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Spokane human rights code changes become law without mayor’s signature

In a letter to the City Council, Mayor David Condon said there was no analysis performed on how much processing complaints at City Hall would cost Spokane and that new protections for home renters put the city’s code at odds with state regulations. The mayor said his administration agreed with the intent of the legislation, but returned the law without his signature.

Condon pushes City Council to pass oversight ordinance before police union talks

Mayor David Condon said he’s received legal guidance that negotiations with the Spokane Police Guild should not begin until after a new ordinance on police oversight is approved or discarded, because of fears about broaching mandatory subjects of bargaining. Members of the City Council are urging Condon to begin talks on other issues after the guild’s contract expired in December.

New tax on sodas could be Spokane City Council’s answer to police staffing woes

Mayor David Condon said the city has recruited 29 new police officers over the past several years in response to a cultural audit that found many Spokane police personnel felt they didn’t have enough co-workers. City Council members are split on ways to pay the salaries of any additional hires, including a tax on sugary drinks.

Spokane routing non-emergency medical calls away from ambulances, ERs

9-1-1 callers with medical problems that are not emergencies are being referred to driver services other than ambulances, and taken to urgent care centers rather than emergency rooms, under a pilot program Spokane instituted earlier this year. Officials say the service frees up emergency personnel for more urgent calls and more efficiently matches health care providers with patients.

Ousted streets director Serbousek pegged to return to old job as bridge engineer

Public Works Director Scott Simmons said Mark Serbousek’s expertise in bridge design and construction is needed as Spokane looks to build and maintain several high-profile spans in the city limits. The City Council and Civil Service Commission will have to sign off on the $114,000-a-year job, which would count as a demotion for the longtime head of the streets department.

Bigger crews, new equipment and materials called in to combat Spokane’s potholes

Mayor David Condon said residents deserved a more concentrated approach to repairing the city’s pothole problem, during a news conference Friday. Workers from the sewer and water departments will be called in to assist with filling the holes, and a round of new equipment and filler material is expected to hit city streets this weekend.

Ethics Commission again declines charges brought against Mayor Condon

Former City Council President Joe Shogan, whose ethics complaint against Mayor David Condon has now been dismissed twice by the city’s Ethics Commission, said he’ll refile one more time over the mayor’s alleged dishonesty in the ouster of former Police Chief Frank Straub.