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City leaders believe Trump’s ‘sanctuary city’ order won’t apply to Spokane

City Council President Ben Stuckart and Councilmen Breean Beggs said Wednesday they don’t believe President Donald Trump’s executive order cutting federal funding to “sanctuary cities” will affect Spokane because officials …


Election surprises aren’t over yet

Last May, the 5th Congressional District race featured the incumbent Republican, Democrat Joe Pakootas, Independent Dave Wilson and Republican Tom Horne. Now, none of them may be our representative.


Knezovich, Stuckart, Baumgartner, Shea announce runs for McMorris Rodgers’ seat

The news that an appointment as interior secretary is imminent for Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers prompted City Council President Ben Stuckart to declare his candidacy for her vacant seat …


Spokane mayor asks retired Utilities Director Rick Romero to help craft long-range plan; Ethics Commission cries foul

The City’s Ethics Commission voted last month not to approve contracting with Rick Romero, the popular former utilities director who was the architect of the city’s integrated clean water plan. …


Developer planning to appeal Spokane City Council’s decision to nix North Indian Trail apartment project

A 750-unit apartment complex near the Sundance Plaza shopping center was axed earlier this week by the City Council, which cited concerns about traffic safety brought forward by neighbors. But …


Stricter campaign finance and lobbying rules and ending sales tax exemption up for vote in I-1464

Initiative 1464 seeks to toughen state campaign and lobbying laws.


After Columbus Day revision, City Council votes to recognize Italian American heritage

City Councilwoman Amber Waldref worked with the Italian American Club of Spokane to propose Oct. 1 each year as a day to recognize contributions by local Italian Americans to the …


Mayor David Condon’s 2017 budget calls for 16 percent increase in spending and shift of police resources to property crimes

Spokane has the highest property-crime rate among Washington’s largest cities, a problem Mayor David Condon wants to address by moving police from patrol and traffic to investigations.


Railroads keep most bridge inspection data secret

With railroad bridges carrying oil, coal and hazardous cargo through cities and towns, local officials are asking whether the structures are safe, but can’t get much information.


Shawn Vestal: Recalling the mayor doesn’t make much sense

Shawn Vestal: There are few things that make less sense for Spokane right now than a recall of the mayor.


Council to vote on renaming Columbus Day

Spokane may become the latest city to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day in place of Columbus Day.


Editorial: Calm prevails in police search

Fortunately, a compromise was forged between the mayor and two councilmembers, Lori Kinnear and Breean Beggs, who asked for more time to bring in candidates. The mayor agreed to that …


Shawn Vestal: Lack of public involvement leads Stuckart to reject Meidl’s appointment as police chief

City Council President Ben Stuckart said Thursday that he would vote against Craig Meidl’s appointment as Spokane’s police chief Monday night. He will urge his fellow council members to do …


Meidl says he still wants police chief job, even without Stuckart’s support

In an interview Thursday, Craig Meidl said he wants to focus on reducing crime in Spokane and that he’s fine serving as chief without the support of City Council President …


Stuckart to ask City Council to reconsider ballot measure fining coal, oil trains

City Council President Ben Stuckart said it may have been “hasty” to ask voters if the city should fine coal and oil train operators and will ask the measure be …


Condon’s pick for city attorney drops out; former attorney blasts Straub report

Laura McAloon cites a “toxic” relationship with City Council President Ben Stuckart as her reason for dropping out of contention for the city attorney’s office. Stuckart says she didn’t have …


City Council OKs deal with GSI to continue business development, federal lobbying

The Spokane City Council signed a short-term deal Monday with Greater Spokane Inc. for business development services, following a monthlong delay on a contract extension. The contract requires GSI to …


Spokane city attorney nominee McAloon denies influencing Straub report

Laura McAloon said Saturday the 126-page report finding major issues in the handling of harassment investigations and public records requests at City Hall was not unduly influenced by her or …


New city attorney in jeopardy, council members say

City Councilmembers on Wednesday renewed their call for an elected city attorney, following involvement from new hire Laura McAloon prior to a revised version of the report into former Spokane …


Spokane City Council president calls for additional police chief candidates to be interviewed

Mayor David Condon is still weighing his options in naming Spokane’s next police chief, but City Council President Ben Stuckart wants a larger pool to pick from.


Spokane mayor picks Laura McAloon as city attorney, while council members mull making job an elected position

Spokane Mayor David Condon has appointed a new city attorney to replace Nancy Isserlis, who resigned from the post last month amid continuing fallout from the ouster of former police …


City Council President Ben Stuckart eyes mayor’s office in 2019 race

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart, who has been critical of Mayor David Condon in the wake of the termination of former Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub, filed in April …


South Perry’s success causing parking headaches; pay-to-park lot proposed

The Spokane City Council is considering building a pay-to-park lot in the South Perry District, a proposal that’s drawing mixed feelings from local residents and businesses.


City Hall rethinking its relationship with Greater Spokane Incorporated

Spokane City councilmembers say they want to talk specific programs with Todd Mielke, the chief executive at Greater Spokane Inc., before approving a contract extension for economic development services.


Inslee approves Spokane Tribe’s West Plains casino project

Gov. Jay Inslee gave the final approval on Tuesday for the Spokane Tribe’s casino project, clearing the way to a $400 million gaming and retail development on the West Plains. …


Spokane’s human resources director leaving city as Straub investigation continues

Another official involved the city’s handling of accusations made against former police Chief Frank Straub is leaving city employment. Human Resources Director Heather Lowe’s last day of work will be …


Spokane City Council approves funds for lawyers in Straub case

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart approved payments to the firm defending the city in a lawsuit against former Police Chief Frank Straub through mid-July, but asked that Mayor David …


Spokane City Council asks Union Pacific to halt oil train traffic

The Spokane City Council will consider a resolution Monday night calling on Union Pacific to halt train traffic through the Columbia River town of Mosier until the oil tankers from …


Shawn Vestal: Mayor can’t defend secrecy in one breath, condemn it in the next

Mayor David Condon’s outrage over the supposed politicization of a city hall investigation rings hollow, columnist Shawn Vestal says.


Editorial: City Hall probe losing significance

It’s clear the city will not be able to deliver on the promise of a complete and independent investigation. Even if the City Council plan were to go forward, key …