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For the first time since the territorial government was led by Glovers and Cannons and Comstocks, a majority of women hold seats on the Spokane City Council. Also for the first time, two women occupy the majority of the three county commission seats. It’s a 6-4 local government majority.
Candace Mumm will seek to be the first Democrat since John Roskelley in 2004 to represent the northern portion of Spokane County on the commission.
Friction between Spokane lawmaker and Spokane City Council.
OLYMPIA – Senate considers proposals to standardize leave, minimum wage.
For months now, Jackie Murray – a truck driver, Teamster, and recent transplant to Spokane from California – has been the point person in the petition drive to undo Spokane’s ordinance that restrains local cops from making immigration status the focus of inquiries or investigations. Now she sounds like one of its harshest critics.
A plan that would effectively expand River Park Square needs more than brick and mortar. It needs city property. Centennial Real Estate Investments, a sister company of River Park Square, announced earlier this year that it hopes to tear down a building it owns adjacent to River Park Square to build a new structure that would house Urban Outfitters. The plan calls for the city to vacate 17 feet of city right-of-way along Wall Street to allow for a larger store.
A woman makes $11,614 less than a man, on average, at Spokane City Hall. Females represent nearly half the city’s population, but they hold just a quarter of positions in city government. About 90 percent of clerical and secretarial positions at the city are held by women. These imbalances have drawn the latest promise for change from the Spokane City Council.
The faded highway signs near Spokane International Airport look tacky, to say the least. The Washington state Department of Transportation is going to fix the problem starting today.
Spokane City Councilwoman Candace Mumm is all too familiar with the conditions that have led women workers in Washington state to make 78 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts. As a young nightly TV news anchor in South Dakota, Mumm was tasked with writing scripts, producing shows and appearing in front of the camera. In spite of those tasks – above and beyond those of her male co-anchor – Mumm earned $10,000 less annually, she said.
Days after the dismissal of Spokane’s city planning director for what was described as a misuse of city funds, Jan Quintrall, head of the city’s Business and Developer Services Division, spent more than $400 at the Spokane Club on lunch for a dozen city employees using a city credit card. It was the third such known expenditure of the year for Quintrall, though the other two were less than half of what Quintrall spent for the “teambuilding” exercise in November.
A year from now, most of the city of Spokane’s fleet of trucks, cars and three-wheeled parking meter vehicles will be housed in one new building on the edge of town near the old Centennial Mills-ADM railway millworks. For now, the fleet is located in three far-flung sites and the new building is a drafty skeleton filled with construction workers in hard hats and bright vests.
Concerns over proposed pay increases for Spokane Mayor David Condon and a majority of his 13 cabinet members are threatening to derail budget discussions at City Hall, as the mayor and City Council members forcefully argued their cases in dueling news conferences on Friday. Standing in front of a C.O.P.S. shop in the West Central neighborhood Friday morning and flanked by four council members, Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart said a proposed $7,000 pay increase for Condon was “utterly ridiculous” and vowed to craft “a new budget that reflects the community’s values.”
Spokane Mayor David Condon already makes more money than Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. Next year, if his proposed pay raise gets approved by the City Council, he’ll make more than his former boss, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. The $7,000 raise will bring his annual pay to nearly $180,000, and the increase is part of the mayor’s proposed 2015 city budget released this week. He’s not the only one set to receive a bump in pay. The 14 people in Condon’s Cabinet, including the mayor, are getting on average a 2 percent increase in pay.
The 20th century was ruled by cars. If Spokane City Councilwoman Candace Mumm gets her way, this century will be for walkers, at least in Spokane. Monday, the council will consider Mumm’s first major piece of legislation since joining the council at the beginning of the year. Her ordinance, she said, aims to revitalize policies in the city’s Comprehensive Plan to make Spokane more walkable.
The city of Spokane has inadequate policies for installing marked crosswalks to protect pedestrians crossing busy streets, according to one City Council member. City engineers and developers should be required to give greater consideration to pedestrian safety, said Councilwoman Candace Mumm.
The Spokane City Council’s anti-sprawl measure appears dead. For now, anyway. Council President Ben Stuckart, rather than trying to muster support for an unlikely override of Mayor David Condon’s veto, is starting over.
OLYMPIA – A proposal to make power from the West Plains garbage incinerator worth more money, one of the city of Spokane’s top legislative priorities, died a quiet death Wednesday in a Washington House committee. The plan to reclassify power from the city’s Waste-to-Energy facility as renewable energy, which would make it more valuable to the region’s utilities, failed to come up for a vote in the House Technology and Economic Development Committee before a key deadline. Members of both parties said it is dead for the year.