Stories tagged: Ben Stuckart
Fri., Dec. 4, 2015, 10:22 p.m.
Mayor’s choice for investigator scuttled
Spokane Mayor David Condon’s choice to investigate the handling of personnel matters at City Hall has been pushed aside because of growing concerns from city council members about the investigation’s …
Sun., Nov. 22, 2015
De-icer used by city of Spokane contains PCBs
The deicer used by the city of Spokane on its streets contains trace amounts of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. Those toxins made news most recently when the company responsible for …
UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 9, 2015, 9:31 p.m.
Spokane will vacate marijuana possession convictions
Anyone guilty of a misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge in the city of Spokane will soon be able to have the conviction removed from their criminal record. The Spokane City …
Fri., Nov. 6, 2015, 10 p.m.
Spokane’s cell tower moratorium ends with stricter rules
New rules governing the location of cell towers were praised and unanimously passed by the Spokane City Council on Monday. It was a long way from six months ago, when …
Mon., Oct. 26, 2015, 8:40 p.m.
Downtown Partnership skeptical of police precinct move
Mark Richards, president of the Downtown Spokane Partnership, voiced concern to the Spokane City Council Monday night about the police department’s plan to move its downtown precinct from its current …
Sat., Oct. 24, 2015
Editorial: City should drop misdemeanor pot judgments
Criminalization of mere possession of small amounts never served any useful purpose. Nor does preserving the record of misdemeanor convictions.
UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 16, 2015, 11:18 p.m.
In race to lead Spokane City Council, Stuckart faces legislative veteran
Not a lot of people wanted John Ahern to run against Ben Stuckart for the position of Spokane City Council president. Following his lopsided loss to Councilman Jon Snyder two …
Wed., Oct. 14, 2015, 10:13 p.m.
Teacher squares off against nonprofit leader in Spokane school board race
ELECTION PREVIEW: The race for Spokane School Board between a Spokane Valley high school teacher, Paul Schneider, and a nonprofit leader, Patricia Kienholz.
UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 9, 2015, 10:24 p.m.
In race for Spokane City Council, Stratton and Verduin say they’re not proxies for Stuckart and Condon
Incumbent Spokane Councilwoman Karen Stratton is backed the council president. Her opponent, Evan Verduin, is supported by the mayor.
UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 8, 2015, 9:13 a.m.
In Fagan vs. Ramos race, it’s the notorious vs. the unknown
The race for Spokane City Council in District 1, representing northeast Spokane, pits a conservative, controversial incumbent against a political newcomer.
Tue., Sept. 22, 2015
Council salute to Muslim group draws protest
The Spokane City Council stepped squarely into the middle of a national debate over Muslims in America, approving a salutation to local Muslims that recognizes their contributions to the community. …
Fri., Sept. 18, 2015
Condon builds fat stacks of campaign dollars
With about two months until Election Day, the elephant in the room is the mayor’s money. Mayor David Condon has outstacked the fat stacks he put together four years ago, …
Sun., Sept. 13, 2015
Councilman challenges Spokane’s borrowing from investment fund
Quick growth in Spokane’s collection of investments, and a predilection by city leaders to dip into the investment pool to fund one-time projects, has led at least one Spokane City …
Tue., Aug. 25, 2015
Spokane firefighters will continue to answer medical calls in SUVs
SUVs will continue to respond to some medical emergencies in Spokane, according to an agreement announced Monday between the city and the firefighters union. The agreement follows a vote by …
Tue., Aug. 18, 2015
City of Spokane creates incentive program for new development
Cities are responsible for roads, pipes and cops, generally speaking. With the creation of a new program aimed at encouraging development, the city of Spokane is hoping to get involved …
Sat., Aug. 15, 2015
Paid sick leave vote put on hold
A proposal to require employers to give their workers paid sick leave won’t be considered by city leaders until after they approve city spending for next year – after the …
Wed., Aug. 12, 2015
Shawn Vestal: It seems likely City Council will keep its liberal majority
In the wake of last week’s primary election, there is a much more interesting question than whether Mayor David Condon will hang on for a second term. Will the City …
Wed., Aug. 12, 2015
Spokane City Council toughens penalties for wage law violations
Low-wage workers got a break Monday night, and maybe some overdue overtime pay, when the Spokane City Council stiffened penalties for businesses that violate wage laws. Council members backed the …
Wed., July 29, 2015
Spokane City Council requires two firefighters on calls for help
At least two firefighters must respond to a call for help, the Spokane City Council decided Monday in a surprise decision that not even the fire chief was briefed on …
Sat., July 25, 2015
Workers Bill of Rights proposal qualifies for Spokane ballot
Enough signatures have been collected in Spokane to put a proposed Workers Bill of Rights charter amendment on this November’s ballot. If passed, the newest measure put forth by Envision …
Wed., July 15, 2015
Spokane City Council sends immigration initiative to county for verification
Upward of 200 people converged on Spokane City Hall Monday night to voice both support and concern with a police department policy that says the immigration status of an individual …
Sun., July 12, 2015
Political balance before Spokane voters
For the past year, the debate at Spokane City Hall often has devolved into two camps, the mayor versus the City Council. Or, more directly, David Condon versus Ben Stuckart. …
Sun., July 5, 2015
City to use utilities funds for street projects
The city of Spokane owns about 45 percent of the property within its borders, including parks, plants, lots and government buildings. And more than half of the land it owns …
UPDATED: Thu., June 18, 2015, 7:55 p.m.
Dolezal ousted from ombudsman commission
Rachel Dolezal, the embattled former leader of Spokane’s NAACP branch, was removed this afternoon from the city’s police ombudsman commission.
Thu., June 18, 2015
Three members of police oversight panel, including Rachel Dolezal, asked to resign
Spokane’s independent police oversight panel is in turmoil. Three of its five members, including former Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal, likely will be removed by the City Council if they …
Thu., June 11, 2015
Spokane looks to relax parking rules for neighborhood businesses
There’s a house across the street from Wisconsinburger. And kitty-corner to it. And behind it. The restaurant – known for its wide selection of mustards and deep-fried cheese curds – …
Wed., June 10, 2015
Shawn Vestal: Pot peeks out of closet as revenue fills coffers
Less than a year after marijuana became available in stores, it is no exaggeration to say that it’s booming. Each new month brings increased sales and tax revenues. Marijuana bucks …
Tue., June 9, 2015
Spokane forming incentive program for developers
Seeking to quell any more criticism over the handling of city money going toward the Davenport Grand Hotel, Spokane Mayor David Condon and City Council President Ben Stuckart announced Monday …
Sat., May 30, 2015
City Council will discuss River Park Square expansion plan
A plan that would effectively expand River Park Square needs more than brick and mortar. It needs city property. Centennial Real Estate Investments, a sister company of River Park Square, …
Tue., April 28, 2015
Spokane City Council approves buying land for bridge
Supporters call it iconic and necessary, detractors use terms unfit for print, but the University District bicycle and pedestrian bridge inched closer to construction Monday as the Spokane City Council …