devan Schmidt

This week marks two years since the death of Devan Schmidt.

The 29-year-old died inside a Madison Valley home on May 2nd, 2015. The medical examiner was unable to determine a cause and manner of death but noted that the investigation scene and circumstances around her death were “concerning for homicidal violence,” and asphyxia “could not be ruled out,” according to documents provided by a family member to CHS.

Her family has continued to seek justice and the Seattle Police Department case remains open.

Schmidt’s loved ones sent CHS the following statement and are asking for help in finding out what happened that May 2nd morning in Madison Valley.

It has been two years as of today that our beloved daughter, sister, auntie, and friend’s life was abruptly taken away. Devan C. Schmidt will always be remembered as a woman who loved life, adventure, family, friends, laughing, being silly, a good book to read, and dancing in the rain. She is loved and missed by many and will never be forgotten. We still have many unanswered questions and ask that anybody who has information regarding her death or the circumstances surrounding it, please contact the SPD homicide division.

— Friends and family of Devan Schmidt

If you can provide information, call the SPD homicide tip line at (206) 684-8763.

Capitol Coffee Works debuts on E Pike

The “caffeine revolutionaries” have arrived. Capitol Coffee Works, the newest expansion in the Seattle Coffee Works family, is ready to open on E Pike.

Designed by Atelier Drome architects, co-founder Pipo Bui told CHS the small 20-foot by 40-foot space will be about “serious coffee” and a place to drink and talk about the brews. “This is not going to be like a sandwich place,” she said. “It’s going to require a level of sophistication from Coffee Works to make it happen.”

The space was previously the condo sales office for First Hill’s Luma project.

You can learn more at facebook.com/CapitolCoffeeWorks.

$14M deal for Elliott Bay Book Company building

A prime piece of Pike/Pine’s commercial past and present has a new owner. A company associated with the Keeler Investment Group, an investor in “Pacific Northwest-based, early stage, private equity and real estate opportunities,” for $14 million, according to King County records.

Longtime owner Capitol Hill-based Hunters Capital announced the sale Monday of the Ford Building, the 97-year-old former auto row warehouse now home to Elliott Bay Book Company, the Little Oddfellows cafe, and upscale fashion retailer Totokaelo

In March, Hunters officials told CHS they had a letter of intent with a local buyer.  “It’s not some big, national conglomerate,” Mike Oaksmith, director of development at Hunters said at the time. Elliott Bay owner Peter Aaron told CHS that the bookstore is well positioned for any change of building ownership. Aaron said Elliott Bay is in the midst of a “long term” lease — “more than 10 years is what I’m comfortable saying,” Aaron told CHS. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Please Plan Ahead for Traffic Impacts on May Day

From SDOT

SDOT advises travelers that on Monday, May 1, a number of demonstrations and rallies are expected to significantly impact traffic around the city throughout the day. Please plan ahead for delays due to larger than normal crowds along demonstration routes and potential traffic disruptions. SDOT would to thank the public for its patience.

On Monday, May 1, travelers can expect at least the following permitted demonstrations:

May Day: Veteran Anti-War Formation: March at 8:45 a.m. from the Garden of Remembrance at 2nd Ave and University. The march route is south on 2nd Ave, east on James St, east on E Cherry St, south on 23rd Avenue to Judkins Park. About 200 people are expected to attend.

Annual May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights: Rally at Judkins Park at 11 a.m. followed by a march from Judkins Park to Seattle Center at 1 p.m. The march route is via S Jackson St, 12th Ave, Madison St, 6th Ave, Denny Way, 5th Ave N and will end at Seattle Center. About 8,000 people are expected to participate.

Seattle Police will use rolling closures around the routes as they proceed

Capitol Hill Community Post | Mayday! Mayday! Bloc the Juvie event announcement

From #BlocTheJuvie

Hip Hop artists, musicians, educators and community builders will be participating in the global call-out for a general strike on May 1, 2017 (May Day). In Seattle there will be multiple autonomous actions, marches and #BlocTheJuvie will be having a pop-up bloc party with Hip Hip artist’s Raz Simone, Poesia, Bypolar, Yirim Seck , Julie-C, Black Magic Noize and many more live performances. We will also have great food, organizations tabling, live-painting, and amazing speakers that will share information about the juvie, prison industrial complex, prison labor and organizing efforts in Seattle and the region. We will announce at #BlocTheJuvie hashtag on May 1st, 2017, 3:30pm the location of the bloc party. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Rally and March on International Workers’ Day

From Councilmember Kshama Sawant

Yesterday the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a resolution brought forward by the May 1st Action Coalition, the Coalition of City Unions, immigrant rights activists, and me, proclaiming City of Seattle workers have the right to take the day off on May 1, 2017 without retaliation!

