Stories tagged: Open Public Meetings Act
Sun., Sept. 18, 2016
Lincoln County leads way on government transparency
The right way to answer this wave of suspicion is to open up government by making more decisions in public and making information more readily available.
Sun., Aug. 21, 2016
Open meetings law toothless
No official has ever been found in violation of the 45-year-old Open Public Meetings Act, because it is practically impossible to enforce.
Tue., May 31, 2016, 4:08 p.m.
Shawn Vestal: Spokane Valley City Council needs to skin their cats in public
Could someone get the Spokane Valley City Council a copy of the state Open Meetings law?
Sat., May 28, 2016, 5 p.m.
Spokane Valley council majority emailed about city manager, police contract, before manager’s ouster
Spokane Valley Mayor Rod Higgins received an email on Feb. 12 suggesting that then-city manager Mike Jackson “would need to be put under control and quit hiding contracts and study …
Thu., April 28, 2016, 9:59 a.m.
Yakima speaking in codes with city manager pick
The Yakima City Council will vote Tuesday on finalists for the city manager position, but the public won’t know their identities.
Thu., Oct. 8, 2015
Our View: Broaden open meetings law
Government advisory boards that craft policy and offer recommendations should be subject to the Open Public Meetings Act.
Fri., April 24, 2015
Spat deepens among county commissioners
The fissure is growing among the three Republicans serving on the usually lock-step Spokane County Commission. A political battle over the proposed sales tax increase to fund public transit has …
Sat., Oct. 19, 2013
Spokane County commissioners’ urban growth session broke law, lawsuit says
Spokane County commissioners violated the state’s open public meetings law by holding a closed-door session with a state official last spring to consider expansion of the county’s urban growth area, …
Fri., June 15, 2012
Rodgers rejects MAC offer of two months pay
The terminated director of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture has declined an offer to go away quietly. Last week, an attorney representing the MAC board offered the museum’s …
Thu., May 10, 2012
Public openness urged with Planning Commission
A facilitator on Monday suggested the Spokane Valley Planning Commission adopt new policies regarding recusals and absences, and urged members to be aware of how their actions appear to the …
Thu., Feb. 23, 2012
Spokane Valley ready to move on shoreline plan
Work on the stalled shoreline master program resumed Tuesday as Spokane Valley’s City Council and planning commission held a joint meeting. Development of the shoreline plan stopped last summer after …
Sun., May 23, 2010
Unofficial meetings generate contention
The Spokane Valley City Council’s new majority started off its term in office by possibly violating the Open Public Meetings Act, meeting for coffee every day at a local grocery …
Wed., April 28, 2010
Health authority given more latitude
OLYMPIA – The Health Sciences and Services Authority of Spokane County got more ability to raise and spend money Tuesday under a law signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire. The authority …
Thu., April 22, 2010
End of dinners for Council
The Open Public Meetings Act, meals before council meetings and meeting times were all the subject of considerable discussion Tuesday by the Spokane Valley City Council. Deputy City Attorney Cary …
Thu., Jan. 7, 2010
Valley council coffee group could violate open meetings law
The new Spokane Valley City Council may have violated the Open Public Meetings Act before attending their first official council meeting Tuesday night. Four members of the seven-person council were …
Thu., Nov. 12, 2009
Newman Lake saying ‘no’
Additional ballot counting makes it clear that Newman Lake Fire and Rescue voters think three commissioners are enough. A proposal to increase the fire district’s board from three to five …
Sat., March 14, 2009
Park Board meets behind closed doors
The Spokane Park Board may have violated a public accountability law this week when it met behind closed doors to discuss how it will pay for the downtown YMCA. At …