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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.
Late fees for pet licensing will be waived in May to draw in more participants
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.
In a letter to Mayor David Condon agreed to Monday night, the Spokane City Council requested negotiations with the police union include caps on overtime hours and a more defined role for the city’s Office of Police Ombudsman.
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.
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.
The city has announced it will conduct a nationwide search that will end in June with the selection of Spokane’s first new fire chief since 1988. Fire Chief Bobby Williams retired earlier this year after nearly three decades of service.
Hundreds turn out Wednesday for a 75th anniversary celebration at FAFB
Michael Tedesco, a 38-year-old Spokane native, has filed to run when Mayor David Condon is termed out of City Hall in 2019. Tedesco called for a more collaborative relationship between the mayor and city council and said he would bring an urban planning perspective to City Hall.
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.
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.
The Open Doors family shelter is the final piece of Spokane’s effort to make sure every homeless person has a safe, warm place to be 24 hours a day.
Columnist Doug Clark imagines what bits of constructive criticism former streets director Mark Serbousek might leave for his successor, as Spokane grapples with its seemingly endless pothole problem.
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.
Mark Serbousek is preparing reports for Public Works Director Scott Simmons on how things could be performed differently in the streets department, a city spokeswoman said Wednesday. Serbousek was relieved of duties as streets director earlier this month.
The group Voices for National Service awarded their local leadership award to Mayor David Condon in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday for his work on the Spokane Gives initiative, which promotes volunteerism in the community.
The city will start an annual allocation of $425,000 of federal grant money to assist small businesses in 2017, Mayor David Condon said Friday. Police will also form a task force to combat car thefts and residents have a new phone number – 311 – that they can call to receive city services.
Mayor David Condon will sign a law passed unanimously by the City Council on Monday night prohibiting local officials from helping to establish a religious registry, an act that some have called fearmongering and overstating the campaign rhetoric of President Donald Trump.
Local Donald Trump supporters who made the 2,000 mile trek to Washington, D.C., witnessed both a hopeful populist address from their new president and the unrest caused by his political opponents.
Rick Romero will lead efforts to develop a citywide strategic plan for improving quality of life as a temporary seasonal worker. The designation limits the hours Romero can work on the project, but is not required to go before the Ethics Commission and will allow the former utilities director to collect retirement benefits as he works.