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UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019, 10:03 p.m.

Despite advice from mayor, Spokane voters approve tax for police and firefighters

Ignoring the advice of Spokane’s mayor, 64 percent of voters approved a $5.8 million-a-year tax that will pay for 20 new police officers and help maintain 30 recently-hired firefighters.


The Spokane City Council wants you to support tax to maintain 30 firefighters and hire 20 new police officers. The mayor doesn’t.

Spokane voters will decide on a $5.8 million a year levy to pay for fire department and police staffing, a tax that six of the seven members of the City …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 29, 2019, 8:20 p.m.

After questioning of Portland comedian, Spokane Mayor David Condon says city can’t stop Border Patrol agents

Spokane Mayor David Condon weighed in Tuesday on the detainment of a Portland comedian at the Spokane Intermodal Center, again insisting city leaders don’t have the authority to prevent federal …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 11:35 a.m.

Investigation that will cost up to $25,000 shows no bullying by Spokane council members

Some city employees say disagreements between the Spokane City Council and the mayor’s administration have put employees in the middle, creating an environment in which they have been treated with …


Mayor David Condon and Dr. Bob Lutz: Together we can do so much

In this new year, as your mayor and as your health officer, we’d like to suggest that “really good something” be more social connectedness in our community.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Closures, events around the city

Most of the City of Spokane and Spokane County government offices will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. day Monday, with only some public works services and …


City to resume sit-lie enforcement in February

Now that Spokane’s shelter capacity has increased by 275, the city will resume enforcing a law that bars people from sitting, sleeping or lying on the streets of downtown Spokane …


Rob Curley: For Spokane mayor David Condon, convenient and popular transport of Lime scooters moves beyond novelty. He’s right.

If you have seen the fresh fleet of Lime scooters across Spokane, you likely marveled at two things: just how darn fast they seem to go and how many adults …


Mayor Condon submits balanced budget sustaining police and firefighter hires

Due to higher than initially predicted revenue projections, Mayor David Condon submitted a balanced budget to the city last week with small cuts and increased funding for homelessness services.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 24, 2018, 11:24 a.m.

Spokane Mayor David Condon says federal rules trump new city law restricting bus searches by Border Patrol at Intermodal Center

Spokane’s Mayor David Condon said a new law City Council passed Monday restricting Border Patrol from searching buses in the Spokane Intermodal Center may not change the agency’s actions.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 5, 2018, 2:03 p.m.

Mayor David Condon wants to add 10 more officers to Spokane’s police force

Spokane’s Mayor David Condon pledged $2 million dollars to hire 10 additional police officers and cover the cost of 48 grant funded fire personnel, but has not yet determined how …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 6, 2018, 10:23 p.m.

City Council approves advisory vote for sports stadium

Spokane voters will have a voice in the location of a new sports stadium, the Spokane City Council decided Monday night.


UPDATED: Sat., June 9, 2018, 10:14 p.m.

Federal judge: Spokane’s handling of former police Chief Frank Straub’s dismissal ‘a hot mess’

Hearing oral arguments in an appeal of the former police Chief Frank Straub’s wrongful termination lawsuit against the city on Friday, Judge Jay Bybee said officials bungled the dismissal that …


Spokane City Council gets pay raise in 2019, mayor’s salary stays flat

A volunteer panel of citizens handed the City Council and its leader raises of 3.5 percent and 6 percent, while keeping the mayor’s salary at $168,000. All are among the …


In wake of Ennis trial, city leaders say progress within police department is ongoing

Two days after a jury convicted a former police officer of rape, city leaders said there’s work to be done to reform the department.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 29, 2017, 7:11 p.m.

With veto of City Council ordinance, Condon says campaign finance better left to the state

The mayor said he supports certain efforts to curb the role of “dark money” in politics. But, he said, the issue is better managed at the state level, and the …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017, 10:38 p.m.

Mayor David Condon unveils stormwater exhibit during children’s storytime

While the tots’ attention was focused on the magnetic toy and Ribby the Redband trout, the city is moving toward the finish line on its massive stormwater tank project that …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 6:56 p.m.

Mayor, police chief lament lack of Justice Department report on police reforms, tout work in the department

Mayor David Condon said Wednesday his appeal earlier this fall to the Trump administration to release a report highlighting the Spokane Police Department’s reform efforts sought to highlight the city’s …


Shawn Vestal: Delay in approving Spokane budget looks more like meddling by City Council

The Condon administration moved seven employees from one office to another.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 11, 2017, 10:21 p.m.

Community leaders denounce racism and violence following Sunday hate crime

In response to a violent hate crime Sunday in north Spokane, prominent community leaders gathered Wednesday morning to denounce racism and hate.


UPDATED: Mon., July 17, 2017, 6:39 p.m.

Spokane mayor proposes increase in utility rates through 2020

Spokane residents will see a 2.9 percent increase in utility rates next year, the fifth year of inflation-tied bumps


UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, 10:48 p.m.

Brian Schaeffer named Spokane fire chief by Mayor David Condon

Brian Schaeffer was named chief of the Spokane Fire Department on Wednesday.


UPDATED: Wed., May 3, 2017, 10:50 p.m.

Former U.S. attorney Mike Ormsby appointed city attorney by Spokane Mayor David Condon

The former U.S. attorney for Eastern Washington could soon become the city of Spokane’s top lawyer.


UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017, 8:07 a.m.

Former Downtown Spokane Partnership president files for mayor’s race in 2019

Michael Tedesco, a 38-year-old Spokane native, has filed to run when Mayor David Condon is termed out of City Hall in 2019. Tedesco called for a more collaborative relationship between …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 7:14 a.m.

Ousted streets director Serbousek pegged to return to old job as bridge engineer

Public Works Director Scott Simmons said Mark Serbousek’s expertise in bridge design and construction is needed as Spokane looks to build and maintain several high-profile spans in the city limits. …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 12:57 p.m.

Open Doors family shelter needed to offer safe refuge for Spokane’s homeless 24 hours a day

The Open Doors family shelter is the final piece of Spokane’s effort to make sure every homeless person has a safe, warm place to be 24 hours a day.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 4:43 p.m.

Spokane Mayor David Condon will sign law barring local participation in hypothetical Muslim registry

Mayor David Condon will sign a law passed unanimously by the City Council on Monday night prohibiting local officials from helping to establish a religious registry, an act that some …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 20, 2017, 10:42 p.m.

Mayor David Condon among Inland Northwest residents attending Trump inauguration

Local Donald Trump supporters who made the 2,000 mile trek to Washington, D.C., witnessed both a hopeful populist address from their new president and the unrest caused by his political …


New deadline in works for harassment training agreed to following Condon ethics complaint

Sherry Jones, the National Organization of Women member who filed an ethics complaint against Mayor David Condon over the handling of a sexual harassment complaint against former Police Chief Frank …


Spokane mayor asks retired Utilities Director Rick Romero to help craft long-range plan; Ethics Commission cries foul

The City’s Ethics Commission voted last month not to approve contracting with Rick Romero, the popular former utilities director who was the architect of the city’s integrated clean water plan. …