Monthly Archives: November 2011

Eastlake police reports include a burglary, several disturbances

Highlights of this week’s Eastlake police reports include a residential burglary and several disturbances:

  • Nov. 24: Noise disturbance, 2000 Franklin Ave. E., 4:26 a.m.
  • Nov. 25: Burglary, residential, unoccupied, 1800 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 2:36 p.m.
  • Nov. 28: Fire, 1900 block of Yale Ave. E., 11:27 a.m.
  • Nov. 27: Noise disturbance, 2900 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 3:19 a.m.
  • Nov. 28: Theft, 2000 block of Fairview Ave. E., 4:42 p.m.
  • Nov. 29: Liquor violation, 2200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 1:46 a.m.
  • Nov. 29: Driving while under the influence, Eastlake E. and Portage Bay Pl. E., 2:48 a.m.
  • Nov. 29: Disturbance, 1900 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 6:46 p.m.
  • Nov. 30: Disturbance, 2300 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 6:10 a.m.
  • Nov. 30: Auto theft and recovery, E. Boston and Eastlake E., 2:25 p.m.

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ECC sets sail to see the Christmas Ships on Thursday; you’re invited

The Eastlake Community Council is co-sponsoring a Lake Union cruise to see the opening night of the Christmas Ships on Thursday, Dec. 1.

The trip will be on the historic icebreaker The Islander. Boarding begins at 5:30 p.m. at 1611 Fairview Ave. E. and the ship departs at 6:45 p.m. The boat returns to the dock by 9 p.m.

The cost is $15 (kids are free up to age 4). Your ticket gets you a spaghetti dinner (vegetarian with a meatball side option), Caesar salad bar, garlic bread, cookies and fruit punch. There’s a no-host cash-only bar.

Bring a food item or cash donation for the University District Food Bank.

Tickets are available online at or you can get them at the site’s office at 220 Nickerson. More information is at or call 206-329-5824 or 206-322-5463.

Metro Transit featured at December 8th EastPAC Meeting

From the Chair-I would like to extend a personal invitation to stakeholders in the Eastlake Community to attend the East Precinct Advisory Council’s  December 8th meeting. We have recently re-organized and revised our goals- to serve ALL residents in the East Precinct Community and be more proactive in advocating for citizens’ best interests.


Metro Transit is making several changes that will impact East Precinct riders, including re-routes and limited service of bus routes. Jack Lattemann, lead Transportation Planner in Metro’s Service Planning Group, will be our featured guest at the December 8th East Precinct Advisory Council meeting. Jack will speak about these changes,  factors affecting the planning of transit service and safety and security at bus stops— a key concern among the East Precinct community.


Metro representatives were invited in response to a recent survey completed by our October meeting attendees. We asked, “Who and what would you like to see at our meetings?”“Transit Configurations and philosophies regarding public safety” was one of the suggested topics.

Other proposed topics will be featured in our future meetings, including:

  • Young people talk about their issues and recommendations to feel more comfortable with policing in our community. (We have invited representatives from the UmojaFest Peace Center for our January Meeting);
  • How to be a good witness and notice the details that matter;
  • Traffic calming strategies (Traffic circles, curb bulbs, etc) how to get a crosswalk in your neighborhood;
  • Education of drivers regarding pedestrians and bicycles;
  • 911 information-education in use of 911 calls, “communicating with the police/first responder”;
  • Abatement process with Nuisance Property;
  • Neighborhood Emergency Teams;
  • Role of Meredith Matthews YMCA in neighborhood youth programs.

If you would like to suggest a topic not listed here, please add your idea in the comments.

Please note, our Thursday, December 8 meeting date, set to accommodate the holidays, is a combined November/December meeting. 

Mark your calendar!

 EastPAC General Meeting

Thursday, December 8, 6 PM to 7:45 PM

Chardin Hall, Room 142, Seattle University

1020 East Jefferson

(Enter Campus at 11the and East Jefferson, free parking in front of building)

Hope to see you all there!

Volunteers needed to help create avenue of trees on E. Lynn

Mary Hansen, Eastlake gardener extraordinaire, has been busy planting an avenue of trees on E. Lynn between Minor and Fairview. 

The new garden space, which features four red vine maples, is across the street from Hansen’s own amazing garden. Hansen and her volunteers had to remove concrete from the planting strip. Under the concrete was gravel that had to be dug up to make room for the trees.

The work isn’t done, Hansen says. They need volunteers with picks, shovels and buckets to help dig out the remaining gravel and crushed concrete. The work will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday. The trees will be planted on Saturday.

Hansen encourages everyone to stop by and help out.

“It’s a great way work off the Thanksgiving feast and create beauty in our Eastlake,” she says.

