Stories tagged: Spokane City Hall
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.
Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 5 a.m.
Spokane officials balk at billing for sidewalk snow clearing
The proposal, which has been tabled for this snow season, would have allowed the city to hire crews to clear trouble areas near schools and businesses. Officials also say they …
Thu., Nov. 16, 2017, 5 a.m.
Blessings Under the Bridge struggling after deal with city falls through
Spokane’s largest homeless outreach has moved amidst a disagreement with the city over how to provide services. The nonprofit was leasing space under the I-90 bridge until the city served …
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 10:04 a.m.
Avista agrees to buy power from Spokane’s trash incinerator for 5 more years
The city has been selling the extra energy produced at its Waste-to-Energy plant on the West Plains since it opened in 1991. A change in state law requiring utilities to …
Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 5 a.m.
Spokane city planners to detail ideas for keeping housing affordable
Apartment vacancy rates are plummeting, home prices are skyrocketing and 20,000 people are expected to move to Spokane in the next 20 years. If that sounds like a recipe to …
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 …
Mon., Nov. 13, 2017
Getting There: City floats plan to phase parking lots out of downtown
12,658: That’s how many parking spaces there are in the city core, about 80 percent of which is off-street parking in privately-owned lots and garages.
Tue., Nov. 7, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Cigar-store betting markets accurately predicts city council race
Spokane Mayor Charles A. Fleming was re-elected by a comfortable margin in a relatively “quiet” city election.
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 …
UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 6, 2017, 5:38 p.m.
Spokane will pick up leaves, after record-setting early season snowfall
Though the winter snow season has already begun, Spokane will still clear the streets of fallen leaves. The work began Monday and will continue through the middle of November. This …
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: 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: Mon., Oct. 30, 2017, 11:37 p.m.
Lead artist releases preliminary art designs for Riverfront Park
J. Meejin Yoon, who is working with a half-million-dollar budget for public art as part of Riverfront Park’s redevelopment, introduced four preliminary designs at an open house held last week. …
UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 30, 2017, 11:34 p.m.
New $10 million skating ribbon to open in Riverfront Park for the holidays
The skating feature will be the first of five anchor attractions part of the redesigned Riverfront Park, scheduled to open over the next four years. The ribbon got off to …
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: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 7:03 p.m.
Spokane announces new snow plowing plan: 5 changes for your winter preparations
Plows will roll sooner, and parking restrictions will change under a new snow plowing plan intended to avoid the issues of last year’s response. Chief among the changes is the …
UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 13, 2017, 6:16 p.m.
No-Li beer tank centerpiece of new Spokane ‘gateway’
A 930-gallon, stainless-steel beer fermentation tank adorned by symbols of Spokane’s industrial past is giving motorists a new welcome into downtown.
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 …
Mon., Oct. 9, 2017, 9:33 p.m.
Resolution scrapping Monroe Street ‘road diet’ put on hold by City Council
A proposal brought forward by City Councilman Mike Fagan to keep Monroe Street a four-lane road was tabled Monday to determine what ramifications such a change would have on funding …
Thu., Oct. 5, 2017, 5 a.m.
Downtown Spokane sportsplex could be built without a voter-approved bond, officials say
A proposed sports complex on the north bank of the Spokane River could be built with funds from several different partners, including the city, the Spokane Public Facilities District and …
UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 11:08 p.m.
Spokane police and fire chiefs push back on sheriff’s criticism of North Monroe project
Spokane’s police and fire chiefs said they are united in their support of a street renovation project on North Monroe Street, and do not share Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich’s concern that …
Wed., Oct. 4, 2017
Mayor, City Council consider adding 10 Spokane police officers in 2018
The salaries of the new hires, which could bring the ranks of the Spokane Police Department to 325 commissioned officers, will be paid for through a combination of grant money …
Tue., Oct. 3, 2017
Parklets get permanent status in Spokane
The City Council voted unanimously to set up a regulatory structure for the miniature, pop-up parks that first sprouted in Spokane in 2015. Businesses will have to pay for a …
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 10:56 p.m.
City Council hears from the homeless about how to help
The Spokane City Council asked for help to serve the region’s homeless and on Monday they heard plenty about rocks, shelters, abuse and some things that are working.
UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 20, 2017, 6:17 a.m.
City’s report on homelessness and basalt added under I-90 lacked context, Spokane leaders say
Installing tons of rocks beneath Interstate 90 was part of a long-term design plan and aimed at improving public safety, members of the City Council and the city’s head of …
UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 10:51 p.m.
Stuckart regrets decision to use boulders to move homeless, calls for ‘tent city’
Following significant blowback against the city’s action dumping tons of boulders under I-90 to stop homeless campers, Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart is now calling for a “tent city” …
Thu., Sept. 7, 2017
Spokane eyes eliminating deadline on removing campaign yard signs
The current requirement to take down yard signs promoting a particular candidate in an election would go away under proposed changes to the Spokane municipal code.
Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Mushrooms could help breakdown PCBs, according to research funded by Spokane’s wastewater system
A city-funded study to see whether fungi can break down persistent industrial pollutants before they enter the Spokane River has come back with a resounding “maybe.”
Mon., Aug. 28, 2017, 8:37 p.m.
Main Avenue ‘road diet’ downtown gets City Council nod, traffic questions remain
The Spokane City Council gave its preliminary approval of a plan to reconfigure a four-block stretch of Main Avenue to include a dedicated bike lane and larger sidewalks. The city …