Stories tagged: Spokane City Council
UPDATED: Wed., March 14, 2018, 8 p.m.
Spokane Planning Director Lisa Key terminated; Stuckart criticizes decision
The decision is part of planned restructuring in Mayor David Condon’s administration that officials said is intended to more seamlessly align neighborhood outreach with planning. But some City Council members …
Tue., March 13, 2018, 6 a.m.
Spokane explores publicly owned broadband network intended to open up internet services, drive down costs
Spokane City Councilman Breean Beggs has proposed the creation of a working group that would explore the possibility of the city getting into the high-speed internet industry.
UPDATED: Sat., March 10, 2018, 9:55 p.m.
Spokane lawmakers say ‘Live PD’ ordinance won’t impede news gathering
The law requiring consent to broadcast images of people who come into contact with law enforcement won’t stop local news outlets from conducting their business, city lawmakers said. But the …
Wed., March 7, 2018, noon
Spokane Valley puts off construction of the Balfour Park-University segment of the Appleway Trail
Because of a funding deficit, the Spokane Valley City Council decided to put off design and construction
UPDATED: Sat., March 3, 2018, 8:13 p.m.
Police shows like ‘Live PD’ would get more restrictions under new Spokane law
The Spokane City Council is set to vote on a measure Monday night that would require “reality-based police shows” to obtain a business license and consent from the people they …
Mon., Feb. 26, 2018, 10:58 p.m.
Spokane lawmakers, water experts plan forum Tuesday night to discuss aquifer health
After several local governments expressed interest in buying some of Spokane’s water, city lawmakers are planning on forum to address the health of the region’s aquifer and the availability of …
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 26, 2018, 9:44 p.m.
Monroe ‘road diet’ gets first contract approval ahead of planned construction this spring
The Spokane City Council has put pen-to-paper on the first portion of work along North Monroe Street to reduce traffic lanes from four to two. The city expects work to …
Tue., Feb. 20, 2018
Spokane judge dismisses arcade’s claims in marijuana shop lawsuit
A request by the proprietors of Old Fashioned Fun Arcade to shutter a nearby marijuana retailer was rejected by a Spokane County judge this month. The ruling allows Smokane to …
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 16, 2018, 9:37 p.m.
Stuckart proposes gun tax to fund mental health services in Spokane
City Council President Ben Stuckart wants to levy a tax on sales of guns and ammunition within city limits, with the proceeds going to fund mental health programs. He’ll have …
Fri., Feb. 16, 2018, 5 a.m.
Spokane Fire Department air packs found to be clear of contaminants
Spokane firefighters may soon breath easy again after a recent round of testing determined there are no contaminants in the department’s air tanks.
Wed., Feb. 14, 2018, 5 a.m.
Spokane may have to pay $330,000 to demolish burned out Hillyard building that likely has asbestos
The building’s owner, Ivan Kriger, has not submitted plans to comply with a building official’s order that the property at 3011 E. Wellesley Ave. be torn down following a November …
Mon., Feb. 12, 2018, 9:34 p.m.
Dawn Kinder confirmed to head Spokane’s neighborhood, business services
The 35-year-old Spokane native takes over for Jonathan Mallahan, who left his post at the city for a job with Catholic Charities earlier this year.
Mon., Feb. 12, 2018, 9:25 p.m.
Browne’s Addition poised to seek historic property protection after Spokane City Council passes new laws
The Spokane City Council voted 6 to 1 Monday night to allow residents to band together to require extra review of any planned development replacing historically significant buildings. Residents of …
Sun., Feb. 11, 2018
Spokane City Council sets vote on historic property preservation bill
The proposal would allow neighbors to band together to form local historic preservation districts. Any development within those districts would require extra scruting before demolition or building could occur. City …
Tue., Feb. 6, 2018, 6 a.m.
Solar-powered trash compactor bins to hit downtown Spokane streets
The devices are being leased from a Massachusetts-based company for a five-year period. Crews assigned to collecting garbage bags from dozens of bins downtown will instead focus their efforts on …
Thu., Feb. 1, 2018, 6 a.m.
