Monthly Archives: January 2011

Attempted shoplifting highlights weekly Eastlake police reports

The week’s police reports for Eastlake include an attempted shoplifting at Mort’s Cabin on Saturday.

The suspect grabbed an antler floor lamp from outside the front door of the shop about 1:30 p.m. Darold Andersen, owner of Mort’s Cabin, saw the theft and ran outside, yelling at the suspect to put down the lamp, which the suspect did about 300 feet south on Eastlake near the Eastlake Inn. He was last seen running south on Eastlake Ave. past Serafina.

The suspect was described as a caucasian male, early 20s, about 5’7″, 155 pounds, clean shaven, short blond hair, two-tone parka with white sleeves and lavender or gray on the front and back. 

A person with a similar description was reported to have been involved in an attempted home burglary earlier in the day.

Other police reports for the week include:

  • Jan. 24: Burglary, residential, forced entry, 2300 block of Yale Ave. E., 11:03 p.m.
  • Jan. 25: Burglary, residential, 2300 block of Yale Ave. E., 12:58 a.m.
  • Jan. 26: Car prowl, 1000 block of Lakeview Blvd. E., 2 a.m.
  • Jan. 26: Property crime, 2700 block of Boylston Ave. E., 10:53 a.m.
  • Jan. 26: Property crime, 2600 block of Boylston Ave. E., 1:21 p.m.
  • Jan. 26: Property crime, 2000 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 8 p.m.
  • Jan. 28: Motor vehicle accident, E. Roanoke and E. Boylston, 8:57 a.m.
  • Jan. 28: Burglary, residential, forced, 1900 block of Yale Ave. E., 5 p.m.
  • Jan. 28: Burglary, residential, 1000 block of Lakeview Blvd. E., 10 p.m.
  • Jan. 29: Theft, auto accessories, 2500 block of Yale E., 5:10 p.m.
  • Jan. 31: Car prowl, 2800 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 1:12 p.m.

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Eastlake residents to celebrate new TOPS geozone

Jules James, an Eastlake resident who worked for years to get more access to TOPS@Seward School for neighborhood kids, says there will be a little celebrating Friday of the school board’s recent vote to approve a geographic zone for the school.

The geographic zone will allow for more predictable access to the school for Eastlake children.

The informal celebration will begin at 6:15 p.m. Friday (Jan. 28) at Pazzo’s, 2307 Eastlake Ave. E. 

“Bring along the family,” James says in an e-mail. “Come have dinner, hoist a beer. Or wine. Or milk with the kids!”

James recently informed the Eastlake Community Council that, after having served for years as the neighborhood’s representative to the TOPS@Seward Site Council, he would be stepping down from the position at the end of June, or sooner if a replacement could be found.

Seattle Times: Zymo to keep presence in Eastlake

The Seattle Times is reporting that ZymoGenetics will keep a presence in its iconic building, the former Lake Union Steam Plant, at the south end of the Eastlake neighborhood.

There had been a question about whether Zymo would remain in the building after the company was purchased by Bristol-Myers Squibb last year. 

The Times quotes a Bristol-Myers Squibb spokesperson as saying the firm would maintain offices in the building. The Times says local officials say there will be about 275 people in the Zymo office, but the Bristol-Myers Squibb spokesperson couldn’t confirm that.

Read more of the Times report here.

New building proposed: The Times is also reporting that Alexandria Real Estate Equities is planning to build a six-story biotech building across the street from Zymo at 1150 Eastlake Ave. E. There’s a 60-year-old, single story building and parking lots on the site currently.

Alexandria’s plans include asking the city to vacate East Nelson Place, a dead-end street at the north end of the development site. 

Alexandria is also developing a smaller building at 1165 Eastlake Ave. E., across the street from 1150, according to the Times. The firm currently owns two buildings in the area.

Read more of the Times story here.

