Occupation: Former Spokane city councilman
Career: Former owner of roofing and contracting business. Former owner of Comet restaurant and bar in Hillyard.
Education: Graduated from Ferris High School in 1975.
Political experience: Long active in local politics. Ran unsuccessfully for port district in 1982, state Legislature 1986 as a Republican and in 2010 as a Democrat and Spokane City Council in 1989 and 2001. Elected to City Council in 2003 and 2007.
Family: Single. No children.
Elected Experience: 7 years
Other Professional Experience: For fifteen years, I was a Union Member and for the last decade have been a small business owner. In fact two small businesses, one in retail the other in construction, both based in Hillyard.
Education: No information submitted
Community Service: Public Safety Committee, Public Works Committee, Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington, Human Services Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Board, Spokane Neighborhood Action Program (SNAP) Spokane Regional Solid Waste Liaison Board, Human Rights Commission, Member, Spokane Central Lions Club, Board of Hearts of America Northwest, Precinct Committeeman, Democratic Party, Board of Spokane Neighborhood Action Program, Board Member, WA Families United
Statement: I have been a Council Member since 2004 and am proud of all the changes we have made. I have the support of; my family, friends, customers, the many organizations I'm involved with in service on board and asking, for yours! I know the real needs and issues of our community and have been fighting constantly for them. I would not ask if I did not feel I could ask the right question, come up with solutions to problems, be open and available to your concerns and commit the time necessary to fulfill the obligations as you would expect.
Spokane City Council members on Monday decided to give themselves new taxing authority.The council voted 5-2 to create a “Transportation Benefit District.” The decision means the council will have the ability to enact a vehicle tab tax up to $20. Higher tab taxes would require…
Removing a lane for cars in favor of one for bicycles along Second Avenue downtown would cause longer traffic backups during rush hour in at least two locations, Spokane officials said last week. The engineering analysis is part of the growing debate about the future of city street design.
Spokane’s red light cameras will stay in operation at least three more years. The Spokane City Council on Monday voted unanimously to extend the law that authorizes the city to catch red light runners with cameras through Nov. 13, 2013. Otherwise it would have expired at the end of next month.
The American Civil Liberties Union says the Spokane city attorney’s office violated the constitutional rights of a local attorney. In a letter to city officials last week, Michael Kipling, an attorney representing the ACLU, said that Assistant City Attorney Rocky Treppiedi violated Breean Beggs’ rights by telling Beggs he was prohibited from talking to City Council members about proposed changes to the city’s police oversight law.
Creation of an annual vehicle tab tax of $20 appears to be gaining support on the Spokane City Council. A letter signed by six of the seven Spokane City Council members said the city “wishes to consider” creation of the tax this year because of “plummeting tax revenues” and the city’s “commitment to provide adequate level of maintenance.”
Though facing a $12 million shortfall next year, and the likelihood of layoffs, the Spokane City Council voted Monday to spend $5 million for a new software system and the expertise to get it running. City officials said most of the money needed for the expense was saved over time specifically for technology upgrades and that diverting it to pay ongoing costs like salaries would delay – not prevent – eventual layoffs.
It could cost more to park in private lots in central Spokane if city leaders get behind ideas to tax downtown lots. The parking tax concept is in flux, with suggestions for annual fees ranging from $10 to more than $100 a year per space, said Marty Dickinson, president of the Downtown Spokane Partnership, which opposes a parking tax.
Lousie Chadez, who won about 20 percent of the vote in the four-way primary for the state House seat representing central Spokane, said this week she will endorse follow Democrat Andy Billig for the general election.Billig finished second and will face the likely winner of…
The three Democrats running for the open House seat in Central Spokane’s 3rd Legislative District had very different bases of support.The map shows the vote totals without Republican Dave White, who also seems set to advance to the general election from the Top Two primary….
We don’t want to get too picky about grammar, but this mailer from Bob Apple is worth noting, if only because one of the errors occurs while making the point that “Washington States first priority is to education.”
Here’s the latest video of candidates from the 3rd Legislative District vying to replace retiring state Rep. Alex Wood.
A Spokane Valley roofing business is accusing legislative candidate and Spokane City Councilman Bob Apple of not paying for nearly $9,000 in supplies. But Apple says it’s really Systems Roofers Supply Inc. that owes him money. He says the company, owned by MacArthur Co., is slandering him in the midst of an election.
When Mike Schultz and Steven Sanford first laid eyes on the Muzzy Mansion, “it just sang to us,” Schultz said. Now, after more than three years, $70,000 in expenses and thousands of hours spent restoring the landmark home, the song is ending on a sour note. Schultz and Sanford have listed the West Central mansion for sale and are leaving town, after a battle with bureaucrats that left them “feeling railroaded by the city of Spokane into financial ruin and homelessness.”
Candidates for the Washington state House in the 3rd Legislative District (Position 1) Bob Apple, Andy Billig, Louise Chadez and Dave White answer the question: “What cuts would you make to help balance the budget?”
Even though a new $20 tax on license plate tabs got pulled off the agenda Monday by the Spokane City Council, city leaders said they expect to bring it back within the next few weeks. However, Monday night was the last chance to get it on the November ballot, which means voters will not have a say in the new tax.
Facing daunting shortfalls in revenue, the Spokane City Council will discuss tonight instituting a tax on vehicle license tabs. Councilman Bob Apple said he will bring a proposal forward for a $20 fee, which is the most the city can impose without going to voters for approval.
Candidates for the state House in the 3rd Legislative District (Position 1) Bob Apple, Andy Billig, Louise Chadez and Dave White answer the question: “Why do you feel that you are the best candidate?”
Candidates for the state House in the 3rd Legislative District (Position 1) Bob Apple, Andy Billig, Louise Chadez and Dave White answer the question: “Would you support tax increases to help balance the budget?”
Speculation that Rep. Alex Wood might retire after more than a decade representing central Spokane in the state House of Representatives sparked vast interest in the seat among Democrats. After all, the 3rd Legislative District is Eastern Washington’s most reliably Democratic district.
Personal: 54, Democrat. Born in Spokane. Single. No children. Education: Graduated from Ferris High School in 1975.