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Downtown partnership to announce leadership decision today

The board overseeing the Downtown Spokane Partnership reached a decision Tuesday on whether it will keep its new leader but will wait until today to announce it.

Spokane City Councilman Steve Salvatori, a partnership board member, said the board made a decision about whether to fire its president, Mike Tedesco, at the end of a three-hour meeting Tuesday evening.

Salvatori said the decision will be announced this morning by Todd Woodard, the board’s vice president and spokesman for the Spokane International Airport.

Tedesco, 34, said he was told that there would be another meeting this morning but was not told if there was a decision.

Tedesco, who started his job in October, received a poor performance review earlier this year that criticized him, in part, for not communicating well with city officials.

Tedesco argues that he’s done the best he can to represent downtown business owners, whose interests occasionally conflict with City Hall’s positions, he said.

This article was changed on Sept. 19, 2012 to correct the spelling of Todd Woodard’s name.

Jonathan Brunt

Thousands taken from ATMs at fairgrounds

Nearly $27,000 cash was stolen from ATMs at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center earlier this month, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

The first of two thefts took place over the Labor Day weekend, when an ATM in one of the agriculture buildings was broken into and $17,000 in cash was taken, according to a news release.

The theft was discovered Sept. 4. The $4,100 ATM was destroyed, the release said.

Then on Monday, a sheriff’s deputy responded to the same building for a report that a second ATM had been destroyed and another $9,820 in cash had been stolen, the release said.

Both machines are owned by Cypress Advantage, which supplies ATMs to the fairgrounds.

The sheriff’s office is asking for anyone with information on the thefts to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233. Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information leading to an arrest; call 1-800-222-TIPS or go online to

Addy Hatch


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