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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 …


Original bidder wants YMCA

The developer who originally wanted to build a 12-story condo tower on the site of the former downtown YMCA has submitted one of three proposals for redeveloping the facility under …


City Council curtails red light revenue rule

Neighborhood councils won’t have to raise money to dip into revenue the city collects from red light camera tickets.


Deadlines near on YMCA’s fate

Almost a half-century after David Rodgers turned a shovel of dirt to commemorate construction of a new downtown YMCA, he considers the decision to build the Y along the shore …


Little-known stream could become new park water feature

The YMCA sits near a river channel. What’s less known is that a stream flows through the building. The creek, which is a foot deep or more and changes in …


District may get Army site

The creation of a new high school in Hillyard remains an option under a plan approved Monday by the Spokane City Council. In the coming months, the military will empty …


City adds hours for assistants

Spokane City Council members’ secretaries will make more money, getting an additional eight hours a week under a budget plan approved unanimously Monday evening. The council began hiring personal assistants …


Council OKs more pay for assistants

Spokane City Council member’s secretaries will make more money, getting an additional eight hours a week under a budget plan approved unanimously Monday evening.


Council seeks more assistance

Although facing significant budget troubles in 2011, Spokane City Council members today will consider spending $50,000 to increase the hours worked by their personal assistants. Once considered a part-time job, …


Greater ombudsman powers urged

A coalition of organizations called on Spokane City Hall last week to create stronger oversight of its police force, but some elected leaders say they want to give the new …


French cleared on ethics

The Spokane Ethics Committee has cleared City Councilman Al French in accusations that he violated ethics rules when he supported maintaining bus bench advertising. French asked the committee in August …


SpokAnimal, city renew animal control pact

SpokAnimal C.A.R.E. will continue to provide animal control services to the city of Spokane thanks to a two-year contract approved Monday. The Spokane City Council unanimously approved the deal, which …


Animal control options limited

Almost two years after completing an agreement hailed as the solution to Spokane’s ongoing animal control problem, leaders again are debating how to regionalize dog and cat licensing and other …


Editorial: With too much discord, City Council can’t do its job

For a while on Monday, it looked like the Spokane City Council was climbing aboard Mr. Peabody’s wayback machine for a return to the time, five or six years ago, …


Yake, 90, helped reshape Spokane

The retired Spokane administrator who led the city’s engineering effort that transformed the industrialized, decaying core surrounding the Spokane Falls into a park that became the region’s central gathering spot …


Spokane City Council OKs 2010 budget

Spokane leaders last week climbed out of a $7 million budget hole and approved the city’s 2010 budget with no layoffs and no dramatic loss of city services. The approval …


City seeking YMCA redevelopment proposals

The City of Spokane is asking for proposals to redevelop the former YMCA building in Riverfront Park, with potential uses as retail, office or residential space.


Spokane sewer rates to rise

Sewer rates in Spokane will jump almost $5 a month next year. The Spokane City Council on Monday approved the new rates, which were proposed by Spokane Mayor Mary Verner, …


Editorial: Parking lot blight merits ban while study done

The Spokane City Council’s vote on Monday to ban stand-alone surface parking lots in the core of the city was understandable, under the circumstances. But with a major parking study …


Ethics panel delays review of French

A review of city Councilman Al French’s work on bus bench advertising rules was delayed again Wednesday. For the second meeting in a row, the Spokane Ethics Committee did not …


County gives city time on YMCA debt

Spokane County leaders Tuesday expressed frustration with Spokane City Council’s vague response to their offer to pay off the city’s debt on its purchase of the downtown YMCA. After two …


With caveat, city takes county money for Y

Most members of the Spokane City Council on Monday spoke in favor of transforming a building on an acre surrounded by Riverfront Park into apartments and commercial space. But facing …


City Council faces deadline on $4.3 million for YMCA

The $4.3 million question facing city leaders Monday isn’t whether to buy the old downtown YMCA. They purchased the 43-year-old building months ago.


Spokane’s Initiative process gets look

Less than a month after the defeat of a citizen initiative opposed by each member of the Spokane City Council, officials are considering rule changes that critics say will make …


Plans back on for tower

A controversial 10-story development in the West Central neighborhood is moving forward again, after a city hearing examiner signed off on revised plans for the project. The developer of the …


Greenfield Estates annexation OK’d

About 150 people are about to become Spokane residents. The Spokane City Council this week approved the annexation of Greenfield Estates, an 83-lot subdivision that borders Hillyard.


City, police deal would let Spokane hire 10 officers

A tentative deal Spokane city leaders made this week with the Spokane Police Guild would save 12 police officer positions next year, city administrators said Wednesday. The guild is the …


Businesses could see fees go up

After months of debate, a proposal to raise business license fees is ready for City Council consideration. City administrators have developed a plan to increase the city’s base license fee …


Editorial: Council’s Y problem, budget gap intertwine

The overriding decision facing the Spokane City Council between now and year’s end is whether to adopt the 2010 budget. Meanwhile, the council also has to decide what to do …