Stories tagged: Spokane City Council
Sun., April 9, 2017, 5:30 a.m.
Competing visions of Monroe Street cause ‘road diet’ division to linger
City Hall will soon have to push forward with its plans to reduce lanes on Monroe Street to take advantage of pedestrian safety grant dollars. A group of business owners, …
Sun., April 9, 2017, 3 a.m.
City Council seeks more control of how Police Department uses seized funds
The panel is set to vote on a bill Monday that will put the spending of money seized from suspected criminals under their authority and require regular public reports.
UPDATED: Fri., April 7, 2017, 10:52 p.m.
Spokane fined $59,400 for safety failures at Waste-to-Energy plant after workers burned
The Washington Department of Labor and Industries released a report Friday citing Spokane with 10 serious safety code violations, including a failure to train and properly equip employees working inside …
Fri., March 31, 2017, 5:30 a.m.
City Hall accepting applications to run East Central Community Center
City leaders are accepting applications to run the East Central Community Center, beginning in 2018, through Monday. The existing operating nonprofit received a one-year contract extension from the City Council …
Tue., March 28, 2017, 4 a.m.
New Spokane streets director battles floods, potholes and snow; earns council’s approval
Wild weather has led to a plethora of problems for Spokane’s streets. Solving them became Gary Kaesemeyer’s job earlier this year, and the City Council recognized his work Monday by …
UPDATED: Mon., March 27, 2017, 11:13 p.m.
Spokane City Council passes new human rights protections, delays protections for renters who use subsidies
The Spokane City Council on Monday approved a legislative package compiling human rights protections, including a measure that prevents landlords from discriminating against tenants for accepting housing vouchers.
Sat., March 25, 2017, 6 a.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: City Council’s human rights ordinance could saddle landlords with bad tenants
The city of Spokane’s pending human rights ordinance threatens to expand government and strip landlords of ability to screen tenants for good renters.
UPDATED: Fri., March 24, 2017, 10:41 p.m.
New tax on sodas could be Spokane City Council’s answer to police staffing woes
Mayor David Condon said the city has recruited 29 new police officers over the past several years in response to a cultural audit that found many Spokane police personnel felt …
UPDATED: Wed., March 15, 2017, 10:57 a.m.
Spokane creates new vehicle trespass law designed to curb auto theft
The misdemeanor will net jail time and fines for offenders, while the Washington State Supreme Court is scheduled to weigh in later this spring whether the state’s trespassing law includes …
UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017, 11:09 p.m.
Ridpath loan of $1.75 million clears first hurdle from Spokane City Council
The city will have to vote a few more times before Ron Wells’ loan to convert the old hotel into mixed housing gets final approval.
Sun., March 12, 2017, 6 a.m.
Spokane leaders look to lift restrictions on building height near Riverfront Park
Current rules require buildings over 100 feet to be built with a stair-step design to limit shadows being cast into Riverfront Park. City Council President Ben Stuckart says the need …
UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017, 10:57 a.m.
Proposal would prohibit Spokane landlords from discriminating against renters for using subsidies
Tenants could not be discriminated against for accepting housing vouchers under a new human rights legislative package the City Council will consider later this month, which also addresses government surveillance, …
UPDATED: Wed., March 8, 2017, 9:14 a.m.
In first year of operation, Spokane’s school zone cameras net $1.2 million from speeders
Between the city’s 15 red-light cameras and two school-zone cameras, $2.8 million was collected in fines last year. That money will go to construction projects designed to slow traffic and …
UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 10:56 p.m.
Spokane considers new misdemeanor penalty to combat car theft
Under a new law, entering or staying in a car that isn’t yours would be a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail or a $1,000 fine. The …
UPDATED: Fri., March 3, 2017, 11:09 p.m.
Spokane looks to revise snowplow plan after brutal winter
City officials plan to scrutinize Spokane snow plow policies after a tough winter that left streets an icy rutted mess and led to scores of complaints.
