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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 …


Spokane lawmakers, water experts plan forum Tuesday night to discuss aquifer health

After several local governments expressed interest in buying some of Spokane’s water, city lawmakers are planning on forum to address the health of the region’s aquifer and the availability of …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 26, 2018, 9:44 p.m.

Monroe ‘road diet’ gets first contract approval ahead of planned construction this spring

The Spokane City Council has put pen-to-paper on the first portion of work along North Monroe Street to reduce traffic lanes from four to two. The city expects work to …


Spokane judge dismisses arcade’s claims in marijuana shop lawsuit

A request by the proprietors of Old Fashioned Fun Arcade to shutter a nearby marijuana retailer was rejected by a Spokane County judge this month. The ruling allows Smokane to …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 16, 2018, 9:37 p.m.

Stuckart proposes gun tax to fund mental health services in Spokane

City Council President Ben Stuckart wants to levy a tax on sales of guns and ammunition within city limits, with the proceeds going to fund mental health programs. He’ll have …


Spokane Fire Department air packs found to be clear of contaminants

Spokane firefighters may soon breath easy again after a recent round of testing determined there are no contaminants in the department’s air tanks.


Spokane may have to pay $330,000 to demolish burned out Hillyard building that likely has asbestos

The building’s owner, Ivan Kriger, has not submitted plans to comply with a building official’s order that the property at 3011 E. Wellesley Ave. be torn down following a November …


Dawn Kinder confirmed to head Spokane’s neighborhood, business services

The 35-year-old Spokane native takes over for Jonathan Mallahan, who left his post at the city for a job with Catholic Charities earlier this year.


Browne’s Addition poised to seek historic property protection after Spokane City Council passes new laws

The Spokane City Council voted 6 to 1 Monday night to allow residents to band together to require extra review of any planned development replacing historically significant buildings. Residents of …


Spokane City Council sets vote on historic property preservation bill

The proposal would allow neighbors to band together to form local historic preservation districts. Any development within those districts would require extra scruting before demolition or building could occur. City …