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Shawn Vestal: Nadine Woodward views Spokane’s homelessness issues from an ‘aloof, fearful distance’

Nadine Woodward has distinguished herself as someone who seems to gaze upon the city from a castle window, viewing problems from an aloof, fearful distance. This is unfortunate if you see civic compassion toward the homeless as a crucial test of our city’s character.

Former Woodward campaign manager hints at reasons for her departure in blog post

The former campaign manager for mayoral candidate Nadine Woodward said she was asked “to act contrary to (her) values” in a blog post on Monday.

Spokane City Council approves agreement for new shelter at border with Spokane Valley

The Spokane City Council approved a purchasing agreement for a new shelter for people who are homeless at the border of Spokane and Spokane Valley that could serve more than 100 people starting this fall.

City funds 80 shelter beds for women, family and children

After two homeless shelters almost lost 100 beds for women and children, Spokane City Council approved $360,000 to restore most that were lost.

Spokane Councilwoman Kate Burke says Border Patrol presence at Hoopfest could threaten inclusivity of event

After hearing from constituents who raised concerns over a U.S. Border Patrol booth at this weekend’s Hoopfest, Spokane City Councilwoman Kate Burke has asked the lead organizer of the massive 3-on-3 basketball tournament to consider rescinding his invitation.

Shawn Vestal: With first mayoral forum finished, Spokane voters deserve more to decide who should lead city

We need a mayoral contest of ideas and philosophies and proposals, one sharpened through debates, forums, interviews and other means to separate the candidates from stage management and sloganeering as possible.

Spokane mayor, council candidates debate homelessness, downtown crime

All five candidates for mayor shared a stage for the first time Tuesday, disagreeing on homelessness, affordable housing and how to improve safety downtown.

Spin Control: Inslee positioned pretty far to the right for the Democratic presidential debate

Gov. Jay Inslee will be off on the right wing Wednesday night for the Democratic presidential candidate debate. That’s where he’ll be on the television screen, not a prediction of his political positions.

Spokane mayoral candidates draw clear ideological lines in first forum on climate change, criminal justice

At a forum Thursday night downtown, four of the five candidates vying for mayor were confronted with multiple questions on the environment, the future of the criminal justice system in Spokane and how to grow wages with the coming of Amazon.

Spokane mayoral campaign pushes community to question, defend safety of downtown library

Spokane police are called much more often to the STA Plaza and other public locations downtown than the library. But a social media conversation started by mayoral candidate Nadine Woodward has led her opponents to weigh the necessity of keeping a uniformed officer at the location, an idea that would cost the city at least three times its current spending on security in the building.

Spokane city leaders consider building new criminal justice complex, including jail

More than 50 years after voters decided to combine city and county jails, the city is considering separating city and county criminal justice services again.

Woodward leads in campaign money; Stuckart criticizes ‘push’ poll

Contributions for former television news anchor Nadine Woodward have hit six figures, making her the only mayoral candidate in the crowded field to reach that mark so far. Meanwhile, an opponent, current City Council President Ben Stuckart, says a questionable campaign practice known as a push poll is contacting voters with misinformation. He initially alleged the poll came from the Woodward campaign, but later said it could have originated from an independent group.

Mayoral candidate Nadine Woodward, a former TV journalist, won’t interview with Inlander

Former TV Journalist Nadine Woodward has refused to do phone or in-person interviews with Inlander reporters, according to a piece the alt-weekly published Thursday.

Developer wins subdivision approval along Hangman Creek; Stuckart vows to purchase land for conservation

Nearly 100 homes can be built at the bottom of Spokane’s South Hill bluffs, near the intersection of U.S. Highway 195 and Cheney-Spokane Road, following a decision by the city’s hearing examiner.

Spokane Public Library investigating after video of fight surfaces in mayoral campaign

The Spokane Public Library is investigating after an unauthorized video of an altercation between a guard and a library patron was posted by a mayoral candidate on social media.

Condon has issued more vetoes than the four previous Spokane mayors combined

Mayor David Condon’s veto of an ordinance to keep city hall open to the public will be one of a handful of instances the mayor objected to a council proposal, and the council didn’t override it.

Spokane lays off 10 dispatchers as it considers joining new emergency communications center

The city of Spokane laid off more than half of its fire dispatchers Tuesday after many of the fire departments it provides services for said they would switch to a new emergency communications center.

Seven candidates file for the city’s two top positions on the first day of filing week

Seven candidates have filed for the City of Spokane’s two top positions on the first day of filing.

‘Walk’ sign would display for pedestrians without having to push button under proposed Spokane pedestrian safety rules

The city’s reliance on automobiles leads to the inevitable interaction between motorists and pedestrians. In 2018, there were 162 collisions between pedestrians and cars in Spokane, four of which were fatal, according to numbers from the Washington State Department of Transportation. Since 2013, 21 people have been killed after being struck by a car in Spokane.

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.