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The Spokane City Council will consider a law Monday that calls for the city to use 100 percent renewable energy by the year 2030. Spokane Mayor David Condon has expressed concern that the law doesn’t have a price tag attached to it, echoing previous worries about council policies tied to climate change.
Spokane will bring its total of driveway-clearing gates on its snow removal vehicles to 16 this winter, which won’t completely eliminate driveway berms within city limits but should reduce their frequency.
A three-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that city officials didn’t wrongfully terminate Frank Straub as chief of police in 2015. Straub’s attorney is planning to appeal the ruling.
A twenty-something woman in sunglasses had her phone pressed to her face Monday as she complained that her friend with the fix didn’t show. Then she marched down the sun-drenched downtown Spokane sidewalk in a pair of worn leopard-print shoes..
The final complaint targeting Mayor David Condon for his handling of the ouster of former Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub was unanimously dismissed by the city’s Ethics Commission on Wednesday, who said the complaint was fueled by opinions, not facts or evidence presented by former City Council President Joe Shogan.
In testimony Wednesday afternoon at City Hall, Spokane Mayor David Condon repeatedly said his reason for requesting Frank Straub’s resignation in September 2015 was prompted by letters from police brass expressing a lack of confidence in the former police chief, not allegations of sexual harassment made by former police spokeswoman Monique Cotton.
Matthew Antush was attending a Drug Court graduation Thursday when he received an important phone call. Antush walked out into the hallway and was instructed to call human resources to learn that he had just become a judge. “When I called back, I was told the mayor was going to announce (Friday) that he was going to appoint me,” Antush said. “I was stunned and pleased.”
The amount was the highest its been in the past five years, which city officials attributed to retirements, labor contract requirements and other demands of the job.
The 35-year-old Spokane native takes over for Jonathan Mallahan, who left his post at the city for a job with Catholic Charities earlier this year.
Approaching his final two years in office, Mayor David Condon said the focus of his administration would be on re-establishing the Spokane River as the centerpiece of the city’s economic and cultural vitality, and urged citizens to recognize the kindness in their neighbors.
Before the end of his second term, the mayor said there will be major steps taken toward a downtown prep sports complex, part of a blueprint for his final two years in office that include major investments in areas throughout the city.
The panel has agreed to listen to arguments in a complaint made by former City Council President Joe Shogan, who has filed multiple allegations against Mayor Condon for dishonesty in his handling of former police Chief Frank Straub’s ouster. Shogan introduced an affidavit from City Councilwoman Karen Stratton alleging dishonesty during a private meeting held before Straub’s dismissal was public.
Rather than making a public appeal tied to his opposition to the new campaign finance legislation, Mayor David Condon stayed strategically quiet during the two months that the proposal was public – and then vetoed it abruptly.
The City of Spokane has settled a federal lawsuit filed by a Mexican national who alleged he was unlawfully detained by an officer following an automobile collision, that he didn’t cause,
Lawmakers stood firm in their support of the campaign finance law, pushed by City Council President Ben Stuckart, to require more stringent reporting of donors and cap contributions. Opponents, who sided with the mayor, argued the law disadvantaged those running against progressive incumbents on the council.
With many members bristling at the notion that they should leave campaign finance laws to lawmakers in Olympia, the Spokane City Council will decide whether to affirm or toss a mayoral veto of local laws governing campaign contributions and reporting Monday.
A unanimous City Council on Monday delayed a vote on next year’s spending plan three weeks to get more information about the proposed movement to City Hall of six city employees handling trash billing and proposed wage increases of 11 percent next year.
Plows will roll sooner, and parking restrictions will change under a new snow plowing plan intended to avoid the issues of last year’s response. Chief among the changes is the pledge that plows will roll sooner through neighborhoods, but there are other changes in the works under Streets Director Gary Kaesemeyer.
The salaries of the new hires, which could bring the ranks of the Spokane Police Department to 325 commissioned officers, will be paid for through a combination of grant money and better-than-expected sales tax revenue, officials said.
State and national flags at city facilities will be flown at half-staff until sundown Friday in the wake of America’s deadliest shooting in modern history, Mayor David Condon announced Monday morning. Federal lawmakers took to social media to offer condolences.