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Shogan, Cowles testify in threat case

Spokane City Council president Joe Shogan claims he so feared the man on trial for harassing him that he changed his daily routine and still carries a copy of a restraining order in his wallet. “I’m always on the alert for somebody who looks like David Elton,” Shogan testified Tuesday in Spokane County Superior Court.

Grant will go to police firing range

City leaders on Monday agreed to spend a federal grant on a firing range rather than divert it to prevent officer layoffs. Police officials have long argued that the city’s outdoor shooting range near Felts Field is in serious need of safety and other upgrades. Voters in March 2009 rejected a public safety property tax that would have included money for a new range. Assistant Chief Jim Nicks said that since that vote, the department has decided to make “piecemeal” improvements as money becomes available through grants and other sources.

Spokane City Council extends red light camera law

Spokane’s red light cameras will stay in operation at least three more years. The Spokane City Council on Monday voted unanimously to extend the law that authorizes the city to catch red light runners with cameras through Nov. 13, 2013. Otherwise it would have expired at the end of next month.

Council members send tab tax support to county

Creation of an annual vehicle tab tax of $20 appears to be gaining support on the Spokane City Council. A letter signed by six of the seven Spokane City Council members said the city “wishes to consider” creation of the tax this year because of “plummeting tax revenues” and the city’s “commitment to provide adequate level of maintenance.”

Childhood pals return to Shadle area where they met in ‘63

The buddies: Joe Shogan, 61, Spokane City Council president, and Robert “Bob” Shelton, 61, president of the University of Arizona, lived on the same block during high school and became best friends. Shogan went to Gonzaga Prep; Shelton to Shadle Park High School. The teen-year buddies have remained in touch through five decades, despite the geographical distance between them.

License plate tab fee won’t be on ballot

Even though a new $20 tax on license plate tabs got pulled off the agenda Monday by the Spokane City Council, city leaders said they expect to bring it back within the next few weeks. However, Monday night was the last chance to get it on the November ballot, which means voters will not have a say in the new tax.

$20 tab tax could get OK without public vote

The Spokane City Council has pulled a proposal for tonight’s meeting that would have added a new vehicle license tab fee.Even though a new $20 tax on license plate tabs got pulled off the agenda Monday by the Spokane City Council, city leaders said they expect to bring it back within the next few weeks.

City contemplates pink slips for 120

More than 120 city employees could face pink slips at the end of the year unless city unions agree to concessions or the City Council increases taxes, officials warned Tuesday. Two months after proposing a budget with more than 40 layoffs, Spokane Mayor Mary Verner told the Spokane City Council in budgeting strategy session that faltering sales taxes and other factors could result in a 9 percent across-the-board cut to fill a possible $12 million hole.

No sugarcoating Spokane’s ‘dismal’ budget

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner on Wednesday outlined a grim budget proposal for 2011 that would eliminate 18.5 police jobs and nine firefighter positions and make city services available just four days a week. “I’m going to ask you to brace yourselves,” Verner told City Council members. “This is a pretty dismal budget we are going to propose.”

Verner proposes cutting 44 city jobs in 2011

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner told the City Council Wednesday that she plans to eliminate 41 city jobs next year, including 18 police officers and 9 Fire Department employees.

Spokane City Council keeping its full-time aide

A couple months after increasing the hours of the assistants for each City Council member, the Spokane City Council on Monday decided to maintain the council’s full-time senior executive assistant. Jennifer Westfall, who holds a bachelor’s in business administration from Central Michigan University, was selected by City Council President Joe Shogan to fill the position, which was left vacant by the recent departure of longtime council executive Mary Franklin.

At council, Joe does it his way

Just wondering: When the Spokane City Council meets, whose meeting is it? Yours and mine? George McGrath’s? The Cowles Gang’s?

3-D TV will flesh out viewing experience

One day last summer my lovely wife, Sherry, turned to me and uttered the most shocking words of our then-36 years of marriage. “Why don’t you go down to Huppin’s and get us a new TV?”

Vote on Y’s future expected to be close

A creature lurking in the YMCA’s basement has caused a renewed examination of the Y by city officials days before they could make a final decision on the building’s fate. This week Mayor Mary Verner and several City Council members toured the vacant Y, where a beaver has taken up residence along a stream that flows through a portion of the Y’s dirt basement.