Monthly Archives: February 2010 Good Samaritan robbed at gunpoint in Eastlake‘s Casey McNerthney is reporting on an Eastlake case of a good Samaritan who ended up being robbed at gunpoint.

In the early morning of Feb. 20, a victim exited Eastlake’s own Zoo Tavern to find a man requesting change to make a phone call.  The victim gave the man a dollar and eventually gave him a ride to a University District gas station.  Thereafter, upon being driven back to Eastlake, the man told the victim that he had a gun and instructed him to drive to an ATM and withdraw $200.  The man not only took the $200 from the victim, but also pirated the victim’s cell phone and made the victim drive him to the Central District.  The man got out of the car, never revealing the gun to the victim.

The man was described as an African-American male, approximately 5-foot-8 with black hair in a buzz cut and a slim build. He was wearing a white and black coat with gray and white sweat pants.  He has allegedly been seen around the neighborhood before, so ensure that you are being safe and aware of your surroundings.
You can read the rest of the P-I story here.

Tako Truk’s March 6 event will help send Shelterboxes to Haiti (there will be tacos)

UPDATE: This post has been changed since it was first published. A link to a Weekly interview with Cormac Mahoney has been added.

Tako Truk updated its Web site this afternoon with details of their one-off event on Saturday, March 6.

The event, co-sponsored with Two Beers Brewing, will be from “1pmish-6pmish” somewhere in SoDo, the Truk’s site says. The Truk site advises watching their Twitter feed for more details.

They’ll be raising money to send Shelterboxes to Haiti. Shelterbox is an international disaster relief charity that “delivers emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by disaster worldwide,” according to the charity’s Web site. Each Shelterbox “supplies an extended family of up to 10 people with a tent and essential equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless.”

Each kits costs $1,000 and can be tracked so donors can see where it goes.

Oh, and they’ll be serving Tako Truk food, of course. Cormac Mahoney, Tako Truk’s chef extraordinaire, says they’re thinking Coco Piggy, veggie/octopus and the stew. They’ll run a scrip system: four tickets for $20. Each ticket will get you two tacos or a beer or a chance to play Bad Beer Toss. Cormac explains:

“bad beer toss”, a game popular at all two beers brewery events that involves a point system derived from how spectacularly you can get a warm can of bad beer to explode when you throw it at various sharp and pointy targets…. sounds fun, yeah?

The prize for winning Bad Beer Toss may be a Tako Truk party at your house. Maybe. Cormac says he’s still “mashing numbers on that one.”

“I’m really impressed with the Shelterbox org and want to send as many of those boxes as possible,” Cormac says in an e-mail. “They’ve been deploying to Peru to help the flood victims there as well. Our inital goal is to send 10 boxes, which would be $10,000, to help 100 people get under shelter and be able to cook and take care of themselves, relatively speaking. I think we can do it.”

If you think you’ll be coming to the event, head to Tako Truk’s Web site and click the RSVP link to e-mail them so they can get an idea of how many people might be coming.

The Weekly has the first part of an interview with Cormac online today.

Eastlake’s Winter Awakening is Thursday at Kristos

Take time out from your winter hibernation to join your neighbors at the Eastlake Community Council’s latest event, Our Winter Awakening.

The evening of food, drink and good conversation will be this Thursday, Feb. 25, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Kristos Eastlake, 3218 Eastlake Ave. E. Kristos menu includes some traditional American items, like burgers, but their main focus is Greek cuisine.

It will cost you $10 to get in. That gets you a glass of wine and light appetizers. After that, you’re free to order from Kristos’ happy hour menu as well as their dinner and dessert menus (but you’ll pay full price for those items). They’ll have happy hour prices on beverages all night.

The ECC did a similar event last fall at Louisa’s that was well attended and lots of fun. It’s a great chance to try a local restaurant, chat with your neighbors and make some new friends.

Seattle Times: City’s last year-round coffee cart is at 14 Carrot Cafe

The Seattle Times has a feature this morning about the demise of the city’s coffee cart culture. Turns out, according to the Times, that the last year-round outdoor coffee cart is the one in front Eastlake’s 14 Carrot Cafe.

The Times reports there are carts inside buildings and carts on private property, like the one at REI. But carts on city sidewalks are rare. There are only two left and only the 14 Carrot’s runs all year.

The Times quotes former owners of coffee carts who say indoor coffee shops killed off their businesses. There’s good news for those who love the Carrot’s cart, according to the Times article:

“I love the fact that it’s outdoors,” said 14 Carrot owner Terry Proios, who began leasing space for the cart shortly after she bought the cafe in 1992. She eventually bought the cart and has no plans to close it.

Read the whole Times story here. It also includes a nice photo of the 14 Carrot’s cart.

520 expansion hearing and open house are Tuesday night

The Washington State Department of Transportation is sponsoring a public hearing and open house on the SR520 bridge expansion project from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday evening (Feb. 23) at the Naval Reserve Building at Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. E.

Anyone who is interested is invited to attend and review and comment on the environmental analysis of the 520 bridge expansion and the west side interchange designs. You can speak to a court reporter at the event to have your comments recorded.

Documents related to the project can be found on the WSDOT Web site. You can also comment on the EIS and the project at that site. You can also e-mail comments to Or call the project office at 206-770-3500 to request the executive summary and CD for the project.

Comments on the supplemental draft EIS must be received by March 8.

Seattle Times: Massage parlor owner charged with promoting prostitution

The Seattle Times is reporting that Vivian Ellis, 44, also known as Rainbow Love, “has been charged with three counts of second-degree promoting prostitution and attempting to promote prostitution.”

Ellis ran the Sacred Temple in the 3100 block of Eastlake Ave. E. until she was arrested in May 2009 after a receptionist at the temple complained she was fired for refusing to masturbate clients as her manager requested.

