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Spokane Police Guild approves contract with city

A tentative labor contract for the Spokane police union appears dead on arrival in City Council chambers because it fails to embrace the recent voter-approved mandate about investigating officer wrongdoing. …


Spokane city leaders back plan to make downtown more inviting

A collection of business, government and community representatives gathered in Spokane City Hall’s Chase Gallery on Friday morning to show their support for an initiative to make downtown “safer and …


Spokane City Council president stalls ‘sit-lie’ law

A proposed expansion of powers for Spokane police expected to decrease criminal behavior downtown has been partly blocked by City Council President Ben Stuckart after detractors said it would “criminalize …


Council will consider park department reorganization

The Spokane City Council will consider Monday wholesale changes to the makeup of the park department, widening the scope of the mayor’s appointing powers. The decision follows similar moves in …


Spokane city law proposal would cap surveillance

A proposed law limiting the use of surveillance technology in the city of Spokane has been diminished to the point of being ineffective, according to local and state civil rights …


Spokane city budget proposal adds 25 police officers

A new Spokane police officer costs exactly $100,000 per year, and Mayor David Condon thinks he’s found a way to pay for 25 of them without going to the voters. …


City of Spokane seeks to boost farming

Almost 100 people showed up for an urban farming open house on Tuesday evening at the downtown library. The meeting was the first action step following the local food conference …


Spokane OKS early citizen initiative review

The battle at the ballot box briefly entered City Hall on Monday night, as supporters and opponents of Envision Spokane’s Bill of Rights squabbled over changes to the initiative process. …


Developer Pete Rayner seeks tax break for project

A housing plan on the east fringe of Spokane that has been dormant since the 1970s may soon get a jumpstart if tax subsidies for the 220-acre development are approved …


ACLU urges tougher law on surveillance equipment

The state’s top civil liberties watchdog group is arguing that a proposed Spokane law doesn’t go far enough in requiring City Council approval before the city purchases surveillance equipment such …


Ben Stuckart floats plan for targeted renewal

Compare East Sprague Avenue with South Perry Street and someone’s bound to call you crazy. One is a dismal stretch of concrete and dilapidated storefronts located in a prime spot …


Stuckart wants council pre-approval on surveillance gear

Before they’ve even taken to Spokane’s skies, Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart wants to send drones a message: We’re watching you. An ordinance written by Stuckart would require City …


Leaders propose early review of initiatives

A legal review of citizen initiatives filed in Spokane has been proposed by city leaders as a way to bring “certainty, clarity and transparency” to a form of participatory democracy …


Clark: Condon and Stuckart ‘pitch’ in for good cause

Wednesday’s installment of Spokane Street Music Week was truly one for the ages. Or the annals of YouTube, perhaps.


Planned homes rile Rockwood neighbors

It’s not unusual for new developments in old neighborhoods to cause heartburn among neighbors who want to preserve the character of the area. What many property owners don’t realize is …


City braces for budget cuts despite strong sales taxes

Spokane is collecting sales taxes like it hasn’t since before the recession. Even so, city officials are preparing for another multimillion-dollar deficit in 2014.


Council OKs spending $1.1 million on police equipment, training

Spokane police patrol cars may soon be equipped with cameras to record encounters with the public. The Spokane City Council last week agreed to spend $1.1 million from reserves to …


Shawn Vestal: Condon’s civil service remake merits closer study

Mayor David Condon’s proposal to skirt civil service rules and expand the number of administration-appointed managers in the police and fire departments is worth considering. In particular, the need for …


Spokane arts director Karen Mobley steps down

The woman who has overseen Spokane’s public art program for the past 15 years is returning to her studio. Karen Mobley, who spent most of that time as head of …


Spokane boosts City Hall security with police lieutenant

A Spokane police lieutenant was shifted to City Hall last week to augment contract security guards there. City administrators say the move has been recommended for years by police, who …


Spokane pot businesses on hold

The number of businesses in Spokane specializing in medical marijuana will be frozen at about a dozen for at least the next six months. Fearing the proliferation of businesses that …


Crime at empty center threatens schools deal

Thieves ravaged the Joe E. Mann Army Reserve Center in the fall, leaving just a shell of the original facility and prompting the buyer – Spokane Public Schools – to …


‘Supermajority’ proposition on tax hikes hotly contested

Of the three items Spokane voters will consider Tuesday, one has clearly sparked the most heated debate. Campaign groups have formed on each side of Proposition 2. Signs are up …


Council members break email rules

Two Spokane City Council members have apologized for using their city email accounts to send campaign messages. Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart and Amber Waldref sent electronic newsletters to …


Voters to decide whether 5-2 split needed on taxes

Spokane’s Proposition 2 is a way to ensure strong consensus on important issues or a strategy for a minority to seize control from the majority. That’s the debate among Spokane …


Spokane Library open fewer hours than most of its regional counterparts

Seven people stood outside the Hillyard Library as they waited for its doors to open at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Several more were waiting in their cars. The wait to get …


Voters likely to get library plea

There could be something for almost everyone on a special election ballot in February. Originally wary of spending the money to hold a special election, the Spokane City Council on …


Couple hope to start tent city beneath Interstate 90

Ralph “Doc” Harvey knows what it’s like to be homeless. He’s crammed into a too-small tent stacked on milk crates. He’s called a tent city home. “For someone not homeless, …


Library tax could be on ballot

Spokane voters in February may get a chance to save the city’s small library branches and substantially increase branch hours. Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart is proposing that voters …


Questions surround coal terminal’s impact on Spokane and elsewhere

Coal, like politics, makes strange bedfellows. But these days in Washington, coal is political. A plan to build a $665 million port terminal near Bellingham to ship coal to China …