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Spokane City Council steps in to slow push toward combined 911 center

The unanimous panel granted themselves approval authority over any additional steps to combine dispatch duties for emergency responders. The council had previously grilled members of Mayor David Condon’s administration about …


UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018, 10:21 a.m.

Spokane water denied to Five Mile Prairie land owner who sold land for pump station

City lawmakers say their hands are tied by local and state regulations that limit where they can extend water service. Ginny Beadle’s application was denied, despite part of her land …


Spokane to consider extending water service to Indian Trail, Beacon Hill developments

Amid the threat of legal action and opposition from neighbors, the Spokane City Council will consider three applications Monday to receive city water in areas beyond municipal borders and areas …


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 …


Spokane City Council dedicates $430,000 in public dollars to Catalyst building in University District

The money, taken from a pool of $2 million established several years ago to promote large-scale economic development in town, will go toward building streets and installing a waterline to …


UPDATED: Mon., June 25, 2018, 9:25 p.m.

Off-street parking lots waived for some apartment projects in Spokane

The Spokane City Council voted unanimously Monday night to offer an exemption from parking space requirements for some apartment complexes within city limits. The plan was pitched as a way …


UPDATED: Tue., June 19, 2018, 10:49 p.m.

Spokane school zone speed cameras snare 21,500 motorists, net $4 million in fines

Ticketing speeders in school zones has been a lucrative undertaking. Since 2016, the cameras have caught 21,500 drivers speeding past Longfellow and Finch elementary schools. The fines have generated $4 …


UPDATED: Mon., June 18, 2018, 11:47 p.m.

Spokane City Council tables salary cap, hiring ordinance for a month

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.


Rent spike at lower South Hill complex spurs city policy talks, pushes for further discussion

A deal has been struck to assist a half dozen residents of a lower South Hill apartment complex who faced an almost doubling of their rent following the sale of …


Spokane City Council gets pay raise in 2019, mayor’s salary stays flat

A volunteer panel of citizens handed the City Council and its leader raises of 3.5 percent and 6 percent, while keeping the mayor’s salary at $168,000. All are among the …


Spokane leaders have ‘no appetite’ for Seattle-like ‘head tax’ to address homelessness

Mayor David Condon and a majority of the Spokane City Council pointed to investments that have already been made in addressing housing issues within city limits that don’t necessitate taxing …


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: Thu., May 10, 2018, 9:38 p.m.

Women’s groups back Burke after councilwoman publishes online reply

Women’s groups back Spokane City Councilwoman Kate Burke for speaking up for women unable to speak for themselves.


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 …


Residents of homeless camps in Spokane to be directed to shelters under new law

New city laws aiming to protect Spokane’s publicly owned land will prohibit camping in the future. Those living in the camps will be directed to services, including shelters, unless all …


Camping, marijuana and drone use to be restricted under new rules for Spokane’s parks

The Spokane City Council is scheduled to consider Monday a suite of laws that will alter how the enforcement arm of the city’s Parks Department may respond to people staying …


UPDATED: Thu., May 3, 2018, 1:11 p.m.

Bullying concerns brought by Burke against Stuckart unfounded, city says

The city received concerns from newest City Councilwoman Kate Burke following a March meeting that featured an exchange with City Council President Ben Stuckart over the introduction of a letter …


Spokane City Council doubles number of permissible garage, yard sales

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.


Garage, yard sales could be more frequent under proposed Spokane law

In an effort to permit groups that use such sales to raise money, Spokane City Councilwoman Karen Stratton is proposing doubling the number of permissible yard sales within city limits …


UPDATED: Fri., April 13, 2018, 9:59 a.m.

Proposed Spokane River rules concern and anger some experienced paddlers

The Spokane City council will likely vote on a revised city ordinance governing the use of the Spokane River.


UPDATED: Sat., April 7, 2018, 9:41 p.m.

Dirt stockpile changes could contribute to $400,000 overrun for Liberty Park stormwater tank

City engineers said they had a verbal agreement to store dirt removed ahead of construction of a 2-million


Slower speed limits suggested near Spokane city parks

Neighborhood residents have been asking the city to address speeding on residential roads after a new state law was passed giving local governments more authority to set speed limits. One …


Monroe Street work begins next week as road construction season kicks off

The lane reduction project, which has sparked some controversy along the 1.1-mile stretch of road leading from Spokane’s downtown to the Garland District, is scheduled to begin work next week. …


UPDATED: Mon., March 26, 2018, 12:18 p.m.

Overtime glut: Spokane City employees earned nearly $12 million after hours last year

The amount was the highest its been in the past five years, which city officials attributed to retirements, labor contract requirements and other demands of the job.


UPDATED: Tue., March 20, 2018, 11:56 a.m.

Salary cap for Spokane city employees part of budget reforms proposed by Ben Stuckart

The City Council president said a limit on earnings at four times the median household income of the city was reasonable and would address citizen concerns about the city’s increased …


UPDATED: Wed., March 14, 2018, 8 p.m.

Spokane Planning Director Lisa Key terminated; Stuckart criticizes decision

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 …


Spokane explores publicly owned broadband network intended to open up internet services, drive down costs

Spokane City Councilman Breean Beggs has proposed the creation of a working group that would explore the possibility of the city getting into the high-speed internet industry.


UPDATED: Sat., March 10, 2018, 9:55 p.m.

Spokane lawmakers say ‘Live PD’ ordinance won’t impede news gathering

The law requiring consent to broadcast images of people who come into contact with law enforcement won’t stop local news outlets from conducting their business, city lawmakers said. But the …


Spokane Valley puts off construction of the Balfour Park-University segment of the Appleway Trail

Because of a funding deficit, the Spokane Valley City Council decided to put off design and construction


UPDATED: Sat., March 3, 2018, 8:13 p.m.

Police shows like ‘Live PD’ would get more restrictions under new Spokane law

The Spokane City Council is set to vote on a measure Monday night that would require “reality-based police shows” to obtain a business license and consent from the people they …