Eastlake weekly police reports: Several burglaries are highlights

Highlights of this week’s Seattle Police Reports for Eastlake include a number of burglaries, several of them of businesses:

  • Jan. 18: Liquor violation, 200 block of E. Howe St., 10:05 a.m.
  • Jan. 18: Theft, 1800 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 7:23 p.m.
  • Jan. 19: Intoxicated person, 2000 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 12:18 a.m.
  • Jan. 19: Burglary, commercial, 2500 block of Fairview Ave. E., 9 a.m..: The business, a restaurant, was entered sometime during the night. It appeared the burglars had forced open a door, entered the business and then entered a private office. An iPod was reported missing. All other items appeared to be accounted for.
  • Jan. 19: Car theft, 2300 block of Yale E., 1:25 p.m. 
  • Jan. 19: Accident investigation, 2600 block of Franklin Ave. E., 3:50 p.m.
  • Jan. 19: Trespass, 2300 block of Franklin Ave. E., 2:11 p.m.
  • Jan. 19: Warrant, felony arrest, 2300 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 4:13 p.m.
  • Jan. 22: Car prowl, 1900 block of Eastlake Ave. E., noon
  • Jan. 22: Burglary, forced, non-residential, 200 block of E. Boston, 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 22: Disturbance, 10 block of E. Roanoke, 10:54 p.m.
  • Jan. 23: Theft, 1900 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 5:23 a.m.
  • Jan. 23: Intoxicated person, 1600 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 1:59 p.m.
  • Jan. 23: Residential burglary (no forced entry), 2700 block of Fairview Ave. E., 3:16 p.m.
  • Jan. 23: Burglary (unoccupied structure on residential property), 2700 block of Fairview Ave. E, 6:11 p.m.
  • Jan. 24: Burglary, commercial, 200 block of E. Boston, 10:43 a.m.
  • Jan. 24: Fraud (including identity theft), 3300 block of Fuhrman E., 12:20 p.m.

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TOPS@Seward sets open house Tuesday for prospective families

TOPS@Seward School K-8 will be having an open house for families of prospective students from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. 

Janis White, president of the TOPS Site Council, says that they “encourage prospective Eastlake families to come to see if they think the alternative program at TOPS is the right fit for their families.”



Thanks to the approval by the Seattle School Board of a geographic zone for the school on Wednesday, Eastlake students will have more chances to attend the school.

The open house will feature presentations in the gym by administrators, teachers, parents and students about the various programs at the school, including academics, their social justice focus, visual art, music, drama and more. That will be followed by tours lead by parents and students. Kindergarten teachers will be available in their rooms to answer questions.

There will also be two daytime tours offered in February: Feb 1 for middle school and Feb. 8 for K-5. Both tours last from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

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Little Water Cantina, newest Eastlake restaurant, expects to open in April

We first wrote about Little Water Cantina in June when the new Eastlake restaurant applied for a liquor license.

Now, the new restaurant at 2865 Eastlake Ave. E. reports on its Facebook page that it expects to be open in April:

After a SLOW December things are progressing very quickly: electrical, plumbing and HVAC are all going in simultaneously. Inspections are next week…hope to finish construction in March, adjusted opening date should be sometime in April…

The restaurant will be in the commercial space in the Eastlake 2851 apartments. It will offer outdoor seating on a deck space that faces Lake Union and is situated above the Eastlake P-Patch.

According to Little Water Cantina’s Facebook page, the restaurant’s price range is $10-$30. Shannon Wilkinson is listed as the “culinary team” and Laura Wilkinson is listed as general manager.

School board passes TOPS geozone; will help more Eastlake kids attend Seward

After years of discussion and debate, the Seattle School Board passed the latest portion of its New School Assignment Plan on Wednesday evening. The plan includes a geographic zone for TOPS@Seward School in Eastlake that will give neighborhood kids more predictable access to the school.

The geographic zone is a new tiebreaker the district will use in determining which students can attend the school. The other tiebreakers are whether a sibling already attends the school and a lottery.

TOPS@Seward is an option school that draws students from many parts of the city, not just Eastlake. Neighborhood parents and activists have been trying for years to find a way to allow more Eastlake children to attend the school. The larger geographic zone is seen as one way of achieving that goal.

The geographic zone approved by the school board includes all of Eastlake west of I-5 to the houseboats. It also includes the Roanoke Park area north of 520 to Portage Bay. (See attached map.)

Eastlake activists had argued for years that improved access to TOPS@Seward for local kids was important in making the neighborhood attractive to families with children.

“Predictable access to TOPS is key to promoting Eastlake as family-friendly,” said Eastlake parent and schools activist Michelle Buetow. “Now, instead of young families leaving the area when their kids hit kindergarten age — a 15-year trend — they can be encouraged to stay, with the promise of nine years of excellent SPS education in its front yard at TOPS. In return, the school gets a strong base of steady support for its program, and community resources of time and funding that are increasingly important as public education funding from the state is diminishing.”

