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  • Condon to take oath as mayor

    The new faces of Spokane city government will take their oaths of offices on three successive days late next week. Mayor-elect David Condon will be sworn in at 10:30 a.m. …


  • City Council backs ‘complete streets’ rules

    The Spokane City Council late Monday, in the last meeting before four of the members will be replaced, voted 5-2 in favor of a “complete streets” ordinance.


  • City Council OKs two-year contract with SpokAnimal

    Voter rejection of new taxes last month to pay for a regional animal control system sent Spokane city leaders back to their old standby. The City Council voted unanimously Monday …


  • Rush proposes end to city utility tax

    It was as if pigs had grown wings and landed on the roof of Spokane City Hall. George McGrath, a conservative, longtime follower and critic of the City Council, approached …


  • Clark: Council’s last gasp evokes past pungent pranks

    I’d like to extend rare Clark kudos to lame-duck Spokane City Council members for adhering to that tried-and-true American tradition of screwing over the incoming political opponents. This sort of …


  • Rush forgos hand recount, concedes race

    Spokane City Councilman Richard Rush said Saturday he has decided against paying for a hand recount in his race against Mike Allen. Rush said that after further consideration of the …


  • City cuts Youth Department

    Roland Chase has a message for incoming leaders of Spokane’s city government: “I would not turn my back on the youth of Spokane.”


  • Recounts confirm returns; hand count still to come

    Mike Allen’s lead over Richard Rush grew by three votes, to 91, on Wednesday after a recount in the Spokane City Council election for the city’s south district. But the …


  • City appoints new library trustee

    A retiring Spokesman-Review columnist and writer is the newest member the Spokane Library board of trustees. The Spokane City Council on Monday unanimously approved Mayor Mary Verner’s appointment of Jim …


  • Council considers rezoning, sale of vacant N. Monroe property

    Neighbors of vacant ground viewed daily by thousands of motorists in north Spokane are worried about what the city may do with the two acres that include a significant bluff …


  • Spokane Councilman Rush to pay for hand recount

    Spokane City Councilman Richard Rush, who trails former Councilman Mike Allen by 88 votes, submitted a check Friday to the Spokane County Elections Office for $6,240 to pay for a …


  • Vote recount will test new machines

    Spokane County election officials took advantage Thursday of an opportunity to test their vote-counting machines for free. The county Canvassing Board – Auditor Vicky Dalton, Commissioner Al French and County …


  • Downtown shifts districts

    Downtown Spokane residents who voted for Councilman-elect Mike Fagan won’t be represented by him once he’s sworn in. That’s because the main core of Spokane will shift Jan. 1 from …


  • With 650 miles of missing sidewalks, taking to streets has risk

    There are 970 miles of streets in Spokane. Along them there are some 650 miles of missing sidewalks, if you consider both sides of the street. Where sidewalks exist, there …


  • Shogan aside draws protest

    After years of frustration over Spokane City Council President Joe Shogan’s temper, a majority of council members for the first time this week engaged in a minor protest of Shogan’s …


  • Many candidates, issues familiar from past ballots

    Washington voters checking their ballots this weekend for the first time may feel a sense of déjà vu. They voted last year on proposals to get the state out of …


  • Outdated city firetrucks getting new assignment

    Two Spokane firetrucks have been saved from the scrap pile by a decision to donate them to volunteer fire departments in Guatemala. The 1977 pumpers manufactured by American LaFrance haven’t …


  • Endangered Spokane department down to one employee

    Steve Parker squeezes the handle on the gas pump for a final jolt to hit 5 gallons. The station’s pump records 5 gallons. If he were a normal customer, he …


  • Candidates for council District 3 talk jobs

    The race to represent Northwest Spokane has turned into one about priorities. Is the top priority jobs, as Steve Salvatori argues, or is jobs one of many priorities, as Joy …


  • Rush, Allen lock horns

    As a member of the Spokane City Council, Richard Rush hasn’t been afraid of controversy. He led the charge to create the city’s new controversial water rates, and while others …


  • City Council seat rivals weigh in on issues

    Candidates for Spokane City Council responded to 20 questions from The Spokesman-Review soon after filing to run for the office. Because only two candidates filed to run for the south …


  • Verner looking to limit burden

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner warned Monday that her budget for 2012 will focus on spending cuts rather than new taxes to help cover projected shortfalls. “We also must limit the …


  • Council limits police reviews

    Spokane’s police ombudsman on Monday lost the power to independently investigate misconduct allegations against the city’s law enforcement officers. The Spokane City Council voted 5-2 Monday to repeal police oversight …


  • Board awaits vote on liquor sign rule

    The Spokane City Council could vote Monday on whether the city should regulate the number of alcohol signs liquor licensees can have that are visible from the street. In April …


  • Billboard sponsor unidentified

    The person who paid for five billboards criticizing the Spokane City Council and Mayor Mary Verner for their decisions on water rates plans to remain anonymous. Five billboards were erected …


  • Mayor renews water rate debate

    The long summer debate over water rates in Spokane apparently will extend into the fall. Spokane Mayor Mary Verner this week promised to float a new proposal on water rates …


  • Council delays ombudsman vote

    The Spokane City Council isn’t giving up on stronger police oversight, at least not for two more weeks. The council voted 6-0 this week to delay a decision on whether …


  • Spokane City Council hires lawyer to look into ombudsman law

    The Spokane City Council isn’t giving up on stronger police oversight, at least not for two more weeks. The council voted 6-0 this week to delay action on the possible …


  • City announces choice for planning director

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner has selected a new planning director, a position that has been empty for nearly two years.


  • Panel won’t overturn decision on police ombudsman’s powers

    Efforts to expand the Spokane police ombudsman’s authority to conduct independent investigations into alleged officer misconduct have suffered another blow. The state Public Employment Relations Commission has not only rejected …


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