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City wants to buy Y, but will study options

The Spokane City Council wants to study whether buying the YMCA building in Riverfront Park with Conservation Futures funds is the “highest and best use” of that money for the community. But that doesn’t mean the city is walking away from the proposal.

Eugster to run for City Council

The City Council race in south Spokane went from zero candidates to two Friday, with the prospect of becoming the most interesting election on the municipal ballot this fall. Former City Councilman Steve Eugster, a Spokane attorney and political activist, announced he would run for the spot after a six-year absence from the council.

Council considers Y’s fate

Spokane leaders have three weeks to decide the future of the downtown YMCA or risk forfeiting $1 million. The Spokane Park Board put the money down on the Y, which is surrounded by Riverfront Park, in 2006 in an effort to prevent private development on the land. To avoid losing the down payment, the Spokane City Council must come up with the remaining $4.4 million by May 4.

Spokane mayor warns of impending 2010 deficit

Mayor Mary Verner warned the Spokane City Council on Monday that the city faces a $5.5 million deficit next year. The gap is so large, she said, that the city probably can’t avoid layoffs to balance the budget in 2010.

Sign ordinance plan draws criticism

Spokane business leaders were sharply critical Monday of a proposed 45-page sign ordinance that would restrict the size and height of signs and create numerous other regulations. About 40 people signed up to testify about the sign law at Monday’s City Council meeting. Most who spoke criticized the rules.

Business leaders speak out against sign ordinance

Spokane business leaders were sharply critical Monday of a proposed 45-page sign ordinance that would restrict the size and height of signs and create numerous other regulations.

Residence requirement proposed for judges

One of Spokane’s newly-appointed Municipal Court judges would be out of a job this fall under a new rule under consideration by the Spokane City Council. City Councilman Bob Apple has proposed a requirement for all city judges to live within the city limits.

Friction arises at meeting on West Plains annexation

In a meeting that got prickly at times, Spokane Mayor Mary Verner and Airway Heights Mayor Matthew Pederson met Tuesday with the Spokane County Commission about the Lilac’s City’s largest proposed annexation in more than a century. The plan would annex about 10 square miles of the West Plains, including Spokane International Airport. Airway Heights would also expand by about 320 acres, including the Wal-Mart on Hayford Road.

City revamps human rights policy

Individual complaints regarding human rights violations no longer will be considered by the city’s Human Rights Commission. The Spokane City Council voted unanimously on Monday to prohibit the commission from investigating reports of specific abuse, largely because the volunteer group lacks training. The new rules approved by the council require that complaints received by the commission that name an “individual or entity from a specific incident” be forwarded to the state’s Human Rights Commission.

City seeks Riverside extension

Spokane officials have submitted an application for the $15 million extension of Riverside Avenue in time to win approval before new environmental regulations take effect that would prohibit the project. Last month, the Spokane City Council approved extensive changes to the city’s shoreline rules aimed at protecting wildlife habitat along the Spokane River and Latah Creek. Separately, the council signed off on a new route for Riverside Avenue that will extend the street east of downtown to connect to Trent Avenue.

Our View: Cities making worthy joint effort on annexation

Spokane and Airway Heights are being downright cordial as they work out an annexation plan for the West Plains. Governance of the area had been the subject of squabbling for more than 30 years, but not this week. Things could get ticklish yet if Spokane County commissioners raise a fuss over the $1.3 million to $3 million in tax revenues the county could lose. Or if the Boundary Review Board finds a flaw in the plan. Or if affected property owners fight it in court.

Our View: Putting bonds on same ballot helpful to taxpayers

The Spokane City Council made the right call Monday when its members voted 5-2 to schedule a forthcoming bond election March 10. Spokane Public Schools had asked them to pick a different date. March 10 is when the district will run separate bond and levy issues, and Superintendent Nancy Stowell said additional taxing requests on the same ballot would pose a distraction.