Union members throw support behind Central Co-op’s Capitol Hill Station bid

DSC02980Somebody hand you a banana at Capitol Hill Station? They’re part of the #coopthestation campaign to help the E Madison-headquartered Central Co-op win its bid to be the anchor grocery store at the 85-foot development slated to rise around the Broadway light rail station where empty pavement sits today.

Now, a group of members from UCFW 21 — “the largest private sector union in Washington State” and representative for Central Co-op’s nearly 100 unionized employees — have sent an “open letter” to Gerding Edlen partner Jill Sherman calling on the developer to “do better by local workers and choose a union grocer where workers have a voice on the job, and earn a living wage.”

The full letter is below. Central Co-op, by the way, is a CHS advertiser.

Labor groups and District 3 rep Kshama Sawant have already come out swinging against Portland-based developer Gerding Edlen’s consideration of Portland-based grocery chain New Seasons for the light rail project. Continue reading

Here’s what police say really happened in Broadway/Pike shooting

Tuesday afternoon outside of QFC, there really was gunfire, there really were two shots fired and broken grocery store glass, and, even though he couldn’t be found, there really was a man who got shot.

Police say they believe Tuesday’s shooting at Broadway and Pike was an act of self-defense by a legally armed man. Here’s what the shooter told police:

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Arriving officers cuffed the shooter during the initial investigation but eventually released him at the scene. He told police he didn’t know the man he said attacked him. Witnesses at Broadway and Pike that afternoon agreed that it appeared the shooter was the victim:

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Two shell casings were recovered at the scene. But the man who was shot could not be found… until three and a half hours later:

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Police say the man who was shot was not taken into custody but could face charges for the assault. They also report that he wasn’t pleased to find out the shooter wasn’t arrested:

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Police tell CHS that the shooter’s actions — even as they played out on a crowded corner in the middle of Capitol Hill — appear to have been entirely legal.

Delivery driver injured on Broadway after hit by load of glass

(Image: @adamantra via Twitter)

(Image: @adamantra via Twitter)

A delivery driver outside Broadway’s Perkins Glass was injured Wednesday morning when a reported 15 sheets of glass fell on him as he worked with the load, according to witnesses and Seattle Fire reports.

The driver suffered a head injury in the incident and was transported to the hospital. Seattle Fire described the injuries to the 35-year-old as minor. The incident was reported just before 10 AM and left shattered glass scattered across the Broadway bikeway.

Perkins Glass has operated on the 1400 block of Broadway since 1972. CHS talked with the family-run company in 2010.

May Day 2016: Chamber prepares, anti-capitalists, for a change, plan march *off* Capitol Hill

Though May Day 2016 is a “day of rest,” the neighborhood business community and city officials are preparing for possible clashes between police and protesters after last year’s riot on Capitol Hill:

Again, an estimated 2,000 to 4,000 people took to the streets from Judkins Park to downtown in the annual pro-worker and immigration rights march and a Black Lives Matter rally in a peaceful demonstration. And again in 2015, the violence and mayhem of May Day in Seattle was shoved back into Capitol Hill neighborhoods as police blocked the “anti-capitalist” and “anti-police” crowds that gathered at Broadway and Pine later that night from streaming into downtown with strong lines of armor-plated officers who deployed pepper spray, “less lethal” projectiles, and so many flash bangs that the efforts in East Precinct had to be re-supplied.

“This year, May 1st falls on a Sunday, and for the past few years, various organizations and individuals have chosen to participate in coordinated and impromptu protests in downtown Seattle,” a special notice sent to Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce members Monday afternoon reads. “Recently these protests have migrated to Capitol Hill and have led to property damage and aggressive behavior that makes residents, employees, business and property owners concerned for their safety.” Continue reading

Police search for victim after reported Broadway/Pike shooting — UPDATE: Found

Seattle Police took one into custody following a reported shooting at Broadway and Pike Tuesday afternoon — but couldn’t track down a victim.

The incident began just before 2 PM as witnesses told CHS two men were seen fighting in front of the QFC. Police said the victim appeared to have been shot in the lower back and fled the scene. One male was taken into custody and could be seen cuffed and sitting on the hood of a squad car at the corner. Witnesses said the fight may have involved an airgun. SPD has not yet said if a gun was recovered at the scene but the victim who fled was not believed to be armed.

A search for the victim spread around the neighborhood and to nearby emergency rooms. As of 2:30 PM, the white male had not been located. One tip said he had fled in a cab headed west on Pine but police didn’t turn anything up with the taxi company, according to East Precinct radio.

SPD said it will update us once it sorts the situation out.

UPDATE: From SPD — we’re also asking for more information about if a gun was recovered and any shots fired involved with the incident:

UPDATE 4/27/2016 7:10 PM: A KOMO reporter says the victim was tracked down in Green Lake, bleeding in a bar. We’re still waiting for more from SPD whose communications team was out for training Wednesday.

Central Co-op wants to be center of Capitol Hill Station development

New development will rise to 85 feet along Broadway -- a grocery store will be at the center of the mixed-use project. Will Central Co-op fill the space? (Image: CHS)

New development will rise to 85 feet along Broadway — a grocery store will be at the center of the mixed-use project. Will Central Co-op fill the space? (Image: CHS)

Capitol Hill’s homegrown food cooperative wants to return to its roots by doubling down in the the neighborhood with a new store in Capitol Hill’s future gateway development on Broadway.

