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Tuesday, October 22, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Spokane City Council, northwest district, City of Spokane

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Getting There: Northwest Spokane City Council candidates talk Monroe, Five Mile and other needed street repairs

City Councilwoman Karen Stratton and her opponent in the November election, Andy Rathbun, both say there are roads in the northwest part of town that need attention from City Hall. They offered their opinions on road diets and what should be done to alleviate heavy traffic in the rapidly growing reaches of the Five Mile area.


Spokane City Council: Rathbun vs. Stratton

At the Northwest Passages Pints and Politics debate between Spokane School Board and City Council candidates, incumbent Karen Stratton and Andy Rathbun debate the issues as they seek the District 3 seat on the City Council. Debate was October 3, 2019 and held at OverBluff Cellars’ tasting room at the Washington Cracker Building in Spokane.


Race to represent northwest Spokane on City Council pits candidates with different styles

Part of the debate between Andy Rathbun and incumbent Karen Stratton in their bids to represent the northwest district on the Spokane City Council is about style.


Homeless to be left in the cold as Condon, City Council trade jabs over lack of adequate shelter space

Mayor David Condon acknowledged that the city will not have adequate shelter space when cold weather hits this weekend. The Spokane City Council and mayor held dueling press conferences on homelessness on Wednesday.


Ethics complaint targets Spokane Councilwoman Karen Stratton’s endorsement of Pasco marijuana business

The complaint filed Friday alleges Stratton violated several portions of the city’s ethical code prohibiting city officials from using public resources to further their own financial interests. The councilwoman said the timing of the complaint, after a letter she wrote last summer had been shared publicly in conservative circles online, indicates it is politically motivated and that she hasn’t benefited financially from the action.


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.


Police Guild watches its watchdog, escalates protest against investigation into violent arrest

In an escalation of its protest against an investigation into a violent February arrest, the Spokane Police Guild has filed a public records request for the communications of numerous city officials.


Election preview: Spokane City Councilwoman Karen Stratton draws five challengers in the northwest

Andy Rathbun, Jeff Martin, Christopher Savage, Ken Side and Jeff Rugan have filed against the incumbent councilwoman, who’s been in office since 2015 and has, at times, butted heads with Mayor David Condon as a member of the council’s perceived liberal supermajority.


Spokane City Council candidates disagree on homelessness, affordable housing

Spokane City Council candidates were divided on how to make Spokane safer and reduce homelessness, with some arguing for mandatory drug treatment and more police, and others saying more housing was the best way to get people off the street.


Five West Central ‘zombie homes’ placed in receivership as part of affordable housing push

More than three years ago, activists hatched a plan to save five Victorian houses from demolition and turn them into much-needed affordable apartments in Spokane’s West Central neighborhood. But the project stalled for reasons that remain in dispute, and the houses fell into disrepair after they were moved to new locations.


Andy Rathbun drops out of mayor’s race to run for Spokane City Council, but there are still 8 people running for mayor

One of the most vocal critics of his opponents, Andy Rathbun, has withdrawn from the mayor’s race to run for City Council, saying he may not have the name recognition to win the city’s top position.


Spokane City Council votes to require baby changing stations in public city buildings

Baby changing stations will soon be available in bathrooms at City Hall, after the Spokane City Council approved a plan to install them later this year.


Shawn Vestal: The ‘Not Nadines’ have a point about lack of coverage of their Spokane mayoral campaigns

When Nadine Woodward announced she was running for mayor, local media covered it as a capital-B capital-D Big Deal. When most other candidates announced, not so much.


City delays land deal with Union Gospel Mission, partly over concerns on LGBT policies

The Spokane City Council delayed a land deal with Union Gospel Mission over concerns that the city may have made a one-sided deal with an organization that does not hire LGBTQ employees and has been criticized for its treatment of transgender people.


‘Seattle is Dying’ report prompts political response to homelessness in Spokane

City Council President Ben Stuckart declared from the dais last week that neither Seattle nor Spokane is dying, but the divisive KOMO-TV report has prompted a wide-ranging discussion on the issue on the east side of the Cascades.


Spokane City Councilwoman Karen Stratton, husband file for bankruptcy protection

The couple said in an interview the filing, submitted to the court Thursday, is the result of legal malpractice claims against Chris Wright’s one-man law firm. Stratton said she wants to address the hardship head-on and doesn’t think it will affect her re-election effort this November.


Spokane City Council votes down cameras in City Hall break room

Spokane City Council unanimously voted to keep cameras out of the City Hall break room, which would have been used to monitor sales at a new self-serve fresh food lunch counter.


Investigation that will cost up to $25,000 shows no bullying by Spokane council members

Some city employees say disagreements between the Spokane City Council and the mayor’s administration have put employees in the middle, creating an environment in which they have been treated with a lack of respect and professionalism, an independent investigator’s report on bullying complaints has found.


City to resume sit-lie enforcement in February

Now that Spokane’s shelter capacity has increased by 275, the city will resume enforcing a law that bars people from sitting, sleeping or lying on the streets of downtown Spokane beginning Feb. 8.


Lyft, Uber drivers will have to pay new fees, follow new rules under Spokane City Council proposal

After more than two years of talks, the Spokane City Council seems poised to pass new local regulations on ride-hailing company drivers that will include a new driver’s license fee for those taking their fares from a smartphone app. The city lawmakers leading the charge say they hope the changes will put those industries on a more even playing field with traditional cab drivers when picking up passengers in town.