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City to resume sit-lie enforcement in February

Now that Spokane’s shelter capacity has increased by 275, the city will resume enforcing a law that bars people from sitting, sleeping or lying on the streets of downtown Spokane …


Spokane City Council passes infill regulations

The Spokane City Council unanimously approved a series of infill regulations, allowing less parking, taller homes and smaller lots in some parts of the city.


Spokane City Council approves Sportsplex agreement

The Spokane City Council approved an agreement which will soon allow the city to purchase property and begin design and other work on the the $42 million Sportsplex project.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019, 9:21 p.m.

U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear appeal from former Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub

The nation’s highest court denied a request to look at the case of Frank Straub, who alleged wrongful termination in his ouster from city employ in September 2015. Straub was …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 10:12 a.m.

Kevin Parker, Michael Baumgartner say they won’t run for Spokane mayor; KXLY anchor Nadine Woodward says she has ‘no immediate plans’

As the race for Spokane mayor draws closer, local leaders say the pool of candidates will likely narrow and stronger candidates will come forward later in the election season. Two …


Spokane City Council may allow less parking, taller homes in some parts of city

Spokane City Council is considering loosening parking restrictions and allowing taller buildings in some parts of the city, which supporters say will increase development and create more options for homeownership.


Spokane Poet Laureate Mark Anderson, Spokane Arts launch Poetry at the Podium

Poetry at the Podium will give more than 30 poets a year the chance to read a poem at council meetings during the time set aside for “Words of Inspiration.”


Spokane to pave 54 miles of dirt, gravel roads across the city

The City of Spokane has approved a funding plan to start paving the 54 miles of unpaved roads across the city, starting with District 1 and 2.


As outcry over public sleeping ban continues, officials say illegal camping has as well

As public outcry over laws prohibiting camping, sitting or sleeping on public property grows, city officials and police say illegal camping is more wide spread than it has been in …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 21, 2018, 6:46 a.m.

Shelter for young adults to open in downtown Spokane at Westminster Congregational Church

Westminster Congregational United Church of Christ will soon be able to host up to 25 young people in a warming center a 10-minute walk from downtown Spokane.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 24, 2018, 3:11 p.m.

Ethics complaints filed against City Councilwoman Kate Burke; at least two then withdrawn

Three people filed ethics complaints against City Councilwoman Kate Burke, saying her participation in a protest with homeless activists in front of City Hall disqualified her from voting on homeless …


City of Spokane considering giving University District $1 million property on east edge of downtown

The city of Spokane may soon give a property with a $1 million estimated value at the edge of downtown Spokane to the University District as it scales back other …


U-District’s $15.4 million bridge finished, but controversy over delays and bike landing continue

Three months late, and on the chilly cusp of winter, the bicycle and pedestrian bridge in Spokane’s University District is finally open.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 24, 2018, 3:14 p.m.

Spokane City Council wants other cities to help pay for homeless services

After agreeing to increase funding for to address homelessness, the Spokane City Council voted unanimously to ask other cities to provide for the basic needs of their homeless population.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 13, 2018, 6:50 p.m.

City, developer disagree over including road in South Hill housing project

City staff, the Greenstone development company and dozens of neighbors to a new development on the South Hill made their case in a hearing Wednesday over whether a road should …


Spokane City Council puts property tax to pay more firefighters, police on ballot

A new property tax that would pay for 20 police officers and 30 firefighters as well as criminal justice programs will be on the ballot in February after the Spokane …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 10, 2018, 11:30 p.m.

Spokane City Council passes Uber and Lyft regulations

Spokane City Council unanimously approved new regulations on ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft, which would require safety inspections, licenses and a surcharge on rides.


Lyft, Uber drivers will have to pay new fees, follow new rules under Spokane City Council proposal

After more than two years of talks, the Spokane City Council seems poised to pass new local regulations on ride-hailing company drivers that will include a new driver’s license fee …


As new shelters open, Spokane to enforce anti-camping law

Residents of Camp Hope, the homeless encampment built around the side entrance of city hall, were told by law enforcement Thursday that they had 48 hours to leave the property …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 5, 2018, 8:49 p.m.

City Councilman Breean Beggs to run for city council president

City CouncilmanBreean Beggs has filed to run for city council president, saying he hopes to continue his work on criminal justice reform and help the council and the mayor’s office …


Spokane City Council considers $5.8 million property tax increase for police, firefighters

The city of Spokane may ask voters to approve a $5.8 million increase in property taxes to pay 30 firefighters and hire 20 new police officers in a special election …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018, 7:24 a.m.

Salem Lutheran Church to open warming shelter in gym

Salem Lutheran Church’s gym will soon become the first in a network of new warming centers to serve those who might not have anywhere else to go this winter.


Spokane Police oversight panel files formal complaint against department alleging lack of access to reports, footage

The Police Ombudsman Commission is arguing that members of the department are withholding certain information needed to perform civilian oversight of law enforcement. The complaint comes in the midst of …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 27, 2018, 7:02 a.m.

Spokane City Council overrides veto, stalling region-wide 911 integration plan

After outcry from dispatchers and the city’s firefighters union, the Spokane City Council overode the mayor’s veto and blocked a planned regionwide 911 integration which critics say may not improve …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 26, 2018, 8:20 p.m.

Protesters line up to stop cleanup at Spokane City Hall homeless camp

In the freezing-cold early-morning hours Monday, about two dozen activists assembled with a small group of homeless people to


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 26, 2018, 9:34 a.m.

Early endorsements stack up for mayoral candidates

The two men who have already announced intentions to replace outgoing Mayor David Condon have almost a year before their names might be on the ballot.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 25, 2018, 10:16 p.m.

Activists plan rally after city threatens to remove homeless protesters’ belongings from outside City Hall

After a group of homeless people camping in front of city hall in protest were notified that their belongings would be cleared away in 48 hours, a group of protesters …


Spokane City Council to vote on fake service animal law

The Spokane City Council will soon vote on an ordinance that would impose a civil infraction for people who are caught misrepresenting their pet as a service animal.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 9:40 p.m.

Mayor vetoes council’s ordinance which stopped countywide integration of 911

Spokane Mayor David Condon has vetoed an ordinance that would stop a countywide 911 integration by requiring city dispatchers to only work with city police and firefighters.


City Council suspends sit-lie law amid shelter-bed shortage

After litigation concerns and the loss of 150 shelter beds in September, the Spokane City Council voted to suspend a law that banned people from sitting, or sleeping on sidewalks …