I have never been prouder to be a Spokane citizen than when I attended the community input meeting at West Central Community Center on Dec. 12. Never before have I experienced 100 percent of citizens in agreement on a controversial issue. Never have I heard such a united voice (but for many different reasons) from people willing to speak truth to power.
The issue? Is the current mayor’s tentative agreement with the Police Guild to modify the ombudsman office sufficient to meet the requirements of the Spokane City Charter and the will of the people as determined by a vote of 70 percent of Spokane citizens? The answer, in a very polite, standing room only group of well-informed citizens, was “no way.”
On Dec. 16, the Spokane City Council has the opportunity to serve the will of the people or ignore well-informed, heartfelt testimony on an issue that affects every Spokane citizen.