Central Co-op announced Sunday night it is pursuing the anchor tenant space in the Capitol Hill Station “transit orientated development” — the four-site, mixed-use project that will surround the recently opened subway station. The yet-to-be-built building it could call home along Broadway between John and Denny is just two blocks from where the grocer got its start on 12th Ave in 1978.

“We are the only grocer that was born and raised in this neighborhood, and that means something,” said Central Co-op chief Dan Arnett.

Arnett tells CHS he has already pitched the idea to developer Gerding Edlen. The co-op says it has no plans to close its 16th and E Madison location, where it recently signed a longterm lease.

Central Co-op’s expansion aspirations were announced after it came out that Portland-based New Seasons Market was an early frontrunner to take over the anchor space. A Gerding representative told CHS they were in talks with New Seasons, but the company has not made any final decisions on a tenant. Continue reading

Where should we put a new ballot drop box on Capitol Hill?

(Image: Fecki via Flickr)

(Image: Fecki via Flickr)

Screen Shot 2016-04-19 at 10.09.16 AMScreen Shot 2016-04-19 at 10.09.32 AMA plan to boost sagging voter turnout numbers by quadrupling the number of ballot drop boxes around King County is beginning to take shape — with public libraries at the center. The only question on Capitol Hill is where, exactly, the new box would go.

King County Council committee will consider the proposal for 43 ballot drop locations next week. Of the locations deemed feasible for 2016, 24 of them are located at public libraries.

The proposal utilizes a variety of factors including equity and turnout rates in determining which locations to prioritize. In the Central District, a proposed box at the Douglass-Truth branch library made the cut but won’t be installed in time for 2016 votes. The Montlake library, for example, did not. Capitol Hill qualified for a new drop box but there are two locations under consideration — one on Harvard Ave E at the Capitol Hill library branch, the other at Seattle Central. Here are the scorecards for the Hill proposals and the Central District box:

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Interim president Edwards Lange has inside track to lead Capitol Hill’s Seattle Central

Sheila Edwards Lange  (Image: Seattle Colleges)

Sheila Edwards Lange (Image: Seattle Colleges)

With the Capitol Hill community college undergoing a period of transition, Seattle Central is vetting candidates to permanently fill its presidency.

It’s been almost a year since former Seattle Central College president Paul Killpatrick stepped down from his position after five years on the job and Sheila Edwards Lange began her tenure as interim president. The college search committee responsible for finding replacement candidates started looking in December, and, in early March, announced their pool of three finalists, including Edwards Lange, the current interim president.

The three candidates are appearing at campus forums taking place throughout April to meet with students, faculty, and staff, in addition to meeting with the Seattle College District’s Board of Trustees, outgoing chancellor Jill Wakefield, and her executive cabinet. Continue reading

Blotter | More cigarette smash and grabs, Spiderman wallet swipe

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  • Cigarette bandit: Yet another cigarette heist on Capitol Hill resulted in damage to an E Pike convenience store as a thief allegedly made off with $700 worth of cigarettes. Seattle Police responded to an alarm at Belmont and Pike at 3:50 AM on April 6th. When they arrived at the scene they found the store’s front window had been smashed, according to the police report. When the owner arrived he told police that 10 cartons of cigarettes had been stolen and that his window would cost around $350 to replace. He said this was not the first time such a robbery had occurred in his shop.
  • Broadway fight: It sure is a  tough time to sell cigarettes on Capitol Hill. Seattle Police arrested one man for attempted robbery March 29th after he allegedly got into a fight with a Broadway and Harrison shop owner while trying to steal packs of American Spirits from behind the shop’s counter. After a customer helped the merchant detain the suspect, the man began screaming that he was going to kill the two. A fight broke out and an onlooker called 911.Screen Shot 2016-04-12 at 3.58.51 PMPolice arrived and arrested the suspect soon after. The suspect had a cut above his eye, but the other two men were not injured.

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Spirit and Animal becomes Corvus and Co. following name controversy with soon-to-open bar

12105841_1244887468858894_6998415430795895922_nThe owners behind a forthcoming Capitol Hill bar have once again renamed their venture in response to criticism that their first two takes on a name were offensive to Native Americans.

In a Facebook mea culpa, owners Paul Berryman and business partner Izzy Guymon announced Monday they have renamed Spirit and Animal to Corvus and Co. — a reference to the genus of birds that includes crows and ravens.

It’s the second name change for the bar, slated to open next month at Broadway and Mercer, which had originally been called Spirit Animal. Popular use of the term has been denounced in the past for its problematic appropriation of Native American culture, which was pointed out to the bar owners via social media.

In response, Berryman and Guymon added an ‘and’ to the bar name in an effort to distance themselves from the controversial term and closer align “spirit” to its boozy definition. But when the Spirit and Animal sign went up last month at the longtime home of The Byzantion Greek restaurant, many complained it was still too reminiscent of the controversial term.

“While well intended, we were naive and didn’t comprehend the pain and frustration for people who have long dealt with having their heritage misrepresented and used by non-First Nation people,” said the owners in a Facebook post. “We now understand that this is a form of oppression that we most definitely did not intend or want to be a part of.”

The owners said they will switch out the sign before opening next month, though the raven is likely to stay given the corvus name. The owners also said it is representative of their combined Scandinavian and Celtic heritage.

CHS reported last September on the purchase of The Byzantion after 30 years of business and Berryman and Guymon’s plans for a “mystical” food and drink spot on the north end of Broadway. “I think this end is going to have a little bit of a renaissance,” Berryman said at the time. “It feels more like a neighborhood than an entertainment district.”

Here is Corvus and Co.’s full statement on the name change:

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