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Spokane mayor, city council president hopefuls debate homeless issues at library forum

The candidates for mayor and city council president debated the city’s approach to homelessness at a forum at the Spokane Public Library on Thursday.

Debate over city land among issues in Millwood City Council race

Longtime area resident Kate McLachlan is facing off against newcomer Ed Mack in the race for a Millwood City Council seat in November. McLachlan, who works as an administrative law judge, has lived in Millwood for the past three years but grew up in Spokane. She was appointed to the Millwood City Council to fill a vacant seat in early 2018.

Ties to marijuana businesses are disqualifying bankruptcy filers, including City Councilwoman Karen Stratton

The U.S. Trustee Program, responsible for policing the federal courts’ bankruptcy proceedings, is weeding out cases involving people or firms with ties to state-sanctioned marijuana businesses. Earlier this summer, that included Karen Stratton and her husband, Chris Wright, despite the fact that the majority of their debts were not wrapped up in the family-owned farm they’ve helped operate since 2014.

Developers offer mixed views on video’s proposed ‘cure’ for Spokane

Local developers offer their perspectives on the issues raised in “Curing Spokane,” a video released Thursday that discusses downtown crime, public safety and homelessness.

Local developer releases video suggesting cure for downtown Spokane crime

Spokane isn’t dying, but it needs curing. That’s the argument made in “Curing Spokane,” a 17-minute video released on Thursday and produced by Spokane developer Larry Stone.

Millwood City Council candidates disagree on riverfront property, creating a city police department

Jay Molitor is challenging Millwood City Council member Andy Van Hees for his seat in the November election and said he was inspired to run because of an ongoing community debate around whether the city should build a park on two parcels of land it owns along the Spokane River.

Candidate forum on Spokane homelessness slated for next week

Homelessness will be the topic of debate between mayoral and City Council president candidates at the downtown Spokane Public Library on Sept. 5.

Shawn Vestal: Treatment is everyone’s favorite solution, but it’s not so simple

Often, when social issues become politicized – whether it’s homelessness in Spokane or gun violence nationwide – there is a brief, urgent flare of interest in “treatment” as a solution. Treatment for addicts. Treatment for the mentally ill. Sounds good. Makes sense. And it’s too simplistic by half, because the scope and complexity of the problem dwarfs the available resources and, with addiction in particular, there is the stubborn problem at the heart of recovery known as human motivation.

Seattle’s politics and problems play role in Spokane mayoral election

Though voters in Seattle appeared last week to dismiss the notion that their city is “dying,” the November general election is shaping up to test if Spokane feels sick.

Spin Control: Light voting precincts a problem for Fagan

Northeast Council District’s light voter turnout was weakness for Mike Fagan’s council president bid.

Realtors’ investment in Spokane elections pays dividends

Advocating for change at every level of city government, the Association of Washington Realtors threw their support behind political novices at an unprecedented level in the months leading up to the primary. And it paid off.

Spokane City Council president race narrows to contest between two very different candidates

The picture that emerged on Tuesday night remained essentially unchanged after more votes were counted Wednesday in the primary election for Spokane City Council president, setting up a contest between a sitting council member campaigning on his record and a newcomer who believes a reorientation is needed.

Incumbents advance in Spokane Valley City Council races; Woodard’s opponent uncertain

Voters whittled down their choices for three seats on the Spokane Valley City Council on Tuesday night, but with some votes still to be tallied, the slates for the general election were not entirely clear.

Medical Lake to become part of Fire District 3 after measure earns strong voter approval

Voters in both Medical Lake and Spokane County Fire District 3 voted to merge the city’s fire department with the district Tuesday night.

Voters renew Spokane County public safety sales tax

Spokane voters overwhelmingly chose Tuesday to renew

Voters signal support of Spokane County library levy

In the first night’s count, many Spokane County voterscast their ballots for an increase in property taxes for county libraries, with about 53.3% voters saying yes on Spokane County Library District Proposition 1.

Two of three Spokane school board primaries have clear winners; Position 1 still up for grabs

Two of the three races for the Spokane Public Schools board appeared clear cut after initial results came back from Tuesday’s primary election, but the Position 1 race was far from decided.

Beggs and Wendle in lead for Spokane City Council president; Fagan lags

Breean Beggs and Cindy Wendle earned the most votes for Spokane City Council president in early returns posted Tuesday night.

Nadine Woodward bests Ben Stuckart as both advance to November election for Spokane mayor

Political newcomer Nadine Woodward bested Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart in the primary race for Spokane’s mayor Tuesday night, with both vowing a tough general election campaign ahead.

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