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Pimps, johns risk car impoundment under Spokane ordinance

Johns and pimps on Spokane’s East Sprague Avenue now face more than jail time if cops catch them in the act – their cars will be impounded. This week, the …


Spate of parking tickets has Cassano’s owner upset

At Cassano’s Italian grocery store in northeast Spokane, there’s a chance you can get homemade cannoli, imported soppressata or maybe some fresh ravioli. You might also get a $450 parking …


Work progresses on city’s new service center

A year from now, most of the city of Spokane’s fleet of trucks, cars and three-wheeled parking meter vehicles will be housed in one new building on the edge of …


Condon proposes panel to discuss jobs training

With $500 million of public works projects scheduled during the next five years, Spokane Mayor David Condon has a plan to create a qualified local workforce to help in construction. …


City Council disrupted by rowdy crowd

After numerous, ultimately unsuccessful attempts to quiet the packed Spokane City Council chambers, Council President Ben Stuckart gaveled the meeting to an early close and stormed from the chambers Monday …


Vehicle impoundment may be part of crackdown on East Sprague prostitution

East Sprague Avenue’s reputation as Spokane’s seedy red-light district could change, if the City Council approves a new law allowing police to impound vehicles used for activities related to prostitution. …


Council passes public works project apprentice requirement

Almost 200 people packed the Spokane City Council chambers and Chase Gallery on Monday night for the council’s final meeting of the year. Most of them came to support an …


23,500 Spokane County residents face 10 percent garbage rate hike

Private contractor Waste Management is asking thousands of Spokane County residents to pay about 10 percent more for trash collection beginning next year, a move that has some city and …


City apartment buildings getting tax breaks

New student housing near Gonzaga University and an apartment building in Kendall Yards will get tax breaks for 12 years after the Spokane City Council agreed that the projects fell …


City woos county building director

Spokane County’s building director won’t be helping Spokane City Hall. Randy Vissia told county commissioners Tuesday he was approached last month by officials at the city’s Business and Development Services …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago C.M. Fassett was named mayor of Spokane by unanimous vote of his fellow city commissioners. He would finish out the term of the former …


Spokane City Council takes step to preserve short-term rental businesses

Short-term rentals in the emerging “shared economy” took a step closer to lawful reality in Spokane on Monday night, as the City Council passed an emergency resolution asking the state …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago A mysterious party of diggers alarmed residents of West Buckeye Avenue as they feverishly dug a large pit on a vacant lot.


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Mayor W.J. Hindley dropped a strong hint about who would replace him as mayor during an emotional farewell at First Methodist Episcopal Church.


Spokane mayor’s wage would be set by panel under proposal

Spokane’s mayor would no longer have to be the highest-paid city worker under a proposal voters may decide next year. Councilman Mike Fagan is proposing to give the city’s Salary …


Will Condon overcome the curse of Spokane’s one-term mayors?

Mayor David Condon is a guy’s guy. Early in his term, he referred to himself as an “action guy.” Not long ago, he called himself an “accountability guy.” Earlier this …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Mayor W.J. Hindley still refused to say whether he was planning to resign and move to Winnipeg and resume his career as a preacher. …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The Spokane City Council was contemplating an ordinance aimed at curtailing juvenile delinquency.


Council names plaza for Spokane Tribe

The new plaza next to Spokane City Hall has a new name: the Spokane Tribal Gathering Place.


Parking ticket helps nab alleged Spokane bank robber

On top of the years in prison he faces after he was accused this week of robbing four banks in Washington, the man the FBI believes is the “Roscoe Bandit” …


Huntington Park’s wheelchair accessibility limited

Wheelchair access requirements at the new City Hall plaza and Huntington Park below it were eased by Spokane building officials because of terrain impediments, prompting mixed reactions within the region’s …


Doug Clark: Mayor Condon’s choice remarks bear translation

Spokane Mayor David Condon faced the City Council the other night to deliver his annual “statement of condition and affairs,” speech, also known as the October Mayoral Corn Maze. Being …


Spokane utility taxes to be audited after phone-related shortfall

We talk, text and increasingly read the news on our smartphones. But we’re not just ignoring those sitting near us with this behavior. We’re also affecting the city of Spokane.


Clark: Looks like I’m qualified for job at City Hall

I’m spitting nails over the recent City Hall decision to put a guy with virtually no relevant training in charge of Spokane’s engineering division. And it’s not the specter of …


Spokane City Hall mural’s removal brings criticism

Art inspires passion. And that’s not always good, especially if it involves scraping a 30-year-old photo from a basement wall in City Hall without following protocol.


Huntington Park redesign includes tie-in to Riverfront Park

The gate to Huntington Park is often closed, even when the park is open. It’s just one of the access problems to a park that’s mainly a series of steps …


Spokane arts director Karen Mobley steps down

The woman who has overseen Spokane’s public art program for the past 15 years is returning to her studio. Karen Mobley, who spent most of that time as head of …


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 …


Clark: 3 ways to make City Hall friendlier – and richer, too

What’s gotten into Boy Mayor? Now, I’ve been a huge fan of David Condon’s early reign as Spokane mayor.


City Hall remodel focuses on users

A plan to remodel the first floor of Spokane City Hall to make it more customer-friendly could cost more than $1.4 million. Moving services to the ground floor that are …