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Editorial: Ombudsman ordinance should only get stronger

Though we must wait another week, the Spokane City Council looks to be on the verge of adopting a stronger police ombudsman ordinance. This is good news, because the community …


Council to buy two buildings for police work, evidence

Mayor Mary Verner won unanimous support Monday for her plan to buy a police evidence warehouse and an office building by borrowing from the city’s main investment fund. The City …


Spokane council postpones vote on police ombudsman

The long debate over the power of Spokane’s new police ombudsman will last at least one more week. Early Tuesday morning, the Spokane City Council voted 6-1 to delay a …


Council delays ombudsman decision

The long debate over the power of Spokane’s new police ombudsman will last at least one more week. Early Tuesday morning, the Spokane City Council voted 6-1 to delay a …


City Council delays vote on ombudsman request

Spokane City Council President Joe Shogan announced just after midnight today that there would not be a vote during the session about providing the ombudsman the power to conduct independent …


Former official criticizes council on shoreline rules

Spokane’s former chief operating officer suggested Monday that the city and state used “Chicago-style politics” in the creation of shoreline protections that would restrict development along part of his property …


Police ombudsman debate runs late into night

The Spokane City Council Monday night debated late into the evening about a plan giving the city’s police ombudsman authority to conduct independent investigations into police misconduct.


City to buy warehouse for police evidence

Fifteen months after voters rejected a tax to pay for a new police evidence building, city officials say they can open an improved facility without new taxes. The city announced …


Spokane City Council delays police oversight decision

Two dozen people urged the Spokane City Council to let the city police ombudsman listen to someone other than police about police misconduct, but a confidential legal memo stood in …


Hearing will address council salary freeze

The Spokane Salary Review Commission is recommending a freeze in City Council salaries.


‘Do not mail’ can’t gain traction

Post office employees are fighting a proposal to allow people to “opt out” from receiving bulk mail. On Monday, the Spokane City Council rejected a nonbinding resolution asking the state …


Group seeks legal review of initiatives

Initiatives proposed by the Spokane Patriots, a conservative activist group, will get a legal review from city attorneys before supporters start gathering signatures.


Spokane postal workers fight ‘Do Not Mail’ proposal

Post office employees are fighting a proposal to allow people to “opt out” from receiving bulk mail.


Spokane City Council keeping its full-time aide

A couple months after increasing the hours of the assistants for each City Council member, the Spokane City Council on Monday decided to maintain the council’s full-time senior executive assistant. …


Spokane Police Guild distorted vote on chief

The extent of dissatisfaction with Spokane police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick among the rank and file may not be as bad as union leaders suggest. A document obtained by The Spokesman-Review …


At council, Joe does it his way

Just wondering: When the Spokane City Council meets, whose meeting is it? Yours and mine? George McGrath’s? The Cowles Gang’s?


Mail cull: Debating a proposal for limiting unsolicited direct mail

Pro: The Do Not Mail resolution before the Spokane County commissioners, and soon to be before the Spokane City Council, makes good sense whether you’re concerned about the environment or …


Consider cost of streets plan

Are “Complete Streets” a good idea for Spokane? Spokane is considering a Complete Streets program, which the City Council could adopt after further discussion. As chairman of the Citizens Streets …


Verner says new taxes not an option

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner says she’s not considering new taxes to bail the city out of its $10 million hole for 2011. City leaders will present a preliminary budget plan …


Council votes to look into ‘complete streets’

Bike lanes, improved sidewalks and other transportation amenities will get a renewed focus in the city of Spokane. The Spokane City Council agreed Monday to direct city workers to “identify …


Policy would emphasize user-friendly Spokane streets

With a populace that has complained loudly for decades about bumpy roads, Spokane’s focus on street money is creating smoother rides for cars. But with voices growing for better bike …


Spokane council OKs conservation funds for YMCA

A sharply divided Spokane City Council on Monday finally agreed to tear down the vacant downtown YMCA and blend the waterfront parcel into Riverfront Park. It took a year of …


New law puts limits on giving to candidates

OLYMPIA – With little fanfare last week, Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a bill that could force a big change in Spokane politics. Senate Bill 6344 could cut the tendons of …


Vote on Y’s future expected to be close

A creature lurking in the YMCA’s basement has caused a renewed examination of the Y by city officials days before they could make a final decision on the building’s fate. …


Council shifting on future of Y site

Support appears to have grown on the Spokane City Council to bring open space to the site of the downtown YMCA. A slight majority said this week that they lean …


Trail completion in doubt

A state determination barring the construction of new trails along some portions of the Spokane River could cause further headaches in the two-decade effort to complete the popular Centennial Trail. …


City fees jump for trash, other code violations

Spokane residents who ignore warnings from city code enforcement officers about abandoned vehicles, fire hazards, dilapidated structures or junk on their property will face significantly stiffer fees under new rules …


Kendall Yards tax benefit sought

Owners of nearly 300 residences in the Kendall Yards development won’t have to pay property taxes on the new structures for a dozen years under a proposal the Spokane City …


Spokane council members not keen on YMCA options

Spokane City Council members are poised to reject Spokane County’s offer to buy the vacant Riverfront Park YMCA, a decision that could force the city to sell parkland or raise …


Voters will have say on Spokane EMS tax

Spokane voters next month will be asked if they want to maintain the city’s tax for emergency medical services. The Spokane City Council voted unanimously on Monday to place the …