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David Condon gives his positions on taxes, libraries, streets and other issues facing the city in The Spokesman-Review’s Spokane City Council candidate questionnaire. Condon faces Michael Noder, Robert Kroboth, Mary Verner and Barbara Lampert in the race for a seat representing South Spokane.
Barbara Lampert gives her positions on taxes, libraries, streets and other issues facing the city in The Spokesman-Review’s Spokane City Council candidate questionnaire. Lampert faces Michael Noder, Robert Kroboth, Mary Verner and David Condon in the race for a seat representing South Spokane.
An arbitrator this week revoked a law that strengthened Spokane’s police ombudsman powers because the city did not consult the Spokane Police Guild before it was approved last year. The decision by arbitrator Michael H. Beck effectively reverses rules that strengthened the ability of police Ombudsman Tim Burns to investigate alleged officer misconduct independently of police. The opinion was dated Monday; the city received it Tuesday.
Some of Spokane’s senior and youth centers could face closure next year under budget-balancing proposals soon to be considered by the Spokane Park Board. Park officials stress that the budget ideas are preliminary and are likely to shift this summer after board consideration and public vetting.
With about six weeks to go before the August primary, one challenger for the job of Spokane mayor has raised almost twice as much as incumbent Mary Verner. The other three challengers, however, haven’t raised anything.
Spokane’s giant stockpile of beer bottles and other glass is about to shrink. Faced with fewer options and higher costs for recycling glass, in late 2008 the city began taking glass collected through curbside recycling and stockpiling it near its waste transfer station in Colbert.
Spokane will borrow more than $1 million from the state to help prevent untreated sewage from spilling into the Spokane River. The City Council on Monday agreed to accept a low-interest loan from the state Department of Ecology to pay for a sewage overflow tank already under construction near the T.J. Meenach Bridge. The topic arose Tuesday night in one of the first mayoral debates of the campaign.
Onlookers in red, white and blue watched as Spokane’s new Flag Day Parade passed through downtown Saturday. The Flag Day Parade and Celebration began at the Convention Center and ended with a flag retirement ceremony at Veterans Park.
Mary Verner became a history-making Spokane mayor on Wednesday. No, it didn’t have anything to do with her current attempt to become the first two-term mayor since Spokane had a half-dozen drive-in theaters.
Spokane voters gained two more choices for mayor on Wednesday, and one of them already tops the list for fundraising. David Condon, former district director for U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and former debt collector Robert Kroboth filed to run in the Aug. 16 primary for mayor. They join incumbent Mary Verner; Mike Noder, who co-owns a local demolition business; and perennial political candidate Barbara Lampert.