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."
Spokane's legal crusader made good this week on his promise to sue the city for failing to open the skywalk over Post Street between Riverside and Main avenues.
Stephen Eugster filed a lawsuit in Spokane County Superior Court on Monday demanding the skywalk immediately be opened or taken down.
The Pacific Science Center got a thumbs-up Monday from the Spokane City Council, which gave its nearly unanimous approval to the center's move into Riverfront Park's Pavilion.
"Those who say it can't be done need to get out of the way of those who are doing it," said Councilwoman Phyllis Holmes.
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.
Over 10 years, moving the Pacific Science Center into Spokane's Riverfront Park Pavilion could save taxpayers nearly $2.5 million.
That's the word from the city Parks Department, which spent several weeks calculating numbers demanded by critics of the science center proposal.
No conflicts of interest.
That's the word from Spokane's city attorney, who Monday cleared several Park Board members of charges they should have shied away from issues regarding the Pacific Science Center's move to Riverfront Park's Pavilion.
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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Five Mile Prairie
Five Mile Prairie has been given a bit more development-free time.
The Spokane City Council this week voted unanimously to extend the prairie's housing moratorium through May 23 while the Planning Department finalizes plans for developer impact fees.
Nearly one of 10 commercial drivers for the city of Spokane tested positive for drugs since random testing began three weeks ago.
So far, 45 employees were tested and four turned up positive - one for cocaine and three for marijuana.
Spokane Police Chief Terry Mangan's hiring policies are drawing fire from unions and civil service officials.
Two employees hired by Mangan as temporary-seasonal workers have been on the payroll more than three years.
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.
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.