Monthly Archives: June 2011

Eastlake weekly police reports include a commercial robbery

This week’s Seattle Police reports for Eastlake include a commercial robbery and numerous car prowls:

  • June 23: Noise disturbance, 2200 block of Franklin Ave. E., 4:45 a.m.
  • June 23: Car prowl, 1600 block of Franklin E., 6 p.m.
  • June 23: Car prowl, 3100 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 8:25 p.m.
  • June 24: Car prowl, 1600 block of Franklin Ave. E., 6:26 a.m.
  • June 24: Car prowl, 200 block of E. Blaine St., 10:17 a.m.
  • June 24: Theft, 2900 block of Fairview Ave. E., 5:14 p.m.
  • June 24: Disturbance, 2300 block of Franklin Ave. E., 11:33 p.m.
  • June 25: Accident investigation, 2700 block of Fairview Ave. E., 11:01 a.m.
  • June 25: Commercial robbery, E. Lynn St., 5:03 p.m.: An employee at a grocery store suspected a patron of trying to conceal stolen items in her cart. When he asked to check her backpack and cart, the suspect said another employee had already checked them. When the employee went to check with the other employee, the suspect left the store and got into the front passenger seat of a waiting Dodge minivan. The employee went to the van, opened the driver’s side door and turned off the ignition. He told the driver that he suspected the passenger had just stolen expensive champagne. The employee opened the driver’s side sliding door and tried to find the champagne. He said he saw a large number of bottles rolling around on the floor. The suspect told the driver to drive away. She then got out of the minivan and started hitting and pulling the store employee. She broke his necklace and scratched his neck. The suspects were able to get away in the van, driving north on Fairview. A police officer was able to run the plate and found the van’s owner lives in Edmonds. No word if any arrests have been made.
  • June 25: Noise disturbance, 2000 block of Minor Ave. E., 11:54 p.m.
  • June 26: Commercial burglary, 2300 block of Fairview Ave. E., 2:59 p.m.
  • June 26: Burglary, not forced, residential, 3200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 5 p.m.
  • June 27: Burglary, unoccupied structure on residential property, 3200 Eastlake Ave. E., 5:43 p.m.
  • June 27: License plate theft, Fairview E. and E. Boston, 7:21 p.m.
  • June 27: Liquor violation, 200 block of E. Lynn St., 8:25 p.m.
  • June 27: Disturbance, E. Roanoke and Boylston E., 9:33 p.m.
  • June 28: Car prowl, 2900 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 1:16 a.m.
  • June 28: Car prowl, Eastlake E. and E. Allison, 2:23 a.m.
  • June 28: Auto theft, 2700 block of Franklin Ave. E., 8:05 a.m.

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Is your Eastlake business open on July 4? Let us know

The Fourth of July is coming up fast. As we have done for the past two years, we’ll be publishing a list of which businesses are open in Eastlake on the holiday.

Please let me know if your business is open and we’ll add you to the list. If you’re doing anything special for the holiday, be sure to include that as well.

Either put your holiday hours in the comments for this post or email me at

Have a great Fourth of July!

Eastlake roundup: NW Harvest fundraiser, Starbucks to clean up July 5, more

Here’s what’s making news around Eastlake:

Northwest Harvest fundraiser at the Zoo: The Eastlake Zoo has several fundraisers for Northwest Harvest during the year. They’re popular events and give the community a chance to help out those who are less fortunate.

The latest Northwest Harvest fundraiser at the Zoo will be this Saturday, June 25, from 4 to 7 p.m. Eight breweries will be cooking their best beer chili. A $5 donation gets you a bowl and a ballot and a chance to vote on your favorite. All proceeds go to Northwest Harvest.



Participating breweries are Pike Brewing, Hale’s Ales, Iron Horse Brewery, Sierra Nevada, Schooner Brewing, Leavenworth Biers, Fremont Brewing and Ninkasi Brewing.

Starbucks hosts second July 5 Lake Union cleanup: Eastlake’s Rogers Playfield, 2500 Franklin Ave. E., will again be a focus of Starbucks 5th of July Lake Union Cleanup. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5.

Other cleanup sites include Gas Works Park and the Center for Wooden Boats at the south end of the lake.

