Stories tagged: Spokane City Council
UPDATED: Mon., July 24, 2017, 9:36 p.m.
Initiative calling for public vote on covering Spokane park Pavilion facing likely City Council opposition
It’s a tight window, but the current Spokane City Council could put to voters the question of whether the U.S. Pavilion in Riverfront Park should be covered. Council members need …
UPDATED: Tue., July 18, 2017, 4:59 p.m.
Councilman Fagan urges Spokane residents to make up their own minds on chemtrails
The council’s lone consistently conservative voice said Tuesday he’s not ready to close the book on a theory that has been deemed conspiratorial, that jet engines release potentially hazardous chemicals …
Sun., July 16, 2017
Editorial: Advance Mumm, Burrow in council race
Mumm has unmatched civic experience and accomplishments, but we’re also impressed with Burrow’s pragmatism and economic development focus.
UPDATED: Fri., July 14, 2017, 11:34 p.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: City Council’s focus on climate change ignores real Spokane issues
On Monday night, the Spokane City Council will take up a topic of vital interest to every citizen. Not effective pothole repair. Not timely snow removal. Not how to pay …
UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017, 9:36 a.m.
Open City Council seat in northeast Spokane draws 3 challengers advocating change at City Hall
With the departure of City Councilwoman Amber Waldref due to term limits, three candidates seeking their first election to political office want to change the way the city engages with …
UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 10:39 p.m.
Fines for coal, oil trains in downtown Spokane likely headed for ballot amid legal concerns
The Spokane County Elections Office confirmed Wednesday a measure proposing fines on certain coal and oil trains traveling through downtown had enough valid signatures to be put to voters in …
Tue., July 11, 2017
Spokane City Council to consider climate change law following departure from Paris accords
Mayor David Condon said the city has been aggresively working toward green energy solutions and shouldn’t be meddling in international affairs. City Council President Ben Stuckart said action is needed …
UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017, 11:30 p.m.
Riverfront Park designers unveil initial, uncovered U.S. Pavilion plans
Hanging reflectors or LED lights on the original netting would provide illumination and offer previously unseen views of the Spokane River in the 40-year-old landmark, a design team told the …
UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017, 7:25 p.m.
Initiative targeting marijuana businesses near Spokane churches fails to receive enough signatures
Petition-gatherers came up 528 signatures short for the measure to automatically appear on the November ballot, but the group says it will seek intervention from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
UPDATED: Mon., June 26, 2017, 11:16 p.m.
Initiatives on oil trains, pot sales near churches in Spokane move closer to ballot
The city clerk’s office will review thousands of signatures on the two petitions, gathered in advance of the November ballot. Opponents of the proposal to fine coal and oil trains …
UPDATED: Mon., June 26, 2017, 11:17 p.m.
Consultant: Spokane needs 44 more police officers on patrol
A consultant hired by the Spokane Police Department reviewed three years’ worth of data about how officers on the streets spend their time and said Monday the additional cops were …
Sun., June 25, 2017
New lights under I-90 overpass proposed to combat crime near Lewis and Clark High School
Following the success of increased lighting in the East Sprague neighborhood, the city will consider installing new LED fixtures under the I-90 overpass near Lewis and Clark High School. Principal …
UPDATED: Fri., June 23, 2017, 10:18 a.m.
Spokane drivers who struck potholes get few payouts as city makes record investment on road maintenance
The firm reviewing legal claims against the city for damage caused by potholes denied 101 of 103 claims made in the month of February. Mayor David Condon said he understands …
UPDATED: Tue., June 20, 2017, 9:55 p.m.
Spokane’s future plan resurrects Ferris High School road, creates preference for some street work
Spokane hopes to finish revising its all-encompassing plan document in a vote next week, as concerns linger about a controversial road project that would link two thruways on the upper …
UPDATED: Fri., June 16, 2017, 11:09 a.m.
Pot shop vs. video arcade: City council members call ‘shenanigans’ after marijuana license is rejected
Calling it a ‘moral dilemma,’ City Councilman Mike Fagan has asked his colleagues to ease the restrictions on marijuana business locating near arcades for six months to allow an East …
UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017, 10:54 p.m.