UPDATED: Fri., March 3, 2017, 10:01 p.m.
Spokane seeking replacement for longtime fire Chief Bobby Williams following retirement
The city has announced it will conduct a nationwide search that will end in June with the selection of Spokane’s first new fire chief since 1988. Fire Chief Bobby Williams …
Wed., March 1, 2017, 6 a.m.
City settles with family of woman run over by wastewater truck for $250,000
Stephanie R. Meier was struck and killed on a snowy morning in March 2015 by a city wastewater truck. She was remembered by workers at local homeless shelters as a …
UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017, 8:07 a.m.
Former Downtown Spokane Partnership president files for mayor’s race in 2019
Michael Tedesco, a 38-year-old Spokane native, has filed to run when Mayor David Condon is termed out of City Hall in 2019. Tedesco called for a more collaborative relationship between …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 12:46 p.m.
City Hall will be asked to approve $1.75 million in funding for Ridpath Hotel rehab
Plans and money are coming together to revitalize the decaying Ridpath Hotel. With the help of a $1.75 million city loan expected this spring, developer Ron Wells is closer to …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 7:14 a.m.
Ousted streets director Serbousek pegged to return to old job as bridge engineer
Public Works Director Scott Simmons said Mark Serbousek’s expertise in bridge design and construction is needed as Spokane looks to build and maintain several high-profile spans in the city limits. …
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 10:36 p.m.
Bigger crews, new equipment and materials called in to combat Spokane’s potholes
Mayor David Condon said residents deserved a more concentrated approach to repairing the city’s pothole problem, during a news conference Friday. Workers from the sewer and water departments will be …
Sat., Feb. 11, 2017, 6:23 a.m.
Spokane ponders ending agreement with pay-by-phone parking service over unpaid fees
LocoMobi, operator of the QuickPay meter payment application, owes the city roughly $80,000 in unpaid revenue, city officials said. Ending the agreement could mean an interruption of the service that …
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 6, 2017, 10:19 p.m.
Spokane officials remain mum on former street director’s removal as snow plowing continues
Mark Serbousek’s future job is still being determined at City Hall as snow plows continue their full-city plow, the third so far this season.
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 4:43 p.m.
Spokane Mayor David Condon will sign law barring local participation in hypothetical Muslim registry
Mayor David Condon will sign a law passed unanimously by the City Council on Monday night prohibiting local officials from helping to establish a religious registry, an act that some …
Tue., Jan. 31, 2017, 5:45 a.m.
Spokane fire engine preserved for historical significance but there’s no place to exhibit it
Tom Heckler, curator of the Spokane Fire Department museum, was recently gifted a 1977 engine to add to his collection. The problem? He doesn’t have anywhere to display it.
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 3:27 p.m.
Spokane City Council backs 1-year contract for nonprofit group running East Central Community Center
The Spokane City Council, after hearing testimony from close to 30 neighborhood residents, school district officials and representatives of other social service organizations, unanimously extended a contract with the East …
UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 31, 2017, 7:23 a.m.
Fearing Trump campaign promise, Spokane City Council votes 7-0 against religious registry
An impassioned crowd that spilled out of the City Council chambers Monday night mostly implored lawmakers to pass a law that would prohibit Spokane employees from assisting in the creation …
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, 10:21 p.m.
East Central Community Center in limbo after City Council rejects contract
A six-month contract with the East Central Community Organization to run the neighborhood’s community center was rejected this week because of concerns about the effect on services and grant opportunities. …
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, 8:16 p.m.
Developer Douglass appeals Spokane City Council’s denial of Indian Trail apartment complex
Harley Douglass has appealed the City Council’s universal rejection of his plans to build 750 housing units on 50 acres of property in the North Indian Trail neighborhood, citing disobeyance …
Wed., Jan. 4, 2017, 12:49 p.m.
Kip Hill: My favorite stories of 2016
A murder-for-hire case, a presidential election, arcades, records, a scandal at City Hall - it was all in a year’s work.