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News >  Spokane

East Central Gets Undeserved Image, City Council Told

East Central residents want to correct the misinformation soiling their neighborhood's reputation. "Our community is associated with violence, crime, drugs and corrupted people," Carl Boston, president of the neighborhood's steering committee, told the Spokane City Council on Monday. "That is just not so."

News >  Nation/World

Council Posts Wrong Time For Meeting

A recent meeting of the Spokane City Council caused some residents to feel left out in the cold - literally. The council scheduled a special meeting for last Sunday evening after learning a consultant who specialized in community planning would be stopping in Spokane for a few hours.
News >  Nation/World

Council To Decide On Composting Plant

The company that manages the north Spokane regional composting plant says it is up to the challenge of keeping the facility odor-free. "We've made tremendous strides, spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to do it," Mark Jones, O.M. Scott's manager, recently told Spokane City Council members. "What's past is past. What's coming is a whole other thing."
News >  Spokane

Teacher Accused Of Having Sex With Students Loses State License

The state Superintendent of Public Instruction is revoking the teaching certificate of a man accused of having sexual relations with two students when he taught at Lewis and Clark High School. Shawn Wright has 30 days to appeal the decision to the state Board of Education.
News >  Spokane

Cops May Join Lawsuit For Overtime Remainder Of City’s Uniformed Officers Could Unite With Six Who Allege Pay Violations

Before it's over, nearly 260 Spokane police officers could join a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court claiming the city has violated state and federal overtime pay standards. Only six officers' names appear on the suit filed earlier this week, but almost all of the city's uniformed officers could jump aboard, said their attorney, Christopher Vick of Renton, Wash. "We're right in the beginning of this."
News >  Spokane

Panel Tells Police Chief To Fire Workers Compromise With Civil Service Allows Temporary-Seasonal Workers To Stay On Until Work Is Done

The Spokane Civil Service Commission told Police Chief Terry Mangan on Tuesday to fire two temporary-seasonal workers who have been on his payroll more than three years. Commission members agreed to a compromise proposed by Mangan and Assistant City Manager Bill Pupo that allows the pair to stay on until they've finished their work with the department.
News >  Spokane

Review Board Plans Get Mixed Reaction

Plans to overhaul a review board that looks into complaints of police misconduct got mixed reviews from Spokane residents Monday. City Council members last week learned about plans to replace the troubled Citizens Review Panel with the Citizens Review Commission, a smaller board that has greater access to public records. This week, they learned how the public felt about the proposal.
News >  Nation/World

Council To Hear More On 3 Touchy Issues

Three controversial topics - a lease with the Pacific Science Center, a study of an odor-plagued compost plant and a review board that looks into complaints of police misconduct - top tonight's Spokane City Council agenda. The council plans a public hearing on a proposal to overhaul the Citizens Review Panel, replacing it with a smaller board that has greater access to police records.
News >  Spokane

Council Harmony Short-Lived Anderson Claims Other Members Kicked Him Off Committee

So much for $7,200 worth of harmony. Taxpayers doled out hard cash last month for a consultant who promised to teach Spokane City Council members how to communicate better with each other. Council members emerged from their recent weekend retreat waxing poetic about their bonding session and promising residents they wouldn't be disappointed with the results.
News >  Spokane

Council Renews Youth Program

Aaron McKinnon says it's helped keep him out of juvenile detention. Damecca Knight says it's helped her find self-respect and a place to spend her evenings. Heartfelt pleas from teenagers helped convince Spokane City Council members on Monday to find a way to pay for a program that somehow slipped through the 1995 budgeting cracks.
News >  Spokane

Overhauled Review Panel Would Get Details

A proposal for a revamped citizens review board would make it easier for members to review complaints of police misconduct. Or so says the committee charged with overhauling the troubled Citizens Review Panel, which nearly capsized last fall when its own members questioned its relevance. "Quite frankly, we were in the dark as to the details of complaints," said Atara Clark, the review panel's chairwoman and a committee member.