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The Center, which started in 1999, will close for good next week due to “numerous barriers to our sustainability,” Executive Director Dainen Penta wrote Tuesday.
The high court’s refusal to hear the case ends two years of litigation and permanently precludes the immigration measure from appearing on voter ballots. “This is absolutely the correct decision,” said the director of the Spokane’s Center for Justice.
An attorney with the nonprofit Center for Justice filed the lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of Richard Dahl, a homeless man who lived in the tent city dubbed “Camp Hope” until police cleared it out in early December.
Speaking from experience, Riley Hewko said that many people charged with violent crimes often grew up with abuse and addiction, and jails do more harm to people who have already experienced traumas.
The Center for Justice’s new executive director, Dainen Penta, is the center’s first person of color as its leader, and he’s “looking at things through a race equity lens,” said board president Paul Dillon.
The transformation from a nondescript 1908 retail building on West Main Avenue to a state-of-the-art center based on lifestyle and social justice started in 1999 when attorney Jim Sheehan purchased the Community Building.
Try and picture the legal and political landscape of Spokane without the Center for Justice. On issue after issue, it is almost impossible to imagine the same results without the involvement of the center, its clients and the man who’s led it for the past six years, Rick Eichstaedt. Whether or not you share the center’s progressive vision, you can’t dispute that it’s been woven durably into the city’s civic life.
Eichstaedt, 45, has led the nonprofit legal team since 2012. He created a legal defense for the Spokane River in his 13 years with the Center for Justice, and also took several local cases involving reforms at Spokane City Hall and opposing a ballot measure regarding local policing of immigration laws.
Posters from a prominent white nationalist group with a history of posting material in the Spokane area were recently discovered and removed from a downtown intersection.
The local office of Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit Thursday in Spokane that is seeking to have a federal judge stop the Trump Administration from cutting the grants that fund the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program.
Anti-Semitic graffiti praising Adolf Hitler was found written on the back door of the Community Building in downtown Spokane early Friday morning.
Spokane County has settled a second lawsuit after failing to provide public records related to the psychiatric treatment of county jail inmates. This time, taxpayers are on the hook for $100,000.
Justin Petrilli signed a guilty plea for a misdemeanor assault in 2015 because he didn’t want to leave his disabled wife alone at home while he spent time in jail. He maintains he never assaulted anyone and said his public defender discouraged him from going to trial even though he had a witness who was with him at the time of the alleged assault.
People who can’t afford to have criminal convictions taken off their record can get free legal help at a new clinic in December.
Spokane voters may see a controversial immigration initiative on ballots in November 2017, but not before a promised challenge in the courts. On Monday, the Spokane City Council reversed course and put the “sanctuary city” initiative on the next municipal ballot after receiving an opinion from the city attorney’s office that council members say gave them little choice.
Former Spokane City Council President Joe Shogan has withdrawn his ethics complaint against Mayor David Condon, saying a “cone of silence is settling over the city and the City Council.”
The city’s Ethics Commission allowed one complaint against Spokane Mayor David Condon forward Wednesday, and dismissed others.
A fourth ethics complaint has been lodged against Spokane Mayor David Condon for how he handled allegations of sexual harassment by former police Chief Frank Straub.
City leaders have no plans to begin a search for a permanent police chief after the Tuesday ouster of Frank Straub, a move police reform advocates say is a mistake. Assistant Chief Rick Dobrow, a 21-year veteran of the Spokane Police Department, was appointed interim chief Tuesday. Though he doesn’t meet the minimum qualifications for the chief job, city officials say he’s well-positioned to rebuild trust with officers after Straub’s divisive management.