Stories tagged: Spokane City Council
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 …
UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017, 11:27 a.m.
Spokane budget adds police, upgrades alleys and maintains homeless funding amid Public Works concerns
Lawmakers unanimously approved a spending plan bolstered by healthy sales and real estate tax receipts, but not before ushering through a series of amendments aimed at reversing some of the …
Sun., Dec. 10, 2017, 5 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: Spokane Council President Ben Stuckart takes a shot at slowing dark-money politics
These days local, knock-on-the-door, face-to-face politics is being swamped by the most corrosive elements of post-Citizens United moneyball politics: Dark money, gray money, PAC shell games, special interests, and cash …
UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 11, 2017, 9:38 a.m.
Parking garage, trail features head envisioned for long-vacant Bosch lot
After abandoning plans to build a climbing wall on a gravel parking lot north of the Post Street Bridge, city officials are now looking at constructing a parking garage and …
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017, 9:37 p.m.
Cost overruns prompt request for additional $250,000 for Lincoln and Monroe downtown paving project
The Spokane City Council will be asked to add an additional quarter of a million dollars to the two-year paving project that caused headaches for downtown businesses and pedestrians. The …
Tue., Nov. 28, 2017, 7:38 p.m.
Spokane schools will not ‘ban the box’ on job applications
Spokane Public Schools will continue to ask job applicants about their criminal history, despite a Spokane city ruling outlawing the practice.
UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 27, 2017, 11:02 p.m.
Spokane City Council votes to ‘ban the box’ for private employers, fines delayed one year
A five-vote supermajority of the Spokane City Council voted Monday night to “ban the box” and potentially impose fines on noncompliant businesses beginning in 2019. The law will take effect …
Sun., Nov. 26, 2017, 6 a.m.
Spokane loses out on federal grant that would have paid for some new police next year
The Justice Department announced this week that the Spokane Police Department was not among the 179 law enforcement agencies in the country receiving a federal grant to bolster hiring. Officials …
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 6:41 a.m.
Spokane City Council may ban businesses from asking for job seekers’ criminal backgrounds on applications
Three years after eliminating the question about criminal history from applications for jobs at City Hall, lawmakers are proposing a measure that would extend to all employers within city limits. …
Sun., Nov. 19, 2017, 5 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: Delay in approving Spokane budget looks more like meddling by City Council
The Condon administration moved seven employees from one office to another.
UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 1:15 p.m.
Spokane’s 2018 budget delayed by City Council over concerns in Public Works division
A unanimous City Council on Monday delayed a vote on next year’s spending plan three weeks to get more information about the proposed movement to City Hall of six city …
UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 6, 2017, 10:58 p.m.
Stuckart abruptly ends City Council meeting amid criticism of sexual harassment handling
The city council president, who recently apologized for his handling of sexual harassment allegations brought to him by political ally and city council candidate Kate Burke, abruptly ended a meeting …
Sun., Nov. 5, 2017
Spin Control: Holding on to that ballot to get more info on candidates? We’ve got places you can look
For voters who haven’t cast ballots – which is to say, most of them – here’s some help in finding information about the candidates and issues in the 2017 general …
Sun., Nov. 5, 2017
Wrapping up the races: Tuesday’s off-year election to decide city council contests
The general election ballot full of candidates for city offices as well as some school board and a few legislative positions.
UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 3, 2017, 6:57 p.m.
Fundraising, outside spending reach historic highs in Spokane City Council races
For the first time in at least a decade, spending by outside groups in this year’s City Council races reached all corners of the city. Through Friday, more than $372,000 …
Fri., Nov. 3, 2017
Council candidate Kate Burke’s story of sexual harassment prompts apology from political ally Ben Stuckart
The candidate for Spokane’s City Council seat in the northeast said she accepts the council president’s invitation to work on sexual harassment policies at City Hall, after she was critical …
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 11:04 p.m.
Beggs’ defense of controversial magazine case in 1990s draws criticism from political foes
Spokane City Councilman Breean Beggs was part of a legal defense team that earned a $1.3 million judgment against a Whatcom County prosecutor targeting a bookstore for its sale of …
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 11:25 p.m.
Council candidate Howes offers free pizza for controversial campaign mailer
The northwest Spokane pizzeria owner said he’s trying to put a positive spin on a campaign ad he called “slanderous and uncalled-for.”
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 7:10 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: PAC fueled by Spokane firefighters’ money should clean up or get out of local politics
The end may be near for Spokane for Honest Government, the political action committee representing the firefighters union and other labor groups.
Sun., Oct. 29, 2017
Pollution limits in Spokane River prompt city officials to seek reprieve from EPA
Mayor David Condon told the City Council this week he has been discussing the possibility of a workaround for environmental guidelines on carcinogenic chemicals being discharged into the Spokane River …
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 4:08 p.m.
Campaign mailer funded largely by firefighters union exaggerates Spokane City Council candidate’s restaurant inspection record
The Spokane Regional Health District said in a statement Monday it did not participate in the creation of political communications charging City Council candidate Matthew Howes with ignoring health code …
Sun., Oct. 22, 2017
Mumm, Howes take opposing sides in North Monroe debate in battle for Spokane City Council seat
Incumbent Candace Mumm is facing off against political newcomer Matthew Howes for the northwest Spokane seat. The district’s major political issue this fall has been a controversial lane reduction project …
Sat., Oct. 21, 2017
Sue Lani Madsen: Spokane City Council’s focus on national issues takes away from its attention to local problems
There is a national progressive movement using municipal legislation to drive state and federal policy through the courts. Does Spokane want an increasingly political City Council, or one that focuses …
UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 12:01 p.m.
Spokane council and school board candidates talk issues during forum with three weeks left until election
Spokane city council and school board candidates mingled with voters, disagreed thoughtfully and learned a few things about the city they hope to represent at a candidate forum Tuesday evening.
UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 11:13 p.m.
City Council gives East Central Community Center contract to MLK Center over concerns about bias
A majority of the Spokane City Council voted to award a new contract to the Martin Luther King Jr. Family Outreach Center on Monday night to take over operations of …
Sat., Oct. 14, 2017
Editorial: Dunau would bring balance to council
Andy Dunau is the rare Spokane City Council candidate who is genuinely moderate. On top of that, he has no desire to pursue issues beyond the scope of the position.
UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 13, 2017, 5:02 p.m.
Editorial: Burke gets the nod for City Council
As campaigners, Kate Burke and Tim Benn say similar things, but they have support from opposing political forces. Voting for either will require a leap of faith if the goal …
UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017, 1:39 p.m.
Congressional candidate Lisa Brown marries Spokane City Council policy adviser
Lisa Brown and Brian McClatchey were wed in a small ceremony this week, the couple announced on Facebook. They’ve been dating about three years. Brown hopes to challenge Rep. Cathy …
UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017, 11:22 a.m.
Oil trains at forefront of Spokane City Council race between Breean Beggs and Andy Dunau
Breean Beggs squares off against Andy Dunau in a contest for one of the most liberal-leaning areas of town. Dunau casts himself as a centrist, and says Beggs’ support of …
Wed., Oct. 11, 2017, 6 a.m.
Controversial deal would shift operations at East Central Community Center
A four-year contract granting the Martin Luther King Family Outreach Center operational control of the East Central Community Center will be up for a vote by the City Council on …