Stories tagged: Spokane City Council
Tue., Aug. 22, 2017
Spokane City Council to consider jumping in to Washington state construction budget fight
City lawmakers will soon decide whether to jump into the fray unfolding in Olympia over the state’s budget for new construction and a controversial court ruling involving water rights.
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 10:24 p.m.
East Spokane pot shop gets OK to move, as video arcade that blocked it files lawsuit
Smokane quietly opened in its new location on East Sprague Avenue last week, a few months after the Spokane City Council stepped in to shrink the buffer zone between pot …
UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 14, 2017, 10:39 p.m.
Dog tethering safety standards in Washington adopted by city of Spokane
Adopting the safety requirements laid out in a new state law will allow agents from SCRAPS, the region’s animal control agency, to issue citations within city limits, Director Nancy Hill …
Sun., Aug. 13, 2017, 5 a.m.
Riverfront Park redevelopment could get more City Hall involvement under proposal
In response to concerns that city leaders weren’t being kept in the loop on the work underway in the downtown attraction’s redevelopment, the Spokane Park Board, City Council and mayor’s …
Fri., Aug. 4, 2017, 5 a.m.
Condon touts progress on environmental policies, chooses not to sign climate change ordinance
The mayor said this week he had continued concerns about the future costs of some of the covenants agreed to by the City Council last month. Spokane has already taken …
Thu., Aug. 3, 2017, 5 a.m.
Primary races still close for some positions
Some primary races remain in doubt in Wednesday’s ballot count.
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 9:45 p.m.
Beggs and Mumm post strong showings in Spokane City Council primaries, Burke and Benn face off in northeast
The two incumbents on the primary ballots for Spokane City Council earned the majority of votes counted Tuesday in their districts. Kate Burke will square off against Tim Benn in …
UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 10:27 p.m.
Utility rate increases of 2.9 percent through 2020 approved by unanimous City Council
The rate increases, which are tied to the city’s estimated 25-year average of inflation, will be used to continue funding improvements to Spokane’s water treatment facilities. They take effect Jan. …
UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 10:26 p.m.
Spokane, local nonprofits reach goal to house more than 100 homeless teens, young adults
City officials and social workers said Monday that efforts in the housing campaign would inform future work to serve Spokane’s young homeless population.
UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 4:19 p.m.
Spokane eyes tougher regulations for Uber, Lyft after outcry from cab companies
With no new rules in sight from the state Legislature, Spokane signed contracts with the popular ride-hailing services last week with the promise city laws would be rewritten. Traditional taxi …
UPDATED: Sun., July 30, 2017, 7:07 p.m.
Utility rate increase of 2.9 percent through 2020 gets hearing before Spokane City Council on Monday
The increase would cost the average Spokane household an extra $3.47 per month in service charges for water, sewer and garbage collection. It would continue an annual rate increase tied …
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 8, 2017, 6:52 p.m.
Spokane adds two pothole trailers to fleet, doubling response following harsh winter
The trailers will be pulled by existing trucks owned by the Streets Department, which has already filled close to 4,000 potholes this year. The new equipment will allow the city …
UPDATED: Tue., July 25, 2017, 6:37 a.m.
Fines for downtown Spokane coal, oil train traffic head to voters with promise of political fight
Spokane voters can expect a passionate political fight over a proposal to fine coal and oil trains passing through downtown after the City Council sent the question to the November …
UPDATED: Mon., July 24, 2017, 9:36 p.m.
Initiative calling for public vote on covering Spokane park Pavilion facing likely City Council opposition
It’s a tight window, but the current Spokane City Council could put to voters the question of whether the U.S. Pavilion in Riverfront Park should be covered. Council members need …
UPDATED: Tue., July 18, 2017, 4:59 p.m.
