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Condon touts progress on environmental policies, chooses not to sign climate change ordinance

The mayor said this week he had continued concerns about the future costs of some of the covenants agreed to by the City Council last month. Spokane has already taken …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 2, 2017, 10:16 p.m.

Condon adds real estate broker, political fundraiser to mayor’s office to focus on economic development

Charlie Wolff, of SDS Realty, will focus on the city’s efforts to promote infill development and sell public real estate, the mayor said. Dawn Sugasa, a political fundraiser for the …


UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 10:27 p.m.

Utility rate increases of 2.9 percent through 2020 approved by unanimous City Council

The rate increases, which are tied to the city’s estimated 25-year average of inflation, will be used to continue funding improvements to Spokane’s water treatment facilities. They take effect Jan. …


UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017, 10:49 p.m.

Local leaders offer optimism following Avista’s announced sale to Hydro One

City, county and state elected officials said Wednesday they were heartened by the utility’s public message following the announced sale that it would maintain its commitment to partnerships in and …


Downtown Spokane has long history of experimentation, controversy with parking

The Washington Supreme Court had to decide whether downtown Spokane would install parking meters back in the 1940s. Today, rates are competitive with other similar-size cities, but officials are calling …


Riverfront Park redesign continues a legacy of balance

Honoring the past and envisioning the future are two of the key goals decision-makers in the $64 million redesign of Riverfront Park are trying to achieve.


Spokane Gives month of charity sees more than $2.5 million in volunteer work

The fourth annual Spokane Gives month of charity saw a record number of volunteers, who worked on projects from homelessness to community beautification.


UPDATED: Mon., May 15, 2017, 11:22 p.m.

Spokane City Council narrowly approves former U.S. Attorney Mike Ormsby as city attorney

Supporters on the council touted Ormsby’s long career of public service and professionalism, but critics pointed to the continued debt of bonds issued for a downtown parking garage under his …


UPDATED: Wed., May 3, 2017, 10:31 p.m.

A new $25,000 grant hopes to fund programs that serve Spokane-area youth outside of school.

A new $25,000 grant is designed to fund programs that serve Spokane-area youth outside of school.


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., April 17, 2017, 11:03 p.m.

Amnesty program offered for SCRAPS pet licensing in May

Late fees for pet licensing will be waived in May to draw in more participants


UPDATED: Tue., April 11, 2017, 12:35 p.m.

City Council asks Mayor Condon to cap overtime, enhance civilian oversight in negotiations with Spokane Police Guild

In a letter to Mayor David Condon agreed to Monday night, the Spokane City Council requested negotiations with the police union include caps on overtime hours and a more defined …


UPDATED: Fri., March 24, 2017, 10:41 p.m.

New tax on sodas could be Spokane City Council’s answer to police staffing woes

Mayor David Condon said the city has recruited 29 new police officers over the past several years in response to a cultural audit that found many Spokane police personnel felt …


Spokane routing non-emergency medical calls away from ambulances, ERs

9-1-1 callers with medical problems that are not emergencies are being referred to driver services other than ambulances, and taken to urgent care centers rather than emergency rooms, under a …


UPDATED: Fri., March 3, 2017, 10:01 p.m.

Spokane seeking replacement for longtime fire Chief Bobby Williams following retirement

The city has announced it will conduct a nationwide search that will end in June with the selection of Spokane’s first new fire chief since 1988. Fire Chief Bobby Williams …


UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017, 10:35 p.m.

Ceremony marks 75 years of service at Fairchild Air Force Base

Hundreds turn out Wednesday for a 75th anniversary celebration at FAFB


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 10:36 p.m.

Bigger crews, new equipment and materials called in to combat Spokane’s potholes

Mayor David Condon said residents deserved a more concentrated approach to repairing the city’s pothole problem, during a news conference Friday. Workers from the sewer and water departments will be …


Doug Clark: They’re not potholes, they’re Spokane pits of opportunity

Columnist Doug Clark imagines what bits of constructive criticism former streets director Mark Serbousek might leave for his successor, as Spokane grapples with its seemingly endless pothole problem.


Ethics Commission again declines charges brought against Mayor Condon

Former City Council President Joe Shogan, whose ethics complaint against Mayor David Condon has now been dismissed twice by the city’s Ethics Commission, said he’ll refile one more time over …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 15, 2017, 4:27 p.m.

Ousted Spokane street director writing reports on improving city streets while officials determine future

Mark Serbousek is preparing reports for Public Works Director Scott Simmons on how things could be performed differently in the streets department, a city spokeswoman said Wednesday. Serbousek was relieved …


Mayor Condon receives national award honoring commitment to public service

The group Voices for National Service awarded their local leadership award to Mayor David Condon in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday for his work on the Spokane Gives initiative, which promotes …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 10, 2017, 9:31 p.m.

Spokane Mayor David Condon announces crackdown on car thieves in his State of the City address

The city will start an annual allocation of $425,000 of federal grant money to assist small businesses in 2017, Mayor David Condon said Friday. Police will also form a task …


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 to consider public records policy changes as part of Frank Straub settlement

Mayor David Condon proposed an addition to the city’s ethics code making intentionally withholding public records a penalty punishable at the city level. The change was a requirement in the …


Spokane Fire Chief Bobby Williams to retire in January after 28 years at helm

The longest-serving fire chief in Spokane’s history will retire in January. Fire Chief Bobby Williams, who was named head of the Spokane Fire Department during Mayor Vicki McNeill’s administration, will …


Spokane City Hall wants to use school-zone camera windfall to hire more police

Both Spokane Mayor David Condon and the Spokane City Council want four new neighborhood resource officers in next year’s budget to battle property crime. They say the only way to …


Craig Meidl gets City Council’s confirmation, will lead Spokane Police Department

After his initial appointment by Mayor David Condon caused a rift with the City Council, a majority voted Monday to confirm Craig Meidl as Spokane’s permanent police chief following the …


Downtown construction of Lincoln and Monroe streets will be completed next year

A single layer of asphalt will be laid down on Lincoln and Monroe streets downtown to allow full traffic flow during the winter, following a busy summer that left some …


Columbus Day confusion at City Hall ends with rescinded proclamation

City Council members said they were confused by a proclamation from Mayor David Condon that would have recognized Christopher Columbus in Spokane on Monday. The council voted to rename the …


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.