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  • Votes usher in new power

    There’s a new majority in town. The Spokane City Council’s new, more conservative majority flexed its muscle in its first meeting of the year on Monday when it voted 4-2 …


  • New council already has its feathers ruffled

    The honeymoon period for the new Spokane City Council may have ended before its first regular meeting, with a debate about which council member should represent the city on the …


  • Spokane’s new mayor takes the reins

    Now all David Condon has to do is wait. After a year of researching, campaigning, debating and fundraising in what some thought was a long-shot bid to become mayor of …


  • Shawn Vestal: Completing streets might prevent more ghosts

    They call them Ghost Bikes. You’ve likely seen them around town over the past year or so: bikes painted all white, chained to a post or fence. They memorialize, in …


  • City won’t add two ballot questions

    Voters will have to make a decision on a proposed citizens initiative without the observations of elected city leaders on the same ballot. The Spokane City Council on Monday rejected …


  • Councilwoman wants Prop 1 advisories on November ballot

    Spokane voters could get a hint from the Spokane City Council when deciding the fate of a citizens initiative on the November ballot. The City Council will consider on Monday …


  • New art graces Spokane Valley

    A crowd of about 50 people gathered Friday to see the unveiling of a new larger-than-life bronze statue on the north side of CenterPlace. The statue of a Native American …


  • City, county taking up redistricting

    Spokane city and county officials soon will be jumping into the most interesting political numbers game of 2011, the redrawing of boundaries based on the latest population figures. Although data …


  • For leaders, fire district idea gaining economic appeal

    Spokane leaders have a new idea for solving their budget woes: Give up the Spokane Fire Department. Mayor Mary Verner has formed a committee to study the creation of a …


  • House bill would end statute of limitation on rape of child by adult

    OLYMPIA – Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin was among victims of child sexual abuse urging the Legislature on Wednesday to drop the statute of limitations that they say shields pedophiles …


  • Nancy McLaughlin recounts abuse during House testimony

    OLYMPIA – Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin was among victims of child sexual abuse urging the Legislature Wednesday to drop the statute of limitations that they say shields pedophiles from …


  • Council lowers developer taxes

    Taxes on new development will be significantly lower than proposed thanks to a last-minute decision by the Spokane City Council. With a 4-2 vote, the council on Monday approved impact …


  • Spokane’s sewage system undergoing quiet upgrade

    When it rains in Spokane, it pours sewage into the Spokane River. Faced with a 2017 deadline to stop discharging millions of gallons of raw sewage annually into the Spokane …


  • City vehicle tab tax in limbo

    The Spokane City Council is balking on plans to impose a new $20 tax on vehicles this year, and in a surprise move shifted money away from road plowing and …


  • City of Spokane weighs development taxes

    Potential taxes on new development approved two years ago would finally be collected under a proposal being considered by the Spokane City Council. The taxes are one-time “impact fees” paid …


  • Deal with firefighters would preserve jobs

    Spokane firefighters avoid layoffs under a tentative agreement accepted this week by Mayor Mary Verner. If the deal is approved by union members and City Council, Local 29 of the …


  • Firefighters make concessions to save jobs

    Spokane firefighters avoid layoffs under a tentative agreement accepted this week by Mayor Mary Verner. If the deal is approved by union members and City Council, Local 29 of the …


  • Council members send tab tax support to county

    Creation of an annual vehicle tab tax of $20 appears to be gaining support on the Spokane City Council. A letter signed by six of the seven Spokane City Council …


  • City agrees to pay $5 million for new software, training

    Though facing a $12 million shortfall next year, and the likelihood of layoffs, the Spokane City Council voted Monday to spend $5 million for a new software system and the …


  • License plate tab fee won’t be on ballot

    Even though a new $20 tax on license plate tabs got pulled off the agenda Monday by the Spokane City Council, city leaders said they expect to bring it back …


  • $20 tab tax could get OK without public vote

    The Spokane City Council has pulled a proposal for tonight’s meeting that would have added a new vehicle license tab fee.Even though a new $20 tax on license plate tabs …


  • Spokane City Council mixed on proposed tab fees

    Facing daunting shortfalls in revenue, the Spokane City Council will discuss tonight instituting a tax on vehicle license tabs. Councilman Bob Apple said he will bring a proposal forward for …


  • City contemplates pink slips for 120

    More than 120 city employees could face pink slips at the end of the year unless city unions agree to concessions or the City Council increases taxes, officials warned Tuesday. …


  • Council votes to retain elevator inspections

    Spokane will keep its elevator inspection program rather than turn it over to the state. The Spokane City Council on Monday voted 5-2 to more than double inspection fees to …


  • Cities, county will examine SCRAPS facility needs

    A proposed new regional animal-control shelter got a scratch behind the ears and a pat on the shoulders Friday. Elected officials from Spokane, Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake and Spokane County …


  • Spokane City Council keeping its full-time aide

    A couple months after increasing the hours of the assistants for each City Council member, the Spokane City Council on Monday decided to maintain the council’s full-time senior executive assistant. …


  • Council votes to look into ‘complete streets’

    Bike lanes, improved sidewalks and other transportation amenities will get a renewed focus in the city of Spokane. The Spokane City Council agreed Monday to direct city workers to “identify …


  • Policy would emphasize user-friendly Spokane streets

    With a populace that has complained loudly for decades about bumpy roads, Spokane’s focus on street money is creating smoother rides for cars. But with voices growing for better bike …


  • Council seeks more assistance

    Although facing significant budget troubles in 2011, Spokane City Council members today will consider spending $50,000 to increase the hours worked by their personal assistants. Once considered a part-time job, …


  • Editorial: With too much discord, City Council can’t do its job

    For a while on Monday, it looked like the Spokane City Council was climbing aboard Mr. Peabody’s wayback machine for a return to the time, five or six years ago, …

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