Stories tagged: Breean Beggs
Sun., Jan. 7, 2018, 5 a.m.
Spokane City Council races cost candidates, supporters more than $400,000 in 2017
Final reports filed with the Washington Public Disclosure Commission show November’s contests for three seats on the Spokane City Council cost a total of nearly $420,000, based on the amount …
UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 21, 2017, 10:16 p.m.
Kate Burke takes oath for Spokane City Council seat
Spokane’s newest city councilwoman takes the seat that will be vacated by longtime Councilwoman Amber Waldref, representing Spokane’s northeast district. A gathering of friends, family and local lawmakers observed her …
UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, 10:14 p.m.
Breean Beggs, Kate Burke, Candace Mumm coast to victories in Spokane City Council races
Early ballot returns indicate the Spokane City Council will retain its progressive-leaning majority, as voters gave comfortable leads to a slate of candidates endorsed by Ben Stuckart in what became …
UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 3, 2017, 6:57 p.m.
Fundraising, outside spending reach historic highs in Spokane City Council races
For the first time in at least a decade, spending by outside groups in this year’s City Council races reached all corners of the city. Through Friday, more than $372,000 …
Fri., Nov. 3, 2017
Beware of last-minute election attacks
Conservatives were outraged with the attack on Howes. Liberals were irate with the smear against Beggs. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough people who are disgusted with both. Until there is, the …
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 2, 2017, 6:29 p.m.
Shawn Vestal: Days before election, local GOP leader launches slimy whisper campaign against Spokane city councilman
It’s campaign season, and ethics vanish as Election Day approaches. Enter Stephanie Cates, chair of the Spokane County GOP. After weeks of local conservatives, including at least one prominent elected …
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 11:04 p.m.
Beggs’ defense of controversial magazine case in 1990s draws criticism from political foes
Spokane City Councilman Breean Beggs was part of a legal defense team that earned a $1.3 million judgment against a Whatcom County prosecutor targeting a bookstore for its sale of …
Sat., Oct. 14, 2017
Editorial: Dunau would bring balance to council
Andy Dunau is the rare Spokane City Council candidate who is genuinely moderate. On top of that, he has no desire to pursue issues beyond the scope of the position.
UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017, 11:22 a.m.
Oil trains at forefront of Spokane City Council race between Breean Beggs and Andy Dunau
Breean Beggs squares off against Andy Dunau in a contest for one of the most liberal-leaning areas of town. Dunau casts himself as a centrist, and says Beggs’ support of …
UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 11, 2017, 7:15 a.m.
Blessings Under the Bridge says its staying put, despite city order to move
Blessings Under the Bridge will continue to serve homeless under Interstate 90 in downtown Spokane
Fri., Aug. 4, 2017, 5 a.m.
Condon touts progress on environmental policies, chooses not to sign climate change ordinance
The mayor said this week he had continued concerns about the future costs of some of the covenants agreed to by the City Council last month. Spokane has already taken …
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 9:45 p.m.
Beggs and Mumm post strong showings in Spokane City Council primaries, Burke and Benn face off in northeast
The two incumbents on the primary ballots for Spokane City Council earned the majority of votes counted Tuesday in their districts. Kate Burke will square off against Tim Benn in …
UPDATED: Thu., July 20, 2017, 9:54 a.m.
Three challenge Breean Beggs for Spokane City Council seat representing South Hill
Challengers seeking Breean Beggs’ appointed seat on the Spokane City Council criticize policies he’s floated on oil and coal trains and ways to pay for more police, but the 44-year-old …
Fri., July 7, 2017
Editorial: Beggs, Dunau should advance in council race
Breann Beggs has achieved important accomplishments, though we worry about his political activism. Andy Dunau, who is supported by former council members Mike Allen and Steve Salvatori, evinces a thoughtful, …
UPDATED: Tue., April 11, 2017, 12:35 p.m.
City Council asks Mayor Condon to cap overtime, enhance civilian oversight in negotiations with Spokane Police Guild
In a letter to Mayor David Condon agreed to Monday night, the Spokane City Council requested negotiations with the police union include caps on overtime hours and a more defined …
Sun., April 9, 2017, 3 a.m.
City Council seeks more control of how Police Department uses seized funds
The panel is set to vote on a bill Monday that will put the spending of money seized from suspected criminals under their authority and require regular public reports.
UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 10:56 p.m.
Spokane considers new misdemeanor penalty to combat car theft
Under a new law, entering or staying in a car that isn’t yours would be a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail or a $1,000 fine. The …
Wed., Feb. 15, 2017, 4:48 p.m.
Ex-con tortured by gang members asked for protection by the state and instead nearly lost his fingers
The first time that convicted felon Ahmet Hopovac asked the Department of Corrections to let him leave Grant County for Idaho was in January 2011. He argued he was homeless …
Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 6:05 p.m.
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 …
Thu., Nov. 3, 2016, 5:31 p.m.
Knezovich vows legal challenge to proposed oil, coal train ban in Spokane
An independent legal review of a proposal to fine the shippers of coal and oil through downtown Spokane determined it violates federal law, but City Councilman Breean Beggs said he’ll …
Thu., Oct. 13, 2016, 5:45 p.m.
New Chief Craig Meidl, Councilman Breean Beggs say Spokane should hire consultant to mend police-community relations
With some tension still looming over the Spokane Police Department, city officials want to hire a consultant to facilitate “a formal process for reconciliation” with the community.
Wed., Aug. 24, 2016
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 …
Sat., July 30, 2016, 1:50 p.m.
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 …
Fri., July 22, 2016, 6:04 p.m.
Police ombudsman, union set to negotiate access to body camera footage
Bart Logue, Spokane’s interim police ombudsman, wants his assistant to be able to access body camera footage captured by officers in the field. But the union representing officers argue the …
Mon., July 11, 2016, 10 p.m.
County planners worked with developer to make sure South Hill project could move ahead
City planners will do the heavy lifting applying state development laws to a 9-acre, $6 million development on Spokane’s South Hill proposed by developer Cyrus Vaughn. Vaughn is fighting his …
Fri., June 10, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Chalk art isn’t graffiti, it’s free speech, Spokane City Council says
Chalk art on downtown sidewalks is a form of free speech, no matter how offensive it is, a situation recently clarified by the Spokane City Council.
Mon., June 6, 2016, 9:22 p.m.
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 …
Mon., May 23, 2016, 8:53 p.m.
City Council votes to retain additional lawyer in Frank Straub investigation
The proposal by Councilman Breean Beggs would allow investigator Kris Cappel to review documents and testimony from city attorneys wary about violating ethical codes. It requires a signature from Mayor …
Wed., May 11, 2016, 3:26 p.m.
Sprague revitalization efforts get boost with taxing district
The effort to lift Sprague up moved forward last month when the Spokane City Council approved a request by a majority of East Sprague business and property owners to create …
Tue., May 10, 2016, 7 p.m.
City Council considers next steps in Straub investigation
Key documents are being kept out of reach of the investigator looking into the circumstances surrounding the firing of police Chief Frank Straub, and another lawyer may be hired by …