Monthly Archives: November 2010

Tuesday Eastlake snow thread: Metro still on snow routes; pix of wrecked truck

3:22 p.m. UPDATE: Metro has sent alerts for most of the bus routes that go through Eastlake, saying that they are still on snow routes and warning: “It is not possible to know when it (a bus) will arrive at a specific location. Use regularly published timetables as a guide, then be prepared for delays.”

Eastlake routes that are on snow routes are 25, 49, 66, 70, 72 and 73. Check Metro’s storm alert web page for more information.

1:26 p.m. UPDATE: Looks like the wrecked truck is still there at Eastlake and Newton. See the photos provided by reader Kate Dulemba. The truck apparently came down the hill, slid off to the side, hit an embankment and rolled on its side. No word on how the driver is doing. (Thanks for sharing the pix, Kate!)

12:20 p.m. UPDATE: Eastlake Avenue is bare and wet at this point and traffic is moving along with no problems. It appears that the city’s plan to de-ice the main routes has worked so far.

The side streets in Eastlake, especially those with a hill, are another story. Roanoke E. is closed at the Boylston intersection although the stretch from Franklin to Eastlake is open. Two cars that embraced in a way they hadn’t intended are stuck in the driveway to the TOPS@Seward School parking lot. There are another two cars that slid into each other at the top of Louisa.

I’ve heard reports of an expensive SUV that was on its side by Serafina Monday night but, if it was there, it’s gone now. Also heard of a multiple fender bender last night at the top of Lynn where it meets Boylston. There are numerous cars parked in places they wouldn’t ordinarily be.

Looks like most businesses in Eastlake are open. I didn’t see a single closed sign. Looks like many people took the advice from Metro and the SPD and stayed home. Voxx Coffee was packed with people working on their laptops.

Kids are sliding on a few of the hills and Rogers Playfield was active with kids, parents and dogs.

Temperature on my deck is 26 degrees with snow drifts.

9:50 a.m. UPDATE: Christina says Nettletown is open today 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and they’re selling special Thanksgiving retail items and wild mushrooms. Also, Jaxx Boutique is open until 5 p.m.

9:21 a.m. UPDATE: Ed Wyse Beauty Supply is open on Eastlake Ave. E.

8:28 a.m. UPDATE: Alcena says Louisa’s is “open for now.” Also open: Voxx Coffee (regular hours, until 10 p.m.) and 14 Carrot Cafe (also regular hours … “Nothing stops us!”).

8:10 a.m. UPDATE: Seattle Public Utilities says garbage collections scheduled for today are CANCELLED. Garbage that was supposed to be picked up today will be picked up NEXT Tuesday, Nov. 30.

Metro says all buses are on snow routes this morning. They’re advising people to stay off the roads and stay home if they can. You can check what’s up with each bus route by going to Metro’s website.

All University of Washington campuses are closed today.

What’s up on your street? Put news in the comments or e-mail me at curtmilton (at)

Eastlake weekly police reports: Car prowls, apt. fire are highlights

Several car prowls and an apartment fire on Lakeview highlight this week’s Seattle Police reports for Eastlake:

  • Nov. 17: Motor vehicle accident, 1800 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 11:47 p.m.
  • Nov. 19: Car prowl, I-5, midnight.
  • Nov. 19: Car prowl, 2000 block of Boylston Ave. E., 1:15 p.m.
  • Nov. 19: Car prowl, 2300 block of Minor Ave. E., 8:53 p.m.
  • Nov. 20: Trespass, 1900 block of Franklin Ave. E., 2:31 p.m.
  • Nov. 20: Missing person, Roanoke E., 7:27 p.m.
  • Nov. 22: Fire in apartment building, 1034 Lakeview Blvd. E., 11:56 a.m. SFD says “combustibles too close to the base board heater” in one unit. Lost is estimated at $70,000 to the building and $20,000 to the contents.

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Fire damages Lakeview Boulevard apartment

UPDATE: Seattle Fire Department has just reported that the cause was “combustibles too close to the base board heater.” Lost is estimated at $70,000 to the building and $20,000 to the contents.


Several news organizations are reporting on a fire at a Lakeview Boulevard apartment earlier this morning.

A top-floor unit in the building at 1034 Lakeview Blvd. E. caught fire. reports that “SFD tells us the fire was contained to one unit but that there is extensive smoke and water damage to the building — and a big hole was cut in the roof to fight the flames. No word on how many residents displaced.”

CHS has more information and a photo.

As a clarification: Some news reports are saying that the fire was in Eastlake, although we generally consider Lakeview to be on Capitol Hill.

Metro says they will be running snow routes on Monday

UPDATE at 4:09 p.m.: Bob Payne from the Seattle Times says traffic is gridlocked on Fairview Ave. at the Mercer I-5 on-ramps. Expect Route 70 delays unless it clears up, he says.

UPDATE at 3:43 p.m.: Metro says that all buses will stay on snow routes through Monday evening. Metro will evaluate this evening to determine if snow routes will be continued on Tuesday.

UPDATE: This post has been updated since it was first published. Photos of the snow have been added.

Cool panorama photo of Eastlake snow has been posted on Intersect by local resident Kristi Waite. Check it out here.


It’s snowing! Snow was falling this morning in Eastlake with more expected as the day goes on. Buses may be running late and it’s cold so bundle up.

If you have information about the snow or just want to tell us what it looks like at your place, add to the comments. If you have snow photos you’d like to see on the blog, send them to me and I’ll publish them: curtmilton (at)


ORIGINAL POST: There’s snow in the forecast for tonight and Monday morning. Metro has announced they won’t be taking any chances with bus service. They’re going to start service Monday morning with buses in all areas on snow routes.

