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THURSDAY, FEB. 26, 2015

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25, 2015

THURSDAY, FEB. 12, 2015

Tune in to "Talk to City Hall" tonight 

Are you happy with the direction the city is going, with the productive tension between the mayor and city council? What about the $150 million cut from the city's massive effort to prevent sewage from entering the Spokane River? Do you think the mayor's pay...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 3, 2015

Spokane Mayor David Condon announces at City Hall on Friday an agreement with former acting Spokane police chief Scott Stephens. (Dan Pelle)

Condon recognized for environmental projects 

Spokane Mayor David Condon is being recognized for his administration's efforts to clean up the Spokane River through innovative public works projects. Condon is the recipient of the 2015 National Environmental Achievement Local Public Service Award, which is awarded by the National Association of Clean...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 28, 2015

TUESDAY, JAN. 27, 2015

TUESDAY, JAN. 20, 2015

Spokane City Council's Rules of Decorum.

No clapping! No cheering! No booing! 

It's no mystery why the Spokane City Council's current agenda has a new front page. Where before, the council's agenda always began with a screaming, large-font-ed, "The City of Spokane...," now, the agenda sets out the ground rules for behavior. We can blame the three...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 15, 2015

Dominguez considering run against Stratton

Adrian Dominguez, an epidemiologist with the Spokane Regional Health District and member of Spokane's Police Ombudsman Commission, might be a candidate for City Council this year. If so, he would run in District 3 for the seat currently occupied by Councilwoman Karen Stratton, who was...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 13, 2015

TUESDAY, JAN. 6, 2015

FRIDAY, JAN. 2, 2015

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 31, 2014

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 26, 2014

Spokane Mayor David Condon  (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Voters to decide mayor's wage 

Spokane voters will get a chance to weigh in on the mayor’s salary next year, but City Council members say a change to the city charter may complicate other potential ballot measures that will seek money for schools and an expanded transit system. A proposed…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 25, 2014

A sidewalk chalk drawing by Rick Bocook, AKA Harpman Hatter, of Dr. Evil referring to Spokane Mayor David Condon inheriting $1 million. (Nicholas Deshais)

Harpman Hatter renders Dr. Evil

Rick Bocook, a perennial figure at Spokane City Council meetings, has just a few issues he rails on at City Hall. Freedom for street musicians. The tyranny of the city's sit-lie ordinance. Sidewalk chalk drawings. Bocook, AKA Harpman Hatter, was in fine form on this…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 20, 2014

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart tells the media Friday at C.O.P.S. West that “I can’t in good conscience vote for Mayor Condon’s proposed 2015 budget.” Behind him are council member Amber Waldref, Chief Garry Park neighborhood co-chair Colleen Gardner and council members Karen Stratton and Candace Mumm. “I can comfortably say ... this budget for a vote today wouldn’t get a single vote,” Stuckart said. (Dan Pelle)

Stuckart fined $250 for ethics violation 

Spokane City Councilman Ben Stuckart was fined $250 for violating the city's ethics code, but committee members said his action did not financially harm the city. Stuckart was referred to the committee for leaking what city officials called a “highly confidential email regarding a pending…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 19, 2014

The International Harvester Company Truck Showroom built in 1929 at 1030 W. Third Ave. in downtown Spokane. Photo courtesy of The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture/Eastern Washington State Historical Society, Spokane, Washington.

The auto row building saved by compromise

In today's paper, I wrote about the proposed demolition of two historic buildings on Spokane’s storied auto row, part of the conceptual master plan by the Larry H. Miller Group to build a large downtown campus for its auto dealerships. The buildings to be razed…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 13, 2014

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 12, 2014

THURSDAY, NOV. 6, 2014


Head planner Chesney resigns from Spokane 

Scott Chesney, Spokane’s planning director since 2011, abruptly left the city Wednesday for unknown reasons. “I resigned due to the mayor’s loss of confidence in me,” Chesney said in a text message. “I respect his choice.” Jan Quintrall, head of the city’s Business and Development…

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Nicholas Deshais
Joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He is the urban issues reporter, covering transportation, housing, development and other issues affecting the city. He also writes the Getting There transportation column and The Dirt, a roundup of construction projects, new businesses and expansions. He previously covered Spokane City Hall.

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