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UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019, 7:14 a.m.

Spokane City Council nixes Union Gospel Mission land deal

The Spokane City Council backed out of a land deal with Union Gospel Mission after the public, and council members said they were concerned the city had made an unfair …


UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019, 9 a.m.

Spokane leaders vote to increase tree canopy to 30% by 2030

More trees will be planted in Spokane during the next decade to provide more shade during hot summer days and filter storm water.


UPDATED: Tue., April 16, 2019, 7:11 a.m.

Spokane City Council votes to require baby changing stations in public city buildings

Baby changing stations will soon be available in bathrooms at City Hall, after the Spokane City Council approved a plan to install them later this year.


UPDATED: Tue., April 16, 2019, 7:13 a.m.

Service Center for low-income, homeless opens Tuesday

People on the brink of homelessness, struggling to re-enter society after incarceration or access basic health care now have a one-stop shop where they can quickly get services, without having …


UPDATED: Sun., April 14, 2019, 2:05 p.m.

City considers requiring businesses to update outdated heated sidewalks

Two months after a dog was electrocuted on a heated sidewalk, the Spokane City Council is considering a new law that would require local businesses to update heated sidewalks to …


UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019, 9:26 p.m.

City raises almost $20,000 from anti-panhandling program; 25% goes to SNAP

The City of Spokane donated 25% of the nearly $20,000 gathered through a program that encourages people to donate to homeless services instead of panhandlers, to local nonprofit SNAP.


UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019, 6:41 a.m.

City delays land deal with Union Gospel Mission, partly over concerns on LGBT policies

The Spokane City Council delayed a land deal with Union Gospel Mission over concerns that the city may have made a one-sided deal with an organization that does not hire …


UPDATED: Mon., April 8, 2019, 12:12 p.m.

Collective bargaining transparency, income tax ban sought by pro-business group at Spokane City Council

The Spokane City Council on Monday will hear two initiatives submitted by Better Spokane, a fiscally conservative group that supports business-friendly political candidates. One would prevent the city from enacting …


UPDATED: Wed., April 3, 2019, 9:51 a.m.

Nadine Woodward running for Spokane mayor

Nadine Woodward, the recently retired Spokane news anchor, is running for Spokane mayor.


Officials say opening City Hall to the public won’t change anything

A new law opening City Hall to the public without setting a time limit won’t change day-to-day operations or turn the building into a de facto daytime homeless shelter, officials …


UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019, 7:06 a.m.

Spokane city leaders may buy homeless shelter to keep it open year-round

As the city’s $1.3 million warming center program winds down, city leaders are looking to purchase an emergency shelter to increase the number of shelter beds permanently.


UPDATED: Mon., March 25, 2019, 10:47 p.m.

Under new law, City Hall open to the public with no time limit

Spokane City Hall will now officially be open to the public without a time limit after the City Council approved the hotly debated proposal Monday.


UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019, 6:56 p.m.

Spokane City Council tosses helmet requirement for bicyclists, scooter riders using Lime

People riding scooters rented through apps such as Lime will no longer be able to ride on downtown sidewalks. But they won’t be required to wear helmets under a new …


Downtown cameras, security measures would be pushed under new plan considered by Spokane City Council

The panel is being asked to give its OK to a program that would encourage downtown businesses to put up more lighting and cameras to combat crime by giving them …


Few pot convictions thrown out in Spokane, as Washington state considers similar amnesty law

The Spokane City Council passed a measure at the end of 2015 that would allow those with misdemeanor marijuana convictions to petition the court for their record to be cleared. …


UPDATED: Fri., March 8, 2019, 4:59 p.m.

Spokane to offer free STA bus passes to those receiving homeless assistance

The Spokane City Council abruptly voted Thursday to set aside $30,000 in the city’s budget to purchase the passes, which supporters said is necessary to provide transportation options for those …


UPDATED: Fri., March 8, 2019, 7:33 a.m.

Retiring Spokane park director Leroy Eadie was the first in his family to go to college. He pushed his mom to get a degree, too.

Leroy Eadie is retiring after spending more than two decades with the city and 10 years leading Spokane’s Parks and Recreation Department.


City Council uses $3.2 million collected from red-light runners and school-zone speeders to build sidewalks

School-zone speeding tickets and fines collected from drivers running red lights are funding $3.2 million in new sidewalks and a series of other traffic features meant to keep pedestrians safe.


Spokane seeks $1.7 million from contractor for delayed sewage tank project

City of Spokane wants nearly $1.7 million from a construction company after the company took a year longer than scheduled to complete a waste water digester. The company is also …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:23 p.m.

Spokane City Councilwoman Karen Stratton, husband file for bankruptcy protection

The couple said in an interview the filing, submitted to the court Thursday, is the result of legal malpractice claims against Chris Wright’s one-man law firm. Stratton said she wants …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:21 p.m.

Park board wants to sell unused land; opponents say it can’t

After last-minute outcry from conservation groups, the Spokane Park Board deferred a proposal which would have allowed them to sell surplus park land without a vote of the people.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:25 p.m.

Bike sharing may be back this spring with new rules

City leaders hope to bring bike sharing back to Spokane by spring, but with a new set of rules for both companies and riders.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 14, 2019, 10:56 p.m.

Spokane Parks approve first naming sponsorship agreement for Numerica Ice Ribbon and SkyRide

Riverfront Park’s biggest attractions will now be known as the Numerica Skate Ribbon and SkyRide after the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department approved their first title sponsorship agreement, which will …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019, 10:03 p.m.

Despite advice from mayor, Spokane voters approve tax for police and firefighters

Ignoring the advice of Spokane’s mayor, 64 percent of voters approved a $5.8 million-a-year tax that will pay for 20 new police officers and help maintain 30 recently-hired firefighters.


Post Street Bridge construction pushed back

Spokane’s drivers will have to wait at least two years before they see a new Post Street Bridge after higher-than-budgeted costs pushed construction back a year.


It’s Election Day in Spokane: Ballots due by 8 p.m. tonight

Voters might want to brave the cold and return their ballots to the post office or ballot boxes in person for today’s special election a Spokane County Election official said.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 6:31 a.m.

Only 2 percent of Spokane water, trash customers pay bills on time. City officials hope to change that.

Spokane water customers now have twice as long to pay their utility bills after Spokane City Council increased the time people have to pay from 10 to 20 days.


Shawn Vestal: City Hall bullying report underscores problems between administration and council

A couple of months back, the city received the results of a “fact-finding report” regarding concerns of city staffers who felt they were mistreated, and possibly even bullied in violation …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 28, 2019, 10:57 p.m.

Spokane City Council votes down cameras in City Hall break room

Spokane City Council unanimously voted to keep cameras out of the City Hall break room, which would have been used to monitor sales at a new self-serve fresh food lunch …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 11:35 a.m.

Investigation that will cost up to $25,000 shows no bullying by Spokane council members

Some city employees say disagreements between the Spokane City Council and the mayor’s administration have put employees in the middle, creating an environment in which they have been treated with …