Stories tagged: city council
Wed., May 4, 2016, 6:07 p.m.
Valley Council seat vacancies open for applications
Applications are being accepted for two seats on the Spokane Valley City Council, left vacant by the recent resignations of Dean Grafos and Chuck Hafner. Applicants must be United States …
Tue., April 26, 2016, 7:46 a.m.
Some Vancouver city councilors would refuse salary hike
Several Vancouver city councilors on Monday said they would either decline the hefty pay recently allotted by the city Salary Review Commission or donate the extra pay to charity.
Mon., April 25, 2016, 3:03 p.m.
Another Spokane Valley councilman resigns as political change grips city
A second Spokane Valley councilman has resigned amid acrimony between previous politicial leaders and the new majority with a libertarian streak. Chuck Hafner resigned Monday morning, following Councilman Dean Grafos’s …
Thu., April 21, 2016, 6:52 a.m.
Not to Spokane levels, but Vancouver boosts pay for mayor, council
The city of Vancouver’s salary review commission adopted an ordinance by a 3-2 vote Wednesday setting the mayor and city council’s dramatically higher salaries for 2017-18.
Wed., April 20, 2016, 4:12 p.m.
Dean Grafos resigns from Spokane Valley City Council, questioning ideology of remaining members
Spokane Valley City Councilman steps down and calls for investigation into city manager’s firing
Sun., April 17, 2016
City Council salary: The job is part-time; let the voters decide
We believe citizens want their council members to have real jobs, because it is one thing to pass legislation, quite another to have to comply with it.
Sun., April 17, 2016
City Council salary: Pay controversy manufactured, beside the point
Our community wants leaders who are more concerned about the number of citizen lives improved than the number of hours they clocked in this week.
Fri., April 1, 2016
Editorial: Time to reassess city government
The backlash over the council’s pay increase poses a larger question: Has the switch to a strong-mayor form of government delivered greater value?
Wed., March 30, 2016, 3:41 p.m.
Spokane Valley extends city manager’s suspension while working on termination deal
Spokane Valley city manager Mike Jackson’s suspension is extended for another month; meanwhile, he says he’d return to his job if given the opportunity.
Wed., March 23, 2016, 4:29 p.m.
Spokane Valley declines investigation into termination of city manager
Despite a protest outside City Hall Tuesday and numerous speakers supporting fired city manager Mike Jackson, the majority of the Spokane Valley City Council refused to consider launching an independent …
Sat., March 12, 2016
Ginger Ewing: Art can transform city’s narrative
To stabilize and build off changes, our city must start investing in those who are reimagining Spokane as the perfect place to spend a lifetime exploring, creating and investing in.
Wed., March 9, 2016, 4:16 p.m.
Valley Councilmen Grafos, Hafner want city manager’s firing investigated
Some Spokane Valley council members say Jackson was fired illegally
Fri., Jan. 29, 2016
Editorial: Careful with investment politics
The city has made solid progress toward cleaning up the local environment in recent years. Symbolic gestures, however, can deflect attention from those real achievements, and redundant prohibitions on buying …
Mon., Jan. 4, 2016, 9:45 p.m.
Spokane City Council limits participation in weekly public forums
On Monday Spokane City Council voted 5-2 to limit open forum speakers to once a month.
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 5, 2015, 10:58 p.m.
Treppiedi continues to slip against Haynes in Spokane School Board race
Longtime Spokane School Board incumbent Rocky Treppiedi continued to lose ground Thursday evening in his bid to retain his seat as a director with Spokane Public Schools. With more ballots …
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 4, 2015, 11:26 p.m.
Council races suggest conservative/progressive split in city
Tuesday’s election results suggest the city political strongholds are shifting.
Thu., Oct. 15, 2015
Editorial: Ben Stuckart choice for Spokane City Council president
Since the Spokane council president position was created, it has featured strong candidates engaged in interesting races. This isn’t one of those years.
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 …
Tue., June 9, 2015, 8:06 a.m.
OSHA: Let transgender people choose restrooms
Following local and national discussion about transgender rights, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released new guidelines covering use of workplace restrooms.
Thu., May 21, 2015
Spokane Valley City Council seeks to fill seat temporarily
The Spokane Valley City Council is looking for a Spokane Valley resident who is interested in serving as a temporary council member. The temporary member will serve until Bill Bates …
Thu., Sept. 18, 2014
Spokane’s SWAT unit renaming met with skepticism
In Spokane, SWAT is no more. The police department has rebranded the decades-old team of officers trained in tactical response as the “Emergency Response Unit,” as it seeks to broaden …
Sat., June 21, 2014
Spokane Park Board approves face-lift for Riverfront Park
The first major renovation of Riverfront Park in decades is a step away from being sent to voters for approval. The Spokane Park Board approved the 2014 Riverfront Park Master …
Sat., April 12, 2014
County solid waste plan deadline worries Millwood
With plans for a new countywide solid waste system in disarray, the city of Millwood is grappling with how to respond. Spokane County has given city officials until April 30 …
Thu., Feb. 13, 2014
No crosswalk at site of fatal hit-and-run
The intersection where a 55-year-old man was struck by multiple drivers and killed Sunday is known to be unfriendly to pedestrians, but there are no immediate plans for improvements. Don …
Sat., Dec. 21, 2013
Spokane Valley Councilman Schimmels leaving after 10 years
Spokane Valley Councilman Gary Schimmels is a man of few words. Sometimes entire meetings go by with him doing little more than making motions in his role as deputy mayor. …
Tue., Oct. 8, 2013
Spokane City Council pares down police oversight ordinance
Spokane City Council members voted unanimously Monday to create a new citizen Police Ombudsman Commission to oversee future investigations of officer misconduct and police performance. Council members backed away from …
Sat., Aug. 31, 2013
Race splits Positive Change
Battle lines are being drawn in what is shaping up to be an acrimonious City Council race in Spokane Valley. Different factions of the Positive Change group that swept five …
Wed., Aug. 14, 2013
Vestal: Voting clout depends on neighborhood
Did you vote in the primary? If you did, welcome to the ruling council. We are a small group, relative to the size of the city, and our authority is …
Sat., Nov. 10, 2012
City leader wants state to outlaw studded tires
This would be the last winter you could use studded snow tires if Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart and others have their way. Frustrated with the millions of dollars …
Thu., Oct. 20, 2011
Adminstrator form of government on Liberty Lake ballot
The Liberty Lake City Council will deal with several issues in the near future, including the recently implemented 6 percent utility tax and what could be a change in the …