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UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 10:24 p.m.

Emails show Spokane Councilwoman Karen Stratton encouraged cease-and-desist letter be sent to Councilwoman Kate Burke

City Councilwoman Karen Stratton said she urged a nonprofit to send cease-and-desist letter to Kate Burke in April because she was concerned about the spread of unsubstantiated rumors and the …


UPDATED: Mon., June 18, 2018, 11:47 p.m.

Spokane City Council tables salary cap, hiring ordinance for a month

Spokane City Councilwoman Karen Stratton asked to delay until July her latest bill aimed at reining in the hiring, firing and payroll authority of Mayor David Condon.


During tense meeting, Stratton says allegations of a ‘sexual predator’ are not within City Council’s purview

Spokane City Councilwoman Karen Stratton capped Monday evening’s council meeting with a blunt message, saying she is “tired and increasingly resentful” of accusations that some council members don’t support women …


UPDATED: Tue., May 8, 2018, 7:19 p.m.

Spokane Councilwoman Kate Burke receives cease-and-desist letters for calling nonprofit contractor ‘a sexual predator’

Two local law firms have sent letters to City Councilwoman Kate Burke demanding she stop referring to an employee of a local nonprofit as “a sexual predator.”. Burke threatened the …


UPDATED: Wed., April 18, 2018, 10:51 p.m.

Before Ethics Commission, Condon denies dishonesty in Frank Straub ouster

In testimony Wednesday afternoon at City Hall, Spokane Mayor David Condon repeatedly said his reason for requesting Frank Straub’s resignation in September 2015 was prompted by letters from police brass …


Spokane City Council doubles number of permissible garage, yard sales

The Spokane City Council unanimously approved a legal change Monday night that doubles the number of allowable garage and yard sales from two to four each year within city limits.


UPDATED: Wed., March 14, 2018, 8 p.m.

Spokane Planning Director Lisa Key terminated; Stuckart criticizes decision

The decision is part of planned restructuring in Mayor David Condon’s administration that officials said is intended to more seamlessly align neighborhood outreach with planning. But some City Council members …


Ethics Commission revives complaint against Mayor David Condon stemming from Frank Straub dismissal

The panel has agreed to listen to arguments in a complaint made by former City Council President Joe Shogan, who has filed multiple allegations against Mayor Condon for dishonesty in …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017, 11:27 a.m.

Spokane budget adds police, upgrades alleys and maintains homeless funding amid Public Works concerns

Lawmakers unanimously approved a spending plan bolstered by healthy sales and real estate tax receipts, but not before ushering through a series of amendments aimed at reversing some of the …


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.


Zombie houses plague neighborhoods and leave families heartbroken

Willabelle “Willy” Godfrey had always told her family she hoped another family would move into her home one day and start their own story after she died. Instead, the property …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 27, 2017, 7:43 a.m.

Spokane campaign group backed by fire union given maximum fine for 2015 violations

Spokane for Honest Government fined $7,000 for campaign reporting violations in the 2015 city elections.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 18, 2017, 7:34 p.m.

Mail delivery restored on West Wabash Avenue, but long-term solution still in the works

Mail delivery has resumed to residents in the three affected blocks of West Wabash Avenue that have had their mail stopped since June, but home delivery remains out of reach.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 3:05 p.m.

New cottages to house homeless families in Spokane

Construction began Tuesday on a cluster of cottages that will house chronically homeless people and families in northwest Spokane. Over the next year, Transitions, a nonprofit focused on lifting women …


UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 10:05 p.m.

City, federal officials meet with U.S. Postal Service over mail stoppage in Shadle-Garland

City officials and representives from the offices of Spokane’s Congressional delegation met Thursday with members of the U.S. Postal Service to discuss possible solutions to the mail stoppage in Shadle-Garland …


UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, 10:11 p.m.

Spokane agrees to settle sexual harassment lawsuit by former wastewater employee for $875K

Sonya O’Brien, who left city employ in 2013 after what she described as five years of harassment from male coworkers that included intimidation and defacing of a women’s locker room, …


UPDATED: Mon., April 24, 2017, 10:35 p.m.

Spokane human rights code changes become law without mayor’s signature

In a letter to the City Council, Mayor David Condon said there was no analysis performed on how much processing complaints at City Hall would cost Spokane and that new …


UPDATED: Mon., March 27, 2017, 11:13 p.m.

Spokane City Council passes new human rights protections, delays protections for renters who use subsidies

The Spokane City Council on Monday approved a legislative package compiling human rights protections, including a measure that prevents landlords from discriminating against tenants for accepting housing vouchers.


City hires Rick Romero to lead Spokane economic development initiative, skirting ethics ruling

Rick Romero will lead efforts to develop a citywide strategic plan for improving quality of life as a temporary seasonal worker. The designation limits the hours Romero can work on …


Spokane City Council approves budget that increases spending 17 percent in 2017

The Spokane City Council signed off on a $945 million spending plan that increases services for the poor and hires additional neighborhood resource officers to fight property crime. But Mayor …


Marijuana farmers, including Spokane City Council member, hinge hopes on harvest

During last year’s outdoor-grown marijuana harvest, state farmers produced 38 tons of the drug. State officials say this year’s crop may be even larger, and it will include pot grown …


Shawn Vestal: Spokane Mayor David Condon is wrong to ignore laws reining in his political appointees

Mayor David Condon believes that he can determine, on his own, which city laws to follow and which are “void.” Talk about a strong mayor.


New city attorney in jeopardy, council members say

City Councilmembers on Wednesday renewed their call for an elected city attorney, following involvement from new hire Laura McAloon prior to a revised version of the report into former Spokane …


Spokane City Council OKs ordinance requiring explanations of mayor’s appointees

By a 5-1 vote, the City Council will require Mayor David Condon to provide written explanations of whom new political appointees will supervise and to whom they will report.


Spokane City Council seeks to rein in mayor’s political appointees

Karen Stratton has proposed a pair of ordinances that would increase the City Council’s role in reviewing Mayor David Condon’s political appointments, citing management bloat and a lack of oversight. …


City Hall investigator says critics of the process are ‘uninformed’

The former federal prosecutor examining the firing of police Chief Frank Straub is pushing back against accusations that her investigation of Spokane City Hall is flawed.


Breean Beggs appointed to city committee investigating Spokane police chief controversy

A committee of Spokane City Hall officials that is helping lead the investigation into recent turmoil in the police department and at city hall got a new member Monday night: …


Developers deny they made threatening signs against Indian Trail neighbors

Two large, controversial housing projects in Spokane’s Indian Trail neighborhood already have neighbors worried about the potential traffic problems they may bring. But after a threatening note was left on …


Fagan questions Spokane’s signing of compassion charter

The Spokane City Council voted to sign the International Charter for Compassionate Communities this week, but not before one council member expressed concern over the charter organization’s efforts to combat …


Shawn Vestal: Stupidity on Facebook shouldn’t disqualify Condon ally

In a quick, quiet vote last night, four members of the City Council voted to punish a political opponent for daring to criticize them. Or – if you take a …