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Spokane mayor warns of impending 2010 deficit

Mayor Mary Verner warned the Spokane City Council on Monday that the city faces a $5.5 million deficit next year. The gap is so large, she said, that the city …


Sign ordinance plan draws criticism

Spokane business leaders were sharply critical Monday of a proposed 45-page sign ordinance that would restrict the size and height of signs and create numerous other regulations. About 40 people …


Business leaders speak out against sign ordinance

Spokane business leaders were sharply critical Monday of a proposed 45-page sign ordinance that would restrict the size and height of signs and create numerous other regulations.


Residence requirement proposed for judges

One of Spokane’s newly-appointed Municipal Court judges would be out of a job this fall under a new rule under consideration by the Spokane City Council. City Councilman Bob Apple …


Apple proposes residency requirement for judges

One of Spokane’s newly-appointed Municipal Court judges would be out of a job this fall under a new rule under consideration by the Spokane City Council.


Friction arises at meeting on West Plains annexation

In a meeting that got prickly at times, Spokane Mayor Mary Verner and Airway Heights Mayor Matthew Pederson met Tuesday with the Spokane County Commission about the Lilac’s City’s largest …


City revamps human rights policy

Individual complaints regarding human rights violations no longer will be considered by the city’s Human Rights Commission. The Spokane City Council voted unanimously on Monday to prohibit the commission from …


City seeks Riverside extension

Spokane officials have submitted an application for the $15 million extension of Riverside Avenue in time to win approval before new environmental regulations take effect that would prohibit the project. …


Our View: Cities making worthy joint effort on annexation

Spokane and Airway Heights are being downright cordial as they work out an annexation plan for the West Plains. Governance of the area had been the subject of squabbling for …


Our View: Putting bonds on same ballot helpful to taxpayers

The Spokane City Council made the right call Monday when its members voted 5-2 to schedule a forthcoming bond election March 10. Spokane Public Schools had asked them to pick …


Council overrides Verner’s shoreline veto

The Spokane City Council on Monday barely gathered the votes to override Mayor Mary Verner’s first veto.


City to place tax measure on March ballot

Ignoring a plea from school officials, the Spokane City Council on Monday decided to ask voters in March for $18.5 million.


Council OKs tax measure for ballot

Ignoring a plea from school officials, the Spokane City Council on Monday decided to ask voters in March for $18.5 million. The bulk of the property tax would pay for …


Council weighing tax vote in March

Six months after rejecting Mayor Mary Verner’s plan to raise property taxes for a police evidence building, animal shelter and other requests, the Spokane City Council appears headed to endorse …


Spokane council approves utility increases

Spokane trash, sewer and water customers will soon have to pay a few extra dollars a month on their utility bills. The Spokane City Council unanimously approved on Monday a …


City Council approves utility rate increases

Spokane trash, sewer and water customers will soon have to pay a few extra dollars a month on their utility bills.


Our View: Court positions will require informed electorate

If Spokane Mayor Mary Verner seemed a little uncertain on her way to nominating three initial judges for the city’s new municipal court, give her credit for wanting to deal …


City Council trims budget

With growing concerns that the economy will continue to falter, the Spokane City Council on Monday sliced almost $1.5 million from next year’s budget. With the cuts, the city will …


New anti-graffiti law mandates cleanup

Property owners who ignore a city request to clean up graffiti within 10 days could have their properties declared a nuisance under a new law approved unanimously Monday by the …


City reins in panhandling

Panhandling in Spokane will be greatly restricted as a result of two new laws approved by the City Council on Monday night. One set of regulations will prohibit begging within …


Council rejects money for Y

The Spokane City Council said no thanks Monday to county leaders considering a plan to buy the downtown YMCA in Riverfront Park with existing public money. If county commissioners don’t …


Euthanasia policy challenged

An animal law attorney is targeting a new Spokane ordinance that allows unidentifiable cats to be euthanized upon entering the city’s animal shelter. The Spokane City Council voted last month …


City forgoes countywide ambulance contract

The city of Spokane will continue to go it alone for ambulance service. The Spokane City Council on Monday rejected in a tie vote a proposal to join a board …


Verner considers veto on South Hill big-box rules

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner said this week she might veto City Council legislation for the first time. Verner said she opposes a portion of the council’s June 30 decision that …


City picks county for animal control

After years of talk, the Spokane City Council on Monday agreed to join a county-run regional animal control agency. Council members thanked the nonprofit group that has handled animal control …


Hearing planned on Mann Center

A public hearing on a proposed reuse of the Pfc. Joe E. Mann Army Reserve Center as an educational facility will be held by the Spokane City Council on Monday …


Spokane council approves photo-red

Running a red light soon could cost drivers $124, even if a police officer doesn’t witness the violation. The Spokane City Council on Monday approved a contract with American Traffic …


Doug Clark: Smile: You’re on tattletale camera

On Monday, the City Council will take an important vote on whether to turn Spokane into Spy Land. This would happen by paying an Arizona company to operate sneaky intersection …


Shogan, Lampert vie for council president

If the past is any guide, Barbara Lampert’s attempt to beat Joe Shogan for Spokane City Council president will be a significant challenge. Not only has she lost an election …


Group to inspect red-light camera system

Spokane representatives involved in selecting a company to run cameras that catch red-light runners will travel to Baltimore soon to inspect and inquire about how that city’s operation is working.