Eastlake police reports: Two car thefts highlight the week

This week’s Eastlake Seattle Police reports include two car thefts and a burglary :

  • Nov. 16: Auto theft, 2300 block of Yale Ave. E., 7 p.m.
  • Nov. 17: License plate theft or loss, 2200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 8 a.m.
  • Nov. 17: Noise disturbance, 2300 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 11:20 p.m.
  • Nov. 19: Burglary, unoccupied structure on residential property, 1500 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 3:32 p.m.
  • Nov. 19: Accident investigation, 100 block of E. Lynn St., 3:32 p.m.
  • Nov. 19: Liquor violation, intoxicated person, Eastlake E. and Fairview Ave. N.
  • Nov. 20: Property damage, 3300 block of Fuhrman Ave. E., 1 a.m.
  • Nov. 21: Auto theft, Franklin E. and E. Boston, 9:30 a.m.

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What’s open in Eastlake on Thanksgiving

As you might expect, it’s pretty quiet in Eastlake on Thanksgiving. A few businesses will be open:

  • Chloe & Dillon Boutique, 2345 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 
  • Eastlake Bar and Grill, 2947 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 8 p.m. to midnight. They’ll be offering Happy Hour items, like Mac and Cheese Balls, Smokey Cheddar Waffle Fries, a Hummus Plate and more. Website:
  • 14 Carrot Cafe, 2305 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Website:
  • Starbucks, 2344 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Website:
  • Voxx Coffee, 2245 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Website:
  • Pete’s Wine Shop, 58 E. Lynn St. Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Website:
  • Flower Lady, 3230 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 8 a.m. to around 4 p.m. Website:

Metro Bus service: Buses will be on a Sunday schedule (fewer trips, lower fares) and on a reduced weekday schedule (fewer trips on some routes, regular fares) on Friday. Route 70 will see some cancellations on Friday. For more information, go to Metro’s website.

Solid waste collection: There won’t be any garbage, food or yard waste collection or recycling on Thanksgiving. Thursday collections will be done on Friday and Friday’s will be done on Saturday. 

The North Recycling and Disposal Station in Fremont/Wallingford is closed on Thanksgiving.

Keep your storm drain clear: The city is asking residents to check storm drains in their area and keep them free of leaves to prevent flooding. Remove leaves from the drains with a rake or broom, Seattle Public Utilities advises, collect the leaves and compost them or put them in your yard waste containers.

Did I miss anyone? Let me know at curtmilton (at) Happy Thanksgiving!

I-5 Ship Canal Bridge noise reduction project marks first year; results disappointing

The I-5 Ship Canal Bridge noise reduction test project officially marked its first anniversary earlier this month and the results haven’t been as dramatic as had been hoped.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is testing the ability of fabric panels to dampen the reflected noise from the I-5 express lanes. The panels were hung under the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge on a 500-foot test section at the south end of structure, between E. Allison St. And E. Gwinn Place. It was hoped that the panels would provide noticeable and measurable levels of noise reduction for nearby residents.

Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case. The latest readings were similar to the previous three, showing a drop of one to three decibels in noise in the test area. The goal was a four to five decibel reduction. In a press release, WSDOT says its acoustic engineers “have seen a small decrease in noise, but it hasn’t varied much from season to season.”

The press release says the WSDOT is learning more about “the kind of noise that travels and which kind of noisy noise is most frustrating to local residents.” The WSDOT engineers are analyzing the pitch of the reflected noise, its direction and how it bounces to see if the panels can be moved to make them more effective.

The press release notes:

“The noise readings show that residents who have a line of sight to the express lane ceiling see the least benefit. Those who can’t actually see the bottom of the top deck report noticeable changes.”

Unfortunately, there isn’t much money left in the project’s budget, so the WSDOT says we probably won’t be seeing big changes soon. Sound tests will continue until 2013 when a final report on the project will be issued.


  • Read our previous post to find out more about the project. 
  • Our video explains more about the project.

It’s almost Thanksgiving! Will your Eastlake business be open?

Thanksgiving is almost here.

We’re gathering information on which Eastlake businesses will be open on the holiday and we’ll publish before the holiday. Will your Eastlake business be open? If so, what hours? And, are you planning anything special for the day?

Send your information to me and I’ll add you to the list: curtmilton (at) 

Happy holidays!

Protest march to block University Bridge this afternoon (Thursday)

UPDATE 6:50 P.M.: University Bridge has reopened and traffic is beginning to clear the area.

UPDATE: Protesters are on University Bridge. Check out Twitter feed at to see updates.

An Occupy Seattle group has announced that they’ll be moving this afternoon’s march and rally from the Montlake Bridge to the University Bridge. The Seattle Department of Transportation says to expect traffic snarls.

The marchers will walk from Montlake Blvd. NE and NE Pacific near Husky Stadium to University Bridge starting at 4:30 p.m. SDOT says participants plan to block the bridge during the evening commute, which could mean snarled traffic until 6:30 or 7 p.m. Demonstrators may also block the Montlake Bridge.

SDOT says police will be on hand for crowd control but they warn that the traffic congestion may spread to the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge. Commuters are advised to take alternate routes.

For more on the rally, go to here