Stories tagged: Karen Stratton
UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 24, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
The City’s Human Resources Department has begun investigating four city council members after employees reported they had been bullied during public meetings.
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 16, 2018, 7:52 p.m.
The Spokane Police Department is now authorized to use drones when investigating crimes and trying to locate missing or fleeing people after the City Council approved a resolution 5-2 Monday …
UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 15, 2018, 8:07 p.m.
The city may soon be able to give its unused properties to developers and non-profit organizations who agree to build affordable housing for Spokane’s low-income or elderly residents.
UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 26, 2018, 7:03 a.m.
The Spokane City Council unanimously passed an ordinance that increases council oversight of city hiring and caps city employee pay at four times Spokane’s median household income.
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 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.
Mon., May 14, 2018, 10:33 p.m.
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.
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 …
Mon., April 16, 2018, 9:03 p.m.
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.
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 …
Fri., Jan. 19, 2018
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 …
Sun., Nov. 19, 2017, 5 a.m.
The Condon administration moved seven employees from one office to another.
Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 6 a.m.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Wed., Dec. 21, 2016, 7:53 p.m.
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 …
Mon., Nov. 28, 2016, 8:44 p.m.
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 …
Fri., Oct. 21, 2016, 2 p.m.
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 …
Tue., Oct. 4, 2016, 4:01 p.m.
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.
Wed., July 27, 2016, 7:31 p.m.
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 …
Mon., June 27, 2016, 8:30 p.m.
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.
Sun., June 26, 2016, 4 a.m.
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. …
Mon., April 4, 2016, 4:52 p.m.
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.