Stories tagged: City of Spokane
Thu., Sept. 4, 2014
Technology aids parking enforcement in Spokane
For downtown shoppers and diners, being late can mean finding the dreaded yellow envelope stuffed under a windshield wiper. Parking Enforcement Officer Bryan Schertz said there is a reason there …
Thu., Sept. 4, 2014
RV residents evicted after annexation imposes stricter code
Howard Gladwill’s fifth-wheel trailer has no wheels. Black scorch marks, hidden behind a Brussels sprout plant, tell of multiple troubles with his water heater. He’s lived in the trailer for …
Tue., Aug. 26, 2014, 12:47 p.m.
Parking violator gets the boot
A driver who owes more than $4,000 in parking fines and fees got the dubious honor today of being the first parking violator in Spokane to have their car immobilized …
Sun., Aug. 17, 2014
Editorial: City shouldn’t use water as a weapon to control county development
Water should not be weaponized, and talk that the city of Spokane might take that approach to squelching unwanted development is troubling, but probably overstated. The city and Spokane County …
Thu., Aug. 14, 2014
City’s second-hottest July drives highest water use since 2007
Hot weather in July sent Spokane’s water usage soaring to the highest consumption in seven years. Temperatures topped 90 degrees during 17 days of the month.
Tue., Aug. 5, 2014
Spokane joining nationwide ‘ban the box’ trend
Spokane Mayor David Condon said Monday the city would join a nationwide trend to “ban the box” and no longer ask city job applicants about their criminal background. At a …
Mon., Aug. 4, 2014, 8:37 a.m.
Monroe/Lincoln streets closed on South Hill until October
Monroe and Lincoln streets on the South Hill between 7th and 17th avenues will close today for construction that is likely to last into October.
Thu., July 31, 2014
Spokane City Council OKs $11.3 million for waste digester
Spokane’s secondary digester for sewage waste will soon have a No. 2. The City Council approved Monday $11.3 million for the construction of a new sewage digester to serve as …
Thu., July 24, 2014
Doug Clark: Here’s how Spokane can squeeze most pennies from parkers
More parking meters going up? I had no idea we were short on parking meters.
Tue., July 22, 2014
Spokane phasing in 225 more parking meters
The city of Spokane is installing more parking meters along the edges of downtown, forcing drivers to pay up or face a fine. Streets near hospitals and clinics, Lewis and …
Thu., July 10, 2014
Editorial: Neighbors will weigh impact of beer gardens
The city of Spokane is taking it to the streets. Drive carefully. Last month, the city worked out an agreement with food truck owners intended to give them easier and …
Tue., June 17, 2014
Spokane losing 20 percent of water deliveries
While Spokane city officials have ratcheted up efforts to “slow the flow” and conserve more water, the city is having trouble keeping its own supply from leaking away. The Spokane …
Fri., June 6, 2014
Homeless numbers in Spokane County higher
Spokane’s homeless population increased 12 percent over last year, ending a three-year downward trend, according to the county’s annual one-night snapshot. The most significant increase is among those who live …
Sat., May 24, 2014
Shawn Vestal: New downtown plaza needs a signature name
Have you been down to the new plaza and park between City Hall and the river? If not, I’d go now if you can. The new space opens up such …
UPDATED: Tue., May 13, 2014, 5:02 p.m.
Sales tax rebound aids cities, counties
Local governments are looking to consumers to keep spending their way out of what’s been a mild economic recovery. From 2008 to 2010, consumers reined in retail purchases and the …
Sun., April 20, 2014
The Dirt: Litehouse buys office space in Sandpoint
Litehouse buys office space Sandpoint-based Litehouse Foods is buying a portion of a Coldwater Creek building in Kootenai, Idaho, to use as its corporate headquarters, the company said in a …
Thu., April 17, 2014
Spokane to take over Waste-to-Energy Plant operations
The company that has operated Spokane’s electricity-producing trash incinerator on the West Plains for more than two decades is getting a pink slip. Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. was advised Wednesday by …
Sat., March 29, 2014
City OKs private home rentals for now
Spokane’s crackdown on unlicensed lodging is being put on hold. The city announced Friday it’s imposing a 120-day moratorium on investigating complaints against those who rent out rooms and other …
Fri., March 14, 2014
Spokane officials, seeing change in near future, study incinerator takeover
City leaders want to know if government could do a better job running Spokane’s energy-producing trash incinerator. With potentially major changes coming over the next few years in how and …
Mon., March 10, 2014
Short-term online rentals see scrutiny
Jo and Mike Jakupcak make frequent trips to Spokane from their Montana home to visit their grandchild. They don’t mind staying with family, but “it gets a little crowded,” Jo …
Sun., Jan. 26, 2014
Spokane red-light cameras ‘fleecing’ drivers, some say
Chris Gray knew he would lose, but at a Spokane Municipal Court hearing earlier this month, he wanted to make a point. Two months earlier – at 7:18 p.m. on …
Fri., Nov. 29, 2013
Shawn Vestal: Spokane taking measured approach to its performance
Spokane’s city government is measuring itself with a vengeance. How fast do crews arrive at fires? How many water lines have broken? How many chronically homeless people had been placed …
Wed., Nov. 20, 2013, 1:21 p.m.
Warming shelters will open Wednesday night
Due to extreme cold, Spokane will activate its Homeless Warming Center program tonight.
Sun., Nov. 17, 2013
Doug Clark: Real-time updates will tell you your street isn’t being plowed
Once again, winter is poised to crush the entire region like the anvil that falls on the dumb coyote’s head in all the Road Runner cartoons. But exciting news broke …
Tue., Nov. 12, 2013, 3:33 p.m.
Spokane adds text messaging, other outreach to snow response
Spokane is prepping for its annual battle with Old Man Winter, and city officials are touting new ways for residents to keep up with constantly changing snow conditions.
Wed., Nov. 6, 2013
Spokane’s High Drive project to be unveiled
After public criticism of initial proposals sent them back to the drawing board, city of Spokane engineers are ready to present a new plan for the $6.8 million High Drive …
Fri., Oct. 11, 2013, 1:26 p.m.
It’s a boy for Mayor David Condon and his wife
Baby makes five for Spokane Mayor David Condon and his wife Kristin.
Thu., Oct. 10, 2013
Terminated fire captain files $2.5 million claim against city
The city of Spokane terminated a veteran fire captain last month for threatening a lower-ranking official who reported he kept brass knuckles in a city vehicle and stored city-issued guns …
Wed., Oct. 9, 2013, 5:10 p.m.
City terminates fire captain after threatening emails, improper weapons storage
The City of Spokane fired a fire captain for threatening a subordinate employee, keeping metal knuckles in a City-owned vehicle and improperly storing City firearms. The actions were a violation …
Tue., Oct. 8, 2013
Spokane Mayor Condon’s budget focuses on public safety, street repairs
Spokane Mayor David Condon’s 2014 budget would hire 25 new police officers, restore fire service at Station 9 on the South Hill and put $2.5 million more into street maintenance. …