Stories tagged: Spokane City Council
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 …
Mon., June 6, 2016, 4:28 p.m.
Spokane City Council asks Union Pacific to halt oil train traffic
The Spokane City Council will consider a resolution Monday night calling on Union Pacific to halt train traffic through the Columbia River town of Mosier until the oil tankers from …
Wed., June 1, 2016, 11:30 a.m.
Doug Clark: The Curse of the Two-Term Mayor trounces our old municipal jinx
Remember the golden olden days? You know, back when we all lived in blissful speculation about what horrors might be unleashed should some political upstart come along and break Spokane’s …
Tue., May 31, 2016, 6:44 p.m.
Condon says Stuckart politicizing investigation into police chief firing
Mayor David Condon on Tuesday said it would be fiscally irresponsible to allow sensitive records and testimony in the firing of former Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub to be released …
Wed., May 25, 2016, 5:27 p.m.
Condon selects member of committee to help pick next police chief
The members of a committee that will select Spokane’s next police chief were named on Wednesday by Mayor David Condon. The group will work with the employment search firm, Strategic …
Mon., May 23, 2016, 8:53 p.m.
City Council votes to retain additional lawyer in Frank Straub investigation
The proposal by Councilman Breean Beggs would allow investigator Kris Cappel to review documents and testimony from city attorneys wary about violating ethical codes. It requires a signature from Mayor …
Mon., May 16, 2016, 4:53 p.m.
Spokane City Council president says he won’t approve more money for legal fees until investigator gets needed information
Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart said Monday he will vote against funding legal fees related to the lawsuit brought against the city by former police Chief Frank Straub until …
Mon., May 9, 2016, 2:15 p.m.
Council aide Rush fired following complaints
Richard Rush, a former Spokane City Council member, was fired from his position as aide to Councilwoman Candace Mumm after two women complained that he made them feel uncomfortable.
Thu., April 28, 2016, 5:55 p.m.
Spokane to expand ‘parklet’ project this summer
Last year’s parklet has reproduced, after a Spokane City Council vote to extend and expand a pilot project for the parking-spot-sized public spaces.
Mon., April 25, 2016, 9:06 p.m.
Spokane City Council maintains ability to ask voters for transit sales tax
For the third time in six months, Spokane Mayor David Condon vetoed an ordinance passed by a wide margin on the City Council, only to see it overridden by similar …
Mon., April 25, 2016, 8:41 p.m.
Effort to overturn 44 percent pay increase for Spokane City Council members fails
A signature gathering effort to force a referendum on Spokane City Council pay raises has failed. Kelly Lotze, who helped lead the 20-day effort, said his group collected 3,900 signatures. …
Mon., April 25, 2016
Spokane City Council drops push for transit vote
Last week’s decision to place a transit expansion measure on the November ballot has caused the Spokane City Council to back down from its own transit-improvement measure.
Sun., April 24, 2016, 4 a.m.
Doug Clark: Right-Wingosaurus Spokane’s most endangered species
Doug Clark stalks Spokane’s rare and endangered Right-Wingosaurus.
Sun., April 24, 2016
Rewrite council job descriptions
Pay aside, other parameters and expectations for the job need to be made clear. For instance, the mayor cannot hold another job. Should this be the case for council members …
Fri., April 22, 2016, 4:25 p.m.
Opponents of Spokane City Council raise running out of time for referendum
An effort to block a 44 percent pay increase for Spokane City Council members is rushing to gather enough signatures before a Monday deadline, but organizers acknowledge they may fall …
Fri., April 22, 2016, 1:41 p.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: Debate over STA tax should focus on usefulness, not trendiness
The Spokane Transit Authority board has disrupted the Spokane City Council’s move to split out one bus line in the transit system for separate funding, instead putting a new tax …
Thu., April 21, 2016, 2:34 p.m.
Spokane City Council aide’s outside political work draws ethics complaint
Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart’s top aide, Adam McDaniel, has been accused of violating the city’s ethics code due to his political consulting business and work for local Democratic …
Tue., April 19, 2016, 5:01 p.m.
Breean Beggs offers new police ombudsman plan to minimize union influence
Spokane’s police ombudsman could be in a much stronger position to conduct independent investigations by the end of the year if City Councilman Breean Beggs has his way. Beggs says …