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UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 27, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

City Council seeks emergency shelters as House of Charity cuts loom

City Council voted unanimously to solicit proposals from organizations that could operate overnight shelters nightly during the winter, not just when temperatures dipped below freezing.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 10:39 a.m.

Spokane City Council adopts law calling for 2030 adoption of exclusively renewable electricity

A packed chambers of the Spokane City Council urged the panel to approve the law Monday night, beneath a smoky sky and a blood-red sun. Lawmakers did just that, after …


Renewable energy goal creates familiar tension between business, environment concerns

The Spokane City Council will consider a law Monday that calls for the city to use 100 percent renewable energy by the year 2030. Spokane Mayor David Condon has expressed …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 13, 2018, 8:20 p.m.

Spokane City Council approves $300,000 road paving project with car tab fees

The work will be completed this fall to the Lower Crossing neighborhood, which has experienced washouts in recent years on the only road that leads to the small cluster of …


Car tab fees would be used to pay for paving of dirt road to small, historic neighborhood near Kendall Yards

City officials and neighbors say paving a 900-foot stretch of dirt road is necessary due to the threat of uncontrollable fires and stormwater runoff. But a citizens board tasked with …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 6, 2018, 10:23 p.m.

City Council approves advisory vote for sports stadium

Spokane voters will have a voice in the location of a new sports stadium, the Spokane City Council decided Monday night.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 1, 2018, 6:15 p.m.

Editorial: Let voters decide whether to build a downtown stadium

Spokane stands at the kind of juncture that comes along once in a generation. Should the city raise $10 million to help build a new stadium and parking garage downtown?


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 1, 2018, 7:04 a.m.

Downtown Spokane stadium plan gets backing from boosters, maybe a second chance from City Council

City Councilwoman Lori Kinnear is working against the clock to have her colleagues reconsider their vote against a bond measure that would ask taxpayers to cover the cost of building …


UPDATED: Mon., July 30, 2018, 8:23 p.m.

City Council rejects plan for downtown Spokane sports stadium; mayor calls vote ‘disappointing’

The Spokane City Council rejected an ambitious effort led by the mayor to build a downtown sports stadium in partnership with Spokane Public Schools.


Shawn Vestal: Don’t get hung up on stadium in plan to improve schools

The most exciting, vital pieces of a massive city-school bond proposal lie right under the shadow cast by a plan to build a stadium: New schools. New libraries. New playfields …


UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018, 5:47 p.m.

Spokane City Council, school board will meet Wednesday to discuss downtown stadium, bond projects

A public hearing on planned November bond measures will be held Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m. at the Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Elected officials are expected …


House of Charity, city of Spokane agree to end 24/7 shelter, citing health and safety concerns

Around-the-clock staffing will end Sept. 1 at the downtown emergency shelter House of Charity, which has been put on life support multiple times by city funds since opening two years …


UPDATED: Mon., July 23, 2018, 10:35 p.m.

Spokane City Council approves millions of dollars in reserve funds for housing, street and downtown projects

About $30 million was moved from reserve accounts for specific projects planned in the final two years of Mayor David Condon’s term, which includes a city investment in the new …


Spokane City Council could have final say on ballot measure to fund downtown stadium

Rick Romero offered Spokane School Board members a way out of a thorny decision over whether they’d ask voters to pay for a downtown sports stadium Wednesday night. The inclusion …


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 …