Councilman Fagan urges Spokane residents to make up their own minds on chemtrails
The council’s lone consistently conservative voice said Tuesday he’s not ready to close the book on a theory that has been deemed conspiratorial, that jet engines release potentially hazardous chemicals …
Sun., July 16, 2017
Editorial: Advance Mumm, Burrow in council race
Mumm has unmatched civic experience and accomplishments, but we’re also impressed with Burrow’s pragmatism and economic development focus.
UPDATED: Fri., July 14, 2017, 11:34 p.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: City Council’s focus on climate change ignores real Spokane issues
On Monday night, the Spokane City Council will take up a topic of vital interest to every citizen. Not effective pothole repair. Not timely snow removal. Not how to pay …
UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017, 9:36 a.m.
Open City Council seat in northeast Spokane draws 3 challengers advocating change at City Hall
With the departure of City Councilwoman Amber Waldref due to term limits, three candidates seeking their first election to political office want to change the way the city engages with …
UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 10:39 p.m.
Fines for coal, oil trains in downtown Spokane likely headed for ballot amid legal concerns
The Spokane County Elections Office confirmed Wednesday a measure proposing fines on certain coal and oil trains traveling through downtown had enough valid signatures to be put to voters in …
Tue., July 11, 2017
Spokane City Council to consider climate change law following departure from Paris accords
Mayor David Condon said the city has been aggresively working toward green energy solutions and shouldn’t be meddling in international affairs. City Council President Ben Stuckart said action is needed …
UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017, 11:30 p.m.
Riverfront Park designers unveil initial, uncovered U.S. Pavilion plans
Hanging reflectors or LED lights on the original netting would provide illumination and offer previously unseen views of the Spokane River in the 40-year-old landmark, a design team told the …
UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017, 7:25 p.m.
Initiative targeting marijuana businesses near Spokane churches fails to receive enough signatures
Petition-gatherers came up 528 signatures short for the measure to automatically appear on the November ballot, but the group says it will seek intervention from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
UPDATED: Mon., June 26, 2017, 11:16 p.m.
Initiatives on oil trains, pot sales near churches in Spokane move closer to ballot
The city clerk’s office will review thousands of signatures on the two petitions, gathered in advance of the November ballot. Opponents of the proposal to fine coal and oil trains …
UPDATED: Mon., June 26, 2017, 11:17 p.m.
Consultant: Spokane needs 44 more police officers on patrol
A consultant hired by the Spokane Police Department reviewed three years’ worth of data about how officers on the streets spend their time and said Monday the additional cops were …
Sun., June 25, 2017
New lights under I-90 overpass proposed to combat crime near Lewis and Clark High School
Following the success of increased lighting in the East Sprague neighborhood, the city will consider installing new LED fixtures under the I-90 overpass near Lewis and Clark High School. Principal …
UPDATED: Fri., June 23, 2017, 10:18 a.m.
Spokane drivers who struck potholes get few payouts as city makes record investment on road maintenance
The firm reviewing legal claims against the city for damage caused by potholes denied 101 of 103 claims made in the month of February. Mayor David Condon said he understands …
UPDATED: Tue., June 20, 2017, 9:55 p.m.
Spokane’s future plan resurrects Ferris High School road, creates preference for some street work
Spokane hopes to finish revising its all-encompassing plan document in a vote next week, as concerns linger about a controversial road project that would link two thruways on the upper …
UPDATED: Fri., June 16, 2017, 11:09 a.m.
Pot shop vs. video arcade: City council members call ‘shenanigans’ after marijuana license is rejected
Calling it a ‘moral dilemma,’ City Councilman Mike Fagan has asked his colleagues to ease the restrictions on marijuana business locating near arcades for six months to allow an East …
UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017, 10:54 p.m.
Spokane police, prosecutors gain ability to charge low-level sex crimes in municipal court
The department and city’s legal team said adding a fourth-degree assault charge, along with the ability to argue sexual motivation for city-level crimes, will enhance their ability to track and …
UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017, 10:05 p.m.
Stuckart drops out of congressional race, citing family medical issues
The City Council president’s campaign released a statement Tuesday, six months after he declared his intention to unseat Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.