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Third ethics complaint filed against Mayor David Condon

A third ethics complaint has been filed against Spokane Mayor David Condon for “dishonesty” regarding how he handled accusations of sexual harassment against former police Chief Frank Straub and Straub’s forced resignation from the department.

Spokane law erasing some marijuana convictions to go into effect without mayor’s signature

New rules allowing people to erase previous marijuana possession convictions will go into effect at the end of the month, without Spokane Mayor David Condon’s signature or his support.

Straub expected to finish work on reports next week

Since being forced to resign as Spokane’s police chief in September, Frank Straub has been working on reports about how to keep the programs he implemented with the police department alive in the wake of his ouster.

Mayor’s choice for investigator scuttled

Spokane Mayor David Condon’s choice to investigate the handling of personnel matters at City Hall has been pushed aside because of growing concerns from city council members about the investigation’s independence.

City parks spokeswoman will have to reapply to keep job

The parks department will advertise the communications job currently held by former police spokeswoman Monique Cotton, opening it up to outside applicants.

Records unveil layers of secrecy at Spokane City Hall

They draw the curtains in a room of Spokane City Hall when the cameras roll. On Sept. 22, reporters were given eight minutes to rush to that room adjacent to the mayor’s office on the seventh floor, where the mayor’s lectern already was set up, and the three flags of country, state and city hung as backdrop for a hastily called news conference about the forced resignation of police Chief Frank Straub.

Shawn Vestal: Mayor tried to hide police issue – the opposite of transparency

Faced with a credible accusation of sexual harassment against the police chief he hired to restore credibility to the department, Mayor David Condon attempted to hide it – to pay the victim and leave the alleged offender right where he was, supervising other women.

Stuckart: Mayor Condon lied about sexual harassment claim

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart said he is “severely disappointed” in Mayor David Condon for the handling of allegations of sexual harassment against former police Chief Frank Straub, saying he can’t trust Condon or members of his cabinet after being “lied to.” Stuckart is “working on a draft of a letter with a very long list of questions” for Condon, part of which questions the timing of a records release this week, even though those records show that Condon knew in April the police chief had been accused of harassment.

Mayor David Condon knew of alleged sexual harassment by police chief in April, records show

Spokane Mayor David Condon knew in April that a female city employee accused former police Chief Frank Straub of sexual harassment because he had “grabbed her ass, tried to kiss her.”

Panel cuts Spokane mayor’s pay

Following more than a year of controversy, debate and a ballot measure, Spokane Mayor David Condon is getting a pay cut.

Condon vetoes proposal on mobile homes; council overrides it

Mayor David Condon issued his second veto yesterday, and it was subsequently overridden by the City Council - within two hours. The veto focused on a comp plan text change better defining what a manufactured home park is. Supporters say it will give greater protections to low-income people. Detractors say it threatens property rights.

Mayor Condon says to expect more of the same in second term

Citizens should expect more of the same from Mayor David Condon in the next four years as he embarks on his second term as Spokane mayor - the first time that’s happened since the 1970s.

Council races suggest conservative/progressive split in city

Tuesday’s election results suggest the city political strongholds are shifting.

Mapping the Vote: Council races suggest conservative/progressive split in city

For more than a generation, Spokane city politics divided mainly on geographic lines. Tuesday’s election suggests those lines may be disappearing and new coalitions are redrawing the electoral maps.

Doug Clark: One-term curse has ended, but Spokane politics won’t let me down

Despite the fact that the Curse of the One-Term Mayor ended on Election Night, Doug doesn’t anticipate any shortage of material to write about in the next four years.

Mapping the vote: Spokane Mayor

David Condon won a second term by carrying most city precincts.

Condon, Stuckart keep top spots at Spokane City Hall

For the first time in more than four decades, Spokane voters have given a mayor a second chance. Mayor David Condon coasted to victory with 62 percent of the vote in today’s election. A Spokane mayor hadn’t been re-elected since 1973.

Re-elected Spokane Mayor Condon must refocus on police accountability

Spokane’s next mayor needs to be willing to break china, not protect the teacups. To focus fiercely on the problems of police accountability, not spin and election braggadocio.

Doug Clark: Want to join me on Election Night to potentially witness history being made?

Doug Clark is looking for one or two political junkies to join him on the Clark Pundit Posse on Election Night.

Spokane candidates on the lack of a city planning director

The city has been without a planning director since Scott Chesney was ousted last November.