Stories tagged: Spokane City Council
Sun., Aug. 28, 2016
Spin Control: Spokane could have two holidays honoring Native Americans
Does Spokane need an Indigenous Peoples Day when the state already has Native American Heritage Day?
Sun., Aug. 28, 2016
Doug Clark: Scrubbing Columbus Day is just the start for us SAPS
In response to the Spokane City Council’s consideration of changing the name of Columbus Day, Doug Clark offers: SAPS (Spokane Appreciates Personal Sensitivies).
Thu., Aug. 25, 2016, 5:34 p.m.
Council to vote on renaming Columbus Day
Spokane may become the latest city to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day in place of Columbus Day.
Tue., Aug. 23, 2016, 6:23 p.m.
People involved in first round of police chief interviews cautiously optimistic about reboot
It’s unclear how the next round of police chief interviews will proceed following an 11th hour deal between the City Council and Mayor David Condon to reopen the process. But …
Mon., Aug. 22, 2016, 4:42 p.m.
Mayor bows to City Council, will put Craig Meidl through interviews for police chief job
The deal between the City Council and Mayor David Condon on Monday came hours before a confirmation vote was to be held on Craig Meidl’s nomination as police chief. Meidl …
Sun., Aug. 21, 2016, 4 a.m.
Beggs, Kinnear want BNSF to join push for stricter train safety standards
If BNSF does not agree to lobby state and federal decision-makers to assist the City Council in beefing up security standards for Bakken crude and coal on trains running through …
Thu., Aug. 18, 2016, 7 p.m.
Shawn Vestal: Lack of public involvement leads Stuckart to reject Meidl’s appointment as police chief
City Council President Ben Stuckart said Thursday that he would vote against Craig Meidl’s appointment as Spokane’s police chief Monday night. He will urge his fellow council members to do …
Thu., Aug. 18, 2016, 6:25 p.m.
Meidl says he still wants police chief job, even without Stuckart’s support
In an interview Thursday, Craig Meidl said he wants to focus on reducing crime in Spokane and that he’s fine serving as chief without the support of City Council President …
Wed., Aug. 17, 2016, 7 p.m.
Investigator accuses former Spokane City Attorney of ‘diversion tactics’ in Frank Straub probe
Kris Cappel on Wednesday released her rebuttal of a letter from the legal team representing former City Attorney Nancy Isserlis, hinting that “personal reasons” stopped the now-resigned Isserlis from participating …
Mon., Aug. 15, 2016, 9:23 p.m.
City Council removes controversial oil and coal train fines from ballot
Voters will not get to weigh in on the trains moving coal and oil through downtown Spokane, as the City Council reversed course and removed the question from the November …
Mon., Aug. 15, 2016, 5:22 p.m.
Body camera footage access extended to members of Police Ombudsman Office
The Spokane Police Guild and Interim Police Ombudsman Bart Logue have come to an agreement expanding access to officers’ body camera footage. Logue’s assistant will have access to digitally stored …
Sun., Aug. 14, 2016, 4 a.m.
Doug Clark: Spokane City Council should reject Craig Meidl for police chief
Craig Meidl, Mayor David Condon’s double-cross selection for police chief, answered questions Thursday night in a crammed stuffy room at Spokane’s West Central Community Center. What this was supposed to …
Fri., Aug. 12, 2016, 4:38 p.m.
Stuckart to ask City Council to reconsider ballot measure fining coal, oil trains
City Council President Ben Stuckart said it may have been “hasty” to ask voters if the city should fine coal and oil train operators and will ask the measure be …
Mon., Aug. 8, 2016, 8:38 p.m.
City Council OKs deal with GSI to continue business development, federal lobbying
The Spokane City Council signed a short-term deal Monday with Greater Spokane Inc. for business development services, following a monthlong delay on a contract extension. The contract requires GSI to …
Thu., Aug. 4, 2016, 11:06 a.m.