Starbucks is teaming up with Puget Soundkeeper Alliance and CleanScapes for the event. Last year, Starbucks provided shirts, coffee, food and gear for the cleanup operation (gloves, plastic bags and litter pickup tools) and they’ll do the same this year.

Register now if you’d like to participate by going to the Starbucks website.

Michelle Buetow gets endorsements: Eastlake resident, parent and schools activist Michelle Buetow has picked up several key endorsements in her run for position 3 on the Seattle School Board. Buetow has been endorsed by both the 43rd and 46th district Democrats and she received the only endorsement in the school board race from the King County Democratic Central Committee at its May 24 meeting.

As we wrote in April, Buetow has a long history of involvement in school issues in Eastlake and across the city. She is challenging one-term school board incumbent Harium Martin-Morris for position 3.

Small economic impact for NOAA arrival in Newport: The Eugene Register-Guard reported Monday on the arrival last weekend of the first NOAA ship at its new base in Newport, Oregon. NOAA announced in August 2009 that it would leave the base its occupied for several decades on Lake Union in Eastlake for a new port in Newport.

Although many in Newport were hoping that NOAA’s arrival would bring a big economic boost to the area, the Register-Guard says that isn’t likely:

But the ship’s quiet arrival and departure over the weekend serves as an important reminder to a community that has eagerly anticipated NOAA’s arrival for months: This is not going to be an explosion of economic activity.

Only about 65 NOAA workers will be working at the new base on a day-to-day basis, the Register-Guard says. The rest will be out at sea on NOAA’s research vessels. More details are in the Register-Guard story.

NOAA’s Eastlake base will close for good on June 30. A decommissioning ceremony will take place at the base tomorrow, Friday, June 24, but it will be for staff and family only, according to a NOAA spokesperson. No provision for press coverage was possible, he said.

Eastlake celebrates the summer solstice at the P-Patch

Eastlake residents marked the Summer Solstice with a celebration at the Eastlake P-Patch and adjacent Fairview Park on Tuesday, June 21.

The weather cooperated by actually providing summer sun. Neighbors enjoyed strolling the garden, listening to music, playing games and eating barbecue. Items donated by Eastlake businesses were auctioned to benefit the P-Patch’s bee hives and other garden needs.


For the first time in two years, the Eastlake P-Patch is not the scene of construction work. The major expansion that added 23 more garden plots to the site is finally over.

Mary Jones, one of the organizers behind the P-Patch expansion, surveyed the finished garden said that after the thousands of hours of work that went into the expansion project, it was nice to be able to relax and enjoy the sun and the event.

The celebration included several musical groups performing in Fairview Park. There were slug races and hopscotch for the kids and a badminton set for all ages. 

One of the group’s that helped make the Solstice Celebration happen was the Friends of Fairview Park. Rain Gilman explained that this group of neighbors helps maintain the park and coordinates other volunteer groups who want to help keep it up. At a time of tightening city budgets, Gilman noted that it’s important to have a group showing its support for the park and helping to maintain it.

To see captions on the photos in the slideshow, as well as larger images, go to the photo set in Flickr.

Week’s police reports: Another street robbery in Eastlake

A second street robbery has been reported in Eastlake less than a week after the previous incident (a carjacking) on June 11. Details of that incident and others are below:

