September 25, 2009 in City

Audio: City Council candidates Mike Fagan, Amber Waldref debate

For the northeast Spokane position
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Mike Fagan, left, and Amber Waldref are running for the northeast Spokane City Council seat.
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Spokane City Council candidates for the northeast district Mike Fagan and Amber Waldref joined reporter Jonathan Brunt in The Spokesman-Review newsroom Sept. 25 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.

Introductions

Amber Waldref

Mike Fagan

City Council and schools

(Following up on Waldref’s opening remarks.) Why would a City Council member have a responsibility for an issue handled by a different governmental branch?

Amber Waldref

Mike Fagan’s response

City budget

The mayor’s plan for the making up a deficit in the 2010 budget includes contract concessions, dipping into reserves and raising new fees or taxes to cover the remaining $1 million. Would you be willing to support business license fees or any other tax or fee increase to make up that last portion?

Mike Fagan

Amber Waldref

If you didn’t support increasing or adding fees or taxes, how would you make up that $1 million?

Mike Fagan

Amber Waldref

Can you point to specific cuts in government that you’d support given that the budget projections look even worse for 2011?

Amber Waldref

Mike Fagan

Transportation

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

Mike Fagan

Amber Waldref

Fagan’s response to Waldref’s comment about tax initiatives he’s supported

You’ve both said you’re interested in finishing the north Spokane freeway. How would you support raising taxes or fees to finish it (given state and federal officials’ comments that local money will be required).

Amber Waldref

Mike Fagan

Police ombudsman

Do you think the recently created police ombudsman position should have investigatory powers? Do you support the position in general?

Mike Fagan

Amber Waldref

Waste management

Do you support maintaining the waste-to-energy plant on the West Plains? What would you do about changing or keeping the regional waste management system?

Amber Waldref

Mike Fagan

Watering restrictions

Last year Mayor Mary Verner proposed watering restrictions. Could you support such restrictions if the issue came up again?

Mike Fagan

Amber Waldref

Sign ordinance, bus-bench advertising

Do you support the new sign ordiance, specifically regarding digital signs that can change once per second? Are you accepting of advertising on bus benches?

Amber Waldref

Mike Fagan

Fluoridation

Would you support fluoridating the city’s water?

Mike Fagan and Amber Waldref

City of Spokane sustainability plan

In the debate over the mayor’s sustainability plan, proponents downplayed the proposal as simple recommendations while opponents argued its principles could create an economic burden on the government. What did you think of that debate, and would you have supported the plan?

Amber Waldref

Mike Fagan

Waldref response regarding climate change

Envision Spokane

Both of you have opposed the Envision Spokane plan (for a community bill of rights). Would you support any of the rights in this measure if it were on the ballot individually?

Mike Fagan and Amber Waldref

Emergency response times

There’s been talk of the city taking over its ambulance contract or taking other steps to speed up its relatively slow emergency response times. What are your thoughts on this debate?

Amber Waldref

Mike Fagan’s response, also addressing Waldref’s criticism of Initiative 1033, which he backs

Waldref’s response

Fagan’s response

Downtown YMCA property

The city has purchased the old downtown YMCA. Among ideas for paying off the debt on the property is selling the land to a private developer. Could you support such a sale?

Mike Fagan

Amber Waldref

Closing statements

Mike and Amber, you have expressed more agreement in this debate than might have been expected. In closing, what issue most defines you in relation to your opponent?

Amber Waldref

Mike Fagan


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