Man injured in E Olive Way apartment shooting

A man was shot in the hip and police were searching for a suspect after a Saturday morning shooting in the 1400 block of E Olive Way.

Police responded to an E Olive Way apartment building around 7:45 AM where a 911 caller directed them to the gunshot wound victim suffering from a non-life threatening injury to his hip. Continue reading

Seattle Fire battles blaze in basement of boarded-up house set to be demolished for new apartment building across from Broadway Hill Park

A boarded-up 1904-era house on the list for years for demolition to make way for new development next to Broadway Hill Park burned Friday night as Seattle Fire battled a stubborn basement fire.

Seattle Fire was called to the southwest corner of Federal and Republican around 10:30 PM to the reported basement fire in the single family style, one story structure. Continue reading

From the Central District to 520, six years of 23rd Ave road diet work comes to an end with final, modest changes in Montlake

The new signalized crossing at E Lynn (Image: SDOT)

The Seattle Department of Transportation and director Greg Spotts have put a bow on six years of work to complete a more modest than originally planned road diet of the 23rd Ave/24th Ave corridor north of Madison into Montlake that was cut back over the years from a transformation of the two lane configuration of the busy street.

The corridor provides access to the Montlake neighborhood, SR 520, the Montlake Bridge into north Seattle, and parts of Capitol HIll and the Central District to the south and serves as a key transit route. The completion of the project comes as Montlake’s connections to 520 are still being rebuilt and a new freeway lid is under construction as part of the state highway’s long-running replacement project.

But unlike the corridor’s overhaul to single lane traffic south of Madison, SDOT backed off a similar reconfiguration through Montlake meaning residents and pedestrians must today still cross four lanes of traffic to move through the neighborhood even after the years of work.

SDOT tackled the 23rd Ave/24th Ave overhaul in three phases. The third and final phase of the project from E John to E Roanoke has now been completed, SDOT said this week. During this phase, improvements were made at the intersections at E John and E Lynn, including repairs to sections of sidewalk and the installation of new accessible curb ramps. Additionally, bus stops were upgraded and painted curb bulbs and posts were installed to improve visibility and safety for people walking and rolling. Continue reading

Video shows East Precinct officers back down after bystanders step in over heavy response to Capitol Hill ‘shots fired’ 911 calls

Reports of gunfire and yelling in the street Wednesday night near 12th and Mercer led to a tense situation with East Precinct officers taking aim on an unarmed person in crisis before deciding to retreat from the scene when a crowd of bystanders gathered.

The quickly formed and instantly tense standoff is an example of how fast a police response to a 911 report involving a gun can escalate and also shows how perceptions of police in a standoff situation have shifted after repeated incidents like the killing of Tyre Nichols.

Video of Wednesday’s incident sent to CHS after it was recorded around 7 PM at 11th and Mercer shows four minutes of the short standoff as police took their position up the dark street and one officer aimed his rifle, commanding the upset subject to drop any weapon and get on the ground. The confusing scene continued with police yelling commands as concerned bystanders told the officers to back off.

“We’re much more scared of the fucking police in this situation than this guy,” one person yells. “Can you guys fucking calm down? Calm the fuck down.” Continue reading

Another ballot to cast this winter — go online to vote in the King Conservation District election

It is election season in Seattle. There’s a ballot due by mail or drop box on February 14th. There will be another election in April.

And, then there is the electronic ballot process to elect a candidate for a seat on the King Conservation District board of supervisors.

The “voting portal” has opened.

You have until February 14th to vote in the race to elect Seat #3 on the board that leads the natural resources assistance agency created “to promote the sustainable use of natural resources through responsible stewardship.” It covers most of the county including Seattle.

The county moved the conservation district election online in 2020 in a process supported by a private service. Funded by the Department of Defense and selected for the Department of Homeland Security Executive Committee for Critical Voting Infrastructure, privately held Democracy Live says it is “the largest provider of cloud and tablet-based voting technologies in the U.S.”

You have until February 14th to cast your vote at kingcd.org.

After a pandemic pause, Seattle nomadic arts venue Love City Love is back with a stop on First Hill

Thanks to a CHS reader for sending in this picture of the sign

Love City Love is back on the move with a new home on First Hill as the nomadic Seattle arts, music, and community venue awakens from a pandemic-induced hibernation.

“We’re moving forward and things are coming back,” founder Lucien Pellegrin tells CHS. “That was the only reason Love City Love paused. We would have been marching along the whole time.”

In appropriate fashion, the latest Love City Love incarnation will celebrate its opening with a Valentine’s Day party on February 14th.

