September 8, 2009 in City

Audio: City Council candidates Mike Allen, Jon Snyder debate

The Spokesman-Review
 
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Mike Allen, left, and Jon Snyder are running for the south Spokane City Council seat.
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Spokane City Councilman Mike Allen and his challenger in the 2009 election, Out There Monthly publisher Jon Snyder, joined reporter Jonathan Brunt in The Spokesman-Review newsroom Sept. 8 for an informal debate.

Click here to listen to the full debate (about an hour) or use the headings below to listen to the candidates respond to questions on specific questions. Clicking a link will open an audio player; use the back button to return to this page.

Introductions

Jon Snyder

Mike Allen

Budget and revenue

The budget is one of the biggest issues facing Spokane in the next few years. How would you handle a budget shortfall in 2011?

Mike Allen

Jon Snyder

How would you have voted on the city unions contract?

Jon Snyder

Mike Allen (discussing his vote against the contract).

Should Spokane consider a business and occupation tax to reduce utility taxes?

Mike Allen

Jon Snyder

Transportation and streets

Please rank these transportation funding issues in order of importance: improving, local streets, finishing the north Spokane freeway and developing light rail.

Mike Allen and Jon Snyder

Is the street bond passed by voters enough, or should there be another funding source?

Jon Snyder

Mike Allen

Is it time to think about shifting priority to light rail from the north Spokane freeway?

Mike Allen

Jon Snyder

Southgate commercial development

Why did you vote in favor of this development amid neighborhood opposition?

Mike Allen

Stance on demand for big box development on South Hill?

Jon Snyder

Followup exchange between Allen and Snyder

How do you judge when to allow a business into a neighborhood?

Jon Snyder

Mike Allen

Emergency response times

Is it time for the city to change how it does business to require quicker emergency response times? Do you support having Fire Department provide ambulance service?

Jon Snyder

Mike Allen

Environment

Do you support watering restrictions?

Mike Allen

Jon Snyder

Talk about concerns that making city’s sustainability plan advisory waters it down.

“>Mike Allen

Jon Snyder

Sign ordinance

How do you feel about the city’s revised sign ordinance and the one-second change rule for digital signs?

Jon Snyder

Mike Allen

Envision Spokane / Proposition 4

Jon Snyder

Mike Allen


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