Snow routes remove buses from hilly streets and put them out onto arterials “that are more likely to be plowed,” according to a Metro brochure.

Eastlake Avenue E. is a snow route for the buses that go along it. What happens after those buses leave Eastlake may be another story.

You can look to see what the snow routes are for any Metro route by going to their snow web page. You can also see transit alerts on this page and you can sign up for transit alerts via e-mail.

Metro will be using a new color-coded map to indicate the status of service on a route: Green means buses are running normally; yellow means some but not all routes in an area are on snow routes; and red means all routes in an area are on snow routes.

Metro’s rationale for going to snow routes early is explained in an e-mail:

While the accumulations are not expected to be deep, Metro managers want to be prepared and not have to change to snow routing during the middle of the busiest travel times.

“We decided Sunday night to be proactive, even though we know how unpredictable snowfall can be in King County,” said Metro General Manager Kevin Desmond. “We would rather be over prepared than have buses stuck on regular routes during the middle of a snowy commute in the morning or afternoon.”

A few brave snowflakes fell in Eastlake in the late morning and early afternoon, but nothing has come down since. Still, it’s cold out there (the sandwich board in front of Louisa’s this morning said simply: “BRRRR!”) and the forecast is calling for a low of 28 tonight and possible snow showers in the morning. Metro advises you to be patient if there is snow and dress warmly, which is good advice.

Be prepared!

University District Food Bank offering delivery service

The University District Food Bank, which serves Eastlake as well as a big chunk of the north end, is launching a new home dellivery service in November.

[Full disclosure: I volunteer with the University District Food Bank.]

The program is looking for low-income seniors who need food but are homebound due to a mental or physical condition and are unable to get to the food bank. Food will be delivered on Wednesdays and those who receive it will be able to customize their order. The service is free, as are all of the food bank’s services.

They’re also looking for volunteer drivers to deliver food.

If you are a homebound, low-income senior, or if you know someone who is, you can arrange for food delivery by contacting Evan Miller at the food bank at 206-523-7060 or e-mailing him at

Snarled traffic, bus reroutes for Husky game Thursday

UPDATE: This post has been updated since it was first published. Details on street closures have been added.

The UW Huskies will be playing a rare weekday evening game when they take to the field during the height of rush hour on Thursday. Kickoff for the game against UCLA is at 5 p.m.

Traffic impacts are expected in the University District, Montlake and beyond. We’ll probably be feeling some of it in Eastlake. 

Montlake Boulevard will be closed from NE Pacific to NE 44th from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Montlake Bridge will be closed to marine traffic (it won’t open to let boats through) from 3 to 7 p.m. and 8 to 10 p.m. The University Bridge will also be closed to marine traffic from 3 to 7 p.m.

Metro will be rerouting some buses that go through the UDistrict and Montlake, starting at 2:30 p.m. Thursday. To find out more details or check what’s up with your bus route, go to Metro’s website.

Metro will also be running a temporary shuttle from 2:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday that will loop through the UW campus and help people connect to regular Metro service on 15th Avenue NE.

Fire response to Eastlake Ave condo

Seattle Fire crews responded to 1520 Eastlake Ave East this morning for reports of a fire in a building. No further details on the situation at this time.

The structure is a new construction condominium building. We’re working to get further details on the situation.

UPDATE 11:50 AM: The scene has already been cleared so looks like it was not a significant issue. Details when we get them.

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Eastlake weekly police reports: Burglars hit commercial building

A commercial burglary on Eastlake Avenue E. highlights this week’s neighborhood police reports:

  • Nov. 8: Accident investigation, 2700 block of Fairview Ave. E., 4:40 p.m.
  • Nov. 9: Property damage – graffiti, 2000 block of Minor Ave. E., 12:01 a.m.
  • Nov. 9: Burglary – commercial, 2600 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 4:22 a.m. Officers responded to a call of a burglary at a commercial building in the 2600 block of Eastlake Ave. E. According to the building’s security company, the alarm was tripped at 4:22 a.m. Officers found that the lock on the door used for entry had been taped so it wouldn’t close securely. One office suite was entered but it didn’t appear that anything was taken. Thirteen storage lockers in the building had been burglarized. Officers talked to two tenants whose storage lockers were entered. The tenants said it didn’t appear anything was taken. It was unclear if items had been taken from the other lockers. An officer found one fingerprint at the scene but it wasn’t known if it belongs to a burglar.
  • Nov. 9: Fraud – identity theft, 2000 block of Franklin Ave. E., 4:55 p.m.
  • Nov. 9: Theft, 2800 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 4:57 p.m.
  • Nov. 9: Noise disturbance – residential, 100 block of E. Edgar, 9:58 p.m.
  • Nov. 10: Fraud – identity theft, 2000 block of Franklin Ave. E., 6 a.m.
  • Nov. 10: Auto fire alarm, 2300 block of Fairview E., 6:04 p.m.
  • Nov. 11: Narcotics activity report, 2200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 4:33 a.m.
  • Nov. 11: Accident investigation, 100 block of E. Blaine, 5:04 p.m.
  • Nov. 11: Noise disturbance – residential, 2500 block of Yale E., 11:29 p.m.
  • Nov. 12: Mischief – nuisance complaints, 200 block of E. Galer, 9:54 a.m.
  • Nov. 12: Auto recovery, 2700 block of Fairview Ave. E., 4:03 p.m.
  • Nov. 13: Trespass, 2800 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 6:28 a.m.

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