The Times says prosecutors say it took nine months to bring charges because extra investigation was required. Ellis is due in court to be arraigned on March 2.

Read the Times story here.’s story on the charges is here.

The original story of Ellis’s arrest last May is here.

Video: Eastlake Sunset, Wards Cove, Friday evening

It feels like Spring this weekend. The temperatures are near 60, trees and the occasional crocus are blooming, and people are getting outside to enjoy the day. Even the ducks and coots are enjoying the mid-Winter break.

The video was shot Friday evening around sunset at Wards Cove on Fairview Avenue E. Next time your friends or family who don’t live here crack a joke about how “it always rains in Seattle,” send them the link to this post and set them straight!

Eastlake Sunset, Wards Cove from Curt Milton on Vimeo.

Work resumes on Eastlake P-Patch expansion; work parties are this weekend

If you haven’t been to the Eastlake P-Patch lately, stop by and check out the progress volunteers have made on the expansion project.

The garden looks a bit disheveled right now, with lots of mud and rock and unfinished planting beds, but once it’s done it’s going to be spectacular.

After a short break during the worst of the winter weather, the p-patch volunteers are back at it. Work parties take place most Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. I stopped by last Sunday when a small group (Tom Naylor and Rebecca and Bryan Partington) were working. Rebecca said Saturdays tend to have the most volunteers.

The expansion project is a perfect example of “sweat equity:” The more you work on the project, the higher up the list you’ll be to get one of the new plots.

The expansion is adding 23 garden plots to the p-patch’s original 27. The older plots are 200 square feet while the new plots will be 100 square feet. The new plots are located on the hill above the original part of the p-patch.

Heavy equipment was brought in last fall for the big earth-moving part of the project. But much of the work has been done by people toting dirt and rocks and granite up the hill, and then digging and move lots of earth.

A new pathway has been sculpted out of the hillside. It connects the lower and upper plots. Ultimately, a bench along the path will provide a quiet place to sit and contemplate the garden.

The Giving Garden, where the food grown is given to local food banks, has been moved to the base of the hill. The water line has been extended to cover the Giving Garden and the new plots and new spigots have been added. Pieces of cement from old city sidewalks are being used to make the walls of the Giving Garden.

At the top of the hill, surplus granite pavers from Westlake Park are waiting to be placed to mark the edges of the new plots. Rebecca and Bryan said the heavy granite was hauled up there by hand by volunteers … well, by wheelbarrow, but you get the idea.

As the project progressed, Bryan said they realized they could squeeze in three or four more plots.

Down by the street, Tom was constructing new handicapped-accessible planting beds. The raised beds are replacing older beds and will allow those with limited mobility to garden.

Rebecca says they hope to have the expansion done in time for the summer growing season.

If you’d like to help out, there’s always room at the work parties. I try to post the work parties at least a week in advance on the Eastlake Ave. Blog calendar. The next work party is tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 20. 

For more information, check these sources:

  • For information about the expansion project, contact Rebecca and Bryan Partington at or (206) 601-3453.
  • The p-patch is located at 2900 Fairview Ave. E., next to Omstead Park. See the map with this post for the location.
  • For general information about the Eastlake P-Patch, visit the website.
  • For past Eastlake Ave. Blog posts on the Eastlake P-Patch, go here.

Map shows where crimes are occurring in Eastlake’s map shows where crimes are happening. Click here or click the picture to go to the real map.

At its meeting last night (Wednesday, Feb. 17), the Eastlake Community Council Board talked about plans for a public meeting in April on emergency preparedness and crime.

Canek Gordillo and Cecilia Grevson are in charge of the ECC’s committee on crime prevention and preparedness. Gordillo told the board that they hope the public meeting will include representatives from the police department and other emergency services. Part of the focus will be on helping Eastlake neighbors to help each other in case of a natural disaster. The other part will be focusing awareness on crime prevention.

As I’ve pointed out in posts about the monthly Seattle Police Department crime statistics, its tough to know how we’re faring because Eastlake is split between two precincts. North of E. Lynn, the neighborhood is in the East Precinct (headquartered on Capitol Hill on 12th). South of E. Lynn, the neighborhood is under the West Precinct (headquarters are downtown on Virginia). Our crime stats get folded in with Capitol Hill or downtown.

There is a way to see what crimes are being reported here. Check out the interactive crime map maintained by our fellow Neighborlogs news site, You can see crimes for today, this week or this month. Or, you can set a date range. You can sort for different types of crimes. Just click the drop-down lists.

In the screen shot attached to this post, I’ve selected property crimes for the past month. When you go to the real map, you’ll be able to click on those blue dots to see a pop-up showing details of the crime. The map also shows fire and aid calls. also has a new app for your iPhone and iTouch that lets you tap into the map while you’re on the go.

We’ll have more details on the ECC’s public meeting on crime and emergency preparedness when they are available.

Server upgrade coming for Neighborlogs and Eastlake Ave. this weekend

UPDATE: Just received word that the upgrade has been delayed until tonight, Sunday, about 10 p.m.

Word comes today from Neighborlogs World Headquarters that this weekend they’ll be upgrading the servers the Eastlake Ave. Blog and all the other Neighborlogs sites operate on.

The upgrade will begin at 11 p.m. Saturday evening and they hope to have it mostly completed by 7 a.m. Sunday morning. You may notice slowness on loading pages and that slowness may linger throughout the day on Sunday.

The upside: After this is done you should notice better performance on Eastlake Ave. and the other Neighborlogs sites, such as Capitol Hill Seattle. In other words, we’re going to be zippier. Excellent!

Thanks for your patience and thanks to Neighborlogs for the upgrade!