  • June 14: Burglary, unoccupied structure on residential property, 2900 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 12:19 p.m.
  • June 14: Suspicious person, 3300 block of Fuhrman Ave. E., 4:32 p.m.
  • June 15: Theft, bicycle, 2800 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 8 a.m.
  • June 16: Street robbery, bodily force, 200 block of E. Edgar, 2:30 a.m.: The victim was walking in the 200 block of E. Edgar at 2:30 a.m. when she felt a pushing sensation in her back and fell to the sidewalk. She recalls her knees hitting the pavement, then her head. She lost consciousness for several minutes or maybe an hour. When she awoke, she collected her cellphone from the parking strip. Her purse, house keys and wallet were still with her. She went to the nearby home of friends and noticed she had bleeding abrasions to her forehead, nose and outer and inner lower lip. She then discovered that the piercing on her lower lip and a stud in her lower lip were missing. The piercing is difficult to remove and would require a professional with special pliers to do it, the victim told police. Since neither were pulled off her lip, she concluded they had been deliberately removed and that she’d been the victim of a robbery. She told police officers that she did not have a description of the suspects. 
  • June 15: Mischief, nuisance complaints, Yale and Lynn streets, 7:56 a.m.
  • June 15: Liquor law violation (adult), Galer and Eastlake, 3:43 p.m.
  • June 16: Disturbance, near Boston and Fairview, 11:36 p.m.
  • June 21: Liquor law violation (adult), Garfield and Fairview, 2:21 p.m.
  • June 16: Liquor law violation, 2000 block of Fairview Ave. E., 2:26 p.m.
  • June 16: Car prowl, 2600 block of Franklin Ave. E., 2:27 p.m.
  • June 16: Intoxicated person, 2000 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 10:06 p.m.
  • June 18: Noise disturbance, 2900 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 8:36 p.m.
  • June 18: Noise disturbance, 1500 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 9:40 p.m.
  • June 19: Noise disturbance, 2500 block of Yale Ave. E., 3:08 a.m.
  • June 19: Burglary, unoccupied structure on residential property, 2800 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 6:08 p.m.
  • June 20: Theft, 3100 block of Fairview Ave. E., 2:38 p.m.
  • June 21: Trespass, 2300 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 7:22 a.m.

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Eastlake eucalyptus tree will be removed; here are possible replacements

An ailing Eastlake eucalyptus tree that neighbors valiantly tried to save with a trimming last summer is going to have to be removed.

Joshua Erickson, an arborist with the City of Seattle, says in an email today the he has inspected the tree in the Hamlin street end and:

“I didn’t have to get very close to confirm my suspicion that it was well on its way out.  While it is not an immediate hazard, it most certainly will not recover from the damage it has sustained.”

He will have the tree removed sometime after July 4. He’ll post at the tree either today (Monday) or Tuesday to let neighbors know that the removal is going to happen.

Erickson says the city has several tree species in its inventory that could replace the eucalyptus:

  • American Hornbeam
  • Lavalle Hawthorn
  • Ginkgo
  • Greencolumn Maple
  • Frontier Elm

Erickson says the city will need volunteers to help keep the tree watered in the summer for the next two or three years. The city will provide a water bag to make watering easier.

The tree suffered badly during the cold winter of 2008-09. Neighbors, lead by Ruth Kunath and April Boyd, raised money last summer to have it professionally trimmed in the hopes that that would spur new growth and save it, but it didn’t work.

What do you think? Would you be willing to help water the new tree? If so, leave a note in the comments here.

Tako Truk returns on Sundays, this time in Madison Park

Tako Truk, the summer-only street-food eatery that operated out of the 14 Carrot Cafe’s kitchen two summers ago, is returning but this time in Madison Valley and only on Sundays.

Chef Cormac Mahoney and his business partner, Bryan Jarr, announced on the Tako Truk Facebook page Friday morning that they’ll be serving up Tako Truk favorites like coco piggy and tako taco at their new place, the Madison Park Conservatory, from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 26. More dates to follow, they say.

The Truk served Mahoney’s adventurous take on street food (octopus tacos, smelt salad, beef tongue soup) Thursday through Saturday evenings in the summer of 2009. Mahoney and Jarr have since moved on to the Madison Park Conservatory, which rated a positive mention in New York Times’ food writer Frank Bruni’s recent article on Seattle restaurants.

How will Eastlake traffic flow on July 4? Seattle Police have details

It may still feel like October outside, but the Fourth of July really is almost upon us. And, as we do every year, Eastlake is bracing for the crowds of fireworks fanatics who descend on the neighborhood to see the Gas Works show.

Representatives from the Seattle Police Department say that their Eastlake traffic plan is unchanged from last year. The attached map shows what areas will be restricted, when and how, and where you and your guests can park. The map can be downloaded and printed to hand out to visitors.

SPD Officers Chris Kelley and Gerald House spoke to a public meeting sponsored by the Eastlake Community Council on Monday. They’ll be working traffic and crowd control here on the Fourth. East Precinct Lt. Von Levandowski and Officer Kelley will be managing Eastlake traffic this year for the Fourth.

Kelley said the basic goal of their plans is to limit vehicle traffic west of Eastlake Avenue to the water to try to control the number of people in that area.

The best time to have guests arrive, Kelley said, was 6 to 7 p.m. And the best time to leave is after 11 p.m.

