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Tue., March 16, 2010, 3:27 a.m.

C.I. Shenanigans sold to Public Facilities District…

Good morning Netizens...

The Spokane Public Facilities District has purchased the C.I. Shenanigan’s restaurant. Oh?

Shenanigan’s is sited about 25 feet northeast of the convention center. That would make it a big target in the eyes of the the Facilities District, that has consistently buying up land adjacent to the convention center. Facilities District Executive Director Kevin Twohig said buying the restaurant, at 332 N. Spokane Falls Court, will allow for convention center expansion.

However, the district will not set up a plan nor take a proposal to the voters yet, according to Twohig.

The City of Spokane is broke, deeply in debt, but it just keeps spending money as if there was no limit. The Facilities District members are not elected into office, nor do the voters have any say over how they spend their money, yet the taxpayers are on the hook for every penny they spend. How does this work?

Doesn't this have the aroma of the River Park Square funding all over again? I'm truly perplexed over how the voters are sitting by and allowing this to happen, over and over again without saying, “Stop the spending now!”

The Public Facilities District is taking a fine eatery and good employer off the tax bases and replacing it with an unknown plan, with no apparent proposal in mind. Someone needs to stop the runaway horse cart.


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