Rally & March on International Workers’ Day
Fight Trump and Defend Immigrant Rights!
Judkins Park, 2150 S Norman St
Monday 5/1, 11 AM

This year, fifty-nine organizations have joined Seattle’s May 1st Action Coalition to call for a day of mass protest linked to significant strike actions across the country. Shutting down Trump’s agenda will require us to build up to even larger and more organized actions in the coming months. It will take disrupting business as usual, whether through strike action, student walkouts, or nonviolent civil disobedience.

Join the immigrant community, labor, and social justice advocates to march on Monday, May 1, 2017! A preliminary program will begin at Judkins Park (2150 S Norman St) at 11 AM. The march will depart from the starting point at 1 PM, and will end at Fisher Green at Seattle Center (located South of the International Fountain).

Every right and liberty that we enjoy as working people has been won through mass organization, mobilization, and action. In particular, the most powerful tool we have in our arsenal as workers is strike action. When working class people organize and withhold their labor, it hits Trump and the billionaire class where it hurts: their profits.

In Solidarity,
Councilmember Kshama Sawant
Seattle City Council, District 3

Capitol Hill Community Post | Detectives Investigating Possible Connection In Attacks on Two Women

From SPD

Detectives are investigating a possible link between two attacks on women in Seattle and are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect.

Around 8:30 PM on March 7th, surveillance cameras at an apartment complex on Elliott Avenue captured an as-yet-unidentified man following a 23-year-old woman in the building. As the woman approached her apartment, the suspect grabbed her from behind. The woman screamed and another building resident opened the door of their unit, causing the suspect to flee.

The victim described the suspect as a white male, 6’0, 25-30 years old, with blonde hair and green eyes, wearing a black jacket and gray jeans.

About six weeks later, on April 17th, another woman was walking home around 3:30 PM when a man grabbed her and threw her to the ground in the 1000 block of East Terrace Street. The woman fought back, screaming and scratching the man, grabbing his throat and jabbing at his eyes.

During the encounter, two women drove up to the victim, honked their horn and asked the victim if she was alright. The victim got into the witnesses’ vehicle and called 911 as the suspect fled.

Police have developed a sketch of the man, described as being 20-30 years old, 5’8, with blonde or strawberry blonde hair, a patchy beard, wearing a black jacket, gray jeans and dark sunglasses.

Detectives are investigating whether the two incidents may be related due to the striking similarities in the descriptions of the suspect. If you recognize the man in the video or sketch, please call (206) 684-5575 with any information..

Capitol Hill Community Post | 11 PM Paid Parking Survey

Capitol Hill parking project area

From SDOT

Do you go to the Broadway or Pike/Pine areas of Capitol Hill? If so, we want to hear from you!

As Seattle keeps growing, so does the demand for access and parking in the City’s busiest areas. Parking data collected along Broadway and Pike/Pine business corridors show that in the Capitol Hill project area, streets with paid parking were almost 100% full between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.

To improve access for visitors during these late-night hours, we’ll extend paid parking hours to end at 11 p.m., compared to 8 p.m. like they do today. This change to 11 p.m. is expected in fall 2017.

SDOT has developed three parking options for late night paid parking hours along Broadway and Pike/Pine. We’d like to hear your feedback! Please complete our survey by Friday, May 12. Your feedback will help us implement a project that works for the community.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mary Catherine Snyder at latenightparking@seattle.gov.

Capitol Hill Community Post | $2.65M to streamline school start times and improve school traffic safety

From the City of Seattle

Today, Mayor Ed Murray announced that he will propose $2.3M in startup funding to help Seattle Public Schools students get more sleep and be better equipped for academic success. The funding will help SPS implement a two-tiered bell schedule (down from three), in response to requests from families. Mayor Murray will request the Families and Education Levy review board support the allocation, which is needed to fund additional school buses to sustain the new schedule. Additionally, the Mayor will also propose $380,000 to increase safety by maintaining crossing guards during school hours.

“The City of Seattle is happy to contribute this funding to help the School District better serve our students and put them in a position to succeed,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “This use of Families and Education Levy resources will go to implementing a better bell schedule and helping our students get to and from school safely. These are our children and I am committed to ensure they have all the tools they need to get a great education.” Continue reading

CHS Pics | Seattle marches for science from Capitol Hill

Mother Earth

With a crowd full of scientists, estimates varied. But somewhere between 10,000 to 20,000 people rallied in Cal Anderson Park Saturday before embarking on Seattle’s March for Science in a day celebrating “the best method we have for understanding the world” and marking continued resistance to the Trump administration from the nation’s largest cities. Here are a few of the images shared in the CHS Flickr Pool. Thanks to the photographers who shared their work.

March For Science
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