As usual for the venue and its ability to make new gathering spaces in buildings slated for demolition or redevelopment, the terms of Love City Love’s stay on Seneca Street will be indefinite. Continue reading

Mosqueda, mother of the Capitol Hill Superblock, could leave Seattle City Hall behind in bid for King County Council

Another experienced voice at City Hall might go quiet as Teresa Mosqueda, one of two citywide representatives on the Seattle City Council, has announced her campaign for the District 8 seat on the King County Council representing West Seattle, downtown, First Hill and portions of Capitol Hill. UPDATE: Thanks to Ryan in the comments for the reminder of District 8’s vast borders.

“District 8 is my home, where my husband and I are raising our three-year-old daughter in the North Delridge neighborhood, our pediatrician is in Burien, and our favorite parks span the shoreline of the district from Seahurst to Jack Block,” she said in the campaign announcement. “Our neighborhood is surrounded by working families, play areas and parks, nearby public beaches, bustling small businesses, bike lanes and trails, community centers and childcare, and multiple lines of transit – this is the kind of welcoming and accessible community I hope for all District 8 residents. I will work with urgency, and in collaboration with community and local leaders, to expand economic opportunities and improve the health of every King County neighbor.”

Mosqueda makes the announcement as incumbent Joe McDermott announced he will not seek reelection after 13 years on the county council. Continue reading

‘Captive audience meetings’ — Judge says Starbucks threatened workers leading up to union vote at Capitol Hill roastery

(Image: Starbucks Roastery)

A National Labor Relations Board judge has dealt Starbucks another legal blow in a battle over last year’s unionization vote at its centerpiece Seattle Roastery on Capitol Hill as the coffee giant fights labor organizing at its store across the country.

Starbucks used meetings with employees to illegally threaten workers, violating federal labor law as it responded to the April 2022 vote including telling workers it would reduce or end benefits if they voted to unionize and telling them the company would prioritize prioritize non-union stores, the judge ruled.

“I believe the message from [the Starbucks representative] was objectively clear, if employees unionized the company would prioritize non-unionized stores for additional upgrades or benefits over the Roastery,” NLRB judge John Giannopoulos writes. “By threatening employees that future upgrades and/or benefits could be put at risk if employees unionized.” Continue reading

What the District 3 candidates have to say ✅ about the vote on I-135 and creating a social housing developer at Seattle City Hall

“Amsterdam’s city government wants to build 52,500 houses by the end of 2025. This means building an average of 7,500 houses per year, of which 2,500 will be in the social housing sector and 1,670 in the medium-priced rental sector.” (Image: City of Amsterdam)

The primary election to decide which of the candidates vying for the open District 3 seat on the Seattle City Council won’t be decided until August but residents have another important vote in their hands right now.

How the city decides on I-135 will be an important factor for the next D3 representative as they will either need to help shepherd and shape the effort to create a new public developer “to build, acquire, own, and manage social housing” in Seattle or champion alternatives to address the city’s housing crisis if the initiative fails with voters.

How each candidate comes down on the I-135 question might also be a helpful deciding factor in making your D3 decision.

Below, CHS has checked in with D3 campaigns and asked them about their support for the initiative and the effort to address affordability and the housing crisis in the district and beyond.

  • Joy Hollingsworth (CHS) ✅: “I am voting YES, because we need to explore all options that create and protect affordable housing– and on council, I’ll be an unwavering advocate to making sure we invest in community-led solutions,” Hollingsworth tells CHS. “We have to explore all pathways from affordable housing to home ownership opportunities for our community.” Hollingsworth said as a renter and third generation District 3 resident, she will “bring needed perspectives to strengthen this and other overdue investments in affordable housing.”
  • Alex Hudson (CHS) ✅: Hudson took a less direct route but said she is voting yes on the initiative. “There’s no question that Seattle has a housing affordability crisis, one that causes suffering, homelessness and displacement and prevents people from living full lives,” Hudson said. “We need a broad range of solutions and a wide variety of housing.” — Continue reading

King County voters to decide on Crisis Care Centers Levy in April

The King County Council voted Tuesday to send a $1.25 billion behavioral health levy to create a new “regional network” of emergency mental health care centers to voters in an April special election ballot.

CHS reported here in September on King County Executive Dow Constantine’s proposal for an April ballot measure that would go into effect in 2024 if approved and would cost the median-value homeowner around an estimated $121 a year over a nine year period. The levy could raise as much as $1.25 billion through 2032 to fund construction of the five crisis care centers and increase services in the county. Continue reading