City Council to consider Meidl’s appointment as police chief, forums planned
The public will have at least two chances to question police chief nominee Craig Meidl. The City Council will consider his appoitnment at its Aug. 22 meeting.
Tue., Aug. 2, 2016, 5:25 p.m.
New police chief Meidl offers salute apology, says he wants council confirmation
In an interview Tuesday, newly-appointed Spokane police Chief Craig Meidl offered an apology to the community for saluting Karl Thompson, the officer convicted of civil rights violations in the death …
Mon., Aug. 1, 2016, 3:26 p.m.
Council members challenge mayor’s authority to name police chief without vote
Mayor David Condon will not immediately seek a confirmation vote for Craig Meidl, his choice to head the Spokane Police Department. Some city council members said not holding a hearing …
Mon., Aug. 1, 2016, 10:50 a.m.
Mayor Condon selects Assistant Chief Craig Meidl to lead Spokane Police Department
Spokane Mayor David Condon bypassed all the candidates to be the next Spokane Police chief and selected Assistant Chief Craig Meidl to lead the department. The surprise announcement means Condon …
Sat., July 30, 2016, 1:50 p.m.
Spokane city attorney nominee McAloon denies influencing Straub report
Laura McAloon said Saturday the 126-page report finding major issues in the handling of harassment investigations and public records requests at City Hall was not unduly influenced by her or …
Mon., July 25, 2016, 9:22 p.m.
Spokane City Council asks voters to determine if coal, oil trains should be fined
The ordinance before voters in November cites concerns about a derailment polluting water in the Spokane aquifer and Spokane River. City Councilmember Breean Beggs said he believes Congress has given …
Mon., July 25, 2016, 8:56 p.m.
Spokane City Council president calls for additional police chief candidates to be interviewed
Mayor David Condon is still weighing his options in naming Spokane’s next police chief, but City Council President Ben Stuckart wants a larger pool to pick from.
Tue., July 19, 2016, 5:38 p.m.
Spokane City Council mulling vote on fines for oil, coal trains through downtown
The Spokane City Council will consider asking voters whether they want to fine companies that ship oil and coal by rail through downtown.
Mon., July 18, 2016, 6:19 p.m.
Spokane mayor picks Laura McAloon as city attorney, while council members mull making job an elected position
Spokane Mayor David Condon has appointed a new city attorney to replace Nancy Isserlis, who resigned from the post last month amid continuing fallout from the ouster of former police …
Mon., June 27, 2016, 8:30 p.m.
Spokane City Council OKs ordinance requiring explanations of mayor’s appointees
By a 5-1 vote, the City Council will require Mayor David Condon to provide written explanations of whom new political appointees will supervise and to whom they will report.
Wed., June 22, 2016
Citizen advisory committee to provide input on remake of North Monroe
A citizen advisory committee is being appointed to help guide plans for a remake of North Monroe Street from north of Indiana Avenue to the top of the North Hill
Fri., June 17, 2016, 9:16 p.m.
Investigation of ex-police chief’s departure to be finished by July 15, Spokane officials say
The City of Spokane expects to receive a report on the investigation into the departure of former Police Chief Frank Straub by July 15.
Tue., June 14, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Spokane’s two school zone cameras net over $1 million in fines
In January, the city of Spokane began issuing tickets for drivers speeding near Finch and Longfellow elementary schools. Since then, 5,778 tickets have been issued, ranging from $234 to $450. …
Fri., June 10, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Chalk art isn’t graffiti, it’s free speech, Spokane City Council says
Chalk art on downtown sidewalks is a form of free speech, no matter how offensive it is, a situation recently clarified by the Spokane City Council.
Wed., June 8, 2016
Editorial: Accelerate oil train safety
Congress must ensure that railroad reforms are rapidly adopted to ensure the safety of communities along oil shipping routes.
Mon., June 6, 2016, 9:22 p.m.
Spokane City Council approves funds for lawyers in Straub case
Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart approved payments to the firm defending the city in a lawsuit against former Police Chief Frank Straub through mid-July, but asked that Mayor David …