Spokane police, prosecutors gain ability to charge low-level sex crimes in municipal court
The department and city’s legal team said adding a fourth-degree assault charge, along with the ability to argue sexual motivation for city-level crimes, will enhance their ability to track and …
UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017, 10:05 p.m.
Stuckart drops out of congressional race, citing family medical issues
The City Council president’s campaign released a statement Tuesday, six months after he declared his intention to unseat Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.
UPDATED: Mon., June 5, 2017, 11:23 p.m.
Spokane hoists pride flag above City Hall for first time
The rainbow colors of the gay pride flag, a rallying symbol for LGBT communities, will fly downtown above City Hall through Saturday, when the city will observe its 26th annual …
UPDATED: Mon., June 5, 2017, 11:20 p.m.
Spokane City Council unanimously confirms Brian Schaeffer as fire chief
Brian Schaeffer, hired by the Spokane Fire Department in 2005, earned full-throated support from the public and the City Council at a confirmation hearing Monday night.
UPDATED: Mon., June 5, 2017, 8:28 p.m.
Spokane could pay more for Hoopfest police, medical services under proposed contract
A new two-year contract the Spokane City Council is considering for Hoopfest will cap the amount event organizers would have to pay for police and firefighters working overtime at the …
UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, 10:11 p.m.
Spokane agrees to settle sexual harassment lawsuit by former wastewater employee for $875K
Sonya O’Brien, who left city employ in 2013 after what she described as five years of harassment from male coworkers that included intimidation and defacing of a women’s locker room, …
UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017, 7:19 p.m.
Spokane City Council shoots down speculation on ‘soda tax’ to pay for police
In a letter sent to restaurants and other small business organizations Monday, the Spokane City Council said there is no tax on sugary drinks proposal before them right now, and …
UPDATED: Mon., May 22, 2017, 11:01 p.m.
Spokane groups sue to keep initiative targeting ‘sanctuary city’ policy off November ballot
Six Spokane organizations have filed a lawsuit to keep an initiative targeting the city’s policy restricting police from questioning someone’s citizenship status off the November ballot.
UPDATED: Fri., May 19, 2017, 8:15 p.m.
Council races in Spokane, Spokane Valley draw primary challenges
All three Spokane City Council races will be on the August primary ballot, as will two council positions in the Spokane Valley and two in Medical Lake
UPDATED: Mon., May 15, 2017, 11:22 p.m.
Spokane City Council narrowly approves former U.S. Attorney Mike Ormsby as city attorney
Supporters on the council touted Ormsby’s long career of public service and professionalism, but critics pointed to the continued debt of bonds issued for a downtown parking garage under his …
Sun., May 14, 2017
Spokane halts golf course plans at center of South Hill road controversy, moves toward restoring bluff
The Spokane Park Board has halted First Tee’s plans to build and operate a three-hole golf course in the Latah Valley following construction of an unauthorized road last month. Avista, …
UPDATED: Fri., May 12, 2017, 10:19 p.m.
Spokane City Council set to vote on mayor’s nomination of Ormsby as city attorney
Former U.S. Attorney Michael Ormsby is seeking to permanently replace Nancy Isserlis, who left city employment nearly a year ago.
UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017, 9:29 p.m.
Spokane Park Board votes to keep up to three Riverfront rides
After testimony earlier this week from boosters of the attractions that have filled Riverfront Park, some since the late ‘70s, the Spokane Park Board voted Thursday afternoon not to sell …
UPDATED: Tue., May 2, 2017, 5:49 p.m.
Spokane to get tougher on downtown parking meter limits starting July 1
Enforcement of existing laws that place limits on how long a particular motorist can stay on a certain city block will start July 1. Until then, violators will receive notices …
UPDATED: Mon., April 24, 2017, 10:35 p.m.
Spokane human rights code changes become law without mayor’s signature
In a letter to the City Council, Mayor David Condon said there was no analysis performed on how much processing complaints at City Hall would cost Spokane and that new …