Expansion of tiny, cottage homes gets Spokane City Council’s OK
Legislative changes passed this week are intended to promote infill development in areas all over the city by increasing the density allowed in certain areas and speeding up the process …
Tue., Jan. 30, 2018, 5:15 p.m.
Spokane ends time limits on campaign signs as part of code revisions
The changes also affect yard and garage sale signs, real estate signs, and prevents billboards from being moved into areas of town were lots of people walk.
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 2:40 p.m.
Shawn Vestal: Mayor Condon should have argued his case against city’s new campaign finance law
Rather than making a public appeal tied to his opposition to the new campaign finance legislation, Mayor David Condon stayed strategically quiet during the two months that the proposal was …
Thu., Jan. 11, 2018, 6 a.m.
Tests show lead in air equipment used by Spokane firefighters
Further rounds of testing have discovered lead in two now-decommissioned compressors used to supply Spokane firefighters with breathable air.
Tue., Jan. 9, 2018, 6 a.m.
Spokane firefighters get new compressors to fill air tanks, amid concerns of lead contamination
The Spokane City Council on Monday unanimously approved the purchase of two new compressors to fill the air tanks of firefighters, after an odd smell prompted the department to take …
Sun., Jan. 7, 2018, 5 a.m.
Spokane City Council to consider overriding Condon veto of campaign finance reforms
With many members bristling at the notion that they should leave campaign finance laws to lawmakers in Olympia, the Spokane City Council will decide whether to affirm or toss a …
Sun., Jan. 7, 2018, 5 a.m.
Spokane City Council races cost candidates, supporters more than $400,000 in 2017
Final reports filed with the Washington Public Disclosure Commission show November’s contests for three seats on the Spokane City Council cost a total of nearly $420,000, based on the amount …
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018, 7:52 a.m.
Investigation underway after contaminants found in Spokane Fire Department air compressors
The state is investigating Eastern Washington’s largest fire department after contaminants reportedly were found in firefighters’ air tanks.
Tue., Jan. 2, 2018, 6 a.m.
Councilwoman Amber Waldref terms out at City Hall, returns to nonprofit work in northeast Spokane
Elected as the then-youngest woman on the Spokane City Council, Waldref said she believes the city is on good footing with a long-term plan and is excited about work opportunities …
UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 29, 2017, 7:11 p.m.
With veto of City Council ordinance, Condon says campaign finance better left to the state
The mayor said he supports certain efforts to curb the role of “dark money” in politics. But, he said, the issue is better managed at the state level, and the …
UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 26, 2017, 2:38 p.m.
New apartment building will take place of three old homes in historic South Hill neighborhood
Three derelict110-year-old homes are being demolished to make way for a nine-unit complex of “higher-end” apartments on a nationally recognized historic street on Spokane’s South Hill.
UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 21, 2017, 10:16 p.m.
Kate Burke takes oath for Spokane City Council seat
Spokane’s newest city councilwoman takes the seat that will be vacated by longtime Councilwoman Amber Waldref, representing Spokane’s northeast district. A gathering of friends, family and local lawmakers observed her …
UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 19, 2017, 9:17 p.m.
Lincoln and Monroe work gets final approval after city shaves $103,000 from cost estimate
The final price tag for the two-year project that repaired utilities and repaved a 10-block stretch of the downtown couplet was lowered after some concern from the City Council they …
Mon., Dec. 18, 2017, 10:39 p.m.
Spokane City Council passes local campaign finance reform laws
City Council President Ben Stuckart said the city needed to create its own regulatory scheme given the proliferation of outside spending on local races this year. Opponents criticized the law …
Tue., Dec. 12, 2017, 5 p.m.
Jonathan Mallahan, longtime social services director, plans departure from Spokane City Hall
Mallahan, who started with the city as an intern in the Office of Neighborhood Services in 2006, will leave City Hall at the beginning of next year for a position …