Visitors don’t need a written invitation, but they do need to know where they’re going and where they’ll be parking. Notices of parking restrictions will be up three days before the Fourth. The map and the info below also explain how parking will work.

A total of 31 officers will be on traffic duty during the day in Eastlake with 23 more coming in the evening for the fireworks show. One change from last year: Due to budget constraints there won’t be any police on bicycles in the neighborhood for the Fourth.

The attached map shows most of what you’ll need to know. Here are the details:

  • Parking along Eastlake Avenue: It’s tight. Parking is totally prohibited on both sides of Eastlake from Hamlin south to Newton from 11 a.m. to midnight on the Fourth. North of Hamlin, you won’t be able to park on the east side of the street. Warning signs will be up and officers will be out and ticketing people on the Fourth.
  • Pre-show limited access: The area west of Eastlake to the water will have limited access during the day (gray zone on the map). During the day, SPD officers will check with people attempting to drive in to that area to make sure they have a place to park and are aware that they’ll be towed if they park illegally.
  • Traffic barricades along Eastlake: On the map, you’ll see orange barricades marked on Newton and along Eastlake. Officers will start staffing those positions around 6:30 p.m. Around 7:30 to 8 p.m., they’ll begin to assess the traffic and around 8:30 p.m. they’ll close car access to that area until after the show. You can always walk or ride a bike in to this area. After the show, barricades move from the west side of Eastlake to the east (blue circles on the map).
  • I-5 off ramps: They’ll be closed from 9 to 11 p.m. The Mercer, Boylston and Roanoke ramps are all closed at this time by the State Patrol. The Patrol will reopen them as quickly as possible after the fireworks. The Lakeview overpass will also be closed to cars and pedestrians for the show.
  • Street flow after the show: Big changes after the show is over. The two blocks of Lynn from Eastlake to Boylston become a one-way street heading east. If you want to go south on I-5, get in the right-hand lane. Want to go north? Get in the left-hand lane. Harvard E. from Roanoke to Eastlake becomes a one-way street going north. The goal of SPD after the show is to move people out of the area, Officer Kelley said.
  • Who ya gonna call? In past years, SPD has told me that if you see someone parking in front of a fire hydrant or blocking a driveway, call the police early before the fireworks begin and they’ll take care of it. Don’t call the East Precinct; just call 9-1-1 to report it.
  • Fireworks: They’re illegal inside the city limits. But, folks have them and, as the SPD has said in the past, they just don’t have enough personnel to respond to every incident. If fireworks are potentially causing a fire or a safety hazard, Kelley says to call 9-1-1 to report it and police will take care of it.

I-5 ramp closures, Fremont Fair may impact Eastlake traffic this weekend

MONDAY UPDATE: The WSDOT reports that the I-5 ramps at Mercer reopened at 5 a.m. Monday as planned.

ORIGINAL POST: Eastlake residents may find their path getting into and out of the neighborhood complicated by several events this weekend:

I-5 ramp closures at Mercer: The latest round of I-5 ramp closures at Mercer will run from Friday (June 17) at 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday morning (June 20). The closures are part of the ongoing work on the Mercer Corridor Project.

If you’re trying to get from Eastlake to downtown during the closure, you need to know that Fairview Avenue N. will be closed between Mercer and Valley streets. Mercer will be closed from Westlake to Fairview. You can find maps of detour routes at the Seattle Department of Transportation’s website. There will be signage marking alternate routes and police officers directing traffic at key intersections.

While the ramps are closed, Metro will reroute buses off Fairview and onto Eastlake through the Cascade neighborhood. The Metro reroutes will go until 5 a.m. Monday even if the ramps open early.

Fremont Fair: The Fremont Fair runs Saturday and Sunday and the popular Solstice Parade (oooh! nude bike riders!) is at noon on Saturday. If you’re trying to get to Fremont or Ballard by going through Fremont, be aware that streets may be closed or clogged. Directions on how to get to the fair can be found on the event’s website.

SR520 bridge closure: And, to cap things off, SR520 will be closed from 11 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday from Montlake to I-405 in Bellevue. SR520 will be open between I-5 and Montlake. The closure is to allow crews to work on several projects, including a fish-passage culvert in Bellevue, removing a pedestrian bridge in Medina and building a temporary intersection at Bellevue Way NE.