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Hafner: “only resolution to it will be to move the plaza”

Some of Spokane's political insiders are abuzz with an Inlander blog item reporting that former STA Chairman Chuck Hafner is refuting The Spokesman-Review's characterization of his comments regarding the future of the downtown transit plaza in Sunday's paper.

But here's a portion of the briefing last week that Hafner gave to the Spokane Valley City Council in which he expresses frustration over the inability to satisfy the complaints of downtown business interests and predicts that they will succeed in getting it moved, saying: “Mark my words … the only resolution to it will be to move the plaza.”

The full briefing can be found on the city of Spokane Valley's website.

Hafner, in an interview with the SR last week following the council briefing, said he hopes his prediction is wrong and explained that the STA board has spent years trying to appease downtown businesses — unsuccessfully — but that it's never good enough.

Spokane’s own Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde …

… At least according to Inlander readers.

Former Mayor Mary Verner took second place in the Inlander's annual reader survey in the category, “best local villain.” That's a tumble for a woman who usually polled well when the Inlander asked readers for their favorite politician.

But she was partially vindicated in the Inlander's survey in the next category, “best local hero.” She took second place. Mayor David Condon didn't make either list.

The reader survey is in this week's Inlander.

In the villain category, Verner finished behind former Spokane Police Officer Karl Thompson, who was convicted by a federal jury of violating Otto Zehm's civil rights about a week before Verner lost her reelection bid.

Here is Verner's response on Facebook. (Or, more accurately, here's the link to all 11 of Verner's responses. So many that Shannon Sullivan, who led the charge to recall Mayor Jim West, posted: “…Enough with the VILLAIN…ok?”)

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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