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  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2013

    Suit tests whether candidate a resident

    The race for a City Council seat representing northeast Spokane could soon be down to one. Two voters in Spokane’s northeast council district are suing Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton, …


  • TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2013

    Spokane City Council wants initiatives sent to voters

    Voters should have a say on two controversial citizens’ initiatives, the Spokane City Council decided Monday. The 4-3 vote opposing lawsuits to stop votes in November was a victory for …


  • FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2013

    City Council races draw more candidates

    Two more candidates jumped into Spokane City Council races Thursday, ensuring primary races in two of the city’s three council districts. Laverne Biel, 60, the CEO at Access Unified Networks, …


  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2013

    Proposed initiatives in Spokane may get fight

    The city of Spokane may have grounds to challenge two proposed charter amendments and seek court orders to keep them off the ballot, lawyers have told the Spokane City Council. …


  • MONDAY, MAY 13, 2013

    Candidates must file for office by Friday

    Candidates for local offices around Washington will officially enter their races this week as filing week begins this morning. On the ballot this year are council seats in cities and …


  • FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2013

    Vestal: Mike Fagan reaffirms principle over politics

    Let the record show that Mike Fagan took the high road this week. He considered the contradiction inherent in something he was doing and issued a public statement acknowledging that …


  • THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2013

    Doug Clark: Council candidate’s residency dispute alarming

    In that ongoing comedy called Spokane politics, a new star is rising. His name is Mark Hamilton.


  • THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2013

    Guilds’ School penny drive moving full-speed ahead

    A local organization that helps young children with disabilities adapt to school life now has to adapt its own fundraising practices to comply with Spokane’s new panhandling laws. The Spokane …


  • SUNDAY, APRIL 21, 2013

    Council OKs spending $1.1 million on police equipment, training

    Spokane police patrol cars may soon be equipped with cameras to record encounters with the public. The Spokane City Council last week agreed to spend $1.1 million from reserves to …


  • SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2013

    Spokane Council candidate’s residency doubts resurface

    More doubts are being raised about a Spokane City Council candidate’s eligibility to hold the seat he’s seeking even as he continues to run an active campaign and collect contributions, …


  • FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2013

    Groups hope to place initiatives on city ballot

    Envision Spokane hopes the third time is a charm. The group was one of two that filed signatures this week with Spokane City Clerk Teri Pfister to place initiatives on …


  • THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2013

    Police chief fills four of 13 exempt positions

    Four of the 13 new public safety departments created by the Spokane City Council on Monday will soon have permanent leaders likely to keep the bigger paychecks most of them …


  • SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2013

    Shawn Vestal: Condon’s civil service remake merits closer study

    Mayor David Condon’s proposal to skirt civil service rules and expand the number of administration-appointed managers in the police and fire departments is worth considering. In particular, the need for …


  • THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2013

    Councilman Fagan didn’t violate ethics rules, panel finds

    Councilman Mike Fagan’s description of Gov. Jay Inslee as a “lying whore” was provocative and controversial but apparently doesn’t violate the city’s ethics code. The Spokane Ethics Committee unanimously ruled …


  • SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2013

    Spokane boosts City Hall security with police lieutenant

    A Spokane police lieutenant was shifted to City Hall last week to augment contract security guards there. City administrators say the move has been recommended for years by police, who …


  • SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2013

    Mayor seeks greater control over police, fire department slots

    During Spokane County Commissioner Phil Harris’ 12 years in office, all three of his kids got county jobs – including one who worked in economic development despite filing for bankruptcy …


  • SUNDAY, MARCH 10, 2013

    Rules tightened on adult stores

    Some neighbors of Hollywood Erotic Boutique say that the porn shop on North Division Street has changed the way they live. Lynda Parry, for instance, no longer feels comfortable walking …


  • FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2013

    Mayor: Hold line on urban growth

    Spokane Mayor David Condon and three City Council members oppose expansion of the county’s urban growth area, saying it would add an unnecessary financial burden to taxpayers. In a letter …


  • TUESDAY, FEB. 26, 2013

    Spokane pot businesses on hold

    The number of businesses in Spokane specializing in medical marijuana will be frozen at about a dozen for at least the next six months. Fearing the proliferation of businesses that …


  • SUNDAY, FEB. 24, 2013

    Clark: Hey, Fagan, civility isn’t a part-time responsibility

    Advice for any elected official wanting to be taken seriously: Try not to call the governor “a lying whore.”


  • SATURDAY, FEB. 23, 2013

    Council candidate’s residency questioned

    A candidate for Spokane City Council who already has the backing of two other elected leaders may be ineligible to run. Mark Hamilton, the pastor of the former Spokane Christian …


  • WEDNESDAY, FEB. 13, 2013

    City draws map of pot areas

    Spokane leaders on Tuesday got a glimpse of where the first pot for recreational use might be grown or sold legally within city limits. The map is heavily dominated by …


  • WEDNESDAY, FEB. 13, 2013

    Crime at empty center threatens schools deal

    Thieves ravaged the Joe E. Mann Army Reserve Center in the fall, leaving just a shell of the original facility and prompting the buyer – Spokane Public Schools – to …


  • THURSDAY, FEB. 7, 2013, 7:11 A.M.

    Spokane council to vote on legalizing marijuana

    The Spokane City Council votes Monday to change the municipal code to legalize small amounts of marijuana to conform with Washington law.


  • THURSDAY, FEB. 7, 2013

    Council members break email rules

    Two Spokane City Council members have apologized for using their city email accounts to send campaign messages. Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart and Amber Waldref sent electronic newsletters to …


  • SATURDAY, JAN. 26, 2013

    Why doesn’t this tax plan require a supermajority?

    Last year, voters in Washington approved Initiative 1185, a measure requiring supermajority votes of two-thirds to raise taxes in the Legislature. Voters approved I-1185 with a not-quite-supermajority of 63.9 percent.


  • Ombudsman power in the mail for vote

    The Spokane City Council has tried several times over the past two decades to craft a police oversight system with teeth. Now it’s the citizens’ turn.


  • THURSDAY, JAN. 24, 2013

    Voters to decide whether 5-2 split needed on taxes

    Spokane’s Proposition 2 is a way to ensure strong consensus on important issues or a strategy for a minority to seize control from the majority. That’s the debate among Spokane …


  • TUESDAY, JAN. 15, 2013

    Spokane opts for SCRAPS contract

    After 30 years, SpokAnimal will no longer serve as the city of Spokane’s animal control agency. The Spokane City Council voted unanimously Monday to approve a 20-year contract to join …


  • TUESDAY, DEC. 18, 2012

    Council OKs tax proposal

    Spokane voters will have a lot to consider on their February ballot, including a proposal to require supermajority votes by the City Council to raise taxes and some fees. Other …


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