The Spokane Home Builders Association, a trade group representing construction interests, has some harsh words for the settlement agreement the county signed with neighborhood groups over urban growth issues. "It looks like they're kind of giving away the farm," said Michael Cathcart, government affairs director for the organization.
Spokane County Commissioner Shelly O'Quinn said the county is saving between $1 million and $1.4 million annually as a result of lean management strategies implemented in the past few years at an address Friday in front of Greater Spokane Inc.
Spokane County Commissioners Al French and Todd Mielke, who have staked different positions on the ballot measure to expand the commission by two members, joined Karen Kearney, Sheila Collins and KSPS's Doug Nadvornick in a roundtable discussion.
Republican Matt Shea and Democrat Bob Hasegawa offered ideas - including using precious metals as currency - on how to avoid what they saw as a rapidly approaching economic crisis at a event hosted by Spokane County Treasurer Rob Chase on Wednesday.
Bonnie Mager, a former Spokane County Commissioner who lodged a complaint about the CEO hiring process now in the hands of the state attorney general, has launched a petition asking commissioners to start over.
Former Spokane County Commissioner Bonnie Mager has asked Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell to seek an "independent investigation" into the search for a new county CEO after former colleague Todd Mielke emerged as the top candidate in April.
The Republican commissioner, who is in the midst of a public disagreement over transit funding with colleague Al French, said Tuesday she supports a measure to add two members to the Spokane County Commission.
The other ballot measure in this month's special election to fund transit projects is an extension of a 20-year-old sales tax to fund the county's juvenile detention programs. County commissioners, divided on the transit issue, unanimously endorsed the juvenile jail sales tax on Monday.
The relatively monolithic Spokane County Commission showed signs of dissent Tuesday, as commissioners argued about their stance on a proposed sales tax increase to fund changes to the area's transit system.
The Washington Public Disclosure Commission on Thursday fined Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke $100 and put him on four-year probation after finding he improperly used county email to obtain information ahead of a candidate debate against John Roskelley in June 2012.