City: Spokane, Washington
Education: Graduated from Ferris High School in 1975. Attended classes at Spokane Community College, Spokane Falls Community College, Eastern Washington University and Gonzaga University, but never earned a degree.
Work experience: Retired. Previously ran the Comet Tavern in Hillyard for 17 years, formerly owned a roofing and contracting business and briefly ran a South Hill bar called Somewhere in 2014.
Political experience: Served on the Spokane City Council from 2004 to 2011. He previously ran unsuccessfully for a 6th Legislative District legislative position as a Republican in 1986 and as a Democrat for a 3rd District House seat in 2010 and 2012.
Family: Single. No children
Campaign fundraising: $79.90 as of Sept. 3, according to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission, all of which came from the candidate.
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More about Bob Apple
Removing a lane for cars in favor of one for bicycles along Second Avenue downtown would cause longer traffic backups during rush hour in at least two locations, Spokane officials said last week. The engineering analysis is part of the growing debate about the future of city street design.
Spokane’s red light cameras will stay in operation at least three more years. The Spokane City Council on Monday voted unanimously to extend the law that authorizes the city to catch red light runners with cameras through Nov. 13, 2013. Otherwise it would have expired at the end of next month.
The American Civil Liberties Union says the Spokane city attorney’s office violated the constitutional rights of a local attorney. In a letter to city officials last week, Michael Kipling, an attorney representing the ACLU, said that Assistant City Attorney Rocky Treppiedi violated Breean Beggs’ rights by telling Beggs he was prohibited from talking to City Council members about proposed changes to the city’s police oversight law.
Creation of an annual vehicle tab tax of $20 appears to be gaining support on the Spokane City Council. A letter signed by six of the seven Spokane City Council members said the city “wishes to consider” creation of the tax this year because of “plummeting tax revenues” and the city’s “commitment to provide adequate level of maintenance.”
Though facing a $12 million shortfall next year, and the likelihood of layoffs, the Spokane City Council voted Monday to spend $5 million for a new software system and the expertise to get it running. City officials said most of the money needed for the expense was saved over time specifically for technology upgrades and that diverting it to pay ongoing costs like salaries would delay – not prevent – eventual layoffs.
It could cost more to park in private lots in central Spokane if city leaders get behind ideas to tax downtown lots. The parking tax concept is in flux, with suggestions for annual fees ranging from $10 to more than $100 a year per space, said Marty Dickinson, president of the Downtown Spokane Partnership, which opposes a parking tax.