No one has spent longer on this issue than Eastlake businessman and schools activist Jules James. His children attended Seward and he has pushed for years to find a way to get more neighborhood kids in. After the vote, James said, “Our task ahead is to re-populate Eastlake with school-aged kids.  Eastlake should be Seattle’s test-bed for building a child-compatible modern urban neighborhood.”

He added: “I’m entirely thrilled. Rowdy Eastlakian applause is well-deserved for the district’s Director of Enrollment Tracy Libros, whose idea of GeoZones was better than any solution we brought to them over all these years.”

And Chris Leman, president of the Eastlake Community Council (which had pushed for the geozone that passed), said:

“Last night’s School Board action realizes a longtime priority of the Eastlake Community Council, and of the Eastlake Neighborhood Plan. The neighborhood’s mobilization was crucial.  But the change would not have happened without majority support from the parent representatives on the TOPS Site Council, and the leadership of Eastlake residents Michelle Buetow and Jules James, whose children have attended TOPS and who wanted other Eastlake children to have the same opportunity. On behalf of Eastlakers now and for generations to come, thank you!”

One cloud hanging over Wednesday’s decision is that some students who live outside the TOPS@Seward transportation zone, which is based on later attendance at Washington Middle School, may lose their bus transportation to the school. A proposal introduced at Wednesday’s meeting would reduce the district’s bus fleet by 80, eliminating bus service for students from many parts of the city.

TOPS draws from many parts of Seattle. Many parents at the school value the diversity that wide draw creates and they are worried that eliminating the bus service will harm that aspect of the school. Parents protested the proposed cuts last Friday (Jan. 14) by asking parents of students who would lose their bus service to drive their kids to school. (See our previous post.)

Maps of the new transportation will be coming out next week.


  • See this story from the Seattle Times for more information on the proposed school bus cuts.
  • See our previous post for more information on the geographic zone.

Lane closures on University Bridge Wednesday and Thursday

The Seattle Department of Transportation says the University Bridge will have lanes closed on Wednesday and Thursday (Jan. 19 and 20) for maintenance work:

  • Wednesday, the right-hand northbound lane will be closed. Bike path also closed in the same direction.
  • Thursday, the right-hand southbound lane will be closed. Bike path also closed in the same direction.
  • If work isn’t finished on one of the sides, the unfinished side will close on Jan. 21.

Eastlake weekly police reports: Several ‘suspicious person’ reports

The highlights of this week’s Eastlake police reports include several suspicious person reports:

  • Jan. 13: Property damage, non-residential, 100 block of Fairview Ave. N., 2 a.m.
  • Jan. 13: Suspicious person, 1500 block of Franklin Ave. E., 4:05 a.m.
  • Jan. 13: Commercial burglary, 3100 block of Fairview Ave. E., 11:55 a.m.
  • Jan. 14: Suspicious person, 1600 block of Franklin Ave. E., 5:27 a.m.
  • Jan. 15: Noise disturbance, 2600 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 12:01 a.m.
  • Jan. 15: Residential burglary, 2300 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 1:53 p.m.
  • Jan. 15: Suspicious person, 2800 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 9:16 p.m.
  • Jan. 15: Motor vehicle accident, Boylston and Lynn, 10:05 p.m.
  • Jan. 16: Disturbance, 2200 block of Eastlake E., 3:20 a.m.
  • Jan. 16: Accident investigation, 2000 block of Fairview Ave. E., 4:09 p.m.

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ECC public meeting Tuesday: Roanoke St. End, North Gateway Triangle

The Eastlake Community Council is sponsoring a public meeting on Tuesday (Jan. 18) with two topics:

Roanoke Street End Park: The park is looking a little haggard. Possibilities include new plantings, a redesign and maybe a historical marker to note that Boeing’s first plane was assembled at this site in 1916. Trees in the park (three willows and a poplar) were added to the city’s Heritage Tree registry last spring. Want to get help? Email or call 206-898-6147.

North Gateway Triangle: This is the area under I-5 where Eastlake and Harvard meet. Chris Leman notes in an e-mail that this piece of land was identified as a priority in the 1998 Eastlake Neighborhood Plan. Possible additions to the park include a piece of art or decorating the I-5 columns. The Seattle Parks Department has also suggested a skateboard park at the site. E-mail or 206-322-5463 to take part in the planning.

Both topics will be on Tuesday’s agenda. The meeting is at TOPS@Seward School, 2500 Franklin Ave. E., from 7-9 p.m.