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  • Editorial: Good timing gives city time to talk about budget

    Such gloomy news on such a beautiful day. But nobody should be surprised that the city of Spokane’s budget requires more surgery. It’s best to get the news out now, …


  • Library cuts could mean branch closure

    A city library branch faces closure at the end of the year as a result of Mayor Mary Verner’s proposed 2011 budget. Verner on Wednesday announced her strategy to deal …


  • No sugarcoating Spokane’s ‘dismal’ budget

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner on Wednesday outlined a grim budget proposal for 2011 that would eliminate 18.5 police jobs and nine firefighter positions and make city services available just four …


  • Spokane, Valley mayors’ census bet ends in tie

    Let Spokane Valley Mayor Tom Towey’s recent bet on the census be a warning to finalize the fine details before agreeing to a wager with Spokane Mayor Mary Verner. Lest …


  • Maybe she’ll be our first cereal mayor

    On Thursday, Mary Verner demonstrated her complete lack of understanding of the dark forces that rule this city by launching her campaign for a second term as mayor of Spokane. …


  • Verner launches re-election bid

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner on Thursday held a $40-a-plate campaign kickoff breakfast for her re-election bid. That’s 18 months before Election Day.


  • City explores opening jail

    The city of Spokane wants to spend less money housing low-risk inmates and will begin exploring cheaper options, including the possibility of creating its own minimum-security lockup rather than relying …


  • Verner says new taxes not an option

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner says she’s not considering new taxes to bail the city out of its $10 million hole for 2011. City leaders will present a preliminary budget plan …


  • Spokane wants cheaper jail costs

    The city of Spokane wants to spend less money housing low-risk inmates and will begin exploring cheaper options, including the possibility of creating its own minimum-security lockup rather than rely …


  • Earth Hour event turns into face-off

    Global warming protesters generated a lot of heat Saturday night at the entrance to Spokane City Hall.


  • Trail completion in doubt

    A state determination barring the construction of new trails along some portions of the Spokane River could cause further headaches in the two-decade effort to complete the popular Centennial Trail. …


  • Rally marks anniversary of Zehm altercation

    About 40 people chanted and held signs Thursday to remember the fourth anniversary of the confrontation with Spokane police that left unarmed shopper Otto Zehm fatally injured. The gathering was …


  • Mayor cites innovation in face of deficit

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner said Friday her administration has “plans in place and work under way” to deal with another deficit facing the city. “As we go about our business …


  • Verner says ‘plans in place’ to deal with 2011 deficit

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner said Friday her administration has “plans in place and work under way” to deal with another deficit facing the city.


  • Park board backs mayor’s choice

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner has opted against making another change in the leadership of the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department. After firing one director in 2007 and forcing the resignation …


  • Verner taps Eadie to fill park job

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner has opted against making another change in the leadership of the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department.


  • Greater ombudsman powers urged

    A coalition of organizations called on Spokane City Hall last week to create stronger oversight of its police force, but some elected leaders say they want to give the new …


  • Officials hail city’s improved bond rating

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner said Friday she’s confident the city will maintain its new higher bond rating despite dire 2010 budget projections. Standard & Poor’s informed the city this week …


  • Obama, Verner talk trade

    Spokane’s mayor on Thursday got a brief audience with President Barack Obama at the White House. Mary Verner was one of about a half dozen mayors Obama picked to ask …


  • Verner gets chance to question Obama

    Spokane’s mayor on Thursday got a brief audience with President Obama at the White House. Mary Verner was one of about a half dozen mayors Obama picked to ask questions …


  • Red light cameras yet to signal safety

    Intersections where Spokane installed red light cameras in 2008 in the name of safety saw an increase in crashes and injuries in the first year of the controversial program. There …


  • Spokane City Council OKs 2010 budget

    Spokane leaders last week climbed out of a $7 million budget hole and approved the city’s 2010 budget with no layoffs and no dramatic loss of city services. The approval …


  • Spokane sewer rates to rise

    Sewer rates in Spokane will jump almost $5 a month next year. The Spokane City Council on Monday approved the new rates, which were proposed by Spokane Mayor Mary Verner, …


  • Spokane economic official steps down

    Citing concerns about her inability to “change the culture” at City Hall, Spokane’s top economic development official has submitted her resignation. Theresa Sanders, director of planning, community and economic development, …


  • Spokane’s top economic development official resigns

    Citing concerns about her inability to “change the culture” at City Hall, the city’s top economic development official has submitted her resignation.


  • City Council faces deadline on $4.3 million for YMCA

    The $4.3 million question facing city leaders Monday isn’t whether to buy the old downtown YMCA. They purchased the 43-year-old building months ago.


  • Union releases deal’s terms

    City Hall’s largest union will give up half of its promised 2010 pay raise to prevent layoffs, if the Spokane City Council signs off on a new agreement. Officials last …


  • Greenfield Estates annexation OK’d

    About 150 people are about to become Spokane residents. The Spokane City Council this week approved the annexation of Greenfield Estates, an 83-lot subdivision that borders Hillyard.


  • City, police deal would let Spokane hire 10 officers

    A tentative deal Spokane city leaders made this week with the Spokane Police Guild would save 12 police officer positions next year, city administrators said Wednesday. The guild is the …


  • Deal with police guild to save 12 jobs, officials say

    A tentative two-year deal Spokane city leaders made this week with the Spokane Police Guild will save 12 police officer jobs next year, administrators said today.